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Serpil Timuray

CEO EU Cluster, Member of Group Executive Committee, Vodafone Group, United Kingdom

Serpil Timuray, Chief Executive, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific Region, joined the Executive Committee on 1 January 2014. Serpil joined Vodafone as Chief Executive of Vodafone Turkey in January 2009 and was appointed as a Director on the Board of Vodacom Group in South Africa in September 2012. She was appointed to the Boards of Vodafone India, Vodafone Hutchison Australia, Safaricom Kenya in November 2013, Vodafone Egypt in January 2014 and Vodafone Qatar in June 2014.
Serpil was previously General Manager of Danone Turkey from 2002-2008. She began her career in 1991 in marketing at Procter & Gamble where she was later appointed to the Executive Committee of Procter & Gamble Turkey.
Serpil is currently the Chairperson of the Board of YASED (International Investors Association), Vice-Chairperson of the Board of DEIK-TIIK (Turkish-British Business Council of Foreign Economic Relations), a Board Member of TOBB-GGK (Young Entrepreneurs Council of Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges) and sits on the Board of Trustees at Koc University, Turkey.

Irene Tinagli

Member of the European Parliament, European Union, European Parliament, Belgium

Irene Tinagli is an economist, serving as an advisor for firms and governments on innovation and labor policies. From Feb 2013 to March 2018 she was a member of the Italian Parliament and of the permanent Committee on Labor and Employment. Previously she was an Academic, teaching and conducting research at the University Carlos III in Madrid. Her research focused on policies for innovation, creativity and regional development, studying and benchmarking hundreds of cities and regions worldwide. Her work on the creative potential of cities and regions has been featured in international journals such as Harvard Business Review and the Financial Times. She served as an Expert on Creativity and Innovation for the European Commission and consulted for the United Nations (UNDESA) as well as for several national and regional governments. She has been a columnist for the Italian newspaper La Stampa and is a published author. She received her PhD and Master's of Science in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Beatrice Trussardi

President, Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Italy

Beatrice Trussardi (b. 1971 in Milan) completed her studies in Contemporary Art Business & Administration at New York University while working at some of the leading museums in New York, such as the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan, and the Museum of Modern Art.

She has chaired the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi since 1999. Under her leadership, in 2003, the foundation moved out of its exhibition spaces in Palazzo Trussardi alla Scala to bring contemporary art directly into the city, venturing into fomerly unexplored territory. Like a nomadic museum, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi conceives, organizes and produces major contemporary art exhibitions by internationally renowned artists which are created specifically for forgotten and often inaccessible buildings, monuments, and landmarks around Milan, reopening them and restoring them to the city and to art lovers. Since 2003, the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi has evolved into a unique institutional model that is admired around the world. The artists who have been presented by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi include—among others—Maurizio Cattelan, Tacita Dean, Urs Fischer, Fischli and Weiss, Paul McCarthy, Pipilotti Rist, Tino Sehgal and Allora & Calzadilla.
In 2015 the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi has conceived and produced the exhibition The Great Mother, curated by Massimiliano Gioni, which analyzed the iconography and representation of motherhood in twentieth-century art, from the avant-garde movements to the present, through over 400 works by 139 international artists, writers and filmmakers, along with documents and other artifacts—on loan from some twenty museums around the world, as well as foundations, archives, private collections and galleries—in an exhibition layout that covered about 2000 square meters (20,000 square feet), stretching through 29 rooms on the middle floor of Palazzo Reale.
In recognition of the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi’s work, Beatrice Trussardi received the Premio ICE – Impresa & Cultura in 2003. In 2004, she won the prestigious Montblanc Arts Patronage Award, an international prize assigned each year to new supporters of art and culture, and in 2012, received the Piazza Mercanti award from the Milan Chamber of Commerce for cultural philanthropy.

Parallel to this, Beatrice Trussardi holds positions of great prestige and responsibility in national and international organizations, bringing to bear the experience she has acquired in both the business and the cultural world.

