CNBC Evolve Global Summit: Transforming Companies for the Future

As technology and innovation are redefining expectations for corporations to achieve success and growth in an era of disruption, business leaders are embracing change and transforming their organizations for the future. Most recently, unprecedented and unforeseen challenges due to the global pandemic forced companies to rapidly adapt operations, policies and products to survive—and in some cases, thrive.

The CNBC Evolve Global Summit will gather leaders and innovators from around the world for provocative conversations and to share strategies and tactics necessary for adapting, innovating and transforming in this new era of business.

Leveraging the power of CNBC Business News Worldwide with its global roster of anchors and reporters to lead conversations, the virtual summit will feature programming across multiple time zones originating from each of the following key regions – APAC, EMEA and the Americas – to reflect the borderless nature of business today. The virtual summit will examine the driving forces, both through the lens specific to each region as well as the global economy, creating opportunities for change.


Albert Bourla

As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Albert Bourla leads Pfizer in its purpose: breakthroughs that change patients’ lives, with a focus on driving the scientific and commercial innovation needed to have a transformational impact on human health.

During his more than 25 years at Pfizer, Albert has built a diverse and successful career, holding a number of senior global positions across a range of markets and disciplines. Prior to taking the reins as CEO in January 2019, Albert served as the Pfizer’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) beginning in January 2018, responsible for overseeing the Company’s commercial strategy, manufacturing, and global product development functions.

Previously, from February 2016 to December 2017, Albert served as Group President of Pfizer Innovative Health, which comprised the Consumer Healthcare, Inflammation & Immunology, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Rare Disease and Vaccines business groups. In addition, he created the Patient and Health Impact Group, dedicated to developing solutions for increasing patient access, demonstrating the value of Pfizer’s medicines, and ensuring broader business model innovation.

From January 2014 to January 2016, Albert served as Group President of Pfizer’s Global Vaccines, Oncology, and Consumer Healthcare business, where he was instrumental in building a strong and competitive position in Oncology and expanding the Company’s leadership in Vaccines.

Albert was President and General Manager of Pfizer’s Established Products business from 2010-2013, leading the development and implementation of strategies and tactics related to Pfizer’s off-patent portfolio, (including legacy brands and generics.

He began his Pfizer career in 1993 in the Animal Health Division as Technical Director of Greece. He held positions of increasing responsibility within Animal Health across Europe, before moving to Pfizer’s New York Global Headquarters in 2001. From there, Albert went on to assume a succession of leadership roles within the Animal Health Division, including US Group Marketing Director (2001-2004), Vice President of Business Development and New Products Marketing (2004-2006), and Area President of Animal Health Europe, Africa and the Middle East (2006-2009). In 2009, he assumed additional responsibilities for the Asia and Pacific regions.

Albert is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and holds a Ph.D. in the Biotechnology of Reproduction from the Veterinary School of Aristotle University. In 2020, he was ranked as America’s top CEO in the Pharmaceuticals sector by Institutional Investor magazine. He is on the executive committee of The Partnership for New York City, a director on multiple boards – Pfizer, Inc., The Pfizer Foundation, PhRMA, and Catalyst – and a Trustee of the United States Council for International Business. In addition, Albert is a member of the Business Roundtable and the Business Council.

Arnold Donald

Arnold Donald has been president & chief executive officer of Carnival Corporation & plc, the world’s largest leisure travel company, since July 2013. Prior to that, he served on the board for 12 years. He currently serves on the board of Bank of America Corporation and Crown Holdings, Inc.

Mr. Donald spent more than 20 years at Monsanto Company as corporate senior vice-president, president of the consumer and nutrition sector, and president of the agricultural sector. Following Monsanto, Mr. Donald was chairman of Merisant Company, which manufactures leading global sweetener brands Equal and Canderel.

Immediately prior to Carnival Corporation, Mr. Donald was president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council, a professional network and leadership forum for African-American executives of Fortune 500 companies, and president and CEO of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the world’s largest charitable funder of diabetes research.

Kristalina Georgieva

Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, from Bulgaria, is Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board from October 1, 2019.

Lauren Hobart

Lauren R. Hobart is President and Chief Executive Officer of Dick's Sporting Goods. Lauren is the third CEO in the company’s history, preceded by current Executive Chairman & Chief Merchant, Ed Stack (1984 – January 2021), and the company’s founder, Dick Stack (1948 – 1984).

Lauren joined DICK'S in February 2011 as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). In her time as CMO, Lauren revamped the Company's marketing efforts, drove significant improvement in the ROI of the marketing spend and was instrumental in developing and launching the CALIA by Carrie Underwood brand. In 2015, Lauren was promoted to Executive Vice President and CMO and later to Executive Vice President, Chief Customer & Digital Officer. She became President of DICK'S in May 2017 overseeing the Stores, Marketing, eCommerce, Technology, HR, Communications, Legal and Strategy & Analytics organizations. Additionally, she has served on the DICK'S Board of Directors since January 2018 and is President of The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation.

During her tenure, Lauren has helped drive the company’s robust technology and eCommerce strategies, among other substantive growth initiatives. She has had a significant impact on shaping DICK'S inclusive culture, enhancing our exceptional customer service offering and improving the customer experience.

Under Lauren's leadership, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation developed its signature Sports Matter initiative in 2014, which has enabled over one million children to have access to sports. DICK'S and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation have given over $105 million in grants and sponsorships since 2014 to raise awareness and address the growing issue of underfunded youth sports programs nationwide.

Prior to joining DICK'S, Lauren spent 14 years at PepsiCo in various leadership roles, including CMO of Carbonated Sports Drinks in North America. Prior to PepsiCo, Lauren was at Wells Fargo Bank and at JP Morgan Chase.

From 2014 to 2018, Lauren served as a member of the board of directors of Sonic Corp; since November 2020, Lauren has served on the YUM Brands! Board of Directors.

Kasper Rorsted

Kasper Rorsted was born in Aarhus, Denmark, in 1962 and is a Danish national. He holds a degree in International Business Studies from the Copenhagen Business College, Denmark, from where he graduated in 1985, and completed a series of Executive Programs at Harvard Business School, USA. During his career, Kasper Rorsted gained valuable experience within the IT industry in various management positions at Oracle, Compaq, and Hewlett Packard. These include Head of Compaq Enterprise Business Group EMEA (1995-2001) and Vice President and General Manager EMEA (2001-2002) based in Germany and Switzerland at Compaq and Senior Vice President and General Manager EMEA (2002-2004) based in Switzerland at Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment Corporation. In 2005, Kasper Rorsted joined consumer goods manufacturer Henkel based in Germany as Executive Vice President Human Resources Management, Procurement, IT, and Infrastructure Services. In 2007, he became the Vice Chairman of the Management Board before he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Henkel in 2008. Since 2016, Kasper Rorsted has been the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of adidas AG, Herzogenaurach, Germany.

Kasper Rorsted is also Member of the Board of Directors, Nestlé S.A., Vevey, Switzerland and Member of the Supervisory Board, Siemens AG, Berlin and Munich, Germany

Jane Sun

Jane Jie Sun has served as the chief executive officer of, as well as a member of the board of directors, since November 2016. Prior to that, she was a co-president since March 2015, chief operating officer since May 2012, and chief financial officer from 2005 to 2012. Ms. Sun is well respected for her extensive experience in operating and managing online travel businesses, mergers and acquisitions, and financial reporting and operations. She was named one of Fortune’s Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for consecutive four years since 2017. In 2019, she was awarded an Asia Society Asia Game Changer Award and joined as a member of the Asia Society Board of Trustee. Forbes named her one of the Emergent 25 Asia’s Latest Star Businesswomen in 2018, and one of the Most Influential and Outstanding Businesswomen in China in 2017. She was also one of FastCompany’s Most Creative People in Business in 2017. During her tenure at Group, she also won the Institutional Investor Awards for the Best CEO and the Best CFO. Prior to joining Group, Ms. Sun worked as the head of the SEC and External Reporting Division of Applied Materials, Inc. since 1997. Prior to that, she worked with KPMG LLP as an audit manager in Silicon Valley, California for five years. Ms. Sun received her Bachelor’s degree from the business school of the University of Florida with high honors. She also obtained her LLM degree from Peking University Law School.

