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Attendees for the Finance Summit 2020. 

The Summit welcomes public sector leaders from the world’s government Finance Ministries and Treasuries.

Guðmundur Árnason

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, Iceland

Biography to be updated soon.

Robert F. Mujica Jr

Budget Director, New York State, USA

Robert F. Mujica Jr. is the Director of the Budget for New York State, as appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo. He is responsible for the overall development and management of the State’s fiscal policy, including overseeing the preparation of budget recommendations for all State agencies and programs, economic and revenue forecasting, tax policy, fiscal planning, capital financing and management of the State’s debt portfolio. Mr. Mujica also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mujica was Chief of Staff to the Temporary President and Majority Leader of the Senate and concurrently served as the Secretary to the Senate Finance Committee. For two decades, Mr. Mujica advised various elected and other government officials in New York on State budget, fiscal and policy issues.

Robert received his B.A. degree in Sociology from Brooklyn College at the City University of New York. He received his Master’s degree in Government Administration (M.G.A.) from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from Albany Law School.

Noureddine Bensouda

General Treasurer of the Kingdom, Morocco

Mr. Noureddine Bensouda is currently the General Treasurer of the kingdom of Morocco since April 2010. Prior to joining the General Treasury of kingdom, Mr. Noureddine Bensouda worked for twelve years as Director General at the General Tax Administration. Since 1993 he has been working as Deputy Director in charge of Central Control and Data Matching at the General Tax Administration and similarly he worked as professor at the National Administration School in Morocco ENA, from 1993 to 1998.

He started his career as The Chief Research Officer at the Cabinet of the Minister of Finance (1986); then he was named the head of the Cabinet of the Moroccan Minister of Economy and Finance (1991)

Noureddine Bensouda was appointed as The Chairman of United Nations Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (2005 to 2009), and as such, a member of the Permanent Scientific Committee of the International Fiscal Association (IFA).

Mr. Noureddine Bensouda holds his PhD in public law from Mohammed V University, Rabat in 2005 as well as a PhD in Public Law from the University of Paris I, Pantheon Sorbonne in 2001. He got his Master in Public Law and a Diploma in Comparative Law in 1993.

Gil S. Beltran

Undersecretary, Department of Finance, Philippines

Undersecretary GIL S. BELTRAN is the Department of Finance’s Chief Economist. He works on a variety of areas including fiscal policy, human resource and operations management, economic policy and research, and financial inclusion policies and strategies.

He also served as an Alternate Executive Director and advisor to the Executive Director at the World Bank and Chairman of the ASEAN Single Window Steering Committee (ASWSC).

Anna Jegnell

Director-General, Financial Institutions and Markets Department, Sweden

Biography to be updated soon.

Naveed Kamran Baloch

Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Pakistan

An officer of Federal Government in BS-22, Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch is presently posted as Finance Secretary to the Government of Pakistan.

Prior to present posting, he had been posted as Secretary, Cabinet Division and Chief Secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He remained Federal Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination, Government of Pakistan as well. He also served as Chairman of Country Coordination Mechanism of Pakistan, Chairman, State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan; Principal Secretary to Chief Minister (Sindh); Director General, National Institute of Management Karachi; Secretary Finance; Secretary Food; Secretary Information; Government of Sindh, Pakistan besides serving on leading administrative and financial positions in federal, provincial governments and Public Sector Enterprises.

Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch joined Civil Service of Pakistan in 1985. He has vast professional experience in senior management positions in diversified fields such as Public Sector Management, Administration, Financial, Judicial, Health, Insurance and Planning, etc. 

Mr. Naveed Kamran Baloch has attained a degree of M.Sc. in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from London School of Economics, UK. He is also a certified Board Director of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.

Līga Kļaviņa

Deputy State Secretary for Financial Policy, Ministry of Finance, Latvia

Līga Kļaviņa is a Deputy State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance of Latvia for financial markets and fiscal policy.

Līga joint to the Ministry of Finance almost 15 years ago and have experience in bank restructuring, financial sector development policy as well as international economic and financial issues.

She is a Board member from Latvia in the Nordic Investment Bank and member of the Supervisory Board in Latvia`s financial development institution ALTUM which implements state support programmes for energy efficiency.

Vladimir Kolychev

Deputy Minister and Chief Economist, Ministry of Finance, Russia

Biography to be updated soon.

Tom Scholar

Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury, United Kingdom

Sir Tom Scholar is the Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury and took up this appointment on Monday 4 July 2016. Prior to this appointment Tom has been the Prime Minister’s Adviser on European and Global Issues since November 2013, after serving 4 years as Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury. He was also the UK’s G7 and G20 Sherpa.

2009 – 2013 Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury
2008 – 2009 Managing Director (International and Finance) at HM Treasury
2007 – 2008 Chief of Staff and Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
2001 – 2007 Executive Director of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and Minister (Economic) at the British Embassy in Washington DC

Prior to that he held a number of positions at HM Treasury, including Principal Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1998 to 2001).

Veiko Tali

Secretary General, Ministry of Finance, Estonia

Veiko Tali has led Estonia’s Ministry of Finance since 2011. He was previously Deputy Secretary General for Financial and Tax Policies (2008-11); Deputy Secretary General for Financial Policy (2004-08); Head of the Department of Financial Services (Financial Policy) (2000-04); Head of the Department of Ownership Reform and Securities Market (1997-2000); and Head of the Department of Ownership Reform (1993-97).

Mr Tali joined the civil service from the Institute of Economics at the Estonian Academy of Science, where he was a Researcher. He graduated from the State University of Moscow’s Department of Economics in 1983.

Markus Sovala

Director General, Economic Policy Coordinator, Finland

Dr. Markus Sovala is Director General, Economic Policy Coordinator, Ministry of Finance, a role which he took up in September 2019 and is involved in coordinating economic policy along with matters related to the budgetary stability control instruments. He is actively involved in monitoring the sustainability of public finances, fight against COVID19 epidemic and Government ownership policy planning.

Previously Dr Sovala was Leader of Change at Uusimaa Regional Council and before that held a number of senior roles in the Ministry of Finance including as Head of Economics Department and Deputy Budget Director, and a 2-year role as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director at the World Bank.

Pablo de Ramón Laca

Director General – Treasury and Financial Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Spain

Pablo was appointed Director General of the Treasury and Financial Policy in February 2020. His work involves, among other tasks, Spain’s financial sector regulation; devising and executing the Kingdom of Spain’s funding programme; the promotion of the Spanish debt in Spain and in roadshows abroad; the coordination of the capital markets presence of the different public-sector issuers; the supervision of the Treasury’s cash position; and the inspection and control of capital movements for the purposes of the fight against money laundering and terrorism finance. He is also Chairman of the EFC’s Subcommittee on European Sovereign Debt Management (ESDM) since August 2019, as well as a member of several committees related with his different policy areas.

Before his promotion to Director General, Pablo was Head of Funding and Debt Management at the Spanish Treasury since November 2013, a team he joined in September 2008. Before joining the Spanish Treasury, he worked as an economist in the Bank of England’s Financial Crisis Management Department. Pablo is a member of the High Corps of State Economists and Trade Experts, and he holds a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, and an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.



Biography to be updated soon.

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