CEEMEA: Where are we now? Opportunities and challenges across the regions.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 London

About

Growth throughout Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEEMEA) has been slowing. A number of factors have contributed to this, including the low oil price, shifting commodity demands, evolving population demographics and unstable markets. However, in an increasingly globalized economy there is massive potential and opportunity throughout CEEMEA for investment and economic development. Business is changing as technology spreads and developing trade links and globalization includes more people in the global trade community than ever before; especially throughout Africa. Potential can be found through traditional investments, but more so than ever through so called ‘South-South’ investing as well. In order to push through difficult times or to keep positive trends going, more and more private and public organisations are turning to external investment, expertise and encouraging new business; this promises to be an interesting year for CEEMEA!

 

Our agenda will analyse existing economic climates, identify and examine the challenges and opportunities that there are for investors and facilitate the formation of new international business relations, investment opportunities and understanding of new markets.

 

The CEEMEA 2016 conference will provide a platform for key individual and corporate investors to meet and share experiences and potential with regional experts, leaders and businesses. Our delegates will be the kind of people that are capable of influencing and forming investment policy and activity on a large scale, and working with developing markets to include them in the world trading economy and their corporate strategy.

 

Join us on October 11th for in depth analysis and cross examination of how business in the region is changing, how to effectively plan for the future and what factors are impacting business the most. We will analyse existing economic climates and offer practical insight into the challenges and opportunities for investors and operators. Key points for discussion include:

 

  • How has the global oil crisis impacted trade throughout the CEEMEA region
  • Assessing the impact on the CEEMEA region of EU and US sanctions on Russia
  • Is the banking exodus from Africa a bad omen or a golden opportunity
  • As GDP increases there is a growing middle class with spending power, where throughout the region is this presenting opportunities
  • The oil crisis has made it more apparent than ever that some economies need to diversify, but where can opportunities be found from this
  • Understanding the geopolitical hazards that might impact business over the next 5-10 years
  • Africa’s population will double by 2050, while 34% of Europe’s population is projected to be over 60 years old by 2050; how does this impact long term prospects for employment, development and social security

 

CEEMEA covers a wide area but you can tailor the event to maximise your attendance. The day will include plenary debates and over 20 highly interactive breakout sessions. Select the breakout sessions that fit your strategy and focus; from the regional breakouts including Sub-Saharan Africa, CEE, Russia and the CIS to the sectoral breakouts including financial services, retail and FMCG and oil, gas and energy and finally the operational breakouts including building an effective risk management strategy, legislation and government policy and entering new markets.

 

WHY ATTEND?
The CEEMEA 2016 conference will provide you a platform to meet, share experience and explore potential with regional experts, leaders, businesses and likeminded peers. No matter what your role in the CEEMEA region, you will gain valuable insight and practical takeaways from some of the most senior and successful businesses and investors in the region.
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Agenda

09h00 - 10h15 IMPACTS OF OIL PRICES ON CEEMEA: WINNERS AND LOSERS?

Impacts of Oil Prices on CEEMEA: Winners and Losers?

  • The global drop in oil prices has affected every market, economy and sector, but how has CEEMEA fared
  • Assessing what investors can do to forecast turbulence and form long term malleable business strategies
  • Understanding the supply vs. demand paradigm and how fluctuating commodity prices have led to winners, like airlines, refineries and freight companies, and losers like resource dependant economies
  • Navigating the correlation between low commodity prices and low interest rates and the strain that this is putting on regional financial sectors and government budgets, using practical examples
  • Examining how the shifting dynamic of production vs. consumption is changing regional markets and demands of regional populations
  • How are potential economic diversification moves such as Saudi 2030, which arose in response to the commodity slump, going to impact investment
  • Anticipating and planning for the eventual oil and commodity price rebound

10H15 – 10H45 MORNING REFRESHMENT AND NETWORKING BREAK

10h45 – 12h15 BREAKOUTS | INVESTMENT REGIONALLY

Investment Regionally

South Eastern Europe Central and Eastern Europe Russia and Central Asia
Sub-Saharan Africa North Africa The Middle East

South Eastern Europe                                            

  • Opportunities for investing in technology and upgrading existing operations
  • Identifying how growing nearshoring can form your strategy
  • With the EU’s future looking less certain than ever before, how should 6 countries with pending applications for membership form investment strategy
  • Assessing the impact of regional uncertainty, such as Nabucco and the Trans Adriatic pipelines, on investment and government spending
  • Summarising the effects of the ‘migrant crisis’ on investment, business friendly legislation, stability and employment

 

Central and Eastern Europe

  • Recognising a departure from production based economies toward more consumer driven ones, such as in Hungary and Poland
  • Evaluating the nearshoring environment, recent growth and potential for Shared Service Centres (SSC) in the region
  • Identifying EU and officially endorsed development projects for investment, such as the €60bln that Poland will receive in infrastructure grants by 2020
  • Implications of falling consumer prices and identifying where inflation has shifted the most, like the 15% increase of house prices in Hungary
  • Implications of demographic changes and ‘brain-drain’ in CEE
  • Forecasting effects of political uncertainty like unrest in Ukraine and Russian sanctions and German elections in 2017 on investment, trade and commerce

 

