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 Ki-moon Ban

Ban   Ki-moon

United Nations

Ban Ki-moon is the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations. His priorities have been to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy and water. He has sought to be a bridge-builder, to give voice to the world's poorest and most vulnerable people, and to strengthen the Organization itself. "I grew up in war", the Secretary-General has said, "and saw the United Nations help my country to recover and rebuild. That experience was a big part of what led me to pursue a career in public service. As Secretary-General, I am determined to see this Organization deliver tangible, meaningful results that advance peace, development and human rights."

The Secretary-General was born in the Republic of Korea on 13 June 1944. He received a bachelor's degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1970. In 1985, he earned a master's degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. At the time of his election as Secretary-General, Mr. Ban was his country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade. His 37 years of service with the Ministry included postings in New Delhi, Washington D.C. and Vienna, and responsibility for a variety of portfolios, including Foreign Policy Adviser to the President, Chief National Security Adviser to the President, Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and Director-General of American Affairs.

Mr. Ban's ties to the United Nations date back to 1975, when he worked for the Foreign Ministry's United Nations Division. That work expanded over the years, with assignments that included service as Chairman of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization and Chef de Cabinet during the Republic of Korea's 2001-2002 presidency of the UN General Assembly.

The Secretary-General speaks English, French and Korean. He and his wife, Madam Yoo (Ban) Soon-taek, whom he met in high school in 1962, have one son, two daughters and three grandchildren. Since 2007, Mrs. Ban has devoted her attention to women's and children's health, including autism, the elimination of violence against women, and the campaign to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS.

Mr. Ban took office on 1 January 2007. On 21 June 2011, he was unanimously re-elected by the General Assembly and will continue to serve until 31 December 2016.

 Kituyi  Mukhisa

Mukhisa  Kituyi


​Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi is the seventh Secretary-General of UNCTAD and has extensive background as an elected official, academic and holder of high government office. He was first elected to the Parliament of Kenya in 1992 and served as Minister of Trade and Industry of Kenya from 2002 to 2007. As Minister he chaired and participated in various ministerial-level initiatives including for the African Caribbean and Pacific Group of States, and at the World Trade Organization. Dr. Kituyi was also Chief Executive of the Kenya Institute of Governance and a Fellow of the Brookings Institution. He has advised Presidents of the nations of the East African Community and he served as a consultant for the African Union Commission. Dr. Kituyi studied political science and international relations at the University of Nairobi and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, receiving a BA in 1982. He holds an M.Phil. and a PhD from the University of Bergen in Norway.

 Reiter Joakim

Joakim  Reiter

Deputy Secretary-General

​Joakim Reiter is the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Immediately prior to joining UNCTAD in April 2015, Mr. Reiter served as a Deputy Director General with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. From 2011 to 2014, Mr. Reiter held the position of Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Sweden to the WTO in Switzerland. From 2008 to 2011, he served as Minister Counsellor and Head of the Trade Section at the Representation of Sweden to the European Union in Belgium. Prior to his role at the European Union Directorate General for Trade in the European Commission from 2004 to 2008, he also held positions with the Swedish National Board of Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Industry. He is a graduate of Lund University and the London School of Economics.

Abalkhail Waleed

Waleed Abalkhail

Chairman and Managing Director
TradekeySaudi Arabia

​Waleed Abalkhail is the founder and Chairman of TradeKey.com, a major international online B2B marketplace that connects buyers and sellers, with more than 8.5 Million registered corporate users from 240 countries. Mr. Abalkhail has been recognized as a Visionary Investor and a First-Generation Entrepreneur for his business acumen, leadership and strategic thinking. Mr. Abalkhail also serves as Chairman of The Edcomm Group Banker’s Academy, a 25 year old US based training company that provides E-Learning and Instructor Led Training to more than 2500 clients globally.

Abbas Mehdi

Mehdi Abbas

Maître de Conférence
Université de GrenobleFrance

​Prof. Mehdi ABBAS est maitre de conférences en économie à l’Université de Grenoble (France) et chercheur au sein du laboratoire Energie, développement durable, environnement (EDDEN-Cnrs). Titulaire d’un doctorat en Economie Internationale, ses enseignements et recherches portent sur l’Economie politique internationale, les relations économiques internationales et l’Economie politique du développement. Il est spécialisé sur les questions de l’OMC et de la régulation commerciale multilatérale. Il développe également une expertise sur les négociations climatiques internationales et sur les stratégies de développement des pays arabes riches en ressources naturelles.

Abdelaziz Maged A.

Maged A. Abdelaziz

Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa
United Nations

Ambassador Maged A. Abdelaziz was sworn in by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday 17th of May 2012 as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA).  He brings to the position more than 33 years of experience in multilateral diplomacy, a direct engagement in promoting global peace, security and development.

Prior to his appointment and since January 2005, Mr. Abdelaziz served as Permanent Representative of Egypt to the United Nations in New York.  In that capacity, he co-chaired the 2008 Review Conference on Financing for Development and, in 2009, he was the Rapporteur, representing Africa, at the Conference on the Economic and Financial Crisis and Its Impact on Development. He has served as  Vice President of the United Nations General Assembly (2008-2009) and Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (2011-12). He also represented Africa in the Bureau of the Rio+20  Conference on Sustainable Development (2011-2012) and played a significant role in ensuing its success.

Abu-Ghazaleh Talal

Talal Abu-Ghazaleh

Founder and Chairman
Talal Abu-Ghazaleh OrganizationJordan

​Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh is widely recognized as a philanthropic businessman at the leading edge of change. As Founder and Chairman of the Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organization, he has built up an international company operating out of 85 offices to become a leading global provider of professional and educational services. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh's pioneering work has been recognized by the United Nations with whom he has become chairman of 14 UN boards and initiatives including:  Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization Network, Global Alliance for ICT and Development, UN Global Compact, UN Information and Communication Technologies Task Force, Advisory Committee on Internet Governance, and UN Committee of Experts on Professional Qualifications Standards, as well as boards of all international accounting bodies.

His many personal honours include 'Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur', Decoration of Independence of Jordan, Member of the WTO Panel on Defining the Future of Trade, Senator at the Jordanian Upper House, and most recently the Order of Independence of the First Order from Jordan's King Abdullah II. Dr. Abu-Ghazaleh holds 40 other decorations and awards, as well as five Honorary Doctorate Degrees. He is a Patron for Walid Gholmieh Symphonies, Lebanese National Symphony Orchestra and Chair of Jordanian National Orchestra Association.  He holds over 30 chairmanships.

Acharya Gyan Chandra

Gyan Chandra Acharya

UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)

​Amb. Gyan Chandra Acharya, a national of Nepal, was appointed to the position of UN Under- Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS) in 2012. Mr. Acharya has the responsibilities of monitoring and following the implementation of the dedicated programs of action, IPOA for the LDCs, VPOA for the LLDCs and SAMOA Pathway for the SIDS. He is also called on to analyse and advocate for the issues and concerns of these vulnerable countries and ensure their integration into and coherence with global processes, including those related to the SDGs and the Post- 2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations. He also coordinates the advocacy work related to the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS in forums and platforms outside the United Nations.

Acyl Fatima Haram

Fatima Haram Acyl

Commissioner for Trade and Industry
African Union Commission

​H.E. Fatima Haram Acyl has served as Commissioner for Trade and Industry at the African Union Commission (AUC) since her election in 2012. As Commissioner, Ms. Acyl has championed key elements of Agenda 2063, including preparing for the launch of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) and establishing the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) as an AUC institution. She is steadfastly committed to Africa's structural transformation and has worked to advance trade, industry and responsible mineral resource development as fundamental drivers of that transformation.

Before joining the Commission, Ms. Acyl acquired a wide range of public and private sector experience, serving as Deputy Director General of the Agricultural Bank of Chad, Director of Finance and Administration at the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and Audit Manager at CroweChizek and Company LLC, USA (among others). Ms. Acyl has an MBA in Finance (with honours) from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, and a BS in Business Administration (Operational Research) from the University of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.

Addy Axel Marcel

Axel Marcel Addy

Minister of Commerce and Industry

​Honorable Axel Marcel Addy has served as Minister of Commerce and Industry under Her Excellency, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf since April 2013. In his current capacity, Mr. Addy is also Commissioner on the National Investment Commission, Statutory Member of the President’s Economic Management Team, Statutory Member of the Board of Directors of the National Port Authority, Statutory Member of the Board of Directors of the newly established Liberia Revenue Authority. Furthermore, he is the Representative of Liberia to the World Intellectual Property Organization and Chief Negotiator for Liberia accession process to the World Trade Organization, among others.

Adhikari Ratnakar

Ratnakar Adhikari

Executive Director
Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat

​Mr. Ratnakar Adhikari is the Executive Director of the Enhanced Integrated Framework Executive Secretariat. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief Executive Director of South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE), a Kathmandu-based regional think tank. Previously he served, among others, as a Senior Adviser to the National Planning Commission, Government of Nepal, and Trade Programme Specialist for the UNDP, Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Mr. Adhikari has conducted extensive research in the areas of international trade particularly from the perspective of LDCs.

Agah Yonov Frederick

Yonov Frederick Agah

Deputy Director-General

​Yonov Frederick Agah was appointed as Nigeria's Ambassador to the WTO in 2005. In that capacity, he served as the Alternate Chief Negotiator for the Doha Round and Head of Nigeria's Trade Office to the WTO in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations Office in Geneva. The Trade Office is responsible for Nigeria's participation in Geneva-based trade-related international organizations, particularly the UN Conference on Trade and Development, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, the International Trade Centre and the WTO.

Ali Reza

Reza Ali

Director of New Ventures
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)Singapore

​As Director of New Ventures, Reza is responsible for the overall delivery of ACCA-X, ACCA’s (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) pilot initiative to provide digital learning to students. Prior to his current role, Reza worked across a number of different roles within ACCA and was previously the Head of Emerging Markets Asia, where he led ACCA’s developments across a number of markets including South Korea, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Brunei and ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations). He was also part of ACCA’s Strategy team to support the development of ACCA’s strategy to 2020. Reza was previously an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) within the Assurance and Business Advisory Services (ABAS) in London and later became the Head of Finance and Operations at a brokerage firm in Singapore that dealt primarily with government agencies in the South Asian subcontinent. Reza graduated with a First Class (Honours) in Business Studies and Finance from Lancaster University where he was the recipient of the Philip Andrews Memorial Prize for Economics. He is also an ACCA member. Reza speaks regularly to ACCA’s key stakeholders on key economic trends, learning and technology, sustainability, climate change, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), accounting and policy updates and sustainability matters. He also wrote a booklet in 2008 entitled “Sustainability Reporting Handbook for Singaporean Companies” to encourage sustainability reporting within corporate Singapore. Reza’s other interests include farming Tamil Nadu, South India where he is from and blogs regularly.

Ansu Yaw

Yaw Ansu

Chief Economist
African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)

​Dr. Yaw Ansu is Chief Economist at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), where he leads the implementation of an extensive research program focused on analyzing and promoting economic transformation in African countries. He was the principal author of ACET’s 2014 African Transformation Report: Growth with Depth. Prior to joining ACET, he spent over 26 years working at the World Bank.

Arena Maria

Maria Arena

Member of the European Parliament

​Ms. Maria Arena is a Member of the European Parliament, of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament(S&D), she is from Belgium where she held several ministerial and parliamentarian positions. Today, within the European Parliament, Ms. Arena is member of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) which deals with economic and trade relations between the EU and third countries. In the INTA committee, she is responsible for the region of Israel and Palestine and also an alternate member of the Committee on Employment and social affairs and coordinator of the Committee on Women's rights and gender Equality.

Azevêdo Roberto

Roberto Azevêdo


​Mr. Azevêdo holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Brasilia, and subsequently attended the 'Instituto Rio Branco', the graduate school of diplomacy. He joined the Brazilian Foreign Service in 1984. After serving different Brazilian embassies, he was assigned to the Permanent Mission of Brazil in Geneva in 1997. In 2001, Mr. Azevêdo was named head of the Brazilian Foreign Ministry's Dispute Settlement Unit. From 2006 to 2008 he was Vice-Minister for Economic and Technological Affairs, and in that capacity served as Brazil's chief trade negotiator for the Doha Round. In 2008 he was appointed Permanent Representative of Brazil to the WTO. He became the WTO's Director-General in 2013.

Balala Najib

Najib Balala

Cabinet Secretary for Tourism

​Mr. Najib Balala (born 20 September 1967) is a Kenyan politician and the current Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, and the immediate former M.P. for Mvita Constituency. Mr. Balala is the party leader of The Republican Congress Party of Kenya (RC) a partner of the Jubilee Coalition. Mr. Najib Balala attended the primary school, Serani Boys, which qualified him to Kakamega High, a national school. He studied Business Administration and International Urban Management and Leadership from the University of Toronto and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Barbir Karim

Karim Barbir

Director, Gas Chain Value

​Karim Barbir is Director, Gas Chain Activities at ENGIE, a global energy company that operates in close to seventy countries.  In his role Mr. Barbir develops the strategic vision for the company's positioning along the gas value chain.  He also promotes natural gas solutions including distributed offerings such as small scale LNG, biogas, and gas infrastructure in support of renewable power, initiatives tied to sustainability and the energy transition.  Mr. Barbir has over 25 years of energy experience.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering (Honors) from McGill University in Montreal, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley.

Bautz René

René Bautz

Chairman and CEO,
World Energy Council–Global Gas Centre and Gaznat

​CEO of Gaznat SA/ Switzerland since 2008, René Bautz is also Chairman of the World energy Council – Global Gas Centre based in Geneva. René Bautz studied electrical engineering and holds a Master of Science degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He dedicated his entire professional career to the energy sector. The first 10 years of his career were spent at the power company Electricité Neuchâteloise (ENSA) as Head of the studies and construction. As part of his training, he completed an internship on behalf of Brown Boveri Canada in Montreal where he participated in the development of a test platform for electric generators. He further completed his training in the field of business economics and management.

Bhaiji Aunali

Aunali Bhaiji

Regional Director, Development and External Affairs
Bolloré Transport & Logistics East AfricaKenya

​Mr. Aunali Bhaiji is the Regional Director Development and External Affairs at Bolloré Transport & Logistics East Africa since 2014. He has served in the industry for the last 40 years and has great experience in the clearing and forwarding sector. Mr. Bhaiji served as the Managing Director of Bolloré Africa Logistics Kenya Limited (from 2013-2014) and also served previously as the Deputy Managing Director of SDV Transami (Bolloré Grp). Mr. Bhaji has been elected as National Chairman of the Kenya International Freight Forwarders Association (KIFWA) in 2015 and was re-elected in 2016. He is also the Governor of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Board on Transport & Infrastructure, which is the voice of the Private Sector in Kenya in furthering the National Business Agenda.

Bhattacharya Debapriya

Debapriya Bhattacharya

Distinguished Fellow
Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), DhakaBangladesh

​Mr. Bhattacharya is a macroeconomist and public policy analyst from Bangladesh and Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD), Dhaka, a globally reputed think-tank in Bangladesh. He was the first Executive Director of the CPD (1999-2007) and also worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS). He is Chair of Southern Voice on Post-MDG International Development Goals - a network of 48 think-tanks from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America that has identified a unique space and scope for itself to contribute to this post-MDG dialogue. He has been the Special Adviser on LDCs to the Secretary General, UNCTAD (2009-2010) and the President of UNCTAD's governing board as well as the coordinator of LDC Group in the United Nations System in Geneva. He was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the WTO, United Nations office, and other international organizations in Geneva (2007-2009).

Biwott Peter K.

Peter K. Biwott

Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy
Kenya Association of ManufacturersKenya

​Mr. Peter K. Biwott is the Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers. Mr. Peter K. Biwott has a vast experience in management, trade, investment and industrial policy development, research and analysis on regional integration, private sector development, regional development planning, macroeconomics and public finance and monitoring and evaluation. Mr. Biwott has worked as Trade Development Manager at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), Manger, Public Finance and Macroeconomics at the Commission on Revenue Allocation, (CRA), Chief Manager, Planning, Research and Development at Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) and long serving as an Economist in the public sector. He holds economics degree from Kenyatta University and a Master degree in Development Economics from International Institute of Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands. Mr. Peter K. Biwott is a beneficiary of the prestigious Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship. He also possesses macroeconomics policy, research and analysis qualifications from the Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis. He has contributed to publications at the Journal of World Economic Research on trade, regulatory policies, investments and economic growth.

