Peter Briscoe is an Englishman, born in 1950, and studied Industrial Chemistry and Management at Loughborough University of Technology, England. He moved to The Netherlands in 1974 and was asked by his company, Brent Chemicals International, to set up a subsidiary in Holland from 1978 where he was Managing Director until 1986.
From 1987-1989, Peter was Executive Director of the Christian Businessmen’s Committees (CBMC in The Netherlands.) Typical CBMC activities are prayer breakfasts in boardrooms, hotels and even parliaments to pray for Gods activity in the lives of a business, civic or national leader; outreach events such as banquets in major hotels to present Jesus Christ to the business and professional people; leadership development ‘colleges’, seminars and courses designed to motivate leaders to reach out to others. www.cbmcint.org
In 1990, Peter set up “Synthesys” a consulting company specialising in the development and marketing of industrial chemical specialties.
When the Berlin Wall collapsed and opportunities to develop business in Eastern Europe opened up, Peter founded and developed Europartners, a movement dedicated to reaching European business and professional people for Christ and helping Christians in positions of leadership in business, politics, and other professions to “go and make disciples in all nations.” By 2002 there were local national movements in 28 European countries, encompassing around 500 local groups and some 5000 active co-workers. Now, Peter continues as a Board member to lead this organisation to reach and teach top leaders about Jesus. www.europartners.org.
From 2002, Peter took an assignment as Managing Director of HE Space Operations with offices in Houston, Katwijk and Bremen, serving the European Space Institutions, and specialised in providing professional services for Human Spaceflight activities. Peter lead a team of some 50 people, made up of medical doctors, biologists, engineers, physicists and business specialists. Two new programmes in which the company is involved are the Galileo GPS satellite systems and the Journey to Mars programme “Aurora’.
Peter is a co-founder of IAASS, the Internatiional Association for the Advancement of Space Safety.
Peter retired once again from business in 2008 to develop the ministry of Crown Financial Ministries and Crown Companies in Europe.
He served as International vice-president for Crown Financial Ministries coordinating Crown’s global operations until 2012. This is being continued to date, under the newe brand Compass – finances God’s Way.
Peter is co-founder and Chairman of Encour, a social enterprise in The Netherlands which trains volunteers to help people to get out of debt, find gainful employment and become economically self-reliant.
At home in Leiden, Peter is a member of the Leiden Baptist Church where he is chairman of the elder board. He is married to his Dutch wife Didie since 1972 and they have three grown up daughters, and are blessed with five grandchildren.
Reuben Coulter is CEO of Transformational Business Network, a community of investors and entrepreneurs committed to improving the state of the world. Previously he was a Fellow and Associate Director for Africa at the World Economic Forum and served as the founding Chief Executive of Tearfund Ireland. Reuben is based in Geneva with his wife Grazyna and they are passionate about all things outdoors and spicy food .
Paul Cuny is President of MarketPlace Leadership International, an organization dedicated to bringing the Biblical realities of the Kingdom to the marketplace around the world. Paul’s background as a successful entrepreneur, investor, and business owner has given him a unique platform from which to speak to leaders and professionals. He is an ordained minister with a life assignment to “… change the economies of nations.”
Paul has taught Kingdom principles of business and leadership from a practical perspective throughout Africa, South America, Central America and the US. He is a speaker at conferences and churches around the US and the world focusing on the practical nature of the Kingdom Economy and Kingdom Leadership. Paul has been interviewed on international TV and radio on the restoration of the economy of the Kingdom that is taking place. He is the author of many articles in prominent publications and he is the author of two books, Nehemiah People, and Secrets of the Kingdom Economy, which is published in five languages. Paul has served as a friend, counselor and prayer partner to sitting presidents, ambassadors, business and government leaders around the world.
Paul H. Dembinski
Paul H. Dembinski, economist and political scientist by training, educated in Poland, in Switzerland, in Cameroon and in the UK (St Anthony College, Oxford). Dembinski is Professor at University of Fribourg where he holds the Chair of International Competition and Strategy in the Department of Management. Expert to international organisations, Paul H. Dembinski teaches also occasionally at many universities in Europe and outside.
Amongst the latest books: PME en Suisse: Profils et Defis (Ed. Georg, 2004) Enron and the World of Finance: A case study in ethics (co-editor, Palgrave, London, 2005); Finance: Servant or Deceiver? (Palgrave, London 2009), in French, Spanish and Polish); Pratiques financiers – regards chrétiens, (editor;. Desclée de Brouwer, Paris, 2009); The role of large corporations in democracy and society (co-editor; Palgrave, London, 2011); Beyond Financial Crisis: Towards a Christian Perspective for Action, (Caritas in Veritate, 2014, www.obsfin.ch); Ethique et responsabilité en Finance – Quo Vadis? (Editions Revue Banque, Paris, 2015).
