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Gloria Fluxa Thienemann

Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group, Spain

Degree in Business Administration, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA; Accelerated Executive Development Program, IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland; Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group, a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), operating in the tourist sector since 1956 and dating back to 1877. Its sales network covers 35 countries; it has a staff of more than 32,000 employees and handles 8 million customers a year. Hospitality is the company’s core business, with a portfolio of over 120 four- and five-star hotels located in 19 countries. The group has three further business units: travel and incoming activities, a holiday club and real estate. Advancing the company’s approach to responsible tourism with the launch of the Wave of Change movement focusing on marine and ocean preservation that evolves around: becoming single-use-plastic free, promoting responsible seafood consumption, and improving coastal health. It is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water. It is aimed at uniting employees, customers, suppliers and society to create an increasingly more responsible tourism industry. Trustee and Chairman, Iberostar Foundation; Member of the Board, Endeavor Spain. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Maya Foa

Director, Reprieve, United Kingdom

As the Director of the legal charity Reprieve, Maya leads a team of lawyers fighting against grave human rights abuses. Her work with the organisation she has helped shape over the past 9 years, aims to protect vulnerable individuals from the excesses of oppressive Governments – whether they are on death rows around the world or hillsides patrolled by weaponised drones.

In 2015, Maya was awarded a Soros Justice Fellow for her work in helping pharmaceutical companies protect their medicines from misuse in lethal injection executions. She was awarded the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Women Demanding Justice Award in 2015 and the inaugural Robin Steinberg Innovation Award in 2018. Sir Richard Branson has named Maya as one of his 65 Most Inspirational People. Maya did a Bachelors Degree in French and Italian Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Postgraduate Degree in Law.

Cristina Fonseca

Partner, Indico Capital Partners, Portugal

Cristina is Chief Executive Officer at Cleverly.ai, and Partner at Indico Capital Partners. Formerly she co-founded Talkdesk, which now has more than 1000 employees, and provides cloud call centre infrastructure to several thousand companies. Her experience as an entrepreneur has led her to play a fundamental role in shaping the current Portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystem. She mentors and invests in numerous tech companies in the areas of digital transformation, business applications, mental health, e-commerce and AI, and drives efforts in improving inclusion and diversity, which has granted her several honours and awards. She is the youngest board member of the largest energy company in Portugal, Galp, where she is also part of the Sustainability Committee.

Laure Forgeron

Managing Director; Head, Facultative Underwriting, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Swiss Re, Switzerland

Laure is a Managing Director at Swiss Re and leader of the single risk business in EMEA. Leading a team of nearly 100 colleagues and managing premium income of USD1bn, she is the youngest Managing Director of this leading Global Risk carrier. Together with her team, she is fully engaged to deliver on Swiss Re's purpose to make the world more resilient. Beyond work, Laure is committed to empowering the disadvantaged. She is involved in initiatives to promote diversity, including being a champion for women in STEM, supporting entrepreneurship in Africa and Chair of philanthropy committee of the Swiss Re Foundation in Switzerland. She is the happy mother of three young children and lives in Zurich, Switzerland.

Philipp Freise

Partner, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co Partners LLP, United Kingdom

Philipp Freise is Partner and Head of the European Media Industry team at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR). He also served as Chairman of Fotolia in New York, Vice-Chairman of Ringier Digital in Zurich and Vice-Chairman of ProSiebenSat.1 Media in Munich. Prior, Freise worked at McKinsey & Company in Frankfurt and New York. He also co-founded Venturepark, a Berlin-based, early-stage venture capital firm sponsored by Bertelsmann, Goldman Sachs and DaimlerChrysler. Freise has been recognized as a Young Leader at Atlantik-Brücke, a German-US think tank, and is a Member of the Kuratorium of the Bayreuth Opera Festival. He is also the recipient of numerous awards, including being recognized as one of “40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Private Equity” by the Financial News. Freise has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business and an MSc in Economics (Dipl-Kfm) from WHU Koblenz Otto Beisheim School of Management, both with the highest distinction.

Lord Gadhia of Northwood

Member of the House of Lords, House of Lords of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Graduate in Economics, University of Cambridge; Sloan Fellow, London Business School. Investment Banker; 1991-98, with Baring Brothers, including Director; 1998, Chief Executive, Manek Investment Managers; 2001-08, Managing Director, ABN AMRO; 2008-10, Managing Director and Head, Advisory, Barclays Capital; 2010-15, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone. Currently, Member of the Board, UK Government Investments, BGL (Holdings), Accord Healthcare and Calisen. Appointed as Member of the House of Lords of the British Parliament in August 2016. Former Trustee: Guy's & St Thomas' Charity; National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, UK. Current Trustee: British Asian Trust, established by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Javier Garcia-Martinez

