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  • Carlo d'Asaro Biondo
    President EMEA Strategic Relationships, Google
  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska
    European Commissioner, Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs
  • Antonio Tajani
    President of the European Parliament
  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
    President of the Republic of Mauritius
  • Christine Lagarde
    Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund
  • Carlos Slim Helú
    Chairman of Grupo Carso and América Móvil
  • Monique F. Leroux
    President of the International Co-operative Alliance
  • Isabelle Kocher
    CEO, Engie
  • Muhtar Kent
    Chairman and CEO, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Maria Leonor Robredo
    Vice President, Republic of the Philippines
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  • Mouna Abbassy
    Founder & Managing Director IZIL BEAUTY
    The creative force behind IZIL Beauty,Mouna first got deepened in Argan Oil during her assignment with the Moroccan antenna of OXFAM Quebec when she was in charge of finding funds to support Argan local co-operatives develop and modernize. After graduating in marketing from IIHEM, she moved to Dubai in 2005 where she held managerial positions in Multinationals such as Kraft Foods & L’Oréal. In 2012, the idea of creating a Moroccan skin care brand based on Argan oil started its way into her mind. In 2013, IZIL Brand was launched and Mouna decided to leave corporate life to lead and grow IZIL worldwide,which has now 4 stores She is currently studying Cosmetic Science with SCS based in London.
  • Meisa Batayneh
    Founder, Principal Architect MAISAM ARCHITECTS & ENGINEERS
    Meisa Batayneh is the founder and principal architect at Maisam Architects & Engineers. She is experienced in multiple facets of design including architecture, planning, urban design and place branding. Over her long and distinguished career, Meisa has led multi-disciplinary teams on large-scale international and regional projects in the USA, Pakistan, Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and UAE. She has created regional landmarks and master plans for projects such as the Rift Bay Project at the Dead Sea in Jordan, New Ravi City in Lahore, Pakistan and the Umm Yafenah Islands in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She has also acted as a consultant on projects for members of the Royal Family in Jordan and Saudi Arabia
  • Henry Bonsu
    Broadcaster, Conference Host & Analyst BBC
    Henry Bonsu is one of Britain's leading broadcasters of African origin. He has worked on the country's biggest current affairs shows, including BBC Radio 4's Today program. He has also presented programs on satellite TV channels including Vox Africa and BET International. His key topics are race and cultural relations in politics and sport, business and international development. Henry is now an international MC, specialising in global economic development. Since last year he has hosted summits at the UN General Assembly in New York, in Brussels, The Hague, Rwanda, Mexico City, Korea, Ethiopia, and Tanzania. He also regularly appears as an analyst on BBC TV and radio news programs.
  • Rana El Chemaitelly
    Founder THE LITTLE ENGINEER
    Rana El Chemaitelly, BE in Mechanical Engineering 1993, AUB Penrose Award 1993, and Master's in Engineering Management 2008. In 2009 she launched The Little Engineer®, an Edutainment center to engaging young minds in STEM while working on their leadership and presentation skills. For her initiative, she was recognized as one of MENA's most promising entrepreneurs by the MIT in 2009. She is one the Laureates of the 2011 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. She is working hard to be a voice of change, investing in youth, ds, the future leaders, preparing them for the challenging future while at the same time aiming high to empower woman in her community, country and around the world.
  • Mary Fitzgerald
    Journalist and Analyst
    Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and researcher specializing in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. In her previous role as Irish Times foreign correspondent, she reported from more than 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the Financial Times. Mary was a founding member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020 and was selected for the European Young Leaders 40 under 40 program in 2013. She was chosen as one of the Global Women's Forum "Rising Talents" in 2013.
  • Olivier Fleurot
    Senior Vice-President, Publicis Groupe; Member of the P-12 PUBLICIS GROUPE
    After having been CEO of Les Echos group, Olivier Fleurot was with the Financial Times Group in London, between 1999 and 2006, first as Managing Director of the newspaper, then as CEO of the FT Group. He joined Publicis Groupe in 2006 as Executive Chairman of Publicis Worldwide. Between July 2009 and August 2015, he was the CEO of MSLGROUP, the strategic communications, PR and events network of Publicis Groupe. As of September 2015, Olivier is SVP of Publicis Groupe, responsible for overseeing Communications, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Insurance, Real Estate and cross-disciplinary programs such as Altaïr.
  • Clara Gaymard
    Executive President, and President of Raise Endowment Fund WOMEN'S FORUM FOR THE ECONOMY & SOCIETY
    Clara Gaymard is President of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and was appointed in December 2014. She is also Co-Founder and President of Raise, a capital investment company which gives 50% of the team revenues to the Foundation Raise, dedicated to the support of entrepreneurial growth in France. Prior to this, she was President of GE France until January 2016 and was Ambassador, President of Invest in France Agency, in charge of promoting foreign investments in France and she was a Deputy Director in the French Ministry of Finance. Clara is a graduate from the French national school of administration, holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from The Paris Institute of Political Studies, and a degree in law and history. She is co-founder of Raise, an investment company.
  • Mirna Hamady
    Co-founder & Creative Director KASHIDA
    Born and raised in Lebanon, Mirna trained professionally as a Graphic Designer at the American University of Beirut, before delving into the world of product design. After working in branding for several years, Mirna co-founded Kashida, a product design studio creating bespoke design pieces based on 3D Arabic typography. The company’s designs are produced by local craftsmen and artisans. Mirna has received the Maurice Fadel Prize, TasmeemDoha Entrepreneurship winner, Finalist at OECD MENA100, Finalist at MIT Grow my Business, and is a published winner at Communication Arts Typography Annual 2012. She was also a speaker at TasmeemDoha 2011 and Nuqat Creative Conference 2012.
  • Sarah Hawilo
    Co-Founder & CEO SERVME
    Sarah is a 30 year old Lebanese entrepreneur who cofounded serVme, a data analytics software revolutionizing the Food & Beverage industry by helping restaurants and clubs capture data about diners to deliver better service and internally enhance their operations. Working with a team of eleven employees and dealing directly with clients, Sarah learnt more about operations, technology, and people than ever before! Delivering innovative solutions to clients and seeing how clients use her software everyday gives her great satisfaction, and reinforces her faith in growing her company.
  • Brian Hull
    Country Managing Director Oman ABB
    Brian is currently Country Managing Director for ABB in Oman and Bahrain, a role which he has had for the last 2 years. In these territories ABB has business covering the full range of power and automation offerings. Support to local customers is provided with a range of sales, engineering and service teams across a range of industrial customer, utility providers and infrastructure projects. Prior to this he ran ABB’s instrumentation business in the UK and Ireland. This included responsibility for 3 manufacturing plants supplying flow and analytical products globally to customers in water utility and COG (Chemical, Oil and Gas), including an R&D team of c 40 people. In the earlier part of his career he managed a switchgear assembly plant and held various consulting and project engineering roles in a global chemical company, ICI. He has a doctorate from the University of Nottingham in Theoretical Mechanics and is a Chartered Engineer. Brain is married with 3 children and currently living in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. Outside of work his interests include badminton and hill walking.
  • Rama Kayyali Jardaneh
    Founder & Managing Partner LITTLE THINKING MINDS
    Rama Kayyali is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Little Thinking Minds, a company passionate about providing engaging Arabic teaching tools for young children globally. Rama runs the day-to-day operations of the company from its headquarters in Amman, Jordan. Rama’s background in media production for the past 17 years in the USA & Jordan coupled with her passion to give back pushed her into co-founding LTM. Rama has a BA in journalism and Mass Communications from UNC- Chapel Hill and an MA in Mass Communications from the American University, Washington DC. She was the Middle East finalist for Cartier Women’s Initiative Award, October 2014.
  • Christine Lagarde
    Managing Director INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND
    A graduate in Law and in Political Science, Christine Lagarde joined the international law firm Baker & McKenzie, becoming Chairman of its Global Executive Committee in 1999, and of its Global Strategic Committee in 2004. Madame Lagarde joined the French government in June 2005, as Minister for Foreign Trade. After a brief period as Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, she became in June 2007 the first woman to hold the post of Finance and Economy Minister of a G-7 country. In July 2011, Christine Lagarde became the eleventh Managing Director of the IMF, and the first woman to hold that position.
  • Valérie Pecresse
    President of the Ile-de-France region (LR), and Former Minister ILE DE FRANCE REGION
    Valérie Pécresse was born in 1967. She is a graduate from France’s leading business school (HEC Paris) and from the renowned Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the graduate school for France’s top civil servants. She started her career as a Judge at the Conseil d’Etat, the highest administrative jurisdiction and was appointed adviser to French President Jacques Chirac in 1998, focusing on emerging technologies. She was elected member of the National Assembly in June 2002, re-elected in 2007 and 2012. Appointed Minister for Higher Education and Research by President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007, she was the youngest member of the cabinet. Her sweeping reform of France’s higher education system is widely perceived as one of the main achievements of Sarkozy’s presidency. Appointed Budget Minister and Government spokesperson in 2011, she helped manage public finances in a challenging post-crisis context. As a Member of Parliament, member of the Finance Commission, she maintained a high level of scrutiny on budgetary matters from June 2012 to December 2015. Concomitantly, she was also the leader of the opposition group at the Regional assembly of the Greater Paris region. In December 2015, she won the regional elections, putting an end to 17 years of uninterrupted rule by the Socialist Party. The Greater Paris region is home to 12 million citizens and at $847 billion its GDP is the largest of any region in Europe, comparable in size with Indonesia, Saudi Arabia or Turkey. She has since then resigned from her seat at the National Assembly, in accordance with her campaign promise to focus exclusively on her term of President of the region.
  • Catherine PÉgard
    Chairman PUBLIC ESTABLISHMENT OF THE PALACE, THE MUSEUM AND THE ESTATE OF VERSAILLES
  • Nermin Sa'D
    CEO & Founder HANDASIYAT.NET
    Nermin is a fiercely independent woman, who recognizes the needs /struggles of modern Arab woman. she was listed in the 2014 and 2015 "100 World's Most Powerful Arab Women" for her achievements and impact in the region. She is a-Senior Mechanical Engineer and CEO Founder of Handasiyat.net. Graduated from the University of Jordan, and lived in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for over 15 years working as a mechanical engineer. She has worked with many leading companies and executed many projects, where she simultaneously built bridges of trust with her clients. She also participated in the translation field, working on engineering related topics, in an effort to enrich Arabic Content in the field.
  • Hanan Saab
    Founder, co-owner, CEO & Managing Director PHARMAMED
    Hanan Saab graduated with a BS in pharmacy from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. She is the co-owner, CEO and managing director of Pharmamed, a company that she founded in Beirut in late 1992, despite the political unrest in her country at that time. She was featured in Forbes’ ranking of the 200 most powerful Arab Women in 2014, in the Arabian Business Magazine, the Financial Times, as a role model for women in the MENA, and in two books on women entrepreneurs in the MENA. Mrs. Saab has been invited to weigh in on women entrepreneurship in the MENA at prestigious conferences held by MEPI, the World Bank and the Woodrow Wilson Center as well as at the MEDA Business Women Forum in Barcelona, Spain. She also participated in a panel on Lebanon’s talent at The Economist’s First Business Roundtable in Beirut in June 2010. Aside from her full-time career, Hanan dedicates much of her time to women’s empowerment in Lebanon and the region. She is the founder and the former president of the Lebanese League for Women in Business (LLWB); a current board member of the Arab International Women Forum and was appointed president of the jury of the Cartier Women Initiative Award (CWIA) for the MENA region in January 2017. Hanan is a big believer that any sustainable vision for the future must tap into the potential and valuable contributions of women.
  • Robert Sebbag
    Vice-President Access to Medicines SANOFI
    Dr Sebbag is VP Access to Medicines at Sanofi. In his role, he participates in the company’s access to medicines strategy development for the Southern Hemisphere. Before, he worked for the European Pharmaceutical Industry Association on creating a communications platform for the pharmaceutical companies operating in Europe. He was also Senior VP of Communications for the vaccine company Aventis Pasteur. He also teaches public health courses within the Paris hospital system, focusing on tropical parasitic diseases. He is active within the French Red Cross and has participated in numerous health missions in the Southern Hemisphere. He has a specialty in tropical parasitic diseases.
  • Zein Shiyyab
    Business Process Manager TRUST HOLDING
    Zein Shiyyab: Over 15 years of experience in global business processes and IT alignment with enterprise goals and strategy. Has extensive international program and project management experience with in-depth expertise in online business development, as well as business process re-engineering. Helps organizations in developing and designing their business process models by mapping out their current “as-is” processes to create a baseline for process improvements and to then design future “to-be” processes with those improvements incorporated.
  • Hans Wahl
    Director, Social Entrepreneurship INSEAD
    Hans joined INSEAD in 2007 with 35+ yrs of experience in education, management, & economic & political development in 40+ countries. Mr. Wahl’s work at INSEAD focuses on programme dev, educational design, & social impact assessment. He is also a founding dir of Governance & Justice Group, a multi-disciplinary group that does research and advises on issues of access to justice, rule of law and human rights. He has launched social ventures including a sustainable tourism venture in the high Georgian Caucuses. He has studied, written & consults on issues of civil society development, human rights, & capacity building worldwide. He holds a Master of Int’l Affairs from Columbia Univ & lives in Paris.
  • Anja Wyden Guelpa
    State Chancellor STATE CHANCELLERY OF GENEVA
    Originating from a German-speaking Swiss alpine region, Anja Wyden Guelpa has been State Chancellor of Geneva since 2009, reelected in 2013 for another 4 years. She serves as Chief of Staff for the Government and Head of the Cantonal administration consisting of more than 14000 State employees. Before 2009, she was Director General of Public Welfare in Geneva. Concerned by social justice, she contributed to improve laws governing access to welfare and to measures fostering financial independence for the very poor. She studied at the Universities of Tübingen and Geneva where she was awarded a degree in Political Sciences and a Master in Public Management. She is married and raises her 2 kids.
  • Nidialys Acosta Cabrera
    Fundadora NOSTALGICAR
    Nidialys Acosta Cabrera graduated in Chemistry in the Habana University. She worked as a researcher in the Cuban Health Ministry in 1998, and then she worked as an international buyer for 11 years at an import company called “Palade of Conventions” and kept studying at the Institute of Foreign Trade. In 2011 she started her own enterprise called NOSTALGICAR, where she restores classic cars from the 50s, that are later rented out for tourism. The company currently employs 11 workers in the repair shop and 22 drivers in the taxi agency. In May 2014, she was selected as Women Entrepreneurs of America in a program organized by the Department State of America. Today she shares her experiences with women entrepreneurs around her, to help them achieve success in their business ventures.
  • Pilar Maria Aguilar
    Angel Investor, Entrepreneur
    Pilar M. Aguilar is an angel investor and serves as board member for several public and private companies, as well as NGOs. Previously, she served as the general director of Endeavor Mexico AC from 2011 to 2015. Before joining Endeavor, she was the director of HR development for Bain & Company, Mexico Inc. Aguilar also headed business intelligence for Telefónica Móviles México. She started her career as a consultant for McKinsey & Company.
  • Alejandra Alcocer
    General Manager Pepsico Strauss JV Obela / PepsiCo Foods Mexico PEPSICO
  • Christina M. Alfonso-Ercan
    Founder and CEO MADEIRA GLOBAL
    Christina Alfonso-Ercan is the CEO of Madeira Global, a leading advisory and data analytics firm dedicated to ESG research and reporting. Her leadership role in the field of ESG analytics and impact investing has been highlighted in distinguished publications including Institutional Investor, Barron’s, WSJ, YahooFinance, Worth & Leaders. In recent years, she has been recognized as a "Women of Influence” by the New York Business Journal and received City & State Reports' "Pioneer Award for Distinguished Achievement in Impact Investing.” Ms. Alfonso-Ercan holds a BS in Finance from Fordham University, an MBA from ESADE Business School & is a member of the 2014 Women's Forum Rising Talents.
  • Barbara Anderson
    Director of Editorial Innovation GRUPO MILENIO
    Barbara Anderson es desde hace dos afios la directora de innovacion editorial y columnista de negocios de Grupo Milenio. Conduce un programa semanal de entrevistas en Milenio Tv (Nada persona!, solo negocios) y es la responsables de los micros de finanzas y economfa del mismo canal. Previamente, durante 11 afios, estuvo en Grupo Expansion donde fue la primera editora mujer de la revista Expansion (cnnexpansion.com) por 8 afios para luego dirigir durante tres afios el negocio de las revistas femeninas y soft news del grupo con revistas como Elle, Quien e lnstyle a cargo. Es corresponsal internacional desde México de Cadena 3 (la red de radios mâs importante de Argentina). Es miembro del International Women Forum y comparte sus responsabilidades editoriales con la fundacion Yo también , que !leva junto a la también periodista Katia D'Artigues dedicada a la inclusion de personas con discapacidad.
  • Maria Teresa Arnal
    CEO J WALTER THOMPSON COMPANY MEXICO
    Maria Teresa Arnal is Google Mexico’s Country Manager. Before Google, Maria Teresa led Twitter’s operations in Mexico, Colombia and Argentina. Her experience in Digital Marketing, Technology and Telecommunications was exerted as Director in J. Walter Thompson Mexico, Mirum and Clarus, company that she founded. Likewise, she was part of the team that founded the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) in Mexico and was President of the Board of the World Internet Project in Mexico.
  • Bárbara Arredondo Ayala
    Cultural Curator WE MATTER STRATEGIES
    Bárbara Arredondo Ayala is a noted cultural curator, journalist, entrepreneur and strategic advisor. Bárbara has advised international projects such as The Economist México Summit, Fundación Angélica Fuentes, Fuji Declaration, Newark Peace and Education Summit, Catapulta Fest, among others. On 2012, Bárbara created i AM HERE - a content platform featuring conferences and community building projects. On 2014, she participated at the first Women, Peace and Security IVLP convened by the US State Department. Bárbara recently opened WE MATTER strategies, a boutique consulting firm. Bárbara has a degree in International Relations from Tec de Monterrey and is a member of the WEF Global Shapers community.
  • Martine Assouline
    Founder ASSOULINE
    Martine Assouline was born in Africa and grew up in Peru; before moving to Europe, where she studied in Switzerland and France. She is graduate in law (Université de droit, Nice), received “Honorary doctorate from the art university of San Francisco” (2009) and an accessing award for “Influencer” in 2012. Soon after she married Prosper Assouline in 1991, Martine had to create a publishing house to be able to make the books they couldn’t find in bookstores. The couple started to build Assouline with a new vision. They share the development of the Company today.
  • Raquel AzpÍroz
    Editor in chief FORBES LIFE LATAM
    Raquel is architect by training and linked to the publishing industry by passion. She worked four years in Spain, her country of origin, in several architecture firms, such as ARUP.  Since 2010, she moved to Mexico DF with her husband and started working at Condé Nast as contributor in Architectural Digest (AD) magazine. After one year learning from the editor in chief, she became executive editor.  In 2013, Forbes Mexico called her to join a new project, Forbes Life. She is now the editor of Forbes LIFE Latam (Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic) magazines, the lifestyle pages that appear monthly on Forbes Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic and Forbes Life website. Also, she runs Forbes LIFE magazine and Forbes Life Travel.
  • Nathalie Baaklini
    Marketing Sub Director EL PALACIO DE HIERRO
    Born in Lebanon, nationalized Canadian and Mexican at heart. Graduated from the Concordia University of Montreal in International Business, she began her carreer at a young age in Gap Inc. After nine years at the company, she moved to Mexico in 2004. Due to her performance, she became Director of the Global Store Louis Vuitton Masaryk .Then she became leader of the Retail Performance Project for Latin America and South Africa together with Mackenzie Consulting in Brasil. Back in Mexico she took responsibility of the Client Development and Private Client Relations which established a solid record of success stories. Today Nathalie is the Sub Director of Marketing at El Palacio de Hierro.
  • Gary Barker
    International Director PROMUNDO
    Gary Barker is International Director and founder of Promundo. He has conducted extensive global research and program development around engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 600 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality.
  • Marcelina Bautista Bautista
    Founder SUPPORT AND TRAINING CENTER FOR DOMESTIC WORKERS
    Marcelina Bautista Bautista llegó a la Ciudad de México a los 14 años de edad proveniente de Nochtixtlán, Oaxaca. Después de trabajar durante 21 años como empleada del hogar, sufrir discriminación, abusos y violencia, fundó el Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar A. C. (CACEH) en el 2000, desde ahí ha promovido los derechos de las trabajadoras del hogar y llevó el proceso hacía la sindicalización de las trabajadoras del hogar, que recientemente se formó el 30 de agosto del 2015 y donde ella es secretaría general colegiada de tres que lo conforman. Actualmente es Coordinadora Regional para América Latina de la Federación Internacional de Trabajadoras del Hogar FITH, en busca de la ratificación del convenio 189 de la OIT sobre trabajo digno para trabadoras del hogar.
  • Xavier de Bellefon
    CEO, Mexico and Latin-America AXA
    Xavier de Bellefon is a graduate from the École Supérieure des Sciences Économiques et Commerciales, located in France. He joined AXA Group in 1997 in France, after being Senior Associate of Booz & Company. From 1999 to 2006, he was in charge of different responsibilities in product offer and distribution in AXA Spain, and from 2006 to 2008, he was Executive Vice-President for Strategic Planning, Commercial Support and Development for Oriental Europe in AXA Group. In July 2008 he was appointed CEO of AXA Mexico and since 2014 is also CEO of AXA Latin-America.
  • Alberto Bello
    Editorial Director for Business Media GRUPO EXPANSIÓN
  • Lourdes Berho
    President & Chief Catalyst ALCHEMIA
    Graduated from BA and Advertising at Pepperdine University, and studies in Finance, Sustainability and Digital Marketing, Lourdes has more than 25 years C-Suite positions at global organizations. In 2016 she was appointed by President Peña Nieto and actual Mexico’s Secretary of Tourism de la Madrid, to head the Mexico Tourism Board until this past April 2017 after implementing an innovative marketing destination platform for Mexico and achieving the best visitors number ever. She founded "Alchemia in the Business of Transformation", in 2011 a marketing communications by design social firm. Prior to that she was VP of Premium Marketing at Citibanamex and CEO of Condé Nast Mexico and Latin America and the global PPN for Latam. Lourdes is active in several social causes such as Women's Forum for the Economy and Society, Casa Hogar Alegría IAP (Co-Founder), and the 1A1 movement against people trafficking.
  • Tatiana Bilbao
    Principal TATIANA BILBAO ESTUDIO
    The work of Tatiana Bilbao tries to understand, through the multicultural and multidisciplinary office she has, the place that surrounds us to translate its rigid codes into architecture trying to regenerates spaces to humanize them as a reaction to global capitalism, opening up niches for cultural and economic development. Tatiana was the recipient of Kunstpries Berlin in 2012, the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture Prize in 2014 and named as Emerging Voice by the Architecture League of NY in 2009. Her work is part of the collection of the Centre George Pompidou, The Carnegie Museum of Art and has been published in A+U, Domus and The New York Times, among others.
  • Eduardo Bolio
    Director MCKINSEY & COMPANY
    Eduardo Bolio is a Director in the Mexico Office of McKinsey & Company. Eduardo holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana and a Diploma in Finance from ITAM in Mexico City. Since joining the firm in 1994, he has concentrated his client service efforts on the sectors of Energy and Basic Materials, Private Equity, Retail and Education. Eduardo is married, has two daughters and lives in Mexico City.
  • Karla Breceda Elenes
    Founder and CEO EL BUEN SOCIO
    Karla Breceda is the founder of El Buen Socio, a for profit social venture that issues loans to fund productive projects that have a positive social and environmental impact in Mexico. El Buen Socio supports entrepreneurs unable to obtain a loan through other banking institutions that farm, forest, or produce in an eco-friendly way with sustainable use of natural resources. She has 10 years of experience working for the World Bank, the Mexican Ministry of Social Development and Mexico’s National Rural Bank. Karla has a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and undergraduate degree in Economics from ITAM.
  • Claudia Calvin
    Executive Director CONSEJO MEXICANO DE ASUNTOS INTERNACIONALES
    Claudia Calvin is the Executive Director of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (COMEXI) since 2011 and Founder of Mujeres Construyendo (mujeresconstruyendo.com), the first platform for female bloggers in Latin America, promoting women´s empowerment through ICT (Information and Communication Technologies). She is blogger for Animal Politico, one of the leading online newspaper in Mexico and Latin America. Ph.D. in Political Science, Latin-American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). 
  • Alejandro Cardoso
    President and CEO, Latam PUBLICIS MEXICO
    Alejandro has been working in the Communications Industry for 25 years.He has been an industry leader in the Advstg. sector working for companies such as JWT, TBWA, Leo Burnet and for the last 12 years with Paris based Publicis Groupe. He has also worked and led world class companies such as: Westin & Intercontinental Hotels, Yahoo! Citibank and Aeromexico where he designed the Premier concept (Premier Class, Lounge) as well as Club Premier Aeromexico`s freq. flyer program.Alejandro has been the Regional CEO for Publicis in Latam for 8 years and is now responsible of all the Group's operations in Mexico. These are: Leo Burnett, Publicis, Saatchi&Saatchi,Nurun,Arc,MSL,Marcel & P. Healthcare.
  • Laura Carrera Lugo
    Coordinator of the Police Development System FEDERAL POLICE OF MEXICO
    Bachelor in Social Anthropology and P.h.D in Sociolinguistics with a speciality in Discourse analysis by Paris West University Nanterre. Coordinator of the Police Development System of the Federal Police of Mexico. Dr. Laura Carrera is deeply committed in focusing all the efforts of police training to security and gender equality aimed to ensure the full development of the members of the Institution following the objectives of the Federal Police. She is the founder of the National Center for the Prevention of Crime and Citizen Participation and First Commissioner of the National Commission to Prevent and Eradicate Violence against Women of the Ministry of Interior.
  • Carlos Carriedo
    Vice-President and General Manager, American Express Global Corporate Payments Latin America AMERICAN EXPRESS
    Carlos Carriedo has more than 14 years of experience in the consultancy and financial services sector, with corporate and business accomplishments in a variety of areas and locations. In March 2015, he was named Vice President and General Manager of American Express Global Corporate Payments for Mexico and Latin America. Carlos joined American Express in 2003 as Planning Manager in Mexico. He later held various positions as Marketing Director and in Product Management and Strategic Planning for Mexico, Canada, and the United States, with a base in New York. In 2013, he was chosen by Expansión Magazine as one the "30 promising in their 30s", where he was noted for his passion for cycling. Carlos has been part of the National Mountain Cycling team, in which he represented Mexico in six world championships. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and an Accounting Degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education.
  • Patricia Guadalupe Cervantes Powell
    Medical Director SANOFI AVENTIS - MEXICO
  • Valeria Chapa Garza
    Vice President & General Counsel, Latin America HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC
    Valeria provides general commercial, corporate governance and compliance advice to Honeywell's operations in LATAM. Before joining Honeywell, Valeria was a partner at Baker & McKenzie based in Monterrey, Mexico and worked at the firm’s New York (2004) and Mexico City (2006-2008) offices. She holds a JD from the Universidad de Monterrey (Cum Laude, 2001) and a Master of Laws from Columbia University in New York. In 2015, Valeria co-founded an NGO formed by Mexican in-house and law firm attorneys called Abogadas MX, which aims to increase the representation of female attorneys in leadership positions through mentoring, networking and leadership opportunities.
  • Airton Cousseau
    Managing Director RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE
    Airton Cousseau is the Managing Director for Nissan Mexicana. Cousseau joined NMEX with more than 20 years of automotive industry experience in the areas of Sales, After Sales and Marketing. He previously held a number of management positions at General Motors in Brazil and in Detroit, Michigan. He was also the executive director for Hyundai Motor in Brazil. Cousseau's strong background in import and export marketing, finance, dealer network development, accounting, sales and after-sales will help expand Nissan's market share in Mexico and positively impact Nissan's dealer network. Cousseau has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Federal University of Parana, Brazil as well as advanced degrees in Marketing from the Universidad De La Republica, Uruguay and Finance from the Universidad De Montevideu, Uruguay. He speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.
  • Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza
    Activista Social GESTORA SOCIAL
    Originaria del municipio de Santa María Quiegolani, en la sierra Sur del Estado de Oaxaca. La primera mujer presidenta de la Mesa Directiva del Congreso del Estado de Oaxaca. Fue Diputada federal en LXII Legislatura de la Cámara de Diputados y durante el mismo periodo presidió la Comisión de Asuntos Indígenas. Es reconocida como una de las mujeres más relevantes en la promoción y defensa de los derechos políticos de las mujeres, tras haber logrado una reforma constitucional al Art. 2 apartado A, que reconoce el derecho de las mujeres indígenas de todo el país al voto activo y pasivo.
  • Lorena Cruz Sanchez
    President NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF WOMEN
    Since January 2013, Lorena Cruz has been President of the National Wome’s Institute. She holds a degree in Business Administration from the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. Her professional training encompasses specializations in public policy with gender perspective, governance and European Union-Mexico relations. She has played a leading role in the Mexican civil service since 2007, by promoting policies for gender mainstreaming, research into human rights, legal reforms, eradication of violence against women and affirmative action to reduce gender inequality.
  • Alejandra Cullen BenÍtez
    Reporter and analyst UNO TV
    Alejandra Cullen Benítez holds a a degree in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo Mexico and a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Now a political analyst for UNO TV, previously she worked for Channel 40. She has a weekly column in www.sinembargo.mx and is regular contributor to the magazine Assembly. Along with her media work, she is an external consultant on social development and public policy, mainly in the área of the social prevention of violence. She has worked in the public sector for the Ministry of Social Development and the National Bank of Public Works, and taught at ITAM on the design and implementation of public policy, intermediate microeconomics, and public choice. A member of the Harvard Club of Mexico, where she is a former President, she is also a member of www.reeligeocastiga.org and DHP.
  • Martha Debayle
    CEO & Founder MEDIA MARKETING KNOWLEDGE GROUP
    CEO & Founder MMKGroup Martha is a renowned businesswoman, presenter and radio host. Nicaraguan by birth and Mexican by heart, she has more than 29 years of experience in media, mainly radiocasting, printed media and television networks as anchor and host. She is a renowned entrepreneur in web-based platforms and media management.
  • Maria Del Carmen Bernal Gonzalez
    Director Research Centre of Women in Senior Management IPADE BUSINESS SCHOOL
    María del Carmen Bernal is CEO of the Research Center for Women in Senior Management (CIMAD) and Professor of the Human Resources Management Department at IPADE Business School. She has a Ph.D. in Pedagogy at the University of Navarra, Spain. She is also a speaker at various forums. In October 2011 she received the recognition from the association “Mujer Construye” (Women Building), achieved for her research job in education and women’s leadership. She has the following publications: Women and leadership, building from complementarity (Mujer y liderazgo, construyendo desde la complementariedad. Mexico, LID Editorial, 2010); Female Talent in Senior Management in Mexico.
