2017 Speakers at the Global Forum on Development


Angel Guerria

Angel Gurría is Secretary-General of the OECD. Gurría came to the OECD following a career in public service, including two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 1998 and Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit from 1998 to 2000. As OECD Secretary-General, since June 2006, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a “hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernisation and reform. Under his leadership, the OECD has expanded its membership to include Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia and opened accession talks with Russia. It has also strengthened its links with other major emerging economies, including Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa, with a view to possible membership. The OECD is now an active participant in both the G-8 and the G-20 Summit processes. Mr Gurría has also reinforced the impact of OECD work in several domains, and has steered the launching of high profile initiatives, including several strategies in the domain of Innovation, Green Growth, Gender, Development and Skills. He also launched the “New Approaches to Economic Challenges”, an OECD reflection process on the lessons from the crisis with the aim to upgrade OECD’s analytical frameworks and develop a comprehensive agenda for sustainable and inclusive growth.

Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions. She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and serves on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect, 2016 African Union Reform and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project.


Amy Jadesimi is the Managing Director of LADOL, an oil and gas fabrication and multi-logistics services base in Nigeria. Beyond LADOL, Amy contributes to Forbes and recently joined the 2015 Advisory Board for the UN Development Programme’s “Africa Human Development Report”. Amy cut her teeth at Goldman Sachs and Brait Private Equity in London, before returning to Nigeria to join LADOL’s management team. In addition, Amy is a founding member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.


Alain Papiasse began his career in 1973 at Crédit Lyonnais. He held various positions there, including Credit Analyst and Deputy Senior Banker, before being appointed Crédit Lyonnais Executive Vice President for the Americas in 1996. In 2002, Alain Papiasse was appointed Vice President of Crédit Lyonnais and in 2003, Vice President of Crédit Agricole Indosuez Calyon following the merger between Crédit Lyonnais and Crédit Agricole. In January 2005, he joined BNP Paribas as Head of Investment Solutions, the Group’s division responsible for administering customers’ savings programmes and providing asset management. In 2005, Alain Papiasse became a member of the BNP Paribas Group Executive Committee and, in April 2009, was appointed Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking division (CIB). Later in 2009, following the merger with Fortis, Alain Papiasse took a seat on the Board of Directors of BNP Paribas Fortis. On 1 December 2011, he was appointed Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Head of the Corporate and Investment Banking division (CIB). Since 2014, he has represented Group General Management in North America, while continuing to support the development of the Corporate and Institutional Banking Division. 

Alain Papiasse is a graduate of three French business schools : Institut Technique de Banque, Centre d’Etudes Supérieurs de Banque (CESB) and Centre de Perfectionnement aux Affaires (CPA).


Marjeta Jager is currently Deputy Director General for the Directorate-General for International cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). Ms JAGER has been working in the European Commission since 2005, starting as Director for Security in DG Energy and Transport and later being Director for international energy and transport files and coordination, as well as being Head of Cabinet of the Transport Commissioner. Before joining the Commission Ms JAGER was more than a decade working on the accession of Slovenia to the EU for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


Dessima Williams is Special Adviser for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations. She brings experience as a diplomat and negotiator, a social development advocate, professor and private sector investor. In the 1980s, Dessima served as Grenada’s representative to the Organization of American States, Deputy Governor to the World Bank and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Inter-American Commission of Women. At the Organization of American States, she shepherded resolutions such as the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, Development and Independence and promotion of small island states. Dessima has taught at secondary, college and university levels and is an advocate for the rights of women and girls, for farmers and for rural development. She founded the Grenada Education and Development Programme, which supports Grenada’s students as emerging leaders. She has also owned a business in the tourism sector.

Sergei Guriev is Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Sergei Guriev joined EBRD in 2016 after running the New Economic School in Moscow in 2004-13 and serving as a tenured professor of economics at Sciences Po, Paris in 2013-16.
Dr. Guriev’s research interests include contract theory, corporate governance, political economics and labor mobility. Dr. Guriev has published in international refereed journals including American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of European Economic Association, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Perspectives and American Political Science Review. He has been a board member of Sberbank, E.ON Russia, Alfa-Strakhovanie Insurance Company, Russia Venture Company, Russian Home Mortgage Lending Agency, Russian Agricultural Bank, and the Dynasty Foundation. He is also the President of the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research, London.

