2016 Speakers
Carlos Brito
Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev
Carlos held positions at Shell Oil and Daimler-Benz before joining AB InBev in 1989. He was appointed Zone President of the company’s Latin America North business in 2004, Zone President, North America in January 2005, and Chief Executive Officer in December 2005.
Javed Ahmed
Head of Investments at Vitol Group
Javed oversees Vitol’s investment activity, with an emphasis on midstream and downstream energy infrastructure. Prior to joining Vitol in 2009, he was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley and the Head of Acquisitions and Structured Transactions for Morgan Stanley’s Commodities Group.
Joan Amble
President of JCA Consulting and Director of Sirius XM Holdings, Sirius XM Radio, Brown-Forman Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton and Zurich Insurance Group
Joan was previously Executive Vice President, Finance, for American Express Company and served in various other senior financial positions at General Electric.
Anna Blender
Senior Vice President and Head of the Nation Branding Practice at BAV Consulting, a Y&R company
Anna advises multinational corporations, governments and NGOs to help them better understand brand strategy and its implementation, especially as they relate to creating more purposeful and sustainable global brands. She has been sought out for her expertise by The Wall Street Journal, The Aspen Institute, Sustainable Brands, NYU-Stern, Columbia Business School, Wharton University’s Business Radio, the United Nations and SXSW
Andrew Bonillo
Global Head of Information Security Threat Detection & Response at AIG
Andrew is a highly experienced cyber crime investigator and a recognized cyber security expert. A former Secret Service Special Agent, he began his career in criminal justice as a uniformed federal police officer in
Washington, DC.
Aryeh Bourkoff
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LionTree Advisors
Aryeh previously served as Vice Chairman and Head of Americas Investment Banking at UBS. Before joining UBS, he served as a high yield research analyst at CIBC World Markets and Smith Barney.
Sally Boyle
International Head of the Human Capital Management Division at Goldman Sachs
Sally oversees Goldman Sachs’ Human Capital Management business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Bengaluru and Asia Pacific. She is also responsible for Employee Relations globally and for managing Recruiting, Talent Development and the Revenue Global Business Partners in the Americas.
Willem Buiter
Chief Economist at Citi
One of the world’s most distinguished macro economists, Willem previously was Professor of Political Economy at the London School of Economics and is a widely published author on economic affairs. Willem has worked with Goldman Sachs, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Bank of England, the IMF, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Andrew Cadel
General Counsel, Technology, IP and Data Protection at JPMorgan Chase
Andrew has global responsibility for technology, privacy, cyber security, intellectual property, “big data” and real estate. His prior experience includes working at IBM and the law firms of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.
Kevin Chalker
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of GRA Quantum
Kevin coordinates GRA Quantum’s global business development efforts, builds strategic partnerships, and maintains client relationships. Kevin founded Global Risk Advisors (GRA) in 2010. Previously, he served in the US government for 16 years focusing on Iranian, Russian, Chinese and North Korean issues, as well as in the private sector.
Sabine Chalmers
Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs Officer at Anheuser-Busch InBev
Sabine has held a number of senior legal positions in the beverages and brewing industry, in various geographies across Europe, the Americas and Asia. Sabine is a Member of the Board of Directors of Grupo Modelo and serves on several professional councils and not-for-profit boards, including the Association of Corporate Counsel and Legal Momentum.
Abby Joseph Cohen
President, Global Markets Institute and Senior Investment Strategist at Goldman Sachs
Abby joined Goldman Sachs in 1990 and was named Partner in 1998. She is a Presidential Councilor at Cornell University and chairs the steering committee of the Jacobs Institute / Cornell Tech. She is a member of the boards of the Brookings Institution, the Smithsonian Institution, the Economic Club of New York and the Jewish Theological Seminary.
Colm Donlon
Head of Mergers & Acquisitions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and Managing Director at Morgan Stanley
Colm has worked at Morgan Stanley for 22 years and is acknowledged as one of the leading advisers in public cross-border M&A transactions, with a focus on cross-border mergers, inversions and hostile defenses.