Russia and Central Asia

  • How will EU/US sanctions [or the lifting of sanctions] affect CEEMEA trade, especially as Russia’s financial sector begins to feel the effects
  • Analysing Russia’s legislative election as an indicator for the 2018 presidency
  • Forecasting currency movements amid banking consolidation drives and proposals for a single currency in the Eurasian Economic Union
  • Identifying opportunities outside of Russia and moving into Central Asia
  • Mapping and identifying constructive multilateral cooperation to facilitate new business and improve existing operations
  • Regional diversification plans and impacts on multilateral investment

 

Sub-Saharan Africa

  • As the traditional indicator, what does the slipping South African economy mean for trade, finance and political stability
  • As a net commodities exporter, how can sub-Saharan Africa manage falling prices and extra fiscal pressure in future
  • Differentiating between regional winners and losers in order to plan your investments and strategy over coming years
  • Overcoming regional vulnerability to market shocks and uncertainty
  • Identifying infrastructure projects and investment that can deliver returns or facilitate smoother existing business, such as refineries in Nigeria or electricity generation in South Africa
  • Uncovering opportunities for effective and profitable infrastructure projects that involve more private sector investment
  • Evaluating the risk of North African instability and security concerns spreading down the continent

 

North Africa

  • Coming to terms with regional security issues, their potential impact on business and managing investment amid political uncertainty
  • What is next for the vast potential in renewables and might win and lose
  • Amid political uncertainty, where might the best growth be found
  • Sourcing non-traditional investment opportunities like Algeria’s ‘Master Plan for Tourism Development,’ the Suez Canal development project, property markets in Tunisia or world’s largest solar power plant in Morocco
  • Celebrating one year of the ‘New Suez’, how can Egypt be a bridge for investment and commerce between Africa and the Middle East

 

The Middle East

  • Understanding the reintroduction of the Tehran Stock Exchange and Iranian oil exports; the impact this will have and the new opportunities this presents
  • Assessing the value of the Middle East as an investment bridge outward to Asia, Africa, Russia and facilitating ‘South-South’ trade
  • Evaluating investment opportunities from shifting oil prices and the need for resource-endowed nations to reshape their economies
  • Examining proposed Saudi reforms to rebuild stock and bond markets, the impact of the Aramco IPO and the new Royally sanctioned National Transformation Plan (NTP) also known as ‘Saudi 2030’
  • Looking forward to how a rebound in commodity prices and oil could affect existing or prospective investments
  • Identifying investment opportunities outside of energy and extraction
  • Planning for the Gulf’s proposed modernisation of bankruptcy and insolvency regulation and reduced bureaucracy to strengthen the capacity to enforce contracts

12H15 – 13H00 LUNCH AND NETWORKING BREAK

13h00 – 14h30 BREAKOUTS | INVESTMENTS BY SECTOR

Investments by Sector

Finance Manufacturing, Automotive and Heavy Industry Oil, Gas and Energy Pharmaceuticals
Retail and FMCG Shipping, Freight and Logistics Technology and Telecommunications Real Estate and Property Markets

Finance

  • Is a Western banking exodus and downscaling operations in Africa a bad omen or golden opportunity for local and emerging market banks
  • Overcoming low interest rates throughout the region
  • Assessing the impact of banking consolidation and where has it forced a strategic rethink; Azerbaijan saw less administrative costs but Kenya’s Central Bank had to give lenders emergency loans
  • Do increases in issuances of Sukuk (Islamic finance bonds) display opportunities in countries with large unbanked Muslim populations
  • Surrounded by more banking options, how can more connected and tech savvy customers be retained on an international scale
  • Implementing fin tech and banking innovations such as contactless and mobile banking, that has been particularly successful in East Africa

 

Manufacturing, Automotive and Heavy Industry

  • Identifying positive impacts and opportunities from low commodity prices
  • Are European initiatives like 2020 Digitisation Agenda, COP21 and Horizon 2020 going to impact operations in emerging markets as much as in Europe
  • Evaluating practices of local partners or cultural differences when entering new markets or establishing new facilities, such as health and safety, clothing customs or so called ‘job-hopping’
  • Will manufacturers throughout CEEMEA adopt European standards
  • New cash grant and tax incentives have seen more industry move to Eastern Europe, but where are the other favourable conditions
  • How can improvements in infrastructure be encouraged to facilitate growth in manufacturing, unbundled production and supply chains
  • Where will increased domestic demand and spending power see automotive and finished products grow in demand

 

Oil, Gas and Energy

  • With numerous economies rich in natural resources, but suffering from outdated infrastructure; where will investment in modernising equipment and infrastructure see good returns
  • What do investments in shale, renewables and the impact of US LNG exports mean for oil in CEEMEA
  • Aligning strategy and planning with companies that are looking to sell off exploration and extraction leases or fracking contracts
  • Enhancing electricity generation where it is most needed for quick returns, with the potential for long term market penetration
  • Renewable energy investment hit new highs in 2015, with emerging markets surpassing investment of developed markets for the first time; will this trend continue or is there a ‘renewables bubble’

 

Pharmaceuticals

  • As populations and ages shift and evolve, where can medical and pharmaceutical companies expect to find strategic market growth
  • When using the example of India, how can R&D costs, lead times and market entry for new drugs be improved
  • Managing transnational regulatory practice and ensuring compliance
  • Overcoming the supply chain issues throughout CEEMEA
  • Managing distribution channels and third party distributors
  • Examining the future of the industry and how reforms to healthcare systems and implementation of new technology are shaping markets
  • Strategising for the impact of generics and the expiration of patents

