Johannes Evenblij was named President of PepsiCo CASA (Central America and South America Foods) in July 2018. In this position Johannes will lead the foods business strategy for 32 countries including Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, Chile, Dominican Republic, Peru, Venezuela and Ecuador, to name a few.
As Chief Commercial Officer for LatAm during the last few years, Johannes has been the architect behind the creation of the sector commercial team as a results-driven service organization that has built or evolved more than ten capabilities (e.g., Revenue Management, Digital Marketing, and Demand Accelerator), with strong impact and results. Under his leadership, several commercial SLAM teams delivered substantial financial results in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, and Mexico. In partnership with customers, bottlers and operating units – leads the LATAM commercial agenda including:
Revenue Management, Sales Strategy and Capabilities, Marketing Services, Key Account Management and Trade Marketing and Foodservice.
Johannes is an accomplished leader who has had an outstanding 19-year career with wellknown global companies, such as Procter & Gamble, the Boston Consulting Group and General Electric. Johannes joined the PepsiCo family in 2005 and since then has held numerous positions within the company. Initially, Johannes served as marketing director for snacks in Latin America followed by senior marketing director for snacks in Mexico and
senior director for the Wholesale Channel in Mexico. He also performed as the head of the Quaker Business Unit and later as General Manager of the Foods Business Unit at PepsiCo Mexico Foods.
Johannes has been credited as a key leader of innovation and strategic transformation. He launched Twistos in Latin America and Paketaxo in Mexico, two of the most successful innovations in recent years. During his tenure at Quaker, he increased market share not only by broadening Quaker’s portfolio of products, but also by developing other food categories with high nutritional benefits.
Most recently, as CCO PepsiCo LatAm, he has been the architect of the sector’s commercial team as a results-driven service organization that has built or evolved several capabilities, with strong impact and results.
As Executive Vice President of FinTech Hive at DIFC, Raja Al Mazrouei oversees the region’s first FinTech accelerator, which brings together Financial Institutions, Government entities, technology partners and entrepreneurs to develop technologies that benefit the financial industry. Ms. Al Mazrouei plays an integral role in building awareness, increasing outreach and facilitating partnerships in emerging FinTech markets, such as the UK, the US, Europe, India, Asia and Africa, with the aim of positioning DIFC as the region’s leading innovation destination for FinTech.
Prior her current role, Ms. Al Mazrouei was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Communication at DIFC, where she oversaw the public relations, institutional partnerships, branding and digital marketing functions for the Centre on a regional and global scale. Previously, she held the position of Commissioner of Data Protection at DIFC, in addition to key roles as Head of Operations and Head of Information Technology at DIFC Authority. Earlier in her career, she served as Head of Information Technology at National Bonds Corporation, Director of IT Relationship Management at Dubai Holding and Systems Development Manager at Higher Colleges of Technology.
Ms. Al Mazrouei is an executive graduate from Harvard Business School; she holds an MBA in Global Leadership and Management from the United Arab Emirates University and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Information Technology from the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE. She is also a member of the Harvard Business School MENA and Central Asia Advisory Board based in Boston and is the Vice President of Harvard Business School Club for the GCC.
Luis Almagro Lemes was elected Secretary General of the Organization of American States on March 18, 2015, with the unanimous support of 33 of 34 member states, and one abstention. Upon taking leadership of the OAS, he announced that one of the central themes of his mandate will be “more rights for more people,” and that he would work to bring the Organization closer to the new realities in the Hemisphere and contribute to ensuring more democracy, security and prosperity for all.
A career diplomat, Almagro was Foreign Minister of Uruguay from 2010 to March 1, 2015, and has extensive regional and international experience. In addition, he was elected Senator in the national elections in Uruguay in October 2014.
His time at the head of Uruguayan diplomacy was characterized by activism in defense of human and civil rights at the regional and global level, the insertion of Uruguay into non-traditional markets, the diversification of these markets, and the strengthening of the image of Uruguay as a democratic, fair, tolerant, and diverse society, with ever increasing rights for more Uruguayans.
As Foreign Minister for President José Mujíca, he defined several emblematic initiatives that put the small South American country on the global map, from receiving former prisoners from Guantanamo, to welcoming dozens of Syrian families who had been victims of the country´s conflict, to building support in the United Nations so that, beginning in 2016, Uruguay will become part of the Security Council.
Moreover, Uruguay has maintained its presence in Haiti to ensure the continuity of the process of reconstruction in the country following the devastating earthquake of 2010.
Knowledgeable about the new regional alignments, Almagro was an active participant in the consolidation of UNASUR and CELAC and as member of the special UNASUR delegation to Venezuela in 2014 he was recognized as an advocate of dialogue between the government and the opposition to stop the violence at that moment.
