Fahd Al-Rasheed is the Group CEO and Managing Director of Emaar the Economic City (EEC), a publicly listed company leading the development of one of the largest private sector projects in the world, King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC). KAEC is a next-generation city on the Red Sea coast of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with a planned population capacity of two million people and a total investment of over USD 100 billion.
Under Al-Rasheed's leadership, KAEC developed the first private deep-water container port in the region and attracted more than 120 leading global and regional companies to establish operations in the city, making KAEC the fastest growing logistics and manufacturing hub in the Middle East. In addition, Al-Rasheed is spearheading the development of a significant number of residential and leisure projects that will transform KAEC into one of the leading tourism destinations in the region.
Al-Rasheed is the Founding Chairman of the non-profit Red Sea Foundation, a Geneva-based NGO think-tank established in 2016 to support the development of the Red Sea region, which is the largest, fastest growing emerging market in the world (750 million people today growing to 1 Billion by 2030).
Al-Rasheed is also the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Prince Mohamed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Saudi Arabia’s first world-class business educational institution to focus on entrepreneurship and leadership. The College is developed in partnership with the Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation, Babson Global and Lockheed Martin.
Prior to joining EEC, Al-Rasheed held the post of CFO and Deputy Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). Previous to his work in SAGIA, Al-Rasheed led strategic initiatives in investments and corporate finance for Saudi Aramco.
Al-Rasheed serves on the boards of several organizations including EEC, King Abdullah Port, Harvard Kennedy School Dean’s Council, Petromin, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, the New Cities Foundation, and the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers of the World Economic Forum. Al-Rasheed was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011.
Al-Rasheed holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the Stanford Business School.
H.E. Marwan bin Jassim Al Sarkal, CEO of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq), has been integral to the success of the Authority since its inception in 2009, with the guidance of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, and Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairperson of Shurooq.
(Shurooq) is the driving force behind the transformation of Sharjah as an investment, tourism, and business destination, guided by the Emirate’s traditions and inspired by innovation. Steered by Al Sarkal’s creativity and drive, the Authority has adopted world-class standards in providing services and studies to attract investors from the UAE, the Middle East, and all over the world.
Possessing a sharp understanding of the market and in-depth insight into the functioning of economies and international legalities and legislation, Al Sarkal has proven his mettle in quality, operations control, and strategic planning. He was also instrumental in the shaping of the Sharjah arts and culture scene, through the launch of the Maraya Art Centre.
He is distinguished for his exceptional leadership style, as an excellent motivator who strives to create a friendly working environment in which all employees are encouraged to create, innovate and openly express their ideas. He is a keen proponent of creating opportunities for talented UAE Nationals representing almost 40%, holding various positions including executives and management positions.
Alongside his role at the helm of (Shurooq), Al Sarkal is a Board Member of the Sharjah Football Club, a patron of Design Days Dubai, Chairman of the German Emirati Joint Council for Industry & Commerce (AHK)-Sharjah Chapter, Trustee of the Emirati-Swiss Friendship Forum, Deputy Head of Knowledge Without Borders and a former Board Member of Sharjah Tourism and Development Authority.
He is also a Member of the Sharjah Tourism Advisory Committee, and serves on the Board of Governors of Skyline University College and a member of several UAE Ministry of Economy joint councils with other countries. Having held a multitude of senior positions, he is widely considered a key figure in Sharjah’s growth ambitions.
An independent government entity, (Shurooq) facilitates partnerships and connects investors, corporations, and entrepreneurs with the right opportunities. Since the Authority’s creation, Sharjah’s GDP has grown from AED 61 billion in 2009 to AED 114 billion today.
To achieve its mission, (Shurooq) seeks to evaluate and follow-up on tourism, investment, and heritage-related infrastructure projects, participating in the comprehensive construction and development processes both within the emirate of Sharjah and in the UAE as a whole. (Shurooq’s) portfolio of unique mixed-use developments – combining retail, cultural attractions, and F&B – offer premium investment opportunities in exceptional master-planned destinations.
Jens Bjørn Andersen began his career as a trainee in Samson Transport Co. A/S in 1988. After he had completed his traineeship in 1990, he worked with various freight forwarding assignments until 1992, when he took up a position as Department Manager of the road transport activities of Samson Transport Co. A/S.
In 1995, Mr Bjørn Andersen was asked to focus on project work for the company's executive management. Two years later, he assumed a position as Branch Manager in Norway with Samson Transport Norge AS. Following DSV's acquisition of Samson Transport Co. A/S later the same year, he was appointed CEO of the combined DSV and Samson Transport activities in Norway.
From 2001, Mr Bjørn Andersen was the CEO of Tollpost Globe AS in Oslo until he was recruited for the position as CEO of DFDS Transport Ltd./DSV Road Ltd. in England in 2003. He also held various supervisory board positions in the DSV Group.
In 2007, Mr Bjørn Andersen became the CEO of DSV Road Holding A/S and was appointed Group CEO with effect from August 2008. He also chairs the Supervisory Boards of DSV Air & Sea Holding A/S and DSV Solutions Holding A/S and is member of the Supervisory Board of DSV Road Holding A/S.
Non-DSV posts include member of the Board of Directors for the Nordea Foundation and The Children's Cancer Fund. He is also a member of the Olympic Sports Forum established by The Sport Confederation of Denmark.
Mr Andersen was born in 1966.
His Excellency Mr. Shaukat Aziz was elected as Prime Minister of Pakistan and served from 2004 – 2007, following five years as Finance Minister from 1999.Mr. Aziz was the first Prime Minister of Pakistan to complete a full term in office. Mr. Aziz restored his country’s credibility at home and abroad and is renowned for his strategic approach, structural reforms, transparency and ability to focus on what is best, not simply what is politically expedient. His policies were based on the principals of liberalization, deregulation and privatization, accompanied by strong regulatory oversight. Mr. Aziz’s tenure was marked by high economic growth, increase in per capita income, reduction in poverty, an upsurge in investments and improved debt and economic indicators. He became Finance Minister in 1999 and was named “Finance Minister of the year” for 2001 by Euro Money and The Bankers magazine. Having presided over impressive economic growth in his country, Mr. Aziz offers an expert view and is a frequent speaker on the challenges facing the world including structural reforms, diplomacy, geopolitics and security.
Mr. Zaré Baghdasarian has more than 30 years of business experience as an Executive Director, Entrepreneur, Operations Manager, Investor, and Private Equity Investment Consultant with a passion for business startups and technology.
He has an expansive education background starting with an Executive MBA from TRIUM, an executive MBA degree jointly delivered by New York University (NYU), the London School of Economics (LSE) and HEC School of Management Paris, a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Santa Clara University, an Executive Management degree from UCLA Anderson School of Management, and a BSEE from Villanova University. He was the Co-Founder of two engineering technology companies, Monterey Networks—a company acquired by Cisco Systems in 1999 to fulfill their optical network strategy, and IRIS Group, which ceased operations in 2001.
Currently he is Co-Founder and CEO for Avata Intelligence. Avata Intelligence has developed robust, next-generation AI technology utilizing proprietary computational game theory developed by the company's world-renowned scientists which produces superior results for real-world problems.
Customers with critical needs in logistics, security and investment planning are currently using Avata's cloud-enabled, distributed and scalable AI technology to preeminently discover actionable strategies in real time for competitive advantages.
Payam Banazadeh is a former rocket scientist who discovered his passion for business and his skills in strategic thinking and execution while working at NASA. While at NASA he learned how to identify driving problems in highly complex systems, prioritize the solutions based on the desired outcome, and execute the implementation despite the bureaucratic nature of the work. He learned how to interact with strategic customers and translate their needs into meaningful design requirements for my engineering team.
Payam’s “big picture” mentality while having the ability to dive deep into highly technical systems made my management to believe that he could lead a multi-million dollar small satellite called Lunar Flashlight. After leading a team of 20+ engineers to a successful NASA Mission Concept Review (MCR) he decided to leave his job at NASA and get a business and management education at Stanford University.
While at Stanford University, he Co-Founded Capella Space and raised venture capital from top Silicon Valley venture firms with the vision to launch the first U.S. commercial Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite into space. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at Capella Space leading a brilliant and ambitious team that has already broken the status quo with a lot more to come.
Jim Barber has served as president of UPS International since 2013, with responsibility for distribution, forwarding, small-package delivery, brokerage, customs compliance, and UPS's other service offerings in more than 220 countries and territories outside the U.S.
Jim and his team of 150,000 international employees are currently leading the company's next wave of international investment while implementing the "One UPS" initiative that will seamlessly integrate UPS's services globally across business units and enterprise priorities. Jim has also led UPS's growing investment in emerging markets, including the creation of the ISMEA operating district to capture the opportunities in south-to-south trade in the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Africa.
Jim previously served as president of UPS Europe, helping oversee the second wave of international expansion for UPS that first began in the mid-1990s. Drawing upon his experience in UPS's Mergers and Acquisitions Group, Jim oversaw several key acquisitions and integrations including several European healthcare companies and domestic courier, express and parcel companies in Poland, Turkey and the UK.
