Advisory Council

All of CWEIC’s Strategic Partners have the opportunity to nominate a representative to our International Advisory Council. The Advisory Council convenes throughout the year to guide our operations, and consists of over 70 Chairs, CEOs and Managing Directors from our Strategic Partners across the Commonwealth.

Lord Marland of Odstock

Lord Marland of Odstock

Chairman

Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

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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.

He led the acquisitions of

  1. Janspeed Ltd (automotive engineering and manufacturing)
  2. Hunter Boot Ltd
  3. Insurance Capital Partners
  4. Jubilee Insurance Ltd
  5. WH Ireland Ltd (stockbroker)
  6. Wisden Cricketer Ltd
  7. and Tamara Mellon, LLC (fashion)

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.

Sir Hugo Swire KCMG MP

Deputy Chairman

CWEIC

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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.

Richard Burge

Chief Executive Officer

CWEIC

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Richard was born in Hong Kong and has spent much of his life outside the UK, having worked in over 50 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. He took up his current role as Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council in April 2017.

Richard is also currently a member of the Council of Durham University, Chair of the Council of Hatfield College, Durham, and a Commissioner to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission.

From 2009 to 2017, he was a Chief Executive at Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office which brings together leading representatives from the worlds of politics, diplomacy, academia, business, civil society, the military and the media to provide innovative thinking on global issues.

From 2005 to 2009, he was a Government Commissioner for Rural Communities and a trustee of the Commonwealth’s Iwokrama Rainforest Centre in Guyana. During this time, Richard was Strategy Director for the African Parks Foundation. He also established Beyond Carbon – a strategic science, technology and policy company.

From 2000 to 2005, he was Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, a rural campaigning organisation with 120,000 members. From 1995 to 1999, Richard was the first Director General of the Zoological Society of London responsible for the management of London Zoo, Whipsnade and Europe’s largest conservation science research centre.

Richard worked for the British Council for ten years, beginning in Nigeria with his last post as Head of Africa and Middle East Development Operations.

He read zoology at the University of Durham and was a Commonwealth Scholar at the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka.

Engr. Chibuike L. Achigbu

Chairman & Ceo

Chimons Group Nigeria

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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.

Taofik Adegbite

Chief Executive Officer

Marine Platforms Limited

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Taofik Adegbite is the Chief Executive Officer of Marine Platforms Limited, he is charged with overall responsibility of strategy formulation, performance monitoring and continuous growth of the company. Prior to his assumption of the role of Chief Executive Officer, he was the Director of Strategy and Business Development of the company.

He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Computer Science from the University of Ibadan and attended the London School of Economics for a certificate course in Strategy & Organization Management as well as Harvard Business School OPM 44. He has undergone various leadership trainings such as Institute of Directors (IOD) Advanced Company Direction Program.

Taofik started his career with Agricultural Project Monitoring & Evaluation Unit, (World Bank Project). He later proceeded to the UK where he bagged his Cisco certification and worked on contract with NHS (Hammersmith Hospital) as IT Engineer.

He is married with children.

Mr.Yusuff Ali M.A.

Chairman & Managing Director

Lulu Group International

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Educated in Business Management and Administration, Mr Yusuff Ali M A has been instrumental in transforming a one-shop retail business into a conglomerate active across the continents. Deloitte has ranked Lulu Group as the No.1 retailer in the Middle East and one of the ten fastest growing retailers globally. Mr Yusuff Ali M A is also a member of the Board of Directors, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Founder Member, Indian Business/Professional Group in UAE. He is the recipient of numerous awards including: Wessam Al Bahrain (Medal of Bahrain – Order of the King), the Kingdom’s top honour by His Majesty the King of Bahrain for contributions in serving Bahrain and its citizens. He is also a recipient of Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards and Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, the highest award given to overseas Indians by the Government of India.

HE Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State Governor

Vice President, CWEIC

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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”

Mohamed Amersi

Chairman

Inclusive Ventures Group

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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.

Farrukh Ansari

CEO

IJARA Capital Partners Limited

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Farrukh Ansari is a seasoned M&A specialist, with more than 16 years of transactional experience across a range of sectors and industries including healthcare & pharmaceuticals, chemicals, textiles, automobiles, power & energy .After gaining valuable experience from the Multi-National Bank in the fields of finance & equity management he launched the IJARA Group in 2000. Farrukh introduced IJARA’s M&A division in 2006, with successful execution of numerous transactions in Pakistan and abroad. From modest beginnings, Farrukh has transformed IJARA into a national financial powerhouse with a special position in the healthcare & pharmaceutical sector. He also played a key management role to one of Pakistan’s top-10 transnational pharma companies as an integral part of its journey since its inception to becoming the 10th largest pharma group of Pakistan in a period of 9 years which included acquisition of Organon
Pakistan (subsidiary of Akzo Nobel, Netherlands), MSD Pakistan & MSD Srilanka (subsidiary of Merck USA), Schering Plough Pakistan (subsidiary of Schering Plough, USA), Astra Zeneca, AGP & AGP Healthcare (JV of Eli Lilly in Pakistan), Johnson & Johnson.

