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Trevor McFarlane
FounderEMIR

Trevor McFarlane is the Founder of Emerging Markets Intelligence & Research (EMIR), a research, briefing and networking service that assists senior executives of multinational companies with running successful businesses. He advises C-level executives from a wide range of companies, including Samsung, Philips, Visa, Dow, AIG, Merck, Pfizer, Bosch, and Akzo Nobel. Before founding EMIR, McFarlane was Senior Contributing Editor for the Gulf at The Economist Group. And prior to this, Trevor was The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Senior Editor for the Middle East and Africa. With nearly a decade of experience in the Middle East, McFarlane has lived in Istanbul, Doha, Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Trevor regularly speaks and moderates at conferences, presents at board and ministerial level and hosts Dubai Eye’s Business Breakfast Radio Show. He frequently offers commentary on current affairs for international media, including the BBC, CNN, CNBC Arabia, and the Financial Times. 

 

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Dr Jacobus Kamfer (Jakkie) Cilliers
Executive Director of the Institute for Security Studies; Head of the African Futures & Innovation Section.

He has a B. Mil (B.A.) from the University of Stellenbosch and a Hons. B.A., M.A. (cum laude) and DLitt et Phil from the University of South Africa (UNISA). Awards include the Bronze Medal from the South African Society for the Advancement of Science and the H Bradlow Research Bursary. He was born in Stellenbosch, South Africa on 16th April 1956. Dr Cilliers co-founded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in 1990 and played an important role in the transformation of the South African armed forces and the institution of civilian control over the military in the period 1990 to 1996. At present most of Dr Cilliers` interests relate to the emerging security architecture in Africa as reflected in the developments under the banner of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union as well as issues around African long-term future. Dr Cilliers has presented numerous papers at conferences and seminars and published a number of books on various matters relating to peace and security in Africa and serves on the editorial boards of the African Security Review and the South African Journal of International Affairs. He is a regular commentator on local and international radio and television and has attended a large number of international conferences. He is an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty Humanities at the University of Pretoria. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in Switzerland, on the board of advisers of the Center on International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York and on the World Economic Forum`s Think Tank Leaders Forum.

 

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Trita Parsi
Founder and President, National Iranian American Council. 

Trita Parsi is an award winning author and the 2010 recipient of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. He is the founder and president of the National Iranian American Council and an expert on US-Iranian relations, Iranian foreign politics, and the geopolitics of the Middle East. He is the author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States (Yale University Press 2007), for which he conducted more than 130 interviews with senior Israeli, Iranian and American decision-makers. Treacherous Alliance is the silver medal winner of the 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award from the Council on Foreign Relations. Parsi's latest book A Single Roll of the Dice - Obama's Diplomacy with Iran (Yale University Press) was selected by Foreign Affairs journal as the Best Book of 2012 on the Middle East. He interviewed 70 high-ranking officials from the U.S., Iran, Europe, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Brazil—including the top American and Iranian negotiators—for this book.

Parsi studied for his Doctoral thesis on Israeli-Iranian relations under Professor Francis Fukuyama at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. In addition to his PhD, he holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from Uppsala University and a Master's Degree in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics. He has served as an adjunct professor of International Relations at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, George Washington University and Georgetown University, as well as anadjunct scholar at the Middle East Institute and as a Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.

He is fluent in Persian/Farsi, English, and Swedish. Parsi's articles on Middle East affairs have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Jane's Intelligence Review, the Nation, The American Conservative, the Jerusalem Post, The Forward, and others. He is a frequent guest on CNN, PBS’s Newshour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.

 

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Gary Dugan
Chief Investment Officer at National Bank of Abu Dhabi

Mr. Dugan has been the Chief Investment Officer of Global Private Banking and Head of Investment Strategy at National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC and National Bank of Abu Dhabi PJSC, Asset Management Arm since June 2014. Mr. Dugan has over 30 years of extensive and broad experience in providing investment advice and market views across different regions. Prior to joining NBAD Mr. Dugan served as the Chief Investment Officer of Asia and The Middle East at Coutts & Co.

 

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Joyce-Ann Wainaina
CEO for Citibank N.A. Kenya and E. Africa

Ms. Wainaina is the Citi Country Officer and CEO for Citibank N.A. Kenya and East Africa. In this role Ms. Wainaina has business responsibility for Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. Ms. Wainaina has an extensive career of 25 years with Citi and has held senior positions in East Africa, South Africa and Zambia covering country management, corporate banking, product management, operations and controls. Joyce-Ann holds B.S Finance from Duquesne University Pittsburgh, USA and M.S Financial Economics, University of London (SOAS).

 

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Tobias Fischer
Tobias Fischer has held several different positions within H&M’s Sustainability-department since he joined the company in 2000. Starting as a Code of Conduct Manager in Bangladesh, he was responsible for the implementation of H&M´s Code of Conduct among its suppliers in and outside Dhaka Bangladesh. 

He subsequently continued at the corporate head office in Stockholm mainly focusing on internal and external education regarding H&M’s CSR program. Between 2005 and 2011 Tobias held the position of Regional CSR Manager, first based in New Delhi India as responsible for South Asia, covering Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In 2007 Tobias moved to Hong Kong continuing with the same position but covering new markets such as China, Cambodia, Indonesia and Vietnam.

During the summer of 2011 Tobias joined the Sustainability-department at the head office in charge of driving medium to long term strategic sustainability projects and processes. In the summer of 2015 Tobias took the position as Sustainability Manager for Africa based in Ethiopia. Prior to joining to H&M Tobias worked with market research and communication for different companies in Stockholm. Tobias has a master degree from Uppsala University in social science.