His team also oversaw the acquisition and integration of the Kiala collection point network in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain. The Kiala model was expanded into Germany and the UK during 2013 under the UPS Access Point brand. Jim and his team also led a $200 million expansion of the Cologne air hub, an investment that was completed in 2014.
Jim joined UPS as a delivery driver in 1985. He later held a series of finance, accounting and operations management positions in the U.S., Belgium and Germany before relocating to London in 2006 as managing director of the United Kingdom & Ireland for UPS.
Jim also serves as a member of the UPS Management Committee, which is responsible for day-to-day management of the company.
He holds a degree in Finance from Auburn University.
Dominic Barton is the Global Managing Director of McKinsey & Company. In his 27 years with the firm, Dominic has advised clients in a range of industries including banking, consumer goods, high tech and industrial. Prior to his current role, Dominic was based in Shanghai as McKinsey’s Asia Chairman from 2004 to 2009 and led the Korea office from 2000 to 2004.
Dominic is an active participant in international fora including Davos, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Les Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence, the Asia Business Council and the China Development Forum. He has authored more than 80 articles on the role of business in society, leadership, financial services, Asia, history and the issues and opportunities facing markets worldwide. Dominic is a co-author, with Roberto Newell and Greg Wilson, of Dangerous Markets: Managing in Financial Crises (Wiley & Sons, 2002), and his most recent book is China Vignettes: An Inside Look at China (Talisman, 2007).
Dominic leads McKinsey’s work on the future of capitalism, long-term value-creation and the role of business leadership in society. This is a set of research initiatives and projects to convene organisations and leaders for constructive action. One such project was a task force on Inclusive Capitalism, which Dominic co-led with Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild (sponsored by the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank). The task force – comprised of business and public leaders in the US and UK – developed approaches for engaging and scaling business actions to address issues that create both social and economic value.
He is a Trustee of the Brookings Institution, a member of the Singapore Economic Development Board’s International Advisory Council, an advisor to the Asia Development Bank, a member of the Advisory Board for the China Development Bank Capital Group and a Board Member of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Dominic has received multiple awards for his business leadership and contributions to the communities in which he has lived – for example, in February 2013 Dominic received the Order of Civil Merit (Peony Medal) from former President Lee of South Korea. He is a Rhodes Trustee and an Honorary Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford. Dominic is also an Adjunct Lecturer at Tsinghua University, Beijing.
Laurence Batlle is Chairwoman of the RATP Dev Executive Board, and has sat on the RATP Group Executive Board since 1st January 2017. She joined RATP Dev in 2007 as CFO, and since then has played a major role in defining its strategy and supervising its international growth. She became a member of the Executive Board in 2011, and was in charge of its Americas-Africa and Sightseeing Business Units from 2014 to 2016. She has also been an independent Board member of Elior Group since 2014.
Laurence Batlle has a proven executive management track record: prior to joining RATP Dev, she spent 14 years driving sales growth in major consulting firms, first for PricewaterhouseCoopers and then as VP Global Finance Support at Atos Origin for two years. She is a graduate of Harvard Business School and Institut Commercial de Nancy, and is a Knight of the French National Order of Merit.
Tracey joined the Company as senior vice president of global growth and development in December 2016. Her focus is on assessing and executing opportunities to grow Fortune Brands’ business around the world in current segments, adjacencies, new segments and new geographies.
Before coming to Fortune Brands, Tracey spent four years as the executive vice president of strategy at Mondelez International, Inc. There she led a group of 40 individuals in executing the company’s growth strategies. Prior to that she spent 13 years consulting at Bain & Company where she had an opportunity to work with clients in the industrial products, airline and consumer products categories with a focus on creating strategic performance improvement programs to deliver sustainable value.
Tracey began her career in academia at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and at the University of Bonn in Germany. She holds both a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and a B.S. in economics and mathematics from the University of Alberta.
The Honourable Perrin Beatty is the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 200,000-member Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada’s largest and most representative national business association. Mr. Beatty is the principal spokesperson advocating the policy positions of the Canadian Chamber’s members to the federal government, international organizations, the media and the general public. Prior to joining the Canadian Chamber in August 2007, Mr. Beatty was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).
A descendant of one of Canada’s most prominent manufacturing families, Mr. Beatty grew up in Fergus, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario in 1971. In 1972 he was elected to the House of Commons as a Progressive Conservative and in 1979 he was appointed Minister of State (Treasury Board) in the government of Joe Clark. He held six additional portfolios in subsequent Progressive Conservative governments, including National Revenue in 1984, Solicitor General in 1985, National Defence in 1986, Health and Welfare in 1989, Communications in 1991, and Secretary of State for External Affairs in 1993.
In 1994, Mr. Beatty joined a number of private sector boards and worked as a consultant in the field of communications. He was a Honourary Visiting Professor with the Department of Political Science, University of Western Ontario. He wrote a weekly column on government and politics for a major Canadian newspaper. From 1995 - 1999, Mr. Beatty was President and CEO of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
Mr. Beatty has served on a number of Canadian government advisory committees, is a member of the advisory council of the Canadian Defence and Foreign Affairs Institute and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian International Council. In 2008, Mr. Beatty was named Chancellor of the University of Ontario Institute Of Technology. In 2012, Mr. Beatty became a member of the Board of Directors of Mitsui Canada.
Joe Bernik has two decades of experience creating and implementing cyber security management programs at global Financial Institutions. While serving as CISO and head of Information risk and security at ABN AMRO, Fifth Third Bank and BNY Mellon, Joe led teams dedicated to protecting customer data, complying with data-related laws and regulations, and managing incident response programs. Joe started his career with the US Defense Department (DOD) protecting military systems.
Joe is an avid speaker and writer and has held posts on several industry groups including the Federal Reserve Council on Fraud, the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).
Bernik recently spoke at the Harvard Business School Finance conference and the Payments Source Card Forum.
Marisa is the Deputy Global Head of Sustainable Finance at JPMorgan Chase & Co. She plays an integral role in the firm’s efforts to manage environmental and social risks, and advance environmentally sustainable solutions for clients and its operations. She has also built the firm’s knowledge and leadership on climate change and carbon disclosure, and helps to lead the firm’s efforts on ESG reporting and engagement.
Marisa has over 15 years of experience working on environmental and energy issues. Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Marisa was a research analyst at Bloomberg, where she focused on assessing the impacts of U.S. policy on the energy sector. She also developed methane reduction projects in the mining and oil & gas sectors with Verdeo Group, a developer, owner and operator of clean energy projects. In addition to identifying and evaluating project development opportunities, she managed activities related to the certification of carbon assets, and served as the company’s expert on U.S. and international climate and energy policy. She also developed renewable energy and methane reduction projects with Econergy International, an independent power producer with assets in Latin America and the U.S., which was acquired by GDF Suez. She began her career with the Surdna Foundation’s environmental team, providing grants to nonprofit organizations supporting sustainable forestry, smart growth, renewable energy and market-based solutions to climate change.
Marisa received a B.A. from Wellesley College and a M.P.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Valerie Buckingham leads marketing at Carbon, joining in 2016 after a tenure at Microsoft and Nokia spanning more than a decade. In addition to holding various roles at early-stage Bay Area startups, she most recently led North American marketing for Microsoft Mobile Devices, launching their first Microsoft-branded smartphones in the region. A Canada native, Valerie holds an MFA in Intermedia from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the University of Victoria.
Jonathan Budd is the Founder/CEO of Powur, the world's first direct sales sustainable energy platform. Powur is a one-of-a-kind platform that provides solar companies with a well educated direct sales force on the ground in communities nationwide. Powur operates in 29 U.S states plus Canada and Puerto Rico. Previously Jonathan was the founder of Futuristic Marketing, and information publishing company with revenues exceeding $20M.
A Vice President with FireEye’s Mandiant consulting group, Charles is one of our leading incident response experts. Based in Washington, D.C., he and the team he oversees has helped hundreds of organizations respond to major security breaches orchestrated by foreign governments, cybercriminals, and political hacktivists.
Charles has 17 years of experience helping some of the most recognized organizations in the world become more resilient to cyberattacks. He is also one of FireEye’s most sought-after cybersecurity spokespeople.
In 2014 he appeared on a 60 Minutes segment focused on credit card theft. Earlier this year, he led FireEye efforts focused on FIN10, a threat actor carrying out financially motivated intrusion operations targeting organizations in Canada.
Prior to joining Mandiant, Charles served in various leadership roles within PwC in the US and Australia. Charles received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Florida
Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham-Unionville in a by-election in 2007, and was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.
Michael Chan serves as Ontario’s Minister of International Trade. He previously served as Minister of Revenue; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.
