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Investment and Asset Management, Innovation

FT - EIB Global Investment Forum

New Technologies and Inclusive Innovation

Brussels |
Speakers include:
Saadia  Zahidi

Saadia Zahidi

World Economic Forum

Werner Hoyer

Werner Hoyer

European Investment Bank

Carlos Moedas

Carlos Moedas

European Commission


The FT-EIB Global Investment Forum aims to shed further light on the specific role of investment in supporting sustainable innovation: who should invest in what, to remedy which market failures? How do we make innovation inclusive? Distinguished experts will address key aspects of the current debate – future habitats, disruptive innovation, the future of work, the digital divide and the future of education – by checking the facts, taking a closer look at global trends and proposing possible solutions. 

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For the last 25 years, innovation and globalisation have been the forces driving growth and wealth creation. There are no signs that the pace of innovation is slowing. Quite the opposite: we are in the midst of a technological revolution in which the emergence and convergence of new materials, processes and technologies – such as big data analytics, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and the internet of things – are disrupting entire sectors and opening up new opportunities for companies and consumers.

At the same time, the ongoing transformation of the global economy has profound implications for the way we live, work and also for the distribution of income and wealth. While new economic powers have risen, the huge gains from globalisation and technological change have not been evenly distributed. Low growth, lack of inclusion, rising inequality and migration have given rise to a polarisation of society, political upheaval and populist backlash in some parts of the world.

This is therefore the time to address the challenges of a rapidly changing world and discuss the way forward, considering key ways in which innovation can be harnessed sustainably so that all segments of society can successfully participate in and fully benefit from it.


Agenda - 7th Dec

  • 8:15am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times


  • 9:10am
    Welcome Address

    Werner Hoyer, President, European Investment Bank

  • 9:25am
    Panel Discussion: Future Habitats: Innovation for Sustainable Urban Development

    Much of today’s game-changing innovation happens in cities. As metropolitan areas expand, demand for services in urban centres surges and increasingly complex infrastructure and resource challenges emerge, cities all over the world are transforming themselves. From new approaches to connected transportation and innovative delivery of healthcare to novel models of public-private partnerships and transformative solutions in safety and energy, cities are leveraging technological innovations to become more liveable, sustainable and competitive. What ingenious solutions, new forms of organisation and improved ways of collaboration between city administration, citizens and local stakeholders are emerging to solve cities’ most difficult problems and facilitate social innovation? In which key ways are they generating more resilient, sustainable and open systems at city level? Which governance structures and financing mechanisms are needed to support an effective implementation of sustainable urban development goals? What are the best practices and drivers in cities promoting social innovation and how can they be replicated and scaled-up?

    Luca Bergamo, Vice Mayor, Rome

    Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, EUROCITIES

    Manfred Dasselaar, Senior Director Research, Philips Lighting  

    Elizabeth Yee, Senior Vice President of City Solutions, 100 Resilient Cities

    Moderated by:

    John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times


  • 10:25am
    Networking Break
  • 10:40am
    Panel Discussion Innovation: Driver of Income Growth and Social Inclusion?

    Disruptive innovations unleashed by the Internet of Things, robotics and artificial intelligence technologies are radically transforming economies, opening up new opportunities for increased productivity, enhanced competitiveness and economic growth. At the same time, this rapid technology-driven change raises a myriad of questions on its impact on different segments of society in a context of rising or persistently high inequality. How are new technologies likely to impact income distribution and how can they become a tool to shape a more inclusive society? Which concrete policy solutions are being put forward to reconcile radical disruption with inclusive growth? What can be done to support and scale up inclusive innovation? What opportunities exist for emerging economies in this context?

    Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices, INSEAD 

    Matthias Machnig, State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy,Germany

    Ann Mettler, Director General, Head of European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission

    Balázs Némethi, CEO, Taqanu

    Tomáš Sedláček, Author, Economics of Good and Evil, Philosopher of Economics

    Moderated by:

    John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times


  • 11:40am
    Keynote Interview

    Carlos Moedas, Commissioner Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission

    Interviewed by

    John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times


  • 12:00pm
    On-stage Conversation: EU Financing for Innovators - The Example of InnovFin

    Innovators are changing our world - from small tech start-ups to large research facilities and circular economy companies. What challenges will they face in the future? What are the technologies that will impact our lives? How can financing for innovators make a difference? With InnovFin having jointly supported over 100 projects, and some 5 500 small and early-stage enterprises in Europe and beyond, we will look at some of the new developments and ground-breaking stories along the way. InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators is a joint initiative launched by the European Investment Bank Group (EIB and EIF) in cooperation with the European Commission under Horizon 2020, tackling key issues such as renewable energy, infectious diseases and helping to give emerging innovators a head start.

    Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

    Carlos Moedas, Commissioner Research, Science and Innovation, European Commission

    In conversation with:

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times


  • 12:20pm
    Case Study

    Thibaud Le Séguillon, Chief Executive Officer, Heliatek

  • 12:30pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Innovation and the Future of Work – Are Robots our Partners or our Competitors?

    Although technology has long affected labour markets, recent advances in robotics, artificial intelligence and machine learning are intensifying concerns about automation replacing a widening share of the workforce. Will robots take jobs away from humans, creating mass unemployment, or will automation free workers to perform other tasks, therefore enabling job transformation rather than job replacement? What is next for robotics and machine learning and what will the scale of shifts in the workforce be as automation unleashes? Which factors –including technological, social, macroeconomic and regulatory –are likely to influence the rate of adoption of automation? Predictions on the number and kind of jobs affected differ but it is clear that stakeholders need to be prepared for the transition. What are the most adequate policies to guarantee a smooth adjustment in the labour market as individuals shift from one type of job to another? What investments should be prioritised? How will the human-robot partnership transform the future of work?

    Jacques Bughin, Senior Partner, McKinsey and Director, McKinsey Global Institute

    Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

    Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Head of Technology and Human Rights, Amnesty International

    Alexander Stubb, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

    Aimee van Wynsberghe, Co-Founder, Foundation for Responsible Robotics; Assistant Professor, Ethics and Technology, University of Delft

    Moderated by

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times


  • 2:30pm
    Panel Discussion: Our Digital Future – Where Do We Need to Invest?

    Today, despite the many benefits of digitalisation and the important advances in improving connectivity, too many people continue to be left behind. How can investment in technology be a true architect of change? What policies are needed? How can digital challenges be transformed into solutions that allow for a more inclusive society? Where should investment be focused and what are the key projects that are turbo-charging economic development?

    Peris Bosire, Co-founder, FarmDrive

    Maurizio Caio, Founder and Managing Partner, TLcom Capital

    Taavi Madiberk, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Skeleton Technologies

    Robert Opp, Director of Innovation and Change Management Division, UN ‎World Food Programme

    Roberto Viola, Director General, DG CONNECT, European Commission

    Moderated by

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times


  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Skills for the 21st Century

    In a world that is changing at a faster rate that we have ever seen before, how do we educate, train and equip a new generation for a future that is difficult to define and grasp? Are our education systems and learning environments ready to respond to the disruption that is already impacting the type of jobs we do and how and where we work? How will formal and informal learning structures evolve to meet the changing needs of the workplace of the future? Which skills will be necessary to thrive in this new environment in which technologies, business models and ways of working are subject to constant change? What will be the role of vocational training, personalised and lifelong learning for re-skilling and upskilling the workforce? In which areas will investment be more transformational?

    Carla Aerts, Director of Futures, UCL Institute of Education

    Maria Luís Albuquerque, Former Minister of State and Finance, Portugal

    Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    Saadia Zahidi, Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Education, Gender and Work, World Economic Forum

    Moderated by:

    John Gapper, Associate Editor and Chief Business Commentator, Financial Times


  • 5:00pm
    Closing Remarks: Investing in Inclusive Growth – The Way Forward

    Ambroise Fayolle, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

  • 5:10pm
    Co-chair’s Closing Remarks

    John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times


  • 5:15pm
    Networking Reception

Speakers (26)

Saadia  Zahidi

Saadia Zahidi

Member of the Executive Committee and Centre for the New Economy and Society
World Economic Forum

Saadia Zahidi is a Managing Director at the World Economic Forum and Head of the Forum’s Centre for the New Economy and Society. Her teams work with leaders from business, government, civil society and academia to understand and shape the new economy, advance competitiveness, drive social mobility and inclusion, close skills gaps, prepare for the future of work and foster gender equality and diversity. Saadia founded and co-authors the Forum's Future of Jobs Report, Global Gender Gap Report, and Human Capital Report. Her book, Fifty Million Rising, charts the rise of working women in the Muslim world and was longlisted for the FT/McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2018. She has been selected as one of the BBC's 100 Women and won the inaugural FT/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize for prospective authors under 35. She holds a BA in Economics from Smith College, an MPhil in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva and an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School. Her interests include the future of work, the impact of technology on employment, education and skills, income inequality and using big data for public good.

