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.
Chris Boos has a mission: empowering human potential, freeing up time for creativity and innovative thinking through artificial intelligence (AI). To that end, Chris founded Arago in Germany in 1995, pushing existing boundaries in AI technology to build a general AI.
Since then, Chris has led Arago to become a key partner and driver for the established economy, positioning Arago’s AI HIRO™ as a platform for companies to reinvent their business models in the digital age. As CEO of Arago, Chris Boos vision is to transform traditional companies into future-proof, AI-enabled enterprises – regardless of their respective industry. Arago’s international client base includes IT service providers, banks and companies in the telecommunications, steel and metals industries.
But his ambitions go far beyond: a strong believer in integrating machine reasoning and machine learning, Chris is constantly challenging current thinking on AI. As a strategic corporate and political advisor, as well as angel investor, Chris’ multifaceted engagement for AI makes him a much respected public speaker and thought-leader on issues of global importance, such as the man-machine-relationship, the way societies deal with information and the future of labor.
Chris Boos studied computer science at ETH Zurich and the Technical University Darmstadt. His ongoing research focuses on graph theory, machine reasoning and machine learning.
Darrell Brown is executive vice president and president of Global Energy, which operates under the Nalco Champion name for Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources.
Brown leads the global Nalco Champion business, with responsibility for day-to-day operations of more than 8,000 associates who provide on-site, technology-driven solutions to the global drilling, oil and gas production, refining and petrochemical industries.
Previously, Brown was executive vice president and general manager of Nalco Champion’s Global Downstream and WellChem businesses. He has held several leadership positions within Ecolab, including executive vice president and president of the Europe region, executive vice president of the Asia Pacific region and vice president for Australia and New Zealand. Brown has helped oversee several successful acquisitions and integrations during his time with Ecolab, notably Cleantec in 2010, Nalco in 2011 and Anios in 2016.
Brown began his career working in industrial chemical and engineering environments, and prior to joining Ecolab in 2002, held general manager and director roles with both local and multinational companies. He is a past member of the American Chamber of Commerce Chapter "Doing Business in Switzerland" and the American Chamber of Commerce Chapter to the European Union, where he was an active board member and contributor. He was also a past member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI).
Brown holds a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Technology in Sydney and a master's degree in business administration from Macquarie University in Sydney.
Ecolab is a trusted partner at more than one million customer locations. With 2016 sales of $13 billion and 48,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. www.ecolab.com.
Shelly Bruce was appointed to the position of Chief, CSE effective 27 June 2018. Shelly joined CSE in 1989 as a linguist and intelligence analyst within the SIGINT branch. After a series of roles in SIGINT collection, planning, policy, in IT Security, and as executive assistant to the Chief CSE, she served as Director General Access and Facilitation, and Director General Intelligence. In 2007, she was seconded to the Security and Intelligence Secretariat at the Privy Council Office as Director, Operations and also as Deputy, Afghanistan Intelligence Lead Official. Between 2009 and 2017, Shelly was Deputy Chief at CSE, responsible for Canada’s national SIGINT program.
Shelly has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dalhousie University and a Masters in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Toronto.
Shelly lives in Ottawa with her husband, John. They have a son, Jack, and a dog, Sasha.
John Carrington, CEO and Director, he has a distinguished track record with over 25 years of proven leadership in technology, energy and industrial companies. John comes to Stem from thin film solar company MiaSole, the world’s largest CIGS-based thin film solar company globally where he was Chief Executive Officer and Director. Prior to MiaSole, John was Executive Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at First Solar where he grew the company revenue from $300 million to over $2 billion, opening markets in the US, Asia and Europe. John spent over 16 years at General Electric, most recently as General Manager and Chief Marketing Officer of the $7 billion GE Plastics global organization where he led global innovation, new technology efforts and product strategy for over 30,000 customers. John was part of a small executive team that executed on the $12 billion sale of GE Plastics to SABIC in 2007. He is an alumnus of the University of Colorado.
Mike joined Ipsos in 1997 after more than twelve years of working within both social and economic portfolios of the Government of Canada. With over 20 years in the research and intelligence business, Mike has worked with leading governments and businesses across Canada to use evidence and data to drive change and help organizations succeed.
Mike’s background and expertise covers all facets of public and private sector communications as well as government policy and program development. He has examined issues that range from encouraging people to donate blood, to positioning the Government of Canada’s annual Budget, to measuring the influence of social media during elections. Mike’s focus of late has been on Ipsos CanadaNext a national study that looks at the wave of change about to happen across Canada. Driven by demographic shifts and technology advancement, our economy, our communities, our governments, our businesses, and our lives are about to change drastically. CanadaNext bring the views of Canadians and their expectations into the conversation about the next 10 years and the changes that are occurring across Canada.
Mike currently oversees a cross country team of 45 research professionals whose main goal is to help their clients better understand the world around them. Whether it is through surveys, consultations, engagement exercises, social media listening or other qualitative exercises, the Public Affairs Group provides clients with the evidence, insight and advice they need to make the decisions that move their organizations forward.
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).
How does an investment banker on Wall Street become the one of the world’s best liquor distillers? For Melanie Asher—the Embassy of Peru’s 2013 “Peruvian Woman of the Year in the U.S. in Business” and founder of Macchu Pisco—it comes down to family: collaboration with and encouragement from her sister, Lizzie, the company’s president; the support of her mother and late father; and the mantra of her 101-year-old grandmother that a nip of pisco every night is what has kept her young. “My grandmother still tastes every blend of our ultra-premium line, La Diablada, before we officially bottle it,” says Melanie, who founded Macchu Pisco in 2004. “Our pisco is so smooth that it makes you happy. ‘All the highs without the lows’: That’s our company tagline, and it’s always been our ethos. It’s infused into every bottle.”
