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


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


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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.

Alan Gemmell

Chief Executive


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Alan was appointed Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Enterprise Investment Council (CWEIC) on 3 December. CWEIC is based at Marlborough House and Guildhall in the City of London and has hubs in Malaysia, Malta, Nigeria and Singapore.  It works with Governments, State Governments and businesses to promote trade, investment and the role of the private sector within member countries and countries around the world. CWEIC is a not-for-profit member organisation.

Alan was Director of the British Council in India and Minister (Cultural Affairs). He led an operation of 600 staff with 14 offices in 9 cities across India and a turnover in excess of £80m. Under Alan the organisation diversified income with significant growth in customers, new commercial partnerships and contracts with state governments across India. He led a focus on digital and mobile products and services aimed at India’s millennials. Prior to India Alan transformed the British Council’s activity in Israel, raising £7m and running £10m stem cell research fund as well as creating the UK’s first multi-lateral research programme to tackle water issues in the region.   Alan worked in Brazil, London, and Mexico with the British Council.

Prior to the British Council Alan worked in the UK Government including managing COBRA the UK’s crisis-response to domestic and international terrorism; and developing the economic migration routes of the UK’s points-based migration system.

Alan was appointed OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours list for services to arts and science.


Babatunde Soyoye

Chief Executive

Helios Investment Partners

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Mohamed Amersi


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.

Phyllis Muscat


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.

Anthony Walters

Global Head of Public Affairs


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Anthony joined ACCA in 2015. Since then he has led on developing external engagement strategies which aim to promote the value of the accountancy profession for the benefit of business and society alike. Anthony’s work is focussed on conveying key trends identified through ACCA’s Professional Insights research on global economics, trade and talent to policy makers and influencers.

Prior to joining ACCA Anthony was Global Policy Manager at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). There he led a review of professionalism and ethical standards in the global real estate, valuation and construction sectors.

Anthony spent his earlier career as a civil servant working in various UK Government departments. He joined the Department for Trade and Industry (as was) as a graduate in 1999 and later went on to work with the UK’s Small Business Service and Legal Services Commission.

Costas V. Katsaros

Founding Partner

A. & E. C. Emilianides, C. Katsaros & Associates Ltd

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Costas is a founding partner in A. & E. C. Emilianides, C. Katsaros & Associates Ltd and a practicing lawyer in Cyprus, advising some of the biggest organizations of the island and a portfolio of international clients that operate in Cyprus and abroad.

He was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He graduated with grade excellent from the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1999. In June of 1999 he received a scholarship for participating in a postgraduate seminar course in maritime law of Tulane University, New Orleans, US & University of Aegean. He completed his postgraduate studies in History, Philosophy & Sociology of Law (LLM) at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with grade excellent.

He has worked as an investment broker & trader, being certified as a derivatives consultant from ADEX (Athens Derivatives Exchange) in 2001 having succeeded in the exams for the relevant professional licence, until his entrance as an advocate in Thessaloniki (Greece) Bar Association in 2002, where he has been a member for 15 years as a licenced advocate.

Since 2008-2009 he has moved to Cyprus and contributed to the task of the new charter of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus and served as the legal advisor of the Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus and head of its legal activities and entities.

He has significant administrative experience as he served as the Chairman of the board of one of the biggest media groups in Cyprus, Senior Independent Member of the Board of the biggest credit & financial institution of Cyprus (Bank of Cyprus), Chairman of the board of one of the biggest insurance companies of Cyprus (Eurolife), Chairman of the supervisory board and member of the board of banking institutions abroad, Member of one of the biggest securities companies of Cyprus (Laiki Capital) and others.

He serves as a non executive board member of the biggest real estate fund of Cyprus (CYREIT Variable Capital Public Ltd) and is also a board member of CNP Holdings and it’s subsidiaries, one of the biggest insurance companies of Cyprus and member of CNP global group.

He has been a visiting professor of University of Nicosia (UNIC) and published various scientific articles and lectures.


Olasupo Shasore


Africa Law Practice

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Olasupo Shasore, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN); Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; partner at ALP (Africa Law Practice); a leading commercial law firm; Member of the Body of Benchers Nigeria from 2007; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Lagos State from 2007-2011; Initiated Arbitration Law reforms leading to the passing of the Arbitration Law of Lagos State 2009; Chairman, Law Reform Commission Lagos, Nigeria 2011-2015, past President of the Lagos Court of Arbitration.

Shasore has over thirty years of significant experience in acting for sovereign, sub-national and private international parties in international commercial & investment arbitration/ litigation and other advisory capacities. He has represented Sovereign States and entities in leading precedents on Sovereign Immunity in Nigeria and lead counsel in leading investment arbitration case claimants in Interocean v Nigeria at (ICSID Tribunal). He is a frequently selected expert on Nigerian law at arbitration/foreign proceedings. He was a member of ICCA’s Consultative Workshop Cooperation among African Arbitral Initiatives; London Court of International Arbitration Africa User Group; the Panel of Recognised International Market Experts (PRIME) and its Advisory Committee; the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA); board member of Nigeria Ports Authority and Interswitch.

HE Mr Udom Emmanuel


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.

Kevin Jones

Group Chief Executive Officer

Bassadone Automotive Group

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A qualified accountant and member of the UK’s Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. Kevin was born in 1962 in Barry, Wales he is married with 3 sons and a daughter, Kevin studied at Brighton Polytechnic obtaining a BA Hons Degree in Accounting and Finance.

