ABE is a not-for-profit skills development organisation which provides internationally recognised professional qualifications and powerful learning tools in some of the world’s most challenging and complex environments.
Since 1973, ABE has focused on emerging economies, reducing equality within and among nations by providing the business skills needed to participate in the world economy.
Our products cross generations. We have entrepreneurship courses aimed at 11-15-year old’s, academic qualifications for young adults and CPD for mid-career professionals seeking to update their skills to meet the challenges of a dynamic, unpredictable and more connected world.
We also work with governments and NGOs on economic capacity building initiatives, and our global-local approach means that our teams are embedded in countries around the world, ensuring effective project delivery that’s integrated with regional priorities.
ABE operates across 35 countries, with a strong focus on Commonwealth nations. 1.5 million people have mastered essential practical business skills through ABE’s active learning programmes.
As a thought leader in skills policy and development, we continuously invest in research and development, using our global experience with employers and learners to ensure that our courses always reflect the very latest business concepts. We help thousands of people each year to find decent work, progress their career or start their own enterprise.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chief Executive ABE
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, Cambridge Assessment and YMCA.
ABE works around the world, 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 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.
ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) is the global body for professional accountants, offering business-relevant, first-choice qualifications to people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.
ACCA supports its 200,000 members and 486,000 students in 180 countries, helping them to develop successful careers in accounting and business, with the skills required by employers. ACCA works through a network of 101 offices and centres and more than 7,200 Approved Employers worldwide, who provide high standards of employee learning and development. Through its public interest remit, ACCA promotes appropriate regulation of accounting and conducts relevant research to ensure accountancy continues to grow in reputation and influence.
ACCA is currently introducing major innovations to its flagship qualification to ensure its members and future members continue to be the most valued, up to date and sought-after accountancy professionals globally.
Founded in 1904, ACCA has consistently held unique core values: opportunity, diversity, innovation, integrity and accountability. More information is here: www.accaglobal.com
Advisory Council Nominee
Global Head of Public Affairs ACCA
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.
Africa Law Practice
ALP (Africa Law Practice) is a commercial law firm in Nigeria, established as the result of a carefully cultivated 25-year vision. The partnership practices under the name ‘Africa Law Practice’ and ‘ALP Legal’.
The firm is a strategic merger of distinct practices bringing together legal, business and policy expertise that underscores Africa’s growth. The merged practices have easily placed ALP Legal at the forefront, as a leading corporate commercial law firm.
As increased investment and rapid private sector growth in Africa transformed its economies, the need for home-grown, regionally-oriented and excellent quality legal services became imperative. This also led to the establishment of ALP Legal, as a Nigeria-based, Africa business-focused firm that delivers the very best of African legal and advisory services.
The partners have over 100 years of combined experience in legal and business advisory services in Nigeria and internationally. Additionally, our significant experience in the public sector and government relations gives us an advantage in helping our clients to navigate Nigeria’s sometimes complex regulatory and public sector landscape.
The firm has significant industry knowledge which covers, but is not limited to, the following areas:
Energy, natural resources and infrastructure
Admiralty and maritime
Transport and logistics
Culture, media and creative industries
Hospitality and leisure
Consumer goods and retail
Regulatory and government affairs
Our Practice expertise include:
Corporate and commercial
Litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution
Africa Law Practice recently became one of the Strategic Partners of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and the only Nigerian Law firm to become a strategic Partner.
Lagos, Nigeria. Also in Abuja (FCT)
Advisory Council Nominee
Olasupo Shasore, SAN, FCIArb
Partner Africa Law Practice
Olasupo Shasore is a partner at Africa Law Practice and a Senior Counsel (a member of the inner bar, appointed Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) in 2006); often referred to as a ‘seasoned arbitrator and strategic litigator’, thirty years of experience acting for sovereign, sub-national and private international parties in international commercial & investment arbitration/ litigation and other advisory capacities; shipping & maritime law, project and risk advice in mining, natural resources, energy and infrastructure; seasoned and frequently appointed arbitrator or expert on Nigerian Law.
Shasore has significant experience in commercial arbitration; lead counsel in an on-going complex State- Investor dispute, an International Investment Arbitration before ICSID Tribunal; Represented the Sovereign States and entities in leading precedents on Sovereign Immunity in Nigeria; Frequently selected expert on Nigerian law at arbitration/foreign proceedings.
Olasupo is a counsel and legal adviser to the Eko Atlantic City development project, a ten million square meter city and infrastructure development project in Nigeria; Energy advisor to energy sector investors and transactions involving significant power company M&A transactions; significant public sector experience: Attorney-General for Lagos State Nigeria, (2007-2011); 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.
Author: ‘Commercial Arbitration Law and International Practice in Nigeria’ (2011) (Johnson & Shasore); ‘Jurisdiction and Sovereign Immunity in Nigerian Commercial Law (Practice and Textbook) (NIIA 2007); Publisher and Editor-in-Chief (since 2004), Commercial Law Reports of Nigeria(CLRN).
Bassadone Automotive Group
Established in 1904, Bassadone Automotive Group specialises in the export primarily of Toyota and Jeep vehicles to the UN, GO’s and NGOs in developing countries.
Our Chairman and 100% owner, George AC Bassadone OBE took over his father Alfred Bassadone’s business over 40 years ago and has since developed the Group into its current position as a significant Private European Automotive distributor consisting of 8 companies exclusively devoted to the Automotive industry active in Finland, The Baltic States, United Kingdom, Spain and Gibraltar; employing circa 500 employees worldwide. In 2018 the group sales for new cars alone was just under 36,000.
Over this time the Group has developed and expanded to its position as one of the leading independent automotive groups in Europe; 6,000 Toyotas are supplied yearly to the United Nations and NGO’s. The Bassadone Group are the agents for Peugeot, Toyota, Lexus, Hyundai, Kia, Honda, Suzuki, SsangYong, Jeep, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Izusu.
In 2007 Bassadone Automotive Group was awarded the Investors in People (IiP) standard and went on to be accredited with the IiP Gold and Champion Status in 2014. In 2017 a new level was introduced and the Group attained the highest possible status : Platinum.
Advisory Council Nominee
Group Chief Executive Officer Bassadone Automotive Group
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.
Bestway Group is the tenth largest privately-owned business in the United Kingdom with an annual turnover of in excess of £3.2 billion and third largest family business in the UK.
Bestway is the second largest wholesaler in the UK, the third largest retail pharmacy in the UK, the largest cement producer in Pakistan and the second largest private bank in Pakistan. The Group provides employment to over 38,000 globally including 15,000 in the UK.
Advisory Council Nominee
Zameer Mohammed Choudrey
Chief Executive Bestway Group
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).
Brunswick Group LLP
Brunswick is a strategic advisory firm focused on critical issues. Our purpose is to help companies play a more successful role in society.
We advise on critical issues at the centre of business, politics and society, and help our understand and navigate these interconnected worlds.
Advisory Council Nominee
Partner Brunswick Group LLP
Tom Burns is a Partner at Brunswick, the leading global critical issues advisory 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. Tom is a trustee of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s Commonwealth Study Conferences. Tom read Classics at Trinity College, Cambridge.
Cameroon National Shippers’ Council
Cameroon National Shippers’ Council is a Public Agency created by Decree n° 75/118 of 21 January 1975 and reorganized by Decree n° 78/052 of 12 February 1978, restructured by Decree n° 98/311 of 9 December 1998.
Enable each shipper to perform import and export operations with ease regardless of the mode of transport chosen and at an optimal cost.
Providing assistance to and protecting the interests of shippers with a view to contributing to the promotion of international trade. The main objective of the CNSC is to fulfil these missions while its permanent challenge is to meet the expectations of shippers.
In order to achieve these objectives, the CNSC carries out field actions such as training, information, studies and counselling, negotiations and the construction of infrastructures.
Over the last ten years, we have stepped up our activities and made significant investments for the benefit of shippers. These include and are not limited to the creation of new services, the opening of CNSC’s country office in Paris-France and regional offices in the port cities of Kribi and Limbe, the construction and operationalization of cargo warehouses within the ports of Douala, Kribi and Tiko Wharf and the undergoing construction of the Douala-Ndjamena corridor trucker accommodation centres. All these achievements and many others make the CNSC a key player in international trade and trade facilitation.
Advisory Council Nominee
Auguste Mbappe Penda
General Manager Cameroon National Shippers’ Council
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.
Capital Maharaja Organisation
The Capital Maharaja Organisation Limited is the largest privately owned, multifaceted group of companies in Sri Lanka. It comprises over 20 operating companies, divided broadly into nine spheres of activity:
Information Communication Technology (ICT)
Media, Entertainment & Communication
Personal Care & Consumer Products
Plastics – HDPE, PVC
Services – Shipping and Logistics
Land Bank / Real Estate
In each of these spheres, the Group has one or more companies that, if not the market leader, are leaders in the field. Moreover, in many of these industry sectors the Group has either pioneered the business, or been the first in the private sector to embark upon such activity in Sri Lanka.
The group continues to seek opportunities to diversify through joint ventures with internationally renowned partners.
Advisory Council Nominee
Group Director Capital Maharaja Organisation
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 throughout, 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.
Cavendish Group is a leading corporate development and recruitment firm providing bespoke services to source first-rate candidates with the talent, skills and industry knowledge required to elevate a business
The company has years of experience in identifying and mentoring the leaders of tomorrow, upholding the belief that championing employee wellbeing is the key to success. Cavendish works to transform companies, working for more than 25 years with world-leading organisations to build essential C-suite networks among global technology firms. The Cavendish recruitment process stems from a philosophy of finding and retaining talent and fostering an environment in which individuals can realise their potential.
Cavendish Group works both with firms seeking to fill vacancies or work on a growth area and individuals wishing to take the next step in their career. It has worked creatively and collaboratively with top-tier clients including Accenture, Deloitte, McKinsey & Company and the Wellcome Trust.
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO Cavendish Group
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. https://twitter.com/mala_manku
CDC is the UK’s development finance institution, wholly owned by the UK Government’s Department for International Development. Founded in 1948, our mission is to support the building of businesses in Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
We do this with a dual objective: to support growth and jobs that lift people out of poverty, and to make a financial return, which we reinvest into more businesses. In this way, we use our capital over and over again to help create the jobs and economic stability that will enable countries to leave poverty behind.
We invest in Africa and Asia because over 80% of the world’s poorest people live in these regions. We focus on investing in countries where the private sector is weak, jobs are scarce, and the investment climate is difficulty, but particularly in sectors where growth leads to jobs. These sectors are financial services, infrastructure, health, manufacturing, food and agriculture, construction and real estate, and education.
Advisory Council Nominee
Head of Global Affairs CDC Group
Andrew has a background in politics, sustainability and international development policy. He leads stakeholder and policy work for CDC Group.
Before joining CDC, he was Head of External Relations for Development Initiatives, a research organisation with a focus on improving the transparency of financial flows for sustainable development. During this time Andrew set up the organisation’s US office and worked on the negotiations of the UN Global Goals in New York.
Andrew has worked as an adviser on international development and poverty in the UK Houses of Parliament. He also has also worked in the private sector where he led the launch of a sustainability strategy for an international corporation.
Chimons Gas Limited
Chimons is an energy company focused on projects in the LPG, Oil and Gas and energy sectors.
Long form Description Chimons is an energy company focused on projects in the LPG, Oil and Gas and energy sectors.
Chimons is in the business of:
• Oil and Gas Terminals
• Hydrocarbon and Liquefied Gas Storage Facilities
• LPG Bottling and Storage Terminals
• Pipelines and Pumping Stations
• Loading Facilities for roads, wagon or marine tankers.
• LPG Cylinders and Skid Plants
• Gas Processing Plants
• Bulk trading of LNG, LPG, Propane and other Natural Gas Liquids (NGL’s) with NNPC and NLNG as her major partners.
• Reticulation in buildings
Chimons’ sister companies – Solberg Nigeria Limited and Triansel Engineering Limited are major players in the construction market focusing on roads, bridges, highways and housing.
