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  • Turkey 2010
Amro Zakaria

Amro is the president of World Wide Markets in the Middle East and Africa Region. He is an expert in the financial service industry with over 16 years of global financial markets experience gained throughout his tenure as a regional and global director of multiple tier 1 publicly traded financial firms. 

He is Consulted by banks, brokerage firms, and family offices on how best to participate in global markets as investors, traders, or service providers. Expertise include Fixed Income, Prime Brokerage, market making, ECN, precious metals, structured products, and options.

Amro is a frequent guest on many of the regional and global financial media outlets such as CNBC, AL Arabia, and SkyNews. His article have been published in local and international print media such as Investors Magazine and Newsweek Magazine.

Amro is a guest lecturer at many regional universities such as SP Jain of Singapore and American University in Emirates and lectures on topics related to the global markets

Ashraf Laidi

Ashraf Laidi is an independent strategist and trader, founder of Intermarket Strategy Ltd and author of "Currency Trading & Intermarket Analysis".  He is the former chief global strategist at City Index / FX Solutions, where he focused on foreign exchange and global macro developments pertaining to central bank policies, sovereign debt and intermarket dynamics.

Ashraf had also served as Chief Strategist at CMC Markets, where he headed a global team of analysts and led seminars and trainings in four continents. His insights on currencies and commodities won him several #1 rankings with FXWeek and Reuters. Prior to CMC Markets, Laidi monitored the performance of a multi-FX portfolio at the United Nations, assessed sovereign and project investment risk with Hagler Bailly and the World Bank, and covered emerging market bonds at Reuters. Laidi also created the first 24-hour currency web site for traders and researchers alike on the eve of the creation of the euro.

Ashraf Laidi's market analysis extends to the study of major equity indices, gold and oil, shedding light on the appropriate signals emerging from these markets and their implications for currencies. His specialty in synthesizing commodities, with risk appetite, market sentiment and Fed policy has won him numerous plaudits. His currency predictions placed him at the top of the 12 and 1-month ranking of FXWeek’s currency forecasts and at the top of Reuters monthly Foreign Exchange Poll.

Laidi regularly appears on CNBC TV (US, Europe, Arabia and Asia/Pacific), Bloomberg TV (US, Asia/Pacific, France and Spain), BNN, PBSs Nightly Business Report, and BBC. His insights also appear in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and Barrons. He has given numerous interviews and seminars in Arabic, French, and Spanish to audiences spanning from Canada, Central America and Asia/Pacific.

Nadine Dereza

Award winning journalist, Nadine Dereza is a highly experienced business presenter, conference and live events moderator, and co-author of ‘Insider Secrets of Public Speaking’.

She has presented for CNN, BBC, Sky TV, SABC, Global Business TV, Simply Money and Associated Press. As London Markets Correspondent for the Financial Times and Summit TV, she was awarded ‘Financial Journalist of the Year’.

Nadine chairs, moderates and speaks at conferences and live events for a diverse range of clients across many industries and sectors globally. She has a wealth of international experience and has worked in Europe, Middle East, Asia Pacific, Africa and North America, and is the faciliator for this year’s ICA Annual Conference.

Nehmeh E. Sabbagh

Nemeh Sabbagh assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of Arab Bank in Jordan in January 2010. From January 2006 until December 2009, he was the Executive General Manager and Board Member of BankMed in Lebanon.

From September 1998 until he moved to Lebanon in 2006, he was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Arab National Bank in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Previously, he worked with National Bank of Kuwait for 19 years where he was General Manager of the International Banking Group in charge of the bank’s international activities, branches and subsidiaries worldwide. He was a member of the bank’s Management Executive Committee and served on the Boards of Directors of the bank’s overseas subsidiaries and was Managing Director of London based National Bank of Kuwait (International) Plc.

Previously, he worked with the Industrial Bank of Kuwait, First Chicago in Chicago  and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Sabbagh was educated in the United States and France. He has an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago, an MA in International Economics and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and completed his undergraduate studies (BA) in Economics and French at Austin College in Texas and attended L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. He is also an alumnus of Stanford University where he completed the Senior Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Sabbagh was granted the award of Arab Banking Personality of the year by Union of Arab Banks in April 2014 and the award of Outstanding Contribution to Financial Services in the Middle East by Euromoney in June 2014

Nick Leeson

In the early 1980s, Nick Leeson landed a job as a clerk with royal bank Coutts, followed by a string of jobs with other banks, ending up with Barings, where he quickly made an impression and was promoted to the trading floor.

Before long, he was appointed manager of a new operation in futures markets on the Singapore Monetary Exchange (SIMEX) and was soon making millions for Barings by betting on the future direction of the Nikkei Index. His bosses back in London, who viewed with glee his large profits, trusted the whizzkid. Leeson and his wife Lisa seemed to have everything: a salary of £50,000 with bonuses of up to £150,000, weekends in exotic places, a smart apartment and frequent parties and to top it all they even seemed to be very much in love.
Barings believed that it wasn't exposed to any losses because Leeson claimed that he was executing purchase orders on behalf of a client. What the company did not realise is that it was responsible for error account 88888 where Leeson hid his losses. This account had been set up to cover up a mistake made by an inexperienced team member, which led to a loss of £20,000. Leeson now used this account to cover his own mounting losses.
As the losses grew, Leeson requested extra funds to continue trading, hoping to extricate himself from the mess by more deals. Over three months he bought more than 20,000 futures contracts worth about $180,000 each in a vain attempt to move the market. Some three quarters of the $1.3 billion he lost Barrings resulted from these trades. When Barings executives discovered what had happened, they informed the Bank of England that Barings was effectively bust. In his wake Nick Leeson had wiped out the 233 year old Baring investment Bank, who proudly counted HM The Queen as a client. The $1.3 billion dollars of liabilities he had run up was more than the entire capital and reserves of the bank.
Eventually arrested in Frankfurt, Germany, Nick spent a few fraught months trying to escape extradition to Singapore. He failed and in December 1995 a court in Singapore sentenced him to six and a half years in prison. Lisa his wife got a job as an airhostess to be able to visit him regularly. At first, their marriage survived the strain of being apart, but she eventually divorced him. Within months, Leeson was diagnosed as suffering from cancer of the colon. His weight plummeted and most of his hair fell out from chemotherapy.

Finally released in 1999, and despite his return to the UK bringing a realisation that the high life had been swept away — he was effectively homeless and without a job — Nick enjoyed a fairly hedonistic first year seeing friends and family but also continuing his cancer treatment.

Nick Leeson has proved his resilience and has been able to capitalise on his experiences. He was paid a substantial fee for the newspaper serialisation of his book in The Mail. The story was then turned into a film, Rogue Trader, starring Ewan McGregor. During 2001 he undertook a Psychology degree and Nick now spends much of his time presenting talks to companies on Risk Management and undertaking after-dinner and conference speaking based on his life experiences.

With a psychology degree and a second marriage to Irish beautician Leona Tormay, (with her own children Kersty and Alex) after trying for a baby they were delighted when, in 2004, Leona gave birth to a baby boy. Nick comments; “I'm of the mindset that cancer must not take you over and control your life. I do believe that the more positive you are, the greater your chance of survival." his advice to others is never to bottle up stress as he himself did: "You need to talk and express yourself as I now do to Leona. With cancer as with other problems, it's amazing how adaptable human beings are, and you will be able to cope provided you keep a strong frame of mind."

In April 2005 Nick was appointed Commercial Manager of Galway United Football Club, rising to the position of General Manager in late November 2005. The same year Nick published his second book Back from the Brink, Coping with Stressco-written with psychologist Ivan Tyrell. July 2007 saw his appointed as CEO of the football club where he remained in this position until his resignation in February 2011.

Lord Norman Lamont

Norman Lamont was a Cabinet Minister under Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and a member of the House of Commons for twenty-five years.

He was Chancellor of the Exchequer at a particularly difficult time that included Britain’s exit from the ERM.  Heintroduced tough measures to reduce Government borrowing, the deficit and high inflation.
Sir Alan Walters, Economic Advisor to Lady Thatcher, described Norman Lamont in his post ERM actions "to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since the War".   Many economists have attributed the economic stability and growth enjoyed by Britain in the ‘90s and thereafter to the tough policies introduced by him.
When he was Chancellor, Norman Lamont’s political advisor was David Cameron.
In 2008, David Cameron asked Norman Lamont with other former Chancellors to be part of a team to advise on Britain’s financial problems.  
Norman Lamont was Britain’s Chief Negotiator at the Maastricht Treaty and secured Britain’s non-participation in the euro, of which he remains a strong opponent and critic. 
As well as being a working Peer, he is a director of a number of financial companies. 
He supported the Leave campaign in the recent Referendum on EU membership.
In 2016, he was appointed as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iran.
He is an Honorary Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 

Patrick L Young

Patrick L Young has worked online since 1994. His first book “Capital Market Revolution!” (FT 1999) outlined the potential of digital markets, establishing several precepts of the “fintech” movement.

In financial markets Patrick first worked for Tullett& Tokyo. Subsequent engagements include CEO of SIBEX exchange and much else besides! His experience spans multiple product sets from the interbank market to commodities. He helped create Single Stock Futures and cofounded prediction market Intrade.

Young advises market structure investors & publishes the daily newsletter “Exchange Invest” (ExchangeInvest.com) read by the C-suite of markets in over 120 nations.

Young has served on various boards including MTF Liquidnet Europe, private equity funds and Swiss derivatives industry body SFOA (now ICDA).

The author of over 1000 articles including opinion pieces for AFR, FT, WSJ etc and appears regularly on TV. Patrick is a guest lecturer at Nicolaus Copernicus University, Torun, Poland.
 

Rachel Lomax

Rachel Lomax is senior independent director and chair of the Conduct and Values Committee at HSBC Holdings.She is a non-executive director at Heathrow Airport and Serco, and a member of the supervisory board at Arcus European Infrastructure Fund.Among her other activities, she is a trustee of Imperial College, London and the Brussels-based think tank, Breugel.

Previously she was Deputy Governor (Monetary Policy) at the Bank of England (2003 - 2008), and served as permanent secretary of three government departments – the department for Transport, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Welsh Office. She has also held senior positions at the World Bank, the UK Cabinet Office and Her Majesty’sTreasury.

Dr. Robert Fisk

Robert Fisk has won more than 20 major British and international journalism awards for his reporting from the Middle East. He is the author of several best-selling books, including 'Pity the Nation', an eyewitness account of the Lebanese civil war. In 2005, he won the prestigious American Lannan Award – for his historical volume 'The Great War for Civilization'.

First for 'The Times of London' and then for 'The Independent', Fisk has been reporting from the Middle East for well over 40 years. From the 1980s Lebanese civil war, to the Israeli invasions of Lebanon, Fisk was among the first Western journalists to report the massacre at the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Chatilla by Israel’s Lebanese allies. He witnessed and reported from the Iranian Revolution (1979), the Iran-Iraq war (1980-88), the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (1979), the Algerian civil war (1990-98), the US-Iraqi Gulf war (1991), the Bosnian and Kosovo conflicts (1992-95, 1998), the American attack on Afghanistan (2001) and the US invasion of Iraq (2003). He covered many of the 2011 Arab revolutions – especially Egypt – and is today reporting from the civil war in Syria.

He is the only journalist to have interviewed Osama bin Laden three times – first in Sudan and then in al-Qaeda’s secret camps in Afghanistan.
Fisk’s fascination with history began when he was ten years’ old, when his soldier-father Bill took him to the trenches where Bill fought in the 1914-18 Great War.  Robert Fisk’s career took him to Belfast as Northern Ireland correspondent, and to Portugal after its revolution, then to the Middle East and the Balkans, covering what used to be the Ottoman empire.

Born in England in 1946, Fisk holds a BA in English and Linguistics from Lancaster University in the UK, and a PhD in politics from Trinity College, University of Dublin. He has received 17 honorary doctorates from British, Canadian and other universities. He is a frequent broadcaster and lecturer around the world.

Fisk is the author of five books, three histories of the Middle East and two works on Irish history – one of them an account of Irish neutrality in the Second World War; it remains a best seller. Outside of the Middle East, Fisk has written and lectured extensively on the First and Second World Wars. He was the first Englishman to be invited to give a lecture to the families of Irish Catholics killed by British soldiers on Bloody Sunday.
He remains based in Beirut as The Independent’s Middle East correspondent and is currently working on a new history of the region called Night of Power.

Dr. Yusuf Mansur

Minister of State for Economic Affairs.

Dr. Yusuf Mansur is an economist with over 25 years of experience in theoretical and practical research. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Oklahoma and taught at Texas A&M University before returning to Jordan to teach at various Jordanian universities. He then joined the government first as a Telecom Privatization Adviser, then as founder of the National Competitiveness Team, Aid Coordination Unit and Technical Support Unit (trade negotiation support) at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation.
 

