Alaa Murabit

One of the leading global health and inclusive security experts of her generation, Alaa Murabit is the Director of Health at the Gates Foundation, overseeing global health policy & advocacy. A medical doctor, she is a United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth, and one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary-General. Alaa’s work has shaped policies in 193 countries and impacts billions. She was most recently named a Canadian Meritorious Service Cross recipient, 2021 Harvard Radcliffe Fellow, and 2022 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work at the intersections of global security, health, gender, and sustainability.

Alaa previously founded and spearheaded The Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21. Her TED Talk, "What My Religion Really Says About Women" has been viewed seven million times and was selected as the TED Talk of the Day, one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now by The New York Times, and one of 12 TED Talks That Define the Future of Feminism.

Recently named a prestigious Harvard Radcliffe Fellow for her work “Architects of Peace: Redefining the Role of Women in Today’s Growing Security Agenda” focusing on the unique roles and leadership women have in conflict resolution and global peacebuilding. Alaa is also an MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow, Ashoka Fellow, serves as a board member for The Malala Fund and an alternate board member for Gavi.

She was the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1, which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security from 2016 to 2020, and in 2019 she founded CO-AGENCY, an accelerator for emerging women’s leadership in security, peacebuilding, and policy.

Alaa is the recipient of 100+ honors and awards, including the 2013 New York Times TrustWomen Hero, BBC Top 100 Woman, Forbes 30 Under 30, 2019 WIRED World Global Thought-leader, the2018 Nelson Mandela International Change-maker Award by The Nelson Mandela Family, and one of the 2019 Top 20 Most Influential People in Gender Equality Policy in the world alongside Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Angela Merkel, and Michelle Obama. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of emerging women leaders was recognized by Harvard Law which named her the youngest 2017 Woman Inspiring Change. For her leadership architecting policies in security, health policy, and sustainable development, she was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Women in History by the Canadian Government and Canada’s 2021 Woman of Impact. Aside from being selected as a 2022 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, she has also recently been named a 2021 CNN Leading Woman, 2021 Wikipedia Global Leader, and a 2021 UNWomen Leader We Admire.

Bart de Witte

Bart de Witte is a leading and renowned expert on digital transformation in healthcare in Europe, but also one of the most progressive thought leaders in his field. He focuses on developing alternative strategies to create a more desirable future for all of us in a postmodern world. He is the initiator of the Berlin-based non-profit organization HIPPO AI Foundation. This non-profit organization aims to make artificial intelligence in medicine a community asset, creating a foundation for a sustainable and equitable society.

In 2020, Bart de Witte and his Hippo AI Foundation were selected as a finalist for the prestigious Falling Walls conference as Breakthrough of the Year in the Engineering and Technology category, and in 2021 he won Axel Springer's German AI Prize in the Startups category. His first project at HIPPO AI was selected by the International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO as one of 100 global projects solving problems related to the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals through the use of AI.

Bart de Witte's goal is to use technology for the common good by preventing future information asymmetries between private organizations and individuals, thus reducing future inequalities in healthcare. His interest in artificial intelligence became apparent when he wrote his baccalaureate thesis on the subject in 1989, and he reaffirmed his interest when he began working at IBM in 2010. He is an advisor to several companies and startups specializing in digital health and regularly lectures at various business universities in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria and China. Bart de Witte is a Fellow at the Institute for Exponential Technologies and Desirable Futures, futur.io. He holds degrees from various universities in Belgium and has pursued several other post-university paths at national and international business schools, including Harvard Business School.

Lewis Pugh

The only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean, extreme adventurer and record-breaking swimmer Lewis Pugh talks about pushing yourself beyond 'the possible' into new realms of achievement.

Most recently during 2018's summer, Lewis swam the 530km length of the English Channel in just 49 days, starting at Land's End and finishing in Dover.

In 2016 he helped negotiate the creation of the biggest protected area in the world in the Ross Sea off Antarctica. The negotiations required consensus among 25 countries, a number of which had long standing disputes with one another. The media dubbed his efforts as "Speedo diplomacy" after Lewis took on the challenge of swimming 5 swims in freezing Antarctic waters, wearing just speedos and a swim hat.

