World Entrepreneur Of The Year
Speakers and contributors
Johan H. Andresen
Chairman, Ferd AS
Johan is the Chairman of the Board of Ferd, which he and his family fully own. He represents the fifth generation of owners and entrepreneurs.
Ferd is one of the largest privately held industrial and financial groups in Norway. It has roots back to 1849 and today comprises six business areas: five are fully commercial, and one is dedicated to scaling social entrepreneurs. Ferd’s value-adjusted equity at 31 December 2014 was US$3.3b. Sales of directly controlled companies, or through funds initiated by Ferd, are US$3b, and the firm employs approximately 15,000 people.
Johan is also Chair of the Council on Ethics, Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global. His directorships include Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken and the Norwegian Microfinance Initiative. He has an MBA from Erasmus University’s Rotterdam School of Management and a BA from Dartmouth College.
Asia-Pacific - Strategic Growth Leader
Michael is Managing Partner, Strategic Growth for EY’s Oceania and Western Region. As the Asia-Pacific Strategic Growth Leader, Michael works with EY member firm partners across the region to drive market share and revenue. He also is a member of the Global Strategic Growth Markets Executive Committee.
Michael is a mergers and acquisitions specialist. He has worked across a number of sectors over the years, including resources, private equity, government, retail and consumer products, and the broader middle market. His core focus is Greater China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Korea and Australia.
Joe Astrachan, PhD
Wells Fargo Chair of Family Business, Kennesaw State University
Joe is Wells Fargo Eminent Scholar Chair of Family Business, Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship, and former Executive Director of the Cox Family Enterprise Center at the Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Georgia. He is widely known as a leading scientist in the family business field and has an uncanny ability to explain how research translates into highly effective action steps to achieve success.
Joe is the Editor of the Journal of Family Business Strategy and a past editor of Family Business Review. He has more than 30 years of experience studying and working with family companies and has spoken in over 35 countries. He currently serves on the boards of eight privately owned family businesses covering a wide variety of industries, including heavy equipment and consumer goods manufacturing, quick-service food franchising, professional services and real estate development.
Joe earned his BA, MA, Master of Philosophy and PhD at Yale University.
Managing Director and CEO
SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company PLC
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Nigeria
Under Austin’s leadership, SEPLAT Petroleum Development Company has become the leading independent oil and gas operator in Nigeria, with an average daily production of 70,000 barrels as of December 2014. SEPLAT became a publicly listed company in April 2014 when it pioneered a dual listing on the London and Nigeria Stock Exchanges. This historic event earned the company awards as Best African Listing and Mid Cap of the Year.
Since founding SEPLAT in 2009, Austin has led the company with strong and transparent governance. He also has put in place highly motivated employees and built strong relationships with key local communities.
Austin is a geologist by training who has worked with the Nigerian Government in various capacities. He is an accomplished industry writer and a fellow and past President of the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists.
Global Managing Partner – Client Service
Carmine is responsible for global business performance, daily operations and executing a global strategy in the market. In his role, he brings together geographies, service lines and markets functions to provide exceptional service to our clients. Carmine is the Senior Advisory Partner for many of our largest financial services clients.
Carmine is the former Americas Financial Services Organization Regional Managing Partner. In this role, he built a US-wide business that greatly strengthened EY’s presence in the emerging markets.
Carmine has a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Economics from Colgate University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He is a practicing Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York.
EY Global Family Business Leader
Alongside his extensive experience as an assurance and business advisory partner for national and international companies, Peter has served family-owned business clients for more than 20 years. As EY Global Family Business Leader, he is responsible for coordinating EY member firm partners leading family business and family office services in more than 90 countries.
Peter founded EY’s NextGen Academy — a global program for young successors in family businesses — based on his experience and insights gained through supporting subject-matter professionals and family businesses with their succession and growth strategies. He regularly authors publications about family business and middle-market companies, in addition to leading annual and other market surveys in conjunction with the Center for Family Business at the University of St. Gallen.
Founder, Chairman and CEO
Emerald Group Ltd.
Diane is one of New Zealand’s most successful business women, and she currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Emerald Group.
As leader of the Emerald Group and the Emerald Foods business empire, Diane has investments in New Zealand health care, manufacturing in New Zealand and the US, high-level recruitment, and a boutique hotel on Auckland’s North Shore. Movenpick, Killinchy Gold, Heavenly Treats, Lite Licks, Chateau Premium and iconic brand New Zealand Natural are all part of the Emerald Foods family of brands.
