John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.
Allen served in two senior diplomatic roles following his retirement from the Marine Corps. First, for 15 months as senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security, during which he led the security dialogue for the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. President Barack Obama then appointed Allen as special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, a position he held for 15 months. Allen’s diplomatic efforts grew the coalition to 65 members, effectively halting the expansion of ISIL. In recognition of this work, he was presented the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary John Kerry and the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award by Director James Clapper.
During his nearly four-decade military career, Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force. He commanded 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. Allen is the first Marine to command a theater of war. During his tenure as ISAF commander, he recovered the 33,000 U.S. surge forces, moved the Afghan National Security Forces into the lead for combat operations, and pivoted NATO forces from being a conventional combat force into an advisory command.
Allen’s first tour as a general officer was as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years. In this assignment, he was involved extensively with policy initiatives involving China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia. Allen also participated in the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and played a major role in organizing the relief effort during the South Asian tsunami from 2004 to 2005.
Beyond his operational and diplomatic credentials, Allen has led professional military educational programs, including as director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program and commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School. He twice served at the United States Naval Academy, first as a military instructor, where he was named instructor of the year in 1990, and later as commandant of midshipmen; the first Marine Corps officer to hold this position. Allen was the Marine Corps fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the first Marine officer to serve as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where today he is a permanent member.
Among his other affiliations, Allen is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an “Ancien” of the NATO Defense College in Rome, and a frequent lecturer there.
Allen is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign awards.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.
Don Anderson is the Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Federal Reserve System's Financial Management Technology services, the Bank’s IT and cyber security functions, Real Estate Services, and Law Enforcement units. Don is currently a member of the Bank's Executive Committee.
In 2017, Don was awarded the Boston CIO of the Year ORBiE award by the Boston CIO Leadership Association. He is a frequent speaker on Cyber Security, Financial Technology and Digital Transformation.
Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, Don was a senior consultant with Hewlett Packard (HP) Enterprise focused on the development and execution of IT transformation strategies for Fortune 500 companies. While at HP, Don successfully managed a number of multi-million dollar international programs.
He holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Bentley University, is a founding member of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), a Board Member of the Boston CIO Leadership Association and Wall Street Technology Association (WTSA) and is an active member of the Dana Farber Leadership Council (DFLC).
Mason is a serial entrepreneur with fresh food, organics and sustainability always at the core. His current venture, Cece’s® Veggie Noodle Co., was founded in 2015 and is a pioneer brand in making high-quality, fresh pasta out of vegetables. Cece’s innovative veggie products have been recognized with awards from the leading trade associations in the produce industry, the United Fresh Produce Association and Produce Marketing Association.
Before his current venture he founded Greenling.com, the first and largest Local/Organic fresh food and grocery delivery service in Texas serving all major metros. Greenling was sold in 2015.
A longtime Organic agriculture activist, Mason drafted legislation and created the Organic Advisory Board to the Texas Department of Agriculture and formed the Organic Association of Texas, a legislative action and lobbying group for the Organic agriculture industry in Texas. He was honored with the United FreshMKT Achievement Award in 2018 for outstanding achievement and innovation in the marketing and merchandising of fresh produce, and was crowned 'Eco Leader of the Year' by the Austin Business Journal in 2010. Mason and his businesses have also received national innovation awards from Dell and PC Magazine, and more than 25 diverse awards across various outlets, including being crowned ‘Best Local Food Company’ 9 years in a row in the Austin Chronicle. Mason has received national media attention for his companies including feature stories in New York Times, Business Week, Entrepreneur magazine, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, radio appearances on NPR’s On Point, and others. Mason is also an avid mentor and has served on numerous non-profit boards.
A graduate of France’s Ecole Nationale d’Administration and of the Paris Institut d’Etudes Politiques, she holds a diploma in Business Administration from the University of Lancaster (UK).
Having worked in the sector of culture since the start of her professional career, Audrey Azoulay has notably focused on the funding of French public broadcasting and on the reform and modernization of France’s film support system. She has also served the European Commission providing her expertise on issues concerning culture and communication.
In 2014, as an advisor on culture to the President of the French Republic, she notably initiated the development of a protection plan for heritage in danger, which she was able to implement in 2016 as Minister of Culture and Communication. She has also prioritized improving children’s access to culture with the launch of artistic and cultural education school programmes “Création en cours” and created innovative cultural outreach programmes for people in remote and vulnerable areas “Microfolies”.
With a longstanding commitment in favour of intercultural and intergenerational dialogue to advance education for all and the dissemination of scientific and cultural knowledge, she is determined to maintain this commitment as the head of UNESCO.
She will spare no effort in ensuring that UNESCO fulfils its universal mandate fully in promoting values of humanism and openness and serving as a driving force in the United Nations system. The Organization is to achieve this by serving as an intellectual forum for the world of tomorrow, and as a standard-setter that will help society advance, as well as serving as an expert agency contributing to the dissemination of knowledge to the greatest number of people worldwide.
According to Audrey Azoulay, “none of the major challenges facing the world today can be met by any one country on its own without relying on the fundamental pillars of science, education and culture. Thus, UNESCO can and must fully participate in a world order based on multilateralism and humanist values.”
Mamuka Bakhtadze has been the Prime Minister of Georgia since June, 2018. In his capacity as Prime Minister, Mr. Bakhtadze has established a strong vision for the nation built on strengthening democracy, fostering a vibrant and sustainable economy, while investing in Georgia’s most valuable asset, its people. He has helped advance Georgia’s integration into the EU and NATO, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with allies to strengthen global security. Domestically, Bakhtadze introduced a “Green Economy” agenda and “lean government” initiative that reduced the number of ministries from 14 to 11, and redirected budget expenditures to social programs. He has launched a comprehensive reform program to overhaul the country’s education system, and pledged to allocate 6% of GDP to boost human capital development and empower sustainable economic growth.
Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Mr. Bakhtadze served as Minister of Finance of Georgia. In this role, he carried out a number of reforms to simplify banking regulations and the country’s tax systems.
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.
Named one of Ottawa’s Forty Under 40 by the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, Catherine Clark is a nationally respected broadcaster, emcee, writer and the President of Catherine Clark Communications Inc.
Through her work in television and radio, Catherine has interviewed Canada’s most influential people, and is currently co-host of Before the Bell, a live journalism series featuring Canada’s top decision makers discussing major issues of the day.
She has hosted and co-produced The Residences, a documentary series offering an unprecedented look behind the scenes at Rideau Hall and 24 Sussex Drive, and is currently working on a documentary about the Canadian Parliament’s Centre Block.
Catherine is the Giving Back columnist for Ottawa at Home Magazine, authored the #150GreatPeople blog, has written for the Toronto Star and The Ottawa Citizen, and been published in The Globe and Mail and Canadian Living.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Mr. Beatty is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Mr. Beatty grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991, and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was a Honourary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario. He wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 - 1999, Mr. Beatty was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Mr. Beatty has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council. In 2008, Mr. Beatty was named Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology. In 2012, Mr. Beatty became a member of the Board of Directors of Mitsui Canada.
