Kerry Adler is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SkyPower, one of the largest and most successful developers and owners of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects in the world. As a pioneer of renewable energy initiatives in North America, Kerry continues to be a leading proponent and public champion of solar energy and its potential to help address climate change and poverty around the world.
Prior to SkyPower, Kerry was the Founder, President and CEO of Webhelp Worldwide, an international BPO solutions group, which today has grown to over 40,000 employees with revenue approaching USD 1 billion. Kerry is an active board member, advisor and investor to numerous companies in emerging technology, infrastructure and innovative sectors as well as a sought after industry expert and speaker. His continued commitment to protecting and conserving the environment was honored by the United Nations Global Compact as the 2016/2017 SDG Pioneer for Climate Action.
Kerry was also named Solar Advocate of the Year by the Canadian Solar Industries Association and he earned the Clean50 Executive Award for his outstanding contribution to sustainable development and clean capitalism. Kerry was educated in the United States and Canada, attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Bryant and Concordia Universities, where he received Honors in the field of Economics.
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 is chair of each of their respective Strategic Opportunities Committee.
He is a member of the Board of Directors of CableLabs. He previously sat on the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Cable Telecommunications Association, Clarica Life Insurance company, 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 was a member of the campaign cabinet of the Foundation Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) (2012-2014). He was co-Chair of the 2017 campaign for Centraide of Greater Montreal. He was Chair of the major fundraising campaign (2014-2016) for the Old Brewery Mission Foundation, a well-known foundation which provides emergency and other services for homeless people in the Montréal 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.”
John M. Beck is founder and President and Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Group Inc. (TSX: ARE), Canada’s premier construction and infrastructure development company. A leader in providing services to private and public sector clients throughout Canada and internationally, Aecon primarily serves the Infrastructure, Energy and Mining sectors.
A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Mr. Beck has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry in Canada and internationally. His background includes corporate leadership in numerous construction activities including heavy civil projects and public-private partnerships for the development of infrastructure, such as airports, toll roads and transit systems.
Mr. Beck is currently a member of the Board of Directors of PPP Canada, the Ontario Financing Authority, the Royal Conservatory of Music as well as Co-Chair of the Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries at the World Economic Forum. He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and is also a member of the Business Council of Canada. He was previously Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Power Authority, a government agency with responsibility for planning and procuring all of the province’s power needs for the next 20 years. He was named P3 Champion of the Year by the Canadian Council of Public Private Partnerships in 2013. In recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession, Mr. Beck was inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Jane is currently the Chief Executive Officer at PAAMCO. As CEO, Jane is responsible for overall business strategy and firm direction.
She began her career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management in the Capital Markets Group. She has also been an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
She is currently serving as Director and Chairwoman of the Board for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA). She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Torchmark Corporation (NYSE: TMK) and AGF Management Limited (TSX: AGF-B-T).
Jane is a guest on CNBC and Bloomberg television as well as a regular contributor to both the business and investment press. She participates in many industry conferences as a moderator, panelist and keynote speaker.
Jane holds both a PhD and an MA in Business Economics (Finance) from Harvard University. She earned a BA in Economics from Yale University.
Jane and her husband, Jim Driscoll, reside in Newport Coast, California.
PAAMCO is a leading institutional investment firm dedicated to offering alternative investment solutions to the world's preeminent investors. Since its founding in 2000, PAAMCO has focused on investing on behalf of its clients while striving to raise the standard for industry-wide best practices.
Constance Chalchat is Head of CIB Change Management and a member of the CIB Executive Committee.
Her responsibilities include leading the CIB transformation agenda, including the digital development of the bank. She explains that: “in a fast-moving environment, to transform our Bank we need to combine diverse perspectives and capabilities with new technologies and new ways of working.”
Constance also champions CIB’s sustainable finance (SF) programme. A strategically-critical initiative, the SF plan seeks to promote positive impact financing and investing. She adds: “BNP Paribas has a major role to play to drive progressive change and build a better, fairer and more sustainable world. We will do so by leveraging on our digital capabilities, our banking expertise and our extensive corporate and institutional client network.”
Constance joined BNP Paribas in 2001 as Head of Equity Derivatives Strategic Marketing. She then took up the role of Global Head of Transformation, People Development, Marketing & Communication of Equity Derivatives, before moving into her current position in October 2014.