Boardley Tom

Tom Boardley

Executive Vice President
Lloyd's Registerthe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

​Tom Boardley was appointed Executive Vice President at Lloyd’s Register (LR) on the 14 March 2016, responsible for driving LR’s market influence across all of LR's business activities and the development of a new External Affairs function.
From 2009 to 2016, Tom led the LR Marine business as its Director, responsible for worldwide operations, strategy and business development. Prior to joining LR in 2009, Tom had accumulated 30 years’ experience in the container shipping, ports and logistics business. Commencing his career with the container shipping division of P&O, originally trading as OCL and subsequently as P&O Nedlloyd, he held various management roles in the UK, Taiwan, Korea and Japan before being appointed as Director for Australia and New Zealand, based in Sydney in 1996. Tom left P&O in 2004, joining the Japanese shipping and logistic company NYK, heading their European operation.
Tom is currently the President of RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects). Previously, Tom was the President of the UK Chamber of Shipping (2015/2016) and appointed to the UK Maritime Growth Study Advisory Committee (DfT) in January 2015. Tom served as Chairman of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies) for the 2012/2013 year.
Highly regarded within the maritime industry, Tom has featured in the Lloyd’s List Top 100 People in Global Shipping and the Tradewind’s Power 100.
Tom is an engineering graduate of Oxford University and is a fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Borglin Jonas

Jonas Borglin

International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR)Sweden

​Jonas Borglin is the CEO of NIR since October 2013. Mr. Borglin’s background is within marketing, consulting and business development within both Nordics, EMEA and Asia/Australia. He has previously held various positions at American Express and has successfully developed a global consultancy service within the company. As a leader, Mr. Borglin is curious to find improvements and growth opportunities within businesses and partners as well as within individuals and takes pride in motivating his surrounding to perform better. Mr. Borglin dedicated one year for his passion for photography and visual communication.

Boussichas Matthieu

Matthieu Boussichas

Programme Manager
Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi)

​Mr. Matthieu Boussichas, PhD in Economics, is Programme Manager at the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (Ferdi) since 2012. He is working on issues related to aid and development financing, as well as the development agenda and its objectives after 2015. He is also a specialist in international migration. Previously he was Project Manager at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of France, at the Directorate General of Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships.

Bramble Nicholas

Nicholas Bramble

Senior Policy Specialist
Googlethe United States of America

​Nicholas Bramble is Public Policy Manager for Trade and International Relations at Google. Before joining Google, he served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow with the U.S. Treasury Department and a lecturer at Yale Law School on intellectual property and telecommunications law. Mr. Bramble holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University.

Bromander Erik

Erik Bromander

State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure
Ministry of Enterprise and InnovationSweden

​Erik Bromander is State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure, in the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, since 2014 and his duties include planning and coordination. Prior to that position, he worked for 8 years in various Government positions including dealing with transport and traffic issues. He has a Master’s degree in business from Stockholm University.

Bromander Erik

Erik Bromander

State Secretary
Ministry of Enterprise and InnovationSweden

​Mr. Bromander is State Secretary to the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Anna Johansson, within the Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. His area of expertise is infrastructure. Before accepting this post in 2014, Mr. Bromander has been Principal Secretary of the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications and has been working as Official for the Transport Division. He helds a Master’s degree in business from Stockholm University.

Bros Thierry

Thierry Bros

Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst
Société Générale

​Thierry Bros was appointed Senior European Gas and LNG Analyst for Société Générale in 2010. He joined SG in 2007 as a Senior Financial Analyst to provide recommendations on listed pan-European gas stocks. From 2002 to 2007, Thierry was a Senior Oil & Gas expert at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry. Prior to that, Thierry was Head of Internal Communications at the French oil & gas research institute. Since 2015 Thierry is an advisor for the World Energy Council - Global Gas Centre. Thierry obtained a large recognition in the industry, notably accredited as best European gas analyst for four years in a row (2013-2016).

Ceccarelli Maria Rosaria

Maria Rosaria  Ceccarelli

Acting Chief, Trade Facilitation Section, Economic Cooperation and Trade Division

​Maria Rosaria Ceccarelli has 18 years of experience in Trade and Transport Facilitation at UNECE where she is the Acting Chief of the Trade Facilitation Section, responsible for Trade Facilitation, the UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) and related issues. She manages a group of some 300 experts working on Trade Facilitation and electronic Business projects to produce Trade Facilitation Recommendations and electronic business standards, which can foster growth in international trade and related services. In her former position in the UNECE’s Transport Division, she provided training and advisory services to promote the development of border-crossing and transport facilitation. Ms. Ceccarelli holds a PHD in Transport Policy and Economics and a Master in Political Science and International Tax Law.

Cely Suarez Nathalie

Nathalie Cely Suarez

Competitiveness, private sector development and economic inclusion expert

​Nathalie Cely Suárez is a leading competitiveness, private sector development and economic inclusion expert. She holds a degree in economics from the Catholic University of Guayaquil and a Master’s in Public Administration and a Diploma in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In the past, she served as the Ambassador of Ecuador to the United States. She has also served as Ecuador’s Coordinating Minister of Social Development and as Ecuador’s Coordinating Minister of Production, Employment and competitiveness where she headed the Production Policy Council and was responsible for the design and implementation of the Agenda of Competitiveness, Employment and Trade, as well as Infrastructure. She has also been working for various international organization and foundations and she is the author of several articles on economics-related topics.

Chaibou Louali

Louali Chaibou

Commissioner for Trade Customs and Free movement and Tourism
Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Commission

​Since 2011 and prior to his appointment as ECOWAS Commissioner for Trade and Free Movement, Mr. Chaibou Laouali occupied two ministerial posts in his country, Niger. He was minister in charge of relations with institutions before joining the Department of Civil Service and Administrative Reform. Mr. Chaibou Laouali is well versed in the workings of administrations and state agencies; he held the positions of Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce, Agriculture, Industry and Crafts of Niger, Director General of "Doing business in Niger" and Director of Operations of the Agency for Funding and Encouragement of Free Enterprise in Niger. He was also involved in the management of numerous economic initiatives for the private sector supported by development partners such as the European Union and UNDP. This senior civil servant has been involved in the training and management development for corporate executives. Very active in associations, Mr. Laouali has created several networks and associations in the fields of economic and financial management. He holds post-graduate degrees in business management and international relations.

Chand Jayant

Jayant Chand

Minister of Commerce

​H.E. Mr. Jayant Chand was appointed as Minister of Commerce of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal in April 2016. In his new functions, Minister Chand has already participated in a number of international meetings, including the meeting of the trade ministers of the landlocked developing countries held in Geneva in June 2016.

Mr. Chand has more than 15 years of work experience in the area of policy making and has served in several high level positions in the Nepali congress. Mr. Chand has a Bachelor of Arts from Tribhuban University in Nepal.

Chandaria Darshan

Darshan Chandaria

Director and Group CEO
Chandaria Group

Darshan Chandaria at only 30 is the Group CEO and Director of Chandaria Group, which is one of the largest private-owned business groups in East and Central Africa. Chandaria Group has highly diversified operations in tissue, paper, hygiene products manufacturing, insurance flexible packaging, real estate, automobile manufacturing, mining, solar energy generation and other investments spread across Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, India and Dubai. The group's flagship company, Chandaria Industries Limited, is the largest tissue and hygiene products manufacturer in Kenya, East and Central Africa.

Darshan Chandaria was appointed as a Director in 2012 and as Group CEO in 2015. He has been instrumental in transforming Chandaria Group from a Kenyan family business into an East African conglomerate. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization, an exclusive global network of business owners and CEO's, and the African Leadership Network, Africa's leading business owners and CEO's organization.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management from Cardiff University in the UK.

Chatterjee Siddharth

Siddharth  Chatterjee

United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i &
UNFPA RepresentativeKenya

​Before coming to Kenya, he was Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) based in Geneva since June 2011 and prior to this, he has served in the UN since January 1997. Joined the UN in 1997. Most of his career has been spent working in fragile states and complex emergencies, among which as Regional Director at UNOPS  and Chief of Staff at the UN Mission in Iraq. and . Before joining the UN he served in the Special Forces of by Indian Army. He writes extensively on humanitarian and development issues and has a blog in Reuters and Huffington Post. He was also a key note speaker at a TED x event in Spain. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Chaturvedi Sachin

Sachin Chaturvedi

Director General
Research and Information System for Developing CountriesIndia

​Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi is Director General at the Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), a New Delhi-based autonomousThink-Tank. He was also a Global Justice Fellow at the MacMillan Center for International Affairs at Yale University. He works on issues related to development cooperation policies and South-South cooperation. He has also worked on trade and innovation linkages with special focus on WTO. Dr. Chaturvedi has served as a Visiting Professor at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and has also worked as consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Bank, UN-ESCAP, UNESCO, OECD, the Commonwealth Secretariat, IUCN, and to the Government of India’s Department of Biotechnology and the Ministry of Environment and Forests, among other organizations. He has been a Developing Country Fellow at the University of Amsterdam (1996), Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Shimla (2003), and Visiting Scholar at the German Development Institute (2007). His experience includes working at the University of Amsterdam on a project on International Development Cooperation and Biotechnology for Developing Countries supported by the Dutch Ministry of External Affairs. Dr. Chaturvedi has also been a member of the IGSAC Committee of Experts for evolving a framework for cooperation on conservation of biodiversity in the SAARC region, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Biotechnology Development Monitor (the Netherlands) and Asian Biotechnology Development Review (New Delhi). He has authored three books and edited six books apart from publishing several research articles in various prestigious journals.

Chuma Aeneas Chapinga

Aeneas Chapinga Chuma

Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa

​Mr. Aeneas Chapinga Chuma has been ILO Assistant Director General and Regional Director for Africa, since 2014. Prior to that he had served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Liberia and he also was high representative of the UN and UNDP in Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, Uganda and Oman. Prior to his career as an international civil servant, he worked as a macroeconomist with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, his native country.

Collymore  Bob

Bob Collymore

Chief Executive Officer

​More than 30 years of commercial experience working in the telecommunications sector and passionate about how businesses can be catalysts in transforming communities. Re-appointed by UNSG Ban Ki-moon to the United Nations Global Compact Board in April 2015. Recently appointed as a commissioner for the Global Commission for Business & Sustainable Development and member of the B-Team, a high-level global group of business leaders. Member of the Board of Acumen and served as a Commissioner on the United Nations Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for women and children

Croft David

David Croft

Sustainable Development Director

​David Croft is Sustainable Development Director for Diageo, the global drinks company, where he is responsible for their work on environmental and social sustainability around the world, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers within an international supply network alongside Diageo's global manufacturing and marketing teams. Diageo works closely with farmers in many countries, developing new supply networks to support local manufacturing.

Previously with Waitrose, Kraft Foods, Cadbury and the Co-operative Group, David's roles included leading technical, marketing and sustainability functions in quality, safety, brand marketing, sustainability, and sustainable agriculture. He has led large multi-stakeholder partnerships on sustainable agriculture and development, working with farmers, governments and NGOs locally and internationally in numerous initiatives to improve supply chain standards and sustainable agriculture across the food sector.

David is also a member of the Food Ethics Council, and the Scottish Food Commission, and has contributed significantly to the development of the sustainable products market, launching new products and ranges, through marketing campaigns and supply chain development. 

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Daniel Crosby

Office Managing Partner
King and SpaldingSwitzerland

​Daniel Crosby is the Managing Partner of King & Spalding’s Geneva office and has worked in the area of international trade and WTO law for over 20 years, and has practiced in Switzerland since 2000. He assists sovereign and commercial clients to achieve practical economic and business objectives by applying international trade and investment rules. Mr. Crosby has assisted several governments with accession negotiations and trade disputes, and counsels global companies on the application of WTO rules to improve access to global markets for goods and services and to defend their interests in trade remedy investigations. He also has particular expertise in WTO issues related to the energy and petrochemical sectors, and on the transition economies and the Middle East. Mr. Crosby obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Washington College of Law, American University, in 1999.

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Rob Davies

Minister of Trade and Industry
South Africa

​Rob Davies is the Minister of trade and industry of South Africa. He holds an Honours degree in Economics from Rhodes University, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Southampton in the UK and a Doctorate in Political Studies from the University of Sussex. In the past, he served as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committees of Finance and Trade and Industry as well as the Constitutional Assembly Sub-Committee responsible for drafting Charter 13 (Finance). He was also Professor and co-Director of the Centre of Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape and before that Professor Auxiliar at the Centro de Estudos Africanos at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. He oversaw the development and implementation of South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plans and steered the participation of the country in important trade relations (e.g. BRICS, AGOA and the Tripartite SADC-COMESA-EAC Free Trade Area).

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Raul Delgado-Wise

Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Development Studies
University of Zacatecas (Mexico)

​Dr. Raul Delgado-Wise holds a UNESCO Chair on Migration, Development and Human Rights. He is a Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in Development Studies at the University of Zacatecas (Mexico), and President of the International Network on Migration and Development. He is an author/editor of 26 books and 170 book chapters and refereed articles, and guest lecturer and key-note speaker in over 35 countries.

Dhanani Perviz

Perviz Dhanani

Managing Director
Universal Corporation LtdKenya

​Mr. Perviz Dhanani is the Managing Director of Universal Corporation Ltd., a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products that has been prequalified by WHO for one ARV product, from Kenya.

He has over 35 year experience in various businesses on the African continent, with 30 years in pharmaceutical distribution and 18 year in Pharma manufacturing in Kenya. He is a Board member of Kenya Association of Manufacturers, as well as the Chairman of the Federation of Kenyan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers.

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Ibrahima Diagne

African Alliance for E-CommerceSenegal

​M. Ibrahima Nour Eddine Diagne is the Managing Director of GAINDE 2000, the Chairman of the African Alliance for E Commerce (AAEC) and the Rapporteur of Africa of the UNCEFACT since 2006. Mr. DIAGNE has 20 years in depth experience on trade facilitation and paperless trade. Prior to joining GAINDE 2000, he was the Director of e-business at Trade Point Senegal. Ibrahima led the inception and implementation of the Senegalese single window from 1995 to 2002, and led the AAEC's single window Guide that groups 17 countries in Africa. Mr Diagne holds a B.Sc, MBA and M.Sc from HEC Montreal and HEC Paris.

Diarra Cheick Sidi

Cheick Sidi Diarra

Former Special Advisor on Africa and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island States
United Nations

​Mr Cheick Sidi Diarra of Mali served as the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States. Mr. Diarra has over 25 years of professional experience in international relations, law and development. He has advanced and first-hand knowledge and experience of bilateral and multilateral relations and proven skills in international negotiations and international consensus-building. He was also involved in the national reconciliation efforts of Mali which paved the road to the country’s peaceful and democratic development. Mr. Diarra has been actively involved in furthering African integration efforts and the African development agenda at the international level. He has served as one of the lead negotiators on these issues at the African Union summits since 1982.

Ebong-Harstrup Inyang

Inyang Ebong-Harstrup

Deputy Director

Currently serving as the Deputy Director of the United Nations Office for South - South Cooperation (UNOSSC), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Inyang Ebong-Harstrup received her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and Ph.D in Modern British and European History 1815-1951, from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She began her career in 1988 with UNDP as a Canadian Junior Professional Officer (JPO) serving for 3 years in UNDP Tanzania. Following a successful recruitment into UNDP through the Management Training Programme (MTP), Ms. Ebong-Harstrup was assigned to the UNDP Country office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia as a Programme Officer for three years. Following this, Ms. Ebong-Harstrup was assigned as a Policy Advisor in UNDP HQ, New York, for a period of 5 years and worked in the Bureau for Policy Development (BDP) and the Operations Support Group Office (OSG). In October 1999, Ms. Ebong-Harstrup returned to UNDP Tanzania as Deputy Resident Representative (programme) and also acted for one year (June 2001-June 2002) as the UNDP Resident Representative a.i. In August 2002 she took up her first appointment as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (RC/RR) in Trinidad and Tobago, and she also served as RC/RR for Suriname, Netherlands Antilles and Aruba.
Ms.Ebong-Harstrup returned to UNDP HQ in January 2007 to take up her assignment as Associate Director, UN Development Operations Coordination Office (UNDOCO/UNDP) where she led the Resident Coordinator Capacity Support Cluster. In June 2011 she took up her current assignment, as Deputy Director UNOSSC.
Ms. Ebong-Harstrup is a dual citizen of The Federal Republic of Nigeria and Canada.