Known as the Johnnie Walker of Peru, Melanie had her first taste of her homeland’s national spirit at the age of 12 when she topped her ice cream with a few sprinkles of her family’s pisco. These early tastes inspired her dream to start a pisco company – recently named Best Peruvian Company Abroad by Premio Orgullo 2016.
Prior to 2006, when Melanie first introduced Macchu Pisco to the North American market, the pisco category was small and little-known to the American consumer. Armed with an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and experience working with large spirits firms, Melanie recognized that the country’s rapidly growing interest in cocktails and the wide world of artisanal spirits set the stage for introducing a pisco that would exemplify her homeland’s national spirit and help launch the category in the U.S. Uniquely qualified for the job, Melanie was able to combine her business acumen with knowledge of winemaking that she had garnered while living in France, where she spent time in Bordeaux at both the Mouton Rothschild and Lafite Rothschild wineries – essential knowledge as the first step in pisco production is to create a superior young wine that is then distilled. In addition, Melanie spent two years in a pilot program overseen by the government of Peru to promote and incubate pisco producers.
Melanie intuitively recognized that success in her endeavor would be linked to not only creating a delicious product, but doing so authentically and responsibly. She proceeded to design a vertically integrated company from start to finish, ensuring she had control over taste, quality, and value at each step of the production process. Right from the beginning, Melanie insisted on paying fair wages to the women who harvested the grape crops, which set a precedent for progress in farm-work standards in Peru. “We were definitely met with resistance from other companies that purchased the grapes—they were trying to keep costs down by paying little to laborers,” Melanie says. “We simply wanted to make sure we were creating jobs that allowed people a real quality of life—and producing a pisco that we are all proud of.
Recognized as an authority in her field, the Smithsonian just in 2017 named her a member of their Kitchen Cabinet of the Museum of American History. As a Peruvian-America, in acknowledgement of her impact in promoting Peruvian culture, Melanie has been appointed by Peru’s Foreign Ministry to their Global Council on Gastronomic Diplomacy, a particular point of distinction as she is the sole representative of a Pisco company. Melanie received top recognition as the Tumi USA award winner in 2010, an annual event celebrating U.S. Peruvian entrepreneurs. She is actively involved in organizations promoting fair trade in her home country and Latin American women in business, including Peru’s Ministry of Commerce and Tourism CEPROBA committee; Kiva and Pro Mujer, micro-lenders enabling financial opportunities and empowering women; Coprodeli, a nonprofit providing aid to Peruvian families in need; and the Esperanza Education Fund in Washington, D.C
Due to all this ground-breaking work and commitment, Melanie was named the Pioneer of the Year in 2015 and inducted into the Dame Hall of Fame by Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. In 2016 she was selected as one of the top 10 female distillers in the world by The Spirits Business journal.
Melanie has pubished twice while at Duke University and Harvard University. As a comparative area studies major at Duke in Durham, NC, graduating magna cum laude with her thesis on a comparative study on the prohibition and temperance movements in France as compared to Peru in contrast to Protestant countries like the United States where these movements began. While her masters study at Harvard Business School, Melanie published a study on the commercial viability of launching the world’s first premium pisco brand from Peru in a global context of tough competition, tighter margins and consolidation of distribution channels.
Melanie lives and works in Lima, Peru, overseeing harvest and production at the distillery.
Jay is COO of The Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing Institute (ARM).
Founded at Carnegie Mellon University in January 2017 and now operating as an independent non-profit, ARM won an $80 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to become the leading catalyst of robotics innovation and expertise to accelerate growth in US-based manufacturing and the high value careers. ARM operates as part of the Manufacturing USA network, and is supported by an additional $173 million in commitments from more than 100 members and partners in industry, academia, technology, government and economic development groups. By creating a collaborative ecosystem of like-minded organizations, ARM is speeding the movement of industrial robots into commercial use, while preparing a labor force to operate and manage these technologies.
Previously Jay worked at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. His focus was on developing business opportunities for technology development and technology transfer with commercial organizations. He most recently managed the SEI’s business in Europe. Jay has worked with a wide variety of software development and quality technologies.
Jay's educational background includes a BS in Business Administration from Miami University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.
Morten Dyrholm is Group Senior Global Vice President for Vestas Wind Systems; He has been with Vestas for the last ten years and is an expert in wind energy. He is currently based in Vestas Headquarters in Denmark, where he is leading Vestas Marketing, Communications and Public Affairs activities. He has extensive experience from the wind industry around the World, but particularly in Asia, and has worked three years for Vestas in China where he was in charge of business development and government affairs. Morten Dyrholm holds a Master degree in Political Science and Chinese Politics. Morten is currently the Chairman of the Global Wind Energy Council, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Wind Association, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Chinese Business Forum and Board Member of WindEurope.
Steve Edwards is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Black & Veatch. Edwards assumed this position in November 2013 and has overall responsibility for the company’s engineering, consulting, construction and related infrastructure businesses in the energy, water, telecommunications, and security markets worldwide. With revenues of $3.5 billion, Black & Veatch is consistently ranked in the top ten categories for power generation, power delivery, water infrastructure development and telecommunications in Engineering News-Record magazine and is ranked in the Top 150 of the Forbes list of Largest Private Companies. The company is the 10th largest Employee-Owned Corporation in the United States according to the National Center for Employee Ownership.
Since joining Black & Veatch in 1978 Edwards has been responsible for a variety of global projects and business lines. He was named Chief Operating Officer in March 2013 in a transition role before becoming Chairman and CEO. He was appointed to the Black & Veatch Board of Directors in 2012. Edwards is a registered professional engineer and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Al is Co-Founder & CEO of IntelinAir. He is a serial entrepreneur and tech industry executive who has founded and led four innovative companies in the last couple of decades with three successful exits. Al’s passion has always centered on transforming data into valuable insights.
