Jean-Paul Agon has pursued his entire career with L’Oréal. Jean-Paul Agon's career is like the man himself: energetic, unwavering and enterprising. With a background spanning a wide range of responsibilities, he has forged leadership skills underpinned by key expertise: in-depth knowledge of how the company operates an international approach and a global vision of major challenges ahead.
Geraldine Amiel, 46, is Bloomberg News Paris bureau chief since September 2014. She joined after eight years as The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires News Editor for its Paris bureau, where she also covered the energy industry.
Prior to that, Geraldine was briefly CNCB's Paris correspondent after eight years at Agence France-Presse as deputy chief of the Economics department in Paris and various jobs in New York and London.
Geraldine holds a Master Degree in International Law and European Law from Assas-Paris II university and graduated from the Centre de Formation des Journalistes, one of France's top journalism schools.
Geraldine is fluent in French (native) and English, speaks and reads German and Spanish and can manage a little bit of Italian. She's also an alumnus of Die Zeit/Bucerius Foundation, a think-tank based in Hamburg and focused on foreign affairs and diplomacy.
Mr. Audet has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc. since 1993. He joined Cogeco in 1981, occupying several positions including Vice President, Marketing and Development, Executive Vice President, as well as President and Chief Operating Officer. He has led the drive at Cogeco to establish the company as a leader in the telecommunications sector.
He is a member of the Boards of Directors of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Communications Inc., and a member of their respective Strategic Opportunities Committee.
He previously sat on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, Clarica, CableLabs, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf, the Corporation de l'École Polytechnique de Montréal, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, the Association canadienne de la radio et de la télévision de langue française, and served as Governor of the Council on Canadian Unity. He was also Chairman of the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf Development Fund.
He has been involved in several major fund-raising campaigns for charitable causes and is a member of the campaign cabinet of the Foundation Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) since March 2012. He is co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal. He was Chair of the 2014-2020 fundraising campaign for the Old Brewery Mission Foundation, a major foundation which provides emergency and other services for homeless people in the Montreal area.
Mr. Audet holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard Business School (Boston, MA) and has graduated from École Polytechnique (Montréal) with an Engineering Degree, Electronics and Communications. He holds a college diploma (DEC) from Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (Montréal).
He was named Member of the Order of Canada in 2013. He was inducted, in 2012, into the Club des entrepreneurs du Conseil du patronat du Québec. He was awarded the Order of Merit of the Université de Montréal Alumni Association in 2010, as well as the Merit Award of the École Polytechnique Alumni Association in 2008.
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.”
Jean Charest is a Partner at McCarthy Tétrault. He provides invaluable expertise to the firm’s clients with his in-depth knowledge and experience with public policy, corporate Canada and international matters. As a strategic advisor with a unique perspective, he supports our clients on complex transactions, projects and international mandates, as they navigate the global business environment.
With a public service career spanning almost 30 years, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. Mr. Charest was first elected to the House of Commons in 1984 and, at age 28, became Canada’s youngest cabinet minister as Minister of State for Youth.
In 1991, he was named Minister of the Environment and, a year later, he led Canada’s delegation at the 1992 Earth Summit on the economy and the environment in Rio. At the summit he was praised for his leadership role among G7 countries on climate change and biodiversity.
In 1993, Mr. Charest was named Minister of Industry and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.
In 1994, Jean Charest was chosen Leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party, becoming the party’s first French Canadian leader. He held that post until 1998 when he became the Leader of the Québec Liberal Party. Mr. Charest then broke a 50-year provincial record by winning three consecutive election campaigns in 2003, 2007 and 2008.
Under his leadership, Québec experienced a sustained period of economic prosperity with stronger economic growth from 2008 to 2012 than the US, Europe, Canada and Ontario, despite a global financial and economic crisis. His government implemented a major infrastructure investment program.
The Charest government has been a world leader on the environment and climate change, having brought forward the first carbon levy in North America with the implementation of its climate change policy.
His legacy includes a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called "Plan Nord". The plan covers a territory above the 49th parallel of 1.2 million sq. km (twice the size of France).
In the area of energy, the Charest government pushed ahead with major hydro-electric and wind power projects that will maintain Québec’s position as the 4th biggest producer of clean and renewable hydro-electric power in the world after China, Brazil and the USA.
In International arena, the Charest government has been the most active administration in the history of Québec. Premier Charest led numerous economic missions in emerging economies including China, India, Russia and Brazil. He has been a panellist at the World Economic Forum in Davos, discussing issues ranging from environment, climate change and international trade to labour mobility.
Mr. Charest has participated in four summits of French speaking countries that include more than fifty French speaking jurisdictions, and hosted the successful 2008 edition of this grouping in Québec City (Sommet de la Francophonie).
He initiated a ground-breaking and unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec for over eighty professions and trades.
Jean Charest’s most noteworthy international initiative has been to convince Canada and the European Union to negotiate a broad economic partnership, including cooperation agreements, in the wake of the failed Doha round.
