Event Schedule

The three-day programme comprises of: Institutional Events, Discussion Panels, Events by Invitation Only, Networking Events, Investment Outlook Sessions, Host Country Investment Outlook Session, Civil Society Programme and Forum Partner Events.

 


Key

 
Institutional Events
 
Discussion Panels
 
Investment Outlook Sessions
 
Forum Partners Sessions
 
Civil Society Programme
 
Events by Invitation Only
 
Networking Events
 
Host Country Investment Outlook Session
Time Location Key Event
Zenon Kitievs B, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
EBRD Annual Donor Meeting

The EBRD’s partnerships with donors are a crucial component of the Bank’s work and business operations. In providing resources for technical cooperation and other grants or concessional instruments, donors help the Bank to deliver its transition mandate, while at the same time contributing to broader economic development outcomes. At this event, donors and the EBRD will discuss the results of their partnership as well as future challenges and reforms. The Donors and the EBRD report 2016 will also be launched online at ebrd.com and in print format.

The first part of the Annual Donor meeting will be followed by a lunch in the Marquee from 12:00 - 13:15.

Invitation only – enquiries to:

Elisabeth McLeod mcleode@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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Press Briefing Room, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
How can Developing Local Currency and Capital Markets Strengthen Financial Resilience?

EBRD countries of operation suffer from under-developed local currency debt markets, often in combination with a high level of foreign currency borrowing.  Both factors increase systemic risk. This was widely acknowledged by the G20 Presidency chaired by Germany in 2017, with this years’ focus on Resilience, i.e. on creating common principles to improve countries’ ability to absorb economic shocks and develop better responses to long-term structural challenges.

Building resilience underpins the strategic objective of EBRD’s LC2 Initiative that aims to achieve more efficient and self-sustaining financial intermediation through broader use of local currency and the development of local capital markets.

The development of local currency and capital market can, however, only be successful when public and private sectors, local authorities and market participants, work closely together. How can each contribute, and what is the role for International Financial Institutions?

We are bringing together a diverse panel of policy makers, along with representatives from the international community and the private sector to discuss the multiple roles that need to be played by the public and the private sector in building local currency markets, and how the wider international community can contribute to this challenge.

The event is open to all Annual Meeting participants. However due to capacity restrictions at the event venue, please let Jacqueline Alexandre, alexandj@ebrd.com, know if you wish to attend.

 

Christof Harzer

Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Finance

Since 2014, Christof Harzer is working as Head of Division at the German Federal Ministry of Finance. Within the Federal Government, his Division is inter alia responsible for the coordination and fomulation of German positions at the EBRD Board of Directors as well as for preparing and advising the German Governor. Before becoming Head of Division, he held several positions as Senior Economist at the German Federal Ministry of Finance, inter alia in the Divions for bilateral and multilateral cooperation with central and eastern European countries and for MDBs. Before that, he worked at Deutsche Bundesbank‘s International Relations Division on IMF matters. From 2002 to 2004 he served as an Assistant to the German Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. He held the position of Financial Attaché at the German Embassy in Moscow for a three year term beginning 1996.Harzer graduated from Marburg University, Economics Department.

Archil Mestvirishvili

Deputy Governor, National Bank of Georgia

Since 2009, Archil Mestvirishvili is a Member of the Board of the National Bank of Georgia and Deputy Governor of NBG. In different years, he was working for the Georgian Parliament Budget Office, as a leading specialist; for the National Bank of Georgia as Economist-Researcher; Head of Macroeconomics Department, for the Administration of the President of Georgia as Head of Monetary, Fiscal and Economic Policy Department; for Tbilisi City Hall, as a Head of Economic Policy Department. He graduated from Tbilisi State University, Department of Mathematics and Mechanics, in 1994. He graduated from Temple University (2000-2002), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2002, Scientific Degree – Master of Arts in Economics.

Mohamed Omran

Executive Chairman, The Egyptian Exchange

Mohamed Omran is the Executive Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange, Chairman of the Federation Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges (FEAS) & Professor of Finance at AAST. He served as Vice Chairman for Operation of the Insurance Holding Company & Vice Chairman of the Egyptian Exchange. He holds MSc from Cairo University & Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Plymouth-UK. He’s a visiting Professor in several research & academic institutions such as University of Plymouth, University of Oklahoma, the World Bank, University of Laval & Vaasa University. He severed several years as an Economist at both the Arab Monetary Fund in Abu Dhabi & the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. He’s an advisor to the Minister of Investment, Acting Executive Director of the Egyptian Institute of Directors. He specializes in financial markets, corporate governance, corporate finance & privatization concentrating on MENA region.

Marinos Vathis

CEO / President of the Executive Board, Vojvodjanska Banka

Marinos Vathiswas appointed President of the Executive Board in Vojvodjanska banka a.d. Novi Sad in July 2010. He was Head of International Corporate Banking in National Bank of Greece from 2007-2010. He worked as the NBG General Manager in the UK from 2005-2007, and as the NBG General Manager in France from 2002-2005. At Egnatia Bank S.A., he headed the Corporate, Consumer and Retail Divisions. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Egnatia Securities S.A. from 1997-2002. From 1987-1997, he was employed by Midland Bank/HSBC in Athens, in various managerial positions in Corporate and Investment Banking. He holds a degree in Economics from the City of London Polytechnic, London and Postgraduate degrees in Monetary economics and International business and Finance from Universities of Kent and Reading in the UK. From 2005-2010 he participated as a Board Member representing Greece in the Association of European Banks in the UK.

Moderator

Andre Kuusvek

Director, Local Currency & Capital Market Development, EBRD

Keynote

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

Speakers

Christof Harzer

Head of Division, Federal Ministry of Finance

Archil Mestvirishvili

Deputy Governor, National Bank of Georgia

Mohamed Omran

Executive Chairman, The Egyptian Exchange

Marinos Vathis

CEO / President of the Executive Board, Vojvodjanska Banka

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Jean Monnet Auditorium Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Public Procurement: Is Open Competition Good for SMEs?

The EBRD Legal Transition Programme and SME Finance & Development Group invite the EBRD Annual Meeting participants to engage in a discussion regarding small business access to public contracts.
A panel discussion: Public procurement: Is open competition good for SMEs? will explore policy issues around facilitating SMEs participation in public tenders and providing small business with growth opportunities arising from delivering contracts for municipalities and local government.  
The event will also launch a research report describing policy dilemmas regarding engaging local small businesses in bidding for public contracts and showcasing competitive online bidding systems in Cyprus, Italy and Ukraine that successfully created new business opportunities to local SMEs.
The event is open to all participants of the EBRD 2017 Annual Meeting and Business Forum. Speakers invited to the panel include Mrs Rea Georgiou, Accountant General of the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Olexandr Starodubtsev, Director of the Public Procurement Department of the Ministry
of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Philippos Katranis, Head of Public Procurement Directorat at the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus and Professor Ioannis Kokkoris, Chair in Law and Economics at the Queen Mary University of London.

The event is open to all Annual Meeting participants. However due to capacity restrictions at the event venue, please contact Hannah Orpin, orpinh@ebrd.com if you wish to attend.

Public procurement: Is open competition good for SMEs? panel will be followed by a lunch in the Marquee from 13:00 - 14:00.

View or download the publication Public Procurement: Is Open Competition Good for SMEs?

Marie-Anne Birken

General Counsel, EBRD

Marie-Anne Birken was appointed General Counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in June 2014.  Ms Birken is a member of the Executive Committee and various other committees of the Bank. Ms Birken joined EBRD from the Asian Development Bank where she was The Secretary and previously served as Deputy General Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel responsible for private sector operations. Ms Birken has extensive emerging markets experience and lived and worked in Asia from 1995 until 2014. She was previously a partner in two international law firms and held the position of regional general counsel at Barclays Bank where she supported corporate banking activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Ms Birken is a Dutch national; she has a Master’s degree in law from the University of Utrecht and also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

 

Rea Georgiou

Accountant General, Treasury

Rea Georgiou is a chartered accountant, Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Mrs Georgiou is in charge of the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus. She previously served as Deputy Accountant General. Mrs Georgiou has more than 30 years of experience in the public and private sector. She worked in an audit firm in London before returning to Cyprus is 1985 where she worked in a public company as Financial Manager. She joined the Treasury of the Republic in 1987 serving in various posts. She is the chairman of the Cyprus Public Audit Oversight Board, the Loan Commissioners and the Cyprus Children Fund Committee. She is also the treasurer of the Independent Social Support Body, and a member of the Archbishop Makarios III Foundation Cultural Centre, of the Executive Board of the Cyprus Olympic Committee and of the Board of Trustees of Mitsis Commercial School at Lemithou.

Philippos Katranis

Head of Public Procurement Directorate, Treasury

Philippos Katranis has been in charge of development, management and operation of the public procurement system in Cyprus as a Head of Public Procurement Directorate at the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus. Prior to this Mr Katranis was heading the eProcurement and Framework Agreements Unit and Project Manager responsible for the introduction and implementation eProcurement System in Cyprus. In addition, he oversaw the introduction of Framework Agreements and electronic catalogues in Cyprus. Before joining the Treasury of the Republic of Cyprus, Philippos Katranis for five years worked as an auditor in the multinational accounting firm. Mr Katranis is a certified accountant (ACCA) and holds a degree in Public and Business Administration from the University of Cyprus.

Ioannis Kokkoris

Professor, Queen Mary University London

Professor Ioannis Kokkoris is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Global Law, Economics and Finance. His main research interests are in the area of law and economics, comparative competition law/economics and policy, public procurement law, as well as financial regulation. Professor Kokkoris has formerly served as Principal Case Officer at the Office of Fair Trading, UK. He has also worked on competition advocacy and in particular in relation to how governments can ensure public procurement is effective and ensures markets remain competitive. He has previously worked at the European Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, USA. Professor Kokkoris has led and worked on funded policy and capacity building projects by the World Bank, the European Commission, the OSCE and other international institutions.

Anna Carolin Müller

Legal Affais Officer, WTO Secretariat

Anna Caroline Müller is an experienced Legal Affairs Officer in the government procurement team of the WTO’s Intellectual Property Division. She works extensively with transition and developing countries interested in GPA accession, often in co-operation with other international institutions supporting procurement reform in the economies concerned. She publishes on a regular basis on topics related to government procurement and competition policy at the international level. She is a fully qualified lawyer admitted to the bar in Germany and to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales. Prior to joining the WTO in June 2011, she practiced law in the Commercial Litigation & Arbitration section of Clifford Chance‘s Frankfurt office. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

Charlotte Ruhe

Head of SME F & D, ASB, EBRD

Charlotte Ruhe is the Director, Financial Products, within the SME Finance & Development Group of EBRD. In a 25-year career in the Bank, she has been responsible for the past seven years for leading the Advice for Small Businesses team providing Know How to small and medium-sized enterprises across 26 EBRD countries of operation. As Director, Financial Products, Charlotte will continue to be responsible for preparing to enter new markets, product development and portfolio management. Charlotte joined the EBRD as Advisor to the Director for the United States in 1992, and moved to the EBRD Financial Institutions Team in 1995. In 2005, Charlotte moved to Zagreb as Director for Croatia until 2010. She has an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Journalism and Political Science from Indiana University.

Oleksandr Starodubtsev

Director, Public Procurement Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Prior to joining the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MEDT) as the Head of the public procurement department, Olexandr started an initiative aimed at reforming the public procurement sector. Later on this initiative received the name of "Prozorro"(full-service electronic public procurement system created to build a modern, efficient and transparent public procurement system in Ukraine). Olexandr joined the MEDT in April 2015 in order to speed up the reform in the public procurement sector in Ukraine. In less than a year a new electronic system was developed, all necessary legislation was adopted, and all relevant stakeholders were trained and prepared for switching to fully electronic procurement owing to a perfect team of professionals and support from the Deputy Minister Maksym Nefyodov. Later in 2016 Prozorro has been recognised worldwide, winning several distinctive awards. Moreover, Prozorro became an inspirational example for other reforms in Ukraine.

