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Mar 02 2015

Sangeet Paul Choudary

Technology Analyst and Global Business Advisor

Sangeet Paul ChoudarySangeet Choudary is a widely renowned technology industry analyst, C-level advisor and former head of corporate innovation. He is founder and CEO of Platform Thinking Labs, is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD Business School and an advisor at 500Startups, the leading start-ups accelerator in Silicon Valley. Sangeet has worked with executives, entrepreneurs and innovators in fields as healthcare, defense, civic planning, agriculture, entertainment, education and many more, using the lens of Platform Thinking to reframe and reimagine solutions.

“I believe that networked platforms will reconfigure society and business forever”


In detail

Sangeet was head of innovation and new ventures for Intuit Asia-Pacific, a founding member of TxtWeb and was responsible for managing Yahoo’s largest M&A investment in South Asia. He is the co-chair of the MIT Platform Strategy Summit and industry advisor to the Global Platform Data Project at Stanford University, the first large-scale effort to quantify the business impact of platforms globally.


What he offers you

In the age of Airbnb, Uber and Coursera, platforms are rapidly disrupting traditional industries. In a connected world, the platform approach is increasingly more important, and yet, poorly understood. In his presentations Sangeet advises decision makers from a wide range of businesses how networks transform every industry and social systems.


How he presents

Passionate about technology and networks, Sangeet’s theoretical depth and storytelling is well received by audiences around the globe.

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Feb 18 2015

Karel van Wolferen

Published by under Economy and Finance

Expert on Asia, Author and Commentator on Global Economy

Karel van WolferenKarel van Wolferen is an award winning writer with over 40 years experience in Japan and East Asia. He is best known for his seminal study ‘The Enigma of Japanese Power’ which is considered to be the most ground breaking work on Japan’s political and economic system. He is also an acclaimed commentator on globalisation, economic development, the political and economic future of Europe and the Future of Asia. Recently he has written on the changed role of the USA in world affairs and what that means for Europe and Asia.

“One of the most distinguished intellectuals on Asia and global affairs”


In detail

An emeritus professor for Comparative Political and Economic Institutions at the University of Amsterdam, his articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Le Monde and Die Zeit amongst many others. In the 70th Karel joined the NRC Handelsblad as a correspondent for East Asia and covered major events in the region. In addition, he was President of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan. Karel was awarded the Netherland Prize for Journalism.


What he offers you

Best known for his accurate analysis of global political, economic and business issues, Karel van Wolferen is also a highly accomplished facilitator and conference chair.


How he presents

Karel van Wolferen is an engaging and dynamic speaker who inspires audiences with his unique analyses and thought-provoking insights.

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Feb 04 2015

Richard Stromback

“Ultimate Davos” Advisor to Fortune 1000 CEOs, Venture Capitalist & Entrepreneur

Richard StrombackRichard Stromback is a former professional hockey player, entrepreneur, investor and advisor. For the past 10 years he has advised Fortune 1000 CEOs on business strategy, leadership and market development and positioning within global spheres of influence. He is the founder of Stromback Global Advisors. In international elite circles he is recognized as an expert in relationship building and influence. He founded several successful ventures in the Information and the Clean Technology, most notably Web Group and Ecology Coatings.

In 2012, The New Yorker Magazine dubbed Stromback “Ultimate Davos” due to his extensive network of influential relationships


In detail

He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from Brandon University and completed the Harvard Kennedy School’s Global Leadership and Public Policy Programme. He currently serves on multiple boards and is a shareholder in many ventures. His insight has been sought out by publications as The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal.


What he offers you

Rich Stromback leverages his deep global relationships and knowledge of influential organisations and international markets to assist decision makers from a wide range of businesses with their global business interests. He uses his extensive network to bring together visionary leaders to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges including the Ecology Summit with Sir Richard Branson and Tony Blair on Necker Island.


How he presents

A regular name on the guest list of many major international gatherings of world leaders, Richard Stromback is in great demand to speak at conferences around the globe. Charismatic with a strong message, Rich is a captivating and engaging speaker at top level events.

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Jan 12 2015

Lord Finkelstein

Published by under Economy and Finance,Politics

Associate Editor of The Times & Former Head of Policy for the Conservative Party

FinkelsteinLord Daniel Finkelstein OBE is a former politician and is currently Associate Editor of The Times. He is also their Chief Leader Writer and a weekly political columnist. Before joining The Times in 2001, he was adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague. His blog, Comment Central, is a personal round up of the best political opinion on the web. He is the chairman of Policy Exchange and was elevated to the House of Lords in August 2013.

