Mark Barton is a London-based anchor on Bloomberg Television. He is the co-host of “Countdown”, the agenda-setting morning program shaping the European business day for viewers.
Barton is the longest serving presenter on Bloomberg Television in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He started his career as an intern at Bloomberg News in March 1995 and within six months became one of the first five journalists to join Bloomberg Television’s new European team in London. Since then, Barton has witnessed – and been an integral part of – the transformation of Bloomberg Television into the influential global business news network it is today.
As an anchor and reporter, Barton has covered and analyzed the biggest global economic, financial and geopolitical events of the past two decades. These include the Asian and Russian crises of the late 1990s, the technology boom and bust, 9/11, four U.K. general elections, as well as the 2008 global financial crisis and its after effects.
Barton has conducted interviews with countless world leaders, finance ministers, central bankers and chief executives including Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Boeing CEO James McNerney, Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell, Credit Suisse CEO Brady Dougan, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet, US Treasury Secretary John Snow, Iceland President Olafur R. Grimsson, Israeli Vice-Prime Minister Shimon Peres and former South African President FW De Klerk.
Barton graduated with a bachelor’s degree in History from Royal Holloway, University of London.
European Fintech Correspondent
Ed Robinson is an award-winning senior writer based in London. He is currently European Fintech Correspondent for Bloomberg News, having previously been a senior writer for Bloomberg Markets Magazine. Ed has produced cover stories on myriad topics in the financial markets, from renewable energy to the ETF explosion to the blossoming of fintech. And he’s written profiles of influential players in business such as Mexican telecom magnate Carlos Slim, oil man John Browne, and shipping powerhouse John Fredriksen. Before joining Bloomberg in 2001, Ed was a senior writer at Business 2.0 magazine and a writer at Fortune magazine in New York.
Diana Verde Nieto
Co-Founder and CEO
Argentinian-born Diana Verde Nieto is the co-founder and CEO of Positiveluxury. Diana studied at the Harvard Kennedy School of Global Leadership and Public Policy. An entrepreneur, change-maker and author, she founded Clownfish in 2002 – a pioneering global sustainability consultancy which was sold to Aegis-Dentsu Group in 2008.
In 2011 Diana co-founded Positive Luxury, a unique trust mark awarded to luxury lifestyle brands, enabling them to gain recognition for their commitment to craftsmanship, service and sustainability; revolutionizing the way people interact with brands, creating greater customer experiences, fostering loyalty and generating trust.
That same year, the World Economic Forum in Davos honoured Diana as a Young Global Leader. She sits on the advisory board for the YGL/World Economic Forum community and is a member of the Global Agenda Council for sustainable consumption and Circular Economy.
Tommy Stadlen is the re-founder of Polaroid, leading the iconic medium into the digital age. He is a former McKinsey consultant with global experience advising businesses and governments. He previously worked for President Obama and for former British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
Tommy is the co-author of ‘Connect: How Companies Succeed by Engaging Radically With Society’. The book, written with former BP CEO Lord Browne, was described by Arianna Huffington as a “compelling blueprint for the future” which will “redefine the way we think about business.” It features interviews with 80 CEOs and political leaders.
Tommy is a regular commentator for media in the US and UK. He has appeared in the New York Times, Times of London, The Independent and Prospect Magazine. He is a One Young World Ambassador.
Partner and Co-Founder
Michele Giddens is Partner and Co-Founder of Bridges Ventures. Bridges is a leading fund manager that specialises in sustainable and impact investment. With offices in the UK and US, Bridges now manages a platform of funds with almost £600m under management across three fund types: Sustainable Growth, Property and Social Sector funds as well as having a global advisory business in sustainable and impact investing.
Prior to co-founding Bridges in 2002, Michele was an Investment Officer with International Finance Corporation, the private sector financing arm of the World Bank Group in Eastern Europe in the early 1990’s, then spent 8 years with Shorebank Corporation, which was one of the leading community development banks in the USA.
Michele is a Non-Executive Director at CDC, the UK’s Development Finance Institution which supports the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, and was an adviser to the Social Investment Task Force and Chair of the Community Development Finance Association (cdfa) 2003-2005.
