Lee Hsien Loong has been Singapore's Prime Minister since 2004.
Mr Lee was first elected Member of Parliament in 1984, and has since been re-elected six times, most recently in 2011. He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the People's Action Party in 1986, and became its Secretary-General in 2004.
Earlier, Mr Lee served in the Ministries of Trade and Industry and of Defence, and was Minister for Finance, Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and Deputy Prime Minister.
As Prime Minister, Mr Lee is focusing on building a competitive economy and an inclusive society. Mr Lee's Government is also strengthening Singapore's social safety nets through measures such as MediShield-Life, Workfare and ComCare. Mr Lee also chairs GIC - Singapore's sovereign wealth fund - and the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Council - an international panel to oversee Singapore's major effort in promoting R&D.
Mr Lee was born on 10 February 1952. He studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science. He also obtained a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Born on 9 April 1954, Mr Lim Hng Kiang received his secondary and pre-university education at Raffles Institution. In 1973, he was awarded the President's Scholarship, as well as the Singapore Armed Forces Scholarship to read Engineering at Cambridge University. He graduated with First Class Honours (Distinction) in 1976. Mr Lim spent the next nine years in the Singapore Armed Forces, where he held both Command and Staff appointments. In 1985, Mr Lim was awarded a scholarship for Masters in Public Administration at the Kennedy School in Harvard University. On his return in 1986, Mr Lim served in the Ministry of Defence and then in the Ministry of National Development as Deputy Secretary. In January 1991, Mr Lim was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board.
His political career saw him win 5 general elections since 1991 where he was elected MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC (1991); for West Coast GRC (1997, 2001, 2006 and 2011). His political appointments include Minister of State (National Development) in 1991, Acting Minister (National Development) and Senior Minister of State (Foreign Affairs) in 1994, Minister (National Development) and Second Minister (Foreign Affairs) in 1995, Minister (National Development) and Second Minister (Finance) in 1998, Minister (Health) and Second Minister (Finance) in 1999, Minister (Prime Minister's Office) and Second Minister (Finance) in 2003 and Minister (Trade and Industry) in 2004.
Mr Lim is Deputy Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and a Board Director of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC).
George Yeo is the Chairman of Hong Kong-listed Kerry Logistics Network, as well as Vice Chairman of Kerry Group.
Mr Yeo graduated from Cambridge University with a double first in engineering in 1976 and obtained a master of business administration degree (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School in 1985. From 1988 to 2011, he served in the Singapore Government, as Minister of State for Finance, then as Minister for Information and the Arts, Health, Trade and Industry, and Foreign Affairs. Prior to 1988, he also served in various capacities in the Singapore Armed Forces, Republic of Singapore Air Force and Defence Ministry, attaining the rank of Brigadier-General.
Mr Yeo became Chancellor of Nalanda University in July 2015 and also chairs the International Advisory Panel of the Nalanda University Governing Board. He is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, Berggruen Institute on Governance, the Asia-Pacific Advisory Board of Harvard Business School, the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Hong Kong Economic Development Commission, the International Advisory Committee of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Japan, and the International Advisory Committee of Mitsubishi Corporation. In 2013, he was appointed a member of the Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See and became a member of the newly-formed Vatican Council for the Economy in 2014. He has been an independent non-executive director of Hong Kong-listed AIA Group Limited since November 2012. On 1 November 2014, he was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Wilmar International, a public company listed on the Stock Exchange of Singapore.
Mr Yeo was awarded the Philippines' Order of Sikatuna, India's Padma Bhushan and Australia's Honorary Officer of the Order of Australia.
Arun Jaitley, currently Leader of House, Rajya Sabha in Indian Parliament, is a distinguished lawyer and prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In his prolific career as a lawyer and a political leader, he has held many important positions and made significant contributions in the areas of economic liberalisation, judicial reforms, electoral reforms and progressive social & economic legislations.
Between October 1999 - July 2002 and January 2003 - February 2004, Shri Jaitley was Minister in the NDA Government at the Centre and held charge of the Ministries of Information and Broadcasting; Disinvestment; Law, Justice and Company Affairs; Shipping; and Commerce & Industry. He has been a member of the BJP National Executive since 1991 and held the posts of its General Secretary and Spokesperson. He is currently (since May 2014) the Leader of House in Rajya Sabha and Union Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting. He has also been Union Minister of Defence, Government of India from May 2014 to November 10, 2014.
