Anna leads European research and product design practice at the Business Innovation Institute. Her primary focus and research areas are: Healthcare, Patenting & Intellectual Property, Business and Trade in German and Russian speaking countries.
Prior to BII, worked in the patents and licenses department of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest scientific organization for application-oriented research in Europe, which operates 72 institutes and research institutions in Germany. The research area of the Fraunhofer is concerned with health, safety, communication, mobility, energy and the environment. The annual research volume is 2.6 billion euros. In 2017, the World Award for Top 100 Global Innovator was presented to the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for the fifth successive year. Fraunhofer is at the forefront of invention disclosures, patent applications and total industrial property rights. The commercialization of industrial property rights is worldwide.
Anna’s educational background is Jurisprudence with a focus on Corporate Law at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. The legal breadth of knowledge includes capital markets, the protection of intangible assets and corporate recovery.
M. Nicolas J. Firzli is Director-General of the World Pensions Council (WPC), the international association of pension and social security funds. He is a graduate of Canada’s McGill University (Statistics & Financial Economics), an alumnus of the HEC School of Management (MBA Corporate Strategy & Marketing) and the University of Paris Law School (LL.M. Corporate Law, summa cum laude) and has conducted research at the University of Louvain (UCL) Doctoral School of Economics and Management in Waals Brabant.
Mr. Firzli is Co-Chair of the World Pensions Forum (WPiF) held annually in a G7 capital, coordinator of the quadrennial Asia+ Asset Owners Summit (AOS) organized in collaboration with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).
Dr Ramadan AlBlooshi is the CEO of Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulation (DHCR), an independent regulatory arm of Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of Dubai Healthcare City free zone, a health and wellness destination. Prior to joining in October 2014, Dr Ramadan was the Director of the Health Regulation Department at Dubai Health Authority (DHA). Committed to raising the standards of healthcare delivery, he played an instrumental role in establishing clinical governance in the emirate. He was also tasked with leading medical tourism strategy and setting up policies in healthcare practice in both government and private sectors.
His journey into governance was preceded by clinical roles - three years as internist with the UAE Ministry of Health (MOH) and two years as a gastroenterologist at Rashid Hospital.
Dr. Ramadan is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He is also a participant of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Programme for Leadership Development (MBRPLD), an innovative leadership programme designed to develop future national leaders capable of promoting the sustainable development of Dubai.
Francesco Briganti is currently the CEO of the Employee Benefits and Welfare Institute (EBWI), public affairs organization based in Brussels. Francesco is also the coordinator of the World Pension Alliance (WPA). WPA is a platform of the main private pensions advocacy organizations covering Europe, USA, Canada, Latin America and Australia. Till June 2016, Francesco was the Director of the European Association of Paritarian Institutions of Social Protection (AEIP). AEIP is a European advocacy organization towards the EU representing 1,200 employee benefits providers run on a joint Management-Labor basis, and existing in 19 European Countries.
Francesco’s primary focus is the negotiation and alignment of the EU Institutions in relation to cross-border and national employee benefits plans (including, but not limited to: retirement, healthcare, disability, unemployment, health and safety at work and paid holidays). As an expert, he has been for several years a member of the European Commission’s Pension Forum and was a member of the EU working group aimed at drafting a code of good practices for Pension Funds.
Torben has more than 25 years of business management and investment experience. He held C-level roles in the businesses in Energy, Shipping, Renewables, Finance, Risk and Investments industries. Until 2014 he was the CEO of Danske Commodities, leading energy trading and renewable energy generation group. Prior to that Mr. Clausen held Executive Vice President and CFO roles at the Bunker Holding, 2nd largest organization in the world within fuel and risk management to the shipping industry.
In 2015 Mr. Clausen founded Nordal Clausen Holding business angel investing platform focusing on Fintech and IT. A true practitioner, today he applies his vast knowledge and experience to help entrepreneurs with global ambitions to achieve their goals. Over the last several years Torben has provided business coaching to over 150 companies from different parts of the world on strategy, business development and capital raising.
Valeria is a Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on Management and Strategy at the Harvard Business School. Valeria researches industrial clusters and corporate reputation in emerging economies. She has extensive experience in teaching strategy and entrepreneurship in business schools and conducting research in emerging markets such as Malaysia, Brazil and China. Valeria delivered number of research and consulting projects to large corporates, consulting firms as well as technology start-ups in China, Vietnam and South Africa.
Valeria holds a PhD in Management and Organization from Copenhagen Business School, an MA in Southeast Asian Economics from SOAS London, an MSc in International Business and Bsc in Finance from Bocconi University.
Sam Botros, is the current Chief Security Officer for BHGE. Sam began his career at General Electric in 2009. During this time, Sam has held many roles within GE (Energy Security Director MENAT, O&G Global Security Director to name a few). Sam has worked in the Security Risk Industry since 1999 (Government, Corporate, International Council and Military). During this time, Sam has worked in the following regions; Europe, SSA, MENAT, Asia Pacific, LATAM, US, Canada, ANZ.
Before joining GE, Sam worked for the International Cricket Council, UAE Government as the Global Counter Terrorism & Special Operations Advisor. Prior to Sam’s movement to UAE in 2004, Sam served in both the New Zealand & Australian Special Air Service (SAS) for over 13 years.