Moderator

Michel Nussbaumer

Director, Legal Transition, EBRD

Speakers

Marie-Anne Birken

General Counsel, EBRD

Rea Georgiou

Accountant General, Treasury

Philippos Katranis

Head of Public Procurement Directorate, Treasury

Ioannis Kokkoris

Professor, Queen Mary University London

Anna Carolin Müller

Legal Affais Officer, WTO Secretariat

Charlotte Ruhe

Head of SME F & D, ASB, EBRD

Oleksandr Starodubtsev

Director, Public Procurement Department, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

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Reha Arar, Level 9, Merit Lefkoşa Hotel (north Nicosia)
Making Green Growth Work for Women

Economic growth does not necessarily translate into greater gender equality. It may reinforce inequalities rather than reduce them, especially if the sectors driving green growth are those where women face significant barriers to entry.  The international debate so far suggests that many of the drivers of transformation have the potential to narrow down existing gender gaps; at the same time the literature shows that women are already underrepresented in the occupations predicted to grow most strongly in the green sector. How can women best access the benefits of green growth? The panel discussion aims to analyse employment opportunities for women and men, and the challenges they face in the green economy, with a specific focus on the renewable energy sector, and how the private sector, governments and other stakeholders can support inclusive and gender responsive green growth.

 

A welcome breakfast will be served from 10:30 in the restaurant area next to the event room for all participants.

The discussion will be followed by an award ceremony for individual and companies whose work contributes to the promotion of gender equality. The awards ceremony will be presented by Betsy Nelson, EBRD VP, Risk and Compliance.

Learn More about the Inclusive Quality.

*Events in the Merit Lefkoşa Hotel are organised and funded by the EBRD. 

A shuttle return service between the Filoxenia Conference Centre and the Merit Lefkoşa Hotel will be provided. More information about this EBRD funded transport service will be released in due course.

Lamya Youssef Abdel Hakim

Head sector of private projects at Eetc and Chairwoman of WICE, EETC

Lamya Youssef Abdel Hakim is Sector Head of Private Power Projects at the Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC), at the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy. She is responsible for several projects including wind projects in the Gulf of Suez and West of Nile areas and solar projects in KomOmbo-Aswan. Previously, Ms Hakim worked as a project engineer for 15 years at the Egyptian Electricity Authority (EEA), which is now EEHC. Ms Hakim is Chairwoman of Women in Clean Energy (WICE), an initiative of the Clean Energy Business Council (CEBC). She is also a recipient of several awards: in 2014, she won the Best Initiative of the Year and the Solar Award from the Middle East Solar Industry Association (MESIA). In 2016, Africa Leadership Magazine recognised her as Africa Regulator of the Year. Ms Hakim is a graduate of the Faculty of Engineering at Ain Shams University in Cairo.

Bipasha Baruah

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Western University

Dr. Bipasha Baruah holds the Canada Research Chair in Global Women's Issues at Western University, Canada. She conducts innovative interdisciplinary research on gender and development; women and work; and social, political and economic inequality. Dr. Baruah also has 12 years of non-academic experience in international development with aid agencies, development banks, NGOs, labour associations and think tanks. The Royal Society of Canada named Dr. Baruah to the 2015 cohort of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. "The College" is Canada's only national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of Canadian intellectual leadership. It names individuals who have made exceptional professional contributions to Canada and the world within 15 years of completing their doctorates. 

Michaela Bergman

Chief Social Counsellor, EBRD

Michaela Bergman is a social anthropologist with over 20 years’ work experience with multi-lateral, International Financial Institutions, bilaterals and civil society in over 40 countries, including East and Central Europe, Central, East and South Asia and the Middle East. Her experience lies in policy and project related activities related to gender, involuntary resettlement, protection and empowerment of vulnerable and socially excluded groups, human rights and labour laws; particularly in post-conflict countries and transitional economies. Ms Bergman joined EBRD eleven years ago. As Chief Counsellor for Social issues she provides support advice on gender and social issues. She also heads the Gender team which developed  the Bank’s First Strategy for the Promotion of Gender Equality. She currently chairs the Multi Lateral Development Banks’ Working Group on Gender.

Mark Elborne

President and CEO, GE UK and Ireland, GE

Mark Elborne is President & Chief Executive Officer of GE UK and Ireland. GE has 22,000 employees in the UK and Ireland, with 60 major sites, of which more than 40 engage in R&D, manufacturing and servicing high technology products in the energy, aviation, marine, defence, healthcare, oil & gas and transportation sectors. The UK is also home for the Global HQ’s of GE Oil & Gas, GE Healthcare Life Sciences and GE Capital International. Mark has been in his current role since 2009.  

Mark is an Ambassador for POWERful Women. He has supported POWERful Women since its creation in 2014 and has actively supported mentoring for Women with their careers in the Power Sector.

 

Rabia Ferroukhi

Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance, International Renewable Energy Agency

Dr. Rabia Ferroukhi joined IRENA in 2011 where she is currently the Deputy Director of the Knowledge, Policy and Finance division. She also leads IRENA’s Policy Unit, which is responsible for the work on a range of renewable energy policy issues including design, socio-economic benefits and integrated resource management. Dr. Ferroukhi brought to this position over 20 years of experience in the fields of energy, development and environment. She worked in both public and private sectors, including with governments in the Middle-East and North Africa, energy companies in the Mediterranean region and the GCC, and international institutions.

Dr. Ferroukhi holds a Masters in Applied Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics from the American University in Washington DC.

Betsy Nelson

Vice President, Risk and Compliance, EBRD

As Vice President, Risk & Compliance, Chief Risk Officer, Betsy Nelson is responsible for ensuring independent risk management of the Bank's Banking and Treasury exposures, operational risk and information security, Environment and Sustainability Department, and has administrative management of the Office of the Chief Compliance Officer. She is a member of the Executive Committee, OpsCom, Equity Committee, and Chair of the Bank's Risk Committee. Ms Nelson joined the EBRD in March 2012 as VP of the then combined Risk and Resources. Prior to joining the EBRD, she was the Head of Credit Department in the Risk Specialists Division of the Financial Services Authority (now PRA) in the UK. Before this she had a career spanning 30 years at JPMorgan Chase. She has worked most of her career in Europe and the UK and has held a number of senior management positions, including Head of Corporate Banking and Head of Client Credit Management, both for the EMEA region.

 

Moderator

Lucy Hockings

Presenter, BBC Global News Ltd.

Speakers

Lamya Youssef Abdel Hakim

Head sector of private projects at Eetc and Chairwoman of WICE, EETC

Bipasha Baruah

Professor and Canada Research Chair, Western University

Michaela Bergman

Chief Social Counsellor, EBRD

Mark Elborne

President and CEO, GE UK and Ireland, GE

Rabia Ferroukhi

Deputy Director – Knowledge, Policy and Finance, International Renewable Energy Agency

Betsy Nelson

Vice President, Risk and Compliance, EBRD

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Zenon Kitievs B, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Small Business Impact Network

This event which is open to all donors interested in the activities of the Small Business Initiative, will expand the discussion to the overarching results of the SBI in 2016, the key challenges for SMEs in 2017, and the wider priority areas for the EBRD’s small business development efforts on the ground. The Small Business Impact Network will feature a presentation on the SBI as well as the launch of a unique and interactive SBI donor website and report, The Small Business Initiative Impact Report 2016: A big year for small businesses. Following the presentation and website launch, participants will be invited to share their thoughts and perspectives on focus areas for SME development in 2017 and for the strategic deployment of donor resources in support of SMEs across EBRD country of operations.

Invitation only – enquiries to:

Elisabeth McLeod mcleode@ebrd.com

 

 

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Chateau Status*
EBRD Community Initiative

The EBRD Community Initiative was set up in September 2016 to promote philanthropic and charitable activities in countries where the Bank operates.

The Community Initiative:
• supports staff fundraising efforts by matching their financial contributions to charities of their choice in countries where the Bank operates;
• provides targeted contributions to charitable and philanthropic projects in countries where the Bank operates on the occasion of the EBRD Annual Meetings.

This year, the EBRD Community Initiative will provide a targeted contribution to the charitable organisation PeacePlayers Cyprus (PPI-Cyprus), based in the buffer zone in Nicosia. By means of basketball tournaments and related training programmes, it enables 8 to 18 year old Turkish- Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot boys and girls to learn and play together, helping to reverse prejudices in segregated communities. The charity also promotes social inclusion and female empowerment, working with local schools and civil society organisations to engage parents and other members of local communities. The donation by the EBRD Community Initiative will enable the PPI-Cyprus to increase the number of children involved in the initiative, build the relationship of trust and encourage them to act as “agents of change” in their local communities.

The event is open to all Annual Meeting participants. However, we would like to emphasise that only participants who have registered beforehand will be allowed access to the event. Please ensure you collect your Annual Meeting badge from the Filoxenia Conference Centre before the event.

*Chateau Status is located in the buffer zone controlled by the UN.

Further information about EBRD's funded transport service is available here

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Zenon Kitievs A, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Trade Facilitation Programme

The Trade Facilitation Programme (TFP) currently includes over 100 Issuing Banks in the EBRD region and more than 800 Confirming Banks worldwide. The event will give EBRD partner banks the opportunity to review and discuss industry challenges, pricing, limits and trade opportunities with key industry specialists, regulators and representatives from the World Trade Organization, the International Chamber of Commerce HQ and local National ICC Committees. It will also feature the highly popular award ceremony for ‘The Most Active EBRD TFP Banks’ and ‘The Best Transaction of 2016’.

View or download our agenda for the 9th May here.

Our latest autumn-winter Trade Exchange magazine issue is available here

Invitation only – enquiries to: 

Kamola Makhmudova makhmudk@ebrd.com

Anastasya Sarokina sarokina@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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Reha Arar, Level 9, Merit Lefkoşa Hotel (north Nicosia)
Small Business, Big Markets: Internationalisation and SMEs

In a world of global value chains and interconnected businesses, it is important to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – core to GDP creation and employment across the EBRD’s countries of operations – are not excluded from these opportunities. Internationalisation among SMEs can bring them higher rates of growth, innovation and employment, as well as greater resilience through diversification. As well as looking to export, internationalisation captures a wide range of topics including import, foreign direct investment, domestic competitiveness, international subcontracting and the right/potential of businesses to compete in a fair space. While SMEs may perceive opportunities to expand internationally, they often face barriers to internationalisation, including lack of know-how about processes and procedures or market relationships, and lack of access to trade finance.

This discussion will consider the challenges and opportunities for SMEs within global value chains and how SME stakeholders – international organisations, governments, business membership organisations and businesses – can play their part.

The event is open to all Annual Meeting participants. However due to capacity restrictions at the event venue and security requirements for the crossing, please register for this event with Elisabeth McLeod mcleode@ebrd.com, if you wish to attend.

*Events in the Merit Lefkoşa Hotel are organised and funded by the EBRD.

Suzanne Gaboury

Director Agribusiness, FMO

Suzanne Gaboury joined FMO in 2015 as the global Director of Agribusiness. She is responsible for the direction and focus of FMO's private sector investments in more than 85 developing and emerging markets. Prior to joining FMO, she was a Managing Director of Cordiant Capital in Montreal. While with the EBRD for 14 years as Senior Banker, she pioneered new private sector investment programmes to capitalize on emerging business opportunities in the former Soviet Union and CIS. She holds a BA Economics from the University of Alberta and a MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland.

 

Samuel Laurinkari

Head of EU Affairs, eBay

Samuel Laurinkari heads up eBay’s work on EU policies impacting eBay and its users, such as e-Commerce legislation, online platform policy, consumer policy, competition policy, and cross-border trade policy. Prior to joining eBay, Samuel worked in government relations for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and as a consultant for FTI Consulting. Samuel grew up in Finland and Germany and studied European law at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Nevila Luzi

Product Development Coordinator, DigitAlb sh.a

Nevila Luzi is Product Development Coordinator working for DigitAlb, the leading Albanian Pay tv platform. Founded in 2004, the company is content provider and digital broadcaster via satellite, terrestrial and OTT networks with 460 000 subscribers, with strong presence in 2 markets, Albania and Kosova. Nevila's education background is in Business Administration, holding a BSc from Tirana University and an International Diploma of "Gestion d’ Entreprise” (Business Administration) from IRGAE-IAE University Montesquieu Bordeaux, France. She has 20 years of experience combining Project Management, Business Planning, sales & marketing skills serving in different projects and in various industries including Media and broadcasting, financial and marketing services. Apart from her professional career she is a very proud wife and mother of 3 children. She believes her strength and energy derives from being a lifelong learner and strongly connected to nature. N. Luzi

Jane Rigler-Faircloth

Management Consultant r-team-sphere; EBRD Team Co-Ordinator, r-team-sphere

Jane Rigler-Faircloth recently joined EBRD Advice for Small Business as an International Advisory Team Co-ordinator, focussing on the food sector. She is an independent consultant, based out of Vienna, working on such areas as business process re-engineering, organisational change, governance, team and leadership development. Previously she worked for over twenty years for global food manufacturer Mars, in roles covering manufacturing operations, supply chain management, logistics and business systems in Central & Eastern Europe and Russia. Jane studied Chemical Engineering at Imperial College, London.