Founder and Creative Director
Livia Firth is the Creative Director of Eco-Age, the sustainability brand consultancy and founder of the Green Carpet Challenge® (GCC).
As an Oxfam Global Ambassador, Livia has travelled to Ethiopia, Kenya, Bangladesh and Zambia, connecting with the people at the beginning of the supply chain. She is also a founding member of Annie Lennox’s ‘The Circle’, a powerful women’s advocacy group.
Livia is a UN Leader of Change and has also been recognised with the UN Fashion 4 Development Award.
In 2014, Livia was awarded the Rainforest Alliance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sustainability and the Honorary Award of the National German Sustainability Foundation.
Anchor and Editor-at-Large
Francine Lacqua is an award-winning, London-based anchor and editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television. She hosts the weekday program, “On the Move with Francine Lacqua,” where she reports from major events around the world and interviews key global political, economic and business leaders. Lacqua also co-hosts “The Pulse with Guy Johnson and Francine Lacqua,” covering top international business, economic and market-moving stories from Bloomberg Television’s London studio.
Since joining Bloomberg in 2000, Lacqua has covered the World Economic Forum in Davos, IMF in Washington, G20 meetings, the EU Leaders Summit and OPEC. She also led Bloomberg Television’s coverage of the Italian and French elections where she was one of the first international reporters to interview cabinet members.
While at Bloomberg, Lacqua has interviewed UK Prime Minister David Cameron, IMF managing directors Christine Lagarde and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, Billionaire financier George Soros, Italian PM Mario Monti and ECB President Mario Draghi, among others. She has also interviewed finance ministers from South Korea, Russia, France, Mexico, Italy and Greece, as well as moderated televised debates from the World Economic Forum in Davos and the European Economic Governance package.
Lacqua also hosts, “Eye to Eye,” a special series where she sits down with top CEOs, entrepreneurs and public figures inside the world’s most iconic Ferris wheel, the London Eye.
In 2013 Lacqua won ‘International TV Personality of the Year’ at the AIB Media Awards. She was previously nominated in 2009 and 2010. In 2012, she was part of the Bloomberg team that won the OPEC award for ‘Public Interest Reporting’. She has an LLB in English law from King’s College in London and earned her undergraduate degree at the Sorbonne. She is fluent in French and Italian.
Founder and CEO
Xenios was initially an Engineer working for a FTSE 100 company. Within 6 months he realized he was allergic to the bureaucracy of large corporations.
Inexperienced and utterly unemployable, at the age of 23 he began creating a service that allowed time-starved individuals to outsource work to multi-skilled individuals on a ‘per hour’ basis. Three years later PeoplePerHour.com was born.
Responsible for the overall vision and direction of PeoplePerHour.com, Xenios’ passion for Product, relentless pursuit of innovation and deep obsession for customer service and user experience are very much defining points of the company’s culture and ethos.
Director, Competitive Markets and Interim Chief Policy Director
Matthew’s role is to shape policy so that markets are vibrant and can deliver great outcomes for customers. He is responsible for work on the competition, regulation and governance, and ensuring that firms have access to finance that they need to invest and grow. Matthew champions high growth market sectors and scale-up businesses including the UK “mittelstand”. He leads the CBI’s “Great Business Debate”, a CBI campaign to help address trust and build public confidence in business. Matthew joined the CBI in 1999 and is a member of the CBI’s Management Board.
Global Sustainable Development Director
David Croft is Sustainable Development Director for Diageo, the global drinks company, where he is responsible for their work on environmental and social sustainability around the world, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers within an international supply network alongside Diageo’s global manufacturing and marketing teams. Diageo works closely with farmers in many countries, developing new supply networks to support local manufacturing. Previously with Waitrose, Kraft Foods, Cadbury and the Co-operative Group, David’s roles included leading technical, marketing and sustainability functions in quality, safety, brand marketing, sustainability, and sustainable agriculture. He has led large multi-stakeholder partnerships on sustainable agricultural and community development, working with farmers, governments and NGOs locally and internationally in numerous initiatives to improve supply chain standards and sustainable agriculture across the food sector. David is also a member of the Food Ethics Council, and the Scottish Food Commission.
