The London Pullman Hotel of St. Pancras welcomes:

Prof. Dr. Ann-Kristin Achleitner (Technical University Munich)

Ann-Kristin Achleitner has held the Chair for Entrepreneurial Finance, supported by KfW Bankengruppe since 2001 and has been Scientific Director at the Center for Entrepreneurial and Financial Studies (CEFS) at Technische Universität München (TUM) since 2003. From 1995 to 2001, she was Professor of Banking and Finance at the European Business School (ebs), Oestrich Winkel, and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company, Inc. and MS Management Service AG, St. Gallen. She earned her degrees and her Ph.D. in both law and business administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland.

She is a member of the supervisory boards of Linde AG, METRO AG, Munich Re and serves on the board of directors of GDF SUEZ SA. She also belongs to the Economic Advisory Council of the French Embassy in Berlin, the Committee “Financing of Social Enterprises" of KfW Bankengruppe on behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens,Women and Youth (BMFSFJ), and the Government Commission Regierungskommission Deutscher Corporate Governance Kodex (German Corporate Governance Code).

Prof. Achleitner earned several awards for both research and teaching, including the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2014.

Prof. Annet Aris (Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD)

Annet Aris is adjunct professor of strategy at INSEAD since 2003 where she developed and teaches the MBA-course “Media, Internet and the digital transition”. She was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the best teacher award by the MBA students.

She is also a board member of the Sanoma Group, a European TV broadcaster and magazine and educational publisher. In Germany she is a board member of the Kabel Deutschland AG (Munich) and ProSiebenSat1 AG (as of June 2014). In addition she is member of the advisory board of the MBC Group in Dubai (TV), the board of the Foundation “Sound and Vision” and of the Volkskrant Foundation, both in the Netherlands.. Outside the media and telecom industry she is in the board of Thomas Cook PLC, a European tour operator, ASR Nederland N.V. (Utrecht), a Dutch insurance company, and of Jungheinrich AG (Hamburg) a global producer of intralogistics/forklift truck equipment. From 2008-2011 Annet was in the board of the OPTA, the Dutch regulatory authorities for telecom, cable, internet and postal services.

Annet is a Dutch native and received a MSc. from the University of Wageningen in 1984. After acceptance in McKinsey’s European INSEAD Fellow program, she com¬pleted her MBA with distinction in Fontainebleau in 1986. She worked for McKinsey from 1985 until 2003, at first in the Netherlands and in the UK and, since 1990, in Germany. She was elected partner in 1994 and co-led McKinsey’s German Media Practice from 1999-2003 working on a wide array of topics.

Annet is frequently asked as key note speaker on international media- and telecom conferences and is the author of a large number of articles and case studies on the media industry. Together with Jacques Bughin, she wrote the book “Managing Media Companies, Harnessing Creative Value” (Wiley’s 2009, second edition, also available in Russian and Chinese).She is a weekly columnist in the Dutch Financial Times (Financieel Dagblad).

Sébastien Bazin (CEO, Accor Hotel Group)

Aged 53, Sébastien Bazin holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Sorbonne University of Paris and began his career in the finance sector in 1985 in the United States. In 1997, he joined Colony Capital to install and develop from Paris the European branch of the private investment firm. Within 15 years, he managed and participated in a number of investments in the hotel sector, including the buyout of the luxury hotel chains Fairmont and Raffles, acquisition and management of hotel assets from La Générale des Eaux, Club Méditerranée and Accor, acquisition of a stake in Lucien Barrière Group, and investment in Accor.

Member of Accor’s board since 2005, he was appointed as Chairman and CEO of the Group in August 2013. Vice-Chairman of the supervisory board of the Gustave Roussy Foundation, Sébastien Bazin is also member of the board of Théâtre du Châtelet since December 9, 2013.

