Program 2014


7th Global Investment Symposium

"Pathways to Prosperity"

September 23-24, 2014


September 23

  • 11:00 AMQatar Country Presentation with Minister of Economy and Trade Ahmed bin Jassim Al-Thani

    Qatar is rich in petroleum: 60% of its gross domestic product is derived from it. However, under an innovative and far-sighted plan called Qatar National Vision 2030, the Qatari government is looking to grow the country's economy beyond what its natural resources can provide. The plan centers on diversification, and steps are already being taken to grow Qatar's tourism, capital market, and transportation sectors.

  • 12:30 PMColombia Country Presentation and Lunch with President Juan Manuel Santos

    Colombia boasts a dynamic domestic market, being the 23rdlargest population of the world and the second most populous Spanish-speaking population. It is the third most business-friendly and the leading reforming country in Latin America according to Doing Business 2013 of the World Bank. Strengthening the macroeconomic variables together with a dynamic economic performance stand out. The GDP per capita has doubled over the last decade, going from USD 5.8 in 2000 to USD 10.4 in 2012.


September 24

  • 8:00 AMOpening Remarks by Ambassador Thomas Pickering

    Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering co-chairs the IEA Advisory Board. Mr. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest rank in the U.S. Foreign Service, from which he retired in 2000 as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. He was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 -1992 in addition to serving as the U.S. ambassador to seven countries.

  • 8:00 AMCase Studies Presentation with Governor of Central Bank of Peru, Julio Velarde

    Velarde has held senior positions in the corporate and public sectors, has published numerous books and conducted research and consulting to organizations like the Inter-American Development Bank , the World Bank , the International Development Agency , the International Labour Organization and International Development Research Center of Canada, among others. He is former Dean of the Faculty of Economics of the University of the Pacific. Since 2003, he has acted as President of the Latin American Reserve Fund (FLAR).


    In partnership with the Peruvian Business Council.

  • 8:20 AMInfrastructure, Foundations of Growth

    Infrastructure is critical to global economies, both emerging and developed- arguably the foundation of growth. This interactive discussion will address global, regional, and local case studies of how infrastructure is helping lay the groundwork of a new growth economy.


    8:20 AM: Walter Piazza, Chairman of COSAPI Engineering

    9:00 AM: Felix Antelo, CEO of LAN Peru

    9:15 AM: Benjamin Griswold, Chair, Blue Water Worldwide

  • 9:30 AMCountry Presentation Reserved for Peru with Minister of Foreign Trade, Magali Silva

    Peru had a decade of economic growth that is unprecedented in its history. It has made great strides in development, with poverty dramatically cut by more than 50%. The core of the current sound economic performance of the country is a combination of macroeconomic stability, prudent fiscal spending and surpluses, high international reserves, reduced external debt, leading to investment-grade status, all of these factors have led Peru to achieve high middle income status.


    In partnership with the Peruvian Business Council.

  • 10:00 AMEngines of Growth, Emerging Markets

    As profits have increased, but not growth, how will the growth engines for corporate and government revenues emerge? This interactive discussion will address which innovative industries, investment, policies, demand, and regions can ignite growth for the world's economies. With William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.


    Panel Moderator: Dr. Bhaskar Chakravorti
    Dr. Chakravorti is the Senior Associate Dean of International Business & Finance at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

  • 11:00 AM - BREAK

  • 11:15 AMMyanmar Country Presentation with Foreign Minister Wunna Maung Lwin

    The Economist special report on Myanmar (Burma) points to increased economic activity resulting from Myanmar's political transformation and influx of foreign direct investment from Asian neighbors. In addition, According to a report released on 30 May 2013 by the McKinsey Global Institute Myanmar's economy is expected to quadruple by 2030 if it invests in more high-tech industries.

  • 11:45 AMGeorgia Country Presentation with Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili

    Georgia's recent economic achievements include stable economic growth, despite fluctuations affecting most world economies.The World Bank hailed Georgia's commitment to reforms over the past years as "unprecedented" after the country rose from 112th to 9th place in the world in the World Bank's Ease of Doing Business rank and Doing Business Reformer Club awarded Georgia as Top Reformer according to five-year measure of cumulative change.

  • 12:15 PMReserved Country Presentation

    Reserved countries include South Africa, Greece, Ireland, Turkey, Malawi.

  • 2:00 PMReserved Country Presentation

    Reserved countries include South Africa, Greece, Ireland, Turkey, Malawi.

  • 2:30 PMHorsepower of Energy

    Energy is essential for economies. Countries are searching for game-changing shale to supplement traditional sources while incenting alternatives. How will this balance play out? Who will win?


    Floyd Wilson, CEO of Halcon Resources, was the Chairman and CEO of Petrohawk Energy from 2004 until 2011, when BHP Billiton acquired it for $15.1 billion. Mr. Floyd Wilson is a pioneer in the Shale Revelation that has impacted world markets.


    This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Joseph Stanislaw, Founder of The JAStanislaw Group and Co-founder of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

  • 3:00 PMFuel of Finance

    Smart Money: Where is it investing? Global Mutual Funds, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity are looking around the world for returns for their investors. How is the money behind money investing? How can countries attract smart money?


    John Phelan is Co-Managing Partner and Co-Founder of MSD Capital, L.P. MSD was formed to exclusively manage the capital of Michael Dell and his family. MSD is considered one of the most sophisticated family office investors and invests globally in: Publicly-traded securities, Traditional private equity activities, Real estate, Special opportunities and Selectively investing with established third-party managers in the private and public markets.

  • 3:30 PMReserved Country Presentation

    Reserved countries include South Africa, Greece, Ireland, Turkey, Malawi.

  • 4:00 PMMalaysia CEO Private Meetings with Prime Minister Najib Razak

    Malaysia was the 3rd largest economy in Southeast Asia and is the world's largest Islamic banking center. The economy is driven by exports of electronics, palm oil, rubber and oil and gas. Major initiatives are underway effectively diversifying the economy with value-added jobs in finance, high technology, biotechnology, and services.

  • 4:30 PMKenya CEO Private Meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta

    Private sector-led economic growth has since the early 2000s, been Kenya's Priority. The Government's business-friendly stance has rolled over into Vision 2030, which sets development benchmarks for a number of priority sectors.