As a Minister he pioneered the disinvestment programme in the country, helped usher in the new telecom policy, and brought about several legislative and judicial reforms. The Fast Track Courts together with the reforms in the Civil Procedure Code and the Criminal Procedure Code aimed at reduction of pendency of cases and faster disposal of cases were the highlight of his tenure as Law Minister. He also piloted comprehensive Company Law reforms and the law on Competition to bring the corporate legal framework in tune with the liberalisation and globalisation. On the personal law side, important changes were introduced in the law on divorce and compensation and the landmark law on domestic violence was also enacted. The 84th Constitutional amendment on Delimitation of Constituencies and the 91st Constitutional amendment on capping the size of the Council of Ministers and banning the legislators who defect from holding any Ministerial position were enacted during his time. The first comprehensive law against Terrorism i.e. POTA was passed in the Parliament for countering terrorism. He steered the Indian Negotiations at the WTO during the challenging days in the run-up to the crucial Ministerial meeting at Cancun in 2003. Under his leadership, significant breakthrough was achieved by the Indian negotiators by forging the new alliance of G-20 which effectively counter-balanced the negotiations and brought the agenda of the developing world to the centrestage.
Arun Jaitley was born on December 28, 1952 and completed his schooling from St. Xavier School, New Delhi. He graduated in Commerce from the Sri Ram College of Commerce, New Delhi and obtained his LL.B from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi in 1977. He was designated as Senior Advocate in 1989.
He is the recipient of several distinctions for his outstanding performance both in academics and extra-curricular activities, including doctor honoris causa. He was President of the Delhi University Students Union in 1974 and during the Emergency, was under preventive detention for 19 months for his outspoken opposition to the draconian regime. He was a prominent member of the movement against corruption launched by Late Shri Jai Prakash Narayan in 1973. He was a member of the Indian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly Session in June 1998, where the Declaration on Laws relating to Drugs and Money Laundering was approved. He was selected for the outstanding Parliamentarian Award for the year 2010. He has written extensively in newspapers and periodicals, including articles on many issues of socio-economic, political and legal relevance. He has also delivered lectures on many important subjects like, Streamlining Government Communication, Free Speech, Environmental issues, Money Laundering law & Climate Change, including current issues such as India's Next Decade during the Davos Summit 2015. Recently, he delivered a lecture on Tax Vision for India at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Washington DC.
He is married to Sangeeta Jaitley with two children.
Mr. Jin Liqun was selected as President-designate of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank on August 24, 2015 at the 6th Meeting of the Chief Negotiators of the Bank's Prospective Founding Members in Tbilisi, Georgia. The term of the President-designate starts September 1, 2015. Mr. Jin has been a leader of public and private financial institutions in Asia and deeply involved in international development and financial cooperation for over 30 years.
Mr. Jin has served as Secretary General of the Multilateral Interim Secretariat since its establishment on October 24, 2014 at a Special Ministerial Meeting of the Prospective Founding Members (PFMs) of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. In this capacity, under the guidance of the Chief Negotiators representing the PFMs, Mr. Jin has led the Secretariat in preparing the legal, policy and administrative frameworks and undertaking other preparatory work required for the establishment of the Bank. He is committed to ensuring that AIIB will provide a multilateral regional financing and investment platform for infrastructure development and improvement in Asia that emphasizes efficiency, sustainability and transparency. Throughout his career, Mr. Jin has worked in close cooperation with the existing multilateral development banks.
Immediately prior to joining the Secretariat, Mr. Jin was Chairman of China International Capital Corporation Limited, one of China's largest investment banks.
During his career, Mr. Jin has worked extensively with sovereign wealth funds (SWF), serving from 2008-2013 as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, China Investment Corporation (CIC), one of the world's largest SWF. At CIC he enhanced the governance structure and strengthened implementation. Concurrently he served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Central Huijin Investment Corporation, a holding company for the Chinese Government's financial assets. From 2009 -2012 Mr. Jin served first as Deputy Chairman, and subsequently as Chairman of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) where he promoted the implementation of the "Generally Accepted Principles and Practices" (Santiago Principles), a voluntary code for Sovereign Wealth Funds on transparency, good governance, risk management, and accountability standards. He currently is Honorary Chairman of the IFSWF. He serves as one of 22 international trustees of the International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) Foundation, promoting a single set of high quality, globally accepted financial reporting standards based upon clearly articulated principle.
