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Keynote Speakers

Professor Pankaj Ghemawat (IESE)

Professor Pankaj Ghemawat is the Global Professor of Management and Strategy and Director of the Centre for the Globalization of Education and Management at the Stern School of Business at New York University, and the Anselmo Rubiralta Professor of Global Strategy at IESE Business School. Between 1983 and 2008 he was on the faculty at the Harvard Business School where, in 1991, he became the youngest person in the school's history to be appointed a full professor.  Ghemawat was also the youngest "guru" included in the guide to the greatest management thinkers of all time published in 2008 by The Economist.

Ghemawat's books include Commitment, Games Businesses Play, Strategy and the Business Landscape and Redefining Global Strategy. World 3.0, by Harvard Business Review Press, won the 50 Thinkers Book Award, the Axiom Business Book Gold Award and the IESE Alumni Research Excellence Award. Ghemawat’s new book, The Laws of Globalization, is due to appear extremely soon.

Pankaj Ghemawat also developed the DHL Global Connectedness Index 2014, a comprehensive analysis of globalization and the rise of emerging markets. Ghemawat has written more than 100 research articles and case studies, and is one of the world's best-selling authors of teaching cases. A fellow of the Academy of International Business and the Strategic Management Society, Ghemawat’s work has attracted several honours, including the Booz Eminent Scholar Award of the Academy of Management, the McKinsey Award for the best article published in the HBR, the Irwin Educator of the Year award from the Academy of Management, the Herbert Simon Award of Rajk Laszlo College for Advance Studies in Budapest, the IESE-Fundación BBVA Economics for Management Prize, and the IESE Alumni Research Excellence Prize for Redefining Global Strategy.

Professor Julian Birkinshaw (LBS)

Professor Julian Birkinshaw is Professor and Chair of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Academic Director of the Deloitte Institute at the London Business School. He holds Fellowships of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of International Business, the Academy of Social Sciences, and the Academy of International Business, and the Advanced Institute of Management Research (UK).

Professor Julian Birkinshaw is the author of twelve books, including Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management and Giant Steps in Management, and over eighty articles in journals such as the Strategic Management Journal, the Academy of Management Journal, the Harvard Business Review and the Sloan Management Review. His main area of expertise is in the strategy and organisation of large corporations, and specifically such issues as innovation, corporate entrepreneurship, strategic agility and headquarters-subsidiary relationships. He was ranked 39th in the 2013 Thinkers50 list of the top global management thinkers, and with Gary Hamel, was co-founder of the Management Innovation Lab, a unique partnership between academia and business to accelerate the evolution of management.

Professor Birkinshaw is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, the BBC, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Businessweek and The Times, and he speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia.

Robert Whyte (World Bank Group)

Robert Whyte is the World Bank Group’s lead investment promotion specialist with over 35 years of experience in foreign investment promotion and regional economic development. He oversees investment promotion client support projects across all regions of the world and he has worked extensively in South and East Asia over the past decade.

Robert’s work focuses on helping client countries identify sector competitiveness for investment and to develop and implement policies and strategies to reach out and attract new investments. Robert has managed the World Bank Group’s Global Investment Promotion Best Practices (GIPB) surveys since their initial piloting in 2005. GIPB is the world’s most comprehensive performance survey of investment promotion intermediaries.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2003, Robert worked for Scottish Enterprise for fifteen years – Europe’s largest integrated regional development agency - holding a variety of positions such as Director for Strategy and Research and Head of Program Evaluation, as well as operational posts in FDI promotion (Locate in Scotland) and local economic development. Robert holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Glasgow University. He is also a Visiting Fellow in International Business at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jean Francois Ruhashyankiko (Goldman Sachs)

Jean-Francois (JF) Ruhashyankiko is Senior Africa Economist and Executive Director at Goldman Sachs. He is responsible for macroeconomic research on Africa (including South Africa), after having worked on country risk management. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 2010, Jean-Francois spent four years as Senior Economic Advisor to the Government of Rwanda in Kigali, following six years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC and Ernst & Young in London. He holds a BA in Business economics and MS in Econometrics from Universite Libre de Bruxelles as well as an MA and PhD in Economics from Harvard University.