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About Innovation Forum - Insight and Events for Emerging Markets

Document explaining the history and focus of Innovation Forum, which produces events and insight for emerging markets all over the world. Focusing on Foreign Direct Investment, investment conditions, risks and opportunities and sustainability

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About Innovation Forum - Insight and Events for Emerging Markets

  1. 1. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 / Innovation Forum is a London-based company focused on events and publishing. We focus only on Technology, Innovation, and Sustainability to drive investment in Emerging Markets What we do: Innovation Forum produces high quality, high level events and analysis about the opportunities for companies, investors and governments in emerging markets around the world. In 2014 we are focusing on two key countries: Ghana and Turkey, and are also working on events and analysis for other countries, and specific industries for 2014 and 2015. We research, organise, market and host conferences, alongside our sponsors in both London and in emerging markets around the world. We publish analysis, interviews and Q&A’s with leading players from companies, the investment community, analysts and government figures. Who we are: We are a start-up company fuelled by decades of experience and backed by highly successful private investors in London. Our key employees are: Tobias Webb Founder of Ethical Corporation magazine and conferences since 2001, Tobias has started two multimillion pound turnover events and publishing companies since 1999. He has provided policy advice and responsible business strategy to the current UK Government and Prime Minister, and has served on the board of a £30 million turnover events business. He is a well-known speaker and facilitator at conferences and meetings around the world and spends several months a year researching and visiting emerging economies. He lectures at the University of London on Responsible Business. On top of Toby’s success in the broader business world, he also has extensive experience in the conference space. Having founded Ethical Corporation in 2001, Toby has since built the Responsible Business Summit series into the largest CSR and sustainability conference in Europe. Toby has also led and been involved with a number of training and advisory services to companies around the world, including Alliance Boots, Sainsbury’s, Unilever, Heathrow Airport, Repsol, Intersport and many others. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 /
  2. 2. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 / Paloma Cid With over 15 years’ experience in her field, Paloma is an expert in programme development and government relations in the African region, particularly Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Angola. She has managed numerous major projects to promote investment in oil and gas, sustainable development and local content. Between 2006 and 2012, she produced over 20 African events including the 3rd APPA Congress, 4 editions of Nigeria Oil and Gas (NOG), the inaugural Practical Nigerian Content in Port Harcourt and several large events in Ghana and Equatorial Guinea. Paloma works very closely with high ranking officials in oil producing countries, including Ministers of Energy and Chairmen of National Oil Companies as well as senior executives in the international oil and gas industry. Born and raised in Madrid, Paloma moved to Manila after graduation and worked first at IBM and then at the Spanish Embassy where she managed a two year programme of cultural activities. Following her move to London in 2000, Paloma developed international events in a variety of sectors including technology, public sector and corporate finance, and between 2005 and 2012 she worked at CWC and specialised in oil and gas and emerging markets. Wayne Dunn Wayne is an entrepreneur and an award-winning global expert on CSR. Consulting for major industries, governments and international organizations he has worked on over 60 CSR projects spanning six continents and 2 decades including projects in over a dozen African countries. His projects have won prestigious global awards including the first private sector winner of a World Bank Global Development Innovation Award and the Star of Africa Award. They have been developed into case studies by Stanford Business School and other Universities and are widely recognized for their ground-breaking nature and overall success. Wayne has also negotiated and financed complex resource projects in Africa, one of which was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal. He has organized and produced numerous international events and missions and is a Professor of Practice in CSR at McGill University where he is a founding member of the Leadership Council for McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID). He is frequent lecturer worldwide on business and economic issues and also provides volunteer support to numerous local, national and international organizations. This includes 4 years as the Vice-Chairman of the Canadian Council on Africa, on the Board for the University of Winnipeg’s Master’s Program in Development Practice in Indigenous Development and ongoing support to Ghana’s University for Development Studies. He is a Stanford Sloan Fellow and holds an M.Sc. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 /
