World Trade Symposium
Global Visionaries and Experts
Simon ParisCEO of Finastra, Chair of the World Trade Board
CEO of Finastra, Chair of the World Trade Board
Simon takes responsibility for Finastra’s strategic direction and growth. His leadership steers the company as it realizes its open platform vision, accelerating collaboration and innovation in financial services, creating better experiences for people, businesses and communities. A firm believer in the principles of doing well by doing good, Simon chairs the World Trade Board and is passionate about how technology and open trade can drive financial inclusion and improve people’s lives. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Everbridge, a critical event management (CEM) software company and on the Board of Directors for Thomson Reuters.
He was named in Bank Innovation’s ‘Innovators to Watch’ list for 2018 and as a ‘top 50 financial technology CEO’ by The Financial Technology Report in 2020.
Joining Finastra (formerly Misys) as President in 2015, Simon was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer in 2017 and became Chief Executive Officer in June 2018. He brings more than 20 years of sales, management and global leadership expertise to the company, having previously held the role of President, Industry Cloud, at SAP. Prior to that he was a senior consultant with McKinsey & Company.
His Excellency Ambassador Alexandre Guido Lopes ParolaPermanent mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization and other economic...
His Excellency Ambassador Alexandre Guido Lopes Parola
Permanent mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization and other economic organizations in Geneva
Alexandre Guido Lopes Parola currently serves in the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other economic organizations in Geneva since October 2018. Previously, Ambassador Parola held positions in the Brazilian Government, including advisor at the Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1991), the Cabinet of the Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning (1992) and at the Special Advisory to the Presidency of the Republic (1999); Spokesperson for the President of the Republic of Brazil (2002, 2016-2018); Director of the Economic Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2015) and President of Brazil Communication Enterprise - EBC (2018). Ambassador Parola also worked in various positions abroad: Embassy in Washington (1993), Embassy in Santiago (1997), Mission of Brazil in Geneva (2006) and Embassy in London (2011). The Ambassador has extensive experience in trade negotiations and has held relevant positions as Head of Delegation to the Group of Economic and Trade Issues (BRICS) meetings in Moscow (2015). Ambassador Parola has been a diplomat since 1988, with a bachelors degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1985, a masters degree in Economics from the University of Brasília in 1991, a PhD in Philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 2003 and a post doctorate in International Relations and Foreign Policy by the University of Oxford in 2003.
Jennifer HillmanProfessor, Georgetown University Law Center
Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Jennifer A. Hillman is currently a professor of practice at the Georgetown Law Center, teaching the lead courses in international business and international trade, while serving as a fellow of Georgetown’s Institute of International Economic Law (IIEL). She recently published Legal Aspects of Brexit: Implications of the United Kingdom’s Decision to Withdraw from the European Union (IIEL 2017). Hillman has had a distinguished career in public service, both nationally and internationally. She recently completed her term as one of seven members from around the world serving on the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. She previously served for nine years as a commissioner at the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), rendering decisions in more than six hundred investigations regarding injury to US industries caused by imports that were dumped or subsidized, along with making numerous decisions in cases involving alleged patent or trademark infringement. Before her appointment to the USITC, Hillman served as general counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), where she had previously been an ambassador and chief textiles negotiator. She also served as legislative director and counsel to US Senator Terry Sanford of North Carolina. Hillman formerly served as a partner in the law firm of Cassidy Levy Kent, a senior transatlantic fellow for the German Marshall Fund of the United States, as president of the Trade Policy Forum and on the selection panel for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of visitors at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University .She is a graduate of the Harvard Law School and Duke University.
Chad BownSenior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Chad P. Bown, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow since March 2018, joined the Peterson Institute for International Economics as a senior fellow in April 2016. His research examines international trade laws and institutions, trade negotiations, and trade disputes. With Soumaya Keynes, he co-hosts Trade Talks, a weekly podcast on the economics of international trade policy. Bown previously served as senior economist for international trade and investment in the White House on the Council of Economic Advisers and most recently as a lead economist at the World Bank, conducting research and advising developing country governments on international trade policy for seven years. Bown was a tenured professor of economics at Brandeis University, where he held a joint appointment in the Department of Economics and International Business School for 12 years. He has also spent a year in residence as a visiting scholar in economic research at the World Trade Organization (WTO) Secretariat in Geneva. His work has been published in journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. Bown is author of the book Self-Enforcing Trade: Developing Countries and WTO Dispute Settlement (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), and coeditor, with Joost Pauwelyn, of The Law, Economics, and Politics of Retaliation in WTO Dispute Settlement (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Bown received a BA magna cum laude in Economics and International Relations from Bucknell University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently a member of the advisory board of the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy.
