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Ulf Schneider

Ulf Schneider is the founder and CEO of SCHNEIDER GROUP. The group has offices in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Poland and Germany and provides consulting services to Western companies with a major focus on practical support in such areas as Market Analysis, Legal Entity Set-Up, Accounting Outsourcing, Import, Internal Audit/Due Diligence, Interim Management, Market Representative and CFO Function, Taxation, IT-/ERP-Systems and Localization/Product Set Up.

Ulf Schneider is also CEO and Publisher of the OWC Foreign Trade Publishing House, whose print and online media focus on Eastern European markets, China, Iran and Turkey.

Ulf Schneider is co-chair of the working group on the creation of a common economic area from Lisbon to Vladivostok. He is a longtime member of Rotary, held the presidency of the Metropol Club Moscow and supports the Charity Service of the Order of Malta in Russia.

In 2018 Ulf Schneider was listed in the ranking of the 1000 most influential managers in Russia among top 250 most influential personalities in the "General Directors" category, as one of only two Germans.

Rza Nuriyev

Education: University of Michigan, INSEAD, Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey

Since joining BCG in 2007, Rza Nuriyev has worked primarily with companies in oil and gas, and petrochemicals, advising them on key issues related to strategy, operations, organization, and people management.

Since 2017, Rza has been the Head of BCG in the Central Asia and Caspian regions, developing projects in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Uzbekistan. In this region, Rza successfully executed projects including the full-scale transformation of the largest producer of oil and gas, an evaluation of the effectiveness of trading operations, commercial optimization of oil products sales, a reorganization of the headquarters of a large oil and gas company, and increasing the investment attractiveness of a country.

He is the author of the following publications: ‘Kazakhstan: localization priorities’ (BCG Review 2017), ‘Kazakhstan: Digitization Priorities in Oil and Gas Sector’ (BCG Review 2018).

Sanzhar Kettebekov

Education: Ph.D. and BS degrees from the Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Sanzhar Kettebekov has 20+ years of experience in the IT industry and investments including extensive experience in R&D.

Since 2015 Dr. Kettebekov heads the Autonomous Cluster Fund “Park of Innovative Technologies” which manages a national innovation cluster – Tech Garden.

He is the founder of Segment Interactive technology incubator, which specializes in online media monetization technologies. Dr. Kettebekov’s company Receptive represents a new solution for the analysis of susceptibility to online advertising. Receptive has been included in the list of "20 media companies to watch" by AlwaysOn (onMedia 2012 and 2013). Prior to founding Segment Interactive, Sanzhar led the information architecture of the Tribune Corporation, which includes such online assets as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and 23 television stations.

Dr. Kettebekov’s professional experience includes work in the global IT consulting with companies from the Fortune 500 list, as well as the development of search interface for Yahoo! and crisis management systems for Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York City.

Sanzhar is a reviewer for ACM SigCHI and IEEE Computer Society, also, he is the author of several publications including chapters in Berkshire Encyclopedia (Human-Computer Interaction). 


Cyrus Baghai

Mr. Baghai has served as an executive, advisor, and investor in technology and media startups over a span of 25+ years. Mr. Baghai currently also serves as CEO of Infiniplex, a developer of next-generation server platforms for large-scale data center and supercomputing applications. His past professional experience includes serving as Head of Corporate Operations for GlobalMediaNet (a computer game developer), as Commercial Director of Micronage Limited (developer of multi-utility billing & customer care software systems), and as Managing Director of Percepolis Inc., a venture capital firm specializing in early stage companies in the technology, internet, and media sectors.


Sungat Esimkhanov

Education: Pavlodar State University named after S. Toraigyrov (1996), specialty: business and management, Institute "Bolashak" (2007), specialty: lawyer.

Labour activity:

  • Engineer, economist, surveyor, economist of the second category of Aluminum of Kazakhstan JSC (1996-2000);

  • Chief Specialist, Head of Department, Deputy Director of the Department of the Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan on Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition of the City of Astana (2001-2003);

  • Head of the Department for Coordination of Regional Divisions of the Department for Summary Analysis and Coordination for Astana, Head of the Department for Territorial, Personnel Work and Development of the State Language and Translations of the Department for Administrative and Territorial Work of Astana (2003-2004);

  • Director of the Department of the Agency for the Regulation of Natural Monopolies and Protection of Competition in the Mangystau region and the Karaganda region (2004-2007);

  • Financial Director of LLP "Igilik Group-XXI" of Astana (2007-2008);

  • Deputy Director General of the RSE “Kanysh Satpayev Canal” (2008);

  • Head of the Office of Energy and Public Utilities of Pavlodar Region (2008-2010);

  • President of Joint-Stock Company “KazahEnergoEkspertiza” since June 2010.