Diane is a former deputy of the Business Roundtable and has also worked with a number of charities, including the Ferguson Foreman Foundation. As one of New Zealand’s leading entrepreneurs, Diane has many years of experience running and growing successful businesses in health, property, recruitment and consumer products. In 2014, she was named an EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program Ambassador, and Forbes Asia magazine recognized her as one of Asia’s 50 most powerful women.
Executive Vice President and Zone Director for Americas
As Executive Vice President for Nestlé, Laurent has been responsible for Zone Americas (US, Canada, Latin America, Caribbean) since 2014.
Laurent joined Nestlé France in 1986 in sales and marketing, where he held positions of increasing responsibility over the years. In 1999, he became the Head of Nestlé France’s Nutrition Division. In 2003, he was appointed Market Head of Nestlé Hungary, and in 2007 he was appointed Market Head of Nestlé Iberian Region. In November 2008, Laurent joined the Nestlé Executive Board as Executive Vice President with responsibility for Zone Europe.
Laurent is Chairman of the Association des Industries de Marque (AIM) in Belgium and a member of the Cereal Partners Worldwide Supervisory Board in Switzerland. He has a degree in Marketing from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord (EDHEC).
Nadir B. Godrej
Managing Director, Godrej Industries Ltd.
Nadir is Managing Director at Godrej Industries. As a director of several Godrej companies since 1977, he has developed the animal feed, agricultural inputs and chemicals businesses of Godrej Industries and other associate companies, and he has been very active in research.
Nadir has been awarded Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, and he received the Globoil Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, OTAI Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, CHEMTECH CEW Leadership and Excellence Award in 2013 and Chemexcil Life Time Achievement Award in 2013. He also received the Porter Prize in 2013 for Creating Shared Value, which was awarded to Godrej Industries. Nadir is the author of Life & other poems and Nadir Godrej, the Poet.
He holds an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Ken is CFO of Yahoo!, responsible for the company’s global finance functions including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury and investor relations.
Most recently, Ken was CFO of Fortinet. He served as Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, and CFO of Siebel CRM Systems, Excite@Home and Sybase. He also serves on the boards of Gigamon, NXP Semiconductors, Yahoo! Japan, TriNet, GoPro and several private companies. Ken is a member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board’s Standing Advisory Group.
He previously was a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and was designated as Emeritus Trustee. He also was a member of the Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession, a public committee that made recommendations in September 2008 to encourage a more sustainable auditing profession. He holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO of HSNi, Mindy oversees a US$3.4b interactive multichannel retailer with strong direct-to-consumer expertise among its two operating segments, HSN and Cornerstone. HSN is the industry leader in transactional innovation, and Cornerstone distributes approximately 320 million catalogs annually, operates 8 separate digital sales sites and operates 11 retail and outlet stores.
In 2008 she took the company public and became the CEO of HSNi. Since then she has transformed HSN into a lifestyle network offering products, personalities and experiences designed to engage, inform and entertain.
With 35 years of proven retail and apparel industry experience, Mindy has positioned HSNi as a leader in boundary-less retail, offering customers a seamless shopping experience across multiple channels, including TV, online, mobile devices, catalogs, and brick-and-mortar stores. Today, nearly half of the company’s revenue is generated through digital commerce.
Mindy serves on the boards of the National Retail Federation, Bloomin’ Brands and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.
EY Americas Family Business Leader
Carrie is an Assurance partner with Ernst & Young LLP and the EY Americas Family Business Leader, overseeing EY’s services to family-owned business across the Americas. Carrie has worked with entrepreneurial family-owned businesses for more than 28 years, providing audits and advising on matters such as growth strategies and sustainability.
She previously served as Ernst & Young LLP’s Southeast Region Strategic Growth Markets Leader. Her clients have included some of the largest family businesses in the US Southeast, with a focus on the retail industry.
Americas IPO Leader
Jackie is a partner in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP and serves as the Americas IPO Leader. She leads the IPO go-to-market strategy for the Americas with a team of IPO leaders, and she is responsible for more than 400 C-suite executive strategy sessions focused on IPO readiness and post-IPO effectiveness. She has almost 25 years of proven advisory and audit experience, focusing on IPO readiness, business process improvement, governance, internal controls, risk management, internal audits and financial audits. She was instrumental in the development of EY’s Global IPO readiness program and advises IPO-bound companies on establishing appropriate governance.
