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Martin Abbott was appointed chief executive of the London Metal Exchange in October 2006. With over 26 years experience in the metals business, Martin was previously Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Metal Bulletin/American Metal Market. He graduated from Leicester University with a Law Degree LLB in 1981, and then held positions as non-ferrous editor at Metal Bulletin and European editor at Metals Week. During the 1990s, Martin was associate director/president for Sogemin and president for AMT Inc, both LME Ring-dealing members, and spent three years with the LME as marketing director.


Dr Yemi Akinbamijo is a solid agricultural research and development specialist with considerable expertise in natural resource management including crop-livestock integrated systems, market-oriented production systems, sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation strategist. He heads the Agriculture and Food Security Division at the African Union Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With almost 25 years in the domain of agriculture and rural development, his experience in agricultural development has been up-scaled and uniquely enriched through serving in crop and livestock development institutions with national, regional and continental mandates. Yemi Akinbamijo holds a PhD in Agriculture and Environmental Sciences of the Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands.


Michel Barnier has been nominated as Commissioner responsible for Internal Market and Services from February 2010. He was already appointed as European Commissioner, in charge of Regional Policy, in 1999. During the past three decades, he won various local mandates in region Savoie (deputy, senator,…), and from 1982, he set to work on Albertville’s bid to host the 1992 Winter Olympics. Michel Barnier was appointed several times as minister (1993: Environment; 1995: European Affairs; 2004: Foreign Affairs; 2007: Agriculture and Fisheries). He was elected as Member of the European Parliament in 2009. He has published several political essays.


Fatih Birol is the Chief Economist of the IEA, with responsibility for the organisation’s economic analysis of energy and climate change policy. He oversees the World Energy Outlook which is recognised as the most authoritative source for energy analysis and is responsible for the IEA Energy Business Council which provides policymakers with a business perspective on energy issues. Dr. Birol was recently named by Forbes Magazine as the world’s fourth most powerful person in terms of energy and is the Chairman of the World Economic Forum’s Energy Advisory Board. Prior to joining the IEA, Dr. Birol worked for the OPEC Secretariat.

Otaviano CANUTO

Otaviano Canuto is Vice President and Head of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network, a division that works on economic policy, poverty reduction, and analytic work for the World Bank’s client countries. He took up his position in May 2009, after serving as the Vice President for Countries at the Inter-American Development Bank. He provides strategic leadership and direction on economic policy formulation in the area of growth and poverty, debt, trade, gender, and public sector management and governance. He is involved in managing the Bank’s interactions with key partner institutions including the IMF, the OECD and regional development banks.


Bart Chilton was nominated by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2007. In 2009, he was re-nominated by President Obama and reconfirmed. His career spans 25 years in government: working in the House and the Senate, and serving in the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations.Chilton has been a vocal consumer advocate and proponent of thoughtful regulatory reform. He has often been a voice for policies to rein in speculation and impose limits on excessive trading concentration. The Commissioner is often quoted in news stories and appears regularly on television programs in the U.S. and abroad.


Dacian Cioloş is Member of the European Commission responsible for Agriculture and Rural Development. Previously he was Agriculture and Rural Development Minister in Romania in 2007-2008. He also served as Head of the Presidential Commission on Agricultural Development Public Policy of Romania. In 2007, he was Undersecretary of State for European Affairs with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. From 2005-2007, he was Adviser to Romania's Agriculture Minister and Spokesman of Romania in the Special Committee on Agriculture of the EU Council. In the 1998-2003 period, he held a number of managerial positions related to agricultural and rural development projects, including on SAPARD.

Saugato DATTA

Saugato Datta is The Economist's Economics Correspondent, and the editor of the latest edition of The Economist's guide to economics. He writes about development, academic economics and trade. Before joining the Economist, he worked as a researcher at the World Bank.He has degrees in economics from Delhi University and Cambridge, and a PhD from MIT, where he worked on political and social aspects of development. .


Karel De Gucht is currently the European Commissioner for Trade. He entered the European Parliament in 1980 and switched to Belgian politics in 1994, where over the years he has served as a Senator, a member of the Flemish Parliament and the federal House of Representatives. He was president of the Flemish Liberals and Democrats (VLD) from 1999 to 2004, when he entered the Belgian government as Minister of Foreign Affairs, later adding minister for Trade and Vice-Prime Minister to his portfolio. In 2009 he became European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian aid. Karel has a law degree from the VUB in Brussels, where prior to his appointment to the Commission he was also professor in European Law.


