Vinton G. Cerf
Tamara J. Erickson
Rita Gunther McGrath
Lisa W. Hershman
Roger L. Martin
Dinesh C. Paliwal
Founder, Ancestry.com, SOAR.com; Senior advisor at Gallup
Journalist, Journalism professor, Adviser, Book author
Alexandra Borchardt is a senior journalist, book author, journalism professor and media adviser. She works as a consultant for the World Association of News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and Hamburg Media School, where she heads the Digital Journalism Fellowship. She is also a Senior Research Associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford, where she served as Director of Leadership Programmes. Prior to this she was managing editor of Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), Germany’s leading quality daily.
Alexandra is a journalism professor and programme co-manager at the University of the Arts in Berlin and teaches “Leadership and Strategy in the 21st Century” at TU Munich. She gives lectures and keynotes on digitalisation and the media and regularly publishes commentaries and essays, for example with Project Syndicate, European Journalism Observatory and ada, a German magazine for digital life. She is the author of Mehr Wahrheit wagen – Warum die Demokratie einen starken Journalismus braucht (Dare more truth – Why democracy needs strong journalism), Duden Verlag, 2020, and Mensch 4.0 – Frei bleiben in einer digitalen Welt (Freedom in a digital world), Random House, 2018.
At the Council of Europe she is a member of the Committee of Experts on Freedom of Expression and Digital Technologies and prior to that served as vice chair in the Committee of Experts on Quality Journalism in the Digital Age. She is also a member of the Committee for Editorial Indepencence at Czech publishing house Economia.
At SZ she held several functions in the politics and business sections. She was also founding editor of Süddeutsche’s ‘Plan W’, an award-winning quarterly magazine for women and business. In her reporting she has focused on internet and democracy and the future of work. In 2015 she published Das Internet zwischen Diktatur und Anarchie: Zehn Thesen zur Demokratisierung der digitalen Welt (The Internet between Dictatorship and Anarchy: Ten Assertions about Democracy in the Digital World), Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition Streitschrift. Before joining SZ she worked for Financial Times Deutschland and Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
Alexandra holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Tulane University, New Orleans (1994), and in 2013 completed a Programme for Management Development at IESE Business School, Barcelona. She lives outside of Munich with her husband and two teenage children.
Founder and Managing Partner, Alpha Intelligence Capital;
former CEO, Roland Berger
Chief Growth and Innovation Evangelist, Salesforce
WSJ Bestselling Author, Growth IQ
Tiffani Bova is the global customer growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of GROWTH IQ (Portfolio). Tiffani was recently named to the Thinkers50 Global Ranking of Management Thinkers, has appeared on MSNBC and Yahoo Finance and is a regular contributor to Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Marketing Matters on Wharton Business Radio - SiriusXM in addition to a variety of industry-leading podcasts. She is a top influencer in Customer Experience, Digital Transformation, the Future of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service, and was recognized as one of Inc. Magazine’s 37 Sales Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter, a LinkedIn Top 50 B2B Sales Expert in 2019, a Brand Quarterly Magazine Top 50 Marketing Thought Leader, and one of the most Powerful and Influential Women in California according to the National Diversity Council.
Tim is a leading voice on the value of design thinking in business and society. His ideas and experience are widely sought in industry, academia, and the nonprofit community; and he’s a regular participant in the World Economic Forum at Davos. Tim is a board member of the Mayo Innovation Advisory Council and the Advisory Council of Acumen Fund, a not-for-profit global venture fund focused on improving the lives of the poor. Tim has a special interest in the convergence of technology and the arts, as well as the ways in which design can be used to promote the well being of people living in emerging economies. In fact, the first seeds for IDEO.org were planted by Tim after a life-changing trip to India. And he has nurtured their growth ever since. Tim joined IDEO in 1987 after earning his MA in design from the Royal College of Art in London.
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.
Global Managing Partner, Gallup
Tamara J. Erickson
Adjunct Professor of Organisational Behaviour, London Business School
Tamara Erickson is an Adjunct Professor, Organisational Behaviour, at London Business School, where she has designed and directs the school’s leadership programme for senior-most executives, Leading Businesses into the Future. Her teaching addresses approaches to enhancing engagement, collaboration and innovation in intelligent organizations.