Afsaneh M. Beschloss is founder and CEO of Rock Creek, a leading global investment and advisory firm that applies cutting-edge technology and innovation to investments. Previously, she was Managing Director and Partner at the Carlyle Group and President of Carlyle Asset Management, and Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer of the World Bank. Ms. Beschloss also worked at Shell International and J.P. Morgan. She has led global public policy and financial policy advising governments and central banks in energy, infrastructure and impact investing.
She serves on the boards of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the World Resources Institute, the American Red Cross, and is the Vice-Chair of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and the Chair of the World Wide Web Foundation. Ms. Beschloss is a member of the World Economic Forum and the Council of Foreign Relations. She is a recipient of the Institutional Investor Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Award, and recognized as one of American Banker’s Most Powerful Women in Banking.
Ms. Beschloss holds an MPhil (Honors) in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she taught international trade and economic development. She is the co‐author of The Economics of Natural Gas and author of numerous journal articles on energy policy.
Perianne Boring founded the Chamber of Digital Commerce building it into the world’s largest trade association representing the blockchain industry. Perianne was named among CoinDesk’s “10 Most Influential People in Blockchain 2016” and “Top Woman in Bitcoin 2015” for her public policy accomplishments. An avid public speaker, she has presented at leading industry events including the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), Money 20/20, South by Southwest (SXSW) and many others. She also contributes to Forbes through her column, “The Beauty of the Blockchain.” Prior to forming the Chamber, Perianne was a television anchor of an international finance program that aired in more than 100 countries to over 650 million viewers.
Perianne began her career as a legislative analyst in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising on finance, economics, tax and healthcare policy. She holds her bachelor’s degree in business administration and economics from the University of Florida.
Ethan Brown is the Founder & CEO of Beyond Meat, a company dedicated to building meat directly from plants. Ethan gained an appreciation for agriculture and the natural world from his father, a professor, conservationist & hobby farmer. This interest shaped the direction of his career, where he sought to make a contribution to climate change through the clean energy sector. Though passionate about this work, Ethan became convinced that a change in the origin of the protein-from animals to plants-could simultaneously address human health, climate change, constraints on natural resources, and animal welfare in a unique and powerful way. In 2009 he started Beyond Meat which now sells products in more than 30,000 grocery stores, restaurants, universities and beyond. The company’s flagship product, The Beyond Burger, was the first plant-based meat to be sold in the meat aisle at major grocery chains. Ethan holds an MBA from Columbia University and an MPP from the University of Maryland. He is a member of the 2017 Class of Henry Crown Fellows within the Aspen Global Leadership Network at the Aspen Institute.
Ms. Orit Gadiesh has been the Chairman of the Board of Bain & Company, Inc., since 1993. She is a world-renowned expert on management and corporate strategy. She has advised a multiplicity of Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives of major international companies on strategy development and the implementation of change. She has counseled top level management on structuring and managing portfolios, developing and implementing global strategy, executing turnarounds, improving organizational effectiveness, and designing both cost reduction and growth programs.
She is on the Board of Trustees and on the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum. She is an Advisory Board Member at Harvard Kennedy School, a member of HEC Int'l Advisory Board, and Governor of the Tel Aviv University. She is a member for life, former vice chairman and former chairman of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council to the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC). She is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations and sits on the International Advisory Board, Atlantic Council of US. Since 2014, Ms. Gadiesh is also a Member of Supervisory Board at Koninklijke Philips N.V. She serves as a Board Member of Renova Management AG, and served as a Non-Executive Director of WPP plc from 2004 to 2014.
She volunteers her experience as a Pragmatic Strategist to academic, business and civic communities. She is a regular contributor to business publications and a sought-after public speaker, at events such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Her achievements and outstanding leadership have been publicly recognized, in the USA and beyond. Recipient of awards: named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business”, and Forbes Magazine’s “The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World”. She has received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding achievement, the Distinguished Leadership Award from IDC University, the Leadership Award from Ben Gurion University, the International Institute of Boston’s 25th Annual Golden Door Award for outstanding contribution to the community, and Le Trophée de l’INSEAD by the French Minister of Finance, Economy and Industry.
Ms. Gadiesh holds an MBA (Hons) from Harvard Business School and was a Baker Scholar; she also holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Hebrew University.
Valentina Carbone is Professor of Sustainable Supply Chain Management at the Paris Campus of ESCP Europe, a leading European Business School. She is the scientific co-director of the Deloitte Chair on the Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Models. Her current research covers the sustainable dimension of SCM, corporate social and environmental responsibility, and sharing and circular economy business models.
He graduated with honors in 1989 from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations with a specialization in international journalism and completed his postgraduate course at Moscow State University specializing in global economic issues.
In 1992, he was an intern at the New York Institute under the Investments and International Accounts Program and in 1993 joined a course for banking specialists at Fairfield University (USA).
From 1991 to 2003 Mr. Cheremin headed different banks.
In 2004, he was appointed CEO of Moscow Bank of Reconstruction and Development (MBRD).
From 2005 to 2009 he acted as the Chairman of the Board of MBRD, he also served as Senior Vice President and Head of External Relations of JSFC Sistema.
From 2009 to 2010 — Deputy Chairman of the Board of JSFC Sistema.
From 2009— Chairman of the Board of Business Council for Cooperation with India, member of the Russian-Indian Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technological and Cultural Cooperation.
November 8th 2010, Mr.Cheremin was appointed Minister of the Moscow City Government, Head of the Moscow City foreign economic and international relations Department.
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.
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.
Professor Herman Daems is Chairman of BNP Paribas Fortis and Chairman of the Board of Directors of KU Leuven, one of the oldest universities in the world. Previously, Herman Daems was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Barco and Chairman of the Belgian Corporate Governance Committee. He is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Economics of KU Leuven. He has had a long career as professor of strategic management and international business at KU Leuven and at several leading foreign universities and was chairman of the Gimv investment company for many years. In 2009 he received the Leadership Award from the Flemish Management Association (vMA). In November 2012 Professor Daems developed the Strategic Action Plan Limburg in het Kwadraat, SALK.
He has written several books in English and Dutch. In 2011 he published a collection of his columns in the Belgian press under the title: " Anders Gedacht, Ideeën over ondernemers, aandeelhouders en bedrijven ". In 2014 a sequel was published under the title "Verder Gedacht" and his most recent publication is the book "De Uitgeputte Overheid. Waarom het beleid stokt".
His Majesty King Philippe granted him the noble title of Baron in April 2014. In July 2017, he awarded a Golden Spur for Economic Excellence by the Flanders-Europe Movement. The Movement Vlaanderen-Europa vzw presents this award to deserving personalities in the socio-economic field'.
Tina Davis is the managing editor of energy and commodity reporting in the Americas for Bloomberg News. In that role, she oversees 70 reporters and editors in 17 bureaus. Tina joined Bloomberg in 2005 as an energy policy and regulation reporter in Washington, where she covered the U.S. Energy Department, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission as well as energy committees in the House and Senate. Prior to Bloomberg, she worked for The Economist, the Sunday Times of London and The Energy Daily. She lives in New York City and is the co-author of Hess: The Last Oil Baron, a biography of Leon Hess and the Hess Corp.
Jon McNeill serves as Lyft's Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Lyft, he was Tesla’s President of Global Sales, Service and Delivery, overseeing all customer-facing operations. Before joining Tesla, McNeill was the CEO and founder of multiple software, manufacturing and automotive companies. Fast Company magazine named him one of the 10 most innovative CEOs in the US. In 2012 Jon was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year and in 2013 he was named "Most Admired CEO" by the Boston Business Journal. Jon began his career at Bain & Company. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.
