Western and Central Africa
Eastern and Southern Africa
Eastern Europe and Central Asia
Lorrana Scarpioni is the CEO and co-founder of Bliive, the world's largest network of time exchange. She is also a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. In 2014, the MIT Technology Review elected her one of the ten most innovative Brazilians under 35 years old. BBC Global elected her one of the 100 most inspiring women of 2015. Along with a Bachelor's degree in Law and Public Relations, she studied Human Rights, History and Political ideals in Portugal. Ms. Scarpioni’s commitment to collaborative economy and social innovation is an extension of her social work aimed at poverty reduction. She believes that delivering equal opportunities is the answer to many global challenges.
Sarah McCue is an advocate for the use of ICTs in developing countries. She founded BluWorld, launched in collaboration with Google and Cisco Foundation to provide opportunities to youth in developing countries. She has served the United Nations as manager of the United Nations Development Program Information and Communications Technology for Development practice. She most recently served as President of WorldQuant University, a worldwide accredited master's degree program in quantitative analytics. Dr. McCue earned her BA from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, her MPA from George Washington University, and her PhD from Wayne State University in Public Administration and International Business.
Adrienne Klasa is editor of This Is Africa at the Financial Times Group, with a particular interest in the intersection between politics, business and international currents in sub-Saharan Africa.
Her writing has also appeared in the Financial Times, the Guardian, Forbes, Slate and Foreign Policy, among others. As well as being invited to speak and moderate at events worldwide, her filmed interviews have been featured across the FT group and by organisations including the Rockefeller Foundation and the Skoll Foundation.
Anne Chappaz is the Chief of the Institutional Strengthening Section of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva. Her team of experts deliver trade and investment impact for good, by helping trade and investment promotion organizations improve their performance, and better serve SMEs.
Previously, during her 14 years of experience in New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE), as well as roles in shipping and export manufacturing, Anne Chappaz has helped hundreds of companies to meet the challenges of internationalization. Her roles with NZTE included sector leadership, grant programmes, account management and senior trade, investment and diplomatic roles in North America, Europe and the Middle East. More recently, she has been helping Trade and Investment organizations with strategic planning, result measurement systems, customer segmentation and service design. She holds Masters Degrees from the Universities of Auckland and Bordeaux, and postgraduate certificates from MIT/Sloan in corporate strategy and change leadership.
Ms. Wadzinska has been employed by P&G since 1990: initially in R&D in Canada, and as of 1994 in regional assignments in Regulatory and Public Affairs in Central Europe. Currently located in Warsaw, she is an Associate Director of Global Government Relations and Public Policy, responsible for advocacy of conducive regulatory environment in the European Union Markets. Engaged in industry association work, since 2007 she has been the Chair of the Management Board of the Polish Association of Cosmetic and Detergent Industry, and since 2016 a member of the Supervisory Board of the Association of Employers of Manufacturing Companies. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology from the Cracow University.
Mr. Kürti has been President of KÜRT Information Security and Data Recovery Co. (KÜRT Co.) since 1998. KÜRT Co. has developed a hard disk repair technology, a world-renowned data recovery technology, as well as IT security technology and methodology.
Mr. Kürti has received many awards including the ‘Kalmár László Award’ for his data recovery technology in 1995, ‘Information Technology Manager of the Year’ in 1997, 1998, and ‘Gabor Denes Award’ for innovation in 1998. In 2005, Mr. Kürti received the Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year 2004’ International Business Award for his creativity, personal contribution to the accomplishment of innovative ideas and his success in creating a model organizational culture at KÜRT Co.
Since 2015, Mr. Málnay has served as the Business Development Advisor at Eit Digital. He is also the Co-founder and Project Leader at SmartWare.tech, the CEO of the Hungarian Mobility and Multimedia Cluster and a partner of White Summers. He is the former Director of Kitchen Budapest and former Operations Manager of AVEC incubation house. Mr. Málnay has extensive experience in working with tech start-ups, having held managerial and business development positions both in equity-based start-up programmes and in non-profits serving as a community hub and networking platform for tech companies.
