Vijay Advani is Chief Executive Officer of Nuveen, the investment management arm of TIAA. He is responsible for Nuveen’s strategy, distribution and operations, as well as the investment affiliates that comprise Nuveen's multi-boutique structure. Before joining the firm in 2017, Vijay was Co-President of Franklin Templeton Investments, where in a career of more than 20 years he was responsible for long-term strategic initiatives and the firm’s investment management, trading and global retail and institutional channels. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, Vijay spent 11 years at the World Bank advising governments on developing their financial markets and arranging equity, quasi-equity and debt financing. He worked in several emerging economies in the former Soviet Union, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Vijay is a board member at Jumpstart, the U.S. - India Business Council (USIBC) and the U.S. - India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). He is also an advisory board member for The Hive Incubator in Palo Alto, advisory council member of DocuSign in San Francisco, charter member of TiE Silicon Valley and past board member at the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania.Vijay is a committee member of the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative, member of the India Advisory Committee and Investment Committee at the Santa Clara University (SCU) and former board member of Lok Foundation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mumbai and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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.
Charles-Edouard Bouée is the global CEO of Roland Berger. Charles-Edouard is a seasoned expert in reorganization, post-merger projects and integration programs, as well as performance improvement, and specializes in disruptive innovation, new technologies and digital transformation, and is convinced that AI heralds a new golden of social and economic opportunities. He has fulfilled consulting mandates for leading international companies and organizations globally.
Charles-Edouard graduated from Ecole Centrale de Paris and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. He is involved in various business and community organizations around the globe. He sits on the Alumni Board of Harvard Business School and is a member of the Advisory Council of Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB), and a member of International Advisory Board of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS). On January 1, 2017, he was made Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Charles-Edouard Bouée has authored various books on Artificial Intelligence modern management and China, such as China's Management Revolution. His most recent book La Chute de l'Empire humain, a fictitious story about Artificial Intelligence, was published in March 2017.
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.
Guy Cormier has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group since April 2016. Desjardins is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and sixth in the world, with assets of over $248 billion. It is one of the 20 largest employers in the country, supported by the skills of its 47,000 employees and the commitment of more than 5,000 elected officers. Drawing on the strength of its caisse network in Quebec and Ontario and its subsidiaries across Canada, Desjardins Group offers a full range of financial products and services to its millions of members and clients. Desjardins specializes in wealth management, life and health insurance, property and casualty insurance, personal services, and business and institutional services.
Mr. Cormier has been with Desjardins since 1992, and was General Manager of several caisses in the network. He was Vice-President of Cooperative Network Finance from 2009 to 2012, before being appointed Vice-President of Cooperative Network, in 2012, and then Senior Vice-President of Cooperative Network and Personal Services in 2013.
Mr. Cormier has always encouraged audacity, agility and innovation to improve the experience of members and clients. Under his leadership, the organization's AccèsD Services earned their 11th Customer Operations Performance Center (COPC) certification, making Desjardins the only financial institution in the world to hold the certification that long. It was also under Mr. Cormier that new innovative technology-focused service centres were launched, earning several awards internationally.
In 2014, he was invited to give lectures and take part in round tables for events organized by the World Health Organization and the International Summit of Cooperative.
In 2013, the Quebec MBA Association recognized Mr. Cormier as one of 40 Quebecers with a major influence on business in the province.
Mark A. G Brantley has been Minister of Foreign Affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis since 2015. He has been active in electoral politics since 2006 and has served as a Senator in the Nevis Island Assembly and as Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in the Federal Parliament. He is also leader of the Concerned Citizens Movement which is currently governing the affairs of St. Kitts and Nevis under a tri-party Unity coalition government. Brantley is a lawyer by profession and is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Oxford University. He is a member of the bar in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada and Dominica and holds membership in several international professional associations such as the commercial Bar Associations and the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. Throughout his tenure as the Federation’s chief diplomat he has been a strong advocate for small island states, green investments and clean energy as a means of attaining resilience in the Caribbean. He has addressed several high-level fora including the Organization of American States and United Nations General Assembly. He has also lead efforts to expand the diplomatic footprint of St. Kitts and Nevis across the world.
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.
Mr. Côté was appointed President and CEO of Investissement Québec in December, 2014.
