Thursday 26th February 2015 – Day 1

08:00 - Registration & Refreshments
These will be served in the lobby of the hotel.
09:00 - LSE EMF 2015 - Opening Remarks
Craig Calhoun - Director, LSE
Craig.Calhoun Professor Calhoun is a world-renowned social scientist whose work connects sociology to culture, communication, politics, philosophy and economics. He took up his post as LSE Director on 1 September 2012, having left the United States where he was University Professor at New York University and director of the Institute for Public Knowledge and President of the Social Science Research Council. Professor Calhoun took a D Phil in History and Sociology at Oxford University and a Master's in Social Anthropology at Manchester. He co-founded, with Richard Sennett, Professor of Sociology at LSE, the NYLON programme which brings together graduate students from New York and London for co-operative research programmes. He is the author of several books including 'Nations Matter, Critical Social Theory, Neither Gods Nor Emperors' and most recently 'The Roots of Radicalism' (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Describing his own approach to academic work, Professor Calhoun says: "We must set high standards for ourselves, but in order to inform the public well, not to isolate ourselves from it."


09:20 - Keynote
Ian Taylor – CEO, Vitol

Ian Taylor

As president and chief executive officer of Vitol, one of the world’s largest energy trading companies, Ian Taylor oversees a company that is deeply involved in the physical movement of almost every type of energy commodity worldwide. Vitol traded more than 260 million metric tons of oil and oil products in 2012, and at any one moment the company has more than 200 ships at sea, transporting everything from jet fuel and gasoline to coal and liquefied natural gas. Mr. Taylor joined Vitol in 1985 and has been running the company since 1995. Under his leadership the privately held company has grown significantly in both scope and scale, yet it remains much like the man himself—agile, quick-thinking, alert to opportunities in every corner of the globe, and intimately familiar with the unique dynamics of energy markets. (Source: Futures Industry)

10:00 - Panel Discussion: Private Equity in Emerging Markets
Mark Richards – Partner and Head of Financial Services, Actis
Screen Shot 2015-01-30 at 00.44.37 Mark Richards’ interest in emerging markets began early in his career. At just 22, he was posted by Barclays to work in Zambia; a secondment that sparked a fascination with the continent, its people and the issues facing it. And when he eventually returned to London, he vowed that one day he would work in Africa again. Some 18 very successful years followed for Mr. Richards at Barclays as Strategy Director, Corporate Development Director and Chief Financial Officer of International Banking and in 2005 he joined Actis to lead Actis' Financial Services team. Although based in London, he now has an extraordinary window not just on Africa, but on all the emerging markets. Playing a part in this fast changing world is something Mr. Richards regards as a true privilege. But for him, supporting growth across these diverse cultures is not just about building better businesses; it’s about building better societies and setting the positive power of capital into motion day in, day out. (Source: Actis)

Henry Obi - COO and Partner, Helios Investment Partners
Henry ObiMr. Henry Obi serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Partner at Helios Investment Partners LLP. Previously, Mr. Obi was a Partner and Portfolio Investments at Aureos Capital Limited. He was responsible for portfolio management and reporting. Prior to Aureos Capital Management, he was a Senior Investment Executive at Actis. Mr. Obi previously worked at CDC Assets for two years and was responsible for the US $100 million power portfolio and exploring securitizing CDC Assets’ US $150 million mezzanine loan portfolio. He spent two years with the Power Group as a Senior Executive focused on Investments. He started his investment career in the power investment team at CDC and has also worked at Actis and Dynegy. Mr. Obi serves as the Chairman of Africa Council of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Maris Capital Ltd. and is a Director of African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. He has served on the Boards of Directors of Zambia Capital Partners (Zambia) and Central America Investment Managers (Mauritius). Mr. Obi received an M.B.A. from the London Business School and a B.Arch. from Nottingham University. (Source: Bloomberg)

Sev Vettivetpillai - Partner, The Abraaj Group
Sev Vettivetpillai Sev Vettivetpillai is a Partner at The Abraaj Group where he is  responsible for the Group’s sector focused Funds including Healthcare, Real Estate and Energy Infrastructure, as well as leading the efforts on launching new products and strategies. Mr. Vettivetpillai is one of four permanent members of the Investment Committee responsible for approval of all Abraaj investments across the platform. In addition, he is Chairman of the Abraaj Partner’s Council and a Member of the Board of Directors. Mr. Vettivetpillai has more than 20 years of experience within the growth markets private equity arena, with extensive experience in the areas of strategic investment management, fundraising, deal structuring, valuation, due diligence and portfolio management. Mr. Vettivetpillai was Founder of the Aureos Group, where he held the position of Chief Executive Officer from 2003 until 2012, and Chief Investment Officer from 2001. He led the transaction for the acquisition of Aureos by The Abraaj Group in 2012. Prior to joining Aureos, Mr. Vettivetpillai was a Senior Investment Executive at CDC Group plc between 1996-2001, after having served three years in CDC’s fund management company in Sri Lanka (Ayojana Fund Management) as an Investment Manager. Mr. Vettivetpillai is a CFA Charter holder and completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, UK.