As the longest serving Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he strengthened Ontario’s reputation as a premier destination for investment in multiple sectors. In doing so, he oversaw key priorities of economic growth through close collaboration with Ontario’s creative industries, the expansion of the Celebrate Ontario program, the creation of the Ontario Music Fund, the successful implementation of Regional Tourism Offices throughout the province, and the development of a sustainable long-term plans of several cultural and tourism agencies. In his capacity as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he ensured that the largest multi-sport event in Canadian history showcased Ontario’s reputation as a world-class sport host and left a lasting legacy for generations to come.
During his tenure as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, he focused on enhancing Ontario’s ability to attract jobs and skilled employees, and worked to expand the province’s Bridge Training Programs to assist newcomers with economic integration. In 2015, he also oversaw the preparation and welcome of refugees from the Syrian conflict.
As Minister of International Trade, Minister Chan is harnessing the province’s creative and diverse potential to build opportunities for all Ontarians, by increasing trade beyond Ontario’s traditional markets of the U.S. and Western Europe. He is also promoting export market diversification and investment by leveraging diversity as an economic driver to open fast-growing and emerging markets for Ontario’s goods and services.
Prior to embarking on his political career, Chan — who emigrated from Hong Kong more than 40 years ago and has lived in Markham since 1995 — founded and operated a successful insurance brokerage firm.
Michael and his wife, Elaine, live in Markham with their two sons, Alex and Brian.
Dr Cool is the Chief Operating Officer of Hybrid Enterprises LLC, the worldwide exclusive reseller of Lockheed Martin’s Hybrid Airships. Prior to the establishment of Hybrid Enterprises, Dr. Cool was the operations subject matter expert for Lockheed Martin on the development of its Hybrid Airships. Dr. Cool was also the President and Chief Engineer of Kivalliq Marine Exploration in Canada, an Arctic and Antarctic marine exploration, survey and logistics company that served many governments and large mining and oil & gas companies. Dr. Cool is a Professional Engineer and holds a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in spacecraft design, and a BASc in engineering from the University of Toronto.
James Crawford is the founder and CEO of Orbital Insight, a geospatial big data company creating actionable data through proprietary deep learning analysis of satellite and UAV images to understand and characterize socio-economic trends at scale. He has two decades of experience leading innovative software projects: empowering farmers with climate data at the Climate Corporation, working to a commercial robot on the moon at Moon Express, making the world’s books searchable at Google, or managing robotics at NASA's Ames Research Center. At Orbital Insight, he’s using software expertise to create a whole new source of market data for all kinds of industries.
Mr. D’Souza is a seasoned, results-producing leader with experience steering and directing all aspects of investigations, security processes and risk management protocols. He has extensive international skills through working, travelling and living in North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. He spent eight years with the Toronto Police Service, the majority of which, he was involved in an undercover capacity dealing with major, large-scale investigations. He has led several cases to successful conclusions through every level of the court system. In addition to working for large multi-national organizations, Mr. D’Souza also spent time consulting on regulatory requirements and laws, as they apply to business, ensuring compliance across a wide cross-section of financial, retail and commercial sectors.
Currently, Mr. D’Souza leads an elite team of investigators at Facebook positioned across the globe, to resolve complex internal and external investigations, including but not limited to external fraud, threats to people or the workplace, supply chain and data center investigations, misconduct, property crimes, and kidnaps for ransom or extortion. He also leads all protective intelligence operations for the CEO, COO and company Executives globally.
Mr. D’Souza holds a MBA degree from Columbia Southern, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. He is accredited as a Forensics Investigator and has been formally trained in Mobile Surveillance, Workplace Violence Detection and Prevention, Major Case Management, Interviewing and Interrogation, Drug Interdiction and Investigation, Death Investigations, Anti-Terrorism and Anarchist Detection, and Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED).
Alexandre de Juniac became the seventh person to lead the International Air Transport Association (IATA) when he took on the role of Director General and CEO from 1 September 2016.
De Juniac has almost three decades of experience in both the private and public sectors. This includes senior positions in the airline and aerospace industries and the French government.
De Juniac served as Chairman and CEO of Air France-KLM (2013-2016) and prior to that as Chairman and CEO of Air France (2011-2013). Under de Juniac’s leadership Air France and Air France-KLM underwent a successful restructuring that improved efficiency and strengthened performance. He has also served on the IATA Board of Governors (2013-2016).
De Juniac has broad aviation sector experience, including 14 years at French aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation company Thales, and its predecessor companies Thompson-CSF and Thompson SA (1995-2009). In his last position at Thales, de Juniac was responsible for the company’s operations and sales in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
De Juniac has also held positions in the French government. His career began with the Conseil d’Etat (State Council) from 1988 to 1993. Subsequently, he served in the Department of Budget (1993-1995); and in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment as Chief of Staff to then Minister Christine Lagarde (2009-2011).
A French citizen, de Juniac was born in 1962. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and Ecole Nationale de l’Administration. At IATA he will work from both the association’s main offices in Montreal, Canada and Geneva, Switzerland..
William De Vijlder is the Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas. After starting in 1987 in the Economic Research Department at Belgium’s Generale Bank he joined the Asset Management division in 1989. He was subsequently Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer at Fortis Investments. When joining BNP Paribas Investment Partners in 2010, he became CIO and member of the Executive Committee. Since September 2014 he is Group Chief Economist of BNP Paribas.
William has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Ghent (Belgium). He has been a senior lecturer in Finance and Economics at the same university since 1991.
Since 2008, William maintains a blog on which he regularly comments on the economic and market environment. He is also active on Twitter and in 2014 he has been selected to become one of the 500 LinkedIn Influencers worldwide.
Neil is the Global Strategist for AllianzGI, based in London and is responsible for ‘AllianzGI house view’, the development of the biannual Investment Forums and our investment thought leadership content. He is a member of the Global Investment Management Group and is also responsible for the Economics and Strategy team, as well as our monthly Global Policy Council calls. He continues to manage Equity portfolios including our successful European Equity Dividend Fund and other Pan-European equity portfolios. .
Neil joined the company in 2001 as Head of UK and European Equity Management from JPMorgan Investment Management where he had been a UK and European specialist portfolio manager since 1996. He began his investment career in 1988 with Kleinwort Benson Investment Management as an analyst, later as a fund manager before moving to Fleming Investment Management in 1992. Neil holds a BA in Classics from Durham University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Dr. Shahram Ebadollahi is the Vice President, Innovations and the Chief Science Officer, IBM Watson Health Group. As the head of Innovations he oversees development, solutions, and partnerships for IBM Watson Health business unit. As the Chief Scientific Officer, he has global responsibility for the direction of IBM Research in the area of Health Informatics and also the innovation strategy for IBM Watson Health. He and his team have conducted research in the broad area of health informatics with specific focus on Computational Healthcare and also have enabled software and services in the area of data-driven analytics and big data for healthcare and life sciences applications.
Dr. Ebadollahi received his PhD and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University with specialization in multi-modal content analysis and retrieval and their applications to the domain of medicine.
Hikmet Ersek is Chief Executive Officer and Director of The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a Fortune 500-ranked global leader in cross-border money-movement services. Ersek has executive management responsibility for a global platform and a powerful brand spread over 200 countries and territories. Western Union has a rich history encompassing more than 165 years of innovation and today is also one of the world's most diverse companies, with employees from more than 100 countries.
During Ersek's tenure as CEO, which began in 2010, Western Union has successfully diversified and transformed its business model to a global FinTech payments company. Beyond growing its retail money-transfer business to more than 550.000 worldwide locations, over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks and via connections to billions of bank accounts and mobile wallets, he successfully expanded the digital business globally.
He joined Western Union in September 1999, and held several senior international roles of increasing responsibility within the company. Under these roles he was a major force for the global expansion of Western Union.
Ersek began his career in financial services in 1986 at Europay/MasterCard in Austria. In 1996, he joined General Electric (GE) Capital, and also represented the GE Corporation as a National Executive in Austria and Slovenia.
Ersek has a Master's (Magister) degree in Economics and Business Administration from the Wirtschaftsuniversität (University of Economics) in Vienna, Austria. He speaks English, German and Turkish fluently. He had a short career as a professional basketball player. Hikmet Ersek is currently also the Austrian Honorary Consul for Colorado & Wyoming.
In 2012, Ersek was recognized by Corporate Responsibility Magazine as a Responsible CEO of the Year. He was also recognized by the American Advertising Federation as a Diversity Achievement Career Achiever. In 2016 he received the Austrian of the Year Award.
Martin Fleming is Vice President, Chief Analytic Officer and Chief Economist.
In leading the Chief Analytics Office, Martin provides leadership and governance in IBM's innovation and deployment of analytics tools to improve IBM’s business performance and achieve IBM’s financial goals. The Chief Analytics Office drives business process transformation across IBM by creating new data sources and applying advanced analytic techniques for the creation of new insight and business value.
As IBM’s Chief Economist, Martin provides regular insight and analysis on relevant economic issues to IBM’s senior leadership team. Martin provides regular global economic forecasts; publishes economic flash reports to a broad cross-section of IBM managers; promotes a consistent IBM global economic outlook for internal decision making; and engages with select IBM clients to provide a view of the global economic outlook.
