Professor SARAH MBI ENOW ANYANG AGBOR is currently the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology (elected in July 2017) which consists of: Education, Youth and Capacity Development and Science and Technology. She received her Educational training from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Before joining the African Union, she was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Cooperation and Relations with the Business World (DVC-RCB), University of Bamenda -North West Region of Cameroon.
She previously served as Inspector of Academic Affairs No 1. at the Ministry of Higher Education, Cameroon during which she was responsible for evaluation and monitoring of Higher Education Institutions in Cameroon in strategic leadership, academic planning and quality, teaching and learning. She was the Focal Point for Pan African University; Conference of Ministers of Education in Africa (COMEDAF); Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers and most of all UNESCO. Moreover, she represented the Cameroon Minister of Higher Education in several capacities.
Prof. Sarah ANYANG AGBOR is a Cameroonian and Professor of African and Commonwealth Literatures. She has authored three text books and over thirty peer reviewed book chapters and scientific publications. She was also a Visiting Fulbright Scholar in residence at the University of Scranton, PA in 2004-2005 where she taught Modern African Drama and Prose respectively.
Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.
Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: GEMS Africa, House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Digital Jewel Limited, Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited. She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited. She also served on the board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).
With high interest in social issues, including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, Ibukun, through this faith-based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies.
As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.
Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008. She loves to watch investigative and legal series in her leisure time. She is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.
Bertrand Badré is CEO and Founder of BlueOrange Capital, an investment fund with the objectives to finance the Sustainable Development Goals with market level financial returns. Previously, Mr. Badré was Managing Director of the World Bank Group and Chief Financial Officer.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2013, Bertrand was the group chief financial officer at Société Générale. He also served as group chief financial officer of Crédit Agricole from 2007 to 2011. Between 2004 and 2007, Bertrand was a managing director of Lazard in Paris and responsible for the Financial Services Group. In 2003, he was invited to join President Jacques Chirac's diplomatic team and was closely involved in the preparation of the G-8 summit in Evian. In that capacity, he served as the president's deputy personal representative for Africa and as a spokesman for the working group on new international financial contributions to fight poverty and fund development, which produced the Landau Report. In 2002, he was a member of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure chaired by Michel Camdessus.
In 1999 Badré joined Lazard, where he spent 18 months as assistant director in London before transferring to New York as director of the mergers and acquisitions department with specific focus on the financial services sector. From 1995 to 1999, he served in the French Ministry of Finance where he led a number of control, audit, and consultancy missions for the French National Audit Office. He began his career in 1989 as assistant group controller for BFI-IBEXSA, a Franco-American company that is now part of Avnet.
Bertrand has served as director on a number of boards, including the supervisory board of Eurazeo between 2010 and 2012, Haulotte Group between 2005 and 2013, various boards of the leading French regional daily newspaper group Ouest France, and represented Crédit Agricole and Sociéte Générale on the boards of a number of their subsidiaries. He is a member of the advisory board of the newly created International Water Bank and of the Paris based IDDRI (Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations). He is a board member of the French-American Foundation, an honorary member of the Cincinnati Society and a fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States. He is chair of the Global Future Council on International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development and an advisor for the World Economic Forum.
He has taught and is currently teaching in a number of schools and universities, and is the author of several books, the most recent being “Money Honnie, si la finance sauvait le monde?” which is expected to be published in English in 2017.
Bertrand is a graduate of ENA (Ecole Nationale d'Administration) and Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. He also studied history at Paris IV University (La Sorbonne), and graduated from HEC (Hautes Etudes Commerciales in Paris) business school.
Ban Ki-moon was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 2007 to December 2016. Before becoming Secretary-General, Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations.
Ban was the foreign minister of South Korea from January 2004 to November 2006. In February 2006 he began to campaign for the office of Secretary-General. As foreign minister of South Korea he was able to travel to all the countries on the United Nations Security Council, a maneuver that turned him into the campaign's front runner.
On 13 October 2006, he was elected to be the eighth Secretary-General by the United Nations General Assembly. On 1 January 2007, he succeeded Kofi Annan. As Secretary-General, he was responsible for several major reforms on peacekeeping and UN employment practices. Diplomatically, Ban has taken particularly strong views on global warming, pressing the issue repeatedly with U.S. President George W. Bush, and on the Darfur conflict, where he helped persuade Sudanese president to allow peacekeeping troops to enter Sudan.
Ban was named the world's 32nd most powerful person by the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People in 2013, the highest among South Koreans. In 2016, Foreign Policy named Ban one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers for his achievement of making the Paris Agreement a legally binding treaty less than a year after it was adopted.
