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Studies, Harvard University and University of Sydney. Began career with McKinsey and Co. 2004, Co-Founder, an advocacy group in US presidential elections that ran a highly publicized online and media campaign. 2005, Co-Founder, GetUp.org, an Australian political movement and internationally recognized social movement. 2007, Co-Founder, Avaaz.org, the world's largest online citizens' movement. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Purpose.com. Chair, Global Agenda Countil on Civic Participation and Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Work recognized in several publications. Recipient, 75th Anniversary Visionary Award, Ford Foundation.
Bettina in a serial software entrepreneur that has built technology companies in both Europe and the United States. She is most recently the founder of juli, a digital health company, her third software company. She is also the founder of Pixability, a video advertising company in Boston. Prior to Pixability, Bettina co-founded SVOX, the Swiss-based speech technology company which was acquired by Nuance Communications (NUAN) for $125 million. Bettina has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, L’Oreal NEXT Generation Award, and The Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award.” Bettina holds an MS degree from MIT, a law degree from the University of Constance, and a business degree from the University of St. Gallen. She holds a software patent in video distribution optimization and is the author of "Video Marketing for Dummies".
Mr. Jin He co-founded Maimai, the China-based professional and social-networking platform in 2013. Maimai has been leading for years in China profession social market with over 150 million users. Mr. He is passionate about building up the energizing and doveolping working environment for the workforces and bringing more opportunities for the society. Mr. He is YGL 2019 from China.
Rebecca M. Heller
Rebecca Heller is Director of the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) and is a clinical lecturer at Yale Law School. Here inspiring humanitarian work includes advocating for refugees to claim their rights and find resettlement. Heller has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including The Charles Bronfman Prize, a Skadden Fellowship, an Echoing Green Fellowship, a Gruber Human Rights Fellowship and a Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Jr. Emerging Leader in Social Justice Award. She was also named one of the Christian Science Monitor’s 30 under 30 change-makers and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
As founding CEO of P33, Brad is leading the nonprofit organization to drive global technology leadership for Chicago and inclusive economic growth for all. He brings twenty-plus years of professional experience and brings a deep understanding of how to unlock economic opportunities that benefit businesses and individuals to P33’s efforts.
Brad joined from Boston Consulting Group (BCG), where he was senior partner and managing director in the Chicago office. Originally from a small town in southern Ohio, he received a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago, which he credits to changing his life. Brad joined BCG as a summer associate in 2000, and quickly rose through the ranks to spend 2006 in the Mumbai, India office as part of the BCG Ambassador Program and later lead BCG’s North American Operations Practice.
Brad is an active leader in the Chicago community, serving on the board of trustees for the Chicago History Museum, the Association House in Humboldt Park and Interfaith Youth Core. He also serves on the board of ACCION US Network, which provides capital and business support to business owners of color and female business owners, and Impact Engine, a socially-responsible investment firm. He was a BCG Bruce Henderson Institute (BHI) Fellow focused on impact and socially-responsible investing and is a member of the World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders program.
A Rhodes Scholar, Brad has earned multiple degrees with distinction, including a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors (1997-2001) and Master of Arts in Social Science from the University of Chicago (2000-2001), a Master of Science in Economic and Social History from University of Oxford Balliol College (2001-2002) and a Master of Business Administration from University of Oxford Saïd Business School (2002-2003).
Brad lives in Chicago with his wife and two children.
Cal Henderson is an experienced technology leader, having previously built and led the engineering team at Flickr, through its acquisition by Yahoo. He was a pioneer in the use of web APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and many others.
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.
Roberto Herrera has over 22 years of power project development, construction and operations. He is the Country Manager for the Dominican Republic of Interenergy Group and a member of its board, Chief Executive Officer of La Compañía de Electricidad de San Pedro de Macorís and Vice-President of the Board and Executive Director of Consorcio Energetico Punta Cana Macao (CEPM). Previously, he worked at the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic and at a local private bank. Former President of the Red Nacional de Apoyo Empresarial para la Protección Ambiental (ECORED), a private sector association that promotes the implementation of environmental protection programmes at various levels in the Dominican Republic. Roberto is also a member of the executive committees of several private sector associations in the DR. Herrera has a BA in Economics and an MBA from Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra in Santo Domingo. In 1997, he was awarded a British Chevening Scholarship to earn a Master's in Business Economics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.
Chef and social entrepreneur, loves to connect people and build bridges that can transform society to be more equitable. Founder of Gastromotiva, and co-founder of Refettorio Gastromotiva and Social Gastronomy Movement. At the same time, he encourages and engages everyone that is in the food chain such as the hospitality market, governments and industry to become more inclusive and socially responsible to assure the sustainability of our food and health system. Named the 2019 recipient of The Charles Bronfman Prize, given to a humanitarian whose innovative work, informed by Jewish values, has significantly improved the world.
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.
CEO, Going to School, a creative not-for-profit education trust that makes design-driven stories to teach children 21st Century entrepreneurial skills at school, online and on national television. Recognized as: TED Fellow; Ashoka Fellow; Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Special focus: adolescent girls, young women + sustainable enterprise. Going to School works in 1,000 secondary Government schools in Bihar designing and delivering graphic novels to Grade 9-12 to enable young people to learn the skills they need to transition to equitable work and/or enterprise of their choice. The Children's Scrappy News Service Season II, Play City is designed to enable the children of Mumbai, Maharashtra to make Mumbai a place to play and take on Climate Change.
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.