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H.E. Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak

Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director,

Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak has been appointed Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer of Mubadala Investment Company, the entity formed from the merger of Mubadala Development Company, where he currently serves as Group CEO and Managing Director, and the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

He is also Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority (EAA), which provides strategic policy advice to the Chairman of Abu Dhabi’s Executive Council, of which he is also a member. In addition, he is a member of the UAE Supreme Petroleum Council. Khaldoon’s other board positions include: Chairman of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA); Vice Chairman of Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council; and board member of First Gulf Bank.

He graduated from Tufts University, Boston with a degree in economics and finance.


H.E. Mohammad Abdulla Al Gergawi

Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future,
UAE Ministry of Cabinet Affairs

H.E. LI Yong

Director General,
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. Eng. Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri

Minister of Economy,
United Arab Emirates

H.E. Eng. Sultan AlMansouri 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 competitiveness 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. Ahmed Abtew Asfaw

Minister of Industry,

H.E. Mr. Amir Hossain Amu

Minister for Industries,
Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

H.E. Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi

Minister of Industries and Production, Ministry of Industries and Production,
Government of Pakistan

Ghulam Murtaza Khan Jatoi belongs to a prominent political and agriculturist Jatoi family of Sindh. Jatoi family has been in politics for last four generations and played a significant role in the political development of the country. Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi’s father Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, besides holding other important political positions, served as Caretaker Prime Minister of Pakistan in 1990.

Mr Jatoi is a veteran politician and is in active politics since three and half decades. He has been elected member of National Assembly thrice and member of Sindh Assembly twice. He has served twice as a federal minister and thrice as a provincial minister in Sindh Government. Mr Jatoi’s illustrious political career started when he was elected as Chairman District Council, Nawab Shah in 1979.

He was elected as a Member of Provincial Assembly of Sindh from 1988-1990 and served as Minister for Local Government. He was elected as Member of National Assembly in 1990 and served as Federal Minister for Communications from 1990 to 1992. He also served as Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis in 1993 for a brief period.

Mr Jatoi was again elected as member of Sindh Assembly in 1997 and served as Minister for Irrigation.  He held the office of Advisor to Chief Minister of Sindh on Agriculture from 2004 to 2007. He was also elected as Member of National Assembly from NA-211 Naushero Feroze-I in 2008.

Dr. Ibrahim Saif

Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources

Kalilou Traore

Commissioner of Industry and Private Sector Promotion,
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

Kalilou Traore is the Commissioner for Industry and Private Sector Promotion at ECOWAS Commission since 2014. His missions include policies and programs for regional industrial development as well as regional private sector promotion.

His functions also include the mobilization of major stakeholders and technical and financial partners in evolving projects and programs for industrial development and the private sector growth. Before his mission at ECOWAS Commission, he has been Chairman of the Ivorian National Commission for follow-up on the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations with the European Union.

He was also the Chairman of the ECOWAS Institutions’ Board of Auditors, He performed duties as Chairman of the regional committee for the preparation of ECOWAS Common External Tariff (CEF) during EPA negotiations. He also assume duties as Chairman of Steering Committee on Aide for Trade and Regional Integration Program (PACIR).

Mr Traore held several senior positions in administration in the Government of Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. He was also the Industrial Organization Engineer in Multinational Industry Company in Cote d’Ivoire. Mr Traore, is a qualified Industrial engineer.

H.E. Mattar Mohamed Al Tayer

Director General and Chairman of the Board,
Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA)

H.E Noura Al Kaabi

Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs's
United Arab Emirates

H.E. Saif Al Hajeri

Chief Executive Officer,
Tawazun Economic Council & Tawazun Holding

H.E. Saif Mohamed Al Hajeri is the Chief Executive Officer of Tawazun Economic Council and Tawazun Holding.  He is responsible for driving the strategic plans as well as managing the day to day business activities of Tawazun.

He also plays a leadership role on the board of directors of several Tawazun subsidiaries. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in early 2008, he served as Director of the Offset Venture Unit of the Tawazun Economic Council (formerly Offset Program Bureau) overseeing the Offset Program and initiating various industrial and defense related projects.

Mr Al Hajeri is also engaged in various Abu Dhabi Government initiatives; serving as board member of Senaat ‘General Holding Corporation’ and Emirates Defense Industries Company .

Senator Joshua P. Setipa

Minister of Trade & Industry,

Senator Joshua Phoho Setipa’s core competencies are economic development issues, regional and global trade and economic issues, resource mobilization and investment mobilization. He has over 15 years of experience gained at the national, regional and international levels working on economic and developmental issues.

His has substantive field experience working on regional economic development issues in Southern Africa, with particular focus on economic sector reform and regional economic integration issues and extensive experience working on multilateral trade issues and their impact on African economic integration and economic development.

From 2012 to 2014 he served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Lesotho National Development Cooperation, an institution charged with mobilization of foreign direct investment to Lesotho and the economic empowerment of Lesotho Nationals. From 2005 to 2011, he served in the Cabinet of WTO Director General Pascal Lamy and was a member of the team that successfully placed the World Trade Organization (WTO) at the center of the global economic development agenda by advocating proactive involvement in global initiatives such as UN Millennium Development Goals and the Brussels Plan of Action.

He helped strengthen and manage WTO relationships with global institutions including the World Bank, IMF, UN Specialized Agencies and regional institutions including the African Union, the African Development Bank and Regional Economic Communities. His other responsibility was coordinating the participation of the WTO in the work of the UN, World Bank and IMF and contribution towards multilateral initiatives to address global socio economic challenges.