 

Fikri Toros

President, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce

Fikri Toros holds a BA in Business Operation and Control from the University of Salford in Manchester. After receiving his education, Toros joined his family owned Toros Group of Companies, as a Director. The Group's trading activities consistently diversified in the sectors of textiles, flooring materials, household goods, electrical and electronic appliances and motor vehicles. He took an active role in the civil society groups such as Young Businessmen's Association and the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. In March 2014, Toros was elected as the President of the Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce. He endevoured to influence economic and social policies aimed at the enhancement of economic growth within the Turkish Cypriot Community. He developed sound relations with the Greek Cypriot Business Community and all EU Institutions, as he deems such relations imperative in preparation for future Federal Cyprus within the EU.

Moderator

Claudio Viezzoli

MD, SME Finance & Development, EBRD

Speakers

Suzanne Gaboury

Director Agribusiness, FMO

Samuel Laurinkari

Head of EU Affairs, eBay

Nevila Luzi

Product Development Coordinator, DigitAlb sh.a

Jane Rigler-Faircloth

Management Consultant r-team-sphere; EBRD Team Co-Ordinator, r-team-sphere

Fikri Toros

President, Turkish Cypriot Chamber of Commerce

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Home for Cooperation (UN buffer zone)*
The Role of Cypriot Civil Society in Promoting Economic Development for Reconciliation

The Civil Society Programme will take place on 9-11 May and will provide an opportunity for dialogue between civil society and EBRD staff, senior management, the President and Board Directors.

This will be an occasion for civil society stakeholders to learn more about the Bank and discuss issues of mutual interest regarding the EBRD’s policies and investment projects. The Programme will also feature multi-stakeholder roundtable sessions on supporting reconciliation processes through civil society engagement, as well as the role of civil society in promoting transition resilience and the Green Economy Transition (GET).

Supporting Reconciliation Processes Through Civil Society Engagement

The first panel of the 2017 Civil Society Programme will be organised and led by civil society organisations (CSOs) themselves. It will be focused on the importance of economic development for long-term sustainable reconciliation, and will be hosted at the symbolic Home for Cooperation (H4C)*, a unique bi-communal site for civil society dialogue located within Cyprus’ UN buffer zone. The panel will discuss the ways of encouraging separated communities in the EBRD region – including Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots – to build bridges and cooperate with each other beyond constraints and dividing lines.

Download the full agenda.

Download the event flyer.

Further information about EBRD's funded transport service is available here

* Events in the Home for Cooperation are organised and funded by the EBRD.

The event is open to all Annual Meeting participants. However due to capacity restrictions at the event venue, please e-mail Luiz Loures at louresl@ebrd.com to express your interest in attending. The Home for Cooperation venue has limited capacity and access to the event will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

You must have your passport and EBRD Annual Meeting badge to enter the venue. Annual Meeting guests who have not received their badges in the post should note the location and time for collecting their EBRD Annual Meeting badges on Tuesday 9 May:

  • 7:00 – 16:00: Filoxenia Conference Centre, Thrakis 17, 2112 Aglantzia-Nicosia
  • **13:00 – 17:30: Home for Cooperation Markou Drakou 28, Nicosia

** Collection at the Home for Cooperation will only be available for guests who registered after 26 April, 2017.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Time Location Key Event
Zenon Kitievs A&B, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Board of Governors' Opening Session

The Opening Session of the Board of Governors will take place in the morning of Wednesday 10 May, with addresses by HE Mr Nicos Anastasiades, President of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Pierre Gramegna, Minister of Finance for Luxembourg and Chair of the Board of Governors; and Mr Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Jean Monnet Auditorium, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Jordan Investment Outlook Session

Jordan - Opportunities for Public Private Partnerships for a Greener Economy

Country factsheet

Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, EBRD Governor, Jordan

Susan Goeransson

Director, Head of MEI, EBRD

Heike Harmgart

Head of Jordan, EBRD - Amman

Dr. Heike Harmgart is heading EBRD’s activities in Jordan since the beginning of the Bank’s expansion to the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean Region. EBRD started investing in Jordan end of 2012 and has since then committed close USD 1bn in investments, over half in the energy sector with a special focus on renewables. She was previously covering the region as the Senior Economist in charge of the Macro Economic and Structural Economic Analysis. She has published in many peer reviewed journals including work on the impact of innovation and government policies on growth. Prior to joining the EBRD, Dr. Harmgart worked several years for the Economist Group, mainly on emerging markets in the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). She holds an Economics Master’s degree from Berlin's Humboldt University and a PhD in Economics from University College London (UCL).

Mukhallad Omari

Secretary General, Jordan Investment Commission

Terje Osmundsen

Senior Vice President, Scatec Solar

Senior Vice President for Business Development in Scatec Solar ASA since 2009. Responsible for coordinating the company’s development of new markets, as well as  government relations and carbon and climate finance. Terje has a broad professional background including leadership roles in both business and public sector, entrepreneurship, management consulting and thought leadership. He started his career as a young political leader, and Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister. His industrial background includes managerial positions in Kvaerner ASA, Saga Petroleum ASA and Alcatel NV. Terje Osmundsen writes and speaks regularly on issues related to solar energy and sustainable development. Non-executive director polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon and plastic-to-fuel company Quantafuel. Non-executive chairman Caritas Norway. Author of several books, most recently "2030 - bevegelsen"  (February 2017).

Tarek Zuriekat

Chief Executive Officer, Engicon

Mr. Tarek Zuriekat is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Engicon a leading multidisciplinary engineering firm in the MENA region with over 450 employees. Tarek completed a Bachelors degree in the University of Edinburgh in Business and Accounting.  In October 2002, he moved back to Jordan and joined Engicon.

Throughout his career at Engicon, Mr. Zuriekat pursued, managed and provided backstopping services for several key institutional development and performance-based service contacts in the field of water and wastewater. The success of these initiatives led to the establishment of Engicon O&M, Which is a subsidiary that focuses on providing comprehensive solution on the field of water and wastewater.

Moderator

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, Cairo, EBRD - Cairo

Speakers

Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, EBRD Governor, Jordan

Susan Goeransson

Director, Head of MEI, EBRD

Heike Harmgart

Head of Jordan, EBRD - Amman

Mukhallad Omari

Secretary General, Jordan Investment Commission

Terje Osmundsen

Senior Vice President, Scatec Solar

Tarek Zuriekat

Chief Executive Officer, Engicon

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Kerynia, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Integrating Eastern Europe’s Regional Gas Markets

Eastern Europe, a region traditionally under pressure from East and West, is pursuing numerous gas pipeline interconnectors between regional gas markets to enhance energy security and market efficiency. Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Romania and Turkey have been vocal in pushing plans for creating national gas hubs. The process of creating a hub has however still to enter the phase of actual design and implementation. 

The panel will examine what makes interconnectors and gas hubs economically impactful and which scenario for further gas market integration is most likely.

Learn more about the Integrated Quality.

 

Petru Ion Vaduva

CEO, Transgaz S.A.

Petru Ion Vaduva is the CEO of Transgaz.  Transgaz is a state-owned company, which is the technical operator of the national natural gas transmission system in Romania. Transgaz has a gas transport capacity of 30 billion m³ and a pipe network of 13,000 km. Mr. Vaduva has been the CEO of Transgaz since June 2013. Before he worked a board member in Unicredit and held several positions in investment funds and investment banks. 

 

Milosz Momot

Senior Policy Coordinator, European Commission, DG NEAR

Milosz Momot has been with the European Commission since April 2005 and is experienced with energy policy, infrastructure financing and project finance. Until 2009, with TEN-T policy unit of DG TREN, in charge of infrastructure funding and public private partnerships. Between 2009 and 2013 in transmission infrastructure division of DG ENER working on the guidelines for trans-European infrastructure, Connecting Europe Facility, Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) and infrastructure in the Energy Community. Between 2014 and 2015, at ENER A4, in charge of financial instruments, cooperation with IFIs and energy investments. As of 2016 with ENER B1 working on the PCI process, SGC and the review of the TEN-E guidelines. Previous private sector experience in logistics, process management and wind energy sector. Holds a master degree in logistics management from the Warsaw School of Economics, and a postgraduate degree in European Business and Law from the Handelshøjskolen i Århus.

Jayesh Parmar

Partner, Baringa

Jayesh Parmaris a partner at Baringa partners. Jayesh leads the strategic Energy Advisory practice at Baringa Partners and has more than 25 years of experience in the energy and utilities industries.  He successfully directed the liberalization of British Gas and has designed and implemented strategic change in major gas networks. He has a long history of working with commercial and political stakeholders across Europe, including hands on experience with creation of frameworks for European gas hubs.

Erik Rakhou

Senior Manager, Baringa

Erik Rakhou is a specialist in European energy market regulation and policy development, with 15 years of experience in European markets in both commercial and regulatory roles at the national and EU level. Erik works as management consultant for Baringa Partners, advising on variety of European energy markets topics. He assisted clients on a number of projects, including electricity and gas market design. Prior to joining Baringa Partners, Mr Rakhou worked at the European regulatory body for energy (ACER). His projects involved gas markets, network code design and preparations for European energy wholesale markets monitoring. His previous roles have also included working for a National Regulatory Authority, a major European energy utility and a regional distributor. Mr Rakhou is a speaker at various conferences; commands 6 languages. Mr Rakhou is an alternate member of the ACER Board of Appeal (2016-2021). Mr Rakhou authored a hand book on EU gas markets

 

John Roberts

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

John M. Roberts is one of Europe’s leading energy security specialists. He has testified to UK parliamentary committees on Russian, Caspian, Turkish, Kurdish and Mideast energy security issues. A Senior Partner with Methinks Ltd and Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council of the US, he was previously a Managing Editor with Platts and Financial Times Energy. He is also the Chief Analyst for Natural Gas World and writes frequently for Platts Energy Economist.

He has regularly toured the Gulf, the Caspian and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as visiting the Alaskan North Slope, the Athabasca Oil Sands, China, Norway and Venezuela.

Moderator

Eric Rasmussen

Head of Natural Resources, EBRD

Speakers

Petru Ion Vaduva

CEO, Transgaz S.A.

Milosz Momot

Senior Policy Coordinator, European Commission, DG NEAR

Jayesh Parmar

Partner, Baringa

Erik Rakhou

Senior Manager, Baringa

John Roberts

Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council

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Zenon Kitievs B, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Board of Governors' Plenary Session

11:00 - 13:00

Part 1: Institutional Matters

Attendance will be open to all official Delegation members. 

 

14:00 - 16:00

Part 2: Roundtable Discussion

Attendance will be open to official Delegation members. Three seats per Delegation will be reserved.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Yiasemi, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Bosnia and Herzegovina Investment Outlook Session

Improving the Business Climate and Supporting Private Sector Development

Country factsheet

 

 

Ian Brown

Associate Director, Head of Bosnia & Herzegovina, EBRD

Ian Brown is the Head of EBRD in Bosnia and Herzegovina since October 2014, but has been a long term resident of the Balkans. He joined EBRD in 2008 working as the regional coordinator of the Bank's power and energy team in the Western Balkans, based in Belgrade. From 2002 to 2008 he worked for the European Union's European Agency for Reconstruction in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Montenegro, as head of the Agency's energy sector.

Gordan Milinic

Director, Foreign Investments Promotion Agency

Josip Polic

Senior Banker, EBRD - Sarajevo

Mirko Šarović

Minister of Foreign Trade and Economics, EBRD Governor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mirko Šarović is the current Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Faculty of Law of University of Sarajevo. He acted as the Serb Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and served as Chairman of the Presidency until April 2003. Before that he served as the Vice President and later on, President of the Republic of Srpska. Before 1990. he worked in economic systems “Famos” Sarajevo – “Engine factory Sarajevo” and “Unis” Sarajevo. His work experience in the administration began as Secretary of the Municipal Assembly of New Sarajevo. He was also the President of the Executive Board of the Municipality of East New Sarajevo and East Sarajevo Mayor. Mr. Šarović also served two terms as a member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Srpska. He has been a member of the Serbian Democratic Party since the year 1990. He is married and has two children.

