Uber Public Policy Advisory Board — Member Biographies

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9 min readMay 2, 2016

HRH Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud

Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud is an award-winning businesswomen, and the Founder and CEO of Alf Khair, a social enterprise, whose aim is to create a Saudi Arabia where women and men form the greatest natural resource, with initiatives including holistic-health-awareness- raising 10KSA, and a readiness for work curriculum. Until early 2015, Princess Reema was CEO of Alfa International, the leading luxury retail corporation that operates the Harvey Nichols store in Riyadh. She is also the founder and Creative Director of luxury handbag brand Baraboux.

Princess Reema is an advocator of endeavors that create opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia and, with this aim, she was a founding member of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association. Her work to raise awareness for breast cancer in Saudi Arabia included becoming a Guinness World Record holder for organizing the World’s Largest Human Awareness Ribbon in Jeddah in 2010 (with over 4,000 women), and leading the first all-female Saudi team to Everest Base Camp in 2012. In spring 2015 Princess Reema launched 10KSA, a holistic-health- awareness-raising initiative and, in December of the same year, 10KSA became the Guinness World Record Holder for organizing the World’s Largest Human Awareness Ribbon at the first ever 10KSA event in Riyadh (this time with over 8,000 women).

Princess Reema was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015, and was recognised by Fast Company in 2015 as their Most Creative Person of the year. Forbes Middle East listed her at number 31 in their 200 Most Powerful Arab Women Family Business list, and number 16 in the Most Powerful Arab Women in Saudi Arabia, and Foreign Policy magazine named her a Global Thinker Mogul, also in 2014.

She sits on the Advisory Council of TEDx, and since 2014 has been the Patron of Arab Women’s Awards, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and an Advisory Board member of Saudi National Creative Initiative, whose initiatives include provision of communication platforms for creative talent in the Kingdom.

Ray LaHood

Ray LaHood is the former Secretary of the US Department of Transportation.

With a 36-year career in public service, Secretary LaHood has extensive experience on major national policy issues, among them transportation and infrastructure. He served as the 16th Department of Transportation Secretary from 2009 to 2013.

Under Secretary LaHood’s leadership, improvements to America’s infrastructure included building or replacing 350,000 miles of highway, repairing 20,000 bridges and renewing or constructing 6,000 miles of rail track. Secretary LaHood also achieved more stringent fuel efficiency requirements from automakers, took steps to address airline pilot fatigue and turned the problem of distracted driving into a national concern. As Secretary of Transportation, he oversaw an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a US$70 billion budget in charge of air, maritime and surface transportation.

Before heading the US Department of Transportation, Secretary LaHood served from 1995 to 2009 in the US House of Representatives on behalf of the 18th District of Illinois and also served on various House committees, among them the powerful House Appropriations Committee and the House Intelligence Committee. He served as chief of staff to US House Minority Leader Robert Michel from 1982 to 1994. He was director of the Rock Island County Youth Services Bureau from 1972 to 1974; chief planner of the Bi- States Metropolitan Planning Commission from 1974 to 1977; and district administrative assistant for US Congressman Tom Railsback from 1977 to 1982.

He is married to Kathy LaHood, and they have four children and twelve grandchildren.

Melody Barnes

Melody Barnes is a Co-Founder and Principal of MBSquared Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and Vice Provost for Global Student Leadership Initiatives at New York University; she is also a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Ms. Barnes serves on the Board of Directors of Ventas, Inc.; Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation; the Marguerite Casey Foundation and Year Up. Ms. Barnes also chairs the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund. From January 2009 until January 2012, she was Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

As Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Ms. Barnes provided strategic advice to President Obama and worked closely with members of the Cabinet coordinating the domestic policy agenda — in areas including education, healthcare and the federal government’s relationship with local communities — across the Administration.

Until July 2008, Ms. Barnes was the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, a progressive research institute and think tank. From December 1995 until March 2003, Ms. Barnes worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee; she served as his chief counsel from 1998 until she left the Committee in 2003.

Ms. Barnes received her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1989. In 1986, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with honors in history. She currently resides in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, Marland Buckner.

Allan Fels

Professor Allan Fels is currently a Professor at Melbourne, Monash and Oxford Universities. He was Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia’s antitrust and consumer protection body, from 1989 until 2003 and has held numerous other regulatory positions before and after that. He continues to be active in the International Competition Network (ICN) and the OECD, and in other global competition activities advising regulators in many countries especially China, India and other parts of Asia and Africa.

