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Speaker Profiles

Mr.Jean-Marie Paugam

Jean Paugam
Mr.Jean-Marie Paugam

Deputy Executive Director

International Trade Center, Geneva

Topic: NTMs, Challenges and Opportunities to Sri Lankan Exporters

Jean-Marie Paugam, a French national, assumed his functions as Deputy Executive Director of the International Trade Centre in Geneva following his appointment by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on 1 March 2011.

Mr. Paugam has extensive work experience in Trade Promotion and Trade Policy with the French Government (Ministry of Economy and Finance, Trade Directorate and Treasury Directorate) in Senior Administrative positions. Mr. Paugam’s main areas of expertise include: International trade and investment; Trade negotiations and the WTO; Trade and Development; Export Finance, as well as EU and the Mediterranean economic partnership.

Mr. Paugam began his professional career with the French Ministry of Economy, Finance, Industry and International Trade in 1993 and was posted as Economic and Commercial Counsellor with specialization in multilateral trade negotiations, to the French Embassies in Washington D.C. (1997-1999) and Rabat (1999–2001). Mr. Paugam served as International Adviser to the French Economy and Finance Minister (2001-2002). In 2002, Mr. Paugam was appointed Head of the “Trade Policy and WTO Unit” and French Deputy Representative to the EC Trade Policy Committee (133 committee), a position he held until 2003.

Mr. Paugam served as Senior Research Fellow at the French Institute for International Relation (IFRI), a major independent think-tank in Paris (2004-2006) where he published numerous articles and research papers on trade policy, with a special focus on trade and development issues. In 2006, Mr. Paugam was appointed Assistant Secretary for Bilateral Relations with Africa, Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Middle-East at the French Treasury. Mr. Paugam was promoted as Head of the Bilateral Relations and Export Finance Department in 2008. In this capacity, Mr. Paugam undertook a lead role in the design and implementation of reforms within the French Export Promotion Agency Ubifrance.

Mr. Paugam is a graduate of the “Ecole Nationale d’Administration” – ENA (1991-1993), and the Institute of Political Studies (I.E.P) of Aix-en-Provence (1989) and holds a Master Degree in Law from the University of Aix en Provence (1988).

Jean-Marie Paugam is married and has three children.

Mr.Ian D F Ogilvie

Ian Ogilvie
Mr.Ian D F Ogilvie

Head of Business Services

HSBC Global Service Delivery

Topic: Sri Lanka is an emerging hub of Asia for sourcing BPO services

Global Service Delivery covers all aspects of HSBC’s operations with over 50,000 employees of whom 60% work in the Group’s captive BPO operations. As the Head of Business Services for HSBC Global Service Delivery, Ian works closely with Global Business Partners across HSBC covering all aspects of the Group’s operations to ensure operational efficiency and quality.

Ian has over 30 years of experience largely in the domains of business transformation and change management, covering sectors including travel, telecommunications and financial services. His role has spanned senior leadership positions in many areas including Digital Distribution, Card Payments, HR, Risk, Marketing, Change and general management in local, regional and global assignments. He has worked in the UK, Malaysia and Hong Kong holding various positions including Deputy CEO, HSBC Bank Malaysia Bhd; Head of HR, HSBC Bank plc; Head of Marketing, HSBC Bank plc. He chaired the UK Banking industry Chip and PIN programme, developed and launched a new Islamic Bank and the world’s first digital satellite interactive TV Banking service. He served on the MasterCard International Security Committee for several years.

Ian has a strong track record of delivering innovation and change from brand and people development through to technology-based services. He enjoys a challenging business environment and is always on the look-out for smarter and sustainable ways of doing business.

Dr.Sandro Veronesi

Sandro Veronesi
Dr.Sandro Veronesi


Clazedonia SpA, Italy

Topic: Sri Lanka’s investment climate‐ impressions of a leading International investor

After obtaining High school diploma from Liceo ‘Galileo Galilei’, Verona in 1978 and Degree cum laude in Economics and Business from Verona University in 1983, in 1984, Sandro Veronesi Began working at Golden Lady S.p.A., an Italian company that is a worldwide leader in the production of tights.

In 1987, he founded Calzedonia S.p.A., while maintaining a key role in the international development of Golden Lady.

Since 1993, he has been exclusively dedicated to Calzedonia.

In 1996, the Calzedonia Group launched the underwear/lingerie brand Intimissimi.

In 2003, the Tezenis brand was created, a chain of self-service underwear stores for the whole family.

In 2009, the Calzedonia Group acquired the majority share in Falconeri, an Italian brand with a strong tradition in the production of knitwear and cashmere goods for men and women.

In recent years, Mr. Veronesi has concentrated on the growth of Calzedonia, both with respect to stores—creating a chain of about 3,000 sales outlets in 31 countries—as well as production; the Group has production plants both in Italy and abroad (primarily in Eastern Europe and Sri Lanka)

The Calzedonia Group ended 2010 with a consolidated turnover of 1 billion 128 million Euro and approximately 20,000 employees, more than 2,200 of which are in Italy.