Ambassador Alan Wm. WolffWTO Deputy Director-General
Ambassador Alan Wm. Wolff
WTO Deputy Director-General
Alan Wolff became WTO Deputy Director General on October 1, 2017. He oversees the work of the WTO Divisions responsible for trade and the environment, agriculture, accessions information technology support, and translation, interpretation and publications. A substantial part of his responsibilities is public outreach, with speeches and other writings available at https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/archive_e/ddgra_arc_e.htm. He was formerly in private law practice dealing extensively with international trade matters. For the last six years prior to joining the WTO he also served as the Chairman of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC). Wolff served as United States Deputy Special Representative for Trade Negotiations in the Carter Administration, Acting U.S. Trade Representative during the beginning of the Carter Administration and was General Counsel of the Office in the Ford Administration. He was Acting Head of the U.S. Delegation for a period during the Tokyo Round and was a principal draftsman of the basic U.S. law creating a mandate for trade negotiations. He has served as a senior trade negotiator in, and advisor to, both Republican and Democratic administrations. Prior to his service at USTR, he served in the U.S. Treasury as staff attorney for the National Advisory Committee on International Monetary and Financial Policy. He has lectured and written extensively on trade topics including the need for a strong, open rules-based multilateral trading system. He holds a JD degree from Columbia University and an AB degree from Harvard College.
Dr Huiyao WangFounder & President of Center for China and Globalization
Dr Huiyao Wang
Founder & President of Center for China and Globalization
Dr. Huiyao (Henry) WANG is the Founder and President of Center for China and Globalization (CCG), the leading Chinese think tank that ranked among the top 100 think tanks in the word and No. 1 social think thank in China. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang appointed Dr. Wang as a Counselor of China State Council, China’s cabinet. Dr.Wang is also Vice Chairman of China Association for International Economic Cooperation Association of the Ministry of Commerce and Chairman of China global Talent Society under Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security. In addition, he is the Dean of Institute of Development Studies of China Southwestern University of Finance and Economics. He is also a Vice Chairman of China Western (Overseas) Returned Scholars Association.
Dr. Wang is a steering committee member of Paris Peace Forum initiated by French President Macron. He also sits on the Migration Advisory Board of International Organization of Migration (IOM) of United Nation. He is also a member of Yale University Asia Development Advisory Council and a member of Duke Kunshan University Advisory Council. In addition, he is a Steering Committee Member of Global Competent Council of Tsinghua University and also a steering committee member of Metropolis International Network. He is a also a Policy Fellow of IZA.
Dr. Wang served as an official with Chinese Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade in charge of Chinese companies going global. He had also worked as Managing Director for Asia at SNC-Lavalin in Montreal and also served as Chief Trade Representative of Canada Quebec Government office in Hong Kong and greater China.
Dr. Wang pursued his PhD studies in International business and global management at University of Western Ontario and University of Manchester. He was a Senior Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School and a Visiting Fellow at Brookings Institution as well as a Senior Fellow at Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He has taught at Peking University,Tsinghua University and University of Western Ontario as adjunct professor. He has published over 70 books and more than 100 articles and papers in both Chinese and English on global trade, global governance, global migration, China outbound and inbound investment, Chinese Diasporas and Chinese think tanks.
Mark ShaylerFounding Partner of the Do Lectures
Founding Partner of the Do Lectures
Mark helps big companies think like small ones and small companies think like big ones. He works on innovation of products, services and business models; he works on sustainability and company purpose; and he coaches businesses and individuals. He has worked for Nike, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Hotpoint, Samsung, John Lewis, Fenwick, Teapigs, Bacardi, Diageo, Mars, Thorntons, 3M, Amazon, Panasonic and hundreds of funky little businesses like Propercorn, Teapigs, Hiut Denim, and Ugly Drinks. He is a Founding Partner of the Do Lectures and author of the book Do Disrupt. His new book Do Present is due out in 2020.
Ulrik Vestergaard KnudsenDeputy Secretary-General of the OECD
Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen
Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD
Mr. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in January 2019. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Science, Technology and Innovation, Trade and Agriculture, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs’, Regions & Cities.
Until the end of 2018, Mr. Knudsen was Permanent Secretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Denmark. In this capacity, he has served numerous Danish Ministers for Foreign Affairs, Development Cooperation, Trade and European Affairs since 2013. Prior to this, he served as Sherpa and Chief Diplomatic Advisor to two Danish Prime Ministers on Security Policy, EU and Foreign Affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office.
Mr. Knudsen was appointed Ambassador in 2006. He served as Ambassador to the OECD and UNESCO in Paris (2008-2009). Prior to this, he was Press Officer and Principal Private Secretary to a number of Danish Ministers for Foreign Affairs.