Senator Setipa formulated a successful strategy that mobilized commitments to double global aid for trade commitments by 2010 to $6 billion. Whilst at the WTO, he further oversaw all WTO capacity building programs totaling over $30 million per year. From 1992 to 2003, he served in various capacities within the Lesotho Foreign Service, with a key focus on economic and trade matters. He has served as Non-executive Director on the Boards of Standard Lesotho Bank, Letśeng Diamond Mine and the National Road Fund.

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.

H.E. Suhail Mohamed Al Mazrouei

Cabinet Member and Minister of Energy,

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei was appointed as the Minister of Energy on March 2013 where his mandate focusses on providing support to sustainable development, address oil, minerals, and water and electricity issues for the benefit of the UAE.

H.E. Al Mazrouei is also a Board Member of IPIC ; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA); Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mubadala Petroleum Co; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Liquefied Gas Co; Member of the Supreme Petroleum Council and the executive Committee of SPC; Member of the Board of Directors of the Petroleum Development Co; Member of the Board of Directors of the Dolphin Energy Co.

His Excellency also Chair some of the international companies outside of the UAE such as : Borealis, NOVA Chemicals and CEPSA.

H.E. Al Mazrouei has considerable experience in corporate administration in different sectors, including ship building, defence systems, oil and gas services sector and real estate development.

H.E. Suhail Al Mazrouei holds a B.A. in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa in the US in 1996.

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi

UAE Minister,
Climate Change and Environment

His Excellency Dr Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi became the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment in February 2016. Dr Al Zeyoudi was the UAE’s Permanent Representative to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and Director of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) at Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr Al Zeyoudi began his career as reservoir engineer at Abu Dhabi Marine Oil Company then moved to Masdar, where he worked on advancing renewable energy technologies and solutions. H.E. played a major role in the UAE’s successful campaign in 2009 by IRENA. In 2015, Dr Al Zeyoudi was awarded the first Gulf Cooperation Council Prize for Excellence in recognition of his pioneering efforts in renewable energy.

He is a member of several committees, including the ‏Emirates Green Development Council, as well as Audit and Selection Committees of Zayed Future Energy Prize. Dr Al Zeyoudi holds Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Tulsa University, MBA from the New York Institute of Technology, MSc in Project Management from the British University in Dubai, and PhD in Strategy, Programme & Project Management from SKEMA Business School in France, for which he received the Sheikh Rashid Award for Scientific Excellence for holders of doctorate degrees.

H.E. Yosuke Takagi

State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry,

Yosuke Takagi was appointed State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2014, followed by his reappointment in 2015 and in, 2016. Mr Takagi was Chairman of the Diet Committee on Internal Affairs and Communications. Prior to this assignment, he held several senior roles in the Komeito Party including Chairman of the Public Relations Committee and Acting Secretary-General.

Earlier in his career, Mr Takagi served as Parliamentary Vice-minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. In 1993 Mr Takagi first won election to Japan’s Diet as a representative for Tokyo’s 11th district. Subsequently, he has successfully won reelection to the Diet five times. Prior to assuming elected office, Mr Takagi worked as a reporter for national newspaper the Mainichi Shimbun.

Zhang Feng

Chief Engineer,
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China (MIIT)

Zhang Feng is a Senior Engineer with a Master degree on Engineering. He worked successively as Deputy Director General and Director General of Telecommunications Bureau of Shijiazhuang City of Hebei Province, Deputy Director General of Posts and Telecommunications Administration of Hebei Province, Director General of Communications Administration of Hebei Province.

In 2009, he served as Director General of Department of Telecommunication Development of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology(MIIT) of China. He was appointed as Chief Engineer of MIIT in 2013, Leading Member and Chief Engineer of MIIT in 2016.

H.E. Dr. Amin Hussain Al Amiri

Assistant Undersecretary for Public Health Policy and License Sector,
UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention

Amin Hussain Al Amiri is the Asstistant Undersecretary of Public Health Policy and Licensing Sector in UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention. Dr Al Amiri got his Ph.D. and Ms. C. in Medical Science in 2003 from Faculty of Medicine; Aberdeen University in Scotland; UK. He is responsible for the following departments at MOHAP:

  • Drug Dept.
  • Empowerment & Health Compliance Dept.
  • Organization, Licenses& Advertisement  Dept.
  • Public Health Policies Dept.

Gleb Nikitin

First Deputy Minister of Industry & Trade,

Gleb Nikitin is a highly skilled public administrator and boasts a rich experience in state management and administration. Mr Nikitin obtained his degree at the Saint-Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance majoring in economics and law.

He also holds a doctoral degree in economics obtained from the Financial Academy under the Government of Russia. He started his professional career at the Committee for management of city property of Saint-Petersburg as leading expert, moving later to higher posts within the organization.

Starting from 2004, he held various posts within the Federal Agency for management of state property: Head of the Department for management of commercial property, Deputy Director of the Agency, acting Director of the Agency. In 2012 Mr Nikitin was appointed Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and was later in 2013 promoted to the position of the First Deputy Minister. Mr Nikinit holds a number of high state awards and is a member of the state reserve of management personnel under the auspices of the President of Russia.




H.E. Khalifa bin Salem Al Mansouri

Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development

Merlin Alejandrina Barrera López

Vice Minister of Trade and Industry,
Ministry of Economy El Salvador

Merlin Alejandrina Barrera López has been the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of El Salvador since 2014. Her extensive career has encompassed a variety of roles, such as Executive Director of the Business and Development Foundation; Director of Planning, Research and Policy at the Central American Economic Integration Secretariat (SIECA); Liaison Adviser with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) Regional Programme for Economic Inclusion of the Base of the Pyramid; and Coordinator of the Market Information and Intelligence System of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Agribusiness Conversion Programme, among others.