Christiana Figueres is a Costa Rican citizen and was the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 2010 - 2016.
During her tenure at the UNFCCC, Ms. Figueres brought together national and sub-national governments, corporations and activists, financial institutions and NGOs to jointly deliver the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, in which 195 sovereign nations agreed on a collaborative path forward to limit future global warming to well below 2°C, and strive for 1.5°C in order to protect the most vulnerable. For this achievement Ms. Figueres has been credited with forging a new brand of collaborative diplomacy, for which she has received multiple awards.
Since then Ms. Figueres has continued to serve her one and only boss, the global atmosphere. She sits on multiple boards and is a founding partner of Global Optimism Ltd., a purpose driven enterprise focused on social and environmental change. She convenes Mission 2020 and co-chairs the Global Covenant of Mayors.
She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and the London School of Economics. She lives in London and has two fantastic daughters.
Pierre Fortin is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Quebec at Montreal, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and past president of the Canadian Economics Association. He has published widely in Canada and abroad, mainly in the areas of economic growth and fluctuations, labour markets, and monetary, fiscal and social policies. He has been awarded the Gold Medal of the Governor General of Canada, the Prize of the French Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science, the Douglas Purvis Memorial Prize (best publication on Canadian economic policy), four times the Gold Medal of the National Magazine Awards Foundation (best regular column in a Canadian magazine), and the titles of knight of the National Order of Quebec and commander of the Order of Montreal. In 1995, he was cited as “the most distinguished Quebec economist” of the decade by membership vote of the Quebec Association of Professional Economists (ASDEQ). He has been an adviser to a Minister of Finance of Canada and chief economic adviser to a Quebec Premier. He holds baccalaureates in classical humanities and mathematics (BA and BSc Laval), a master in mathematics (MSc Montreal) and a doctorate in economics (PhD California at Berkeley). He is a father of five children.
Jean-François Fortin was appointed Executive Director, Enforcement at the Autorité des marches financiers (“AMF”) in June 2012. Prior to this appointment, he had held the position of AMF Director, Inspection and Investigations since March 2009.
As Executive Director, Me Fortin heads a team of over 180 members tasked with preventing and detecting violations of the laws administered by the AMF, investigating such violations and ensuring the application of penalties. The AMF’s rigorous surveillance and monitoring strengthen investor confidence and market efficiency. Me Fortin also co-ordinates collaboration with the AMF’s various partners in Québec, across Canada and around the world, including Canadian and foreign securities regulators, police forces, government agencies and ministries.
Since October 2017, Me Fortin has also assumed executive leadership of the AMF’s financial technology (fintech) projects. This work is intended to increase the AMF’s proactivity with respect to the development of these new technologies, reinforce its links with clients and partners, and improve its delivery of service.
During the past several years, Me Fortin has been instrumental in furthering the AMF’s mission of protecting investors. He directed the efforts leading to the finalization of major files and the development of key initiatives, while fostering communications for the transfer of knowledge among AMF staff. He also played a critical role in implementing a governance model with law enforcement agencies and public prosecutors.
At the national level,Me Fortin is an active member of the enforcement committee set up by the Canadian Securities Administrators and served as Chair of the committee from May 2012 to May 2014.
On the international scene, Me Fortin represents the AMF at the International Organization of Securities Commissions This link will open in a new window (IOSCO) and has made major contributions to IOSCO initiatives, notably as Chair of two standing committees and through his work with its board of directors.
As Chair of the IOSCO Committee on Enforcement and the Exchange of Information (Committee 4),Me Fortin initiates, co-ordinates and plays a key role in strategic mandates focussing on securities law enforcement by regulators around the world, including the AMF.
Moreover, as Chair of the IOSCOScreening Group, he contributes significantly to international co-operation in securities investigations by overseeing the administration of the Multilateral Memorandum of Understanding Concerning Consultation, Cooperation and the Exchange of Information.
Prior to joining the AMF, Me Fortin was a partner at the law firm of McCarthy Tétrault, where his practice included civil, commercial, professional and disciplinary litigation law. He has also acquired solid experience in making representations to the Québec Superior Court, the Québec Court of Appeal, administrative tribunals, disciplinary committees and arbitration boards.
Me Fortin earned a bachelor of laws degree from the University of Montréal and was called to the Québec Bar in 1996.
Amy oversees the Fund’s investment activities and operations. Her career spans over 20 years of high technology entrepreneurship, private equity, and research. Prior to the Fund, she served as co-founder and CEO of technology accelerator Clean Energy Trust which has invested in dozens of early-stage clean energy companies across the Midwestern US. Amy also held roles at private equity firm MVC Capital and Stanford Research Institute. Earlier in her career, she was co-founder and CEO of a tech company that she sold to Lego Systems.
Amy serves on Advisory Boards for the WISER Institute at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry. In 2014, she was awarded the Corporate Citizen of the Year Award from the Executives’ Club of Chicago, and Leading Woman in Technology from the Illinois Technology Association. She has a BA from Stanford University.
Amy currently sits on the Board of Directors for Aquilon, SparkCognition and Aurora Solar.
Marc Parent was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of CAE in August 2009. Mr. Parent joined CAE in February 2005 as Group President, Simulation Products, responsible for the Company’s civil simulation products business as well as the design, manufacture and support of products for
the Company’s civil and military training businesses. His role was expanded in May 2006, when he was appointed Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services. In November 2008, he was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all four of CAE’s business segments and new growth initiatives.
Mr. Parent has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry. He started his career in 1984 with Canadair as an engineer on the Challenger and
Canadair regional jet programs. Beginning in 1993, he held positions of increasing scope in aircraft product development, starting as head of the Challenger 604 program development team; in 1995, he headed the Q400 turboprop aircraft development program; and in 1998, he was promoted to Vice President, Program Management, with responsibilities covering all
Bombardier aircraft development programs.
From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Parent held numerous executive positions within Bombardier Aerospace, leading a number of facilities and product lines. In 2000, he held the position of Vice President, Operations, at Bombardier’s de Havilland site in Toronto; in 2001, he was promoted to Vice President and General Manager of Operations of the Toronto facility; in 2003, he held
the position of Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Operations, with responsibilities encompassing Learjet facilities in Wichita and Tucson; and in March 2004, he returned to Montreal as Vice President and General Manager of Challenger 300, 604, and 850/870 programs as well as the CRJ 200 Regional Aircraft product line.
Mr. Parent was honoured in 1999 as one of “Canada’s Top 40 under 40 leaders. He was also selected as a 2010 Fellow of SAE International for his leadership and contributions in aircraft product development and for his successes at Bombardier and CAE. He received the 2005 Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Aerospace Engineering Leadership Award, and is a past recipient of the SAE Forest R. McFarland award. In February 2011, Marc Parent was named Canadian Defence Review’s first ever Defence Executive of the Year. In 2016 he was awarded the Prix Mérite 2016 of the Association of Polytechnique Graduates.