  • Augusta Diaz De Rivera
    JUNTOS PODEMOS
  • Gina Diez Barroso
    President & CEO GRUPO DIARQ
    Gina Diez Barroso has been a pioneer in the fields of arts and education for over 20 years beginning in 1990, the year in which she created and launched Grupo Diarq. In 2004, Mrs. Diez Barroso founded CENTRO; the first university in Mexico City specialized in creative studies. In 1992 she founded Fundacion Diarq, a non-profit organization that works towards eradicating domestic violence and preventing bullying in schools, and in 2004, she founded Fundacion Pro-Educacion Centro, a non-profit organization granting merit-based scholarships to deserving students pursuing degrees in creative studies. Mrs. Diez Barroso sits on several international boards including C200 and is part of the G20.
  • Denise Dresser
    Professor INSTITUTO TECNOLÓGICO AUTÓNOMO DE MÉXICO (ITAM)
    Denise Dresser is a professor of political science at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) since 1991. She has published articles in the Journal of Democracy, Current History, Harvard International Journal and Foreign Policy. She writes a political column for Reforma and Proceso and participates in a political talk show on Mexican TV. She served on the Citizens’ Committee in charge of investigating Mexico’s dirty war, and has been on the board of the Human Rights Commission for Mexico City. Dr. Dresser earned her PhD in Politics at Princeton University, and has taught at Georgetown and Berkeley. She edited Gritos y susurros: experiencias intempestivas de 38 mujeres, and produced a documentary on it. She has been named one of the 300 most influential people in Mexico by the magazine Líderes Mexicanos and won the National Journalism Award in 2010.
  • Veronica Elizondo
    Chief Information Officer SIGMA ALIMENTOS SA DE CV
    Veronica’s executive career spans areas including Talent Development, Human Capital, Sustainability, Strategic Planning, Business Process Transformation and Information Technology. The variety of roles has given her an integral vision of the way organizations work. A tireless worker in women’s executive development and the ties of advancing gender equality and economic benefits for Mexico; she has participated in diverse forums to share messages about Organizational Culture, Work-Life Balance, Leadership, and Diversity. Veronica holds a BS Electronic Engineering degree from ITESM and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is married and the proud mother of three children.
  • Juan Carlos Escribano
    CEO EL PALACIO DE HIERRO
  • Vicente Fenoll
    CEO KUBO.FINANCIERO
    Vicente is a Social Entrepreneur with Ashoka. With more than 20 years of experience in microfinance as founder and CEO of one of México´s leading MFI´s. In 2012, founded "kubo.financiero", an Endeavor, and Wayra supported technology scale-up that creates online financial communities that links creditworthy borrowers with savvy investors. Kubo is positioned as the first regulated peer-to-peer (p2p) lending platform in Latin America. Kubo disrupts microfinance, empowering people using technology ir order to obtain better financial services, reducing cost to borrowers an better returns to depositors, they create portfolios with a clear social impact.
  • Hernán FernÁndez
    Founding partners of Angel Ventures Mexico ANGEL VENTURES
    Hernan is one of the founding partners of Angel Ventures Mexico, the leading Angel Investment Network in Mexico, currently with offices in Mexico City, Puebla, Sonora, Guadalajara and Tijuana / San Diego. Hernan holds a BA in Law for the Instituto Tecnologico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He worked for Booz & Co. and PWC prior to founding Angel Ventures Mexico.
  • Monica Flores
    President Latin America MANPOWERGROUP
    President for Latin America of ManpowerGroup & President of ManpowerGroup Foundation, responsible for the operation of 18 countries, with more than 3,500 employees and 120,000 associates. Awarded by the National Mexican Senate as “2011 Distinguished Woman”, recognized as one of the 5 most outstanding women in Corporate Social Responsibility and one of the Most Powerful Businesswomen in Latin America,globally named one of the 10 main promoters of diversity,and one of the women with greater influence in Staffing Industry. Speaker in forums in Europe,Asia and America regarding Talent and the World of Work (WEF,WISE,OECD,among others). Graduated as an Actuary,holds a Master in Philosophy & a MBA
  • Jacqueline Franjou
    CEO WOMEN'S FORUM FOR THE ECONOMY & SOCIETY
    CEO of the Women’s Forum, Jacqueline previously held senior management roles in the private sector: Cegos, Air France and Vivendi (Nexity-SFR), Veolia (SNCM) and in the public sector as a counselor for the French Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade. She founded the famous international Ramatuelle Festival of Theatre and also founded several international Photo Festivals, and Chairman of Figures of Peace, an international association promoting the photos of living Nobel Peace Prize Winners. She produced several films on the theatre and authored several books and catalogues. She has a great international experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America and received several distinctions (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Officier du Mérite National, Officier de la Légion d’honneur, grand prix du rayonnement français à l international from French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senate). She is a board member of Vranken Pommery, Lucas Carton and Musée d’Orsay.
  • Rossana Fuentes-Berain
    CEO and Founder MEXICO MEDIALAB S21
    Founder and CEO of Mexico Media Lab S21, which is a think tank that specializes in doing research about the use of ICTs and using it to imagine and implement disruptive projects that provoke innovation in both the public and private sector in Mexico. As part of the research activity of the Mexico Media Lab, Rossana published in 2015 the book “México 2020: dale click a tu futuro” (Mexico 2020: click on your future). From 2009 to 2014 she was Editorial VP in Grupo Expansión, being responsible for the content of the 17 magazines and 11 websites that the firm manages, as well as the editorial content of the brand extensions.
  • Xochitl GÁlvez Ruiz
    Delegational Head, Mexico City MIGUEL HIDALGO
    Born in Tepatepec, Hidalgo. Computer Engineer Graduate from the UNAM. Expert in clean technologies and environmental protection. President of Fundación Porvenir, for the support of marginalized communities. Between 2000 and 2006 she was in charge of the Office for Indigenous Peoples Development in the Presidential Cabinet. Was candidate to Governor of the State of Hidalgo, and later to the Senate of the Mexican Republic. In 2015 became Miguel Hidalgo Delegational Chief where she has launched several projects to generate savings for use it in social programs and urban infrastructure.
  • Luis Garza Sada
    Executive Vice President, Advenio, and CEO KINEDU
    Luis is CEO of Kinedu, a company which focused on improving quality interactions between adults and their babies. Kinedu began as a tool from Advenio, leader in early childhood education in Latam, and was spun-off in 2015. Advenio began in 2010, when Luis and his co-founder decided to revolutionize Early childhood development in Mexico. ADVENIO hosts over 1,200 children in its centers. Luis received his degree of Bachelor of Science from Stanford in 2006, and an MBA from Harvard in 2010. Luis has been recognized as an Endeavor High Impact Entrepreneur in 2012 and was a finalist in Mexico’s Entrepreneur of the Year Earnst&Young Competition.
  • María Beatriz Gasca Acevedo
    Human Resources Business Partner AEROMEXICO
    Bea is the HRBP for Commercial Area in Aeromexico. She received the Master Degree in Human Development by the UAB and she is been accepted by the Universidad Anáhuac to be a PhD student for the program in Social Responsibility and Innovation by proposing an investigation line in Gender Equality. She also has international experience in Belgium and Cánada. She is a certified Coach. She started her professional experience in Whirlpool, and continued at Nestlé. Bea has been recognized for her ability in traducing the HR initiatives into the business units language. She regularly give conferences in Universities for the last year students to orient them in their first steps in the labor world.
  • Amy Glover
    Director MCLARTY ASSOCIATES
    Amy L. Glover serves as a director at McLarty Associates and lived in Mexico City for over a decade, where she worked as a risk manager for Citibank, a public affairs consultant for multinational companies, and most recently as the Director of External Affairs and Committees at the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico. Ms. Glover received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and holds a master’s degree in Latin American studies from Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations of Mexico (COMEXI), serves on the advisory board of the Association of Mexican Businesspeople (AEM-DC) and is a frequent columnist and commentator in the Mexican press.
  • Daniel Esteban GÓmez IÑiguez
    Co-founder SOLBEN
    Daniel Gomez Iñiguez is the Founder of the company SOLBEN (Bioenergy Solutions), a company that is currently recognized as the largest producer of Biodiesel in Mexico. Also he is founder of GOVFACES, based in Switzerland; a company that promotes the international transparency. He is counselor of economic development of several state governments and has untaken projects of social impact in various sectors such as art, education, financing for entrepreneurs, among others.
  • Luis Miguel Gonzales
  • Belinda Gonzalez
    Interventional Cardiology HOSPITAL OF CARDIOLOGY
    Belinda González was born in Mexico City in 1971, and is the youngest of 7 siblings in a traditional family. After the death of her grandmother so sudden and unexpected, she wanted to be a doctor to help people. She studied in the medicine school on 1989 and graduated in 1996. She does specialty in cardiology and interventional cardiology at the government Hospital of Social Security in Cardiology, during this time her daughter Stefanie was born. Belinda González also obtained the degree of Master of Science and she is currently finishing her doctoral studies in science on aspects of health economics and social impact. Her work involves the treatment of acute myocardial infarction with angioplasty and teaching.
  • Mayra Gonzalez
    Regional Sales Vice-President RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE
    Mayra Gonzalez is currently the president and managing director of Nissan Mexicana, a company that has achieved more than seven consecutive years of sales leadership in the automotive industry in Mexico. She is the first female executive ever to be appointed president of a country within the Nissan Group, and also the youngest person to assume this position in the history of the company. Gonzalez was also the first woman to become a member of NMEX's executive committee. Mayra Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing by the Technological University of Mexico (1998); a master’s degree in Advertising from Anahuac University in Mexico (2001).
  • Mary Goudie
    Founding Member, the 30 Percent Club HOUSE OF LORDS / UK PARLIAMENT
    Baroness Mary Goudie is a senior member of the British House of Lords and a global advocate for the rights of women and children. In the UK she is a founding member of the 30% Club which aims to influence chairman to bring more women onto corporate boards. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. Goudie is a trustee of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, based in the US, whose aims are to foster interfaith dialogue to establish solutions to global challenges affecting mankind. She is a member of the Board of Directors of EuropEFE – the European Mission of the Education for Employment Foundation based in Spain. She is a member of the UK Board of Directors
  • Ana GÜezmes
    UN Women Representative in Mexico UN WOMEN MEXICO
    Ana Güezmes is UN Women Representative for Mexico. A longstanding advocate for women's rights, has worked in Latin America for the past 25 years in public policies, sustainable development cooperation, and on strengthening women's networks and organizations and gender equality mechanisms in governments, parliaments and the judiciary in the region. She has worked with agencies such as UNFPA, WHO, PAHO, United Kingdom´s Department for International Development, International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation. Ana Guezmes is a medical doctor and a specialist in community health.
  • Lorena GuillÉ
    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility CINÉPOLIS
    Lorena Guillé has devoted her life to CSR,philanthropy and next generation leadership. She is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cinépolis and Executive Director of Fundación Cinépolis since its creation. She has led the efforts to recover the sight of 29,000 people suffering cataracts, bring the cinema experience to +300k people in rural communities, and produced DHFEST, the first Human Rights Film Festival in Mexico(now in its 7th Year). Currently she is a member of the Global Philanthropist Circle, Nexus Global Youth Summit,and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy Advisory Committee; mentors at Unreasonable Institute and Endeavor Mx. She is married and has three beautiful children.
  • Mayra Hernandez Gonzalez
    Founder INSTITUTO XILONEN ROBERTO GONZALEZ BARRERA
    Mayra is the founder of Instituto Xilonen, inspired by the life and spirit of her grandfather Roberto Gonzalez Barrera. The purpose of Instituto Xilonen is to fulfill a Global vision of change by placing healing Crystals throughout the world in order to advance peace, harmony and conscious living.   Prior to founding Xilonen, Mayra became the head of CSR at Banorte, one of Mexico's largest financial institutions. Under her leadership, Banorte became Mexico's first bank to join the Dow Jones sustainability index. Earlier in her career, Mayra led her own strategic consulting and graphic design firm. As a consultant to Banorte, she helped create Mujer Banorte, which opened financial services and new opportunities for 340,000 Mexican women. Based between Mexico City and New York, Mayra is a world traveler who enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family.
  • Alejandro Hope
    Editor, Security and Justice EL DAILY POST
    Editor, Security and Justice, at www.eldailypost.com, an English-language online news site devoted to Mexico. Prior to his current position, he worked as director for security policy at the Mexican Competitiveness Institute (IMCO). Between 2008 and 2011, he held several executive positions at the Center for Research and National Security (CISEN), Mexico’s civilian intelligence agency. He writes a regular column for El Universal, Mexico’s largest-circulation news daily. He produces a daily newsletter on Mexican security, crime and justice topics. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was enrolled in the PhD.program in Politics at Princeton University.
  • Altair Jarabo
    Actress
    Altair is a 29 year old Mexican actress and businesswoman. For over a decade she has been working as an actress in film, theater and television in Mexico, gaining a privileged place in the social sphere where her voice can reach many ears. Throughout her working years she has also worked in becoming a business woman, and in spreading information about social content. She recently found a particular interest in issues of women's empowerment and gender equality.
  • Leticia JÁuregui Casanueva
    Founder and President CREA
    Born & raised in Mexico City, Leticia has presented her work on women’s entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and exponential technologies at the the OECD, Women Deliver and the WEF Davos Annual Meeting & others. In 2008, Leticia founded Crea (www.crea.org.mx) that trains & advises low-income women micro and small entrepreneurs in marginalised communities to strengthen & grow their businesses. Leticia has received multiple awards and recognition for her work as a social entrepreneur including from Echoing Green, GLG, Rising Talents of the Women's Forum. Leticia is currently working on innovation in exponential finance and insurance, specialising in pensions and blockchain.
  • Alejandra Lagunes Soto Ruiz
    National Digital Strategy's Coordinator NATIONAL DIGITAL STRATEGY COORDINATION, OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, MEXICO
    As coordinator of National Digital Strategy in the Office of the President of Mexico, Alejandra spearheads the use of technology to transform the government into a 21st century institution.  Alejandra’s twelve year experience in ICT’s in Mexico’s leading technology companies such as Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Televisa brings into the government an innovative and disruptive approach to deal with inner transformational barriers. Whether it’s digitalizing the existing government structure into a unified platform for the citizens or promoting connectivity in benefit of education, health and economy, Alejandra is always ready to tackle the upcoming challenges of Mexico in the technology sector.
  • Laura Manzo
    Editor in Chief Quién GRUPO EXPANSIÓN
    Editora General de Quién® desde 2011, publicación que bajo su dirección se ha consolidado como una de las revistas impresas y digitales más leídas e influyentes de México. Comunicóloga de profesión, y con una maestría en contenidos y negocios en Internet, su sello durante 15 años de trabajo en medios ha sido la innovación y la creación de contenidos relevantes y diferenciados. Laura es líder de opinión frente a una audiencia que impacta el ámbito social, cultural, artístico y político del país.
  • Susana MartÍnez Vidal
    Journalist and Author
    Editor in Chief of EllE Spain (1993-2010). Freelance fashion analyst. Collaborator for Huffington Post. Author of Frida Kahlo: Fashion As the Art of Being, published by Assouline.
  • Karla Mawcinitt
    CEO MB EXCELENCIA EN COMUNICACIONES
    Holds a Master’s in International Public Relations from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She specialized in Business Management and Tourism at Instituto de Estudios Superiores de España. Her trajectory spans more than 15 years in the public and private sectors. Leader, advisor, and coordinator of large-scale projects for the Mexican Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, the Ministry of Education, the Government of the State of Veracruz, and Pemex, among other institutions. Expert in creating work synergies for the development of projects related with the country’s promotion and image, tourism, and communications. Advisor and columnist in the private and academic sectors.
  • Alba Medina Flores
    Co-founder and CEO POP.SPACE
    Alba Medina is a serial entrepreneur and global investor. Alba is also Managing Partner of Grupo Fame-Altozano and co-founder of Dalia Empower - the first integrated platform for women empowerment in LATAM. She is a passionate advocate for women and girls worldwide and an active member of 14 boards (national and international). As a hobby, she enjoys blogging about women empowerment, speaking at global conferences about gender equality and entrepreneurship and helping young artists thrive. Medina Flores holds a bachelor´s degree in Finance from ITESM in Mexico and an MSRED graduate degree from MIT in Cambridge, MA. Previously, she held multiple positions the financial sector, mainly in M&A.
  • Patricia Mercado
    Minister of Government of Mexico City MINISTRY OF GOVERNMENT OF MEXICO CITY
    She is a Mexican feminist politician. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). In 2006 she was the presidential candidate for Alternativa Social Demócrata Party. Between 2000 and 2013 she was President of the Leadership Institute Simone de Beauvoir. From 2010 to 2013 she was General Director of SUMA Equality Democracy Iniciative, sponsored by UNWOMEN. From January 2014 to July 2015, she was Minister of Labor and Employment in Mexico City's Government. Founder and consultant in the last 30 years of different civil associations such as Diversa; GIRE; Gender Equality, Citizenship, Labor and Family.
  • Estelle Metayer
    President and CEO COMPETIA
    Entrepreneur, trend-spotter, reputed public speaker. Facilitator strategic governance workshops on future trends and industry disruption. Adjunct professor at McGill University. Guest lecturer, IMD (Switzerland), and past joint programs with MIT, and INSEAD. Faculty, Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Formerly at McKinsey (Canada); CAE (Canada); ING Bank( Netherlands, Poland); Bouygues (France, UK). Board member Ubisoft ( Euronext: $UBI). Board member BRP inc (TSX: $DOO). Board member, Zag Bank (Canada). Advisory board member, Ricardo Media (Canada). Drs and MBA, Nijenrode University, The Netherlands
  • Carlos Mota
    Columnist EL FINANCIERO BLOOMBERG
    Business columnist and anchor specialized in business and economic news. Interviewed hundreds of global CEOs. Author, three books. Keynote speaker. Young Global Leader (WEF).
  • Angella Nazarian
    Speaker and Author VISIONARY WOMEN
    Angella Nazarian is a noted international speaker and best-selling author of three books: Life as a Visitor, Pioneers of the Possible: Celebrating Visionary Women of the World, and Visionary Women.  She is the co-founder of VISIONARY WOMEN, a non-profit women’s leadership organization in Los Angeles that brings together some of the most dynamic thought leaders in the country together for in depth conversations. Visionary Women’s funds are targeted toward supporting Women’s initiatives both nationally and internationally.  Angella is also a member of Women Moving Millions: a global community whose members pledge at least $1 million dollars to organizations that benefit women and girls.
  • Alejandra Negrete
    Commissioner NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR THE PREVENTION AND ERADICATION OF VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
    Alejandra Negrete is a lawyer by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, with a master in Legal Argumentation by the Universidad de Alicante, Spain. She worked as a Human Rights Specialist Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Also, she was advisor to the Sub secretary of legal affairs and human rights at the Secretariat of the Interior, and advisor to the President of the Supreme Court. She also participated as associate CEO of the Defense of Human Rights Unit, at the Secretariat of Interior. At the present time, she is the National Commissioner for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence against Women.
  • Ivonne Ortega Pacheco
    former Governor of Yucatán
  • Alondra de la Parra
    Conductor
    Conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her spellbinding and vibrant performances, making her one of the most compelling conductors of her generation. She has been heralded by Plácido Domingo as “an extraordinary conductor” and the French newspaper Le Monde states that “there is no doubt that, with Alondra de la Parra classical music has arrived into the XXI Century”. She has led more than 70 orchestras around the globe, and is since 2015 the new Musical Conductor of the Queensland  Symphony Orchestra. She began playing the piano at age 7, and  at age 23, She founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, with the will to create an orchestra that would serve as a platform to showcase young performers and composers of the Americas. Alondra is an avid supporter of education programs across the world.
  • Arely Pavon-Torres
    Owner PLANTAS Y DECORACIÓN DE MACETAS
    Soy Arely Pavón Torres, tengo 53 años de edad, soy originaria de la Ciudad de México.Soy madre de dos jovencitas. Desde hace más de 10 años inicié mi negocio en ferias artesanales de mi localidad, primero, dando a conocer una técnica innovadora para la realización de paisajes con plantas naturales y posteriormente incursioné en el diseño y realización de jardinería creativa.
  • Rebecca Pearson
    Lubricants Marketing Director, Americas EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION
    Rebecca Pearson joined ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing in 1995 as an experienced hire, bringing with her deep expertise in consumer marketing, retail management and information technology. She is now based in Houston. Within ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing, Rebecca has held various assignments of increasing responsibility, from Business to customer service to brand management. She has also held positions in industrial marketing, communications, business analysis and planning, and global marketing. She became the first global brand manager for Mobil 1, the flagship consumer product in the ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing.
  • Blanca Pelcastre
    Researcher NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
    Doctorate in Social Psychology - Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain Researcher at Determinants and Challenges of the Health System Department Topics of interest: vulnerable groups and qualitative methodology Teacher of social sciences and qualitative methodology My research work on vulnerable groups is centered basically in indigenous, elderly people and migrants. I have developed studies focused in these groups related to different health’s aspects such as identification of health necessities, exploration of health practices, access to health services, health programs and healthcare services qualitative evaluation and Community-Based Participatory Research.
  • Rosario PÉrez
    President/Owner RP ADVISORS LLC PRO MUJER
    Rosario Pérez is President/CEO of Pro Mujer. Based at its international headquarters in New York City, Ms. Pérez oversees a gross portfolio of over US$122 million, 1,900 employees, and almost 300,000 clients in Latin America. Prior to joining Pro Mujer in 2008, Ms. Pérez spent 21 years in various senior positions for J.P. Morgan Chase, culminating in managing its Private Bank Latin American division. In this role, Ms. Pérez was responsible for overall client management, operations, and financial performance from 1997 to 2005. Ms. Pérez received her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad de las Américas (Mexico) and a Master in European History from Yale University.
  • Francesco Piazzesi
    Founder & CEO ECHALE A TU CASA
    Drawing upon years of experience in the housing industry, Francesco Piazzesi is addressing the lack of decent housing for Mexicans at the BoP through Échale a tu casa. This model is focused on community-based financing and construction of safe, ecologically friendly, and adequate homes, in order to offer both dignity and (re-sale) value to low-income homeowners. He received his Ph.D. in 2006 and has achieved recognitions as 2007 National Housing Award. 2014 National Quality Award. 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year, World Entrepreneur Forum. Clinton Global and Schwab foundation recognition and B Corp “Best for the World”
  • Dolores Del Carmen Prado
    CEO, El Salvador and Head Central America Cluster LAFARGEHOLCIM
    Dolores Prado has 18 year experience within group LafargeHolcim. She has held CEO positions in both Nicaragua & El Salvador. Since December 2015, she was named Head of the Central America Cluster managing an operations of 3 countries with 1212 employees. Previous to being CEO, she served in Nicaragua as Commercial Director (1998-2009). Dolores has a Bachelor in Business Administration and a Degree in Marketing and Advertising. Honours:Woman Entrepreneur of the year Nicaragua Construction Chamber 2011. Extraordinary Services Provider to the Central America Construction Industry (ORDECCAC-2011). E&N: Special article about regionals examples of breaking barriers to gender equality 2011.
  • Juana Ramirez
    CEO & Founder COMPANY
    Founder and CEO of Sohin since 2009, a company dedicated to serving patients with chronic degenerative diseases. Was selected by the world as an entrepreneur accelerator ENDEAVOR High Impact, winner of the Annual Award of Ernest and Young "Entrepreneur of the Year 2015" and recently included in the 30 business promises FORBES 2016. Psychologist, MBA and graduate Program IPADE, with 20 years of experience in health, participating in all related sectors: public health, private hospitals, United Nations, pharmaceutical and clinical diagnostic laboratories, distributors and service integrators . This experience allowed him to develop a holistic view of health and the needs of patients.
  • Claudia Revilla
    Director PRODESARROLLO, FINANZAS Y MICORMEPRESA, A. C.
    Claudia Revilla Ostos holds a BA degree in law and Latin American studies with a specialization in human and indigenous rights. She has spent 10 years collaborating in diverse matters of civil defense involving children and women’s rights and people living with HIV. She worked to influence public policy to incorporate legislative frameworks for the protection the socially excluded and vulnerable. While working at Financiera Rural, she became convinced that microcredit for productive use is important for development. As the director of institutional relations at Mexico’s national microfinance network, ProDesarrollo, she promoted legislative initiatives and impact on operative and executive rules that contribute to strengthening the microfinance industry concerning customer protection. She is currently the director of ProDesarrollo and also the founder and VP of Red Latinamericana de Genero y Microfinance.
  • Samantha Ricciardi
    Country Head BLACKROCK
    Samantha Ricciardi is Managing Director and Country Head for BlackRock in Mexico. She also serves as a member of BlackRock’s Latin America & Iberia Regional Executive Committee. Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Ricciardi was Head of Sales in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean for BlackRock. Ms. Ricciardi joined BlackRock in October 2010. Prior to this role, Ms. Ricciardi served as Mexico Country Head for Schroders. She joined Schroders as a senior relationship manager for the Global Financial Institutions Group in London. Ms. Ricciardi began her career working for Citi in London covering mutual funds in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.
  • Melina Risso
    Researcher and Consultant FUNDAÇÃO GETÚLIO VARGAS
    Melina Risso is a Government and Public Administration PhD candidate at Getulio Vargas Foundation. She has a master in Public Policy at the same university. She is a former director of Sou da Paz Institute; a board member of Instituto Igarape; a public safety consultant for several NGOs and governments and a researcher at FGV. She has been working with public safety for more than ten years developing different methodologies to reduce youth violence, improve police work and criminal justice system and to establish dialogue between civil society and all levels of government. She has researches related to gun control, the use of force by the police and the criminal justice system.
  • Luis Rubio
    Chairman CIDAC
    Winner of the APRA book award, of the Dag Hammarskjöld award and of the National Journalism Award for op-ed pieces. Rubio is a prolific writer on political, economic and international subjects, served in the board of directors of The Human Rights Commission of the DF and is member of the Trilateral Commission. Author and editor of 48 books, including A Mexican Utopia: the Rule of Law is Possible; Mexico: A middle class society, poor no more, developed not yet. In the 1970's he was planning director of Citibank and served as an adviser to Mexico's Secretary of the Treasury. Holds a diploma in Financial Management, a MMBA, and his MA and PhD in political science are from Brandeis University.
  • Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo
    Director GRUPO ECOLÓGICO SIERRA GORDA
    Martha Isabel Ruiz Corzo is responsible for achieving Biosphere Reserve status for the Sierra Gorda under an exceptional public-private co-management system. Through her work and advocacy, 33 per cent of the State of Querétaro is now protected as a Biosphere Reserve. Winner of the 2016 National Geographic World Legacy Award.
  • Claudia Ruiz Massieu
    Secretary of Foreign Affairs THE UNITED STATES OF MEXICO
    Claudia Ruiz Massieu Salinas holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Law from Universidad Iberoamericana, Campus Santa Fe, Mexico, and earned a Master’s Degree in Comparative Public Policy from FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales). She holds a diploma on Constitutional Law and Political Science from the Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales of Madrid, Spain, and is a PhD candidate of Law Science from Universidad de Granada, Spain. Minister Ruiz Massieu was a research assistant and a member of the International Trade Unit at the Legal Research Institute of Mexico’s National Autonomous University, and Professor of Constitutional Law and Contemporary Legal Systems at Universidad Anáhuac. Claudia Ruiz Massieu was first elected to Mexico's House of Representatives in 2003. She returned to Congress as a Federal Congresswoman in 2009, where she served as Secretary of the Interior Committee and member of the Budget, Public Accounts and Finance Committees. She was a member of the Steering Committee of the Congressional Public Finances Research Center and was also a member of the Mexico-Poland and Mexico-United States Friendship Inter-parliamentary Groups. As Congresswoman she was also a member of the Joint Mexico-European Union Commission. In 2012 she ran for a seat in the Federal Senate representing the State of Guerrero. In the Executive Branch, Ms Ruiz Massieu served as Chief of Staff to the Executive Secretary of the National Public Security System at the Federal Public Security Ministry and as head of the Institutional Planning, Development and Innovation Department at the Office of Mexico's Attorney General. As a member of the current governing party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, Ms Ruiz Massieu chaired the National Citizen Outreach Movement. She has also been a very active public speaker and lecturer, a columnist for Mexico’s El Universal newspaper, and a frequent Op-Ed contributor to Mexican political magazines such as Confluencia XXI and Examen. She has also appeared on television as a political and social analyst in Efecto TV channel and the Frente a Frente program hosted by Mexican anchor, Lolita de la Vega. In 2012, she became a member of President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto’s transition team, as Head of the Human Rights and Transparency Unit. Ms Ruiz Massieu has been awarded with the French Ordre national du Mérite (as Grand Officier), the Order of the British Empire (as Dame Commander), and the Portuguese Ordem do Mérito (Grã-Cruz class). In July 2015, she was admitted as a full member to Mexico’s National Academy of History and Geography. Claudia Ruiz Massieu served as Minister of Tourism from 1 December 2012 to 27 August 2015, and was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs on 27 August 2015.
  • Carlos Salcido
    Chief Marketing Officer EL PALACIO DE HIERRO
    Carlos Salcido, married, born in Mexico City, studied Business Administration / Marketing Specialization at I.T.A.M. University. Carrer starts in 1988 at L´Oreal group for the Luxury Division in Mexico as Director of PCI, including brands as Ralph Lauren and Paloma Picasso till 1995. In Paris from 1995 to 1999, as International Marketing and Product Development for Paloma Picasso and later as Business Development Manager for South Europe, Latin America and Canada. General Manager of Guerlain and Lead General Manager of LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics in México until 2002. From 2002 to 2007 Country Managing Director for Louis Vuitton. And since 2007 as CMO of El Palacio de Hierro.
  • Lucero SaldaÑa
    Senator SENATE OF MEXICO
    Senator of the Republic by the State of Puebla in the LXII-LXIII legislature, highlighting her authorship of the General Act on Equality between Women and Men. President of the Commission of Foreign Affairs and Non-Governmental Organizations. Shee is a member of the committees on Human Rights, Against Human Trafficking and Gender Equality. She was Secretary of Board the Senate Board from 2014-2015. She is one of the main promoters of the gastronomic national policy implemented by the federal government. Her administration and social work has mainly focused in favor of women's rights, gender equality and other causes for the benefit of different vulnerable groups.
