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Khaldoon is Mubadala's Managing Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, responsible for ensuring the company's business strategy is aligned with Abu Dhabi's economic diversification efforts. He is Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority (EAA), which provides strategic policy advice to the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, of which he is also a member. In addition, he is a member of the UAE Supreme Petroleum Council. Board Positions: Chairman of Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) and Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA); board member of First Abu Dhabi Bank.
Khaldoon also sits on the Board of Trustees for New York University.
H.E. Dr Sultan Al Jaber is a Minister of State in the UAE Cabinet and CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC Group).
As Minister of State Dr. Al Jaber is responsible for a number of economic, political, development and social files of the UAE, promoting the UAE’s strategic relations with a number of countries. Dr. Sultan oversaw the UAE’s development program in Egypt, where he applied a unique, hands on partnership model of project implementation. He also assisted in the launch of the China Joint Strategic Investment Fund and represents the UAE on the Board of Governors of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
Before entering government, Dr Al Jaber developed a specialized expertise in energy and infrastructure, beginning his early career at ADNOC. He established Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s pioneering renewable energy initiative, and served seven years as its CEO, guiding its global contribution to clean technology and sustainable development. In February 2016, while retaining the chairmanship of Masdar, he returned to ADNOC as its CEO, where he leads its evolution to remain one of the world’s leading energy companies and a central pillar of the UAE’s economy.
Dr Al Jaber holds a number of additional executive positions, including Chairman of the National Media Council, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Ports Company and Director-General of the Zayed Future Energy Prize. In 2009 he led Masdar’s efforts in the UAE’s successful bid to host the headquarters of the "International Renewable Energy Agency" (IRENA).
Dr Al Jaber holds a PhD in business and economics from the United Kingdom, as well as BSc in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and MBA from the United States.
Mubarak holds a Bachelor degree in Finance and MBA degree.
He has been appointed the Governor of Central Bank of the UAE as of September 2014. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Investment Authority since May 2008.
He started his career at ADIA from 1991 – 2000 in the Equities Department, then he served as the Director General of Abu Dhabi Retirement Pensions & Benefits Fund since its establishment back in 2000 and until 2008. He also held directorship in a number of organizations including The Central Bank of United Arab Emirates, Securities & Commodities Authority of UAE (SCA), Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX), Etisalat Group in the UAE, Etisalat Misr in Egypt, Mobily in Saudi Arabia, The Arab International Bank (AIB) in Egypt, Arab Banking Corporation (ABC) in Bahrain, Egypt and Jordan, Banco Atlantico in Spain, Tabreed and Abu Dhabi Holding Company.
H.E. Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) – the International Financial Centre in Abu Dhabi, has a wealth of local and global experience that spans over three decades. He holds several positions in a number of leading public and private institutions in Abu Dhabi, and has extensive track record in launching and developing pioneering initiatives across various key industries.
In addition to his current office, Mr Al Sayegh is the Managing Director of Dolphin Energy Limited, Vice-Chairman of the Emirates Wildlife Society, and Board Member of Etihad Airways Group.
In his career, Mr Al Sayegh served as the former Vice-Chairman of First Gulf Bank, Chairman of Aldar Properties PJSC, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar). He had held senior positions in several leading governmental institutions such as Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), and Abu Dhabi Investment Company (Invest AD).
Mr Al Sayegh holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Lewis & Clark College, USA.
H.E. Eng. Suhail Mohamed Faraj Al Mazrouei was appointed as the UAE Minister of Energy on 12 March 2013, where the Ministry's main tasks focus on contributing to sustainable development, coordination and representation of the petroleum, minerals, electricity and water affairs; and making a good use of them all for the benefit of the national economy. Moreover, H.E has been appointed in 2017 as The UAE Minister of Energy and Industry.
Besides his ministerial responsibilities, His Excellency holds the following positions:
H.E. graduated in 1996 from the University of Tulsa in the United States with a Bachelor degree in Petroleum Engineering. He was born in Dubai on July 1, 1973. His hobbies include poetry, literature and history. He is married and has four children.
