Speakers

DISCUSSION PANELS

INNOVATION, DIVERSIFICATION AND GROWTH
Moderator: Erik Berglof

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Erik Berglof is Chief Economist and Special Adviser to the President at the EBRD. Former Professor and Director of SITE (SSE), he has held positions at the ULB, Harvard, Stanford and MIT. Keen on policy issues in emerging economies, he published on financial development, corporate governance and transition economics, contributing to the debate on regional and global institutional architecture and advised national governments and international institutions including the IMF and the World Bank. He was Founder and President of the Centre for Economic and Financial Research (Moscow) and a Programme Director at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (London). He is a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.).

Panellist: Laszlo Andor

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Laszlo Andor has been the EU’s Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion since February 2010. Between 2005 and 2010 he represented Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Croatia on the Board of Directors of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Previously he was an associate professor at Corvinus University (Budapest) and King Sigismund College, editor of journals, and advisor to the Hungarian Prime Minister. Hungarian national, Mr Andor graduated from the University of Economic Sciences (Budapest, 1989), studied at George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), and received a Master’s degree in Development Economics (Manchester, 1993) as a British Council Fellow. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Panellist: Maxine Fassberg

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Vice President of Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group, General Manager of Intel Israel and Fab 28 Plant Manager. Responsible for manufacturing operations, including planning, product output and cost effectiveness for Intel’s manufacturing facility in Kiryat Gat, Israel. With two Intel Achievement Awards, an induction into the Women in Technology International Hall of Fame (2009), the Israel Industry Award (2011) and the Hugo Ramniceanu Prize in Economics (2012), she was identified as one of the 10 most powerful women in tech (CNN, April 2012). She sits on the Managerial Committee of the Bank of Israel and the Board of Directors of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem. She holds a Master’s degree in Applied Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1978).

Panellist: Paul Hsu

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Widely recognized as an expert in cross-border economic and commercial transactions, Mr. Paul Hsu’s specialty practice areas include corporate strategic planning, Asia Pacific regional economic cooperation, intellectual property rights, and financial services. He also participates actively in international exchange, public policy, non-profit organization, and Asia Pacific regional activities, such as APEC, WTO, and OECD within the region. Among other positions, Mr. Hsu is the founder of Epoch Foundation, of which he currently serves as the president. Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Hsu received an LL.B. from the National Taiwan University, an M.A. from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy of Tufts University, and an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.

Panellist: Alain Pilloux

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Alain Pilloux joined EBRD in June 1992 and has occupied various senior management positions over the years, including Director for Poland, Managing Director for Central Europe, and Managing Director in charge of all Bank’s operations in Russia from 2006 to 2009.
In 2010, Alain was appointed Managing Director for the Corporate Sector covering all thirty four EBRD countries of operations. His responsibilities include all industrial sectors, non-financial services, agribusiness, retail, real estate and tourism, information and communication technologies, private equity/venture capital funds and small business support. Corporate sector projects, including debt and equity, account for about one third of EBRD’s annual business and portfolio.

Panellist: Seymur Tari

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Mr Tari co-founded Turkven in 2000 and has led numerous deals for the firm. He was formerly with McKinsey & Company in Istanbul focusing on corporate portfolio strategy and at Caterpillar Inc. in Geneva as a product manager with responsibility for the EMEA & CIS regions. Mr Tari has an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Robotics from ETH Zurich. He currently serves on the Boards of Koton, Mavi, Digiturk, Doga Koleji, Provus, Pronet, NGM and Domino’s. Member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association) and Mr Tari chairs Turkven’s Investment and Portfolio Committees.

SUPPORTING GROWTH AMIDST AUSTERITY: IFIs WORK TOGETHER
Moderator: Jonathan Charles

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Director of Communications at EBRD, responsible for the Bank’s internal and external image and messages. Before joining the EBRD, he was the presenter and editor of BBC World News European breakfast programme. Previously he spent 17 years as a BBC foreign correspondent from Frankfurt, Brussels, Paris and New York. His work involved covering events in Russia, including the Beslan School Siege, the Chechen War (1999-2000) and the 1998 Economic Crisis. He also covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as many other conflicts, all over the world. One of his specialist areas of expertise was the European Union. He covered the Maastricht Treaty Negotiations and the evolution of the Euro, (1991-2010). He holds both a BA and MA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford.

Panellist: Suma Chakrabarti

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President of EBRD, Sir Suma has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. Previously he was Permanent Secretary and the most senior civil servant of British Ministry of Justice. From 2002, he headed the UK’s former Overseas Development Administration, where he worked with economies undergoing substantial reform in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa. He worked with the European Commission, previously in the Cabinet Office (2000), and in the UK Treasury (1990). He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Oxford), holds a Masters in Development Economics (Sussex) and honorary doctorates (Sussex and East Anglia).

Panellist: Werner Hoyer

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President of the European Investment Bank since 2012, Dr Hoyer holds a PhD in Economics and was Director of the Economics and Information Department of the Carl Duisberg Society, Cologne (1985). He became a Member of the German Bundestag (1987-2011) where he held positions of Whip, Security Policy Spokesman, Foreign Affairs Spokesman and Deputy Chairman of the FDP (Free Democratic Party) Parliamentary Group. He has been Minister of State at the Foreign Office from 1994-1998 and 2009-2011, responsible for Political and Security Affairs, European Affairs, United Nations and Arms Control and Commissioner for Franco-German Cooperation.

Panellist: Miodrag Kostic

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Miodrag Kostic, the MK Group President was born on 25th August 1959. In 1983, he graduated from the Faculty of Economics. The business system that numbers 36 companies and employs more than 5000 people in Serbia and Ukraine, ranks among those that constitute the backbone of our national economy, was founded in 1983 as a small private trade, export and import and production Company. Today, MK Group is positioned as one of the largest and most powerful companies in the national agribusiness, energy and food industry. Miodrag Kostic, is one of the leading businessmen in Serbia and the entire East Europe Region.

Panellist: HE Zoran Stavreski

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Zoran Stavreski is Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia. He was a researcher (1993) and director of research directorate (1997) at the Central Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. Zoran Stavreski held position of undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia (2000), was an advisor to the Executive Director in the Netherlands Constituency (2001), consultant in the Europe and Central Asia Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit (2004) and Senior Economist for Operational Policy and Country Services Units (2006) at the World Bank. Then he was elected as Vice Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs (2006). Zoran Stavreski holds BA and MA in Economics from Cyril and Methodious University, Skopje.

Panellist: Sergey Storchak

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Sergey Storchak was appointed to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation (formerly USSR) to the UN Office and other International Organizations (1988-1994), he was a Deputy Department Director in Russian Ministry of Finance (1994–1998), Deputy Chairman of the Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of the USSR (1998–2004), Director of Foreign Finance Relations, State Debt and State Financial Assets in Russian Ministry of Finance (2004-2005) and now is Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation. Mr Storchak is honored with rewards from the Russian Government and the President of the Russian Federation, has candidate’s degree in economics, graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1981) and was researcher at the Institute of World Economy and Foreign Affairs, Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

Panellist: Dimitris Tsitsiragos

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Mr. Dimitris Tsitsiragos is IFC’s Vice President and a member of its Management Team. He leads IFC investments and advisory services across Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, managing more than 800 staff and overseeing an integrated strategy to create jobs, plug infrastructure gaps, increase access to finance, and tackle climate change. Previously, Mr. Tsitsiragos served as director of IFC’s MENA and Southern Europe department, where he developed a strategy to support the region’s private sector in the wake of the Arab Spring. Before that, he directed IFC’s Global Manufacturing and Services department for six years, and the South Asia department for 2 years.

Panellist: Rolf Wenzel

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Rolf Wenzel is the Governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank (Paris). CEB´s mandate is to support social cohesion policies in its European member countries. The Bank co-finances social projects in its 40 member countries and refinances it itself in the international capital markets. Before taking up its present position at the end of 2011, Rolf worked in the German Ministry of Finance as Director General of the Banking and Financial Market Policy Department as well as on European policy issues. He studied economics in Hamburg, London and Bochum Universities and worked for several years at the IMF.

CEE LENDING GROWTH: DOES SUPPLY MEET DEMAND?
Moderator: Aurelio Maccario

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Aurelio Maccario is Senior Vice President and Head of Strategic Planning, UniCredit Group. Since 2002, he held research positions in UniCredit Corporate & Investment Banking ending his analyst career as Chief Eurozone Economist (2009). He worked in the Global Markets Research Division at Deutsche Bank AG (London) and afterwards was in charge of coordinating the European network of deposit protection schemes at the Research Department of the Italian Interbank Deposit Protection Fund. Mr Maccario was Adjunct Professor of Economic Policy (Luiss University, Rome) where he earned his BA. He served military duties at CeMiSS (1996-1997), received post-graduate specialisation in the UK, where he was awarded MSc Economics (University of Warwick, 2000) and became PhD in Economics & Finance (University of Tor Vergata, Rome).

Panellist: Gianfranco Bisagni

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Gianfranco Bisagni is Head of CEE Corporate and Investment Banking at UniCredit. Previously, he acted as Head of CIB & Private Banking at UniCredit Tiriac Bank Romania, where he was appointed a member of the Management Board (2010). Starting his career in the Italian network, Gianfranco Bisagni moved to the US soon. Firstly located in Chicago, he took over as Deputy Chief Manager for UniCredit New York branch and afterwards he was responsible for all the Representative Offices in North and South America. He was named Chief Manager of UniCredit´s Hong Kong branch (2001) and Head of Corporate Banking Asia Pacific & Chief Manager Hong Kong branch (2008). Gianfranco Bisagni has gained comprehensive professional experience in international banking business.

