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Daan Roosegaarde

Artist and Innovator, Studio Roosegaarde, Netherlands

Dutch artist and innovator; creative thinker and maker of social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. From an early age, has been driven by nature’s gifts such as luminous fireflies or jellyfish. Fascination for nature and technology is reflected in iconic works such as SMOG FREE PROJECT (the largest outdoor air purifier, which turns smog into jewellery), VAN GOGH PATH (a bicycle path that glows at night), and SPACE WASTE LAB to visualize and capture space waste. Studied fine arts; graduate, the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, with a Master’s in Architecture. Founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007; works with team of designers and engineers for a better future at studios in Rotterdam and Shanghai.

Nico Rosberg

Greentech Entrepreneur and F1 2016 World Champion, Monaco

Nico Rosberg became Formula 1 World Champion in 2016 with Mercedes AMG Petronas and announced his retirement 5 days later.

Since his retirement Nico continues his work as an ambassador for many international brands and has become a Greentech entrepreneur. He has investments in a variety of companies such as Formula E, Lilium, Chargepoint & Lyft and has also now co-founded the GREENTECH Festival which launched in May 2019.

He remains linked to motor sport through his commentary for SKY & RTL, his Rosberg Racing young driver’s academy and his engineering company TRE.

His recently launched podcast 'Beyond Victory' topped the charts for download and his Youtube and other social media channels are a big passion.

When he is not working he spends as much time as possible with his wife Vivian and two young daughters.

Carolina Rossini

Co-Founder; Director, Policy and Research, The Datasphere Initiative Foundation, Switzerland

Carolina Rossini is the Co-Founder and Director of Policy & Research at the Datasphere Initiative. Carolina has more than 25 years of experience in technology and telecom law and policy and non-profits management, strategy, and development. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a member of WEF’s network of Global Future Councils, and a professor at Boston University Law School.

She has worked for companies including Telefónica and Facebook, and various non-profits, including Public Knowledge, Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Wikimedia Foundation. She worked for Prof. Yochai Benkler as a 3-year fellow and Project Coordinator at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University. As a consultant, she served clients including: the OAS-Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, Open Society Foundations, DUCO Experts, UNHCR, UNDP, Alliance for Affordable Internet, Freedom House, Ford Foundation, IDRC, and more.

She is the co-founder of and serves as a senior advisor to Portulans Institute, where she was the CEO for its 2 first years, and is a board member of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), #IamtheCode (Global), and Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil). She was a founding advisor to Global Partners Digital (UK), The LightHouse Collective (USA), and the Open Knowledge Foundation (Brazil). She is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and has lived in Brazil (her country of origin), Spain, and the USA.

She is a lawyer, graduated from the University of Sao Paulo – FADUSP (2000). She has the following Master’s degrees: MBA from Instituto de Empresa (2004), International Economic Relations (Santiago Dantas – UNICAMP/UNESP – 2005), LL.M. in Intellectual Property from Boston University (2008).

Peter Rutland

Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners, United Kingdom

MBA (Hons), INSEAD; MA, University of Cambridge. Formerly: six years in private equity with Advent International; and two years with investment banking division, Goldman Sachs. Since 2007, with CVC Capital Partners: 2008, co-founded the Global Financial Services Group; has led a number of market-defining investments, for example: Avolon (a growth investment that has created the third largest global aircraft lessor from start-up) and Paysafe (acquisition and acceleration of growth in the largest independent e-wallet business and a competitor to PayPal); currently, Senior Private Equity Executive.

Ewa Sadowska

Coordinator, BARKA Network of Support to European Minority Groups, Belgium

Master's in Ethno-Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; postgraduate degree in Social Economy Management, Warsaw University. Grew up in Barka communities and social enterprises integrating marginalized groups of people with society and labour market. Formerly: International Contacts' Coordinator, Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, Poland; 2003, Planning Officer, Population and Community Development Association, Bangkok, Thailand. Concurrently: Coordinator, European Migrants' Integration Network; since 2007, current position. Member of the Board, Trustees, Barka Foundation. Interests: non-standard languages, culture of South-East Asia, theatre, singing, dance, playing guitar, sailing, Greek literature and philosophy.

Andrea Sanke

Journalist and Senior Presenter, TRT World, Türkiye

Andrea Sanke has been a recognized face and voice of international broadcasters, national news networks, and city radio stations for over twenty years. Completed degrees in Spanish and journalism at universities in the United States (University of Missouri-Columbia), Ecuador (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) and Colombia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogota). After working for US broadcasters NBC and National Public Radio in the early 90s, Andrea was based in Colombia reporting for the country's national morning TV news program, 7.30 Caracol. Andrea returned to Chicago in 1998, where she became the midday news voice of the ABC radio affiliate, Newstalk 89. In 2000, she joined Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, to present news and business magazine. Five years later, London was calling, and Andrea began anchoring and reporting for CNN International's news, business and features programs. In 2015, Andrea moved to Istanbul, Turkey as a journalist and senior presenter for TRT World news network.