As a motivational and keynote speaker, he puts businesses at every level worldwide through their paces with vital messages and strategies for surviving and thriving in a fragile economic climate.

To be the first human to  swim  across the Arctic waters (a mean minus 1.7°C!) requires a shift in mind-set when dealing with a dramatic drop in body temperature and the dangers of killer sea-animals: one must conjure up and maintain a constant focus and flexibility—crucial elements of business management.

Lewis has lived through the repercussions of change and their contributing factors and, a passionate voice for conservation, has been busy honing his front crawl technique in vulnerable ecosystems to raise awareness about their plight.

For example, in 2010, he completed a swim across a glacial lake on Mount Everest to draw attention to the melting glaciers in the Himalayas and the impact the reduced water supply will have on peace in the region. He has now pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other swimmer in history!

Teamwork is also vital to the success of his exploits. Lauded as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Lewis’ influence and endurance was enabled by those around him. His crack teams are always made of those completely committed to excellence and leaders in their field.

Through his adventures, he dreams of making a significant difference. In 2015, Lewis undertook five swims in Antarctica to campaign for a large Marine Protected Area in the Ross Sea - one of the most incredible and diverse areas left on earth – which is now threatened by overfishing and climate change. The media have dubbed his efforts as ‘Speedo diplomacy’.

One of Lewis’ keynote speeches on leadership was voted one of the ‘7 Most Inspiring Videos on the Web’, and TED have described him as a ‘master story-teller’. He has also appeared on various international TV news channels, and his autobiography ‘Achieving the Impossible’ was selected for Oprah’s Exclusive Book List.

Along with the Freedom of the City of London, Lewis has been bestowed with South Africa and France’s highest honours.

Lewis addresses audiences on; Business management and teamwork, surviving and thriving in challenging times, achieving the impossible, change and its repercussions and the plight of vulnerable ecosystems. Lewis has been invited to speak at both the Conservative and Labour Party 2018 conferences, and co-hosting the Panda Awards, otherwise known as the Oscars of the wildlife and environmental film and TV awards.

Andrew Wilson

A veteran presenter of live television programmes and an award-winning foreign correspondent, Andrew Wilson is a leading news and communications professional.

Andrew’s is an experienced conference moderator and event host. He is also an expert interviewer having hosted his own current affairs show on Sky for ten years. Those skills have been deployed in any number of corporate productions including a series of International CEO sit-down interviews around the world for Reuters and thought leadership exchanges at the WEF in Davos.

For ten years Andrew worked on the news front line as a foreign correspondent bureau in Moscow, Jerusalem and then Washington DC. He covered conflicts and breaking news, reporting live and presenting programmes from Afghanistan, Libya, Gaza, Chechnya, Haiti, the Asia Tsunami, Ukraine, Egypt, Africa, Lebanon and Iraq. He covered three US elections, two in Israel, two in Russia and any number in the UK.

On his return to the UK his program, Live at 5 on Sky News won best RTS best news program in 2016. He was also awarded numerous international awards for his coverage overseas.

Ever since he covered the first Earth Summit in Rio, Andrew has harboured a special interest in environmental stories. He presented a series of live shows from the Amazon jungle ahead of COP 15 in 2009 and has moderated environmental and business conferences in the City as well as hosting numerous Virgin Formula E events in New York and Paris.

Andrew is an experienced media and skills trainer and regularly works with news presenters and reporters. He works with the John Schofield Trust to mentor young journalists and is a contributor to the Westminster Foreign Affairs think tank Global Strategy Forum and a member of BAFTA.

Carlos Pascual

Carlos Pascual, former senior US diplomat and previously the State Department’s top energy official, joined IHS Markit in January 2015 as Senior Vice President to focus on global energy issues and international affairs. As the former US Energy Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs at the State Department, Mr. Pascual established and directed the new Energy Resources Bureau and served as the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State on energy issues. In that role, he was centrally involved in U.S. energy policy in the Middle East, China energy diversification, India energy security and natural gas in Europe.