Before BNP Paribas, Constance spent three years at Deloitte Consulting in charge of Marketing Strategy assignments in Europe and South America. Prior to that, she worked in a range of Strategic Marketing management positions, including stints at Danone in New York and Nike in Europe.
Constance graduated with a MBA in Finance in 1993 from the école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris (HEC).
Publication: Co-author of Mission Possible - The Women’s Way; www.missionpossibleatwork.org
Catherine Clark is a Canadian broadcaster, magazine columnist, blogger, emcee and communications professional.
She is host of the live-event public affairs show Before the Bell, 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 four historical documentaries.
Catherine is a member of the Board of Directors of CARE Canada, Care Kenya and the Community Foundation of Ottawa, serves as Vice Chair of the Board of The Writers Trust of Canada and Co-Chair of the national Politics and the Pen Gala.
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.
Famous American liberal economist, born August 14, 1940, Arthur B. Laffer obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1972.
His fame goes back to the mid-1970s, when he demonstrates that "too much tax kills the tax" with the now famous Laffer curve. In the late '70s, Mr. Laffer is the first economist to advance the possibility of applying this finding to the US tax system. The Laffer curve has influenced a global tax reduction movement since the 1980s.
From 1967 to 1976, Mr. Laffer was a member of the Faculty of Economics at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and Associate Professor, from 1970 to 1976. From 1970 to 1972, he was the first to hold the title of Chief Economist at the Office of Management and Budget. From 1972 to 1977, Arthur B. Laffer was a consultant to Treasury Secretary William Simon, Defense Secretary Don Rumsfeld and Secretary of the Treasury George Shultz. Mr. Laffer was a senior adviser to the Reagan Administration (1981-1989). More recently, Dr. Laffer advised Donald Trump on his campaign for the presidency of the United States in 2016.
Dr. Laffer is the author of several books, including The End of Prosperity, How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy, If We Let It Happen, published in 2008, and nominated for the FA Hayek Book Award in 2009. He also wrote Return to Prosperity in 2010 and the New York Times Best Seller An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of States, and its sequel Wealth of States: More Ways to Enhance Freedom, Opportunity and Growth.
Dr. Laffer has been widely acknowledged for his economic achievements. He was noted in Time magazine’s March 29, 1999, cover story “The Century’s Greatest Minds” for inventing the Laffer Curve, which it deemed one of “a few of the advances that powered this extraordinary century.” He was listed in “A Dozen Who Shaped the ’80s,” in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 1, 1990, and in “A Gallery of the Greatest People Who Influenced Our Daily Business,” in The Wall Street Journal on June 23, 1989. His creation of the Laffer Curve was deemed a “memorable event” in financial history by the Institutional Investor in its July 1992 Silver Anniversary issue, “The Heroes, Villains, Triumphs, Failures and Other Memorable Events.” In addition, Bloomberg Businessweek selected the Laffer Curve as one of the “85 Most Disruptive Ideas in Our History” for its 85th anniversary issue in 2014. Furthermore, he was awarded the Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016
Since 1979, Mr. Arthur B. Laffer has been the founder and chairman of Laffer Associates, a firm specializing in economic research that provides global investment research services to institutional asset managers, pension funds, institutions and companies. Laffer Investments, meanwhile, offers unique investment strategies managed by the portfolio management group of the company.
Born 15 September 1977 in Bourg-la-Reine, France
- Strasbourg Institute of Political Studies
- Graduate of ESSEC Business School
- Strategy analyst at IBM Global Services (2000-2002)
- Technical adviser for relations with parliament, attached to the Minister of State for Relations with Parliament and then to the Minister Delegate for the Interior and the Minister Delegate for the Budget and Administrative Reform, Government Spokesperson (2002-2007)
- Deputy secretary general of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) Group at the French National Assembly (2007-2014)
- Councillor for the Yonne Department (since 2008)
- Councillor for the village of Vallery
- Senator for the Yonne Department (since 2014)
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.
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.
Graduate of the Ecole nationale d’administration (French National School of Administration) (the Léon Gambetta class), Catherine Guillouard began her career at the Ministry of Economy in the French Treasury. In 1997, she joined Air France where she was notably Senior Vice-President of Flight Operations, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Change management and Senior Vice-President of Finance for the Group. In 2007, Ms. Guillouard joined Eutelsat Communications as Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Group’s Executive Committee. She left this position in 2013 to join Rexel Group as Chief Financial Officer in charge of Finance, Control and Legal Affairs and then Deputy CEO, member of the Executive Board and the Executive Committee. Catherine Guillouard has been a board member at Engie since 2015 and at Airbus since 2016.
