Gautam Sashittal

CEO, DMCC Lead expert on the Future of Trade. Gautam Sashittal was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of DMCC in February 2014. DMCC is a government of Dubai Authority dedicated to establishing Dubai as the global gateway for commodity trade. Home to over 10,000 companies, the DMCC Free Zone is the largest and fastest growing Free Zone in the UAE. DMCC’s stewardship has seen Dubai grow into the third largest diamond-trading centre in the world and a leading global bullion hub. In the short space of 12 years, DMCC has established a unique eco-system to support a range of commodity sectors, including a robust regulatory framework and innovative physical and financial infrastructure and services. Mr. Sashittal brings more than 25 years of business experience across a range of industries. He spent a large part of his career in the oil and gas industry with Royal Dutch Shell plc, and…

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CEO, Six Capital Lead expert on the Future of Currency. Founder, Chief Dealer and CEO of Six Capital, a revolutionary fin-tech company, Patrick is a 30-year industry veteran with a track record in innovation. While in his 20s, Patrick was VP and Chief Dealer of Chase Manhattan – making him one of Singapore’s youngest Chief Dealers. Subsequently, he was VP for Treasury for the Union Bank of Switzerland in Tokyo, actively trading in one of the world’s largest currency markets. He has also served on part of the Singapore Foreign Exchange Committee, where he and his sub-committee were responsible for an ambitious aim: to grow Singapore’s treasury market and open lines of communication between market participants and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). In 2009, Patrick founded Six Capital with the aim of developing a pioneering fin-tech company focused on leveraging the potential of the currency markets. His vision is ‘to…

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Professor Suzanne Benn is Professor of Sustainable Enterprise in School of Management, UTS Business School. In this position she provides leadership within the Business School and across UTS, working with other disciplinary areas and external stakeholders to promote sustainability. She was previously Professor of Education for Sustainability, Director of ARIES and Head of the Graduate School of the Environment at Macquarie University, Sydney. Professor Benn has modified and taught curriculum on sustainable business at the University of Shanghai, and led the introduction of these programs into the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum at UTS and at Macquarie. She has a strong interest in interdisciplinary curriculum development and holistic approaches to learning for sustainability.


Jeremy is Vice President Global Business Environment at Shell. He has been responsible for Shell’s Global Business Environment team since 2006. His team is best known for developing forward-looking scenarios to support the company’s strategic thinking and direction setting. He joined Shell in 1980 following post-graduate experience at the California Institute of Technology. He had read Physics at Oxford University, UK, and holds a Master’s degree in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. His previous roles at Shell involved research and technology, manufacturing economics, industry analysis and commercial information technology. He has also coordinated commercial and production activities at a number of refineries.


Professor Bryden is the Foundation Chair in Animal Science at the University of Queensland. He was Head of the School of Animal Studies at the University of Queensland from 2002 to 2007 and prior to that appointment was Pro-Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney, where he was also Director of the Poultry Research Foundation. His research interests include nutrition of monogastric animals and nutritional toxicology of all domestic species and he is a registered Animal Nutritionist. He lectures in a range of subjects to both animal science and veterinary science students and has advised some 50 research higher degree students. In 2003 he was awarded the Centenary Medal for his contributions to science and education, and in 2005 he co-chaired the Gordon Research Conference on Mycotoxins and Phycotoxins. He is currently a member of the WHO Expert Panel on Food Safety, President of the Australasian Equine Science Society and Editor-in-Chief of Animal Production Science.


Laura L. Carstensen is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity and a noted expert on socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. She is the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy and Professor of Psychology. For more than twenty years her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging and, in 2005, she was honored with a MERIT award from the National Institute of Health. The recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, she has been selected as a Guggenheim Fellow, received the Richard Kalish Award for Innovative Research and the Distinguished Career Award from the Gerontological Society of America, as well as Stanford University’s Deans Award for Distinguished Teaching.