Since joining IHS Markit, Mr. Pascual has led work on Mexico’s energy reforms and energy transition in Latin America. He is centrally involved in incorporating geopolitical risk into IHS market forecasts and working with corporate and government leaders to translate such risks into corporate and policy strategies. Mr. Pascual is a Vice-Chair of the CERAWeek global energy conference.

Mr. Pascual was previously US Ambassador to both Mexico and Ukraine and was Special Assistant to the US president for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia on the National Security Council. Mr. Pascual created the position of coordinator for reconstruction and stabilization in the State Department, establishing the first U.S. civilian response capacity to conflicts. He also was the State Department’s coordinator for US assistance to Europe and Eurasia and held leadership roles at the US Agency for International Development.

At the Brookings Institution, Mr. Pascual served as Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Studies and launched the Brookings Energy Security Initiative. His book, Power and Responsibility: Building International Order in an Era of Transnational Threats, won a 2009 award for the best political science book published by an independent publisher. Mr. Pascual taught and wrote on the geopolitics of energy as a fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy in the fall of 2014 and continues to serve as a non-resident fellow.

Mr. Pascual holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Nico Rosberg

Nico Rosberg became Formula 1 World Champion in 2016 with Mercedes AMG Petronas and has since embarked on a career as a sustainability entrepreneur and investor in green technologies.

Nico Rosberg's drive as an entrepreneur is fuelled by the will to drive positive change for society and mankind. He pursues this approach not only in his business activities, but also as an ambassador for sustainable change in mobility through technological innovation. Rosberg has invested in numerous successful start-ups such as Lilium, Volocopter, What3Words, Tier and Lyft. He is also an investor and shareholder of the all-electric racing series Formula E. Rosberg is also a co-owner of the German vehicle technology company TRE GmbH, one of the leading companies in the field of chassis development.

In 2019, Nico co-founded the GREENTECH Festival, a global platform for innovative and pioneering green technologies, which attracted almost 40,000 visitors at its premiere.

Nico remains linked to Formula One through his commentary for the German TV channels SKY & RTL, his Rosberg Racing young driver’s academy and his engineering company TRE. He continues his work as an ambassador for many outstanding brands such as Rolex, Deutsche Bahn, Kempinski Hotels and Heineken.

Miniya Chatterji

Miniya is a leading businesswoman in India, an inspirational speaker, established writer, entrepreneur, and sustainability expert.
She is Chief Sustainability Officer for the Jindal Steel and Power Group of Companies, a USD 3.8 billion business conglomerate whose main interests are in steel, power, and infrastructure. Miniya works closely with the CEO to ensure long term, holistic, and strategic growth of the group of companies. She is also visiting Professor at Sciences-po Paris during 2017, where she has created a new Masters degree course on sustainability studies that she will also be teaching.
Miniya is the founder of Sustain Labs Paris, the world’s first sustainability incubator with offices based in Paris and New Delhi. She is also the founder of The Stargazers Foundation, a not for profit organization that works for improving education and health for women in India.
Miniya is publishing her first book titled ‘Indian Instincts’ with Penguin Random House, scheduled to be in the market in December 2017. She writes for the Harvard Business Review and is a columnist for The Indian Express, The Pioneer, and The Huffington Post. She is frequently featured on television and magazines such as India Today and Vogue.
Previously Miniya worked at the World Economic Forum in Geneva for a few years. There Miniya managed Middle East, North Africa, South Asia regions for Young Global Leaders. The Young Global Leaders community brings together the world’s most extraordinary leaders who are 40 years old or younger and dedicate a part of their time to improve the state of the world.
Earlier, Miniya was managing two Hedge Funds of $200 million AUM in Paris. She was investing in a portfolio of 30 Hedge Funds.
Miniya started on her investment-banking career at Goldman Sachs in London.
Previous to investment banking, Miniya worked in politics in France as Policy Analyst with the Chief Advisor to President Jacques Chirac.
Miniya is on the Steering Group for Sustainability United Nations Global Compact India, and the World Steel Sustainability Expert Group. She is on the team of the Social Credits initiative, member of the Board of The Economic Times Global Green initiative, and a member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She has won numerous awards. On an individual level, she has been awarded by the Navoothan Foundation for her personal social commitment. She has also been awarded the prestigious CSR India award 2016 for corporate social responsibility. Miniya is a Jury Member for the Million Dollar Global Teacher Prize and a Jury Member for The Circulars award at Davos.
Miniya has a PhD and Masters from Sciences-po Paris. She has Executive Management certificates at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, INSEAD, and at Columbia University. She was a PhD fellow at Harvard University and Columbia University in New York, and is a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum.