Moderator

Holger Muent

Director, Regional Head of Western Balkans, EBRD

Speakers

Ian Brown

Associate Director, Head of Bosnia & Herzegovina, EBRD

Gordan Milinic

Director, Foreign Investments Promotion Agency

Josip Polic

Senior Banker, EBRD - Sarajevo

Mirko Šarović

Minister of Foreign Trade and Economics, EBRD Governor, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Elia, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
The Role of Civil Society in Promoting Transition Resilience

The panel will look into the role of civil society in promoting transition resilience in the EBRD region. Transition is not a linear process and there have been setbacks and reversals along the way. A well-functioning market economy needs ‘shock absorbers’ that can ensure broad support for market institutions during a downturn. Civil society, operating in the space between the public and private sectors, can play an important part in this.

“How can CSOs help to build and maintain constituencies in support of reform programmes and foster local ownership of transition reforms?”

 

Download the full agenda.

 

Speaker information coming soon.
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Halkos, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre
How Important is Trust for the Functioning of Institutions?

At its core, governance is about the quality of institutions and the processes they support. The EBRD’s countries of operations have a heritage of inefficient institutions, which the citizens have learned to distrust. Making them more efficient, transparent and responsive should encourage trust and, in turn, further strengthen institutions.

However, this task has become more difficult as globalisation, bringing about a range of economic, technological, social and political changes, has sown doubt about the ability of institutions to respond to people’s needs and protect them from global challenges. This panel will look at the importance of trust for the functioning of institutions and will be followed by a launch event for EBRD’s Law in Transition journal.

Learn more about the Well-Governed Quality.

Francis Malige

MD, Eastern Europe & Caucasus, EBRD - Kiev

Francis Malige is the Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus for the EBRD. He is responsible for delivering the Bank's strategy in Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. This includes investment operations as well as policy dialogue to support the implementation of reforms. Mr Malige joined the EBRD in February 2010 as a Director in the Financial Institutions team, where he developed the Bank’s business in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, Turkey and in the southern and eastern Mediterranean. Before joining the EBRD, he was Managing Director for Corporate Development at BNP Paribas, focusing on bank acquisitions. His earlier career was in accounting and consulting, at Arthur Andersen and McKinsey & Company, where he served clients in industry, high tech, construction, financial services. Mr Malige is a graduate of ESCP Europe, a French business school. In addition to his native French, he is fluent in German, Italian and English.

Marin Mrčela

President of GRECO, Group of States against Corruption/Groupe d’Etats contre la Corruption (GRECO)

Justice Mrčela is Chair of the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). In this capacity, he has encouraged countering corruption through a multidisciplinary approach, calling upon Member States to set up overarching integrity policies covering all branches of government. Prior to becoming Chair of GRECO, Justice Mrčela was a longstanding member of its Bureau, where he took a decisive role in designing and pushing forward an evaluation of political financing in Europe and the USA.

Within Croatia, he has assumed various presidencies and memberships of key professional institutions. He also served as a judge in war crimes. Justice Mrčela was a Humbert Humphrey Fellow at the American University in Washington DC. He has lectured on corruption and security topics at numerous universities and institutions around the world. He obtained his PhD at the Zagreb Faculty of Law and currently teaches at the Osijek Faculty of Law as Assistant Professor.

Mr Tsogt Tsend

Judge, Administrative Court of Appeals, Mongolia

Judge Tsogt Tsend, currently represents the Mongolian Judges Association in the IAJ (the International Association of Judges). He also teaches administrative law and judiciary related subjects at the National University of Mongolia.

Mr. Tsend is involved numerous projects including the Mongolia Judicial Reform Project (JRP) implemented by NCSC (The National Center for State Courts), a local TI (Transparency International) project in relation to anti judicial corruption and a number of EBRD projects.

Mr. Tsend received his LL.M degree from Willamette University College of Law, Oregon and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public law through Nagoya University, Japan.

Ivan Vejvoda

Director Europe project, Institute for Human Sciences

Ivan Vejvoda is a Permanent Fellow and Director of the "Europe at Risk?" project at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria. From 2010-2017 he was Senior Vice President at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington D.C. From 2003-2010 he was the Executive Director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy. Mr Vejvoda came to GMF in 2003 from distinguished service in the Serbian government as senior advisor on foreign policy to PM Zoran Djindjić. He was executive director of the Belgrade-based Fund for an Open Society from 1998 to 2002. During the mid-1990s, Mr Vejvoda held various academic posts in the US and the United Kingdom. Mr Vejvoda was involved in the democratic opposition movement in Yugoslavia through the 1980s and 1990s. In 2007 his was a candidate for Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia. He was awarded the French National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer 2006 and the Italian Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity rank of commander 2007.

Moderator

Milica Delevic

Director, Governance & Political Affairs, EBRD

Speakers

Francis Malige

MD, Eastern Europe & Caucasus, EBRD - Kiev

Marin Mrčela

President of GRECO, Group of States against Corruption/Groupe d’Etats contre la Corruption (GRECO)

Mr Tsogt Tsend

Judge, Administrative Court of Appeals, Mongolia

Ivan Vejvoda

Director Europe project, Institute for Human Sciences

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Jean Monnet Auditorium, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Kazakhstan Investment Outlook Session

Modernisation of Kazakhstan - New Investment in the Region

Country factsheet

 

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, Cairo, EBRD - Cairo

Nurlan Kussainov

Chief Executive Officer, Astana International Financial Centre

Nurlan KUSSAINOV has graduated from Kazakh State Academy of Management and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Since 2002, he was the Counselor Minister of Economic Affairs and Budget Planning of the Republic of Kazakhstan and was the Head of WTO Accession Team in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2007 was a CEO for CNRG Capital, and in 2009 served as a Managing Partner of Al Falah Partners. In 2010 served as a deputy CEO, then CEO for the Development Bank of Kazakhstan. In 2014 was appointed as a Deputy Governor at the National Bank of Kazakhstan. Currently, he is a Member of the board of Directors and the CEO for AIFC Authority. Nurlan is fluent in Kazakh, Russian and English, he is married with four children.

Anuar Omarkhojayev

Deputy Chairman, JSC National Managing Holding "Baiterek"

Bakhyt Sultanov

Minister of Finance, EBRD Governor, Kazakhstan

Mr Sultanov graduated from the Kazakh National Technical University and the Kazakh State Academy of Management. He started his career in the Ministry of Finance in 1994 as economist. He was Vice Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2003) and served as Chairman of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Statistics (2006). He was Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2007). In 2010 was appointed Aide to the President of the and in 2012 he was appointed Deputy Head of the Executive Office of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has been serving as the Minister of Finance since August 2013.

Bolat Zhamishev

Chairman of the Board, Development Bank of Kazakhstan

Vice - Minister, First Vice-Minister of Finances of the Republic of Kazakhstan (1999-2001); Vice-Minister of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2001-2002); Vice - Minister, First Vice-Minister of Finances of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2002-2003); Deputy Chairman of the Board of the National Bank of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2003-2004); Chairman of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Agency on financial organizations regulating and monitoring (2004-2006); Deputy Chairman of the Board, Managing Director on project activity of the Eurasian Development Bank (2006-2007); Finance Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2007-2013); Regional Development Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan (2013-2014).

 

Moderator

Agris Preimanis

Head of Kazakhstan, EBRD

Speakers

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, Cairo, EBRD - Cairo

Nurlan Kussainov

Chief Executive Officer, Astana International Financial Centre

Anuar Omarkhojayev

Deputy Chairman, JSC National Managing Holding "Baiterek"

Bakhyt Sultanov

Minister of Finance, EBRD Governor, Kazakhstan

Bolat Zhamishev

Chairman of the Board, Development Bank of Kazakhstan

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Press Briefing Room, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Press Briefing

Press conference scheduled following the Opening Session of the Board of Governors.

Speakers:
EBRD President, Suma Chakrabarti, Chair of the Board of Governors, Luxembourg Finance Minister, Pierre Gremagna, and Jonathan Charles, EBRD Managing Director, Communications.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Networking Lunch Marquee
Networking Lunch

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

Speaker information coming soon.
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Yiasemi, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Forum Partner Session: UniCredit

Social infrastructure in Emerging Economies. The Case for New Financing Instruments

The discussion will discover how to expand Public Private Partnership (PPP) model to social infrastructure projects (schools, hospitals, etc.) and will focus on new financial instruments for such projects in emerging economies, providing the audience with successful case studies.

 

 

 

Paolo Bozzolo

Head of CEE Project & Commodity Finance, UniCredit

Paolo Bozzolo is responsible for advisory and arranging project finance initiatives in the CEE/CIS region. Paolo has over 25 years of project finance experience. Working initially at Credit Lyonnais NY, where he focused on power transactions in the North American market, Paolo then became Head of Power at Credit Lyonnais in Paris, focusing on Europe, Africa and Latin America. He subsequently went to work for Mediocredito Centrale in Italy where he focused on the power and infrastructure sectors in Italy, Spain and France. Paolo became Head of Project and Commodity Finance for Austria and CEE at UniCredit in January 2011. Under his leadership, UniCredit has maintained its position as the leading project finance bank in the region, having advised and structured a significant number of transactions in the infrastructure and power sectors.

Suzanne Gaboury

Director Agribusiness, FMO

Suzanne Gaboury joined FMO in 2015 as the global Director of Agribusiness. She is responsible for the direction and focus of FMO's private sector investments in more than 85 developing and emerging markets. Prior to joining FMO, she was a Managing Director of Cordiant Capital in Montreal. While with the EBRD for 14 years as Senior Banker, she pioneered new private sector investment programmes to capitalize on emerging business opportunities in the former Soviet Union and CIS. She holds a BA Economics from the University of Alberta and a MBA from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, Ireland.

 

Ekaterina Miroshnik

Head of Infrastructure, Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, EBRD - Moscow

Ekaterina Miroshnik leads the EBRD infrastructure team in Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia. She joined EBRD London in 2000 as an Analyst and during her career in EBRD worked on projects in infrastructure and energy sectors. She was on assignments in the field, first in Moscow and then in Almaty, covering infrastructure projects in a number of countries to include Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Southern and Eastern Mediterranean. Ekaterina became Director, Head of Infrastructure in Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia in March 2013.  Her team provides financing in a variety of forms, including sovereign and non-sovereign public sector loans, limited and non-recourse project funding involving private companies or public-private partnerships, and equity. Ekaterina holds a Masters of Science in International Economic Relations from the Moscow State Institute for International Relations, as well as PhD from the same Institute.

Carsten Mueller

Regional Industry Head, Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services (MAS) Department, IFC - International Finance Corporation

Carsten Mueller is the Regional Industry Head for the manufacturing, agribusiness and services sectors in Europe, Middle East & North Africa. During his 20 years at IFC, Mr. Mueller, a German national has been appointed to various industry and regional positions at IFC’s headquarters and offices in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He also served as the Regional Industry Manager responsible for manufacturing, agribusiness and services in Africa, based in Johannesburg. Between 2005 and 2008, he was the portfolio manager for manufacturing and services in the Middle East and North Africa, based in Cairo. Prior to this, he was a Principal Investment Officer at the Global ICT Department in Washington D.C. and in Istanbul where he managed all aspects of project sourcing, analysis and execution as leader of diverse project teams. Carsten Mueller holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Darmstadt, Germany.

Peter Weiland

International Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke (London) LLP

Peter Weiland is a finance lawyer with Chadbourne & Parke, where he specialises in banking and structured finance transactions and related restructurings with a particular focus on emerging markets. He has represented a wide variety of commercial banks, development finance institutions, investment funds, trustees and corporates in respect of complex financing matters. He has practised in London, Germany, China and Japan and has broad experience advising on finance matters involving overseas jurisdictions and emerging markets, including emerging Europe, CIS and Turkey. Mr. Weiland is qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and as a Rechtsanwalt in Germany (Hamburg bar). He holds a BA in Philosophy & Economics from University College London, an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Financial Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.