Farrukh has also formed “IJARA Capital Partners Limited”, a Pakistani private equity firm licensed in October 2016 to undertake PE & VC Fund Management through the launch of Pakistan’s first ever locally hosted Private Equity & Venture Capital Fund (PE & VC), namely Pakistan Emerging Market Fund–I (“Fund”) worth of $100 million.

He currently serves as “Chairman” of Capital Markets & Securities Committee of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI); “Member” of Korangi Association of Trade & Industry; “Director” of Pak-Sri Lanka Business Council; “Chairman” of Banking Credit & Finance Committee of Small & Medium Enterprises Alliance (SMEA); and “Member” of Italian Development Committee (IDC).

Farrukh also serves on the Board of Directors for IJARA Group and Investee Companies:

  1. IJARA Holdings (Private) Limited
  2. IJARA Capital Partners Limited
  3. Al-Tadamon Modaraba Limited
  4. Wellinnova Life Sciences (Private) Limited

Chandrajit Banerjee

Director General

Confederation of Indian Industry

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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.

Jonathan Bewes

Vice Chairman, Corporate and Institutional Banking

Standard Chartered

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Jonathan joined Standard Chartered Bank in April 2017, as Vice Chairman, Corporate and Institutional Banking.

After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jonathan spent over 25 years as an Investment Banker, most recently with UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. In this role he focused on developing Board level relationships and providing strategic, financial and stockmarket advice to the Boards of large corporate clients. Areas of focus included mergers and acquisitions, demergers and disposals, raising finance in the equity and debt markets, capital and balance sheet structure, corporate governance, board appointments, regulatory obligations, developing investor propositions and communications with shareholders and other stakeholders.

Jonathan is an Independent Non Executive Director of Next plc, the FTSE 100 Apparel and Home retailer, where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committees. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and a Governor of Stowe School, where he chairs the Finance Committee. He is a Freeman of the City of London and a member of the Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, a City Livery Company.

He lives in London with his wife and four children.

Philip R Bouverat

Director

JCB

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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.

Stuart Brown

Chief Executive Officer

Firestone Diamonds

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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.

Eric Bush

Representative

Cayman Islands Government

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Eric Bush started his career straight out of University by joining the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service. Having achieved the Best Academic Recruit, Eric was then posted to the George Town Police Station, the Islands’ capital and headquarters for the Police.

During his years in the police, Eric served on Uniformed Patrol, the Uniform Support Group (the armed section of the RCIPS) and the Financial Crimes Unit. Eric was awarded a Commissioner’s Commendation for his work which lead to the conviction of high level government officials in another Overseas Territory.

Eric, having served a number of years on the RCIPS and reaching the rank of Sergeant, decided to venture into the private sector, first in the hospitality and hotel industry and then with the Cayman Islands’ National Flag carrier, Cayman Airways. Both where he served as Senior Manager in Human Resources.

Public Service, being deeply imbedded in Eric’s DNA, he returned to central government in the Cayman Islands as Deputy Chief Officer in the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs, specifically responsible for the uniform services.

After a number of years serving as Deputy, Eric was promoted to Chief Officer of the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs, which then became the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2013. The Ministry of Home Affairs is the largest Ministry within the Cayman Islands Government, with responsibility of over 1000 employees and 10 different departments, spanning from Police to Computer Services.

With almost 10 years serving as Deputy and Chief Officer, Eric requested a transfer to become the Cayman Islands Representative to the United Kingdom and the European Union. On July 1st, Eric, his wife Laetitia and their two children, moved to London where he started his 3 year posting. Eric’s oldest son remains in the United States where he has been attending boarding school.

Eric intends on transforming the Government Office in London, having set high goals and expectations. He has been public with the areas of focus which are to improve the relationship and create partnerships with the UK and EU; enhance the UK and European experience and create better opportunities for Caymanian students and our Diaspora; promote the Cayman Islands within the UK and Europe; create opportunities and identify synergies within the UK Civil Service for the benefit of the Cayman Islands.

Alessandra Buonfino

Head of International Development

Mishcon de Reya LLP

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Alessandra is Head of International Development for Mishcon de Reya where she is responsible for international strategy, partnerships and new business. Before joining Mishcon in April 2017, she worked for the British Government. Her most recent role was to set up and grow a new unit at the Department for International Trade and within the GREAT Britain campaign to encourage investment, trade and philanthropy from overseas high net worth families. Her work covered over 20 markets – from India to Brazil – facilitating hundreds of millions of pounds worth of trade and investment in sectors as diverse as healthcare, technology and fashion. Before this role, Alessandra was Head of Partnerships at the UK Government’s Cabinet Office, where she was responsible for strategic relations between 10 Downing street and a number of large corporates; Head of UK Government affairs at the retailer Tesco and has held a variety of leadership roles in think tanks. She studied Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Durham and has a MPhil in Development Studies and PhD in International Relations from Cambridge University.41

Tom Burns

Partner

Brunswick Group LLP

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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.

Tom Cartledge

CEO

Benoy

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Tom joined Benoy in 2013 and was appointed to the post of CEO in 2016.

Bringing his breadth of experience working with retailers, developers and investors to the firm, he is a key advisor to the business and active in exploring new sectors and developing new revenue streams.

As an integral member of the Global Board, Tom is instrumental in guiding Benoy’s corporate strategy across the world.

