About the Speakers

The APEC CEO Summit will feature an exciting interactive program that covers the key issues affecting the Asia Pacific. As in past Summits, we look forward to the participation of many APEC Leaders taking part in the program. In addition, global states persons, thought leaders and CEO's of international companies will be taking part in robust and dynamic discussions.

Speaker Line-up

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    Sebastián Piñera President of Chile
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    Xi Jinping President of China
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    Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono President of Indonesia
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    Shinzō Abe Prime Minister of Japan
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    Park Geun-Hye President of Korea

    President Park Geun-Hye won presidency in South Korea on December 19, 2012; making her the first female president in Northeast Asia.

    Prior to her presidency, President Park ran on the Grand National Party ticket in a by-election in Daegu in April 1998 and became a member of the National Assembly. She has then won five consecutive general elections in Daegu. In 2002 and 2011, she led the Grand National Party to overcome its crises and made it the majority party.

    President Park is the daughter of Park Chung-Hee, President of South Korea from 1963 to 1979. She is considered one of the most influential politicians in South Korea.

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    Najib Razak Prime Minister of Malaysia

    Prime Minister Najib Razak was appointed as Malaysia’s sixth prime minister in 2009. He implemented the most far-reaching political and economic reforms since Malaysia's independence.

    His Government Transformation Programme has fundamentally changed the provision of government services to improve education, widen healthcare access, develop rural infrastructure, expand public transport, reduce poverty, cut crime and corruption and reduce the cost of living. He introduced the Economic Transformation Programme, which significantly liberalised the economy - creating more than 300,000 jobs, raising living standards, encouraging foreign investment and turning Malaysia into one of Asia's most dynamic and successful economies.

    Najib Razak won Malaysia’s 13th election and returned to office last May. He stressed the importance of national unity and working for the betterment of all Malaysians.

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    Enrique Peña Nieto President of Mexico

    The Constitutional President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, was born on 20 July 1966. He holds a BA in Law from the Universidad Panamericana and a MA in Business Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM).

    Enrique Peña Nieto joined public service at an early age, occupying several positions in the government of the State of Mexico. From 2000 to 2002, he was Secretary of Administration and from 2003 to 2004, he was elected Representative of the 13th District in the 65th Session of the State of Mexico, where he was Coordinator of the Parliamentary Group of the Institutional Revolutionary Party.

    In 2005, Enrique Peña Nieto ran for the governorship of the State of Mexico. During his campaign, he toured the state, listening to people and signing commitments before a notary, ranging from remodeling clinics and schools to building roads and hospitals.

    After a successful campaign, he was elected governor of the State of Mexico, during the period from 16 September 2005 to 15 September 2011.

    During his term as governor, Enrique Peña Nieto achieved significant progress in infrastructure and public services, particularly in health. He restructured finances in the State of Mexico, reducing public debt and increasing expenditure targeting works and programs, without the need to increase taxes.

    In 2011, at the end of his term as governor, Enrique Peña Nieto expressed his hopes of running for the presidency. After an intense electoral campaign, characterized by the signing of national and state commitments, he won the elections on 1 July 2012.

    As of 1 December, Enrique Peña Nieto is President of Mexico. The main objective of his government will ensure that the rights that the Constitution confers on Mexicans move from paper into practice.

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    John Key Prime Minister of New Zealand

    The Rt Hon John Key was the Prime Minister of New Zealand since November 2008, leader of the New Zealand National Party since November 2006, and the Tourism Minister.

    Before entering politics, Mr. Key started his career in the mid-1980’s as an investment banker. After 10 years in the New Zealand market he headed offshore to Singapore, London, and Sydney for US investment banking firm Merrill Lynch. In 1999, he was invited to join the Foreign Exchange Committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and on two occasions he undertook management studies at Harvard University in Boston.

    In 2001, he returned to New Zealand to stand for Parliament for the National Party. He first won a parliamentary seat in 2002 and led the National Party to victory in the election in 2008 and 2011. Mr. Key has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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    Ollanta Humala President of Peru

    Ollanta Moisés Humala Tasso was born on June 27, 1962. He is married to Nadine Heredia and they have two girls (Illary and Naira) and a boy (Samin). He is the third of seven children of the marriage of Mr. Isaac Humala y Madame Elena Isaac Humala Tasso.

    Before joining the Army Officer School in 1979, he studied Animal Science at the National Agrarian University La Molina (Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina).

    In the Army he has chosen the artillery weapon of artillery, for his identification with the national hero Colonel Francisco Bolognesi.

    In 2001 he studied his Masters at the School of Center for Higher National Studies (CAEN—Escuela del Centro de Altos Estudios Nacionales) on National Defence and in 2002 successfully completed his Masters in Political Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru).