In January 2016, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Business Council of Canada, in November 2017 to the Board of Directors of TELUS and in April 2018 to the Board of Directors of the McGill University Health Centre Foundation. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC) since October 2007, and was the AIAC’s Chairman of the Board from September 2009 to August 2010. Mr. Parent held the position of Chairman of the Board for Aero Montreal, the Quebec Aerospace Cluster, from October 2008 to April 2010 and continues in his role as a member of its Board of Directors. He is a past member of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI).
A native of Montreal, Mr. Parent is a graduate of mechanical engineering from Montreal’s École Polytechnique and of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by École Polytechnique for his contributions to the aerospace industry in Montreal and internationally. Mr. Parent is an active pilot holding an Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL) from Transport Canada.
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.
Before entering politics, Nadine Girault worked in the competitive field of Information Technology/electronics sales. She then worked for the Montréal Urban Community’s police department, where she developed a unique proactive training concept for its 2,500 officers and commanders.
Over the course of the following 15 years, Ms. Girault held leadership positions at a number of major financial institutions, where she earned a reputation as an agent of change skilled at instilling a culture of performance by aiming for high standards, while remaining focused on customer needs. She also worked as a leadership, marketing and business development consultant.
Nadine Girault holds a BBA with a major in finance and marketing from HEC Montréal. She was awarded a Silver Medal in 2002 for her MBA in financial services from Université du Québec in Montréal.
Ms. Girault is very involved in her community and was an active member of numerous committees and boards of directors for various organizations, including Investissement Québec, Fonds de solidarité FTQ, École supérieure de ballet du Québec, Fondation de l’Hôpital Jean-Talon, the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont Foundation, 24h Tremblant and Association des femmes en finance du Québec.
Nadine Girault was elected MNA for Bertrand on October 1, 2018, and was appointed Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie on October 18, 2018.
Angela Gittens began her tenure as Director General of Airports Council International (ACI World) in 2008. She was formerly airport CEO for Miami and Atlanta and Deputy at San Francisco International Airport. In other previous roles, Gittens served as Vice-President, Airport Business Services for HNTB Corporation, where she led the firm’s practice in airport business and strategic planning. And as Vice-President at TBI Airport Management, she oversaw the transition to private ownership of London Luton Airport and managed operations contracts at several airports in the US and Canada.
Gittens is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and has served on numerous aviation industry boards and committees including the FAA Management Advisory Committee, the FAA Research, Engineering and Development Committee, the National Civil Aviation Review Commission (“the Mineta Commission”), the Executive Committee of the Transportation Research Board, the Airport Cooperative Research Program Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors of JetBlue Airways.
Mr. Gorman became CEO in January 2010 and Chairman in January 2012. He joined the Firm in February 2006 and was named Co-President in December 2007.
Before joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Gorman held a succession of executive positions at Merrill Lynch. Prior to this, he was a senior partner of McKinsey & Co. and began his career as an attorney in Melbourne, Australia.
Among his civic activities, Mr. Gorman serves as a Director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Council on Foreign Relations, Co-Chair of the Board of Overseers of the Columbia Business School, and is a member of the Monetary Authority of Singapore International Advisory Panel, the Business Council, the Business Roundtable and the Board of the Institute of International Finance.
He formerly served as President of the Federal Advisory Council to the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, Co-Chairman of the Partnership for New York City, Chairman of the Board of the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association and Co- Chairman of the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Mr. Gorman, who was born in Australia, earned a B.A. and Law degree from the
University of Melbourne and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Bill Greuel is the CEO of Protein Industries Canada where he supports a team of dedicated people to develop and implement PIC’s programs, resources, and initiatives to connect and inspire Canada’s plant protein potential.
Bill has an extensive background in the agriculture industry. Most recently, he served as the Assistant Deputy Minister for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture. His Ministry experience also includes Executive Director of the Crops and Irrigation Branch, Provincial Oilseed Specialist and Research and Development Manager. In addition to his public sector experience, Bill has also worked for a biotech start-up, spent several years in the canola seed industry and earned progressive leadership roles within a major life science company.
An advocate for innovation, Bill has been actively engaged in several boards and committees including the Agriculture Development Fund Advisory Committee and the boards of Ag-West Bio and Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute.
Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service that included two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
Jacqueline Hansen is a Senior Business Reporter for CBC News. Based in Toronto, she files stories for CBC's national TV and radio programs, including The National, World Report, and World at Six, and writes for CBC.ca. Jacqueline is also a professor in the journalism program at Seneca College in Toronto, where she teaches cross-platform reporting.
JA Canada is a registered non-profit organization with 16 Charter licensed offices across Canada. JA works in partnership with the school system and corporate supporters to teach youth financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness skills. In 2018 JA reached 280,000 youth in Canada via its national network of over 10,000 volunteers. JA is the world’s largest NGO with over 10 million alumni annually.
As a long-standing member of the JA family dating back to 2004, Scott understands and is committed to the JA goal to inspire students and prepare them to succeed in a global economy.
Scott served as the President and CEO of JA Southern Alberta since 2008 before assuming the leadership of the national organization in July 2016. In addition to his extensive professional background in business development, marketing and entrepreneurship Scott led the development of several innovative fundraising and program initiatives while building JA Southern Alberta to one of the strongest JA Charters in Canada.
With over 15 years in not-for-profit management, Scott was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the charitable sector. Prior to JA, Scott was co-owner of an international distribution company. He has served as a director on not-for-profit, corporate and public company boards. Scott holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing from the University of Calgary.
Sharing the values and vision of Junior Achievement, Scott is committed to strengthening national economies via the future success of today’s youth through their financial literacy, workplace readiness, and entrepreneurial skill development.
Doris was appointed Group Chief Operating Officer in October 2015, supporting the Group Chief Executive in defining and executing the business strategy, reinforcing exemplary control and governance, ensuring strategic functional alignment and enabling efficient business growth. Doris also serves as the curator for the Standard Chartered art collection.
Doris joined the Group in March 2007, and has served as the Group Head of Market Risk and the Chief Operating Officer for Wholesale Banking. Doris started her career at Dresdner Bank in Frankfurt. She held several market risk leadership roles in Frankfurt, Tokyo and London, before taking over global responsibility for Dresdner Kleinwort’s market risk function.
Rich has been a leading science and technology journalist in Europe for 35 years. In 2004 he co-founded London- and Brussels-based Science Business Publishing Ltd., a media and communications company focused on research and innovation in Europe, and publisher of a widely read news service on EU research policy and investment (www.sciencebusiness.net). He is currently editor-in-chief and vice chair of the Board of Directors. Previously, he was with the Wall Street Journal for 25 years in the US and Europe, as reporter, technology editor and, from 1997 to 2003, managing editor of the European edition. He began his career at the Boston Globe.
He is co-author of a book, now a best-seller in 13 languages, on how bad math on Wall Street leads to big losses. He wrote it with famed Yale/IBM mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot: The (mis)Behavior of Markets: A fractal view of risk, ruin & reward.” It won the Business Book of the Year award at the 2004 Frankfurt Book Fair, and according to Die Zeit, was read and “mentioned again and again in conversation” by Angela Merkel after the 2008 crash.
He has been a member or rapporteur of numerous European Commission expert groups, currently including the Foresight Expert Group of the EU’s agricultural research steering committee. He was named an honorary professor at UCL’s STEaPP department in late 2018.
He is a graduate of Harvard College, a former Knight Fellow at MIT, and lives in Brussels.
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.
