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Piia-Noora Kauppi

Managing Director, Finance Finland, Finland

Managing Director of Finance Finland since 2009. Member of the Board of Directors & Chairman of the Audit Committee, UPM Kymmene plc, Board member of Finnish Financial Ombudsman Bureau. Member of the Board of Trustees of Helsinki Deaconess Institute and HSE Foundation. Member of the European Parliament 1999–2008, Head of the Finnish Delegation in the EPP-ED Group 2004–2008. President of the European Banking Industry Committee EBIC 2010-2011. Chairman of the European Banking Federation Executive Committee 2014-2015.
Mrs Kauppi is married to Mr. Jussi Antero Järvinen (Partner, KPMG Finland) with four children, born in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2017. On her freetime she loves skiing, running and triathlon.

Valerie Keller

Co-Founder, IMAGINE, United Kingdom

Imagine Co-Founder and CEO, Valerie helps leaders use their power for good. With deep expertise in transformation, she helps global corporations become purpose-led and future-fit -- and convenes cross-sector coalitions to accelerate tipping points for humanity’s Global Goals.



Valerie is an Associate Fellow of the University of Oxford Saïd Business School where she directs executive education programs.

Founder of Veritas and of Beacon Institute, she served as EY Global Markets Executive Director and CEO of US-based social enterprises addressing homelessness, healthcare and housing.

She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and serves on the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board.

Georges Kern

Chief Executive Officer, Breitling SA, Switzerland

Georges Kern studied Political Science in Strasbourg, France, and graduated in Business Administration
from the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. He acquired experience in the fast-movingconsumer-goods
sector at Kraft Foods Switzerland before moving into the watch industry at TAG Heuer.

In 2000, he joined Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, and was active in the integration of
the brands A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC Schaffhausen following their acquisition.
In 2002, at the age of 36, he became the youngest CEO within Richemont when he was chosen to
run IWC Schaffhausen. In 2017, he was promoted to Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital
at Richemont and focused on supervising the Specialist Watchmaking Maisons.

In 2017, Georges Kern was appointed the new CEO of the independent watch company Breitling
SA, where he is also a shareholder. In his new position, Georges Kern’s mission is to foster the
global development of one of the world’s most established watch manufacturers, and to focus on
further developing Breitling’s digital and retail footprint, in particular with a view to accelerating
growth in the important Asian markets.

Georges Kern served as a member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum from
2005 to 2010, and became Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community in Zurich in 2011.

Uday H. Khemka

Vice-Chairman, SUN Group, United Kingdom

MA, Cambridge University; MBA, Harvard University (Baker Scholar). Vice Chairman SUN Group; Executive Chairman SUN-AMP (India-focused distributed generation solar power producer) and Head of SUN Group renewable energy sector activities; Head real estate sector activities and Member of Board SUN-Ares (Indian Real Estate investment manager) also co-led asset management, private equity and venture capital business, India, and board member of group companies involved in mining and energy sector activities. Co-leads family's philanthropic activities including N.J. Khemka Foundation, with a special focus on renewable energy and climate change; Chairman of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Solar Rooftop Policy Coalition (focused on Government of India's renewable energy strategy and goals) ; Founder, UK on-line charitable platform, JustGiving; also member of boards of various international institutions focused on climate change, education, public health, and poverty and development; elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Akira Kirton

Chief Executive Officer, bp Chargemaster Ltd, United Kingdom

Akira Kirton is a purpose & values driven leader, with a huge passion for diversity and sustainability. He has spent his career working in the chemicals & energy manufacturing sectors - in both commercial/operational & business development/innovation roles.

Akira is Vice President of Global Acetyls. In this role, he has full commercial & operational accountability for Acetyls Globally (~$2.5bn business). His business is at the forefront of fighting CV-19, with product sales going into key sectors such as pharmaceuticals (ibuprofen, paracetamol, insulin) and powder detergents. Akira has accountability for 9 operational sites across US, Europe & Asia (Korea, Malaysia, & 6 China JV's).

Prior to this role, Akira was Commercial Director for the European Acetyls business. In this role, Akira led on programmes in sustainability, agile, and digital for the business – particular Zero-Carbon Humber, WEF Low Carbon Chemicals Biomass Group, and Acetylated Wood (Tricoya). Akira is bp's Board Director for Tricoya Technologies (sustainable wood production), having structured & led the investment/spin-out from Accsys plc in 2014/15.

Across 2012-17, Akira was Managing Director for bp Ventures Europe & Asia, growing the portfolio to $500m capital invested, having led a number of game-changing deals in green manufacturing, CO2 to chemicals, mobility & digital. Akira was Portfolio Director & Board Director for the green manufacturing sector, with board roles with Fulcrum Bioenergy (waste to biojet), Solidia (low carbon cement/concrete products), Tricoya (acetylated wood), Liquid Light (CO2 to chemicals), CarbonFree Chemicals (CO2 to bicarbonates), StoreDot (ultra-fast charging batteries); and originated and led the structuring for the OGCI CI ($1bn climate fund).

Akira has experience in the public sector and was seconded to the UK Energy Technologies Institute ($1b UK Gov backed climate change/sustainability fund) for three years. He sat on the UK Chief Scientific Advisor’s Group on Bioenergy and was Director for Strategy for Biomass and Distributed Energy; developing the priorities to 2050 for >$1trn in investment focus.

Prior to this, Akira worked globally in business development roles, engineering, and technology roles in Chemicals, Fuels, and Trading for both bp & Ineos.