As a leader, Mr. Charest has been a strong supporter and promoter of women in politics. In 2006 his government voted legislation that requires gender parity on the boards of the 22 most important state owned corporations, and in 2007, his 18 member cabinet had an equal number of men and women.
Catherine Clark is a Canadian broadcaster, columnist, blogger, public speaker, emcee and communications professional.
She was the longtime host of a national television show featuring one-on-one interviews with Canada’s most influential people, and is the host and co-producer of three historical documentaries.
Catherine is a member of the Board of Directors of CARE Canada and The Writers Trust of Canada and the Board of Governors of the Community Foundation of Ottawa.
Mr. Desmarais is Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Power Corporation and Executive Co-Chairman of Power Financial. He joined Power in 1981 and assumed the position of Vice-President the following year. In 1984, he led the creation of Power Financial to consolidate Power’s major financial holdings, as well as Pargesa Holding SA, under a single corporate entity. Mr. Desmarais served as Vice-President of Power Financial from 1984 to 1986, as President and Chief Operating Officer from 1986 to 1989, as Executive Vice-Chairman from 1989 to 1990, as Executive Chairman from 1990 to 2005, as Chairman of the Executive Committee from 2006 to 2008 and as Executive Co-Chairman from 2008 until today. He also served as Vice-Chairman of Power Corporation from 1991 to 1996. He was named Chairman and Co-CEO of Power Corporation in 1996.
After Power Financial and the Frère Group of Belgium took control of Pargesa in 1990, Mr. Desmarais moved to Europe from 1991 to 1994, to develop the partnership with the Frère Group and to restructure the Pargesa group. From 1982 to 1990, he was a member of the Management Committee of Pargesa, in 1991, Executive Vice-Chairman and then Executive Chairman of the Committee; in 2003, he was appointed Co-Chief Executive Officer and in 2013 named Chairman of the Board. He has been a Director of Pargesa since 1992.
He is a director of many Power group companies in North America, including Power Financial, Great-West Lifeco, Great-West Life, Great-West Life & Annuity, London Life, Canada Life Financial, Canada Life, Putnam Investments, IGM Financial, Investors Group and Mackenzie. In Europe, he is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, and a director of Total, Lafarge and SGS.
Mr. Desmarais is Chairman of the Board of Governors of The International Economic Forum of the Americas (Canada), a Trustee of The Brookings Institution, a Co-Chair of the Brookings International Advisory Council and a member of the Brookings Executive Committee (Washington), a member of The Business Council (United States) and Chairman of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is also active on a number of philanthropic advisory councils.
In 1994, he received the Insigne d’Officier de l’Ordre de la Couronne of Belgium. In 2005, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and he received the Executive of the Year Award from the Academy of International Business. In 2009, he was named an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and in 2012, Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in France. He holds a number of honorary doctorates.
He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and a MBA from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD), France.
Jean-Francois is a veteran AI entrepreneur and former Chief Product Officer and Chief Innovation Officer at JDA Software, where he was the youngest global C-Level Executive of a top-20 Enterprise Software company. He has founded and successfully exited two companies in AI and Operations Research, represented Canada as a Technology Investment Champion Speaker for Global Affairs, and is a sought-after expert for educating top-level management about the impact of AI on industry.
Benoît started working for Les Echos in 2000, as a sub-editor for the weekly supplement Les Echos.net, then for the Innovation section of the newspaper. Since 2009, he is the editor of the Ideas and op-ed section both on print and online, for which he created a weekly page focused on prospective. He writes mostly about innovation, AI, robotics, 3D printing, big data, collaborative economy and the future of work.
Jürgen Gerke serves as CEO and chairman of the board of management at Allianz Capital Partners since 2015. Jürgen oversees the Renewables investment business, Legal and Compliance as well as Communications.
Prior to becoming CEO he was CFO at Allianz Worldwide Partners from 2013 to 2014, and CFO of Allianz France from 2007 to 2013. Jürgen has among others held roles in Dresdner Bank, Euler Hermes and the European Commission.
Jürgen holds a degree in law from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and participated in executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard and IMD.
Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service that included two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
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.
Anne Hidalgo became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Paris in April 2014. She is a former labour inspector and joined the Socialist Party in 1994. In 1997, she joined the cabinet of Martine Aubry, Minister for Employment and National Solidarity at the time. As First Deputy to Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris, for 13 years, she headed the list of the Paris Left in its successes in the regional elections of 2004 and 2010. The Mayor of Paris is currently President of the AIMF, President-elect of C40, Co-President of the UCLG and First Vice-President of the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area.
Josu Jon Imaz San Miguel was born in Zumárraga (Gipuzkoa) on 6 September 1963. He is married and has three children.
Doctorate in Chemical Sciences from the University of the Basque Country. He graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Sciences in San Sebastián. He received the End of Degree Extraordinary Prize.
In 2008, Josu Jon Imaz joined the Repsol Group as Chairman of its Petronor unit, where he successfully managed the challenges surrounding modernization, sustainability and community relations.