As an independent consultant she has worked with the Corporation of Exporters of El Salvador (COEXPORT), the agricultural programme of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (AgroCAFTA), the Centre for the Promotion of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (CENPROMIYPE), the German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Southern United States Trade Association (SUSTA), the Export Promotion Programme of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID-EXPRO), the El Salvador International Fairs and Conventions Centre (CIFCO) and the National Commission for Micro and Small Businesses (CONAMYPE), among other institutions.

In the academic sphere, she is a Professor at the University of El Salvador, Dr José Matías Delgado University, Francisco Gavidia University and the Technological University of El Salvador. She is an Economics graduate from the José Simeón Cañas Central American University and holds postgraduate degrees in Applied Macroeconomics from the Catholic University of Chile and in Administration of Strategic Public Enterprises from the Autonomous Metropolitan University in Iztapalapa, Mexico, and a master’s degree in International Trade from the EUDE Business School.

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. Abdulla Al Maeeni

Director General,
Emirates Standardization and Metrology Authority (ESMA)

H.E.  Abdulla Al Maeeni has more than 14 year’s experience in the field of quality, certification, laboratories, gemstone and precious metals and management, he worked for Dubai Municipality, Nakheel and currently with ESMA as Director of conformity dept. Beside his educational qualifications he got certificates in diamond testing, colored stones, precious metals, pearls and quality, he is certified diamond grader and certified lead auditor as per ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025.

Abdulla is member of many national and international committees such as IEC, Energy Efficiency committee, , Self-assessment of needs and priorities for trade facilitation team, GCC Committee for the Conformity Assessment and International colored stone Committee. He Suggesting and participating in setting energy efficiency policies for UAE & the region in coordination with relevant government entities in UAE and internationally such as MASDAR, UNEP, UNDP, UNIDO, GSO, ASHRE, WWF.

He also Suggested and executed Products/ Services Monitoring Projects by developing national regulations and programs which is aligned with international system and standards such as “Emirates Conformity Assessment Scheme, Emirates Quality Scheme, Home Appliance Safety scheme, OXO- Biodegradable Plastic scheme, Energy Efficiency Labeling regulation, LPG Cylinders Regulation, Tires conformity program, tobacco conformity program and GCC Conformity Assessment Scheme & GCC toys, electrical regulation

Based on his efforts and achievements he got Dubai Government Excellence Award- Distinguished Innovative Employee category 2006 and he have been selected to enroll in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Leadership program for young leaders.

Joe Kaeser

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Siemens AG

  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens AG
  • Born on June 23, 1957 in Arnbruck, Germany


  • Studied business administration
  • Dipl.-Betriebswirt (FH)

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

Memberships in supervisory boards whose establishment is required by law or in comparable domestic of foreign controlling bodies of business enterprises (external positions)

Allianz Deutschland AG, Munich
Daimler AG, Stuttgart
NXP Semiconductors B.V., Netherlands

Robert E. Moritz

Global Chairman,

Robert Moritz is Chairman of the PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited. Since 2009, Mr Moritz has led PwC US as its Chairman and Senior Partner. During his tenure, the US firm focused on increasing quality service and enhancing its brand and reputation by developing and retaining key talent and expanding its capabilities across all areas of the business.

Mr Moritz speaks widely on, and is a champion for, diversity and inclusion in the workforce as well as being an advocate for workplace flexibility. Mr Moritz has been with PwC his entire career, joining in 1985 and becoming a partner in 1995. His background is in Assurance, primarily serving financial services companies. During his career he spent three years with PwC Japan, where he provided audit and advisory services to numerous European and US-based financial services organisations operating in Japan and across Asia.

Mr Moritz has held a number of leadership roles within PwC, including leading the US Assurance practice as well as serving as the managing partner for the New York region. He recently completed two terms as the Chairman of the Governing Board for the Center for Audit Quality, a non-partisan and non-profit group dedicated to enhancing investor confidence and public trust in the global capital markets.

Mr Moritz is certified as a public accountant by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the New York State Society of CPAs and the New Jersey State Society of CPAs. He is a trustee of The Conference Board, a member of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy and a director of the Oswego College Foundation. He graduated from SUNY – Oswego.

H.E. Falah Mohammed Al Ahbabi


His Excellency Falah Al Ahbabi is Director General of the Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) and is responsible for the creation, management and implementation of the Emirate-wide framework plans within the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. These include Plan Capital 2030, Plan Al Ain 2030, Plan Al Gharbia 2030 and Plan Maritime 2030. Together, these form a complete strategic framework plan for the Emirate.

Mr Al Ahbabi was integral to the launch of the UPC, during its inception in 2007, along with the continued success the organisation has enjoyed to date. He has guided the creation of the four framework plans, in addition to 47 large-scale master plans covering approximately 91,000 hectares.

In 2010, under the direction of Mr Al Ahbabi’s leadership, the UPC implemented the Estidama Pearl Rating System, a mandatory sustainability design, construction and operation rating system for villas, buildings and communities. Mr Al Ahbabi has been instrumental in the creation of the UPC’s ‘Complete Sustainable Communities’ initiative, the UPC’s comprehensive suite of policies, regulations and manuals, which enables planners to design communities that are flexible enough to meet the diverse needs of both current and future generations, and enhance quality of life.

The CSC initiative does this by incorporating a range of housing options, community facilities and public spaces that are well-connected, safe and sustainable in line with the overarching direction of Vision 2030. Prior to joining the UPC, Mr Al Ahbabi played a pivotal role in establishing the first helicopter academy in the Middle East.

He was also involved in the launch of a satellite while working with the Mubadala Development Company. Other highlights of Falah’s career include the privatisation of government services and gaining a global experience in utilities.