Prior to joining the technology field, he studied Social and Political Theory in Budapest and at Stanford University, where he also worked as a teaching assistant and instructor in various teaching programmes.
BIOPOLUS Technologies is developing circular economy solutions to improve the efficiency and sustainability of cities around the globe. Those solutions harness the power of biological systems to provide efficient water recycling, waste management and food production in urban environments. Mr. Kenyeres has a background in information technology and is working on the dynamic computer simulation of complex biological systems.
Since November 2013, Mr. Awolowo has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. Prior to his appointment, he worked at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of the Abuja Council on restructuring the transport sub-sector of Abuja, Nigeria. In 2005, he was employed as Special Assistant on Legal Due Diligence with the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit (BMPIU), a role that was later expanded to Special Assistant on Legal Matters. Overall, he had served on many presidential and ministerial committees, including as Special Assistant to President Yar’Adua and as Secretary for Social Development in the FCT.
Mr. Awolowo received his Law degree from Ogun State University and the International School of Geneva.
Mr. Voituriez joined IDDRI in 2005 and is the Programme Director of IDDRI’s Governance programme. Within this role, he coordinates numerous research projects on globalization and sustainable development for the European Commission, the European Parliament, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, among others. His research focuses on trade and green innovation, and on the causes of inertia in the implementation of sustainable development policies. In coordination with the New Prosperity programme, his research also aims to identify the conditions of production and deployment of low-carbon innovations in globalized economies.
Mr. Voituriez holds a Ph.D. in Economics on the Instability of Commodity Markets and has been a lecturer at Sciences Po since 2005.
Mr. Vernooij is a member of the Management Team of the Sustainable Economic Development Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Netherlands. The department promotes sustainable and inclusive economic growth in developing countries. It supports the development of a conducive business climate and better trade opportunities. The department facilitates investments of local and Dutch companies, stimulates responsible business, and promotes public-private partnerships. Mr. Vernooij is responsible for strategic policy advice, trade facilitation and the promotion of regional economic cooperation. He has been working for the Dutch Government for almost 30 years, with senior functions in private sector development, trade, agro-industries, agriculture, food security, and biodiversity.
Mr Vernooij graduated from Leiden University, with a degree in Biology and a specialization in Environmental Sciences and Sustainable Development.
Mr. Chen serves as a CEO of China Everbright International Limited and has also been its Executive Director since August 2001. Prior to joining China Everbright International, Mr. Chen served as Department Head of the Bureau of Investigation & Supervision of The People's Bank of China, Assistant Governor of China Everbright Bank Company Limited and the President of People’s Bank's Guangzhou Branch, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Construction (Holdings) Limited.
He is also the Vice-Chairman of the All-China Environmental Federation, the Deputy President of the Chinese Ecological Civilization Research and Promotion Association and the Standing Director of the China Environmental Culture Promotion Association. Mr. Chen holds an MBA from the Research Institute of Business Management of Sichuan University and a Master’s degree in Money and Banking from the Department of Finance and Trades of the China Research Institute of Social Science.
Ms. Burrows founded The Ground Up Project in 2013 and currently serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Her company is a financial technology platform for small environmental impact projects, committed to leveraging partnerships and big data for environmental sustainability. In 2015, she founded The Ground_Up Centre, a non-profit engaged in promoting responsible entrepreneurship. The Centre provides key information about business models, investment models and leadership potential, as part of a broader EU-funded international consortium led by Potsdam, Oxford and Barcelona universities.
Ms. Burrows has over 20 years of international career experience working in business and corporate affairs for global corporations (JTI), international organizations (UNECE, IFRC), international non-profits and think-tanks (CASIN, World Economic Forum, IOC). She holds Master’s degrees in International Relations and Global Ecology and Sustainable Development.
