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  • Chongqing, China - 9-21 September

    Adapting to post-crisis world trade patterns, and lessons for export development

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      Bo Xilai, Party Chief Of Chongqing (CPC) Host Bo Xilai has been the top official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Chongqing, the country’s largest municipality, for the past three years. He was named "Man of the Year" by a People's Daily online poll. He was a member of the 16th and 17th CPC Central Committees and a member of the Political Bureau of the 17th CPC Central Committee.

    From 1968 to 1972, during the ‘Cultural Revolution’, he did manual labor in a "study class." After completing a postgraduate degree in international journalism in 1982, he joined the research office of the CPC Central Committee. Since then he has served in a number of senior CPC posts.
    YI XIAOZHUN, VICE-MINISTER, MINISTRY OF COMMERCE OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA (MOFCOM)
    Welcome Remarks
    Thursday, 9 September, 16:00 – 17:30

    Yi Xiaozhun has held his current post since 2005. His areas of responsibility include the department of international trade and economic affairs, the department of World Trade Organization (WTO) affairs, the department of policy research, the China International Center for Economic and Technical Exchanges, the Association of International Trade and the China Society for WTO Studies.
    Trained as an economist, he has long experience in trade and trade relations He entered government service in 1984 and his international experience includes nearly five years at China’s U.S. embassy. In a recent speech he drew attention to the “solemn promise and practice of the Chinese government to adhere to the mutual benefit and win-win opening-up, support the development of global multilateral trade system and oppose trade protectionism.”

     
    Wang Wang Jinzhen, Vice Chairman Of China Council For The Promotion Of International Trade
    Welcome Remarks
    Thursday, 9 September, 16:00 – 17:30

    Mr. Wang Jinzhen is Vice Chairman of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) and Vice Chairman of the China Chamber of International Commerce (CCOIC). He joined CCPIT in 1979 and has held numerous positions including Director General of the Department of International Relations, Secretary General, and General Director.
    Mr. Wang is now also Chief delegate of China to the Bureau of International Exhibitions and a member of the Organizing Committee for World Expo2010 in Shanghai. He is also member of Business Advisory Council of United Nations Economic and Society Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and member of China—India Eminent Persons’ Group.

    Mr. Wang received his education at the United Nations Interpreters Training Center, Beijing Foreign Studies University, and the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE, formerly known as Beijing Foreign Trade Institute).

    Huang Huang Qi Fan, Mayor, Chongqing Municipal Government, China 

    Welcome Remarks
    Thursday, 9 September, 16:00 – 17:30

    Huang Qifan was born in Zhejiang Province, Zhuji City. He was a student at Shanghai Mechanics College from 1974-1977 and joined the CPC in 1976.  He has spent his career working in the local government of Shanghai and he served as vice-mayor of Chongqing from 2001-2009. In 2009 he became Acting-Mayor of Chongqing Municipality and Deputy Secretary of the Chongqing CPC Municipal Committee. In 2010 he became Mayor of Chongqing Municipality.

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    DR. PANITCHPAKDI SUPACHAI, SECRETARY-GENERAL, UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT (UNCTAD), SWITZERLAND 

    Welcome Remarks
    Thursday, 9 September, 16:00 – 17:30

    Dr. Panitchpakdi Supachai began his second four-year term as Secretary-General of UNCTAD in September 2009, following his unanimous confirmation by the UN General Assembly.

    Dr. Supachai attended school in his native Bangkok at St. Gabriel's College and Triam Udom School. He received his Master's Degree in Econometrics, Development Planning and his Ph.D. in Economic Planning and Development at the Netherlands School of Economics (now known as Erasmus University) in Rotterdam. 

    In 1973, Dr. Supachai completed his doctoral dissertation on Human Resource Planning and Development under the supervision of Prof. Jan Tinbergen, the first Nobel laureate in economics.

    Dr. Supachai began his professional career at the Bank of Thailand.  

    In 1986, he was elected to the Thai Parliament and appointed Deputy Minister of Finance.  In 1988, he was appointed Director and Advisor, and subsequently President, of the Thai Military Bank.

    Dr. Supachai became Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand in 1992, entrusted with oversight of the country's economic and trade policy-making. In this role, he was actively involved in international trade policy and represented Thailand at the signing ceremony in Marrakech of the Uruguay Round Agreement in 1994. He was also active in shaping regional agreements, including Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM)

    In 2001, he was appointed Visiting Professor at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne. He has published a number of books, including Globalization and Trade in the New Millennium (2001) and China and WTO: Changing China, Changing World Trade (2002, co-authored with Mark Clifford).

    Dr. Supachai also served as Director-General of the World Trade Organization from September 2002 to August 2005.
    Lamy PASCAL LAMY, DIRECTOR-GENERAL WORLD TRADE ORGANIZATION (WTO), SWITZERLAND

    Welcome Remarks
    Thursday, 9 September, 16:00 – 17:30

    Pascal Lamy has been the Director-General of the World Trade Organization since September 2005. 

    Mr. Lamy holds degrees from the Paris based Ecole des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC), from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He began his career in the French civil service at the Inspection Générale des finances and at the Treasury. He then became an advisor to the Finance Minister Jacques Delors, and subsequently to Prime Minister Pierre Mauroy.

    In Brussels from 1985 to 1994, Mr. Lamy was Chief of staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, and his representative as Sherpa in the G7. In November 1994, he joined the team in charge of rescuing Credit Lyonnais, and later became CEO of the bank until its privatisation in 1999.

    Between 1999 and 2004, Pascal Lamy was Commissioner for Trade at the European Commission under Romano Prodi.

    After his tenure in Brussels, he spent a short sabbatical period as President of “Notre Europe”, a think tank working on European integration, as associate Professor at the l’Institut d’études politiques in Paris and as advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen (President of the European Socialist Party).
    Francis PATRICIA FRANCIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE (ITC), SWITZERLAND 

    Introduction Welcome Remarks
    Thursday, 9 September, 16:00 – 17:30

    Opening Remarks - Export Impact for Goods
    Friday, 10 September, 8:30 – 8:45

    Patricia Francis, an award-winning leader and business facilitator, joined the International Trade Centre as Executive Director in June 2006.

    During her tenure at ITC she has implemented a change management strategy to build common values and strengthen key management functions. ITC has defined and restructured itself around five new business lines, and extensive consultation has led to a stronger Strategic Framework.

    The UN Millennium Development Goals have been mainstreamed within the organization, with new strategies and work around trade development related to gender, environment and poverty. New integrated country and regional programmes have been developed, and partnerships have been strengthened through active participation in the One UN initiative and greater coherence with many international and regional trade related organizations.