Beth Comstock

Vice Chair,


Dr. Bernard S. Meyerson, Ph.D.

Chief innovation officer,

Dr. Bernard Meyerson joined IBM in 1980 and invented Silicon: Germanium technology, ultimately founding and leading IBM’s highly successful Analog and Mixed Signal business. He went on to many executive roles, leading global semiconductor development, strategic alliances for the Systems and Technology Group, and culminating in his present role from 2010 as IBM’s Chief Innovation Officer.

His team leads the definition and integration of corporate-wide technical and business strategic initiatives.  He also serves as Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technology. 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.

He has received numerous technical and business awards, as for example the Lifetime Achievement Award from SEMI, the 2011 Pake Prize of the American Physical Society, 2014 Turing Lecturer at the Royal Institute.  Most recently Dr Meyerson was honored with the 2015 National Medal for Public Service by the government of Singapore for his many years of service and impact as advisor to the nation.  

Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil

Founder and Managing Director,
VPS Healthcare

Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil is the Founder and Managing Director of VPS Healthcare, an end-to-end healthcare network spanning 20 hospitals and over 120 medical centres with over 10,000 staff across the Middle East, Europe and India.

His vision for accessible and affordable quality healthcare services has driven the rapid expansion of VPS Healthcare since 2007, from a standalone hospital to a premier, multi-specialty healthcare network that is transforming the healthcare value chain from services to manufacturing. His contributions to the healthcare sector have been recognised in the form of numerous national and international awards.

Niels Caszo

Global Head,

Alistair Nolan

Senior Policy Analyst, OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation,

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.

Arthur Tan

Chief Executive Officer, Integrated Micro-Electronics; President and Chief Executive Officer,
Ayala Industrial Technology Holdings

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.

Assem Khalaili

Executive Vice President,
Industry Customer Services MEA, Siemens Middle East

Axel Threlfall


Axel Threlfall is Editor-at-Large, Reuters, based in London. He hosts high-profile engagements and thought leadership events for and on behalf of Reuters and Thomson Reuters, such as the Newsmaker series and the World Economic Forum news programming in Davos.

He was previously Lead European Anchor for Reuters Digital Video. Prior to joining Reuters, Mr Threlfall spent four years as an anchor for CNBC in London. Before that, he was an Editor with The Wall Street Journal in New York and a news reporter for Bloomberg in London. He has also advised businesses and NGOs on their dealings with the international media. Mr Threlfall is frequently asked to moderate events for international organizations, including the United Nations and the OECD.

Badr S. Al-Olama

Head of Aerospace Business Unit,
Mubadala Investment Company

Badr Al-Olama heads the Aerospace Business Unit at Mubadala Investment Company which invests in high-tech manufacturing and industrial service businesses such as Strata Manufacturing PJSC (Strata) and Turbine Services and Solutions (TS&S). Nominated as a Young Global Leader for the Middle East and North Africa region by the World Economic Forum, Badr leads the organizing committee for the world’s first Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) – a joint initiative between the UAE Government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) that aims to transform and shape the future of manufacturing

Badr has been instrumental in Strata’s recent growth in the aerospace industry, forging new partnerships and deals with industry leading Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), and growing the company to become a global tier 1 supplier with more than half of its workforce being young UAE men and women. Badr also played a key role in the development of Nibras – the Al Ain Aerospace Park, a joint initiative between Mubadala and Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) which aims to establish a sustainable global aerospace ecosystem in Abu Dhabi.

During his tenure with Mubadala, Badr served as President of the Harvard Club of the UAE (2012 – 2016) and previously chaired Bidayaat – one of the region’s leading childcare company. Holding a bachelor’s degree in Sharia’h and Law from the UAE University (2002) and an LLM degree from Harvard Law School (2005), Badr worked as an advocate and legal consultant at Habib Al-Mulla & Company – now operating as Baker & McKenzie Habib Al-Mulla – prior to joining Mubadala

Baihas Baghdadi

Managing Director and Global Head , Trade and Working Capital,

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.

Benjamin Gallezot

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

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

Bernard Charlès

Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer,
Dassault Systemes

Bernard Charlès has been working as the Chief Executive Officer of Dassault Systèmes since 1995 and as Vice-chairman of the Board of Directors since 2016. He started his career in the company in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986, he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research and Strategy department, and in 1988 was appointed President of Strategy, Research and Development.

Mr Charlès has helped install a culture of ongoing innovation to further consolidate Dassault Systèmes’ scientific capabilities and make science part of the company’s DNA. The inspiration behind digital mock-up, product lifecycle management and 3DEXPERIENCE®, he firmly believes that 3D technology is about making possible the impossible: 3D universes are the most powerful vehicle for testing concepts and creating the future, bringing dream and reality together, and stretching the limits of science and imagination to drive progress in society.

Mr Charlès has positioned Dassault Systèmes as the preferred partner for innovation, empowering businesses with sustainable step-changes in competitive performance. The company, established in 1981 and world leader in 3D software, has been recognized as one of Forbes’ “The World’s Most Innovative Companies”. Mr Charlès holds the rank of Knight (2005) and Officer (2012) in the “Légion d’Honneur” (French Legion of Honor) and is a member of the French Academy of Technology.

He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure engineering school in Cachan and has a PhD in mechanical engineering majoring in automation engineering and information science. He also holds an agrégation — the most senior teaching qualification achievable in France (specializing in mechanical engineering).

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.

