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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.
Dan Barclay was appointed CEO & Group Head of BMO Capital Markets in November 2018. In this role, he is responsible for BMO Financial Group’s interactions with corporate, institutional and government clients worldwide. Previously, Dan was Co-Head, Global Investment & Corporate Banking (I&CB) where he oversaw relationships with corporate and government clients, including equity and debt underwriting, corporate lending and project financing, mergers and acquisitions advisory services, and global trade and banking.
Dan has over 27 years of investment banking experience in a broad range of industries. He joined BMO in 2003 as a Managing Director in the Mergers and Acquisitions group, and in 2009 was named Head of Canadian Mergers and Acquisitions. In 2014 he was appointed Head of Investment & Corporate Banking Canada and International. Prior to joining BMO, Dan spent 13 years in investment banking at a global and Canadian investment dealer.
Dan serves on BMO Financial Group’s Executive Committee and chairs BMO Capital Markets’ Operating and Executive committees.
As a proud supporter of the United Way, Dan acted as past co-chair of the BMO Capital Markets Employee Giving Campaign and is a recipient of the Women in Capital Markets Champion of Change Award (2016). He also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Children’s Aid Foundation of Canada.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Alan Belfield has been the Chair of Arup since April 2019. Prior to that, Alan was the Group COO. A mechanical engineer by training, during his 27-year career at Arup, Alan has built the firm’s consulting business with specialists in Management Consulting, Planning and Technology. His industry expertise in the automotive and rail sectors has seen him lead technical, operational and financial due diligence projects with Nanjing Automotive Company and Network Rail.
Mr. Black is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Apollo Global Management, LLC and a Managing Partner of Apollo Management, L.P. which he founded in 1990 to manage investment capital on behalf of a group of institutional investors, focusing on corporate restructuring, leveraged buyouts, and taking minority positions in growth-oriented companies.
From 1977 to 1990, Mr. Black worked at Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, where he served as Managing Director, head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group and co-head of the Corporate Finance Department.
He serves on the boards of directors of Apollo Global Management, LLC, The New York City Partnership and the general partner of AP Alternative Assets. Mr. Black is Chairman of The Museum of Modern Art, a trustee of Mt. Sinai Hospital, and The Asia Society. He is also a member of The Council on Foreign Relations. He is a Founder and Director of the Melanoma Research Alliance. Mr. Black is also a member of the Board of Faster Cures and the Port Authority Task Force.
He graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1973 with a major in Philosophy and History and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1975.
Ethan Brown is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer 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, and 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. His early work centered on electricity restructuring in support of an open grid, where his analysis at the gubernatorial level directly informed federal and state policies on grid management. Subsequently, Ethan joined the world’s leading Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell developer Ballard Power Systems, rising to report directly to the Company’s Chief Executive Officer.
Though passionate about clean energy, Ethan returned often to the role of livestock in our economy and became convinced that a change in the origin of the protein—from animals to plants--that we place at the center of our plates could simultaneously address human health, climate, natural resource, and animal welfare challenges in a unique and powerful way. In 2009, Ethan founded Beyond Meat. Today, the Company sells products in more than 30,000 grocery stores, restaurants, universities, hotels and stadiums globally. The Company’s flagship product, the Beyond Burger, has revolutionized the meat aisle by being the first plant-based burger to be sold in the meat case alongside beef at major grocery chains including Whole Foods Market, Kroger, Target and Safeway. Beyond Meat is routinely recognized for its innovation, including being named Newsweek’s Top Innovators of 2019, Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2019, TIME’S Best Inventions of 2018, a United Nations 2018 Champion of the Earth and by Forbes as a CircleUp25 Top Consumer Brand for 2018.
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.
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.
David M. Cote has been the Chief Executive Officer, President and Secretary, and Chairman of the Board of Directors since April 2018. Mr. Cote served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell from July 2002 to March 2017. Most recently, Mr. Cote was non-Executive Chairman of the Board at Honeywell until April 23, 2018. He joined Honeywell as President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2002. Prior to joining Honeywell, he served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRW Inc., a provider of products and services for the aerospace, information systems and automotive markets, from August 2001 to February 2002. From February 2001 to July 2001, he served as TRW’s President and Chief Executive Officer and from November 1999 to January 2001 he served as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Cote was Senior Vice President of General Electric Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Appliances from June 1996 to November 1999. Mr. Cote was a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York from March 2014 to March 2018. He previously served as a director of JPMorgan Chase & Co. from July 2007 to July 2013.