Gudrun Blankenhaus (Head of Development Management, GEA)

Gudrun Blankenhaus is an experienced expert in Management Development. She has been holding Top Executive Positions in multinational enterprises, mainly in the maschine industry for the past 20 years. Until 2014 she has been holding the position of the Head of Management Development of GEA Group.
In her role of a Board Member of the Global Business Consortium at LBS with GEA Group, Emirates, X-Strata, Oracle, Mars, NokiaSiemensNetworks she contributed to developing a number of future Board Members.
She is a Business Coach for Individuals and Organisations focussing on Performance, Talent, Learning and Cultural Management. Academicly she holds a Masters Degree in Educational Siences for Business Environment and Cultural Management; University of Essen-Duisburg.
She gathered her work experience in Europe, Namibia, China and Brasil. In Namibia, she set up the Language Department of the Goethe Center. At present she focusses with her work on individual and organisational resilience, new leadership styles , generational cohesion, talent programmes and business consortia; working from London and from Essen, Germany.
She supports high performance in sports and is the mentor of an athlet getting prepared for the coming Olympic Games.
She is passionate about her work and also easy at developing pragmatic, business proof solutions.
Furtheron she is an active member of the Future of Work Consortium, lead by Lynda Gratton and she is the director of NewLeadersNewProfessionals.
As a member of the Friends of Zollverein Foundation in Essen, Germany, she enjoys supporting the development of cultural events in the Region, where she lives.

Prof. Dr. Sarah Bowen Savant (Associate Professor AGA KHAN University)

Having graduated from Harvard University in 2006, Prof. Dr. Sarah Bowen Savant is an associate professor at the AGA KHAN University, teaching history and religion as well as being Component Coordinator for “Muslim Heritages as Part of World Cultures”.

She is a member of the Institute's Professional Programmes Unit Committee and Research Committee as well as the Chair of the Research Ethics Committee. Further, she is a member of the AKU University Research Council.

Prof. Dr. Sarah Bowen Savant has published various books and articles examining numerous religious aspects with an emphasis on the Muslim culture and history. In 2013 she won the Saidi-Sirjani Book Award, given by the International Society for Iranian Studies on behalf of the Persian Heritage Foundation.

Prof. Paul Ekins (University College London)

Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, at University College London. He has been a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) since its establishment in 2004, leading its Energy Systems and Modelling theme, and Energy Systems theme, in Phases 1 and 2 respectively. In UKERC Phase 3 he is Deputy Director, leading the theme on Energy Resources.
He is also a Fellow of the Energy Institute; a Senior Consultant to Cambridge Econometrics; and he leads UCL’s participation in the EPSRC SUPERGEN consortium on hydrogen and fuel cells, and on a major project as part of a recent EPSRC Bioenergy Challenge. He is a member of Ofgem’s high-level Sustainable Development Advisory Group, and a member of the Expert Panel of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment.

From 2002-2008 he was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. From 1997-2005 he was a specialist adviser to the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons, from 2003-2007 was a Member of the Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board, and in 2007 was a Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Climate Change Bill. Since 2003 he has been a member, and is now Chairman, of the Judging Panel, UK Ashden Sustainable Energy Awards, and he is on the Judging Panel of the Rushlight and Rosenblatt New Energy Awards. He was a member in 2010-11 of two Ministerial Advisory Panels, on the Green Deal (DECC) and on the Natural Environment White Paper (DEFRA). In 2011 he was appointed Vice-Chairman of the DG Environment Commissioner’s High-Level Economists Expert Group on Resource Efficiency, and in 2012 a member of the European Commission’s European Resource Efficiency Platform. In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. He was awarded an OBE in the 2015 UK New Year’s Honours List ‘for services to environmental policy’.

Prof. Simon Evenett (University of St. Gallen, Former World Bank official)

Simon J. Evenett is Professor of International Trade and Economic Development at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. He is also the coordinator of the watchdog Global Trade Alert and co-director of the most established group of international trade researchers in Europe, organised by the Centre for Economic Policy Research. Professor Evenett's interests include protectionism, trade disputes, WTO and regional trade negotiations, emerging markets, and the manner in which firms actually compete internationally. He was educated at Cambridge and Yale universities, taking economics degrees at both. Previously Professor Evenett has taught at Oxford and Rutgers universities and has been a Visiting Professor of Corporate Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, and a World Bank official, twice. Professor Evenett comments frequently on leading international economic developments to the media and to corporate audiences. He has over 125 publications.