Vasant Narasimhan

Vasant (Vas) Narasimhan, M.D., has been Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Novartis since February 1, 2018.

Dr. Narasimhan previously was Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer for Novartis. He has also served as Global Head of Development for Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Global Head of the Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals and Oncology Injectables business unit, Global Head of Development for Novartis Vaccines, North America Region Head for Novartis Vaccines, and United States Country President for Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics. Before joining Novartis in 2005, he worked at McKinsey & Company.

Dr. Narasimhan received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in the US, a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago in the US. During and after his medical studies, he worked extensively on a range of public health issues in developing countries. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine and serves on the board of fellows of Harvard Medical School.

Chris Kempczinski

As President and CEO of McDonald’s, Chris leads the millions of dedicated McFamily members who help create delicious, feel-good moments for everyone.

Chris is responsible for driving growth strategy and ensuring that McDonald’s values are embedded throughout the system as the filter through which all our business decisions are made, bringing our corporate purpose—to feed and foster community—to life.

Prior to becoming CEO, Chris served as President of McDonald’s USA, leading the business operations of approximately 14,000 McDonald’s restaurants throughout the United States.

Chris joined McDonald’s in 2015 as Executive Vice President, Strategy, Business Development and Innovation. In this role, he worked closely with our business leaders and franchisees to identify innovative new ideas and best practices to accelerate system growth.

Chris has more than 25 years of experience working in premier global consumer companies. He began his career in brand management at Procter & Gamble, and also held senior positions at PepsiCo and Kraft Foods where he was EVP, Growth Initiatives and President, International.

In addition to serving on the McDonald’s Board of Directors, he is also a trustee of Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Chris is a proud alumnus of both Duke University and Harvard Business School. He lives in Chicago, IL, with his wife and two kids.

Creative innovator, Futurist and entertainer and technology investor. Member: World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee and Global Artificial Intelligence Action Alliance. Advisor, Bias & Ethics to Stradigi AI. Honorary Fellow, Institutions of Engineering and Technology. Recipient: TIME 100 IMPACT Award (2022), seven Grammy Awards; Emmy; CLIO; World Economic Forum Crystal Award (2016). As an advocate for STEAM education, started Angel Foundation, which uses project-based learning modules to deliver STEAM education for at-risk youth via dedicated STEM Academy preparatory schools, after-school tutoring and enrichment activities within the US. At-risk students participate in project-based learning modules for robotics, coding, app development, geographic information system mapping, and study Mandarin Chinese. The Angel Foundation recently teamed with the Los Angeles Unified School District, America's second-largest state-run public school system to offer robotics clubs as an official after-school activity, with capacity to serve 12,000+students. Keeping child safety and protection at the forefront in the US as pertains to school and community shootings that urgently require gun safety law reform, Co-Executive Producer, "Parkland Rising", a documentary film about the students and families that survived a mass school shooting and their journey as advocates for US gun safety reform. Interests: promoting the health and planetary benefits of a plant-based (Vegan) diet; alternative energy-powered cars.

Lawrence Wong

Lawrence Wong is the Minister for Finance of Singapore. He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. He chairs the Singapore Labour Foundation, and is a member of the GIC Board, Research Innovation and Enterprise Council and the National Research Foundation Board. Mr Wong began his career as a civil servant, and his portfolio included Chief Executive of the Energy Market Authority and the Principal Private Secretary to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He was elected a Member of Parliament in May 2011 and subsequently held positions in the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Communications and Information, the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth, and Ministry of National Development.

Mr Wong obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor respectively. He also holds a Master in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Ritesh Agarwal

OYO Hotels & Homes was founded by 27-year-old Ritesh Agarwal, the first resident Asian to be accepted to the Thiel Fellowship (started by Paypal founder Peter Thiel). Travelling across India at the age of 17, Ritesh stayed in more than 100 bed and breakfasts, guest houses, and hotels to realize there was a massive dearth of affordable and good-quality hotels in the unbranded budget hotel category. With this in mind, he started his entrepreneurial journey by creating a listing platform for budget accommodations, only to conclude that discovery alone will not solve this problem. Ritesh believed that everyone deserves a safe, hygienic and comfortable living space, irrespective of their budget. That’s how OYO was launched in May 2013 (known as OYO Hotels & Homes now). OYO today is the world’s leading technology and revenue growth platform for small hotels and homeowners. Today, Ritesh is one of the youngest and most successful founders in the world and has been honoured at several forums, for creating a global disruptor in the form of OYO Hotels & Homes.

Cristiano Amon

Cristiano Amon serves as president of Qualcomm Incorporated and is a member of the Qualcomm’s executive committee. In this role, he is responsible for Qualcomm’s semiconductor business (QCT), which includes Mobile Handsets, RF Front End, Automotive and IoT, and the Company’s global operations.

As President of Qualcomm, Amon has steered development of a leading and differentiated product roadmap, spearheaded Qualcomm’s 5G strategy as well as its acceleration and global roll out and driven the expansion and diversification of the business to serve multiple industries. Amon has also overseen the successful execution of M&A to augment Qualcomm’s capabilities and accelerate growth in key areas, including RF Front End, Connectivity and Networking.

Before assuming his current role, Amon served as president of QCT. Prior to that, he held several technical and business leadership positions, including overall responsibility for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon platforms. Amon joined Qualcomm in 1995 as an engineer.
Amon has also served as the chief technical officer of Vésper, a wireless operator in Brazil and held positions at NEC, Ericsson and Velocom Inc.
Amon holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and an honorary doctorate from UNICAMP – Universidade Estadual de Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil. He is the Co-Chair of the Council for IoT at the World Economic Forum's Center for 4th Industrial Revolution (C4IR).

Keith Barr

Keith has been Chief Executive Officer of IHG® since July 2017. He is responsible for implementing IHG’s strategy for high-quality growth and generating industry leading value creation for hotel owners, operators and shareholders. This strategy focuses on strengthening a diverse portfolio of differentiated brands, building scale in key markets, creating lifetime guest relationships, and delivering highly profitable revenues to hotels.

Keith has spent more than 25 years working in the hospitality industry across a wide range of roles, having started his career in hotel operations. He has been a member of IHG’s Executive Committee since April 2011 and served as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for four years before being appointed CEO. Prior to his role as CCO, Keith spent four years as CEO of IHG’s Greater China business, where under his leadership, IHG drove outstanding results and helped set the foundations for growth in a key market.

Keith joined IHG in 2000 and subsequently held a number of senior positions in IHG’s Americas and former Asia, Middle East and Africa (AMEA) regions. He was previously Vice President of Operations for Midscale brands in North America, Vice President of Operations for the Holiday Inn brand in North America and Chief Operating Officer for Australia, New Zealand, and South Pacific.

Prior to joining IHG, Keith held several senior positions at Bristol Hotels and Resorts, which was acquired by IHG in 2000. Keith is a Non-Executive Director of Yum! Brands. He also sits on the Board of WiHTL (Women in Hospitality Travel & Leisure). Keith is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and is currently a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board for The School of Hotel Administration, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business.

Ursula Burns

Ursula Burns was the Chairman of the Board of the Xerox Corporation from 2010 to 2017 and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 to 2016.

Burns joined Xerox as an intern in 1980 and during her career she has held leadership posts spanning corporate services, manufacturing and product development. She was named president in 2007. During her tenure as chief executive officer, she helped the company transform from a global leader in document technology to the world’s most diversified business services company serving enterprises and governments of all sizes. Shortly after being named CEO in 2009, she spearheaded the largest acquisition in Xerox history, the $6.4 billion purchase of Affiliated Computer Services.