Professor, University of Alicante, Spain

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante (UA) where he leads an international team working on the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for the production of chemicals and energy.
Javier is president-elect (president for the biennium 2022-2023) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC. Previously, he served as a member of the Executive Committee and as Vice-President of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.
Founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, which markets the technology he developed during his Fulbright postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts that Rive Technology sells are used in several refineries, significantly increasing fuel production and the energy efficiency of the process. In 2019, W. R. GRACE acquired Rive Technology.
In June 2014, he was awarded the King Jaime I Award and in 2015 the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Chemical Society. In the summer of 2017, Javier was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Kathryn C. Hach Award as the best US entrepreneur in the chemical sector. Javier is a member of the Council of Emerging Technologies and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, of the Global Young Academy, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2019, Javier is the President of the Young Academy of Spain.

Katherine Garrett-Cox

Chief Executive Officer, Asset Management, Gulf International Bank (UK), United Kingdom

BA (Hons), History, Durham University. Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank (UK). GIB UK, operating between London and New York, was established in 1975 and focuses on client-related activities in asset management and treasury. GIB UK's asset management strategy is focused on scaling and mobilizing capital in support of sustainable investment strategies, across equities and fixed income. Formerly Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer, Alliance Trust PLC, one of Europe’s largest providers of sustainable and responsible investment funds. Chair, Clean Air Fund; Chair, CDP Worldwide Board. Former Member: Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG (2011-2020); UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group; Scottish Business Board; Commission for the Green Investment Bank; Steering Group, Capital Markets Climate Initiative; Executive Committee, World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Founder Member, Advisory Council of The CityUK. Former British Business Ambassador for Financial Services. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2006). Member of the Foundation Board of Young Global Leaders until December 2019 and former Member of the Board of Trustees, Chair, Global Agenda Council on Values (2012-14), World Economic Forum. Patron, City Week UK. Recipient of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), New Year's Honours 2014.

Katharine Garvey

Co-Founder, Project Everyone, United Kingdom

Kate Garvey is Director of Freud Communications, where she specializes in promoting global campaigns and issues, including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Product (RED), Live Earth, tcktcktck, 1Goal: Education for All, Gimme Shelter Campaign for UNHCR, and Tony Blair Faith Foundation Maternal Mortality campaign. Previously, she worked for Bob Geldof and Richard Curtis on the Make Poverty History Campaign and Live 8 concerts. Her career began in politics where, from 1997 until 2005, she worked for Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street in the Prime Minister's Private Office. Garvey was responsible for the presentation and planning of the prime minister's events and visits, domestically and abroad, as well as major roles in the 1997 and 2001 general elections and running Tony Blair's election tour in 2005.

Alexander Geiser

CEO & Managing Partner, Finsbury Glover Hering, Germany

Alexander Geiser is Managing Partner at Hering Schuppener, one of the leading corporate and financial public relations firms in the world. Based in Frankfurt, Geiser has advised on more than 100 M&A transactions and more than 75 CEO changes. Geiser studied economics and politics at Western University in Canada, and completed post-graduate studies at Harvard University, INSEAD, and Oxford.

Banafsheh Geretzki

Head of Division, European Central Bank, Germany

Banafsheh Geretzki is a Director with BlackRock in London. Geretzki brings over 13 years of experience in private equity, restructuring and investment banking and specializes in complex balance sheet and operational restructurings. Most recently, she was at Alvarez & Marsal where she was involved in numerous restructuring engagements and sovereign advisory, including system-wide restructuring of the banking-systems in Cyprus and Spain alongside Austria, Greece and various Private Equity projects throughout Europe. Prior to that, Geretzki held various Private Equity and Investment Banking positions at Fortress Investment Group and Morgan Stanley where she delivered a broad range of large-scale M&A transactions along with post-merger integrations, debt restructurings and numerous capital market transactions. She has also served as a restructuring officer in an interim senior management role as a member of the Management Board and of the Supervisory Board of one of the largest listed German real estate companies. Geretzki holds a master’s degree from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and is a Member of Generation CEO, an organization promoting business women into leadership positions.

Laura Gersch

Member of the Board of Management, Corporate Pensions, Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, Germany

Laura is member of the Board of Management of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, the market leader of the German life insurance market serving more than 10 million customers. Laura is responsible for the corporate business, i.e., employer funded pension business (second pillar of German pension system). She is a strong advocate of the societal role of (life) insurance striving to contribute to the reduction of the gender pension gap in Germany by advocating financial literacy for women. She is a purpose-driven leader, who played an instrumental role in developing the purpose for Allianz Group while she was running the Group CEO Office of Oliver Bäte. Before joining Allianz, she worked for McKinsey & Company. She holds a double degree in International Business from European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany and from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.