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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, 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.

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.

Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leader of Fine Gael, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment of Ireland, Ireland

Studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a General Practitioner. Former Member and Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council. 2007, first elected to Dáil Eireann, Ireland (House of Representatives) as the TD (Member of the House of Representatives) for Dublin West. 2011-14, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. 2014-16, Minister for Health. 2016-17, Minister for Social Protection. Since June 2017, Leader of the Fine Gael Party and Taoiseach. Youngest member of the Irish Government, the only gay member of the cabinet.

Vyron Vasileiadis

Chairman, V Group, Greece

Vyron Vasileiadis is the Founder and Chairman of V Group, a robust Group of Companies with a strong presence and continued growth in Waste Management, Renewable Energy Sources and Financial Investments.
Vyron is a dynamic, results-driven, self-made entrepreneur, who began his career in 1995 as a site worker for a cleaning services company before successfully progressing to the innovative leader he is today.
Constantly in search of future opportunities and striving to shape advanced concepts, Vyron Vasileiadis seeks to add value to his growing business portfolio, while positively impacting the world for future generations.
In 2021 V Group’s assets approached €93m and over the next few years, the Group plans to invest in various environmental and renewable energy assets.
Vyron’s corporate philosophy is motivated by his ambition to achieve net zero carbon footprint, adopt Zero Waste practices, and promote sustainable business models. Knowing what truly matters, his vision would not be complete without his ongoing support for those in need and the advocacy of animal rights. Having said this, Vyron Vasileiadis has established the Deppy Vasileiadis Foundation, a philanthropic organization, whose main goal is to award grants in the areas of children’s education, fight against animal cruelty, and protection of the environment.

Diana Verde Nieto

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Positiveluxury.com, United Kingdom

Diana Verde Nieto is the co-founder & CEO of Positive Luxury, a company that since 2011 has been helping companies adapt to a new climate economy by assessing their ESG performance, enabling them to forecast social and environmental risks and future proof their business.

Diana is a pioneer in ESG and a globally recognised figure in the sustainability field. Diana holds a degree in Global Leadership & Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and she has been trained by Former USA Vice President, Al Gore at the Alliance of Climate Protection and subsequently being honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.

Claudia Vergueiro Massei

Head, Executive Office and Transformation, Motion Control, Siemens, Germany

As Siemens Oman CEO, Claudia is committed to enabling the digital transformation in the sultanate and to contributing to its economic development. She drives business in power distribution, smart grid, smart buildings, control and automation, and digital solutions for industrial applications. She assumed her role after working with Siemens in Germany, Denmark and China for various business fields, including wind power and rail automation. Originally from Brazil, she commenced her career in strategy consulting, undertaking assignments in France, Morocco, South Africa and the United States, besides her home country. She subsequently co-founded a SaaS edtech startup in Brazil, Eduqo, which she ran before joining Siemens. Claudia developed her passion for education during her college days, when she worked as part-time teacher preparing students for university entrance exams in Brazil. In her free time, Claudia enjoys to dance, travel and learn about different cultures, as well as to mentor young entrepreneurs. She sits on the Advisory Board of Battery Associates and Steering For Greatness Foundation, and is the co-chair of the Industrial Advisory Board of the College of Engineering of Sultan Qaboos University. In 2020, she was nominated by Forbes Middle East as one of the most powerful businesswomen in the region and by LinkedIn as one of its Top Voices. Claudia holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania.

Martina Viarengo

Professor, International Economics, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Martina Viarengo is Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. She is Faculty Associate at the Harvard University, Center for International Development, and a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Dr. Viarengo was an Economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and she was named a Newton International Fellow by the British Academy and the Royal Society. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a Master's Degree in Economics from Northwestern University.

Christophe Villemin

Operating Partner, Searchlight Capital Partners, United Kingdom

Christophe Villemin has been Operating Partner of Apollo Global Management from 2015 to 2019. He served as the President of Constellium Aerospace & Transportation from 2011 to 2013. He joined Alcan in 1994 and held various leadership positions in different sectors in packaging and aluminum conversion in Europe and United States. In 2002, he was appointed as General Manager, Alcan Rolled Products in Switzerland (former-Alusuisse) and in 2005, President, Alcan Engineered Aluminum Products (EP), Packaging & Automotive Rolled Products. Prior to Constellium, Christophe Villemin served as President of Rio Tinto Alcan Rolled Products until 2010. In 2008, Mr. Villemin was distinguished as a “Young Global Leader” of the World Economic Forum.

Christophe Villemin is co-founder and Chairman of the ski brand Black Crows. He is Member of the board of Latécoère S.A., Jacques Marie Mage and Easymile

Felicitas von Peter

Founder and Managing Partner, Forum for Active Philanthropy GmbH, Germany

Founder (2006), Active Philanthropy, a charitable platform supporting investors to generate maximum impact with their giving and social investing; Founder (2011), Beyond Philanthropy, a social business advising multinationals, foundations and individuals on effective CSR, impact investing and philanthropy. PhD, Cambridge University. 1998-2006, Bertelsmann Foundation, Germany. Board Member of various foundations and NGO's, amongst them INDEX: Design to improve life