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Torsten Lichtenau

Senior Partner; Global Practice Leader, Carbon Transition Impact Area Practice, Bain & Company, United Kingdom

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..

Henrik Lind

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lind Invest, Denmark

Henrik Lind is an ambitious entrepreneur, pioneer and philanthropist. He is an inspiring leader and a front-runner who takes and gives responsibility.

Henrik is the founder, owner and CEO of Lind Invest, a single-family office, with a portfolio consisting of different investment activities. Furthermore, he is founder and owner of several other companies, and he serves on a number of boards. He has extensive experience with general management, business strategy, financial markets, and business development.

Accordingly, Henrik engages in social projects and he wants to play an active role in society and make a difference for vulnerable people. He grew firm in his belief that while limited by conditions or resources, restricted by contexts or means, everyone has a potential to unfold, improve and develop. And what matters is not a person’s starting point; what matters is the facilitation of opportunities, genuine support and constantly challenging the status quo. Henrik believes that we all have a shared responsibility to help and support where needed.

By proactively investing in people, companies and society Henrik aims to create significant returns – for the development of individuals, the value creation of businesses and the welfare of civilisations.

Henrik Lind is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2015.

André Loesekrug-Pietri

Chairman, Joint European Disruptive Initiative (JEDI), France

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 People's Reserve; private pilot.

Emilia Macarie

Chief Financial Officer BBVA Allianz, Allianz, Spain

2 Bachelors in Business and Psychology
1 Masters in Insurance and Risk Management
13 years in the insurance industry
International profile, studied in 2 countries, worked in 5 countries
Developed high performing diverse teams

Marco Magnani

Professor International Economics, LUISS Guido Carli, Italy

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

Managing Partner, Neulogy Ventures, Slovakia

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.

Aaron Maniam

Fellow of Practice and Director, Digital Transformation Education Programme, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Policy researcher and digital transformation programme lead, Blavatnik School of Government; former Singapore government official, having served in the Foreign Service, the Prime Minister's Office Centre for Strategic Futures, the Institute for Public Sector Leadership at the Civil Service College, and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. 2014, Masters (Hons) in Public Policy and Doctorate degree in Digital Government, Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University. Adjunct Faculty: National University of Singapore's Scholars' Programme; Singapore Management University School of Social Sciences. Former: Member, Advisory Panel, National Youth Council Academy; President, Mendaki Club, a group of young Muslim professionals; Chairman, Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) Youth Club. Member of the board of various educational institutions and social enterprises in Singapore. Award-winning poet. Trained facilitator of interfaith dialogue. Volunteer in international school debating circles.

Francesca McDonagh

Group Chief Operating Officer, Credit Suisse, Switzerland

Francesca McDonagh is a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group AG and is the Group Chief Operating Officer, based in Zurich. She is responsible for steering the strategic development of the bank, including our key operational and cost transformation programs, including focusing on organizational design and bank-wide efficiencies. Francesca also holds functional reporting lines for Strategy, Sustainability, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Group Business Support Services (GBSS), and Procurement.

Francesca joined Credit Suisse in September 2022 from Bank of Ireland where she served as Group CEO from 2017 to 2022. Prior to that, she worked at HSBC for 20 years, serving in a number of leadership roles, including Group General Manager, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, and Regional Head, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Middle East and North Africa. In her two decades with the firm, she worked in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.

Francesca is also a member of the World Economic Forum of Young Global Leaders, Class of 2014. Francesca holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) from Oxford University.

Patrick McWhinney

Chief Executive Officer, Insight Partners, Switzerland

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.

Sonia Medina

Executive Director, Climate Change, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Switzerland

Seasoned professional in the field of climate change, energy transition and philanthropy. Currently lead climate programme at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, largest private foundation focused on children and climate.

Formerly: worked on climate change and energy issues, United Nations Environment Programme, Paris; with EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010, as Global Head of Origination, then US Country Director; chief operating officer of a start-up developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa.

BSc in Environmental Sciences, University of Madrid; MSc in Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford; Executive MBA, London Business School.

Amit Mehra

Managing Director; Global Lead, Sustainability Services, Strategic Clients, Accenture, United Kingdom

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.

Malini Mehra

Chief Executive Officer, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), United Kingdom

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, 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.