Besides his diplomatic career, which includes postings in London (2003-2004), Washington (1998-2000) and Moscow (1997), he briefly served as Group Director for International Policy in Vodafone, London (2013).
He holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen (1994) , where he also acted as external lecturer, and he has published various papers and publications on Asia, WTO, trade policy and globalisation.
Pamela Coke-HamiltonDirector on International Trade and Commodities at UNCTAD
Director on International Trade and Commodities at UNCTAD
Soumaya Keynestrade and globalisation editor, The Economist
trade and globalisation editor, The Economist
Soumaya Keynes writes for the print edition and the Free Exchange blog. Before joining The Economist Soumaya did research on the public finances and pensions at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, an economic research institute. Before that Soumaya worked in the Banking and Credit team at Her Majesty’s Treasury in London. Soumaya has an MPhil and BA in Economics from Trinity College, Cambridge.
Ziyang FanHead of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum
Head of Digital Trade, World Economic Forum
Ziyang David Fan is the Head of Digital Trade at the World Economic Forum. Based in San Francisco, his work focuses on how the digital economy and the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies such as 3D printing and blockchain are changing international trade. He is an attorney and technologist with 15+ years of experience in the U.S., China, and Southeast Asia. He has worked in both public and private sectors, including at Airbnb, United States Trade and Development Agency, Shearman & Sterling LLP, and the International Monetary Fund. He received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Ziyang has published extensively on technology and trade including in Harvard Business Review, and has been quoted in media such as CNBC. He also lectures on “Tech Policy” to graduate students at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Ziyang is fluent in English and Chinese.
Dr. Amy ZalmanCEO, Prescient LLC
Dr. Amy Zalman
CEO, Prescient LLC
Dr. Amy Zalman is the founder and CEO of Prescient, a Washington DC-based foresight consultancy that serves Fortune 500 firms, government, and military organizations and non-profit organizations, and a part-time professor in the Culture, Communications & Technology program at Georgetown University. She is also the founder of the Foresight Sandbox, a collaboration with Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society to provide strategic foresight training to business and government leaders. Dr. Zalman’s previous roles include Chief Executive Officer and President of the World Future Society, the world’s oldest membership organization for futurists, and Chair of Information Integration at the U.S. National War College. She speaks regularly on the future impacts of emerging technologies on governments, businesses, and societies. She earned her doctorate from the Department of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies at New York University.
Kate SuominenFounder & CEO, Nextrade Group
Founder & CEO, Nextrade Group
Dr. Kati Suominen is Founder and CEO of Nextrade Group and has ideated and led all Nextrade Group engagements. She ideates and develops actionable data, rigorous AI-driven analytics, and public-private partnerships to digitize and drive world trade and economic growth.
Suominen is a global thought leader in trade, development, and digitization. She has published over 100 articles and her 10th book, Revolutionizing World Trade: How Disruptive Technologies Open Opportunities for All, will be published by Stanford University Press in 2019.
She has ideated and built six global initiatives and PPPs involving over 30 leading technology, ecommerce, and logistics companies and numerous global agencies, such as eTrade for All now led by the UN and 40 agencies to drive ecommerce development, Digital Standards for Trade (DST) now championed by ADB and International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) to develop interoperability standards among digitizing trade intermediaries, and Alliance for eTrade Development with leading technology and logistics companies and USAID to accelerate digitization and trade across developing countries.
Suominen has spoken and keynoted at such venues as Davos, WTO, World Trade Symposium, Global Trade Review, ICC Banking Commission, IMF, and World Bank, and commented in such media as Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Time, Politico, BBC, CSPAN, USA Today, and LA Times.
She has served as Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), where she founded the Digital Trade program working with such companies as eBay, Google and IBM, and as Adjunct Professor at the UCLA Anderson School, where she teaches international business economics and the economics of global digital disruption. She is Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
She has served as Resident Fellow in the Global Economics program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States (2010-12), where she founded the GMF’s G20 initiative, and as Trade Economist at the Inter-American Development Bank (2003-10), where she managed the Bank’s global trade policy research and served as trade policy advisor to APEC Senior Officials. In 2017, she served as Senior Advisor to the G20-launched World SME Forum.
A trade economist, she received her PhD from University of California, San Diego, MBA from the Wharton School of Business, MA from Boston University,and BA from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, where she played Division I tennis on a full scholarship.
Randall ChafetzManaging Executive Officer, Global Corporate & Investment Banking MUFG Bank Ltd.
Managing Executive Officer, Global Corporate & Investment Banking MUFG Bank Ltd.
Randy Chafetz is Managing Executive Officer, Head of Global Corporate Banking, and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Global Corporate and Investment Banking at MUFG Bank. He also serves as Executive Officer of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”).