In 2016, she led Xerox through a successful separation into two independent, publicly traded companies – Xerox Corporation, which is comprised of the company’s Document Technology and Document Outsourcing businesses, and Conduent Incorporated, a business process services company.

Ursula, who regularly appears on Fortune’s and Forbes’ list of the world’s most powerful women, is a board director of Uber, Nestlé, Exxon Mobil, Ford Foundation, Waystar and IHS Towers. U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Ursula to help lead the White House national program on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) from 2009-2016, and she served as chair of the President’s Export Council from 2015-2016 after service as vice chair 2010-2015. She also provides leadership counsel to several other community, educational and nonprofit organizations including the Ford Foundation, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Corporation, Cornell Tech Board of Overseers, the New York City Ballet, and the Mayo Clinic among others. Burns is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, The Royal Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Ursula holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York University.

Jay Clayton

Jay Clayton, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission from May 2017 to December 2020, is a Senior Policy Advisor and Of Counsel to Sullivan & Cromwell. Mr. Clayton’s practice centers on corporate governance and financial regulatory matters, economic policy and government relations, and investigations.

Noopur Davis

Noopur Davis is Senior Vice President, Chief Product and Information Security Officer for Comcast. Her responsibilities include product security and privacy, information and infrastructure security, cybersecurity risk management, security architecture, security engineering, security operations and incident response, security intelligence and analytics, identity management, and Legal Response Center for Comcast Corporate and Comcast Cable
businesses. Noopur’s teams are doing groundbreaking work in the use of blockchain for IoT security, in building streaming security data integration platforms, and in using machine learning to build models for early threat detection.

She is a champion of women in technology, is the executive sponsor of Comcast/NBCUniversal TechWomen, on the steering committee of Comcast Technology, Product, eXperience Diversity Council, and an executive sponsor of the Comcast Asian Pacific Americans Employee Resource Group.

Noopur joined Comcast from Intel, where she served as Vice President, Global Quality, ISecG. Previously, she was a Visiting Scientist and Senior Member of Technical Staff at Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, Principal of management consulting firm Davis Systems, and held various leadership and technical positions in Fortune 500 companies.

Noopur holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. She is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). She is the recipient of the WICT/SCTE•ISBE/Cablefax Women in Technology award for 2018.

Jennifer Doudna

Jennifer Doudna, PhD is a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. Her groundbreaking development of CRISPR-Cas9 — a genome engineering technology that allows researchers to edit DNA — with collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier earned the two the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and forever changed the course of human and agricultural genomics research. She is also the founder and President of the Innovative Genomics Institute, the Li Ka Shing chancellor’s chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences, and a member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Gladstone Institutes, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a leader in the global public debate on the responsible use of CRISPR and has co-founded and serves on the advisory panel of several companies that use the technology in unique ways. Doudna is the co-author of “A Crack in Creation,” a personal account of her research and the societal and ethical implications of gene editing.

Linda Duncombe

Linda Duncombe is Chief Marketing, Product, and Digital Officer of City National Bank.

Luke Ellis

Luke Ellis is Chief Executive Officer of Man Group, a global active investment firm. Man Group has five investment engines (Man AHL, Man Numeric, Man GLG, Man FRM and Man GPM), which manage USD 123.6 billion (as at 31 December 2020) in a range of liquid and private markets. With a central objective to deliver alpha for clients through time, Man Group provides a wide range of alternative and long-only portfolio solutions for its client base.

As CEO, Luke leads the firm’s Executive Committee, working with teams across investment, distribution, technology and infrastructure, while seeking to deliver the right outcomes for clients and positioning Man Group to adapt to opportunities as markets evolve.

He is also the Deputy Chairman of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments (SBAI), and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Greenhouse Sports.

Luke joined Man Group in 2010 and was previously President of the firm, responsible for management across investment engines. Prior to this, he was Chairman of Man GLG’s Multi-Manager activities and was Managing Director of Man FRM from 1998 to 2008.

Luke was previously a Managing Director at JPMorgan in London and Global Head of the firm’s Equity Derivatives and Equity Proprietary Trading businesses.

He holds a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Economics from Bristol University.

Tony Fernandes

Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, male, 58, is a co-founder of AirAsia. He was appointed as a Non-Independent Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Capital A Berhad (formerly known as AirAsia Group Berhad) on 30 March 2018.

Tan Sri Tony is one of Asia’s most recognisable entrepreneurs, best known for co-founding low-cost carrier AirAsia and democratising air travel in the region.

In December 2001, Tan Sri Tony, together with Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, Dato’ Pahamin Ab Rajab and Dato’ Abdel Aziz @ Abdul Aziz bin Abu Bakar, acquired struggling domestic airline, AirAsia, and with the help of Conor McCarthy, relaunched it as a pioneer of budget travel in Asia, building AirAsia into the world’s best low-cost carrier.

He studied in the UK and qualified as an Associate Member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) in 1991, then as a Fellow Member in 1996. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). An accountant by training, he began his career in Virgin Group before returning to Malaysia as Warner Music Group’s Vice President for Southeast Asia before venturing into the airline business.

Tan Sri Tony has received numerous honours and awards over the course of his career. These include the Honour of the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, conferred by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2011, and the Commander of the Legion d’Honneur, awarded by the French Government for outstanding contributions to the economy of France through the aviation industry. He also received the Panglima Setia Mahkota (PSM) award conferred by Yang Di Pertuan Agong Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin, which carries the title Tan Sri.

He is also a Non-Independent Non-Executive Director of AirAsia X Berhad.

Fiona Frick

Fiona Frick is Chief Executive Officer of Unigestion and has more than 30 years’ experience in the asset management industry.

During more than a decade in this role she has developed a high profile in the international asset management industry and academic circles as a respected speaker on economics, financial markets and the rise of sustainable finance.

Fiona is a frequent commentator on financial markets for CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Sky News and is a regular speaker at events such as the Milken conference, the CFA Institute, Fund Forum, 100 Women in Finance, Bloomberg Invest, IPE and the Robin Hood Investors Conference. She also gives lectures at universities such as IMD Business School, Imperial College London and Oxford around the evolution of asset management and the impact of sustainability.

She serves on the boards of Swiss Sustainable Finance and Sustainable Finance Geneva and is also a member of the EMEA committee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments. Fiona has been recognised by Financial News on numerous occasions as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance

Fiona started her career as a fundamental analyst at Unigestion, covering traditional asset classes in the 1990s. During her early career, she worked as an investment manager responsible for high yield and convertible bond funds and in 1995, led the development of the company’s equity activities. As Head of the Equities team, she was responsible for the development of an innovative approach for managing equities based on the Minimum Variance anomaly which was then implemented into the firm’s investment solutions. Fiona was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company in January 2011.

Fiona holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (I.S.G.) in Paris and graduated with a degree in Literature and Philosophy from the University of Dijon. She has also completed a number of executive education programmes at the IMD Business School in Lausanne.

Pat Gelsinger

Patrick (Pat) Gelsinger is chief executive officer of Intel Corporation and serves on its board of directors. On Feb. 15, 2021, Gelsinger returned to Intel, the company where he had spent the first 30 years of his career.

Before rejoining Intel, Gelsinger was CEO of VMware. In that role, he transformed VMware into a recognized global leader in cloud infrastructure, enterprise mobility and cyber security – almost tripling the company’s annual revenues. Gelsinger was also ranked the best CEO in America in 2019, according to an annual survey by Glassdoor. Prior to joining VMware in 2012, Gelsinger was president and chief operating officer of EMC’s Information Infrastructure Products business, overseeing engineering and operations for information storage, data computing, backup and recovery, RSA security and enterprise solutions.

Gelsinger began his career in 1979 at Intel, becoming its first chief technology officer, and also serving as senior vice president and the general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group. He managed the creation of key industry technologies such as USB and Wi-Fi. He was the architect of the original 80486 processor, led 14 microprocessor programs and played key roles in the Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processor families, leading to Intel becoming the preeminent microprocessor supplier.