    Ms Francis comes to ITC from Jamaica Trade and Invest, where she served as President since 1995. She was also a member of Jamaica’s Cabinet Committee for Development. During her tenure Jamaica attracted more than US$ 5 billion in foreign direct investment.

    She served twice as President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies. She has chaired Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development’s Caribbean Rim Investment Initiative as well as the China-Caribbean Business Council.

    She has received awards from the Washington D.C. based Caribbean-Central American Action Council and from the King of Spain for her leadership and support for investment and business advocacy.

     

     


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    Barkawi

    DR. ALEXANDER BARKAWI, FORMER MANAGING DIRECTOR OF SAM INDEXES AND THE DOW JONES SUSTAINABILITY INDEXES, SWITZERLAND  

    Closing address
    Thinking ahead and planning for tomorrow
    Saturday, 11 September, 17:00 – 18:30

    Dr. Alexander Barkawi has worked in finance and sustainability as Managing Director of SAM Indexes until 2009. Today, he is preparing for a move into policymaking and sustainability. In his role at SAM, he was responsible for worldwide marketing, sales and licensing as well as media and public relations for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes and other indexes compiled by SAM – one of the first companies to specialize in sustainability investments.      

    He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, followed by a Ph.D. at the university's Institute of Sociology. He remains connected to the academic world as president of the oikos foundation – an organization that supports the integration of sustainability issues into teaching and research at faculties for economics and management worldwide.

    Bhatia HIMANSHU BHATIA, CEO, ROSE INTERNATIONAL  

    Plenary Session
    New realities within the global supply chain
    Saturday, 11 September, 8:30 – 10:00
     

    Himanshu Bhatia founded Rose International in the American state of Missouri in 1993. Under her leadership as CEO, the IT and Business Services company has emerged as a global force, providing end-to-end technology services to commercial organizations and government agencies. The company now provides services to clients from offices and development centers in the U.S. and India.  

    Rose has been consistently recognized as one of the United States' top woman- and minority-owned businesses by outlets including Minority Business News, the Indus Business Journal, Inc, BusinessWeek and Working Woman. Mrs. Bhatia has been personally recognized with the U.S. Small Business Administrator's National Entrepreneurial Success Award, the Missouri Small Business Person of the Year Award, FAST Company's top 25 women business builders, among others.

    H.E. UJAL BHATIA, FORMER AMBASSADOR, PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF INDIA TO THE WTO, SWITZERLAND
    Opening Plenary
    The State of World Trade
    Friday, 10 September, 10:15 – 12:00

    Ambassador Bhatia was India’s top representative at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for six years before recently returning to New Delhi.

    Much of his time in Geneva was spent on the WTO’s Doha Round of free trade talks, which, after seven years of work, is still some way from concluding.

    Before departing Geneva, he said the problem is that many member states are demanding more concessions from others while being reluctant themselves to give. “Clearly, there is a widespread schizophrenia among members on this issue,” he said.

    Between 1976 and 1995, he held senior positions in provincial and national government. Between 1995-2000, he was Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce. He lists his interests as trade policy and golf.

    ARCHANA BHATNAGAR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, HAYLIDE CHEMICALS PVT. LTD. AND PRESIDENT, MAHAKAUSHAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS (MAWE), INDIA
    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities – Empowering Women, Powering Trade
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    During her career, Archana Bhatnagar has established three small scale sector (SSI) businesses manufacturing chemicals, health and hygiene products and garments, and launched the MAWE, a flourishing non-governmental organization (NGO) that aids women entrepreneurs. And she is still continuously working on new projects for sustainable growth.

    “After 30 years of entrepreneurial experience…I strongly feel if other people or women can benefit from my practical experiences in life, I am there to share and guide them. I am focused on encouraging entrepreneurship in women,“ she says.

    Mrs. Bhatnagar, besides women empowerment, works in the main stream, for issues related to MSMEs & Exports.Among other positions held Archana Bhatnagar, is the Chair person for CII (Confederation of Indian Industry) Mahakaushal Zonal Council & has been on the board of Agriculture and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India .& Member of the National Council for Women Entrepreneurs.

    Ar Boon Che Wee AR. BOON CHE WEE, PRESIDENT OF THE MALAYSIAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS AND COUNCIL MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES EXPORT COUNCIL (NAPSEC), MALAYSIA

    Interactive Plenary Session
    Optimizing business success through strategic partnerships – Public Private Partnerships
    Saturday, 11 September, 10:15 – 12:00

    Ar Boon Che Wee was elected as the President of the Malaysian Institute of Architects (Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia, PAM) in August 2009, and in this position has led the Institute on a series of strategic engagements with the Government to extend the reach of the Institute’s professional service export promotion programmes, and the Institute’s industry-wide initiatives.

    Mr. Che Wee is a Council Member of NAPSEC (National Professional Services Export Council), the Advisory Council to MATRADE (Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation) on export of professional services, and he speaks often on profession-driven private-public partnerships, as the way forward for Malaysia.

    An advocate of green and design as the combined key differentiator in national competitiveness, Mr. Che Wee chairs Green Building Index, the national green building rating that has played a significant role in the green transformation of Malaysia’s building and construction industry, and was the Creative Director of Malaysia’s debut at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010.

    LARBI BOURABAA, ACTING SECRETARY-GENERAL, MAROC EXPORT

    Plenary Session
    Developing successful trade support services
    Friday, 10 September, 15:15 – 17:00
     

    Mister Bourabaa is not only acting Secretary-General of Maroc Export but also serves as Director of Audit Export interventions in strategic and operational clothing and textile companies, Marketing Manager, and Marketing and Export promoting programs Coordinator.
    He has obtained a Diploma of Higher Studies in Business Economics at the University Hassan II, Casablanca, and a diploma of Advanced Studies in Business Marketing Strategy at the University Paris-Dauphine in Paris.

    Dr Harry G Broadman DR. HARRY G. BROADMAN, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF ALBRIGHT STONEBRIDGE GROUP AND CHIEF ECONOMIST, ALBRIGHT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, USA 

    Opening Plenary
    The State of World Trade
    Friday, 10 September, 10:15 – 12:00
     

    Dr. Broadman is the Chief Economist of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Broadman works in all the major emerging markets advising on the design of corporate business strategies as the head of the firm’s Africa Practice, and leads the firm’s work on Economic Development and on Anti-corruption and Governance.

    He has worked throughout the OECD countries and in more than 60 developing countries, including China, Russia, India, the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Africa.

    Dr. Broadman was a senior official at the World Bank. He served as Assistant United States Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President. Dr. Broadman worked in the White House on the President's Council of Economic Advisers as the Chief of Staff and Senior Staff Economist. He was Chief Economist of the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. Dr. Broadman worked at the Rand Corporation; Resources for the Future, Inc., and the Brookings Institution.