Twenty years ago, the first business had a turnover of 250 million Lira.

This development was possible by focussing all efforts on the objective of producing and selling excellent quality products at the right price.

In 1999, Mr. Veronesi established the Fondazione San Zeno, a foundation allocating part of Calzedonia's receipts to help those in need, giving them the possibility of improving their living conditions in the long-term by means of education, training and work, operating both in Italy and abroad, and holding true to the motto: 'EDUCATION, TRAINING, WORK'.

In 2009, Mr. Veronesi was awarded the title of “Cavaliere del Lavoro” for his entrepreneurial excellence during a ceremony that took place before the President of the Republic at the Quirinale.

Mr.Mark Harries

Mark Harries
Mr.Mark Harries

General Manager

Technology Services / London Stock Exchange

Topic: Our Experience in outsourcing Software Services from Sri Lanka

Mark joined the London Stock Exchange in 1997 and has been involved in a number of the major projects and strategic initiatives since then. Following the acquisition of MillenniumIT in October 2009, Mark is currently responsible for the LSE Group - MillenniumIT interface and splits his time between London and Colombo. Mark is a graduate engineer and prior to joining the LSE worked as a consultant project manager in the engineering, construction and financial services sectors.

Mr.S. Kanan

S Kannan
Mr.S. Kanan

Executive Director

International Pepper Community

Topic: International Market Competition for Production, Export and Import of Pepper

Mr. S. Kanan is well known person in the Spice Industry. He did his post graduation in Economics and MBA from a reputed university. He started his carrier in food industry during 1982. He was appointed by the Government of India as the Marketing Director of the Spices Board in 2000. Currently he is working as the Executive Director of International Pepper Community, which is an intergovernmental organization, established under UN-ESCAP, based in Indonesia. He is well experienced in promoting high-tech infrastructure in spice processing, market expansion and quality up gradation. He has presented several papers in International forums, led many delegations and travelled to over 30 countries for promoting spices and spice products.

Mr.Kanan will speak on International market competition for production, export and import of pepper. Pepper is the world’ most important and earliest spice traded globally and the export earnings was estimated around USD 1.50 billion during the year 2011. The pepper industry is playing a key role in promoting rural employment and social security.

Today Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Brazil, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, China, Thailand, Cambodia, PNG & Madagascar produce most of the world pepper. Despite the impressive growth in value realization during last two years, the future looks uncertain and challenges are mounting: Lower productivity, Pest & Disease, Research on High yielding / disease resistance planting material and high end value addition.

The IPC and member countries are working together to improve the production, productivity and promoting consumption, particularly the medicinal, health and nutraceutical values of pepper. The following are the focused areas in his presentation.

  • Worldwide production, export, import and inventory of pepper
  • Price cycle
  • Trend in pepper consumption
  • Pepper overlook for 2012

Expo Event Calendar

Sri Lanka Expo 2012 will be held from 28th to 31st of March, 2012 at BMICH. Click here to view the Expo Event Calendar

Expo News

HIGHLIGHT: Your chance to join a 'Business Delegation' to Sri Lanka

The Sri Lanka High Commission in London is organising a UK Business Delegation to its country from 28 – 30 March, 2012 to coincide with the Sri Lanka Expo exhibition in Colombo. The Expo will showcase goods from 300 manufacturing exporters covering everything from Ceylon Tea, through to ethical garments and gemstones as well as giftware, toys and lifestyle products. There will also be exhibitors offering Business Process Outsourcing at the show, which is expected to attract some 1000 foreign visitors.



  • MAS Holdings
    Changing Perspectives
  • Brandix
    Inspired Solutions
  • Sri Lanka Apparel
    Voice of Sri Lanka Apparel and Textile Industry
  • Sri Lankan Airlines
    You're our world
  • HSBC
    The world's local bank
  • Dialog Axiata
  • BTI Lanka
    One and only Boat Building Training Institute in Sri Lanka
  • Prima
    Over 3 Decades of Nutrition to the Nation
  • Ellawala Exports
    Sri Lanka's No. 1 Gem Exporter
  • Mushan International
    Specializing in fine Sapphires
  • Akbar Tea
    Premium Quality Tea Exporter
  • Dilmah Tea
    The Single Origin Tea 100% Pure Ceylon
  • HNB
    Your Partner In Progress
  • Trillium
    A place you fall in love with


  • Ministry of Industry & Commerce
  • Ministry of External Affairs
  • Ministry of Economic Development
  • Ministry of Plantation Industries
  • Sri Lanka Export Development Board
  • Department of Commerce
  • Board of Investment
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
  • National Gem & Jewellery Authority
  • Sri Lanka Export Credit Insurance Corporation
  • Sri Lanka Ports Authority
  • Department of Export Agriculture
  • Sri Lanka Tea Board
  • Coconut Development Authority
  • National Chamber of Exporters of Sri Lanka
  • National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka
  • Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
  • Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Srilanka

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