Mr AbdulHamid Saeed graduated from the University of Arizona, USA, earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, and has experience of more than 30 years in the financial sector and banking.
Mr Saeed holds the following positions:
Previously he holds several significant positions in government and private institution in the region and before moving to First Abu Dhabi Bank in late 1999, Abdulhamid worked at "Citibank" – UAE since 1981 where he also held various key positions.
Ahmed Alkholifey is Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (Central Bank of Saudi Arabia). He obtained his Bachelor Degree in Law from the King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Master in Business Administration and Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State University, USA.
He started his career at the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources as Legal Specialist and then as Economic Researcher. Mr. Alkholifey joined the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority in 1995 and worked as Economic Advisor and Director General of Economic Research and Statistics Department. In 2011, Mr. Alkholifey was appointed Executive Director for Saudi Arabia at the International Monetary Fund and worked there until 2013, when he was appointed Deputy Governor for Research and International Affairs at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority. In May 2016, he was appointed Governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority.
Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2010-2016)
One of the most prominent global influencers of the early 21st Century, David Cameron served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 2010 to 2016, leading Britain’s first Coalition Government in nearly 70 years and, at the 2015 General Election, forming the first majority Conservative Government in the UK for over two decades.
As the UK’s youngest Prime Minister in two centuries, he came to power at a moment of economic crisis. Under his leadership, the UK’s economy was transformed. The deficit was reduced by over two-thirds; one million businesses set-up; a record number of jobs were created; and Britain became the fastest-growing major advanced economy in the world. That created the stability David Cameron needed to cut taxes, introduce a National Living Wage, transform education, reform welfare, protect the National Health Service, and increase pensions.
Internationally, David Cameron developed a foreign policy in the post-Iraq era that addressed the new challenges of the Arab Spring, as well as a more aggressive Russia, while ensuring Britain played a full role in the global fight against ISIS. Following hosting the successful London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, David Cameron chaired the 2013 G8 Summit at Lough Erne in Northern Ireland, where he highlighted the global need for fair taxes, increased transparency and open trade. He later helped re-write the global goals on aid and sustainable development.
Elected Leader of the Conservative Party in 2005 to reform and modernise a party that had lost three elections in a row, David Cameron successfully remodelled the Conservative Party with a new and distinct modern, compassionate agenda – and that is how he governed. He led the way internationally by passing the UK’s Same Sex Marriage Act; and offered constitutional referenda on Scotland’s place within the United Kingdom, and on the United Kingdom’s place within the European Union.
David Cameron continues to focus on issues he advanced while in office: supporting life chances for young people; championing Britain’s cutting edge medical research; and promoting international development. He is Chairman of Patrons at National Citizen Service, the UK’s flagship youth development programme; President of Alzheimer’s Research UK; and he is chairing the LSE-Oxford Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, under the auspices of the International Growth Centre. He also sits on the Global Board of Advisors at the Council on Foreign Relations.
He offers lessons in leadership at an extraordinary and turbulent time in global affairs – not least on building economic strength; creating inward investment across the UK and Europe against the backdrop of an emergent Russia and China; and navigating complex international security challenges. David Cameron will provide an unrivalled perspective on the future of the European Union and Britain’s place in the world following Brexit; and a unique insight on the rise of populist politicians and parties at a time of profound global change.
Former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers is one of America's leading economists. In addition to serving as 71st Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration, Dr. Summers served as Director of the White House National Economic Council in the Obama Administration, as President of Harvard University, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank.
Dr. Summers’ tenure at the U.S. Treasury coincided with the longest period of sustained economic growth in U.S. history. He is the only Treasury Secretary in the last half century to have left office with the national budget in surplus.
Dr. Summers has played a key role in addressing every major financial crisis for the last two decades. During the 1990s, he was a leader in crafting the U.S. response to international financial crises arising in Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Japan, and Asian emerging markets. As one of President Obama’s chief economic advisors, Dr. Summers’ thinking helped shape the U.S. response to the 2008 financial crisis, to the failure of the automobile industry, and to the pressures on the European monetary system. Upon Summers’ departure from the White House, President Obama said, “I will always be grateful that at a time of great peril for our country, a man of Larry’s brilliance, experience and judgment was willing to answer the call and lead our economic team.”