Mr. Kiss is the Managing Director of Thermowatt Ltd. The company was established in 2007 in Budapest, Hungary, and developed a technology for cooling and heating large buildings using sewer lines. The core activities of the company include utilization of wastewater for heating and cooling, energy consultation and installation of biogas engines.
Ms. Makonnen is a Jamaican native who, after living in New York for eighteen years, moved to Ghana and founded the Afrodesiac Worldwide Group, including Afrodesiac Worldwide, a fashion brand, that incorporates contemporary Afro-Urban styles from around the globe. Ms. Makonnen's main aim has always been to run a creative and sustainable entrepreneurial venture that contributes to the economic empowerment of the women she employs in Africa.
Périn Saint-Ange has had a long and successful career within the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and in the public and private sectors, amounting to over 30 years of technical and managerial experience in international development. He has held senior level positions and other leadership roles on multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia and Eastern Europe.Prior to joining IFAD, he served as the Director General of the Ministry of Agriculture in his home country of Seychelles, as well as an Agricultural Economist at the FAO Investment Centre. Mr. Saint Ange holds a Post Graduate diploma in Agricultural Economics and Master in Economics from the University of New England in Australia.
Mr. Poku is the Chief Executive Officer of Niche Cocoa Industry Ltd. in Ghana, which was established in 2011. Over the years, Niche Cocoa Industry has built its reputation as a reliable business partner for the supply of high quality cocoa products and is now one of Ghana’s largest manufacturers of cocoa-derived food ingredients. The company has 350 permanent employees who are continually trained in international best practices and standards, the most advanced cocoa processing technology available and the latest production methods.Niche won the 2013 Best Exporter of the Year award and the 2014, 2014 and 2016 Ghana Exporter of the Year. Mr. Poku has an MBA from the Columbia Business School and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Dartmouth College.
Mr. Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa serves as CEO and Strategic Planning & Control Director at Qatar Development Bank (QDB). He played a leading role in the launch of several flagship development initiatives, including the Al Dhameen Partial Guarantee Program, Tasdeer Qatar Export Development Agency and the Housing Loan Program for Qatari citizens. He has vast experience in the SME, private and entrepreneurship sectors.Mr. Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa serves as the Chairman of Q Media, Qatar Business Incubation Center, the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development and Elan Qatar W.L.L. He holds an MBA degree from Qatar University, a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California and has received several specialized diplomas from Harvard and INSEAD universities.
Ilya Kretov has worked with eBay since 2013, when he was appointed Marketing Director Russia and Emerging Markets Lead. In 2015, Mr. Kretov became the Director of Operations and Marketing for Emerging Europe and Africa at eBay and has held his current position since November 2016. Between 2011 and 2013, as Head of Consumer Marketing at Google, Mr. Kretov was responsible for the development of Google Search, Chrome, Google+, YouTube, Google Play and Google Maps as Head of B2C (business-to-customer) marketing at Google Russia. Prior to that, he held courses on information systems at ITMO University in Saint Petersburg. Mr. Kretov holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems for Economics from Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation.
Anna Guenther is CEO and Co-founder of PledgeMe, New Zealand’s first crowdfunding platform. Since launching five years ago, over 1,100 creative, community and entrepreneurial projects have met their goals and over US$15 million have been pledged through her website. Anna also co-created the ‘unconference’ known as Women Who Get Sh*t Done in June 2016, where a diverse group of women entrepreneurs can share, learn, laugh and build a network with which to change the world. The plan for each camp is created by everyone together on the first day. Previously, Anna worked for the New Zealand Government, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard and completed her Master’s in Entrepreneurship with a focus on crowdfunding.