 

Retail and FMCG

  • With increasing GDP and a growing middle class, where throughout CEEMEA is the best target for retail growth and why
  • Effectively assessing market opportunities to account for local and often cheaper competition
  • Reflecting currency fluctuations in everyday pricing strategy
  • Identifying potential growth for ecommerce and digital sales
  • Successfully managing your supply chains amid sometimes challenging infrastructure and political environments
  • Managing cross border distribution channels and retaining margins
  • Understanding the best way to find a third party distributor or producer for your product cross border

 

Shipping, Freight and Logistics

  • Evaluating one year of the ‘New Suez’ and its impact on trade
  • Maintaining opportunities and keeping costs to a minimum in regions of conflict, piracy or corruption
  • Finding opportunities from the technological innovations in logistics
  • Exploiting the opportunities presented by the low oil price
  • Identifying investment in improving roads, airports or shipping lanes to deliver changes in preferred transportation methods
  • Forging strategic relationships with regionally strategic organisations
  • Promoting your facility and services to the right investors

 

Technology and Telecommunications

  • Identifying potential for smart city, Internet of Things or ≥4G investment
  • Developing big data into a revenue stream and source of marketing
  • Identifying opportunities for ecommerce and online business
  • Ensuring compliance and regulatory standards throughout CEEMEA
  • As mobile penetration has drastically increased; what products and where can investors capitalise on this positive trend
  • What does ‘stage 6 syndrome’ mean for communications, internet and technology investments throughout CEEMEA and especially Africa

 

Real Estate and Property Markets

  • Identifying potential for investing on a regional scale, rather than country specific approaches
  • Assessing trends in central banks and the impact on regional interest rates
  • Identifying supply and demand markets to deliver sustainable rental income
  • Managing risks such as fluctuating currencies, interest rates tightening or slumping commercial property values

14H30 – 14H45 COMFORT BREAK

14h45 – 15h45 BREAKOUTS | STRATEGY AND RISK

Strategy and Mitigating Risk

Building an Effective Risk Management Strategy Impact of Regional Trade Deals and Common Markets
Entering New Markets and Cross Market Experience Upcoming Legislation and Government Policy

Building an Effective Risk Management Strategy

  • Understanding risk mapping: identifying, managing and clarifying risk specific to your company
  • Determining your risk tolerance: what your board or investors are comfortable with, what compliance issues need consideration and measuring risk appetite versus potential returns on an investment
  • Limiting exposure to financial and reputational loss both through internal process, supply chain and third parties and geopolitical risk
  • Managing cyber security and minimising the potential of attacks
  • Effectively protecting confidential information for internal and customer data across multi-jurisdictional regulations
  • Expanding local risk knowledge; are there calls to nationalise key industry, are strikes commonplace or potential for armed conflict

 

Impacts of Regional Trade Deals and Common Markets

  • Prioritising international negotiations and what their implementation will mean for trade and investment potential, for example the JCPOA
  • Almost at its two year anniversary, has the Eurasian Economic Union proven itself to be a viable economic bloc
  • Considering economic blocs when entering new markets
  • Analysis of how One Belt, One Road (OBOR) will drive CEEMEA growth, from Asian, Emerging and Western perspectives
  • Planning contingency plans for new trade agreements, or the end of existing ones such as an EU break-up
  • Potentially unseen legal implications for investments like cross border variations in IP law, multinational trade treaties or customs and excise that a new treaty might impact

 

Entering New Markets and Cross Market Experience

  • Identifying the best time to enter specific markets and sustaining long-term commitment to the new operation or investment
  • Understanding recent trends in cross border M&A and foreign direct investment regulations in emerging markets
  • Building effective relationships with government, local authorities and local stakeholders to drive success
  • Identifying and attracting senior executives to lead your operations. Should you recruit locally or make internal transfers
  • Adjusting your structures and process to local culture
  • Overcoming an absence of reliable market data for developing a regional or country strategy and if consumer trends in developed economies can ever be used as a template for emerging markets
  • Understanding globalized views, such as Africa’s perception of Chinese investment or Russia’s view of Middle Eastern investments

 

Upcoming Legislation and Government Policy

  • Monitoring upcoming policy and tenders that can impact business and building effective relations with policy makers and central banks
  • Understanding when governments are under pressure to increase taxes or regulation on a particular industry, or when legislation can present opportunities
  • Identifying which Development banks and projects to work with
  • Strategising for legislation that can impede multi-jurisdictional and cross border and business, such South Africa’s Country-by-Country Bill in, Russia’s Privatization Bill or Egypt’s Wheat Ergot legislation
  • Utilising investment in order to make the public sector more efficient
  • Elections are on the horizon and what does this mean, such as US Presidential elections in November and Algeria, Germany, France and Iran in 2017 and Russia and Zimbabwe in 2018

15H45 – 16H15 AFTERNOON REFRESHMENTS AND NETWORKING BREAK

16h15 – 17h30 LOOKING TOWARDS 2020 AND BEYOND

Looking Towards 2020 and Beyond

  • The development of CEEMEA economies has been inconsistent, so where have growth trends been most robust, and why
  • Can benchmarks and metrics ever be effective for investors to evaluate macro trends and develop strategies for coming years
  • As technology spreads and globalization includes more people in the global trade community than ever before, how can investors capitalise on demand for more readily available consumer goods and services
  • With increased need for improved infrastructure, how can investors identify the best economic and business opportunities and promote development
  • Understanding the geopolitical issues that will affect business throughout the region in the next 5-10 years, including the potential effects of Brexit on the EU and wider regions and the impact it will have on emerging markets
  • How are population demographics, urbanization and migration patterns impacting foreign direct investment, employment and prosperity
  • How can the private sector act on public sector inefficiency and deliver infrastructure projects and see good returns

