Confirmed Speakers

Clara Shih
Chief Executive Officer
Hearsay Social
USA


Clara Shih is Chief Executive Officer of Hearsay Social, a rapidly growing Silicon Valley technology company whose leading social marketing platform is used by large global brands including Farmers Insurance and 24 Hour Fitness to manage their corporate and local Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ Pages.

Shih is a pioneer in the technology industry, as an engineer, celebrated author, thought leader and successful technology entrepreneur. Shih has been named one of FORTUNE's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs of 2011, one of Fast Company's Most Influential People in Technology, and one of Businessweek's Top Young Entrepreneurs. She brings a wealth of experience from previous technology, product, and marketing positions at Google, Microsoft, and Salesforce.com.

In 2007, Shih developed the first business application on Facebook called Faceconnector, and subsequently authored The New York Times-featured bestseller, The Facebook Era: Tapping Social Networks to Market, Sell, and Innovate, which has been translated in nine languages and is used as a marketing textbook at Harvard Business School.

Shih holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University, as well as an MS from Oxford. She also serves as an advisor for Good Karma (formerly Camp Amelia), a non-profit she founded which develops and funds technology education programs, curriculum, and software for developing countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Quick Facts about Clara

Named one of Fast Company's Most Influential People in Technology and Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

Created the first business application on Facebook (Faceforce) in 2007 and is credited by Forrester Research with "kicking off the social business applications movement" (see here)

Comes from a tech background, having held product leadership positions at Google, salesforce.com, and Microsoft

Holds undergraduate and Master's degrees in computer science from Stanford University, where she graduated #1 in her class

Clara is a frequently invited keynote speaker on social media at global conferences including Ad:Tech, Web 2.0 Expo, Enterprise 2.0, South by Southwest, Digital Age 2.0, and many others.

Niall Ferguson
Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford and the Center for European Studies, Harvard University

Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.

He is the author of fourteen books. His first, Paper and Iron: Hamburg Business and German Politics in the Era of Inflation 1897-1927, was short-listed for the History Today Book of the Year award, while the collection of essays he edited, Virtual History: Alternatives and Counterfactuals, was a UK bestseller. In 1998 he published to international critical acclaim The Pity of War: Explaining World War One and The World’s Banker: The History of the House of Rothschild. The latter won the Wadsworth Prize for Business History and was also short-listed for the Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Literary Award and the American National Jewish Book Award. In 2001, after a year as a Houblon-Norman Fellow at the Bank of England, he published The Cash Nexus: Money and Power in the Modern World, 1700-2000.

In 2003 Ferguson wrote and presented a six-part history of the British Empire for Channel 4, the UK broadcaster. The accompanying book, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power, was a bestseller in both Britain and the United States. The sequel, Colossus: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, was published in 2004 by Penguin, and prompted Time magazine to name him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Two years later he published The War of the World: Twentieth-Century Conflict and the Descent of the West, a television adaptation of which was screened by PBS in 2007. The international bestseller, The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, followed in 2008; it too was a PBS series, winning the International Emmy award for Best Documentary, as well as the Handelszeitung Economics Book Prize. In 2011 he published Civilization: The West and the Rest, also a Channel 4/PBS documentary series. A year later came the three-part television series “China: Triumph and Turmoil.” The book based on his 2012 BBC Reith lectures, The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die, was a New York Times bestseller within a week of its publication.

An accomplished biographer, Ferguson published High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg in 2010 and is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which was published in 2015—to critical acclaim—as Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist. The book won the 2016 Council on Foreign Relations Arthur Ross Book Award. In 2011 his film company Chimerica Media released its first feature-length documentary, “Kissinger”, which won the New York Film Festival’s prize for Best Documentary.

Ferguson was the Philippe Roman Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics in 2010-11. He is a member of the board of trustees of the New York Historical Society. His many prizes and awards include the GetAbstract International Book Award (2009), the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Public Service (2010), the Hayek Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2012), the Ludwig Erhard Prize for Economic Journalism (2013), the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize (2013), and the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education (2016). He has received honorary degrees from the University of Buckingham (UK), Macquarie University (Australia), and the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez (Chile).

In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and managing director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm. He also serves on the board of Affiliated Managers Group and is a trustee of the New York Historical Society and the London-based Centre for Policy Studies.

