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Katharina Borchert

Co-Founder and COO Equilibrio, USA

Former: Editor-in-Chief and Director, Online, WAZ Media Group, which owns daily papers, magazines and TV stations across Germany and Eastern Europe; Chief Executive Officer, SPIEGEL ONLINE, the leading German news site. Former Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox and advocate for the open web as a public resource. Recipient of several awards; named Young Journalist of the Year (2006).

Ruba Borno

Senior Vice President / General Manager, CX Centers and Managed Services, Cisco, USA

Ruba Borno is the senior vice president and general manager of Global CX Centers. Global CX Centers delivers the full portfolio of Cisco support and professional services, including technical support, professional services, managed services, customer success, and global spare parts and repair logistics. Ruba is also non-executive director on the board of Experian.

Christoph Bornschein

Chief Executive Officer, TLGG, Germany

Christoph is one of the three founders and CEO of the German agency and boutique consultancy for digital business “Torben, Lucie und die gelbe Gefahr” in short “TLGG” with offices in Berlin and New York. He and his team counsel international companies and brands in the strategic use of digital technologies, building out new organizational innovation infrastructures and the development of new business models. Even public authorities and NGOs seek the expertise of Christoph in dealing with the digital change around topics like single market integration, investment taxation, education and else. He has authored numerous essays and articles on digital change and is a renown speaker at global conferences and board meetings. Christoph is actively facilitating change as a mentor and investor to startups around the world.

Caroline Boudreaux

Founder, The Miracle Foundation, USA

Caroline Boudreaux is a social entrepreneur and founder of the Miracle Foundation, an INGO that supports orphans to have a better quality of life while bringing about sustainable change that reduces the need for orphanages.
For the past 20 years, Miracle Foundation has improved the lives of more than 15,000 children and impacted almost 300 orphanages. Their proven Thrive Scale™ methodology is based on the UN Rights of the Child and leverages data and technology to ensure that orphaned and vulnerable children reach their full potential.
Miracle Foundation is part of a global network of non-profit organizations leading the worldwide movement to end the need for orphanages by 2040.
For her achievements Caroline was presented with the Hope Award in 2005, the Impact Award in 2008 and the United Nations Humanitarian Award in 2017. Caroline is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum and has completed executive programs at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, Yale's Jackson Institute for Diplomacy, Oxford University and the India School of Business.

Devry Boughner Vorwerk

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, LLC, USA

Devry Boughner Vorwerk is CEO of DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, LLC, a company that offers unparalleled support to corporate leaders in four key areas: (1) geopolitical and stakeholder strategies; (2) organizational courage; (3) strategic communications; and (4) inspirational mentorship for women in international careers.

Devry believes that in a world where geopolitical volatility, climate change, population growth and societal expectations are placing immense pressure on traditional business models, companies can succeed in balancing shareholder and stakeholder expectations. Devry offers informed judgment and insightful advice to support business leaders across the globe in their quest to harmonize purpose and profitability.

At her core, Devry supports open markets as a means for creating economic opportunity for all. Her business assists clients in efforts to liberalize trade in goods, services, capital, technology, and data. Devry understands that trade is a powerful tool for achieving the UN SDGs.

Before starting her company, Devry had a nearly 15-year career at Cargill and most recently served as Corporate VP of Global Corporate Affairs. Devry spent time as a senior policy advisor at Akin Gump and worked as Chief Economist for the Chairwoman of the USITC and as a Senior Economist in ag affairs at USTR.

A passionate advocate for change, Devry serves on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, The Caux Roundtable, the U.S. Mexico Foundation, the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and is involved in the social gastronomy movement. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the WEF and named to the Holmes Report’s Influence 100 list in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the Arthur Page Society.

Devry holds a dual bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and managerial economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s in agricultural economics, with a specialization in public policy and international trade, from Cornell University.