    He has served on the faculties of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

    Dr. Broadman has Authored several books, “Africa’s Silk Road: China and India’s New Economic Frontier” (2007); “From Disintegration to Reintegration: Eastern Europe & the Former Soviet Union in International Trade” (2004); “Building Market Institutions in South Eastern Europe” (2002); “Unleashing Russia’s Business Potential” (2000); and “China’s Management of Enterprise Assets: The State as Shareholder” (1997).

    Cameron ROB CAMERON, CEO, FAIRTRADE LABELLING ORGANIZATIONS INTERNATIONAL (FLO), GERMANY 

    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities – Innovative business models for sustainable development 
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00 

    Rob Cameron is the CEO of Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO). FLO is the umbrella organization uniting national Fairtrade initiatives in 21 countries and producer networks representing Fairtrade Certified Producer Organizations in Central and Latin America, Africa, and Asia. 

    Mr. Cameron was the CEO and executive chairman of Flag Communications, leading it from a small start-up to a multi-million pound business. Under Mr. Cameron’s leadership, the company grew into a global corporate responsibility and sustainable development communications company. 

    He has served on the boards of numerous not-for-profit organizations, including AccountAbility, a leading sustainable development think tank.  

    Mr. Cameron is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts and is one of the UK Prince of Wales's Ambassadors for Corporate Responsibility.
    DR. ROB DAVIES, MINISTER OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY, SOUTH AFRICA
    Opening Plenary
    The State of World Trade
    Friday, 10 September, 10:15 – 12:0

    A former political exile, Rob Davies became trade minister in 2009 after having been deputy minister since 2005. He has been a member of parliament for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) since 1994.

    In 2003 he was invited to join the eminent persons group set by the Global Coalition for Africa, a North-South forum that brings together leaders from Africa and their principal external partners to examine Africa’s most critical social and economic development issues.

    He was a leading member of South African delegations to World Trade Organization ministerial conferences from 1999 to 2005. Rob Davies sees Africa is as the next growth story in the world economy.

      Elena Carretero Gomez ELENA CARRETERO GÓMEZ, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CONSORCIOS DEL VINO, VINNOVA/TECNOVID

    Interactive Plenary Session
    Optimizing business success through strategic partnerships – Public Private Partnerships
    Saturday, 11 September, 10:15 – 12:00
     

    Ms. Carretero Gomez is leading 27 research projects with a team of 78 researchers in five universities and working with 95 vineyards.

    Ms. Carretero Gόmez was the Manager for International Business Santiago Chamber of Commerce and actually is the General Manager of Vinnova S.A. and Tecnovid S.A., the Technological and Business Consortiums for Wine and Vine, formed by Wines of Chile, Catholic University, University of Chile, University of Talca, University Santa Maria and University of Concepción. These are private companies created for the development of innovation projects in the wine industry. They produce additional incomes through patents, and new products or services together with technology transfer policies.

    Ms. Carretero Gόmez was the chief negotiator in the Chapter of Intellectual Property for the EU and EFTA Agreements and part of the Chilean Negotiation Team for Free Trade Agreements (USA, EU, EFTA, Canada, Mexico) as the agricultural negotiator for the Intellectual Property Chapter and Geographical Indications.

    Ms. Carretero Gόmez has a Masters in Economics from the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.

    Garbutt NIGEL GARBUTT, CHAIRMAN, GLOBALG.A.P. 

    Concurrent Interactive Session
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities – Innovative business models for sustainable development
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00 

    Nigel Garbutt has been the Chairman of GLOBALGAP, the Global Partnership for Good Agricultural Practices, since 2001. 

    Mr. Garbutt previously worked for the UK’s Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food in London, in food law enforcement. He’s also held a number of senior management positions with the UK supermarket chain Safeway, in which he reported to the Board of Directors on food safety, food technology, policy and corporate social responsibility.

    Ghemawat

    PROFESSOR PANKAJ GHEMAWAT, GLOBAL STRATEGIST, AUTHOR OF REDEFINING GLOBAL STRATEGY (HARVARD PRESS), SPAIN

    Keynote Speech
    Friday, 10 September, 08:45 – 10:00 

    Closing Address / Moderator
    Saturday, 11 September, 17:00 – 18:30 

    Pankaj Ghemawat received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. After a stint at McKinsey & Company, he spent 25 years on the full‐time faculty at Harvard Business School, where he became the youngest full professor in the school’s history in 1991. Ghemawat is currently the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School in Barcelona. 

    Much of Ghemawat’s recent work focuses on globalization and global strategy. His book, Redefining Global Strategy, was published by Harvard Business School Press in 2007, to enormous acclaim. In the words of Sam Palmisano, Chairman and CEO of IBM, “Pankaj Ghemawat has created an important strategic guidebook for leaders of the 21st century globally integrated enterprise”.  

    Ghemawat was named one of the most 100 influential thinkers of the year in 2009 by The Economist, in its series “Management: Ideas & Gurus”.  He has a forthcoming book, World 3.0, from Harvard Publishing.  Further information on his publications can be viewed at www.ghemawat.org

    Elected as a fellow of the Academy of International Business in 2007 and 2008, he received the IESE‐Fundacion BBVA Economics for Management Prize and has been named the Educator of the Year by the BPS Division of the Academy of Management. In August 2008, he became the first European business school Professor to win the Irwin Outstanding Educator Award from the Academy of Management (California). He was appointed Fellow of the Strategic Management Society (SMS) in 2008.

    Ho GARY HO, PRESIDENT, DIRECTOR OF SQW CHINA LIMITED

    Plenary Session
    Increased competitiveness through innovative financial mechanisms – Case Study: Logistics and Services
    Friday, 10 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Mr. Gary Ho has more than twenty years of experience of economic development and management consultancy in public and private sectors. Mr. Ho has managed a wide variety of financial and economic analysis, project valuation, business planning and inward investment activities in Asia, Europe, North America and Latin America. His areas of expertise include business growth and planning, media, telecommunications, logistics, technology, and more.

    Mr. Ho has particular experience of supporting inward investment projects into China and SE Asia, and is increasingly engaged in supporting outward investment from China to the rest of the world. Recently he has worked as the project director of a multi-billion Latin America Free Trade Zone (FTZ) Development project with investors from North America, Latin America regions and China. He has also worked for IFC on evaluations of SME support programmes in China. He also recently advised the Hong Kong Government on cross-boarder infrastructure investment and other infrastructure projects in China.