A management consultant since 2012, he has experience running large North American and international companies. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of Fibrek from 2008 to 2012, President of Bombardier Aerospace’s Business Aircraft division from 2006 to 2008 and President and Chief Executive Officer of Lantic Sugar from 2001 to 2005. In addition, he held a variety of management positions in the forestry industry for nearly 20 years.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Côté has served on numerous boards of directors. Until recently, he was a director of D-Box, Dessau, Centre for Commercialization of Innovation for Manufacturers and Fondation de la Maison Michel-Sarrazin. He has also supported the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie since 2010.
Mr. Côté has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Université Laval and completed a training program at the McGill Executive Institute.
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.
Bart W. Édes has served as the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) Representative in North America since October 2017. In this capacity, he mobilizes financing for ADB’s developing member countries; shares development knowledge and experience; establishes and deepens partnerships with public, private and nonprofit organizations in North America; and raises public awareness of ADB in Canada and the United States.
His earlier ADB experience includes leading teams responsible for knowledge management, social development, gender equity, the social sectors, civil society engagement, ICT for Development, inclusive business, governance, and public sector management. He guided the formulation of ADB’s Public Communications Policy, which set a new global benchmark for transparency and information sharing among the international financial institutions. Mr. Édes has also served as Alternate Chairperson of ADB’s Appeals Committee, and Member of the ADB Integrity Oversight Committee.
Between 1994 and 2000, Mr. Édes managed communications at SIGMA, a joint initiative of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development providing support to public governance reform in Central and Eastern European countries. Mr. Édes has also worked as a journalist, researcher, policy analyst, and specialist on international trade and foreign direct investment.
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government (cum laude) from Georgetown University. Mr. Édes is a dual national of Canada and the United States.
Timothy Erblich is the Chief Executive Officer of the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. As CEO Mr. Erblich is responsible for ensuring strong growth for the company through his charting of long and short-term strategies aimed at developing standards and best practices for companies who are committed to ethical business practices.
Prior to his time at Ethisphere, Mr. Erblich served as President of NYSE Governance Services, a leading governance, compliance, and education solutions provider for companies and their boards of directors. He spent more than 20 years in executive roles at Thomson Legal & Regulatory, now Thomson Reuters. During this time, he led efforts to serve the AMLAW 100 channel across the Thomson North American Legal business. Prior to that, Mr. Erblich led the strategy and development surrounding Thomson’s growth in the corporate legal & regulatory sector.
An acknowledged thought leader on business ethics, Mr. Erblich frequently speaks before boards of directors, executive leadership programs, and at global industry events. He has presented to global multinational companies on ethics, governance, and the value of prioritizing a long-term, programmatic approach to business and ever-evolving societal trends. He is often requested to present at prestigious events such as the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights Compass program for institutional investors, the SRI Conference on Sustainable and Responsible Investing, the UK’s Global Law Summit, NYSE’s “This Week in the Boardroom”, the Annual Boardroom Summit, the Annual General Counsel Forum, Ethisphere’s Best Practices in Ethics and Communications Workshops, the Global Ethics Summit, and the annual meeting of the Association of Corporate Counsel.
In addition, Mr. Erblich regularly convenes discussions with top leaders in the ethics and compliance space for the Ethisphere community including PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi, Microsoft President Brad Smith, former United States Senator Bill Bradley, and Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute.
Mr. Erblich has authored several articles for industry magazines and journals including Forbes, the Huffington Post and the Asian Institute of Finance. He has appeared on numerous television news programs across the United States and has provided expert analysis for journalists at various top tier and trade publications.
He graduated from the University of Arizona in and has participated in the Thomson Executive Leadership development program in partnership with Columbia University.
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.
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.
Amy Harder is one of the top national energy and climate change reporters in the U.S., considered to be a uniquely balanced and influential journalist with respect across the spectrum. She covers these issues in a regular column at Axios, called Harder Line. In her column and elsewhere on Axios.com, Harder reports on trends and exclusive scoops, while also distilling into understandable formats complex energy and climate issues relevant to people outside the industry. Harder interviews some of the biggest CEOs in the energy industry, and at the same time bridges the gap between what CEOs say and what everyday people care about. Previously, she covered the same issues for The Wall Street Journal, based out of its Washington, D.C., bureau, and before that at National Journal. She has appeared on PBS NewsHour, MSNBC, CBS and NPR, among many other media outlets. She is regularly sought out to speak and participate in events, including moderating and participating in panel discussions and giving speeches in Washington and throughout North America. She is originally from Washington State and received a B.A. in journalism with honors from Western Washington University.