Favilla Márcio

Márcio  Favilla

Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

​Mr. Favilla is currently Executive Director for Operational Programmes and Institutional Relations at the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) based in Madrid, Spain.

From April 2007, Mr. Favilla was Vice Minister of the Secretariat of Institutional Relations of the Presidency of Brazil. Mr. Favilla was in Belo Horizonte from 1980 to 1998, first at the Development Bank of Minas Gerais and then the State Secretariat for Finance of Minas Gerais.

Mr. Favilla has a MA in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands, where he specialized in Regional Development Planning (1985-1986). He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (1979). Mr. Favilla is a Brazilian national, born in 1958.

Féraud Geneviève

Geneviève Féraud

Head of the Knowledge Development Branch

​Dr. Geneviève Féraud is the Head of the Knowledge Development Branch of UNCTAD. She joined the United Nations in 2003 as Deputy Director, Programmes, of the United Nations System Staff College, became the Head of the ICT and E-Business Branch of UNCTAD in 2004, and was appointed to her current position in 2007.  Before joining the UN, Geneviève Féraud started her career in 1981 with IBM, and then held several leading positions with private companies in the field of information systems. She then received her PhD on the strategic management of information systems in 1995 in the University of Aix-Marseille, France, and holds two post-doc degrees: the International Teachers Programme (Henley Management College and London Business School) and the French Certification to lead Ph.D. candidates. Having become a tenured academic, she then conducted her research and teaching assignments in several European and American universities, including as Visiting Faculty in the Harvard Business School. She led numerous executive development programs and developed at the same time an extensive international consulting activity with large-size European and American companies, including The Coca-Cola Company (USA), Volvo (S), Adam Opel AG (G), General Motors (G, USA), Honeywell (USA), Siemens (B, NL), Novo Nordisk (DK), Akzo Nobel (NL), among others. Geneviève has authored numerous publications on strategy, technology and leadership in leading academic research journals, as well as a book on technology strategies, published in 2009 by Economica, the leading French academic publisher.

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Paulo Ferreira

Deputy Minister of Economy and Secretary of State for Commerce

​Paulo Ferreira is Deputy Minister of Economy and Secretary of State for Commerce in the Portuguese Republic. He has extensive knowledge and experience in regard to commerce and economics. His previous posts include Senior Economist in Banco de Portugal, the central bank of Portugal; Budget Counsellor in Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU; Chairman of the Audit Committee in Águas de Portugal SGPS, holding company in water provision and wastewater treatment; Fiscal Affairs Specialist in the Steering Committee responsible for the delivery of the regional and local finance draft laws; Tax Official in Portuguese Tax Agency – Directorate General for Taxation; Economic Adviser to the Portuguese Minister of State and Finance in the Minister's Cabinet; Fiscal Affairs Specialist in the Working Group responsible for the delivery of the Budget Framework draft law, among others.

He has Master and Bachelor degrees in Economics from Faculdade de Economia da Universidade do Porto.

Fu Xiaolan

Xiaolan Fu

Founding Director
Technology & Management for Development Centrethe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

​Xiaolan Fu (傅晓岚) is the Founding Director of the Technology and Management Centre for Development (TMCD), Professor of Technology and International Development and Fellow of Green Templeton College at the University of Oxford. Her research interests include innovation, technology and industrialisation; trade, foreign direct investment and economic development; emerging Asian economies; innovation and productivity in UK/US. She was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the Governing Council of the Technology Bank for the Least Developed Counties in 2016 and to the Ten-Member High Level Advisory Group of the UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism in 2015.

She has published extensively in leading international journals. Her recent books include China’s Path to Innovation, China’s Role in Global Economic Recovery, and The Rise of Technological Power in the South. She is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Industrial and Corporate Change, International Journal of Technology Management, and four other international journals.

Prof Fu has received the European Commission Gate2Growth 2005 'European Best Paper' Award. She received large research grants from prestigious funding bodies including the European Commission, ESRC, EPSRC, British Academy, and the Cairncross Foundation. She has been consultant for UNDESA, UNCTAD, UNIDO, the World Bank, OECD, European Commission, ILO, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UKTI and the Chinese government. Prof Fu serves on the Advisory Expert Group of the OECD Global Investment Forum and the DFID/ESRC Economic Growth Directorate (DEGP), and is President of the Chinese Economic Association (Europe) and CEA (UK) in 2010-11. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge and University of Tsinghua, and a Visiting Professor at Fudan University.

Prof Fu came to Oxford from Cambridge University, where she was a Senior Research Fellow. Before coming to the UK, she had five years’ work experience in the business sector in China before embarking on her academic career.

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Raymund Furrer

State Secretary
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)Switzerland

​Mr. Furrer is SECO's Head of the Economic Cooperation and Development Division and Delegate of the Swiss Government for Trade Agreements. His previous positions include Head of the Swiss Business Hub in the Gulf Countries, Consul General of Switzerland in Dubai, Head of the Multilateral Financial Institutions Unit in SECO's Economic Cooperation and Development Division, Senior Advisor to the Swiss Executive Director at the World Bank in Washington DC, Head of SECO's Bilateral Economic Relations with Asia, Head of a WTO section at the former Federal Office of Foreign Economic Affairs, First Secretary of the Swiss Delegation to the OECD in Paris, as well as various positions at the Asian Development Bank and in the private sector.

Gillet Denis

Denis Gillet

Head of the React Group
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland

Dr. Denis Gillet is a faculty member at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where he leads the React multi-disciplinary research group. His current research interests include Digital Education, Knowledge Management and Cyber Physical Systems. In 1992 he was appointed as Research Fellow at the Information Systems Laboratory of Stanford University in the United States. During the academic year 2005-2006 he was on sabbatical leave as Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Engineering, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Between 2011 and 2013, he was Guest Professor at the School of Software Engineering, Tongji University, to act as an expert on smart cities. Denis Gillet is affiliated at EPFL with the Center for Digital Education and the Transportation Center. He is currently the technical coordinator of the 13M€ Go-Lab European project on inquiry learning with online labs at school. Finally, Dr. Denis Gillet also leads various collaborative research projects dealing with agile knowledge management and competence development in the humanitarian field.

Gnassounou Viwanou

Viwanou Gnassounou

Assistant Secretary General, Sustainable Development and Trade Department
African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP)

Mr. Gilles Patrick A. Viwanou Gnassounou, from Togo, is an economist, financial expert and project manager with 17 years of experience in agricultural and natural resource policy formulation, aid programming, sectoral commodity export strategies, and trade. Before joining the ACP Management Team, he was co-manager of a Consulting firm, which provides support in the areas of development policies. He also set up and managed an agricultural products industrial processing company based in Togo. 

Mr. Gnassounou brings to the position a wealth of institutional memory, having served as an Expert in commodity trade policy at the ACP Secretariat for 10 years (2003-2013). During this period he was able to formulate and implement agricultural commodity and mineral sectors policies in ACP countries. He also provided key support in various trade negotiations involving the ACP Group. Prior to that, Mr Gnassounou participated in setting up PlaNet Finance in Paris, France, where he served in various positions from 1998 to 2002, including the latest of Director of Knowledge Management and Business Development Services.

Mr. Gnassounou holds a Master's degree in Economic Analysis and Policy, a Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Development Economics (MPhil equivalent), and a Diplôme d'Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées (DESS) in Economic Development and Development Project Management (MSc equivalent) from the Centre for Research and Studies in International Development at the Université d'Auvergne, France. He is fluent in English, French and Mina (Togo), with basic knowledge of German.

Mr. Gnassounou took office on 1 April 2015.

Gomes Patrick Ignatius

Patrick Ignatius  Gomes

ACP Group of States

​Dr. Patrick Ignatius Gomes was elected the Secretary-General of the ACP Group of States in December 2014. Prior to taking up his position, Dr. Gomes served as Guyana's Ambassador to Belgium and the European Community, and as Guyana's representative to the World Trade Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Dr. Gomes has also worked for the United Nations as a senior adviser in Human Resources Development. He has authored numerous publications in the areas of development and social policy analysis and served as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Maastricht-based think tank, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM).

González Arancha

Arancha González

Executive Director

​Ms. Arancha González is an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience; serving as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013. Ms. González, a Spanish national, has extensive knowledge about international trade and economics, coupled with broad experience in trade and development matters in the public and private sectors, as well as in management at multilateral organizations. Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013. During her tenure at the WTO, 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 working at the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, conducting negotiations of trade agreements and assisting developing countries in trade-development efforts. Between 2002 and 2004, she was the European Union spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the European Union Trade Commissioner. Ms. González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters. She served as an associate at Bruckhaus Westrick Stegemann, a major German law firm, in Brussels. Ms. González holds a degree in law from the University of Navarra and a postgraduate degree in European Law from the University of Carlos III, Madrid.

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Carlos Gonzalez-Calderon

Research Associate
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institutethe United States of America

​Dr. Gonzalez-Calderon is a Research Associate at the Center for Infrastructure, Transportation, and the Environment (CITE) and at the Volvo Research and Educational Foundation’s (VREF) Center of Excellence for Sustainable Urban Freight Systems at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY. His research focus includes freight transportation, freight modeling and economics, sustainable transportation systems, and transportation planning. At RPI, he has played a role in multiple research projects funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Cooperative Freight Research Program, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, among others.

Graham Yao

Yao Graham

Third World Network-Africa

​Mr. Yao Graham is the Coordinator of the Third World Network-Africa. From 1994-2000 he was the founding Editor for the Public Agenda newspaper in Accra, Ghana, which was a pioneering weekly newspaper set up as part of building a non-profit policy advocacy. It was widely regarded as the best newspaper in Ghana and won many awards for the quality of its stories. From 1989-1993 he was Senior Editorial Consultant of the West Africa magazine.

Guthrie Raymond

Raymond Guthrie

Senior Investment Partner
Global Innovation Fundthe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Raymond U. Guthrie has dedicated his career to investing in and supporting social entrepreneurs in developing countries. As a Senior Partner on the Investment Team, Raymond manages a team of Investment Directors and Associates and develops and structures both risk capital investments and grants to support innovative organizations striving to create measurable large scale impact in the developing world.

Previously, Raymond was a Principal on the Innovation Investment team at the Skoll Foundation. At Skoll, Raymond developed the investment strategy and process for making dispassionate evidence-based investments into social entrepreneurs that had the greatest amount of impact evidence and were the closest to driving large-scale change. While at Skoll, Raymond invested in African, Asian and Latin American developing countries and built a portfolio of grants, equity investments, loans and guarantees that have an estimated value of $41.6 million. Through his investments, Raymond supported social entrepreneurs within the agriculture, education, healthcare and livelihoods sectors. In addition to Raymond’s investment role at Skoll, he also managed the foundation’s partnerships with development agencies and foreign governments that included a $50 million co-funding partnership with USAID that was focused on investing into social entrepreneurs.

Prior to joining Skoll, Raymond was a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where he initially served as a Private Enterprise Officer within the USAID India Mission. During his time in India, Raymond managed an early-stage funding program, the Millennium Alliance, which focused on supporting Indian social entrepreneurs that have innovative solutions to development challenges within the clean energy, agriculture and health sectors. He later worked within USAID’s newest entity, the U.S. Global Development Lab.

Before his time with USAID, Raymond worked within the equities department at Calvert Investments, one of the largest socially responsible investment funds in the world. As an Investment Analyst at Calvert, Raymond was part of a team that managed approximately $5 billion in public and private equity investments. Prior to this, Raymond worked as an attorney within the general counsel’s office at Calvert, structuring the funds domestic and international investments.

Raymond holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Miami and a Juris Doctor from Howard University’s School of Law. He is professionally proficient in French, has a working knowledge of Vietnamese, and is a licensed member of the New York Bar Association.

Gutiérrez Javier A.

Javier A. Gutiérrez

Executive Director
Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA)

​The Executive Director at the Secretariat for Central American Economic Integration (SIECA), Javier Antonio Gutiérrez (@jantgut), has extensive experience in public administration and negotiation of trade agreements. He is originally from El Salvador, where he was a trade negotiator for the Ministry of Economy. He worked at the International Labour Organization on trade and employment issues, as well as the World Trade Organization in the Information and External Relations Division.

He has a BA in Economics from El Salvador's Superior School of Economics and Business and has a Master's Degree in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland.

At SIECA, he was advisor to the Secretary-General before his appointment as executive director in October 2015.

Harmon David

David Harmon

Vice President, Global Public Affairs
Huawei TechnologiesChina

David Harmon is the Vice – President for Global Public Affairs at Huawei Technologies. He has been based at the company’s headquarters in Shenzhen in China since November 2014. David is responsible for putting in place strategies within the ICT and digital agenda policy areas that enhance relations between Huawei Technologies and governments around the world. He is a regular speaker at conferences around the world on issues related to the best global practices in the field of the governance of the ICT sector and on future ICT trends.

Between 2010 – 2014, he worked in Brussels as a member of the cabinet of the European Commissioner for research, innovation and science. In this capacity, he advised the European Commission on the best strategies that it should put in place within an international context concerning research, innovation and science matters. He was also the sherpa for the European Union at G8 summit meetings that dealt with these important policy issues.

Between 1998 – 2010, David worked in Brussels as a political advisor in the European Parliament. He covered a diverse range of policy issues including in the areas of trade, the digital agenda, foreign affairs and industry. He was also director of press and communications for the main government party in Ireland for three referenda campaigns that dealt with the ratification of different European Union treaties in the years 2002, 2008 and 2009.

David is a qualified lawyer, having graduated from the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland in 1998.

Holzer Adrian

Adrian Holzer

Research Associate
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)Switzerland

​Dr Adrian Holzer is currently research associate and a lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in the Coordination & Interaction Systems Group (REACT). In 2009, he obtained his PhD in Information Systems at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. He then received a grant from the Swiss SNF to work as postdoctoral fellow at Polytechnique Montreal in the Mobile Computing and Networking Research Laboratory (LARIM) from 2010 to 2011. His research and teaching activities focus on mobile social media interaction in the learning and humanitarian contexts. Furthermore leads the design of the SpeakUp app for classroom interaction and is actively involved in the design of the Graasp platform for knowledge sharing in and across organisations.

Huizenga Cornie

Cornie  Huizenga

Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT)China

​Cornie Huizenga is the Secretary General of the Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport (SLoCaT), the largest multi-stakeholder partnership on sustainable, low carbon transport in developing countries. The SLoCaT Partnership promotes the integration of sustainable, low carbon transport in global policies on the post 2015 Development agenda and the post 2015 climate change policy discussion.

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​Jay Ireland

President and CEO
General Electric Africa

​Jay Ireland is the President and CEO of General Electric (GE) Africa located in Nairobi, Kenya where he leads GE's operations on the sub-continent across power generation, healthcare, transportation, oil & gas and aviation. He is a GE Officer and a member of GE's Corporate Executive Council.

Prior to this appointment in 2011, Mr. Ireland led GE Asset Management (GEAM), a global investment firm with about US$120 billion in assets under management. Before heading GEAM, he was President of NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations where he had overall executive responsibility for NBC Universal's 10 television stations, the Telemundo network and its 16 Spanish language television stations. Before joining NBC in 1999, he had been the CFO of GE Plastics. Ireland started his career with General Electric in 1980 in its Financial Management Program after 3 years as a US Army Officer.

Jay Ireland serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors of the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). He is a member of the Private Investors for Africa (PIA) and the World Economic Forum Business Working Group for regional projects in Africa. Jay Ireland is also a member of the board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and a Trustee of St. Lawrence University where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1977.

A frequent public speaker, Jay Ireland won the Africa investor Magazine's 'International Business Leader of the Year' award in 2013 for the second consecutive year.

Jadesimi Amy

Amy Jadesimi

Managing Director

​Dr Amy Jadesimi is Managing Director of LADOL Integrated Logistics Free Zone Enterprise. Beyond LADOL, Amy is a Forbes contributor and a founding member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. Before returning to Nigeria, Amy joined Goldman Sachs and Brait Private Equity in London. She was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow in 2012; and in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2014, Forbes included her in The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa; and last year the Financial Times named her one of the top 25 Africans To Watch. Amy holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of Oxford.