Moderator

Andrea Diamanti

Head of Corporate Investment Banking, Central and Eastern Europe, UniCredit

Speakers

Paolo Bozzolo

Head of CEE Project & Commodity Finance, UniCredit

Suzanne Gaboury

Director Agribusiness, FMO

Ekaterina Miroshnik

Head of Infrastructure, Russia, Central Asia and Mongolia, EBRD - Moscow

Carsten Mueller

Regional Industry Head, Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services (MAS) Department, IFC - International Finance Corporation

Peter Weiland

International Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke (London) LLP

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Jean Monnet Auditorium, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Moldova Investment Outlook Session

 

 

 

Investment Opportunities of the Republic of Moldova

Country factsheet

Moldova - Octavian Calmic

Moldova - Sergiu Cioclea

Moldova - Thomas Moser

 

Octavian Calmic

Ministry of Economy, EBRD Governor, Moldova

Octavian Calmic (b. 9.10.1974) is a Moldovan economist and since January 2016 Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Economy of the Republic of Moldova. In 1991 he has graduated in Management and Economics at the Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova (AESM). During 1998 and 2001, he has studied at WTO Institute. Between 1996-1998 he has been main specialist at the Bilateral Division and during 1998-2001 he has served as Deputy Head of the WTO Division of the Moldovan Ministry of economy. During 2001-2005 he has been  the Head of multilateral trade regimes and WTO Division and throughout 2005-2009 he has been the Director of the Directorate General Trade Policy of the same Ministry. Between 2009-2016 he has been Deputy Minister on International Economic Cooperation Issues.

Sergiu Cioclea

Governor, National Bank of Moldova

Mr. Sergiu CIOCLEA (b. 1974) has been Governor of the National Bank of Moldova since 11 April 2016. Prior to that, he exercised the function of Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance Department of BNP Paribas Group for Russia and the former URSS area (2008-2015). He holds a Master’s Degree in Economic Sciences at the University of Pantheon-Assas, France and a Post-graduate Diploma in International Economics and Development at the same university. Mr. Cioclea started his professional activity in 1997 as senior economist in charge of Central and East Europe, Russia and Turkey, Country Risk Division – Economic Research Department, Paris. In 1998, he served as Bonds analyst in charge of Central and East Europe, Emerging Market Desk, Fixed Income Department, London. During the period 2000-2007, he exercised the function of Associate, Vice President and Director, Central and Eastern Europe Division, Corporate Finance Department, BNP Paribas, Paris.

Thomas Moser

President, Danube Logistics S.R.L

Moderator

Dimitri Gvindadze

Head of Moldova, EBRD

Speakers

Octavian Calmic

Ministry of Economy, EBRD Governor, Moldova

Sergiu Cioclea

Governor, National Bank of Moldova

Thomas Moser

President, Danube Logistics S.R.L

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Kerynia, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Greece Investment Outlook Session

Reinvigorating Investment for Sustainable Growth

Country factsheet

Greece - Mathios Rigas

 

 

Ioannis Arapoglou

Corporate Finance Director, Copelouzos

Ioannis Arapoglou is heading the Corporate Finance Department of Copelouzos Group. Among other projects, he was involved in the negotiations for the circa 1 billion project financing for the 14 Greek Regional Airports that were successfully undertaken by Fraport Greece, a joint venture of Copelouzos Group and Fraport AG. Copelouzos Group is a diversified organization with interests in natural gas, electricity, RES, infrastructure and concession investments (airports, marinas, exhibition & conference centers), and real estate. Prior to joining Copelouzos Group, Ioannis worked as a senior equity research analyst for Piraeus Securities, the brokerage arm of Piraeus Bank, while lecturing Investment Banking at Alba Graduate Business School. He holds a BSc in Business Administration from the American College of Greece, Deree and an MBA from the University of Bath, School of Management.

Theodore Fessas

Chairman, SEV

Theodore Fessas, Chairman of Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV) & Chairman, major shareholder & founder of Quest Holdings (QH). QH established in 1981 (as Info-Quest), listed in Athens Stock Exchange (1998) & owns leading Greek companies in the sectors of IT, Payment Transactions, Parcel Delivery & Renewable Energy (cons.annual turnover circa € 400 m). 

He is the Chairman of SEV since May 2014 after he served for many years as member of BoD & the Executive Committee. He is the Honorary President of the Fed.of Hellenic IT & Comm.Enterprises (SEPE) and member of the BoD of Int’l Chamber of Commerce (ICC-Hellas) and the Foundation for Economic & Industrial Research (IOBE). He holds Mechanical & Electrical Engg diploma-National Technical University of Athens & MSc in Thermodynamics- University of Birmingham.

George Handjinicolaou

Vice President, Hellenic Banks Association and Board Chairman, Piraeus Bank SA, Piraeus Bank SA

George Handjinicolaou is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Piraeus Bank Group. He received his PhD in Finance from the Graduate School of Business at NYU, where he also earned his MBA, and holds a BS degree from the Law School at the University of Athens, Greece. His career in the financial services sector spans 33 years, the vast majority of which was spent at global financial institutions based in London and NY. He held the position of Deputy CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in London for 7 years, where he was also a member of the BoD. Previously and for almost 20 years, he held senior management positions in the derivatives and fixed income markets at several global financial institutions including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS in London and NY, while he started his career at the World Bank in Washington, DC.

Evangelos Mytilineos

Chairman and CEO, Mytilineos Holdings S.A.

Mr. Mytilineos is the Chairman & Managing Director of MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A.. He holds a BSc (University of Athens) & a MSc (LSE) in Economics. He took over the family business of metal & steel product manufacturers & established MYTILINEOS Holdings Group, a private group in Power & Gas, Metallurgy & Mining & EPC Projects. The Group acquired

  • METKA, an internationally established EPC Contractor & industrial manufacturing group with dynamic EPC portfolio in Europe, Middle East & Africa

  • Aluminium of Greece,the largest fully vertically integrated producer of alumina & aluminium in Europe.

    MYTILINEOS Holdings is the 2nd largest power producer in Greece, with Protergia, which is active in the retail energy market. The Group with MOTOR OIL established M&M Gas S.A., which engages in the supply & trading of natural gas.

Alain Pilloux

Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Alain Pilloux has been Vice President, Banking since 15 November 2016. He has overall responsibility for the effective delivery of the Bank’s investment and advisory activities in its 36 countries of operations, as well as contributing to the delivery of policy engagement activities. He is a member of the Executive Committee and other leadership fora. Prior to that, Mr. Pilloux served as Acting Vice President for Policy & Partnerships where he was responsible inter alia for coordinating the Bank’s strategies and policy engagement, mobilizing and managing multilateral and bilateral donor funding and overseeing the EBRD’s engagement with key external partners. Education: Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales, Ecole de L'Arme Blindee-Cavalerie, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, Ecole Nationale d'Administration.

Mathios Rigas

Chairman & CEO, Energean Oil & Gas SA

Mr. Rigas is founding shareholder and serves as the Chairman & CEO of Energean Group. Mr. Rigas is a Petroleum Engineer with a combination of oil & gas and investment banking experience.

Prior to setting Energean, Mr. Rigas spent 18 years in investment banking and private equity investments. Between 2001-2001, he served as the Managing Partner of Capital Connect Venture Managers, a private equity fund in Greece with investments in innovative enterprises. From 1999 until 2001, he was in charge of Pireus Bank's Shipping Investment Banking division. Prior to that (1993-1999) he was Vice President of Energy & Project Finance at Chase Manhattan Bank in London where he arranged oil & gas financings in excess of $5 billion. He holds a degree in Mining & Metallurgical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc/DIC degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College, London.

Moderator

Sabina Dziurman

Regional Head of Greece & Cyprus, EBRD - Athens

Keynote

Dimitri Papadimitriou

Minister of Economy and Development, EBRD Governor, Greece

Speakers

Ioannis Arapoglou

Corporate Finance Director, Copelouzos

Theodore Fessas

Chairman, SEV

George Handjinicolaou

Vice President, Hellenic Banks Association and Board Chairman, Piraeus Bank SA, Piraeus Bank SA

Evangelos Mytilineos

Chairman and CEO, Mytilineos Holdings S.A.

Alain Pilloux

Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Mathios Rigas

Chairman & CEO, Energean Oil & Gas SA

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Elia, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Civil Society and Green Cities

The discussion will focus on the role that civil society can play in promoting green economy practices in the context of the Paris Climate Accord and the Sustainable Development Goals. To overcome the challenge of low energy, resource efficiency and climate adaptation awareness, which many EBRD countries face, it is key for businesses and authorities to integrate sustainability into their core priorities and to promote community involvement, with CSOs representing a crucial link.

“How can CSOs, businesses and the public sector work together in an effective and innovative manner to deliver on shifting to sustainable practices and a greener future?”

 

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Archaeological Site of Kourion
Reception for All Participants

Gazing at the full moon’s reflection on the Mediterranean Sea from the imposing ancient Kourion theatre, two unique voices – the internationally renowned Cypriot baritone Kyros Patsalides and the highly acclaimed soprano Zoe Nicolaidou – will take us on an unforgettable musical journey. The singers will be accompanied by 100 young artists on stage, members of the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Cyprus and the Choir of the School of Music of Nicosia, under the distinguished Cypriot conductor George Kountouris.

The unique acoustic quality of the theatre will echo to the sound of Carmen, La Traviata, Neapolitan serenades, Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Viennese operettas, as well as the famous Greek composers Mikis Theodorakis and Manos Hatzidakis. And no such event promoting the treasures of our cultural heritage would be complete without the inclusion of a few traditional – yet timeless – Cypriot songs.

Nowhere else in Cyprus could such an event be better realised than at the magnificent surroundings of this Greco-Roman theatre. Built in the 2nd century BC on the site of Kourion, one of the island’s most important city-kingdoms, the theatre’s archaeological remains are among the most impressive sights in Cyprus.

All participants are welcome to experience this remarkable musical performance in a place where history meets art. 

All guests who arrive early will have the opportunity to learn more about some of the many monuments on the site before the reception begins. Guided tours, in English, lasting 15-20 minutes will be available for guests arriving between 17:15 and 17:45.

Learn more about the lives of the two Cypriot singers.

Coaches will be leaving the Filoxenia Conference Centre to the Kourion, starting at 16:00 and every 15-minutes after until 16:45.

 

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Arcades, Filoxenia Centre
Networking Breakfast

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

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Zenon Kitievs A, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Cyprus in the Eastern Mediterranean Region: Attractive Investment Opportunities within a Secure Business Environment

In an ever-changing and often turbulent global and regional environment, locating investments that are both productive and secure is key to the investors’ mindset. The Host Country Investment Outlook Session will focus on attractive investment opportunities in Cyprus, in the context of the eastern Mediterranean region and will explore the challenges and opportunities across a range of sectors of interest to regional and global players. From shipping to energy and financial services, what does it take for investors to take the leap? 

In his welcoming speech, the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus, EBRD Governor Mr Harris Georgiades, will provide a first glimpse of Cyprus as a secure and dynamic business destination in a number of traditional and emerging sectors, with great potential for investors and the economy alike.

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Invest Cyprus video: “Cyprus welcomes the world”

Suma Chakrabarti

Keynote Speaker - EBRD President

Sir Suma Chakrabarti, born in 1959 in West Bengal, India, is the sixth President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Sir Suma has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. Most recently he held the position of Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, he headed the UK Department for International Development, also worked in the late 1990s in the UK Treasury, and in the early 2000s in the Cabinet Office. After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Sir Suma took a Masters in Development Economics at the University of Sussex. He also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia, and Bucharest University of Economic studies.

 

Harris Georgiades

Keynote Speaker - Minister, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Cyprus

Harris Georgiades is the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Cyprus since 3rd April 2013. He had the leading role in the implementation and successful conclusion of the reform and consolidation program for the Cyprus economy. Previously he served briefly as Minister of Labour and Social Insurance. He was elected Chairman of the EBRD Board of Governors (2014-2015) and is a member of the Board of Governors of the IMF, EIB and the European Stability Mechanism. He was selected by POLITICO as one of the 28 most-influential Europeans for 2016. He participates in the New Leaders for Europe community of the World Economic Forum. Prior to his appointment, he was a Member and served as Press Spokesman of the House of Representatives with the Democratic Rally Party (2011-2013). He held a BA and MA on International Relations and Economics and is a post-graduate researcher at the Institute of European and International Studies from the University of Reading, UK.

 

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis

Minister, Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism

Mr. Lakkotrypis graduated from the English School, Nicosia and has studied Mathematics and Computer Science (BSc) at the University of Keele (UK). He completed his MBA at the University of Colorado (USA). In 1991 he joined Joannou & Paraskevaides, overseeing the IT systems in Benghazi, Libya. In 1995 he joined IBM Cyprus in a sales position. In 2003 he was hired by Microsoft in Cyprus, developing the company’s operations. In 2008 he was appointed Managing Director for Cyprus & Malta, and in 2011 Public Sector Director for Central & Eastern Europe. In 2008 he was also appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Cyprus Investment Promotion Agency (CIPA), a position he held until 2011. In 2009 he was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Natural Gas Public Company (DEFA), a position he held until his appointment as Minister of Commerce. He assumed office as Minister of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism in March 2013.

