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H.E. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansoori

Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates

H.E. Eng. Sultan AlMansoori Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates since February 2008, has previously been Minister of communication and Minister of Development for the Government Sector.

A multifaceted personality respected for his insightful mind and sharp analytical thinking, Eng. Sultan serves as Chairman of several high-profile public and private corporations as well as national initiatives he is currently the Chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Securities and Commodities Authority, Chairman of Insurance Authority, Chairman of Supreme Committee for Consumer Protection and Standing Committee for Economic Affairs of the Supreme Committee for National Security. He is also member of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, Committee of Finance and Economy, Federal Council on Population Composition and board of directors of Emirates Investment Authority.

Earlier, Eng. sultan was Chairman of National Bureau of Statistics, and vice chairman of Emirates competiveness council.

Eng. Sultan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering & Management Systems, Arizona State University / USA and a diploma in Computer System Analysis, Institute of Computer Technology, Los Angeles, California / USA.

H.E. LI Yong

Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)

LI Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policy-maker. As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, Mr. Li was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies, and in supporting sound economic growth in China. He pushed forward financial sector reform, and prompted major financial institutions to establish corporate governance, deal with toxic assets and strengthen risk management. Mr. Li gave great importance to fiscal and financial measures in favor of agricultural development and SMEs, the cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He played a key role in China’s cooperation with multilateral development organizations, such as the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank.

H.E. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal

Secretary of Economy, Secretariat of Economy, Mexico

H.E. Ildefonso Guajardo Villarreal obtained his B.A. in Economics at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon and pursued graduate studies in Economics at the Arizona State University and the University of Pennsylvania. He was an Associate Economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department at the International Monetary Fund. He has also served as public officer for more than 25 years in different positions such as Director of the North American Free Trade Agreement Affairs Office, based at the Embassy of Mexico in Washington, D.C.
At the federal level, he served as Chief Clerk at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, as well as Undersecretary of Tourism Development; and Technical Secretary for Planning, Communication and Liaison at the Trade and Industrial Development Ministry (now the Ministry of Economy). Moreover, Mr. Guajardo has been a Federal Deputy in two occasions. In his home state, Nuevo León, he was Head of the Governor’s Executive Office and member of Congress for the First Local District of Monterrey.
During the presidential campaign of Enrique Peña Nieto, Mr. Guajardo served as Coordinator of the Entrepreneurial Liaison; and Vice Coordinator of Political Economy in the Transition Team of President-elect Mr. Peña Nieto.
On December 1st 2012, Mr. Guajardo was appointed Minister of Economy.

Joe Kaeser

President and Chief Executive Officer, Siemens

President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG
Born on June 23, 1957 in Arnbruck, Germany
Studied business administration
Professional history
Joined Siemens AG, Components Group
– Discrete Components Division. Head of Business Administration
– Semiconductor Plant, Regensburg, Germany. Finance Director
– Semiconductors Group. Head of Accounting & Product Planning
Siemens Semiconductors, Malacca, Malaysia
– Head of Business Administration Projects
Siemens AG, Semiconductors Group
– Discrete Semiconductors Division. Head of Business Administration
Opto Semiconductors Division
– Head of Business Administration
Siemens Microelectronics Inc., San José, CA, USA
– Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Siemens AG, Corporate Finance. Accounting Unit. Controlling and Taxes
April 2001
Member of the Group Executive Management of the Information and Communication Mobile Group
October 2004
Chief Strategy Officer of Siemens AG
May 2006
Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG
Chief Financial Officer
August 2013
President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG
External positions German supervisory board positions:
Allianz Deutschland AG, Munich
Daimler AG, Stuttgart
Positions outside Germany:
NXP Semiconductors B.V., Netherlands

H.E DR. Elham M.A. Ibrahim

Vice-Chair for Africa, World Energy Council

H.E. Dr. Ibrahim is a holder a Ph.D. in Electronics and Communications, M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering, and B.Sc. in Communication Engineering.
Over 33 years, Dr. Ibrahim has served in the academic research, electrical energy production & interconnection, energy strategies and policies, international cooperation, technical agreements and protocols, energy planning studies, computer aided design and management of energy projects, renewable energy including hydropower. She has held various posts among which: First Under Secretary of State, Under Secretary of State for International cooperation in the Ministry of Electricity and Energy in Egypt, General Manager for training and promotion, Director of photovoltaic, research and testing department in the New and Renewable Energy Authority (NREA); in Cairo; Associate professor at the Girl’s Faculty in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Senior Engineer at the High Dam Power Station, Aswan, and Researcher at the National Research Center, Cairo.
In 28 April 2008 she was elected and appointed for the post of The Commissioner of Infrastructure & Energy, in the African Union Commission. In July 2012 she was reelected for the same post. Her portfolio as AU Commissioner covers multiple sectors, She is responsible to lead the Infrastructure and Energy Department to realize its mandate to enhance Regional and Continental efforts for accelerated integrated infrastructure development and effective sustainable development of energy resources, and to carry out its core functions for:
• Harmonization of sector policies and strategies for the different sectors of infrastructure (transport, energy, ICT, and tourism);
• Development and interconnection of infrastructure networks;
• Monitoring and facilitation of implementation of policies, strategies, integration- related to continental and regional infrastructure projects;
• Contribution to mobilization of resources for infrastructure development

H.E. Tarek Kabil

Minister of Trade and Industry, Egypt

Tarek Kabil is currently Minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt. Previously he was Partner in Abraaj Group and Head of the Performance Acceleration Group for MENA, Turkey and Central Asia, where he lead performance improvement for more than 40 companies. Prior to that, he held leadership positions in PepsiCo for 18 years, most recently the President of PepsiCo International for Middle East and Africa (MEA) for beverages and snacks, and President and Chief Executive Officer for MEA and South East Asia for International Dairy and Juice Co joint venture between PepsiCo and Al Marai Co. He joined PepsiCo as Technical Director for Egypt and North Africa in 1994 and subsequently Franchise Vice-president for North East Africa in 1997. In 1999, he took on the role of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the company’s newly acquired business in Egypt. In 2002, Mr Kabil’s role was expanded to include North Africa franchise countries and snacks business. The following year he was promoted to North Africa BU General Manager. In 2006, he was nominated Vice-president of operations for MEA. He was promoted again as President for Middle East and Africa region in 2007. Prior to PepsiCo, he worked for 12 years at Procter and Gamble (P&G). He started in 1983 in Albany Georgia as a Mechanical Engineer and then held progressively senior management positions; including leading the start-up of P&G paper business in GCC in 1984. In 1987, he won the P&G World Class Manufacturing Award for best performance. In 1992, he moved to Egypt as Plant Manager, and then was promoted to Product Supply Director

