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Christian is a founding Partner of 2150, a Venture Capital firm seeking to make the built world more sustainable, efficient and resilient. He previously held executive roles at Facebook, Google and Microsoft and was the co-founder of White Star Capital, a global VC firm. Christian has an MBA from The Wharton School and an undergrad degree from Duke University. Originally from El Salvador, Christian and his family reside in London.
Roberto Herrera has over 24 years of power project development, construction and operations. He is the Country Manager for the Dominican Republic of Interenergy Group and a member of its board, Chief Executive Officer of La Compañía de Electricidad de San Pedro de Macorís and Vice-President of the Board and Executive Director of Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana Macao (CEPM) and GEDOM. Previously, he worked at the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic and at a local private bank. Current President of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic. Former President of the Red Nacional de Apoyo Empresarial para la Protección Ambiental (ECORED), a private sector association that promotes the implementation of environmental protection programmes at various levels in the Dominican Republic. Roberto is also a member of the executive committees of several private sector associations in the DR. Herrera has a BA in Economics and an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo. In 1997, he was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship to earn a Master's in Business Economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Christel Heydemann is Executive Vice President Europe Operations and Member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric. She graduated from Ecole Polytechnique (France) and from the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (France).
Moreover, she is President of Gimelec and a Board Director of Orange SA.
CEO, Going to School, a creative not-for-profit education trust that makes design-driven stories to teach children 21st Century entrepreneurial skills at school, online and on national television. Recognized as: TED Fellow; Ashoka Fellow; Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Special focus: adolescent girls, young women + sustainable enterprise. Going to School works in 1,000 secondary Government schools in Bihar designing and delivering graphic novels to Grade 9-12 to enable young people to learn the skills they need to transition to equitable work and/or enterprise of their choice. The Children's Scrappy News Service Season II, Play City is designed to enable the children of Mumbai, Maharashtra to make Mumbai a place to play and take on Climate Change.
Sheri Hickok currently serves as Vice President & CEO - Onshore Wind International where she is responsible for the current execution and future growth of GE Onshore wind across APAC, MENAT, LATAM, EU and SSA.
Prior to this role, Sheri served as CEO for Onshore Wind, Asia Pacific & China. Sheri joined GE in 2017 as General Manager – Global Product Development at GE Renewable Energy where she was responsible for the development and execution of an industry leading platform strategy and product portfolio for GE's onshore wind turbine business. She also oversaw the launch of GE Renewable Energy’s industry-leading Cypress onshore wind turbine platform, as well as the launch of the best-selling 2.5-116 turbine. Sheri also had the pleasure of serving as an independent director on the board for Newmont Corp, the world's leading gold mining company, from 2017 to 2020.
Prior to joining GE, Sheri served as Executive Chief Engineer – Autonomous Partnerships and Fleets at General Motors where she led the program strategy and execution of GM’s first autonomous vehicle fleet. During her 22-year tenure at General Motors, Ms. Hickok held various positions including Chief Engineer - Next Generation Full-Size Trucks, and Executive Director - Global Supplier Quality & Development. She also led operations at GM’s Global Noise and Vibration Center and served as Chief Engineer on the Buick LaCrosse and Cadillac XTS. Sheri joined GM in 1995 as a co-op, and progressed through a number of roles within the company, with a strong focus on leadership, technology, program execution, supply chain, quality and strategic program
Sheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, Master’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University, and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. She has also attended executive education programs at Stanford, Oxford, and Harvard.
In both 2015 and 2016, she was named to the Motor Trend Top 50 Influencers in the Auto Industry list. In addition, in 2015, Sheri was also named within the Automotive News Top 100 Women in the Auto Industry and has been recognized by Fortune Magazine, Kettering University, and the Detroit Free Press. Externally, Sheri is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders and is a three-time DAVOS Panelist on Urban Mobility, The Future of Production, and Women in Tech.
Sheri currently resides in Elmhurst, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, with her husband, Loren and her two daughters, Ellena and Kendall. She is passionate about her faith, family, health, and making a difference in the lives of others.
Solveigh Hieronimus is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, based in Germany. She co-leads McKinsey’s global Center for Government (MCG) and predominantly serves clients in the Public Sector (Governments, Multilaterals) as well as in heavily regulated industries (Energy, Infrastructure, Finance) on topics covering digital & data strategies, sustainability, and innovation/growth.
She is also a member of both McKinsey's Sustainability and People & Organizational Performance Practices and serves on the council of the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), where she focusses her work on the acceleration of the twin-transition in sustainability and digital at the intersection of regulation and growth.
Solveigh’s main professional interests lie at the heart of the EU with all its opportunities and current challenges — supporting European governments, EU institutions and pan-European corporations on some of their highest priority topics for Europe's competitiveness, innovation and long-term prosperity.
Solveigh is a Young Global Leader (YGL) at the World Economic Forum, a member of the Trilateral Commission and serves on the European Commission's high-level expert panel for the Future of Work. She is also a regular panelist and speaker e.g., at the OECD, DLD and the Chatham House Conference.
