Mark Elborne, President & CEO, GE UK & Ireland
GE has over 19,000 employees in the UK and Ireland, with 60 major sites, of which more than 40 engage in R&D, manufacturing and servicing high technology products in the energy, aviation, defence, healthcare, industrial sensing, oil & gas and transportation sectors.www.ge.com/uk
The Global Headquarters of GE Healthcare and EMEA Regional Headquarters of GE Capital, GECAS, and GE Oil & Gas are also in the UK and Ireland.
Mark joined GE in 2004 as a Vice President and was appointed Executive Vice President and General Counsel of GE Insurance Solutions (ERC), based in Kansas City, MO.
In 2006, Mark moved to Brussels as Vice President and General Counsel, Europe and European Regulatory Affairs, GE International.
Mark graduated with Honours in History & Politics from Exeter University in 1979 and attended the College of Law in London (1979-81). He qualified as a solicitor in 1983. Mark was admitted to the Missouri Bar in September 2004.
Mark is 53, and is married with five children. He lives in the UK.
Alastair Lukies, CEO & Co-Founder, Monitise
Alastair founded Monitise in 2003. Two years later, Monitise was recognised as a ‘Technology Pioneer’ by the World Economic Forum and in June 2007 Alastair led the company’s demerger from Morse and listing on the LSE's AIM market.www.monitisegroup.com
Monitise is a technology company delivering mobile banking, payments and commerce networks worldwide with the proven technology and expertise to enable financial institutions and other service providers to offer a wide range of services to their customers in developed and emerging markets.
With live services in the UK, the US, India and Africa, the company is working with international partners to extend trusted and secure mobile banking, payment and commerce services in territories worldwide, including Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Monitise has a global alliance agreement with Visa Inc. and a strategic partnership with Visa Europe. Other leading partners and clients include FIS, RBS, NatWest, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, First Direct, U.S. Bank, Ulster Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Vocalink, Vodafone, Orange, O2, T-Mobile, 3 UK, Research In Motion, Best Buy Europe, The Carphone Warehouse, First Eastern, Astra, JETCO and PCCW mobile.
Monitise was recently named one of the UK’s fastest growing technology businesses in the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 and Alastair was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2011 Growing Business Awards.
Alastair’s focus, in leading the business, is on creating the platform and partnerships required to evolve the mobile phone into the ‘secure remote control to money - for everyone’
He is a passionate believer in the potential of mobile banking and payments to deliver long term benefits to the developing world and believes that Monitise will allow greater access to financial services globally. This can only be achieved by combining the unprecedented reach of the mobile phone with the existing banking and payments infrastructure that is run by financial institutions and governed under regulatory guidelines in each territory.
Prior to conceiving, financing and building Monitise, Alastair was a co-founder of epolitix.com, the network portal for Westminster, Whitehall and the devolved institutions.
Alastair’s first business venture was the formation of a sports event and conference company in Malaysia. This followed an earlier career in professional rugby, playing at both club and international level.
Allyson Stewart-Allen, MD International Marketing Partners
Allyson Stewart-Allen is a Californian who's been based in Europe for over 20 years, Allyson applies her fluency in French and German, extensive consulting experience and MBA education with Dr. Peter Drucker to the company she founded, International Marketing Partners.www.intermarketingonline.com
Following her employment with blue-chip consulting firms Price Waterhouse, PA Consulting Group and Hay Management Consultants, Allyson now advises executives and boards of directors in the professional services (legal, property, financial and retail), food & drink, travel, consumer goods and industrial sectors to name a few.
Her work with clients enables them to lead and manage across cultures, achieve their marketing and business development strategies through successful strategic alliances/joint ventures, organic growth and/or acquisitions.
She is co-author of Working with Americans (Prentice Hall), a business manual exclusively about the US business culture, which helps professionals improve their relationships with and profits from American business partners, bosses and colleagues. Notably, Working with Americans was the first ‘business’ book to feature at the Hay-on-Wye literary festival.
Allyson is also a contributing author in the latest edition of The FT Handbook of Management, Win New Business, as well as authoring Marketing in the USA (2nd edition, © 2009) for the British Government’s Department UK Trade & Investment.
Having recognised the need for international brands to better align their global and local marketing practices, Allyson Stewart-Allen created the BrandBarometer™ powered by Seattle-based GMI (Global Market Insite), which surveyed a worldwide panel of over 17,000 consumers across 17 countries on their perceptions and direct experiences of the world’s most recognised brands.
She was awarded EFMD’s Excellence in Practice Award 2009 for her work as a Programme Director at London Business School, which role she also holds at Said Business School at Oxford University. Allyson is also a member of the European faculty of the Centre for Creative Leadership, Forum Corporation and Blessing White. She was appointed a Faculty member of the Marketing Academy and an active Member of the Marketing Society, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Fellow of the British American Project, member of the American Marketing Association, Institute of Directors, International Women’s Forum and serving on the Senior Advisory Boards of the Institute for Leadership Studies at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and the New York-based Business for Diplomatic Action. She also serves as a judge of the US-based The Stevies® International Business Awards and the UK’s Women in Marketing Awards.
Allyson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business from the Marshall School at the University of Southern California, as well as an MBA from Claremont Graduate University under the direct tutelage of Dr. Peter Drucker. Allyson has been based in London since 1988 and is a British and US citizen, originally from Los Angeles, California.
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