Kevin joined the firm in May 2012 and is Managing Director within the Information Services Division of the London Stock Exchange Group & a member of the FTSE Russell Exco
He leads Database Services, a new product group focused on delivering a quantitative & structural data platform. This platform combines an advanced analytical framework & multiple specialist data modules including:
ESG Environmental, Social & Governance – 4,500 companies
LCE Low Carbon ‘Green’ Economy – 9,600 companies
ICB Industrial Taxonomy – 290,000 instruments
SEDOL Instrument Identifiers – 5.5 million securities
Chief Sustainability Officer
BT Group Plc
Niall works with BT’s Chief Executive, Chairman and executive management team to bring the company’s purpose, to use the power of communications to make a better world, to life.
Niall is a passionate advocate of technology’s ability to create new systems for growth which can sustain and empower our world. He speaks regularly on the critical need for more purposeful business leadership and how this is reflected in BT’s own corporate strategy.
A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Niall has been vice chair of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption and in 2014 joined the GAC on Climate Change.
Niall is a Non Executive Director of Collectively, the new digital media platform created to inspire and empower people to live more sustainable lives. A collaboration of 30+ global businesses and international NGOs, Collectively delivers compelling content with authentic calls to action to mobilise the power of millennials, the largest generation on earth
Richard Laughton is CEO of easyCar, the UK’s leading peer-to-peer car rental company. With a background in finance acquired through his early career in derivatives trading and as a McKinsey consultant he has established expertise in digital media and software with leadership roles at early stage companies. Before joining easyCar in 2013 Richard was a partner in boutique advisory firm Chalsys LLP and prior to that was CEO of Fractal Edge, a leading data visualization software vendor for five years until its sale to a private equity buyer. He also previously founded and ran Uvine, an innovative peer-to-peer wine trading business
David Landsman was appointed Executive Director of Tata Limited and representative of the Tata group in Europe in May 2013. The Tata group is a global enterprise headquartered in India and comprises over 100 operating companies generating $108 billion in revenues.
Dr Landsman helps drive Tata’s commitment to creating long-term sustainable value for the group and the communities it serves, aligning the broad range of corporate responsibility initiatives and promoting Tata’s priority skills agenda. As Chairman of the Tata Network Forum (Europe), Dr Landsman brings together the expertise of the Tata companies operating across Europe, including global brands such as Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Steel and Tetley Tea.
Prior to joining Tata, Dr Landsman was a career diplomat serving in a number of senior roles including Charge d’Affaires in Yugoslavia, Ambassador to Albania and Ambassador to Greece. He has a PhD in linguistics from Clare College, Cambridge.
The creative brain behind Karma Cola, Simon Coley cut his teeth working as a designer and creative director for organisations ranging from Greenpeace to The Economist. He was responsible for successfully bringing the first Fairtrade bananas to New Zealand under the ‘All Good Bananas’ brand. All Good has twice been named on the World’s Most Ethical Companies list and in 2014 won the title World’s Fairest Trader. Before founding All Good and Karma Cola, Simon was the Marketing Director for 42 Below Vodka. He was responsible for growing awareness of the brand internationally and a range of new products under the 42 Below banner. Prior to that he worked with New Zealand Trade & Enterprise to create the Better by Design programme to help Kiwi companies gain a competitive design edge for marketing off shore. He is also a co-founder of the online power company Powershop. Simon and co-founders partners Matt and Chris Morrison share a love of the wild west coast of New Zealand especially Piha beach, where they met and conceived of Karma Cola.
Managing Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Mark McLane is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Barclays. Mark is responsible for driving the global D&I strategy through strategic leadership of business-cluster plans, embedding global agendas to drive effective results, and aligning business metrics to the goal of becoming the ‘Go-To’ bank.
Prior to Barclays, Mark was the Director of D&I for Booz Allen Hamilton. While there he leveraged the inherent differences within Booz Allen’s workforce and implemented a firm-wide diversity strategy.
Mark was also the Chief Diversity Officer for Whirlpool Corporation. Under his leadership, Whirlpool implemented a global D&I strategy positioning them as a recognised industrial leader. Mark also has extensive experience in innovation, strategy, marketing and sales.
Mark is a member of the Hidden Brain Drain for the Center for Talent Innvovation, the global leadership council at Diversity Best Practices and co-chair of the Human Rights Campaign Executive Diversity Council.