On August 2nd, 2017, Ms. Guillouard was appointed Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of RATP Group. She is also Vice-President of Systra’s supervisory board, the RATP Group and SNCF joint engineering subsidiary.
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.
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.
Ben Hall is Europe editor of the Financial Times, where he oversees reporting strategy and a network of correspondents from Lisbon to Moscow.
He was previously world news editor (until August 2018), responsible for all foreign news, Europe news editor, Paris correspondent, UK political correspondent, deputy comment editor and a leader writer. Prior to joining the FT in 2000 he was research director at the Centre for European Reform, a think tank based in London.
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.
Professor Victor Harison holds a PhD in Mathematical Sciences, University of Antananarivo (1995) and a Certificate in Project Management, University of Pittsburgh (1996).
He is currently a commissioner in the Economic Affairs Department of the Commission of the African Union since August 2017. Previously he held the positions of Director General of the National Institute of Accounting and Business Administration (INSCAE) , Antananarivo (1997 - 2017) and Director of Studies and Programming, Ministry of Higher Education and Executive Secretary of the "Human Resources Development" project, administered by the World Bank, Antananarivo (1993-1997).
In addition, he was Professor of Mathematics, Leadership and Organizational and Project Management. He also conducts research activities such as Thesis Director in Mathematical Sciences and Management Sciences. In addition, he is a member of the Mathematical Society of Madagascar, American Mathematical Society, International Conference of Leaders of French Language Training and Research Institutions (CIDEGEF).
Finally, he is the author of several books, and numerous articles published in scientific journals
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.
Frank Holder leads BRG's Global Investigations & Strategic Intelligence (“Global.i”) practice as well as the Latin American region. With over 25 years of experience, he has directed corporate investigations and security consulting assignments across the globe. The investigative matters include large-scale internal fraud and public corruption investigations, product protection, litigation support, due diligence, and hostile takeovers. As a security expert, he has designed the security for international airports, seaports, and complex multijurisdictional distribution networks.
As a strategic consulting industry leader, Frank draws on decades of client service experience to provide cutting edge strategies and integrates investigative skills with technology and financial expertise to address and resolve critical problems. Frank has assembled and experienced international management team strategically located in financial centers around the world to work with BRG’s clients to mitigate risks and take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
Before joining BRG, Mr. Holder was the chief executive officer of Holder International, which was acquired by FTI in 2007. Before founding Holder International, he was the president of Kroll Inc.’s Consulting Services Group, responsible for operations in more than 35 countries. Prior to that, he was the head of Kroll’s Latin America and Caribbean region. Before joining Kroll, he was the president of Holder Associates in Buenos Aires, a risk mitigation and business intelligence firm.
Mr. Holder began his career with the U.S. Air Force as a political-military analyst for the U.S. embassy in Argentina and as a special agent for the Office of Special Investigations at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, with responsibilities in areas including counterintelligence and force protection.
Mr. Holder is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He is an accomplished public speaker with numerous presentations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Brazil on a broad range of topics such as money laundering, risk management, homeland security, and operational risk. He has written articles on similar topics for U.S. and Latin American newspapers and professional journals. He has taught courses in political science and law on the Inter-American system at the Universidad del Salvador, Buenos Aires.
Stéphane Richard, born in 1961, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange since March 1, 2011.
He joined the Orange Group in September 2009 and has successively occupied the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French Operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO. Between 1992 and 2003, Stéphane Richard was successively deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity. From 2003 to 2007, he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, as well as being a director of Orange.
From 2007 to 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment.
He is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and École Nationale d’Administration. He is a French national.