Henry Potter - Partner, Alpha Associates
Henry Potter Henry Potter has been investing in companies, banks and private equity funds in eastern Europe since 1994.  Henry is a Partner at Alpha Associates, responsible for investing Alpha’s eastern European private equity funds of funds. Henry joined Alpha Associates in September 2008 from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London. Since then Henry has led a number of Alpha fund primary and secondary investments as well as direct co-investments in the region, including a number of multi-asset private equity secondary transactions triggered by the financial crisis. During his 14 year EBRD career Henry was responsible for a series of investments that the EBRD made both in private equity funds as well as directly into financial institutions and companies in CEE and Russia/CIS. As Senior Banker, he helped to build EBRD’s private equity funds investment program into the largest in the region. In addition to his managerial and transactional responsibilities, he oversaw EBRD’s private equity performance data collection and analysis, the co-investment program between EBRD and its portfolio funds, and at different points EBRD’s financial sector activities in Slovenia, Slovakia and Georgia. Over his career, Henry has served on a number of corporate boards, fund advisory committees and fund investment committees for both Alpha and EBRD and has also supported various industry initiatives including as a member of the EVCA CEE Task Force and, most recently, Chairman of the EMPEA Regional Council for Russia, Turkey and CEE.  Henry holds a B.A. and a M.Sc. from the McGill/London School of Economics.

Chair: Dr. Jeffrey Leonard - Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Global Environment Fund
Jeff Leonard Mr. Leonard is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Global Environment Fund (GEF), one of the most experienced and most successful private equity firms dedicated exclusively to investments in the energy and environment sectors. Founded in 1990, GEF currently has approximately $1 billion in aggregate capital under management. GEF invests in clean energy, gas distribution, energy efficiency and forestry in the US, Africa, Latin America and South Asia.  GEF provides growth capital to high-growth companies whose business activities are improving the production and efficiency of the clean energy and environmental sectors. In addition, GEF invests in real assets through its sustainable timberland program. Due to the nature of its investment strategies, GEF has been a leader in the integration and management of ESG issues into its entire investment management program.  GEF was awarded the FT Sustainable Investor of the Year in 2009 and 2010. Mr. Leonard is former Chairman of the Board of The Washington Monthly and Chairman of the Board of CityYear (Washington, D.C.).  Mr. Leonard is a board member of the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE), Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and the New America Foundation.  He is a founding board member and Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Beacon House Community Ministry, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and their families in northeast Washington, D.C. He has previously served as co-chairman of the Clean Technology Venture Network. Mr. Leonard is a graduate of Princeton (Ph.D.), London School of Economics (M.S. Econ) and Harvard College (B.A., magna cum laude). He is the author of five books and numerous technical articles relating to global environmental issues, international trade, energy production and technology development.

11:00 - Refreshments
This will be served in the lobby of the hotel.
11:20 - Keynote: What's it Going to Take to be Successful in our Future World?
Dr. Dambisa Moyo - Renowned Author; Board Member of SAB Miller, Barclays, Barricks Gold; One of TIME Magazine's “100 Most Influential People in the World” 2009
Dambisa Moyo s Dambisa Moyo is a marathon-running author and international economist who analyzes the macroeconomy and global affairs. She has travelled to more than 75 countries over the last decade, during which time she has developed a unique knowledge base on the political, economic, and financial workings of emerging economies, in particular the BRICs and the frontier economies in Asia, South America, Africa and the Middle East. Her work examines the interplay between rapidly developing countries, international business, and the global economy, while highlighting the key opportunities for investment. Ms. Moyo serves on the boards of Barclays Bank, the financial services group, SABMiller, the global brewer, and Barrick Gold, the global miner. She was an economist at Goldman Sachs, where she worked for nearly a decade, and was a consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. Ms. Moyo was named by TIME Magazine as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Forum. She is a member of the Atlantic Council, and the Directors Council of the Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA). She was awarded the 2013 Hayek Lifetime Achievement Award, named for the Nobel Prize winner and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Friedrich Hayek. Dr. Moyo has been a participant at the Bilderberg Conference and the U.S. Federal Reserve Jackson Hole Conference. In addition, she serves on the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils on Global Imbalances. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa and How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead. Her third book, Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World, was published in June 2012, and premiered at #13 on the New York Times bestseller list. Ms. Moyo is a contributing editor to CNBC, the business and finance news network. Her writing regularly appears in economic and finance-related publications such as the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal. She completed a PhD in economics at Oxford University and holds a Masters degree from Harvard University. She completed an undergraduate degree in chemistry and an MBA in finance at American University in Washington, D.C.

