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Dutch artist and innovator; creative thinker and maker of social designs that explore the relation between people, technology and space. From an early age, has been driven by nature’s gifts such as luminous fireflies or jellyfish. Fascination for nature and technology is reflected in iconic works such as SMOG FREE PROJECT (the largest outdoor air purifier, which turns smog into jewellery), VAN GOGH PATH (a bicycle path that glows at night), and SPACE WASTE LAB to visualize and capture space waste. Studied fine arts; graduate, the Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, with a Master’s in Architecture. Founded Studio Roosegaarde in 2007; works with team of designers and engineers for a better future at studios in Rotterdam and Shanghai.
Nico Rosberg became Formula 1 World Champion in 2016 with Mercedes AMG Petronas and announced his retirement 5 days later.
Since his retirement Nico continues his work as an ambassador for many international brands and has become a Greentech entrepreneur. He has investments in a variety of companies such as Formula E, Lilium, Chargepoint & Lyft and has also now co-founded the GREENTECH Festival which launched in May 2019.
He remains linked to motor sport through his commentary for SKY & RTL, his Rosberg Racing young driver’s academy and his engineering company TRE.
His recently launched podcast 'Beyond Victory' topped the charts for download and his Youtube and other social media channels are a big passion.
When he is not working he spends as much time as possible with his wife Vivian and two young daughters.
Hanneli Rupert is the Founder and Creative Director of Okapi, the first African luxury brand to be made entirely on the continent from locally sourced materials. She is also the Founder and Creative Director of Merchants on Long, the acclaimed African concept store. Hanneli trained as a painter, which she pursued professionally for several years before launching Okapi and MoL. Other career highlights include speaking at the International Herald Tribune Luxury conference 2014 and being nominated as member of the BOF (Business of Fashion) 500 in both 2013 and 2014. Hanneli also sits on the Tate International Council and is a trustee of the South African children's education charity Imibala.
MBA (Hons), INSEAD; MA, University of Cambridge. Formerly: six years in private equity with Advent International; and two years with investment banking division, Goldman Sachs. Since 2007, with CVC Capital Partners: 2008, co-founded the Global Financial Services Group; has led a number of market-defining investments, for example: Avolon (a growth investment that has created the third largest global aircraft lessor from start-up) and Paysafe (acquisition and acceleration of growth in the largest independent e-wallet business and a competitor to PayPal); currently, Senior Private Equity Executive.
Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Finland and the woman driving the management of the Social and Health Care Reform (SOTE), one of Finland's most extensive social projects. Saarikko became the Finnish Centre party's Vice Chair at the age of 26 and was elected to Parliament in 2011, where she has served in the Social Affairs and Health Committee and the Employment and Equality Committee.
Daniel Sachs is the founder and CEO of P Capital Partners, a leading Northern European credit investor focused on funding mid-sized entrepreneurial and family owned companies in Europe notably in the area of sustainability transition. Sachs has held a number of managerial roles and board positions in public as well as private companies throughout Europe. Sachs is a global board member of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) as well as Chairman of the OSF Investment Committee. Sachs is a member of the panel of senior advisors to the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and also a council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Through the Daniel Sachs Foundation, he is engaged in openness, culture, diversity, and democratic development. He is a co-founder of Apolitical Academy, an academy supporting the next generation of transformational public leaders. Sachs is also active in the visual and performing arts and in film production, through Kärnfilm, i.a. as an executive producer of the Cannes winner “Border”. Sachs holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Master's in Ethno-Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; postgraduate degree in Social Economy Management, Warsaw University. Grew up in Barka communities and social enterprises integrating marginalized groups of people with society and labour market. Formerly: International Contacts' Coordinator, Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, Poland; 2003, Planning Officer, Population and Community Development Association, Bangkok, Thailand. Concurrently: Coordinator, European Migrants' Integration Network; since 2007, current position. Member of the Board, Trustees, Barka Foundation. Interests: non-standard languages, culture of South-East Asia, theatre, singing, dance, playing guitar, sailing, Greek literature and philosophy.
