World Entrepreneur Of The Year
Speakers and contributors
Founder and President, Workaround
Co-founder and Chairman, Pedago
Co-founder and Chairman, Bizy
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 US
Tom Adams is a Swedish technology executive now based in the US. Before launching the Workaround companies, Tom was on the Management Committee of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund, and he was the former Chairman and CEO of Rosetta Stone, which he built over a decade and took public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2009.
Workaround helps originate and nurture product innovation companies and turn product leaders into entrepreneurs. Workaround companies, which include Pedago, Bizy and Hippo, build experiences that educate and networks that problem solve. Workaround believes that collaborative human thinking drives our evolution more than any data analysis or algorithm. With that in mind, Workaround creates software across a wide range of domains that empowers people to think more successfully. Its first company, Pedago, is launching an introductory educational offering in June 2015.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Switzerland
Before recently founding Evaluglobe, Doris led CLS Communication as Group CEO for 16 years and then as its Vice Chairman, from the company’s inception as a spin-off through a management buyout, its internationalization, onboarding a PE firm, acquisitions and finally its sale in 2015.
Under Doris’ leadership, CLS evolved from the translation department of a major Swiss bank into a full-service provider of language services with 600 employees and 5,000 external partners, with 20 locations in Europe, North America and Asia. Prior to CLS, she held executive positions in the translation departments of two major banks and worked as a language technology consultant.
Doris is a certified translator and holds an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen. She is a member of the Board of Switzerland Global Enterprise, SOS Children’s Villages Foundation and MIDATA Cooperative (eHealth).
Abdulaziz Bin Nasser Al-Khalifa
Qatar Development Bank
Abdulaziz is the CEO of Qatar Development Bank (QDB), the leading development and financing body driving the growth of Qatar’s private sector. At QDB, he previously was the Executive Director of Strategy & Business Development for three years, serving simultaneously as Vice President of several internal and external committees.
Prior to joining QDB, Abdulaziz worked at Qatar Shell as a business development manager and held technical and managerial positions at the Qatar General Electricity & Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA). He has vast experience in the private and entrepreneurship sectors, playing a leading role in the launch of several flagship development initiatives, including the Al Dhameen Partial Guarantee Program, Tasdeer Qatar Export Development Agency and the Housing Loan Program for Qatari citizens.
Abdulaziz holds an MBA from Qatar University and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California. He has received several specialized diplomas from Harvard University and Insead University.
Johan H. Andresen
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.
Dr. Madelyn Antoncic
Vice President and Treasurer
The World Bank
Madelyn is Vice President and Treasurer of the World Bank. She is responsible for overseeing the management of approximately US$140b in assets for the World Bank and other official-sector investors, the World Bank’s financing program, Asset and Liability Management, and several business lines serving member countries: Asset Management Advisory; Debt Management Advisory; Banking; and Financial and Catastrophic Risk Management Solutions, designing and executing hedging products for the World Bank Group’s client countries. She is also responsible for the group’s US$21b pension and maintaining the bank’s AAA rating.
Madelyn began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, followed by 12 years at Goldman Sachs, including more than 7 years trading structured products; 2 years at Barclays; and 10 years at Lehman Brothers.
She is a frequent speaker on topics of systemic risk, governance, markets and regulatory reform, and she has received numerous awards for business, finance and leadership. She is a member of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medical College and the Graduate School of Medical Science.
Madelyn holds a PhD in Economics from the Stern School at New York University and was a Sloan Foundation doctoral fellow.
Ashley is The Telegraph’s M&A Reporter, specializing in breaking major corporate transaction stories, including deals and IPOs, as well as reporting on key business stories.
She began her career in financial journalism in 2008 as a reporter at City A.M. before going on to work at Credit Today and Mergermarket’s Dealreporter. Ashley holds an MA in Newspaper Journalism from City University.
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 Head, Commercial Clients
Standard Chartered Bank
Andrew is the Global Head, Commercial Clients, for Standard Chartered Bank. He previously was the Chief Risk Officer West for Standard Chartered Bank and the Senior Regional Credit Officer, Western Hemisphere, for Wholesale Banking.
Andrew is also the Chair of the Infrastructure Crisis Facility Debt Pool and the Chair of GuarantCo Limited. The Infrastructure Crisis Facility Debt Pool is a German Government-funded initiative to help to fund gaps in infrastructure finance created by the global financial crisis. GuarantCo enhances local currency debt issuance by the infrastructure sector in lower-income countries, sponsored by the governments of Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and UK.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Andrew was the CEO of BMI Bank in Bahrain. Before BMI, Andrew worked for Barclays in a variety of roles. He holds an LLB and is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Services and a Fellow of the Institute of Directors Southern Africa.
Founder and Chairman
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Argentina
Gerardo started DONMARIO in 1982 with US$15,000. His dream is to be the leading provider of soybean genetic services in the main soybean-producing countries around the world.
Today the company is the largest and most dynamic Latin American firm engaged in developing seeds for agricultural producers, even as it competes with American and European multinational companies. DONMARIO is the only Argentine company with a presence in an increasingly concentrated and competitive marketplace, and genetics is the main pillar for its growth and business. The company has a 35% market share in the provision of soybean genetic services in South America, producing 60% of the soybeans in the world.
Gerardo’s values as an entrepreneur agree with those guiding DONMARIO: passion for work, professional honesty, teamwork, respect, commitment to service and a good mood. He works by example, demonstrating responsibility and speaking with the truth. He has also received multiple distinctions and awards.
Selim A. Bassoul
Chairman and CEO
The Middleby Corporation
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004 US
Selim is Chairman and CEO of The Middleby Corporation, the world leader in commercial, residential and food processing equipment.
When Selim took the reins at Middleby, he focused on the commercial kitchen side of the business and stressed innovations that would lead to energy savings, speed of cooking, safety, labor reduction, product quality and consistency.
That focus has led to an exponential growth of the company, and today one out of every three restaurants worldwide uses Middleby cooking equipment in its commercial kitchen. Over the past 15 years, Middleby’s annual revenue has increased from US$100m to more than US$1b, and nearly 50 brands around the world operate under the Middleby banner.