- Coursework toward a doctorate in law, Université de Montréal
- Master’s degree in public administration, École nationale d’administration publique
- Advanced Graduate Diploma in public administration (public management), École nationale d’administration publique
- Master’s degree in law, Université de Sherbrooke
- Member, Barreau du Québec
- Graduate diploma in common law and transnational law (Juris Doctor), Université de Sherbrooke
- Bachelor’s degree in law, Université de Sherbrooke
- Diploma of College Studies, Cégep Édouard-Montpetit
- Lawyer for the legal affairs department of Ville de Montréal
Community and Political Involvement
- Candidate for Marie-Victorin in the general election held on September 4, 2012
Rishi Kapoor is Investcorp’s Co-Chief Executive Officer. He oversees the Firm’s Real Estate, Credit Management, and Absolute Returns businesses globally across North America, Europe and India; Private Equity and Fundraising activities in North America and India, and Institutional Fundraising in Europe. Rishi chairs the Global Private Equity Investment Committee and is a member of various other investment committees across the different business lines.
Prior to his appointment as Co-CEO, Rishi had held several senior management positions within Investcorp including as Chief Financial Officer between 2003 and 2015. He joined Investcorp from Citigroup in 1992.
Rishi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Rishi is a member of Duke University’s Middle East regional advisory board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for National Bank of Bahrain, Gulf Air Group, Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Aviation Academy. In 2017, Top CEO Middle East recognized Rishi amongst the top 100 best performing CEOs in the GCC and, in 2018, Forbes Middle East recognized Rishi as a top Indian Executive in the Arab world.
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.
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.
Rob Leslie is the founder and CEO of Sedicii. Rob is a serial entrepreneur has a successful track record of establishing and growing businesses to considerable scale. Sedicii was founded in 2013 and has won over 15 technology and innovations awards to date including, most recently, the BBVA Open Innovation “Fintech for Future” Award. BBVA is the oldest and largest Fintech Innovation Program in the world and has highlighted Sedicii as “the start-up with the greatest potential to transform the financial sector in the next 10 years!” Sedicii has developed a patented zero knowledge proof protocol to help people and businesses prove their identities in real-time without compromising their right to privacy.
Rob is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer for his work on the zero-knowledge proof protocol and has spoken at Davos on cybersecurity, digital identity and other technology issues affecting the world’s economies.
Prior to Sedicii he co-founded Kyckr (ASX:KYK) which is now listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and provides organisational identity services for KYC & AML services to banks and other regulated financial institutions across the globe. Rob was also part of the original management team in Dell Japan that established and grew the business to almost 300 employees and $300M turnover in its first 4 years.
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.
Jade is Head of Research & Partnerships with the Center for the Governance of Artificial Intelligence (GovAI), at the University of Oxford. She is also a researcher with the Center and a Rhodes scholar, undertaking a PhD in the geopolitics of AI at Oxford. Her research focuses on analyzing the relationships between technology firms, the government, and researchers across the life cycle of a strategic, general purpose technology. This is with the view to understanding how these dynamics seed cooperation and conflict, and what implications this has for the safe and ethical deployment of advanced AI. As Head of Research & Partnerships, Jade plays a central role in steering GovAI’s research priorities and projects, facilitating research collaborations, and leading on our partnership and impact strategy.
Jade has a background in engineering, international law, and policy design and evaluation. She has and continues to be engaged in entrepreneurial activities, having founded three social ventures, a start-up incubator, and an impact investment fund.
Ethy is the Founder of Impact Innovation Israel, a strategic consultancy firm focusing on tech and innovation in sectors where there is a substantial impact on society and the environment.
Ethy works across multiple technology sectors and provides tech and innovation adoption advisory to Multi Nationals Corporations as well as to academia and government.
Ethy has a wide experience in creating the right settings to promote innovation and providing innovators the right tools and skills to bring their ideas to live and to commercialise them.
Ethy is the co-Founder and Israel CEO of the Bridge Hub. A global Agrifood tech innovation hub launched recently. The Bridge Hub is based in Australia and Israel and its aim is to support the whole agrifood tech eco-system - from the researcher and entrepreneur, through the growers, farmers and food producers all the way to large corporates wanting to launch a new product. The Bridge Hub provides the necessary assistance by bringing Agrifood tech initiatives to global scale and guiding innovators through the global AgriFood eco-system. The Bridge Hub provides a way to validate and test technologies in real conditions with the best partners and help farmers and growers overcome their challenges and increase productivity and efficiency through the use of technology.
Ethy has held senior roles in the Israeli Government focusing on International Trade, Innovation and Investments. She was posted in Hungary, Thailand and Australia as the Israeli Trade Commissioner where she created economical links and bridges between the countries. Through her carrier with the Israeli government, Ethy has helped hundreds of start ups validate their technology, scale up and raise capital. She has initiated several projects and programs that have had a global impact on remote communities.
Following her passion for technology and its impact on society, Ethy has initiated AMSA - the Advanced Manufacturing Strategic Alliance - through which she is promoting a very practical but comprehensive plan to upgrade the manufacturing sector with a strong focus on SME’s and inclusion. She advises government on the best ways to implement advanced manufacturing solutions across all sectors of the industry, especially agriculture.
Ethy has served on the board of Rafael, the leading Israeli defense company and has served as the Economic Advisor at the Office of the President of Israel.
Ethy is dedicated to assisting female entrepreneurs and is a Director and mentor at Springboard - the leading accelerator for female entrepreneurs. Springboard is a not for profit dedicated to helping female founders grow their business, raise capital and go global.
Ethy is a passionate mother of 5, founder and basketball player.
November 2018, GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd announced the official appointment of Mr. Eric Luo as Chairman and CEO of the company, who previously served as the VP of GCL New Energy Holdings Limited and President of GCL North American Branch.
Eric was Executive Director and CEO of Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited from 2014 to 2017 and nominated for Asian CEO of the Year 2014 by Power & Electricity World Asia in recognition of his leadership and contribution to the growth and evolution of power, energy, and utilities in Asia Pacific. Before appointed to the company’s Executive Director and CEO, Eric served a number of senior positions within Shunfeng Group, including CEO of Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. Eric was one of the keynote speakers at Davos Annual Meeting in 2016 and recently awarded as the Outstanding Leader at Global Energy Leaders Summit. Eric is currently serving as the industry advisor to US-China Green Fund. Eric has over 20 years of management experience and prior to that, he served as the GM of Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc., the Global Head of Strategic Sourcing and China GM of Nortek Inc. Eric obtained an MBA degree from Michigan State University.
Mark was appointed President & CEO in June 2016, where he is responsible for leading CPP Investment Board and its investment activities.
Mark joined CPPIB in 2012 as CPPIB’s first President for Asia. In November 2013, he became Head of International where he was responsible for the organization’s international investment activities, managing global advisory relationships and leading the organization internationally.
Prior to joining CPPIB, Mark had a 20 year career at Goldman Sachs, where he was most recently Vice Chairman of Asia ex-Japan. Mark has been based in Asia for more than 20 years where, among other roles, he ran the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs in Asia ex-Japan for six years. Mark was a member of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Management Committee and the Firmwide Capital Committee.