    He was a military attaché in France, where he started his Doctorate at the Center of Higher Studies for Latin America (Centro de Altos Estudios para América Latina).

    In 2005, with his wife Nadine Heredia Alarcón, founded the Peruvian Nationalist Party (Partido Nacionalista Peruano).

    In June 2011, he was elected as Constitutional President of the Republic, sworn his charge on July 28, 2011.

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    Benigno Aquino III President of the Philippines

    Benigno “Noynoy” S. Aquino III is an economist by training and a public official by profession. He served three terms as Congressman of the Second District of Tarlac before placing sixth in the May 2007 Senatorial elections that earned him a 6-year mandate as Senator of the Republic of the Philippines.

    He is currently the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

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    Vladimir Putin President of Russia
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    Lee Hsien Loong Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore

    Mr. Lee was first elected Member of Parliament (MP) in 1984 as a candidate of the People's Action Party (PAP) and has been re-elected six times, most recently in 2011 as an MP for the Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency. He was elected to the Central Executive Committee of the PAP in 1986, and became its Secretary-General in 2004.

    In 1990, Mr. Lee was appointed Deputy Prime Minister with responsibilities for economic and civil service matters. He also concurrently served as Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) from 1998 until 2004, and Minister for Finance from 2001 until 2007.

    Before entering politics, Mr. Lee was a Brigadier-General in the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF). He attended the US Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and held various staff and command posts, including the Director of the Joint Operations and Plans Directorate, and Chief of Staff of the General Staff.

    Mr. Lee was born on 10 February 1952 and completed his schooling in Singapore. He studied at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a B.A. in Mathematics and a Diploma in Computer Science. He subsequently earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

    First married to Wong Ming Yang in 1978, Mr. Lee was widowed in 1982. He remarried Ho Ching in 1985. He has one daughter and three sons.

    Mr. Lee enjoys reading, walking, listening to classical music and tinkering with computers.

Business and Thought Leaders

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    Cher Wang Chairperson of HTC Corporation and VIA Technologies, Inc.

    Cher Wang has both extensive experience and an enviable record in the electronics industry. Her remarkable insight into technology trends and entrepreneurship has enabled her to establish a number of highly successful IT-related businesses. She has been appointed business heavyweights as Taiwan's new representatives to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) in 2009.

    While working as a PC Division General Manager, Wang was a driving force behind First International Computer’s (FIC) entry into the motherboard business.. She is currently the Acting Chairperson of two Taiwan-listed companies -- HTC Corporation and VIA Technologies, Inc. In 2005, she was selected as an Innovator in the 2005 Stars of Asia: 25 Leaders on the Forefront of Change by Business Week and was named as one of the ten executives to watch in Asia.

    Ms. Wang obtained her Masters degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a devout Christian. She is married with two children.

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    Christopher A. Viehbacher Chief Executive Officer of Sanofi

    Graduate, Queens University, Ontario, Canada; Certified Public Accountant.

    Formerly: with PricewaterhouseCoopers. 1988‐2008, international experience in Europe, US and Canada with GlaxoSmithKline, including: President, Pharmaceutical Operations North America; Member of the Board; Co‐Chairman, Portfolio Management Board.

    Since 2008, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi; concurrently, Member of the Board and Member, Strategy Committee. Chairman, Genzyme. President of the EFPIA, European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations. Recipient, Knight of the French Legion of Honour (2003).

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    Dennis Nally Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd

    Dennis M. Nally is Chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Ltd. He has served as Chairman since 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Nally was the Chairman and Senior Partner of the US Firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

    Mr. Nally works closely with the leaders of multinational clients in a variety of industries, principally technology, energy, retail and financial services. He regularly interacts with senior government and NGO officials, as well as the press, on matters impacting the global and local economies.

    He is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on issues affecting the professional services profession and the global capital markets. He has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the APEC CEO Summit, the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, the China Development Forum, the Global Competitiveness Forum, the Detroit Economic Club and New York University’s Stern School of Business.

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    Desi Anwar Senior Anchor, TV Journalist and Producer, Writer, Photographer, Media & Communications Specialist

    Desi Anwar is Senior Anchor, TV Journalist and Producer, Writer, Photographer, Media & Communications Specialist based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Currently she is the host of 'Face 2 Face with Desi Anwar' on Metro TV, a programme where she interviews prominent figures and personalities around the world. Currently Metro TV’s senior anchor, Desi currently hosts the network’s major economic talk shows and special interview programs, along with heading Metro TV’s Marketing and Business Development responsible for creating revenue, content, marketing tools and partnership for the station.