James Ricardo

Ricardo James

Chargé d’Affaires
Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)

​Ricardo Marcus James is a trade diplomat, trade negotiator and policy advisor with over 20 years of progressive experience in multilateral and regional trade diplomacy and trade negotiations, trade policy formulation, implementation, analysis, advice, including extensive participation and representation at regional and international levels.
 Mr. James has headed the OECS Geneva Mission since 2008. Prior to coming to Geneva, Mr. James worked with the Government of Dominica in the Ministry of Trade from 1995 – 2008 starting as an entry level trade official and moving up the ranks to become the Director of Trade heading the trade unit within the ministry. In that role Mr. James coordinated the formulation and implementation of Dominica domestic and external trade policy and was Dominica leading representative and negotiator at the OECS, CARICOM and in the CARIFORUM-EU EPA negotiations.
During his tenure in Geneva Mr. James has been coordinator of the CARICOM Group in Geneva and interim coordination of the SIDS Group at UNCTAD. Within the ACP Group he is focal point on Trade Facilitation in which he played a key role in the negotiations on the new Trade Facilitation Agreement.
 Mr. James holds a Master of Arts Degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and Economics from the University of Leeds.

Joy Roy Mickey

Roy Mickey  Joy

Ambassador of Vanuatu to the European Union, the Kingdom of Belgium, French Republic & High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

​Ambassador Joy is the first and current Vanuatu resident Ambassador to the European Union, the Kingdom of Belgium and selected EU member states, following his appointment in 2007 by the Government of Vanuatu through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since taking up his post, Ambassador Joy has been appointed as the First Non-Geneva based Chairman of the AITIC (Agency for International Trade info and Co-operation) Council of Representative, appointed as Chairman of the Global Climate Change Alliance Group in Brussels, led the UNDP/WTO/UNCTAD/ITC and EIF meeting in Port-Vila on Vanuatu's participation in the Enhanced Integrated Framework Project for LDCs. He led the Pacific ACP High Level delegation to the International Conference on the EU Kava Ban held in Port-Vila in 2012.  He Represented the Government of Vanuatu as Head of delegation to the UNCTAD 13 Conference in Doha.

Kacyira Aisa Kirabo

Aisa Kirabo Kacyira

Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General

​Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of the Republic of Rwanda is the Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General for UN-HABITAT providing critical leadership to promote sustainable cities and human settlements globally. Previously, Dr. Kacyira held various government positions including as Governor of the Eastern Province of Rwanda, Mayor of Kigali and an Elected Member of Parliament. Dr. Kacyira is also a former President of the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities, President of the Eastern African Association of Local Government Authorities, and Vice President of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa.

Kairamo Päivi

Päivi Kairamo

Ambassador and Permanent Representative Permanent
Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in GenevaFinland

​Ambassador Kairamo was appointed Permanent Representative of Finland to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva in July 2012. Prior to that, she served at the UN and Global Affairs Unit of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. She previously held different positions within the Office of the President of the Republic of Finland, both as Secretary General and Chief of the President’s Cabinet, and as Diplomatic Adviser and Member of the Cabinet. Ambassador Kairamo also served as Administrator of the European Commission’s DG Employment and Social Affairs from 2000 to 2005 and Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the European Union from 1998 to 2000. She obtained a Master of Laws (LLM) from the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1990.

Kalibata Agnes

Agnes Kalibata

Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa

​Dr. Kalibata leads AGRA’s efforts in securing the participation of the public and private partners towards Africa’s agricultural revolution through empowering millions of smallholder farmers. Dr. Kalibata is a former Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda and currently sits on various boards including the International Fertilizer Development Corporation, the Sustainable Trade Initiative, the Africa Risk Capacity, and the Global Agenda Council of the WEF. She is a distinguished agricultural scientist, policy maker and thought leader and holds a PhD Entomology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Kamau Macharia

Macharia Kamau

Permanent Representative of Kenya
United Nations, New York

​Prior to being nominated Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations in New York, Ambassador Kamau was Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Nairobi, where he served concurrently as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). In addition to his diplomatic assignments, Mr. Kamau was International Consultant to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Nations AIDS. He has vast experience at the United Nations where he served for over twenty five years mostly in senior management positions at the UNDP, UNICEF and UNTAG.

Kangandjo-Negumbo Martha

Martha Kangandjo-Negumbo

Eudafano Women CooperativeNamibia

​Ms. Kangandjo-Negumbo has been Eudafano Women Cooperative's Manager since 2011, having previously held the post of Secretary from 2008 to 2010. She has also worked in the banking industry. She has participated in various platforms that deal with community development, especially on indigenous natural products, and supported the implementation of various projects and research. Martha was born in Ondangwa, a town in the Northern part of Namibia. She holds a diploma and degree in Adult Education and Community Development.

Kanimba François

François Kanimba

Minister of Trade and Industry

​François Kanimba was appointed as Rwanda’s Minister of Trade and Industry in 2011 after a long career in the Central Bank of Rwanda, where he also served as the Bank’s Governor since 2002. Under his leadership as the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rwanda is developing new strategies to expand the export base of the country to reverse the growing trade deficit. Between 1984 and 1995, Mr. Kanimba also worked in the Ministry of Economic Planning where he developed a wide expertise in macro-economic management. He was the Chairman of the Governance Task Force which negotiated Rwanda’s first structural adjustment programme supported by the World Bank, the IMF and other development partners. Originally trained as an engineer, Mr. Kanimba has a degree in statistics and economics from the Paris-based European Centre for Training Economists Statisticians for Developing Countries.

Karingi Stephen

Stephen Karingi

Economic Commission for Africa

Stephen Karingi is currently the Director, Regional Integration and Trade Division of the Economic Commission for Africa. He joined the United Nations in April 2004. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Karingi was a Senior Analyst and the Head of Macroeconomics Division in the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), a Public Think-Tank. Before KIPPRA he served as a Lecturer of Economics at Egerton University. He has published extensively in major academic peer-reviewed journals and contributed chapters in edited books with renowned publishers. He has contributed to global and regional policy dialogues through renowned Think-Tanks. Mr. Karingi today spearheads policy research in a broad array of areas within the Economic Commission for Africa and is a member of the Editorial Boards of several African journals, such as the Journal of African Trade and the recently launched Journal of African Transformation. Mr. Karingi was a recipient of the Zolt-Gilburne Visiting Fellowship of the International Tax Programme of the Harvard Law School in 2001 and was recently the winner of the 2013 Alan A. Powell Award in recognition of his contribution to Global Economic Analysis issues from an African perspective.

Kariuki Wang’ombe

Wang’ombe Kariuki

Director General
Competition Authority of Kenya

​Mr. Wang'ombe Kariuki is the Director General of the Competition Authority of Kenya. He has extensive experience in competition regulation. His advocacy initiatives, nationally and internationally, geared towards entrenching competition in various sectors of the economy and boosting regional trade have given him international recognition.

Mr. Kariuki is a founder Member and the Chairman of the African Competition Forum – a network of African Competition Authorities that seeks to promote the adoption of competition principles in the implementation of national and regional economic policies of African countries.

Khalidi Raja

Raja Khalidi

Research Coordinator
Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)

Mr. Raja Khalidi is currently Research Coordinator at the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS). Previously he was a staff member of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) from 1985 to 2013. During this period He served as Coordinator of its Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian people, Head of its Debt and Development Finance Branch and Chief of the Office of the Director or the Division of Globalization and Development Strategies. He was trained as a development economist, with a B.A. (Hons) from Oxford University and M.Sc. from University of London (SOAS). He has conducted research and published and lectured widely on Palestinian economic conditions in Lebanon, in the Arab region in Israel and in the occupied territories.

Khan Khurram Dastgir

Khurram Dastgir Khan

Federal Minister for Commerce
Ministry of CommercePakistan

​Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has revitalized Pakistan’s trade diplomacy. He spearheaded the successful campaign to obtain European Union’s GSP+ trade preferences for Pakistan and is currently leading the drive to invigorate Pakistan’s regional trade. Under his stewardship, the Ministry of Commerce has revamped national trade defence laws, obtained approval for Pakistan’s accession to TIR convention, and has commenced effective institutional reforms. Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan was trained as an engineer at California Institute of Technology and also holds a degree in Economics from Bowdoin College, both in the United States. He is a Life Member of Pakistan Engineering Council.

Kiguta Peter N.

Peter N. Kiguta

Director General, Customs and Trade
East African Community Secretariatthe United Republic of Tanzania

​Currently the Director General responsible for Customs and Trade matters at the East African Community Secretariat, Arusha, Tanzania. His work mainly involves coordination of policy formulation, monitoring implementation of agreed regional policies and strategic planning for promoting regional integration in the broad areas of Customs and Trade policies. He has held the position since 7th December 2004. Previously worked at the same organization as the Macro-Economist between 1996 and 2004.
Before joining the East African Community, Mr Kiguta worked at The Treasury of the Government of the Republic of Kenya as an Economist, between 1981 and 1996, where he rose to the position of Chief Economist. As a Chief Economist, his worked involved preparation of background materials for engagement with visiting missions of the World Bank and IMF and attended Donor Consultative meetings. At one time he also doubled up as Economic Advisor to the Vice President of the Republic of Kenya who was also the Minister of Planning and National Development.
Mr Kiguta also taught economics to under graduate students at Boston University in 1985. He obtained a MA in Economic Policy (Boston University, USA, 1985) and a BA in Economics (University of Nairobi, Kenya, 1981).
Mr Kiguta has also attended various short training courses, written and published papers on economic matters and represented the East African Community and Government of Kenya in various international meetings.
He is married and has 4 children and 2 grand daughters.

Kijjambu Michael

Michael Kijjambu

Chief Executive Officer
1000 Cups CoffeeUganda

​Mr. Kijjambu is the founder and CEO of 1000 Cups Coffee, Uganda. He studied at Alfateh University (Agronomy) , and at the University of Ghent, Msc.(Agricultural Science). Past Employment includes: Uganda Coffee Marketing Board, Cargill (U) Ltd, and Zigoti Coffee. Business Achievements include the following; 1.Feature BBC Documentary of The Year; Africa Open For Business; 2. The 2007 Africa Delegate ,Borlaug Food Dialogue USA; 3.The 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year, Improving Rural Livelihoods, Market Matters Inc. USA; 4.The 2014 Best Coffee Consumption and Tourism Operator, Uganda Coffee Development Authority; and 5.Promoter, The Great Generation, NGO empowering generations.

Korjus Kaspar

Kaspar Korjus

e-Residency Managing Director
Government of Estonia

​Kaspar Korjus is the Managing Director of e-Residency in the Government of Estonia. Mr. Korjus leads a team of eight that is working to build a digital society of 10 million e-Estonians by 2025. After earning a BSc and MSc in e-Business from Lancaster University, Mr. Korjus was invited back to Estonia by the president's prestigious "Bring Talent Home" program. In 2015 he was listed as #1 on the Forbes Estonia’s 30 Under 30 in Technology and Finance list.

Koya Faizaz Siddiq

Faizaz Siddiq Koya

Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism

​H.E. Mr. Faiyaz Siddiq Koya was appointed as Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of Fiji in 2014. He is a Member of the Parliament as well as a former board member of Tourism Fiji, the Fiji Legal Aid Commission and the Fiji Hotel Licensing Board. Minister Koya has more than 20 years' work experience as Barrister and Solicitor.

He obtained a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Kozul-Wright Richard

Richard Kozul-Wright


​Mr. Richard Kozul-Wright is the Director of the Globalization and Development Strategies Division in UNCTAD. He has worked at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. He holds a Ph.D in economics from the University of Cambridge UK and has published widely on economic issues including, inter alia, in the Economic Journal, the Cambridge Journal of Economics, The Journal of Development Studies, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. His latest book is the Resistible Rise of Market Fundamentalism (with Paul Rayment) and he has also edited volumes on Transnational Corporations and the Global Economy, Economic Insecurity and Development, Securing Peace, Climate Protection and Development, and Industrial Policy.

Kubiske Lisa J.

Lisa J. Kubiske

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development
State Departmentthe United States of America

​Ms Kubiske is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development, having previously served as the United States Ambassador to Honduras (2011-2014), Deputy Chief of Mission in Brazil (2008-2011) and Deputy Chief of Mission in the Dominican Republic (2003-2006). Ms Kubiske has been awarded the State Department's highest honour, a Valor Award, as well as the Superior Honor Award for her work in Santo Domingo and, for her public outreach campaign on behalf of the United States-Peru Free Trade Agreement and the United States-Brazil biofuels cooperation. Ms. Kubiske holds a Bachelor's Degree from Brandeis University and a Masters of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) degree from Georgetown University.

Kubursi Atif

Atif Kubursi

Emeritus Professor of Economics
McMaster UniversityCanada

​Mr. Atif Kubursi is an Emeritus Professor of Economics at McMaster University, Canada. He served as the Acting Executive Secretary, and Undersecretary General, of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. He also taught economics at Purdue University in Indiana, USA, was visiting Scholar at Cambridge University and authored 12 books including "The Economic Consequences of the Camp David Accords" (Institute of Palestine Studies) and "Oil, Industrialization & Development in Arab Gulf States" (Routledge), and"Food and Water Security in the Arab World" (World Bank),and over 250 papers in academic and professional journals and technical reports. He holds a Ph.D degree in Economics from Purdue University, USA.

Kyalo Victor

Victor Kyalo

Principal Secretary, State Department of ICT & Innovation
Ministry of ICTKenya

​Eng. Victor Kyalo is a Communications engineer with a wide experience in systems design, integration and project management. He has been involved in the information systems networking/telecommunications for the last 25 years both in deployment of solutions and in training at the University level.

Currently, Eng. Kyalo is the Principal Secretary in the State Department of ICT & Innovation at the Ministry of ICT. Prior to this, he was the CEO at the ICT Authority. Before all ICT agencies were merged into ICT Authority, he was the Deputy CEO/Programmes Manager at the Kenya ICT Board with a focus on the implementation of core communication infrastructure and e-services in different sectors of the economy. Among the notable projects he has been involved in include; leadership of the Kenya TCIP World Bank funded project; the Project Manager/Engineer for the East African Marine System (TEAMS), rollout and operationalization of the National Optical Fibre Backbone Initiative (NOFBI) as well as a Neutral National Data Center initiative (NNDC).

A founding member of a number of institutions/pioneering initiatives in the communications sector such as; Kenya Education Network (http://www.kenet.or.ke) and served as the Executive Director/CEO from 2001 to July 2007. A Founding Board member/Ag. CEO of the UbuntuNet Alliance (http://www.ubuntunet.net). Was also a founding member of the Kenya Network Information Center-KENIC (Kenya’s country code Top Level Domain name .ke administrator) and he served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for two terms. Eng. Kyalo has participated as a consultant in various projects in the telecommunications and education sectors.

Current focus is on the deployment of communication technologies and services targeted at providing effective services delivery mechanisms in diverse areas including processes in learning and teaching. The interests cover work in the selection, measurements, and management of technology solutions, aiming at enabling an enterprise to optimize the return on its investment in IT, Communication Systems, and Management Services through a partnership of systems and business/user groups.

Eng. Kyalo holds an Msc. Electronics (Eindhoven University), BSc. Electrical Engineering 1st Class (University of Nairobi), Currently pursuing Msc. Economics (University of Nairobi).

He is a Registered Engineer (Kenya), a Member of IEEE and a member of PMI.

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Amelia Kyambadde

Minister of Trade, Industry Andand Cooperatives

H.E. Amelia Kyambadde is serving a second five-year term as Member of Parliament for Mawokota North Constituency, Mpigi District having been elected, first, in 2011, and re-elected in 2016. She was appointed Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives in May 2015 and re-appointed in 2016.  She served as National Treasurer of the ruling National Resistance Movement Party from 2010 to 2016. She has been Chairperson of the Common Market for East and Southern Africa Council of Ministers (2013/14) and Coordinator of the Group of Least Developed Countries (LDCs) at WTO for the year 2014.

Ms Kyambadde holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from American Intercontinental University, UK.  Her areas of research works includes AGOA Initiative and Promotion of Trade for Uganda - Opportunities, Challenges or External Dominations; The effects of Marketing Variables on Non-traditional Export crops; and Introduction of Information Technology into the Development of Coffee Industry in Uganda. She speaks fluent English and Swedish.