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
Pierre Heilbronn is responsible for the Bank’s country and sector strategies, policy engagement, TC and initiatives upholding and supporting the Bank’s transition mandate.
Before joining the EBRD in November 2016, he was deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Before that, he served as the European advisor of the French Prime Minister and for six years. Earlier in his career, he assisted in the creation of the European External Action Service. As head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Management of Development Aid, he worked on the Neighbourhood policy and on the management of EU development aid at the programming cycle.
Pierre Heilbronn started his career in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Department of European cooperation) and the Ministry of Finance.
He graduated from the Institut d’Etudes politiques de Paris and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). He holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of European studies from the College of Europe of Bruges. He also studied in Yale University and Georgetown University.
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 part 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. He is also a board member of the Center for American Progress as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Previously, Mr. Hutchins served President Clinton in both the transition and the White House as a special advisor on economic and health-care policy. He was also previously chairman of the board of SunGard Data Systems, Inc. and Instinet, Inc. and a director of Nasdaq, Inc.
Mr. Hutchins and his wife, Debbie, founded the Hutchins Family Foundation which, among other projects, has created the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, which is chaired by Mr. Hutchins; the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at The Brookings Institution; and the Chronic Fatigue Initiative, which conducts basic research into the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Mr. Hutchins has published essays on economic and public policy in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Fortune, Foreign Affairs and New Republic.
Mr. Hutchins holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
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
Dr. George Jabbour is the Associate Dean for Executive Programs and Professor of Finance at The George Washington University School of Business. He has been a consultant and conducting professional training for the World Bank Group in Washington DC (USA), Vienna (Austria) and Islamabad (Pakistan), for The International Training Banking Center in Budapest (Hungary), the Center of Excellence in Management in Kuwait, and for Kipco Asset Management Group (KAMCO) in Kuwait. He was a Visiting Professor at Franklin College in Lugano (Switzerland), Dongseo University (South Korea), Holy Spirit University-Kaslik (Lebanon), Renmin University in Beijing (China), and Sorbonne University in Paris (France). He has been instrumental in developing partnerships with institutions engaged in training, research and higher education. He has several publications in professional refereed journals. He co-authored “The Option Trader Handbook” for trade adjustments. His research papers were presented in the US and around the world. He is a member of several leading professional finance organizations He is a member of the editorial advisory board of four journals. Four of his co-authored papers won the best paper award. He has received several Teaching Excellence Awards. In addition to his academic career, Dr. Jabbour is active in equity and derivatives trading. He was Senior Financial Analyst at Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation and a consultant to several American corporations and international organizations. He has a Ph.D. in International Finance, an MBA in Finance, a BBA in Marketing, and BS in Mathematics.
Michael W. Johnson is the President of Parsons Corporation Business Unit.
Parsons is a digitally enabled solution provider in the Infrastructure, Defense
& Security Markets with over 14,500 employees and top line revenues exceeding $3 billion. Parsons Infrastructure is a globally recognized design build integrated delivery firm that deploys solution oriented technology in all aspects of infrastructure delivery from design to construction to asset
Mike has more than 28 years of experience in the engineering progressive and
construction industry. Parsons Infrastructure is one of Parsons Corporation’s
primary business units, providing customers worldwide with full-service engineering, management, and technical services in the aviation, road, highway, bridge, tunnel, and rail and transit systems markets.
In his tenure at Parsons, Mike has progressed from the management of
multimodal projects and infrastructure development for complex transportation projects to his current position. In his career, he has served as a project and program manager, vice president, business development director, and division manager. He led Parsons’ global expansion of the bridge and tunnel division, providing clients state-of-the-art technical design and management services. As the executive vice president of business development for Parsons Transportation Group, now known as Infrastructure, Mike directed global sales to three record years and led alternative project delivery strategies for transportation infrastructure projects. He also led the relationship, deal development, and due diligence for Parsons’ acquisition of Delcan, in 2014. Now, as president, he is responsible for overseeing the entirety of Parsons' global business activity in aviation, rail and transit, transportation-related systems, long-span bridges, and tunnels, as well as the North American infrastructure market.