    PROFESSOR HUANG YOUFANG, VICE PRESIDENT, SHANGHAI MARITIME UNIVERSITY, CHINA
    Plenary Session
    New realities within the global supply chain
    Saturday, 11 September, 8:30 – 10:00

    Dr Huang Youfang is an internationally renowned specialist in maritime logistics. He has published over 80 papers and articles with research findings and has completed about 50 research programs and projects. His research focuses on logistics information technology, theorem and its applications; purchasing and logistics education; port container logistics management and system and control processing.

    He has won many research prizes from the Chinese and Shanghai governments, as well as other organizations. Among such awards is the 2004 National Science and Technology Advancement Prize. He works closely
    with logistics-related industries in China, and has been named among the top 10 logistics experts in the country.

    MD. GHULAM HUSSAIN, SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, BANGLADESH
    Closing Plenary
    Long-term potential for sustainable export-led growth
    Saturday, 11 September, 15:30 – 17:00

    Md. Ghulam Hussain has long experience of trade and commerce, having joined government in the customs and exercise service in 1983. Prior to becoming Secretary of Commerce, he was Additional Secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs.

    He has written extensively on social and trade issues. Publications to which he has contributed include: ‘Post-MFA Issues and Challenges: Social Dimension’, published in the book titled RMG (ready-made garment) Industry, Post MFA Regime and Decent Work: The Bangladesh Perspective by the International Labor Organization (ILO) (co-author).

    He holds a Master of Social Science (Economics) degree from Dhaka University.

    Florence Kata

    FLORENCE KATA, CEO, UGANDA EXPORT PROMOTION BOARD 

    Plenary Session
    Developing successful trade support services
    Friday, 10 September, 15:15 – 17:00
     

    Florence Kata became CEO of the Uganda Export Promotion Board in 2002. The organization, which facilitates the development, promotion and coordination of all export-related activities, was in steady decline and in need of direction. Ms. Kata gave the organization a new customer focus, introduced new services, promotedd the role of exports in Uganda’s economy, use new tools in UEPB's work, and increased revenue. Additionally, Ms. Kata created sector specialists, whose expertise gave a greater depth of service to exporters. 

    Ms. Kata has worked in the public sector for the last 11 years, and has also managed an export flower farm for five years.  For 15 years, she was the Director of International Relations and Direction Marketing at Uganda Airlines.

    PETER KIGUTA, DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF CUSTOMS AND TRADE, EAST AFRICAN COMMUNITY

    Interactive Plenary Session
    Optimizing Business Success Through Strategic Partnerships– Regional Integration
    Saturday, 11 September, 10:15 – 12:00
     

    Peter Kiguta, a Kenyan, was appointed the first Director General (Customs & Trade) of the East African Community (EAC) in December 2004. He joined the Community as a macroeconomist in 1996. In the past four years he has overseen the setting up of trade and customs directorates to guide the establishment of the EAC Customs Union. As Director General, he has worked closely with both the private sector and governments in building public-private partnerships for the successful implementation of the Customs Union.
    Prior to joining the EAC, he worked for 15 years as a government economist, rising to the position of chief economist. He holds a master’s degree in Economic Policy from Boston University and an economics degree from the University of Nairobi.

    SUNGJOO KIM, CHAIRPERSON AND CEO, SUNGJOO GROUP AND MCM, SOUTH KOREA

    Plenary Session
    New realities within the global supply chain
    Saturday, 11 September, 8:30 – 10:00
     

    Sung-Joo Kim has been in the fashion industry for more than 20 years and is internationally known and respected for her achievements. She is the founder of Sungjoo Group, consisting of Sungjoo International Ltd. (SJI), Sungjoo Merchandising Inc. (SMI) and Sungjoo Design Tech & Distribution Inc. (SDD). She is also Chairperson of MCM Products AG. Her group’s gross annual sales in 2005 amounted to approximately $100 million.

    She is active in many non-profit and charity organizations, including Save the Children and Asia House UK. She firmly believes in the power of women to improve society and is an international planning committee member for the Global Summit of Women, which supports the work and advancement of women worldwide. Ms. Kim holds degrees from Amherst College, the London School of Economics and Harvard University.

    SRINIVASAN SAMPATH KUMAR, CHAIRMAN, GOVERNING BOARD, GOVERNMENT COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING & LEATHER TECHNOLOGY

    Plenary Session
    Increased competitiveness through innovative financial mechanisms – Case Study: Manufactured Goods
    Friday, 10 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Mr. Srinivasan Sampath Kumar has more than 35 years of experience in the leather industry. He is currently
    Chairman of the Governing Board of the West Bengal Government College of Engineering & Leather Technology.

    Mr. Kumar also holds a number of other positions with trade bodies and executive committees including as Co-Chairman of the Industry Standing Committee and Executive Committee of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce; Co-Chairman of the FICCI Leather Panel, Eastern Region; and Executive Committee Member of the Footwear Design and Development Institute.

    Mr. Kuman has worked closely with the Italian government on trade issues and, in recognition to his services to the industry, was honored with the second highest civilian award, 'Cavaliere dell'Ordine Stella della Solidarieta Italiana' or the 'Knighthood of the order of the Star of Italian Solidarity' in 2006. 

    MADHAV LAL, DEVELOPMENT COMMISSIONER, MINISTRY OF SMALL AND MEDIUM SIZED ENTERPRISES, INDIA

    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities – Empowering Women, Powering Trade
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Madhav Lal has been in his current post since since November 2008. As Development Commissioner, he is ex-officio chairman of 18 autonomous technical bodies imparting technological support to SMEs. The Office of DC-MSME is also the nodal point for various government initiatives in the fields of industrial training, skill development, cluster development, micro finance and SME upgrading.

    Since joining the Indian Administrative Service in 1977, he has held various senior assignments with the Government of India, the State Government of Jammu & Kashmir and with the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission in Kosovo.

    He holds a degree in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

    Lijianchun

    LI JIAN CHUN, DIRECTOR OF CHONGQING FOREIGN TRADE AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS COMMISSION (COFTEC), DIRECTOR OF THE PORT MANAGEMENT OFFICE OF CHONGQING'S MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT, CHINA

    Plenary Session
    Developing Successful Trade Support Services
    Friday, 10 September, 15:15 – 17:00

    Since becoming Director of the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission (COFTEC) in 2000, Li Jian Chun has helped increase Chongqing’s trade by 17.6 percent annually. The import and export volume has grown from 1.7 billion USD in 2000, to 7.7 billion USD in 2009.

    Mr. Li is working with a view to Chongqing’s development as an inland city, establishing it as the financial, commercial and trade center of the upper reaches of the Yangtze river.

    Mr. Li earned his PhD in management at Chongqing University.

