Lord Marland is Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He retired as the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy and Chairman of the Business Ambassador Networkat 1 January 2014.
He is the former Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council and was Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2010 and subsequently for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Lord Marland was one of the founding directors of Jardine Lloyd Thompson plc, a multinational insurance business and also founded the Jubilee insurance company.
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He is Chairman of Tickets for Troops and the Churchill Centre, President of The Commonwealth Youth Orchestra and Choir, Trustee of Peggy Guggenheim (UK) and Atlantic Partnership and Patron of Salisbury and South Wiltshire Cricket.
The Rt Hon Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP served as Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from September 2012 until July 2016 where his responsibilities included the Commonwealth, North America, Latin America (including: Dominican Republic, Haiti and Cuba), The Falklands, Asia Pacific, South Asia (excluding Pakistan), public diplomacy, Olympics legacy and the GREAT campaign, economic and commercial diplomacy (including Islamic finance and science and innovation) and drugs and international crime. He served as Minister of State for Northern Ireland from May 2010 until September 2012. Sir Hugo was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for East Devon in June 2001. Before going into politics, he served in the Grenadier Guards, was a financial consultant, Head of Development for the National Gallery and a Director of Sotheby’s.
Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the 14th and current Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria was born on June 14, 1963. Ambode is an Accountant, Administrator and a Scholar.
He graduated from the University of Lagos with Bachelor and Master degrees in Accounting. He is a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow and an alumnus of Wharton Business School. He also attended courses at the Cranfield school of Management, England; Institute of Management Development (IMD), Lausanne, Switzerland; INSEAD, Singapore and the Harvard Kennedy school of Government, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
He had an illustrious career for 27 years with the Lagos State Civil Service, reaching the position of State Accountant General before retiring in 2012 into private practice and subsequently contested as the Governor of Lagos State.
Since assumption of Office as Governor of Lagos State in May 2015, Mr Ambode has Swung into action to implement his campaign promises of delivering “a clean, safe and prosperous Lagos State”
Oliver Everett is Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. Prior to this, he was a Partner with NewMarket Partners, a situational management firm specialising in transforming businesses facing challenging situations. With operational, Board and strategy experience, Oliver has led turnarounds and given pragmatic and outcome focused advice to many Companies.
A Sloan Fellow at London Business School and a graduate of Liverpool University his experience includes distribution, engineering, contracting, leisure, restaurant, fashion and automotive as well as new venture start-ups across a number of fields.
Starting his career in the Royal Navy, he worked for Renault then Lotus Cars and the Marshall of Cambridge Group. Before joining NewMarket, he was an advisor and Non-Executive Director as well as running his own companies. He was Chairman of an engineering Company operating in the Marine and Utility sectors until December 2012.
Chibuike Achigbu is the CEO of Chimons Group, a diversified portfolio of companies operating in the Construction, Oil & Gas Industries in Nigeria. Achigbu is also the chairman of the board of Solberg Nigeria Ltd, an engineering company in Nigeria, with interests in road and housing construction. Achigbu has served on different Boards in the government of Imo State Nigeria, a confirmation of his astuteness and entrepreneurial commitment to creating an empowering Nigerian system.
Achigbu studied at Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Nigeria where he graduated as the best Petroleum Engineering student in his graduating year.
An alumnus of Harvard Business School, Achigbu is a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers and a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award of FUTO Nigeria. He was a panellist on Entrepreneurship session of the 12th African Business Conference, Harvard Business School, February 2010.
Mohamed Amersi is CEO and co-founder of Emergent Telecom Ventures, an Emerging Markets Consulting, Advisory and Asset Management firm specialising in Telecoms, Media & Technology. Prior to co-founding Emergent Telecom Ventures, Mr. Amersi ran Gramercy Communications Partners, a communications merchant bank, based in the United States that he co-founded with Telefonica. Prior to cofounding Gramercy, Mr. Amersi was one of Europe’s leading Corporate Finance and M&A lawyers.
From 1997 until 2002, Mr. Amersi was a senior advisor to Telefonica and led a number of their strategic initiatives in South America and Europe and from 2008 until 2013, Mr. Amersi was a senior advisor to the TeliaSonera Group and led all of their M&A and strategic initiatives including the IPO of Kcell and Megafon and unlocking, in the process, in excess of $5billion in value.
Previously, Mr. Amersi has been a member of the Board of Rothschild Middle-East, Rothschild’s European Advisory Council, Motorola entities, Megafon and has chaired the Board of Mi-Fone.