During his career, Mike has contributed to some of Parsons’ most recognizable successes, including the project development of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Autoroute A-25, the development of specialized expertise in Canada-U.S. border crossings, securing complex projects through alternative delivery strategies worldwide, and the development of and implementation of technologies that are now commonplace on Parsons’ projects.
As the deputy innovation leader for Financial Services (FS) advisory at EY’s Union Square innovation center, David Kadio-Morokro helps EY FS advisory and its clients develop and industrialize innovation strategies to realize the opportunities offered by digitization and emerging technologies.
Throughout nearly two decades in the Advisory Services Practice at EY and as the risk technology lead for seven years, David has helped our clients implement risk, capital, and regulatory technology solutions and have led large global engagements across the technology system development life cycle. Specifically, he has advised a number of top-tier international and US banks on their regulatory and compliance efforts; his project experience spans across Basel, CCAR, Reg W programs, Data Quality and Governance, Credit Risk architecture, Risk Reporting, Credit Portfolio Management and implementation of third party risk management solutions.
Through his dedicated work in risk and capital management in the post financial crisis regulatory transformation era, David has gained a deep understanding of the challenges the industry faces in innovating under the scrutiny of regulators and stakeholders with little room for error. His teams use this knowledge to help clients safely and profitably transform and pursue their growth and innovation agenda.
David is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), and has received my Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification in 2004.
Mr. Kerin was named Chief Executive Officer and President of the Chicago Stock Exchange in April 2014. Mr. Kerin has been with the Exchange since 1988 and has held many positions, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kerin began at the Exchange in the Application Development group for 12 years and was Vice President of Application Development from 1996 to 2000. Thereafter, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Enterprise Development where he helped manage the Exchange’s enterprise wide growth initiative. Mr. Kerin also became the Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for all aspects of IT development and operations. As the operation of the Exchange became increasingly technology centric, in 2003 he was given the added responsibility of Chief Operating Officer.Mr. Kerin was named Chief Executive Officer and President of the Chicago Stock Exchange in April 2014. Mr. Kerin has been with the Exchange since 1988 and has held many positions, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kerin began at the Exchange in the Application Development group for 12 years and was Vice President of Application Development from 1996 to 2000. Thereafter, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Enterprise Development where he helped manage the Exchange’s enterprise wide growth initiative. Mr. Kerin also became the Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for all aspects of IT development and operations. As the operation of the Exchange became increasingly technology centric, in 2003 he was given the added responsibility of Chief Operating Officer.Prior to joining the Exchange, Mr. Kerin worked as a software engineer for Northrop Corporation for over four years.Mr. Kerin earned an M.B.A. from the Illinois Institute of Technology Stewart School of Business in 1990 and graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology Armour College of Engineering with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1984.Mr. Kerin served as Alderman for the City of Park Ridge, Illinois and later spent four years on the Board of the Park Ridge Economic Development Corporation to promote the community’s business environment. During that time, Mr. Kerin served a term as Chairman of the Board and spearheaded initiatives to enhance the tax base of the community through zoning and land use strategies. Mr. Kerin also served for nine years on the Board of the Center of Concern which provides housing solutions, support services and counseling for seniors, disabled and others in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Mr. Kerin is a current member of the Securities Traders Association of Chicago.
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.
President, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Jean Lebel is one of Canada’s strongest voices on the interface between research, development and foreign policy and on agriculture, health, inclusive economies and technology and innovation. As president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), an institution that invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world, Jean Lebel leads IDRC’s contributions to Canada’s international priorities. He is responsible for significant funding partnerships with foreign governments, philanthropic organisations, and the private sector.
Prior to assuming the presidency of IDRC, Lebel served as vice-president of the Program and Partnership Branch, overseeing all IDRC programming. Before joining IDRC, he worked in both the academic and private sectors. Lebel has worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, where he conducted ground-breaking work in agriculture and in ecosystem approaches to human-health.
Lebel has served on boards of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research, the Centre for Global Pluralism, the International Economic Forum of the Americas, and the World Economic Forum’s Stewardship Board on Economic Progress. He was also a mentor with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation (2016-2017).
