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Visiting Professor-in-Practice at London School of Economics. Adjunct Professor, National University of Singapore. Distinguished Fellow at Policy Research Institute, Bangladesh. Previously with UBS Investment Bank: Global Head of Emerging Markets, FX Rates & Credit (FRC), CFA Institute Executive Leadership Team; Advisory Board, LSE Systemic Risk Centre, LSE Inclusion Initiative, NUS Centre for Governance & Sustainability. Governing Board, UWC Atlantic. World Economic Forum Young Global leader, Global Futures Council; and Contributor to Risk, Finance, Inclusive Growth, Capital Markets. CFA Future of Finance, former Member, CFA Singapore Board, Governing Board of NCC London.
António Simões is presently Chief Executive Officer, Global Private Banking. He was appointed in January 2019. He is also a member of the Group Management Board, HSBC’s Group Executive Committee.
Prior to his current position Mr Simões was the Chief Executive of HSBC Bank plc, with responsibility for the UK and Continental Europe, from September 2015.
Mr Simões joined HSBC in September 2007 as Group Head of Strategy, reporting to the
Group Chairman. In October 2009, he was appointed Group Head of Strategy & Planning
and Chief of Staff to the Group CEO, and subsequently spent two years in Hong Kong. In
January 2012, he relocated back to London to lead the European Retail Banking and
Wealth Management (RBWM) business, including responsibility for Asset Management
and Insurance. In January 2012 he became CEO for HSBC in the UK and deputy Chief Executive of HSBC Bank plc.
Mr Simões was a Director of HSBC Bank plc from January 2012 to September 2015. He is a Director of the French and Turkish subsidiary of HSBC Bank plc. He was a member of the Practitioner Panel of the Financial Conduct Authority (UK conduct regulator) since July 2013 and chair between August 2015 and July 2017. He was a practitioner member of the Banking Standards Board from April 2015 to July 2017.
Before joining HSBC, Mr Simões was a partner at McKinsey & Company’s London office.
During his time at McKinsey, he worked in financial services across several geographies.
He also worked at Goldman Sachs in London, serving financial institutions in Investment
Mr Simões is a strong advocate of diversity and inclusion and has been recognised for
his contributions by several organisations.
Mr Simões holds an MBA with honours from Columbia University. He was appointed a
Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2009. He completed a WEF
leadership programme at Harvard Kennedy School. He is married and lives in London with his two children.
Bhav Singh is Founder and CEO of Sandbox & Co., a digital learning company with 13 market leading properties including CoolMathGames, Hopster, Kidomi, Code Kingdoms, TinyBop, Poptropica and Teachervision among them, reaching more than 55million users each month. In the last 6 years, Sandbox has harnessed technology, distribution, and content to create a safe and fun learning ecosystem of complementary digital products and services for parents, kids, and teachers.
Prior to Sandbox, Bhav worked as an ‘intrapreneur’ within large media and learning corporates, focusing on developing and scaling high growth divisions. As President and CEO of Pearson English, Bhav transformed the company into an integrated portfolio across, institutional, corporate, retail and direct to consumer suite of products and services, through organic growth and strategic acquisitions (China, Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, and the US). His innovation led the foundation of a new umbrella brand; ‘Pearson English’, which became one of the fastest growing divisions within Pearson Plc. Prior to Pearson, Bhav spent eight years at Viacom as Managing Director and Executive Vice President of the Emerging Markets group, rapidly scaling Viacom brands including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central among others from entry level into strong market leading positions in key growth territories across India, Russia, Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa as well as building Viacom 18 (Viacom’s market leading presence in India). Bhav has also held senior roles across digital, general management and business development with Manchester United, IMG, and Discovery Communications.
Bhav serves on the advisory board of Antenna Media Group, various Sandbox portfolio companies including Hopster and Tinybop, and is a former non-executive board member of Forthnet Group. Additionally, Bhav is a member of the World Economic Forum, as a Young Global Leader. Away from work, Bhav is a huge Pink Floyd fan and a passionate cricket follower, who loves to watch all forms of the game.
