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Paulo Gustavo Franklin de Abreu, Head of Business Collaboration and Strategy, Embraer (Brasil)
Paulo Gustavo Franklin de Abreu works at Embraer as the Head of Business Strategy and Collaboration. He is an economist, with MBA and M.Sc. degrees in business administration from Fundação Don Cabral (FDC) and specialization in finance and marketing. He has served as a speaker at Strategic and Competitive Intelligence Professionals (SCIP) Conferences and other aerospace events in Brazil, in the US and Europe. More recently, he has been speaking in MBA courses at top business schools in Brazil. He has hands-on experience in corporate strategy, international alliances, sales, marketing, production planning and other related activities. He has served as a SCIP board member from 2008 to 2010.

Professor Julian Birkinshaw, London Business School
Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategic and International Management at the London Business School,  and the Deputy Dean for Programmes. He is co-founder of the Management Lab (MLab), a Fellow of the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK), and a Fellow of the Academy of International Business. He has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009. Julian Birkinshaw's main area of expertise is in the strategy and management of large multinational corporations, and on such specific issues as corporate entrepreneurship, innovation, subsidiary-headquarters relationship, knowledge management, network organisations, and global customer management. In 1998 the leading British Management magazine Management Today profiled Julian Birkinshaw as one of six of the “Next Generation of Management Gurus”. He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and The Times.

Thomas Buberl, CEO, AXA Konzern AG
Mr. Thomas Buberl has served as Member of the Executive Committee and Chief Executive Officer of AXA Germany at Axa SA as of January 16, 2012. He joined the Company from Zurich Financial Services (ZFS) where he was Chief Executive Officer for Switzerland from 2008. Before joining ZFS, he worked for the Winterthur Group from 2005 to 2008 as Member of the Management Board of Winterthur in Switzerland, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer. Before joining Winterthur, he worked at Boston Consulting Group from 2000 till 2005 as consultant for the banking and insurance sector in Germany and abroad. Thomas holds a 'Diplomkaufmann' degree from WHU Koblenz, Germany, a MBA from Lancaster University, United Kingdom and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Universitaet St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Professor Timothy Devinney, Devinney, University of Technology, Sydney
Timothy Devinney (BSc CMU; MA, MBA, PhD Chicago) is Professor of Strategy at the University of Technology, Sydney. He has held positions at the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt, UCLA and Australian Graduate School of Management and been a visitor at many other universities. He has published seven books and more than ninety articles in leading journals including Management Science, The Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Organization Science and the Strategic Management Journal. He is a fellow of the Academy of International Business, a recipient of an Alexander von Humboldt Research Award and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellow. He is Past-Chair of the International Management Division of the AOM and Co-Editor of AOM Perspectives. He currently on the editorial board of over 10 of the leading journals, Director of the SSRN international management network and co-editor of the Advances in International Management Series (Emerald).

Michael Drexler, Senior Director, Head of Investor Industries, World Economic Forum
Post-doctoral fellowship in applied mathematics, Stanford University 1997-98; Doctorate in mathematics (non-linear systems), University of Oxford 1997; MSc in electronic engineering, Technical University at Munich 1994; Since 2011, Head of Investors Industry (Private Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds, Institutional Investors and Sovereign Wealth Funds), World Economic Forum; 2009-2011, part-time Senior Advisor, Financial Services Industries, World Economic Forum; 2002-2011 at Barclays Capital in various positions, among which: Managing Director and global head of strategy for corporate/investment/private banking, global head of Financial Decision Support, chief of staff to chairman of Barclays plc, Director in Principal Investments; 1998-2002, management consultant at McKinsey, London Office

Barbara Enzinger, Head of Marketing Mc Donalds CEE
Barbara Enzinger is currently Head of Marketing & Communications at WU Vienna University of Economics and Business. Previously she served as Head Marketing & Communications at Die Presse Medien GesmbH, Management Supervisor & HR Manager at Ogilvy & Mather, Client Service Director at Barci & Partner/ Young & Rubicam, Head Marketing at max.mobil (now T-Mobile) and as Director Marketing & Communications at McDonald´s Central Europe.