Erickson is a recognized expert on the changing workplace and the future nature of work, with an emphasis on how organisations can adapt and individuals can succeed. Her work has included in-depth research on the generations in over fifteen countries around the world, encompassing variations in preferences and perspectives by age and culture. She has explored the motivations of women in different generations and the challenges each faces in today’s workplace. Her publications include a trilogy of books written for individuals in specific generations with advice on how to excel: Retire Retirement, What’s Next, Gen X? and Plugged In. She is working on a fourth book for the generation under 20 today.
Erickson has authored or co-authored five books and numerous articles published in Harvard Business Review and Sloan Management Review. She won the prestigious McKinsey Award for the most significant article published in HBR in a given year and has four-times been named one of the 50 most influential living management thinkers in the world by Thinkers50, the respected ranking of global business thinkers.
For the first 25 years of her career, Erickson established a preeminent record of success as a woman in the professional services industry, advising senior executives around the world and successfully leading major consulting organisations of increasing complexity and size, developing a long-term track record of success in both growth businesses and turn-around situations.
She spent nineteen years at Arthur D. Little, Inc. As Senior Vice President, Erickson had responsibility for the firm’s management consulting business in the United States and Canada, including consulting services in the areas of strategy, organization, information systems, and operations management. In this role, she engineered a successful turn-around/restructuring of the business, from a net loss to the most profitable group in the company within two years. The turnaround was based on the development of innovative programs to enhance client relationships, staff development and thought leadership.
Earlier in her career, Erickson built the firm’s business in pharmaceuticals and medical products from a small specialty capability to a global practice over a six year period.
Throughout her career, Erickson personally worked with senior executives on issues of strategy and organization, particularly with regard to enhancing research and product development. Her client relationships spanned international markets, in the U.S. and throughout Europe, Japan, Indonesia, Korea, and Saudi Arabia. As a result of her outstanding track record as a consultant, Erickson was elected Vice President of Arthur D. Little at age 29, the youngest vice president in the firm’s 100 year history.
Erickson’s professional emphasis on organisational behavior was intensified when she lead Arthur D. Little’s acquisition of Innovation Associates, Inc., a firm founded by Peter Senge, based on Senge’s work with learning organisations. Erickson was responsible for conceptualizing, negotiating, and helping to integrate this acquisition into Arthur D. Little’s worldwide business.
After leaving Arthur D. Little, Erickson joined The Concours Group, a small specialty firm, built around long-term, intimate advisory relationships with senior-most executives. As Chief Executive Officer, Global Consulting, and Director she was responsible for leading the growth of the firm’s international consulting business, all European activities, and major research initiatives, nearly quadrupling revenue in just two years.
Erickson also has extensive experience at the board level, both as an advisor and as a board member. She served for ten years as a member of the Board of Directors of PerkinElmer, Inc., where she was a member of the Compensation and Benefits, Governance and Audit Committees. She served for six years as a member of the Board of Directors of Allergan, Inc. There, as Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee, she served as Lead Director and was a member of the Organization and Compensation Committee.
Today, in addition to her work with London Business School, she is the CEO of Tammy Erickson Associates, a research-based firm dedicated to helping clients build intelligent organizations. Much of her teaching is based on the original research conducted by her firm.
She holds a BA degree from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, where she was the recipient of the James Thomas Chirurg Fellowship.
VP Workspace Futures, Steelcase
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.
Management editor, Financial Times
John is co-chairman for Deloitte LLP‘s Center for the Edge with nearly 30 years of experience as a management consultant, author, speaker and entrepreneur. He has served as senior vice president of strategy at Atari, Inc., and is the founder of two Silicon Valley startups.
Author of „The Power of Pull,“ „Net Gain,“ „Net Worth,“ „Out of the Box“ and „The Only Sustainable Edge,“ John holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University, a B.Phil from Oxford University and a J.D. and MBA from Harvard University.
Director, Management Lab; Visiting professor, London Business School;
Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange (link is external).
Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.”
Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.
Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations around the globe.
Hamel’s work inside of organizations has been equally pioneering. Highlights include:
- Building one of the world’s first “idea markets” inside a global energy leader.
- Using crowdsourcing to help a European high tech company build a game-changing strategy.
- Orchestrating a comprehensive effort to turn a venerable durable goods manufacturer into one of the world’s most innovative companies.
- Helping a leading Korean company re-engineer its management practices around the principles of openness, community and meritocracy.