From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Jin was Vice President, and then Ranking Vice President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in charge of programs for South, Central and West Asia, and private sector operations. During his tenure he managed over 60 percent of the Bank's portfolio --consolidating, improving the quality, and expanding the private sector portfolio. He steered the implementation of the Greater Mekong Subregion Program. Mr. Jin was also involved in the formulation of ADB's medium and long-term strategy and policies governing its operations for economic and social development, particularly those covering poverty reduction and environmental protection.
Mr. Jin has had a distinguished career in China's public sector. He joined the Ministry of Finance in 1980, where he served as a Director General and Assistant Minister, rising to Vice Minister in 1998. As Vice Minister, Mr. Jin managed the budget for governmental organizations, and the education, science and cultural sectors. He was also responsible for supervising the financial sector and raising funds from domestic and international capital markets. As Director General of the External Finance Department, he oversaw China's bilateral and multilateral cooperation programs. He also served as China's Deputy to the Manila Framework Group, which developed a Framework for Enhanced Regional Cooperation to promote Financial Stability in the wake of the Asian Financial Crisis. Mr. Jin was a Member of the State Monetary Policy Committee and was a Member of Foreign Policy Advisory Committee of Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Earlier in his career Mr. Jin also served as Alternative Executive Director for China at the World Bank and at the Global Environment Facility as well as Alternative Governor for China at the ADB.
He has been deeply engaged in international economic affairs for three decades, working with a number of bilateral and multilateral economic and financial forums, including the China-US Joint Economic Committee, the China-UK Economic and Finance Dialogue, APEC Finance Ministers' Meeting, ASEAN Plus Three, and the G-20.
Mr. Jin holds an M. A. degree in English Literature from Beijing Institute of Foreign Languages (now Beijing Foreign Studies University). He was also a Hubert Humphrey Fellow in the Economics Graduate Program at Boston University from 1987 to 1988.
Mr. Jin has spoken at many international conferences and forums and writes extensively in Chinese and English. Among his publications are The New International Economic System and China, (2000); Economic Development: Theories & Practice (2002), co-authored with Lord Nicolas Stern; and The House of Morgan (Chinese translation, 1996).
In September 2012 Mr. Jin was awarded the Distinguished International Civil Service Award by the U.S.-Asia Institute.
Cesar V. Purisima is the Secretary of Finance of the Philippines, and the chair of the Economic Development Cluster of President Aquino's Cabinet. He has been cited as Finance Minister of the Year four times - twice by Emerging Markets, once by Euromoney, and once by The Banker - in three consecutive years, a first in the history of the Department of Finance and the Philippines. He has led the Philippines into receiving its first investment grade ratings from the three major credit rating agencies. He is a certified public accountant, and served as Chairman and Managing Partner of the country's largest professional services firm, SGV & Co, and Area Managing Partner for Asia-Pacific for Assurance and Business Services of Andersen Worldwide. He was also a member of the Global Executive Board of Ernst & Young Global, and Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank.
Nathan is the co-founder and CTO at Airbnb. He oversees the technical strategy of the company, and is dedicated to building a team of world-class engineers to keep Airbnb at the forefront of the industry. Nathan became an entrepreneur early on running a business while he was in high school, selling to clients in more than 20 countries. He received a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University and held several engineering positions with Microsoft, OPNET Technologies and Batiq before becoming a co-founder at Airbnb.
For the last decade, Paul J. Fribourg has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Grain Company, an international agribusiness and investment company. Prior to assuming the helm of one of the largest privately-held corporations in the United States, he held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility from Merchandiser and Product Line Manager to Group President and Chief Operating Officer.
Paul Fribourg has extensive corporate service as the Lead Independent Director of Loews Corporation, a Board Member of The Estee Lauder Companies, Inc., a Board Member of Restaurant Brands International Inc. and a Board Member of Apollo Global Management, LLC. He is also a Board Member and Member of the Executive Committee of Castleton Commodities International LLC. In addition, he is a Member of the Rabobank International North American Agribusiness Advisory, the NYU Mitchell Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business Advisory Board and Endeavor Global Inc. He is also a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Business Leaders Advisory Council for The Mayor of Shanghai.
Mr. Fribourg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard's Business School.