  • Alicia Salgado
    Economic Journalist (columnist/radio and tv anchor and analyst) ENFOQUE NOTICIAS (ENFOQUE FINANCIERO)
    Mexican Economic Journalist, 29 years experienced on financial,economic, telecom, infrastructure, corporate and energy sectors. Anchor at Enfoque Financiero, radio daily show at rush afternoon hours, TV analyst and opinion shows anchor at Grupo Azteca, columnist at Dinero Excelsior newspaper named Cuenta Corriente. International Relation Degree, Master in Economics and an active promoter of women inclusion, on equal terms, in all activities and profesional role of a society. Love tennis, walking whit my husband and my family life.
  • Fabiola Salman
    Associate Partner DALBERG GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORS
    Fabiola Salman is the head of the Latin America Practice for Dalberg Global Development Advisors. She has over ten years of experience advising Fortune 100 organizations, governments, and NGOs in the U.S. and Latin America to drive growth, innovation, and improve economic and social outcomes. Fabiola is also a social entrepreneur working to support artisans and preserving Mexico's cultural heritage. She has leveraged her experience as a judge and mentor in several social venture competitions and accelerator programs. Fabiola serves in boards of non-profit organizations in New York and Mexico focused on building stronger communities small urban space interventions.
  • Lorena Saravia
    CEO LORENA SARAVIA
    Mexico City born LORENA SARAVIA is considered one of the best Mexican designers worldwide. Not only is her style constant, but also her collections are highly acclaimed and documented by the press. Lorena obtained her fashion degree at the Universidad de Diseño y Moda Felicidad Duce in Barcelona, Spain. Before creating her own firm, she worked and collaborated with important fashion brands such as: Bread and Butter Barcelona, Gstar – Raw and famous mexican designer Macario Jiménez. Lorena has won several awards including Vogues Who’s on Next Mexico.
  • Carmen Margarita Segoviano Farjas
    Enterprise Resource Planning Manager ABB
    Carmen Segoviano is the Enterprise Resource Planning Manager, ABB Mexico.  Information Systems Bachelor Degree and different Diploma Certifications as Project Manager, Couching and Mentoring. Wide and deep experience in all areas related to Information Technology with more than 20 years of professional experience, including an International Experience of 2 years working in Michigan, US being the first woman in IT area with this assignment at former times from Chrysler Mexico. Sarbanes-Oxley implementation acting as Project Manager working with Mexico, US and Germany for Chrysler Mexico. Americas Region responsible for IT/IS in two previous jobs at Herbalife & GETRAG.
  • Marinela Servitje
    President SIETECOLORES
    With a strong philanthropic and entrepreneurial background arising from tight family influence, majoring in Sociology and with a post-graduate degree in Education from Stanford University, it is easy to see why Marinela has dedicated her life to different social issues, in many capacities and with outstanding leadership and teamwork skills. She used to be the President of the Mexican Civic Council for Quality in Education and currently she direct the Institute for Education Investigation and Promotion. Under her guidance, both seek to improve quality and equity of education as the fundamental means to achieve Mexico´s development and growth. Right now, she is the President of Sietecolores.
  • Ana Maria Slack
    CEO GRUPO SALAZAR
    Ana Maria Salazar Slack is a recognized international law and national security expert and popular speaker at business, military and government forums. In addition to a frequent guest on CNN and BBC, for more than a decade, has anchored news programs and political talk shows for TV and radio in Mexico, in both Spanish and English. In addition to her media work, Ms. Salazar heads Grupo Salazar, a consulting firm based in Mexico that specializes on crisis management, political and communications strategies. She served at the US Pentagon and at the White House as Policy Advisor for President Clinton’s Special Envoy for the Americas in 1998. She is a graduate of Harvard law and UC Berkeley.
  • Javier SolÓrzano
    Journalist
    Javier is a journalist since 25 years ago. He studied Political Sciences at the Universidad Nacional Atónoma de México ( UNAM). He also got his bachelors from Universidad Iberoamericana and he was a professor of the Communications major at UNAM until the 80´s. Javier has been asked to give many conferences and seminars throughout different Colleges and Universities and Research centers throughout Mexico. While he has mainly worked at electronic media such as radio and TV, he keeps opinion and analysis important spots on print, such as his well-known column “Apunte” at the sports newspaper “Récord” and has a Saturday space at “Convicciones” where he shares his second passion in life: Sports. In TV, Javier has been the main conductor on news morning programs in what used to be Imevisión, actually he leads the program “Mesa de Diálogo” ( Dialogue Table) which is transmitted at the Congress chanel on Wednesday every week at 9:00pm. In radio, he conducts the morning news Radio 13 at the 1290 frequency (am). Javier has been awarded twice with the Premio Nacional de Periodismo ( National Journalism Award) and has interviewed worldwide important celebrities such as Mick Jagger and famous enigmatic person “Subcomandante Marcos” (in the mid 80´s) as well as personalities and officials from all different political parties at all levels. Since July 2009, Solórzano bets for the Internet news channel opening a wide array of informative options.
  • Ethel Soriano
    Founder and CEO of Advanced Therapy, journalist and Host Imagen Radio and Excelsior, international speaker IMAGEN TELECOMUNICACIONES
    Mom of three children, with the economical, and social responsability of the family, Founder and CEO of Advanced Therapy, a success business based on physical therapy and Rehabilitation in association with Hospitales Angeles. Have 8 facilities and give more than 8000 monthly sessions. Specialist in health communication in radio, press and television. Host of Cronicas de Salud, Imagen Radio, and columnist periodico Excelsior, and International speaker, and women's motivator.
  • Silvia Taurozzi
    Global Advisor Agribusiness. Marianne Asociación Franco-Argentina de Mujeres LOUIS DREYFUS COMMODITIES
    Industrial Engineer. Silvia has had a 25 year experience at Louis Dreyfus Commodities starting as Grains & Oilseeds trainee and ever since assuming stepping up positions as Senior Trader, Country Manager for South America, Global Oilseeds Manager, CEO of LDC for South Latam Region and Global Oilseeds Platform Head. In 2011 she moved to Switzerland to expand her commercial role worldwide and as Senior Executive Vice-President of LDC became part of the Senior Executive Committee. Currently Silvia is a Senior Global Advisor for the LDC Group, as well founder member of Marianne franco-argentina association, a member of Irradia Foundation and jury of Cartier Women's Initiative Award.
  • Laurent Thomet
    News Editor AFP - MEXICO
    Laurent Thomet is a news editor for Agence France-Presse in Mexico City who has covered Latin America for the global news agency since 2012. He has traveled extensively in the region, writing about Mexico's drug war, upheaval in Venezuela after the death of Hugo Chavez, the World Cup in Brazil and the US-Cuba detente. Prior to Mexico, Laurent worked for two years in Brussels, covering the European Union and NATO. He began his career at AFP in 2004, working on the English desks in Washington and Paris. He worked for local US newspapers between 2000-2004. He has a history degree from McGill University and a master's in journalist from University of Maryland.
  • Jonathan Torres
    Editor in Chief FORBES MEXICO
    Jonathán Torres es Editor en Jefe de Forbes México. Periodista de investigación desde hace más de 15 años. Se describe a sí mismo como un simple cazador de historias. El cine y los viajes son sus otras pasiones.
  • Gaby Vargas
    Writer and speaker GABY VARGAS
    Gabriela Vargas is a radio and television commentator who has collaborated in over thirty different magazines and newspapers on a national level in Mexico. The author of fifteen bestselling books on topics related to wellness, self-improvement, human development, self-esteem and health, she has lectured both at home and abroad and holds teaching certificates from both the Hearthmath Institute, and Enneagram Worldwide. As well as being a founder of the Fundación Marillac A.C. Ms. Vargas has received various awards and recognitions, among them "Woman of the Year 2008" and "Giving Woman Credit", by ProMujer in New York, in 2013.
  • Elizabeth Vazquez
    President, CEO and Co-Founder WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL
    Elizabeth A. Vazquez is a world leader in global supplier diversity and inclusion. She is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International, a corporate led non-profit that helps to empower women business owners to succeed in global markets. WEConnect International registers and educates women-owned businesses in 100 countries, and also certifies women’s business enterprises and connects them with member buyers.  WEConnect International members represent over US$1 trillion in annual purchasing power. Ms. Vazquez is the co-author of the book, “Buying for Impact: How to Buy from Women and Change Our World.”  She was born in Mexico and has a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy.
  • Eduardo Vazquez
    Security expert
    Dr. Vázquez is an Expert on security, former General Director of Strategic Planning for Crime Prevention at the Ministry of the Interior. he has been head of the Security Department in State and Municipal Institutions. He holds a PhD on Public Administration from Institute for Public Administration in Puebla; and graduate of University of Puebla and Autonomous Popular University of Puebla. Mr. Vázquez has been Consultant for the Organization of the American States, speaker in many national and international fora. Vázquez studied also in Harvard University, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies and Marshall European Centre. He has been professor in recognized Universities in Mexico.
  • Josefina Vazquez Mota
    President TOGETHER WE CAN
    Josefina Vazquez Mota was the Partido Acción Nacional (PAN) presidential candidate in the 2012 election, after serving as party leader in the Mexican Congress (2009-2011). She was the first women to lead the Mexican Ministry of Education (2006-2009) and was also appointed as the first female Minister of Social Development (2000-2006) in Mexico. Josefina actively promoted development of the Mexican community living in the United States and its ties with Mexico, starting with 20 organizations working with SEDESOL when she took office—a number that grew to 1,000 by the time she left the Ministry. Josefina currently serves as President of Juntos Podemos.
  • Angelina Velasco
  • Marcela Velasco CÁmara
    Chief Marketing Officer for Telcel/America Móvil and Co-founder of Aurea AMÉRICA MÓVIL
    Marcela Velasco es Directora de Mercadotecnia Corporativa de Telcel y, desde la creación de América Móvil, en septiembre del año 2000, ha sido la responsable de la coordinación para la estandarización de la imagen de la marca Claro en América Latina. Es egresada de Mercadotecnia por el Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey y cuenta con una extensa carrera al haberse desempeñado en Cigatam Phillip-Morris, Bonafont y Grupo Danone. Es una mujer visionaria y comprometida, creadora del “Globo de Telcel” y responsable de haber posicionado a Telcel como la marca de telefonía celular que más usuarios prefieren. En junio del 2013, Marcela recibió de manos del mismo Philip Kotler, el primer premio KOTLER por la mejor trayectoria de marketing en México, después de una elección de más de 250 especialistas de la industria de mercadotecnia, consultoría e innovación. Adicionalmente y de forma independiente, Marce es socia fundadora de Aurea, organización que promueve el liderazgo de las mujeres.
  • Leila Cristina Velez
    CEO BELEZA NATURAL
    Leila Velez is cofounder and CEO of Beleza Natural, a Brazilian beauty chain of hair salons, specialized in curly hair, with more than 2,000 employees, 20 units and 100,000 monthly clients. She is graduated in Business Administration with major in Marketing from ESPM and completed an executive MBA Coppead-RJ. She took the course "Entrepreneurship and competitiveness in Latin America", by Columbia Business School and "Building Ventures in Latin America", by Harvard. She has lectured on entrepreneurship and base of the piramyd consumers at Brazil, United States, Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In 2014, she was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.
  • Melanne Verveer
    Director GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY INSTITUTE FOR WOMEN, PEACE AND SECURITY
    Melanne Verveer became in Feb. 2013 the Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She is also the founding partner of Seneca Point Global, an international women strategy and advisory firm which works with clients to advance women’s economic empowerment. She is the former US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to being Ambassador, she was the co-founder and CEO of Vital Voices, a global NGO that invests in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton Administration she served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. She is the co-author of a best selling book, "FAST FORWARD, How Women Can Achieve Power & Purpose".
  • Cynthia Villarreal
    General Coordinator of PRONAFIM NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR FINANCING MICROENTREPRENEURS
    Cynthia Villarreal is the General Coordinator of PRONAFIM, the Mexican Secretary of Economy’s National Program for Financing Microentrepreneurs. Cynthia has a degree in International Business from the Tec de Monterrey. She also holds a Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration on Political and Economic Development, from the Harvard Kennedy School. Previous to her current position, she served as the Technical Secretary of the Minister of Economy, Mr. Ildefonso Guajardo, as Deputy Director-General at the Undersecretariat of Foreign Trade, and as Director of Competitiveness, at the Undersecretariat of Competitiveness and Norms.
  • Ann Walker Marchant
    CEO THE WALKER MARCHANT GROUP
    Ann is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Walker Marchant Group – a communications firm specializing in corporate positioning, global issues management, crisis and litigation communications and media strategy. With over 20 years of experience developing and leading wide-ranging initiatives for the White House, Fortune 100 brands, global corporate and organizational entities, Ann is recognized as a preeminent strategist and counselor. Ann serves on the Board of Trustees for George Washington University, the National Trust for the Humanities and ColorComm. She is Chair of the Executive Committee of Knock Out Abuse.
  • Gabriela Warkentin
    Director W RADIO MÉXICO
    Nació en la Ciudad de México el 25 de agosto de 1967. Cursó la Licenciatura en Comunicación en la Universidad Iberoamericana. Tiene estudios de posgrado en Literatura Comparada por la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México y en Comunicación por la Universidad de Navarra, España (actualmente es doctoranda en Comunicación Pública por la Universidad de Navarra). Desde marzo de 2013 es directora de W Radio (Televisa Radio). Es Académica Titular del Departamento de Comunicación de la Universidad Iberoamericana. Es además profesora de la Maestría en Periodismo y Asuntos Públicos del Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas. Ha sido reconocida como una de las 50 mujeres más importantes de México, según la revista Forbes. Es co-conductora de La Agenda Pública, programa de análisis de medios que se transmite en ForoTV ; columnista en el diario El Universal y en el diario Más por Más. Es miembro de la Asamblea Consultiva y de la Junta de Gobierno del Consejo Nacional para Prevenir la Discriminación.
  • Gabriela Zapata
    Financial Inclusion Specialist METLIFE FOUNDATION
    Gabriela Zapata is a financial inclusion specialist with over 20 years’ experience. She was Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is currently engaged in various projects focusing on applied product innovation, user-centered design, product cross-sell, access channels, behavioral sciences and others with MetLife Foundation, CGAP and Bankable Frontier Associates. She’s an advisor to various private and public institutions involved in financial inclusion, including fintech startups. She holds a Master’s degree in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University and lives in Mexico City.
  • Alexandra Zapata Hojel
    Senior Researcher INSTITUTO MEXICANO PARA LA COMPETITIVIDAD (IMCO)
    Alexandra is a researcher at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness (IMCO). A non-profit non-partisan think tank in Mexico. She leads the education projects within IMCO including the open data platform MejoraTuEscuela.org as well as the #3de3 anticorruption initiative. Alexandra is a member of the Executive’s Advisory Board on Open Data, Editorial Board of the Reforma Newspaper and founding member of Más Ciudadanía. She has worked on political strategy projects in Mexico and in the US for The Aspen Institute and Transparent Democracy. Alexandra obtained her B.A in Public Policy from Stanford University, USA and M.A. Social Responsibility from Anahuac University in Mexico City.
  • Margarita Zavala
    Lawyer DIGNIFICAICIÓN DE LA POLÍTICA, A.C.
    Mexican mother and Law graduate from “Escuela Libre de Derecho”. Law professor at high school level. Member of Partido Acción Nacional (PAN). Local Congresswoman in the Assembly of Representatives of the Federal District and Congresswoman in the 59th Congress. She has always been considered a faithful defender of gender equality, and promoted the creation of the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres (Inmujeres). She recently conducted a research on unaccompanied migrant children and adolescents at Harvard Law School and is a columnist for the newspaper El Universal.
  • Sandra Zuluaga
    Executive Vice-President of Human Resources AXA SEGUROS
    Sandra Zuluaga has a degree in Art in Business Administration and a master´s degree in HR Administration from Universidad los Andes, in Colombia. During the last 9 years she has been distinguished for leading changes in multicultural environments by building technical capabilities as business differentiators. Since 1989, she has been in charge of different HR leadership positions in Latin America (Colombia, Puerto Rico, Mexico) She is AXA Mexico´s Executive Vice-President of Human Resources since 2013 and a member of the HR steering committee of the region. Sandra is a lecturer in terms of HR Strategy, HR Governance, Diversity & Women´s development. Marathon runner, wife and mother.
  • Irene Acedo Rico Gonzalez
    EBG Sales Executive Director, EMEA LENOVO
    Irene joined Lenovo in January 2015, after the acquisition of the Server System x business from IBM by Lenovo. She is currently responsible for the Enterprise Division Sales for EMEA, leading the Strategic Enterprise Sales for Lenovo: High Performance Computing, Software Defined DataCenter and Hyperconverged Solutions Sales. In IBM she was part of the System and Technology Group, leading the channel Sales for EMEA. Mrs. Acedo-Rico is doubled graduated in Business Administration and Law by ICADE University in Madrid, Spain and certified as Client Executive by INSEAD Fontainebleau, France.
  • Roxane Adle Aiguier
    Director, Gender Equality ORANGE
    Roxane has over 25 years of experience in the Telecommunication industry and consulting. She has a solid reputation and an established track record for managing large scale international outsourcing; E-Gov. contracts, programs and customer strategic transformations; and achieving significant financial performance while maintaining the highest degree of customer satisfaction. She developed her leadership and innovation skills through various other positions such as contract presales, sales, project management, and digital programs where she was responsible for the launch of the French government’s portal activities in a challenging technical environment. Roxane is currently the Director for Gender Equality at Orange Group where she uses her international and technical background and experience to help Orange divisions (France and abroad) implement Orange Group’s gender equality strategy in an environment that conforms with the culture, regulations, and the expectations of stakeholders.  Roxane has a PHD in computer science and currently lives in Paris with her husband and two children.
  • Christine Albanel
    Vice-President in charge of CSR, Diversity, Partnerships and Philanthropy ORANGE
    State Advisor Holder of the “Agrégation” in Modern Literature Vice-President at Orange, in charge of CSR, Partnerships and Solidarity, she is also Deputy Chairman of the Orange Foundation. Throughout her carreer, she gathered an unique expertise and a sensible look on artistic creation, particularly in its international dimension: she was the adviser for Education and Culture at Mr. Jacques Chirac’s office, President of the French Republic, then she managed the « Château de Versailles » as the institution’s chairman, before she was nominated Minister of Culture and Communication in 2007. Christine Albanel wrote 3 plays and a novel published by Flammarion.
  • Rohini Anand
    Senior Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer SODEXO
    Dr. Rohini Anand is Global Chief Diversity Officer for Sodexo, responsible for the strategic direction, implementation and alignment of Sodexo's integrated global diversity and inclusion initiatives, as well as Sodexo's sustainable development, wellness and corporate social responsibility strategies. reporting to the Global CEO, Dr. Anand is a member of the North America Regional Leadership Committee for Sodexo, the 19th largest employer. With 19.8 billion Euros in annual revenues globally, Sodexo's 420,000 employees provide more than 100 unique services that improve performance at 32,000 client sites and improve Quality of Life for 75 million consumers every day around the world. .
  • Emelia Arthur
    Presidential Advisor  OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, GHANA
    Emelia is Advisor to the President of Ghana. She assists presidential appointees in aligning manifesto objectives with Presidential objectives and specific sector policy goals, having served as the Deputy Regional Minister for Ghana’s Western Region and District Chief Executive (Mayor) of the Shama District in the Western Region of Ghana. In the past, she has engaged in consulting and advocacy work in natural resource governance at local, regional, and international levels, and served as Team Leader for the British Council’s InterAction Leadership Program. Emelia served on the board of the Open Society Initiative in West Africa; steering committee of FAO’s National Forest Program facility and steering committee of IUCN/IIED/FAO’s Growing Forest Partnerships. She continues to serve on the board of CARE International’s Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Advisory Group and IUCN/FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility.
  • Yann Arthus-Bertrand
    Director HOPE PRODUCTION
    Yann Arthus-Bertrand is a French photographer, journalist, reporter and environmentalist. He is the President of the GoodPlanet Foundation which he created in 2005. Renowned specialist in aerial imagery, he has written several books, including “The Earth from the Air”, which has been translated into 24 languages and has sold more than three million copies. Considered an environmentalist as much as a photographer, he became a goodwill ambassador for the United Nation's Environment Program in 2009.At the crossroads of “Home” and the project “7 billion others”, “Human” is a mix of interviews of people of all conditions and backgrounds living in 45 different countries.
  • Sylvain Attal
    France 24 Head of Digital FRANCE 24
    Sylvain Attal, 55, is currently France 24 Head of digital. As New Media senior editor he is managing France 24 and MashableFR internet news room producing original news content in three languages, French, English and Arabic for the websites and social plateforms. The internet team is also redesigning contents, coming from the three TV channels. As deputy Director he is also associated at the editorial board of managers with the TV managing editors. Previously he has held other senior position at France 24, including LCI, Europe 1 and France 2 (France télévisions)
  • Tamsyn Attiwell
    VP Global Services, EMEA ZUORA
    Tamsyn brings 25 years experience of software and services delivery across EMEA underpinned by a background of Maths & Software Engineering. After 4 years in Zuora she has created a Saas services team from the ground up. She is responsible for ensuring successful delivery of projects ranging from start-up e-learning subscriptions in South Africa to complete business change transformation programs in large corporations based out of Norway & France. Tamsyn is dedicated to ensuring customer life-time value. Tamsyn established Zuora's EMEA Philanthropy initiative and is actively involved in their Z-Women group and hosted the diversity forum at Subscribed London 2016.
  • Marine Aubin
    Co President GIRLZ IN WEB
    Prior to joining to Geeksters, Marine worked for 6 years as an innovation management expert. Among over experiences she was in charge of innovation Blablacar in its early years and guided big French companies in their innovation strategies and processes as a consultant. She’s also the co president of Girlz In Web, one of France most influential association for women in tech and digital. Marine joined the board of the UN Women French committee and of Lean In with a focus on digital transition and development. She was named among the French Wonder Women of High Tech and was asked several times to advise the French government on the topic.
  • Angela Baker
    Director QUALCOMM INCORPORATED
    Angela Baker oversees Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State. She sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She also currently serves as a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
  • Veronique Bardelmann
    Transformation Manager SAFRAN - SNECMA
    After two experiences in M&A then in financement of SMEs with the caisse des depots in Australia and Germany, Veronique Bardelmann joined Safran as a Program Manager. She then gained experiences in the Supply Chain management and in Continuous Improvment Processes before joining HR. She actively contributed to implement Shared Services Centers then to develop Safran University. She recently joined the Services & Reparations Division of Snecma to contribute to the merger of former 2 divisions.
  • Norma Bastidas
    CEO ADVENTURE DOCUMENTARIES
    Norma Bastidas broke and more than doubled the Guinness World Record for the longest triathlon 95 miles of swimming, 2,932 miles of cycling and 735 miles of running, 3,762 miles in total. The record was part of a documentary that follows Norma along her quest to break the record and to change the perception of what courage really is, not climbing dangerous mountains or running deserts but rather speaking up against violence and to change society’s perception of who a victim of human traffic is by telling her story, the documentary titled Be Relentless will be released early 2017.
  • Anne Beal
    Patient Centricity SANOFI
    Dr. Anne C. Beal, M.D., M.P.H. is the Chief Patient Officer for Sanofi, a global healthcare leader that discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions for patients. In that role, she is responsible for integrating the patient voice and priorities into all aspects of Sanofi’s work to facilitate development of healthcare solutions that truly meet patients’ needs. She is currently based in Paris. Dr. Beal joined Sanofi from PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), where she was the Deputy Executive Director, Chief Officer for Engagement and the inaugural COO. PCORI is a US-based independent organization that supports comparative effectiveness research guided by patients, caregivers and others to help people make informed decisions and improve healthcare delivery and outcomes. Prior to PCORI, Dr. Beal was president of The Aetna Foundation, the charitable arm of Aetna, and previous to that she directed programs on Quality of Care for Underserved Populations at the Commonwealth Fund.
  • Nathalie Beaudemoulin
    Head of FinTech Innovation Unit - deputy director - BANQUE DE FRANCE - ACPR
    Nathalie Beaudemoulin, Sciences-Po Paris graduate, 45 years old, married, 3 children (15, 11, 7 years old) , is the Head the Fintech Innovation Unit of the ACPR. She was previously deputy director of the Licenses, Authorizations and Regulation Department of the ACPR. She chairs the working group of the European Banking Authority, concerning financial innovation and participates in the works of the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision and the Council of financial stability regarding similar issues.
  • Frédérique Bedos
    Freelance Journalist. Founder of The Humble Heroes Project JOURNALIST FREE LANCE
    With fifteen years experience as a journalist and television presenter, Frédérique Bedos hosted several prestigious prime time events in France and abroad. In 2010, she decided to get behind the camera and founded an NGO of Information called The Humble Heroes. Its goal is « Inspire to Act ». It is through her own personal childhood that this idea was born. Her very own first humble heroes being her adoptive parents, who not only adopted her but more than twenty children who were considered “unadoptable”. With the Humble Heroes NGO, Frédérique sheds light on women and men that are adventuring into the unknown and make us realize that everything is possible.
  • Diane BÉrard
    Columnist LES AFFAIRES
    Diane Bérard is columnist and impact reporter for business weekly, Les Affaires, in Montreal, Canada. She studied political science and economics. If she has one fear, it’s boredom. Fortunately, it doesn’t look as though the esteemed journalist and best-selling co-author of four books will have to confront that fear anytime soon. Her incisive interview style, grasp of complex business and media issues, and ability to find and report on stories that might otherwise have flown under the radar have made her an in-demand social and economic commentator. A specialist in international issues, she is especially interested in the new challenges facing capitalism, ethics and governance.
  • Anne Boring
    Researcher SCIENCES PO
    Anne Boring is a researcher in economics at Sciences Po (OFCE-Presage) and a research affiliate at the University Paris Dauphine (LEDa-DIAL). She is currently building an Academic Chair at Sciences Po on Women and Entrepreneurship. She is also Scientific Advisor for pedagogical innovation at Sciences Po, where she teaches several courses, including a workshop called Women Entering the Professional World: What You Need to Know. Since 2014, she also been working on a European research project called Effective Gender Equality in Research and Academia (EGERA). Her research focuses on the impact of gender biases and stereotypes in higher education.
  • Elisabeth Borne
    CEO RATP
    Graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique, Elisabeth Borne is a general engineer of bridges and roads. After holding various positions in the Ministry of Equipment and at the Directorate-General of Equipment for the Ile-de-France region, she was named technical adviser in charge of transport and then adviser in charge of urban planning, equipment, housing, transport and the city in the cabinet of the Prime Minister (1997-2002). Ms. Borne then went on to become the Chief Strategy Officer and member of the Executive Committee of SNCF, where she remained until 2007. Concession Manager at Eiffage (2007-2008), then General Manager of city planning for the city of Paris (2008-2013), she was then appointed Prefect of the Poitou-Charentes region (2013-2014). From 2014 to 2015, she was the chief of staff to the minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy. Since May 2015, Ms. Borne is CEO of RATP Group. Ms. Borne is also President of the Supervisory Council of Systra, the engineering subsidiary of RATP and SNCF.
  • Nathalie Bourque
    Chair HK STRAGEGIES
    Quebec Chair, Hill + Knowlton Strategies Ms Bourque is on the board and the HR-Governance committee of Alimentation Couche-Tard (revenues of US$50B with proximity stores in Canada, USA, 9 countries in Europe, Ireland and 12 other countries); a member of the board and audit committee of Heroux-Devtek (manufactures landing gears for Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault and Embraer). She has more than twenty years of experience in government and public relations. She was VP, Public Affairs and Global Communications at CAE, the world leader in flight simulation with training services to pilots and healthcare professionals. She also worked as a consultant for 20 years.
  • Caroline Brac De La Perriere
    Director MEDITERRANEAN WOMEN'S FUND
    Dr Caroline Sakina Brac de la Perrière, Executive Director of Mediterranean Women's Fund, was born in Algiers. She is an Algerian/French historian and psychologist, and mother of two children. She has been continuously active in the women’s movement in Algeria and a member of the Collective 95 Maghreb-Equality for fifteen years. She moved to France in 1993, and began working for Women Living Under Muslim Laws. In 2000, she founded New Ways, an international alliance for social innovation to help women's organizations strengthen their feminist network. In 2008, she founded the Mediterranean Women’s Fund, where she makes use of her experience to best help the needs of the women in the region.
  • Sabine Busse
    Head of Account Management and Business Development Europe ABB
    Sabine Busse is the Head of Account Management/ Marketing & Sales of ABB Europe since June 2015. Her organization is at the service of ABB’s customers in Europe. She joined ABB from Alstom where her responsibilities included, amongst others, VP Alstom-GE Deal Implementation (2014-2015), VP Dedicated to Customer (2012-2014), VP Strategic Planning (2010-2012). She originally started her career in Siemens. She holds a Magister Artium from the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University Munich and has lived and worked in Germany, the US, France, Malaysia and Switzerland.
  • Armelle Carminati-Rabasse
    Chairman of the social & managerial innovation commission MEDEF (MOUVEMENT DES ENTREPRISES DE FRANCE)
    Armelle enjoys 30 years of top executive career over 5 continents. Most recently CRO & member of the Management Board at Unibail Rodamco (CAC40 list). she formerly served Accenture as Global Managing Director, Human Capital & Diversity, and Managing Director for Retail in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. She founded the ‘Accent sur Elles’ network for female executives in France. Today CEO of Axites-et-Singulis, Chairman of the Social & managerial innovation Commission at MEDEF (France association of CEOs), also a member of the government's Board for Gender Balance and of the Board for Secularism, honored in France as Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur (knight).
  • Maria Livanos Cattaui
    Former Secretary General INTERNATIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
    Maria Cattaui was Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce from 1996 to 2005. She worked with the World Economic Forum in Geneva from 1977 to 1996, where she became Managing Director, responsible for the Annual Meeting in Davos. She is Chairman, Trustee or Director of several organizations and institutions, including: Open Society Foundations, International Crisis Group, Institute of International Education, EastWest Institute, etc. Of Greek origin and Swiss nationality, Mrs Cattaui was educated in the USA. She holds a BA with honors from Harvard, and honorary Doctorates from York University, Toronto, and Hartford University, USA.
  • Angela Charlton
    Bureau Chief ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS
    Angela Charlton is bureau chief for the Associated Press news agency overseeing France, the Benelux countries and North Africa. Based in Paris, she manages diverse teams of reporters covering issues ranging from migration and populism to corruption and fashion. Charlton has been based in Russia, Ukraine, the U.S., Britain and France, and has covered world events over the past two decades including wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, the rise of Vladimir Putin, Olympic Games, Europe’s debt crises and France’s terrorist attacks. Charlton works to encourage journalistic innovation and cooperation across traditional borders, and to mentor young journalists in an increasingly uncertain industry.
