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    Gavin Serkin

    Managing Editor, London

    An impassioned advocate of responsible investment, Gavin has been a prominent writer, broadcaster and commentator for over two decades. His book, Frontier, was acclaimed as a “must read” by the Financial Times. His next book is due for release by Macmillan in Q4 2020 titled Chain Reaction: How Blockchain Will Transform the Developing World.

    Gavin’s work leading Bloomberg’s teams of journalists uncovering the world of derivatives that triggered the global financial crisis won him the Society of American Business Editors & Writers’ Best in Business Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Deadline Club Award.

    Subsequently creating and leading Bloomberg’s Emerging Markets team, Gavin founded New Markets Media & Intelligence to help increase understanding of the challenges and opportunities in emerging markets and technology through his own writing, and through constant and proactive dialogue with the most influential journalists, investors and leaders. He regularly organizes and chairs key global forums, including the recent Bloomberg Emerging & Frontier Forum and events at Nasdaq and the London Stock Exchange.

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    Boason Omofaye

    Broadcast & Events, Lagos

    Nigeria’s foremost business and markets broadcast journalist, producer and show anchor with 30 years experience, spanning newspapers, magazines and a dozen radio and television channels, Boason most recently led Bloomberg TV Africa and the primetime business show on Channels Television, Nigeria's biggest business TV platform. He has driven coverage of major global and African news events since 1998, when he created his first Africa-focused business show on Minaj Broadcast International. Over the decades, he has interviewed world leaders from Davos to Dakar. 

    Boason speaks and moderates at local and international gatherings such as the UN Sustainable Energy Summit of SE4ALL in New York, the annual meetings of Africa Export-Import Bank, the Africa Energy Forum, Nigeria Economic Summit Group, Deloitte Economic Outlook and the Presidential Economic Dialogue of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry. 

    Boason's pioneering reporting has twice won him the Pearl Award Capital Market Journalist of the Year. He is an adviser on economic management and governance, and has led investment roadshows in the UK, New York Stock Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange.

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    Lakshmi Nair

    ESG consultancy coordinator, London

    Lakshmi's career in business and marketing began at Siemens, where she applied skills honed through a BSc in Information Technology for Business to manage lines of communication between the multinational and segments of its customers and clients. Lakshmi drives digital marketing with particular focus on ESG and impact investing for New Markets Media & Intelligence.

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    Jason Mitchell

    Investing & Infrastructure, Malawi

    The former Editor of Financial Times magazine Investment Adviser and the News Editor for Financial Adviser in London, Jason Mitchell moved to Latin America, where he wrote for the Financial Times and Institutional Investor for more than a decade. He since moved to Sub-Saharan Africa, writing for publications including The Banker, International Financing Review, Euromoney, fDi magazine and The Spectator. An award-winning journalist, Jason focuses on a wide range of sectors and topics including banking, investment, mining, entrepreneurship, economy, politics and society. He graduated in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University.

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    Niveen Waheesh

    MENA Editorial, Cairo

    A journalist with more than 20 years experience covering Egypt, Niveen has written on a wide range of economic and political topics, regularly interviewing ministers, policy makers, executives and thought leaders for publications including Al Ahram Weekly, as the Economics Editor for Egypt’s most widely circulated newspaper. Niveen has served as Director of Communications for the Economic Research Forum, a think tank producing research tackling the MENA region’s most pressing economic challenges, and Media Advisor to USAID. During her varied career, Niveen has also focused on covering news on Syria. She has built a deep network of contacts across policy, academic and business circles, and developed expertise in organising events and producing outreach material.

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    Alan Mash

    Podcasts & virtual events, London

    Over four decades in the music and production arena, Alan has worked for some of the world's leading creative teams from the likes of Disney Corporation, Universal Studios and Warner Brothers to disruptors like Hotels.Com in positions in the US, Russia and Scandinavia. More recently, Alan has focused on podcasts and social media, using his bespoke studio for high-quality broadcast direct to the web. Current projects include Jaguar Japan music for advert, London Fashion Week 2020 virtual catwalks, Kalikasarmour Global advertising campaign, and Il Ballo Del Doge 2021 set design and advertising campaign.