    PROFESSOR LI SHIRONG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF CHONGQING FOREIGN TRADE & ECONOMIC RELATIONS COMMISSION, CHINA
    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities: Empowering Women, Powering Trade
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    As deputy director general of the Chongqing Foreign Trade and Economic Relations Commission, Professor Li Shirong is responsible for the promotion of foreign investment in Chongqing. Between 2003 and 2006, she was vice mayor of Shapingba district, with responsibility for urban development and construction. She is president of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

    Li Shirong is also a part-time professor of construction management at Chongqing University. The focus of her academic work includes China’s construction industry in transition, sustainable urbanization, the government’s role in construction and construction project management. She has published more than 170 academic papers and 26 books in both China and abroad. She earned her PhD degree at the University of Reading, UK, in 1998, specializing in Construction Economics and Management.

    Long-yongtu LONG YONGTU, SECRETARY-GENERAL, THE CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF THE G20, CHINA 

    Closing Plenary
    Long-term potential for sustainable export-led growth
    Saturday, 11 September, 15:30 – 17:00

    Long Yongtu is the Secretary-General of the Centre for the Study of the G20. Mr. Long was formerly the Secretary-General of Boao Forum for Asia.  

    He holds the posts of Guest or Part-time Professor in Peking University, Tsinghua University and People’s University of China

    Mr. Long was involved in creating the Regional Economic Development Cooperation Committee of the Tumen River Area in Northeast Asia. 

    In 2004, he received a special award by the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan for his outstanding contribution to the UN partnership in China and in promoting the values of the UN. His Majesty King Albert II of Belgium decreed to award the Insignia of Officer in the Order of Leopold to Mr. Long for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of Sino-European and Sino-Belgian economic and trade relations.
    SENATOR THE HON. MARLENE MALAHOO FORTE, MINISTER OF STATE, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS & FOREIGN TRADE, JAMAICA
    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities: Empowering Women, Powering Trade
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    As Minister of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Marlene Malahoo Forte has special responsibility for Jamaica’s Foreign Trade portfolio and Diaspora and Consular Affairs. She previously served as a Judge at the Corporate Area Civil Courts & the St Elizabeth RM Courts and also as Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions.

    Minister Malahoo Forte’s honors include “Young Global Leader 2010”, “Who's Who in Jamaica 2010-2011”, “Veuve Clicquot Woman of Excellence”, “Bigga High Achiever’s Award”, “Edward S. Mason Fellow”, “Harvard Kennedy School International Fellow”, “Yale World Fellow 2007”, “Top Five Women in Law in Jamaica”, “Jamaica's 50 Most Powerful Women” and “Jamaica's 10 Best Dressed Women”.

    She is alumni of Harvard University, Yale University, King's College London, Norman Manley Law School, the University of West Indies and Manning’s High School.

    GREGORY MAY, ACTING CONSUL GENERAL, US CONSULAR OFFICE, CHENGDU, CHINA
    Closing Plenary
    Long-term potential for sustainable export-led growth
    Saturday, 11 September, 15:30 – 17:00

    From July 2007 until July 2010, Gregory May was assigned to the Political Section of the United States Embassy in Beijing. His previous overseas assignments include Guangzhou, China and Rome, Italy.

    Prior to entering the Foreign Service in 2000, Mr. May served as Assistant Director and Research Associate in Chinese Studies at The Nixon Center, a foreign policy think tank in Washington, DC. From 1993 to 1996, he worked as a journalist for International Community Radio Taipei, an English-language radio station in Chinese Taipei. While in Chinese Taipei, he also worked as a correspondent for Newsweek.

    Mr. May earned an M.A. in China Studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1998) and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin (1992).

    JOHN MCCARTHY, CEO, LEISURE PARTNERS, MEXICO
    Closing Plenary
    Long-term potential for sustainable export-led growth
    Saturday, 11 September, 15:30 – 17:00

    As the CEO of Leisure Partners, John McCarthy develops and markets various resorts throughout Mexico. He is also an independent consultant in tourism real estate.

    In December 2000, President Vicente Fox of Mexico named McCarthy to the post of General Director of the National Trust for the Development of Tourism (FONATUR), where he was part of the expanded cabinet of the Mexican presidency.
    In that same year, McCarthy was elected as Chairman of the National Tourism Business Council.
    He has also sat on the Board of the Mexican Tourism Promotion Board, and has been a member of the Boards of the Presidente Intercontinental Hotels, Club Med Huatulco and Raintree Resorts International.

    Mcarthy has been a professor at the Universidad Anahuac del Sur in Mexico City, as well as serving on the Board of its School of Tourism. He received the “Universidad Anahuac Medal for Leadership in Mexico”.

    MacGuire YING MCGUIRE, SENIOR MANAGER OF WORLD WIDE PROCUREMENT, DELL, USA
    Plenary Session
    New realities within the global supply chain
    Saturday, 11 September, 8:30 – 10:00

    Ying McGuire leads the Global Supplier Diversity team at Dell Inc. In nine years at Dell, she has had a variety of leadership roles, most recently partnering with senior executives to help drive company wide strategic initiatives.

    She also holds a variety of community leadership roles. She is a vice chair of the Texas Asian Chamber of Commerce and a global committee member of the Woman Business Enterprise National Council. She was instrumental in establishing the Minority Supplier Development, China, the first national supplier diversity organization in China. Recently, DiversityBusiness.com named her America’s Top Diversity Advocate. Previous honorees have included former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

    Ms. McGuire was born and raised in China before emigrating to the United States.

    ZHANN MEYER, DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE, WHOLESALE BANKING DIVISION, STANDARD CHARTERED BANK

    Plenary Session
    Increased competitiveness through innovative financial mechanisms – Financing the supply chain
    Friday, 10 September, 13:30 – 15:00  

    Zhann Meyer is the Regional Head of Commodity Traders & Agriculture for Africa in Standard Chartered Bank's Wholesale Banking Division with a mandate to promote and expand the Bank's Agricultural Strategy. Mr. Meyer has structured financial products for participants across the supply chain in the agricultural and soft commodity arena for over 13 years.  

    Mr. Meyer implemented an innovative Agricultural Input Finance Model in 1997. This model steered away from conventional balance sheet lending for commercial agricultural producers, opting to rather assess the producers' ability to farm on a contractual basis. Mr. Meyer has introduced the model to agricultural producers and cooperatives as far as field as Sao Paulo, Panama and Alabama in the USA. Over 400,000 hectares of commercial farmland are being cultivated through this innovative structure in African countries.  