12:00 - Networking Buffet Lunch
Lunch will be served in the lobby of the hotel. 
13.00 - First Workshop Session
Strand A Cancer Healthcare in Emerging Markets: Erik Leksell – Partner, Elekta
Erik Leksell s Erik Leksell has held a variety of Sales and Marketing roles for Elekta since 2009 in India, Indonesia & Hong Kong. His focus area has been developing and improving cancer care in Emerging Markets. Currently he works in South Africa as Managing Director for Elekta in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to Elekta, he was working for IFC in Indonesia, introducing micro loans thru cell phones & running his investment company Silent Spring. Today, Silent Spring, consist of 15 companies in diversified sectors like Green Energy, IT-related sector, Art & Wine. Mr. Leksell has a BSc (Hons) at the Univeristy of Bath in Politics and International Relations with focus on International Security & Terrorism.

Strand B Oil and Gas Services: Richard Butland - Chairman, Influit; former Head of Merchant Banking, Goldman Sachs
Richard Butland Richard Butland is Chairman of Influit and the former managing director in the Merchant Banking Division. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as an associate in the UK Advisory Group. Richard was promoted to run UK M&A Advisory in 2007 and subsequently moved to the Merchant Banking Division to head its private equity activities in the UK and Natural Resources across Europe. He was named managing director in 2006. Prior to joining the firm, Richard worked at IBJ Schroder Bank for two years and at PricewaterhouseCoopers for five years. Richard earned a bachelor's degree from Victoria University of Wellington in 1992 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1995.  

14.00 - Second Workshop Session
Strand C Agribusiness: Javier Uribarren - Principal
Javier Uribarren Javier Uribarren is the Chief Investment Officer of W1 Capital. Javier has a very long and distinguished career in financial markets. He was previously an Investment Director at Stenham Advisors where he was the Portfolio Manager for the multi-award winning global macro funds. Prior to joining Stenham he worked at AIG, Barclays and AMP. Mr Uribarren holds a Bachelor in Actuarial Science and Statistics from City University in London.
and Andrea Michelli-Lopez - Principal, W1 Capital
Andrea Michelli-LopezAndrea Michelli is the Head of Strategy and Marketing of W1 Capital. Ms. Michelli has 20 years of experience in investment banking and asset management. She was previously at Stenham Advisors where she was responsible for the emerging markets equity fund and managed an investor base of both institutions and family offices. Prior to joining Stenham she worked at BTG Pactual, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Citigroup. Ms. Michelli holds a MBA from SDA Bocconi in Milan, a Bachelor in Economics from Universidade de Sao Paulo (Brazil) and a Bachelor in Public Admnistration from FGV in Sao Paulo (Brazil).

Strand D Wine Markets: David Farber - Managing Director, Monopole Wine Portfolio Management Ltd
David Farber After 15 years in investment banking and asset management (BNP Paribas,Citigroup,…), David Farber became founding director of IG Wines, a wine investment company before launching Monopole Wine PM which now has offices in the UK, France and Switzerland. Mr. Farber has a passion for wine and has been an avid collector for 16 years.

15:00 - Refreshments
This will be served in the lobby of the hotel
15:20 - Keynote: Beyond the BRICs: An Outlook on Future Growth Markets
Jim O’Neill - Departing Chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Jim O'Neill Jim O'Neill is currently Chairing a formal Review into AMR (antimicrobial resistance) which will continue through to the Spring of 2016, when recommendations will be made as to how to solve this global challenge. Until October 2014, he chaired the Cities Growth Commission in the UK, when it provided its final recommendations. He is Honorary Chair of Economics at Manchester University. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the international economic think tank, Bruegel, and on the economic advisory board to the IFC, the investing arm of the World Bank. Mr. O'Neill worked for Goldman Sachs from 1995 until April 2013, spending most of his time there as Chief Economist. He's also the creator of the acronym “BRIC” and recently made a documentary series for the BBC entitled MINT:The Next Economic Giants. He is one of the founding trustees of the UK educational charity, SHINE. Mr. O'Neill also serves on the board of ‘Teach for All’ and a number of other charities specialising in education and in September 2013, became a Non-Executive Director of the UK Government’s Department of Education.

