2018 Speakers

Melanie Richards
Deputy Chair and Board Member, KPMG UK
Melanie joined KPMG in 2000 to develop the Debt Advisory practice. She has more than 30 years of banking experience. As Deputy Chair, she works with the Chairman and Board in setting KPMG’s strategic direction and determining major policy positions. 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.
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Jaspreet Sangha
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Marina Mahathir
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Robert Hannigan CMG
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Annu Nieminen
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Joumanna Bercetche
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Elizabeth Linder
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Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE
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Bia Bedri
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Ed Williams
Vice Chairman of Edelman Europe and CEO of Edelman's UK&I
Pinky Lilani CBE DL
Founder and Chairman, Women of the Future Programme
Melanie Richards
Deputy Chair and Board Member, KPMG UK
Catherine Mayer
President, Women's Equality Party
Koen Vandecaveye
Innovation & Life Sciences Lead, London & Partners
Sacha Romanovitch
CEO, Grant Thornton
Saker Nusseibeh
Chief Executive Officer, Hermes Investment Management
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE
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