A native of Lebanon, Selim attended the American University of Beirut where he received a BA in Business Administration with Distinction. He later earned an MBA from the Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management.
Entrepreneur and investor
Transition Level Investments
Steve is one of Australia’s most successful tech entrepreneurs and an active investor and mentor to start-ups. He has helped to launch a host of companies that together boast a valuation of more than A$100m.
He left school at 15 and enlisted in the army’s apprenticeship program, where he became an engineer working in electronics, telecommunications and guided weapon systems. In 1994, at the age of 23, Steve put his life savings of A$11,000 on the line to launch the pioneering internet service provider SE Net. In 2001, he teamed with a schoolmate to launch his second start-up, PIPE Networks. Eight years later they sold it to the TPG Group for A$373m.
Steve recently launched River City Labs, a leading co-working community to encourage entrepreneurs. In 2013 he co-founded Right Pedal Studios, a mobile gaming accelerator, and StartupAUS, an advocacy group for Australian tech start-ups.
Shereen is the Managing Editor of CNBC-TV18 in India. She has more than 15 years of broadcast television experience that includes tracking corporate and policy news and events that have defined the country’s business landscape.
Shereen produces and anchors flagship daily news shows such as India Business Hour and What’s Hot. She is also the anchor and editor of Young Turks, one of India’s longest-running shows on entrepreneurs, and the author of Young Turks, a book recently published by Random House India.
She has received the Best Business Talk Show Award at the News Television Awards for two years in a row, and she won the Best Business Anchor Award in 2013. Shereen also won the FICCI Woman of the Year Award for her contribution to the media in 2005, and she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
H. Raymond Bingham
General Atlantic LLC
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004 US
Ray joined General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, as a managing director in 2006, and he transitioned to Advisory Director in 2010.
Ray’s 30-year career spans businesses in high tech, chemical engineering and real estate development, with accomplishments in mergers and acquisitions, global trade and venture capital.
In 2009, Ray was awarded the Outstanding Directors Award by the Financial Times and Outstanding Directors Exchange. He helped found and serves as a director of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, and he is a board member of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Ray earned a BS with honors from Weber State University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Weber State University.
Julia is a third-generation family member of the Birkenstock Group. Having grown up in Germany not far from the production plants operated by her parents’ company, she started to show curiosity toward the production field at a young age, often taking over simple shop floor tasks. At the age of 16, Julia started her own subsidiary under the Birkenstock Group in Spain, building on her interest in shoe design and manufacturing.
Julia is currently finishing her bachelor’s degree in Management at the Cass Business School in London. Seeking to advance both her understanding and practice in the production industry, she is working on a white paper addressing the operational opportunities that arise from the application of internet-enabled technologies in the manufacturing field. Julia also has been learning about the workings of wealth management and family offices, and she engages actively in initiatives such as the EY NextGen Academy.
Cherie Blair CBE, QC
Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Cherie is a leading lawyer and committed campaigner for women’s rights. She set up the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in 2008 to help women build small and growing businesses in developing and emerging markets so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.
In addition to fighting for human rights in her professional career, Cherie is an active campaigner of gender equality and human rights issues. She remains closely involved with charities that place a special emphasis on women and children.
Cherie was an Ambassador for London 2012, supporting the city’s bid to host the Olympics in the UK. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2013 New Year's Honors List for services to women's issues and to charity in the UK and overseas. She is married to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Edgar Bronfman, Jr.
Edgar is Managing Partner at Accretive, a firm that specializes in creating companies to solve important problems in large industries, and Executive Chairman of Global Thermostat, a pioneering company designed to develop and commercialize a technology for the direct capture of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and other sources.
He is the former Chairman and CEO of Warner Music, one of the world’s largest music companies. During his tenure, Warner Music was named one of Fortune magazine’s Most Admired Companies in 2007, and in 2009 it was recognized as one of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company magazine.
Edgar serves on the boards of InterActiveCorp and Accretive Health. He is Chairman of the Board of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit organization pioneering a new approach to international development. He also serves on the board of New York University Elaine A. and Kenneth G. Langone Medical Center.
Founder and CEO
Liam is the founder and CEO of PCH, which designs custom manufacturing solutions for Fortune 500 and start-up companies. Since founding PCH in 1996, he has grown the company to more than US$1b in revenues. The company has been a huge advocate and supporter of start-up hardware companies, such as Littlebits, Cue, Ringly, Drop, Navdy and Blaze, among many others.
Named after the famed California Highway, PCH is headquartered in Cork, Ireland. PCH opened its US headquarters in 2013 in San Francisco. Serving customers globally, the company operates an innovation hub in San Francisco, which includes PCH Lime Lab, a design engineering division with state-of-the-art prototyping capability; Highway1, a hardware incubator; and PCH Access, which helps start-up companies scale.
Liam is widely recognized as a thought leader in hardware, supply chain management and start-ups. He spends his time in San Francisco, Cork and Shenzhen, China.
David A. Brown
Head of Equity Capital Markets Advisory
Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC
David is a senior managing director and the Head of Equity Capital Markets Advisory at Ernst & Young Capital Advisors, LLC. He joined EY in April 2015 from Oppenheimer & Co., where he had been a managing director and the Head of Capital Markets Origination since 2013. David previously spent 16 years at other firms advising clients on capital markets transactions and corporate finance situations.
David is responsible for managing the equity and equity-related dialogue across EY’s extensive corporate client base, advising on structural, market, corporate finance and other critical issues that confront our clients. David leverages his investment banking career and lead-managed deal experience to provide EY’s clients with analysis, perspective and guidance as they consider both public and private market capital raising alternatives.
David earned a BA from Northwestern University with a double major in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Economics.
Co.Exist, Fast Company
Morgan is the founding editor of Co.Exist, Fast Company’s website about world-changing ideas and innovation, which launched in late 2011. He has spent his career covering the rise in prominence of social entrepreneurship and responsible business, following the innovators and organizations that are making social good a vital component of the business world.
Prior to Fast Company, Morgan was one of the founding editors of GOOD, serving as the Deputy Editor there for five years. During his tenure, the magazine was nominated for multiple National Magazine Awards, including a “Best Section” nomination for his work on the magazine’s infographics. He also served as the Editorial Director of the email newsletter Very Short List, and his work has appeared in numerous other publications.
