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ELITE Day | Linking Excellence: The largest gathering of entrepreneurs, partners, and stakeholders from our global community.

Over the past seven years, ELITE has become a global community of 1700+ companies that spans 43 countries, 36 sectors and a common dream: providing companies with access to the capital, skills and networks needed to strengthen scalable, sustainable and economically impactful enterprises.

Following the success of the inaugural ELITE Day in Milan in 2018, the second edition was held in London, sitting both at the heart of the City and of global finance.

This edition of ELITE Day brought together over 500 advisers and companies. It highlights the need and benefit for ambitious private companies to have access to the know-how, network, and capital requirements they need to support their growth journeys.

We will continue to be inspired by their stories and explore how to best address their challenges in building resilient businesses for the long term.


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Luca Peyrano

Luca Peyrano is CEO of ELITE, a company of the London Stock Exchange Group whose mission is to support private and public companies connecting with capital using the digital technology. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Luca started with Borsa Italiana in 1999 with responsibility for companies admission to listing and then moved on to manage the SMEs markets offering until year 2007. Following the merger with the London Stock Exchange he was appointed Head of Continental Europe for Primary Markets, until when he took on his present position as CEO of ELITE in 2016. Luca serves as member of the Board of the Scale-up Institute in the UK and the Board of Trustees of OIV, the Valuation Standard setter in Italy.

Martin Wolf
Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times

Martin Wolf is Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 "for services to financial journalism". He was a member of the UK government's Independent Commission on Banking between June 2010 and September 2011.

He won the 33rd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012. He won the Overseas Press Club of America's prize for "best commentary on international news in any medium" for 2013.

His most recent publications are Why Globalization Works (Yale University Press, 2004), Fixing Global Finance(Washington D.C: Johns Hopkins University Press, and London: Yale University Press, 2008 and 2010) and The Shifts and The Shocks: What we've learned - and have still to learn - from the financial crisis (London and New York: Allen Lane, 2014). China Business News named Fixing Global Finance its "Financial Book of the Year" for 2009.

Luigi Buttiglione
Founder LB Macro

Luigi Buttiglione is the Founder of LB-Macro, a consultancy company. Previously, Luigi was Head of Global Strategy of Brevan Howard Asset Management, from March 2008 until December 2017, Head of Research at Fortress Investment Group (2007-2008), Chief Economist at Rubicon Fund Management LLP (2004-2007), Chief Strategist at BlueCrest Asset Management LLP (2003), Head of European and Global Economics at Barclays Capital Securities Limited (2001-2003) and Senior Economist at Deutsche Bank AG (2000-2001).

Luigi Buttiglione is author of several academic papers in monetary and international economics, the most recent of which is the 16th Geneva Report on the World Economy “Deleveraging, What Deleveraging?”, drafted in 2014 together with Philip Lane (currently Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland), Lucrezia Reichlin (Professor at the London Business School) and Vincent Reinhardt (former Head of Monetary Affairs at the US Federal Reserve).

Rupert Harrison
Managing Director BlackRock

Rupert Harrison, PhD, Managing Director, is a portfolio manager and Head of Research for the Diversified Strategies team within BlackRock's Multi-Asset Strategies (MAS). Within Diversified Strategies he is co-portfolio manager of Dynamic Diversified Growth (DDG) and lead portfolio manager of BGF Market Navigator and the Dynamic Allocation strategy.

His academic research has been published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Mr Harrison earned a BA (hons) degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University in 2001 and a PhD in Economics from University College London in 2007.

Francesca Bellettini
President and CEO Yves Saint Laurent

Francesca Bellettini began her career in London as an investment banker, working at Goldman Sachs International, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and Compass Partners International. In 1999, she joined the Business Planning and Development division of the Prada group, and later became Operations Manager for Helmut Lang.

In 2013, Francesca Bellettini became President and Chief Executive Officer of Yves Saint Laurent. She established a company culture fostering creativity, authenticity and evolution, driving the consistent dynamism of the Maison and ensuring an incredible sustained growth trajectory, built on solid foundations. Bellettini’s bold leadership fuelled Saint Laurent’s expansion and her approach to creative freedom, enabled Saint Laurent’s identity and its values of liberation, desire and sophistication, to emerge and push boundaries forward while remaining true to the principles the brand stands for.

Michael Hayman
Co-founder Seven Hills

Michael Hayman is an entrepreneur, broadcaster and author. He co-founded the campaigns firm Seven Hills & co-authored Mission (Penguin). He hosts the TV show The Capital Conversation on London Live and is an experienced event host. He has interviewed leaders from business, sports, politics and entertainment. He is a columnist for CityAM and capital markets columnist for the Yorkshire Post.

He is an Honorary Professor at the University of London and an Honorary Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Judge Business School. He is Chair of Entrepreneurs at the private bank Coutts and co-founded StartUp Britain. He was awarded an MBE for services to enterprise.

Tiffani Bova
Global, Customer Growth, and Innovation Evangelist Salesforce

Tiffani Bova is the global customer growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce, where as an industry thought leader, she watches overall market trends to uncover best practices on how to improve sales performance and enhance the overall customer experience.

Bova has extensive knowledge of go-to-market, sales and channel strategies. Prior to Salesforce, she spent 10 years at Gartner as a vice president, distinguished analyst and research fellow, covering sales transformation and indirect channel innovation. Over the past decade, she has worked with hundreds of technology companies to develop highly effective growth strategies and innovative go-to-market models. She won the Gartner Thought Leadership Award for her comprehensive body of work on the Future of Sales and has delivered more than 200 keynote presentations around the globe to over 250,000 people on sales transformation and business model innovation.