Cheryl has led foresight and strategy activities across several areas of the Government of Singapore for the past decade. Initial with the Policy Planning and Land Policy Divisions, in 2007 she was then appointed as a strategist in The Futures Group of the Government of Singapore – this plays an upstream policy role in facilitating the long-term strategic direction for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and its statutory boards. Cheryl’s research focussed on technology as a driver of economic policy. In 2011 Cheryl became lead strategist at the Strategic Policy Office in Singapore and since 2013 she has had a similar role in the Futures Division of the Ministry of Transport. In addition to her government responsibilities, Cheryl is also co-curator of TEDx Singapore.


Andrew Curry is a Director at The Futures Company where he leads the public sector team, and specializes in futures and scenarios projects. His career began as a financial journalist, working for the BBC and Channel 4 News. From there he migrated into new media where among other activities, Andrew launched Britain’s first interactive television channel in the 1990s. His interest in futures partly developed from arguing with some of the more fanciful forecasters in the technology sector.


Stephen Deadman is a lawyer and privacy expert. Until recently, he was the Group Privacy Officer and Head of Legal – Privacy, Security & Content Standards at Vodafone Group where he worked on many of the emerging issues for the mobile and telecoms industry including geo-location services, the mobile app economy, Big Data and analytics, identity management, law enforcement and human rights.

Stephen has also played an active role in the protection of human rights in the ICT sector since 2005, working closely with civil society organisations, academics and ethical investors. Stephen was the European Chair of the Public Policy Expert Group of the Liberty Alliance from 2005-6. He played an active role in the formation of the Global Network Initiative in 2008 and in 2009 he helped found and co-lead the Mobile Privacy Initiative, a global industry collaboration managed by the GSMA, designed to create a framework to advance privacy in the evolving mobile internet eco-system. More recently Stephen helped found the Telecoms Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy, which was launched February 2013.


Christopher Evans joined Collinson Group in 2013 as a Director, Global Marketing from Coty, a $4.6bn fragrance and cosmetics company with brands such as Calvin Klein, Davidoff, adidas and Rimmel. His career there spanned 17 years and included both Marketing and Managing Director responsibility within teams based in London, Dubai and New York. Christopher is responsible for uniting the complementary skills and experience we have across Collinson Group so that our clients can benefit from accessing this unique wealth of knowledge and capability. Christopher is also responsible for Collinson Latitude, which combines advanced earning, redemption and ancillary revenue platforms with global content and e-commerce expertise to drive engagement and revenue for our clients.


Tim Gifford is a co-founder of ELTjam, a digital a consultancy and product development business in the field of English language teaching (ELT). They help clients from within and outside ELT become and stay competitive by offering content development, business development and product design expertise and also develop products in-house and in partnerships with other companies.


Richard is the founder and chief executive of Greentraveller Limited, the digital media agency for sustainable transport and tourism, which also runs the award-winning green holidays website He is the co-author of the award-winning travel guide book ‘Great Escapes’, published by Rough Guides. Greentraveller was shortlisted as Best Online Consumer Publication in the 2013 British Travel Press Awards.


Daniel is Arup’s Australasia Water Business Leader based in Sydney. Over his career he has worked on major pipeline, water treatment, wastewater treatment and reuse projects from feasibility stage through to detailed design. Daniel is a strong advocate for taking a holistic approach to urban water management that enables our cities to respond positively to the challenges of climate change and population growth.


Glenn Lyons was the founding Director of the Centre for Transport & Society at the University of the West of England, Bristol where he is now Associate Dean for research in his Faculty. His research career has focused upon improving and promoting understanding of the inherent links between lifestyles, behaviour and personal travel in the context of continuing social and technological change. He has held secondment positions with the UK Department for Transport and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport and been involved in a number of high profile exercises examining the future of transport. Glenn has led major research studies addressing traveller information, internet use, flexible working, travel time use, public and business attitudes to transport, public perceptions of road pricing, user innovation, travel demand and futures.

Harry Rich RIBA

Harry Rich has been Chief Executive of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 2009. He was previously Chief Executive of Enterprise UK, increasing entrepreneurship in the UK, and Deputy Chief Executive at the Design Council. Harry has lead and developed businesses in industrial distribution, retailing and publishing. He has been a keynote speaker at business conferences around the world and trained as a commercial lawyer.