These companies are highly experienced in construction of turnkey harbour, jetties, warehouses and assorted rural concrete roads within the difficult coastal regions of the Niger Delta areas of Nigeria.
Advisory Council Nominee
Engr. Chibuike L. Achigbu
Chairman & CEO Chimons Gas Limited
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 Limited and Triansel Engineering Limited, both are engineering companies 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.
City of London Corporation
The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.
We aim to:
Contribute to a flourishing society
Support a thriving economy
Shape outstanding environments
By strengthening the connections, capacity and character of the City, London and the UK for the benefit of people who live, work and visit here. Our reach extends far beyond the Square Mile’s boundaries and across private, public and voluntary sector responsibilities. This, along with our independent and non-party political voice and convening power, enables us to promote the interests of people and organisations across London and the UK and play a valued role on the world stage.
Advisory Council Nominee
Alderman Alan Yarrow
Alderman City of London Corporation
Sir Alan Yarrow is Chairman of Turquoise, on the Board of Arbuthnot Latham Group, James Hambro and Partners, IPS Group, and Advisor to Zeamo. Recently Chairman of the CISI and Chairman of Kleinwort Benson Group.
A past Lord Mayor of London (2014-15), Sir Alan is also an Alderman, a Magistrate and HM Lieutenant of the City of London. He is Vice President of the Royal Mencap Society, Previously an Almoner of Christ’s Hospital and Trustee of the Police Foundation.
Clarkslegal LLP is a leading, full service commercial law firm with a reputation for being innovative, practical, commercial and strategic, able to draw on expertise from our associated companies to help deliver solutions for our clients in the UK and internationally.
We act for a wide range of businesses, from start-up and SMEs, to multinationals and FTSE250 companies as well as numerous public sector bodies and individual clients.
Our aim is to make things happen for our clients, whether from a legal perspective or by helping them make the right connections to achieve their desired business outcomes.
As well as this, Clarkslegal works closely with its subsidiary Human Resources Consultancy, Forbury People, to offer a range of services and solutions to clients in respect of their HR challenges.
The firm has extensive expertise in supporting enterprise and innovation. We operate Forbury Investment Network, which seeks to secure investment funding for emerging technologies from the UK, as well as managing the Commonwealth Environmental Investment Platform (CEIP), a pan-Commonwealth network linking entrepreneurs and companies in the sustainability sector to each other and to international investors. The platform is designed to facilitate trade and investment in sustainable technologies to help connect like-minded businesses, to improve international awareness of developments in green technology and sustainability issues, and to support low carbon economic growth across the Commonwealth.
Internationally, we are part of TAGLaw, a major global network of law firms giving clients access to high-quality legal advice in over 90 countries.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chairman Clarkslegal LLP
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 disputes and crisis management. He is co-author of the collective 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 and is now in its second edition.
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.
Michael won the Legal 500 award of 2019 Individual Human Resources Lawyer of the year (outside London) and is ranked by Chambers and Partners 2019 guide as the only Eminent Practitioner in Employment Law in the Thames Valley region of the UK
Concrete Canvas Ltd (CC Ltd) manufactures an innovative new construction material Concrete Canvas® (CC), which is revolutionising the way that concrete is used.
CC consists of a flexible concrete-filled geotextile which hardens on hydration to form a thin, durable, waterproof layer; essentially, it’s concrete on a roll. CC is used for a wide range of applications in erosion control and containment such as lining water channels, protecting slopes, covering bunds as well as many more.
The company was established in 2005 as a university spin-out from Imperial College and the Royal College of Art by the two co-founders and Directors who still run the company. The company has seen rapid growth over the last ten years and now sells into more than 80 countries around the world – recently being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – International Trade 2019. Offices include Belgium, Italy, UAE, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia as well as the headquarters in the UK.
Concrete Canvas Ltd sells primarily into three core market sectors Civil Infrastructure, Mining & Petrochemical. The company prides itself on innovation, customer service and a collaborative approach to business typified by its international outlook, which has resulted in a network of more than 65 global sales partners.
Advisory Council Nominee
Director and Co-founder Concrete Canvas
Will is a 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 the UK Ministry of Defence, studying 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 a US VC firm.
Will was recently awarded a Silver Medal by the Royal Academy of Engineering, presented to individuals in recognition of their outstanding contribution to British Engineering.
Confederation of Indian Industry
As India’s premier business association with a network of 66 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 over 300 counterpart organizations in 106 countries, CII serves as a reference point for Indian industry and the international business community.
Advisory Council Nominee
Director General Confederation of Indian Industry
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.
Coulthard Barnes is the platform of the family office of the New Zealand-based entrepreneurs and investors Andrew Barnes and Charlotte Lockhart.
They seek opportunities to promote New Zealand’s economic and social interests by investing in or supporting innovative businesses that meet one of more of the following criteria:
Originated and held in New Zealand
Core services of fintech and/or legal
Social impact and/or export potential
As a philanthropist and business leader, Andrew develops forward-thinking models of blending profit with social good: he conceived and implemented the four-day week at Perpetual Guardian, and is the chair of PaySauce, the payroll technology business that has created an employee draw-down service designed to eliminate ultra-high-interest payday lending that perpetuates the poverty cycle.
A business advocate, Charlotte has a passion for seeing New Zealand companies and founders do well on the international stage. She works alongside other philanthropists and business leaders to help create an environment for excellence for all business stages, from start-up to scale-up.
Advisory Council Nominee
Philanthropist, Investor Coulthard Barnes
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.
Crown Agents Bank
Crown Agents is a leading wholesale bank for emerging markets. As a global transaction bank, we offer a full suite of FX, payments, trade finance and money market services to Supra National, Central Banks, Financial Institutions, governments, NGOs and select commercial enterprises.
We also, through our sister company Crown Agents Investment Management (CAIM), provide investment management and reserves management services to our clients.
At Crown Agents Bank, we have an unrivalled understanding of our focus Frontier and Emerging Markets. We have the necessary experience, relationships and product capabilities to deliver FX and payment services including illiquid Frontier Market currencies in addition to treasury and trade services.
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO Crown Agents Bank
Albert Maasland started his career in banking at Chase Manhattan Bank – later J P Morgan – and during his 11 year career was involved in transforming and building a range of highly successful and profitable business units. This included launching the world’s first generation of cross-border electronic transaction banking services and setting up sales teams in global cash management, institutional and custody areas before taking over as Head of FX sales.
Albert later became Global head of Business Development at HSBC Markets before tackling the transformation of the FX business at Deutsche Bank, helping steer them from 24th to the number one FX provider worldwide. He took on various other roles before joining the Deutsche Bank Wholesale and the Investment Bank’s Management Committee.
He founded or co-founded a number of start up businesses before returning to banking and helped establish the global e-commerce business at Standard Chartered before moving to Saxo Bank where he fulfilled numerous roles including CEO of Saxo Bank UK and then Chairman of Saxo Bank Capital Markets UK. He was CEO of Knight Capital Europe and subsequently KCG Europe before becoming Group CEO of Crown Agents Bank and its sister Asset Management Business.
Custodian Investment plc
Custodian commenced operations in 1995 as an insurance company known as Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited, underwriting Non-life insurance business.
Having grown organically and through mergers & acquisitions, the company is now known as Custodian Investment Plc, a wholly owned Nigerian Investment company with interests in Life Insurance, General Insurance, Pensions and Trusteeship. The Custodian Group has as subsidiaries Custodian and Allied Insurance Limited, Custodian Life Assurance Limited, CrusaderSterling Pensions Limited and Custodian Trustees Limited.
Central to our operations is the quest for sustainable insurance anchored on satisfactory customer experience driven through superior product and service offerings tailored to suit customer needs and preferences.
This has earned us notable honors and recognition from such bodies as Capital Finance International (CFI.co) and The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) Pearl Awards among others.
Custodian has a robust investment portfolio with group Assets Under Management (AUM) of about $1billion, with innovative technology deployment in the creation and delivery of first-class services and products to customers.
The Board of Directors comprises seasoned professionals and captains of industry, bringing several years of experience to bear upon the Board. Besides its oversight function, the Board also provides strategic direction for the company by establishing a policy-based system of governance.
Our Head office is located in Lagos, with Regional offices in Abuja and Port Harcourt in addition to Branch offices located in major state capitals and cities in Nigeria.
Custodian is a member of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEPFI) and is a signatory to its Principles for Sustainable Insurance (Initiative) Initiative, underscoring our quest for sustainable insurance.
Advisory Council Nominee
Founder and Group Managing Director Custodian Investment plc
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 Nigerian Insurers Association and the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. He has received numerous awards including nomination as “African CEO of the Year” by African Reinsurance Corporation and three (3) time awardee of the Top 25 CEO’s Award by the influential BusinessDay Newspaper.
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.
db Group can trace its origins back to a small guesthouse that was opened by the founder Silvio Debono in the 1980s. With over 30 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industries, the Group has forged several strategic partnerships with leading global brands, including Hard Rock Café International, the Accor Hotel Group, and RIU Hotels & Resorts.
By developing such relationships with recognised international players, the Group have amassed invaluable business acumen and experience. This has allowed it to establish its unique brand in Malta – db Hotels + Resorts, which boasts over 3,500 beds and a staff complement of around 2,850 employees, making it by far the largest hotel operator in Malta.
Throughout the decades, the Group has managed to diversify its portfolio of core operations, by venturing into the fields of contract catering, healthcare, and property development. With each passing year, db Group continues to improve on previous results but also venturing into new opportunities.
With a positive outlook in European markets, the Group decided to crystallise its borrowing costs by issuing public bonds. This led to the release of a €65 million 10-year Bond at a fixed coupon of 4.35%m which was heavily oversubscribed upon its issue on the 25th April 2017. The bond was subsequently admitted for listing on the Malta Stock Exchange on the 4th May 2017.
Recently, the Group secured the signing of a 99-year concession for a lucrative tract of land located in Malta’s high sought-after St. George’s Bay area. The vision for this location will be the db City Centre Complex, a mixed development initiative that will propel the Group to new and higher quality levels of operation. In addition, db Group has also managed to secure a franchise agreement with Hard Rock Holdings Ltd for the branding of a 5-star hotel within this development.
The future for db Group is forecast to yield a lot of new opportunities and investment, and with a turnover in 2017 increased by a 9% factoring in at €46.6 million, the group is set to break its own records in the coming years.
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO db Group
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.
De La Rue
With a 200 year heritage, De La Rue works to the highest ethical standards and stands firm in its fight against counterfeiting and fraud.
This, alongside an unrivalled commitment to innovation and sustainability, ensures De La Rue remains at the forefront of new developments in the delivery of security and integrity of banknotes, and the provision of Product Authentication solutions. De La Rue is a truly global business, with customers in 140 markets, manufacturing locations across three continents, and over 2,000 employees in place – with products and services in use in every country around the world.
De La Rue’s organisational structure::
Currency Division – led by Ruth Euling, Managing Director,
De La Rue recognises that financial inclusion is critical to economic well-being and with over 80% of all global transactions currently made with cash, it is critical that the currency in people’s hands is authentic, easily available and cost effectively distributed.
From world-leading design and the integration of innovative high-security features, to safeguarding national reputations, at De La Rue, we create banknotes solutions that meet the individual needs of each currency and circulation environment.
Authentication Division – led by Andrew Clint, Managing Director
The total value of counterfeit and pirated goods in 2017 was estimated to be US$1.2 trillion. The consequences of illicit trade are far reaching and damaging for society; stunting socio-economic growth, risking citizens’ health, fueling criminal activity and damaging brand reputations. To combat illicit trade, the authenticity of products needs to be guaranteed from source to consumption.
At De La Rue, we create and deliver secure physical identifiers in the form of tax stamps and product authentication labels, as well as digital software solutions that help to protect from counterfeit and illicit trade, that help to secure revenues and safeguard reputations.