 

Baroness Chalker

Founder and Chairman

AML

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Baroness Lynda Chalker is the Founder and Chairman of AML. She has been a member of the Lower and Upper Houses of the UK Parliament for over forty years. Between 1986 and 1997 she was Minister of State at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, holding responsibility for Africa and the Commonwealth and for Overseas Development. Lynda was made a Life Peer in 1992. She was the first woman to be appointed an Advisory and then a Non-Executive Director of Unilever, a position she held from 1998 to 2007. Lynda is a Trustee of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (ICF), she is also an Executive Trustee of the Global Leadership Foundation (GLF), a member of the international advisory board of Lafarge Holcim and advised the World Bank on Africa for over eight years. Lynda was Chairman of the Board of the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) from 2006 to 2012. She was a Director of Ashanti Goldfields Co. Ltd from 2000-2004, and of Group Five (Pty) from 2001 to 2012. Lynda founded The Chalker foundation for Africa in 2007 which supports health and community programmes in Africa. She is Vice-President of WaterAid, Honourary Vice-President of the British Red Cross and Patron of a number of charities working in Africa, including AfriKids and Sentebale. Lynda was also the co-ordinator of Nigeria’s Honorary International Investment Council of former President’s Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan and she is a member of similar bodies in Uganda and Tanzania. In June 2014, Lynda was awarded an Honorary Citizenship from President Guebuza for services to Mozambique.

Catherine Clark

Head of International Relations, Group Government Relations

Prudential

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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.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles KCMG LVO

Group Head of Public Affairs

HSBC Holdings plc

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Sherard joined HSBC Holdings in 2013, as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive, and was appointed Group Head of Government Affairs in 2015, and Group Head of Public Affairs in June 2017.  He is also Chairman of HSBC Bank Oman SAOG, and a Director of HSBC Bank Egypt SAE.  From 2011 to 2013, he was Business Development Director, International, at BAE Systems plc.  Earlier he spent over 30 years in the British Diplomatic Service, which he joined straight from reading Classics at Oxford, finishing his career as Ambassador to Israel, Saudi Arabia and then Afghanistan.

Sherard is Chairman of the UK Financial Inclusion Commission; a member of the Financial Inclusion Policy Forum; an Ambassador for the Money Advice Trust, and for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust; a member of the Boards of the China-Britain Business Council, the Saudi British Joint Business Council, and the Egyptian British Business Council; Chairman of the Omani-British Business Council; a Committee Member of The Hong Kong Association; and a Board Member of Asia House.  He is President of the Algeria British Business Council; and Chair of Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust. He sits on the International Engagement Committee of the British Academy.

Sir Lynton Crosby AO

Co-Founder

C|T Group – London

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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.

Dr Emad El Dukair

Senior Advisor

InterHealth Canada

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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.

HE Mr Udom Emmanuel

Governor

Akwa Ibom State.

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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 Euling

Sales Director

De La Rue

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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.

Alex Haynes

Senior Vice President, Business Development Government

Wood

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Prior to joining Amec Foster Wheeler in 2012 (Subsequently Wood) Alex spent his career living and working across a broad range of developing nations.

After leaving the British Army in 2002 he joined KBR Ltd in Nigeria where he oversaw construction and daily operation of the State Recruitment Centre for a Joint Venture LNG Project.  His career path with KBR included Project Management in the UK and Business Management in Qatar on the Pearl GTL Project.  Alex moved to Abu Dhabi in 2009 as Director, Business Development, working as Sales lead for KBRs Upstream Oil & Gas in the Middle East.

He remained in Abu Dhabi and joined Amec Foster Wheeler as Vice President responsible for growing the Upstream business in the region, re-focusing on key markets and business opportunities for long term market strategies.  In 2014 Alex progressed his career to Regional Vice President when he led the business development function covering the entire Hydrocarbons market in the Middle East and Africa notably in Ghana, Algeria, Kenya, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.  In 2016 he was promoted to Senior Vice President, Business Development Asia Pacific, Middle East and Southern Europe and relocated to the UK. In 2017 he assumed the role of Senior Vice President for Business Development for EMEA region for the Oil Gas & Chemicals division. Upon the formation of Wood in late 2017, he moved into a position as Senior Vice President for Government, covering all business lines in the expanded company.

Gregory Hodkinson

Chairman

Arup

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Gregory Hodkinson is Chairman of the Arup Group. He joined Arup in 1972, having been inspired by the firm’s work on the Sydney Opera House. Since then, he has worked on major urban development and transport projects around the globe.

Hodkinson worked in Australia and the UK before leading the firm’s expansion in the USA in 1988 as a Founding Principal of the New York office. He took over as Chairman of the Americas Region in 2004 and subsequently moved to Milan in 2011 to lead the firm’s European business. He was appointed Chairman of the Global Group in 2014.

Hodkinson is a member of the International Advisory Board of British American Business, Advisory Board of the China–Britain Business Council, Infrastructure & Urban Development Industries Governors Steering Committee and Chairman of the Future of Urban Development & Services Steering Committee at the World Economic Forum as well as being a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, former Trustee of WaterAid and former Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.