Werner Hoyer

Werner Hoyer

European Investment Bank

Born 1951 in Wuppertal (Germany), Dr Werner Hoyer has a PhD in economics from the Cologne University. He started his career as a senior research assistant at the Cologne University and soon became an associate lecturer in international economic relations.


1985 he took on the position as Director of the Economics and Information Department of the Carl Duisberg Society, Cologne and 1987 became a Member of the German Bundestag where he stayed until 31 December 2011. During his service at the German Bundestag he held several positions; first as Whip and Security Policy Spokesman of the FDP (Free Democratic Party) Parliamentary Group, Deputy Chairman of the German-American Parliamentary Friendship Group and Secretary General of the FDP, before becoming Minister of State at the Foreign Office.


In 2000 he became the President of the European Liberal Democratic Reform Party (ELDR), Brussels and also held the position as Deputy Chairman and Foreign Affairs Spokesman of the FDP parliamentary group. From 1994 to 1998 and then again from 1999 to 31 December 2011, he was Minister of State (Deputy Foreign Minister) at the German Foreign Office, responsible for Political and Security Affairs, European Affairs, United Nations and Arms Control and Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation.

He is President of the European Investment Bank since 1 January 2012.

Carlos Moedas

Carlos Moedas

Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
European Commission

Carlos Moedas was born in Beja (Portugal) in 1970. He graduated in Civil Engineering from the Higher Technical Institute (IST) in 1993 and completed the final year of studies at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris (France). He worked in engineering for the Suez-Lyonnaise des Eaux group in France until 1998.

He obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School (USA) in 2000, after which he returned to Europe to work in mergers and acquisitions at investment bank Goldman Sachs in London (UK).

He returned to Portugal in 2004 as Managing Director of Aguirre Newman and member of the Executive Board of Aguirre Newman in Spain. In 2008, he founded his own investment company, Crimson Investment management.

In 2011, he's elected for the National Parliament and was called for the government to Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal in charge of the Portuguese Adjustment Programme. 

In 2014, he became Member of the European Commission, as Commissioner in charge of Research, Science and Innovation.

Anna Lisa Boni

Anna Lisa Boni

Secretary General

Anna Lisa Boni has been Secretary General of EUROCITIES since June 2014. Before joining EUROCITIES, she was director of the Brussels office of the French region Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur. She has 20 years of professional experience in EU public affairs in the field of local and regional government. She has worked for the city of Bologna in Italy, and with European and international networks and the European Parliament. Ms Boni has a Master’s Degree from the University of Bologna in Political Science, and from the University of Leuven in European Studies. She is Italian and speaks four European languages.

Luca  Bergamo

Luca Bergamo

Vice Mayor


Luca Bergamo is Vice Mayor of the City of Rome and Deputy Mayor for Cultural Development.

From 2012 to 2016, he has been Secretary General of Culture Action Europe, the biggest network that gives voice to the cultural sector in Europe. Previously, he led the establishment of Zone Attive, a company founded on his proposal by the City of Rome dedicated to event and cultural production. In 2007, he was called to lead the Italian National Agency for Youth. In late 2004, was appointed Director-General of the Glocal Forum, an international foundation promoting peace dialogue in post-conflict areas through local diplomacy and cultural cooperation.

