Vinton G. Cerf
Jos de Blok
Michael J. Gelb
Rita Gunther McGrath
Lisa W. Hershman
Michael G. Jacobides
Young K. Sohn
Tony Tan Keng Yam
Chief Executive Officer, Emergn Limited
Alex is a hands-on executive with more than 25 years experience and a successful track record in global professional services and technology organizations. Alex founded Emergn Limited in 2009. His work has spanned early stage and startup organizations and also Fortune 1000 companies. Alex has extensive international experience with a deep understanding of culture, work, and life ethics especially in relation to establishing alignment and crossing cultural barriers.
Alex has served in several key leadership roles in his career with well known organizations always with a distinct focus on leadership development, change management and international growth and expansion. Emergn‘s education led transformation approach is a culmination of a career centered on learning as a change agent.
Professor, Blavatnik School of Government, Univ. of Oxford;
Executive Director, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School
Eric Beinhocker is a Professor of Public Policy Practice at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. He is also the Executive Director of the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University’s Oxford Martin School. INET Oxford is a research center devoted to applying leading-edge interdisciplinary approaches to issues including financial system stability, innovation and growth, economic inequality, and environmental sustainability. Beinhocker is also a Supernumerary Fellow in Economics at Oriel College, an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Visiting Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest.
Prior to joining Oxford, Beinhocker had an 18-year career at McKinsey & Company where he was a partner and held leadership roles in McKinsey’s Strategy Practice, its Climate Change and Sustainability Practice, and the McKinsey Global Institute. Beinhocker writes frequently on economic, business, and public policy issues and his work has appeared in the Financial Times, Bloomberg, The Times, the Guardian, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Democracy, and he is the author The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What It Means for Business and Society. Beinhocker is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the MIT Sloan School, and is originally from Boston, Massachusetts.
VP Global Talent Management, Steelcase
Laurent Bernard is vice president of Global Talent Management for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture and technology products.
For more than 30 years, Laurent has worked in human resources helping employees to maximize their full potential. He joined Steelcase in 1998 in Europe as HR Director for International and in 2002, he moved to the United States and in his role, he oversees Steelcase inc global talent development pipeline and build strong, human-centric programs that support employees and work toward sustaining Steelcase culture.
Corporate culture is his passion.” An organization’s culture is the one thing a competitor cannot replicate, and It is my personal and professional belief that human resources can inform and enhance an organization’s corporate culture, thus making it more competitive in the marketplace”.
Laurent has a law degree from the University Paris 2 and an International MBA from the ESCP Europe Business School. In 2010, he added an additional degree from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Before joining Steelcase, Laurent was European HR director for BOC/Ohmeda , HR director for Computervision France and Belgium and worked as an HR manager for Schlumberger/ Oce Graphics.
Born in Landau, Germany, Laurent currently resides in Grand Rapids with his wife, Brigitte, and they are the parents of three children.
Deputy Dean, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School
Julian Birkinshaw is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and Deputy Dean at the London Business School. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the Academy of Social Scientists (FAcSS) and the Academy of International Business.
Julian is a recognised expert on innovation, entrepreneurship and renewal in large corporations. He has written fourteen books, including Fast/Forward, Becoming a Better Boss, Reinventing Management, and Giant Steps in Management, and over ninety articles in such journals as Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Strategic Management Journal and Academy of Management Journal.
He is regularly quoted in international media outlets, including CNN, BBC, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the Huffington Post, Bloomberg Business Week and The Times, and he speaks regularly at business conferences in the UK, Europe, North America and Australia. In 2015, he was ranked 43rd on the Thinkers 50 list of the most influential management thinkers in the world.
ulian has PhD and MBA degrees in Business from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a BSc (Hons) from the University of Durham. He has been on the faculty at London Business School for eighteen years, and is currently Deputy Dean (Programmes) and Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Stockholm School of Economics, 2009.
Julian is co-founder with bestselling author Gary Hamel of the Management Innovation Lab (MLab), a unique partnership between academia and business that seeks to accelerate the evolution of management. He is very active as a consultant, speaker, and executive educator to many large corporations, including Arup, Bayer, BMW, Deloitte, IBM, Novo Nordisk, Petrofac, Rio Tinto, Roche, Tata, Toshiba, UBS, and Unilever.
Professor of Practice at Northeastern University; Distinguished Executive in Residence at Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Founder & CEO, The Practice of Innovation; Former CEO of SRI International
Curt Carlson in an internationally recognized innovator and thought-leader on the practice of innovation. As CEO of SRI International in Silicon Valley from 1998 to 2014, SRI became a global model for the creation of high-value innovations, such as HDTV, Intuitive Surgical for robotic surgery, and Siri on the iPhone. Carlson’s new company, Practice of Innovation, works with companies, governments, and universities to improve innovative performance. He served on President Obama’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, he is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Singapore, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering study to develop improved U.S. R&D and innovative outcomes.
Carlson wrote, with William Wilmot, "Innovation", a BusinessWeek Top-10 Business Book. The process described is now used by companies, universities, and government agencies worldwide.
His teams have won two Emmys, one for HDTV and one for optimized satellite broadcast imagequality. He won the Otto Schade Prize for Display Performance and Image Quality from the Society for Information Display.
Carlson received his B.S. degree in physics from WPI as a member of Tau Beta Pi. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are from Rutgers University.
Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios.
Dr. Ed Catmull is co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios and president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Disneytoon Studios. For over twenty-five years, Pixar has dominated the world of animation, producing fourteen consecutive #1 box office hits, which have grossed more than $8.7 billion at the worldwide box office to date, and won thirty Academy Awards®.
His book Creativity, Inc.—co-written with journalist Amy Wallace and years in the making—is a distillation of the ideas and management principles Ed has used to develop a creative culture. A book for managers who want to lead their employees to new heights, it also grants readers an all-access trip into the nerve center of Pixar Animation Studios—into the meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history have been made.
Dr. Catmull has been honored with five Academy Awards®, including an Oscar of Lifetime Achievement for his technical contributions and leadership in the field of computer graphics for the motion picture industry. Dr. Catmull earned B.S. degrees in computer science and physics and a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Utah. In 2005, the University of Utah presented him with an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Engineering.
Vinton G. Cerf
VP and chief Internet evangelist, Google
Vinton G. Cerf has served as vice president and chief Internet evangelist for Google since October 2005. In this role, he is responsible for identifying new enabling technologies to support the development of advanced, Internet-based products and services from Google. He is also an active public face for Google in the Internet world.
Cerf is the former senior vice president of Technology Strategy for MCI. In this role, Cerf was responsible for helping to guide corporate strategy development from the technical perspective. Previously, Cerf served as MCI’s senior vice president of Architecture and Technology, leading a team of architects and engineers to design advanced networking frameworks including Internet-based solutions for delivering a combination of data, information, voice and video services for business and consumer use.
Widely known as one of the "Fathers of the Internet," Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. In December 1997, President Clinton presented the U.S. National Medal of Technology to Cerf and his colleague, Robert E. Kahn, for founding and developing the Internet. Kahn and Cerf were named the recipients of the ACM Alan M. Turing award in 2004 for their work on the Internet protocols. The Turing award is sometimes called the “Nobel Prize of Computer Science.” In November 2005, President George Bush awarded Cerf and Kahn the Presidential Medal of Freedom for their work. The medal is the highest civilian award given by the United States to its citizens. In April 2008, Cerf and Kahn received the prestigious Japan Prize.
Prior to rejoining MCI in 1994, Cerf was vice president of the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (CNRI). As vice president of MCI Digital Information Services from 1982-1986, he led the engineering of MCI Mail, the first commercial email service to be connected to the Internet. During his tenure from 1976-1982 with the U.S. Department of Defense's Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Cerf played a key role leading the development of Internet and Internet-related packet data and security technologies.
Vint Cerf served as chairman of the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) from 2000-2007. Cerf also served as founding president of the Internet Society from 1992-1995 and in 1999 served a term as Chairman of the Board. In addition, Cerf is honorary chairman of the IPv6 Forum, dedicated to raising awareness and speeding introduction of the new Internet protocol. Cerf served as a member of the U.S. Presidential Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 1997 to 2001 and serves on several national, state and industry committees focused on cyber-security. Cerf sits on the Board of Directors for the Endowment for Excellence in Education, the Americas Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), CosmosID, StopBadWare, the Gorilla Foundation and the Intaba Institute (for the Deaf). Cerf also sits on the Board of Associates of Gallaudet University. He serves on the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Advisory Committee and serves as Chair of the Visitors Committee on Advanced Technology of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He also serves as 1st Vice President and Treasurer of the National Science & Technology Medals Foundation. Cerf is a Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, and American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the International Engineering Consortium, the Computer History Museum, the Annenberg Center for Communications at USC, the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, the American Philosophical Society, the Hasso Platner Institute and is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering. In 2011, he was made Distinguished Fellow of the British Computer Society.
Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet. These include the Marconi Fellowship, Charles Stark Draper award of the National Academy of Engineering, the Prince of Asturias award for science and technology, the National Medal of Science from Tunisia, the St. Cyril and St. Methodius Order (Grand Cross) of Bulgaria, the Alexander Graham Bell Award presented by the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, the NEC Computer and Communications Prize, the Silver Medal of the International Telecommunications Union, the IEEE Alexander Graham Bell Medal, the IEEE Koji Kobayashi Award, the ACM Software and Systems Award, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the Computer and Communications Industries Association Industry Legend Award, installation in the Inventors Hall of Fame, the Yuri Rubinsky Web Award, the Kilby Award , the Rotary Club International Paul P. Harris Medal, the Joseph Priestley Award from Dickinson College, the Yankee Group/Interop/Network World Lifetime Achievement Award, the George R. Stibitz Award, the Werner Wolter Award, the Andrew Saks Engineering Award, the IEEE Third Millennium Medal, the Computerworld/Smithsonian Leadership Award, the J.D. Edwards Leadership Award for Collaboration, World Institute on Disability Annual Award and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend medal. Cerf was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2006. He was made an Eminent Member of the IEEE Eta Kappa Nu (HKN) honor society in 2009. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Webby Award. In February 2011 he was named a Stanford Engineering School “Hero” for his work on the Internet and received a lifetime achievement award from the Oxford Internet Institute. In December 1994, People magazine identified Cerf as one of that year's "25 Most Intriguing People."
In addition to his work on behalf of Google and the Internet, Cerf has served as a technical advisor to production for "Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict" and made a special guest appearance on the program in May 1998. Cerf has appeared on television programs NextWave with Leonard Nimoy and often co-hosted World Business Review with Alexander Haig and Caspar Weinberger. Cerf also holds an appointment as distinguished visiting scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is working on the design of an interplanetary Internet. Cerf holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Stanford University and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from UCLA. He also holds honorary Doctorate degrees from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich; Lulea University of Technology, Sweden; University of the Balearic Islands, Palma; Capitol College, Maryland; Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania; George Mason University, Virginia; Rovira i Virgili University, Tarragona, Spain; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York; the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; Brooklyn Polytechnic; Marymount University; the University of Pisa; the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications; Tschingua University, Beijing, China; the University of Zaragoza, Spain; the Technical University of Cartagena, Spain; the Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain; Bethany College, Kansas; the Moscow State University of International Relations and the Buenos Aires Institute of Technology.
His personal interests include fine wine, gourmet cooking and science fiction. Cerf and his wife, Sigrid, were married in 1966 and have two sons, David and Bennett.
Co-Founder & VP Engineering, Viv Labs; Co-Founder, Siri Inc.
Currently, Adam Cheyer is co-Founder and VP Engineering of Viv Labs, a startup simplifying the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Previously, Adam Cheyer was co-Founder and VP Engineering at Siri, Inc., a company aimed at fundamentally redesigning the face of the consumer mobile experience. In 2010, Siri was acquired by Apple, where Mr. Cheyer became a Director of Engineering in the iPhone/iOS group. Mr. Cheyer is is also a Founding Member and Advisor to Change.org, the premier social network for positive social change, and a co-Founder of Sentient Technologies.