Professor Fels was Dean of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government from 2003 until 2012, and he continues to direct the China and India programs there. The China programs are done in partnership between the ANZSOG and the Organization Department of the Chinese Communist Party

Professor Fels has taken part in numerous national and state government enquiries, including as Chair of the Victorian Government Taxi Industry Inquiry (2011–2012), which produced a 700-page comprehensive review of the taxi industry and led to substantial deregulation in regard to licenses (“medallions”).

He is Chair of the Visy Governance Board, Australia’s largest private business. He is a consultant to the law firm Arnold Bloch Leibler and has had number private sector consulting appointments. He is chair of Australia’s National Mental Health Commission. He was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) in 2003.

Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes is Special Envoy for startups in the Netherland and heads the StartupDelta initiative that boosts the Dutch startup ecosystem and aims to place it among the top 3 ranked competitive ecosystems in Europe. Neelie Kroes previously served 11 years as Vice-President of the European Commission, in charge of the Digital Agenda for Europe and in a previous term as EU Commissioner for Competition.

Before her Vice-Presidency at the EC, Kroes was President of Nyenrode University from 1991–2000, and served on various company boards, including Lucent Technologies, Volvo and P&O Nedlloyd. From 1982–1989 she served as Minister for Transport, Public Works and Telecommunication in the Netherlands.

She is an international advocate for the position of women in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship.

Gesner Oliveira

Dr. Gesner Oliveira has experience both in the private and public sectors and in business and academia. He and his two partners, Pedro Scazufca and Fernando Marcato, lead a network of talented economists, lawyers and engineers at GO Associados with focus on competition, policy, regulation, public-private partnerships and environmental issues.

Gesner received his PhD in Economics from the University of California (Berkeley) and is a professor of Economics at Fundação Getulio Vargas (São Paulo). His previous positions include being the CEO of Sabesp (2007–10), the fifth largest water company in the world; visiting scholar at Columbia University (2006); deputy secretary for Economic Policy (1993–95), secretary for Economic Surveillance (1995) of the Brazilian Ministry of Finance, and President of CADE, the Brazilian federal antitrust authority (1996–2000).

He sat on the working group that prepared the current Brazilian competition law, testified in Congress on its reform and has worked with international organizations like the World Bank and WTO. His works include five books, numerous papers and journal articles; preparation of submissions and building cases; expert witness to CADE and to electricity, telecommunications, sanitation and natural gas regulators; arbitrator in private disputes and testimony on competition issues to the New York Bankruptcy Court.

As CEO of Sabesp during 2007–10, Mr Oliveira dealt with environmental issues as well a public-private partnerships. As secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Oliveira participated in the design and implementation of the “Real Plan” which was important to cope with hyperinflation in Brazil during the nineties.

Roberto Dañino

Roberto Dañino is an international lawyer, who has served as Prime Minister of the Republic of Peru, Ambassador to the United States, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The World Bank. He was the founding General Counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation, the private sector arm of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. Also, he has practiced corporate law for several decades, as Chairman of the Latin American practice of leading international law firms.

At present, he serves as Vice Chairman of the Hochschild Group, an LSE- and NYSE-listed conglomerate that specializes in gold, silver, and phosphates mining, as well as cement production. Furthermore, he serves on the boards of various corporations and nonprofit organizations in Peru, the United States, Canada, South Africa and the United Kingdom, including the international advisory board of Goldman Sachs, and George Soros’ Open Society Foundations.

Mr Dañino earned law degrees from Harvard Law School and Universidad Católica del Perú. He has been granted honors, including La Orden del Sol del Perú from the Peruvian government, and La Orden de Isabel La Católica from the Kingdom of Spain, among others.

Adil Zainulbhai

Adil Zainulbhai is the Chairman of the Quality Council of India. He is also the Chairman of Network18 and TV18, and is currently on the boards of Reliance Industries Ltd., Larsen & Toubro Ltd. and Cipla. As Chairman, QCI, Adil is involved in many Government of India Committees and was involved in major projects of the Government of India such as ‘Make in India’ and ‘Startup India.”

Adil retired as Chairman of McKinsey, India after 34 years at McKinsey, and the last 10 in India. Prior to returning to India, he led the Washington office of McKinsey and founded the Minneapolis office. He recently co-edited the bestselling book Reimagining India.

Adil is very active in community and social causes. He is a Board member on the Board of Trustees at Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust, Advisory Board of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Wockhardt Foundation, Piramal Swasthya and on the Global Advisory Board of the Booth School of Business at University of Chicago.

Adil grew up in Bombay and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology. He also has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing in Mumbai harbour.