Justin Valentine has over 17 years of management consulting, strategic sourcing experience where he has been responsible for sourcing over $10 Bn in goods and services globally.
He is currently advising the World Bank on global procurement policies. He was most recently a Consultant to the General Services Administration where he led the design of the Federal Government’s category management program.
He also served as VP of Strategic Alliances at FedBid and as Director of Procurement for SunGard, a Fortune 500 company, where he was responsible for oversight of $335 M in annual spend and procurement process improvement. As a management consultant for Novantas, he specialized in airline industry sourcing and industry merger economics. Focusing on technology and outsourcing initiatives including CRS Management, telecom and F&A off-shoring, Justin spent over four years in the sourcing organizations at United Airlines and Lufthansa.
He has an MA in International Business from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, a BA from the University of Virginia, and completed the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He currently serves as Vice President for the Board of Trustees for Two Rivers Charter School system.
Emily Brearley PhD
A development economist with two decades of international investment and project management experience at the World Bank, IDB, IFC and IFPRI. Adept a working with both governments and the private sector to design and implement loans for increased economic growth and equity. Skilled at structuring complex deals, boots on the ground implementation and applied macro-economic and sector analysis. Recognized as a leading gender specialist.
Sophie Pouget is a lawyer at the Paris Bar. She specializes in human rights and asylum law. Her clients are non-profit organizations in the field of human rights, health and development and asylum seekers.
She is a founding member of the think tank Le Cercle de la LICRA, where she spearheads the “Migrations” section. She is also involved in pro bono work for the French lawyers’ association Droits d’Urgence.
Previously, she worked as a Private Sector Development Specialist for six years with the World Bank Group. She contributed to several projects designed to encourage positive policy change to achieve more transparency, accountability and efficiency in public procurement and international arbitration. Prior to that, she practiced international and domestic litigation with the law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier in Paris, France. She also has been working with the International Chamber of Commerce and Shearman & Sterling LLP in Paris.
Sophie obtained her Certificate of Professional Proficiency as an Attorney-at-Law at the Paris Bar in 2003 and is a graduate of the Universities of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris IX Dauphine. She holds a Master of Arts in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University (2010) and is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris (2001). She speaks French, English and Russian.