Managing Director, Trade & International Affairs at FedEx Express
Ralph Carter is managing Director, Trade & International Affairs at FedEx Express. He has over 20 years of public and private experience in international relations, corporate law and trade policy, leveraging diplomatic, legal and interpersonal skills to solve complex commercial and regulatory challenges around the world.
Currently he manages FedEx trade and international affairs office in Washington DC. Mr. Carter is the former cleared adviser-liaison to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN). He has worked and lived abroad in Argentina and Belgium, including as Special Assistant to U.S. Ambassador to the European Union.
Partner, King & Spalding
Daniel Crosby is a partner in the International Trade Practice Group at King & Spalding, and manages the firm’s Geneva office. Mr. Crosby has worked in the area of international trade for over 17 years and has practiced in Switzerland since 2000. He assists sovereign and commercial clients to achieve practical economic and business objectives by applying international trade and investment rules. He also advises clients in relation to national trade remedy proceedings and WTO disputes.
Mr. Crosby assists clients with trade and investment negotiations disputes, and on the application of treaty-based rules to improve access to global markets for goods and services. He is active in Switzerland’s diplomatic community and serves as Vice Chairman of the Club Diplomatique de Genève. He also enjoys teaching, speaking and publishing on international trade and investment issues and providing technical assistance and pro bono legal services to Least Development Countries and to countries negotiating their accession to the WTO.
Director, Global Public Policy, eBay’s Public Policy Lab
Hanne Melin is the Director Global Public Policy and leads the EMEA region for eBay’s Public Policy Lab. The Lab explores issues that sit at the nexus of technology and commerce through research and policy formation. Ms. Melin is a member of the European Commission’s Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship, and represents eBay in the Private Sector Consultative Group of the World Customs Organization. Before joining eBay, Ms. Melin was an associate at the law firm Sidley Austin LLP based in Brussels, practicing competition law for five years. Ms. Melin holds a Master in International Business Law from King’s College London, she is a guest lecturer at the law faculty of Lund University (Sweden), and a frequent speaker and writer on the topic of how the internet and technology transform trade.
President, Latin American Ecommerce Institute; Global VP Hispanic Markets en VTEX
He has developed his career in multinational companies in the area of planning and marketing having within its responsibilities the implementation of eBusiness policies. He is a leading entrepreneur in the ICT Information and Communication Technologies industry in Latin America and a reference in the digital economy in the region.
Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel
Director of BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services)
Mostafizur Rahaman Sohel, a serial technopreneur, has over 2 decades of experience in technology, finance and management as a software architect, consultant, mentor and entrepreneur. He is involved in software business in different countries.
Mr. Sohel is one of the pioneers of Bangladesh ICT industry who has made Enterprise Resource solutions popular in the country. He took a challenging and adventurous career path by opting to come back to his native land after finishing higher studies abroad. His company, along with other pioneers of the industry, literally made people understand the importance of automation. It is their combined effort that was instrumental for the ICT revolution in Bangladesh. Mr. Sohel has kept engaged in the continuous development of the ICT industry and eco system.
He is now very much active in popularizing Cloud computing and ecommerce in Bangladesh. He is representing private sector and working with the Government to enact first ever E-commerce Policy for Bangladesh. He is working closely with ecommerce stakeholders to find out their challenges and solutions. As it is very common in a country like Bangladesh where small merchants struggle for funds to run their ecommerce ventures, Mr. Sohel has taken the lead to overcome this practical phenomenon and has already started dialogues with financial institutions and concerned government ministries.
At present, Mr. Sohel is a Director of BASIS (Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services) – the apex trade body of the ICT industry. He is also a governing body member of the Federation of Chamber and Commerce Industries (FBCCI), an active member Dhaka Chamber and Commerce Industries (DCCI) and the former National President of the Junior Chamber International (JCI) in Bangladesh.
Founder and CEO of of Nextrade Group; Founder & Interim Executive Director, Business for eTrade Development
Kati Suominen serves as Founder & CEO of Nextrade Group that helps leading governments and Fortune 500s optimize public policies and investment in driving trade and digitization worldwide. She is also the Founder of TradeUp Capital Fund, a growth capital platform that helps globalizing tech companies raise growth capital from institutional investors, and is the Adjunct Professor at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She is a Senior Advisor to the CEO of the World SME Forum, a new initiative to bolster SME development worldwide.
Dr. Suominen is working on her 10th book Revolutionizing World Trade: How Disruptive Technologies Open Opportunity for All to be published with Stanford University Press in 2017. She has 20 years in international trade and digitization and public finance in trade and competitiveness, including as front-office executive with the Inter-American Development Bank.
Dr. Suominen is the idea woman behind such leading international initiatives as eTrade for All, launched with the United Nations in July to catalyze ecommerce in developing countries, and RTA Exchange, a global dialogue forum on regional trade agreement championed by the Inter-American and Asian Development Banks.
She has had high-level speaking engagements and keynotes in trade, e.g. at Davos, World Trade Symposium, Global Trade Review conference, WTO, World Bank, and several others. She is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
MBA, Wharton; PhD, University of California, San Diego.
General Manager of Swiss Ringier Africa AG
Leo Stiegeler is the General Manager of Swiss Ringier Africa AG – leading the company’s operations in classifieds, content and marketing on the continent. It is active in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to his work with Ringier since 2013, Mr. Stiegeler helped to establish Rocket Internet and other German investors in Africa.