Dr Simon J. Evenett

Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Professor Simon Evenett is Academic Director at the St. Gallen MBA and Professor of International Trade and Economic Development. His research focuses on the factors determining the intensity of competition in emerging markets, on the effects of competition law and policy on firms’ behaviour, and on the analysis of existing and proposed agreements at the World Trade Organization.

Professor Simon Evenett is also Director of Global Trade Alert, which provides real-time information on state measures taken during the current global downturn that are likely to affect international commerce. It goes beyond other monitoring initiatives by identifying the trading partners likely to be harmed by these measures.

He has taught at the University of Oxford, the University of Michigan Business School, and Rutgers University. In addition, Professor Evenett has served as a World Bank official and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow in the Economics Studies programme of the Brookings Institution.

Professor Evenett obtained a B.A. (Hons) in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.


Brian Forde

Senior Lecturer for Bitcoin and Blockchain, MIT Sloan School of Management, USA

Brian co-founded the Digital Currency Initiative, where he led efforts to mainstream digital currencies like Bitcoin through research and incubation of high-impact applications of the emerging technology.

He previously served as Senior Advisor for Mobile and Data Innovation at the White House, spearheading efforts to leverage emerging technologies to address President Obama’s national priorities. Mr Forde also founded one of the largest phone companies in Nicaragua after serving as a Peace Corps business and technology volunteer.

Mr Forde was named one of the “Most Influential People in Bitcoin and Blockchain 2015” and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.


Dr Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Professor Ian Goldin was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School from 2006 to 2016. During his decade as Director the School established 45 programmes of research, bringing together more than 500 academics from across Oxford, from over 100 disciplines, and becoming the world’s leading center for interdisciplinary research into critical global challenges.

Before coming to Oxford, Professor Goldin was Vice President of the World Bank (2003-2006), leading the Bank’s collaboration with the United Nations and other partners as well as with key countries. Prior to this, as Director of Development Policy (2001-2003), he played a pivotal role in the research and strategy agenda of the Bank.

From 1996 to 2001 he was Chief Executive and Managing Director of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and served as an advisor to President Nelson Mandela. He succeeded in transforming the Bank to become the leading agent of development in the 14 countries of Southern Africa. During this period, he served on several government committees and boards, and was Finance Director for South Africa’s Olympic Bid.

He has also been Principal Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London, and Program Director at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, where he directed the Programs on Trade, Environment and Sustainable Development.

He has published 20 books, including Globalization for Development: Meeting New Challenges, The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks, and what to do about it and most recently The Pursuit of Development: Economic Growth, Social Change and Ideas and Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance.

Professor Goldin has received wide recognition for his contributions to development and research, including having been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

Professor Goldin has a B.A. (Hons) and a B.Sc. from the University of Cape Town, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and an M.A. and Doctorate from the University of Oxford.


Khalid M. Hashim

Managing Director, Precious Shipping Limited, Thailand

Khalid Moinuddin Hashim comes from a family engaged in shipping/trade. His father, the late Moinuddin Hashim, was the Chairman of the Indian National Shipowners Association and his greatgrandfather was a founding director of Scindia Steam Navigation Company.

In 1978, after attaining an MBA specializing in Finance, Khalid began his career with Tolani Shipping, Bombay. In 1979, he worked under the Hon. Ali Maniku, Minister of Shipping for the Maldives Government in Singapore. In 1984, Khalid joined the GP Group and started Precious Shipping in 1991.

Mr Hashim also serves as  an adjunct lecturer at Singapore Management University.

In 2007 Marine Money ranked Prescious Shipping as the No.1 Listed Shipping Company in the World.  In 2012, Seatrade Asia awarded the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Mr Hashim. 


Dr Amy Jadesimi

Managing Director, LADOL; Commissioner, Business & Sustainable Development Commission, Nigeria

Dr Amy Jadesimi started her career at Goldman Sachs International in London as part of the Investment Banking Division, specializing in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions and Brait Private Equity in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she worked as a transaction executive in Private Equity.
After graduating from Stanford Business School, Dr Jadesimi moved to Nigeria where she set up a financial consultancy firm before joining LADOL’s management team.