Presently, Mr. Amersi and Emergent have been lead Advisors and Partners to a number of Emerging Market Telecoms Operators in Russia, Central Asia, Middle- East, Africa and Emerging Asia on significant M&A initiatives and license purchases. Likewise, on the principal side, Emergent has successfully acquired, managed and exited from a number of Emerging Markets Telecom assets.
The Amersi Foundation was incorporated in 2012 and has actively supported causes and charities in Education, Poverty and Religion in Africa and Asia.
Inclusive Ventures focuses on social impact investments in Africa & Asia.
Mr. Amersi has been a featured speaker at various forums including the Milken Institute, Super Returns, Doing Business in Africa and TMT Finance on topics relating to telecoms, internet, media, private equity, venture capital, social impact and international corporate finance.
Chandrajit Banerjee is the Director General of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
Mr Banerjee has been with the CII for over 27 years and has been the Director General, CII since May 2008.
Mr Banerjee is a Post-Graduate (MS) in Economics with specialisation on Economics of Planning and Econometrics from the University of Calcutta. Earlier, he did his Graduation from St. Xavier’s College (Calcutta) in Economics (Hons).
As Director General, he is responsible for overall operations of CII.
Prior to his appointment as Director General, he held several senior positions in CII.
Mr Banerjee has been responsible for important areas of work including the Sectoral Verticals – Manufacturing, Services, Agriculture and Life Sciences Sectors and the SMEs. He has led key policy work of CII in the areas of Economic Policy, Financial Services and Corporate Governance (he was also the First Executive Director of the National Foundation of Corporate Governance -NFCG, an organization set up by the Ministry of Company Affairs, Government of India). He continues to be in the Board of Trustees and Governing Council of NFCG as a Member.
Earlier Mr Banerjee has served as Head of CII’s regional operations in the Northern, Southern and Western Regions.
Over the years Mr. Banerjee has worked out of the CII-Headquarters in New Delhi for several years and has also been based at Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Chandigarh and Ahmedabad. He was also in Bangalore to initiate the Centre of Excellence of the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA), which is a state-of-the-art centre for training, conventions and trade fairs.
Mr Banerjee is in various advisory committees of the Government of India. He is the Co-chairman of the Governing Council, Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre (OIFC), a not for profit public private initiative of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) and CII, established in 2007. He is a Member of the World Economic Forum’ s Global Agenda Council on India. Mr Banerjee is a Member of the Chief Minister’s Advisory Council, Madhya Pradesh and also a Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ranchi.
Mr Banerjee has been honored with the China-India Friendship Award by the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao for his contributions towards the development of bilateral ties between India and China.
Mr Banerjee is also the Secretariat for several bilateral CEOs Forums. These include Forums with Australia, France, Russia, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa among others.
With 64 offices, including 9 Centres of Excellence, in India, and 7 overseas offices in Australia, China, Egypt, France, Singapore, UK, and USA, as well as institutional partnerships with 300 counterpart organizations in 106 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.
Multi-disciplined executive with a broad range of international market entry experience including mergers, acquisitions and listings. Having travelled extensively on a global basis he has dealt with numerous hands-on international trade and finance scenarios, specializing in infrastructure solutions.
Philip joined JCB in 2002 to bring the Chinese market into JCB’s global strategy. Currently based in London covering international diplomatic liaison, with particular emphasis on India and Global account relations. He is a Director of the UK India Business Council, China-Britain Business Council. He also sits on the UK Gov Asia task force and the ASEAN Task Force.
Mr Brown has over 20 years of experience in the diamond industry where he has gained a wealth of experience across all aspects of the Diamond Industry throughout the diamond pipeline from exploration to selling and marketing of diamonds. In 2006, Mr Brown was appointed as the De Beers Group CFO – a position he held for over five years – and in 2010 Mr Brown was appointed Joint Acting CEO to run De Beers’s global activities in tandem with his CFO duties.
Mr Brown has an enviable track record of leading business transformation to develop lean, agile and high performing organisations.
Mr Brown holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (BCompt) from the University of South Africa (UNISA) and is a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Tom Burns is a Partner at Brunswick, the leading critical communications firm. Tom has extensive experience of financial and corporate communications and has advised a range of international companies on their communications in high profile and sensitive situations, including takeovers, capital raisings, IPOs, crises and litigation.
Before joining Brunswick in 2004, Tom worked in a number of policy and communications roles in the public, private and voluntary sectors. He previously handled international affairs for the Association of British Insurers (ABI), responsible for international public policy and regulatory issues. Tom read Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Mr. Binod Chaudhary is the President of Chaudhary Group (CG Corp Global); a multinational conglomerate with a prolific history of more than 140 years with a portfolio of 122 companies spread over 5 continents and 30 countries and 76 renowned brands in the global market.