Twenty-nine year old Gambian Momarr Mass Taal is the Founder and Managing Director of Tropingo Foods – a groundnut and mango processing and export company. Since its inception in 2015, his company has grown to 140 employees –120 of which are women –and exports primarily to Asia and Europe. At the age of 17, Momarr founded and managed Malyka Clothing, a successful clothing brand based in Canada. Within a few years, he was manufacturing in Bangladesh and selling in five countries. Profits were used to support African artisans.Momarr was recently named among Forbes ‘Africa’s 30 Under 30’ and served as Curator for the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Banjul Hub. He studied International Development Studies and Economics at York University in Toronto.
Mr. Deep Kapuria schooled at Mayo College, Ajmer and graduated in Engineering from BITS, Pillani. He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, USA. He is the Chairman of The Hi-Tech Group. The Group spans a wide spectrum of products and services that include Auto Components, Robotics (Industrial & Defence), AGV, Engineering, Software, servicing global customers.As a non-Government member, he has led the business delegations to WTO, Geneva, & other Ministerial visits. He has experience of interacting with business delegations from other countries.He has also been president of Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA) and is known as one of the leading think tanks of Auto Industry. He is Chairman – Globalisation Committee of ACMA.
Ms. Malwatte serves as the Chairperson and Chief Executive of the Sri Lanka Export Development Board since October 2015, the first woman to hold this position. She has 40 years of experience in serving the Government both internationally and locally. She has served as the focal point on a number of World Bank, ITC, GIZ, CBI and JETRO export development projects. She has also served a number of Government and Private Sector Boards and undertaken a number of product development and export related consultancies. In July 2016, Ms. Malwatte was awarded “Lifetime Award for Business and Economics” by the Women’s International Film & Television Showcase.
Dr. Adhikari leads the the Enhanced Integrated Framework at the World Trade Organization, which focuses on trade for least developed countries. Previously, he led the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment, a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. He was also a senior adviser to Nepal’s National Planning Commission, and a trade programme specialist for the United Nations Development Programme, Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Sri Lanka. He was a Manager of Nepal Indosuez Bank Ltd. and a Lecturer at the Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu.
Dr. Gomes was elected Secretary-General in 2014. Previously, he served as Guyana’s Ambassador to Belgium and the European Union, the World Trade Organization, and the Food and Agriculture Organization. As an academic for the University of the West Indies, he authored numerous development and social policy analysis publications. He was Chair of the Board of Governors for the European Centre for Development Policy Management and Chair of the Working Group on Future Perspectives of the ACP Group.
Ms. González serves as Executive Director of the ITC since September 2013. From 2005 to 2013 she was Chief of Staff to the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy. During this period, she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative, and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20. Prior to this, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, negotiating trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Commission Spokeswoman for Trade, and adviser to the EU Trade Commissioner. She began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters.
Marion is the Chief Economist of ITC and in this position responsible for the recently published ITC flagship publication “SME Competitiveness Outlook 2015”. Previous to joining ITC, Marion was a counsellor in the Economic Research and Statistics Division of the World Trade Organization, an organization she joined in 1999 after a short spell in the private sector. From 2009 to 2012 she was the Head of Trade and Employment Programme at the ILO.She has published widely on subjects related to international trade and global governance.
Mr. Gustavo Lascurain is the managing director of Spanish paper-processing machinery Pasaban. The Basque company is the world leader in the sector of banknote paper sheeters, and in 2012 it launched a sector leading cloud-based data service. Mr. Lascurain holds a degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad de Navarra, and worked as a director for Goialde, S.L. before joining Pasaban in 2008
Mr. Chunga is a Moderator and Investment Consultant for KPMG with a focus on foreign direct investment. He holds degrees in Law and Accounting and has 10 years of advisory experience at a Big 4 practice. In his current role he helps clients to evaluate investment options, structures and regulatory compliance considerations across multiple geographies. His client portfolio spans agriculture, manufacturing, construction, IT and FMCG.
