The World Economic Forum USA is an independent non-profit organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging industry leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Incorporated as a non-profit business league, and based in New York, the World Economic Forum USA is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. It is the North American affiliate of the World Economic Forum, an international organization for public-private cooperation headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, under the supervision of the Swiss Federal Government.

The World Economic Forum USA’s New York office acts as the headquarters for various communities in the Centre for Global Industries, as well as for North America and Latin America activities.

World Economic Forum USA Leadership Team


Jim Hagemann Snabe, Chairman

Masters in Operational Research, Aarhus School of Business, Denmark

Former Co-CEO of SAP AG. Current: Foundation Board Member, Chairman of the Centre for Global Industries and Member of the Managing Board, Word Economic Forum; Member of the Supervisory Board for SAP SE, Siemens AG, Allianz SE, Danske Bank A/S and Bang & Olufsen A/S. Formerly: 1990-2002, Consulting Manager, SAP Denmark; Practice Leader, IBM Denmark; Managing Director, SAP Sweden; Regional Managing Director, Nordic region; 2002, Senior Vice-President and COO, Business Solution Group, SAP AG; 2006, Corporate Officer; Member of the Executive Council; 2008, Member of the Executive Board, SAP AG.

Jean-Pierre Rosso, Vice-Chairman

Diploma in Civil Engineering, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; MBA, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Began career in 1969 with Honeywell France; advanced from Finance and Administrative Manager to Director of Honeywell’s Africa business, and then Director of Sales Operations for Honeywell-Bull, France. In 1975, left Honeywell to become President and CEO of Rossignol Ski Company. Returned to Honeywell in 1981; 1981-82, Vice-President, Business Development and Operations, Honeywell Europe; 1983-84, Vice-President and General Manager, Honeywell Medical Electronics Division; 1985-86, Group Vice-President, Information Systems International; 1987-91, President, Honeywell Europe; 1992-94, President, Worldwide Home and Building Control Business, Honeywell. In 1994, joined Case Corporation as President and CEO; 1996, elected Chairman; 1999, appointed Chairman and CEO when Case Corporation and New Holland merged to become CNH; 1994-2000, CEO, Case Corporation and CNH; 1996-2004, Chairman of the Board.

Sarita Nayyar, Managing Director

BA (Hons) in Economics, St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi, India; Master’s in Management, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, India; MBA (Distinction), University of Michigan, USA

Chief Operating Officer, Centre for Global Industries, which is the foremost multi-stakeholder platform for shaping the future of industries in a strategic and socially responsible way. The Centre engages Industry Partners across 23 industry sectors to bring insight to strategic decision-making on the most important industry and cross-industry issues. Chief Operating Officer, World Economic Forum USA, responsible for operations, finance, accounting, human resources and legal. Lead the Global Challenge on Food Security and Agriculture initiative. Member of the Board of Advisors, Freedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University. Previously: Head of Consumer Industry overseeing global partnerships with companies in consumer industries. 1987-2007 Kraft Foods. Senior Vice-President and General Manager of a $1.6 billion business unit and various senior business and marketing, innovation and new product development roles. 1981-1984 Tata Exports, India. Marketing Manager. Member of the Board, ASCENT, a national non-profit organization for professional development and career advancement of multicultural women. Member of the Board, Forte Foundation, a consortium of top business schools and leading companies working to increase women business leaders.

John Moavenzadeh, Senior Director, Head of Mobility Industries

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, USA; MSE in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan, USA; Masters in Public Policy, Harvard University, USA

Since 1997, licensed professional engineer, USA; 1990-1994, Product Design Engineer, Ford Motor Company; 1996-1999, Associate, Booz Allen & Hamilton; 1999-2003, Director, World Economic Forum; 2003-2006, Executive Director, MIT International Motor Vehicle Program; Since 2007, current position, responsible for strategy and programme development for the transportation industries.

Marisol Argueta, Head of Latin America

Lawyer and Career Ambassador: JD, Universidad Dr. José Matías Delgado, El Salvador; Postgraduate Degree in Diplomatic Studies, University of Oxford, UK (Distinction); Specialized Studies in Humanitarian Law, New York University, USA; Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard University, USA; Negotiations, Conflict Resolution and Development, International Peace Academy

Formerly: Vice-President of Interpublix; Minister of Foreign Relations of El Salvador; Alternate Representative of El Salvador to the United Nations, New York; Minister Counsellor, Embassy of El Salvador in Washington DC; General Director of Foreign Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs; Senior Adviser to Foreign Minister and National Summits Coordinator; Assistant Professor of Constitutional Law and Political Law; lecturer and author of articles on international affairs and regional integration; recipient of national awards from Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Peru and Spain, and of recognitions by academic and business institutions.