H.E. Margaret Mwanakatwe

Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Zambia

Bernard Charlès

Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Dassault Systemes

David Shark

Deputy Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO)

David Shark has had a long career in trade policy. He began in 1975 with a short stint in the US Department of Labor, working on petitions for trade adjustment assistance. In March 1976, he moved to the Office of Trade Policy in the Department of Commerce where he was deeply involved in the Tokyo Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and he has been actively involved in the GATT and WTO ever since.
In 1980, he joined the Office of the United States Trade Representative. He held a broad range of responsibilities, including serving as Executive Director of the US Generalized System of Preferences, Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Trade Policy Coordination, Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Europe and the Middle East and Deputy Assistant US Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources.
From 1988 to 1995 he served in USTR’s Geneva office, working on the Uruguay Round of Trade Negotiations and the implementation of the resulting agreements. During that time, he was responsible for negotiations and other work on the agreement creating the WTO, the Dispute Settlement Understanding, TRIMs/investment, anti-dumping, subsidies, customs valuation, government procurement, technical barriers to trade, import licensing, trade and environment, and trade and worker rights. He returned to Geneva in June 2000 and up to September 2013 served as the US Deputy Chief of Mission and Deputy Permanent Representative to the WTO. In that capacity, he had broad responsibilities covering the full gamut of issues before the WTO.
Mr Shark is a native of Brooklyn, New York, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College and a Master of International Affairs from Colombia University’s School of International Affairs. He is married to Lidian Shark and has two children, Daniel and Melanie.

Joachim Yebouet

Chief Executive Officer, East African Tiger Brands Industries

Joachim Yebouet is having about 30 years of extensive experience with the private and public sector organizations, all from multinationals, family conglomerate and exposure with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, at senior executive positions and empowered with in-depth operational management expertise across Europe, Africa and the Middle East. He held the position of Vice-president for Foods Supply Chain at Unilever and was responsible for Africa, Middle East and Turkey / Israel region.
Most recently, he was holding the positions of Chief Executive Officer for Foodco in Abu Dhabi and Chief Operating Officer of Al Islami Foods in Dubai. Mr Yebouet has been instrumental in so many activities from Strategy design to execution with personal dedication and passion to make those companies successful. Mr Yebouet was invited as a speaker at the World Manufacturing Symposium at Kings College Cambridge in the UK, to speak on ‘Making It In Africa’, and at the World Foods Secure Chain conference in Hong Kong speaking about Foods chain integrity. He was also speaker at Gulfoods in Dubai.

Gilles Babinet

Entrepreneur, Digital Champion of France and Adviser, European Commission

Gilles Babinet is a French multi-entrepreneur, born in 1967 in Paris. Since 1989, he created 9 companies in various areas, such as mobile music (Musiwave, sold $139M in 2006), co-creation (Eyeka), Big Data marketing (CaptainDash)….

Gilles is a well know digital visionary in France. He has been collaborating with the Think Tank Institut Montaigne on several research works on digital competitiveness, digital inclusion, big data, IoT… In 2011, he was appointed chair of the National Digital Council by the President Nicolas Sarkozy. Since 2012, Gilles is the French Digital Champion, representing France at the European Commission for the digital topics.

Gilles Babinet published his first book in January 2014, “l’Ère numérique, un nouvel âge de l’humanité”, whereas he discusses the impact of new technologies on our societies, our lives and our institutions. Throughout his book, he identifies five areas such as Education, Healthcare, the State, Knowledge and Production, that are deeply challenged in the context of the ongoing digital revolution. His new book, “ Big Data : penser l’homme et le monde autrement”, came out in February 2015 and deals with economic and social issues linked to the eruption of the data. Gilles is currently writing another book on the digital transformation as it should be implemented in large companies.

J. Humberto Lopez

Country Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank

Mr. Lopez is the World Bank Country Director for Central America. In this capacity, he is responsible for the implementation of the Bank’s country development strategy in the six Central American countries, as well as for a broad operational program that includes technical assistance, financing instruments and knowledge products. Previously, he was the Director of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management department in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank and also Manager of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit for East Africa. Mr. López has published extensively in a number of diverse areas such as fiscal and exchange rate policy, and growth, and is the editor of three books on free trade agreements, remittances, and the role of the investment climate for growth. He was also the main author of the World Bank’s 2006 Latin America flagship report on growth and poverty reduction. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. López was a professor of Economics in the University of Salamanca (Spain) as well as visiting professor in Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (U.S.A.).

Jan Pie

Secretary General, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD); Chairman-Elect, International Coordinating Council of AeroSpace Industries Assosciations (ICCAIA)

Jan Pie is Secretary General of the AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD) since 2013. In his role, he is in charge of the management of the Association, heading major items of policy work, creating and maintaining close links with the European Institutions and international organisations. Mr Pie also serves as Chairman-Elect of ICCAIA.
The International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations. ICCAIA coordinates the interaction of the Aerospace Industries in Europe, the US, Canada, Brazil and Russia with the UN agency, International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO. He has extensive experience in complex civil security and Public-Private Partnership crisis
management operations. Before joining ASD, Mr Pie, was Secretary General of the Swedish
Security and Defence Association (SOFF) where he successfully developed the organisation into a trusted and important strategic partner of Swedish and Nordic Public Institutions, as well as being a driving force within the industrial community. He also chaired the steering committee for the Swedish MoU office in Washington. Prior to that, he held the position of Vice-president and Emergency Preparedness Director at the SOS Alarm Group in Sweden. He also held several leading positions in business and industry.

