Fernando Faria - Founder & Managing Director

Before starting the Global Expansion Summit, Fernando spent 6 years as Marketing Director with the GSMA, where he was the overall responsible person for the conference programme of over 30 large scale events across the globe. This included Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the largest technology event in the world with 96,000 attendees, including 5,000 CEOs, and 2,000+ exhibitors from over 200 countries. Fernando was also the founder of innovaBRICS & Beyond an invitation-only, investment-driven conference with 300+ senior level attendees, organising multiple annual events from 2012 to 2014 alongside sponsoring organisations like Deloitte, Hogan Lovells, Waggener Edstrom and the South African government.


Frankie Brewer - Event Director

Frankie serves as Event Director for the Global Expansion Summit, bringing over 9 years of experience in the events industry. Frankie has a history of managing and developing market leading conferences which offer the right balance of unique networking opportunities, top quality speakers, engaging formats and highly valuable content. Prior to Global Expansion Summit, Frankie was responsible for developing the content and conference programmes for the GSMA, including Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest technology event with 96,000 attendees, including 5,000 CEOs, and 2,000+ exhibitors from over 200 countries. Previously, Frankie spent 7 years with Informa where she was Head of Content and Partnerships for Broadband World Forum Series, managing the content and messaging of the business, building key relationships and developing the strategic direction of the event series.


Louise Harris - Marketing Manager

Louise serves as Marketing Manager for the Global Expansion Summit and is responsible for delegate engagement. She brings with her 10 years of experience in diplomatic cross-cultural communications, including stakeholder management, communication plans (design, delivery, implementation) and project management.

Prior to joining the Global Expansion Summit team in November 2016, Louise was a diplomat with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. She speaks Japanese.


Ahila Puvitharan - Business Development Manager

Ahila graduated from Durham University and soon after completed an MA in International Conflict Studies at King’s College London.

During her time at King’s College London she achieved a Kings’s Leadership Award and completed an apprenticeship at a leading security firm.

Since January 2016 Ahila has served as the Business Development Manager at the Global Expansion Summit, and is responsible for overseeing the exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.


Ben Antz-Recalt - Creative Designer

Ben is the Designer of GXP, responsible for the visual identity,  digital and offline promotion. Ben comes from a diversified background of branding, e-commerce and digital marketing across various sectors such as fashion, cosmetics, finance and the cinema industry. He has lived in Paris before being based in London and has worked for events such as fashion weeks or brands like Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood.


Sonia Gaman - Business Manager

Sonia completed her BA in International Relations at King’s College London, specialising in Security Studies. Her previous experience includes work in the diplomatic sector for the Embassy of Romania to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and also in data research and analysis for the University of London.

In her initial role at the Global Expansion Summit she co-ordinated the company’s media partnerships. In November 2016, she became the Business Manager, in charge of the company’s finances and operations.


Adam Breeze - Strategic Adviser to the Board

Adam Breeze has worked with hundreds of inward investment agencies and has advised more than 100 inward investors such as BMW, Capital One, Marks & Spencer, Airbus and Pfizer. He has worked with the senior management teams at many top agencies including UKTI, Marketing Birmingham, MIDAS, Invest in Ontario, Business Stockholm, Invest in Bavaria, Scottish Development International, Copenhagen Capacity, Business Location Berlin, Invest in Nottingham, Invest Essex, North East LEP, Sheffield City Council, Aberdeen City Council, Bristol City Council, Stoke & Staffordshire LEP, Coventry & Warwickshire LEP and Leeds City Region LEP. Adam brings valuable direct experience of working with inward investors (both UK and international). He is the founder of Make it England, a service that helps companies to setup in the UK – and is a consultant to the Government of Ontario, where he advises European businesses on expanding into Canada.


Alexandra Hart - Marketing and Research Intern

Ali will be a graduate of Fordham Univeristy as of May 2017, with a degree in Communications and Marketing. She has had experience as an intern in public relations, having interned for a PR agency and fashion designer Rosie Assoulin. 

Ali has been a marketing intern at the Global Expansion Summit since January 2017.