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Lucy Cooper

Head, Customer Innovation, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific and Japan, Microsoft, United Kingdom

Lucy leads customer innovation across EMEA & APJ for Microsoft. This involves working with Microsoft's biggest customers to curated, pioneer and accelerate value cross their digital transformations. Lucy is an experienced facilitator of C-suites and Boards and an expert in the growth playbook corporate's need to undertake. Additionally, she writes often, is a seasoned panelist, speaker and moderator, including leading stages at TEDx, Cannes Lions and other notable events. Lucy is a mentor and advisor to female founders and organisations on a wide-range of topics from generational diversity in leadership to business building and governance.

Claire Cormier Thielke

Country Head, Greater China, Hines Asia Pacific, People's Republic of China

Claire Cormier Thielke is the Country Head of Hines Greater China, one of the country’s largest international real estate developers. Prior to her current role, she served as Chief Operating Officer of Investment Management for Hines, overseeing new product development and global fund operations for the firm's 39 investment vehicles active across 24 geographies. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Zillow Group, the world's largest online real estate marketplace, and is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Society of Fellows. Ms. Cormier Thielke earned her undergraduate degree in Urban Planning, MA in Construction Management and a Degree of Engineer from Stanford University. She is member of Stanford University’s adjunct faculty, teaching on the intersection of technology, institutional investment and real assets. She has also written numerous scholarly contributions on green building, city planning, adaptive reuse and urban revitalization.

Jennifer Corriero

Co-Founder and Executive Director, TakingITGlobal, Canada

Jennifer Corriero is co-founder and Executive Director of TakingITGlobal, a non-profit organization that empowers youth to understand and act on the world’s greatest challenges. In 2013, TakingITGlobal was a recipient of the Intercultural Innovation Award by BMW Group and the UN Alliance of Civilizations. In 2007, TakingITGlobal was recognized by the Tech Museum Awards as the Education award winner.

Jennifer was named as Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2007. Over the past decade she has developed youth engagement programs supported by a range of foundations and has presented at conferences and events in over 30 countries. In 2003, Jennifer was a member of the Official Canadian Government Delegation to the World Summit on the Information Society. She has supported civil society engagement as part of various UN processes including the UN High Level Meeting on Youth, UN Climate Change Conference, World Urban Forum and International AIDS Conference.

Jennifer has a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University, where she has also been appointed as Adjunct Professor to the Faculty of Health. In 2011, Jennifer served as a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment and was the Canadian Country Chair for Global Dignity Day. Jennifer is also the founding Curator for the Global Shapers Toronto Hub and continues to provide support as a mentor.

Clayton Cosgrove

Director, Cosgrove & Partners Ltd, New Zealand

Honourable Clayton Cosgrove is Director of Cosgrove & Partners Ltd. He consults to chief executives, boards and chairs of major commercial entities. Professional services include: Government relations/regulatory advocacy, strategic communication & public affairs management, asset protection, risk/issues & crisis management, media/investor/stakeholder relations and management. He is a former Member of Parliament of New Zealand and former Cabinet Minister he retired from politics at the 2017 Election. He was a Cabinet Minister from 2005 - 2008 and his ministerial portfolios included: Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister of Building & Construction, Minister for Small Business, Associate Minister of Justice, Minister for Sport & Recreation, Minister for the Rugby World Cup and Minister of Statistics. Prior to going into politics he served as a senior adviser to Rt. Hon. Mike Moore, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, former WTO Director General and former New Zealand Ambassador to the USA. Cosgrove has also worked in senior commercial roles in the telecommunications and minerals industries in Australia and New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and in 2007 was appointed an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. In politics he has also held the role of Shadow Minister of: State-Owned Enterprises, Revenue, Associate Finance, International Trade, Commerce, Tourism, Building & Construction Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and the Earthquake Commission. He was also Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Parliamentary Select Committee. He was a Member of the Advisory Board of the Public Sector Governance and Accountability Research Centre at Le Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Cosgrove received a BA (triple major) and MBA from the University of Canterbury and completed executive education programmes at Harvard and Yale Universities.

Hilary Cottam

Social Entrepreneur, Centre for the Fifth Social Revolution, United Kingdom

Social entrepreneur. Author. Innovator. Current work focuses on design of new social systems required to meet the dual challenges of technology revolution and climate change with a particular focus on the design of good work. Author of Radical Help (Little Brown 2018) acclaimed book on the future of welfare systems. Current practice focuses on work, care and the design of new forms of work organisation which can support the required tech/ecological transitions. Formerly: Founder of Participle, Director of RED at the UK Design Council and a Founding Director of Do Tank and School Works. Also worked for the World Bank. Named UK Designer of the Year in 2005 in recognition of pioneering the field of social design. Young Global Leader PhD in Social Sciences: educated at Oxford, Sussex and the Open University. Honorary Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Bárbara Luiza Coutinho do Nascimento

State Prosecutor, Rio de Janeiro State Prosecutor's Office, Brazil

Bárbara Nascimento is a Public Prosecutor in Rio de Janeiro State Prosecutor's Office working with human rights, cybercrimes, anti-corruption and new technologies. Her research in those fields led her to win an academic competition at the 2018 OECD Global Anti-corruption and Integrity Forum. She holds a Master of Laws degree in Information Technology Law from the University of Edinburgh and a Master of Laws degree in Theory and Philosophy of Law from Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ), where she received a merit scholarship (Faperj Grade 10). Bárbara also holds an LLB from UERJ and a post-graduate degree in Law from the Rio de Janeiro School of Magistrates. She has published numerous academic articles in journals and has been invited to speak at international conferences.