The Economist recognized his influence when it defined the “Summers Doctrine,” an approach to economic policy during financial crises that fuses a microeconomic "laissez faire" mentality with macroeconomic activism. "Markets should allocate capital, labour and ideas without interference, but sometimes markets go haywire, and must be counteracted forcefully by government."
Summers' five years as President of Harvard represented a time of major innovation for the University. He focused on equality of opportunity and removing all financial obligation from students with family incomes below $60,000 a year. He launched a major effort to make Boston, and Cambridge in particular, the global leader in life sciences research, with the formation of major programs for stem cell research and genomics. Perhaps most importantly, he led efforts to renew Harvard College with dramatic increases in study abroad programs, faculty-student contact, and collaboration across the University during his tenure.
Currently, Dr. Summers is the President Emeritus and the Charles W. Eliot University Professor at Harvard University, where he became a full professor at age 28, one of the youngest in Harvard’s recent history. He directs the University’s Mossavar-Rhomani Center for Business and Government. Summers was the first social scientist to receive the National Science Foundation's Alan Waterman Award for scientific achievement and, in 1993, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, given to the most outstanding economist under 40 in the United States. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2002. He has published several books and more than 150 papers in scholarly journals.
Summers is an advisor to businesses and investors. He serves on the board of two cutting edge financial services startups—Square and Lending Club. He also chairs the boards of Citizen Schools and the Center for Global Development and serves on the executive committee of the board for Teach for America. He recently chaired the Commission on Global Health, lauded by the UN Secretary General who noted that it “will bring more than health – it will bring equity, and contribute to a life of dignity for all.”
President Bill Clinton said that Larry Summers "has the rare ability to see the world that is taking shape and the skill to help to bring it into being." He has been recognized as one of the world’s most influential thinkers by Time, Foreign Policy, Prospect and The Economist magazines among many others. In his speeches, regular newspaper columns in The Financial Times and public commentary, he continues to move forward the debate on national and global economic policy.
Mr. Tarek Amer is the Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt appointed by the President of Egypt in November 2015 to address the FX crisis which, at the time, had drained international Reserves and cast its shadows over the economic stability of the Country. Mr. Amer was the leading architect of Egypt’s IMF program and the driving force behind the country’s exchange rate reform, which has played a pivotal role in putting the economy on a sustainable path and restoring the confidence of international investors. This was enhanced by his commitment to orthodox monetary policy with clearly announced inflation targets, timely market communication and prudent macro prudential regulation. Mr. Amer has successfully lead the reform agenda which has restored financial stability, monetary policy and International reserves apart from embarking on a third major reform plan for the banking sector in Egypt with a target of achieving a more inclusive financial system.
Previously, Mr. Amer was The former Chairman and CEO of The National bank Of Egypt (NBE), where he successfully implemented a full restructuring plan over a short period from 2008 turning around the National Bank of Egypt to become the largest and foremost financial services provider in Egypt and one of the largest in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
Before spearheading management at the National Bank of Egypt, Mr. Amer was the Deputy Governor of The Central Bank of Egypt appointed to rectify the banking crisis in 2003. During his 2 consecutive terms, he successfully lead and executed 2 major reform plans for the Central Bank of Egypt and the Egyptian banking sector in cooperation with the ECB and several European National Central Banks. His term concluded with a fully restructured "state of the art" Central bank, State owned banks and a successful privatization program. Additionally, a new monetary policy regime was implemented which – at the time - led to the abolishment of black market, the reduction in inflation from 35 pct to 10 pct, the appreciation of the domestic currency by over 25 pct. and ultimately the restoration of the international reserves. During his terms as Deputy Governor, he also represented The Government of Egypt on a number of shareholders committees for strategic industries such as power, petrochemicals, aviation and chemicals industries.