Before starting Siri, Adam Cheyer was a Program Director in SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center, where he served as Chief Architect of the CALO/PAL project, an ambitious effort to create a next-generation personal cognitive assistant that learns and self-improves "in the wild" (e.g. with no code changes). Cheyer's team was responsible for integrating state-of-the-art AI technologies from 25 research institutions, universities, and commercial companies, into a functioning system that can provide user value and pass a set of yearly SAT-like tests.
Mr. Cheyer was VP of Engineering at Dejima (acquired by Sybase), where he was responsible for managing Dejima's engineering staff, technology strategy, and for guiding the company's product development in the areas of accelerated mobile search for enterprise and consumer applications.
As VP of Engineering at Verticalnet (NASDAQ: VERT, acquired by BravoSolution), Mr. Cheyer was responsible for development organizations delivering products for consortium marketplaces, private markets, and extended enterprise solutions. Verticalnet's products included a set of integrated trading applications (auction, reverse auction, RFQ, structured negotiation), C2 Suite (an ontology-driven distributed data comprehension toolset), and OSM (a platform for managing intelligent integration throughout the connected enterprise).
Mr. Cheyer has more than 15 years experience in a variety of roles, including executive, software engineer, research scientist, consultant, lecturer, and technical manager. A pioneer in the areas of distributed computing, intelligent agents, and advanced user interfaces, he is the author of fifty-nine peer-reviewed publications and more than twenty issued patents. Mr. Cheyer has also participated on a number of Program Committees and Advisory Boards.
As Senior Scientist and Co-Director of the Computer Human Interaction Center (CHIC) at SRI International, Mr. Cheyer led a multidisciplinary team of researchers exploring web services, distributed knowledge, and pervasive computing. While at Bull S.A., he was lead developer and architect for NOEMIE, a configuration expert system used to manage Bull's line of 30,000 hardware and software products worldwide. Mr. Cheyer received his bachelor's degree with highest honors from Brandeis University and his master's degree with an "outstanding master's student" award from UCLA.
Jos de Blok
Founder & CEO Buurtzorg Nederland
Internet & Tech Senior Executive
360° Innovation & (Digital) Transformation Veteran
Philippe Dewost has built a dual corporate & startup track in high tech and telecom, and is recognized since the past 20 years as an innovation driven, game changing, and inspiring leader.
As Wanadoo co-founder, he helped build Europe’s #1 ISP, held senior marketing and business positions in european startups, relaunched Orange France Telecom’s home devices business successfully, and ran a Cambridge (UK) imaging startup that was acquired by Apple in 2010 and whose technology is used half a billion times per day.
He has deployed Leonard, VINCI Group’s Corporate Innovation and Transformation Program, by combining a series of exploration groups ranging across 7 key future topics (Autonomous Vehicle, Climatic Resilience, AI, ...) with an Intrapreneurship Program currently considered as a reference by other large Corporates.
He had previously led a €4,25 Bn digital programme for the French Government - the Investments for The Future Program, inspired La French Tech, and initiated a joint Blockchain R&D effort with 27 institutions and partners.
A graduate in Physics at Normale Sup (Ulm), former Midship in the French Navy, Philippe holds a Master in Telecommunications from Telecom ParisTech and a MBA from Collège des Ingénieurs.
Amy C. Edmondson, PhD is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society.
Edmondson has been ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011 (most recently #13). She teaches and writes on leadership, teams and organizational learning. Her most recent book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety for Learning, Innovation, and Growth offers practical guidance for leaders who are serious about building a thriving organization in the today’s uncertain environment. Her prior books, Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate and Compete in the Knowledge Economy and Teaming to Innovate (Jossey-Bass, 2012, 2103) and Building the Future: Big Teaming for Audacious Innovation (Berrett-Koehler, 2016) explore teamwork in dynamic, unpredictable work environments.
Before her academic career, she was Director of Research at Pecos River Learning Centers, where she worked on the design and implementation of transformational change in large companies. In the early 1980s, she worked as Chief Engineer for architect/inventor Buckminster Fuller, and her book A Fuller Explanation: The Synergetic Geometry of R. Buckminster Fuller (Birkauser Boston, 1987) clarifies Fuller's mathematical contributions for a non-technical audience. Edmondson received her PhD in organizational behavior, AM in psychology, and AB in engineering and design, all from Harvard University.
She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her husband, George Daley, a physician-scientist and Dean of Harvard Medical School, with their two college-age sons.
Professor of Innovation Management, IMD
Bill Fischer is a Professor of Innovation Management at IMD. He co-founded and co-directs the IMD program on Driving Strategic Innovation, in cooperation with the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
An engineer by training, American by citizenship, Bill has lived much of his life in Asia and Europe. He held a full-professorship and endowed chair on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1976-1998), first moved to China in 1980, and later became the President of the China Europe International Business School [CEIBS], in Shanghai (1997-1999). He has been awarded the Silver Magnolia award, Shanghai’s highest award for foreigners contributing to the city’s development, in 1999.
He first joined IMD in 1990, and was part of the IMD team that developed the Managerial Deep Dive process for improved innovation conversations. His most recent book: “Reinventing Giants: How Chinese Global Competitor Haier has Changed the Way that Big Companies Transform” [with Umberto Lago & Fang Liu].
In 2013, he was included among “The Top 50 Business School Professors on Twitter,” and Innovation Excellence’s “Top 50 Innovation Twitter Sharers of 2013”. Also, in 2013, “Reinventing Giants”, has been short-listed for Thinkers50 “book of the year” award.
Academic Director, Executive MBA HSG, Executive School of Management, Technology and Law; University of St.Gallen
Director of the Institute of Management and Strategy, School of Management; University of St.Gallen
Prof. Dr. Karolin Frankenberger is the Academic Director of the Executive MBA in the Executive School of Management, Technology and Law at the University of St.Gallen as well as Chair Owner and Director of the Institute of Management & Strategy (IoMS-HSG) of the University of St. Gallen. Previously, Prof. Dr. Frankenberger was assistant professor at the University of Lucerne and the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St.Gallen and spent almost 7 years with the management consultancy McKinsey & Company. In 2004, she received a PhD from the Institute of Management, University of St.Gallen, Switzerland, and was a visiting researcher at Harvard Business School and the School of Business at the University of Connecticut.
Her research is primarily focused on Business Model Innovation and Business Transformation, Ecosystems and Sustainability. Her book, “The Business Model Navigator: 55 Models that will Revolutionise your Business” has been published by FT Pearson and has been translated into several languages and is considered a standard reference in business model innovation literature.
CEO, Lonza Group
In January 2019 Marc Funk was appointed as CEO of Lonza Group Ltd, effective 1 March 2019. In his former role as President and COO of the Lonza Pharma & Biotech segment, Marc led the business through significant operational transformation and major expansions in capacityand capability. Marc was responsible for driving innovation in biopharma manufacturing through an extensive R&D program, as well as attracting and developing talent as part of the segment growth strategy.
Michael J. Gelb
Creative thinking pioneer and executive coach
Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. A pioneer in creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership, he leads seminars for DuPont, Merck, Microsoft, Nike, Roche, and YPO, bringing over 35 years of experience as professional speaker, seminar leader, and organizational consultant to his diverse, international clientele.
One of 14 books on creativity and innovation, his international best seller “How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day“ has been translated into 25 languages and has appeared on the Washington Post, Amazon, and the New York Times best seller lists.
Winner of a 1999 Brain Trust Charity’s “Brain of the Year” award and a 2003 Batten Fellowship from University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business, Michael was director of creativity and innovation leadership for the Conscious Capitalism Institute, and codirects the Leading Innovation Seminar at Darden with Professor James Clawson. A former professional juggler, certified teacher of the Alexander Technique, and fifth-degree black belt in aikido, he has created many best-selling audio programs and coauthored books with chess grandmaster Raymond Keene and Sarah Miller Caldicott, great grandniece of Thomas Edison.
Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, Founder of Aramex
Fadi Ghandour is the Executive Chairman of Wamda Group, a platform that invests, nurtures and builds entrepreneurship eco-systems across the Middle East and North Africa.
Fadi is also the Founder of Aramex, one of the leading global logistics companies. Fadi spent the first 30 years of his work life as CEO of Aramex, building the company, making it the leading emerging market logistics company, employing over 15,000 people working in over 250 offices in 90 countries. He took the company public twice, first on Nasdaq making it the first company from the Arab world to do so, then on Dubai Financial market. He continues to be active on the Aramex board.
Fadi is a serial entrepreneur. In his career, he was involved with founding, investing and launching tens of companies and non-profits, ranging from digital tech, hospitality, fitness & wellness to security.
Passionate about impact and social entrepreneurship, Fadi founded and chairs Ruwwad for Development, a private‐sector led community empowerment platform that helps marginalized communities, across several countries in the MENA region, overcome marginalization through activism, civic engagement, education and financial inclusion. He has also co-founded and continues to support Al-Riyadi, one of the leading not-for-profit sports clubs in Jordan.
Fadi also served and continues to serve on several global and regional boards of companies, education institutions and non-profits.
Chairman Emeritus, Tupperware Brands
Rick Goings is Chairman Emeritus of Tupperware Brands. Throughout his successful career, he has held a number of global senior management positions in Europe, Asia and the U.S. During his tenure and under his leadership at Tupperware Brands, the company received numerous awards and recognition including Fortune World’s Most Admired Companies for eight consecutive years, America’s Most JUST Companies from Forbes, Barron’s 2018 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Forbes 2018 list of America’s Best Mid-Size Employers and a 2017 Corporate Champion for leadership in driving gender parity on corporate boards by the Women’s Forum of New York.
An engaged member of the World Economic Forum, Goings is at the forefront of thought leadership on Gender Equality, Education and the Future of Work initiatives in Davos. He was selected to be an inaugural HeForShe IMPACT Champion with United Nations Women (UNW) and a founding member of the UNW Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council appointed by Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. He serves on the national board of the Smithsonian Institution, the Global Peter Drucker Forum and Rollins College. He is a former member of the board of governors for Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), having served as National Chairman for two terms. Using his experience and insight as a global corporate and social impact leader, he has driven the expansion of youth clubs into international markets, first into Mexico, where there are now 9 Clubs with 9 more on the horizon, and then into South Africa with 6 successful Clubs in Johannesburg and Soweto.
With his extensive knowledge of a broad spectrum of subjects – from current global business trends, inspirational leadership, strategy and competitive advantage to mentorship and sponsorship, mindfulness and meditation, philanthropy and social impact – Goings is highly respected and sought after for public speaking engagements in the corporate, non-profit and academic arenas, as well as by global media.
Goings has received numerous international awards, including the distinguished decree of "Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur" (Knight of the Legion of Honor) by the former President of the French Republic, Nicolas Sarkozy, in recognition of his long term dedication to the role of women in developing countries and children’s causes. Having lived and worked in Asia for a number of years, the People’s Republic of China bestowed him with the prestigious Marco Polo Award for his visionary leadership and significant role in China’s economic development. Boys & Girls Clubs of America honored him with their highest award, the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award for his outstanding leadership and the Holmes Group named Goings as CEO of the Year. The Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument honored Goings and his wife, Susan Porcaro Goings, with the Voice for Women Award for their exemplary commitment to the economic empowerment of women around the world.
Goings was educated at Guilford College, and is the recipient of a Doctorate of Humane Letters honoris causa, from Rollins College, as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration honoris causa from Bryant College. He served in the U.S. Navy on the Destroyer, USS Power.
Rick and his wife Susan split their time today between their homes in Windermere, Florida and Charlottesville, Virginia.
Executive Director, MIT Leadership Center, MIT Sloan School of Management
Hal Gregersen is executive director of the MIT Leadership Center and a senior lecturer in leadership and innovation at MIT Sloan School of Management. A Thinkers50 globally ranked management thinker, he is the author of the Harvard Business Review article “Bursting the CEO Bubble” and co-author of The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators. Gregersen is also the founder of the 4-24 Project, an initiative dedicated to rekindling the provocative power of asking the right questions in adults so they can pass this crucial creativity skill onto the next generation. Putting his insight into practice, he is co-creator (with Sam Abell) of Leadership and the Lens: Learning at the Intersection of Innovation and Image-Making, an executive education experience through MIT Sloan Executive Education in association with Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.