Chen Rengui

Senior Vice President,
BOE Technology

Randy Chen is Senior Vice-president and the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer (CSMO) of BOE Technology Group. He is in charge of China domestic business, oversea business and global marketing since 2016. His responsibilities include exploiting business opportunities, developing new businesses, leading market strategies, and managing global sales and marketing network of BOE. He has almost 30 years’ experience in displays, electronic products and home appliances industries. Prior to CSMO, Mr Chen served as General Manager of TV Business Unit for more than six years. Besides, he also worked as General Manager of Shenzhen Sales Branch for more than five years, he knows Shenzhen market deeply, where is one of the critical electronics markets for China and even the world. Before joining BOE, he used to work at Samsung SDI and Hyundai Electronics.

Danny E. Sebright

US-UAE. Business Council

Danny Sebright was appointed in 2008 to the position of President of the US-UAE Business Council, the leading advocate for building commercial relationships and expanding business opportunities between the two countries. In 2002, Mr Sebright joined The Cohen Group, an international strategic consulting firm led by former Secretary of Defense William Cohen, serving until recently as Vice-president responsible for pursuing many of the firm’s international activities.

Previously, Mr Sebright served as the Defense Department’s Director of the Policy Executive Secretariat for the global war on terrorism from 2001-2002, leading a team responsible for tracking US and coalition actions related to the war on terrorism. During this time, he also participated in oversight of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan and Operation NOBLE EAGLE, the defense of the US homeland. In this capacity, he was awarded the Department of Defense Exceptional Civilian Service Award for his service to his country.

Mr Sebright also served in the Office of the Under Secretary for Policy at DoD from 1995-2001, representing Department of Defense positions with other executive-branch policy offices. He conducted bilateral negotiations with foreign officials, including providing the Defense Department policy perspective on the Middle East Peace Process, regional arms sales, and counter-proliferation initiatives.

Mr Sebright cultivated extensive contacts with defense industry officials to coordinate and implement US foreign military sales to Israel and many other countries in the Middle East. He received the Paul H. Nitze Award for Excellence in International Security Policy for his work on the Middle East Peace Process.

Mr Sebright began his career in government in 1985 with the Defense Intelligence Agency, living and working extensively overseas in numerous countries in the Middle East, India, Asia, and Africa. Mr Sebright is the recipient of various DIA and CIA exceptional service awards for his accomplishments.

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.

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.

David Wijeratne

Managing Director - Growth Markets Centre Lead,

David Wijeratne leads PwC’s Growth Markets Centre, which is a global team focused on supporting companies enter and expand to and from the growth markets. This team brings companies the full benefit of PwC’s global expertise, including Strategy, Operations, Deals, Talent and Tax, to support them successfully navigate these complex markets throughout their growth markets journey.

Mr Wijeratne has over 16 years global experience in Management Consulting, Sales and Marketing, having previously worked with leading firms such as  ICI and Accenture, before  joining PwC.  His international experience includes several years living and working with companies in Japan, Europe, Middle East, India and most recently Singapore. During this time he has supported multi-nationals and mid-sized companies from both developed and growth markets overcome strategic and operational growth issues, including market entry strategies and assessments, partner identification, operating model design, channel management, corporate finance and customer experience.

Mr Wijeratne has served clients from a variety of sectors, including Industrial Products, Retail and Consumer, Telecoms and Electronics from both the developed and emerging markets. In his previous role, he led PwC’s Indian market entry initiatives, working with global clients to assist them in assessing and identifying growth opportunities within their respective industries in the Indian market. Mr Wijeratne and his team publish regular reports and points of view about the growth markets, including the PwC annual growth markets’ report.

Dr. Chunyuan Gu

Senior Vice President, ABB Group; Chairman and President,
ABB (China)

Chunyuan Gu is a globally recognized expert in industrial robotics and automation and leads the ABB business in China in his executive role as Chairman and President. He has worked at ABB China since 2006, making Shanghai one of the most important global centers for ABB for R&D, manufacturing, engineering and service.

Graduated in 1982 from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a major in Mechanical Engineering, Dr Gu continued studying and received his PhD in engineering at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden in 1987. From 1987 to 1989, he worked as a researcher at the Royal Institute of Technology.

In 1989, Dr Gu joined the ABB Corporate Research Center in Sweden as a Senior Research Fellow. From 1998 to 2010, he filled a number of management roles including Corporate Research and Development Program Manager of Engineering Mechanics, Corporate R&D Program Manager of Mechatronics and Robot Automation, R&D Manager for ABB Robotics Sweden, Vice-president of Global Technology for ABB Robotics Automation, and Head of Robotics Global R&D Center. From 2010 to 2011, he worked as the Head of Robotics Business Unit ABB North Asia and China within the Discrete Automation and Motion Division, as well as General Manager of ABB Engineering (Shanghai) Ltd.

In 2012, Dr Gu was appointed Senior Vice-president of ABB (China) Limited and became Head of the Discrete Automation and Motion Division for ABB North Asia and China. Since 2014, Dr Gu has been Senior Vice-president of ABB Group, Chairman and President of ABB (China) Limited. He was elected as member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in November, 2015. Meanwhile, Dr Gu serves as a Managing Director of the Standing Committee of the Chinese Association of Automation (CAA) and the Advisory Council Member of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China.


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.

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.

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.

Günter Hemrich

Deputy Director a.i,
Nutrition and Food Systems Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Günter Hemrich is Deputy Director a. i., Nutrition and Food Systems Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which supports Member Nations in their efforts to enhance the effectiveness of food and agricultural systems in improving food security and nutrition. 

With partners at global, regional and national levels, FAO generates and disseminates evidence on food system innovations; develops policies, legal frameworks, capacities and programmes to make food systems more nutrition-focused and to implement related innovations at scale.

Mr Hemrich until recently served as Senior Strategy and Planning Officer in FAO’s Office for Strategy, Planning and Resources Management, working on the analysis of global and regional trends shaping the future of food and agriculture. Previously, as Senior Programme Coordinator in FAO’s Economic and Social Development Department, he contributed to analytical reviews of topical challenges for agriculture and rural development, such as food price volatility and its implications on food security and nutrition.

