EY Strategic Growth Forum™
- Tony Blair
Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1997-2007)
Tony Blair was Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 – 2007, having secured an historic third term in office.
As leader of the Labour party, he led extensive public service reform, introduced a national minimum wage, oversaw constitutional reform, led the London 2012 Games bid and was instrumental in the Northern Ireland peace process. He also oversaw devolution in Scotland and Wales.
While in office, Tony Blair made a number of important international interventions, including defending human rights and rule of law in Bosnia, Kosovo and Sierra Leone. His government also took action to remove brutal regimes in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Continuing his role in public life, Tony Blair now works to secure peace and prosperity in the Middle East, improve governance in Africa, encourage understanding of world faiths and boost access to sport for children in the North East of England. He also remains committed to finding solutions to climate change.
- Jiang Jianqing
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited
Jiang is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC). He has more than 30 years of work experience in the banking industry and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for more than 8 years. In addition, he is currently Vice Chairman of China Finance Society and Vice Chairman of China Banking Association.
Prior to his current role at ICBC, Jiang served in a variety of leadership roles, including as President from 2000 to 2005, Vice President from 1999 to 2000, and President of the Shanghai branch from 1997 to 1999.
He has been awarded the Business Leader of the Year at The Asian Awards, was twice included in the 50 Most Influential ranking by Bloomberg Markets Magazine, and was awarded the Most Influential Leader of a Listed Company at the China Listed Company Overseas Forum & China Securities "Golden Bauhinia Awards."
Jiang is committed to the importance of banking and finance, and his research interests include theoretical and practical bank innovation, and corporation theory of both industrial and financial capital. He is the author of numerous articles including "Technical Revolution in American Banking Industry" and an article on ICBC’s legacy to develop into China’s leading bank.
Jiang graduated from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and earned a Master’s degree in Engineering and a Doctorate degree in Management, respectively after finishing postgraduate and doctorate courses at Shanghai Jiaotong University.
- Julia Gillard
Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013)
As Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013 and in her previous role as Deputy Prime Minister, Ms Gillard was central to the successful management of Australia’s economy, the 12th biggest economy in the world, during the Global Financial Crisis. Ms Gillard also developed Australia’s guiding policy paper, Australia in the Asian Century, positioning Australia to benefit from Asia’s rise.
Ms Gillard delivered nation- changing policies including reforming Australia education at every level from early childhood to university education, creating an emissions trading scheme, improving the provision and sustainability of health care, aged care and dental care, commencing the nation’s first-ever national scheme to care for people with disabilities and restructuring the telecommunications sector as well as building a national broadband network. In foreign policy, Ms Gillard strengthened Australia’s alliance with the United States, secured stronger architecture for the relationship with China, upgraded Australia’s ties with India, and deepened ties with Japan, Indonesia and South Korea. Ms Gillard has represented Australia at the G20, including winning Australia’s right to host the 2014 meeting, the East Asia Summit, APEC, NATO-ISAF and chaired CHOGM. Under Ms Gillard’s leadership, Australia was elected to the United Nations Security Council.
Ms Gillard is the first woman to ever serve as Australia’s Prime Minister or Deputy Prime Minister.
- Yang Lan
Sun Media Group and Sun Culture Foundation
Yang Lan is the co-founder and Chairperson of the Sun Media Group and the Sun Culture Foundation. The Sun Media Group is one of the leading private media companies in China. The Sun Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization aimed at improving education and promoting philanthropy.
She is a leading broadcast journalist and media entrepreneur in China, and became a rising star by hosting “Zhengda Variety Show.” She is currently involved with “Yang Lan One on One,” China’s longest in-depth talk show, and is firmly committed to promoting cross-cultural communications. She is the Global Ambassador for the Special Olympics Movement and the first Chinese UNICEF Ambassador, the Co-Chair of Lincoln Center China Advisory Council, and the Vice-President of China Charity Alliance.
Yang Lan earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from Beijing Foreign Studies University, and her Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.