    Mr. Meyer is a qualified Chartered Accountant registered with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

    BRIAN MITCHELL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRADE FACILITATION OFFICE (TFO), CANADA

    Plenary Session
    Developing Successful Trade Support Services
    Friday, 10 September, 15:15 – 17:00  

    Brian Mitchell was appointed TFO Canada’s Executive Director in August 2007. TFO assists developing countries to export to the Canadian market.
    Mr. Mitchell had served as TFO Canada’s Director of African programs for the previous three years. Prior to joining TFO, Mr. Mitchell’s career was primarily in the private sector. His experience includes running his own consultancy practice, serving as the Chief Financial Officer of a publicly listed Canadian software firm, managing international sales, and establishing a European subsidiary. In the late 1980’s, Mr. Mitchell was a lecturer at the Institute of Public Administration & Management, University of Sierra Leone.
    Mr. Mitchell has a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, and a Master of Science (Economics) from London School of Economics. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and is a Certified International Trade Professional.

    BALASUBRAMANIAN MUTHURAMAN, VICE CHAIRMAN, TATA STEEL, INDIA

    Welcome Remarks
    Thursday, 9 September, 16:00 – 17:30
     

    Mr. Murthuraman joined Tata Steel in 1966 as a Graduate Trainee. On completion of training, he worked in the areas of Iron-making and Engineering Development for ten years and then moved to the Marketing & Sales Division and spent nearly twenty years there.
    He is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Xavier Labour Relations Institiute, Jamshedpur, and the National Institute of Technology Jamshedpur. Mr. Muthuraman has also nominated as the Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIT Kharagpur by the Honourable President of India, Mrs. Pratibha Patil.

    Mr. Murthuraman is the Chairman of Board of Governors, Xavier Labour Relations Institute in Jamshedpur and also the Chairman of National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jamshedpur. In addition to this Mr. Muthuraman is a National Council Member of Confederation of Indian Industry. He is a Member of Business Advisory Council of Economic and Social Commission for ASIA and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Serving as the Director of International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), Brussels, he has also been conferred the Honorary Fellowship of All India Management Association on 6 September 2007.

    His vision to grow TATA Steel to a 100 MT company is now taking fruit and is well underway with the acquisition of Corus.

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    SANDRA ABREU ORTIZ, GENERAL DIRECTOR, AVIA EXPORT, COLOMBIA

    Interactive Plenary Session
    Optimizing business success through strategic partnerships – Public Private Partnerships
    Saturday, 11 September, 10:15 – 12:00
     

    Ms Abreu Ortiz is the General Director of Avia Export’s – which helps successful products and services access new markets with business trips, international trade fairs, and business missions and roundtables.

    The company has recently started exploring the Chinese market and by taking advantage of the Universal Expo in Shangha, have imported into the Chinese Market the first container with finished Colombian product.

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    DR. MARI E. PANGESTU, MINISTER OF TRADE, INDONESIA

    Opening Plenary
    The State of World Trade
    Friday, 10 September, 10:15 – 12:00
     

    Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu’s fields of specialization are international trade and finance, with a regional focus on ASEAN, China, and the Asia Pacific region. A noted free trade economist, she has been recognized by the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Asian Development Bank.

    Dr. Pangestu was a director of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an external lecturer in International Economics at the University of Indonesia, Jakarta. She was the lead Indonesian negotiator at the World Trade Organization (WTO). She is Chair of Group 33, a group of developing countries at WTO that is championing the concept of SP’s & SSM in the oha Development Agenda of WTO.

    SOY MARTUA PARDEDE, CHAIRMAN, ASEAN COMPETITION INSTITUTE

    Interactive Plenary Session
    Optimizing Business Success Through Strategic Partnerships– Regional Integration
    Saturday, 11 September, 10:15 – 12:00
    Mr. Pardede has more than 35 years of experience in international trade. He is currently Chairman of the ASEAN Competition Institute and Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council of Kadin Indonesia (Indonesia Chamber of Commerce & Industry). He is the former Commissioner and Vice Chairman of KPPU, the Commission for the Supervision of Business Competition.

    As Vice President of Kadin Indonesia in charge of trade from 1999-2004, Mr. Pardede represented the business community for trade negotiations under the WTO, as well as in regional and bilateral trade negotiations. He was a member of Presidential Team on Accelerating of Smooth Flow of Export-Import Goods.

    He initiated the signing of the Counter Trade Agreement between Indonesia and Korea.  He was instrumental in the process of enactment of the competition law in 1999 and in 2000, the President of Indonesia elected him as the Commissioner of the Supervisory Commission of Business Competition.  As Vice Chairman of KPPU he organized the First and Second Conference on Competition Law and Policy in Bali.

    Rogers PAULA ROGERS, INDUSTRY LIAISON, COUNCIL OF TEXTILE AND FASHION INDUSTRIES OF AUSTRALIA, LIMITED  

    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities – Innovative business models for sustainable development
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00 

    Ms. Rogers worked with BRAC (Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee) for five years, developing an international platform for their Aarong fashion brand, which employs 65,000 fair trade Bangladeshi Artisans.  She is now Industry Liaison to the Council of Textile and Fashion Industries of Australia, Limited.  

    Ms. Rogers has more than 25 years of experience in the international supply chain management of textiles, clothing, and footwear. In 1998, she took up the post of Global General Manager for Li & Fung Trading, to oversee production, quality and social compliance of their 6,000 factories in over 80 countries, for a wide range of major global retailers.

    Ms. Rogers is a member of the Executive Committee of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand, and an associate member of the Textile Institute, London.
    Andre Soumah ANDRE SOUMAH, CHAIRMAN, ACE AUDIT CONTROL AND EXPERTISE GLOBAL, LTD. 

    Plenary Session
    Increased competitiveness through innovative financial mechanisms – Financing the supply chain
    Friday, 10 September, 13:30 – 15:00  

    André Soumah founded ACE Audit Control and Expertise in 1996.  Under his leadership as Chairman of the Board and Managing Director, the company has become an internationally leading credit support institution in the arena of transactional/structured trade finance. 

    Much of Mr. Soumah’s focus at ACE has been on structuring and implementing a broad variety of transactions for corporations and financial institutions. 

    Mr. Soumah also founded CRM Commodity Risk Management Services, which structured price commodity and risk management strategies for African banks. Past posts have included Special Advisor for Africa with La Compagnie de Tresorerie Benjamin de Rothschild, Managing Director of Sofirmar SA, and Credit Officer with Chase Manhattan.
    ANDRES VALENCIA, REPRESENTATIVE FOR ASIA PACIFIC OF THE COLOMBIAN COFFEE GROWERS FEDERATION, TOKYO

    Plenary Session
    New realities within the global supply chain
    Saturday, 11 September, 8:30 – 10:00

    The CCGF Tokyo office was opened 1962 and has been promoting, selling and advertising Colombian Coffee {green, roasted, instant coffee} in Japan and Asian Pacific markets.

    Mr. Valencia was the Director General of INSTITUTO COLOMBIANO AGROPECUARIO -ICA. ICA is the Colombian Authority for Animal and Plant Health. He was the Chief Negotiator for SPS in the FTAs negotiated by Colombia with Canada and EFTA.

