Reuben Abraham, CEO and Senior Fellow at the IDFC Institute
Elmar Brok, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs
Anthony L. Gardner, U.S. Ambassador to the European Union
Roberta Metsola, Member of the European Parliament, Delegation for US Relations
Harld Peters, UPS Vice President
Chaired by: Mark Green - President of the International Republican Institute
Reuben Abraham is founding Executive Director of the Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions at the Indian School of Business (ISB) and serves on its Next Gen Leaders Board. He is also a Member of the Board at the Soros Economic Development Fund and helped set up SONG, an SME fund in India, with Google and the Omidyar Network as co-investors. A 2007 TED Global Fellow, Abraham serves on the boards of the TED Fellows Programme, the Centre for Civil Society, the DLF Foundation. He was also a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Abraham has been an Associate Fellow in Global Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Public Policy Consortium Fellow and a Sloan Foundation/CITI Telecommunications Fellow. He was named on Wired Magazine's Smart List 2012 and has been an analyst on CNN's emerging markets show, Global Exchange. He received his MA, MPhil and PhD from Columbia University.
Being a member of the European Parliament since 1980, Elmar Brok currently serves as the chairman of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET). Further leadership positions held by Elmar Brok include the chairmanship of the board of the European Endowment for Democracy (EED), the presidency of the Union of European Federalists (UEF) and the Co-Chairmanship of the Transatlantic Legislator´s Dialogue (TLD). He also serves as the EPP Spokesman on Foreign Affairs and Coordinator of the foreign ministers of the EPP and acts as patron of the Kiev Dialogue. In the past, Elmar Brok held several leadership positions in European and German politics: the chairmanship of the EPP-ED Group in the EU-Constitutional Convention from 2002 to 2003, the chairmanship of the working group Foreign Affairs of the EPP Group, the chairmanship of the CDU Federal Committee on Foreign, Security and European Policy as well as the membership of the National Board of the CDU.
Anthony Luzzatto Gardner
Anthony L. Gardner was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the European Union on February 18, 2014. Prior to assuming his current position, Ambassador Gardner was Managing Director for six years at Palamon Capital Partners. Previously, he served as an Executive Director in the leveraged finance departments of Bank of America and GE Capital and as a Director in the international acquisitions group of GE International, all based in London. He has also worked as a Senior Associate at international law firms in London, Paris, New York, and Brussels. Ambassador Gardner has dedicated more than twenty years of his career to U.S.-European affairs, as a government official, lawyer and investor. He is the author of A New Era in U.S.-EU Relations?: The Clinton Administration and the New Transatlantic Agenda and numerous articles on EU affairs. Ambassador Gardner holds a BA in Government from Harvard University, an MPhil in International Relations from Oxford University, a JD from Columbia Law School, and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Ambassador Mark Green joined IRI as president in January 2014. Prior to leading IRI, in 2013, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Initiative for Global Development, a non-profit organization that engages corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa. From 2011 through early 2013, Green served as senior director at the US Global Leadership Coalition, a network of 400 organisations supporting development tools in American foreign policy. A recognized leader in the foreign policy and business communities, Green served as the US Ambassador to Tanzania from mid-2007 to early 2009. While there, he led a mission of more than 350 Americans and Tanzanians and was ultimately responsible for some of the world’s largest US-led development programs. Prior to serving as US Ambassador, Green served four terms in the House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 8th District. Green holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctor of science from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.
MEP Roberta Metsola was elected to the European Parliament in 2013, becoming one of Malta's first female Members of the European Parliament. Roberta was elected on the Nationalist Party ticket (PN) and sits within the European People’s Party (EPP) Group within the European Parliament. Professionally she is a lawyer who has specialised in European law and politics. She has previously worked at the Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union and as legal advisor to the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. Roberta is currently the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament Committee on Petitions (PETI), a full Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Delegation for relations with the United States (D-US) and a substitute member of the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) and the Delegation for relations with Australia and New Zealand (DANZ).
Harld Peters has been vice-president for Logistics & Distribution for UPS Europe since 2012. In this position, based in Brussels, Belgium, he oversees all UPS operations in the nearly 60 countries and territories across Europe and directs activities related to the company’s key product offerings. In the execution of UPS Europe strategy, Harld has been responsible for the integration of a number of acquired companies throughout Europe. Harld is a native of Nijmegen, the Netherlands and his UPS career spans over 15 years. Harld has held a number of senior management positions in UPS both in operations as in a number of functional departments for the Logistics & Distribution and the Small Package business units. Before joining UPS, Harld has worked for two third party logistics providers and has worked as physical distribution consultant. Optimizing global supply chains has been his mission for over 20 years. He holds a MA for business economics from the Radboud University, the Netherlands.