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Lord Norman Lamont (Former Chancellor of the Exchequer)

Lord Norman Lamont

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer

Lord Norman Lamont is the former Chancellor of the Exchequer under John Major from 1990 to 1993 and is a keynote speaker on the economy, Brexit and the current political climate.

For 25 years, Lord Lamont was a member of the House of Commons, and besides being Chancellor, he was also a member of Mrs. Thatchers Cabinet.

Appointed a member of the House of Lords in 1998 he is a member of the Economic Affairs Committee.

Lord Lamont was Britain’s Chief Negotiator at the Maastricht Treaty and negotiated Britain’s non-membership of the euro, of which he remains a strong opponent and critic.

In 2008, David Cameron asked Lord Lamont with other former Chancellors to be part of a team to advise him on Britain’s financial problems.

An active member of the Leave Campaign during the Referendum, it has been often said he gave Brexit its credibility when in 1994 he said that one day Britain might be forced to consider it.

He is currently the Chairman of the British Iranian Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Advisory Board of the Iran Heritage Foundation, a body promoting Iranian culture and art. In 2016, he was the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iran.

He has a degree in Economics from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and was President of the Cambridge Union.

Sam Myers (Her Majesty's Deputy Trade Commissioner)

Sam Myers

Her Majesty's Deputy Trade Commissioner

Sam joined the UK’s Department for International Trade in April 2019, where he is responsible for the trade and investment relationship between Southeast Asia and the UK. He is based in Singapore and leads a team of 90 staff across ASEAN working in British Embassies and High Commissions to support UK businesses. Before joining DIT, Sam worked for the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, where he was head of UK Science Policy and Relations. Sam’s Civil Service career began in 2001 as a graduate FastStreamer in the Department for Trade and Industry, where he ran a Minister’s Private Office before becoming the Head of External Relations. He spent 6 years in Asia with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, boosting science and technology partnerships with Southeast Asia and China. Sam’s structural biology research at Mount Sinai, New York, was published in the journal Science and he has a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Bath.

David Marsh (Chairman at OMFIF)

David Marsh

Chairman at OMFIF

Before starting at OMFIF in late 2009, he worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique Hawkpoint, German management consultancy Droege and London investment firm London & Oxford. Marsh took over the chairmanship from John Plender on 1 January 2018 having been Managing Director since 2014. He moved to a non-executive role following John Orchard’s appointment as Chief Executive effective 1 January 2020.

Marsh is a Board Member of Henderson Eurotrust and the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany, and visiting Professor at Sheffield University and King’s College London. He is former co-founder, chairman and deputy chairman of the German-British Forum. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and was awarded the German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2003.

He started his career at Reuters in 1973 having graduated with a BA in chemistry from The Queen’s College Oxford. Between 1978 and 1995 he worked for the Financial Times in France and Germany, latterly as European Editor in London.

Maximillian G. Lin (EM Asia Strategy at NatWest Markets)

Maximillian G. Lin

EM Asia Strategy at NatWest Markets

Max is a Strategist based in Singapore with coverage responsibility for EM Asian currencies and interest rates. In this capacity, he works in collaboration with the global sales and trading desks to develop market insights, trade ideas and analytical models to assist clients with macroeconomic investment decisions.

Prior to joining NatWest Markets, Max was a Strategist at UBS Investment Bank focusing on thematic macroeconomic research in Asian currencies and rates. He began his career in investment banking at Lehman Brothers and later joined The Gores Group, a U.S. private equity firm.

David Mann (Global Chief Economist at Standard Chartered Bank)

David Mann

Global Chief Economist at Standard Chartered Bank

David is responsible for Standard Chartered’s global economic research, based in Singapore. He leads a team of
economists based in 12 locations, including China, Hong Kong, Korea, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Dubai, the UK and
the US. David was previously Chief Economist for Asia at Standard Chartered and before that was based in New York,
responsible for Americas research coverage and providing clients with the Bank’s views on Asia in the US time zone.
Prior to his time in New York, David was a founding member of the FX strategy research team based in London (2000-
05) and Hong Kong (2005-09) with Standard Chartered.

David has macroeconomic and FX expertise in Asia and the G7. In 2001 he was awarded the Rybczynski Young
Economist Prize for his work on the Malaysian Ringgit Barometer. David appears regularly on BBC World, CNBC and
Bloomberg Television. He was formerly a member of the British Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Business Policy
Unit Committee. He holds a BSc in economics from the University of Warwick and an MSc in finance from the
University of London (Birkbeck College).

Rob Carnell (Chief Economist and Head of Research for Asia Pacific at ING Bank)

Rob Carnell

Chief Economist and Head of Research for Asia Pacific at ING Bank

Robert Carnell is Regional Head of Research, Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore. For the previous 13 years, he was Chief International Economist in London and has also worked for Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Schroder Investment Management, and the UK Government Economic Service in a career spanning more than 25 years.

Robert has a Masters degree in Economics from McMaster University, Canada, and a first-class honours degree from Salford University.

Li Cui (Chief Economist and Head of Research at China Construction Bank International)

Li Cui

Chief Economist and Head of Research at China Construction Bank International

Based in Hong Kong. She was formerly a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where she led the bank’s macroeconomic research on China. Prior to that, she was the Chief China Economist at the Royal Bank of Scotland. She spent two years at Hong Kong Monetary Authority as a Division Head, overseeing policy cooperation between Mainland China and Hong Kong and offshore RMB market development. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2008, she was a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund based in Washington DC, responsible for economic analysis and policy advice for various countries including China, Australia, and transitional economies.

Li has written many articles on the Chinese and the international economy, and participates frequently in economic and policy discussions. She holds a B.A. from People’s University of China and M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Northwestern University.