Kevin joined the Bassadone Automotive Group in 1990 as Group Financial Controller and became Group Finance Director in 1993, then Group Chief Executive Officer in 2004. Kevin is a member of the Group’s Supervisory Board.

Kevin has a pivotal role in the development of the Group. Within the Bassadone Group Kevin has day-to-day executive responsibilities for the following companies:

  • Toyota Gibraltar Stockholding Limited
    SsangYong UK Limited
    Bassadone Automotive Nordic
    A Bassadone 1904 Limited
    Distribuciones Automóviles Zahareñas
    Bassadone Finance Limited
    Africa Automotive Distributors Services

Since joining the Group in 1990 the net asset value of the Bassadone Automotive Group has grown from approximately £2m to £120m today.

Mr. Zameer Mohammed Choudrey, CBE SI Pk

Chief Executive

Bestway Group

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Zameer is the Chief Executive of Bestway Group. A Chartered Accountant by profession; he joined Bestway Group as a financial controller in 1984. In 1990, he was promoted as the Group Finance Director. In 1995, he was given additional responsibilities of business diversification both in UK and Pakistan and was promoted as Chief Executive of Bestway Cement Limited. He was appointed as the Group Chief Executive in 2004.

He has been a Member of the Board of Directors of United Bank Limited since October 2002. He is Chairman of the Board Risk and Compliance Committee. He is also a Director of UBL Insurers Limited.

He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of England & Wales and a member of the Institute of Directors. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Business Council.

Zameer is a trustee of Bestway Foundation UK and Chairman of Bestway Foundation Pakistan. He is a trustee of Crimestoppers. He is the Chairman of the British Asian Trust’s UK Advisory Council and a member of HRH Prince of Wales Pakistan Recovery Fund International Leadership Team.

In 2014, Zameer was awarded an honorary degree by University of Kent.

In 2015, Zameer was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.

In 2018; the President of Pakistan awarded Zameer Sitara-e-Imitiaz (Star of Excellence).

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

Tom Burns


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.

Sir Lynton Crosby AO


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.

Auguste Mbappe Penda

General Manager

Cameroon National Shippers Council

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Born on 18 July 1959 in Douala-Cameroon, he graduated with an MA in Economics from the University of Yaoundé and as a Civil Administrator from the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) Yaoundé (1986). He began his career at the Supreme State Audit before being appointed as Deputy General Manager and Acting General Manager of National Debt Recovery Fund. In 2006, he was then appointed as General Manager of Cameroon National Shippers’ Council. Amongst other responsibilities, he serves as Statutory Treasurer of the Union of African Shippers’ Council, Honorary President of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMA) Cameroon chapter, Honorary President of Cameroon Maritime Law Association. For 13 years today, he sits at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), World Trade Organisation, Geneva (WTO) and United Nations, New York as Cameroon’s technical representative. He is a Knight of the Cameroon National Order of Merit.

Mala Manku


Cavendish Group

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CEO of Cavendish Group Mala Manku has more than 25 years of industry experience working internationally with both public- and private-sector organisations. She currently sits on the boards of REEEP, the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership that acts as a market catalyst for clean energy in developing countries and emerging markets, and the UK-Canada Chamber of Commerce and Women’s Institute. Passionate about furthering the equality agenda and enabling a healthy future business landscape, Mala has written thought-leadership content for the Confederation of British Industry on what women bring to the workplace, the impact of longer work lives and talent acquisition in the evolving world of work. As an industry leader, Mala uses her platform to back initiatives across a broad spectrum: she has supported the British Council with major global geo-diplomatic arts initiatives across Brazil, China, India and Russia; applies her experience to individual and corporate wellness programmes with a focus on mental health awareness; and invests personal time in philanthropic causes such as the 2016 launch of Jamie Oliver’s CEO Cook-off Challenge.

Eric Bush


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.

Alderman Alan Yarrow


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.

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.

Michael Sippitt


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.

Will Crawford MEng MA (RCA) DIC

Director and Co-founder

Concrete Canvas

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Will is Director and co-founder of Concrete Canvas Ltd, set up in 2005 to develop and commercialise Concrete Canvas technology. The company has seen rapid growth and was listed as the second fastest growing UK manufacturing business in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 2014.

Will has previously worked for GKN, QinetiQ, and for the UK Ministry of Defence and studied Mechanical Engineering at Bristol and also at Berkeley in the US.

Will also has a joint Masters from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art where he co-invented the Concrete Canvas products.  During this time, he also invented several other award-winning designs including an innovative lo-tech fridge for developing countries which has featured in TED lectures and is backed by an US VC firm.

Will was recently awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering, awarded to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to British Engineering.

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.300

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.

Charlotte Lockhart

Philanthropist, Investor

Coulthard Barnes Capital

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 A business advocate, investor and philanthropist with more than 25 years’ experience in multiple industries locally and offshore, Charlotte Lockhart is currently developing opportunities for New Zealand’s business sector through their family office, Coulthard Barnes, the group of companies focused on, but not limited to, fintech investment and social impact.

Charlotte has a passion to help New Zealand companies explore potential investment and partnership opportunities to expand the market for New Zealand businesses and create space for innovation.

In her earlier work with Perpetual Guardian, New Zealand’s largest trustee services company and the originator of the four-day work week, Charlotte was a prominent consumer advocate, speaking for the financial and estate planning interests of New Zealanders and driving the company’s growth through innovative marketing and business development strategies.