In 2012 he joined Repsol’s Management Committee and, as General Director of the Industrial and New Energy unit, completed two of the company’s most important projects in recent years: The modernization of the Cartagena refinery--Spain’s largest-ever industrial investment at over 3.1 billion euros-- and the construction of a new fuel-oil coking plant at Petronor’s Muskiz refinery, with an investment of over 1 billion euros.
These two projects have had a significant effect on employment in the areas where they have been developed. The increases in production and efficiency resulting from these projects have placed both facilities amongst the most efficient in Europe and ensured their viability in an especially difficult European refining environment. These projects also generate significant resources to finance the expansion of the Group’s other businesses, especially oil and gas exploration.
Under his stewardship, Repsol has increased its activity in new types of energy and energy sustainability, identifying new business opportunities, developing projects and initiatives in advanced technology, including bioenergy, renewable power and sustainable mobility. These pioneering projects are key to meet challenges that the energy industry faces in the 21st century.
Before joining Repsol, Imaz San Miguel undertook an intense professional career from technological investigation- he was sent by the INASMET Technology Centre to the French CETIM Centre in Nantes-to the development of industrial projects (Grupo Mondragón) related to the energy industry. He was also a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School in the United States.
As well as his industrial activity, Josu Jon Imaz also held political posts, including Regional Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Regional Government of the Basque Country in 1999 and Chairman of the executive committee of EAJ-PNV party between 2004 and 2007.
His professional activities outside Repsol include his post as Chairman of the Spanish Association of Petroleum Products Operators (AOP) which he has held since 2011.
In 2014 he was named Chief Executive Officer of the company and member of the Delegate Committee
David is the Financial Times Paris correspondent covering finance and industry. David joined the FT in 2011 as a Marjorie Deane fellow. He covered currencies and equities before moving to Mumbai as FT Alphaville's Asia correspondent reporting on Asian finance as well as Indian business and politics. He has studied economic, politics and journalism.
Marat Khusnullin is currently the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Urban Development and Construction. Prior to this, he served as the Head of the Moscow Department for Urban Construction, and the Minister of Construction, Architecture, Housing and Utilities of the Republic of Tatarstan, just to name a few. Dr Kusnullin was the General Director of the Interplastservice Company and the Ak Bars Buikding Trade and Industrial Company, Kazan. He has received many awards: the Order for Service to the Republic of Tatarstan (2010), the Medal of the Order for Service to the Motherland (2nd Class) in 2008, Letter of thanks from both the Cabinet of Ministers and the President of the Republic of Tatarstan (2007, 2008) and Honorary title of Merited Builder of Rusia and the Republic of Tatarstan (2004, 2005).
Ali Laïdi is Associate Research Fellow at IRIS, specialised in the Economic War and in the Economic Intelligence.
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.
Mr. Lemierre is a graduate of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration; he also has a law degree.
Mr. Lemierre held various positions at the French tax authority, including as Head of the fiscal legislation department and Director-General of Taxes. He was then appointed as Cabinet Director at the French Ministry of Economy and Finance before becoming Director of the French Treasury in October 1995. Between 2000 and 2008, he was President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He became an advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas in 2008 and has been Chairman of BNP Paribas since December 1, 2014.
During his career, Mr. Lemierre has also been a member of the European Monetary Committee (1995-1998), Chairman of the European Union Economic and Financial Committee (1999-2000) and Chairman of the Paris Club (1999-2000). He then became a member of the International Advisory Council of China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the International Advisory Council of China Development Bank (CDB). He is currently Chairman of the Centre d’Etudes Prospectives et d’Informations Internationales (CEPII), and a member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF).
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.
As President of LEVESQUE Strategy, Christian Levesque brings with him his 7 years of experience in active politics and almost 20 years in the business world to the firm. He is an Elite Program “businessman-athlete” graduate from the Beauce Entrepreneurship School.
Christian began his career as an entrepreneur in the textile industry, working in Quebec City, Paris and Tunis. He took care of the design, confection and distribution of clothing for international customers. In 2002, he joined the family business, Vitrerie Lévis, and served as president of the Lévis Chamber of Commerce in 2006-2007.
Christian became a Member of Quebec’s National Assembly (MNA) for the riding of Lévis in 2007. He was named Official Opposition Critic for the Treasury Board, Official Opposition Critic for Economic Development, vice-chair of the Committee on Institutions and vice-chair of the Committee on Public Finance. He also served as vice-chair of the National Assembly’s Delegation on Relations with the United States.
In 2009, Christian was one of three candidates to run for the leadership of the Action démocratique du Québec (ADQ), eventually serving as the party’s president and executive director from 2010 to 2012. He played a key role in the merger between the ADQ and the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ).
Christian has served on a number of boards and has been involved in several organizations. He was chairman of the Canadian committee working on the development of ISO’s Anti-Bribery Management Systems (ISO 37001 / PC 278) for the Standards Council of Canada and headed the delegation conducting the international negotiations. He is now vice president of the Transportation Evolution Institute and a co-founder of the Association of Quebec Publicly-Traded Companies. He is frequently asked to comment news in different media, for example on Radio-Canada’s French language show “Club des ex”.