17H30 CLOSE AND DRINKS RECEPTION

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Speakers

Douglas Andrews, CEO, Double Wing Pharma

Douglas Andrews, CEO, Double Wing Pharma

Biography: Douglas is senior multinational healthcare industry executive and serial entrepreneur, with over 35 years of experience in global pharmaceutical markets, including company start-up, country and regional management, sales & marketing, product licensing, and international M&A. After more than 20 years with Schering-Plough in the Americas and Europe, Douglas founded Consilient Health, a European ‘virtual’ generic pharmaceutical company sourcing retail market generics from suppliers in central & eastern Europe, Turkey and India. Subsequently Douglas founded Stravencon, a hospital generics supplier, bridging Asian producers and European institutional markets. Most recently Douglas founded Double Wing Pharma to provide a product and healthcare technology platform between Europe and China.

Ahmet Fuat Ayla, Vice Chairman of AKLease, Member of the Board of Directors for Akbank AG and AKInvestment

Ahmet Fuat Ayla, Vice Chairman of AKLease, Member of the Board of Directors for Akbank AG and AKInvestment

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Martina Bozadzhieva, Managing Director, EMEA Research, Frontier Strategy Group

Martina Bozadzhieva, Managing Director, EMEA Research, Frontier Strategy Group

Biography: Martina Bozadzhieva is Managing Director of EMEA Research at Frontier Strategy Group. She is based in London where she advises heads of International and Heads of EMEA and their senior management teams on emerging market strategies for Europe, Middle East, and Africa. She oversees FSG’s analysis on macroeconomic, political, and business issues in the region. She also supports MNC leadership teams in implementing best practices in areas including strategic planning, market prioritization, contingency planning, distributor management, pricing, and talent management. She has worked on market research and government relations for Russia and the CIS at the PBN Company and the U.S.-Russia Business Council. She is regularly quoted in the mainstream media by publications such as the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, HBR, MarketWatch, CNBC, and New York Times. She holds an M.A. in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies and a B.S. in International Politics from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. A native of Bulgaria, she is fluent in Bulgarian and Russian, and speaks intermediate German.

Phil Couchman, CEO UK & Ireland, former CEO sub-Saharan Africa, DHL Express

Phil Couchman, CEO UK & Ireland, former CEO sub-Saharan Africa, DHL Express

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Pasquale Diana, Head of CEEMEA Economics, Morgan Stanley

Pasquale Diana, Head of CEEMEA Economics, Morgan Stanley

Biography: Pasquale Diana is an Executive Director who is Head of CEEMEA (Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa) Economic Research at Morgan Stanley. His primary focus is the coverage of the CEE economies (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia), though he also looks at thematic issues for the whole CEEMEA region. Based in London, he coordinates the CEEMEA Compass, the team’s flagship publication. His areas of research are the CEE business cycle and the implications for monetary policy, but he has written extensively also on issues such as external debt, fiscal policy, balance of payments dynamics, economic convergence, and has presented his views at several conferences in London as well as Continental Europe. Pasquale has a strong local network which he has built over many years and he has just led a macro investor trip in Hungary and Poland, where he has met with central banks, ministries of finance and local experts.

Pasquale joined Morgan Stanley in November 2006. Previously, he worked for 6 years at JP Morgan, where he covered the economies of Italy, Spain and Scandinavia for several years before joining the CEEMEA Economics Team to focus on Emerging Europe and Israel. He holds a BSc and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Sylvia Gansser-Potts, Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, EBRD

Sylvia Gansser-Potts, Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, EBRD

Biography: Sylvia Gansser-Potts is Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, responsible for EBRD’s activities in 16 counties of operations.

Sylvia joined the EBRD in 1992 as a banker, and has held a number of positions at the Bank .  Between 2007 and 2011, Sylvia was Director of the Property and Tourism team, heading EBRD’s activities in the real estate sector across all the countries of operations. In 2011, she joined the Financial Institutions Group as a Director,  covering the EU countries until 2014, then leading the Financial Institutions team’s activities in ‎Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey.  In addition, Sylvia also oversaw the relationship with some of the large European banking groups. Sylvia was appointed Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe in September 2015.

Before joining the EBRD, Sylvia worked at UBS first in Capital Markets then in Corporate Finance, both in Switzerland and Japan.

Sylvia holds an MBA from INSEAD in France and is a graduate of the Université Paris IX Dauphine. She also holds an Honours Degree in the Japanese Language from INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) in Paris.

Sergei Guriev, incoming Chief Economist, EBRD

Sergei Guriev, incoming Chief Economist, EBRD

Biography: Sergei Guriev received his Dr. Sc. (habilitation degree) in Economics (2002) and PhD in Applied Math from the Russian Academy of Science (1994), and M.Sc. Summa Cum Laude from the Moscow Institute of Physics in Technology (1993). In 1997-98, Dr. Guriev visited the Department of Economics at M.I.T. for a one-year post-doctoral placement, and in 2003-2004, the Department of Economics at Princeton University as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

In 2004-13, Dr. Guriev was a tenured professor of economics and rector of the New Economic School in Moscow.