16:00 - Panel Discussion: Foreign Exchange and Macro Economic Investment Strategies
Kit Juckes - Head of FX Strategy, Societe Generale
Kit Juckes   Kit Juckes joined the bank in early June 2010 as Global Head of Foreign Exchange Strategy. Kit was responsible for leading the expansion of the research on global forex strategy. Prior to Societe Generale, Mr. Juckes was at the ECU Group, a London-based currency management boutique, where he was Chief Economist. He was also Global Head of Research at RBS and has over 25 years' experience analysing financial markets. In his own words, 'I was born close enough to Eldoret to be slightly disappointed I can't run a marathon in anything like 2 hours. After that, I spent a lot of time in France, some in boarding school and then some in London, studying economics (though I seem to have spent an awful lot of time playing hockey, tennis and bridge, instead of studying). About a week before my finals I worked out that I really, really like economics, and some time later I worked out that what I am really interested in, is economic history. If I'd worked this out earlier I'd be an academic, and my wife and children would have deserted me…..' (Source: Societe Generale, LinkedIn)

Bhanu Baweja - Head of Emerging Markets Cross Asset Strategy, UBS
Bhanu Baweja Bhanu Baweja is UBS' Global Head of cross asset EM strategy. Before moving into this role he ran global EM fixed income and FX strategy for the bank. UBS' EM Strategy team have been rated #1 in the 2014 Extel survey. In prior years UBS EM strategy they've been rated top 3 in the US and European Institutional Investor surveys and by in Asia Money Poll. Prior to joining UBS in July 2002, Mr. Baweja was the Head of Research for Asia ex Japan Economics and Strategy with IDEAglobal. He began his working life as a tutor with the Economics department at the London School of Economics. Mr. Baweja holds an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics, a Master's in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, and BA (Hons) Economics from St Stephen's College, Delhi.

Peter Kisler - Portfolio Manager, North Asset Management
Peter Kisler
Peter joined North Asset Managment in September 2010 and is the lead Portfolio Manager of the North Emerging Markets Fund. Peter has over 17 years of experience trading Emerging Markets. From 2006 to 2010, Peter was a Managing Director at Swiss Re, London, where he established and managed the emerging markets business, running a $3 billion balance sheet. From 1997 to 2006, Peter worked in Emerging Markets Fixed Income at Morgan Stanley in London, where he was an Executive Director from 2004. Throughout his career, Peter has focused on proprietary trading of various fixed income, FX and derivative instruments. Peter has a B.Sc. in Econometrics and Mathematical Economics from the London School of Economics.

Guillaume Fonkenell - Founder, Pharo Management
Guillaume Fonkenell Guillaume Fonkenell is the founder of Pharo Management and is a member of the Risk Committee.  He has extensive experience trading currencies, bonds and derivatives in developed and emerging markets.  Prior to founding Pharo Management LLC in 2000, he was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in New York.  During his four-year tenure at Merrill Lynch, he initiated and successfully managed two businesses.  The first one, the Latin American Local Markets Trading Group, had the mandate to take positions in all currencies, bonds and derivatives in Latin America.  The second one, the Global Credit Derivatives Group, focused on structuring highly sophisticated emerging markets transactions for American, European and Japanese investors. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Mr. Fonkenell was a Vice President at Bankers Trust in New York, where he traded interest rate swaps and options for four years.  After one year as the senior swaps trader, he was promoted to head all interest rate options trading activities.  At Bankers Trust, Mr. Fonkenell used his quantitative background to design, structure and trade the most complex derivative products. He holds Masters Degrees in both Civil Engineering and International Business from Ecole Nationale Des Ponts-Et-Chaussées in Paris, France.  Mr. Fonkenell is also an alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique in Paris. (Source: Pharo Management, The Hedge Fund Journal)

Chair: Simon Kennedy - Chief International Economics Correspondent, Bloomberg
Simon Kennedy Simon Kennedy is chief international economics correspondent at Bloomberg News in London. He previously covered the European economy from Paris and U.S. economic policy in Washington. He is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets magazines, based in London; has reported from more than two dozen countries. Mr. Kennedy studied at City University, London and Concordia University, Montreal. (Source: World Economic Forum)

17:00 - Keynote: Healthcare in Emerging Markets
Sir Andrew Witty - CEO, GlaxoSmithKline
Sir Andrew Witty Sir Andrew Witty became Chief Executive Officer of GlaxoSmithKline plc on 21 May 2008. He is a member of the Board and Corporate Executive Team. Sir Andrew joined Glaxo in 1985 and has held a variety of Sales and Marketing roles in the UK and abroad including working in the Company’s International New Products groups, both in the Respiratory and HIV/Infectious disease fields.  Outside of the UK, he has worked in South Africa, the USA and Singapore where he led the Group’s operations as Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific. While in Singapore Sir Andrew was a Board Member of the Singapore Economic Development Board and the Singapore Land Authority. In 2003 he was awarded the Public Service Medal by the Government of Singapore and in August 2012 was also awarded the Public Service Star. In 2003 he was appointed President of GSK Europe and joined GSK’s Corporate Executive Team. Moreover, Sir Andrew has served in numerous advisory roles to Governments around the world including South Africa, Singapore, Guangzhou China and the UK, where he is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group.  He was awarded a Knighthood for services to the economy and to the UK pharmaceutical industry in the 2012 New Year Honours List and, in 2014, was appointed to be a Business Ambassador for the UK Government. Sir Andrew Witty is Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, a position he took up on 1 January 2013 and a Member of the Global Health Innovation Advisory Board, Imperial College, 2014. Sir Andrew has a Joint Honours BA in Economics from the University of Nottingham.

17:40 - Networking Cocktail Reception

Friday 27th February 2015 – Day 2

08:00 - Registration & Refreshments
These will be served in the lobby of the hotel.
09:00 - Opening Keynote: Energy – Where Business, Technology and Politics Meet
Dick Benschop - President of Shell
Dick Benschop Dick Benschop was born in Driebergen in the Netherlands. He studied History at the Free University in Amsterdam. He filled a number of positions in the Dutch Parliament and in the Dutch Labour Party. In 1994 he founded his own consultancy firm. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Benschop returned to politics as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. In 2003, he joined Shell and worked in Shell Energy Europe. He moved to Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of 2006, overseeing the Gas & Power business in Malaysia. In 2009, he took up the role of Vice President Strategy for the Royal Dutch Shell Group. As of 1 May 2011, he was appointed President Director of Shell Netherlands and Vice President of Gas Market Development. (Source: The Hague Institute for Global Justice)

09:40 - Panel Discussion: Security, Risk Management, and Defense in Emerging Markets
Lieutenant-General Sir Graeme Lamb - Special Advisor, G3 & Director, Aegis Defence Services
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Lieutenant-General Sir Graeme Cameron Maxwell Lamb KBE CMG DSO is a retired British Army officer. He is a former Commander of the Field Army at Land Command, known for his contributions to counter-insurgency. Lamb currently serves as a special advisor to strategic advisory firm G3 and as director to private military company Aegis Defence Services. Educated at Rannoch School and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the Queen's Own Highlanders as a second lieutenant on 8 March 1973. He has served in Northern Ireland and in various theatres of war including Bosnia. Lamb represented Sandhurst at modern pentathlon; won the army bobsleigh championship in 1975, also coming fifth in the British national championship and 31st in the Nations Cup; and is chairman of the army snowboarding association. 

Sir Lamb has been credited with having exercised substantial influence over the evolution of counter-insurgency in Iraq from 2006 onwards.  Recent contemporary histories of Iraq paint a favourable impression of Lamb as Senior British Military Representative, suggesting that he, influenced by his experiences in Northern Ireland, convinced his U.S. colleagues to adopt the principle of "limited war" — a process requiring "patience, subtlety, and a willingness to accept that Iraqis' own proclivities were going to drive much of the war's outcome", leading to Lamb's own "strategic engagement initiative' of 2006–2007. It was warmly reported that Lamb's departure in July 2007 left "a tremendous gap in the command's institutional memory".

In August 2009 it was reported that he would be heading for Afghanistan at the direct request of General David Petraeus of the US Army to head a programme designed to repeat the success of his efforts in Iraq whereby insurgents are persuaded to give up their arms, after which he retired from active service.

 

Cdr. Dave Martin – Former Head of Public Order and Operational Support
Dave Martin I retired in September 2014 as a Commander responsible for Public Order policing across London, having previously been responsible for Specialist Armed Policing. In addition to that I was the national lead for Command and Control and had worked within the Counter Terrorism environment for some time developing a range of policy and operational procedures, largely arising from the lessons learned from Stockwell. Part of that work also involved developing joint working between specialist police and military assets.

Prof. Paul Cornish - Strategy & Security Institute, University of Exeter
Paul Cornish Paul Cornish is Professor of Strategic Studies in the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter. He was educated at the University of St Andrews (MA Hons, Modern History) and the London School of Economics (MSc Econ, International Relations). He then trained at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and spent six years in the British Army in the 1980s, serving as an officer in the Royal Tank Regiment. After completing his PhD – an assessment of British strategic thought in the early years of the Cold War – at the University of Cambridge, Professor Cornish spent two years as an arms control analyst in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. His research focuses on a variety of topics such as security and defence policy, national strategy, the ethics of armed conflict, cyber security, civil-military relations and US-European security and defence relations. Professor Cornish has been a member of the UK Chief of Defence Staff's Strategic Advisory Panel since 2009 and is an Oxford Martin Fellow in the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building. (Source: University of Exeter, RUSI)