Mark O'Neil

President, Columbia Shipmanagement

Mark O'Neil is the President of Columbia Shipmanagement ltd (CSM) and future CEO of the intended merger between CSM and Marlow Navigation subject to regulatory approvals being obtained. A lawyer by profession, he headed up international law firm Reed Smith LLP's German Shipping Team, and also co-lead the firm's Offshore Department. His clients included Ship Owners, Charterers, Insurers, Management Companies, Banks, Oil Companies and Offshore Contractors worldwide with a particular focus on the German, Scandinavian, Greek, Dutch, South American and Cypriot markets. He has been a senior Partner in Reed Smith LLP and (before that) Stephenson Harwood LLP for over 17 years. With over 25 years’ experience in shipping and offshore, he has hosted and/or chaired numerous seminars and conferences internationally. Before becoming a lawyer, he served 5 years as an officer in the British Army, leaving the Army as a Captain in 1991 after active service in The Gulf Conflict.

Lapo Pistelli

Executive Vice President of International Affairs at ENI, ENI SpA

Lapo Pistelli, from Italy, is the Executive VP of International Affairs at ENI since April 2017. Graduated with honors in International Law from the University of Florence, he started working at a research center, while serving for two mandates in the local administration of Florence.  He was a member of the Italian Parliament (1996/2015) and member of the European Parliament (2004/2008). He served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy (2013/2015). He resigned from all his institutional roles in 2015, when he entered Eni as Senior Vice President for Strategic Analysis for Business Development Support. He taught at the University of Florence, the Overseas Studies Program of Stanford University and many others international academic institutions and authored several publications, recently “Il nuovo sogno arabo – Dopo le rivoluzioni.

Peter de Proft

Director General, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)

Peter De Proft has been Director General of EFAMA since 2007. From 2004-2007, he was CEO at Fortis Investment Management and Executive Director at Banque Nagelmackers 1747/Groupe Delta Lloyd (1995-2004). From 1980-1995 he worked as a Director and Central Banker for Petercam. He acted as Chairman of the Board of BEAMA (Belgian Asset Managers Association), as Board Member and Vice Chairman of Febelfin (2002-2006) and Board Member of FEFSI/EFAMA (2002-2004). From 2009-2011, he was Chairman of the International Investment Funds Association (IIFA) and from 2011-2016 a member and Vice-Chair of ESMA's Securities and Markets Stakeholder Group (SMSG). He is currently Chairman of the Administrative Committee of the European Parliamentary Financial Services Forum (EPFSF) and serves on the Board of Directors of the European Money Markets Institute (EMMI). A trained lawyer and educated at The Free University, Brussels, he received a degree in Law in 1976 and in Economic Law in 1977.

Nikolaos Zamboglou

Founder of German Oncology Centre, German Oncology Centre

Prof. Nikolaos Zamboglou from Cyprus moved to Germany in 1967 to study Physics at RWTH Aachen University and his PhD in Physics at the University of Dusseldorf. He completed his degree and PHD in Medicine at the University of Essen. From 1986 to 1992, he held the post of Consultant of Radiation Oncology and was the Director of the Dept. of Radiation Oncology at Clinikum Offenbach, at the Academic Hospital of Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt. He is appointed as Adjunct Research Professor at the Technical University of Athens since 1993 and elected as corresponding member of the Academy of Athens. He was President of the German Society of Radiation Oncology (GSRO) between 2005 and 2007 and in 2012 was declared an Honorary Member of the Austrian Radiation Oncology Society. In 2015, he was honored with the Alfred-Breit Award of the GSRO. Since 2016, Prof. Zamboglou has been acting as Medical Director of the German Oncology Centre, currently being constructed in Cyprus.

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Suma Chakrabarti

Keynote Speaker - EBRD President

Harris Georgiades

Keynote Speaker - Minister, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Cyprus

Yiorgos Lakkotrypis

Minister, Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism

Mark O'Neil

President, Columbia Shipmanagement

Lapo Pistelli

Executive Vice President of International Affairs at ENI, ENI SpA

Peter de Proft

Director General, European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA)

Nikolaos Zamboglou

Founder of German Oncology Centre, German Oncology Centre

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Elia, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
World Café Roundtables
  • Economic Inclusion

  • Legal Transition

  • Green Cities

  • Impact, Measuring Results and Evaluation

  • Green Economy Transition

  • Civil Society Enhancement Framework

 

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Yiasemi, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Romania Investment Outlook Session

The Path to Dynamic Sustainable Growth

Country factsheet

 

Lucian Anghel

President of the Board, Bucharest Stock Exchange

Dr.Anghel majored in economics at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest.He received a Ph.D. from the same institution. Working with the largest financial group in Romania for over 20 years, Dr.Anghel is currently Chief Executive Office of BCR Banca pentru Locuinte – since 2015. Previously he was CEO of BCR Pension Fund, Chief Economist of BCR, Head of Strategy and Research Division. He co-founded the Association of the Financial Banking Analysts in Romania and served in the board as the first Chairman.

In January 2012, Dr.Anghel has been elected by the shareholders as Chairman of the Bucharest Stock Exchange Board, now being at the second mandate as non-executive Chairman. He is the Chairman of the Index Committee and the Nomination Committee and also a member of the Audit Committee.He is an associate professor at the National School of Administration and Political Science of Bucharest.

Attila György

Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Finance

Mr. Attila Gyorgy has been a Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Public Finance since April 2014. He is currently in charge of the co-ordination of the International Financial Relations Department and of the Payment and Certification Authority Department in the Ministry. As the coordinator of the International Financial Relations Department, Mr. Gyorgy manages the relation between Romania and various international financial institutions, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the European Investment Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Mr. Gyorgy is also a professor at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies where his field of study covers local finances and budgets.

Matteo Patrone

Regional Head of Romania & Bulgaria, EBRD - Bucharest

Matteo Patrone, Director, Regional Head of Romania and Bulgaria, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He has over 25 years of experience in finance and industry. In 2008 he joined the Equity team of the EBRD where he was supervising equity transactions with a focus on Western Balkans, Poland, Turkey and Russian Federation. From October 2012 to July 2015 he was the Director of EBRD Resident Office in Serbia where the Bank has a portfolio of 2.4 Bn Eur. Prior to the EBRD he was the Managing Director of the private equity arm of Finanziaria Internazionale, an Italian merchant bank, 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 in the UK and Italy. He holds an MBA from Insead and an MS degree cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from Genoa University. He is married and has a son.

Dan Stefan

Managing Partner, Autonom Rent a Car

After 4 years of management consulting in France, in 2006 Dan has co-founded Autonom – the leading car rental and mobility provider in Romania.

Autonom has been awarded the Best Employer in Romania title in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

He holds a BA in International Commerce at ASE in Bucharest, a Master in International Economy at Universite d’Orleans and a Master in International Business at Sorbonne.

Since 2014 he is a professor of management in the MBA programs of Bucharest Business School.

Dan actively promotes business ethics and value-based management.

Liviu Voinea

Deputy Governor, National Bank of Romania

Liviu Voinea is Deputy Governor and Vice-president of the Monetary Policy Committee at the National Bank of Romania. In this capacity he coordinates the financial stability and international relations departments. He also served as Budget Minister and State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and a Board Member of Export Import Bank of Romania. Liviu Voinea is professor of international economics and macroeconomics at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. He holds an MSc degree in business administration from School of Business, Stockholm University, a Ph.D. in economics from the Bucharest University of Economic Studies. He had a post-doctoral fellowship at the European Commission’s Joint Research Institute in Seville, Spain. He received the "Virgil Madgearu" Award for economics of the Romanian Academy.

Moderator

Alain Pilloux

Vice President, Banking, EBRD

Speakers

Lucian Anghel

President of the Board, Bucharest Stock Exchange

Attila György

Secretary of State, Ministry of Public Finance

Matteo Patrone

Regional Head of Romania & Bulgaria, EBRD - Bucharest

Dan Stefan

Managing Partner, Autonom Rent a Car

Liviu Voinea

Deputy Governor, National Bank of Romania

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Jean Monnet Auditorium, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Egypt Investment Outlook Session

Business Environment: Achievements and Reforms

Country factsheet

 

 

Ahmed El Alfi

Chairman of the Board, Sawari Ventures

 

Basil El-Baz

Chairman & CEO, Carbon Holdings

Malek Fawaz

Advisor to the Minister, Ministry for International Cooperation

In 2006, Malek graduated from the University of Vienna with a masters degree in business informatics and highest honors having introduced the concept of 3 dimensional e-commerce in his thesis. He worked with the government to introduce Adobe workflow management systems to facilitate G2G and G2C services. He then worked as a consultant for RWE DEA transferring German IT standards to the Egyptian branch as well as the joint venture Suez Oil Company where he was able to streamline many business and IT processes. He later became the operational IT manager of DEA Egypt from 2013 – 2016 implementing many business IT solutions supporting multiple business processes.

Malek then recently decided to take on a new challenge of working for the ministry of investment and international cooperation as Advisor to the Minister in order to further contribute to his passion for Egypt.

Ashraf Ghazaly

CEO, NI Capital

Hanan Morsy

Regional Lead Economist, EBRD

Terje Osmundsen

Senior Vice President, Scatec Solar

Senior Vice President for Business Development in Scatec Solar ASA since 2009. Responsible for coordinating the company’s development of new markets, as well as  government relations and carbon and climate finance. Terje has a broad professional background including leadership roles in both business and public sector, entrepreneurship, management consulting and thought leadership. He started his career as a young political leader, and Chief Adviser to the Prime Minister. His industrial background includes managerial positions in Kvaerner ASA, Saga Petroleum ASA and Alcatel NV. Terje Osmundsen writes and speaks regularly on issues related to solar energy and sustainable development. Non-executive director polysilicon manufacturer REC Silicon and plastic-to-fuel company Quantafuel. Non-executive chairman Caritas Norway. Author of several books, most recently "2030 - bevegelsen"  (February 2017).

Moderator

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, Cairo, EBRD - Cairo

Speakers

Ahmed El Alfi

Chairman of the Board, Sawari Ventures

Basil El-Baz

Chairman & CEO, Carbon Holdings

Malek Fawaz

Advisor to the Minister, Ministry for International Cooperation

Ashraf Ghazaly

CEO, NI Capital

Hanan Morsy

Regional Lead Economist, EBRD

Terje Osmundsen

Senior Vice President, Scatec Solar

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Halkos, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Competitiveness in the 21st Century

Competitive markets are the foundation of capitalist economies and have traditionally been at the core of EBRD’s work. In the 21st century, technological progress and globalisation have brought about a new definition of markets and of competitiveness.

First, the qualitative change in the speed of innovation has transformed the very nature of competition. Production technologies and management practices have become easy to replicate.

Second, rapid change results in faster entry and exit and thus in a substantially shorter lifecycle for companies.

Third, reduced barriers to trade and network effects result in unprecedented economies of scale. Companies fiercely compete at the research and development (R&D) and innovation stage but, once the product is designed, the stronger competitor becomes an undisputed monopolist.

This discussion will explore the new nature of competition and how it has forced regulators to rethink the definitions of market boundaries, as well as the rules and incentives for innovation and competition.

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Maria Demertzis

Deputy Director, Bruegel

Maria Demertzis is Deputy Director at Bruegel and a visiting professor at the University of Amsterdam. She has previously worked at the European Commission and the research department of the Dutch Central Bank. She has also held academic positions at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the USA and the University of Strathclyde in the UK, from where she holds a PhD in economics. She has published extensively in international academic journals and contributed regular policy inputs to both the European Commission's and the Dutch Central Bank's policy outlets.

Simeon Djankov

Executive Director, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics

Simeon Djankov is director of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics and a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. Previously he was deputy prime minister and minister of finance of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013, rector of the New Economic School in Russia from 2013 to 2015, and chairman of the Board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2012-13. Prior to his cabinet appointment, Djankov was chief economist of the finance and private sector vice presidency of the World Bank. He is the founder of the World Bank's Doing Business project. Simeon Djankov obtained his doctorate in economics in 1997 from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

Herman Gref

Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank

Russian economist and politician. Herman Gref led the development and implementation of a number of successful economic reforms aimed at modernization and implementation of new governance standards and technologies. Starting from 2007, he has served as a CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Sberbank. In 2000-2007, he was the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Russian Federation. In 1998-2000, he held the post of the First Deputy Minister of State Property of the Russian Federation. In 1991-1998 Mr Gref served in municipal authorities of St. Petersburg, where he was appointed Vice Governor. Herman Gref graduated from Omsk State University with a degree in law and later completed his postgraduate studies in the Law department at the St. Petersburg State University. Candidate of Economic Sciences (PhD in Economics). He is an author of a number of scientific papers.