- Designing and deploying an online platform that allowed the employees of a top fashion house to share and develop ideas for strengthening their company’s core values.
- Developing innovation tools and platforms that have helped companies around the world de-commoditize mature industries and accelerate growth.
- Running an online “hackathon” in which more than 1,700 senior executives collaborated to reinvent the HR function.
In his work, Hamel has led transformational efforts in some of the world’s most notable companies and has helped to create billions of dollars in shareholder value.
Hamel is one of the world’s most sought-after management speakers on the topics of strategy, leadership, innovation and change.
Co-founder and Venture Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners
In 2015 Hermann was awarded an KBE for services to Engineering and Industry.
Serial Entrepreneur and Co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, Dr Hermann Hauser KBE has wide experience in developing and financing companies in the information technology sector. He co-founded a number of high-tech companies including Acorn Computers which spun out ARM, E-trade UK, Virata and Cambridge Network. Subsequently Hermann became vice president of research at Olivetti. During his tenure at Olivetti, he established a global network of research laboratories. Since leaving Olivetti, Hermann has founded over 20 technology companies. In 1997, he co-founded Amadeus Capital Partners. At Amadeus he invested in CSR, Solexa, Icera, Xmos and Cambridge Broadband.
Hermann is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Institute of Physics, the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the Royal Academy of Engineering, as well as an Honorary Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. In 2001 he was awarded an Honorary CBE for ‘innovative service to the UK enterprise sector’. In 2004 he was made a member of the Government’s Council for Science and Technology and in 2013 he was made a Distinguished Fellow of BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
Hermann has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Loughborough, Bath, Anglia Ruskin, Strathclyde, Glasgow and York.
Entrepreneur; Lecturer, University of Bath School of Management England
Dr. Margaret Heffernan produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. She then moved to the US where she spearheaded multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard&Poors. She was Chief Executive of InfoMation Corporation, ZineZone Corporation and then iCast Corporation, was named one of the "Top 25" by Streaming Media magazine and one of the "Top 100 Media Executives" by The Hollywood Reporter.
The author of six books, Margaret’s third book, Willful Blindness : Why We Ignore the Obvious at our Peril was named one of the most important business books of the decade by the Financial Times. In 2015, she was awarded the Transmission Prize for A Bigger Prize: Why Competition isn’t Everything and How We Do Better, described as "meticulously researched... engagingly written... universally relevant and hard to fault." Her TED talks have been seen by over twelve million people and in 2015 TED published Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes. Her most recent book, Uncharted: How to map the future was published in 2020.
She is a Professor of Practice at the University of Bath, Lead Faculty for the Forward Institute’s Responsible Leadership Programme and, through Merryck & Co., mentors CEOs and senior executives of major global organizations. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath and continues to write for the Financial Times and the Huffington Post.
CEO & CTO, 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.
Professor of Leadership and Organizational Transformation, Hult Ashridge Executive Education
Vlatka is an international award-winning thought leader, an activist for humanising management, and an author of a ground-breaking book 'The Management Shift - How to Harness the Power of People and Transform Your Organization for Sustainable Success' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), which was listed by Forbes as one of the top eight business books in 2014. She is a Professor of Leadership and Organizational Transformation at Hult Ashridge Executive Education, a Visiting Professor in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, an Honorary President at the Academy of Executive Coaching, a global faculty member of Headspring, by Financial Times and IE Business School and a Global Thought Leader at ICG Group. Vlatka was also a Professor of Business and Management at the University of Westminster, an Adjunct Faculty at London Business School, and a consultant for Said Business School. She is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Management Shift Consulting Ltd and the Drucker Society London. She received a PhD in Information Systems at the London School of Economics, as well as a BSc (Hon) in Economics and an MSc in Information Systems from the University of Zagreb. She was voted one of the Most Influential HR Thinkers in the world in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 and 2019 by HR Magazine and has won the Croatian Woman of Influence Award as well as an Honorary Award from the Leadership Awards in 2016.
Vlatka is the winner of the CMI Management Articles of the Year Award 2015 and the winner of the Axiom Business Books Award (silver medal in the "Leadership" category). She has been nominated for the Thinkers50 list and "Ideas to practice" Award. Her book has been shortlisted for the CMI Management Book of the Year Award and it has been nominated for the FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award. Her new book "Humane Capital" (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018) has been nominated for 5 awards and the Foreword was written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
As a renowned professional keynote and TEDx speaker, she regularly presents at major business events worldwide, including events at the Houses of Parliament, European Commission, Home Office, the Economist and Financial Times. She has published more than 200 academic articles, including the award winning 'To be a Better Leader, Give up Authority', Harvard Business Review, December 2009.