    Desi Anwar was voted “Best News Presenter” by Citra Tabloid for three consecutive years (1994 – 1997). She also won the Panasonic Award for “Best News Presenter” in 1997 and 1998.

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    Diane Brady Senior Editor of Bloomberg Businessweek

    Diane Brady is an award-winning writer, interviewer, and senior editor at Bloomberg Businessweek. She has interviewed newsmakers worldwide for the magazine and at events from the World Business Forum to the APEC CEO Summit. She has also taken a lead role in developing cross-platform initiatives and partnerships to reach new audiences. She’s a frequent guest on NPR, BBC, and other networks, and has guest hosted shows for CNBC and the ABC radio network.

    As senior editor/content chief, Brady managed corporate coverage and led a team of reporters. Her book Fraternity was named a hot pick by Vanity Fair and one of Amazon’s best books of 2012. It was also nominated for a 2013 NAACP Image Award. She previously worked at the Wall Street Journal, Maclean’s in Canada, and the United Nations Environment Program in Nairobi.

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    Ellana Lee Vice President and Managing Editor for CNN International Asia Pacific

    Ellana Lee is Vice President and Managing Editor for CNN International Asia Pacific, based in the network’s regional headquarters in Hong Kong. As head of the network and its editorial output, she manages CNN’s award-winning on-air and online news and feature programming produced throughout the region, including the correspondents and newsgathering teams across 11 operations from Kabul to Seoul.

    While under her management, CNN has received a variety of prestigious awards in the Asia Pacific region and beyond, including the Royal Television Society ‘News Channel of the Year’ for 2012 and ‘Cable and Satellite Network of the Year’ and ‘Cable and Satellite Channel of the Year’ at the 2011 Asian Television Awards.

    In recognition of her leadership position, Lee was named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum, is an Asia 21 fellow as awarded by the Asia Society.

    Lee holds a Master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from New York University and an undergraduate degree in History and International Relations from Georgetown University.

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    Eric Rudder Executive Vice President for Advanced Strategy and Research of Microsoft

    Eric Rudder is responsible for the company’s overall technical strategy, technology policy, and forward-looking development efforts. He oversees Microsoft Research, one of the world's premier computer science research organizations, as well as the company’s Trustworthy Computing Group, Technology Policy Group, Startup Business Group, and the Strategic Software and Silicon Architectures Team.

    Previously, Rudder served as senior vice president of Server and Tools, and was responsible for leading the company's outreach to the developer community. Rudder and his team delivered the overall programming model for the .NET platform and created the best tools for the developer and designer communities.

    Rudder has also served as vice president of Technical Strategy working directly with Chairman Bill Gates on Microsoft's technical planning. His past roles at Microsoft have spanned networking, operating systems and developer tools, in both leadership and technical capacities.

    Rudder grew up in New York and graduated with honors from Brown University in 1988. He currently lives in Seattle with his wife and two children. He is an avid triathlete and is active in several charitable organizations, including Youth Theater Northwest

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    Frank Appel Chairman of the Board of Management and CEO Deutsche Post DHL

    As CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, Frank Appel is responsible for the global management of the world`s leading mail and logistics services group.

    Frank Appel joined the Group in 2000 as Managing Director of Corporate Development and has been a member of the Group`s Board of Management since 2002. He held various management board functions, such as the responsibility for Corporate Services, LOGISTICS, Global Mail and Global Business Services. He successfully managed the Group`s value-creation and integration program STAR, prepared the Exel acquisition and initiated the Group`s First Choice program. In 2008 he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer.

    Prior to joining the Group, Frank Appel was a managing partner at McKinsey & Co., Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has an MSc in chemistry from the University of Munich and a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

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    Gita Wirjawan Indonesia Trade Minister

    Mr. Gita Wirjawan was appointed as the Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia in October 2011. For two years prior to this post, he was the Chairman of Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM). The Harvard-educated investment banker has held key appointments in Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, and was senior advisor to JPMorgan for Southeast Asia. Before he joined the Government, he was the Founder and Chairman of Ancora Group - a Jakarta-based business group, a Commissioner of state-owned oil giant Pertamina, and an Independent Board Director of Axiata Group Berhad.

    Mr. Wirjawan has been involved in advising private sector in many Asian countries with respect to corporate restructuring, M&A and business development. He has concluded several high profile transactions. Outside the world of business, his passion lies in philanthropy, education, sports and music.