Marianne Laigneau was appointed Senior Executive Vice President Group in charge of the International Division, member of the Executive Committee, in July 2017. She was previously the Group Senior Executive Vice President Group in charge of Human Resources from December 2010 to July 2017 and Managing Director to the Human Resources from January 2010 to November 2010. She was also Corporate Secretary and Senior Executive Vice President from June 2007 to December 2009, having been General Counsel from joining the EDF Group in January 2005. Before coming to EDF, she was Head of Institutional Affairs at Gaz de France, where she was subsequently appointed Deputy Head, Information and Public Affairs, in September 2004. Between 1995 and 1997, she held various positions within the French Administration (Legal Adviser for the Ministry for cooperation, member of electoral missions in Mozambique for the UN and in Gaza for the EU). Between 1997 and 2000, she was posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and appointed First Counsellor at the French Embassy in Tunis, where she oversaw communications, negotiations and political, community and legal affairs. A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Sèvres, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, she also holds an aggregation in Classics and a Masters Degree in French Literature. After graduating from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration, Marianne Laigneau joined the Council of State where she became Counsellor in 1995.
She was awarded Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Mérite in 2006 and Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur in 2010.
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.
Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group from 2008 to 2016, Monique F. Leroux is the President of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the founder and Chair of the International Summit of Cooperatives.
She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec, Chair of the Quebec Economic and Innovation Council, appointed by the Quebec Government in 2016 and a member of The Canada-U.S. Council for Advancement of Women Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders, created in February 2017.
She is also chair of the Board of Governors of the Society for the Celebrations of Montreal’s 375th anniversary and Metropolis 2017. She serves as an independent Board member of global companies such as Bell (BCE), Couche-tard (ATD), Michelin (ML-France), Crédit Mutuel/CIC as well as S&P Global.
Ms. Leroux is a Member of the Order of Canada, an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec and a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur. She also holds honorary doctorates and awards from eight Canadian universities.
Enrico Letta is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris and also the President of the Jacques Delors Institute.
He was the Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014. Before he served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.
Between 2001 and 2015 he was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013.
From 1993 to May 2013 he managed an independent think tank, Arel, founded by the late Beniamino Andreatta. He was also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission.
He was born in Pisa (Tuscany) in 1966 and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.
Mr. Thierry de Longuemar is responsible for the design and implementation of AIIB’s financial strategies and policies, including oversight of the Controller and Treasury departments. He previously served as both the Treasurer and Vice President of Finance at the Asian Development Bank and the African Development Bank. His career extends to the private sector where he worked in progressively senior roles in banking and energy, including postings at ABN AMRO, Credit Agricole, Compagnie Bancaire and TOTAL. Mr. de Longuemar graduated from l’Ecole des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) in 1978. He is a national of France.
Alexandre Mars is a serial entrepreneur and engaged philanthropist. Over the past 15 years, he has launched and sold several companies in Europe and North America in a variety of industries including venture capital, internet, mobile marketing, social media and digital advertising. His last two startups, Phonevalley (the largest global mobile marketing agency) and ScrOOn (a leader in social media management system), were sold to Publicis Groupe and Blackberry. In 2014 he harnessed the momentum of his success and experience to found Epic, a nonprofit startup which brings solutions to individuals and companies to make giving the norm. Epic promotes a strategic approach to philanthropy to financially support high-impact social organizations tackling youth and children issues globally. Epic is headquartered in New York City with offices in Bangkok, Brussels, London, Mumbai, Paris and San Francisco. In 2014 Alexandre also founded blisce/, his family office which invests in venture capital funds and startups including Spotify, Pinterest and Blablacar. A regular contributor on BFM Business, France’s most watched business news network, Alexandre also contributes interviews of prominent movers and shakers in his Huffington Post “Doing Well by Doing Good” column, and is regularly invited to speak at a number of global forums and events including: Web Summit (Lisbon), YPO (Vancouver), SXSW (Austin) and WSJDLive (LA), where his expertise in tech innovation and leadership in philanthro - py help others better understand contemporary trends and challenges. Alexandre is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle at Synergos, Young Presidents’ Organization and Nexus. Named in 2015 among New York’s top philanthropists under 40 by the New York Observer, he was awarded the Trophée de l’avenir Europe 1 in 2016 and was appointed chair of the Sport and Society Committee for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid.
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 2016, he is Chairman of the Board of SUEZ, and since May 2018, he has also served as Honorary Chairman of ENGIE.
Russel Mills is the Secretary General of Business at OECD (BIAC). Most of his career has been spent in market development, technology exploitation and global business management. He has also gained experience in consolidating acquisitions, setting up new businesses and managing Joint Venture operations. He is a physics graduate of Oxford University.
Russel worked in the chemical industry and related manufacturing sectors for 4 decades.
