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Mariah has over a decade of generating positive impact at the nexus of public and private sectors, focusing on social and economic inclusion, the environment, and education. She is currently advising social sector start-ups to drive greener and more equitable opportunities for future generations, and her clients include the LEGO Foundation, .
Torsten Lichtenau is a partner based in our London office. He leads our Carbon Transition Impact Area globally and is a core member of our global Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Energy and Natural Resources, and Advanced Manufacturing and Services practices.
Torsten supports clients across industries and geographies in decarbonizing their business and embracing the value creation opportunity from the energy and carbon transition. Prior to this, Torsten led our Energy and Natural Resources and Advanced Manufacturing and Services practices in the UK.
Torsten has more than fifteen years' consulting experience with us across a wide range of industries, with a focus on the energy and industrial sectors. Over the course of his career, he has accumulated extensive experience in leading large-scale transformations with a track record of delivering decisive and sustainable results for his clients. Torsten has a particular expertise in climate change and Results Delivery, our differentiated approach to change management.
Since joining us in 2004, Torsten has applied his management consulting skills globally and has been based in the firm's London, Dusseldorf and Johannesburg offices. He has advised leading companies in the United Kingdom, Western Europe, the United States, Africa and Russia.
Torsten is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader from the class of 2016. He holds an MBA (Diplom-Kaufmann degree) from the University of the Saarland and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from WHU Koblenz. Throughout the years, he has also deepened his leadership and sustainability skills through executive courses at Oxford and Stanford..
Chairman, Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI), the European ARPA.
Graduate: HEC; Harvard Kennedy School. Michigan Business School; Fundação Getulio Vargas; attended Sup'Aéro Aerospace Engineering School. Formerly with: Roland Berger; Aerospatiale Airbus, Burelle Participations, former board member Bang & Olufsen. Co-Founder: Jaccar Capital Fund; CEL Partners; ACAPITAL. Former Special Advisor to the French Minister of Defence. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Innovation Advisory Board, Munich Security Conference. Colonel, French Air Force Reserve; private pilot.
2 Bachelors in Business and Psychology
1 Masters in Insurance and Risk Management
15 years in the insurance industry
International profile, studied in 2 countries, worked in 5 countries
Developed high performing diverse teams
Marco Magnani is a Senior Fellow at Harvard University where he conducts research in political economy and organizes a seminar on economic reforms. He is affiliated with SAIS (John Hopkins University) in Washington, DC. Magnani has nearly 20 years of professional experience in investment banking, in mergers and acquisitions at JP Morgan and as Managing Director of Mediobanca. Magnani is on the Board of Trustees of AFS International and the elected Chairman of Intercultura. He is a Member of the Aspen Institute, Chatham House, Economic Club of New York, Council for US & Italy, International Affairs Institute and Global Agenda Council on Banking and Capital Markets. An AFS and a Jona scholar, Magnani graduated from the University of Rome, earned an MBA from Columbia University, and completed the Global Leadership and Public Policy programmes at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore, Harvard Kennedy School and Yale University.
Christian Mandl co-founded SkyEurope, a Central European low-cost airline, which he managed until 2007 as Chief Executive Officer. He took SkyEurope public on the Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges in 2005 before exiting his investment in 2007. In 2009, Mandl took over the assets of Maporama, a leading French provider of digital mapping solutions for professional users. He restructured the company and sold it in March 2013 to TIBCO Software, a NASDAQ-listed company. In 2013, Mandl co-founded Neulogy Ventures, a venture capital fund that provides both funding and mentoring to young entrepreneurs in Slovakia. Most recently, Mandl founded Govio, a social entrepreneurship project aiming at improving democratic processes and public services through the use of technology.
Bachelor's degree, McGill University; Master's focusing on conflict management and alternative dispute resolution through Harvard Negotiation Program, Harvard. Formerly: Special Adviser on Negotiation to Chief Prosecutor at International Criminal Court in The Hague; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law School and Northeastern University; Training Co-Director, Harvard Mediation Program. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Insight Partners, Insight Partners Consulting and non-profit Insight Collaborative, provides consulting and training services to corporate executives and government leaders worldwide; teaches conflict management skills to children worldwide through Insight Collaborative.