Alain Dehaze is CEO of the Adecco Group, the world’s leading HR solutions company. Through its international brands Adecco, Adia, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, General Assembly, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Spring Professional, Vettery, and YOSS, the Adecco Group delivers on its mission to make the future work for everyone.
As a Fortune 500 Company, the Adecco Group enables around 3.5 million people to participate in the world of work and supports more than 100,000 organisations successfully navigate the work-life cycle. With 34,000 full-time team members in 60 countries, the Adecco Group ranked 11th on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, the only HR solutions company in the top 25.
The 55-year-old Belgian national graduated as a Commercial Engineer from the ICHEC Brussels Management School before rising through the ranks at Henkel and ISS. He joined the workforce solutions sector in 2000, when he was appointed Managing Director of Creyf’s Interim in Belgium. His path took him to the CEO position at Solvus, COO of USG People—when the latter took over Solvus—and CEO of the Dutch staffing services company Humares between 2007 and 2009.
Mr Dehaze joined the Adecco Group in 2009 as a member of the Executive Committee, responsible first for Northern Europe, then for the Group’s largest market, France, before taking on the CEO position in September 2015. Mr Dehaze plays an active role in shaping the labour markets of tomorrow as board member of the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN), a member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, and as Steward of the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative ‘Shaping the Future of Education, Work and Gender’.
Before leading the Adecco Group, he held board positions at the sector level with the World Employment Confederation, including the Vice-Presidency of the World Employment Confederation Europe (formerly EUROCIETT).
Mr. Desmarais has been Senior Vice-President of Power Corporation and Power Financial since 2017. He acts as the Chairman and CEO of Sagard Holdings, the Executive Chairman and co-founder of Portag3 Ventures, and the Chairman and co-founder of Diagram. Within the investment portfolios of Portag3 Ventures and Sagard Holdings, he is the Chairman of Wealthsimple and Peak Achievement Athletics, and a director of Koho, Integrate AI, and IntegraMed. He also sits on the boards of Pargesa, Groupe Bruxelles Lambert and Imerys. He also served on the boards of Canada Life, IG Wealth Management and Mackenzie.
Before joining Power as Vice-President in May 2014, he was Assistant Vice-President in the Risk Management Group of Great-West Lifeco beginning in 2012. Previously, he worked in supply chain management and corporate strategy at Imerys in France. He began his career in 2004, working for five years with Goldman Sachs in the United States, in the Investment Banking and Investment Strategy Groups, as well as in the Special Situations Group.
In 2000, he was awarded the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (Gold Level). Mr. Desmarais is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of Young Canadians in Finance, which provides young professionals working in the private and public financial sectors an exclusive network that enables them to assume leading roles in this field. He served as Co-Chair of the True Patriot Love 2014 Arctic Expedition to the Magnetic North Pole. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Next Canada, an organization that fast tracks the development of Canada’s most talented young innovators, turning them into the country’s outstanding future business leaders and innovators. Mr. Desmarais was also the Chair of the Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop campaign.
Mr. Desmarais is the recipient of a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Harvard College (graduating cum laude) and he holds a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD in France.
In 2017, Mr. Desmarais was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40.
Guillaume Faury was appointed Airbus Chief Executive Officer in April 2019 and leads the Company’s Executive Committee. He was previously President of Airbus’ commercial aircraft business, a role he had held since February 2018.
Prior to this, Guillaume was Chief Executive Officer of Airbus Helicopters (2013-2018), where his achievements included restructuring its manufacturing system and introducing new technologies.
Before that, he enjoyed a four-year spell in the car industry at Peugeot (2009-13), the French automotive manufacturer, rising to become the Executive Vice-President for Research and Development and a member of the company’s management board. He presided over significant advances in Peugeot’s lower-emissions hybrid-engine technology and the overhaul of the company’s product range, among other accomplishments.
Between 1998 and 2008, he held various leadership positions in engineering, programmes and flight testing in Airbus’ helicopter business, which at the time operated under the name of Eurocopter. He became Executive-Vice President for Programmes and a member of the Eurocopter Executive Committee, before being appointed as Executive Director for Research and Development.
Guillaume began his career in 1992 as a flight-test engineer for the Eurocopter Tiger helicopter in the Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA), the French government agency responsible for the development and purchase of defence systems for the French armed forces.