Originally from Brighton in the UK, Charlie has worked as an EU correspondent in Brussels since 2002, reporting on policy areas including agriculture, energy, environment and research. He is currently EU commodities correspondent for Reuters news agency, covering agriculture and food policy issues such as CAP reform, genetically modified crops and commodities regulation.


Bryan T. Durkin serves as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director, Products & Services of CME Group. He is responsible for the company's Products & Services, Global Operations, Technology and Enterprise Computing, and Enterprise Solutions Divisions. Previously, he served as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer since July 2007. He also led the company’s global integrations following acquisitions of the Chicago Board of Trade and the New York Mercantile Exchange. His career with both CME Group and CBOT spans more than 25 years.

Mitchell HOOKE

Mitchell Hooke was appointed Chief Executive of the Minerals Council of Australia in June 2002. Before joining the MCA, Mr Hooke served as inaugural CEO of the Australian Food and Grocery Council for 7 years and prior to that, Executive Director of the Grains Council of Australia.Over the past two decades, Mr Hooke has made a significant contribution to the development of Australia’s trade, economic and industry policy, across the rural, food and grocery and mining industries. He served on the Australian Trade Minister’s WTO Advisory Council and Free Trade Agreement Export Advisory Panel. He is currently a member of the Full Council of the International Council of Mining and Metals.

Jean-Pierre JOUYET

Before being appointed as Chairman of the Autorités des marchés financiers, Jean-Pierre Jouyet was Minister of State responsible for European Affairs. Prior to this, he held various functions in the public sector (Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister -1997-2000-, Head of the French Trésor Directorate -2000-2004- and Head of audit department of French public services -2005-2007). Between 1991 and 1995, he was Deputy Principal Private Secretary to the President of the European Commission. He was to hold two functions in the private sector (Partner in the French business law firm, “Jeantet Associés” and Non-executive chairman of Barclays Bank France). He chairs the Supervisory Board of the Aspen Institute France.


Alexandre Lahóz Mendonça De Barros, PhD, agronomist engineer and in Applied Economics graduate from the Luiz de Queiroz Agricultural College, São Paulo University (ESALQ/USP). Lecturer, Department of Economics, Administration and Sociology of ESALQ/USP, from 2000 to 2004. Lecturer in agricultural economics and economic development, Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV), since 2005. Today is partner in MB Agro team and Ruralcon Gestão Agropecuária. Member of the board of directors of the Schoenmaker Group, EMBRAPA Pecuária Sudeste, Frigorífico Minerva, Otávio Lage Group, FIESP, Utrafértill and CASP.


Edie Lush is the Executive Editor of Hub Culture. Previously, she was Associate Editor of Spectator Business magazine. Edie has worked for BBC4, The World Service, The Spectator, Investors Chronicle and The Week magazines and was the economics and political correspondent for Bloomberg Television.Before becoming a journalist Edie was a political analyst for both Investment Bank UBS and hedge fund Omega Advisors. She has written speeches for the Secretary General of the Organisation of American States in Washington, D.C. worked for political party Alliance of Free Democrats in Hungary, PR supremos Robinson Lake Sawyer Miller and Intelligence Squared in London.


Fabrice Nodé-Langlois, 42, has worked for the past fifteen years as a journalist for the French daily Le Figaro.

He now covers international energy issues after having spent three years as Moscow correspondent.

He was previously the editor of the daily science and medicine page of Le Figaro.

Pierre NOËL

Pierre Noël is a Senior Research Associate at EPRG, an energy policy research group at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. He is the Director of EPRG’s Energy Policy Forum. Dr Noël works on the political economy of global energy markets and policy, with special emphasis on natural gas.


Günther H. Oettinger is European Commissioner for Energy since 10 February 2010. From 2005-2010, he was Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) and, since 1984, a member of the regional Parliament ("Landtag"). He was the leader of the CDU Landtag group from January 1991 to April 2005. A lawyer by training, Günther H. Oettinger became actively involved in politics during his adolescence. He is a member of the Federal Executive Committee and of the Steering Committee of the CDU Deutschlands.

Pier Carlo PADOAN

Mr. Pier Carlo Padoan is Deputy Secretary-General and Chief Economist of the OECD. From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Padoan was the Italian Executive Director at the IMF, with responsibility for Greece, Portugal, San Marino, Albania and Timor Leste. He was a member of the Board and during his IMF mandate he was also in charge of European Co-ordination. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Economic Adviser to the Italian Prime Ministers, Massimo D’Alema and Giuliano Amato and co-ordinated the Italian position in the Agenda 2000 negotiations for the EU budget, Lisbon Agenda, European Council, bilateral meetings, and G8 Summits. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, European Commission, European Central Bank.


Mr. Peniket has served as President, ICE Futures Europe, since October 2005 and as its Chief Operating Officer since January 2005. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Peniket served as Director of Finance from May 2000. Before joining ICE Futures Europe (then the IPE) in 1999, Mr. Peniket worked for seven years at KPMG, where he trained as an accountant and was a consultant in its financial management practice. Mr. Peniket was Research Assistant to John Cartwright MP from 1988 to 1991. He holds a B.Sc. (Econ) degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and is a Chartered Accountant.


Olli Rehn was appointed as Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs in February 2010. He was previously nominated as Commissioner responsible for Enterprise and the Information Society in July 2004 and responsible for Enlargement in November 2004. His political career begun in the 1980s: he joined the Finnish parliament in 1991 and was a member of the European Parliament in 1995-1996. From 1998 to 2002 he served as Head of Cabinet for the then European Commissioner Erkki Liikanen. Rehn has PhD in Philosophy of the international political economy from the University of Oxford. He has served as a professor at the University of Helsinki (2002-2003) and he has written several books and articles, the latest ones on European issues.

Parthasarathi SHOME

Director, ICRIER, New Delhi. Earlier, Chief Economist, HMRC, UK; Adviser to Finance Minister, India; Chief, Tax Policy Division (IMF); Director, IMF Training Institute, Singapore; Professor American University, Washington DC. Books include Tax Policy and Administration in South and South East Asia, Routledge, 2006; India’s Fiscal Matters, Oxford University Press, 2002; Tax Policy Handbook, IMF, 1995. Over fifty articles in Journal of Economic Theory, Oxford Economic Papers, IMF Staff Papers, Journal of Public Economics, National Tax Journal, Public Finance, others. Commander of the Order of the Southern Cross, 2000, the highest civilian honor of the Brazilian Government for a non-Brazilian.


Peter Spiegel is the FT's Brussels bureau chief. He returned to the FT in August 2010 after spending five years covering foreign policy and national security issues from Washington for the Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, focusing on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He first joined the FT in 1999 covering business regulation and corporate crime in its Washington bureau, before spending four years covering military affairs and the defence industry in London and Washington.


Arvind Subramanian is senior fellow jointly at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Center for Global Development. He worked in the Research Department of the IMF (1994-97), at the GATT (1988–92), and taught at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (1999–2000). He has written on growth, trade, development, institutions, aid, oil, India, Africa, the WTO, and intellectual property. He has published widely in academic and other journals and newspapers. His book, India's Turn: Understanding the Economic Transformation, was published in 2008 by Oxford University Press. He obtained his M.Phil and DPhil from Oxford, University.


Ke Tang is an Associate Professor in the Hanqing Advanced Institute of Economics and Finance and School of Finance at the Renmin University of China, where he teaches courses in finance in the graduate programs. He received his B.A. in Engineering from Tsinghua University in 2000, Master of Financial Engineering from University of California, Berkley in 2004, and his Ph.D. in Finance from Cambridge University in 2008. His research has covered such topics as: commodity markets, Chinese stock markets and continuous-time asset pricing models.

Antonio TAJANI

Antonio Tajani was Elected as member of the European Parliament in 1994, 1999 and 2004. Elected to the Presidency of the European People’s Party-European Democrats in 1999.During his 15 years of parliamentary activity he took part in many committees (Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, at the time chaired by the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano, Transport and Tourism, Fisheries, Security and Defence). He was appointed European Commission's Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Transport from May 2008 to February 2010, and then European Commission Vice-President and Commissioner in charge of Industry and Entrepreneurship from February 2010.

Jean-Claude THEBAULT

Jean-Claude Thébault is Director General of the Bureau of European Policy Advisers within the European Commission. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Secretary General and as Principal Adviser and then Deputy Head of the Cabinet of President Barroso (2004-2009). Within the EC he occupied several posts since 1984, namely he was Deputy Head of the Cabinet of Commissioner de Silguy (1995-2000); Director of the Forward Studies Unit directly attached to the President of the Commission (in 2000) and Director responsible for Financial Institutions within DG MARKT (2000-2004). Before joining the Commission, he worked in the "Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations", SINORG and other.

Daochi TONG

Dr. Tong is currently Director-General for the Department of International Affairs at China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). In his ten-year career as a regulator, he also served as Deputy Director-General for Public Offering, Deputy Director-General for Listed Company Supervision in CSRC. Prior to joining the CSRC, Dr. Tong had worked as an official in the World Bank in Washington DC and doctoral fellow in RAND Corporation in the US. He is widely published in both Chinese and English on the issues of corporate governance, international trade, banking and finance, and state enterprise reform. He received his Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Graduate School of the RAND Corporation in the US.

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