    Mr. Valencia was the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation International Affairs Advisor to the CEO. He was also in charge of the relationship between CCGF and the government for all aspects related to trade that could have any impact on coffee {SPS, Rules of Origins, FTAs, WTO}.

    Mr. Valencia worked with the Ministry of Trade and was their chief negotiator. He was the delegate for Colombia to the WTO in Geneva.

    Mr. Valencia has a degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes of Bogota, Colombia.

    SIRISAMPHANH VORACHITH, DEPUTY PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE, LAOS 

    Closing Address
    Thinking ahead and planning for tomorrow
    Saturday, 11 September, 17:00 – 18:30

    Sirisamphanh Vorachith has been in his current position since 2001. As permanent secretary, he has charge of the ministry’s secretariat dealing with industry and trade development planning. He is also a visiting lecturer in marketing at a private business school in Vientiane.

    Prior to joining the ministry, which he joined in 1982, he had worked for nine years at the Societé Lao d’Import-Export, a state-owned national foreign trade company.

    He holds a Master of Science degree in national economic planning from the Bratislava School of Economics. He speaks three foreign languages – English, French and Slovak.

    MONIQUE WARD, REGIONAL PROCUREMENT DIRECTOR, CHINA/ASIA, ACCENTURE, AUSTRALIA 

    Concurrent Interactive Sessions
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities: Empowering Trade, Empowering Women
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Plenary Session / Commentator
    New realities within the global supply chain
    Saturday, 11 September, 8:30 – 10:00

    Monique has over 10 years international procurement experience across contingent labour, information & communication technology, travel, facilities management and professional services. In her current role as Director Accenture Procurement – Asia Pacific, she works with her team to deliver spend management, supplier sourcing and selection, and purchasing operations for a US$500M spend across 13 countries in Asia Pacific.

    Monique is a passionate advocate for diversity within Accenture. She is currently investing time in the application of diversity principles within the context of the Accenture supply chain.

    WEI JIANGUO, SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE CHINA CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC EXCHANGES
    Opening Plenary
    The State of World Trade
    Friday, 10 September, 10:15 – 12:00

    Wei Jianguo is the Secretary General of the China Center for International Economic Exchanges (CCIEE) and former Vice Minister of Commerce. Mr. Wei oversees the Department of Western Asia and African Affairs, Department of Aid to Foreign Countries, and the Executive Bureau of International Economic Cooperation, among others.

    The CCIEE has a broad scope of businesses and services including studying economic issues; conducting economic exchanges domestically and internationally; promoting economic cooperation domestically and internationally; and providing consulting services.

    As a diplomat, Mr. Wei served in Morocco, Tunisia and Gabon. He also oversaw West African and Asian affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Trade.

    Mr. Wei studied at the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages.

    ERIC ZHANG, GENERAL MANAGER, ZTE CORPORATION (CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN REGION), CHINA
    Closing Address
    Thinking ahead and planning for tomorrow
    Saturday, 12 September, 17:00 – 18:30

    Mr. Eric (Xiang yang) Zhang serves as the General Manager of ZTE Corporation’s Central America & Caribbean region and is in charge of business & market development of all ZTE’s products and services.
    Mr. Zhang leads various teams based in more than 10 countries, including Sales, Marketing, Commercial, Logistics and technical support & maintenance.

    Prior to the current position, Mr. Zhang has worked in ZTE’s Asian-Pacific, India and EMEA regions in both technical and business oriented positions. Mr. Zhang has 10 years professional experience in telecom industry. He and his team made great contributions to the fast growth of ZTE’s international business.

     

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    AKRUM BASTAWI, SENIOR ECONOMIST FOR POLICY AND HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION, MINISTRY OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY, ARAB REPUBLIC OF EGYPT  

    Closing Plenary / Moderator
    Long-term potential for sustainable export-led growth
    Saturday, 11 September, 15:30 – 17:00
     

    Akrum Bastawi is the Senior Economist for Policy and Head of International Cooperation at the Office of the Minister of Trade and Industry (MTI) in the Arab Republic of Egypt.

    Prior to joining the MTI, Mr. Bastawi served in a range of economic policy reform capacities between 1998 and 2007 across three cabinet administrations with Egypt’s Ministries of Public Enterprise, Foreign Trade, Investment and Finance, and has been heavily involved with Egypt’s export policy since 2004.

    Before his tenure in Egypt, Mr. Bastawi worked in business management and corporate restructuring in the USA (1989-1997, 2000-2001) across a number of sectors, where, among other peer organizations, he most recently worked with the Washington DC Consulting Practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.

    Mr. Bastawi holds postgraduate qualifications in Business Administration, International Trade Law and European Union Trade Law from universities in the USA and The Netherlands as well as a first degree in Economics from the USA.

    LISA BELL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, NATIONAL EXPORT IMPORT BANK OF JAMAICA
    Plenary Session / Moderator
    Developing successful trade support services
    Friday, 10 September, 15:15 – 17:00

    Lisa Bell is responsible for the strategic and operational direction of the National Export Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM) and improving the bank’s national impact through the facilitation of increased financing to the productive sector.

    Mrs. Bell has held key managerial positions in the Jamaican financial services sector and with Jamaica’s national investment and export promotion agency (JTI). She has worked in the United States and with many other international organizations.

    Mrs. Bell developed and implemented the Corporate Finance Brokerage within JTI providing critical financial advisory services to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in partnership with over 30 financial services entities operating within Jamaica.

    As Deputy President of Jamaica Trade and Invest (JAMPRO), she was responsible for Trade and Business Development with oversight for project management and implementing units of the EU-GOJ Private Sector Development Programme. The programme focused on improving private sector competitiveness including the development and implementation of initiatives at the policy, industry and company level through key partnerships with various private sector organizations including the JEA, JMA and PSOJ.

    STEPHEN BELL, REGIONAL VICE PRESIDENT, SEABOARD MARINE LIMITED, USA

    Plenary Session / Commentator
    Increased competitiveness through innovative financial mechanisms
    Friday, 10 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Mr. Bell joined Seaboard Marine Limited as a Regional Vice President, with more than 20 years experience in the shipping industry.

    Prior to that Mr. Bell has served for five years as the General Manager of the Caribbean Shipping Association where he worked extensively with various private and public sector interests in furthering the development of the regional maritime industry. Bell sits on the board of directors of Marine and Allied Credit Union and is a trustee with the Caribbean Maritime Institute and the Kingston Port Workers Superannuation fund.

    Prior to that he was the president of LSK and Company Limited, representing companies from the United States of America, Europe and the Far East.