In 2012, the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities appointed her to the Board of MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo in Rome, due to her professional achievements and experience in the field of contemporary art and patronage.
Since 2014 she is member of the Board of Comitato Fondazioni Italiane Arte Contemporanea, which aims to develop and make available a set of vocations and skills that Foundations of contemporary art guarantee in the field of exhibitions and research.
Since 2009 Beatrice Trussardi has been President of the Friends of Aspen at Aspen Institute Italy, whose aim is to analyze and discuss important economic, social, and cultural issues that are fundamental to development.
Since 2007 she has been on the Women’s Leadership Board of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which works to expand the role of women at every level of society through the contribution of international leaders.
Beatrice Trussardi is Alumna Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum.
From 2013 to 2015, at the invitation of the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs, she joined the International Board of the Women in Diplomacy Committee.

From 1999 to 2014, she held various positions and responsibilities—including those of President and CEO—within Trussardi Group. Her innovative business philosophy has helped make Trussardi Group a leading player on the international scene, as well as a symbol of the quality, creativity, history, and future of Italian fashion. She has received many honors and awards for her entrepreneurial activities, including the Premio Marisa Bellisario, in 2003, "for her determination and enthusiasm as the leader of a historic fashion label in Italy", and in the same year, the prestigious NIAF Award, conferred by the National Italian American Foundation for achievement in international business.
In 2010, the President of the Italian Republic awarded her the official title of Commendatore.
Within the realm of activities headed by the Trussardi family, she is currently CEO of the companies that manage and optimize their real estate assets.

Beatrice Trussardi has also wedded her business mission to social responsibility, through projects aimed at raising public awareness of issues like innovation, sustainability, and envisioning a different future for our planet; due to this activity, she is involved in many internationally prestigious research groups.

Iliyana Tsanova

Chief Risk Officer, Deputy Director-General, Chief Risk Officer, DG Budget, European Commission, Belgium

Iliyana is Deputy Director-General and Chief Risk Officer at DG Budget of the European Commission. Prior to that, she was Deputy Managing Director of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), an EUR 26 billion-guarantee facility launched jointly by the European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group to boost and support investments in the European Union. She has over ten years of experience in development finance with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, UK. Iliyana has held several board positions in international infrastructure companies and investment funds. In 2013 and 2014, Iliyana was appointed Deputy Prime Minister in two consecutive caretaker governments in Bulgaria. She holds MSc in Finance from the University for National and World Economy, Bulgaria and a postgraduate diploma in Financial Management from George Washington University, USA.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Director, France, The ONE Campaign, France

Former Minister for Women’s rights and then for Education. Director France of the One Campaign.

Silje Vallestad

Founder, FutureTalks, Norway

Silje Vallestad is an entrepreneur, innovator, speaker and writer. Since the young age of 14 she has continuously built projects, organisations and companies around the world, ranging from running soup kitchens for the homeless, publishing a book on visions for the future written by youth and world leaders, and building two tech companies. Fall of 2017 Silje co-founded FutureTalks - an impact driven initiative - to engage the youth and established leaders, from all sectors and all over the world, in the most important discussions of our time. When everything soon is possible, what paths should we choose? Silje is a firm believer in the need to engage the youth and give them seats at the table in all matters regarding the future.

Hajo van Beijma

Founder, Atilax, Netherlands

Founder at Atilax: Executive Search for Tech Companies and Scale-Ups. Hajo is an entrepreneur who operates as an international leader in the field of technology and human behavior. Hajo combines commercial focus with user centered design principles growing projects and organizations from basic ideas to internationally scaled-up successful enterprises. Hajo's passion and purpose is building creative teams around new tech driven ideas with the goal of influencing people’s lives. Expertise in: Mobile tech, mobile payments, loyalty programs, content & technology, scale-ups, behavior change, international expansion, emerging markets, growth strategy, multi stakeholder partnerships & headhunting. Skills: Business development, closing deals, headhunting, pioneering, change management, leading virtual teams, strategic thinking, team-building, risk-taking, networking. Hajo is a member of the World Economic Forum group of Young Global Leaders since 2014 and has been trained at Harvard, Oxford, Singularity University, Insead, THNK and the University of Amsterdam. Hajo is the co-author of many publications on the use of mobile technologies in emerging markets and received a UN leadership award from the deputy Secretary General in 2014 for his work.

Karien van Gennip

Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands, Netherlands

Karien van Gennip has been the Minister of Social Affairs and Employment of the Netherlands since January 2022.