Sophie L’Helias began her career as an M&A attorney in New York and Paris. She later joined an event-driven hedge fund in New York as Managing Director and founded a strategic corporate governance advisory firm with a focus on shareholder activism. An expert on governance issues, she is co-founder of the International Corporate Governance Network (www.ICGN.org) and founder of LeaderXXchange™ a purpose-driven organization that delivers innovative solutions to investors, companies and other market participants that seek to radically increase leadership and board diversity.
Sophie holds an MBA from INSEAD, an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters of Laws from the law schools of the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne- Paris I, following law studies at the University of Saarbrücken, Germany.
She serves on the board of Kering (KER), chairs the compensation committee and serves on the audit committee. Kering is listed on Euronext Paris and global luxury group that includes Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and other powerful global luxury brands.
Sophie is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Lazardis Institute for the Management of Technology Enterprises, as well as Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, Governance Center and at the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Center on Corporate Governance at Cardozo Law School in New York.
Gérard Mestrallet is a graduate of the French engineering school, École Polytechnique, and of École Nationale d’Administration. Having held various positions at the Treasury Department and on the staff of the Minister of Economy and Finance (Jacques Delors), Gérard Mestrallet joined Compagnie Financière de SUEZ in 1984. In 1986 he was appointed Senior Executive Vice-President in charge of industrial affairs. In 1991 he was named Chairman of the Management Committee of Société Générale de Belgique. In 1995, he became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie de SUEZ. Gérard Mestrallet was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GDF SUEZ (now ENGIE) when SUEZ merged with Gaz de France on July 2008. Since May 3 2016, he is Chairman of the Board of ENGIE and Chairman of the Board of SUEZ.
Ambarish Mitra is the CEO and co-Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision with the mission to index the physical world. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with offices in the UK, US, India and Singapore and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.
Ambarish is a serial entrepreneur who started his tech career as a high school drop-out teenager creating a web portal to empower underprivileged women in India. Ambarish is today an active private investor in the field of AR, AI, Food and Genomics.
With a vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds and give people more from the world they see through AR and Computer Vision, Ambarish has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of Augmented Reality. Mitra was named by Ernst & Young as UK Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016, and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Mitra was also recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017.
Pierre Moscovici is the Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs. Before his designation, he served in the European Parliament and in the French National Assembly, mainly working on economic issues. He has been Minister for European Affairs (1997-2002) and Minister for the Economy and Finance (2012-2014) in France. As Commissioner, he is in charge of the application of the Stability and Growth Pact, as well as ensuring the economic soundness of Commission proposals and deepening the Economic and Monetary Union to create the conditions for jobs, growth and investment, and encouraging further structural reforms. On taxation matters, Commissioner Moscovici is responsible for developing a value added tax system at EU level, improving the functioning of the internal market in both direct and indirect taxation and fighting tax fraud and tax evasion. His responsibilities also include the development and management of an efficient EU customs union.
Born on March 7, 1973
Asia and Australia
Energy Management Division
MBA, INSEAD Business School, France
Bachelor (Honors) in Engineering and Business Finance, University College London and London School of Economics, UK
Apprenticeship, Siemens AG
Siemens AG, Germany
- Product Line Manager for Wireless Internet, Wireless Network Group
Cisco Systems, Germany
- Market Development Manager
Cisco Systems, USA
- Director, Sales Business Development, Worldwide Product Sales
- Director, Engineering and Systems Development, Cisco Development Organization, Research and Development
- Vice President, Delivery and Sales, EMEA and Russia, Cisco Services
- SVP, Global Service Provider, Service Delivery Worldwide
- SVP, Global Service Provider, Sales, EMEA, Russia and APJ
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
Marie-Christine Oghly borned in Lorraine.
Awarded a diploma in Hydrology and an MBA at the Business School of Nancy, she began her career in 1980 in Public Relations in ELF Group.
In 1986 She entered Amazon Technology as Marketing Manager Europe, and pursued her ascent to Managing Director. In 1992, she created Fluid Dynamics International and in 1997 Flowmaster France
In 2006 she became President of Esteco Fra nce.
In 2008, she created EnginSoft France specialized in Numerical Simulation Engineering Besides her professional commitment, she continues her involvement in the civic and associative activities.
In 2001 she was elected councilor at Gennevilliers city hall
In 2004 she was elected National President of Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise and became Director of Nafems Board «International Association for Engineering Analysis ».
In 2007, she became President of Micado, she is also Vice President of AFNET and Board Member of Syntec Federation
In January 2008, she was appointed President of MEDEF Ile-de-France and Executive Board Member of MEDEF until 2014
In January 2010, she was elected President of Solendi, the major actor in social housing and Vice President of Immobilière 3F
She is French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCEF) and Economic, Social and Environmental Regional Councilor.
