Speakers

 

  

 

Ketevan Bochorishvili from Tbilisi, Georgia


Executive Director of Anaklia City, former Vice Minister of Economy and Sustainable  Development of Georgia. Counting 17 years of management experience including 7 years of her dedication to Georgia’s public sector as a senior executive, Ketevan has successfully served her term in the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, under four consecutive leaderships of two democratically elected governments. She gained her main competences through breakthrough achievements in Economic Policy, FDI Attraction, SME Sector Development, Export Promotion and Development, Tourism Development, R&D, National and International Promotion
Campaigns.

 

 

 

 

Charlie Dove Edwin from London, UK

 


Owner at Suraci Research, an investment analyst specializing in European industrials sector, Charlie andthe team provides consultancy, research advice and assists with fundraising for investment ideas in Africa.
The company focuses on identifying attractive business opportunities that stem from changing long term global demographic changes and economic imbalances. Suraci Research draws on the expertise of associates across different
sectors including projects in the natural resources sector, media, construction services and care sectors. Additionally, Charlie is Adjunct Associate Professor at The American International University in London, teaches one of the most crucial issues of business sector like Fundamental Analysis, Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Institutions & Markets, Managerial Accounting and Country Risk Analysis.

 

 

 

Christy Largent from California, USA

 


Best Selling Author & Employee Engagement Keynote Speaker, Christy helps leaders to increase employee engagement, create a more positive workplace and increase profits by utilizing her unique Engaged Employee System. Christy is a dynamic, interactive and content rich speaker, delivering the focused results that you are looking for. Her vibrant
energy, interactive presentationsinspire the audience to reframe their mindset for a competitive advantage, to create positive connections for maximized engagement and to
live out their passions and purpose with clients and co-workers.

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie Semple from London, UK

 

 

Maggie is a successful business woman and entrepreneur. She owns The Experience Corps Ltd, a global business management consultancy and Maggie Semple Ltd, a bespoke women’s British fashion brand.  Maggie has held a number of senior roles including being a member of several high profile UK Government and European Union task groups and has represented the UK in Greece and Hong Kong. Maggie was a Civil Service Commissioner responsible for upholding the values of appointment on merit. She serves on a range of Boards. She is a member of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel. Maggie is cited in the World’s Who Who; she was awarded an OBE in 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

Viviane Afene Gille from Reims, France

A town councilor in Baconnes, Champagne region; Co-owner of the house of wine in France; Viviane served the First Lady of Gabon, Edith Lucie Bongo. The experience to be with First Lady during their activities motivated her immensely to serve humanity in Gabon and around the world. The woman with spirit greatly desires to aid women growth from developing countries in every direction. Viviane is an active contributor to African charities. She has been working closely with charity organizations like Red Cross, Court house, Robert Debre General Hospital, Organization for special kids (Deaf ) and many other private organizations with the purpose of pushing human race  to a beautiful world.



 

 

 

 

  

Mako Abashidze from London, UK

 


Graduated from the Tbilisi State University 1991, BA in Psychology and worked in the Institute of Psychology in Georgia till 1992 as a researcher. In 1993, Mako moved to London and has held positions with various UK companies since then, mainly dealing with the CIS market. 

She co-founded The British Georgian Chamber of Commerce with Lord Cromwell in 2007.

 

 

 

 

 

Natia Sirabidze from Batumi, Georgia

 


Former Minister of Education of Ajara Autonomous Republic, present executive director of Mardi Holding, bestselling author and Mass Communication Specialist, Natia additionally has eight years of experience in leadership positions in public relations, including the Constitutional Court of Georgia and the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Natia is awarded the most prestigious award 'Order of Pegasus' at the University of Central Florida, she is an Honorary Citizen of San Diego (California).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zehra Güngör from Istambul, Turkey 

 