  • Antigoni Chrysostomou
    Technical Sales Director Central Region LENOVO
    Antigoni Chrysostomou started her career as a scientist at the German Aerospace Center. She is holding a PhD in physics and provided major contributions to the field of combustion diagnostics with laser technologies. After she joined IBM in 1999 she became the Europe Lead for the IBM Infrastructure Project Portfolio. From 2007 on she took over several positions of global scale in IBM Technology Services responsible for Strategic Outsourcing accounts in the banking and pharmaceutical industry. In 2015 she joined Lenovo as part of the server business acquisition from IBM in the role of the Technical Sales Director Central Region. She actively promotes diversity within and outside the company.
  • Nicola Clark
    Journalist (INDEPENDENT)
    Nicola Clark is an international journalist who writes about business, economic and global affairs, most recently for The New York Times. Her reporting on topics including aerospace, transportation, banking and media has earned multiple awards and commendations over the past two decades. Based in Paris, Nicola has reported previously from New York, Tokyo, London and Hong Kong.
  • Kimberly Conniff Taber
    Culture Editor THE NEW YORK TIMES INTERNATIONAL
    Kim Conniff Taber is currently the culture editor at The New York Times International, where she is responsible for assigning and editing international cultural coverage. Prior to her promotion in early 2015, Kim was the deputy culture editor, and before that the editor of the International Herald Tribune's magazines and art special reports. Before joining the IHT in 2003, Kim was a writer with Brill's Content Magazine in New York and taught journalism at the University of Pennsylvania and the American University of Paris. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and will soon begin an executive masters in media management at Sciences Po in Paris.
  • Clarisse Costaz
    Sports Officer PARIS BID COMMITTEE FOR THE 2024 OLYMPIC & PARALYMPIC GAMES
    I was a professional basketball player for more than 7 years, representing France at international competitions and travelling worldwide. As a European junior champion, I got the chance to make a living out of basketball while following the High-Level Athlete Program of SciencesPo. I entered the European Affairs Masters of SciencesPo in 2012. As a passionate advocate of gender equality, I conducted research into accessibility for women to top decision-making positions in sport institutions through a SciencesPo–Columbia University joint programme. I’m currently working for the Paris bid committee for the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games (Sports department).
  • José CÔtÉ
    Chair, Full professor, Senior researcher UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL
    José Côté, RN, PhD, is holder of the Research Chair in Innovative Nursing Practices and full professor at the Faculty of Nursing Science of Université de Montréal. She is a researcher at the CHUM Research Centre and the recipient of a senior researcher-clinician grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec en santé. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of cyberhealth interventions. Research carried out over the past decade helped to develop a virtual nurse concept called TAVIE™ and its innovative informatic platform. One of the TAVIE intervention, VIH-TAVIE™, won the Sanofi "Care Challenge" international prize in 2012.
  • Mary Crass
    Head of Institutional Relations and Summit INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT FORUM, OECD
    Mary Crass is Head of Institutional Relations and Summit for the Paris-based International Transport Forum, an intergovernmental organisation linked to the OECD. She is responsible for the ITF’s relations with Member countries, international organisations and associations, and the annual ITF Summit in Leipzig each May. Prior to joining the OECD, Ms. Crass worked as a private consultant focusing on transport and environment issues for among others the UN Environment Programme, the European Commission and OECD, as well as private enterprise. Ms. Crass has a Masters Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a B.A. from the University of Texas.
  • Stefanie Daehne
    Refinery Manager EXXONMOBIL REFINING & SUPPLPY
    Stefanie Daehne joined ExxonMobil Refining and Supply 1994 in Germany where she had a range of assignments in the Refineries Karlsruhe and Ingolstadt. From 2003 to 2007 she was based in Fairfax, VA where she held two Supply assignments. In 2007 Stefanie returned to Europe as Technical Manager and in 2010 as Process Onsites Manager at Rotterdam Refinery, Netherlands.Stefanie was assigned to her current position as Refinery Manager of Fos sur Mer, Southern France, in July 2013. She holds a Masters in Chemical Engineering from The University of Karlsruhe, Germany Stefanie is married for 22 years to Alexander Daehne, Economical Engineer.
  • Sylvie le Damany
    Partner FIDAL PARIS
    Sylvie is the head of the practice Corporate governance, Ethics and Compliance of Fidal Paris. She coordinates the Family business activities. With over 25 years experience advising on civil and business criminal liabilities issues, Sylvie assists foreign and French listed and non listed companies in the implementation of their compliance programs, enhancement of their internal control and legal risks management. She also assists regularly organizations in governance audit, risks mapping and implements legal risks management tools.
  • Lorraine Danet Deloison
    Consultant Director of Partnerships WOMEN SPORTS
    Lorraine collaborated with several international and French sports stakeholders in the driving of a communication “on” and “off” line for event agencies, organizing committees of international sports events and recently at Eurosport international as Communication & Marketing Director of Eurosport Events. In a world where the communication becomes more and more complicated and which requires angles of expression multiple and new tools, the sport appears as a privileged vector of expression. Beyond its emotional imprint and beyond its economic contribution, the sport gives meaning to the societal values of the company. Since 2015, Women in sport is right now her involvement : where ? how and who?
  • Marion Darrieutort
    CEO ELAN EDELMAN
    As Chief Executive for Elan Edelman France, Marion is responsible for business growth and market development.   Marion joined Edelman in 2014 after having sold her own agency, ELAN created in 2008, to the Edelman Group in order to bring an international dimension, beyond Europe, to her clients. 140 consultants work for 80 clients in France, and the Paris office is a Hub in Europe.   Marion brings several years of experience in advisory, communications and public relations, holding strategic roles at the L’Oréal Group, i&e Consultancy and TBWA.   Beyond her professional activities, Marion committed herself to issues and causes she believes in.  She serves as Vice-President of the business world, entrepreneurship and economy through the Think Tank “Entreprise & Progrès” and is a member of the Strategic Committee of the Positive Economy Forum.  Marion is also a Council member of the TEDxWomen and helped to established the network IWF with Lucille de Jonquières. Additionally, she has been entrusted a ministerial mission by Laurence Rossignol to combat sexism.
  • Leah Daughtry
    CEO DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION COMMITTEE
    The Reverend Leah D. Daughtry is an in-demand political strategist and strategic planning expert. She has served as Chief of Staff for the US Democratic Party, and CEO of two historic Democratic Conventions (2008 and 2016). She is founder of On These Things, LLC, which provides strategic planning, management consulting, event production, and community connection services to a variety of businesses and organizations. For her work as creator of Faith In Action, the US Democratic Party’s outreach to communities of Faith, Religion News Service named her one of the 12 most influential Democrats in the nation on faith and values politics.
  • Arianne Rose David
    Head of Culture and Values OLX PHILIPPINES
    Arianne Rose David, co-founded Sulit.com.ph (now OLX Philippines) with her husband, RJ David. She came up with the idea of creating a classifieds website as an experiment and started with a capital of just P2,400 ($50). She was the Head of Operations of the company from 2009-2015. Now, as the Head of Culture and Values, Arianne is mainly responsible for employee happiness and building a strong organizational culture. Arianne has been given the MVP Bossing award by PLDT in November 2012 and was featured in the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine’s digital version in May 2014. In her free time, Arianne engages herself in community efforts focusing on uplifting women and children’s education.
  • Philippine De T'Serclaes
    Head of Thought Leadership & Strategic Partnership SCHNEIDER-ELECTRIC
    Philippine heads global Thought Leadership & Strategic Partnerships for Schneider Electric. In this position she is in charge of the global content platform for the company and drives strategic partnerships in the acceleration of the new energy world. She is Advisor to the Chairman and CEO. Prior to joining Schneider Electric, Philippine was Senior Finance Advisor at the International Energy Agency. Before the IEA, Philippine worked in banking at Rothschild and JPMorgan banks. She holds a PhD in economics from La Sorbonne, a MSc from LSE and a BA from McGill University.
  • Brandi Decarli
    Founding Partner FARM FROM A BOX
    Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off-grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools and technology needed to increase local food production. Previously, Brandi was the Managing Partner of Human.kind Philanthropic Advisory Company, where she worked to develop cross-sector partnerships with private corporations, governments, and philanthropic organizations. She is passionate about driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection. Brandi is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.
  • Odile Decq
    Manager-Architect, Studio Odile Decq, DEAN, Confluence Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture STUDIO ODILE DECQ
    Odile Decq in a renowned international Architect. Recognized quickly in 1990 with the Banque Populaire de l’Ouest in Rennes. She was awarded with a Golden Lion in Venice in 1996. Recent projects: MACRO, Rome, Opera Garnier’s restaurant, Paris, FRAC, Rennes, GL Events headquarters, Lyon. Fangshan Museum, Nanjing, Saint Ange Artist Residence, Seyssins, The Cargo Building, Paris. Odile Decq’s work is a complete universe that embraces urban planning, architecture, design and art. Recently Odile Decq was awarded with the Jeane Drew Prize. Odile Decq has been teaching architecture for the past 25 years, a commitment ratified by her own school of architecture opened in 2014 in Lyon, France.
  • Christine Dehnel
    EMEA South Region - Global Account ISR manager LENOVO
    Christine Dehnel began her career in the Automotive industry, at Renault Trucks, before relocating in 1997 and joining the Purchase Department of Intermarché Portugal in Lisbon. In 1999, she joined IBM Portugal, as the Distributor Manager for the PCD division, and became Territory manager by 2003. In 2005, she joined Lenovo and was appointed in 2006 as the Executive Assistant to the EMEA Vice President in Paris. In 2007, she took the leadership of the IBM Alliance for Lenovo EMEA, and became later on the Global Account System Integrator manager for the IBM Account, relocating in France in 2011. In January 2016, she was promoted to the Lenovo Global Account ISR Manager role, for the EMEA South Region.
  • Cecilia Del Castillo
    Executive Director NEGROS WOMEN FOR TOMORROW FOUNDATION INC.
    Dr. Cecilia D. del Castillo is the Founder and Executive Director of Negros Women for Tomorrow Foundation Inc. She was the key in making NWTF one of the first Grameen replicators in the Philippines in the 1980s after she met Dr. Muhammad Yunus and studied the Grameen Method in Bangladesh. She actively promoted microfinance in the Philippines, working to organize PhilNet, the precursor of the Microfinance Council of the Philippines (MCPI) of which she was a board member for many years. With Dr. del Castillo at the helm, NWTF remains to be one of the most pro-poor microfinance Institutions in the Philippines as supported by the Truelift Achiever Award it received in 2013.
  • Philippe Denis
    BNP PARIBAS
  • Louis Desazars
    President and CEO, Shiseido Group EMEA SHISEIDO
    Louis Desazars began his career at LVMH with Parfums Christian Dior, holding various executive positions in the brand’s international divisions. In 1996, Mr. Desazars joined Shiseido International Corporation (SIC) as the group’s Vice President. In 2004, he was promoted to President of the Beauté Prestige International U.S. affiliate, at which time he moved to the United States. In 2008, Louis Desazars was named Chief Executive Officer of NARS Cosmetics.Mr. Desazars has been serving as President and CEO of Shiseido for the EMEA Region as well as the President and CEO of Beauté Prestige International since September 1st, 2015.
  • Severine Desbouys
    CEO DSC
    Former French Cyclist Champion, three times Winner at the Tour de France and twice Best Climber, Severine Desbouys holds an MBA in management of International Relations from Kedge and a Masters from IHEDN for Enterprise Crisis Management. Severine has been the CEO of DSC for the past 13 years, an international consulting firm specializing on Lobbying, Strategy and Competitive Intelligence. Severine is also the Managing Director for the Women's Forum Sport initiative.
  • Sandrine Devillard
    Senior Partner MCKINSEY & COMPANY
    Sandrine Devillard is a Senior Partner in McKinsey & Company’s Paris office. She leads McKinsey’s Retail and Consumer Goods sector in France and is a leader of the European Consumer Practice. She helps companies in Europe, North America and Asia on strategy, organization and operational performance, and business development. Sandrine is the global leader of the McKinsey Women’s Initiative and has led efforts to develop gender diversity at the firm for eight years. She led and co-authored the firm’s annual Women Matter report in 2007–10, 2012-2016, assessing women’s contribution to the economic performance of corporations and exploring ways to increase gender diversity in top management.
  • Claire Doole
    CEO CLAIRE DOOLE COMMUNICATIONS
    Claire Doole draws on her background as a BBC correspondent (London, Brussels and Geneva), public relations professional (spokeswoman for UNHCR, IFRC and head of media at WWF International) and actress to help organisations and companies engage with the media, talk on camera and present with impact. Since 2006 She has coached and trained hundreds of executives in the art of effective communication. She also moderates conferences, do voice-overs for corporate videos and produce videos for conferences, websites and social media. Based in Geneva, she trains in English and French. She also speak conversational Spanish and Italian.
  • Claire Dorland Clauzel
    Executive Vice-President Brands and External Relations, Member of the Group Executive Committee MICHELIN
    Claire Dorland Clauzel is the executive vice president of Michelin’s brands and external relations. She holds a degree from Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Class of 88, “Montaigne”). From 1988 to 1998, Claire Dorland-Clauzel occupied several positions at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance, in the Treasury Department. In 1998, Claire Dorland-Clauzel joined AXA as the head of the audit and control department, and became a member of the executive committee. In 2000, she became AXA France’s head of support functions, and in 2003, she was appointed to head of communications and sustainable development. She joined the Michelin Group in 2008.
  • Elizabeth Dove
    Director, Corporate Citizenship VOLUNTEER CANADA
    Elizabeth specializes in creating social impact strategies that engage the public, NGOs, business and government. She has worked as senior staff and consultant on advancing a range of issues: health, empowerment of women and youth, the arts, and international development. As Volunteer Canada’s Director, Corporate Citizenship she facilitates the national Corporate Council on Volunteering and consults with companies on employer-supported volunteering strategies that create value for community and business. She holds the McGill-McConnell Master of Management for National Voluntary Sector Leaders. In 2012 she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work on social justice issues.
  • Renaud Dutreil
    Chairman of France, FTI Consulting; Minister of Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, Commerce, Crafts and Liberal Professions, 2005 - 2007 FTI CONSULTING
    Renaud Dutreil, Chairman of France, FTI Consultingis a graduate of the The Paris Institute of Political Sciences, École Normale Supérieure (ENS) and École Nationale d'Administration (ENA) in Paris. He was Lauréat du Concours Général de Philosophie in 1978. Dutreil served in the highest offices of French government for over fifteen years. His ministerial appointments included Minister of Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, Commerce, Crafts and Liberal Professions (2005–2007), Minister of the Civil Service and State Reform (2004–2005) and Secretary of State for Small & Medium-Sized Businesses, Commerce, Crafts and Liberal Professions (2002–2004). He was a Member of Parliament from 1994–2008 and of the French Council of State (Supreme Court for Public Law) from 1989 to 1992. He is currently non serving Maître des Requêtes au Conseil d’Etat, where he was admitted in 1989 with rank 1st.
  • Denis Duverne
    Chairman AXA
    Mr. Duverne is a graduate of the École des Hautes Études Commerciales and the École Nationale d'Administration. He started his career as commercial counsellor for the French Consulate General in New York. In 1988, he became Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy for the French Ministry of Finance and, in 1991, was appointed Corporate Secretary of Compagnie Financière IBI. In 1992, he became a member of the Executive Committee of Banque Colbert. In 1995, he joined AXA and supervised the operations in the US and the UK. From 2003 until 2010, he was a Management Board member. From April 2010 to August 2016, he was Deputy CEO. Since September 1, 2016, he has been Chairman of the Board of AXA.
  • Giana Eckhardt
    Professor of Marketing ROYAL HOLLOWAY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
    Giana Eckhardt is Professor of Marketing at Royal Holloway University of London. Giana is a leading expert in the sharing economy. She has published numerous articles in journals such as Harvard Business Review and Journal of Consumer Research, and is co-author of The Myth of the Ethical Consumer. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Atlantic, Scientific American, and on National Public Radio. Giana has received research grants from the Australian Research Council, the Marketing Science Institute, and the British Academy of Management, and has presented her work at top conferences around the world, including at the United Nations CSR Global Forum.
  • Hassan El Shabrawishi
    Group Chief Innovation Officer AXA
    Hassan El-Shabrawishi is the Chief Innovation Officer of AXA Group. In 2016, he was selected as one of the top economic young leaders in Africa by “Institut Choiseul”. Hassan joined AXA in 2010 and was previously the Chief Executive Officer for AXA in Egypt since September 2014. Before joining AXA, he held several positions in the insurance sector and at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. Hassan holds an honors degree in Finance and Economics from Richmond University. He holds an international MBA from IE Business School in Spain; a top ranked business school.Hassan is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, which is the highest recognition a business graduate anywhere in the world can receive.
  • Nicola Evans
    Partner HOGAN LOVELLS
    Described as “approachable and pragmatic” by Legal 500 UK, Nicola Evans is a partner in Hogan Lovells' Corporate Group in London, advising clients on all corporate finance transactions, particularly cross-border transactions. She has acted for major listed and private companies on public and private M&A, joint ventures, demergers and restructurings as well as both primary and capital raisings. Recently, Nicola has firmly established herself as a leading light in the insurance sector, working closely on the firm's relationships with several key insurance clients.
  • Jean-Pierre Farandou
    Executive Chairman KEOLIS
    With an extensive career in public transportation and senior general management, Mr. Farandou has developed a diverse set of skills and experience with operational, commercial and strategic responsibilities. Previously, Mr. Farandou was Managing Director at Thalys International (1993), Regional Manager at SNCF Rhone-Alpes (2002) and Managing Director of Keolis Lyons (2005). Mr. Farandou became General Manager of SNCF’s main division, SNCF Proximites in 2006. He was also a director of the Keolis board. Prior to his appointment as Executive Chairman of Keolis on 7 August 2012, Mr. Farandou was a member of the SNCF Executive Committee and Deputy General Manager at the SNCF corporate level.
  • Christine Farnish
    Chair PEER-TO-PEER FINANCE ASSOCIATION
    Christine has worked at senior level in financial services since 1998 when she was appointed Consumer Director at the FSA. She joined the National Association of Pension Funds as CEO in 2002 and was Group MD Public Policy at Barclays from 2006 to 2011.  She has served on the Boards of the Office of Fair Trading, Advertising Standards Authority, ING Direct and Consumer Focus, which she chaired from 2010 to 2014.  Christine now chairs the Peer-to-Peer Finance Association and also serves as a NED on the boards of OFWAT, OFGEM, ABTA and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, She is also a member of AXA’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel.
  • Laurence Fischer
    Three times Karate World Champion, Administrator and Consultant in Sport Education's NGOs SPORT CONSULTANT
    Three times Karate World Champion, Laurence is one of the most awarded woman athlete. Graduated from ESSEC business school while pursuing her sport career. She has been committed for more than 10 years in humanitarian FONDATIONS and NGOs dedicated to education through sport. In France, she joined the Sport Education Agency (APELS) as a Director. On action: Kaboul, Port-au-Prince,Bujumbura,bukavu with  “Play International” and “Schools for Hope”,focused on women post traumatic conditions, she uses karate as an educational and emancipation lever. Helping them regain dignity, confidence and Will. She s a member of advisory board of WsF Sport. She also has a passion for theatre.
  • Mary Fitzgerald
    Journalist and Analyst
    Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and researcher specializing in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. In her previous role as Irish Times foreign correspondent, she reported from more than 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the Financial Times. Mary was a founding member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020 and was selected for the European Young Leaders 40 under 40 program in 2013. She was chosen as one of the Global Women's Forum "Rising Talents" in 2013.
  • Véronique Forge
    Founder and CEO BUSINESS O FEMININ
  • Jacqueline Franjou
    CEO WOMEN'S FORUM FOR THE ECONOMY & SOCIETY
    CEO of the Women’s Forum, Jacqueline previously held senior management roles in the private sector: Cegos, Air France and Vivendi (Nexity-SFR), Veolia (SNCM) and in the public sector as a counselor for the French Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade. She founded the famous international Ramatuelle Festival of Theatre and also founded several international Photo Festivals, and Chairman of Figures of Peace, an international association promoting the photos of living Nobel Peace Prize Winners. She produced several films on the theatre and authored several books and catalogues. She has a great international experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America and received several distinctions (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Officier du Mérite National, Officier de la Légion d’honneur, grand prix du rayonnement français à l international from French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senate). She is a board member of Vranken Pommery, Lucas Carton and Musée d’Orsay.
  • Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau
    Medical Director FONDATION SANOFI ESPOIR
    Medical doctor, graduated in Public Health, Anne Gagnepain-Lacheteau has been working at Sanofi Company since 1990. After various roles in Medical and Public Affairs activities in the French affiliate, Anne has joined the Sanofi Espoir Foundation in 2014, as Medical Director. She’s responsible for the program « My Child Matters », to fight childhood cancers in low and middle income countries. For her commitment in this combat, she has been awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from the National University of Asuncion (Paraguay). She’s responsible as well for the validation of medicines donation in humanitarian crises. 
  • Blanca Garcia
    General Manager External Communications RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE
    Blanca Garcia is a seasoned communicator with over 20 years of experience building and implementing communications strategies for various prestigious international companies and organizations in Europe and Mexico.She joined Nissan Mexico in 2014 as Senior Manager Corporate Communications & P.R. In 2015 she was appointed Internal Communications Manager for Nissan Europe, where she acted as General Manager during most of her assignment. In May 2016 she moved to the Renault-Nissan Alliance as General Manager External Communications. Blanca is the author of "40ymas" a book on empowerment for women over forty. She has also given various courses and conferences on this topic.
  • Sandrine Garcia
    Big Data Project Manager ORANGE
    I am a curious and energetic young woman living in Toulouse. I love to create, for example through photography, DIY or gardening. I work in Orange company for 6 years. My current mission consists on supporting the business entities and countries in the implementation of Big Data solutions, I am driven by this subject because of its field of possibilities. During the hackathon "Women in Innovation 2016", I have had the opportunity to give an idea life, "my green coach", which I will present with pleasure and enthusiasm at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting 2016.
  • Nina Gardner
    Adjunct Professor Johns Hopkins, SAIS, Founder and Director STRATEGY INTERNATIONAL
    Nina Luzzatto Gardner is Director of Strategy International, a consulting firm specializing in Corporate Sustainability advising and CSR. A lawyer by training, she is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins, SAIS in Washington DC where she teaches Corporate Sustainability, Business & Human Rights. Ms. Gardner is the founding president of three professional women's associations in Prague, Rome and Paris. She graduated with honors from Harvard, Columbia Law School and studied economics at UniAndes in Bogota. An Italian and US national, she speaks English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. She has been a member of the Women's Forum program committee since 2005. She is a proud Democrat.
  • Valérie Gauthier
    Professor HEC PARIS
    Valérie Gauthier was educated in France and the United States. She has taught courses at NYU Stern and MIT Sloan as Visiting Professor. She now holds the HEC-Pernod Ricard Leadership Chair and runs the Leadership certificate” Program for HEC Paris. Drawing from her expertise in linguistics and poetic translation as well as leadership and cross-cultural relationships, she has built relational communication and leadership development programs in schools and in companies under the concept of savoir-relier. Her latest publication is: “Leading with Sense: The Intuitive Power of savoir-relier”, book published by Stanford University Press in 2014 and Eyrolles under the Title: Le Savoir-Relier.
  • Clara Gaymard
    Executive President, and President of Raise Endowment Fund WOMEN'S FORUM FOR THE ECONOMY & SOCIETY
    Clara Gaymard is President of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society and was appointed in December 2014. She is also Co-Founder and President of Raise, a capital investment company which gives 50% of the team revenues to the Foundation Raise, dedicated to the support of entrepreneurial growth in France. Prior to this, she was President of GE France until January 2016 and was Ambassador, President of Invest in France Agency, in charge of promoting foreign investments in France and she was a Deputy Director in the French Ministry of Finance. Clara is a graduate from the French national school of administration, holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from The Paris Institute of Political Studies, and a degree in law and history. She is co-founder of Raise, an investment company.
  • Stéphanie Gicquel
    Ultra-distance runner and polar explorer RUNNERS TO THE POLE
    Stéphanie Gicquel is a lawyer. She is also an ultra-distance runner (races over 150-200 km). She is also a polar explorer. She explored Spitsbergen, Greenland, Antarctica. She notably ran a marathon at the Geographical North Pole under temperatures of -30°C. And she crossed Antarctica through the South Pole over 2,045 km in 74 days under temperatures sometimes down to -50°C. This expedition is notably the longest ski expedition for a woman in Antarctica without kiting (Guinness World Records). She wrote a book and edited a movie about this expedition ACROSS ANTARCTICA. She also funded a non-profit charity whose aim is to promote Antarctica via photos exhibitions and conferences.
  • Elena Giroli
    Connector of Ouishare UK OUISHARE
    Elena Giroli is a Ouishare active member and UK connector since 2013. Her background in International Marketing and Economics, with a focus on digital communication and interest in people stories make her passionate about different ways of facing daily challenges related to economical, political and sociological point of view. Her main interest is how collaborative economy is evolving in non EU countries and influencing the future of work and how this can be perceived from the public and private sector. Part of the Ouishare Radio since 2014, she podcasts and cooperates with the Ouishare communications team.
  • Mayra Gonzalez
    President and Managing Director RENAULT-NISSAN ALLIANCE
    Mayra Gonzalez is currently the president and managing director of Nissan Mexicana, a company that has achieved more than seven consecutive years of sales leadership in the automotive industry in Mexico. She is the first female executive ever to be appointed president of a country within the Nissan Group, and also the youngest person to assume this position in the history of the company. Gonzalez was also the first woman to become a member of NMEX's executive committee. Mayra Gonzalez holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing by the Technological University of Mexico (1998); a master’s degree in Advertising from Anahuac University in Mexico (2001).
  • Arancha Gonzalez Laya
    Executive Director INTERNATIONAL TRADE CENTRE UNCTAD/WTO
    Arancha González is the Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC). An expert in international trade and development, Ms González has previously held leading positions at the World Trade Organization and the European Commission. In 2015 she launched the “SheTrades” initiative seeking to connect one million women entrepreneurs to markets by 2020
  • Anthony Gooch
    Director of Public Affairs and Communications ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD)
    Anthony Gooch is Director of Public Affairs & Communications at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Over the last decade he has led OECD’s major international campaigns on key issues such as fairer global tax systems. He pioneered the OECD Better Life Index (www.oecdbetterlifeindex.org) to promote wellbeing. Anthony is the Director of the annual OECD Forum (www.oecd.org/forum) and the OECD's Global Parliamentary Network. As an active promoter of gender diversity, he established an institutional partnership with the Women's Forum. Prior to OECD he spent 13 years with the EU Commission specialising in trade and foreign affairs including diplomatic postings
  • Jane Goodman
    Managing Director CONSULTANCY
    I am an international executive consultant, coach and entrepreneur. I have a 25 year track record helping executives build their personal and company brands, managing their careers and building their business. I set up my own PR company that I grew to a 25 people business and sold to Ogilvy (WPP group) and spent 5 years working on international boards developing people and new business skills Today I apply my business understanding to senior executives - a key area of focus for me is leadership - what makes it successful and how it translates into strong business pratices. I coach teams and individuals across Europe & internationally and facilitate corporate meetings of all sorts.
  • Josephine Goube
    CEO TECHFUGEES
    Listed as one of the 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur in 2016 by Forbes, Joséphine is an hacktivist for migrants and refugees' inclusion in Europe. As CEO of Techfugees, a non-profit coordinating the tech community' response to the refugee situation, Josephine promotes the use of new technologies to support NGOs work and scale refugees' access to information, healthcare, and education. She previously worked as tech evangelist for the web-based recruitment platform, Yborder, worked as an informal expert on immigration for the EU commission and helped build a web-based AI for migrants to apply to visa to Europe for tech startup Migreat.
  • Mary Goudie
    Founding Member, the 30 Percent Club HOUSE OF LORDS / UK PARLIAMENT
    Baroness Mary Goudie is a senior member of the British House of Lords and a global advocate for the rights of women and children. In the UK she is a founding member of the 30% Club which aims to influence chairman to bring more women onto corporate boards. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Vital Voices Global Partnership. Goudie is a trustee of the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation, based in the US, whose aims are to foster interfaith dialogue to establish solutions to global challenges affecting mankind. She is a member of the Board of Directors of EuropEFE – the European Mission of the Education for Employment Foundation based in Spain. She is a member of the UK Board of Directors
  • Sophie Gourmelen
    Managing Director LE PARISIEN AUJOURD’HUI EN FRANCE
    Sophie Gourmelen is at the Head of Sales and Ciculation, Marketing and Communication of Les Echos' Group. Since 2008, she is in charge of developping the print and digital sales as well as corporate parnerships and corporate campaigns. Prior to Les Echos' Group, she was Marketing Director at Prisma Media (the magazine's subsidiary of Grüner and Jahr in France) where she contributed actively to the developpement of digital sales and the implementation of the CRM strategy. She has also been working for 15 years within an International Direct Marketing Publisher where she help various senior management roles in South of Europe.
  • Virginie Grognou
    Journalist AFP
    French journalist Virginie Grognou, 35, joined AFP in 2005 at the Madrid bureau where she routinely covered the arrival of migrants to Spain's southern shores as well as the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa, which have the European Union's only land borders with Africa, as a text reporter. She also covered Spain's economic crisis and the "Indignados" protest movement against economic inequality and austerity that occupied Spanish squares in 2011. Since 2013 she has been a video reporter at the AFP office in Lille, where she covered the dismantlement of the Calais migrant camp in northern France.
  • Catherine Guillouard
    Deputy CEO REXEL
    Catherine Guillouard, Deputy CEO, was CFO and Group Senior Vice-President since May 2013, a role she has kept alongside her new responsibilities. Before joining Rexel, Catherine Guillouard was Chief Financial Officer of Eutelsat and a member of the Executive Committee (2007-2013). Prior to this, she held various management positions within Air France, including Deputy Vice-President of Corporate Control, Senior Vice-President of Flight Operations, Senior Vice-President of Human Resources and Change Management, and latterly, Senior Vice-President of Finance (2005-2007).