Jane is currently the Chief Executive Officer at PAAMCO. As CEO, Jane is responsible for overall business strategy and firm direction.
She began her career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management in the Capital Markets Group. She has also been an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
She is currently serving as Director and Chairwoman of the Board for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA). She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK) and AGF Management Limited (TSX: AGF-B-T).
Jane is a guest on CNBC and Bloomberg television as well as a regular contributor to both the business and investment press. She participates in many industry conferences as a moderator, panelist and keynote speaker.
Jane holds both a PhD and an MA in Business Economics (Finance) from Harvard University. She earned a BA in Economics from Yale University.
Jane and her husband, Jim Driscoll, reside in Newport Coast, California.
PAAMCO is a leading institutional investment firm dedicated to offering alternative investment solutions to the world's preeminent investors. Since its founding in 2000, PAAMCO has focused on investing on behalf of its clients while striving to raise the standard for industry-wide best practices.
Dave Cote is chairman and CEO of Honeywell, a $40 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; turbochargers; and performance materials. He was elected president, CEO, and a member of Honeywell's Board in February 2002, and named chairman of the Board on July 1, 2002.
During Cote's dozen years of leadership at Honeywell, the company has delivered strong growth in sales, earnings per share, segment profit, cash flow, and a total shareowner return of 400%. Honeywell has great positions in good industries and technologies that address some of the world’s toughest challenges such as safety and security, clean energy generation, energy efficiency, customer productivity, and globalization. More than 50 percent of the company’s sales are outside the U.S, and the company’s more than 131,000 employees, including 22,000 scientists and engineers, are focused on developing innovative products and solutions that help Honeywell’s customers – and their customers – improve performance and productivity.
Cote was elected in March 2014 as a Class B director to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to represent the interests of the public. In 2012-13 Cote served as a founding member of the steering committee of the Campaign to Fix Debt, a bi-partisan effort to build support for a comprehensive U.S. debt reduction plan. Cote was named Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable (BRT) in 2011 and chairs its Energy and Environment Committee. In 2010, Cote was named by President Barack Obama to serve on the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, also known as the Simpson-Bowles Commission. Cote was named co-chair of the U.S.-India CEO Forum by President Obama in 2009, and has served on the Forum since July 2005.
In 2014, Cote was selected for the prestigious Horatio Alger Award, which recognizes dedicated community leaders who have accomplished remarkable achievements through honesty, hard work, self-reliance and perseverance over adversity. Also in 2014, Cote was named Institutional Investor’s Best CEO in the Capital Good/Industrial – Electrical Equipment & Multi-Industry category. In 2013, Cote was named CEO of the Year by Chief Executive, recognized as one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s, presented the Australian Association’s Award for Excellence, and named one of the 100 CEO Leaders in STEM by StemConnectors.org. He received the Asia Society's Global Leadership Award and the Peter G. Peterson Award for Business Statesmanship from the Committee for Economic Development in 2012, and the Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International in 2011. Cote also received the Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Foreign Policy Association in 2007.
Cote earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of New Hampshire, and, in 2011, the University presented him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. In 2009, Cote was made an honorary professor at the Beihang University of Aeronautics and Astronautics in Beijing, China. In 2001, Cote received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Graziadio School of Business and Management, Pepperdine University.
Dr. Leslie Dewan is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company based in Cambridge, MA, that is developing the next generation of sustainable nuclear power plants. Leslie received her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from MIT, and also holds S.B. degrees from MIT in mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. Leslie has been awarded an MIT Presidential Fellowship and a Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship. She is a member of the MIT Corporation, MIT’s board of trustees, and was named a TIME Magazine "30 People Under 30 Changing the World," an MIT Technology Review "Innovator Under 35," a National Geographic Explorer, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
A highly-recognized Canadian life sciences leader with broad global experience, Karimah Es Sabar has had a successful career spanning multi-national pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, start-up companies, not-for-profit organizations and venture investment firm. She has provided leadership in marketing, business development, strategic alliances, global collaborations, public private partnerships, developing and executing innovation and translation strategies in the life science sector, building innovation ecosystems, entrepreneurship in startups, and in biotech investment.
In July 2016 Ms. Es Sabar accepted the position of CEO & Partner at Quark Venture Inc., a venture investment firm focused on life sciences, to expand and lead their health sciences enterprise. In partnership with GF Securities, a leading investment bank in China, one of the largest global health sciences venture funds was established in 2016 and headquartered in Vancouver, Canada with offices in Boston, Berkley, Hong Kong and Chengdu, and she is a Director of this GHS Fund. The fund is diversified to invest globally in disruptive pre-clinical and clinical stage companies, IPOs and publicly traded companies in therapeutics, vaccines, diagnostics, medical devices, health IT, health AI and novel emerging convergent technologies.