As a Food Systems Economist, Mr Hemrich also worked for the World Food Programme, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the German Technical Cooperation with assignments in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He holds Masters’ Degrees in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University, USA, and in Agricultural Sciences from Hohenheim University, Germany.

Hans-Peter Egler

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.

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.).

Iwan Setiawan Lukminto

President Director,

Iwan Setiawan Lukminto serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President Director of PT Sri Rejeki Isman Tbk. Eldest son of H.M. Lukminto (d. 2014), founder of Sritex Group, has been running the company since 1997. The group started back in 1966, as a small batik store in Solo and it is Nnw the largest integrated textile company in Southeast Asia.

Jan Mrosik

CEO Digital Factory Division,

Jan Mrosik has been Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens Digital Factory Division since 2016. Dr Mrosik, who holds a doctorate in electrical and industrial engineering, has served Siemens in a variety of capacities over the last 20 years. He began his Siemens career at Information and Communication Networks (ICN) in 1996.

In 1998, he took over the responsibility for the Siemens Communications business with Vodafone D2. In 2002, Dr Mrosik transferred to Siemens Telecommunications Pty in South Africa, where he was responsible for the communications business of Siemens in Southern Africa.

Between 2007 and 2016, Dr Mrosik held various management roles within the company’s energy department, including being Chief Executive Officer of Energy Automation, Smart Grid and Power Transmission. Prior to his current role, Dr Mrosik was Chief Executive Officer of the Energy Management Division of Siemens AG.

Jan Pie

Secretary General, AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD); Chairman,
International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (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.

Jean Bennington Sweeney

Chief Sustainability Officer,

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.

Jean-Paul Scheuer

Country Chair and GM Rx Gulf Countries & Yemen,

Jean-Paul Scheuer is the Country Chair and General Manager for Sanofi Gulf Countries. Sanofi Gulf includes UAE, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, and Yemen.

He joined Sanofi in 2008 as the General Manager for Ukraine. Under his leadership, Sanofi Ukraine consolidated, solidified, and further expanded the business in a highly challenging business landscape, while ensuring organizational continuity and growth. He has over 20 years of experience working in the pharmaceutical industry holding various positions including, Finance Controller, Product Manager, Group Product Manager, and Zone Manager Deputy.

Jean-Paul was a member of the Board of the French Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine from 2008 to 2010. He was also a member of the Board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine where since 2014, he served as the Treasurer for the executive board. In 2011, Jean-Paul became a member of the Board of the Association of the Pharmaceutical Research and Development where he was also elected as Chairman for the 2011-2012 tenure.

Jean-Paul is a French Foreign Trade Advisor since 2008.Graduated from a French business school with specialization in Finance and Marketing in Dijon, France in 1993; and obtained his M/A at the University of Leeds, UK, Jean-Paul earned his Master in Pharmaceutical Industry from ESCP Europe in 1997.

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.

John Defterios

Emerging Markets Editor,

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.

K. K. M. Kutty

Co-Chairman, CII Gulf Committee & Chairman,
South West Group

KKM Kutty is a Mechanical Engineer and has more than 35 years of experience in Engineering and Auto component industry. He has held various positions in CII such as Chairman, CII Kerala; CII Southern Region; National Chairman of SMEs; Chairman, Export and International Alliance Committee of CII SR.

He was also members of various other organizations such as Kerala State Electricity Board Consultative Council, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Centre for Management Development of Government of Kerala etc. Mr Kutty is currently the Chairman of the Institute Management committee of Industrial Training Institute, Kalamassery, Govt.of Kerala, Member of Kerala State Vocational Training. He was also the  Chairman of CII Gulf Committee and  Advisory Board member of CII Institute of Quality, Banglore.

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

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.

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.

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.

Lu Pengqi

Vice Chairman.
China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT)

Ludovico Alcorta

Director of UNIDO’s Development Policy,
Statistics and Research Branch

Ludovico Ludovico Alcorta Alcorta Alcorta is the Director of UNIDO’s Development Policy, Statistics and Research Branch (DPR). As branch director he leads a team responsible for collecting and compiling statistics for use by member states and research community, providing evidencebased understanding of the role of industrialization on sustainable development, developing industrial policy recommendations for countries and regions based on solid empirical research findings, disseminating, promoting, transferring and expanding UNIDO’s knowledge base. Prior to this, he served as a Professor in Economics of technology and Innovation and Associate Dean for Research at Maastricht School of Management. He was a Research Fellow at the Institute for New Technologies, United Nations University and worked as Economist for Latin America at the Economist Intelligence Unit and Midland Bank (part of the HSBC group). He has performed consultancy work for the United Nations’ Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and for UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Ludo is also an Affiliated Professor at the Dusseldorf Business School, Universidad Católica del Peru in Lima and University of Maastricht. Ludo has published extensively in the areas of new technologies, innovation and development including in journals such as World Development, European Journal of Development Research, Research Policy, Industry and Innovation as well as in China’s Economic Research Journal. Dr. Alcorta holds a Bachelor and Master in Economics from Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, as well as a Master of Philosophy in Development Studies and a PhD both from the University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

Matthew Putman


Matthew Putman is the Chief Executive Officer of Nanotronics, a company that is revolutionizing industry by combining Super-resolution, AI and robotics to make the worlds most advanced microscope. Matthew holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Columbia University.

He has published over 30 papers and holds twelve patents for his work on devices, instrumentation, and software processes. Mr Putman is the Chairman of the Board for Pioneer Works in Brooklyn where he helps bring creative visionaries from many disciplines together to ignite novel new creations.

