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Catherine Lenson

Managing Partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers (UK) Limited, United Kingdom

Catherine is the first female Managing Partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers, the world’s largest technology investment firm with $175 billion under management in the two SoftBank Vision Funds and SoftBank Latin America Funds.

She leads SoftBank’s early stage venture funds focused on diverse founders, including the $100m+ SB Opportunity Fund (US) and Emerge (EMEA).

An experienced and trusted executive coach at C-suite level, as Chief People Officer, she works with companies within the Vision Fund portfolio on leadership, talent, and operating challenges, including as a Board Director. Catherine is a member of the SBIA Remuneration Committee; is a Director of SoftBank Israel; and oversees the HR, ESG and Real Estate teams.

Outside of SoftBank, Catherine is a Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum, Class of 2021); a founding member of Sustainability30 (which brings together Chief Sustainability Officers from 30 of the world’s leading companies), and an active participant in the UK angel investor community (particularly passionate about personally supporting ambitious diverse founders building companies with global scale).

Married with two children, she grew up in rural Lincolnshire, studied at Cambridge University, and is active as a third sector advisor and trustee.

Tim Levene

Founder and CEO, Augmentum Fintech PLC, United Kingdom

Studied Russian, University of Manchester. Formerly with Bain & Company, Moscow, Boston, Sydney and London. 1999, co-founder of Crussh Juice Bars. One of the founding team at Flutter.com, which merged with Betfair.com in 2001 and became one of the most high-profile internet businesses in Europe. Founder and Managing Partner, Augmentum Capital, a Fintech venture capital fund that backs disruptive businesses in the European fintech space. Adviser on digital strategy, Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

Katrin Ley

Managing Director, Fashion for Good, Netherlands

Katrin Ley joined Fashion for Good as its Managing Director in July 2017 and brings over 20 years of management experience in the apparel and impact investing sector.
She joined Fashion for Good from Pymwymic, the ‘Put your Money Where Your Meaning Is Community’ of European wealth holders who invest for impact. Under her leadership as Managing Partner, Pymwymic launched, the first-ever peer-to-peer impact holding company, welcoming mission-aligned families and individual investors as shareholders. Prior to this role, Katrin was Managing Director within the adidas Group (U.S. and Netherlands) and a Principal within the Boston Consulting Group (Germany and Scandinavia) – with a focus on private equity, consumer goods and technology. Katrin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is also the founding curator of the Amsterdam Global Shapers Hub. Katrin holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Stuttgart, Germany, ESCP in Paris and studied at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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.

Elisha London

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Prospira Global, United Kingdom

Elisha London is an entrepreneur and global mental health advocate. She is an advisor to leading global companies, brands, and influential individuals on mental health and regularly speaks and writes on the global mental health crisis and the role of the private sector.

She established Prospira Global in 2021 to respond to the growing business demand for strategic advisory and support on mental health strategies, in particular for businesses needing custom support to meet this demand across borders.

Across her career Elisha has established a number of national and global initiatives, and worked for organisations including the UK Department for International Development, PWC, the Overseas Development Institute and The World Bank. She was the founding UK Director of the Global Poverty Project (now “Global Citizen”), and following her own personal experience of mental ill health she was appointed as Campaign Director for the Head Together Campaign, spearheaded by The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.

In 2017 Elisha drew upon her experience to understand the huge gap that exists in addressing mental health around the world and brought together the team to establish United for Global Mental Health. She was UnitedGMH’s first CEO until 2021 and now supports the organisation as Founder and Advisor to the Board.

She holds an MBA from TRIUM (NYU New York, LSE London, HEC Paris), and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics.

Elisha Co-Chaired the Global Futures Council on Neuro technologies in 2019 has been a regular member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Mental Health. In 2020 she was honoured for her leadership in 2020 when she was appointed as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Siwan (Swan) Lu

Principal, Zurich Global Ventures, Switzerland

Siwan (Swan) Lu is Principal of Global Business Platforms at Zurich Insurance. She is an entrepreneurial, global-minded and result-driven business leader, with extensive international experience in the US, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and mainland China, particularly in the fields of business, product and project development, as well as marketing, innovation and strategy. Lu cares about social wellness and education, and advises social enterprises, providing training to senior care organizations. As an advocate for social equality, she was the co-chair of the Harvard China Education Symposium and is currently on the Board of the Alumni Network for Harvard Women, Switzerland. She was awarded the Goldman Sachs Global Leader Award and HSBC Young Entrepreneur Award. Lu is a certified yoga teacher and she loves conducting free, after-work yoga classes to her colleagues. She speaks English, Mandarin, Cantonese and German

Igor Luksic

Associate Professor, University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro

Prime Minister 2010-2012, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Affairs and European Integration 2012-2016, Minister of Finance 2004-2010, Member of Parliament of Montenegro 2001-2003, Member of Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro 2003-2006
Luksic stood as official candidate for the UN Secretary General in 2016 advocating for the more efficient and effective UN able to respond to the SDG agenda along with peace operations. He also advocated for the stronger voice of the youth.
Member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community class 2013.
Presently, Luksic is with PwC as South East Europe public sector director.
Luksic holds PhD in the economics of transition and is an associate professor of the University of Donja Gorica Podgorica (UDG).
Spending most of his professional career up to date in the public sector and serving in several governmental positions Luksic was committed to political and economic freedoms giving boost to many economic and political reforms based on rule of law and business friendly environment. Luksic advocated for transparency, put emphasis on dialogue and proactive approach both related to internal and foreign relations. While Prime Minister Montenegro opened accession talks with the EU and completed accession to WTO. When Finance Minister Montenegro pursued significant public finance management and tax reforms, obtained first ever credit rating, sold first Eurobonds and made significant steps to improve Doing Business ranking, took part in different projects attracting FDI to the country. As Foreign Minister Luksic was among the key cabinet members working to meet NATO membership conditions and was crucial in launching Western Balkans 6 initiative. As a new in-house initiative he set up economic diplomacy structure within the ministry.
Married, father of three.

Mette Lykke

Chief Executive Officer, Too Good To Go, Denmark

Mette is CEO of Too Good To Go, leading a team of more than 500 'waste warriors' and on a mission to fight global food waste. The Social Impact Company has created the world's largest marketplace for surplus food, saving millions of meals from going to waste. It works with 40,000+ supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, hotels and any other food retailer that throws out food by the end of business on a regular basis. Prior to joining Too Good To Go, Lykke co-founded Endomondo, a social fitness app and community with the mission of making fitness fun, and which now has more than 30 million users across the world.

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

Emmanuel Macron

President of France, Office of the President of the Republic of France, France

2001, diploma, IEP Paris; 2002-04, studied at ENA (National Administration School); postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Philosophy. 1999-2001, worked for philosopher Paul Ricoeur. Former senior official and 2004-08, Inspecteur des Finances, Ministry of Economy, in charge of the Commission for French Growth (Attali commission) and project leader; 2008, joined the private sector as Investment Banker (Partner), Rothschild. 2012-14, Deputy Secretary-General, Presidency of the French Republic. 2014-16, Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs of France. Since May 2017, President of the Republic of France.