Lebel holds a PhD in environmental sciences from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and an MScA in occupational health sciences from McGill University.
Yves Leterme, a Belgian national, is the Secretary-General of the Stockholm-based intergovernmental organization International IDEA. Prior to working at International IDEA, Leterme served as Prime Minister of Belgium (2007 to 2011) and then as Deputy Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris (2011 to 2014).
Before serving as Prime Minister, Leterme held a variety of political posts in Belgium. After starting his career as an Alderman in his home town of Ypres, he became a Member of Parliament in the Chamber of Representatives, Group Chairman and leader of the opposition, Secretary-General and Chairman of the CD&V party, Minister-President and Minister for Agriculture of the Flemish Government, Federal Senator, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Budget and Mobility, and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
During Leterme’s tenure as Prime Minister, Belgium held the Presidency of the European Union. Leterme has also worked, inter alia, as a deputy auditor at the Belgian Court of Audit and as an administrator at the European Parliament.
Leterme, who was born on 6 October 1960, has degrees in Law and in Political Sciences from the University of Ghent.
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.
Mr. Lévesque began his economist career in 1983 with the Quebec Government, first with the Crop Insurance Board and later with the Department of Finance. He joined Finance Canada in 1991 and moved up the ranks in economic development, tax policy and federal-provincial relations, leading to his appointment as Associate Deputy Minister of Finance in 2004.
He was promoted to Deputy Minister in 2006 with responsibility for intergovernmental affairs in the Privy Council Office. He was appointed as Deputy Minister of International Trade in 2008, as Canada’s Sherpa and personal representative of the Prime Minister in 2010, and as Deputy Minister of Transport Canada in 2012.
Mr. Lévesque left the public service in July 2015 and later joined the International Forum of the Americas as Chief of Operations for the Montreal Conference. In April 2017, he was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Finance Montreal, the cluster of financial institutions in Quebec.
Born and raised in Quebec City, Mr. Lévesque obtained a first degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Economics from Laval University.
Leonardo Martinez-Diaz is the Global Director, Sustainable Finance Center of the World Resources Institute. In this capacity, he leads our engagement with governments, development finance organizations, and private financial institutions to rapidly accelerate the shift to sustainable finance. He also guides and amplifies the Finance Center’s research, analysis and influence strategies, and oversees the technical support that the finance team provides across WRI.
Leonardo joins WRI after six years at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy and Environment, he was responsible for overseeing multilateral climate and environmental funds, directing Treasury's domestic and international work on climate finance, and leading on climate change elements of international negotiations, including at the G7, G20, UNFCCC COP, and the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. He stands out for his intimate knowledge of relevant institutions—he has worked for the IMF, World Bank and USAID, and served on the board of the Green Climate Fund—as well as his fresh ideas and force of intellect. He brings a wealth of international experience, including time in Indonesia and Mexico, and continues WRI’s tradition of close and trusting working relationships with all stakeholders, especially developing countries.
Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of the French engineering school, École Polytechnique, and of École Nationale d’Administration. Having held various positions at the Treasury Department and on the staff of the Minister of Economy and Finance (Jacques Delors), Gérard Mestrallet joined Compagnie Financière de SUEZ in 1984. In 1986 he was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of industrial affairs. In 1991 he was named Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique. In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ. Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) when SUEZ merged with Gaz de France on July 2008. Since May 3 2016, he is Chairman of the Board of ENGIE and Chairman of the Board of SUEZ.
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.
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.
Holder of a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia and a master’s degree in Business Administration (M.Sc.) from HEC Montréal, Michel Patry is currently Full professor at the Département d’économie appliquée of HEC Montréal and Director of HEC Montréal, a major international business school.
In the past, Mr. Patry has served in other administrative capacities at HEC Montréal, as Associate Director – Academic Affairs and Strategic Planning; Director of the Doctoral Program and Director of Research; and activities outside of HEC Montréal, more specifically as President and CEO of the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), an important research, liaison and transfer center dedicated to the improvement of organizations’ and markets’ efficiency and competitiveness; Director of the Romanian-Canadian MBA Program, Director of the Joint Ph.D. in Administration Program offered by the four Montreal universities, and Secretary-Treasurer of the Société canadienne de science économique.
