World Entrepreneur Of The Year
Speakers and contributors
First Vice President, Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE)
Former CEO, Access Bank Plc
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Nigeria
Aigboje is the First Vice President of the Council of the NSE. He recently retired as the CEO of Access Bank Plc, which he helped transform from an obscure industry player to rank among Nigeria’s top five banks.
Aigboje’s contributions to African banking have been recognized locally and globally; he has received the prestigious African Banker of the Year Award and the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year West Africa Award. In 2012, he was vested with Nigeria’s Commander of the Order of the Niger national honor.
In addition to his current role, he is also a member of the National Economic Management Team and Chairman of Friends Africa, a partner organization of the Global Fund to fight HIV, malaria and tuberculosis.
CLS Communication AG
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2007 Switzerland
Doris has led CLS as Group CFO for 16 years and was recently named Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. The firm's core business is writing, editing and translating. It also has a terminology department that assists clients with creating their own corporate dictionaries and organizing their linguistic assets.
Under Doris' leadership, CLS has evolved from a translation department of a major bank into a full-service provider of language services with 600 employees and 5,000 external partners.
Doris is a certified translator and holds an Executive MBA from the University of St. Gallen. For several years, she has been a Member of the Board of the Switzerland Global Enterprise. In 2007, she was the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in recognition of her entrepreneurial achievements. Prior to CLS, she held executive positions in the translation departments of two major banks and worked as a language technology consultant.
Selim A. Bassoul
Chairman and CEO
The Middleby Corporation
The Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004 US
Selim is Chairman and CEO of The Middleby Corporation, the world leader in commercial and residential cooking and food processing equipment.
Under Selim’s leadership, Middleby is continuously ranked as one of the top performing stocks on the NASDAQ Exchange. Selim has spearheaded more than 50 acquisitions over the past decade and had grown Middleby sales more than 15-fold during his time as CEO.
Selim joined Middleby in 1996 and was named CEO in 2000 and Chairman in 2004. His management style as an “unconventional executive” has been featured in top national business media and in Harvard and Kellogg (Northwestern University) case studies. In 2013, Tom Gardner, Founder of The Motley Fool, named Selim his “Favorite CEO of All Time.”
Dr. Patrick Bitature
Founder, Chairman and Group CEO
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Uganda
Dr. Bitature is the Founder, Chairman and Group CEO of Simba Group, an East African conglomerate with business interests in telecom, energy, property, power generation, agriculture, mining, tourism and media.
In addition to his role with Simba Group, Dr. Bitature is currently Chairman of several boards, including Uganda Investment Authority, Umeme Limited and The Presidential Investors Round Table, a think tank of private sector leaders; and H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda.
He was honored as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Eastern Africa Emerging Award winner and was voted as one of the Top 5 Most Respected East African CEOs in 2003. He is a frequent speaker to youth organizations on the topics of professionalism, discipline and entrepreneurship.
Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 US
Lars leads Qlik as CEO and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors. He successfully oversaw the company’s IPO in 2010 on the NASDAQ, which was recognized as one of the year’s top tech IPOs. Under Lars’ leadership, Qlik, which delivers software and services, has sustained tremendous growth of nearly 300%.
Lars is recognized as an authority on driving company culture through an accessible and proven management style, with articles appearing in major publications and speaking engagements at conferences, including the CEO2CEO Leadership Summit. He was named the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year US in the technology category, attended the World Economic Forum and was invited to speak at the E-G8 Forum. More recently, he was nominated to participate in Startup America, a White House initiative to accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship.
Lars earned an MBA from the Lund University of Sweden and a Degree in Engineering from the Technical College in Helsingborg.
H. Raymond Bingham
General Atlantic LLC
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2004 US
Raymond joined General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, as a managing director in 2006, and transitioned to Advisory Director in 2010.
Raymond’s 30-year career spans businesses in high tech, chemical engineering and real estate development, with accomplishments in M&A, 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 is a Board member of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Ray earned a BS with honors from Weber State University and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. Additionally, he was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities from Weber State University.
Global Vice Chair — Regulatory and Public Policy
Beth is responsible for shaping EY’s positions on public policy. She engages with stakeholders around the world to address the critical issues facing our profession and global capital markets. She is also the global sponsor of EY’s diversity and inclusiveness efforts and a prominent advocate for the benefits of inclusive leadership.
Beth has held a number of leadership roles including US National Director of Tax Advisory Services and Global and Americas Vice Chair for Public Policy, Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement. Beth worked in the U.S. Department of the Treasury and was responsible for all tax policy matters related to insurance and managed care. Recently, Beth was named to the Forbes list of 100 most powerful women for the seventh time.
Beth is a CPA and a Fellow of the Life Management Institute. She has a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctorate from Purdue University.
Chief Executive Officer
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Serbia
Darko is the founder and CEO of BUCK, a company engaged in industrial design and production of luminaire products and lamps. The company operates in line with global quality standards and exports its products to 24 countries worldwide.
Based on the idea that good light can have a positive effect on human well-being, BUCK is a clear example of the merits of a thoroughly thought-out strategy and patience in the market. When creating his company, Darko had the vision of combining his two passions: engineering and light. He later added a third passion: industrial design.
Darko, winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award in Serbia in 2012, has an innate ability to inspire and lead in good and less than good times. He appreciates his team members, understands the needs and aspirations of his employees and supports them in achieving their balance between work and leisure time.
Founder and member Board of Directors
Square 1 Financial
Susan, one of the founders of Square 1 Bank, serves on the Board of Directors of Square 1 Financial and is an active member of the Director’s Loan Committee. During her tenure she was instrumental in the bank’s rapid growth to assets of $2.0 billion and a loan portfolio of $750 million.
Prior to founding Square 1 Bank, Susan was President of the Technology & Life Science Division of Comerica Bank. She joined Comerica after the bank acquired Imperial Bank in 2001, where she was Chief Credit Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the Emerging Growth Division.
Along with her continued commitment to Square 1 Financial, Susan also sits on the Board of Julien Farel Products International and is CEO of Casey Ventures, a provider of financial consulting services.
Michel serves as co-CEO at Lolita, an upscale Uruguayan woman's boutique that expanded across its home country and into Brazil and is now an international apparel brand that designs and sells female apparel in 17 countries across five continents. He has more than 30 years of experience in retail and fueled by his entrepreneurial family background, impressive work ethic, highly ambitious goals and formal business experience, Michel has helped turned the tiny boutique into a global apparel retailer.
In his current leadership role, Michel is in charge of the Financial Department, Franchising Department and expansion of the company.Michel, who studied business at the Catholic University in Uruguay, is an Endeavor Uruguay selected entrepreneur and he delivers lectures in universities and International Congress about Lolita’s international expansion.
Scott is a Managing Director of Summit Partners and manages the firm’s London office. In addition, Scott is a member of its Executive Committee, and throughout his career he has served on the boards of more than 25 companies.
Prior to Summit, Scott worked as a strategy consultant for an American global management consulting firm and also served in US Government positions at the White House and Department of Justice. He was a Founding Trustee of the Private Equity Foundation, a leading venture philanthropy in the UK dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged youth, and served on the Board from 2007 to 2012.
Scott holds an AB in Economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard University and a JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, he served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Scott is a former elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association and remains active in a range of Harvard-related activities.
Founder and Executive Chairman
Competitive Foods Australia Ltd.
Entrepreneur Of The Year Australia Judge 2005, 2006, 2008
Jack is the founder and Executive Chairman of Competitive Foods Australia, a business that has grown from a single food service outlet to a business of $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; Sydney Olympic Park; and Fairfax Media. He is the Chairman-elect 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.
Kenneth Cukier is the data editor, following a decade at the paper covering business and technology, and as a foreign correspondent (most recently in Japan from 2007-12). Previously he was the technology editor of the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and worked at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He is the co-author of "Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think" (2013).