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Longest center- right Prime Minister of Sweden (2006-2014) and President of the European Council in 2009

Fredrik Reinfeldt is the Former Swedish Prime Minister and has been active in Swedish and international politics for over 25 years. He reinvented the Moderate Party (centre-right) creating “the new Moderates” and entered into an alliance with three other centre and centre-right parties. The four party alliance won two successive elections and Reinfeldt, as Prime Minister, presided over two coalition governments (2006 until 2014) – the longest non-socialist government period in modern time in Sweden.

With an acute awareness of politics and economics, Fredrik Reinfeldt offers decision makers the tools to be able to decide what they must do to stay competitive in the global market. He explains and analyses the transformations in the social, political and economic environment worldwide and the implications for businesses.
 

Gary Dugan

Mr. Gary Dugan, has been the Chief Investment Officer of Global Private Banking and Head of Investment Strategy at National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC and National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Asset Management Arm since June 2014. Mr. Dugan has over 30 years of ex

Mr. Gary Dugan, has been the Chief Investment Officer of Global Private Banking and Head of Investment Strategy at National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC and National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Asset Management Arm since June 2014. Mr. Dugan has over 30 years of extensive and broad experience in providing investment advice and market views across different regions. He has worked across discretionary and advisory businesses during which time he has established himself as an industry thought leader. At NBAD he is responsible for establishing and the investment views of the bank and overseeing the strategic and tactical of client portfolios across NBAD. He heads the advisory and discretionary portfolio management teams. Prior to joining NBAD from 2012-14 Mr. Dugan served as the Chief Investment Officer of Asia and The Middle East at Coutts & Co. based in Singapore. He managed a team that provided clients with investment research and portfolio management services.He managed the equity, currency, hedge fund and commodity research for Coutts globally. Prior to this, Mr. Dugan served as the Chief Investment Officer of Private Banking Division at Emirates NBD Bank PJSC based in Dubai from 2009-12 and was in charge of the overall investment policy of the private banking division and led a core team that provides strategic and tactical asset allocation advice to private banking clients for investments across several asset classes. He was responsible for establishing economic and market views of Emirates NBD's private banking. Mr. Dugan served as the Chief Investment Officer of Global Private Client for EMEA at BofA Merrill Lynch (formerly Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.) from 2007 to 2009 where he made a call to sell markets in august 2007 and buy in March 2009. From 2004-2007 he served as a Managing Director and Head of Research and Investment Strategy at Barclays Wealth Management.. At Barclays Wealth, Mr. Dugan was responsible for restructuring a variety of investment products and businesses. During his time with Barclays, he grew the multi-manager product to become the largest in the UK and second largest in Europe. Mr. Dugan served as Global Equity Strategist and Head of the Global Balanced Department of JP Morgan Fleming Investment Management. He also served as an European equity market strategist at JP Morgan Chase & Co, Research Division. He held many other senior investment positions at Baring Securities, as well as several other institutions. Mr. Dugan served as a Director of Barclays Portfolios Public Limited Company until March 2007. He is holds ASIP designation and is a Member of the CFA Institute. Mr. Dugan has a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Salford University. Mr Dugan has been a regular presenter at investment conferences around the world and in 1999 made a presentation to the European Parliament finance committee on the implications of the introduction of the euro for portfolio management in the euro region. He is regularly quoted in the media and has been a regular guest on CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, CNN for many years.

Hamish McRae

Principal economic commentator for The Independent newspaper. He is a visiting professor at Lancaster University and a council member of the Royal Economic Society.

He is associate editor of The Independent newspaper in London, principal economic commentator for The Independent and The Independent on Sunday, and a columnist on the London Evening Standard. He is also the author of the acclaimed work on the future, The World in 2020: Power, Culture and Prosperity. Hamish's other books include Capital City - London as a Financial Centre, co-authored with Frances Cairncross, Wake-up Japan, co-authored with Tadashi Nakamae, and What Works: Success in Stressful Times, which was long-listed for the Business Book of the Year at the FT/Goldman Sachs Awards in New York in 2010. His most recent awards are the David Watt Prize for outstanding political journalism in 2005, the Business and Finance Journalist of the Year in the 2006 British Press Awards, and Communicator of the Year at the 2007 Business Journalist Awards. He is an Adjunct Professor at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. Hamish is in demand around the world for his lucid insight into the current economic situation and how future trends are likely to affect business and governments.

Khatija Haque

Khatija Haque joined Emirates NBD in June 2011 and has been the Head of MENA Research since 2013

Khatija Haque joined Emirates NBD in June 2011and has been the Head of MENA Research since 2013.

Khatija has more than 10 years' experience as an Emerging Markets economist, spanning three continents. She started her career as an analyst at Deutsche Bank Securities in Johannesburg, South Africa, before taking up a position in the EMEA economics team at Deutsche Bank, London in 2001.

After moving to Dubai at the end of 2008, Khatija worked as a consultant before joining regional investment bank SHUAA Capital at the start of 2010.

Khatija has had many articles published in regional business magazines and her views are regularly quoted in the financial press.

Lord Nicholas Stern of Brentford, Kt, FBA

IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government at the London School of Economics and Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change

Lord Nicholas Stern is the author of the seminal Review on the Economics of Climate Change and former Chief Economist at the World Bank. Professor Stern is the IG Patel Professor of Economics and Government, Chairman of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Head of the India Observatory at the London School of Economics. He is President of the British Academy (from July 2013), and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (June 2014). 

Professor Stern was Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1994-1999, and Chief Economist and Senior Vice President at the World Bank, 2000-2003. He was Second Permanent Secretary to Her Majesty’s Treasury from 2003-2005; Director of Policy and Research for the Prime Minister’s Commission for Africa from 2004-2005; Head of the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, published in 2006; and Head of the Government Economic Service from 2003-2007.

In his speeches Lord Stern presents in-depth analysis and his views on the current economic climate. He talks about the risks posed by global climate change and the opportunities that are available to investors, companies and countries in investing in a low carbon future.  In addition he has extensive knowledge on development in Africa India and China and helps investors understand the economic and geo-political outlook in these regions.

In his insightful presentations Lord Nicholas Stern provides an unparalleled level of in-depth analysis into all facets of the world’s current economic landscape. He clarifies complex economic issues and looks not only at the factors affecting today’s global markets but also at the factors which will affect organizations and global markets in the long term.

Paul Dickerson

A recognised leader on politics, energy & Energy efficiency who was appointed by President George W. Bush to lead America’s energy investments and American’s international trade.

Paul Dickerson, an attorney and investment banker from the United States of America, is a recognized leader and sought-after speaker on all matters related to energy.  He practices law with Mintz Levin’s Corporate & Securities Section in Boston, Massachusetts, while also working as a managing director for the investment bank of WoodRock & Co. in Houston, Texas.  Formerly, he served as chief operating officer of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.  He oversaw a $2 billion annual budget while managing the international commercialization of advanced energy solutions like bio-fuels, and solar, wind, and efficiency technologies.  He also served as chief of staff for the Foreign Commercial Service at the US Department of Commerce, where he managed a worldwide network of 1,700 employees in 260 offices.  A certified public accountant with licenses under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Dickerson frequently discusses energy, investing, politics, business, private equity, and international trade on the media circuit.

Samer Habbal

Samer Habbal heads the Financial & Risk division for the Middle East and North Africa region for Thomson Reuters since 2012, based in Dubai.

Samer Habbal heads the Financial & Risk division for the Middle East and North Africa region for Thomson Reuters since 2012, based in Dubai.

The Financial & Risk division provides solutions to the financial community by delivering news, information and risk solutions, enabling transactions and connecting communities of trading, investing, financial and corporate professionals. Native to the Middle East, Samer is responsible for building, driving and localizing Thomson Reuters Financial & Risk strategy in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Samer manages the group's sales, account management, and support functions for the region. He has extensive knowledge in the financial industry and related technologies, having been based in UAE, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia throughout his career.

Samer holds a Masters degree in Management and a Computer & Communications Engineering degree from the American University of Beirut.

Thierry Malleret

Former founder and head of the global risk network of the world economic forum.

The Monthly Barometer & Former Head of Global Risk – WEF

Thierry Malleret is an economics and strategy expert. He is co-founder and main author of the Monthly Barometer, a succinct predictive analysis exclusively provided to private investors and some of today's most influential opinion and decision-makers. He was until 2011 a senior partner at IJ (Informed Judgement) Partners, an investment boutique for ultra-high-net-worth individuals based in Geneva, and prior to that managing partner at Rainbow Insight, an advisory boutique intelligence to investors.

Previously, Thierry founded and headed the Global Risk Network at the World Economic Forum, a network that brings together top opinion and policymakers, CEOs and academics to look at how global issues will affect business and society in the short and long term. For a number of years in succession, Thierry conceived and put in place the programme for Davos and spoke at global, industry and regional events.

He demonstrates how strategies can be developed to seize opportunities from risks and to uphold sustainability. He also is an accomplished speaker whose addresses have covered a wide range of economical subjects.

Todd Benjamin

Todd Benjamin is well known to television audiences across the globe.

Todd Benjamin is well known to television audiences across the globe.  For 26 years he worked as an anchor, correspondent, and financial editor for CNN. During that time he was based in Washington DC, New York, Tokyo, and London. 

An award winning journalist, Todd has interviewed everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev to Alan Greenspan, Bill Clinton to Tony Blair.  Todd has also interviewed several of the world’s leading CEOs including Lou Gerstner, Jack Welch, and Carlos Ghosn in his CNN series, Benjamin’s Boardroom.

Todd now devotes much of his time to speaking and moderating conferences and events for businesses and organizations around the world.  He also facilitates internal corporate meetings and consults on leadership and communication.

Todd continues to appear on CNN as an independent analyst to provide live commentary and analysis, where his views on the economy, financial markets and other issues are widely followed.

Todd is a senior advisor to Xyntéo, an international management consultancy which works with companies to transition to a low-carbon economy.  Xyntéo’s clients include Gazprom, Wilhelmsen, Statoil and Tata, among several others.

Todd is also a visiting lecturer in leadership at the London Business School Executive Education program.

Vijay Arumbakkam

Chief Executive Officer, Vaayu Group

Chief Executive Officer, Vaayu Group Is an Alumnus and Fellow of the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, (Advanced Management Program)

Obtained MBA from Bond University, Australia and Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Government College of Technology, India.

Experienced professional with a successful careers and track record with Aero Gulf Norway AS, (Chairman), Ras Al Khaimah Investment Authority (Deputy CEO, RAKIA), Director, Poti Port, Georgia, KPMG (Partner, UAE & Director, GCC) and Ernst & Young (Director, Singapore & Asia Pacific)

Excellent relationships with banks (investment and commercial), multi-lateral financial institutions (ADB, EBRD, IFC) and key senior decision makers across a wide spectrum of industry sectors (with a special focus on SWF’s and the Transportation sector – Aviation & Ports) 25 years of experience working with clients – key national and international companies across Asia Pacific, Middle East /Africa and South Asia Markets (27 countries)

In-depth financial and analytical skills to proactively bring value ideas on a multi-disciplinary basis (Corporate Finance-across the equity / debt value chain and Mergers & Acquisitions) to achieve business objectives effectively and efficiently

Pivotal in generating incremental top line revenues / profits and engineered business turn around in tough financial / economic environment

William Hague

Former Leader of the Conservative Party UK Foreign Secretary from 2012 to 2014

William Hague is best known as the leader of the Conservative Party from 1997 to 2001 and as Chairman of the international Democrat Union. From 2010 to 2014 he was UK Foreign Secretary and served as the Leader of the House of Commons and MP for Richmond (Yorks) from 1989 to 2015. Mr. Hague is Co-Founder of the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

Educated in Oxford and at INSEAD, he started his career in politics when he was elected the Member of Parliament for Richmond in 1989 before moving on to work for the former Chancellor in 1990. A man of great self-belief and utter conviction, William Hague first spoke at the Tory Blackpool conference when he was just 16 years old, becoming leader of the world’s oldest political party twenty years later. Mr Hague’s sense of humour and openness has won him a large number of admirers from across the political spectrum. As cross-examiner of Tony Blair in the Commons Chamber, William Hague was at his most confident.

Ali Flissi
Ali Flissi - Executive Director, Global Market Cross Assets Structuring & Product Development at Credit Agricole CIB

Ali Flissi - Executive Director, Global Market Cross Assets Structuring & Product Development at Credit Agricole CIB Ali is currently structure for Global Market Division at Credit Agricole CIB. Based in the Dubai, he is responsible to develop and promote capital markets structured products in the Middle East. Products include structures for hedging, liability management and investments purposes with a focus on sharia compliant products. From 2010 to 2013, Ali was acting as Business Manager for the Middle East working on products development and client strategy. He focused on addressing specific issues related to the Middle East such as netting enforceability, CVA/LVA pricing issues, internal ratings and cross border risk. Prior to that, Ali was Senior Compliance Officer from 2007 to 2010 based in Bahrein and Head of Market Risk for Banque Saudi Fransi, based in Riyad from 2005 to 2007. He started his career in 2000 at former Credit Lyonnais in Paris as an Equity Derivatives Market Risk Analyst. He holds a Master Degree In Finance from Science Po Strasbourg, France and various degree in Mathematics and Econometrics.