Dr Amy Jadesimi

CEO

LADOL

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Dr Amy Jadesimi is the CEO of LADOL, a USD 500 million Industrial Free Zone built on a secure island, in Apapa Port, Lagos, Nigeria. Amy is also a Commissioner for the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (helping to drive private lead sustainable industrialisation). In 2004 Amy represented the NGO, Venture Strategies for Health and Development, helped them to manufacture and distribute a drug that treats maternal mortality in childbirth, making it available in Nigeria for the first time. Amy got her financial training at Goldman Sachs IBD and Stanford Graduate School of Business School, and her medical training at Oxford University. Amy has received a number of accolades: in 2012, she was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow; in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; also in 2013, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society; in 2014, Forbes included her in The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa; and in July 2015, the Financial Times named her one of top 25 Africans to Watch, in November 2016 she was asked to join the inaugural Advisory Board of the Prince’s Trust International and she’s also a contributor to Forbes.

Amy holds a MBA from Stanford University, as well as an MA (OXON) and BMBCh from the University of Oxford.

Datuk Seri Jayasiri Jayasena

Secretary General

Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Malaysia

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Datuk Seri J.Jayasiri is Secretary General, Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia. He joined the civil service in December 1981 as Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, Ministry of Primary Industries dealing with international commodity issues. He later assumed the post of First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Malaysia in Geneva from 1988 to 1997 representing Malaysia in the Uruguay Round of negotiations to establish the WTO. He returned to MITI in 1997 and served as Principal Assistant Director of Multilateral Trade Relations and subsequently Director of APEC. He was Malaysia’s Senior Official to APEC from 2002 – 2006. He went on to become Senior Director, Bilateral and Regional Relations and then Senior Director of Multilateral Trade Policy and Negotiations. He was Deputy Secretary General (Strategy & Monitoring) MITI from January 2015-June 2016. He led Malaysia’s team in the ASEAN-China FTA, Malaysia-Japan FTA and the TPPA negotiations.

Mr Rodolphe Simo Kam

Chief Executive Officer

Sofitoul

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Helen Kennett

Director of UK Government Relations

Rolls-Royce plc

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Helen Kennett is Director of UK Government Relations, Rolls-Royce plc and joined the company in 2010.

In her role she is responsible for UK Government Relations, CHQ Government Relations issues and leads on the Rolls-Royce Government Relations Centre of Excellence. Helen works with the Regional and Country Directors on UK-international political issues and for the Group leads management of political risk. This role covers all business and functional issues inside the Group and reports into Corporate Affairs.

Helen was previously Head of Government Relations at Thales UK where she successfully led government relations campaigns on major defence bids.

Before joining Thales Helen was Public Affairs Manager for Railtrack and previously worked at the Engineering Employers’ Federation. On graduating in Politics and Law, Helen started her career in Westminster working for an MP.

Manoj Ladwa

Chief Executive

MLS Chase Group

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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.

Michael Laurier

Chief Executive

Symphony Environmental Ltd

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Michael Laurier is the Chief Executive of Symphony Environmental Ltd. Michael’s career began with his long-established family packaging business, Brentwood Sack and Bag Co Limited. He took over responsibility for sales and production in the mid-seventies and changed the emphasis of the company’s business from jute products to polythene packaging introducing the then innovative high density and medium density polythene bags into the UK market.

He co-founded Symphony Plastics in 1995.

Albert Maasland

CEO

Crown Agents Bank

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Before joining Crown Agents Bank, Albert served as CEO of KCG Europe Ltd, part of KCG Holdings Ltd where he was also Global Co-Head of Execution Services and Platforms. Prior to that, during his distinguished career in financial services, Albert also served as CEO and Head of International Business at Knight Capital Group Inc where he was responsible for overseeing European and Asian operations; CEO of Saxo Bank London and Chairman of Saxo Capital Markets; Global Head of Business Development, e-commerce at Standard Chartered Bank, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank, Global Head of Business Development at HSBC Markets and Global Head of FX Sales at Chase Manhattan Bank. Albert is a non-executive director at EASDAQ NV and has held numerous other NED roles throughout his career.

Philip Mallinckrodt

Director

Schroders

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Philip Mallinckrodt is a Director of Schroders plc, an international investment management firm.  The firm has 41 offices in 27 countries and manages in excess of £400 billion in assets.  He was an investment banker at Credit Suisse First Boston from 1985 to 1994.  He joined Schroders in 1994 and served in a number of executive management roles in investment banking, asset management and wealth management. He was a member of the firm’s Management Committee from March 2002 until March 2017 and served as Group Head of Wealth Management from 2006 to May 2016.

He is a member of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution, and a trustee of the Schroder Foundation, the Mallinckrodt Foundation and the German YMCA in London.  He is also Vice President of the German British Forum.

Mr. Mallinckrodt holds a M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford.  He lives in London with his wife and two sons and has dual British and German nationality.

Gerald Mason

Senior Manager

Tate & Lyle

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Gerald joined Tate & Lyle Sugars in 2004. During his 15 years with the company he has held various senior management positions including responsibility for raw sugar purchasing, business strategy, relationships with regulators, and a number of large capital investment projects. His background is in agricultural markets, policy and agribusiness. Tate & Lyle Sugars is a subsidiary of ASR Group, the largest cane sugar refiner in the world. As such, Tate & Lyle Sugars has no President and is managed by a small team of senior managers. Gerald is a member of that leadership team.

