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09-10 NOV | WorldPensionSummit 2016

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International Advisory Board

The WorldPensionSummit puts a lot of effort into creating the best program possible. As such, we consult with many pension professionals globally in order to keep track of market developments and fact-find the trends, best practices and links to key strategists and relevant practitioners.

We are very grateful for the input of our Advisory Board Members, with whom we consult regularly. They support us actively in creating the best program content for both the WorldPensionSummit and the WorldPensionLibrary.

Members of our Advisory Board are:

Harry Smorenberg, CEO Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy | Founder WorldPensionSummit & Member P&I Advisory Board

Don Ezra, former Co-Chair, Global Consulting | Russell Investments Worldwide

Lans Bovenberg, Professor of Economics, Netspar | Tilburg University

Larry Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics | Boston University

Don Yeo, former Deputy Chief Executive | Central Provident Fund Board Singapore & Deputy President (Administration) NUS

Erry Stoové, President ISSA | former CEO of the Sociale Verzekeringsbank

Keyong Dong, Dean & Professor | Renmin University School of Public Administration Beijing 

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director General | National Pension Commission Nigeria (PENCOM)

Meet the Members of our Advisory Board:

Harry Smorenberg, CEO Smorenberg Corporate Consultancy | Founder WorldPensionSummit & Member P&I Advisory Board
Harry is a financial services marketing and positioning strategist. He previously worked at Banque Paribas and ABN AMRO and was a director at two leading strategic consultants. He is a leading contributor to innovation in both the retail and corporate payments and transaction space. He has also been actively involved in developing solutions in financial planning, international pensions and 'social innovations'. His strength is in catalyzing institutions into developing vision and strategies, and in identifying and implementing client-centric solutions. He is a columnist and guest speaker, sits on several advisory boards and regularly publishes in leading international media.

Other functions:
- Member of the International Advisory Board of the Europe China Institute - Nyenrode Business University
- Member of the Board of Advisors of NIBUD (National Institute for Family Finance Information)
- Adjunct Professor at Joint Innovation Center for Social Management of Urban and Rural Communities in Hubei Province - Zhongnan University in Wuhan, China
- Member of the Council of Scholars and member of the International Advisory Board for the Center for Retirement Initiatives, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University, Washington
- Chairman of the Editorial Advisory Board of Banking & Finance, Europe
- Founder & Chairman of the EuropeanPaymentSummit - Brussels ( and GlobalPaymentSummit - Singapore ( Both part of 'Transactives'
- Founder of the WorldPensionSummit - The Hague ( and WorldPensionSummit Africa Special ( - Abuja, Nigeria
- Co-Founder and Chairman of China's National Academic-Strategic Pension Forum with Renmin University - Beijing (
- Founder and Chairman of "New Normal in Working" (the impact of longevity)
- Board member and CFO of the "Drie Dolfijnen" foundation (charity fund)
- Member of the P&I Advisory Board

Don Ezra, former Co-Chair Global Consulting Russell Investments Worldwide & Don Ezra Consulting Services
Don Ezra is former co-chair, global consulting for Russell Investments worldwide.  Located in Toronto after “graduating from full-time work” (he doesn’t like the thought of retirement), he focuses on adapting institutional ideas to individual retirement planning.  Don is a widely published author in the pension fund industry.  In addition to numerous articles and papers, his best-known books are Pension Fund Excellence (1998) and The retirement Plan Solution: the Reinvention of Defined Contribution (2009).  Most recently he wrote Happiness: the Best is Yet to Come (2014).  He has served on the editiorial advisory boards of journals in the US and Canada.  Don has been a delegate to many formal national conferences on retirement security and a speaker at conferences on international comparisons.  Among many awards, he received EBRI’s Lillywhite Award in 2004 for extraordinary lifetime contributions to Americans’ benefit security.

Lans Bovenberg, Professor of Economics Netspar | Tilburg University
Lans Bovenberg is a Professor of Economics at Tilburg University. In 2003, he won the Spinoza prize, the second Dutch social scientist ever to win this prize. With the prize money, he founded the research network Netspar (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement) in which various pension funds, insurance companies, public agencies and universities participate. Lans Bovenberg has published extensively in the leading international journals on a wide variety of topics: public economics, tax policy, environmental economics, institutional economics, pensions and aging, international macroeconomics and labor economics. He is one of the most-cited Dutch economists in the international academic literature. At the same time, he has been the most-cited Dutch economist in policy-oriented journals aimed at practitioners and policymakers for about one and a half decades now. He is an independent member of the Social Economic Council (SER), which is the main advisory body on social-economic policy of the Dutch government.

Larry Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics | Boston University