She became FCEM General Secretary together with Vice President in 2013
She is Vice-President of FFSE (Fédération Française du Sport en Entreprise)
Since 2014, She is Vice-President of International Pole and Commission of MEDEF and elected President of Les Femmes de l’Economie
In June 2016 she became President of CRAL Ile de France
In March 2017 she was elected World President of Femmes Chefs d’Entreprises (FCEM)
She is Chevalier of Legion d’Honneur and Officer of National Order of Mérite .
Alvaro Santos Pereira is Director of the Country Studies Branch at the Economics Department of the OECD since 1st April 2014 where he oversees the peer review process for the Economic Surveys. He provides leadership in the co-ordination and management of the activities of the Directorate and ensures that it is at the forefront of the international political economy agenda. He identifies challenges and develops ways in which the OECD can promote policies to improve member and partner countries long-term Economic performance.
Prior to joining the OECD, between June 2011 and July 2013, Mr Pereira was Minister for Economy & Employment in Portugal, responsible for the areas of Industry, Commerce and Services, Tourism, Energy and Public Works, Transportation, and Employment. As one of the largest ministries of the Portuguese government, Mr Pereira was in charge of a major programme of economic and labour reforms. Prior to this, he was a professor of Economic Development and Economic Policy at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and a lecturer at the University of British Columbia in Canada and the University of York in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Pereira published a number of academic books and papers among which “Portugal’s Moment of Truth: New Economic Policy for Portugal (2011), The Fear of Failure: History and Economic Policy in Portugal (2009), and The Myths of the Portuguese Economy (2007), and was a columnist in various Portuguese Newspapers, such as the “Diário Económico”.
Mr. Pereira is a citizen of Portugal and Canada, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Coimbra, an MSc Economics from the University of Exeter and a PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University.
Yves Perrier, member of Crédit Agricole SA Executive Committee (since 2003) is Head of Asset Management, Insurances and Real estate since September 2015. As such, he is Chief Executive Officer of Amundi Asset Management and also supervises Crédit Agricole Insurance and Crédit Agricole Immobilier (real estate division of Crédit Agricole).
Previously he was Head of Asset Management, Securities and Investor Services at Crédit Agricole SA from September 2007 till August 2015. During that period, he oversaw the creation of Amundi and was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of CACEIS, a leading European fund custodian and administrator.
Previously (2003-2007), he served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Calyon (CACIB today) with responsibility for structured finance, brokerage, risk, support functions and international network.
Yves Perrier began his career in audit and consulting (1977-1987). He then joined Société Générale where he held a number of positions between 1987 and 1999, namely Chief Financial Officer (1995-1999), before moving to Crédit Lyonnais as a member of its Executive Committee with responsibility for finance, risk and audit functions (1999-2003).
Yves Perrier is also Honorary Chairman of the AFG (Association Française de Gestion Financière).
Born in 1954, Yves Perrier is a graduate of the ESSEC business school and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
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.
Ophra Rebiere is a physician by training and received her PhD on General Pharmacology degree from Université Paris Diderot (Paris7)
She held several key positions across marketing, sales, and R&D in Aventis, then in Sanofi. Her diverse experiences included Head of the Antibiotics and Allergy Business Unit at the French affiliate, Vice President Marketing and Sales Force Excellence for the Intercontinental Region and Global Project Leader in R&D.
In 2005, Ophra Rebiere became Global Franchise Head in Diabetes and Metabolism for several years in charge of Insulins and preparing the launch of Rimonabant.
She took then a transverse position as Head of Business transformation, including emerging functions such as Market access and digital development across the company practices, whether global or countries.
In 2010, she worked closely with R&D and Business development on the “New products”.
In her last position, Ophra Rebiere was Global Brand Team Leader for Praluent, in charge of designing and driving the brand strategy, uniting talents and energies around new working principles.
Since June 1st 2016 Ophra Rebiere is Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to define and deploy a focused global CSR Strategy. In her role, she should ensure that evolving regulatory, legal, and normative obligations are addressed by the appropriate processes and prioritize sanofi CSR mobilization themes and programs.
Gil Rémillard holds degrees in Philosophy (1965), Politics and Economics (1968) and has a doctoral degree in Law (1972). He has worked in the fields of teaching, private law and politics.
Upon returning from Europe in 1973, where he completed his Ph.D., Mr. Rémillard began teaching constitutional and administrative law at Laval University’s Faculty of Law and practiced law at the Chouinard, Rémillard, Bussière & Robinson law firm. During this time, he also acted as advisor to the Québec and Ottawa governments on reforming administrative bodies. In 1983, he became a special constitutional advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada and an advisor to the United Nations Canadian delegation in New York. He has appeared before all levels of the Canadian court system, including the Supreme Court of Canada. From 1981 to 1985, he chaired the Québec Constitutional Conferences, which numbered Prime Ministers Trudeau and Mulroney, as well as Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (former Secretary-General of the United Nations).