He has gone on to become a global player in FMCG as the man behind ‘Wai Wai’ noodles, the most iconic brand from CG, which has earned him the sobriquet the “Noodle King” worldwide. Thanks to Wai Wai, he has 2% shares of the world’s noodles market.
Binod Chaudhary is proof that success is possible in a landlocked, developing country like Nepal. The Chaudhary Group’s assets include a controlling stake in Nepal’s largest private sector commercial bank (Nabil Bank) and a string of hotels and JVs with Taj (Tata Group), Alila, Fern and The Farm at San Benito in Asia to name a few prominent brands.
Last year, CG diversified into telecom when it bought out ST Telecom, a rural telecom operator in Nepal. His other business interests include Electronics, Hospitality, Infrastructure, Education, and Realty among the 15 business verticals he runs within CG.
The zeal and passion towards growing his businesses despite various challenges in developing countries is his intrinsic strength.
And, contrary to popular perception, he has proved that an entrepreneur can do business in Nepal and still emerge as a billionaire — in fact the only one listed by Forbes — from the Himalayan republic.
Mr. Chaudhary is also regarded as a leading philanthropist with his initiatives in starting Nepal Social Business and for his contribution of 10,000 shelter homes and 100 schools during the April 2015 earthquake catastrophe.
He is an avid trekker and a fitness enthusiast.
Catherine joined Prudential in March 2013. Her responsibilities include managing Government Relations across Asia and Africa, working closely with teams in the business units across the 14 markets in Asia and two in Africa, plus the regional head offices for both. She supports the CEOs in delivering business strategies across both existing and potential markets by building relationships across government, regulatory, think tank, membership and policy communities.
She also has expertise in UK and international government and policy, in campaigning and thought leadership development, events planning and project management.
Previously, Catherine was Deputy Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, a global civil society organisation running education programmes, advocacy campaigns, events and research on issues of importance across the 53 Commonwealth countries. Before moving into the non-profit sector, Catherine was in Executive Search, first working for Odgers on senior civil servant appointments and latterly building a Corporate Affairs specialist consultancy.
Catherine studied Modern Languages and History at Magdalen College Oxford and is a trustee of the Access Project in London.
Previously Managing Director for Energy at Xyntéo, Ann joined Rolls-Royce in August 2013 where she is responsible for the International team and Global Government Relations.
Ann spent the first 20 years of her career working for Shell International, holding various executive positions, latterly running Shell’s global internal consultancy B2B team and the European Fleet Fuel Cards business.
Ann then managed change across government from the Department for Trade and Industry, as Managing Director in the UK’s Small Business Service. More recently, she was Chief Executive of a biofuel joint venture 50 per cent owned by BP. Ann serves as Non-Executive Director of the UK government’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office Audit and Risk Committee, and is also a Council Member, and the former Chair, of the British Institute of Energy Economics.
Ann holds an MA in modern languages from Edinburgh University and a post-graduate Diploma in Russian from Strathclyde University.
Lynton Crosby is an esteemed campaign strategist and Co-Founder of the C|T group – which delivers powerful, targeted solutions built on the foundation of research and insights into the highest levels of business, capital markets, government, bureaucracy and the media.
Lynton’s intuitive sense of delivering results has been finely honed through years of providing high-level advice to Prime Ministers, Premiers, Opposition Leaders and Leaders of Business.
In 1998 and 2001, Lynton successfully pioneered the campaign for Australian Prime Minister John Howard.
In the 2008 London Mayoral elections, Lynton masterminded the campaign that saw Boris Johnson beat the Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone against the odds.
In 2012 he repeated this success for Boris Johnson, bucking the Conservative Party’s national trend and securing him a further term.
In the 2015 UK General Election, Lynton steered the Conservative Party to a historic victory. He took the party from a 12 point deficit, to a near 7 point lead – returning, for the first time since 1955, a Conservative Government with an increased share of the vote.
After obtaining his membership of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London) in 1984, Dr. El Dukair opened the El Dukair Medical Center in Riyadh, a Poly clinic specialising in the provision of Obstetrics and Gynaecology services. The Clinic later expanded to provide several other specialities. Dr El Dukair’s business interests later diversified. He opened the first Women Fitness Centres in Riyadh and established a medical equipment supplies and maintenance business which represented a raft of international medical equipment manufacturers.
In the late 1980s, Dr. El Dukair moved into the provision of hospital management services, providing clinical and non-clinical services to the Ministry of Health. A Construction operation was added to the Group’s activities, where a Total Turn Key Solution was offered, encompassing the design and construction of hospitals, equipping them and eventually operating them.