Mr. Chafetz is responsible for the Bank’s global (non-Japanese) corporate client business. In addition, he provides oversight and strategic leadership to MUFG’s Investment Banking businesses in the Americas, EMEA and Asia.
Before moving to Japan as the Bank’s first non-Japanese Executive Officer in 2013, Mr. Chafetz was Head of Corporate and Investment Banking for the Americas in New York, responsible for non-Japanese corporate and investment banking businesses across the Americas.
His prior roles within MUFG include those of Chief Operating Officer, Head of Investment Banking, and Head of Capital Markets for MUFG Securities Americas (formerly Mitsubishi UFJ Securities, USA).
Mr. Chafetz joined the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi from UBS in 1998 as Head of Capital Markets. Before serving at UBS, he spent 10 years at Credit Suisse in a variety of investment-banking and capital-markets roles in London and New York.
Mr. Chafetz earned an M.B.A. from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a B.A of Commerce from University of British Columbia.
Elliot HarrisAssistant Secretary-General for Economic Development & Chief Economist UN
Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development & Chief Economist UN
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Mr. Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago as Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist effective 2 April 2018.
Mr. Harris brings over 25 years of international experience in the fields of international economics and development policy analysis, coupled with knowledge of the United Nations system, multilateral and inter–agency coordination processes.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Harris served as Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the New York Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) from 2015. Prior to joining UNEP, Mr. Harris began his career in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1988. He was appointed in 2008 as Special Representative to the United Nations in 2008.
Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in German and political science and an advanced degree in economics. He was awarded an Advanced Studies Certificate in international economics and policy research from the Institute of World Economics in Kiel, Germany.
Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy (OTMP)
Dr. Peter Navarro received his Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and is a professor emeritus of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine. He was an economic and trade advisor for President Donald J. Trump during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and joined the White House staff on Inauguration Day.
At the White House, Dr. Navarro is the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy (OTMP), an office established by President Trump to defend and serve American workers and domestic manufacturers. In his role as Director of OTMP, Dr. Navarro advises the President on policies to increase economic growth, decrease the trade deficit, and strengthen Americas’ manufacturing and defense industrial bases. Dr. Navarro has helped to reform the conventional arms transfer and unmanned aerial systems policies of the United States, and to expand foreign military sales to our Nation’s partners and allies.
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Navarro appeared regularly as a financial market analyst and China expert in such media outlets as CNBC, Fox Business, the BBC, CNN, MSNBC, and the CBS News, including 60 Minutes. He is the author of numerous books on economics, financial market analysis, and macroeconomics, including Death by China, Seeds of Destruction, Always a Winner, The Coming China Wars, If It’s Raining in Brazil, Buy Starbucks, and The Well-Timed Strategy.
Michael J. WhiteCEO and Head of TradeLens Maersk GTD Inc.
Michael J. White
CEO and Head of TradeLens Maersk GTD Inc.
Mike White is CEO for the Maersk GTD organization and leads the TradeLens collaboration team which aims to establish a global platform to facilitate trade and create more transparency, efficiency and security within supply chains.
Mike White built his career at Maersk and prior at P&O Nedlloyd, joining the organization in 1990 before the company was acquired by Maersk in 2005. For nearly three decades, he has held a number of leadership roles across many geographies. Prior to his current role, he served for 8 years as President of Maersk Line’s liner business in North America. Prior to this, he was Chief Executive for Maersk Line Central Europe managing activities for 12 countries. Before that, he was responsible for Maersk Logistics, Damco, Maersk Customs Services Inc, The Gilbert Company and Bridge Terminal Transport. From 1990-2005, Mike held a number of senior management positions including President & CEO of P&O Nedlloyd North America, President of Farrell Lines, and Director and Chairman of Port Newark Container Terminal. Mike joined the industry as a management trainee at DB Schenker where he worked for 9 years in various logistics management roles.
Mike graduated from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1981, and has attended several executive programs at Harvard Business School and IMD Business School in Switzerland.
Mike is also a licensed Customhouse Broker. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for Virginia Wesleyan University.
Martin MuhleisenDirector of the Strategy, Policy & Review Dept. (SPR) IMF
Director of the Strategy, Policy & Review Dept. (SPR) IMF
Martin Mühleisen is Director of the Strategy, Policy, and Review Department (SPR) of the IMF. In this capacity, he leads the work on the IMF’s strategic direction and the design, implementation, and evaluation of Fund policies. He also oversees the IMF’s interactions with international bodies, such as the G20 and United Nations.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Mühleisen was Chief of Staff to Christine Lagarde, the IMF’s Managing Director. His tenure coincided with the completion of the 14th Quota Review, the negotiation of new IMF programs with Ukraine and Greece, as well as the IMF’s rapid response to the African Ebola crisis.
