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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.
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.
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.
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).
Florian is founder and CEO of The DO and a thought leader for a new economy that is sustainable, innovative and equitable. The DO is home to the DO Group and DO School. The DO Group works with organisations on their purposeful transformation. The DO School is a life-long learning center that believes in the power of hands-on learning. And, as a social business, The DO Community connects The DO's global ecosystem and young entrepreneurs from over 100 countries in the belief that together, our actions can solve the big challenges of our time. Previously, Florian co-founded and led organisations in philanthropy, media and the lifestyle industry in Asia, Europe and the US. He holds an MPhil in International Politics from St Antony´s College, Oxford University with distinction and regularly teaches and contributes to the debate on using entrepreneurship and innovation to create positive change in the world. Florian is a recipient of the German government award Land der Ideen and was named a Young Global Leader by the WEF in 2017. He lives in Berlin with his wife and daughter.
Frederic Hoffmann devotes his time to supporting entrepreneurs in both non-profit and commercial organisations. He focuses on sustainability strategy, and enjoys working on innovative and cross-sectorial projects. Frederic has entrepreneurial experience and in 2018 built a venture fund investing in food and agtech. Today, Frederic serves on the board and advises clean-tech startups and philanthropic foundations, including the MAVA Foundation. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and in 2021-22 is doing an executive MSc in Social Business and Entrepreneurship at the London School of Economics.
Dirk Carsten Hoke
Degree in Mechanical Engineering, TU Brunswick, Germany. Formerly, R&D Engineer, Renault, Paris. Since 1994, with Siemens, including: railway divisions in Germany, Argentina, Austria, US with regional responsibilities for North and South America and Western Europe; 2002, General Manager, Transrapid Propulsion and Power Supply Division; 2005-08, President, Transportation Systems Group, China; 2008, Chief Executive Officer, Western and Central Africa and Morocco; 2009, Chief Executive Officer, Africa; 2011, Chief Executive Officer, Customer Services Division; 2014, Chief Executive Officer, Large Drives, Process Industries and Drives Division; 2016, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Defence and Space. Interests: photography, travelling, languages, sports.
Sven Holstenson joined Pictet in 2012 as a project director in the internal consulting team (Corporate Office). In 2015 he moved to Pictet Wealth Management, where he held various roles before being appointed Head of Europe in 2019. In this position, he oversees the six European branches comprising 12 offices and over 250 employees. Sven is also a member of the Executive Committee of Pictet & Cie (Europe) SA. In September 2022, the Board of Partners announced Sven’s appointment as Managing Partner, effective 1 May 2023, pending regulatory approvals.
Lama Hourani is the founder of her eponymous jewellery line. A designer, artist and adventurer at heart, she applies her background in Product Design and multidisciplinary arts to create one-of-a-kind pieces that are not only commercially appealing but also conceptually meaningful. Hourani launched her first jewellery collection in 2000 in silver, establishing herself as a trendsetter by reinventing Arab heritage. Through her art gallery in Amman Jordan she works on connecting the art scene in the MENA with the world & through her jewellery she builds cultural; bridges fusing architecture, archaeology & methodology to create a universal language beyond ethnicities, religions & languages.
She now resides between Paris and Amman.
Lila Ibrahim is an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), where she focuses on the firm's digital and greentech portfolios. She works specifically with KPCB partner John Doerr as chief of staff. Before joining KPCB in 2010, Ibrahim had a diverse 18-year career that spanned technical, marketing and management positions at Intel. She was General Manager of Intel's Emerging Markets Product Group. Based in China, she led research, development and marketing of technology solutions, including solutions for global education. Earlier, she served as chief of staff to Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. Ibrahim is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, an honour bestowed on emerging leaders. She has also received national recognition from the Anita Borg Institute (Women of Vision, 2010) and has been featured on the cover of ForbesWoman for promoting women in technology. Outside of work, Ibrahim has established several computer labs at the Lebanese orphanage where her father was raised. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.