Prior to IntelinAir he was Co-Foudner & CEO of IconApps, a contextual mobile data analytics company acquired by Science Inc. in 2014. Al was Co-Founder & CEO and later Executive Chairman of Integrien Corporation, a performance management analytics company that was acquired by VMWare in 2010 for $103 million. Prior to Integrien, Al was Co-Founder & CEO of CreationPoint Systems, a systems management company that was merged with Integrien Corporation. Al was also the SVP & GM of LowerMyBills which was acquired by Experian for $400M. Al also led a $150M+ global business unit of Minebea, a large Japanese conglomerate.
He holds a BSEE from Oklahoma State University and an MBA from Pepperdine University.
Jeff Evenson joined Corning in 2011 and was named chief strategy officer in 2015. In this role, Evenson oversees corporate strategy, corporate communications, and advanced analytics.
Prior to his current position, Evenson served as senior vice president and operations chief of staff, and was responsible for leading the process to create Corning’s annual operating priorities and overseeing a variety of strategic programs and growth initiatives across the company’s diverse businesses. Previously, he spent seven years at Sanford C. Bernstein as a senior vice president and senior analyst focused on data networking companies. Earlier in his career, Evenson was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led technology and market assessments for early-stage technologies.
Evenson has a Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University, where he was a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is Chairman of the Corning Museum of Glass, a trustee of the Corning Foundation, and a member of the board of directors for View, Inc. and Fuzzy Logix Inc.
John Ferguson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Purolator Inc., Canada’s leading integrated freight, package and logistics solutions provider. In his role at the helm of this $1.6 billion organization, John is responsible for the development and implementation of Purolator’s long-term strategy, as well as running the day-to-day business of the company.
Leading a team of over 10,000 employees throughout North America, John works with his leadership team to ensure that Purolator continuously delivers on over 135,000 customers’ promises every day – within, from and to Canada.
In the course of his 30-year career, John’s experience in the transportation and logistics industries has spanned all transportation modes – road, truck, rail, ocean and air. His roles have encompassed oversight of global forwarding, customs and high-value supply chain solution businesses.
Prior to Purolator, John was President and CEO of SCI Logistics where he led significant expansion of the company into a leading supply chain solutions company across Canada. Prior to SCI, John was VP/GM of Schneider Logistics based in Georgia where he led the expansion of their Global supply chain and transportation business. This role was preceded by his position as VP/GM for Schneider National in Canada, a leading asset based truckload and intermodal company.
He currently serves on the board of directors of SCI Logistics, Innovapost and IWLA (International Warehouse Logistics Association). John is also an active member in YPO (Young Presidents Organization) and the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP). He has previously held board of director positions with the Ontario Trucking Association, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association, the national board for Boy Scouts of Canada and the Niagara College Foundation.
Glynn Fletcher, President of EOS North America, leads business development and strategy for the company in North America. He joined EOS in 2015, bringing with him over 30 years of experience in the CNC machine tool industry. Glynn has worked closely with Dr. Hans Langer, EOS’s founder, to leverage his machine tool background and significantly advance the adoption of additive manufacturing worldwide.
Previously, Glynn worked for the Swiss conglomerate Georg Fischer Corp., beginning in 1996 as managing director of a subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Glynn went on to become managing director of the company’s operations in the UK. In 2002 Glynn accepted a strategic role for the GF Machining Solutions division based in North America, ultimately responsible for all GF Machining Solutions operations in North and South America. Over the next 13 years, Glynn oversaw operations in Chicago, Ill. and Sao Paulo, Brazil, growing them significantly to combined revenues approaching $200 million.
Glynn began his career in 1974 by serving an engineering apprenticeship at Fodens Ltd. and earned a Mechanical Engineering Certificate from Mid Cheshire College in the United Kingdom. After completing his technical training he travelled extensively in the Middle East and Africa in the role of Service Technician. In 1984 he entered the machine tool industry as a Sales Engineer with Cincinnati Milacron Ltd. He quickly advanced to become National Sales Manager, increasing unit sales by over 900 percent between 1989 and 1996.
Glynn has completed management development courses at Warwick University in Warwick, UK, the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, Ill.
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.
Suzanne Fry is Director of the Strategic Futures Group at the National Intelligence Council (NIC), where she is responsible for over-the-horizon and global issues analysis as well as Global Trends, the NIC’s flagship unclassified assessment of the future strategic landscape. Prior to joining the NIC, Ms. Fry worked a range of governance, instability, and strategic warning issues worldwide and led the US Intelligence Community’s Political Instability Task Force. Ms. Fry received her PhD in Politics from New York University and BA in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Jürgen Gerke serves as CEO and chairman of the board of management at Allianz Capital Partners since 2015. Jürgen oversees the Renewables investment business, Legal and Compliance as well as Communications.
Prior to becoming CEO he was CFO at Allianz Worldwide Partners from 2013 to 2014, and CFO of Allianz France from 2007 to 2013. Jürgen has among others held roles in Dresdner Bank, Euler Hermes and the European Commission.
Jürgen holds a degree in law from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, and participated in executive programs at INSEAD, Harvard and IMD.
Rohit Ghai most recently served as president of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division (ECD), where he was instrumental in setting a compelling vision, transforming go-to-market and revitalizing the portfolio for the digital era through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Ghai was responsible for all aspects of the ECD business, including setting strategic vision, sales and services, channel strategy, product development, marketing, finance, support and customer success.
Previously, Ghai was chief operating officer of ECD, and responsible for the division's strategy, development and marketing of all products and solutions. He joined EMC in December 2009 to run product development.
He has more than 20 years of experience in IT in both startup and big company settings, with expertise in digital transformation in highly regulated markets, and knowledge across software, and systems and security. Ghai joined Dell EMC from Symantec, where he held a variety of senior engineering and general management roles. Previously, he was at Computer Associates in a number of senior management roles in the BrightStor and eTrust business units, and led the CA India operations as chief technology officer. Ghai joined CA through the acquisition of Cheyenne Software – a startup in the backup and data protection space.