Aimee van Wynsberghe

Aimee van Wynsberghe

Foundation for Responsible Robotics

Aimee van Wynsberghe is Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at the University of Delft and is President of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. Professor van Wynsberghe works at bridging the gap between ethics and R&D of: healthcare robots, service robots, humanitarian robots, environmental robots, and sex robots. She is author of the book Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design, and Implementation and has been named one of the Netherlands top 400 influential women under 38 by VIVA. In 2015 she was awarded an NWO personal research grant to study how we can responsibly design service robots. In 2017 Professor van Wynsberghe was named one of the 25 ‘women in robotics you need to know about’. She serves as ethics adviser for multiple Horizon2020 projects and has been interviewed by BBC, Quartz, Financial Times, and other international news media on the topic of ethics and robots.

Manfred Dasselaar

Manfred Dasselaar

Senior Director Research
Philips Lighting


Manfred Dasselaar is Senior Director at Philips Lighting Research and responsible for the innovation program on Services and Analytics where he works with Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Business Model innovation and general transformation issues related to servitization and digitalization.

Before Philips Lighting he worked in Ericsson's Global Services organization for 15 years. He has held various sales and delivery positions in Customer Support and Consulting & Systems Integrations in the Netherlands and Finland. From 2011-2016 he worked as researcher in Ericsson's Research organization in Sweden where his research focused on Service Innovation Management and Business Model Innovation.

Elizabeth  Yee

Elizabeth Yee

Senior Vice President of City Solutions
100 Resilient Cities

Elizabeth Yee is Vice President of City Solutions at 100 Resilient Cities. She is also responsible for overseeing the Global Delivery, Operations and Research functions within the City Solutions Team.  Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, Liz spent 16 years as a public finance banker working with U.S. cities, municipal and state agencies and 501(c)3s to develop and execute financing strategies to fund their infrastructure needs. Her transaction experience includes the financing of roads, water and sewer, solid waste, not-for-profit hospitals, 501c3s, and the development of pension financing solutions.  Most recently, she co-led the Public Power and Utilities Team at Barclays where she and her team won the 2010 Bond Buyer Deal of the Year and Far West Deal of the Year for their innovation in financing the 200 MW Milford Wind Corridor Project for the Southern California Public Power Authority and its members – Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Burbank Water & Power and Pasadena Water & Power. Ms Yee was also jointly responsible for leading the pension and post-employment benefits practice at Barclays and Lehman Brothers.

Ms Yee received a BA in International Relations and German from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a board member of the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Carla Aerts

Carla Aerts

Director of Futures
UCL Institute of Education


Carla Aerts is the Director of Futures at the Institute of Education - UCL where she is developing digital strategies and programmes and working on solving HE challenges in a fast-paced world of change and new skills demand. Ms Aerts is also engaged in Educate, a European Regional Fund supported programme that seeks to promote evidence-led edTech development through a carefully carved programme that trains and mentors 246 London edTech start-ups and entrepreneurs in Education Research and Business and Product development. Led by IOE’s Knowledge Lab, Educate sets out to create a Golden Triangle through connecting the edTech development community, Educators and Researchers enabling evidence-based edTech development and adoption.

Ms Aerts is an advisor to eLearning Africa and is a member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy. Previously she was Global Digital Director for Cambridge Education and mentored a number of edTech startups in the UK and Africa. Earlier she worked through new media product development in the Far East to consultancy in digital publishing, working with digital agencies, startups and innovation and transformation into a digital world from public sector propositions to working with founders and startups. This landed here in e-learning and the transformation from the textbook to the blended and digital learning for Wolters Kluwer Education and Infinitas Learning.

Ms Aerts came to digital and e-learning from a background in the performing arts.

Thibaud  Le Séguillon

Thibaud Le Séguillon

Chief Executive Officer

Based in Dresden, Germany, Thibaud Le Séguillon is currently CEO of Heliatek GmbH, a high-technology start-up in the OPV-Organic Energy field. Heliatek is a global leader in OPV technology utilizing small molecules (oligomers). The light-weight, flexible and optionally transparent solar films provide clean solar energy wherever it's needed.


Mr Le Séguillon was previously based in Shanghai, China, where he was the President of Parlex Corporation, a 1500-employee, $100MM worldwide leader in flexible interconnect that is part of the Johnson Electric Group. The company had engineering centers in the US and Europe, two manufacturing sites in the US, and manufacturing sites in China and in the UK.


Prior to this, Mr Le Séguillon was Vice President of a Business Unit of Parlex. He led a worldwide business development & engineering team and led direct sales efforts focusing on key customers and contract manufacturers in consumer electronic, medical, automotive and smart card industries. Additionally, he played a key role in restructuring plants in Mexico, the US, and China, and redeploying product line manufacturing.