Murat Sarayli

Chair, Sarayli AS, Norway

Murat Sarayli served as National Chairman of the Young Businessmen's Association of Turkey during 2004-2008, worked on issues related to entrepreneurship, education, ethics in government, competitiveness, EU accession process of Turkey. Sarayli also chaired YES, the Brussels-based European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, for three consecutive terms until 2008, representing 40,000 members from 16 countries. Assuming responsibilities at YES in November 2004, Sarayli made the Lisbon Agenda, Europe's strategic plan towards greater economic growth and job creation, the hallmark of his tenure. He worked for a better business eco system for the young entrepreneurs in Europe. He is the co-founder of Visa-Free Europe movement and sits on the Board of the International Competitiveness Research Institute of Turkey He has been active in his family-owned group of companies since 1989. The Group is active in tourism, construction, real estate development and international trade. In addition to his devoted time for the development of entrepreneurship in Europe, he has been active in Sub Saharan Africa during last 20 years both for NGO work and business development. Sarayli graduated with a degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University, attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy module at Harvard KSG and the “Foundations For Leadership in the 21st Century” program at Yale University and living in Oslo.

Thomas Saueressig

Member of the Executive Board, SAP Product Engineering, SAP, Germany

Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all business software applications. This includes all functional areas from product strategy and management to product development and innovation as well as cloud operations and support. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes the SAP S/4HANA suite, the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio, SME, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and industry solutions. In addition, SAP Product Engineering is responsible for offerings such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Customer Experience solutions. Saueressig is also in charge of the global SAP Labs Network and the SAP Enterprise Adoption organization including SAP Globalization Services, user enablement, and the overall quality of SAP software products.
Before being appointed the head of SAP Product Engineering, Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services at SAP. As CIO, he was responsible for SAP’s IT strategy and execution following a cloud-first approach. Under his leadership, the IT organization pioneered new business models. Prior to that, he led the enterprise mobility efforts including all cross-functions, followed by global responsibility for the IT project delivery and client IT organizations.
Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He spent several months in SAP Labs Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California (USA), and was a Board assistant for several years.
He was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. As global sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, the largest employee network at SAP, and for the Women in Technology initiative at SAP, Saueressig supports corporate initiatives for gender equality.
Saueressig has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).

Christopher Schläffer

Founder and Executive Chairman, NYOUM, United Kingdom

Christopher Schlaeffer is the Founder and Executive Chairman of NYOUM, the London-based generative AI company. Previous roles include Chief Digital Officer of VEON (NASDAQ: VEON), Chief Product & Innovation Officer as well as Chief Strategy Officer of Deutsche Telekom (XETRA: DTE), CEO of T-Online International and CMO of T-Mobile International. Christopher served as a Member of the Board at Amnesty International. Together with Andy Rubin, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Chou and Cole Brodman he unveiled the world's first mobile phone based on Android, T-Mobile G1 in 2008. In 2007, he and Tim Cook closed Apple's first partnership on iPhone outside the US. Christopher started his career with Accenture. Christopher has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and ranked one of the Top50 Innovators To Watch. He takes an avid interest in promoting an open information society, science, equality and arts and graduated from the Vienna University of Economics.

Raphael Schoentgen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogen Advisors, France

MA in Engineering, Ecole des Mines de Paris; MBA, Corps des Mines. Formerly: National Expert to the European Competition Directorate; Head of the Economic Development Department, France's northern region; Adviser for International and European Affairs to the Minister of France in charge of energy, telecommunications and industry; senior executive in a number of companies, including Alcatel-Lucent China, Gas de France Mexico and Degremont France; 2009-14, President, GDF SUEZ China. 2014-2017, Member of the Executive Commitee and Director Research & Technologies (CTO) ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ). 2018, Founder and CEO of Hydrogen Advisors. Board Member of French Institute of Petroleum and New Energies since 2014. Elected President of Hydrogen Europe 2016-2017 and Chairman of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (EU fund for the sector). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, Young Global Leaders of the France-China Foundation and Young Global Leaders of the World Cities Summit.

Nicole Schwab

Co-Head, Nature Positive Pillar; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Nicole Schwab is Co-Head of the Nature Positive Pillar at the World Economic Forum, and member of the Executive Committee. In that role she oversees the Forum’s work on the transition to a nature-positive economy, as well as, the Forum’s trillion trees platform focusing on restoration and conservation of forest landscapes. Prior to joining the Forum, she served as a consultant and strategic advisor to non-profit organizations focusing on forest and ocean conservation and restoration, including National Geographic Society’s Campaign for Nature. With a scientific and public policy background, she started her career working on health policy in the Andes for the Government of Bolivia and the World Bank, before returning to Europe to become Founding Director of the Forum of Young Global Leaders – which she currently chairs – and co-founding EDGE Certified Foundation, a business certification standard for gender equality in the workplace.

Klaus Schweinsberg

Chairman and Founder, Center for Strategy and Higher Leadership, Germany

Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg is Chairman of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership and Founding Member of the European Center of Digital Competitiveness at ESCP Business School. He is a personal advisor to eminent CEO in Europe, Asia and the US. Klaus is a senior lecturer at the General Staff College of the German Armed Forces. He is Deputy Chairman of the Lennart-Bernadotte-Foundation, Chairman of Meisterkreis and Advisory Board Member of HSBC Germany. He earned a PhD in Economics at the University of Fribourg (CH) after having studied economics and communication sciences at the Universities of Fribourg, Siena and St. Andrews. He startet his career with Bertelsmann/Gruner+Jahr Publishing House as a Editor at Financial Times Germany and Editor in Chief of Impulse and Capital Business Magazines. He is a Member of the Papal Foundation Centesimus Annus and serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Order of Malta - one of the oldest institutions in the humanitarian field.