EY Global Managing Partner — Talent
Mike leads EY’s Global Talent function, bringing together talent leaders from the organization’s geographies and service lines to make sure EY attracts outstanding talent. He also helps to empower and develop people within the organization and connects with the many EY alumni now working in industry and commerce. He is responsible for developing and delivering EY’s engaging promise to our people: “Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience will last a lifetime.”
Following a 12-year career in financial services, Mike joined EY as a partner in the UK Financial Services Group in 1992. He has held a number of senior roles at country, area and global levels, including UK Head of Financial Services Advisory; UK Managing Partner — Markets; EMEIA Managing Partner — Accounts, Industries and Business Development; EMEIA Managing Partner, People; and Global Managing Partner, Markets.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 US
Tom is the founder and CEO of EverFi, an education technology company founded to teach, assess and certify users in the critical skills they need for life, including financial literacy, student loan preparation, online safety and cyberbullying, alcohol abuse and sexual assault prevention. The company hosts two of the largest online courses and has certified more than 7 million students.
Tom has been a leader in education technology for 20 years. He was elected to the Maine State Legislature during his senior year of college and served three terms. Further, he led efforts to create one of the nation's first one-to-one laptop initiatives and to institute technology training for teachers. He also served as Chairman of the Utilities and Energy Committee with oversight over broadband deployment.
Tom was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2013 Greater Washington, SC, and a Goldman Sachs Top-100 Builder and Innovator. Tom is a graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and Bowdoin College.
James C. Davis
Smart Wire Grid
As CEO, Jim leads Smart Wire Grid, a San Francisco-based company that produces innovative technology solutions for the electric utility industry. In his current role, Jim presides over all aspects of designing and manufacturing the product and is responsible for ensuring that nearly all major utilities in the world leverage the capabilities of the distributed series reactor (DSR) to make their power grids more reliable and increase efficiency.
Before joining Smart Wire Grid, Jim built an energy solutions company into a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy service company. The company developed hundreds of sustainability projects that saved institutions and businesses more than US$1 billion in energy costs and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than three million metric tons. In 2004, he was recognized as the Northern California winner of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Award.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a major in marketing from The Ohio State 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 Senior Advisory Partner for many of our largest financial services clients.
Carmine has been a member of the Americas Executive since2006 as Regional Managing Partner - Americas FinancialServices Office (FSO), and during his tenure he built abusiness that is US-wide and strengthened our presence inthe emerging markets.
Carmine has a BA in Chemistry with a minor in Economicsfrom Colgate University. He has an MBA from New YorkUniversity’s Stern School of Business. He is a practicing CPAin New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.
VantagePoint Capital Partners
Stephan is currently the Managing Director of VantagePoint, a leading global investor in energy innovation and efficiency that has over $4 billion of committed capital. Stephan has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley working exclusively with technology-driven companies.
He joined VantagePoint in 1999 and has been an active participant in many cleantech advisory groups, including the American Council on Renewable Energy Leadership Council, the Center for American Progress Clean Tech Council and the University of Texas Energy Management and Innovation Center Advisory Board.
Stephan is a graduate of the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture (BCP) and the UVA School of Law (JD). He proudly serves on the Board of the UVA’s School of Architecture Foundation.
Americas Strategic Growth Markets Leader
Herb serves as the Americas Leader of Strategic Growth Markets (SGM), the EY practice that provides services to fast-moving and entrepreneurial companies throughout the Americas. Herb also served as East Central SGM Leader, where he coordinated SGM practice initiatives.
Herb has 20+ years of experience in public accounting and in the private sector. He has supported clients with acquisitions, financing, integration, risk management and exit strategies. Herb has extensive experience working with PE and corporate acquirers, assisting clients in financial and operations due diligence, transaction structuring, purchase agreements and integration analysis.
He is actively involved with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Endeavor and The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and also oversaw the production of six regional EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programs. Herb received his BS in Accounting from St. John Fisher College and is a licensed CPA in the states of MD, VA, NY and the District of Columbia.
Global Family Business Leader
Peter is the Global and EMEIA Family Business Leader, and serves as Lead Partner for Strategic Growth Markets (SGM). Peter was the Partner in charge of the Ruhr region offices of Ernst & Young GmbH. He was appointed as Global Leader for Family Business in 2011.
In addition to his extensive experience as a client-serving partner in the area of assurance and advisory business services for both, international and national companies, Peter supports SMEs and family-owned businesses in matters of succession and growth strategies. To formalize his vision and create a consistent platform, he launched the Ernst & Young Junior Academy, a successful global program for young successors in family business who are being trained for company leadership.
Peter earned his Master’s degree from the University of Münster, qualification Diplom-Kaufmann. He is an accountant, tax advisor and US-certified CPA (Certified Public Accountant).
Sir Alex Ferguson
Manager, Manchester United football club (1986-2013)
Record-breaking coach lauded as the most successful manager in British football history
First coach to win the Premiership title, FA Cup and European Cup in the same season
Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired in 2013 as manager of Manchester United, is regarded as one of the most admired and respected managers in the history of football. Sir Alex won 38 trophies in 26 years. For his approach, ideals and accomplishments he was awarded the rank of Knight Bachelor.
He developed a leadership philosophy that was studied by Harvard Business School. The consistent success Sir Alex produced was the driving force that resulted in Manchester becoming the most valuable sports franchise in the world. The growing commercialization of football attracted wealthy investors, allowing teams to outspend Manchester. However, Sir Alex’s formula for talent development, organizational management and motivation and his unwavering goal of ‘‘building a club rather than a team’’ enabled Manchester to achieve record-breaking results.
Sir Alex was respected by his players because he supported their development and fiercely protected them. He expected the highest-caliber performance and personal discipline and traded or benched players who didn’t live up to expectations. This approach to talent management and his famous youth program produced some of the most decorated players in history.
Sir Alex remains on Manchester United’s Board. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration from the Manchester Metropolitan University. He received an Honorary master’s in 1998. Sir Alex has written two books, the second of which was released in 2013.
Global Chief Operating Officer
John is responsible for the operations of EY around the world, with a focus on helping support and align our people so that they can deliver exceptional client service anywhere.
John played an integral role in EY’s global integration efforts and oversaw the creation of the EMEIA Area and the Asia-Pacific Area. In addition to his management duties, John maintains a personal commitment to client service, acting as Senior Advisory Partner to several major global clients.
John sits on the Board of the Business Council for International Understanding. He is also a member of the Kazakh Foreign Investors’ Council, as well as the Audit Committee Leadership Network, a group of audit committee chairpersons from leading global businesses. John is the Vice Chair of Marquette University’s Board of Trustees.
Global Leader, Global Cleantech Center
Gil oversees the strategic development, implementation and management of EY’s Global Cleantech Center around the world. Under his leadership, Cleantech has expanded significantly and helped EY to strengthen its global leadership position serving cleantech companies. Gil is also responsible for building and managing EY’s relationships with leading entrepreneurs, investors and other key stakeholders.
In his cleantech leadership role, Gil leads a global network of cleantech professionals around the globe. He also leads the development of cleantech-related research, thought leadership and strategic events as well as the global business relationships with Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
Previously, Gil served as the Global Leader for EY’s Venture Capital Advisory Group and the Global IPO program. He also served as both the Global and the Americas Director of the Venture Capital Advisory Group.
Gil has an MBA, with Honors, in Marketing and Organizational Behavior and a BSc in Hospitality Management from Boston University.
Advent International plc, London
Tim is the Managing Director of the London office of Advent International, one of the world’s leading global buyout firms with $32.2 billion in assets under management and 300 professionals.
Tim has more than 15 years of private equity experience and helped open and lead Advent’s New York office. In 2013, he returned to the London office, where he is a member of the European Advisory Committee. He covers investments in the Retail, Consumer and Leisure and Technology, Media and Telecommunications sectors, as well as covering Scandinavia and the Netherlands.