Nanno Kleiterp is former Chief Executive Officer at FMO, the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank. In addition, he fulfills the role of chairman of the association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI), as well as chairman of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN NL).

David Croft is Global Sustainable Development Director for Diageo, the global drinks company, where he is responsible for their work on environmental and social sustainability around the world, working with farmers, communities and manufacturers within an international supply network alongside Diageo’s global manufacturing and brand teams. Previously with Waitrose, Kraft Foods, Cadbury and the Co-operative Group, David’s roles included leading technical, marketing and sustainability functions in brand marketing, quality, safety, sustainability, and sustainable agriculture.  He has led large multi-stakeholder partnerships on sustainable agricultural and development, working with farmers, governments and NGOs locally and internationally in numerous initiatives to improve supply chain standards and sustainable agriculture across the food sector. David is a non-executive director of Divine Chocolate, and is also a member of the Food Ethics Council and the Scottish Food Commission. He chairs BIAC’s Development Committee, inputing to the OECD DAC.  

Harpinder Collacott is the Executive Director of Development Initiatives.  Prior to her appointment, she served as a Political advisor to the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (an international criminal tribunal for war crimes), as Programme officer at Oak Foundation, and was Head of Communications and Campaigns at Meningitis Research Foundation. She spent three years as research analyst for South Asia supporting Ambassador Dennis Kux at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs, and Director of Strategic Planning for Citizens for Global Solutions. She was also a research assistant and media manager for Nick Clegg at the European Parliament, Edward Davey MP and Lexington Communications. 


Vineet Rai is the Founder of Aavishkaar –Intellecap group and chairs the Group and its Executive Council. Vineet serves as a Commissioner at the Global Commission of Business and Sustainable Development launched at Davos 2016 and as advisor to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific Science Technology and Innovation Advisory Board. Vineet has received numerous awards including the G 20 – SME Innovation in Finance Award 2010 in Seoul, South Korea, UNDP-IBLF –ICC World Business Award 2005 in New York  and Lemelson Award for Social Venture Investing from A. P. J Abdul kalam, Honorable Ex-President of India.


Carolina Castro, Undersecretary of Policy and Management of SMEs, Argentina. Carolina Castro is Undersecretary for Small and Medium Enterprises at the Production Ministry of Argentina. Between 2002 and 2015 she worked in her family business, an automobile part manufacturer, supplying steel stamped and welded assemblies for Toyota Argentina and General Motors Argentina. During 2010 - 2015, she was responsible for the institutional relations of the company, supervision of the financial department, the human resources and corporate responsibility areas. Carolina is a founding member of the youth department at the “Industrial Chamber of Argentina” (Unión Industrial Argentina – UIA). UIA is the main employer’s organization of Argentina; its 52 members are employer’s chambers representing the different industrial sectors and regions of the country. She occupied the Secretariat of UIAs Youth Department in 2014 and the Presidency in 2015. She also founded the Youth Department at the employer’s chamber of automobile parts manufacturers. Since 2012 Castro has been an employer’s delegate at the International Labour Organization Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a graduate degree in Political Sciences, and is mother to Ignacio (10) and Agustina (7).


Rami Ahmad was recently appointed as the Special Envoy on SDGs, in addition to his duties as Senior Advisor to the President of the Islamic Development Bank Group.  Rami joined IDB as a young professional in 1993 and worked as a Projects Officer in operations. In 1999, he was selected to the core team who established the Islamic Corporation for Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and worked as an Investment Manager until returning to IDB in 2004, as Division Chief, Infrastructure (MENA region). Then served as Director, Country Operations (MENA Region) and later as Director of Country Programs Department (6 regions – 56 countries), where he led several strategic initiatives, including the Member Country Partnership Strategy (MCPS) initiative, which became the reference framework for conducting policy dialog and country programing at IDB. In 2011 he became a Senior Advisor to the President, advising on various strategic, operational, and organizational matters. Rami holds a BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering, a MS in Systems Science, a PhD in Business Administration from Louisiana State University, and a Master in Public Administration (MPA) from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.


Dr David Landsman OBE is Executive Director (MD) of Tata Limited, the UK-registered subsidiary of Tata Sons, the Tata group promoter company. Tata Limited represents the group in Europe and is responsible for Business Development, Corporate Affairs and a range of commercial and corporate services for the group.
David joined Tata Limited from a career mostly in the British Diplomatic Service. He served in a number of positions in London and overseas, including as Charge d’Affaires in Yugoslavia and Ambassador to both Albania and Greece. He has also worked in international government relations and marketing at De La Rue plc.
David is also a Non-Executive Director of the UK India Business Council.  He has an MA from Oxford and a PhD in Linguistics from Cambridge, and is a Chartered Director.