Baihas Baghdadi

Managing Director and Global Head of Trade and Working Capital, Barclays

Baihas Baghdadi is a Managing Director, heading up Barclays Trade and Working Capital business globally. Mr Baghdadi has over 20 years of banking experience in transaction banking, haven worked in ops, risk, coverage and products. Mr Baghdadi joined Barclays in 2008 as head of Cash Management and Trade Finance for Barclays Spain, he has held different roles since then in different roles in Trade and Working Capital running the business outside the UK till he got promoted to Global Head of Trade and Working Capital in 2015. Before joining Barclays, Mr Baghdadi worked for Fortis Bank (now part of BNP Paribas) as Head of Trade Services and Specialised Financial Services (Trade Finance, Commercial Finance, Cash Management, assets finance), prior to Fortis Bank Mr Baghdadi worked for Arab Bank in Europe in different roles related to transaction banking.

Jean Bennington Sweeney

Chief Sustainability Officer, 3M

Jean Bennington Sweeney is Chief Sustainability Officer for 3M Company. She has held a diversity of positions at 3M in product development, manufacturing and business management including an operations assignment in 3M Australia and managing director of 3M Taiwan. In her current role, Ms Sweeney is responsible for 3M environment, health, safety and sustainability programs globally. This includes technical and regulatory EHS expertise for over 200 facilities and the development and implementation of corporate sustainability strategies in collaboration with 3M employees, suppliers, customers and stakeholders globally. 3M has been named in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 16 consecutive years and a World’s Most Ethical Company® by Ethisphere for three consecutive years.

Kah-Chye Tan

Chief Executive Officer, Tin Hill Capital

Kah Chye is the CEO and Founder of Tin Hill Capital. Tin Hill Capital invests in, incubates, and operates trade finance and working capital related initiatives.
Kah Chye also serves as an independent board member and advisor for a select number of global organisations such as ICC Academy and financial institutions such as Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Markham Rae and EFA Group.
Most recently, Kah Chye was the Chairman of the ICC Banking Commission, the leading industry body for the establishment of Trade Finance standards and policies. Under Kah Chye’s leadership, ICC introduced the ICC Trade Finance Register to assist the industry in formulating the right Basel III capital adequacy policy. Kah Chye also co-founded the ICC Academy to provide industry leading business education. This is achieved through the ICC Academy leveraging on the ICC global network of 6.5 million businesses across 130 countries.
Kah Chye was also a member of various global organisations such as WTO Trade Expert Group and Swift Trade Services Advisory Board.
Kah Chye’s career spans across Singapore, London and Frankfurt. Most recently, Kah Chye was the Vice Chairman of Barclays Corporate Banking, Managing Director at JPM and the Global Head of Corporate Cash and Trade for Standard Chartered Bank. During his banking career, he helped one of the banks to quadruple its income; led the world’s first synthetic Trade securitization; developed working capital linkages across Trade, Supply Chain Finance, Cash Management and Foreign Exchange businesses; and established a centralised operation in Chennai.
Kah Chye holds a BBA (Hons) and an MBA from Dalhousie University in Canada and is married with two sons.

Karmenu Vella

Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries European Commission

European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Minister for Tourism and Aviation

Chairman of the Orange Travel Group

Group Coordinator for the Labour Party Parliamentary Group

Executive Chairman of Corinthia’s Mediterranean Construction Co

Executive Chairman of Corinthia Hotels International

Master’s degree in Tourism Management

Tourism Minister

Industry Minister

Minister for Public Works

Member of the Maltese Parliament

Architect, Director in various companies

Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Civil Engineering

Robert Mancone

Managing Director and Global Head of Disruptive Technologies and Solutions, Deutsche Bank

Roberto Mancone is Global Head of Disruptive Technologies and Solutions for Private Wealth and Commercial Clients Division of Deutsche Bank, in charge of definition, design and delivery of the scalable advisory model of the Division, responsible for Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Thinghs (IoT), Strategic Partnership with Fintechs, Industrial Accelerators, redesign of E2E processes and Customer Journey, Access Channels and Data Analytics. Previously Global Head of Business Products (Micro, SMEs and MidCorporate) and Vice-chairman of the Global Credit and Deposit Product Executive Committee (Mortgage, Consumer Finance, Business Products, Payments, Deposits and Accounts) covering Germany (Deutsche Bank and Postbank), Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland, India and China. In Deutsche Bank since 2007 as Italy Country Head of Business Clients and Business Products Segment. In 2009 Head of Private and Business Banking in Italy (Italian Branch Network). In 2011 European Head of Credit Products (Mortgage, Consumer Finance, Business Products), ex Germany. He worked from 1990 to 2007 at BNL – BNP Paribas Group in Italy and abroad: as Head of Corporate Banking he worked seven years in the United States (Chicago and New York) and three years in the UK (London). He is a Board Member of the Advisory Board of Deutsche Auskunftei Service GmbH, Board Member of Efma, Chairman of Business and Digital Advisory Council of EFMA, member of ECGI (European Corporate Governance Institute), Member of the Advisory Board of BAA (the Bocconi Alumni Association), and Member of the Editorial Board of SME Advisor Middle East in UAE.

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Sharan Burrow was re-elected for a second term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation at the ITUC World Congress in 2014. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Ms Burrow led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns.The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and has grown to represent 180 million workers in 162 countries and territories with 333 national affiliates. Ms Burrow is well known for her international advocacy on labour standards, corporate responsibility, climate change, investment in infrastructure and the green economy, investment in the care economy, women, equality and diversity, global migration and employment. She has represented workers and civil society groups in global policy discussions in United Nations bodies, including ECOSOC, on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organisation as well as at the G20, World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Ms Burrow is one of the B Team leaders, a commissioner on the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development and the New Climate Economy Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. In 2015 she was a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

Anders Karlborg

Assistant CEO, ZTE Corporation

Anders Karlborg is assistant CEO for ZTE Corporation and part of the management team. Anders is overlooking the end-2-end Supply Chain, including but not limited to End-2-End Delivery, Manufacturing and Procurement. Anders is also responsible for Supply Chain Transformation Program, taking ZTE to one of the leading supply chains in a few years.
Another responsibility Anders have is to coordinate and optimize the company processes to make ZTE a more efficient and competitive player on the market.
A dedicated and purpose-driven senior manager, he has over 17 years of global experience in developing supply chain and procurement strategies, logistics and order management processes.
Anders has had senior positions within the telecom industry, in other global telecommunication companies, such as Ericsson and Huawei.

Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, Ph.D.

Chief innovation officer, IBM

Dr. Meyerson, an IBM Fellow, serves as IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer. He also drives technical strategy and corporate initiatives within IBM’s Corporate Strategy Organization.
In 1980, Dr. Meyerson joined IBM Research, leading the development of high performance silicon:germanium communications technology. He founded and led IBM’s highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business until 2003, moving on to lead IBM’s global semiconductor development alliances. Broadening his scope, in 2006 he assumed leadership of strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group. In 2010 he assumed the role of Chief Innovation Officer, his team focusing on the early identification of major technical and/or business discontinuities impacting business and society, their driving innovation across the breadth of IBM as required to proactively address the opportunities such discontinuities create. In 2013, his team integrated into IBM’s Corporate Strategy function, responsible for the definition and execution of corporate-wide technical and business initiatives.
Dr. Meyerson is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and a member of the United States National Academy of Engineering. His numerous technical and business awards include: the Materials Research Society Medal, the Electrochemical Society Electronics Division Award, the IEEE Ernst Weber Award, the Electron Devices Society J. J. Ebers Award, and the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI. He was more recently honored with 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, recognizing his combined original scientific research and subsequent leadership in creating a major new semiconductor business for IBM. Most recently Dr. Meyerson was honored by selection to present the 2014 Turing Lecture at the Royal Institute in London, and Universities of Cardiff, Manchester, and Edinburgh. This honor is presented to one leader in information technology each year, in memory of Alan Turing, the individual credited with the creation of modern computer science.
For his innovation efforts, Dr. Meyerson was cited as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Legislature in 1998, “United States Distinguished Inventor of the Year” by the US IP Law Association and the Patent and Trademark office in 1999, and again recognized in May of 2008 as “Inventor of the Year” by the New York State Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

Brett Rierson

World Food Programme, Head of Global Post-Harvest Knowledge & Operations Centre

Brett Rierson is Head of the World Food Programme’s Global Post-Harvest Knowledge & Operations Centre (KNOC), responsible for bringing WFP’s success in eradicating post-harvest losses to smallholder farmers around the world. WFP’s works alongside smallholder farmers at both the household and farmer group level to enable them to move from ‘Subsistence to Surplus’, then connect them to markets. The Post-Harvest KNOC ensures that world’s best methodologies and approaches to scalable post-harvest implementation (with a strong emphasis on private sector participation) are strategically leveraged not only in WFP’s operations, but with the development community and governments.

Prior to this role, he served as WFP’s Representative to China, responsible for WFP’s relations with the Chinese Government. His primary focus was to take China’s unprecedented success in reducing hunger at home, and make it China’s greatest export. During his tenure, WFP negotiated a new relationship with the Chinese government that deepened the collaboration between WFP and China, with an emphasis on South-South partnerships.

Prior to being named Representative, Brett was the Senior Officer for the World Food Programme’s Private Partnership Division in Asia, and the Lead for WFP’s Global Finance Initiative. His responsibility was to forge partnerships between the WFP and companies, foundations and individuals who share the WFP’s objective of fighting hunger, worldwide. He also led the successful negotiations with China to enable WFP to be the first, and only international organization to be able to raise funds from Chinese private sector firms for projects outside of China.

Brett has a diverse background that includes experience in the private sector, politics, and humanitarian relief. He has worked across Asia and Africa since 1988, apart from periods in Paris and London. In the field, he has worked on infrastructure development for Matra Transport, and worked for several NGOs in Pakistan and in East Africa. In 2003-2004, he founded Overseasvote.com, the first internet-based USA voter registration wizard which is now the largest non-partisan voter registration service for US citizens overseas. From an office – he has worked for A.T. Kearney on logistics, within the food industry and in healthcare reform; in his own venture capital funds, and served as Deputy Managing Director of the Clinton Global Initiative in Asia. In December 2008 in Hong Kong, CGI Asia brought together 400 influential Asian business, government, civil society, and philanthropic leaders to develop solutions for the most urgent issues in education, energy and climate change, and global health at the local, regional, and international levels.

He has an MBA from INSEAD, and two B.A. degrees in Journalism and History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He lives in Kampala with his wife Rosa, daughters Margaux and Océane, dogs Jet and Maximus, and cat Tequila.

Nick Earle

Senior Vice President, Global Field Operations Hyperloop One

Nick Earle leads Hyperloop One’s Global Field Operations. In this role he is responsible for all customer and partner activities for the company around the world and runs Hyperloop One’s worldwide sales, consulting and business development organization. Hyperloop One is based in Los Angeles California and is the leading company designing and building the first new mode of transportation since the Airplane in 1903.

Nick is a highly respected operations leader with over 30 years of Global IT industry experience in large corporates and start ups. He has held senior Executive roles at Hewlett Packard in California, where he was responsible for the company’s early Internet strategy and ran the Worldwide Enterprise Marketing function, and at Cisco where he led the Worldwide Services Field organization, growing the business from $3bn to over $10bn in revenue. For the last 2 years at Cisco Nick was responsible for the company’s global Cloud go to market strategy. He has been a CEO of StreamServe, a privately held software company that was sold to OpenText, and ran EMEA Operations for Ariba Inc which was subsequently sold to IBM.