As a consensus builder in the region and at the same time a driver of new initiatives, during his term at the head of the country´s diplomacy, he achieved the long-desired entry of citrus products into the United States, a key market for the sector, while moving forward with bilateral cooperation programs in areas of scientific-technical innovation.
For its part, Uruguay developed specific programs of cooperation for development with Bolivia, Paraguay, and several African nations in the context of the vision of international solidarity that characterized the term of the former Foreign Minister.
The candidate for Secretary General of the OAS was also Ambassador to China for five years, after occupying senior diplomatic posts in the Foreign Ministry of his country, and in the Embassies of Uruguay in Germany and Iran.
In 2014 Foreign Policy magazine named him a Leading Global Thinker, one of ten decision-makers in the region granted this international distinction.
Almagro, a lawyer by profession, is married and has seven children. In addition to Spanish, he speaks English and French.
Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria's premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group. The companies in the group include: The Chair Centre Limited, Sokoa Chair Centre Limited, Furniture Manufacturers Mart, TCC Security Systems and Cubes and Boxes Limited. These companies are involved in manufacturing, retail and bank-way security systems services.
Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: GEMS Africa, House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC), a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria. She sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Digital Jewel Limited, Convention on Business Integrity (CBI), International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited. She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited, FBN Capital Limited and Kakawa Discount House Limited. She also served on the board of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).
Ibukun is a graduate of Chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria; an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School; the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain; and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School (CEIBS).
With high interest in social issues, including women, Ibukun is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management and Public Service (WIMBIZ). An ordained Pastor and founder of the Christian Missionary Fund, Ibukun, through this faith-based organization works with hundreds of missionaries spread across Nigeria to change lives with the provision of medical, educational, and other supplies.
As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NJCC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.
Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008. She loves to watch investigative and legal series in her leisure time. She is happily married to Abiodun Awosika and they are blessed with three wonderful sons.
Eduardo Cabrera is responsible for analyzing emerging cyber threats to develop innovative and resilient enterprise risk management strategies for Fortune 500 clients and strategic partners. Before joining Trend Micro, he was a 20-year veteran and former CISO of the United States Secret Service with experience leading information security, cyber investigative, and protective programs in support of the Secret Service integrated mission.
He started his career investigating transnational cyber criminal groups targeting the financial and retail sectors and later led cyber forensic operations in support of Secret Service large-scale data breach investigations. He then served as the Secret Service Strategic Advisor to the DHS National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).
Professor Victor Harison holds a PhD in Mathematical Sciences, University of Antananarivo (1995) and a Certificate in Project Management, University of Pittsburgh (1996).
He is currently a commissioner in the Economic Affairs Department of the Commission of the African Union since August 2017. Previously he held the positions of Director General of the National Institute of Accounting and Business Administration (INSCAE) , Antananarivo (1997 - 2017) and Director of Studies and Programming, Ministry of Higher Education and Executive Secretary of the "Human Resources Development" project, administered by the World Bank, Antananarivo (1993-1997).
In addition, he was Professor of Mathematics, Leadership and Organizational and Project Management. He also conducts research activities such as Thesis Director in Mathematical Sciences and Management Sciences. In addition, he is a member of the Mathematical Society of Madagascar, American Mathematical Society, International Conference of Leaders of French Language Training and Research Institutions (CIDEGEF).
Finally, he is the author of several books, and numerous articles published in scientific journals.
Mr. Kerin was named Chief Executive Officer and President of the Chicago Stock Exchange in April 2014. Mr. Kerin has been with the Exchange since 1988 and has held many positions, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kerin began at the Exchange in the Application Development group for 12 years and was Vice President of Application Development from 1996 to 2000. Thereafter, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Enterprise Development where he helped manage the Exchange’s enterprise wide growth initiative. Mr. Kerin also became the Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for all aspects of IT development and operations. As the operation of the Exchange became increasingly technology centric, in 2003 he was given the added responsibility of Chief Operating Officer.Mr. Kerin was named Chief Executive Officer and President of the Chicago Stock Exchange in April 2014. Mr. Kerin has been with the Exchange since 1988 and has held many positions, most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Kerin began at the Exchange in the Application Development group for 12 years and was Vice President of Application Development from 1996 to 2000. Thereafter, he assumed the position of Senior Vice President of Enterprise Development where he helped manage the Exchange’s enterprise wide growth initiative. Mr. Kerin also became the Chief Information Officer where he was responsible for all aspects of IT development and operations. As the operation of the Exchange became increasingly technology centric, in 2003 he was given the added responsibility of Chief Operating Officer.Prior to joining the Exchange, Mr. Kerin worked as a software engineer for Northrop Corporation for over four years.Mr. Kerin earned an M.B.A. from the Illinois Institute of Technology Stewart School of Business in 1990 and graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology Armour College of Engineering with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering in 1984.Mr. Kerin served as Alderman for the City of Park Ridge, Illinois and later spent four years on the Board of the Park Ridge Economic Development Corporation to promote the community’s business environment. During that time, Mr. Kerin served a term as Chairman of the Board and spearheaded initiatives to enhance the tax base of the community through zoning and land use strategies. Mr. Kerin also served for nine years on the Board of the Center of Concern which provides housing solutions, support services and counseling for seniors, disabled and others in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. Mr. Kerin is a current member of the Securities Traders Association of Chicago.