In 2012, she was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow; in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; also in 2013, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy and Society; in 2014, Forbes included her in The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa; and in July 2015, the Financial Times named her one of top 25 Africans To Watch.

In 2015, Dr Jadesimi joined the 2015 Advisory Board for the UN Development Programme’s “Africa Human Development Report”. More recently she has been appointed to the Business & Sustainable Development Commission.

Amy holds a MBA from Stanford University, as well as a degree as a medical doctor (MD) from the University of Oxford.


Dr Zhang Jun

Cheung Kong Professor of Economics and Director, China Center for Economic Studies, Fudan University, People’s Republic of China

Professor Zhang Jun is a Chinese economist and Cheung Kong Professor of Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai. He is the Director of China Center for Economics Studies at Fudan.

Professor Zhang received his doctorate in economics from Fudan University, and completed post-doctoral fellowships in the United States at Washington State University, and in Britain at the University of Sussex. After these studies, he held visiting professorships at a number of universities worldwide, including the London School of Economics, the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, Harvard University, Yale University, University of Aarhus and Tokyo Metropolitan University. His principal academic fields involve Chinese economic reform, and development economics.

He has published in a variety of publications in both Chinese and English, and now holds the Chang Jiang chair in economics at Fudan, as well as serving as on the faculty of the China Europe International Business School and as the director of the China Center for Economic Studies.

Professor Zhang is a frequent commentator on the Chinese economy on Chinese TV stations as well as on BBC, CNN, PBS and the like. He has been widely cited by domestic and international print media, including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, South China Morning Post etc.


Christine Loh

Undersecretary for the Environment, Hong Kong SAR

Christine Loh was the Chief Executive Officer of the non-profit public policy think tank Civic Exchange prior to joining the HKSAR Government in September 2012.  Prior to founding Civic Exchange in 2000, Ms Loh had spent nearly a decade as a politician and member of the Legislative Council (1992-97 and 1998-2000).

Before joining the Legislative Council, Ms Loh held senior regional positions in commodities trading, as well as in project negotiation.  Having been very active in public affairs since 1980, she had founded or served on boards of a wide range of non-governmental organisations in Hong Kong and overseas concerning a variety of issues including environmental protection, urban planning and design, and equal opportunity.  Ms Loh is a lawyer by training


Dr Jane McGonigal

Director of Game Research and Development at the Institute for the Future; Founder, Gameful, USA

Jane McGonigal is a designer of alternate reality games and director of games research and development at Institute for the Future. She invented and co-founded the game SuperBetter and founded the collaborative Gameful.

Specializing in games that tackle real-world problems, she has created games for the American Heart Association and World Bank Institute and developed game workshops for large companies. Her work includes World Without Oil, and Cruel 2 B Kind. Previously, Ms McGonigal taught game design and theory at UC Berkeley and San Francisco Art Institute. She serves on the board of Games for Change.

Ms McGonigal has authored two books, Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and SuperBetter: A Revolutionary Approach to Getting Stronger, Happier, Braver and More Resilient – Powered by the Science of Games.

She has received numerous awards including Business Week’s Top Ten Innovators to Watch, MIT Technology Review’s Top 35 Innovators Changing the World Through Technology and the Activism Award at SXSW Interactive. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Ms McGonigal holds a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley.


Julie M. Meyer, MBE

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ariadne Capital, United Kingdom

Julie Meyer has been one of the most influential people in the UK tech start-up and entrepreneurship scene for close to two decades. She is Founder and Chief Executive of Ariadne Capital in London, an investment and advisory company whose early clients included Skype, amongst others. In 2009, Ms Meyer launched the Ariadne Capital Entrepreneurs Fund with a £20 million seed fund investing in UK-based entrepreneurs who have the capability of being “game-changers”.

Ms Meyer is well-known for co-founding First Tuesday, a leading network of entrepreneurs which connected the European start-up scene in 1998 to 2000. It was sold for $50 million in cash in and shares in July 2000.

Ms Meyer serves on the board of INSEAD, the for profit humanitarian development firm Vestergaard Frandsen, as well as several of her portfolio companies.