Panellist: Mario Holzner

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Mario Holzner is Staff economist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw). His research focuses on income distribution, financial markets, macroeconomic analysis and the economies of Southeast Europe. Mario Holzner did a doctorate at the Vienna University of Economics and Business administration (economics). In his recent research, Mario Holzner analysed the determinants and spillover effects of deleveraging in Central, East and Southeast Europe.

Panellist: Frank Quante

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Dr Frank Quante is Managing Director of EWE Turkey Holding. He’s also responsible for the gas distribution (Bursagaz A.S. and Kayserigaz A.S.) and service activities (Enervis A.S.) of EWE in Turkey. Prior to his current position, he was CFO of the company. He started his career at KPMG, joined the Legal Department of EWE AG in 2003 and became CFO of the IT activities of EWE Group in 2007. From 2011 until April 2012 he was responsible for EWE Group activities in Poland and Turkey as the Head of the International Business Department within the EWE Holding company in Germany before joining EWE Turkey Holding A.S.

Panellist: Doris Ritzberger-Grunwald

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Doris Ritzberger-Grunwald is Head of the Foreign Research Division at Oesterreichische Nationalbank. Prior to her current position, she worked as a research assistant at the IAS (1987) and joined the OENB (1988), where she started as an economist in the Economic Analysis Division and then moved to the Foreign Research Division. Here, she was first nominated special adviser and later promoted Head of Division (2002). Her fields of policy-oriented research include monetary policy, economic growth, convergence issues, inflation, the enlargement of the EU and the EMU, with a special focus on Central, Eastern and South-Eastern European Countries. She is an acting member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the ECB and Executive Board Member of the Joint Vienna Institute.

CAPITAL MARKETS AND THE CHANGING REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
Moderator: Ralph Atkins

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Ralph Atkins has been the Financial Times’s capital markets editor since July 2012. For the eight years previously, he was the FT’s bureau chief in Frankfurt covering the European Central Bank, eurozone economy and German corporate sector. Prior to Frankfurt he worked as an FT correspondent in London, Bonn, Berlin, Jerusalem and Brussels. He has an economics degree from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge.

Panellist: George Handjinicolaou

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Deputy CEO, ISDA (2007 and re- joined in 2011) and formerly CEO (TBANK) and Vice Chairman (Greek Capital Markets Commission). Founder of Etolian Capital, he was previously responsible for Global Fixed Income Emerging Markets, Merrill Lynch (2000-2002), and he ran all fixed income activities for Dresdner in the Americas (1998-2000). He has had extensive involvement with all aspects of derivatives markets since the early eighties, worked at the Treasury, World Bank, and served as Treasurer, IFC. With a BA in economics (Athens University), MBA and Ph.D (NYU), he has served on several Boards (ISDA and Brokertek, Polytechnic University, and the International Association of Financial Engineers), taught at N.Y.U. and Baruch College and has published several articles.

Panellist: Harald Kreuzmair

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Harald R. Kreuzmair is Managing Director, Institutional Clients at Raiffeisen Bank International. He is responsible for business with financial intermediaries. He started his career at Creditanstalt (1990), later Bank Austria and HVB and joined Raiffeisen Group (2004) as Head of Debt Capital Markets. He was offered the opportunity to switch from the product side to the client side as Head of Financial Institutions for Europe and North America (2006). In this role, he was instrumental in developing the capital markets business. After a short stint as Head of Exposure Management and Pre-Restructuring, he was promoted to Division Head Global Financial Institutions and Sovereigns and Capital Market Sales business (June 2009). He holds a Masters Degree from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

Panellist: Andre Kuusvek

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Mr Kuusvek is Director for Local Currency and Capital Markets Development and, until June, Director for Ukraine, EBRD. He was previously Director for Kazakhstan (2004-2008), and before that EBRD’s bank-wide coordinator for capital markets and stock exchanges, as well as the financial sector coordinator for several countries (1996-2004). In these years, he led project teams investing equity and debt in financial institutions across Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS. One of the first commercial bankers in Estonia, he headed the international departments of Tartu Kommertspank and Tallinna Pank (1992-1994), worked for Schroder Munchmeyer Hengst and for Dresdner Bank Germany before joining EBRD in 1996. He is a graduate of each Tallinn Technical University, Estonian Business School and Stockholm School of Economics.

Panellist: Bryan Pascoe

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From 2011 Mr Pascoe is Global Head of Debt Capital Markets (London), responsible for HSBC’s primary debt and corporate derivatives business globally across all markets and currencies, encompassing bond origination, syndicate, securitization, structured finance, MTNs, private placements and Islamic Finance. Formerly he was HSBC’s Global Head of Debt Syndicate (London), responsible for the pricing and primary distribution of all fixed income product globally. Previously he worked in Hong Kong with Morgan Stanley and HSBC (1996-2005), where he helped build the region’s leading international and local currency bond franchise. Mr Pascoe began his career working in corporate finance and fixed income in New York, London and Hong Kong (Morgan Stanley, 1992).

Panellist: Stephan Pouyat

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Director and Head of Global Reach Product Management, Euroclear, Mr Pouyat is responsible for identifying areas of market cooperation, product innovation and growth for the Euroclear group. In 2013, Mr Pouyat and his team were highly influential in implementing a successful post-trade service for Russian government securities. Before, he held a number of senior positions within the Euroclear Group, including Network Management, Corporate Restructuring and Corporate Strategy for Euroclear Bank. He holds a Master degree (Polytechnique Lausanne, Switzerland) and followed an Executive Program on Management Development (Harvard Business School Executive Programme). He is an active Alumni President of HBS, and an advisor to the French Senate on financial and securities settlement-related matters.

Panellist: Ibrahim Turhan

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Chairman & CEO, Borsa İstanbul, President, Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS), Member of World Federation of Exchanges Board of Directors, Mr Turhan holds a Ph.D. in financial economics. Board member, Central Bank of Turkey (2004), member of the Monetary Policy Committee (2006), he was then appointed Deputy Governor (2008). He also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Institute. Mr. Turhan is a member of the Leaders’ Circle and the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He served as Managing Editor and Editor in Chief in sectorial journals published on banking, finance and finance technologies.

ENERGY SECURITY: BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN EUROPE AND THE CASPIAN REGION
Moderator: Riccardo Puliti

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Managing Director, Head of Energy and Natural Resources from 2007, he joined EBRD in Power and Energy Utilities (1996) and later moved to Natural Resources (1998). Deputy Director of Municipal and Environmental Infrastructures (1998-2002) and Director of Transport Infrastructures (2002-2007). Mr Puliti has extensive experience in emerging market economies, working with the private and public sectors. He started his career at Istituto Mobiliare Italiano Group (1987), moved to Banque Indosuez, Paris, and then joined NM Rothschild and Sons, London. Mr Puliti holds various Supervisory Board and Board of Directors memberships in investee companies. He is an MBA alumnus (Instituto de Estudios Superiores de la Empresa) and a postgraduate alumnus (Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and Imperial College).

Panellist: Al Cook

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Vice President for Shah Deniz and the Southern Gas Corridor, Al Cook joined BP in 1996. Initially, he worked in project development and commercial roles in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. He then became Offshore Installation Manager for the Cleeton Platform in the North Sea until 2005. Subsequently, he moved to Vietnam to manage the IGB2 Project. Before moving to his current role, he worked in BP’s Executive Offices in London, Moscow and Houston. Mr Cook holds an MA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge and completed the International Executive Programme at INSEAD.

Panellist: Reinhard Mitschek

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Mr Reinhard Mitschek was born in 1958. He is married and has two sons. He initiated his professional career at the OMV in 1982 and since then he has carried out various leading functions within OMV Gas. From 1996 till 2009. Since 2009 he is Managing Director of NABUCCO Gas Pipeline International. Mr Mitschek pursued his studies of “Social and Economics Sciences“ at the University of Economics in Vienna, specializing himself in the fields of “Transport and Logistics” as well as “Industrial Business Economics”.

Panellist: Aygen Yayıkoglu

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Aygen Yayıkoglu is the Founder and Managing Partner of Crescent Capital, an investment management firm focused on energy and infrastructure that has recently launched Turkey’s first energy-focused private equity fund investing in renewable power projects across Turkey, South Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. Mr Yayıkoglu has 18 years of project finance and investment experience in emerging markets. His areas of expertise include public and private financing of power generation, transmission, and distribution projects, privatizations of energy and infrastructure assets, oil and gas downstream projects and renewable energy investments. Prior to establishing Crescent, he worked for the EBRD and IFC.

FINANCIAL LAW REFORM IN TRANSITION COUNTRIES: FROM MOSCOW TO CASABLANCA
Moderator: Frederique Dahan, Lead Counsel, Financial Law Unit, EBRD

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Frederique Dahan presently serves as Lead Counsel and Head of the Financial Law Unit (FLU) in the Legal Transition Team (LTT) at EBRD, which provides legal reform assistance to the EBRD countries of operations. Ms Dahan oversees all of financial and private sector legal reform projects concerning secured transactions and access to credit, insolvency and creditors’ rights, corporate governance and securities markets. Prior to joining the EBRD in 2000, she worked as a Lecturer (University of Essex), teaching Comparative law, European Company Law, Cross-Border Insolvency and Business and Corporate Law Issues in Central and Eastern Europe. Qualified French solicitor, she received her Doctorate in Law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Panellist: Mohamed Ghannam

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Mohamed Ghannam is a Partner in the Cairo office of Baker & McKenzie International Law Firm. He is consistently ranked in the top tier for banking and finance and M&A by Chambers Global, and recommended by PLC Which Lawyer? for his project finance practice. He focuses on project finance, major projects, mergers and acquisitions, oil and gas, capital market debt and transactional work. Mr Ghannam holds a Law degree with high honours from Cairo University Law School (1985), a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School (1987) and a second Master of Laws degree from Chicago-Kent Law School (1993, Dean’s List).