Tim has an MA from Cambridge University, where he was awarded the Dr. Herchel Smith Scholarship for Continued Study at Harvard University. At Harvard, Tim received a Master of Public Policy focusing on International Finance and Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ken is CFO of Yahoo!, an American multinational internet corporation known globally for its web portal, search engine, social media aspects, video sharing and related services. In this leadership role, Ken is responsible for Yahoo!’s global finance functions, including financial planning and analysis, controllership, tax, treasury and investor relations.
Ken has more than 30 years of experience in financial, operational and business management, and he was named among “America’s 15 Most Connected Capitalists” for 2010 by Forbes magazine and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Yahoo! Japan and several private companies. He was formerly a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University and was appointed a Cornell Trustee Emeritus and Presidential Counselor in 2013. He was also a member of Treasury Advisory Committee on the Auditing Profession and previously served on the FASB’s primary advisory group, the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Gökhan is CEO of Acıbadem Sigorta, a unique company due to its organizational and shareholder structure; it is an insurance company that operates only in the health, life and personal accident segments. It is also unique as it is part of the strong Acıbadem Healthcare Group.
Prior to joining Acibadem, Gökhan, who has more than 16 years of proven management experience, served as an executive in strategic planning and finance departments and supervised many structuring projects. In addition, he also carried out many special projects. Since 3 April 2012, he has been acting as the negotiator for the Turkish hospitals on behalf of the Libyan Government, based on the authorization given to him by the Libyan Government.
Gökhan earned his MBA from Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. He also completed the Executive Development Program at Koç University, a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey.
PT Erajaya Swasembada Tbk.
Starting with a single retail outlet in 1996, Budiarto had the vision and drive to grow PT Erajaya Swasembada into a mammoth in the mobile device business with 467 outlets and 98 distribution centers serving more than 20,500 third-party retailers.
Budiarto had the vision to embrace continuous and sustainable innovations such as the world’s first Android specialty store, direct distribution to third-party retailers and the acquisition of Apple premium chain store iBox that helped the business capture a significant portion of the market share. Today, the company is a trusted distributor for the widest range of international brands.
With utmost concern for the best quality resources and concern for the constant development of its professionals, Budiarto created a training academy for his 5,200 employees. In addition, Budiarto is actively involved in driving numerous social programs, such as education opportunities for poor.
Budiarto earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University.
Founder and CEO
Cpl Resources plc.
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006 Ireland
Anne is founder and CEO of Cpl Resources plc., Ireland’s leading provider of specialist recruitment and outsourcing solutions. Anne has played a central role in Cpl’s establishment as Ireland’s most successful employment services company.
Headquartered in Dublin, with 14 offices across Europe, Cpl helps clients attract, retain and develop the best people. In 2013, the company had more than 8,000 people working on behalf of Cpl client projects in a variety of sectors.
Anne is passionate about helping to nurture and develop new business talent. She was awarded the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Ireland in 2006 and has been a member of the Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel since 2007.
She holds numerous business accolades including being the first female CEO of a publicly quoted company on the Irish Stock Exchange. As one of the founding corporate sponsors of the Science Gallery of Dublin, Anne is a strong advocator of Science, Maths and IT education.
Sir Michael Hill
Founder and Chairman
Michael Hill International
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 New Zealand
Sir Michael is the founder and Chairman of Michael Hill International, a contemporary jewelry house with more than 250 stores in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US.
Sir Michael had 23 years of experience in the family business before opening his innovative store in 1979, trading under the name Michael Hill Jeweler. The company expanded rapidly throughout New Zealand. In 1987, Michael Hill International listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange and soon became a household name.
Sir Michael, who was named as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year New Zealand in 2008, is an accomplished violinist and art collector. To give back to the arts and the community, he founded the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, which is held biannually in New Zealand and is now recognized as one of the world’s most prestigious events for developing musicians. Sir Michael Hill received a knighthood in 2010 for his contribution to the arts and industry.
Global Vice Chairman — Tax
Dave leads the more than 34,000 people around the world who make up EY’s global organization of Tax practices, and he is responsible for all aspects of our Tax strategy and operations. He heads our efforts to help clients achieve their goals in a dynamic tax environment where new tax legislation, regulation and technical developments are announced nearly every day and tax authorities around the globe are sharing information and cooperating on enforcement efforts in unprecedented ways.
Since joining EY in 1981, Dave has held many leadership positions including Midwest Tax Leader, CFO of Americas Tax and COO of Americas Tax. He also has served as Tax Account Leader for a number of clients. He most recently was Global Chief Operating Officer — Tax, a position in which he worked to help ensure consistent delivery of exceptional client service across the globe.
Deborah K. Holmes
Americas Director of Corporate Responsibility
Deborah K. Holmes established and leads the Corporate Responsibility (CR) function at Ernst & Young LLP. Focused on skill-based volunteerism in the “3Es” (education, entrepreneurship and environmental sustainability), the Corporate Responsibility team develops strategies that enable EY people to build their own skills while making a difference in communities across the Americas.
Deborah joined EY in 1996, when then-Chairman and CEO Philip A. Laskawy hired her to direct the organization’s efforts to develop and advance women into leadership positions. She has been named a World Economic Forum Global Leader for Tomorrow and a Crain’s New York Business “Rising Star.” Her team’s gender equity work was the subject of full-length feature articles in Fast Company and Business Week.
Deborah, a published author and frequent public speaker, earned her JD from Harvard Law School and her BA in Government, magna cum laude, from Harvard College.
Bedriye is the founder of b-fit, Turkey's first chain of women-only gyms using a franchising platform model that empowers women through exercise, education and entrepreneurship.
Bedriye has grown the business to more than 242 gyms in over 51 locations around Turkey—all run by women. B-fit gyms enable more than 250,000 women across a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds to do sports and hundreds to start working—many of them for the first time in their lives.
Bedriye studied International Relations at the University of Istanbul and earned her BA in Psychology from Columbia University and her MA in Psychology from Hunter College. She is an Endeavor Entrepreneur and Ashoka fellow, and she was selected as the Social Entrepreneur by Schwab Foundation in 2013. She works actively for women’s non-governmental organizations, mentors people who would like to start their own business, teaches at universities and speaks at conferences.
Datuk Tan Say Jim
Group Managing Director and CEO
IRIS Corporation Bhd
As the Group Managing Director and CEO of IRIS Corporation, Datuk Tan Say Jim has transformed IRIS Corporation into a global solutions provider in trusted identification, payment, transportation, renewable energy, industrialized building systems, agro technology, sustainable development and education. His motivational management style with a proven history of building, guiding and retaining high-performance teams to develop and implement strategies has delivered multi-million dollar profits.
Datuk Tan is an accomplished leader and industry captain with a distinguished career as a top technology entrepreneur. He put IRIS on the world map with the introduction of the world's first e-Passport. Under his visionary leadership, IRIS has expanded its business in providing trusted identity solutions and smart devices to over 28 countries globally. The company was awarded a Global Leadership Award in IT System Integration in 2013 as a leading company in Malaysia that applies the best of leadership elements and practices to the global business community.
Sheila C. Johnson
Salamander Hotels and Resorts
As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, a hospitality company Sheila founded in 2005, she oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties, including three Florida golf and family resorts reaching from the Gulf to the Atlantic. Her equestrian-inspired and luxurious Salamander Resort & Spa made its much anticipated debut in August 2013 and was recognized by USA Today as among the world’s top eight hotel openings of 2013.
Sheila is Vice Chairman of Monumental Sports & Entertainment and President and Managing Partner of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. She is the only African-American woman to have ownership in three professional sports teams, including the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the NHL’s Washington Capitals. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the United States Golf Association. In 2013, in recognition of her entrepreneurial success, she was invited to serve as a judge for EY’s World Entrepreneur Of The Year Award — the only judge on the international panel to represent the United States.
Quick Heal Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Kailash is the CEO of Quick Heal Technologies, a privately held company that is the leading provider of antivirus and internet security tools and a leader in antivirus technology in India. Serving more than one million users worldwide, Quick Heal Technologies has a presence in over 50 countries and is constantly expanding.