Mr. Amer's professional career spans over more than 37 years of banking experience and managing the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking activities for both Bank of America and 'Citi Group covering a wide array of regions, including the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Turkey, and the Gulf.
Dr. Mohammad Yousef Al-Hashel is the Governor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Kuwait (CBK) since 2012. He is also the Alternate Governor of the State of Kuwait at the International Monetary Fund, and the Arab Monetary Fund. Dr. Al-Hashel is also a member in a number of Higher Councils in the State of Kuwait, such as: Higher Petroleum Council, Board of Directors at Kuwait Investment Authority, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Institute of Banking Studies. Dr. Al-Hashel is the Chairperson of the Governing Board of the Council of the Islamic Financial Services Board (IFSB), as well as a member in several regional and international institutions, including the FSB Regional Consultative Group for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the Governing Board and the Chairperson of the Board Executive Committee of the International Islamic Liquidity Management (IILM), and member of the Board of Directors of the Gulf Monetary Council. Prior to assuming his position as a Governor, Dr. Al-Hashel served as Deputy Governor, Executive Director of Supervision Sector, and off-site Supervision Department Director at CBK. Dr. Al-Hashel was a teaching professor at the College of Business Administration, Kuwait University, before joining the Central Bank of Kuwait. Dr. Al-Hashel holds a PhD in Finance.
As Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi leads the strategic development of Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company (Masdar), today a leading global commercial enterprise in renewable energy and clean technologies.
A company veteran, he has played an instrumental role in the company’s emergence over the last decade, both as a catalyst for renewable energy in the Arab world and as an early adopter of advanced clean technologies at scale in key international markets.
Joining Masdar as Head of Internal Audit & Compliance in 2008, Al Ramahi established the firm’s enterprise risk management function, before being appointed Director of Corporate Services & Financial Affairs in March 2011 and then Chief Financial Officer in December 2012.
Al Ramahi served as Chief Operating Officer from 2013 to 2016, driving substantial bottom line growth and operational efficiencies across the organization.
In February 2016, Al Ramahi succeeded Dr Ahmad Belhoul as CEO. His appointment coincided with Masdar’s 10th anniversary and further expansion of the firm’s commercial portfolio, including the ramping up of construction at the flagship sustainable urban community Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, and the award of a number of large-scale renewable energy projects.
Under Al Ramahi’s leadership, a Masdar-led consortium was chosen to develop the 800-megawatt (MW) third phase of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai in partnership with Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), after quoting a record-low price for solar power of 2.99 US cents per kilowatt-hour.
The photovoltaic (PV) project will be the largest solar power plant in terms of electricity output when completed in 2020. Al Ramahi is a member of the Masdar Investment Committee and serves on the board of a number of prominent corporations, joint ventures and special entities. These include Shuaa Energy 2 PSC (developing the 800MW third phase of Dubai Solar Park), Medical Holding Company, and the UAE-based district cooling firm Tabreed.
Before joining Masdar, Al Ramahi ran the internal audit and risks management function of Abu Dhabi Gas industries Limited (GASCO). He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration & finance from the University of Evansville in the United States.
Mohamed Al Hammadi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC). Mohamed’s management responsibilities include leading the organization towards the safe and efficient deployment of nuclear energy plants in the UAE as well as ensuring compliance to the commitments of the UAE Roadmap to Nuclear Energy and the regulatory compliance to the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation.
He brings to ENEC a strong background in power and utility projects, including management, construction, and finance and administration.
Mohamed joined ENEC having served earlier as General Manager of the Federal Electricity and Water Authority (FEWA) where he led a transformational management process focused on the implementation of best practices and international standards to the authority. During his mandate, he streamlined operations and strategic restructuring process to improve fuel supply arrangements and tariff structures, and negotiated power purchase agreements that enhanced FEWA’s ability to deliver value to its commercial and consumer customer base.
He served on the Board of Directors for Taweelah Asia Power Company (TAPCO), the fifth and the largest Independent Water and Power Project developed in Abu Dhabi as part of the Emirate’s privatization program of the sector. Mohamed also served in a senior position with Mubadala Development Company, where he was involved with project finance and business development projects involving independent water and power producers.