Michalis P. Michael

Chairman

Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency

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Michalis P. Michael is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency since January 2018.

He has a long professional career in business and audit services, both as a sole practitioner and as a Partner in KPMG Cyprus. Mr. Michael has a vast experience in the Ukrainian market and he is the Chairman of the Cyprus-Ukraine Business Association from 2012 until today.

Mr. Michael has been actively involved with public life since his early career. Formerly, he served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (1996-2000), Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Organisation of Land Development (2000-2003), Member of the Committee for the Supervision and Development of Cooperative Societies (2003-2013). He was also Member of the Board of Directors of The Cyprus University of Technology (2014-2016), where he currently holds the position of Vice-President (July 2016-today).

Mr. Michael, is a Chartered Certified Accountant, a Fellow member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and Member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus, of which he served also as a Member of the Board of Directors.

Refilwe Monageng

Managing Director

Refilwe Monageng Trading Enterprises

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Refilwe Monageng is an entrepreneurial business man, who has over ten years’ experience in Government and stakeholder relations. He enhanced his expertise through completing Business Communication and Directors Induction Programmes. Refilwe has recently been elected as a member of the Institute of Directors, Southern Africa. He is an Executive Director at White Rivers Exploration (WRE), which has World Class Gold brownfield assets in South Africa.

He recently participated in the 2017 Commonwealth Study Conference (CSC) of which HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, President and Patron. CSCLeaders assembles exceptional leaders from across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges, build global relationships and develop the cultural intelligence needed by the leaders of tomorrow.

Refilwe has served on the Minerals and Petroleum Board of South Africa since February 2015. Through the Board, his responsibilities include advising the Minister of Mineral Resources on the following matters:

  1. Sustainable development of the nation’s mineral resources
  2. Transformation and down-scaling of the minerals and the mining industry
  3. Dispute resolution
  4. Promotion of human resources development in the minerals and mining industry

He founded Time Bound Communications and Youth in Energy and Minerals (under the auspices of the Department of Mineral Resources {DMR}), where he held the positions of Managing Director and President, respectively. He currently owns Refilwe Monageng Trading Enterprises, a junior energy exploration company with prospecting rights located in the Karoo uranium province and an investment in South African Precious Metal Refiner Gauteng Refinery.

Alderman The Lord Mountevans

The Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London

Vice President, CWEIC

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Alderman The Lord Mountevans became the 688th Lord Mayor of the City of London on 13th November 2015.

Having read Economics at the University of Cambridge, Jeffrey Mountevans began his City career in 1972 as a graduate trainee with the international shipbroker Clarksons, moving to the Gas Department in 1979. He was appointed to the Board in 1989 and served as Managing Director of the Gas Division 2001-2014. The Company is the world’s leading shipping services provider, headquartered in London, with 48 offices in 20 countries.

Jeffrey is a Member of the Baltic Exchange, a Member of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and was until recently the Chairman of Maritime UK. He continues to chair Maritime London, promoting the UK’s maritime professional services.

Lord Mountevans has been an elected Alderman of the City of London since 2007, serving as Sheriff 2012-13. Since July 2015 he has sat as a Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords.

Natasha Mudhar

CEO

Sterling Media

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Natasha Mudhar is CEO and Managing Director of Sterling Media, the multi-disciplinary, global business and communications consultancy, representing corporates including multi-billion dollar hedge funds, consumer brands, charities and campaigners, high-profile celebrities, governments, thought-leaders and influencers, to entrepreneurs, disruptors, innovators, small businesses to major global organisations such as the United Nations, across a number of industry sectors.

A global strategist,  international communicator and director working on some of the most socially relevant global campaigns, Natasha has firmly established herself as the spearhead behind one of the leading lights in the communications industry and maintains an ever-growing portfolio of some of the world’s most impactful campaigns, whether it’s aimed at equality and opportunity for the disadvantaged worldwide, curating breakthrough campaigns to enable brands to have market-entry and relevancy in new territories to lobbying governments to end world hunger and tackle global food security issues.

Phyllis Muscat

Head

CHOGM 2015 Malta Taskforce

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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.

Mark Napier

Director

FSD Africa

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Mark Napier has led FSD Africa since it was set up in late 2012. Based in Nairobi, FSD Africa supports economic development and poverty reduction in sub-Saharan Africa by promoting innovation and systemic change in financial markets. FSD Africa is funded by UK aid from the UK government.

Mark’s early career was in corporate finance in the City of London but has been involved in financial sector development in Africa for 15 years. In 2003, he moved to Johannesburg where he became CEO of FinMark Trust, a financial sector development programme funded by the UK government, and led this for over 5 years.

After a period back in London where he worked as a consultant on African financial markets and joined CDC, the UK’s development finance institution, he moved to Kenya in 2012 to take up his current role at FSD Africa.

Hussain J. Al Nowais

Chairman

AlNowais Investments

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A global industrialist and business strategist, Hussain Al Nowais has over 30 years of experience in investing, developing and managing businesses in the Middle East, Africa and Asia across multiple sectors including banking, finance, heavy industries, petrochemicals, energy, construction, hospitality and real estate.

