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Over the years, the World Chambers Congress has welcomed keynote addresses from Heads of State, chamber leaders and some of the most influential industry leaders. We aim to address the most topical issues in the Congress programme and to invite a diverse array of speakers to help attending delegates better tackle the current challenges facing small-and-medium-sized enterprises and anticipate the trials that lie ahead.

Check out our speakers confirmed to attend the 10WCC

ALTUNTAS Baybars

Chairman,World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF); Vice President, European Trade Association for Business Angels, Seed Funds, and Early Stage Market Players (EBAN); President, Business Angels Association of Turkey (TBAA)

Former Senior Advisor of the Elite Programme of the London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG), entrepreneurship and innovation guru, global leader, best-selling author, angel investor, columnist, star of the Turkish version of the television show...
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ARSOVSKA Danela

President, Macedonian Chambers of Commerce

Danela Arsovska is the President of Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Chair of Macedonian Union of Employers’ Organizations and Macedonian Representative in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Council. With over 15 years of...
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BOLLIGER Ruedi

Director General, Alliance of Swiss Chambers

Ruedi is currently the executive director of the Alliance des Chambres de commerce suisses, the Swiss National Guaranteeing Organization for ATA carnets, whose office is handling roughly 3’000 claims per year. Under the administration...
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BYERS Jay

CEO, the Greater Des Moines Partnership

Jay Byers is CEO of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. The Partnership is the regional economic and community development organization serving Greater Des Moines (DSM) with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce and more than...
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BİÇER UÇAR Ezgi

Vice Secretary-General, Mersin Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Ezgi BİÇER UÇAR was born in Soma, Turkey, in 1981. She completed her primary and secondary education in Mersin. Graduated from French speaking Galatasaray University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Department of International...
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BONET Alfredo

International Director, Spain Chamber of Commerce

Alfredo Bonet was born in Palma de Mallorca (Spain) in 1958. Married and father of three, he holds a degree in Economic and Business Sciences from the Complutense University of Madrid since 1981, and...
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BURGE Richard

Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

Richard was born in Hong Kong and has spent much of his life outside the UK, having worked in over 50 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Appointed in 2017 as Chief...
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BUGHIN Jacques

Senior partner, McKinsey; Global Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Jacques Bughin is a senior partner at McKinsey and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, and one of its three global co-leaders. He is also a leader...
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BRANDWEINER Richard

Senior Partner, Leapfrog Investments

Richard joined LeapFrog Investments as a Partner in 2017. He has a long history within the investment industry in Australia. In 2015, Richard was named in the Power 100 of Top CIOs in the...
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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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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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DU Edward

President, Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc.

Mr. Edward C. Du is the President of the Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (NOCCI), the Most Outstanding Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines for two consecutive years (2015 & 2016)...
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CHANG Vincent

President, Deal Advisory, KPMG Deal Advisory Limited

Vincent specializes in providing mergers and acquisition advisory services. Since joining KPMG in 2000, Vincent has advised on over 500 transactions, working on both inbound and outbound transactions. His portfolio includes advising foreign companies...
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CAIRNEY Trevor

President & Chairman; NSW Business Chamber; Chairman, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA); Director, Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry; CEO Higher Education Solutions Pty Ltd

Trevor Cairney is the President & Chairman of the NSW Business Chamber. He has been a director of the NSW Business Chamber since 2007. He is also Chairman of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors...
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CHEHAB Cedric

Head of Global Strategy, BMI Research

Cedric is Head of BMI Research’s Global Strategy Team, where he helps ensure the coherence of global macro strategy, macro and commodities strategy, and macro and industry strategy. Currently based in Singapore, Cedric previously...
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COULIE Christophe

Chair, WATAC e-ATA Steering; Legal Affairs Manager, Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce

Christophe Coulie is Legal Affairs Manager at the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce since 1998. He is responsible for coordinating international trade documents (certificates of origin, ATA Carnets, digital certificates) within the Belgian...
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CHIPCHASE Sandra

CEO, Destination NSW; Executive Producer, Vivid Sydney

Sandra Chipchase is the CEO of Destination NSW and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney. Ms Chipchase has had an outstanding career in international and domestic tourism and business events marketing, major events acquisition and...
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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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D’AGOSTINO Justin

Global Head of Practice, Dispute Resolution and Regional Managing Partner, Asia and Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills

Justin D’Agostino is the Global Head of Disputes at Herbert Smith Freehills.  He is recognised as one of the foremost senior members of the legal profession to champion LGBT rights and the importance of...
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DOSORETZ Víctor

Vice President, Argentina Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Víctor Dosoretz is Permanent Director – treasurer – of “La Cámara Argentina de Comercio y Servicios” (Argentinean Chamber of Commerce and Services). He is the Chairman of ICC Argentina and the Past President...
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DAZA Beatriz

Business Development Director, Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce

Mrs. Beatriz Daza is Business Development Director at Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce. As such, Mrs. Daza leads the operation of 3 main programs within the Chamber of Commerce: High Growth Entrepreneurship (HGE) and Innovation,...
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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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EBRAHIMY Saeid

Director of Legal and International Affairs, Isfahan Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA)

Saeid Ebrahimy joined Isfahan Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) as Director of Legal and International Affairs Department in 2008. Saeid has a long experience in organizing trade fairs and events. Before...
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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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HADDAD Khalil

Chief Strategy Officer, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Khalil Haddad is a Chief Strategy Officer for the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also a part time advisor for the Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government which is the Dubai...
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HALE Chris

Founder and CEO of kountable, Inc.; COO of Perigon Wealth Management

Chris Hale is the founder and CEO of kountable, Inc., a San Francisco-based start-up that combines data science, social capital, and proven financial instruments to provide highly-scalable financing solutions to underserved “missing middle” entrepreneurs...
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HILL Peter

President, Santiago Chamber of Commerce

Mr. Hill is president of the Santiago Chamber of Commerce and past president and Board Member of the Iberoamerican Chambers Association  (Spain, Portugal, North America, Central America, Caribbean and South America). He graduated as...
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HARDMAN Dawn

Director of HR, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

Dawn began her career working for IBM UK in a resource deployment role before moving to Business Link Herefordshire and Worcestershire as a HR Advisor.  Appointed Head of Human Resources for Herefordshire & Worcestershire...
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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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ILOTTE Vincenzo

President, Torino Chamber of Commerce, Crafts and Agriculture

In 1992, Vincenzo Ilotte joined the family group, 2A SPA, which produces zippers and die-casting aluminium and zamac alloys. As supervisor of the foundry division, Mr. Ilotte has led the company to be the...
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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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HAMIDIYAN JAHROMI Mohammad Sadegh

Deputy Chairman, Shiraz Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture

Mohammad Sadegh Hamidiyan Jahromi was born in 1968 in Jahrom, Fars, Iran. He began his university education in 1988 in the field of Agricultural-Gardening Engineering and received a master’s degree in 1996. After that,...
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KOMPANEK Anna

Director, Multiregional Programs at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

Anna Kompanek is the Director for Multiregional Programs at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) in Washington, DC. She leads programs spanning emerging and frontier markets in different regions focused on CIPE’s core...
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KITTONY Kiprono

National Chairman, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Mr Kittony graduated with a Global Executive MBA from United States International University & Columbia Business School, degree in Owners Management Programme from the Strathmore University/ Lagos Business School, a degree in Bachelor of...
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KROEGER Ken

Executive Chairman, Seeing Machines Limited

Ken joined Seeing Machines in 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. Under Ken’s leadership the company has been strategically transformed into a recognized industry leader in computer vision, eye-tracking and intervention safety products and services...
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KHOUDOUR David

Head of Migration and Skills, OECD Development Center

David Khoudour is the Head of the Migration and Skills Unit at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, France. As such he is responsible for the policy-oriented work of the Centre on migration and...
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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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LAWSON Alaba Oluwaseun

National President, Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA); Proprietress- Alaba Lawson Group of Schools (Creche, Kindergaten, Nursery, Junior Secondary & A' Level); Chairperson , NACCIMA Business Women Group

IYALODE ALABA OLUWASEUN LAWSON was born on 18th January 1951 to Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Abiona Jiboku in Abeokuta.  Alaba had her Primary Education at St. James’s African Primary School, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta, between 1957...
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LEGGE Adam

President & CEO, Calgary Chamber

Mr Legge’s career has spanned two decades in the area of chamber work, economic development, economic analysis and policy. He started his career with the global firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a real estate...
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VEGA LEMUS Mauricio

President, Pereira Chamber of Commerce

Born in Pereira, the heart of the Cultural Coffee Landscape, a region declared by the UNESCO as a human cultural heritage since 2011. Lawyer, specialist in administrative law and magister in business administration. He...
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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 11th, 12th  , and 13th Vietnam National Assembly (2001 -2021) and the member...
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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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AROSEMENA Pablo

President of the Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil

Pablo Arosemena is an economist with graduate studies in political action from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and Francisco de Vitoria in Spain. He also holds a PhD in economics from ESEADE in Argentina. He...
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DÍAZ-GRANADOS Juan Carlos

CEO of the Guayaquil Chamber of Commerce

Juan Carlos Díaz-Granados has been Chairman of the General Board of the Law Firm Díaz-Granados since 1993 and of Digrasua, Insurance Advisors since 1988. From 1986 to 1988, he was Commercial Director of Tecniseguros,...
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MONK James

Director of Commercial Services, Business West Chambers of Commerce

James leads on Business West’s commercial activities and is responsible for the smooth operation of the International Trade Centre, which supports the regional business community to prosper in international trade. A Chartered Marketer with...
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MARTI Darlan