Mark studied undergraduate and graduate medicine and holds a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oriel College, Oxford University and BM BChir from Downing College, Cambridge University. He qualified as medical doctor in 1990. After practicing medicine in the UK, in 1991 he joined Goldman Sachs in London in European Corporate Finance.
Mark is married with two children. He was named one of Canada’s Top 10 CEOs in 2018 by Glassdoor in its Employee Choice Awards.
Shingai Manjengwa (twitter: @tjido) is the Chief Executive Officer of Fireside Analytics Inc., a Canadian ed-tech start-up that offers customized, cloud-hosted, data science training and consulting services to corporates, governments, and educational institutions. Data Science courses by Fireside Analytics have over 300,000 registered learners on platforms like IBM’s CognitiveClass.ai and Coursera.
An IBM Influencer, author and NYU Stern alumni, Shingai is also the founder of Fireside Analytics Academy, a registered private high school (BSID: 886528) that teaches high school students to solve problems with data! The IDC4U, High School Data Science program is a formal high school academic credit and it is inspected by the Ministry of Education in Canada. The program is completely online, international students are welcome and, the curriculum is offered in 3 private high schools in Ontario, Canada.
Shingai is an international speaker and she has represented Canada at the G20 Young Entrepreneur’s Summit with Futurpreneur Canada. The G20 YEA is a global network of young entrepreneurs that convenes annually in advance of the G20 Leaders’ Summit, to champion the importance of entrepreneurship in G20 member nations.
Gina McCarthy has dedicated her 35-year career in public service to environmental protection and public health. Her leadership and perseverance has led to federal, state, and local actions on critical environmental issues, and
her significant accomplishments include action to advance environmental, clean energy, public transportation and public health goals consistent with a growing economy in New England and across the United States.
From 2013 – 2017, McCarthy served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under President Obama. As Administrator, McCarthy was the nation’s leading advocate for common-sense strategies to protect public health and the environment. Willing to take bold action, Administrator McCarthy achieved notable success by finalizing the Clean Power Plan (CPP) which set the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for fossil-fuel fired power plants. The CPP demonstrated the United States strong commitment to climate action, sparking broad international support for adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement. Under her leadership, EPA also finalized the Clean Water
Rule to protect rivers and streams that 117 million American s rely on for their
source of drinking water.
Prior to her role as EPA Administrator, McCarthy held the position of Assistant
Administrator in EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. Previously, McCarthy served as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Environmental
Protection, where she began an initiative called “No Child Left Inside” to
introduce families to the natural world by visiting state parks, and she helped
design and implement the nine-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the nation’s first cap and trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for power plants. She has also held senior positions in Massachusetts, serving five governors, including Deputy Secretary of the Office of Commonwealth Development and Undersecretary for Policy for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.
Since leaving the Obama Administration, McCarthy served as a fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Institute of Politics and as the Menschel Senior Leadership Fellow at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and joined Pegasus Capital Advisors, a private equity firm, where she serves as an operating advisor focused on sustainability and wellness investments. Recently, McCarthy was appointed a Professor of the Practice of
Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and granted a joint appointment at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. McCarthy has also taken on the role of Director of Harvard T.H. Chan’s new Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE) where she is leading the School’s efforts to turn the challenge of climate change into an opportunity to use science to motivate actions that improve public health today while moving towards a more sustainable future.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a joint Master of Science in Environmental Health Engineering, Planning and Policy from Tuft’s University.
A native of Massachusetts, McCarthy lives in the Greater Boston area with her
husband and spends as much time as she can with her three children Daniel, Maggie, and Julie.
In his role as financial innovation lead for the World Economic Forum Jesse McWaters has authored some of the most comprehensive and influential publications to date on the role of the fourth industrial revolution in reshaping the financial ecosystem. Close engagement with c-suite financial executives, senior regulators and a global network of leading fintech innovators have enabled him to produce in-depth analyses of the implications of open banking, blockchain, digital identity, and AI on the changing competitive dynamics and operating models of the financial sector.
His work has been cited by an array of global policy makers including the Bank of England, The Financial Stability Board, the US Department of commerce, and the International Association of Insurance Supervisors. Additionally, Jesse has been asked to present to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, The Federal Reserve Board, The Peoples Bank of China, The European Parliament, and the International Monetary Fund, as well as numerous board and executive committee’s of leading financial institutions.
Jesse is a frequent media commentator on Fintech, having been featured on CNBC’s Closing Bell, and quoted in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Bloomberg, MIT Technology Review and many trade publications.
Prior to his current role, Jesse worked as a financial services consultant with Deloitte and served as Director of Insights for Deloitte’s Future of Canada Institute, an organization dedicated to enhancing Canada’s productivity, competitiveness and innovative capabilities.
Andrée-Lise is the founder and Managing Partner of Cycle Capital Management. She boasts 25 years of experience in venture capital, management and engineering. She has set up CCM, an impact investor and the most important cleantech investment platform in Canada. Today, CCM has more than $350M under management across 4 north-American and Chinese funds.
In addition to serving on portfolio companies’ boards of directors, she is the Founder and Chairperson of the Board of the Ecofuel Accelerator and the Cofounder of the Ecofuel Fund. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), Transition énergétique Québec(TEQ) and Société Québécoise des infrastructures (SQI). She is also a member of the Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s New Energy Pioneers’ selection committee and a member of the Cleantech Group’s North-American Advisory Committee.
Andrée-Lise cofounded Écotech Québec, a cleantech cluster, SWITCH, the Alliance for a green economy. She is a member of the External Advisory Committee to the Vice-Principal Research and International Relations (VPRIR) at McGill University, is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Board for the Networks of Centres of Excellence of Canada and sits on the Board of the Institut de cardiologie de Montréal.
She co-chaired a Task Force under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC). She has chaired and has been a member of many panels of judges, including the Grand Prix du génie-conseil québécois, the Canadian Consulting Engineers Awards (ACEC) and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Andrée-Lise was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean16, named one of the Top 20 cleantech investors by CleanTechnica and amongst the most influential women in sustainable development and in the cleantech industry by Corporate Knight.
She has a Master’s degree in Science from the Université de Montréal and a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from Université Laval. She also studied atmospheric physics at the Université du Québec à Montréal.
As President of Guggenheim Investments, Mr. Miller is responsible for setting the firm’s strategic direction and leading day to day management and governance of the business.
Mr. Miller joined Guggenheim in 2017 with more than 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including a succession of leadership roles in asset management, private equity and wealth management.
Previously, Mr. Miller was Head of Asset and Wealth Management Americas for Deutsche Bank. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Miller served as a Senior Advisor to Lightyear Capital LLC, a private equity buyout firm focused on financial services and financial technology. He previously served as President and CEO of Van Kampen Investments after having held senior leadership positions at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch.
Mr. Miller completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program for Senior and Executive management, the Executive Leadership Development Program at Wharton and received his B.A. from Swarthmore College.
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.
Eileen K. Murray is Co-CEO of Bridgewater Associates, LP. Eileen has over two decades of Wall Street experience, having held senior leadership roles at Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse as a member of both firm’s Management and Executive Committees. She was also appointed the first female member of Credit Suisse’s Executive Board.
Ms. Murray joined Morgan Stanley in 1984 and held the positions of Controller, Treasurer as well as Chief Operating Officer for the Institutional Securities Group, one of the largest and most successful global Sales and Trading platforms in the industry. In 2002, she joined Credit Suisse as a Management and Executive Board member and Head of Global Technology, Operations and Product Control. She returned to Morgan Stanley in 2005 as an Executive and Management Committee member, as well as Head of Global Technology and Operations.