Geoffrey Bouquot

Group Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and External Relations, Valeo, France

Geoffrey Bouquot is a group vice-president of corporate strategy and external relations at Valeo. Formerly, he was a technical adviser on industrial affairs at the Office of the French Minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian (2014-16). Bouquot was also a project manager in the Aerospace and Defence Unit of the French Government Shareholding Agency (2011-14), and an adviser on industry at the Office of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OCP Group (2009-10). He graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique and the Ecole des Mines, Paris.

danah boyd

Partner Researcher, Microsoft Research, United Kingdom

danah boyd is a Partner Researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder and president of Data & Society, and a Visiting Professor at New York University. Her research is focused on addressing social and cultural inequities by understanding the relationship between technology and society. Her most recent books - "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens" and "Participatory Culture in a Networked Age" - examine the intersection of everyday practices and social media. Her primary research questions right now are: 1. what makes data legitimate? and 2. what does it take to secure data infrastructure? She is a 2011 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Director of both Crisis Text Line and Social Science Research Council, and a Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. She received a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brown University, a master's degree from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D in Information from the University of California, Berkeley.

Kieron Boyle

Chief Executive, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, United Kingdom

Kieron Boyle is Chief Executive of Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation, one of the world's oldest health philanthropies.

Kieron leads Impact on Urban Health — a pioneer in unlocking the potential for cities to be healthier. Impact on Urban Health works with businesses, governments and communities to demonstrate new ways of addressing urban health inequalities.

Kieron previously led the UK government's work on impact investment. In this role he formed the G8 taskforce on social impact investment, and led initiatives creating the Access Foundation, Government Outcomes Lab and Dementia Discovery Fund.

Prior to this he worked at No.10 Downing Street, the Department for Business, the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group.

Kieron sits on the Boards of Big Society Capital, the Design Council and Catch22. He chairs LIPH — a global coalition of institutional investors working to improve people's health — as well as Nesta's Cultural Impact Development Fund. He a is member of the Mayor of London’s Childhood Obesity Taskforce and on the advisory council of the Impact Investing Institute.

In 2014 Kieron was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Anu Bradford

Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, USA

Anu Bradford is a Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School. Before joining the faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She has also taught at Harvard College, Brandeis University and the University of Helsinki Law School. Her research and teaching interests include international trade law and international political economy, international antitrust law, and EU law. Bradford earned her SJD and LLM from Harvard Law School, and holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki. After completing her LLM studies as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, she practiced anti-trust law and EU law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels before returning to Harvard for her doctoral studies. She has also served as an Adviser and Expert Assistant in the European Parliament and the Parliament of Finland, and on the Board of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.

Andrew Bragg

Senator for New South Wales, Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia

Andrew Bragg is a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. Prior to his election to Federal Parliament in 2019, Andrew was an author and accountant. Andrew started his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young and went on to work in senior roles at the Financial Services Council and the Business Council of Australia. His 2017 short book Fit for Service (Connor Court) offers a framework for 21st century trade policy for Australia. Andrew was the National Director of the 2017 Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign in support of same sex marriage which delivered Yes majorities in 71 of 76 Coalition seats. Following Andrew’s election to the Senate, he was elected Chair of the Senate Select Committee into FinTech and RegTech and is a member of the Senate Economics Committee and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services. In June 2020, Andrew launched his latest book, Bad Egg: How To Fix Super. Andrew was educated at the Australian National University (ANU) where he studied international relations and accounting.

Kate Brandt

Sustainability Officer, Google, USA

Kate Brandt credits her time in government for shaping her perspective that partnerships between the public and private sector are key to solving broad, systemic challenges like clean energy and climate change. Kate currently serves as Google's Chief Sustainability Officer, leading sustainability across Google's worldwide operations, products and supply chain. Previously, she served in the White House as the country's first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer where she helped create an executive order that will cut greenhouse-gas emissions by over 40% in the next decade.

Alejandro Brenes

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enertiva, Costa Rica

Alejandro is an entrepreneur, economist and innovation manager. He has worked in strategic consulting and investment banking. He is the CEO and co-founder of Enertiva, a leading company with the purpose of making solar energy easy and possible for companies in Latin America (SDG #7).