Ivan Glasenberg joined Glencore in 1984 and has been Chief Executive Officer since January 2002. He initially spent three years working in the coal/commodity department in South Africa as a marketer, before spending two years in Australia as head of the Asian coal/coke commodity division.
Between 1988 and 1989 he was based in Hong Kong as manager and head of Glencore's Hong Kong and Beijing offices, as well as head of coal marketing in Asia, where his responsibilities included overseeing the Asian coal marketing business of Glencore and managing the administrative functions of the Hong Kong and Beijing offices.
In January 1990, he was made responsible for the worldwide coal business of Glencore for both marketing and industrial assets, and remained in this role until he became Chief Executive Officer in January 2002. Mr Glasenberg is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand. Mr Glasenberg also holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is currently a non-executive director of United Company Rusal plc.
Before joining Glencore he worked for five years at Levitt Kirson Chartered Accountants in South Africa.
Mr Jean-Louis Chaussade (French, 63 years old) has an engineering degree from ESTP (1976) and holds a Master's degree in Economics (Sorbonne, 1976). He is also a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (1980) and of AMP at Harvard Business School (1988).
He first joined Degr?mont in 1978 and was subsequently appointed Chief Operating Officer of Degr?mont Spain in Bilbao in 1989. During this period he was appointed Director of Aguas de Barcelona. Mr Chaussade was also appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dumez Copisa Espagne in 1992.
In 1997, he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Lyonnaise des Eaux in South America, and Chief Operating Officer of SUEZ for South America.
He was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Degr?mont in 2000 and, in 2004, Executive Vice-President of SUEZ and Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.
Mr Chaussade is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lyonnaise des Eaux (France) and of Sita France.
Mr Chaussade is Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT COMPANY since July 2008.
He has been a member of the GDF SUEZ Management Board from May, 2011 to July, 2013.
Mr Chaussade is also Director of Criteria Caixaholding S.A.U. (Spain) since October 2011 and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Institute of Economic Forecasting for the Greater Mediterranean (IPEMED).
He is Co-Chairman of the France-China Committee since November 2014 and Chairman of the delegation of French Chief Executives for France-Arabian Peninsula, for the MEDEF, the French business association since 2007.
He is a Chevalier of the French L?gion d'Honneur.
Mr Faria has a degree in Business Administration from Funda??o Getulio Vargas in S?o Paulo and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, of which he is currently a member of the global advisory board. Mr Faria joined Tarpon in June 2003 and was a managing partner and member of Tarpon's Investment Committee. He served as Tarpon's Chief Executive Officer from December 2012 to August 2013, after having started Tarpon's private equity business. He has served on the boards of Arezzo, BRF, Cia Acqua and AGV Holding SA. Mr Faria was CFO and IR Officer of Brasilagro from December 2007 and December 2009, having been responsible for the company's founding and public offering. Before joining Tarpon, he was a managing director of Patria Investimentos, responsible for monitoring their private equity portfolio. He also worked at Chase Manhattan and in equity at Patrimonio/Salomon Brothers.
Joseph Jimenez has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Novartis since 2010. Under his leadership, Novartis has developed one of the largest pipelines of self-originated drugs in the industry driven by a commitment to R&D investment. Mr Jimenez has also transformed the company's portfolio to focus on leading businesses with innovation power and global scale in pharmaceuticals, eye care, and generics. This was executed through a non-traditional "precision M&A" approach.
Prior to serving as CEO of Novartis, Mr Jimenez held the position of Division Head, Novartis Pharmaceuticals. Mr Jimenez joined Novartis in 2007 as Division Head, Novartis Consumer Health and continues to bring a tradition of consumer insights to understand patient and customer needs.
Previously, Mr Jimenez served as president and CEO of the North American and European businesses for the H.J. Heinz Company. Additionally, he served on the Board of Directors of Colgate Palmolive Company from 2009 to 2015, and of AstraZeneca PLC, from 2002 to 2007.
Mr Jimenez is a member of the Board of Directors of General Motors Company. He graduated in 1982 with a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and in 1984 with a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley, both in the United States.
Ellen Kullman, has been chair of the board of directors and chief executive officer of DuPont since 2009. She was named CEO on Jan. 1 and board chair on Dec. 31, 2009. She is the 19th executive to lead the company since DuPont was founded in 1802.