Amit is Managing Director and Global Lead - Sustainability Services for Strategic Clients and Commercial Growth at Accenture where he is responsible for growing the sustainability services business at the firm’s top global accounts, embedding sustainability in large transformational deals, and driving select strategic partnerships in sustainability. Amit is a member of the global leadership team tasked with building the end-to-end sustainability services business at Accenture, spanning strategy through execution. Earlier, he advised Accenture's clients and architected new capabilities for driving growth, continuous innovation, and business performance primarily in the Media, EdTech, Food and AgTech sectors, focusing on the CEO and the Board agenda. Previously, Amit was the founder, CEO and Board Director of RML AgTech/Reuters Market Light (later split into FarmBee and other businesses), a globally awarded mobile-led content and commerce business serving farmers, agri enterprises and financial institutions. Amit founded the business in Thomson Reuters, UK and later spun it off raising VC funding and ran it as CEO till it scaled to millions of users, multiple multi-lingual digital products, and B2C and B2B revenue streams. Before founding RML, he held various strategy, operational and investment roles in Reuters, UK, and was also the founding advisor at London Business School to help set up the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. A Young Global Leader (YGL) alumnus at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Amit also sits on WEF's Global Future Council (GFC) on Clean Air. Amit graduated from SRCC, India, did his MBA from London Business School, and has attended YGL Modules on Global Leadership, Public Policy, and Energy Transition at Harvard and Princeton Universities.
Degree, Smith College, US; degree, Institute of Development Studies, UK. Entrepreneur, campaigner, writer, broadcaster. Three decades experience in sustainability in civil society, business and government. Architect of UK's Sustainable Development Dialogues with China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. Board of Directors, Chinadialogue.net and Global Reporting Initiative. Advisory Boards: Unilever; BHP Billiton; Kimberly Clark; Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Fellow: RSA; British American Project; Remarque Forum; Asia 21. Expertise: India in the world, sustainability, climate change, gender, human rights, corporate responsibility. Interests: triathlon, history, dance.
H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway
Master's in Management, BI Norwegian Business School; studies in Development Issues, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Dedicated to youth health and youth empowerment nationally and internationally. 2006, appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. 2008, invited by UNAIDS to participate in strategic planning of the future AIDS response, and also focused on HIV/AIDS at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. 2015, co-founded the Maverick Collective with Kate Roberts (Senior Vice-President, Population Services International); Melinda Gates joined as co-chair. The Maverick Collective aims to engage other women to use their voice, intellectual and financial resources, to improve women's health worldwide and help end extreme poverty. Patron, Norwegian Red Cross. Member, Global Agenda Council on Healthy New Generation, World Economic Forum. Involved with developing and supporting new models of health interventions to address the most critical health issues for youth, specifically for girls. Also focused on strengthening youth leadership, through participation as Member of the Board, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Fund, which aims to empower youth in Norway. Member of the Board, Global Shapers, World Economic Forum. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named: Leading Global Thinker, Foreign Policy Magazine (2016); one of the Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company (2016).
Ambarish Mitra is a serial entrepreneur and investor in AI, AR, Food tech and Genomics. Ambarish is the Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with offices in the UK, US and India and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.
Ambarish is also the co-Founder of Greyparrot, an AI / Deep Learning startup focused on waste management and recycling using computer vision to sort waste at scale and fulfil many of key SDGs- UN sustainable development goals. Ambarish started his tech career in 1997 as a high school drop-out teenager creating a web portal towards women empowerment.
With a vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds and give people more from the world they see through AR and Computer Vision, Ambarish has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of Augmented Reality. Mitra was named by Ernst & Young as UK Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016, and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Mitra was also recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. He was also announced at Technology Pioneer by WEF in 2021 for Greyparrot.
Ambarish has given many keynotes on pioneering innovations and entrepreneurship at esteemed institutes and events including, TED Talk, World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Web Summit, Mobile World Congress, CES, DLD, SXSW, Recode Media, TechCrunch Disrupt, GMIC China, Harvard Business School and Oxford University, inspiring many young entrepreneurs, students, and business community with his talks.
Carlos Moncayo Castillo is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspectorio. A quality inspections and compliance verification mobile platform that is leading the digital transformation of the inspection industry. He is also cofounder and CEO of Asiam Business Group, an apparel sourcing firm with operations across Asia. He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University