  Takis Georgakopoulos, CFO, Global Corporate Bank
Takis Georgakopoulos is the Worldwide CFO of Corporate Banking at JP Morgan. Prior to joining JP Morgan, he was a Partner at McKinsey's New York Financial Institutions Group, serving several of the largest universal and investment banks. Takis holds a PhD from the Technical University of Athens and an MA in Mathematics of Finance from Columbia University.

Adam Gilbert, Head Mr. Adam M. Gilbert, Managing Director, Regulatory Policy, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Adam is currently Managing Director in the Risk Management Services Group. He also co-heads the firm’s Basel II regulatory capital implementation effort and advises businesses on regulatory matters. Adam joined JPMorgan in April 1997 and served in various corporate executive positions and has participated in numerous industry initiatives. He is currently a member of several trade association groups on regulatory capital. His previous career includes Federal Reserve Bank of New York  and the Secretariat of the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision. Adam received a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Political Science.

Charles Haswell, Group Head of Regulatory Policy and Development, HSBC
Charles Haswell is Group Head of Regulatory Policy and Development, HSBC Group. Prior to this position, he was Managing Director for China Affairs at HSBC, and China group strategy at RBS. Before joining the financial sector, Charles worked for the Foreign Office, where he became a China expert, including as Director of Trade and Investment for China.

  Professor Robert Hoskisson, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business, Rice University

Dr. Robert E. Hoskisson is  George R. Brown Professor of Management at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Robert E. Hoskisson's research topics focus on corporate governance, acquisitions and divestitures, international diversification, privatization and cooperative strategy. He teaches courses in corporate and international strategic management, cooperative strategy and strategy consulting, among others. He has served on several editorial boards for such publications as the Academy of Management Journal (consulting editor), Strategic Management Journal, Journal of Management (associate editor) and Organization Science. In addition to co-authoring two books, his research has appeared in numerous leading publications. He is a Fellow of the Strategic Management Society and the Academy of Management. Robert Hoskisson is also the President-Elect of the Strategic Management Society.

Professor Michael Jacobides, London Business School
Michael G Jacobides holds the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at London Business School where he is an Associate Professor of Strategy & Entrepreneurship. He studies industry evolution, firm boundaries and organizational design, and teaches courses on corporate turnarounds. In addition to his extensive academic publishing in management journals, he has worked with over 30 global corporations on strategy and executive development and has written for HBR, Forbes and the FT. Trained as an economist before turning to strategy, he has taken a behavioural / evolutionary approach to organizations and institutions. He studied in Athens, Cambridge, Stanford and Wharton (PhD), and has been on the faculties of Wharton and Harvard Business School.

Professor Christoph Lechner, Universität St Gallen
Dr. Christoph Lechner operated in various functions for the Deutsche Bank Group from 1987 to 1995. Dr. Lechner served as Guest professor at the University Connecticut (USA) in 2002/2003 and at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2004, Dr. Lechner has been a professor for Strategic Management at the University of St. Gallen as well as Chairman of the Director of the Institute of Business Administration (IfB). He has been Non Executive Director of Huegli Holding AG since 2001. Dr. Lechner has been Director of Helvetia Versicherungen since 2006. He serves as Member of the Board of Directors of Helvetia Holding AG. He received his degree in political economy (USA) and business administration (USA). He received his doctorate and professorship at the University of St. Gallen.

Thomas Luippold, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, Zurich
Dr. Thomas Luippold has led the BCG´s Swiss Financial Services practice for many years and heads the relationship with several leading financial service companies in Switzerland and Europe. Thomas' project experience covers a broad range of topics, including strategy, corporate development, value management, growth and sales effectiveness, organizational and operational excellence, process and cost optimization as well as restructuring and transformation. Prior to joining BCG, Thomas Luippold worked for UBS in the area of Structured and Leveraged Finance in Zurich and New York. He holds a bank education from Deutsche Bank. Thomas studied Business Administration at the Universities of Munich and St. Gallen and holds a PhD in Finance from St. Gallen University (HSG). In addition, Dr. Luippold teaches Strategic Management as a professor at the Universities of Trier (D) and Vienna (A).

