ADAM MARSHALL
Director General, BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE

Adam Marshall was appointed Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce in October 2016. His principal role is to represent and champion the interests of accredited Chambers of Commerce and their tens of thousands of business members – covering every size and sector of business, and employing over five million people in the UK.

Previously, Adam served as the BCC’s Executive Director for Policy and External Affairs (July 2009 – March 2016), and as Acting Director General (March – October 2016).

Prior to joining BCC, Adam helped start up the Centre for Cities, built commercial links between industry and universities, and worked in the broadcast media. He holds a BA from Yale University and MPhil and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge. Adam is a national of the United Kingdom and the USA.

CHRIS SOUTHWORTH
Secretary General, ICC United Kingdom

Chris Southworth is Secretary General at the International Chamber of Commerce UK and a regular voice for business in the international media. He is also Director of the Secretariat for the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on Trade and Export Promotion, the founder of the ICC Digital Trade Roadmap, Co-Chair of The Commonwealth Business to Business trade policy forum and a member of the ICC G7, G20, Digitisation and Ecommerce Working Groups. He is a member of the ICC World Council as well as the International Advisory Boards of the Digital Trade Network and Queen Mary-UNIDROIT Institute of Transnational Commercial Law and Open Borders Direct.

 

Prior to joining ICC, he was Executive Director for Global Partnerships, at the British Chambers of Commerce, Head of the International Chambers of Commerce Unit at UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and a Senior Policy Advisor to Lord Heseltine for his independent review of UK competitiveness. In 2011 he was an advisor to the Minister for Trade and Investment for the government review of mid-size businesses and the consequent establishment of the mid-size business export programme. Former roles have encompassed deregulatory and social enterprise policy at the Department for Business.

daniel cotti
Managing Director, Center of Excellence Banking & trade, TRADE IX

Dani has over 30 years of experience in Global Trade Finance, Transaction Services, Banking and Technology. Dani was the European Trade Finance Head at Citibank and Global Head of Trade Finance and Transaction Products at ABN AMRO/RBS. Subsequently, he managed and build out the Global Trade Finance and Loans business at JP Morgan. In 2015, he founded Cotti Trade & Treasury, a consultancy firm for global trade finance. Dani is a Trade Finance industry expert and had industry wide, global engagements with SWIFT, BAFT, ICC and WTO organizations and is currently the non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Bolero Intl. Ltd and member of the board of the GLEIF Foundation.

DEXTER GALVIN
Global Director of Corporations and Supply Chains, CDP

Dexter leads CDP’s work to support companies in building a truly sustainable economy, by measuring and understanding their environmental impact in their own operations and in their global supply chains. His remit includes developing market-leading products for companies through CDP’s Reporter Services team, working with CDP’s corporate partners, and overseeing CDP’s involvement in the We Mean Business ‘Commit to Action’ campaigns with corporations. Prior to his current role, Dexter ran CDP’s program to enable major multinationals and governments to achieve sustainable supply chains, and in 2013 he launched Action Exchange, after joining CDP, in 2008.

emily jones
Associate Professor of Public Policy, BLAVATNIK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT

Emily Jones is an Associate Professor in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford and a Fellow of University College. She directs the Global Economic Governance Programme which fosters research and debate on how to make the global economy inclusive and sustainable. Emily’s research examines the political economy of global trade and finance, focusing on the ways in which governments can exert influence in asymmetric negotiations. Emily holds a DPhil in International Political Economy from the University of Oxford. She previously worked in Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, for Oxfam GB, and for the UK Department for International Development.

JAMES HOOKHAM
Secretary General & Board Director, GLOBAL SHIPPERS FORUM

GSF is the global voice of shippers (importers and exporters) and international supply chain managers who are responsible for consignment of goods across the world using all modes of transport, but principally as the customers of container shipping lines and air cargo carriers. GSF is an international membership organisation with 20 national and regional shipper associations in membership from 4 continents. It champions cargo owners’ interests with international regulatory agencies in pursuit of the safe, efficient and sustainable transport of goods.

James took over the running of GSF in May 2018 and is accountable for the execution of policy campaigns and business strategy, reporting to the GSF Board. He is also Deputy Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association that represents the multimodal logistics interests of over 17,000 members in the UK.

ReBECCA MARMOT
Chief Sustainability Officer, UNILEVER

Rebecca Marmot is responsible for driving the company’s overall sustainability strategy and transformational change on priority areas of Unilever’s sustainable living plan (USLP): climate change and eliminating deforestation; sustainable agriculture and smallholder farmers; water, sanitation and hygiene; opportunities for women; plastics and the circular economy; impact finance; and health and wellbeing. As Chief Sustainability Officer, Rebecca also leads the next chapter of Unilever’s sustainability journey beyond the USLP.