Prof. Daniel S. Hamermesh (Professor RHUL)

Professor Daniel S. Hamermesh is Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin and Professor of Economics at Royal Holloway University of London. His A.B. is from the University of Chicago (1965), his Ph.D. from Yale (1969). He taught from 1969-73 at Princeton, from 1973-93 at Michigan State, and at Texas and Royal Holloway since then. He has held visiting professorships at universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and lectured at over 225 universities in 47 U.S. states and 32 other countries. His research, published in nearly 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on time use, labour demand, discrimination, academic labour markets and unusual applications of labour economics (to beauty, sleep and suicide).

Prof. Dr. David L. Heymann (Head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House)

David Heymann is currently professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; head of the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, London; and chairman of Public Health England, UK. Previously he was the World Health Organization's assistant director-general for Health Security and Environment, and representative of the director-general for polio eradication. From 1998 to 2003 he was Executive Director of the WHO Communicable Diseases Cluster, during which he headed the global response to SARS, and prior to that was director for the WHO programme on Emerging and other Communicable Diseases. Earlier experiences at WHO include chief of research activities in the WHO global programme on AIDS. Before joining WHO he worked for 13 years as a medical epidemiologist in sub-Saharan Africa, on assignment from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he participated in the first and second outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever, and supported ministries of health in research aimed at better control of malaria, measles, tuberculosis and other infectious diseases. Prior to joining CDC he worked in India for two years as a medical epidemiologist in the WHO smallpox eradication programme. He is an elected fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (US) and the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK), and has been awarded several public health awards that have provided funding for the establishment of an on-going mentorship programme at the International Association of Public Health Institutes (IANPHI). In 2009 he was appointed an honorary Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for service to global public health.

Caroline Hyde (European Business Correspondent, Bloomberg)

Caroline Hyde is the London-based, European Business Correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She regularly interviews chief executives, finance officers, politicians and research analysts across the region - including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer, Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green and Chief Secretary to the U.K. Treasury Danny Alexander.
Hyde has also provided in-depth reports on the UK property sector, charitable institutions and developments in digital, music and visual technology.
Hyde, who joined Bloomberg in 2008, previously covered the European debt markets for Bloomberg News as a corporate finance reporter, focusing on company loans and bonds as well as sovereign debt. She has covered the freeze in the European loan market following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the unraveling of the European sovereign debt crisis, as well as breaking news on the sales and performance of government bonds from Greece ahead of its bailout.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Hyde worked in public relations for London's Moorgate Group, where she was a debt market specialist, managing campaigns for clients including Standard & Poor's and Lloyds Banking Group. Hyde holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Harald Kinzler (CNC Managing Director)

Harald Kinzler is a CNC Managing Director based in Frankfurt and London. His background in investment banking and strategic communications gives him a wide range of experience in the areas of ECM and M&A transactions as well as dual-track processes, investor relations, and financial, corporate and crisis communications.

Harald has spent more than 15 years in the investment banking industry in London and New York, starting as an economist at Lehman Brothers and moving through a range of roles in the Equities business. He ended his career in the investment banking industry as Head of Corporate Broking at Berenberg Bank in London. Before joining CNC in 2014, he was Managing Director at a German strategic communications consultancy where he was jointly responsible for its Equity Capital Markets Team.

Harald holds MSc Economics degrees from the University of Saarbrücken and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Susan Liautaud (Founder of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited )

Susan Liautaud is Founder of Susan Liautaud & Associates Limited (SLAL), a consultancy in ethics matters internationally. Susan is also a Lecturer in Public Policy at Stanford University and a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center of Philanthropy and Civil Society. She serves on a number of non-profit boards: as a co-Chair of the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières US Advisory Board, on the American Hospital of Paris Board of Governors, Care International UK’s Board of Trustees, and others. She is also a member of the French Ambassadors Foreign Trade Advisory Council in the UK.

Her past professional experience includes international corporate and securities lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell in Paris and New York and Associate Dean for International and Graduate Programs and Director of the Transnational Business Law Program at Stanford University Law School.