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    Xinyi Li 李欣忆工作照

    PR & Communications, Beijing

    Former manager at Bank of Communications of China in Beijing, Xinyi has considerable experience in consumer financing, lending and management. She recently undertook an MBA in Global Business in Coventry University London, specialising in financing and marketing. At Bank of Communications, Xinyi led a team of 10 and created strategies to develop and expand customer sales, which resulted in a 12% increase in annual sales. She previously worked at China Merchants Bank in Beijing and Metrolina Green House in Charlotte, USA. Xinyi has degrees from Ohio State University and Ningxia University in China.

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    Jules Serkin

    Social Media & Marketing, London

    Simply Google “custard shortage” for a taste of Jules’s inimitable campaign style: her tongue-in-cheek rant about the lack of custard in her home town set off a chain of media articles from The Guardian to the front-page of London’s Metro and even inspired a book from Penguin: “Whitstable Woman in Custard Shortage.’’ It also marked the start of local businesses grouping to defend their livelihoods against out-of-town superstores. Jules retains deep relationships across media and social media built up over 15 years spent running her own PR agency, hosting radio shows for the BBC and Channel Radio, and writing and editing business columns. She is also a consummate networker as the founder of “Slope Off Friday” and instigator of Tweetups. 

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    Carly Minsky

    Technology & Investing, London

    A founding senior journalist at the Financial Times publication, Sifted - which focuses on innovation and early-stage startups in Europe - Carly combines expertise in both the technology and financial services sectors. From writing about technology and investment, particularly in impact and ESG funds, Carly also was the editor of HFM Technology, a specialist magazine for technology professionals in the investment sector, writing and commissioning longreads, analysis and commentary on cybersecurity, trading technology, hiring tech talent, outsourcing and many more topics. She is particularly focused on artificial intelligence, cryptography, the social impact of technology, and other “emerging” tech issues, applying rigorous data-led reporting and creative storytelling to communicate such technical and complex topics.

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    Emily Carter

    Marketing, London

    Emily has worked across digital marketing and events photography, with skills in digital photography and post-production, and advanced knowledge and experience in software such as Adobe Suite. Emily’s specialism lies within e-commerce, website design and social media content creation. Her refined skill set communicates design with brand identity and consumer needs.

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    Katherine Steiner-Dicks

    Private Equity & Venture, London

    Kate is a business sector analyst, editor, investment journalist, ghost writer and public speaker specialising in private equity, debt, M&A, personal and institutional finance, renewable energy, and infrastructure. She has managed content and teams of journalists across multiple continents and publications on behalf of publishing and corporate clients.
     
    Among her media roles, Kate was Managing Editor of European private equity magazine, Real Deals; UK Editor of international personal finance newspaper, Money Market; Editor-in-Chief across several sites at New Energy Update (now part of Reuters Events); and Editor for specialist in-house magazines within the business turnaround and transaction services sectors. She also conducted interviews for Desert Capitalists, the first book written on private equity in the Gulf & Levant region (Bladonmore). Her work has been published by platforms including Mergermarket, InfraNews, Global Corporate Venturing, The London Stock Exchange, Corporate Financier and Financial News/ Private Equity News. Kate trained as a journalist at Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, where she was a legal business reporter.

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    John McLeod

    Blockchain & Crypto, London

    John has advised multiple blue chip companies, particularly those looking to disrupt the traditional industries and platforms in financial services, data management, entertainment, logistics and investment, including a number of leading blockchain platforms, ICOs, information service providers, stablecoin networks, investors and DAG platforms.

    John has written content for top-tier and trade media, and has a deep interest in how blockchain technology will transform the way people and businesses work and interact with each other in the future.

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    Sherine Abdel Razek

    MENA Editorial, Cairo

    Sherine brings two decades of experience in covering economic and business news with a special focus on the banking sector and stock markets as the deputy editor in chief of Al-Ahram Weekly, one of the region's top English language publications , and co-head of both the economy and home section. Conceptualising and assigning news stories as well as editing, Sherine previously held positions with Al-Shorouk, a leading privately-owned newspaper, where she headed the economy section for two years. At the start of her career she also worked for Al Alam Al Youm, Egypt's first financial daily. Sherine has an MA in International Journalism from City University in London.