  • Director of the Department of Electric Power and Coal Industry of the MID of the RoK-August 2013 to August 2014.

  • Chairman of the Atomic and Energy Supervision and Control Committee of the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan (from 08.2014) 

Clemente Cappello

Education: Business Administration and Finance, Bocconi University

He has a 12 year continuous track record of investing in the New Silk Road region and has developed an intimate knowledge of the investment universe across the Silk Road region. Before founding Sturgeon he worked as an analyst for Haussmann Holdings in New York and at Goldman Sachs, London. 

Clemente was awarded ‘Rising Star of Hedge Funds’ in 2008 by Institutional Investor and has been quoted by the Financial Times, New York Times, Bloomberg, Fox News and other media outlets as an expert on Central Asia markets. 

Clemente is fluent in Italian, French, Spanish and English.  

Christopher Campbell-Holt

Christopher Campbell-Holt has many years of legal experience gained while living and working in the UK, the US, the Middle East, and Eurasia. He was the Registrar at the international financial centre commercial court and alternative dispute resolution centre in Qatar under the Presidency of Lord Woolf.

He also worked at international and regional law firms and practiced broad international commercial law and dispute resolution. 

He is an Honourary Professor at the M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University, a leading Kazakhstan law school. He is a member of the AIFC Legal Advisory Council and the AIFC Academic Council. He is a member of the Bar of New York State and is a CEDR accredited mediator.

Mikko Lavanti

Education: Master of Science fr om Helsinki University of Technology wh ere he majored in telecommunications and minored in international marketing and business strategy.

During his career he has been based in Espoo Finland, California Silicon Valley, Munich Germany, Shanghai China and Istanbul Turkey.

- CSSO, ADVA Optical Networking 2015-2017

- CCO and EVP Sales, Coriant 2013-2015

- Head of Customer Sales Support, Optical Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2012 – 2013

- Head of Transport Sales, Nokia Siemens Networks 2010 –2012

- Head of Optics Sales, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2010 –2010

- Head of BL, Nokia Siemens Networks, 2007 –2009

- VP, Nokia , 1997 – 2007

- VP Sales Finnet International 1995-1997

- Product manager Elisa (former Helsinki Telephone Company) 1993-1995

Alex Stillavato

On May 1st 2019 Alex joined Eni’s branch in Kazakhstan as Renewables Business Manager responsible for the development of Eni’s new renewables business in the Country.

Prior to this, from 2017 Alex worked in the same role for IEOC, Eni’s branch in Egypt, and previously for Karachaganak Petroleum Operating B.V. (KPO) as Corporate Governance Controller within the Eni Upstream Business.

Alex has a degree in Business Administration and his current areas of expertise in renewable energy add to his previous experience in investor relations, audit and compliance management, business planning and development, sustainability issues, management of ethical stakeholders and financial shareholders, carbon/air emissions management and gas flaring. 

Alp Malazgirt

Dr. Malazgirt's tenure at Yildirim coincided with the expansion of its metals and mining business in two countries,   Turkey (EtiKrom) and Sweden (Vargon Alloys) to six countries: Voskhod Oriel chrome mining operations in Kazakhstan, Tikhvin Ferroalloy Plant in Russia, Bear Metallurgical Company in Butler, USA, and the recently acquired Best Coal Company in Colombia. YilMaden Holding is now the world's second largest high quality high carbon ferrochrome production licenses in Turkey which are currently being explored .  Dr. Malazgirt has played a key role in the post-merger integration of these cross border acquisitions and has been instrumental in the transformational changes undertaken in these otherwise poorly performing or even bankrupt companies.


 

Roman Trotsenko

Education: Institute of Asian and African Countries at Moscow State University named after MV Lomonosov, Law Faculty of Moscow State University

Holds the 60th place in the list of 200 richest businessmen of Russia in 2018 with a capital of $ 1.7 billion.