Dr. Guriev’s research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics and labor mobility. Dr. Guriev has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of   Economic Perspectives and American Political Science Review.

In 2006, he was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, he was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Europe, in 2012-14 – a co-chair of the Global Agenda Council on the New Economic Thinking, and in 2014-15 – a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Geoeconomics. In 2000 and 2005, he was awarded Gold Medal for the Best Research in Development Economics by the Global Development Network. In 2001, he was announced the Best Academic Manager in Humanities by Russia’s Science Support Foundation. In 2009-11, he was included in the top 100 of the President of Russia’s Cadre Reserve. In 2009, he was also awarded the Bill Maynes Award by the Eurasia Foundation. In 2009 and 2010 he received the Independent Director of the Year prize from Russia’s National Association of Independent Directors. In 2010, he received a Certificate in Company Directorship from the Institute of Directors (UK) and was voted the Best Independent Director by the Association of Managers of Russia and the Russian Institute of Directors.

He has been a a board member of Sberbank (2008-14), E.ON Russia (2013-14), Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company (2009-13), Russia Venture Company (2009-13), Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency (2008-12) and Russian Agricultural Bank (2008-09), a member of the President of Russia’s Council on Science, Technology and Education (2008-12), and a member of the board of the Dynasty Foundation (2007-2015).  He is a member of the Scientific Council of the BRUEGEL think tank (Brussels), of the Advisory Council of the Peterson Institute on International Economics (Washington, DC), and of the Academic Advisory Board, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. He is also a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

In 2006-13, Sergei Guriev has been running a monthly column in Forbes Russia. In 2003-13 he has also been a biweekly columnist for the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti and has contributed columns to the New York Times, Financial Times, Washington Post, Project Syndicate, and Moscow Times.

Nisrin Hala, Head of Africa Desk: Global Trade Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe

Nisrin Hala, Head of Africa Desk: Global Trade Finance Department, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe

Biography: Nisrin heads the Africa Desk within the Global Trade Finance Department at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Europe (SMBCE) London. She is responsible for originating and managing a portfolio of assets across various markets in North, East, West and Southern Africa. Her portfolio comprises Central Banks, Commercial Banks, Corporates, multilaterals and DFIs. The Africa Desk primarily structures and provides short term debt solutions to FIs that are active in trade import and export.

Nisrin has been with SMBCE for 9 years; she has previously worked for an American Bank in London, and also had a career in the media industry.

Nisrin holds an MBA from London Business School, an MSc in international finance and a BA in Business Management & Economics.

Petr Havel, Head of CEE, Allergan Pharmaceuticals

Petr Havel, Head of CEE, Allergan Pharmaceuticals

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Frederic Lucenet, Director, Manufacturing and Services, EBRD

Frederic Lucenet, Director, Manufacturing and Services, EBRD

Biography: Frederic Lucenet is the Director for the Manufacturing, Services and Communication Technologies in the Banking Department since 2010.  His previous position was Director, Operations Committee Secretariat, directly reporting to the First Vice President Banking.  He has held director positions for the EBRD on the boards of the Romanian Development Bank and of the Russian Development Fund.  Prior to joining EBRD, he worked at the World Bank (in EMENA/SEMED region) in Washington.  Frederic is an engineer with degrees from M.I.T. and from the INSEAD MBA programme.  French national – married with 3 children.

Holger Muent, Director, Western Balkans, EBRD

Holger Muent, Director, Western Balkans, EBRD

Biography: Holger Muent is the EBRD’s Director for the Western Balkans and responsible for the EBRD’s business in that region. Previous to his current position, Holger was responsible for the management of the approval process for all EBRD projects. Prior to that, Holger was a Senior Banker in the Business Group for Southern and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at the EBRD. His duties included the execution of private sector transactions in the countries covered by his Business Group. At the beginning of his career at EBRD, Holger worked for the Office of the Chief Economist and the Group for Small Business.

Before joining the EBRD in 1999, Holger completed his PhD at the London School of Economics. A German national, Holger holds a degree in business and engineering (Wirtschaftsingenieurwesen) of the University of Karlsruhe (Germany).

Marcin Petrykowski, CEO Poland, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

Marcin Petrykowski, CEO Poland, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services

Biography: Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Relationship Management, leading a senior team based in London, Paris, Frankfurt and across the office network (Madrid, Milan, Stockholm, Warsaw, Moscow, Tel-Aviv, Johannesburg, Dubai) structuring firm wide partnerships with Standard & Poor’s (S&P) top tier strategic clients. Within this role also runs commercially the infrastructure and project finance business for EMEA. Joined S&P in January 2014, since then is the Regional Head for Central and Eastern Europe and in this capacity responsible for S&P’s franchise, strategy as well as commercial management of the ratings business across the region. Marcin is also the General Manager for Poland, running the Warsaw branch office, firm’s hub for Central and Eastern Europe.

Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Marcin was Executive Director, Investor Services Head of Coverage for Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, CIS and Israel at J.P. Morgan Corporate and Investment Bank in London. With the Bank, Marcin also served as the Deputy General Manager for J.P. Morgan branch office in Poland. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2007, he spent five years with Citi Corporate and Investment Banking, focusing on Poland and CEE. Marcin is a graduate of Citi’s Management Associate program.