Harry is a governor of the University for the Creative Arts, a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute, a member of the government’s Creative Industries Council and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has been a non-executive director of the Advertising Standards Authority, a member of the international advisory board of the US-based Design Management Institute, served on the Press Complaint Commission’s Charter Compliance Panel and was a Justice of the Peace.


An inventor and technology visionary, Hossein leads long-term technology evolution and drives transformational innovations for the company. Having held several management positions in BT, T-Mobile and Sun Microsystems over the last 25 years and as an active adviser and board member of several technology start-ups, he brings in-depth technology expertise, customer focus and innovation to Networks. Hossein joined NSN in 2010.

Sugata Mitra

Sugata Mitra is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, UK. He was the instigator of the 1999 Hole-in-the-Wall experiment that involved placing a computer connected to the Internet within a wall overlooking a slum area in New Delhi and allowing the local children to have free access and use of this. Hundreds of such self-learning PC-equipped kiosks are now in use throughout India and in Cambodia, six countries in Africa and one at Newcastle University. He was given the $1m TED Prize in 2013 in recognition of his work and to help build a School in the Cloud, a creative online space where children from all over the world can gather to answer ‘big questions’, share knowledge and benefit from help and guidance from online educators.


Paige is the Head of Brussels Operations for the public interest law firm Frank Bold and is responsible for policy and public affairs in the areas of corporate governance, company law, and business and human rights. Previously she was a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at the London School of Economics and Political Science examining the international regulation of investment and investment arbitration.

Frank Bold coordinates the Purpose of the Corporation Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative on the future of public companies.


Michael is a Certified Environmental Practitioner in Arup’s Melbourne office with significant experience in the water and environment sectors working with both the public and private sectors. He has a key passion in ensuring we are fully leveraging the variety of benefits available from well planned and implemented integrated water cycle management projects. Michael has presented at a variety of forums on the importance of a water first approach to urban design and how this approach can fundamentally change the way or urban environments function and feel for the benefit of all.


Julio Prado is Professor of National Competitiveness & Managerial Economics, Research Director and Head of the Economics Department at the IDE Business School in Ecuador. He is also a teaching fellow and member of the “Microeconomics of Competitiveness” network at Harvard Business School. He gained his PhD in Management and Economics from Lancaster University Management School and, beyond IDE, is also a consultant to the Ecuadorian Government on projects related to competitiveness and industry analysis. He was recognized by “America Economía” magazine as one of the best lecturers in Latin-American business schools in 2012.


Stephan Shakespeare is CEO and Co-Founder of YouGov plc. One of the pioneers of Internet research, Stephan has been the driving force behind YouGov’s innovation-led strategy. Stephan is a regular commentator on current affairs and business issues. He writes a weekly column for City A.M. and is regular contributor to Daily Politics. In 2012, Stephan was appointed by the UK Government to chair the Data Strategy Board, a ministerial advisory board. Shortly thereafter, Stephan was asked by the UK Government to lead an independent review into the growth opportunities of, and how to widen access to, the wealth of information held by the public sector; the Shakespeare Review was published in May 2013.


Dr. Devi Prasad Shetty, The King of Real Hearts, is a renowned cardiac surgeon and an Indian philanthropist, well known for providing pioneering quality medical care at affordable prices. He was recently recognized by CNN-IBN as the Indian of The Year 2012. Dr. Shetty has performed over 15,000 heart operations and is a proud recipient of the Padma Bhushan for Medicine in 2012. The Wall Street Journal has given him the title The Henry Ford of Heart Surgery. Dr. Shetty and his team pioneered the concept of a ‘Health City’, a 2000-5000 bed conglomeration of multiple super- specialty hospitals within a single campus. The economies of scale achieved through this health city enable the Group to provide affordable healthcare to thousands. Dr. Shetty was also involved in coining the term ‘Micro Health Insurance’. He spearheaded the launch of a health insurance for the farmers of Karnataka in association with the State Government. Dr Shetty is Founder of Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals and Narayana Health and serves as its Chairman of the Board.