Before working in China, Mr Le Séguillon worked in Boston, MA, for Parlex Corporation (NASDAQ: PRLX) as Vice President of Operations, where he was in charge of engineering, quality, HR, materials, logistics, and customer functions for two manufacturing operations. He also oversaw a manufacturing site in Mexico.


Earlier in his career, Mr Le Séguillon advanced in product engineering, sales engineering, and product marketing management roles to the position of General Manager at Axon’ Cable Inc., a subsidiary of Axon’ Cable SA, based in Chicago, IL.

Mr Le Séguillon is a Board Member of AETS-ESEO, and a French Trade Counselor, Conseiller du Commerce Exterieur de la France. Mr. Le Séguillon has an MBA in International Business from NEOMA-Reims and a Master’s of Science in Engineering from ESEO.

Roberto Viola

Roberto Viola

Director General, DG CONNECT
European Commission

Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission.

He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.

Mr Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG).

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing Italian communications regulator AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985-1999 he served in positions including Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).

He holds a Doctorate in Electronic Engineering and an MBA.

Ann Mettler

Ann Mettler

Director General, Head of European Political Strategy Centre,
European Commission


Ann Mettler is a Director-General at the European Commission where she heads the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC), the in-house think tank which reports directly to President Juncker. In this capacity, Ms Mettler also serves as Chair of the European Strategy and Policy Analysis System (ESPAS), an inter-institutional project aimed at strengthening the EU's foresight capacity and anticipatory governance. The EPSC was awarded 'Best New Think Tank 2016' by the Global Go To Think Tank Index.

Prior to assuming this position in December 2014, Ms Mettler was for eleven years Executive Director of the Lisbon Council, a Brussels-based think tank she co-founded in 2003. From 2000-2003, she worked at the World Economic Forum, where she last served as Director for Europe.

Ms Mettler holds Masters Degrees in Political Science and European Law and Economics, and graduated with distinction from the University of New Mexico, USA, and the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-University in Bonn, Germany. She also completed the executive education course 'Innovative Technology Leader' at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, USA.

Maria Luís  Albuquerque

Maria Luís Albuquerque

Former Minister of State and Finance, Portugal

Maria Luís Albuquerque was Portuguese Minister of Finance from 2013 to 2015, and Secretary of State for Treasury from 2011-2013, when she acted as Deputy Finance Minister in external matters, including alternate in Eurogroup and Ecofin.

Ms Albuquerque was first elected as MP in 2011 and again in 2015. On March 2016, she became Non-Executive Director for Arrow Global, a FTSE-listed company.

Before 2011, she was Head of Issuing and Markets at the Portuguese Debt Management Agency, Director of Financial Management of REFER, the railway infrastructure public company and Lecturer at Universidade Lusíada from 1991 to 2006

Ms Albuquerque holds a Degree in Economics, and a Master’s Degree in Financial and Monetary Economics.

Peris Bosire

Peris Bosire


Peris Bosire grew up in a remote smallholder farming community in Kenya, experiencing first-hand the daily struggles of smallholder farming. She is the co-founder of FarmDrive a Kenyan fintech company using simple mobile phones, machine learning and data analytics to expand access to loans for smallholder farmers through alternative credit scoring.

Ms Bosire has a First Class Honours BSc. Computer Science degree from the University of Nairobi and has been awarded the prestigious 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty the Queen and the 2016 Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work in recognition of her outstanding role in transforming livelihoods and making a lasting difference in communities - contributing to global development. She is a champion for financial inclusion of youth working closely with The Mastercard Foundation to create inclusive youth engagement strategies in Africa.

Jacques  Bughin

Jacques Bughin

Senior partner, McKinsey, 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 McKinsey’s Media and Entertainment, Corporate Finance, and Strategy Practices and co-leads the Digital Economy Initiative, a recently launched McKinsey knowledge program.

Since joining the firm in 1992, he has been based in Amsterdam, London, Montreal, New York, and Toronto, working primarily with media, telecom, online services, health care, fintech, travel and logistics companies on a variety of issues, including marketing and sales, digital strategy, productivity, business technology, leadership, and organization.