Charlotte has an extensive background in business, having worked in the financial and legal services sectors most of her career. During her 12 years with Mike Pero Mortgages she won awards for her advisory services and was part of the larger strategy earning the group national success.

An accomplished presenter, Charlotte is a frequent conference speaker on leadership, philanthropy and investment issues. She holds a variety of board roles and in the philanthropy sector manages their subfund of the Perpetual Guardian Foundation, working on projects in education, youth development and the arts. Charlotte also is a keen art collector and has a small wine business with her partner, Andrew Barnes.

Albert Maasland


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.

Wole Oshin

Founder and Group Managing Director

Custodian Investment plc

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Wole is the founder and Group Managing Director of Custodian Investment Plc., a financial services group with interests in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Pensions and Trusteeship. He is an industry leader with over thirty (30) years’ experience and has at various times been a member of the Presidential Committee on Pension Reforms, Chairman of the Nigerian Insurers Association, Council Member of the West African Insurance Companies Association (Ghana), and External Lecturer – West African Insurance Institute, Banjul, The Gambia. He sits on several Boards including the International Insurance Society, New York as well as Council member of the African Insurance Organization (Cameroun), and Nigerian Insurers Association. He has received numerous awards including nomination as “African CEO of the Year” by African Reinsurance Corporation.

A graduate of Actuarial Science and a Chartered Insurer by Profession, he holds the Doctor of Finance (Honoris Causa) and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria, The Risk Managers Society of Nigeria and the Association of Investment Advisers and Portfolio Managers. He is a past President of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA), as well as an alumnus of the Harvard Business School.

He spends his free time doing philanthropic work through the WATO Foundation which runs the WATO Group of Schools. Wole is a firm believer in the building and transformation of the economy through the development of Risk management and Insurance.

Michalis P. Michael


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.

Chiedu Nweke

Chairman and Chief Executive Office

Czar Projects Limited

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Chiedu Nweke has extensive experience in real estate in Nigeria particularly in the hydraulic sandfilling and large reclamation of swamp land for real estate development.

He conceived and founded Orange Island, and Periwinkle Lifestyle Estate, Lekki Phase I, in Lagos.

He was also involved in the sandfilling of Lakowe Lakes, Adiva Estate and Townville in Lagos for ARM Properties Limited. He was involved in the reclamation and sandfilling of Agbowa Timber Village, Ikorodu, Lagos.

He is a Lawyer and a Senior Member of the Lagos Bar Association. He holds an LLB from the University of Nigeria and LLM from Lagos State University.

Before moving into real estate, he was the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of West African Waste Management Limited, an oil waste treatment company servicing the oil majors. He was also involved in both Sheaker Shipping Limited and Linkted Shipping Limited both oil tanker logistic companies.

Mr. Nweke’s expertise and experience include transportation and logistics of oil waste management and handling particularly from offshore locations, job coating, personal training, HSE and regulatory compliance.

He is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Periwinkle Residences Limited developers of Periwinkle Lifestyle Estate, Lekki, Lagos.

He sits on the board of several companies including Orange Island Development Company Limited, a company he founded with his partner in FW Dredging Limited.

Arthur Gauci


db Group

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Mr Gauci graduated with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Malta in 1991.  He joined the db Group in the mid-1990’s as Financial Controller, and was primarily responsible for the finance and IT departments.  Mr Gauci has played a key role in the Group’s expansion.  He was instrumental in securing the acquisition of the newly styled db Hotel San Antonio & Spa, whilst also successfully negotiating the acquisition of franchise rights for Hard Rock Café and Hard Rock Bar in Malta.

Mr Gauci has for the past nine years occupied the post of CEO of the Group and serves as a director in the various Group entities. During this period the Group has continued to increase its market share in its spheres of operations, successfully launching a public bond which is listed on the Malta Stock Exchange for €65 million and been involved in various acquisitions which continue to place the Group as one of the main drivers of the Maltese economy.

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.

Ahmed Attia

Chief Executive Officer

Direct Global

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Ahmed Attia is a successful serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping others overcome commercial barriers to success through co-operation.

In 1996, Ahmed founded International Business Exchange, a trading platform that enabled residents of developing nations to more effectively trade their commodities for finished goods and supplies by bartering, directly and indirectly, rather than paying in foreign currencies. As the project grew, it was re-branded as “Unibex” (Universal Business Exchange) and formed many effective partnerships, including with the American Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers. As Unibex grew, Ahmed became concerned that it was straying from his initial vision by increasingly prioritizing the interests of large corporate partners.

Ahmed left Unibex in 1997  to found 416Direct, an internet-based buying group that would leverage economies of scale to increase the purchasing power of local small and medium-sized businesses (“SME”s) – 416 being the local area code for Toronto. However, despite considerable work in developing the 416Direct platform, SME owners were slow to appreciate the opportunity this model offered – many simply relying on the pricing offered through big box stores. In 2002, Ahmed put 416Direct on hold to help found Wiztel, a Canadian wholesale long-distance licensed communications company.

In 2011, Ahmed returned to 416Direct. As he updated the technology underlying the platform, he found a much stronger interest than before from associations that represent SMEs. A turning point came in 2013 when Ahmed became involved in community opposition to the development of a big box retailer in Toronto’s landmark ‘Kensington Market’ neighbourhood – long the home of small, family-run retail businesses. His engagement with this community and the owners of its many small businesses helped launch 416Direct. A key feature of the model that empowers SMEs is the ability of participants to collectively determine the products to be purchased. The company expanded into a new region in 2015, with the creation of 519Direct (based in the Kitchener-Waterloo tech-hub west of Toronto). Since then, Ahmed has introduced his web-based co-operative purchasing model to entrepreneurs and SME owners around the world. By 2017, what had started as a discrete, local project had evolved into Direct Global – a global solution for delivering the purchasing power of large scale orders to SMEs with over 15,000 participating businesses. In September 2017, Ahmed and Direct Global were profiled on Bloomberg-BNN in North America.