In Canada and abroad Mr. Patry sits on several Boards such as HEC Montréal (www.hec.ca), Fondation HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal (www.umontreal.ca), Chair of the Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (BCI), Conseil du patronat du Québec (www.cpq.qc.ca), Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal (www.corim.qc.ca), Revue Gestion, European Foundation for Management Development (www.efmd.org), Global Foundation for Management Education (www.gfme.org), Fédération canadienne des doyens des écoles d’administration (www.cfbsd.ca). He is a member of the Advisory Board of ICN Business School and EFMD North America and of the Conseil Consultatif sur l’économie et l’innovation du Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations. He was a volunteer of the 2011 and 2012 Campaign Cabinet of Centraide of Greater Montreal and Chair - Government Corporations and Public Organizations of Centraide; member of the Advisory Board for Quebec of TALISMAN (2011-2013) and Association of MBAs (2008-2014). He was a member of the Boards of Collège André-Grasset (2009-2014), Finance Montréal (2010-2013), CIRANO (2001-2006), AACSB International (2009-2015), CEFRIO (2007-2009) and ACFAS (2002-2005).
Michel Patry is an expert in the economics of organizations and regulation. At the moment, his teaching and research deal with the economic analysis of organizations, the economics and strategic analysis of outsourcing and P3, the economic analysis of regulation, as well as the economics of IT and e-commerce.
Professor Patry has published over a hundred research documents of scientific and professional nature, articles in academic and professional publications, book sections, monographs, research reports, etc., as well as many transfer and public education articles. He has supervised and participated in the supervision of close to a hundred students in Business Administration, Economics and IT postgraduate programs. He also serves as a consultant to many private and public organizations.
Mr. Pérodeau has been Superintendent, Client Services and Distribution Oversight of the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) since January 2018. In co-operation with over 150 employees, he supervises the activities of representatives and firms in insurance of persons, damage insurance, claims adjustment and financial planning. He also administers the rules governing eligibility for and pursuit of distribution activities while ensuring the issuance of certificates to individuals and the registration of firms.
AMF Client Services and Distribution Oversight is also responsible for assistance services to consumers of financial products and services as well as the AMF Information Centre, in addition to supervising the activities of the Chambre de l'assurance de dommages (damage insurance chamber) and the Chambre de la sécurité financière (financial security chamber) and administering the Fonds d'indemnisation des services financiers (financial services compensation fund).
A lawyer by profession, Mr. Pérodeau joined the AMF in 2012 as Director, Litigation, then served as Senior Director, Investigations, the position he held until his appointment as Superintendent. Since joining the AMF, Mr. Pérodeau has been highly involved with the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), including as chair of the Enforcement Committee. He has also chaired the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association. He has been active at the Barreau du Québec (Québec Bar) since 2008, and is the current chair of its Comité de l'inspection professionnelle (professional inspection committee) as well as a member of its Comité d'accès à la profession (access to the profession committee) . Prior to joining the AMF, he was legal counsel at SNC-Lavalin and a partner at the law firm McCarthy Tétrault.
Mr. Pérodeau is well known within the AMF for his leadership, strategic vision and considerable communication skills. He is actively engaged in his community and is a past member of the board of directors of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) and of the CBA Québec Branch's executive committee. He also sat on the board of directors of The Lighthouse, Children and Families, a non-profit organization that provides respite to parents of seriously ill children and pediatric palliative care services.
Mr. Pérodeau holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Québec at Montréal and a bachelor of law degree from the University of Montréal, for which he was awarded the law faculty medal. He completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSI) and the Business Leadership Program for In-House Counsel of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.
Christopher Rankin was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer of BDC in August 2016.
In this role, he is responsible for BDC’s enterprise-wide risk framework, risk operations, processes and systems, and also provides oversight of key elements of BDC’s risk management and reporting.
Mr. Rankin has almost 20 years of extensive experience in risk management, including credit, enterprise, portfolio and operational.
He joined BDC from Wells Fargo Equipment Financing Canada where he has been Chief Risk Officer, continuing the role he had held since 2013 at GE Capital Americas Canada prior to its purchase by Wells Fargo in March 2016.
Mr. Rankin started his career with GE Capital in 1998 as an account manager and over the years has held several leadership roles, including Senior Risk Manager – Canada and Senior Risk Officer and Vice President, Underwriting – GE Capital Canada.