Panellist: Rabii Leoufoudi

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Mr Rabii Leoufoudi serves currently as an advisor to the Moroccan Prime Minister, and is a member of the permanent secretariat of the Commission Nationale de l’Environnement des Affaires, Ministry of General Affairs and Governance. Created in 2009, the Commission is a public-private organisation chaired jointly by the Prime Minister and the President of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises. Prior to this, Mr Leoufoudi spent seven years in Paris working in the Information Technologies and Communication sector, and was an advisor to the Cabinet of the Minister of Social Development of Morocco from 2007-2009. 37 years old, Mr Leoufoudi holds a Masters in Economics from Rabat University and a BA in Mathematics from the University of Paris 7.

Panellist: Alexander Pirozhenko

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Alexander Pirozhenko is a Partners Network Director at Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). ASI is a Russian pro-governmental agency for business regulation improvement and elimination of administrative barriers. Since 2008 he has been Director of Department for Competition Development in Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. In 2004 Alexander moved to the Federal Antimonopoly Service taking position of Director of Department for control over Fuel-Energy Complex. Alexander was born in Leningrad (USSR) in 1977. He graduated with honor from North West Academy of Public Administration under the President of Russian Federation based in Saint-Petersburg in 1999. Starting from 2000 Alexander worked in “Epicenter SPB” Foundation as Economic programs Director.

Panellist: Mete Yegin

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Mete Yegin studied at Istanbul University Faculty of Law. Practising for almost 20 years as a lawyer specialising in banking and finance, and after working at a Turkish law firm, Mr Yegin moved to London to work for Milbank, where he gained valuable experience working in international financings. After working as a senior Legal Adviser in Garanti Bank, he moved to his former firm as a Partner where he took part in a number of benchmark transactions. Mr Yegin is with Clifford Chance since 2009 and heads Yegin Legal Consultancy, the Turkish law firm affiliated with Clifford Chance.

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND GROWTH: TURKEY’S EXPERIENCE
Moderator: Fatih Birol

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Dr. Birol is the IEA’s Chief Economist and responsible for the IEA’s flagship World Energy Outlook publication, which is recognised as the most authoritative source of strategic analysis of global energy markets. He is also the founder and chair of the IEA Energy Business Council, which provides a forum to enhance co-operation between the energy industry and energy policymakers. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene. He is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s (Davos) Energy Advisory Board and has served on UN Secretary-General’s ‘High-Level Group on Sustainable Energy for All’.

Panellist: Hakan Ates

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President & CEO of DenizBank, the fifth largest private bank in Turkey. During his management, he publicly listed DenizBank shares on October 2004 which were 5.5 times oversubscribed and of which 68% was sold to institutional clients abroad. His other titles include Chairman of DenizInvest Securities, DenizBank Moscow and DenizBank AG, the subsidiaries of DenizBank. He started his banking career as Internal Auditor, Isbank (1981) and following various positions at Interbank and Bank Ekspres, he established the first 100% Turkish owned bank, Garanti Bank Moscow. He succeeded to sell DenizBank two times, firstly to Dexia (2006-historic high multiple of 4.7 times USD 3.3 billion) and to Sberbank (2012). Mr Ates graduated from Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Business Administration.

Panellist: Mete Maltepe

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Mr Maltepe joined GE in Istanbul in 1994, and held roles of growing responsibility as Partner Manager, Thermal Account Manager and Thermal Eurasia Sales Leader. He moved to GE Energy Headquarters in Atlanta in 2000 as Sales Integration Leader. In 2002, after the acquisition of Enron Wind, he joined GE’s new Wind business first as Commercial Integration Leader, later as Quality Leader and finally as Sales Leader, based in Amsterdam and then Paris. Mr Maltepe returned to Turkey and became General Manager of GE’s activities in the Turkish power generation sector in 2010.

Panellist: Bernhard Raberger

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Mr Raberger is CFO of Enerjisa, Turkey’s largest privately-owned electric utility owned as a joint-venture by Sabanci Holding and E.ON. He lives and works in Istanbul since 2007, having joined Enerjisa as Executive Vice Chairman after leading Austrian utility Verbund’s entry into Turkey. Before that he was Director of strategy and corporate development at Verbund, leading both restructuring as well as growth initiatives during 2001-2007. Earlier, he worked for the European Environment Agency and at the University of St Gallen (Switzerland). Mr Raberger graduated in Law (Vienna and Edinburgh) and holds an MSc in Environmental Change and Management (Oxford).

INFRASTRUCTURE – DRIVER OF GROWTH AND DIVERSIFICATION
Moderator: Thomas Maier

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Thomas Maier is the Managing Director in charge of the Infrastructure sector at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Mr Maier joined the EBRD as Senior Project Manager in August 1993 from NatWest Markets where he worked on acquisitions, management buy-outs and highly leveraged transactions in the UK and Western Europe. At the EBRD, he worked as Senior Banker in the Romania/Moldova/ Croatia/Ukraine country team. In 1999 he moved to the Municipal and Environmental Infrastructure Team as Deputy Director and became Team Director in October 2001. Mr Maier is a German national and holds a degree in Public Management and an MA in Development Economics.

Panellist: Suha Gucsav

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Born in 1968, Suha Gucsav graduated from Istanbul University, Department of Economics in 1992, he later received his MA from Gazi University, Institute of Social Sciences, Department of Business Administration. Beginning his professional career in 1992 at Alexander & Alexander Insurance Brokerage Co., Gucsav joined the Akfen Family in 1994 where he served as Finance Group President and the CEO, respectively. He has been Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Akfen Holding since 2003. In addition, Gucsav also serves on the Board of various subsidiaries. He’s the Chairman of the Board of Directors at AKFEN REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) and the CEO of IBS Insurance Brokerage Services.

Panellist: Oleg Pankratov

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Board Member, Head of Infrastructure Capital and Project Finance, VTB Capital plc and Chairman of the Board of Pulkovo and Western High Speed Diameter PPPs, before joining VTB Capital (2007), Mr Pankratov was Managing Director (Merrill Lynch), European Head of Infrastructure Capital (ABN AMRO) and Vice President (JPMorgan). His previous deals include major PPP, principal, project finance and advisory transactions in Russia, UK, France, Germany, Spain and other countries. He was named as one of ten most influential infrastructure bankers by Infrastructure Investor (2009) and VTB Capital was named “Sponsor of the Year” and “Debt Funder of the Year” by World Finance PPP Awards (2012). He holds a BSc in Mathematics (Moscow State University, Russia) and an MBA (IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland).

Panellist: David Olivier Tarac

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Deputy Ceo at TAV Airports Holding Co., (from 2012), he graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique Paris (1995), and holds an MBA, Ecole National Supérieure des Mines de Paris (1998). After completing Business Program OWP in International Institute for Management Development (2011), he began his career as Manager Business Unit, Legris Industries (1995). Analyst, PWC Corporate Finance (1996-1997), Deputy Director at Naval shipyards Directorate (1998-2000), Portfolio Manager, State Public Holdings Agency (2000-2004) and Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group (2004-2007), Vice President, BNP Paribas (2007-2008), Senior Project Manager, Roland Berger Consulting Company (2008), Director of Financial Operations and Investments, Aéroports de Paris (2008-2012).

BRINGING PEOPLE INTO THE FINANCIAL SYSTEM
Moderator: Laurie Spengler

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Laurie J. Spengler is President and CEO of ShoreBank International Ltd, which is dedicated to expanding inclusive finance by delivering integrated capacity and capital solutions generating measurable outcomes. Ms. Spengler has 20+ years of experience as a strategy and transaction services professional, especially in capital raising, M&A, and private equity transactions. She has developed a particular focus on access to capital for double and triple-bottom line organizations. Prior to joining SBI, Ms. Spengler was founder and CEO of Central European Advisory Group. Previously, she worked as an attorney with the New York, Brussels and Prague offices of White & Case.

Panellist: Niclaus Bergmann

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Niclaus Bergmann is Managing Director of Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation (Savings Banks Foundation for International Cooperation, SBFIC) in Bonn, Germany. SBFIC is the non-profit international consulting arm of the Sparkassen Finanzgruppe, the largest banking group in Germany with 15,000 branches and more than 350,000 staff. Mr Bergmann holds a Master degree from Göttingen University. He started his banking career with Sparkasse Norden, mainly focussing on SME financing. In 1993 he joined SBFIC as senior consultant and project manager. After managing projects in Central and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa, he became Managing Director of SBFIC in November 2008. Mr. Bergmann also is speaker of the steering group of the Microfinance Platform Germany.

Panellist: Tilman Ehrbeck

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CEO of CGAP, a global consortium of 33 donors with the common objective to advance financial access for the poor. Prior to CGAP, Mr Ehrbeck was a Partner with the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Over the past 10 years, he has advised a number of governments, foundations, and commercial players on a broad range of financial inclusion issues ranging from new services and products aimed at better meeting underlying end-user needs, to new business models significantly lowering operating costs, to enabling infrastructure and policy interventions. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute (EUI) and an undergraduate degree from the University of Hamburg.

Panellist: Abrar Mir

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EVP & Group Head Branchless & eBanking, United Bank Limited, Mr Mir has led the development of 11,000 plus retail distribution network for distribution of financial services and continues to lead the efforts for creating new business models for payments. He also led the development of an in house technology platform that enables the multichannel transaction capabilities for millions of customers every month. He has expertise in developing, deploying and positioning innovative Mobile, Internet, G2P & B2B banking products from ideation to monetization, pipeline building, and execution while managing risk, AML and compliance issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronics Engineering, University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA.