He graduated from the École polytechnique in Paris in 1990 and, subsequently, from the École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace in Toulouse.
Guillaume’s love of flying and aviation dates back to his childhood. He is a qualified light-aircraft pilot and helicopter flight-test engineer with 1,300 hours of flying experience.
He was born in 1968 in Cherbourg, Normandy, and is married with three children.
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.
Ambassador Thomas Greminger was appointed Secretary General of the OSCE on 18 July 2017 for a three-year term.
Ambassador Greminger joined the diplomatic service of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in 1990 and has held numerous senior management positions during his career. Prior to his appointment as OSCE Secretary General, he was Deputy Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, overseeing an annual budget of USD 730 million and 900 staff in Bern and abroad.
From 2010 to 2015, Greminger was the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE, serving as Chair of the Permanent Council during Switzerland’s 2014 OSCE Chairmanship. Prior to his assignment at the Permanent Delegation of Switzerland to the OSCE, Greminger was Head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affair’s Human Security Division, Switzerland’s competence centre for peace, human rights, and humanitarian and migration policy.
Thomas Greminger holds a PhD in history from the University of Zurich and the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (General Staff) in the Swiss Armed Forces. He has authored a number of publications on military history, conflict management, peacekeeping, development and human rights. His mother tongue is German; he speaks fluent English and French, and has a working knowledge of Portuguese. In 2012, he was awarded the OSCE white ribbon for his long-standing support for gender equality.
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.
Mansoor Hamayun is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of BBOXX, a dynamic young company that designs, manufactures, distributes and finances innovative solar systems to improve access to energy across Africa and the developing world.
Since 2010, BBOXX has sold 70,000 solar kits and impacted 350,000 lives across 40 countries.
Born in 1988 in Pakistan, he was raised in Sweden and studied Electrical Engineering at Imperial College London.
From 2008-2010 he was the founder and leader of a student charity, e.quinox, which brought electricity to 6 villages in Rwanda. Following university, Mansoor worked as a manager for Rolls-Royce Civil Aviation business, supporting the introduction of Boeing 787 Dreamliner for LAN airlines, working on corporate cost reduction in the Asian region service and overhaul business.
As CEO, Mansoor leads BBOXX in all aspects of its business – from its engineering lab in London to its factory in China, to distribution from its 32 local shops in Kenya and Rwanda.
Mansoor is a Pakistan-Swedish national with fluent English, Swedish and Urdu. He resides in London.
Chieh Huang is Co-Founder and CEO of Boxed.com, a company that is disrupting the wholesale shopping club experience by enabling you to shop for bulk-sized items online or via mobile app and have them delivered directly to your door. Forbes Magazine has named Boxed one of the next “billion dollar startups.”
Started in Huang’s garage 5 years ago, Boxed now has hundreds of employees in facilities all over the United States. Since the garage, the company has sold hundreds of millions of dollars of products and has raised over a quarter billion dollars in funding to date.
Huang’s personal honors include being named to “Bloomberg 50”, Bloomberg Businessweek’s 50 people to watch in 2018, to National Retail Federation’s list of People Shaping Retail’s Future, as one of Crain’s 40 Under 40 and Goldman Sachs’ list of “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs.” In addition, Entrepreneur Magazine included Chieh on their list of “The 50 Most Daring Entrepreneurs.”
You can read more about Chieh’s story in People Magazine’s profile of him for their “American Dream” series, tracking his growth from humble beginnings to running a fast-growing online retailer. You can also catch more of him at TED.com delivering a talk about his lifelong battle against micromanagers.
An entrepreneur, investor and operator of successful businesses, Steven K. Hudson has a distinguished track record across several business sectors. Mr. Hudson is currently Chief Executive Officer of Element Financial Corporation, North America’s leading fleet management and equipment finance company serving the North American market.
Mr. Hudson made his initial investment in Element in early 2010 through Cameron Capital, his private holding Company; with the objective of positioning Element to seize opportunities for growth in the North American market for equipment financing that had emerged following the 2008 global financial crisis. After his appointment as Chairman and CEO of Element in April 2010, Mr. Hudson began assembling the senior management team, administrative resources and financial backing that would be required to support the Company’s growth. In the four and a half years since his appointment, Element has grown its financial assets from $5 million to more than $23 billion.