Mark holds a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Forum for the Future
Sally is Chief Executive at Forum for the Future with overall responsibility for delivering Forum’s mission to create a sustainable future. This involves working with leading global businesses, including Unilever and Kingfisher, both in one to one partnerships, and as part of multi-stakeholder collaborations designed to address system-wide challenges.
As well as leading the organisation, Sally oversees a small number of projects, including Consumer Futures, Retail Horizons (a project examining the future for US retail), and is currently Project Director of a global multi-stakeholder consortium focused on delivering a sustainable tea value chain, Tea 2030.
Sally acts as Chair of Kingfisher plc’s Advisory Council, is a newly appointed member of Kimberly Clark’s Sustainability Advisory Board, as well as an independent advisor on Advisory Boards for several other global businesses. She also writes for a range of publications, with recent articles in the New Statesman, Huffington Post and Management Today. She is also a judge for the Observer Ethical Awards, the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards and the Queens Award for Sustainable Development.
Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation, Said Business School
Rupert Younger is Founder Director of the Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation based at Oxford University’s Said Business School. The Centre, established in 2008, undertakes research and teaching into how corporations and institutions create, sustain, destroy and rebuild reputation.
Rupert is also a co-founder of The Finsbury Group, a leading international financial communications company with offices in London, New York, Washington DC, Abu Dhabi, Brussels, Dubai, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, Beijing and Singapore. He remains a consulting partner with the firm, which is now owned by WPP Group.
Rupert chairs The University of Oxford’s Socially Responsible Investment Committee of Council, and also the External Speakers Committee of the Said Business School. He is a member of the Senior Common Rooms at Worcester College, Oxford and St Antony’s College, Oxford. Rupert was High Sheriff of Hampshire for 2013-14 and is a member of the Royal Company of Archers, the Queen’s Bodyguard in Scotland.
Senior Executive Vice President
Veolia UK and Ireland
Estelle Brachlianoff leads our combined water, waste and energy business in the UK & Ireland.
She was appointed to this role in September 2012 and also sits on the Veolia Executive Committee.
Estelle joined the Veolia group in 2005 as Special Advisor to the CEO of Waste Management. Prior to her current position, she was in charge of Waste Management in the Greater Paris area and also the Facility Management and Cleaning Services branch.
She started her career heading a team managing major infrastructure projects and constructing highways and tramways within the Val D’Oise region of Greater Paris. She was then appointed as Advisor to the regional government in Greater Paris responsible for transport and development.
Estelle was elected as President of the French Chamber of Great Britain, the largest Foreign Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
She heads up the Environment Leadership Team for Business in the Community (BITC) and sits on the Infrastructure Board and President’s Committee of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
Estelle was awarded the CBI’s’ First Women Business of the Year’ Award in 2014 and was knighted from the French National Order of Merit in 2015.
Estelle is married and has two children.
Love Home Swap
Debbie Wosskow is an entrepreneur, investor and sharing economy expert. She is CEO of Love Home Swap, the world’s leading home exchange site – and recently announced a strategic partnership for this business with Wyndham Exchange & Rentals. Debbie is the author of ‘Unlocking the Sharing Economy’ – the independent review of the sharing economy commissioned by the UK government in 2014. She is also the Founding Chair of Sharing Economy UK – the new trade association for the sharing economy.
A former management consultant, she launched her first business, marketing and communications consultancy Mantra, at the age of just 25. Building Mantra over a decade, Debbie sold to the Loewy Group.
Debbie is a regular commentator on travel, collaborative consumption and entrepreneurship on TV and in print and sits on a number of advisory boards, as well as being a Trustee of the Hampstead Theatre.
She graduated with an MA in Philosophy and Theology from New College, Oxford University and lives in London with her two children.
Nate Lanxon is Senior Editor at Bloomberg Media and head of digital editorial for Bloomberg Business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Nate is a journalist, editor, podcaster, media producer, and Elder Scrolls enthusiast and blogger.
Previously Nate was the Editor of WIRED.co.uk — a website about technology, science, business and culture, from Conde Nast (publisher of Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Vanity Fair).
He was concurrently also Editor-in-Chief of Ars Technica UK, which was due to launch in Britain during Spring 2015 while he held that role.