Regular job moves to the USA, UK, the Netherlands, and on several occasions to Belgium and Switzerland, coupled with global responsibilities across a wide variety of sectors, have given him the opportunity of direct on the ground experience in multiple sectors.
He has worked in governmental policy for over 15 years and prior to that, job assignments included the Global Business Director role for the Cargill Dow bio-polymers joint venture, a secondment to the European chemical industry association, and leading the development of technology cooperation and government Public Private Partnership strategies for Dow.
Russel has been involved in multiple business – government programs and previously chaired the BIAC Environment & Energy Committee for over 5 years.
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.
Richard Murphy was appointed as Professor of Practice in International Political Economy at City University in September 2015. Richard is a UK chartered accountant and political economist whose main areas of research relate to taxation and its impact on local, national and international economies and the relationships within and between them.
Richard was a practicing chartered accountant and corporate director for more than 20 years before becoming one of the co-founders of the Tax Justice Network. He combines his current role with directorships of Tax Research UK and the Fair Tax Mark.
Richard writes a daily blog at http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/ .
His books include:
• ‘Tax Havens: How Globalization Really Works. Cornell Studies in Money’ jointly with Ronen Palan and Christian Chavagneux, 2010. Cornell University Press.
• ‘The Courageous State’, Searching Finance, 2011
• ‘Over here and under-taxed’, Vintage, 2013
• ‘The Joy of Tax’, Transworld, October 2015
Richard’s work has been widely used by politicians and regulators. He was the creator of the country-by-country reporting concept that became one of the OECD’s recommended bases for reporting the taxable income of multinational corporations in 2014 in an attempt to beat profit shifting and tax avoidance by those companies.
In the summer of 2015 Richard was widely credited with being the author of ‘Corbynomics’, which was the economic programme on the basis of which Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the UK Labour Party. He is, however, not a member of any political party.
Gabriela Ramos is the OECD Chief of Staff and Sherpa to the G20. Besides supporting the Strategic Agenda of the Secretary General, she is responsible for the contributions of the Organisation to the global agenda, including the G20 and the G7. She leads the Inclusive Growth Initiative and the New Approaches to Economic Challenges and also oversees the work on Education, Employment and Social Affairs (including gender).
Previously, she served as Head of the OECD Office in Mexico and Latin America, co-ordinating several reports on Mexico to advance the health and education reform. She developed the OECD’s Mexico Forum and edited and launched the “Getting it Right” flagship publication series.
Prior to joining the OECD, Ms Ramos held several positions in the Mexican Government, including Director of Economic Affairs (and OECD issues) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Technical Secretary at the Office of the Minister for the Budget. She has also held several positions as Professor of International Economy at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Ms Ramos holds an MA in Public Policy from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright and Ford MacArthur fellow. She was decorated with the Ordre du Merit by the President of France, François Hollande, in 2013.
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.
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.
▪ Founder and Managing Director of NewMark Group in the fields of market research, consulting and financial communication
▪ Managing Director of Frankfurt Main Finance e.V.
▪ Managing Director of NewMark Finanzkommunikation GmbH
Education and Professional Background
▪ Master in Economics at the University of Mainz
▪ Nearly 12 with Deutsche Bank, with stations in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Singapore, as Analyst, Asia Head of Communications, Chief economist Asia/Pacific and Global Head of Marketing for Wealth Management
Initiator of the German and European Structured Products Association
▪ Member of the Rotary Club
▪ Member of the Economic Council
▪ Member of the German Red Cross
▪ Co-Founder of the new Youth Training Centre of Eintracht Frankfurt in Riederwald
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.
Serpil Timuray is the Group Chief Commercial Operations and Strategy Officer and a member of the Executive Committee of Vodafone Group.
Prior to this, she was the Regional CEO of AMAP (Africa, Middle East, Asia, Pacific) and a member of the Executive Committee of Vodafone Group during 2014-2016. Timuray joined Vodafone in 2009 as the CEO of Turkey. Previously, she was the CEO of Danone Turkey during 2002-2008. She began her career in 1991 at Procter & Gamble, where she held several marketing roles and was subsequently appointed to the Executive Committee of P&G Turkey.
Timuray is an independent non-executive director in the board of the Danone Group. She is the Chairperson of Vodafone Turkey. She has been a board member of the listed companies of Vodacom Group, Safaricom Kenya, Vodafone Qatar, and a board member of Vodafone India, Vodafone Hutchison Australia and Vodafone Egypt.