Ghai holds a master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee.
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.
Dan currently serves as the Vice President of Strategic Groups at Persado. His career has focused on delighting customers, and he has extensive experience spanning social media, customer service, marketing, and digital customer experience. He is the author of the book, “Winning at Social Customer Care: How Top Brands Create Engaging Experiences on Social Media", listed as a Forbes Top Ten Business Book for 2017. He co-hosts the "Experience This!" podcast on improving CX, and has also hosted the "Focus on Customer Service" podcast.
Prior to joining Persado, Dan worked at multiple Fortune 300 companies, including as Senior Director of Global Social Media at McDonald's, Head of Digital Marketing at Humana and Head of Digital Customer Experience & Social Media at Discover Card.
Marie Haga joined the Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) as Executive Director in March 2013. She had previously been member and Deputy Chair of the Crop Trust Executive Board.
Ms. Haga has a background from Foreign Service as a career diplomat from politics and private sector.
She has held various positions in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affaires, including to the Norwegian Mission to the United Nations in New York and the Embassy in New Delhi. She was politically appointed and held the position as State Secretary/Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1997-1999.
Ms. Haga has wide experience from politics and served as a Member of Parliament in Norway from 2001-2009. She was political advisor to the Minister for Development Cooperation from 1997-1998. She was Chairperson of the Centre Party from 2003-2008. Ms. Haga has held three Ministerial positions: Minister of Cultural Affairs (1999–2000), Minister of Local Government and Regional Development (2005–2007) and Minister of Petroleum and Energy (2007–2008).
Marie Haga has held the position of Director for Renewable Energy in the Federation of Norwegian Industries (2009–2011) and of Secretary General of the Norwegian Air Ambulance (2011-2013) - the biggest voluntary organization in Norway.
Ms. Haga has been on several boards, including as Chair of the Governing Board of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) (2009–2013) and Chair of the Governing Board of the Industrial Development Corporation of Norway (2010–2013).
She was elected Chair of the Norwegian Peace Research Institute in 2015 and is still holding this position.
Marie Haga has also published three books - one novel and two on Norwegian politics.
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.
Josu Jon Imaz San Miguel was born in Zumárraga (Gipuzkoa) on 6 September 1963. He is married and has three children.
Doctorate in Chemical Sciences from the University of the Basque Country. He graduated from the Faculty of Chemical Sciences in San Sebastián. He received the End of Degree Extraordinary Prize.
In 2008, Josu Jon Imaz joined the Repsol Group as Chairman of its Petronor unit, where he successfully managed the challenges surrounding modernization, sustainability and community relations.
In 2012 he joined Repsol’s Management Committee and, as General Director of the Industrial and New Energy unit, completed two of the company’s most important projects in recent years: The modernization of the Cartagena refinery--Spain’s largest-ever industrial investment at over 3.1 billion euros-- and the construction of a new fuel-oil coking plant at Petronor’s Muskiz refinery, with an investment of over 1 billion euros.
These two projects have had a significant effect on employment in the areas where they have been developed. The increases in production and efficiency resulting from these projects have placed both facilities amongst the most efficient in Europe and ensured their viability in an especially difficult European refining environment. These projects also generate significant resources to finance the expansion of the Group’s other businesses, especially oil and gas exploration.
Under his stewardship, Repsol has increased its activity in new types of energy and energy sustainability, identifying new business opportunities, developing projects and initiatives in advanced technology, including bioenergy, renewable power and sustainable mobility. These pioneering projects are key to meet challenges that the energy industry faces in the 21st century.
Before joining Repsol, Imaz San Miguel undertook an intense professional career from technological investigation- he was sent by the INASMET Technology Centre to the French CETIM Centre in Nantes-to the development of industrial projects (Grupo Mondragón) related to the energy industry. He was also a visiting fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School in the United States.
As well as his industrial activity, Josu Jon Imaz also held political posts, including Regional Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Regional Government of the Basque Country in 1999 and Chairman of the executive committee of EAJ-PNV party between 2004 and 2007.
His professional activities outside Repsol include his post as Chairman of the Spanish Association of Petroleum Products Operators (AOP) which he has held since 2011.
In 2014 he was named Chief Executive Officer of the company and member of the Delegate Committee.
Scott Kelly oversees the global daily operation of Hitachi Vantara. Kelly’s responsibility is to keep the company's strategy aligned to its goals and vision, and to ensure ongoing loyalty to its customers. He also leads the company’s enterprise-wide initiatives to drive its global growth strategy.
Earlier, as chief human resources officer, Kelly was responsible for all aspects of human resources at Hitachi Vantara, including HR information systems, workforce planning and staffing, total compensation, performance management, management development, leadership succession planning, diversity and advocacy, HR legal compliance, organization development and management support consulting. Before this role, he had a number of assignments with Hitachi Data Systems, which integrated with several other Hitachi companies to form Hitachi Vantara. Immediately prior, Kelly was senior vice president of client-facing operations, and before that, global head of talent management. He has also supported EMEA and APAC regions.
Kelly has worked for Nestlé, Scottish Power, Motorola and Dun & Bradstreet. He has been involved in change processes and in business partnering in the international environment for most of his career. As a result, he is very familiar with what is needed to make business relationships successful, including the challenges of working in a global model.
Kelly has degrees in human resource management and biology and biotechnology, and attended executive education with Tuck School of Business and IMD. Kelly is a native of Scotland and is a keen sports follower.