  • Patty Hajdu
    Minister of Status of Women Canada STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA
    Patty Hajdu is well known and well respected within her community for her work on substance use issues, harm reduction, housing, and public health. Patty was the Executive Director at Shelter House, is the author of and was a key member of the Implementation Panel for the Thunder Bay Drug Strategy. In addition, she was on the Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. Patty served as Chairperson for the Drug Awareness Committee of Thunder Bay. She was formerly on the Board of Directors for Alpha Court Mental Health Services and the Ontario Literacy Coalition. Patty has had a variety of her written work published, including several op-eds in The Chronicle Journal on the issue of homelessness. Patty has lived in Thunder Bay–Superior North since 1980. She and her two sons currently call Thunder Bay home. In addition to her work on mental health and addictions, Patty is also a talented graphic designer, and she formerly served as Creative Director for a marketing firm. Patty holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
  • Jo Ann Hardesty
    President NAACP PORTLAND BRANCH
    Jo Ann Hardesty has over 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector on issues of racial, social and economic justice,  Hardesty served 3-terms in the Oregon House of Representatives, and currently is the Principle Partner in Consult Hardesty a multipurpose firm that provides board development services and trainings to advance just public policies.  Hardesty is a sought after keynote speaker and serves on the board of several local nonprofits including Human Solution (low-income housing), the Avel Gordly Center for Healing (culturally competent mental health services). Hardesty also host a weekly public affairs program called Voices from the Edge on Thursday mornings on KBOO.FM 90.7.
  • Julia Harrison
    SMD - Managing Partner Brussels FTI CONSULTING
    Having worked in the political communications field in UK, DC and EU for some 30 years, Julia set up an all women’s business (Blueprint) in 2003 to provide strategic communications counsel to international businesses. In 2008 she sold Blueprint to FTI Consulting where she is currently Senior Managing Director. She has held various Non-Executive Director and leadership roles. Julia has been involved in the Women’s Forum since the outset and was a member of the Women's Forum’s Belgian Founding Board. Julia is British with an MA in English literature from Downing, Cambridge. She has one son and lives in Brussels.
  • Joëlle Hazoume Alao
    Orange Money Director ORANGE
    I am a senior project manager and Business developer with 9 years of experience in the banking sector. After starting my career in France as a business analyst for BNP Paribas, I had the great opportunity to travel around Africa for my various positions: Project manager for Société Générale, Organisations team leader in Gabon for UGB (Credit Agricole Branch), Customer relations Manager and Project Manager for Orange Niger and now Orange Money Director for Orange Guinea. I developed expertise in the mobile money market as well as keen understanding of customer consumption behaviors in developing economies.
  • Jurgen Hecker
    Senior Economics Editor AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE
    Irish-born Jurgen Hecker is a journalist, teacher, conference host and media trainer. He is currently Senior Economics Editor at the AFP news agency. He was previously AFP's Nordic bureau chief in Stockholm, European culture correspondent for AFP Video, and head of AFP Finance and AFX France. He also worked at the BBC and Reuters. He teaches journalism at the Sciences Po Journalism School and the American University of Paris.
  • Brigitte Henriques
    Secretary General FÉDÉRATION FRANÇAISE DE FOOTBALL
    Brigitte HENRIQUES is a former international football player (40 caps) and three-time French national champion with the FCF Juvisy. She has also been physical education teacher. Graduated from licence A of football coach since 2004, she was Assistant Coach in “Pôle France” at Clairefontaine in 2004, Football Coach for department selection from 2005 to 2009 and General Manager Women’s Football department of Paris Saint-Germain from 2009 to 2011. Since 2011, Brigitte HENRIQUES is the Secretary General of the French Football Federation alongside Noël Le Graët and in charge of the federation gender equality plan.
  • Audrey Herblin-Stoop
    Head of Public Policy France TWITTER
    Audrey Herblin-Stoop is the Head of Public Policy of Twitter France and represents Twitter with French officials and political institutions. She is also in charge of social and environmental responsibility of the company in France. Audrey began her career at MEDEF in 2008 as Director of Mission Public Affairs, before joining TBWA\Corporate Agency in August 2012 as an account executive lead of the public affairs business unit.
  • Ana Theresia Hontiveros-Baraquel
    Senator of the Republic of the Philippines SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES
    A health and women's rights advocate, a committed activist and a champion of the basic sectors, SENATOR RISA HONTIVEROS brings the voice of ordinary citizens to the Philippine senate. As Akbayan Partylist’s representative during the 13th and 14th Congress, then-Congresswoman Risa fought for a number of people-centered legislation for agrarian reform and cheaper medicines. She also led civil society groups and advocates for the passage of the Reproductive Health Law, a landmark legislation that gives women and families access to modern family planning services. She is currently chairs the Senate Committees on Health and Women & Gender Equality.
  • Melody Hossaini
    Founder & CEO INSPIRENGAGE INTERNATIONAL
    Melody is Founder of InspirEngage International, Skills Trainer & Professional Speaker. She has reached 1 million+ people in 100 countries. InspirEngage delivers programmes to increase retention of millennial women in the workplace and training teams to be productive by connecting them to a social purpose. Melody is an enterprise adviser to the Government, has designed the successful ‘InspirEngage Bootcamps’ & 'Startup & Stilettos'. She is an expert speaker on social enterprise- both in corporate & education sectors & currently on an international speaking tour 'How to Change The World'. Melody has a passion for facilitating change & personal growth in people & is currently coaching execs.
  • Lynn Hutton
    President & CEO CHIEF ISAAC GROUP
    Ms. Lynn Hutton is a change specialist in operational, financial and risk management with more than 15years’ experience in economic development, marketing and public relations in both the private sector, and for Yukon First Nation organizations. Currently, Lynn is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Chief Isaac Group of Companies (CIGC), the for-profit development corporation of her First Nation, the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in, whose Traditional Territory is located in Yukon, Canada. In addition to her diverse experience, Lynn is currently an active Director for RAB Energy Group Inc. as well as a founding member and the new President of the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce.
  • Keiko Ihara
    Racing driver and Associate Professor of Keio University Graduate School Media design
    2014 FIA World Endurance Championship, The top result as a female driver Podium finished in WEC as the 1st Female driver in the world (Japan, Bahrain round) Finished the “24 Hours of Le Mans” as the first Asian women Won the Asian Le mans series as the 1st Female driver in the world 2013 FIA World Endurance championship The top result as a female driver Driver’s ranking of 22nd in the 2013 FIA WEC 2012 FIA World endurance championship LMP2 class,7th in the series, 2009 Formula Lemans series, 10th won a prize at France lemans 2008 Aston martin Asia cup, raced as a Charity Guest driver 2005-2006 British F3 International series, won a prize 13 times in a series Masters of F3 world championship ‘Marlboro Masters’, won a prize 2003 Asian Formula BMW series, Series finished 3rd 2002 Asian Formula 2000 series, 2wins and podium finish for all races entered Asian Formula 2000 World final Macau GP 3rd, 2001 French Formula 3 championship, won a prize 4 times in a series 2000 British Formula Renault series 1999 Race debut in The Ferrari challenge Japan championship champion, *MVP of the year 1999 Ferrari challenge world final in Italy, placed 2nd in 120 *Most improved driver award WORK EXPERIENCE 2015 ― Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry council for industrial structure committee Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan house advisory committee Policy adviser of Mie prefecture Mazda Women in motorsport project leader 2014― Aichi prefecture, Kasugai public information ambassador Aichi Prefectural Police Kasugai station daily head for Road safety campaign BMW i series EV Ambassador 2013― Representative for the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile Appointed as an Driver representative for the FIA Women in Motorsports Commission Appointed as Women representative for the FIA Drivers Commission NISSAN Global Ambassador “Zero emission mobility” 2012- Work for the TOMODACHI project It is a public-private partnership forged after the Great East Japan Earthquake and led by the U.S. Government, the Japanese Government and the U.S.-Japan Council US-Japan leadership program fellow 2011- US-Japan leadership program delegate (selected by United states-Japan foundation) 2009- Guest Associate Professor of Keio University Graduate school Media design English teacher Opened English school. Currently teach 100 youths English and international understanding for local youth Lecturer Teacher for the Tokyo Motor Sports College 1999―present International qualified racing driver 1995―1998 Fashion model Selected as Saipan-Tinian Tourism ambassador for 1997 and 1998. Selected as NTT Image lady for 1997 and 1998. Selected as F1 Benetton Image girl for 1998.and 1999 EDUCATION Apr 1993- Mar 1997 Graduated with Bachelor of Economics , Hosei University, Tokyo Japan AWARDS RECIEVED 2012- Minister for National Policy prize as a “succeed in the world” 2014-Kasugai-city Aichi prefecture Sports prize 2015- Nonprofit foundation car technology prize as a “Contribution of the technical development” OTHER QUALIFICATION *Licensed International A by Federation International de Automobile *Certified to teach English at elementary schools *Certified for Physical therapy and Pilatis by The University of Nevada British F3 International series, won a prize 13 times in a series British F3 International series, won a prize 13 times in a series
  • Ebru Ilhan
    Senior Consultant KITE GLOBAL ADVISORS
    Ebru Ilhan joined Kite Global Advisors as Senior Consultant in 2015. Before, she worked on sustainability management, reporting and communications and innovation at the Eczacıbaşı Group. She holds a PhD on Islam, business interests and democratic institution building in Turkey from the Department of War Studies, King's College London. She previously worked in civil society organizations and think tanks in Turkey, the UK and the USA on democratization, gender equality, education and social policy issues. She continues to passionately engage in community work, civic activism, and women's social, political and economic empowerment.
  • Cynthia Illouz
    Editor in chief CHARI-T MAGAZINE
    Cynthia Illouz is the founder and editor in chief of CHARI-T Magazine, the first feminine charity magazine, dedicated to philanthropy. As a journalist she conducts interviews with companies and personalities about their commitments. She supports many causes such as: breast cancer awareness, the fight against HIV/Aids, children's and women's rights, the eradication of poverty and environment protection. She is a member of the “Brands&Values" research department of the Sorbonne-Paris1 Business School. She is about to finish her Ph.D in Marketing on philanthropy in luxury industry. She teaches on MBA courses such as: Philanthropy, Art Patronage, CSR, sustainable development and sponsorship.
  • Leticia JÁuregui Casanueva
    Founder and President CREA
    Born & raised in Mexico City, Leticia has presented her work on women’s entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and exponential technologies at the the OECD, Women Deliver and the WEF Davos Annual Meeting & others. In 2008, Leticia founded Crea (www.crea.org.mx) that trains & advises low-income women micro and small entrepreneurs in marginalised communities to strengthen & grow their businesses. Leticia has received multiple awards and recognition for her work as a social entrepreneur including from Echoing Green, GLG, Rising Talents of the Women's Forum. Leticia is currently working on innovation in exponential finance and insurance, specialising in pensions and blockchain.
  • Benedicte Javelot
    Chief Strategy Officer ORANGE
    Bénédicte is Chief Strategy Officer of Orange Group. Since 2014, she has delivered the 5 next years Strategic Project for Orange Group, which was released to the Investors in March 2015. She has been working for Orange since 2002, heading a wholesale business unit in the mobile domain, including business development, partnerships, domestic and international roaming. In her position she helped NFC technologies to develop in the French market both in transport and in payment. Between 2002 and 2004 she held a technical role and deploy value added services over the 3G networks like multimedia payments and carrier billing. Early in her career she has held a technical network position within Kertel (1999), and cofounded a start-up between 2000 and 2001, Streamwide, in the Communications Services before joining Orange. Mrs Bénédicte Javelot has a Master’s Degree in Electronics and Telecommunications,  and a MBA from the Sorbonne Business School.
  • Mari-Noëlle JÉgo-LaveissiÈre
    Executive Vice-President Innovation, Marketing and Technologies ORANGE
    Mari-Noelle Jégo-Laveissière is Executive Vice-President of Innovation, Marketing and Technologies. She is part of the Executive Committee of the Orange Group. She previously held various executive positions in the Orange Group since 1996: Senior Vice-President of International & Backbone Network Factory, Senior Vice-President for Research and Development, Vice-President for the Home marketing Division of Orange France, Head of a French region. Mari-Noelle obtained an engineering degree from the Ecole des Mines de Paris. She is post graduate in Quantum Chemistry with a Doctor’s degree from the University of Paris XI-Waterloo University and from the Ecole Normale Supérieure.
  • Star Jones
    President PROFESSIONAL DIVERSITY NETWORK (NASDAQ: IPDN) AND NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL WOMEN
    Star Jones is an attorney, former New York City homicide prosecutor, business executive, best-selling author and an Emmy award nominated TV host. She has had the privilege of working in television for nearly 25 years; offering a fresh perspective to the day’s most talked about crime and justice, political and sociological issues from the worlds of news, entertainment, politics and pop culture. Skilled in law, media and business, Ms. Jones presently serves as President of Professional Diversity Network, a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: IPDN) and President of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW). As such, Ms. Jones leads a nationwide team dedicated to supporting and advocating for PDN’s over 10-million member network of diverse job seekers along with providing expanded networking and career opportunities for the more than 850,000 diverse professional women members in the over 200 local chapters and 20,000+ virtual eChapter members of NAPW. In Fall 2016, Ms. Jones took her women empowerment goals global with a partnership with Cosmic Forward Ltd., a China based technology company. Also an accomplished author, Ms. Jones has written two best-selling, non-fiction books. Her third book, Satan’s Sisters, was published in 2011 and is being developed into a VH1 network television series for 2017 with Ms. Jones as an Executive Producer. Ms. Jones is also heavily involved in numerous philanthropic efforts. Since 2011, Ms. Jones, a heart disease survivor herself, has been the face of the American Heart Association's (AHA) National Go Red efforts as National Volunteer.
  • Anne Marie Jonquiere
    Senior Change Manager / IT Project Director CEA
    Anne-Marie Jonquière is Change Manager at the CEA: she is involved in the implementation of IT projects or changes in the organization of the company. She is also responsible for teaching on this subject (HEC, Mines, ...). After a career as an engineer in plasma physics and then in the engineering of information systems, she now works at the CEA's Human Resources department. Very involved in the deployment of new collaborative practices and committed to developing diversity and professional equality in the scientific professions, she is the president of the women's network of the CEA.
  • Frédérique Jossinet
    Manager of Women Football FÉDÉRATION FRANÇAISE DE FOOTBALL
    Between 2000 and 2012, Frédérique JOSSINET had a professional sports career. She was World Champion, Olympic Silver medallist and Triple European Champion in Judo. In 2004, she started her working life as a consultant at IPPON Technologies. In 2012, she was Judo French Team's National coach in charge of the Women's Team. She was Sport Ministry personal adviser between 2013 and 2014. She was dedicated to the theme "Women & Sport" and "High level athletes' projects". She is in Charge of Women Football at the FFF since 2014. She is leading all the projects dedicated to develop women's Football in France. She is also a LOC Board member of the Women's Football World Cup 2019 in France.
  • Pacita Juan
    Chair WOMEN'S BUSINESS COUNCIL OF THE PHILIPPINES
    Pacita Juan is a social entrepreneur, a coffee advocate and a green crusader. She co-founded ECHOstore sustainable lifestyle (www.echostore.ph) in 2008 , a pioneer retailer of green and natural products. She also sits in non-profit boards like the Haribon Foundation (conservation), impact investment companies like the Peace and Equity Holdings, Inc. and sits as a member of the Investment Committee of the SHIFT program of United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). She also Chairs the ASEAN Women Entrepreneurs Network(AWEN) representing Women's Business Council of the Philippines as focal point organization representing the Philippines.
  • Shellie Karabell
    Contributor, "Leadership" FORBES.COM
    Shellie Karabell is a contributor to Forbes.com, and to Strategy&Business. She also works as a media presentation coach and editorial content provider for corporations and consultancies. She has spent more than 45 years in international broadcast journalism, including executive news and management positions in her native USA, Europe, the USSR/Russia and the Middle East for ABC/WTN, Dow Jones Broadcast, PBS, and CNBC, responsible for news coverage, management of bureau personnel, and budgets of several million dollars. She has specialized in business news reporting since 1982, covering hundreds of tier-one international companies and executives. As a field correspondent in Europe she has covered most of the major news events in recent history, from the Beirut civil war to the fall of the Berlin Wall. She lives in Paris.
  • Muhtar Kent
    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer THE COCA-COLA COMPANY
    Mr. Kent joined The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta in 1978 and has held a variety of global marketing and operations leadership roles throughout his career. In 2005, Mr. Kent was appointed President of Coca-Cola International, responsible for overseeing all operations outside of North America. In 2006, he assumed the role of President and Chief Operating Officer and in 2008 was elevated to President and CEO. He was named Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2009. Mr. Kent holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Hull in England and a Master of Science degree in Administrative Sciences from Cass Business School in London. Mr. Kent is a fellow of the Foreign Po
  • Laurence Kerjean
    co-Founder and CEO LEFIRGOJAUNE
    Creative and analytical marketeer with +15 years experience in B2B and B2C industries. Passionate about developing and improving customer experiences to drive business growth with focus on digital transformation. I was the enabler of the first ever beauty HACKATHON in 2014. After a long internal debate, I admitted to myself that I didn’t only want to make the world more beautiful but better. So I am now a proud entreprenuerE, tackling foodwaste. Happy mom of 3, I am enjoying this entrepreuneurship journey and meeting extraordinary people and learning more everyday.
  • Isabelle Kocher
    Chief Executive Officer ENGIE
    Born : 9-12-1966 Married – 5 children Studies : 1987 - 1991: Ecole Normale Supérieure de la rue d’Ulm 1991 : Ecole des Mines Professional course 1994-1997 : Ministry of Industry 1997-1999 : Ministry of Finance Budget Department in charge of the Telecommunication and Defense sector 1999-2002 : Adviser for the Prime Minister for industrial affairs 2002-2005 : Manager – Strategy Department - SUEZ 2005-2007 : Group Senior Vice President : Performance Management Department – Suez 2007-2009 : Vice President – Lyonnaise des Eaux 2009-2011 : CEO - Lyonnaise des Eaux 2011-2014 : CFO - ENGIE (ex GDF Suez) 2014-2016 : Deputy CEO and COO - ENGIE Since April 2016 : Chief Executive Officer - ENGIE
  • Henriette Kolb
    Head Gender Secretariat INTERNATIONAL FINANCE CORPORATION, IFC
    Henriette is the Head of the Gender Secretariat at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She serves as an advocate for gender equality issues in the private sector and leads a team that works with IFC’s clients to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders. Before joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she remains involved as a senior advisor. Henriette also served as a member of Secretary Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women's Business Leadership. Earlier in her career, Henriette was the UN representative in the Middle
  • Michael Kramer
    Managing Partner NATURAL INVESTMENTS
    Michael Kramer is Managing Partner and Director of Social Research at Natural Investments, a pioneering sustainable, responsible, and impact investment advisor in the U.S. since 1985 with 10 offices nationwide. Michael is co-author of the firm's third book, "The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money", and he serves on the national policy committee of USSIF: The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment. Michael maintains the NI Social Rating, which rates US socially responsible mutual funds on the breadth and depth of company selection criteria. Michael has taught sustainable design since 1991. He was a National Service Fellow during the Clinton Administration.
  • Anne-Sophie de Kristoffy
    Head of the Sports News Department TF1 GROUP
    Anne-Sophie de Kristoffy was French national figure-skating champion in 1978/ 1979/1980 and competed in European and World Championships. She then began a career in journalism writing for L'Equipe Mag and Libération. In 1984, she joined TF1 where she was a figure-skating producer and commentator from 1994 to 1999. Between 2000 and 2002, she set up Agence Sports, a dedicated sport news unit within TF1/LCI. From 2002 to 2008, she was an assistant director of news, co-ordinating the coverage of many special sports and political events. Since 2008, she has been Head of the News arm of the Sport Department, in charge of sports coverage in TF1 news bulletins and on LCI.
  • Catherine Ladousse
    Executive Director Communications EMEA LENOVO
    Catherine Ladousse began her career with the Association of Francophone Universities before joining the Communications department of Crédit Agricole in Paris, then in Cairo. In 1991, she became Communications Director & Customer Satisfaction at American Express Bank France. She joined IBM in 1995, first as Head of Media for EMEA PC division then as Communication Director for IBM France. She joined Lenovo EMEA in 2005 as Executive Director of Communications. She contributed to the creation of the global diversity program "Women In Lenovo Leadership" in 2007. Since April 2012, she is leading Corporate and Executive Communications, Events and Diversity Initiatives in Lenovo EMEA.
  • Cecile Laguette
    Professional Sailor THE MAGENTA PROJECT
    Cecile has a unique profile in the women world of Professional sailing: Sailor with a background as a naval architect and engineer. She lived for 10 years overseas mostly in New Zealand and speaks English and French fluently. She worked for some of the best sailing teams and designers. She is dedicated to be a role model athlete and inspire the young generation of women sailors, to keep pursuing their careers at the highest level. She is an ambassador for The Magenta Project which aims to advance women in Professional sailing. Cecile loves sharing her passion for the sport. She lives by the following words: “Everything is possible. Learning and progressing everyday are keys to success”
  • Sophie Lambin
    Co-founder & Managing Director KITE GLOBAL ADVISORS
    Sophie Lambin is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Kite Global Advisors. She served as Director of Global Thought Leadership and External Affairs for PwC for seven years. In this role Sophie developed a new strategy for the firm’s thought leadership activities. She also executed PwC's Annual Global CEO Survey, managed the firm’s strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum and orchestrated PwC’s annual presence at Davos. Prior to this, Sophie was the Publisher of European Business Forum and a management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand. Sophie is from Brussels and, for the last 20 years, has lived in London with her husband and two children.
  • Michel Landel
    Group Chief Executive Officer SODEXO
    Michel Landel, Sodexo Group CEO since 2005, joined the Group in 1984. By 1986, he had been promoted to President of Remote Sites operations in Africa and then took charge of the North American operations in 1989. He was named President and CEO of Sodexo, Inc. North America in 1999 and appointed VP of the Executive Committee a year later. He became COO in 2003, and went on to become CEO in 2005. Michel Landel is President of the STOP Hunger Endowment Fund. With his long-standing commitment to promote more women leaders in management, he played an instrumental role in the creation of SWIFt (Sodexo Women’s International Forum for talent) in 2009. He has received many distinguished honors including the 2016 CEO Leadership Award by the United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles awards.
  • Nang Lang Kham
    Executive Director KBZ GROUP
    Nang Lang Kham is an Executive Director of KBZ Group, Deputy CEO at KBZ Bank and Co-founder and Chair of Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation. In 2015, Nang was awarded the State Excellence Award from the President of Myanmar for work within community development. Prior to that, Nang was selected for the Fortune Global Women’s Mentoring Program as mentee to Rosalind Brewer of Walmart/Sam's Club. In 2016, she was chosen for the British Government’s Leaders Program and named by Forbes Asia as one of a dozen Women to Watch. Nang holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Singapore and Master of Management from the University of Sydney.
  • Sharon Leclercq-Spooner
    Partner and Member of the Board EURACTIV.COM
    Member of the board, EurActiv.com PLC, a pan-European media network reaching 1.7 million users/month and facilitating informed EU debates amongst policymakers and influencers in 12 languages. Partner at EPPA, a specialised management consultancy that helps clients to understand and manage risks and opportunities arising from the ever changing European political, regulatory and socio-economic landscape.  25 years experience of consultancy, trade association, media and in house corporate work related to EU policy and regulatory developments. Includes serving on boards, chairing committees, steering multi-stakeholder initiatives, research, analysis and strategy advice.  
  • Jean Lemierre
    Chairman of BNP Paribas BNP PARIBAS
    On 1 December 2014, Jean Lemierre became Chairman of BNP Paribas. He is also Chairman of the main French institute fore research into international economics (CEPII), a member of the Institutie of International Finance (IIF) and in May 2016, he was elected Member of the Board of Directors of Total. Jean Lemierre has a long and recognised career in international finance. In the 1980s he held vaious posts within the French Tax Administration, including Head of Tax Legislation and Director General of Taxes. In May 1995, he was appointed Chief of Cabinet of the French Minister of Economy and Finances and become Head of Treasury in October later that year. Before being appointed at the helm of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2000, he was a member of the European Monetary Committee (1995-1998), President of the European Economic and Financial Committee (1999-2000) and Chairman of the Paris Club (1999-2000). He served as President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development until 2008. In 2009, Jean Lemierre became a member of the International Advisory Council of the China Investment Corporation (CIC) and the International Advisory Council of the China Development Bank (CDB). He was senior Advisor to the Chairman of BNP Paribas between 1 September 2008 and 30 November 2014. Jean Lemierre graduated from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and the Ecole National d’Administration. He also holds a degree in law.
  • Monique Leroux
    President INTERNATIONAL COOPERATIVE ALLIANCE
    Ms. Leroux is President of the International Cooperative Alliance, representing the cooperative movement in more than 100 countries. She is also Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec. Ms. Leroux serves as a board member of BCE/Bell, Michelin and CIC (subsidiary of Credit Mutuel) and chairs the High Level Contact Group of the European Association of Co-operative Banks (EACB). She was the Chair of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Desjardins Group, the leading cooperative financial group in Canada, from March 2008 to April 2016, after holding management positions within Desjardins, Québecor, RBC and Ernst & Young.
  • Fanny Letier
    Executive Director - SME and MidCap Investments and Accelerator Programmes BPIFRANCE
    Fanny Letier is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration(ENA). She began her career in 2004 at the French Treasury before becoming the Financial Advisor of the permanent French delegation to the European Union in 2008. From 2010 to 2012, she was appointed Head of corporate finance unit and General Secretary at the CIRI (national Industrial Restructuring agency) and then Deputy Director of Cabinet for the Minister of the Industry. Fanny Letier joined Bpifrance in 2013 and was promoted Executive director in April 2015. She is responsible for small and mid-cap investments, transversal business support and the Accelerator Programs dedicated to SMEs and pre-Majors.
  • Kayli vee Levitan
    Co-Founder of The Street Store and Creative Group Head M&C Saatchi Abel THE STREET STORE
    Kayli Vee Levitan is a Creative Group Head at M&C Saatchi Abel advertising agency in Cape Town, South Africa. She tries to find balance in life by creating effective work for charities. Kayli is the co-founder of The Street Store – a pop-up clothing store for the homeless, that has spread globally, having popped up over 500 times in 190 cities, clothing an estimated 600,000 homeless with 1,3 million items of clothing.
  • Sharon Lewis
    Partner – Finance Practice Group Leader HOGAN LOVELLS
    Committed to achieving excellence in all that she and the firm does, Sharon Lewis leads teams on some of the largest and most complex transactions in international debt capital markets, Sharon advises on the full range of capital market transactions, including several industry firsts. With extensive finance experience, Sharon is the Global Head of Hogan Lovells' Finance Practice, and has a wealth of knowledge in the fields of securitisation, structured products, secured lending, and debt trading.
  • Jan Liska
    Senior Director, Global Head - Patient Business Strategy SANOFI
    Jan integrates patient-centered strategies into unbranded and branded activities, optimizes value proposition of patient directed programs and identifies those with highest positive impact on patient health. Previously, he has served as Global Patient Strategy Lead for Praluent® therapy, delivering projects supporting patients’ acceptance, adherence, and quality of life. Jan joined Sanofi in 2011 as Global Brand Director in Consumer Healthcare team, bringing more than 10 years of experience from hi-level global and regional roles at L’Oréal and Shiseido. Jan holds a European Masters in Management and Diplom Kaufmann degrees from ESCP Europe business school – Paris | Oxford | Berlin stream.
  • Jacqueline Lloyd Smith
    President STRATEGIC PLAY GROUP LTD.
    Jacqueline (Jacquie) Lloyd, MA, MBA, (ATR), (CMC) Jacquie specializes in creative problem solving and innovation. For years she worked as a licensed partner with the LEGO® Group in Denmark, where she became a trainer in the method LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY®. In 2007, she received the partner business growth award from the LEGO® Group.  In 2009, she was appointed to their training board. In 2010, she joined associates from the EU and Oceania and worked to found the LSP network of global facilitators dedicated to the development of and advancement of the use of play and other creative hands-on tools for thinking, problem solving, and innovation. She lives & plays in Whistler, BC, Canada.
  • Mathilde Loing
    Director Europe for Corporate Giving Programs at Sodexo SODEXO
  • Emmanuel Macron
    Politician and  former French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs
    Emmanuel Macron is the founder of the political movement En Marche created on April 6, 2016. He is devoting his full time to En Marche.   From August 2014 to August 2016, Emmanuel Macron served as Minister for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs in the government headed up by Manuel Valls.   Emmanuel Macron was born in December 1977 in Amiens.   He studied philosophy and was Paul Ricœur’s assistant for two years before attending the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) from where he graduated in 2004.    Emmanuel Macron then joined the Inspectorate General of Finance (IGF) and, in 2007, became expert adviser to the head of department. In this capacity, he served as rapporteur for the Commission pour la libération de la croissance française (French Commission on Economic Growth), chaired by Jacques Attali.   He then went to work in the banking industry. In 2011, he was involved in François Hollande’s campaign for the socialist party’s presidential primary and, subsequently, in the presidential campaign itself. During the latter campaign, he was tasked with coordinating a group of experts and with drawing up the candidate’s economic manifesto. In May 2012, he took up the position of Deputy Secretary General of the President’s Private Office with particular responsibility for monitoring strategy and economic affairs, and for overseeing fiscal, financial, tax and sector-based issues.   
  • Alexandre Mars
    CEO and Founder EPIC FOUNDATION
    Alexandre Mars is a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist. Over the past 15 years, he launched and sold several companies in Europe and the United States in the business and technology sectors. His last two startups, Phonevalley (a mobile marketing agency) and ScrOOn (a social media management system), were sold to Publicis Groupe and Blackberry. Alexandre is passionate about fighting inequalities. In 2014, he founded Epic Foundation to bridge the gap between a new generation of individual and corporate donors and organizations supporting children and youth globally. A longstanding member of the technology community, Alexandre continues to invest in high-growth technology companies.
  • Gillian Martin Mehers
    Founder and CEO BRIGHT GREEN LEARNING @ ATADORE SARL
    Gillian is founder and CEO of Bright Green Learning, a Swiss-based social enterprise that helps environment and development organizations optimize their impact through more considered internal and external learning, partnership building and multi-stakeholder dialogue processes. She has worked 20+ years in over 55 countries with international and national NGOs, business, government agencies and multi-sectoral networks. Since 2006, she has blogged (www.welearnsomething.org) about her work in informal and formal learning within this community. Previously she was Head of Learning at IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) and Director of Capacity Development at LEAD International.
  • Lene Martinez
    Insurance Agent AXA
    Born in Denmark in 1964. Grown up in France. Graduated in business, economics, financial markets. Worked 4 years for Crédit Agricole, then 21 years for AXA, in France, UK and Italy. Since 2013, AXA insurance agent in Southern France, specialized in health, pension and savings schemes for private clients.