  3. 3. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 / Oliver Bamford Oliver graduated from Durham University with a B.Sc. in Maths and Economics. He has since picked up a great deal of experience in the events industry whilst leading the commercial side of Ethical Corporation and Useful Social Media, before helping found an events company in the marketing industry. Throughout this time, Oliver ran the largest European conference in the CSR and sustainability industry – the Responsible Business Summit – which attracts CEOs and C-suite management from the world’s largest brands. Oliver is also responsible for the premier social media conference in North America – the Corporate Social Media Summit. Having worked with a range of clients from Fortune 500 companies to boutique agencies, Oliver has a wealth of experience in working in and around the events industry to help partners meet their broader business objectives. Gulnara Akbasheva Gulnara has been Deputy Director at Insurance Investment Russia, Manager at Russian-Polish Center for Dialogue and Understanding and worked at the Communication and Information sector at UNESCO City University London. She has a Master's degree in Transnational Media and Globalisation from City University London and in International Relations and Affairs at the Institute of Law at Bashkir State University. Global Advisory Board Innovation Forum has assembled a global advisory board to help steer our work, events, analysis and agenda content. The board is virtual and is consulted regularly by telephone and teleconference for their views on our current work, and what’s next on the agenda for Innovation Forum. Africa: Jonathan Berman Jonathan Berman is an author, speaker and consultant. He is a senior fellow at Columbia University’s Vale Center and senior advisor to Dalberg, a strategic advisory firm focused on frontier markets with ten offices worldwide. He previously served as partner and director of Dalberg’s corporate practice. He has advised numerous global Fortune 500 companies on entry and operations in emerging and frontier markets, focusing on the political and economic dynamics that drive shareholder value. Jonathan is the author, most recently, of “Success in Africa: CEO Insights from a Continent on the Rise”, featuring the views of global and African CEOs on the unique dynamics of fast-growth markets. His views have appeared in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal CFO Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg and Harvard Business Review, where he writes a regular blog. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he is graduate of Yale University and UC Berkeley. South Korea: Laxmi Nakarmi Laxmi Nakarmi is managing partner of Saturn Communications in Seoul. Previously he was Seoul's bureau chief for Asiaweek magazine and Businessweek. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 /
  4. 4. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 / India: Rajesh Tiwari Rajesh is Director General & CEO of the Indian Centre for Corporate Social responsibility (ICCSR), a Mumbai and Delhi based non-profit group which advises companies and promote corporate social responsibility across India and world-wide. Prior to founding ICCSR Rajesh was co-founder and joint managing director of Tikona Digital Networks Pvt. Ltd. Prior to that he was Group Director Reliance ADAG, where he oversaw business development and corporate affairs. Rajesh also served as Group President of Reliance Industries Limited. He was responsible for providing core inputs in various businesses, including its mega Telecom project of laying 200,000 kms of Optical Fibre all over India in 3 ½ years (a world record). Indonesia: Arian Ardie Arian Ardie is Chief Operating Officer of Terrasys Energy Ltd. He is also Governor & Second Vice President of AmCham Indonesia. Arian is an expert in strategic risk management, specializing in political, social and environmental risk mitigation and management. He has undertaken significant work in the field of compliance with international CSR standards such as the Global Compact, Voluntary Principles on Human Rights and Security, World Bank Standards on Resettlement and High Conservation Value Forest assessments. He has strong experience in the extractives industries, mining, oil and gas as well as agriculture and aquaculture. Middle East: Nadine Hawa Nadine Hawa is the former presenter and producer of leading CNBC Middle East business news show Business Arabia with frequent appearances on CNBC flagship shows Squawk Box and World Wide Exchange reporting live on the MENA region. More recently she is involved in sustainable development and eco-innovation work with distinguished organizations including the UNEP, the RSPO sustainable palm oil debate site, as editor, and is a regular contributor to London-based magazine Ethical Corporation. Turkey: Tayfun Zaman and Güray Karacar Tayfun Zaman is Secretary General at Ethics and Reputation Society, “TEİD”, a non-profit organization aiming to develop and encourage adherence to universally recognized business ethics principles and disseminating those in Turkish Business environment. Previously Tayfun was Vice General Manager, TEM Shipping and Trading Inc, where Tayfun was responsible of the overall management of the largest, privately owned passengership and RoRo fleet of Turkey, trading in the Blacksea and the Mediterranean.He is a member of the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics, the OECD Anti-Corruption Network for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, the ACN Business Integrity Advisory Board, the UNGC Turkey Anti-Corruption Working group and is Representative for Turkey for the Global Ethics Network. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 /