In 1998, Dr. El Dukair was appointed as a Senior Advisor to the main Board of InterHealth Canada Limited, Canada’s premier international provider of healthcare services. He has represented the company throughout the Developing World and particularly through the company’s membership and leading role in the Commonwealth Business Council.
Since 2005, he has worked on developing Public Private Partnership (PPP) solutions to meet the healthcare needs of developing countries. This model enables the integration of the requirements for Financing new Healthcare infrastructure and the provision of clinical services and facilities management services within a single integrated contract. Amongst other benefits, the main one being the introduction of efficiency and value for money into the healthcare economy, such an integrated outsourcing scheme relieves the client government from the interface problems which arise where a number of different contractors are involved in the same project.
One of the first such solutions was demonstrated in the contract for the new hospitals in the Turks & Caicos Islands signed in 2008 between the Island’s Government and InterHealth Canada. Under this scheme two new hospitals were financed, designed, built, equipped, staffed and commissioned on time and to budget and have now been operated by InterHealth Canada successfully since the Spring of 2010.
The first Hospital PPP project in Poland was awarded to InterHealth Canada , a 30 years Concession .
Dr. El Dukair has also played an important role in developments in Eastern Europe and particularly in Poland where that country’s first Healthcare Public Private Partnership Agreement was signed with InterHealth Canada in September of this year.
He is now actively engaged in discussions with other developing Eastern European and African countries which have expressed interest in pursuing similar solutions to the budgetary and administrative challenges which they face in bringing their healthcare provision up to 21st century standards.
Dr. El Dukair is a keen and forceful proponent of the principles that, through innovation, technology and financial solutions, the active participation of the private sector, the benefits of modern medicine can and must be brought to assist governments in achieving better standards of healthcare provision for their populations.
Mr. Udom Emmanuel is the current Governor of Akwa Ibom State. He was born on July11, 1966. He is an Accountant by profession and a prominent Financial Services expert.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree (Honours) in Accounting from the University of Lagos and a Masters degree in Corporate Governance from the Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.
Mr. Emmanuel has attended several Executive Management courses including: The Advanced Management Program INSEAD-France, the Advanced Leadership Management Programme of the London Business School; Leadership and Strategy courses in Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, (New York), the Wharton Business School (Pennsylvania-USA). He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA); Fellow, Institute of Financial Management of Nigeria; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM) as well as Associate Member Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACIT),
He is one of the definitional figures in Nigeria’s financial sector and Africa. He served as a Non-Executive Director, Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), Director, Nigerian-Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBBS). He had an outstanding career in Zenith
Bank where he served in many management and Non-Executive Director positions in Nigeria, The United kingdom, The Gambia and Sierra Leone, until his elevation to the position of Executive Director. His areas of expertise include Corporate Governance, Financial Advisory Services and Control. He was a much sought after guest on CNBC Africa where he brought his analytical skills to bear on economy and corporate governance.
He was appointed Secretary to the Akwa Ibom State Government in July 2013, from where he successfully contested for the office of Governor of the state, and was inaugurated on May 29, 2015.
Since assumption of office, he has brought innovation in the implementation of his core campaign promises predicated on the rapid industrialization of the State, and this has earned him accolades all over the country. He was voted one of “The Most Outstanding Governor” by The Nation Newspaper, a leading newspaper in Nigeria in May 2015.
Ruth is the Sales Director of De La Rue Currency at De La Rue plc, the FTSE250 market leader in the supply of banknotes and related security services to Central Banks worldwide. Ruth reports to the Managing Director, Currency. For Year ending 29th March 2014 De La Rue’s annual revenues were £513.3m with operating profits of £71.8m.
Since joining De La Rue in 1994 as a graduate trainee, Ruth has worked in a number of roles in Product Management, Sales & Marketing, HR and Operations. Prior to her current role, she was Managing Director of De La Rue Holographics, Change Director for the Group, and prior to that, Area Sales Director responsible for Latin America & the Caribbean. Ruth has held a number of posts overseas, working and living in Malaysia, Colombia, Mexico and Spain and has worked in all international areas where De La Rue operates, including Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.
Ruth sits on the Board of the Caribbean Council as a Non-Executive Director. She has completed Change Management and Sales Leadership Executive programmes at Henley and Cranfield Business Schools, and has an honours degree in Hispanic Studies from Liverpool University. She is married with one daughter.
Ministry Of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Malaysia
Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria is the Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Prior to this appointment, she was the Deputy Secretary-General (Trade) of MITI, providing oversight for the formulation and implementation of Malaysia’s international trade policies and positions.
