Speakers & Panels: Keynotes

Morning Keynote

10:00 AM–10:30 AM - Lincoln Hall

Keiko Honda

Keiko Honda

Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency - World Bank Group

Keiko Honda is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Previously, Honda was the first woman senior partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company. There, she advised financial institutions on matters related to corporate finance, corporate strategy, and business development. Prior to joining McKinsey, Honda worked for Bain & Company and Lehman Brothers.

Honda also served as a visiting associate professor at Hitotsubashi University’s business school and as a lecturer at Chuo University’s business school. She has served on a number of Japanese government committees under several administrations, including the Council of Regulatory Reform. She was the Vice Chair of the Committee on the Promotion of Economic Partnership Agreements and Free Trade Agreements for Keizai Doyukai, the Japanese association of corporate executives.

Honda has authored and co-authored several books, including M&A and Alliance Stratagy and Turnaround. She holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Ochanomizu University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fullbright Scholar.

Lunch Keynote

2:15 PM–2:30 PM - Lincoln Hall

Maria Baum

Maria Baum

Tracy Anderson

Maria Baum is CEO and managing partner of Tracy Anderson Mind & Body, a global fitness and lifestyle brand and the co-founder of Splash Premium Mixers, a beverage industry start-up. Maria began her career upon graduating from the Wharton School with an MBA in 1994 at Bankers Trust Company where she traded Exotic and OTC Index Options and was later responsible for proprietary trading in Equity Derivatives. Maria was a Senior Proprietary Trader at Commerzbank, managing an Equity Volatility portfolio and a portfolio manager at NWI Mgmt where she managed a Global Equity Index portfolio. She was a Global Macro proprietary trader at Lehman Brothers, running a strategy emphasizing directional indexes and volatility on equities, rates, currencies and commodities. Maria was the Chief Investment Officer at Blacktower Capital, a global macro fund on the Proxima Alfa platform.

In the past decade, Maria has built from concept successful entrepreneurial ventures in diverse fields including capital markets recruiting, real estate, consumer goods, retail and hospitality. Maria is the founder of the Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink, which has contributed $7mm to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, where she currently serves as a board member.

Closing Keynote

4:45 PM–5:00 PM - Lincoln Hall

Nicole Anasenes

Nicole Anasenes


Nicole Anasenes has broad financial experience ranging from mergers & acquisitions, treasury as well as general CFO roles. She has also held various business unit executive positions in offering development. She has expertise in both M&A and organically growing new markets including helping scale IBM’s mid market services business in emerging countries in the early 2000s - at onset of explosive growth in the (then called) BRIC markets.

Anasenes currently serves as the CFO of Squarespace, a leading provider of DIY website and commerce solutions well known for its differentiation in design, service and ease of use. Prior to that role, she served as CFO, Infor, a $3B enterprise application company and led their business model transition from perpetual software licenses to software as a service subscriptions. Before these roles, she spent 17 years at IBM in various financial and business leadership roles. She was a member of IBM’s senior leadership team - the IBM Integration and Values team where she collaborated with the top 300 IBM executives to tackle some of IBM’s most challenging subjects. The most recent role was as VP and Chief Financial Officer of IBM’s Software Middleware Group. a $15B+ business unit, where she helped drive significant operating efficiency and simultaneously entered and scaled new business areas such as security, cloud and mobile software. She drove organic growth as well as integrated multiple acquisitions. She also served as VP and chief financial officer of IBM’s Cloud business unit, helping to define and operationalize IBM’s cloud computing business, and as director of Emerging Markets for IBM’s Global Technology.

Anasenes has an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree from New York University.