Kailash, who always had the ability to sense changes in technology, commercialized antivirus products in 1993 and catapulted the company to become a leading IT security solutions manufacturer in India; the company currently has approximately a 35% share of the antivirus software market in India.
Kailash is respected in the industry and has won numerous awards for his entrepreneurial spirit and insights into the industry, including EY’s Entrepreneur Of The YearTM for India in 2013; an Emerging India Award, which honors India's most globally competitive SMEs; and the Brands Academy Entrepreneurship Excellence Award as Entrepreneur of the Year in IT Security.
Americas IPO Leader
Jackie is a partner in EY’s Advisory Services practice and serves as the Americas IPO Leader. She leads the IPO go-to-market strategy for the Americas with a team of IPO leaders, and is responsible for over 400 C-suite executive strategy sessions focused on IPO readiness and post-IPO effectiveness.
She has almost 25 years of advisory and audit experience, focusing on IPO readiness, business process improvement, governance, internal controls, risk management, internal audits and financial audits. She was instrumental in the development of EY’s Global IPO readiness program and advises IPO-bound companies on establishing appropriate governance.
Jackie has led numerous C-suite strategy sessions on IPO readiness with companies throughout the Americas. She has hosted conferences and webcasts and published articles on a variety of topics, including IPO readiness. Jackie has briefed members of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, U.S. Treasury and others on IPO trends.
Founder and Owner
International Beverages Consultancy (IBC) Group
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Jordan
Akram has built a business empire that provides infrastructure support to the food and beverage industry. His companies undertake a range of activities including the installation of bottle-filling lines at beverage plants, carbon dioxide production and the blowing of polyethylene terephthalate, a product used to make bottles. The group was founded in 2000 with an investment of only US$7,000. Today, it is worth approximately US$58m with a dominant market share in the Middle East and North Africa and employs over 300 highly skilled engineers.
Akram invests over US$2m annually in building the capacity of fresh graduates and underprivileged students in Jordan and other countries with high unemployment rates. He also serves on the Board of Oasis 500, a Jordanian seed investment and development company that supports entrepreneurs by providing them with investment, training and mentoring.
Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 US
David is the co-founder and CEO of Bionic, an enterprise social innovation platform. He is an entrepreneur with a wide range of marketing and technology expertise focused on social, mobile, and search advertising and product development.
Prior to Bionic, David served as the co-founder and CEO of Clickable, an online advertising software as a service. Prior to Clickable, David co-founded SmartRay Network, a mobile advertising pioneer, and Net-X, a web-authoring platform.
David is an active angel investor through his fund, Alt Option Return, and serves on the National Board of the Smithsonian. He received the EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM Award and ID Magazine's International Design Award in 2008.
He is the creator and co-author of the two-time New York Times best-selling five-book series, The Intellectual Devotional. His latest book, The Startup Playbook, was released in January 2013.
David is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Ronald J. Kruszewski
Chairman, President and CEO
Stifel Financial Corp.
Ronald has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Stifel Financial Corp. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, incorporated since 2001. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Stifel Financial Corp. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, incorporated since 1997.
Ronald serves on the Board of Directors of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association. He was appointed by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Board of Directors to serve a one-year term on the Federal Advisory Council for 2014.
He is active in community affairs, serving as Chairman of Downtown Now! and as a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association and Barnes-Jewish Hospital as well as the Board of Trustees of Webster University. He is a member of the Regional Business Council in St. Louis and of the St. Louis Chapter of World Presidents’ Organization.
Dr. Florian Langenscheidt
Founder and Chairman of the Board
CHILDREN FOR A BETTER WORLD
Dr. Langenscheidt is the founder and Chairman of the Board of CHILDREN FOR A BETTER WORLD, a nonprofit children’s aid organization that helps children without a home and without hope around the world and works with local organizations and carriers.
In addition to his role with CHILDREN FOR A BETTER WORLD, Dr. Langenscheidt holds seats on several boards of directors and supports young companies by providing advice and capital. He is active as a trustee of the Deutsche Kinder- und Jugendstiftung (German Children’s and Youth Foundation) and founder of the BRAND CLUB, as well as spokesperson for the board of trustees of the Deutscher Gründerpreis. Dr. Langenscheidt has written several books and is editor of the Deutsches Markenlexikon (German Brand Encyclopedia) and the Lexikon der deutschen Familienunternehmen (Encyclopedia of German Family Businesses).
After studying German, Journalism and Philosophy in Munich, Dr. Langenscheidt earned a doctorate with a thesis on advertising and obtained an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Founder and CEO
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 US
Joanna is CEO of Lau Technologies, the executive consulting and investment company that focuses on providing debt and equity financing and consulting to midrange companies. As the leader, she has been responsible for managing all aspects of the company, from financing growth to the quality of the performance of the products.
Joanna is a board director, CEO and entrepreneur with significant experience in the defense, biometric, security and software industries. She is a member of World President Organization and served as Chapter Chair in 2012. She has received the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ US Award, the Mass High Tech All-Star Award and the New England Women Leadership Award.
Joanna earned her MBA from Boston University, her MS in Computer Science from Old Dominion University, and a BS in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from SUNY at Stony Brook. She has also received honorary doctorate degrees in Commercial Sciences from Bryant, Bentley and Suffolk Universities.
Zsolt E. Lavotha
Chairman and President
Monaco Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (MVCA)
Zsolt has over 30 years of experience in the global biotech and pharmaceutical industry. His diverse and proven background includes R&D, sales and marketing, human resources, manufacturing, mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, senior executive positions, and other business operational matters.
Zsolt’s vast experience ranges from large corporate environments to start-up companies. He spent most of his career at Pfizer & Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where he held increasingly senior roles and responsibilities, including heading all subsidiary operations in his territory, leading multiple manufacturing operations, and the planning and execution of several significant acquisitions. Later in his career, he was responsible for building two start-up companies within the “specialty-pharma” sector and took one of those companies public (ORX-OMX/NASDAQ).
Zsolt earned his BS degree from Uppsala University and graduated from the Senior Executive Business Education Program at Columbia University. He serves as a mentor at The International University of Monaco (IUM) and has been decorated by Prince Albert II with the “l’Ordre de Saint-Charles.”
Co-founder and CEO
The Honest Company
Brian has a proven history of launching successful e-commerce brands that leverage technology and social media to provide consumers with a highly customized, entertaining and informational internet experience. As CEO of The Honest Company, which he co-founded with Jessica Alba, Brian leads a company that fills a need in the market from parents who demand eco-friendly, non-toxic products for their families.
In 2001, Brian co-founded LegalZoom, which become the nationwide leader in online legal services. After LegalZoom, Brian launched ShoeDazzle, an innovative subscription business model with more than 3 million highly engaged members and 2 million Facebook fans. Forbes magazine ranked ShoeDazzle as number 21 on its Most Promising Companies 2011 list.
Brian graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Economics/Business from UCLA and received his JD from UCLA School of Law. He earned the distinction as one of the 25 Most Notable Korean-American Entrepreneurs by Forbes magazine in 2009.
Portland Holdings Inc.
Entrepreneur Of The Year 1996 Canada
As Chairman of Portland Holdings, it is Michael’s entrepreneurial vision and philosophy of “doing well and doing good” that resulted in phenomenal business success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.
Portland Holdings is a privately held company that manages public and private equity, and owns a collection of diversified businesses operating in various countries and sectors around the world, including the National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited and the Portland Private Equity Fund. Through Michael’s leadership, Portland Holdings strives to build strong businesses that support the well-being of the communities in which they operate.
Michael, who is regarded as one of Canada’s most successful investors and business leaders, was awarded the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada in 1996 and has been profiled in Forbes, Fortune, Canadian Business, Black Enterprise, National Post and Time magazines. Michael has received several honorary doctorates and, in 2008, he received the Order of Jamaica – one of the country’s highest national honors for outstanding service in business and philanthropy.