 

Ran Senderovitz

Vice President CCG, General Manager, Intel Israel

Ran Senderovitz is the Vice President in CHD Connected Home Division, general manager of the Wireless and Consumer/Commercial Infrastructure business. He is also the General Manager of Intel Israel development Center (IDC), in charge of IDC day to day execution, strategy development and readiness for future challenges across multiple sites and over 7000 employees. Based in Israel, he joined Intel in 2011 with the acquisition of the cable modem product line from Texas Instruments. Before taking his current position at Intel, he served as director of cable gateway products, managed the Service Provider and Product Marketing office and then became General Manager of the Service Provider Division. He led the acquisition and integration of Lantiq into CHD, and upon completing this process, assumed his current role. He started his engineering career in 1992 and joined Texas Instruments in 1999, serving in various business and engineering management roles over the course of 12 years.

Moderator

Sergei Guriev

Chief Economist, EBRD

Speakers

Maria Demertzis

Deputy Director, Bruegel

Simeon Djankov

Executive Director, Financial Markets Group, London School of Economics

Herman Gref

Chief Executive Officer, Sberbank

Ran Senderovitz

Vice President CCG, General Manager, Intel Israel

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Kerynia, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Banking on Full Recovery? The Financial Sector Post-Crisis

Nine years have passed since the eruption of the global financial crisis, but has the cocktail of remedies applied to safeguard financial stability led to a permanent hangover for banks? The panel will discuss the resilience and sustainability of the banking sector and the role that it can play in supporting long-term economic growth, while avoiding the volatility and excesses of the past.

Among the topics to be addressed are the lingering portfolios of Non-Performing Loans across much of the EBRD region, which is now the priority focus of the Vienna Initiative, and the challenges of the changed regulatory environment. Given the pressure on banks’ profitability and the growing relevance of “disruptive” technology in financial services, panellists will also consider whether bank business models need to be adapted to reflect different market dynamics and customer preferences.

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Fokion Karavias

CEO, Eurobank S.A.

Mr. Fokion Karavias holds the position of the CEO of Eurobank Ergasias SA and he is Member of the BoD of Eurobank. He has served as Senior General Manager Head of Group Corporate and Investment Banking, Capital Markets and Wealth Management from 2014 until 2015. He's been General Manager and member of the Group Executive Committee in the period 2005-2013 and Deputy General Manager and Treasurer in the period 2002-2005. He started his career in banking in 1991, at JP Morgan New York, in the market risk management division. In 1994, he joined Citibank Athens, responsible for derivative and fixed income business. In 1997, he joined Eurobank, as head of fixed income and derivatives trading. In 2000, he became Treasurer at Telesis Investment Bank. He is a Member of the BoD of Eurobank Private Bank Luxembourg SA. He holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, a Master's and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wojciech Sobieraj

CEO, Alior Bank

Wojciech Sobieraj - CEO Since April 2008 Wojciech Sobieraj is the President of the Management Board of Alior Bank, one of the most dynamically developing universal banks, and one of the most recognisable brands on the Polish banking market. The Bank continuously strengthens its market position by combining traditional banking with innovative solutions and products. Wojciech Sobieraj was Vice President of the Management Board of Bank BPH SA from 2002 to 2006, where he was responsible for the retail banking division. While employed at Bank BPH SA, he also held the posts of Chairperson of the Supervisory Boards of Górnośląski Bank Gospodarczy SA and BPH Bank Hipoteczny SA. Previously, in the years 1994-2002, he was an employee, manager and partner of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Boston, London and Warsaw. He was one of the creators of the BCG office in Warsaw, one of its directors and the first Polish partner of BCG. 

Carlo Vivaldi

Head of CEE Division, UniCredit

Mr Carlo Vivaldi started his career in 1991 as a teller in Cassamarca Bank, which merged into UniCredit in 1998. From 1993, he gained experience in various Planning and Control teams, thus becoming responsible for Planning and Control for the New Europe Division (today's CEE) in 2000. In 2003, he was appointed CFO of UniCredit’s subsidiary in Turkey and in 2007 he became Management Board Member and CFO at UniCredit Bank Austria AG (covering Austria and CEE), as well as member of several Supervisory Boards in CEE subsidiaries. In 2011, he started serving as Deputy CEO in UniCredit’s Turkish subsidiary, YapiKredi. Further to that, in 2015 he was appointed as the Group’s Head of CEE Division, Deputy Chairman of YapiKredi and Supervisory Board Member in Russia and UniCredit Foundations. Mr Vivaldi is member of the UniCredit Executive Management Committee.

Boris Vujčić

Governor, Croatian National Bank

Boris Vujčić holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Zagreb. He has also received diplomas in Economics from the Montpellier University (France) and was a pre-doctoral PhD Fullbright student at the Michigan State University. He joined the Croatian National Bank in 1997, and was Director of the Research Department for 3 years before becoming Deputy Governor in 2000, a position to which he was re-appointed in 2006. In July 2012, Mr Vujčić became Governor of the Croatian National Bank for a six-year term of office. He has been a Deputy Chief Negotiator in Republic of Croatia's negotiations with the European Union 2005-2012. He was also a member of the Global Development Network (GDN) Board in the same period. Now, he is a Member of the Steering Committee of the ESRB, since 2016, a Chairman of the Steering Committee of the Vienna Initiative, 2016. Mr Vujčić's fields of expertise are macro and monetary economics, international finance and labour economics.

Moderator

Nick Tesseyman

MD, Financial Institutions, EBRD

Speakers

Fokion Karavias

CEO, Eurobank S.A.

Wojciech Sobieraj

CEO, Alior Bank

Carlo Vivaldi

Head of CEE Division, UniCredit

Boris Vujčić

Governor, Croatian National Bank

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Jean Monnet Auditorium, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Georgia Investment Outlook Session

From Challenges to Achievements

Country factsheet

Georgia - Dimitry Kumishvili

 

Lasha Abashidze

Vice Mayor of Tbilisi, Tbilisi City Hall

Valeri Chekheria

CEO, Adjara Group Hospitality

Lok Home

President, The Robbins Company

Dimitry Kumsishvili

First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Georgia

Dimitry Kumsishvili is the First Vice Prime Minister since June 2016 and Minister of Finance since November 2016. Prior to his appointment he held various high positions in the public and private sectors. He is a former Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. While holding the various positions in the public sector he was an initiator of several structural reforms and also an initiator and active participant of the preparation process of various innovation projects for the purpose of local production stimulation, establishing Georgian production, providing its quality and developing production-focused industries. He is married and has three children.

Moderator

Bruno Balvanera

Director, Regional Head Caucasus, Moldova & Belarus, EBRD - Georgia

Speakers

Lasha Abashidze

Vice Mayor of Tbilisi, Tbilisi City Hall

Valeri Chekheria

CEO, Adjara Group Hospitality

Lok Home

President, The Robbins Company

Dimitry Kumsishvili

First Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Georgia

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Networking Lunch

Networking Breakfasts and Lunches are complimentary and open to all Annual Meeting participants.

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Kerynia, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Poland Investment Outlook Session

Poland: Solid and Inclusive Growth

Country factsheet

Poland - Pawel Chorazy

Poland - Piotr Nowak

 

Pawel Chorazy

Undersecretary of State, Republic of Poland

Paweł Chorąży has been a civil servant since 2001, working in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy and then in the Ministry of Regional Development and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Development. He was involved in issues relating to the World Bank’s Rural Development Program and the PHARE pre-accession funds. From 2004, he was the Director of the ESF Department. He was responsible for negotiations with the European Commission and the supervision of programs co-financed by the ESF from the beginning of Polish membership in the EU. HE coordinated projects supported under the European Globalization Adjustment Fund and collaboration under the OECD Program on Local Economic and Employment Development.

Piotr Nowak

Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Finance

Graduate of the Military Technical Academy in Warsaw and Warsaw School of Economics. He graduated from doctoral studies at the Warsaw School of Economics and an Executive MBA program at the Warsaw University of Technology. He holds a Certificate in Quantitative Finance. Associated with financial markets since 2004 working inter alia as foreign exchange dealer at PKO BP and a trader at CALYON Corporate & Investment Bank. From 2006 to 2010 he was Vice-President of a London hedge fund belonging to the group Swiss Re, dealing with Global Macro strategy (debt instruments, indices, derivatives and currencies of all emerging markets). He worked as a prop trader at Espirito Santo Investment Bank of Poland and at PKO TFI as deputy director of the department of management of debt securities' portfolio. In 2015 he worked as an economic expert at the President's Office, before being appointed as Undersecretary of State in. the Ministry of Finance in December 2015

Piotr Wiesiołek

Vice President, First Deputy Director, Narodowy Bank Polski

Mr Wiesiołek graduated from the Catholic University of Lublin. He completed post-graduate studies - Money and Banking - at the University of Warsaw. He started his career in banking in 1992 as securities analyst. He is a specialist in assets management, having both theoretical and practical knowledge acquired in European and US commercial banks, e.g. Deutsche Bank AG and JP Morgan, as well as several central banks. He served as vice president in several commercial banks as well as Bank Ochrony Środowiska (from 2001). In 2008, he was appointed Member of the Management Board of NBP and NBP Vice President, First Deputy President and reappointed to this post in 2014.

Grzegorz Zielinski

Regional Director, Poland and the Baltics, EBRD

He heads the Bank's Resident Office in Warsaw and oversees all operations of EBRD in Poland and the Baltic States. Mr Zieliński joined EBRD in 1998, from Ernst & Young, and became a banker in the Power, Energy & Utilities team in 2001. He had been responsible for the Bank's activities in the power sector in Poland and subsequently assumed the Central Europe regional responsibility for the power sector. Mr Zieliński has a degree in Business/Economics from the University of Gdansk, Poland, and a post-graduate certificate in European Integration from the EC Research Institute. He is also a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Moderator

Paweł Samecki

Member of the Board, Narodowy Bank Polski

Speakers

Pawel Chorazy

Undersecretary of State, Republic of Poland

Piotr Nowak

Undersecretary of State, Ministry of Finance

Piotr Wiesiołek

Vice President, First Deputy Director, Narodowy Bank Polski

Grzegorz Zielinski

Regional Director, Poland and the Baltics, EBRD

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Zenon Kitievs A, Level 0, Filoxenia Conference Centre
The Journey to Green Growth… Seeking Solutions to the Challenges

This event, organised by EBRD’s Environment and Sustainability Department, begins with a dynamic presentation of the Bank’s impact as we launch the EBRD’s Sustainability Report 2016, highlighting the accomplishments of the Bank and its clients during the year. 

A panel discussion then explores the concept of green growth and its relevance to EBRD’s countries of operations, the Bank’s role promoting effective green and inclusive growth, and the solutions necessary to achieve positive sustainable development. 

The event concludes with the 2017 EBRD Sustainability Awards which recognises achievements in four categories: Sustainable Energy; Climate Change Adaptation; Environmental and Social Best Practice; and Environmental and Social Innovation.

Meet our sustainability award judges.

Learn more about the Green Quality.

Cameron Hepburn

Director of Economics of Sustainability Programme, Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Professor Cameron Hepburn is Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School and a Fellow at New College, University of Oxford.  He is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and Co-Director of the Net Zero Carbon Investment Initiative at the Oxford Martin School. He has degrees in law and engineering, a doctorate in economics, and over 30 peer-reviewed publications in economics, public policy, law, engineering, philosophy, and biology. Cameron has advised governments (e.g. China, India, UK and Australia) and international institutions (e.g. OECD, UN organisations) on energy, resources and environmental policy.  He is a member of the Economics Advisory Group (with Lord Stern and Professor Helm) to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.

Ms Jacqueline McGlade

Division Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Jacqueline McGlade is currently Director of UN Environment’s Science Division. Prior to joining UNEP as Special Advisor to the Executive Director on knowledge management and science, Professor McGlade was Executive Director of the European Environment Agency from 2003-2013. Her activities continue to be focused on participatory knowledge systems and citizen science, the dynamics of ecosystems and planetary systems, sustainable development and the governance of natural resources, environmental informatics with particular reference to socio-economic transitions, technological innovation and policy analysis.