Panellist: Vasily Vysokov

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Ph.D, Professor Vysokov is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Center-invest Bank (from 2002). His other titles include Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chairman of the Commission for Economic Development, Enterprise and Innovation of the Rostov Region’s Public Chamber, and Member of Rostov Region Council for Small Enterprises. Previously Deputy Chairman of the Directors Board of OJSC Center-invest Bank, Rostov-on-Don (1992-2002) and General Director of the Federal Foundations to Support Small Enterprises, Moscow (1997-1998), Dr. Vysokov has written over 200 books and articles on the challenges of the transition economy, privatization and the post privatization development of small business in Russia.

THE FEMALE FACTOR: WOMEN IN BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
Moderator: Sally Bundock

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Sally Bundock is an award winning financial journalist who has been covering financial and economic news for almost 20 years. She joined the BBC business team in 2002 and has been presenting the early morning edition of World Business Report on BBC World News and BBC1 for the past 10 years. It’s been a busy time, especially since the financial crisis that began in 2008. She previously worked for Bloomberg where she created and presented their evening programme, Bloomberg Money. Ms Bundock has covered many momentous events, including G7 conferences, historic EU Summits and more recently the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

Keynote Speaker: Gulsum Azeri

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Gulsum Azeri is a graduate of Bogazici University, Department of Chemical Engineering with a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering also from the same university. Ms Azeri is married and mother of two sons. During an important part of her career, Gulsum Azeri has been one of the top executives of Sisecam. She held the position of Executive Committee membership of Sisecam between 1994 and 2011. Presently Gulsum Azeri is CEO and Board Member of OMV Petrol Ofisi A.S. and OMV Gaz ve Enerji Holding A.S., as well as chairperson of OMV Petrol Ofisi Holding A.S.

Panellist: Svetlana Balanova

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Svetlana Balanova, General Director, IBS, joined the IBS company, No.1 IT Services providers in Russia, in January 2012. Prior to IBS she spent 18 years in 3M, where she had held various positions of increasing responsibility in Sales and Marketing, Logistics, Finance, Business process management and General management, including position of Managing Director, 3M Ukraine, and later of 3M Russia. Her last position in 3M was President, 3M Electronic Monitoring, with global responsibility for global People tracking business unit. Ms Balanova is a Board member of Committee of 20, a nonprofit organization of the most successful Russian businesswomen.

Panellist: Shermine Dajani

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CEO and owner of Panmed Energy, and founding shareholder in Medgrid, Ms. Dajani also heads the E-Education Regional Company and the Jordan Regional IT & Software Engineering Center. With 39 years’ experience, she provided consultancy services to multinationals operating in the energy sector and seeking to enter the Middle East, including the work with Tractebel Engineering on the Arab Gas Pipeline. Her companies represented Thales (Iraq and Jordan). Co-founder of the Middle East Career Women’s Forum, she supported nonprofit and women’s organizations. Recipient of the French Légion d’honneur, Ms. Dajani served on the boards of Seeds of Peace USA and Jordan Duty Free Shops.

Panellist: Gulnara Shamshieva

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Gulnara Shamshieva is CEO of Microfinance Bank Bai Tushum & Partners, one of the leading microfinance institutions in Central Asia. Established with financial and technical support from USAID and USDA in 2000, the financial institution has grown from a (NGO) microfinance organization – Bai Tushum Financial Fund, into a successful, commercially operating microfinance bank, attracting international equity investment; and providing a full range of banking services to rural clients, farmers and those whom have limited access to these services. Gulnara Shamshieva has grown with this microfinance institution since its inception, starting as Financial Advisor of Bai Tushum Fund, to Internal Auditor (2001), to CEO from April 2011.

Panellist: Lada Tedeschi Fiorio

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Ms Tedeschi Fiorio is a major Shareholder and Vicepresident of the Supervisory board of Atlantic Grupa, also presiding its Audit Committee. She is a member of the company’s Strategic Management Council and the Head of Investment Committee. At an earlier stage of the company she was Executive Director Finance, and had a key role in all of Atlantic’s acquisitions (Cedevita, Neva, Haleko, Droga Kolinska). As Vicepresident Investor relations she played a vital role in the 2006 capital increase with DEG and the 2007 IPO. Graduate of the Universita’ commerciale Bocconi (Milan), Ms Tedeschi Fiorio obtained her additional education at London Business School.

HOST COUNTRY INVESTMENT OUTLOOK

EQUALITY AT WORK PLATFORM: ECONOMIC PARTICIPATION AND EQUAL ACCESS TO OPPORTUNITIES
Moderator: Sirin Payzin

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Starting her career as a senior diplomacy news reporters in 1999, the establishment year of CNN Mrs Payzin presented the Yeni Gun weekend program between 2003-2006 and morning program between 2007-2009. Presenting the main news bulleting between 2003-2009, Mrs Payzin has been preparing the ‘’360 Derece’’ since 2010. She is hosting different opinion from different fields in the discussion program ‘’Neler Oluyor’’? Completing her tertiary education in France, Ankara and Newyork, Mrs Payzin watched the breaking news going around the world and in Turkey on site as a reporter and program producer; she made bulletins and documentaries.

Panellist: Ozlem Denizmen

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Ozlem Denizmen is the Head of Strategy at Doguş Holding and Board Member at Doguş Otomotiv and Doguş Oto. Denizmen started her career as a Financial Analyst at Merrill Lynch Investment Bank in the US. She holds a B.S. degree from the Cornell University Department of Industrial Management and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Denizmen attended leadership programs at Stanford University, GE Crotonville, and Harvard Business School. In 2010 Denizmen has launched Para Durumu, a multi-media platform, which is the first financial literacy initiative of Turkey and is recognized by the OECD. Denizmen is the Founding Chairwomen of FODER (Financial Literacy and Inclusion Association).

Panellist: Erdal Karamercan

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Dr Erdal Karamercan completed his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Bogazici University (1973) and his graduate studies in Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia where he obtained his MSc. (1975) and Ph. D. (1977). Various managerial positions within the Eczacıbasi between 1978-1994; Project Manager of Artema, General Manager of Ekom, General Manager of Ipek Kagit, 1995-2001 Vice President of Consumer Products Division. 2001-2003 Vice President of Pharmaceuticals as well as Consumer Products. Since 1 June, 2003, President and CEO of the Eczacıbaşı Group. Founding Member of the Turkish Advertisers Association, member of the TUSIAD, TESEV, High Council of the TUSIAD-Sabancı University Competitiveness Forum, Economic Research Foundation, Educational Foundation of Istanbul Lisesi Alumni and various other associations and sports clubs.

Panellist: Zafer Kurtul

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Zafer Kurtul has been appointed as the CEO of Sabancı Group in 2010. Mr Kurtul joined Akbank in 1998 as an Executive Vice President and served as the CEO of Akbank between 2000 and 2009. Between 2009 and 2010, he was appointed as the Vice Chairman of Akbank. Zafer Kurtul holds an MBA degree in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an undergraduate degree in finance from Istanbul University, Faculty of Business Administration. Mr Kurtul holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Panellist: Serpil Timuray

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Serpil Timuray is the CEO of Vodafone Turkey since January 2009. Timuray joined Vodafone Group’s European Leadership Team in October 2010. Since September 2012, she has been nominated Board Member to Vodacom Group, operating in 6 countries in sub-Saharan Africa region. Formerly, she was the General Manager of Danone Turkey during 2002-2008. She began her career in 1991 at Procter & Gamble where she was later on appointed to the Executive Committee of P&G Turkey. Timuray is currently the Chairperson of YASED (Foreign Investors Association), the Vice-Chairperson of DEIK-TIIK (Turkish-British Business Council of Foreign Economic Relations) and a Board Member of TOBB-GGK (Young Entrepreneurs Council of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges). She is a graduate of Bogazici University Business Administration.

Panellist: Agah Ugur

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Agah Ugur studied industrial engineering in the University of Birmingham, UK then qualified as a chartered accountant in England in 1985. He worked for accountancy & consulting firms; Touche Ross & Co in UK and Arthur Andersen in Istanbul and also Emlak Bank in Istanbul, before joining Borusan Group in 1989 as CFO. He then became the COO in 1995 and since 2001 is the CEO of the Group. Agah held numerous board positions in NGO’s including Tusiad, WWF, Turkish Information Technology Trust, Turkish Corporate Governance Association, Turkish Quality Association. He is currently the chairman of Tusiad Industry Working Group and Turkish Private Sector Volunteers Association. He is in the advisory boards of various institutions such as Kennedy School at Harvard University and a number of Turkish SME’s.

Panellist: Michaela Bergman

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Michaela Bergman is a social anthropologist and lawyer, with 20 years’ work experience with multi-lateral, International Financial Institutions, bi-laterals and civil society in over 40 countries, including East and Central Europe, Central, East and South Asia and the Middle East. Her expertise and experience lies in policy and project related activities related to gender, involuntary resettlement, poverty alleviation, protection and empowerment of vulnerable and socially excluded groups, Indigenous Peoples, community development, disability, provision of community based services, support of civil society, human rights and labour laws; particularly in post-conflict countries and transitional economies. Ms Bergman joined EBRD eight years ago. As Chief Counsellor for Social issues she is also responsible for mainstreaming gender into the Bank’s operations.