Earlier in his career, Mohamed served for more than five years as Project Division Manager of the Abu Dhabi Distribution Company (ADDC), where he was responsible for managing major Power, Water and Civil projects. Prior to that, he was a Project Engineer with Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (ADWEA), where he played important roles in the completion of various power distribution projects that improved delivery of electric service to wide areas of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
Mohamed belongs to the American Nuclear Society, the Project Management Institute (USA), and is a Certified Project Management Professional. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (USA), the International Council on Large Electric Systems, the Engineers Association of the United Arab Emirates, and the Emirates Project Management Association. He has also participated in several high level electrical engineering courses related to municipal power transmission, design and installation.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and his Master of Science degree in Engineering Management, both from the Florida Institute of Technology.
Mohamed is co-author of key energy publications such as the Energy & Water Nexus of the World Economic Forum and served as the Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Energy Security of the World Economic Forum (WEF), an advisory committee that identifies and discusses energy security challenges across the world and recommends achievable solutions for governments to compose more robust energy policies.
Dr. Qi joined CIC as Executive Vice President in August 2016, taking on the responsibilities of CIC's Research, and Investment Operations.
Prior to this, Dr. Qi spent 16 years at China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), leading the Commission's work on Fund Supervision, Financial Innovation Supervision, and the Research Center. He was most recently Director General of the International Cooperation Department at CSRC, pushing through many key market opening initiatives, including the closely watched "Shanghai-Hong Kong" and "Shenzhen-Hong Kong" Stock Connects, which are regarded as milestones in integrating China's capital markets and the Chinese investor community to the world arena.
Before returning to China, Dr. Qi worked with Wall Street firms including Goldman Sachs. Dr. Qi received his Doctorate degree in Econometrics from the Tsinghua University. He obtained his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, as well as a Master's degree in Biophysics from the University of Rochester. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Physics from the Tsinghua University in 1991, where he remained to lecture on Physics between 1991-1992.
Dr. Qi is a prolific writer and a frequent public speaker on international forums. His economic essays are well followed in the business community. His book translation of "The Great Game - The Emergence of Wall Street as a World Power" (by JS Gordon) has been widely read by business leaders, senior technocrats and top policy makers alike in China, and has been reprinted over 80 times since it went to press in 2005. His other major publications include "The China Capital Markets Development Report", which outlines China's capital markets development strategies to the year 2020, and is the result of collaboration that Dr. Qi led between a Chinese team and the World Bank in 2008.
Arundhati Bhattacharya (Indian, born in 1956) has 40 years of rich experience in India’s financial sector working across varied roles and diverse national & international locations. During her four years tenure as the first-ever woman Chair of State Bank of India, a Fortune 500 company, she has stamped her imprint on the financial world not just in India but globally as well.
Bhattacharya has expertise and deep understanding of all aspects of banking spanning the domains of credit, forex, treasury, retail operations, mergers and acquisitions besides the capital & bond markets.
Before taking charge as Managing Director & CFO of SBI, she was MD & CEO of SBI’s investment banking arm, SBI Capital Markets. Earlier, as Dy. Managing Director in SBI, she headed the largest Human Resources Department of the Banking Industry consisting of a work force of over two hundred thousand plus employees, which includes 65,000 Officers.
In her extensive service in the Bank, she has had the opportunity of working in Metro, Urban and Rural areas across the length and breadth of the country. As Chief General Manager (New Businesses), Mrs. Bhattacharya was involved in setting up several new companies / initiatives of the Bank including SBI General Insurance, SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund, SBI SG Securities Ltd, etc., as well as the launch of new IT platforms such as Mobile Banking and Financial Planning in the Bank. As Chief General Manager, Bengaluru Circle, she took keen interest in promoting Financial Inclusion and financing of Self Help Groups. She also had a stint in the Bank’s New York office where she was in charge of monitoring branch performance, overseeing External Audit and Correspondent Relations.
Under her leadership, Global Finance Magazine from USA has adjudged State Bank of India as (i) Best Bank in India, (ii) Best Trade Finance Providers in India and (iii) Best Sub- Custodian. Same Magazine has adjudged State Bank of India as Best Bank in India (Emerging Economy) Asia-Pacific. Under her leadership of the bank was adjudged one of India’s top 3 Best Places to work in India by leading Global Job site Indeed based on their 15 million reviews globally for most highly rated reviews on overall employee experience. Forbes magazine has ranked her 25th in their list of “Most Powerful Women in the World” and 5th in “The Most Powerful Women in Finance” category in 2016. She has also been featured in the Fortune List of Top 50 globally most powerful women in business and ranked among the top 5 in the Asia-Pacific region. She was included in the top 100 Global Thinkers in 2014 by Foreign Policy Magazine and was one of the two Indians on the list.
She has been ranked 26th in the fourth edition of Fortune’s World 50 Greatest Leaders list, becoming the only Indian corporate leader to be featured in the list.
Her interests include reading and travel. She is also associated with various initiatives and institutions for empowering the challenged and differently abled with the aim of integrating them in the society.
B V Krishnan (Mumbai) joined KKR in 2009 and serves as the Chief Executive Officer of KKR's third party credit investing business and capital markets business in India. KKR addresses requirements in India for alternative credit products through its non-bank finance company and alternative investment funds, suitably augmented by third party capital and distribution. Mr. Krishnan is also a member of the India corporate credit investment committee, India real estate credit investment committee, and their respective portfolio management committees. Before joining KKR, he was with Citigroup as director and head of structured products for fixed income, currencies, commodities and equity capital markets in India, prior to which he was a senior banker at the corporate and investment bank at Citigroup. Mr. Krishnan has a degree in Chartered Accountancy from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
Dr. E has been the Chief Economist of Bank of China (Hong Kong) ("BOCHK") since June 2016. She leads the economic research team providing extensive research on economic and financial market developments in China, Hong Kong and major global economies in depth. Before her present appointment, Dr. E was the Deputy General Manager of Economics and Strategic Planning Department of BOCHK, in charge of the economic research division.
Dr. E joined Bank of China in 1991. She had more than 20 years' experiences on research management and strategic development in Head Office and New York branch. She conducted research on China's exchange rate reform, the Asian Financial Crisis organized by the Research Office of the State Council, etc. Dr. E has in depth study on the economy and financial policies of China, the RMB's exchange rate, etc. A number of significant research topics, such as financial sector reform and banking sector of China, have been conducted under her guidance. Dr. E has published over 100 research papers with a variety of awards. She also published and participated in writing nearly 10 academic books. Dr. E graduated and received a Doctoral Degree in Economics from the Graduate School of the People's Bank of China in 2000.
Mr. Joseph Ho is the General Manager of ICBC Overseas Business Division - Private Banking Department responsible for international business and global initiatives of the ICBC Private Banking. With over 25 years' cross-financial industry experience covering investments, insurance, wealth management and banking, he has assumed various senior positions with global insurers including Aetna (ING), MLC - National Australian Bank (NAB) and AXA companies. He was also the Head of Marketing of Invesco Asia in the investment industry and Responsible Officer in wealth management of NAB companies.
Mr. Ho graduated in Canada with First Class Distinction in Administration and a Postgraduate in Master of Law. Meanwhile, he is pursuing Juris Master in International Taxation to further enhance his knowledge in cross-border business. Mr. Ho is also a holder of Diploma in Financial Analysis & Portfolio Management. Other professional qualifications include governance related Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries, wealth solutions related - Chartered Life Underwriter, Associate member of the Canadian Bankers' Association, Fellow member of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute.
Mr. Ho is the Chairman of ICBC Private Banking Global Investment Funds in Luxembourg. He represented ICBC as the advisor for the Expert Panel in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, ADGM Financial Services and is currently a committee member of the Private Wealth Management Steering Committee under the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute funded by the Securities and Future Commission in Hong Kong.
Born in Barcelona, Ferran has more than 20 years of business experience in ten countries, in the industries of consumer goods, telecommunications, aviation and football.
He served at Futbol Club Barcelona as Vice-Chairman and CEO for the period 2003-2008 and is credited with playing a major role in the transformation of the club. FC Barcelona started a period that would bring it the best results in its history and became one of the most successful football teams globally, doubling revenues in three years and moving from loss-making to a profit making position.
Ferran negotiated deals with some of the sport’s most high profile players, including football superstars like Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi and led on some of the most significant TV and merchandising deals in the industry, including a ground-breaking non-profit making shirt deal with UNICEF.
Author of a book published in more than ten countries and languages – ‘Goal: The Ball Doesn’t Go In By Chance’-, Ferran is married with two daughters and lives in Manchester.
Mr. Padmanathan, a professional Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience, has served ACWA Power from 2005 as the company grew from a startup to where it is today; a leading private developer, owner and operator of power generation and desalinated water production plants headquartered in Saudi Arabia. The company has an investment value in excess of USD 30.5 billion and can generate 23+ GW of power and produce 2.5 million m3 /day of desalinated water to be delivered on a bulk basis to state utilities and industrial majors on long term off-take contracts under Public-Private-Partnership, Concession and Utility Services Outsourcing models.
While ACWA Power is focused on reliably delivering electricity and desalinated water at the lowest possible cost and is thus technology neutral and fuel agnostic, and owns and operates some of the largest fossil fueled power plants, the company is also very active in the area renewable energy leading cost reduction of renewable energy on a global scale.
A graduate of University of Manchester, UK, Mr. Padmanathan started his career as a consulting engineer delivering infrastructure projects financed by the national treasuries and multilateral financial agencies and moved on to develop privately financed power, water and wastewater projects in over a dozen countries. A substantial period of his career before ACWA Power was with Black & Veatch, a US headquartered multinational engineer & constructor where he served as a Vice President and Corporate officer.
Mr. Padmanathan also serves on the board of directors of several companies all operating in the water and power sectors.
Dr. Sriram Vasudevan is a Managing Director at Graticule Asset Management Asia (“GAMA”) focused on global commodity markets and their macro implications. Prior to GAMA’s spin-off, Dr. Vasudevan was a Managing Director at Fortress Investment Group in Singapore. Prior to Fortress, Dr. Vasudevan worked as a Divisional Director at Macquarie focusing on Energy Fundamentals and Trading Strategies within the FICC group. Previously, Dr. Vasudevan was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in New York within the Commodity Strategies group.
Dr. Vasudevan has significant industry experience having worked for Sempra Energy Corporation as a Director in their Corporate Development/M&A group and earlier in Sempra Energy Solutions (2002-2005).
Between 1997-2001, Dr. Vasudevan was a senior development engineer in the field of hydraulic fracturing (for Schlumberger) as applied to shale formations in the United States. Dr. Vasudevan has various publications and patents in this field, which is broadly referenced in the industry today.
Dr. Vasudevan holds a B-Tech in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras. He also holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from University of California Santa Barbara and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is a CFA charter holder.
Dr. Vasudevan has spoken at numerous conference and industry forums. He was among a few in the investment community who called for both the big downturn in oil prices since mid-2014 and the subsequent rebound in February 2016.
Ben Simpfendorfer is Founder and CEO of Silk Road Associates, a data-driven strategic advisory based in Hong Kong.
Ben has worked in Asia and the Middle East for the past 20 years. He advises a range of Fortune 500 multinationals on their commercial strategies in Asia, providing global boards and regional strategy teams with data-based solutions into fast-moving markets and their value-chains. His extensive specialist networks add further insights into today's key operating challenges.
Before establishing Silk Road Associates in 2010, Ben spent over a decade tracking China's business landscape as Chief China economist for RBS and senior China economist for JPMorgan based in Hong Kong. He started his career in Beirut during the early 1990s where he worked as a management consultant, later joining Dun & Bradstreet based in London as the firm's Senior Analyst for the Middle East & North Africa.