She began her career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service in 1981 and served in various capacities in the then Ministry of Trade and Industry. In 1988, she was seconded to the ASEAN Plant Quarantine and Training Centre as its Chief Administration and Procurement Officer.
Rebecca has been involved extensively in ASEAN. In 2006, she chaired the ASEAN Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM). Currently, she is the Chair of the ASEAN High Level Task Force for Economic Integration.
She is also the Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Council, South East Asia.
She is a graduate of the University of Malaya with a B.A. (Hons) in English Literature. She received a Diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN), Malaysia in 1981. She also has an M.S. (Counselling) from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia (now known as Universiti Putra Malaysia). After receiving her Ph.D from the University of Georgia in Athens, U.S.A., Rebecca was awarded the Malcolm Knowles Award for the best Ph.D dissertation in the field of Human Resource Development by the American Academy of Human Resource Development in 2000.
She is a trustee for the MyKasih Foundation; and a member of the Board of Directors of the Emmaus Counselling Centre.
Thuso is the Managing Director of DataNet Lesotho (PTY) Ltd; a sister company in the Nybsys group. Nybsys is a technology company that has offices in Australia, Bangladesh, Lesotho, Singapore, South Africa and Swaziland. Product offerings of Nybsys are in the Public sector (education, agriculture, finance management, health systems, social security, etc.), Enterprise sector (Enterprise Resource Planning Solutions, GPS tracking and other customized solutions) and SME and Consumer sector (customer oriented solutions such as hosted services and security solutions).
Thuso serves on a number of boards including Ts’epong (PTY) Ltd that is a partner of the Government of Lesotho’s in the PPP project that developed the Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital. He is also on the Board of the Institute of Development Management (IDM); an entity whose shareholders are the governments of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland. He is the Secretary of Mohloli Chamber of Business whose functional arm (D10 Investments (PTY) Ltd) holds a stake in Ts’epong.
Thuso has stared and managed a number of companies over the years that include, telephone taxi services, forex trading, sand mining, mobile telecommunications services, etc.
Thuso is also a shareholder and chairman of the board of Sechaba Consultants (PTY) Ltd, a company that has over 30 years experience in consulting services in the SADC region. Through Sechaba Consultants, Thuso has accumulated more than 25 years of consulting experience. As a result he gained extensive knowledge and understanding of socio-economic conditions in Lesotho and the SADC region.
Thuso is a Rotarian at Maloti Maseru Rotary Club where he is the director of membership.
David is CEO of Hyperion, the world’s largest employee-owned insurance group with divisions in broking and underwriting under the Howden, RKH and DUAL brands. He also oversees the activities of the Group’s international broking network as CEO of Howden International.
Since he founded Hyperion in 1994 David has been the driving force behind its expansion. His focus is on building the Group’s enviable international distribution network, as well as shaping and implementing its development and direction. David has grown the business from three people in a small office in London, to what is today a global group with over 3,000 people in 37 countries across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, the USA, and Latin America.
Hyperion featured in the 2015 Sunday Times International Track as one of the UK’s private companies with the fastest growing international sales for the fourth year running. Over the past five years the Group’s growth has been phenomenal, with a compound annual growth rate of 33%.
David has over 30 years’ experience in the Lloyd’s and London overseas markets, having started his career as an insurance broker at Alexander Howden in 1981.
Global Lead Diplomatic Missions, The Commonwealth & Innovation Lead International Public Sector
Vodafone Global Enterprise
Celvyn has worked with Governments around the world for many years. He has held roles with multinational technology companies such as SCC & Motorola.
Celvyn joined Vodafone Global Enterprise in 2014 and is the Global lead for Diplomatic Missions & the Commonwealth. Much of his time is spent working with and helping Governments around the world make best use of communications technology. Providing solutions to keep Diplomatic staff, Government officials, assets, buildings and citizens connected.
Celvyn is part of Vodafone’s Innovation programme and leads Innovation for Government. Using ‘design thinking’ methodology he helps Governments and NGO’s find better ways of working by Investigating topics such as the digital economy, the Internet of things, employee engagement, smart cities, future technologies & connected women.
For the past 17 years Celvyn has worked voluntarily for Cheshire Police and now holds the position of Chief Officer within Cheshire Special Constabulary, leading a team of 450 voluntary warranted Police Officer’s. All of whom bring outside skills into the Police service and play a huge role in keeping the people or Cheshire safe. The experiences and skills from this role Celvyn uses to keep himself grounded.
Celvyn holds a Fellowship with the Chartered Management Institute.