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    Amy Fallon

    Africa & Health, Kampala

    As a journalist and media consultant living and working in Africa and Southeast Asia, Amy has brought the international media spotlight to issues ranging from child sacrifice and anti-gay legislation in Uganda to women ostracised and impoverished in Nigeria and Bangladesh for having fistulas. Her articles have been widely published by The Guardian, AFP, Reuters, The Independent, The Sydney Morning Herald and many other media outlets worldwide. Amy has worked to help communication in the media and social media for a variety of NGOs and charitable organisations including the Terrence Higgins Trust, Crisis, Child's i Foundation and Peripheral Vision International.

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    Ken Lloyd

    Branding & Design, London

    A veteran of some of the UK’s most iconic marketing campaigns at top London advertising agencies including Collett Dickenson Pearce and Young & Rubicam, Ken Lloyd’s recent projects range from design work for Nigeria's pharmaceutical industry to high-end super yacht makers and leading global communications companies. With a wealth of first-hand experience handling all aspects of the design and pre-press chain, Ken brings valuable expertise in all areas of design and print.

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    Will Rankin

    Middle East & Energy, London

    Will has been behind multiple front page news stories while writing for leading publications including The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Sun, EMAP and the Daily Mail Group. He has also led PR campaigns for some of the world's leading companies, and compiled numerous white papers and technical documents. Will's multi-faceted career has included developing the longest established oil and gas magazine in the Middle East, Pipeline, and conceiving and launching Banker Middle East magazine. With three decades in the business, mostly spent in the Middle East, Will has deep insight into global business, politics and finance. His areas of special interest include environmentalism, risk, corporate governance and artificial intelligence.

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    Katie Clarke

    Business Manager, London

    With brand experience of marketing for FTSE listed companies to charities and tech start ups, Katie is adept at identifying strategies that sell. Specialising particularly in social media and digital marketing, including ads strategy and implementation, Katie uses her love of data and analysis to create campaigns that deliver. Katie has a BA Honours degree in PR and Marketing. 

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    Marc Prema-Ratner

    Events & PR, London

    Marc's media career began at UK publishing, networking and events giant EMAP, where he held key global roles in London, Geneva and Chicago in B2B, consumer and media markets. In 2001, Marc established his PR consultancy specialising in exchange trading, energy, commodities and fintech, New Journey Group. He has handled successful media and investor campaigns for the world’s leading stock markets, exchanges and financial services providers including the European Energy Exchange, Barclays and Cleartrade. Marc has a BA Honours degree in Strategic Marketing and European Law.

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    Liz Asteraki

    Agriculture & Business, London

    With a doctorate in entomology, Liz is experienced in working within governmental and intergovernmental sectors and has spent a number of years in the ASEAN region. With first-hand experience of the challenges facing the agricultural sector in both developed and developing economies she brings a valuable insight into that industry among others.

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    Wajhi Khawaja

    ESG Services Consultant, London

    Wajhi brings diverse experience from commerce and marketing with Bell Canada to developing B2B connections across retail industries. He has developed new markets for transformational technologies such as solar energy in emerging economies and has honed a strategic approach towards ESG and long-term business planning.


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    Kalyani Inampudi

    ESG & Impact Investment, London

    Immersed in ESG and impact investment, Kalyani brings sophisticated understanding of the emerging frameworks and taxonomy of the world’s fastest growing asset class. Her experience includes deep data research for State Street, Morningstar and Northern Trust; writing client-facing investment proposals for Fidelity, BNP Paribas, Aviva and RBS; and developing materials and documentation to support the integration of ESG standards into the investment process for Earth Capital. Kalyani is certified by UNPRI (United Nations Principles of Responsible Investing) for Enhanced Financial Analysis and Responsible Investing; the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD); and the Associate Chartered Securities Investments (ACSI) for wealth and investment management. Her MBA at Imperial College, London, focused on ESG and impact investing, including electives on social innovation, clean tech, sustainability and climate change, as well as applied work in Vietnam, Cambodia and India, where Kalyani focused on renewable energy for her thesis. Paying particular attention to clean technology, Kalyani co-authored a chapter of The Impact of AI on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investing: Implications On The Investment Value Chain (Wiley, 2020).