Enrico Letta is the Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) at Sciences Po in Paris and also the President of the Jacques Delors Institute.
He was the Prime Minister of Italy from April 2013 to February 2014. Before he served as Minister for EU Affairs (1998-1999), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts (January-April 2000, during the second D’Alema Government), as Minister for Industry, Commerce and Crafts and Foreign Trade (2000-2001, during the second Amato Government) and as Undersecretary of State to the Prime Minister of the centre-left government led by Romano Prodi from 2006 to 2008.
Between 2001 and 2015 he was Member of the Italian Parliament, excluding between 2004 and 2006 when he was Member of the European Parliament. He also served as deputy Secretary of the Democratic Party (PD) from 2009 to 2013.
From 1993 to May 2013 he managed an independent think tank, Arel, founded by the late Beniamino Andreatta. He was also Vice Chairman of Aspen Institute Italia, President of the Italy-Spain Dialogue Forum, and a member of the Trilateral Commission.
He was born in Pisa (Tuscany) in 1966 and he spent the first years of his life in Strasbourg. He graduated in International Law at the University of Pisa and obtained a PhD in European Union Law at the School for Advanced Studies “Sant’Anna” of Pisa.
An American by choice, Eduardo Padrón arrived in the United States as a teenage refugee in 1961. Since 1995, he has served as President of Miami Dade College (MDC), the largest institution of higher education in America with more than 165,000 students. He is credited with elevating MDC into a position of national prominence among the best and most recognized U.S. colleges and universities. An economist by training, Dr. Padrón earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida. In 2018, he was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, one of America's oldest and most prestigious organizations. In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education. In 2009, TIME magazine included him on the list of “The 10 Best College Presidents.” In 2010, Florida Trend magazine placed him on the cover of its inaugural “Floridian of the Year” issue. In 2011, The Washington Post named him one of the eight most influential college presidents in the U.S. Also in 2011, he was awarded the prestigious 2011 Carnegie Corporation Centennial Academic Leadership Award. In 2012, he received the Citizen Service Award from Voices for National Service, the coveted TIAA-CREF Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence, and the Aspen Institute Ascend Fellowship. In 2015, he was inducted into the U.S. News & World Report STEM Hall of Fame. Dr. Padrón’s energetic leadership extends to many of the nation’s leading organizations. He is the past chair of the board of directors of the American Council on Education (ACE) and is a past chair of the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and former chair of the Business Higher Education Forum (BHEF). During his career, he has been selected to serve on posts of national prominence by five American presidents. Internationally, President Padrón’s accomplishments have been recognized by numerous nations and organizations including the Republic of France, which named him Commandeur in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques; the Republic of Argentina, which awarded him the Order of San Martin; Spain’s King Juan Carlos II, who bestowed upon him the Order of Queen Isabella; Spain’s Prince and Princess of Asturias, Felipe and Letizia, who presented him with the Juan Ponce de Leon 500th Anniversary award; and Morocco's King Mohammed VI, who appointed him Honorary Consul in Florida of the Kingdom of Morocco in 2016. Dr. Padrón’s pace-setting work at Miami Dade College has been hailed as a model of innovation in higher education. He is credited with engineering a culture of success that has produced impressive results in student access, retention, graduation, and overall achievement. MDC enrolls and graduates more minorities than any other institution in the United States, including the largest numbers of Hispanics and African-Americans. Under Dr. Padrón’s leadership, Miami Dade College has received national recognition for its longstanding involvement with its urban community, its catalytic effect for social and economic change, and the marked difference the College has made in student access and success through pace-setting initiatives. He currently serves on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Institute; RC 2020; the International Association of University Presidents; and Achieving the Dream. In past years he has held leadership positions on the boards of the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta, Miami Branch (past Chair); the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching; Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (Chair); the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; the White House Commission on Educational Excellence; Campus Compact; Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute; The College Board; and the White House/Congressional Commission of the National Museum of the American Latino. He is the recipient of numerous honorary doctorates and prestigious awards.
