Dr. Linda Yueh is a Fellow in Economics at Oxford University, Adjunct Professor, London Business School, and author of The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today. She is one of the most popular speakers on global trends and a highly regarded economist, regularly giving private briefings to numerous global organizations and a broadcaster for BBC Radio 4 and the World Service, the BBC’s Chief Business Correspondent and host of “Talking Business with Linda Yueh”, as well as Economics Editor at Bloomberg TV.
Dr. Yueh is also Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS where she also sits on the supervisory Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was Co-Chair of the Global Cities Business Alliance (GCBA) and serves on the Advisory Board of The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF). She has advised the World Bank, European Commission, Asian Development Bank, and World Economic Forum, and to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), and a Board member of London & Partners, the official promotion agency for London. Widely published, she is the Editor of the Economic Growth and Development book series at Routledge.
Oscar Cerezales is COO Asia Pacific for the MCI Group, a company with 61 offices in 31 counties and 2,100 talents dedicated to the organization of congresses and corporate events, consulting and strategic management for companies and associations. He is also Chair of the advisory Board of ICESAP, a member of the Board Trustees for PCMA as well as a Member of the Scientific Board for the Latin American Association of Convention Bureaus and curator and Chair of a number of industry conferences.
An engineer by profession, Oscar started his career in consulting service firms and has been working in the meetings industry for more than 20 years, starting as National Director of the GP Agency (Spain) followed by different positions at GL Events in their Convention Centres Management Unit and finally followed by MCI assignments in the Americas and currently managing the Asia-Pacific region out of Singapore. He has been a professor at universities in Barcelona, London, Singapore and Milan.
Sophie Hackford is a technology futurist whose research entails meeting weirdos and troublemakers in off-the-beaten-track labs, makerspaces and garages around the globe from Shenzhen, Seoul, Detroit, Mumbai. As part of her research, she consults for executive teams and boards of large companies on understanding the explosive new technologies defining the new economy. Sophie is also co-founder of a data and AI company, 1715 Labs, spun out of the Astrophysics department at Oxford University with her academic collaborator. This follows a career building business for WIRED magazine, for Singularity University at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, and prior to California, the interdisciplinary Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, where Sophie raised more than $120m of research investment. Sophie is a board member of 3 early stage tech companies.