Giancarlo Bruno, Head of Financial Services Industry

MSc (Hons) in Economics and Business Management, Università Commerciale L Bocconi, Italy; Master’s in International Management, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria; Senior Fellow, Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School, USA; Global MA, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA

1995, Researcher, Mobilisation and Management of Financial Resources Division, UN Industrial Development Organization, Vienna; 1996, Corporate Finance, Creditanstalt-Bankverein, Milan, Vienna and London; 1998, Financial Engineering, Banque Indosuez, Luxembourg; 2000, Attaché de Direction, Crédit Agricole Indosuez, Geneva; Since 2003, with World Economic Forum, Geneva and New York. Memberships: European Advisory Board, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; Member, Advisory Committee, Italia Futura; Honorary Fellow, Foreign Policy Association.

Lisa Dreier, Head Of Food Security And Development Initiatives

Masters in Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Masters in Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Bachelor of Arts, Bowdoin College, USA; Exchange Student, Pontifica Universidad Catolica del Ecuador

1992-97, Senior Development Officer, Environmental Defense Fund; 1998-2002, independent consultant for international development agencies and NGOs in USA, Asia and Latin America; 1990-2002 (periodically), freelance journalist, USA and Asia; 2002-2005, Associate Director, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and Task Force Manager, UN Millennium Project (concurrent positions); 2005-2007, Associate Director, Public-Private Partnerships, World Economic Forum; Since 2007, current position. Expertise in sustainable development, public-private partnerships and business solutions to poverty and hunger.

Michael Drexler, Head of Investor Industries

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Applied Mathematics, Stanford University, USA; Doctorate in Mathematics (Non-Linear Systems), University of Oxford, UK; MSc in Electronic Engineering, Technical University at Munich, Germany

Since 2011, Head of Investors Industry (Private Equity, Venture Capital, Hedge Funds, Institutional Investors and Sovereign Wealth Funds), World Economic Forum; 2009-2011, part-time Senior Advisor, Financial Services Industries, World Economic Forum; 2002-2011 at Barclays Capital in various positions, including Managing Director and Global Head of Strategy for Corporate/Investment/Private Banking, Global Head of Financial Decision Support, Chief of Staff to Chairman of Barclays plc, Director in Principal Investments; 1998-2002, Management Consultant at McKinsey, London.

Nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010; Deputy Chairman of the Magdalen Society, Oxford; Member of the Global/Industry Agenda Councils on Capital/Investment Flows and Banking & Capital Markets from 2008-2011.

Zara Ingilizian, Head of Consumer Industries

Bachelor of Science, Marketing and Finance, New York University; Chicago Management Institute, University of Chicago.

Expertise in marketing and general management across classical consumer goods, lifestyle, and luxury sectors. Began career in 1989 with Kraft Foods with roles of increasing responsibility across multiple functions (finance, sales, and marketing) and business categories (beverages, cereal, desserts, and snacks); last role at Kraft was Vice President of the $2 Billion Cookie category featuring iconic brands such as Oreo, Chips Ahoy and Fig Newtons. Joined Diageo in 2011 as Senior Vice President leading a multi-billion dollar portfolios comprised of categories such as Vodka, Rum, and Whiskey portfolios; leading brands included Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, and Captain Morgan. In 2014, co-founded a tech start-up in country of birth, Armenia, to promote economic development. Recognized as one of “Top 50 women in brand marketing”. Member of the Board, Armenia Fund USA.

Alan Marcus, Head of IT and Telecom Industries

BA/BS in Computer Science/Computer Engineering, Rutgers University, USA; Graduate Degree in Telecommunications Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA; ongoing executive education, Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business

1987-1990, various analyst positions with US government contractors; 1990-1993, various engineering positions with 3Com Inc, and Novell Inc, California; 1993-2005, various positions with Cisco Systems Inc., including Senior Director for Product and Technology Marketing (California and Belgium), Managing Director of Enterprise Markets, Asia-Pacific (Singapore), Director of Enterprise Marketing (California) and Senior Manager of Engineering (California); 2005-2007, Chief Marketing Officer, Symbol Technologies Inc., New York; Since May 2008, current position.

Paul Smyke, Senior Advisor to the Chairman

BA in Speech Communication, Macalester College, USA; MA in International Relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, USA

Experience in higher education, research in Hawaii and on several political campaigns; Since 1987, with World Economic Forum: Member of the Executive Board, various functional and geographic responsibilities; since 1998, Senior Adviser to Managing Board, overseeing ties with private and public sectors in the US and general institutional outreach; on-air commentator for Swiss TV on US current affairs; 2000-06, Senior Adviser, Swiss House for Advanced Research and Education.

Matthew Blake, Head of Banking and Capital Markets Industries

Maha Eltobgy, Head of Private Investors Industries

Silvia Von Gunten, Head of Business Engagement, North America

Danil Kerimi, Head of InformationTechnology and Electronics Industries

Abel Lee, Head of Insurance and Asset Management Industries

Annie Luo, Head of Media, Entertainment and Information Industries

Richard McGlone, Head of Strategic Partnership

Han Yik, Head of Institutional Investors

Alex Mitchell, Head of Automotive Industry

Derek O’Halloran, Head of Digital Economy and Society

Tiffany West, Head of Strategy and Business Development

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