Timuray sits in the board of GSMA (Global Mobile Telecommunications Association) and chairs the Public Policy Committee. She is a member of the YGL (Young Global Leader) Alumni and a member of Global 50. She has served as the Chairperson of YASED (Foreign Investors Association Turkey), the Vice-Chairperson of DEIK-TIIK (Turkish British Business Council), the Vice-Chairperson of SETBIR (Union of Dairy, Beef, Food Producers) and Co-Chair of ECR Turkey.
Timuray was ranked 27th in Fortune’s “Most Powerful Women International” in 2017 and 79th in Newsweek’s “World’s 125 Women of Impact” in 2013. She was awarded as “The Global Turkish Professional of the Year” in 2018 and “The Professional of The Year” in Turkey three times during 2010-2013. She was nominated as a “Young Global Leader” by World Economic Forum in 2009.
Gregory J. Smith Gregory Smith is President and Chief Executive Officer of InstarAGF, and is widely recognized as a pioneer and authority in the infrastructure investment community, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the investment, operation, acquisition, and financing of public and private infrastructure, real estate, power, and utility businesses. Prior to founding the Instar Group of companies, Mr. Smith served as Managing Partner and head of Brookfield Financial’s Global Infrastructure Advisory Group; President of Macquarie Capital Funds Canada Ltd.; Managing Director and Co-Head of RBC Capital Partners–Mezzanine Fund; and Managing Director at Deloitte & Touche Corporate Finance. Mr. Smith is currently the Executive Chairman of Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners, which owns the passenger terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and sits on the advisory boards of Lighthouse Equity Partners, a private equity provider, and Avrio Ventures, an agriculture technology fund. Active in the private equity and venture capital sector since 1994, Mr. Smith served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, including as Chair and President. He is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Business Valuator.
- Chief Executive Officer of the Group (2015–present)
- Member of the board of Credit Suisse (Schweiz) AG (Swiss subsidiary) (2016–present)
- Group Chief Executive (2009–2015)
- Chief Financial Officer (2008–2009)
- Chief Executive, Europe (2006–2008)
- Managing Director, International (2004–2006)
- Group Strategy & Development Director (2002–2004)
McKinsey & Co
- Partner, Paris
Minister of Planning and Development, Côte d’Ivoire
National Bureau for Technical Studies & Development, Côte d’Ivoire
- Chairman and Chief Executive
Prior to 1994
McKinsey & Co
- Consultant, Paris, London and New York
INSEAD, Master of Business Administration
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris, Advanced Mathematics and Physics
Ecole Polytechnique, Paris
Other activities and functions
- 21st Century Fox, board member
- Group of Thirty (G30), member
- International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, member
Robert Tessier has an extensive background as a corporate director and senior executive in both the private and the public sector. Before being appointed Chairman of the Board of CDPQ, he worked with Gaz Métro, first as President and Chief Executive Officer as well as Chairman of the Board. His past positions have included President and Chief Executive Officer of Marine Industries Limited and Alstom Canada. In the public sector, he spent several years as a senior civil servant with the Gouvernement du Québec in such roles as Secretary of the Conseil du trésor, Québec’s Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Executive Vice President of the Société générale de financement du Québec.
Mr. Tessier is Chair of the Investors Group Funds Independent Review Committee. He is also Chairman of the Board of Green Mountain Power and of the Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer (IRIC) of the Université de Montréal, and sits on the board of the Institute of Corporate Directors – Quebec Chapter. He has sat on several boards, including those of CGI Group, AXA Canada, Centraide of Greater Montréal, the Conseil du patronat du Québec, the Conference Board of Canada, the Foundation of Greater Montreal and the Montreal Heart Institute.
Franck Petitgas is Head of International at Morgan Stanley. He overseas all the Firm’s business outside of the USA. He sits on the Firm's Operating and Management Committees.
He started at S.G. Warburg & Co Ltd in 1986 and joined Morgan Stanley in 1993 in New York.
He was made Managing Director in 1996.
He is a Chairman of the Tate Museum Foundation and a Trustee of Glyndebourne Opera House.
He is a Chevalier de l'Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur of France.
Mr. Thomson assumed his current role in January 2013, having served as editor-in-chief of Dow Jones & Company and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal from May 2008. He directed the global news operations of the print and digital Journal and Dow Jones Newswires, with an international news staff of over 2,000 journalists in more than 80 bureaus worldwide.