Prior to this role, Rebecca was Global Vice President of Sustainability at Unilever where she led the global advocacy, policy and partnerships team, heading engagement with external stakeholders and building the optimal enabling environment to drive sustainable business. Under her leadership, Unilever played a role in major sustainability milestones such as the 2015 Paris Agreement and the creation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals – otherwise known as the Global Goals – positioning Unilever at the forefront of sustainable business.

Before joining Unilever, Rebecca served as Global External Affairs Director at L’Oréal and in External Affairs at the UK Department for Trade and Industry. Here she was responsible for stakeholder management on UK government projects.

Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director at Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.

LEILA ARIDI AFAS
Director, International Public Policy, TOYOTA

Leila is responsible for developing and executing strategies to further Toyota’s global business goals. She coordinates cross-functional and cross-cultural teams to successfully advocate policy positions. She also provides insight on geopolitical trends, economic policies and market developments to Toyota’s senior leadership.

Previously, Leila was appointed by President Obama to support the goal of doubling U.S. exports in five years following the 2008 financial crisis. As an appointee at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, Leila supported a record-breaking return of $76 in U.S. exports for every dollar programmed. In a prior role with USTDA, she managed a multimillion-dollar portfolio of grant funds for infrastructure projects throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Her 15+ year career has spanned the public and private sectors including positions in the UK House of Commons, U.S. Trust Company in New York and World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Rosa Crawford
Policy Officer, Rights, International, Social and Economics department, TRADES UNION CONGRESS (TUC)

Rosa Crawford is Policy Officer in the Trades Union Congress Rights, International, Social Affairs and Economics department responsible for international trade issues.

Rosa represents the TUC on the European Trade Union Confederation committee on international trade and on the EU’s Domestic Advisory Groups monitoring the EU-Canada and EU-Japan trade agreement’s impact on workers’ rights.

Rosa has served as an expert for the EU Economic and Social Affairs Committee studies on TTIP and labour chapters in free trade agreements.

Rosa joined the TUC in 2012. Previous to this, Rosa worked as a researcher at the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels. She studied Political Science at University College London.

STEVEN POPE
Vice President Customs & Regulatory Affairs, DHL

Steven has been at Deutsche Post DHL since 2011 where he is responsible for Trade Facilitation across the group. Previously Steven was VP Customs & Regulatory Affairs, Europe and Head of Trade Compliance for Europe, the Middle East & Africa at DHL Express.

Before joining DP DHL, Steven spent 26 years in the Public Sector, working for HM Customs, HM Treasury and the IMF in areas such as, compliance, VAT policy and trade reform.

Steven sits on a number of public/private trade advisory groups including the Steering Group of the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. He has also has contributed to a number of reports/literature on trade facilitation, including the Commonwealth, OECD, World Bank and the World Economic Forum.

TIM SARSON
Partner, KPMG

Tim Sarson is a partner at KPMG LLP, where he leads the firm’s value chain management practice as well as being the tax lead for Brexit. He advises multinationals on how to design, implement and restructure their international operating models.

Tim has a particular focus on geography and location, helping companies to adapt to changes in the global landscape of tax, labour, trading flows and geopolitics. He has recently advised a number of clients on how to prepare for what now looks likely to be a very hard Brexit, at the same time as managing the transition to net zero carbon and embracing the opportunities and challenges of the digital economy.

ANTHONY SCRIFFIGNANO
CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST, DUN & BRADSTREET

Anthony Scriffignano is an internationally recognized data scientist with experience spanning over 35 years in multiple industries and enterprise domains. Dr. Scriffignano has extensive background in anomaly detection, computational linguistics and advanced inferential algorithms, leveraging that background as primary inventor on multiple patents worldwide. Scriffignano was recently recognized as the U.S. Chief Data Officer of the Year 2018 by the CDO Club, the world’s largest community of C-suite digital and data leaders.

He is routinely invited to provide thought leadership for senior executives and high-level government officials globally. Recently, he briefed the US National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and contributed to three separate reports to the President, on Big Data Analytics, Emerging Technologies Strategic Vision, and Internet and Communications Resilience. Additionally, Scriffignano provided expert advice on private sector data officers to a group of state Chief Data Officers and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He recently provided similar counsel to members of the Canadian Government. He also served as a forum panelist and keynote speaker at the World Internet Conference in China hosted by President Xi Jinping and the China Development Forum, as well as other major world events. He was recently published or quoted in various publications including CIO.com, Forbes Insights, Huffington Post, Business Insider, InformationWeek, China Daily, Xinhua, PCWeek Russia, Taiwan News, Bangkok Post, Mint (India), The Hill, and others.

