John Rutherford Allen assumed the presidency of the Brookings Institution in November 2017, having most recently served as chair of security and strategy and a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at Brookings. Allen is a retired U.S. Marine Corps four-star general and former commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.
Allen served in two senior diplomatic roles following his retirement from the Marine Corps. First, for 15 months as senior advisor to the secretary of defense on Middle East Security, during which he led the security dialogue for the Israeli/Palestinian peace process. President Barack Obama then appointed Allen as special presidential envoy to the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, a position he held for 15 months. Allen’s diplomatic efforts grew the coalition to 65 members, effectively halting the expansion of ISIL. In recognition of this work, he was presented the Department of State Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary John Kerry and the Director of National Intelligence Distinguished Public Service Award by Director James Clapper.
During his nearly four-decade military career, Allen served in a variety of command and staff positions in the Marine Corps and the Joint Force. He commanded 150,000 U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan from July 2011 to February 2013. Allen is the first Marine to command a theater of war. During his tenure as ISAF commander, he recovered the 33,000 U.S. surge forces, moved the Afghan National Security Forces into the lead for combat operations, and pivoted NATO forces from being a conventional combat force into an advisory command.
Allen’s first tour as a general officer was as the principal director of Asia-Pacific policy in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, a position he held for nearly three years. In this assignment, he was involved extensively with policy initiatives involving China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Southeast Asia. Allen also participated in the Six Party Talks on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and played a major role in organizing the relief effort during the South Asian tsunami from 2004 to 2005.
Beyond his operational and diplomatic credentials, Allen has led professional military educational programs, including as director of the Marine Infantry Officer Program and commanding officer of the Marine Corps Basic School. He twice served at the United States Naval Academy, first as a military instructor, where he was named instructor of the year in 1990, and later as commandant of midshipmen; the first Marine Corps officer to hold this position. Allen was the Marine Corps fellow to the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the first Marine officer to serve as a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, where today he is a permanent member.
Among his other affiliations, Allen is a senior fellow at the Merrill Center of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. He is an “Ancien” of the NATO Defense College in Rome, and a frequent lecturer there.
Allen is the recipient of numerous U.S. and foreign awards.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in operations analysis from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Arts in national security studies from Georgetown University, a Master of Science in strategic intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College, and a Master of Science in national security strategy from the National Defense University.
Alain Dehaze is CEO of the Adecco Group, the world’s leading HR solutions company. Through its international brands Adecco, Adia, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, General Assembly, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon, Spring Professional, Vettery, and YOSS, the Adecco Group delivers on its mission to make the future work for everyone.
As a Fortune 500 Company, the Adecco Group enables around 3.5 million people to participate in the world of work and supports more than 100,000 organisations successfully navigate the work-life cycle. With 34,000 full-time team members in 60 countries, the Adecco Group ranked 11th on the 2019 World’s Best Workplaces list, the only HR solutions company in the top 25.
The 55-year-old Belgian national graduated as a Commercial Engineer from the ICHEC Brussels Management School before rising through the ranks at Henkel and ISS. He joined the workforce solutions sector in 2000, when he was appointed Managing Director of Creyf’s Interim in Belgium. His path took him to the CEO position at Solvus, COO of USG People—when the latter took over Solvus—and CEO of the Dutch staffing services company Humares between 2007 and 2009.
Mr Dehaze joined the Adecco Group in 2009 as a member of the Executive Committee, responsible first for Northern Europe, then for the Group’s largest market, France, before taking on the CEO position in September 2015. Mr Dehaze plays an active role in shaping the labour markets of tomorrow as board member of the Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN), a member of the ILO Global Commission on the Future of Work, and as Steward of the World Economic Forum’s System Initiative ‘Shaping the Future of Education, Work and Gender’.
Before leading the Adecco Group, he held board positions at the sector level with the World Employment Confederation, including the Vice-Presidency of the World Employment Confederation Europe (formerly EUROCIETT).
Ms. Orit Gadiesh has been the Chairman of the Board of Bain & Company, Inc., since 1993. She is a world-renowned expert on management and corporate strategy. She has advised a multiplicity of Chief Executive Officers and Senior Executives of major international companies on strategy development and the implementation of change. She has counseled top level management on structuring and managing portfolios, developing and implementing global strategy, executing turnarounds, improving organizational effectiveness, and designing both cost reduction and growth programs.
She is on the Board of Trustees and on the International Business Council (IBC) of the World Economic Forum. She is an Advisory Board Member at Harvard Kennedy School, a member of HEC Int'l Advisory Board, and Governor of the Tel Aviv University. She is a member for life, former vice chairman and former chairman of the International Business Leaders Advisory Council to the Mayor of Shanghai (IBLAC). She is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations and sits on the International Advisory Board, Atlantic Council of US. Since 2014, Ms. Gadiesh is also a Member of Supervisory Board at Koninklijke Philips N.V. She serves as a Board Member of Renova Management AG, and served as a Non-Executive Director of WPP plc from 2004 to 2014.
