Rosa Abrantes-Metz

Managing Director, Global Economics Group and Adjunct Professor, NYU Stern School of Business, New York

Professor Dr. Rosa M. Abrantes-Metz is a managing director in the antitrust, securities and financial regulation practices of Global Economics Group based in New York, and an adjunct professor at Stern School of Business, New York University. She is also a senior economic advisor to the World Bank and a former economist at the US Federal Trade Commission.
She is widely regarded as a leading economist in the development and implementation of screens for conspiracies, manipulations and fraud, and has authored many articles and book chapters on this topic. Her work has flagged the possibility such illegal behavior in Libor, Euribor, Tibor, Foreign Exchange, ISDAfix, Gold, Silver, Platinum, Palladium, US Treasuries, oil and natural gas, among others. She has advised antitrust agencies and financial and commodities regulators around the world on benchmark reform, screens and other topics. She has also provided testimony in several of these cases, namely on behalf of the US Government.
Her work is regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Economist, CNBC, Bloomberg, among media outlets.

Joaquim Nunes de Almeida

Director, DG GROW, European Commission

Born 1965; Education Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon – 1983/1988, College of Europe, Bruges – 1988/1989; 1989-1994 – lawyer admitted to the Bar of Lisbon, Portugal. Qualified as lawyer in Lisbon (1990-1992); January 1995-January 1998 – desk public procurement at Directorate-General XV; January 1998- August 1999 – assistant (policy) to Director-General of the Internal Market; August 1999-April 2004 – member of cabinet of Commissioner for Justice and Home Affairs; April 2004 – November 2008 – Head of Unit "Fight Against terrorism and law enforcement cooperation"; November 2008- April 2013 – Head of Unit "Police cooperation and access to information"; since April 2013 – Director “Public procurement”/”Single Market for Public Administrations”.

David Andersen

Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP,Brussels


Dave Anderson is a partner in Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP's Antitrust & Competition Law team and is the Managing Partner of its Brussels office. Dave has practiced in London and Brussels in the EU and international competition law field for nearly 20 years. His practice focuses on EU and international merger, cartel and abuse of dominance cases. He also advises on EU regulatory law, transport law and on communications and public affairs strategies.  Dave has also served as a non-governmental adviser to the European Commission on the work of the International Competition Network since 2003.

Luís Pais Antunes

President of the Association of Portuguese Competition Lawyers, Portugal

President of the Sports Arbitration Court, since June, 2015. Member of the Editorial Review Board of Oxford Competition Law. Member of the Arbitral College as Presiding Arbiter for mandatory arbitration and necessary arbitration under the Labour Code since 2009. Secretary of State, Ministry for Economic Activities and Labour, 2004-2005, Portuguese Government. Secretary of State, Ministry for Social Security and Labour, 2002-2004. Member of the Portuguese Parliament and vice-president of the European Affairs Committee, 2005-2009. President of the Permanent Commission of the Best Trade Practices Code 1997-2002 and 2009-2011. Legal Secretary (Référendaire) to the President of the Court of First Instance of the European Communities, 1989-1994. Director General of Competition and Prices, Ministry of Economy, Portugal, 1994-1996. Member of the Economic and Social Council, Portugal, 1994-1996. Member of the OECD’s Committee on Competition Law and Policy, 1994-1996

Gilvandro Vasconcelos Coelho de Araújo

 Commissioner, Administrative Council for Economic Defence, Brazil

Gilvandro Araújo is a Federal Attorney and Commissioner of the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense – CADE (since January 2014). He has previously worked as CADE’s Attorney General (2010-2014). Both offices were appointed by the Minister of Justice and commissioned by the President of the Republic after Senate approval.

He holds a bachelor degree in Law by the Catholic University of Pernambuco (1998), has a Diplôme d´Etudes Approfondies (DEA Droit Public Général) by the University of Montpellier I (2000), is graduated in Competition Policy by Getúlio Vargas Foundation in Brasília (2009) and is currently a PhD candidate in Law at the University Panthéon Assas - Paris II.

Nuno Rocha de Carvalho

 Member of the Board of the Portuguese Competition Authority

Nuno Rocha de Carvalho is currently a Member of the Board of the Portuguese Competition Authority (PCA), having taken office on September 16, 2013.

Previously, he was Head of the Legal Services at Sagestamo - Sociedade Gestora de Participações Sociais Imobiliárias, S.A., a state-owned company which manages the real estate portfolio of the Portuguese State (2008-2013) as well as having practiced Law at the firm Uría Menéndez, in Lisbon and Madrid (2002-2008), following his legal traineeship at the law practice of José Maria Calheiros e Associados(2000-2002).