A native of Wilmington, Del., Ellen has championed the power of DuPont science and global market knowledge to transform industries. She has decisively positioned the company for its next generation of growth, executing a strong plan that is delivering results today while positioning DuPont for future growth.
Prior to being appointed chair of the board and chief executive officer, Ellen served as president, executive vice president and a member of the company's office of the chief executive. She has led the company's focus on growth in emerging international markets, led double-digit growth of the company's Safety & Protection business portfolio, started-up two successful high-growth businesses known today as DuPont Industrial Biosciences and DuPont Sustainable Solutions and run several industrial businesses. Ellen began her career at DuPont in 1988 as a marketing manager for the DuPont medical imaging business. Prior to joining DuPont, Ellen worked for Westinghouse and General Electric.
She is a board director of United Technologies Corp. Ellen is chair of the U.S. China Business Council and member of the U.S. India CEO Forum, and an international advisory council member of the Singapore Economic Development Board. Ellen is executive committee member of the Business Council and board member of Catalyst, Inc. She is a board member of Change the Equation (CTEq), a national coalition of more than 100 CEOs committed to improving science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning (STEM) for U.S. pre-kindergarten to grade 12 students. Ellen is on the board of trustees of Tufts University and the board of overseers for Tufts School of Engineering.
Ellen has been named as one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in Business" by Fortune and one of the 50 "World's Most Powerful Women" by Forbes. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. In 2011, she received an honorary Doctor of Engineering from Lehigh University followed by Doctors in Science from the University of Edinburgh and the University of Delaware in consecutive years.
A Managing Partner at GGV Capital, Jenny joined the firm in 2005 and was instrumental in setting up the GGV presence in China. A self-professed Geek and product investor, Jenny is focused on finding and partnering with disruptive technology companies that can change the traditional business models and create new value for users and enterprises. Jenny's areas of focus are on Consumer Internet and SAAS companies especially those in the Mobile Social, IOT, Finance and Education sectors. Jenny led GGV's investments in hiSoft (NASDAQ: PACT), 21Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), SinoSun (SHE: 300333), YY(NASDAQ: YY) and successfully helped them go public since 2010. Jenny also serves on the board of other innovative private companies, including eHang Technology, Zepp, Chukong Technologies, Kingsoft WPS, Yingying Finance, 51zhangdan (Finance), and Xiaozhan (Education), and UCWeb until it was acquired by Alibaba.
Jenny's previous operating and finance work experience with Singapore Technologies Aerospace, Morgan Stanley and JAFCO Asia enhanced her role as a preferred board mentor and investor to many entrepreneurs in China. Jenny graduated from Cornell University with a Masters and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. In her spare time, Jenny enjoys golf, outdoor activities, testing out new gadgets and hanging out with entrepreneurs.
Jenny has been recognized by Forbes magazine in four consecutive years since 2011 in the Global Top 100 VC Midas list and most recently in 2015 as the top female venture capitalist. She was #10 on the 2015 Midas list, the first time a woman has broken the top 10 and the highest ranking ever for a woman in the history of the list.
Thierry Mallet, born 4 September, 1960, is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique (1980), and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chauss?es (1985) and also holds a Master of Sciences degree from the Massachussetts Institute of Technology.
He began his career working for the French Ministry of Transport between 1987 and 1989, and then moved to the G?n?rale des Eaux Group, where he held various positions, primarily as Head of the water activities in Spain between 1995 and 1997, and in North America between 1997 and 1999. Thierry joined Degr?mont as Executive Vice- President in 2002, working closely with Jean-Louis Chaussade, who was the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at that time, before becoming Chief Executive Officer in June 2004, a position that he held until October 2009, when he became Chairman. On 1 October 2009, Thierry Mallet was appointed as Executive Vice President in charge of International Operations. Since 15 April 2013, Thierry Mallet is Executive Vice President of Innovation and Business Performance for SUEZ.
Douglas Muzyka is senior vice president, chief science and technology officer and a member of the company's Office of the Chief Executive. He joined the company in 1985 as a research scientist and held a variety of research and research management roles in North America through 1994.
Dr. Muzyka was named director of Technology and New Business Development for DuPont Nylon, Asia Pacific, in 1994 and relocated to Hong Kong. From 1994 to 1998 he participated in many plant start-ups and new venture developments throughout Asia Pacific.
