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Anshul Pachouri and Dr. Amit Kapoor Anshul Pachouri and Dr. Amit Kapoor
Anshul Pachouri is currently working with Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister, Government of India. Prior to this, he was associated with Institute for Competitiveness, India, where he co-authored “Sustainable Competitiveness Report 2011”, which evaluates the progress of Indian states towards sustainable development. He has contributed many articles and opinion pieces, focusing on various socio-economic issues in leading Indian Business Newspapers “The Financial Express”. He has presented his research papers and studies in leading policy schools like Harvard Kennedy School and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Apart from above, he has contributed many papers in International Journals and Conferences worldwide and had been part of reputed International youth conferences worldwide like Harvard Conference of Harvard Project of Asian and International Relations (HPAIR). His research interests are competitiveness, economic reforms and Job creation.

Anshul has completed dual degree management programme from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida. He had also been part of Indian Youth Delegation to UN Headquarters, New York and New York Stock Exchange during Kairos Global Summit, 2011.

Dr. Amit Kapoor is Professor of Strategy at Management Development Institute; Honorary Chairman at Institute for Competitiveness studying firms, clusters and economies; Director for The Competitiveness Institute, Sloan Affiliate; and member of the Collective. He is an affiliate faculty for the Microeconomics of Competitiveness & Value Based Health Care Delivery courses of Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School. He offers the course at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon. Prior to his appointment with MDI, Gurgaon he was with IIM, Lucknow and has also been the Chief Economist with Datamonitor PLC. Amit is a Ph.D. in Industrial Economics and Business Strategy and an accomplished academician and has received the ESSID Scholarship and MIT DCA Scholarship. Amit has been a faculty and consultant in the domain of strategy, innovation and competitiveness. He is a Ruth Greene Memorial Award winner for writing the best case of the year, by North American Case Research Association (NACRA). He has been invited by Kennedy School of Government & Harvard Law School, Harvard University; World Economic Forum at its India Economic Summit and Asia Summit to present his views on various issues and themes like strategy, outsourcing and economic development. Amit has been a resource for journalists and expert committees. He has made contemporary contribution towards thought on dynamics of evolution of firms and impact of regulation on the performance of firms. His research interest lies in the fields of Enhancing Competitiveness, Competitive Advantage and Leveraging Technology for Success. Amit has worked with organizations like Intel, PepsiCo, Airtel during his consulting assignments.

Federica Saliola Federica Saliola Program Coordinator, Enterprise Analysis Unit
Federica Saliola is the Program Coordinator of the Enterprise Analysis Unit. She joined the team in 2007. Prior to joining, Federica served as a consultant with the Development Economics Research Group and the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank. Her research areas include value chains, firm productivity, job creation, and private sector development. Federica holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome III.
Gudrun Timm Gudrun Timm Director Development Policy/Economics, DEG - Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft
Since 2010, Gudrun Timm has been serving as DEG’s Director of economics, evaluation and development policy. Her team covers DEG’s view on development and transition economies with regards to trends in capital flows as well as development policy issues. Concerning the evaluation of development effects, DEG’s measurement instrument GPR, which has been used during the past 10 years for ex-ante and ex-post evaluations, has been under continuous review and underwent a reform in 2011. DEG has also started to evaluate certain portfolios through independent rigorous assessments.

Gudrun joined DEG’s Financial Institutions Department in 2001 and has contributed to building the African, Central and East Asian portfolio. She was responsible for concluding DEG’s first equity investment into a local Chinese bank and served as a member of the board of directors. Within various settings, Gudrun has given presentations on financial sector issues and bank management in Emerging Markets. After a stage in the equity and mezzanine team, Gudrun built a product innovation function where she explored the match of the company’s focus and product set to challenges and changing requirements of emerging markets.

Her career started with Dresdner Bank AG and Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW). Gudrun holds a master’s degree of Bonn University in economic studies. She majored in Chinese culture and philosophy at the universities of Bonn and Nanjing.

Mark Devadason Mark Devadason Group Head of Sustainability and Regions, Standard Chartered
Mark Devadason is currently Group Head of Regions and Group Head of Sustainability, Corporate Affairs, based in Hong Kong. Mark is responsible for the in-country Corporate Affairs teams globally with responsibility for internal communications, media relations, government and regulatory relations, brand, sponsorship and sustainability. He is also in charge of the Group’s overall Sustainability agenda, a core part of the Bank’s strategy to build a sustainable business through contributing to the real economy, promoting sustainable finance, and investing in communities in which the Bank operates.

Mark is also a member of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank in Thailand.

Throughout his 26-year career at Standard Chartered Bank, he has had broad based management experience with Wholesale Banking, Consumer Banking and Human Resources and has been a country CEO for the past 7 years. Prior to this posting, he was the CEO for Standard Chartered Bank in Thailand from 2008-2010 and for Japan from 2003-2007.

In his role as CEO Thailand, Mark steered the management team and the Bank through an extremely difficult economic and political environment, delivering strong results and a refreshed sustainable consumer banking strategy. He led his management team with a deliberate focus on enhancing the franchise value of the brand to position the Bank for future growth. Mark led many strategic initiatives: including championing a stronger customer service culture, enhancing brand awareness and Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. His leadership on employee engagement initiatives led the bank to win the Gallup Great Workplace award in 2010.

During his tenure in Thailand, Mark also served as Chairman of the British Chamber of Commerce of Thailand and Second Vice Chairman of the Association of International Banks. Whilst in Japan, he served on the Board of the British Chamber as well and took on the role of Chairman of the Banking Sector Committee of the International Bankers Association.

He graduated from the University of Bristol, UK in 1985 with a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Economics. Mark has also completed several management programs, including courses at INSEAD, Templeton and the London Business School.

He is married with two children and enjoys photography, tennis, golf and jogging in his spare time.
May Habib May Habib
May Habib is the winner of IFC-WEF "Youth Jobs Innovation Challenge"- a global essay competition which was launched in January 2012 and asked young global leaders the question 'What can I and the global community do to create jobs for my generation'. May, a 27 year old Lebanese-Canadian social entrepreneur, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Qordoba Translation and Qordoba Books, a digital content production company, headquartered in the United Arab Emirates
Roland Michelitsch Roland Michelitsch Chief Evaluation Officer and Manager, Investment Unit – Development Impact Department. International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Roland Michelitsch is chief evaluation officer and manager of the investment unit in IFC's Development Impact Department, responsible for measuring and reporting on the development results of IFC's activities, focusing on IFC’s investments. In that function, he was responsible for developing and implementing IFC’s development outcome tracking system (DOTS) for investment operations and also helped develop a similar system for advisory services. He is currently leading an IFC study on job creation.

Prior to this he managed investment project evaluation in IFC's independent Operations Evaluation Group, where he helped set up IFC's project evaluation system and framework and led evaluations on various topics such as extractive industries, financial intermediaries and project economic analysis. Before that, he worked as Regional Economist in IFC’s Sub-Saharan Africa department, mainly on IFC’s strategy in Africa, coordination within the World Bank Group, and project economic analysis.

Before joining IFC, Roland worked in the World Bank’s Policy Research Department on corporate governance in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe.

Before joining the World Bank Group, Roland worked with Nobel-laureate Vernon Smith on experimental economics in the Economic Science Lab at the University of Arizona, where he also wrote his dissertation on terms of trade for developing countries.

Roland holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Arizona, and an MBA and law degree from the University of Graz.