    GAURAV GUPTA, HEAD OF DALBERG ASIA PRACTICE
    Concurrent Interactive Session / Moderator
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities – Innovative business models for sustainable development 
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Gaurav Gupta heads Dalberg’s efforts in Asia out of the Mumbai Office, which he helped setup. He is part of Dalberg’s Energy and Environment leadership team and has significant experience working with corporations on CSR. Previously, Gupta has helped one of the world’s largest mining groups carry out complex land negotiations with Australian Aborigines, resulting in improved livelihoods for the local community and helped a bank in Africa consider how it can use its lending power to boost uptake of environmentally friendly products for the base of the pyramid.

    Gupta recently led the development of a landmark report on the off-grid lighting market, on behalf of the World Bank and IFC and is currently helping develop an access to finance strategy for lighting products in Africa. Earlier this year he interviewed trafficked women on the border of Bihar and Nepal and in the slums of Calcutta, to help improve project performance of an NGO fighting against female trafficking.

    Prior to Dalberg, Gupta founded The Climate Project India (TCPI), with Al Gore and JSW Group in March 2008. The organization now has over 1,000 trained volunteers who educate the public on threat and opportunities associated with climate change.

    BERNHARD METZGER, VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE SWISS SHIPPER'S COUNCIL (SSC), SWITZERLAND
    Plenary Session / Commentator
    Increased competitiveness through innovative financial mechanisms
    Friday, 10 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Bernhard Metzger is Vice-President of the SSC in Lausanne and is also Director of Transportation & Logistics
    at the Federation of Migros Cooperatives. Mr. Metzger has 20 years of professional experience in the areas
    of shipping and supply chain management with Jacky Maeder and Envirotainer, as well as and the larger
    corporations SAir Group and Migros. He has earned a commercial degree in international freight forwarding/
    logistics, a BBA from the Swiss Institute of Economics (Zurich), and a Master’s degree in Logistics & Supply
    Chain Management from Cran eld University, England. Mr. Metzger has worked in China, the USA, Australia,
    Sweden and Switzerland.
    TINA JOEMAT-PETTERSSON, MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE, SOUTH AFRICA

    Plenary Session / Moderator
    Increased competitiveness through innovative financial mechanisms
    Friday, 10 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    Tina Joemat-Pettersson has been Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries since 2009 when the portfolio was created. Previously, agriculture, fisheries and forestry were split between different ministries.

    Born in Kimberley, she became a member of the South African Democratic Teacher's Union (SADTU) in 1992 and worked her way up to be a national representative. She has been a member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature since the country’s first fully democratic elections were held in 1994. She is a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and sits on the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC). Among other national roles, she is a trustee of the Desmond Tutu Diversity Trust.

    PHIL SMITH, NORTH ASIA EDITOR, THOMSON REUTERS

    Opening Plenary / Moderator
    The State of World Trade
    Friday, 10 September, 10:15 – 12:00

    Phil Smith was appointed as North Asia Editor, Thomson Reuters in January 2009, and before that, was the Editor for South Asia based in India.
    Mr Smith joined Thomson Reuters London bureau in 1981 as a trainee journalist. From 1981 to 1991, he worked as Equities correspondent, Economics/Forex correspondent in London, and appointed as Chief Forex Correspondent, Reuters Europe and Reuters Asia from 1991 to 1999. He was the Editor-in-Chief for Treasury News, Reuters Asia from 1999 to 2001. He ran Reuters editorial operations in Australia, New Zealand and South Asia in a series of posts from 2001 to 2008.

    Mr Smith is a British national, who speaks basic Chinese and French.

    Symington STUART SYMINGTON, CEO, FRESH PRODUCE EXPORTERS' FORUM

    Interactive Plenary Session / Moderator
    Optimizing business success through strategic partnerships
    Saturday, 11 September, 10:15 – 12:00

    Stuart Symington’s role as CEO of the Fresh Produce Exporters’ Forum (a voluntary, non-profit organization) is to manage the collective affairs of about 75 member companies which export fresh fruits to 70 countries around the world. These companies market about 75% of South Africa’s fruit export volumes abroad and have a collective turnover of nearly 7 billion rand.

    Mr. Symington’s portfolio involves governing the administrative and financial affairs of the Forum, while fostering good relations between producers and exporters, and marketing members in the international arena as accredited and reliable suppliers.

    Mr. Symington recently completed his Master’s degree in Economics with a dissertation on table grape exports to the UK titled “Staying Ahead of the Global Pack.”

    ELIZABETH A. VAZQUEZ, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER, WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL, USA
    Concurrent Interactive Sessions / Moderator
    Trade cross-cutting opportunities: Empowering Women, Powering Trade
    Saturday, 11 September, 13:30 – 15:00

    As the CEO of WEConnect International, Ms. Vazquez is responsible for working with partners in the United States, Canada, Europe, India and China. WEConnect International is a global nonprofit that helps women’s business enterprises develop their capacity to grow, representing over $700 billion in annual purchasing power. Founding Members include Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Boeing, Cisco Systems, Citigroup, Ernst & Young, HP, IBM, Intel, Manpower, Motorola, Pfizer, PG&E, Verizon, and Walmart.

    Recently, Ms. Vazquez has organized and chaired the first two Global Strategic Forums on Supplier Diversity and Women’s Economic Empowerment co-hosted by The World Bank Group.
    As the Executive Director of Quantum Leaps, Ms. Vazquez received the 2009 Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) Applause Award for exceptional accomplishments that expand opportunities for women's business enterprises.
    As Co-Founder and President of TradeBuilders, Ms. Vazquez worked with corporate and government leaders on internet-based “Virtual Trade Missions” and other trade events that she organized in countries around the world.

    Ms. Vazquez is a Member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Women’s Business Centers in the U.S.

    WEI WEI, EXECUTIVE EDITOR OF "FOREX OVERVIEW", XINHUA NEWS AGENCY, FINANCIAL TV CHANNEL
    Plenary Session / Moderator
    New realities within the global supply chain
    Saturday, 11 September, 8:30 – 10:00

    Miss Wei is responsible at Xinhua TV for coordinating, producing and hosting “Forex Overview”, a 20-minute weekly news analysis program focusing on the foreign exchange market and major countries’ adjustment of monetary policy, and hosting “World Finance Live”, a live broadcasting program announcing real-time information and analyzing finance markets.

    Miss Wei has interviewed Kevin Rudd, Robert Mundell, John Rutledge, Richard Cooper and many others in the economic and financial establishment. She also writes English stories for Xinhua-run news products, including Asia Pulse, CEIS, China Stock Report and Xinhua Electronic News. She has a Masters in Journalism from the University of Queensland, Australia and a Bachelors degree in English.