Hussain Al Nowais is the Chairman AlNowais Investments where he spearheads the firm’s strategy of global expansion, investment, and strategic project development across the firm’s target sectors.

Hussain Al Nowais personally supports several philanthropic initiatives such as Rahma Cancer Care, a cancer care fund under the patronage of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi that provides free cancer treatment to poor Emirati citizens. He is a founding member of Sandooq Al Watan, a national philanthropic initiative that provides Emiratis with guidance and funding for social impact project with focus on technology and health care.

A UAE national and born in Abu Dhabi, Hussain Al Nowais holds a B.S. in Business finance from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon in June 1979, and has attended various Executive Management programs at INSEAD in France and at London Business School

Greg Ogbeifun

Chairman/CEO

Starzs Investments Company Limited

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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.

Sam Okwulehie

Chief Executive Officer

L.A.T Cleveson

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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.

Chris Oshiafi

Group Managing Director/CEO

PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited

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Chris Oshiafi has over two decades of experience in Structured Finance, Consulting, Investment Banking and Venture Capital/Private Equity. He holds a 2nd Class (Upper Division) in Accounting & Finance from the University of London and Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Lagos.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London, (ACII) UK and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACIT).

He also attended various programs at the prestigious Columbia Business School, New York, United States and INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France, the IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain and the Chief Executive Programme (CEP 17) Class of the Lagos Business School.

He was the Pioneer Managing Director/CEO of Truebond Investments & Capital Limited, a Company with diverse interests in Oil & Gas, Telecommunications, Power and the Capital Markets. He has also worked with the firm of Damitop Consulting Limited as Managing Partner where he worked on number of World Bank projects for the Federal and several State Governments.

He served as Executive Director (Investment Banking) of Citizens International Bank (now Enterprise Bank Limited) until his appointment as the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited.

Deputy Charles Parkinson

Minister for Economic Development

Government of Guernsey

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Deputy Charles Parkinson was elected as Guernsey’s economic development minister in December 2017. He is also the President of the States Trading Supervisory Board in Guernsey, and a member of the board of Guernsey Finance, the island’s finance sector promotional body. He also served as Guernsey’s Treasury Minister from 2008 to 2012. He is a Cambridge graduate, a Chartered Accountant and an English barrister. He co-founded and built up one of the largest independent fiduciary businesses on the island, between 1983 and 2004. He is also the author of a number of books.

Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK

Chief Minister

Isle of Man

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Howard Quayle was selected as the Isle of Man’s Chief Minister by a vote of Tynwald, the Island’s Parliament, following a general election in September 2016. He was first elected to the House of Keys in 2011.

In 2014 he was appointed Minister of Health and Social Care. Prior to this, he served the Isle of Man Government as Chairman of the Planning Committee, Chairman of the Manx Electricity Authority, as a Member of the Department of Infrastructure and the Department of Economic Development.

He began his career as a civil servant in the Isle of Man Treasury, moved into the finance sector and then set up a business in agriculture, property and tourism accommodation. An award-winning cattle breeder, he has been active in the Manx National Farmers Union serving as its President for 5 years before entering politics.

He was born and raised in the Isle of Man and is married with three children.

Senator Paul Routier MBE

Assistant Chief Minister

Government of Jersey

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Senator Paul Routier is among the longest serving members of the currently elected States of Jersey and has been appointed by two consecutive Chief Ministers as Assistant Chief Minister, first in 2008 and again in 2014.

He was first elected to the Parliament Assembly as Deputy of St Helier No 1 on 9 December 1993, and re-elected in 1996 and 1999. He was elected as Senator in 2002 again in 2008 and 2014. He has held a number of high profile roles during the last 24 years.

Until December 2008, Senator Routier served as the Minister for Social Security and, prior to Ministerial government, as President of the Employment and Social Security Committee. He has also served as Assistant Minister for Economic Development and was the last Committee President of Jersey Telecom before its incorporation.

He has also served on the committees for Housing, Education Sport and Culture and has been a States appointed director of the Waterfront Enterprise Board. He currently represents the Chief Minister as chair of the Housing and Advisory Group and leads on the co-ordination of social policy and competition matters

Senator Routier has served as the Chairman of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and had previously served on the Overseas Aid Committee, having joined in 2005.

Born in Jersey in 1949, Senator Routier attended De La Salle College and has served on the board of governors for the school. He is married to Pauline and the couple have three sons and two grandchildren.

Senator Routier is a keen table tennis player and has in the past represented Jersey at the World and European Championships and recently helped to win the annual Past Masters match against Guernsey.

Senator Routier spent many years working to support those with learning difficulties, working with both Jersey Mencap and Les Amis Incorporated. It is his work for these charities and his services to the community, which earned him a place on Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours List in June 2011 when he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire.

Dominique Searle MBE MA

Chief Minister’s Special Representative

Gibraltar

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Born 1960 in Gibraltar, Dominique Searle was appointed Gibraltar representative to the United Kingdom in June 2016 following a long career in journalism.

In 2015 took up the post of Chief Minister’s Special Representative after 31 years as a journalist in Gibraltar, 20 of these as Editor of the Gibraltar Chronicle, established 1801.