In 1998, Dr. Muzyka relocated to the United States to become global business director for the Nylon Industrial Specialties business, a position he held until January 2001. He was then named president and general manager of DuPont Mexico. He was named president and chief executive officer of DuPont Canada Inc., in January 2003 and concurrently vice president and general manager of DuPont Nutrition & Health in September 2003. In July 2006, he returned to Asia assuming the role of president for DuPont Greater China. He was named to his current position in September 2010 and became a member of the Office of the Chief Executive in December 2014. He assumed responsibility for the Asia Pacific region in July 2015.
Dr. Muzyka has served on advisory boards for universities in Singapore and Canada, as well as on boards of Chambers of Commerce, industry associations and business councils on sustainable development in Canada, Mexico and China.
Mr. Muzyka was born in Canada and graduated as class valedictorian from the University of Western Ontario with bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering. He completed additional research for his doctorate at the Universit? de Technologie de Compi?gne in France and worked as a researcher in the coal industry in France prior to joining DuPont.
Josh Tetrick is the Founder and CEO of Hampton Creek, the world's fastest growing food company that is making it easier for everyone to eat well. Josh has been interviewed for his work with Hampton Creek by CBS This Morning, NPR, BBC, Travel Channel, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Men's Journal, amongst others. Josh recently led Hampton Creek to be named to CNBC's Disruptor 50 List for 2015, to Fast Company's lists for most innovative companies in food and social good for 2015, to the 2015 TIME 100 New Scientific Discoveries, and also to Prevention's 100 Cleanest Package Food Awards.
In 2014, Josh drove Hampton Creek to be named to Entrepreneur Magazine's list of 100 Brilliant Companies, CNBC's Disruptor 50 List, and personally, Josh was named one of Inc. Magazine's top 35 Under 35 entrepreneurs, as well as one of Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40. Hampton Creek also won the Best of What's New 2013 Grand Award by Popular Science and previously was named one of three companies shaping the future of food by Bill Gates. Prior to founding Hampton Creek, Josh led a United Nations business initiative in Kenya, worked for both former President Clinton and the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and taught street children as a Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria and South Africa.
Dr. Arvind Subramanian, an Indian economist, is the current Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India having taken charge of the position on 16 October 2014. He is also the Dennis Weatherstone Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. His award-winning book Eclipse: Living in the Shadow of China's Economic Dominance was published in September 2011 and has printed 130,000 copies world-wide in four languages. Foreign Policy magazine named him as one of the world's top 100 global thinkers in 2011. In the same year, India Today magazine named him one of the top 30 Masters of the mind in India over the last thirty years. He is a columnist for India's financial dailies such as Business Standard and Indian Express and contributes regularly to the UK daily, The Financial Times.
He has worked in the Research Department of the International Monetary Fund (1992-2013), the GATT (1988-1992) during the Uruguay Round of trade negotiations, and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (1999-2000) and the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University (2008-2010, and 2014).
He has written on India, growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, climate change, oil, intellectual property, the WTO, China, and Africa. He is the author/editor of five books including India's Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation (2008; Oxford University Press) and Greenprint: A New Approach to Cooperation on Climate Change (2013; with Aaditya Mattoo). He has also published widely in academic and other journals, including the American Economic Review (Papers and proceedings), Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Development Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, International Monetary Fund Staff Papers, Foreign Affairs, World Economy and Economic and Political Weekly.
Dr. Subraminian obtained his undergraduate degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi; his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad, India; and his M.Phil and D.Phil from the University of Oxford, UK.
Tidjane Thiam is Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Group AG since July 2015. Prior to his current role, he was Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc from 2009 to 2015, having also served that company as a Director from 2008 to 2015 and as Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to 2009. Previously, Mr Thiam served in a variety of leadership roles at Aviva from 2002 to 2008, holding successively the positions of Group Strategy and Development Director, Managing Director of Aviva International, Group Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Europe, and serving as a Director in 2007. Mr Thiam joined Aviva in 2002 from McKinsey & Company, the consulting firm, where he was a partner. From 1994 to 1999, he was successively CEO of the National Bureau for Technical Studies and Development, and Secretary of Development and Planning at C?te d'Ivoire. Mr Thiam served as Chairman of the Board of the Association of British Insurers from 2012 to 2014. He is a chevalier of the French Legion of Honor and a member of the 21st Century Fox board of Directors since November 2014. Mr Thiam is a graduate from the ?cole Polytechnique in Paris and the ?cole Nationale Sup?rieure des Mines de Paris and holds an MBA from Insead, with distinction.
