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Christian is a founding Partner of 2150, a Venture Capital firm seeking to make the built world more sustainable, efficient and resilient. He previously held executive roles at Facebook, Google and Microsoft and was the co-founder of White Star Capital, a global VC firm. Christian has an MBA from The Wharton School and an undergrad degree from Duke University. Originally from El Salvador, Christian and his family reside in London.
Dr Celine Herweijer
Joined HSBC as Group Chief Sustainability Officer in July 2021 and is a member of the Group’s Executive Committee. Celine is responsible for the ongoing development and implementation of the Group’s sustainability strategy, including a core focus on the bank’s commitment to help transition customers, and society-at-large, to a thriving and inclusive net zero future. Previously, worked as a Partner at PwC UK, where she held global leadership roles including acting as PwC’s global innovation and sustainability leader. Dr Herweijer was at the forefront of PwC’s work on sustainability and climate change, advising corporate boards, investors, governments and regulators on climate transition, technology and innovation, ESG and wider sustainability and development issues. Prior to joining PwC in 2009, where she went on to become one of the firm’s youngest partners, Dr Herweijer worked for Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a leading fintech firm focused on risk modelling in insurance and banking, as Director of Climate Change and Consulting. Dr Herweijer is a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader Alumni. She has held numerous international advisory board and committee roles on climate change, sustainable finance, biodiversity, resilience, and technology and innovation for the UN, WEF, G20, World Bank, EU and a number of governments. A climate scientist and NASA Fellow by training, Dr Herweijer holds a PhD, MPhil and Masters in Climate Modelling and Policy from Columbia University, New York, and is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change at the London School of Economics. She also serves as Co-Chair of the We Mean Business Coalition and is a trustee of BLUE Marine, a leading conservation NGO.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lady Mariéme Jamme
Lady Mariéme Jamme is an award-winning Technologist, a podcaster and pioneer in system change, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In Sept 2017, she won the Innovation Award at the Global Goals Award as a GoalKeeper for her work in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by supporting globally young women and girls and governments.
A Senegalese-born, French- British businesswoman, with over 20 years of experience. She’s best renowned for her motivational & inspirational Speeches about girl’s education through STEAMD (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and design) and empowerment of youth living in marginalised communities.
Lady Mariéme’s latest venture includes the launch of iamtheCODE.org, the first African-led global movement to mobilize government, the private sector, and philanthropic foundations to advance STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design) Education. Her goal is to empower 1 million young women & girls globally to become coders by 2030 and to align with the UN 2030 Agenda. Lady Mariéme recently got nominated by Apolitical as their World’s 100 most influential people in Digital Government.
A BBC Top 100 Women nominee, she was named twice on the UK Powerlist 2017 and 2018 of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African Caribbean Heritage. Often called the diplomat of technology, she was also named twice in 2014 and 2016 as one of the 100 most influential Africans by the African Business Magazine. In 2018, Lady Mariéme became a founding member of the Future Talks Expedition, which gathered 100 global leaders from 42 countries to visit the Arctic (North Pole.) She’s the first Senegalese woman who made it to the Arctic.
Lady Mariéme is on the Board of Directorship of the World Wide Web Foundation (Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee). Lady Mariéme is the newest Board member of the ITU Generation Connect Visionary Board.
Lady Mariéme is writing her first book.