The European Conference at Harvard 2017

Cambridge MA

Mar 3 - 4, 2017

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Adam Saper

Managing Partner & CFO, Eataly

Bio: Adam Saper spent childhood summers in Italy, where he became enamored with the food and the people. After he graduated from Columbia University, he boarded a plane to Florence to learn the language. A year later, he was back in New York with Italian roommates but not nearly enough quality Italian food. Luckily, his job as the Director of Business Development for a growing medical devices company often brought him abroad and, by chance, back to Italy by way of Oscar Farinetti’s Eataly. Adam wanted to give his hometown an opportunity to experience the energy and the quality of this unique Italian marketplace. So, he and his brother, Alex, forged a partnership with Oscar and B&B Hospitality to open the first-ever Eataly in the USA.

Alain Le Roy

Ambassadeur de France, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, France

Bio: Alain Le Roy is a French diplomat who served as Secretary General of the European External Action Service from March 2015 to September 2016. In this capacity, he was in charge of approximately 3,400 staff and 140 delegations in non-EU countries. Ambassador Le Roy also served as EU Special Representative in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and as United Nations Under Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations. Ambassador Le Roy holds a degree in engineering from the Ecole Nationale supérieure des Mines de Paris; a Diplôme d’Études Approfondies in economics from Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne University), and an Agrégation d'Economie et Gestion. He also has completed the program for senior managers in Government at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Aldo Uva

Chief Officer Operating Supply and Strategic Business Plattforms, Ferrero

Bio: Mr. Aldo Uva is the Chief Officer Operating Supply and Strategic Business Platforms at Ferrero, reporting directly to the Group CEO, Mr. Giovanni Ferrero. In this role, Mr. Uva leads teams whose objectives are to support the aggressive expansion of the Ferrero Group and to work on disruptive innovation aimed at increasing the competitive advantage. Reporting to Mr. Uva are: the Chief Information Officer; the SVP Purchasing; the Chief Supply Chain Officer; SVP Packaging and Design; SVP Raw Material and Agricultural Enterprises; the Sustainability & Risk Management Officer; SVP Transformational Projects; and the Operating Science Officer. Mr. Uva’s teams are located around the world with main offices in Alba, Italy; Luxembourg City; New York City; Istanbul and Singapore. Before joining Ferrero Mr. Uva was President and SVP at Firmenich Flavors. Reporting to the CEO, Mr. Uva was responsible for creating, driving and delivering against the company’s strategic goals for the division. Mr. Uva joined Firmenich in July 2009. Prior to Firmenich, Mr. Uva was the CEO at Natuzzi, a global Italian furniture manufacturing company. He joined Natuzzi as CEO in 2008 with the challenge of turning around the business, which he successfully accomplished during his tenure at the company. Prior to Natuzzi, in 2007-2008, Mr. Uva worked for Nestlé in Vevey, Switzerland, as VP and Head of the Global Beverages and Food Services Division, where he assumed worldwide responsibility for the Beverage business. From 2001-2007, he held various positions at Sara Lee Corporation , starting as the Regional VP for the Americas and South Europe for the Household and Body Care Division based in Barcelona, Spain. After two years he was transferred to New York to take over the responsibility for the North America Coffee and Tea Division. His last role at Sara Lee was in Chicago, as Senior VP of Transformation and as a Corporate Officer of the company, reporting to the CEO. For four years prior to Sara Lee, Mr. Uva was CEO of North and Central America, Mexico and Caribe for Parmalat, the largest milk company in the world. Mr Uva started his career at the Italian multinational Indesit Company, a leading European manufacturer of domestic appliances. He spent thirteen years at Indesit, where he held several roles, the last as CEO for Russia, Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Uva holds degrees in Economics and Political Science, and in Classics.

