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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.
Nina Jensen is the CEO of REV Ocean, the world’s largest Research and Expedition Vessel (REV) currently under construction which will be available for scientists, NGOs, policy makers, innovators, engineers and marine stakeholders. Equipment onboard will include scientific trawls, laboratories, a lecture auditorium, moonpool, sub-marine, advanced communication equipment and a high-tech incinerator system for plastic waste.
All REV Ocean initiatives are based on open collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders, working toward the same common goal – preserving our ocean.
She started this position in 2018 after 15 years in WWF-Norway, CEO since 2012. Nina has a burning commitment and passion for oceans, conservation and sustainable solutions. She holds a Master’s degree in Marine Biology from the University of Fishery Science in Tromsø, and has a background in communications and marketing from Ogilvy& Mather. She is a Board member of The Business for Peace Foundation. Member of the Adjudication Committee for the Nordic Council Nature and Environment Award. Member of the Expert Committee of the Thor Heyerdahl award and the Prize Committee for the Rachel Carson Award. She also serves on the Advisory Board for the Global Opportunity Report. Nina is born and raised in Oslo, she loves to dive, fish, ski, hike and loves the outdoors.
Vuk Jeremic is the President of the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD), an international think tank based in Belgrade and New York. In June 2012, he was directly elected by the majority of world nations to the post of President of the 67th session of the UN General Assembly. During his term, he played a leading role in steering the UN towards the establishment of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda, and facilitated the adoption of the breakthrough Arms Trade Treaty. Jeremic served as Serbia’s Foreign Minister from 2007 to 2012. In 2007, he chaired the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, and from 2011 to 2012, he led Serbia’s successful campaign to preside over the OSCE in 2015. Jeremic was elected President of the Serbian Tennis Federation in 2011 and appointed to the Leadership Council of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network in 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and Harvard University.
Lars Jannick Johansen
MA in Political Science, University of Copenhagen; MA in Central and East European Studies, UCL; Executive education from Wharton Business School, Saïd Business School, and Harvard Kennedy School. Former: Director, Monday Morning; Development Director, INDEX:. Founder, Managing Partner and Board Member, Den Sociale Kapitalfond, a Scandinavian impact investment group. Member of Advisory Boards, Fine Acts; others. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013). Expert in impact investing, inclusive growth, Scandinavian welfare models. Basketball fan and increasingly old boys player.
Hannah Jones is the CEO of The Earthshot Prize, an annual global prize designed to search the world for solutions that could repair our planet, we spotlight innovations, & actively support and help to scale the teams behind the solutions. Founded by Prince William, Prince of Wales, we work in partnership with a Global Alliance spanning Foundations, Corporations, Investors, Civil society and academia. Prior to joining The Earthshot Prize, Hannah was Nike's Chief Sustainability Office and Founder of Nike's Valiant Labs, a digital incubator within the Advanced Innovation teams.
Mohit Joshi is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer designate of Tech Mahindra – a USD 6.5+ billion digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering services and solutions provider with 148,000+ employees across 90 countries.
Before joining Tech Mahindra, Mohit was President at Infosys, responsible for the Financial Services & Healthcare/Life Sciences businesses. In his previous roles, he has led the Financial Services business in Europe. He worked as the CEO of Infosys Mexico and was instrumental in setting up the first subsidiary in Latin America.
He is also a Non-Executive Director at Aviva Plc. He is a member of the Risk & Governance and Nomination committees.
Mohit was also invited to join the Global Young Leader program at the World Economic Forum in 2014. He is the Vice Chair of the Economic Growth Board of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and a YPO (Young Presidents Organization) member.
Mohit has previously worked with ABN AMRO and ANZ Grindlays in their Corporate and Investment bank. He holds an M.B.A. from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Nik Kafka is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach a Man to Fish, a non-profit organization supporting schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish profit-making enterprises. Its education and enterprise programs have benefitted almost 500,000 young people across more than 100 countries, principally through the School Enterprise Challenge awards program. Prior, Kafka had a successful banking career in London before moving to Paraguay to work for a local microfinance institution. In 2022, he was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize for exceptional humanitarians under 50. Kafka holds a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, an MA in International Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, as well as professional qualifications in finance.
Shira Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG, a Zurich-based cyber-security firm which delivers innovative, hands-on Israeli cyber-security solutions to global and local corporations. Shira’s technological training dates back to her military service in the Israeli 8200 Elite Technology Unit of the Intelligence, where she was an Intelligence and Cyber Analyst. She held business management positions at publicly-traded companies including Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Bank Julius Baer & Co. in Zurich (SIX: BAER). Shira is an alumna of Harvard University (B.A.), where she studied Government and Chinese, and was a Shelby Davis Scholar. She holds an MBA from St. Gallen HSG University in Switzerland, where she was awarded the “Women in Business” Scholarship. Shira has won several other awards, including the “Seeds of Peace” scholarship, the Goldman fellowship and the Milken Fellowship. She has been featured in the Financial Times, the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Bilanz, PwC CEO Magazine and other newspapers. She is mother of 3 Montessori children, and resides by the Lake of Zurich.
Dennis Karpes is the Founder of Dance4Life, a dynamic international movement that inspires, mobilizes and unites young people to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS through educational projects and dance events. Dance4Life has become an internationally recognized organization that is active in more than 30 countries worldwide. Karpes' strength is to develop and realize creative concepts and market these to the public. Besides Dance4Life, one of these concepts is Kuyichi, a sustainable international jeans brand, which he co-initiated as Marketing Director. Currently, Karpes is also Co-Founder and Director of the Naga Foundation, which aims to tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges of today: pushing back desertification. The Naga Foundation transforms desertified land into fertile land by restoring the water absorption capacity and soil stability to enable sustainable agriculture and improve biodiversity while benefiting rural livelihoods.