Trade Policy Specialist, Market Access Division, World Trade Organisation

Since 2009, Darlan F. Martí has worked as a trade policy specialist at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  He serves as Secretary of the Committee on Rules of Origin and assisted WTO Members in...
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OLIVEIRA Gabriele

International Cooperation Assistant, Brazilian Confederation of Trade and Business Associations

Gabriele Oliveira is International Cooperation Assistant at the Brazilian Confederation of Trade and Business Associations (CACB). She is responsible for analysis and execution of national and international projects. Currently is working on projects for...
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OZAYDEMIR Savas

Chairman of Board, Eskisehir Chamber of Industry

He was born in 1943 in Eskisehir, Turkey. He started his higher education at Robert College and graduated from Istanbul Technical University, Electrical Engineering department. After private sector experience, he started his own business...
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O’REILY Phil

Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners; Chair, Board of Business at OECD

Phil O’Reilly ONZM is Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners, a Wellington based Public Policy Advisory Firm. He is a global business leader and advocate. He is Chair of the Board of Business at...
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PAŞA Muammer

General Coordinator, Bursa Design and Technology Development Centre (BUTGEM)

Muammer Paşa was born in İzmir (Turkey)in1964.Father of three sons,he holds a degree in English Language and Literature and has Master’s degree in three different areas including Business Administration,European Community Law and International Affairs.He...
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PACE Melissa

CEO , Whistler Chamber of Commerce in British Columbia, Canada

Melissa Pace is the CEO of the Whistler Chamber of Commerce in British Columbia, Canada. Born in Montreal, Quebec, Melissa holds a degree in Tourism Hospitality Management.  With over 30 years dedicated to the...
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PATTISON Philippa

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), University in Sydney

Professor Philippa (Pip) Pattison was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University in Sydney in June 2014. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Pattison is responsible for the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and...
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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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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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REED Alastair

Acting Director, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague

Dr. Alastair Reed is Acting Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Prior to this, he was Research Coordinator and a Research Fellow at ICCT, joining ICCT and Leiden University’s...
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SOLTANI Pedram

First Vice President, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture

Pedram Soltani is a renowned Iranian businessman, known for his courageous views and efforts for modernization of Iranian business communities. In 2011, he was elected as the Vice President of Iran Chamber of Commerce,...
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SANYAL Saurabh

Secretary General, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Colonel  Saurabh Sanyal (Retired)  is a professional with over 36 years of experience in Armed forces and corporate . Born to Shri Ranajit Kumar Sanyal (father) and Dr (Smt)  Krishna Sanyal (mother) at Allahabad,U.P...
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SCHMIDT-TRENZ Hans-Jörg

Chair, WCF Membership Committee; Representative and Counsellor, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (Germany)

Before being assigned as Representative and Counsellor, Mr Hans-Jörg Schmidt-Trenz held the CEO position of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce from 1996 – 2017. As “Germany’s gate to the world”, the Hamburg chamber has...
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SANNEH Landing

Managing Director, National Enterprise Development Initiative

Landing B. Sanneh was recruited at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in February 2002 as an extension officer working with youth at the grassroots level. He served in four of the seven Administration...
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THOMSON Scott

Customer Solutions & Innovation APAC at Google

Scott has worked with enterprises across Asia Pacific and the US to help them drive innovation and unlock value from data and machine learning for more than a decade. He recently worked as an...
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TREIER Volker

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce

Since January 2011, Dr. Volker Treier has been the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK e.V.), as such he is in charge of driving the...
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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, ICC World Chambers Federation International Certificate of Origin Council

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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WATSON Sara

Global Director of ReadyNation and ReadyNation International

Dr. Sara Watson is the founder and Global Director of ReadyNation and ReadyNation International, an international business organization whose 1,800+ members advocate for improving the economy and workforce through effective investments in children and...
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WARD Christopher

Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Metro New York

Christopher O. Ward is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Metro New York, for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $17.4-billion, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm with the ability to design, build, finance and...
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WICKHAM Robert

Regional Vice President, Ecosystem & Platform Innovation, Asia Pacific

Robert Wickham leads Salesforce’s efforts to help companies experiment and validate new business ideas in partnership with some of the local incubators. Robert is also responsible for Salesforce’s Platform Innovation Specialists across Asia Pacific. He is...
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YIRCALI Rona

Honorary Chair of the World Chambers Federation President & CEO, Best Energy Group

Rona Yırcali was born in Istanbul, 1944. After graduating from Robert College in Istanbul, he received his Business Administration degree from University of Miami, Florida, U.S.A. His current executive management posts, among other high-level...
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LISBOA YAZBEK Cristiano

Consultant Partner at the São Paulo Chamber of Commerce and Business Director at the Brazilian Institute of Planning and Taxation

Cristiano Lisboa Yazbek is a tax lawyer in Brazil, a specialist in Tax Planning and Master Degree in Law and Economics. Mr. Yazbek is name partner at Amaral, Yazbek Law Firm in Brazil, the...
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