Niall Ferguson is married to the author and women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. He has four children.

Gabriel Sterne
Head of Global Macro Research
Oxford Economics
UK

Gabriel delivers macro-economic products tailored for the financial markets, covering topical global macroeconomic issues and asset markets.

He joined from investment banking boutique Exotix in 2014, where he was one of the leading private sector voices on the eurocrisis (particularly Greece). He has also been an influential voice in the global policy debates on reform of the International Monetary Fund and crisis resolution policy more generally.

Gabriel has 20 years of public sector experience, most recently as Senior Manager at the Bank of England up to 2010, and at the IMF, where he was Senior Economist at the IMF Policy Development and Review Department 2005-7.

Tony Prophet
Chief Equality Officer
Salesforce
USA

Tony Prophet leads Salesforce’s Equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ, and racial issues—ensuring the company reflects the diversity and upholds the values of the communities it serves. He reports directly to the CEO and Chairman Marc Benioff. Prophet is a board member of Gannett. He also serves on the board of College Track.

Previously, Prophet was the corporate vice president of Windows and Search Marketing at Microsoft—responsible for the business planning and product marketing of the Windows, Bing, MSN and Cortana brands. Before that, he led the worldwide operations of what is now HP Inc. with direct responsibility exceeding $50B. Prior to that, he led the worldwide operations of Carrier Corporation. He began his career in consulting and rose from associate to partner with Booz Allen, co-founding the firm's Los Angeles office.

Throughout his career, Prophet has worked for social justice including addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows, educating female workers in developing countries on reproductive health issues and reducing supply chain greenhouse gas footprint.

Prophet holds a BSIE degree from General Motors Institute and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business attending as a GM Fellow.

Keyu Jin
Professor of Economics
London School of Economics
UK

Dr. Keyu Jin is a Professor in the Economics Department at the London School of Economics (LSE) in London, and an advisor to the Chinese Government’s National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC) in Beijing.

Keyu specialises in international macroeconomics, international finance, and the Chinese economy, and focuses her research on global imbalances and global asset prices, as well as international trade and growth. This research is tightly linked to examining various economic issues in China, with a particular interest in patterns of savings across different generations of consumers.

Keyu has written and spoken widely on China’s growth sustainability, exchange rates, financial liberalisation, and government policies with the general aim of targeting the various challenges facing China today. Supplementing this is Keyu’s experience in the global banking community, having worked for the New York Fed, the World Bank, IMF, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan. She is also a regular feature in media publications such as the Financial Times, Project Syndicate, Les Echos, Chicago Tribute, Caijing, South Morning Post, commenting on global economic issues.

Keyu received her B.A., M.A., and PhD from Harvard University, and has won the Chiles Award, the NBER Aging and Health Fellowship, the Allyn Young Thesis Prize in Economics. Keyu also speaks fluent Chinese and French. Keyu divides her time between the UK and China.

Michael Stutchbury
Editor-in-Chief
The Australian Financial Review

Michael Stutchbury is into his fourth decade of writing for and editing Australia's two national newspaper mastheads, including for The Australian Financial Review in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Washington DC. He started at the Financial Review in 1982 as industrial relations writer before becoming economics writer, economics editor, Washington correspondent and opinion editor.

He returned to the Financial Review as editor in chief in 2011. He graduated with a BEc (first class honors) from the University of Adelaide and completed a journalism cadetship with The Advertiser before working for the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet.

Luke Sayers
Chief Executive Officer
PwC Australia

Luke leads a team of more than 700 partners and 8000 staff who are focused on building trust in society and helping businesses solve their most important problems. The firm is committed to helping solve some of the biggest challenges and opportunities facing society including Australia’s engagement with Asia, how we can build thriving and growing cities, and how we can innovate and secure our nation’s place in the digital world.

In addition, Luke has long term commitments to community organisations and external Boards. He is on the Board of the Carlton Football Club and chairs the Melbourne Chapter of the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN) as well as not-for-profit organisation e.motion21. He is a member of Monash University's Industry Council of Advisors (MICA), the Human Rights Commission Leadership Council for Cultural Diversity, and the Victorian Branch of the Male Champions of Change.

Luke lives in Melbourne with his wife Cate and four daughters.

More speakers to be announced soon.