Chairman of the Organising Committee
A serial entrepreneur, resident in France with an MBA degree from Imperial College, London, Max has been in business for over 25 years. He set up and successfully developed a number of start-ups in such areas as international events management, property development, hospitality and education. Max is currently organising a series of high profile sustainable investment conferences across the globe whose mission is connecting the savviest of the investors with the brightest of startups. He is a sought-after speaker at major international conferences, an investor and an advisor to several global projects.
Serge Conesa brings over 30 years of experience in data communications and the IT networking industry, holding Executive key positions in both sales and marketing management with from Fortune 500 companies and over 20 start-ups. His experience ranges from working in the business of internationally expanding major telecommunications and civil infrastructure businesses coordinating all the key elements of a new business: including time, money, resources and technology throughout multiple geographies and cultures. His vision will help corporate and government customers assess, optimize, and manage the life cycle of resources utilization for enhanced efficiency and reduced energy consumption.At the highest levels of governments, energy independence is recognized as key to maintain a nation’s economic and political security.His work is giving now the ability to respond to the call from the White House, not only in addressing, but also in helping to solve the nation’s need for energy independence in a climate of greater demand and diminishing resources, and to replace the current inefficient industrial model of resources management with a new highly efficient model.
Valentina Castellani is an Award Winning Film Producer, President of Quinn Studios Entertainment which continues the Legacy of Academy Award Winning Actor Anthony Quinn, in the fields of art and entertainment. Mrs. Castellani produced many Academy Awards candidate films Internationally recognized and distributed. She won the prestigious US CONGRESS AWARD, The HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD, the English WIFTS Award as a "Visionary Producer" together with Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel and actress Gal Gadot. Because of her ethical work as a producer, and her service to global society, Valentina Castellani was invited to speak at many International Organizations, including, The US Congress, United Nations, UNESCO, The YPO/Young President Organization and a number of International Universities.
Christian has over 20 years of industry experience both in television and film. He has built and controlled film studios in the UK and Eastern Europe leading him to become Chairman of the TV 7 Network. His experience to date has brought him to develop and control a large film fund along with building television channels and a well-established media company in Monaco. Christian is Co-Founder & Managing Partner of Global Environment Media (GEM) and President of Global Environment Movement Association (GEMA).
Ahmed Refaie, an Investment, Asset & Wealth Seasoned Professional, Business Strategist and Marketing Strategy Formulator, with over 13 years compounded experience across multiple industries and sectors in addition to a cutting edge exposure to different fields through coaching and executive education conducted for senior executives, professional practitioners and C suite level cabinets at high flying institutions and organizations. As a Financial Therapist and a Strategic Investment Architect he was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be educated and qualified at an international standard with world class credentials and qualifications, as well as having the opportunity to look over the shoulders of global high end profiles such as Goldman Sachs, Accenture, Citadel, UBS, BNY Mellon, AXA, Standard Chartered, among others. Wide span over the Family Office Setup and Operation advising, and planning for Sovereign Funds in the GCC region,Corporate VC Funds, M&A Brokerage, Pension Fund for a Telecom Giant, Hedge Fund Startup in the Caribbean, Hedge Fund Due Diligence, Silent Private Investments for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and Families from global major jurisdictions. Being a CFA 3 Levels instructor giving a Gold Standard full fledged expertise in this lucrative industry, instructing Trade Finance, and lecturing on Investment & Portfolio Management, Non Banking Financial Services, Technical Analysis, Banking, FX Trading, Treasury, and Business Administration at a number of Training and Consultancy Houses, and Universities, conducted over 400 teaching hours. Deep detailed experience in Marketing, Facility Management, Event Organisation, and Sponsorship Announcements at various private beaches and international venues across the MENA region for regional and international stars, with cooperation across Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Beirut, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi, with exposure to USA, Latin America, and Europe, closed deals with PEPSICO, Levi's, Adidas, Timberland, Vodafone, to name a few.
Steven O’Brien is a widely published writer, academic, journalist. He is Editor of The London Magazine, Britain’s oldest literary journal (est. 1732). His current roles also include Secretary General of the G20 Foundation, Trustee of the Patrons of the Vatican Art Treasures, Advisor to the Vatican’s Institute of Human Dignity, Advisor to the Centre for Issues and Crisis Management and Peace Ambassador for Iraq.
Diplomatic World (of which Ms Barbara Dietrich is the owner, CEO and Editor-in-Chief) is the only magazine published on paper in or around Brussels (with four editions a year distributed in high-quality paper form), counting amongst its subscribers all the Embassies in Brussels, all Members of the European Parliament, the DG’s of the European Commission, the European Council, Members of the Belgian Government, the Belgian Royal Family and other Heads of State plus many influential economic forums and organizations, advocacy and consultancy bureaus and think tanks in Brussels, providing this community and a wider public of interested readers with profound and trendsetting insights in the latest diplomatic, international and European evolutions and tendencies (with a special focus on cultural diplomacy, diplomatic economy, trade, business, art and health). The high-level content of Diplomatic World is based on a full-time engagement and direct/constant contacts with European and international officials - from Ambassadors and Ministers to European Commissioners, Prime Ministers and national and EU Presidents – of Barbara Dietrich. Through the high-quality paper publication, followed and circulating intensively inside the Brussels bubble and in other diplomatic capitals, and through the further online dissemination of the editions published under the supervision of Ms Barbara Dietrich, Diplomatic World has a very wide reach and can claim the status of a key diplomatic-journalistic medium and very influential global think tank and opinion-maker.