Chairman and Managing Director
Competitive Foods Australia Ltd.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia Judge 2005, 2006, 2008
World Entrepreneur Of The Year Judge 2011
Jack is the founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Competitive Foods Australia, a business that has grown from a single food service outlet to one with A$1.2b in revenue that employs more than 16,000 staff throughout Australia.
Jack moved to Australia from Canada to establish his business. In addition to operating 350 restaurants in Australia, the company operates five manufacturing facilities producing frozen value-added meat products as well as processing fresh vegetables. It exports to 29 countries.
Jack is an accomplished entrepreneur. In addition to his role at Competitive Foods Australia, he is also the director of the Network Ten television business; Chandler McLeod, a listed recruitment company; and Fairfax Media. He is the Chairman and the largest shareholder of Domino’s Pizza, a listed public company.
Jack is the largest shareholder in BridgeClimb, a major tourist attraction in Sydney.
Chief Talent Officer and Group Executive, Global Talent Acquisition, Management and Development
David is responsible for ensuring MasterCard’s success in hiring great talent and developing the skills and leadership capabilities that will ensure the company thrives in the long term. His teams are on the ground in the major MasterCard offices around the world, and their work encompasses many levers of talent management, including succession planning and talent reviews, performance management, employee surveys, career development, experienced and campus hiring, management development, executive and high-potential development, sales and product training, skills training and e-learning.
Prior to this role, David was a managing director and the head of the Leadership Institute at Credit Suisse. He had responsibility for bankwide human capital processes, including talent reviews and managing director elections, and for the development of current and future leaders of Credit Suisse.
David holds a degree in Psychology from the University or Warwick and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.
Kevin J. Delaney
Editor in Chief and Co-President
Kevin is Editor in Chief and Co-President of Quartz, the global business news site from Atlantic Media launched in 2012 at qz.com.
He was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal for a decade, with that time split between postings in Paris and San Francisco. While covering internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook, he became convinced that newspapers could do much more to ensure that good journalism thrives in the digital age. He was named managing editor of WSJ.com, where he led efforts that helped greatly expand the Journal’s online readership, and he championed innovative journalism projects that went on to win prizes.
Early in his career, Kevin was a reporter for SmartMoney magazine and a TV producer in Montreal. He has a degree in History from Yale, and he is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Hearst digital media professional-in-residence at Columbia University.
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.
Nina dos Santos
Anchor and Correspondent
Nina is a business anchor based in CNN’s London bureau. She is the host of CNN International’s daily European-focused business show, The Business View, and regularly presents various feature shows including Future Finance.Upon joining CNN, Nina obtained a series of global exclusives on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) following the arrest of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in New York. She was the first journalist to obtain a copy of the former managing director’s resignation letter, written in jail, and highlighted debate among female IMF staff about whether it was time for a woman at the helm. Nina has anchored a number of major news events for CNN, from the London Olympic Games to the Arab Spring uprisings and the devastating tsunami that hit Japan. She also was part of CNN’s team covering the British royal wedding and reported extensively from Brussels, Paris and Rome on the Eurozone debt crisis.
Marisa is a managing director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London. She is Co-Head of the EMEA Investment Banking Department and Global Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group, which encompasses all of the financing products and financing advisory businesses within the Investment Banking Department.
Marisa has been in the investment banking business for more than 28 years. She is also active in recruitment, diversity and philanthropy initiatives in the industry. She is a founder of the Competitors’ Diversity Forum and is a member of the C200, an organization composed of the top women in business globally.
In 2013, Marisa was recognized by the BBC as one of the Most Powerful Women in Britain. She has also been recognized by Financial News in its 100 Most Influential Women in Finance list in every year from its inception in 2007 through 2013.
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.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 New Zealand
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).
Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Galitsky
Almaz Capital Partners
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Russia
Alexander is a well-known innovator, entrepreneur and investor. He is Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners, a venture fund he co-founded in 2008 that has offices in Moscow and Portola Valley, California.
Prior to his investment career, Alexander founded five successful high-tech companies, all of which he led as CEO. He also served as one of the top technical executives for the Soviet space industry, where he worked on the Mir space station and the Soviet response to “Star Wars,” the Strategic Defense Initiative. He has more than 30 patents, including parallel processing, Wi-Fi and virtual private network security technologies.
Alexander has been honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and internet industry. He serves on the Skolkovo Foundation Board and as Chairman of the Advisor Committee for Russian Venture Company. He has his PhD in Computer Science.
Nadir B. Godrej
Godrej Industries Ltd.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 India
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.
Jody Greenstone Miller
Co-founder and CEO
Business Talent Group
Jody is the co-founder and CEO of Business Talent Group (BTG), a global marketplace bringing top independent talent to companies for consulting and project-based work. BTG is pioneering new models to get work done flexibly and cost-effectively and was recently recognized by Forbes as one of the Most Promising Companies in America.
Jody has served in senior roles in business, government, media, law and the nonprofit world. Prior to founding BTG, she was a venture partner with Maveron, the Seattle-based venture capital firm. She was previously COO and acting President of Americast, the digital television and interactive services partnership of The Walt Disney Company and several regional telephone companies. Jody also served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton.
As a leading thinker on the future of work, Jody writes extensively and has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The Economist, CNN and Bloomberg.
Chief Executive Officer
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Florida
As CEO of HSNi, Mindy oversees a US$3.6b 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
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.
Umniah Mobile Company
Ihab joined Umniah Mobile Company as the CEO in 2009, drawing upon more than 25 years of extensive managerial experience to lead the company’s industry-pioneering operations.
Prior to assuming his position at Umniah, Ihab joined Batelco Bahrain in 2009 as General Manager of the Enterprise Division, directing the sales, service and marketing operations of Batelco’s solutions portfolio. In 2007, Hinnawi held the position of CEO at Batelco Jordan, where he successfully set the strategic direction of the company, achieving considerable transformational turnarounds and augmenting Batelco’s commercial success by garnering greater gross profits and customer satisfaction. Before joining Batelco, he helped establish Umniah in 2004 within his capacity as a key member of its initial management team, and he continued to work at Umniah until 2007 as its Operations Director.