He has co-authored numerous publications, including McKinsey Global Institute reports on globalization, Internet of Things, Big Data, and social technologies and numerous articles in the McKinsey Quarterly as well as academic journals on industrial economics, organization, digitization of firms, and corporate finance. His research has been published in leading international media.

Mr Bughin is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities worldwide on a range of economic and technology trends. He is a fellow at the Aspen Institute, ECORE, a think tank on economic policy in Belgium, and at KUL University. He co-leads the McKinsey Advisory Board on media management at INSEAD.

Andreas   Schleicher

Andreas Schleicher

Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a key member of the OECD’s Senior Management team, he supports the Secretary-General’s strategy to produce analysis and policy advice that advances economic growth and social progress. In addition to policy and country reviews, he oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the OECD Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC), the OECD Skills Strategy, the OECD Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS), and the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems (INES).


Before joining the OECD, Mr Schleicher was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for “exemplary democratic engagement”.  He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Robert Opp

Robert Opp

Director of Innovation and Change Management Division
UN ‎World Food Programme

Robert Opp currently leads the Innovation and Change Management Division within the United Nations World Food Programme, the world’s largest provider of humanitarian food assistance with a budget of US$5bn per year and 15,000 staff members in over 80 countries. In this role, he works to harness the power of innovations to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, including ending hunger by 2030. Under his leadership, WFP has established an in-house ‘Zero Hunger’ Innovation Accelerator with an operating budget of over $5m per year and created the award-winning crowdfunding smartphone app “ShareTheMeal” that has raised over $6m for children in need to date. Mr Opp also leads efforts to make the organisation more effective by supporting the implementation of key change initiatives and reforms across WFP. He serves as a member of WFP’s Executive Management Group, the highest level formal decision-making body in the organisation.


Mr Opp began his career at Canada’s International Development Research Centre managing projects focused on peacebuilding in post-conflict countries. He served in WFP in the organisation’s Angola operation, managing emergency food aid assistance programmes within a $260m operation that reached over 1 million internally displaced persons affected by civil war; and as Chief of Policy and Administration within the Executive Director’s office in Rome. He was also a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) based in Singapore where he served a wide range of private sector companies throughout Asia and the Middle East. Mr Opp holds an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a BA in History from the University of Alberta, as well as a Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance from the Université de Genève.

Alexander  Stubb

Alexander Stubb

Vice President
European Investment Bank



Alexander Stubb is Vice President of the European Investment Bank since August 2017. His responsibilities include the Bank’s financing activities in Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Eastern Partnership Countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova), as well as relations with Gulf Countries. He also has the oversight for Funding & Treasury, Urban Development, Security & Defence, Project Assessment, Corporate Responsibility and Diversity & Inclusion. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. His background is in academia and civil service, with a focus on EU affairs. He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004-2008, a Government Minister from 2008-16, a Member of Parliament from 2011-2017 and Chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2014-16. As of November he will be Chairman of the board of the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI). He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, has published 18 books and is a self professed sports fanatic.

Tomáš   Sedláček

Tomáš Sedláček

Author, Economics of Good and Evil, Philosopher of Economics


Tomas Sedlacek (1977) became known through his book Economics of Good and Evil (OUP 2009) that was translated into 21 languages and won many prestigious prices in economic literature for original philosophical contribution to economics. He is a former advisor to Czech revolutionary president Vaclav Havel. In 2015 and 2016 he was listed among the top 100 most influential global thinkers. He is a member of Programme Council for New Economic Thinking of World Economic Forum that meets in Davos and advised EC president Barroso on New Narrative for Europe. He is a sought after speaker, debater and frequent international commentator. He works for the largest Czech bank as a chief macroeconomic strategist. He lectures at Charles University and sits on boards of many non-profit organizations.

Ambroise  Fayolle

Ambroise Fayolle

European Investment Bank

Ambroise Fayolle was appointed Vice-President of the European Investment Bank in February 2015. He is currently in charge of the operational activities of the Bank in France, Germany, South Africa, and, for ACP/OCT mandates, West Africa and Pacific Islands. He is also responsible for EFSI, innovation, the EIB Economic Department, Development policy and is Board member of the European Investment Fund.