Charles Fabrikant
Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SEACOR Holdings
Charles has been a Director and Member of the Audit Committee of Diamond Offshore Drilling since 2004, and is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of SEACOR’s former aviation division, Era Group Inc., an international helicopter operator for the offshore drilling industry.
Gregory Fleming
Senior Research Scholar in Law and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Yale Law School, and former President of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management and Morgan Stanley Investment
Gregory joined Morgan Stanley in February 2010. He also spent 17 years at Merrill Lynch in a succession of roles, including as President and Chief Operating Officer (2007–2009). Amid the 2008 financial crisis, he brokered the sale of Merrill Lynch to Bank of America.
Jeffrey Gordon
Richard Paul Richman Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University
Jeffrey is also Co-Director of the Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School. He is a visiting professor at Oxford University.
Jesse Greene
Senior Fellow at the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University
Jesse also serves as a financial consultant to public and private companies. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors and Compensation Committee of Caterpillar. He is also Executive in Residence at Columbia Business School. He has held positions at IBM, Eastman Kodak and Compaq.
Amit Khandelwal
Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School
Amit teaches an elective course on international business. His research focuses on the link between international trade and economic development, and he has ongoing research projects in China, India, Egypt, Pakistan and Myanmar.
Jeffrey Kindler
Chief Executive Officer of Centrexion, Chairman of the GLG Institute, and former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pfizer
Jeffrey retired from Pfizer in 2010. He has been a Partner at Williams & Connolly, Vice President of Litigation and Legal Policy at General Electric, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel at McDonald’s.
Edward Morrison
Charles Evans Gerber Professor of Law at Columbia Law School and Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University
Edward is an economist and legal scholar whose teaching and research focus on topics in bankruptcy and corporate finance. He is a conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference.
Samuel Palmisano
Founder and Chairman of The Center for Global Enterprise and retired Chairman, CEO and President of IBM
Samuel led IBM from 2003 through 2011 and served as a senior adviser to IBM until his retirement in 2012. Under his leadership, IBM achieved record financial performance, transformed itself into a globally integrated enterprise and introduced its Smarter Planet agenda.
Mitchell Presser
Partner and Head of US M&A at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Mitchell focuses on global business transactions, including M&A and leveraged buyouts, for international corporations and financial institutions. He gained his extensive skills and knowledge through wide experience on both sides of transactions, adviser and principal. From 2006 to 2013, he was a founding partner of Paine and Partners LLC, a private equity firm managing a $1.2bn fund focused on investing in food and agribusiness.
Olivia Radin
Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Olivia focuses on investigations involving the DOJ, the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other regulators, and frequently concerning allegations of market manipulation, fraud, off-label marketing, anti-money laundering violations or FCPA violations. Olivia began her career in the financial industry, as a banker with Morgan Stanley.
Adam Siegel
Co-Head of Global Investigations and US Managing Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Adam represents clients in a broad range of industries facing government investigations and related civil litigation, including in matters involving alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and insider trading.
Gillian Tett
US Managing Editor and Markets and Finance Columnist at the Financial Times
Gillian writes weekly columns covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues across the globe. She previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor (2010–2012) and, prior to this, as Assistant Editor responsible for FT’s markets coverage.
Matthew Waxman
Liviu Librescu Professor of Law at Columbia Law School
Matthew is also Co-Chair of Columbia Law School’s Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security and Co-Chair of the Cyber Security Center at Columbia University’s Data Science Institute.
Andy West
Director at McKinsey & Company
Based in Boston, Andy leads the Transactions Practice for the Americas, including Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Divestitures, at McKinsey. Before joining McKinsey, Andy worked at Ernst & Young’s Accelerated Solutions Environment, focusing on accelerated problem solving and rapid prototyping of technology solutions.
Pierre Yared
Associate Professor of Business at Columbia Business School and Co-Director of the Richard Paul Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy at Columbia University
Pierre is a macroeconomist whose research focus is macroeconomic policy, growth and political economy.