Prior to joining Bridgewater in 2009, she had most recently served as President and Management Committee member of Duff Capital Advisors.
In July 2016, Ms. Murray was voted a Board member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). She is also currently a member of the Board of the Irish Arts Center (An Claidheamh Soluis) and has served as a Board member of the Business Council for International Understanding. She has also served on the Board of the YMCA of Greater New York, Board of Governors of Argonne National Laboratory at the University of Chicago, the Board of Inwood House in Upper Manhattan, the Hewlett Packard Financial Services Board of Advisors, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation Board (DTCC), OMGEO Board, the Board of Trustees of Manhattan College (where she earned her B.S. in Accounting and received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in May 2015), and the American Women’s Economic Development (AWED) Corporation.
In 2018, she was the first female award recipient in Manhattan College’s history to receive the College’s De La Salle Medal of Honor and received the Laela Pioneer Award in Finance at Women Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
In recognition of her leadership in the financial services industry, Eileen was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 by Markets Choice Women in Finance, was named one of Hedge Fund Journal’s 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds in 2013, and U.S. Banker named her as one of the 20 Most Powerful Non-Bank Women in Banking in 2007 and 2008. She was named Irish America Magazine's Business 100 Best and Brightest Leaders in 2016, named an Afterschool Champion in 2017 by the Partnership for After School Education, and received the Women’s Bond Club Merit Achievement Award, Legal Momentum’s Aiming High Award, the Urban Stages Humanitarian Award and the YMCA of Greater New York’s Arts & Letters Award for Outstanding Leadership in November 2013.
Recently, Ms. Murray has participated as a panelist at the Bloomberg Equality Summit “Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling”, served as Honorary Co-Chair of Legal Momentum’s “Aiming High – A Celebration of the Power of Women” event, as well as delivering the Keynote Address at Northern Trust’s Global Wealth Alliance Conference. She also was the Keynote speaker at the 21st. Irish America Wall Street 50 Awards Dinner and a featured speaker at the Milken Institute Associates and Young Leaders Circle Breakfast.
Patrick Murck’s practice focuses on the legal and regulatory issues facing fintech and emerging payment systems. He has a deep understanding of the fintech industry, having been involved in a number of startups as an employee, entrepreneur and advisor.
Prior to joining Cooley, Patrick was a co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation where he served at times as General Counsel and Executive Director. Patrick has engaged regulators and policymakers in the US and Europe on bitcoin and the emerging digital economy. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel for 2014 by the National Law Journal. In addition to his role with Cooley, Patrick currently serves as a fellow with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet & Society where he conducts research on the law and policy implications of bitcoin, distributed ledgers and smart contracts. Patrick also serves as President Board member for the BitGive Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on charitable giving and social impact using bitcoin.
• The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law JD, 2006, Cum Laude
• American University BA, 2002, Journalism
• District of Columbia
• Not admitted to practice in Massachusetts
Betsy Nelson became the EBRD's Vice President Risk and Compliance and Chief Risk Officer in November 2016. She was previously Vice President of Risk. She is a member of the Bank's Executive Committee.
Ms Nelson joined the EBRD in March 2012 as Vice President of the then combined Risk and Resources (Human Resources, Administrative Services and IT) and has extensive experience in the financial sector.
For the three years prior to joining the EBRD, she was the Head of Credit Department in the Risk Specialists Division of the Financial Services Authority (FSA, now PRA) in the United Kingdom, where she built the Authority’s first Credit Department with a team of wholesale, retail, structured finance and Basel credit model experts. Before this she had a career spanning 30 years at JPMorgan Chase. She has worked most of her career in Europe and the UK. In her last 10 years at JPMorgan Chase, she held a number of senior management positions, including Head of Corporate Banking and Head of Client Credit Management, both for the EMEA region.
Ms Nelson has a proven track record in risk management and driving organisational change, as well as in developing effective teams and promoting employee development. She has served as Co-Chair of the City Women’s Club. In 2007 she was awarded “Champion Award” from the UK Business in The Community for her work in diversity at JPMorgan Chase. Elizabeth Nelson has a BA in Spanish from the University of Minnesota and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management.
President and Chief Executive Officer since March 2009, Michael Sabia
is responsible for the strategic direction of CDPQ and the global growth
of the organization.
Before joining CDPQ, he was with BCE, holding such positions as President 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.
He is committed to community involvement, including recently co-chairing
the capital campaigns of Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal
and HEC Montréal.
Mr. Sabia is an Officer of the Order of Canada.
First elected as city councillor in Saint-Marie district in 2013, Projet Montréal members chose Valérie Plante to lead the party in 2016. Her contagious passion and energy has helped her rally people around her progressive vision. Deeply concerned about participatory democracy, Valérie Plante has a bold plan for Montreal centered on increased access to public transit, better urban planning and public services, the economy and the environment. Her commitment is to bridge the gap on these issues for all 19 city boroughs.
Before jumping into the political arena in 2013, Valérie Plante studied anthropology, museology, multiethnic intervention, and was actively involved with numerous community groups, such as Fondation Filles d’action.
She became Mayor of Montreal on November 5, 2017.
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.
Gil Rémillard holds degrees in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics and has a PhD in Law. He has worked in the fields of university teaching, private law and politics. From 1973 to 1985 he taught at Université Laval’s Faculty of Law and acted as advisor to both the Québec and federal governments. From 1985 to 1994, he was a minister in Robert Bourassa’s provincial government. During his close to six years as Québec’s Minister of Justice, Mr. Rémillard was responsible for reforming the Civil Code of Québec, which had come into effect January 1, 1994; in 1990, he presided over the creation of the Human Rights Tribunal of Québec. From 1994 to 2016, he taught at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP) and served as counsel to the law firm Fraser Milner Casgrain, now Dentons Canada LLP. From 2008 to 2011, he was Chair of the Université de Sherbrooke Board of Governors. From 2008 to 2012, he acted as a negotiator for the Québec Government and Secretary General of the bilateral committee on the Québec-France Agreement on the mutual recognition of professional qualifications. In 1995, along with his wife, Marie DuPont and his son, Nicholas, he founded the International Economic Forum of the Americas, which presents the following annual events: the World Strategic Forum, held in Miami in April; the Conference of Montreal in June; the Toronto Global Forum in September; and The Conference of Paris in November. He is the President and publisher of the economic magazine FORCES and IEFA Magazine. In December 2015, the Government of Canada appointed him Chair of the Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission. As Founding Chairman of the International Economic Forum of the Americas, in December 2015, along with HEC Montréal and in partnership with Sciences Po Paris, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Seoul National University, he created the International Institute of Economic Diplomacy.
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 reform of the 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; that same year, was made a Knight of France’s Légion d’honneur order by French President Jacques Chirac and, in 2017, was made an Officer of that same order by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls. 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 (from which he received his B.Ph. degree) named him Alumnus of the Year and established a fund in his name to help children with learning disabilities. On June 11, 2017, he received the (MRIF)’s 50th Anniversary Medal from Québec’s Ministry of International Relations and La Francophonie.