Mr. Hudson’s roots in the commercial finance industry began in 1984 when he founded Newcourt Credit Group. Between 1984 and 1999, as CEO of Newcourt, Mr. Hudson brought together the people, the capital and the vision to build Newcourt into the world’s second largest commercial finance company. Through this 15-year period, Newcourt grew organically and through acquisitions from fewer than 50 employees to more than 5,000. At the time of its sale in 1999 to CIT, Newcourt had a market capitalization of more than $4 billion and provided an annual return to its original investors of over 70 percent.
In 1999, Mr. Hudson co-founded Borealis Capital, a merchant bank with a mandate to serve the private equity requirements of institutional investors across a number of asset categories. Borealis had more than $2 billion under management.
In 2002, Mr. Hudson partnered with EdgeStone Capital to acquire Hair Club for Men and Women, the U.S. leader in hair restoration. His experience with this company began as an investor through Cameron Capital in 2000, at which time he became an active Board member. Following the acquisition in 2002, Mr. Hudson assumed the position of CEO and led a successful restructuring of the company. Hair Club was sold in 2004 to Regis Corporation for $210 million producing an annual return exceeding 90 percent for investors. Mr. Hudson remained as Hair Club’s CEO and also served as a member of Regis’ senior management team through May 2005, gaining valuable insights into the domestic and international personal care market.
In 2006, Cameron Capital established the second phase of its personal care investment strategy. After investigating numerous operating platforms, Cameron acquired BeautyFirst and PureBeauty, which when combined, would form the fourth largest beauty retailer and service provider in the U.S. Mr. Hudson assumed the position of CEO of the combined group. During the next 18 months he integrated the two businesses, reduced annual costs by $20 million while growing revenue by over 10 percent and drove the combined group to profitability. In early 2008 the combined group was profitability sold to Regis Corporation in advance of a recession in the U.S. retail industry.
In August 2008, after integrating BeautyFirst and PureBeauty into Regis, Cameron Capital launched the third phase of its personal care investment strategy with the formation of Cameron Capital III Private Equity Fund. This fund, under the leadership of Steven Hudson is focused on investment opportunities in the domestic and international personal care market.
In February 2009, Cameron Capital launched the latest phase of its personal care strategy with a significant investment in Herbal Magic, Canada's leading operator of commercial weight loss centers with over 330 locations in Canada. Mr. Hudson assumed the position of CEO in charge of driving continued growth and brand awareness and currently serves as non-executive Chairman.
In addition to his business interests, Mr. Hudson is an active community leader and philanthropist. He has served as Chairman of the Toronto Community Foundation, chaired the City of Toronto’s bid to host the 2008 Olympic Games and is a contributor to the Schulich School of Business, Crescent School, Spectrum of Hope, and University Health Network.
Past directorships consisted of CHC Helicopter Corporation (the world’s largest helicopter operator, then NYSE and TSX listed), First International Asset Management as well as Altamira Investment Services (two large mutual fund companies), and AGRA (a large construction company).
Mr. Hudson received his Fellowship with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 2000 and graduated from York University in 1981 with an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree.
In 1996, Mr. Hudson was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 leaders.
Glenn Hutchins is Chairman of North Island and a co-founder of Silver Lake. He is a director of AT&T and of Virtu Financial; Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution and CARE; on the Executive Committee of the Boston Celtics Basketball Team and the Obama Foundation; and a board member of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Center for American Progress. He is also a member of the Investment Board of Singapore’s Government Investment Corporation.
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. He was also a director of Harvard Management Company and co-chairman of Harvard University’s capital campaign.
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. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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.
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.
November 2018, GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd announced the official appointment of Mr. Eric Luo as Chairman and CEO of the company, as well as Executive Director and Senior Industrial Partner of GCL Group, 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. Prior to that, Eric served as CEO of Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd., the GM of Thomson Consumer Electronics Inc., the Global Head of Strategic Sourcing and China GM of Nortek Inc.
Eric was one of the keynote speakers at Davos Annual Meeting in 2016 and 2018 and awarded as the Outstanding Leader at Global Energy Leaders Summit in 2019. 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 Eric obtained an MBA degree from Michigan State University.
After graduating with a degree in finance, management and economics, Florent Menegaux joined Price Waterhouse in 1986 as a consultant. He was soon appointed manager, specializing in interest rate risk control and management for banks.