Vlatka is also an executive coach, management consultant and Board adviser, helping leaders and organisations worldwide to substantially improve performance, engagement, innovation and profit. She has advised major international organizations including the House of Commons, GlaxoSmithKline, BP, The National Health Service, Learndirect, Brand Velocity USA, the Drucker Institute USA, the Croatian Government and the Hungarian National Bank. For her consulting and coaching engagements, Vlatka uses her research-based and empirically validated tools described in 'The Management Shift' book, helping leaders and organisation to shift to the new level of working and success.
Honorary visiting professor of workplace social health, Cass Business School London
Julia Hobsbawm is a writer, speaker and strategist who addresses Social Health and simplicity in a complex age, finding solutions for humans in the most challenging time in living memory. Her work has been featured by organisations and institutions ranging from the OECD and World Economic Forum and Global Drucker Forum to global corporations such as Zurich Financial Services and Shell. Julia is Honorary Visiting Professor in Workplace Social Health at London’s Cass Business School and a columnist for PWC’s business publication Strategy + Business She consultats for private clients through The Simplicity Principle. Between 2017-2019 she was on the board of The European Workforce Institute (see her report The APPlied Human at Work: The World of the Worker In the Digital Era, 2019) and is currently advising the British Academy’s Future of the Corporation project. The editor and author of six books, Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year 2018 and Business Book of the Year 2018 and her latest, The Simplicity Principle: Six Steps Towards Clarity in a Complex World (also available in the US) was described by James Harding, founder of Tortoise Media as ‘clairvoyant’ and widely welcomed in the time of COVID19. In addition to being a columnist for Strategy + Business, a regular broadcaster on Sky News, Julia is Editor-at-Large for Arianna Huffington’s wellbeing portal, THRIVE Global. Julia presents The Simplicity Principle Podcast and has written and presented series for BBC Radio 4. A social entrepreneur, Julia founded the network and content business Editorial Intelligence in 2005, and the Social Capital Network in 2019. She was awarded an OBE for Services to Business in 2015. She is a Patron of The Zoe Education Trust, and the Facial Surgery Research Foundation and a founding trustee of the medical tech charity OurBrainBank.
Director General, Vinnova, The Swedish Innovation Agency
CEO, BNY Mellon Wealth Management
Lecturer in Public Leadership, Kennedy School, Harvard University
Barbara Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is the Founding Executive Director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership. And from 2003 to 2006 she served as the Center’s Research Director. Kellerman has held professorships at Fordham, Tufts, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington, Uppsala, and at both Dartmouth and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. She also served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Fairleigh Dickinson, and as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the University of Maryland.
Kellerman received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her M.A. (in Russian and East European Studies), M.Phil., and Ph.D. (in Political Science) degrees from Yale University. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. At Uppsala (1996-97), she held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies. Kellerman was cofounder of the International Leadership Association (ILA), and is author and editor of many books including Leadership: Multidisciplinary Perspectives; The Political Presidency: Practice of Leadership; Bad Leadership; Followership; Women and Leadership (co-edited with Deborah Rhode); Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence (2010); The End of Leadership (2012); and Hard Times: Leadership in America (2014). The End of Leadership was long listed by the Financial Times as among the Best Business Books of 2012, and selected by Choice as “essential” reading. It was also named by Choice as an “Outstanding Academic Title for 2013.” In 2015 Hard Times: Leadership in America received an Honorable Mention Award for its “significant contribution to the field of leadership” from the University of San Diego. And, in 2016 it too was selected by Choice as an “Outstanding Academic Title.” Kellerman has appeared often on media outlets such as CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Reuters and BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review.