Scriffignano serves on various advisory committees in government, private sector, and academia. He is considered an expert on emerging trends in advanced analytics, the “Big Data” explosion, artificial intelligence, multilingual challenges in business identity and malfeasance in commercial and public-sector contexts.

FLORIAN VOGEL
AREA MANAGER, GUARANTEES AND TRADE FINANCE, VOLTH GMBH & CO. KGAA

Presently, Florian Vogel is working for Voith as Area Manager Guarantees and Trade Finance. Besides Guarantees, Letters of Credits, Credit Insurance and Supply Chain Finance, he is responsible for various digitalisation projects and pilot programs. Prior to joining Voith he worked in the Trade Finance Department at Commerzbank Vienna as Advisor Trade Services. In 2016, he completed a distance learning program as Export Manager International (IHK).

JAMES HOOKHAM
SECRETARY GENERAL, GLOBAL SHIPPERS FORUM

James Hookham is the Secretary General and a Board Director of the Global Shippers Forum.

GSF is the global voice of shippers (importers and exporters) and international supply chain managers who are responsible for consignment of goods across the world using all modes of transport, but principally as the customers of container shipping lines and air cargo carriers. GSF is an international membership organisation with 20 national and regional shipper associations in membership from 4 continents. It champions cargo owners’ interests with international regulatory agencies in pursuit of the safe, efficient and sustainable transport of goods.

James took over the running of GSF in May 2018 and is accountable for the execution of policy campaigns and business strategy, reporting to the GSF Board. He is also Deputy Chief Executive of the Freight Transport Association that represents the multimodal logistics interests of over 17,000 members in the UK.

James is married and lives in Kent – the ‘Garden of England’. He is a graduate in Environmental Science from the University of Bradford, completed a Masters degree in the safe transport of dangerous goods at the University of Manchester and reckons that Steely Dan are the best rock and roll band in the world!

KATHERINE BENETT CBE
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, AIRBUS

Katherine is a Senior Vice President of Airbus, leading the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK. Previously, Katherine held roles in Communications and spent several years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France running the global public affairs function. In January 2019, Katherine was awarded a CBE for services to the aerospace and aviation sector. She founded and co-chairs the UK’s Women in Aviation and Aerospace Charter and has also been instrumental in Women in Defence activity. Katherine is Chair of the Western Gateway, serves on the Board of the International Aviation Womens’ Association and is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

TERA ALLAS

UK DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH AND ECONOMICS, MCKINSEY & COMPANY

Tera is Director of Research and Economics in McKinsey’s United Kingdom and Ireland Office, working closely with the McKinsey Global Institute. She leads McKinsey research on impact of COVID-19, productivity, technology adoption, the future of work, and government effectiveness, bringing together deep expertise and more than two decades of experience in economics, public policy, innovation, technology, and leadership, as well as ten years of experience as a management consultant focusing on corporate and business-unit strategy.

 

Tera is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a frequent author, panellist and speaker on topics ranging from global megatrends to economic policy to diversity. She serves as a trustee of the Royal Economic Society, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, and the United Kingdom’s Productivity Leadership Group. She is also a member of a number of expert advisory groups on economic policy and climate change issues. She was previously on the board of Innovate UK, the United Kingdom’s national innovation agency, and a member of the States of Jersey Fiscal Policy Panel. In 2018, Tera was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to economic policy.

SÉBASTIEN MIROUDOT
SENIOR TRADE POLICY ANALYST, OECD TRADE AND AGRICULTURE DIRECTORATE TRADE IN SERVICES DIVISION, OECD

Sébastien Miroudot is senior trade policy analyst in the Trade in Services Division of the OECD Trade and Agriculture Directorate. He has spent 15 years working on trade and investment issues, including the creation of trade statistics in value-added terms (TiVA), the construction of a services trade restrictiveness index (STRI) and the analysis of the policy implications of global value chains. Before joining the OECD, he was researcher at SciencesPo in Groupe d’Economie Mondiale and taught international economics. In 2016-2017, he was visiting professor at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) of Seoul National University. He holds a PhD in international economics from SciencesPo Paris.

SUZANNE WISE
Senior VP corporate affairs and communications, japan tobacco international

Suzanne brings a wealth of experience to JTI, gained from a diverse and varied career. A British national, before joining JTI she was appointed Group General Counsel and Company Secretary for Network Rail Plc in 2012. As an Executive Committee member, Suzanne was also responsible for Legal Services, Transparency & Business Ethics, Freedom of Information, Business Change and Information Governance.

From 2007 to 2012, Suzanne held the position of General Counsel and Company Secretary at Premier Foods Plc, where she was responsible for Legal Services, Communications, Internal Audit and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Suzanne was a member of the group’s Executive Board, sitting on the CSR Steering Committee and chairing the Risk Review Group and Policy Steering Group.