Ahmed remains an active community member, sitting on the advisory boards of the following companies:

1. Iristel (Canada’s fastest-growing carrier and the largest facilities-based local voice network extending Coast-to-Coast) and Kepler Communications (a Canadian satellite telecommunications provider that aims to deliver in-space connectivity to support the future space economy)

2. The Toronto Clinic (Canada’s premier corporate executive medical clinic)

3. Stemedica Cell Technologies (best in class FDA-approved allogeneic adult stem cell manufacturer in the USA)

4. Resdev Tax Consultants (top global R&D consulting firm serving Canada, UK & USA)

5. ConnectHub (next generation conference and business networking platform)

Folorunso Alakija

Vice Chair


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Mrs. Folorunso Alakija is a dynamic Nigerian businesswoman and philanthropist. She oversees several business endeavours such as: FAMFA Oil Limited, her family’s oil exploration and production business as the Vice Chairman, seeing to its strategic planning and day to day administration.

She is the Vice Chairman of Dayspring Property Development Company Limited, a real estate company with investments in different parts of the world. She is also the Vice Chairman of Digitalreality Print Ltd, a world class printing company.

She has served her country Nigeria, as a member of several committees. She is an acclaimed public speaker and the first female to be appointed as Chancellor of a public university in Africa. She is a prolific writer and has authored several inspirational books, including her autobiography.

She is a recipient of many awards in various capacities both locally and internationally.

Sheikh F Fahim


Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI)

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Sheikh F Fahim is an entrepreneur and community leader with extensive experience in social responsibilities through contributions in various projects in education, health, sports and innovation has garnered nation-wide recognition. With an academic background in Masters of Liberal Arts in Political Economy from the St. Edwards University in Austin Texas and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he is a professional with proven track record of accomplishments in socio-economic policy advocacy.

Sheikh F Fahim is the President for the term 2019-2021 of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI), the national umbrella business body representing eighty two chambers and three hundred and eight four associations of Bangladesh. He earlier served as an elected Senior Vice President of FBCCI for the term 2017-2019. Fahim represents Bangladesh as elected Vice President of Confederation of Asia Pacific Chamber of Commerce and Industries (CACCI), representing twenty six national umbrella chambers of Asia and west Pacific countries, member of Developing 8 countries, D-8 Chamber of Commerce and Industries (D-8 CCI), South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industries (SCCI) of private sector of eight South Asian countries.

Sheikh F Fahim is board member of multiple domestic and international institutions who received prestigious domestic and international awards including the Certificate of Merit from World Customs Organization and International Construction Business Award from the Global Trade Leaders’ Club. He had been key note speaker, session chair and panel discussant at numerous business and social events all over the world. His role as a member of Arbitration Tribunal of FBCCI for the terms 2017-19 and 2015-17 is evident through many successful alternative dispute resolutions.

Sheikh F Fahim was deputy leader and leader of business delegations of private sector entourages to numerous state visits lead by Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Govt. of Bangladesh H.E Sheikh Hasina. He was leader of business delegation to D-8 Commission 2018, WTO Conference 2017, deputy leader of the business delegation at the Joint Economic Council (JEC) Meetings with Sri Lanka and Turkey as part of the delegation of the Minister of Commerce of the Govt. of Bangladesh. He was a guest at events such as the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, United States of America (USA) chaired by the President of United States, Barack Obama where global industry leaders, US Senators and Congressmen were also present.

Sheikh F Fahim’s contributions towards regional, bilateral and multilateral initiatives is evident through his leadership at private public platforms of the WTO, D-8, ASEAN, SAARC, BIMSTEC, BBIN, SRCIC, OIC, APTA and at the Commonwealth. Being a global citizen, he has lived in Bangladesh, Singapore, India, United Kingdom and United States. These experiences reshaped his global perspective and solidified his drive to contribute towards humanity through his professional and social standing.

Sheikh F Fahim’s expertise in providing breakthrough leadership with a view to achieving corporate social strategies, building coalition to support sustainable development and drive organizational performance is highlighted through his civic standing in the community. Fahim is currently the managing director of Obsidian Bangladesh Ltd, a conglomerate with business interest in manufacturing, distribution and EPC. He is the Chairman of Euro Petro Product Ltd. a LPG terminal and bottling plant. He is also the Chairman of RHS EPC Ltd. He earlier worked as the financial adviser at the Edward Jones Investments, a global financial organization.

Mark Napier


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.

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.

Ichie (Dr.) Nnaeto Orazulike

Founder and Group Managing Director

Genesis Group

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Ichie (Dr.) Nnaeto Orazulike is the Founder and Group Managing Director of Genesis Group Nigeria Limited – a conglomerate specializing in hospitality, entertainment, food production, oil & gas support services, trading and real estate. A driven, passionate and enterprising leader, Nnaeto is fondly called “Chairman” within his areas of influence. He leads by execution and drives others towards excellence.