Before WIRED Nate was a Senior Editor at CBS-owned CNET (his third role at that publication) and occasionally contributed to GameSpot. Before that, he founded a small tech and gaming website called Tech’s Message, which helped kickstart his professional career as a journalist and is now the name of his weekly technology podcast hosted at natelanxon.com.
Nate is primarily a consumer technology writer, covering the business of the modern technology industry and its companies, as well as the products and people that drive it forwards. He is a video games expert with a particular focus on mainstream games culture and technologies. Nate produces, hosts and promotes successful podcasts and frequently evangelises the medium.
Nate has written for or spoken on many media outlets, recently including Ars Technica, BBC television and radio, Bloomberg, Sky News and WIRED. He appeared as an expert judge on an episode of the BBC’s programme The Apprentice.
Nate has provided editorial advice for features in numerous other publications as well as technology consultancy to commercial research firms and keynote speeches for industry events. He was shortlisted for the 2010 and 2011 British Society of Magazine Editors’ online Editor of The Year award, amongst other shortlist placements from related awards bodies.
Managing Director EMEA
Adam Freeman is the first Managing Director of Bloomberg Media for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, responsible for leading Bloomberg’s multi-platform media operation – comprising web, mobile, television, digital video, print magazines and live events – across the regions.
Prior to joining Bloomberg in May 2014, Freeman founded and ran Mutual Media, a digital advertising start-up, and served as Chairman for Metropolis Music Group, Europe’s most successful music recording, creative and production studio.
Previously, Freeman served a 13-year tenure at The Guardian – most recently as Executive Director of Guardian News and Media – where he worked alongside the editorial leadership to drive the digital transformation of its print brands and spearheaded the expansion of its global commercial operations. Freeman held a variety of positions at The Guardian, including Director of Media Consumer Media and Digital, General Manager; and leadership roles in sales and marketing, publishing, advertising and business development.
Based in London, his interests outside work include coaching rugby, all things digital and trying to keep up with his young family.
Formula E Holdings
Alejandro Agag is CEO of Formula E Holdings – a new FIA backed global motor racing championship
with cars powered solely by electricity, launched in September 2014. Born in Madrid in 1970, Agag
enjoyed an international upbringing in Madrid, Paris and New York, gaining fluency in English,
Spanish, French and Italian.
Agag started his career in politics. At 23, he was named Deputy Secretary General of the European
People’s Party. At 25, he became the Spanish Prime Minister’s personal assistant. By 28, he was the
youngest Spaniard to ever win a seat in the European Parliament.
After a decade in politics Agag moved to sports. In 2002, together with Flavio Briatore (then
Renault F1Team Principal) they purchased the Formula One TV rights in Spain for six years. In
2007, Agag acquired Campos Racing GP2 Team. He renamed it Addax, signed Qatari sponsor Barwa
and catapulted it from last in the standings to victory in the 2008 GP2 Series.
In 2007, Agag joined investors Bernie Ecclestone, the Mittal family and Flavio Briatore to acquire
Queens Park Rangers. Within four years they took the football club from the bottom of the
Championship back to the English Premier League. Agag was Chairman of the Club then Managing
Director during the takeover.
In 2012, Agag created Formula E Holdings Ltd. The company signed an agreement with the FIA to
exclusively promote the new FIA Formula E Championship. The clean energy series debuted in 2014
and is held in the heart of global cities.
Agag sees the research and development of electric racing cars as a catalyst for the development of
tomorrow’s clean city cars. With a proven skill for turning things around – his biggest challenge yet
will be to leave a legacy of clean mobility innovation in our 21st century racetracks and cities.
Associate Professor, Strategy & Organisational Behaviour,
Director, KPMG Centre for Business Analytics, Imperial College Business School
Mark’s research focuses on the emergence of new markets and industries and the more basic building blocks of organising – categories, identities, forms, strategies, practices, reputation criteria and so on. His publications have appeared in American Sociological Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Management Studies and Research in the Sociology of Organizations.
Mark received his PhD and MBA degrees from Northwestern University and its Kellogg School of Management and his A.B. in Philosophy (Program in Formal Systems) from Stanford University.