Alessandro Petti

Architect, Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Bio: Alessandro Petti is an architect who is cofounder “Campus in Camps,” an experimental educational program in the Dheisheh refugee camp in Bethlehem. He is also a founder of the “Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency”which gathered architects, artists, activists, urbanists, filmmakers, and curators to work collectively on politics and architecture. Petti’s participation in contemporary art exhibitions–among them the Biennale di Venezia, Istanbul Biennial, Home Works Beirut, Bienal de São Paulo, Marrakech, Qalandia and the Asian Art Biennial–have had practical implications for architectural interventions in the refugee camps. In 2014 the Shu’fat School for Girls was inaugurated as an expression of the dignity and strength of the refugee community living in overcrowded camps. A “Concrete Tent” erected in the Dheisheh camp in 2015 embodies the contradiction of the permanent temporariness of Palestinian refugees.

Joao Vale De Almeida

Ambassador, Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations

Bio: João Vale de Almeida is a senior European Union diplomat who was appointed as EU Ambassador to the United Nations from 16 October 2015. Ambassador Vale de Almeida previously served as the first EU Ambassador to the United States of America, from 2010 to 2014. In Washington, he actively engaged in strengthening EU/U.S. relations and was critical to the launching of negotiations of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Prior to his appointment in Washington, Ambassador Vale de Almeida served as Director General of External Relations of the European Commission, the European Union’s executive body. As the most senior official under the authority of the High Representative/Vice-President, he helped formulate and execute the EU’s foreign policy and played a key role in preparing for the new European External Action Service (EEAS) introduced by the Treaty of Lisbon. Earlier in his career in the European institutions, João Vale de Almeida held several senior positions in the European Commission and the Economic and Social Committee. João Vale de Almeida holds a degree in History from the University of Lisbon and has studied and received training in journalism and management in the United States, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Anca Scortariu

Head of Sector - Visual Communication, European Commission

Bio: Anca Scortariu leads the graphic design team of the European Commission. Her team produces graphic material for all major political priorities. This includes, but is not limited to, the President's State of the European Union address, the European Commission's communication material at EU Summits, and major communication campaigns like the launch of the European Solidarity Corps or the 60 years anniversary of the European Union. Her team is the guardian of the Commission's Visual Identity Rules. Scortariu also coordinates the Graphic Design Network – a community of over 50 graphic designers working in the various departments of the European Commission. She is tasked with steering the visual communication strategy of the European Commission and can offer an insider's view of how it is to work in graphic design in one of Europe's top governmental institutions.

Artur Mas

President, Catalan European Democratic Party and Former President, Government of Catalonia, Catalan European Democratic Party

Bio: Artur Mas was born in Barcelona in 1956 and is married with three children and grandfather of two granddaughters. He has a degree in Economics and Business Science. He was a councillor of the Barcelona City Council from 1987 to 1995, acting as the economic affairs spokesman, and spokesman and president of the municipal group of CiU. He has been a member of the Parliament of Catalonia since 1995. He has been Minister for Public Works, Minister for Economy and Finance, Chief Minister of the Government of Catalonia and President of the Government of Catalonia from December 2010 to January 2016. He is currently President of the Catalan European Democratic Party, political party ruling the presidency of the Catalan Government.

Axelle Bagot

Innovation and Strategy Advisor, Chelsea City Hall

Bio: Axelle Bagot-Hennemand started her career at the French Embassy in Damascus. She then worked for eight years at the Paris City Hall for Mayor Bertrand Delanoë. A member of the International Department, she was in charge of Paris’ partnerships with other European and international cities, thus effectively exercising european leadership at the inter-city level. Following her fellowship at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, she became the Innovation and Strategy Advisor to the Mayor of Chelsea (MA) and for the last three years, she has been a coach for many speakers presented by TedXBeaconStreet. Ms. Bagot-Hennemand earned a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, and received a Master of Economic, Political Science and Sociology from Paris Dauphine University. In 2016, she received her Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Benjamin Fontaine

Chair of the Geographical Indications Committee, European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA)