Dr. Shawn Xiaohua Qu founded Canadian Solar Inc. in October 2001 and has been its Chief Executive Officer and President since October 2001. Prior to founding Canadian Solar, Inc., Dr. Qu worked at Automation Tooling Systems Inc (ATS), Cambridge, Ontario Canada from 1998 to 2001, where he performed various responsibilities at ATS and at its subsidiaries in the solar power business, Matrix and Photowatt International S.A. including Director for Silicon Procurement, Director for Strategic Planning and Business Development and Technical Vice President (Asia Pacific) of Photowatt International S.A. From 1996 to 1998, Dr. Qu served as a Research Scientist at Ontario Hydro (currently Ontario Power Generation), where he worked as a process leader in the development of Spheral Solar technology, a proprietary solar technology which Ontario Hydro acquired from Texas Instruments.
Under Dr. Qu’s leadership, Canadian Solar Inc. became a publicly listed company on NASDAQ in 2006 and has grown into one of the largest photovoltaic solar product manufacturers and solar power project developers in the world. As of December 31st, 2016, Canadian Solar Inc. has delivered accumulatively more than 20GW of solar modules to thousands of customers in more than 100 countries. The Company and its subsidiaries have also connected accumulatively more than 3GW of solar power plants to the grid. These solar power plants are located in Canada, the United States of America, Japan, China and the United Kingdom. The company has also developed and constructed solar power plants in Mexico, Brazil, India and Namibia.
For 2017, Canadian Solar expects to ship 6 to 6.5GW solar modules, achieve approximately $4B of revenue and connect approximately 1GW of new solar power plants around the world. The Company runs manufacturing facilities in six countries including Canada, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Brazil. The Company employs more than 10,000 people around the world.
In 2015, Canadian Solar Inc. acquired Recurrent Energy of California from Sharp, with approximately $265M, thus became one of the largest utility-scale solar power plant developers in USA. Canadian Solar has invested $940M into US as of today, including capital investment, parent and intercompany loans to its US subsidiaries, parent guaranteed loans and other financial facilities.
Academic publications / Technology achievements
Dr. Qu was the principal researcher on various topics in condensed matter physics and semiconductor materials science during his M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies. He has published scientific research papers in academic journals such as IEEE Quantum Electronics, Applied Physics Letter and Physical Review.
Under his strategic leadership, the Canadian Solar research team has pioneered the commercialization of MCCE (Metal Catalyzed Chemical Etch) black Si texturing technology from 2012 to 2016, improved the efficiency of solar cell, at the same time enabled the low cost diamond wire-saw mc-Si wafer technology to become the new mainstream technology. He also has led the company creating a module production portfolio that accelerated the PV technology advancement for the whole PV industry, such as ELPS (MWT technology), double glass modules and high voltage modules. Through developing new PV technology, Dr. Qu and his team have accelerated solar grid parity, thus enabled solar industry in many countries to approach the same cost level of fossil fuel energy.
Dr. Qu received a Ph.D. Degree in Material Science from University of Toronto in 1995, a M.Sc. Degree in Physics from University of Manitoba in 1990 and a B.Sc. in Applied Physics from Tsinghua University (Beijing, China) in 1986.
From 1995-1996, Shawn was a Post Doctorate Research Fellow at University of Toronto focusing on semiconductor optical devices.
Honorary titles and Recognitions
In 2010, Dr. Shawn Qu was selected as one of the first group of 25 people out of the Chinese government’s 1000 overseas talent program and later was awarded the title by the state council as China’s Distinguished Expert for Dr. Qu’s significant contribution in starting and developing the solar industry in China.
From 2011 to 2013, Shawn was an honorary professor at Tsinghua University, the top university in China, for the development of the renewable energy research program.
Shawn has been actively involved in various solar industry associations and holds key positions. Among them are member of Photovoltaic Special Committee of China Renewable Energy Association, Vice Chairman of Chinese Photovoltaic Industry Association, and Executive Vice Chairman of Jiangsu Province Photovoltaic Industry Association.
Dr. Shawn Qu is viewed as the global solar industry leader. In the past few years, Dr. Qu has been an invited speaker at the IFC Climate Change Conference, the International Economic Forum Americas, the Wall Street Journal Economics Forum, Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance Forum, International Energy Forum, Solar Power International, TEDx Talks, and many other prestigious forums, special interviews at China’s most viewed TV programs “Dialogue”, “Brainstorming” and “Bosstown”.