She volunteers her experience as a Pragmatic Strategist to academic, business and civic communities. She is a regular contributor to business publications and a sought-after public speaker, at events such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Her achievements and outstanding leadership have been publicly recognized, in the USA and beyond. Recipient of awards: named one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business”, and Forbes Magazine’s “The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World”. She has received the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award for outstanding achievement, the Distinguished Leadership Award from IDC University, the Leadership Award from Ben Gurion University, the International Institute of Boston’s 25th Annual Golden Door Award for outstanding contribution to the community, and Le Trophée de l’INSEAD by the French Minister of Finance, Economy and Industry.
Ms. Gadiesh holds an MBA (Hons) from Harvard Business School and was a Baker Scholar; she also holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology from Hebrew University.
Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service that included two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit. For the first time in a generation, he steered Mexico’s economy through a change of Administration without a recurrence of the financial crises that had previously dogged such changes.
Glenn Hutchins is Chairman of North Island and a co-founder of Silver Lake. He is a director of AT&T and of Virtu Financial; Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution and Vice Chairman of the Economic Club of New York; on the Executive Committee of the Boston Celtics Basketball Team and the New York Presbyterian Hospital; and a board member of both the Obama Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Center for American Progress. Previously, Mr. Hutchins served President Clinton in both the transition and the White House as a special advisor on economic and health-care policy. He was also previously chairman of the board of SunGard Data Systems, Inc. and Instinet, Inc. and a director of Nasdaq, Inc. He was also a director of Harvard Management Company and co-chairman of Harvard University’s capital campaign.
Mr. Hutchins and his wife, Debbie, founded the Hutchins Family Foundation which, among other projects, has created the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University, which is chaired by Mr. Hutchins; the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at The Brookings Institution; and the Chronic Fatigue Initiative, which conducts basic research into the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Mr. Hutchins has published essays on economic and public policy in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, Fortune, Foreign Affairs and New Republic. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Mr. Hutchins holds an A.B. from Harvard College, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Rishi Kapoor is Investcorp’s Co-Chief Executive Officer. He oversees the Firm’s Real Estate, Credit Management, and Absolute Returns businesses globally across North America, Europe and India; Private Equity and Fundraising activities in North America and India, and Institutional Fundraising in Europe. Rishi chairs the Global Private Equity Investment Committee and is a member of various other investment committees across the different business lines.
Prior to his appointment as Co-CEO, Rishi had held several senior management positions within Investcorp including as Chief Financial Officer between 2003 and 2015. He joined Investcorp from Citigroup in 1992.
Rishi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), and an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Rishi is a member of Duke University’s Middle East regional advisory board. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for National Bank of Bahrain, Gulf Air Group, Bahrain Airport Company and Gulf Aviation Academy. In 2017, Top CEO Middle East recognized Rishi amongst the top 100 best performing CEOs in the GCC and, in 2018, Forbes Middle East recognized Rishi as a top Indian Executive in the Arab world.
Sir Martin Sorrell is Executive Chairman of S4 Capital, which is building a new age, new era, digital advertising and marketing services platform for global, multi-national, regional, local and millennially-driven clients.
Sir Martin was CEO of WPP for 33 years, building it from a £1 million “shell” company in 1985 into the world’s largest advertising and marketing services company with a market capitalisation of over £16 billion, revenues of over £15 billion, profits of approximately £2 billion and over 200,000 people in 113 countries. Prior to that, Sir Martin was Group Financial Director of Saatchi & Saatchi plc for 9 years and worked for James Gulliver, Mark McCormack and Glendinning Associates before that. S4 Capital PLC recently merged with MediaMonks and MightyHive, and is listed at the London Stock Exchange under SFOR.L
Sir Martin supports a number of leading business schools and universities, including his alma mater, Harvard Business School and Cambridge University and a number of charities, including his family foundation. He is married to Lady Cristiana Falcone-Sorrell and has four children and seven grandchildren.
William C. Stone founded SS&C in 1986 and has continuously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Stone took SS&C public in 1996 and private in 2005 with The Carlyle Group. SS&C went public a second time in 2010 and now trades on Nasdaq (SSNC) with an enterprise value of $20 billion.
Prior to founding SS&C, Mr. Stone directed the financial services consulting practice of KPMG LLP, an accounting firm based in Hartford, Connecticut and was Vice President of Administration and Special Investment Services at Advest, Inc., a financial services company.