Minster for Economic Development, Planning, Trade, Cooperatives & International Business
Government of Grenada
Mr. Oliver Joseph joined the Grenada Public Service in 1982.
He served in various positions including Director of Trade in 1999 and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs from August 2006 to 2009.
He was an adjunct Lecturer in Economics at the T.A Marryshow Community College and Tutor at the University of the West-Indies Open Campus (2003-2008).
On the 1st of November 2009 he was seconded to the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) as Integration Specialist.
Mr. Joseph holds a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Management, Diploma in Trade Policy and a Masters Degree in International Trade. He has also received specialized training in Trade Negotiations. He brings a wealth of experience in the field of Public Policy.
Minister Joseph was elected a Member of Parliament on the 19th February, 2013. He holds the portfolios of Minister for Economic Development, Planning, Trade, Co-operatives and International Business.
Manoj worked as Communications Director for the Narendra Modi for Prime Minister campaign. Manoj headed the campaign’s Research, Analysis, and Messaging team in New Delhi working closely with the top BJP leadership to coordinate the national communications strategy.
Manoj is the founder and chief executive of the MLS Chase Group. He has interests in India focused advisory services, corporate affairs, online and print publishing, and corporate events.
Manoj divides his time between his businesses and pursuing charitable and political interests in the UK and India. Manoj’s specialist areas are structuring international ventures and resolving complex disputes. He is a recognised expert on foreign direct investments into India.
In 2010 he founded India Inc www.indiaincorporated.com a media organisation which includes brands such as the India Investment Journal and India Investment Conclaves. Manoj was also a founder of Saffron Chase, a government relations and corporate communications consultancy which merged with his MLS Chase Group in 2012.
In 2003 Manoj established the London office of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce. Manoj has served on various trade promotion committees, including those of UKTI and London Chamber of Commerce.
He is an accomplished media commentator and is frequently invited to speak at conferences. Manoj has authored over 100 articles and publications. He writes a popular weekly blog called “Globally Speaking” and is active on Twitter@manojladwa.
Manoj has been a member of the Labour Party since 1993. He is the chairman of the Labour Community Engagement Forum www.indians4labour.org and campaigns actively within the Labour Party and outside on various community issues and strives for better political representation for people of Indian origin in the UK.
He is a founder member and was the first President of National Hindu Students Forum UK. Manoj is founder Trustee of volunteering charity SEWA Day. Other charitable interests include supporting the David Shepperd Wildlife Foundation and anti human trafficking causes.
Manoj is a graduate of the London School of Economics. He is dual qualified as an English solicitor (non practising) and Indian advocate.
Deodat Maharaj, Deputy Secretary-General (Economic and Social Development) at the Commonwealth Secretariat, is a national of Trinidad and Tobago with over 20 years’ experience working on development at the national, regional and international levels. His most recent assignments have been at the United Nations Development Programme in New York since January 2008 where he headed the Afghanistan Division at UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific in New York from May 2012 – February 2014. Afghanistan is UNDP’s largest programme globally. His prior posts were Chief of Staff of UNDP’s Regional Programme for Asia and the Pacific from August 2010 – April 2012 and Chief of UNDP’s Regional Programme in Asia and the Pacific over the period January 2008 – July 2010.
Mr Maharaj also headed UNDP’s Caribbean Sub Regional Resource Facility based in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago before moving to New York. He has also served with UNDP in Tanzania, Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago over the period 1992 – 1997. At the regional level, Mr. Maharaj served with the Caribbean Development Bank in Bridgetown, Barbados from June 2008 – August 2001. He also headed the Secretariat to the Ministerial Council on Social Development in his native Trinidad and Tobago. Mr Maharaj holds an MSc in International Affairs from Florida State University, USA; first degrees in Government (University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago) and Law (London University, UK); and a post-graduate diploma in International Affairs from the University of West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
Varun Maharaj brings to the Trinidad and Tobago IFC, an outstanding track record of over twenty years’ experience as a senior executive in commercial banking, merchant banking, development banking, wealth management and fund management. He is leading the company in its development of the financial services sector for Trinidad and Tobago, both in the sphere of Business Process Outsourcing as well as the development of the Capital Markets sector. He drives the company’s strategic vision and direction and ensures the building of the company’s reputation. He is a Chartered Investment Manager, a Chartered Global Management Accountant, a Certified Public Accountant, with an M.Sc. in Finance from the Florida International University and an LLB from the University of London.
Phyllis Muscat is the Head of Taskforce of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) which will be held in Malta in 2015. As host of CHOGM 2015, the Government of Malta has appointed Ms. Muscat to coordinate the administrative and logistical arrangements. She is also a member of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) Advisory Board.
