Guest Speakers

Peter B. Bensinger Jr. -Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP

Peter is a nationally recognised pioneer in the use of legal technology in the courtroom, which led the American Lawyer to dub him the “most wired lawyer in America.” While he handles a wide variety of complex commercial cases, Peter has had a focus in intellectual property and pharmaceutical antitrust. He was co-lead counsel for Bayer in the leading “reverse payment” patent-antitrust case, In re Ciprofloxacin Hydrochloride Antitrust Litigation, in which Bayer prevailed in the Federal Courts. Although Peter majored in English, he is known for his ability to explain complex science and technology to lay judges and juries. Representative cases have involved issues of chemistry, immunology, microbiology, injection moulding, oral contraceptives, electromagnetic wave resistivity, motor oil, stealth boats, gasoline vapour recovery, and internet recommendation algorithms. Before law school, Peter was an actor in New York City, with appearances on Saturday Night Live and All My Children. Once back in his hometown of Chicago, he became a featured performer in the Chicago Bar Association’s annual musical satire, appearing as Mayor Richard M. Daley and as President Clinton in the year of the Monica Lewinsky scandal. At the firm, Peter has responsibility for attorney professional development, performance review, and new lawyer orientation. He offers two unique CLE presentations: “Dealing with Jerks – using Aikido and active listening to deal with difficult opposing counsel;” and “Presentation Stagecraft” – using fundamental theatre techniques to enhance connection and persuasiveness (visual focus, body language, vocal technique, staging to control audience focus, and particular strategies for briefing the C-Suite).

Robin Bew – Economist Intelligence Unit

Robin Bew joined the Economist Intelligence Unit in 1995, became239_robin_bew Chief Economist in 1997, and Editorial Director in 2006. He was previously an Economist at Her Majesty’s Treasury, where he was variously involved in the forecasting of government expenditure, the analysis of UK fiscal policy, and the forecasting of UK trade performance. As Editorial Director for the Economist Intelligence Unit, Robin is responsible for all editorial operations across the company worldwide, driving the intellectual debate within the business. In his capacity as Chief Economist, he is responsible for the formulation of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s overarching view on the outlook for the global economy.

Lothar Ehring – European Commission

Lothar Ehring is Senior Expert in the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade, where he currently serves in the Legal Unit, after returning from a secondment to the European Commission’s Support Group for Ukraine (2014-1016). Before that, he served as the Assistant to the Deputy Director-General responsible for multilateral trade, legal affairs, trade defence instruments and bilateral trade relations with North America, Europe and its neighbours and Central Asia. 2003-2009, Lothar Ehring already served in the Unit that is responsible for Legal Aspects of Trade Policy. Prior to his appointment to the European Commission, Lothar Ehring briefly worked as Legal Affairs Officer in the Legal Affairs Division and the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization in Geneva on dispute settlement cases. He graduated in law from the University of Passau in Germany, holds the German qualification for the judicial office and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.

Gabriel Glöckler – ECB

Gabriel joined in 2016 the senior management of the ECB’s Directorate General Communication as Principal Adviser, where he focuses on the Bank’s outreach towards the general public, politics, and academia and the strategic direction of its communications. He started his career at the European Central Bank in 1999, initially as Economist before becoming Deputy Head of the EU Institutions Division, and in that capacity also a member of the EU Economic Policy Committee. Thereafter he was Head of the ECB Secretariat and Assistant Secretary to the ECB’s Executive Board and Governing Council. Since 2013 Gabriel is also a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe. He holds a MA degree in PPE from Oxford and a Masters in European Studies from the College of Europe.

Alison Munro – HS2

Alison Munro was appointed Managing Director of Development at High Speed Two Limited (Phase Two) in September 2014, following 5 years as Chief Executive.​ She is responsible for the development of Phase Two of High Speed Two (HS2) from the West Midlands to Leeds and Manchester.Previously, Alison was a director in the Department for Transport, responsible for strategic roads policy, including developing a major motorway investment programme, and longer term planning of national networks.

Nigel Sheail – Novartis

Nigel  is Head of Business Development and Licensing since October 1st, 2015. He is a member of the Pharmaceutical Executive Committee and Financial Leadership Team.
Prior to joining Novartis, Nigel was Head of Business Development and Licensing for Bayer Healthcare. He also served as Head of Group M&A at Roche and Head of Licensing for their Pharma division. Nigel has been responsible for a broad range of healthcare deals from research and technology collaborations through to large M&A transactions. Academically trained as a molecular biologist, Nigel is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has held a number of functions within the Pharmaceutical industry at Bayer, Roche and GSK. In addition to his work in business development, Nigel has also worked as a global controller for research and was finance director responsible for the establishment of Roche’s operations in China which included five joint venture operating companies and a holding company. Nigel was the founding treasurer of the Swiss Pharma Licensing Group.
Nigel holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology with high honors from the University of Ediburgh, School of Biological Sciences and an ACA degree, ICAEW Chartered Accountant qualification.

Isabella Underhill – Guided Tour Oxford

Many visitors arrive in Oxford with a just a vague knowledge of its world famous university; few know anything at all about the city that surrounds it. In her tours Isabella Underhill, long term Oxford resident and established city guide, attempts to knit together the many stories that have contributed to its present incarnation, from the time of the town’s Anglo-Saxon construction, through the struggles of town versus gown and the central role played by the university in almost every major national event. Oxford has been the spawning ground of countless Prime Ministers, philosophers, scientists, writers – notably Tolkein, C.S.Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and the poet Shelley – played host to Elizabeth I on state visits and to Charles I during the English Civil War – provided useful shelter for government in World War II (famously Hitler never bombed Oxford), nurtured the talent of Rowan Atkinson and Alan Bennett and, successfully competing with the world’s top universities, fights hard against its reputation as haven to the rich and privileged. All go to make up the astonishing narrative of the English speaking world’s oldest university. Isabella has a BA Hons History of Art and Italian UCL.