He has a Law Degree from the University of Lisbon (2000), and was born in Lisbon on May 13, 1977.

John Davies

Head, Competition Division, OECD

Head of Competition Division OECD since 2011. Chief Executive Competition Commission of Mauritius (2009-2011). Chief Economist Competition Commission (2003-2008). ManagerFrontier Economics (1999-2003). Senior Consultant London Economics (1998-1999) Consulting economist Coopers & Lybrand (1994 – 1998).

University of Oxford M. Phil, Economics, University of Cambridge BA, Economics.

António Ferreira Gomes

President of the Portuguese Competition Authority

António Ferreira Gomes is President of the Portuguese Competition Authority, having taken office on September 16, 2013.

Previously, he was a Senior Competition Expert at the OECD, in Paris (2013), Director of the Merger Department of the PCA (2007-2013), Senior Economist at the PCA (2005-2007), Acting Director of the Undergraduate Degree in Economics at the University of Aveiro (2004), as well as its Deputy Director (2001-2005), Assistant to the Department of Economics, Management and Industrial Engineering of the University of Aveiro (1999-2005) and Graduate Teaching Assistant(Teaching Fellow) in the Economics Department of the University of York (1997-1998).

He has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Coimbra (1995), an MSc. in Economics from the University of York(1997), a Masters in Economics from the Nova University of Lisbon(1998) and a PhD in Economics from the University of York (2005).

Frédéric Jenny

Chairman of the OECD’s Competition Law and Policy Committee and Professor of Economics at ESSES Business School, Paris

Dr Frédéric Jenny is  Professor of Economics at ESSEC Business School in Paris, Judge at the Supreme Court of France (Cour de Cassation), Chairman of the OECD Competition Law and Policy Committee. Dr Frédéric Jenny studied in France and the United States and holds a Doctorat en sciences Economiques (University of Paris) and a Ph.D in economics ( Harvard University). He has written extensively on Industrial Organization, Competition law, Trade and Economic Development.

Nelson Osman Jeque

Adviser, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Mozambique

Member of the Mozambique Bar Association. Law Degree at Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) Faculty of Law. Master in Legal-economic Sciences, UEM Faculty of Law in partnership with the Lisbon Classic Faculty of Law, 2008. College Professor at UEM Faculty of Law and at Mozambican Polytechnic and University Institute (ISPU). Consultant for the World Bank. Bank of Mozambique, 2007. Legal Advisor for ProCredit Bank, 2004. Author of several research articles. Participation in the elaboration of legislatives projects.

Eduardo Prieto Kessler

Competition Director, National Commission for Markets and Competition, Spain

EDUARDO PRIETO KESSLER is Director at the Competition Direction in the newly created Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) in Spain.

He holds a law degree by the University Complutense of Madrid and belongs to the Spanish administration body of Economists of the State, a public administration body specialized in economics.

After a period at the Spanish Embassy in Seoul, as Commercial Attaché- he served as Deputy Director General for Restrictive Practices at the NCA between 1999 and 2004. In 2004 he moved to the private sector, working as Senior Consultant for the American economics consultancy company NERA, where during 4 years he advised companies on competition matters. He then turned back to the Spanish economic administration in 2009 where he was posted as Economic and Trade Counsellor at Spanish Embassy in Bucharest. After a year working as advisor to the Director of Investigation at the CNC (Comisión Nacional de Competencia), he was appointed Director of the Competition Direction in October 2013.

Kinavuidi Kiako

Director, Institute of Prices and Competition, Ministry of Finance, Angola

Born in Maquela do Zombo,Uíge, Angola, on January 14, 1960. Lives in Luanda. Kinavuidi Kiako has a degree in Economics, and a major in Accounting and Finance, of the Agostinho Neto University. He is specialized in Development Economics, after a major in Italy. He is currently a Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Finance of Angola, acting as Director. He was Head of Prices Department, at the former Office of Prices and Competition.

John Kirkpatrick

Senior Director, Research, Intelligence and Advocacy, Competition and Markets Authority, UK

John Kirkpatrick is Senior Director, Research, Intelligence and Advocacy at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  Prior to the CMA’s formation he was Director of Policy and CMA Transition Lead at the Competition Commission (CC), having previous served as an Inquiry Director at the CC and Director of Studies & Policy at the Audit Commission.  His early career was with McKinsey & Co and the Department for Education and Employment.


William Kovacic

Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy at George Washington University Law School, Washington, D.C., and Non-Executive Director of the Board, Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), UK

Before joining the Law School in 1999, Professor Kovacic was the George Mason University Foundation Professor at the George Mason University School of Law. From January 2006 to October 2011, he was a member of the Federal Trade Commission and chaired the agency from March 2008 to March 2009. He was the FTC’s General Counsel from June 2001 to December 2004.  Since August 2013, Professor Kovacic has served as a Non-Executive Director with the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority. From January 2009 to September 2011, he was Vice-Chair for Outreach for the International Competition Network. He has advised many countries and international organizations on antitrust, consumer protection, government contracts, and the design of regulatory institutions.