Ben speaks Mandarin and Arabic. He is author of The Rise of the New East (Palgrave: 2014), examining commercial opportunities and complexities in the Asia market, and The New Silk Road (Palgrave: 2009), exploring China's commercial ties with the Middle East. The book is translated into six languages including simplified and traditional Chinese. He appears regularly on CNBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, and his editorials have been published by the FT and WSJ.
Ben has delivered keynotes and CEO briefings worldwide. He is a member of the Foreign Experts Committee providing recommendations to China's central leadership on the 'Belt and Road' initiative under the auspices of SAFEA. He is Co-Chairman of the China Business Committee for the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong. He also sits on the advisory board of the Institute of Supply Management (ISM) in Hong Kong.
Author, Boombustology: Spotting Financial Bubbles Before They Burst
Dr. Vikram Mansharamani is a global trend-watcher who shows people how to anticipate the future, manage risk, and spot opportunities. He first gained widespread attention with the release of his first book, Boombustology, which provided a framework for spotting bubbles BEFORE they burst. Since then, he has been a frequent commentator on issues driving disruption in the global business environment. He’s a columnist for the PBS Newshour and a regular contributor to Worth Magazine. His ideas and writings have also appeared in Fortune, Forbes, The New York Times and a long list of other publications. The 500 million member Linkedin network listed him as their #1 Top Voice for Money, Finance and Global Economics for both 2015 and 2016 and Worth Magazine recently profiled him as one of the 100 most powerful people in global finance.
Vikram is currently a lecturer at Harvard University, where he teaches students to use multiple perspectives in making tough decisions. Previously, he was a Lecturer at Yale University, where he taught classes on financial bubbles, economic inequality, and business ethics. In addition to teaching, he also advises several Fortune 500 CEOs to help them navigate the radical uncertainty in today’s business and regulatory environment. He has a PhD and two Masters degrees from MIT and a Bachelors degree from Yale University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
Ziad Daoud is the Chief Middle East Economist for Bloomberg Economics. Prior to joining Bloomberg in September 2017, he was the Head of Economics at QNB Group, leading a team to produce analysis on the Middle East as well as the global economy. Previously, he worked as an economist at Fulcrum Asset Management where his research focused on the interaction between the macroeconomy and financial markets. He holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics and a BSc in economics and statistics from University College London.
Erik Schatzker is a New York based correspondent focused on high-profile events and interviews. Over two decades Schatzker has covered everything from technology to commodities in postings and on assignments around the world. Today his main focus is on Wall Street, and he speaks regularly with the most powerful executives in banking and top money managers. BlackRock's Larry Fink, Morgan Stanley's James Gorman, Carlyle Group's David Rubenstein and Citigroup's Michael Corbat are just a few of the many financial leaders he interviews. Schatzker also reports live from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and the Milken Global Conference in Los Angeles.
Prior to joining Bloomberg Television in 2007, Schatzker led Bloomberg's print coverage of financial services in the Americas. He began his career with the South Pacific Mail in Santiago, Chile and served as a correspondent in Santiago and Toronto for Knight-Ridder Financial/Bridge News before starting with Bloomberg as a technology reporter in 1998. Schatzker's past positions with Bloomberg include Toronto Bureau Chief and Senior Writer for Bloomberg Markets magazine.
Schatzker earned a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Toronto.
Lubna Bouza is the Acting Chief Editor of Business News and Presenter at Sky News Arabia TV based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has led the coverage of International and GCC stock markets, trading trends, global and regional financial stories for nearly seven years.
She presents and produces "Alam Al Taqa" show: A weekly program that reviews the most important energy issues worldwide while discussing them with industry decision makers and analysts.
During her years in financial journalism, Lubna interviewed a wide range of regional and international leaders, CEOs and Ministers. She has also covered and reported from major international events and conferences, including the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings, the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos and the IMF’s "Building the Future" conference in Jordan.
She holds a Master degree in applied Finance and Banking and Master degree in International Business Administration (with emphasis on Economics) from the University of Wollongong- Australia.