Previously, in IBM Corporate Strategy, Martin led Smarter Planet strategy development and execution with a focus on energy, climate change, transportation, water and Smarter Cities.
Prior to joining IBM, Martin was a Principal Consultant at Abt Associates, Cambridge Massachusetts. He was also Vice President, Strategy for Reed-Elsevier, Inc. Martin began his professional career at the System Dynamics Group, Sloan School of Management, MIT.
Martin is a member of the American Economic Association and the Conference of Business Economists.
His work has been published in a number of professional journals, such as the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement, Business Economics and American Demographics as well as other general interest publications such as the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Martin has testified to various US Congressional committees, including the Joint Economic Committee.
Martin holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Tufts University and a B.S. cum laude in Mathematics from University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Christoph Frei became WEC’s youngest Secretary General in April 2009. During this time, he has lead the further development of the world-renowned London-based organisation through a number of initiatives, including the initiation of WEC’s on-going Global Energy Scenarios and Energy & Climate Policy Assessment flagship projects or, the facilitation of high-level World Energy Leaders’ Summits to enhance the relevance and impact of the 90 years old organisation.
Prior to joining WEC, Christoph was a member of the Executive Council of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its Senior Director in charge of Energy (2001-2009). He is also an Adjunct Professor at EPFL (since 2006) and a member of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Energy Security (since 2009).
Christoph received his PhD es sc. from EPFL (1997-2000). He holds a diploma in electrical engineering (ETHZ, 1989-1995) and masters in energy economics & management (EPFL, 1995-1997), econometrics (University of Geneva, 1997-2000), and applied ethics (Ethics Centre, University of Zurich, 2001-2002).
Christoph has initiated projects including EPFL’s Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, the South Africa based Energy Access Partnership, or the World Economic Forum’s Partnering Against Corruption Initiative, which in 2008 lead Ethisphere to rank him among the 100 most influential people in business ethics.
Shuman Ghosemajumder is Chief Technology Officer at Shape Security.
Shape’s artificial intelligence-based global defense platform protects the world's largest banks, airlines, retailers, and government agencies against cybercriminal fraud. Shape is one of the largest processors of login traffic and protects over 20% of all in-store mobile payments. It secures the online accounts of more than 500 million users and prevented over $1 billion in fraud last year. It was named by CNBC as one of the 50 most disruptive companies in the world.
Shuman previously led global product management for click fraud protection at Google, where his team protected and enabled the world’s largest advertising system ($23 billion in annual pay-per-click revenue). He joined Google in 2003 as one of the early product managers for AdSense, held key product management roles in growing that business to $2 billion in annual revenue, and helped launch Gmail.
Shuman is co-founder and chairman of TeachAIDS, an educational technology nonprofit spun out of Stanford, which creates research-based health software. Backed by Barclays, Microsoft, UNICEF, and others, it was named a technology that would “change the world” by MIT Technology Review , and its software is used in 82 countries.
Shuman is co-author CGI Programming Unleashed , a contributing author to Crimeware , and a regular guest lecturer at Stanford. He holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was named by the Boston Globe to their MIT150 list of the top innovators in the history of MIT.
Deborah Gillis is President & Chief Executive Officer of Catalyst, the leading research and advisory organization working to change workplaces and improve lives by accelerating progress for women through workplace inclusion. She is the fourth President in Catalyst’s 54-year history, the first from outside the United States and the first internal successor from within Catalyst’s ranks to hold this office.
Her distinguished career at Catalyst includes leading the organization’s global growth strategy and expansion into India, Australia, and Japan. Prior to Catalyst, Ms. Gillis spent over 20 years advising decision-makers in the public and private sectors, including management roles in two multi-national firms. She has served as a candidate for elected office and has made coaching and mentoring of women in business and political life a personal priority. She is frequently quoted in the global media and regularly addresses senior leaders around the world in a variety of business, academic, and public policy venues.
Jacques Gounon, 64, is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (France).
From 1977 he held the position of Director of major projects in the sector of construction and infrastructures, and was involved as industry advisor for Ministers for work and Transport (1991 to 1996).
Deputy Chief Executive of ALSTOM (1996), he became Chairman of the business sector and Member of the Executive Committee (2000), then he became Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of the worldwide engineering electric branch (2001).
He has been Chairman and Chief Executive of GET SA (2005), which became Groupe Eurotunnel (2007).
He is a member of the board of directors of the Groupe Aéroport de Paris.
Bjarne Graven Larsen leads the global investment program for Ontario Teachers'. He is responsible for all aspects of its investment activities, including the real estate portfolio managed by wholly-owned subsidiary, Cadillac Fairview, and Ontario Teachers' international offices in London and Hong Kong.
Mr. Graven Larsen has more than 25 years of experience in the financial industry. He is the former Chief Investment Officer and executive board member of Denmark's ATP, that country's largest, and Europe's fourth largest, pension plan. He was most recently Chief Financial Officer at Novo A/S in Copenhagen. Mr. Graven Larsen was also the CEO of FIH Erhvervsbank A/S (FIH). He also held positions at Realkredit Denmark, the country's largest Mortgage Bank, now part of Danske Bank; and in Denmark's Central Bank and Ministry of Finance. He holds a Masters in Economics from the University of Aarhus.
Mr. Graven Larsen joined Ontario Teachers' in 2016.
Born on May 8th, 1950, in Tampico, Mexico, Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including 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.
Stephen Hoover is CEO of PARC, a Xerox company. Practicing open innovation since 2002, PARC develops innovations and new technologies and takes those to market in collaboration with Fortune 500/Global 1000 companies, startups, and governments. Hoover leads PARC’s business and research in diverse areas including networking, electronics, cleantech, innovation services, intelligent systems, and more.
Hoover specializes in integrating technology, market, and business opportunities – from fundamental R&D to commercial scale-up. In prior roles, he was responsible for developing and bringing to market innovations ranging from intelligent self-healing products to computational photography solutions and new web services platforms. Dr. Hoover earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and B.S. from Cornell University and holds seven patents.
David A. Hunt is President and Chief Executive Officer of PGIM, the investment business of Prudential, Inc. PGIM is a leading global asset manager with more than $1 trillion in assets under management as of December 31, 2016. PGIM has 31 offices in 16 countries and provides a wide range of asset classes including public and private fixed income, fundamental and quantitative equities and real estate.
In addition to his PGIM role, David serves on the Operating Committee for Prudential’s U.S. businesses. Before joining Prudential, David was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company and co-leader of its North American Asset Management practice.
David earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University and an MBA in finance and multinational management from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. David is a member of the Board of Directors for the Toigo Foundation, an organization devoted to diversity in the investment management business.
Samir Ibrahim is the CEO and a Co-Founder of SunCulture, headquartered in Kenya. SunCulture sells affordable solar-powered irrigation solutions to smallholder farmers in East Africa. SunCulture was the first company to commercialize solar-powered irrigation in Africa and is the only in Africa that provides a turnkey solar irrigation solution to farmers; in addition to industry-leading solar-powered irrigation systems, SunCulture-trained technicians and agronomists provide on-farm training, soil analysis and agronomy support by mobile phone, and next-day delivery and installation anywhere in Kenya is included in the price of the system. SunCulture farmers have average annual revenues of $14,000/acre, compared to just $600/acre they receive growing maize using rain-fed agriculture.
Prior to SunCulture, Samir studied finance and international business at NYU’s Undergraduate Stern School of Business and joined PwC's Financial Services, Structured Products, and Real Estate Group. He has spoken about the private sector's role in development and on financing climate compatible development to a number of audiences such as the Vienna Energy Forum, International Parliamentary Conference, COP21, and the World Energy Congress. Samir is also recognized as a World Energy Council Future Energy Leader and a Forbes 30 Under 30.
Simon Irish is Chief Executive Officer of Terrestrial Energy Inc. He has 20 years of global investment banking and investment management experience in New York and London. He has a formal education in the quantitative sciences and quantitative finance, and has established and managed multi-billion-dollar alternative investment businesses in North America.
In 2010, he focused on opportunities in breakthrough energy technologies and in particular nuclear energy given its unparalleled energy density and the commercial potential of advanced reactor technologies.
Mr. Irish is the former Head of Man Global Strategies (MGS) in North America, the strategic investment division of Man Group Plc, a leading global investment management business. During his tenure at Man, Mr. Irish was responsible for building and managing the largest and most active strategic investment and managed account business in North America. Mr. Irish was a member of the Investment Committee and responsible for corporate acquisition opportunities in North America for Man Group Plc.
Mr. Irish holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School.
Erika Karp is the Founder and CEO of Cornerstone Capital Inc. The mission of the firm is to apply the principles of sustainable finance across the capital markets enhancing investment processes through transparency and collaboration. In seeking positive societal impact at scale, Cornerstone offers wealth and investment advising, research and strategic consulting, and investment banking services. Working with investors, corporations and financial institutions, the firm drives the systematic analysis of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors throughout the global capital markets.