Bio: Benjamin Fontaine (born in France, 1975) is a registered Intellectual Property attorney since 2003 (CNCPI, France) and a solicitor admitted to the Alicante Bar (Spain) since 2005. He holds law degrees from the University of Orléans (France) and from the University of Alicante, as well as a Master in Intellectual Property (Magister Lvcentinvs, Alicante). Benjamin Fontaine joined E.G.Y.P in 1999 and is a partner of the firm since 2014. He is in charge of the Alicante (ES) branch Office. Mr Fontaine has extensive experience in trademark prosecution and litigation, particularly in France and with the EUIPO. He advises French and foreign clients in various industries – such as cosmetics, foodstuff and wine – on IP prosecution, brand protection and enforcement matters. His field of practice also extends to industrial design, unfair competition, copyright law and domain name litigation. Mr Fontaine has a specific expertise in the field of Geographical Indications and related quality signs, and in particular concerning their interaction with trademarks. He is the author of various articles on this topic, as well as a book entitled “Geographical Indications and the Community Trade Mark System”. Benjamin Fontaine is currently the chair of the Geographical Indications Committee of the European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA). He is a frequent speaker in conferences organized by several institutions and universities.

Bernard Dubois

Architect, Bernard Dubois Architects

Bio: Bernard Dubois is a Belgian architect. He graduated from the Institut Supérieur d'Architecture de la Communauté Française - La Cambre, Brussels in 2009. Based in Brussels, his studio designs residential, retail and exhibition projects in Belgium, France, Italy, China and the US. In 2014, he was co-curator of the Belgian Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, Venice Biennale, presenting the project Interiors. Notes and Figures. Since 2016, together with Pol Esteve, he is co-director of the AA Visiting School Brussels.

Carl Spector

Commissioner of the Environment, City of Boston

Bio: Carl Spector is Commissioner of the Environment for the City of Boston. He oversees programs related to climate mitigation and adaptation, environmental protection, historic preservation, and other aspects of sustainability. Before joining Boston City Hall in 2005, Mr. Spector worked on a wide variety of environmental and energy issues for the federal government and in private industry. He holds degrees in physics and environmental science.

Carlos Franganillo

United States Correspondent, Televisión Española (TVE), Spanish National TV (TVE)

Bio: Carlos Franganillo, with nearly ten years of experience in the field of international journalism, is currently the Spanish National Television (TVE) correspondent in the United States. From his base in Washington DC, he covers Congress, Presidency and political campaign news. Prior to his current position, Franganillo was TVE’s correspondent in Moscow for more than three years. He has also served as a special envoy for TVE in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and South America. He has received numerous awards, which honor his excellence in the profession of journalism, including best Spanish correspondent of 2015 by the International Press Club. Mr. Franganillo is also the author of various research documentaries on Russia and other Soviet countries. He holds Bachelor degrees in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism.

Caroline Vicini

Deputy Head, Delegation of the European Union to the United States, Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Bio: Caroline Vicini is the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union in Washington, D.C. since 2015. Prior to joining the Delegation, Ms. Vicini served as Chief of Protocol, with the rank of Ambassador, at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, Sweden. During her five years in this position, she was the focal point on all issues related to the Vienna Convention for Stockholm’s 109 foreign missions, and in charge of all high-level visits to the Swedish government. Ms. Vicini has worked in public diplomacy, security policy and military affairs at the Embassy of Sweden in D.C. and at the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms. Vicini’s earlier postings include Algiers, Paris, and Rome, where she also worked at the headquarters of the World Food Program. She has a Master’s in Business Administration from the School of Economics at Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Cathy Wissink

Senior Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft

Bio: At Microsoft, Cathy focuses on partnering with civic leaders in greater Boston to use technology to solve large challenges and capitalize on impactful and inclusive opportunities. Cathy works directly with local tech leaders and policy influencers on issues critical to both Microsoft and the tech sector. She represents Microsoft with major tech associations, and develops programs on key issues in the tech policy space. She also plays a key role in overseeing the Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center - New England, which was formally announced in October 2013. Cathy joined Microsoft in 2000 and spent her first 9 years working on Windows, focusing on software globalization and helping ensure diverse countries were on the right side of the digital divide. She moved to the Legal and Corporate Affairs team at Microsoft in 2009, working on global government affairs, then took her current role in Cambridge in October 2013.