Nick is authority on emerging business models having co-authored two books; Mesh Collaboration: Creating New Business Value in the Network of Everything (2008) and From Dot.com to Dot.profit (2000). He was voted #2 in Computer Reseller News list of the “25 most Disruptive Channel Executives in IT globally” and was recognized in 2016 as one of the top 4 Global Cloud Executives who “have shaped cloud’s present and will likely have a major impact on its future” by CIODive.

Nick holds a first class honors degree and an Honorary Doctorate in Computing from Liverpool University and is an Associate fellow of the University of Bradford MBA program. He is a board member of Eseye, an IOT company, and Fly Victor, the world’s leading platform for private Jet charter.

Carlos Lopes

Professor at Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice and Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town and Visiting Fellow at Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford

Carlos Lopes is a Professor at Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice and Faculty of Commerce, University of Cape Town and Visiting Fellow at Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. He is a member of a dozen Boards, including the Gobal Commission for Economy and Climate, Kofi Annan Foundation, Graduate Institute of International and Developments Studies in Geneva and the Lisbon University Institute, that he Chairs. He served the United Nations in several prominent roles, the latest being the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, based in Addis Ababa (2012-2016). Recognized as a lead development thinker and a regular feature in the most infuential African lists Professor Lopes has published extensively on Africa and development issues.

John Fleming

Former Executive Vice President, Global Manufacturing and Labor Affairs, Ford Motor Company

Le Tien Truong

Chief Executive Officer, Vietnam National Textile and Garment Group

Mr. Le Tien Truong has nearly 20 years of working in Vietnam garment and textile industry and nearly 10 years working in VINATEX, used to hold other key positions such as Management Director, Standing Deputy CEO, Member of Council’s Board – CEO before the equitization of Group. Mr. Le Tien Truong passed professional and intensive training, especially corporate administration. He has good vision and strategic thinking, and capable of understanding and identifying issues as well as making wise decisions in management and administration of the Group.

Kathryn E. Wengel

Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain

Kathryn E. Wengel is currently Worldwide Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain (JJSC). She is the Corporation’s Chief Supply Chain Officer and a member of the Johnson & Johnson Management Committee. She is also a J&J leadership member of the Regulatory Compliance & Government Affairs Committee and the Science, Technology & Sustainability Committee of the Johnson & Johnson Board of Directors.
Kathy has enterprise leadership responsibility for all aspects of Supply Chain for J&J’s entire business, including the planning, sourcing, internal and external manufacturing, distribution, customer service, and Supply Chain strategy and deployment for the company’s three sectors: Pharmaceuticals, Consumer, and Medical Devices. Additionally, she manages the functions of Quality & Compliance; Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability; and Engineering & Technical Operations, including Real Estate and Facilities Management, for the entire corporation.
During Kathy’s 28-year tenure with Johnson & Johnson she has served in a variety of strategic leadership and executive roles, with increasing responsibility across the enterprise including operations, quality, new products, engineering/technical and business roles, Kathy has spent more than half of her career living and working outside the US.
Kathy is a member of the GS1Global Management Board, the SCM World Biopharma Board and the AWESOME Advisory Board. She was recognized by the National Association of Female Executives (NAFE) through their Women of Excellence Award in 2015, was the recipient of AWESOME’s Legendary Leadership Award in 2014, and received the 2015 Thinkers & Movers Award for innovative leadership by DSC Logistics in conjunction with the CSCMP annual meeting. Kathy has a BSE degree in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University.

Ir Prof. Daniel M. Cheng, MH, JP

Managing Director, Dunwell Enviro-Tech (Holdings) Ltd. Chairman, Federation of Hong Kong Industries President, Hong Kong Environmental Industry Association

Ir Prof Daniel M. Cheng, MH, JP is the Managing Director of Dunwell Enviro-Tech (Holdings) Ltd, Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Industries and Founding President of the Hong Kong Environmental Industries Association. Prof Cheng serves in many associations and Government Committees, he plays an advisory role for environmental protection policy & development in Hong Kong for over 15 years.

Ir Prof Cheng is a Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Engineers and also Registered Professional Engineer. Prof Cheng is currently Board member of Business Environment Council, Deputy Chairman of HK Green Strategy Alliance Member. For HKSAR Government, he is also serving as Council Member of Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Member of Advisory Committee on Recycling Fund, Member of Advisory Committee on Water Resources and Quality of Water Supplies, Chairman of Working Group on Water Resources, Member of Economic Development Commission. Ir Prof Cheng was the member of Hong Kong Productivity Council (2009–2015) and Vocational Training Council (2011–2015), he was also the Past Chairman of Hong Kong Waste Management Association.

Ir Prof Cheng is pioneer in the field of environmental since 1993, he led Dunwell to develop advanced technologies and received many local and overseas awards in the past years. In Feb 2014, Ir Prof Cheng was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” by the California Polytechnic University-Pomona, as the first Asian Inductee in the 75th Anniversary, where he received his Industrial Engineering Degree in 1981. He also received the Justice of the Peace (JP) Honour in 2011 and the Medal of Honour in 2007 from HKSAR Government. He was selected as winner of Hong Kong Ten Outstanding Industrial Engineers Award in 1999, Innovative Entrepreneur of 1996, The Young Industrialist Awards of Hong Kong 1995. Prof Cheng was appointed by Hong Kong Polytechnic University as Professor of Practice (Management) and also appointed by The University of Hong Kong as Honorary Professor in Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering.

Kevin A. McKinley

Acting Secretary-General, International Organization for Standardization

Kevin was Deputy Secretary-General from 2003 until taking up the post of Acting Secretary-General in August 2015.

Prior to this he was Director at the Standards Council of Canada, a Crown Corporation responsible for Canada’s National Standards System. Kevin has also held senior posts at the Canadian Standards Association, Canada’s largest standards development organization and was involved in national standardization issues in business management and worker safety.