Ihab holds a BA in Business Administration and is a board member of several organizations.
Xia is the Chairwoman of EVE Group, the fashion company she established in 1994. EVE Group skillfully uses the art of costume to display the distinctive charm of Asian civilization to the world.
EVE Group now operates more than 500 stores in China, and its top men’s clothing brands include EVE de UOMO, EVE CINA, Notting Hill, Kevin Kelly and Jaques Pritt. The company has participated in an exhibition in Paris on behalf of Chinese clothing enterprises, and it has designed clothing for a number of major events, including the 2008 Olympic Games. In 2012, EVE CINA became the first Chinese men’s clothing brand to be featured in London Fashion Week.
Xia has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 Most Influential Chinese in Global Fashion. She is a graduate of the China University of Political Science and Law.
Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets, EMEA
Tom is a managing director and Co-Head of Equity Capital Markets, EMEA, at Barclays. He has extensive European transaction experience, having completed more than 50 IPOs and close to 300 equity offerings.
Tom has more than 15 years of experience in the European equity capital markets. He has been involved in many of the largest UK and European equity issues over the past five years, including recent transactions for the London Stock Exchange, Merlin Entertainments and Sky. Prior to joining Barclays, he worked at UBS.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Australia
Rod has 30 years of experience in educational administration and has held a number of senior positions within the Australian Government and private education. He has worked in both secondary and university education, including being Deputy Director of the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre and the Secondary Education Authority of Western Australia.
Rod has been involved in international education since 1987 and is recognized as one of the leaders in the successful establishment of the sector in Australia. He is a co-founder of Navitas, a leading global education provider that delivers an extensive range of educational services to over 80,000 students through more than 120 colleges in 27 countries.
In 2007, Rod received an honorary Doctorate of Education from Edith Cowan University in recognition of his contribution to the international education sector. In 2010, he was recognized by the International Education Association of Australia for his leadership in the field of international education.
Founder and CEO
Sarah was hiking in Arizona one hot summer day when she became frustrated with the bottle she carried. The sun had penetrated the thin metal and heated up the water inside. It was then that she came up with the idea for the S’well bottle, which keeps drinks cold for 24 hours and hot for 12. It is a highly versatile product with an added twist: it is as much fashion accessory as it is a useful drink container.
Today, S’well bottles are sold in 35 countries and more than 10,000 retail stores, including J. Crew and Nordstrom. This year, S’well continues to gain exposure and can now be found in thousands of Starbucks locations throughout the US.
The fashion world has also embraced the unique design of the S’well bottle. The company boasts prestigious relationships with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Universal Music Group, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Equinox.
However, it’s not all about providing a fashion accessory. The company’s mission is to rid the planet of plastic bottles. It also donates part of the proceeds from the sale of each of its bottles to charities.
In 2014, Sarah was listed on Fortune magazine’s 40 Under 40, and in the same year she became an EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program participant.
Michael J. Kacsmar
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Americas Program Director
Mike serves as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Americas Program Director for Strategic Growth Markets, overseeing all US regional programs as well as programs in Canada, Mexico and South America.
As a partner with Ernst & Young LLP, Mike brings more than 21 years of experience serving a variety of high-growth domestic and international companies, both private and public, at various stages of development. His clients have successfully navigated through mergers, acquisitions and both private and public equity and debt offerings.
Mike is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania (inactive), and he is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs, the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He has a BS in Business Administration – Accounting from Bloomsburg University.
Turkey Business Development Leader
Ogeday has more than 25 years of operational and consulting experience acquired at leading consumer goods, technology and strategic consulting companies in the US, UK, Turkey, and Central and Eastern Europe. He is the co-founder of an independent private equity fund that was formed in the late 2000s with commitments from institutions such as IFC, EBRD and EIF to make growth investments in small- to mid-sized companies in Turkey.
Prior to joining EY in 2014, Ogeday was Senior Advisor to a strategic consulting firm on one of its engagements with the Turkish Government. His functional experience spans across sales and marketing, engineering and manufacturing, finance, strategy, business development and human resources. During his career, he has developed knowledge in growth strategy, channel and brand strategy, salesforce effectiveness, profitability improvement, organizational change, internet entrepreneurship and e-commerce, M&A, post-merger integration, partnerships and strategic alliances, and external relations.
Executive Vice President
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.
Hiroko is a member of the Board of All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd. (ANA) and serves as Executive Vice President. She also is the Director for Promotion of Diversity for the ANA Brand Inflight Services Division. In addition to managing approximately 7,500 ANA Group cabin attendants, she oversees inflight services across the entire ANA Group.
ANA is the largest airline in Japan, and in 2013 it was the 13th largest in the world in terms of revenue, flying 46 million passengers. ANA flies to 36 international destinations and with its affiliated carriers operates a domestic network of 50 Japanese cities with a total fleet of 240 aircraft serving a network of 185 routes.
ANA was voted Airline of the Year for 2013 by Air Transport World magazine, and it was awarded the five-star airline rating in 2013, 2014 and 2015 by the world's leading airline and airport review site, Skytrax.
Global and Americas IPO Leader
Jackie leads EY’s Global and Americas IPO markets platform. Supported by a global IPO leadership team, she is responsible for providing leading market insights, solutions and coaching to C-suite executives of IPO-bound companies. She advises clients on the development of their IPO strategy, including IPO readiness, corporate governance, risk management, business and financial process improvements, and compliance.
Jackie was instrumental in the development of EY’s guide to going public and the IPO Readiness client program and has hosted numerous conferences and webcasts. She is a published author and frequent speaker on IPO and transaction readiness topics, and she regularly briefs regulators, the media and others on IPO market trends.
Co-owner and Director
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.
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Estonia
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.
Nasi Goreng Rempah Mafia
Stefanie grew up in Jakarta, the daughter of a family that had been hit hard by the financial crisis of 1998, when both her parents lost their jobs. “This prompted me to explore creativity in order to find money for my own living and education,” she recalls.