Mr Fayolle represented France at the Executive Boards of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and of the World Bank, in Washington DC from September 2007 until his appointment as head of Agence France Tresor, the Debt Agency of the French Ministry of Finance, in March 2013. He was also a staff member of the IMF between 2003 and 2005. A graduate of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), most of his career was spent at the Treasury Department in the Ministry of the Economy and Finance. In particular, he was division chief in charge of the State Financing and Monetary Affairs Bureau — the predecessor to AFT— and, in 2005, was appointed assistant secretary for Multilateral and Development affairs at the French Treasury, Sous-Sherpa for the G8, and Co-Chairman of the Paris Club.

Sharan Burrow

Sharan Burrow

General Secretary
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)

Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) at its Second World Congress in Vancouver in June 2010.  Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) since 1992, she served as inaugural President of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006, and of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (a predecessor organisation to the ITUC) from 2004.

The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and represents 181 million workers in 162 countries and territories and has 340 national affiliates.

Taavi Madiberk

Taavi Madiberk

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Skeleton Technologies

Taavi Madiberk is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Skeleton Technologies. His business development, sales and marketing and company management skills have been instrumental in setting-up and driving growth. He has been the driving force for excellent customer traction, (the company counts as customers European Space Agency and several Tier 1 automotives), business strategy (leveraging the advantage in materials technology to energy storage cells and modules), product development and fundraising from venture capital, private equity and public sources in German, Estonian and EU level. Mr Madiberk brings knowledge from the IT, locomotive and NGO sectors from his experience prior to Skeleton Technologies. Among other Board positions he has served as the youngest ever Chairman of the Supervisory Board in Estonian Railways Ltd (AS Eesti Raudtee) from 2012-2014 the national railway. He also served as a Member of the Supervisory Board of RKAS in 2014, an Estonian state-owned real estate company with over 400 M EUR of assets

Bruno  Lanvin

Bruno Lanvin

Executive Director for Global Indices

Bruno Lanvin is the Executive Director of INSEAD’s Global Indices, comprising the Networked Readiness Index of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR), the Global Innovation Index (GII), and the Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI). Dr Lanvin  was a founder (and still is a co-editor) of all of those three global indices and reports. Before joining INSEAD, he worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies, Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICT and e-government issues, and Chairman of the Bank’s e‐Thematic Group.

Dr Lanvin holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Valenciennes (France), an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I (La Sorbonne) in France. He is also an INSEAD alumnus (IDP-C). A frequent speaker at high‐level meetings, he advises a number of global companies and governments around the world,  and has been a member of numerous boards, including those of IDA (Singapore), ICANN, GovTech (Singapore), the Mohammed Bin Rashid Center for Government Innovation (United Arab Emirates), IPWatch, and the Association for Accountability and Internet Democracy (EAAID).


Sherif  Elsayed-Ali

Sherif Elsayed-Ali

Head of Technology and Human Rights
Amnesty International

Sherif Elsayed-Ali is Head of Technology and Human Rights at Amnesty International, a program he established in 2015. He works both on threats posed to human rights by new technologies, and opportunities to leverage technology to enhance the protection of rights. Previously, Mr Elsayed-Ali led Amnesty International's global work on refugee and migrants' rights. He has more than 15 years experience in human rights research and advocacy internationally. Mr Elsayed-Ali studied Engineering and International Law at the American University in Cairo and has a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School.

Maurizio Caio

Maurizio Caio

Founder and Managing Partner
TLcom Capital

Maurizio Caio is the Founder and Managing Partner of TLcom Capital, a VC firm based in Nairobi, Lagos and London investing in technology-enabled fast-growth businesses across Europe, Israel and Africa. Recent Africa related exits include Upstream to Actis and Movirtu to Blackberry.

Founded in 1999, TLcom recently announced the $40 million first close of the TIDE (Technology and Innovation for Developing Economies) Africa Fund, dedicated to technology and innovation for Sub-Saharan Africa at all stages of the venture capital cycle. The Fund, which targets its final close at $100 million, delivers capital as part of a larger strategic, operational and financial support to the entrepreneur.