Barbara Kellerman speaks to audiences all over the world, including Berlin, London, Moscow, Rome, Sao Paolo, Shanghai, Zurich, St. Gallen, Jerusalem, Turin, Toronto, Montreal, Mumbai, New Delhi, Amsterdam, Kyoto, Munich, Beijing, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Leipzig, and Seoul. She has served on many different boards and was ranked by Forbes.com as among “Top 50 Business Thinkers” (2009) and by Leadership Excellence in top 15 of “thought leaders in management and leadership” in 2008-09 and 2010-2011. In 2010, she was given the Wilbur M. McFeeley award by the National Management Association for her pioneering work on leadership and followership. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 she was ranked by Global Gurus as among the top 20 on the list of “World’s Top 30 Management Professionals.” In 2016, she was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Leadership Association. Her most recent book, Professionalizing Leadership, was published in 2018 by Oxford University Press. It was reviewed as “exceptional” and “highly recommended” by Choice. And it appeared on Forbes’ “Recommended Books for Creative Leaders in 2018.” Kellerman’s next book (co-authored with Todd Pittinsky) is titled, Leaders Who Lust: Power, Money, Sex, Success, Legitimacy & Legacy. It will be published in September 2020 by Cambridge University Press. She also posts digital articles on regular basis at barbarakellerman.com.
Lecturer, Harvard University
Roger L. Martin
Strategy advisor; #1 ranked management thinker T50; former Dean and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
In 2017, Roger Martin was named the world’s #1 management thinker by Thinkers50, a biannual ranking of the most influential global business thinkers. He was ranked 2nd, 3rd, 6th and 7th in the other ranking years over the past decade.
Roger is a trusted strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide including Procter & Gamble, Lego and Ford.
Roger Martin is a Professor Emeritus at the Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto where he served as Dean from 1998-2013, Academic Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship from 2004-2019 and Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute from 2013-2019. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants.
Prior to his time at Rotman, he spent 13 years as a Director of Monitor Company, a global strategy consulting firm based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he served as co-head of the firm for two years.
His research work is in Strategy, Democratic Capitalism, Integrative Thinking, Design of Business, Incentives & Governance, and Social Innovation. His extensive writing includes 12 books and 28 Harvard Business Review articles. His newest book is When More is Not Better: Overcoming America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency (Harvard Business Review Press, 2020). His previous 11 books include: Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel (HBRP, 2017), Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg (HBRP, 2015) and Playing to Win written with A.G. Lafley (HBRP, 2013); Fixing the Game (HBRP, 2011); The Design of Business (HBRP, 2009); The Opposable Mind (HBRP, 2007); and The Responsibility Virus (Basic Books, 2002). Both Getting Beyond Better and Playing to Win won best book awards at Thinkers 50.
In 2010, he was named one of the 27 most influential designers in the world by Business Week. In 2007 he was named a Business Week 'B-School All-Star' for being one of the 10 most influential business professors in the world. Business Week also named him one of seven 'Innovation Gurus' in 2005.
He serves as Chair of The Good Jobs Institute and the I-Think Initiative, and on the Board of The Nine Dots Prize.
Roger received his BA from Harvard College, with a concentration in Economics, in 1979 and his MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1981. in 2018, he was awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) by the Royal Military College of Canada. He lives in South Florida with his wife Marie-Louise Skafte.
Chair of the Board, Freddie Mac
Ms. Mathew is the Former Chairman and CEO of D&B. She joined D&B in August 2001 as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), after 18 years at Procter and Gamble. At D&B she was appointed CFO and SVP of International in 2005, CFO and President of the U.S. business in 2006, and President and Chief Operating Officer in 2007. She was named Chief Executive Officer in January 2010 and assumed the role of Chairman of the Board in July of that year, a position she held until her retirement in 2013. Ms. Mathew was a member of D&B’s Board of Directors from 2008 to 2013.
During her tenure at D&B, Ms. Mathew was instrumental in transforming D&B from a data company to a more innovative, digital enterprise, leveraging technological advances to expand its reach to new customers and structural changes to transform the underperforming International business. She led the re-build of D&B’s core technology platform and data assets, introducing Data-as-a service (DaaS) to access new customers and accelerating Big Data Analytics to create new insights for its existing customer base.
Ms. Mathew has received numerous accolades during her tenure at D&B. In 2012, she was named to FT’s 50 Women at the top; in 2013, Top value creator in the S&P500 by Chief Executive magazine; in 2015 NACD’s Directorship 100 list; in 2017, FWA’s Woman of the Year; in 2018 Ascend/Deloitte’s Pan Asian Director of the year. In 2019, Sara was awarded NACD Director of the Year for the New Jersey Chapter will be the recipient of P&G’s John G Smale Award for outstanding alumni in October 2019. Prior to D&B, Ms. Mathew spent 18 years at Procter of & Gamble.
