Speakers

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Gerhard Schröder Gerhard Schröder
Chancellor of Germany, 1998 – 2005
The twice-elected leader of Germany, Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is a leading world statesman and internationally recognized authority on global relations, economic development and social change. A charismatic and powerful national figure, Gerhard Schröder was first elected Chancellor in 1998. During his tenure, he took on the newly reunited Germany and boldly ushered the world’s third largest economy into the 21st century. In his seven years in office, he did more to modernize Germany’s economy than had been accomplished in decades. Elected to a second term in 2002, he increased his country’s influence on a global level by taking strong stands on global issues. Hailed by one German newspaper as the most charismatic German politician since Willy Brandt, Gerhard Schröder represents a exceptional story of personal achievement. Born into poverty in Northwestern Germany in 1944, Chancellor Schröder’s widowed mother labored on farms to support her two sons. Chancellor Schröder attended law school at night while working days at an ironmonger’s shop. From these humble roots was born a formidable politician, known for his charm and his ability to connect with the German people. Since leaving office he has continued to play a crucial role in the world of business. He remains vastly popular as a principal player in the global energy sector, and is the chairman of the shareholders’ committee for the European-Russian pipeline company Nord Stream AG, has served as Member of the Board of Directors of the Anglo-Russian oil company TNK-BP and is a member of the European Advisory Council of the Rothschild Group since 2006, among other ventures he is associated with.
José María Aznar José María Aznar
Prime Minister of Spain, 1996 – 2004
José María Aznar served as Prime Minister of the Government of Spain for 8 years, a period in which he led his country to unprecedented and unparalleled improvements on several fronts including economic growth, job creation, unemployment reduction and deficit management. Before José María Aznar took office as prime minister of Spain in 1996, his country was economically paralyzed by high unemployment, a deficit and declining growth. Aznar instituted numerous economic reforms—including liberalizing the market and privatizing industry—in turn creating five million new jobs and a budget surplus. His changes increased Spain’s Gross National Product by 68% and propelled Spain to the eighth largest economy in the world. His time as Prime Minister lasted until the elections of 2004, when he voluntarily chose not to run for office again. He currently serves on the board of directors of News Corporation, Barrick Gold and DLA Piper. He is also a member of the Club of Madrid. He is also the author of several bestselling books: (2009) Spain Can Get Out of the Crisis,(2007) Letters to a Young Spaniard,(2005) Portraits and Profiles: From Fraga to Bush, (2004) Eight Years in Government, (1995) The Spain I Believe in,(1994) Spain: The Second Transition and (1991) Freedom and Solidarity. He is married to Ana Botella, the incumbent Mayor of Madrid, with whom he has three children and five grandchildren.
Johan Cruijff Johan Cruyff
Dutch Football Legend
Hendrik Johannes Cruyff (born 25 April 1947 in Amsterdam), known as Johan Cruyff, is a former Dutch footballer. He won the Ballon d’Or three times, in 1971, 1973 and 1974, which is a number equal to Michel Platini and Marco van Basten. Only Lionel Messi won the Ballon d’Or more often: four times. Johan Cruyff was the founder of the football philosophy known as Total Football, and is widely regarded as one of the great players in association football. In 1999, Cruyff was voted European Player of the Century. After his retirement as a player in 1984, Cruyff became highly successful as manager of Ajax and later FC Barcelona; he remains an influential advisor to both clubs. After his retirement from coaching he initiated the World of Johan Cruyff (www.worldofjohancruyff.com), which consists of the Cruyff Foundation, Cruyff Institute, Cruyff Classics, Cruyff Football and Cruyff Library.
Michael Owen Michael Owen
English Football Striker
Michael Owen made a total of 297 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 158 goals, winning one FA Cup, two league cups and one UEFA and Super Cup. After spells at Real Madrid and Newcastle, he signed for Manchester United in 2009 and went on to win the league title in 2010-11 season. He signed for Stoke City on a 12 month deal at the beginning of this season, where he scored his 150th premier league goal, becoming only the 7th player to do so. A legend for England Michael scored 40 goals in 89 appearances including that iconic goal against Argentina in the 1998 FIFA World Cup™ and a hat-trick in the 5-1 defeat of Germany in 2001. Michael retired from professional football in 2013 and currently combines his role at Manor House Stables and Michael Owen Management Ltd with broadcast, commercial and media work with BT Sport.