A dyslexic himself, Mr. Rémillard supports a variety of organizations that help children with learning disabilities.
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.
Florian Schattenmann is Cargill’s Chief Technology Officer and Vice President for Innovation and Research & Development (R&D). He oversees a global team that is driven by the vision of relentlessly creating value for Cargill and its customers via research, application and product development, and technical service support across agriculture, food, animal feed and bio-industrial.
Prior to joining Cargill in November 2018, Florian spent eight years at The Dow Chemical Company. His most recent role was Vice President for Performance Materials & Coatings R&D, where he led innovation across a diverse set of specialty businesses leveraging unique chemistries and advanced technology to drive market-focused product development. Florian has also held leadership roles at SulphCo Inc., GE-Bayer Silicones, a joint venture of General Electric and Bayer AG based in Leverkusen, Germany, and globally for the Silicone Elastomers Business. Earlier in his career, Florian managed several research laboratories at GE’s Global Research Center.
Florian is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds seven U.S. patents and has numerous publications. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Department of Chemistry at University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Minnesota. He earned his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA and his Diplom Chemiker degree from the Technische Universität München, Munich, Germany. Together with his wife and two teenage children he is in the process of relocating to Minneapolis. Besides spending time with the family, he loves playing the bass, road cycling and working out.
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.
Laurie J. Spengler is CEO of Enclude Capital UK Limited, formerly part of the ShoreBank and Triodos family of companies, and now a Palladium Company.
Enclude Capital is an impact investment bank dedicated to building inclusive, sustainable and prosperous local economies. The firm delivers a full range investment banking services, from corporate finance, capital strategy and structuring to capital raising and M&A. These services are delivered to financial institutions, asset managers, private-sector companies and investors.
Ms. Spengler has 25+ years’ experience in strategy and transaction services, specifically capital raising, M&A and private equity transactions where the purpose of the capital raised is linked to delivering positive impact. She has developed a particular expertise in designing, structuring and launching investment vehicles that align different types of capital to allow operating enterprises, financial institutions and various types of investors to generate positive social, environmental and development outcomes while delivering appropriate financial returns.
Ms. Spengler is an active member of the impact investing and development finance communities. Previously, Ms. Spengler was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group, a regional advisory firm she sold to her management team in 2005. She also worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case. Ms. Spengler has a JD from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree from Stanford University. Among her active board engagements, she serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing (part of the Global Impact Investment Steering Group established under auspices of the G8) and the CDC Group, the UK’s Development Finance Institution. Ms Spengler is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Palladium, a global impact firm, bought Enclude from Triodos Ventures, an independent fund managed by Netherlands-based Triodos Bank, which is a pioneer in sustainable values-based banking. Palladium Palladium is a global impact firm, working to link social progress and commercial growth. Palladium works with corporations, governments, investors, communities and civil society, with a global network operating in over 90 countries. Ms. Spengler welcomes this new venture that will leverage Enclude’s capabilities for greater reach and results.
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.
George is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neuberger Berman, a private, independent employee-owned investment manager founded in 1939. The firm manages $304 billion of equities, fixed income, private equity and hedge fund portfolios for global institutions, advisors and individuals. With offices in 22 countries, Neuberger Berman has been named by Pensions & Investments as a Best Place to Work in Money Management, finishing first or second each of the last five years.
Prior to Neuberger Berman re-emerging as an independent firm in 2009, George was Global Head of the Investment Management Division at Neuberger Berman's former corporate parent, Lehman Brothers. Previously, George spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a partner and a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee. George’s additional Board Service includes: Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Partnership for New York City and Grace Church School. George earned a BA, BS and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Josephine Wapakabulo is the CEO of the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), and the first woman founding CEO of a National Oil Company. Dr. Wapakabulo has over 18 years’ professional experience in multinational companies in various sectors including, Oil & Gas, Defence, Aerospace and IT consulting and is a Board Director of the Equity Group’s fintech company Finserve Africa. She obtained her executive level experience in the UK, Germany, Australia, Uganda and Kenya.
Dr. Wapakabulo is a Chartered Engineer and holds a PhD in Information Science focused on big data and has published a book on the adoption of data-exchange standards and knowledge management technologies in Defence and Oil & Gas companies. She obtained her Global Executive MBA from INSEAD business school in France.
Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision-makers for more than a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we're headed.
In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights — especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. Watt-Cloutier is an Officer of the Order of Canada; the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award; the UN Champion of the Earth Award; the Norwegian Sophie Prize; and the Right Livelihood Award, which she won in November, 2015 and is widely considered the "Nobel Alternative".
From 1995-2002, Watt-Cloutier was elected the Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). She was later elected in 2002 to become the International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Russia — she held this post until 2006.
Widely recognized for her influential work, Watt-Cloutier gave a TEDx Talk in 2016 titled “Human Trauma and Climate Trauma as One”. She is also the author of the memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, which was nominated for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. In 2017, the book was shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads, defended by Chantal Kreviazuk. Watt-Cloutier was also shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.
Dr. Diane Wu is the co-founder and CEO of Trace Genomics. Trace Genomics has developed the first analytics engine that learns as it maps the living soil. Combining the latest advancements in genomics, machine learning, and agronomy, Trace Genomics is helping farmers maximize the value of every acre and harnessing our living soil to feed the world.
Dr. Wu has spent her career pioneering interdisciplinary work, using data and computing to solve biological problems. Prior to cofounding Trace Genomics, Diane received her PhD in Genetics at age 25 from Stanford University. Her thesis, supervised by Nobel laureate Andrew Fire, was published on the cover of Nature Structural Molecular Biology. After graduation, Diane joined Palantir Technologies as their first data scientist and to help solve problems in fraud detection, crime prediction, and medical insurance using machine learning. Diane then joined MetaMind (later acquired by Salesforce) as a Senior Data Scientist to build predictive models for medical image classification using deep learning. Diane’s mission is to use sequencing technology to digitalize the biological world and leverage artificial intelligence to uncover insights that transform health and wellness.
Diane holds a BSc in Computer Science and Molecular Biology from Simon Fraser University. She is the recipient of the Governor General's Bronze Medal, the Simon Fraser Major Entrance Scholarship, the Stanford Graduate Fellowship, and was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2017.
Jae Yoon is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM). He serves as the Chair of the Investment Governance Committee, responsible for the oversight of the investment performance of the strategies managed by NYLIM’s boutiques and affiliate portfolio teams. Additionally, Mr. Yoon leads the Strategic Asset Allocation & Solutions (SAS) team which oversees the portfolio management of MainStay and third-party multi asset strategies, and asset allocation services and economic analysis for New York Life. Previously, he was responsible for investment risk and strategy efforts at NYLIM’s investment affiliate MacKay Shields.
Prior to joining NYLIM, Mr. Yoon was Head of Quantitative Research, Analytics, and Risk Management globally at Western Asset Management. Previously, he was with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers where he served as the Head of Risk and Performance for the Pacific and European Regions in Tokyo and London, respectively. Mr. Yoon also worked at JP Morgan Securities in Asia as regional head of Risk Management Control for Fixed Income and Equity Derivative Trading.
Mr. Yoon is a CFA® charterholder and holds a FINRA Series 3 and 7 registrations.
Mr. Yoon earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Operations Research at Cornell University.
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.