TRASFORMATION OF TURKEY AS A BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT HUB
Moderator: Artunc Kocabalkan

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Mr Artunc Kocabalkan is the Chairman of the Istanbul Financial Center Initiative (IFC-I). After graduating from Yildiz University Department of Mechanical Engineering, Artunc Kocabalkan started his banking career with Ziraat Banking School. Mr Kocabalkan worked in treasuries departments of various banks and brokerage houses. In 2000 with the founding of CNBC-e, Mr Kocabalkan entered to the media industry. He worked for CNBC-e as deputy chief editor and anchorman for 12 years. Mr Kocabalkan received Master’s Degree of Economics and Finance from Bogazici University and a Ph.D. in Banking from Marmara University’s Institute of Banking and Finance.

Panellist: Durmus Yilmaz

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Durmus Yilmaz, served as the Governor of the Central Bank of Turkey between 2006 and 2011, is currently the Chief Economic Advisor to the President of Turkey. Mr Yilmaz holds a BSc Degree in economics from the City University London and an MSc Degree in economics from the University College, London University. Mr Yilmaz was awarded by several institutions in his governance period: The Best Central Bank Governor of 2007 in Emerging Market Economies Categories, most successful Central Banker of 2009 by Euromoney, one of the seven Central Bankers of the year in 2010 and the most successful Public Servant for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010 by the Turkish Economist weekly.

Panellist: Olivier Descamps

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Olivier Descamps, the Managing Director for Turkey, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, is responsible for EBRD’s overall strategy, government relationship, policy dialogue, business development, project execution and implementation of EBRD investment portfolio in 13 countries which amounts to €12 billion. He joined EBRD in 1993 and has over 35 years of extensive senior management experience in global corporate finance, emerging markets and development policy. Before joining EBRD, he held several managerial positions in Chase Manhattan Group in Brazil, USA and UK (1975-1993). He has MBA in Applied Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Panellist: Carlos Bronzatto

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Carlos Bronzatto is the Executive Director of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA). He obtained a law degree from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul. He began corporate law practice in Sao Paulo, at Demarest & Almeida, in 1994, then Brazil’s second largest international law firm. He was involved in larger Mergers & Acquisitions, Privatizations and Eurobond Issues out of Brazil. Late 1995, he joined Banco Multiplic in Sao Paulo, half-owned by the Lloyds Bank of London. He obtained a Master’s Degree in 2000 in “Banking, Corporate and Finance Law” from Fordham University School of Law, in New York City. After his masters, he then joined Shearman & Sterling, a top 10 U.S. / Global Law Firm.

Panellist: Ali Pandir

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Ali Pandir is currently Fiat/Chrysler Turkey Country Head. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Istanbul Technical University, where he also obtained an MSc degree. His career started in Koc Holding R&D Center and was transferred to Otokar in 1983 where he served as Director of Production Engineering. He held managerial positions in GM Turkey, Opel Germany, GM China, GM Singapore and GM Indonesia until he joined Fiat in 2007. He was the CEO of Tofas until 2012 when he was promoted to his current Country Head role. He is a non-executive board member at Tofas, Turk Traktor, Magneti Marelli and independent board member at Dogan Holding, Erdemir and Prysmian Cable.

Panellist: Ebru Ozdemir

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Ebru Ozdemir is the Chairperson of Limak Investments. Under her leadership, assets of Limak have been nominated for several awards including “Fastest Growing Airport”, “Top 40 PPPs in Emerging Markets” for Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport and “European Utilities Deal of the Year- Euromoney” for the financing of Uludag and Camlibel electricity distribution companies. Mrs Ozdemir is a board member of the International Investors Association (YASED) and a member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industrialists and Businessmen’s Association), DEIK (Foreign Economic Relations Board), ATC (American-Turkish Council) and TMB (Turkish Contractors Association). Mrs Ozdemir serves on the Board of Directors of Endeavor and supports young business entrepreneurs of Turkey. Mrs Ozdemir has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering (Bosphorus University, Turkey) and an MBA (Fordham University, US).

ISTANBUL AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE
Moderator: Ibrahim Turhan

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Chairman & CEO, Borsa İstanbul, President, Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS), Member of World Federation of Exchanges Board of Directors, Mr Turhan holds a Ph.D. in financial economics. Board member, Central Bank of Turkey (2004), member of the Monetary Policy Committee (2006), he was then appointed Deputy Governor (2008). He also served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Contemporary Turkish Studies Chair, London School of Economics and Political Science, European Institute. Mr. Turhan is a member of the Leaders’ Circle and the Advisory Board of the Global Economic Symposium organized by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. He served as Managing Editor and Editor in Chief in sectorial journals published on banking, finance and finance technologies.

Panellist: Jeremy Capstick

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Jeremy Capstick is a Managing Director of J.P. Morgan, responsible for investment banking relationships with institutions in the Exchange, Brokerage, Infrastructure and Financial Technology sectors in Europe, Middle East and Africa with 16 years of investment banking experience. Mr. Capstick joined J.P. Morgan in November 2008, having previously been a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley, where he worked in the FIG practice for 12 years . Mr. Capstick began his career at the Banque Nationale de Paris, working for 4 years in France.

Panellist: Meyer Frucher

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Sandy Frucher is Vice Chairman of The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. In this role, Mr Frucher is responsible for global exchange relationships and serves as a senior advisor to NASDAQ OMX’s senior management team. He joined the exchange after NASDAQ OMX acquired The Philadelphia Stock Exchange in 2008. From June 1998, Mr Frucher was Chairman and CEO of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange. Mr Frucher is the founding chairman and trustee emeritus of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art He also sits on the Board of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Mr Frucher had a distinguished career in city, state, and federal government including serving as the chief labor negotiator for New York State, CEO of Battery Park City Authority, and CEO of the School Construction Authority.

Panellist: Serra Akcaoglu

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Serra Akcaoglu is the General Manager and Board Member for Citibank Turkey, and served as the Consumer and Commercial Bank Head prior to taking on the senior position. Previously, Ms Akcaoglu was the EMEA Trade Services & Finance Head for Global Transaction Services based in London from 2005-2007. She has also worked at Manufacturers Hanover and Chemical Bank, as well as Kocbank. Serra Akcaoglu is a member of the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD) and Foreign Ecomomic Relations Board (DEIK) and Amerikan Business Forum Turkey (ABFT) where she will sit at Chairwomen of the Board. She graduated from Bogazici University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Panellist: Mehmet Emin Mazi

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Mehmet Emin Mazi is Head of Emerging Markets, EMEA for HSBC Global Markets. Based in the London headquarters, he oversees onshore and offshore risk in more than 33 countries across Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. He joined the bank’s Turkish unit in 1995 and relocated to London in 2001 to build and manage the current market leading business for Turkey and many other EMEA markets. Mr Mazi has 18 years extensive experience across debt capital markets, foreign exchange, fixed income and equities in emerging markets. He was listed twice in the Financial News 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Investment Banking in 2010 and 2011. He also serves on the board of Emerging Markets Trade Association. He is a graduate of Bosphorus University in Istanbul.

Panellist: Stephan Pouyat

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Director and Head of Global Reach Product Management, Euroclear, Mr Pouyat is responsible for identifying areas of market cooperation, product innovation and growth for the Euroclear group. In 2013, Mr Pouyat and his team were highly influential in implementing a successful post-trade service for Russian government securities. Before, he held a number of senior positions within the Euroclear Group, including Network Management, Corporate Restructuring and Corporate Strategy for Euroclear Bank. He holds a Master degree (Polytechnique Lausanne, Switzerland) and followed an Executive Program on Management Development (Harvard Business School Executive Programme). He is an active Alumni President of HBS, and an advisor to the French Senate on financial and securities settlement-related matters.

CIVIL SOCIETY PROGRAMME

EXPANDING ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND PROMOTING INCLUSIVE GROWTH
Moderator: Yoruk Kurtaran

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Yoruk Kurtaran is the CEO of Toplum Gonulluleri Vakfi (TOG), the biggest NGO working with young people in Turkey, and Coordinator of the Youth Studies Unit under Civil Society Studies Center of Istanbul Bilgi University. He has 15 years of field and academic experience working on issues related to young people in particular and democratization process in general. He currently teaches civil society, NGOs and youth policy. He has several publications on issues related to youth work, young people and youth policy.

Panellist: Kacem Bennani Smires

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Kacem Bennani Smires holds a BS from Cornell University (1984) and completed an executive MBA program (CPA, ESC Toulouse, 2011). Mr Bennani Smires is chairman and CEO of Delassus, Morocco. Delassus is a leading grower and exporter of fruit and vegetables, specialising in citrus, cherry tomatoes and flowers and employs a staff of 4500 people. Delassus is actively promoting sustainable development, specialising in water management and corporate social responsibility. They have launched “Fondation Sanady”, a foundation for children’s education. Sanady is now a large social enterprise which caters for nearly 3000 students from 35 different companies.

Panellist: Michaela Bergman

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Michaela Bergman is a social anthropologist and lawyer, with 20 years’ work experience with multi-lateral, International Financial Institutions, bi-laterals and civil society in over 40 countries, including East and Central Europe, Central, East and South Asia and the Middle East. Her expertise and experience lies in policy and project related activities related to gender, involuntary resettlement, poverty alleviation, protection and empowerment of vulnerable and socially excluded groups, Indigenous Peoples, community development, disability, provision of community based services, support of civil society, human rights and labour laws; particularly in post-conflict countries and transitional economies. Ms Bergman joined EBRD eight years ago. As Chief Counsellor for Social issues she is also responsible for mainstreaming gender into the Bank’s operations.

Panellist: Jackie Kameel

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Ms Kameel, a development practitioner, specializes in bottom-up approaches to sustainable development. She is the managing director of Nahdet El Mahrousa (NM), an Egyptian youth-led NGO that incubates early stage social enterprises solving Egypt’s development problems. Ms Kameel is also chairing the School of Continuing Education at AUC. In 2011, she was selected as a fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. One year later, she joined the Women In Public Service Program (WPSP) at Wellesley College as a fellow. Ms Kameel earned her MBA from the Maastricht School of Management (Cairo).

