Speakers 2014
Tim Aker (Head of Policy UKIP)

Tim was educated at the University of Nottingham and has been Head of UKIP's Policy Unit since June 2013. He is Number 3 on the Eastern Counties list for the European Election in May 2014. Tim has previously headed up a Campaign Group calling for withdrawal from the European Union.

Prof. Simon Anholt (Independent Policy Advisor)

Simon Anholt is one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners on ultra-wide scale human behaviour. His work over the last thirty years has focused on measuring, understanding and influencing attitudes, culture and activity at the global scale.

Since 2001 he has worked with the Heads of State, Heads of Government and administrations of more than 50 nations, cities and regions worldwide to develop and implement strategies for enhanced economic, political and cultural engagement with other countries. He is also the founder and publisher of one of the largest social surveys ever conducted, the Anholt-GfK Roper Nation Brands IndexSM.

Lord Bilimoria (Founder and Chairman of Cobra Beer)

Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. In the Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world for beer, the Cobra range have collectively been awarded a total of 73 Gold medals since 2001.

Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India.
Roger Bootle (Managing Director and Founder of Capital Economics, Winner of Wolfson Economics Prize)

Roger Bootle is one of the City of London’s best-known economists. As well as running Capital Economics, which he founded in 1999, Roger is also a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.

Roger was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called “Wise Men’. In July it was announced that Roger and a team from Capital Economics had won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.

Dr. Richard Corbett (Former MEP and Current Advisor, European Council Cabinet)

Dr. Richard Corbett is a Labour candidate for Yorkshire & Humber in the 2014 European elections. From 2010 to early 2014, he was political advisor to Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council. He advised the President on political and institutional questions and handled his relations with the European Parliament and with national parliaments.

From 1996 to 2009, Richard was an MEP, initially representing Merseyside West and then, following the creation of regional constituencies, Yorkshire & Humber. In 2012, Richard was voted by a panel of journalists, retired diplomats, academics and think-tankers as the fourth most influential Briton in Europe.

Martin Gilbert (CEO and Founder of Aberdeen Asset Management)

Martin Gilbert is a co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983.

Under Martin's leadership, Aberdeen has become one of the world's leading independent asset managers through a combination of organic growth and acquisition. It joined the FTSE 100 in March 2012.

Martin was appointed Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority's Practitioner Panel in December 2013. He sits on the UK Treasury's Financial Services Trade and Investment Board and the Scottish Government's Financial Services Advisory Board. He is also a member of the International Advisory.
Prof. Daniel Hamermesh (Multiple Award Winning Economist)

Daniel S. Hamermesh is Professor in Economics, Royal Holloway University of London and Sue Killam Professor in the Foundation of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin. His A.B. is from the University of Chicago (1965), his Ph.D. from Yale (1969). He has held visiting professorships at universities in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. His research, published in nearly 100 refereed papers in scholarly journals, has concentrated on time use, labor demand, discrimination, academic labor markets and unusual applications of labor economics (to beauty, sleep and suicide).
Dr. Andreas Höfert (Chief Economist Wealth Management and Global Head Wealth Management Research UBS)

PhD in Economics. Graduated from the University of St. Gallen (CH), specializing in international macroeconomics and econometrics. Research fellow at the University of Rochester in New York.

In July 2002 Mr. Höfert joined UBS Wealth Management Research (WMR) as Head of Economic Research. From 2004 to 2006 he held the position of Head Global Investment Recommendations. In 2006 he relocated to UBS Financial Services Inc. in New York, where he was acting as Chief Global Economist and Deputy Head UBS WMR Americas until March 2009.
Caroline Hyde (European Business Correspondent & Presenter, Bloomberg TV)

Caroline Hyde is a London-based markets reporter for Bloomberg Television, specializing in European market and breaking corporate news. She has interviewed top chief executives, finance officers, politicians and research analysts across the region - including Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer, Alcatel CFO Paul Tufano, Chief Secretary to the U.K. Treasury Danny Alexander, Libyan Oil Minister Abdul-Rahman Ben Yezza.

Hyde has also provided in-depth reports upon the UK property sector, charitable institutions and developments in music and visual technology.

Markus Krebsz

Markus is a strategic consultant, senior executive & board-level advisor with expert knowledge in the spheres of securitization, credit rating agencies, investment banking, capital markets, conduct and - more generally – Risk (Credit, Market and Operational), with more than two decades experience in global financial markets.

He is a member of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Group of Risk Management Experts (UNECE GRM) and has been acting as Credit Rating expert advisor to the World Bank and previously the European Commission.

Jean Lambert (Member of the European Parliament, Green Party)

Jean Lambert is London’s Green Party Member of the European Parliament, a position she has held since 1999.

Jean works on a range of social and environmental issues, to build a more just and sustainable future. She is particularly interested in linking social and environmental agendas, and for our economic future to address social and employment needs, climate change and resource limits. In the European Parliament, Jean sits on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL), where her work includes a focus on social inclusion, workers’ rights, immigration and social security. Jean is also a member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE).

Mark Littlewood (Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs)

Mark Mark Littlewood is the Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs. Mark was educated at Balliol College, Oxford where he read Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Prior to joining the IEA Mark was the Campaigns Director for the human rights group Liberty.

After leaving Liberty in 2004, Mark founded NO21D, the group which opposes identity cards and the database state. In December 2004 he was appointed Head of Media for the Liberal Democrats and then went on to found Progressive Vision, a classical liberal think tank and was its Communications Director until joining the IEA.


Christa Markwalder (Vice-President of the Swiss Council, Young Global Leader WEF and Head of Government & Industry Affairs, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland)

Christa Markwalder currently serves on the National Council’s Foreign Affairs Committee (chair in 2010 and 2011), on the Committee for Legal Affairs and on the Federal Assembly’s Committee on Pardons. Christa Markwalder is the president of the Parliamentary Association Switzerland – USA, Switzerland – UK, Switzerland Ukraine and co-chairs various parliamentary groups on the topics of renewable energies, ecologically sustainable economy and promotion of voluntary work. She serves as chairwoman of the European Movement of Switzerland (Nebs/Nomes) and is a member of the Council of the Swiss Abroad. Furthermore she belongs to the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and to the Young Leaders of the American Swiss Foundation. Since 2008, Christa Markwalder is Head of Government and Industry Affairs Switzerland with Zurich Insurance Group.
Jan Muehlfeit (Chairman Europe Microsoft Corporation)

Jan Muehlfeit is responsible for representing Microsoft Corporation and engaging with governments, large corporations, key partners and academic elites both cross Europe and on a global level. His goal is to ensure that Microsoft continues to act as a relevant, trusted and valuable partner that listens and contributes to enabling long-term growth, local economic competitiveness, job creation and innovation both in public and private sectors..

Jan has been serving in different advisory boards of several European governments in the field of ICT, national competitiveness and education. He also represents Microsoft on the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and is involved as advisor in different projects of European Policy Center (EPC).
David Smith (Economics Editor of Sunday Times and Award Winning Author & Journalist)

David Smith has been Economics Editor of The Sunday Times since 1989, where he writes a weekly column. He is also chief leader-writer, an assistant editor and policy adviser. He also writes columns for Tax Journal, Estates Gazette and other publications. He speaks and broadcasts regularly to a wide variety of audiences.

David Smith is the author of several books, including The Rise and Fall of Monetarism, Mrs Thatcher’s Economics and, most recently, The Age of Instability: The Global Financial Crisis and What Comes Next.

He has won a number of awards, including the Harold Wincott Senior Financial Journalist of the Year Award and the 2013 Economics Commentator of the Year Award.