De La Rue in the Commonwealth
Since its inception, the Commonwealth has been at the heart of De La Rue, delivering products and solutions to more than 80% of countries within the Commonwealth. Furthermore, over 95% of the workforce live and work in the Commonwealth and the majority of the production facilities are located in the Commonwealth. De La Rue is also active in helping to shape a better and more sustainable future by Investing in building expertise across the Commonwealth through scholarships, entrepreneurial training, start-up funding and local community support.
Advisory Council Nominee
Managing Director De La Rue
Ruth is the Managing Director of the Currency Division at De La Rue plc, the FTSE350 market leader in the supply of banknotes and related security services to Central Banks and Governments worldwide.
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 Global Sales Director for banknotes 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.
Direct Global is a technology company focused on developing and operating platforms that allow purchasers to leverage their collective purchasing power to reduce the cost of procuring raw materials, finished goods and services.
The company’s proprietary web-based platform enables medium and large corporations to harness their collective purchasing power to reduce purchasing and shipping costs. The company’s subsidiary, Direct Co-ops, focuses on helping small and medium-sized businesses. Direct Co-ops has developed a web-based platform that works with local business associations and others to connect local small and medium enterprises and enable them to aggregate orders for goods and services from local and national manufacturers, suppliers and service providers. By consolidating shipping, the company helps participating businesses reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains. Direct Global and Direct Co-ops have been featured on Bloomberg-BNN, Yahoo! Finance, Business Insider and received mention in “Everything for Everyone”, Nathan Schneider’s seminal text on the modern business cooperative movement.
Advisory Council Nominee
President CEO Direct Global
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:
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)
The Toronto Clinic (Canada’s premier corporate executive medical clinic)
Stemedica Cell Technologies (best in class FDA-approved allogeneic adult stem cell manufacturer in the USA)
Resdev Tax Consultants (top global R&D consulting firm serving Canada, UK & USA)
ConnectHub (next generation conference and business networking platform)
Emilianides Katsaros LLC
A. & E. C. Emilianides, C. Katsaros & Associates LLC (Emilianides Katsaros LLC or EK LLC) is a full-service law practice based in Cyprus, with offices in Nicosia and Limassol.
Its parent company, A. & E. C. Emilianides, has excelled in providing legal services for more than a century.
Led by Prof. Dr. Achilles C. Emilianides and Costas V. Katsaros, EK LLC has been transformed into a group of professional services and one of the major legal practices of the island, with a team of more than 40 qualified professionals, offering legal, advisory & corporate services in a variety of industries such as banking & finance, commerce & trade, insurance, technology, tourism, media, real estate & construction, transportation, shipping, energy, medicine, agriculture.
The firm serves as an advisor of major Cypriot public institutions and of private organizations that operate both locally and internationally. Since Cyprus offers a business friendly environment and legal, tax & corporate regime, the Firm provides a full spectrum of legal, corporate & administrative support to a worldwide portfolio of international clients that operate in or from Cyprus. The firm has enjoys a network of associates and affiliations with global reach.
The Firm’s legal & litigation department advises clients by providing legal opinions & support and by practicing advocacy in numerous disputes, complex legal & litigation matters, including some of the highest profile cases of the island.
The advisory department offers consultancy services & support to major organizations, providing training seminars & consulting services for the Association of Banks in Cyprus & actively assisting in many projects some of the biggest banking institutions & other organizations of the island in a variety of fields, such as personal data protection & DPO services, compliance & restructurings.
The corporate department supports international clients in all areas of their corporate activities, including establishment & administration of companies, funds & trusts. The firm’s headquarters in Nicosia host a business centre with full administrative support and a state-of-the-art infrastructure in the historic centre of the capital of the island.
Advisory Council Nominee
Costas V. Katsaros
Founding Partner Emilianides Katsaros LLC
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), a board member of CNP Holdings and it’s subsidiaries, one of the biggest insurance companies of Cyprus and a member of CNP global group, 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). He also serves as an advisory board member of the Cypriot-Italian business association (Sintesi)
He has been a visiting professor of University of Nicosia (UNIC) and published various scientific articles and lectures.
Employers’ Federation of Pakistan
The Employers’ Federation of Pakistan, known simply as EFP, is a non-profit entity which was established in 1950, under the Companies Ordinance 1984.
Since then, the EFP has risen to prominence as the only ‘body of employers’ in Pakistan that is not only a member of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), but also affiliated with the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Employers (CAPE), as well as, the South Asian Forum of Employers (SAFE). Statistically, the total outreach of EFP, through a base of over 1000 member organizations, and 28 leading chambers and industrial associations, stands at a record 2.5 million Pakistani workers.
Led by the current president, Mr. Majyd Aziz, the EFP is a tripartite constituent of International Labour Organization (ILO), and with it, carries the statutory mandate to bridge the communication gap between various business entities, stakeholders, social partners, and the government, in an effort to draft policies aimed at promoting the welfare of Pakistan. These policies are primarily directed at tackling various issues related to underemployment, poverty, abuse of workers’ rights, and a host socio- and macro-economic problems prevalent in the industrial, agricultural, and services sectors of the Pakistani economy.
In lieu of its unwavering commitments to stimulate the general well-being of the country, and in acting as a linchpin to strengthen the bilateral ties of Pakistan with her trading partners, the EFP recently inaugurated an Economic Council. This EFP Economic Council (EFP-EC), chaired by Mr. Ismail Suttar, and under his new mantra of, “industrialization on war footing”, has set a prime goal to not only tap the countless technological frontiers but also exploit the talent-rich pool of youth to successfully push Pakistan to its next stage of industrialization. Achieving this goal, it firmly believes, shall ensure a thriving future for Pakistan, in terms of both socio and economic prosperity.
The Economic Vision 2030, which was published by the EFP Economic Council in the year 2018, is a testament to the high level of dedication, and business acumen of the renowned economists, and policy makers who make up the board of EFP-EC. These members, strive day and night to overcome the many challenges faced by Pakistan, through provision of such services as legal advisory and consultancy services, and forming key business-academia linkages.
Advisory Council Nominee
Mr. Ismail Suttar
Chairman Employers’ Federation of Pakistan
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.
He has been a visiting professor of University of Nicosia (UNIC) and published various scientific articles and lectures.
Famfa Oil Limited is one of the largest indigenous exporters of Crude Oil in Nigeria.
Famfa Oil is committed to developing one of the deepest and largest offshore discoveries in the Gulf. The Agbami field contains 1 bbl of recoverable reserves and has been in production with Famfa Oil’s partners since 2008. At its peak production, the Agbami field yields up to 250,000.00 barrels of oil per day, which has accounted for over 10% of Nigeria’s total daily production capacity. This has been possible through the Agbami FPSO, (Floating Production Storage and Offloading) vessel, which is located 75 miles off the coast of Nigeria at a depth of 4,800 ft. Till date, Agbami is one of the largest and deepest offshore reservoirs in West Africa. Famfa Oil is committed to investing in the pan African space of the oil industry either through investment of other similar assets or the development of its core capabilities and skills that are required to be a world class company.
Advisory Council Nominee
Vice Chair Famfa Oil
Mrs. Folorunso Alakija is a dynamic Businesswoman and Philanthropist. She oversees several business endeavours including Famfa Oil Limited, her family’s oil exploration & production business where she serves as the Vice Chairman and oversees strategic planning as well as administration.
Likewise, she is the Vice Chairman of Dayspring Property Development Company Limited, a real estate organization with investments in different parts of the world. She is also the Vice Chairman of Digital Reality Print Limited, a world class printing company.
Mrs Folorunso Alakija is Nigerian and has served her country in various capacities. 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.
Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FBCCI) is the umbrella trade organization of Bangladesh and since its inception in 1973 the organization continues to plays an important role in promoting the interest of the business community in all socio-economic, national and international fronts.
FBCCI represents the private sector in numerous Commissions, Boards, Committees, Taskforces, Consultative Bodies and other forums of both govt. and non-govt. entities and engaged in the capacity building of its members and business bodies.
The organization is also involved in forging strong bilateral and multilateral ties with different countries, in particular within through maintaining close working relations with the Overseas National Chambers and Industrial Associations.
FBCCI has a growing membership base and currently represents 500 organizations consisting of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Joint Chamber with Foreign Countries and Trade and Industrial Associations. In addition, FBCCI recently incorporated provision for corporate and associate memberships as part of our trade and investment facilitation and policy advocacy for international businesses present in the country and who are exploring FDI.
Advisory Council Nominee
Sheikh F Fahim
President Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries
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.
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry
Established 90 years ago, FICCI is the largest and oldest apex business organization in India. Its history is closely interwoven with India’s struggle for independence, its industrialization, and its emergence as one of the most rapidly growing global economies.
A non-government, not-for-profit organization, FICCI is the voice of India’s business and industry. From influencing policy to encouraging debate, engaging with policy makers and civil society, FICCI articulates the views and concerns of industry, reaching out to over 2,50,000 companies. FICCI serves its members from large (domestic and global companies) and MSME sectors as well as the public sector, drawing its strength from diverse regional chambers of commerce and industry.
The Chamber with its presence in 14 states and 10 countries provides a platform for networking and consensus-building within and across sectors and is the first port of call for Indian industry, policy makers and the international business community.
Advisory Council Nominee
Dr. Jyotsna Suri
Chairperson & Managing Director Bharat Hotels Limited
Bio 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.
FSD Africa is a non-profit company which aims to increase prosperity, create jobs and reduce poverty by bringing about a transformation in financial markets in SSA and in the economies they serve.
It provides know-how and capital to champions of change whose ideas, influence and actions will make finance more useful to African businesses and households. Through access to finance initiatives, it seeks to build financial inclusion. Through capital market development, it looks to promote economic growth and increase investment. As a regional programme, it seeks to encourage collaboration, knowledge transfer and other market-building activities. FSD Africa is funded by UK aid from the UK government.
Advisory Council Nominee
Director FSD Africa
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.
The Letšeng mine is renowned for its regular production of large, top colour, exceptional white diamonds, making it the highest average dollar per carat kimberlite diamond mine in the world.
Since Gem Diamonds acquired the mine in 2006, Letšeng has produced four of the 20 largest white gem quality diamonds ever recorded.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chief Legal and Commercial Officer Gem Diamonds
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.
Genesis Group Nigeria Limited is a conglomerate offering services in catering, hospitality, entertainment, food production, oil & gas support services, trading and real estate.
Genesis Group was established in 1991 by Ichie (Dr.) Nnaeto Orazulike and currently holds a staff strength of over 2,500. A wholly Nigerian company, Genesis Group defies the odds by threading on paths not many companies have done before. It is an organization that forges ahead with the mission of being a leader within the markets of Nigeria and West Africa.
Genesis Group started with one restaurant in Enugu, Nigeria. A young Nnaeto, having just graduated from university wanted to take his then girlfriend (and now wife) to a nice restaurant in town. Faced with limited options and full of the will to build something great, he took on the challenge to start and run the restaurant he dreamed of. Genesis was born.
Fast forward to today, Genesis Foods is the foremost catering and hospitality organization east of the Niger with a large offering of quick-service restaurants all over Nigeria. A force in the cinema industry in the country and greater West African region, Genesis Cinemas provides deluxe movie-viewing experiences and will establish the first ever cinema in Cameroon. The Sojourner by Genesis, Ikeja and Genesis Hotels, Port Harcourt grant their guests serene and luxurious hotel stays. Genesis Technical (Gentec) is the oil & gas support services unit making dynamic moves in the oil & gas sector. With a mix of the old and the new, Orazulike Trading Company (OTC) is a well-known and reputable leader in the steel industry. Stanchions Nigeria Limited offers property development and real estate including the striking Genesis Centre in Port Harcourt.
At Genesis Group, excellence is a habit and inevitably there is more of that to come.
Advisory Council Nominee
Ichie (Dr.) Nnaeto Orazulike
Founder and Group Managing Director Genesis Group
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.
Ghana Export-Import Bank
The Ghana Export-Import Bank (GEXIM) was established by The Ghana Export – Import Bank Act, 2016, Act 911 in Ghana.
