Keynote Speakers

Boris Johnson
Mayor of London

Boris Johnson has been Mayor of London since May 2008, when he received the largest personal mandate in British political history.
Few Londoners have entirely English descent, and Boris is no exception. Born in New York in 1964, he describes himself as a 'one man melting-pot', with French, Turkish, Russian and German ancestry.
Boris went to primary school in Camden and was subsequently educated at the European School in Brussels, Ashdown House and then at Eton College in Berkshire, where he went on a scholarship. He later read Classics at Balliol College, Oxford as a Brackenbury scholar. During his time at Oxford University he served as president of the Oxford Union.
Upon graduation he lasted a week as a management consultant before becoming a trainee reporter for The Times. After a short spell as a writer for the Wolverhampton Express and Star, he joined The Daily Telegraph in 1987 as leader and feature writer.
From 1989 to 1994 he was the Telegraph's European Community correspondent and from 1994 to 1999 he served as assistant editor. His association with The Spectator magazine began as political columnist in 1994. In 1999 he became editor of the Spectator, a post he held for six years before stepping down in December 2005. He has won several awards for journalism, both as editor and columnist.
Besides his work as a journalist, Boris has published several books, including 'Friends, Voters and Countrymen', an autobiographical account of his experience of the 2001 election campaign, a novel, 'Seventy-Two Virgins'. He has also produced a TV series on Roman History from his book of the same name, 'The Dream of Rome'. In 2011 he published 'Johnson’s Life of London', a celebration of some of the people who gave London its vibrancy and character, from Roman times to the present day.
In 2001 Boris was elected as the Conservative MP for Henley on Thames, replacing Michael Heseltine. He held shadow government posts as Vice Chairman, Shadow Minister for the Arts and Shadow Minister of Higher Education.
In July 2007, Boris announced he would seek the nomination for Conservative candidate for Mayor of London. He was duly selected as the candidate in an all London open primary that autumn, before being elected Mayor in May 2008, defeating Labour incumbent Ken Livingstone. Boris resigned as MP for Henley shortly after the 2008 election. He was re-elected for a second four year term as Mayor in May 2012.
Under his tenure crime in London has fallen 11%, the capital has seen record investment in transport and the city staged what are widely acknowledged to be the most successful Olympic and Paralympic Games ever.
In his first term he introduced a hugely popular cycle hire scheme and a new replacement for the 'Routemaster', the cleanest and greenest diesel hybrid in the world. He also oversaw the building of a record number of new affordable homes.

  • Boris has made jobs and growth his key focus during his second term, prioritising house building, investment in road and rail infrastructure, and support for financial services and the tech sector, as well as championing low and stable tax rates and the construction of a new multi runway hub airport to the east of London.
  • As well as being a passionate cyclist, Boris enjoys painting, and playing tennis. He and his wife Marina have four children and live in north London.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the founding members and present Chairperson of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Burma (Myanmar). She was elected as a Member of Parliament representing Kawhmu constituency in the by-elections of April 2012. She is also the Chairperson of the Pyithu Hluttaw’s Rule of Law and Tranquility Committee, and the Committees for the Reinvigoration of Rangoon General Hospital and Rangoon University.
In her political career, she has been a determined advocate for democracy, dignity and human rights for the people of Burma. She spent decades under house arrest until her release in 2010. For her non-violent campaign, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. Since then, she has received more than 130 awards and honors internationally, including the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought from the European Parliament (1991), the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding by the government of India (1993), the Companion of the Order of Australia (1996), and the United States Congressional Gold Medal (2008). The Lady continues to launch initiatives to establish the rule of law, promote national reconciliation and encourage constitutional reform. As a patron of non-profit organisations, she remains committed to supporting humanitarian causes and projects.

  • Daw Aung San Suu Kyi holds degrees from the University of Delhi, St. Hugh’s College (Oxford), and the University of London.

John Dineen
President and CEO, GE Healthcare

John Dineen is the President and CEO of GE Healthcare, a $18 Billion segment of General Electric Company and the first GE business headquartered outside of the United States. GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. With expertise in diagnostic imaging, healthcare IT, molecular diagnostics and life-sciences, GE Healthcare's broad range of products and services enable healthcare providers to better diagnose and treat cancer, heart disease, neurological diseases, and other conditions earlier. John was appointed to his current role in July 2008.
From 2005, John served as President and CEO of GE Transportation, a $4.5 billion global leader in the rail, mining, marine, drilling and wind industries.
John joined GE in 1986 as a telecommunications engineer in Rockville, Maryland. He has held a variety of leadership positions at GE, both in the U.S. and worldwide, including general manager of Plastics at GE Advanced Materials; general manager of the Power Equipment business in Plainville, Connecticut; general manager of the Meter business in Somersworth, New Hampshire; manager of finance for GE Asia in Hong Kong and President of GE Plastics Pacific. He also spent 5 years on the Corporate Audit Staff.

  • John is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he earned bachelor's degrees in Biological Sciences and Computer Science.

Simon Stevens

Simon Stevens is President of the Global Health division at UnitedHealth Group, which serves 89 million people in 127 nations, and manages over $150 billion of health care each year on behalf of families, governments, employers and care providers. As the company’s Executive Vice President, he also directs UnitedHealth's work on US health care modernization and technology-enabled care innovation. Simon was previously CEO of UnitedHealth’s $30 billion Medicare company, and before that ran hospitals and health services. He served as British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Health Adviser at 10 Downing Street and the UK Department of Health, and earlier in his career also worked in Africa and South America on economic development and health systems strengthening. Simon was educated at Oxford, Strathclyde and Columbia universities, and has been Visiting Professor at the London School of Economics.

  • He is a member of the board of directors of the Commonwealth Fund of New York, the Nuffield Trust in London, and of Brazil's largest hospital and health care company. In April 2014 he becomes CEO of NHS England.