In 2009 - 2012 Mr. Trotsenko headed the United Shipbuilding Corporation. Since 2012, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of AEON Corporation. From 2017 - Chairman of the Board of Directorsof NOVOPORT, Member of the Board of Directors of AZOT.

 

 

Meirzhan Yussupov

Education:  Middle East Technical University with a degree in Economics and Management. London School of Economics and Political Science (Master in Economic Development Management). Harvard University (Master of Public Administration).

M. Yussupov started his career as Deputy Department Director at Turkuaz Group JSC. Later, he worked at Demir Kazakhstan Bank JSC and Samruk-Kazyna JSC.

M. Yussupov also worked for public service as Deputy Director of Investment Policy Department of the RoK Ministry of Economy and Budget Planning.

In September 2010, he started his career at NAC Kazatomprom JSC as Corporate Finance and Treasury Director.

In November 2015, he was appointed the Chief Financial Officer of NAC Kazatomprom JSC. M.

Enrico Albertin

Enrico is specialized in the field of Digital Transformations and how these new areas of technology capabilities can transform and differentiate public and private sector businesses. 

Enrico is working with Countries across the globe collaborating with government leaders, industry, partners and academia to define the Digital Transformation strategies and executable practical plans with clear deadlines to accelerate specific Country’s Digitization programs with the objectives to maintain global competitiveness, increase GDP growth, deliver new digital services to citizens, foster innovation and create new jobs.

Prior to Cisco, Enrico worked for more than 20 years at HP, Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computers, with several level of responsibilities at EMEA and Worldwide level. One of the last roles at HP EMEA was as HP Consulting & Integration Digital Transformation lead, leading a multinational team of Enterprise Architects responsible for process improvements enabled by technology, that mean responsibility on design and delivery of strategic, operational, and tactical initiatives for transforming organizations, processes and technologies of major administrations across EMEA.

Enrico is recognized as a leading business executive and was invited to be a key speaker at multiple regional/international summits/conferences where he was among the top rated speakers. 

Fang Wei

Education: Master of Philosophy, Nanjing University; Master of Business Administration Fudan University

He has been Mayor of Lianyungang since January 2019.

He began his professional career as an editor of the Social Sciences Association of the Academy of Social Sciences of Jiangsu Province in 1987.

At various times, he held the positions of Deputy Head of the Trade and Economic Department of Suzhou County, Director of the Foreign Investment Advisory Center of Suzhou New District, Deputy Secretary General of the Jiangsu Province Government, Director of the State Service Management Department of Jiangsu Province, Secretary of the party cell.

A representative of Wuxi at the 11th CPC Congress, the 14th National Assembly. Member of the 13th Committee of Jiangsu Province.

 
Almassadam Satkaliyev

Education:  Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in 1992, degree in mechanical worker, mathematician – application engineer. In 2015, he graduated from the higher school of business of Nazarbayev University on the Executive MBA Program. Stanford University graduate school of business under the Stanford Executive Program. Doctor of economics

Since November 2003 he was the first Vice-President of “Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company “KEGOC” JSC.

Since 2006, Director for management of electric power assets of “Kazakhstan Holding for Management of State Assets “Samruk” JSC. Since January 2007 he was a Vice-Minister of energy and mineral resources of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

From 2007 till 2011, a Chairman of the Board, President, first Vice-President, Chairman of the Board of “Kazakhstan Electricity Grid Operating Company “KEGOC” JSC.

From 2011 to 2012 he was a Managing Director of “Samruk-Kazyna” JSC. From 2012-2018 he was a Chairman of the Board of “Samruk-Energy” JSC.

From august 2018, he became as a Managing Director – Head of Asset Management Directorate of Sovereign Wealth Fund Samruk-Kazyna. 

 

Dr. Massimilliano Castelli

Education: Master and Doctor of Economics, Business School, Switzerland.

He has been working at UBS Global Asset Management since 2002, and has been appointed Managing Director, Head of Strategy in 2011.

Massimiliano is a recognized global strategist with 15 years experience in financial services. He is the author of the New Economy of Sovereign Wealth Funds book, published by Wiley, regularly quoted in the media and often referred to by leading institutions as an expert in his field.

James Kynge

James left Edinburgh University with an MA in Chinese and Japanese in 1985 and after a few months headed out to China to find a job in journalism. He had bought a one-way ticket on Romanian airlines and had just 60 US dollars in his pocket, so he was lucky that the then Reuters' Beijing Bureau Chief, Graham Earnshaw, gave him a part-time position as a newspaper clipper and feature writer.