Gelsinger earned several degrees in electrical engineering: an associate degree from Lincoln Technical Institute, a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree from Stanford University. He holds eight patents in the areas of VLSI design, computer architecture and communications, is an IEEE Fellow, and serves as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Gelsinger and his wife have been married for over 30 years; they have four children and eight grandchildren. He is also a published author and speaks frequently on faith, work and philanthropy.

Piyush Gupta

Piyush Gupta has been Chief Executive Officer and Director of DBS Group since 2009.

Prior to joining DBS, Piyush had a 27 year career at Citigroup, where his last position was Chief Executive Officer for South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

Piyush is Vice-Chairman of the Institute of International Finance, Washington. In addition, he is a member of Singapore’s Advisory Council on the Ethical Use of AI and Data, McKinsey Advisory Council, Bretton Woods Committee - Advisory Council, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Executive Committee. He also sits on the boards of Enterprise Singapore, Singapore’s National Research Foundation, and the Singapore’s Council for Board Diversity. Piyush is a term trustee of the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA).

Piyush was named one of the world’s top 100 best-performing chief executives in Harvard Business Review - 2019 edition of “The CEO 100”. In 2020, he was awarded the Public Service Star by the President of Singapore for his meritorious services to the nation. He was named Global Indian of the Year by the Economic Times in 2021, Singapore Business Awards’ Outstanding Chief Executive of the Year in 2016, and Singapore Business Leader of the Year by CNBC in 2014. In his personal capacity, he takes a keen interest in nature, and is a Co-Chairman of the BirdLife International Advisory Group.

He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and IIM (Ahmedabad).

Ethiopia Habtemariam

Ethiopia Habtemariam is Chairman and CEO of Motown Records.

Ralph Hamers

Ralph Hamers is CEO of UBS.


Mark S. Hoplamazian was appointed to Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s board of directors in November 2006 and subsequently named president and chief executive officer in December 2006. Prior to his present position, Hoplamazian served as president of The Pritzker Organization (TPO), the principal financial and investment adviser for Pritzker family business interests. During his 17-year tenure with TPO, he served as adviser to various Pritzker family-owned companies, including Hyatt Hotels Corporation and its predecessors. He previously worked in international mergers and acquisitions at The First Boston Corporation in New York. In January 2021, Hoplamazian was named the chair of the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) board of directors and he also serves as the vice chair of the board of Brand USA. He serves on the VF Corporation board of directors, the executive committee of the board of directors of World Business Chicago, and the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute and the Latin School of Chicago. Hoplamazian is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Commercial Club of Chicago. He is a member of the Discovery Class of the Henry Crown Fellowship.

Glenn Katz

Glenn Katz serves as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Enterprise Solutions for Comcast Business a leader in communication services to the SMB and Enterprise marketplace. Glenn leads the Enterprise Services organization that sells and delivers Managed Network Services to Enterprise Customers nationwide.

Prior to joining Comcast, Glenn served as President and CEO for Spacenet, Inc. in McLean, Virginia, leading and executing the strategic direction of Spacenet’s Managed Network Services in the Enterprise, Government and Energy markets. While at Spacenet, Glenn led the acquisition and integration of CICAT networks in 2011 to fulfill the organization’s vision of becoming a premier North American broadband Managed Network Service Company. While serving as President and COO from 2005 through 2011, Glenn oversaw sales, marketing, product management, engineering, IT and operations for the company.

In 2005, as the Interim President and CEO of Starband Communications Inc. Glenn led a merger with Spacenet Inc. While at Starband he also served as CIO and Vice President of Sales. Before StarBand, Glenn spent ten years with Gilat Satellite Networks, LTD. in roles of increasing responsibility in product development, operations and customer service.

Glenn is an Electrical Engineer by trade and spent the earlier part of his career as an Engineer with both Scientific Atlantic and Digital Transmission Systems. He holds both Masters and Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia.

Catherine Keating

Catherine Keating is the CEO of BNY Mellon’s Wealth Management and Investor Solutions divisions, and a member of BNY Mellon’s Executive Committee. She also serves as the President and a Board member of BNY Mellon, N.A., the company’s national bank subsidiary.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Catherine was the Chief Executive Officer of Commonfund. Before Commonfund, Catherine held a variety of senior positions at J.P. Morgan over two decades, including Head of Investment Management Americas and CEO of the U.S. Private Bank, as well as serving on the firm’s Executive Committee.

Catherine is a frequent speaker on wealth and investment topics. She has been featured in interviews appearing in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, The Financial Times, Businessweek, and Institutional Investor, among others. Catherine has also appeared on CNBC, Fox, and Bloomberg TV. She has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance by Barron’s, and one of the Most Powerful Women in Finance and one of the Most Powerful Women in Banking by American Banker.

Catherine is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York. She serves on the boards of the University of Virginia Law School Foundation and the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, and on the investment committees of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Helmsley Charitable Trust. She previously served on the boards of Villanova University (including as chair), Santander Bank and Santander Holdings USA. She earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from Villanova University.

Christian Klein

Christian Klein is CEO of SAP.

William Lee

Leads the Institute’s efforts to develop collaborative policies: to improve access to and the functioning of capital markets, strengthen financial stability and soundness of financial institutions, and foster global macroeconomic, financial, and regulatory conditions to bolster job creation. Also responsible for formulating and communicating action-oriented solutions to global policymakers, thought leaders, and market participants.

Extensive (20+ years) experience analyzing US and global macroeconomic developments, assessing international financial risks and vulnerabilities, and recommending strategies to manage the impact of economic and financial shocks.

Held senior staff positions at Citigroup, the International Monetary Fund, and within the Federal Reserve System (Board of Governors and New York Fed). Expertise in identifying strategic global business and investment opportunities.

I have written on a wide range of macro economic and financial stability topics:
* identifying sustainable growth and investment opportunities in changing macro environments,
* analyzing roots of advanced economy and emerging market growth and inflation trends,
* assessing efficacy of risk-transfer with financial derivatives,
* circumventing risks that may not be effectively managed with market-based mechanisms.

My work enables Milken sponsors and clients to leverage growth opportunities, and manage structural market and institutional risks and vulnerabilities. Many proposals I contributed to formulating while at the IMF changed credit rating agency approach toward rating structured financial products. My analytic work on illiquid OTC derivative markets and risk transfer continue to influence financial reform discussions globally.

My global perspective informs and enriches ongoing analysis of US macro trends and systemic financial risks by highlighting transmission channels connecting Fed policy, financial markets, and real economic activity; And formulating effective and comprehensive policy options to manage market risks and institutional vulnerabilities.

Specialties: Strategic business and policy analysis of global financial markets; developing limited but effective regulatory and supervisory perimeter to ensure market stability, transparency, and integrity; capital market development policies (emerging economies); central bank policy making; macroeconomic forecasting.

David Daokui Li

David Daokui Li is currently the Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor of the Department of Finance of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University. He is also the director of Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE) at the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University
Professor Li holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University. In 1985, he obtained his BS from Tsinghua University as one of the first undergraduate class of the School of Economics and Management, where he is serving as a faculty member.
In 2006, David Li was chosen by Wall Street Wire as a top ten most influential economist in China. In 2010, he was voted as the only economists among the 10 CCTV Men of the Year of the Chinese Economy.

David Li is active in public service. He is currently a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People’s Bank of China, a delegate to the Beijing People’s Congress and a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Committee (CPPCC). He is now a member of the Global Agenda Councils and a Rapporteur of the International Financial Institutions Reform Cluster of the Global Redesign Initiative (GRI) of the World Economic Forum based in Davos, Switzerland.
His on-going research projects include the survey of economics research sponsored by the Ministry of Education and the internationalization of RMB supported by the National Science Foundation of China. He is also leading a research team working on reevaluating the GDP and economic structure of ancient China, including the Ming Dynasty.