Mr. Mühleisen worked on a wide range of other policy and country issues during his IMF career. As Deputy Director and, before that, Head of the Advanced Economy Division in SPR, he was closely involved in the Fund's response to the financial crisis, reviewing its policy advice to 65 advanced economies, including the euro area programs. He helped develop the Fund’s Early-Warning Exercise, contributed to innovative spillover and cross-country reports, and shape key contributions to the G20 process.
Mr. Mühleisen previously worked in the Western Hemisphere Department on the United States and Canada, and on Chile as Chief of the Pacific Division. He was a desk economist for Japan and India and spent several years in the IMF's African, Asian, and Capital Markets Departments.
A German national and Konrad Adenauer scholar, Mr. Mühleisen joined the IMF in 1993. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Economics from the University of Munich. He has published extensively on macro-financial analysis, economic linkages, fiscal policy, aging, and saving.
Caroline FreundGlobal Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness, World Bank
Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness, World Bank
Caroline Freund is Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness. Previously she was a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She has also worked as Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, after working for nearly a decade in the international trade unit of the research department. Freund began her career in the international finance division of the Federal Reserve Board and spent a year visiting the research department of the IMF. She has published extensively in academic journals and is the author of Rich People Poor Countries: The Rise of Emerging Market Tycoons and their Mega Firms. She is a US national and received a PhD in economics from Columbia University.
Stephen VaughnPartner in the International Trade Team, King & Spalding
Partner in the International Trade Team, King & Spalding
Stephen P. Vaughn is a Partner in the International Trade Team of King & Spalding who works primarily on international trade litigation and policy matters. In April 2019, Stephen completed more than two years of service as the General Counsel for the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). In that position, he managed a team of government attorneys representing U.S. interests in both trade negotiations and trade litigation. During two months in early 2017, Stephen also served as the acting U.S. Trade Representative. He is widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on current U.S. trade policy, as well as one of the most talented U.S. trade remedy litigators.
Stephen draws on his experience in both government and the private sector to help clients navigate challenging U.S. trade policy issues. While at USTR, Stephen was directly involved in numerous significant issues, including the new U.S.-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA), actions undertaken by the United States against China pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, and efforts to revise the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement. He also supervised U.S. litigation efforts before the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as litigation undertaken pursuant to other U.S. free trade agreements. Stephen represented the Administration in numerous meetings regarding U.S. trade policy with Congressional officials and officials from other countries.
Before working at USTR, Stephen spent almost two decades in private practice representing clients in high-profile trade matters. Much of his practice focused on injury issues in the context of antidumping and countervailing duty (AC/CVD) litigation. He has lengthy experience in complex trade litigation before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Court of International Trade, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and North American Free Trade Agreement binational panels. During his time in private practice, Stephen represented clients in a number of trade policy matters, from enforcement of unfair trade laws to the role of trade issues in the context of climate change.
Stephen has also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he co-taught a seminar on U.S. trade policy and the WTO.
Mike BhaskaranCTO, DP World
CTO, DP World
Mike is a visionary Leader with comprehensive experience in ecommerce, supply chain, logistics, Robotics and Information Technology; In DP World he is responsible for driving the digital transformation to enabling smarter trade and Blockchain.
Prior to joining DP World Mike was the Chief Supply Chain Officer at Staples and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Information Officer of Beyondtherack.com were Mike was responsible for global logistics, transportation, fulfilment and all Information Technology infrastructure and Software development efforts; Mike also worked as Vice President, Global Logistics of Starbucks Corporation and Director of Global Transportation Operations & Technology at Amazon.com.
He has M.S. in Industrial Technology & Engineering from Utah State University and M.B.A. from Purdue University.
Shaul KfirCTO & Co-founder, Digital Asset
CTO & Co-founder, Digital Asset
Shaul Kfir, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Digital Asset Shaul is a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Digital Asset where he is responsible for the company’s overall technology strategy, including the architecture and engineering of its distributed ledger and DAML, Digital Asset’s smart contract modeling language.
Shaul is a software engineer with more than 15 years of experience leading diverse professional teams that develop cutting edge technologies. Prior to Digital Asset, he was the CTO of Bits of Gold, the largest crypto exchange in Israel. He also served as director of technology at LedgerLock, a provider of security tools for brokerages and exchanges.
Earlier in his career, as a researcher at Technion, Shaul was a visiting scientist at MIT CSAIL working in its Privacy Research (SCIPR) cryptography lab. He is one of the original authors of libsnark, the open source software library for SNARKs, the protocol used to shield transactions of ZCash on the blockchain.
Shaul studied Computer Science at the Technion, where he graduated cum laude. Shaul served as a Lieutenant Commander in the Israeli Navy.