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    Tawanda Karombo

    Africa & Business, Johannesburg

    A business journalist covering South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique, Tawanda focuses on mining, telecoms, fintech, agriculture, banking, and economics. His work has been widely published in the African and international financial media, including in Global Finance, Quartz Africa, Business Report, Financial Mail, ITWeb Africa, Moneyweb, Sunday Times, Mail & Guardian and Minesite. Tawanda also undertakes due diligence and reputation research, with experience working with companies in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.


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    Dan Noonan

    Strategic Communications, New York

    The former Global Head of Strategic Communications at Citi and Global Head of Communications at Fitch Ratings, Dan brings unique experience in driving media and investor relations campaigns for the world’s largest financial institutions.
     
    After leading communications and corporate responsibility for Citi in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Dan was successively promoted to lead Citi’s institutional business during the 2008 financial crisis before leading global strategic communications from 2009. During his 11 years at Citi, Dan handled some of the most serious media and investor relations challenges, including the Enron and Parmalat scandals, CEO succession and regulatory issues.
     
    Dan brought his expertise to Fitch Ratings in 2010, guiding the firm to restore its reputation post-financial crisis through branded thought leadership, strong media outreach and a re-tooled approach that incorporated digital, video and other channels. A graduate of Fairfield University, he is based in New York.


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    Rob Parker

    Websites & Design, London

    Rob has been working in the design and web industry since 1998, and has built up a wealth of knowledge on user experience and user interaction.

    A creative thinker, problem solver and obsessive perfectionist, Rob constantly seeks to improve creativity and clarity and to provide the best graphic design service along with the most suitable solution for the brief.

    Rob has a passion for accessibility on websites whilst still pushing creative design boundaries, and has experience within private and public sector organisations, ranging from governments to hairdressers and international car makers.


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    Cyril Zenda

    Africa Writer, Harare

    During his 20 years as a journalist, Cyril has worked for Zimbabwe's leading newspapers including The Zimbabwe Independent and The Financial Gazette as well as regional trade journals published by the Kenya-based Group Media Publishers. The Harare-based writer features regularly in a number of international publications such as TRT World and Fair Planet, and has provided research for organisations including Insight TWI.


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    Ken Herron

    Social Media & Marketing, Singapore

    A top-ranked Internet of Things (IoT) expert and the second most-followed Chief Marketing Officer on Twitter worldwide, Ken Herron hosted the award-winning Social Solutions show and is a popular author and frequent speaker on digital transformation and leveraging new technologies to emotionally connect companies to their customers. Ken's experience includes roles as CMO of Unified Artificial Intelligence leader Unified Inbox Pte. Ltd. (UIB), co-founder of software company SocialGrow, CMO for Online Buddies and VP of Interactive Strategies at Realogy. Ken spent 17 years with AT&T/Lucent Technologies/Avaya, where he managed a 200+ person global team. He serves as a member of the advisory board of digital health company TraveDoc. Ken earned his Executive M.M.P. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Masters of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and German from Drew University’s College of Liberal Arts. 


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    Andrew Draper

    Shipping & Trade, London

    Andrew brings deep experience of international maritime and trade, having covered shipping as a journalist for more than two decades across multiple publications including The Telegraph, Lloyd's List and Seatrade. A specialist in the Nordic countries, Andrew has written for global media and specialist publishers including the Economist Intelligence Unit, the Guardian, Independent on Sunday, financial newswire AFX News and International Money Marketing as their Nordic correspondent. He is a chartered linguist, providing translation services in addition to editorial. 

     


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    Kaswar Klasra

    South Asia, Islamabad

    An experienced journalist from Pakistan, Kaswar's stories are published widely by domestic media such as The Nation and overseas by the Los Angles Times, the Daily Mail, Axel Springer, The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, Xinhua and many more. During 13 years in journalism, Kaswar was based in India for eight years as a reporter for India Today, one of Asia's biggest media groups, and subsequently worked as a broadcaster and commentator for the English-language India Today TV and the Hindi news channel Aaj Tak as the Pakistan correspondent.