Yan Li

Dr. Yan Li serves as the CEO of Niu technologies,prior to joining Niu Technologies in 2016, Dr. Li was a principal at KKR Capstone from 2009 to 2015 and he oversaw KKR portfolio operation in China. Dr. Li was awarded the Operational Excellence Award by Private Equity International in 2012. Prior to KKR, Dr. Li worked for McKinsey & Company from 2008 to 2009, where he advised various companies in high-tech, industrial goods and retail sectors. Prior to McKinsey, Dr. Li worked as a senior research engineer at Qualcomm Inc. in San Diego, CA from 2006 to 2008, focusing on the development of 3G and 4G communications technology. Dr. Li holds three patents on 3G communications. Dr. Li received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 2001 and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2005, in electrical engineering.

Yimei Li

Ms. Li joined ChinaAMC in 2001. Prior to being appointed CEO of ChinaAMC in May 2018, she had been the Head of Sales & Marketing since year 2012. She became the Head of Sales in 2007 and later the Head of Marketing in 2013. Before that, she served as Senior Vice President of International Business between 2001 to 2004. Ms. Li holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University and an M.A. in Economics from Renmin University of China. She has served as CFA Director since September 2020.

Lin Wan

Lin Wanis the CEO of Cainiao Smart Logistics Network (“Cainiao”), a technology company and the logistics affiliate of Alibaba Group, overseeing Cainiao’s strategic planning and business operations.

Since joined the company in 2014, Lin has spearheaded the creation of a global smart logistics network through the integration of express delivery, global and domestic supply chains as well as last-mile delivery network services. Under his leadership, Cainiao has become a forerunner in logistics innovations such as IoT and AI, and is leading the digital transformation and globalization of the entire logistics industry.

Lin is currently a board member of YTO Express (A-listed), ZTO Express (NYSE: ZTO) and Best Logistics (NYSE: BEST).

Prior to Cainiao, he was a senior executive at Amazon’s global logistics division. Lin earned his Ph.D. degree from The University of Texas at Austin in operational research.

Frans Muller

President and Chief Executive Officer; Chair and member of the Management Board and Executive Committee.

Frans Muller started as President and Chief Executive Officer of Ahold Delhaize on July 1, 2018. Before that, he served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Integration Officer since 2016. He was also Acting Chief Operating Officer for Delhaize America from October 2016 until January 2018. Prior to Ahold Delhaize, Frans served for three years as President and CEO of Delhaize Group. Before joining Delhaize Group, Frans worked for German retailer Metro AG for more than 15 years, serving in various leadership positions, including managing director of Makro, member of the board of Metro Cash & Carry International, president for Asia Pacific and Russia / Ukraine, and CEO of Metro group buying. From 2006 until 2013, he was a member of the Metro AG management board and served as CEO of Metro Cash & Carry from 2008 until 2013. From 1988 to 1997, Frans held various management and executive positions at KLM Cargo in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Vienna and Singapore. Frans also serves as chairman of the board of the Vlerick Business School. He is a
member of the board of directors and the governance committee of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF).

Nationality: Dutch

Bruce Niemeyer

Bruce L. Niemeyer, is corporate vice president of Strategy and Sustainability for Chevron Corporation, a role he assumed in 2018. He is responsible for guiding development of the company’s key strategies, including capital allocation and sustainability efforts.

Prior to his current role, Niemeyer served as vice president of Chevron’s Mid-Continent business unit from 2013 to 2018. In that role, he was responsible for developing assets in the mid-continent United States, including significant Permian assets in Texas and New Mexico.

Niemeyer was vice president of the Appalachian/Michigan business unit from 2011 to 2013, where he led the company’s development of natural gas from shale in the northeast U.S. Prior to that, he served as general manager of strategy and planning for Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co.

Niemeyer is a member of the Oxford Energy Policy Club.

Niemeyer joined Texaco in 2000 from Atlantic Richfield Co. He earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and is a registered petroleum engineer in the state of California.

James Peng

Dr. Peng is an entrepreneur and leader in the self-driving car space. He is passionate about bringing great people together to solve challenging problems in future mobility. Under Dr. Peng’s leadership, has quickly become an industry leader and launched multiple autonomous driving fleets to the public across the globe. Prior to co-founding, Dr. Peng worked at Baidu and Google for 11 years. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and a B.S. from Tsinghua University.

William Rodgers

William M. Rodgers III is Professor of Public Policy and chief economist at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University. He is a member of the graduate faculty of Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan. In 2006, he was elected to the membership of the National Academy of Social Insurance. He is Co-Chair of the Academy’s 2010 Conference, “Lessons from a Bad Economy for Jobs, Retirement, and Health Security.” From November 2009 to January 2010, Rodgers served on President Obama’s Department of Labor Transition Team.

Locally, Professor Rodgers is Vice Chair of Montgomery Township’s Planning Board and Board Chair of Somerset County’s United Way. At the state level, he served on Acting Governor Codey’s pensions benefits review task force and currently is a member of Governor Corzine’s commission on government efficiency and reform. At the regional level, Rodgers is a member of the United Way of America’s Regional Operating Council.

Prior to coming to Rutgers, Rodgers served as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2000-2001, appointed to that position by Alexis Herman, U.S. Secretary of Labor. At the time of his appointment, he was the Frances L. and Edwin L. Professor Cummings of Economics at the College of William and Mary.

Professor Rodgers’ research examines issues in labor economics and the economics of social problems. Building on his edited volume, Prosperity for All (Russell Sage Foundation) and studies published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Center for American Progress, and the Upjohn Institute, he is comparing the benefits of the most recent economic expansion to previous expansions, with a particular focus on the income of minority and disadvantaged workers. Professor Rodgers’ most recent book, The Handbook on the Economics of Discrimination, published by Edgar Elgar was selected by Choice, the review journal of the American Library Association, as an “Outstanding Academic Book for 2006”. His current research on racial inequality includes a study on the economic status of the New Jersey’s minorities, and pieces in the National Urban League’s State of Black America and American Prospect’s Special Issue, The Color of Opportunity.

Rodgers’ expertise is frequently called upon by journalists for articles in The New York Times, Washington Post, The Financial Times, U.S.A. Today, Business Week, and other publications. He has been a guest on NBC’s Meet the Press, CNN’s Your Money, CNBC’s Squawk Box, and CNNfn and many radio talk shows. His policy work includes testifying before the New Jersey Assembly Commerce and Economic Development Committee, New Jersey State Labor Committee, Joint Economic Committee, U.S. Congress, the Joint Sub-Committee Studying the Status and Needs of African American Males in Virginia, and serving as a consultant for the state of Virginia, the Joint Center for Economic and Political Studies, and the AFL-CIO.

Rodgers serves on numerous boards. He is a Past President of the National Economic Association and is currently a member of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minorities in the Economics Profession, and runs the Association’s mentoring program that seeks to increase the numbers of minorities that obtain economic doctorates. Rodgers is a member of Marc Morial’s National Urban League Council of Economic Advisors and a member of the Center for American Progress’ Academic Advisory Board.

Mudassir Sheikha

Mudassir Sheikha is the CEO and Co-Founder of Careem.

He grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, before graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in economics and computer science then completing a masters degree in computer science at Stanford.

A career in tech started with Silicon Valley startup Brience, and then as a summer associate at Venture Finance group, working with seed-stage companies in the software and consumer Internet industry.

Mudassir then moved back to Pakistan and co-founding DeviceAnywhere, a company that was acquired by Keynote in 2008 before joining management consulting firm McKinsey & Company in Dubai.

In 2012, he left to form a new company with ex-McKinsey colleague Magnus Olson. The idea was not just to build a big business, but start one that would have a big impact, be meaningful, and with a mission to simplify and improve lives and create an awesome organisation that inspires. That became Careem.

Today Careem is the leading technology platform across the greater Middle East and was recently acquired by Uber in the largest industry transaction for the region. Careem operates in more than 100 cities across 13 countries with more than 3,000 colleagues and one million captains on its platform.