Prior to founding Cornerstone, Karp was Managing Director and Head of Global Sector Research at UBS Investment Bank where she chaired the UBS Global Investment Review Committee and managed a global team of analysts and strategists. Erika is an advisor to the UN Global Compact’s LEAD Board Development Program, a founding Board member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Financing and Capital, an advisor to the Omidyar Network’s Know the Chain initiative, and was an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative’s Market-based Approaches track. Karp has been named among the nation's "Top 50 Women in Wealth" by AdvisorOne, the “GOOD 100” and the “Purpose Economy 100” and one of 50 “Conscious Capitalists” who are Transforming Wall Street.” In fall of 2016, Erika was also awarded the Wells Fargo Leadership award by StartOut, the national nonprofit that connects LGBTQ entrepreneurs to empower great leaders and businesses.
Jim joined HOOPP in 1999, bringing more than 25 years of institutional investing experience with several national firms. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Ottawa, he obtained his MBA at Queen's University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has completed the Directors Education Program (Rotman School of Business) at the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Most recently, as Senior Vice President, Investment Management & Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Jim was responsible for the overall operation of HOOPP's Investment Management Function. Prior to his appointment as Senior Vice President and CIO, he held the position of HOOPP's Vice President of Portfolio Strategy & Derivatives.
Ashish Khanna is the Executive Director & CEO of Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd. – India’s largest integrated solar company, previously known as Tata BP Solar.
Ashish joined the Tata Group in 2007, holding a series of leadership positions in Tata Power. He brings with him over 27 years of experience, having worked with multinational companies in the past.
Having been on the executive board of Tata Power Solar since 2013, he has significantly contributed to setting up and governing the organizations’ objectives and policies. He is also on the board of other Tata Power group companies.
Ashish is a mechanical engineer and holds a Masters Degree in Management & Systems from IIT (Delhi).
Ravi is a President and the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Infosys. In this role, he leads the Infosys global delivery organization across all global industry segments, driving digital transformation services, application development and maintenance; independent validation services, engineering services, emerging technology solutions, business intelligence & analytics, cloud and infrastructure, and enterprise package applications service lines. In addition, he oversees Infosys Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and is on the board of Infosys BPO Ltd. He also oversees Infosys operations in Japan. He is the Chairman of the Board of Infosys China and is also on the board of Infosys Public Services, Infosys Consulting Holding AG, Panaya (an Infosys company) and McCamish Systems (an Infosys BPO company).
Previously, Ravi was the Group Head for the Insurance, Healthcare, and Cards and Payments unit, where he drove client services, demand generation, next-generation service offerings, game-changing innovation, and a world-class delivery organization to support clients. In addition to his present role, he is the Executive Sponsor for the US$1+ billion Oracle practice across all industry verticals, which is ranked by leading analysts as one of the top three players. Till recently, he also ran the global alliances organization at Infosys. He has also led the US$700+ million Global Consulting and Systems Integration practice in the manufacturing industry. Spanning a global clientele and other new incubating engines, he built the global Oracle and CRM practices for Infosys. Under his leadership, the Hyderabad Development Center, housing 22,000+ employees, won the Infosys Excellence Award for the Best Development Center five years in a row from 2010 – 2014.
Ravi has over 18 years of experience in the consulting space, incubating new practice lines, driving large transformational programs, and evangelizing new business models across industry segments. He has played diverse roles across organizations within the CRM space for Oracle Corporation, building a next-generation CRM practice at Cambridge Technology Partners. He has also worked on process and technology transformation for the unbundling of Indian State Electricity Boards at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ravi started his career as a nuclear scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Center.
Ravi is a part of several steering committee boards of large transformational initiatives for global clients. He actively writes and blogs on technology-led transformation, big data, next-generation supply chain, digital transformation, and disruptive business models. He is an Honorary Founding Board Member of the Technology Advisory Board at MIT Forum (launched in 2012); Advisory Board of the Global Supply Chain Center at Marshall Business School, University of Southern California; Member of the Young Presidents Organization(YPO)-Manhattan Chapter, Oracle’s Enterprise Project Portfolio Management (EPPM) Board; and many other industry forums.
Ravi has a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India.
Tom Linebarger has served as Chairman and CEO of Cummins Inc. since January 1, 2012. He previously served in numerous leadership roles at Cummins, including serving as President and COO from 2008 to 2011.
In 1986, Tom received joint undergraduate degrees in management engineering from Claremont McKenna College and mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He returned to Stanford University to earn an MS in manufacturing systems from the School of Engineering and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business in 1993.
Tom has been on the board of directors of Harley Davidson since 2008. He is also a board member of the US-China Business Council and Energy Systems Network and serves as Chair of the Business Roundtable Committee on International Engagement.
Along with his wife Michele, Tom is very much involved in the education and development of their two daughters, Alex and Emily.
Peter Misek is a partner in the IT Venture Fund, based in Toronto. He comes with over 14 years of venture capital experience as an Advisor/ Venture Partner for DN Capital including direct involvement in 2 unicorns. He has almost 20 years of investment banking experience as Managing Director and Co Head of Global Technology Research for Jefferies in NYC and as Director of Research and Global Technology Analyst for Canaccord.
Peter holds a CA, CPA from Illinois as well as a CFA. He is a hobby programmer who has founded technology companies.
Jesse Moore is CEO and Co-Founder of M-KOPA Solar, the world leader of "pay-as-you-go" energy services for off-grid customers. M-KOPA Solar saves off-grid customers money by replacing kerosene with affordable renewable energy.
In under 5 years since launch, M-KOPA has connected a half a million East African homes to solar power and is adding over 500 more homes daily. Based on this growth M-KOPA was awarded the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize, made the coveted MIT Technology Review 50 Smartest Companies list, and was ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the Top 50 Companies Changing the World. Investors in M-KOPA include Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, AOL founder Steve Case, and Generation Investment Management – a global investment firm chaired by Al Gore. Jesse moved to Kenya in 2010 to start M-KOPA and has overseen the company’s growth to over 2500 employees and sales agents.
Prior to M-KOPA, he was the Director at the GSM Association in London, where he worked with mobile network operators in Africa and Asia to adopt new business models that drive business growth and benefit low-income consumers, such as mobile money. Early in his career Jesse worked with the international development charity CARE and as a strategy consultant for Monitor Group.
Originally from Toronto, Canada, Jesse holds an MBA from Oxford University (Skoll Scholar) and a BA from the University of North Carolina (Morehead Scholar). He was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 100 Young Global Leaders in 2017.
Steve Morriss is President and Chief Executive of EMIA at AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated infrastructure firm that designs, builds, finances and operates assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. In this role, Mr. Morriss leads all aspects of AECOM’s business in the EMIA region, including throughout the U.K., Continental Europe, the Middle East, India and Africa, where the company has more than 18,000 employees serving clients in more than 51 countries. The capability of the business includes master planning, design, environment, planning, cost management, engineering, project management, real estate investment, construction and managed services for a range of market sectors including real estate (health, commercial, education, sports and leisure), transportation, water, defence, oil and gas and power. Effective October 1, 2017, Mr. Morriss will lead AECOM’s Design and Consulting Services business in the Americas. He will continue serving as the global lead for the Company’s digital transformation campaign. He is co-chair of the Company’s Ethics and Compliance Committee. He is also a member of AECOM’s Executive Leadership Team at the enterprise level. Previously, Mr. Morriss joined AECOM in January 2011 from Mouchel where he served as Managing Director of Government and Business Services. His 28-year career also includes senior executive roles with Serco PLC and WS Atkins. He is a Civil Engineer who has also served in the Royal Engineers and Royal Marines Reserve. AECOM is built to deliver a better world, connecting knowledge and experience across a global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges—from high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations. A Fortune 500 firm, AECOM and its companies have annual revenue of approximately US$17.4 billion.
Arif Naqvi established The Abraaj Group in 2002 and has served as its Group Chief Executive since inception, building it into one of the leading private equity firms in the world. Abraaj is widely recognized as a pioneer of global growth markets private equity with over 20 country offices including 5 regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Nairobi and Singapore. Mr. Naqvi has over three decades of experience of investing in public and private companies and has led the Group’s investment strategy, resulting in some of the most notable private equity transactions across global growth markets over the last decade.
Mr. Naqvi is a Trustee of the Interpol Foundation and is on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact. He is also a Columbia Global Leadership Council member and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in London.
Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual private sector leaders for fostering peace and stability through business, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, Private Equity International named him as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry.
In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science.
David Nason is president and CEO of GE Energy Financial Services responsible for leading GE’s energy investments worldwide.
David became the leader of GE Energy Financial Services in 2013. In 2010 he joined GE as chief regulatory officer and compliance leader of GE Capital, where he served on GE Capital’s investment committee. David became a GE Officer at this time as well.