    As a philanthropist, he has endowed scholarships for Indonesians to attend the best universities in the world, including Universitas Indonesia, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Harvard University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, Nanyang Technological University, Stanford University, and Sciences Po Paris. He is also in the process of establishing 1,000 preschools throughout Indonesia. An avid golfer, he has set up prominent academies to groom future Indonesian golfers. And through Ancora Music, he has produced a range of albums that has been critically acclaimed.

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    Frank Ning Gaoning Chairman of COFCO Corporation

    Mr. Ning is a member and co-Chair of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) 2013, co-Chair of APEC Policy Partnership on Food Security (PPFS) and Principle Advisor of the private sector.

    Mr. Ning is Chairman of COFCO Corporation since 2004, based in Beijing. Prior to that, he was President and Vice Chairman of China Resources based in HK. Under his leadership, COFCO has grown into China’s largest and most diversified agri-food product and service supplier. Its business extended to finance, real estate, insurance etc; total asset is $26 billion with over 130,000 employees, enlisted as a Fortune Global 500 for years.

    Mr. Ning was named Economic Figure of the Year by China CCTV, one of the 25 Most Influential Business Leaders by China Entrepreneur Magazine for times, Asia Business Leader by CNBC in 2009, and Asian Corporate Director Recognition by Corporate Governance Asia Magazine in 2012.

    He was born in 1958 in Shandong. He earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, the USA, in 1986 and Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Shandong University in 1983.

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    Hiromasa Yonekura Chairman of KEIDANREN
    Chairman of the Japan-U.S. Business Council
    Co-Chairman of the EU-Japan Business Round Table

    Mr. Hiromasa Yonekura graduated from the University of Tokyo with a B.A. in law in 1960. He earned his M.A. from the Department of Economics, Graduate School, Duke University of the U.S. in 1964 and completed the PhD course of the same school in 1965.

    Mr. Yonekura joined Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. in 1960. He became President of Sumitomo Chemical in 2000, and has served as Chairman of the company since 2009. Currently, he is also Chairman of KEIDANREN, Chairman of the Japan-U.S. Business Council, and Co-Chairman of the EU-Japan Business Round Table.

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    Jeffrey D. Sachs Professor and Director, The Earth Institute, Columbia University

    Jeffrey D. Sachs is a renowned economics professor, leader in sustainable development, senior UN advisor, bestselling author, and syndicated columnist. He is the Director of The Earth Institute, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development, and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University.

    He is Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-Generals Ban Ki-moon and Kofi Annan. He is Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and co-founder and director of the Millennium Villages Project. Sachs is also one of the Secretary-General’s MDG Advocates, and a Commissioner of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Development.

    He has authored three New York Times bestsellers in the past 7 years: The End of Poverty, Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet, and The Price of Civilization. His most recent book is To Move the World: JFK’s Quest for Peace.

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    John G. Rice Vice Chairman of General Electric Company

    John G. Rice, 54, is vice chairman of GE and president & CEO of GE Global Growth and Operations. In 2010, the GE Board named Rice to lead the company's global operations based in Hong Kong.

    Prior to his current position, Rice served as Vice Chairman of GE and President & CEO of GE Technology Infrastructure, and from 2005-2007 as Vice Chairman of GE’s industrial and infrastructure businesses. Rice began his General Electric career in 1978 as a member of the Financial Management Program, and became Vice President of the Corporate Audit Staff in 1994.

    In 1995 Rice relocated to Singapore as President of GE's Plastics business for Asia/Pacific. Subsequently, he was President & CEO of GE Transportation Systems and then President and CEO of GE Energy. Rice earned a BA in economics from Hamilton College in New York, and currently serves on its Board of Trustees. Rice is also a trustee of Emory University, and serves on several boards including the International Advisory Board of King Fahd University in Saudi Arabia, and the Board of the CDC Foundation.

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    Karen Agustiawan President Director and CEO of PT Pertamina (Persero)
    Karen Agustiawan President Director and CEO of PT Pertamina (Persero)

    Karen Agustiawan is the President Director and CEO of PT Pertamina (Persero), an Indonesian state-owned energy corporation based in Jakarta. Pertamina is the world's largest producer and exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG).

    Ms. Agustiawan was the Upstream Director of PT Pertamina (Persero) from 2008-2009 and Expert Staff to the Upstream Director from 2006-2008. With almost 30 years in the energy sector, she has had vast experience in the oil and gas industry, having worked for Mobil Oil Indonesia, Mobil Oil in Dallas, Halliburton Indonesia and Landmark Concurrent Solusi, Indonesia and CGG Petrosystems.

