London Speakers

Lionel Barber
Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in November 2005, the FT has been pioneering the concept of the integrated newsroom, where reporters and editors work seamlessly across print and digital formats. During Barber's tenure, the FT has won numerous global awards for its quality journalism, including three newspaper of the year awards (2008), which recognised the FT's role 'as a 21st century news organisation'.

As editor, Barber has interviewed many of the world's leaders in business and politics including: President Barack Obama, Premier Wen Jiabao of China, President-elect Demetri Medvedev of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, and President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa. 

During his career, Barber has received several distinguished awards. In 1998, he was named one of the 101 most influential Europeans by Le Nouvel Observateur and most recently in 2009, he was awarded the St George Society medal of honour for his contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community.

Stephen K Green
Group Chairman
HSBC Holdings

Stephen Green is Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc.

He was born in England on 7 November 1948. He has degrees from Oxford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr Green began his career with the British Government's Ministry of Overseas Development. In 1977 he joined McKinsey & Co Inc, management consultants, with whom he undertook assignments in Europe, North America and the Middle East.

He joined The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in 1982 with responsibility for corporate planning activities, and, in 1985, was put in charge of the development of the bank's global treasury operations. In 1992 he became Group treasurer of HSBC Holdings plc, with responsibility for the HSBC Group's treasury and capital markets businesses globally.

In March 1998 he was appointed to the Board of HSBC Holdings plc as Executive Director, Investment Banking and Markets responsible for the investment banking, private banking and asset management activities of the Group. He assumed additional responsibility for the Group's corporate banking business in May 2002. He became Group Chief Executive on 1 June 2003 and Group Chairman on 26 May 2006.He is Chairman of HSBC Bank plc. He is also a director of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited and of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. He became Chairman of the British Bankers' Association in November 2006. He is also a trustee of The British Museum, and an honorary trustee of Peking University. In April 2009 he was appointed a non-executive director of BASF SE.

Stephen Green is married with two daughters. 

Sir Andrew Cahn
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI)

Andrew Cahn is Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the Government organisation responsible for marketing the UK overseas, promoting British exports and attracting inward investment. As well as being a Board member for UKTI, he also sits on the Boards of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; supporting Mervyn Davies in his role as Minister of State for Trade & Investment and giving clear leadership to UKTI thus helping the UK face up to the challenges and opportunities of globalisation.

Beginning his career in the former Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Andrew then spent time working in the Cabinet Office, twice in the FCO and twice in the European Commission. In 2000 he left the Civil Service to join British Airways, spending an eventful six years there including handling the aftermath of 9/11, before being headhunted back to the public sector to lead UKTI.

Welber Barral
Secretary of International Trade
Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade, Brazil

Welber Barral is the Secretary of International Trade, Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade  for Brazil.
Academic posts he has held include Professor of International Trade Law, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC); Adjunct Professor of International Law/Trade and Development - American University and a visiting lecturer at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná (Brazil), Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), and Universidad de Valencia (Spain).

As a Legal Consultant, he has been advisor to law firms on international trade issues and international contracts. He is a Member of the Corte de Mediação e Arbitragem de Santa Catarina; Câmara de Arbitragem de Minas Gerais; Câmara de Mediação e Arbitragem da Associação Comercial do Paraná.
He was a Member of the Project Selection Committee for the Sasakawa Peace Foundation (Tokyo, Japan), July 1998 and July 1999.

Welber Barral's honours list includes the Prêmio Moinho Santista Juventude (2001) - São Paulo State Government/Fundação Bunge; Mención de honor - from the Argentinean Ministry of Economy, for the work Tratamiento de las prácticas de dumping y subvenciones en los procesos de integración (1999).
He was also an Honoured professor in the UFSC Law School Classes of 2001, 2000, and 1996.

Sir Peter Heap
Chairman Emeritus, Brazilian Chamber of Commerce & Former British Ambassador to Brazil

Sir Peter Heap joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office after leaving Merton College, Oxford where he had studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

As a diplomat he served in a variety of roles in a variety of countries, which included Deputy Director of British Information Services in New York, High Commissioner in the Bahamas, Trade Commissioner in Hong Kong, and finally Britain's Ambassador to Brazil. He then spent 3 years as Adviser to the Board of HSBC Investment Bank.

Since then his roles have included Adviser to the BOC Group, Consultant to Amerada Hess, Chairman of Regal Petroleum, and, currently Chairman of Moorgate Capital. He has retained close links with Brazil: for more than 10 years he was Chairman of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in the U.K. and remains Chairman Emeritus; he is on the Council of the Anglo Brazil Society, and visits Brazil frequently.

Dr Ralf Speth
Jaguar Land Rover

Dr Ralf Speth was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer at Jaguar Land Rover, on February 18, 2010.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Speth was Head of Global Operations at the international industrial gases and engineering company, The Linde Group, having joined the company as Vice President of Operations in 2002.
Following a degree in Economics Engineering from Rosenheim University, Germany, Ralf worked as a business consultant for a number of years before joining BMW in 1980.
Having served BMW for 20 years, Ralf joined Ford Motor Companys Premier Automotive Group as Director of Production, Quality and Product Planning.

Ralf earned a Doctorate of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Warwick University.



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