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Mr. Roy Niederhoffer

Mr. Roy Niederhoffer graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1987 with a degree in Computational Neuroscience. After working for another hedge fund for 5 years, he founded R. G. Niederhoffer Capital Management, Inc. (“RGNCM”), in 1993. Since then, RGNCM has employed a quantitative, behavioral finance-based strategy to trade equities, fixed income, foreign exchange and commodities to provide returns that are both valuable on a stand-alone basis and also provide significant downside protection to clients' portfolios.
 

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Mr. Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson became USCIB's 15th president in April 2005. USCIB, founded in 1945, is a policy advocacy and trade services organization dedicated to promoting an open system of global commerce in which business can flourish and contribute to economic growth, human welfare and protection of the environment.

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Dr. Amit Mitra

Dr. Amit Mitra served as Secretary General of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) until May 16, 2011. Dr. Mitra serves as a Director of IDBI and Gas Authority of India Ltd. He also serves on the Advisory Board of India Fund, UTI. Dr. Mitra served as an Additional Director of Steel Authority of India Ltd from March 25, 2003 to March 24, 2006. He served as a Non Official Part-time Director at National Aviation Company of India Limited since March 2010. He served as an Independent Director of Bata India Ltd. from February 2005 to April 26, 2006.

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Lord Michael Hastings

Lord Michael Hastings is the International Director of Corporate Citizenship and Diversity at KPMG, one of the world's leading providers of Audit, Tax and Advisory services. According to him, an effective, proactive citizen must use the privilege of his position, the significance of his skills, the investment of others in him, the gift of his talents and thus, bring that to bear to move the needle forward again to support people at the margins of the society, to take on the big and challenging themes of our world and to make a difference.
 

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Mr. Edward Dolman

Edward Dolman, Chairman and CEO, leads Phillips with a breadth of art market experience. Since coming to the helm in July 2014, Edward Dolman’s leadership skills, amplified by his near 30-year tenure at Christie’s, ten of which as CEO, and more recently as Acting CEO and Director of the office of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, have served to usher in a new era at Phillips.

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Mr. Bob Annibale

Bob Annibale is Global Director of Citi Microfinance. He leads Citi’s commercial relationships with microfinance institutions, on a multi-business and multi-product basis, providing financing and product partnerships to institutions that serve the poor and those without access to bank services.

Mr Annibale joined Citibank in 1982. After a first assignment in Athens, he held a number of senior treasury, risk, and corporate positions in Citigroup in Bahrain, Kenya, London, and New York.

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His Excellency Matti Vanhanen

Mr. Matti Taneli Vanhanen is the current Prime Minister of Finland (since 2003) and chairman of the Centre Party. Mr. Vanhanen graduated in political science, has worked as a journalist, and is regarded as an expert on EU matters, particularly foreign and security policy.

In 1991 he was the chairman of the youth organization of the Centre Party and elected a member of the Finnish Parliament. Throughout his political career, he has remained an advocate of ecological issues and campaigned against the building of a nuclear power plant in Finland.

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The Commodity Crunch

With the food and oil crises in the recent past, what can government and private enterprise do to mitigate the impact of the coming commodity crises? Can high commodity prices be seen in a positive light, for instance helping to spur innovation in green technology or, by helping developing nations earn more for their resources? Speakers: Prime Minister Sükhbaataryn Batbold, Mongolia, Dr. Eckart Woertz, Gulf Research Center and Princeton University, Dr. Paul Sullivan, Georgetown University, Dr. John Felmy, American Petroleum Institute, Joseph Wambia, Wambia Capital Group

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Mr. Axel Vervoordt

Axel Vervoordt (Antwerp, b.1947) is the president of the Vervoordt Foundation and the founder and éminence grise of the eponymous company which over the past four decades has created a nonpareil approach to living with art. His first project in the early 1970s, the revitalization of an entire medieval street in the heart of Antwerp which emphasized not only the beauty of the buildings but also the beauty of the passing of time and its effect on them, led him to occupy a singular position in the arts world, a position he has kept and crystallized ever since.

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Mr. Martin Varsavsky

Mr. Martin Varsavsky is an Argentine/Spanish entrepreneur and the founder of seven companies in the past 20 years. His current venture is FON, an innovative wi-fi start-up founded in February 2006 and headquartered in Madrid, Spain, with 100 employees located around the world. FON’s mission is to make wi-fi universal and free by creating a unified global community of members who share wireless networking. The FON Community already has close to 700,000 members and has become the world’s largest wi-fi community.
 

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