She founded and is the Patron of Twezimbe Development Foundation, an NGO through which she has initiated socio-economic community development activities in her Constituency in the areas of health (especially maternal health and HIV/AIDS), education, and the growth of household incomes to enhance the quality of life.

Lamy Pascal

Pascal Lamy

President Emeritus
The Jacques Delors InstituteFrance

​From 2005 to 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). He was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994 and European Trade Commissioner from 1999-2004. He was the CEO of Credit Lyonnais between 1994 and 1999. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA).

Pascal Lamy was appointed, in May 2015, interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025. He currently shares his activities between the think-tank Jacques Delors Institute, the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, his participation to the Global Ocean Commission and to the Equitable Access Initiative (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), as well as different subjects related to international trade and economic affairs. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques of Paris, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). He is also a member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International and of the Oxford Martin School, of UNITAID and of a number of international companies, member of the Business France Scientific Committee and affiliate Professor at HEC and serves as chair of the Global Agenda Council on global governance at the World Economic Forum.

Pascal Lamy also lectures on issues related to globalization, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, Europe and France.

LeCompte Eric

Eric LeCompte

Executive Director
Jubilee USA Network

Eric LeCompte is the executive director of Jubilee USA, a coalition of 75 US organizations and 550 religious groups. LeCompte is a sovereign debt expert who serves on various United Nations expert working groups. In February he testified to the US Congress on a plan to resolve Puerto Rico's financial crisis. Mr. LeCompte's views on global poverty and economic policy appear regularly in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, the Financial Times and news outlets around the world.

Lee Tae Ho

Tae Ho Lee

Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairsthe Republic of Korea

​Mr. Taeho LEE is Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea. Prior to his appointment at this position in March 2015, he served as Korean Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco for three years. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1982, Mr. Lee was engaged mostly in economic diplomacy and trade negotiations throughout his career. He worked for the Minister for Trade as his Special Assistant and served as Director-General for Multilateral Trade and FTA Policy. He also worked in various Korean overseas missions, which include the Korean Embassies in United States, Czech Republic and Bangladesh and the Korean Delegation to the OECD in France.

Li  Xiayoun

Xiayoun Li

Dean of College of Humanities and Development Studies
China Agriculture University

Professor Li Xiayoun, is the NeST Chairman and Dean of College of Humanities and Development Studies, China Agriculture University.

Lipimile George K.

George K. Lipimile

COMESA Competition Commission

​George K. Lipimile is currently the Director of the newly established COMESA Competition Commission (CCC). Prior to his current appointment, he served as Senior Advisor at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in the Division of Competition and Consumer Law and Policy.  

Mr. Lipimile established and became the first Executive Director of the Zambia Competition Commission in Zambia. He has been instrumental in the drafting of several competition laws and consumer protection laws in the Southern and Eastern Africa Region. He has offered training programs and advice in the set-up of new competition authorities.

He obtained Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of laws degree from the University of Zambia, and Master of Science degree in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London. He has also specialised in EC Competition Law.  

Lombard Cyril

Cyril Lombard

Chief Executive Officer
PhytoTrade Africa

​Mr. Lombard has been the CEO of PhytoTrade Africa since August 2013, having been involved in the natural products sector for 25 years, including establishing the first global production and supply of Marula oil.  He is also a member of the project formulation team designing PhytoTrade Africa. He has held roles in Market Development, R&D including Intellectual Property, commercial partnerships and Access and Benefit Sharing. He also led the process in having Baobab fruit approved for use in the EU and the United States.

Long Amanda

Amanda Long

Consumers International

​Amanda Long is Director-General of Consumers International (CI), the world federation of consumer groups. With over 250 Member organisations in 120 countries, CI is building a powerful international movement to help protect and empower consumers everywhere.  Amanda believes consumer rights can be a major agent for positive change across the globe especially in an increasingly globalised and digitalised world. 

Amanda joined CI following a successful career working with blue-chip multinational FMCG corporations, small/medium-sized enterprises and the public sector.  Her sectoral experience includes retail, food, water and public utilities, health, agriculture and marketing/creative industries. During her career she has effectively championed pro-consumer issues and ethical business practice and has an exemplary track record in business, social enterprise and the public sector. She has pioneered corporate social responsibility within businesses and worked with global businesses and NGOs to forge unlikely partnerships to drive powerful change for the pro-consumer agenda.

She was shortlisted for the 'Public Service' category at the First Women Awards in 2011, hosted by the CBI and Real Business magazine, and was awarded the 'Responsible Business Game Changer' Award by HRH Prince Wales charity, Business in the Community, in 2012.

Lopes Carlos

Carlos Lopes

Executive Secretary
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

​Dr. Carlos Lopes is the 8th serving Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, an outfit of the United Nations established in 1958 that has grown to become the most influential think tank in the continent. His current rank of United Nations Under Secretary General crowns a career in the organization that includes being its Representative in Zimbabwe and later in Brazil, Director of Policy in the UN Development Programme, Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training and Research, Director of the UN Staff College, and Political Director for Secretary General Kofi Annan. ​Dr. Lopes has actively contributed to research on development issues. Specialized in development and strategic planning, he has authored or edited 22 books and taught at Universities and academic institutions all over the world. He is affiliated with a number of academic networks, and has helped establish various non-governmental organizations and centers for social research, in particular in Africa.

Lutchmeenaraidoo Seetanah

Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade

​Lutchmeenaraidoo Seetanah is the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade of Mauritius. He is a Doctor Honoris Causa of Dauphine University (Paris) and he also holds a Master in Business Administration at Aix-Marseilles University and Post Graduate qualifications in Export Marketing at the Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Marseilles. In the past he served as Minister of Finance and Economic Development and Deputy Prime Minster. He was also Chairman of the State Bank Mauritius, Executive Chairman of Net Mauritius and President of the National Steering Committee on the Offshore Sector. He has been one of the main architects of the economic reforms that accompanied the economic success of the country during the late 1990s and the 2000s.

MacFeely Steve

Steve MacFeely

Head, Development Statistics and Information Branch, Globalization and Development Strategies Division

​Mr. MacFeely is the Head of Statistics and Information Branch at UNCTAD, Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Policy Studies at the University College in Cork, Ireland and Director of the International Association of Statistics Education statistical literacy programme. Before working at UNCTAD, he was the Assistant Director-General at the Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland. He has wide research interests, including family business, cross-border shopping, productivity, tourism, input-output, regional policy and data infrastructure.

Macharia James

James Macharia

Cabinet Secretary
Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban DevelopmentKenya

​Mr. James Macharia is the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development in Kenya. His mandate is to provide strategic leadership to ensure that the Ministry develops operates and sustains world class transport infrastructure and services in line with the Government’s vision.
The transport sector in Kenya encompasses road, rail, air and maritime. The sector is crucial in the promotion of socio-economic activities and development since an efficient and effective, transport system is a mainspring for rapid and sustained development in terms of national, regional and international integration, trade facilitation, poverty reduction and improvement of welfare of the citizen.
The Housing and Urban Development sector promotes slum upgrading, construction of police houses, street lighting and urban development among others.
The Public Works sectors encompasses public office accommodation lease and management, maintenance of inventory of Government property, overseeing provision of mechanical and electrical (building) services and Supplies branch and coordination of of common user items among others.
The Maritime and Shipping sector involves promotion of maritime and shipping industry, marine cargo insurance, ship registration in Kenya among others.
Key projects under his stewardship: - SGR (Standard Gauge Railway) project, Mombasa port, airport expansion, Road, the LAPSSET development, and National Police Housing.
Prior to this appointment Mr. Macharia was Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health where he oversaw implementation of key strategic interventions including the introduction of free maternity services, universal health coverage and innovative health financing structures e.g. the upgrading of 98 health facilities under the Managed Equipment Services concept.
Prior to joining government, Mr. Macharia had undertaken various leadership roles in the financial and banking industries, including the appointment as Group Managing Director of a listed banking institution. He has a diverse and illustrious career covering all major tenets of corporate management. This includes, inter alia, corporate finance, audit and tax consultancy in London (6 years), corporate and merchant banking, financial management, strategic planning and development, personnel and general administration.
Mr. Macharia is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Certified Public Accountant with Institute of Certified Public Accountants; he holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and an MBA from Henley Management College, UK.

Maharaj Deodat

Deodat Maharaj

Deputy Secretary-General for Economic and Social Division

​Deodat Maharaj advises and reports to the Secretary-General on economic affairs, trade and debt, social development, and public sector governance. He also oversees the management of the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation. Mr. Maharaj was formerly Chief, Division for Afghanistan, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. During his career he has served as Chief of Staff in the UNDP's Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Head of the Secretariat on the Ministerial Council for Social Development with the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.

Malam Abdou Salé

Salé Malam Abdou

Head, Foreign Trade Statistics
WAEMU Commission

Since 2002 Mr. Malam Abdou is responsible for external trade statistics of the eight member countries of the WAEMU. He deals with the collection and processing of external trade data of WAEMU Member States with a view to consolidating the production, publication and dissemination of WAEMU regional statistical yearbooks.

From 1995 to 2002, Mr. Malam Abdou was head of customs statistics of the Directorate General of Customs of Niger. In this position he was in charge of customs statistics, including studies and revenue projections through simulations of different taxes.

From 1987 to 1993, Mr. Malam Abdou was responsible for external trade statistics at the National Directorate of Statistics (currently the National Institute of Statistics) in Niger. He was in charge of developing the foreign trade statistics through the collection and processing of customs data for the production, publication and dissemination of external trade statistical yearbooks of Niger.

Masinde Catherine

Catherine  Masinde

Manager East Africa Region Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice
World Bank GroupKenya

​Catherine Masinde is the Practice Manager of the East Africa Region in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank group. She joined the World Bank in 2005 and has since served as Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Principal Operations Officer, Head of Investment Climate Advisory at the IFC covering East and Southern Africa, and as Head of the Trade and Competitiveness Advisory Program in East Africa. Before the World Bank, she was Private Sector Advisor at the UK’s Department for International Development in East Africa, Professor of Business and Management at the University of Nairobi, and a researcher on enterprise and private sector development issues. Catherine is a graduate of Durham Business School in the UK.

Matendo Fernand

Fernand Matendo

CEO and Co-Founder

​Mr. Matendo Fernand is CEO & Co-founder of Burundi Shop, the first E-commerce Company in Burundi. He is also the Vice-Chairman of the National Commission on E-commerce. Before, he was the Head of the Burundi Internet Global Applications Network (BIGAN). Since 2003, He has led several projects in the field of ICT, crossborder transport and logistics. He is particularly recognized for his great contribution in developing e-commerce strategies tailored to the local context and the legal framework. Thanks to his good knowledge of local and regional business environment, he succeeded in building strategic partnerships between local and foreign actors.

Matthews Mark

Mark Matthews

Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom in GenevaSwitzerland

​Mark Matthews is an Arabist who has combined multilateral work (in Brussels, The Hague and now Geneva) with postings to the Middle East (Libya and the United Arab Emirates). Immediately prior to Geneva, Mr. Matthews was Deputy Head of Iran Department in the FCO, working on the Iranian nuclear issue and the UK relationship with Iran.

He was Deputy Special Representative to the National Transitional Council in Libya in late 2011; and Deputy Ambassador to Libya from 2007 to 2010. He was UK Alternate Representative to the Chemical Weapons Convention in The Hague from 2003 to 2007. He was Foreign Office Spokesperson for the Middle East and North Africa from 2000 to 2003.

Mayaram Arvind

Arvind Mayaram

CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition

​Arvind Mayaram is presently Chairman of CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition, having previously held the positions of Finance Secretary and Special Secretary in Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India. He has also been the Alternate Governor for India on the Boards of World Bank, ADB and African Development Bank.

Mr Mayaram served as India's finance deputy in G20 and BRICS and was also on the Boards of the Reserve Bank of India and the Securities Exchanges Board of India. He was India's chief negotiator for BRICS New Development Bank and Asian Infrastructure Development Bank, and co-chair of the Framework Working Group of G-20. He spearheaded the establishment of the framework for mainstreaming Public Private Partnership in India and designed the first PPP module for delivering infrastructure in the rural areas. He was Vice President of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), formed under the aegis of UNCTAD, UNIDO, FIAS and MIGA for two terms in early 2000, and has been an investment promotion expert with the UNCTAD for several years. His expertise in the area of PPPs is internationally acknowledged. Arvind Mayaram has a Ph.D. in Finance.

McKinley Kevin

Kevin McKinley

Acting Secretary-General

​Mr. Kevin McKinley was ISO Deputy Secretary-General from 2003 until taking up the post of Acting Secretary-General in August 2015. Prior to this, he was Director at the Standards Council of Canada, a Crown Corporation responsible for Canada's National Standards System. Mr. McKinley has also held senior posts at the Canadian Standards Association, Canada's largest standards development organization and was involved in national standardization issues in business management and worker safety. He began his career in the oil and gas industry at Esso Petroleum Canada. Mr. McKinley holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Ottawa and a Mechanical Engineering degree from Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.

Melin Hanne

Hanne Melin

Director, Global Public Policy
eBay Inc.Switzerland

​Hanne Melin leads eBay’s Public Policy Lab for the EMEA region (http://www.ebaymainstreet.com/lab). Ms. Melin is a member of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship, and represents eBay as a member of the World Customs Organization’s Private Sector Consultative Group. Before joining eBay, Ms. Melin was an associate at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP based in Brussels, practising competition law for five years. Ms. Melin holds a Master in International Business Law from King’s College London, she is a guest lecturer at the law faculty of Lund University (Sweden).

Mhlanga Jennifer Nosma

Jennifer Nosma Mhlanga

Member of Parliament

​Ms. Jennifer Nosma Mhlanga, is a Zimbabwean politician from who hails from the ZANU-PF party. Ms. Jennifer Nosma Mhlanga was elected into parliament in July 2013 to represent Mashonaland West Constituency. Ms. Jennifer Nosma Mhlanga, is a Member of Parliament of Zimbabwe and Member of the Bureau of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade to UNCTAD 14.

Mohamed Amina

Amina Mohamed

Cabinet Secretary
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International TradeKenya

​An accomplished diplomat, Ambassador Amina Mohamed has a wealth of experience of public service both in Kenya and at the international level. Ambassador Amina served as Kenya's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva between 2000 and 2006. She was the first woman to chair the WTO General Council. Subsequently, Ambassador Amina served as the Director for Europe and the Commonwealth Division as well as Director for Diaspora Affairs in the Foreign Ministry. In 2008, she was appointed Kenya's Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, National Cohesion and Constitutional Affairs. Ambassador Amina was sworn in as Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in 2013.

Molins Ayuso Pere

Pere Molins Ayuso

Business Development Associate
Impact EnterprisesZambia

​Pere Molins a Business Development Associate at Impact Enterprises. He graduated from ETH Zurich with a mechanical engineering degree and has since expanded his education at Stanford University and the University of Bristol, where he also worked as a Visiting Researcher for a public-private research partnership. He also worked for a Swiss startup at the Impact Hub Zurich and has done consulting work in Rwanda.

Mora Alexander

Alexander Mora

Minister of Foreign Trade
Costa Rica

​Alexander Mora was appointed Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica on May 8 2014. As Foreign Trade Minister, Mr. Mora oversees Costa Rica´s foreign trade and investment portfolios, as well as the relationship with multilateral organizations like the WTO, OECD, SIECA, among others.

Mr. Mora has extensive experience in trade, banking and digital technologies. Firstly, as a successful entrepreneur in the digital technologies, telecommunications and corporate services areas, with over 25 years of experience. Secondly, as representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, as member of the Foreign Trade Advisory Council, the National Commission on Information Technologies and Communication and the National Commission on Competitiveness. Also as President and Vice-President of the Costa Rican Chamber and Latin American Federation of Information and Communication Technologies, the Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters and as President and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of several banks, insurance brokers and investment management funds.

Mr. Mora has a degree in Economics and holds an MBA in Finance and Banking from the University of Costa Rica.

Mujica Sergio

Sergio Mujica

Deputy Secretary-General
World Customs OrganizationBelgium

​Sergio Mujica has been Deputy Secretary General of the World Customs Organization (WCO) since 1 January 2010. Before joining the WCO, Mr. Mujica was the Director General of Customs in Chile. Before 2006, he held various Government positions as National Director of the National Fisheries Service, Member of the Board of Directors for several public companies, Chief Lawyer for the National Forestry Agency, and Legislative Consultant to the Ministry of Agriculture. Mr. Mujica has a degree in law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a master's degree in international law (LL.M.) from the American University in Washington DC.