Lamia Kamal-Chaoui, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism, OECD. Lamia Kamal-Chaoui is the Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Local Development and Tourism (CFE). CFE’s Working Party on SMEs and Entrepreneurship advances the debate on issues such as SME financing, productivity, internationalisation, skills and framework conditions, and offers tailored policy advice to countries through its series of SME and Entrepreneurship Policy Reviews. She previously served as a Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General, supporting his strategic agenda, including on inequalities, water and climate change as well as the MENA region. Her responsibilities also included the coordination of the OECD Inclusive Growth initiative, the Knowledge-Sharing Alliance programme, the implementation of the OECD Strategy on Development as well as relationships with philanthropic foundations. Prior to working in the Secretary-General’s Cabinet, she was Head of the Urban Programme for more than ten years, advising national and local governments on issues related to cities and initiated the launch of the OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers on Urban Development. She has also held other positions at the OECD in the Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate, the Trade Directorate and the Financial and Enterprises Affairs Directorate.

Malin Ripa, Senior Vice President, Senior Vice President CSR Management, Volvo Group Headquarters. Malin is the head of the Corporate Social Responsible management the Volvo Group. CSR to the Volvo Group means Responsible business behavior throughout the value chain as well as manage the Group’s corporate citizen program. She is responsible for steering and follows up on the CSR work as well as coordinating the activities, plans and reporting to stakeholders. The responsibility also includes reporting and communication with stakeholders to understand their expectations, identify societal trends and related external and internal risks which could influence Volvo Group’s ability to operate successfully. Malin has been with the Volvo Group for 13 years. Before joining the Group she held a position as a Managing Director for a company providing post-secondary education. She holds an MSc in Environmental Engineering and a Master in Business Administration (MBA).

Thomas Lösler is Chief Compliance Officer of Allianz Group since July 2009 and the first Chairman of the Global Insurance Chief Compliance Officers Forum representing some of the largest insurance and reinsurance groups in the world Dr. Lösler also serves as member of the Advisory Board of the German Institute for Compliance (DICO e.V.). Prior to joining Allianz SE, Dr. Lösler held various positions at Deutsche Bank’s Compliance Function, from 2003 to 2006 in Frankfurt and from 2007 to 2009 in New York. Dr. Lösler is author and co-author of various articles and publications on compliance. 


Martin Short has been Chief Executive Officer of the Power of Nutrition since July 2015. During the past 18 months, he has taken The Power of Nutrition from a start-up and has grown it into a fully operational foundation with new funders, a 501(C)(3) status in the US and a portfolio of active investments. Martin took up his role after a career in the financial services industry. He was Managing Director at Lion’s Head Global Partners, an Africa-facing merchant bank based in Nairobi and London, where he specialized in agriculture, value chains, parametric insurance, capital markets, impact and innovative finance. Before that, Martin spent 16 years at the Swiss Bank, UBS, where he was a Managing Director in their Capital Markets division and then Alternate Chief Executive Officer in Hong Kong overseeing Debt Capital Markets and Equities. Born in Zambia, Martin has worked in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong over the course of his career. He has a degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology.


Andrew Mitchell was Secretary of State for International Development from May 2010 until September 2012 and Government Chief Whip from September – October 2012. He has been the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield since 2001.  Mr Mitchell was the Member of Parliament for Gedling from 1987 to 1997. During this period he held office as a Government Whip and as Minister for Social Security. Mr Mitchell also served as a Vice-Chairman of the Conservative Party from 1992 to 1993. In November 2003, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Economic Affairs. From September 2004 he was Shadow Minister for Home Affairs. Following the General Election in May 2005 he was appointed Shadow Secretary of State for International Development.
In 2016 Mr Mitchell was appointed as a Senior Research Fellow of the Centre for Rising Powers, Cambridge University. Mr Mitchell's critical contribution will be based on his leadership and experience in public policy, foreign affairs, international development and the Africa continent.
  Ulises Canchola G. is Director General of Economic Relations, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation (AMEXCID). Ambassador Canchola is member of the Mexican Foreign Service since 1993. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, 1990), a Master’s degree in Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D.) by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (1992), and a Diploma on Political Science by the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) (1986).
Mr. Canchola has served in the Permanent Missions of Mexico to the U.N. in New York, Vienna and Geneva. In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was Deputy Director General for the Security Council (2002-2005), Deputy Legal Adviser (2005), and Director General for the U.N. System (2005-2007). He was also Assistant Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission of Mexico (1999-2002). Prior to his appointment in AMEXCID, he served as the Mexican Ambassador to Iran (2014-2017).