Kevin began his career in the oil and gas industry at Esso Petroleum Canada, serving as a Construction Project Engineer and later as the Contact Engineer supporting Esso’s environmental operations at Sarnia Refinery in Ontario, Canada.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science in 1985 from the University of Ottawa and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

Hans-Peter Egler

CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB) Foundation

Hans-Peter Egler is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Infrastructure Basel (GIB), a leading global non-profit foundation dedicated to promoting sustainable infrastructure design and financing practices and fostering market-based sustainable development around the world.
Mr Egler has long standing expertise in international cooperation, management and project innovation. Before joining GIB he lead the Trade Promotion Division of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO). Prior to that Mr Egler was also responsible for investment promotion activities and infrastructure financing for Latin America and Africa. Form 1992 to 1994 Mr Egler was Deputy Country Director of Swiss Development Cooperation in Bolivia. He started his professional career in 1988 as responsible project manager for the introduction of the first office automation system in the Federal Administration. From 1990 to 1992 he was Deputy Head of Division for Latin America incharge of bilateral trade and investment issues.

Roland Sommer

Director General, Association Industry 4.0, Austria

Roland Sommer serves as Managing Director of the Austrian Platform Industry 4.0 since October 2015. The platform is a public private partnership that aims at improving framework conditions for the introduction of digitalization (‘Industry 4.0’) bringing together relevant stakeholders in Austria. The focus of the work is based on innovation in production technologies and business models on the one hand and high-quality working conditions on the other hand.
Prior to this function he worked as Director of Public-Private Affairs for AVL List GmbH. AVL List is the world’s largest independent company for the development of powertrain systems with internal combustion engines as well as instrumentation and test systems.
From 2004 -2011 Mr. Sommer worked as senior policy adviser for the Federation of Austrian Industries; there he was responsible for research and innovation policy, both on the national and the EU level. From 2000 to 2004 he was employed by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency respectively its predecessor institution.
Mr. Sommer studied at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria, Wageningen University, the Netherlands, and the University of London, UK.
He is active in various national and international bodies.

Georg Dieners

Chief Executive Officer, International OEKO-TEX Association

Georg Dieners, General Secretary of the International OEKO-TEX® Association, previously employed as the Director of Product Management at the LHD Group GmbH in Cologne where he was responsible for product development for the global full-service provider for workwear and personal protective equipment. As a graduate of the Fachhochschule Niederrhein with a focus on textile technology/textile finishing, as well as having many years of experience in various management positions and companies within the textile sector, Georg Dieners has the broad range of knowledge required for his new role as the OEKO-TEX® General Secretary. Excellent industry and sector contacts as well as his previous employment activities related to sustainable textile production complete his specialist competences.

Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey

Co-Director and Oxford Martin Citi Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Technology and Employment, University of Oxford

Carl Benedikt Frey is Oxford Martin Citi Fellow at Oxford University where he directs the programme on Technology and Employment at the Oxford Martin School – regarded the world’s leading programme on the future of work. He is one of the most widely cited scholars in the field of workforce automation and industrial renewal, researching the transition of industrial nations to digital economies, and associated challenges for corporations and governments. Over the course of his career, he has served as an advisor and consultant to international organisations, think tanks, government and business, including the OECD, the European Commission, the United Nations, and several Fortune 500 companies. In partnership with Citigroup, he also works to help global leaders navigate the rapidly changing world economy.  His work has been widely covered by the BBC, CNN, The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Washington Post, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Scientific American, TIME Magazine, Forbes, and many others. In 2016 he was named the 2nd most influential young opinion leader by the Swedish business magazine Veckans Affärer. Dr Frey is also Economics Associate of Nuffield College,  and Senior Fellow of the Programme on Employment, Equity and Growth at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, both University of Oxford. He remains a Senior Fellow of the Department of Economic History at Lund University, and a board member of Futurion AB.

David Hoey

Chief Executive Officer, WorldSkills International

David Hoey was recruited in 2004 to provide professional management of the organization including strategic, operational and administrative responsibility. Mr Hoey has progressively developed WorldSkills International to be a global organization capitalizing on its unique and very important role in the showcasing and development of skills excellence. Mr Hoey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Mech), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and a Masters of Business Administration. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Recent studies include Strategic Perspectives for Non-profit Management at Harvard Business School and Performance Measurement of Non-profit Organizations at Harvard Kennedy School. He has worked as a Project/Systems Engineer, Sales Consultant, Technical and Sales Support, Training Consultant, National Training Manager, National Manager, and Owner/Manager of a consulting business prior to joining WorldSkills International. Mr Hoey initially specialized in industrial automation and control technology and then focused on training and consulting, business development, and productivity solutions. He has worked for and consulted to large Multi-National Corporations as well as small businesses.

Comm. Elżbieta Bieńkowska

Commissioner, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Elżbieta Bieńkowska since November 2014 – EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry,

Entrepreneurship and SMEs in the European Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker. Between 2007 and 2013 she was the Minister for Regional Development of Poland and from 2013 to 2014, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Poland. As the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Infrastructure and Development she was in charge

of the strategic development system of the country, including the effective investment of the

European funds. Her work resulted in the full absorption of the EU funds from the budget for 2004-2006 and the successful distribution of almost EUR 68 billion granted to Poland for the years 2007-2013. She was managing the process of the preparation of the efficient EU funds implementation system from the EU budget for the years 2014-2020. Apart from the European funds her tasks in the Polish Government included also the management of transport infrastructure (roads, railway, air traffic and ship transport) and issues related to construction and housing. Before, from 1999 to 2007 she was working for the local government of the Silesia Region in Southern Poland.

Mike Singh

Chairman & CEO, The TC Group

Mike Singh is a globally respected telecoms consultant and an investor in the Indus‐Americas Subsea Cable System (BRICS Cable). Formerly, Mr Singh’s career has been hallmarked with several leadership positions with AT&T, Tata Communications, Level 3 Communications and Verizon Communications which gave him direct responsibility for managing their strategic business relationships with the multinational conglomerates and carriers (PTTs) across key emerging markets on three continents. Likewise, his private consulting work has included stints of service with Vodafone Group, Airtel, MTN, AWCC (Afghanistan) and other global carriers in developing their global growth strategy geared towards Latin America, Africa, Middle-East & Asia. He is also ranked in the Top 10% of global telecoms experts by the respected Gerson-Lehrman Group (GLG).