    Ms. Agustiawan holds a Bachelor's degree in Engineering Physics from the Institute of Technology in Bandung Indonesia. She currently sits on the International Council of Harvard University’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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    Keith E. Williams Chief Executive Officer and President of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
    Keith E. Williams Chief Executive Officer and President of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

    Keith Williams serves as President of Underwriters Laboratories Inc. Started in 1893, UL is an independent Organization with a Mission to promote safe living and working environments for people.

    During a 23-year career at General Electric, Keith held assignments in global business management, global logistics, marketing and sales at five US locations, Singapore and Beijing.

    In 1997 Keith became President, Asia-Pacific for Medtronic Inc., a position he held for five of his eight year Medtronic career. After his work with Medtronic in Asia, Keith had US assignments as President, Spinal, Neurological & Diabetes Business Unit and as Chief Quality & Regulatory Officer.

    In addition to his work at UL Keith serves a Director of the National Fire Protection Association, Vice-Chairman of the US ASEAN Business Council, a Trustee of Opera Memphis and as a Director of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He recently also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the US China Business Council.

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    Kevin Lu Director for the Asia-Pacific at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank Group
    Kevin Lu Director for the Asia-Pacific at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank Group

    Kevin W. Lu is Director for the Asia-Pacific region at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group. Lu serves as MIGA’s senior representative in the region and manages the agency’s regional presence in Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo. Lu is a member of MIGA’s senior management team.

    Previously Lu was MIGA’s CFO and Director of the Finance and Risk Management Group. He has been an adviser to sovereign wealth fund clients of the World Bank, been responsible for investment portfolios totaling $16 billion, and participated in complex multilateral funding packages in excess of $25 billion for the World Bank's concessional finance business. Lu served on various Bank Group committees and working groups, including the Emergency Management Team, the Business Continuity Management Committee, and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. Before joining the World Bank, Lu was associated with Credit Suisse First Boston and Global Risk Advisors LLC, both in New York. He was also on the adjunct faculty of American University’s Kogod School of Business.

    Lu is a co-editor of Investing with Confidence: Understanding Political Risk Management in the 21st Century and a frequent speaker on emerging market finance at international conferences. He is a member of the Emerging Markets Advisory Council of the Institute of International Finance based in Washington, DC and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on China. In 2010, Lu was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he co-chairs the Task Force on Emerging Markets Investments. Lu is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal.

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    Kishore Mahbubani Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore
    Kishore Mahbubani Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of National University of Singapore

    Currently, he is the Dean and Professor in the Practice of Public Policy at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) of the National University of Singapore. Concurrently, Prof. Mahbubani continues to serve in Boards and Councils of several institutions in Singapore, Europe and North America, including the Yale President's Council on International Activities (PCIA), Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, Indian Prime Minister’s Global Advisory Council, University of Bocconi International Advisory Committee, World Economic Forum - Global Agenda Council on China and Chairman of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Nominating Committee.

    In the world of ideas, Prof Mahbubani has spoken and published globally. His new book is “The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World”.

    He graduated with a First Class honors degree in Philosophy from the University of Singapore in 1971. From Dalhousie University, Canada, he received a Masters degree in Philosophy in 1976 and an honorary doctorate in 1995. He spent a year as a fellow at the Center for International Affairs at Harvard University from 1991 to 1992.

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    Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel Professor of Economics at Catholic University of Chile
    Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel Professor of Economics at Catholic University of Chile

    Klaus Schmidt-Hebbel is an international consultant and advisor. He is Professor of Economics at Catholic University of Chile. Since 2011 he is General Director of Res Publica, a policy reform project. He is Chairman of the Financial Advisory Board of Chile’s Sovereign Wealth Funds to the Minister of Finance of Chile. Mr. Schmidt-Hebbel holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a BA and a MA in Economics from the Catholic University of Chile.

    Dr. Schmidt-Hebbel held the position of Chief Economist of the OECD and Director of the OECD Economics Department in Paris in 2008-2009. He spent the previous 12 years as Chief of Economic Research at the Central Bank of Chile. He has been a keynote speaker on financial, macroeconomic, and development issues in a many private-sector meetings and international conferences.

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    Linda Yueh Chief Business Correspondent of BBC
    Linda Yueh Chief Business Correspondent of BBC

    Linda Yueh is BBC's Chief Business Correspondent, reporting across BBC World News, BBC.com and World Service radio. She is based in Singapore and maintains her academic links as a fellow of St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, adjunct professor of economics at the London Business School, and visiting professor of economics at Peking University.

    She previously worked as an international corporate lawyer with the New York-based law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and served as a special advisor to the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Linda has also consulted and advised a number of international organisations and governments.

    Linda earned her PhD (DPhil) in economics from Oxford University, after obtaining degrees from Yale, Harvard, and New York Universities. She is the author of several books on economics and business, including three on China.