  • Benita Matofska
    Chief Sharer, speaker, consultant, expert on the Sharing Economy THE PEOPLE WHO SHARE
    Award-winning social entrepreneur, speaker, innovator Benita Matofska is a worldwide expert on the Sharing Economy. The Founder of Global Sharing Week, The People Who Share, a social enterprise helping people & companies discover the Sharing Economy; winner: Natwest Venus Entrepreneur of the Year 2015, Ogunte Women’s Best Social Business Leader World, Natwest Venus Inspirational Woman, Google’s Blackbox Connect. Named as a top leader in the Sharing Economy to follow, an RSA Fellow, former BBC TV executive; she has presented at TEDx, LeWeb, World Forum Responsible Economy, European Commission, European Parliament, Number 10 Downing Street, FT, RSA and features regularly in media worldwide.
  • Blaire Mattson
    Global head of the 1 million women program at Uber UBER
  • Alba Medina Flores
    Co-founder and Co-CEO POP.SPACE
    Alba Medina is a serial entrepreneur and global investor. Alba is also Managing Partner of Grupo Fame-Altozano and co-founder of Dalia Empower - the first integrated platform for women empowerment in LATAM. She is a passionate advocate for women and girls worldwide and an active member of 14 boards (national and international). As a hobby, she enjoys blogging about women empowerment, speaking at global conferences about gender equality and entrepreneurship and helping young artists thrive. Medina Flores holds a bachelor´s degree in Finance from ITESM in Mexico and an MSRED graduate degree from MIT in Cambridge, MA. Previously, she held multiple positions the financial sector, mainly in M&A.
  • Laura Meseguer Mata
    Presenter & reporter, Eurosport EUROSPORT
    Laura Meseguer is an enthusiastic person, passionate about communications, journalism and traveling. She is a presenter and reporter for Eurosport, a pan-European television sports network available in 54 countries and in 20 different languages. Specialized in cycling, Meseguer also contributes with different international magazines and she´s the master of ceremony of the annual cycling gala organised by the Union Cycliste International. She has worked in different cycling events in charge of the communications, protocol and social networks. She grew up in Argentina and Chile and graduated in Media & Communications studies in Madrid in 2006 and in Sports Business Managment in 2009.
  • Estelle Metayer
    President and CEO COMPETIA
    Entrepreneur, trend-spotter, reputed public speaker. Facilitator strategic governance workshops on future trends and industry disruption. Adjunct professor at McGill University. Guest lecturer, IMD (Switzerland), and past joint programs with MIT, and INSEAD. Faculty, Institute of Corporate Directors (Canada). Formerly at McKinsey (Canada); CAE (Canada); ING Bank( Netherlands, Poland); Bouygues (France, UK). Board member Ubisoft ( Euronext: $UBI). Board member BRP inc (TSX: $DOO). Board member, Zag Bank (Canada). Advisory board member, Ricardo Media (Canada). Drs and MBA, Nijenrode University, The Netherlands
  • Dawn M. Miller
    CEO, AXA Insurance Company (US) AXA
    CEO for AIC (US) based in NY. She joined AXA in 2015 as Global Head of Business Development for AXA P&C, from a long career at AIG with a final role as EMEA Head of Client Engagement, preceded by several market facing leadership roles in Europe, Gulf and US. Dawn also spent 6 years in the CEE Energy sector as a project developer. She began her career as a Political Risks Insurance analyst OPIC. She holds a BA in International Politics from The American University, Washington DC; advance program certifications from Universite de Caen & INSEAD. She is a mentor for the International Insurance Society, a Rotary Graduate Scholar, & leads AXA's WomenAsEntrepreneurs global business initiative.
  • Nina Miolane
    PhD Candidate at INRIA, and Stanford University and L’Oréal-UNESCO 2016 Fellow  INRIA
    Nina Miolane is a research scientist and free-lance consultant in computational medicine. Her Ph.D developed a mathematical theory, called “Geometric Statistics”, to analyze the variability of healthy and pathological organ shapes. Now she applies this theory to create computational models of human anatomy from medical images, in order to help the diagnosis and treatment of diseases in hospitals. Nina wants to bridge the gap between technology and medicine: she finds aberrant that there is more technology in her phone than in surgeons’ daily tools. Her objective is to foster the revolution from traditional symptom-oriented medicine to predictive, preventive and personalized healthcare.
  • Farah Mohamed
    Founder & CEO G(IRLS)20
    Farah is the Founder & CEO of G(irls)20. Before embarking on a career as a social profit entrepreneur, she served as Director of Communications for Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and was a political strategist. In 2014, she was named Top 25 Most Influential Women in Canada by Women of Influence and BBC’s 100 Women in 2014 and is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for civic engagement. Farah has spoken on stages around the world including in China, Russia, Turkey, Australia, Sudan and Turkey. She has served as an advisor to the Foundations of Sir Richard Branson and President Bill Clinton.
  • Karine Morot-Gaudry
    ‎Marketing & Business Innovation Director - ‎Michelin Travel Partner MICHELIN
    Since 2013 : Michelin Group. Accountable for Business Innovation & Marketing for restaurant, travel and mobility companion services, leading business transformation projects such as services marketplace and costumer knowledge center. Former : 2007-2012 : Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs Group, Marketing Director, managing residences brand portfolio – 2000-2006 : Alain Ducasse Group, Châteaux & Hôtels Collection, Hospitality B.U, Head of Digital & Marketing, leading new distribution and digital product management - 1998 : Mondelez EMEA, Marketing. 1998 : Paris Dauphine University, Master in management, marketing and strategy.
  • Corinne Namblard
    Chief Executive Officer INFRA & P.E CONSEIL
    Corinne Namblard is currently a Senior Policy & PPP Expert working for the United Nations in Geneva - UNECE/UNDP/UNITAR. Beyond her experience and expertise as a financier ( Capital Markets/ Investment Banking/M&A and Project Finance) and as the CEO of a Private Equity Fund dedicated to Infrastructure, Corinne has also advised many governments such as Canada, Australia and France, on PPP and Infrastructure policies & projects. Corinne has also advised and worked for the private sector. www.corinne-namblard.com
  • Lindsey Nefesh-Clarke
    Founder & Managing Director W4 (WOMEN'S WORLDWIDE WEB)
    Lindsey is Founder of W4, Europe’s first crowdfunding platform dedicated to girls’ and women’s empowerment. After her B.A. at Cambridge University, Lindsey joined Human Rights Watch and worked in the humanitarian sector in Africa and South-East Asia (UNICEF, Children of Asia). In 2009 Lindsey obtained an Executive MBA at ESCP-Europe, receiving the “International MBA Student of the Year award”. Lindsey was named a “40 under 40” European Young Leader in 2011 and a “Women in IT Role Model” by the European Commission in 2013. In 2015, Lindsey was named an “Inspiring Fifty”, Europe’s 50 most inspiring women leaders in the tech sector, and in 2016, a G20 Young Entrepreneur.
  • Dad Nighat
    Executive Director DIGITAL RIGHTS FOUNDATION
    Nighat Dad founded the Digital Rights Foundation in 2012 with a vision to bring the digital rights debate to the mainstream in Pakistan. Under her leadership the organization has been undertaking research, advocacy and outreach with the aim to empower people and ensure fundamental digital rights for all people of Pakistan. She is an accomplished lawyer, a human rights activist, a Diplo Fellow, and a Affiliate Berkman Centre of Internet and Society. Recently recognized by TIME Magazine as a Next Generation Leader in 2015 and received Freedom award by Atlantic Council and recently won a prestigious Human Rights Tulip award by the Dutch government for her work on Human Rights and Technology.
  • Audrey Noeltner
    President, co-founder WOMENABILITY
    Audrey is a Franco-American Urban Planner. After receiving her Degree from SciencesPo, she has explored various aspects of urban dvlpt. Her latest initiative has been the co-creation of, Womenability, whose mission is to find solutions for gender equal cities. After meeting with leaders from over 20 world cities, she is back in Paris to draw up a series of guidelines. Audrey has also been active in democratizing access to the English language for underprivileged French youth, as well as citizen’s participation in urban projects in the suburbs of Paris. One thing is certain for Audrey, the city of tomorrow cannot be built without the input of women, it’s youth and the inclusion of minorities
  • Babou Olengha-Aaby
    Founder/CEO  THE NEXT BILLION
    Babou Olengha-Aaby is the Founder and CEO of The Next Billion. Her company is on a mission to unlock & invest in women's economic potential through entrepreneurship as a catalyst for positive impact to our local, national & global economies as well as people and planet. A TEDxWomen alumni, Babou is an accomplished keynote speaker on the topics of Women's economic empowerment, Crowd Economy, investing in gender 'equity' and Women and The Global Economy. She is also a proud recipient of an Honorary Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador award received at the IV European Congress of Small and Medium Size Business held in Poland in 2014. 'Shared Value Creation' drives her entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Amélie Oudea-Castera
    Chief Marketing and Digital officer AXA
    Amelie Oudéa-Castera is appointed Group Marketing and Digital Officer as of July 1st. In her new role, Amélie will be in charge of digital,marketing, brand and customer experience. She is today the Deputy head of the retail business in AXA France as well as, since 2011, the head of Marketing & digital at AXA France. Amélie started her career at AXA as the Executive assistant to the Deputy CEO (2008-2009) and head of Group strategic planning (2009-2010). She Graduated from Sciences Po and ESSEC before her admission at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA – 2002-2004). She also has a Master degree in Law from “La Sorbonne” University. Before embracing the academic course, Amélie was one of the top world junior tennis players. World champion under 14 and two-time National Champion (under 14 & under 16), she reached the semi-finals of 3 Junior grand slams (Roland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open).
  • Sarah Ourahmoune
    Founder BOXER INSIDE
    VICE-OLYMPIC CHAMPION Boxing; 10 times Champion of France; 3 times European Champion; World Champion in 2008. Sarah started boxing in 1997, when in France women were not allowed to box. Specialized educator for children with disabilities, she has been Champion of France, Europe and World Champion. In 2010, she resumed her studies in Communication at Sciences Po. She is on the Committee on the French NOC Athletes and a member of the National Council of Cities. She has been decorated with the medal of the Legion of Honour. Sarah stopped her career in 2012. She became mother and entrepreneur, creating Boxer Inside. In 2014, she took up boxing again and became Vice-Olympic Champion at Rio 2016.
  • Stéphane Pallez
    Chairman and CEO FDJ
    Stéphane Pallez is President and CEO of la Française des Jeux (FDJ) since November 2014. She is also member of the Board of several French leading companies such as CNP Assurances where she chairs of the Audit Committee, ENGIE and Eurazeo. From 2011 to November 2014, she was President and CEO of CCR (Caisse Centrale de Réassurance). Previously, she was Deputy CFO of France Télécom-Orange. Before, she worked in several positions at the French Treasury. Lastly, she was Assistant Secretary for International and European Affairs at the French Treasury, Chairwoman of the Paris Club and member of the Board of the European Investment Bank. She is a graduate of the IEP de Paris and the ENA.
  • Muriel Penicaud
    Ambassador for International Investment CEO of Business France BUSINESS FRANCE
    Muriel Pénicaud is France’s Ambassador for International Investment, and CEO of Business France since January 1, 2015, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth and promoting international investment in France as well as the economic image of France worldwide. From 2008 to 2014, Ms. Pénicaud held the position of Executive Vice-President, Human Resources at Groupe Danone. In the period 2002-2008, she was executive Vice-President, member of the Executive Committee at Dassault Systèmes. She has been a Board member at Orange, and is currently at SNCF and Aéroports de Paris. She has been awarded the French Legion of Honor.
  • Melanie Peron
    Founder L'EFFET PAPILLON
    Mélanie Péron, is the founder and manager of l’Effet Papillon. Mélanie worked for the cultural community during 7 years as a bilingual librarian – French/Breton, then as a management development officer for a consulting holding company during one year. In September 2011, she decided to change job to create l’Effet Papillon further to her personal experience. Indeed, as a patient’s partner, she faced the existing voids and the difficulties generated by illness for patients and their families.
  • Katell Perrot
    President LABORATOIRE ALLISTERE- TOOFRUIT
    Katell Perrot is the co-founder and president of Laboratoire ALLISTERE, a French company that produces and distributes TOOFRUIT. TOOFRUIT is the 1st dermatological organic hygiene & care brand for kids. Katell began her career in 1996 at ACCENTURE as a consultant. She joined Richemont Group to head the marketing for Piaget HK. In 2007, she moved back to France as International Marketing Director at L’Oréal. In 2010, Katell quitted L’Oréal to found the Laboratoire Allistère. TOOFRUIT is distributed in 10 countries and in over 500 POS ( Club Med, Relais & Châteaux…). Katell has succeeded in raising funds in 2013 and 2015. She heads the Strategic Committee of Laboratoire Allistere.
  • Catherine Philippe
    Partner IT Financial Services KPMG - LA DEFENSE
    Catherine is a Partner at KPMG. She has 18 years experience of IT consulting in the financial services industry. After a Graduate Degree in Finance at ESCCA (Business School of Angers), specialized in Bank and Treasury, she worked for french start ups and large software editors in the Banking and Leasing sector. She conducted multiple large IT transformation programs over Europe for major banking Groups and is passionate about Financial technologies and Data Management.
  • Clodine Pincemin
    President SODEXO
  • Isabelle de Ponfilly
    Country Manager VITRA
    A graduate of ISTEC (french business school), she started her professional career in 1985 in an industrial furniture company:Vickers Roneo. In 1986, she joined Knoll as Projects Sales Manager. In 1994, she became Projects Sales Manager in Vitra and was appointed in 1998 as Vitra France Country Manager. Her role is to develop Vitra brand and collections on the french market. She specializes in design furniture. Involved in design, culture, education, women role and well being, she is President of the boards of ENSAD art school and ISTEC business school, a member of the “Cercle des Femmes de l’Immobilier”, Co-President of Actineo - Observatory of the Quality of Life in the Workspace.
  • Gerardo Porteny Backal
    President & Founder YOUNG MINDS FOR GENDER EQUALITY FOUNDATION
    Gerardo Porteny Backal is a youth leader, philanthropist and social innovator a restless Human Rights activist, actively supporting the life improvement of women and girls globally, he is the president of Young Minds for Gender Equality Foundation and Pink Life Against Breast Cancer A.C. previously working as UN Women’s consultant of global youth engagement, developing and implementing the HeForShe campaign from its executive offices in Ny. He is a Serial Non Profiteer having founded 5 NGO’s based in Mexico City, starting his philanthropic career at 16 years old, Porteny has raised up to date more than $1,150,000 MXN for the fight against breast cancer. Gerardo created Pink Life Racing, and currently chairs the board of the organization.
  • Didier Pourquery
    Managing Editor THE CONVERSATION
    Didier Pourquery is managing editor for The Conversation France. He is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and of the ESSEC Business School. After six years as an executive in several international corporations, he became a journalist. Didier has a 35 years experience as a business reporter and an editor in chief for various newspapers and magazines: Libération, La Tribune, InfoMatin, Prisma Presse, L’Expansion, Metro, Axel Springer and Le Monde. Before launching The Conversation France he was managing editor for Le Monde daily newspaper. He is the author of 7 books.
  • Christine Rabret
    Diversity Director ORANGE
    Christine Rabret was born on May 3rd, 1969, in Orléans, France. She grew up with the eager of understanding others, curious of other cultures, languages. After several years in the field of adult education, notably having created and managed a training company, she joined the Group Orange in 2001 as R&D communication director. Her ability to set priorities as well as diplomacy led her to hold challenging positions in the field of customer relationship, online and public relations. All of these experiences have enabled her to acquire a transversal vision and develop the strong conviction that human is at the heart of the company’s performance. She now puts this human-oriented approach to the benefit of the promotion of Diversity as Director Equal Opportunities for Orange.
  • Caroline Ramade
    Managing Director PARIS PIONNIÈRES SENTIER
    As the Executive Director of Paris Pionnières, one of the main mission of Caroline Ramade is to foster Women Founders community in Tech and to support companies with a female founder in their settlement and development. Expert in Digital Strategy she was working before as a Deputy Director at the Digital departement of Paris City Hall.
  • Maite Ramos
    Head of Product Management IBERIA LENOVO
    Maite Ramos began her international career as product manager and leading sales departments in several companies like Sonae-Continente in Portugal, Leclerc in France, Media Markt, Packard Bell, etc, before joining Medion Iberia in 2003 as Managing Director. During this time in Medion, she developed a company which in a few years was established as a brand leader in the desktop computers consumer market. She complemented her education with an Executive MBA at IESE Business School. She joined Lenovo when it took over Medion. She created the Consumer business Division in Iberia, establishing Lenovo as a consumer leader brands in Iberia. Now she is Head of Product Management for Lenovo Iberia.
  • Anne Ravanona
    Founder & CEO GLOBAL INVEST HER
    Anne Ravanona is Founder and CEO of Global Invest Her, TEDx Speaker and global women’s advocate. She is is a regular speaker on Investing in Women Entrepreneurs worldwide to raise awareness and help change unconscious bias to break the ‘Funding Ceiling’. Anne has been active in the global startup world as a judge at pitch competitions, mentor at StartupWeekend, C-suite advisor at Astia and advisor to startups. Anne contributes regularly to the Huffington Post, showcasing women leaders through her Trailblazing Women series and was recently named one of 26 Great People Spearheading Change in Tech Investment 2016 and 100 Women in Tech whose names you need to know 2016 by Silicon Republic.
  • Delphine Remy-Boutang
    Founder and CEO THE SOCIAL BUREAU
    Delphine Remy-Boutang is the Founder & CEO of the social bureau. Created in 2012, the social bureau is a London / Paris based, social business consulting agency. In today’s environment collaboration is more vital than ever. Its mission is to work with organisations to move business in the new paradigm of customer, partner, employee participation. Delphine is ex-WW Social Media Marketing Director at IBM. She worked at IBM for 11 years and lived in London for 14 years.
  • Maria Ressa
    CEO and Executive Editor RAPPLER
    Maria A. Ressa is the CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler. Ms. Ressa has been a journalist in Asia for nearly 30 years, most of them as CNN’s bureau chief in Manila (1987-1995) then Jakarta (1995-2005). She was CNN’s lead investigative reporter focusing on terrorism in Southeast Asia and wrote “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” (Free Press, 2003). In 2005, she took the helm of ABS-CBN News and Current affairs, for 6 years determining strategic direction and managing more than 1,000 journalists for the largest multi-platform news operation in the Philippines. Her work aimed to redefine journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change. She taught courses in Politics and the Press in Southeast Asia for her alma mater, Princeton University and in broadcast journalism for the University of the Philippines. She worked on her second book, “From Bin Laden to Facebook” as Author-in-Residence and Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Political Violence & Terrorism Research in Singapore. She is also the Southeast Asia Visiting Scholar at CORE Lab at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
  • Sonya Richardson
    President PWN Global PWN GLOBAL & SPARK - CHANGE FOR GROWTH
    With extensive experience in change consulting Sonya, as partner with Spark - Change for Growth, works with global clients across industries from banking to technology to professional services, on transforming organizational cultures, strengthening top team effectiveness and increasing personal growth. As a McKinsey & Company alumni, Sonya is dedicated to facilitating change for growth and passionately contributes personal time as President of PWN Global to expand the Professional Women’s Network and transform leadership to include more female talent. As a former financial reporter, Sonya aims to continuously spread the news on the relevance of gender diversity in decision making bodies.
  • Virginie Robert
    Journalist and Editor LES ECHOS
    Virginie Robert is the Foreign Desk Editor of “Les Echos”, the French business daily. Previously, she was the paper’s New York correspondent (08-12) where she covered the financial crisis and the last two presidential elections. She held various positions as an IT writer and created a section dedicated to the internet economy in 2000. Her first job was as a business writer for “01 Informatique”, the leading IT trade magazine in France. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Valparaiso University, IN. and a Master of Journalism from Medill School, Northwestern University, ILL. She also wrote a book “L’irrésistible montée de l’économie sociale” Editions Autrement (2007).
  • Dominique Rousset
    Producer FRANCE CULTURE
    Journalist, Producer of "L'Economie en questions" a program on national and global economy on France Culture. Author of "Les Révolutions invisibles" LLL publisher, 2014, a book on environnemental and political issues.
  • Christine Runnegar
    Director, Security and Privacy Policy THE INTERNET SOCIETY
    Christine Runnegar is Director, Security and Privacy Policy at the Internet Society. She leads the Internet Society’s policy agenda on Internet trust, engaging with policy, enforcement, standards and operational communities where important work on Internet trust issues is happening. She’s actively engaged in global and regional Internet policy development with international and regional fora such as the OECD, APEC, Council of Europe, and the Global Conference on Cyberspace. Christine has positively influenced the outcome of leading policy norms on privacy and security for the Internet such as the revised OECD Privacy Guidelines, Digital Security Risk Recommendation, and the Internet Policy Making Principles. She also played a key role in the development of the Internet Society’s Collaborative Security framework.
  • Malene Rydahl
    Author and Speaker, Goodwill Ambassador and Expert on Happiness
    Malene Rydahl, born in Aarhus (Denmark), worked 18 years in the corporate world as an senior executive in corporate communication before starting a career as a writer, keynote speaker and executive coach specialized in happiness and well-being. Her professional career qualified her as one of the “24 women of 2012” according to the French weekly magazine L’Express She is the author of the book Happy as a Dane, initially published in France by Grasset ( Heureux comme un Danois) [1] in April 2014. The book has been translated and published in more than 10 languages and is coming out in the US in January 2017 published by Norton After the publication of her book, Malene Rydahl was given the honorary title of Goodwill Ambassador of the city of Copenhagen. In February 2016, she was selected by the OECD secretary general Ángel Gurría to present her work on happiness to the organization. Malene Rydahl has a degree in international business strategy from the Niels Brock business school of Copenhagen.
  • Myria Saarinen
    Partner LATHAM & WATKINS
    Myria Saarinen is a partner in the Litigation & Trial Department of the Paris office of Latham & Watkins. Ms. Saarinen's practice focuses on resolving a range of complex disputes through litigation proceedings mostly in an international context and in various areas of business (healthcare, aeronautics, information technology, construction works, etc.). She is very active in litigation relating to major industrial operations and is involved in a broad range of general commercial disputes (contract and liability). She is a graduate of University of Paris I, University of Paris II and King’s College London.
  • Claire Saddy
    President Fédération Pionnières SUPPLEMENT DAME
    Founder and President of two women's associations business managers in Lyon, among which the first incubator dedicated to the women in Rhône-Alpes, she now leads Fédération Pionnières, which is a network of 18 incubators providing programs, support, and services for innovative women entrepreneurs in France, Belgium, Morocco and Luxembourg. Business manager for 9 years, Claire Saddy is specialized in consultancy in innovation, organization of sessions of creativity and trainings in the inventive management. Claire Saddy is awarded a diploma by a 5th year of university of the Sorbonne in Paris and possesses skills in Finances and Human resources management.
  • Maryanna Saenko
    Investment Partner AIRBUS VENTURES
    Maryanna is an Investment Partner based in Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Airbus, Maryanna lead Lux Research’s autonomous systems group where she served as a strategic advisor to Fortune 100 companies covering technological and market developments on the path to an increasingly automated world including: autonomous vehicles, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and artificial intelligence. Maryanna completed her undergraduate and Master’s degrees at Carnegie Mellon University, after which she became a research engineer and worked on projects ranging from autonomous vehicles to MEMS devices for wireless power transfer.
  • Rachida Safa
    Uber Driver Entrepreneur UBER
    Uber driver since 1,5 years, Rachida has two kids and speaks 4 languages: English, Arabic, French and Spanish. She became a driver-entrepreneur to find a job that can suit her personal and professional needs. But also to get a great work life balance and to be recognized in what she has been accomplishing.
  • Diane de Saint Victor
    General Counsel & Company Secretary, Head of Legal and Integrity ABB
    Since 2007 Diane has been General Counsel, Company Secretary & Member of the Executive Committee of ABB, a global leader in power & automation. She was formerly Sr. VP & General Counsel Airbus Group (2004–2006), VP & General Counsel International Honeywell International (1993–2003), and held various legal positions at GE (1988–1993) both in Europe / U.S. Her focus is on general management, global corporate governance, legal, compliance and regulatory matters, international policy and government relations. In 2015, Diane was awarded the Directors Roundtable award “World Recognition of Distinguished General Counsel” (New York). Diane de Saint Victor is a non-executive director of Barclays.
  • John Salmon
    Partner HOGAN LOVELLS
    John is a highly experienced IT lawyer with a market leading reputation in the financial services sector. His main focus is advising financial institutions on their strategic IT projects and he supports his clients in implementing innovative digital and technology solutions whilst managing legal and regulatory risk. John has a reputation as a lawyer in the FinTech area and has been heavily involved with leading edge developments.
  • Ellene Sana
    Executive Director CENTER FOR MIGRANT ADVOCACY
    Ellene is a founding member and currently the executive director of Center for Migrant Advocacy. She is a licensed civil engineer by profession but She never got to practice it because her passion is more in building bridges of solidarity between and amongst peoples and in promoting the rights and dignity of migrant workers and their families, in particular Filipino migrant workers and their families. She is passionate about and good at advocacy work for justice and human rights whether it is at the community level or at the UN in Geneva or New York but never too serious also not to appreciate music and the warm company of friends and families. She believes she is a good trainer-facilitator also.
  • Sandra Sancier-Sultan
    Senior Partner MCKINSEY & COMPANY
    Sandra Sancier-Sultan is a Director at McKinsey & Company. She is the leader of the Financial Institutions sector in France and a leader of McKinsey's Banking and Insurance practices. In the banking and insurance sectors, she serves companies on strategy, distribution, and operational performance issues across Europe and Africa. Sandra is also very active in developing gender diversity initiatives and programs. Since five years, she has co-authored “Women Matter”, our studies building the case for more women at the Top of Corporations. Sandra holds a degree from l’Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales (ESSEC) and an MBA from INSEAD.
  • Simona Scarpaleggia
    CEO IKEA AG
    Simona Scarpaleggia has been CEO of IKEA Switzerland since May 2010. She is a passionate campaigner for all issues surrounding women’s empowerment. In 2009, she co-founded «Valore D» in Italy and later «Advance - Women in Swiss Business» in Switzerland. Both organization have a mission to boost gender diversity and to increase the share of mixed-gender management teams for the benefit of economies. Since January 2016, Scarpaleggia is also co-chairing the UN High Level Panel on Women´s Economic Empowerment. She holds a degree in political science and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management. Simona Scarpaleggia is an Italian citizen, is married and has 3 children.
  • Greta Schettler
    Vice President WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL
    Greta Schettler is the Vice President of WEConnect International as well as the Interim Regional Director for Asia and Canada. Based in Washington D.C., Greta heads up global efforts to scale the rapidly growing organization, leads its executive management team and strategic direction, and develops a performance driven culture among its group of diverse talented individuals. Greta, a proven executive and entrepreneur with more than 15 years experience. Prior to joining WEConnect International, Greta was the Senior Economic Policy Advisor for the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues at the U.S. Department of State for six years.
  • Isabelle Schlumberger
    Executive Vice-President Sales & Development JCDECAUX
    Isabelle Schlumberger, a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Sciences, began her career in 1984 with Havas as in-house auditor, then in charge for Investor Relations. In 1990 she joined Avenir Havas Media, as Deputy Finance Director before becoming Finance & Admin. Director, based in London, for the company’s British and American activities. In 1998, she was named CEO for Sky Sites London, became JCDecaux Airport UK. In 2000, appointed CEO of JCDecaux Airport France with dual responsibilities she manages the French Airport advertising business and develops the Transport advertizing segment worldwide. In Sept. 2006, she is promoted Executive Vice-President Sales & Development.
  • Claudine Schmuck
    Director GLOBAL CONTACT
    Claudine Schmuck is the Founder and Associate Director of Global Contact, which releases annual surveys on gender in industry and technology, now called Gender Scan. It provides global insights on added value of gender diverse teams, and key levers to boost feminization in Scitech. Ms Schmuck is also an expert working with the European Commission, and as such collaborates with DG Research, and DG Information Society. She started her career in the Cabinet of the Ministry of Industry, Research and Trade, she then moved on to McKinsey Consulting where she managed and organized global seminars on globalization of mass media, after which she became director at Bull SI.
  • Amanda Schneider
    Founder & Consultant CONTRACT CONSULTING GROUP
    Amanda Schneider, LEED AP is the founder of Contract Consulting Group, a strategic consultancy that combines industry expertise, grass roots strategies, and creativity to help energetic companies within the contract interiors market grow. Amanda is an entrepreneur, blogger, researcher, runner, and mom. She is fueled by red wine, decaf coffee, and very little sleep. Amanda’s creative process stems from her education in Industrial Design while her natural business sense is augmented by her MBA. She is passionate about studying the latest workplace trends and regularly blogs about them for the Huffington Post and other various publications.
  • Juliet Schor
    Professor of Sociology BOSTON COLLEGE
    Juliet Schor is Professor of Sociology at Boston College. Schor previously taught at Harvard University in the Department of Economics and the Committee on Degrees in Women’s Studies. Her books include True Wealth: How and Why Millions of Americans are Creating a Time-Rich, Ecologically Light, Small-Scale, High-Satisfaction Economy, the national best-seller The Overworked American, The Overspent American and Born to Buy. Schor is a co-founder of the Center for a New American Dream, a former Guggenheim Fellow, the 2011 winner of the Herman Daly Prize and won the 2006 Leontief Prize for Expanding the Frontiers of Economic Thought.
  • Evelyne Sevin
    Partner EGON ZEHNDER
    Evelyne Sevin joined Egon Zehnder in 1991. She works at international level and serves clients on executive search as well as leadership issues across the industry. She graduated from HEC with a major in finance and later completed her MBA at INSEAD. She started her career within Arthur Andersen and then became a Partner with Stratorg, a European consulting company. Evelyne is a Member of the Founding Board of the WFES since 2005 and has founded two of the leading women networks in France: HEC au Féminin and Grandes Ecoles au Féminin. In 2010 she was elected to the Board of La Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale, an institution founded to foster research & entrepreneurship.
  • Olivier Simmat
    Counselor to the President, Head of Sponsorship and International Relations MUSÉES D'ORSAY ET DE L'ORANGERIE
    Olivier Simmat is Counselor to the President, Head of Sponsorship and International Relations at the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie. He develops the institution's resources and reputation in both France and abroad. Since his arrival in 2008, Olivier Simmat has reformed the Museum's sponsorship approach by devising innovative projects such as the creation of sponsors’ networks, including the Women's Patrons Circle and American Friends of Musée d'Orsay. In building on the Museum’s strong international presence, he has organized close to thirty international exhibitions in cities such as Tokyo, Madrid, Venice, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Vancouver and Rome.
