Geopolitical Conference Curator

Simon Boinod from Sea Island Conference Center

Simon Jacot de Boinod, Founder, Forum, Event Curator

Simon founded Forum in London in 2010. Forum is a private members business club that started with the formalisation of his own business network.

The membership comprises the senior echelons of the financial community, business owners and principals & owners of family offices. Simon acts as a ‘facilitator’ introducing members to each other so that relationships may develop and business get written. The introduction strategy is underpinned by a full and varied social calendar of some forty events per annum, both business and social. Forum has chapters in New York City and Singapore. Next month, a further chapter on the West Coast will launch.

Prior to Forum, Simon has created and sold a number of UK businesses, mostly within the marketing and event sectors.

Geopolitical Conference Speakers

The speaker Olliver from Sea Island Conference Center

Oliver Cornock

Oliver Cornock joined Oxford Business Group in 2004 and was appointed Editor-in-Chief in December 2016. Additionally, Oliver writes a number of weekly columns on developing economies and appears as a specialist on BBC, CNN, CNBC and other television and radio stations. He is a regular guest on BBC World’s daily Newspaper Review.

His expertise lies in Middle Eastern affairs. Oliver has undertaken interviews with many prominent individuals, including an array of heads of states, ministers, Central Bankers and captains of industry. He is also a familiar face as a speaker and a well-respected chairman at conferences and events around the world.

In recent years Oliver has secured interviews with Ali Al-Naimi, former Saudi Arabian Minister of Petroleum & Mineral Resources; Amr Moussa, former Secretary general of the Arab League; the late Boutros-Boutros Ghali, former Secretary General of the UN; Maria Angela Holguin, Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs; HRH Duke of York; Richard Armitage, US Senator; the late Lee Kwan Yew, former Prime Minister of Singapore; and Donald Trump.

Daniel Feldman that spoke at Sea Island Conference Center

Ambassador Dan Feldman

Ambassador Feldman has a long history of distinguished government service and political involvement. He most recently served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan (SRAP) at the U.S. Department of State, where he was the highest-ranking official responsible for relations with those two countries, actively shaping the Obama Administration’s policies for the region.

Ambassador Feldman served in the SRAP office since its creation in 2009, originally as deputy to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and later as a Principal Advisor to Secretaries of State John Kerry and Hillary Rodham Clinton. For his service, Ambassador Feldman was awarded two of the State Department’s highest awards, the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award by Secretary Kerry in 2015, and the Secretary’s Distinguished Honor Award by Secretary Clinton in 2013.

Ambassador Feldman leverages his wealth of experience as a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in his practice on U.S. national security law, international regulatory compliance, and global public policy.

A photo of Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl

Jamie Metzl is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, novelist, blogger, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and expert in Asian affairs and biotechnology policy. He previously served on the Asia Society, the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the U.S. State Department, the National Security Council, and the United Nations in Cambodia.

Jamie appears regularly on national and international media discussing Asian economic and political issues and his syndicated columns and other writing on Asian affairs, genetics, virtual reality, and other topics, are featured regularly in publications around the world. Jamie is the author of Responses to Human Rights Abuses in Cambodia, 1975-80 and the novels The Depths of the Sea, Genesis Code, and most recently, Eternal Sonata.

Jamie holds a Ph.D. in Asian history from Oxford, a JD from Harvard Law School, and is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University.

Mark Thompson's photo from NYC

Mark Thompson

Thompson is the former Director-General of the British Broadcasting Company. Mark Thompson became president and chief executive officer of The New York Times Company in November, 2012. Since that time, he has directed the Companys strategy and presided over an expansion of its digital and global operations.

Previously, Mr. Thompson served as Director-General of the BBC, where he ensured that it remained a leading innovator with the launch of services like the BBC iPlayer. Mr. Thompson joined the BBC in 1979. He left for two years in 2002 to become CEO of Channel 4 Television in the U.K. before returning in 2004 as Director-General.

His book, Enough Said: Whats Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics? which is based on lectures he gave as a visiting professor at Oxford University, was published in the UK and US in September 2016.

Mark Thompson was educated at Stonyhurst College and Merton College, Oxford.

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