Nadja Swarovski

Nadja is Chair of the Swarovski Foundation, a UK charity which she established in 2013 to foster culture and creativity, promote human empowerment and preserve the environment globally. She also heads up the Swarovski Waterschool, which is active in six continents teaching youth about water conservation. Both philanthropic organizations are focused on the delivery of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Nadja was the first female member of the Executive Board of Swarovski, which was founded in Austria by her great-great-grandfather Daniel Swarovski in 1895. With a mission to bring Swarovski to the forefront of the fashion industry and elevate the brand's perception, she led the Branding, Sustainability and Licensing divisions and launched the luxury fashion jewelry brand Atelier Swarovski.

Her career at the family business started in the mid-1990s, when she began showcasing Swarovski’s crystal range to the fashion, jewelry, architecture, lighting and home décor industries, encouraging designers to discover crystal’s creative potential. The resulting collaborations and partnerships established her as one of the 21st century’s most significant patrons of design talent.

In 2016 Nadja was made a Chevalier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2019 she received an honorary doctorate from the University of the Arts London. Nadja holds Board-level positions at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, FIT Foundation and the German Fashion Council and is a member of The Nature Conservancy’s European Council for Global Conservation.

Carol Tomé

Carol B. Tomé is the Chief Executive Officer of UPS. She is the 12th CEO in the 113-year history of the company.

Before joining UPS, Carol served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Home Depot, Inc., one of the world’s largest retailers. She joined the company in 1995 as Vice President and Treasurer.

Carol began her career as a commercial lender with United Bank of Denver (now Wells Fargo) and then spent several years as Director of Banking for Johns-Mansville Corporation. Prior to joining The Home Depot, Carol was Vice President and Treasurer of Riverwood International Corporation.

Carol serves as a trustee or board member for a number of organizations including Grady Hospital Foundation, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Sovos Brands, Catalyst, and GIA Partners. She is also a member of The Committee of 200, The Buckhead Coalition, The Business Roundtable and The Business Council.

A native of Jackson, Wyoming, Carol holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree in finance from the University of Denver.

Darren Walker

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $13 billion international social justice philanthropy. Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation recently became the first nonprofit foundation in US history to issue a $1 billion social bond in the US taxable bond market to increase grant making to stabilize and strengthen nonprofit organizations in the wake of COVID-19. He is a member of Governor Cuomo’s Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. He also chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy.

Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.

Darren co-chairs New York City’s Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, and has served on the Independent Commission on New York City Criminal Justice and Incarceration Reform and the UN International Labour Organization Global Commission on the Future of Work. He co-founded both the US Impact Investing Alliance and the Presidents’ Council on Disability Inclusion in Philanthropy. He serves on many boards, including Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, Carnegie Hall, the High Line, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture. In the summer of 2020, he was appointed to the boards of Square and Ralph Lauren. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of 16 honorary degrees and university awards, including Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.

Educated exclusively in public schools, Darren was a member of the first Head Start class in 1965 and received BA, BS, and JD degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has been included on numerous leadership lists: Time’s annual 100 Most Influential People, Rolling Stone’s 25 People Shaping the Future, Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, Ebony's Power 100, and Out magazine’s Power 50.

Dave Wright

Dave Wright is ServiceNow's Chief Innovation Officer and chief evangelist for connecting all aspects of digital transformation to the future of work. In this role, Dave is responsible for improving the employee experience as it pertains to workplace productivity. In his view, that depends on a great employee experience first, which in turn leads to more innovation, higher profitability and higher levels of customer satisfaction.

Dave has worked with thousands of organizations to build such an experience and has a proven track record applying his in depth understanding of market dynamics to deliver win-win solutions for diverse governmental and industry organizations. By leveraging this insight along with deep knowledge and understanding of customers, and promoting the customer perspective, he drives deliberate, disciplined design of experiences to customers and employees alike.

Previously, Dave was the Chief Strategy Officer and Global Vice President of Solutions Consulting for ServiceNow. In this role, Dave was responsible for driving the company’s value and technical portfolio in order to promote technology excellence to customers and partners across the globe. Dave has almost 30 years of experience in the IT industry, specifically within Virtualization, Cloud Infrastructure, service management, performance management, data center automation and software development.

Prior to joining ServiceNow in 2010, Dave spent over six years with VMware as Vice President of Technical Services for EMEA, where he was responsible for pre-sales, professional services, training and technical account management delivery. Dave also headed up the technical division for Northern and Southern Europe for Mercury Interactive and spent six years at Peregrine Systems, where he held a variety of senior technical and marketing positions.

Jin Xing

Dancer and TV Host

Edward Xu

Mr. Edward Xu serves as the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) of EHang Inc., joined the company in July, 2019. Before joining EHang, Mr. Xu served as Head of Asia (ex-Japan) Transportation Research at Morgan Stanley Asia Limited (“Morgan Stanley”). During his 15-year career as an equity research analyst at Morgan Stanley, he covered China’s aerospace and transportation industries extensively, including airlines, logistics, airports, and railways, among others. He had participated in several major IPO projects led by Morgan Stanley, such as ZTO Express (Cayman) Inc, Kerry Logistics Network Limited, AirAsia Group BHD, BTS Rail Mass Transit Growth Infrastructure Fund, and BOC Aviation Limited. He has been ranked consistently among the Top 3 All-Asia Transportation Analyst by Institutional Investor magazine for the past few years and was well recognized among both the investment community and the logistics industry. Mr. Xu is a CFA charter holder and obtained an MBA degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jochen Zeitz

Jochen Zeitz is the President and CEO of Harley-Davidson, Inc., and Chairman of the Harley-Davidson Board of Directors. He has served as a board member since 2007 and established the company's Brand and Sustainability Committee.

Previously, Zeitz served as Chairman and CEO of the sporting goods company PUMA from 1993 to 2011. He was also PUMA's CFO from 1993 to 2005. Zeitz oversaw a transformation of PUMA from near bankruptcy into one of the top three sporting goods brands in the world over his 18-year leadership. After PUMA’s acquisition by the luxury goods brand Kering (formerly PPR), Zeitz served as director of Kering from 2012 to 2016. He was also a member of Kering's executive committee and CEO of its Sport & Lifestyle division from 2010 to 2012.

Studying in Europe and the United States, Zeitz graduated from the European Business School (EBS) with a degree in Business, International Marketing and Finance. Zeitz also serves as a board member of The B Team, which he co-founded with Sir Richard Branson, the Cranemere Group and KWS. He is also co-founder of Zeitz MOCAA, founder of the ZEITZ Foundation, Segera Conservancy & Retreat and The Long Run.


2pm SGT (6am GMT)


Host: Martin Soong, CNBC “Squawk Box” Asia Co-Anchor


As Singapore navigates its post-pandemic recovery, we ask finance minister Lawrence Wong what it means for the city-state’s economic future.

Lawrence Wong, Singapore Minister for Finance and Singapore’s COVID-19 Multi-Ministry Task Force Co-chair

Interviewed by: Martin Soong, CNBC “Squawk Box” Asia Co-Anchor

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2:15pm SGT (6:15am GMT)

The Path to a Sustainable Future

Governments and companies around the world have committed to ‘building back better’, including a more sustainable and responsible approach to investing. Members of CNBC’s ESG Council debate how a successful ESG strategy can also mean better returns.

Yimei Li, ChinaAMC CEO

Piyush Gupta, DBS Group CEO and Director

Interviewed by: Martin Soong, CNBC “Squawk Box” Asia Co-Anchor

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2:30pm SGT (6:30am GMT)

The Chinese Economy: 2021 and Beyond

Recent GDP figures indicate China’s economy is roaring back to its pre-pandemic levels, but will it continue? We find out what’s driving this growth, its impact on the rest of the world and where we should be putting our money.

Daokui Li, Tsinghua University Mansfield Freeman Professor of Economics; Former PBOC advisor

Interviewed by: Martin Soong, CNBC “Squawk Box” Asia Co-Anchor

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2:40pm SGT (6:40am GMT)

Traveling the Road to Recovery

While some countries are reopening their borders to travel, and others are still fighting the spread of the virus, the tourism industry aims to recover worldwide. Three industry leaders share what they see for the future of travel, what to expect when we book our next holiday, and how Covid passports play into those plans.