Initiator and Executive Director of Foundation of the Observatoire de la Finance (1996) www.obsfin.ch which mission is to promote awareness of ethical concerns in financial activities and the financial sector. Paul H. Dembinski is also the editor of the French/English academic review Finance & the Common Good/Bien Commun (1998).
In 2005, Paul H. Dembinski helped to establish the “Ethics in Finance – Robin Cosgrove Prize” which every second year honours outstanding essays by authors under 35 in the field of ethics in finance. Paul H. Dembinski is Co-President of the global Jury and vice president of the Polish one.
In 2011 Paul H. Dembinski joined the Board of Rentes Genevoises, and in 2012 he has been appointed Chairman of that Board.
Born in Cracow, Poland, in 1955, Paul H. Dembinski is married, father of three and grand-father of two. He works in French/English/German/Spanish/Polish.
Matthew Frost is the former Chief Executive of Tearfund UK, a Christian charity working among the poorest of the poor internationally. Their aim: to end poverty and rebuild poor communities. During his 10 years as Chief Executive Matthew led this £65 million organization through significant change and growth in impact, principally through a sharply distinctive vision and strategy focused on the transformational role of the local church in tackling poverty and the nurture and growth of a highly empowering and relational organisational culture. Matthew currently serves on the Archbishop’s Council of the Church of England, in addition to the Boards of Christians Against Poverty, Westminster Theological Centre and Open Doors.
Before coming the Tearfund UK Matthew was the Head of Strategy for a UK Government Department and an Engagement Manager for McKinsey U.K.
Matthew is married, has 4 children and enjoys climbing mountains, skiing and playing piano.
Rosen Ivanov graduated magna cum laude from the Master’s program in International Economic Relations of the University for National and World Economy at Sofia, Bulgaria. He then worked for almost 10 years (out of which 3 years in managerial capacity) at the Bulgarian National Bank on subjects related to securities, settlement systems, regulation, government debt and other relevant central banking policies. He is now a senior expert at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, where he has been working since 2009 on similar issues but with particular focus on harmonisation and market integration.
At the EES 2016 he will be speaking on macroeconomic topics in his private capacity and will not be representing the ECB.
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Patrick Kuwana is the African coordinator of Unashamedly Ethical – a movement with the objective of mobilizing people across the world to stand up against corruption and commit to lives of ethics, values and clean living (www.unashamedlyethical.com).
He is also the CEO and founder of Crossover Transformation, an organization focused on accelerating business and economic growth by putting together new relational and transactional economic structures (www.crossovertransformation.co.za). He also serves as the Patrick’s passion is in developing and working with leaders and organizations that are committed to unlocking the vast economic potential of Africa by building new sustainable systems of inclusive wealth creation and prosperity that will benefit of all Africans. All of the principles he works with are biblically based and Holy Spirit inspired with the ultimate aim of pointing people to Christ.
He has extensive experience in working in culturally diverse environments and possesses a unique gift in vision casting and drawing diverse people into jointly developing a platform of trust and unity that enables greater levels of success in strategy development and execution.
Prior to starting Crossover Patrick was in the IT industry and held several executive positions at HP, Oracle Corporation and Computer Science Corporation. In 2005 he stepped into the entrepreneurship environment and was involved a several start-ups. He is also part of the Transformational Leadership team at USA based FSH Group.
Patrick has been married to Maude since 1996 and they have 2 sons, Tinotenda (15) and Tadiwanashe (12). They are Zimbabwean’s who are resident in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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Timo Plutschinski is leading the Business Coalition of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) and Partner of MIC Corporate Finance. The Protestant theologian is also a Board Member of the Congress of Christian Leaders, Chairman of the Relational Business & Finance Group, and a Fellow of the Olivet Institute for Global Strategic Studies. His matter of concern is a (re-)definition of the relationship between business and church. Timo lives with his wife and two daughters in Hamburg, Germany.
Graham Power is the founder and Chairman of the Power Group of Companies, www.powergrp.co.za. Today the Power Group is one of Southern Africa’s leaders in the field of civil engineering construction, turnkey property development and infrastructure.
He is also the initiator and leader of the movement that has come to be known as the “Global Day of Prayer”, www.globaldayofprayer.com. This movement has become the largest prayer gathering in recorded history, where people from every country in the world participate annually in the Global Day of Prayer on Pentecost Sunday. It is estimated that over 400 million people participated in the year 2010.
Graham is also the founder of the Unashamedly Ethical Campaign. This campaign promotes ethics, values and clean living across all sectors of society. This campaign is currently sweeping South Africa, Africa and across the Globe and is bringing about a tangible change to the lives of individuals, and even whole companies, www.unashamedlyethical.com.
He is a published author and in May 2013 he received and Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree from Nyack College and the Alliance Theological Seminary in White Plains, New York.
Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag
Jennifer Roemhildt Tunehag worked for more than a decade in direct ministry among women and men in prostitution and victims of trafficking in Athens, Greece, where she started the ministry “Lost Coin” (now Nea Zoi, or New Life). In 2008, Nea Zoi was recognized by the U.S. State Department for its work among victims of trafficking.