Mark also has substantial work experience in consulting and high technology. Before becoming an academic, he was a Principal in the management consulting unit of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) and, before that, a software engineer and product manager for a California-based start-up. As a consultant, Mark has served clients in technology, healthcare and entertainment at the intersection of strategy, leadership and organisational change.
Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
Joe joined CFA Institute – the global association of investment management professionals – as its first ever global CMO in March 2013. In this role he is responsible for all aspects of CFA Institute’s marketing and communications output – including marketing and brand strategy, communications and content strategy, PR, digital and social media.
Prior to joining CFA Institute Joe held senior marketing and communications roles at Lloyds Banking Group, Visa Europe and WorldCom. Joe started his career at the leading global advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather.
Mark Pawsey MP
Parliamentary Private Secretary to The Rt Hon Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business, Industry & Enterprise
Mark Pawsey MP was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Rugby in May 2015. Before entering politics he started his own business, with his brother Mike in 1982 in Rugby, supplying packaging for the food service sector. The business grew to a turnover of £4.5 million employing 30 staff before being sold to a FTSE100 company in 2008.
Before becoming an MP, Mark was a local Councillor in Rugby and held the Rugby Borough Council Housing Portfolio. He was selected for the newly‐formed Rugby Constituency in 2007, first becoming the MP in 2010 and securing the seat with an increased majority of 10,345 votes at the General Election in 2015. Mark is Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister for Small Business, Industry & Enterprise. He also chairs the All‐Party Groups on E-Cigarettes and Packaging Manufacturing.
Mark is married to Tracy and they live in the village of Grandborough, close to Rugby.
Director, Plan A
Marks & Spencer
Mike was part of the small team that in 2007 developed and delivered the company’s groundbreaking Plan A, a 100 point, 5 year plan to address a wide range of environmental and social issues. Reporting to the CEO, Mike is responsible for delivering M&S’ aspiration to be the world’s most sustainable retailer. His job is to work with the M&S leadership team to integrate sustainability into the heart of the business across its global retail channels and supply chains. This includes developing the business case; coaching/mentoring colleagues; changing business processes; customer and stakeholder engagement; and business model innovation.
In May 2011 Mike was named the Guardian’s inaugural Sustainable Business Innovator of the Year. He is Co-Chair of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Sustainability Steering Group, Chair of the World Environment Center, a Visiting Fellow at the Smith Centre for Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University, a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Programme for Sustainable Leadership and sits on BiTC’s Environment Leadership Team. Prior to joining Marks & Spencer in 2000, he worked as an environment manager in the engineering sector and as an environmental consultant. He is a chemistry graduate from Sheffield University.
Anna Edwards co-anchors “Countdown” with Guy Johnson broadcast live from London every weekday from 6am to 8am London time.
Anna has more than ten years experience in business news having previously worked at CNBC Europe and freelanced for CNN in London. Before working in TV Anna was an equity analyst at UBS and qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
While at CNBC Europe Anna most recently worked as part of the morning anchor team, presenting 4 hours of live TV every weekday, including the flagship show Squawk Box Europe. During her time at the channel she presented all of the CNBC Europe shows either on a permanent or stand-in basis.
Anna has interviewed business leaders, politicians and key economy figures including Bob Diamond, Sir Richard Branson, Justin King, Paul Walsh, Michael O’Leary, Ben Verwaayen, Alistair Darling, Lord Digby Jones, Christine Lagarde, Bill Gross, Jim Rogers, Paul Krugman, Steven Roach, Nouriel Roubini, and hundreds more.
European Business Correspondent
Caroline Hyde is the London-based, European Business Correspondent for Bloomberg Television. She regularly interviews chief executives, finance officers, politicians and research analysts across the region – including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Adidas Chairman and CEO Herbert Hainer and Arcadia Group owner Sir Philip Green.
Hyde has also provided in-depth reports on the UK property sector, charitable institutions and developments in digital, music and visual technology.
Hyde, who joined Bloomberg in 2008, previously covered the European debt markets for Bloomberg News as a corporate finance reporter, focusing on company loans and bonds as well as sovereign debt. She has covered the freeze in the European loan market following the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the unraveling of the European sovereign debt crisis, as well as breaking news on the sales and performance of government bonds from Greece ahead of its bailout.