Suzanne joined Gallaher Group Plc in 1989, where she served as Group Head of Legal from 2001 to 2007.

Suzanne holds a degree in Law from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom.

AJAY BANGA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, MASTERCARD & CHAIR ICC

Ajay Banga President and CEO of MasterCard, who has served as ICC’s First Vice-Chair since June 2018, was elected as the new Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, the institutional representative of over 45 million businesses in over 130 countries. Banga succeeds Former Unilever Global CEO Paul Polman who becomes ICC Honorary Chair, having served as Chair for the past two years.

The election of Banga during the ICC World Council, held last week, also confirmed Maria Fernanda Garza, CEO of Orestia and current Board member, as ICC First Vice-Chair – making her the first woman to hold this position.

Seven members have also been elected to the ICC Executive Board, strengthening leadership at ICC with augmented geographic, ethnic and gender

diversity.

Prior to joining Mastercard, Banga served as Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Asia Pacific. He served as a member of United States’ President Barack Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity and a past member of Obama’s Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. Banga is also a member of the board of overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College, and a director of Dow Inc. ICC is represented in Sri Lanka by ICCSL and ICCSL is a member of the ICC World Council.

YOUSEF ABDULLAH AL-BENYAN
CHAIR, B20 SAUDI ARABIA

Mr. Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan is the Vice Chairman and CEO of SABIC and a member of the Investment Committee.

Mr. Al-Benyan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Industrial Management. In addition, he has received several specialized courses in Executive Management.

Mr. Al-Benyan also serves as the B20 Saudi Arabia Chairman. Additionally, he is Chairman of the Boards for the Yanbu National Petrochemical Company (Yansab), the Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company (SAFCO), and Saudi Iron and Steel Company (HADEED). He also holds leading positions on some national and regional associations and committees, including Chairman of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals Association (GPCA), and Chairman of the Petrochemical Manufacturers Committee.

Furthermore, Mr. Al-Benyan is a member of several national and international business councils, forums, associations and boards, including: the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; the Global Business Council of the Bloomberg Global Forum; the Board of Directors of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA); the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA); the Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu; and the Saudi Ports Authority. Mr. Al-Benyan is also a member of the King Saud University Advisory Board, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the King Fahad University of Petroleum & Minerals. He is a member of the Board of King Abdulaziz City for Science & Technology, the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), and the Constituent Council of Future Transportation Sector Development Project.

Prior to being named the Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SABIC, Mr. Al-Benyan served as the Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance and CFO. Before that, in 2013, Mr. Al-Benyan was elected to head SABIC’s Chemicals business, the company’s largest sector, aiming to help SABIC achieves its goal of becoming the preferred global leader in chemicals by 2025. He was also a member of the boards of directors of several companies and committees including the Board of the National Industrial Clusters Development Program, and the Executive Committee of the Riyadh Economic Forum of Riyadh Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

PAUL DRECHSLER
BOARD MEMBER, ICC UNITED KINGDOM

Paul was appointed the Chair of London First in 2018. He is also a Board Member of Greencore and the International Chamber of Commerce ICC(UK), the Chancellor of Teesside University, a member of the Global Advisory Board Of Trinity College Dublin, the Advisory Council Of Step up to Serve and of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee for The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

Paul was Chairman of Bibby Line Group from 2014 to 2020. Before that he was Chief Executive of the privately-owned construction firm Wates Group. He joined Wates in September 2004 and became Chairman and Chief Executive in April 2006 until 2014.

Prior to joining Wates, Paul worked for ICI PLC, spending the first ten years of his career on Teesside. That was followed by 14 years holding various senior positions and living in Brazil, the USA and the Netherlands, which concluded with five years as Chief Executive of one of ICI’s principal international businesses and as a Main Board Director (1998 – 2003).

Paul graduated from the University of Dublin, Trinity College, with an (Honours) degree in Engineering Science. He is married with three children.

TILMANN KUPFER
VICE PRESIDENT, TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS, BT GROUP PLC

Tilmann is based in Brussels and covers trade policy and international affairs working with BT’s public affairs and regulatory teams in London, Brussels, Washington and globally.

 

He chairs the policy committee of the European Services Forum (ESF), a Brussels-based trade association looking after trade in services and is a member of the board of management of the European Internet Forum (EIF). Further, he is vice-chair of the open & fair economy task force of the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.

 

Tilmann joined BT in 1997 to work on European regulation and public affairs. During his career, he has followed the discussions on varied European legislative initiatives, including ecommerce, copyright, data protection, audio-visual media services, telecommunications and the services directive.

 

Before that he was a public affairs consultant at Hill & Knowlton and an assistant to two MEPs at the European Parliament. A German national, he started his first professional steps as a freelance journalist for the Bavarian Broadcasting and studied contemporary history and political science in Munich and Montpellier.