Project Lead, Digital Transformation of Industries, World Economic Forum
Mehran Gul is the Lead for Digital Enterprise at the World Economic Forum in Geneva. His work focuses on topics at the intersection of technology and business. Specifically, he works with global business leaders to develop strategies to ensure their digital transformation investments results in tangible outcomes. Mr Gul previously served as an Expert at the United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) where he advised governments on the role of higher education and entrepreneurship on industrial policy. He received his graduate degree in International Relations from Yale where he was a Fulbright scholar and a Fox International Fellow. He has been a visiting scholar at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, and a regional fellow with the Acumen Fund. He is a recipient of the McKinsey/Financial Times Bracken Bower prize for writers and is currently authoring a book on The New Geography of Innovation which charts the rise of global technology hubs. It will be published by HarperCollins in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US.
Rita Gunther McGrath
Professor, Columbia Business School
Rita Gunther McGrath is a globally recognized expert on strategy, innovation, and growth with an emphasis on corporate entrepreneurship. Her work and ideas help CEOs and senior executives chart a pathway to success in today’s rapidly changing and volatile environments. McGrath is highly valued for her rare ability to connect research to business problems and in 2016 received the “Theory to Practice” award at the Vienna Strategy Forum.
Recognized consistently as one of the top 10 management thinkers by global management award Thinkers50, McGrath also received the award for outstanding achievement in the Strategy category. She is a highly sought after speaker at corporate events, such as the Yale CEO Summit, the Innosight CEO Summit and at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. McGrath has also been inducted into the Strategic Management Society “Fellows” in recognition of her impact on the field.
McGrath is often cited in the press, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, and NPR’s Marketplace. She maintains an active social media presence, and has been rated one of the 25 smartest women to follow on Twitter by Fast Company Magazine. She consistently appears in rankings of the top business school professors to follow on Twitter. McGrath was voted HR Magazine’s Most Influential International Thinker, writes regularly for Fortune magazine’s online edition, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal’s Experts column and blogs regularly at HBR.org.
McGrath is one of the most widely published authors in the Harvard Business Review, including the best-selling “Discovery Driven Planning” (1995), which was recognized as an early articulation of today’s “lean” startup philosophy and has been praised by Clayton Christensen as ‘one of the most important ideas in management – ever.’ Her related book, Discovery Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity (2009) is a deep dive into how to put the technique to work. Her next project, tentatively entitled Discovery Driven Advantage examines how companies can build true proficiency in innovation.
McGrath’s best-selling book, The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business, was recognized by Strategy+Business as the #1 business book of the year. She has co-authored two more books: MarketBusters: 40 Strategic Moves that Drive Exceptional Business Growth (2005); and The Entrepreneurial Mindset (2000), all published by Harvard Business Review Press. MarketBusters has been translated into ten languages and was named one of the best business books of 2013 by Strategy+Business.
Rita joined the faculty of Columbia Business School in 1993. Prior to life in academia, she was an IT director, worked in the political arena, and founded two startups. She received her Ph.D. from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and has degrees with honors from Barnard College and the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs. She is married and is proud to be the mother of two delightful grownups.
Digital Anthropologist and author
Rahaf Harfoush is a Strategist, Digital Anthro-pologist, and Best-Selling Author who focuses on the intersections between emerging technology, innovation, and digital culture. She is currently working on her third book entitled “Hustle & Float,” about our contemporary work culture and the realities of a post-work society. Her second book, “The Decoded Company: Know Your Talent Better Than You Know Your Customers,” was a NYT and USA Today Best Seller, and winner of a Gold Axiom Award.
Formerly, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Programme at the World Economic Forum in Geneva where she helped identify disruptive-startups that were improving the state of the world.
Rahaf is the founder of Red Thread Inc., Think Tank and Special Projects Agency that supports organizations in transforming digital trends into strategic opportunities. She teaches “Innovation & Emerging Business Models” at Sciences Po’s MBA program in Paris. She was recognized a top future thinker by the Hay Literary Festival and as a Young Global Shaper by the G20 Think Tank Summit. Rahaf is also named a Young Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum and a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
Venture capitalist; start-up advisor
Scott Hartley is managing partner of Two Culture Capital and best-selling author of THE FUZZY AND THE TECHIE (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017), a Financial Times business book of the month, and finalist for the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company's Bracken Bower Prize for an author under 35. He is a keynote speaker on the future of work, and human skills in our technology age. He has been a Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), and a Venture Partner at Compound. Prior to venture capital, Scott worked at Google, Facebook, Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and the White House as a Presidential Innovation Fellow. He has been a contributing author at MIT Press, and has written for publications such as The Financial Times and Foreign Policy, and been featured in USA Today, Harvard Business Review, PBS, BBC and The Wall Street Journal. He holds three degrees from Stanford and Columbia, has finished six marathon and Ironman 70.3 triathlons. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, and has visited over 70 countries.
CEO, Infineon Technologies Austria
Sabine Herlitschka is Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer of Infineon Technologies Austria AG.
Her professional career includes industrial biotechnology research, international cooperation and financing in research technology and innovation, Internships at leading organizations in the USA, Fulbright Scholar at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins University/School of Advanced International Studies, as well as founding Vice-Rector for Research Management and International Cooperation at the Medical University of Graz/Austria.
Until 2011 she headed the European and International Programmes of the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and was responsible for the operational implementation of the European Research and Technology Programmes in Austria, in particular the 7th EU Research Framework Programme. In 2011 Herlitschka was appointed to the Management Board of Infineon Technologies Austria, in 2012 to the Management Board for Technology and Innovation and in April 2014 to the position of CEO.
For more than 20 years she has been frequently involved in European Research as advisor, project coordinator & proposal evaluator, as well as participant and Chairperson in various European & international expert groups, in particular member of the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development, University Councilor at the Vienna University of Technology, member of the Senate of the German Fraunhofer Society, as well as other research & innovation institutions. Since February 2018 she is Chairwoman of the Governing Board of the European Public Private Partnership ECSEL-Electronic Components and Systems for Electronic Leadership.
Herlitschka holds a Ph.D. in Food- and Biotechnology with Postdoc specialization in molecular biology and genetic engineering and an Master of Business Administration.
Lisa W. Hershman
PTDO Chief Management Officer, US Department of Defense
Ms. Lisa W. Hershman is currently Performing the Duties of (PTDO) Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense. Ms. Hershman has been serving as the Deputy Chief Management Officer of the Department of Defense. Ms. Hershman is a recognized thought leader in business transformation who brings extensive private sector expertise to her service in the Department of Defense.
She is the principal management officer for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense responsible for delivering optimized enterprise business operations to assure the success of the National Defense Strategy.
Ms. Hershman is responsible for ensuring that business transformation policies and programs are designed and managed to improve performance standards, efficiencies and effectiveness among the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), the Services, Combatant Commands, and Defense Agencies and Field Activities. Additionally, she oversees the collection and management of common, enterprise-wide data sets to drive best decision-making throughout the Department.
Ms. Hershman is a charter member of the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Performance Improvement Council, and serves as the Performance Improvement Officer for the Department of Defense. She also serves as the Cross-Agency Priority goal leader for Category Management and Workforce of the 21st Century in support of the President’s Management Agenda.
Prior to her service to the Department of Defense, Ms. Hershman was Founder and CEO of The DeNovo Group, a business transformation and process management consultancy. She is the former CEO of Hammer and Company, serving as the successor to the late Dr. Michael Hammer; the MIT icon, best-selling author and founder of the field of business process reengineering. Ms. Hershman is co-author of the internationally acclaimed business book, Faster Cheaper Better, with Dr. Hammer and has been featured in BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fox Business News, and Investors Business Daily.
In addition, Ms. Hershman served as Senior Vice President of Operational Excellence at Avnet, a global distributor of electronic components and technology systems. As the executive in charge of transformation and customer experience in 72 countries, her work was honored with the Avnet Corporate Chairman’s Award. Ms. Hershman began her career with General Electric, where she managed a portion of the Seawolf submarine program.
Her civic engagement includes serving as the 2017 Chairwoman of the Scrum Alliance, Vice
Chair of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and as a member of Ball State University’s Miller School of Business Entrepreneurial Education Advisory Council.
Ms. Hershman earned her engineering and industrial distribution degree from Clarkson
University and has studied innovation with MIT and IMD and finance with Cornell.
Management Editor, Financial Times
Andrew Hill is an associate editor and the management editor of the FT.
He is a former City editor, financial editor and comment and analysis editor.
He joined the FT in 1988 and has also worked as New York bureau chief, foreign news editor and correspondent in Brussels and Milan.
Andrew was named Commentator of the Year at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received a Decade of Excellence award.
Founder and Chairman Powering Precision Health; CEO Quanterix
Kevin Hrusovsky is an acclaimed healthcare visionary and serial biotech entrepreneur, who founded Powering Precision Health, the nation’s first forum for advancing the deep science that powers precision health. He also founded Revolutionaries for Global Health in 2008.
Hrusovsky began on a mission 15 years ago to transform medicine from reactive ‘sick care’ to proactive, preventative, and personalized healthcare. Today, he relies on peer reviewed science and innovation to bring quantifiable evidence to the forefront and has catalyzed a science-based precision health movement across the globe. In 2016, he founded and launched the Powering Precision Health summit to address the continuum from health to disease at the molecular structure level in the human body. With his summit, Hrusovsky is leading the charge to establish a new paradigm for measuring life’s variables or biomarkers at a personal level by fostering collaboration among the world’s foremost doctors, researchers, scientists, innovators, patients, and policymakers. He identifies and focuses on three pillars of precision health: disease prevention, early detection, and precision treatments, with an overall vision to create a culture of health and wellness in our country where disease prevention guides our healthcare system and everyday living.
Hrusovsky is a recognized biotech and healthcare expert and analyst, offering the big picture view on achieving industry-wide transformation to true precision medicine. He has received many awards and accolades, including being dubbed as “as the unsung leader in the life sciences industry” with his 2017 BBJ Innovation All-Star recognition by the Boston Business Journal. Hrusovsky has been a guest expert on NECN, Bloomberg Radio, CNN, NPR Science Friday, ABC’s Good Morning America, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, International Business Times, and The Washington Post.
A coveted thought leader and dynamic speaker, Hrusovsky is regularly invited to keynote at leading conferences and executive summits around the world, including the BIO International Convention, J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, One Mind Summit, Konkussion Retreat, and Next Generation Dx Summit, the annual conference of the Personalized Medicine Coalition, and World Innovation Forum.
Speakers/Chairs biosHrusovsky brings over twenty years of experience in life sciences and diagnostics with a strong track record for launching disruptive technologies, building fast-growing companies and developing successful commercialization strategies. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman at Quanterix, a company digitizing biomarker analysis to advance the science of precision health, and has sat or currently sits on the board of directors of several innovative technology companies including BioreclamationIVT, Caliper Life Sciences, 908 Devices, Cellaria, SeraCare, Xenogen and Solect Energy. He also serves (or served) on the Educational Board of the Massachusetts Biotech Council, the Advisory Committee for the Center for Biomedical Engineering at Brown University, the Association for Laboratory Automation, the JALA Editorial Board, and the Strategy Committee of Children’s Hospital Boston.
Prior to joining Quanterix, Hrusovsky was President of Life Sciences and Technologies at PerkinElmer, CEO of Caliper Life Sciences (now PerkinElmer), and CEO of Zymark Corporation (now PerkinElmer). Previously, Hrusovsky was President of FMC Corporation’s Pharmaceuticals and head of International Agricultural Products, and key management at E.I. DuPont de Nemours. He is credited with raising money, building billions of dollars of value and successfully monetizing via successful exits of nearly $1B of value.
Hrusovsky holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University, and an M.B.A. from Ohio University where he was named the 2013 Entrepreneur of the Year. Hrusovsky received an Honorary Doctorate degree from Framingham State University for his vast contributions in life sciences and personal medicine. In addition, Hrusovsky attended Harvard Business School’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness with his team at FMC and is a two-time EY Entrepreneur of the Year contestant. To stay connected to Kevin Hrusovsky, follow him on Twitter @KevinHrusovsky and LinkedIn @KevinHrusovsky.