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    Mark Tucker Group Chief Executive and President of AIA Group
    Mark Tucker Group Chief Executive and President of AIA Group

    Mark Tucker is the Group Chief Executive and President of AIA Group Ltd since July 2010. He directed AIA across 17 markets to become the renowned life insurance provider in the Asia Pacific. He drove the successful initial public offering (IPO) for AIA Group and led them to new heights: the largest IPO in Hong Kong’s history and the insurance sector, and the third largest IPO in the world.

    From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Tucker, as Group Chief Executive, built Prudential to be UK’s largest quoted life insurance company. From 1994 to 2003, he was founder Chief Executive of Prudential Corporation and directed the rapid growth of the agency operations to over 450,000 agents across 12 markets.

    Mr. Tucker is an independent board member of Goldman Sachs Inc., a Non-Executive Director of the Court of The Bank of England and a member of its Financial Stability Committee from June 2009 to May 2012.

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    M. Chatib Basri Indonesia Finance Minister and Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)
    M. Chatib Basri Indonesia Finance Minister and Chairman of Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM)

    Born in Jakarta on August 22, 1965, Muhamad Chatib Basri had accomplished several achievements. Graduated from Faculty of Economics, Universitas Indonesia, he was awarded as the most outstanding student both in the faculty and university level.

    A lot of Chatib Basri’s scientific papers have also been presented in international forums, such as "Anticipating the Global Financial Shock: can Indonesia Repeat another Good Policy and Good Luck?", presented in Workshop International Policy Advisory Group for G-20, Earth Institute, Columbia University-ADB- Sciences Po, Paris, October 29-30, 2011, Indonesia in the Global and Regional Trade Agreement : Sitting on the Fence, presented in Indonesia Update, September 30 - October 1, 2011, Canberra, Australia, and “Mild Crisis, Half Hearted Stimulus: Indonesia During the GFC”, presented in Ash Centre Harvard Kennedy School, April 13, 2011.

    Chatib also served as the Deputy Minister of Finance for G-20 during 2006-2010 and Sherpa of the President of the Republic of Indonesia Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the G-20 summit in Washington in November 2008. During 2010-2012, Chatib was the Vice Chairman of the National Economic Committee of the President of the Republic of Indonesia. Then he was assigned to serve as the Chairman of Capital Investment Coordinating Board commencing in June 2012. Subsequently, President of Indonesia appointed Chatib Basri to serve as Minister of Finance commencing on May 21, 2013 while still serving as the Chairman of BKPM until his replacement is determined.

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    Martin Soong Co-Anchor of CNBC Asia’s “Squawk Box”
    Martin Soong Co-Anchor of CNBC Asia’s “Squawk Box”

    Martin Soong is co-anchor of CNBC Asia's "Squawk Box ," the network's flagship morning program. CNBC Asia's "Squawk Box" is fast-paced, with its signature free-flowing debate. The show sets the news agenda in the region every Asian trading day.

    Part of the CNBC Asia team since 1993, Soong is one of the founding anchors of the network, and has played a key role in helping shape its identity and development.

    An 18-year broadcast veteran, Soong has dominated business television in Asia for more than a decade. He covered the Asian financial crisis, and has also reported widely, from APEC and ASEAN summits, to post-conflict zones like East Timor.

    Soong has conducted countless interviews with top business leaders, including Bill Gates, Jeff Immelt, Rex Tillerson, and Carol Bartz, as well as government and political leaders like Timothy Geithner, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

    He is the only 6-time winner of the Asian Television Awards for Best News Anchor, Voted by industry peers.

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    Michael L. Ducker Chief Operating Officer and President of International FedEx Express
    Michael L. Ducker Chief Operating Officer and President of International FedEx Express

    Michael L. Ducker is Chief Operating Officer and President, International for FedEx Express.

    He leads all customer-facing aspects of the company's U.S. and international operations, spanning more than 220 countries and territories across the globe, and oversees FedEx Trade Networks and FedEx SupplyChain. Ducker leads the company’s efforts to open markets, improve customs procedures and support global economic policy reforms.

    Previously, Ducker was President of FedEx Express Asia Pacific in Hong Kong, and led Southeast Asia and Middle East regions from Singapore.

    He serves on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations for the Obama administration as well as the boards of the Coalition of Service Industries, the U.S.-China Business Council and The Salvation Army, and is Chairman of the International Policy Committee and an Executive Board Member at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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    Norman Pearlstine Chief Content Officer of Bloomberg L.P.
    Norman Pearlstine Chief Content Officer of Bloomberg L.P.

