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Former Minister for Women’s rights and then for Education. Director France of the One Campaign.
Silje Vallestad is an entrepreneur, innovator, speaker and writer. Since the young age of 14 she has continuously built projects, organisations and companies around the world, ranging from running soup kitchens for the homeless, publishing a book on visions for the future written by youth and world leaders, and building two tech companies. Fall of 2017 Silje co-founded FutureTalks - an impact driven initiative - to engage the youth and established leaders, from all sectors and all over the world, in the most important discussions of our time. When everything soon is possible, what paths should we choose? Silje is a firm believer in the need to engage the youth and give them seats at the table in all matters regarding the future.
Hajo van Beijma
Founder at Atilax: Executive Search for Tech Companies and Scale-Ups. Hajo is an entrepreneur who operates as an international leader in the field of technology and human behavior. Hajo combines commercial focus with user centered design principles growing projects and organizations from basic ideas to internationally scaled-up successful enterprises. Hajo's passion and purpose is building creative teams around new tech driven ideas with the goal of influencing people’s lives. Expertise in: Mobile tech, mobile payments, loyalty programs, content & technology, scale-ups, behavior change, international expansion, emerging markets, growth strategy, multi stakeholder partnerships & headhunting. Skills: Business development, closing deals, headhunting, pioneering, change management, leading virtual teams, strategic thinking, team-building, risk-taking, networking. Hajo is a member of the World Economic Forum group of Young Global Leaders since 2014 and has been trained at Harvard, Oxford, Singularity University, Insead, THNK and the University of Amsterdam. Hajo is the co-author of many publications on the use of mobile technologies in emerging markets and received a UN leadership award from the deputy Secretary General in 2014 for his work.
Ganzorig Vanchig is the chairman of Down Syndrome Association Mongolia and founder of the Board at Bat Solution Partners, a business consulting firm specializing in strategy and communications. Ganzorig earned his Master’s degree in Electronic Business Management from the International University of Japan and Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame Australia. He has been awarded the title of Mongolian Certified Management Consultant from the Mongolian Management Consultants’ Institute. As part of his social responsibility, Ganzorig is the Founder and Chairman of Young Professionals’ Group – Mentorship program as well as founding board Member of the Special Olympics Committee Mongolia, and Academy member of the Global Teacher Prize. Furthermore, he is a columnist at the leading news portal sites as well as a host of ‘Syndicate Talk with Vinzo’ multi-format talk show. Since 2017, he has held the position of President of the CEO Club Mongolia, which is one of the most respected and reputable business advocacy associations representing top Mongolia based business groups and companies.
Andrés A. van der Horst
Andrés van der Horst Álvarez is Secretary of State, Founder and Executive Director of the National Competitiveness Council of the Dominican Republic. He has successfully engaged the public and private sector to develop a comprehensive competitiveness strategy for the Dominican Republic, resulting in the first National Competitiveness Plan of the Dominican Republic, praised by international organizations and donors such as the Inter-American Developing Bank and European Union. Under his leadership the DR has committed to initiatives such as the Country-Brand Strategy, the Business Climate Initiative with the IDB, and cluster development, consistently increasing the number of clusters in the DR since 2004. He has presented more than 10 policy reforms on competitiveness, resulting in the country's recognition as one of the top 10 reformers according to Doing Business 2009. An author and former negotiator for the Dominican Republic, Central America and the United States Free Trade Agreement, he has been invited as professor, lecturer and special guest speaker at over 100 international events.
Karien van Gennip
Karien van Gennip has been the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands since January 2022.
Until her appointment as Minister she was CEO of Coöperatie VGZ. With over 4 million policyholders, VGZ is one of the largest health insurance companies in the Netherlands. In this role Karien combines her passion for addressing challenges in society, with leading large transformations, build on a strong belief in ‘people first’, customer engagement, sustainability and digitization.
Karien was a member of the Board of Directors of INSEAD from 2019 to 2022, one of the world's leading graduate business schools. From 2020 to 2022, she was a Board member of the OranjeFonds, a Dutch charitable fund with a focus on social participation. Until March 2021 Karien was Co-President of Financi’Elles, the leading federation of networks promoting gender diversity in banking, financial and insurance in France.
Previously, Karien worked for ING, where she served as CEO of ING Bank France from 2015 to 2020. ING in France is both a leader in online banking and among the top 5 international players in wholesale banking. Karien joined ING Group in the Netherlands in 2008 as Director of Group Public & Government Affairs, and was appointed Director of Private Banking & Investments in September 2010.