Editor-in-chief, Harvard Business Review Group
Adi Ignatius is Editor in Chief of the Harvard Business Review Group, where he has led the transformation of HBR, HBR.org, and HBR’s book-publishing unit. He launched HBR’s Future Economy Project last year to affirm the publication’s commitment to ambitious sustainability goals. Prior to joining HBR in 2009, Mr. Ignatius was the No. 2 editor at TIME.
He is the editor of two books: President Obama: The Path to the White House and Prisoner of the State: The Secret Diaries of Premier Zhao Ziyang. Both made the New York Times Bestseller List.
Mr. Ignatius lived and worked for nearly 20 years overseas. He was Editor of Time’s Asian edition and earlier served as Beijing Bureau Chief and Moscow Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal.
Michael G. Jacobides
Professor of Strategy
London Business School
Michael G Jacobides holds the Sir Donald Gordon Chair of Entrepreneurship & Innovation at London Business School, where he is Professor of Strategy. He is Academic Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group, Visiting Scholar at the New York Fed, and Visiting Fellow at Cambridge. A frequent keynote speaker, he engages in corporate, industry, and broad-appeal events such as TEDx and the Global Drucker Forum, and works with companies as they adjust to a shifting environment, and. He studies industry evolution, new business models, value migration and structural change in firms and sectors, and looks at how digital ecosystems transform the business context. He teaches strategy, innovation, transformation and turnarounds, and works on thought leadership with consultants such as McKinsey, IDEO, Accenture, PwC and Deloitte, and on strategy with corporates such as Santander, Zurich, CS, Airbus, Lufthansa, Vodafone, Nokia, DeBeers, Burberry, MerckSerono and the NHS. He advises disruptive start-ups and established firms alike, and has worked with policy makers in Europe and the US. He has visited Harvard, NYU, Cambridge, Imperial, Bocconi and Wharton, where he obtained his PhD, after studying at Athens, Cambridge and Stanford. His work has appeared in the top academic journals such as SMJ, AMJ, AMR, OrgSci and Industrial & Corporate Change, where he is a co-Editor, as well as HBR and FT, and appears on CNN and BBC. On policy, he has worked with the UK parliament (on the future of financial services), the European Council (on innovation in Europe) and has spearheaded RedesignGreece. He served on the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, where he is the Academic Lead on the Digital Ecosystems project, and has presented in the Davos Annual meetings.
CEO, WLJ Advisors
One of the "50 Most Influential Management Thinkers in the World", Thinkers50. Former award-winning Wall Street equity analyst. Linkedin Top Voice in 2018 with 1.7 million followers. Helps high growth organizations build high growth individuals. World authority on personal disruption.
Whitney Johnson, one of the 50 leading business thinkers in the world (Thinkers50), is an expert on helping high growth organizations develop high growth individuals. She is an award-winning author, word class keynote speaker, frequent lecturer for Harvard Business School’s Corporate Learning, and an executive coach and advisor to CEOs. Whitney is a popular contributor for the Harvard Business Review. She has 1.7 million followers on Linkedin where she was selected as a Top Voice in 2018, and her course on the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship has been viewed more than 1 million times. In 2019, she was ranked #3 on the Global Gurus' Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals. In 2017, she was selected from more than 16,000 candidates as a “Top 15 Coach” by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith.
An innovation and disruption theorist, she is the author of the bestselling Build an A Team (Harvard Business Press, 2018), a Financial Times and CEO Read, Book of the Month, and the critically-acclaimed Disrupt Yourself (2015). Publisher's Weekly described it as "savvy...often counter-intuitive...superb" while the Boston Globe called it the "'What Color is Your Parachute?' career guide for the entrepreneurial age." In these books, she codifies her frameworks for developing high growth individuals and organizations––the Personal Disruption and the S Curve of Learning frameworks.
Whitney was the co-founder of the Disruptive Innovation Fund with Harvard's Clayton Christensen, where they invested in and led the $8 million seed round for Korea's Coupang, currently valued at $9+ billion. She was involved in fund formation, capital raising, and the development of the fund's strategy. As a former award-winning Wall Street stock analyst, she understands momentum and growth. She was an Institutional Investor-ranked equity research analyst for eight consecutive years and was rated by Starmine as a superior stock-picker.
Whitney hosts the weekly Disrupt Yourself Podcast, is married and has two children. For more information please visit www.whitneyjohnson.com.
Chairman, Kenya Airways
Michael Joseph is currently Chairman of Kenya Airways, a position he has held since October 2016. He is also a non-executive Director on the Boards of Vodacom Group South Africa, MFS Africa and Safaricom Limited. Michael is also an advisor to the Vodafone Group mostly related to mobile financial services and Safaricom. He was until recently (October 2017) employed by Vodafone Group Services Limited as the Director of Mobile Money and was responsible for leading the strategic growth and development of successful M-Pesa proposition across the Vodafone footprint.
Michael was the founding CEO of Safaricom Limited, steering the company from a subscriber base of less than 18,000 in 2000 to over 17 million subscribers at his retirement in November 2010 making it the most successful company in East Africa. This phenomenal growth straddling nearly a decade was notable for the launch of many innovative products and services and he was behind the launch of the highly successful launch and phenomenal growth of M-Pesa and its related services.
Michael has been the recipient of many awards, including CEO of the year awarded by the Kenya Institute of Management, the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (awards given by the President of Kenya to those who have made a positive impact in Kenya). He has extensive international experience in company start-ups, the implementation and operation of large wireless and wire-line networks. He is also a keen conservationist and serves as Chairman of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, a leading conservancy in Northern Kenya
Senior Editor, Harvard University Press
Julia Kirby has been with Harvard Business Review for over a decade and in that time worked with hundreds of expert authors to bring their ideas to the magazine’s managerial audience. Marketing management and strategy are particular areas of interest; she stays on top of the issues facing marketers in leading firms and seeks out new academic research with important managerial implications. She is also the author of a book (with Christopher Meyer) on how the rules of capitalism will change as the center of gravity of global commerce shifts to emerging economies: “Standing on the Sun: How the Explosion of Capitalism Abroad Will Change Business Everywhere“
Co-Founder and member of the Executive Board, TTTech
Georg Kopetz is co-founder and member of the executive board at TTTech. He is responsible for the overall strategy of the corporation, marketing, sales, finance, human resources, the business units aerospace and industrial solutions as well as for the off-highway joint-venture company TTControl. He studied law at the University of Vienna and has comprehensive professional experience in the financial and legal field, having worked as a finance and law consultant in Austria and abroad.
S.C. Johnson & Son Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University
Philip Kotler is the S.C. Johnson & Son Professor of International Marketing at the Kellogg™ School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Kellogg was voted the “Best Business School” for six years in Business Week’s survey of U.S. business schools. It is also rated as the “Best Business School for the Teaching of Marketing.” Professor Kotler has significantly contributed to Kellogg’s success through his many years of research and teaching there.
He received his Master’s Degree at the University of Chicago and his PhD Degree at MIT, both in economics. He did post-doctoral work in mathematics at Harvard University and in behavioral science at the University of Chicago.
Professor Kotler is the author of 57 books including: Marketing Management: Analysis, Planning, Implementation and Control, the most widely used marketing book in graduate business schools worldwide; Principles of Marketing; Marketing Models; Strategic Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations; The New Competition; High Visibility; Social Marketing; Marketing Places; Marketing for Congregations; Marketing for Hospitality and Tourism; The Marketing of Nations; Kotler on Marketing, Building Global Biobrands, Attracting Investors, Ten Deadly Marketing Sins, Marketing Moves, Market Your Way to Growth, Winning Global Markets, and Confrontiing Capitalism. He has published over one hundred and fifty articles in leading journals, several of which have received best-article awards.
Professor Kotler was the first recipient of the American Marketing Association’s (AMA) “Distinguished Marketing Educator Award” (1985). The European Association of Marketing Consultants and Sales Trainers awarded Kotler their prize for “Marketing Excellence”. He was chosen as the “Leader in Marketing Thought” by the Academic Members of the AMA in a 1975 survey. He also received the 1978 “Paul Converse Award” of the AMA, honoring his original contribution to marketing. In 1989, he received the Annual Charles Coolidge Parlin Marketing Research Award. In 1995, the Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) named him “Marketer of the Year.” In 2011, he was given the title of being a Legend in Marketing; in 2012, he was #1 on the Management A-List of Academics; in 2013 he became the first recipient of the William L. Wilkie American Marketing Association Foundation’s “Marketing for a Better World” Award for significant contributions to marketing theory and practice; also in 2013, he was inducted in the Management Hall of Fame; also in 2013, he became the first recipient of the Sheth Foundation Medal for Exceptional Contribution to Marketing Scholarship and Practice.
Professor Kotler has consulted for such companies as IBM, General Electric, AT&T, Honeywell, Bank of America, Merck and others in the areas of marketing strategy and planning, marketing organization and international marketing.
He has been Chairman of the College of Marketing of the Institute of Management Sciences, a Director of the American Marketing Association, a Trustee of the Marketing Science Institute, a Director of the MAC Group, a former member of the Yankelovich Advisory Board, and a member of the Copernicus Advisory Board. He is a Member of the Board of Governors of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Member of the Advisory Board of the Drucker Foundation. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from the Stockholm University, University of Zurich, Athens University of Economics and Business, DePaul University, the Cracow School of Business and Economics, Groupe H.E.C. in Paris, the University of Economics and Business Admininstration in Vienna, Budapest University of Economic Science and Public Administration, and the Catholic University of Santo Domingo.
He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia and South America, advising and lecturing to many companies about how to apply sound economic and marketing science principles to increase their competitiveness. He has also advised governments on how to develop and position the skill sets and resources of their companies for global competition.
PhD, 1956, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MA, 1953, Economics, University of Chicago
S.C. Johnson & Son Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1988-present
Harold T. Martin Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1973-1987
Montgomery Ward Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1969-1972
Associate Professor of Marketing, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1965-1968
Assistant Professor of Market, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 1962-1964
Honors and Awards
Honorary Doctorate, Plekhanov Russian Academyu of Economics
16th Place in Ratings of Top Global Management Gurus, Global Gurus Organization and Management Gurus.Net
Marketing for a Better World, American Marketing Association
Wroe Alderson Distinguished Lecturer, Wharton School
Schaffner Award, Kellogg School of Management
Sheth Foundation Medal for Exceptional Contribution to Markeitng Scholarship and Practice, Sheth Foundation
Badge of Honor of Officer of the Order of Academic Palms, Order of the Academic Palms
Management Hall of Fame, www.thinkers50.com
Honorary Doctorate Degree, HHL, Leipzig, Germany, 2012
Ranked first on the A-List of Management Academics, 2011
Kellogg Alumni Professor of the Year Award, Kellogg School of Management, 1991
Co-Founder and Managing Partner at co-shift GmbH
Janka Krings-Klebe is a successful entrepreneur and author. Her expertise is based on over 20 years of industrial transformation practices in multinational companies, from leading transformation projects and effective technology rollouts, coaching of national and international entities during implementation up to design and implementation of group-wide transformation strategies.
In 2016 she co-founded co-shift GmbH, an owner-led consultancy supporting companies from all branches in digital transformation and business ecosystems. Janka works with companies to improve coporate innovation frameworks and to build business ecosystems to adapt for higher market dynamics.
Janka is driven by a strong vision of a new social contract to balance the needs of society, companies and individuals in the digital age. She has a deep understanding of new ways of managing all levels of business to meet the challenges ahead.
The most recent book Janka co-authored is „Future Legends - Business in Hyper-Dynamic Markets“ [with Jörg Schreiner & Joachim Heinz], creating a setup for future business ecosystems.
Janka Krings-Klebe holds a Dr.-Ing. in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany) and acting chairwoman of the Digital Transformation committee of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Stuttgart (Germany).
Group Digital Officer, BASF SE
Dr. Carsten Linz leads the Digitalization of Businesses & Functions at BASF as Group Digital Officer, he is author of 'Radical Business Model Transformation', advisory member of the World Economic Forum’s ‘Digital Enterprise' and ‘Digital Platforms and Ecosystems’ projects and teaches in executive programs at Mannheim Business School, European School of Management & Technology Berlin, University of St. Gallen, and Stanford Graduate School.
Chairman and CEO, AVL List GmbH
Helmut List was born in Graz, Austria, in 1941. He is a graduate of the Graz University of Technology. Since 1966 he has worked at AVL. In 1970, as Vice President, he set up a new division which comprised all test system activities. Since 1979 he has been Chairman & CEO of AVL List GmbH.
Under his leadership, AVL has expanded into a global company with a worldwide network of technical centers and affiliates. At the same time, the business focus had broadened from the combustion engine to include the whole powertrain, encompassing electric drivetrains, hybrids, fuel cell, transmissions and batteries. Today AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains for passenger cars, trucks and large engines as well as vehicle integration and autonomous driving, with 10,400 employees worldwide.
Helmut List held and partly still holds a wide range of industrial and public positions at national and international level. He was inter alia Chairman of the Industrial Research and Development Advisory Committee (IRDAC), Vice-Chairman of European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) and for ten years Chairman of the Board of the Technical University Graz. Helmut List has received numerous national and international awards and honors.
Executive Advisor, Global Peter Drucker Forum CEO, Excellence Institute
Isabella Mader, MSc, is CEO of the Excellence Institute, Executive Advisor for the Global Peter Drucker Forum and lecturer at universities in the fields of information and knowledge management, IT- strategy and collaboration.
2013 she was awarded “Top CIO of the Year“ (A).
Before her current position she built up a post graduate university programme that she then managed for several years. She also acted as the CEO of a software company (booking platform) and at the United Nations in the field of methodology development.
At the Excellence Institute she concentrates on knowledge management, information management, IT strategy, communities and networks as well as on network economy/sharing economy and New Work.
Director of Planning, City of Vienna
year of birth: 1967, in Radstadt (Salzburg) - Austria.
Married, two children
Study of spatial planning at the Vienna University of Technology.
After the study, one year assistent at the Institute of Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy at the Vienna University of Technology (Prof. Wilfried Schönbäck).
From 1995 to 2001 in the urban development Vienna with the focal point Management of urban development processes.
From 2001 to 2005 assistent to the Vice Mayor and Vice-Governor, Executive City Councillor for Finance, Economic Affairs and Vienna Public Utilities of Vienna, Dr. Sepp Rieder.
From 2005 to 2013 Head of the department for Urban Development and Planning in Vienna.
2011 interim Head of the department for Energyplanning in Vienna.
Since January 2013 Director of Planning of the City of Vienna
President, Fabrique de la Cité
Cécile Maisonneuve is Chairman of La Fabrique de la Cité, the urban innovation think tank since 2015. She is a member of the scientific board of the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). She is a Senior Advisor to the Centre for Energy of the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).
She previously headed the Centre for Energy of IFRI. From 2007 to 2012, Cécile has held several positions in the AREVA group, dedicated to international prospective and public affairs. Cécile Maisonneuve began her career in 1997 in the French National Assembly as a civil servant, working successively for the Defence, the Law and the Foreign Affairs Committees.
Cécile Maisonneuve graduated from the Ecole Normale Supérieure, the Paris Institute of Political studies, and the Sorbonne Paris IV-University in history. She has a long collaboration with various French and international think tanks. She is the author of several research papers on energy and of a biography on Benjamin Franklin (2008). A former participant in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of the U.S. Department of State, she is a member of Vox Femina, an association promoting women’s empowerment as experts in media.
Senior Partner McKinsey & Company
- Mary Meaney is a Senior Partner in McKinsey’s Paris Office. She is co-Convener of McKinsey’s Organisation Practice globally, and the co-author of Leading Organizations: Ten Timeless Truths. Over the last 20+ years, she has served leading pharma, consumer products, energy, basic materials, telecommunications, and public sector organisations on their most important transformation, change management, top team alignment and performance improvement efforts.
Recent relevant studies and experiences
- Led the top team alignment and cultural change programme for a major consumer products company, leading to a five-fold increase in their share price over a 5 year timeframe.
- Led the development and implementation of the performance turn-around of a major public sector organisation, identifying and helping to capture over £2.6 billion in cost reductions while maintaining effectiveness.
- Led the performance transformation of a large industrial company, including diagnosing, architecting and leading the major operational, commercial and cultural change programmes which resulted in a 38% improvement in EBITDA and over $1bn additional value to the company.
- She has led McKinsey’s major research effort on change, and has published a suite of reports, McKinsey on Organization on Change, Agility and Talent. She has given lectures at Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial, LBS, and Princeton, and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Tsinghua University in Beijing.
- She is the founder and leader of the McKinsey women’s initiative in EMEA and sponsors McKinsey’s Women as Leaders program, Remarkable Women’s Program, Senior Executive Women’s Masterclass.
Education and prior work experience
- Mary sits on the Advisory Board of Imperial Business School and was previously on the Board of TeachFirst. She graduated Summa cum Laude with a BA in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University. She won the Rhodes scholarships and earned a D.Phil in Politics from the University of Oxford.
- She lives with her husband, Ian, and six children in France
Founding publisher of ada, the platform for digital life and the economy of the future, at Handelsblatt Media Group
Miriam Meckel, PhD, is the founding publisher of ada, the platform for digital life and the economy of the future, at Handelsblatt Media Group. Previously she had been editor-in-chief since 2014 and publisher of WirtschaftsWoche, Germany's most important weekly magazine for business in Düsseldorf, since 2017. Miriam Meckel has been Professor of Corporate Communication at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland since 2005. She was Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Visiting Professor at the Singapore Management University for several years. Miriam Meckel received the Cicero Speaker Award in the category "Science", published numerous books, scientific journal articles and journalistic articles.
Professor for Business Psychology and Leadership,
HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management
Timo Meynhardt is full professor and chairholder of the Dr. Arend Oetker Chair of Business Psychology and Leadership at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management and managing director of the Center for Leadership and Values in Society at the University of St. Gallen. In his research, he links psychological and business management topics, especially Public Value management, leadership and competency diagnostics. He is strongly committed to re-search in the field of public value as well as to the application of the concept in business and administration. Timo was the first researcher to apply the concept to the private sector. He developed a unique public value theory, which conceptualizes public value as “a necessary fiction” for individuals and groups.
Timo publishes the Public Value Atlas for Switzerland and Germany (www.gemeinwohl-atlas.de, www.gemeinwohl.ch), which aims at ranking and making transparent the public value of companies and organizations. He also developed a Public Value Scorecard, which provides a management tool to measure public value creation along five basic dimensions. Together with Ernst & Young Ltd., he launched a public value award for start-ups. He also chairs the public value award for public baths in Germany.
Adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business;
Research Fellow at Duke CE
Tony O’Driscoll is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and a Research Fellow at Duke CE. This dual-role affords Tony the opportunity to operate at the intersection of cutting-edge academic research in business and real-world business challenges faced by leaders.
During his 18-year corporate career, Tony held several strategic leadership positions. He was a founding member of IBM Global Service’s Strategy and Change consulting practice where he consulted at the highest level with business executives on creating sustainable competitive advantage in increasingly complex environments. He also served as a member IBM’s Almaden Services Research group where he investigated the changing roles of leadership, innovation, and collaboration as enterprises become more global, virtual, open and digitally mediated.
Tony has authored and co-authored articles for business periodicals such as Harvard Business Review, The Financial Times, Strategy and Business, CLO Magazine and Dialogue. His current research examines how rapidly emerging technologies are disrupting existing industry structures and business models. He specifically focuses on how to develop leadership systems that enable organizations to adapt and evolve in increasingly unpredictable and turbulent business environments.
Entrepreneur and Business Model Innovator, Co-Founder Strategyzer
Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker and business model innovator. He is co-founder of Strategyzer, a leading SaaS company that helps organizations develop new growth engines, better value propositions and powerful business models via online applications and facilitated online courses.
In 2015 Alex won the strategy award by Thinkers50, called the “Oscars of Management Thinking” by the FT, and ranks #15 among the leading business thinkers of the world. In 2013 he won the inaugural Innovation Luminary Award by the European Union.
Alex is lead author of the 2 best-selling books “Business Model Generation” and “Value Proposition Design”. USA Today named Business Model Generation among the 12 best business books of all times. The German edition was named Management Book of
the Year 2011. Fast Company Magazine named it one of the Best Books for Business Owners in 2010.
He invented the Business Model Canvas, a strategic management tool to visualize, challenge and (re-) invent business models. Leading organizations and start-ups around the world use it. He is a frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies and has
held guest lectures in top universities around the world, including Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, IESE, MIT, KAUST and IMD.
CEO Mondi Group
Peter began his career with Deutsche Bank and automotive company KTM. He joined the Mondi Group in 1992 as the head of internal audit of subsidiary Frantschach, later becoming corporate controller.
After serving as chief executive of the bag and flexibles business from 1995 to 2001, he was appointed chief executive of Mondi Packaging Europe in 2002, leading its subsequent integration with Frantschach into the new Mondi packaging division in 2004. Having held a number of senior executive roles within Mondi, Peter was appointed chief executive officer of the Europe & International Division in January 2008. In 2013 he was voted European CEO and Global CEO of the paper industry by RISI. In May 2017 Peter became Group CEO.
He was a member of the supervisory board of Telekom Austria AG between 2008 and 2014 and of MIBA AG between 2014 and 2015, as well as chairman of the supervisory board of OMV (2015-2016). From 2016-2017 Peter chaired the European paper association CEPI.
Peter graduated in law from the University of Vienna with honours and in business administration from WU-Vienna Business School.
Special advisor cluster development and policies
Strategic change maker through business model innovation.
Strong believer in building competitive edge through stronger cooperation between people across organizational borders.
Former C-level manager and entrepreneur. Now in Innovation Norway – a governmental agencies that promotes innovation through financial and competence support schemes for Norwegian start-ups and scale-ups. Responsible for the major refurbishment of the Norwegian Innovation Cluster Program bringing it into the future as a significant business tool and strong contribution for economic growth.
Founder and CEO of Korelya Capital
Fleur Pellerin was born in 1973 in Seoul. In 1974, she was adopted by a French family and subsequently spent her childhood in the Paris region. After graduating from ESSEC (Graduate Business School), the Paris Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences Po”) and lastly ENA (National School for Administration), she joined the French Court of Auditors in 2000.
On 16 May 2012, Fleur was appointed to Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s Government as Minister of SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy. During this time, in addition to launching the “FrenchTech” movement and carrying out various tax and regulatory reforms to support entrepreneurship and investment in France, she strove to make digital a key focus for the Government and the country through various policy programs including infrastructure, investment, or higher education. In April 2014, she became Secretary of State for Foreign Trade and Tourism and then Minister for Culture and Communication in August the same year.
Fleur left Government in February 2016 and resigned as a civil servant.
She founded Korelya Capital, a Paris based Venture Capital fund whose mission is to invest €200 million, provided by the South Korean Internet giant Naver and its subsidiary Line, in European fast-growing high-tech startups.
Fleur is a director of Schneider Electric, KLM, Talan, Devialet and Naver France and also sits on the boards of various institutions or think tanks (CanneSeries, Louvre Museum Foundation, Eurockéennes Festival, France Digitale, Institut Montaigne).
Fleur speaks English, German, Japanese and is learning Korean.
Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD
Jennifer Petriglieri is an Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD, and the author of Couples That Work, a forthcoming book on how dual-career couples can thrive in love and in work.
Her award-winning research and teaching focus on identity, leadership, and career development. She is particularly interested in how people’s close relationships shape who they become professionally and personally, and how moments of uncertainty and crisis make us who we are.
Her research has appeared in the Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning & Education, and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. It has also been featured in the Business Week and the Harvard Business Review.
Jennifer has long been involved in experiential leadership development initiatives for multinationals from a variety of industries. Her work in this domain pays particular attention to the interplay between individual’s life stories and group memberships and their decision-making and professional style in leadership roles. At INSEAD she directs the and the Women Leaders Programme, alongside numerous customised leadership programmes for multinationals.