As Head of Latin America, Canada and Caribbean World Wide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Jeffrey Kratz is the executive responsible for government, education & non-profit business in these key regions. His experience building & managing complex international teams has accelerated the regional customer engagement, specifically in social media, Internet-of-Things, big data, workflow, security, storage/archiving & web hosting arenas. Given a strong sales, licensing, international development & cloud services background, Jeff has been frequently asked to speak on international technology trends, start-up channel sales dynamics & public sector growth strategies.
Prior to joining Amazon, Jeff had a long career at Microsoft since 1992 holding a variety of executive positions both within the Microsoft field sales & marketing organization as well as at the corporate headquarters. His last role at Microsoft was leading the world-wide Public Sector partner channel, driving channel migration efforts to cloud services. He came to Microsoft from Data Trek, Inc., a software start-up firm specializing in automation & information retrieval systems for corporate & public libraries.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Mathematics from Prinicipia College, located outside of St. Louis, Missouri with graduate work at the Pepperdine University Graziado School of Business & Management. A former elected official for the Seattle Queen Anne Community Council, Jeff represented his borough in the city’s community efforts. He is an active member of the Aircraft Owner’s & Pilot’s Association, as well as Seaplane Pilot’s Association. When not in an airplane exploring the Pacific Northwest backcountry as a FAA commercial pilot, Jeff can probably be found kayaking within the waters of the greater Seattle Washington area.
Dr. Tom Leighton co-founded Akamai Technologies in 1998 and served as Akamai’s Chief Scientist until he became CEO in 2013. Under Dr. Leighton’s leadership, Akamai has evolved from its origins as a Content Delivery Network (CDN) into one of the most essential and trusted cloud delivery and cybersecurity platforms, upon which many of the world’s best brands and enterprises build and secure their digital experiences. During his initial four years as CEO, Akamai’s revenue and profit grew by 70%, and annual revenue from Akamai’s security business grew 15-fold to more than $400 million per year.
As one of the world's preeminent authorities on algorithms for network applications and cybersecurity, Dr. Leighton discovered a solution to freeing up web congestion using applied mathematics and distributed computing. Akamai used this technology to create the world's largest distributed computing platform, which today delivers and secures tens of millions of requests per second to billions of users around the world.
Dr. Leighton holds more than 50 patents involving content delivery, Internet protocols, algorithms for networks, cryptography and digital rights management. He was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2017 for his inventions in content delivery.
Dr. Leighton has served on numerous government, industry and academic advisory panels. He is one of nine CEOs who make up the Technology CEO Council, the information technology industry's leading CEO advocacy organization. And he was one of 18 CEOs invited to the White House in 2017 for the launch of the American Technology Council to develop solutions to modernize and secure the U.S. government’s IT systems. From 2003 to 2005, he served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee and chaired its Subcommittee on Cybersecurity.
Dr. Leighton has been personally committed to increasing the pipeline of students pursuing STEM careers for over thirty years, first as a mathematics professor at MIT and now through his leadership at Akamai. He is a strong supporter of the Akamai Foundation, which promotes mathematics education, and he oversaw the creation of the Akamai Technical Academy, an innovative program developed in-house and aimed at training diverse non-technical professionals for technical careers. He also supports numerous charitable organizations dedicated to improving STEM education and opportunities for K-12 students, including The Center for Excellence in Education, the Society for Science and the Public (sponsor of the Intel Science Search), The Mathematical Association of America (sponsor of the Math Olympiad), the Math Competition for Girls, and Girls Who Code.
Dr. Leighton graduated summa cum laude from Princeton University with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from MIT.
Dave McKay is President and CEO of RBC, Canada’s biggest bank, and one of the largest in the world based on market capitalization. Dave is credited with helping transform the bank’s retail division and introduce new technology that has enabled RBC to adapt and evolve to rapidly-changing consumer demands. Appointed President and CEO in 2014, the following year he led the acquisition of City National Corporation, creating a platform for growth with institutional, corporate and high net worth clients in the U.S. Dave started his career at RBC in 1988 as a computer programmer before moving to the organization’s retail banking arm. He then held progressively senior roles in Canada and Japan in retail and business banking, group risk management, and corporate banking, ultimately becoming Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking in 2012. Dave was named ‘Retail Banker of the Year’ in 2012 and 2015 by Retail Banker International. An unwavering champion for Canada’s innovation ecosystem, Dave is leading RBC’s support for and partnerships with universities, start-ups and accelerators, particularly in transformational technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. He is also a passionate advocate for youth, promoting the benefits of work-integrated learning and supporting the development of RBC Future Launch, a 10-year, $500 million commitment to help young people build the skills and capabilities required to succeed in a changing world. Dave holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) and is a member of the U.S. Financial Services Roundtable Board, the Business Higher Education Roundtable, the Business Council of Canada, and the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board. In 2016, Dave chaired the United Way Toronto and York Region’s record-breaking fundraising campaign.
Cisco is now ranked globally as the top technology leader in smart cities and community digital transformation.
As global president of the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities business, Anil Menon drives success by setting the vision and strategy for its Cisco Kinetic for Cities solutions portfolio, for its partner relationships and its investment policies.
Anil has shepherded the Cisco Smart+Connected Communities initiative from a startup within Cisco to a billion dollar business.
Anil's career has been forged at the intersection of business innovation and market disruption. Prior to joining Cisco, Anil was corporate vice president of strategy at IBM, where he held several global functional roles ranging from chief marketing and strategy officer for IBM's global hardware business. Anil managed IBM's corporate transition from a hardware brand to a business technology brand and served on IBM's Strategy Team that helped the company's CEO set overall business and investment strategy.
Prior to being recruited by IBM in 2001, Anil was a successful tenured professor on the graduate faculty at Emory University Goizueta Business School in Atlanta, Georgia, while also consulting with a number of global blue chip companies.
Anil holds PhDs in marketing strategy and statistics. His doctoral dissertation was funded by the Strategic Planning Council—an international think tank established by GE and the Harvard Business School—on whose executive council Anil later served. Sony Corporation also appointed Anil a Sony Business Fellow during the mid-90s.