In 2009 Ms. Es Sabar joined The Centre for Drug Research and Development, Canada’s national drug development and commercialization centre, as Senior Vice-President, Business and Strategic Affairs, leading its business functions, and successfully building an array of national and international alliances and strategic industry partnerships. In 2012, she took on the role of President and CEO responsible for developing and executing on the overall strategic direction of the organization. Since Ms. Es Sabar joined CDRD, she enabled new public and private sector funding in excess of $180M, multiple commercial transactions including 6 spin out companies and a M&A, and grew the organization with expanded national and international reach to include partnerships right across Canada, and in 12 countries on five continents – firmly establishing its reputation as one of the world’s leading pre-clinical translational research and commercialization centres. Ms. Es Sabar was also appointed Founding Chair of the Global Alliance of Leading Drug Discovery and Development Centres in 2013, an association of international peer organizations dedicated to translating health research into new medicines, the formation of which she spearheaded.
Ms. Es Sabar took on the role of leading BC Biotech in 2005, re-engineering and rebranding the organization to LifeSciences BC. As President, she led the organization to its greatest levels of success as a strong business development organization for the life science industry and the scientific research community. Ms. Es Sabar has also held senior management positions with multinational pharmaceutical companies, most notably as Director International Division, and later Head Marketing and Business Development at Pasteur Merieux Connaught [Sanofi Pasteur] based in Toronto, when she championed and successfully launched two major first in class and first to market vaccine and biotherapeutic products. Ms. Es Sabar also served as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for a Vancouver medical devices company, Medsurge Medical Inc., and was the founder of two start-up companies in Kenya, both became leading organizations setting new standards in the marketing and distribution of biopharmaceutical products in the region.
Since June 2002, Lady de Rothschild has been the Chief Executive of E.L. Rothschild LLC, a private investment company with investments in media, information technology, agriculture and real estate. Holdings include The Economist Group (U.K.), Weather Central LP (U.S.), real estate and financial instruments. Lady de Rothschild has been a director of The Estee Lauder Companies since December 2000 and The Economist Newspaper Limited (member of the Audit Committee) since October 2002-2017. She is a director of the Peterson Institute of International Economics and an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations (U.S.), Chatham House (U.K.) and the Institute for Strategic Studies (U.K.). She is a graduate of Pomona College and has her J.D from the Columbia University School of Law.
Jean-Francois is a veteran AI entrepreneur and former Chief Product Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at JDA Software, where he was the youngest global C-Level Executive of a top-20 Enterprise Software company. He has founded and successfully exited two companies in AI and Operations Research, represented Canada as a Technology Investment Champion Speaker for Global Affairs, and is a sought-after expert for educating top-level management about the impact of AI on industry.
Jürgen Gerke serves as CEO and chairman of the board of management at Allianz Capital Partners since 2015. Jürgen oversees the Renewables investment business, Legal and Compliance as well as Communications.
Prior to becoming CEO he was CFO at Allianz Worldwide Partners from 2013 to 2014, and CFO of Allianz France from 2007 to 2013. Jürgen has among others held roles in Dresdner Bank, Euler Hermes and the European Commission.
Jürgen holds a degree in law from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and participated in executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard and IMD.
Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service that included two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
Professor Victor Harison holds a PhD in Mathematical Sciences, University of Antananarivo (1995) and a Certificate in Project Management, University of Pittsburgh (1996).
He is currently a commissioner in the Economic Affairs Department of the Commission of the African Union since August 2017. Previously he held the positions of Director General of the National Institute of Accounting and Business Administration (INSCAE) , Antananarivo (1997 - 2017) and Director of Studies and Programming, Ministry of Higher Education and Executive Secretary of the "Human Resources Development" project, administered by the World Bank, Antananarivo (1993-1997).
In addition, he was Professor of Mathematics, Leadership and Organizational and Project Management. He also conducts research activities such as Thesis Director in Mathematical Sciences and Management Sciences. In addition, he is a member of the Mathematical Society of Madagascar, American Mathematical Society, International Conference of Leaders of French Language Training and Research Institutions (CIDEGEF).
Finally, he is the author of several books, and numerous articles published in scientific journals
Glenn Hutchins is a co-founder of North Island and a co-founder of Silver Lake. He is a director of AT&T; a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York; vice chairman of both the Brookings Institution and the Economic Club of New York; a board member of the Obama Foundation and a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital. He is an owner and member of the Executive Committee of the Boston Celtics basketball team. Mr. Hutchins is a co-chairman of Harvard University’s capital campaign.