Jackie has hosted conferences and webcasts and published articles on a variety of topics, including IPO readiness. She has briefed members of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Treasury and others on IPO trends.
Co-owner and Director, Khimji Ramdas, Oman
Pankaj is a co-owner and Director of Khimji Ramdas, a family-owned company founded 146 years ago in Oman. The company is one of the leading business conglomerates in the region, with 4,300 employees and 34 business verticals spanning consumer products, infrastructure, lifestyle, logistics, hospitality and technology. The company has a strong philosophy of combining business sense with core human values and strong commitment to social responsibility.
As the Partner Director, Pankaj is guiding Khimji Ramdas to achieve sustainable growth while overcoming global business challenges and enduring economical upheavals. His focus is leveraging the immense business potential of emerging Oman to the larger benefits of the Omani society. A building construction engineer by trade, he has extensive experience in public and private responsibilities at the advisory level.
Government CIO, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
Taavi is the Estonian Government CIO and a board member of many information and communications technology initiatives in Estonia. He has been behind many Estonian e-government initiatives, such as e-residency, the data embassy and the no-legacy policy.
Taavi has a strong private-sector background. He started his career as a programmer, rapidly rising to a managing director position at Nortal, the most successful software development company in the region. He is an angel investor or founder of many innovative start-up companies, including zeroturnaround.com and plumbr.eu. Taavi was the President of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and he was named European CIO of the Year 2014 by ICTSpring. He is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Estonia.
Taavi has an MS in Engineering and pursued PhD studies at Tallinn University of Technology.
Global Technology Leader – Transaction Advisory Services
Jeff is the EY Global Technology Leader – Transaction Advisory Services. He is also a senior managing director in EY’s US Technology Mergers and Acquisitions practice.
Jeff has served as a senior advisor to technology clients for almost 24 years. Prior to joining EY, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and a Technology group head at Deutsche Bank and Bank of America.
He graduated from Harvard College and has an MBA and a JD from Stanford University.
Global Tax Leader – Strategic Growth Markets
James is the EY Global Tax Leader – Strategic Growth Markets. He has 31 years of experience and concentrates on tax, accounting for income taxes, acquisitions, joint ventures and foreign expansion planning. He helps companies with tax minimization strategies, especially in mergers and acquisitions and international expansion.
James has a master’s degree in Tax and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University. He is a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
Owner and Board Member, EM Group Oy
Marjo is one of the owners and a board member of EM Group and its subsidiary company Ensto. She is also Chairman of the Board of Teleste Corp. and a board member of Efore, both of which are listed Finnish technology companies.
EM Group is an international family business headquartered in Finland that is now in the hands of the second generation. Its main focus is to develop and own international enterprises and real estate. Ensto is an international group of technology and electrical industry companies producing clean, recyclable and innovative products, solutions and services. Teleste is an international technology company that develops and offers video and broadband technologies and related services.
Over the past few years, Margo has been actively participating as a board member of various Finnish technology organizations and universities. At present, she is the Chair of the Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion. Margo holds an MS in Education.
EMEIA Strategic Growth Markets Leader
Demet is currently EY EMEIA Strategic Growth Markets Leader and CSE Transaction Advisory Services Markets Leader. In addition, she is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Turkey Leader and a member of the EY Global Women in Business Advisory Council.
Upon graduating from Middle East Technical University, Demet joined Arthur Andersen, where she worked for 10 years in the audit practice and in investment banking prior to the merger of EY and Arthur Andersen in 2002. In 2005, she became a partner at EY Turkey, where she is the Transaction Support Leader and Private Equity Leader.
Demet is a qualified Independent Public Accountant and Financial Advisor (SMMM). She also holds an MSc in International Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics.
Global Leader - Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and Venture Capital Advisory Group
Bryan Pearce is a partner with Ernst & Young LLP and EY’s Global Leader of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program, which operates in more than 60 countries and 150 cities. He has nearly 30 years of experience assisting entrepreneurial companies with their growth plans and financing needs such as venture capital and private equity, joint ventures and strategic alliances.
His leadership role with the program also includes our Entrepreneur Of The Year Alumni Network and our culminating gala event— EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year, now celebrating its 15th anniversary. EY has a proud legacy of advising, guiding and recognizing the world’s leading entrepreneurs and convening them through various events to unleash and fuel their innovative spirit and passion to build a better working world.