Dimitri Zenghelis

Joint-Head Climate Policy, London School of Economics

Dimitri Zenghelis is Joint-Head Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE. In 2014 he was Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He was recently Senior Economic Advisor to Cisco's long term innovation group and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was a senior economist on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown. Before working on climate change, Mr Zenghelis was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury. He has provided regular briefings to the Chancellor Gordon Brown and Prime Minister Tony Blair. He has also worked at Oxford Economics, the Institute of International Finance, Washington DC, and Tokai Bank Europe, London.

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Cameron Hepburn

Director of Economics of Sustainability Programme, Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Ms Jacqueline McGlade

Division Director, United Nations Environment Programme

Dimitri Zenghelis

Joint-Head Climate Policy, London School of Economics

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Jean Monnet Auditorium, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
The Private Sector as an Engine for Economic Inclusion

Nine out of ten jobs are created by the private sector worldwide, making it a major force for economic growth and prosperity across the EBRD region. However, the demand for talent and skills often remains unmet by formal education systems. This leaves young people without the skills needed to compete for jobs and firms unable to fill open positions. The EBRD’s unique economic inclusion approach supports clients across a wide range of sectors to address this skills mismatch and so enhance equitable access to jobs and training.

To mark the launch of the EBRD’s first Economic Inclusion Strategy 2017–2021, this session will explore the critical role of the private sector in addressing inclusion challenges, in partnership with policy stakeholders, to achieve inclusive and sustainable growth.

Following the Panel Discussion there will be a Press Conference for the launch of the Economic Inclusion Strategy.

Mr Suma Chakrabarti, EBRD President will open the session with the launch of the Bank’s first Economic Inclusion Strategy

Learn more about the Inclusive Quality.

Andrii Dykun

Chairman, Ukrainian Agri Council, Ukrainian Agri Council

Andrii Dykun is the Chairman of National Association of Sugar Producers of Ukraine and Head of Ukrainian Agri Council (UAC). The members of the Association are more than 200 enterprises, located throughout Ukraine.   He is also Co-chairman of the working group on dairy industry issues at Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine. This working group was founded with support of EBRD, the FAO and all sectorial NGOs. Mr Dykun is the Founder of agro-consulting company "DYKUN" which helps Ukrainian farmers to learn best worldwide practices and imply it in Ukraine. He was previously the Deputy Minister of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine and the President of Association of Milk Producers. Mr Dykun was educated at the Uman State Agrarian University, with Honors degree in Management and the Baltic business School, University of Kalmar, with an MBA.

Adel Elboseli

Cofounder, Shekra

Adel Boseli is the Head of Incubation in Qatar Business Incubation Center (QBIC); QBIC is one of the largest business incubators in the MENA region. He is also Cofounder of Ripples Fund and Shekra Crowdfunding; with a focus on advancing the entrepreneurial eco system in the region. Boseli is a senior advisor for Ahead of The Curve (ATC); MENA’s leading think tank and consultancy firm focusing on inclusive and sustainable economic growth. Moreover, he has been focusing on SME financing since 2009.

Dragica Pilipović Chaffey

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, United Group RS

Prior to becoming VP for Corporate Affairs at the United Group in July 2015, Dragica Pilipović Chaffey served as CEO of SBB (member of the United Group), largest telco operator in Former Yugoslavia region. Besides her position in SBB, until November 2014, Ms Pilipović Chaffey was appointed by the EBRD as non-executive director of Komercijalna Banka, second largest bank in Serbia. Since June 2015, she serves as a member of the Supervisory Board of Addiko bank, Austria. Between November 1991 and April 2008 Ms Pilipović Chaffey held a number of posts within the EBRD: Country Director of Serbia and Montenegro (2003 - 2007) and Russia (1999 - 2003), Departmental Director in charge of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Between 1976 and 1991, Dragica worked for the IMF in Washington DC. She began as Junior Researcher and rose to senior positions in charge of macroeconomic research. Ms Pilipović Chaffey holds an MBA in business and finance and a BA in Economy.

Uwe Wieckenberg

Director of Programmes, STA – Elsewedy Technical Academy

Mr. Wieckenberg has been working in the area of international TVET for more than 25 years for different international institutions. He joined the ElSewedy Technical Academy (STA), a corporate Technical Secondary School in Egypt in August 2016 as Programme Director.

Moderator

Barbara Rambousek

Lead Economist, Economic Inclusion, EBRD

Keynote

Iveta Radičová

Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic (2010-2012)

Speakers

Andrii Dykun

Chairman, Ukrainian Agri Council, Ukrainian Agri Council

Adel Elboseli

Cofounder, Shekra

Dragica Pilipović Chaffey

Vice President, Corporate Affairs, United Group RS

Uwe Wieckenberg

Director of Programmes, STA – Elsewedy Technical Academy

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Halkos, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre
Ukraine Investment Outlook Session

Time to Convert Reforms into Investments

Country factsheet

 

 

Sevki Acuner

Director, Head of Ukraine, EBRD - Kiev

Sevki Acuner was appointed EBRD Director in Ukraine on 3 April 2013. He previously held the position of EBRD Deputy Country Director for Turkey. During his 21-year career at the EBRD, Mr. Acuner held senior management positions in the Credit Risk and Agribusiness departments before being appointed to Turkey in 2009. He started his new assignment on 1 June 2013. Prior to joining the EBRD, Sevki Acuner worked at the Central Bank of Turkey, the Bank of Montreal and the Royal Bank of Canada in various countries in North America and Europe. Mr. Acuner is a Turkish national and holds a BSc in Management from Bosporus University, Istanbul, and an MBA from Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.

Oleg Churiy

Deputy Head, National Bank of Ukraine

Oleg Churiy has over 20 years' experience in banking, starting at International Payments Department of INKO Bank JSC. He held managing positions at several banking and financial institutions, including BNP-Dresdner Bank Ukraine and Bank Austria Creditanstalt Ukraina (since 2002 - Hypovereinsbank Ukraine JSC). Recent appointment included Head of Investment Business Department at Ukrsibbank (currently part of BNP Paribas Group) and Head of Fixed-Income Instruments at VTB Bank Ukraine. In 2014 he started his public service as Director of the Open Market Operations Department and currently Deputy Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine. He holds a degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, major in Composite Powder Materials and Coverage, and Degree in Economics, Banking Management from Higher Bank School of International Institute for Market Economy and Enterprises of "Market" Centre. Oleg Churiy is a CFA Charterholder and member of CFA Society Ukraine.

Oleksandr Danylyuk

Minister of Finance, EBRD Governor, Ukraine

Oleksandr Danyliuk was appointed Minister of Finance in 2016, with the key objectives of promoting: a better investment climate in Ukraine, transparent rules of doing business for Ukrainian entrepreneurs and foreign investors and public finance reform. He joined public service in 2005 as economic advisor to the Ukrainian Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov, where he carried out privatization of state-owned enterprises, including Kryvorizhstal, Ukraine's largest integrated steel company. Mr. Danyliuk chaired the Economic Reforms Coordination Center Prior to that, he worked at McKinsey & Company London and Moscow. Between 2006 and 2010, he chaired the Rurik Investment fund operating in London and Luxembourg. He graduated from the National Technical University of Ukraine with a degree in electric engineering in 1998. He also studied at the Kyiv Institute of Investment Management (1995) and obtained an MBA from the Indiana University Kelly School of Business in 2001.

Alex Lissitsa

Executive Director, CEO, IMC

Dr. Alex Lissitsa is CEO of the Warsaw Stock Exchange listed Ukrainian agricultural company IMC and acts as President of the largest Ukrainian agribusiness association UCAB. IMC is top 7 agricultural producer in country operating 136,6 tsd ha farmland and having 550 tsd t of storage facilities in Central and North Ukraine. The company works together with EBRD (since 2016) and IFC (since 2013). Dr. Lissitsa advises also several Ukrainian policy makers in agricultural issues.  He obtained his PhD in agricultural economics in 2001 (Humbold-Universität zu Berlin, Germany). 

Andrii Mitchenko

Chief Executive Officer, Ecosoft

Andrii Mitchenko was born in Kyiv, Ukraine on 23 January 1976.

In 1998 graduated the Faculty of Chemistry at Lomonosov Moscow State University with a major in biochemistry and enzymology and received Master’s degree in Chemistry. In 2003 did PhD in water chemistry and ecology from Kyiv Institute for Sorption and Problems of Endoecology. The PhD research dedicated to water purification methods which were lately used in development of water purification products by Ecosoft SPC LTD.

From 1998-2016  occupied different positions at Ecosoft SPC LTD resulted in development of the business which is a full-cycle international manufacturer of water treatment equipment.

From 2016 CEO of Ecosoft International Group focused on leadership in water purification manufacturing and distribution for household and commercial application.

Mykhailo Titarchuk

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Moderator

Francis Malige

MD, Eastern Europe & Caucasus, EBRD - Kiev

Speakers

Sevki Acuner

Director, Head of Ukraine, EBRD - Kiev

Oleg Churiy

Deputy Head, National Bank of Ukraine

Oleksandr Danylyuk

Minister of Finance, EBRD Governor, Ukraine

Alex Lissitsa

Executive Director, CEO, IMC

Andrii Mitchenko

Chief Executive Officer, Ecosoft

Mykhailo Titarchuk

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

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Yiasemi, Level 0, Filoxenia Press Centre
Forum Partner Session: Eurobank Cyprus

Shipping and Shipping Prospects in Cyprus

In a rapidly changing environment, where the shipping industry is facing key challenges, but still maintains its key role in the global economy, we are planning to explore the opportunities that Cyprus is providing to the global transport industry and the way it facilitates the business needs of ship-owners and operators. Focus will be given on ease of doing business and one stop shop services.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marios Demetriades

Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works

Marios Demetriades has been Cyprus Minister of Transport, Communications and Works since March 2014. He has focused mainly on the Maritime and Aviation sectors, recently completing the commercialization of the country's largest commercial port, Limassol, attracting international port operators such as Eurogate and DP World. Before joining the government, he was a Manager at Piraeus Bank for six years. Prior to that, he worked at Laiki Bank Group for approximately 9 years in the Investment Management sector. He has been a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute since 2000 and is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Cyprus. From 1996 to 1998 he was manager of the local office of Ernst&Young in Paphos. He trained as a Chartered Accountant with BDO Stoy Hayward in London and studied Business, Finance and Economics at the University of East Anglia, UK.

 

Acis Montanios

Managing Partner, Montanios & Montanios LLC, Advocates & Legal Consultants

Acis Montanios, born in Cyprus, studied law at the Council of Legal Education in London and was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple. He served in the Cyprus National Guard as a Second Lieutenant. He joined the law firm of Montanios &Montanios and is now its CEO. He specialized in all aspects of maritime and admiralty law and has contributed articles in Shipping Finance publications. He served as a member of the Ad Hoc Legal Committee of the Cyprus Shipping Council and as a member of the Law Reform Committee on Merchant Shipping. Since 1990 he serves as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Mali in Cyprus and was decorated by the French Government with the insignia of the Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite.

Philippos Philis

Chairman & CEO, Lemissoler Navigation Co. Ltd

Philippos Philis is the founder of Lemissoler and has been MD since its establishment in 1996. He is a Chairman and CEO of the Group since 2009. In 1997, he started IMCL, a feeder operator in Baltic Sea which became the market leader and merged with Unifeeder in 2009. He held a Dipl. Ing. in Mechanical Engineering from RWTH Aachen. He is specialized in Expert Applications in Logistics and completed the Private Equity and Venture Capital executive course at the Harvard Business School. He is an elected member and the VP of the BOD of the Cyprus Shipping Chamber. He is a member of the BOD of European Communities Shipowners' Associations, of International Chamber of Shipping, of DNV GL Cyprus Committee. He is an elected member of American Bureau of Shipping, a member of the Scientific & Technical Chamber of Cyprus and the IMarEST. He is also a member of the BOD of USB Bank.

Moderator

Platon Monokrousos

Deputy General Manager, Eurobank S.A.

Speakers

Marios Demetriades

Minister of Transport, Communications and Works, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works

Acis Montanios

Managing Partner, Montanios & Montanios LLC, Advocates & Legal Consultants

Philippos Philis

Chairman & CEO, Lemissoler Navigation Co. Ltd

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Yiasemi, Level 0, Press Centre, Filoxenia Press Centre
EBRD Alumni Reception

The EBRD Alumni Association will hold a reception for former employees of the EBRD attending the Business Forum. This will be a chance to network, to re-connect with old friends and colleagues, and to meet members of management and senior staff.

Invitation only – enquiries to:

alumnie@ebrd.com

Speaker information coming soon.
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