In 1991, Exel Logistics France, a logistics and transport company, offered him the position of Finance Director. Six months later, he was promoted General Manager. From 1995 to 1996, Florent Menegaux was General Manager of the General Cargo Transport division for the Norbert Dentressangle Group.
In 1997, Florent Menegaux joined Michelin as Commercial Director for truck tires in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In 2000, Michelin appointed him Sales Director for Truck Tires Original Equipment and Replacement markets for North America. In 2003, he became head of Truck Tires for South America.
In 2005, he was appointed head of the Africa – Middle East Zone.
In January 2006, Florent Menegaux became responsible for the Group’s Passenger Car and Light Truck Tire Replacement Business Unit for Europe, before being appointed Executive Vice President for the Passenger Car and Light Truck worldwide activities, becoming a member of the Group Executive Committee, in 2008. He also oversees Michelin’s Motorsports activities and Materials business.
In December 2014, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer and then Senior Executive Vice President of the Michelin Group in 2017.
In January 2018, he also supervises the Group’s Business Directions, and the Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Customer Experience Operational Directions.
On May 18, 2018, Florent Menegaux is named Managing General Partner of the Group.
On May 17, 2019, Florent Menegaux is named Chief Executive Officer.
Shunichi Miyanaga is Chairman of the Board, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,,Ltd.. (MMHI) effective April 1, 2019. He was previously President and CEO, where he oversaw the growth of revenues from $225 billion to $337 billion, expanding the global workforce from 68,000 to 80,000 and doubling the number of employees outside Japan to 28,000.
Mr. Miyanaga began his career with MHI in 1972 at the Hiroshima Machinery Works immediately following graduation from the University of Tokyo. During over forty years with the company, he has held numerous management roles throughout MHI and has spent his career promoting global marketing, engineering and manufacturing efficiencies and customer - focused service strategies.
Notably, between 2000 and 2006, Mr. Miyanaga served as President and CEO of Mitsubishi - Hitachi Metals Machinery, Inc. (MMHMM), which was the first major joint venture entity formed by MHI and Hitachi Ltd. As President of MHMM, he successfully integrated the capabilities of two prominent organizations, fully realizing the synergies and advantages of the joint venture. MHMM has since formed a larger U.KK.. joint venture (Primetals Technologies Ltd.) with Siemens AG, which aims to be the industrial leader of the metals machinery business.
His management roles have also included appointment as General Manager of the Heavy Machinery Department, Machinery Headquarters in 1999 and as Executive Vice President, Head of Machinery & Steel Structures Headquarters in 2008.
He has been a member of the MHI Board of Directors since 2008,, and in 2011, Mr. Miyanaga was appointed as Senior Executive Vice President and Head of the Presidential Administration Office. During this time as the senior executive officer assisting the President, he led management reforms and spearheaded the business integration of MHI’s Power Systems Division with the power systems business of Hitachi Ltd.
Mr. Miyanaga was named the President and CEO of MHI on April 1, 2013, and has been serving as a non - executive board member of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation since June 2014, and since June 2019, he also holds the post of director at Mitsubishi Corporation.
Mr. Miyanaga was born in Fukuoka Prefecture, in the western part of Japan, in 1948. He holds a degree from the Faculty of Law department of the University of Tokyo and an MBA degree from the graduate business program at the University of Chicago (now known as Booth School of Business). His hobbies are playing tennis and golf, and before coming to the office every morning, he indulges himself with unsolved problems of Number Theory, etc. Mr. Miyanaga and his wife have two daughters.
Sir Martin Sorrell is Executive Chairman of S4 Capital, which is building a new age, new era, digital advertising and marketing services platform for global, multi-national, regional, local and millennially-driven clients.
Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company with a market capitalisation of over £16 billion, revenues of over £15 billion, profits of approximately £2 billion and over 200,000 people in 113 countries. Prior to that, Sir Martin was Group Financial Director of Saatchi & Saatchi plc for 9 years and worked for James Gulliver, Mark McCormack and Glendinning Associates before that. S4 Capital PLC recently merged with MediaMonks and MightyHive, and is listed at the London Stock Exchange under SFOR.L
Sir Martin supports a number of leading business schools and universities, including his alma mater, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University and a number of charities, including his family foundation. He is married to Lady Cristiana Falcone-Sorrell and has four children and seven grandchildren.