This Act transformed the Export Trade, Agricultural and Industrial Development Fund (EDAIF), a government agency owned wholly by the government into the Ghana Export – Import Bank.
The main objectives of the Ghana Export – Import Bank are as follows:
To support and develop, directly or indirectly trade between Ghana and other countries. (The Bank will assist exporters to compete internationally by acting as an intermediary between
National Governments and exporters by providing export financing facilities to support their oversees activities
To build Ghana’s capacity and comprehensiveness in the international market-place.
The Bank has its head office in Accra, the capital of Ghana with four (4) branches sited in Kumasi, Tamale, Takoradi and Ho.
PROJECTS THAT ARE FUNDED OR SUPPORTED BY GEXIM
Supports Cultivation of Raw materials for Industry such as cashew, oil palm and shea nut
Support the setup and expansion of Industrial Revitalization/Value Addition in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, salt and industrial starch
Supports Import Substitution in areas especially of poultry, sugar and rice
Support Establishment of Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones; i.e. the creation of enabling environment for the setup of industrial and special economic zones through the provision of necessary infrastructures; i.e, electricity, water and telecommunication. Targeted interventions will be introduced to resolve, where possible, access to land.
Strategic Anchor Industries – Raw Material base – to support the setup of these industries with backward integration; i.e, the supply of good quality raw materials
Export Diversification of Non Traditional Export (NTE): the Bank will support this sector with soft credit, asset acquisition, financing and working capital support.
SME Development – support this sector with soft credit, asset acquisition, financing and working capital support especially in agriculture and agribusiness.
One District One Factory – the Bank will indirectly be contributing immensely to the success of the Government flagship programme (1D1F)
Advisory Council Nominee
Chief Executive Officer Ghana Export-Import Bank
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.
Government of Gibraltar
Gibraltar has been British since 1704. Under the Gibraltar Constitution Order of 2006, Gibraltar has full internal self-governance on all issues except foreign affairs, defence and certain internal security issues for which the United Kingdom is responsible.
The unicameral parliament is elected for a term of up to four years and consists of 17 elected members, and the Speaker. The cabinet of Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar consists of 10 elected members.
Gibraltar’s head of state is the British monarch, currently Queen Elizabeth II, who is represented by the Governor of Gibraltar.
Up to 15,000 EU workers, half of them Spanish, cross from Spain to ‘the Rock’ each day and are employed in a wide range of professional and service sectors. In recent years, Gibraltar has seen major structural change from a public to a private sector economy, but changes in government spending still have a major impact on the level of employment. The financial sector, tourism, gaming revenues, shipping services fees, and duties on consumer goods also generate Government revenue. The financial sector, tourism, shipping and e-gaming are the main economic sectors.
Advisory Council Nominee
Dominiqe Searle MBE MA
Gibraltar Representative to the United Kingdom (Chief Minister’s Special Representative) Government of Gibraltar
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.
Government of Guernsey
The Bailiwick of Guernsey comprises three separate jurisdictions: Guernsey, Alderney and Sark. Guernsey is the largest, and most populous island in the Bailiwick. There are close constitutional, cultural and economic links between the islands and the parliaments work closely together.
Guernsey’s parliament is the States of Deliberation and consists of 38 democratically elected Guernsey members and two elected Alderney representatives, and it has legislative competence. The government consists of a senior committee and six principal committees.
Guernsey has fiscal autonomy, raising its own taxes in order to fund its public services, and it does not receive funding from the UK or the EU. It is not part of the UK, but its citizens have British nationality, and Guernsey is a member of the British-Irish Council. Guernsey is also an active member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Guernsey has a diverse economy, a strong financial services sector with an international reputation, and is part of the sterling zone. It adheres to international standards such as in financial stability and probity, tax transparency and information exchange, and data protection.
Advisory Council Nominee
Deputy Charles Parkinson
Minister for Economic Development Government of Guernsey
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.
Government of Jersey
Jersey is a British Crown Dependency located near to the coast of Normandy, France.
After Normandy was lost by the kings of England in the 13th century, and the ducal title surrendered to France, Jersey and the other Channel Islands remained attached to the English crown.
Jersey has its own Government and Parliament and is autonomous on all domestic matters. On behalf of the British Crown, the UK Government is responsible for the Island’s defence and, as a matter of international law, our foreign affairs. The Island is not represented in the UK Parliament, which does not legislate for Jersey without its consent.
Jersey is one of the world’s leading international finance centres, with the financial and professional services sector employing just over 20% of the Island’s workforce. The Island’s reputation for political and economic stability, reliability and high levels of service and expertise help to attract capital from across the world. This in turn is often invested into the UK and Europe, supporting jobs and growth.
Jersey has long been a much-loved destination for tourists from the UK, Europe and further afield. Over 700,000 visitors a year are drawn to the Island by its stunning natural environment, historic sites and fabulous food.
The Island’s traditional industries of agricultural and fisheries sectors are perhaps best known for the famous Jersey Cow, the Jersey Royal potato and world-renowned seafood and shellfish. Around 30,000 tonnes of Jersey Royals are exported each year, mostly to the UK. Jersey also produces over 1500 tonnes of oysters, the majority of which are exported to France for onward transmission across the EU.
The Island has a growing digital and tech sector, currently employing over 2,500 people, underpinned by the roll out of 1Gb fibre broadband which – along with a comprehensive 4G network – makes Jersey one of the best connected jurisdictions in the world.
Advisory Council Nominee
Senator Ian Gorst
External Relations Minister Government of Jersey
Senator Ian Gorst was elected as Jersey’s External Relations Minister in June 2018.
First elected to the States of Jersey in 2005, from 2008 to 2011, Senator Gorst served as Minister for Social Security, achieving key reforms to the state pension retirement age and the introduction of a funded long-term care scheme.
Senator Gorst was elected as Jersey’s third Chief Minister in November 2011 and subsequently re-elected in November 2014. During his time as Chief Minister, Senator Gorst led Government’s focus on boosting employment, protecting and diversifying the Island’s economic base and ensuring key community services are improved and renovated. He became Minister for External Relations in June 2018 under the new government.
Senator Gorst has also served as Chairman of the Jersey Overseas Aid Commission and acted as an Assistant Minister in both the Chief Minister’s Department and in the Treasury Department prior to becoming a Minister.
Senator Gorst is an accountant with significant experience in private client, private equity and retail fund sectors.
Government of the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands are an autonomous British Overseas Territory in the western Caribbean Sea. The Cayman Islands is a parliamentary democracy with judicial, executive and legislative branches.
Advisory Council Nominee
Representative Government of the Cayman Islands
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.
Hero Future Energies
Hero Future Energies (HFE) carries an illustrious legacy of the Hero Group; a strategic decision of the Group to expand its horizon beyond the flagship automotive business and enter the domain of power generation from clean and renewable sources of energy.
Established in 2012, HFE is one of the India’s leading Independent Power Producer (IPP) with operating plants in wind, grid connected solar and rooftop solar. The company is ambitious about tapping into the incredible opportunities that lies in both domestic and overseas markets as well as new technologies namely storage, hybrid projects etc. Our core strengths lie in timely project delivery, unwavering focus on health safety & environment (HSE) standards, developmental capabilities, stringent asset quality standards and design and engineering skills. The company is optimistic about building a robust portfolio of 3.5 GW by 2020 with substantial capacities in overseas markets.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chairman and Managing Director Hero Future Energies
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).
Horyal Investments is a Ugandan business which operates in a diverse variety of sectors. Investments include Oasis Shopping Mall and the Laburnam Courts Apartments in Kampala, but also focus on infrastructure in North Uganda.
The work that Horyal is conducting there is hugely influential, especially in Amuru District, where Horyal has most recently invested in the region’s first sugar factory, cited as the first large-scale project for Northern Uganda. The factory will employ over 1,500 people and has contracted with over 5,000 out-growers.
Advisory Council Nominee
Dr Amina Hersi Moghe
Founder Horyal Investments
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.
HSBC is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.
With around 3,900 offices in both established and emerging markets, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and, ultimately, helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions.
We serve around 38 million customers worldwide through our four Global Businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 67 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.
Listed on the London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and Bermuda stock exchanges, shares in HSBC Holdings plc are held by more than 200,000 shareholders in 131 countries and territories.
Advisory Council Nominee
SIR SHERARD COWPER-COLES KCMG LVO
Group Head of Public Affairs HSBC Holdings plc
Sherard has been at HSBC for six years, working as Senior Adviser to the Group Chairman and Group Chief Executive, and more recently heading the Group’s global government and public affairs functions. He also chairs HSBC Bank Oman. 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. Before joining HSBC he worked for two and a half years for BAE Systems.
Sherard is Chair of the China-Britain Business Council; Chairman of the Financial Inclusion Commission; and sits on the boards of the Saudi British Business Council, and Asia House. He is on the International Engagement Committee of the British Academy. Sherard is author of two books: Cables from Kabul and Ever the Diplomat.
We, Hussain Mills Limited has continuously developed ourselves over the years and tailored successfully to a rapidly changing business environment.
It has detained numerous opportunities along the way and is ready to do it again without losing sight of strategic goals, balanced product mix, careful risk management, and effective cost control measures.
We are one of the leading, renowned and recognized Textile Group from 1986 with a vision to create goodwill and a brand image for our company ,our products and our country through establishing long term partnerships with suppliers and customers and in textile industry make our presence felt useful in all parts of the globe by conducting business within the framework of ethical business values and on our core business of textiles. We however will be ready to take upon all calling opportunities in international trade.
Advisory Council Nominee
Director Hussain Mills
Born in Pakistan and had all of my schooling and college in Pakistan. Joined family textile business in late 1998. I handled different business portfolio in family business i.e. textile spinning weaving and retail outlets. Also handled family stock investment portfolio. Started to look after for new opportunities in start-ups too. Work on many govt bodies. Served as President Multan industrial estate. Currently on govt board of power and serving again as President Multan industrial estate. Involve actively in family run NGO working for children’s education and health.
Operating from our headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka we have successfully executed projects across the island spanning water infrastructure, roads and bridges, storm water drainage, sewerage, rural and urban development projects.
Our success has helped us cultivate a network of relationships with many international players including leading financial institutions, development agencies and global conglomerates.
Leveraging on our extensive experience and strong reputation in engineering consultancy, we are now extending our reach into Consultancy Support for EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractors, technology and project financing. Through our fully integrated offering we deliver a single-source solution to our valued clients.
Our company’s Vision, Mission and Values are the cornerstones of our culture. They guide our global strategy, define our overarching goals, and serve as a constant reminder of Hypower Engineering Internationals’ high performing, innovative and empowered culture.
These guiding principles help ensure that our company will continue to provide solutions for a more connected, sustainable world for many years to come. Our business is underpinned by a vision, values and a number of principles concerning our environment, our business and our people. We are an international consulting and engineering company that serves clients globally across the energy, industry and infrastructure sectors.
Advisory Council Nominee
Founder & Managing Director Hypower Engineering
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.
IJARA Group was founded in 2000 and has a track record of success in Investments, M&A, Debt & Equity Advisory Services.
IJARA Capital Partners Limited (‘ICPL’) is a Private Equity & Venture Capital Fund Management Company and is an alternative investment arm of the Group. ICPL has been licensed by Securities & Exchange Commission Pakistan in October 2016 and the Pakistan’s first locally hosted fund is being launched by ICPL worth of USD 100 million. The Fund will invest in growth sectors with attractive return potential focusing sectors such as Healthcare Services & Delivery; Education Services; Infrastructure Services; Real Estate; Logistics & Transportation; Food & Beverages; Information, Communication & Technology.
IJARA’s extensive expertise, strong connectivity and business acumen of its senior leadership enables them to identify investment opportunities that have potential to generate attractive returns for its investors, which is establishing itself as preferred partner for Corporates`, HNWI and Institutional Investors.