Marcin is an FCA-approved investment advisor, with higher education obtained from Koźmiński University (Warsaw, Poland – Management and International Trade Affairs); School of Economics and Management (Lund, Sweden – International Finance) and University of Warsaw (post graduate program for CFO’s).

Dr. Ludwik Sobolewski, CEO, Bucharest Stock Exchange

Dr. Ludwik Sobolewski, CEO, Bucharest Stock Exchange

Biography: Ludwik Sobolewski was appointed as CEO of the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) in August 2013. Before joining BVB, he was President and CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) between 2006 and 2013. During his mandate, WSE became the leading stock exchange in CEE and a listed company on its own regulated market since 2010, after the rolling of a successful IPO. Ludwik Sobolewski supported the business development of the stock exchange, by attracting new companies for listing, increasing the number of international members of the WSE, and by promoting the services and products of the exchange. He also played an active role in the creation of the capital market infrastructure, with NewConnect, a market for start-ups, early stage and small and medium-size companies, with Catalyst market, the first organized, exchange-type market for non-treasury debt securities in Poland, with the BondSpot SA and the Polish Power Exchange SA acquisition.

Farouk Soussa, Chief Economist, Middle East, Citi

Farouk Soussa, Chief Economist, Middle East, Citi

Biography: Farouk Soussa is Citi’s Head of Middle East Economics. Farouk started his career in 1998 with the Bank of England, where he also spent 18 months on secondment to the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Farouk left the Bank in 2004 to become Head of Middle East and Africa Sovereign Ratings at S&P, before joining Citi in May 2010. Farouk is currently based in Canary Wharf, London. He is originally from Egypt and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Lucyna Stańczak-Wuczyńska, Director, Financial Institutions, EBRD

Lucyna Stańczak-Wuczyńska, Director, Financial Institutions, EBRD

Biography: Lucyna Stańczak-Wuczyńska is Director – EU banks in the Financial Institutions Group at the EBRD. As director of the EU banks team, Lucyna has responsibility for the EBRD’s activities in the banking sector in the EU countries of the EBRD (in CEE and SEE). In this capacity, she oversees the Bank’s new investments (equity, debt and DCM) in the banking sectors of the region as well as the management of the portfolio in the banking sector in the region. Lucyna has worked in the banking sector for over 20 years. She joined the EBRD in 2000. She initially worked as a senior banker responsible for EBRD investments in energy and infrastructure sectors. From 2008 to 2014 she was  EBRD country director in Poland, overseeing the Bank’s business in Poland, focusing on the financial sector, private equity and corporate sector. Before joining the EBRD, Lucyna worked for Credit Lyonnaise and ABN AMRO Bank. Lucyna is a Graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics (Poland) and of Advanced Post-Graduate Studies at the College of Europe, Brugges (Belgium). Lucyna Stanczak-Wuczynska has held a number of non-executive board positions in Polish companies and financial institutions.

 

TBC, Vice Governor, Council of Europe Development Bank

TBC, Vice Governor, Council of Europe Devleopment Bank

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Ben Aris, Editor-in-Chief, bne IntelliNews

Ben Aris, Editor-in-chief, bne IntelliNews Biography: Ben Aris is the founder and editor-in-chief of business new europe (bne), the leading English-language publication covering business, economics, finance and politics of the 30 countries of the former Soviet Union, Central and Southeastern Europe and Eurasia. Ben started his career in Russia in 1993 as a freelancer before eventually becoming the Moscow bureau chief for the Daily Telegraph. He left Russia in 2003 for a sojourn in Berlin as bureau chief for The Guardian before founding bne in 2006 and returning to Russia in 2008. A specialist on emerging Europe, Ben is one of the longest serving foreign correspondents in eastern Europe and has lived and working in many of the countries of the region including longer stints in: Ukraine, Estonia and Uzbekistan. Ben was also the Russian contributing editor at Business Central Europe, The Banker and Euromoney for more than a decade  and has been a regular contributor to a host of international titles including The Financial Times, Newsweek, Institutional Investor and EIU. Ben is also a professional photographer with a contract with the London based agency Camera Press. Ben was voted “Best Business Journalist in Russia” by the Russian news agency  Ria Novosti in both 2012 and 2013.

Dr Jerome Booth, Chairman, New Sparta Group

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Dr Jerome Booth
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Biography: Dr Jerome Booth is a well-known economist, entrepreneur, investor, commentator and leading expert on emerging markets.

He is Chairman of New Sparta Holdings Limited, through which he manages his more active investments, including controlling interests in a number of companies in asset management, insurance, telecoms, journalism, publishing and film. These include CBC UK, New Sparta Asset Management, New Sparta Events, New Call Telecom, WaveCrest, Nimbuzz, bne IntelliNews, Exaro News, Walpole Holdings, New Sparta Films, Icon Film Distribution UK and IO Entertainment.

In 2013, Jerome retired from Ashmore Group, a world-leading emerging markets asset management group which he helped establish in 1999 in a Management Buy-Out from ANZ Bank. Prior to ANZ he worked in the Strategic Planning unit of Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C, and before that was a Lecturer in Economics at Christ Church, Oxford. He has also been a consultant advising on aid and trade issues, and before that worked for Her Majesty’s Department of Trade and Industry.