Alia Moubayed
Director, Senior Economist, Middle East and North Africa

Director, Senior Economist, Middle East and North Africa Alia Moubayed is a Director and Senior Economist at Barclays, based in London. Alia has responsibility for economic research for the Middle East and North Africa. Alia joined Barclays in October 2008 from the World Bank where she worked for six years as a senior economist responsible for research and policy dialogue at the Economic Policy department of the Europe and Central Asia region. Prior to that, she held research and policy responsibilities in various economic institutions of the Government of Lebanon, including the Central Bank, the Office of the Minister of Economy and Trade, and the Council for Development and Reconstruction over a period of six years. Alia holds degrees in Economics, Finance and Public Policy from the American University of Beirut and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in France.

David French
David French is Senior Financial Correspondent in the Middle East for Reuters. With responsibility for all financial news in the Gulf region

David French is Senior Financial Correspondent in the Middle East for Reuters. With responsibility for all financial news in the Gulf region, David covers everything from its banks to its sovereign wealth funds, as well as helping to drive the wire's company news content from the region. Prior to his appointment earlier in 2014, he had been Reuters' banking correspondent for the Gulf since September 2011, where he was at the forefront of the team's market-leading coverage of Dubai's debt troubles, as well as helping to break numerous stories on sovereign debt, UAE money-market rate setting and Saudi capital markets on top of his work covering the banks and trends within the system. Prior to Dubai, David spent three years at Thomson Reuters' specialist investment banking title International Financing Review (IFR) in London, covering Gulf loans and capital markets.

Chris Skinner

Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through the Finanser (www.thefinanser.com) and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club, which he founded in 2004

Chris Skinner is best known as an independent commentator on the financial markets through the Finanser (www.thefinanser.com) and Chair of the European networking forum the Financial Services Club, which he founded in 2004.  The Financial Services Club is a network for financial professionals, and focuses on the future of financial services through the delivery of research, analysis, commentary and debate and has regular meetings in Austria, England, Ireland, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Slovakia and Sweden.  He is the author of many books covering everything from European regulations in banking through the credit crisis to the future of banking.     His latest book, Digital Bank, provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the battle for digital banking and strategies for companies to compete and has been reviewed on Amazon as the “best book about banks I've ever read”. Chris is also Chief Executive of Balatro Ltd, a research company, and a co-founder of the website Shaping Tomorrow, as well as a regular commentator on BBC News, Sky News and Bloomberg about banking issues. He is a Judge on many awards programs including the Card Awards and the Asian Banker’s Retail Excellence Awards, as well as having worked closely with leading banks such as HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Citibank and Société Générale and the World Economic Forum. Chris is known for regular speaking and keynote presentations at leading industry forums.  Through these keynotes, he has presented alongside many other leading world figures including Gary Hamel, Michael Porter, Richard Branson, Lou Gerstner, Meg Whitman and Bill Gates.    He is a Judge with many Industry Awards programs, as well as a contributor to the World Economic Forum. Prior to founding Balatro, Chris was Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for Unisys Global Financial Services and Strategy Director with NCR Financial Services. These roles sparked Chris’s specialization in the future of financial services after he created the Global Future Forum in Unisys and the Knowledge Lab in NCR. He studied at Loughborough University in the UK, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Management Sciences alongside a Diploma in Industrial Studies.   He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Management Services, an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. More can be discovered about Chris Skinner here: http://thefinanser.co.uk/fsclub/chris-skinner/ “Chris is perhaps the first writer I know who successfully captures the pulse of the financial services industry not from a European or American, but from a truly global perspective.”  Emmanuel Daniel, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, the Asian Banker “I am glad to be able to thoroughly endorse him as a person who has both the intellectual acumen, as well as the drive and dedication to his industry, which is so sadly rare in the business world today.”  Steve Edwards MBE, Head of Fraud for eBay Europe “Chris Skinner is simply one of the most brilliant minds in banking.”  Reader’s comment, the Financial Brand

James Rickards

James Rickards, Chief Global Strategist at West Shore Funds; Author of "The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System."

James Rickards is Director of The James Rickards Project, an inquiry into the complex dynamics of geopolitics + global capital, and the author of New York Times best seller,
The Death of Money (Penguin, 2014), and national best seller, Currency Wars (Penguin,2011). He is an investment banker, portfolio manager, lawyer, and economist, and has held senior positions at Citibank, Long-Term Capital Management and Caxton
Associates. In 1998, he was the principal negotiator of the rescue of LTCM sponsored by the Federal Reserve. His clients include institutional investors and government directorates. He is an Op-Ed contributor to the Financial Times, Evening Standard, New York Times and Washington Post, and has been interviewed on BBC, CNN, NPR, CSPAN,CNBC, Bloomberg, Fox, and The Wall Street Journal. Mr. Rickards is a visiting lecturer in globalization at Johns Hopkins University and the School of Advanced
International Studies, has delivered papers on risk at Singularity University, the Applied Physics Laboratory and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He is an advisor on capital markets to the U.S. intelligence community and the Office of the Secretary of  Defense.
Mr. Rickards holds an LL.M. (Taxation) from the NYU School of Law; a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; an M.A. in international economics from SAIS, and a B.A. from Johns Hopkins (with honors). He lives in Connecticut.

Sebastian Mallaby

Sebastian Mallaby is director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS) and Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

Sebastian Mallaby is director of the Maurice R. Greenberg Center for Geoeconomic Studies (CGS) and Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An experienced journalist and public speaker, Mr. Mallaby is also a contributing editor for the Financial Times and served previously as a columnist and editorial board member at the Washington Post. His interests cover a wide variety of domestic and international issues, including financial markets, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, and the intersection of economics and international relations. In addition to his monthly column for the Financial Times, his recent writing has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic Monthly. Mr. Mallaby’s latest book More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite was released in June 2010. New York Times columnist David Brooks has called it “superb.” Washington Post columnist Steve Pearlstein has called it “the definitive history of the hedge fund history, a compelling narrative full of larger-than-life characters and dramatic tales of their financial triumphs and reversals.” More Money Than God was the recipient of the 2011 Loeb Prize, a finalist in the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs prize, and a New York Times bestseller. Mr. Mallaby’s previous books are The World’s Banker (2004), a portrait of the World Bank under James Wolfensohn, which was named as an “Editor’s Choice” by the New York Times; and After Apartheid (1992), which was named by the New York Times as a “Notable Book.” An essay in the Financial Times said of The World’s Banker, “Mallaby's book may well be the most hilarious depiction of a big organization and its controversial boss since Michael Lewis's, Liar’s Poker.” Before joining the Post in 1999, Mr. Mallaby spent thirteen years with the Economist. While at the Economist, he worked in London, where he wrote about foreign policy and international finance; in Africa, where he covered Nelson Mandela’s release and the collapse of apartheid; and in Japan, where he covered the breakdown of the country’s political and economic consensus. Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Mallaby was the Economist’s Washington bureau chief and wrote the magazine’s weekly Lexington column on American politics and foreign policy. His Foreign Affairs essay on failed states in 2002 was cited by commentators in the New York Times, Financial Times, and Time Magazine. He is a two-time Pulitzer prize finalist: once for editorials on Darfur and once for a series on economic inequality. Mr. Mallaby was educated at Oxford. He graduated in 1986 with a First Class degree in modern history.

Greg Rung
Greg Rung is a Partner at Oliver Wyman. Over his 20 years of experience, he has managed 200+ projects. Key areas of focus are: corporate strategy, transformations, development of new businesses, risk management, regional expansions.

Greg Rung is a Partner at Oliver Wyman. Over his 20 years of experience, he has managed 200+ projects. Key areas of focus are: corporate strategy, transformations, development of new businesses, risk management, regional expansions.
 
Greg was previously with the International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group) in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to this, he served for 3 years as a member of the Executive Committee of OSEO (now Public Investment Bank), a French financial institution covering strategic government investments, innovation finance, competitiveness centers, SME and private equity funds, credit guarantee schemes. He also worked for McKinsey & Co in Europe
 
Greg graduated from the London School of Economics, HEC Paris and the University of Chicago. He is fluent in English, Spanish and French
Greg is a regular speaker at industry conferences and has written articles on Emerging Markets in various leading publications

Dr. Silvina Vatnick
Dr. Silvina Vatnick - Managing Partner Global Outcomes and Former President Center for Financial Stability, Argentina.

Dr. Silvina Vatnick - Managing Partner Global Outcomes and Former President Center for Financial Stability, Argentina.  She participates in a number of international fora on global issues with a particular focus on the emerging economies’ perspective.  She has been the President and Co-founder of The Center for Financial Stability (CEF), a leading think tank for Latin America and forum for public and private sectors discussion. She is an economist with extensive experience in international finance, corporate governance and risk management. Silvina Vatnick served as Senior Advisor to the Argentine Central Bank’s Governorduring Argentina’s financial crisis of 2002 and prior to that to the Vice-Minister of Economy and Finance Secretary. She was a Board Member of Caja de Valores, Argentina’s Custodian and Central Depository, and HidroeléctricaPiedra del Águila. At an international level, as a career officer at the World Bank, she worked in Russia during the post-crisis financial reform (1998-2000), negotiated economic reforms in the former Soviet Union and Uzbekistan (1992-96) and advised on the debt rescheduling of Brazil, Venezuela and Nigeria. During a secondment to the Treasury at Fannie Mae -Federal National Mortgage Association- (1996) she worked on strategy for secondary markets in mortgages for developing countries. Silvina Vatnick did her undergraduate studies at the University of Buenos Aires, and graduate studies at CEMA (Center for Macroeconomic Studies of Argentina) and Columbia University, New York. She also received an Advanced degree in Finance and Management of Financial Institutions from the Stern School at New York University. svatnick@global-outcomes.com www.global-outcomes.com

Marshall Bailey
President, ACI International, Paris. Marshall Bailey is the President of the largest global financial markets association, the ACI - The Financial Markets Association. The organisation represents almost 13,000 members including not only traders,

Marshall Bailey is the President of the largest global financial markets association, the ACI - The Financial Markets Association. The organisation represents almost 13,000 members including not only traders, but also sales, back office, audit, product managers, banking engineers, brokers and fund managers involved in the regulated wholesale financial markets. Based in London and Paris, Marshall is responsible for leading the ACI and its extensive and diverse membership world-wide. He assists the ACI in working closely with regulators, central banks and all sections of the market to improve conduct and behaviour. He is the first full time President of the ACI in their sixty-year history. Marshall began his career in Geneva as an equity derivatives trader with AMAS, then as an FX and fixed income trader at UBS in Toronto in 1991, before moving to RBC Capital Markets, where he served as Head of Institutional FX Sales in Toronto. He held a variety of senior roles at RBC over a period of more than a decade, including Managing Director and Head of Client Coverage for FIG in EMEA & Asia, where he oversaw relationships with central banks, financial institutions and asset managers, and worked on the ECB FX Contact Group, and on the European Board of BAFT-IFSA. At State Street Global Markets in London, Marshall served as Chief Operating Officer, as well as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for State Street Global Markets International Limited and Director on the Board of State Street Bank Europe Ltd. In addition to his full time work as President for ACI, Marshall serves on the Board of CIBC plc in London and has recently been appointed as an Independent Director on UK Financial Investments (UKFI), the government body overseeing the UK government's ownership of RBS and Lloyds Banking Group and UK Asset Resolution. He has served on the Board of Trustees for the East End Community Foundation, helping some of the poorest communities in the UK in Tower Hamlets, London. Marshall holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Winnipeg in Canada, and an MA in International Affairs and History from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. Additionally, Marshall is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), has completed the FT Non-Executive Directors' Diploma course. In his spare time, Marshall has completed the advanced certificate in Wine Studies from the WSET, and is a qualified Ocean Yachtmaster with the RYA. He buys himself a new putter each year in his endless pursuit of lower golf scores.

Dr. Jacques Attali
Professor, writer, Honorary Member of the Council of State, Special Adviser to the President of the Republic from 1981 to 1991, founder and first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1993

Professor, writer, Honorary Member of the Council of State, Special Adviser to the President of the Republic from 1981 to 1991, founder and first President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London from 1991 to 1993, Jacques Attali (www.attali.com) is currently CEO of A&A, an international consulting firm (www.aeta.net) specialised in new technologies, based in Paris, and President of PlaNet Finance (www.planetfinance.org), an international non-profit organisation assisting microfinance institutions all over the world. PlaNet Finance is the most important world institution of support to the microfinance. PlaNet Finance advises and finances the development of the microfinance in 80 countries.