She graduated from college as an architect but was always passionate about food and the culinary arts. So in 2013 Stefanie founded Nasi Goreng Rempah Mafia (Mafia Spice Fried Rice), which sells a variety of fried rice dishes in 32 outlets across 17 cities in Indonesia. The name Mafia comes from a stylized abbreviation for the popular Indonesian food, and the dishes have distinct names such as Yakuza and The Godfather. Stefanie also now sells and distributes her distinct spices as condiments in shops.
Her entrepreneurial spirit has led to many awards, including the Top 10 International Young Creative Entrepreneur by the British Council in 2012 and the Most Inspiring Entrepreneur Woman at the 2013 KNG Awards.
Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer has served as Baidu’s Chief Financial Officer since March 2008. She is in charge of Baidu’s finance and accounting, marketing and communications, and other key areas.
Prior to joining Baidu, Jennifer served as Controller of General Motors Acceptance Corporation’s North American Operations. She also has worked at General Motors China, where she was responsible for overseeing finance functions of General Motors’ wholly owned and joint venture businesses in China, with her last post as Chief Financial Officer.
Jennifer has served as an independent director on Philip Morris International, Inc.’s Board since May 2010 and is the first Chinese female executive to serve as a board member for a Fortune 100 company. She was recognized by Fortune as one of Asia’s 25 Hottest People in Business in 2012 and was named one of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes in 2013 and 2014.
Oceania Markets Leader
Lynn is the Oceania Markets Leader for EY, where she is responsible for the go-to-market strategy across Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Fiji. She is also the Sydney Office Managing Partner, responsible for revenue, brand, partners and people in EY’s largest office in Oceania.
As a member of EY’s Transaction Advisory Services team, Lynn provides integration support to clients in the financial service, real estate and government sectors. Lynn is also the partner sponsor for Unity, EY’s professional network for LGBT people and their allies, and she sits on the local firm’s Gender Sub-Committee.
Lynn previously was the Oceania People Leader, responsible for the recruitment, retention and development of all people and partners. She also chaired the Oceania Diversity & Inclusiveness Council and served on the EY Oceania Advisory Council. Lynn received the 2014 NAB/Women’s Agenda National Award for Mentor of the Year.
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.
Group Head, Commercial and Private Banking Clients
Anna leads Standard Chartered’s Commercial and Private Banking Clients segments globally. She joined Standard Chartered Bank as Group Head of Strategy and Corporate Development in January 2012.
Prior to joining Standard Chartered, she was a partner in McKinsey & Company’s Banking practice. Before joining McKinsey in 2003, Anna was the CEO of a financial information company based in London. She started her career at D. E. Shaw, a New York-based investment firm.
Anna holds an MBA from London Business School and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.
Americas Strategic Growth Markets Business Development Leader
Pat joined the EY Strategic Growth Markets team in 2014. In this role he supports our Americas-based teams in their efforts to leverage EY’s unique platforms and initiatives focused on entrepreneurship, IPOs and strategic transactions, venture capital and private equity financing, family businesses and private companies, and the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program to help maximize the value EY adds to our clients.
Pat joined the Atlanta office of Ernst & Young LLP in 2005 and began his career serving EY accounts based in the Southeast US. In 2008, he joined EY’s Private Equity team in New York and served The Blackstone Group and Apollo Global Management. In his role serving these accounts, Pat focused on managing relationships, understanding client needs and issues, and delivering tailored approaches to these highly regarded global alternative asset managers.
Prior to joining EY, Pat spent 18 years with a Fortune 250 NYSE-listed company, where he held various leadership roles.
Head of Mergers and Acquisitions (Global Business Management)
Head of Latin America Growth Strategy, Fujitsu
Phil is a strategically focused business leader with more than 20 years of global experience in mergers and acquisitions, venture capital, strategy and business development. He has held senior executive roles at National Australia Bank, Accenture and Fujitsu..
Phil currently leads Fujitsu’s global mergers and acquisitions (all activities outside of Japan) as well as the company’s Latin America growth strategy. He is an accomplished and proven transformation and change leader who has successfully implemented organic and inorganic strategic growth platforms across the globe. He has a strong interest in company value creation and is inspired by entrepreneurial spirit and talent.
He holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance and Accounting) from Monash University and an MBA and Masters in Finance from RMIT University. He is also a CPA.
Elizabeth McKee Gore
Elizabeth is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell, where she drives initiatives that support helping small and medium businesses scale and prosper, fueling the expansion of entrepreneurship to help create jobs that will drive the world economy. Elizabeth is extending Dell’s global advocacy efforts to raise entrepreneurship to the public policy agenda, encouraging policies and practices that support and enable entrepreneurial growth globally.
She also chairs the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and builds global partnerships that positively affect the most pressing humanitarian issues. Elizabeth works with the UN and the Foundation to support innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. She previously served as the first ever Entrepreneur-in-Residence for the Foundation, and she founded strategic grassroots efforts such as Nothing But Nets, Girl Up and the Shot@Life.
Elizabeth was named by People as one of the Top 100 Extraordinary Women and is one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.
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.
Founder and CEO
Branko is founder and CEO of Nordeus, one of the fastest-growing video game companies in Europe with more than 160 employees in five offices around the world: London; Dublin; San Francisco; Skopje, Macedonia; and Belgrade, Serbia.
Nordeus is the developer of Top Eleven, the most popular cross-platform sports video game in the world with more than 10 million unique monthly players and nearly 5 million daily active players. Famous football manager José Mourinho is the brand ambassador.
Travel with Flair
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 South Africa Emerging
Johanna is the co-founder and Group CEO of Travel with Flair, a company she started 17 years ago with two partners. She began with only three employees and one office in Pretoria, South Africa. Currently her company employs more than 550 staff countrywide with offices in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.
She is the first person from the African continent to sit on the global tourism board Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), where she represented the Middle East and Africa. ACTE has members in more than 86 countries, and its membership includes senior executives involved in the purchase and supply of travel, representing €200b in business travel from Fortune 500 companies.
Johanna has received many business accolades, including Most Influential Woman in Business and Government in Tourism and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year South Africa. She was recently awarded a certificate for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business, and she has received an Exceptional Commitment Award from the ASATA Diners Club Awards.
Johanna is a member of the Salvation Army Board and assists with fundraising for the organization’s children’s shelters. She is an accountant and has a BCom from Rhodes University.