  • Anar Simpson
    Special Advisor, Office of the Chair, Women, Girls and Technology MOZILLA CORPORATION
    Anar Simpson is the Special Advisor, Office of the Chair, Mozilla, where she leads the Women, Girls and Technology initiative and serves as the Deputy on the United Nations High Level Panel on Women's Economic Empowerment. She is the Global Ambassador for Technovation Challenge and Strategic Partnership Advisor, U.S. State Department TechWomen program. She is a member of the Advisory Boards of Resilient Capital & the Banff Forum. Anar has a BSc. Computer Science & MCS Communications is graduate of Program in Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Anar was awarded the 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Calgary.
  • Anisha Singh
    Founder & CEO MYDALA.COM
    Anisha Singh is the Founder and CEO of mydala.com. The company started under her leadership in 2009 and since then mydala has grown to become India’s largest local services marketing platform. mydala has worked with more than 130,000 merchants and has 30 million registered users across 209 cities and 85% of our traffic comes from mobile channels. Anisha began her career with the Clinton administration in Capitol Hill, helping women entrepreneurs raise funding. At Centra Software in Boston, she facilitated the setting up of e-learning ecosystems for Fortune 500 companies. After returning to India, she launched Kinis Software, which provides digital solutions for real estate companies in the US. Anisha is a prominent figure in the e-retail & e-commerce space and has spoken at various high profile events like SURGE 2016, the MIT India Conference, Start-up India, WIRED Retail (London), TEDx IIM Indore, Business Today – Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, TechCrunch – Bangalore and GMIC – Beijing. She recently won the e-INC / eTales Awards for e-Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. Anisha holds a Masters degree in political communication and MBA in Information Systems from American University, Washington DC.
  • Rena de Sisto
    Global Executive for Arts & Culture and Women’s Programs BANK OF AMERICA
    As the Global Executive for Arts & Culture and Women’s Programs at Bank of America, Rena De Sisto oversees strategy and execution of the company’s arts partnerships with nonprofit institutions and the company’s global programs to empower women throughout the world.  The company’s programs include the Global Ambassadors Program (a partnership with Vital Voices) and an online mentoring program with the Cherie Blair Foundation, which has seen more than 300 senior female executives from the company serve as mentors on six continents.  The company has also engaged in a partnership with the Tory Burch Foundation to provide training and capital to women entrepreneurs in the U.S.
  • Paul Skinner
    Director AGENCY OF THE FUTURE AND PIMP MY CAUSE
    Paul is the founder of the Agency of the Future and of the award-winning social enterprise Pimp My Cause. He developed the concept of creating Strategic Collaborative Advantage as a radical alternative to Strategic Competitive Advantage and helps organisations achieve breakthrough levels of success by making themselves the platform for greater external engagement and participation in achieving their goals. Paul is an Associate of Co-operatives UK, sits on the Council of the Internet Advertising Bureau and is a member of the Donor Advisory Group of the START Network. He has recently been awarded an honorary fellowship at the "Times University of the Year" Edge Hill University.
  • Jostein Solheim
    CEO, Ben & Jerry's BEN & JERRY'S
    You could say Jostein Solheim found his sweet spot as CEO at Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream. The Norwegian native assumed the audacious challenge of transitioning the iconic business known for its vision and mission to become part of a conglomerate without losing its values… A task experts said could not be done. However, under Jostein’s tenure the company has actually increased its social mission reach. Accomplishments that he is most proud of include becoming a certified B-Corporation, taking a stance on climate change (one of Jostein’s personal passions), and the active backing of GMO awareness and labeling. Ben & Jerry’s has also delivered impressive business results including year after year double-digit growth taking the company from 18 to 35 countries in his half dozen years at the helm. The latest campaign and flavor - addressing the excessive amount of corporate money and influence in American politics while highlighting the fact that African American voters get the shortest end of the stick -illustrates the leader’s commitment to justice. The mint ice cream flavor, which supports the campaign, is dubbed “Empower Mint,” and is a perfect reflection of Jostein’s commitment to equity, tackling real issues, and having fun along the way.
  • Fern Starke
    ExxonMobil Funcitonal General Auditor - Downstream EXXONMOBIL CORPORATION
    Fern Starke is a Finance Executive with ExxonMobil who began her career with Imperial Oil Ltd. in Toronto, Canada. She has a Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and is a Canadian CPA. Fern progressed through many Finance positions in locations across Canada and the U.S.A. She is currently the Functional General Auditor – Downstream with staff located throughout the world. Fern served as the Downstream Assistant Treasurer responsible for ExxonMobil’s credit portfolio during the “Great Recession”. She is a single mother of four and has a passion for helping others achieve their full potential. Fern enjoys family, travel and exercise and is happiest when all three are combined.
  • Barbara Stewart
    Global Research BARBARA STEWART
    Barbara Stewart is a researcher, lecturer, presenter, panelist, moderator and media personality in Canada, the US, Europe, Africa, Mid East and Southeast Asia. A global expert on the topic of women and finance, she has interviewed over 400 women in the last 7 years of her Rich Thinking research, and presented her findings to over 20,000 people across the globe, both in large forums, and intimate gatherings in their offices and homes!
  • Uma Subramanian
    Head of Special Projects AIRBUS GROUP
    Uma is an aerospace enthusiast. Her love of flight traces back to 1989 (at Space Camp), when she safely landed the Space Shuttle Discovery at Edwards Air Force Base. Uma went on to study Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, and worked on NASA’s Project Constellation, before getting her MBA from Harvard Business School. Today, Uma is Head of Special Projects for A^3, Airbus' Silicon Valley Outpost. Her first project is creating a liquid market for helicopter travel, a first step toward urban air mobility. Also relevant to the Women's Forum, immediately prior to joining A^3, Uma was GM, Europe for TaskRabbit, a pioneer in the Sharing Economy. She looks forward to the dialogue.
  • Christine Svarer
    Director BSR
    Christine Svarer is the Director of HERproject at BSR. HERproject brings together global and local companies, local civil society, and donors to empower female workers in global supply chains. Prior to BSR, Christine was the director of women’s economic empowerment at CARE International, leading the organization’s global work to support 30 million women and give them greater access to and control over economic resources and opportunities. Christine also previously worked on building leadership training programs for sustainable development at Lead International and for the United Nations Development Programme.
  • Valérie Tandeau De Marsac
    President VOXFEMINA
    Valérie Tandeau de Marsac is President of Voxfemina. She is also the founder of VTM Conseil FamilyBusinessLaw, a law firm dedicated to Family Business, an Associate Professor at EDHEC Family Business Center, and an independent board director at Microcred. A graduate from the top French business school HEC in 1982, she has substantial operational experience acquired “in house”, having acted for the international development of several French groups (altogether 14 years), combined with an intimate knowledge of financial matters (as an investment banker). She published 2 books : Guide Pratique des Entreprises Familiales and L'entreprise familiale, un modèle pour l'avenir et pour tous.
  • Lea Thomassin
    Co-founder & Director HELLOASSO
    Graduate for ESSCA Business School and Sociology Master, Lea has worked on Human Rights advocacy and public opinion campaigns in Forum Asia (Bangkok), before joining Equitel as managing director to advise companies on their CSR policies. In 2010, she co-founded HelloAsso, the leading fundraising platform for non-profits in France, gathering over 20 000 NGOs. Since 2011, she is the co-organizer of Social Good Week, an event dedicated to promoting the social impact of new technologies, which gathers over 70 events throughout France. Committed to promoting equality amongst women and men, she is the general secretary of the non-profit Fondation des Femmes.
  • Su-Mei Thompson
    CEO THE WOMEN'S FOUNDATION
    Su-Mei has led The Women’s Foundation since 2009. Previously, she held senior management positions at The Walt Disney Company, the Financial Times and Christie’s, having started her career at Linklaters. In 2013, she founded the 30% Club HK, a group of business leaders championing more women on corporate boards. Su-Mei serves on HK's Equal Opportunities Commission, she is a board member of Opera HK and a council member of The Cheltenham Ladies College. Her recent speaking credits include TEDxWanChai Women and Channel News Asia's Luminary Leadership Forum in 2015. A graduate of Cambridge, Oxford and IMD, she received the HKAH/Tatler Woman of Hope Award for Power & Influence earlier this year.
  • Vanessa Timmer
    Executive Director ONE EARTH
    Vanessa Timmer is the Executive Director of One Earth, a Vancouver Canada-based “think and do tank” focused on sustainable consumption and production. One Earth is working towards city-level, North American and global sustainability leadership, with partners including the Urban Sustainability Directors Network and the United Nations Environment Programme. Vanessa was a Fulbright Research Fellow with the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University and holds a Doctorate in environmental studies with degrees from Queen’s University, Oxford University and University of BC. Vanessa teaches sustainability and systems thinking, and co-hosts the television show, The Sustainable Region.
  • Jessy Tolkan
    Executive Director of Here Now / Head of Labs at Purpose PURPOSE
    Jessy Tolkan is the Head of Labs & Executive Director of Here Now, a movement accelerator working to supercharge the climate and clean energy movement. She spent the last decade as an activist and movement leader working for progressive change, specializing in large-scale advocacy campaigns. Jessy has consulted with some of the leading social change organizations in the U.S. She served as Co-Executive Director of both Citizen Engagement Laboratory and Energy Action Coalition and as State Director of the New Voters Project. She also led the largest youth gathering on global warming in U.S. history – POWER SHIFT 2009. POWER SHIFT has since spread to more than 25 countries.
  • Jerome Tomasini
    Content Partnerships Manager TWITTER
    Jérôme is in charge of supporting the main stakeholders from the French political and news worlds, to get closer to their audience using Twitter. Jerome started his carrier in 2006 as speechwriter and digital advisor at cabinet level in various French ministries. In 2011, he joined the French presidency to handle social media communication and then became a key component of Nicolas Sarkozy's digital team during the 2012 Presidential campaign. Jerome is an alumni of Sciences Po, Paris.
  • Florence Tondu-Melique
    Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Chief Executive Officer Europe HISCOX
    Florence is CEO of Zurich France. She starts her career at McKinsey & Company before joining AXA then Hiscox in various executive leadership and non-executive directorship capacity. Florence holds a MSc from Ecole HEC and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She was named '2016 Global Rising Talent by the Women's Forum' and ‘2015 woman leader of the year in insurance’.
  • Marco Torregrossa
    Secretary General EUROPEAN FORUM OF INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONALS
    Formerly policy officer in the EU Commission and a lawyer by training, he is specialized in collaborative self-employment, cooperative solo-entrepreneurship, digital work on platforms and the impacts of flexible labor regulations on the future of work. Relentlessly building bridges between collaborative consumption and collaborative creation movements as a conduit to nurture skills, work and new forms of wealth. Great passion for how freelancers in the sharing economy and blockchain decentralised networks can enable and disrupt markets and regulations.
  • Nora Toure
    Founder WOMEN IN 3D PRINTING
    Nora is an Additive Manufacturing expert and engaged in inspiring women to embrace Tech. careers in the 3D Printing industry. She started her career in the Additive Manufacturing in 2010 by joining online 3D Printing service leader, Sculpteo, as employee #8. After 3 years in France, she relocated to San Francisco to open Sculpteo’s first overseas offices. She now leads Sales and Business Dev. for North America from the San Francisco office. Nora founded Women in 3D Printing in 2014 to promote, support and inspire women who are using Additive Manufacturing technologies. She also initiated #3DTalk, a series of events in the Bay Area.
  • Kathryn Travers
    Executive Director WOMEN IN CITIES INTERNATIONAL
    Kathryn has a successful history of developing and managing women’s safety programmes in Canada and internationally. By bringing an intersectional approach to her work with different groups of women and girls and by exploring new related issues (accessibility, essential services, adolescence, etc.), she has worked to broaden the understanding of women’s safety. Kathryn has led the development of new and innovative tools for capturing data about women’s and girls’ safety experiences in urban environments, has led training workshops in several countries, has contributed to groundbreaking research reports, and was a co-organizer of the Third International Conference on Women’s Safety.
  • Marie Treppoz
    Founder WELP
    Graduated from HEC School of Management in 1994, Marie Treppoz has a 20-year experience in marketing strategy and management in large and small companies. Cofounder in 2000 of 1001 listes, the French number 2 wedding list service and my-detox.fr (trips and workshops about healthy lifestyle), Marie has also worked for Danone, the Women’s Forum and Unibail-Rodamco as Marketing Director (2008-2013). End of 2014 she launched Welp, a web platform in the social economy encouraging people to help eachother for free.
  • Edwige Tuarze
    Founder of Eléa & Cybèle, Purchase and Commercial Director ÉLÉA & CYBÈLE
    Edwige Tuarze is the founder of Eléa & Cybèle, the first premium French organic and upcycled fashion brand. Graduate of EM Lyon Business School, she begun her career at LVMH in Asia Pacific. She was all along an amateur fashion designer. She created the fashion association Dresscode and the entrepreneurial fashion week in EM Lyon Business School. She won two prices during the national fashion design contest "TDM" with Brandalley and the French Institute of Fashion (IFM). Facing the new social and environmental challenges, she decided to become a social entrepreneur. She created her French Premium Fashion Brand with both a strict ethical chart and a pure fashion graphic line.
  • Tanja Vainio
    Country Managing Director, Czech Republic ABB
    Tanja Vainio is Country Managing Director ABB Czech Republic. She joined ABB in 1998 as business consultant in Finland after which she worked as project manager in ABB USA. She later headed Supply Management for Power Electronics & MV Drives after which she became global head of service for Power Electronics at ABB Switzerland. 2011 she was nominated as Country Managing Director Hungary. Tanja holds over 18 years of experience in general management, sales management, service and after sales, production, and SCM. Tanja holds M.S. in Civil Engineering and MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in USA and MS in Mechanical Engineering from Tampere University of Technology Finland.
  • Natacha Valla
    Head of Policy and Strategy Division EUROPEAN INVESTMENT BANK
    Natacha Valla is Head of the Policy and Strategy Division of the EIB and a permanent member of the CAE. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the groups LVMH, Accor and ASF/Cofiroute. Between 2008 and 2014, Natacha Valla was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs Global Economic Research. Natacha Valla worked as an economist at the ECB between 2001-2008. In 2005, she was seconded at the Research Directorate of the Banque de France. She has also been a consultant for the IMF and the OECD and taught at the Universities of Florence, Paris-Dauphine, H.E.C. and Sciences-Po Paris. Natacha Valla received a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute (Florence) in 2003.
  • François Vasseur
    Marketing and Commercial Director FÉDÉRATION FRANÇAISE DE FOOTBALL
    Marketing Director of the French Football Federation, François Vasseur is graduated from the french state school « Ecole Normale Superieure » with an agregation in economics and management and holds a master of research in marketing and strategy from the University Paris Dauphine. He started his career as a marketing executive working for french operators Bouygues Telecom and SFR between 2005 and 2010. He joined the French Football Federation in 2010 where he is now Marketing and Commercial Director, in charged of the sponsorship and business development, the brand and digital strategies and the CRM.
  • Ann Walker Marchant
    CEO THE WALKER MARCHANT GROUP
    Ann is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Walker Marchant Group – a communications firm specializing in corporate positioning, global issues management, crisis and litigation communications and media strategy. With over 20 years of experience developing and leading wide-ranging initiatives for the White House, Fortune 100 brands, global corporate and organizational entities, Ann is recognized as a preeminent strategist and counselor. Ann serves on the Board of Trustees for George Washington University, the National Trust for the Humanities and ColorComm. She is Chair of the Executive Committee of Knock Out Abuse.
  • Garance Wattez-Richard
    Head of Emerging Customers AXA
    Garance Wattez-Richard heads the AXA Emerging Customers business since January 2016, whose objective is to better protect the middle class of tomorrow across Emerging Markets. She started her career at the European Commission to then go on to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). From 2000 to 2004, she was a strategy consultant and joined AXA Investment Managers as Executive Assistant to the CEO in 2005. In 2007, she was appointed Head of Research Marketing of AXA IM, before becoming Head of Media Relations and Reputation for the AXA Group in 2012. Garance is a graduate of the London School of Economics, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds an MBA from INSEAD.
  • Agata Wejman
    Director, Public Policy and Government Relations European Union UBER
    Agata leads Uber’s public policy and government relations in the European Union. Previously, she was Google’s head of Public Policy in Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining the tech sector, Agata worked on financial and private sector development at the World Bank in Washington D.C., and in Europe she served as member of the management board of KDPW S.A., and as expert to the European Commission and the European Central Bank. Agata is a lawyer educated at the Harvard Law School, University of Heidelberg and at the Jagiellonian University in Cracow. She co-founded the legal thin tank INPRIS. Listed among top 3 Women in Polish Business (2014).
  • Jullie Wogelius
    Inside Sales Channel Leader, Nordics LENOVO
    Jullie Wogelius holds a Master in English & Intercultural Business Communication. She got her two kids while getting her education. Jullie joined Lenovo 10 years ago while writing her master thesis about Lenovo's Acquisition of IBM. She started her career at Lenovo in Sales in 2006. First in Channel then in Large Enterprise covering Denmark. In 2012 she joined the EMEA team as Channel Development Manager and from 2013-2015 she managed the Strategic Partner Alliances & Montization in EMEA. She then became Consumer Country Manager, Denmark. In April this year Jullie became the Inside Sales Channel Leader, Nordics. Jullie is also the Nordic ambassador for "Women in Lenovo Leadership".
  • Andrew Wyckoff
    Director for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT (OECD)
    Andrew W. Wyckoff is the Director of the OECD’s Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) where he oversees OECD’s work on innovation, business dynamics, science and technology, information and communication technology policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas. In this role, he has represented the OECD at the G20 and G7 on innovation, next industrial revolution and digital economy. His experience prior to the OECD includes positions at the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), the US National Science Foundation (NSF) and The Brookings Institution.
  • Anja Wyden Guelpa
    State Chancellor STATE CHANCELLERY OF GENEVA
    Originating from a German-speaking Swiss alpine region, Anja Wyden Guelpa has been State Chancellor of Geneva since 2009, reelected in 2013 for another 4 years. She serves as Chief of Staff for the Government and Head of the Cantonal administration consisting of more than 14000 State employees. Before 2009, she was Director General of Public Welfare in Geneva. Concerned by social justice, she contributed to improve laws governing access to welfare and to measures fostering financial independence for the very poor. She studied at the Universities of Tübingen and Geneva where she was awarded a degree in Political Sciences and a Master in Public Management. She is married and raises her 2 kids.
  • Amani Yahya
    Yemen’s first female rapper
    Yahya is Yemen’s first female rapper and she is raising awareness of the struggles of women in war. The 23-year-old singer, who has had to flee her troubled homeland, is determined to use her music to highlight women’s rights, child marriage and sexual harassment in the Arab world. “Women in Yemen don’t show their talents because our society is so dominated by men, and they don’t support women … in music,” she says. “But my dad loves music and my parents always taught me to speak my mind.”
  • Jackie Yeaney
    Executive Vice-President, Strategy & Marketing RED HAT
    Jackie Yeaney is responsible for orchestrating Red Hat's strategy formulation and planning, Brand, Global Programs, Global Partner Marketing, Marketing Communications, Marketing Operations, and Global Field Marketing. Before joining Red Hat, Jackie held CMO roles at PGi, a global communications company, at EarthLink, and at HomeBanc Mortgage Corporation. She was also the managing director of Consumer Marketing at Delta Air Lines. Before her career in marketing, she spent several years with the Boston Consulting Group and was a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
  • Liz Zeidler
    Director HAPPY CITY
    Liz is Founding Director of Happy City, a ground-breaking UK Charity & Social Enterprise. Happy City delivers training, campaigns and new measures of prosperity, to support better local policy and action focussed on the wellbeing of people and the planet. Liz is also co-director of Modoto, a consultancy facilitating Leadership and Learning for a better future. She was Chair of Bristol’s 2015 European Green Capital Partnership – a network of 800 organisations working together for a more sustainable city future. Liz has worked with organisations and individuals at all levels in all sectors across 4 continents.
  • Sajida Zouarhi
    R&D Engineer - PhD Student ORANGE LABS
    Sajida Zouarhi is an R&D engineer at Orange Labs and a PhD Student with the LIG - Computer Science Lab of Grenoble INP - since 2014. She is one of the International Mentors of Chainhack (Dublin) and she co-organized the Blockfest 1.0 in Paris. Sajida is the VP of the french blockchain association Chaintech and the founder of the Blockchain meetup in Grenoble (more than 230 members). She is also a blockchain consultant (Magmateek.XYZ) and the author of the Blockchain Canvas: a tool that is currently used by several blockchain projects and organizations such as the Healthcare Data Institute and Orange. She leads the collaborative project Kidner.
  • Fetien Abay Abera
    Professor in plant breeding & seed MEKELLE UNIVERSITY
    Fetien Abay (PhD), professor in plant breeding and seed has worked in institutions of agricultural extension research and education since 1990. She published over 40 articles and supervised more than 50 PhD/MSc students. She coordinated several projects with various donors in the area of AGROBIODIVERISTY, seed safety, PPB, are few among several projects. Fetien is a recipient of the 2014 AU Kwame Nkrumah scientific achievement award & the 2008-2009 Africa-Wide Women in Science award. She has now earned international recognition as trainer of professionals who work on participatory gender inclusive technology development and biodiversity.
  • Julius Akinyemi
    Entrepreneur-In-Residence MIT MEDIA LAB
    Julius is the Founder and CEO of UWINCorp Inc. (The Mobile Commodity Exchange) – an initiative of Unleashing the Wealth of Nations he started at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab. Julius is also the Entrepreneur-In-Residence at MIT’s Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to his residency at MIT he was Global Director of Emerging Technologies for PepsiCo Inc. Prior to joining PepsiCo, he was the Senior Vice President of Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco for Emerging Technologies and the Wireless Business Technologies for Mobile Banking. He was a member of the US Mobile Finance Steering Committee of the Financial Services Technology Consortium and Bank Information Services (BITS). Julius obtained his MBA from Ohio University; he holds a couple of intellectual property patents.
  • Emelia Arthur
    Presidential Advisor  OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT, GHANA
    Emelia is Advisor to the President of Ghana. She assists presidential appointees in aligning manifesto objectives with Presidential objectives and specific sector policy goals, having served as the Deputy Regional Minister for Ghana’s Western Region and District Chief Executive (Mayor) of the Shama District in the Western Region of Ghana. In the past, she has engaged in consulting and advocacy work in natural resource governance at local, regional, and international levels, and served as Team Leader for the British Council’s InterAction Leadership Program. Emelia served on the board of the Open Society Initiative in West Africa; steering committee of FAO’s National Forest Program facility and steering committee of IUCN/IIED/FAO’s Growing Forest Partnerships. She continues to serve on the board of CARE International’s Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Advisory Group and IUCN/FAO’s Forest and Farm Facility.
  • Deborah Berlinck
    Independent journalist and media strategist RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE RFI
    Deborah Berlinck is currently an independent journalist and media strategist. She collaborates with O Globo, one of Brazil’s top daily newspapers, and Radio France Internationale (RFI). For the past 20 years, she has covered major events worldwide — from conflict in Bosnia and Libya to trade negotiations and summits. Deborah Berlinck was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She received a BA in Journalism and Communication. She also holds a Master in International Relations from the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies, in Geneva.
  • Paul Boateng
    Trustee PLANET EARTH INSTITUTE
    Rt Hon Lord Paul Boateng is a leading figure on Africa and its development and a member of the UK House of Lords. A former Chief Secretary to the Treasury and British High Commissioner to South Africa, Lord Boateng joined the PEI and remains a strong voice on science and technology across Africa and beyond.
  • Karima Bouaiss
    Associate Professor in Finance, IAE de Poitiers and CEDE- Essec Business School IAE DE POITIERS ET CEDE - ESSEC BUSINESS SCHOOL
  • Tafadzwa Daphne Judith Chiganga
    Chief Finance and Operations Officer FRONTIER MARKETS
    Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tafadzwa an Acumen Global Fellow, left her country in pursuit of solutions to economic empowerment and capacity building for the people of Zimbabwe and Africa. She professionally trained in actuarial science (NUST Zimbabwe) and holds an MBA in Banking and Finance (Bologna Business School Italy). Tafadzwa is passionate about economic empowerment through business and is specializing in business strategy and operations management for small to medium enterprises. She is currently based in Jaipur India, with Frontier Markets, where she is working on last mile distribution of clean energy products and the engagement of women in energy access and distribution.
  • Ethel Cofie
    CEO EDEL TECHNOLOGY CONSULTING
    Ethel Cofie is CEO and Founder of EDEL Technology Consulting (An IT Consulting and Digital Products Company in West Africa and Europe) . EDEL Technology was recently named IT Consulting Company of the Year by the Ghana IT and Telecom Awards. She also Founded Women in Tech Africa ( Africa's largest Women in Tech Group with a presence in over 30 Countries Globally) She has been featured in BBC and CNN for work in technology. She also sits on numerous boards of numerous companies in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa and has ambitions to grow EDEL Technology Consulting to the whole of Africa.
  • Marie Connett
    Director, Global Development Technology Portfolio and Lead, Agricultural Development Technology GLOBAL GOOD FUND
    Dr Marie Connett directs the Global Good Fund’s Global Development Technology Portfolio (nutrition/agriculture). Earlier she was Elders national R&D Manager, National ICT Australia Food Security theme lead, and CEO of a biodiversity conservation NGO working on climate change mitigation; before that, Deputy CEO of Cambia, leading the team that launched the public-good Patent Lens and its biological sequence search tools. Marie is an inventor on more than 80 patents and patents pending. She earned a Cornell PhD in Plant Sciences and MBA, and is a Registered Professional Forester. She is an adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and Fellow of the University of Melbourne.
  • Audrey D'Hotman De Villiers-Desjardins
    CSR & Sustainability Manager ROGERS & CO LTD
    Audrey d’Hotman de Villiers-Desjardins is the CSR & Sustainability Manager of Rogers and has widely recognized expertise in CSR issues. She manages the Rogers Foundation focusing on the protection of coastal ecosystems. Audrey holds a Master in Clinical Social Work and has led NGOs specializing in substance abuse and HIV/AIDS. Her achievements include the establishment of the region’s first Women Drug Rehabilitation Centre; she also chaired the National Steering Committee for the Global Environmental Fund–Small Grants Programme and co-chaired the National Coordinating Committee on HIV/Aids. Audrey now sits on various NGO Boards in the fields of poverty, substance abuse and entrepreneurship.
  • Patience Damptey
    Consultant ECO IMPACT SERVICES
    Mrs. Patience Thelma Melfah Damptey has an M. Phil in environmental science and a certificate in gender policy planning. She has been working on environmental issues, especially on climate change since 1995. Worked as a deputy director in the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and also as the Scientific Secretary at the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission. She is currently an environmental and gender consultant. She was a member of the team that prepared Ghana's initial national communication on climate change, and also undertook the vulnerability assessment of climate change on women's livelihoods for the preparation of the second national communication to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. She was also a member of the team that prepared Ghana's national climate change adaptation strategy. She has published a research work with Dr. Ama Essel in 2014 on “Gender Perspectives of Climate: Coping and Adaptive Strategies in Ghana”.
  • Brandi Decarli
    Founding Partner FARM FROM A BOX
    Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off-grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools and technology needed to increase local food production. Previously, Brandi was the Managing Partner of Human.kind Philanthropic Advisory Company, where she worked to develop cross-sector partnerships with private corporations, governments, and philanthropic organizations. She is passionate about driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection. Brandi is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.
  • Joana Dias Madaleno
    Student IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON
    Ms Madaleno is currently studying a Masters (MSc) in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London, after taking Mechanical Engineering at the University of Nottingham. Outside of education Ms Madaleno was the Co-Founder and Investor in the 'Meninos dos Mussulo’ project of the Aldeia das Artes Foundation, providing access to education and training to over 1500 children and young people on the island of Mussulo, Angola, and also raised funds and awareness for the Mines Advisory Group in Africa. Ms Madaleno is committed to social activism, particularly in areas of environmental and sustainable development.
  • Claire Doole
    CEO CLAIRE DOOLE COMMUNICATIONS
    Claire Doole draws on her background as a BBC correspondent (London, Brussels and Geneva), public relations professional (spokeswoman for UNHCR, IFRC and head of media at WWF International) and actress to help organisations and companies engage with the media, talk on camera and present with impact. Since 2006 She has coached and trained hundreds of executives in the art of effective communication. She also moderates conferences, do voice-overs for corporate videos and produce videos for conferences, websites and social media. Based in Geneva, she trains in English and French. She also speak conversational Spanish and Italian.
  • Gilbert Espitalier-NoËl
    Chief Executive Officer BEACHCOMBER
    Gilbert was the Chief Executive Officer of ENL Property Limited until his appointment as Chief Executive Officer of New Mauritius Hotels Ltd (Beachcomber Hotels) in July 2015. He holds a BSc (Hons) from Louisiana State University and a BSc from the University of Cape Town as well as an MBA from INSEAD. He has been the President of various private sector institutions including the Joint Economic Council, the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Mauritius Sugar Producers Association. Other directorship in listed companies: ENL Limited, ENL Land Ltd, ENLCommercial Limited, Rogers & Co. Ltd and Livestock Feed Limited.
  • Jill Farrant
    Leading expert on resurrection plants, and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
    Jill Farrant, professor of molecular and cell biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, is the world’s leading expert on resurrection plants, which ‘come back to life’ from a desiccated, seemingly dead state when they are rehydrated. Professor Farrant is investigating the ability of many species of these plants to survive without water for long periods of time from a number of angles, from the molecular, biochemical and ultrastructural to the whole-plant ecophysiological, using a unique comparative approach and working with many different species of resurrection plants and a variety of tissues. The ultimate goal is to find applications that will lead to the development of drought-tolerant crops to nourish populations in arid, drought-prone climates, notably in Africa, and her research may have medicinal applications as well. She was the African/Arab States recipient of the 2012 L'Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science.