Nnaeto is from Amakwa, Ozubulu, Ekwusigo L.G.A., Anambra State, Nigeria. Appointed as “Ichie” (high officer) and Ugo Ozubulu by the Igwe of Ozubulu, he is recognized for his commitment to the development of his community, state and beyond.

He graduated from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1989 with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting. In 2012, he completed the illustrious Executive Training Program at Harvard Business School. In 2015, he was granted an honorary doctorate degree (Honoris Causa) by University of Port Harcourt.

Along with his 27 years of running Genesis Group, Nnaeto is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orazulike Trading Company (a robust steel enterprise founded by his late father in the 1950s). Nnaeto has previously served as a non-executive director of Fidelity Bank PLC from the years of 2008 to 2017 and is currently on the Board of Trustees of Spiritan University, Nnochi, Imo State and the Board of Directors of the Fate Foundation.

Community development and corporate social responsibility initiatives – particularly those with a focus on the development of young people – are near and dear to Nnaeto’s heart. The Ichie Joseph Orazulike Scholarship Foundation, Genesis Hospitality Foundation and Amakwa Progressives Foundation are just some of the various organizations that he is involved in with the mission of giving back.

Nnaeto’s impact is felt in his entrepreneurship, corporate administration and philanthropy. He is a pioneer in his own right who constantly sees opportunities for growth and goes for them.

Lawrence Agyinsam

Chief Executive Officer

Ghana Exim Bank

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Mr. Lawrence Agyinsam is banking and financial management expert with over 20 years combined experience and functional expertise in Banking, Finance and Investment Management. He has unique insights and experience in both public and private sector financial management, having held senior management and leadership positions in both sectors over the course of his career. Lawrence’s experience in the financial sector spans the whole spectrum of bank management. He has been involved at the senior level, in the formulation and implementation of commercial banking strategy and delivering results across key business indicators.

Prior to his appointment as CEO of Ghana EXIM Bank, Lawrence was the Group CEO of Broadview Group, a financial services holding company consisting of Broadview Trust (pension trustees), Broadview Capital (investment and asset management) and Broadview Consult. He was responsible for the overall strategic planning, policy development as well as management and development of staff to achieve company objectives.

Lawrence also had an extensive career in commercial banking over a combined period of 10 years with Bank of Africa Ghana (formerly AmalBank) and United Bank of Africa (UBA-Ghana), where he held senior/executive management positions in various capacities as Head of Retail Banking, Head of Corporate Banking, General Manager-Business Development and Executive Head of Commercial Banking. Prior to this Lawrence worked as an IT/Finance Consultant with UT Financial Services (now UT Bank), where he advised the CEO on financial services technology and software.

Lawrence has also worked in the public sector, mainly in financial management function. He first worked with the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) as an information analyst and was later hired by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) as a budget management specialist, covering a number of Anglophone program countries.

Mr Agyinsam holds an MBA in Finance from the Leicester University, United Kingdom, and has several certificates and diplomas from various institutions locally and international. He is also a certified lead trainer and motivational speaker with vast experience in undertaking training for both corporate entities and individual professionals.

Dominique Searle MBE MA

Chief Minister’s Special Representative


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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.

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.

Senator Ian Gorst

External Relations Minister

Government of Jersey

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Senator Ian Gorst was elected as Jersey’s External Relations Minister in June 2018.

First elected to the States Assembly in 2005, Senator Gorst served as Social Security Minister from 2008-2011. He served concurrently as Chair of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission.

Senator Gorst served as Chief Minister from 2011-2018 representing Jersey on the international stage, boosting the island’s reputation in the EU and promoting the financial services sector.

Senator Gorst is an accountant with significant experience in private client, private equity and retail fund sectors. Married to Dionne, they have two daughters, Sophia and Lily-Mim.

Senator Gorst is involved in the Church, has a keen interest in overseas development and has traveled with his wife to participate in Jersey Overseas Aid Commission projects. He is also an honorary member of UNICEF UK.

Dr Amina Hersi Moghe


Horyal Investments and Atiak Sugar Project in Northern Uganda

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Dr. Amina Hersi Moghe is a successful Kenyan/Somali entrepreneur with interests in construction, real estate and sugar in Uganda and Kenya. She is considered to be one of the most influential and most successful women in the region. In Uganda alone, she is the proprietor of The Oasis Mall, The Laburnan Luxury Apartments and Atiak Sugar Project that has played a pivotal role in the rehabilitation of women’s lives in Northern Uganda. Dr Amina is a recipient of both local and international awards.

Rahul Munjal

Chairman and Managing Director

Hero Future Energies

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Rahul Munjal is Chairman and Managing Director of Hero Future Energies (HFE). He is the third generation scion of the Hero Group, whose flag ship company Hero Moto Corp is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer.

Founded in 2012 HFE is a wind and solar energy integrated power producer(IPP) and is one of the biggest success stories in renewable energy in India with over 2.5 GW of assets under operation or construction.

Being a visionary, he brings a host of contemporary business ideas to the table that are a perfect fusion of both his professional expertise and his sensitivity towards environmental and societal concerns. He is an active trustee of Raman Kant Munjal foundation which focusses on upliftment and empowerment for Women by providing them with vocational training.

Rahul graduated in Economics from the University of Rochester, USA. Rahul is the Co-Chair of the Confederation of Indian Industries National Council (CII) National Committee Renewable Energy Council, Chairman of the CII Northern Region committee on Renewable Energy. He has been awarded Renewable Energy Leader and Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 by World CSR Congress and the Global Excellence Award 2014 in renewable energy by the Energy and Environment Foundation (EEF).