In addition to heading the CHOGM 2015 Taskforce, Ms. Muscat serves as Chairperson for the Coordinating Board for Cultural Projects (CBCP) which includes the development of the first Maltese International Contemporary Art Space.
An entrepreneur who set up several businesses within the health and wellness sector, Ms. Muscat was also the first woman to be appointed Chairperson of a media group; One Productions Ltd. She is involved in civil society, having co-founded the European Confederation of Professional Beauticians and Cosmeticians (CEPEC) and the Malta Association of Beauty-Therapists (MABT). Ms. Muscat also served on the executive committee of the Maltese-American Chamber of Commerce, the Malta Association of Women in Business and Action for Breast Cancer Foundation. Before venturing into the business world, Ms. Muscat completed her studies in nursing and worked as a state-registered theatre nurse at St. Lukes Hospital. She is also a mother of two, Michaela and John.
Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha was elected as Member of Parliament in May, 2014 and subsequently appointed as Minister of Industry and Trade in June, 2014.
Prior to becoming a Member of Parliament, Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha had served in various capacities in the financial sector before being appointed Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer for Continental Discount House Limited in February, 2005. In March 2007, he was appointed Managing Director of Malawi Savings Bank which is the third largest Commercial Bank in Malawi. This appointment culminated into him being seconded as Secretary to the Treasury in the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.
During that period, he successfully, chaired the Task Force of Permanent Secretaries in the Eastern and Southern Africa Anti-Money Laundering Group (ESAAMLG). He also successfully chaired the African Union (AU) Group of Permanent Secretaries and also served as Alternate Governor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and ex-officio Board Member for almost all Government parastatal organizations and statutory corporations by virtue of being Secretary to the Treasury. Academically, he holds a Master of Arts Degree in Economics (Monetary Economics) from the University of Malawi and has attained numerous professional qualifications in areas of Treasury Management, Securities Trading, Asset and Liability Management, Leadership, and Negotiations.
Sam has vast experience in international aviation & global logistics gained from nearly two decades in the global airline industry. He was Country Manager (Cameroun) for Kenya Airways/KLM where he led the turnaround of the business by reopening the operations, increasing capacity and revenue by multiple folds, thereby gaining #1 market share for the airline in the country. Following his success in Cameroun, he became Regional Director over Central Africa. In 2007, he was appointed Area Vice President (Europe & USA), based in London, where he was responsible for managing revenues of over $300 million and represented the airline on the SkyTeam Alliance board. Sam holds a BA in History & International Relations from Lagos State University and has attended various executive management programs at Université de Paris, Harvard Business School and Columbia Business School. Besides English, Sam is fluent in French and has a working knowledge of Spanish.
Mr. Greg U. Ogbeifun is the Chairman/CEO of Starzs Investments Company Limited, a marine logistics company whose activities include: ownership, operation and maintenance of vessels and the Managing Director/CEO of Starzs Marine and Engineering Limited, the only privately owned indigenous ship repair yard in Nigeria in operation since the year 2000.
He is a qualified Marine Engineer with First Class (Combined) Certificate of Competency, a member of the British Society of Marine Consultants and Ship Surveyors, the American Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Institute of Directors as well as the President of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN).
Mr. Ogbeifun has served in several Shipping and Maritime related committees set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria and was bestowed with the Immense Contribution to Manpower Development in the Maritime Industry Award at the 2006 Convocation Ceremony of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Nigeria.
Richard Pattle joined the Royal Air Force as a University Cadet in 1989, training as a pilot with Southampton University Air Squadron. On graduation, he commenced initial officer training at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell, before completing fast-jet pilot lead-in training in the UK. After serving in Belize, he specialized in helicopters, undergoing basic and advanced rotary training at RAF Shawbury, before posting to the Puma helicopter in the combat role.
Richard carried out flying duties in Northern Ireland for three years, before posting to the Ministry of Defence in 1997 as Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Defence Staff. On promotion to squadron leader, he commanded elements of a Puma helicopter squadron, deploying worldwide on exercises and operationally to Kosovo and Iraq on peace enforcement and war-fighting duties. Following another tour in the Ministry of Defence, he was selected to become Equerry to TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall for two years. This Chief of Staff role included managing the royal programme at Clarence House, logistics, and Their Royal Highness’s engagement with military units in the UK and across other Realms.
