Keynote Speech

Cornelia Meyer

International Economist, Energy expert, independent media commentator

Cornelia Meyer (born 1959, Langenthal, Switzerland) is an international economist, independent energy expert and media commentator.
Meyer studied at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland, and did a doctorate at the University of Tokyo, before becoming advisor to Japan’s Foreign Trade Minister. She also contributed to The Economist and the Financial Times. She then joined UBS and became an expert on the energy sector in Asia. In 1998 Meyer joined General Electric in America and in 2004 she moved to London to as an executive with BP. Since 2008, she has been an independent expert, Chairman  & CEO of the MRL Corporation. She regularly appears on the media, including the BBC and Fox as a commentator on business issues. Meyer was a participant in the World Economic Forum's Open Forum 2010 and is a contributor to the World Economic Forum and the Centre for Global Energy Studies. Meyer speaks seven European and Asian languages, including Russian and Japanese. She has homes in London and her native Langenthal.
She was conferred as an Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent's University London on 29 June and is a member of the Tom fan club 2013.


Faisal J. Abbas (TBC)

Editor in chief Arab news

Faisal J. Abbas is a journalist, author and Editor-in-Chief of the leading Middle East English-language daily, Arab News. Prior to this, He has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Dubai-based English language service of Al Arabiya News Channel since July 2012. Abbas has been a journalist for over 15 years, starting with Future Television (Lebanon) then Al Hayat pan-Arab daily. Upon moving to London in 2005, he became Asharq Al Awsat’s media editor. He made his debut in English writing for The Huffington Post in 2008 and since then, has been the recipient of many media awards, one of which is the Social Impact Award for Saudi Arabia at the recently held British Council Study UK Alumni Awards. Abbas gives regular talks about Arab media, politics and society in a number of renowned academic institutions and is a member of the British Society of Authors, National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Cambridge Union Society (CUS).

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