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The Advisory Board

To further develop the GES’ Mission and Vision, GES Executive Management is advised by the Advisory Board, which focuses on strategic and financial development. The Advisory Board suggests themes and special events for GES, identifies and attracts high-ranking participants, identifies potential financial sponsors, and actively promotes individual, corporate and other institutional partnerships. Advisory Board members benefit from privileged access to GES’s business, political, civic, and academic communities, as well as state-of-the-art economic research on current global affairs.


Chair of the Advisory Board

Sean Cleary Chairman, Strategic Concepts, South Africa; Executive Vice-Chair, FutureWorld Foundation, Switzerland


Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar President and Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
Pablo Guidotti Professor at the School of Government and Member of the Board of Directors, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina
Robert Johnson President, The Institute for New Economic Thinking, USA
Daniel McFadden Nobel Laureate; Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Richard Portes Professor of Economics, London Business School, UK
Carlos Simonsen Leal President, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil
Klaus Tochtermann Director, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics, Germany


Policy- and Decision-Makers

Sir Michael Arthur Former Ambassador to Germany, Embassy of of the United Kingdom, Germany
Pascal Lamy Honorary President, Notre Europe - Jacques Delors Institute, France Former Director-General, World Trade Organization, Switzerland
Murat Çetinkaya Governor, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey
Arun Maira Former Member, Planning Commission of India, India
Mahmoud Mohieldin Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, World Bank, USA
Viviane Reding Former Vice-President of the European Commission; Member of the European Parliament
Mehmet Şimşek Minister of Finance, Turkey
Sir Peter Torry
Former Ambassador to Germany, Embassy of the United Kingdom, Germany
Yutaka Yamaguchi Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Japan, Japan


Leaders of International and Non-Governmental Organizations

Martti Ahtisaari Nobel Laureate; Founder and Chairman of the Board, Crisis Management Initiative, Finland
Aart De Geus
Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
Caio Koch-Weser Chairman, European Climate Foundation, UK
Irene Natividad President, Global Summit of Women, USA



Hans-Paul Bürkner
Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group, Germany
Victor Chu
Chairman and CEO, First Eastern Investment Group, Hong Kong
Jost de Jager Strategy Advisor; Managing Director, DSKB Deutsche Strategie- und Kommunikationsberatung GmbH, Germany
Richard Evans
CEO (retd.), Alcan Inc and Rio Tinto Alcan, USA
Jacob Frenkel Chairman, JPMorgan Chase International, USA
John Haley
CEO, Willis Towers Watson, USA
Thomas Mirow
Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, HSH Nordbank, Germany
Steffen Naumann Chief Financial Officer, The Zuellig Group, Hong Kong
Geoff Riddell Former Advisor – APMEA, Zurich Insurance Group, Hong Kong
Albert Ting Chairman, CX Technology Corporation, Taiwan
Astrid Tuminez Regional Director, Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA), Southeast Asia, Microsoft, Singapore
Ibrahim Turhan Former Chairman and CEO, Borsa Istanbul, Turkey
Jim Zemlin Executive Director, Linux Foundation, USA



Declan Curry Business Journalist and Conference Speaker, United Kingdom
Conny Czymoch International Moderator and Journalist, Germany