Susan holds a PhD in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science; a J.D. from Columbia University Law School; a M.A. in Chinese Studies from University of London School of Oriental and African; a M.A. and two B.A.s from Stanford University.

Harry Morrison (Director of Sustainability Services, Accenture)

Harry is the UK lead for Accenture’s Sustainability Practice with over a decade of experience in strategy & sustainability. Harry advises clients on using sustainability as a lens for growth and innovation and leads Accenture’s work valuing the impact of sustainability initiatives for business and society. Prior to joining Accenture, Harry was Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust. Harry led the development and growth of the Carbon Trust Standard (a leading voluntary certification of corporate action to measure, manage and reduce emissions) and was responsible for the Carbon Trust’s product carbon footprinting and labeling initiatives. Harry has a BA in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Charlotte Oades (Global Director Women’s Economic Empowerment, Coca Cola)

As The Coca-Cola Company's Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, Charlotte is leading the development and implementation of the Company's global strategy in this important area. This includes the ambitious 5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020.

Charlotte's abilities and achievements have been recognised in an impressive series of leading roles in Marketing, Public Affairs & Communications and Business Management. She brings significant worldwide experience to her role having successively risen through national and international roles in North America, the Pacific and Europe. Her commitment and leadership in driving an integrated business focus on sustainability during her tenure as President of Coca-Cola Great Britain led to her leading the Company's sustainability strategy across the European business.

Charlotte is a Fellow of: The Marketing Society, The Institute of Grocery Distribution and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts; a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain and Women in Advertising and Communications in London. She was listed among Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” in July 2012 and Newsweek's “150 Women Who Shake the World” in March 2011. Charlotte is a founder member of the Women's Leadership Council of The Coca-Cola Company.

Jay Ralph (Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE / Asset Management, US Life Insurance)

Since January 2010, Mr. Ralph has served as a Member of the Board of Management of Allianz SE, responsible for the Insurance Operations in the NAFTA Markets. As of January 1, 2012 Jay Ralph became responsible for Allianz Asset Management worldwide and as of January 1, 2015 took on the additional responsibility for Life Insurance Operations in the USA.

In 1997, Mr. Ralph served as President and CEO of Allianz Risk Transfer, Zurich, and in 2007 he was named CEO of Allianz Re within Allianz SE, Munich. Jay Ralph started his career in 1981 as an auditor at Arthur Andersen & Company in Chicago. In 1984 he changed to Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company in Milwaukee, acting as Investment Officer. In 1991 he became President and Managing Director of Centre Re Bermuda Ltd. in Bermuda.

Mr. Ralph holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics from the University of Chicago and a B.B.A. in Finance and Accounting from the University of Wisconsin. Also, he is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Karim Refaat (Founder & Chairman of N Gage Consulting)

Karim is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of N Gage Consulting, S.A.E since February, 2013. On October, 12, 2013, he was appointed a member of Egypt France Business Council. Prior to that, he spent 2.5 years from June 2010 to January, 2013 with British American Tobacco as Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs Function for BAT's North Africa Business Unit. During the period from August, 2008 to June, 2010, he was a Diplomatic Advisor to the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry. From October, 2003 to July, 2008, he was appointed as a diplomat to the Egyptian Embassy in France. He joined the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs since November, 1999. He served in 1999 with Jordan based Talal Abu Ghazaleh (T.A.G) Intellectual Property Firm as a Junior Consultant. He started his career in 1998 with Egypt based Orascom for Projects and Touristic Development with its renowned EL Gouna Project. He held an Internship in 1997 at Cairo based Middle East Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for the Refugees working in its Media and External Relations Department. Karim received a M.A. in International Human Rights Law in June 2003 and a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations in February 1998 both from the American University in Cairo. He holds a Certificate of Specialization in Multilateral Diplomacy issued in April, 2002 delivered jointly by the Swiss Federal Government Program of Diplomatic Studies and the Geneva Institute for Higher International Studies. He was also certified by the Institute of Diplomatic Studies of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in September, 2000. He is fluent in written and spoken Arabic, English and French.