He went on to work with Reuters in China, Japan, Mongolia, the five former Soviet Central Asian Republics and Taiwan before joining the Financial Times in 1996 and being posted to Malaysia and Singapore. Fr om 1998 to 2005, he worked as China Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, charting the country's extraordinary ascent toward superpower status.

In 2005, he left journalism to head up the Pearson group of companies in China, overseeing a phase of rapid expansion.

In 2009 James re-joined the Financial Times as Principle of FT China Confidential, a research service on the Chinese economy owned by the Financial Times Group, wh ere he remained until 2014. James currently serves as Global China Editor and Emerging Markets Editor at the Financial Times, and continues to serve as Chairman of FT Confidential Research, a research service at the Financial Times that generates data from China, Latin America and Southeast Asia and uses that data to analyse economic trends.

James is the recipient of several international awards for journalism and his book, China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future - and the Challenge for America, was translated into 19 languages and won the Goldman Sachs/FT "Business Book of the Year" award in 2006.

Alexandre Rudakov

Education: Belgorod Cooperative University, Institute of Informatics and Regional Management Problems of the KBNTS RAS, Candidate of Economic Sciences

Since 2002, he served as adviser to the president of «Agricultural Holding Eco-culture» LLC on strategic development. In 2005, he became the general director of Sarmakovsky brewery industrial complex.

In 2011, Mr. Rudakov was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors of «Agricultural Holding Eco-culture» LLC, the largest Russian producer of ecologically clean greenhouse vegetables.

Demircan Köse
Education: University BAUN

Demircan Köseis a CFO and Advisory Board Member of DAL Holding Yatırım A.Ş. and CEO of DAL Agro Park Invest and Management. He is also the Chairman of AKTOBE CEMENT, Board Member of ADSEL Enerji A.Ş. and  DEIK.

 

Igor Nechaev

Education:Cherepovets Higher Military Engineering School of Radio Electronics. Northumbria University Business School (Newcastle, UK), MBA

Fr om 1995 to 2005 he was employed at Severstal, wh ere he worked his way up from a specialist in the Foreign Relations Department of the Sales Directorate to Commercial Director of the company. From 2002 to 2006 Mr. Nechaev was member of the Board of Directors of Severstal, from 2008 to 2010 he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Severstal Vtorchermet and Severo-Zapad Ogneupor.

Mr. Nechaev is holder of Academician Bardin Award for his work “The Use of Converter Steel for Production of Cast Sections in Electric-Furnace Steelmaking Shop”.

Li Qingping

Education: Nankai University in International Finance with a Master's Degree in Economics.

Ms. Li has been a member of the CITIC Group Party Committee and Deputy Director General of CITIC Corporation Limited since 2013.

Since 2014, she is a Party Secretary of CITIC Bank

In 2016, she was appointed to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CITIC Group.

Since 2017, Li Qingping has been Deputy Director General of CITIC Group and Chairman of the Board of CITIC Bank Corporation Limited.


Philip Jarvis

Education: Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Philip Jarvis is the Managing Director of Direct Agriculture; specialist agricultural development and investment advisors; identifying, analyzing, and executing investment opportunities in farming, agricultural infrastructure and associated agribusiness.

Direct Agriculture’s clients are the more astute financial institutions and family offices that seek alpha from direct investments in superior agricultural assets, operated by ‘best of breed’ management teams.

Thomas Welke

Education: University of Michigan, Master of Business Administration, Kalamazoo College, Bachelor

In 1990-2000 Mr. Welke has held a number of senior management positions, including an Organizational Performance Manager, a Food Preparation Product Manager, and a Kitchen Aid Marketing Director. In 2001, he became vice president of customer service for KitchenAid Portable Appliances.

From 2003 to 2008, he was Vice President and General Account Manager for Whirlpool Corporation in North America.

From 2008 to 2012 served as vice president and managing director at GSI China. Since 2012 - Senior Vice President of Global Grain and Protein GSI at AGCO Corporation.

Alois Schönberger

From 1991 to 1993, he was a junior lawyer at Heller, Loeber, Bahn & Partners (as of today - Freshfields), and from 1994 to 1996 - at Cerha, Hempel, Spiegelfeld & Partners in Vienna.