On December 2, 1985, Mr. Rémillard was elected as the member for the Québec City riding of Jean-Talon; 10 days later, he was sworn in as a Member of Premier Robert Bourassa’s Liberal government. Within that government, he held several positions, being successively Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister of International Relations, Minister of Public Security, and Minister of Justice. As Québec’s Minister of Justice for nearly six years, Mr. Rémillard was responsible for the implementation of the new Civil Code of Québec, which came into effect January 1, 1994. In 1990, he presided over the creation of the Human Rights Tribunal of Québec and, in 1992, convened a major Justice Summit, which resulted in the creation of the Prix de la justice Award that, each year, recognizes the outstanding achievements of individuals who have worked to ensure and promote the quality, universality and accessibility of justice.
As Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Rémillard headed the negotiations which led to the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords, in 1987 and 1992 respectively. While not officially part of the Canadian Constitution, these two agreements had a considerable impact on Canadian federalism, primarily because the Parliament of Canada recognized the “Quebec nation” and the Supreme Court of Canada acknowledged the principles of cooperative federalism.
In January 1994, Mr. Rémillard left the political arena. Starting on February 1, 1994 and for the next 22 years, he taught at the École Nationale d’Administration Publique (ÉNAP), where he lectured on administrative and international law and gave a course on the principles and issues involved in public administration (February 1994 – April 2016). He also served as counsel to the law firm Dentons Canada LLP. In 1995, along with his wife Marie DuPont and his son Nicholas Rémillard, he founded the International Economic Forum of the Americas which annually presents the Conference of Montreal in June, the Toronto Global Forum in September and the World Strategic Forum in April in Miami. These forums are intended to promote understanding of the major issues involved in economic globalization.
From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Rémillard was an advisor to the governments of the Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria concerning the reform of their Civil Codes, as part of the preparation for their entry into the European Union.
From 2008 to 2012, he acted as a negotiator for the Québec Government and Secretary General of the Québec-France Mutual Recognition Agreement that establishes equivalency of professional qualifications for many trades and professions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. Rémillard is the President and publisher of the economic magazine FORCES. He is also the author of several books and articles, among them Le fédéralisme canadien, Volumes I and II, and has edited a number of collections, including Global Economy: The Foundation for the Next Era of Growth, published in 2014.
In 1992, he was made Doctor Honoris Causa by the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Aix-Marseille University, France. In 1994, he was awarded the Mérite du Barreau by the Québec Bar for his assistance in creating the new Civil Code of Québec. In 2001, he was appointed to the Order of Canada and, in 2002, was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In 2004, he received the Ordre national du Québec and, that same year, was made a Knight of France’s Légion d’honneur by French President Jacques Chirac. In May 2007, he was granted the honorary title of Advocatus Emeritus by the Québec Bar. In 2013, he was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the France-Canada Institute’s Samuel de Champlain prize. That same year, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University named him Alumnus of the Year and established a fund in his name, and that of his wife, Marie DuPont, to help children with learning disabilities. In January 2014, Mr. Rémillard was elected President of the Légion d’honneur Members’ Association, Montréal chapter. In October 2016, he was made an Officer of France's Légion d'honneur by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
A dyslexic himself, Mr. Rémillard devotes his philanthropic efforts to a variety of organizations that help children with learning disabilities. He serves on a number of Boards of Directors, among them that of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, co-chaired by Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada, and John Ralston Saul, that helps welcome new citizens and integrate them into Canadian life.
Nicholas Rémillard, President and Chief Executive Officer, International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), is responsible for the direction and strategy of the IEFA’s four major economic events: the Conference of Montreal, the Toronto Global Forum, the World Strategic Forum and the Conference of Paris.
Since the organisation’s inception over 20 years ago, Nicholas Rémillard has held a variety of management roles, ultimately serving as President and CEO from 2010. His contribution led to the rapid expansion of the organization where he launched the Toronto Global Forum and the Palm Beach Strategic Forum in 2007 and 2011, respectively. The latter event is now held in Miami under its new appellation: the World Strategic Forum. In addition to these North American conferences, the IEFA has announced its shift towards Europe and will be hosting its first edition of the Conference of Paris in December 2017.
Beyond his role at the IEFA, Nicholas Rémillard also serves as Honorary Consul General of Iceland in Montreal and President of RDÉE Canada’s working group, the Economic Corridor of La Francophonie.
Nicholas Rémillard holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa.
Philippe Sauquet began his career in 1981 as a civil engineer at the French Ministry of Infrastructure.
He subsequently worked at the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance. He joined chemical company Orkem in 1988 as Vice President, Strategy before being appointed Senior Vice President, Acrylics Sales & Marketing.
He moved to Total in 1990 as Vice President, Anti-Corrosion Paints and was subsequently named Vice President, Chemicals Strategy.
In 1997, Mr. Sauquet transferred to the Gas & Power Division, where he was successively Vice President, Americas; Vice President, International; Senior Vice President, Strategy & Renewables; Senior Vice President, Trading & Marketing, Gas & Power, based in London.