Natarajan Chandrasekaran Natarajan Chandrasekaran
CEO and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services
Natarajan Chandrasekaran (‘Chandra’) is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of Tata Consultancy Services. During his tenure as the chief executive since October 2009, the company has grown at a compounded annual rate of 21 %. Responsible for formulating the company’s global strategy across its footprint of 44 countries, Chandra has led TCS to a market capitalization of over USD 80 billion during 2014. Recognized as one of the leading chief executives worldwide, Chandra has received several awards and recognition in the business community. He was judged as the “Business Leader of the Year” (NDTV), the “Best CEO of the Year” (Forbes) and “Outstanding Business leader of the year” (CNBC), among other accolades. The London based Brand Finance acknowledged that under his leadership TCS had emerged as the fastest growing brand globally in the IT Services industry , with a brand valuation of USD 8.2 billion in 2014. Chandra has personally championed TCS’ commitment to customer satisfaction and high quality during his tenure, demonstrated by 1300 CXOs rating TCS as the #1 in client satisfaction across Europe in a 2013-14 independent survey run by Whitelane Research in France, the UK, Germany, the Nordic region, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and Spain.Committed to building strong multilateral forums, Chandra has served as the co-chair of the Geneva headquartered World Economic Forum (WEF), at its forums in India (2011) and China (2014). He currently serves on the WEF Global steering committee of the IT industry and was the industry co-chair in Davos (2012). He has also served as the chairman of India’s IT association NASSCOM in 2012-13. He was awarded the Medal of the City of Amsterdam – Frans Banninck Cocq medal in recognition of his endeavor to promote trade and economic relations, as well conferred the title of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Nyenrode Business University in Europe. He serves on the honorary committee of the European Business Summit (EBS), along with the President of the European Commission, members of parliament and other leaders from across Europe. Beyond the office, Chandra is an avid photographer and a passionate long-distance runner and has completed marathons in New York, Prague, Stockholm, Mumbai, Vienna, Chicago and Berlin. Chandra lives in Mumbai, with his wife Lalitha and son Pranav.
Hans Vestberg Hans Vestberg
President and CEO of Ericsson
Hans Vestberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications technology and services. Vestberg joined Ericsson in 1988. He has broad international experience, having held various management positions for Ericsson in China, Brazil, Mexico and the US. He remains the international advisor to the Governor of Guangdong, China. Vestberg served as Ericsson’s Chief Financial Officer from 2007 to 2009 before becoming CEO. Along with the rest of Ericsson’s executive team, Vestberg is focused on advancing the company’s leadership through innovation, technology, services and sustainable business solutions. Under his direction, Ericsson has become the main driver toward the Networked Society, where connectivity is the fuel of progress. He is a leading advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, and for the potential of mobility and broadband to tackle some of the world’s most compelling issues such as poverty, health, education and climate change. He is a member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, Founding member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development, where he chairs the task group on the post-2015 development agenda after having chaired the Commission’s climate-change working group. Vestberg is also a member of the Leadership Council of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Sir Ian Cheshire Sir Ian Cheshire
Group Chief Executive, Kingfisher plc
Sir Ian Cheshire was appointed Group Chief Executive of Kingfisher plc in January 2008.  Prior to this he was Chief Executive of B&Q from June 2005. His previous roles at Kingfisher include Chief Executive of International and Development, Chief Executive of e-Kingfisher and Group Director of Strategy and Development. Before joining Kingfisher in 1998 he worked for a number of retail businesses including Sears plc where he was Group Commercial Director. Sir Ian is Chairman of the British Retail Consortium. He is Senior Independent Director of Whitbread plc and lead non-executive member on the Department for Work and Pensions Board. He is also Chairman of the Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group on Climate Change and President of the Business Disability Forum President’s Group. In addition, he chaired the Ecosystem Markets Task Force, an independent business-led initiative aimed at helping UK business to find new opportunities to drive green economic growth and profit from valuing and protecting nature. Sir Ian was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to Business, Sustainability and the Environment.