Laurence J. Kotlikoff is a William Fairfield Warren Professor at Boston University, a Professor of Economics at Boston University, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the Econometric Society, a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, President of Economic Security Planning, Inc., a company specializing in financial planning software, a columnist for Bloomberg, a columnist for Forbes, and a blogger for The Economist. Professor Kotlikoff received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973 and his Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1977. From 1977 through 1983 he served on the faculties of economics of the University of California, Los Angeles and Yale University. In 1981-82 Professor Kotlikoff was a Senior Economist with the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Professor Kotlikoff is author or co-author of 14 books and hundreds of professional journal articles. His most recent books are Jimmy Stewart Is Dead (forthcoming February 22, 2010, John Wiley and Sons, Spend ‘Til the End, co-authored with Scott Burns, Simon & Schuster, The Healthcare Fix (MIT Press), and The Coming Generational Storm (co-authored with Scott Burns, MIT Press). Professor Kotlikoff publishes extensively in newspapers, and magazines on issues of financial reform, personal finance, taxes, Social Security, healthcare, deficits, generational accounting, pensions, saving, and insurance. Professor Kotlikoff has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Swedish Ministry of Finance, the Norwegian Ministry of Finance, the Bank of Italy, the Bank of Japan, the Bank of England, the Government of Russia, the Government of Ukraine, the Government of Bolivia, the Government of Bulgaria, the Treasury of New Zealand, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the Joint Committee on Taxation, The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The American Council of Life Insurance, Merrill Lynch, Fidelity Investments, AT&T, AON Corp., and other major U.S. corporations. He has provided expert testimony on numerous occasions to committees of Congress including the Senate Finance Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Joint Economic Committee.

Former Deputy Chief Executive Central Provident Fund Board Singapore & Deputy President (Administration) NUS
Don Yeo joined the Central Provident Fund Board in 2005 as Director of Strategic Resources and was subsequently appointed Assistant Chief Executive Officer for Policy & Strategic Resources in May 2007.  He currently serves as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Corporate Development as well as the Chief Information Officer, overseeing all IT and corporate development portfolios in the Board, including corporate strategy, finance, investment, risk management and HR, a position he has held since December 2008. Don has held various policy and operational portfolios in a number of Government agencies in Singapore including the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Trade & Industry, the Ministry of Law, the Civil Service College and also with Shell in the private sector. Don graduated from Cambridge University in the UK with a Masters and Bachelor of Arts (Degree) in Mathematics.

Erry Stoové, President ISSA | former CEO of the Sociale Verzekeringsbank
Mr E.F. Stoové is President of the International Social Security Association (ISSA) and is the former CEO and President of the Board of the Sociale Verzekeringsbank. He studied law at the University of Utrecht, his main subjects being International Law and European Social Security Law (1973). Mr Stoové started his professional career in 1974 as policy officer for migrating groups at the then Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Recreation and Welfare Work (CRM), where he was assigned the task of implementing the so-called recruitment agreements with the Mediterranean countries. From 1976 to 1987 Mr Stoové was successively appointed secretary of the Director General of Social Developments, acting head of the Department for the Welfare of Moluccans, head of the Department for the Welfare of Foreign Nationals and head of the Principal Department for Cultural Minorities of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS). From 1987 to 1995 Mr Stoové was Director of Welfare, Social Affairs and Public Health of the Municipality of Haarlem and also project manager of the Social Renewal project. From 1995 to 2002 Mr Stoové was acting General Director and General Director of the Central Body for Asylum Seekers the national organization for humanitarian aid and reception of refugees). Other relevant activities in which Mr Stoové is engaged are: President of the International Social Security Association (ISSA), Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Hartekampgroep Foundation (mentally handicapped), Chair of the Supervisory Board of the Rijnland Healthcare Group (Rijnland Zorggroep), Member Advisory Board of the Netherlands Institute for War Documentation, Member of the Advisory Committee to the SKAN fund (welfare and social assistance), Chair of the Board of the East Indies Memorial Centre Foundation in Bronbeek Arnhem, Chair of the Charter Group for Public Accountability, Vice-chair of the Board of the Pension Register Foundation (Stichting Pensioenregister), Member Advisory Board Custodial Institutions Agency (Dienst Justitiële Inrichtingen, "Department of Correctional Institutions,")

Keyong Dong, Dean & Professor | Renmin University School of Public Administration Beijing
Dean and professor of School of Public Administration, Renmin University of China and also Vice President of Chinese Public Administration Society. Prof. Dong’s major research areas include policy analysis on labor and social security, human resources management and the theory of social security. He is adjunct professor of University of Michigan (USA), Chungnam University (KOREA), Capital University of Economics and Business (CHINA), etc. Editorial member of International Human Resources Management (UK).

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, Director General | National Pension Commission Nigeria

A key player in the Pension Reform, Mrs. Anohu-Amazu was part of the team of experts that initiated the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) in Nigeria. She served in the Fola Adeola Pension Reform Committee set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose work led to the eventual enactment of the Pension Reform Act (PRA) 2004. She was honoured with a Presidential commendation for the quality of work done on the 2004 pension reform. Prior to joining PenCom as the pioneer Commission Secretary/Legal Adviser, Mrs. Anohu-Amazu consulted for many private sector initiatives as well as non-governmental organizations and public institutions including but not limited to the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). Mrs. Anohu-Amazu holds an LL. B. in Law from the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar and holds a Master’s degree in Telecommunication & Information Technology Law from the London School of Economics. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London and has attended the Executive Education programme at the Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania where she obtained certification in “Negotiations: Bargaining for Advantage”, the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where she obtained a certificate on “Leaders in Development: Managing Economic and Political Change”; and the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. Before her confirmation as substantive Director General of the Commission in October 2014, she had successfully completed the process of major review of the PRA 2004, which culminated in the Pension Reform Act 2014, signed into law on 1 July 2014.  Pension fund assets have also experienced a steady growth under her leadership from N3.2 trillion in December 2012 to N5.3 trillion by the end of December 2015.  Mrs. Anohu-Amazu has continued to promote the development of secure investment vehicles for pension funds to impact on the ongoing Government efforts at reducing Nigeria’s infrastructure gaps.

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