Mr. Rankin holds an Honors BComm, Finance from McMaster University.
Gil Rémillard holds degrees in Philosophy (1965), Politics and Economics (1968) and has a doctoral degree in Law (1972). He has worked in the fields of teaching, private law and politics.
Upon returning from Europe in 1973, where he completed his Ph.D., Mr. Rémillard began teaching constitutional and administrative law at Laval University’s Faculty of Law and practiced law at the Chouinard, Rémillard, Bussière & Robinson law firm. During this time, he also acted as advisor to the Québec and Ottawa governments on reforming administrative bodies. In 1983, he became a special constitutional advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and an advisor to the United Nations Canadian delegation in New York. He has appeared before all levels of the Canadian court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1981 to 1985, he chaired the Québec Constitutional Conferences, which numbered Prime Ministers Trudeau and Mulroney, as well as Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (former Secretary-General of the United Nations).
On December 2, 1985, Mr. Rémillard was elected as the member for the Québec City riding of Jean-Talon; 10 days later, he was sworn in as a Member of Premier Robert Bourassa’s Liberal government. Within that government, he held several positions, being successively Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of International Relations, Minister of Public Security, and Minister of Justice. As Québec’s Minister of Justice for nearly six years, Mr. Rémillard was responsible for the implementation of the new Civil Code of Québec, which came into effect January 1, 1994. In 1990, he presided over the creation of the Human Rights Tribunal of Québec and, in 1992, convened a major Justice Summit, which resulted in the creation of the Prix de la justice Award that, each year, recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals who have worked to ensure and promote the quality, universality and accessibility of justice.
As Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Rémillard headed the negotiations which led to the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, in 1987 and 1992 respectively. While not officially part of the Canadian Constitution, these two agreements had a considerable impact on Canadian federalism, primarily because the Parliament of Canada recognized the “Quebec nation” and the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the principles of cooperative federalism.
In January 1994, Mr. Rémillard left the political arena. Starting on February 1, 1994 and for the next 22 years, he taught at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP), where he lectured on administrative and international law and gave a course on the principles and issues involved in public administration (February 1994 – April 2016). He also served as counsel to the law firm Dentons Canada LLP. In 1995, along with his wife Marie DuPont and his son Nicholas Rémillard, he founded the International Economic Forum of the Americas which annually presents the Conference of Montreal in June, the Toronto Global Forum in September and the World Strategic Forum in April in Miami. These forums are intended to promote understanding of the major issues involved in economic globalization.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Rémillard was an advisor to the governments of the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria concerning the reform of their Civil Codes, as part of the preparation for their entry into the European Union.
From 2008 to 2012, he acted as a negotiator for the Québec Government and Secretary General of the Québec-France Mutual Recognition Agreement that establishes equivalency of professional qualifications for many trades and professions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Rémillard is the President and publisher of the economic magazine FORCES. He is also the author of several books and articles, among them Le fédéralisme canadien, Volumes I and II, and has edited a number of collections, including Global Economy: The Foundation for the Next Era of Growth, published in 2014.
In 1992, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Aix-Marseille University, France. In 1994, he was awarded the Mérite du Barreau by the Québec Bar for his assistance in creating the new Civil Code of Québec. In 2001, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and, in 2002, was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2004, he received the Ordre national du Québec and, that same year, was made a Knight of France’s Légion d’honneur by French President Jacques Chirac. In May 2007, he was granted the honorary title of Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the France-Canada Institute’s Samuel de Champlain prize. That same year, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University named him Alumnus of the Year and established a fund in his name, and that of his wife, Marie DuPont, to help children with learning disabilities. In January 2014, Mr. Rémillard was elected President of the Légion d’honneur Members’ Association, Montréal chapter. In October 2016, he was made an Officer of France's Légion d'honneur by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
A dyslexic himself, Mr. Rémillard devotes his philanthropic efforts to a variety of organizations that help children with learning disabilities. He serves on a number of Boards of Directors, among them that of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, co-chaired by Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, and John Ralston Saul, that helps welcome new citizens and integrate them into Canadian life.
Nicholas Rémillard, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), is responsible for the direction and strategy of the IEFA’s four major economic events: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris.