Founder and Chairman
Management Events Oy Ltd.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Finland
Management Events has transformed conventional conferences into days of efficient, inspiring networking and sales meetings. At its events, 50,000 face-to-face meetings take place annually. According to customer feedback, delegate profiles are given utmost attention — only the top executives attend the events. This disruptive business model has revolutionized the conference industry.
The company’s profits have grown very quickly during the past few years. In 2009 — in the middle of the global recession — Management Events made more profit than ever before, and in 2010, profits almost doubled. Success continues, with entry into new markets occurring every year.
Olli has many philanthropic activities. Because he himself managed to succeed before turning 30, he wants to encourage young people in many areas like entrepreneurship and arts.
Chief Executive Officer
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Jordan
Sharif and Samer founded Globitel in 1996. This leading telecom solutions provider offers a dynamic suite of converged services. From the company’s humble beginnings with only 4 employees, Globitel today boasts more than 120 employees with offices in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The company has a portfolio of more than 40 telecom products, and its global footprint covers more than 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and Eastern Europe. Globitel’s solutions are widely used by the region’s largest telecommunication providers, including Saudi Telecom, Zain Group, Etisalat, MTN and many more. In addition, the company’s products serve more than 500 million end users from over 50 mobile operators.
The company’s success is due to the founders’ entrepreneurial mindset instilling a spirit of teamwork and innovation, combined with management and marketing skills.
Globitel believes that success creates more responsibilities, so helping the community and giving back have always been priorities.
EMEA Brand Communication Director
Laurence is EMEA Brand Communication Director for Steelcase, the world’s leading provider of office furnishings and innovative workspace solutions. Named to this role in December 2013, she leads an EMEA team responsible for all internal and external brand communication and experience.
Previously, Laurence led the design and sales expertise function including field marketing, communication, sales training and support to strategic projects in France, a role she assumed in 2011. She has held a variety of sales leadership roles since joining Steelcase France in 2003.
Laurence holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Social Sciences from the University of Aix en Provence, France. She is also a graduate of Sully Business School in Marseille, France.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 Southwest
Jim is the President of Sandvik Venture and a member of the Sandvik’s Group Executive Management. He previously was President of Texas-based Varel International Energy Services. Before their acquisition by Sandvik, the Varel companies stood as the largest independent drill bit suppliers to the oil and gas and mining industries, with DHP as a market leader in casing accessories and completion tools.
Under his stewardship, Varel’s annual revenue grew from US$30m to more than US$375m. Jim’s combination of engineering, technology and entrepreneurial skill, along with extensive international business experience, helped him lead the company to become a global player in drilling and completion technology.
Jim serves on the Board of Directors of Houston, Texas-based Federal Inc. He holds an ONC in Mechanical Engineering and the City and Guilds of London Institute full technician’s certificate in Production Engineering, both from Stow College of Engineering in Glasgow, Scotland.
Solaris Bus & Coach S.A.
Founder and CEO
Jan is a shareholder and second-generation family member of Solaris Bus & Coach, a leading manufacturer of innovative buses and urban rail vehicles based in Poland. In 2011, he took second place in Forbes magazine’s Chief Innovation Officer competition thanks to his efforts in developing and introducing a new IT system at Solaris Bus & Coach.
Jan is also the founder of Owners Place, an exclusive online marketplace where large family business owners can share and search for business opportunities anonymously. Owners Place is open to any kind of opportunity in every industry, ranging from business development to partnerships, from financing to mergers and acquisitions, and from sourcing to charitable activities.
Jan has worked and studied in Germany, Poland, France, Italy, Japan, Canada and Australia. He holds an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management and a BA in International Business.
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.
Chairman and CEO
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 1996 Central Texas
Steve is the Chairman and CEO of Powershift, a technology venture development group that focuses on nurturing and catalyzing early-phase companies, primarily by helping assemble the best combination of capital, talent and leadership.
Steve has more than 25 years of experience as a career entrepreneur, public policy expert, global speaker and noted author. As a longtime entrepreneur, he has founded, grown and invested in innovative companies. He has served as an advisor to President George W. Bush and co-chaired the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Steve is also a co-founder of JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy/Environment), a highly acclaimed non-governmental organization based in Shanghai.
Steve is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year winner and has served as a national and regional judge and as a founding co‑chairman and judge of World Entrepreneur Of The Year in Monaco. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
Co-founder and General Manager
Ivaylo is a serial entrepreneur who has an innate ability to spot a business niche and innovate in a variety of sectors. He is currently the co-founder and owner of six companies, including Walltopia.
Ivaylo started Walltopia in 1998 with his friend Metin Musov. The two were passionate about climbing and have since created one of the global leaders in the design, production and assembly of artificial climbing walls. It is also the leading player in the US market. The company’s revenues have seen double-digit growth over the past four years, and it employs more than 300 people.
Walltopia, which already exports to 50 countries, is on a mission to turn indoor climbing from an isolated, local sport into a global community. It’s innovative Harmonized System allows thousands of climbing wall design combinations for people to choose from and then share on a global network.
Ivaylo is also striving to make indoor climbing accessible to children. He is planning to launch Funtopia globally within the next three to five years. This innovative concept is geared toward bringing the love of climbing to young people.
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.
Dr. Andrea Pfeifer
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Switzerland
Andrea is the co-founder and CEO of AC Immune, a biotech company with three products in clinical development for Alzheimer´s disease.
As the former Head of Nestlé's Global Research in Lausanne, Switzerland, Andrea has more than 25 years of senior management experience leading the development of the first functional food and cosmeceutical products. She co-founded the Nestlé Venture Capital Fund, a €100m life sciences corporate venture fund. Andrea is Chairwoman of BioMedInvest AG, and she serves on the Board of Symrise AG and holds professorships from UNIL and EPFL.
Andrea is the author of more than 200 papers in leading scientific journals and has been recognized as a WEF Technology Pioneer and the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Switzerland. She also received the BioAlps Prize 2013 and has been named one of the top 10 women in biotech by FierceBiotech.
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.
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.