Angie RuanSenior Vice President, Global Technology
Senior Vice President, Global Technology
Angie Ruan serves as Senior Vice President of Global Technology. In this role, Angie is responsible for overseeing the development of key market technology products, future Nasdaq Financial Framework product development, and global infrastructure development and services.
Prior to joining Nasdaq, she served as the Global Group Technology VP of consumer experiences and platform for American Express. She was responsible for the digital transformation of American Express web and mobile technology. Before then, she was the Unit CIO for U.S. Consumer and US Small Business.
She was also the Head of Engineering for Global PayPal Retail and Merchant product lines. She held various executive engineering leadership roles at eBay including building the eBay messaging system, creating the eBay mobile platform, and transforming the DevOps organization.
Angie holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of California, Santa Barbara, and studied undergraduate in Computer Science at Tsinghua University of China.
Iain MacLennanVice President for Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Finastra
Vice President for Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Finastra
As Vice President for Trade & Supply Chain Finance, Iain is responsible for driving the Strategic Roadmap and Delivery for Trade & Supply Chain Finance, he manages the Product Management and Engineering functions for Fusion Trade Innovation(FTI)
Iain joined Finastra in January 2019, from Lloyds Banking Group where he spent six years in leadership roles in Technology and Group Transformation, supporting the Commercial Banking Business. He was most recently the Engineering Lead for the Commercial Servicing Lab delivering Agile change targeted at improving the overall Customer and Colleague Servicing Experience.
Prior to Lloyds Iain has held roles with Barclays, Deutsche Bank and ING, primarily in Global Transaction Banking. He has over 25 years’ experience in delivering technology enabled change and transformation within the Financial Services industry.
Iain holds a Ph.D. and a B.Eng. from the University of Glasgow and an MBA from Henley Business School.
Kevin KlowdenExecutive Director, Milken Institute’s Centre for Regional Economics & California Center
Executive Director, Milken Institute’s Centre for Regional Economics & California Center
Kevin Klowden is the executive director of the Milken Institute’s California Center and a managing economist at the Institute. He specializes in the study of demographic and spatial factors (the distribution of resources, business locations, and movement of labor) and how these are influenced by public policy and in turn affect regional economies. His key areas of focus include technology-based development, infrastructure, the global economy, media and entertainment.
Klowden was the lead author of “Strategies for Expanding California’s Exports,” which focused on the vital role trade and exports play in the state economy and its underperformance relative to the country over the past decade. He has also written on the role of transportation infrastructure in economic growth and job creation in reports such as “California’s Highway Infrastructure: Traffic’s Looming Cost” and “Jobs for America: Investments and Policies for Economic Growth and Competitiveness,” as well as in publications including The Wall Street Journal.
Additionally, he coordinated the Milken Institute’s two-year Los Angeles Economy Project, seeking public-policy and private-sector solutions to challenges the region faces amid a growing unskilled labor pool. Klowden is a frequent speaker on state fiscal issues and has served on multiple advisory boards on business growth, economic development and infrastructure. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and London School of Economics.
John W.H. Denton AOSecretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
John W.H. Denton AO
Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
John W.H. Denton AO is the Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
He is also a Board member of the United Nations Global Compact, as well as a founding member of the Business 20 (B20), the Australia–China CEO Roundtable and UNHCR in Australia.
Mr Denton serves on the Board of leading global infrastructure group IFM Investors and is Co-Chair of the Trade and Investment Working Group for the G20 Japan.
He co-led the Australian Government’s 2012 White Paper on “Australia in the Asian Century” and previously chaired the APEC Finance and Economics Working Group.
A former diplomat, Mr Denton served for two decades as Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s leading independent law firm.
In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his services to the business community, the arts and the rights of refugees, including as a founder of Human Rights Watch (Australia) and Teach for Australia.
Mr Denton is an alumnus of Harvard Business School and the University of Melbourne.
Gerald Sunvice president, Mastercard
vice president, Mastercard
Gerald Sun is responsible for MasterCard's suite of business-to-business (B2B) payables and receivables solutions across the broad business spectrum in Asia-Pacific. Having worked in commercial payments since 2003, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge and experience in the B2B environment, particularly corporate (travel) and purchasing card programmes. He also has diverse experience in travel and entertainment (T&E) related industries through various sales, marketing and product roles from commercial aviation, medical evacuation and card payments. He leverages this knowledge in working with banks and some of the largest Fortune 500 firms operating in Asia Pacific to improve their payables and receivables processes. Sun has a Masters of Engineering in Engineering Management (Finance & Logistics), Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Engineering (Operations Research & Industrial Engineering) from Cornell University, NY, USA.