Dr. Jeremy Leggett
Founder and Chairman, Solarcentury and SolarAid
Chairman, Carbon Tracker and Firefly Solar
Dr. Leggett is founder and Chairman of Solarcentury, the UK's fastest growing renewable energy company since 2000, and founder and Chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity. He is a green-energy entrepreneur and an accomplished author of The Carbon War, Half Gone and The Energy of Nations.
Dr. Leggett has been described by The Observer as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss.” He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change, and a CNN Principal Voice. He chairs the financial sector think tank Carbon Tracker, and is a risk consultant to large corporations. He is a guest contributor to The Guardian and Financial Times, lectures on short courses in business and society at the universities of Cambridge and St. Gallen, and is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute.
Silvina serves as Co-CEO at Lolita, an upscale Uruguayan woman’s boutique that expanded across its home country and into Brazil and is now an international apparel brand that designs and sells female apparel in 17 countries across 5 continents. She has more than 20 years of experience in retail management and is in charge of multiple tasks at Lolita, including product and collections development, marketing, HR, visual merchandising and store concepts.
As part of her leadership role, Silvina was responsible for setting Lolita’s new business model and innovation process. She also collaborates in writing retail business cases for Columbia Business School and is actively involvedin Endeavor Uruguay, where she serves as a selected entrepreneur and as a mentor for entrepreneurs.
Silvina received the Certificate in Business Excellence at Columbia Business School. She also studied Fashion Buying at London School of Fashion.
Dr. Weihua Ma
Wing Lung Bank Ltd.
Entrepreneur Of The Year China- Mainland 2012
Dr. Ma currently serves as the Chairman of Wing Lung Bank, the oldest local Chinese bank in Hong Kong.
He has held several leadership positions in the banking and financial services industries. Dr. Ma was a deputy to the 10th National People’s Congress and a member of the 11th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). He is currently a member of the 12th National Committee of the CPPCC.
Dr. Ma has served in multiple international educational and research institutes, social organizations and industry associations. He is now the Chairman of China Business Initiative of Columbia University and also teaches as an adjunct professor in several top Chinese universities. Dr. Ma was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Hong Kong in 2012.
Founder and CEO
Mr. Mani is the founder and CEO of Justdial, an India-based company providing local search services over the phone, web, mobile and SMS.
With Justdial, Mr. Mani has revolutionized the process of searching for information. In 1989, he foresaw a flourishing business of “search” that was aided by technology. He has evolved with the changing ecosystem and has recognized and capitalized on market transitions before they happen and adapted his business model accordingly. He realized that with constant connectivity and major behavioral shifts from voice to computers to laptops, and now the all-powered smartphones, users would want more out of a search engine. In 2013, Justdial’s IPO was subscribed over 12.7 times, making it the biggest IPO in the internet space in India.
Mr. Mani was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in 2013 and Digital Person of the Year by the Internet & Mobile Association of India.
Juliet is a broadcasting journalist with CNN and has worked in newsrooms around the world for CNN, Sky News, Reuters, CNBC, BBC and LBC Radio.
As correspondent/anchor for CNN’s weekly business features show, Marketplace Europe, she talked to CEOs like Sir Richard Branson and James Dyson, EU policymakers and bosses of global brands. She is a regular newspaper reviewer on LBC 97.3.
Other projects include presenting EY TV, HSBC TV, interviewing Archbishop Desmond Tutu on BBC’s Heaven & Earth and occasional travel and features writing. As Olympics Correspondent for Sky News, Juliet co-anchored Sky’s coverage of the 2012 Games, interviewing politicians, members of the Royal family and leading sports figures. Also specializing in aviation, she had a seat on the very last transatlantic Concorde flight. Earlier on in her career, Juliet spent four years as Reuters TV’s Paris Correspondent.
Marie is a reporter at Bloomberg News, an international news agency that is headquartered in NY that is responsible for producing and disseminated news through the Bloomberg Terminal, Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg Markets, Bloomberg.com and Bloomberg's mobile platforms. She is responsible for covering France's technology, media and telecommunications industries, and has lead the news agenda with scoops on everything from the latest technological innovations to billion-euro mergers and acquisitions.
Previously, Marie was a reporter at Reuters. She holds a degree in Finance from HEC Montréal and has studied at The Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Paris Sorbonne University and Paris Dauphine University.Malaysia. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia.
Datuk Dr. Rebecca Fatima Sta. Maria
Ministry Of International Trade and Industry (MITI)
Dr. Maria is the Secretary-General of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). Prior to this appointment, she was the Deputy Secretary-General (Trade) of MITI, providing oversight for the formulation and implementation of Malaysia’s international trade policies and positions.
She began her career in the Administrative and Diplomatic Service and years later was seconded to the ASEAN Plant Quarantine and Training Centre as its Chief Administration and Procurement Officer.
Dr. Maria is a graduate of the University of Malaya with a BA (Hons) in English Literature. She received a diploma in Public Administration from the National Institute of Public Administration, Malaysia, and her MS (Counseling) from Universiti Pertanian Malaysia. She received her PhD from the University of Georgia.
Global Vice Chair - Transaction Advisory Services (TAS)
Pip focuses on ensuring that our global organization of TAS practices delivers exceptional client service to help leading corporations, private equity firms, governments and state-owned enterprises achieve their strategic transaction and capital goals. Most recently, Pip led our global organization of TAS practices in a post-financial crisis M&A market facing unprecedented challenges globally.
Formerly a global client service partner in the UK TAS and Tax practices, she has considerable experience advising private equity houses on the tax aspects of transactions. She founded the Global Transaction Tax network and co-founded the UK Transaction Tax group. Pip was also a member of the UKI Advisory Council and the European Advisory Council.
Pip is a qualified lawyer and practiced for several years in New Zealand, where she also qualified as an accountant.
2014 European Ryder Cup Captain
In January 2013, Irishman Paul McGinley was named as Europe’s Captain for The 2014 Ryder Cup.
Paul McGinley played an instrumental role as a Vice Captain in Europe’s 2010 and 2012 Ryder Cup victories. Now he has stepped up to the top job and will lead the European Team’s defense of the Cup at Gleneagles.
In 2009 and 2011, McGinley demonstrated his fine leadership skills in team golf when he led Great Britain and Ireland to victory over Continental Europe in the Vivendi Seve Trophy.
The Irishman has always been passionate about the team format and has played in three consecutive successful Ryder Cup Teams. The first was in 2002, when he holed the winning putt. As well as The Ryder Cup, McGinley has been on a winning team in the Vivendi Seve Trophy, the World Cup and the Royal Trophy.
A winner of four European Tour titles, his best campaign to date came in 2005, when he finished runner-up three times before securing victory in the Volvo Masters.
He played in the 1991 Walker Cup and gained his European Tour card on his first visit to the Qualifying School later the same year.
In 2014, he will pit his wits against one of his golfing heroes — US Team Captain Tom Watson.
CEO and co-founder
Opticas Ver de Verdad
Hugo is the CEO and co-founder of Opticas Ver De Verdad, a company that operates a chain of eye-care shops that provide high-quality affordable eye glasses to low-income populations in Mexico through 19 stores in four different cities.
Prior to Ver De Verdad, Hugo was the CEO of Salud Digna, a nonprofit organization that offers health care services for people in need. He has a valuable management career and experience as CEO and Commercial Director in the automotive, retail and housing industries and is an invited professor at IPADE Business School at ICAMI Business School.Hugo is a Civil Engineer from Monterrey Institute of Technology, obtained his MBA from IPADE Business School and has attended executive courses at Stanford School of Business and Harvard Business School.
CEO and Managing Director
Equity Bank Group
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Kenya
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012
James currently serves as the CEO and Managing Director of Equity Bank Group of Kenya. Equity Bank offers inclusive, customer-focused financial services that socially and economically empower the bank’s clients and other stakeholders. Equity Bank’s mission is to be the champion of the socio-economic prosperity of the people of Africa.
