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Speakers

Over the years, the Congress has welcomed Heads of State, chamber leaders, as well as some of the most influential figures in business as keynote speakers. From former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and even the South African President Thano Mbeki, we ensure that our programme is presented by the most visionary and dynamic of individuals.

Currently, we have the following confirmed speakers. To learn more about them, please read their biographies below.

BISHOP Peter

Deputy Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Chair, ICC WCF International Certificate of Origin Council

Peter Bishop is Deputy Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the ICC/World Chambers Federation International Certificate of Origin Council. At the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry...
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BUAMIM Hamad

President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hamad Buamim has been the President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry since November 2006. He also serves as the Deputy Chair of the World Chambers Federation – ICC in Paris....
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Ouided Bouchamaoui

BOUCHAMAOUI Ouided

Joint Winner, 2015 Nobel Peace Prize; President, Tunisian Confederation of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts

Ouided Bouchamaoui, born in Gabes in 1961,  holds a DESS (Master Degree) in International Business from Institut Supérieur de Gestion of Tunis (ISG Business School) and a DESS in International Trade Law from Faculty...
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CARTWRIGHT Stephen

CEO, NSW Business Chamber

Stephen Cartwright is the Chief Executive Officer of the largest business Chamber in Australia, the NSW Business Chamber. Stephen is also a Director of Australian Business Solutions Group and a Director of Australian Business...
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DENTON John

First Vice Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce; Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

John WH Denton AO is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the leading Australian independent law firm. Under John’s leadership and strategic direction, Corrs was voted as the number one...
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FORSYTHE Patricia

Executive Director, Sydney Business Chamber

Patricia Forsythe is the Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, a position she has held since September 2006. Patricia represents the Chamber on a number of NSW government committees including the Light Rail...
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HETZEL Dawn

President, Junior Chamber International

Dawn Hetzel, nominated by JCI USA, was elected 2017 JCI President at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Québec City, Canada. Born March 31, 1977, in Washington, D.C., Hetzel received a Bachelor’s degree in...
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HOWARD Anthony

CEO, Confidere Group and Expert in Human-Centred Leadership

Anthony Howard is passionate about building a more human world one leader at a time. As a mentor and coach he helps leaders navigate complex, demanding environments so they can perform and lead at...
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HEATHCOTE Christopher

Chief Executive Officer, Global Infrastructure Hub

Chris is one of the few Infrastructure professionals to have worked as Principal, Advisor and Debt Provider to the infrastructure sector. Starting in the mid 1990’s Chris was a founder partner in one of...
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RIERA I REÑÉ Inmaculada

Director General, Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Diploma in Law studies at Barcelona University, Master in Politics and Economy at University of Florence (Italy), Diploma in Comparative Law by the University of Strasbourg (France), International Forex Diploma in International Markets, London...
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INAISHVILI Jemal

President, Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Jemal Inaishvili is the president of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI). He is also honorary chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) and member of the...
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KROMJONG Linda

Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Linda Kromjong took up her post as Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva on 1 May 2015. The IOE is the largest network of the private sector in the world,...
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Steve Killelea

KILLELEA Steve

Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to...
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LỘC Vũ Tiến

Chairman, APEC CEO Summit 2017; Chairman and President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr. Vũ Tiến Lộc has been the Chairman and President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2003. He is the member of the 11st, 12nd , 13rd and 14th Vietnam National Assembly (2001 -2021) and...
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LINNAINMAA Leena

Deputy Chief Executive, Finland Chamber of Commerce

Leena Linnainmaa is Deputy Chief Executive of Finland Chamber of Commerce. She is an expert on company law, securities market law and corporate governance, and is in charge of the World Chambers Global award-winning...
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LAWLESS Gerald

Chairman, World Tourism and Travel Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding

Gerald Lawless started his career with Forte Hotels which culminated in him setting up and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East. After a 23-year career with Forte Hotels, he joined Jumeirah in 1997...
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LOKUHETTY Anura

Chairman, Red Apple Travel and Holidays Lanka (Pvt)Ltd; Chairman, Luxury Villas and Hotels Management (Pvt)Ltd

Mr. Anura Lokuhetty is the Chairman of the CACCI Asian Council on Tourism and the Past President of The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka. Mr. Lokuhetty is a strong believer of developing sustainable development...
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PERIQUET Anna Marie

Chair, Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP); President, Asia Pacific Business Consulting Inc

Anna Marie K. Periquet is the Chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP). She is a consultant of top corporations in the Philippines for entrepreneurship development; corporate affairs and communications; government...
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PACKER James

Chairman, CPH; Deputy Chairman, Melco Crown Entertainment

James Packer is the major investor of Crown Resorts Ltd. Crown is one of Australia’s largest tourism and entertainment operators with integrated resorts, hotels and casinos in Melbourne, Perth, Manila, Macau and London. The...
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Peter Mihok

MIHOK Peter

Chair, ICC World Chambers Federation; President, Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Peter Mihok became Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation on 1 January 2013. Mr Mihok is President of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Chairman of ICC Slovakia....
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Sunil Bharti Mittal

MITTAL Sunil Bharti

Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce; Founder and Chairman, Bharti Enterprises

Sunil Bharti Mittal is the Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, one of India’s leading conglomerates with diversified interests in telecom, insurance, real estate, hospitality, agri and food, among other ventures. Bharti has joint...
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TOEBBEN Gary

President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Gary Toebben has been the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce since July 1, 2006.  The private-nonprofit organization was founded in 1888 and is the largest business organization in...
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SUBASI Umit

President Asia-Pacific, Campbell Arnott’s

Umit Subasi has been serving as President Asia Pacific at Campbell Arnott’s since November 2013. Campbell is a global food company headquartered in Camden, N.J., which makes a range of soups and simple meals,...
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VAN DER WEIDE Martin

Deputy Chair, International Certificate of Origin Council, ICC World Chambers Federation

Martin is currently working as a Policy Advisor on the subject of Origin at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and responsible for the system for electronic Certificates of Origin (CO) in the Netherlands. He...
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WICKHAM Robert

Regional Vice President of Innovation and Digital Transformation,Salesforce

Robert Wickham leads Salesforce’s efforts to help companies experiment and validate new ideas for business growth. Robert also directs Salesforce’s regional program for start-ups. Previously Robert ran Salesforce’s specialized sales team across Asia Pacific. He...
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