Berit Svendsen Berit Svendsen
Executive Vice President Telenor Group and CEO Telenor Norway
Berit Svendsen joined Telenor in 1988 as a Research Scientist. From 2000 to 2005 she was Executive Vice President and CTO of Telenor and also working Chair of Telenor R&D. In January 2005 she took up the position as Vice President and Head of Telenor Nordic Fixed with overall responsibility for the fixed network business in Norway. From 2002 to 2007 she was a member of the European Commission / IST Advisory Group. She joined Conax as CEO in May 2008. She is currently a board member of DNB and EMGS. Svensden holds an MSc in Electronics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (1988), and a Master of Technology Management from NTNU and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA (1995).
Surya Kant Surya Kant
President, North America, UK & Europe, TCS
Responsible for overseeing and strengthening customer relationships and revenues across TCS’ largest markets, Surya Kant (“Sury”) plays a key role in growing business and expanding the company’s range of technology and service offerings. For over 30 years at TCS, he has made significant contributions to the growth of the company and the software industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Electronics from the Delhi College of Engineering, as well as a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Computer Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi.
Kim Rolf Kim Rolf
VP & Group CIO, Carlsberg
Kim Rolf is VP and Group CIO for Carlsberg Solution Services. He comes from the position as CFO Carlsberg Sweden and has an extensive experience within the Carlsberg Group during his 16 years with the Group. Prior to joining Carlsberg Sweden as CFO in August 2013, he held the position as CFO of Carlsberg Poland. During his years with Carlsberg Poland, he built up a very strong Finance team and together with the whole Polish organisation they contributed to growing value market share and EBIT ahead of volume. For an interim period, he was also appointed acting CEO of Carlsberg Poland. Before his assignment as CFO in Poland, he was successfully leading the implementation of the Carlsberg Accounting Service Center in Poznan. Prior to this, he held several Finance positions within the Group, both in the operation and in HQ.
Michel P. van Drie Michel P. van Drie
CIO, ABN AMRO Retail Bank
Michel P. van Drie started his career with BDO CampsObers as EDP auditor and entered ABN AMRO Bank in 1992. After working in the Corporate NL divison, he later moved to the International Division leading an implementation organisation with responsibilities to implement a standard payments infrastructure in the ABN AMRO Foreign branches. Subsequently, he took several positions as an Operations head for Payments, Securities and later on Fulfilment & Services and led the 2.300 FTE Operations NL department during the separation of RBS and the integration between ABN AMRO and Fortis bank. In his current role as Head of IT Solutions, he is responsible for the development and implementations of IT Solutions within the bank. In the journey to bring ABN AMRO in the next digital era of banking, he is also executing a program called TOPS 2020, investing in simplification of the IT landscape and further digitisation of the ABN AMRO product offering. Michel studied Business Information in Utrecht and Business Economics in Amsterdam at the University of Amsterdam. He is married with four children and lives in Netherlands.
Petri Pehkonen Petri Pehkonen
CIO, Elisa
Petri joined Elisa in 2012 as Vice President of Hosting Services and was then appointed as CIO & VP in 2013 and is leading the Corporate IT & IT Platform & Hosting Services. Prior to Elisa, Petri worked for Capgemini for 12 years and was the Nordic CEO – Infrastructure Services of Capgemini from 2011 -2012 and the VP – infrastructure Outsourcing of Capgemini from 1999 – 2010. During his time at Capgemini in his Nordic CEO role he was head of the business unit for Infrastructure Services in the Nordics (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark) within Global SBU (Strategic Business Unit). Petri holds a Master of Science in both Telecommunications Engineering, and Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Petri is bilingual and speaks four languages: Swedish, English, German and Finnish. He is married with three children and hobbies include Alpine skiing and Golf.