Second generation, Owner and Board Member
Sol Panamby Group
Andreia is a second-generation family member of the privately held Sol Panamby Group, a Brazilian conglomerate that operates in real estate, media and agribusiness.
Since 2010, after the passing of the President and Founder, Andreia has been in charge of the succession plan. She has implemented the first stages of the corporate governance system according to the shareholders agreement that regulates the relationship between family members and the company.
Today, the Sol Panamby Group has a Board responsible for the organization’s strategic direction and for monitoring organizational performance. An internal audit and compliance department ensures the executive team is aligned with the Board’s strategy and shareholders’ values.
Chief Executive Officer
Holly is a global strategist with an unrelenting work ethic. She has a reputation for developing innovative solutions to complex, multiple-stakeholder problems for corporations, governments and nonprofit organizations.
In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to chair the G20 Youth Summit, resulting in the first summit to secure its policy demands from G20 leaders. In 2012, at just 22, she was the youngest person to be named to the list of Australia’s 100 Most Influential Women. That same year, she became the world’s youngest ever Rotary President, leading a global reformation of the world’s largest charity’s working model that lifted youth engagement by 2% globally in two years.
Her corporate career has involved leading key organizational strategy and business improvement initiatives and integrated corporate affairs projects. Holly’s company, HRE Global, has worked with major corporations, as well as local, state and federal government departments around the world.
President and CEO
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Southeast
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.
Idriss Al Rifai
Founder and CEO
fetchr (formally MENA360)
Idriss is passionate about bringing the best e-commerce services to customers in the Middle East and North Africa. He founded MENA360 in 2012, drawing on his extensive experience working in e commerce and emerging markets. The company, which was renamed fetchr in 2015, aims to fill a niche in the retail market in the Middle East: helping big, established retailers sell online in the fast-growing region. Typically, big companies face two main challenges when entering emerging markets: a lack of local knowledge and logistics. Idriss’ company helps them overcome both obstacles.
Today, fetchr has exclusivity agreements with more than 100 companies such as Sony, Samsung, Fruit of the Loom and Carrefour for their logistics needs. Idriss is continuing to work toward an ambitious growth strategy and plans on using his client base and key partnerships to help grow the business into other markets in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Egypt.
Dr. Jennifer Nkuene Riria
Kenya Women Holding
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 East Africa
Jennifer is the Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding. She is distinguished as a microfinance banker and practitioner, researcher and gender specialist.
As the leader of Kenya Women Financial Trust (KWFT) for more two decades, she propelled it from unprofitable non-governmental organization to a medium-sized bank serving impoverished women and their families. KWFT has served more than 1.3 million women and disbursed more than US$1.9b over a period of 20 years.
Jennifer has served in many other leadership roles for which she has been recognized locally and internationally. In 2006 she was awarded the Moran of the Burning Spear by the Kenya Government for her role in development. She also has been named a Champion of Democracy by the Ford Foundation.
She is a transformative leader who strives for results. She recently launched The Jennifer Riria Foundation to pursue her passion of working with people and touching their lives.
Dr. Alicia Robb
Alicia is a senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation. She is also a visiting scholar with the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Colorado Boulder. She is the founder and past Executive Director and Board Chair of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international development organization working in Latin America, Africa and India.
She is a prolific author on the topic of entrepreneurship. In addition to numerous journal articles and book chapters, Alicia is the co-author of Race and Entrepreneurial Success and A Rising Tide: Financing Strategies for Women-Owned Businesses. She serves on the Board of the National Advisory Council for Minority Business Enterprise and the Advisory Board for Global Entrepreneurship Week, and she is a guest contributor to outlets such as The Huffington Post and Forbes.
Alicia received her MS and PhD in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Social entrepreneur, venture philanthropist,
author of Being a Rockefeller, Becoming Myself
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.
Founder and CEO
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Australia
Greg has been in the automotive industry for more than 30 years. Before founding carsales.com, he was Joint Managing Director of Pentana Solutions, a supplier of computer systems to car dealers.
The idea for carsales.com came in 1997 when Greg saw the opportunity to digitize the process and pricing model of buying and selling cars online. He’d seen the limitations of print advertisements and saw the potential of digitization — eliminating spelling errors, standardizing the information, enabling searches and adding a lot of detail to what advertisers supplied. Today carsales.com has a market capitalization of A$2.5b, with the network of more than 25 websites.
Greg is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Australia. He also won in the Technology and Emerging Industries category.
William H. Saito
President and CEO
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 1998 Orange County Young Entrepreneur
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.
Samar Salim Sayegh
Samar is a third-generation family member and board member in Sayegh Group. Her previous positions within the Sayegh Group include six years as Managing Director of DMTV and two years as Marketing Manager of National Paints.
In February 2013, Forbes Middle East ranked Samar 12th among the Most Powerful Women in Family Business and featured her on the cover. She completed her bachelor’s degree with a specialization in Marketing at the American University in Dubai and her master’s degree in Global Communication at the American University of Paris.
As COO of Hager SE, Bertrand leads research and development, production, marketing and sales, sourcing and supply chain.
He has transformed the company since his assignment to the Board in 2008 by refocusing production and successfully integrating acquired activities into building automation. He also relaunched the activities in China to become a profitable No. 5 country of the group. Today the company has revenues of €1.8b and 12,000 associates.
Before joining Hager, Bertrand worked for Robert Bosch GmbH. He is an industrial engineer with a master’s degree from Karlsruhe University in Germany. He is a German and French national who also speaks English and Dutch.
EMEIA Business Development Leader
Ray currently serves as the EMEIA Business Development Leader. He has more than 28 years of experience managing large, complex corporate clients and driving successful pursuits, which includes more than 16 years of management experience leading both business development and client-serving teams. He prides himself on mentoring successful business development executives and building cohesive, focused and motivated teams.
Since joining EY in 1998, Ray has held a range of positions, including Central European Area Director of Business Development, where he was responsible for designing and implementing the go-to-market business development strategy for 20 countries across Central Europe. Prior to joining EY, Ray spent 13 years with Deluxe Corporation, a Fortune 500 financial products company, in a number of successively larger sales and management positions across numerous locations in the US.
He has a BS in Psychology from Florida State University and attended the Executive Education program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
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.