Josu Jon Imaz San Miguel was born in Zumárraga (Gipuzkoa) on 6 September 1963. He is married and has three children.
Doctorate in Chemical Sciences from the University of the Basque Country. He graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Sciences in San Sebastián. He received the End of Degree Extraordinary Prize.
In 2008, Josu Jon Imaz joined the Repsol Group as Chairman of its Petronor unit, where he successfully managed the challenges surrounding modernization, sustainability and community relations.
In 2012 he joined Repsol’s Management Committee and, as General Director of the Industrial and New Energy unit, completed two of the company’s most important projects in recent years: The modernization of the Cartagena refinery--Spain’s largest-ever industrial investment at over 3.1 billion euros-- and the construction of a new fuel-oil coking plant at Petronor’s Muskiz refinery, with an investment of over 1 billion euros.
These two projects have had a significant effect on employment in the areas where they have been developed. The increases in production and efficiency resulting from these projects have placed both facilities amongst the most efficient in Europe and ensured their viability in an especially difficult European refining environment. These projects also generate significant resources to finance the expansion of the Group’s other businesses, especially oil and gas exploration.
Under his stewardship, Repsol has increased its activity in new types of energy and energy sustainability, identifying new business opportunities, developing projects and initiatives in advanced technology, including bioenergy, renewable power and sustainable mobility. These pioneering projects are key to meet challenges that the energy industry faces in the 21st century.
Before joining Repsol, Imaz San Miguel undertook an intense professional career from technological investigation- he was sent by the INASMET Technology Centre to the French CETIM Centre in Nantes-to the development of industrial projects (Grupo Mondragón) related to the energy industry. He was also a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School in the United States.
As well as his industrial activity, Josu Jon Imaz also held political posts, including Regional Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Regional Government of the Basque Country in 1999 and Chairman of the executive committee of EAJ-PNV party between 2004 and 2007.
His professional activities outside Repsol include his post as Chairman of the Spanish Association of Petroleum Products Operators (AOP) which he has held since 2011.
In 2014 he was named Chief Executive Officer of the company and member of the Delegate Committee
Joyce is the managing partner of SparkChain Capital, a $100M blockchain-focused venture fund. Joyce Kim also co-founded Stellar, a leading digital currency protocol that increases interoperability between diverse financial systems and currencies, both fiat and cryptocurrencies. Before joining the technology industry, she was a securities and corporate attorney at Shearman & Sterling LLP and WilmerHale. Joyce graduated from Cornell University at the age of 19, followed by graduate school at Harvard University and Columbia Law School. She is on the Board of Directors for the nonprofit Literacy Bridge and also serves as a Director’s Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.
Mr. Kruger is currently chairman, president and chief executive officer of Imperial Oil Limited, a role he assumed on March 1, 2013.
In 1981, Mr. Kruger started his career with Exxon in Houston, Texas, and held various technical, supervisory, and management positions throughout the United States. In 1996, he became technical manager for Exxon's engineering activities in the former Soviet Union and in 1999 was appointed vice president, Africa Deepwater, ExxonMobil Development Company. In 2001, he was appointed director and chairman of ExxonMobil's subsidiaries in Malaysia, and in 2003 was appointed vice president, Asia Pacific/Middle East, for ExxonMobil Production Company.
Mr. Kruger was appointed vice president, United States, of ExxonMobil Production Company in 2005 and in 2006 was named executive vice president of ExxonMobil Production Company. He was appointed president of ExxonMobil Production Company and elected a vice president of Exxon Mobil Corporation in 2008.
A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Mr. Kruger holds a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Houston.
From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director- of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).
Pascal Lamy was appointed, in 2015, interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025, and in 2016 President of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and chair of the European group of experts in charge of evaluating the impact of EU research funding. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, as well as various mandates or missions related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Transparency International France and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), special advisor of TradeMarkEastAfrica (TMEA) and of the World Trade Board, member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International, the Oxford Martin School, of UNITAID, of the Friedland Institute, of Chatham House’s group on EU-Chia partnership and affiliate Professor at HEC. He is currently also member of the Global Future Council on regional Governance at the World Economic Forum.
Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are: Oxford Martin Commission: “Now for the long term” (2013); “The Geneva Consensus” (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera” (Odile Jacob, 2014), Où va le monde ? (Odile Jacob, 2017)
Pascal Lamy also lectures to the benefit of Institut Jacques Delors or other non-profit organisations on issues related to globalisation, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.