External Profile: Akira has been recognised as #4 Rising Star (out of 10,000) by Global Corporate Venturing in 2018; a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2015-20); A Fellow of the Marshall Memorial Foundation 2012; and a 2008 IChemE Award for Innovation.

On a pro-bono basis, Akira is a Trustee of #iamthecode: A UN HCR & WEF YGL backed global charity focussed on providing STEM skills/digital skills to underprivileged young women/girls, targeting 1m by 2030. Akira sits on the board of trustees with Founder/CEO Marieme Jamme (#Truly Inspirational), Kelly Buchanon (YGL), and Patron - Christoper Schlaeffer (YGL) - with strong support from Unilever, UBS, Salesforce, AliBaba, Coursera and more....

Daniel Klier

Chief Executive Officer, ESG Book, United Kingdom

Dr. Daniel Klier joined ESG Book as Chief Executive in June 2021. ESG Book is a leading ESG data and technology company with offices in Boston, London, Frankfurt, Delhi, Singapore and Tokyo.

Prior to this, Daniel was Global Head of Sustainable Finance for HSBC, where he developed the global climate strategy for the bank and led the sustainable finance business across the organisation. Daniel chaired the Bank of England Climate Risk Working Group and the Sustainable Finance Working Group at the Institute of International Finance. He is a member of the Board of Sustainable Energy for All.

Daniel joined HSBC in 2013 as Group Head of Strategy in London, following a successful career at McKinsey & Company where he was a Partner. In 2016, Daniel was selected as Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

President, Women Political Leaders, Belgium

Silvana is the President and Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL), the worldwide network of female Politicians. Its mission is to increase the number and influence of women in political leadership.

Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014).

Before her time in politics, Silvana founded and ran a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, which later merged with a larger US firm. Silvana worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY, and as a Senior Policy Advisor for GPLUS Europe.

In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders, the network of female Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is a member of the senior network of the European Leadership Network (ELN), and a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative, and represents the European Union since 2016 in the Executive Committee of W20, an official engagement group of the G20. In 2019 UN Women invited Silvana to join the Leaders of Generation Equality campaign, and lend her voice, impact, and power to supporting Generation Equality from the launch on September 25th, 2019 throughout 2020. In 2018 and 2019 she has been ranked as one of the 100 most influential persons in gender equality by apolitical. Silvana is a regular speaker at institutions such as the UN, OECD, World Bank and other international fora. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum.

Bengi Korkmaz

Partner, McKinsey & Company, Türkiye

Johann Koss

Founder, Right To Play International, Norway

A four-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating for Norway, Johann Koss is Founder Right To Play International, an organization committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities through the power of sport and play. Johann is currently an investment partner, investing in growth impact companies and start ups from the Nordic region. Johann has served as a director of several public and private companies from real estate, retail, industrial and shipping companies. Koss has a medical degree from the University of Queensland Medical School and received his MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Carleton University, University of Calgary, Agder University and the Free University of Brussels.

Frank Krings

Chief Executive Officer, Western Europe, Deutsche Bank, France

Frank Krings is Deutsche Bank Group’s Chief Executive Officer for Western Europe and the President and General Manager of Deutsche Bank in France. He also serves on the Board of the French Bankers’ Association (AFB) and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the Swiss Confederation, he is a Member of the Board of Directors (Verwaltungsrat) of Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) SA. In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, he is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A. and an elected member of the plenary assembly of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Further, he is the Chairman of Deutsche Bank A.Ş. in Turkey.

From 2016 through 2020, Krings was the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A. and the Group’s Chief Country Officer in the Grand Duchy. He further served on the Board of Directors of The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association, chaired its Audit Committee and was a member of its Board Council. Before, from 2011 to early 2016, Krings was the General Manager and Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank in Thailand. From 2013 through 2015, he also served as the Chairman of the Association of International Banks, the foreign bankers’ association in the Kingdom of Thailand. Krings had rejoined Deutsche Bank in 2011 after serving as Member of the Management Board of Munich-based Hypo Real Estate Holding and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank from October 2008 through 2010, mandated to assure their restructuring. Previously, he spent twelve years with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and New York, holding various senior roles and serving on the boards of several regulated Deutsche Bank subsidiaries across Europe. Krings is of German and French nationality, and graduated with a combined degree in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering from Brunswick Technical University.

Michal Krupinski

Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus LLC, Switzerland

Until November 2019 Michal Krupinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Bank Pekao, 2nd largest universal bank and a leading corporate and investment bank in Poland. Prior to joining the Bank, held number of senior managerial roles in leading financial institutions. Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer, PZU Group, the region’s largest financial group, repositioned the firm for growth and strengthened its presence in banking. Previously, from 2011, was Head of Global Banking and Markets for Central and Eastern Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for M&A projects, financing and capital advisory. Also has broad-based public sector experience. 2008-11, Alternate Executive Director of the Board of Directors, World Bank Group, Washington. Prior to this, served as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Treasury. Graduate, Warsaw School of Economics, KU Leuven; MBA, Columbia University. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2012).

Umit Kumcuoglu

Chief Executive Officer, Nyssa Finansal Danismanlik Ltd., Türkiye

Umit Kumcuoglu is the Chief Executive Officer of Kare Investments, a fund management company of the family office of Suna and Inan Kirac who are among the leading investors in Turkey. Formerly, he was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in New York, London and Istanbul. Kumcuoglu holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's in Human Rights Law from Istanbul Bilgi University. He is currently working towards a PhD in political science at Istanbul Bilgi University. Kumcuoglu has been active in Turkish economic and financial affairs for over 15 years as researcher and writer, with a particular focus on contemporary Turkish politics and comparative Western and Islamic political philosophy.