Jane Sun, Group CEO

Tony Fernandes, AirAsia CEO

Ritesh Agarwal, OYO Hotels & Homes founder & CEO

Interviewed by: Nancy Hungerford, CNBC “Street Signs” Co-Anchor

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3:10pm SGT (7:10am GMT)

Taxi Tech: Ride Sharing and More

Careem has become so much more than just a ride sharing app. From delivering food to pharmaceutical supplies, it is constantly evolving across the 15 regions it covers. In 2019, Careem was acquired by Uber for a ground-breaking $3.1 billion, becoming the first unicorn exit in the MENA region. We hear the latest from this versatile company on their plans for the next chapter.

Mudassir Sheikha, Careem CEO

Interviewed by: Hadley Gamble, “Capital Connection” Anchor

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3:20pm SGT (7:20am GMT)

Transforming Your Post Pandemic Commute

Interested in taking a drone taxi to work? How about an electric trike? Just a few options to choose from as we delve into innovative technologies that are emerging in transport and how they might change our lives.

James Peng, Founder and CEO

Yan Li, Niu Technologies CEO

Edward Xu, Ehang Inc. CSO

Interviewed by: Arjun Kharpal, CNBC Senior Technology Correspondent

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3:45pm SGT (7:45am GMT)

Love in the Time of Covid

Jin Xing has been described as the ‘Oprah’ of China.  From military dancer to transgender icon, her life is characterised by constant reinvention and transformation. Currently filming several TV shows including a matchmaking series, she joins us to discuss her latest projects and how Covid-19 has impacted the entertainment industry.

Jin Xing, Dancer and TV Host

Interviewed by: Tania Bryer, CNBC Host and Executive Producer

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12pm BST (11am GMT)


Host: Geoff Cutmore, “Squawk Box” EMEA Co-Anchor

12:05pm BST (11:05am GMT)

Health Care in a Post-Pandemic World

The pandemic has fundamentally changed the world’s approach to health care. While the vaccine rollout accelerates, other treatments and procedures have had to adapt to an industry facing unprecedented disruption. We discuss the future of health care with the CEO of Novartis and find out how the Swiss pharmaceutical giant’s focus on culture contributes to the development of new innovative medicines.

Vas Narasimhan, Novartis CEO

Interviewed by: Julianna Tatelbaum, CNBC “Street Signs” EMEA Co-Anchor and Reporter

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12:15pm BST (11:15am GMT)

Swarovski: A Century of Innovation

The first female executive board member in the 126-year-old history of Swarovski, Nadja Swarovski has been a transformative presence since joining the family business in 1995. She tells us how she continues to innovate and evolve the company’s heritage.

Nadja Swarovski, Swarovski Foundation Chair

Interviewed by: Tania Bryer, CNBC Host and Executive Producer

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12:25pm BST (11:25am GMT)

How Covid is Transforming Consumer Behavior

The consumer goods sector was hit hard during the pandemic. The severe disruption to global supply chains and a change in consumer demand has forced the sector to reevaluate its strategy. We ask some of the leaders in the industry how they are dealing with the challenges and where they see opportunity as they look to build resilience.

Takeshi Niinami, Suntory CEO

Lin Wan, Cainiao Network CEO

Frans Muller, Ahold Delhaize CEO

Interviewed by: Julianna Tatelbaum, CNBC “Street Signs” EMEA Co-Anchor and Reporter

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12:45pm BST (11:45am GMT)

IMF Managing Director on What’s Next for the Global Economy

Fresh off the heels of the G7 meetings, International Monetary Fund Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva gives us her view of the global economy, inflation, and monetary policy, as well has her thoughts on how to build a sustainable and inclusive global recovery.

Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Board

Interviewed by: Geoff Cutmore, CNBC “Squawk Box” EMEA Co-Anchor

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1:00pm BST (12:00pm GMT)

The Evolution of Money Management

Hedge fund heavyweight Man Group wants to stay on the cutting-edge of an evolving money management industry. CEO Luke Ellis joins us for a conversation on fund flows in 2021 and beyond, and how technological innovations are influencing the future of investment.

Luke Ellis, Man Group CEO

Interviewed by: Geoff Cutmore, CNBC “Squawk Box” EMEA Co-Anchor

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1:15pm BST (12:15pm GMT)

Taking a Lead in Driving Sustainability

Environmental, social and governance programs are key to creating long-term value. A successful ESG strategy can fuel growth, build brand reputation, increase customer engagement and create trust with stakeholders. We hear from members of CNBC’s ESG Council as they discuss how to embed sustainability into core company culture.

Keith Barr, IHG Hotels & Resorts CEO

Fiona Frick, Unigestion CEO

Interviewed by: Steve Sedgwick, CNBC “Squawk Box” EMEA Co-Anchor

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1:30pm BST (12:30pm GMT)

Banking in the Digital Age

The world of banking is going through a digital transformation as the sector faces increased competition from an emergent fintech industry. We sit down with the CEO of UBS to find out what the company is doing to stay ahead during these disruptive times.

Ralph Hamers, UBS CEO

Interviewed by: Geoff Cutmore, CNBC “Squawk Box” EMEA Co-Anchor

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1:40pm BST (12:40pm GMT)

Getting Ready for the Next Digital Revolution

The digital transformation was underway long before Covid, but the pandemic has accelerated the need for companies to adapt at a record pace. Many were left scrambling to find digital solutions for their workforce, supply chains and customers. SAP’s CEO tells us how the software group is helping companies navigate through these digital waters, and how businesses need to ultimately redefine its long-term strategy to succeed.

Christian Klein, SAP CEO

Interviewed by:  Karen Tso, CNBC “Squawk Box” EMEA Co-Anchor

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1:50pm BST (12:50pm GMT) The Next Frontier

Award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist: is a man of many talents. He will join us to discuss new projects close to his heart. Always one to spot future trends, he will also discuss what’s on the horizon for the technological space., Award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Interviewed by: Tania Bryer, CNBC Host and Executive Producer

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11am EDT (3pm GMT)


Host: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Events Strategy, Vice President


Richard A. Raffetto, City National Bank President

11:05am ET (3:05pm GMT)

Game Changer: How Vaccine Innovation Will Impact the Future of Health

Pfizer’s development and production of its Covid-19 vaccine not only helped pave the way to reopen the economy, but also could be a game changer in terms of future medical developments. CEO Albert Bourla joins us on what may be a turning point in science and medicine.

Albert Bourla, Pfizer CEO

Interviewed by: Andrew Ross Sorkin, CNBC “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor

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11:20am ET (3:20 pm GMT)

Stakeholder Earth: The Push for a Sustainable Planet

As corporations enter the fray of societal change more than ever before, more is being asked of CEOs when it comes to making decisions and speaking out on issues that were once thought to not be in their scope. From climate change and sustainability, DEI to even the role of business when it comes to political change, leaders now consider the long-term impact their business will have on the world.

Kasper Rorsted, Adidas CEO

Interviewed by: Sara Eisen, CNBC “Closing Bell” Co-Anchor

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11:40 am ET (3:40pm GMT)

CRISPR Revolution: The Future of Genetic Engineering

Biochemist Jennifer Doudna is best known for her pioneering work in CRISPR gene editing, for which she was awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry. She’s also a leading biotech entrepreneur, with several life science start-ups under her belt. In a rare interview, Doudna talks about the current work at her Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, where scientists are applying genome editing technology to diagnostics, drug discovery, agbiotech and even climate change.

Jennifer Doudna, UC Berkeley Biochemist and Nobel Prize winner, 2020

Interviewed by: Meg Tirrell, CNBC Senior Health & Science Reporter

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11:55am ET (3:55pm GMT)

Evolution of Investing: Rise of the Retail Investor

The past year has seen the rise of a new generation of investors, alternative investment vehicles such as cryptocurrencies, SPACs and NFTs and the emergence of unconventional information sharing communities such as Reddit. These industry leaders explore how these changes will shape investing for years to come.