He founded Action Contre la Faim in 1980 and the European programme Eurêka (a major European programme on new technologies that invented, among other things, the MP3). In 1989, he also launched an international programme of action against the disastrous floods in Bangladesh. Jacques Attali then advised the Secretary General of the United Nations on the risks of nuclear proliferation. He is at the origin of the higher education reform, known as LMD, to bring all European degrees into line.

Dr. Jacques Attali has a doctorate in Economics and is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique (first in the class of 1963), the Ecole des Mines, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques and the Ecole Nationale de l'Administration. He taught Economic Theory at the Ecole Polytechnique, the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and the University of Paris-Dauphine. He has received honorary doctorates from several foreign universities and is a member of the Universal Academy of Cultures.

Dr. Jacques Attali is a columnist for the magazine L'Express. He has written 65 books, translated into more than thirty languages, with over eight million copies sold all over the world, including essays (dealing with a wide variety of subjects ranging from mathematical economics to music), biographies, novels, children’s tales and plays. Dr. Attali has been designated as one of the three most influential intellectuals in France and one of the 100 most influential worldwide. On April 2011, he was honored with the Corporate Citizenship award from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine
Jarmo Kotilaine joined the Bahrain Economic Development Board as Chief Economist in September 2012.

Jarmo Kotilaine joined the Bahrain Economic Development Board as Chief Economist in September 2012. He previously served as Chief Economist of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) since 2010, preceded by two years as Chief Economist of NCB Capital, the investment arm of the NCB Group. Dr Kotilaine has built a high profile amongst the GCC business community and with the regional and international media.
Dr Kotilaine previously worked for a number of years as an economic and financial consultant with a primary focus on emerging markets. He advised the Spanish stock exchange, Bolsas y Mercados Españoles (BME), headed the financial services consultancy of Oxford Analytica, a global strategic consultancy firm, and subsequently of Control Risks Group (CRG), a London-based international business risk consultancy. During this time, Dr Kotilaine's main clientele consisted of banks, stock exchanges and financial regulators, some of which he has continued to serve as an external advisor.
Dr Kotilaine studied economics and economic history at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. He subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard where his primary research focus was the long-term economic and institutional development of Eurasia as well as on international trade and finance.

Michael Grifferty
Michael Grifferty founded and leads The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA) the independent industry association representing the Arabian Gulf fixed income market.

Michael Grifferty founded and leads The Gulf Bond and Sukuk Association (GBSA) the independent industry association representing the Arabian Gulf fixed income market. The GBSA is composed of the region’s leading banks, law firms, issuers, ratings agencies and service providers and plays a leading role on all major matters concerning development of bond markets in the region.  Prior to founding GBSA, Michael served as advisor for the US Treasury on sovereign debt and bond markets, where he advised over forty countries and regional organizations. He has also consulted extensively for the International Monetary Fund and Arab Monetary Fund. Prior to his international career, Mr. Grifferty was a senior vice president at Government Finance Associates, providing problem-solving financial advisory services to US state and local governments and public authorities. A sought after speaker at international conferences, Michael is also frequent contributor to the financial press. He has degrees from New York University and Georgetown University in Public Finance and International Relations, respectively.  A native English speaker, Michael speaks French and Russian.

Shah Gilani
Shah Gilani is a contributing editor to both Money Morning and The Money Map Report. He is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the credit crisis. His published open letters to the White House, Congress and U.S. Treasury secretaries have outl

Shah Gilani is a contributing editor to both Money Morning and The Money Map Report. He is considered one of the world's foremost experts on the credit crisis. His published open letters to the White House, Congress and U.S. Treasury secretaries have outlined detailed alternative policy options that have been lauded by academics and legislators.
Shah ran his first hedge fund in 1982 from his seat on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. When the OEX began trading on March 11, 1983, Shah was working in the pit as a market maker. Along with other traders, he popularised what later became known as the VIX (volatility index). He left Chicago to run the futures and options division of the British banking giant Lloyd's TSB. Shah went on to originate and run a packaged fixed-income trading desk for Roosevelt & Cross Inc., an old-line New York boutique bond firm, and established that company's listed and OTC trading desks. Shah started another hedge fund in 1999, which he ran until 2003.

Dr. Nouriel Roubini - Professor of Economics, NYU Stern School of Business. Chairman & Founder, Roubini Global Economics.

The unflinching realist who predicted the global financial crisis.

Popularly known as Dr. Doom (the title of a profile in The New York Times Magazine, 2008), Nouriel is known for his now-vindicated predictions of the current financial crisis. He can trace the European financial situation to its roots and explain what solutions there may be - if any.

Ignored for a long time by mainstream economists and policy makers, he now receives invitations to speak before such influential organizations as the U.S. Congress and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been forecasting a serious financial crisis in the U.S. for years, speaking notably before a skeptical IMF about his predictions in 2006.

His myth shattering book (with Stephen Mihm), Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance is now an updated paperback edition with a new afterword. It reveals the methods Nouriel used to foretell the current crisis before other economists saw it coming and shows how those methods can help us make sense of the present and prepare for the future.

Dr. Roubini was once again chosen for the Foreign Policy`s Top 100 Global Thinkers 2011 list and was named to Fortune Magazine`s list of `10 new gurus you should know`.

Systematic research informs Nouriel`s opinions. From his analysis of past collapses of emerging economies he has identified common factors that support his predictions of crisis in the U.S. and world markets.

He is the author of Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Economies.

Nouriel Roubini is a Professor of Economics at New York University`s Stern School of Business and is Chairman & Founder of Roubini Global Economics, an innovative economic and geo-strategic information service with 30 economists on staff. He studies international macroeconomics, political economy and the mechanisms of economic growth.

Professor Roubini served as a senior adviser to the White House Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Treasury Department, has published numerous policy papers and books on key international macroeconomic issues, and is regularly cited as an authority in the media.

He contributes to a monthly commentary for Project Syndicate called After the Storm. He also maintains a blog at Roubini Global Economics.

 

Credentials

-Professor of Economics & International Business, Stern School of Business, New York University
-Chairman & Founder, Roubini Global Economics
-Senior Economist for International Affairs, White House Council of Economic Advisors
-Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for International Affairs; Director of the Office of Policy Development & Review, U.S. Dept of Treasury
-Foreign Policy`s Top 100 Global Thinkers, 2010 and 2011
-Research Associate, NBER (National Bureau of Economic Research)
-Research Fellow, CEPR (Center for Economic Policy Research)
-Former Visiting Economist & Consultant, IMF
-Former consultant, World Bank
-Regular contributor, Project Syndicate

Steve Troop - Chief Executive Officer, Barwa Bank
On graduation from Cambridge University in 1979, Steve first joined HSBC and has worked extensively in the Asia-Pacific region, most of the GCC countries, South America and Europe.

In 2007 he was appointed Chief Operating Officer at Saudi Hollandi Bank and subsequently joined Barwa Bank in September 2010.


Steve has spent more than three decades in leadership roles in the financial services industry and has far-reaching international experience in retail and branch banking, corporate lending and relationship management, investment banking, insurance, operations and support services.

Dr. Yahya A. M. Alyahya - Chief Executive Officer - Gulf International Bank
Chairman - Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited


Mr. Alyahya served on the Board of The World Bank Group as Executive Director representing Saudi Arabia from 1999 to 2006. During that period he served in many capacities, most notably as Dean of Executive Directors and Chairman of the Board Steering Committee (03-06); Chairman of the Personnel Committee and Member of the Budget Committee (02-03); Vice Chairman of the Audit Committee and Member of the Governance Committee (00-02). Prior to that Mr. Alyahya served as Advisor to the Governor, Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (99); General Manager of E.A. Juffali & Bros. in Riyadh (94-99); Founder and Director General, The Institute of Banking, SAMA, in Riyadh (89-94); Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at King Saud University, Riyadh (86-89) and the University of Michigan, USA (83-86); Lecturer on Matching Problems and Algorithms at the Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, India (82); and a Project Analyst at the Saudi Industrial Development Fund, Riyadh (75). Mr. Alyahya has also served on the Boards and Board Committees of many organizations, most notably the Group of Twenty (G-20) High Level Panel on Infrastructure Investment (HLPII) (2011); Sanabil Strategy Steering Group (2010); Oger Telecom (06-11); Saudi Re (first reinsurer in SA) (07-08); Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) (06-08); National Commercial Bank (NCB) (08); Gulf International Bank (GIB) (99-01); Saudi Engineering Society (79-99); Audit Committee of AlBank AlSaudi AlFaransi (97-99); and Saudi Agricultural Bank (92-95). Mr. Alyahya holds a PhD in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (83) and a Graduate of the UPM (75). Currently, Mr. Alyahya is Chief Executive Officer of Gulf International Bank (GIB) since January, 2009. He also chairs the Board of Shuaibah Water and Electricity Company (first IWPP in SA) and Shuaibah Expansion Project Company (SA). He is also a member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council of the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

Douglas B. Baker

Prior to co-founding Monument Capital Group in 2008, Mr. Baker served as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Border and Transportation Security Policy within the Homeland Security Council

October 2005 - December 2007). Mr. Baker was responsible for developing and managing programs that impact border and transportation security; evaluating technologies and assisting with establishing annual budgets. He created and managed the implementation of the National Strategies for Aviation Security and Maritime Security, the Executive Order on Surface Transportation, and policies and programs related to the development and maintenance of terrorist related watch lists and related screening procedures.
Previously, Mr. Baker served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the United States Department of Commerce from 2001 through 2005. In this capacity, he served as a policy advisor to the Secretary and Under Secretary on issues related to international financial and monetary affairs managing programs that developed trade policy, identified foreign market barriers and analyzed trends affecting the domestic and foreign competitiveness for U.S. businesses.
Prior to joining the Bush Administration, Mr. Baker served as the chief administrative officer and Deputy General Counsel and ran day-to-day operations for the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority between 1999 and 2001. During his tenure, the Sports Authority financed and developed more than $1,000,000,000 in sports-related infrastructures. Between 1993 and 1998, Mr. Baker was associated with the law firm of Looper, Reed, Mark & McGraw in Houston, Texas. He practiced public and administrative law, as well as commercial litigation.
He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for Persistent Sentinel LLC.
Mr. Baker holds a BA from the University of Texas of Austin and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law.

Jean-Christophe Durand - Chief Executive Officer, Middle-East Africa Corporate and Investment Banking

Jean-Christophe is Chief Executive Officer of BNP Paribas Corporate and Investment Banking for the Middle East & Africa (MEA) Region, based in Bahrain,

where he is entrusted with overseeing the Bank’s operations and strengthening its presence and client franchise across the region, managing all employees working for Corporate and Investment Banking and Investment Solutions.

Jean-Christophe joined BNP Paribas in 1996 where he has enjoyed an extensive and rich career. He has not only grown the Bank to its current stature and reputation within the region, but has also strategically driven the Bank to win a wide range of high profile awards within the industry.

Prior to heading the operations in the Middle East & Africa, Jean-Christophe held several senior positions at Banque Indosuez in Bahrain, Kenya, and London.

Jean-Christophe is a member of the Regional Executive Committee and part of the Regional Management team for BNP Paribas MEA.

Jean-Christophe graduated from ESSEC (High School of Economic and Commercial Sciences) in Paris in 1980.
 

HE Mr. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj

holds a ministerial ranking position as Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) since January 2005.

Mr. Al Maraj leads the CBB in delivering on its mandate of ensuring monetary and financial stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain, and also of acting as the single financial services industry regulator.

Mr. Al Maraj has senior level experience in both the public sector (Bahrain Government) and the private sector – his appointment immediately prior to the CBB was as General Manager and CEO of the Arab Petroleum Investments Company (APICORP) in Saudi Arabia.

He has served as member and chairman of a number of organisations including the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB) and the National Oil & Gas Authority (NOGA).


HE Mr. Rasheed Mohammed Al Maraj was appointed to his current role as Governor of the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) formerly the Bahrain Monetary Agency (BMA), an appointment which carries ministerial ranking, in January 2005.

As Governor, Mr. Al Maraj is the CBB’s chief executive. In addition to the responsibility of ensuring monetary and financial stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the CBB is also the single regulator of the financial services industry in the country.

Prior to his appointment to the CBB, Mr. Al Maraj had executive public and private sector experience including finance, engineering and management.

He has held senior level positions with the Bahrain government; with the Ministry of Finance, formerly the Finance and National Economy Ministry as (Assistant Under-Secretary) and the Ministry of Transportation as (Under-Secretary). Immediately prior to his CBB appointment, Mr. Al Maraj was General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Arab Petroleum Investments Company (APICORP) based in Damam in Saud Arabia.

He currently sits on the boards of the Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB), the National Oil and Gas Authority (NOGA) and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, UK, and has previously served as Chairman of the Bahrain Telecommunications Company, as a member of the Consultation Council of the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) of Bahrain.
 