Panellist: Barbara Rambousek

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Barbara Rambousek is the Senior Inclusion Expert at EBRD, leading the Bank’s approach to economic inclusion and equality of opportunity, specifically in relation to access to employment, services, skills, and corporate standards and practices. Ms Rambousek brings 15 years of senior management experience in international development and urban regeneration in Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Having directed large scale refugee return and community development programmes for the EU, UN and USAID, she led the delivery of flagship urban regeneration projects in London and the formulation of London’s 20 year economic development strategy. Ms Rambousek holds an MBA (Cass Business School, London) and an MSc (London School of Economics).

INVESTMENT OUTLOOK SESSIONS

KAZAKHSTAN
Moderator: Larry Sherwin

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Larry Sherwin has been Deputy Director of Communications and Head of Internal Communications at the EBRD for the past ten years. Prior to that he was a senior communications manager at two major international corporations, Novartis AG and Syngenta AG, both with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. He also spent some fifteen years in broadcast administration, first as Deputy Director of the Russian Broadcasting Department of RFE/RL in Munich and, later, as Deputy Director of Radio Liberty. He holds a double degree in history and Slavic languages from Brown University, as well as an MA in politics from Harvard University and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

Government Panellist: Bolat Zhamishev

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Bolat Zhamishev is Minister of Finance and EBRD Governor. Following graduation Mr Zhamishev was involved in scientific research. Held positions of a National Bank Department Vice Head, Vice Minister of Labor and Social Protection, First Vice Minister of Finance, Vice Minister of Internal Affairs, Vice Chairman of the National Bank, Chairman of the Agency for Supervision over Financial Market and Financial Institutions. Before being appointed Finance Minister in November 2007 he served as Vice Chairman of the Executive Board of the Eurasian Bank for Development. Mr Zhamishev is an alumnus of the Kazakh Agriculture Institute and holds a PhD in Economics.

Business Panellist: Askar Yelemessov

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Askar Yelemessov is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Troika Dialog Kazakhstan. Previous positions held include Deputy Chairman of the National Bank of Kazakhstan, Vice Minister of Finance of Kazakhstan, Chairman of Management at Deutsche Bank Securities (Kazakhstan). He was consecutively Deputy Chairman of Halyk Bank Kazakhstan, Bank Turan Alem and Caspian. He also worked at Kazakhintorg and Kazkommertsbank, and was Deputy Head of a South Korean Export-Import Firm. Mr Yelemessov was also a Board Member of numerous major state companies and headed one of the permanent working groups of the Foreign Investors’ Council under the President of Kazakhstan. Mr Yelemessov graduated from the Department of Economics, Lomonosov MSU, has an MBA from Washington University, and is a member of the Economic Consultants Council and of the Presidium of the National Economic Chamber of Kazakhstan “Atameken”.

EBRD Panellist: Janet Heckman

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Janet Heckman was appointed Country Director for Kazakhstan for The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in July 2012. Prior to EBRD Janet worked for Citigroup as a Managing Director in corporate banking for 32 years in 7 countries including: the UK, Algeria, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Greece and Bahrain. Janet was vice president of Amcham in Romania and on the board in Bulgaria. She was also Chairman of the Fulbright board in Bulgaria and a board member in Hungary and Romania. Janet has a MSFS degree in International relations (Georgetown University), an undergraduate degree in history (Kenyon College), studied at the American University in Beirut and between her degrees was a Peace Corps volunteer in Bahrain.

SERBIA
Moderator: Jean-Marc Peterschmitt

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Jean-Marc Peterschmitt is Managing Director, Central and South Eastern Europe, responsible for EBRD’s activities in 16 countries of operation. Mr Peterschmitt joined the EBRD in 1992, moved to Sofia as Country Director for Bulgaria in 1998 and then to London in 2001 as Country Director for the Western Balkans. He joined the Bank’s Financial Institutions group in 2004 and was responsible for all business with banks in Central Europe and Ukraine and for the relationship with strategic European banking groups until 2011. Mr Peterschmitt holds an MBA with distinction from INSEAD and graduated in agricultural and rural engineering from AgroParisTech in Paris.

Government Panellists: Mladjan Dinkic

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Mladjan Dinkic is the founder of Group 17 and a president of the G17 Plus party. He was a Governor of the National Bank of Yugoslavia (National Bank of Serbia, 2000-2003), Minister of Finance (Serbia, 2004-2006), Minister of Economy and Regional Development (2007-2008), Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Regional Development (since 2008, Serbia). In July 2012 he was elected Minister of finance and economy. Mr Dinkic’s research areas are high inflation and shadow financial markets, public sector deficits and its macroeconomic implications and measuring efficiency of resource use. He completed professional training abroad and held lectures at numerous foreign universities (USA, Germany, Belgium, Italy). Mr Dinkic was Laureate Finance Minister of the Year 2006, awarded by Euromoney (2007) and holds MA degree from the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade University (1993).

Business Panellist: Dragica Pilipovic-Chaffey

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Dragica Pilipovic-Chaffey is CEO of Serbia Broadband (SBB) and non-executive director, member of the Audit and Compensation committees’ of Komercijalna Banka. Mrs Pilipovic-Chaffey held a number of posts at the EBRD (1991-2008), including director in Financial Institutions (1994 – 1999), country director of Serbia and Montenegro (2003-2007) and Russia (1999-2003). Mrs Pilipovic-Chaffey was also Departmental Director in charge of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and worked in the Research department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC (1976-1991). She holds an MBA in business and finance (George Washington University, Washington DC, 1981) and a BA in Economy (University of Belgrade, 1970).

Business Panellist: Ivica Smolic

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Ivica Smolic has been the CEO of Komercijalna banka, one of the leading banks in Serbia, since 2004. With his knowledge and experience he contributed to Komercijalna banka becoming a modern and highly competitive bank. Mr Smolic has headed the bank from the start of the restructuring process and saw the arrival of foreign investors. He played an active role in the reform of the Serbian banking sector that started in 2000 and has extensive experience of strategic project management and corporate governance. He graduated from the banking and insurance department at the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade.

EBRD Panellist: Matteo Patrone

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Matteo Patrone, EBRD Country Director for Serbia, joined the Corporate Equity team of the EBRD in 2008 where he supervised equity transactions with a focus on Western Balkans, Poland and Russian Federation. In 2012 he was appointed Director of EBRD Resident Office in Serbia. Prior to the EBRD he was managing director of the private equity arm of Finanziaria Internazionale, where he spent 10 years investing in a broad range of sectors. Before that he was a senior manager of Accenture Strategic Services in Milan and worked as project engineer and export sales manager in ENI and Finmeccanica groups in the UK and Italy. He holds an MBA from Insead and an MS degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Genoa University.

LITHUANIA
Moderator and EBRD Panellist: Matti Hyyrynen

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Matti Hyyrynen started his career as a Bond Dealer at Postipankki Ltd in 1981 and finished after various different positions in 1995 as the General Manager of the bank’s London branch. For three years from 1998 onwards he was Managing Director and Member of the Board of Naspa Dublin, the only foreign banking subsidiary of Nassauische Sparkasse head quartered in Wiesbaden. In 2001 he joined the EBRD as the Head of Office in Vilnius and is currently responsible for EBRD’s business in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. He has served on various supervisory boards in the Baltics, including Siauliu Bankas, Teo, Tallinn Water, Drobe and Estonian Cell.

Government Panellist: Aloyzas Vitkauskas

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Aloyzas Vitkauskas is a Vice-Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania responsible for international financial assistance, EU structural assistance, management of state assets, and subordinated bodies to the Ministry of Finance: Public Limited Company Turto Bankas AB, Public Institution Central Project Management Agency, JSC Housing Loan Insurance, Deposit and Investment Insurance. He is also an Alternate Governor of the EBBRD for Lithuania. Since 1994 Aloyzas Vitkauskas has been holding various top management positions, including the post of the Director of the Public Institution Central Project Management Agency and the Director of the Public Institution Housing and Urban Development Foundation. He has completed Postgraduate Studies in Vilnius Engineering Construction Institute.

Government Panellist: Jurgita Staneikaite

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Jurgita Staneikaite works for Ministry of Economy of Republic of Lithuania since 2006. Now she manages Investment policy Division. Division is responsible for improvement of investment environment, coordination of FDI promotion, free economy zones and other issues concerning investment policy. Prior to joining ministry of Economy Jurgita Staneikaite worked in Mykolas Romeris university and has gained Master’s degree in Law in this university.

Government Panellist: Erna Suslaviciute

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Erna Suslaviciute works for the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania since 2007. Now she manages Business and Science Cooperation Division. Division is responsible for Integrated Science, Studies and Business Centres (Valleys), clusters, Science and Technology parks, business and science cooperation. Erna Suslaviciute has Master’s degree in Business Administration and Management.

UKRAINE
Moderator: Olivier Descamps

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Olivier Descamps, the Managing Director for Turkey, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, is responsible for EBRD’s overall strategy, government relationship, policy dialogue, business development, project execution and implementation of EBRD investment portfolio in 13 countries which amounts to €12 billion. He joined EBRD in 1993 and has over 35 years of extensive senior management experience in global corporate finance, emerging markets and development policy. Before joining EBRD, he held several managerial positions in Chase Manhattan Group in Brazil, USA and UK (1975-1993). He has MBA in Applied Economics, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Government Panellist: Yuriy Kolobov

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Yuriy Kolobov is a Minister of Finance of Ukraine. Previously he was First Deputy Governor of National Bank of Ukraine, Member and First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Ukreksimbank, Advisor to the Chairman at Oschadbank, Chairman of BTA Bank, Director of Treasury at State Savings Bank of Ukraine, Deputy Chairman at Societe Generale Ukraine (later TAS-Investbank), First Deputy Director at Credit Dnepr Bank, Head of Interbank Exchange Operations Division and Deputy Director of the Kharkiv branch of PrivatBank. He graduated from Prydniprovs’ka State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture, V. Karazin Kharkiv State University and Kyiv High Financial School, International Institute of Business.