  • Ildi Fenyvesi
    Lecturer UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND
    Ildiko Jean Fenyvesi sparked off her interest in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand. She then furthered her studies in the UK undertaking a Master’s degree in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Science and plied her trade of forensic toxicology for 14 years at the South African Government Forensic Chemistry Laboratory. In 2009, she undertook new endeavours learning more and experiencing first-hand the discipline of clinical chemical pathology at the National Health Laboratory Service. In 2013, Ms. Fenyvesi began a career in academia and currently assists in the teaching and consultation of the discipline of Forensic Toxicology at the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Jacqueline Franjou
    CEO WOMEN'S FORUM FOR THE ECONOMY & SOCIETY
    CEO of the Women’s Forum, Jacqueline previously held senior management roles in the private sector: Cegos, Air France and Vivendi (Nexity-SFR), Veolia (SNCM) and in the public sector as a counselor for the French Ministry of Industry and Foreign Trade. She founded the famous international Ramatuelle Festival of Theatre and also founded several international Photo Festivals, and Chairman of Figures of Peace, an international association promoting the photos of living Nobel Peace Prize Winners. She produced several films on the theatre and authored several books and catalogues. She has a great international experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America and received several distinctions (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres, Officier du Mérite National, Officier de la Légion d’honneur, grand prix du rayonnement français à l international from French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Senate). She is a board member of Vranken Pommery, Lucas Carton and Musée d’Orsay.
  • Laurent Gilbert
    Sustainable Innovation Director, Advanced Research L'ORÉAL
    Mr. Gilbert holds a Doctorate in Physical Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from the University of Paris-Sud. Laurent Gilbert joined Rhône Poulenc where he worked in various fields, before moving to the USA where he ran Rhodia’s US Corporate Research Center for three years. In 2002, he joined L’Oréal as Director of the International Raw Materials Department. In 2011 he took the responsibility for the international development of Advanced Research. Currently, Laurent Gilbert is leading the team in charge of Environmental Research and Sustainable Development and coordinating the implementation of the sustainable innovation commitments of the group as part of its Sharing Beauty with All programs.
  • Evelyn Gitau
    Programme Manager -Grand Challenges Africa AFRICAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
    She was born in Kenya completed her higher education in the USA. She joined the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Programme as a Research Assistant in Pharmacology in 2002. In 2008 she completed a Ph.D. awarded by the Open University UK in collaboration with Liverpool School of Tropical. From 2008-2015 She held a Post-Doctoral Research Position in cellular immunology and clinical proteomics at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. In 2015, She was appointed a Programme Manager at the African Academy of Science – Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Africa, where she is primarily responsible for Bill and Melinda Gates supported activities. In 2015, She was appointed a fellow of the Next Einstein Forum. She hold a grant from Grand Challenges - Canada and have been a co-investigator on a grant application to the World Health Organization.
  • Anne Githuku-Shongwe
    Founder and CEO AFROES TRANSFORMATIONAL GAME
    Anne Githuku-Shongwe, is the founder and CEO of Afroes Transformational Games and a finalist for the 2010 Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards. She is an Afro-optimist with a passion to positively impact the hearts and minds of Africa’s future generation of leaders. Prior to establishing Afroes, Anne was an Advisor for the United Nations for 15 years, involved in developing and implementing innovative solutions for Governments and International Development partners. Anne has an MA in International Development and a post-graduate Management Certificate from the UNDP in partnership with Jones International University. She is the mother of 3 young children who inspire her to seek innovative ways to share the richness of Africa’s heritage with the world.
  • Sarah Gouia
    Student UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
    Sarah Gouia is a a French, Costa Rican and Tunisian student of Politics and International Relations at the University of Cambridge, in the United Kingdom. She completed her baccalaureate in France with Mention Très Bien, then continued her studies by doing a humanities preparatory class (Khagne) at Henri IV before leaving for the UK to study Anthropology, Sociology, Politics and International Relations. Now specialised in Politics and IR, She wises to complete her studies in International Law. She has a marked taste for current political debates about topics such as globalisation, climate change, cultural dialogue, security and peace building. Moreover, Ishe has a strong interest in journalism and for model united nations conferences. She did many TV internships, was a radio journalist at camFM for the current affairs show, and she has created a WebTV  to cover the 2015 Cambridge Model United Nations conference.
  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim
    President REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS
    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (GCSK, CSK, PhD, DSc) is Mauritius 6th and first female president. She has been an entrepreneur and an academic. She headed the CIDP Research & Innovation for 5 years and served as Dean and PVC at the University of Mauritius. She holds a BSc in Chemistry from the University of Surrey, PhD from the University of Exeter, UK and DScs. A specialist in biodiversity, she has served on many international organizations worldwide. Author of 26 books, scientific articles; she has been elected Fellow in several academies and won many international prizes such as the L’Oreal Unesco Prize; CTA and the African Union Prize for Women in Science. She has been admitted to the Order of the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques; Grand Officier de la Legion d’Honneur and l’Ordre de Francois 1er des Deux Siciles.
  • Indra Haraksingh
    Lecturer in the Department of Physics UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES
    Indra Haraksingh is a lecturer in the Department of Physics at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Trinidad. Her focus is in Pure Physics, Geophysics, Earth Sciences, Solar Energy and Geothermal Energy. Dr. Haraksingh has been serving for over twenty one years as Chair of the Trinidad and Tobago Mathematics Olympiad. She is a founding member and President of the Caribbean Solar Energy Society, a member of the Steering Committee of the World Renewable Network and a Member of the Projects Steering Committee of the CARICOM appointed Caribbean Renewable Energy Development Programme (CREDP). Dr. Haraksingh has received numerous awards for her work. She holds a Ph.D. in Physics in Solar Energy, a Diploma in Education, and BSc. – Physics and Mathematics Degrees.
  • Alexandra Henrion Caude
    Director of Research INSERM
    Doctor in Genetics, Alexandra Henrion Caude is director of research at the national institute of health of France (Inserm). For 25 years, she has focused on how environment was translated into genetics, and childhood diseases. Tenured professor after a postdoctorate at Harvard Medical School, Dr Henrion Caude is internationally renowned with 150 publications, patents, and recurring invitations with Nobel laureates. Her current interest is to build bridges between ethnomedicine and cutting-edge science. In 2013, she was awarded a multi-nation program of the US Eisenhower Fellowship organization. Her vision is to urgently promote ethical frugal innovation to reduce gap in health affordability.
  • Nicolas Hulot
    President FONDATION NICOLAS HULOT POUR LA NATURE ET L'HOMME
    Nicolas Hulot has been a french reporter, writer and television program-maker (Ushuaïa Nature). In 1990 he established the Nicolas Hulot Foundation for Nature and Mankind, a leading environmental NGO aiming at encouraging changing consumption patterns throughout society. He has been chairing it ever since. Through his Foundation, he invited the 2006 French Presidential candidates to commit to an Ecological Pact. The Pact was then backed by around 750 000 people, and it helped put environment high on the political agenda. He was appointed as Special Envoy of the President of the French Republic for Protecting the Planet until January 2016 .
  • Jyoti Jeetun
    Chief Executive Officer COMPAGNIE DE MONT CHOISY
    Jyoti Jeetun is the CEO of Compagnie de Mont Choisy. Before that she was an international consultant in private sector development and financial services and an academic in leading UK Business Schools. She is a former Chief Executive and Chairman of a Bank with over 20 years of boardroom experience mainly in large banking, financial services and renewable energy. Jyoti has worked in global investments banks (BNP Paribas, Barclays Capital, Bank of America Merrill Lynch) in London. She was the Deputy Director of Brussels based international organisation promoting private sector enterprise development in ACP countries. Jyoti holds a PhD and an MBA from Warwick Business School (UK).
  • Mathew John
    Founder and Co-director KEYSTONE FOUNDATION
    Founder/Co-Director of Keystone Foundation, Mathew John, is also the Managing Director of Last Forest Enterprises Private Limited. He has an active interest in social enterprise development and organic certification for small growers and harvesters. He is presently serving his second term on the World Board of Organics International - IFOAM, which is based in Bonn, Germany. Mathew was also a member of their Participatory Guarantee Systems Committee, which encourages the development and adoption of simple certification mechanisms which are an alternative to 3rd party certification for organic produce. As a former Board member of the Fair Trade Forum – India, he oversaw the umbrella branding exercise of over 40 Retail Shops within the country. He is building close links with the Slow Food movement. Mathew has a background in administration and finance for rural development organizations and field projects.
  • Lomush Juggoo
    DIRECTOR Water Resources WATER RESOURCES UNIT
    Born on 12 July 1966. Mr Juggoo holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the University of Mauritius -1992, a PG Diploma in Environmental Management from the University of London -1999 (Focus on Sustainable Development), and a Master of Business Administration,(Specialisation in Project Management)from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia (2007). He joined the Water Resources Unit as an Engineer in 1996 and in May 2015 he was appointed Director of this Unit. He has wide experience in Sustainable Water Resources Management, Civil Engineering, Environment Sustainability, Contract Management, Project Finance and Project Management.
  • Segenet Kelemu
    Director General and CEO INTERNATIONAL CENTRE OF INSECT PHYSIOLOGY AND ECOLOGY (ICIPE)
    Dr Segenet Kelemu, is the Director General of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya. She is a native of Ethiopia. Following her postdoctoral work at Cornell University, USA, she joined the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia. In 2007, she became the Director of the Biosciences eastern and central Africa (BecA) hub, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi. Prior to joining icipe, she was the Vice President for Programs at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). She has published widely, supervised research scholars and continues to be a recipient of prestigious awards and serves on panels.
  • Edward Kellow
    Founder and Lead Facilitator, Kellow Learning KELLOW LEARNING
    Edward Kellow, MA, CIPD is a trainer, facilitator and coach specialising in leadership and change. Edward has over twenty years’ experience in learning and development, of which ten working at senior level internationally. In 2012 Edward designed a course on Sustainable Cities for Rio+20 that won the international public vote for the best learning event. From 2006-2012 Edward was head of leadership and learning at LEAD International, the world’s largest not-for-profit sustainability leadership network. A former intelligence officer, Edward has sold shirts at Harrods, supported HIV/AIDS volunteers in East London, and he created a greetings card business, Twisted Yarns.
  • Hasna Khan
    Vice President INSTITUTE FOR TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
    Dr. Hasna Khan is the Vice President of Institute for Transformative Technologies, coming with more than 25 years of professional engineering and teaching experience in the energy sector. She pioneered Bangladesh national Solar Home System (SHS) micro-finance program for the World Bank, for electrification of remote areas in Bangladesh. As a member of the renewable energy G8 task force she has contributed in several development programs. She is also involved in creating qualified workforce in the renewable energy sector. She received her MS and Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering. For ITT, Dr. Khan leads the work in mini-grid access to electricity, energy-efficiency in South Asia.
  • Snowy sj Khoza
    Chief Executive Officer BIGEN AFRICA SERVICES (PTY) LTD
    Snowy is Group CEO of Bigen Africa - an infrastructure development company with capabilities mainly in water and sanitation, energy, transport and real estate in the continent. She was the first woman Chairperson of the Water Research Commission as well as the Water Project Financing SPV (Trans - Caledon Tunnel Authority - TCTA) building dams for bulk water distribution on behalf of government of South Africa. She was one of the Advisors to the Ministers of the National Department of Water and Sanitation since 2000 to 2012. She also worked as Group Executive at the Development Bank of Southern Africa - funding amongst others Water and Sanitation in the SADC region. She served in various public and private sector boards thus she brings 30 years of executive experience in the infrastructure development space.
  • Steena Kistnen
    Senior Manager Education Development MEDINE LTD.
    Born in 1985, Steena Kistnen, Senior Manager for Education Development at Medine Education Village, is a young and dynamic professional with a 10 year experience and a solid track record in finance and strategic development. Steena really started her career within the Accor group in strategy in 2008, although she earned considerable working experience at Blackstone group previously. She then progressed in the banking sector at HSBC Paris in 2012, before settling in Deloitte as Financial Advisory for more than two years until 2015 where she left France for Mauritius. Steena Kistnen holds a Master’s degree from ESCP Europe – SUP de Co Paris in Finance and Strategy, as well as from Cornell University, New York in Strategy and Consulting.
  • Fatih Mehmet Kursun
    General Manager, Mauritius & Madagascar TURKISH AIRLINES
    Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey; Mr Kursun holds an M.A. degree on Near Eastern Linguistics from the University of Chicago and an M.Sc. degree on Air Transport Management from Istanbul Technical University. Prior to being appointed as the General Manager for Mauritius and Madagascar, he worked as the Commercial Manager for Turkish Airlines in East Africa. He speaks several languages and is looking to learn more.
  • Sophie Lambin
    Co-founder & Managing Director KITE GLOBAL ADVISORS
    Sophie Lambin is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Kite Global Advisors. She served as Director of Global Thought Leadership and External Affairs for PwC for seven years. In this role Sophie developed a new strategy for the firm’s thought leadership activities. She also executed PwC's Annual Global CEO Survey, managed the firm’s strategic partnership with the World Economic Forum and orchestrated PwC’s annual presence at Davos. Prior to this, Sophie was the Publisher of European Business Forum and a management consultant at Coopers & Lybrand. Sophie is from Brussels and, for the last 20 years, has lived in London with her husband and two children.
  • Manoelle Lepoutre
    Senior Vice-President Executive Careers and Management TOTAL
    Manoelle Lepoutre is Senior Executive Vice-President, Executive Careers and Management of the Total Group since October 2013. She began her career for Elf in Exploration and Production Research & Development, where she was in charge of Basin Modelling (petroleum evaluation of sedimentary basins and of exploration prospects). She had then several positions in Exploration, as an operational geologist in France and getting progressively larger responsibilities, as Area Exploration Manager in Netherlands, and Vice President Exploration in Norway for Elf, then Vice President Geosciences in US for Total, from 2000 to 2003. In 2004, she has been assigned Vice President Research and Development for Total Exploration and Production, before being appointed Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development and Environment in 2009. Manoelle Lepoutre is a graduate from « École nationale supérieure de Géologie de Nancy » (France) and from the French Petroleum Institute High School (ENSPM).
  • Julie Lerner
    Founder and CEO PANXCHANGE INC.
    Julie Lerner is the Founder and CEO of PanXchange, Inc., a web-based negotiation and trading platform for physical commodities. PXAfrica, its East African subsidiary, began offering regional grain trading in August, 2015 and has expanded to include many other commodities in the region as well as imports and exports of the same.  Ms. Lerner specializes in bringing liquidity and efficiencies to thin and/or nascent markets.  She began her career with Cargill International and later became the senior trader for Cargill’s Latin American sugar markets, where she focused on the development of origination markets with successful financing programs and warehouse and distribution programs.  She held other trading and business development positions with XL Financial, Phibro and Sempra Energy Trading.
  • Thembakazi Mali
    Senior Manager: Renewables SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ENERGY DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE
    Thembakazi Mali holds a Ph.D in Chemistry and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering in Environmental Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand. Her career spans close to two decades in the energy and petrochemical fields. Presently, she is the Senior Manager: Clean Energy Solutions (Renewable Energy and Alternative Energy) at the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). She serves as the South African representative and executive committee member to the international Energy Agency’s (IEA) Technology Collaboration Platforms on Ocean Energy Systems (OES), Bioenergy and Solar Cooling and Heating (SHC).
  • Amna Malik
    President CENTER OF PAKISTAN AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS COPAIR
    Amna Malik, an entrepreneur, business leader, politician and social activist is the founder President of Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR). Her priorities have been to enhance economic cooperation, promote bilateral dialogue and mobilize communities for empowerment of women. She has sought to be a catalyst, to give voice to Pakistan’s marginalized communities by equipping them with knowledge, tools and resources required to help them stand on their own feet. Amna Malik is also ruling party Women Wing Vice President Punjab and initiated various programs for the benefit of women and youth. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Mélange International; a regular publication of the COPAIR that has created ripples in the diplomatic and development sector for its analysis and nexus with the diplomatic circles.
  • Karen Mapusua
    Coordinator, Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community (POETCom) PACIFIC ORGANIC & ETHICAL TRADE COMMUNITY
    Karen Mapusua is the Coordinator of the Pacific Organic & Ethical Trade Community and is strongly focused on developing ‘home grown’ organic and fair trade models with relevance to the Pacific Islands and utilising organic agriculture as a development took to address food and nutritional security, biodiversity, climate change and green economic growth. She was involved in developing the Pacific Organic Standard, the first standard to include climate change provisions, and has lobbied for organics to be prioritised in the agricultural agenda of the Pacific Island states. She is a regular contributing author to “The Organic World” and is a Director of Fairtrade Australia New Zealand.
  • Adriana Marais
    Postdoctoral Researcher, Quantum Research Group, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa UNIVERSITY
    Dr Adriana Marais is a theoretical physicist, Head of Innovation at SAP Africa and aspiring extraterrestrial. Her research has involved the study of quantum effects in living systems as well as the origins of life in space. Since childhood she has dreamed of living on another planet, and is currently one of the 100 Mars One Project Astronaut Candidates. While on Earth, Adriana is actively involved in establishing collaborations between business and science, bridging the digital divide with the developed world, and driving technological development and world firsts in innovation by Africa for Africa in her new role with SAP Africa.
  • Gillian Martin Mehers
    Founder and CEO BRIGHT GREEN LEARNING @ ATADORE SARL
    Gillian is founder and CEO of Bright Green Learning, a Swiss-based social enterprise that helps environment and development organizations optimize their impact through more considered internal and external learning, partnership building and multi-stakeholder dialogue processes. She has worked 20+ years in over 55 countries with international and national NGOs, business, government agencies and multi-sectoral networks. Since 2006, she has blogged (www.welearnsomething.org) about her work in informal and formal learning within this community. Previously she was Head of Learning at IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) and Director of Capacity Development at LEAD International.
  • Bertrand Moingeon
    Professor at HEC Paris HEC PARIS
    Bertrand Moingeon, Professor of Strategic Management at HEC Paris since 1992, is the executive director of the HEC Indian Ocean Office. He has had a dual career, both in academia and in management. Author of over ninety publications, he was a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, as well as a member of HEC Paris' Executive Board for 17 years. He was awarded the honorable distinction of ‘Chevalier dans l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur’. His most recent publications deal with strategic innovation, including articles on how such innovations can contribute to alleviate poverty (see his articles on Social Business Models with Muhammad Yunus).
  • Flower Msuya
    Senior Researcher INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF DAR ES SALAAM
    Dr. Flower Ezekiel Msuya is a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Marine Sciences of the University of Dar es Salaam based in Zanzibar, Tanzania. She holds a PhD on seaweeds in integrated Aquaculture. Her work combines research in marine sciences, lecturing and supervision of students as well as consultancy. Her recent interest is impact of climate change on seaweed farming. Dr. Msuya is a friend of seaweed farmers working with them to bring innovation and value addition into the seaweed industry. Through her work she has introduced the “habit of eating seaweed” in Tanzania. She has published 20 journal papers, 11 book chapters, and 5 books.
  • Winnie Nyonje
    Researcher JOMO KENYATTA UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Winnie Akinyi Nyonje is a 27 year old Kenyan female, born and brought up in Nyanza province of Kenya. she attended Ong’ang’ Primary School, Dudi Girls’ Secondary School and later joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) for her Bsc degree in Horticulture and an Msc degree in Food Science and Nutrition. Winnie has done extensive research on African Indigenous vegetables, both agronomic and nutritional aspects, under the umbrella of her mentor and supervisor, Prof. Mary Abukutsa. Winnie is currently working on a USAID funded vegetable project through World Vegetable Centre, as she also prepares to start her PhD studies.
  • Catherine O'Reilly
    Associate Professor ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY
    Catherine O’Reilly is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography-Geology at Illinois State University. Her research focuses on how our water resources are impacted by human activities such as land use and climate. Her work on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa, was among the first to show how climate change was decreasing the productivity of the lake, where fish catches are an important source of protein. Dr. O’Reilly is involved in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and was a member of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Dr. O’Reilly has a B.A. from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.
  • Unoma Okorafor
    Founder and CEO WAAW FOUNDATION
    Dr. Unoma Okorafor is founder and CEO of Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation, an international non-profit whose mission is to increase the pipeline of African girls in Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and ensure female engagement in Technology innovation and entrepreneurship to benefit Africa. Headquartered in Lagos Nigeria, WAAW impacts over 10,000 girls each year and operates in 17 Universities across 10 African Countries. Unoma has worked at leading technology firms including Texas Instruments, HP, IBM and Intel research labs. As a serial entrepreneur she also co-founded of Radicube Tecnologies a Big Data Analytics Consulting Firm.
  • Crystal Orderson
    South Africa Editor, The Africa Report, and Reporter JEUNE AFRIQUE
    Crystal Orderson has twenty years of work experience in media and development in Africa and South Asia. She has been reporting on socio-economic and political issues in South Africa and the African continent since 1995, reporting in different capacities in radio, television and printed media. She is currently the South Africa Editor for the Africa Report Magazine and contributor to Jeune Afrique. Prior to that, she has worked for the SABC, as a senior political report for the Independent Newspaper group of 15 newspapers, and for several international broadcasters, including Aljazeera English. She has also been the Ruth First Fellow in 2010. Orderson holds an international diploma in International journalism from Utrecht, post graduate degree from the University of Cape Town and a MA from Sussex University.
  • Aisha Oyebode
    CEO MURTALA MUHAMMED FOUNDATION
    Aisha Oyebode is an international NGO expert, philanthropist and human rights activist specializing in women and girls issues. She is a highly sought after speaker and advisor on social impact with a deep expertise in Africa related women and girls initiatives. She is a co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls movement and is the author of the forthcoming book, The Daughters of Chibok, to be released in the US next spring. Aisha has an LLM in Public International Law from King’s College, University of London and an MBA in Finance from Imperial College, University of London.  She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989 and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
  • Donald Payen
    Executive Vice-President Customer Experience, Ground & In-flight Services AIR MAURITIUS
    Donald Emmanuel PAYEN joined Air Mauritius in 1979. He has held several Management positions in the Operational areas, Commercial, Customer Experience and Communications from 1988 and served the Company in Mauritius, Reunion, Singapore and France. Donald sits on several Boards and has served on the Board of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority for 12 years. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics (UK). Donald is currently the Executive Vice President Customer Experience, Ground & In-flight Services of the Airline since September 2012. He is also overseeing the Cargo, Customer Service and Communications Departments.
  • Patricia Perkins
    Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies YORK UNIVERSITY
    Patricia E. (Ellie) Perkins is Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, where she teaches and advises students in the areas of Ecological Economics, Environmental Economics and Community Economic Development. She has also taught economics at Ryerson Polytechnic University, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, and in 1992–93 she was an environmental policy advisor with the Ontario government. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Toronto.
  • Marie-Aurore Marie-Joyce Perraud
    Minister MINISTRY OF GENDER EQUALITY, CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY WELFARE , REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS
    Education: BA Joint English and French; Post Graduate Certificate in Education  Professional Career: Education Officer at College Pere Laval (1997-2011); Head of Department — French and Catechism  Political Career: Candidate Municipal Elections 2006 (Majority Party); Candidate General Elections Constituency No. 4; Fourth Member for Constituency No. 4, Port Louis North and Montagne Longue, May 2010; Member of Parliament as from 18 May 201 0 to 06 October 2014; Parliamentary Private Secretary as from 18 August 2011; Member of Parliamentary Committee in ICAC as from 22 June 201 0 up to 14 March 2012; Member of the Select Committee on Livebroadcasting on House Proceedings as from 12 April 2.011 up to 14 March 2012; Parliamentary Private Secretary as from 18 August 2011 to 06 June 2014; First Member for Constituency No. 4, Port Louis North and Montagne Longue as from December 2014; Minister of Gender Equality, Child Development and Family Welfare as from December 2014; Member of Parliament as from 22 December 2014.  
  • Patrick Poivre D’arvor
    Journalist and author
    Famous newscaster on French TV channel 2 and later on TF1 for over 20 years, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor also hosted several cultural programs on French television. Since 2014, he is the host for a culture and news program on Radio Classique (from 7 to 8pm). As a Political writer, many of his books won literary awards. Passionate about theater, classical music and opera, Mr. Poivre d’Arvor directed Carmen et Don Giovanni in partnership with Manon Savary. In 2014, he wrote the booklet for Un amour en guerre, a Caroline Glory opera, for which he also was also Director with Manon Savary. He is a frequent guest at various classical music festivals for lectures and recitals, sharing the stage with artists such as the pianists Jean-Philippe Collard and  Claire Désert or famous cellist Camille Thomas, amongst others.
  • Didier Robert
    Vice-President Africa Zone, nrg4SD and Senator President REGIONAL COUNCIL OF REUNION ISLAND
    Mr. ROBERT has recently been reelected as President of the Regional Council of Reunion Island (dec 2015).Since his first election (2010) one of his main objectives is to promote durable development: membership of Reunion Island to Climate Group (Feb 2012), WWF France (nov 2012), R20 group (Jun 2013), organization of the first International Conference on "Islands and climate change" with Climate Group and R20 (june 2014). In sept 2015 REGION REUNION has been appointed Vice-President of the Network of Regional Government for Sustainable Development (NRG4SD) for Africa. Mr ROBERT is also Senator of Reunion Island (France) and co-founder of Vanilla Island Organization (tourism in Indian Ocean).
  • Allison Robertshaw
    Executive Director SEED
    Allison became the SEED Excecutive Director in 2015. She brings with her over fifteen years of experience in the space of climate change mitigation, environment and entrepreneurship, most recently as Director of Zennström Philanthropies. She has previously worked in both the governmental and NGO space as well as successful entrepreneur. Allison holds a BSFS in Economics from the Edmund A Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and an MSc in the History of Economic Development from the London School of Economics. She is based in the UK.
  • Marjaana Sall
    European Union Ambassador EUROPEAN UNION DELEGATION TO THE REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS
    Since September 2015, European Union Ambassador to the Republic of Mauritius the Union of Comoros and the Republic of Seychelles, also responsible for the EU's relations with the Indian Ocean Commission. From 2011 to 2015, Marjaana Sall has worked in the European Union Delegation in Kenya, the last 6 months as acting Head of the European Union Delegation. She previously worked in the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN in New York and as Deputy Ambassador of the Finnish Mission in Indonesia and South Africa. Marjaana Sall joined the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 1997.
  • Robert Sebbag
    Vice-President Access to Medicines SANOFI
    Dr Sebbag is VP Access to Medicines at Sanofi. In his role, he participates in the company’s access to medicines strategy development for the Southern Hemisphere. Before, he worked for the European Pharmaceutical Industry Association on creating a communications platform for the pharmaceutical companies operating in Europe. He was also Senior VP of Communications for the vaccine company Aventis Pasteur. He also teaches public health courses within the Paris hospital system, focusing on tropical parasitic diseases. He is active within the French Red Cross and has participated in numerous health missions in the Southern Hemisphere. He has a specialty in tropical parasitic diseases.
  • Laurence Tubiana
    French Ambassador for International Climate Negotiations MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
    As of March 1, 2017, Laurence Tubiana is CEO of the European Climate Foundation (ECF). In addition to her role at ECF, she is the Chair of the Board of Governors at the French Development Agency (AFD), and a Professor at Sciences Po, Paris. Before joining ECF, Laurence was France Climate Change Ambassador and Special Representative for COP21, and as such a key architect of the landmark Paris Agreement. Following COP21, she was appointed High Level Champion for climate action. Laurence brings decades of expertise and experience in climate change, energy, agriculture and sustainable development, working across government, think tanks, NGOs and academia: From 1997 to 2002, she served as Senior Adviser on the Environment to the French Prime Minister Lionel Jospin. From 2009 to 2010, she created and then led the newly established Directorate for Global Public Goods at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE). In 2013, she chaired the French National Debate on the Energy Transition. In 2002, she founded and then directed until 2014 the Paris-based Institute of Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI). In the 80’s and early 90’s she founded and then led Solagral, an NGO working on food security and the global environment. She started her career as a Research Director for the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). Throughout the years, Laurence held several academic positions, including as a Professor and Scientific Director for the International Development and Environmental Studies Master degrees at Sciences Po, Paris; and Professor of International Affairs at Columbia University, New York. She was a member of numerous boards and scientific committees, including the Chinese Committee on the Environment and International Development (CCICED).
  • Nicholas Watts
    Executive Director, Lancet Countdown to 2030 LANCET COUNTDOWN TO 2030: GLOBAL HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE
    Nick is the Director of the Countdown to 2030: Global Health and Climate Change, an independent and multi-disciplinary research collaboration between academic centres around the world. It is based at University College London’s Institute for Global Health, and is a continuation of the 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change. The Countdown tracks and drives progress towards a world which is responding to climate change in a way that protects and promotes public health. Nick is a medical doctor having qualified from the University of Western Australia, and trained in population health (UWA) and public policy (University College London).
  • Laura Williamson
    Communication and Outreach Manager RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY NETWORK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY (REN21)
    Laura E. Williamson is the Communication and Outreach Manager at REN21—the Renewable Energy Policy Network of the 21st Century—where she is responsible for promoting the efforts of REN21 to an international audience and managing the production of thematic reports. From 2008-2013, Laura was the Project Director for HELIO International, an international think-tank developing renewable energy solutions. Previously she worked for the United Nations Environment Programme on industry and sustainability issues. She holds degrees from the University of Chicago and Tufts University and has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy.
  • Marie Roland Alain Wong Yen Cheong
    Minister MINISTRY OF CIVIL SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATIVE REFORMS AND MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND DISASTER AND BEACH MANAGEMENT, REPUBLIC OF MAURITIUS
    The Honourable Marie Roland Alain Wong Yen Cheong, M.S.K, has been appointed Minister of Civil Service and Administrative Reforms on 17th December 2014. He is a Member of the Parliament, for Constituency No.1 (Port-Louis West / Grand River North West). He has been appointed Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management since 24 March 2016He has been Chairman of the National Real Estate Corporation, Chairman of Mauritius Tourism Authority, Sports advisor and coach, and Business Owner & Restaurant Manager.
  • Belinda Wong-Vacher
    Corporate Manager - Projects and Development ROGERS GROUP
    Belinda is currently the Projects & Development Manager of Rogers Group and the Fund Manager of Ascencia, the largest property fund in Mauritius. She holds a Certificate in business accounting, a bachelor degree in finance and a master degree in business administration. Belinda specialises in financial advisory, business development and fund raising. Her main career achievements are fund raising of MUR 5bn and acquisitions of MUR 10bn. She is a director of Floreal Commercial Centre and Gardens of Bagatelle Office Park. Moreover, Belinda is a member of the Investment Committee of Rogers Pension Fund and an independent financial advisor to SMEs namely MS Capital and Ifast Commercial
  • Liz Zeidler
    Director HAPPY CITY
    Liz is Founding Director of Happy City, a ground-breaking UK Charity & Social Enterprise. Happy City delivers training, campaigns and new measures of prosperity, to support better local policy and action focussed on the wellbeing of people and the planet. Liz is also co-director of Modoto, a consultancy facilitating Leadership and Learning for a better future. She was Chair of Bristol’s 2015 European Green Capital Partnership – a network of 800 organisations working together for a more sustainable city future. Liz has worked with organisations and individuals at all levels in all sectors across 4 continents.