Sunny George Verghese is the Co-Founder, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Olam International Limited and is responsible for strategic planning, business development and overall management of the Olam group of companies worldwide. Olam is listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and ranks amongst the top 40 companies in Singapore in terms of market capitalization.
In 25 years, Sunny and his team have built this business to S$19.4 billion in Sales Revenues for FY2014. Today, Olam operates in 65 countries, delivering 44 products (organised into 16 platforms) to more than 13,600 customers in 70 destination markets and employs around 25,000 people worldwide.
Sunny is presently the Chairman of the Board of the Human Capital Leadership Institute (HCLI), Singapore. Sunny was appointed Director on the Board of International Enterprise Singapore in 2002, and served as its Chairman from 2008 to 2013. Sunny also served on the Board of Trustees of the National University of Singapore (NUS) from 2009 to 2013. He was also the first Chairman of CitySpring Infrastructure Management Pte Ltd, a Singapore Main Board listed Infrastructure Investment Trust from 2006 to 2010. Sunny also served on the Main Economic Review Committee (ERC) set up by the Singapore Government to develop a long term economic blueprint for Singapore in Dec 2001.
Sunny holds a post graduate management degree from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) and has also completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) from the Harvard Business School. Sunny was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni by IIMA in its Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2011.
Dr Ya-Qin Zhang joined Baidu in September 2014 as President.
Prior to joining Baidu, Zhang was Microsoft's Corporate Vice President and Chairman of Asia R&D Group, leading Microsoft's overall research and development efforts in Asia-Pacific, which is Microsoft's largest R&D establishment outside of the US with over 3,000 scientists and engineers. Over his 15 year tenure at Microsoft, he has taken various key positions, including the Managing Director of Microsoft Research Asia (2000-2004), Chairman of Microsoft China (2007-2012), Corporate Vice President of Mobile and Embedded Products (2004-2006), and Asia R&D Chairman until September 2014.
Before joining Microsoft, Zhang was Director of the Multimedia Technology Laboratory at Sarnoff Corp. Princeton, New Jersey (RCA Laboratories), where he oversaw the development of several significant digital video encoding and communications technologies for commercial and surveillance/security systems. Prior to that, from 1989 to 1994, Zhang was a senior technical staff member at GTE Laboratories Inc. (now part of Verizon Corp.) in Waltham, MA.
Zhang is a Fellow of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and has published more than 500 papers in leading international conferences and journals. He has been granted more than 60 US patents in digital video, Internet, multimedia, wireless and satellite communications. He was a key contributor to the ISO/MPEG and ITU standardization efforts in digital video and multimedia. Many of the technologies he and his team developed have become the basis for start-up ventures, commercial products, and international standards. In 1997, he became the youngest ever Fellow of IEEE and has served as editor-in-chief for several influential IEEE journals. Currently, Zhang serves on the Board of Directors of five high-tech IT companies. He is an honorary or guest professor at more than 20 prestigious universities, and is an advisor to several government agencies. Zhang is also the Vice Chairman of Committee 100, a group of leading Chinese-Americans to promote the political, scientific, social, and economic exchanges between the US and China.
Zhang received his B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) in 1983 and 1985. He received his Doctor of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Washington University, Washington D.C. in 1989.
Zhang Xinsheng currently serves as Secretary-General of Eco Forum Global, Guiyang and President of China Education Association for International Exchange. He also serves as elected President of IUCN. Mr. Zhang was the Deputy Minister of Education of China and Mayor of Suzhou City for two consecutive terms from 1989. During this tenure, he also served as the first Chairman of the Chinese-Singapore Suzhou Industrial Park Administrative Committee. During the period from 2005 to 2007, Mr. Zhang was Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO; and from 2003 to 2004, Chairperson of UNESCO World Heritage Commission. Mr. Zhang was a Standing Board Member of the Confucius Institute. He is also a member of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) and Northeast Asia Trilateral Forum.
He graduated from Zhejiang University and received his Master Degree in Urban Planning with distinction from Graduate School of Design, Harvard University. Mr. Zhang completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, and later was invited as the School's visiting research fellow as well as member of the School's Advisory Council.