2016 Speakers

Alexander Betts, Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford

Alexander Betts is Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs, and Director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the economics and politics of refugees. His books include Survival Migration: Failed Governance and the Crisis of Displacement (Cornell University Press, 2013), Mobilising the Diaspora: How Refugees Challenge Authoritarianism (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Refugee Economies: Forced Displacement and Development (Oxford University Press, 2016). He has previously worked for UNHCR and as a consultant to a range of governments and international organisations including UNICEF, OCHA, and UNDP. He has written for the New York Times, the Guardian, and Foreign Affairs, and appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, and Al Jazeera. He is the founder of the Humanitarian Innovation Project, a TED speaker, and has been honoured as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Julie Chakraverty, Founder, Rungway

Julie is the Founder of Rungway, the new mentoring app to give and get workplace advice. She also serves as the Senior Independent Director at Aberdeen Asset Management where she is Chairman of the Risk Committee, and former Chairman of the Innovation Committee. Julie was a Board Member of UBS Investment Bank and chaired the UBS Women’s Network, ‘All Bar None’. In 2013 she was recognized in The Times as the youngest female director of a FTSE-100 company, aged 41.

Mike Coupe, Chief Executive, Sainsbury’s

Mike was appointed Chief Executive of Sainsbury’s in 2014. He has been a member of the operating board since 2004 and an Executive Director since 2007. He joined Sainsbury’s from Big Food Group where he was a Board Director of Big Food Group and Managing Director of Iceland Food Stores. He previously worked for both ASDA and Tesco, where he served in a variety of senior management roles. Mike is also a Non-Executive Director at Greene King.

Julie Etchingham, Presenter and Broadcaster

Julie presents News at Ten and Tonight for ITV. She was the first woman to co-anchor a UK election night programme and to be given an RTS award for News Presentation. She has fronted ITV’s coverage of the Royal Wedding; has been a key anchor for their UK and US election programmes and has interviewed major figures such as Hillary Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi and Prince William. Prior to her work at ITV, Julie worked for Sky News and the BBC.

Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City

Alicia leads the administration’s efforts to grow and diversify New York City’s economy, invest in emerging industries across the five boroughs, build a new generation of affordable housing, and help New Yorkers secure good-paying jobs. Prior to being Deputy Mayor, Alicia has held high profile positions including Assistant Commissioner for Housing Finance at the New York City Department of Housing, Preservation and Development; Associate Attorney at Fulbright & Jaworski and at Kalkines, Arky, Zall & Bernstein and Head of the Urban Investment Group (UIG) at Goldman Sachs.

Dr Rebecca Harding, Economist, BAA

Rebecca is Chief Economist at the BBA and the Co-founder and CEO of Equant-Analytics. She is a serial technology entrepreneur and has held senior roles in internationally, including Founder and CEO of Delta Economics, Senior Fellow at London Business School, CEO of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor worldwide, Head of Corporate Research at Deloitte and Chief Economist at the Work Foundation. Rebecca is a Director of the German British Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts, an Academician for the Academy of Learned Societies for the Social Sciences and a member of the Society of Business Economists.


Shivvy Jervis, Futurist & Presenter, Digital Futures

Shivvy is well known for her work as the creator and producer/host of a long-running online video series, Digital Futures, that regularly draws 350K+ viewers per episode and over 9.5 millions views to date. She curates dialogues on the impact of emerging technologies with industry heavyweights and new founders alike. Her series is backed by the world’s third largest digital telco (for whom she is also Head of Digital Media).

Dr Keyu Jin, Tenured Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

Dr Keyu Jin’s expertise is in international macroeconomics and the Chinese economy. Her research has focused on global imbalances as well as China’s growth model. Her academic articles are published in leading journals such as the American Economic Review. She writes widely for the media including the Financial Times and Project Syndicate. She is on the advisory board of Richemont and has consulted for the World Bank, the IMF, the New York Fed and Bank of England. Keyu holds a BA, MA and PhD from Harvard University.

Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times

As Deputy Editor of the Financial Times, Roula provides strategic direction for the FT’s editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents. Prior to this role, she served as the FT’s Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor, responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. As the FT’s Middle East Editor, she led the coverage of the Arab Spring. Her specialist areas are Iraq; the Gulf; North Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Jane Marriott, Director, UK’s Joint International Counter Terrorism Unit

Jane is the Director of the UK’s new Joint International Counter Terrorism Unit. Formerly Ambassador to Sana’a, Yemen and acting Ambassador to Tehran, she has also been posted in Iraq (twice) and Afghanistan; worked for the US Department of State under Richard C. Holbrooke and CENTCOM under General Petraeus. She has also worked in the Cabinet Office, Home Office and Ministry of Defence.

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Vice President, Facebook EMEA

Nicola was appointed Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa for Facebook in 2013. She is the Co-Chair of the Creative Industries Council alongside Secretaries of State for DCMS and BEIS – a joint forum between the UK creative industries and government. She is also a Director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, and a Non-Executive Director of Diageo. In 2015 she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries. Nicola has previously held the role of President of the IPA (the advertising industry trade body) and was the first woman president in its 96 year history.

Kathleen Mitchell, Vice President EMEA, Stella & Dot

Kathleen is Vice President EMEA at Stella & Dot, a global fashion business whose innovative business model combines the best of direct sales with ecommerce, retail merchandising and social media in order to revolutionise entrepreneurial opportunities for women. Prior to this role, Kathleen led a division of L’Oréal. Kathleen is an experienced, creative and resourceful leader with a strong track record of success in consumer product. She is also a proven business builder with entrepreneurial drive and a passion for helping women to achieve success and life balance.

Melanie Richards, Vice Chair and Board Member, KPMG UK

Melanie is a Partner at KPMG and has over 30 years of banking experience. She was appointed to the KPMG UK Board in 2012 and later as Vice Chair of KPMG UK in October 2014. Melanie is a passionate champion of diversity and inclusion – she is a founding member of the 30% Club Steering Committee, a pioneering campaign focused on increasing female representation in FTSE Boards and Leadership. Melanie is a Trustee of The Eve Appeal and Orbis UK and Governor of Eastbourne College.

Brie Rogers Lowery, UK Director and Deputy Managing Director for Europe, Change.org

Brie is the UK Director and Deputy Managing Director for Europe at Change.org, the world’s largest online petition website with 165 million users worldwide and over 12 million in the UK. Brie has a decade of experience in online campaigning and has worked with a range of International and UK NGOs helping them harness the power of technology to build better global communities. Brie was awarded Women of the Future for Tech & Digital in 2014.

Sir John Sawers, Chairman and Partner, Macro Advisory

In his current role, John provides investors, corporations and governments with the strategic insights required to navigate the intersection of global markets, geopolitics and government policy. Prior to this role, John was Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6). He has also been the UK’s Ambassador to the United Nations (2007-2009), Political Director of the Foreign Office (2003-2007), Special Representative in Iraq (2003), Ambassador to Cairo (2001-2003) and Foreign Policy Adviser to Prime Minister Tony Blair (1999-2001). John is a Non-Executive Director of BP.

Rabia Siddique, Humanitarian, Speaker, Author

Rabia is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, coach and published author. She has undertaken human rights and community aid work all over the world, receiving awards including a Queen’s commendation in 2006 and runner up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009. This year, Rabia was selected as a state finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and has been appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence. She is a TEDx speaker and mother to triplet boys.

Stan Sthanunathan, Executive Vice President – Consumer & Market Insights, Unilever

Stan is Executive Vice President of Consumer & Market Insights at Unilever, London. He heads up the insights function globally for Unilever. Prior to joining Unilever, he was Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Insights for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta and Head of Knowledge & Insights for the Asia Group of Coca-Cola based in Hong Kong. He is a Board Member at the Advertising Research Foundation; the Chairman of Online Data Quality Council of ARF, Patron of The Market Research Society and he lectures at the Sloan School of Management (MIT), Yale University and the University of Wisconsin.