Charles Goemaere

Director of economic and legal affairs, Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne (CIVC)

Bio: Charles Goemaere is the Director of Economic and Legal Affairs and Member of the Executive Leadership Board at Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne - Comité Champagne (Epernay, France), a trade association that represents the collective interests of all Champagne producers and growers, including economic regulation, technical development, worldwide promotion and protection of Champagne wines. Mr. Goemaere is in charge of managing worldwide campaign to protect Champagne PDO and represents Comité Champagne in front of French, European and foreign governments to improve the scope of protection of Champagne PDO, remove tariff and non-tariff barriers and implement Champagne’s specific economic regulation system. He supervises all economic and legal affairs for the region (market surveys, implementation of Champagne economic regulation system and legal assistance to Champagne producers and growers), and manages multiple strategic projects including: strategic study «Champagne 2030», region-wide transition to paperless documents and anti-fraud and traceability projects. Mr. Goemaere is also a National Expert for International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV – Paris, France) and member of International Wine Law Association (AIDV). He holds Master’s degree in Intellectual Property law (Aix – Marseille III, France), Bachelor’s degree in commercial law (Paris I – Sorbonne, France) and is the fellow of ERASMUS program: International and European law (Cologne, Germany).

Chris Daly

Professor of Journalism, Boston University, Boston University

Bio: Chris Daly is a veteran journalist with experience in wire services, newspapers, magazines, books, and online. A Harvard graduate, he spent ten years at the Associated Press. From 1989 to 1997, he covered New England for the Washington Post. He holds a Master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina, where he was a co-author of the prize-winning 1987 book Like a Family, a social history of the South’s industrialization. His writing has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, Parents, New England Monthly, Boston, American Prospect, and other magazines. He contributes freelance articles and essays to newspapers and magazines, and is the author of a prize-winning history of US journalism, “Covering America: A Narrative History of a Nation’s Journalism.”

Dan Dimancescu

Honorary Consul, Honorary Consulate of Romania in Boston, Honorary Consulate of Romania in Boston

Bio: Dan Dimancescu is founder of a company offering management consultancy services to high-tech companies, author of books on management and high technology policy, and has served as a short-term faculty member at the Thayer School of Engineering and the Tuck School of Business, Boston University Business School, and the Institute for Technology and Man. He is also originator of four expeditions and author of two for the National Geographic Magazine and the president/executive producer of a Boston-based documentary film production company, Kogainon Films. He received grants from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment of the Arts and is the co-founder of Washington based Alianta.org, a Board Member of the Foundation for Carpathian Conservation and the Maria Nobrega Foundation. In 2005, Mr. Dimancescu was appointed Honorary Consul General of Romania in Boston. He is a dual citizen of the United States and Romania. He studied at Dartmouth College, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and the Harvard Business School.

David Eaves

Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Bio: David Eaves is a public policy entrepreneur and expert in information technology and government. In 2009, as an adviser to the Office of the Mayor of Vancouver, David proposed and helped draft the Open Motion which created one of the first open data portals in Canada and the world. He subsequently advised the Canadian government on its open data strategy where his parliamentary committee testimony laid out the core policy structure that has guided multiple governments approach to the issue. He has gone on to work with numerous local, state, and national governments advising on technology and policy issues, including sitting on Ontario's Open Government Engagement Team in 2014–2015. In addition to working with government officials, David served as the first Director of Education for Code for America — training each cohort of fellows for their work with cities. David has also worked with 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows at the White House providing training and support.

Emiliano Tornese

Deputy Head, European Commission

Bio: Emiliano Tornese is Deputy Head of the Resolution and Crisis Management Unit at the European Commission. In that capacity, he has been involved with the design and negotiation of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive and of the Single Resolution Mechanism, and is currently focusing on their implementation. Previously, he was the Secretary of the European Securities Committee, where he coordinated the European Union’s Ministries of Finance in their regulatory capacity for financial services. Mr. Tornese has also been an advisor to the European Financial Stability Facility, the European Stability Mechanism, and within the Troika on the implementation of the national reform programs in Ireland. Mr. Tornese holds an LL.M. from Columbia Law School (2007). He has practiced law, with a focus on Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Markets, in New York, London, Paris, and Rome. He was born in 1976 in Naples, Italy.