David has more than 20 years of financial services, regulatory, and transactions experience in senior government and private sector roles. He was previously a managing director at Promontory Financial Group, a leading global financial services firm. Prior to this, David was the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. At Treasury, he served as a member of Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s senior team and was instrumental in the government’s response to the 2008 financial crisis. His work during the financial crisis and his contributions to financial services regulatory reform earned him the Alexander Hamilton Award, the U.S. Treasury’s highest honor. Prior to government service, David was a transactions attorney at Covington & Burling, a leading Washington, D.C. law firm.
David graduated summa cum laude from the Washington College of Law at The American University and earned his bachelor's degree in finance from The American University in Washington, D.C.
About GE Energy Financial Services
A strategic GE Capital business, GE Energy Financial Services is a global energy investor that provides financial solutions that help meet the world's energy needs. Drawing on its technical know-how, financial strength and strong risk management, GE Energy Financial Services invests in long-lived and capital intensive projects and companies. The firm has 35+ years of experience managing energy assets through multiple economic cycles, and a global portfolio that spans conventional and renewable power, and oil and gas infrastructure projects. The company is headquartered in Stamford, CT with regional hubs in London, Houston, Hong Kong and Nairobi. More information: www.geenergyfinancialservices.com; Twitter: @GEEnergyFinServ
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Dare Okoudjou is the founder and CEO of MFS Africa. Prior to founding MFS Africa, he worked at MTN Group, where he developed their mobile payment strategy and led its implementation across MTN Operations in 21 countries across Africa and the Middle East. He began his career as a management consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Paris, holds a MSc. in Telecom Engineering from ENST-Paris and a MBA from INSEAD. Dare speaks fluent English, French, and Yoruba.
Olatorera Oniru is an assiduous entrepreneur passionate about all things Africa. As CEO of Dressmeoutlet.com, she is currently leading initiatives to realize a pinnacle in Africa’s history whereby we would rely less on importation and innovate more with natural resources and citizenry capabilities. A member of The National Scholars Honor Society USA, Olatorera flourished her career working for two Fortune Top 5 companies namely Bank of America Merrill Lynch and General Electric. She also worked for one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies, Lars Magnus Ericsson, as a global consultant and later as Head of Sales Governance. During the course of her employed years, she travelled to over 50 cities in over 10 countries in 4 continents.
Olatorera loves to speak publicly on topics related to leadership, entrepreneurship and technology driving Africa's growth. Olatorera has been invited to speak at over 100 preeminent events including AfricaCom, NigeriaCom, World Retail Congress, TMT Finance, Seamless Africa, African Development Forum, Women in Business South Africa, Mobile West Africa and several other leading events. She has been recognized by Commonwealth Africa Awards, Forbes Most Promising Africans, Africa.com's Top 5 Youngest Entrepreneurs and African Achievers Awards. Her track record of success has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, CNN and several other leading publications.
Olatorera has a scholarship-based Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the prestigious Emory University USA and Executive Management Certificates from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden and International Institute for Management Development, Switzerland.
Passion: Innovation, Poverty Alleviation, National Development, Good Governance, Happy People.
Mary Powell is nationally recognized as an energy visionary, positioning Green Mountain Power as a leading energy transformation company. Delivering clean, cost-effective and highly reliable power to customers all across Vermont, GMP offers cutting-edge products and service to reduce costs and carbon. In 2017, GMP was named one of the top 10 energy companies in the world by Fast Company. GMP has also achieved the top score for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2016 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study.
Mary has served as president and chief executive officer for GMP since 2008. She initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed GMP, and she has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement. Fast, fun, and effective is her motto. Under Mary’s leadership, GMP became the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.
Mary has delivered on an ambitious energy vision to provide low-carbon, low-cost and highly reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, GMP became the first utility to offer to help customers go off-grid, built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont, the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and installed smart grid technology across GMP’s service territory.
In 2012, Mary led the acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets.
In 2014, Mary announced a new partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy. And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility anywhere to offer customers the Tesla Powerwall battery.
In 2014, Mary was recognized by Powergen as the Woman of the Year, in 2015 The Burlington Free Press named her Vermonter of the Year, and in 2016, Fast Company named Mary one of the 100 most creative people in business.
With 30 years of experience in environmental law and policy, he served as Minister of Environment of Peru (2011 to 2016) and President of UNFCCC’s COP20. In 1986 he founded the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, an influential institution in Latin American, serving as its Executive Director for 20 years.
Mr Pulgar Vidal holds a law degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú –where he is professor- and has concluded studies for a master’s degree in business law at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas.
He is also a board member of Forest Trends, Amazon Conservation Asociation and Consultative Member of the Carbon Institute.
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.
Dr. Robert (Bob) Richards is a space entrepreneur and futurist. He is a Co-Founder of the International Space University, Singularity University, SEDS, the Space Generation Foundation and Moon Express, Inc. a space transportation and lunar resources company located at Cape Canaveral, where he currently serves as President and CEO. Bob chairs the Space Commerce Committee of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, serves on the board of the Space Foundation, and is a member of the International Institute of Space Law.
As Director of the Optech Space Division from 2002-2009, Bob led the company's technology into orbit in 2004 and to the surface of Mars in 2007 aboard the NASA Phoenix Lander, making the first discovery of falling Martian snow. Bob studied aerospace and industrial engineering at Ryerson University; physics and astronomy at the University of Toronto; and space science at Cornell University where he became special assistant to Carl Sagan.
Bob is an evangelist of the "NewSpace" movement and has been a catalyst for a number of commercial space ventures. He is the recipient of the K.E. Tsiolkovski Medal (Russia, 1995), the Space Frontier “Vision to Reality” Award (USA, 1994), the Arthur C. Clarke Commendation (Sri Lanka, 1990) and Aviation & Space Technology Laurel (USA, 1988). He is a contributing author of "Blueprint for Space" (Smithsonian Institution 1992); "Return to the Moon" (Apogee Books 2005) and "The Farthest Shore" (ISU Press 2009). In 2005 Bob received a Doctorate of Space Achievement (honoris causa) from the International Space University for “distinguished accomplishments in support of humanity’s exploration and use of space.”
Jean Rosanvallon is a 1974 graduate of France’s business school Hautes Études Commerciales.
In 1975, he was recruited by Dassault Aviation to coordinate the Company’s Falcon business jet programs between its Paris headquarters and its U.S. subsidiary, then called Falcon Jet Corporation, based in Teterboro, NJ, a joint venture between Pan-American World Airways and Dassault Aviation.
From 1974 through 1984, Jean Rosanvallon came to the United States as Assistant to the President of Falcon Jet Corporation, and was later promoted to Vice President, Finance.
From 1984 through 1994, He was Vice-President of Marketing based in Paris.
Returning to the U.S. in 1994 as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jean Rosanvallon was responsible for consolidating the worldwide sales and marketing of Falcon business jets. He was named President of Dassault Falcon Jet in November 1996.
Calin Rovinescu has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada since April 1, 2009. Mr. Rovinescu was the Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Strategy of Air Canada from 2000 to 2004, and also held the position of Chief Restructuring Officer during the airline's 2003-2004 restructuring. From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Rovinescu was a Co-founder and Principal of Genuity Capital Markets, an independent investment bank. Prior to 2000, he was the Managing Partner of the law firm Stikeman Elliott in Montréal, where he practiced corporate law for over 20 years and was a member of the firm's Partnership Board and Executive Committee.
Mr. Rovinescu was Chair of the Star Alliance Chief Executive Board from 2012 to 2016 and Chair of the International Air Transport Association in 2014-2015. He is also a Member of the Board of Directors of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada, and of the Business Council of Canada.
Mr. Rovinescu holds Bachelor of law degrees from the Université de Montréal and the University of Ottawa and was awarded Honorary Doctorates from both these universities, in addition to the John Molson School of Business (Concordia University), Politehnica University of Bucharest, and University of Windsor. Mr. Rovinescu was named the 14th Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in November 2015. In 2016, Mr. Rovinescu was recognized as Canada's Outstanding CEO of the Year.
Andrew Rush is President & CEO of Silicon Valley-based Made In Space, Inc. He oversees the operations, business development, and strategy of Made In Space (MIS) as it continues to push boundaries of manufacturing
technology in space, at sea, and in other extreme environments for
government, commercial and defense customers.
Andrew served as general counsel during MIS’s startup phase and
became CEO in 2015. His vision of an interplanetary existence for humanity
guides MIS to drive forward offerings that enable life and work in space. As
the first manufacturing company to operate in space, MIS is uniquely
positioned to unlock the tremendous potential of the space economy by
creating the tools, infrastructure and equipment necessary for humankind
to build among the stars.
Previously, Andrew worked in the intellectual property, business and
ground crew/launch prep organizations at Masten Space Systems. Before becoming an attorney, he was a research assistant in a Solid State Physics Laboratory at the University of North Florida (UNF).
He currently serves on the Physics Advisory Group at UNF. Andrew holds a B.S. in physics from UNF and a J.D. from Stetson University. He is also a recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award from UNF.