Vitalice Meja is the Executive Director of Reality of Aid Africa - a pan-African network working on poverty eradication through effective development co-operation. Mr Meja has been elected as new Co-Chair of the Civil Society Organisation Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). He is a specialist in development policy analysis in the areas of development cooperation, economic development, poverty reduction policies and micro finance as it relates to NGOs, government and intergovernmental organizations.


Julie Gichuru is an entrepreneur and media personality. Julie is an Independent Director on the Boards of Brand KENYA Board and Acumen Communications Ltd and is a Fellow and Trustee of the Africa Leadership Initiative EA. Julie has also pioneered a number of television shows, from the first Kenyan investigative TV series, The Inside Story on KTN to various current affairs shows at NTV including political and current affairs programs. Through ARIMUS Media Limited Julie now oversees the production of quality African content such as Africa Leadership Dialogues, high school debate platform Great Debaters Contest and entertainment series Maisha. The Footprints Africa Foundation (FAF) has been established by Anthony and Julie Gichuru to help empower and grow healthy, dignified and informed societies in the region.



Ahmed Aziz Diallo, Mayor of Dori and Member of Parliament, Burkina Faso. Ahmed Aziz Diallo is the mayor of Dori, a town in north-eastern Burkina Faso, since May 2016. He was elected to the  country’s Parliament in the national elections of December 2015. Mr Diallo studied Management at the University of Quebec, Canada. He worked for the United Nation’s peace keeping operations between 2000 and 2014. During his period at the UN, he was posted at Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and Liberia.


Zeenith Ebrahim, Chief Executive Officer, General Electric South Africa Technologies Zeenith Ebrahim is responsible for GE Transportation’s sales across SSA. Over the past 8 years she has led some of Africa’s largest rail equipment transactions resulting in more than 500 new locomotives sold across Africa – each transaction marking a significant step forward in Africa’s rail infrastructure journey. In July 2015 Ms Zeenith’s responsibilities were expanded to include leading GE South Africa Technologies – a Joint Venture with the Mineworkers Investment Company – as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer. GESAT has manufactured more than 250 locomotives in South Africa. In 2010 she was appointed to lead Marketing & Market Development for GE Transportation across the Middle East & Africa. Ms Zeenith has a Bachelor of Business Science - Finance & Accounting from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from the University of Oxford as a recipient of the Nelson Mandela Scholarship.


Christoph Beier is Vice Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Prior to that he held various leading management positions within GIZ, heading the Planning and Development Department and various Regional Departments. He advised the Ministry of the Interior of Indonesia on decentralization and worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum as well as for a business promotion agency and for the Ministry of Economics in Saarland. Christoph Beier holds a number of honorary posts, such as a member of the Board of Trustees of the German Institute for Development Evaluation (DEval) as well as the Board of the Bertelsmann Transformation Management Index (Bertelsmann Foundation). He studied geography, politics, ethnology and agriculture at the Technical University of Munich. 


Rachel Moussié is the Acting Deputy Director of the Social Protection Programme at Women in Informal Employment Globalizing and Organizing.  WIEGO is a global action research network of informal workers’ organizations, researchers and development practitioners. At WIEGO, Rachel focuses on research and policy analysis on extending social protection to informal workers. She previously managed programmes on women’s economic empowerment and fiscal policy reform at ActionAid International. Rachel holds a MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics. 