In a recent poll casted by the British magazine Prospect (April 2014), Pascal Lamy is in the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers. He is also ranked among the 100 most influential thinkers of the “Thought leader Map 2015” published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.
Enrico Letta is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris and also the President of the Jacques Delors Institute.
He was the Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014. Before he served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.
Between 2001 and 2015 he was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013.
From 1993 to May 2013 he managed an independent think tank, Arel, founded by the late Beniamino Andreatta. He was also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission.
He was born in Pisa (Tuscany) in 1966 and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision with the mission to index the physical world. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with offices in the UK, US, India and Singapore and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.
Ambarish is a serial entrepreneur who started his tech career as a high school drop-out teenager creating a web portal to empower underprivileged women in India. Ambarish is today an active private investor in the field of AR, AI, Food and Genomics.
With a vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds and give people more from the world they see through AR and Computer Vision, Ambarish has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of Augmented Reality. Mitra was named by Ernst & Young as UK Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016, and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Mitra was also recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017.
Mr Louis Morisset assumed the position of President and CEO of the Autorité des marchés financiers (“AMF”) on July 2, 2013.
Since joining the AMF in May 2006, Me Morisset has served as Superintendent, Securities Markets. In this position, he was in charge of enforcing the laws and numerous regulations pertaining, in particular, to public offerings by companies and mutual funds, the continuous disclosures that these entities are required to provide and their governance, take-over bids and issuer bids, the creation and marketing of derivatives, and market operations. He was also in charge of supervising the Québec activities of exchanges and clearing houses, including those of the Montréal Exchange and the Canadian Derivatives Clearing Corporation (CDCC), as well as those of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC).
Over the years, Me Morisset also assumed other responsibilities, such as market structures and derivatives markets in 2009 and, in 2012, public affairs, communications and the development and implementation of financial education initiatives.
Me Morisset has played a key role in numerous major operational, public policy and regulatory issues at the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA). He led discussions by the AMF on the role of boards of directors facing unsolicited take-over bids, which led to the publication of an important consultation in March 2013. In 2011 and 2012, he directed the work which resulted in the AMF’s approval of the acquisition of TMX Group, CDS and Alpha by the Maple Group.
On the international scene, Me Morisset represents the AMF on the board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and has been instrumental in IOSCO initiatives over the past several years. He co-chaired IOSCO’s special task force charged with examining the role of securities regulators in respect of systemic risk following the 2007-2008 financial crisis and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as chair of the Monitoring Group mandated to supervise the implementation and application of the IOSCO Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation and Cooperation and the Exchange of Information.
Prior to joining the AMF, Me Morisset was a partner at the law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP, where he acquired extensive experience in Canada, the U.S. and Europe in securities law, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.
Me Morisset is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations, Finance Montréal, the financial services cluster of Québec, and the Montreal Institute of Structured Finance and Derivatives. He is also a member of the Accounting Standards Oversight Council (AcSOC).
Me Morisset graduated in law from the University of Montréal in 1995 and was called to the Bar of the Province of Québec in 1996.
Jasandra Nyker is the CEO of BioTherm Energy, a renewable energy investment and project development platform focused on sub‐Saharan Africa. She is on the board of SAWEA (South African Wind Energy Association), and is one of just three South Africans on the World Economic Forum’s 2012 list of Young Global Leaders selected from 59 countries around the world.
Prior to this, Ms. Nyker managed the direct investment portfolio on behalf of the PCG Clean Energy and Technology Fund and played an integral role in transaction sourcing, due diligence, investment execution and post‐investment management. At part of this role, she reviewed and evaluated over 700 investment opportunities and invested in 13 companies across multiple sub‐sectors and geographies. Ms. Nyker was previously a board director on four portfolio companies (Brazil, US) and a board observer for three companies and played an active role in business development, fundraising and international market rollout. She also served as an advisor to a Middle Eastern National Oil Company’s Energy Venture Fund.
Prior to joining PCG, Ms. Nyker worked for Booz Allen Hamilton in London, where she focused on alternative energy and private equity related projects. A significant portion of her time was spent establishing an alternative energy fund for one of the leading national oil companies in the Middle East, for which she subsequently led multiple alternative energy investments.
Before that, she worked at Lehman Brothers in London. She also worked for Brait Private Equity and Nedcor Investment Bank in South Africa.
Ms. Nyker holds an MBA from the London Business School, where she was a Merrill Lynch Scholar, and a Business Science degree in Finance from the University of Cape Town.