Bryan also leads EY’s Global Venture Capital Advisory initiatives aimed at serving leading venture capital investors and their high-growth, IPO-bound portfolio companies.
UK Technology, Media and Telecommunications, Corporate Finance Partner
Simon is a leading advisor on technology mergers and acquisitions with 20 years of experience. He is known for working with high-quality growth businesses, middle-market private equity and growth investors, and multinational corporations expanding into new segments.
Simon joined EY in September 2001 following six years at another professional services firm, where he lived in Budapest and Brussels. He has led transactions in 24 different countries and worked on cross-border deals with counterparties from a wide range of nationalities. His teams have completed more than 100 transactions.
Punta Tech Meetup
Ariel’s great passion has always been marketing and advertising. For the past 30 years, he has been actively involved in the direct marketing business in Latin America.
Since 2005 he has been dedicated to developing several platforms to sell products and services online. The most well-known of these ventures is Trillonario.com, with active customers in more than 180 countries. He also recently launched FonoFarma.com and MeCanse.com.
From 1990 to 2004, Ariel was the Chairman and CEO of his own direct response TV company in Brazil. He expanded its activities to other direct marketing techniques including catalogs, credit card syndication programs, print advertising and e-marketing. Prior to that role, he was the CEO of Office Generale Publicitaire for Latin America, where he created catalog companies in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Uruguay and Brazil.
Ariel has a BA in Economics from the University of Uruguay.
Maria T. Pinelli
Global Vice Chair – Strategic Growth Markets
Maria oversees the EY business unit that is the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs and high-growth companies. She advises clients who are focused on accelerating growth and achieving market leadership. Maria has more than 25 years of providing professional services to both private and public companies, and she has led more than 20 IPOs on three continents.
Maria has briefed members of the G20, the World Economic Forum, the London Stock Exchange, the U.S. Senate Banking Committee and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as the US, Russian, European Union and African governments, on the trends that are driving global activity in the IPO market, entrepreneurship and innovation, and economic growth.
Maria is truly passionate about supporting entrepreneurs, overseeing the renowned EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program worldwide. She founded the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program in 2008 to accelerate the growth of high-potential female entrepreneurs.
Jason is a business executive with more than 15 years of managerial experience in technology, media and entertainment, and consumer products venture investments. He has been an early-stage investor and is highly proficient at identifying, developing and executing exemplary business models.
As an early employee at Sportsline.com, Jason helped to rapidly grow the company before it was acquired by CBS in 2004. He is the founding investor at Quirky, where he now serves as a strategic board member, and he was an early investor and advisor in several other ventures, including Normal Ears, Lowercase Ventures, Uber, Twitter, Kidozen, NumberFire, JumpForward, LittleBits and mParticle.
Jason serves on the boards of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Heather on Earth Music Therapy Foundation, and he is a member of the Advisory Board of Miami Country Day School. He has been an active member of TED since 2008.
Archives Director, Prym Group
Andrea is a 19th-generation member of the Prym family, one of the oldest entrepreneurial families in the world and the oldest in Germany.
The Prym Group was founded in 1530 and has been run by the Prym family for 14 generations. Headquartered near Cologne, Germany, and with production facilities located around the globe, the Prym Group is a leading global supplier of creative sewing products, needlework and fashion accessories; rivetable press fastening systems and accessories to the clothing and textile industries; and material and surface technology, microfine pressing technology and mechatronics. Andrea engages in several foundations and has numerous charitable responsibilities.
Chief Enthusiasm Officer
Holly currently runs HRE Global, a consulting and leadership development company. She was named one of 2012’s 100 Most Influential Australian Women by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac, and her passion for driving sustainable change in both the corporate and not-for-profit world is truly remarkable, having worked with more than 20 nonprofit organizations around the world. In 2012, she became the world’s youngest Rotary president, and she was named both Young Western Australian of the Year and Young Volunteer of the Year.
A keynote speaker at the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day in 2011, Holly has represented Australia at summits around the world. She represented Australia at the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance Summit in Moscow and has been appointed Chair of the 2014 G20 Youth Summit in Australia by the Australian Prime Minister.
Holly has a BA in Economics and a Law degree.
President and CEO
Avi has led 3D Systems since 2003, and today it is the global 3D content-to-print leader. It is redefining and shaping the way we design, what we create and how we manufacture.