In November 2000, he was named to the prestigious Global Digital Divide Initiative of the World Economic Forum during the World Economic Forum’s India Economic Summit and served as Chair of the Strategy and Policy Committee at the said Global Digital Divide Initiative Meeting that established the ‘Shiksha India Education Programme’. He is also a globally recognised thought leader and a regular presenter on issues of relevance to the global ICT sector. In addition, he is a visiting fellow at the world reknowned Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, The SP Jain Graduate School of Business (Dubai) and the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). He also serves as the Chairman of the IPv6 Council for Latin America and the Caribbean, Vice-chairman of the Steering Committee for the BRICS Cable Consortium, The Advisory Board of The Smart Cities Council and the Global Advisory Board of “Start-Up Village India” based in Kerala, India. Start Up Village is India’s Silicon Valley and is the nerve centre of India’s R&D.

Phyllis Wakiaga

Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)

Dr. Susan Helper

Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Susan Helper is the Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She was formerly Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce and a member of the White House Staff. She has served as chair of the Economics Department, and has been a visiting scholar at University of Oxford, the University of California (Berkeley), Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on the globalization of supply chains, and on how U.S. manufacturing might be revitalized. Dr. Helper received her PhD in Economics from Harvard and her BA from Oberlin College in Economics, Government and Spanish.

Susanne Stormer

Vice President of Corporate Sustainability and Chief Sustainability Officer, Novo Nordisk

Robert E. Moritz

Global Chairman, PwC

Robert S. Harward

Vice Admiral USN (Ret) SEAL and Chief Executive UAE, Lockheed Martin International

Bob Harward is the Chief Executive Officer for Lockheed Martin in the UAE and lives in Abu Dhabi. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s business interests in the UAE, including strategy, operations, and growth of Lockheed Martin programs, as well as successful execution of all ongoing business. A National Security Expert, in both theory and application, he served on the National Security Council for the Bush administration, commissioned the National Counter Terrorism Center, and has extensive combat/counterterrorism experience as a US Navy SEAL, in Afghanistan (he led both invasions in 2001 and 2003), Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Yemen and Bosnia. A US Naval Academy alumni, he holds a Masters degree in International Security Affairs, and is a graduate of the Naval War College and the MIT Foreign Policy Program. He also served as an executive fellow at RAND and speaks Farsi. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin, he was a Vice Admiral (SEAL) in the United States Navy, with his last assignment as Deputy Commander, US Central Command (USCENTCOM). He currently serves on the Secretary of Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee (TRAC).

Michel Peters

CEO, NLR (Netherlands Aerospace Centre)

Michel Peters is currently General Director for the Netherlands National Aerospace Laboratory – NLR. In this role, he leads the primary organization in the Netherlands for aerospace research, technology development, test and evaluation. Mr Peters has held a variety of increasingly responsible positions, both at NLR and at Martinair (the latter now being part of KLM).  During his career with Martinair, managing the aircraft maintenance department, he was responsible for the aircraft maintenance of both Martinair and KLM Cityhopper. At NLR he managed an avionics technical department, managed NLR’s Aerospace Systems and Applications division as well as NLR’s Air Transport division before becoming NLR’s top executive in 2010. Mr Peters is Vice-chair of the association of European Research Establishments in Aeronautics (EREA), Member of the Advisory Council for Aeronautical Research in Europe (ACARE), Member of the DLR-NLR Joint Executive Board, Chairman of the German-Dutch Wind Tunnels (DNW), Member of the Netherlands Aerospace Council, and holds various other national positions in government and industry advisory bodies in aerospace, defense and security.NLR is an independent, not-for-profit organization that carries out contracts for aerospace customers from government and industry. It employs 600 highly qualified personnel at two sites in the Netherlands. NLR owns advanced research, development, testing and evaluation facilities, including mission simulation and verification facilities, wind tunnels and a secure networked computing infrastructure. NLR also carries out demand-driven long term research programs under auspices of the Netherlands Government.

Sunil Kaushal

Regional CEO, Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered

Stefano Firpo

Director-General for Industrial Policy, Competitiveness and SME's, Ministry of Economic Development, Italy

Stefano Firpo is Director General for Industrial policy, Competitiveness and Small and Medium Enterprises at the Italian Ministry of Economic Development. His main tasks concern the design and implementation of Italy’ policies to boost industrial competitiveness, including the newly-launched “Industria 4.0” Plan. He is also member of the Prime Minister’s task force on Economy Policy and national SME Envoy. Previously, he was Chief of the Italian Minister of Economic Development’s Technical Secretariat. He designed the Italian strategy on innovative startups and SMEs and contributed to the “Destination Italy” Report on attracting foreign investment as well as to several of Italy’s recent major economic reforms under the Finance for Growth group. In the past, he worked as an Economist at the European Central Bank and as Head of the Chief Executive Officer’s Staff office at Intesa Sanpaolo Banking Group.

Frank Duggan

President, Region Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA), Member of the Group Executive Committee, ABB

Frank Duggan is President, Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) region and a member of the Group Executive Committee of ABB. He additionally serves as Chairman for ABB India Limited. As the head of account management for ABB, he’s passionate about helping its customers succeed.

Paul Markillie

Innovation Editor, The Economist

Paul Markillie is Innovation Editor at The Economist. Mr Markillie worked for a number of national newspapers in Britain before joining the magazine in 1986 to work for the business section, where he covered transportation industries, including the global automotive and aerospace businesses. In 1994 he moved to Hong Kong to become the magazine’s first Asian business correspondent, covering greater China, South-East Asia and South Korea. He later became Asia Editor. In 2008 Mr Markillie took the title Innovation Editor, a newly created post designed especially to cover emerging trends in industry and manufacturing. Mr Markillie principally writes about new technologies and their implications in business. He travels widely, visiting many universities, research organisations and companies, interviewing a wide range of scientists, engineers and business executives. He was one of the first journalists to spot and write about the emergence of additive manufacturing (popularly known as 3D printing) and civilian drones. His special report “The Third Industrial Revolution” (2012) attracted international attention and has been followed by others, including reports on bringing production back to developed countries and a study that looked at how developments in materials science will deliver new materials for manufacturing in the future.