James, who has over 22 years of management experience, was named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year Kenya in 2012. In 2010, he was ranked by Financial Times as among the world's 50 most influential business leaders of the emerging markets. He is currently the Chairman of Kenya's Vision 2030 Delivery Board charged with the responsibility of ensuring that Kenya becomes a middle income country with global high standards of living by the year 2030. In addition, James serves on several international bodies as an advisor and sits on the Board of the Africa Leadership Academy in South Africa.
Tan Sri A K Nathan
Group Managing Director
Eversendai Corporation Bhd
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Malaysia
Tan is the Group Managing Director for Eversendai Corporation, a leading integrated structural steel turnkey contractor with facilities in Malaysia, UAE and Qatar.
Through perseverance and discipline, Tan has tackled the intricacies of the construction business, bringing it to a higher level with his innovative construction methodologies. He brought Eversendai to where it is today – a company with over 10,000 staffers in 11 countries – by delivering projects on a timely basis with an emphasis on quality and safety. He takes pride in fulfilling his commitment to clients and employees and being able to provide a platform for people to grow and attain success in life.
Under his leadership, Eversendai has successfully completed the steelwork for some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Through his leadership and vision, he was recognized as the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Malaysia Award winner.
President and CEO
Varel International Energy Services
Jim serves as the President and CEO of Varel International Energy Services (VIES), the parent company of Varel International Oil & Gas, Varel International Mining & Industrial and Downhole Products (DHP).
Jim’s combination of engineering, technology and entrepreneurial skill, along with his extensive international business experience, have helped him lead the VIES companies from being a small, low-end producer of drilling consumables to a global leader in drilling and completion technology that has grown from $30 million to more than $350 million annually. In 2010, he was named a finalist for the EY National Entrepreneur Of The YearTM 2010 Award.
Jim 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 Scotland.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Computer Warehouse Group Plc
Austin is the founder and CEO of Computer Warehouse Group (CWG), one of the fastest-growing information and communication technology (ICT) companies in Africa. He formed CWG as an umbrella organization to provide coordinating functions and shared services for its three divisions: CWL Systems, DCC Networks and ExpertEdge Software.
CWG was recently ranked among the top 50 technology companies in Africa. In 2012, Austin was named ICT Man of the Decade by ICT Watch Africa Digital Network, and CWG was named Conglomerate of the Year. In 2011, he was named the ICT Personality of the Year by Technology Africa and the Most Outstanding ICT Personality of the Decade in 2010 by ICT Watch Africa.
Austin’s ardent interest in inspiring young entrepreneurs has been globally recognized through his appointment as an Entrepreneur in Residence at the Columbia Business School, where he facilitated the “Lean LaunchPad” course with serial entrepreneurs Steve Blank and Bob Dorf, co-authors of the globally acclaimed The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company.
Dr. Ruth Oltjer
Owner & CEO
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Estonia
Dr. Oltjer is the owner and CEO of Chemi-Pharm AS, one of the fastest growing disinfection agent and cleaning product production companies in the world. The company specializes in establishing proper disinfection systems in countries where the MRSA Infection Index is highest in an effort to eradicate one of most deadly bacteria in the world.
An important role in the company’s success story has been played by its R&D department and close cooperation with many global universities and science centers. Today, more than half of ChemiPharm’s turnover is generated by export. Its main export markets are the EU, former Soviet republics, Russia and Asia.
Dr. Oltjer has turned a small, family-owned Estonian business into a fast-expanding chemical company that applies green manufacturing processes and develops exceptionally user-friendly and environmentally safe disinfection products.
She was named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2012 Estonia.
Chairman & CEO
Entrepreneur Of The Year 1999 US
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 over 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 and China policy. Steve is also a co-founder of JUCCCE (Joint US-China Collaboration on Clean Energy/Environment), a highly acclaimed NGO based in Shanghai.
Steve is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ winner and has served as a national/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.
Global Leader Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and Venture CapitalEY
Bryan joined EY in 1981 and has served a number of high growth private and public companies in an audit and advisory capacity in Canada. He has worked at EY in Barbados where he launched its Corporate Finance & Entrepreneurial Services practice and the EOY program in Barbados and Trinidad. Working from the EY Boston office, Bryan launched the Venture Capital Advisory Group (VCAG) initiative in 2001 and has served as Americas VCAG leader ever since. Bryan also served as the Northeast SGM Regional leader and served as Coordinating Partner on a number of accounts. In 2010, in addition to his Americas VCAG Leadership Role, Bryan assumed leadership of the Americas EOY program, responsible for the EOY program operations in 25 markets in the US, 5 in Canada and throughout Latin America and in Israel.
Ross Perot, Jr.
The Perot Companies and Hillwood
Ross serves as Chairman of The Perot Companies, which manages the various Perot family businesses that include real estate, oil and gas, and financial investments. He also serves as Chairman of Hillwood, which is ranked as one of the top industrial, commercial and residential real estate developers in the US.
After serving in the United States Air Force, Ross became Chairman of the Air Force Memorial Foundation and was instrumental in building the United States Air Force Memorial, which honors the men and women of the United States Air Force.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the East-West Institute, and he also serves on the Board of Vanderbilt University (his alma mater), the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum and St. Mark’s School of Texas. He has been awarded the Gold Medal Award for Extraordinary Service, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service.
EY Global Vice Chair – Strategic Growths 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 experience 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 trends that are driving global activity in the IPO market, entrepreneurship and innovation, and economic growth.
McMillan Shakespeare Group
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Australia
In 1989, Anthony left his career as a teacher to set up McMillan Shakespeare, Australia’s largest provider of salary packaging services and a leading provider of vehicle leasing and fleet management to major employers across Australia and New Zealand.
Through Anthony’s ongoing vision and passion to succeed, a new Australian industry was gradually born and developed, despite numerous obstacles along the way. Today, McMillan Shakespeare is one of Australia’s great corporate success stories being a top 150 securities exchange-listed company with a market capitalization of approximately AUD1 billion. McMillan Shakespeare currently holds 60% of the Australian employee benefits. In recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit and business achievements, Anthony was awarded the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Award for Australia in 2012.
Jason is a business executive with over 15 years of managerial experience in technology/digital media and consumer products investments.
Jason is highly proficient at identifying, developing and executing exemplary sales/business development. He was one of the initial sales team executives at an online sports site, where he helped to rapidly grow the company before it was acquired by CBS. He is also the initial investor in several dot.com ventures, and he serves as an active board member/strategic business development director.
Jason leverages his exceptional interpersonal skills that build and enhance long-term business relationship. He is a builder of great companies, gaining the trust and respect of the most talented individuals in the world.
Currently, Jason is on the boards of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and the Heather on Earth Music Foundation, and he is on the Advisory Board of Miami Country Day School.
Chief Executive Officer
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Poland
In 1991, Ewald Raben, CEO of Raben Group, opened a branch of his family company in Poland with only 12 employees. Today, the Polish branch is the headquarters of the multinational logistics operator, with 4,500 employees in Poland and 7,500 in Europe. The Group has more than 130 terminals and distribution centers, over approximately 1m sq. ft. of warehouse space, and it currently serves multiple markets throughout the European region.
Ewald has always stood for meeting the needs of the most demanding logistics customers. He learned the details of the business by working at every level, including driving trucks and picking up pallets. Ewald believes that quality services require state-of-the-art tools, and the Group has been optimizing its technical solutions in order to change the face of modern logistics into customer-friendly, IT-based service.
He has always been there for his people, sharing Raben Group’s mission, vision and values. The Group’s corporate social responsibility policy is about positive relations with the local community, the environment and the employees. Ewald has launched many campaigns and initiatives promoting road safety, the importance of logistics and a healthy lifestyle, including a calculator of greenhouse gases emission.