He has a weekly blog and one of the most widely listended to podcasts in Europe. In 2014 he published his first book, Emerging Markets in an Upside Down World, challenging traditional finance theory and conventional economic wisdom. The Chairman of the Governing Board of Anglia Ruskin University and Visiting Professor at Cass Business School, Jerome has a D.Phil and an M.Phil in Economics from Oxford University as well as a B.Sc in Geography from Bristol University. In 2008, Jerome was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration at Anglia Ruskin.

He is also Chairman of the Fitzwilliam Museum Development Trust, Chairman of the Britten Sinfonia, a Vice President of Essex Community Foundation, and on the board of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Sarah Carlson, Senior Vice President, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody's Investors Service

Sarah Carlson, Senior Vice President, Sovereign Risk Group, Moody’s Investors Service

Biography: Sarah is responsible for a portfolio of credits in Europe that includes France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Slovenia, and Sweden. She is also one of the Sovereign Risk Group’s global spokespeople. She joined Moody’s in 2009 after completing a Sloan Fellowship at the London Business School.

Prior to this academic sabbatical, she spent seven years at the Financial Services Authority in London where she headed the regulator’s Risk Analysis area and acted as its chief macroeconomist. Before joining the FSA, she worked in Dun & Bradstreet’s Economic Analysis Group for six years, where she was the organisation’s Deputy Chief Economist.

She holds an MA in European Studies (with a concentration in Economics and Finance) from the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University and an AB with a double major in Government and History from Dartmouth College. She is a CFA Charterholder.

Kevin Culhane, Executive Director & Country Manager, South Cluster (CSEE Region), Allergan Pharmaceuticals

Kevin Culhane, Executive Director & Country Manager, South Cluster (CSEE Region), Allergan Pharmaceuticals

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Levent Erdik, CFO, Lacoste Russia

Levent Erdik, CFO, Lacoste Operations Russia

Biography: Levent Erdik is CFO of Lacoste / Eren JV. operations in Russia. He is responsible for leading finance and accounting teams, managing relations with central top management and shareholders, and providing strategic insights to the top management with regards to financial & economic matters. Before being appointed to the current position in April 2014, Levent was employed as Financial Controller for Russia, Turkey and Ukrainian markets based in Istanbul for 2 years.

He was transferred to Lacoste from LUKOIL EURASIA in 2012. At LUKOIL he served in positions of Finance and Planning Manager for LUKOIL Eurasia companies of retail fuel sales, lpg , aviation fuels and lubricants operations. Before that between 2006-2009 he worked in Kazakhstan and left in 2009, when he was Finance Manager for GATE Construction LTD. / NCC Contractors BV., a contractor with approximately 0.7 billion USD worth project portfolio for Kashagan Petroleum field industrial facilities.

Levent holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Middle East Technical University and holds a CMA certificate from IMA. He speaks fluently English, Turkish, Russian and knows intermediate level of German and Georgian languages.

Karl Gheysen, CEO, Khorgos Gateway

Karl Gheysen, CEO, Khorgos Gateway

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Ben Habib, CEO, First Property Group plc

Ben Habib, CEO, First Property Group plc

Biography: Ben founded and is CEO of First Property Group plc, an award winning commercial property fund manager with operations in the United Kingdom and Central Europe.

First Property is listed on the AIM section of the LSE, is FCA registered and AIFMD approved. The performance of its funds ranked No.1 vs. MSCI’s Investment Property Databank (IPD) CEE universe for the ten years from the commencement of its operations in Poland in 2005 to 31 December 2015, and for the annualised periods from 2005 to the end of each of the years between 31 December 2008 and 31 December 2014.

Prior to setting up First Property, Ben was Managing Director of a private property development company, JKL Property Ltd, from 1994 – 2000. He started his career in corporate finance in 1987 at Shearson Lehman Brothers. He moved in 1989 to PWS Holdings plc, a FTSE 350 Lloyds reinsurance broker, to be its Finance Director.

He was educated at Rugby School and Cambridge University.

Liam Halligan, editor-at-large, bne IntelliNews

Liam Halligan, editor-at-large, bne IntelliNews

Biography: Liam Halligan is an economist, columnist and broadcaster with extensive business experience. He has written his weekly Economics Agenda in The Sunday Telegraph since 2003 – which has been recognized with a British Press Award since 2003. Between 2007 and 2013, he was Chief Economist at Prosperity Capital Management.

Goran Mickovski, Minister for Foreign Investments, Government of Macedonia

Goran Mickovski, Minister for Foreign Investments, Government of Macedonia

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Mthuli Ncube, Professor of Public Policy, University of Oxford, and former Vice President and Cheif Economist, African Development Bank

Mthuli Ncube, Professor of Public Policy, University of Oxford and former Vice President and Cheif Economist, African Development Bank

Biography: Prof Mthuli Ncube is Professor of Public Policy at Blavatnik School of Government & Fellow at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, UK. Prior to his current position he was Chief Economist and Vice President at the African Development Bank in charge of economic strategic direction of the Bank, and advisor to African countries. He was Dean of the Faculty of Commerce Law and Management, and also Dean and Professor of Finance at Wits Business School, in South Africa. He founded the Centre for Entrepreneurship at Wits University. He was also a Lecturer in Finance at the London School of Economics (LSE).