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.

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.

Farrukh Ansari


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

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.

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.

Philip R Bouverat



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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.

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.

Clare Blain

Chief Executive Officer

Life Sciences Queensland Limited

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Clare Blain has worked with Life Sciences Queensland (LSQ) since its inception in 2011 and now represents the organisation’s 190-plus members in her role as Acting Chief Executive Officer.

Previously Chief Operating Officer and Operations Manager at LSQ, Clare is passionate about highlighting the integral role life science innovation plays in Queensland’s diverse economy.

Prior to joining LSQ, Clare was Marketing Manager at Queensland Clinical Trials Network where she played a key role in positioning the organisation as the primary point of contact for preclinical and clinical research in Australia. As a result, she successfully identified and connected a range of sponsors with members, including research institutions, hospitals, clinical research organisations and other life science service providers.

Clare also spent three years working with Master Builders Queensland where she gained valuable insights into membership bodies and the construction industry.

Through her work at LSQ, Clare hopes to raise the profile of the life sciences sector on the world stage to help bring long-term economic, social and environmental benefits to Queenslanders.

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.

Dr Tham Lai Leng

Executive Board Director

Meinhardt Infrastructure

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As Executive Board Director of Meinhardt Infrastructure, Dr Tham is responsible for the firm’s management and operations with the role of Director for Admin / IT and Finance, also being appointed the Director Business Development for the Meinhardt Group’s Global Strategic Business unit. Dr Tham participates regularly on the Expert panel providing advice to the implementation of people first PPP projects and its sustainability development goals at the United Nations Headquarter in Geneva.

With many years of working experience on a global role leading the development of industry utilities; Dr Tham has overall financial experience in the company operations, structuring projects with complex interface of construction finances, management of contracts alongside technical administration and cost management

Key projects led by Dr Tham as Project Director and Project Manager includes Biomass Waste to Energy Plants, Chemical Plants, Power and Cogen Plants. Frequently Dr Tham is being invited to speak at local and regional conferences relating to the infrastructure construction industry including selecting, preparing, marketing and financing of infrastructure projects.

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

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 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 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.

Hassan Bello

Chief Executive Officer

Nigerian Shippers’ Council

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Hassan Bello is a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University where he obtained his LLB and LLM Degrees.

He  has had the benefit of serving the nation on various committees, both at national and international levels. Some of which are:

  1. Chairman, National Fleet Implementation Committee;
  2. Member and spokesperson of the Nigerian delegation to the negotiation on International Carriage of Goods and Wholly or Partly by Sea.(Rotterdam Rules) 2009;.
  3. Member, Ministerial Panel of Inquiry into the affairs of Niger Dock and Committee on Cabotage Policy and Law and other Port Reforms.

He is an Advocate of the Supreme Court and a Fellow of the following bodies:

  1. Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
  2. International Conflict and Dispute Resolution Institute
  3. Nigerian Institute of Shipping
  4. Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport

Bello has written and published extensively on maritime and shipping related issues including Private Public Partnership project models.

He is the convener of the foremost Maritime Seminar for Judges, and he has been the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Shippers’ Council since 2013.

Derrick Roper

Managing Director


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Derrick Roper is a qualified actuary. He graduated from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in England.

Before joining Novare he worked for a number of large financial services companies in South Africa including Sanlam and Gensec Asset Management. He spent some time in the United Kingdom where he gained experience in investment product development in the pension fund market.

Derrick co-founded Novare in October 2000. He is a regular commentator on industry topics in the financial media and has addressed numerous conferences across the globe. Derrick’s areas of expertise include asset-liability matching, strategic asset allocation, alternative investments and private equity investments in sub-Saharan Africa.

Derrick’s tendency to innovate in product development saw Novare launch the first South African Fund of Hedge Funds in 2003, and subsequently, the first Novare Africa Property Fund in 2010.

Derrick is the MD of Novare Equity Partners, a private equity firm investing exclusively in Sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa. He is listed amongst the top 50 most influential, innovative and powerful figures in African asset management by Africa Asset Management magazine for 2013 and 2014. He has 27 years’ experience in the industry.


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.

Catherine Clark

Head of International Relations, Group Government Relations


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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.

Eng. Ibrahim A. Al-Omar


Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA)

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Eng. Ibrahim Al-Omar is the Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), since April 2017. He brings over fifteen years of experience in the private sector, across multiple sectors including information and communication technology (CT) and logistics.

Prior to his appointment, Al-Omar held leading roles such as CEO of the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia (Bahri), Chief Alliance & Partnership Officer and Chief Product Development Officer at the Etihad-Etisalat Company (Mobily), Chief Executive Officer of VIVA Bahrain, and numerous positions at the Saudi Telecom Company (STC).

He has also served on the boards of numerous public and private sector organizations.

Eng. Ibrahim is an alumnus of Harvard’s Program for Leadership Development, and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electric Engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM).

Eman Pulis

Founder and CEO


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Eman Pulis is founder and CEO of the leading iGaming showcase in Malta – SiGMA, Malta A.I & Blockchain Summit and Cannabiz Summit World. In addition to a wealth of experience in event management, Eman Pulis holds a degree in Education with first-class honours. He also holds a master’s degree in both diplomacy and creativity & innovation. Mr Pulis was recently appointed Senior Advisor at GanaEight Coin.

Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri Bin Wan Ahmad Amin Jaffri

Acting Group Chief Executive Officer

Sime Darby Property Berhad

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Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri Bin Wan Ahmad Amin Jaffri, a Malaysian aged 59, is the Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Property Berhad, Malaysia’s largest Property Developer by size of land bank. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Kingston University, United Kingdom in 1984.

Dato’ Wan Hashimi has over 35 years of experience in general management, property development, construction, building materials and design as well as asset management. In 2005, Dato Wan Hashimi joined Negara Properties (M) Berhad as its Chief Executive Officer which saw the turnaround of the company from a loss position of RM20 million to a profit-making company within a year. He left Negara Properties to join Sime Darby Property Berhad in 2008 as Senior Vice President, Property Development Operations. Over the years, Dato Wan Hashimi has held several senior positions within the company to drive the overall businesses performance of property investment, asset management, hospitality and leisure, project management, township development, integrated development, joint venture projects and transformation agenda.

He was appointed as Vice President for Real Estate & Housing Developers’ Association (REHDA) Malaysia and Chairman for REHDA Kuala Lumpur in 2015 and currently serves as a Director of Cyberview Sdn Bhd and Malaysia-China Kuantan Industrial Park, among others.


George Fountaine



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George Fountaine joined Spafax International Ltd in January 2018 as a non-executive Director.

Spafax are the world leaders in unbreakable Vehicle mirrors for the transport, military, construction and agricultural industries.

George has, throughout his working career, mainly been involved in Logistics, he was a director and co-founder of an international relocation company, TIR Ltd, in 1980, before setting up and running his own courier company, Securispeed Ltd, later merging with another company to form Cannon Couriers, where he was responsible for the day to day operations and later becoming sales and marketing director.

In the late nineties He left to set up a Landscaping business, drawing on his farming background and love of the countryside and outdoors.

He was educated at Trent College, Nottingham.

He now lives in England following 2 years in Milan and 18 months in Paris with his partner.

He is a father to two teenage boys.

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.

Greg Ogbeifun


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.

Nicolas Constantinides


Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC

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Nicolas Constantinides is a Partner at Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC, a leading law firm in Cyprus.

Nicolas advises international and local clients from a wide range of industries on matters pertaining to corporate, commercial and competition law and also regularly deals with mergers and acquisitions, international trade, banking & finance and construction law.

Prior to practising law, Nicolas Constantinides served as a diplomat at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Cyprus to the EU in Brussels, responsible for the Government’s relations with the European Parliament. Nicolas also represented Cyprus at the EU Council Working Party on Transatlantic Relations and coordinated inter-institutional relations during the 2012 Cyprus Presidency of the EU Council.

Nicolas is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), the Cyprus Bar Association and is currently acting as the Secretary of the Kyrenia Bar Association, one of Cyprus’ regional bar associations.

Nicolas studied Law at University of Surrey and holds an LLM in International Law from the same University. He undertook his vocational training at the College of Law of England & Wales, London Bloomsbury, completing the Bar Vocational Course (BVC). He was Called to the Bar by The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.

Rob May

Chief Executive

The Association of Business Executives

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Rob May has led ABE since 2017. He has held leadership roles in some of the world’s most respected education brands including City & Guilds Group, Oxford Cambridge & RSA and YMCA. ABE works around the world, covering more than 40 countries and providing educational courses in business and entrepreneurial skills, which promote equality, competition, empowerment and poverty reduction. Rob has substantial experience in UK and international education markets, and has launched customer-centred change programmes, business models, digital services, and product/process roll-outs across UK, Africa, CARICOM and China ASEAN. He is a Non-Executive Director at the Federation of Awarding Bodies and is Chair of the Federation’s International Forum.

Rob has a special interest in encouraging high-impact entrepreneurship in emerging economies as an engine of sustainable growth. He is the founder and driving force behind the Business Stay-Up initiative, a research-led campaign to raise awareness of the pressures and challenges business owners face as they seek to survive and scale and understand what can be done to increase the probability of success.

Ashley Brook



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Ashley is a Director at TPP, a leading healthcare technology company specialising in shared Electronic Health Records (EHR), Patient Apps and Artificial Intelligence solutions.

Ashley is responsible for TPP’s global strategy, key stakeholder partnerships, market penetration and new business.

Ashley has been with TPP for over 14 years since graduating with a BA Hons in Business Studies. Ashley’s key experience is within healthcare technology where he has a proven track record of working with governmental and private sector organisations to identify solutions to improve health outcomes for citizens. Ashley has led on government implementations and commercial negotiations for largescale contracts. He represents TPP on an international stage participating at various conferences and attending UK overseas Trade Missions.

Niro Cooke

Group Director

The Capital Maharaja Organisation

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Niro Cooke is a Group Director on the Main Board of The Capital Maharaja Organisation (Pvt.) Limited, Sri Lanka’s largest privately owned conglomerate. He has been involved in developing infrastructure and energy projects in Sri Lanka since 2007. Having been educated in the United Kingdom since the age of five, and graduating from Regent’s Business School, London with a BA (Hons) in International Business, Niro brings an international perspective to business in Sri Lanka.

Niro is actively involved in developing large scale government infrastructure and energy projects, and is very passionate about sustainable development. His vision is to transform the Sri Lankan economy into a competitive and sustainably industrialized nation that adds value to the supply chain regionally and globally.

Niro also introduced Quintessentially Group (UK) to Sri Lanka & The Maldives with the idea of promoting luxury tourism as a way of attracting investment into Sri Lanka, following its success in Sri Lanka & The Maldives, Niro has gone on to establish Quintessentially in Malaysia.

