World Entrepreneur Of The Year
Speakers and contributors
The Honest Company
Jessica is an actress, activist, New York Times bestselling author and entrepreneur. Her role as a mom of two girls inspired the launch of The Honest Company. This mission-driven company is focused on giving children the best possible start, ensuring families’ and communities’ well-being, and safeguarding the planet through sustainable business practices.
Jessica’s activism includes serving as the global ambassador and co-chair for 1Goal, an international campaign tied to the World Cup to expand global education, alongside Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan and Bono. She has been an avid supporter of several nonprofits, including Step Up women’s network, The Children’s Defense Fund and Voto Latino. Her passion for social justice, particularly for women and children, has led to several trips to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Jessica currently is the spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition, joining leading public health experts to demand that government leadership increase protections against toxic chemicals. She is also on the Board of Baby2Baby, which supplies essential baby gear and clothing to families in need.
Jessica was in the top 20 of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business and one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2012, and she was named part of Vanity Fair’s Next Establishment. Published in 2013, her book, The Honest Life, was a New York Times bestseller.
Jessica’s acting career began at the age of 12, and she has since made more than 25 feature films that have earned a combined box office total of over US$800 million.
Johan H. Andresen
Chairman & Owner
Wells Fargo Chair of Family Business
Kennesaw State University, US
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.
Americas Strategic Growth Markets Leader
Herb serves as the Americas Leader of Strategic Growth Markets (SGM), the EY network that provides services to fast-moving and entrepreneurial companies throughout the Americas. Herb also served as East Central SGM Leader, where he coordinated regional SGM practice initiatives.
Herb has more than 20 years of experience in public accounting and in the private sector. He has supported clients with acquisitions, financing, integration, risk management and exit strategies. Herb has extensive experience working with private equity and corporate acquirers; assisting clients in financial and operations due diligence; transaction structuring; purchase agreements; and integration analysis.He is actively involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Endeavor and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and he previously oversaw the production of six EY Entrepreneur Of The Year regional programs.
Herb received his BS in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia.
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
Godrej Industries Ltd, India
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.
Americas Family Business Leader
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.
Chairman and CEO
The Coca-Cola Company
Muhtar joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 and has held a variety of marketing and operations leadership roles throughout his career in markets across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
In 2005, Muhtar was appointed President of Coca-Cola International, responsible for overseeing all operations outside of North America. In 2006, he assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, and in 2008 he was elevated to President and CEO. He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009.
Muhtar is active in the global business community. He is Co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s CEO Council on Health and Innovation, a fellow of the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the Business Roundtable, a member of the Board and past Co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum, immediate past Chairman of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum, a past Chairman of the US-China Business Council and Chairman Emeritus of the US-ASEAN Business Council. He serves on the boards of 3M, Special Olympics International, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst, Cambridge China Development Trust and Emory University.
Muhtar holds a BS in Economics from the University of Hull in England and an MS in Administrative Sciences from Cass Business School, City University London.
Founder, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director
Kotak Mahindra Bank
Dr. Bitature is the Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Simba Group, an East African conglomerate with business interests in telecom, energy, property, power generation, agriculture, mining, tourism and media.
In addition to his role with Simba Group, Dr. Bitature is currently Chairman of several boards, including Uganda Investment Authority, Umeme Limited and The Presidential Investors Round Table, a think tank of private sector leaders; and H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda.
He was honored as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Eastern Africa Emerging Award winner and was voted as one of the Top 5 Most Respected East African CEOs in 2003. He is a frequent speaker to youth organizations on the topics of professionalism, discipline and entrepreneurship.
EM Group Oy, Finland
Arif Masood Naqvi
Founder and Group Chief Executive
The Abraaj Group
Arif established The Abraaj Group in 2002 and has served as its Group Chief Executive since inception, building it into one of the leading private equityfirms in the world. Abraaj is widely recognized as a pioneer of global growth markets private equity with 25 country offices. Arif has more than 30 years of experience investing in public and private companies. His leadership of Abraaj’s investment strategy has resulted in some of the most notable private equity transactions across global growth markets.
Arif is a trustee of the Interpol Foundation and on the boards of the United Nations Global Compact, the Global Leadership Council of Columbia University and Endeavor Global. He is the Chair of the Middle East Centre Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science, a council member of the Belfer Center International at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art in London.