    Norman Pearlstine is Chief Content Officer of Bloomberg L.P. since June 2008. In this role, he sought growth opportunities and made most of the company’s existing news operations. He is also Bloomberg Businessweek Chairman, following the magazine’s acquisition in 2009 and Bloomberg Government Chairman, a comprehensive source for government news, analysis and insights.

    Pearlstine had spent nearly 40 years as a reporter and editor. He was previously Senior Advisor to Carlyle Group’s telecommunications and media group in New York. From 1995 to 2005, he was editor-in-chief of Time Inc., the magazine division of Time Warner Inc. and in January 2006, he became senior advisor to Time Warner Inc. Pearlstine also worked for The Wall Street Journal for 23 years before joining Time Inc.

    Pearlstine published “OFF THE RECORD: The Press, the Government, and the War over Anonymous Sources” in June 2007.

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    Oleg Deripaska CEO of UC RUSAL, the world’s biggest primary aluminium producer; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Basic Element; and President and CEO of En+ Group.
    Oleg Deripaska CEO of UC RUSAL, the world’s biggest primary aluminium producer; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Basic Element; and President and CEO of En+ Group.

    Oleg Deripaska is CEO of UC RUSAL, the world’s biggest primary aluminium producer; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Basic Element; and President and CEO of En+ Group.

    Since 2004, Mr. Deripaska has served as a Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council. He is an Advisor on global economy issues to the Foreign Minister of Russia.

    Mr. Deripaska is Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, and Chairman of the Executive Board of the Russian National Committee of the International Chamber of Commerce.

    Mr. Deripaska is the founder of Volnoe Delo Foundation, Russia’s biggest private charity fund aimed at preserving Russia’s historic and cultural heritage, promoting social development, education and healthcare.

    He holds a degree in nuclear physics from Moscow State University and a Master's degree from the Plekhanov Academy of Economics.

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    Peter Gontha Publisher of Berita-Satu Media Holdings
    Peter Gontha Publisher of Berita-Satu Media Holdings

    Peter F. Gontha is the Group Publisher of Berita-Satu Media Holdings, a leading news organization in Indonesia. He is a member of the Indonesian Economic Counsel and a pioneer in Indonesia's Private Television. He is also known as the originator of Java Jazz, the world annual largest Jazz Festival.

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    Pierre Gignac Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada
    Pierre Gignac Acting President and Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada

    Mr. Pierre Gignac has been an Acting President and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Export Development Canada since June 3, 2013. Mr.Gignac served as the Senior Vice-President of Enterprise Risk Management and Chief Risk Officer at Export Development Canada from January 2012 to June 3, 2013 and served as its Senior Vice President of Insurance since January 2004.

    Mr. Gignac served as the Senior Vice-President of Short-Term Financial Services at Export Development Canada. Mr. Gignac joined EDC in April 1999 as Director of Claims and Insurance Accounting. He served as the EDC's Vice-President, Short-Term Credit and Risk Assessment. Prior to joining EDC, Mr.Gignac held senior posts during his 14-year career at Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

    Mr. Gignac is a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a fellow of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, a Chartered Financial Analyst and a graduate of Columbia University's Senior Executive Program.

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    Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s Corporation
    Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr. President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s Corporation

    Raymond W. McDaniel, Jr. is President and Chief Executive Officer of Moody’s Corporation. In this role, Mr. McDaniel is responsible for all activities of the corporation and its two operating divisions: Moody’s Investors Service, the credit rating agency, and Moody’s Analytics.

    During his tenure, he has implemented important enhancements to Moody’s ratings practices, including growing the core ratings and research business globally, implementing international expansion and new products, and improving professional practices in the ratings business.

    Mr. McDaniel holds a J.D. from Emory University School of Law and a B.A. in political science from Colgate University. He was admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in 1984 and is a member of the Board of Directors of John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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    Ruchir Sharma Head of Emerging Markets and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management
    Ruchir Sharma Head of Emerging Markets and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management

    Ruchir Sharma is head of Emerging Markets and Global Macro at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

    Sharma has been a writer for even longer than he has been an investor. He has been a contributing editor with Newsweek and has penned essays for publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Foreign Affairs, and Economic Times.

    Sharma is one of the world's largest investors and typically spends one week every month in a different emerging market where he meets leading politicians, top CEOs as well as local opinion-makers and investors.

    Sharma is the author of the book, Breakout Nations: In Pursuit of the Next Economic Miracles which has since become an international best seller since being released in April 2012.

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    Scott Price President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Asia
    Scott Price President and Chief Executive Officer of Walmart Asia

    Scott Price assumed his role as President and CEO for Walmart Asia in 2009. He has responsibility for the company’s operations in Asia, including China, Japan and India, as well as business development in Asia.