Educated at Gibraltar’s Bayside Comprehensive school and then the University of Essex (Sociology of Literature), he joined the Gibraltar Chronicle in 1984 as a staff reporter, just months before the historic opening of the border with Spain.

In February 1985 he was retained for over two decades as The Times (of London) stringer for Gibraltar as well as stringing regularly for Reuters. He also hosted his own radio programmes.

In recent years he has acted as an advisor to the Kusuma Trust and Gibraltar Philanthropy Forum.

Frederic Sicre

Managing Director

Abraaj Group

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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

Rt Hon Mark Simmonds

Director

Mortlock Simmonds

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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.

Michael Sippitt

Chairman

Clarkslegal LLP

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Michael is Chairman of Clarkslegal LLP and Director of Forbury People, Clarkslegal’s subsidiary HR consultancy. He has deep experience and a proven track record in employee relations, crisis management and senior executive issues, he is able to provide organisations with strategic support that is both commercial and practical.

As head of the employment law practice at Clarkslegal, specialising in strategic legal and employee relations issues, Michael has substantial experience in labour related restructurings and TUPE transfers, collective employment relations law and strategy, trade union and industrial disputes and crisis management. He was co-author of the employment Law chapter of the Oxford University Press textbook “The Law and Practice of Restructuring in the UK and the US.” This book is the only work to cover the practical elements of both major systems of law in one place. He also advises on senior executive contracts and severances.

Concurrently, Michael is Chairman of the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP) and Forbury Investment Network. He leads on the CEIP programme to connect entrepreneur investors and businesses internationally for sustainable development.

Babatunde Soyoye

Chief Executive

Helios Investment Partners

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Paul Stennett MBE

Chief Executive

UKAS

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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.

Dr Jyotsna Suri

Chairperson & Managing Director

Bharat Hotels Limited

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Dr Jyotsna Suri is the driving force behind the Group’s operations. Under her stewardship, The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group is today the largest privately owned Hotel Chain in India, offering twelve luxury hotels in India and one overseas in London.

A multifaceted personality, she is known for promoting Indian tourism globally. Her initiative ‘Developing destinations and not just Hotels’, to popularize destinations and boost tourism has inspired her to organise events in places like Drass, Leh, Srinagar, Khajuraho, Chitrakoot & Bekal.

Her social initiative ‘Project Disha’ assists school students and local youth get access to “quality education leading to employment”.

Dr Suri holds various portfolios with Industry Associations – Past President FICCI, Chairperson of FICCI Tourism Committee, only Indian woman member on the International Executive Committee of WTTC, Founder member of WTTC (II) and Executive Member of HAI.

Dr. Suri represents the tourism module of the India – UK CEO Forum, a bi-lateral initiative backed by each Govt. to build trade investment and co-operation.

Dr. Suri has been recipient of several awards and recognition for her contribution to tourism, namely –

  1. PHD Chamber Outstanding Business Woman of the Year Award (2016)
  2. Woman Entrepreneur of the Decade InWena Awards (2016)
  3. Amity Corporate Excellence Award for Social and Industry Leadership (2015)
  4. Most Powerful Women in Indian Business by Business Today (2015)
  5. DEVI Award for Dynamism & Innovation by The New Indian Express Group (2014)
  6. Gallery of Legends – India Travel Award (Northern India) (2014)
  7. Travel & Hospitality Award for ‘Most Powerful Woman in the Industry’ (2014)
  8. Listed amongst the Top 50 Business Power Women in Asia by Forbes Asia (2014)
  9. Listed amongst the Top 50 Power women in India by Verve magazine (2014)
  10. Listed amongst the Top 20 Power Women in India by Femina magazine (2014)
  11. Asia’s Leading Woman in Hospitality Award at the Women in Leadership (WIL) Asia Awards (2012)
  12. Listed amongst the 25 Most Powerful Women in Business (2011 & 2012) and amongst the 20 Most Powerful Women in India (2009) by Business Today
  13. World Travel Market Global Award (2011) – the only woman to receive the award
  14. IATO Hall of Fame Award (2012) during 23rd IATO Annual Convention
  15. Honorary Degree of “Doctor of Laws” from the University of Warwick UK for her contribution to tourism

Joseph Tabone

CEO

Halmann Vella

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Joseph Tabone is the CEO of Halmann Vella, one of Malta’s leading manufacturers and commercial entities with a workforce of over 200 employees.

Having started his career as a Banker employed with Mid Med Bank plc (now HSBC Bank Malta) he then started his university studies, leading to a degree in Accountancy, concurrently studying for an Associateship with the Chartered Institute of Bankers. After having successfully attained his Accountancy and Audit warrant he moved from Banking to his own practice in Audit and Accountancy. He later started to work in industry holding the post of Chief Financial Officer, Financial Control and Director of Finance in several local entities, where he was also involved in international trade. During this period, he also furthered his studies in Law, attaining a Masters Degree in Financial Services.

Zubair F Tufail

President

The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry

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Mr. Zubair Tufail was born in 1951 and graduated from Sindh Muslim Commerce College in 1971, Karachi.

He is a leading businessman and industrialist, running two chemical plants successfully in Karachi & Lahore. He is in business since 1972 and chairman of Tufail Chemical Industries Limited, as well as Tufail Group of Companies.