A British citizen, Jennifer earned a PhD in Organisational Behaviour from INSEAD. She also holds an MBA from IMD, Switzerland, and a BSc in genetics from Nottingham University, UK. Prior to joining INSEAD, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow of Organisational Behaviour at the Harvard Business School. Having lived and worked on three continents, she is now settled in France with her husband and two children.
Chief Curator EkStep Foundation
Sanjay has 28 years of diverse global experience including leadership roles in strategy, digital platforms, design, management consulting and leadership development. Since 2016, he is developing Societal Platform Thinking, a systemic method to resolve
complex societal challenges with speed, at scale, sustainably (societalplatform.org). He is a Strategic Advisor to EkStep Foundation, eGov Foundation, Avanti Finance, Advaith Foundation and Mantra4Change.
Passionable about mentoring young entreprenurial talent, he advises the startups incubated by Fundamentum Partnerships (fundamentum.co.in), a scale investment fund, Edumentum (edumentum.org), an education leadership incubator and N/Core
(ncore.thenudge.org), a not-for-profit incubator. He is an Innovation Advisor to Unleash (unleash.org), a global innovation lab for Sustainable Development Goals.
Sanjay joined Infosys in 2000. Along with Co-Founder and CEO, Nandan Nilekani, he established a systematic multi-horizon strategy planning and execution framework to scale the then $400 Million IT Services business. For the next 10 years, he developed
the annual plans for growth and profitability which served as a strong foundation for Infosys to scale to $7 Billion in annual revenues. In 2010, Infosys won the Force of Ideas Award from Corporate Strategy Board, USA, for its unique planning methods.
Over 16 years at Infosys, Sanjay managed many complex business transformations. His Balanced Scorecard based strategy execution approach led Infosys to become the 1st IT Services company globally to win the Hall of Fame Award in 2007. He enjoys being a guest faculty at Harvard Business School during courses on Balanced Scorecard led by Prof. Robert Kaplan. During his tenure at Tata Sons (1998-2000), he developed the Tata Business Excellence Model based on the MBNQA, USA.
In early 2011, Sanjay articulated 7 key trends triggered by emerging technologies. He took these to 100 global enterprises over 12 months and helped them develop strategic responses to the imminent digital disruption / opportunity. He incubated and scaled new lines of business in Cloud, Big Data and Mobility from early stage to a growing and profitable $ 250 Million business over 3 years. Over 2015-2016, he leveraged Design Thinking to identify significant digital disruptions and develop / execute transformation programs with more than 50 global corporations.
Sanjay incubated a new enterprise digital platform business for Infosys. As Founder CEO of EdgeVerve, a wholly owned subsidiary of Infosys, Sanjay launched 6 digital platforms for Digital Marketing, Omni-channel Commerce, Customer Service, Distribution, Procurement and Credit Finance. A first in the Indian IT Services industry, he carved out a viable software product startup with innovative practices in product R&D and talent development.
As Chairman and Managing Partner, Sanjay led a $635 Million Management Consulting business at Infosys. The operations covered 20 countries across US, Europe, LATAM, Asia Pacific and India, serving 450+ clients. Under his leadership, in partnership with
Stanford d.school, USA, Infosys Consulting embraced Design Thinking in a very significant way. As a practitioner of Design Thinking, he has personally mentored more than 50 strategy and design engagements with global corporations.
When Infosys Leadership Institute was established in 2001, Sanjay pioneered the Leaders Teach program. Over 16 years, he developed 400+ leaders in areas such as strategy, competitiveness, scalability and resilience. He has been a guest faculty at
global management schools and has been engaged with global strategy fora such as the World Economic Forum in developing global scenarios for 2025.
Professor of Practice at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Rafael is the first Professor of Practice at the University of Oxford. He directs the award-winning Oxford Scenarios Programme, is Academic Director of the Oxford Networked Strategy Lab, and is one of the world’s leading experts on scenario planning. As a researcher and advisor, Rafael has worked extensively with NGOs, corporations, inter-governmental organisations, governments and think tanks. He has authored several books and many scholarly papers, and sits on the editorial boards of three scenario planning journals.
Rafael holds a PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and master’s degrees from York University in Toronto and Oxford.
Prior to coming to Oxford, Rafael was part of Shell’s scenarios team and Professor of Management in HEC in Paris. He is fluent in French, Spanish, and English and he has worked on all continents.
Expertise: Scenario planning, Interactive and networked strategy, Aesthetics and business
Founder, Engage // Innovate & Strategy Tools – the Modern Strategist’s Platform
Christian Rangen is a strategy & transformation advisor to companies, innovation clusters and governments around the world. He is a transformation advisor to companies and works closely with governments to accelerate national transformation.
Over the past four years, a large part of his work has gone into exploring, researching and building Innovation Superclusters. This work has taken him to Asian Governments, European ecosystems and Norwegian growth industries post-oil & gas. He is currently involved with Innovation Supercluster projects in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia.
Christian Rangen is founder of Engage // Innovate – a global strategy & innovation consulting company and Strategy Tools – the modern strategist’s platform.
He is the inventor of over 50 visual strategy tools in use with 1000’s of companies around the world. Built around his research since 2010, Strategy Tools is a global open-source strategy platform, with more than 50 visual strategy tools, spanning strategy, innovation entrepreneurship, business model portfolios and Superclusters. Working with a global team of strategy leaders and software developers, Strategy Tools is quickly turning into a go-to-hub for strategist’s worldwide. Recently, the team launched three strategy simulations, currently being deployed with leading companies and business schools around the world.
He is also faculty at BI – Norwegian Business School, where he has been teaching strategy, entrepreneurship and numerous executive education programs.
His recent publications include the Shifting Energy Arena (2018) and Building Switzerland’s Innovation Superclusters.
He is author of INNOVATION SUPERCLUSTERS - A New Playbook for Economic Growth (forthcoming)
Christian resides in Norway with his family and two young children.
Managing Director & Senior Partner Director,
BCG Henderson Institute - Boston Consulting Group
Martin Reeves leads the BCG Henderson Institute worldwide, BCG’s think tank on new approaches to strategy and management. Martin is also a member of the BCG Henderson Institute's Innovation Sounding Board, which is dedicated to supporting, inspiring, and guiding upstream innovation at BCG.
Martin is a regular contributor to HBR, MIT SMR, Fortune and other management journals on business strategy and management.
A regular public speaker and a repeat TED@BCG presenter, Martin is also coauthor of Your Strategy Needs a Strategy, which proposes the “strategy palette” as a tool to enable business leaders to tune their approach to strategy to the strategic environment of each business.
Since joining BCG in 1989, Martin has led a broad range of strategy assignments in the Financial Institutions, Consumer Goods, Industrial Goods and Health Care sectors. He has particular expertise in the areas of adaptive strategy, strategy for multi-business systems, sustainability strategies, ecosystem strategies, collective learning and innovation, corporate vitality, and trust.
Prior to joining BCG, Martin worked for Zeneca in Japan and the United Kingdom, where he focused on marketing and strategic planning.
CEO Orange Business Services
Dr. Helmut Reisinger was appointed CEO of Orange Business Services in May 2018 and serves on the Executive Committee for the Orange Group. Helmut is responsible for the company strategy to support the digital transformation of our enterprise customers across France and international markets. His particular focus will be on the key business growth areas that enable multinational enterprises to leverage their entire data value chain, resulting in new business models and further success.
Helmut has over 20 years of experience in enterprise markets and solutions. Prior to his appointment as CEO, he was executive vice president, International, in charge of business activities outside the home market France, including Europe, the Americas, APAC, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Indirect business. He joined Orange in July 2007 as senior vice president, Europe.
Before joining Orange Business Services, Helmut was vice president Western Europe at Avaya Inc. Previously, Helmut was CEO of private equity owned NextiraOne Germany and a member of their European Executive Committee. Helmut also held several leadership positions during his nine-year tenure with Alcatel Austria, with his last position being managing director of Alcatel’s enterprise activities in Austria.
A native of Austria, Helmut is a graduate of Vienna University for Economics and Business, CEMS Masters Program at WU Wien with international studies at Hochschule St Gallen (Switzerland) and ESCCA Angers (France).
Helmut speaks English, French, German and Spanish.
Ashoka Europe Leader
Marie Ringler is leading Ashoka's work in Europe. She founded Ashoka's Austrian office in 2011 and soon took over Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe. In 2015 she became one of Ashoka's Europe Directors, in 2018 she was appointed European Leader of Ashoka. She was born in Vienna, studied Sociology, Political Science and Women`s Studies at the University of Vienna, and holds a degree from ESADE Business School, Spain and an MBA from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
In the late 90`s she helped build Public Netbase, an art institution dedicated to exploring the social implications of the internet and new technologies through the lens of art, and later became its managing director. She was elected into office as a Member of the Regional Parliament and City Council of Vienna in 2001, making her the youngest member. During her time in office, she focused on developing policy to drive innovations in society, and served on the Vienna Department of Commerce Advisory Board, initiated the city’s Open Source Software Strategy and developed a federal policy program for Innovation.
After two successful terms in office, she decided against a life-long career in politics and established Ashoka`s Austrian office in Vienna.
In her role as Director of Ashoka in Central and Eastern Europe she led Ashoka’s relaunch efforts in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Israel. As Europe Leader Ringler is advancing Ashoka’s work in over 26 country offices who support more than 570 Social Entrepreneurs (“Ashoka Fellows”). Ringler serves as a 2nd Opinion Interviewer in Ashoka’s Global Fellow Selection process and has led the global selection process for more than 50 Fellows in countries such as Indonesia, Nigeria, Mexico, Colombia, and the US. Her work has been featured extensively in international media and she is a frequent speaker at conferences and events focusing on social entrepreneurship, social innovation, cross-sectoral collaboration and policy.
She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Austrian Broadcasting Agency (ORF), and serves on several award juries.
Ashoka is the world`s largest network of 3.600 Social Entrepreneurs, spanning across more than 90 countries, who are solving some of the world`s toughest social problems. Ashoka works to identify, elect and support leading social entrepreneurs financially and professionally. We bring communities of social entrepreneurs together to help leverage their impact, scale their ideas, and disseminate their practices. And we help to build the infrastructure, financial systems and mindsets needed to facilitate the global growth of social innovation and an Everyone a Changemaker world.
Chief Academic Officer, Hult International Business School
I serve as Chief Academic Officer of HULT International Business School with campuses in London, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Shanghai (hult.edu). Driving quality and innovation in the dynamic HULT organization and its global higher education ecosystem is a passion. Before joining HULT in 2016, I served as leader and/or faculty member in several European business schools and a research foundation. Another passion is advancing the concept and practice of LEGO Serious Play, which I co-invented two decades ago.
CV and publications at johanroos.se.
CEO, Klöckner & Co SE
With a number of leadership positions in industry and consulting already under his belt, Gisbert Rühl joined the Klöckner & Co Management Board as CFO in 2005. He has served as Chairman of the Board since 2009. Gisbert is currently driving forward Klöckner & Co’s digital transformation and the development of an open industry platform in which the company plays a pioneering role within the steel industry.
CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Haier Group
Zhang Ruimin, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Haier Group, is the creator of the Rendanheyi model and ranked by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top 50 management thinkers.
Over the past 33 years, Mr. Zhang has consistently helmed Haier with an innovative, entrepreneurial spirit and forward-looking strategies, transforming Haier from an insolvent collectively-owned factory into a world-renowned brand and multinational group of companies. In 2017, Haier achieved a global revenue of RMB 241.9 billion, ranking top among the world’s white goods brands for the ninth consecutive year.
Mr. Zhang has always believed in putting people first as a source of value. He has created Rendanheyi, a management model that draws inspiration from both traditional Chinese culture and modern business management practices. This new way of management thinking with Chinese characteristics represents a breakthrough for Chinese companies as they transform from followers into pioneers in management innovation. For his contribution to management thinking, Mr. Zhang has been ranked twice by Thinkers50 as one of the world’s top 50 leadership and management thinkers.
Founder of Ecosystematic and Double Loop Marketing LLC
Christian is the founder of Ecosystematic and Double Loop Marketing LLC, a marketing consultancy. As the co-founder (with Philip Kotler) and editor of The Marketing Journal, he continuously scours the world of marketing for new insights and next practices. He is involved in numerous non-profit and public-education projects, including FIXCapitalism.com and the $300 House Project.