Fabio SantucciPresident, Mediterranean Shipping Company
President, Mediterranean Shipping Company
Fabio is an accomplished senior executive with over 24 years’ experience in the maritime industry. He began his seafaring career in 1995 after joining the Italian Naval Academy in Livorno, Italy. Fabio rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander after numerous assignments in the Italian Navy and Allied Forces including naval aviator and later as commander of the MHC Viareggio. He has an advanced degree in maritime studies from Pisa University in Italy and became a ship’s captain in 2007.
Fabio joined MSC, the world's second largest container shipping company, in 2010 where his bi-cultural background and passion for the seas prompted an upward trajectory within the organization; earning positions that would give him greater responsibility and expertise. His experience includes various appointments at MSC Houston, time as office manager of MSC New Orleans and three years as branch manager of MSC Charleston, the largest MSC facility in the U.S. In 2014, he was promoted to vice president of branch offices and personnel and as of 2015, serves as president and CEO of MSC USA at its New York headquarters.
Christopher ClagueManaging editor, Asia and global editorial lead, trade and globalisation, The Economist...
Managing editor, Asia and global editorial lead, trade and globalisation, The Economist Intelligence Unit
Chris Clague is managing editor for The Economist Intelligence Unit's thought leadership division in Asia. He is an expert in international trade and trade policy and has also advised clients throughout the Asian region on the strategic implications of megatrends and political risk. He was a consultant in The EIU’s Tokyo office and was the project leader and editor for the EIU/Nikkei BP publication The World to 2050 (available in Japanese only).
Prior to joining The EIU, he was a senior consultant and Director of China Operations for a boutique consulting firm that worked with governments and MNCs on issues related to international trade, investment, and commodities.
Chris holds an MSc in Asian Politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and a certificate in International Trade Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute’s summer academy. He provides regular commentary on trade and the Japanese economy to international media.
Vijay VaitheeswaranUS business editor, The Economist
US business editor, The Economist
Vijay Vaitheeswaran is the United States business editor of The Economist. He joined the editorial staff in 1992 as the newspaper’s London-based Latin America writer, and opened its first regional bureau in Mexico City.
As an award-winning senior correspondent, he opened the magazine’s Shanghai bureau in 2012, and was the China business editor and bureau chief until mid-2017. He also serves as chairman of The Economist Innovation Summit, a provocative series of global conferences on innovation held annually in Chicago, Berlin and Hong Kong.
His latest book (published by HarperCollins) is “Need, Speed and Greed: How the New Rules of Innovation Can Transform Businesses, Propel Nations to Greatness, and Tame the World’s Most Wicked Problems.” He previously co-wrote “ZOOM”, with Iain Carson, and “Power to the People”, two award-winning books about the future of cars and energy.
Vijay is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor on sustainability and innovation to the World Economic Forum. His commentary has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and New York Times. He is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Michael FarlekasPresident & Chief Executive Officer, E2open
President & Chief Executive Officer, E2open
Michael Farlekas joined E2open in 2015 as CEO. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s overall operations, with direct oversight of sales, marketing, professional services, research and development, and strategy. Michael brings to E2open more than 20 years of sales, marketing and leadership experience in supply chain management and enterprise software.
Prior to joining E2open, Michael was the VP and General Manager at Roadnet Technologies (now Omnitracs), the leading provider of last-mile routing and mobility solutions to Fortune 50 clients. Previously, Michael spent 11 years at RedPrairie (now JDA Software) in roles that included SVP and General Manager, Industrial Business Unit, and VP, Industrial Sales. He also has held senior leadership roles at GATX Terminal Corp (now Kinder Morgan), an operator of petroleum and chemical distribution terminals worldwide, and CSX Transportation, a rail transportation provider offering comprehensive supply chain services.
Michael holds an MBA with a concentration in international business from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Susan Ariel AaronsonResearch Professor of International Affairs & Director of the Digital Trade & Data...
Susan Ariel Aaronson
Research Professor of International Affairs & Director of the Digital Trade & Data Governance Hub
Susan Ariel Aaronson is Research Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Digital Trade and Data Governance Hub. Aaronson conceived of and directs the Hub, which aims to educate policymakers, the press and the public about domestic and international data governance issues from digital trade to public data governance. Aaronson is also a Cross-Disciplinary Fellow and also also a Senior Fellow at the think tank Center for International Governance Innovation (GIGI) in Canada. Aaronson was also the Carvalho Fellow at the Government Accountability Project and the Minerva Chair at the National War College.
Aaronson’s research examines the relationship between economic change and human rights. She is currently directing projects on mapping data governance; and writing on comparative advantage in data; data and national security, and America’s approach to stimulating AI. Her research has been funded by the Hewlett, MacArthur, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations; governments such as the Netherlands, U.S., and Canada; the UN, ILO, and World Bank, and U.S. corporations including Ford Motor and Levi Strauss.