Graduated from the ESSEC business school Robert Ophèle joins the Banque de France in 1981 where he will make the largest part of his professional career in banking supervision, in developing and implementing monetary policy and in financial management of the bank. Following a secondment to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, he took up the position of Director of the Management Control and Budget Directorate, then was appointed Deputy Director General Economics and International Relations, before being promoted Director General Operations. He held the position of Second Deputy Governor of the Banque de France from January 2012 until July 2017; in this role he became a member of the Supervisory Board for the European Central Bank. On 1st August 2017 he was appointed Chairman of the Autorité des marchés financiers.
Abhay Parasnis has always been fascinated with how things work - from gadgets to hardware and software. His early passion for tinkering paved the way for his commitment to tech innovation and formed the basis for his core belief: continuous reinvention is how businesses disrupt and lead.
As CTO of Adobe, Abhay is applying that same desire to disrupt and lead to the company's technology strategy, bringing a fresh vision to initiatives across the company's cloud platform, mobility, data science and technology ecosystems. He leads a team responsible for integrating Adobe's cloud solutions, driving a consistent customer experience and ensuring Adobe's products are engineered using industry leading security practices.
Abhay also oversees Adobe Research and its focus on the core areas of world class innovation, creative design tools, media and document intelligence and customer intelligence - including content and mobile intelligence. Most recently, Adobe Research has taken on an expanded and unified charter for artificial intelligence (Al) research and immersive media.
Before bringing his talents to Adobe, Abhay held leadership positions at IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, i2 and Kony, and has contributed to more than 20 patents.
As a child Abhay frustrated his parents by spending countless hours programming on his first PC, a Sinclair ZX81. Later, he left his Sinclair behind to earn a bachelor's degree in Electronics and Telecommunications at the College of Engineering in his hometown of Pune, India. He later studied Advanced Computer Science at the National Institute of Information Technology.
In his spare time, Abhay enjoys hiking and pursuing landscape photography.
Stefani Pashman became the CEO of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliated organizations – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pennsylvania Economy League of Greater Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance – on October 2, 2017.
Before joining the Conference, Stefani served as CEO of Partner4Work and its predecessor, the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board, for seven years. She transformed the organization from a $1.5 million research-based group to a $20 million public-private system that educates the region on labor market dynamics, funds public and private workforce programs and connects local employers with qualified talent. Prior to Partner4Work, Stefani served in Governor Rendell’s Administration for nearly seven years at the PA Department of Human Services as Director of Policy and as Special Assistant to the Secretary. She also worked in private consulting at Avalere Health and Navigant and as an analyst in the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Stefani holds an M.B.A. and a Masters in Health Administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She is active in national and local organizations and is a graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh. She resides in Squirrel Hill with her husband and three children.
Rod J. Rosenstein is the 37th Deputy Attorney General of the United States. As Deputy Attorney General, he advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Department of Justice policies and programs and in providing overall supervision to all organizational units of the Department of Justice. Mr. Rosenstein has spent over 27 years in government service. After graduating from the Wharton School of Business and Harvard Law School, Mr. Rosenstein started his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Rosenstein began his career with the Department as an attorney with the Attorney General’s Honors Program and previously served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland from 2005 to 2017.
David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $174 billion from 31 offices around the world.
Mr. Rubenstein, a native of Baltimore, is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated in 1973 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of The Law Review.
From 1973-1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1975-1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).
Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Council on Foreign Relations; a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation; a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art, the University of Chicago, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the Institute for Advanced Study; and President of the Economic Club of Washington.
Mr. Rubenstein is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institution, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Business Council, Harvard Global Advisory Council (Chairman), Madison Council of the Library of Congress (Chairman), Board of Dean’s Advisors of the Business School at Harvard, Advisory Board of the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and Board of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community.
Mr. Rubenstein has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Duke University and Co-Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institution
Michael Sabia is President and Chief Executive Officer of la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Appointed in March 2009, Mr. Sabia is responsible for the strategic direction of the fund and the global growth of the organization.
Before joining la Caisse, Mr. Sabia was with BCE, holding such positions as resident and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International. From 1993 to 1999, he occupied various roles with Canadian National Railway, including Chief Financial Officer. He spent the preceding decade working as
senior official in the Government of Canada.
Mr. Sabia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from the University of Toronto and holds graduate degrees in economics and politics from Yale University.
Mr. Sabia is a member of the Canadian government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He is a trustee of the Foreign Policy Association of New York and a member of the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group and the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council. Among many other community activities,
Mr. Sabia currently co-chairs the capital campaign of Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal.
Dr. R. Seetharaman, Chief Executive Officer of Doha Bank, is a prominent personality in the banking industry throughout the Middle East, an economic expert who has achieved remarkable success for his contributions to Banking, Trade, Investment, Economics, Environment, Social responsibility, Philanthropy and Charity.