Gunter Pauli

Gunter Pauli was born in Antwerp, Belgium, in March 1956. In 1979 he graduated as “Licencié en Sciences Economiques” from Loyola's University (today University of Antwerp) in Belgium and obtained his masters in business administration from INSEAD in 1982 at Fontainebleau, France thanks to a scholarship from the Rotary International Foundation. During the time he was studying, he held the most diverse jobs in order “to sustain family, education and to save money, which permitted extensive traveling during the summer holidays". In 1978 he was elected as national president of the students’ union AIESEC.

He was the founder and Chairman of PPA Holding and of more than 10 other companies, founder and CEO of the European Service Industries Forum (ESIF),  Secretary General of the European Business Press Federation (UPEFE), founder and president of the Foundation “Mozarteum Belgicum“, Chairman and President of Ecover, and advisor to the Rector of the United Nations University in Tokyo (Japan).

His entrepreneurial activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. Under his leadership, Ecover pioneered an ecological factory in 1992, featured on CNN Prime Time News. He founded the "Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives" (ZERI) at the United Nations University in Tokyo, and subsequently established The Global ZERI Network as a foundation, redesigning production and consumption into clusters of industries inspired by natural systems.

He is dedicated to design and implement a society and industries, which respond to people’s needs using what is locally available. His visionary approach supported by dozens of projects on the ground landed him an invitation to present his cases at the World Expo 2000 in Germany. There he constructed the largest bamboo pavilion in modern days presenting 7 breakthrough initiatives. It became the most popular pavilion with 6.4 million visitors. Unfortunately, the pavilion was destroyed after the Expo. However the original built in Manizales, Colombia still stands as a symbol for the Coffee Region.

His latest initiatives include the design of a solution for the plastic soup floating in the oceans and the creation of a protective zone with islands to avert rising sea levels. He is actively involved to ensure that the largest herd of rhinos (2,400 in Kaziranga National Park in India) will be free of poachers thanks to an intensive economic and community development program in coordination with organic tea plantations.

He has been visiting lecturer and professor at universities in on all continents, and Member of the Board of NGOs and private companies in Asia, USA and Latin America. He has advised governments, entrepreneurs and industry leaders on how to implement breakthrough innovations that permits society to better respond to the basic needs of all, starting with water, food, housing, health and energy. He works with what is locally available, focuses on the generation of value.

He is a Fellow of the World Academy of Arts and Sciences (San Francisco, USA), a creative Member of the Club of Budapest (Hungary), Member of the Club of Rome, moderated the Roundtable of Nobel Science Laureates hosted by HM King of Jordan State and obtained a Doctorate from the Italian Government in systems design. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Pécs, Hungary.

Gunter has published 20 books (written 16 - edited 4), which have been printed in +30 languages and 365 fables bringing science and emotions to children. Over 17 million copies have been distributed worldwide. One of his fables “The Strongest Tree” is available in over 100 languages. His latest  book published in April 2015 "The Blue Economy 2.0: 200 projects implemented, $4 billion invested and 3 million jobs created" is the new reality inspired the vision of his Report to the Club of Rome presented on November 2, 2009.

His next book "From Deep Ecology to Blue Economy: 21 Principles of the New Business Model" will be forthcoming in the Fall of 2016. He is father of five sons, one daughter (Adopted) and married to Katherina Bach. Fluent in seven languages and having resided on 4 continents, he is a world citizen.