  Professor William Mitchell, Fuqua School of Business
William Mitchell is the J. Rex Fuqua Professor of International Management at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Will also holds the Anthony S. Fell Chair in New Technologies and Commercialization at the University of Toronto, where he currently serves as a Visiting Professor of Strategic Management in the Rotman School of Management. Will is a faculty associate of Duke’s Health Sector Management Program, Global Health Initiative, and Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. He studies business dynamics in developed and emerging markets, investigating how businesses change as their competitive environments change and, in turn, how the business changes contribute to ongoing corporate and social success or failure. He teaches courses in business dynamics, emerging market strategy, corporate strategy, health sector management, entrepreneurship, and pharmaceutical strategy.

Jan Mühlfeit, Chairman, Microsoft Europe
Jan joined Microsoft in 1993, and during his 16 year tenure with Microsoft he has been the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions, including the President’s Award for Excellence. He was elected Manager of the Year in 1999, and named Czech IT Personality of the Year three times. He is Vice-Chairman of the European Academy of Business in Society, a Board Member of Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Europe and AIESEC.He is Co-Chairman of the European Industry Leadership Board and represents Microsoft on the Transatlantic Business Dialogue. Jan is a frequent speaker at a variety of global technology, leadership, philanthropic, and educational events. He is a graduate of the Czech Technical University.

Markus Nordberg, Resources Coordinator of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN, Geneva
Markus Nordberg is the Resources Coordinator of the ATLAS project at CERN, Switzerland, where his responsibilities include budget planning and resources allocation for the ATLAS project. He has a background in project management, technology transfer and corporate strategy. He has published articles and books in the domains of innovation, strategy and project management and technology transfer.He has also served as Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centrum voor Bedrijfseconomie, Faculty ESP-Solvay Business School, University of Brussels, and as a member of the Academy of Management, Strategic Management Society and the Association of Finnish Parliament Members and Scientists, TUTKAS. He has a degree both in Physics and in Business Administration.

Ivan Pilný, President Tuesday Business Network
Ivan Pilný is active as an independent entrepreneur, business development consultant, author, speaker and commentator. As President of Tuesday Business Network and Czech “Dragon´s Den” investor he has become a venture investment authority. A graduate from Technical University Prague, he served as IT developer, hardware and software engineer, publisher and later CEO of Computer Center and owner of successful private company specializing in computer education. Between 1992 and 1998 he was the founding CEO of  Microsoft Czech and Slovak Republics with responsibility for local sales and marketing, including building the local MS team. Later he joined Czech Telecom, the national operator as its Chairman of the Board of Directors. In 2002 he was CEO of eTel, Central European alternative carrier.

Mike Poulos, Oliver Wyman Consultants
Michael Poulos is the Head of Oliver Wyman - Financial Services in the Americas and a member of the firm’s global Management Committee. In that role, he oversees a team of 400 staff, serving clients in the US, Canada and Latin America.  With the firm since 1993, Michael has served senior executives at some of the largest and most sophisticated banks, insurers and private equity houses around the world on issues of M&A, business strategy, finance and risk management, and operational implementation. His work has ranged across industry sectors from commercial banking, capital markets, and insurance. He is a frequent speaker at industry events, the author of thought pieces on a wide array of topics, and is regularly quoted in the press on industry issues. Michael holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Professor Joan Enric Ricart, IESE Business School, Barcelona
Joan E. Ricart is professor of economics and strategic management and head of IESE's Strategic Management Department. Prof. Ricart holds IESE's Carl Schroeder Chair of Strategic Management; in 2010-11 he served as President of the Strategic Management Society. He is also founding president of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) and vice-president of the Iberoamerican Academy of Management. Prof. Ricart holds a Ph.D. in managerial economics from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the Universitat Politécnica de Catalunya and a Ph.D. in business administration and economics from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona. His areas of interest are strategic management, corporate governance, organizational design, the economics of organizations and off-shoring. He has taught and conducted research in diverse settings including Harvard Business School. Prof. Ricart has published numerous books and authored a number of articles in international and national journals.