He is a Chartered Accountant and holds certificate in IT systems and Corporate Management, whilst being a Gold medallist in his graduation Bachelor of Commerce.
He is recipient of multiple doctorates from leading universities of the world, including
- PhD in Global Governance by European University
- PhD in Green Banking and Sustainability from Sri Sri University
- Doctorate of Laws by Washington College for his unique and valuable contribution to society in the field of banking and knowledge management
- Doctorate of Honoris Causa from European University for his contribution to global governance and social responsibility
- Doctor of Philosophy (Honorary) by Arts, Science and Technology University, Lebanon (AUL) for his valuable contribution to Banking and Finance
Dr. R. Seetharaman, CEO of Doha Bank was honored with the “Green Economy Visionary Award” in 2016 by Union of Arab Banks (UAB) for his outstanding contribution of close to two decades towards environment friendly activities thereby promoting Green economies.
He has also been conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award by The Banker Middle East in May 2015 “to honor his contribution to the industry, not only as the leader of one of Middle East’s most dynamic banks, but also for his personal contribution to the greater understanding of the economic development of the region and his support for the environment and the business”. He has been named "Best CEO in Middle East" 3 times in the last 10 years and “World Leader Business Person”. He has received the “Business Man of the Year Award” in 2015 from Qatar Today, "Life Time Achievement Award" from the Institute of Directors' at the Global Summit 2014 and “The Man of the Year" at IAIR Awards 2014.
A leading top-tier Bank CEO, he has transformed Doha Bank as one of the best performing Banks in the Middle East region. He is a high profile economist and is invited on a regular basis by international media such as BBC, CNN, FOX, CNBC, Sky News, ABC and Bloomberg to share his views.
Recently he was recognized and conferred by the Government of India with the prestigious Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award [PBSA], the highest honor conferred on overseas Indians by the Government of India. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Honorable President of India, handed over the Award citation and the gold medallion to Dr. Seetharaman.
Sir Martin Sorrell is the entrepreneurial founder/CEO of WPP. Under his leadership, the company has become the world’s largest communications services group, with over 200,000 people (including associates and investments) working across some 150 companies in 112 countries. He is one of the most respected global industry leaders whose views on business and the world economy are widely sought. In 2016, WPP had revenues of over $19 billion and billings of $74 billion.
Sir Martin actively supports the advancement of international business schools, advising Harvard, IESE, the Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil, among others.
In 2007 he received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. He was awarded the 2014 Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award in Communication by Boston University’s College of Communications In May 2017 he was elected to an Honorary Fellowship of Christ’s College Cambridge in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of commerce. In October 2017, for the second year running,
Sir Martin was ranked Britain’s best performing CEO and was named the second best performing CEO in the world by Harvard Business Review.
▪ Founder and Managing Director of NewMark Group in the fields of market research, consulting and financial communication
▪ Managing Director of Frankfurt Main Finance e.V.
▪ Managing Director of NewMark Finanzkommunikation GmbH
Education and Professional Background
▪ Master in Economics at the University of Mainz
▪ Nearly 12 with Deutsche Bank, with stations in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Singapore, as Analyst, Asia Head of Communications, Chief economist Asia/Pacific and Global Head of Marketing for Wealth Management
Initiator of the German and European Structured Products Association
▪ Member of the Rotary Club
▪ Member of the Economic Council
▪ Member of the German Red Cross
▪ Co-Founder of the new Youth Training Centre of Eintracht Frankfurt in Riederwald
Ms. Warrol is employed at the Swedish Association for Engineering Industries, since 2006. The Association has close to 4000 member companies, which account for 30% of Sweden’s export goods and close to 40% of all national R&D spending.
Ms Warrol is responsible for technology, innovation, development and R&D; including developing new policies and tools to increase the Swedish manufacturing industry’s competitiveness.
Ms. Warrol is also the Programme Director for Produktion2030, the Swedish platform for digitizing industry. Produktion2030 was inaugurated in 2013 and has launched close to 100 innovation projects and a national PhD program in production. In addition, Produktion2030 works actively to disseminate its results to SME’s through workshops and adult learning programs. Produktion2030 also conducts international analysis and is involved in EU policy development.
Ms Warrol is an adviser to several branches of the Swedish Government. Primarily to the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation and their implementation of the industry strategy, but also to the Ministries of Education as well as Labour.
Ms Warrol is also part of Sweden’s new international technology collaborations, currently with countries like Germany, Japan and Singapore.