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO Ijara Group
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:
IJARA Holdings (Private) Limited
IJARA Capital Partners Limited
Al-Tadamon Modaraba Limited
Wellinnova Life Sciences (Private) Limited
Inclusive Ventures Group
Inclusive Ventures Group is a proud supporter of Mosaic’s Leadership Programme.
Inclusive Ventures Group entities comprise Inclusive Ventures Limited UK, India, Nepal and British Virgin Island.
Inclusive Ventures Group is a member of Global Impact Investing Network.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chairman Inclusive Ventures Group
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.
InterHealth Canada Limited
Core business is to export Canada’s Healthcare intellectual and management expertise to emerging economies.
InterHealth Canada is committed to delivering internationally accredited healthcare management services with an emphasis on investment returns.
The organization is uniquely structured as its partners include internationally recognized Canadian academic health centers, specialty hospitals, multi-hospital systems and private healthcare companies. The blend of private and government organizations give InterHealth Canada the advantage of accessing a comprehensive range of services from the finest systems that meet the needs of global communities and investors.
Head office is located in Toronto, Canada with regional offices in Riyadh, London, Providenciales, Grand Turks, Warsaw and Dubai. They are committed to providing world’s best practice, the latest knowledge and expertise through lifelong learning and delivering continuous professional development to our multidiscipline team.
Advisory Council Nominee
Dr Emad El Dukair
Senior Advisor InterHealth Canada (UK) Limited
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.
Businesses and individuals considering investment into Cyprus have a partner on the ground at all stages of the investment cycle. Invest Cyprus is a non-profit national body and the government’s dedicated partner responsible for attracting and facilitating Foreign Direct Investment in key economic sectors.
Being the lead agent in establishing Cyprus as a world-class investment destination, Invest Cyprus proactively promotes the enhancement of the country’s competitive environment, advocating reform and maximising FDI, for the economic and social benefit of Cyprus. In close collaboration with all government authorities, public institutions and the private sector, Invest Cyprus is the investor’s first point of contact.
Invest Cyprus is a member of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) and the Mediterranean Investment Network, ANIMA.
Advisory Council Nominee
Michalis P. Michael
Chairman Invest Cyprus
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.
INVEST SAUDI is the Kingdom’s national investment promotion brand and platform – unifying, delivering and coordinating world-class marketing and communications activities under a single promotional brand.
INVEST SAUDI provides a united voice for all stakeholders to inspire and inform prospective international investors of the many valuable opportunities in Saudi Arabia, through strategic global marketing campaigns, international events and brand activations.
In line with Vision 2030, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is on a journey of transformation towards a vibrant society and a thriving economy. And INVEST SAUDI is helping to unlock that potential. To learn more, please visit InvestSaudi.sa, or follow @InvestSaudi on social media.
Advisory Council Nominee
Eng. Ibrahim A. Al-Omar
Governor Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority
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).
Invest Turks and Caicos
Invest Turks and Caicos bridges the gap between the business community, government and investment opportunities.
Our team provides free and confidential advice and support, helping investors navigate the path to successful business operations in the islands. Operating as a statutory body, governed by a board of directors with oversight by the Ministry of Finance, Trade and Investment, Invest Turks and Caicos was established in 2015 as the principal investment promotion agency for the islands with a specific mandate to promote and facilitate trade and investment, public-private partnership and other forms of commercial alliances, encourage domestic entrepreneurship, innovation and capital formation, and generally to liaise with government agencies and the private sector to streamline the investment process.
We work actively to support the growth of local businesses, including the management and delivery of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprise programme which provides concessions and other support to locally owned businesses.
Our services include:
– information on the local business climate;
– facilitating contact with relevant Government Departments throughout the investment process;
– advice on Government incentives and concessions to investors;
– introductions to local service providers/suppliers;
– advice on work permits and permanent residency procedures;
– ongoing aftercare support.
Visit our website www.investturksandcaicos.tc or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO Invest Turks and Caicos
An experienced private equity and manufacturing professional, James Bursey brings years of industrial development, financial, and entrepreneurial experience in small and large firms to the task of attracting investment to the TCI.
Mr. Bursey is a Canadian national with global experience who has led numerous multi-national companies of varying sizes in North America, Europe and Asia, in the transportation, marine, energy and luxury products businesses. In the public sector he has Commonwealth and international trade negotiation experience, and he has a strong governance record as a corporate Director in the UK and elsewhere. His familiarity with investment regulations, multinational banking and global corporate operations is a considerable boost to the strength of the Invest Turks and Caicos team.
Under the new leadership of Mr. Bursey, Invest Turks and Caicos will continue to grow and diversify the TCI economy and create value added jobs.
Isle of Man Government
Located in the Irish Sea at the centre of the British Isles, the Isle of Man is a resilient and resourceful country with a distinct national identity, independent spirit and strong sense of community loyalty.
As a self-governing British Crown Dependency with its own parliament, government and laws the Island has strong political, business, cultural and historical ties to the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth family.
HM The Queen, as ‘Lord of Mann’, is the Manx Head of State.
Home to 84,000 people, the Isle of Man is the first entire nation to be awarded UNESCO status as a Biosphere Reserve. The designation, recognising the Island as a “special place for people and nature”, applauds our ability to use our natural assets sustainably in support of a progressive economy.
It is an international business centre known for its innovation, entrepreneurialism and long-standing policy of positive engagement with international initiatives and standards.
Well-known for its financial services industry the Isle of Man has successfully encouraged the diversification of its economy into other sectors including business aviation services, aerospace, offshore energy and clean tech, e-business and e-gaming, ICT, food and drink production, general manufacturing, ship and yacht management and tourism
Advisory Council Nominee
Chief Minister Howard Quayle MHK
Chief Minister Isle of Man Government
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.
JCB was founded in 1945 by Joseph Cyril Bamford CBE and is now the world’s third-largest construction equipment manufacturer. JCB remains a family company.
It produces over 300 different machines, including telescopic handlers, backhoe loaders, excavators and tractors. In 2019 JCB produced its first electric digger, a 1.9 tonne mini excavator. JCB also manufactures diesel engines. The company employs 15,000 people and sells its products in 150 countries through 2,200 dealer depot locations. JCB has 22 factories in the UK, India, USA, Brazil and China.
Advisory Council Nominee
Philip R Bouverat
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.
LATC develops bespoke investment structures that are specific to each venture that we pursue. The company has a preference for green field opportunities as well as growth-stage capital infusion into businesses where scale is required to maximize profits.
LATC typically invests proprietary capital. Alternatively, the company will carefully select strategic co-investment partners who share similar sector appetite and business philosophy or parties with experience in the sector involved.
This enables us to customize structures, capital and the necessary expertise to optimize returns. LATC has four key subsidiaries: LATC Marine, LATC Agro, LATC Capital (investments), and LATC Corporate Services (consulting). LATC also has interests in food and beverage, retail, and lifestyle businesses. The registered office of L.A.T. Cleveson is 2 Idowu Taylor Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria
Advisory Council Nominee
Chief Executive Officer LATC Group
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.
Life Sciences Queensland
LSQ is a Member based organisation that is working for the life sciences industry in Queensland. LSQ recognises and supports the Queensland Government’s commitment to work with industry, to build infrastructure and attract world-class individuals to form the basis of a life sciences industry in Queensland.
As an industry-led vehicle, which promotes and supports all segments of the life sciences industry, LSQ works to enhance Queensland’s national and international reputation as a centre of commercial and research excellence in life sciences.
Life sciences innovation, especially in the agricultural, biomedical, environmental and industrial (including energy and mining) sectors, is set to form a key part of our future economic prosperity. Engaging the full spectrum of the life sciences industry, LSQ assists the growth of individual organisations and industry segments, and to build the profile, capacity and capability of the sector to help ensure long term economic, social and environmental benefits to Australia and its Members.
LSQ works closely and in a bipartisan way with elected officials at Local, State and Federal Government levels, to provide valuable feedback and insights, and to inform policy and planning agendas. LSQ are active advocates of the role of innovation in economic development, both domestically and on the international stage.
LSQ also organises key events and conferences, maintaining relationships with other industry groups and participating in national and international forums to improve current regulations and systems for undertaking research and development and promoting the role of life sciences innovation.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chief Executive Officer Life Sciences Queensland
Bio Clare Blain has worked with Life Sciences Queensland Limited (LSQ) since its inception in 2011 and now represents the organisation’s 190-plus members in her role as 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.
Lulu Group International
Lulu Group is best known in retail in the Middle East, India and the Far East through its chain of shopping malls and Lulu hypermarkets.
It also has an integrated network of import, distribution and wholesale marketing operations and cross-continent outsourcing operations. The group is active in the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Viet Nam, China, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Spain and the US. With an annual turnover of US$ 7.5 billion, it has more than 50,000 employees from 37 different nations.
Y International (UK) Ltd., established in 2013, is a division of Lulu Group International and is based in Birmingham, United Kingdom. It specializes in the sourcing, processing and exporting of UK foods and Non-Foods to 182 Lulu Hypermarkets spread across the Middle East and Far East countries including Egypt and India. The UK Government has acknowledged Y International (UK) Ltd., for its contribution to the economy, export and job creation in the UK by exporting British Foods, supporting small scale manufacturers and dairy farmers and encouraging their brand development.
Advisory Council Nominee
Director Lulu Group International
Mohamed Althaf is the Director of Lulu Group International, a highly diversified business entity with operations spanning a vast geographical landscape; the Group currently operates 179 state-of-the-art Hypermarkets and 15 Shopping malls. Lulu Group continues to expand its global footprint and enhance its presence worldwide. Currently, the Group has a multi-ethnic workforce of over 51,000 employees comprising of 44 different nationalities.
He is also the Director of Y International (UK) Ltd., Birmingham, UK, Y International USA Inc., New Jersey, USA and Y International Espana Consolidated Exports SL., Madrid, Spain.
Mohamed Althaf is an Indian national and postgraduate with a qualification in Law and intellectual property rights. He is an alumnus of University of Delhi and Said Business School, Oxford University.
Founded in 1955, the Meinhardt group has a global network of offices across Asia, Australia, Europe, US, Middle East and North Africa represented in 47 offices worldwide with more than 4,500 professionals, working projects on smart cities, ports, water, power and waste environmental engineering.
Meinhardt Infrastructure Pte Ltd is into its 14th year of operation in Singapore since its incorporation in 2005 as a fully owned subsidiary under the Meinhardt Group of companies; registered as a Licensed Entity with Singapore’s Professional Engineers Board (PEB) providing multi-disciplinary services for civil, structural, mechanical, electrical with various integrated engineering expertise both within Singapore and the region participating mainly Urban Infrastructure projects in areas of energy, transportation, master planning and infrastructural design work.
Meinhardt Infrastructure has established a veteran team of project managers that combines technical expertise with excellent management techniques and project control, with highly skilled and experienced technical team of engineers engaging in developing state-of-the-art solutions, delivered by highly qualified specialists in the industry together with developer to provide the best and the most cost-effective engineering solutions to meet their requirements.
For more information on our completed projects and about Meinhardt is available at www.meinhardtinfrastructure.com and www.meinhardtgroup.com
Advisory Council Nominee
Dr Tham Lai Leng
Executive Board Director Meinhardt Infrastructure
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.
Mishcon de Reya LLP
With more than 900 people, Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm with an international footprint and offices in London and New York.
We service an international community of clients and provide advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work we undertake is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex.
Our clients are dynamic and sophisticated and we reflect that in our belief in challenging the conventional or accepted ways of working. We like to solve problems quickly. We fiercely guard our clients’ interests, recognising the significant nexus between business affairs and personal affairs and the ways in which this affects our clients.
We appreciate the privilege of sitting alongside our clients as a trusted advisor. Building strong personal connections to our clients and their businesses is important to us. It is for these reasons we say ‘It’s business. But it’s personal’.
Advisory Council Nominee
Head of International Development Mishcon de Reya LLP
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.