William C. Stone founded SS&C in 1986 and has continuously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stone took SS&C public in 1996 and private in 2005 with The Carlyle Group. SS&C went public a second time in 2010 and now trades on Nasdaq (SSNC) with an enterprise value of $20 billion.
Prior to founding SS&C, Mr. Stone directed the financial services consulting practice of KPMG LLP, an accounting firm based in Hartford, Connecticut and was Vice President of Administration and Special Investment Services at Advest, Inc., a financial services company.
Namita Vikas is a senior business leader with 29 years of diverse global experience in climate strategy and sustainability across Banking, Technology & FMCG, with particular focus on Sustainable Finance, Climate Action, Design Thinking & Innovation, ESG Risk Management, Public Policy & Corporate Citizenship.
Namita was ranked one of the “Leading Women in Business Sustainability” by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and was globally recognized as the “Sustainability Leader of the Year” by Ethical Corporation, UK in 2017. In 2018, she was named one of “Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen” by CSRWorks International. In 2019, she was featured in the list of “India’s Top 100 Women in Finance” by the Association of International Wealth Management of India.
Her well-rounded global experience spans specializations in climate finance, responsible & green banking, triple bottom line accounting, and large scale sustainable development projects. She has a strong track record of leadership development and institution building aimed at deepening the understanding of green banking, and mainstreaming sustainability across verticals.
A certified independent director and a prominent speaker at influential national and international platforms such as the UN General Assembly and G20 amongst others, Namita holds a number of key positions. She has been elected as the Chairperson of the UN Natural Capital Finance Alliance and is a part of the Global Steering Committee of the UN Environment Programme – Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). She is also a Steering Group Member of the UNEP FI Positive Impact Initiative, and a Corporate Advisory Group Member of We Mean Business – a global nonprofit coalition working towards climate action. Namita serves on the board of YES FOUNDATION and is a Member of the Advisory Board of Black Jaguar Foundation, Brazil and Green Capital Study. She is also an active member of key councils & committees of industrial bodies in India such as BIS, CII, FICCI, IMC and BCCI.
Namita has served in management positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and CII and been on the jury of several national and international awards.
Namita is an alumna of the THNK School of Creative Leadership, the Netherlands, Columbia Business School, Svenska Institutet, Sweden, and Mumbai University.
Matt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Guardians 1 July 2018. He is responsible for the general management of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation and of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund under delegation from the Board.
Matt joined the Guardians in May 2008 as General Manager, Private Markets. In 2014 Matt became Chief Investment Officer overseeing the Investments Group, responsible for the Fund’s portfolio construction and investment activity in listed and unlisted markets, both directly and through investment managers. Matt’s achievements in this role included the development of the Fund’s climate change investment strategy, risk allocation process and risk budget framework, along with the strengthening of the Guardians’ New Zealand and international direct investment capabilities.
Before joining the Guardians, Matt was at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong) where he was Head of Financial Sponsor Coverage for nonJapan Asia. Prior to this, he was a Managing Director at First NZ Capital in New Zealand and a Vice President at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Matt began his career as a Barrister and Solicitor with Russell McVeagh in Auckland.
Matt is a member of Focusing Capital on the Long Term, a Director of Netball New Zealand and Co-Chair of the Aotearoa Circle’s Sustainable Finance Forum. Matt has previously served as a member of the World Economic Forum General Agenda Council on the Future of Investing, and as Chair of the InZone Education Foundation.
Ray G. Young is executive vice president and chief financial officer of Archer Daniels Midland Company. In his financial role, he oversees the company’s accounting, controlling, treasury, tax, financial planning and investor relations activities as well as the ADM Investor Services organization.
Young joined ADM in 2010 following a 24-year tenure with General Motors Co., during which he held executive leadership positions in finance, general management, planning and operations on four continents. Young served in Shanghai as vice president of GM International Operations, and in 2008 and 2009, he was CFO of General Motors. Between 2004 and 2007, he was the president and managing director of GM do Brasil and Mercosur Operations, based in São Paulo.
Young graduated in 1984 from The Ivey School of Business, Western University, in London, Canada, with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Young is a member of the board of International Paper Company, and serves as the chair of the Audit and Finance Committee. He is also a member of the board of directors of Wilmar International and the U.S.-China Business Council, as well as the University of Chicago Booth School CFO Advisory Board. He also serves on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society Illinois Division, and was recognized as one of the most significant volunteers to the American Cancer Society with the St. George National Award.