Murungi Michael

Michael Murungi

Policy and Government Relations Manager for East Africa

​Michael M. Murungi Google's Policy and Government Relations Manager for East Africa. Previously, he was the CEO of Kenya's National Council for Law Reporting, where he worked on providing access to public legal information and the adoption of open access policies for government information. As an ICT legal expert, he participated at local and regional levels in the formulation of appropriate laws and policies for cyberspace and contributed to the International Encyclopaedia of Cyberlaw.

Mutuma Andrew

Andrew Mutuma

Country Manager
DHL ExpressKenya

​Andrew Mutuma has worked for over 17 years in various business sectors, which include International Logistics, Interior Design, Non- governmental, telecommunications and banking. He specifically has worked with ExxonMobil in the Kenya Oil Industry and has had extensive hands on experience in Business Development. Further, he has a wealth of experience in General Management, Sales and Marketing. He is currently the Managing Director of DHL Express Kenya. He is a former Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Kenya Branch, and is a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK.

Mwape Darlington

Darlington Mwape

Senior Fellow

​Mr. Darlington Mwape is a Senior Fellow at ICTSD. He served as Legal Advisor to the President of Zambia before being appointed as that country's Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other international organisations including the WTO in Geneva. As Permanent representative to the WTO, he held various positions including as Co-ordinator of the LDC group, Chairman of the TRIPS special session and Chairman on the Committee on Balance of Payments Restrictions. He also served as Chairman of the Joint Advisory Group of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Member of the Board of the Advisory Centre on WTO law (ACWL).

Mwencha Erastus

Erastus Mwencha

Deputy Chairperson
African Union Commission

​Mr. Erastus Mwencha was elected in January 2008, as Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission by the Heads of State and Government of the 54 Member States of the African Union and re-elected to the same position in July 2012. During his first tenure as Deputy Chairperson of the AUC, Mr. Mwencha placed particular emphasis on supporting continental development agenda and programs as well as strengthening internal institutional systems. His strategic focus has been to upgrade those internal mechanisms that allow the organization to perform its role on the continent and in the world optimally. Prior to his election at the AUC, he worked at Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) for over 25 years and served as Secretary General for ten years.

Mwinyihija Mwinyikione

Mwinyikione Mwinyihija

Executive Director
COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute

​Dr. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija  is presently the Executive Director of COMESA-Leather and Leather Products Institute a regional organization mandated and chartered to spear head the development of the leather sector in nineteen countries in Africa. Previously, served as the Chief Executive of the Leather development Council, Kenya with similar mandate but at national level. His engagement has resulted to providing leadership also to the development of the leather sector at other national, regional and global platform. For example, served as a panellist and technical project team leader of the International standards organization, Scientific Conference committee member of IULTCS World leather congress and of Ege University, Izmir Turkey. Recently appointed as the World Certification Institute Ambassador-with special focus to enhance Skills and Curriculum recognition in Africa.

Ndikumana Leonce

Leonce Ndikumana

Professor of Economics
University of Massachusetts, Amherstthe United States of America

​Léonce Ndikumana is Professor of economics and Director of the African Development Policy Program at the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is a member of the United Nations Committee on Development Policy and the Independent Commission for the Reform of International Corporate Taxation. He is co-editor of Capital Flight from Africa: Causes, Effects and Policy Issues and co-author of Africa’s Odious Debt: How Foreign Loans and Capital Flight Bled a Continent. He graduated from the University of Burundi and earned his Ph.D. in economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Negatu Gabriel

Gabriel Negatu

Regional Director for Eastern Africa
African Development Bank

Mr. Negatu is the African Development Bank Regional Director for Eastern Africa Regional Resource Center, based in Nairobi.

In this capacity, Mr. Negatu has direct oversight responsibility for thirteen countries in the region, namely: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

His responsibilities include managing an active portfolio of over $6 billion, mainly in infrastructure—power & transport. He also manages the work of project structuring and lending in the public & private sectors. Mr. Negatu also oversees the Bank’s non-lending activities, including advisory services and analytical works.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Negatu was Director of the Bank’s Governance, Economic & Financial Management Department; with operations responsibility for Economic & Financial reforms and the promotion of good governance, in over 30 countries across the continent. Mr. Negatu started his career in the Bank’s Policy and Review Department and has held several senior positions.

Mr. Negatu regularly appears in print and electronic media and is a sought after speaker on Africa’s development challenges and opportunities.

Negatu Gabriel

Gabriel Negatu

East Africa Regional Director
African Development Bank

​Director, East African Regional Director, African Development Bank, Kenya

Ngari Pauline

Pauline Ngari

Hand in Hand Eastern AfricaKenya

​Pauline Ngari was 12 when her mother's shop in rural Kenya went out of business. "From that moment, when I saw my mother try so hard and yet fail, I had a passion to work with women and help them to prosper," says Pauline. Pauline did more than just help. In 2006, having started her career 12 years earlier as a field officer, she became General Manager of Credit Program Operations at the Kenyan Women Finance Trust (KWFT). Once responsible for helping look after her younger brothers and sisters while her mother minded the shop, Pauline was now in charge of loans worth KES 13 billion (US $148,000,000) to some 250,000 women – thousands running shops, service enterprises and agribusinesses of their own. "When you invest in women, you invest in the whole family together," she says. As the Head of Credit Operations at KWFT, Ms. Ngare helped draft the government's 2006 Finance Act, which regulates the microfinance sector in Kenya. She joined Hand in Hand Eastern Africa as CEO in 2011 to help launch and grow the organization, and has overseen the creation of more than 168,000 businesses and 222,000 jobs in Kenya, as well Hand in Hand's expansion into Rwanda to help create 115,000 jobs.

Njenga George N.

George N. Njenga

Founder and Dean
Strathmore Business School

​George N. Njenga is the current and founding Dean of Strathmore Business School (SBS). Presently, he is the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research and Quality Assurance and the Academic Director for the SBS Advanced Management Program. He is also a senior lecturer at Strathmore University in Ethics and Leadership. He has a Masters in Governance and Culture of Institutions and a PhD (honours) in Political Philosophy from the University of Navarra, Spain. Mr. Njenga also has a Masters in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant of Kenya.

He was the Director of the Strathmore School of Accountancy in 2002-2005. Whilst in that position, he successfully set up formal training programs of the Certified Financial Analyst and Certified Information Systems Auditor for the first time in Kenya. He helped initiate the first successful School of Finance and Banking in Kigali, Rwanda. He worked as a senior auditor at Ernst and Young Kenya between 1989 and 1992. He was also the Strathmore College Financial Manager for four years, 1992-1996. Since 1992 he has held other positions in Strathmore University. Specifically, Administrator, Human Resource Director and Director of the School of Accountancy. He has served as a trustee for the Universities Provident Fund Scheme and has been a member of the University Management Board and Academic Council.

He is a founding board member of the Association of African Business Schools and an International advisory board member of Global Business Schools Network. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Pacis Insurance Company.

Njoroge Eddy

Eddy Njoroge

Telkom Kenya

Eddy Njoroge serves as Chairman of Telkom Kenya and is the Immediate Past Chairman of the Nairobi Securities Exchange.

He the former CEO of Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), where he spearheaded the transformation of the company from a parastatal to a publicly listed company with a greater commercial and sustainability orientation. He is a board member of CfC Stanbic Bank, Britam Insurance Ltd among other companies.  He is also the Chairman of the Investment Committee of Aureos East Africa Fund and a Member of the Investment Committee of the Africa Renewable Energy Fund. He has recently been appointed to the board of Globeleq, a Pan-African power company.

He has a BSc. (Hons) degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Makerere University.

Njoroge Patrick

Patrick Njoroge

Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya
Central Bank of KenyaKenya

​Dr. Patrick Njoroge was appointed to be the Governor of the Central Bank of Kenya, with effect from 19th June, 2015. In this capacity, he is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Central Bank and chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).
 He holds a PhD degree in Economics from Yale University (1993), a Master of Arts degree in Economics (1985) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics (1983) from the University of Nairobi. 
Dr. Njoroge joined the Central Bank from a varied career at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) spanning 20 years based in Washington DC. Prior to his appointment as Governor, Dr. Njoroge was Advisor to the IMF Deputy Managing Director from December 2012, where his responsibilities included assisting in overseeing the IMF’s engagement with a large swath of IMF members. He also served as Deputy Division Chief in the IMF’s Finance Department (2006-2012), IMF’s Mission Chief for the Commonwealth of Dominica (2005-2006) and in other capacities since 1995. Prior to joining the IMF, Dr. Njoroge worked as an Economist at the Ministry of Finance (1993-1994) and as a Planning Officer at the Ministry of Planning (1985 -1987). Dr. Njoroge’s professional and research interests lie in Macroeconomics, Economic Policy, International Finance, Development Economics, Econometrics and Monetary Policy.

Nnadozie Emmanuel

Emmanuel Nnadozie

Executive Secretary
African Capacity Building Foundation

​Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, an economist and development expert, became the Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation on Dec. 1, 2013. He came from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa where he worked from 2004 to 2012. His last post at the Commission was Director of Macroeconomic Policy Division and Chief Economist. In addition, he was an Adviser to the Executive Secretary of the Commission. Among his major achievements in that role was his successful supervision of the production for four unbroken years of the flagship publication of the Commission, the annual Economic Report on Africa, between 2010 and 2013.

Nubukpo Kako

Kako Nubukpo

Director, Digital and Economic Francophonie
International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF)

​Mr. Kako Nubukpo served as the Minister for Long Term Strategy and Public Policy Evaluation by the President of Togo between 2013 and 2015. He has worked at the Head Office of the West African States Central Bank (BCEAO) in Dakar, Senegal, and has held senior positions at the Institute of Sahel in Bamako, Mali, and at the School of Management in Lyon, France. He is managing director of the Centre Autonome d’Etudes et de Renforcement de Capacités pour le Développement au Togo (CADERDT) that has just been set up by the Government of Togo with the support of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). He is also former Head of Economic Analysis and Research Division at the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA), and Head of the Department of Post-graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Lomé in Togo. He is also a Research Fellow at The Agricultural Research Centre of International Development (CIRAD). His publications cover a range of issues related to central banking and finance in West Africa, and the economics of cotton industry in that region, among others.

Nzena Sekai

Sekai Nzena

Chairperson and Managing Director
Amatheon Agri Zimbabwe Ltd

​Dr. Sekai Nzena is the Chairperson and Managing Director of Amatheon Agri Zimbabwe Ltd at Amatheon Agri Holding N.V. Dr. Nzenza has more than 20 years of international development expertise. She gained strategic and operational knowledge while working with Booz Allen Hamilton consultants at World Vision International’s Global Centre in California. In Australia she acted as the Director for Policy and Communication for World Vision from where she oversaw programmes in Africa and Asia.

Odeh Abeer

Abeer Odeh

Minister of National Economy

​H.E. Ms. Abeer Odeh is the Palestinian Minister of National Economy, she assumed her cabinet responsibilities in August 2015. In this capacity she also chairs the Palestinian Investment Promotion Agency (PIPA), Palestine Industrial estates and Free Zones Authority (PIEFZA), and Palestine Standards Institute (PSI). She has held number of senior management positions, private and donor agencies, as Chief Executive Officer for the Palestine Capital Markets Authority (PCMA), Chief Financial Analyst, Chief Controller, project director, and Chief Auditor.

Ms. Odeh has a broad range of experience in all aspects of financial and managerial control with over 20 years of experience in management, economics and finance, auditing, assessment of internal controls, project management, financial valuation and analyses, functional analysis, business process re-engineering, and software selection and evaluation.
Ms. Odeh holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Chicago and a BA in Accounting from Birzeit University, Palestine, and a Certified Public Accountant, CPA, American Institute of CPA’s.

Ofwona ​Diana

​Diana Ofwona

Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa
UN Women

​Diana Ofwona is the Regional Director of UN Women for sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Representative of UN Women in Rwanda since 2013 and has to her credit over 25 years' experience working in the areas of socio-economic policy development, peace and security. Diana Ofwona holds a Master of Arts (hons) degree in Political Science and Languages (University of Nairobi, Kenya), a postgraduate diploma in mass communication (Kenya Institute of Mass Communication) and is currently engaged in doctoral research on governance in post-conflict economies. Ms. Ofwona is a recipient of honours and certificates from various leadership institutions around the world. Ms. Ofwona has held a number of senior posts in various organizations in countries spanning three continents (Africa, the Caribbean and North America). Diana has also served on high-level boards and committees, most notable being her appointment in 2006, by the United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) to the United Nations high-level Strategy and Management Review Panel, commissioned to develop a new strategy for UNDP in Africa and to propose the supporting institutional framework and human resource capacity for its implementation.

Oumarou Amadou

Amadou Oumarou

Director for Transport, Urban Development, and ICT
African Development BankCôte d'Ivoire

​Mr. Amadou Oumarou is the Director for Transport, Urban Development, and ICT at the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. He oversees an active portfolio of more than 120 projects in ports, railways, highways, airports, and telecommunications across the African continent amounting to about US$ 11 billion in lending commitments. He Joined the African Development Bank in 2001 as a Transportation Engineer and was a Division Manager prior to assuming his current position. Prior to joining the Bank Mr. Oumarou worked for almost a decade in the Private Sector in USA.

Ozsar Kumcu Berna

Berna Ozsar Kumcu

Secretary General
Wold SME ForumTurkey

​Berna Ozsar Kumcu is the Secretary General of the World SME Forum (WSF). Reporting directly to the CEO, she shapes and scales the WSF’s agenda, staff, partnerships and collaborations. Prior to joining the WSF, Ms. Ozsar Kumcu worked in the insurance sector, as the Deputy Director of SEGEM, Turkey’s leading insurance training organization and the EU & IR Coordinator of the Turkish Insurance Association. Ms. Ozsar Kumcu completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations at the Middle East Technical University. As a Jean Monnet scholar, she received her LL.M. degree in EU Law from the University of Nottingham and her Ph.D. degree from the Marmara University.

Pan  Sorasak

Sorasak Pan

Minister of Commerce
Ministry of CommerceCambodia

​Sorasak Pan is the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Commerce of the Royal Government of Cambodia responsible for international co-operation for trade and the implementation of trade sector-wide approaches (Trade SWAp) policy. He is the national focal person for the Enhanced Integrated Framework and in charge of Trade Development in the Sub-Steering Committee for Trade Development and Trade-Related Investment. He is the Vice Chairman of the National Committee for the development triangle between Laos and Vietnam. He leads the drafting of an e-Commerce law. Prior to this , Mr. Pan occupied the same position at the Offices of the Council of Ministers/Prime Minister’s Office, and was the Chief Technical Consultant to the National Election Commission on electoral processes during the election of 1998.

Panitchpakdi Supachai

Supachai Panitchpakdi

Former Secretary-General

​Dr. Supachai Panitchpakdi served as the Secretary-General of UNCTAD between 2005 and 2013. He received his Ph.D. in Economic Planning and Development at the Netherlands School of Economics in Rotterdam. Dr. Supachai began his professional career at the Bank of Thailand in 1974. In 1986, he was elected to the Thai Parliament and appointed Deputy Minister of Finance. After serving as the President of the Thai Military Bank, Dr. Supachai was appointed Senator in 1992, and then became Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the country's economic and trade policymaking. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Supachai served as Director-General of the World Trade Organization.

Petit Frere Jessy

Jessy Petit Frere

Minister of Trade and Industry

​H.E. Ms. Jessy C. Petit Frère is the Minister of Trade and Industry of Haiti. She is also Minister (ad interim) of Haitians Living Abroad. Previously to her official positions, she was Project Manager at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Pezzini Mario

Mario Pezzini

OECD Development Centre

​Mario Pezzini is Director of the OECD Development Centre. Moreover, he is also currently the Acting Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate. before joining the Development Centre in 2010, Mario Pezzini held several senior management positions in the OECD, where he has been working since 1995. Prior to joining the OECD, Mr. Pezzini was Professor in Industrial Economics at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris as well as in US and Italian Universities. Also, Mr. Pezzini served as an Advisor in the field of economic development, industrial organisation and regional economics in international organisations and think tanks (e.g. ILO, UNIDO, European Commission and Nomisma in Italy). Mr. Pezzini started his career in the Government office of the Emilia-Romagna Region.