Ms. Mathew currently Chairs the Board of Freddie Mac and serves on the Boards of State Street and Reckitt Benckiser. She has previously served on the Boards of Campbell Soup, Avon and Shire and has about 35 years of cumulative Board service. Sara holds a bachelor's degree in physics, chemistry and mathematics from the Women's Christian College in Madras, India, and a master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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 research 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.gemeinwohlatlas.de, www.gemeinwohl.ch), which aims at ranking and making transparent the public value of companies and organizations. His Public Value Scorecard provides a management tool to measure public value creation along five basic dimensions. Timo co-initiated the Public Value Award for Start-ups, where he is chairing the jury. He is as well the chair of the jury of the public value award for public baths in Germany.
Founder & Innovation Officer, Common Purpose
Julia is passionate about helping people from all backgrounds to develop as leaders and make an active and tangible contribution to their communities and to wider society.
In the autumn of 1989, Julia founded Common Purpose, which has grown to be one of the biggest leadership development organizations in the world. Julia stepped down from the position of Chief Executive in 2018. She is now the Innovation Officer, driving new initiatives across the world.
Julia was a founder of the Impetus Trust (developing venture philanthropy in the UK), the Media Standards Trust (fostering high standards in the news media) and Alfanar (developing venture philanthropy in the Arab World). Today, she is on the board and chairs the investment committee of Alfanar, is on the International Advisory Council for Fundação Dom Cabral (a non-profit business institution in Brasil) and is a Goodwill Ambassador of the Aurora Forum (a global humanitarian initiative run out of Armenia).
Julia was born in London and educated at French Lycées around the world. She worked for the Industrial Society after receiving an economics degree from the London School of Economics. She is married, and has five children and one grandchild.
Julia is the author of two bestselling books: Beyond Authority and Cultural Intelligence. Julia defines Cultural Intelligence (CQ) as "the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures".
Founder, MOSAIK - Designing European Experiences; Co-Founder, Creative Cooperation
Katharina Moser is a sociopolitical entrepreneur based in Vienna, AT. After working for the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the British Council London and the European Forum Alpbach, she founded MOSAIK in 2015. The agency designs events, products and formats that foster a sense of community. (for e.g. the Austrian Federal Chancellery, Erste Foundation, EUSALP or the city of Kassel). The project „Routes - The European Journey in the Middle of Vienna“ got awarded with the Austrian State Award on Europe. As a „designer of meaningful encounter“ she creates gatherings that trigger a sense of togetherness and cohesion and by that, the willingness for cooperation. Having organised around 200 events, Moser also works as a moderator, keynote speaker and gives workshop.
In 2020 she co-founded „Creative Cooperation“ consulting clients on how to create engaging online events.
She is in the board of Bürgerforum Europa; Austrian Society for European Politics, founding member of Alliance4Europe and member of the BMW Responsible Leaders Network.
Professor emeritus of Social Studies of Science, ETH; former President, European Research Council
Entrepreneur and Business Model Innovator, Co-Founder Strategyzer
One of the world’s most influential proponents of business model innovation and value proposition design, Alexander (Alex) Osterwalder provides a framework for large companies and startups to innovate by rapidly experimenting with new business models and value propositions. He is co founder of Strategyzer, an innovation powerhouse that helps organizations develop growth engines, better customer understanding, more attractive value propositions and powerful business models via online applications and blended online/offline courses.
Osterwalder invented the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas, Culture Map, and Business Portfolio Map, to help business people with practical tools to help address important strategic jobs. He simplifies the strategy development process, turning complex concepts into digestible visual models. As a result, a better language for identifying and communicating value is created and disseminated throughout an organization. Osterwalder’s talks – which illuminate the application of these practical tools with current market examples – consistently rank first or second among his peers at global conferences. By punctuating his informative speeches with humor and interactive exercises, Osterwalder establishes a deep and direct connection with audiences ranging from five to 5,000 and beyond, commanding high levels of participation, engagement and enthusiasm. His speeches further reveal how his business model and value proposition frameworks allow companies to grasp and maintain a competitive advantage in the midst of a crowded, or previously uncharted, industry.
