This year's London Investment Conference 2015 brings together leading industry speakers as well as senior Aberdeen investment professionals, covering a variety of themes within the topic of governance.
Speakers include CEO of the International Rescue Committee David Miliband, the ECFR's Christine Ockrent, and Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Lord Malloch-Brown, who will highlight the forces impacting the current geopolitical climate. Additionally, Michael Woodford will provide his invaluable insights into what it takes to turn whistleblower, and JB Straubel, CTO at Tesla Motors, will look at recent innovations in sustainable technology.
Anne Richards – Chief Investment Officer, Aberdeen
|10:15am||An Audience With…
Lord Malloch-Brown – Former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, moderated by Aberdeen CIO Anne Richards
|11:20am||New risks, new rules
Aberdeen fund managers Devan Kaloo – Head of Equities, Neil Murray – Head of Global Developed Markets and LDI, Fixed Income, and Graham McDonald – Head of Private Equity, moderated by journalist Andrew Neil
|12.35pm||The Big Innovators
Tesla Motors' Chief Technical Officer, JB Straubel and Saul Klein – Former Partner at Index Ventures, moderated by Julie Chakraverty, Aberdeen's Chairman of the Innovation Committee
|2:30pm||Global politics, global risk
Featuring: David Miliband – President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, Christine Ockrent – Journalist, and Lucy O'Carroll – Aberdeen's Chief Economist, moderated by journalist Andrew Neil
|3.45pm||The Whistleblower's Perspective
Former CEO of Olympus Corporation – Michael Woodford, interviewed by Hugh Young – Managing Director – Asian Equities, Aberdeen
Martin Gilbert – Chief Executive Officer, Aberdeen
|6.30pm||Dinner with speaker Sir David Omand GCB – Member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, interviewed by Aberdeen’s CEO – Martin Gilbert|
Lord Malloch-Brown served as Minister of State in the FCO in Gordon Brown's cabinet, where he had particular responsibility for strengthening relationships with Africa and Asia and the international system. He was also appointed envoy for preparation of the London G-20 Summit. Previously, he was Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff of the United Nations under Kofi Annan. After an earlier career in consulting when he advised political and business leaders, he was Vice Chairman of George Soros' Fund and Foundation until he entered the British government. He has also served as Vice Chairman of the World Economic Forum.
JB Straubel is part of the founding team and the Chief Technical Officer of Tesla Motors, an electric car company based in Palo Alto, California. At Tesla, he oversees the technical and engineering design of the vehicles. He also has responsibility for new technology evaluation, R&D, technical diligence review of key vendors and partners, IP, and systems validation testing. In addition to his work at Tesla, JB is also on the Board of Directors for Solar City. He is also a lecturer at his alma mater, Stanford University, where he teaches the popular Energy Storage Integration class in the Atmosphere and Energy Program. In 2008, JB was named in the MIT Technology Review TR35 as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.
Saul joined Index Ventures in 2007 and was a Partner until May 2015. A serial entrepreneur with two decades of experience building and exiting companies in both the US, Israel and Europe, Saul has a passion for working with seed and early stage businesses. Most recently he co-founded Kano and Seedcamp, as well as co-founder and original CEO of Lovefilm International (acquired by Amazon). He was also part of the original executive team at Skype (acquired by eBay). Saul believes tech is still only just starting to make a dent on the economy and society and that it has the potential to create hundreds of thousands of jobs.
David Miliband is President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee where he oversees the agency's humanitarian relief operations in more than 30 war-affected countries and its refugee resettlement and assistance programs in 25 United States cities.
From 2007 to 2010, David was the 74th Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom, driving advancements in human rights and representing the UK throughout the world. In 2006, as Secretary of State for the Environment, he pioneered the world's first legally binding emissions reduction requirements. He was Member of Parliament for South Shields from 2001 to 2013.
Christine Ockrent is one of France's best-known journalists. Previously she was COO of the French Television and Radio World Service, editor in chief of the weekly newsmagazine L'Express, editor in chief and anchor of current-affairs programmes on France 3 Television. Christine began her career in broadcast journalism at NBC News and worked for eight years at CBS' 60 Minutes, before returning to France where she became the first female anchor of the 8pm news. She is on the board of International Crisis Group (ICG), the French Council on Foreign Relations (IFRI), the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), the Centre for European Reform (CER), Human Rights Watch France, Reporters Sans Frontieres and the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society. She is a graduate of the Institut d'Etudes Politiques.
Andrew Neil is a publisher, editor, writer and well-known BBC broadcaster, currently presenting The Daily Politics and This Week. Previous positions include Editor of The Economist, Editor of The Sunday Times, Executive Chairman of Sky Television, and Executive Editor of Fox Television News of America. He is also the publisher (chief executive and editor-in-chief) of The Press Holdings Group, owners of The Spectator, Spectator Business and Apollo Art magazines.
Michael Woodford is the former President and CEO of the Olympus Corporation, and in fact was the first non-Japanese person to attain that position. He famously became one of the most highly placed executives to turn whistleblower after being fired for questioning sizeable fees Olympus had been paying to obsure companies. These experiences led him to write a bestselling book about his experience, entitled Exposure. Michael now consults globally on corporate governance.