Ismail Suttar


The Economic Council of Employers’ Federation of Pakistan

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Mr. Ismail Suttar, is currently serving as the Chairman of the Economic Council at the Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, a 68 years old non-profit “Voice of Employers” entity, which is an active constituent of the International Labor Organization (ILO), representing the largest single stakeholders’ body in Pakistan, comprising of over 1000 organizations, industrial associations and leading chambers, as well as an estimated 3 million workforce.

This grants EFP-EC, the statutory mandate to serve as the linchpin of not only bridging the gap between the business community and the government but also of strengthening the bilateral trade ties of Pakistan with regional and global players.

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.

Adeeb Ahamed

Managing Director

Twenty14 Holdings

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From capturing the financial services market to introducing world class brands to India & UAE and making a mark in the hospitality sector worldwide, young entrepreneur Adeeb Ahamed is a man of many achievements.

He has gone on to successfully establish LuLu Financial Group as one of the world’s leading financial services organization with more than 200 branches across the globe. He also leads various other ventures including the organized retail wing Tablez and hospitality investment firm – Twenty14 Holdings, which has under it some of the most prestigious hotels around the world including the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London, UK, the Sheraton Oman in Muscat and the Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay Dubai in UAE. Adeeb‘s growing influence as an engaging business leader has also earned him a position on the senior advisory board of the South Asia Regional Strategy Group (RSG) at the World Economic Forum (WEF).

A visionary leader, an insightful entrepreneur and a socially responsible philanthropist, Adeeb is a leading global Indian business leader in the industries he has ventured into.

Caroline van Scheltinga

Chairman and CEO

Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd

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Caroline van Scheltinga is Chairman and CEO of Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd  since 2011. Initially charged with restructuring a non-performing loan portfolio in excess of $250 million for British Caribbean Bank, she converted loans into ownership, created a successful hospitality and real estate development division and brought back to life many developments in the Turks and Caicos Islands that had been foreclosed upon after the 2008 credit crisis. She formed the Turks and Caicos Collection brand of all-inclusive luxury resorts and now has over eight years of operating experience in hospitality and real estate development in addition to finance. Prior to her appointment, she worked as an investment banker on Wall Street in New York for 23 years. She has had leadership positions at firms such as Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers and Jefferies being responsible for the telecommunications practice within investment banking at Jefferies and co-founding Lehman Brothers’ restructuring group. Her expertise is in Mergers and Acquisitions,  restructurings, and both debt and equity public offerings. She also holds a Non-Executive Board position on an Australian Stock Exchange listed Telecommunications company called Speedcast.  She has an LLM degree from Leiden University, the Netherlands and an MBA degree from INSEAD, France.

Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh Sock Ping, CBE

Executive Chairman

YTL Group of Companies

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Francis Yeoh is Executive Chairman of the YTL Group of Companies. The Group has a combined market capitalization of RM32.8 billion (US$8.0 billion) and total assets of RM70.4 billion (US$17.2 billion). He is Chairman of YTL PowerSeraya Private Limited, one of the biggest electricity companies in Singapore, and Chairman of Wessex Water Limited in the UK.

He is Founding Member of the Malaysian Business Council and Capital Markets Advisory Council, Member of Asia Business Council and he is an Independent Non-Executive Director of The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited.

In 2010, he was made Primus Inter Pares Honoree of the Oslo Business for Peace Award by a panel of Nobel Laureates, for actively advocating socially responsible business ethics and practices.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Regulated Industries at the 7th World Chinese Economic Summit held in London in 2015 and he was named CEO of the Year at the Asian Power Awards in 2017.

Francis Yeoh was awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2006. He has also been bestowed the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan in 2018. In the same year the Italian government conferred upon him the honour of Grande Officiale of the Order of the Star of Italy.

He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kingston (UK) and received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering. He is a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers in London. He was also conferred an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Nottingham (UK).


Jim Ovia

Founder and Chairman

Zenith Bank Plc

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Jim Ovia is the Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, West Africa’s largest bank.  The Bank is ranked 325th in the world (The Banker, Top 1000 World Banks, 2016). Zenith Bank has over $16bn in assets with operations in international locations such as UK, UAE, China, Ghana, Sierra Leone and The Gambia in addition to over 300 branches in Nigeria.

He had always instilled a high level of corporate governance across the Bank; enabling it to achieve a $850m GDR listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2013.  In 2017, the Bank issued a $500m Eurobond that was four times oversubscribed and priced better than the equivalent home country sovereign bond.

As the Chairman of Prudential Zenith Life Assurance Limited, he oversaw the landmark partnership with Prudential UK, one of the world’s largest life assurance companies, and Zenith Life Assurance Company.

As part of his philanthropic efforts, Jim Ovia is one of the founding directors of Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN) in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Realizing the importance that education played in his success, he established the Jim Ovia Foundation.  To date over 1,500 students have been provided with university scholarships.

Recognizing the gap in high quality secondary education, the Jim Ovia Foundation established James Hope College in his hometown of Agbor, Delta State; a co-educational boarding school that provides scholarships for over 35% of its pupils.

Jim Ovia’s contribution to the Nigerian economy has been recognized by successive governments; he was conferred with the national award of Commander of the Order of Niger (CON, 2011).  Jim Ovia is an alumnus of Harvard Business School (OPM), University of Louisiana, Monroe, (MBA), Southern University, Louisiana, (B.Sc. Business Administration).