Nigerian Shippers’ Council
What is known today as the Nigerian Shippers’ Council was established in 1978 by Decree 13 now Cap.133LFN, 2004 and vested with the responsibility of protecting the interest of Nigerian Shippers i.e. importers and exporters.
Prior to this period, there was total deterioration in the quality of shipping services and unmitigated increase in ocean freight rates by foreign ship owners that operated scheduled liner services to Nigerian Ports.
Consequently, the affected shippers had no collective means of ascertaining the quantum and quality of services offered them, nor were they guaranteed adequacy of shipping space.
The Nigerian Shippers’ Council therefore, was formed to defend and represent the interest of shippers throughout the transport chain by ensuring that the shipment of goods to and fro Nigeria is done under the most reliable, safe and economical arrangements favourable to shippers.
However, in 2014, and following the concessioning of the Ports in 2006, aimed at making the Nigerian Ports effective and efficient in line with global trend and best practices, the government further pronounced the Nigerian Shippers’ Council as the port economic regulator. This added responsibility to the Council is aimed at instituting an effective regulatory regime at the Nigerian Ports for enhanced efficiency and to address the negative impact of concession activities on the economy due to absence of an economic regulator.
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO Nigerian Shippers' Council
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:
Chairman, National Fleet Implementation Committee;
Member and spokesperson of the Nigerian delegation to the negotiation on International Carriage of Goods and Wholly or Partly by Sea.(Rotterdam Rules) 2009;.
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:
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK)
International Conflict and Dispute Resolution Institute
Nigerian Institute of Shipping
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.
Novare was founded in South Africa in October 2000 as an independent investment advisory business.
In 2006, the management of Novare took a strategic decision to expand beyond the borders of South Africa. Novare Equity Partners was established as a private equity firm investing exclusively in sub-Saharan Africa outside of South Africa. Since then, the group has built an extensive network and gained valuable experience and insight into investing on the African continent, increasingly regarded as an investment destination of choice.
As a private equity fund manager with a specific mandate to invest in the real estate sector, both retail and commercial, our strategy is to leverage off the expansion of successful South African and international companies in the rest of Africa.
Given rising consumer spending by the increasingly affluent middle class in sub-Saharan Africa, the need for modern retail facilities far outstrips the current supply. Novare’s experience and risk mitigating strategies in Africa assist in identifying and implementing sound development opportunities as well as navigating the renowned challenging landscape.
The acquisition of strategically located urban real estate is integral to Novare’s investment process. By partnering with the largest and most successful retail companies in Africa as tenants, we are able to deliver superior investments to the market. We deal with premier financial institutions, high-end project and property management as well as construction companies to mitigate construction and development risks.
Advisory Council Nominee
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.
PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited (PAC Holdings Ltd.)
PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited is a Proprietary Investment Company with special focus on Key Sectors in Africa including Financial Services, Agro-Allied/Light Manufacturing, ICT & Media, Hospitality/QSR, Healthcare and Real Estate/Infrastructure.
As a Proprietary Investment Company, our specialist subsidiary companies within the financial services division are geared toward offering our client-partners, strategic investment solutions and opportunities across emerging and frontier markets. PAC Capital Limited deals specifically with the Investment Banking and Advisory needs of our clients whilst PAC Asset Management Limited, PAC Registrars Limited, PAC securities Limited and PAC Trustees also play key parts of our operations within the financial services sector.
The company is spread across Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Mauritius with strong strategic alliances with multilateral financial institutions such as African Export-Import bank, Africa Development Bank, Africa Finance Corporation, Development Bank of South Africa, Bank of Industry, Nigerian Export-Import bank and other banks across the continent.
Our strength lies in our commitment to excellence, innovation and efficiency. With experience garnered from working with a client base ranging from Institutional Investors, Individuals and Government Agencies, our proven and excellent track record in Banking, Insurance, Real Estate, Manufacturing, Hospitality, Telecommunications, Oil & Gas, Power & Energy, Aviation, Information Technology and the Public Sector tell the rest of the story.
Advisory Council Nominee
Group Managing Director/CEO PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited
Chris is an astute entrepreneur, Investment Banker, and Speaker who serves as the Group CEO of PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited, a Proprietary Investment Company.
He is an Investment Banker with cross-border experience in Specialized/Project Finance, Equity Capital Market, Debt Capital Market and Venture Capital.
Prior to his appointment as the pioneer Chief Executive Officer of PanAfrican Capital Plc (now PanAfrican Capital Holdings Limited), He served as Executive Director (Investment Banking) at Citizens International Bank (now Enterprise Bank Limited). He currently serves on various Boards including on the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council.
Chris 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 is an alumnus of Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, INSEAD Business School, IESE Business School and Lagos Business School.
PEMANDU Associates is a Malaysian private consultancy firm specialising in public sector transformation, business turnaround and communications.
The company works closely with the highest level of government and top executives to help deliver their national and business objectives in a sustainable and inclusive manner.
PEMANDU Associates’ work is anchored by the firm’s very own proven Big Fast Results (BFR) 8-Step Methodology and 6 Secrets of Transformation.
The team at PEMANDU Associates has over 9 years’ experience working with governments globally including Malaysia, Tanzania, India, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Russia, Nepal, as well as multi-nationals and non-governmental organisations.
His most notable achievements were his record turnaround for Shell in Malaysia and Sri Lanka, as well as during his tenure as CEO of Malaysia Airlines, where he introduced “Malaysian Hospitality” as the airline’s positioning. He is also recognised globally for his socio-economic work for the governments of Malaysia, India, Oman and Tanzania, which placed him in Bloomberg’s 2014 Top 50 Most Influential list.
Under his leadership, PEMANDU was also named by NESTA, UK and Bloomberg Philanthropies as one of the top 20 most innovative Government agencies in the world.
Today, Idris Jala works with governments all over the world to develop and deliver on their respective transformation programmes. He also sits on the board of several multi-national companies. Amongst them serving as Co-Chairman of the Sunway Group, Chairman of Heineken Malaysia and PEMANDU Communications (COMMUNICATE) and as Pro-Chancellor at Sunway University.
Periwinkle Residences Limited
Periwinkle Residences Limited is a truly integrated engineering and infrastructure firm. Periwinkle Residences Limited consistently engages in developing state-of-the-art solutions, delivered by highly qualified senior specialists in every aspect of the industry.
Integrity, quality, innovation and timely delivery are characteristics that distinguish Periwinkle Residences Limited as a leading construction company. Our goal is to provide a higher level of professional service than is found with any other company in the construction industry, we consistently bring superior craftsmanship to every project.
We believe in hiring talented people for their long-term potential, giving them the responsibility and authority to be effective team players. With support of the company, Periwinkle Residences Limited employees consistently produce top quality work that exceeds client objectives and promotes future construction opportunities.
The Company’s business strategy is to channel its resources towards the constant creation of value within the real estate and construction industry, whilst ensuring clients and related stakeholder satisfaction and thereby establishing a strong reputation for professionalism and quality build in the construction industry.
Our successful construction approach is based on efficient human capital management, aggressive subcontractor administration, accurate cost control and low overheads. We employ only qualified engineers, skilled technical workmen and subcontractors who share our goal in creating a quality cost-competitive project. Scheduling and budget concerns are vital to us; thus, we assign a team of experts to every project from the earliest design and pre-construction phases through to post-construction. Our team’s goal is to create distinctive design ideas and develop streamlined methods of construction that suit each project. We also provide our clients with reliable and expedient information throughout the construction process, ensuring well-informed decision-making that ultimately enhances the quality of our final product. The direction we provide is based on a thorough knowledge of the industry and our client’s specific needs.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chairman and Chief Executive Office Periwinkle Residences Limited
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 the Chairman and Managing Director of CZAR Projects Limited, an integrated engineering and construction firm which also deals in real estate development company with substantial expertise and experience in the development of luxury properties.
He is also 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.
The PETRA Group is a conglomerate of companies involved in a multitude of industries that include bio & environmental technologies, information & communication technology, sports & entertainment, financial services, manufacturing, infrastructure development, tourism, healthcare, power generation and corporate & professional advisory services.
Advisory Council Nominee
Datuk (Dr) Vinod Sekhar
Chairman and Chief Executive PETRA Group
Datuk (Dr) Vinod Sekhar is the Chairman and Chief Executive of the PETRA Group, a diversified conglomerate dealing in green sustainable technologies, media & entertainment, advisory services, information & communication technology, healthcare, marketing communications services, defence and a charitable foundation.
A visionary and pioneer in the fields of business and technology, he is accredited with developing the world’s smallest optic engine, the first circular abrasive discs, and establishing Southeast Asia’s first commercial internet company.
He has been globally recognized for his achievements in business and social activism. The World Economic Forum named him the top 5 “New Asian Leaders” and a “Global Leader for Tomorrow”. Grant Thornton named him the Malaysian Leader of the Year and he is the youngest, only Asian and third ever non-American after President Mikhail Gorbachev and Giorgio Armani, to receive the prestigious Global Green Award from Global Green USA.
Currently, he is championing the idea of social capitalism to make the world a better place through the Good Capitalism Forum 2020.
Prudential’s largest division is Prudential Corporation Asia, which has over 13 million customers across 12 Asian markets and is a top-three provider of life insurance in Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam.
Its Prudential UK division has around 7 million customers and is a leading provider of life insurance and pensions in the UK. Prudential also owns Jackson National Life Insurance Company, which is one of the largest life insurance providers in the United States, and M&G Investments, a Europe-focused asset manager with total assets under management of £547 billion at June 2014.
Advisory Council Nominee
Head of International Relations, Group Government Relations Prudential
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.
Trade and Investment Queensland
The Queensland Government is the democratic administrative authority of the Australian state of Queensland. The Government of Queensland, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1859 as prescribed in its Constitution.
Advisory Council Nominee
Agent-General for Queensland in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner – Europe Trade and Investment Queensland
Linda Apelt was appointed as the Agent-General for Queensland in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, Europe, on 20 July 2017.
Ms Apelt brings to the role a wealth of experience in senior leadership, stakeholder engagement, policy development and service delivery in both the public and private sectors.
As a former long-serving Director-General with the Queensland Government, she oversaw enhanced service delivery in a range of portfolios including education, health, housing, community services, Indigenous policy and the arts.
In addition, Ms Apelt has been a Company Director on independent boards spanning superannuation, urban planning and research, housing and homelessness, health and welfare, children’s and disability services, and state library services. She was most recently the Chair of Screen Queensland, which is the state’s premier investment attraction agency for film.
In her private capacity, Ms Apelt has lent her expertise and energies to programs which provide philanthropic services for people living with disability or disadvantage.
Ms Apelt is recognised as a resourceful leader whose success is built on her skills in devising and delivering innovative policy, building productive relationships and negotiating across government, business and community sectors.
Ms Apelt holds a range of post graduate qualifications including a Master of Education Studies from The University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC
Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC is an independent and leading law firm in Cyprus.
With half a century of experience, we provide a full range of legal services with a reputation for delivering high quality, prompt and practical legal advice, catering the solutions required by our international and local clientele.
Our clients depend on us for expertise and professionalism. Over the years, we have successfully delivered our services at a high standard, sustaining business relationships with top-level players such as credit institutions in Cyprus and abroad, major insurance, construction and development companies, semi-governmental organisations, local authorities, HNWIs, as well as multinational companies in IT, shipping, pharmaceuticals and energy, tourism, retail and commerce.
We are members of TAGLaw, a global alliance of 160 independent law firms in 90 countries and on a European level, the Cyprus member of the Association of European Lawyers (AEL), providing a strong international out-reach and cross-border solutions in a rapidly evolving global market.
Advisory Council Nominee
Partner Tassos Papadopoulos & Associates LLC
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.
The Food Factory
The Food factory is the natural development of the original James Caterers Ltd. business,the brainchild of James Barbara, the man behind the vision. It has a proven track record of success stories since its inception in 1989.