Mr Caio is based in Nairobi and holds board positions in the mobile, digital media and silicon space in Europe, US and Africa. He cooperates with the Stanford SEED Institute and chairs the TIDE Foundation, a non profit organization focused on improving the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Prior to TLcom, Mr Caio was a Director of Bain & Company, leading the firm’s European TMT practice. Previously, he was with McKinsey & Company, focusing on technology and growth strategy.

Mr Caio has a Summa cum Laude degree in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan and NYU, and an MBA from Stanford University. He served as a Teaching Research Fellow in Strategic Planning at Bocconi University and as an Instructor of Information Technology for MBA students at Stanford. He designed and runs a Venture Capital course at Ashesi University in Ghana.

Balázs   Némethi

Balázs Némethi

Founder and CEO

BalázsNémethi is the Founder and CEO of Taqanu. Taqanu is opening the financial ecosystem for anyone by using a blockchain based digital ID to enable financial inclusion and create equal opportunities. Mr Némethi has taken every opportunity to advocate about the relation between identity and financial inclusion and the importance of technology in reducing poverty. Igniting fundamental change on a global regulatory level brought him to be invited as an expert to a G20 event, was featured by Forbes and Fast Company, garnered the advisory support of the Head of Identity at Microsoft and brought a former executive from HSBC into the project as well as gaining recognition by many relief agencies. Through his presentations, he inspired thousands that our identity is not a piece of paper and accessing finance should be a basic human right to end extreme poverty. His efforts with Taqanu went from a regulatory impossibility to a point where Taqanu is advised by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK. With their support, Taqanu is a step closer to fundamentally revolutionize the way we approach identity and banking. This can remove the metaphoric fences that currently exclude approximately 2 billion people from financial services.


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John Thornhill

John Thornhill

Innovation Editor
Financial Times

John Thornhill was appointed Innovation Editor in February 2016 with a brief to deepen the FT’s coverage of technology and write a regular column on its impact on our economies, societies, and lives. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor helping to steer the FT’s global news agenda.

Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, John has also worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter.

He founded and runs the FT's 125 executive forum, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Jack Dorsey, Ana Botin, and Mark Carney. He hosts FT Tech Tonic, a weekly podcast on the impact of technology. John is also the founder of Sifted, an FT-backed startup media site for Europe's next generation entrepreneurs.

John Gapper

John Gapper

Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor
Financial Times

John Gapper is Chief Business Commentator and Associate Editor of the Financial Times. He writes an award-winning column on business, with a focus on finance, media and technology, and also contributes editorials and features, including regular Lunch with the FT interviews. Mr Gapper is one of the FT’s most senior and influential writers, having covered the financial and media industries, as well as employment issues, before taking up his current role in 2003. Between 2005 and 2012, he was based in the FT’s New York office, where he helped to lead its successful expansion in the US. He is the author of a novel, A Fatal Debt, a financial thriller published by Random House (2013), and co-author with Nick Denton of All That Glitters, and is working on a second. The winner of the 2013 Gerald Loeb award for commentary, he has received three annual Best in Business citations for his column from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. In the UK, he was named best business columnist in the 2011 Comment Awards and gained the technology writer and best communicator awards in the Business Journalist of the Year awards. Mr Gapper won an open scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford University and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship to University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Before joining the FT in 1987, he trained as a journalist with Mirror Group Newspapers, working on papers including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.

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Why Should I Attend?

  • Gain critical insights on the key ways in which technological innovation can accelerate social inclusion, competitiveness and economic development
  • Analyse how forward - looking policies can best support the adoption of new technologies and mitigate adverse effects of rapid economic change 
  • Discuss the role of investment in the digital sector and its potential to be a true architect of change 
  • Debate on the most recent trends and developments impacting the future of work and education and on how technology can be harnessed to up-skill the workforce  
  • Network with senior business leaders and policy makers

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This event is complimentary for C-Suite and Senior Representatives from:

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The European Investment Bank (ElB) is the long-term lending institution of the European Union owned by its Member States. It provides long-term financing for sound, sustainable investment projects in support of EU policy goals in Europe and beyond. The EIB is the largest multilateral lender and borrower in the world and the largest multilateral financier of climate-related projects. The Bank invests in four priority areas in support of growth and job creation: innovation and skills; access to finance; climate action and environment; and strategic infrastructure.

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.


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