Cate Kemp
Head of UK, Ireland and Nordics (UKIN) SWIFT

Cate Kemp is Head of UK, Ireland and Nordics (UKIN) at SWIFT with responsibility for the company’s growth strategy in the region. Prior to SWIFT, Cate was Global Transaction Compliance Director and Deputy MD for Global Payments at Lloyds Banking Group – with over 25 years’ experience in delivering customer-centric payment, compliance and risk management services at the bank. Cate is on the Board of the London Women’s Forum and is a member of the Women in Payments group. Cate is also Chair of the Cornhill Club in the City of London and was previously a member of the Payment Systems Regulator Panel.

Alistair Lester
CEO, M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA Aon

As CEO of Aon M&A and Transaction Solutions in EMEA, Alistair is responsible for shaping the strategy for the business and working with the whole team on the execution of the strategy. As one of the earliest practitioners in the risk and insurance related M&A community in the late 1990’s, Alistair has been personally involved in hundreds of transactions. His experience in a range of non-M&A roles at a major global broker also provided him with deeper insight on how the industry operates. He is using these insights to support Aon clients to secure investments and enhance returns in Merger and Acquisitions.

Massimiliano Lagreca
Head of Capital Services and General Manager Club Deal Ltd ELITE

Massimiliano Lagreca Head of ELITE Capital Services, General Manager ELITE Club Deal ltd. Massimiliano joined Borsa Italiana in 2000, developing an extensive experience in business and financial due diligence for IPOs on the Italian Stock Exchange. He has been involved in M&A deals for the Group till the merger with the London Stock Exchange in 2007. Back in 2009 Massimiliano moved to the Equity Primary Markets team as responsible of the Italian Large Cap companies and Investment Vehicles. Massimiliano is currently Head of ELITE Capital Services and General Manager of ELITE Club Deal ltd, having responsibilities over the funding services and the private placement platform for the capital raising of ELITE companies.

Andre Wierzbicki
Executive Director 21 Aberdeen Standard Investments

Andre is COO and an Executive Director of 21ASI, a joint venture between ASI and 21 Invest SpA. Andre has 20 years of international experience in corporate finance, banking and law. He commenced his career as an M&A lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson in Sydney (now part of Linklaters).

From 2010-2013 Andre was the Founder and Executive Director of Burford Infrastructure Partners, focused on infrastructure assets and special opportunities following the financial crisis. More recently Andre worked in his own family office and as an entrepreneur in the life sciences and private wealth space in the UK. Andre was one of the founders of the medical research charity Crohn’s Colitis Cure in Australia, and is the founder of a new medical research charity based in Oxford, The Truelove Foundation.

Stuart Johnstone
Managing Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking, London & South East NatWest

Stuart runs the NatWest Corporate and Commercial banking business across the London and South East region. His team look after c 9,000 customers from small businesses through to FTSE 250 companies, providing them with the support that they need to succeed. Prior to his current role, Stuart was Head of Non-Personal Products, leading the design, pricing and marketing of product solutions covering customer needs in funding, working capital, liquidity and payments. Stuart has over 20 years of banking experience across a variety of roles. He started his career with NatWest, spent 10 years with first Rabobank International and then ABN AMRO, before re-joining RBS in 2007. Stuart is also a Non-Executive Director of the Business Growth Fund plc and Esme Loans Ltd and a Trustee of RBS Social & Community Capital.

Dr. Robert Barnes
Chartered FCSI, Global Head of Primary Markets and CEO Turquoise London Stock Exchange Group

Robert is Global Head of Primary Markets at London Stock Exchange Group and CEO of Turquoise, the European multilateral trading facility majority owned by LSEG in partnership with the user community. Prior to joining Turquoise LSEG in 2013, Robert worked at UBS for more than 19 years, including as Managing Director Equities and founding CEO of UBS MTF. His industry roles include serving 2004-2009 as Chairman of the Securities Trading Committee of the London Investment Banking Association. Robert holds a BA from Harvard, a PhD from Cambridge, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Lubna Qunash
Director in Corporate Private Equity Carlyle

Ms. Qunash focuses on investment opportunities for Carlyle Global Partners in European markets. Carlyle Global Partners seeks to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns over a longer timeframe than typical private equity funds. She has been with Carlyle for over 12 years and has invested across consumer and industrial sectors.

Prior to joining Carlyle, Ms. Qunash was a Manager at the Dubai Investment Group ("DIG"), where she focused on opportunities in the financial institutions sector. Ms. Qunash began her career at Atlas Investment Group. Ms. Qunash holds a M.B.A. and a Masters of International Trade and Investment Policy from George Washington University and a B.A. in finance from the University of Jordan. Ms. Qunash is a Fulbright Scholar and a CFA Charterholder.

Abdel Labbi
Distinguished Engineer and Department Head of Cognitive Computing & Industry Solutions IBM

Dr. Abdel Labbi is an IBM Distinguished Engineer and Department Head of Cognitive Computing & Industry Solutions at IBM Research. He is an expert in AI, big data analytics, scalable engineering and business optimization. He currently leads Global Research and Engineering teams which develop and deploy bleeding edge enterprise-grade distributed data and AI platforms. The innovative aspects of Abdel's work are demonstrated by the numerous patents, publications, and internal & external awards for his achievements. Abdel holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics fro the University of Grenoble - France, and an MBA from Henley College - UK. Prior to joining IBM in 2000, he was Associate Professor at the University of Geneva - Switzerland.

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