Since the organisation’s inception over 20 years ago, Nicholas Rémillard has held a variety of management roles, ultimately serving as President and CEO from 2010. His contribution led to the rapid expansion of the organization where he launched the Toronto Global Forum and the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in 2007 and 2011, respectively. The latter event is now held in Miami under its new appellation: the World Strategic Forum. In addition to these North American conferences, the IEFA has announced its shift towards Europe and will be hosting its first edition of the Conference of Paris in December 2017.
Beyond his role at the IEFA, Nicholas Rémillard also serves as Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Montreal and President of RDÉE Canada’s working group, the Economic Corridor of La Francophonie.
Nicholas Rémillard holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa.
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.
Bernard Spitz is the President of the French Insurance Federation (FFA) which gathers the French Federation of Insurance Companies (FFSA) and the Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (GEMA) since 8 July 2016. Mr Spitz was the chairman of FFSA since 2008. He also chairs the Club des Juristes Commission on Cyber Risks launched in September 2016.
A Board member of MEDEF, the French employer’s organization, Bernard Spitz has chaired International and Europe since July 2013. In charge by MEDEF of the Social Agenda of the B20, the international business leaders and employers summit which coincided with the G20 held under French Presidency at Cannes in 2011, Mr Spitz coordinated the ever first joint declaration of employers and workers represented by the B20 and the L20, the international Unions summit. He remains an active member of the B20 representing France and working on the Task Forces related to employment and the financing of growth.
Bernard Spitz is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the École supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC), as well as of École nationale d’administration (ENA) from 1984 to 1986. He was an adviser to Prime Minister Michel Rocard from 1988 to 1991 ; a Maître des Requêtes at the Council of State ; and an executive Director at the head of Canal+ from 1992 to 1996. From 2000 to 2004, he was Chief Strategy Officer of Vivendi Universal.
Bernard Spitz has served as a rapporteur to the French Competition Council, a member of the French Economic and Social Council and of the Security Council. He has overseen a number of public reports and efforts, among which President of the Diversity In Media Committee (2010); Coordinator of the Estates General of the Print Media, commissioned by President Nicolas Sarkozy (2009); and in charge of the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for Prime Minister Lionel Jospin (1998).
Bernard Spitz is a member of the boards of Air France and Ecole Alsacienne (Paris), the President of think tank Les Gracques and the Vice-President of the association Michelrocard.org. He also sits on the Policy Board of the Aspen Institute (France), and is a member of several leading European think tanks, including Astrid (Italy), The Lisbon Council (Belgium) and En temps Réel (France).
He wrote several books on how to reform the State, including Notre Etat (In Our State), with Roger Fauroux, published by Robert Laffont in 2001; C’est possible ! Voici comment... (It’s possible : Here’s How), with Michel Pébereau, published by Robert Laffont in 2007 ; Le Papy Krach (The Grandfather Krach), published by Grasset in 2006 and On achève bien les jeunes (Our children betrayed) published by Grasset in 2015.
▪ 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.
Born in Pazardjik, Bulgaria in 1975
May 4th, 2017: Elected by the 44th National Assembly for Deputy Prime Minister for Judicial Reform and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria in the third government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
March 26, 2017: Elected Member of Parliament from Political Party GERB in 13th Multi-member Constituency – Pazardjik.
December 18th, 2015 - January 27th, 2017: Minster of Justice in the second government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
March 13th – May 29th, 2013 and August 6th – November 7th, 2014: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Regional Development and Public Works in the first and second caretaker government of President Rossen Plevneliev.
2013 – 2015: Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic of Bulgaria.
2012 – 2013 General Secretary of the Administration of President Rossen Plevneliev.
2009 – 2013: Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works in the first government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov.
2003 – 2009: Legal Advisor and Director of the Legal Directorate in the Ministry of Environment and Waters.
2001 – 2003: Attorney-at-law practice.
Specialized at the National School of Administration (ENA) in Paris, the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe, the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin, Ireland.
Master’s Degree in Law from University of Plovdiv "Paisii Hilendarski".
Graduated from “Bertholt Brecht” Foreign Language School in Pazardjik, Bulgaria.
Married. Fluent in German and English.
Awarded Honour Badge of the Union of Bulgarian Jurists.
Awarded Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
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.