Ms Margot Wallström began her political career in 1979 when she was elected to the Swedish parliament. She then served as Minister for Youth, Local Authorities and Consumer Affairs from 1988 to 1991, Minister of Culture from 1994 to 1996, and Minister of Social Affairs from 1996 to 1998.
Before taking up her appointment as EU Commissioner in 1999, she was Executive Vice-President of Worldview Global Media in Colombo, Sri Lanka. From 1999 to 2004, Ms Wallström served as the European Commissioner for the Environment. She then served as first Vice President of the European Commission from 2004 to 2010.
In 2007, Ms Wallström became Chair of the Ministerial Initiative of the Council for Women World Leaders. In 2010, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon appointed her the first Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict until 2012. She then served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden from 2014-2019.
Haiyan Wang is Managing Partner of the China India Institute, a research consultancy with a focus on creating winning global strategies that leverage the transformational rise of China and India. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Strategy at INSEAD. Ms. Wang serves as a regular columnist for BusinessWeek, a Contributing Editor for the Chief Executive magazine, and a regular blogger for Harvard Business Review.
She is the co-author of two highly acclaimed books: Getting China and India Right (which received the 2009 Axiom Book Awards’ Silver Prize as one of the world’s two best books on globalization/international business) and The Quest for Global Dominance. Her opinion pieces have appeared in top international media such as The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Chief Executive, The Economic Times, China Daily, The Times of India, as well as other outlets.
She has also been frequently interviewed by CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business, India Today, CNN Expansión, Shanghai Daily, and other prominent business media.
A highly sought-after speaker at major industry and corporate conferences, Ms. Wang has also spoken at TEDx, Economist, and other high profile conferences. A native of China, Ms. Wang has spent the last twenty years consulting for and managing multinational business operations in China and the United States in several different industry sectors. Haiyan serves regularly as a keynote speaker at major conferences and corporate forums in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.