Christian Sarkar is an author, entrepreneur, and marketing consultant. He’s the co-author of Brand Activism: From Purpose to Action, a book written with Philip Kotler, the “father of modern marketing.”
Christian is a leading authority in several areas:
- Ecosystem Strategy: strategic insights and recommendations to help businesses and institutions tap into the power of ecosystematic growth
- Double Loop Marketing™: development and implementation of ecosystem-based engagement platforms
- Brand Activism: a growing trend that aligns businesses with the greater good
- Thought-Leadership Diffusion: creating and spreading leading ideas in business and academia
- Idea-Engineering: developing creative capabilities for the organization of the future
Christian has deep expertise with strategic marketing and branding and has worked closely with several leading businesses and individuals, including:
- Business: Deloitte Center for the Edge, Strategyn, Physician Leadership Institute, Center for Transformation and Innovation, Knowledge Kinetics, Penguin Books USA, Oracle, BMC Software, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat Linux
- Thought-Leaders: Philip Kotler, John Hagel, John Seely Brown, Stuart Hart, Anthony Ulwick, Tom Davenport, Marshall Goldsmith, Laurence Haughton, Larry Prusak, Vijay Govindarajan
- Academia: Emory University, Thunderbird, Babson, UCLA, Dartmouth, Michigan, University of Houston, Harvard University, University of Vermont, Northwestern University
- Start-Ups: Neural ID, Mezeo, Danube, Enterprise Informatics, Compliance Spectrum, Alertlogic, JME Software, Scalable Software, Neon Enterprise Software
- Entertainment: Steel Pulse
- Self-Help: The Work of Byron Katie
- Non-Profit: Enterprise for a Sustainable World, Solar Electric Light Fund, International Fund for Africa, Partners In Health, Hold On [4 Haiti]
Founder & Honorary Chairman, Simon-Kucher & Partners
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Hermann Simon is a German business leader and author. Simon co-founded Simon-Kucher & Partners in 1985. From 1995 to 2009, he served as CEO of the company, since then as chairman. Simon is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing. He has an extensive global range of clients. In the German language area he was voted the most influential management thinker after the late Peter Drucker.
Before committing himself entirely to management consulting, Simon was a professor of business administration and marketing at the Universities of Mainz (1989-1995) and Bielefeld (1979-1989). He was also a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, Stanford, London Business School, INSEAD, Keio University in Tokyo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From 1995 to 2009 he was CEO of Simon-Kucher & Partners.
Professor Simon has published 35+ books in 26 languages, including the worldwide bestsellers Hidden Champions (Boston 1996, cover story of BusinessWeek in 2004) and Power Pricing (New York 1997), as well as Manage for Profit, Not for Market Share (Boston 2006). His book Hidden Champions of the 21st Century, Success Strategies of Unknown World Market Leaders (New York 2009) investigates the strategies of little known market leaders. Beat the Crisis (New York 2010) provides companies with practical advice against the crisis and for a quick recovery.
Simon was and is a member of the editorial boards of numerous business journals, including the International Journal of Research in Marketing, Management Science, Recherche et Applications en Marketing, Décisions Marketing, European Management Journal as well as several German journals. For decades he wrote regular columns for the German business monthly Manager Magazin. As a board member of numerous foundations and corporations, Professor Simon has gained substantial experience in corporate governance. From 1984 to 1986 he was the president of the European Marketing Academy (EMAC). Simon is co-founder of the first Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC) listed on the German Stock Exchange in Frankfurt, which acquired Exceet Group S.E. in July 2011.
A native of Germany, he studied economics and business administration at the universities of Bonn and Cologne. He received his diploma (1973) and his doctorate (1976) from the University of Bonn. Simon holds honorary doctorates from IEDC Business School of Bled (Slovenia), from the University of Siegen (Germany) and from Kozminski University Warsaw (Poland). He is a honorary professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.
FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business, Babson College;
Co-founder & Co-Chairman, Conscious Capitalism Inc.
Raj Sisodia is FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a Ph. D. in Marketing from Columbia University. Raj is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (2013) and Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters (2015). He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011. Raj received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in 2016.
Raj has published eleven books and over 100 academic articles. His book Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose was named a top business book of 2007 by Amazon.com. He has consulted with numerous companies, including AT&T, Nokia, LG, DPDHL, POSCO, Kraft Foods, Whole Foods Market, Tata, Siemens, Sprint, Volvo, IBM, Walmart, Rabobank, McDonalds and Southern California Edison. He is on the Board of Directors at The Container Store and a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc. www.RajSisodia.com
Young K. Sohn
President and Chief Strategy Officer, Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board, HARMAN International Industrie
Young Sohn is president and chief strategy officer for Samsung Electronics, and Chairman of the Board, Harman International. He leads development and strategy for global innovation, investment and new business creation. Young led the $8 billion acquisition of Harman International Industries.
Prior to joining Samsung Electronics, Young served as CEO of Oak Technologies, Agilent Semiconductor (now Avago) and Inphi Corporation. Under his leadership as CEO and board member, he took PLX Technologies, Synnex Technologies and Inphi public. He also has served on the Boards of ARM, Synnex Corporation and Cymer, Inc.
He serves on the MIT Sloan School North America Board, is a senior advisor to the private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, is a member of the board of directors at Cadence, and is an advisor for the University of California Innovation Council. Young also was a senior advisor for the MIT Media Lab’s One Laptop per Child.
Young holds a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MS from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Chief Product Owner, Scrum Alliance
Howard Sublett is the chief product owner at Scrum Alliance, a new position for him and for the organization as they continue to evolve toward sustainable agility. Howard brings a wealth of experience in a variety of agile practices to this role, including serving as an agile coach and leader at several agile consultancies. As chief product owner, his primary responsibilities are to forge coalitions, to decide which products and services best deliver value to and serve customers, and to promote agile and Scrum principles and values in the greater community. He shares the C-suite with Chief ScrumMaster Melissa Boggs.
Before joining Scrum Alliance in 2018, Howard championed the SolutionsIQ culture as director of community development. As the face of SolutionsIQ, Howard could regularly be found building relationships at industry events and hosting the popular Agile Amped podcast series. Internally, Howard advocated for the individual and nurtured the company’s teams. Howard is focused on people, who they are and what they need, and lives according to the mantra that strangers are only friends he hasn’t met. He is passionate about making workplaces joyful, sustainable, and prosperous with agile principles, practices, and values—and about sharing this message with the world.
Chief Strategist, Global Marketing, Fujitsu Limited
Yoshikuni Takashige joined Fujitsu in 1984. He was engaged in international business, taking strong leadership in developing Fujitsu’s important strategic partnerships and joint ventures with global companies. Throughout his career, he has been exposed to many different people, businesses and cultures around the world, which has helped him shape his thought about transformation of business and society. Since 2012, Yoshikuni has been leading the creation of the Fujitsu Technology and Service Vision, which sets out Fujitsu’s human-centric vision and its thinking on how organizations can innovate by leveraging digital technology. It was first launched in 2013, and has been updated annually. He speaks about innovation and digital transformation internationally.
He received an MBA degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Tokyo.
Tony Tan Keng Yam
Former President of the Republic of Singapore
Special Advisor, GIC Honorary Patron and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Singapore Management University
Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam graduated from the University of Singapore with a First Class Honours Degree in Physics in 1962. He has a Master of Science degree from MIT and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Adelaide.
Dr Tan has served as the Minister for Finance, Trade and Industry, Education and Deputy Prime Minister and Co-ordinating Minister for Security and Defence. Dr Tan was the Chairman and CEO of OCBC Bank from 1992 to 1995.
In September 2005, after leaving the Cabinet, Dr Tan was appointed Deputy Chairman and Executive Director of GIC, Chairman of the National Research Foundation and Chairman of SPH. In July 2011, Dr Tan contested in the Presidential Election and was sworn in as the seventh President of the Republic of Singapore on 1 September 2011 for a 6-year term. In September 2017, Dr Tan was appointed the Honorary Patron and Distinguished Senior Fellow of Singapore Management University. In January 2018, Dr Tan was appointed the Special Advisor to GIC.
Chief Digital & Technology Officer, GSK
Karenann joined GSK as Chief Digital & Technology Officer in September 2017 with a company-wide remit to transform how new technologies are used to improve performance across the Group. She is a member of the Corporate Executive Team.
She is responsible for GSK’s digital, data and analytics strategy. She works with a wide range of partners from inside and outside the healthcare sector to bring new technologies to GSK, enhancing areas such as clinical trials and drug development; improving how we interact with healthcare professionals, customers and consumers; and making internal processes more efficient.
Karenann’s previous role was Chief Information Officer for Walmart, where she led a multi-year effort to transform Walmart in the use of data, analytics and digital engagement with its customers. Prior to Walmart she was at Baxter International, where she was Chief Information Officer, and before that Daimler Chrysler Corporation. Karenann began her career in General Motors and held various roles in manufacturing, engineering and brand management.
Karenann is a member of the board of trustees for the New York Hall of Science and in 2017 she became a Non-Executive Director of Pluralsight LLC.
She earned graduate and post-graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and Purdue University, respectively.
Senior Associate Editor, Harvard Business Review
Nicole Torres is a senior associate editor at Harvard Business Review, where she co-hosts the Women at Work podcast and covers new research related to gender, international business, and health care. She has spoken at conferences such as SXSW, AOM, and Werk It; and she has written for The Boston Globe, Salon, and other publications.
Executive Director Brightline Initiative
Ricardo Viana Vargas is a specialist in project management and strategy implementation. Over the past 20 years, he has been responsible for more than 80 major transformation projects in several countries, covering an investment portfolio of over 20 billion USD.
He is currently the Executive Director of the Brightline Initiative™, a coalition of leading global organizations from business, government and not for profit sectors, dedicated to provide a knowledge and networking platform that delivers insights and solutions to successfully bridge the gap between strategy development and strategy implementation.
From 2012 to 2016, Ricardo Global Director of the Infrastructure and Project Management Group with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).
Vargas has written fifteen books on the subject of project management, and also host one of the most relevant podcasts in the field, the 5 Minutes PM Podcast, with more than 4 millions views.
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President, Peter F. Drucker Academy
Dr. Wang is an expert in financial management, strategic planning and corporate governance. She was Deputy General Manager of Finance, China Resources (Holdings) Co. (CRC). During her service in CRC, she successfully implemented the “CRC 6S” to support strategic planning and development for the entire group, which strengthened the group risk identification and strategic management as well as value creation through innovation and entrepreneurship. “CRC 6S” is regarded as one of the best practices in Asian corporate management that integrated business strategy, total budgeting, cash flow management, corporate performance measurement, internal audit, and management evaluation. By implementing the “CRC 6S” and leading change over the past decades, CRC has transformed itself from a traditional trading company into one Fortune Global 500.
With effective leadership and professional experience in both strategic management and corporate governance, after she left CRC, Dr. WANG focused on management education and consulting. She is now the President of Peter F. Drucker Academy (Hong Kong). She also serves as an Independent Non-Executive Director of one of the largest Chinese state-owned financial groups.
Founder, Future Today Institute
Amy Webb is a quantitative futurist. She is a professor of strategic foresight at the NYU Stern School of Business and the Founder of the Future Today Institute, a leading foresight and strategy firm that helps leaders and their organizations prepare for complex futures. Founded in 2006, the Institute advises Fortune 500 and Global 1000 companies, government agencies, large nonprofits, universities and startups around the world. Amy was named to the Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of how organizations are managed and led and was won the prestigious 2017 Thinkers50 RADAR Award. Amy’s special area of research is artificial intelligence, and she has advised three-star generals and admirals, White House leadership and CEOs of some of the world’s largest companies.