In 2006 Richard attended the Tri-Service Advanced Command and Staff College in India for a year, before posting to the Ministry of Defence to assist the development of Royal Air Force strategy. In 2008 he retired from the military as a wing commander, and returned to Clarence House as Master of the Household. He held this position, a Chief Operating Officer role, for six years, and was responsible for the execution of Their Royal Highnesses’ programme in the UK and overseas, the running of five residences, including Clarence House and Highgrove, and all events. In particular, he led on planning for The Prince of Wales’ involvement in the London G20 meeting, the Royal Wedding, the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting. Richard was on the Board of two charities: The Prince of Wales United States Foundation and the Highgrove retail charity, AG Carrick, supporting all His Royal Highness’ core charities.
Richard joined Standard Chartered Bank in September 2014 as Vice Chairman of the Private Bank. His role is across all regions for Ultra High Net Worth families, including global philanthropy, inter-generational education (including the new Future Global Leaders’ Programme at Cambridge University) and UK/Commonwealth Trade and Investment.
He is married to Joan, an American, who recently re-trained as an NHS doctor. They live in London and have three children. When time allows, he enjoys travel and adventure, with a particular passion for India. He holds a BA in Business Studies and an MSc in Defence and Strategic Studies, and was appointed Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order in 2014.
Frederic Sicre has over 20 years of experience in engaging the private sector on global issues, regional development agendas and community building. He is a Managing Director in the Global Markets team and works with leaders from all fields, including governments, private sector, media and culture.
Prior to joining the Group, Mr. Sicre spent 16 years as Managing Director and Member of the Executive Board at the World Economic Forum where he first established the Forum’s activities in Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Sicre was made responsible for the Center for Regional Strategies, with a particular focus on global growth markets and the Annual Meeting in Davos. He also acted as the Editor of South Africa at Ten, a book celebrating the first ten years of democracy in the country.
Mr. Sicre is the Chairman of the Mustaqbali Foundation and serves on the board of Dubai Cares, Education for Employment and Junior Achievement’s MENA Board. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and a member of the World Presidents’ Organization. Mr. Sicre was a member of the United Nations Global Compact Business For Peace Steering Committee from 2013 to 2015.
Mr. Sicre holds an MBA from IMD, a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Villanova University, Philadelphia and is a fellow of Stanford University.
Mark Simmonds MP was until recently the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister with responsibility for Africa, the Caribbean and international Energy. He is now the non-executive Deputy Chairman of CWEIC. He has been the UK Member of Parliament for Boston & Skegness, since 2001 and held a number of Shadow Ministerial posts, including Education & Health. Prior to entering Parliament he was a businessman who founded and ran a successful company. Mark is married and has three children.
Paul Stennett is the Chief Executive of UKAS and also its wholly-owned subsidiary company, Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd, which assesses medical laboratories.
Paul Stennett has a background in commercial Research and Development. Following graduation from Reading University, he has worked for a number of international companies such as Mars Inc, Lafarge SA and 3i Venture Capital in positions such as European R&D Director, European Marketing Director and CEO of two R&D centres based in Germany and the UK.
Paul Stennett joined UKAS as CEO in 2003 and was appointed CEO of CPA (UK) Ltd in 2007. He is also a Member of the BIS Measurement Strategy Board and was appointed MBE in the New Year’s Honours list, 2008.
Paul Stennett was also recently awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists recognising the importance of accreditation in underpinning quality and patient safety in medical laboratories.
Glenn was called to the Johannesburg Bar in 1987 where he spent 14 years practising as an advocate specialising in general commercial and competition law, and took silk in 2002. Glenn was appointed De Beers’ first General Counsel in 2002 and was also a member of the Executive Committee. Glenn was responsible for a number of key initiatives during his tenure, including overseeing De Beers’ re-entry into the USA. Glenn joined Gem Diamonds in May 2006 and was appointed to the Board in April 2008.
Alan Yarrow has been Chairman of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) since 2009. He left Dresdner Kleinwort in December 2009, after 37 years with the group, latterly as Group Vice Chairman and Chairman of the UK Bank. Alan holds other non-executive posts as Director of Turquoise Global Holdings Ltd and as a Trustee of the Police Foundation. He is a Senior Advisor to Kleinwort Benson.
Alan Yarrow is an elected Alderman of the City of London. Having served as Sheriff of London from 2011 to 2012, he recently served as the City’s Lord Mayor from 2014 to November 2015, representing the financial services sector in the UK and overseas.
Alderman Yarrow has been Deputy Chairman of the FSA Practitioner Panel, Chairman of Kleinwort Benson Group and LIBA (now AFME), Director of Complinet, and a member of the Takeover Panel, the Council of the British Bankers Association and the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s High Level Stakeholder Group.