Business Panellist: Michal Solowow

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Michal Solowow – entrepreneur, a stock exchange investor. Major shareholder of stock exchange listed companies: Synthos – chemical company, Rovese – tiles and bathroom equipment, Echo Investment – development, Barlinek – wooden floors. One of the richest Poles: 407th in the 2007 World’s Billionaire ranking of Forbes (USD 2.3 bln), third in the richest Poles’ ranking 2012 (7,450 mln PLN). Rally driver: second vice-champion of Poland title (2004), vice-champion of Poland title and third in the European Championship (2006), he won the European vice-championship (2008), the vice-champion of Poland again (2010), the vice-champion of Europe for the third time (2012).

Business Panellist: Sergey Evlanchik

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Sergey Evlanchik is founder and CEO of Ukrproduct Group, listed on LSE since 2005. In 2011 the Group secured debt finance with EBRD focused on energy efficiency upgrade of existing production facilities. Sergey is also a Partner of Rengy Development, focused on renewable energy projects. In 2012 Rengy Development signed a deal with EBRD to finance the development of a solar power plant in Ukraine, which started operations in early 2013. This was the first ever solar project financed by the Bank. Recently the company secured its second deal with EBRD. Mr Evlanchik holds an MBA degree from Oxford University.

EBRD Panellist: Graeme Hutchison

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Graeme Hutchison joined the EBRD as the Deputy Country Director and Head of Corporate Sector for Ukraine in August 2009. Prior to joining the EBRD, Graeme spent over 28 years in the banking and finance industry working for major international financial firms such as Deloitte Central Europe and Credit Suisse. He has significant international experience having spent the last 6 years working in Central Europe and, prior to that, 14 years in New York focusing on international projects. His specific areas of expertise include large complex project financings (energy, infrastructure and mining), corporate restructuring, corporate finance, treasury / derivative products and general financial advisory services. Graeme has significant experience working in emerging markets; both with independent companies and with government owned entities.

FYR MACEDONIA
Government Panellist: HE Zoran Stavreski

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Zoran Stavreski is Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia. He was a researcher (1993) and director of research directorate (1997) at the Central Bank of the Republic of Macedonia. Zoran Stavreski held position of undersecretary at the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia (2000), was an advisor to the Executive Director in the Netherlands Constituency (2001), consultant in the Europe and Central Asia Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit (2004) and Senior Economist for Operational Policy and Country Services Units (2006) at the World Bank. Then he was elected as Vice Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs (2006). Zoran Stavreski holds BA and MA in Economics from Cyril and Methodious University, Skopje.

Government Panellist: Viktor Mizo

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Viktor Mizo has been the CEO of the Macedonian Free Zones Authority since 2011 and before that he was in charge of Invest Macedonia for over 4 years. Mr Mizo started his career as a design engineer and a member of the Technical Leadership Program at General Electric. Subsequently, he worked as a consultant in McKinsey’s New York office concentrating on technology and financial services. He co-founded a technology company in Japan and participated in the founding and management of an internet start-up in the media and entertainment space in London/New York. Mr Mizo graduated summa cum laude in Mechanical Engineering and received his Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rochester Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

Business Panellist: Kocho Angjushev

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Mr Kocho Angjushev is the manager of FERO INVEST, EDS, and the President of the BRAKO Holding Management Board, all of which operate in the field of energy, engineering and services. He is a full-time Professor at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Skopje, where he obtained his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree. He is also a member of several professional bodies such as UCTE, SUDEL and IFToMM. Mr Angjushev has published more than a 100 articles in international and domestic science journals and has undertaken more than 50 projects in the field of mechanical engineering.

Business Panellist: Filip Kotora

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Filip Kotora is a manager at Ohridska Banka (“OBSG”), currently the 4th largest bank in the Republic of Macedonia and a member of Societe Generale Group (“SocGen”). Mr Kotora is a member of the OBSG Board of Directors responsible for Distribution (retail & SME). Prior to his engagement with OBSG (January 2009), Mr Kotora spent 7 years with Komercni Banka Prague (“KB Prague”) in various managerial positions in marketing, product development and sales promotion. A member of SocGen Group, KB Prague is a leading universal bank in the Czech Republic (30 billion EUR in assets; 8700 employees). A university graduate in business economics, Mr Kotora has over 20 years of experience in banking and financial services in Europe and the U.S.

Business Panellist: Necdet Palakci

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Mr Palakci graduated and received Master’s Degree at the University of Marmara in the field of International Banking. The beginning of his banking career starts in Pamuk Bank. Later he is appointed as Branch Manager in Halkbank Turkey in various regions. His last position was Anadolu Corporate Branch Manager in Istanbul. In June 2012, Mr Palakci is being appointed as Chief Executive Director of Halkbank Skopje, where he manages the Bank during its growth and expansion in the Macedonian banking sector and in the region, organization through structural changes, taking over of Ziraat Bank and opening representative office in Serbia.

KOSOVO
Government Panellist: HE Hashim Thaci

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Mr Hashim Thaci began his political career as a student by joining the People’s Movement of the Republic of Kosovo (1989–1993). He is the first Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo. This year (2013), he is reelected as a leader of Democratic Party of Kosovo, (PDK) – the largest party in the country. Mr Thaci has graduated at the University of Prishtina and attended postgraduate studies in the field of south-eastern history and political sciences from 1996 until early 1998 in the University of Zurich in Switzerland. During this period of his governance Republic of Kosovo became a member of World Bank, International Monetary Fund, EBRD and other international organizations.

Government Panellist: HE Mimoza Kusari-Lila

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Mimoza Kusari-Lila is the Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Trade and Industry. In her capacity as DPM & Minister of Trade and Industry, Mimoza Kusari-Lila is responsible for coordinating crucial economic reforms envisioned on Government of Kosovo’s Economic Vision Goals 2011-2014 as well as directing the formulation of policies related to the development of trade and industry. In the extra ordinary parliamentary election of December 2010, she was the most voted female politician in Kosovo. During 2006-2009, Mrs Kusari-Lila served as the Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kosovo. Prior to that, Mrs Kusari-Lila served from 2003-2004 as a spokesperson of the Prime Minister in the first after war government of Kosovo.

Government Panellist: Besim Beqaj

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Besim Beqaj was appointed as Minister of Economic Development in February 2011. He was previously Minister of European Integration. He served as Advisor to the Prime Minister in the Government of Kosovo and was Coordinator for Kosovo in National Stability Pact for SEE. Also, he has been elected in two mandates as a President of Kosovo Chamber of Commerce. Minister Beqaj has earned the title of B. Sc. and MSc. at the University of Zagreb in Croatia. He has finished the European Doctoral Programme on Small Business Administration and Management at Univeristat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain and Vaxjö University – Sweden, and has done his Doctoral Studies at the University of Zagreb in Croatia and his PhD thesis on Development and Management of New Products in Kosovo, at the University of Pristina. Furthermore, Besim Beqaj is the first nominated Governor representing Kosovo in EBRD.

Business Panellist: Paul Clark

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With over 20 years commodity trade finance experience acquired in both banking and corporate environments, Paul Clark is the General Manager of Core Groups’ steel production facility known as Llamkos based in Kosovo as well as responsibility for the Groups’ Treasury & Trade Finance activities. Paul has been with the Group for over 12 years having previously worked for RBS, Wachovia, Fortis Bank and Macsteel International.

Business Panellist: Jeton Sadiku

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Jeton Sadiku is the Chairman and CEO of Core Group, an international metals and mining company, employing approximately 2000 people worldwide, with over 20 years of experience in the industry and an operation in Kosovo. Its geographic reach and relationship covers Europe, Middle East, North Africa and the Balkans. Core Group has a substantial manufacturing operation in Kosovo and is one of the largest employer in the country.

EGYPT
Moderator: Hildegard Gacek

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Hildegard Gacek is Managing Director for the SEMED region, responsible for the formulation and delivery of the Bank’s strategy and business plan for Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Ms Gacek has over 25 year’s banking experience in project and corporate finance, equity investment and corporate advisory. She was a financial analyst and then ran the department responsible for the Middle East, West and North Africa at the DEG. Ms Gacek joined the EBRD as a Senior Evaluation Manager (1998), later she was appointed as Director for the Caucasus, Belarus and Moldova, then as Director for Romania (Bucharest) and as Director for Serbia (Belgrade) in 2007. Ms Gacek holds an MBA and a Masters in International Trade (Cologne Business School).

Business Panellist: Hisham Okasha

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Hisham Okasha is the Deputy Chairman of National Bank of Egypt since 2008. He oversees all risk functions, non performing loans, operations and information technology, also covering compliance and audit functions. Prior to that he was heading the Off site Supervision at the Central Bank of Egypt after 15 years of private commercial banking experience. Mr Okasha holds an Economics and Computer Science degree from the American University in Cairo and Masters degree in Public Administration from the same university, with a diploma from the Harvard Institute for International Development. He is a member on the board of the Egyptian Banking Federation and a number of financial subsidiaries of the Bank in Europe and Africa.