“Daniel Finkelstein is a respected commentator on all political issues”


In detail

Daniel Finkelstein graduated from the London School of Economics, where he studied economics & politics. He was awarded the OBE in the 1997 honours list. Between 1981 and 1990 he was a member of the SDP, becoming Chair of the Young Social Democrats during the 1983 general election campaign. Before working for the Conservative Party, Daniel Finkelstein was Director of the think tank the Social Market Foundation for three years. Between 1995 and 1997 Finkelstein was Director of the Conservative Research Department. Between 1997 and 2001 he was political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition Rt. Hon William Hague MP, and, together with George Osborne, Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet.


What he offers you

Daniel Finkelstein is a prominent media commentator, well known for his regular appearances on Newsnight’s political panel. He expertly provides a tour d’horizon of the current political and economic scene domestically and internationally.


How he presents

A highly respected professional, Daniel Finkelstein is an intelligent and eloquent speaker with a good sense of humour who brings a refreshing edge to the world of politics.

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Nov 19 2014

Eugene F. Fama

Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2013

Eugene F. FamaEugene F. Fama was the 2013 Nobel laureate in Economic Sciences. He is widely recognized as the “father of modern finance” and his research is well known in both the academic and investment communities. He is chairman of the Center for Research in Security Prices at Chicago Booth, which was founded 40 years ago to create the finest tools for tracking, measuring, and analyzing securities data. He is also an advisory editor of the Journal of Financial Economics. A prolific author, Fama has written two books and published more than 100 articles in academic journals.

“Fama is among the most cited researchers in economics”


In detail

Fama earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University, followed by an MBA and PhD from the University of Chicago. He joined the GSB faculty in 1963. He was the first elected fellow of the American Finance Association in 2001, a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He received the DB Prize in Financial Economics (2005), the Morgan Stanley American Finance Association Award for Excellence in Finance (2007), and the Onassis Prize in Finance (2009).


What he offers you

Strongly identified with research on markets, particularly the efficient markets hypothesis, Eugene F. Fama focuses much of his research on the relation between risk and expected return and its implications for portfolio management. His work has transformed the way finance is viewed and conducted.


How he presents

His outstanding expertise in international finance markets make Eugene F. Fama a sought-after commentator at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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Nov 17 2014

David F. Swensen

Published by under Economy and Finance

Chief Investment Officer, Yale University

David F. SwensenDavid F. Swensen is the Chief Investment Officer at Yale University and globally considered one of the most successful money-managers. He oversees $22 billion in Endowment assets and several hundreds of millions of dollars of other investment funds. Under his stewardship during the past 28 years the Yale Endowment generated returns of 13.8 percent per annum, a record unequalled among institutional investors.

“One of the most important investment gurus”


In detail

Prior to joining Yale in 1985, Mr. Swensen spent six years on Wall Street – three years at Lehman Brothers and three years at Salomon Brothers –where his work focused on developing new financial technologies. Mr. Swensen advised the President of the United States as a member of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and served as trustee or advisor to the Brookings Institution, Cambridge University, the Carnegie Corporation, the Carnegie Institution of Washington, the Hopkins School and the New York Stock Exchange amongst others. For his outstanding achievements he won numerous prestigious awards.


What he offers you

One of the most high-profile experts on the investment industry, David F. Swensen has a wealth of experience overseeing large budgets and turning around an institution like Yale University. His thoughtful analysis is of great interest for managers from all businesses.


How he presents

His revolutionary ideas and expertise in the fields of investment and finance make David F. Swensen a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around the globe.

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Nov 10 2014

Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest

Published by under Economy and Finance

Expert on Finance and Fiscal Policy

Clemens FuestProf. Dr. Clemens Fuest is one of Germany’s leading experts on finance. He is the President and Director of Science and Research of the Zentrum für Europräische Wirtschafts-forschung GmbH, Germany’s leading economic research institute. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim and was Professor for Business Taxation at Oxford University.

“A leading advisor on international fiscal policy”


In detail

Prof. Dr. Clemens Fuest studied economics at the Universities of Bochum and Mannheim. He has been a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Federal Ministry of Finance since 2003 and was head of the board from 2007 to 2010. In 2012 he became a member of the Advisory Board for Sustainable Development of the State Government of Baden-Württemberg. As a member of the Tax Code Commission’s steering committee, he contributed significantly to a simpler tax law for Germany. He was a member of the foundation’s scientific council “Kronberger Kreis” from 2004 to 2008 and is a member of this prestigious advisory body as of March 2013.