Stacey Cunningham, NYSE President

Catherine Keating, Bank of New York Mellon Wealth Management CEO

Jay Clayton, Sullivan & Cromwell, Senior Policy Advisor

Interviewed by: Melissa Lee, CNBC Host, “Fast Money” & “Options Action”

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12:15pm ET (4:15pm GMT)

The Next Normal: A Shift to Digital Post Pandemic

Sponsored and Programmed by City National Bank

The pandemic accelerated the adoption of new technologies and digital innovations. As much as the world is ready to get into The Next Normal, there’s a lot more transformation to be done. This session will examine the expedited digital transformation across a diverse range of industries, that has helped adapt and transform businesses to be more digitally enabled. We’ll discuss best practices and take a closer look at how recent trends will inform transformative decisions over the next 6 to 9 months.

Linda Duncombe, City National Bank Chief Marketing, Product, and Digital Officer

Interviewed by: Jen Rogers, Financial Reporter

12:25pm ET (4:25pm GMT)

The Resilient Retailer: Inside DICK’S Sporting Goods

Despite the challenges brick and mortars faced over the past year, DICK’S Sporting Goods proved to be one of the most nimble and resilient retailers around. The new CEO of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailer explains how she successfully leveraged tech innovation and a can-do culture to serve existing and new customers and motivate employees in an increasingly competitive space.

Lauren Hobart, DICK’S Sporting Goods CEO

Interviewed by: Becky Quick, Co-Anchor of “Squawk Box”

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12:45pm ET (4:25pm GMT)

Breakout Sessions

The Evolving Economy: Balancing Growth and Inflation

Thanks to the vaccine rollout, low interest rates and stimulus efforts, businesses are reopening and the economy is powering up. Job postings are near-record levels, productivity and wages are rising, and consumers are ready to spend. But worries remain: Mainly that the economy is overheating, labor is in short supply, and inflation risk is looming on the horizon. Looking beyond the long shadow of Covid19, noted economists William Lee and William Rodgers lay out realistic scenarios for the second half of 2021 and beyond.

William Lee, Milken Institute, Chief Economist

William M. Rodgers III, Rutgers University Professor and Chief Economist at Heldrich Center for Workforce Development

Interviewed by: Ylan Mui, CNBC Senior Congressional Correspondent

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The Bridge to Everywhere: Building the Post-Pandemic Workforce

Sponsored and Programmed by ServiceNow

What if the largest impact of the post-pandemic workforce shift is neither productivity nor work/life balance? In this discussion, we’ll explore how remote work can change the structure of modern life by increasing opportunity and talent development in underserved communities and shift the “talent attracts talent” calculus that fuels income inequality and urbanization around the world. The result: A distributed workforce that carries social, economic, and environmental benefits for all.

Dave Wright, ServiceNow Chief Innovation Officer

Interviewed by: Caroline Woods, Business Journalist

Roadmap to a Lower Carbon Future

Sponsored and Programmed by Chevron

Lowering carbon emissions, increasing the use of renewables, and investing in lower carbon technologies can help tackle climate change. This discussion will focus on the complexities of the situation, the challenges the energy sector faces in working toward solving the problem, and the strategies being used to both ensure returns for energy investors and lower carbon intensity.

Bruce Niemeyer, Chevron Corporate Vice President of Strategy and Sustainability

Interviewed by: Rhonda Schaffler, Business Anchor

1:00pm ET (5:00pm GMT)

Qualcomm and Intel: Semiconductor Innovation and Resilience

Semiconductors are driving the digital economy and as a result, the global chip supply has been squeezed by tighter inventory and rising costs. When will the chip market return to equilibrium? With multi-billion-dollar bets needed, are we going to see an era of co-opetition? Do the lines between customer and competitor blur when companies come together to innovate? CNBC’s Jon Fortt speaks with Qualcomm CEO-elect Cristiano Amon and Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger on the importance of American leadership in semiconductor design and manufacturing. Hear how these former rivals are working to support new opportunities to help solve the chip supply shortage.

Cristiano Amon, Qualcomm, President and CEO-elect

Pat Gelsinger, Intel CEO

Interviewed by: Jon Fortt, CNBC “TechCheck” Co-Anchor

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1:25pm ET (5:25pm GMT)

Transforming Travel and Leisure

While 2020 was a challenging year for the travel and leisure industry, Hyatt and Carnival emerged with a renewed focus on human connection, a mindset of collaboration and inclusion – and a sharper sense of experimentation. Find out how these CEOs managed unprecedented turbulence and created sustainable recovery models. The CEOs of Hyatt and Carnival address travel’s rebound and their outlook on enhanced well-being experiences.

Mark Hoplamazian, Hyatt Hotels CEO

Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation CEO

Interviewed by: Seema Mody, CNBC Reporter

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1:45pm ET (5:45pm GMT)

McDonald's Menu for Growth

While the pandemic impact continues to be felt, particularly overseas, supply chain constraints and a tightening labor market are additional headwinds factoring into McDonald’s growth strategy. How will new menu items and digital innovations play into the restaurant giant’s future? We’ll get the recipe for recovery from the boss.

Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s CEO

Interviewed by: Carl Quintanilla, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor & “TechCheck” Anchor

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2:00pm ET (6:00pm GMT)

Securing the Perimeter-less Enterprise

Sponsored and Programmed by Comcast Business

With the proliferation of distributed workers and the increased reliance on cloud-based applications, traditional enterprise cybersecurity approaches are being challenged and reshaped. The vanishing network perimeter and the ever-changing threat landscape are pushing organizations to apply secure access no matter where their users, applications or devices are located and shifting to more cloud-friendly and behavior-based security approaches. This discussion will focus on ways companies can secure their data and networks in a new hybrid business world.

Noopur Davis, Comcast EVP, Chief Product and Information Security Officer

Glenn Katz, Comcast Business SVP and GM, Enterprise Solutions
Interviewed by: Shibani Joshi, Business Journalist

2:10pm ET (6:10pm GMT)

Rewiring an American Icon

Harley-Davidson is on a mission to boost sales by streamlining its motorcycle offerings, limiting production, focusing on fewer markets, and standing up its LiveWire line as an independent brand in a big bet on EVs. We’ll get the roadmap from the CEO.

Jochen Zeitz, Harley-Davidson CEO

Interviewed by: Morgan Brennan, CNBC “Squawk on the Street” Co-Anchor

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2:25pm ET (6:25pm GMT)

What’s Going On at Motown Records

From Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson to NeYo and Lil Baby, Motown Records has produced some of the hottest artists ever. Hear how Motown’s newly appointed CEO plans to find the next generation of chart-toppers and superstars.

Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown Records Chairman and CEO

Interviewed by: Tyler Mathisen, CNBC “Power Lunch” Co-Anchor & Events Strategy, Vice President

2:35pm ET (6:35pm GMT)

Fast-Tracking Innovation for the Digital Demand Revolution

As online shopping has grown, so has the demand for delivery speed. Find out how UPS, which delivers 5.5 billion packages per year, has developed its technology and logistics business to meet customer and client needs while keeping its workforce safe amid the pandemic.

Carol Tomé, UPS CEO

Interviewed by: Suzy Welch, CNBC Contributor

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2:50pm ET (6:50pm GMT)

Evolving Leadership: How to Bring About Change

The past year has forced a reckoning of systemic racism, injustice and inequality at nearly every level of society. Leaders from the public and private sectors are now stepping into the fray of public discourse and working to bring about the change that is long overdue. This candid discussion will examine how leaders have moved the needle in the past year and what needs to happen next.

Darren Walker, Ford Foundation President

Ursula Burns, Fmr. Xerox Chairman and CEO

Interviewed by: Andrew Ross Sorkin, CNBC “Squawk Box” Co-Anchor

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