She is a founder of the European Freedom Network (EFN), which connects more than 200 partner organizations across 41 countries to build a bridge to freedom for those who are exploited in Europe. Jennifer also helped start the Freedom Business Alliance, a global trade association that helps businesses fighting trafficking to become profitable, scalable, and transformational.
Jennifer serves on the Global Human Trafficking Task Force of the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA). She lives with her husband, Mats, in Stockholm, Sweden.
Courtney Rountree Mills
Courtney Rountree Mills graduated from the Master in Public Policy Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School with a concentration in Political and Economic Development. Prior to graduate school, Courtney received her Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. Courtney has worked for McKinsey and Company where she advised Fortune 500 companies on strategic issues such as reducing costs in the supply chain for a large consumer package goods company and analyzing high potential investments at a large hedge fund firm. She also worked at Proctor and Gamble and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation where she helped develop the foundation’s expansion strategy to South Africa. She began developing the idea for Sinapis in graguate school while working on her thesis regarding angel investing in East Africa. She later teamed up with Matt Stolhandske and Karibu Nyaggah to perform a feasibility study and launch the organization. Sinapis was launched on the ground in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2010, and Courtney has been leading the organization since this time and now accelerates nearly 200 companies per year in Kenya.
Hakan Sandberg started Itzinya 5 years ago with the aim of providing opportunities for job creation in larger cities in the developing world. It is connected to an international network of companies that want to make a difference. They are still in early days with an ongoing business in Serbia and new businesses likely to start this year in Macedonia and Nigeria. They are also starting to serve refugees in Sweden with the same concept this year.
The underlying issue that Itzinya targets is that of global youth unemployment. According to EOCD figures and a survey from the World Bank, there are almost 300m 15-24 year olds globally, that are neither employed nor in education or training. They form the ”Generation jobless” and are a “bomb ready to detonate.”
Hakan also leads Itzinya: Global Startup Academies whose aim is to turn young ”job seekers” , age 18-30, into ”job creators”. The focus is on finding young entrepreneurs with drive. The Academy gives them practical insight into key components of the start-up process. It also incubates their budding companies and supports them as they establish and grow them into employers of other young job seekers. Itzinya is a decentralized organization using a licensing paradigm. All the work is done locally and the local itzinya center is a non-profit or an enterprise owned by those who run it.
Jan Sturesson is the chairman of the Board of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce and a former Partner in PwC. There he led their Government and Public Services Industry Cluster which was responsible for advising Central, Regional, City and Local governments in addition to international governments and institutions such as the UN, EU, WB, NATO and the Global Fund.
Jan is a former member of the World Economic Forum and the Global Agenda Council Future of Global Governance and has been an advisor to government and the private sector on corporate governance, strategic development, innovation and leadership. He also led PwC’s groundbreaking global report “Cities of the Future” – a unique public sector leadership program for Mayors, City Managers, CFO’s and CEO’s in city owned enterprises.
Jan is a respected and frequently engaged international conference speaker. He has published more than a dozen books focusing on the public-private interface linked to leadership, innovation and governance.
Jan is married and lives with his wife and family in Sweden.
Mats Tunehag, www.MatsTunehag.com , is a freelance consultant, speaker and author from Sweden. He has worked in nearly half the countries of the world, developing global strategic alliances for various aims and constituencies, including Business as Mission.
Tunehag is a senior Associate on Business as Mission for both the Lausanne Movement and the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission. He initiated and co-led the first global think tank on Business as Mission (BAM) 2002-2004, and he is now co-chairing the second global think tank on BAM: www.bamthinktank.org . Tunehag also serves with a global investment fund based on Christian values that helps SME’s to grow in size and holistic impact in the Arab world and Asia, is a global spokesperson on Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech for the World Evangelical Alliance and a member of the Global Council of Advocates International.
Harry Turner is a Partner at Oxford Catalyst Ventures (OxVen). OxVen seeks to empower people and organisations to reach their full potential, to be bold, resourceful and to grow their ideas. Harry is currently working with a number of clients a variety of roles including: Interim Head of Credit for Oikocredit International – a €1B Dutch Social Impact Investment Fund, advisor to 3D Life Prints – a start-up organisation with a mission to improve lives through the use of 3D technologies, and and advisor to Isity Global – a start-up organisation with a mission to reduce energy consumption in commercial buildings.
Prior to joining OxVen as Partner, Harry was Opportunity International’s Global Chief Operating Officer. Harry was instrumental in defining Opportunity’s operating strategy with key focus areas including Social Performance Management, and leveraging technology such as Mobile Money to drive operational efficiency.
In addition to significant professional experience, Harry and his wife have been committed volunteers with International Care Ministries traveling many times each year to the Philippines to serve the poorest of poor families in the slums.