 

RICHARD WALKER
MANAGING DIRECTOR, ICELAND

Millennial MD and corporate activist Richard Walker provides a fresh approach on business and leadership, combining his experience as a hands on retailer with his passion for the environment and ‘doing it right’.

Richard’s day job is running Iceland Foods, a privately family owned British supermarket specialising in frozen food.

Richard has a unique approach to using business as a force for good, championing causes close to his heart including plastic pollution, demonstrated by Iceland’s industry leading commitment to remove plastic from all own label packaging by the end of 2023.

Richard was at the forefront of Iceland’s removal of palm oil from all own label products in 2018, a commitment which gained global attention and shaped public awareness of the issue of tropical deforestation. Iceland fulfilled its palm oil commitment in 2018, a year which culminated in their ‘banned Christmas ad’ Rang-tan campaign, which took the issue viral (80M video views) and received global attention, being named as the most watched and most influential Christmas TV advert ever. Within weeks of the campaign, the RSPO (Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil) and Wilmar (the world’s largest palm oil trader) had made commitments to zero deforestation.

Richard is also passionate about the future of the British high street, investment in people and a range of additional environmental issues, including climate change and food waste reduction.

Richard is a Trustee of the ‘Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation’, and the conservation groups ‘Fauna & Flora International’ and ‘Surfers Against Sewage’. He also sits on No.10’s ‘Small Business Council’, DEFRA’s ‘Council for Sustainable Business’ and Greenpeace’s ‘Ocean Advisory Board’. In 2019 Richard was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Outside family and business, Richard’s greatest passions are trail running, skiing, surfing and climbing all over the world.

CHENGCHENG XIONG
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF GREEN FINANCE DEPARTMENT, CECEP CONSULTING LTD. CO.

Chengcheng Xiong is the Deputy Director of Green Finance Department, CECEP Consulting Co., Ltd. Ms Xiong also engages in daily research work of CIFA( China Climate Finance Association) Before joining CECEP Consulting, she has been working in Ministry of Civil Affairs from 2011 to 2017 as research fellow. She received Bachelor’s Degree of Energy Engineering in in 2008 from Wuhan University, and Master’s Degree of Thermos-Physics Engineering from China Academy of Science in 2011.

Ms Xiong’s interests of research are mainly on topics related to green finance and climate finance and she has been working on climate change and green finance issues for ten years. She had taken charge of fourteen ministry/province level research projects on the climate fiance issues and participated in the setting of four national standards about environmental protection and climate fiance. Ms Xiong has published more than 10 papers about green development and climate change issues.

Ms Xiong is certificated FRM, registered environmental impact engineer and registered asset management manager. In 2014, she received top 10 youth awards from Ministry of Affairs for her outstanding work performance, and in 2016, she received third-prize for environmental science and technology progress from Environmental Bureau.

CRAIG BURCHELL

VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO.LTD.

Craig Burchell is an advocate for global trade to share prosperity and for multilateral cooperation, equal opportunities and technology for all.

Craig is a trade lawyer with 30years experience as an advocate to governments, business and stakeholders around the world on law, business & policy related to the technology sector. After 20 years at Philips Electronics, Amsterdam, Craig joined Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd in Q2 2019 as Vice President for Global Trade Affairs. He combines knowledge of international policy, trade law in practice and business to government processes in addition to hands-on corporate experience and a pragmatic business sense. He is a multicultural European with work experience across Asia, Europe and America. Craig is an advocate for international cooperation to promote rules-based multilateral trade, open markets, “level-playing field”, fair competition and non-discrimination.

Craig is a member of the Advisory Committee on “Digital FDI” for the World Economic Forum and the International Commentary Group on the WTO’s “Investment Facilitation for Development” – a global project of the International Trade Centre (ITC), WEF and the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

Craig spent 25 years engaged in high level advocacy for Philips, Samsung and Xerox. At Koninklijke Philips Electronics, he was Global Head of Trade & Market Access, and personal representative of Philips’ CEO Frans van Houten at the European CEO Round Table (ERT). At Samsung and then Xerox, he was VP & Head of European Public Policy.

Craig has worked with all levels of decision-makers across the world including the European Commission, Council & Members States, USTR, DOC, Mofcom Russia, Japan, China, India and other markets, and contributed business input to B20, WTO, OECD/BIAC, ICC, ITC, WEF, WHO & UNCTAD

Craig’s experience includes leading delegations of European Technology companies to three WTO Ministerial meetings, member of the Board of the Transatlantic Business Council and Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) and Chair of TABD EU Organizing Committee and sherpa to Philips CEO, member of Business Europe’s High Level Advisory Group and its WTO Reform WG, The Transatlantic Policy Network TPN and twice chair of Digital Europe’s Trade Policy Committee,

After graduating in France and England, Craig’s legal career traversed London, Brussels, Amsterdam and the world for Philips. Craig is a dual-national Belgian & British, speaks French, English, Dutch and Mandarin and lives in Shenzhen, P.R.China.