Pinville Martine

Martine Pinville

Minister of State for Commerce, Craft Industries and Trades, Consumer Affairs and the Social and Solidarity-based Economy

​Ms. Pinville was appointed to her current post at the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in June 2015. Since 2012, Ms. Pinville has also served as Secretary at the Social Affairs Committee of the French National Assembly. Between June 2012 and April 2014, she was also National Secretary of the Socialist Party responsible for Health Affairs and served as Member of Parliament for the 4th Charente constituency from June 2007 until July 2015. Ms. Pinville is a retired tax official.

Pisupati Balakrishna

Balakrishna Pisupati

Head of Biodiversity, Land and Governance Programme

​Mr. Balakrishna Pisupati currently leads UNEP work on biodiversity, multilateral environmental agreements and the SDGs based on Nairobi, Kenya. He oversees work related synergies and interlinkages among the environmental conventions and national implementation among other responsibilities at UNEP.

Mr. Pisupati has held several senior positions within the United Nations such as the Chief of Land Law, Biodiversity and Governance at UNEP, coordinator of Biodiplomacy Programme at the United Nations University. He was the youngest Secretary to the Government of India when he was appointed as the Chairman of National Biodiversity Authority, a statutory body of Government of India in 2011. He also served as the Head of Asia Regional Programme of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). He is a lead authority in the area of biodiversity and development with special focus on issues such as access and benefit sharing, biotrade and governance issues. 

He holds a Ph.D. in biotechnology. His current interests include transdisciplinary sciences and science-policy interface. 

Ploumen Lilianne

Lilianne Ploumen

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation
the Netherlands

​In 1983, while still at university, Lilianne Ploumen became a community outreach worker in the Crooswijk area of Rotterdam. Two years later she joined the Institute of Psychological Market Research (IPM), working in the statistics department and as a research project leader. IPM focuses on research-based consultancy.

From 1990 to 1992 she was a marketing and research manager for Foster Parents Plan in Amsterdam. Ms Ploumen then moved to PLAN, the London-based umbrella organisation, in 1993.

In 1995 she founded Ploumen Projecten, an organisation specialising in market research and innovation for commercial and non-profit clients.  In the same year she also began working as a fundraising coordinator for Mama Cash, an international fund supporting women’s initiatives, going on to become director of the organisation from 1996 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2007 Ms Ploumen worked for the development organisation Cordaid, first as head of quality and strategy and later as director of international programmes.

She was Chair of the Labour Party (PvdA) from October 2007 to January 2012.

On 5 November 2012 Lilianne Ploumen was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Rutte-Asscher government.

Lilianne Ploumen previously held the position of Vice Chair of the Evert Vermeer Foundation, and was a member of the Labour Party’s South-North Committee (advising on international cooperation).

She has also been a board member of feminist organisation Opzij and Women Inc. and member of the Stop Aids Now! supervisory board.

Preston Malcolm

Malcolm Preston

Global Head of Sustainability Services
PricewaterhouseCoopersthe United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

​A graduate in Oceanography, Malcolm decided the world of research would be tedious. In 1983 he joined Coopers & Lybrand and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1986. After spells working in the United States, Australia and Zambia, he was admitted to the partnership in 1996. During his career he has advised large multinationals, entrepreneurial start-ups and co-led the firm's dot.com team through the turn of the century. He has led the Sustainability & Climate Change team since 2008.

Malcolm specialises in the measurement and valuation of environmental, social and economic impacts. He leads PwC's Total Impact Measurement and Management (TIMM) team, delivering projects for numerous clients including SSE plc, TUI Group plc, TomKat Ranch and a number of large Fortune 100 corporates. He also leads PwC's thought leadership on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and, in particular the role of the private sector in their achievement. He is actively engaged with numerous UN agencies and other bodies on this subject and is responsible for the development of PwC's bespoke tool, the SDG Business Navigator.

Malcolm was born to travel, not so much to see the sights, but to meet the people and learn the difference of culture. He has driven across every continent in the world – except Antarctica.  His mantra is twofold – never fly over somewhere if you have the time to do it by land - and leave the places you visit as you find them.

Rachagan Sothi

Sothi  Rachagan

Vice Chancellor
Nilai UniversityMalaysia

Prior to his current post, Professor Dato' Dr Sothi Rachagan served as Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Malaya and as Vice Chancellor of Perdana University.  He holds a B.A. (Malaya), Post-Grad Dip Arts (Otago), M.A (Otago), LL M (Bristol) and PhD (London). He is a Barrister-at-Law and Advocate and Solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. Prof. Sothi is a former-president of the International Association of Consumer Law and served as the Chair of the Working Committee on Financial Services of UNCTAD for the revision of the United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection.

Rapsomanikis George

George Rapsomanikis

Senior Economist
FAO Agricultural Development Economics Division

​George Rapsomanikis is a Senior Economist in the FAO Agricultural Development Economics Division. His research focuses on issues related to food price volatility, food security, and small-scale agriculture development. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Reading and has authored over fifty journal articles, working papers, book chapters and notes, including work on commodity price bubbles, price transmission, volatility spill-overs, and the relation between food and energy markets. In 2011, as a member of a FAO-OECD editorial team, he coordinated the input of ten International Organizations to the G20 process and the delivery of the InterAgency report to the G20 Agriculture Ministerial 'Price Volatility in Food and Agricultural Markets: Policy Responses'. He has been a Technical Editor of the State of Food Insecurity in the World (2013), and of the FAO Commodity Market Review (2007-08, 2009-10).

Rasaw Humayoon

Humayoon Rasaw

Minister of Commerce of Industries

​Mr. Rasaw possesses specialized knowledge in Economic leadership, Industrial and Economic Development and has worked on various capacities in government organizations and international agencies (United Nations), both inside and outside of the country. He has an excellent record of service and achievement.

His more than twenty years of work experience on various aspects of management, economic development and his fundamental work in development of education sector, including National Strategic Literacy Program are much appreciated, and have had immense impact on respective areas.

Mr. Rasaw holds Bachelor's degree in Natural Science from Kabul University and Master's degree in Information Technology from Preston University. He also holds certificates in Management of Political and Economic Changes from Harvard University, U.S.A; United Nations Development Program's Procurement Procedure; and Specialized software for Investment Evaluation in Industrial Sector.

Rashed Mohamed Yehia

Mohamed Yehia Rashed

Minister of Tourism

​H.E. Mr. Mohamed Yehia Rashed assumed the position of Minister of Tourism in 2016. Mr. Rashed is a seasoned hotel manager, having worked in the hotel industry in various countries around the world since graduating from hotel school. His career in the hospitality business has seen him work for Marriott for 33 years in the United States, Europe and Africa. In 1997, he landed his first job as general manager of the newly-opened Paris Marriott in the Champs-Élysées. After spending more than seven years in the French capital, he moved to Amsterdam in 2004, where he became the general manager of the Dutch capital’s Renaissance Hotel. Mr. Rashed then returned to Egypt, where he became the Chief Leading Officer for Al Kharafi Group for Tourism.

Ratshisusu Hardin

Hardin Ratshisusu

Deputy Commissioner
Competition CommissionSouth Africa

​Hardin Ratshisusu is currently the acting Deputy Commissioner and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. He is responsible for the Commission's investigative and enforcement activities. He has oversight over the Cartels, Mergers and Acquisitions, Enforcement and Acquisitions, Policy and Research and Legal Services divisions.

Mr. Rathisusu has over 10 years' experience in the competition regulatory environment in both the public and private sector, and has worked with a number of industries, including communications, broadcasting, mining, chemicals, retailing, property, healthcare and food. 

Hardin holds a BCom (Hons-Economics) from the University of Venda, MCom (Economics) from the University of the Witwatersrand and MBL from the University of South Africa.  His areas of specialty are competition and regulatory economics, strategy, governance and research.


Rebergen Christiaan

Christiaan Rebergen

Director General for International Cooperation
Ministry of Foreigh Affairs the Netherlands

​As of the first of November 2014 Christiaan Rebergen is the Director-General for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In this capacity, Mr. Rebergen is responsible for the aid portfolio covering bilateral development programmes in 15 countries and programmes with multilaterals, NGOs and private sector in the areas of Food Security, Water, Rule of Law and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The portfolio also includes gender, climate change and private sector development. Before he became Director-General Mr. Rebergen was the deputy DG for over two years.
Previous positions held by Mr. Rebergen are Special Ambassador for the Millennium Development Goals, Ambassador for Public Private Partnerships and Deputy Director of the Sustainable Economic Development Department .
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002, Mr. Rebergen worked for the Ministry of Finance and the Parliament of the Netherlands .
Christiaan Rebergen has a master in Development Economics at the Free University in Amsterdam. He is married and has 4 children.

Ruggles Taylor V.

Taylor V. Ruggles

Deputy Coordinator
Power Africa Initiative

​Taylor Ruggles is the U.S. Department of State's Regional Energy Counselor for Africa, based in Kigali, Rwanda.  He leads the State Department's engagement with the countries of sub-Saharan Africa on energy policy and reform, and helps lead President Obama's Power Africa initiative.  Prior to assuming this position, he was a Deputy Executive Secretary at the White House National Security Council. From 2011 to 2014 he was Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Durban, South Africa.  He previously served in the White House National Security Staff as a Senior Advisor for Middle East Affairs working on the Maghreb and, prior to that, he was Vice President Biden's Special Advisor for Europe and Eurasia.

Russ Samuel Gargar

Samuel Gargar Russ

Vice Minister
Ministry of Lands, Mines and EnergyLiberia

​Mr. Sam G. Russ, Deputy Minister for Operations, Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, is currently leading a number of reform initiatives in the mining and energy sectors. Mr. Russ is the former Deputy Minister of Justice for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Justice, serving as a member of the GOL's legal team for mining and petroleum concession negotiations. He also served as Director-General, Debt Management, Ministry of Finance coordinating Liberia's debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Country Initiative. His career in government has been focused on economic and legal reforms for improved economic governance and investment climate.

Saeed Mohammad

Mohammad Saeed

Senior Adviser Trade Facilitation
International Trade Center (ITC)Switzerland

​Dr. Mohammad Saeed is Senior Adviser Trade Facilitation with International Trade Centre (ITC) Geneva where he leads its trade facilitation team. Before joining this assignment in April 2014, He served as Senior Technical Adviser on Trade and Transport Facilitation with UNCTAD. He has vast experience of working on trade facilitation issues at national, regional and multilateral level. He also worked as lead negotiator for Pakistan in WTO negotiations for the Trade Facilitation Agreement for six years. His work experience of over 15 years with Pakistan Customs has contributed towards his pragmatic approach based on the ground realities in the TF area. He has enriched his experience by working with many developing countries for identifying their TF needs assessment and developing their national implementation plans.

International Trade law and Procedure is the area of his prime interest. He has the honour to be Chairman and Panelist in two dispute settlement cases in the WTO; China Poultry and Vietnam Shrimp cases. He has also been Chairman of WTO Committee on Market Access for consecutive three years and Chairman of WTO Customs valuation Committee. He also served as Vice Chairman of General Assembly of Advisory Centre on WTO Laws (ACWL) for consecutive five years. In recognition of his work in the area of international trade, he is often invited to present at international conferences.

He holds Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and LLB from University of London. Besides having a postgraduate degree in Economics from University of London, he has his specialized training in International Trade Law from Harvard Law School.

Sarr Alioune

Alioune Sarr

Minister of Trade, Industry and Informal Sector

​Mr. Alioune Sarr is Minister of Trade, Industry and Informal Sector, Senegal. Before being appointed to the Government of Senegal, Mr. Alioune Sarr was Director General of the Senegalese Agency for Export Promotion (ASEPEX). In this position he launched major projects and conducted missions for the positioning of products and services “Made in Senegal” in regional and international markets. Alioune Sarr has led several international missions for the Government of Senegal to: France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Holland, Korea, USA, Malaysia, Indonesia, and India. In these countries, Mr. Alioune Sarr established contacts and signed several partnerships contracts and projects financing agreements aimed at strengthening the competitiveness of products and services “Made in Senegal” and improving their access to international markets. Mr. Sarr holds a Post-graduate degree (DESS) in Business Administration and Management from the University of Dakar and a Master in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Bordeaux, France.

Schütz Dorothea

Dorothea Schütz

Director General
Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and EnergyGermany

Dr. Dorothea Schütz is Director General of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. She is also one of the leading experts in the Ministry of Economy on the migration crisis and she was part of the German Delegation at the London Conference for the Jordan pledge.

Sehoueto Lazare Maurice

Lazare Maurice Sehoueto

Minister of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts

H.E. Mr. Lazare Maurice Sèhouéto is the Minister of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts of Benin. He served as Minister of Commerce, Industry, Community Development, and the Promotion of Employment from May 2001 to June 2003, and as Minister of Agriculture, Husbandry, and Fishing from June 2003 to February 2005. He was one of five Force Clé candidates elected to the National Assembly in the March 2003 parliamentary election. He was the candidate of the Movement for the People's Alternative in the March 2006 presidential election.

Setipa Joshua

Joshua Setipa

Minister of Trade and Industry

H.E. Joshua Setipa was appointed Minister of Trade and Industry in the Kingdom of Lesotho in March 2015. As Trade and Industry Minister, he is in charge of providing overall policy direction on industrialization, as well as overseeing trade matters within multilateral and bilateral settings. He has broad experience gained at national, regional and international levels, working on economic and developmental issues such as capacity building and global economic policy.

Prior to his appointment, Joshua Setipa joined the Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC) in January 2012 and served as CEO of the LNDC until April 2014. The LNDC is the main parastatal of the Government of Lesotho charged with the implementation of the country's industrial development policies.  From 2005 to December 2011, he served as Senior Advisor to Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organization.

Joshua Setipa obtained an MBA degree from the University of Bradford in the UK. after studying international trade policy at Australian National University, and political science at National University of Lesotho.

Sharma Nivi

Nivi Sharma

BRCK EducationKenya

Nivi Sharma is the President of BRCK Education (education.BRCK.com) and a co-founder of eLimu (e-Limu.org). She is a thought leader in Education Technology for emerging markets. As a social entrepreneur, voluneer and technophile, she has dedicated her career to education and is passionate about digital access and community initiatives that foster learning through fun. She is also a 2014 East Africa Acumen fellow.

Shi Dongwei

Dongwei Shi

Vice President
Alibaba GroupChina

​Dongwei Shi joined Alibaba Group in March 2015, as Vice President responsible for group public affairs. Before joining Alibaba, he was Vice President of Starbucks Coffee Company responsible for China public affairs from 2008 until 2015. He worked as Director of Global Public Affairs for China in Lucent Technologies from 2001 to 2004, and Vice President, Corporate Relations of Agilent Technologies from 2004 to 2008.

Dongwei worked as the Deputy Division Director, Division Director in Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China from 1989 to 2001, including a posting at the Chinese Embassy in Singapore, and Chinese Consulate General in Mumbai, India. He also participated in the China-UK negotiations for the return of Hong Kong from 1995 to 1997.

Dongwei holds bachelor of law in Diplomacy from China Foreign Affairs University in 1989, and M.A in Foreign Affairs and Trade from Monash University, Australia in 1999. He is also a part-time professor in the Public Affairs Management Department, Chinese Academy of Governance (2016-2018), and vice chairman of China Digital Economy Committee of ICC (International Chamber of Commerce), and the deputy to Jack Ma, Chairman of SME taskforce of B20 China, 2016, and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, joining the B20 discussion on SME development through e-commerce.