Virginijus Sinkevičius has been the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries since 2019. He was formerly the Minister of Economy of Lithuania (2017-2019). Before becoming the Minister of Economy, Sinkevičius led the Economic Committee of the Parliament of Lithuania. Sinkevičius was elected to Parliament in October 2016. Before that, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Prior to joining Invest Lithuania, Sinkevičius was Managing Editor at the US Office of The Lithuanian Tribune in Washington D.C. Sinkevičius holds a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and a Master’s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.
Jens Martin Skibsted
1994, graduate, ESEC Film School, Paris; 1998, degree in Philosophy, Copenhagen University; 2000, degree in Project Management, University of California, Berkeley; 2011, degree in Cross Media Communication, Copenhagen University. Founder/Partner, Skibsted ID, KiBiSi, Manyone, design consultancies; Founder Ogojiii, African design innovation media. Founder, Biomega, bicycle and urban mobility company. Works collected by Cnap, MoMA, Designmuseum Danmark and SFMoMA; Former member of the Board: Danish Design Coucil (Chair), Design2innovate (Vice-Chair); Danish Design Center; Member of the board: Danfoss Foundation. Co-Author, Expand: Stretching the Future by Design, Instant Icon, Tilbage til Virkeligheden (Back To Reality). Author, blog column in Fast Company, Huffington Post, Core77. Recipient of awards: Wallpaper Design Award; I.D. Consumer Design; Red Dot Award, IF, Good Design Award; European 40 under 40. Member, World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Urban Mobility Transitions."
Dr David Skilling is the founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, an economic and policy advisory firm based in the Netherlands and Singapore. David advises governments, companies, and financial institutions in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe on the impact of global macro, globalisation, and geopolitics, from a small advanced economy perspective. David writes regularly on global economic and political issues, including in a column in Singapore's Straits Times as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate, and Nikkei Asian Review. David has recently served as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Centre for Government; as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs & Trade in New Zealand; and as a Fellow at Singapore’s Civil Service College. Previously, David was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company in Singapore, as well as being a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute. Prior to joining McKinsey at the start of 2009, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately funded, non-partisan think-tank. Until 2003, he was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury, where he worked primarily on economic growth issues. David has a PhD in Public Policy and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University, as well as a Master's of Commerce (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland.
Bank clerk and political scientist. 1995, joined the Young Union (youth section of the CDU/CSU); 1997, joined the CDU. 2002, first elected to the German Bundestag, representing the Steinfurt I/Borken I constituency, still representing it. Since 2005, Chairperson, Borken county branch of the CDU. 2009-15, served as Health Policy Spokesperson, CDU/CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. 2012, Member, Federal Executive Committee of the CDU. 2014, elected to the party’s Presidium at the CDU’s federal conference in Cologne. July 2015 - March 2018, served as Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Finance. 14 March 2018 - 08 December 2021,n served as Federal Minister of Health. Since December 2021 deputy chairman of the parliamentary group of the CDU/CSU in the German Bundestag, Former Chairperson, German-Netherlands Parliamentary Friendship Group. Editor, "Ins Offene - Deutschland, Europa und die Flüchtlinge" (Into the Open – Germany, Europe and the Refugees - 2015). Co-Author, "App vom Arzt – Bessere Gesundheit durch digitale Medizin" (App your health – the benefits of digital medicine - 2016).
Dr. Mirjam Staub-Bisang is Head of BlackRock Switzerland, member of the EMEA Executive Committee and Senior Advisor to BlackRock Sustainable Investing. She currently serves as a non-executive director of the global shoe retailer Bata as well as the leading global business school INSEAD.