Anil is active with the World Economic Forum where he co-chaired its Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities and also participates in its Future of Health global agenda council. He serves on the board of directors for the Center for Customer Insights at the Yale University School of Management and is on the advisory board for the Carey Business School at Johns Hopkins University.
Anil resides in Orlando, Florida, but travels extensively worldwide. He is married and the proud father of two daughters. Anil collects 19th century Baluchi carpets and the earliest (1890-1910) Edison cylinder phonographs.
As Chief Operating Officer and member of the board of directors, Mr. Mohamed is responsible for global oversight of strategic alliances, business strategy and field operations for Trend Micro. Mr. Mohamed joined Trend Micro in 2009 as a result of the acquisition of Third Brigade, a company he co-founded and for which he served as President and CEO. Prior to Third Brigade, Mr. Mohamed was VP of Global Sales and Distribution for ZixCorp. He also held senior management positions with Entrust, a leading Internet Security company, including VP of Global Service Solutions and VP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing for Entrust.net.
Mr. Mohamed has a Bachelor of Computer Science from Dalhousie University, holds the Information System Professional of Canada designation and has completed the Queen's Graduate School of Business Executive Program.
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.
Luis Alberto Moreno assumed the presidency of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in October 2005. As President of the Bank, Moreno also chairs the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and the Donors’ Committee of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).
Among the principal achievements under President Moreno’s leadership of the IDB is the Ninth General Capital Increase in 2010, which represented an expansion of financing and technical assistance to the region, and allowed for a historical financial program to Haiti of more than US$2 billion. This higher level of contribution to Latin American and the Caribbean economies was accompanied by an improved framework for the monitoring and evaluation of development effectiveness, the establishment of the first Environmental Safeguards Unit in a multilateral development bank, and the implementation of an operational policy for gender equality.
During his tenure, the IDB has undergone a profound transformation of its organization, a significant generational change, and a record increase of women in leadership positions at the institution, along with a reinforcement of its transparency and accountability systems.
The changes promoted by Moreno have also strengthened the multi-sectoral work of the Bank through the launching of platforms, programs, and cross-cutting thematic initiatives of global recognition, including the initiatives of Sustainable Energy and Climate Change, of Emerging and Sustainable Cities, the Opportunities for the Majority and ConnectAmericas. He has also led the organization of more than 30 international summits, including the CEO Summits of the Americas in 2012 and 2015.
His concern for the improvement of the quality of life of the citizens of Latin America and the Caribbean was evidenced by his leadership in the process of debt relief for five vulnerable countries in the region.
The recent approval of the consolidation of the windows of the IDB Group’s non-sovereign guaranteed financial activities materialized his vision of the role that a multilateral institution must comply in promoting inclusive and sustainable development through the private sector.
Before joining the Bank, Moreno served as Colombia’s Ambassador to the United States for seven years. Diplomatic relations between Washington, D.C. and Bogotá strengthened notably during his tenure, leading to substantial bilateral assistance programs that supported a major transformation in security and economic development in Colombia.
His major achievements, among others, include his work in the design and approval of the Plan Colombia, an ambitious program for the fight against drugs and for the social and economic revival of the country, the renewal and extension of tariff preferences of the ATPA (Andean Trade Preference Act,) and his performance as one of the main drivers of the negotiations for the Treaty on free trade between Colombia and the United States. Additionally, during his time, several treaties were signed, such as the agreement for the alternative development program, and the agreement for customs cooperation with the United States for the fight against smuggling and the strengthening of trade. He had a key role in coordinating with the Agency for the promotion of exports and investments in Colombia, Proexport, the promotion of commercial exchange and international tourism.
In his country, Moreno had a distinguished career in the public and private sectors. He served as Minister of Economic Development, from which he prompted a prominent agenda to improve efficiency and competitiveness. Moreno was President of the Instituto de Fomento Industrial, and manager of social investment policies, including the housing strategy for low-income families. In the private sector, he advised major Colombian companies and foreign investors, and was executive producer of a leading television news program.
Moreno has received numerous distinctions awarded by governments and private entities, including Colombia's highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Order of Boyacá, the Grand Cross of the Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain), The Order of Jaguar (Guatemala), the Award “Eagle of the Americas” of the Associations of Latin American Chambers of Commerce, the Gold Medal of the Societies of the Americas, the Honorary Distinction Juscelino Kubistechek (Brazil), the Order of Jose Cecilio del Valle of the Grand Cross of Gold Plate (Honduras), Bravo Business Award for Outstanding Service, the Clinton Global Citizen Award for Leadership in Public Service, and the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.
Moreno holds a degree in Business Administration and Economics from Florida Atlantic University in 1975 and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in 1977. For his achievements in the field of journalism, in 1990 Harvard University awarded him a Neiman Fellowship to pursue specialized studies and research at that institution. Moreno also holds the honorary degrees of Humaniorum Litterarum Doctorem, and Doctorem in Letters from Georgetown University and Baruch College, respectively, and a Honoris Causa in Business Administration from Icesi University.
Moreno writes regularly in recognized international and regional media, and participates in various public and private forums, some of which belong to the system of international and intraregional coordination and cooperation.
Moreno was reelected on September 14, 2015 for a third term as President of the IDB. He is married to Maria Gabriela Sigala.
Susan Nickey is a Managing Director at Hannon Armstrong (NYSE:HASI), a leading investor in the sustainable infrastructure markets, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Ms. Nickey has over 25 years of executive leadership in the energy and finance sectors. She has focused her efforts on proving that creative solutions and innovation can make the production of clean energy more profitable, competitive, affordable and mainstream. Most recently, she founded and served as CEO of Threshold Power. Prior to working at Threshold, she served as CFO at ACCIONA Energy North America from 2007-2010 and before that as Managing Director of Investment Banking in the Project Finance Group of Mesirow Financial.
Ms. Nickey currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Wind Energy Association and its Finance Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Council of Renewable Energy and its Executive Committee. She has previously served on the Governor of Nevada’s Renewable Energy Development Program Task. She was named one of Women’s eNews’ 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for her leadership in sustainable development. Ms. Nickey holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Michael is one of the founders and the CEO of Eos Energy Storage, the lowest cost battery and energy storage system technology company. His prior experience includes renewable energy asset development, finance and venture capital investment, real estate finance and development, emerging markets and technology development and investment. Michael began his career in the late 80s in strategy and business planning for IBM. He later joined the international management consulting firm of A. T. Kearney. In 1991, Michael moved to Russia as privatization was starting and built what was one of the largest real estate investment and development companies in Moscow and St Petersburg. In 1994, Michael established the first and then largest institutional real estate investment fund in the former Soviet Union in partnership with the AT&T pension fund, and developed numerous successful projects in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and elsewhere in the region. In 1998, Michael formed and capitalized an early stage technology venture capital firm in New York City as the internet was growing. In 2000, he was one of the original partners to launch the global energy systems firm Aspect Enterprise where he populated the board and investor group with OPEC oil ministers, US cabinet members and other energy industry leaders – the company was subsequently acquired. In 2004, Michael created the solar power asset development company Clean Energy Holdings and developed a large portion of the region’s solar power capacity in partnership with a major European utility. Michael received his MBA in finance from New York University where he won an award for best thesis for his work on evaluating risk. He received his BA in economics from Brandeis University.
Jean Raby is CEO of Natixis Global Asset Management and a member of the senior management committee of Natixis. Mr. Raby joined Natixis in 2017 and leads the firm's Asset Management, Private Banking and Private Equity businesses.
Before joining Natixis, Mr. Raby served as Chief Financial Officer of SFR (2016), an integrated media/telecom operator in France. Prior to that he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Legal Officer for Alcatel‐Lucent, the global telecom equipment manufacturer (2013‐ 2016). He previously worked in Goldman Sachs' investment banking division for 16 years (1996‐ 2012), where he rose to become a Partner of the firm in 2004 and co‐CEO of the division for France,
Belgium and Luxembourg and head of the firm's Paris office in 2006 before becoming co‐CEO of Goldman Sachs in Russia in 2011. He began his career in 1989 as a corporate lawyer with Sullivan & Cromwell in New York and Paris.
Mr. Raby, a dual Canadian and French citizen, earned a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from Université Laval in Canada, a master's degree in international relations (MPhil) from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., and a Master of Laws degree (LLM) from Harvard Law School in the U.S. He is a member of the New York Bar. He sits on the board of SNC Lavalin, the Canadian engineering group, and on the board of Université Laval (Canada).
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.
Pete Santora joined SoftWear Automation in 2015 during the Research and Development phase. Today he helps support customers globally in home good manufacturing and has begun the commercialization of the SEWBOT® apparel automation, starting with the Digital T-Shirt Workline. Pete brings 10 years experience in growing high tech teams and commercializing IP. He was an Entrepreneur in Residence and research faculty member at the Advanced Technology Development Center at Georgia Tech, a Forbes "Top 10 Technology Incubator", where he mentored startup CEOs including SoftWear Automation. He is a former professional soccer player and serial entrepreneur.
Mr. Schroder became CEO, Bunge Limited, in June 2013, and serves on the company's board as a Director. From 2010 to 2013 he was CEO, Bunge North America, leading Bunge’s business operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Since joining Bunge in 2000, he has served in a variety of agribusiness leadership roles at the company in the United States and Europe. Prior to joining Bunge, he worked for more than 15 years at Continental Grain and Cargill. Mr. Schroder is a Member of Rabobank International’s North American Agribusiness Advisory Board. He received a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College.
Dr. Richard Shinn is the CEO and Founder of AIBrain, Inc. headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with offices in Berlin, Seoul, and Shenzhen. Dr. Shinn is one of the thought leaders in artificial intelligence by building a true AI in unifying cognitive, social and emotional intelligence. His vision is to augment human intelligence with artificial intelligence to advance AI for society in Arts, Music, and Culture. Dr. Shinn is also the Founder and CEO of CrossCert, a publicly listed company in South Korea, one of the most trusted brand company in Online Certificate Authentication, Security, and Cryptography solutions. Recently, Dr. Shinn has established Turing AI Berlin to build an AI cultural center for Arts, Music, and Robotics which will be opened to the public in late 2018.
Gurjeet Singh is Ayasdi's Executive Chairman. In this role, he leads a technology movement that has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence to solve complex, enterprise-class challenges.
As the founding CEO of Ayasdi, he drove the development and productization of key mathematical and machine learning algorithms for Topological Data Analysis (TDA). His work on TDA originated during his time as a graduate student in Stanford’s Mathematics Department.
Dr. Singh is the author of numerous patents and has published in a variety of top mathematics and computer science journals. Before starting Ayasdi, he worked at Google and Texas Instruments.
Dr. Singh serves on the Technology Advisory Board at HSBC and was named to the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” list in 2015.
He holds a B.Tech. from Delhi University, and a Ph.D. in Computational Mathematics from Stanford University. He lives in Palo Alto with his wife and two children, and develops multi-legged robots in his spare time.
Michèle Small is the Director, Head of the EBRD North American Representative Office, based in Washington DC. Michèle is an experienced international banker; with over 20 years in the fields of development finance and emerging markets.
Michèle joined the EBRD in 1998 and has structured and led the underwriting and implementation of a wide range of transactions (debt, mezzanine and equity) across the EBRD region. She has also served on various supervisory boards of companies in the real estate sector.