Col. (retd.) Phil Wilkinson - Associate Fellow, International Security
Phil Wilkinson Philip Wilkinson served in the British Army for 32 years in the Far East, Middle East, Northern Ireland (6 years), Africa, Falklands and the Balkans. His final appointment was as an assistant director of the UK’s Defence Concepts and Doctrine Centre. He was the principal author of the UK’s and NATO’s Peace Support Operations manuals. In 1999, he left the British Army to become a senior research fellow at Kings College, London, where he specialized in civil, military and inter-agency approaches to peace and stability operations in conflict affected countries. He has worked for the British Government, UN and privately as a strategic security policy advisor at the highest levels of government in Bosnia, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, the Occupied Palestinian Territories (18 months), Afghanistan (2 years) and Iraq (current). He obtained his MPHIL at Cranfield University and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences. (Source: Chatham House)

Chair: Christopher D. Kolenda - Senior Military Fellow, King’s College, London
Christopher Kolenda Christopher D. Kolenda serves as the Senior Military Fellow at King’s College, London. As President and CEO of Kolenda Strategic Leadership, he consults on leadership, strategy, and human security. He recently served as the Senior Advisor on Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Department of Defense senior leadership and has served four tours of duty in Afghanistan. Mr. Kolenda graduated from the United States Military Academy and went on to serve in the United States Army with great distinction, to include leading large, complex organizations in the United States, Europe, and in combat in Afghanistan. He also served as an Assistant Professor of History at West Point. In 2009 he was hand selected by the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy to develop a new U.S. strategy for the conflict, and was then ordered back to Afghanistan where he co-authored the groundbreaking McChrystal assessment, counterinsurgency guidance, and military strategy. He has since shaped every critical policy and strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. His advice has been adopted by three Secretaries of Defense and the President of the United States.

11:00 - Refreshments
This will be served in the lobby of the hotel.
11:20 - Keynote
Ahti Vilppula - Investor
Ahti Vilppula Ahti Vilppula is a Finnish business man born in Finland. Vilppula lives abroad but has financial interests in Finland (2008). Vilppula started export between the West and the then USSR in Spain. He moved to Brussels, when the Soviet Union collapsed. Mr. Vilppula bought up in the 1980s with Kai Mäkelä large holdings in provincial newspapers. He bought with private investor Taito Tuunanen shares in the Union Bank of Finland (SYP, today after mergers Nordea) and insurance company Sampo Bank. They sold a quarter of Sampo stock holdings with a considerable profit. Together with Kai Mäkelä he has over the current decade been a major shareholder in companies such as Saunalahti, Alma Media, Talentum, and Ruukki Group. Mr. Vilppula sold a 10 per cent stake in Ruukki Group in 2008 spring to the Russian bank VTB. (Source: Wikipedia, Helsinki Times)

12:00 - Keynote: Emerging Markets; 'Hand in Hand'
Wiebo Vaartjes - CEO, Woox Innovations & Former CEO of Philips Electronics Hong Kong
Wiebo Vaartjes s Wiebo Vaartjes is the Chief Executive Officer of WOOX Innovations. Starting his career as a management consultant in the Netherlands, Mr. Vaartjes joined Philips in 1985, building extensive international experience in a range of leadership positions in the consumer electronics business across sales, marketing and operations. In 2006, he became CEO of  Philips Lifestyle Entertainment and country CEO of Philips Hong Kong. In 2013 he lead the transfer of Philips Lifestyle Entertainment to an independent company, named Woox innovations, which is part of Gibson Brands since mid 2014. Mr. Vaartjes holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of Rotterdam, and has recently been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of Gibson Brands. (Source: WOOX Innovations)

12:40 - Networking Buffet Lunch
Lunch will be served in the lobby of the hotel. 
13.40 - Third Workshop Session
Strand E ‘Natural Resources: Aligning the objectives of stakeholders and mining companies in emerging countries’Sabine Anderson - Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting
Sabine Anderson Sabine Anderson is a Principal Consultant with SRK Consulting (UK). She is a chartered mining engineer focused on independent technical evaluation of exploration and mining projects, in support of acquisitions, debt and equity finance, including stock exchange listings, where she has project managed numerous large commissions. She has experience in preparing scoping studies, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies. Commodity experience includes precious, base and rare-earth metals, industrial and bulk minerals, and precious stones. Ms. Anderson has worked throughout Africa, in Russia and the CIS, Europe and South America.

