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Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations and an entrepreneur with ties to Yahoo!, Google, and Singularity University. He consults with governments and the world’s top Fortune 500 companies on innovation and growth. Ismail brings a global perspective on the impact of breakthrough technologies and how organisations can leverage disruption to grow faster…

David Scowsill

David is a serial non-executive director and chairman. His board experience has been principally for private companies, with extensive executive experience in public listed entities. David has built a large network in private equity and venture capital, working with 25 different private equity funds, and completing multiple deals in the technology and travel sectors. He…

Jonathan Pardoe

Jonathan Pardoe worked for Virgin Atlantic for 26 years from 1990 until September 2016 and worked in Treasury and Fuel Procurement overseeing their global exposure. Whilst most of that time was primarily concerned with fuel procurement and fuel hedging he also spent three years overseeing all areas of risk including FX, emissions, investments as well…

Simon Duffy

Mr. Simon Duffy was Executive Chairman of Tradus PLC (formerly QXL Ricardo PLC) from 2007 until 2008. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice Chairman of ntl:Telewest Inc. (now Virgin Media Group) having previously been President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of ntl Inc., the major component of VMG. Prior to ntl, Mr….

Magnus Magnusson

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Mehdi Varzi

Mr. Mehdi Varzi began his career as a Senior Analyst at NIOC before serving as a diplomat for ten years. In 1982, he joined a firm of London stockbrokers, which subsequently merged with Kleinwort Benson, later becoming Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, where he held the position of Director, Oil and Gas Research. In 1998, Mr. Varzi…

Adrian Sender

Mr. Adrian Sender is an experienced investment banker with an in-depth knowledge of corporate and project finance in the Middle East. He has led and managed a number of transactions in the Gulf Cooperation Council and internationally, including an Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) $500 million & $220 million club, DEWA Thor II $350 million…

Ton Schurink

Mr. Ton Schurink is a senior executive with extensive experience in trading commodities, risk management, barter, shipping, financial trading and structured finance acquired during a 32-year career with Cargill. In 2001, he founded his own consulting company, CFT Advisory Services, which focuses on overlaps between commodities, finance and trading. In 2008 Mr. Schurink founded, along…

Dr. Richard Sandor

Dr. Richard Sandor (Ph.D.) is Chairman and CEO of Chicago-based Environmental Financial Products (EFP), which specializes in inventing, designing and developing new financial markets. EFP was established in 1998 and was the predecessor company and incubator to the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX), the European Climate Exchange (ECX), the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange (CCFE) and the…

Nicole Rogers

Ms. Nicole Rogers (nee Maus) hails from one of the largest and oldest farming operations in Canada. Both her grandfather and father were innovators in the domestic and international trading and marketing of agricultural commodities. Prior to its sale, the Maus family livestock trading business  enjoyed annual revenues in excess of C$100 million. Ms. Roger’s…

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