CATHARINA CLABOTS

VP TAX DOWNSTREAM, SHELL INTERNATIONAL LIMITED.

Catharina joined Shell in 2002. She received her Master of Laws and a Master of International Tax Laws from the Free University of Brussels. She worked in a number of roles as an attorney and tax advisor for various consultancy firms. After joining Shell she worked in a variety of roles in taxation including global projects, corporate structuring, mergers & acquisitions, treasury tax, VP Tax Practices and Processes and Process Executive for Direct and Indirect Tax. Catharina is currently VP Tax Global Downstream Businesses. She led Shell’s initiative for providing greater Tax Transparency with the publication of the company’s Tax Contribution Report, after working with the B team Responsible Tax Group of Companies to develop their Tax Principles .

CARLO FERRARA

HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, ENEL ARGENTINA

Carlo Ferrara is an economist with extensive experience in Energy, Renewables, Sustainability, Environmental Management, International Relations and Sustainable Finance.

He obtained a Master’s Degree in Economics and Environmental Management from Bocconi University in Milan.

He has been an active player in the boom of renewables in China through as Business Developer of Clean Development Mechanism Projects as established by the Kyoto Protocol for the Enel Group.

He spent 9 years in China responsible for the scouting, financing and registration as CDM projects by United Nations of more than 60 renewable projects (wind and small hydro).

Later he moved to the headquarters of the Enel Group in Rome as Head of Environmental Management defining objectives, policies and the strategic plan in front of the environmental scenarios and regulations.

In December 2015, he was appointed as Sustainability Manager in Colombia, assuming the challenge of defining, measuring and implementing a sustainability plan through projects that apply Enel’s strategic vision of a shared value approach with communities and support the Sustainable Development Goals the company committed to reach.

From October 2019 he is acting the same role for Enel Argentina.

DONIA HAMMAMI
EXECUTIVE IN CHARGE, TRADE FACILITATION IN MIDDLE INCOME COUNTRIES PROGRAMME & HMRC-WCO-UNCTAD TRADE FACILITATION CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAMME, WORLD CUSTOMS ORGANIZATION

Donia Hammami heads up the World Customs Organization’s (WCO) programme office charged with overseeing two trade facilitation capacity building partnerships as supported by the UK – focusing respectively on middle income countries and least developed countries.

She has an established track record of supporting governments and companies in strengthening their trade performance and border management operations. Before joining the WCO she worked as a consultant and prior to that she led all Tax and Customs & Trade Facilitation policy work at ICC where she co-founded the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation to leverage private sector expertise for effective border reforms.

Donia has served in numerous prestigious trade and tax deliberation platforms, incl. as the Vice-Chair of the WCO’s business advisory group. She started off her career as a diplomat for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands – incl. at its mission to the UN in New York.

REN YUAN
DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEPARTMENT, ALIBABA GROUP

Ren Yuan is an internet executive with over 10 years of experience of management and operations in China’s Internet Company.

 

He presently serves as the director of Alibaba’s international trade department for the development of Alibaba’s B2B business, where his present scope of work focuses on the global strategy and expansion of Alibaba.com.

 

During his tenure with Alibaba, he overseas the implementation of the eWTP (the electronic World Trade Platform), a private sector-led platform first initiated by Alibaba to drive public-private dialogue and foster a more effective and efficient policy and business environment for cross border e-commerce.

 

Yuan is a graduate of Shanghai International Studies University, Zhejiang University and University College London.

PETER MATHER
GROUP REGIONAL PRESIDENT, EUROPE AND HEAD OF COUNTRY, UK, BP

Peter has been the BP Group Regional President for Europe since April 2010. He combines this with his previous role as Head of Country, UK.

Peter’s early career in BP included oil trading, refining and shipping, based in London, New York, Paris and Brussels. He then held senior strategic planning roles, initially in BP’s upstream Global Gas group, and then in the Corporate Centre. On moving back into Refining and Marketing he worked on the establishment and implementation of the BP/Mobil JV, led the European Supply and Distribution activity and managed BP’s majority shareholding, via membership of the Management Board, of the Nerefco refinery in the Netherlands. He then ran the supply, trading and marketing business for BP’s North Europe Gas Business and was subsequently appointed Managing Director of the UK Gas and Power activities and sat on the Board of the UK Interconnector pipeline and the Great Yarmouth power station.
Peter’s current role has overall responsibility for the governance, reputation, co-ordination and integration of all BP’s activities across Europe. He is Chairman of BP UK, BP Exploration Operating Company, and BP Europe. He also sits on the Board of BP France, BP Italy and various other internal boards. He is a Director of the BP Pension Fund.