Dr. M. Idriss Ghodbane (CEO & Board Member, Quantum Investment Bank Ltd)
is the Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Quantum Investment Bank Ltd. Prior to this position,

Dr. Ghodbane has held several senior positions over his career, which includes CEO at Al-Rouyah Investment & Leasing Company (Kuwait), Head of Structured Finance for MENA Region at Standard Bank Plc., Executive Director at Arab Banking Corporation Islamic Bank (ABC Islamic Bank) in Bahrain and was in charge of the Financial Sector Investments at ICD, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group, in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Ghodbane holds a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and PhD in Financial management. Dr. Ghodbane is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Mr. Jacopo Redi
holds a degree in Economics and Finance from the Bocconi University in Milan, where he majored in Financial Intermediaries and Asset Management.

Before joining Redi & Partners, he spent 7 years with Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, as a Senior Portfolio Manager in both Fixed Income and Equities.

Previously Jacopo gained trading experience in futures and derivatives by working for Citifutures in London.

Jacopo is the CEO of Redi & Partners, an Investment Advisor of a Global Variable Strategy Funds of Theam (BNP Paribas) and of a Luxembourg SIF. The aim of these funds is to generate a low volatility positive performance in all types of market conditions. This is achieved by continuously modifying the strategies in the portfolio in order to benefit from the ever changing market conditions . He heads the Investment Committee which decides the weekly revisions of the allocations in the various strategies and in the investments in ETF, ETNs and Managed Accounts of the Lyxor, Inncap, Deutsche Bank and Amundi Platforms.

Todd Benjamin

is well known to television audiences across the globe. For 26 years he worked as an anchor, correspondent, and financial editor for CNN. During that time he was based in Washington DC, New York, Tokyo, and London.

An award winning journalist, Todd has interviewed everyone from Mikhail Gorbachev to Alan Greenspan, Bill Clinton to Tony Blair. Todd has also interviewed several of the world's leading CEOs including Lou Gerstner, Jack Welch, and Carlos Ghosn in his CNN series, Benjamin's Boardroom.

Todd now devotes much of his time to speaking and moderating conferences and events for businesses and organizations around the world. He also facilitates internal corporate meetings and consults on leadership and communication.

Todd continues to appear on CNN as an independent analyst to provide live commentary and analysis, where his views on the economy, financial markets and other issues are widely followed.

Todd is a senior advisor to Xynt-o, an international management consultancy which works with companies to transition to a low-carbon economy. Xynt-o's clients include Gazprom, Wilhelmsen, Statoil and Tata, among several others.

Todd is also a visiting lecturer in leadership at the London Business School Executive Education program.
 

Dr. Wichai Turongpun

is Chief Economist at Arab Banking Corporation (ABC), an international universal bank headquartered in Manama, Bahrain.

He conducts research and provides advisory services to the senior management on country risk, international finance and MENA investment. Prior to joining ABC, he was the senior economist, with his most recent role being Acting Head of Economics and Research at Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APPICORP) in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He was responsible for macroeconomic and MENA energy investment study for project and trade finance. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor and a director in the Graduate School of Development Economics at Thailand's National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA). He actively provided advisory services to ministries, financial institutions, and multi-lateral organizations during his tenure. Dr. Turongpun also served as adviser to the World Bank, the Royal Thai government's National Economic and Social Development Board, the UNESCAP's Statistics and International trade and industry.

Dr. Turongpun was a recipient of Thailand's most prestigious King Anandamahidol's scholarship. He received his B.Sc. in Biotechnology with first class honors and a gold medal of science from Kasetsart University, Thailand, Master's in Applied economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Ph.D. in economics from Cornell. His academic and professional contributions include lecturing, public speech and research in the area of macroeconomics, banking aand financial market, energy investment, and emerging economies.

Mr. Talal Al Zain - Chief Executive Officer, PineBridge Investments Middle East

is CEO for PineBridge Investments Middle East, B.S.C. (c) covering Middle East, North Africa and Turkey.

He is responsible for managing the firm's investment activities and relationships within the region. Mr. Al Zain is also a member of PineBridge's Global Executive Committee. He has joint management responsibility for PineBridge's alternative investments capabilities, as Co-Head of Alternative Investments.

Prrior to joining PineBridge, Mr. Al Zain was the Chief Executive Officer of Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, the sovereign wealth fund and investment arm for the Kingdom of Bahrain. He was a founding member of Mumtalakat, an independent holding company for the government of Bahrain's strategic non-oil and gas related assets. Prior to joining Mumtalakat, Mr. Al Zain spent 18 years with Investcorp as Managing Director and Co-Head of Placement and Relationship Management. Before that he was Vice President of Private Banking International and Head of Investment Banking Middle East with The Chase Manhattan Bank, Geneva as well as a corporate banker for Citibank Corporate Banking Division in Bahrain.

He hollds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Oglethorpe University as well as a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Mercer University, Atlanta.

David G. Blanchflower
David Danny Blanchflower is a leading labor economist

David Danny Blanchflower is a leading labor economist and currently the Bruce V. Rauner '78 professor of economics at Dartmouth College in the US. Until 2009 he was also one of the Bank of England s senior policy makers. As a member of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) for 3 years, he was one of the few economists to correctly call the depths of the recession gripping the economy and has spoken out about the caution of his fellow MPC members. He received the Business Person of the Year award from the Daily Telegraph in 2009.
Davd Blanchflower has held several research positions in economy for universities in Munich and Bonn and since January 2009 he is the Program Director of the "Future of Labor" research program at the Institute for Study of Labor in Bonn. His research findings on a variety of topics including economics, finance, entrepreneurship and unemployment have been widely published and for his book The Wage Curve he was awarded the Princeton University's Richard A. Lester Prize for 'the most outstanding book in Industrial Relations and Labor Economics He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute, a vising fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a Bloomberg TV Contributing editor and a columnist at the Independent, a UK national daily newspaper. Prof. Blanchflower was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 Queen s Birthday Honours.

Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy - President of the French Republic (2007-2012)
A position which culminated from years spent dedicating his life to a highly esteemed and richly diverse political career in France.

Prior to his presidency, Sarkozy was appointed as Minister of State, Minister of the Interior and Spatial Planning under Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin (2005). Previously, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin appointed Sarkozy to Minister of the Interior, Internal Security and Local Freedoms (2002-2004), followed by an appointment to Minister of State, Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry (April-November 2004). Shortly after his second appointment under Raffarin, Sarkozy resigned after being elected president of the French political party, Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), with 85.1% of the vote (November 2004).

Earlier in his career, Sarkozy held a wide variety of political positions. He was elected president of the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine in 2004, prior to which he served as president of the Departmental Committee for the Rally for the Republic political party (RPR) of Hauts-de-Seine (2000-2004). He held a number of other positions for RPR including acting chairman (1999), general secretary (1998), coordinator and spokesman for the transition team (1997), member of the Political Bureau (1993), deputy secretary general (1992-1993) and co-director of the union list for the European elections (1989). In 1988, he was the national secretary of the RPR, responsible for youth and training, and served in a similar role the following year with the additional responsibility of animation.

Other political positions have included: member of the Hauts-de-Seine 6th constituency (1988-2002), vice-chairman of the General Council of Hauts-de-Seine, in charge of education and culture (1986-1988), mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine (1983-2002) and councilor of Neuilly-sur-Seine (1977).

The recipient of numerous honors and accolades, Sarkozy's decorations include the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, Grand Cross of the National Order of Merit, Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Charles III (Spain), Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (United Kingdom), Knight of the Golden Fleece (Spain), Tolerance Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center (2003), the Humanitarian Award from the Elie Wiesel Foundation (2008) and the World Statesman Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (2008).

A prolific writer, Sarkozy is the author of the following: Georges Mandel, The Monk Policy (1994); After the Passion, Balance: Interview with Michel Denisot (1995); Free (2001); The Republic, Religions, Hope (2004); Testimony (2006) and Together (2007).

After completing his undergraduate education in political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Sarkozy completed his masters degree in private law (1978) and his certificate to practice law (1981).

Born in Paris on January 28, 1955, Sarkozy is married and has four children. Prior to his political career, he worked as a lawyer and was a member of the Paris Bar Association.

Dr. Subhadra Ganguli
is the Head of Centre - Banking. She joined BIBF in 2004 as a Lecturer in the Centre for Banking, became Head of Quality Assurance in 2008 before the shift back to head of Centre in 2011

She has completed her B.Sc in Economics (Hons) from Presidency College, India and M.A in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. She has earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California in Riverside, USA in 2003. Her areas of specialization are: Applied Micro and Macroeconomics and Applied Econometrics.

Dr Ganguli has both academic and work experience over the last 16 years including as a lecturer in Economics at different colleges (including Presidency College) in India prior to her studies in the USA; the University of California as a Teaching Assistant; and taught in the University of California as a lecturer in Economics.


She also worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in Washington D.C. extensively during her Ph.D. program and with the Instituto Nacional de Ecologia (INE) of the Government of Mexico at Mexico City as part of her dissertation research.

She has presented her research papers in various international conferences, seminars and workshops in USA, Canada, UK and India.

Dr Ganguli has received the Outstanding Teaching Assistantship Award, PBS Documentary, Anticipate 2010 Pedagogy Project, UC Riverside, CA, USA.

She is a member of the Econometric Society of India. She served the Bahrain Chapter of PRMIA (Professional Risk Managers  International Association) as a steering committee member during 2008-2010.

She completed the Leadership Development Program at the Darden Business School, University of Virginia, USA in 2013.

Dr Ganguli's interests lie in International Economic Policy and regulation, Indian Classical music and dance, international travel, cultures and cuisines of the world.

Dr. Saad Hamad Al Barrak - Chairman, ILA Group
is a distinguished engineer and businessman of international repute.

He holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Systems Engineering, both from
Ohio University, and a PhD in Information Systems & Technology Management from the
University of London. He is also an alumnus of Harvard University.

Since his
appointment in 2002 and under his tutelage, Zain's (formerly MTC) customer base has
increased from 600,000 in Kuwait to a conglomerate of 22 operations with over 63.54
million active customers across the Middle East and Africa. In this period, Zain's market
capitalization on the Kuwait Stock Exchange has increased from less than US$2.5 billion
to exceed $10 billion by December 31, 2008.

Prior to his appointment with MTC, Dr. Al
Barrak was Managing Director of International Turnkey Systems (ITS), one of the
leading IT companies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Under him,
ITS’s revenues grew from $5 million in 1985 to exceed $100 million in 2000. Dr. Al
Barrak was Vice-Chairman of the Social Development Office (SDO) of the Amiri Diwan
in Kuwait; Chairman of Egyptian software developer ITSoft; Chairman of Arab Telecom; and a non-executive Director of Arab Management Association in Cairo. In 2005 he
received the Middle Easts "CEO of the Year" award in the Information Communication
Technology sector, and in 2003 he received the "e-Businessman of the Year" award in
the region. He also received the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award from leading industry
magazine COMMSMEA. September 2012, he was given the Outstanding Contribution
to Business Award" at the 2012 CEO Middle East Awards held in Dubai. ribution
to Business Award" at the 2012 CEO Middle East Awards held in Dubai. Dr Al-Barrak
was an Executive Board Member of Celtel International and an ex-Member of the Board
of the GSM Association. He is currently an Advisory Board Member of the UNDP in
Kuwait as well as a member of the International University of Africa, Khartoum. Dr. Al
Barrak resigned as the CEO of Zain Group in 2010 and later gave up also the position of
CEO, Zain KSA. He is at present the Chairman of ILA Group, with offices in Bahrain,
Egypt and Kuwait. Dr Al Barrak launched his 272 page biography "A Passion for
Adventure-Turning Zain into a Telecom Giant published by the global publishing group,
Bloomsbury, followed by an Arabic version.

Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine

Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development

JarmoKotilaine joined the Bahrain Economic Development Board as Chief Economist in September 2012. He previously served as Chief Economist of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) since 2010, preceded by two years as Chief Economist of NCB Capital, the investment arm of the NCB Group. Dr Kotilaine has built a high profile amongst the GCC business community and with the regional and international media.
Dr Kotilaine previously worked for a number of years as an economic and financial consultant with a primary focus on emerging markets. He advised the Spanish stock exchange, Bolsas y MercadosEspanoles (BME), headed the financial services consultancy of Oxford Analytica, a global strategic consultancy firm, and subsequently of Control Risks Group (CRG), a London-based international business risk consultancy. During this time, Dr Kotilaine's main clientele consisted of banks, stock exchanges and financial regulators, some of which he has continued to serve as an external advisor.
Dr Kotilaine studied economics and economic history at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. He subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard where his primary research focus was the long-term economic and institutional development of Eurasia as well as on international trade and finance.

Mr. Ijlal Ahmed Alvi (Chief Executive Officer, International Islamic Financial Market )

has over two decades of experience in the financial services industry; specifically in the areas of capital & money market and investment banking.