Mr. George Ndirangu is a Presenter and Producer at CNBC Africa, Africa’s most influential multi-platform business media brand. A renowned finance and ICT journalist, he holds a BSc. In Actuarial Science. George has conducted interviews worldwide, most notably at the Transform Africa Summit, where he interviewed 8 Heads of State. His history of interviews includes personalities such as President of Mauritius, Ameenah Gurib at the World Economic Forum in Davos, President of Gabon, Ali Bongo Ondimba at the World Economic Forum in Rwanda, Philanthropist Howard Buffett in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ministers from different countries, and key industry players.
Prof. Prabhu is the Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business & Enterprise, as well as the Director of the Centre for India & Global Business. His research focuses on international business, marketing, strategy and innovation. He is an editorial board member for the Journal of Marketing, the International Journal of Research in Marketing, the Journal of Management Studies and The Schmalenbach Business Review; an associate editor of Customer Needs and Solutions and BMJ Innovations; a senior advisory board member for the European Journal of Marketing; and a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network.
Eng. Hani Salem Sonbol is the CEO of the International Islamic trade Finance Corporation (ITFC). His career in development Banking started three decades ago where he served in many technical and leading positions across the Islamic Development Bank Group. Eng. Hani accrued knowledge and experience in trade during his career in positions such as Director of the IDBG President’s Office, Director of IDBG Regional Office Morocco, Director Trade Finance and Promotion Department and Deputy CEO ITFC and Acting Chief Executive Officer at Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC).
Eco-friendly Colombian entrepreneur Octavio Torres Quintana is the founder of Valopes, a digital industrial waste management company, as well as Bogotá Green Drinks, a platform for discussions on sustainability. Having obtained his undergraduate degree in Bogotá at the Universidad de Los Andes, Mr. Quintana went on to study in China, Norway, and MIT. He is specialised in sustainability and renewable energies, which he combines with a socially responsible entrepreneurial model. His current business focuses on valorising waste products, through a digital suite of information sharing products, and a consultancy services aimed at the creation of a sustainable business model.
Ms. Xiaolan Fu is a Development Economist, renowned for her publications on Chinese economic development, with a focus on innovation and technology. Ms. Fu studied in China and the United Kingdom, before becoming a fellow at Cambridge University’s Centre for Business Research. She later joined the University of Oxford, where she became the founding director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development. She was appointed as one of 10 experts to support the Technology Facilitation Mechanism launched by the United Nations. Her role in the UN also includes a position in the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries.
Ms. Rajmun has been promoting and defending Mauritius’ export sector for 15 years. Particularly interested in this field, she also represented this sector in several trade agreements such as the EU-ESA Interim Agreement. She currently serves as the Director of the Mauritius Export Association and is a board member of several other organisations such as the Joint Economic Council, Enterprise Mauritius and the Mauritius Employers Federation.
Ms. Muchoki serves currently as Chief Executive Officer of Pan African Agribusiness and Agroindustry Consortium (PanAAC) which is a regional agribusiness platform aiming to mobilize and support the domestic private sector in Africa through enhanced productivity and competitiveness at the national and regional level as well as in the global market. She is very involved with agribusinesses, serving as Coordinator for the Kenyan Agribusiness and Agroindustry Alliance, as a member of the Advisory Council tasked with guiding the UNDP report on inclusive business models and as an active member in various other agribusiness forums. Furthermore, she founded the African Natural Products Company.
Ms. Serter worked many years in investment management for a hedge fund in New York before joining the Farplas Group where she currently serves as President. She is strongly committed to connecting women and investment. As the founder of the Arya Women’s Investment Platform, she seeks opportunities for investors to help women-led businesses. The platform started in 2015 and has already invested more than $500’000 in female entrepreneurs. Ms. Serter obtained her M.B.A. in Investment Management from Pace University.
Hon. Malik Samarawickrama also oversees the Board of Investment, the Export Development Board, the Department of Import & Export Control and the Mahapola Trust Fund as part of his Cabinet duties. Previously, he was Chairman or Director of companies engaged in manufacture and export of ready-made garments, real estate development and import/export. He played a prominent role in expanding Sri Lanka’s apparel sector (the country’s leading source of export revenue) as Deputy Chairman of the Apparel Exporters’ Association. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants in London.