Prior to BlackRock, Mirjam Staub-Bisang co-founded and was formerly Managing Partner of Independent Capital Group AG an investment management firm focusing on sustainable investing based in Zurich. She served on the investment committees of pension funds and endowments and on the board of several several public and private companies, among which as chair of Profond Sammelstiftung, one of Switzerland’s leading multi-employer pension plans. Prior to these roles she held senior positions in asset management and private equity at Commerzbank and Swiss Life, Quadrant and was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch.
Mirjam Staub-Bisang holds a PhD in Law from the University of Zurich and an MBA from INSEAD. She authored the standard work “Sustainable Investing for Institutional Investors: Risks, Regulations, Strategies" (Wiley 2012) and co-authored the second edition of "Infrastructure as an Asset Class" (Wiley 2016). In 2009 she was elected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Gunhild Anker Stordalen
MD and PhD in Pathology/Orthopedic Surgery, University of Oslo. Founder and Chair, Stordalen Foundation. Founder & Executive Chair, EAT Foundation. Gunhild sits on several boards and advises on councils including the United Nation’s Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Lead Group, the World Economic Forum (WEF) Stewardship Board on Food Systems, REQ Capital Advisory Board, the UNICEF’s Advisory Group, member of Africa Europe Women Leaders Network, and the international advisory board of the SRC. In addition, Gunhild is an ambassador for Friends of Ocean action, a member of the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (HLP) for the Blue Economy, A HELENA member, and a part of the International Leadership Committee for a Net Zero NHS.
In 2020, Gunhild was appointed to a a leading role at the UN Food Systems Summit 2021. She is the Chair of the Summit’s Action Track 2: Shifting to Healthy and Sustainable Consumption Patterns, with a wide mandate to build a broad, multistakeholder coalition around this key challenge and opportunity, and leveraging the EAT platform to the full.
Following the critical success of his first book, The Bloodless Revolution (2006), and his international prize-winning book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009), Tristram Stuart founded the environmental charity Feedback which spawned a global movement against food waste with campaign wins on every inhabitable continent, and strives to transform the world’s food system from humanity’s biggest environmental burden to our most potent tool in reversing this. Tristram is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, UN Champion of SDG 12.3, and his TED talk has been viewed over 1.7 million times. In 2016 Tristram founded Toast Ale which upcycles unsold fresh bread into craft beer, and pours 100% distributable profits into Feedback & aligned charities. Already brewing in 5 countries, Toast Ale has won numerous prizes both for its sustainability & the sheer taste of the beer. Bread shouldn't be wasted, and neither should you. Drink responsibly.
PhD in International Politics, London School of Economics. Formerly: 2004-08, Member of the European Parliament; 2008-11, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Finland; 2008-14, Minister of Foreign Affairs; 2014-15, Prime Minister of Finland; 2015-16, Minister of Finance; Adviser to the President of the European Commission; Visiting Professor, College of Europe, Bruges; Counsellor and Researcher, Permanent Representation of Finland to the European Union; Researcher, Academy of Finland and Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Since March 2011, Member of the Finnish Parliament. Since June 2011, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade of Finland. Since August 2017, Vice-President of the European Investment Bank. Has participated in several EU intergovernmental conferences as Member of the Finnish government's delegation. Has published 11 books and numerous academic articles on the European Union; regular columnist for several papers.
Andrea Stürmer is a senior executive at Zurich Insurance Group and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Zürich Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft in Vienna, Austria. She joined Zurich in 2007 and has since served as Chief Operating Officer for Business Insurance at the subsidiary Farmers Insurance Group and as the Strategic Assistant to the Zurich Group's Chief Executive Officer. She previously held various positions as finance and M&A professional at Zurich Insurance Group, Allianz and JPMorgan. Stürmer is Member of the Board of Zurich Reinsurance Company as well as of the Austrian Insurance Association. Stürmer is a sought-after public speaker on a wide range of topics including sustainability in the financial service sector, innovation and leadership. Stürmer holds a Master's degree from the London School of Economics as well as the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2012 she was nominated to the Forum of Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum.