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Speakers

Over the years, the World Chambers Congress has welcomed keynote addresses from Heads of State, chamber leaders and some of the most influential industry leaders. We aim to address the most topical issues in the Congress programme and to invite a diverse array of speakers to help attending delegates better tackle the current challenges facing small-and-medium-sized enterprises and anticipate the trials that lie ahead.

Check out our speakers confirmed to attend the 10WCC

ARSOVSKA Danela

President, Macedonian Chambers of Commerce

Danela Arsovska is the President of Macedonian Chambers of Commerce, Chair of Macedonian Union of Employers’ Organizations and Macedonian Representative in the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Council. With over 15 years of...
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BURGE Richard

Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

Richard was born in Hong Kong and has spent much of his life outside the UK, having worked in over 50 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Appointed in 2017 as Chief...
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BUGHIN Jacques

Senior partner, McKinsey; Global Director, McKinsey Global Institute

Jacques Bughin is a senior partner at McKinsey and a director of the McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, and one of its three global co-leaders. He is also a leader...
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BRANDWEINER Richard

Senior Partner, Leapfrog Investments

Richard joined LeapFrog Investments as a Partner in 2017. He has a long history within the investment industry in Australia. In 2015, Richard was named in the Power 100 of Top CIOs in the...
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BISHOP Peter

Deputy Chief Executive, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Chair, ICC WCF International Certificate of Origin Council

Peter Bishop is Deputy Chief Executive of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the ICC/World Chambers Federation International Certificate of Origin Council. At the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry...
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BUAMIM Hamad

President and CEO, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Hamad Buamim has been the President & CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry since November 2006. He also serves as the Deputy Chair of the World Chambers Federation – ICC in Paris. Educated...
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BOUCHAMAOUI Ouided

Joint Winner, 2015 Nobel Peace Prize; President, Tunisian Confederation of Trade, Industry and Handicrafts

Ouided Bouchamaoui, born in Gabes in 1961,  holds a DESS (Master Degree) in International Business from Institut Supérieur de Gestion of Tunis (ISG Business School) and a DESS in International Trade Law from Faculty...
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CHANG Vincent

President, Deal Advisory, KPMG Deal Advisory Limited

Vincent specializes in providing mergers and acquisition advisory services. Since joining KPMG in 2000, Vincent has advised on over 500 transactions, working on both inbound and outbound transactions. His portfolio includes advising foreign companies...
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CAIRNEY Trevor

President & Chairman; NSW Business Chamber; Chairman, Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors (ABLA); Director, Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry; CEO Higher Education Solutions Pty Ltd

Trevor Cairney is the President & Chairman of the NSW Business Chamber. He has been a director of the NSW Business Chamber since 2007. He is also Chairman of Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors...
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CHEHAB Cedric

Head of Global Strategy, BMI Research

Cedric is Head of BMI Research’s Global Strategy Team, where he helps ensure the coherence of global macro strategy, macro and commodities strategy, and macro and industry strategy. Currently based in Singapore, Cedric previously...
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COULIE Christophe

Chair, WATAC e-ATA Steering; Legal Affairs Manager, Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce

Christophe Coulie is Legal Affairs Manager at the Federation of Belgian Chambers of Commerce since 1998. He is responsible for coordinating international trade documents (certificates of origin, ATA Carnets, digital certificates) within the Belgian...
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CHIPCHASE Sandra

CEO, Destination NSW; Executive Producer, Vivid Sydney

Sandra Chipchase is the CEO of Destination NSW and Executive Producer of Vivid Sydney. Ms Chipchase has had an outstanding career in international and domestic tourism and business events marketing, major events acquisition and...
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CARTWRIGHT Stephen

CEO, NSW Business Chamber

Stephen Cartwright is the Chief Executive Officer of the largest business Chamber in Australia, the NSW Business Chamber. Stephen is also a Director of Australian Business Solutions Group and a Director of Australian Business...
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DENTON John

First Vice Chairman, International Chamber of Commerce; Partner and Chief Executive Officer, Corrs Chambers Westgarth

John WH Denton AO is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, the leading Australian independent law firm. Under John’s leadership and strategic direction, Corrs was voted as the number one...
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FORSYTHE Patricia

Executive Director, Sydney Business Chamber

Patricia Forsythe is the Executive Director of the Sydney Business Chamber, a position she has held since September 2006. Patricia represents the Chamber on a number of NSW government committees including the Light Rail...
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HETZEL Dawn

President, Junior Chamber International

Dawn Hetzel, nominated by JCI USA, was elected 2017 JCI President at the 2016 JCI World Congress in Québec City, Canada. Born March 31, 1977, in Washington, D.C., Hetzel received a Bachelor’s degree in...
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HOWARD Anthony

CEO, Confidere Group and Expert in Human-Centred Leadership

Anthony Howard is passionate about building a more human world one leader at a time. As a mentor and coach he helps leaders navigate complex, demanding environments so they can perform and lead at...
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HEATHCOTE Christopher

Chief Executive Officer, Global Infrastructure Hub

Chris is one of the few Infrastructure professionals to have worked as Principal, Advisor and Debt Provider to the infrastructure sector. Starting in the mid 1990’s Chris was a founder partner in one of...
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ILLOTTE Vincenzo

President, Chamber of Commerce of Torino

In 1992, Vincenzo Illotte joined the family group, 2A SPA, which produces zippers and die-casting aluminium and zamac alloys. As supervisor of the foundry division, Mr. Illotte has led the company to be the...
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RIERA I REÑÉ Inmaculada

Director General, Spanish Chamber of Commerce

Diploma in Law studies at Barcelona University, Master in Politics and Economy at University of Florence (Italy), Diploma in Comparative Law by the University of Strasbourg (France), International Forex Diploma in International Markets, London...
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INAISHVILI Jemal

President, Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Jemal Inaishvili is the president of the Confederation of Asia Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI). He is also honorary chairman of the Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce (SRCIC) and member of the...
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KHOUDOUR David

Head of Migration and Skills, OECD Development Center

David Khoudour is the Head of the Migration and Skills Unit at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, France. As such he is responsible for the policy-oriented work of the Centre on migration and...
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KROMJONG Linda

Secretary-General, International Organisation of Employers (IOE)

Linda Kromjong took up her post as Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) in Geneva on 1 May 2015. The IOE is the largest network of the private sector in the world,...
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Steve Killelea

KILLELEA Steve

Founder and Executive Chairman, Institute for Economics and Peace

Steve Killelea is an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development and at the forefront of philanthropic activities focused on sustainable development and peace. After successfully building two international software companies, Steve decided to...
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LỘC Vũ Tiến

Chairman, APEC CEO Summit 2017; Chairman and President, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dr. Vũ Tiến Lộc has been the Chairman and President of Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2003. He is the member of the 11th, 12th  , and 13th Vietnam National Assembly (2001 -2021) and the member...
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LINNAINMAA Leena

Deputy Chief Executive, Finland Chamber of Commerce

Leena Linnainmaa is Deputy Chief Executive of Finland Chamber of Commerce. She is an expert on company law, securities market law and corporate governance, and is in charge of the World Chambers Global award-winning...
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LAWLESS Gerald

Chairman, World Tourism and Travel Council; Head of Tourism and Hospitality, Dubai Holding

Gerald Lawless started his career with Forte Hotels which culminated in him setting up and growing Forte’s operations in the Middle East. After a 23-year career with Forte Hotels, he joined Jumeirah in 1997...
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LOKUHETTY Anura

Chairman, Red Apple Travel and Holidays Lanka (Pvt)Ltd; Chairman, Luxury Villas and Hotels Management (Pvt)Ltd

Mr. Anura Lokuhetty is the Chairman of the CACCI Asian Council on Tourism and the Past President of The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka. Mr. Lokuhetty is a strong believer of developing sustainable development...
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MARTI Darlan

Trade Policy Specialist, Market Access Division, World Trade Organisation

Since 2009, Darlan F. Martí has worked as a trade policy specialist at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  He serves as Secretary of the Committee on Rules of Origin and assisted WTO Members in...
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O’REILY Phil

Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners; Chair, Board of Business at OECD

Phil O’Reilly ONZM is Managing Director of Iron Duke Partners, a Wellington based Public Policy Advisory Firm. He is a global business leader and advocate. He is Chair of the Board of Business at...
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PATTISON Philippa

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), University in Sydney

Professor Philippa (Pip) Pattison was appointed Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University in Sydney in June 2014. As Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), Professor Pattison is responsible for the University’s strategy and vision for teaching and...
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PERIQUET Anna Marie

Chair, Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP); President, Asia Pacific Business Consulting Inc

Anna Marie K. Periquet is the Chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP). She is a consultant of top corporations in the Philippines for entrepreneurship development; corporate affairs and communications; government...
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Peter Mihok

MIHOK Peter

Chair, ICC World Chambers Federation; President, Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Peter Mihok became Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Chambers Federation on 1 January 2013. Mr Mihok is President of the Slovak Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Chairman of ICC Slovakia....
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REED Alastair

Acting Director, International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague

Dr. Alastair Reed is Acting Director of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT). Prior to this, he was Research Coordinator and a Research Fellow at ICCT, joining ICCT and Leiden University’s...
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SANNEH Landing

Managing Director, National Enterprise Development Initiative

Landing B. Sanneh was recruited at the Ministry of Youth and Sports in February 2002 as an extension officer working with youth at the grassroots level. He served in four of the seven Administration...
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TOEBBEN Gary

President and CEO, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Gary Toebben has been the President and CEO of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce since July 1, 2006.  The private-nonprofit organization was founded in 1888 and is the largest business organization in...
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SUBASI Umit

President Asia-Pacific, Campbell Arnott’s

Umit Subasi has been serving as President Asia Pacific at Campbell Arnott’s since November 2013. Campbell is a global food company headquartered in Camden, N.J., which makes a range of soups and simple meals,...
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VAN DER WEIDE Martin

Deputy Chair, International Certificate of Origin Council, ICC World Chambers Federation

Martin is currently working as a Policy Advisor on the subject of Origin at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and responsible for the system for electronic Certificates of Origin (CO) in the Netherlands. He...
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WATSON Sara

Global Director of ReadyNation and ReadyNation International

Dr. Sara Watson is the founder and Global Director of ReadyNation and ReadyNation International, an international business organization whose 1,800+ members advocate for improving the economy and workforce through effective investments in children and...
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WARD Christopher

AECOM Senior Vice President and Chief Executive, Metro New York

Christopher O. Ward is Executive Vice President and Chief Executive, Metro New York, for AECOM (NYSE: ACM), a $17.4-billion, fully integrated infrastructure and support services firm with the ability to design, build, finance and...
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WICKHAM Robert

Regional Vice President of Innovation and Digital Transformation,Salesforce

Robert Wickham leads Salesforce’s efforts to help companies experiment and validate new ideas for business growth. Robert also directs Salesforce’s regional program for start-ups. Previously Robert ran Salesforce’s specialized sales team across Asia Pacific. He...
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