In 2011, she was awarded with an MBE for Services to Entrepreneurship. She is a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow, an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, a regular speaker and commentator on entrepreneurship and leadership.


James Mitchell

Senior Associate, Carbon War Room

James Mitchell joined the Carbon War Room from a role as researcher at the University of Oxford’s Stranded Assets Programme, where he led work on investment risks in coal-based industries. His work on financial risk has been featured in publications globally and is incorporated in the investment strategies of major banks and investment firms. He has also worked with Oxford Microfinance Initiative, where he focused on improving the social performance of MFI loans in Tanzania and Zambia.

At the Carbon War Room, Mr Mitchell leads engagement with maritime financial institutions on stranded assets and financial decision-making as well as works to identify financing for the industry’s efficiency solutions.

Mr Mitchell holds an MSc in Nature, Society and Environmental Policy from the University of Oxford as well as a BA Environmental Studies (Summa Cum Laude) and BM Cello Performance from the University of Missouri Kansas City and Conservatory, respectively.


Michael Parker

Managing Director, Global Head of Shipping

Michael Parker has been with Citibank since 1977. After various relationship management roles he joined Citibank’s Shipping Division in London in 1985. He was appointed Global Industry Head with responsibility for Citibank’s business world-wide managed through its shipping centres in London and Piraeus, New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong in 1997. In 2007 he was appointed Corporate Banking Division Executive for the UK and Northern Europe. He became Joint Head for the UK Banking and Broking business in 2009. In 2010 was appointed chairman of EMEA Corporate Banking.

Mr Parker has an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from University of Oxford and has attended the Stanford Executive Program.

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Troels Lund Poulsen

Minister of Business and Growth, Denmark

Troels Lund Poulsen, MP has been spent two decades as a politician with  Venstre, Denmark’s Liberal Party. He has served as Political Adviser to the Parliamentary Group (1995-97), President of the youth arm of the party (1997-99 and as a member of its Executive Board Member (1997-2001 and since 2006). He has been a Member of Danish Parliament since 2001 and served as Minister of the Environment (2007-2010), Minister of Taxation (2010-2011) and Minister of Education (2011).

Mr Lund Poulsen was appointed to his current role in 2015.


Peder Michael Pruzan-Jørgensen

Vice President, BSR, Denmark

Peder Michael Pruzan-Jørgensen leads BSR’s activities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, where he works with the world’s leading companies to help them manage sustainability risks and opportunities.

Prior to joining BSR, Mr Pruzan-Jørgensen was a key player in growing PricewaterhouseCoopers’ sustainable business solutions practice in Copenhagen. He also spent five years with the Danish Foreign Service, where he worked on human rights in international development and foreign policy and served on the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women. He also served on the Danish Government’s Council on Corporate Responsibility (2009-2012).

Mr Pruzan-Jørgensen is a member of several sustainability advisory boards, including the Kingfisher Net-Positive Advisory Board and the Melton Foundation Advisory Board, and he is a member of the UN Women/UNGC Women’s Empowerment Principles Leadership Group.

He holds an international MBA and a B.Sc. in business administration, both from Copenhagen Business School.


Rodolphe Saadé

Vice Chairman, CMA CGM, France

Rodolphe Saadé joined the CMA CGM Group, led by his father Jacques Saadé, in 1994. He worked in New York and Hong Kong before moving to the company’s head office in Marseille.

In 2010, Mr Saadé was appointed Vice-Chairman and member of the CMA CGM Group’s Board of Directors, and in 2016 as President of the Board of Directors of Singapore-based Neptune Orient Lines (NOL).

Mr Saadé holds a degree from Concordia University in Montreal.


Dr Martin Sandbu

Economics Commentator, The Financial Times, United Kingdom

Martin Sandbu has been writing about economics for the FT since 2009, when he joined the paper as Economics Leader Writer. As part of the leader writing team he contributed to shaping the FT’s editorial line, with particular responsibility for international economic policy questions such as the eurozone sovereign debt crisis and the remaking of global financial regulation. He now writes the FT’s Free Lunch column.