  5. 5. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 / Güray Karacar is Coordinator of the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD). He graduated from Marmara University Communication Sciences, worked for major groups and led a number of national programs and EU projects in Turkey. As the Coordinator of TKYD since 2003, he has coordinated and overseen the execution of a range of corporate governance initiatives throughout Turkey. Both organizing and presenting at governance workshops and related events, Karacar has developed a firmly grounded knowledge of the principles of corporate governance and the unique needs of Turkey’s private sector in seeking to uphold them. He served as National Program Coordinator for United Nations Development Program from 2005 – 2007, as Project Coordinator and Steering Committee Member to Center for International Private Enterprise since 2005. He is a member of TUSIAD (Turkish Businessmen and Industrialists Association) Corporate Governance Committee and International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN). Nigeria & Bangladesh: Dr Peter Davis Dr Peter Davis works with companies and governments to help them understand and manage complex societal, political and ethical challenges. Between 2006-2009, Dr Davis co-chaired David Cameron’s Working Group on Responsible Business Practice. He has worked extensively with the Government of Sweden on engaging the corporate sector in overseas development policy, and is now working with them on the role of the private sector in conflict. He is also working as political economy advisor to the British Department of International Development on a business environment reform project in Nigeria. His book, Corporations, Global Governance and Post-Conflict Reconstruction was published by Routledge in 2012. He is also a member of visiting faculty of Henley Business School. South America: Ignacio Gavilan Ignacio Gavilan has considerable experience in sustainable supply chains, stakeholder engagement & government relations in international markets. He is currently providing strategic advice and developing consultancy projects for M&As in renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, marine services and extractive (mining, oil&gas) companies in fast developing markets. Most recently he managed the reputational impacts for mining operations (environmental/social) of Anglo American in Venezuela, Colombia and Brazil under political regime changes, risks of asset nationalisation, NGO/civil society campaigns. Ignacio developed the Global Sustainability Strategy for BP Biofuels with an emphasis on management systems and standards development for different feedstocks. Implementation of inclusive business models that enabled development among the communities where biofuels are produced. He also has eight years of supply chain management experience with the McDonald’s Corporation and Intertek, an international consulting firm. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 /
  6. 6. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 / Our customers Large multi-national companies: Our customers include senior managers from a wide variety of industries, from telecoms, oil & gas, mining, heavy industry, agri-business, forestry, healthcare, construction, real estate, finance, banking, services and consulting. Governments: Some our most important customers and partners come from governments around the world, mainly in emerging markets, who speak at our forums and are interviewed on our website. We work with them to secure high level speakers, often presidents and Prime Ministers, at our forums and to create compelling events and content about their countries. They are our sponsors and our partners. Investors: We work with institutional investors, fund and asset managers, private equity groups, hedge funds, high net worth investors and others in the finance world to bring them together with governments and politicians, large and medium sized companies and other key players to discuss, debate and analyse the issues. Local, state and regional companies: Our customers are not just big blue-chip multinationals. They also include large state, private and medium sized companies from developed and emerging markets who need to meet the right people in the right places. Technology solution providers: Technology companies and their solutions are a key part of our event agendas, and our website coverage and analysis. They include companies from both emerged and emerging markets and our focus on both innovation and technology means constant discussion around technology solutions at our events and on our website. Professional Service Providers: Attendees at our events come from the global and regional professional services sector. From accountancy firms to top and local law firms, to consultancies and analysis providers, we provide forums for them to network and discuss the important issues with other key players. Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies: Core partners for Innovation Forum are trade and investment promotion agencies. From both North and South we work with them to bring together those who matter, and can make a difference to their countries. They both attend and sponsor our events. Multi-Lateral Institutions and Government Development Agencies: We work with key institutional players, from development banks to government agencies to cover the important investment, technology, sustainability and development issues relevant for their projects and investments in emerging economies. Independent and Corporate Foundations: Customers include both stand-alone foundations and corporate-funded ones. We work with foundations as sponsors, and they attend our events to offer a long term development perspective and meet other actors. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 /
  7. 7. For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 / NGOs: NGOs play an important role in development and we seek to showcase their partnership work, and its impacts on development and with partners, and to highlight their research and collaboration work in emerging economies around the world. Contact us: Oliver Bamford +44 (0) 203 096 1518 +44 (0) 7870 664 406 For more information contact: Oliver Bamford / +44 (0) 203 096 1518 / +44 (0) 7870 664 406 /