Michael Sabia is President and Chief Executive Officer of la Caisse
de dépôt et placement du Québec. Appointed in March 2009, Mr.
Sabia is responsible for the strategic direction of the fund and the
global growth of the organization.
Before joining la Caisse, Mr. Sabia was with BCE, holding such positions as President and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada International. From 1993 to 1999, he occupied various roles with Canadian National Railway, including Chief Financial Officer. He spent the preceding decade working as
senior official in the Government of Canada.
Mr. Sabia obtained a Bachelor of Arts in economics and politics from the University of Toronto and holds graduate degrees in economics and politics from Yale University.
Mr. Sabia is a member of the Canadian government’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth. He is a trustee of the Foreign Policy Association of New York and a member of the Canada-Mexico Leadership Group and the Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council. Among many other community activities,
Mr. Sabia currently co-chairs the capital campaign of Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal.
Samir Saran is Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi. He spearheads ORF's outreach and business development activities. He curates Raisina Dialogue, India’s annual flagship platform on geopolitics and geo-economic, and chairs CyFy, India’s annual conference on cyber security and internet governance.
Samir is a frequent commentator on issues of global governance and is featured regularly in Indian and international print and broadcast media. Some of his academic publications include India’s Climate Change Identity: Between Reality and Perception (Palgrave 2016); “New Norms for a Digital Society” (ORF Special Report, 2016); “India’s Contemporary Plurilateralism” in Oxford University Press Handbook on India’s Foreign Policy (2016); “Navigating the Digital Trilemma” in the latest CyFy Digital Debates, of which he is the editor; and New Room to Manoeuvre: An Indian Approach to Climate Change (Global Policy–ORF Series, 2015). Samir's doctoral studies were on Indian attitudes towards climate change at the Global Sustainability Institute, UK.
Samir is Commissioner, The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, and member of the South Asia advisory board of the World Economic Forum as well as part of its Global Future Council on Cybersecurity. He is Director of the Centre for Peace and Security at the Sardar Patel Police University, Jodhpur, India.
Michael Schlein is the president and CEO of Accion, a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world. For more than half a century, Accion has been a pioneer in providing financial services for the world’s three billion financially underserved women and men. Accion has helped build financial service providers in nearly 40 countries around the world that serve millions of clients. It leverages digital tools like big data, alternative credit scoring, and mobile technology, and challenges the entire industry to respect and value their clients. Previously, Mr. Schlein served as the president of Citigroup’s International Franchise Management. Prior to that he ran Citigroup’s communications, philanthropy, government relations, branding and human resources. He served as chief of staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission under President Bill Clinton, and with New York City Mayors David Dinkins and Ed Koch. In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed him Chairman of the NYC Economic Development Corporation.
Rick Scott is the 45th Governor of the great State of Florida. As promised during his campaign, Scott is focused on creating jobs and turning Florida’s economy around. Born in Bloomington, Illinois, and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, his father was in the 82nd Airborne during World War II. After the war, Gov. Scott’s father was a city bus driver and then a truck driver. His mother worked as a JC Penney clerk. At times the family struggled financially, and when Gov. Scott started public school, they lived in public housing. In high school, Gov. Scott met Ann, and the high school sweethearts have been married for 43 years and have two daughters, Allison and Jordan, and four grandsons, Auguste, Quinton, Sebastian, and Eli.
After attending high school and community college, Gov. Scott enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served on active duty aboard the USS Glover as a radar man. The G.I. Bill enabled Gov. Scott to attend college and law school. While enrolled at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and working full-time at a local grocery store, Gov. Scott and Ann made their first significant foray into the business world by buying two Kansas City doughnut shops for Gov. Scott’s mother to manage. Following graduation from UMKC with a degree in business administration, Gov. Scott earned a law degree from Southern Methodist University.
After law school, Gov. Scott stayed in Dallas, working for the city’s largest law firm, Johnson & Swanson, primarily representing companies in the health care, oil and gas and communication industries. In 1987, while still practicing law, Gov. Scott made an offer to purchase HCA, Inc. When the offer was rejected, Gov. Scott started Columbia Hospital Corporation with his and Ann’s entire life savings of $125,000. Gov. Scott also started Conservatives for Patient’s Rights, which advocated for free market principles of choice, competition, accountability and personal responsibility in health care. Gov. Scott wanted to prevent further government encroachment on the rights of patients.
When Gov. Scott left Columbia in 1997 at age 44, it was one of the most admired companies in America. It had grown to become the world’s largest health care company with more than 340 hospitals, 135 surgery centers, and 550 home health locations in 37 states and two foreign countries. Columbia employed more than 285,000 people, making it the 7th largest U.S. employer and the 12thlargest employer worldwide.
Faith, Family and Community
Before moving to Tallahassee, the Scott family lived in Naples. When they are back home, they still attend Naples Community Church, which Rick and Ann helped start in 2006. Throughout their lives, Gov. Scott and First Lady Ann have served their community through volunteer and charitable work. Rick has served on the National Board of the United Way, and Gov. Scott and Ann have worked with World Vision to create a primary health care system in Bunyala, a poor area of Kenya. In addition, they fund scholarships that enable a low-income student to attend SMU Law School each year. They also fund an entrepreneur contest at George Washington University where one of their daughters received a business degree.
Businessman and Entrepreneur
Gov. Scott is known as an innovator in business, health care, and politics. His specialization was in health care mergers and acquisitions, and it was during his work on these transactions that he recognized how patients could be better served by improving hospital efficiency, lowering costs, and focusing on better outcomes.
Through his entrepreneurship, Gov. Scott developed a reputation in the health care industry for providing affordable, high quality care to patients. As Governor, he brings a similar vision for quality and efficiency to benefit the people of Florida.
Michèle Small is the Director, Head of the EBRD’s North American Representative Office. The primary purpose of the office is to support business development by establishing and maintaining senior relationships with key partners, Government Officials as well as potential foreign direct investors into the Bank’s regions, and to raise awareness of the Bank’s mandate, capabilities and instruments.
Michèle spent 18 years at the bank from 1994 to 2012, mainly as a senior banker then Acting Director in the real estate sector. As part of her responsibilities Michèle managed key client relationships within the sector, business development in EBRD countries of operations in central, eastern and southern Europe as well as North America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
During 2012 and 2016, Michèle worked as an international advisor covering the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and East Africa.
Michèle holds a MSc in Real Estate Investment from the Cass Business School.
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.
Wayne T. Smith is a Member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE. He assumed this position in April 2012. Smith is, since May 2015, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BASF Corporation. He is currently responsible for the divisions Catalysts, Coatings, Performance Materials, Market & Business Development, Site & Verbund Management North America, as well as Regional Functions & Country Platforms North America. Prior to this, since 2010, Smith was President of BASF’s Polyurethanes division, headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.
In 2004, Smith started his career with BASF as Group Vice President Intermediates NAFTA in Florham Park, New Jersey, United States. From 2006 until 2010 he was President of the Catalysts division and Executive Vice President of BASF Corporation. Before joining BASF, he held several management positions at the industrial gases company BOC Group as well as the specialty chemicals producer W. R. Grace & Co. in the United States.
Wayne T. Smith was born in Rochester, New York, United States, in 1960. From 1978 onwards, he studied Chemical Engineering at Syracuse University, United States, and received his bachelor’s degree in 1982. In 1989, he completed his master in Business Administration at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, United States. Smith is married and has two children
Arne M. Sorenson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International, Inc., the largest lodging company in the world. Following Marriott’s September 2016 acquisition of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, the company includes over 6,000 properties across 30 brands in more than 120 countries and territories. In fiscal year 2015, Marriott reported revenues of more than $14 billion.
Mr. Sorenson joined Marriott in 1996. He became the third CEO in the company’s history in 2012 – and the first without the Marriott surname. Prior to that, he served as Marriott’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He has held a number of positions, including Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and President of Continental European Lodging. He was elected to Marriott’s Board of Directors in 2011.
Additionally, Mr. Sorenson served as Vice Chair of the President’s Export Council. He is the immediate past Board Chair for Brand USA and continues as a member of the board. Other affiliations include: Chair, U.S. Travel Association CEO Roundtable; member of the Luther College Board of Regents; Stewardship Board of the World Economic Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Mobility; and member of the Board of Trustees for The Brookings Institution.
Mr. Sorenson’s Influencer blog, which appears on LinkedIn, has more than 400,000 followers. Marriott’s Global Sustainability Council was co-founded by Mr. Sorenson in 2007. The following year, he launched Marriott’s rainforest preservation partnership with the Amazonas Sustainable Foundation in Brazil. Mr. Sorenson chairs Marriott’s Global Diversity and Inclusion Council. The Council, along with the Marriott Board of Directors’ Committee for Excellence, monitors and evaluates Marriott’s strategy to promote a diverse workforce, as well as ownership, customer and vendor communities around the world.