Yvonne is Airware’s CEO. For over 25 years she has led enterprise companies to successfully adopt and innovate with new technologies. Yvonne is a thought leader in cloud solutions, big data analytics, and business digitization. Prior to Airware, Yvonne has served as Chief Information Officer and SVP of Operations at New Relic where she prepared the company for its IPO and led key growth initiatives. Yvonne also held multiple leadership positions at VMware, scaling the company from $2B to $6B. Yvonne began her career as a software engineer at Accenture, where she held and led a variety of functions over 17 years including running the internal corporate strategy & development team for the company’s $4B Communications, Media and Technology business unit. Yvonne serves on the board of directors of Forrester Research (FORR), Harvey Mudd College, and the Athena Alliance. Yvonne holds a BA in economics/computing from UCLA and an MBA in strategy and operations from the university’s Anderson School of Business.
Mark has an MBA from Cass Business School where he specialised in Corporate Finance, Economics and International Marketing. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Mark has also helped project manage four successful company turnarounds. His experience includes company acquisitions & disposals and major change management programmes.
Mark Yeandle is the lead author and co-creator of the Global Financial Centres Index (GFCI). The GFCI has been published every six months since March 2007 and Mark has been the project manager and lead author of the GFCI since its inception. As a result of his research into what makes financial centres competitive, Mark is regularly interviewed on international television and radio and has spoken at many international conferences in centres such as Bogotá, Busan, Casablanca, Cayman Islands, Edinburgh, Istanbul, London, Montreal, Moscow, Seoul, and Shenzhen. Mark has conducted in depth research studies into all the centres mentioned above and others including Casablanca, Copenhagen, Doha, Dubai, Guernsey, Jersey, Shanghai and Toronto.
A central theme in Mark’s career has been quantitative and economic analysis. He has strong experience of using support vector machine mathematics to enhance efficiency in both the finance and the not-for-profit sectors. Mark has been involved in many of Z/Yen’s recent projects including managing an Anti-Money Laundering research project and research into Best Execution Compliance Automation. Mark has also conducted a piece of research evaluating competitive stock exchange systems and carried out portfolio analysis.
Selected Publications and Articles
Expertise – Search & Deploy - Z/Yen Group Limited 2003 London 2005
The Competitiveness of London as a Global Financial Centre - City of London 2005
Best Execution Compliance – The Need for New Techniques for Managing Compliance Risk - Journal of Risk Finance 2006
Best Execution Compliance Automation – Towards an Equities Compliance Workstation - Journal of Risk Finance 2006
Best Execution Compliance Automation - Financial Services Research April 2006
WarmGame – A Game for All Seasons - London Accord 2007
Co-operation During Crisis - Washington Times December 2008
The Global Financial Centres Index 1 - 23 - City of London/QFCA 2007 – 2018
Max Yuan, founder and chairman of Xiaoi. The creator of A world-leading AI/smart machine technology platform and framework supplier, Xiaoi. Leading talent of Shanghai, 2014.
Under the leadership of Max Yuan, Xiaoi has been focusing on AI for over 16 years, and has established a development and application team of over 600 members. It plays a leading role in smart machine technologies including natural language processing, semantic analysis and understanding, knowledge engineering and smart big data. Xiaoi applies for hundreds of patents each year, it has taken the lead in the drafting of the world’s first standard of affective computing of user interface and China’s first AI semantic corpus standard. Xiaoi provides services to ICBC, CCB, China Mobile, Huawei, SF Express, GE, Wanda Group, as well as hundreds of large and medium enterprises, government branches, thousands of SMEs and developers. Its users have exceeded 800 million. Together with Apple, Google, Amazon, Xiaoi was recommended by Gartner as a typical representative of conversational AI
As a top expert in AI, Max Yuan was invited to APEC, Boao forum for Asia, Summer Davos. His guiding opinions, such as “to realize AI’s value through industrialization”, “to develop AI, we need to focus on algorithm, data and specific applications”, were highly recognized by other guests and media.
Philippe Zaouati is the CEO of Mirova. Mirova currently manages around EUR 9 billion, distributed across equities, fixed income, infrastructure and impact investing.
Prior to his tenure at Mirova, Philippe was Deputy CEO of Natixis Asset Management. His previous experience includes high-level management roles within the Groupe CDC, La Banque Postale, and the Crédit Agricole.
Philippe has contributed to the development of responsible finance both in France and across Europe, in particular through his role in various professional associations (AFG, EFAMA) and international organizations (ICGN, IIRC, Investment Leaders Group). He has recently been appointed by the European Commission as a member of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance.
Philippe Zaouati is graduated from the ENSAE (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique) and an accredited member of the French Society of Actuaries.