Ms. Güngör had worked as an economy journalist for 20 years before founding a PR consultant company called STAGE Communications Consultancy (1999). During her  journalism career, she was awarded as “the best journalist of the year” for three times by Turkish Journalist Association. She deserved a scholarship in USA by Turkish Government. She worked as a journalist in McGrawHill Publications-New York for one year. Today, she has been running STAGE
Communication Consultancy, Dokuz Organization  and Zehra Güngör Consultancy successfully for 16 years. At present, she is the Past President and Board Member of IPRA for seven years. She is also the founding member and
the vice president of KAGIDER and Ayvalık Culture and Art Foundation. She is the member of TUHID and Propeller Club.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nino Chikovani from Tbilisi, Georgia

The President of Georgian Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 2015, has over 16 years of top management experience in private and public sectors. Beforehand, she served the post of the Director General of GCCI for five years (2011-2015) and a Director of International Relations Department of GCCI for seven years (2004-2011). During the years 2000-2004, she held a position of a General Manager of MD Group LTD.

Ms. Chikovani is a member of  the Board of Directors of EUROCHAMBRES (The Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry) since 2015, member of the WCF General Council. She was elected as Vice-president of the SRCIC (Silk Road Chamber of International Commerce). She is a founder of NC Group.

 

 

 

 

 

Jessica Lam from Beijing, China

 

Co-Founder of Kaiterra, She Loves Tech Global Ambassador, recognized on the Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list”; Beijing, China Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Jessica moved to Beijing in 2014 and co-founded Kaiterra: a startup focused on monitoring and mapping the world’s air. In the past two years,
Kaiterra has experienced over 500% year-on-year growth and its Laser Egg smart air quality monitor is for sale in all the Apple Stores across China.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Ibbotson from London, UK

 

University of Cambridge; Entrepreneur and International Business Consultant. As a founding partner at Glacex LLP - a London-based investment and consultancy firm with interest in the banking, commodities, and strategic infrastructure sectors - Sophie is specializing in investment opportunities in Asia and the former Soviet Union. Her diverse set of responsibilities includes business development, account management, and asset management.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Viktoria Horvath from Budapest, Hungary

Ambassador at large for special foreign trade initiatives Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  Budapest. Ms. Dr. Viktori is currently dealing with export development partnership projects specialized in China, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Central and Eastern European countries and the Middle-East. Further she organize the appearance of the Hungarian trade relations at international events and expos. Besides she is determined to strengthen the women’s role in social and economic life too, connect women stakeholders of the economy, furthermore she organize and direct the Added Value Women for CEE - in which the aim is the cross-border interconnection among the female actors of economy. Moreover she was the organizer of the Women’s Forum of Budapest Water Summit 2016. Furthermore, Ms. Dr. Viktoria is Member of the Advisory Committee of the Hungarian  Hotel Federation, Founding member of Széchenyi Economic Development Association Board member of the Pallas Athéne Domus Mentis Foundation and Board member of  the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Zala County.

 

 

 

Christiana Fagbemiro from London, UK

 

Currently consulting for the UK’s Ministry of Justice as it seeks to modernise the courts and tribunal system, Christiana’s expertise is maintaining and enhancing organisations’ reputations as they undergo major Transformation.  With a background in Law and International Relations with Diplomacy. Christiana brings more than ten years’ experience of Strategic Communications, Change Management and Stakeholder Engagement for major public and private sector brands. Christiana is passionate about the unique skills women can bring to bear in Business Change and successful organisational transformation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vanitha Datla from Hyderabad, India


Vanitha Datla is the Vice Chairperson of ELICO Ltd, a 57-year-old company that is a pioneer in the Analytical Instruments Industry, “ Innovating to connect Science with Lab” and Managing Director Elico Healthcare Services Ltd,
a service provider to the Health-care Industry in countries like USA, UK, Middle East etc. The Past two decades has seen he acquiring experience across diverse sectors such as Financial Services, Insurance Services, Cement, Power,  Security Printing, Instrumentation & BPO services, with stints in the USA and India. She has been a member of the CII National Committee on Backward District Development and CII National Committee on Women Empowerment. In addition to serving on the CII HR panel Southern Region, CII CSR panel, AP State, CII Finance & Taxation panel, AP State, Co-Convenor CII Exim panel, AP State, Chairperson CII Women Empowerment Taskforce, AP State. Earlier, she was an active member of the Steering committee on ‘Green Homes’.