Dr. Aaronson is a frequent speaker on public understanding of globalization issues and international economic developments. She regularly comments on international economics on "Marketplace" and was a monthly commentator on "All Things Considered," and "Morning Edition." She has also appeared on CNN, the BBC, and PBS to discuss trade and globalization issues. Aaronson was a Guest Scholar in Economics at the Brookings Institution (1995–1999); and a Research Fellow at the World Trade Institute 2008-2012.
Dr. Aaronson is a member of the Advisory Board for Human Rights Under Pressure (a doctoral program funded by the German and Israeli government to teach human rights); and the Advisory Board of Business and Human Rights.org. Aaronson is also the Director of the eBay Policy Scholars (a masters fellowship on digital trade). In recent years, she has been a pro-bono advisor to the UN Special Representative on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights, and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. She has also consulted for the ILO; the World Bank; Free the Slaves; the Ford Foundation; the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; the Progressive Policy Institute the Stanley Foundation; several corporations; and the governments of Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among others.
Trisa Thompsonadvisory board member, Pledgeling, Inc
advisory board member, Pledgeling, Inc
Trisa Thompson is currently a member of the Advisory Board for Pledgeling, Inc., a software company in Los Angeles, CA that offers technology solutions that engage your customers, employees and partners in your social impact mission, while growing your business through charitable giving.
Before that role, Trisa recently retired from Dell Technologies Inc. At Dell, she was the Senior Vice President and Chief Responsibility Officer, with responsibility for Dell’s Legacy of Good program including strategic giving, sustainability, entrepreneurism and DWEN, the Dell Women’s Entrepreneur Network. Prior to this role, Trisa was a Senior Vice President in Dell’s Legal Department for 12 years.
Trisa graduated with honors from The National Law Center, George Washington University. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Boston University, where she majored in Mass Communications.
She has served as a judge for the global Circular Awards with the World Economic Forum, working to increase understanding of the benefits of a circular economy. She was also on the national corporate advisory board for the American Red Cross. Trisa received the 2008 Volunteer of the Year award from the United Way of Austin. In addition, in 2014, the National Diversity Council awarded her the Most Powerful and Influential Women of Texas Award and they also named her as one of the Top 50 Women in Technology in the United States.
Outside of the office, Trisa serves on the Board of Governors, and was the former the chair of LifeWorks, an organization helping homeless teens gain self-sufficiency. She is also an advisor on the capital campaign for KLRU. She also serves on the board of The Miracle Foundation, an organization working with orphanages primarily in India. She also mentors a number of amazing women in Austin, as well as up and coming Corporate Responsibility executives at major companies around the world.
Previously, Trisa served on the Boards of the Women’s Giving Network at United Way of Central Texas, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, I Live Here I Give Here, and was president of the Zach Scott Theatre and KLRU Boards. She was also a founding member of the Austin/San Antonio Chapter of the Texas General Counsel Forum.
Dr. Greg AutryAsst. clinical professor, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Dr. Greg Autry
Asst. clinical professor, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California
Dr. Greg Autry is an assistant clinical professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Dr. Autry is the coauthor of Death by China with White House Trade and Manufacturing Advisor, Peter Navarro and was a producer on the documentary film based on that book. Dr. Autry served on President Trump’s Transition team and as the White House Liaison at NASA. He has testified to U.S. Congress and spoken at the Canadian Parliament on China policy. Dr. Autry serves on the advisory board of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. Dr. Autry is also regular contributor to Forbes, Foreign Policy and Space News. His thoughts on trade, technology and space have been featured in The Economist, New Space Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times and Washington Times. He has also been featured as an expert on the Discovery Channel, BBC, PBS and CNN.
Dr. Mekala Krishnansenior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)
Dr. Mekala Krishnan
senior fellow at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI)
Her research focuses on various topics related to inclusive growth and economic development, including globalization, productivity growth in advanced economies, climate risk, and women’s role in labor markets. Her most recent research has focused on the future of globalization including the evolution of global value chains, prospects for emerging markets, and the impact of services trade, intangible assets, and digital globalization on value chains. She is also leading research on climate change, including its impact on global supply chains. Mekala is a frequent speaker on these topics at global conferences as well as with executives at Fortune 500 companies. She has authored numerous articles and her work has been cited in leading business publications, including The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and Harvard Business Review.
Mekala is a member of a task force at the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at Brookings focused on improving productivity measurement, on a taskforce supporting Queen Maxima of the Netherlands in her capacity as the UN Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development, serves on an advisory board for the Sibley School of Mechanical Engineering at Cornell University, and serves on the board of the Global Fund for Women, a leading public foundation dedicated to improving global gender equality.
Mekala received her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in 2011. Prior to Cornell, she received a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2006 from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.