In 2014, 3D Systems was ranked as the 13th Most Innovative Growth Company in the world by Forbes. In 2013, it was named the fifth Fastest Growing Company in the US and the country’s second Fastest Growing Technology Company by Fortune.
Avi was named one of the top 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream by Popular Mechanics in 2014. He also has been listed as one of Fortune’s Top 50 business leaders, and in 2012, he received the Boldness in Business Award from the Financial Times. He is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 US regional winner.
Social entrepreneur, venture philanthropist,author of Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself, US
Eileen is the great-granddaughter of John D. Rockefeller and author of Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself. She shares her life and passions, from climate change and health care to social-emotional learning. As the founding Chair of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Health, Eileen has created a name for herself while living up to her family’s.
Although the Rockefellers are an intensely private family, their extraordinary contributions to the national and international landscape have influenced the global economy and science. They have created and preserved national parks and monuments; founded major universities, medical schools and museums; and passionately supported the arts and culture in the US and around the world.
Eileen is co-Chair of her family’s generational association and co-founder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning. Together with her husband and sons, she manages a philanthropic fund that catalyzes actions to stem climate change.
Global Deputy Private Equity Leader
As Global Deputy Private Equity Leader, Michael is responsible for the development of EY’s private equity go-to-market strategy, as well as driving the execution of client strategies to private equity funds and their investees across all geographies. Michael is also responsible for building the EY Global Private Equity Center’s key initiatives for all client teams and strengthening connections in emerging and frontier markets.
Michael has led several global client teams and has held numerous leadership roles, most recently as Global Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) Markets Leader in London, where he was responsible for driving go-to-market strategies across EY’s TAS network globally.
Michael received his BSGM from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and his MBA from the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. He also completed the executive education programs at the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
William H. Saito
President and CEO
Named by Nikkei as one of the 100 Most Influential People for Japan, William began software programming at an early age and started his own company in high school. By the time he was honored for entrepreneurship in 1998 by EY, NASDAQ and USA Today, he was recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on encryption, biometric authentication and cybersecurity.
After selling his business to Microsoft, William moved to Tokyo and founded venture consultancy InTecur, which identifies innovative technologies, develops global talent and helps entrepreneurs become successful.
William is a Foundation Board member at the World Economic Forum, which also has named him both a Young Global Leader and a Global Agenda Council member. He advises several national governments around the globe, and he currently serves as a special advisor to the Cabinet Office for the Government of Japan.
Global Vice Chair – Markets and Chair – Global Accounts Committee
Uschi is a member of the EY Global Executive, the EY Global Vice Chair – Markets and Chair of the Global Accounts Committee. She is responsible for EY’s integrated go-to-market approach around the world.
Uschi is widely recognized as a transformational leader with extensive experience in driving change in large, complex organizations. She is a leader in progressing women’s issues in an international context and in EY’s diversity and inclusiveness programs. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Agenda for the Future of Government and an advisor and board member of the global Women in Parliament initiative. In December 2014, she was recognized as one of the 50 most influential people in the global accounting industry.
Originally from Germany, Uschi has lived and worked in Europe, Asia and Australia with experience spanning mature and emerging markets. She had a highly successful career as CEO of large government agencies before joining EY in 2008.
Dr. Martin Steinbach
EMEIA IPO Leader
Martin is the EY EMEIA IPO Leader and Head of IPO and Listing Services for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. His concentrations include IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity deals. He has more than 20 years of experience working in corporate finance in Europe, China, Russia and India.
Before joining EY in 2011, Martin held management positions in investment banking, private equity, IT and the stock exchange sector. He has served on the supervisory boards of companies and investment committees of private equity firms.
Say Jim Tan
Group Managing Director and CEO
IRIS Corporation Bhd
Tireless humanitarian, philanthropist and all-around “idea guy,” Datuk Tan has touched millions of lives around the world by seamlessly blending disparate technologies to bring to life many useful solutions to everyday problems. From creating electronic passports and electronic identification 20 years ago to investing in agriculture to bolster job and food security, he has been steadily changing the way people think and do things.
Under Datuk Tan's visionary leadership, IRIS has expanded its business in providing products and solutions to more than 34 countries globally. He has transformed IRIS into a global solutions provider in trusted identification, payment, transportation, renewable energy, Industrialized Building System, agro technology, sustainable development and education.