    Scott most recently served as chief executive officer of DHL Express Europe. Prior to that, he was chief executive officer, DHL Express Asia Pacific, and also the president of DHL Express Japan. Before joining DHL, Price spent a decade with the Coca-Cola Co and assumed various roles including country leader in Japan, and as director and Region manager in China.

    Scott serves as the Chairman of the National Center for APEC, the only U.S. business association focused exclusively on facilitating American private sector input to the APEC process and APEC’s 21 member countries.

    A U.S. native, Scott holds an MBA and a Master of Arts in Asian studies from the University of Virginia.

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    Susan C. Schwab Professor of Public Policy at University of Maryland and Strategic Advisor of Mayer Brown, LLP Former US Trade Representative
    Susan C. Schwab Professor of Public Policy at University of Maryland and Strategic Advisor of Mayer Brown, LLP Former US Trade Representative

    Ambassador Susan C. Schwab is Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland and Strategic Advisor, Mayer Brown LLP. Former US Trade Representative (2006-2009); Deputy USTR (2005-2006).

    As USTR, Ambassador Schwab concluded free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, Panama and South Korea; launched the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations; and achieved key agreements in the accession of Vietnam and Russia to the WTO. She launched, won and/or resolved various trade disputes on behalf of U.S. interests at the WTO.

    Prior to USTR, Schwab served as dean of the Maryland School of Public Policy; president of the USM Foundation; a senior executive at Motorola; director-general of the U.S. & Foreign Commercial Service; and legislative director for Senator John Danforth. She started her career as an agricultural trade negotiator.

    Schwab is a director of FedEx, Caterpillar, and Boeing, and serves on several non-profit boards. She holds a BA from Williams College, a Master’s from Stanford University, and a PhD from The George Washington University.

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    Timothy Ong Chairman of Asia Inc Forum
    Timothy Ong Chairman of Asia Inc Forum

    Dato Timothy Ong is a leading Brunei businessman and Chairman of Asia Inc Forum.

    He sits on a number of leading Brunei and regional boards including Baiduri Bank Group, Hotel Associates, National Insurance Company of Brunei, TEE Land, Asian Advisory Board of Prudential Financial, Asian Institute of Management and the Asian Forum for Corporate Social Responsibility. He is the founder of the ASEAN 100 Leadership Forum, a unique platform for ASEAN’s next generation leaders from business, politics and civil society.

    Dato Ong represented Brunei in the APEC Eminent Persons Group and the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) from 1994 to 2004. He was ABAC Chair in 2000.

    He is the recipient of the Most Honorable Order of Seri Paduka Mahkota Brunei which confers the title ‘Dato Paduka’ and the Grand Cross of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins (Chile’s highest civilian award).

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    Tony Fernandes Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia
    Tony Fernandes Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia

    Tan Sri Dr. Tony Fernandes has a personal credo - "Believe the unbelievable. Dream the impossible. Never take no for an answer." He studied at Epsom College, UK, and the London School of Economics and qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 1991. He became a Fellow Member in 1996. He was admitted as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) in 2008.

    Tony has been the Group CEO of AirAsia since December 2001. Prior to AirAsia, he was the Financial Controller of Virgin Communications London before joining Warner Music International London in 1989. He was promoted to Managing Director, Warner Music Malaysia in 1992 and to Regional Managing Director, Warner Music South East Asia in 1996. In 1999, he became the Vice President of Warner Music South East Asia.

    He was named as one of the world's 100 most creative people in business for 2011 by New York-based business magazine Fast Company, and awarded the Inaugural ‘Travel Business Leaders Award’ winner by CNBC.

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    Wang Hongzhang Chairman of China Construction Bank
    Wang Hongzhang Chairman of China Construction Bank

    Mr. Wang has served as chairman and executive director since January 2012. From November 2003 to November 2011, Mr. Wang was chief disciplinary officer of the PBOC. From June 2000 to November 2003, Mr. Wang was the president of Chengdu Branch of the PBOC and administrator of Sichuan Branch of the SAFE.

    From April 1996 to June 2000, Mr. Wang was deputy director-general of the Supervision Bureau and director-general of the internal auditing department of the PBOC. From January 1984 to April 1996, Mr. Wang served on various positions including assistant president of Qingdao Branch, deputy director of the General Administration Office and etc of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

    From September 1978 to January 1984, Mr. Wang worked in the Credit Bureau, Savings Bureau and Industrial and Commercial Credit Department of the PBOC. Mr. Wang is a senior economist and a certified public accountant. Mr. Wang obtained his master’s degree in economics from Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in 1997.