Strand F ‘Beyond Conventional Wisdom: Building a Brand and Accelerating Growth in Emerging Markets’Ryan Patel - Vice President of Global Development, Pinkberry
Ryan Patel Ryan Patel serves as the Vice President of Global Development for Pinkberry, one of the fastest growing retail brands globally. Since commencing at Pinkberry in 2011, the company has gone from less than 95 locations to over 260 stores in 22 countries and continuing to expand. An expert in growing brands, he has worked for publicly traded to private companies, and has helped build corporate to franchise stores throughout the retail to food segments, both domestically and internationally. Mr. Patel has been vital in providing valuable strategy and leadership in developing international growth plans across multi-cultural and cross functional teams. He has been a key player at some of the world’s most innovative companies including Pinkberry, Wet Seal Retail, Inc (Arden B and West Seal), Jamba Juice, BJ’s Restaurants, Inc and Panda Express. Mr. Patel is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities in the United States and around the globe, from college students to CEOs of organizations. He has coached hundreds of entrepreneurs and helped companies grow into world-renowned brands. He received his Bachelors from University of California, Berkeley and received his MBA from the Paul Merage School of Business at University of California, Irvine.  

14.40 - Fourth Workshop Session
Strand G Renewable Energy and Clean Technology – Martin Schoenberg - Head of Policy, Advisory, Climate Change Capital
Martin Schoenberg Martin Schoenberg previously worked for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety focusing on the European Council. At the ministry, he also prepared meetings of the EU Environment Council with a particular emphasis on climate-energy policy. Before that he worked for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) supporting the international climate negotiations. He also worked for the UN Environment Programme Liaison Office to the EU in Brussels during the creation of the integrated climate-energy policy for 2020. Mr. Schoenberg holds a BA (Hons) in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and an MBA from the University of Cambridge. (Source: Climate Change Capital)

Strand H Urbanisation and Infrastructure – Martin Perks - Chartered Quantity Surveyor, Mott MacDonald
Martin Perks I am passionate about changing the bottom line of companies through effective partnership with suppliers, buyers and the workforce. I apply my experience in behavioural contracting from the construction and infrastructure arena to improving the way businesses operate through efficient delivery and effective collaboration enabling them to do what they do for ever. Through acquired skills I identify inefficient behaviour, practices and attitudes, and from training as a performance coach I seek to empower people to change. I understand the power of teamwork and the capability a team gains through mutual trust and cooperation, placing accountability through the roles and responsibilities allocated across the team. My leadership style is based on inspiring people to achieve and empowering the individual, as part of a team, to continuously improve towards efficient operation, taking out waste from processes to deliver optimal commercial performance. When developing relationships with stakeholders, or participants, I change behaviour by positive “can do” actions combined with an upbeat and positive personality, promoting a collaborative delivery capability, identifying mutually beneficial agreements. In empowering people I use a naturally creative outlook to “lead by example” using motivation and performance improvement skills. I harness the combined knowledge, from a range of industry sectors, with essential technical skills in Portfolio, Programme and Project Management; master planning and strategic decision making; Commercial business case and cost management; Procurement and complex negotiation, successfully realising controlled beneficial outcomes in an environment of continuous improvement.
, Jo Baker - Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald
Jo Baker As professionals we face a huge challenge in trying to ensure that people in developing countries can benefit from appropriate solutions which enables safe and affordable access to education, employment, healthcare and fresh food. If we are to achieve this we need to adopt a robust and inclusive approach to the development of sustainable transport plans, and to the commitment of local stakeholders to delivering and enforcing those plans. Over the last 15 years my work as a transport planner has increasingly focused on the interactions between transport and the society which is served by transport. I have a particular interest in the development of socially inclusive transport as a mechanism to promote sustainable urban development and have explored such themes in research for the UK Government which led to policy guidance on Accessibility Planning, and on the Social Impacts of Public Transport. Previously I led research for the Commission for Integrated Transport on the relationship between sustainable transport and the retail sector. I have also worked on a range of EU-funded research programmes, including the City of Tomorrow programme where I led studies looking at the interaction of Land-Use and Transport Research as well as Future Vehicles.
and Clare Wildfire - Buildings and Infrastructure, Mott MacDonald
Clare Wildfire s I am Urbanisation Director for Europe and North Africa. I am passionate about using cross disciplinary synergy and integrated systems thinking to enable more people to be accommodated in urban areas for less cost, consuming less energy, materials and water, emitting less CO2, and cutting waste, while achieving an enhanced quality of life. I bring a practical understanding of development drivers and processes at both macro and micro level, gained through over 25 years as a low energy engineer in the built environment. Combining this with recent engagement at policy level I am able to bring insight into the technical, political, financial and behavioural aspects of sustainability, particularly in the areas of energy efficiency and thermal master planning in the built environment. My role is often to lead stakeholders through a process of objective setting and risk assessment, where my ability to apply clarity and sensitivity in this fast moving area allows decisions to be taken in an informed manner despite a lack of precedent or future certainty. In particular, working for both developers and policy makers engaging with the low carbon agenda has given me a valuable understanding of how to align objectives and optimise outcomes.