Thomas Crampton

Head, Corporate Affairs, Greenlight Biosciences Inc, United Kingdom

Thomas heads corporate affairs, including marketing, communications and government affairs, for GreenLight Biosciences, a biotech company focused on cutting edge RNA research, design and manufacturing.

In addition to COVID-19 vaccine candidates, GreenLight is applying RNA technology to human therapeutics (Sickle Cell Disease), animal health (protecting honey bees) and plant health (crop protection).

Our goal is to use science to address humanity’s greatest challenges and my role is to engage with investors, partners, regulators, customers and the general public.

Thomas joined GreenLight from The Commons Project Foundation, where as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer he led the launch of high-profile digital services and multi-stakeholder digital initiatives aimed at mitigating the impact of the COVID pandemic by allowing people to share their health information in a privacy-preserving manner.

Prior to that, he led 1,000+ member global marketing and communications teams based out of the U.S., Europe and Asia. This included Global Chair, Digital at Edelman, Global Principal for Ogilvy Consulting and Global Managing Director for Social@Ogilvy. Clients included MSD Merck, Philips, McKinsey, Nestlé and Samsung.

For nearly two decades he was a foreign correspondent and columnist for The New York Times and International Herald Tribune based out of Asia, Europe and the United States, covering the 2003 SARS outbreak in Asia, rare diseases in Africa, the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign, economics and technology.

A frequent public speaker, he has delivered keynote speeches at many leading events and universities, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, SXSW, Cannes Lions, DLD, Stanford University, Tokyo University and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Alexis Crow

Partner; Global Head, Geopolitical Investing, PwC, USA

A global economist who focuses on geopolitics and investing, Alexis Crow provides insights on capital allocation and long-term investment. She covers Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and North America. She is a public speaker on the global macroeconomic environment and the geopolitical landscape, with a focus on sectors including real estate and infrastructure, environmental, social and governance (ESG), energy, technology and consumers. She leads a team of experts, with a focus on developing their expertise in macroeconomic analysis, geopolitical investing, developing client relationships, and using data visualization tools to guide investment decisions. She is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School and with the Global Business and Economics programme at the Atlantic Council, focussing on income inequality, ESG and the environment, and economic empowerment of women. She mentors young women and young men who are seeking their purpose and to foster their careers in business and policy. She also volunteers in New York City with Santa Egidio, participates at the Basilica of Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral as reader, and works to support professional people seeking a richer spiritual life St Patrick's Cathedral, along with addressing issues such as immigration and income inequality.

Thomas Crowther

Professor, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Thomas Crowther is a Welsh ecologist in the
department of Global Ecosystem Ecology at ETH
Zurich, where he founded Crowther Lab, an
interdisciplinary group of scientists studying global
ecosystems and generating knowledge to protect
biodiversity and address climate change. He serves
as chair of the advisory board of the UN Decade on
Ecosystem Restoration and chief scientific advisor
to the UN’s Trillion Trees Campaign.
Crowther is the founder of Restor, a science-based
open data platform that provides ecological
insights, transparency and connectivity to
conservation and restoration efforts across the
globe. Restor was named a finalist for the Royal
Foundation’s 2021 Earthshot Prize. Crowther serves on the advisory council
of WEF’s Trillion Trees initiative (

Daniel Cruise

Senior Adviser, Global Asset Capital, USA

Graduate: Brown Univ.; Univ. of Cambridge. Former: Analyst, JP Morgan & Co.; staff, National Security Council; Assistant Press Secretary, Foreign Affairs, White House; Managing Director, Albright Stonebridge Group. With Alcoa: Corp. VP, Business Dev. and Global Affairs; Member, Exec. Council. Member, Board of Directors: World Resource Institute; Nat'l Assoc. of Manufacturers; Nat'l Security Initiative; Bus. Council for Int'l Understanding; National Cttee for US China Relations. Life Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009).

Idalia Cruz Garza

Director, Strategy, Media, TV Azteca S.A.B de C.V., Mexico

Idalia Cruz Garza is Director of Media Strategy at Grupo Salinas, which has operations in media, retail, financial services, telecommunications and Internet industries through its own subsidiaries. TV Azteca owns and operates 300 TV networks in Mexico and is one of the two largest producers of Spanish language television programmes worldwide. Previously, Cruz held positions within various media as well as in Procter & Gamble Mexico. She is Founder and President of the TV Committee and the Mexican Joint Industry Committee. She is on the Board of Directors of various international media organizations including the Media Rating Council and the Advertising Research Foundation. Cruz holds a BSc in Economics from ITAM and an MSc from the London School of Economics. Postgraduate studies in Finance, Marketing and Politics from ITAM, ITESM, Harvard Business and JFK Schools. Cruz is listed as one of the 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico and was nominated for ESOMAR's Excellence Award in 2009.

Alejo Czerwonko

Chief Investment Officer Emerging Markets Americas, UBS AG, USA

Alejo is Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Emerging Markets Americas for Global Wealth Management, based in New York. In this capacity, Alejo leads a team of analysts focusing on emerging markets macroeconomics and the development of investment ideas in these markets, influencing the allocation of billions of dollars of the firms assets under management. He is a member of the CIO Americas Management Committee and the Wealth Management Latin America Management Committee. Alejo is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Wilson Centers Latin America Program, the leading global think tank based in Washington, DC. Alejo frequently appears on Bloomberg Television, CNBC, and CNN, and regularly contributes to financial publications including the Financial Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal. Alejo earned a PhD in economics from Columbia University. He also holds degrees in economics and finance from Tilburg University and Universidad del CEMA. He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbias School of International and Public Affairs, where he teaches a course on emerging markets.