Mr. LI’s extensive career includes Vice Minister of Finance of China, and had a leading role in the Chinese Central Bank for a decade. He took measures to boost agricultural development and build up SMEs, while reducing poverty and promoting gender equality. He has an MA in economics from the Research Institute for Fiscal Science of the Ministry of Finance.
Ms. Jobarteh with her passion for the Kora –a 21-string lute-bridge-harp—celebrated her international success in 2011 following the release of her critically acclaimed album ‘Fasiya’, which means ‘heritage’. She broke away from tradition when she became the first female Kora virtuoso from a West African Griot family and uses her position to portray a strong female voice in a field that is primarily led by men.
Upon graduation, Mr. Mammadov gained extensive work experience in the fields of law, investment and business development through working in the public and private sector. He played a key role in the coordination and management of EU development assistance programmes in Azerbaijan before he joined the Ministry of Economic Development, where he worked as the Deputy Head of the Foreign Economic Relations Department. He also worked as a consultant in his role as a Managing Partner for a private company. He is currently the President of the Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO). Mr. Mammadov completed an LL.B. in International Law from Baku State University and an LL.M. in European Integration Law from Dresden University of Technology.
Ms. McGuire has established and fostered high impact global initiatives, demonstrated her leadership capacity in various positions and has gained a wide variety of global business experience. She worked for Dell Inc. as the Global Supplier Diversity leader. After that, Ms. McGuire became the Vice President of Technology Integration Group (TIG), which offers IT products, solutions and services and spans a global partner network in five continents. She is also an entrepreneur and was chosen as one of the Top 100 Overseas Chinese Entrepreneurs by the Chinese government. Ms. McGuire acquired her M.B.A. from the Global School of Management in Phoenix.
Ms. Saue is currently Head of Risk and Compliance for e-Residency in Estonia. Prior to this, she worked in the legal department of Swedbank and as a senior lawyer for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken ABbefore she became the Head of Legal Compliance at Maksekeskus AS. She holds an M.B.A. from the Estonian Business School.
Hon. Szijjártó was appointed the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Parliamentary State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2014 and serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Prior to this position, Mr. Szijjártó served as spokesperson of the Prime Minister and later as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and External Economic Relations of the Prime Minister’s Office. In 2013, he was appointed as Government Commissioner for Hungarian-Russian Relations and Hungarian Chinese Bilateral Relations. Mr. Szijjártó holds a degree in International Relations from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences and Public Administration.
Dr. Petra Pana has been serving as Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Economic Relations of Hungary since November 1, 2014. As Deputy Secretary for Foreign Economic Relations, she focuses on expanding trade and developing FDI in Hungary. Since taking office, she works closely with the business community and helps advance the government’s priorities of expanding growth and business opportunities for all Hungarian business partners and investors. Before her nomination as Deputy State Secretary for Foreign Economic Relations of Hungary, she held different positions in the public sector.
Xin Lui joined CCTV in 1997 and is one of the most senior hosts of CCTV’s English language news channel, now known as CGTN. For over a decade, Xin was one of the channel’s signature news anchors. In spring 2011, she went to Switzerland to establish CCTV’s Geneva Bureau and served as Bureau Chief for almost six years. Now she hosts a new opinion program called “The Point with LIU Xin”. She has interviewed many world leaders but she values her interaction with ordinary people affected by the stories. She comments on world affairs with a soft but powerful personal touch, flavored with a witty sense of humor.
Mr. Ajmal Abdulsamad is an international development practitioner and researcher. He started his career managing implementation of development projects in the field for ten years and later moved to undertake client-sponsored research. As a Senior Researcher at Duke University, Center on Globalization, Governance, & Competitiveness (Duke CGGC) since 2011, Ajmal has applied the global value chain (GVC) framework to a wide range of topics including innovations for market access, workforce strategies for private sector development, public-private partnerships, and input-output modelling based on World Multi-Regional Input-Output Databases. Ajmal has conducted field research in Afghanistan, Burundi, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Guyana, and United States of America.