Michael E. Rogers
Global Deputy Private Equity Leader
Michael is EY’s Global Deputy Private Equity Leader, and responsible for the development of the PE go-to-market strategy, as well as driving the execution of client strategies to PE funds and their investees across all geographies. Michael is also responsible for building the Global Private Equity Center’s key initiatives for all client teams and strengthening connections in the emerging markets and frontier markets.
Michael has led several global client teams and has held numerous leadership roles, most recently as Global TAS Markets Leader in London, where he was responsible for driving go-to-market strategies across EY’s Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice globally.
Michael received his BSGM from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University and his MBA from the Henry B. Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa. also completed the Executive Education programs at the Harvard Business School and The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
EY Global Markets Leader and
Global Government and Public Sector Leader
Uschi is EY’s Global Markets Leader. In this role she is responsible for EY’s markets functions of Knowledge, Industry/Sector, Strategic Growth Markets, Strategy and Analysis, Commercialization/Innovation, Trade and Business Development.
She also leads the Government and Public Sector global organization of more than 7,000 people, providing advisory, audit, transactional and taxation services to clients across mature and emerging markets.
Uschi is the former Deputy CEO of EY in Australia. Prior to joining EY in 2007, she was a Director-General and Cabinet Secretary of delivery and central agency government departments in Australia.
Uschi has significant experience with transformation programs in large organizations, and she is passionate about driving change for EY and its clients. She is a leader in EY’s diversity and inclusiveness programs and in progressing women’s issues internationally.
Baba Rafi Enterprise
Hendy is the CEO of Baba Rafi Enterprise, a holding company that consists of various award-winning local food brands that have grown domestically and internationally. In 2003, with just a pushcart and about US$400 in capital, he started the first outlet of Kebab Turki Baba Rafi, which has now grown to 1,101 outlets in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and China.
Baba Rafi Enterprise has continued to expand in the culinary sector and now includes Panen Raya, a franchise business that is Southeast Asia's largest grilled chicken restaurant, with 65 outlets in Indonesia and Malaysia, and Garang Sejahtera Indonesia, a franchise business and the region’s largest duck restaurant, with 15 outlets in Jakarta and Bandung.
The company has about 1,900 employees, with educational backgrounds ranging from elementary school to postgraduate degrees. To further develop their skills, employees take part in the Baba Rafi Academy before they start working for the company.
Robert S. Silberman
Strayer Education, Inc.
Robert currently serves as Strayer’s Executive Chairman of the Board. Strayer is an education services holding company that owns Strayer University.
Robert has served as a Director of Strayer since March 2001, Chairman from 2003 to 2013, and CEO from 2001 to 2013. He has served in a variety of senior management positions, including as President and COO for a major energy company, and as Assistant to the Chairman and CEO of an international paper company. Robert also served in several senior positions in the U.S. Department of Defense, including as Assistant Secretary of the Army. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Covanta Holding Company and on the Board of Visitors of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Robert earned his Bachelor’s degree in History from Dartmouth College and his Master’s degree in International Policy from The Johns Hopkins University.
Executive Vice President
Regine is the Executive Vice President of Sixt, one of the oldest, most prestigious car rental companies in all of Europe – and the world. Over the years, the Sixt family has turned their small start-up business into an international organization, operating in 105 countries with a global fleet of more than a quarter of a million cars.
Regine’s been awarded Business Woman of the World, Woman of the Year and the Bavarian Order of Merit, and has created the Children’s Aid Foundation, Drying Little Tears. She serves as the Honorary Consul General of Barbados in Germany, and is a Senator of the WES and the BVMW, the German Government’s official association for small and medium-sized businesses.
Since 2014, she has proudly held the title of Honorary Member of the Global Woman in Business Advisory Council.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur and best-selling author, is America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha 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, best-selling 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.
Harald U. Sverdrup
Chairman of the Board
K.A. Rasmussen AS
Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 Norway
Harald is Chairman of the Board of K.A. Rasmussen, one of the world’s largest suppliers of precious metals to industry and the jewelry crafts business. The company has manufacturing facilities in eight countries, which produce industrial catalysts, silver cutlery and alloys for use in dental products such as fillings and crowns.
Harald has played a major role in driving the group’s impressive growth and is always seeking greater product innovation and more effective manufacturing processes. He is an entrepreneur and has started several new companies. He was the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Norway 2012.
Harald earned his PhD in Chemical Engineering and is a professor at Lund University in Sweden in addition to being an advisor to the United Nations Environment Programme’s International Resource Panel.
Randall L. Tavierne
Markets Leader for Strategic Growth Markets
Randy is the Global Markets Leader for Strategic Growth Markets for EY. He has over 30 years of experience concentrating primarily on high-growth entrepreneurial and multinational companies. His experience on these accounts includes significant international experience in the Asia-Pacific and European regions.
Randy brings a global perspective to accounts and markets and has been a leader of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year TM program for the past 20 years and has run four EOY programs in the American Midwest. Randy has also successfully launched CFO roundtable events and the IPO conference in the American Midwest.
He is past President of the Central Region of the Boy Scouts of America and past Board member of the 1871/Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. Randy received a BS in Accounting from Michigan State University. He is a CPA and a member of the AICPA and Illinois CPA Society.
Central Europe Strategic Growth Markets Leader
As the Head of Strategic Growth Markets in Central Europe, Julie is responsible for EY’s Strategic Growth Markets initiative in Central Europe and Germany. In addition, sheleads EY’s Venture Capital Advisory Group in Germany and in the CEA.
Julie, who rejoined EY in 2001, has more than 16 years of public accounting experience in both international tax and auditing. She began her career with Arthur Andersenin Frankfurt, Germany, spending seven years in the US Tax department focusing on international cross-border transactions. She also has accumulated industry experienceworking with an international real estate developer, heading its financial reporting and accounting department in Europe.
Julie is a Certified Public Accountant who completed her university studies in Germany and France with honors. She lectures regularly on international accounting issues.
Dr. Alan Ulsifer
Chief Executive Officer, President and Chair
EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 Canada
Dr. Ulsifer is the CEO, President and Chair of FYidoctors, a private, optometry-owned eyecare provider. At the time FYidoctors was formed, it was the largest merger in Canadian history (by number of companies), and it now has over 200 locations across Canada.
After graduating from the University of Waterloo as an optometrist in 1990, Dr. Ulsifer became one of the founders and the Managing Partner of Northern Vision Centre, which developed into one of Canada’s largest independent optometric practices. While in this role he received multiple awards for academic and clinical achievement. While with FYidoctors, he received Canada’s EY Entrepreneur Of The YearTM Award in 2012.
Dr. Ulsifer has also been involved at the executive level in many volunteer organizations and has spoken in Canada and the US on many subjects, with his most recent topic being “The Future of Eyecare in Canada.”
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012 US
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013
Hamdi founded Chobani in 2005 and launched Chobani Greek Yogurt in 2007. Less than six years later, it had become the No.1-selling Greek Yogurt brand in the US with more than $US1b in annual sales—making Chobani one of the fastest-growing companies in history. For his impact, Hamdi was named the EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ 2013.
Hamdi, a Kurdish immigrant, grew up in eastern Turkey, helping with his family’s farm and feta cheese business. In 1994, he moved to study business in the US and during that time he decided to start a small cheese company in Central New York. Later, with the help of a Small Business Administration loan, he purchased a plant and officially started Chobani.
Hamdi is a passionate philanthropist, pledging to give 10% of profits to charity through Chobani’s charitable arm, the Chobani Foundation, which distributes grants to grassroots organizations all over the world. He remains dedicated to empowering individuals to reach their full potential. He is committed to making good food accessible to more people, and to strengthening US manufacturing in small towns.
For his leadership and career achievements, Hamdi has received numerous awards, including the Small Business Association’s Entrepreneurial Success Award. He was also inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Hall of Achievement. Hamdi sits on the advisory boards of the Pathfinder Village, American Turkish Council and Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and he is a Vice Chair of the Corporate Fund Board of the Kennedy Center.