Before he joined Marriott, Mr. Sorenson was a partner with the law firm Latham & Watkins in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions litigation. He is a graduate of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and the University of Minnesota Law School. He and his wife Ruth live in the Washington, D.C. area, where they raised their four children.
Angela is a Partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she works with the the firm's fintech & insurance investment portfolio including companies like Branch, OpenInvest, PeerStreet, Propel, Point, Quantopian. She a board member and former co-chair of C100, a non-profit that bridges Canadian entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley’s most influential expat technology entrepreneurs, executives, and investors to help Canadian companies win on the global stage. She also serves on Canadian Finance Minister Morneau's Economic Growth Council.
Angela came to a16z from Google, where as a Product Manager she launched and grew Chrome for Android and Chrome for iOS into one of Google's most successful mobile products. Prior to Google, Angela was Director of Product Management and Business Development at Ruba.com (acquired by Google) and a Senior Associate Partner at Bay Partners where she focused on the Consumer Internet sector.
Angela has also worked as a Consultant at Mercer Management Consulting in the technology practice in Toronto. While at Mercer, Angela won several marathons and achieved a seventh place national ranking in Canada. She spent two years training as a professional athlete.
Sarah Thomas is the managing director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions, part of Deloitte LLP’s Life Sciences and Health Care practice. As the leader of the Center, she drives the research agenda to inform stakeholders across the health care landscape about key trends and issues facing the industry. Market and policy forces include the shift from a volume-based system to one more focused on cost and quality outcomes, the rise in consumerism, and changes coming from new political leadership. Sarah aims for the Center to be a source of clarity for consumers, businesses, governments, and other stakeholders. She has deep experience in public policy – ranging from reimbursement to quality issues in Medicare, Medicaid, and the private health insurance market, including health insurance exchanges and marketplaces.
Sarah was previously vice president for public policy and communications at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), where she was responsible for the development of NCQA’s public policy strategy, its work with the federal and state government, as well as its media and communications operations. She also served as the director of the Public Policy Institute (PPI) Health Team at AARP. She oversaw AARP’s advocacy in areas of cost, access, and quality related to health care reform, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drugs, private insurance, and public health.
In addition to her nonprofit work, Sarah has 14 years of experience in the federal government. She was deputy director at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) and served at the Congressional Budget Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Sarah has worked for national associations, in state government, and for the Advisory Board Company. She holds a M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.
In his position as LA Metro CEO, Washington manages an annual operating budget of $1.6 billion and is responsible for overseeing $15 billion in capital projects and providing oversight of an agency that transports 1.4 million boarding passengers on an average weekday, riding on a fleet of 2,000 clean-air buses and six rail lines. LA Metro also is the lead transportation planning and programming agency for LA County. As such, it is a major construction agency that oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects – together representing the largest modern public works program in North America.
Washington was a leader in the successful effort to pass a new half-cent sales tax in LA County, which garnered 71.15% voter approval. Measure M will build 40 major highway and transit projects in the first 40 years, create 778,000 jobs through construction and various programs, and provide $133.3 billion in economic impact.
Washington came to Los Angeles from Denver, where he was Assistant General Manager for nearly 10 years, prior to being named CEO in 2009.
In Denver, Washington implemented the FasTracks program, one of the largest voter-approved transit expansion programs in the country. Under his leadership, Denver’s West Line Rail was completed under budget and eight months earlier than scheduled, and the award-winning Denver Union Station was completed five months early.
Also in Denver, Washington spearheaded implementation of the first-of-its-kind $2.2 billion transit Public-Private Partnership (P3). His emphasis on measuring and managing agency performance led to a nearly 90% on-time bus and rail service, and 96% ADA on-time performance. Washington has had numerous prestigious assignments and honors. In 2007, he was appointed by the Mayor of Denver, to head the Host Transportation Committee for the 2008 Democratic National Convention. In 2009, he was appointed by Governor Bill Ritter to serve on the State of Colorado’s Workforce Development Council helping the State create a 21st century workforce. Washington was named 2013-2014 Outstanding Public Transportation CEO of the Year in North America by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).
In 2014, he was selected by the editors of Engineering News-Record for special recognition as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2013. In 2016, he was chosen by the National Safety Council as one of the CEOs Who “Get It” – an honor bestowed on CEOs who demonstrate leadership in safety at the highest levels. He has testified before U.S. Congressional Transportation Subcommittees and was awarded a White House Transportation Innovators Champion of Change award in 2012.
Originally from the south side of Chicago – the Chicago Housing Projects
of Altgeld Gardens – Washington is a 24-year veteran of the United States Army where he held the rank of Command Sergeant Major, the highest non¬commissioned officer rank an enlisted person can achieve. He retired from active duty being awarded the prestigious Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) for exceptional service to his country. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Columbia College and an M.A. in Management from Webster University. He is a past chair of APTA.
Galen is the co-founder and CEO of Jibu, a young B-Corp that has quickly reached over 450,000 people with access to affordable drinking water and created jobs for over 500 people, mostly youth, across East Africa. Jibu’s profitable social franchise model has been featured by the BBC, Guardian, Fast Company, EY’s global newsletters, the Franchise Times, and by Forbes’ 30 under 30.
Galen has been a speaker at Harvard’s Social Enterprise Conference (SECON) ’16 and has presented at NYU’s School of Law. Aside from Jibu, Galen serves on the advisory board of the University of New Hampshire’s Social Sector Franchise Initiative, is a mentor at the Unreasonable Institute, and as is an honorary member of Toniic impact investor network. Previously he has been a Peace Corps Volunteer, a small business owner / co-founder, and a field manager for Colorado’s Fund for the Public Interest.
Gary is the CEO and Co-founder of Water.org, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people in the developing world to gain access to safe water and sanitation. (Water.org is the resulting organization of the July 2009 merger between WaterPartners, co-founded by Gary in 1990, and H2O Africa, co-founded by actor Matt Damon). He developed Water.org’s WaterCredit Initiative, creating new financing options for poor populations to meet their water supply and sanitation needs. Gary also developed and now leads WaterEquity, an innovation of Water.org focused on raising and deploying social impact investment capital.
Over the past 25 years, Gary’s entrepreneurial vision has driven innovations in the way water and sanitation projects are delivered and financed, innovations that now serve as a model in the sector.
Gary is a leading advisor in the water and sanitation space, counseling organizations such as the Skoll Foundation, MasterCard Foundation, PepsiCo Foundation, IKEA Foundation, and the Caterpillar Foundation on responses to the global water crisis. Gary is a founding board member of the Millennium Water Alliance and Water Advocates.
Gary was selected as a Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2009 and a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur in 2012. In 2011, he was named to the TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people. In 2014 he was named to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Water.
Gary’s educational credentials include three degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Missouri University of Science & Technology.
Mark Wiseman: Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, Global Head of Active Equities, Chairman of its Alternatives business, Chairman of BlackRock’s Global Investment Committee, and serves on BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee.
Prior to BlackRock, Mark was President & CEO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). Mark joined CPPIB in 2005 as the organization’s Senior Vice-President, Private Investments, and later named Executive Vice-President, Investments, responsible for managing all of the investment activities of CPPIB. He was named President & CEO in 2012.
Prior to CPPIB, Mark was responsible for the private equity fund and co-investment program at the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Previously, Mark was an officer with Harrowston Inc., a publicly traded Canadian merchant bank and a lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell. He also served as a law clerk to Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Born in Ontario, Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University and a law degree and Masters in Business Administration from the University of Toronto. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University, where he obtained a Master of Laws. Mark is a regular lecturer at the Harvard Business School and an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University.
Mark is a member of the Advisory Council on Economic Growth, is Chairman of the Focusing Capital on the Long Term initiative, which he co-founded, and serves on the board of several non-profit organizations, including Sinai Health Services, the Capital Markets Institute and the University of Toronto’s Dean’s Advisory Board.
Durhane Wong-Rieger, Phd is Chair of Rare Disease International (the global alliance of rare disease patient organizations), Past-Chair of the International Alliance of Patient Organizations, member of the Editorial Board of The Patient- Patient Centred Outcomes Research and member of Health Technology Assessment International Patient /Citizen Involvement Interest Group. In Canada, she is President & CEO of the Canadian Organization for Rare Disorders (the umbrella organization of patients and patient groups), Chair of the Consumer Advocare Network (a national network for patient engagement in healthcare policy and advocacy), President & CEO of the Institute for Optimizing Health Outcomes (providing training and direct service on health coaching and patient self-management) and Chair of FH Canada Patient Network. She is a certified Health Coach and licensed T-Trainer with the Stanford-based Living A Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions.
Dr. Wong-Rieger has served on numerous health policy advisory committees and panels and is a member of the Working Group for Ontario’s Rare Disease Strategy and member of the Patient Liaison Forum for the Canadian Drugs and Technologies in Health.
Durhane has a PhD in psychology from McGill University and was professor at the University of Windsor, Canada. She is a trainer and frequent lecturer and author of three books and many articles.