Between 2012 and her return to EBRD in 2016, Michèle ran a successful advisory consultancy focused on Eastern Europe and East Africa. She specialised in the real estate sector and its role as a key part of the necessary infrastructure in emerging markets.
Prior to joining EBRD, Michele worked as a senior risk officer at Bank of Boston (now part of the Bank of America Group).
As part of her current responsibilities, Michèle manages the EBRD’s key relationships with its North American shareholders (relevant agencies of the US, Canadian and Mexican governments), the private sector, and other stakeholders. She is responsible for corporate business development as well as mobilisation of private finance and impact investing initiatives in North America.
A UK national, Michèle holds an MSc in Real Estate Investment from the Cass Business School in London.
Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company on November 12, 2012. He is responsible for leading the Company's strategy, operations and business units, and working closely with the chairman to direct the vision of the company.
Mr. Thompson has been instrumental in accelerating the pace of The Times’s digital transformation. Under his leadership, The Times became the first news organization in the world to pass the one million digital-only subscription mark. The company has also introduced a new era of international growth, launched an industry leading branded content studio and invested in virtual reality, producing some of the most celebrated work in this emerging medium.
Before joining the Times Company, Mr. Thompson served as Director-General of the BBC from 2004, where he reshaped the organization to meet the challenge of the digital age, ensuring that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services such as the BBC iPlayer. He also oversaw a transformation of the BBC itself, driving productivity and efficiency through the introduction of new technologies and bold organizational redesign.
Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979 as a production trainee. He helped launch Watchdog and Breakfast Time, was an output editor on Newsnight, and was appointed editor of the Nine O'Clock News in 1988 and of Panorama in 1990. He became controller (programming and scheduling chief) for the TV network BBC2 and Director of Television for the BBC before leaving the BBC in 2002 to become CEO of Channel 4 Television Corporation in the United Kingdom.
In the autumn of 2012, he was a visiting professor of Rhetoric and the Art of Public Persuasion at the University of Oxford. His book “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?” which is based on the lectures he gave at Oxford, was published in the UK and US in September 2016.
Mark Thompson was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford.
Raviv Turner is the CEO & Co-Founder of CaliberMind, which helps business-to-business organizations derive strategic Insights from their data by using the latest AI technologies to accelerate business growth. A former military intelligence officer, C-level technology leader and entrepreneur with more than a decade of experience, Raviv has developed and led high-performing product teams for both global 2000 organizations and start-ups, specializing in building high growth software products. Since launching CaliberMind in 2016, Raviv has been a highly sought-after industry thought leader, selected as Inc Magazine's 'Top Tech Leaders to Watch' and quoted by Forbes, Inc., and Huffington Post.
▪ Founder and Managing Director of NewMark Group in the fields of market research, consulting and financial communication
▪ Managing Director of Frankfurt Main Finance e.V.
▪ Managing Director of NewMark Finanzkommunikation GmbH
Education and Professional Background
▪ Master in Economics at the University of Mainz
▪ Nearly 12 with Deutsche Bank, with stations in Frankfurt, Hamburg and Singapore, as Analyst, Asia Head of Communications, Chief economist Asia/Pacific and Global Head of Marketing for Wealth Management
Initiator of the German and European Structured Products Association
▪ Member of the Rotary Club
▪ Member of the Economic Council
▪ Member of the German Red Cross
▪ Co-Founder of the new Youth Training Centre of Eintracht Frankfurt in Riederwald
Giada Vercelli is the founder of Fitzroy Consultant, advising on the organisation of conferences on cross-border investment and capital markets. Fitzroy Consultant’s events focus both on developed and emerging markets, servicing financial institutions as well as Sovereign, Supranational and Agencies. Giada has worked on several conferences for the development of emerging sectors within the capital markets, such as Sustainable and Responsible Investment and Islamic Finance. She has organised and moderated Foreign Direct Investment conferences for the governments of several countries in Europe, Middle East and Asia, working closely with regional administrations of Greater China. A passionate promoter of Financial Literacy, Giada has extensively worked with the OECD and GLEC to deepen the knowledge and understanding of accessible opportunities within the financial markets. She is the award-winning author of a book on the 2008 financial crisis and has more than 15 years of financial news writing and broadcasting experience with major international TV networks, with seven years as the first Italian correspondent from the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ for Bloomberg TV and SKY TV. She has reported live from major international events, including two US presidential elections, G7, IMF, World Bank, and Federal Reserve meetings, broadcasting in English and Italian and reporting occasionally in French and Spanish. Most recently, Giada has worked as Director of Content at Euromoney Conferences. She had previously developed a multimedia platform for Standard & Poor’s and co-chaired WINS, McGraw-Hill’s global diversity network, organising events connecting 80 chapters around the world. Giada is a keen linguist: with previous studies in Latin and Ancient Greek, she is currently studying Mandarin at the School of African and Oriental Studies of the University of London.
Garth is an experienced global marketing professional and business strategist.
At TATA’s, he is responsible for developing insights to drive innovation, branding, business strategy and M&A for the tea, coffee and beverages businesses. In addition, he champions the groups’ “premiumisation” efforts through Masterclasses, workshops and consultative engagements.
Previously, he helped companies such as Kraft, MasterCard, SABMiller, Warner-Lambert (now part of Cadbury’s) and Purolator navigate competitive marketing, sales and pricing issues in markets across North America, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific.
He believes that insights plays a critical role in helping refine or execute innovative marketing strategies, thereby empowering organizations to develop new business models, build on their vision and drive organizational growth and change. He does this through a combination of deep insights, advanced analytics and emotive storytelling.
Garth also serves as a mentor in the Take Charge Program, helping young adults kick-start their careers. He is a running and automotive enthusiast. Currently based in Mumbai, he has lived in the US, Canada, UK and Singapore.