Prior to joining Bloomberg, Hyde worked in public relations for London’s Moorgate Group, where she was a debt market specialist, managing campaigns for clients including Standard & Poor’s and Lloyds Banking Group.
Hyde holds an MA (Oxon) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.
VP, Global Head of Sourcing & Employment Branding
Matthew is an accomplished talent acquisition strategy leader with 20+ years of recruitment experience. He currently leads recruitment and employment branding for SAP, the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue. His work there has earned him and his team a ERE Recruiting Excellence Award for Best Employment Brand 2015 and Most Strategic Use of Technology 2015; Recruiter Award for Best Graduate Strategy & Best Global Recruitment Strategy; Brand Hall Award Gold for Employment Branding; Asia Recruitment Awards Gold for Graduate Strategy & Silver Awards for Employment Branding, Careers Site & Diversity.
Hermes Investment Management
Saker was appointed CEO of Hermes in May 2012, having been acting CEO since November 2011. Saker joined the firm in June 2009 as Head of Investment. He is responsible for leading the firm’s growth strategy and ensuring that Hermes continues to deliver excellent long-term investment performance, responsibly.
Prior to Hermes, Saker joined Fortis Investments USA in 2005 as CIO – Global Equities, latterly becoming Global Head of Equities. Before this he was CIO – Global Equities for SGAM UK.
Saker is the founder of the 300 Club, a group of leading investment professionals who seek to challenge investment orthodoxy and improve the contribution of financial services to society. Saker is also a member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council, a member of the IIRC Council, and a practitioner member of the Banking Standards Board. Saker has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King’s College, University of London.
Brie Rogers Lowery
UK Country Director and Deputy MD
Brie Rogers Lowery is the UK Country Director and Deputy MD for Europe at Change.org. She has nearly a decade’s experience in online campaigning, having worked with a range of international & UK NGOs, including Oxfam and the Global Campaign for Education, helping them to build better online campaigning communities.
She was Change.org’s first UK Country Director and alongside that role she became Deputy MD for Europe in June 2015. During her time at the company, Change.org has become the world’s largest online petition website with over 100 million users worldwide and 9 million users in the UK.
Brie was named as one of the Top 35 Women Under 35 by Management Today, one of the BBC’s top 100 Women of 2014 and awarded Women of the Future for Tech & Digital in 2014.
Co-Chairman, Business for Britain
John Mills is a businessman, economist and commentator with particular interests in the growth prospects for the UK economy and the forthcoming EU referendum. He is the majority shareholder in JML which sells consumer products via major store groups and direct to the final consumer in the UK, while also exporting to over 80 countries world-wide. He is the author of numerous books, pamphlets and articles on economics, focusing on why the East has grown so much faster than the West in recent decades and why the UK has performed relatively poorly compared to many other countries. He is a long-term relatively moderate Eurosceptic, believing that the UK needs radical changes to its relationship with the EU if it is to remain a Member State. For many years he was involved in local government, with the London Borough of Camden as his base. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television.
Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs
Marie-Claire Daveu is the Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of international institutional affairs at Kering, as well as a member of Kering’s Executive Committee. After embarking on a career as a senior civil servant in the field of agriculture and the environment, Marie-Claire occupied the post of Technical adviser to the Cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin, the Chief of Staff to Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and sustainable development, before joining Sanofi-Aventis Group in 2005 as Senior Director of sustainable development. From 2007 to 2012, Marie-Claire occupied the post of Chief of Staff to Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, first within the Ministry of Ecology, then in charge of forecasting and the digital economy, and lastly, within the Ministry of Ecology, sustainable development, transport and energy.
Marie-Claire Daveu is a graduate of the Paris Grignon National Institute of Agronomy (INA PG), the National School of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests (ENGREF) and holder of a DESS (masters) in public administration from the University of Paris Dauphine.
Global Vice Chair, Talent
Nancy is EY’s Global Vice Chair, Talent. She is responsible for leading EY’s Talent function and specifically, how EY delivers on its promise to its people: whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. She leads EY’s efforts to build an exceptional experience to each of its 200,000+ people and recruits, from world-class learning, development and coaching to EY’s commitment to build a better working world through sponsored corporate responsibility and volunteerism efforts. She champions EY’s commitment to inclusiveness and related diversity issues, and in building and supporting career mobility. These efforts yield a culture that builds the highest performing teams, teams that delivers exceptional client service to clients, while building lifelong relationship with EY’s people. Nancy is a member of the EY Global Executive and the Global Talent Executive Committee.
