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Aug 26 2015

Michael Green

Published by under Economy and Finance

Executive Director of Social Progress Imperative

Michael GreenMichael Green is Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative. Michael is the co-author of ‘Philanthrocapitalism: How Giving Can Save the World’ and ‘The Road from Ruin: A New Capitalism for a Big Society’.Michael has worked in aid and development for nearly twenty years. He was a senior official in the British Government where he worked on international finance, managed UK aid to Russia and Ukraine, served three Secretaries of State as head of the communications department at the Department for International Development, and oversaw £100 million annual funding to non-profits.

“A renowned Social Progress expert”


In detail

It was through his role in government that he saw the rising influence of the philanthrocapitalists in the fight against poverty.An economist by training, as a graduate of the University of Oxford, Michael taught economics at Warsaw University in the early 1990s under a Soros-funded programme. During his time in Poland, Michael was also a freelance journalist working for, among others, Polish Radio and the Economist.


What he offers you

Michael Green is a forthright economic commentator who offers insightful knowledge and accurate predictions on how to deal with the big economic trends in the world, with a particular interest in how capitalism can better serve people and planet.


How he presents

Skillfully highlighting crucial issues and trends, Michael Green’s presentations are engaging, informative and always well received.

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Jun 09 2015

Debbie Wosskow

Entrepreneur & CEO of Love Home Swap

Debbie WosskowDebbie Wosskow is an entrepreneur, investor and sharing economy expert. CEO of leading peer-to-peer travel club, Love Home Swap, Debbie is also the founder of the influential Collaborative Consumption Europe networkand led the UK government’s recent review of the Sharing Economy.

“A serial entrepreneur”


In detail

A former management consultant, Debbie launched her first business, marketing and communications consultancy Mantra, at the age of just 25. Building Mantra over a decade, Debbie sold to the Loewy Group. In addition to her role as CEO of Love Home Swap, Debbie is an active angel investor and sits on a number of advisory boards, as well as being a trustee of Hampstead Theatre. Debbie is a regular commentator on travel, collaborative consumption and entrepreneurship on TV and in print. She graduated with an MA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford University.


What she offers you

Debbie shares with her audiences her research on the social and economic potential of the sharing economy (including property sharing, time and skill sharing, shared transport and personal items) and offers recommendations on how this potential can be reached. She also looks into the risks to consumers, or established businesses outside the sharing economy.


How she presents

Debbie Wosskow is a charming, professional speaker whose presentations are interactive, entertaining and highly informative.

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May 11 2015

Joanna Shields

UK Prime Minister’s Adviser on the Digital Economy

Joanna ShieldsBaroness Joanna Shields OBE is a leading technology industry executive, entrepreneur and currently serves as UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Digital Adviser. Baroness Shields has developed and grown some of the world’s best known technology companies including holding the positions of Vice President and Managing Director of Facebook EMEA, President of Peoples Networks at AOL, CEO of Bebo and Managing Director of Google EMEA and Russia. As well as Joanna’s position in government, she is a Non-Executive Director of the London Stock Exchange and Chair of Tech City UK.

“World Leading Expert on Digital Economy”


In detail

Joanna Shields was ranked number one on the Wired top 100 in 2011 and in February 2013 named to the list of the 100 most powerful women in the UK. In July of the same year Computer weekly named Joanna ‘The Most Influential Woman in UK IT’. She is an Anglo –American who moved over from the Silicon Valley of California to London at the turn of the millennium. Following senior roles within EFI, Real Networks, Google, Bebo, AOL and Facebook, she received the British Interactive Media Association’s Lifetime Achievement award in July 2013.
In 2014 she was appointed OBE for “services to digital industries and voluntary service to young people”.


What she offers you

Joanna Shields works across all her roles to promote organisations, skills and causes which improve our lives using technology. This thread unites all of her work across government and business. She firmly believes that technology companies can power economic development and by establishing a new paradigm of international cooperation and collaboration between governments, industry, NGOs and experts and creating an atmosphere of willingness; we can make real change and improve lives.


How she presents

Joanna Shields sees the world with a different set of eyes and she is very practical in putting new ideas into practice. Her high content tailored presentations are always well received and delivered in her highly professional style.

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Mar 11 2015

Dr. Ven Anantha-Nageswaran

Published by under Economy and Finance

International Consultant Economist

Ven Anantha-NageswaranDr. Ven Anantha-Nageswaran is a reputed Global Investment Strategist. Also, he is an expert in social enterprise investment in emerging economies. He has been an angel investor in several socially relevant enterprises and is a Geo-Economics Fellow at the Takshashila Institution, a networked public policy think-tank and education institution which he co-founded in 2009. He teaches International Economics and Financial markets at the Singapore Management University and at IIM, Bangalore. Since 2011, he has been an independent consultant.

“Renowned expert on global economic and investment strategy”


In detail

Ven obtained a doctoral degree in Finance from the University of Massachusetts in 1994 for his work on the empirical behaviour of exchange rates. His impressive career includes work experience and positions held at several top-tier international banks including UBS as a Currency Economist; Credit Suisse Private Banking as Regional Head of Investment Consulting & Global Strategy; and Bank Julius Baer initially as Head of Research for Asia in 2006, and subsequently as the group’s Chief Investment Officer in 2009. He has written extensively for financial dailies in India (MINT, Financial Express, Business Line and Economic Times). He is also a frequent guest on all the major international television networks.


What he offers you

Ven provides audiences with sound analysis of the dynamics of economics and finance in today’s business world. Decision makers from all industries will benefit greatly from his valuable insights and his incisive global economic outlook.


How he presents

Ven’s high content tailored presentations are always well received. His messages are concise and informative delivered in his personal, yet highly professional style.

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Mar 04 2015

Dr. Sung Wong Sohn

Published by under Economy and Finance

Renowned Economist and Expert on Shared Economy

Sung Wong SohnDr. Sung Wong Sohn is recognised as one of the most accurate global economic forecasters. He is Vice Chairman of the multinational retailer Forever 21 and a California State University Professor of Economics and Finance. He serves on the boards of numerous corporations. The Wall Street Journal named him The Most Accurate Economist in the United States – one of the most prestigious honors in economics profession.

“One of the best economic forecasters”
The Wall Street Journal


In detail

Educated at the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Business School, Dr. Sohn was a senior economist on the President’s Council of Economic Advisors in The White House. He was responsible for economic and legislative matters pertaining to The Federal Reserve and financial markets. In 2002, he was named to the Time Magazine’s Board of Economists. Dr. Sohn has also been a tenured college professor in Pennsylvania State University System. Over the last years, he has been named one of the best and most accurate economic forecasters.


What he offers you

In his presentations Dr. Sohn shares insightful perspectives and competent advice on the international economy and global financial issues. He particularly focuses on the topic of collaborative or shared economy being one of the keys to achieve economic growth through more efficient utilisation of existing resources.


How he presents

His high content presentations and excellent rhetoric skills make Dr. Sung Won Sohn a highly sought-after speaker at prestigious conferences around the globe.

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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 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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