Randall L. Tavierne
Global Markets Leader - Strategic Growth Markets
Randy is the Global Markets Leader for Strategic Growth Markets for EY. He has more than 30 years of experience concentrating primarily on high-growth entrepreneurial private and public clients and multinational companies, with significant international experience in the Asia-Pacific and European regions. He is also the Global Assurance Leader for the organization’s Private Middle Market initiative.
Randy brings a global perspective to accounts and markets and has been a leader of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Program for the past 20 years, running four regional programs in the US Midwest. Randy has also successfully launched CFO roundtable events and the IPO conference in the US Midwest.
He is the past President of the Central Region of the Boy Scouts of America and a past member of the 1871/Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center Board.
Randy received a BS in Accounting from Michigan State University. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs and Illinois CPA Society.
President and CEO
Emil is the founder and majority shareholder of Atlantic Grupa. He previously was Director of Meteor Paper Milan, the Italian subsidiary of Meteor Holding London, which at the time was one of the largest paper trading companies in Europe.
Through his work with political bodies, Emil was actively engaged in moving Croatia closer to membership in the European Union (EU). He was a member of the Parliamentary Committee overseeing the Croatian negotiation process with the EU, and he is a member of the Croatian Social and Economic Council. Emil has served as President of the Croatian Employers’ Association, where he has been an active member since its founding. Since 2010 he has been a member of the Economic Advisory Council to the President.
Emil is an active supporter of social and cultural development in the region. He was awarded the Honorary Heart of Sarajevo in 2011 in recognition of his long-standing support of the Sarajevo Film Festival.
CEO and Co-Founder
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Greece
Marco is Upstream’s CEO and co-founder. Upstream operates one of the largest mobile commerce platforms in the world, with more than 100 million customers in 42 countries and revenues of US$250m. He drives Upstream’s strategic vision and growth into new geographies and products.
Prior to co-founding Upstream, Marco was a marketing strategist at leading advertising agencies Grey Advertising, McCann Erickson and DDB in London. Marco developed global communications strategies for major international brands.
Marco is an active angel investor in technology companies and board director at Persado, a fast-growing marketing language engineering company, and Workable, a breakthrough recruitment software company. He is a mentor at Endeavor and Openfund and Vice-Chairman of the Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies.Marco holds a BA in Politics and International Studies from Warwick University and an MPhil in European Studies from Oxford University.
Mark A. Weinberger
Global Chairman and CEO
Mark Weinberger is the Global Chairman & CEO of EY. Prior to his current role, Mark served as the Global Vice Chair – Tax for EY.
Mark served as the Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Tax Policy) in the George W. Bush Administration. He was also appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve on the Social Security Advisory Board. Mark was co-founder of Washington Counsel, P.C., a DC-based law and legislative advisory firm that merged into EY and now operates as Washington Council EY.
Mark co-chairs the Russian Foreign Investment Advisory Council and plays an active role in World Economic Forum programs, serving as a member of its International Business Council and the Steering Committee of the Global Issue Partnership on International Trade & Investment. Mark also serves as Chair of the Business Roundtable Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy. Mark is on the Board of Trustees for Emory University and Case Western Reserve University.
He holds a BA from Emory University, an MBA and JD from Case Western University, and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center.
Founder and CEO
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Finland
William started his first company at 13 years old, assembling custom-built computers for friends and family in his hometown of Helsinki, Finland. At 15 years old, he decided to expand his business to the US and founded DealDash. This interactive entertainment and lifestyle retailer and brand promotion platform calls itself “the most exciting way to discover and win brand-named goods.”
Seven years later, DealDash serves more than 5 million highly engaged American shoppers and processes more than 2 million transactions daily. According to Adweek, DealDash was the world’s most talked about brand on Facebook in 2013.
William is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Finland. In his spare time, he is completing a three-year program at Harvard Business School and expects to graduate next year.
Thomas Zellweger, PhD
Professor and Chair of Family Business, University of St. Gallen
Thomas holds the Family Business Chair at the University of St. Gallen, where he also directs the school’s Center for Family Business. He was a research fellow at Babson College and a visiting professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.
Thomas’s research has been published in leading academic journals such as Strategic Management Journal, Organization Science and Journal of Management Studies, and he has received several international awards. He is a member of three supervisory boards of family firms in Switzerland and advises family firm owners on governance and strategic questions.