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Unleashing the Power of E-Commerce for Development
Monday, 18 July
16:30-18:00, KICC Amphitheatre room



 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.

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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

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Diagne Ibrahima

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.

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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.

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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