Adrian Steel Adrian Steel
Global Head – IT Operations, International Airlines Group
Adrian Steel is widely recognised in the IT industry for his rapid execution, innovation and delivery of large scale transformation programmes. Since beginning his career 28 years ago, Adrian’s experience has grown from sectors as varied as local and central government, business process outsourcing (BPO) as well IT outsourcing (ITO) & Service Integration. During his time at Royal Mail Group (2008-2011) and Telefonica (2011-2014) he headed numerous large scale transformation programmes such as Hyper-V, enterprise roaming Wi-Fi, WAN transformation, cloud BPOS, Tier-IV data centre, Midrange Consolidation, private IaaS etc. Several of these have been recognised with industry awards for innovation, client focus and programme execution. Inside IAG as Global head of IT Operations, he is responsible for driving the creation of a world class shared services IT operation between the IT operations of BA, Iberia, Vueling, Avios etc.
Joseph Santamaria Joseph Santamaria
VP & CIO, PSEG Services Corporation
Joseph Santamaria is vice president – Information Technology (IT) and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for PSEG Services Corporation. He is responsible for leading, directing, planning and managing all activities relating to the company’s information technology needs and for ensuring innovative, reliable, timely, cost-effective and secure delivery of information technology to all areas of PSEG. He previously served as CIO at UIL Holdings Corporation, an electric and gas utility servicing New England. Prior to his role at UIL, he worked at Pitney Bowes in several capacities, including global vice president-enterprise business applications. Before then, he was a principal consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, managing commercial and delivery aspects of large, global business transformation projects. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from ESADE, in Barcelona, Spain, and a Master of Science in Applied and Industrial Physics from the University of Barcelona, Spain.
Andrea Catherwood Andrea Catherwood
Former ITN Anchor and Bloomberg TV Host 
Andrea Catherwood is the London based anchor and host of Bloomberg Television’s weekday business and politics program, “Last Word,” which offers real-time analysis of breaking stories, exclusive interviews with global newsmakers and coverage of the last hour of trading in European markets.
PB10[6] 200x200 Pradipta Bagchi
VP & Global Head of Communications of Tata Consultancy Services  
Responsible for the company’s communications strategy towards multiple stakeholder groups including media, employees, foundations and other influencers, Pradipta has played a strategic role in raising the company’s profile since its IPO in 2004 and boosted its reputation in its key markets of Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America, through a variety of award winning campaigns and initiatives. He also serves as a member of company’s CSR, Sustainability and Compliance committees. Previously he served as the Deputy Resident Editor and Business Editor of The Times of India in Mumbai. During his career in journalism, Pradipta has also worked for leading media organisations such as the Economic Times and Business Standard. He has written extensively and edited sections on various business sectors including financial services, banking, equity markets and telecommunications. He set up India’s first 24-hour business news website for Business Standard in 1995, ushering in the hyperconnected era in the media industry. Pradipta is an honours graduate in Economics from the University of Sussex in UK. In 2000, he was selected as the first CV Starr Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he worked at the Wharton School. He is a member of the Arthur Page Society. In recognition of his services to the profession, Pradipta was awarded the “Communicator of the Decade” by the Association of Business Communicators of India in 2013.
Christian Malard Christian Malard
The world’s foremost presidential interview specialist 
Christian Malard served for over two decades as the Foreign Affairs editor on French television channel TV France 3 and is considered one of the world’s leading journalists on geopolitics. An accomplished presidential interview specialist, Malard has interviewed world leaders spanning four decades including all US, Russian and French presidents. With a keen interest in the Middle East, Malard has interviewed many Israeli prime ministers and the presidents of Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iran. He covered the Iranian revolution and interviewed Ayatollah Khomeini five times. Malard now serves as a consultant appearing frequently on global TV channels including CNN, I24News, NBC, Aljazeera and BBC. He also serves as the co-president of the European-American press club. He has written a number of books including “Dans les secrets des maitres du Monde” chronicling his meetings and conversations with heads of states from across the world.