15:40 - Refreshments
This will be served in the lobby of the hotel
16:00 - Panel Discussion: 'Mobile Financial Services in EM'
Gregory Reeve – COO, Mobile Financial Services, Millicom
Greg ReeveGreg Reeve is the COO Mobile Financial Services at Millicom. Greg has considerable experience in this field going back to his time as Head of Mobile Payment Solutions at Vodafone. He is on the Board of Directors of Bima, which provides an end-to-end mobile insurance solution for mobile operators in emerging markets. Mr. Reeve is also on the Board of Directors for Circulo Payment, which is a joint venture between Millicom and Kalixa to develop a payments service provider to operate in Africa and Latin America, initially commencing in Colombia and Brazil. As world leaders in Mobile Financial Services, Millicom helps millions with its convenient, safe and secure means of transferring money with a handset. To date, Millicom has been among the first worldwide to offer customers the tools to send and receive international remittances and the first to offer cross-border mobile money transfer services with an integrated currency conversion. (Source: Millicom)

Seema Desai - Head of Mobile Payments, GSMA
Seema DesaiSeema Desai is the Head of Mobile Money and Director of Mobile Money for the unbanked Programme (MMU) at the GSM Association, responsible for the definition of MMU’s strategy and the overall quality of delivery by the programme. Prior to joining the GSMA in March 2009, Ms. Desai managed a large portion of the Retail savings P&L for one of the UK’s largest retail banks. She has also been a Manager at Accenture, within their strategy consulting division, where she focused mainly on Financial Services. Ms. Desai completed two secondments to Accenture Development Partnerships, a non-profit arm of Accenture that provides business consulting to NGOs and donor organisations, and has worked in Uganda, Trinidad & Tobago and India. Ms. Desai holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. (Source: Business Call to Action)

Lito Villanueva - Vice President and Head of Payments Innovation, Digital Ecosystem Build and Global Engagements, Smart Communications
Lito Villanueva Lito Villanueva is the lead in unlocking the huge potential of e-money by introducing innovations on payments, digital commerce experiences and a wide range of emerging digital payment platforms. This includes building a dynamic payments ecosystem. His task is to reimagine how consumers interact with their money for payments and commerce through innovative product and services. He also covers strategic alliances with both international and local entities that would best promote Smart’s business interests and accelerate market expansion and leadership. Mr. Villanueva commenced his career at The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), then at the Land Bank of the Philippines, IFC of the World Bank Group to develop enabling mobile money opportunities in Mongolia. Followed by customer strategy and market activation lead for VISA global mobile products covering emerging markets in Asia, Latin America and EMEA. (Source: LinkedIn, MEF Global Forum)

Selma Ribica - Commercial Strategy and Product Innovation, M-Pesa, Vodafone
Selma RibicaSelma Ribica is a senior business development professional with 10 years of work experience in emerging markets. After growing up in Bosnia, she studied international economics in Prague and completed a master's degree in marketing in Paris. She has expertise in mobile financial services, e-commerce, entrepreneurship, and commercial real estate. She spent her early career working on various Real Estate projects in Italy and the Czech Republic. In 2007, she joined Jones Lang LaSalle Moscow as a Director, responsible for major projects in the Moscow Real Estate market. Ms. Ribica is currently leading commercial strategy across 10 M-Pesa markets: international remittances, interoperability, and deepening the financial inclusion through new relevant products for M-Pesa customers. (Source: Pericles Law Center, LinkedIn)

Chair: Susie Lonie - Mobile Payments Consultant at SJL Consulting Services
Susie Lonie Susie Lonie is one of the world’s leading experts in Mobile Payments in emerging markets. She has strategic and practical “hands on” experience of developing and operating mobile money services in emerging markets including Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, India, and Nigeria. Ms. Lonie is one of the creators of the M-PESA money transfer service. In 2005 whilst employed by Vodafone Group she developed and ran M-PESA as a small pilot in Kenya working with the local Operator, Safaricom, then redeveloped this system to be suitable for national launch in 2007 whilst recruiting and training the local M-PESA team to run the service. She then facilitated the M-PESA launch in Vodacom Tanzania whilst supporting rapid growth in Kenya and developing new services to add to the M-PESA portfolio. M-PESA in East Africa currently has over 19 million active customers. Ms. Lonie was later seconded to Vodacom South Africa where she supervised the launch of their mobile money service then led a team to identify the technical and commercial requirements for interconnection with conventional financial services. In 2010 she was the co-winner of “The Economist Innovation Award for Social and Economic Innovation” for her work on M-PESA in Kenya. Ms. Lonie left Vodafone to set up her own business as a Mobile Payments consultant in mid-2011.

17:20 - Keynote: TBC
17:45 - Networking Cocktail Reception