Misha Glenny (born in 1958) is an award winning author and journalist who has been working in Central and Eastern Europe for 20 years. Being an expert on the Balkan crisis of the early 1990s, he wrote various books, such as The Fall of Yugoslavia: The Third Balkan War in 1992. Misha Glenny lectures at universities throughout Europe and the United States and regularly consults state institutions.
McMafia: Crime without Frontiers, his latest book about the rise of the criminal world since the fall of communism, has become an international bestseller. He has previously been Central Europe Correspondent for the BBC World Service, and is a regular contributor to The New York Times and The New Yorker. Misha Glenny was educated at Bristol University and Charles University in Prague.
Sanjiv Goenka (born in 1961) is Vice Chairman of RPG Enterprises, one of Indias leading industrial houses with USD 3 billion of revenue. He has gained vast management experience dealing with the groups activities in various areas such as power generation, distribution and transmission, coal mining, retail and entertainment.
Sanjiv Goenka is President of All India Management Association (AIMA), an apex body of management with over 31000 individual members, 3000 institutional members and 60 local management associations across India and overseas. He is Honorary Consul of Canada in Kolkata and has been the youngest-ever President of the Confederation of Indian Industries as well as of the Indian Chamber of Commerce. Sanjiv Goenka graduated from the St. Xavier's College in Kolkata.
Jürgen Hambrecht (born in 1946) has been Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE since 2003. BASF SE is one of the worlds leading chemical companies with more than 97000 employees worldwide. Having entered the company after obtaining his Doctorate in chemistry from the University of Tübingen in 1975, Jürgen Hambrecht has served BASF SE for more than 30 years.
He has successfully managed the companys numerous acquisitions towards diversified and more profitable growth. Under his guidance, BASF SE has also launched several projects focusing on sustainable development such as the partnership BASF Grameen with Muhammad Yunus Grameen Bank. Jürgen Hambrecht is a profound expert on China and also Chairman of the Asia Pacific Committee of German Business.
Andreas Jacobs (born in 1963) has been Chairman of the Board of Barry Callebaut Group since 2005. He is also Chairman of the Board of Jacobs Holding AG, an investment company which unites business operations the Jacobs family has been involved in over generations, and thus knows the challenge of combining family tradition and business.
Besides his executive positions, he is an independent investor with a stake in several companies. Andreas Jacobs holds a postgraduate degree in European competition law from the University of Freiburg in Breisgau as well as a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.
Robert Peugeot (born in 1950) is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Société Foncière Financière et de Participations FFP, a holding company with the purpose of preserving the interests of the Peugeot family. FFP is the main shareholder of Peugeot S.A., which has been under family control for centuries.
Robert Peugeot followed the tradition, starting his own career as manager of the strategic planning department at PSA in South Africa, before climbing the corporate ladder continuously for over 30 years and serving 10 years as member of the Executive Committee of the group. In 2007, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Peugeot S.A., overseeing a staff of approximately 200000. Robert Peugeot holds an MBA from INSEAD.