In 1996, he became the founder and Member of the Board of POLCOTTON LTD, as well as the founder and CEO of COTTONEX GROUP.

Joshua Dixon

Education: Business administration, Purdue University - School of Management, Krannert

From 1999 he worked at General electric, after that for almost a decade he worked at Belden Inc. In 2013 he was appointed a 

Vice President of global irrigation operations, and in 2016 - Vice President of the international irrigation unit in Valmont industries.

In 2011, he defended his doctoral thesis in the field of biological sciences on the problems of parasitology. He was awarded the title of professor. He is the author of more than 300 scientific papers (three textbooks, nine monographs, seven patents)

Werner Liepach

Education: Doctorate in Economics/International Finance from University of Konstanz, Germany and a Master’s degree in Management/Business Administration from the European School of Management Studies, France 

Werner Liepach is the Director General of the Central and West Asia Department (CWRD). He assumed office in February 2018.      Mr. Liepach oversees the definition and execution of the departmental strategy and business plan, as well as the day-to-day management of operations of the department. He is responsible to oversee ADB’s regional portfolio, which now stands at $18.6 billion for over 155 projects in seven sector divisions at ADB headquarters and 10 country offices, covering energy; environment, natural resources and agriculture; transport, public management, financial sector, and trade; regional cooperation and operations coordination; social; and urban and water development.    Mr. Liepach also supervises ADB’s engagement with the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation program, one of the largest regional cooperation programs in Asia. The department operates and has offices in 10 countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.    Prior to his appointment as Director General, Mr. Liepach was Deputy Director General, and Senior Advisor in CWRD. He was ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan from 2011 to 2017 and has been with ADB since 1992.

Qin Junman

Education: Shanghai International Studies University, China; MBA Central South University, China.

Mr Qin Junman started his career in NFC in 1985. He has been specialized in international project contracting and mineral resources development for more than 34 years, 14 years of which he worked in NFC oversea offices. He held the position of assistant to the President of NFC in 1999. In 2002, he became the Vice-President of NFC. Since 2014, he was appointed the CEO of NFC Kazakhstan and since December 2018, he has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors of NFC.

Chen Shixin

Education: Doctorate in Economics from the Graduate School of the Research Institute for Fiscal Science, Master’s degree in Public Policy Management of the Mason Program of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Mr. Chen is responsible for operations in the South Asia Department and the Central and West Asia Department.

Prior to joining ADB, Mr. Chen headed the Department of International Economic and Financial Cooperation at the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

From 1998, Mr. Chen held senior positions in the Ministry of Finance, overseeing areas of public finance and partnerships with multilateral development banks.

From 2012 to 2014, he was a Board Director in the Credit Guarantee and Investment Facility. Mr. Chen was World Bank’s Executive Director for the PRC from 2013 to 2016 and a Board Director for the PRC in the New Development Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank from 2016 to 2018.


Alexandre Subbotin

Education: Vitebsk State Academy of Veterinary Medicine,  International Management Institute  

Since 2014 Mr. Subbotin was deputy head of the main economic directorate of the Presidential Administration of the Republic of Belarus.

In 2015, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food – Director of the Department of Veterinary and Food Inspection of the Republic of Belarus.

Since 2015, he is Secretary General of the Regional Commission for Europe of the International Epizootic Bureau.

Since 2017, he worked as assistant to the President of the Republic of Belarus – inspector for the Vitebsk Region.

Since September 13, 2018 Alexander Subbotin is Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Industry and Agriculture of the Eurasian Economic Commission.

Jens Osmo Dallendoerfer

Education: University of Applied Sciences in Hermsdorm (Germany)

Over 15 years of experience in various areas of the European construction sector. He has 5 years of experience in the management of the Russian representative office - of a large Swiss cement manufacturing company responsible for Russia and the CIS countries, as well as the successful development of the company's business in the Asia-Pacific region. 

From 2009 to 2012, he lived and worked in Kazakhstan (Almaty), was responsible for building of the cement plant “Jambul Cement” from the beginning. 

From 2012 to the present, He is the General Director of WILO RUS LLC. From 2015 – Vice President of the WILO SE in the EAST region (Russia, Belarus and Ukraine).

From 2017 – Vice President of the WILO SE, heads the Eurasia region (Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan).

John Defterios

Based in the network's Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011, his reporting focuses on the top business stories from emerging economies, with a specialty in trade, geo-politics and energy.