Professor Timo Santalainen, Aalto University
Timo J. Santalainen's career concept is a combination of academia, business and consulting. His previous academic positions include professorships at Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management, Texas Tech University and Management Centre Europe. He has held senior executive positions in retailing, banking and world sports organizations. Currently he is President of STRATNET, a Geneva-based network of strategy advisors, and Adjunct Professor of Strategy and International Management at Aalto University Business School and at Lappeenranta University of Technology. His most recent field of interest is strategic management and thinking in transformational and parastatal organizations such as telecommunications, energy, sports, public service and research. He has been a strategy adviser and Board member for many of these organizations throughout the world. Timo Santalainen is Founding Member of Strategic Management Society. He is the author or co-author of ten books, numerous chapters in books and articles in leading international publications.

Petr Šmída, Chairman of thew Board, Alfa Bank
Alfa-Bank Russia re-appointed Petr Smida to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors in October 2011. Petr has had a distinguished career in banking and financial services. After acquiring the financial services business he co-founded, GE appointed him CEO of GE Money Bank Czech Republic, then he became Global Senior Vice President of Consumer Finance with responsibility for 36 countries. Petr was then recruited to become CEO and Chairman of Alfa Bank, which he grew five-fold and led it to what the banking industry press recognized as “The Best Bank in Russia” in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The recipient of numerous leadership and management awards, his personal success and impact as a leader have been recognized internationally in publications such as Euromoney Magazine and Global Finance Magazine. Petr is a graduate of the Prague School of Economics.

Josef Waltl, President, European Petroleum Industry Association
Dr. Josef Waltl was elected to lead EUROPIA, the European Petroleum Industry Association in June 2010. Dr. Waltl is born in Austria and holds degrees in electrical engineering and economics. He joined Shell in 1977 and held senior executive roles in Austria, Hungary, UK, Netherlands and Germany, where he was the CEO of Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH. He closed his carrier with Shell as Downstream Executive Vice President Retail in 2009.

Professor Richard Whittington, Oxford University
Richard Whittington teaches strategy at the Saïd Business School and New College, where he is Millman Fellow in Business. Amongst Richard's nine books are the prize-winning What is Strategy - and Does it matter? and the biggest selling strategy textbook in Europe, Exploring Strategy.  His research is featured regularly in the Financial Times, the Sunday times and People Management.  He has published in leading journals such as the Journal of Management Studies, Organization Science, Organization Studies and the Strategic Management Journal. Richard has held full or visiting appointments at the Harvard Business School, HEC Paris, Imperial College, the University of Technology Sydney, the University of Toulouse and the Warwick Business School.

Jan Zadák, Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Enterprise Marketing, Hewlett Packard
Dr. Jan Zadak served as Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Enterprise Marketing until March 2012. Previously he was senior vice president and managing director for HP Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and prior to this role Jan Zadak led the Enterprise Business Sales organization in EMEA.  He joined Compaq Computer in 1997 and held several senior management roles in EMEA’s emerging markets including Central & Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Before joining Compaq, Zadak spent five years with Olivetti Czech Republic. A native of the Czech Republic, Zadak graduated from the Czech Technical University of Prague, Faculty of Electrical Engineering in1988.

Profesor Christoph Zott, IESE Business School, Barcelona

Christoph Zott is a Professor of Entrepreneurship at IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, which he joined in 2008, after ten years of service on the entrepreneurship faculty of INSEAD (Fontainebleau / France). His research centers on resource management in entrepreneurial firms, more specifically, the design of business models that combine the resources of entrepreneurial firms with those of suppliers, customers, and partners; the acquisition and mobilization of resources through entrepreneurs’ social influence actions; and the deployment of resources through firms’ dynamic capabilities. Chris Zott has published on these topics at the intersection of strategy and entrepreneurship in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Organization Science, and the Strategic Management Jour