Michel Peters

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.

Mohammad Ehteshami

President & CEO,
GE Additive

Mohammad Ehteshami is Vice-president and General Manager, GE Additive (a startup), a division of GE Aviation. Most recently, he served as Vice-president and General Manager of Engineering for GE Aviation, where he led a team of more than 8,000 engineers to design, procure, test and certify commercial and military aircraft engines.

Mr Ehteshami has more than 33 years of experience in Engineering, Manufacturing and program/product management with GE. His career spans across GE Aviation, GE Oil and Gas and now GE Additive. Mr Ehteshami began his career with GE Aviation as a design engineer in military engines, in particular the engines that power F16 and B1 bomber planes. Then, he moved to commercial engines, where he designed and managed the CFM56 and GE90.

Mr Ehteshami is an avid supporter of advancing the transition from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Additive and Math). As an advocate of STEAM, he is a leading voice in the development of Additive education within STEAM. Under his leadership, GE will invest $10 million over the next five years in educational programs to develop pipelines of future talent in additive manufacturing.

Enabling educational institutions to provide access to 3D printers will help accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing worldwide.

Mudassir Sheikha

CEO and Co-Founder,

Mudassir Sheikha is the co-founder and Managing Director of Careem, MENA’s leading car booking service that is based out of Dubai and operates from Morocco to Pakistan.

Prior to Careem, Mudassir was an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company, where he advised clients on strategy and business building. Before McKinsey, Mudassir spent a decade in the Silicon Valley building technology startups, where he was most recently the co-founder of DeviceAnywhere, which was eventually acquired by Keynote Systems. He has an academic background in Computer Science and Economics from Stanford and USC.

Mustafa Alrawi

Business Editor,
The National

Mustafa Alrawi is The National’s Business Editor, based in Abu Dhabi. A British national of Iraqi descent, Mr Alrawi is a Journalist, Writer and Broadcaster with 17 years of experience covering business and financial news across the world.

His articles have also been published in The Guardian, The Independent, Lebanon’s Daily Star and Esquire Middle East. Mr Alrawi has also consulted for UAE and GCC clients across a number of sectors including banking and finance, real estate, oil and gas, telecoms, technology and the environment. 

Navas Meeran

Past Chairman, CII Southern Region & Kerala State Council & Chairman,
Eastern Condiments Pvt. Ltd.

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.

Paolo Scudieri

Adler Group

Paolo Scudieri leads Group Adler- HP Pelzer, family business founded by his father in 1956 and which now has 62 factories in 21 countries. In 2007 he was awarded honors of  ‘Cavaliere del Lavoroby the President of Republic, Giorgio Napolitano.

In 2011 he was dedicated NIAF (National Italian American Foundation) as the best Italian-American entrepreneur in the presence of The United States President Barack Obama.  He also received the UK-Italy Business Award in 2012, the Italian excellence recognition reserved by the British government.

In 2013 he received the Leonardo Italian Quality Award from the President Napolitano.  In 2014 he founded Eccellenze Campane, company of taste that values local food specialties. Hes the ANFIA Automotive President and of SRM, the Study Center connected to Intesa SanPaolo Group.

In 2015 he is appointed member of Newco TFA formed by Titagarh Wagons Limited  and Adler Pelzer Group, for the acquisition of Firema Spa. Since 2015 hes the Chairman of DATTILO – the High Technology district for transport and logistics of Campania Region.

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.

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.

Professor João Carlos Ferraz

Professor, Institute of Economics,
Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

João Carlos Ferraz has been involved with the economics of change, at corporate, sectoral or country levels, their determinants, impacts and policy implications. These are the subject matters driving the different professional activities.

Professor Ferraz holds an Associate Professorship at the Instituto de Economia, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IE/UFRJ). He was IE/UFRJ Dean between 1998 and 2003 and Visiting Professor at the University of Tsukuba, Japan, from 1995 to 1997. In public offices, between 2007 and 2016, he was Vice-president and Executive Director of the Brazilian Development Bank, BNDES, in Rio de Janeiro.

In international organizations, he was Director of the Division of Production, Productivity and Management of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations (UN/ECLAC), Santiago, Chile (2003-2007). I have been involved with different Boards and Councils: UFRJ Higher University Council (1998-2002), Banco do Brasil SA Board of Directors (2002-2007), Brazil´s Industrial Policy Executive Secretariat (2008-2010), Brazilian Symphony Orchestra Foundation Board of Trustees (2013-2014), and JBS SA Board of Directors (2013-2016), among others. Professor Ferraz holds a DPhil from Sussex University (Science Policy Research Unit), UK.

Reid Paquin

Industry Solutions Director,
F&B CPG, GE Digital

Reid Paquin is the industry solutions director at GE Digital and applies extensive manufacturing knowledge to help food, beverage, & CPG companies apply best practices from a people, process, and technology perspective to drive improved performance from their operations.

Prior to joining GE, Mr Paquin spent years as an industrial engineer and most recently was the lead manufacturing analyst at the Aberdeen Group.

Reinhard Geissbauer

Partner and Industry Lead, Industry 4.0

Dr Reinhard Geissbauer is a Partner of Strategy&, the strategy consulting team at PwC, leading the Industry 4.0 practice in EMEA. He has more than 20 years of industrial and consulting experience with multinational industrial equipment manufacturers, transportation companies and automotive suppliers.

He supports industry leaders in developing digital product and service portfolios, digital ecosystem solutions, and strategies and applications for smart supply chains and smart manufacturing. Dr Geissbauer wrote several supply chain and service management books.