Arthur Tan

Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Micro-Electronics

Arthur Tan is the Vice-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Integrated Micro-Electronics (IMI), one of the leading global providers of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) and power semiconductor assembly and test services with manufacturing facilities in Asia, Europe, and North America. It serves diversified markets that include those in the automotive, industrial, medical, telecommunications infrastructure, storage device, and consumer electronics industries. Mr Tan concurrently holds the positions of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PSI Technologies, President and Chief Executive Officer of Speedy-Tech Electronics, Senior Managing Director of Ayala Corporation, Vice-chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AC Industrial Technology Holdings and Board member of Renewable Energy Test Center (RETC).  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Development Foundation, and an independent Board member of the Lyceum of the Philippines University. Before joining IMI, Mr Tan was the Northeast Area Sales Manager and Acting Design Center Manager of American Microsystems (Massachusetts, USA). The last position he held at AMI was Managing Director for Asia-Pacific and Japan Regional Headquarters.

Iwan Setiawan Lukminto

President Director, PT Sritex

Wojciech Grzonka

Area Director, Skoda Transportation & Chief Executive Officer, Skoda Poland

Eric Mamer

Director for Competitiveness and European Semester, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Yan Yunfu

Executive Director and Chief Engineer of Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co.

Yan Yunfu is a professor-level Senior Engineer. Enjoying his work with government subsidy of the State Council, he is one of the first batch of leading talents in Shanghai, China. In 1983, he graduated from Shanghai Maritime University with the major of lifting transportation machinery, and received an EMAB as well. He was appointed as Deputy Chief Engineer from 1997 and then Vice-president of ZPMC from 2004. Since 2016, he was appointed as Executive Director and Chief Engineer of ZPMC. Meanwhile, he works as Director of Shanghai Port Machinery Engineering Technology Research Center, Academic Committee Director of Key Laboratory of China Shipping Technology and Control Engineering Transportation Industry, Deputy Director of Academic Committee of Key Laboratory of Shanghai Machinery Automation and Robots. Long engaged in the design, research, development and manufacture of port equipments, he was rewarded with the second prize of National Science and Technology Progress and the first prize of Shanghai Science and Technology Progress.

Dr. Peter Ramsauer

Member of the German Bundestag, Chairman of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany (Former Federal Minister)

Benjamin Gallezot

Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Enterprise (DGE), Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, France

Since may 2012 : Deputy Director General, Directorate General for Enterprise, Ministry of Economy

2010- 2012 : Advisor for energy and industry ; French Republic Presidency

2009 : Advisor for defense industry and procurement; Executive Office of the French Defense Minister.

2007-2008 : Deputy Director for energy markets, Directorate General for Energy and Climate, Ministry of Energy

2003-2007 : Auditor, French Audit Office.

1998-2003 : Head of the office of naval industry, Directorate General for Armements, Ministry of Defence

1994-1998 : Research and development engineer, naval model basin, Directorate General for Armements, Ministry of Defence

Training : Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (1991-1994), Master of Science in applied mathematics

Simon Baptist

Global Chief Economist and Managing Director, Economist Intelligence Unit, Asia, The Economist Group

Simon Baptist is the Global Chief Economist at The Economist Intelligence Unit. He is responsible for providing intellectual leadership for the EIU’s coverage, for ensuring that our economic and political analysis and forecasts are the best available for international decision-makers, and for managing a global team of economists, consultants and editors. As Managing Director for EIU’s Asia consultancy arm, Simon works with governments to design and assess the impact of public policy, and with companies to drive successful strategy and operational performance in Asia.
Simon is an experienced economist who has previously spent time as a lecturer at Oxford University and as an economics consultant advising many governments, multinational corporations and international organisations around the world. Simon has a doctorate in economics from Oxford University, where his research investigated productivity and technology in emerging-market manufacturing firms. He also has degrees in economics and science from the University of Tasmania.

Beth Comstock

Vice Chair, GE

Mohammad Ehteshami

President & CEO, GE Additive

Qu Zhe

Vice President, Harbin Electric Corporation & Vice President, Harbin Electric Company

John Defterios

Emerging Markets Editor, CNN

John Defterios is the CNNMoney Emerging Markets Editor. Based in the network’s Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011 his reporting focuses on the top business stories from emerging economies. In addition to his daily reporting for CNN’s main business programming, Mr Defterios hosts ‘CNN Marketplace Middle East’, a business programme featuring in-depth analysis and top newsmakers from across the Middle East. Mr Defterios also hosts “One Square Meter” the first television and digital platform to explore world class property developments in emerging markets. Mr Defterios has more than two decades of financial news and current affairs experience covering some of the landmarks events during that period including the Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the World Trade Centre bombings and G8/G20 summits from his postings in London, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Rome and the Middle East. He is a World Economic Forum media leader and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arab World and has served as Chairman of the Business Week Leadership Forums in London, Beijing and New York, the World Islamic Economic Forum amongst others.

Mr Defterios started at CNN in New York as correspondent on ‘Moneyline with Lou Dobbs’, anchored CNN’s ‘World Business Today’ and the top rated U.S. morning business program ‘Ahead of the Curve’. Mr Defterios has secured numerous interviews with high-level figures in the worlds of politics and economics. Prior to CNN, Mr Defterios worked for Reuters Television as European Correspondent, West Coast Correspondent and special series producer in a joint-venture with The Nightly Business Report on PBS-TV.

Pat Shanahan

Senior Vice President, Supply Chain & Operations, The Boeing Company

Wang Jun

Vice President, CRRC

David Wijeratne

Partner, PwC

Jan Willem van den Beukel

Sustainability & Responsible Governance Leader, PwC

Faizal E. Kottikollon

Founder & Chairman, KEF Holdings

William Shore

Managing Director, Caspian VC Partners

Axel Threlfall

Editor-at-Large, Reuters