Has been active member of Pakistan Chemicals & Dyes Merchant association and Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry for more than 25-years.

Mr. Zubair Tufail visited more than 55-countries on business promotion and was member of official delegation of Pakistan to China, Iran, Malaysia, USA, Egypt, Oman, Poland, etc.

Ram Tumuluri

Founder, President and Managing Director

Vitals Global Healthcare Ltd

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Mr Tumuluri’s role within VGH is to focus on developing Private Public Partnerships across the world. Malta is the first PPP for VGH, however the target is to achieve 8000 beds over the next five years. The mission is to deliver equitable healthcare for all citizens across the globe.

Educated in the UK in Business Management and International Finance, Mr Tumuluri has true exposure to international markets; his accomplishments are spread over 12 countries and he has personally lived in eight different countries in the last 25 years.

Mr Tumuluri also has investments in infrastructure within the energy sector and EPC contracts. The investment portfolio works in hand with IL&FS from India and CNBM Group and Cidic in China and has a major interest in Norwegian Energy Ltd which focuses on renewable energy.

Glenn Turner

Chief Legal and Commercial Officer

Gem Diamonds

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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.

Tulsi Wallooppillai

Founder & Managing Director

Hypower Engineering

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Tulsi Wallooppillai is Managing Director of Hypower Engineering, an infrastructure consultancy company that works across Asia.

Hypower Engineering has been delivering large infrastructure projects for the last twenty years in the renewable energy, roads, waste and water sectors. During his stewardship of Hypower Engineering, Tulsi has delivered well in excess of USD 1Bn of projects. This experience has led to Tulsi being one of the leading experts on project financing and export finance in Asia.

Tulsi has championed the Commonwealth for decades and looks forward to developing closer links with a Global Britain following it’s exit from the European Union.

John Williams

Head of ACCA UK

ACCA

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John Williams is Head of ACCA UK (the UK arm of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the global body for the accountancy profession). His career has spanned public, private and not-for-profit sectors, working in the Far East, Middle East, Europe, UK and North America. His roles have ranged from stockbroker to senior civil servant, from charity head to senior banker, and from management consultant to inward investment specialist.

He has operated at every level up to and including Chief Executive, owns a strategic advisory firm in the UK and has owned a cargo & air courier business in Hong Kong. John has given guest lectures at universities across the world on international strategy and leadership development, has advised several Governments on national trade & investment strategy, and co-authored the UK’s Passport to Export programme.

Tina Wong

CEO & Founder

Trussco Pte Ltd

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Tina graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Engineering. Passionate about buildings infrastructure, Tina founded Trussco in 1995 initially as a specialist contractor, and has since developed the company into one of the largest security specialist manufacturers and suppliers of American certified detention grade products and systems within Asia.

Trussco’s detention products and systems have been employed and installed in all the Clusters of Singapore Changi Prisons, and in most Malaysian Prisons. Further, with a vision of empowering the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Military with an effective and safer and less-lethal option, Tina successfully introduced the TASER Conductive Electrical Weapons to the Singapore Police Force in the early 2000’s.

Tina has been active in community service, having served more than 10 years in the Tampines East Community Club Management Committee as a Vice-Chairman since 1992. Tina also actively supports the Singapore Yellow Ribbon Funds and Projects and was awarded the Champion of Hope Award in 2014. In addition, Tina is involved in the arts scene, supporting the Singapore Chinese Orchestra and the Chinese Theatre Circle for many years.

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Limkokwing

Founder

Limkokwing University

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Alderman Alan Yarrow

Chairman

Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment

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Alan Yarrow was born in Johor Bahru Malaysia in 1951 and educated at Harrow.  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 is currently Chairman and Chartered Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, Chairman of Turquoise Global Holdings Ltd, and Director of Institutional Protection Services Ltd and Arbuthnot Banking Group.  He is also Vice President of the Royal Mencap Society and Independent Partnership Advisor to James Hambro & Partners.

Alan is an Alderman, Magistrate and HM Lieutenant of the City of London, a member of the Court of the Fishmongers’ Company, and Liveryman of several other Livery Companies.  He is a member of the Takeover Appeal Board, the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Investment & Advisory Council, a Doctor of Science Honoris Causa of City University London, an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators, a Knight of Justice in the Order of St. John and in July 2015 was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, Mexico.  In January 2016, Alan received a Knighthood for services to international business, inclusion and the City of London.

Alan was formerly Lord Mayor of the City of London for the year 2014-15, Sheriff in 2011-12, Almoner of Christ’s Hospital, Trustee of the Police Foundation and of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Ltd, Deputy Chairman of the FSA Practitioner Panel, Chairman of LIBA (now AFME), Chairman of Complinet Ltd, a Director of Fixnetix Ltd, Chairman of Kleinwort Benson Group, Vice President of British Bankers Association and Member of the Takeover Panel and the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s High Level Stakeholder Group.

Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew

Founder and Chairman

Country Heights Holding Berhad

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Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew is best known for his role as the Founder and Chairman of Country Heights Holding Berhad, a company listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. He is a philanthropist and an established and renowned property developer with over 30 years of experience in the industry.