Mr. Constans is a digital, strategy and business development executive with 20 years of experience in the financial services and online industry. Alberto has strong expertise leading global retail and private banking organizations, managing marketing and sales forces and driving change through business development and e-commerce. He has experience working in the European Union, North America and Asia in areas such as retail and private banking, investments, liabilities, insurance, sales management, marketing planning and e-commerce. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the École des hautes études commerciales in Paris and New York University. Mr. Constans is fluent in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Catalan.
Professor Grant is the first international Vice President at the University of Southampton, a founding member of the elite Russell Group of leading UK universities. His main research interest lies in political communication. Mr. Grant also serves as Chair of the Boards of the University of Southampton Malaysian Campus and Southampton International Singapore Ltd.
Mr. Magaña holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and has experience in business analysis, strategic and financial planning, capital raising and investor relations from his work in OMA, a public company located in Northern Mexico. Mr. Magaña co-founded three successful ventures in both the finance and the waste recycling industries, focusing on creating value where other people see waste.
Ms. Awani’s main responsibility consists of increasing intra-regional trade in Africa. She previously served as Afreximbank’s Director for Trade Finance and Branches Department, which manages the bank’s business development efforts in trade finance across Africa. Before joining Afreximbank in 2009, she served with Citigroup, her last position being that of Vice President and Head of Industrial and Commercial Corporates at Citigroup Nigeria. Ms. Awani obtained a Master of Public Administration, specializing in International Trade and Finance, from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in the United States. She also holds the Edward S. Mason Fellowship in Public Policy and Management from the same University.
Ms. Pak is a multimedia journalist who uses video, words and tweets to share stories about why #TradeMatters – and how it can work for the 99% – as a member of the Communications and Events team of the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Geneva, Switzerland. The Chicago native narrates and produces the ITC video news programme, Trade Compass, which highlights current trade issues around the world, putting an accent on connecting small businesses to global markets. Before joining ITC, Ms. Pak reported for Bloomberg News in New York and produced stories for the TV station KHON2 News in Hawaii. Her work has been published by United Nations TV, Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Businessweek, MarketWatch, UPI, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Miami Herald, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @susannapak.
Mr. Zsámboki has been CEO and General Manager of ANY Security Printing Company since 2008. He became Deputy Chairman in 2014. Mr. Zsámboki served as a Deputy General Manager of Sales and Marketing at Állami Nyomda Plc until 2008. The company produces Hungarian biometric passports, Master and Visa chip cards, election forms and many other high-quality, high-level products with a security component.
Mr. Ndione joined Ebano Finance in 2016 where he currently serves as Partner. The firm seeks to facilitate access to finance for African companies by connecting them to investors looking for opportunities on the African continent. His responsibilities cover the operational aspects of the company including the development of digital and growth strategies. He previously held investment-related roles in private equity firms. His dual background and his interest in the development of Africa facilitated his involvement in numerous business and volunteering initiatives in Europe and Africa. For over seven years, Mr. Ndione held several management positions within Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking in Paris. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from the École des hautes études commerciales in Paris, a Master's degree in Financial Risk Management and a post-graduate degree (DEA) in mathematics.
Mr. Urbán is the CEO of EXIM (the joint company of Hungarian Export-Import Bank Ltd and Hungarian Export Credit Insurance Ltd.), Member of the Board of the Hungarian Banking Association. From 2015 he became a Member of the Board of Directors of the fund manager of the China Central Eastern Europe Investment Co-operation Fund. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Chinese-Hungarian Railway Nonprofit Ltd. As a government delegate, he was a Member of the Board of the European Investment Bank (EIB) to 7 years.
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