Peter is a Board member of FuelsEurope, a Council Member of ICC UK and sits on the CBI President’s Committee. He is an Honorary Director of the Royal Opera House and a Trustee of Dartington Hall. He sits on the Business in the Community Leadership Teams for Education and Arts & Business and is a member of the British Museum Chairman’s Advisory Group. He is a member of the Foreign Office Diplomatic Excellence Panel and The Programme Committee of the Ditchley Foundation.
Peter has an MA from Oxford and an MBA from INSEAD and is an honorary Fellow of King’s College, London. He is married with three children, and his interests cover the arts and most sports, from tennis to triathlons.

RT HON LORD KACK MCCONNELL
co-chair for the all party parliamentary group on the un global goals for sustainable development

The Rt Hon Lord Jack McConnell served as First Minister of Scotland between 2001 and 2007, before being appointed to the House of Lords as Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale in 2010. He became a Vice-President for Unicef UK in 2015.

Lord McConnell received the degree of Doctor of the University in October 2008, in recognition of his contribution to public affairs.

After graduating in Mathematics with Education, he taught Mathematics in local high schools between 1983 and 1992.

During his time as an undergraduate student at the University of Stirling, Lord McConnell served as President of the Students’ Union – from 1980-82 – as well as National Union of Students Scotland Vice-President, from 1982-83.

He was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Peacebuilding from 2008 to 2010, and Education Adviser to the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative in Malawi and Rwanda.

Lord McConnell is the Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the McConnell International Foundation. He is involved as an ambassador, patron and board member of several international and UK-based non-government organisations.

In 2013, Lord McConnell’s political papers – ranging from early election leaflets to diaries from his period as First Minister – were received by the Scottish Political Archive, based at the University.

Lord McConnell’s installation as Chancellor will take place at the University’s summer degree ceremonies in June 2019.

LUCIA WOOLLEY
HEAD OF MEMBERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT, BUSINESS INTEGRITY PROGRAMME, TI-UK

Lucia is the Head of Memberships and Engagement for the Business Integrity Programme, TI-UK.

She has extensive experience in membership engagement, business development and strategic planning and has delivered programmes across the private sector, multilateral organisations and governments.

She brings valuable expertise in anti-bribery and corruption (ABAC), anti-money laundering (AML), financial risk and corporate compliance having worked with the World Bank, FATF, OECD, EIB, G20 Anti-Bribery & Corruption working groups.

She was previously Head of Membership at Invest Africa and AMLP Forum.

ANNY TUBBS
CO-FOUNDER, FIRST MOVE PRODUCTIONS

Anny is co-founder of First Move Productions and an Ambassador for Meaningful Business.  After 25 years as a lawyer and group-level executive in FTSE100 advisory and leadership roles, she became involved in documentary filmmaking, adult learning and other initiatives that focus on raising awareness of environmental, social and governance issues.

As an EU competition law specialist for 18 years, Anny worked variously as external counsel, a regulator, associate lecturer and in-house counsel.  After she joined Unilever in 2008, Anny served as General Counsel, Competition and global business partner to Customer Development before taking on a new role of Chief Business Integrity Officer in 2015.

Her work at Unilever and in the external business, regulator, NGO and legal community has been widely recognised.  She is a longstanding global ICC advocate for competition law compliance and responsible business models.

KARINA LITVACK
NON-EXECUTIVE BOARD DIRECTOR, ENI S.P.A

Karina serves on the boards of Italian Oil & Gas major Eni S.p.A., where she chairs the Sustainability & Scenarios Committee, and serves on the Remuneration Committee; the CFA Institute, home of the professional qualification for investment management professionals; and Business for Social Responsibility, a consultant specialising in sustainable business practice. She is also Executive Board Director of Chapter Zero, and serves on the Senior Advisory Panel of oil & mining consultant Critical Resource and the Advisory Council of Transparency International UK. Previously, Karina had a 25-year career in Finance, latterly running the Governance and Sustainable Investment activities of UK asset manager F&C Investments*.

Since the passage of the Paris Agreement at CoP21 in 2015, Karina has been working to build a global network for fellow NEDs to share experiences, engage with technical experts and stakeholders, access specialised training, and help to drive more effective climate transition strategies in the boardroom. Under the auspices of the World Economic Forum, she co-founded the Climate Governance Initiative (CGI), home of the CGI Principles for Non-Executive Directors, and with colleagues in Italy, Malaysia, France, the UK, Canada, Brazil, Switzerland and several others in the pipeline, has been working to build a global network of national Chapters for directors. Her focus in Chapter Zero, the UK Chapter of the CGI network, is on partnering with experts to develop new interdisciplinary content specifically designed for non-executive directors, and leveraging these across the global network of Chapters.