He is co-author of the 2016 global PwC study “Industry 4.0: Building the Digital Enterprise”, in which PwC surveyed more than 2,000 companies from 26 countries in the industrial production sectors.

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).

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.

Roland Sommer

Director General, Association Industry 4.0,

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.

Scott Fancher

Senior Vice President, Program Management, Integration & Development Programs
The Boeing Company

Scott Fancher is Boeing Senior Vice-president, Program Management, Integration and Development Programs. He will be responsible for management system deployment and oversight of all Boeing development programs, standing up a new Boeing-wide program management function, and leading key company growth and productivity initiatives.

Named to this position in 2016, Mr Fancher is a member of the Boeing Executive Council and reports directly to Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Muilenburg. Prior to this assignment, Mr Fancher served as Senior Vice-president and General Manager of Airplane Development when the organization was established in 2012. Mr Fancher also oversaw the 787-9 program throughout its development. Prior to leading Airplane Development, Mr Fancher was Vice-president and General Manager of the 777 and 777X programs.

In this position he had overall responsibility for the 777 program and defining the next-generation 777X. From 2008 to 2012, Mr Fancher was Vice-president and General Manager of the 787 Dreamliner program. He led the successful completion of the Dreamliner’s development and entry into service. Before leading the 787 program, Mr Fancher was Vice-president and General Manager of Boeing Missile Defense Systems, from 2007. 

Mr Fancher has held many executive leadership positions in engineering, research and development and program management during more than 35 years with Boeing. His experience includes program management, technology development, design, product development, manufacturing and flight test of aircraft and spacecraft systems.

Mr Fancher has worked in many product domains within Boeing including commercial aircraft, tactical aircraft, airborne reconnaissance, missile defense, spacecraft, launch vehicles, advanced electro-optics, and communication systems development. Mr Fancher has served in a Congressional Fellowship as a legislative assistant to former US Senator John Glenn.

Shaffi Mather

Managing Director,
Eram Group

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.

Srinivasan Sriram

Founder & CEO,

Srinivasan Sriram is a passionate entrepreneur looking to bring efficiencies into the Supply Chain. He has previously built Risk Management software at Salomon Bros., founded an e-commerce start-up during the dot-com heyday and played EIR with a small fund. He has been a qualified Captain of ocean going merchant ships, enjoys hackathons and has done the Executive Program at Stanford GSB.

Stefano Firpo

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

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.

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.

Tetsuro Hisano

Vice President & General Manager of Commercial Airplane Programs Management Office,
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Dr. Tod A. Laursen

Khalifa University

Tod Laursen is the President of Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Prior to becoming President of Khalifa University, Dr Laursen was a member of the faculty of Duke University (USA), between the years of 1992 and 2010, during which time he had appointments in civil engineering, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

He served as Chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from 2008-2010, and served as Senior Associate Dean for Education in the Pratt School of Engineering from 2003-2008. In the latter capacity, he had oversight responsibility for all undergraduate and graduate engineering programs at Duke. Dr Laursen earned his Ph.D. and M.Sc. postgraduate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a B.Sc. in the same subject from Oregon State University.

He specializes in computational mechanics, a subfield of engineering mechanics concerned with development of new computational algorithms and tools used by engineers to analyze mechanical and structural systems. He has published over 100 refereed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and has authored or co-edited two books.  His particular focus is development of methods to analyze contact, impact and frictional phenomena, in highly nonlinear and complex systems.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Association of Computational Mechanics, and the United States Association for Computational Mechanics. He also holds memberships in the American Society for Engineering Education and Tau Beta Pi. He served as an at-large member of the Executive Committee for the United States Association for Computational Mechanics between 2007 and 2010 and currently services as a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for Computational Mechanics (until 2020).

Additionally, he has served on the scientific advisory committees of several of the most important national and international congresses in computational mechanics.

Wang Jun

Vice President,

Wang Jun is the Vice-president, a Member of the Standing Committee of the CRRC.  Mr Wang was ever appointed as the Chief Engineer of the CSR Sifang, the Director, Chief Engineer, Director, General Manager, Deputy Party Secretary, Vice-chairman, General Manager, the Deputy Party Secretary, Chairman and the Party Secretary of Sifang Co. He worked as the Vice-president and a Member of the Standing Committee of the CSR from 2012 to 2015. He began to work as the CRRC’s Member of the Standing Committee since 2015 and as Vice-president since 2015.

Mr Wang has the Senior Professional Manager Qualification Certificate issued by the China Enterprise Confederation and the China Entrepreneur Association. As an awardee of the National Baiqianwan Talent Project, he is a young and middle-aged expert with outstanding contributions, the winner of Railway Science & Technology of Zhan Tianyou, and enjoys the special allowance issued by the State Council.

William Shor

Managing Director,
Caspian VC Partners

William Shor is building an affiliated fund focused on global venture opportunities, and then leveraging and deploying those disruptive technologies within the existing operations and geographies of the Group. Mr Shor has been active in the European private equity and finance arena, and has headed up a European environmental finance firm for several years.

Prior to that, Mr Shor was Komi Aluminium’s (RUSAL Group) Chief Financial Officer/Chief Development Officer and was Deputy General Director of the largest greenfield mining project in Russia until he led its sale to a major strategic partner. He was Managing Director of investments at a Citigroup venture fund and earlier, a director of European Emerging Markets at Salomon Smith Barney.

He also spent time at Chase Manhattan Bank focusing on emerging markets trade finance. Mr Shor has a Bachelors degree from Binghamton University and an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He also has a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University. He is fluent in both Russian and English and has lived and worked in Europe, North America and the Middle East. He sits on the board of several companies and various non-profit institutions.

Yan Yunfu

Executive Director and Chief Engineer ,
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.