Bruno Lasserre

President, Autorité de la concurrence, France

Bruno Lasserre is a member of the Conseil d’État, the French supreme administrative court, which he joined in 1978 after graduating from École Nationale d’Administration (ENA), the French national school for civil service. Between 1989 and 1997, he served as Director for Regulatory Affairs, and then Director General for Posts and Telecommunications at the French Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications. He returned to the Conseil d’État in 1998, where he chaired the 1st Chamber for three years, before becoming Deputy Chairman for all litigation activities, between 2002 and 2004.  After serving as Member of the board of the Conseil de la concurrence (1998-2004), he was appointed President in July 2004.

He is also an Officer of the French Légion d’honneur and a Commander of the French Ordre national du Mérite.

Helena Abreu Lopes

Judge, Court of Auditors, Portugal

Counsellor Judge to the Portuguese Court of Auditors.
Court of Auditors' representative in working groups on control of public procurement in the context of international organizations Audit Courts.
Degree in law and a diploma of the High Direction Course in Public Administration.
Author of several works in the fields of management and public administration.

Guillaume Loriot

Director, DG COMP, European Commission

Guillaume Loriot has been the Director for "Information, Communication and Media" at the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission since 1 November 2014. In this position, he is in charge of competition enforcement through Antitrust, Merger and State aid control in digital, media and telecom markets, and of the Task force conducting the e-commerce sector inquiry. Prior to that, Guillaume was the Deputy Head of Cabinet of Vice President Joaquin Almunia, EU Commissioner for Competition Policy, between 2010 and 2014. Before joining DG Competition in 2002, Guillaume Loriot worked in a Brussel's law firm on competition matters and subsequently as a referendaire with the EU General Court.

Mark MacGann

Head of Public Policy EMEA, Uber, Amsterdam

Mark MacGann has worked for more than 20 years devising and leading multi-jurisdictional political campaigns, and building and leading public affairs and corporate communications teams globaly in the technology, telecom and financial markets sectors. Main corporate roles include – Senior Vice President, Head of Government Affairs & Public Advocacy, Member of the European Management Team, NYSE Euronext; CEO Brussels & Belgium, and Head of Public Affairs, EMEA, Weber Shandwick; Director General, DIGITALEUROPE (main European industry association for telecom, technology and consumer digital), Associate Partner, Brunswick (M&A and corporate communications); Vice President, Global Head of Strategic Affairs, Alcatel.

Guilherme d’Oliveira Martins

President of the Court of Auditors, Portugal

President of the Portuguese Court of Auditors; Chairman of the Council for Prevention of Corruption; Chairman of the Centro Nacional de Cultura. President of the European Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions – EUROSAI, 2011-2014; Minister of the Presidency, 2000-02; Minister of Finance, 2001-02; Minister of Education,1999-2000; Secretary of State for Educational Administration, 1995-99; Member of Parliament (7 Legislatures); Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the Socialist Party (PS), 2002-05; Vice-President of the UNESCO National Commission, 1988-94; President of SEATS, 1985-95; Secretary General of the Portuguese European Cultural Foundation Committee; Member of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

Maria João Melicias

Member of the Board of the Portuguese Competition Authority

Maria João Melícias was appointed member of the Board of the AdC on 12 May 2014, having previously been a Legal Secretary at the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ), in Luxembourg.

Prior to joining the ECJ, Maria João Melícias was a Senior Associate lawyer of the EU and Competition law practice of PLMJ, in Lisbon, the law firm where she had also trained..

She holds a degree from the Universidade de Lisboa, Faculty of Law, as well as a Master’s (LL.M) in Trade Regulation from New York University, a Master’s (MA) in EU Competition Law from King’s College London and a postgraduate diploma in Competition Law, also from King’s College.

She was awarded the Franz T. Diersen Prize at New York University, for distinction in her LL.M programme, having also been a research assistant at that university.

Amilcar Aristides Monteiro

Director General for Industry and Trade, Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Business Development, Cabo Verde

The professional career of Amilcar Aristides Monteiro has been marked by the progressive assumption of executive functions as a micro entrepreneur, departmental director and CEO of Sotavento Chamber of Commerce, in Cabo Verde. He currently heads the government department responsible for trade and industrial policy. Monteiro graduated by the Federal University of Viçosa in Brazil in 2001 and completed a Masters in Information Technology and Management at Bridgewater State University in the United States, in 2011.