EMEIA Strategic Growth Markets Leader
Andrea, a partner with the Assurance and Advisory Services practices, is the EMEIA Leader for Strategic Growth Markets (SGM). She oversees the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ program for EMEIA and is the Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Leader for the Netherlands. Andrea is known in global business circles for meeting with entrepreneurs and high-growth companies on a frequent basis.
Andrea has performed in many leadership roles and has proven skills working with clients in many capacities. She has extended experience in serving start up and mid-size emerging growth companies, including private equity and portfolio companies, family businesses as well as multinational clients across EMEIA. Her clients cross a number of industries, including private equity, manufacturing, retail, automotive and biotechnology.
Andrea is a Qualified Registered Accountant and has professional experience in auditing and accounting with clients reporting under Dutch GAAP and IFRS.
The Art of Vision
Internationally recognized artist
No. 1 best-selling author
Erik is an internationally recognized graffiti artist, No. 1 best-selling author, speed painter and entrepreneur. Erik redefines the term “keynote speaker” by showcasing his creativity and motivation. Pulling from his history as both a businessman and an artist, he has grown to become one of the most sought-after corporate speakers. Erik’s on-stage speed painting seamlessly becomes a visual metaphor to the core of his message: encouraging organizations toward profitability through innovations and superior levels of performance.
Erik’s best-selling business book, Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius, was hailed by Forbes magazine as “THE blueprint to actionable creativity” and by Fast Company magazine as “provocative with a purpose.”
Erik’s understanding of vision was originally born in the school of disappointment. After an eight-year career as a partner in a corporate firm, he became frustrated by the lack of innovative thought and corresponding profits he saw in business. So he set out to challenge companies to change their way of thinking, while simultaneously pursuing his own individual passions by combining business and art. He rediscovered his love for art and now plays in the business world by working through his art. This blending of the two is his effort to help the business community “create a vision to create disruptive strategies.”
Erik attended the University of San Diego, earning a bachelor’s degree in Business.
Mark A. Weinberger
Global Chairman & CEO
Mark was appointed Global Chairman & CEO-elect in 2012 and became Global Chairman & CEO in 2013. Mark serves as Chair of the Global Executive, EY’s highest level management body; the Global Practice Group; and the Global Public Policy Committee.
Prior to EY, Mark served as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Tax Policy) in the George W. Bush Administration and was also appointed by President Clinton to serve on the US Social Security Administration Advisory Board.
Mark was co-founder of Washington Counsel, P.C., a Washington DC-based law and legislative advisory firm that merged into EY and now operates as Washington Council EY.
Mark sits on the Board of Directors for Catalyst, The Tax Council and the Bullis School. He holds a BA from Emory University, an MBA and JD from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center.
The Atelier Fund
Marty Wikstrom is a seasoned brand and retail executive with over 30 years’ experience in executive roles in the United States and Europe. As Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Wikstrom led the Fashion and Accessories brands of Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, the world’s second-largest luxury goods holding company. Ms. Wikstrom served as both an Executive and Non-Executive Director during her tenure at Richemont.
She is the founder of the Atelier Fund, specializing in the acquisition and development of luxury brands. She currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Harrys of London, Ltd., a men’s luxury shoe company, and is a Board Director of Fortnum & Mason, the 300- year- old quintessential English purveyor of food, drinks and gifts. Ms. Wikstrom has also actedat as a Non-Executive Director of Bally International Ltd., Space.NK Ltd. and Portero Inc.
Ms. Wikstrom served as the Deputy Managing Director and then Managing Director of Harrods Ltd. She was a Board Director of Harrods Holdings Ltd., Harrods Estates and Kurt Geiger Ltd., where she was also the interim Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Harrods, Ms. Wikstrom spent 19 years at Nordstrom, Inc., where she rose from a part-time sales assistant to President of the Full Line Stores Group.
Founder, President and CEO
Denise is the founder, President and CEO of Desert Jet, a group of aircraft management, charter and maintenance companies based in Palm Springs, California, that is structured as the private car service of the sky, whose services private flyers can use as they need, with no requirements like buying a fractional share, jet card or membership.
She is a pilot with over 7,000 hours of flight experience and seven type ratings. She has flown for several airlines and is a former airline captain.
Denise was a national winner of the 2013 EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program and a finalist in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Entrepreneur of 2010 program.
Denise earned her BS degree with a minor in Aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She is a member of Angel Flight West, Women in Aviation, Women in Corporate Aviation, Women Presidents’ Organization and the National Business Aviation Association.
Asia-Pacific Deputy Area Managing Partner
Patrick is the Area Deputy Managing Partner for EY in Asia-Pacific and works closely with the Area Managing Partner and the Asia-Pacific Operating Executive to drive execution of EY strategy and deliver exceptional client service to clients across the APAC area. He also represents Asia-Pacific on the EY Global Accounts Committee and the Global Markets & Investment Committee.
Patrick has more than 25 years of experience in the accounting profession and has served as a mergers and acquisitions and transactions partner in Australia, Asia, the US and the UK. He also served as the lead partner on many financial due diligence projects and IPOs. In Patrick’s previous leadership roles at EY, he was instrumental in driving integration of our account and sector focus across the Asia-Pacific area.
Patrick has a Bachelor of Economics degree and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He has also studied at the Harvard Business School and Kellogg Business School.
The Abraaj Group
As a Partner with The Abraaj Group, Selçuk sits on the Board and oversees the company’s investments in Turkey and Central Asian markets. He led the recent acquisition of leading a Turkish dairy player and the exit of four Turkish businesses.
Selçuk joined The Abraaj Group in 2008 from a large banking corporation, where he was the CEO for the operations in Turkey and before that he was a Managing Director for the emerging markets investment banking team in London for seven years. Previously, he held senior leadership positions in investment banking in Turkey, Amsterdam and London.
Selçuk sits on the board of various portfolio companies, as well as Endeavor Turkey. He also serves as the Chairman Entrepreneurship and Private Equity Committee within the Turkish Businessmen and Industrialist Association.
Selçuk earned his degree in Economics from Istanbul University and holds an MBA in Finance from the University of New Haven.
Professor Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize recipient 2006
Professor Yunus, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2006, is the founder of Grameen Bank and more than 50 other companies. For his constant innovation and enterprise, FORTUNE magazine named him “one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time.”
Professor Yunus received the Fulbright Scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University, and he earned his PhD in Economics. He joined the University of Chittagong’s Department of Economics as its Chairman and later started to experiment with providing collateral-free loans to the poor. The project was called the Grameen Bank Project and later became a full-fledged bank for providing loans to the poor, mostly women, in rural Bangladesh. Today, Grameen Bank has over 8.4 million borrowers, 97% of whom are women, and disburses over US$1.5b each year.
Professor Yunus’ concept of social business, which he introduced into the economic framework, is defined as a non-dividend company dedicated to solving social problems, such as health care, education, sanitation, water pollution, unemployment and environmental degradation. His microcredit idea has spread to almost all the countries of the world, including the industrialized countries of the West.
Professor Yunus is one of the seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal. Other notable awards he has been awarded include the Ramon Magsaysay Award, the World Food Prize and the International Simon Bolivar Prize.
Professor Yunus is the author of several books, most recently Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity’s Most Pressing Needs.
Elena is President of Zambon S.p.A., an Italian pharmaceutical and fine chemical company based in Milan.
Elena has held multiple leadership positions, including at a leading financial institution where she was responsible for foreign investors on the Italian market. She also helped with the relations and risk evaluations for institutional customers.
In addition to her role at Zambon, Elena is Vice President of ZaCh-Zambon Chemicals, President of Secofind SIM S.p.A., member of the Board of Zambon Company S.p.A. and President of the Zoé Foundation.
She is a member of the Board of Directors of Italcementi, a member of the Consiglio Generale of Aspen Italia and a member of the Executive Committee of Aspen. She is President of AidAF, the Italian Association of Family Businesses, and has been nominated as a member of the Board of Fondo Strategico Italiano. Elena earned her bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University Luigi Bocconi.