He was appointed President of Gas & Power on July 1, 2012. He also sits on the Group Management Committee.
Born in 1957, Philippe Sauquet is a graduate of France’s Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées engineering schools and of the University of California, Berkeley in the United States.
Maria do Carmo Trovoada Pires de Carvalho Silveira, from São Tomé and Principe, accumulates more than twenty seven years of professional experience, the last twenty years in the banking system of her home country. She has held high-level positions in the Public Administration there.
She has a Master degree in Public Administration by Ecole Nationale de l’Administration, ENA, Strasbourg and previously got the title of Master of Science in Economics by the University of Donetsk. She started a PhD program by Lisbon University (ISCSP) in the field of socioeconomic developement. She made additional training in Leadership (Portuguese Catholic University), Negotiation skills (GALPForma), Banking Supervision (IBFI, Bank of France), Economic and Financial Statistics (The IMF Institute, Washington), Macroeconomic Policies and Financial Planning (The IMF Institute, Washington), General English Course (Central School of English, London).
She has worked as an Economist in São Tomé and Príncipe in several public institutions, such as the Department of Industry and Energy (Ministry of Industry), Department of Multilateral Cooperation (Ministry of Cooperation and Foreign Affairs), Department of Economic Planning (Ministry of Planning and Finance) and Department of Economic Studies (Central Bank). In the Central Bank she has also occupied other positions such as Head of Office of the Governor, Economic Advisor to the Governor and appointed Governor twice with a total tenure of approximately twelve years.
In 2005, in a period when the country faced a sociopolitical crisis, she was appointed Prime Minister and Head of Government, and Minister of Planning and Finance of the X Constitutional Government of São Tomé and Principe. During this period she managed to set a framework of sociopolitical dialogue which led to the normalization of the situation. In the economic field during the same period the country was able to resume the economic rescue program with the IMF and the World Bank, which was suspended since 2003, and has achieved the completion point of the HIPC Initiative.
As Prime Minister she also revealed special relationship skills in the context of political cohabitation.
She has other experiences such as Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of São Tomé and Principe, President of the Commission for the Installation of Petrogas (National Oil Company), Lecturer at the Lusíada University of São Tomé and Principe (a subsidiary
of the Lusíada University of Portugal) and President of the Saotomean Women's Forum, a Federation which includes all local NGO's dealing with gender issues and the affirmation and promotion of women in society.
In November 2016 she was appointed Executive Secretary of the CPLP and took office in last January, being based in Lisbon, where CPLP headquarters are located, since then.
Cecilia Skingsley took up the post of Deputy Governor of the Swedish Riksbank in May 2013 with a term of office of six years. She represents the Riksbank on the Committee on the Global Financial System (CGFS) and on the Euro Retail Payments Board (ERPB). She is also the Governor of the Riksbank’s alternative on the Board of Directors of the BIS and chairs the retail payments council. In October 2016, Ms Skingsley was appointed to co-chair the World Economic Forum’s working group Global Future Council on the Future of Financial and Monetary Systems. Ms Skingsley has a BSc in economics and a financial analyst diploma. She was previously chief economist at Swedbank and has also worked at Dagens Industri, ABN Amro Bank and the Ministry of Finance.
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.
Christine St-Pierre was born in Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies on June 10, 1953. She studied at the Université de Moncton from 1972 to 1976, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.
She then launched a career that included journalism and politics. In 1976, she joined Société Radio-Canada and became a journalist and parliamentary columnist both in Québec City and in Ottawa, then a correspondent in Washington from 2001 to 2005.
In the spring of 2007, she decided to transform her solid experience of parliamentary journalism into a political commitment. She was elected MNA for Acadie riding in the March 26, 2007 general election, then re-elected on December 8, 2008, September 4, 2012, and April 7, 2014. During her first two mandates, Premier Jean Charest appointed her Minister of Culture, Communications and the Status of Women. She also sat on the Comité ministériel du développement social, éducatif et culturel.
From September 2013 to April 2014, she acted as official opposition critic on international relations, then on culture and Greater Montréal.
Following the April 7, 2014 general election, Premier Philippe Couillard appointed Ms. St-Pierre Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie. She also sits on the Comité ministériel de l’économie, de la création d’emplois et du développement durable.
Ms. St-Pierre is keenly interested in culture and firmly involved in her community.
As CEO of innogy SE, Peter Terium (born 1963) is pioneering the transition of the energy industry. The Dutch top executive created innogy - a blueprint of the 21st century´s energy company incarnating the sector´s three megatrends: decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation. innogy´s IPO in 2016 was the largest in Germany since 2000 and the largest in Europe since 2011.
The foundation of the Essen-based company was the next milestone of the mission Peter Terium had begun at the start of his tenure as CEO of RWE AG in 2012. Amidst the crisis of conventional energy production and with electricity prices at a historic low, he managed to consolidate the traditional energy group: He brought down debt and costs, inter alia by successfully selling RWE’s oil and gas subsidiary DEA; and he triggered the necessary and
profound change of culture within the group – culminating in its strategic reinvention and the stellar IPO of innogy. The new company combines the future of the energy business: Renewables, Grid & Infrastructure as well as Retail.