In addition to his daily analysis and news coverage for CNN's main business programming, John launched and hosts 'CNN Marketplace Middle East', the regional business programme celebrating its 10th year on-air. John also created and hosts "One Square Meter" the first television and digital platform to explore cutting edge developments and urban renewal in emerging markets.

Defterios has built a long-standing reputation for securing exclusive interviews with high-level figures during breaking news situations including: HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rachid, PM of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Ali Al Naimi & Khalid Al Falih, Energy Ministers of Saudi Arabia, HH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud and Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto as well many of the leading CEOs in the Fortune 100.

Defterios has three decades of financial news and current affairs experience covering some of the landmarks events during that period including the Gulf War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the World Trade Centre bombings and G8/G20 summits, the L.A. Riots from his postings in London, Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Rome and the U.A.E.

He is a World Economic Forum media leader and member of the Global Agenda Council on the Arab World and serves on the board of the Stern Stewart Institute in Germany, a non-for-profit group promoting leadership and entrepreneurship.

Defterios chairs more than a dozen high level events annually including the World Economic Forum, the OPEC Seminar, the IMF Roundtable, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, Atlantic Council Energy Forum, U.A.E. World Government Summit, U.S.-Saudi Arabia Investment Summit, Islamic Development Bank Annual Meeting and Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Initiative.

Prior to CNN, Defterios worked for Reuters Television as European Correspondent, U.S. West Coast Correspondent and special series producer in a joint-venture with The Nightly Business Report on PBS-TV.

James Kynge

James left Edinburgh University with an MA in Chinese and Japanese in 1985 and after a few months headed out to China to find a job in journalism. He had bought a one-way ticket on Romanian airlines and had just 60 US dollars in his pocket, so he was lucky that the then Reuters' Beijing Bureau Chief, Graham Earnshaw, gave him a part-time position as a newspaper clipper and feature writer.

He went on to work with Reuters in China, Japan, Mongolia, the five former Soviet Central Asian Republics and Taiwan before joining the Financial Times in 1996 and being posted to Malaysia and Singapore. Fr om 1998 to 2005, he worked as China Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, charting the country's extraordinary ascent toward superpower status.

In 2005, he left journalism to head up the Pearson group of companies in China, overseeing a phase of rapid expansion.

In 2009 James re-joined the Financial Times as Principle of FT China Confidential, a research service on the Chinese economy owned by the Financial Times Group, wh ere he remained until 2014. James currently serves as Global China Editor and Emerging Markets Editor at the Financial Times, and continues to serve as Chairman of FT Confidential Research, a research service at the Financial Times that generates data from China, Latin America and Southeast Asia and uses that data to analyse economic trends.

James is the recipient of several international awards for journalism and his book, China Shakes the World: A Titan's Rise and Troubled Future - and the Challenge for America, was translated into 19 languages and won the Goldman Sachs/FT "Business Book of the Year" award in 2006.

Jacopo Dettoni

Jacopo Dettoni is the deputy editor of fDi Magazine, a specialist publication fr om the Financial Times. In his role, Jacopo produces multimedia content for the title’s print magazine and online portal, also hosting the fDi Podcast since its inception in December 2016. Jacopo lived and reported from Europe, Asia and Latin America, keeping a close eye on patterns of investment during boom-and-bust cycles triggered by developments in the commodity markets. He is a frequent speaker at events focusing on foreign investment. He chaired the latest “Panama: The Gateway to Latin America” investment summit in London and co-chaired the past two editions of “The Mongolia Investment Summit” in Hong Kong. He holds a Masters Degree in Economics and Finance from the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, wh ere he focused on trade policies and economic welfare.

Henry Foy

Henry manages the FT's coverage fr om Moscow, focusing on the politics and personalities of Vladimir Putin's Kremlin and the administration's foreign and diplomatic strategies, amid souring relations between Russia and the west. Previously an FT correspondent in Moscow covering energy, mining and Central Asia, he has also been posted in Warsaw and London. Henry joined the FT in 2013 from Reuters, wh ere he was a correspondent in India.

Nastassia Astrasheuskaya

Nastassia is a Financial Times correspondent in Moscow covering energy, mining and Central Asia. She joined the FT in 2018 from S&P Global Platts, where she reported on Russian & CIS oil and gas markets.

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