Douglas Frantz

Douglas Frantz is Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD. Mr. Douglas Frantz took up his duties as Deputy Secretary-General on 2 November 2015. In this role, he actively contributes to the strategic direction of the OECD’s development agenda, notably in the context of the cooperation with the United Nations toward the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In addition to focusing on OECD’s regional initiatives in South East Asia, the MENA region, Latin America and Africa, he oversees the Organisation's global relations portfolio. This includes outreach and the accession processes of candidate countries, enlarging the scope of cooperation with key partners and extending the OECD’s position as a leading player in evidence-based policy analysis and dialogue to meet global economic, social and environmental challenges. He also oversees the OECD’s activities on science, technology and innovation. An American citizen, Mr. Frantz came to the OECD from the U.S. State  Department, where he was Assistant Secretary of State of Public Affairs. He was responsible for communications and social media worldwide, leading a bureau of more than 300 staff. Before joining the State Department, he worked for then-Senator John Kerry as deputy staff director and chief investigator of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He was a newspaper reporter and editor for more than 35 years, reporting from 40 countries and covering major conflicts including both Gulf wars and the Afghan war. He shared a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the aftermath of 9/11 while at the New York Times. He also is the author of 10 nonfiction books. Mr. Frantz holds a B.A. from DePauw University, and a Master of Science from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Charlotte Petri Gornitzka was elected as the Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in July 2016, taking up her position full time in October 2016. Before joining the DAC, Charlotte was Director General of the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida). During her tenure at Sida, Ms Petri Gornitzka contributed to maintaining Sweden as one of the most generous providers of development assistance of the 28 DAC member countries, with a special focus on the neediest countries. Charlotte was a major advocate of developing and using innovative models to stimulate investment from the private sector in development activities. Previously, Charlotte was Secretary General of Save the Children International (2008-2010) and before that Secretary General of Save the Children Sweden (2003-2008). She has also had a successful career as Under-Secretary General and Director of Communications at the Swedish Red Cross (1998-2002). Prior to that, she was Under Secretary-General and Communications Director of the Swedish Red Cross. Charlotte is co-chair of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on the Future of International Governance, Public-Private Cooperation and Sustainable Development and member of the Stewardship Board for Economic Growth and Social Inclusion.

Pierre Duquesne

Pierre Duquesne is Chair of the Governing Board, OECD Development Centre, and Ambassador of France to the OECD. Ambassador Pierre Duquesne took up his duties as Permanent Representative of France to the OECD on 13 October 2014. From 2008 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of France to the OECD, Mr Duquesne served as Ambassador in charge of economic questions of reconstruction and development at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. Mr Duquesne started his career in 1980. From 1980 to 1984, he was Deputy Manager of the office for French Overseas Investments and Direct Foreign Investment in France in the Treasury Department; then from 1984 to 1986, Mr Duquesne was responsible for the commercial division of currency markets of the Indosuez Bank and, from 1986 to 1991, he successively served the French Treasury as Chief of the “Europe, North Africa, Middle East and Asia”, “Decentralised Communities and Large Infrastructure Projects” and “Staff and Means” offices. He then held a number of high-ranking positions in the Ministry of Economy and Finance: from 1991 to 1996, he was Deputy Director for Multilateral Affairs of the French Treasury in charge of exchange matters and economic and monetary European and international affairs. In this position he was member of the Economic Policy Committee and alternate member of the Monetary Committee, both of the European Union. He was also member of the Council of Administration of the EIB, responsible for the follow-up and relations with the OECD and Head of the French delegation of FATF. From 1996 to 1997, Mr Duquesne was Deputy Secretary-General of the Commission bancaire, member of the Basel Committee and of the sub-committee on banking supervision of the European Monetary Institute, and from 1997 to 2001, Counsellor of the Prime Minister for Economic and Financial (Internal and International) Affairs. From 2001 to 2007, he served as French Executive Director for the IMF and the World Bank. He was Chair of the Audit Committee of the World Bank (2002-2007) and of the Ethics Committee of the IMF (2006-2007).

Jeremy Oppenheim, Programme Director, Business and Sustainable Development Commission. Jeremy Oppenheim was a senior partner at McKinsey until April 2016, where he worked for 24 years serving some of the world’s leading companies in the finance, consumer goods, technology, healthcare and energy sectors. He worked extensively with multilateral development banks, the United Nations and governments in both developed and developing countries. In 2007, he set up McKinsey’s Sustainability & Resource Productivity Practice, supporting ambitious public, philanthropic and private sector clients to put in place lowcarbon, resource-efficient strategies. Prior to this, Jeremy worked at the World Bank from 1988-1993, specialising in economic transformation programmes for middle-income countries. In 2013-2014, Jeremy was programme director of the New Climate Economy project. He sits on a number of non-profit boards, including Global Action Plan (as Chair), the Woods Hole Research Center and Rare (UK). Together with Martin Stuchtey, he is a founder and managing partner of SYSTEMIQ.


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