From 2003 to 2007, Karien served as State Secretary of Economic Affairs / Minister for Foreign Trade in the Dutch government with responsibilities for bilateral and multilateral Foreign Trade, entrepreneurship, regional policy, investment climate and consumer policy. She also served as a member of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament 2006-2008.
Karien began her career in 1994 as a management consultant for McKinsey&Company in Amsterdam, and later in San Francisco. In 2002, she continued her career with the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets (AFM).
She also served as a Board member and vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce until 2019. In 2017 she was a member of the steering committee of the Institut Montaigne publication ‘L’Europe dont nous avons besoin’. Before 2015, Karien was a member of several Supervisory Boards in the Netherlands (eg. SOS Children’s Villages the Netherlands, Cordaid and Deltares).
Karien is married with four daughters. She holds a Master degree from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Insead (1995, Dean's List). In 2008, Karien was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In her spare time, Karien enjoys running, dinners with friends, and being a field hockey coach.
A public policy analyst and government relations strategist with over a decade of research and practical experiences in geopolitical and geo-economic analysis, with a focus on Southeast Asia. He is currently serving as President of the Asian Vision Institute (AVI) and Founder and Chairman of Angkor Social Innovation Park.
Coen van Oostrom
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EDGE, one of Europe’s largest commercial property developers and a global leader in tech-enabled sustainable building design for ambitious customers worldwide. Since founding the firm in 1997, has led the growth of EDGE (formerly OVG Real Estate) to its current scope with more than a million square meters of development across the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and United States. Recently introduced EDGE Next: a sensor and data-driven platform that can optimize any office building’s performance, making it smarter, healthier, and more sustainable.
Mabel van Oranje
Mabel van Oranje is a serial entrepreneur for social change working globally to advance equality, freedom and justice. During the last decade, she played a catalytic role in the global movement to end child marriage, including the creation and growth of three entities central to efforts to support girls’ futures: Girls Not Brides, the Girls First Fund, and VOW for Girls. Mabel is currently a board member of Fondation Chanel, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, and VOW for Girls (Chair). She is also an advisor to Apolitical Academy Global, Co-Impact’s Gender Fund, Global Witness, and The Elders. Mabel is a global champion of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and a co-founder and chair emeritus of the European Council on Foreign Relations.
Paul van Zyl
Paul van Zyl is the Chief Executive Officer of Maiyet, a luxury fashion brand that sources its products from artisans, mostly from developing economies, to empower women, alleviate poverty and promote peace. He is also Director of the New York University School of Law's Transitional Justice Program and a Professor of Law in New York and Singapore. Previously, van Zyl served as Executive Vice-President of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, a Researcher on the Goldstone Commission, Department Head at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg, Associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York, and Executive Secretary for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. He has a BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, a LLM in International Law from the University of Leiden, a LLM in Corporate Law (Hauser Global Scholars Program) from New York University School of Law and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Santa Clara University.
Byron N. Vassiliades is Chairman and CEO of Antipollution SA, one of the largest waste management companies in Greece and the leading Greek Company in the field of Port Reception Facilities, on Solid Ship-Generated Waste management and Cargo Residues. Mr Vassiliades is also Chairman of GREEN SA, the biggest Greek electricity trading company with subsidiaries in Fyrom and Serbia, with a total turnover for 2014, over € 100 million.
A 38-year innovative and results- driven leader, began his career in 1995 as a site worker at a cleaning services company and five years after, as a worker at ANTIRIPANTIKI SA, at which he become a member of the Board of Directors in 2001. His career grew, along with his youngest brother Philippos, from a waste handling worker to an owner of an outstanding rapidly growing group of companies in the field of environment and energy that consists of Antipollution SA, GREEN SA and KAFSIS SA.
BA (Hons) in Finance, Richmond University, London; MSc in International Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics. CFA charterholder. Former: Director, CFO office, Credit Suisse Investment Bank; Equity Analyst, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank; Algebris Investments Partner in London and subsequently set up Algebris Investments (Asia) in Singapore in 2010 - Chief Investment Officer and CEO until 2018. Currently Portfolio Manager at Graticule Asset Management Asia. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2014). Established and operates ReachOut.BG, a children's charity based in Bulgaria dedicated to the support, mentoring, and education of abandoned children.