He has extensive experience in setting up and centralization of bank’s treasury functions, strategic planning, policy setting, financial institution restructuring/formation and marketing. He has served at senior positions with a number of international & middle-eastern financial institutions.

Mr. Alvi is the Chief Executive of International Islamic Financial Market (IIFM) since 2005, where he has been instrumental in initiating standardization of Islamic Capital & Money Market's Documentation, Products and related Processes. In order to enhance and bring unification in Islamic finance and its legal system, Mr. Alvi has negotiated and successfully signed several Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with organizations such as IRTI-IDB Group, ISDA, ICMA, AIBIM etc.

Mr. Alvi manages a number of IIFM's Global Working Groups focused towards developing unified Islamic Capital & Money Market documentation and product standards specifically on Islamic Hedging, Liquidity Management & Capital Market Instruments. He also manages IIFM workshops and specialized Capital & Money Market events.

Mr. Alvi is also involved in several working committees at international level such as the IFSI's 10 Year Framework and Islamic Financial Sector Development Working Group. Mr. Alvi is a regular contributor in the printed media where his contributions are focused on Islamic financial instruments, liquidity management, risk mitigation and innovation in Islamic Financial Services Industry as well as expert participation in events hosted by regulators such as Securities Commission Malaysia, Central Bank of Bahrain, Bank Indonesia, State Bank of Pakistan as well as other Islamic finance events such as WIBC, IFN Forum, Euromoney's Islamic Summit etc.

Mr. Alvi has overseen the launch of the IFSI's first global standardized documentation namely Murabaha and Agency documentation, ISDA/IIFM Tahawwut (Hedging) Master Agreement, Hedging Product Standards, Inter-Bank Unrestricted Investment Wakalah Standard etc.

Mr. Alvi holds a Master's in Finance from Golden Gate University, California, USA.

Dr. Huseyin ASLAN
President, Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT)

Mr. Huseyin ASLAN, former UK Representative of ISPAT, is the President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) since?September 2010. This agency is attached to the Prime Ministry and reports directly to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey.
Prior to his appointment at ISPAT, he was the board member of The Turkish - British Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During the same period, he was the General Manager of the Ocean International Aviation and Logistics Ltd.
Mr. ASLAN holds an Economics degree from Erciyes University, Turkey, as well as a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from London University, UK. His PhD degree at Politics is from the Exeter University, UK.
Mr. ASLAN is married and has two children. He speaks 2 languages, English and Arabic.

Lord Norman Lamont
Currently he is a director of, and a consultant to a number of companies in the financial sector.

Norman Lamont was at the centre of British politics for many years. He was a Cabinet Minister under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was a member of the House of Commons for twenty-five years.
Norman Lamont was Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) from 1990 to1993 and introduced three Budgets. In 1992, he was Chairman of the G7 Group of Finance Ministers and also of the EU Finance Ministers.
Many Economists have attributed much of the economic stability and low inflation experienced in the UK, to the policies introduced by Norman Lamont. These new policies included an inflation target for the Bank of England and a tough tax raising Budget in 1993. Sir Alan Walters, economic advisor to Lady Thatcher, in a letter to the Times described Lord Lamont in his "post ERM phase".. "to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since 1945".
Currently he is a director of, and a consultant to a number of companies in the financial sector.
He was made a Life Peer in 1998.

Wolfgang Münchau
Wolfgang Münchau is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the eurozone.

He writes the European economic column of the Financial Times and is a co-founder of Eurointelligence.com. He is the recipient of the 2012 SABEW award for best international columnist. He also runs eurointelligence.com, an internet service that provides daily comment and analysis of the euro area, targeted at investors, academics and policy makers.
Wolfgang Münchau speaks with authority on the complexities of the European economy and the eurozone crisis. Is the eurozone going to survive, and if so, in what form?

Before assuming his current position, Mr. Münchau co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of FT Deutschland. He holds Master’s degrees in mathematics and journalism. Before joining FT Deutschland, he was a Frankfurt correspondent and later economics correspondent of the Financial Times, reporting on the preparation for the final stage of monetary union and the launch of the Euro. Between 1988 and 1995 he held several posts at The Times newspaper, including Washington and Brussels correspondent. He speaks German and English.
 

Dr. M. Idriss Ghodbane
CEO & Board Member, Quantum Investment Bank Ltd

Dr. Ghodbane is the Chief Executive Officer and Board member of Quantum Investment Bank Ltd. Prior to this position, Dr. Ghodbane has held several senior positions over his career, which includes CEO at Al-Rouyah Investment & Leasing Company (Kuwait), Head of Structured Finance for MENA Region at Standard Bank Plc., Executive Director at Arab Banking Corporation Islamic Bank (ABC Islamic Bank) in Bahrain and was in charge of the Financial Sector Investments at ICD, the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group, in Saudi Arabia. Dr. Ghodbane holds a Master of Science in Quantitative Finance from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and PhD in Financial management. Dr. Ghodbane is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Marios Maratheftis
Marios Maratheftis is an expert on the regional economy, FX strategy and financial markets. He is the Global Head of Macro Research.

He has several years experience in emerging markets, having graduated from the University of Warwick with an MSc in Economics and Finance and a BSc in Economics. He initially worked as an econometrician in his native Cyprus where he advised the Central Bank on foreign exchange related issues. Marios then took on the role of economist and Senior FX strategist with Standard Chartered Bank based in London, where he played an active role in the management of the Bank?s FX Strategy real money portfolio. He has attracted a large following with the accuracy of his forecasts and his ability to give engaging presentations on a wide variety of financial issues.
He has authored a number of financial and academic articles, and appears regularly in the international media. His job has taken him across the Bank?s franchises in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Marios was promoted to the role of Regional Head of Research for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia in 2007. In 2010 he became Head of Research for the West which includes the Middle East, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Marios has been currently promoted to global head of macro research and has been given additional responsibility over Asia. He is based in Dubai with his family.

Mr. Hisham Ramez
Vice Chairman and Managing Director at CIB

Hisham Ramez recently undertook the role of Vice Chairman and Managing Director at CIB in December 2011. Mr. Ramez joins CIB with more than 25 years of experience in International Banking and an extensive achievement record in Asset & Liability Management, Investment Banking and Risk Management. During that time, Mr. Ramez established his invaluable technical, marketing and managerial skills gained while working at various international banks.
Prior to joining CIB, Mr. Hisham Ramez spent a long career in the banking industry. Mr. Ramez has enjoyed a long and prosperous career in the banking industry prior to joining CIB. In 1982, Mr. Ramez found employment at Bank of America as an Assistant Manager, Senior Foreign Exchange & Money Market division and was subsequently promoted to Manager, Senior Trader during his employment in Bahrain. Mr. Ramez later joined Arab Banking Corporation in Bahrain in 1988 as Vice President of the institution. In 1996, Mr. Ramez returned to Egypt as the General Manager of Egyptian Gulf Bank later to be promoted to Managing Director / CEO. Following his time at Egyptian Gulf Bank, in 2006 Mr. Ramez joined Suez Canal Bank as Chairman and Managing Director. In 2007 joined The Central Bank of Egypt as a board member and Deputy Governor until he accepted his current title at CIB.
In addition to his employment record, Mr. Hisham Ramez has been instrumental since 2006 as a board member in various banking institutions and councils. To name a few, Mr. Ramez has been on the board of; The Egyptian Banking Institute, Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority, Monetary Policy Committee at Central Bank of Egypt, Anti Money Laundering Unit, National Bank for Investment, The Egyptian Stock Exchange, Egyptian American Business Council and Arab Monetary Fund.

Professor Ron Anderson
Ron Anderson is a Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics. He is also co-director of the Financial Markets Group at LSE where he heads up the program on Risk Management and Fixed Income Markets.

Ron Anderson is a Professor of Finance at the London School of Economics. He is also co-director of the Financial Markets Group at LSE where he heads up the program on Risk Management and Fixed Income Markets. He is a fellow at the CEPR in the financial economics program. He is director of the LSE’s MSc in Management and Regulation of Risk which is an innovative interdisciplinary program that has been developed in collaboration with Deutsche Bank.

He has broad interest in the field of financial economics. In recent years much of his theoretical work has centred upon dynamic corporate finance “Corporate Liquidity and Capital Structure” Review of Financial Studies (with A. Carverhill) 2012 and “Financing and Corporate Growth under Repeated Moral Hazard, Journal of Financial Intermediation (with K. Nyborg, 2011)).

Ron has an active interest in financial institutions. In this field he carried out a study of finance in ex-communist countries (R. Anderson and C.Kegels Transition Banking: The Financial Development of Central and Eastern Europe. Oxford University Press 1998). Currently he is interested in the transformation of the financial sector under the influence of regulatory changes instituted since 2008.

Ron has undertaken consultancy and research projects in Corporate Finance; Corporate Governance; Credit Risk; Risk Management. His recent executive teaching has been in the areas of risk management and corporate governance. He has been involved in expert testimony on a variety of capital markets cases. He is fluent in French.
 

Dominique Strauss-Kahn
now CEO of Kairos - a consulting firm -, is the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2007-2011)

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, now CEO of Kairos , a consulting firm , is the former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (2007-2011). Previously, he served as a member of the French National Assembly and professor of economics at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris (2000-2007).

He began his career as a assistant professor and later professor of economics at the University of Paris. Then he was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of the Economic Planning Agency (1981-1986).

Afterwards he was elected for the first time at the National Assembly (86) and has chaired the finance committee of the House from 1988 to 1991. He has served as minister of Industry and International Trade in the Cresson (1991-1992) and Beregovoy (1992-1993) cabinets. In 1995 he was elected mayor of the city of Sarcelles. He served then as minister of economy, finance and industry of France from June 1997 to November 1999.

His training includes a PhD in economics from the University of Paris. He is also graduated in law, in business administration, in political studies and in statistics. As an academic his research fields includes households saving behavior, public finance and social policy.

He was born in 1949 and has grown in Morocco.

He is interested in information technologies and is fond of music and paintings. He likes to ski and to play chess.
 

Dr. John Llewellyn
Dr Llewellyn is a founding partner of Llewellyn Consulting, a London-based, independent economics consultancy specialising in macroeconomics, and environmental economics.

Amongst his other activities, John is an independent director of Genesis Emerging Markets Fund; a member of the Council at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House); and some time advisor to HM Treasury.
Before establishing Llewellyn Consulting, he was Global Chief Economist, and then Senior Economic Policy Advisor, at Lehman Brothers. This followed 17 years at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where variously he was Head of International Forecasting and Policy Analysis, editor of the OECD Economic Outlook, Deputy Director for Social Affairs, Manpower and Education, and finally Chef de Cabinet to the Secretary-General (Chief of Staff).
Prior to that he was nearly ten years at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Cambridge, and he was also a Fellow of St. John’s College.
He received his undergraduate degree at the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and his doctorate at the University of Oxford. John Llewellyn has published widely.

Dr. Fan Gang
Chairman, China Reform Foundation, and Director, National Economic Research Institute. Professor of Economics, Peking University and the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

He got his Ph.D. in economics from the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) in 1988. He was visiting fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Harvard University, MA, USA, 1985-1987; Senior research fellow and deputy director of Institute of Economics, CASS, 1992-1995; chief editor, Jingji Yanjiu (Economic Research Journal, monthly), 1992-1993; His publications include over 100 academic papers published in Chinese and English academic journals; and 12 books on Macroeconomics and Economics of transition. He is also an advisor to various departments of Chinese Central government and provincial governments; as independent member of China Monetary Policy Committee during 2006-2010; as guest professor of number of universities and graduate schools; and consultant to The World Bank, UNDP, OECD, etc. He received Docteur Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctor) from University of Auvergne, France, and Royal Road University of Canada, in 2004 and 2011 respectively, and listed as one of "World's Top 100 Public Intellectuals" jointly by Foreign Policy and Prospect, in 2005 and 2008 consecutively and listed as one of "100 Global Thinkers" by Foreign Policy in 2010.

Philipp M. Hildebrand
Philipp Hildebrand has served on the Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank since 2003, most recently as Chairman.

• Chairman, Governing Board of the Swiss National Bank 2010 - 2012
• Financial Stability Board (FSB), 2007-2012, Named Vice-Chairman in 2011
• Former Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)
• Member, Group of Thirty
• Former Partner, Moore Capital Management
• Senior Visiting Fellow, University of Oxford

Earlier in his career, he was a Partner at Moore Capital Management in New York and in London. During the financial crisis, Mr. Hildebrand played a prominent international role as a member of the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and as the Swiss Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
In November 2011, he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Financial Stability Board. For their annual Banker Award 2012, the magazine The Banker selected Mr. Hildebrand as Central Banker of the Year Europe.
Mr. Hildebrand began his professional career at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. In 1995, he joined Moore Capital Management in London and was made Partner in 1997. He returned to Switzerland in 2000 to join a Swiss Private Bank before joining the Swiss National Bank in 2003.
Philipp Hildebrand was raised and educated in Switzerland, the United States and Canada. He went to High School in Connecticut and graduated from the University of Toronto in 1988. In 1990, he received a master's degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. In 1994, he completed his doctoral studies at the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in International Relations. While enrolled at Oxford, he was awarded visiting fellowships at the European University Institute in Florence (1992) and at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University (1993).
In 2006, he was appointed to the Strategic Committee of the French Debt Management Office. Philipp Hildebrand is a member of the Group of Thirty and an Honorary Fellow of Lincoln College, Oxford. Mr. Hildebrand is a former member of the Swiss National Swimming Team.