Mr. Thomson’s editorial leadership and Dow Jones’ commitment to quality journalism fueled growth and innovation, with The Wall Street Journal becoming the largest circulation newspaper in the U.S. The Journal expanded its content and added a host of sections to complement its core of unrivalled business and finance coverage. The company’s expansion across content was complemented by a growth across geographies and devices, with numerous digital content and video offerings and local-language Web sites in Europe and Asia, reaching tens of millions of users worldwide.
Before joining Dow Jones in December 2007, Mr. Thomson was editor of The Times of London where he presided over a significant expansion of its readership in print and on the Web – the audience of the Times Online grew from less than 1 million monthly to almost 13 million during his editorship. Prior to that, he was editor of the U.S. edition of the Financial Times taking prime editorial responsibility for the FT Group’s ambitious drive into the U.S. market, where the newspaper trebled its sales to almost 150,000. For his work in building the FT’s operations, in print and online, he was named as U.S. Business Journalist of the Year in 2001 by the influential trade journal TJFR.
Mr. Thomson had been editor of the Weekend FT and assistant editor of the Financial Times, orchestrating a successful redesign of the Weekend FT in late 1996 – that edition became the fastest-growing newspaper in the U.K. market during 1997. He also oversaw the evolution of “How to Spend It” magazine into an award-winning monthly. From 1994 to 1996, he was the FT’s foreign news editor in London, leading the paper’s extensive network of correspondents. Mr. Thomson had been a correspondent himself in Tokyo (1989-1994), where he witnessed the rise and fall of the “bubble economy,” and in Beijing (1985-1989), where he reported on the country’s economic and social reforms, and the crushing of the democracy movement in Tiananmen Square.
Mr. Thomson has been a journalist since early 1979, when he joined The Herald in Melbourne, working as a copyboy and a finance and general affairs reporter before becoming the paper’s Sydney correspondent. In 1983, he was hired by the Sydney Morning Herald as a senior feature writer and, two years later, was appointed to a Beijing bureau then shared by the Sydney paper and the Financial Times.
He is the author of The Judges: A Portrait of the Australian Judiciary (Allen & Unwin) and co-author of The Chinese Army (Weldon Owen). He edited a collection of satirical writing titled True Fiction (Penguin Books).
Mr. Thomson was born in Torrumbarry, near Echuca, in southern Australia, and is married with two sons.
Bruce Stokes is director of global economic attitudes at Pew Research Center, where he assesses public views about economic conditions, foreign policy and values. He is also a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund and an associate fellow at Chatham House. He is the former international economics correspondent for the National Journal, a former senior transatlantic fellow at the German Marshall Fund and a former senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is a member. Stokes is author of the recent Pew Research Center studies: U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around the World Question Trump’s Leadership; Post Brexit, Europeans More Favorable Toward EU; Globally, Broad Support for Representative and Direct Democracy; Japanese Divided on Democracy’s Success at Home, but Value Voice of the People; Three Years In, Modi Remains Very Popular. Stokes is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies. He has appeared on numerous television and radio programs including CNN, BBC, NPR, NBC, CBS and ABC and is a frequent speaker at major conferences around the world.
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.
Jean-Dominique Senard graduated from France’s HEC business school (Hautes Etudes Commerciales). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Law.
He began his career in various financial and operations positions with Total, from 1979 to 1987, and then with Saint-Gobain from 1987 to 1996.
From 1996 to 2001, he was Chief Financial Officer of Pechiney and a member of its Group Executive Council. He was also head of Pechiney’s Primary Aluminum sector until 2004. As a member of Alcan’s Executive Committee, he was in charge of integrating Pechiney and served as Chairman of Pechiney SA.
Jean-Dominique Senard joined Michelin in March 2005 as Chief Financial Officer and a member of the Michelin Group Executive Council.
In May 2007, he was appointed Managing Partner of the Michelin Group.
During the Group’s 2011 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on May 13, 2011, Jean-Dominique Senard was appointed Managing General Partner of the Michelin Group alongside Michel Rollier.
Jean-Dominique Senard is CEO of the Michelin Group since May 2012. He supervises the Executive Committee and the Legal and Digital Activities Corporate Directions.