Teresa Moreira

Director-General for Consumer, Portugal

Director-General for Consumer Affairs since 2010; Head of Cabinet of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, 2009. Deputy for International Relations of the Minister of Economy and Innovation, 2008. Member of the Board of the Portuguese Competition Authority, March 2003-March 2008. Director-General for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Economy, 2001-2003. Deputy Director-General for International Economic Relations, Ministry of Economy, 1997-2000. Deputy Director-General for Competition and Prices, Ministry of Economy, 1996. Lecturer at the European Institute of the University of Lisbon School of Law, since 1991 and at the Institute of Economic, Financial and Fiscal of the same school, since 2005. Invited assistant at the University of Lisbon School of Law, 1986-2006.

Jorge Padilla

Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe, Madrid

Dr. Jorge Padilla is a Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe. He earned M. Phil and D. Phil degrees in Economics from the University of Oxford. He is Research Fellow at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros in Madrid, and teaches competition economics at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

Dr. Padilla has advised on various cases and given expert testimony before competition authorities and courts of several EU member states. He has written numerous papers on competition policy and industrial organization.

He is also co-author of The Law and Economics of Article 102 TFEU, 2nd edition, Hart Publishing, 2013.

Luc Peeperkorn

Principal Expert in Antitrust Policy, DG COMP, European Commission

Luc Peeperkorn is Principal Expert Antitrust Policy at the European commission. He studied economics and political science at the University of Amsterdam and worked as an assistant professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He was a central figure in various teams which created what is now called the effects-based approach in EU competition policy, in particular by making new rules for supply and distribution agreements, for de minimis agreements and for technology transfer agreements. He also co-authored the Guidance on the Commission’s enforcement priorities in applying Article 82. He regularly speaks at conferences and has published widely on EU competition policy.  He teaches at the Brussels School of Competition and was recently a Senior Emile Noël Fellow at NYU.

Andrea Gomes da Silva

Senior Legal Director, Markets, Mergers and Sector Regulation, Competition and Markets Authority, UK

Andrea Gomes da Silva joined the UK’s CMA in July 2015 as Senior Legal Director – Markets, Mergers and Sector Regulation.  In this role, Andrea leads on the legal advice and analysis across the CMA’s portfolio of markets, mergers and sector regulation activities.  She heads a team of legal directors and case lawyers

Prior to joining the CMA, Andrea was a partner in the antitrust, competition and trade group at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, based in London.  Andrea is listed as a Leading Individual in Legal 500 as well as in Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers 2015.

Giancarlo Spagnolo

Professor of Economics, SITE – Stockholm School of Economics & University of ‘Tor Vergata’ – DEF and Research Fellow, C.E.P.R., London & E.N.C.O.R.E., Amsterdam

Professor of Economics, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’, Research Fellow, SITE - Stockholm School of Economics. Research Fellow, Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance (EIEF). Research Affiliate, C.E.P.R., London since 2001. Executive Committee, E.A.R.I.E, Bruxelles (2003) Research Fellow, E.N.C.O.R.E, Amsterdam (2007). Chief Economist, Italian Public Procurement Agency (Consip SpA) (2003-2007), Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics (2004-2006), Senior Economist, Research Department, Sveriges Riksbank (2004-2005), Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Mannheim (2000-2004).

Theodor Thanner

Director General, Austrian Competition Authority, Austria

1982 Juris Doctor, University of Salzburg, School of Law
1983 State Government of Salzburg
1991 Federal Chancellery, Bureau of Federal Minister of Federalism and Administrative Reform
1995 State Government of Salzburg, Head of Bureau of Governor of Salzburg
1997 Personal Adviser to Federal Minister of Defence
2000 Federal Ministry of the Interior, Head of cabinet of the Minister, Head of Directorate General for General Matters, Head of Directorate General for Legal Affairs
2006 State Government of Salzburg, Head of Section for Elections and Security
Since 1 July 2007 Federal Competition Authority, Director General

Hal Varian

Chief Economist, Google, and Emeritus Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, California

Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.

He is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. He received his S.B. degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1973. Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, econometrics, industrial organization, public finance, and the economics of information technology.

Stanley Wong

Chief Executive Officer, Competition Commission, Hong Kong

Stanley Wong is Chief Executive Officer since 2014 of the Competition Commission (Hong Kong).  From 2006 to 2011 he was a Member (commissioner) of the Competition Authority in Ireland.  From 2011 to 2014 he was an adviser on capacity-building to competition agencies and tribunals and intergovernmental organizations in Canada, India, UK, EU, Croatia, Colombia, South Africa, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, India and China.  Previously, he practised competition law in Canada and taught economics at a Canadian university.