Professor Leszek Balcerowicz
Former Polish Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and President of the National Bank (until 2006).

Leszek Balcerowicz is a pioneer of radical reforms who has been at the centre of Poland's economic and political life since 1989. Having been three times in government in charge of economic reforms, he is acclaimed as the architect of his country's economic growth and as a leader of free market economy. He is the Governor of the National Polish Bank and has also held positions including Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and President of the National Bank. He is a member of the group of trustees of the Institute of International Finance (USA) and also a Professor of Economics at the Warsaw School of Economics. He is the only Central/Eastern European member of the prestigious "Group of Thirty".
Mr. Balcerowicz graduated with distinction from the Foreign Trade Faculty at the Central School of Planning and Statistics in Warsaw and gained an MBA at St. John's University in New York followed by his Ph.D. in Economics in 1975 from the Warsaw School of Economics. He served as Finance Minister from 1989 until 1991, and was Finance Minister again between 1997 and 2000.
Mr. Balcerowicz uses his undoubted expertise as a market reforms practitioner to offer advice as to how to implement ideas to bring about financial stability. His presentations are invaluable for organisations looking to do business with the New Europe economies and also the current status of global markets. He uses his considerable expertise to pinpoint new business opportunities and offers an insider's view of the latest economic trends in Europe and the rest of the world.
An experienced and articulate speaker, Leszek Balcerowicz is in great demand around the globe by decision makers eager to benefit from his political and economic insights into the changing global markets.

Dr Jarmo Kotilaine

Chief Economist, Bahrain Economic Development

JarmoKotilaine joined the Bahrain Economic Development Board as Chief Economist in September 2012. He previously served as Chief Economist of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) since 2010, preceded by two years as Chief Economist of NCB Capital, the investment arm of the NCB Group. Dr Kotilaine has built a high profile amongst the GCC business community and with the regional and international media.
Dr Kotilaine previously worked for a number of years as an economic and financial consultant with a primary focus on emerging markets. He advised the Spanish stock exchange, Bolsas y MercadosEspanoles (BME), headed the financial services consultancy of Oxford Analytica, a global strategic consultancy firm, and subsequently of Control Risks Group (CRG), a London-based international business risk consultancy. During this time, Dr Kotilaine's main clientele consisted of banks, stock exchanges and financial regulators, some of which he has continued to serve as an external advisor.
Dr Kotilaine studied economics and economic history at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. He subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard where his primary research focus was the long-term economic and institutional development of Eurasia as well as on international trade and finance.
 

David McWilliams

David McWilliams Economist, Journalist, Broadcaster and Best Selling Author.

David is one of Ireland's most respected commentators, beginning his career as the youngest economic advisor in the Maastrict Treaty negotiation team, to becoming Ireland's best selling non-fiction author. As Ireland's leading economist he is a regular contributor radio and TV on the current economic trends, he currently writes a column for the Sunday Business Post and the Irish Independent and author of the Best Selling book 'The Popes Children' - a unique and brilliant survey of Ireland today. Most recently David has brought economics to the national theater with his one-man-show "Outsiders" - a unique partnership with the Abbey Theater.
David was nominated by the World Economic Forum at Davos as one of the young global leaders of 2007. This honor is bestowed each year by the World Economic Forum to recognize and acknowledge the top 250 young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.
David has built a cast iron reputation in Irish finance, economics and politics as being an uncompromising thinker, fiercely independent and unforgivingly analytical in the way he looks at this country.
David has interviewed some of the most influential and thought provoking characters of our age. From Henry Kissinger on America's place in the world to Mikhail Gorbachev on love and loss, Rudi Guilianni on crime and to Hillary Clinton on the "great right wing conspiracy".
David regularly speaks to national and international corporate audiences highlighting the most important economic issues for organisations and accurately forecasting events and their repercussions.

Tony Blair, Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain's Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).

During his ten years as Prime Minister, Tony Blair transformed Britain's public services through a program of investment and reform in schools and hospitals, resulting in more children achieving better school results and more people receiving faster access to health care, with improved survival rates for cancer and coronary heart disease.
Tony Blair has always been a strong advocate of a values-based, activist and multilateralist foreign policyan agenda that combined tackling terrorism and intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and Sierra Leone, with action on issues like climate change, global poverty, Africa and the Middle East Peace Process. Tony Blair is also widely credited for his contribution towards assisting the Northern Ireland Peace Process by helping jointly to negotiate the Good Friday Agreement and deliver a powersharing government.
Tony Blair continues to be active in public life. He has many interests, not least his current role in the Middle East, which takes up the largest proportion of his time. Since leaving Downing Street, Tony Blair has served as the Quartet Representative to the Middle East. He represents the United States of America, United Nations, Russia and the European Union, working with the Palestinians to prepare for statehood as part of the international community's effort to secure peace.
He has launched the Tony Blair Faith Foundation to promote respect and understanding of and between the major religions and to make the case for faith as a force for good in the modern world. The Foundation creates opportunities for people of all faiths and none to come together to learn directly from each other and to take joint action on shared humanitarian goals.
The "Faiths Act" programme empowers, supports and trains young people to take multi-faith action against extreme poverty in support of the Millennium Development Goals, providing an alternative to those who try to use faith as a means to divide. "Face to Faith" is a global education project for students aged 11-16. Students learn directly from each other through working on joint projects, video-conference exchanges and an online community. The "Faith and Globalisation Initiative" is a global network of leading universities, examining the role of faith in the modern world.
The Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative helps some of Africa's most dynamic leaders deliver the change their people need to relieve poverty. Renewing Tony Blair's commitment to Africa, the Africa Governance Initiative currently operates in Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, advising President Kagame, President Koroma, President Johnson Sirleaf and President Conde respectively, with a team of his staff working full-time at the centre of all three governments. By combining Tony Blair's unique experience as a leader and reformer, his personal relationships with African leaders, and incountry teams of experts, the Africa Governance Initiative is helping to build the capacity of partners to tackle poverty and attract investment sustainably.
Having been the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the Gleneagles G8 summit in 2005, Tony Blair is now leading the Breaking the Climate Deadlock Initiative, through which he is working with world leaders to bring consensus on a new and comprehensive international climate policy framework.
In recognition of his debt to the North East, he has also launched the Tony Blair Sports Foundation, which will increase participation in sport by young people, particularly those who are currently socially excluded by inspiring more adults to become trained coaches; by providing access to high quality nationally-accredited training for those we recruit; and by helping to match coaches with the schools and sports clubs which need them. The Foundation is working to ensuring a sporting legacy in the North East for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics which Tony Blair helped to bring to the United Kingdom.
Tony Blair's memoir, A Journey: My Political Life was released in September 2010 and made The New York Times best seller list within a week of its release.

Dr. Huseyin ASLAN
President, Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT)

Mr. Huseyin ASLAN, former UK Representative of ISPAT, is the President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) since?September 2010. This agency is attached to the Prime Ministry and reports directly to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey.
Prior to his appointment at ISPAT, he was the board member of The Turkish - British Chamber of Commerce and Industry. During the same period, he was the General Manager of the Ocean International Aviation and Logistics Ltd.
Mr. ASLAN holds an Economics degree from Erciyes University, Turkey, as well as a Masters degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from London University, UK. His PhD degree at Politics is from the Exeter University, UK.
Mr. ASLAN is married and has two children. He speaks 2 languages, English and Arabic.

President Bill Clinton
Founder of The William J. Clinton Foundation. 42nd President of the United States of America.

William Jefferson Clinton was the first Democratic president in six decades to be elected twice - first in 1992 and then in 1996. Under his leadership, the country enjoyed the strongest economy in a generation and the longest economic expansion in U.S. history, including the creation of more than 22 million jobs.
After leaving the White House, President Clinton established the William J. Clinton Foundation with the mission to strengthen the capacity of people in the United States and throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence. ?Today the Foundation has staff and volunteers around the world working to improve lives through several initiatives, including the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative, a separate nonprofit organization) which is helping 2 million people living with HIV/AIDS access lifesaving drugs. Other initiatives - including the Clinton Climate Initiative, the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative, and the Clinton Giustra Sustainable Growth Initiative -- are applying a business-oriented approach worldwide to fight climate change and develop sustainable economic growth in Africa and Latin America. As a project of the Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative brings together global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world?s most pressing issues. In the U.S., the Foundation is working to combat the alarming rise in childhood obesity through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and is helping individuals and families succeed and small businesses grow.
In addition his Foundation work, President Clinton has joined with former President George H.W. Bush three times - after the 2004 tsunami in South Asia, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Hurricane Ike in 2008 - to help raise money for recovery efforts. Additionally, President Clinton currently serves as UN Special Envoy for Haiti and along with Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, co-chairs the Interim Haiti Recovery Commission (IHRC). ?The IHRC, created by Haitian Presidential Decree in April, 2010, is charged with continuously developing and refining Haiti's development plans, assessing needs and gaps for investments, and ensuring that the implementation of development plans is ordinated, effective, transparent and delivers real change in the lives of the Haitian people.
President Clinton was born on August 19, 1946, in Hope, Arkansas. He and his wife Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, New York.

Dr. Alan Greenspan
For 18 1/2 years, Alan Greenspan served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. Greenspan also served as chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee, the System's principal monetary policymaking body.

He originally took office as chairman and to fill an unexpired term as a member of the Board on August 11, 1987.
Greenspan was reappointed to the Board to a full 14-year term, which began February 1, 1992, and ended January 31, 2006. He was designated chairman by Presidents Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush.
Greenspan was born on March 6, 1926, in New York City. He received a B.S. in economics (summa cum laude), M.A. and Ph.D. all from New York University. Greenspan also has performed advanced graduate studies at Columbia University. From 1954 to 1974 and from 1977 to 1987, Greenspan was chairman and president of Townsend-Greenspan & Co., Inc., an economic consulting firm in New York City. From 1974 to 1977, he served as chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers under President Ford, and from 1981 to 1983, as chairman of the National Commission on Social Security Reform.
Greenspan was appointed a member of President Reagan's Economic Policy Advisory Board, the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board, the Commission on Financial Structure and regulation, the Commission on an All-Volunteer Armed Force and the Task Force on Economic Growth.
Before his appointment to the Federal Reserve Board, Greenspan served as a director of numerous corporations, including J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc.; Mobil Corporation; Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa); General Foods Corp; and Capital Cities/ ABC, Inc.
He was a term member of the Board of Trustees of the Rand Corporation, a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution (at Stanford University) and vice chairman and trustee of the Economic Club of New York.
Greenspan has served as chairman of the Conference of Business Economists, president and fellow of the National Association of Business Economists and a fellow of the American Statistical Association.
Greenspan has received honorary degrees from Harvard, Yale, Pennsylvania, Notre Dame, Leuven (Belgium) and Edinburgh universities. He received the Legion of Honor (Commander) from France, became an honorary Knight Commander of the British Empire and received the Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civil award.
Greenspan heads Greenspan Associates, a consulting firm in Washington, DC and is the author of The Age of Turbulence (September 2007).

Mr. Durmus Yilmaz
Mr. Durmus Yilmaz is the Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey.

Born in Usak in 1974, Mr. Yilmaz obtained his BA in Economics from the City University of Londong and his MA degree from the University College, University of London. Mr. Yilmaz started to work in the Foreign Exchange Department at the Central Bank of Turkey in 1980. He worked in the areas of Foreign Debt Rescheduling, Exchange Rates and Foreign Exchange Reserve Management. He became Deputy Director of Foreign Exchange Transactions Division in 1993, Director of Interbank Money Market Division in 1995, and Director of Balance of Payments Division in 1996. Mr. Yilmaz was promoted to Deputy Executive Director at Markets Department in 1996 to supervise Foreign Exchange Risk Management, Credits, Foreign Exchange and Banknotes Markets and Open Market Operations. He was appointed Executive Director of the Workers' Remittances (Non-Residents FX Deposits) Department in 2002. Mr. Yilmaz was elected Member of the Board in the Shareholders Ordinary General Meeting held on 7th April 2003. Having served as Board Member between May 2003 and April 2006, Mr. Durmus Yilmaz was appointed Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey on 18th April 2006.

Mr. William R. White
William R. White is the chairman of the Economic Development and Review Committee (EDRC) at the OECD in Paris.