EBRD Panellist: Philip ter Woort

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Philip ter Woort was appointed as EBRD’s first Country Director for Egypt responsible for establishing EBRD’s resident office in Egypt (April 2013). Previously Mr ter Woort was the Head of the Resident Office of the EBRD in Mongolia (2009-2013), where he also served as a non-executive board director for Mongolian Mining Corporation. Prior to that Mr ter Woort worked at ABN AMRO Russia’s operation based in Moscow (1998) and then as a country manager for Russia at Rabobank. Mr ter Woort started his career with ING Bank Amsterdam (1990) during which tenure he occupied several positions in export & project finance and in specialised commodity finance. Mr ter Woort is a graduate from the University of Amsterdam.

BELARUS
Moderator: Paul-Henri Forestier

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Paul-Henri Forestier, EBRD Director for Caucasus, Moldova and Belarus, based in Tbilisi, Georgia, since May 2009. Paul-Henri joined the EBRD’s Evaluation Department in 2002 as a Senior Evaluation Manager. He transferred to the General Industries team as a Senior Banker in 2007 focussing on projects in Belarus, Moldova and the Caucasus as well as the Forestry Sector. Prior to joining the EBRD Paul-Henri worked in Project Finance for BNP Paribas, in Corporate Banking at Banque Colbert (Credit Lyonnais Group) and started his career at Chemical Bank, New York, with assignments in Paris, London, Brussels, New York, Singapore and Toronto. Paul Henri holds a Doctorate in Economics and a Masters degree in Political Sciences (IEP) both from Paris University.

Government Panellist: Nikolai Snopkov

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Nikolai Snopkov is the Minister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus, responsible for regulation and management in the area of analysis and forecast of social and economic development, increase of investments and entrepreneurship, works out the state policy concerning the management of the state property and privatization. Since 1996 he has occupied various senior management positions, including vice-chairman on the economic problems, market relations and privatization in the Gorecky Regional Executive Committee, Head of the Financial department of the Mogilev Regional Executive Committee, Deputy Chairman of the Mogilev Regional Executive Committee, Deputy Head of the President’s of the Republic of Belarus Administration. At present Nikolai Snopkov is deputy governor from the Republic of Belarus of the IBRD, the IFC, the MIGA and the EBRD.

Government Panellist: Kirill Koroteev

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Kirill Koroteev is First Deputy of the General Director of the China-Belarus Industrial Park Development Company. His work is to attract investors, to develop the infrastructure and to manage the designing and building of the Industrial Park in Belarus. Previously, since 2004 he has occupied different positions in the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Belarus, and since 2009 he had been the Head of the Investment Department. He was involved in the process of creation and revising of investment legislation of the Republic of Belarus. His responsibility also was to coordinate the state budget expenditures for the capital construction, to evaluate the investment projects and financing schemes. Mr Koroteev has law, economical and state management education.

EBRD Panellist: Francis Delaey

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Francis P. Delaey, Head of EBRD Resident Office in the Republic of Belarus, began his career with EBRD since 1999 as Senior Counsel in Head Quarters, London. In 2004 he moved to Head of Office (Country Manager) for Moldova at EBRD and in 2008 was appointed Head of Office (Country Manager) for Azerbaijan at EBRD. He moved to Belarus in 2011 to lead Minsk EBRD Resident Office to present time. Francis got his qualifications in: Finance – CFA Charter (2007-2009); Public Administration – Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Paris, 1994 to 1995); Law – La Complutense (Madrid, 1991 to 1992), Catholic University of Louvain (Leuven, 1989 to 1991), Facultés Notre Dame de la Paix (Namur, 1987 to 1989).

MONTENEGRO
Moderator and EBRD Panellist: Giulio Moreno

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Giulio Moreno is EBRD Senior Banker/Head of Mission in Montenegro (since 2011) and previously Head of Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2007-2011) within the Financial Institutions Group (HQ, London) supervising the activities in the Western Balkans and two years before he was a Head of Mission in Albania, overseeing activities in Kosovo area. Before EBRD, Mr Moreno worked at ENI S.p.A for 11 years in various managerial roles (Italy, US, South-East) and for the UNDP (Geneva and Rome) as Program Officer (European HQ) and as Deputy Director of Centre for Small Energy Resources. Mr Moreno holds Master of Science Degree in Foreign Affairs, B.S. in Political Science (LUISS, Rome) and he has completed the College of Petroleum and Energy Studies (Oxford).

Government Panellist: Nikola Vukicevic

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Nikola Vukicevic, deputy Minister for Budget, born in Kotor, Montenegro. He graduated in Economics from the Montenegro State University in 1993. He obtained Master’s degree in Economics in 2005. During professional career, he was Head of Finance in Budva Municipality; Head of Debt and Cash Management department, Ministry of Finance of Montenegro; Deputy Minister for Budget; Head of Department for Public Enterprises and Local Municipalities, Supreme Audit Institution of Montenegro; Deputy Minister for Budget, second term and he was president of PEM PAL Association in 2008/2009, and participant of different courses and conferences in field of public finance, worldwide.

Business Panellist: Enrico Malerba

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Enrico Malerba graduated in 1981 with Bachelor degree in Political Economy at the L. Bocconi University (valedictorian) and received Master degree in 1984 MA in Economy at the New York University, New York City, USA. During the last 25 years he was employed in managerial positions within the Pirelli Group. From 2010 onwards he started to work at A2A and was appointed as Executive Director of EPCG Montenegrin Electric Enterprise of which A2A has acquired share of 43% associated with managing by its own management.

Business Panellist: Matthew Morley

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Matt Morley leads the marketing department at Porto Montenegro, a super yacht marina and residential village development in the Boka Bay, Montenegro. He joined the company in November 2010 from South Africa after three years working for Luxury Branding, a brand consultancy specializing in hospitality and real estate. Prior to that he was Creative Strategist at Corporate Edge in London where he managed the marketing agency’s hotel, spa and real estate accounts. Matt is fluent in Italian and French with a Masters in Marketing from Milan.

Business Panellist: Branka Pavlovic

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Branka Pavlovic is a CEO of the Societe Generale Montenegro since 2009. Since 2000, she held such positions in SG Srbija as Head of Corporate, Executive Director, Member of the Executive Board, President of the Board of Directors of SG Pension Fund. Before that, she worked in two largest banks (Belgrade) and their New York Subsidiary covering experts and managerial positions in trade finance and flow as well as wide scope of retail and corporate commercial operations. Euromoney and The Banker awarded Societe Generale Montenegro as the Best bank in Montenegro (2012). Mrs Pavlovic holds degree in Economics (University of Belgrade) and received EBRD Women of the Year Award for outstanding achievement in banking.

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Moderator and EBRD Panellist: Natasha Khanjenkova

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Natasha Khanjenkova joined the EBRD in 1993 as a Principal Training Adviser, before moving into the Financial Institutions team. In 1999 she moved to Corporate Recovery where she was promoted to Senior Banker. After a short period in Credit Portfolio Review, Natasha moved to Moscow and became Director for Infrastructure and Energy, Russia in 2007. Prior to joining the EBRD, she held a number of positions including Researcher for the Wharton Emerging Economies Programme and Senior Expert for the Moscow State Institute for International Relations (MGIMO). Natasha holds an honours degree in International Economic Relations from MGIMO.

Government Panellist: Sergey Storchak

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Sergey Storchak was appointed to the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation (formerly USSR) to the UN Office and other International Organizations (1988-1994), he was a Deputy Department Director in Russian Ministry of Finance (1994–1998), Deputy Chairman of the Bank for Foreign Economic Affairs of the USSR (1998–2004), Director of Foreign Finance Relations, State Debt and State Financial Assets in Russian Ministry of Finance (2004-2005) and now is Deputy Finance Minister of the Russian Federation. Mr Storchak is honored with rewards from the Russian Government and the President of the Russian Federation, has candidate’s degree in economics, graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (1981) and was researcher at the Institute of World Economy and Foreign Affairs, Academy of Sciences of the USSR.

Government Panellist: Leonid Kostroma

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Strategy Deputy CEO of Moscow City Investment Agency. Graduated from the Higher School of Economics (2002), leading National Research University of Economics in Russia and after that completed Master program there (2005). Leonid has extensive experience in development and implementation of social-economic, investment, industrial and innovation strategies. Leonid started his career in research companies, specializing on social-economic and political issues. Prior to Moscow City Investment Agency Leonid was Head of Research at PwC and then worked at Unit for strategy consulting, offering consulting services to state and regional authorities, Russian and international development institution.

Business Panellist: Ekaterina Novokreshchenykh

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Ekaterina Novokreshchenykh has been Senior Vice President of the Moscow Exchange since November 2012. In 2005, Ms Novokreshchenykh worked as President of Renaissance Capital Consumer Finance. From 2006 to 2008, she served as First Deputy Head of the Project Development Team which sold RAO UES Russia’s assets. From 2008 to 2010, Ms Novokreshchenykh worked as Deputy CEO of Investment activities and Head of the Corporate Finance and Investment Banking at Sovlink. Prior to taking her current position, she held the roles of Vice President and BoD Member at MICEX in 2010, then becoming Managing Director of Primary Market Development at MICEX/RTS in 2011. She graduated from the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation.

Business Panellist: Alexander Pirozhenko

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Alexander Pirozhenko is a Partners Network Director at Agency for Strategic Initiatives (ASI). ASI is a Russian pro-governmental agency for business regulation improvement and elimination of administrative barriers. Since 2008 he has been Director of Department for Competition Development in Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation. In 2004 Alexander moved to the Federal Antimonopoly Service taking position of Director of Department for control over Fuel-Energy Complex. Alexander was born in Leningrad (USSR) in 1977. He graduated with honor from North West Academy of Public Administration under the President of Russian Federation based in Saint-Petersburg in 1999. Starting from 2000 Alexander worked in “Epicenter SPB” Foundation as Economic programs Director.