Cristina Casalinho, born in August 3, 1968 is an undergraduate in Economics by the Faculty of Economic Business Sciences of Universidade Católica Portuguesa and a MSc in Business by Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She is Chief Executive Officer of the Portuguese DMO since October 2014, prior to that from June 2012 she was Executive Director at the same institution. Previously she was chief economist at Banco BPI a position she held for nine years, after occupying several positions in BPI.
Jos Dijsselhof was appointed as Interim Chairman and CEO of Euronext on 5 May 2015, following the departure of Dominique Cerutti. He joined Euronext as Chief Operating Officer in 2014. Mr Dijsselhof joined from Australia and New Zealand Bank where he was General Manager Group Hubs based in Singapore. He was responsible for the offshore services for Banking Operations, Shared Services, Technology and Corporate Functions. Before that, in 2008, he joined The Royal Bank of Scotland (’RBS’) as Head Group Operations Asia Pacific and managed the integration of ABN AMRO into RBS. Mr. Dijsselhof began his career at ABN AMRO in 1993. At ABN AMRO, he has managed Derivatives, Options Operations and was appointed Regional Head of Markets Operations EMEA in 2000. Subsequently he was promoted to Global Head of Market Operations in 2003 and became the Regional Head of Operations Asia Pacific in 2005. Mr Dijsselhof studied Computer Science and Business Administration and graduated from INSEAD’s Advanced Management Program.
Mister Van Overtveldt is professor of Economics at University of Hasselt and, since 2014, Minister of Finance in Belgium. He started his career as a journalist. In addition, he worked for Bank Brussel Lambert, he was director of the Belgium-based think tank VKW Metena and has been editor in chief at Trends and Knack. In 2014 he was Member of the European Parliament for the N-VA and Vice-chairman of ECON commission. Mister Van Overtveldt is also a writer and his latest book, “A Giant Reborn”, is expected in July 2015.
Ali Velshi is the host of Al Jazeera America’s “Ali Velshi on Target”, a nightly, half-hour current affairs program which airs weeknights on Al Jazeera America at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT. Ali Velshi began his career as a local television news reporter in Canada. Moving into financial news in the 1990’s, he first hosted “Money Morning” and “Closing Bell” on Toronto’s CP24, and then became the host of Business News Network’s “The Business News”, Canada’s first prime time financial news hour. Velshi then moved to New York to join CNN. Based initially with CNN Financial Network, Velshi hosted various interactive shows, including Your Money, Business Unusual, Insights, Street Sweep (from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange) and The Money Gang (with NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan). Ali is the author of “Gimme My Money Back” (Sterling and Ross, 2008) and co-author with CNN’s Christine Romans of “How to Speak Money” (Wiley, 2010). Born in Nairobi and raised in Toronto, Velshi graduated from Queen’s University in Canada with a degree in Religion.