Prof. Andreas Schaefer (UCL Energy Institute)

Andreas W. Schaefer is a Professor of Energy and Transport at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London, and a Visiting Professor at the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University. His publications cover the demand for and supply characteristics of energy and transportation systems. In addition to peer review journals, his work was published in popular science magazines, such as Scientific American. He is lead-author of “Transportation in a Climate-Constrained World”, MIT Press (June 2009). Prior to joining the UCL Energy Institute, he held appointments at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Cambridge, and Stanford University.

Herbert Scheidt (Chairman of Vontobel)

Herbert J. Scheidt was employed in various functions at the Deutsche Bank in Germany, New York, Milan and Geneva and was, from 1996, six years the head of Private Banking International in Geneva. Mr. Scheidt is a member of the board of Vereinigung Schweizerischer Handels- und Verwaltungsbanken (VHV). Further, he is a member of the board of the Schweizerischen Bankiervereinigung, as well as the SIX Group. In addition to his function as a member of the steering comitee of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), he is engaged as Vice President of the administrative board of HERO AG. Herbert J. Scheidt was from 2002 until May 2011 CEO of Vontobel and subsequently took over the chairmanship of the executive board.

Rodney Schwartz (CEO, ClearlySo)

Rodney Schwartz is CEO of ClearlySo. He leads the strategy and growth of the company. Rodney’s background in equity research, investment banking and venture capital makes him an unconventional but authoritative champion for the social enterprise sector. Joining Wall Street in 1980, he rose to become the number one ranked financial services analyst at PaineWebber and then held senior management posts at Lehman Brothers and Paribas, before leaving the sector in 1997 to found the venture capital firm Catalyst. At Catalyst, Rodney became passionate about innovative businesses that earn a living by trying to make the world a better place. A pioneer in this social investment marketplace, he transformed Catalyst into a social business consultancy and in 2008 launched ClearlySo, which raises investment for social entrepreneurs. Rodney also teaches social finance at the Said Business School (Oxford) and other European universities and is a regular sector commentator. Former Chair of Shelter and JustGiving, he currently serves on the board of The Green Thing and Spacehive. He holds an MBA and BA from the University of Rochester.

Ines Faden da Silva (Consultant)

Ines is an experienced international finance professional, with extensive track record in originating, advising and raising debt for large project financings. Whilst at Citigroup in London, Ines advised and arranged financing for deals in excess of $20 billion, many of which won industry awards for ground breaking and innovative features. She has a broad sector, geographic and client experience with transactions in oil & gas, power, infrastructure, metals processing, shipping, real estate, leisure in both developed and emerging markets and she travelled extensively in the geographies covered (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia). Ines has a keen interest in sustainability issues: at the heart of the due diligence process for these projects were sustainability matters, namely social and environmental issues requiring compliance with the Equator Principles and IFC/ World Bank’s environmental and social standards and guidelines.

Ian Stewart (Chief Economist, Deloitte UK)

Ian Stewart is a Partner and Chief Economist at Deloitte where he advises clients on macroeconomics and financial markets developments. Ian devised and runs Deloitte's quarterly survey of Chief Financial Officers, writes the Monday Briefing which goes to over 14,000 clients and Deloitte people weekly and comments on the economic scene in the media.

Before joining Deloitte Ian spent 12 years as Chief Economist for Europe at the US investment bank, Merrill Lynch in London. He previously worked as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Social Security, the Rt Hon Tony Newton, as Head of Economics in the Conservative Party’s Research Department and as an economist with the Confederation of British Industry in London.

Ian was educated at the London School of Economics, Birkbeck College and Queen Mary College

Dr. Theodor Weimer (Country Chairman, UniCredit Germany)

Theodor Weimer joined UniCredit in 2007, initially as Head of Investment Banking. He has been Board Spokesman of HypoVereinsbank – UniCredit Bank AG since 2009. Moreover, he is Country Chairman Germany and a member of UniCredit's Executive Management Committee. After graduating from the universities of Tübingen and St. Gallen and being awarded his doctorate at the University of Bonn, he worked for McKinsey from 1988 to 1995, before moving to Bain & Company. There he became a member of the Global Management Committee and specialised in the consultancy of financial service providers. From 2001 to 2007, he served as Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs and was promoted to Partner in 2004.