This committee carries on regular evaluations of the policies of both member countries and aspiring members of the OECD. In his capacity as chairman, to which he was appointed in October 2009, William White also contributes to meetings of WP1 and the Economic Policy Committee of the OECD. He is a member of the Issing Committee, advising the German chancellor on G-20 issues. William White has continued to publish articles on topics related to monetary and financial stability as well as the process of international cooperation in these areas. And he speaks regularly to a wide range of audiences. Previously, William White worked from June 1994 through June 2008 at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). He was appointed to the position of Economic Adviser and head of the Monetary and Economic Department (MED) in May 1995. As Economic Adviser, William White published articles and oversaw the preparation of the BIS annual report. As head of the MED, he had overall responsibility for the department's output of research, data, and information services, as well as the organization of meetings for central bank governors and staff around the world. William White was also a member of the Executive Committee, which manages the BIS. Before his tenure at the BIS, William White held various positions at the Bank of England and the Bank of Canada. He was appointed Adviser to the Governor in 1984 and Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in September 1988.
William White was educated at the University of Windsor and received his PhD from the University of Manchester.
William White was born in Kenora, Ontario in 1943. He lives in Basel, Switzerland.

Dr. Mark Mobius
Mark Mobius is executive chairman of Templeton Asset Management LLC.

He joined Templeton in 1987 as president and portfolio manager of the Templeton Emerging Markets Fund, Inc. Currently, he directs the Templeton research team based in 14 global emerging markets offices and manages emerging markets portfolios.
After more than 30 years in global emerging markets, Dr. Mobius has received numerous industry awards, including "Emerging Markets Equity Manager of the Year 2001" by International Money Marketing, "Ten Top Money Managers of the 20th Century" in a 1999 Carson Group survey, "Number One Global Emerging Market Fund" in a 1998 Reuters Survey, "1994 First in Business Money Manager of the Year" by CNBC, "Closed-End Fund Manager of the Year" in 1993 by Morningstar, and "Investment Trust Manager of the Year 1992" by the Sunday Telegraph.
Dr. Mobius has written several books, including "Trading with China", "The Investor's Guide to Emerging Markets", "Mobius on Emerging Markets", "Passport to Profits", "Equities - An Introduction to the Core Concepts", "Mutual Funds-An Introduction to the Core Concepts" and "Mark Mobius: An Illustrated Biography."
In 2006, Asiamoney magazine listed Mobius as one of the "Top 100 Most Powerful and Influential People." Asiamoney stated that Dr.Mobius" boasts one of the highest profiles of any investor in the region and is regarded by many in the financial industry as one of the most successful emerging markets investors over the last 20 years.
Despite tough times during the financial crisis nine years ago, he still commands a strong following in the investment world and is influencing the direction of billions of investment dollars." The World Bank and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development appointed Dr. Mobius joint chairman of the Global Corporate Governance Forum Investor Responsibility Taskforce.
Dr. Mobius earned Bachelors and Masters degrees from Boston University, and a Ph.D. in economics and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. H. Ersin Ozince
He is the Chairman and the member of the Board of Directors of Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB), a member of the Board of Directors of Vehbi Koc Foundation and The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion.

H. Ersin Ozince was born in 1953. His banking career began in 1976 at Turkiye Is Bankası (Isbank) by joining the Board of Internal Auditors after graduating from Middle East Technical University in Ankara with a BS degree in Management in 1975.
After working at various managerial positions at Isbank, Ersin Ozince was promoted to the post of Deputy Chief Executive in 1994 and until he became the CEO of Isbank in 1998, his responsibilities encompassed the Treasury, Accounting, Securities, Commercial Loans and the Credit Information and Financial Analysis departments of the Bank.
Ersin Ozince was elected Chairman of the Banks' Association of Turkey on May 31, 2002. He is the Chairman and the member of the Board of Directors of Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB), a member of the Board of Directors of Vehbi Koc Foundation and The Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion, for Reforestation and the Protection of Natural Habitats (TEMA) along with his memberships at Institut Internationale d'Etudes Bancaires and the Institute of International Finance, Turkish Industrialists' & Businessmen's Association and The Board of Trustees of Bilkent University and Education Volunteers Foundation of Turkey.
Ersin Ozince speaks English, is married and has two daughters.

Dr. Jarmo Kotilaine
Chief Economist, National Commercial Bank

Jarmo Kotilaine joined the National Commercial Bank (NCB) of Saudi Arabia as its Chief Economist in November 2010. Prior to that, since 2008, he had served as Chief Economist of NCB Capital, the investment arm of the NCB Group. Dr Kotilaine has built a high profile amongst the GCC business community and with the regional and international media.
Dr Kotilaine previously worked for a number of years as an economic and financial consultant with a primary focus on emerging markets. He advised the Spanish stock exchange, Bolsas y Mercados Espanoles (BME), headed the financial services consultancy of Oxford Analytica, a global strategic consultancy firm, and subsequently of Control Risks Group (CRG), a London-based international business risk consultancy. During this time, Dr Kotilaine's main clientele consisted of banks, stock exchanges and financial regulators, some of which he has continued to serve as an external advisor.
Dr Kotilaine studied economics and economic history at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard. He subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard where his primary research focus was the long-term economic and institutional development of Eurasia as well as on international trade and finance. His languages include Russian, German, French and Polish.

Mr. Paul Donovan
Paul Donovan joined the UBS in 1992 and is a Managing Director and Global Economist. Paul is responsible for formulating and presenting the UBS Investment Research global economic view.

Paul has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University. He is an Honorary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. He holds an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. Paul is also a co-founder of the Peter Culverhouse Memorial Trust (a cancer research and patient care charity) and an economic adviser to the East London Business Alliance.

Mr.Alexei Moisseev
Alexei Moisseev is Deputy Head of Research. He is responsible for research on sovereign fixed income strategy, economics and politics.

Prior to joining Renaissance Capital, Mr Moisseev was a senior sovereign analyst on the BNP Paribas Emerging markets fixed income research team in London. His responsibilities included coverage of sovereign credits of and fixed income strategy for 12 EMEA countries, including Russia, Turkey and Ukraine. Mr Moisseev was part of No.1 Russia Research team in 2002 and 2003 according to Institutional Investor and of the Best Debt Research in 2002 according to Global Finance.
Mr Moisseev has also served as an economist and senior economist at the Russian Central Bank's department for foreign exchange regulations. His responsibilities there included analysing and devising recommendations for regulating operations of exchange bureaux, as well as drafting Russia's first set of anti-money laundering regulations. For his work at the CBR, Mr Moisseev received a Special Honour Award from the Governor of the Bank of Russia.
Mr Moisseev received his MBA from the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester. He also graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Management with a major in International Economics.

Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong
Economic Advisor (Asia/Pacific), MasterCard Worldwide Investment Council Member, ICICI Group, Group Chief Economist, Southern Capital Group Adjunct Professor at the Sauder School of Business, The University of British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Yuwa Hedrick-Wong is a business strategist and economist with 20 years of experience gained in over thirty countries. He is a Canadian who grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and spent the last 20 years working in Europe, Sub-Sahara Africa and Asia/ Pacific. He has served as strategy advisor to over many leading multinational companies in the Asia/Pacific region.
As the economic advisor to MasterCard International in Asia/Pacific since 1999, Yuwa has been responsible for monitoring and forecasting economic growth and emerging business development trends in the region. In this capacity, he has devised market entry strategies, dissected and addressed public policy challenges, analyzed business impacts of demographic and lifestyle changes, and assessed market-specific business development potential and constraints. He chairs a global MasterIntelligence knowledge panel of leading economists, policy analysts, academics and business strategists, with expert members from China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia, India, Europe, Canada and the US for regular discussions and exchange of perspectives and knowledge sharing. He was appointed Group Chief Economist at Southern Capital Group, a Singapore-based group of companies that include businesses in technology, consumer finance, private equity, property development, and fund management. In 2009 Yuwa was appointed to the Investment Advisory Committee of ICICI, India's largest private bank, which advises on investment and asset allocation decisions in light of global economic dynamics and sector development trends.
Yuwa contributes regularly to global print and TV media. He has recently authored an Asia consumer book series: Holding up Half of the Sky: Women consumers in Asia, The Glittering Silver Market: the rise of elderly consumers in Asia, Succeeding Like Success: the affluent consumers of Asia and Tomorrow Belongs to Me: the power of the youth market.
Prior to moving to Singapore in 1999, he served for three years as Chief Project Economic Advisor in the British High Commission in Dhaka, Bangladesh; with responsibilities later extended to cover the Indian sub-continent. In the early 1990s he worked as a consulting economist in Sub-Sahara Africa on behalf of several multilateral institutions, covering the countries of Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. Before his African sojourn, he was managing partner in a Vancouver based economic consultancy that provided investment and market advice on Asia to some of the leading Canadian companies and industry organizations.
As a student of philosophy, political science, economics and history, Yuwa studied at Trent University and pursued post-graduate training at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University in Canada, where he received his Ph.D. He also received training, at the post-doctoral level, in health economics, energy and environmental economics, and scenario forecast and planning.

Mr. Abheek Barua
Abheek Barua is Chief Economist and senior vice-president, HDFC Bank, one of India's largest commercial banks.

He has worked earlier with Merrill Lynch and was Chief Economist for ABN-AMRO Bank India. He sits on a number of expert panels including those of the finance ministry and the central bank. He is also regular newspaper columnist and commentator on business television channels.
He was educated in New Delhi, Maryland and London and holds degrees in both finance and economics.

Mr. Hisham Ezz Al-Arab
Chairman & Managing Director

Hisham Ezz Al-Arab has successfully directed the Commercial International Bank (Egypt) (CIB) to become Egypt's most profitable financial institution. Since joining CIB in April 1999 as Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Ezz Al-Arab's vision has been key in transforming CIB from a niche corporate bank to Egypt's leading financial services group that caters to retail, business and corporate customers through numerous internal strategic business units and eight strategic subsidiaries. His efforts were instrumental in aligning the bank's corporate governance with international standards.
Since his nomination as the Chairman and Managing Director of CIB in September 2002, Mr. Ezz Al-Arab has accelerated CIB's strategic progress to become the highest-ranking private bank in Egypt and receive a host of international awards and recognition from the world's most reputable financial institutions, including the "Best Bank Award" from Euromoney, Global Finance and emeafinance, in addition to the highest ratings by Moody's, Standard & Poor's and Fitch, caped only by the sovereign ceiling, and the Corporate Governance Award 2008 from The Egyptian Exchange.
Prior to joining CIB, Mr. Ezz Al-Arab led a distinguished international banking career as Managing Director in international investment banks in London (Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan and Merrill Lynch), Bahrain, New York, and Cairo.

Mr. Mohammad Al Tuwaijri
Mohammad Al Tuwaijri is a Board Member at HSBC Saudi British Bank - HSBC's affiliate in Saudi Arabia - and Regional Head of Global Banking, Markets & Private Banking, HSBC Group, Middle East and North Africa.

Mohammad Al Tuwaijri is a Board Member at HSBC Saudi British Bank - HSBC's affiliate in Saudi Arabia - and Regional Head of Global Banking, Markets & Private Banking, HSBC Group, Middle East and North Africa: a position he started in June 2010. Prior to this, Mohammad was with JP Morgan where he headed the Saudi Arabian business. Mohammad initially joined the HSBC group in 1995 and became Group Head of Treasury and Board member of HSBC SA Ltd in 2004.
Mohammad has served as an elected Chairman of the Saudi Treasurers committee: a professional body that communicates market's feedback and monetary policies to the central bank. In addition, he is a Member of the Saudi Management Association as well as a Member of the GCC Board of Directors institute.
Mohammad holds a MBA from KSU and an active teacher of Finance and Strategic Management in his spare time as well as a Qualified Assessor of Recruiting. His MBA thesis on capital structure and dividend's policy of listed Saudi companies was published in 1997.
Starting his career as a fighter pilot, Mohammad has over 2000 hours of fighter jets, was a mission leader, and received the Air Medal from the President of the United States, given by Colin Powel.

Lord Norman Lamont
Currently he is a director of, and a consultant to a number of companies in the financial sector.

Norman Lamont was at the centre of British politics for many years. He was a Cabinet Minister under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, and was a member of the House of Commons for twenty-five years.
Norman Lamont was Chancellor of the Exchequer (Finance Minister) from 1990 to1993 and introduced three Budgets. In 1992, he was Chairman of the G7 Group of Finance Ministers and also of the EU Finance Ministers.
Many Economists have attributed much of the economic stability and low inflation experienced in the UK, to the policies introduced by Norman Lamont. These new policies included an inflation target for the Bank of England and a tough tax raising Budget in 1993. Sir Alan Walters, economic advisor to Lady Thatcher, in a letter to the Times described Lord Lamont in his "post ERM phase".. "to be not only the most effective but also the bravest Chancellor since 1945".
Currently he is a director of, and a consultant to a number of companies in the financial sector.
He was made a Life Peer in 1998.