A passionate entrepreneur, in 2010, Osterwalder co-founded Strategyzer, a leading innovation powerhouse that helps organizations develop growth engines, improve customer understanding, and establish more attractive value propositions and business models. His world-renowned Business Model Canvas is trusted by more than five million business practitioners from leading global companies, such as Coca-Cola, GE, Mastercard, Ericsson, Fujitsu, 3M, Intel and Microsoft, and is outlined in his international best-seller, “Business Model Generation” (Wiley, 2010), which was named among the 12 best business books of all time by USA Today. His second book, “Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want” (Wiley, 2014), continues the conversation by addressing how to find a better fit between a product and its intended market.
Osterwalder won the 2015 strategy award from Thinkers50 and currently ranks #7 among the top 50 business thinkers of the world. In 2013, he won the European Union’s inaugural Innovation Luminary Award. A frequent keynote speaker at Fortune 500 companies, Osterwalder travels the world discussing his ideas and strategies at leading universities such as Wharton, Stanford, Berkeley, IESE, MIT, KAUST and IMD. He holds a doctorate from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, and is a founding member of The Constellation, a global not-forprofit organization aimed at eliminating HIV/AIDS and Malaria.
Dinesh C. Paliwal
Senior Advisor to the Board and CEO, HARMAN
Directors: Bristol Myers Squibb, Nestlé and Raytheon Technologies, Former Chairman & CEO, HARMAN
Peter Paschek (born October 1949, Homberg/Lower Rhine , Germany), Studies in Social Sciences and Economics in Germany , UK and USA (Dipl. soc oec.).
Management Consultant since 1979. From 1976 to 1979, scientific staff member, Chair of Sociology I (Prof. Dr. J. Papalekas), Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.
In 2015 Paschek continued his work as Management and Executive Search Consultant as free lancer , after operating as Managing Partner and Co-Owner of Delta Management Consultants GmbH for more than 20 years.
His academic teaching activities (St. Gallen Iniversity till 2013, and particularly at Technical University Munich) kept him constantly connected with academia.
Paschek is a disciple of Prof. Dr. Peter F. Drucker , who was friend and advisor to him for nearly 30 years. In 2004 both edited a book, titled „Kardinaltugenden effektiver Führung“ which was translated in Chinese, Korean and Portuguese.
Paschek‘s newest book , titled „Peter F. Drucker- memories of a conservative christian Anarchist“, will be published end of 2019.
Co-Founder, IMAGINE; former CEO Unilever
Paul Polman is co-founder of IMAGINE, which mobilises business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality. He is also Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team, Saïd Business School and The Valuable 500, and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. A leading proponent that business can and should be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as "a standout CEO of the past decade”. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2018), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel that developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and he remains an active SDG Advocate in working with global organisations and across industry to deliver the 2030 development agenda.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Orange
Stéphane Richard, born in 1961, has been Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange since March 1, 2011.
He joined the Orange Group in September 2009 and has successively occupied the positions of Deputy CEO in charge of French Operations, CEO Delegate, and CEO. Between 1992 and 2003, Stéphane Richard was successively deputy to the CFO of Compagnie Générale des Eaux, Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Immobilière Phénix, and Chairman of CGIS (Compagnie Générale d’Immobilier et de Services), now Nexity. From 2003 to 2007, he was Deputy CEO of Veolia Environnement and CEO of Veolia Transport, as well as being a director of Orange.
From 2007 to 2009, Stéphane Richard was Chief of Staff to the French Minister for the Economy, Industry, and Employment.
He is a graduate of École des Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and École Nationale d’Administration. He is a French national.
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.
Founder Red Rose Consulting; former CEO Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi
Kevin Roberts is an international business leader, founder, and educator. His company Red Rose Consulting counsels business leaders and employees on creative thinking, marketing, and leadership.
A CEO for 22 years, Kevin has an uncompromisingly positive and inspirational leadership style, with an ability to generate ideas and emotional connections that accelerate extraordinary value. Kevin’s latest book 64 Shots: Leadership in a Crazy World (2016) offers frameworks and solutions for winning in a business world that has become volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous.
Born and educated in Lancaster in the north of England, Kevin Roberts started his career in the late 1960s with iconic London fashion house Mary Quant. He became a senior marketing executive for Gillette and Procter & Gamble in Europe and the Middle East. At 32, he became CEO of Pepsi-Cola Middle East; and later Pepsi’s CEO in Canada, over-taking Coke in the ‘Cola Wars.’ In 1989, Kevin moved to Auckland, New Zealand, to become Chief Operating Officer with Lion Nathan, growing the company to become the region’s leading brewer.