Nancy joined EY in 1980 in its New Haven, Connecticut, office, and served a variety of clients in the technology, consumer products and insurance industries across the Northeast United States. She became an audit partner in 1994 and served as Global Client Service Partner for many of EY’s largest global accounts. She has held a number of senior roles at the country and area levels, including Managing Partner for Assurance and Advisory Business Services in the Northeast, Managing Partner for the North America Assurance and Advisory Area Practices, and National Director of Human Resources for the Assurance and Advisory Practice.
Vice President of Sustainability Strategy
Dirk Voeste, Vice President of Sustainability Strategy at BASF SE, is responsible for the development and implementation of BASF’s sustainability strategy, including its integration into the company’s business activities and decision making processes. His responsibilities also include the execution and application of Eco-Efficiency Analysis, sustainability measurement and evaluation, as well as stakeholder relations activities related to sustainability.
Dirk Voeste graduated with a Ph.D. in biotechnology and agricultural botany from University Bonn in Germany and a M.Phil. in Post Harvest Technology from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in England. Following his studies, he was the responsible scientist for the development of a closed equilibrated aquatic ecosystem in cooperation with NASA in the United States. Since 1998, he has held various positions in the field of biotechnology, breeding and crop protection. At BASF SE, Dirk previously held responsibilities in research as well as in global marketing functions. Among others he was head of Sustainability and Product Stewardship for the Crop Protection division.
Chair, Big Society Capital
Deputy Chair, Mayor of London's Enterprise Panel
Harvey is Chair of Big Society Capital, Deputy Chair of the Mayor of London’s Enterprise Panel, andChair of Governors of Birkbeck, University of London. He is the former Chairman of Prudential plc, Man Group plc, and the London Development Agency.
Prior to taking on the Chair of the London Development Agency he was Chairman of London First, the capital’s influential business campaign group, a director of Gateway to London, the inward investment agency for the Thames Gateway and Chairman of the East London Business Alliance, a partnership of substantial businesses engaged in the social and economic regeneration of East London.
Harvey is also Chairman of Heart of the City, which helps companies develop responsible business practices through learning from one another; Chairman of the Prince’s Teaching Institute, which promotes subject based professional development for teachers; and a trustee of a number of other charities including New Philanthropy Capital, a research based charity which gives advice and guidance to donors and charities; icould, an online careers resource; and the Mayor’s Fund for London.
Peter van der Werf
Peter is an Engagement Specialist for RobecoSAM’s Governance and Active Ownership department and covers the consumer staples, consumer discretionary and healthcare sector. Specific areas of expertise are labor rights, supply chain management, nutrition and health management and social issues in the Food & Agri sector.
He is member of the Steering Committee of the Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) working group on Labour Standards in the Agricultural Supply Chain and the PRI Steering Committee for Water in the Agricultural Supply Chain and participates in the collaborative engagement working group on Clinical Trial Transparency.
Building on his previous experience in the Food & Agri sector he is involved in impact investing research efforts within the Robeco group. Peter gained over four years of professional experience in business development in frontier markets before joining RobecoSAM in 2011. Peter holds a master’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Wageningen University with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
Global Head of Data and Consumer Insights
Havas Media Group
Maria is an international marketing executive with over 18 years of experience in North America, Latin America and Europe on both client and agency side.
She recently joined Havas Media Group as Global Head of Data & Consumer Insights where she is responsible for developing strategic analytical products, leading their Meaningful Brands practice, and ROI solutions, all designed to help boost client KPI’s through media strategy.
Prior to her current role, Maria led local and regional operations for FMCG categories with over 300MM USD Revenues, most notably at Colgate Palmolive Co & Mondelez. She was responsible for global brand strategy and product innovation, leading cross-functional teams to accelerate product pipeline while boosting incremental impact on business results.
Maria is fluent in French, Spanish and English. In her free time, she is involved in women’s professional networks and amateur theatre. Maria is based in Paris with her three boys.