Professor Ncube has published several books, papers and articles in the area of economics and political economy and finance. Some of his recent books include: Monetary Policy and the Economy in South Africa (Macmillan 2013); Quantitative Easing and its Impact on US, UK Europe and Japan (2013); Africa’s Middleclass (2014); African Financial Markets and Monetary Policy (2009); and The Oxford Companion of the Economics of South Africa (co-edited, Oxford University Press, 2015).

He is Chairman of the Board of the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) and board member of Global Development Network, New Delhi. He is on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on “Poverty and Economic Development” and on the Advisory Council for World Economic Forum (WEF) on Sustainable Infrastructure. He is a Commissioner of the Lancet Commission on Investing Health, and member of the OECD Expect Group on Rethinking the Future of development Aid.

He is a regular commentator in media such as the BBC, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal.

Professor Ncube holds a PhD in Economics (Mathematical Finance) from University of Cambridge.

Ed Parker, Head of EMEA Sovereigns, Fitch Ratings

Ed Parker, Head of EMEA Sovereigns, Fitch Ratings

Biography: Ed Parker is a managing director who heads the Europe, Middle East and Africa team in the sovereign group at Fitch Ratings, based in London. He is responsible for overseeing the ratings and leading the research on sovereigns in the region. Prior to 2011, Ed headed the Emerging Europe sovereign team at Fitch and was the lead sovereign analyst on several countries in the region, including Hungary, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Ukraine.

Ed joined Fitch in 2000 from the UK Treasury, where he worked for nine years on a wide range of UK and international economic policy issues. For several years, he was the Treasury’s economic adviser on Russia and other CIS countries, and was closely involved with the UK’s response to the Russian crisis in 1998, including IMF, Paris Club, and G8 negotiations. Earlier posts included analysis and forecasting of the UK’s balance of payments and inflation and advising on interest rates.

Edward has bachelor and master of science degrees in economics from the University of Southampton, UK.

Marco Nindl, Principal Banker Trade Facilitation Programme, EBRD

Marco Nindl, Principal Banker Trade Facilitation Programme, EBRD

Biography: Marco Nindl is a Trade Finance Banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction (EBRD) within the Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP). Having joined the TFP team in January 2005, he worked on various projects within the TFP; his current role involves not only the day to day operations but also liaising with financial institutions worldwide within the framework of the Programme (www.ebrd.com/tfp). Prior to joining the EBRD and during his academic studies, Marco gained extensive experience on the trade finance and banking market by working for RZB in New York, Coface Credit Insurance and Oesterreichische Kontrollbank (OeKB) in Vienna. Marco graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration with a Master of Science in Economics, where he specialised in Banking and International Business.

Denis Sokolov, FRICS, Partner, Head of Research, Cushman & Wakefield Russia

Denis Sokolov, FRICS, Partner, Head of Research, Cushman & Wakefield Russia

Biography: Denis Sokolov heads Research Department at Cushman & Wakefield Russia and the company’s global research projects. Denis joined Cushman & Wakefield in 2004 and was actively involved in the restructuring process and building the strongest Research Team in Russia. He developed informational systems, which are unique for Russian markets, and he also invented iCushman, the first mobile application on the local Real Estate market. Denis has managed projects for such clients including the EBRD, IFC, MLP, Deutsche Bank and Metro, involving cross-sector market research in Moscow, Russian regions, CIS countries and other developing markets such as Mexico, Nigeria and Brazil.  Denis is in charge of strategy development, team coordination and implementation of new analytical and communication tools. Denis is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Research group of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Massimiliano Spalazzi, CEO Jumia Market Africa, Jumia Group

Massimiliano Spalazzi, CEO Jumia Market Africa, Jumia Group

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Vladimír Vaňo, Chief Economist, Head of CEE Research, Sberbank Europe AG

Vladimír Vaňo, Chief Economist, Head of CEE Research, Sberbank Europe AG

Biography: Vladimir Vano is alumnus of Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien and Carlson School of Management. A laureate of the Rector’s Academic Award of Comenius University in Bratislava, he studied at its College of Management, and thanks to competitively won scholarships also at the College of Charleston, Georgetown and New York University. He also attended courses at Graduate School of Management of St. Petersburg State University (Russia), Sun Yat-Sen University (China) and Indian School of Business. His overseas professional experience comes from internships with economic think-tank NGO in Washington, D.C. and with the global headquarter of Merrill Lynch in New York City in 2001. Vladimir Vano’s experience with Central European economic development begun in the nineties with Deloitte&Touche. In 1999, he entered the financial sector as research assistant to the Chief Economist of Slovak branch of ING. Upon return from New York, he became the Head of Research with Treasury Division of Slovenska sporitelna. Since 2002, he is regular columnist on regional and global financial markets in economic and business magazine TREND. In 2011 and 2012 he served as external advisor for monetary affairs to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic. Since 2011 he is included on the list of vetted experts for public finance with the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). Since 2007, he assumed position of the Chief Analyst of SBERBANK Slovensko and in July 2013, board of Sberbank Europe AG appointed him to serve as Head of CEE Research Competence Center. Vladimir serves on the Committee for Macroeconomic Forecasts at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, which operates under stipulations of the “Constitutional Act on Public Debt Ceiling”. Vladimir also serves on the Board of the Pontis Foundation in Bratislava, as well as on the International Alumni Board of the WU Executive Academy in Vienna. He is regular lecturer for domestic and international universities as well as on international professional conferences.

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