Pascal Saint-Amans took on his duties as Director of the Center for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD on 1 February 2012. Mr. Saint-Amans, a French national, joined the OECD in September 2007 as Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Competition Division in the CTPA. He played a key role in the advancement of the OECD tax transparency agenda in the context of the G20. In October 2009 he was appointed Head of the Global Forum Division, created to service the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, a programme with the participation of over 100 countries.
Mr. Saint-Amans graduated from the National School of Administration (ENA) in 1996, and was an official in the French Ministry for Finance for nearly a decade. He held various positions within the Treasury, including heading the supervision of the EU work on direct taxes and overseeing legislation and policy on wealth tax and mergers and spin offs. He was also the head of tax treaty negotiations and mutual agreement procedures. In this capacity, he participated in the OECD Working Party No. 1 of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs as the delegate for France before being elected Chair of WP1 in 2005. He was also a member of the UN Group of Experts on International Co-operation in Tax Matters, becoming a “rapporteur” in 2006. Before leaving government service, he was Deputy Director in charge of litigation at the Direction Générale des Impôts.
Mr. Saint-Amans also served as Financial Director of the Energy Regulation Committee between 1999 and 2002 and was responsible for the introduction of new electricity tariffs.
Having earned a degree in history, Mr. Saint-Amans also received a degree from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris.
Doctor Cao Wenlian is Director-general of Silk Road Industry and Finance Alliance（SIFIA）, President of Development Council of the International Cooperation Center of National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC-ICC) People’s Republic of China, Academic Committee Member of China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE).
Dr. Cao, on A long-term base, being involved in research and formulation of the state major macro economic regulatory policies, the "belt and road initiative" construction as well as plans of medium and long-term development and key reforms, has supervised or participated in hundreds of important research projects and planning for central government, state ministries and local governments. He also lead edited or coauthored nearly 20 academic works, published more than 300 academic literatures and internal research and analysis reports.
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.
Alain Papiasse began his career in 1973 at Crédit Lyonnais. He held various positions there, including Credit Analyst and Deputy Senior Banker, before being appointed Crédit Lyonnais Executive Vice President for the Americas in 1996. In 2002, Alain Papiasse was appointed Vice President of Crédit Lyonnais and in 2003, Vice President of Crédit Agricole Indosuez Calyon following the merger between Crédit Lyonnais and Crédit Agricole. In January 2005, he joined BNP Paribas as Head of Investment Solutions, the Group’s division responsible for administering customers’ savings programmes and providing asset management. In 2005, Alain Papiasse became a member of the BNP Paribas Group Executive Committee and, in April 2009, was appointed Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking division (CIB). Later in 2009, following the merger with Fortis, Alain Papiasse took a seat on the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas Fortis. On 1 December 2011, he was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking division (CIB). Since 2014, he has represented Group General Management in North America, while continuing to support the development of the Corporate and Institutional Banking Division.
Alain Papiasse is a graduate of three French business schools : Institut Technique de Banque, Centre d’Etudes Supérieurs de Banque (CESB) and Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires (CPA).
Jay Rosengard, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, has forty years of international experience designing, implementing, and evaluating development policies in public finance and fiscal strategy, tax and budget reform, municipal finance and management, intergovernmental fiscal relations, banking and financial institutions development, financial inclusion, micro, small, and medium enterprise (MSME) finance, mobile banking, and public administration. He has worked for a wide variety of multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as directly for host governments and private sector clients. Rosengard is Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government's Financial Sector Program, which focuses on the development of bank and nonbank financial institutions and alternative financing instruments. This includes microfinance (small-scale lending and local savings mobilization), mainstream commercial banking (general and special-purpose banks), and wholesale financial intermediation (municipal development funds, venture capital funds, pooled financing, secondary mortgage facilities, and securitization). In addition, Rosengard is a Faculty Affiliate of both the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Center for International Development. At the Ash Center, he is Senor Adviser of the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia and Faculty Chair of the HKS Indonesia Program. He also serves as Faculty Chair of four executive programs: FIPED (Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development), which focuses on sustainable and effective MSME finance; ComTax (Comparative Tax Policy and Administration), which addresses key strategic and tactical issues in tax design and implementation; VELP (Vietnam Executive Leadership Program), which is an innovative policy dialogue with senior Vietnamese leadership; and Transformasi (Leadership Transformation in Indonesia), which is designed to assist Indonesia in its decentralization initiatives.