Before joining the FT, he worked in academia and policy consulting. He has taught and carried out research at Harvard, Columbia and the Wharton School, and has advised governments and NGOs on natural resources and economic development. He remains a non-resident Senior Research Fellow at Wharton’s Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research.

Dr Sandbu is the author of Just Business: Arguments in Business Ethics and Europe’s Orphan: The Future of the Euro and the Politics of Debt, a defense of the Euro.

He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Balliol College, Oxford University, and completed a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government at Harvard University in 2003.


Anne H. Steffensen

Director General, Danish Shipowners’ Association; Chairman, Danish Maritime Days, Denmark

Anne H. Steffensen joined the Danish Foreign Service in 1990. Her first posting was to London in 1992. From 1995, she worked as Head of Section in the Secretariat for Foreign Trade. In 1998, she was posted to the Danish Consulate General in New York as Deputy Consul General. From 2001-2004 she headed the Department for Bilateral Relations and Project Export and the Secretariat. In 2004, she was appointed Ambassador, Under-Secretary for Foreign Trade and Investment. In 2006, Ms Steffensen was appointed State Secretary for Trade, Investment and Trade Policy and in 2011 Ambassador of Denmark to the Court of St. James’s.

Ms Steffensen holds a Master of Science from the London School of Economics and a Master of Politics from the University of Aarhus.


Charlotta Sund

Senior Vice President and Head of Customer Group Industry & Society, Ericsson, Sweden

Charlotta Sund manages Ericsson’s business toward customers in industries other than telecom, including public safety, utilities, transport, and smart sustainable cities. To that end, she is one of the company’s main experts on the Internet of Things.

With 20 years of experience at Ericsson, Sund has lead diverse teams in areas like product development and marketing, systems integration, sales support and sales. Prior to taking on her current role, Ms Sund was Head of Region Northern Europe & Central Asia, which includes among others Russia, Ukraine and the Nordic region and Head of Customer Unit Head Industry & Society in Region Northern Europe & Central Asia, where she pioneered transformational deals with industry customers.

Ms Sund holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Institute of Technology at Linköping University in Sweden.


Gillian R. Tett

US Managing Editor, The Financial Times, USA

Gillian Tett joined The Financial Times in 1993 where she now serves as the US Managing Editor and columnist covering a range of economic, financial political and social issues. Her past roles at the FT have included US managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief, and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

Ms Tett has authored several books. Her latest book, The Silo Effect, examines the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology, and the bestselling Fool’s Gold, which gives an insight into to the workings of Wall Street before and during the 2008 financial crisis.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards. She was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award, which recognizes an individual who works outside academia and has used anthropology or anthropological ideas to contribute to a better understanding of the world’s problems.

Ms Tett achieved her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University.


Erick Thürmer

Chief Executive Officer, Thürmer Tools, Denmark

As Chief Executive Officer of Thürmer Tools – and the great-grandson of the company founder who invented and patented the thread in 1898 – Erick has reinvented the company by founding Thürmer 3Dprint and patenting 3D printed cooling ducts in cutting tools. The patent is valued at € 27 million by The Danish Technological Institute. Mr Thürmer’s ambition is to disrupt the machine tool industry – and to become a Spotify for tools.

Along the way, Mr Thürmer has had to fire the entire Board of Directors and a quarter of Thürmer Tools’ employees in order to achieve a Pippi Longstocking effect, where everyone says “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that”.


Paul Østergaard

Founder and Director, ShipServ, United Kingdom

Paul Østergaard founded ShipServ in 1999 with a vision of how the internet could change the economics of the global maritime shipping industry, driving out inefficiencies and increasing competitiveness. He served as ShipServ’s Chief Executive Officer until 2016 and has been widely recognized as a thought leader in shipping e-commerce.

Mr Østergaard started his career as an Officer with the Danish Royal Guards and spent five years with shipowner J Lauritzen in commercial and operational roles in Denmark and Brazil. He worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and subsequently as Director of Strategy at the Online division of Oracle Corporation. He has been a Director at Holte Capital since 2005.

Mr Østergaard holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.