Peter Terium took over responsibility on 1 April 2016. Right from the start innogy became Germany’s most valuable energy company. It is entirely independent in its strategic decisions and lives up to the vision of its CEO - a modern, innovative company fit for the challenges of the decarbonised, decentralised and digitised future energy world. Peter Terium was born in Nederweert, is married and has two grown-up children. Before starting his career in the energy industry in 2003 he worked as a senior manager in the packaging industry for nearly 13 years.
Andrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas.
Mr. Wyckoff was previously Head of the Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) division at the OECD which supports the organisation’s work on information society as well as consumer policy issues. Before heading ICCP, he was the head of STI’s Economic Analysis and Statistics Division which develops methodological guidelines, collects statistics and undertakes empirical analysis in support of science, technology and innovation policy analysis.
His experience prior to the OECD includes being a program manager of the Information, Telecommunications and Commerce program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), an economist at the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and a programmer at The Brookings Institution.
Mr. Wyckoff is a citizen of the United States, holds a BA in Economics from the University of Vermont, and a Master of Public Policy from the JFK School of Government, Harvard University.
Stavros N. Yiannouka is the CEO of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), a major initiative of the Qatar Foundation. WISE is a multi-sectoral, multidisciplinary platform dedicated to building the future of education through innovation. WISE flagship programs include an annual summit dubbed the ‘Davos’ of education and the WISE Prize for Education, the first global prize of its kind to recognize an individual or team for making a major contribution to education. To find out more about WISE please visit www.wise-qatar.org.
Prior to joining WISE in August 2012, Stavros was the Executive Vice-Dean of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKY School) at the National University of Singapore. He joined the LKY School in June 2005 to spearhead the implementation of an ambitious growth strategy, which he had helped develop as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. Today, the LKY School is widely recognized as the leading global policy school in Asia. Together with Kishore Mahbubani et al. Stavros is the co-author of Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy: Building a Global Policy School in Asia, World Scientific (2012). To find out more about the LKY School please visit www.lkyspp.nus.edu.sg.
Before joining the LKY School, Stavros spent five years with McKinsey & Company from 2000-2005 serving private and public sector clients in Singapore, Indonesia, South Korea and Canada, predominantly in finance, healthcare and education. Prior to joining McKinsey, Stavros practiced corporate law in the City of London from 1995-1998 with the firms Gouldens and Mayer, Brown & Platt. Stavros holds an MBA (with Distinction) from the London Business School and an LLB (with Honours) from the University of Bristol. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and an Adjunct Professor and Advisor at the LKY School.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank, and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus in March 2012 as “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”
In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 60 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 131 awards from 30 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards include the Ramon Magsaysay Award (1984), World Food Prize (1998), The Prince of Asturias Award for Concord (1998), Sydney Peace Prize (1998) and the Seoul Peace Prize (2006).
In 2006, Time Magazine listed Professor Yunus under “60 years of Asian Heroes” as one the top 12 business leaders. In 2008, in an open online poll, Yunus was voted the 2nd topmost intellectual person in the world on the list of Top 100 Public Intellectuals by Prospect Magazine (UK) and Foreign Policy (United States). In 2010, The New Statesman (UK) listed him as one of “The World’s 50 Most Influential Figures”.
He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine.
Alexandre Zapolsky launched an incredible "success story". Within just 15 years he grew his company as a market leader in Open Source Software publishing in France and is not afraid to compete with American Giants like Google or Microsoft thanks to Linagora's powerful software like OBM or Linshare.
Alexandre Zapolsky actively supports SMEs and the digital cause through his continued commitment with the Syntec Numerique, the professional syndicate for the French digital ecosystem. As an active member of the Board of Directors, he chairs their International Committee and is the co-chairman of the Open Source Software Committee. As requested by the French government, he also co-chairs the working group “Export” of the National Strategy Committee under the French State Digital Department. He represents the Syntec Numérique at the Permanent Assembly of MEDEF (the largest union of employers in France). He was also appointed by Axelle Lemaire, Secretary of the State for Digital Economy, to be the French officer in charge of representing the French government in the Franco-Tunisian Alliance for a Digital Ecosystem.
Alexandre Zapolsky is an entrepreneur with a deep sense of citizenship and supports numerous associations and initiatives. In 2011, he attended the 8th session of the Cycle des Hautes Etudes pour le Développement Economique (CHEDE) under the patronage of the Ministers of Economy and Finances. In November 2012 he was elected president of the Association of Alumni students of the CHEDE. This association has 800 members. He joined the National Navy Reserve as Lieutenant-Commander in 2014. He is also part of the select twenty Young Leaders 2014 from the French Americain Foundation. In 2015 he made it into the “Classement Choiseul”, which distinguishes the top 200 French leaders under 40.