Sir David Omand is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department, King's College London and at Sciences-Po in Paris. He is an honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge. He was the first UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator in the Cabinet Office, responsible for the professional health of the intelligence community, national counter-terrorism strategy and homeland security. His previous career includes being Permanent Secretary of the Home Office, Director of GCHQ, the UK's signals intelligence and cyber security organization, and Deputy Under Secretary of State for Policy in the Ministry of Defence. He served in total for seven years on the UK's Joint Intelligence Committee. He is senior non-executive director of Babcock International Group plc. He is a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance. His book Securing the State was published in 2010.
Julie Chakraverty serves as a non-executive director for Aberdeen Asset Management, where she is Chairman of the Innovation Committee, and for the insurance company Amlin, where she is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee. During her executive career Julie was a Board Member of UBS Investment Bank where she held a number of global leadership positions with a specialist background in digital platforms and fixed income.
Julie is a committed innovation champion. The "CreditDelta" portfolio product she founded at UBS won industry awards for innovation every year between 2001-2009. In 2015 she was a judge at the London Innovator Awards.
Julie is a Trustee for the Girls Day School Trust. She graduated with a first-class Economics degree from St John's College, Cambridge.
Martin Gilbert is a co-founder and Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the holding company of the fund management group that was established in 1983.
Martin was appointed Chairman of the Prudential Regulation Authority's Practitioner Panel in December 2013. He sits on the UK Treasury's Financial Services Trade and Investment Board and the Scottish Government's Financial Services Advisory Board. He is also a member of the International Advisory Panel of the Monetary Authority of Singapore and the International Advisory Board of British American Business. Martin is also a non-executive director of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC. In 2008, Martin was named European Personality of the Year at the Funds Europe Awards. In 2009, Martin was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by the University of Aberdeen for services to business and entrepreneurship and in 2013, he was awarded a doctorate of letters by Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, in recognition of his contribution to entrepreneurship and investment management. In 2011, he was named Scotland PLC CEO of the Year at the Business Insider/PwC Scotland PLC Awards. Martin is Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School.
Martin, who was born in Malaysia, was educated in Aberdeen and has an MA in Accountancy and an LLB. He divides his time between Aberdeen, where the business has always been headquartered, and London, as well as overseeing the international operations of the Group.
Devan Kaloo is Head of Equities at Aberdeen. Devan joined Aberdeen in 2000 as part of the Asian equities team in Singapore, before later transferring to London. He started in fund management with Martin Currie in 1994 covering Latin America, before subsequently working with the North American equities, global asset allocation and eventually the Asian equities teams. Devan graduated with a MA (Hons) in Management and International Relation from the University of St Andrews and has a postgraduate diploma in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling.
Neil Murray Heads Global Developed Markets and LDI within Aberdeen’s fixed Income business. Neil joined Aberdeen following the acquisition of SWIP business in April 2014 moving to London to run Pan European Fixed Income having run the SWIP Credit team from New York. Whilst at SWIP Neil managed the Investment Grade and High Yield teams in New York, Edinburgh and London as well as managing a number of investment grade corporate bond portfolios. Neil transferred to New York to establish a fixed income capability for SWIP in 2011, where he launched a capability in US high yield with US investment grade capability beginning in 2012. Before joining the SWIP’s fixed income team in September 2000 he spent two years in the Investment Risk Control Unit at Scottish Widows.
Neil holds a BSc in Pure and Applied Chemistry and a Postgraduate Diploma in Accountancy from the University of Strathclyde and is a CFA Charterholder.
Graham McDonald is Head of Private Equity and is responsible for the private equity business within the alternatives division. Graham joined Aberdeen in 2014 as part of the SWIP heritage where he also led the private equity business. He has extensive experience in the private equity sector with a strong network with leading private equity funds and sits on a number of advisory committees. Graham is chairman of the investment and portfolio committees and is also a regular speaker on private equity. Previously, Graham worked for Lloyds Banking Group and HBoS leading and having responsibility for their fund investment businesses and leveraged buyout teams. Graham is a Chartered Banker and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (Scotland).
Lucy O'Carroll is Chief Economist at Aberdeen Asset Management, joining in 2014 following the SWIP acquisition. Lucy has also held senior roles in Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and at the Bank of England, where she worked for the Monetary Policy Committee. Lucy has a PhD from the University of Manchester, where she lectured in the School of Economics.
Anne is Aberdeen's Chief Investment Officer and is also head of Aberdeen Solutions, head of EMEA and executive director of Aberdeen. Anne began her career as a research fellow at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, moving into investments as an analyst with Alliance Capital in 1992, subsequently moving onto portfolio management, firstly with JP Morgan Investment Management, and then with Mercury Asset Management, later MLIM. In 2002 she joined the main board of Edinburgh Fund Managers plc as Chief Investment Officer and Joint Managing Director. She continued in her role as global Chief Investment Officer for the combined entity when EFM was taken over by Aberdeen Asset Management in 2003, joining the main board of Aberdeen, in 2011.
Anne graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh and has an MBA from Insead.
Hugh Young is a Director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC and Managing Director of the Group's Asian business. He has overall responsibility for the Group's active equity, fixed income and property capabilities. Hugh joined Aberdeen in 1985 to manage Asian equities from London, having previously held posts at Fidelity International and MGM Assurance. He founded Singapore-based Aberdeen Asia in 1992 and since then he has built the company into one of the largest and most well-respected managers of such assets globally. Hugh graduated with a BA (Hons) in Politics from Exeter University.
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