What he offers you

Prof. Fuest’s knowledge and experience offer an eye-opening assessment of the issues of fiscal policy, public finance and European tax integration. His sharp analyses are of great interest for decision makers from public and private institutions.


How he presents

With his extensive experience as a leading fiscal and finance policy maker, Prof. Fuest is a highly sought-after speaker at conferences around the globe.

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Oct 01 2014

Barbara Krug

Published by under Economy and Finance

Expert on Economic Developments in China and the Far East

Barbara KrugProfessor Barbara Krug is a leading expert on economic developments in China and the Far East. She has carried out many years of scientific and economic research which has contributed to the greater understanding of these regions and helped to improve East/West relations. Barbara has also been lecturing since 1981 at the University of Saarbrücken and is a visiting Professor at a number of seats of learning around the globe.


“Europe’s leading expert on the economic evolution of China”


In detail

Following her Business Studies degree she studied Chinese at the National Taiwan University and carried out research at the university’s Institute for International Relations. Since 1996 she has been carrying out research on Township and Village Enterprises in conjunction with the Chinese-European International Business School (CEIBS).


What she offers you

Barbara Krug is widely recognised as one of the world’s leading experts in her field with over twenty years experience in the research and assessment of the development of emerging Asian nations and specifically the Chinese economic evolution. She is in the privileged position to be able to offer, corporations wishing to do business in the Far East, access to a wealth of data and information.


How she presents

An experienced lecturer and excellent communicator, her presentations are filled with invaluable solutions and ideas to inspire decision makers from all fields.

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Sep 10 2014

Steve Levitt

Author of Freakonomics

Steve LevittSteve Levitt is a much-heralded young scholar, who studies the riddles of everyday life – from cheating and crime to sports and child-rearing. His conclusions regularly turn conventional wisdom on its head. He is the author of the best-seller, ‘Freakonomics’, and appears regularly on television and in the media talking about his economic theories and revolutionary ideas.


“The most influential economist in America under the age of 40”


In detail

Steve is a 37-year old self-effacing Midwestern father of four who has an enormous curiosity and is set on course by personal experiences and the incongruities he sees in everyday life. He is an intuitionist. He sifts through a pile of data to find a story that no one else has found and devises ways to measure an effect that veteran economists have declared immeasurable. He has shown other economists just how well their tools can make sense of the real world.


What he offers you

In his presentations he sets out to explore the hidden side of…well, everything – the inner-workings of a crack gang, the truth about real-estate agents, the myths of campaign finance, the tell-tale marks of a cheating schoolteacher, the secrets of the Ku Klux Klan and much more.


How he presents

Engaging, witty and unconventional, Steve is a truly inspirational speaker and always leaves audiences charged and invigorated.

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Sep 05 2014

Prof. Shlomo Benartzi

Leading Authority on Behavioural Finance

Prof. Shlomo BenartziProf. Shlomo Benartzi is a leading authority on behavioural finance with a special interest in personal finance and participant behavior in defined contribution plans. He is currently co-chair of the Behavioral Decision-Making Group at UCLA Anderson and is also co-founder of the Behavioral Finance Forum, which is a collective of 40 prominent academics and 40 major financial institutions from around the globe.

Jointly recognized by Money as one of 2004’s “Class Acts” for SMarT’s success


In detail

Shlomo Benartzi received his Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Perhaps his most significant research contribution is the development of Save More Tomorrow™ (SMarT), a behavioural prescription designed to help employees increase their savings rates gradually over time. He has supplemented his academic research with practical experience, serving on the advisory boards of the Alaska State Pension, Fuller and Thaler Asset Management, Guggenheim Partners, Morningstar and the U.S. Department of Labor.


What he offers you

Voted the 4th most influential person in the industry by the 401kWire, Shlomo Benartzi’s high content presentations are ideal for plan sponsors, financial planners, broker dealers, high-net-worth clients, among others curious to learn more about the practical applications of behavioural finance. He applies research findings to actual consumer situations to show how better designed products can lead to satisfied customers and higher profits.


How he presents

Shlomo Benartzi’s presentations are dynamic, entertaining and most importantly, provide real takeaways that will change the way you think. He has the unique talent of taking complicated research findings and turning them into a lively, thought-provoking discussion of investor behaviour.

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