From 1997 to 2014 Kevin was New York-based CEO Worldwide at Saatchi & Saatchi, one of the world’s leading creative organizations, with responsibility for the effectiveness of several of the world’s leading advertising budgets including for clients Toyota and Procter & Gamble. He retired as Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi in 2016. For 16 years Kevin was a member of the Management Board of Publicis Groupe, the Paris-based global communications group active in 108 countries and employing 80,000 professionals, as it grew from the world’s seventh largest communications group to the third.
Kevin advises national organizations and global brands across commerce, media and sport. He has honorary appointments and doctorates at a number of universities. He is Honorary Professor of Creative Leadership at Lancaster University (England), Honorary Professor of Innovation and Creativity at the University of Auckland Business School (New Zealand), and Honorary Professor of Leadership and Innovation at the University of Victoria School of Business (Canada). With academic colleagues, he wrote Peak Performance: Business Lessons from the World’s Top Sporting Organizations, an inspiration-driven business theory and practice. In 2004, he wrote Lovemarks: the Future Beyond Brands, a ground-breaking business book published in 18 languages, showing how emotion can inspire businesses and brands to deliver sustainable value. Lovemarks was named one of the ten Ideas of the Decade by Advertising Age in 2009. His 2005 book Sisomo (for sight, sound and motion) explored the future of the screen age.
In 2013, Kevin, a New Zealand citizen, was made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) for services to business and the community. Currently, he is business ambassador for the New Zealand United States Council and Chair of the following organisations: My Food Bag (New Zealand home food delivery service); and The Herdy Company (UK homeware and accessories retailer). He sits on the board of UK grocer Booths.
He has made presentations to business audiences in 60 countries, with a San Francisco technology reviewer noting, “Kevin Roberts was arguably more entertaining and more informative than any other speaker, speaking about any other subject, anywhere. That is saying a lot, but during the hour of his speech, there was nowhere else in the world that I would have rather been than in his audience.”
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.
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.
Senior researcher, Harvard’s Klein Center for Internet & Society
In books, articles, posts, classes, and talks, David Weinberger, Ph.D. explores the effect of technology on ideas. He is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and is currently serving as writer-in-residence at Google PAIR (People + AI Research). His latest book, Everyday Chaos (HBR Press) was named Best Business Commentary of 2020 by Axiom, among other international awards. He also edits the open access Strong Ideas book series for MIT Press.
In his varied career, he has been a marketing communications VP and consultant to hi-tech companies, co-director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, a journalism fellow at Harvard's Shorenstein Center, an adviser to presidential campaigns, a Franklin Fellow at the U.S. State Department, and a philosophy professor.
Beginning with the best-seller Cluetrain Manifesto, in five books he has explored the effect of technology on knowledge, on how we organize our ideas, on business, and on the core concepts by which we understand our world.
Dr. Weinberger has a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Toronto and lives in the Boston area.
CEO of 20-first
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.
Management Editor and the 'Bagehot' columnist, The Economist
Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist’s management editor and writes the Schumpeter column. He was previously based in Washington, DC, as the Washington bureau chief where he also wrote the Lexington column. Previously he has been The Economist’s West Coast correspondent, management correspondent and Britain correspondent.
He is the co-author of “The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea”, “A Future Perfect: The Challenge and Hidden Promise of Globalisation”, “Witch Doctors”, a critical examination of management theory, “The Right Nation”, a study of conservatism in America and “Masters of Management: How the Business Gurus and their Ideas have Changed the World—for Better and for Worse”. His most recent book is “The Fourth Revolution - The Race to Reinvent the State”
LEGO professor of management and innovation, IMD Business School and director of IMD’s signature Advanced Management Program
Managing Director, Management Lab
Michele Zanini is the co-founder of the Management Lab. Together with Gary Hamel, Zanini helps forward-thinking organizations become more resilient, innovative and engaging places to work. Zanini was previously an Associate Partner at McKinsey and Company and a leader in the firm’s organization, strategy and financial services practices. Zanini also spent five years as a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he conducted pioneering research on how terrorist and other insurgent groups were harnessing information-age technologies to operate as nimble networks. Zanini’s work has been featured in the Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal. Zanini holds degrees from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Founder and Chairman of Blue Entropy LLC.; former President of Baidu Inc.