Until her appointment as Minister she was CEO of Coöperatie VGZ. With over 4 million policyholders, VGZ is one of the largest health insurance companies in the Netherlands. In this role Karien combines her passion for addressing challenges in society, with leading large transformations, build on a strong belief in ‘people first’, customer engagement, sustainability and digitization.
Karien was a member of the Board of Directors of INSEAD from 2019 to 2022, one of the world's leading graduate business schools. From 2020 to 2022, she was a Board member of the OranjeFonds, a Dutch charitable fund with a focus on social participation. Until March 2021 Karien was Co-President of Financi’Elles, the leading federation of networks promoting gender diversity in banking, financial and insurance in France.

Previously, Karien worked for ING, where she served as CEO of ING Bank France from 2015 to 2020. ING in France is both a leader in online banking and among the top 5 international players in wholesale banking. Karien joined ING Group in the Netherlands in 2008 as Director of Group Public & Government Affairs, and was appointed Director of Private Banking & Investments in September 2010.

From 2003 to 2007, Karien served as State Secretary of Economic Affairs / Minister for Foreign Trade in the Dutch government with responsibilities for bilateral and multilateral Foreign Trade, entrepreneurship, regional policy, investment climate and consumer policy. She also served as a member of the Lower House of the Dutch Parliament 2006-2008.

Karien began her career in 1994 as a management consultant for McKinsey&Company in Amsterdam, and later in San Francisco. In 2002, she continued her career with the Dutch Authority for Financial Markets (AFM).

She also served as a Board member and vice chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce until 2019. In 2017 she was a member of the steering committee of the Institut Montaigne publication ‘L’Europe dont nous avons besoin’. Before 2015, Karien was a member of several Supervisory Boards in the Netherlands (eg. SOS Children’s Villages the Netherlands, Cordaid and Deltares).

Karien is married with four daughters. She holds a Master degree from Delft University of Technology and an MBA from Insead (1995, Dean's List). In 2008, Karien was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In her spare time, Karien enjoys running, dinners with friends, and being a field hockey coach.

Coen van Oostrom

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EDGE, Netherlands

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, EDGE, one of Europe’s largest commercial property developers and a global leader in tech-enabled sustainable building design for ambitious customers worldwide. Since founding the firm in 1997, has led the growth of EDGE (formerly OVG Real Estate) to its current scope with more than a million square meters of development across the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany and United States. Recently introduced EDGE Next: a sensor and data-driven platform that can optimize any office building’s performance, making it smarter, healthier, and more sustainable.

Mabel van Oranje

Chair, Girls Not Brides, United Kingdom

Mabel van Oranje is a serial entrepreneur for social change working globally to advance equality, freedom and justice. During the last decade, she played a catalytic role in the global movement to end child marriage, including the creation and growth of three entities central to efforts to support girls’ futures: Girls Not Brides, the Girls First Fund, and VOW for Girls. Mabel is currently a board member of Fondation Chanel, the Sigrid Rausing Trust, and VOW for Girls (Chair). She is also an advisor to Apolitical Academy Global, Co-Impact’s Gender Fund, Global Witness, and The Elders. Mabel is a global champion of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, and a co-founder and chair emeritus of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Nathalie van Ypersele de Strihou

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer; General Manager, Communication, Solvay, Belgium

Nathalie van Ypersele de Strihou is Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer as well as General Manager, Communication at Solvay. She was previously partner at Akkanto, a consulting firm in communication, based in Brussels and Editor-in-Chief of Trends-Tendances, the number one business weekly magazine in Belgium. She won two press prizes. Nathalie van Ypersele is leading a Foundation with social projects (schools) in the Philippines, India and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Paul van Zyl

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Conduit, United Kingdom

Paul van Zyl is the Chief Executive Officer of Maiyet, a luxury fashion brand that sources its products from artisans, mostly from developing economies, to empower women, alleviate poverty and promote peace. He is also Director of the New York University School of Law's Transitional Justice Program and a Professor of Law in New York and Singapore. Previously, van Zyl served as Executive Vice-President of the International Centre for Transitional Justice, a Researcher on the Goldstone Commission, Department Head at the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg, Associate at Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York, and Executive Secretary for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of South Africa. He has a BA and LLB from the University of the Witwatersrand, a LLM in International Law from the University of Leiden, a LLM in Corporate Law (Hauser Global Scholars Program) from New York University School of Law and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Santa Clara University.