Prior to joining McKinsey, she held various positions at the United Nations, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan. Solveigh studied in Oxford, Madrid and Paris and has a M.Sc. in Economics and a Diplôme de Grande Ecole from ESCP-EAP European School of Management. In addition, she holds a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) with focus on Public Finance, Development Economics and Security Policy from Columbia University in New York.
Pekka Himanen is a Philosopher and currently teaches as a Professor at the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology. He previously was Director of the Berkeley Centre for the Information Society. His works have been translated into 20 languages. He has recently acted as an Adviser to the Finnish Parliament and President as well as leading international organizations on the issues of global information societies and ethics. Himanen currently works at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, a joint institute of the Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki University.
Shaurya Veer Himatsingka
Shaurya is an Entrepreneur and currently serves as the CEO & Deputy Managing Director for India Carbon Limited. At the group level he is responsible for New Projects, Corporate Finance, Strategy, Mergers-Acquisitions & Joint Ventures.
He has been engaged with domestic acquisitions and establsihment of Greenfield Projects, in addition to diversifying into the Mobile Commerce, Real Estate and Infrastructure space.
He is currently leading his team to develop and establish North East India’s first Special Economic Zone in Guwahati, Assam.
Shaurya’s latest entreprenueurial venture is his setting up a Venture Builder under the brand iExponential, to build high value corpprations based on disruptive ideas and a mobile first strategy. He is currently involved in growing businesses in sectors ranging from Fitness & Healthcare and the ‘Internet of Things’ to Education and Last Mile Passenger Conn ectivity.
He has obtained his Master's in Business Administration (2005) and also his B.Sc from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
Shaurya is the National Chairman for CII–Young Indians (13,000 Members) based on Nation Building and Youth & Thought Leadership.
Lars Hinrichs is a serial entrepreneur, investor and tech geek. One of his first efforts, politik-digital.de was a platform for politics and new media, which he launched when he was 22. His next venture, a new media consulting firm, failed but not without first paying rich dividends in learning. Hinrichs applied these lessons learned to his third major effort XING, the world's first Web 2.0 company to go public. He also became active in investing in and helping secure funding for a wide range of tech start-ups. His most recent start-up, HackFwd, is an innovative pre-seed venture capital company investing in technical talent across Europe. Hinrichs and HackFwd have been profiled in Wired, the Financial Times and TechCrunch. He is an Honorary Member of the German Committee of UNICEF.
Owner and Director, Hirdaramani Group. Aroon is a leader of the Group's Executive Committee which is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of the Group's global apparel business and excellence in sustainability. Aroon also oversees the Group's Global Trading and Sourcing Operations, and Investment Strategies.
Honorary Counsel to Guatemala for Sri Lanka. Member, Young Presidents' Organization. 2001, Bachelor's in Business Economics, Brown University. 2001-03, Investment Banking Analyst, Credit Suisse, New York.
Kent Ho is the Founder and Managing Director of S28 Capital – a multistage technology venture capital fund primarily focused on Enterprise Saas and Enterprise Infrastructure in western markets. Being a venture investor for over a decade, Kent has evaluated thousands of investment opportunities across industries, stages, and geographies, and some of his investments include: Zoom (ZM.NSDQ), Coupang (CPNG.NYSE), Palantir (PLTR.NYSE) and Noom. He is passionate about working closely with founders on go to market strategy and thinking about both domestic and international expansion; and has built an unique and proprietary global network.
Kent is also Co-Founder of Singapore based Wine Portal Holdings Pte. Wine Portal is present across the vertical and horizontal value chain of the wine industry - from boutique vineyards; to negociants and wholesale distribution; to storage; to private client sales and premium wine lounges (Park 90) and e-commerce. We actively seek out opportunities globally to grow our portfolio and coverage of all things wine.
Kent has formerly served as a board member of Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) (2017-2023), and previously served on its investment committee. HKSTP is Hong Kong Government's most well-funded technology and innovation platform (HK$40 billion).
He holds a BA degree from Duke University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and is an Honorary Trustee of Peking University.
Brent is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Founders Factory (corporate-backed venture studio and accelerator), Founders Forum (global community of founders, corporates and tech leaders), and firstminute capital (2017: $100m seed fund with global remit, backed by Atomico, Tencent and over 30 unicorn founders). Previously, Brent co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn.
Technology businesses Brent has co-founded have raised over $800 million and include Karakuri (provider of robotics, AI and automation systems), made.com (leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer), PROfounders Capital, Founders Intelligence (entrepreneur-powered consultancy), accelerateHER (network taking action to change the underrepresentation of women in technology), Founders Keepers (technology executive search firm), Founders of the Future (network that identifies and supports aspiring entrepreneurs), Founders Pledge (community for entrepreneurs committed to finding and funding solutions to global challenges), Grip (AI powered event networking solution) and most recently Founders Academy (a new type of business school for a changing world).