James went on to transform a one-man catering business from where he produced and distributed his own delicacies from home where it later flourished into one of the largest and most renowned catering companies on the island. He strives for excellence, promotes innovation, consistency and efficiency, and is committed to using the finest ingredients and delivering good value for money. Such selective ingredients coupled with forethought, the right dosage of creativity and a touch of class has given the company a name that clients can trust.
Today, the company has set a standard of excellence and creativity that has significantly attracted awareness of Maltese gastronomic culture abroad. This versatility has throughout the years acquired James Caterers Ltd an invaluable experience thus giving the company an advantage from where it can look ahead to a bright and prosperous future both locally and overseas. The group continuously directs business to meet the clients varying diets, tastes and culinary desires in which together with his team of professional specialists, guaranteeing the highest industry standards in catering and all related services.
James Caterers Ltd is the owner of the brand The Food Factory and operates the production facility.His vision is a commitment to continuous growth and improvement designed to meet the requirements of any customer.
The Group employs more than 3,000 employees across the different businesses.
Modern and state of the art development and manufacturing facilities.
Focus is placed on the manufacturing of high-quality products through state-of-the-art equipment and optimised production processes.
Operating within the B2B sphere with its main clients being large retailers, distributors, catering companies, healthcare facilities, geriatric institutions, operators of hotels, catering establishments and contract caterers to mention a few.
It is also the operator of the outside catering private labelling business.
The Food Factory is a private label facility spread over 21,000sqm.
Total investment for both the build and equipment amounts to 26 million Euro.
The building is designed and constructed to be a green building using natural ventilation systems to maintain temperatures, photo voltaic panels to generate electric power and new technologies to save on and preserve energy.
Currently working towards the achievement of international certification.
The Food Factory brings together different food production operations all working together and at the same time independent from one another
Healthcare catering production unit
An independent industrial kitchen for non-healthcare food production and products
Pastry and bakery for the production of confectionery, bakery and sweet items
High volume production area for the production of pastry items, filled pasta and ready made meals
In addition to its food production operations it also runs an academy earmarked to become an international centre of excellence in gastronomy and a research & development facility including both a production laboratory and an R&D facility
Transparency – to keep promises with both clients and suppliers, establish honest and transparent relationships built on mutual trust, together with prices that suit customer needs.
Team Work – to ensure the correct and adequate competences of the employees, to encourage the development of strong personal relations between staff members, suppliers and customers
The company adopts a Food Safety Management System based on the requirements of MSA EN ISO 22000 & BRC V.8. The following strategic objectives are the basis of our system:
The priority is to produce safe food which does not cause harm to the consumer and to establish long term business relationships that have strong potential for development and growth.
Going that extra mile for our clients has always been part of our vision as we seek to provide delicious food with added touches of class, creativity and quality.
Quality is one of our defining values and we believe that it plays a major role in our quest for excellence. Quality can thus be found across the board – from our choice of the freshest ingredients, to our production processes, our creative display methods, our ability to listen to your requirements, and our staff’s readiness to please and achieve.
We practice as necessary in full compliance to Halal standards
Through our quality systems we conform to and exceed the highest levels of quality and cleanliness. We have become the name that Malta trusts and we are proud of that.
Today, the company has set a standard of excellence and creativity that has significantly benefited the awareness of Maltese gastronomic culture abroad. This versatility has throughout the years acquired James Caterers Ltd. valuable experience thus placing the company at a vantage point from where it can look ahead to a bright and prosperous future in the catering industry.
The formula which has been adopted by the company has ensured that we are now able to handle any assignment no matter how large or small it is. Our clients can put their mind at rest that they will experience the highest standards of service and products in any event they choose to trust our company with.
Advisory Council Nominee
General Manager The Food Factory
Occupying the role of General Manager at The Food Factory – Malta, Stefania is a forward thinking and customer focused business manager with considerable experience within the hospitality sector developing and leading a team of sales staff and managers to maximise profitability.
Throughout the 26 years career at Simonds Farsons Cisk plc., she has proved instrumental in transforming an underperforming business into a profitable and highly successful establishment which was achieved through a comprehensive restructure. Stefania is a strong communicator who can build and maintain effective relationships with new and existing clients and establish clear communication channels. She has also sat on the Board of Directors of various subsidiaries of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, namely Food Chain, Quintano Foods as well as Ecopure. Stefania holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Leicester and is presently reading a Diploma in Wines and Spirits at the WSET School in London.
TPP is a healthcare technology company with over 20 years of expertise in delivering software designed to support the effective, efficient and safe provision of healthcare.
TPP’s unique, integrated EHR solution and Personalised Health Record, is a centralised, cloud-based clinical system hosted on a single platform infrastructure with functionality to support patients as well as primary care, secondary care, mental health and social care practitioners. We are actively embedding AI and Genetic data into patient and clinical apps to provide early detection of diseases as well as providing clinicians with effective, proactive tools to manage chronic conditions such as diabetes.
TPP is known for its outstanding achievements in UK healthcare, with over 50 million NHS health records held on its single database. TPP’s SystmOne is used as a core clinical system, serving more than 235,000 clinicians across 7,000 healthcare services across the globe. We have one of the largest primary care databases in the world, and have unrivalled experience using and understanding that health data. We help government and academic organisations understand and analyse national health trends and monitor disease outbreaks, whilst our in-depth demographic studies, such as that of frailty, lead to better knowledge of the causes of hospitalisation. These key insights can inspire real change within health systems and lead to new solutions for disease prevention and outcomes.
Advisory Council Nominee
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.
Trussco Pte Ltd
Trussco first established itself in Singapore as a specialist contractor in the supply and installation of steel and timber doors in the early 90s.
With strong strategic and networking capabilities, the company has since expanded its product lines to service the correctional, detention and security industries and has since become a market leader in product design, manufacturing and distribution in the region.
Some of our key projects include Changi Prison Clusters, State Court, Cantonment Police Headquarters, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Seng Kang Hospital, One Raffles Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, ION Orchard, Vivocity. The company has also completed several overseas projects in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
The company now is a subsidiary of Trussco Holding Pte Ltd, which owns Trussco Defense Industry Pte Ltd (TDI) and Wholesome Food People Pte Ltd.
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO and Founder Trussco Ltd
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 many Chinese Opera events for many years.
Twenty14 Holdings is the hospitality investment arm of LuLu Group International, founded in 2014 to capitalize on the growth in the global hospitality industry. The company currently has assets worth more than $750m spread across Europe, Middle East, and India.
In Europe, the group owns the historic Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – The Caledonian in Scotland, while in the Middle East, the firm co-owns the landmark Sheraton Oman Hotel in Muscat and the Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay in Dubai, UAE.
The group has also made a £110 million agreement with property developer Galliard Homes to create a luxurious five-star hotel at 1-5 Great Scotland Yard, the former headquarters of London’s Metropolitan Police Services in London, UK. The custom-built 92,000 sq ft hotel, to be called the Great Scotland Yard Hotel, is set to open in 2019.
In 2019, the group entered into a forward purchase contract with Swiss real estate developer Necron AG to develop a brand-new Intercity Hotel Zurich Airport in Rümlang, Switzerland. The company is also currently developing Port Muziris, India’s first Tribute Portfolio by Marriott in Kochi and two other properties in Bengaluru, one of which is a Marriott hotel.
Advisory Council Nominee
Director Twenty14 Holdings
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.
Rolls-Royce is a major manufacturer of aero engines for the large commercial aircraft, regional jet and business aviation markets.
The business uses its engineering expertise, in-depth knowledge and capabilities to provide through-life support solutions for its customers.
We are the second largest provider of military aero-engine products and services globally, a major provider of maritime systems in the naval sector, as well as the technical authority for the nuclear steam raising plant powering the UK’s nuclear submarine fleet.
Our Power Systems business is a leading provider of high-speed reciprocating engines, complete propulsion systems, distributed energy solutions, and safety-critical systems around the world.
Rolls-Royce has customers in over 100 countries, comprising more than 380 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces, and over 5,000 power and nuclear customers.
We employ over 54,000 people in more than 50 countries; including 15,500 engineers.
Our firm and announced order book stands at £63.1 billion.
Advisory Council Nominee
Patrick Horgan OBE
Director of Global Government Relations Rolls-Royce
Patrick is Director of Global Government Relations for Rolls-Royce plc, based in London. From 2011-2018 he was Regional Director, North-East Asia, based in Beijing, responsible for Rolls-Royce’s business in China, Japan and South Korea. Prior to that, he was managing director of an international corporate advisory firm in China, advising leading MNCs on direct investment, market access and policy issues in Asia, including two years based in Europe as Managing Director of Asia-Europe Business. He started his business career with Jardine Matheson, in Hong Kong.
Patrick has also held various external roles, board positions and advisory appointments, including Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce in China (2004-06) and a member of the China Advisory Council for the EU. He currently serves as a Director of the UK India Business Council. From 2009-2011 he also served as Counsellor for Education at the British Embassy in Beijing and Director of the British Council’s programmes across Greater China. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for services to the British business community in China. He is a graduate of Oxford University and a Mandarin speaker.
The sixth edition of SiGMA will take place between the 27th and 29th of November 2019 at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali.
Positioned at the cutting edge of a very competitive industry, it has evolved into the definitive iGaming showcase, operating on both a European and world stage. SiGMA 2018 welcomed over 400 sponsors and exhibitors, 200 industry-leading speakers and a record-breaking 12,500 attendees from over 80 countries, and in 2019 this staple in the global iGaming calendar is set to grow even bigger.
The SiGMA event calendar boasts a full complement of entries. While all roads still lead to the Summit in November, the expo is supported by numerous other local and global events that occur throughout the year – giving the company’s ambitions plenty of space to play out.
This year has also been marked by a commitment to increasing SiGMA’s repertoire, by bulking up the news portal and extending its focus with the newest pillar of the website – SiGMA Careers. Alongside a website dedicated to all the latest news fresh off the iGaming press, SiGMA also produces a biannual publication – SiGMAgazine, a magazine filled with in-depth features and cutting-edge interviews.
Advisory Council Nominee
Founder and CEO SiGMA
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.
Sime Darby Property
On the back of a successful 47-year track record of developing sustainable communities, Sime Darby Property, Malaysia’s largest property developer in terms of land bank has to date built 23 active townships/developments with a global reach that encompasses assets
and operations across the Asia Pacific region and the United Kingdom. In the UK, as part of a Malaysian consortium, Sime Darby Property is the developer of the iconic Battersea Power Station project in central London.
Sime Darby Property is a multiple award-winning property group with numerous local and international accolades. It is the first Malaysian property developer to be awarded the International FIABCI Prix d’Excellence Awards twice for its townships. The company bagged its 10th consecutive Gold at the Putra Brand Awards 2019 and its 6th consecutive Top 10 Developers Awards at the BCI Asia 2015. Sime Darby Property has also been recognised as among the top developers in Malaysia in the annual The Edge Top Property Developers Awards, a recognition which the company consistently receives since 2009.
The Company became a public listed entity on 30 November 2017, the beginning of a new era for Sime Darby Property. As a recognized brand with an established track record, the largest landbank in Malaysia at the most strategic locations, and a wide product offering for all market segments, Sime Darby Property is well positioned to unlock value for its stakeholders.
For more information, log on to www.simedarbyproperty.com
Advisory Council Nominee
Dato' Wan Hashimi Albakri Bin Wan Ahmad Amin Jaffri
Acting Group Chief Executive Officer Sime Darby Property
Dato’ Wan Hashimi Albakri Bin Wan Ahmad Amin Jaffri, a Malaysian aged 61, 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 business 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 held several senior positions within the Company to drive the overall business 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.
Spafax was founded in 1938 and soon became one of the leading suppliers of vehicle products throughout Europe and the UK.
For the past 30 years Spafax has targeted the commercial and military vehicle sector with their unique unbreakable mirrors.
The company takes great pride in its innovative and pioneering approach to manufacturing and development which has resulted in Spafax mirrors being sold in 70 countries backed by an unrivalled 10 year guarantee against lens breakage.