* now BMO Global Asset Management, a unit of the Bank of Montreal

 

My quote:

It wasn’t until I joined my first board that I realised the scale of the challenge facing directors when it comes to tackling Climate Change in the boardroom: we need to approach this with the same depth, rigour and professionalism as we do all other aspects of board activity, and yet despite the urgency, there is no ready how-to manual that NEDs can turn to. Enter Chapter Zero: thanks to superb support from experts across the business and scientific community, and the determination of our growing membership, we are plugging this gap.

GILES BOLTON
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING DIRECTOR, TESCO

Giles is Responsible Sourcing Director at Tesco. He leads a team of 60 human rights, environment and packaging experts across 10 key sourcing countries, responsible for ensuring good working conditions and sustainable practices across Tesco’s supply chain.  Prior to Tesco, he had a 10-year career at the Dept for International Development, managing aid programmes in Kenya, Rwanda, Iraq and on trade.

Giles is on the Boards of the Ethical Trading Initiative and the Marine Stewardship Council, co-chair of the Consumer Goods Forum working group on Forced Labour and Chair of the aid transparency NGO Publish What You Fund. He is also author of the activist book ‘Aid and Other Dirty Business’.

RICHARD MORGAN
HEAD OF GOVERNMENT RELATIONS, ANGLO AMERICAN

Richard Morgan is an International Government Relations Advisor for Anglo American (2010). He began his career at the British Embassy in Tokyo as a Commercial officer (1986-1990). Later he held a position at the Communications/Media team at the FCO in London (1990-95), followed by working as First Secretary at the British High Commission, South Africa (1995-2000) and in the Middle East and North Africa Department, He was Head of Public Diplomacy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2008-2010). He also served as Head of Press and Public Affairs in the British Embassy in Paris (2000-2004). After this, Mr. Morgan worked as Director of Communications and Public Affairs for Africa, the Middle East and Turkey for Unilever (2005-2008). Mr. Morgan holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

Anglo American is one of the world’s largest mining companies, is headquartered in the UK and listed on the London and Johannesburg stock exchanges. Their portfolio of mining businesses spans bulk commodities: iron ore and manganese, metallurgical coal, thermal coal, base metals, base minerals, copper, nickel, niobium and phosphates and precious metals and minerals. They are a global leaders in both platinum and diamonds.

PAUL POLMAN
CO-FOUNDER AND CHAIR, IMAGINE

Paul Polman is the Co-Founder and Chair of Imagine, and was the Chief Executive Officer of Unilever from 2009 to 2019. Under his leadership Unilever set out an ambitious vision to decouple its growth from overall environmental footprint and increase its positive social impact.

Paul actively seeks cooperation with other companies to implement sustainable business strategies and drive systemic change. He is Vice-Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a founding member of the B Team and sits on the Board of the UN Global Compact. Paul also used to chair the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Paul has been closely involved in global discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and action to tackle climate change. In 2016, Paul was asked by the UN Secretary-General to be a member of the SDG Advocacy Group, tasked with promoting action on the 2030 Agenda. Prior to this, Paul served on the High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, presenting recommendations on behalf of the private sector. Paul is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission. He also served on the International Council of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, under former Mexican President, Felipe Calderon.

In recognition of his contribution to responsible business, Paul has received numerous awards and accolades including the Rainforest Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award (2014), the Oslo Business for Peace Award (2015), the UN Environment Programme’s Champion of the Earth Award (2015) and the Singapore Government Public Service Star (2016). In 2016, he received France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, in recognition of his efforts in galvanising business action on sustainability and for his involvement during the historic 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. In 2018, Paul was named an Honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) for services to business.

POUL HANSEN
CHIEF, TRADE FACILITATION, UNCTAD

Paul Hansen is responsible for issues relating to trade facilitation at UNCTAD, division on technology and logistics.UNCTAD’s mandate is to assist developing and least developed countries as well as economies in transition integrating into global trade, promoting development centered globalization and inclusive and sustainable growth and development for these countries.

Poul has extensive experience in the area of trade and transport facilitation, having worked for more almost 20 years in UN system on issues such as international trade, transportation, development, international standards, previously working at the UNECE as secretary for the TIR and Harmonization conventions.In addition, Poul has also worked in the UN on international sport policy as head of office for the UN office on Sport and Development abd Peace.Poul’s studies include both master and bachelor levels in Business Administration and International Law from Aarhus and Copenhagen Business Schools, Denmark.

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