Chairman, Nokia Corporation
Founder and Chairman, F-Secure Corporation
Risto is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Nokia Corporation. He joined the Nokia Board in 2008 and became Chairman of the Board in 2012. As Chairman and Interim CEO, he led Nokia through its transformation from an ailing devices company to a successful network infrastructure player.
Risto is the founder of F-Secure Corporation, a Finnish internet security and content cloud service provider. He served as the President and CEO of the company from 1988 to 2006. Since then he has held the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Confederation of Finnish Industries, Vice Chairman of the Federation of Finnish Technology Industries and a member of the European Round Table ERT, Tsinghua SEM Advisory Board and International Business Leaders Advisory Council for the Mayor of Beijing. Risto holds an MS from the Helsinki University of Technology.
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.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and bestselling author, is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living — cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets.
Her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which she founded in 1996, reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media platforms each month with an expansive portfolio that includes award-winning magazines, bestselling books, innovative websites and apps, television and video programming, and a live daily radio show. The company also has a growing retail presence with 8,500 products in thousands of retail locations, including The Home Depot, Macy’s, Staples (together with Avery), PetSmart and Michaels.
Say Jim Tan
Group Managing Director and CEO
IRIS Corporation Bhd
Tireless humanitarian, philanthropist and all-around “idea guy,” Say Jim 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 Say Jim’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.
Lodewijk is currently an assurance intern at EY Netherlands. He previously was a member of the Student Advisory Board at Rijk Zwaan, which his family owns along with two other families. The company has more than 80 years of experience developing vegetable varieties and selling the seeds produced from them, placing it right at the start of the food chain.
As a three-time EY NextGen Academy participant, Lodewijk has been able to pursue his interest in family business and entrepreneurship. As the Academy’s Netherlands ambassador, he helps peers deal with challenges similar to his own and compares experiences.
Lodewijk has a bachelor’s degree in Business and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Accounting and Control.
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.
Fusionex Corp Sdn Bhd
Ivan founded Fusionex with the vision of solving the most complex problems faced by businesses through the development and innovation of more “humanized” and intuitive software and technology. At incorporation, Fusionex did not possess any track record, brand presence or funding. Nevertheless, Ivan persevered, almost exhausting his personal savings to fund the start-up; he knocked on doors and focused on providing business value through Fusionex’s products.
Today, Fusionex is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is one of the largest and most successful ASEAN-originating software companies in the region. Fusionex also enjoys global recognition, winning many awards and accolades.
A strong advocate of not resting on one’s laurels, Ivan has guided Fusionex toward the launch of its own big data analytics solution, aptly named GIANT — an all-encompassing solution that is the most comprehensive ever developed by an Asian company.
Founder and CEO
After working as an IT engineer and consultant for years, Bulent decided he wanted to “do his own thing” and became a serial entrepreneur, co-founding five internet start-ups in just four years.
His new entrepreneurial life meant he had to travel often to the US. While there, he wanted the convenience of being able to use a debit card, but he didn’t have a US bank account. That’s when he discovered the prepaid cards that were widely used across the country.
Bulent took the idea back home to Turkey, realizing this form of payment would be extremely useful to those in Turkey who didn’t use banks, providing them with access to financial services that would otherwise be out of reach. Armed only with some plastic sample cards but with a lot of passion, he received capital from angel investors in Turkey and launched ininal in 2012.
Since then, “the bank for the unbanked” as Bulent calls it has enjoyed spectacular growth, becoming the fastest-growing payment platform in the region. The company’s cards are now being sold and topped up at 15,000 locations across Turkey. Customers can use the prepaid card to make purchases online or at any physical shop around the world that accepts MasterCard.
Gloria Tomatoe Serobe
Founding member and Executive Director
Gloria is a founding member and Executive Director of Women’s Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD), an investment and operating company owned by black women that is dedicated to the empowerment of black women. She is also CEO of Wipcapital.
Her professional experience includes positions at Exxon Corporation in the US, Munich Reinsurance Company of South Africa, the Premier Group, and Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. She was the Executive Director – Finance for Transnet Limited and was a member of the Transnet Board and its major subsidiaries.
Gloria serves on several boards including Old Mutual, Nedbank, Hans Merensky and Sasol Mining. She is the Chairman of the Board of the Independent Ports Regulator and a trustee of the Women’s Investment Portfolio Holdings Limited Share Trust and the Women’s Investment Portfolio Holdings Investment Trust.
Gloria has won numerous awards and holds a B.Com degree from the University of Transkei and an MBA from Rutgers University.
BAU Research and Development
Gossy has been an innovator all his adult life. In 2010, as a university student, he created the Students Circle Network, a social network for students that aggregates educational resources. The project, which prompted Forbes magazine to call him “Nigeria’s budding Mark Zuckerberg,” made Gossy realize that there simply weren’t enough universities to accommodate the huge numbers of young Africans wanting to study further.
So three years ago, Gossy started BAU Research and Development, Nigeria’s first online university. BAU has the capacity to admit more than 60,000 students every year. It has also forged crucial partnerships with the private sector, notably with telecommunications companies, device manufacturers and learning hubs. These partnerships have allowed it to reduce the cost of access for students. In mobile telephony-dominated Africa, easy mobile access to content is crucial for online businesses’ success.
Gossy is looking to expand BAU throughout East and West Africa. He is also building Beni American University, a physical university for those who wish to study on campus.
Dr. Alan Ulsifer
President and CEO, FYidoctors
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Canada
Alan is the founder, President and CEO of FYidoctors. The company, which formed in 2008, is a consolidation and vertical integration of independent eye care clinics in Canada. The creation of the business required the formation of multiple business platforms including a robotic lens manufacturing facility, offshore frame manufacturing, an e-commerce platform, and general management and marketing platforms. Since its founding it has grown to 300 locations.
Alan has a strong real estate background and is a director of Three Squared Properties. He is the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Prairies Region Emerging Award winner and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Canada — the only person to earn both distinctions ever in Canada.
He also sits on multiple boards, both profit and nonprofit, and is the current Global Chair of Optometry Giving Sight, which builds permanent and sustainable eye clinics in underprivileged countries.
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.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Zellweger, PhD
Director of Center for 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.