Commercial vehicle operators and manufacturers also profit from the clear economic and environmental advantages of fitting Spafax mirrors.
Spafax are continuing to develop new products and provide solutions to the everchanging demands of the automotive industry and actively seeking opportunities in other areas that may benefit from unbreakable mirrors.
Advisory Council Nominee
Director SPAFAX International
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.
We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 60 of the world’s most dynamic markets, and serving clients in a further 85.
Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, Here for good.
Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges as well as the Bombay and National Stock Exchanges in India.
Vice Chairman, Corporate and Institutional Banking Standard Chartered
Jonathan joined Standard Chartered Bank in April 2017, as Vice Chairman, Corporate and Institutional Banking, Europe. In this role, he is a key advisor in the development of the Bank’s long-term commercial strategies as well as strengthening existing client relationships and building new ones in Europe.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Jonathan spent over 25 years as an Investment Banker with UBS and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.
Jonathan is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Next plc where he chairs the Audit Committee and The Sage Group plc, where he chairs the Audit and Risk Committee. He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a Trustee and Council Member of Durham University and a Governor of Stowe School. He is a Freeman of the City of London and Foreign Warden of the Worshipful Company of Fan Makers, a City Livery Company.
He lives in London with his wife and four children.
Starzs Investments Company Ltd
Starzs provides Ship Management and Operations services as well as offshore Marine Vessel Services ranging from AHTSVs, Terminal Tugs, PSVs, Security Patrol Vessels, Subsea Vessels,
Multi-purpose Supply Vessels and Specialized Offshore Support Vessels through our team of seasoned technical professionals and with the support of our Shipyard, carry out vessels repairs and maintenance and Provision of Maritime Security Services.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chairman / CEO Starzs Investments Company Ltd
Mr. Greg U. Ogbeifun is the Chairman/CEO of Starzs Investments Company Limited (SICL), 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 and the Institute of Directors.
Mr. Ogbeifun has served in several Shipping and Maritime related committees set up by the Federal Government of Nigeria and has won various recognitions and awards ranking as one of Nigeria’s most outstanding marine Professionals. He is the pioneer President of the Shipowners Association of Nigeria (SOAN).
UK Accreditation Service
UKAS is the world’s leading accreditation body that delivers confidence in products and services by declaring the competence of testing, inspection and certification services.
As an intrinsic part of the Quality Infrastructure, accreditation supports global supply chains and facilitates trade through the removal of technical barriers. UKAS has a track record of delivering technical capacity building assistance and assessment services that provide the ability to demonstrate quality and safety of goods and services and to comply with international standards in target markets. These activities enhance market access, facilitate product diversification, and increase investment opportunities.
UKAS accreditation, which is recognised in 103 economies, provides organisations with real business value, a marketing and reputational advantage, access to export markets, and internal quality service improvements. It boosts productivity by reducing the costs of trade by avoiding duplication in testing and inspection, and through economies of scale from standardized working methods and interoperability between manufacturers along the value chain
Advisory Council Nominee
CEO UK Accreditation Service
Matt Gantley is the Chief Executive of UKAS, the UK’s Accreditation Body and major contributor to the national quality infrastructure. Accreditation by UKAS means that conformity assessment (testing and calibration laboratories, inspection and certification bodies) have been assessed against internationally recognised standards to demonstrate their competence, impartiality and performance capability.
Matt has over 20 years’ experience in the conformity assessment and prior to joining UKAS he was the Managing Director of NQA Certification and held senior Directorship positions in certification, training and consulting enterprises.
His key achievements include strategic and commercial development alongside international management in emerging markets. Matt is passionate about corporate and business strategy and served as a visiting MBA lecturer at Manchester Business School. Matt has also fulfilled Non-Exec roles for Elmhurst (EPBD Training/Certification), was a Board Director of SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) and was the Chairman of the Association of British Certification Bodies. Matt is an active member of CQI, IOSH and IEMA.
Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) is a full-service financial institution specializing in customized banking products and services.
Opened on March 15, 1972, UMB is a leading Ghanaian indigenous bank with considerable financial expertise. Through our Corporate, Business, Private, Personal and Internet Banking departments we are able to adequately address the financial needs of various segments of the market. Furthermore, our Trade, Treasury and Credit departments complement our broad range of financial services with their unique and innovative banking products. Additionally, with thirty-six (36) branches, three (3) UMB Centre for Businesses, one (1) UMB PPP Incubator Centre and a vast network of ATMs, UMB makes banking easy and accessible.
To lead, create and professionally provide a wide range of innovative and superior banking services that guarantee returns exceeding stakeholders’ expectations.
UMB aspires to be positioned as a leading Ghanaian Bank and a leader in innovative banking solutions by 2023.
Benjamin was appointed CEO and tasked with steering the Universal Merchant Bank (UMB), a Local Bank with a Global focus, through a turbulent time in the Financial Sector in Ghana as well as putting the Bank back on track to becoming a leader in providing innovative banking solutions. Prior to this, he served as the COO for 3years having been poached from the Agricultural Development Bank due to his in-depth knowledge and experience in Banking Operations. He believes strongly in the transformational abilities of Technology and expects to deploy technological solutions to systems and structures in a bid to turn UMB into a world class Financial Institution.
Benjamin’s considerable experience was honed at the Barclays Bank Ghana where he worked for over 27 years in various Senior Management Roles across various Strategic sections of Treasury, Banking Operations and Enterprise Risk Management.
He is a product of the University of Ghana where he obtained an EMBA in Marketing. He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Ghana.
Benjamin is married with kids and is an ordained Minister of the Gospel at the Royal House Chapel Ghana. He is also a Facilitator at the Christian Leadership College specializing in youth Empowerment. He is an ardent sports fan and supports Arsenal FC.
Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd
Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd is a Bermuda Stock Exchange listed international company with over US $500 million of investments in the Caribbean and Latin America (www.wihl.com).
Its operations include (a) financial services through British Caribbean Bank, the largest independently owned bank on the Turks and Caicos Islands with over $50 million in capital which provides asset-based lending; (b) hospitality and real estate developments encompassing three award-winning all-inclusive resorts on Turks and Caicos Islands’ Providenciales: Beach House, Alexandra Resort and Blue Haven Resort, as well as a private island development Ambergris Cay with the largest private jet runway in the Caribbean as well as a super-yacht Marina, all managed under the Turks and Caicos Collection brand.
Waterloo also controls vast stretches of beach-front land in West Caicos, North Caicos and Middle Caicos which can be used for further real estate development. It controls and operates the cargo Port of Belize. Its infrastructure assets include land adjacent to the Port of Belize which land is available for future development, including operations for cruise and/or bulk-handling. Waterloo also owns approximately 25 percent of a global, successful edible oil and related food products company operating in Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Advisory Council Nominee
Caroline van Scheltinga
Chairman and CEO Waterloo Investment Holdings Ltd
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.
YTL Corporation Berhad
YTL Corporation Berhad is an integrated infrastructure developer with extensive operations in countries including Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Japan, Jordan and China and total assets of RM70.4 billion (US$17.2 billion).
The core businesses of the YTL Group comprise utilities, construction contracting, cement manufacturing, property development and investment, hotel development and management, e-commerce initiatives and internet-based education solutions and services.
YTL Corp is amongst the largest companies listed on Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad (the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange) and is a component of the FTSE4Good Bursa Malaysia Index which represents listed Malaysian companies with the best CSR standards. YTL Corp has also had a secondary listing on the Tokyo Stock Exchange since 1996 and was the first non-Japanese Asian company to list on the Tokyo exchange.
YTL Corp, together with its listed entities in Malaysia (YTL Power International Berhad, YTL Land & Development Berhad, and YTL Hospitality REIT), has a combined market capitalisation of approximately RM24.6 billion (US$6.2 billion). YTL Corp also has a stake in Singapore-listed Starhill Global REIT, which owns prime retail assets in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China and Australia.
The YTL Group is committed to producing world-class products and services at competitive prices. This corporate philosophy has enabled the YTL group to build up a growing customer base of more than 12 million customers globally over the last 30 years.
Advisory Council Nominee
TAN SRI (SIR) FRANCIS YEOH SOCK PING KBE, CBE
Executive Chairman YTL Corporation Berhad
Francis Yeoh is Executive Chairman of the YTL Group of Companies. The Group has a combined market capitalization of RM29.1 billion (US$7.1 billion) and total assets of RM74.7 billion (US$18.2 billion). He is Chairman of YTL PowerSeraya Private Limited, one of the biggest electricity companies in Singapore, Chairman of Wessex Water Limited in the UK and Executive Chairman of Malayan Cement Berhad (formerly known as Lafarge Malaysia Berhad) following its takeover by YTL Cement Berhad in 2019.
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 was 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. In 2019 Francis Yeoh was awarded the Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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).
Zenith Bank Plc. is Nigeria’s largest and Africa’s 6th largest financial institution by tier-1 capital.
The bank provides individual customers and corporate clients with a range of financial products and services. Its shares are traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), London Stock Exchange (LSE) and Irish Stock Exchange (ISE).
The bank offers best-in-class banking services from branches and business offices across all States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja. The bank has presence in the United Kingdom (UK), Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, South Africa, China and United Arab Emirates (UAE).
With a team of dedicated and well-trained professionals, the bank leverages its robust Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure to provide products and services through its network of branches, point of sales terminals and electronically through its internet and mobile banking channels.
Zenith Bank places premium on its core business strategy which is anchored on People, Technology and Service to create value for its clientele. With strict adherence to global best practices, the bank combines market knowledge, professionalism, expertise and ICT to create products and provide services that anticipate and meet customers’ dynamic needs.
VISION AND STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE
Vision: To become the leading Nigerian, technology-driven, global financial institution that provides distinctive range of financial services
Mission: To build the Zenith brand into a reputable international financial institution recognized for innovation, superior performance and creation of premium value for all stakeholders.
Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Corporate Governance, Loyalty and Excellent Service.
Strategic Objective: Continuous improvement of our capacity to meet the customers’ increasing and dynamic financial needs as well as sustain high quality growth through investments that impact the quality of service to our existing and potential customers, constant upgrade of our ICT infrastructure, unwavering investment in training and re-training of our people, and regular reinforcing of our Customer Services delivery charter with regards to continually changing customer needs.
Guided by the Nigerian Sustainable Banking Principles (NSBP) of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Principles, Zenith bank is committed to ensuring that the environmental, social and economic impacts of its banking services are carefully considered to obliterate or minimize negative outcomes. The bank published its maiden Sustainability Report (‘Nurturing Our People, Planet, Profit), covering it’s economic, social and environmental activities and performance from January to December 2015, the second edition of the Sustainability Report for 2016 (‘Creating Wealth Sustainably’) showing the progress made in the sustainability journey was also published in August, 2017.
Advisory Council Nominee
Chairman and Founder Zenith Bank
Jim Ovia is the Founder and Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, one of Africa’s largest banks with over $16 billion in assets as at 31 December 2018. Zenith Bank is listed on the London Stock Exchange as well as on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. In addition to major operations in Nigeria and other West African countries, it has sizeable operations in London and Dubai.
He is also the Chairman of Prudential Zenith Life Assurance Limited and Zenith General Insurance Limited – one of Nigeria’s most profitable general insurance companies.
Jim Ovia is the author of “Africa Rise and Shine”, published by ForbesBooks. The book details the secrets of success in doing business in Africa, which encapsulates Zenith Bank’s meteoric rise.
As part of his philanthropic efforts, Jim Ovia is one of the founding directors of the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria (PHN), which is co-sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Realizing the importance that education played in his personal success, he established the Jim Ovia Foundation. To date, over 3,000 students had been provided with university scholarships. Jim Ovia also established James Hope College, Agbor, Delta State, a co-educational boarding school that provides scholarships to over 40% of its pupils.
He is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (OPM), University of Louisiana (MBA), and Southern University, Louisiana, (B.Sc. Business Administration).
Jim Ovia is a member of World Economic Forum Community of Chairmen; and the Co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Africa Regional Business Council.