Arif has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual private sector leaders for fostering peace and stability through business, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, Private Equity International named him as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry.
In 2008, Arif and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in health care, nutrition and education.
Global Leader Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and Venture Capital
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.
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.
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, and author of Being a Rockefeller, Becoming myself
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 & Chair
Global Accounts Committee
Uschi is EY’s Global Markets Leader. In this role she is responsible for EY’s markets functions of Knowledge, Industry/Sector, Strategic Growth Markets, Strategy and Analysis, Commercialization/Innovation, Trade and Business Development.
She also leads the Government and Public Sector global organization of more than 7,000 people, providing advisory, audit, transactional and taxation services to clients across mature and emerging markets.
Uschi is the former Deputy CEO of EY in Australia. Prior to joining EY in 2007, she was a Director-General and Cabinet Secretary of delivery and central agency government departments in Australia.
Uschi has significant experience with transformation programs in large organizations, and she is passionate about driving change for EY and its clients. She is a leader in EY’s diversity and inclusiveness programs and in progressing women’s issues internationally.
Chairman and CEO
Howard is Chairman and CEO of Starbucks. He moved to Seattle from his native New York and joined the company in 1982 as Director of Operations and Marketing when Starbucks had only four stores. Today, Starbucks has more than 22,000 stores in 66 countries, serves over 75 million customers each week and has more than 300,000 partners (employees) proudly wearing the green apron.
Chairman since 2000, Howard resumed the role of President and CEO in January 2008. He has led a transformation of the company, bringing Starbucks to sustainable, profitable growth with a renewed focus on its coffee heritage, innovation and the customer experience.
Howard has been recognized extensively for his passion, leadership and efforts to strengthen communities. His honors include receiving the 2013 Kellogg Award for Distinguished Leadership at Northwestern University for his commitment to employees and communities and being named Fortune magazine’s 2011 Businessperson of the Year for delivering record financial returns for the company while leading an effort to spur job creation in the US. He also is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award winner.
He is the bestselling author of For Love of Country: What Our Veterans Can Teach Us About Citizenship, Heroism, and Sacrifice; Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul; and Pour Your Heart Into It.
Sir Martin Sorrell
Sir Martin is the founder and Group Chief Executive of WPP, the world’s largest marketing communications group. WPP employs more than 179,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices in 111 countries. As one of the most respected global industry leaders, his views on business and the world economy are widely sought.
WPP companies, which include some of the most eminent agencies in the business, provide clients with advertising; media investment management; consumer insight; public relations and public affairs; branding and identity; health care communications; direct, interactive and internet marketing; and specialist communications services.
Sir Martin contributes to many important organizations and charities. In 2008, he was appointed by The Football Association to the board of the bid to stage the 2018 FIFA World Cup. He is on the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum International Business Council and a member of the Business Council in the US. He is a patron of the British Museum, a member of the Corporate Advisory Group of the Tate Gallery and on the International Advisory Board of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.
Sir Martin has degrees from Cambridge University and Harvard Business School. He actively supports the advancement of international business schools, advising Harvard, IESE, the Indian School of Business, the China Europe International Business School and Fundação Dom Cabral Business School in Brazil, among others, and has been an ambassador for British business. He has been publicly recognized with a number of awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award. He received a knighthood in January 2000.
Biz is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. A progenitor of social media, he has been developing large-scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than 15 years. Today, Biz is co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries, known for Super.me, a service for expressing emphatic statements that become small works of art.
Biz has been honored with the International Center for Journalism Innovation Award. Inc. named him Entrepreneur of the Decade, Time listed him as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and GQ named him Nerd of the Year. In 2014, The Economist recognized Biz with its annual Innovation Award. In 2015, Twitter won an Emmy.
Biz is a fellow at Oxford University, a filmmaker and the author of Things A Little Bird Told Me. He is the co-founder of The Biz & Livia Stone Foundation, a nonprofit supporting education, public health, environmentalism and animal welfare. Having started out as an artist, Biz stresses creativity, learning from mistakes and celebrating the triumph of humanity with a little help from technology.
Datuk Tan Say Jim
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, agrotechnology, sustainable development and education.
Randall L. Tavierne
Markets Leader for 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.
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.
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.
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.