Andrea Sanke has been a recognized face and voice of international broadcasters, national news networks, and city radio stations for over twenty years. Completed degrees in Spanish and journalism at universities in the United States (University of Missouri-Columbia), Ecuador (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) and Colombia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogota). After working for US broadcasters NBC and National Public Radio in the early 90s, Andrea was based in Colombia reporting for the country's national morning TV news program, 7.30 Caracol. Andrea returned to Chicago in 1998, where she became the midday news voice of the ABC radio affiliate, Newstalk 89. In 2000, she joined Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, to present news and business magazine. Five years later, London was calling, and Andrea began anchoring and reporting for CNN International's news, business and features programs. In 2015, Andrea moved to Istanbul, Turkey as a journalist and senior presenter for TRT World news network.
Murat Sarayli served as National Chairman of the Young Businessmen's Association of Turkey during 2004-2008, worked on issues related to entrepreneurship, education, ethics in government, competitiveness, EU accession process of Turkey. Sarayli also chaired YES, the Brussels-based European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, for three consecutive terms until 2008, representing 40,000 members from 16 countries. Assuming responsibilities at YES in November 2004, Sarayli made the Lisbon Agenda, Europe's strategic plan towards greater economic growth and job creation, the hallmark of his tenure. He worked for a better business eco system for the young entrepreneurs in Europe. He is the co-founder of Visa-Free Europe movement and sits on the Board of the International Competitiveness Research Institute of Turkey He has been active in his family-owned group of companies since 1989. The Group is active in tourism, construction, real estate development and international trade. In addition to his devoted time for the development of entrepreneurship in Europe, he has been active in Sub Saharan Africa during last 20 years both for NGO work and business development. Sarayli graduated with a degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University, attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy module at Harvard KSG and the “Foundations For Leadership in the 21st Century” program at Yale University and living in Oslo.
Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all business software applications. This includes all functional areas from product strategy and management to product development and innovation as well as cloud operations and support. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes the SAP S/4HANA suite, the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio, SME, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and industry solutions. In addition, SAP Product Engineering is responsible for offerings such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Customer Experience solutions. Saueressig is also in charge of the global SAP Labs Network and the SAP Enterprise Adoption organization including SAP Globalization Services, user enablement, and the overall quality of SAP software products.
Before being appointed the head of SAP Product Engineering, Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services at SAP. As CIO, he was responsible for SAP’s IT strategy and execution following a cloud-first approach. Under his leadership, the IT organization pioneered new business models. Prior to that, he led the enterprise mobility efforts including all cross-functions, followed by global responsibility for the IT project delivery and client IT organizations.
Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He spent several months in SAP Labs Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California (USA), and was a Board assistant for several years.
He was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. As global sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, the largest employee network at SAP, and for the Women in Technology initiative at SAP, Saueressig supports corporate initiatives for gender equality.
Saueressig has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).
Eva Scherer is a leader in the Siemens finance community and a diversity advocate. She took over the regional Chief Financial Officer role at age 27 to set up the Middle East/Asia-Pacific headquarters for the Building Technologies division in Singapore. Secured various projects promoting energy efficiency and sustainability across the region, including the company's involvement in the Greener Government Buildings programme in Australia. After five years in Asia, transferred to Germany in 2017 to head the global finance and controlling function for the Mobility division and played an instrumental role in setting up Siemens Mobility as separately managed company within the Siemens Group. From 2020 to 2022 she led the Rail Infrastructure and Software businesses at Siemens Mobility as Chief Financial Officer with the mission of making sustainable transport easily and conveniently accessible to foster decarbonization and improve air quality. As of October 2022, she was appointed Head of Group Investor Relations at Siemens, and serves as interface between Siemens and the capital markets, while continuing to fight for reducing emissions and making air breathable for everyone as the Co-chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Alliance for Clean Air.
Diploma in communication and new media. She started as Assistant, new media, Euro agency RSCG. Journalist for Yahoo.fr. Editorial Director of a news agency. Founder and President of the network “Mom works”. Deputy to the Mayor of Le Mans, Mr Jean-Claude Boulard. Responsible of the department Gender Parity of the Party En Marche!. Community Advisor, representative French Tech at Le Mans Métropole.
2016, joined the government as Advisor for the economic competitiveness and technological innovation; and then joined the Minister of Family, Children and Rights for Women. Since May 2017, current position.
Author of numerous articles on the gender parity. Wrote numerous papers, researches and books.