Amy is the author of three books, including The Big Nine: How The Tech Titans and Their Thinking Machines Could Warp Humanity (PublicAffairs/ Hachette, March 5, 2019), which is a call-to-arms about the broken nature of artificial intelligence, and the powerful corporations that are turning the human-machine relationship on its head. Her last book, The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream (PublicAffairs/ Hachette, December 2016), explains Amy’s forecasting methodology and how any organization can identify risk and opportunity before disruption hits. Signals is a Washington Post bestseller, was selected as one of Fast Company’s Best Books of 2016, won a 2017 Gold Axiom Medal for the best book about business and technology and was one of Amazon’s best books 2016. Signals has been released in multiple international editions and has been translated into a number of languages. Her bestselling memoir Data, A Love Story (Dutton/ Penguin 2013) is about finding love via algorithms. Her TED talk about Data has been viewed more than 6 million times and has been translated into 32 languages. Data is being adapted as a feature film, which is currently in production.
Amy is a Fellow in the United States-Japan Leadership Program and a Foresight Fellow in the U.S. Government Accountability Office Center for Strategic Foresight. She was a Visiting Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, and her research received a national Sigma Delta Chi award. Amy was also a Delegate on the former U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, where she worked on the future of technology, media and international diplomacy.
Amy writes extensively about artificial intelligence, emerging technology, digital media and the impacts/ opportunities they present. She is the tech columnist and a contributing editor at Inc. Magazine, and she writes a column about the future of technology for The Nikkei (Japan). She regularly contributes to a number of publications all over the world, which include the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wired, Fortune, Mother Jones and others. Amy’s future forecasting work has been featured in the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, CNN, NPR, and more. Her research has also been cited in several academic papers.
For the past 15 years, Amy has been dedicated to helping inform and shape the future of journalism. She is a member of the accreditation council of the ACEJMC, where she is helping to recalibrate accreditation standards for journalism and communication programs throughout the country. She is chairing a committee to develop a new, international digital certification program. Every year, Amy lectures about the future of media and technology at Harvard University as well as a number of universities worldwide, which have included Institut d'études politiques de Paris, Tokyo University and National University of Kyiv. She was a David Letterman Distinguished Professional Lecturer at Ball State University in 2016.
Amy serves on a script consultant for films and shows about artificial intelligence, technology and the future. Most recently, she worked on The First, a sci-fi drama about the first humans to travel to Mars (airing on Hulu and Channel 4). She is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and has served as a Blue Ribbon Emmy award judge.
Amy originally attended the Jacobs School of Music to study classical clarinet and served on the Board of Directors for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She holds a B.A. in political science, game theory and economics from Indiana University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She also earned Nikyu Certification in the Japanese government-administered Language Proficiency Test. In addition, she earned the rank of Shodan (first-degree black belt) in Aikido, but a serious accident during training a few years ago forced her to retire. She lives in Baltimore and in New York City.
Partner at The Innovation Architects and author
Based in New York, Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg is an author, speaker, and lecturer on the topics of innovation and problem solving.
His first book, "Innovation as usual", was published by Harvard Business Review Press and came out in five languages including Chinese. The book shares how leaders can help their people be more innovative as an integrated part of their regular work.
His second book (forthcoming) shares how a method called reframing can help you find new solutions to your toughest problems. The method was described in his recent HBR article "Are you solving the right problems", and Thomas’s workshop on the topic has been used by companies such as Microsoft, Cisco, UBS, Citigroup, Time Warner Group, Wall Street Journal and the United Nations.
Prior to his business career, Wedell-Wedellsborg served for four years as an officer and infantry platoon commander with the Danish Royal Guards. Originally from Denmark, he holds an MA in Media Science from the University of Copenhagen and an MBA from IESE Business School.
Social entrepreneur; Zen priest
Bart is a Zen priest and celebrated social entrepreneur. In 1995 he founded the organisation APOPO, which saves human lives from disaster and disease by training HeroRATs. Based on the shared vision that inner wellbeing is a prerequisite to do sustainably well in society, he joined The Wellbeing Project in 2015, to shift the culture in the field of social change to a more caring and compassionate one. In 2017 he co-founded lagrandeterre.org, a permaculture/wellbeing center in the French Ardennes. Bart has been elected an ASHOKA fellow and a SCHWAB fellow to the World Economic Forum. He won the Skoll Award for social Entrepreneurship in 2009. Bart holds a Masters in Product Design from Antwerp University, Belgium.
Professor of International Management, University of Cambridge, Judge Business School; Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge
Professor Peter Williamson is Professor of International Management at the University of Cambridge, Judge Business School and Fellow of Jesus College Cambridge. He has held professorships at London Business School, Harvard Business School and INSEAD (in Fontainebleau and Singapore). Formerly with Merrill Lynch and The Boston Consulting Group, he earned his PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. He has served as non-executive director and chairman of companies spanning renewable energy, textiles, hedge funds, whisky (Glenmorangie), and software.
Peter has been visiting China regularly since 1983, assisting numerous multinationals and Chinese joint ventures as well as advising foreign companies on several acquisitions in China. More recently he has been assisting Chinese companies venturing abroad to develop their international strategies and organisations and to integrate foreign acquisitions. Peter has also assisted a number of major companies, including Alibaba Group, in building powerful business ecosystems to enhance and magnify their competitive advantage. He
has travelled extensively in many of China’s provinces and regions for both business and leisure.
His books include: The Competitive Advantage of Emerging Market Multinationals; Dragons at Your Door; Winning in Asia; and From Global to Metanational. His new book, Ecosystem Edge: Sustaining Competitiveness In the Face of Disruption, will be published in 2019.
Recent articles include: “The New Mission for Multinationals”, “Accelerated Innovation”, “Strategies for Competing in a Changed China” and “Is Your Innovation Process Global?” (all in the MIT-Sloan Management Review) -- The latter received a Sloan-Pricewaterhouse Coopers Award honouring those articles that have contributed most to the enhancement of management practice; “How China Re-Set Its Global Acquisition Agenda”, “China’s Hidden Dragons” (all in Harvard Business Review). His more than 50 other articles
include: “Ecosystem Advantage: How to successfully harness the power of partners”, and “Diversification, Core Competences and Corporate Performance”.
Chairman of the Management Board, Group CEO of Giesecke+Devrient
Ralf Wintergerst is Chairman of the Management Board of Giesecke+Devrient (G+D). In addition to his duties as CEO, he is responsible for the Central Services departments of Information Systems, Corporate Security, Compliance Management and Auditing, Corporate Communications, Corporate Strategy, Corporate Development, Mergers & Acquisitions, Legal Services and Corporate Governance.
Wintergerst joined G+D in 1998 as Director of International Subsidiaries in the Cards and Services business. Between 1999 and 2005 he held various management positions in the division Currency Management Solutions, ultimately heading it from 2006 on.
As Group Executive of the business unit Banknote Wintergerst has been a member of the Giesecke+Devrient Management Board since 2013. In November 2016 he was appointed Chairman of the Management Board.
Furthermore to his role at G+D, Wintergerst is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of secunet Security Networks AG. In addition, he holds various positions related to IT security issues, including member of the advisory board of the Cyber Defense research institute of the Bundeswehr University in Munich and co-chair of the Digital Summit Platform "Security, Protection and Trust" of the Federal Ministry of the Interior. Since mid-2019, he took over as chair of the North Africa Middle East Initiative of German Business (NMI) and has also become a member of the Executive Committee of Germany's digital association, Bitkom.
Ralf Wintergerst studied Business Administration and holds a Master´s Degree in Management as well as in Politics, Philosophy and Economics.
CEO of 20-first and author
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of 20-first, a leading international gender-balance consultancy. 20-first works with top management at some of the world’s best-known companies to identify the business opportunities of gender balance and how to achieve them. She has written a number of best-sellers in the field, including One Key to Gender Balance, Four Phases to Women’s Careers, Seven Steps to Leading Gender-Balanced Businesses, How Women Mean Business, and Why Women Mean Business: Understanding the Emergence of Our Next Economic Revolution, which won the Manpower Business Book of the Year award. Her most recent book is a more personal take on the consequences of gender balance at home: Late Love: Mating in Maturity.
Avivah speaks on leadership, marketing and talent management, and dual career issues across the globe, writes for FORBES and Harvard Business Review and lectures at HEC Business School. She is Founder and Honorary President of GlobalPWN.net, an international professional women’s network. Canadian, French and Swiss, she has been recognized by ELLE Magazine as one of the TOP 40 Women Leading Change. She lives in London with her sculptor husband and is occasionally visited by her two, globe-trotting, gender-balanced children, a son and daughter.
Founder of the Media Arts programs at Palo Alto High School;
Vice chair of Creative Commons
ESTHER WOJCICKI is a leading American educator, journalist, and mother. A leader in blended learning and the integration of technology into education, she is the founder of the Media Arts programs at Palo Alto High School. Wojcicki serves as vice chair of Creative Commons and was instrumental in the launch of the Google Teacher Academy. She lives in California. Her most recent book is HOW TO RAISE SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE.
Senior Advisor, Tencent Holdings Limited
Arthur is a hybrid professor, intertwining his career between academic and corporate worlds. As a professor, he had taught at the University of Michigan and China Europe International Business School. As a corporate executive, he served as Chief Learning Officer and subsequently Chief HR Officer of Acer Group from 1998 to 2002. Reporting directly to the Chairman & CEO, he worked closely with the top management team to radically transform Acer to meet the challenges and opportunities of new business realities. Since 2008, he takes on the role as Senior Management Advisor of Tencent Holdings and sits on the Executive Leadership Committee. In this capacity, he supports and facilitates organizational innovation and leadership development within Tencent and its key strategic partners such as JD.com, DiDi, Meituan Dianping, and 58.com.
At CEIBS, his outstanding teaching has been repeatedly recognized through numerous awards like “Outstanding Teaching Award”, “Most Favorite EMBA Professor Award”, and the most prestigious “CEIBS Medal for Teaching Excellence”. He founded the Center of Organizational and People Excellence (COPE). To help enterprenuers and CEOs systematically build organizational capability based on his proprietry diagnostic framework, he is also founder and president of Y-Triangle Organizational Learning Oasis with 100+ members in the last seven years.
Author of a dozen of books and numerous articles, Dr. Yeung research interests focus on building organizational capability for strategic implementation, globalization of Chinese firms, growing talent for business growth, and leading large-scale organizational transformation. He had received research awards from two leading human resource associations in the United States: Yoder-Heneman Personnel Research Award presented by the Society of Human Resource Management (1989) and Best Research Paper of the Year by the Human Resource Planning Society (1995). In 2002, he also received the Gold Book Award jointly presented by Ministry of Economic Affairs and Chinese Management Association in Taiwan. Dr. Yeung also serves as Global Editor (Asia-Pacific) for Talent and Strategy Journal (USA), ex- associate editor (1995-2006) and current editorial board member of Human Resource Management Journal (USA), editorial board member of Harvard Business Review (China), Human Relations Journal (U.S.A.), and Thunderbird International Business Review (U.S.A.).
In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Yeung has also been involved in training and consulting projects for numerous major corporations in Asia and North America, including Acer, Alibaba, Applied Materials, Bank of China, China Mobile, China Steel, CNOOC, Ford Motors, Hewlett-Packard, ICI, ICBC, ING Antai, Inventec, Lenovo Group, Philips, TSMC, TCL, and United Microelectronic Group. He also serves as board director for five corporations, one not-for-profit organization, and advises CEOs of several leading Chinese firms.
Due to his contribution in executive education, Dr. Yeung was recognized in 1999 by “Business Horizon” magazine in the U.S. as one of the next-generation “Executive Development Guru.” In addition to teaching at CEIBS, he teaches regularly in executive programs in association with Harvard, INSEAD, and Michigan. He also chairs the Regional Judge Committee for selecting “Best Employers in Asia” sponsored by Hewitt.
Managing Director, Management Lab
Michele is the Managing Director of the Management Lab (MLab), an organization that works with pioneering firms to create tomorrow’s new practices today. Prior to co-founding the Management Lab (with Professor Gary Hamel and Polly LaBarre), Michele spent a decade at McKinsey & Company leading client work and research in the strategy and organization practices. He was also a graduate fellow at the RAND Corporation, where for five years he focused on national security issues such as global terrorism and NATO strategy. Over the last few years Michele has published several Harvard Business Review articles with Professor Gary Hamel on creating organizations as capable as the people inside of them. Gary Hamel and Michele are the authors of a forthcoming book, Humanocracy (Harvard Business School Press: 2020).