Shouwen Wang

Wang  Shouwen

Vice Minister
Ministry of CommerceChina

​H.E. Mr. Wang Shouwen holds a Bachelor's degree in engineering from Hunan University, a Master's degree in Economics from the University of International Business and Economics and a doctoral degree in economics from Peking University. Starting his career in 1989, he has held a number of leading government positions at MOFCOM. He was Director-General of the Bureau of Fair Trade of MOFCOM, and subsequently became Director-General of the Department of Foreign Trade of MOFCOM in 2006. In 2013, he was appointed Assistant Minister of Commerce and member of the CPC Leadership Group of MOFCOM. He became Vice Minister and member of the CPC Leadership Group of MOFCOM in 2015

Singhateh Edward

Edward Singhateh

Vice President
ECOWAS Commission

​Mr Singhateh served in various ministries in President Yahya Jammeh’s cabinet from 1994 to 2007. He was Minister of Defence from 1994 to 1995 and was Vice Chairman and Minister of defence in the then Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council from 1995 to 1997. He also held the portfolios of minister of Information and Communication, minister of Works, minister of Trade, minister of Presidential Affairs and minister of Fisheries in the cabinet. Mr. Singhateh left the cabinet in 2007, and subsequently studied law. He later served as a magistrate, and private lawyer, before his appointment as Vice President of the ECOWAS Commission.

Stamoulis Kostas

Kostas Stamoulis

Assistant Director-General, Economic and social Development Department

Kostas G. Stamoulis is currently the Assistant Director-General, ad interim of the Economic and Social Development Department. Previously, he was Director of the Agricultural Development Economics Division in FAO (ESA), Secretary of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and Strategic Programme Leader for the Hunger Eradication, Food Security and Nutrition Programme (SP1). Before joining FAO in 1989, he was Assistant Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Illinois. From 1985 to 1987, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. His work includes issues related to the role of agriculture in rural development and rural poverty reduction in developing countries; the impact of changes in food systems on smallholder farmers and on rural poverty; and the linkages between the agricultural sector and the rural non-farm economy. Mr. Stamoulis has also carried out work on the assessment of the role of macroeconomic and exchange-rate policies on agriculture and the rural sector and the interdependence between exchange rate, financial and commodity markets. He has published a large number of papers, articles, books and monographs on a variety of subjects. Mr. Stamoulis holds a degree in Economics from the Economics University of Athens (Greece), a Master's Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Georgia (United States) and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California at Berkeley.

Stanton David

David Stanton

Director General
TradeMark East Africa (TMEA)Kenya

​David Stanton joined TMEA in 2010. His main areas of expertise are regional economic integration, trade and business strategy, and programme and organisational management. He has worked in over 40 developing countries, mainly in Africa and Asia. His current role covers strategic and business planning across the programme portfolio, and delivery of TMEA’s results across East Africa. Before joining TMEA, David served as Chief Adviser for Enterprise Development, and Head of the Tanzania programme for the UK’s Department for International Development. Earlier, he was Director of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa and a Country Director for CARE International. He is a British citizen and holds a Masters Degree in English from Cambridge University. He also has an MBA.

Stiegeler Leonard

Leonard Stiegeler

General Manager
Ringier AfricaSwitzerland

​Leonard Stiegeler has been the General Manager of Swiss Ringier Africa AG since 2016 - leading the company's operations in classifieds, e-commerce, content and its digital agency on the continent. Brands belonging to the group are among others Pulse, Jobberman, Cheki, DealDey, Brighter Monday, Private Property and Rupu and it is active in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to his work with Ringier since 2013, Mr. Stiegeler helped to establish Rocket Internet and other German investors in Africa.

Stone Susan

Susan Stone

Director, Trade, Investment and Innovation Division
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)Thailand

​Susan Stone is a Director, ESCAP Trade, Investment and Innovation Division. Previously, she served as Senior Trade Policy Analyst in the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate, Senior Research Fellow at the Asian Development Bank Institute and Research Manager at the Australian Productivity Commission. Her main research activities have centered on trade and its interaction with various economic outcomes, most recently, on employment, especially trade along global value chains. She has also studied the relationship between trade and transport, poverty reduction, and environmental outcomes. She has a PhD in Economics from Drexel University, USA.

Sun Gerald

Gerald  Sun

VP Business Development, Trade and Industry, Asia Pacific

​Gerald Sun leads MasterCard’s global trade digitization efforts and is also responsible for MasterCard's public sector commercial solutions in Asia Pacific. In his prior role heading commercial solution sales at MasterCard, he doubled the business in 3 years and sustained share growth. He has more than 10 years of experience in helping large organizations digitize how they collect & pay; for example, he pioneered Singapore Airlines eCommerce business. He has held various sales, marketing and product roles across Finance, Manufacturing & Travel. He continues to work with some of the largest companies in Asia Pacific and their partners on improving their working capital and operations through innovation in payables & receivables. Mr. Sun has a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management (Finance & Logistics), Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering (Operations Research & Industrial Engineering) from Cornell University, NY, USA.

Sundaram Jomo

Jomo Sundaram


​Mr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram was Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, during 2012-15. He was Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs during 2005-12, and Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development during 2006-12. 
Jomo was Professor at the University of Malaya until 2004 and Founder Chair of International Development Economics Associates. He has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and media articles. He has received several honours and awards for his work including the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

Suominen Kati

Kati  Suominen

Founder and CEO
Nextrade Group and of TradeUp Capital Fundthe United States of America

​Founder and CEO of an international trade research firm Nextrade Group, LLC and TradeUp Capital Fund, a digital financing platform for globalizing, export-driven companies. She is also Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a leading Washington, D.C. think-tank. She has expertise in international trade, trade and development, digitization, and finance, and has published nine books, five of which are about regional trade agreements. She previously served as Fellow at the German Marshall Fund (2010-2012) and Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (2003-2010). She has collaborated in media as the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, BBC, CSPAN, CNN, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, AFP, Politico, USA Today, Time, US News and World Report, Global Journal and Los Angeles Business Journal. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and American Assembly’s Next Generation Fellow.

Suwazono Sadaaki

Sadaaki Suwazono

Director of International Affairs Division
Japan Fair Trade Commission

​Director of International Affairs Division, of the Secretariat of Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) since July 2013, Mr. Suwazono previously served as a Director of Cabinet Office from 2010 to 2013. His position included drafting the New Growth Strategy, so-called "Abenomics", particularly in terms of education and workforce innovation for next generation.

Mr. Suwazono was a professor of the School of Law at Tohoku University from 2009 to 2010 teaching competition law and consumer protection law.  Before that, he held several director positions at JFTC and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) from 2002 to 2010. Among of those positions, Mr. Suwazono was Director of the Planning Office of JFTC from 2003 to 2005, where he was in charge of drafting amendments to the Antimonopoly Act to introduce the Leniency Program, the Criminal Investigation Procedure and the New Hearing System to the Antimonopoly Act. In addition, from 2005 to 2007, he was in charge of drafting amendments to the Specified Commercial Transaction Act to introduce opt-in programmes and criminal sanctions for the prevention of spam mail and fraudulent internet advertisement. Prior to joining JFTC, he worked on international financial issues at Bank of Japan, the central bank of Japan.

Mr. Suwazono received his MA from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Administered with the Cooperation of Harvard University, Tufts University and his BA (economics) from Keio University.

Suzuki Toshiro

Toshiro Suzuki

Ambassador for International Economic Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

​Ambassador Suzuki graduated from the Faculty of law, University of Tokyo (LLB), in 1977. Since then, he has had a long and distinguished career with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) of Japan. His more recent appointment in 2015 was as representative of the Government of Japan for Free Trade and Economic Partnership Agreements Negotiations. His postings abroad have included serving as Ambassador in Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Counsellor in the Embassy of Japan in the United States. At home, he has fulfilled the duties of Director at the Foreign Service Training Institute, the MOFA Middle Eastern and African Affairs Bureau, its Financial Affairs Division, Overseas Establishments Division, First Middle and Near Eastern Division, and the Developing Economies Division. In 2006 he was appointed Councilor for Security Affairs and Crisis Management in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet Office.

Swartout Nancy L.

Nancy L. Swartout

Global Sustainable Procurement Manager
ExxonMobil Global Services Company

​Nancy L. Swartout is the Global Sustainable Procurement Manager, ExxonMobil Global Services Company. She manages a group that addresses local content, supplier diversity, environment performance and human rights in the supply chain. Her group advises both Procurement and ExxonMobil business lines. Since joining Exxon Corporation in 1989, Nancy serviced as a Chemist in research and development and held various commercial roles within Procurement. Nancy earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbus State University in Georgia.

Tadesse Zenebu

Zenebu Tadesse

Minister of Women and Children Affairs

​H.E Zenebu Tadesse has been actively engaged in high-level policy making for over 15 years. Mrs. Tadesse is at present the Minister of Women and Children Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and a Member of Parliament. Zenebu served as State Minister at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this, she served as Head of the Bureau of Labour and Social Affairs in the Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) from 2001 to 2005. Ms. Tadesse held the position of Head of the Women's Affairs Office in ANRS, where she coordinated matters at the regional level concerning women's affairs. She was a member of the Executive Committee of the ANRS Cabinet where she led bureaus in the economic sector such as Trade & Industry, Transport, Micro and small enterprises agency; among others.

Tassano  Hebert

Hebert Tassano


​Mr Hebert Tassano Velaochaga is the Chairman of Peru's National Institute for the Defense of Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI), where he is responsible for leading the institution and the design of general policies. Mr Tassano is a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience on competition issues, consumer protection and the regulation of utilities, having previously worked in all four of Peru's utility regulators.  He studied law at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).




Executive Director
Indonesia Services Dialogue Council Indonesia

​Mr. Taufikurrahman (Taufik) is the Executive Director of the Indonesia Services Dialogue Council (ISD), the umbrella organization of the services sector in Indonesia. Prior to his leadership role in ISD, he was Country Director and President Director of PT Emerson Indonesia, part of Emerson Electric USA, one of the American Fortune 500 technology companies, which is also listed as one the World's Most Admired Companies in the Electronic Industry according to the Fortune Magazine.

Mr. Taufikurrahman is also well known for his expertise in Oil and Gas sectors and Energy infrastructure, which was mostly obtained during his professional working experiences with some leading Oil & Gas and Energy companies including Shell (Royal Dutch Shell), Premier Oil, and Pertamina, while his expertise in financial services and public sector management was obtained during his working experience with the World Bank and the Ministry of Finance Republic of Indonesia.

Mr. Taufikurrahman is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CA (Chartered Accountant), and member of the Indonesian Institute of Accountants (IAI) and the Indonesian Institute of Public Accountants (IAPI). He obtained his first degree in Accounting from the State College of Accountancy (STAN) through Government Scholarship Program. He is also a Cum Laude Graduate from the University of Indonesia (UI) in Economics/Accounting, and reached his Master Degree in Management Accounting from the Universitas Indonesia (UI) through Premier Oil Scholarship.

Teaotia Rita

Rita Teaotia

Commerce Secretary
Ministry Of Commerce & IndustryIndia

​Ms. Rita Teaotia joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1981 and served in the Districts of Panchmahal and Gandhinagar in Gujarat. Subsequently, she worked in the energy sector as MD, Gujarat Industries Power Company Ltd., and Secretary (Energy). She has worked extensively at policy making and strategic levels in the fields of Education, Health, Women's Development and Rural Development.

From 2003 to 2007, she worked as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare focusing on Food Safety, Drugs Control Administration and National Disease Control Programmes.

From March 2012 to June 2015, she worked in the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology in the areas of e-Governance, and Telecommunications Policy. In this capacity, she has worked on standards and manufacturing, promoting telecom products, telecom information policy and revival telecom Public Sector.

Ms. Rita Teaotia joined as Commerce Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry w.e.f. 1st July 2015.

Tekinarslan Mehmet

Mehmet Tekinarslan

Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior

​After serving as District Governor, Deputy Governor, Chief Civil Inspector, Counsellor (Ministry of Labor and Social Security), Director of Strategy Development (Ministry of Labor and Social Security) and Head of the State Personnel Presidency (Prime Ministry) respectively, Dr. Tekinarslan was promoted to the rank of Governor in 2012 and served as governor of the province Aðrý. H.E. Tekinarslan was appointed as Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Interior in March 2015.

Tong Kurt W.

Kurt W. Tong

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
Department of Statethe United States of America

Kurt W. Tong is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He is currently serving as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs.  Before joining the Bureau, Mr. Tong served as Economic Coordinator in the State Department's Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Mr. Tong has served overseas in the U.S. Embassies in Manila, Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul. Most recently, he held the position of Director for Korean Affairs at the Department of State. Prior to that, he was Director for Asian Economic Affairs at the National Security Council. Mr. Tong was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of Economics.

He holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

Tunya Bonney

Bonney Tunya

CNBC Africa

Mr. Bonney Tunya is CNBC Africa's (East Africa) Anchor. He has a wealth of experience moderating high-level financial and economic debates, such as the World Economic Forum – 'Road to Davos' Debates and presenting real-time African financial news. He is known to provide actionable market information, insightful and solution-seeking interviews and well researched features through CNBC Africa, which broadcasts to 48 countries across the African continent.

Prior to joining CNBC Africa, Bonney served as the business and general news anchor with the Kenya Television Network (KTN), hosting two daily television news shows. Before KTN, he was a rapporteur and content generator for the Picha Mtaani – UNDP project, in addition to hosting and producing the "Wednesday Night Live" show. Together with his work at CNBC Africa, Bonney also contributes to Forbes Africa magazine.

Bonney studied Journalism at the United States International University (USIU) Kenya, and is an alumni of the Reuters News Foundation, The Global Short Film Project and the African Media Initiative.

Valovaya Tatyana

Tatyana Valovaya

Minister of Integration and Macroeconomic Policy
Eurasian Economic Commission

​Ms. Tatyana Valovaya has devoted her life to the discussion of economic policy between the Russian Federation and its many global trading and economic partners. She has worked in the Executive Office of the Government of the Russian Federation as Deputy Director and subsequently Director of the International Cooperation Department, and in February 2012 she was appointed Member of the Eurasian Economic Commission Board (Minister) in charge of Development of Integration and Macroeconomics. Since her involvement with the EEC Board, she has played a pivotal role in furthering the advocacy for an open dialogue of trade and implementation of macroeconomic policy. Ms. Tatyana Valovaya is a graduate from the Moscow Finance Institute, international economic relations faculty.

van der Kamp Maarten

Maarten van der Kamp

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Cranfield University, United Kingdom

Dr. Maarten van der Kamp is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Cranfield University School of Management. He is also the Founder of Value in Enterprise, a consultancy helping organisations innovate for a more sustainable society. It is his mission to develop entrepreneurs that are equipped to respond to current and emerging environmental and social challenges to create a more sustainable society. Dr. van der Kamp's research is focussed on the management of sustainability in the production and consumption of certified goods, and the practices of entrepreneurship for social change.

Wali Bachir M.

Bachir M. Wali

Acting Managing Director
Nigerian Export-Import Bank

​Mr. Wali attended Ahmadu Bello University and graduated with Bachelor of Law (LL.B, Hons) in 1979 and obtained LL.M from the University of Essex in 1985. In 1987, he joined Afribank Nigeria Limited as a Manager, and rose through the ranks to the grade of General Manager. In August 2009, he was appointed as Executive Director in NEXIM. Since February 2016, he is Acting Managing Director/CEO of NEXIM and in this capacity he is the Honorary President of G-NEXID. 

Wheeler Elizabeth

Elizabeth Wheeler

Chief Executive Officer
Micato Safaris East Africa

​Elizabeth (Liz) Wheeler is the Chief Executive Officer of Micato Safaris East Africa. She has been in the tourism industry for over 23 years, specializing in third-world and emerging destinations, and has worked in over 80 countries. Ms. Wheeler joined Micato Safaris in 1997 as Senior Director of Field Operations overseeing product delivery and service standards in East Africa, Southern Africa, and India. As Chief Operating Officer, her oversight expanded to development of new product and marketing initiatives for presentation to the luxury market. During her tenure Micato Safaris has won numerous industry awards, including being named Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Tour and Safari Operator a record 9 times. Ms. Wheeler is currently President of the American Chamber of Commerce Kenya, and Chairman of its Tourism Committee. She is a founding member of the Nairobi Overseas Security Advisory Council.

Yacoub Atef Amin

Atef Amin Yacoub

Consumer Protection AgencyEgypt

​Prior to his present post, Mr. Yacoub was Senior Advisor to the Minster of Supply and Internal Trade, to the Minister of Transport, to the Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Ministry of Environmental Affairs and the Ministry of the Interior Affairs, and Head of the Inspection Department of the Ministry of Environmental.

Mr Yacoub participated in the drafting, amending, and implementation of existing legislations on environmental protection, public transportation and consumer protection. Mr Yacoub lectures on various environmental inspection, consumer protection law enforcement, governmental administration and other related topics.