Erin Baumgartner

Assistant Director, MIT Senseable City Lab, MIT Senseable City Lab

Bio: Erin Baumgartner is responsible for strategic and operational leadership at the MIT Senseable City Lab (SCL), a multi-disciplinary research group of 40 people. Her primary responsibilities revolve around developing and maintaining partnerships between SCL and the cities, companies and foundations that support the group's research agenda. This work involves presentations of SCL's technical research portfolio to potential partners, both foreign and domestic, as well as contract negotiation and member stewardship.

Esther de Lange

Vice-President, Group of the European People's Party in the European Parliament

Bio: Esther de Lange is Vice-Chair of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament, representing the Dutch political party Christian Democratic Appeal (CDA). She is currently a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE). She is also a member of the Delegations for relations with the US and Russia. As a Rapporteur for the European Parliament on the European Deposit Insurance Scheme (EDIS), she is leading the negotiations for setting up a mechanism for insuring consumers’ savings in case of a failing financial institution. She is also leading the negotiations on behalf of the EPP on a future revision of the EU’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS). As Vice-Chair of the EPP she is furthermore responsible for the relations with the national Parliaments. Esther de Lange was born in the Netherlands on February 19th 1975 in Spaubeek, in the very South of The Netherlands, close to the German and Belgium borders. She studied European Studies in The Hague. During this study she participated in an ERASMUS exchange program and studied Political Science at the University of Lyon in France. In 1998 she finished the political-administrative specialization of European Studies in The Hague cum laude by writing a thesis on the Amsterdam Treaty. From 1999 until 2001 she studied international relations at the French-speaking University in Brussels. During her studies Esther de Lange held several jobs at the ANWB, a Dutch traffic and transport organization in Lyon, and at the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless in Brussels. In 1998 she worked as a lobbyist for two German associations in Brussels, representing the food industry. Since 1999 she worked as a policy officer for the CDA delegation at the European Parliament, where she focused mainly on themes like Food Safety, Environment, Agriculture and budgetary matters. In April 2007 Esther de Lange herself became a Member of the European Parliament and was subsequently reelected in 2009 and 2014, when she was the front-runner of the CDA list.

Etien Santiago

Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

Bio: Mr. Santiago is an architect and historian of modern architecture trained at the Rice University School of Architecture (B.A. cum laude, 2006; B.Arch., 2008) and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M.Arch. with distinction, 2011). Prior to starting a Ph.D at Harvard, he practiced several years at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Genoa and Iu+Bibliowicz Architects in New York on projects for major cultural institutions. He is currently a part-time faculty member in the architecture department at City College of San Francisco.

Flavien Menu

Architectural Association Studio Master, European Urban Policy Expert, Office for Cities, Architectural Association Studio Master

Bio: Flavien Menu is a Paris/London-based architect with a postgraduate dual degree in urban policies (Sciences Po Paris/London School of Economics). Alongside his practice - Office for Cities -developing strategic research projects and urban development schemes, his writing aims to fuel the social, political and cultural debate on built environment issues. Recently, Flavien curated and animated The Bedford Tapes - a day of public debate gathering for the first time a bench of emerging engaged protagonists questioning through their practice the agency of the architects and its impact on societies and territories. Flavien taught at the Architectural Association - Oracles for Europe Unit 13 - and is a regular guest critic at the Royal College of Arts, London Metropolitan University and ETH Zurich.

Francesco Galtieri

Empedocle Maffia Fellow - Mid-Career Programme in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School

Bio: From 2012 to 2016, Francesco Galtieri was Chief of the Peace Programming Section, at United Nations Volunteers (UNV), leading almost 4000 volunteers across 22 post-conflict countries and countries facing complex humanitarian emergencies. During his fifteen years with the UN, Mr. Galtieri worked to improve relationships between governments, local authorities and citizens by setting up national volunteers’ schemes as well as facilitating the negotiations between governments and the UN. He co-founded and led a non-profit organisation, RENA, that promotes social change through civic engagement, collaborative policy making and implementation. Currently in the Mid-Career Master in Public Administration program at Harvard’s Kennedy School, Mr. Galtieri holds a Ph.D. in African Studies from the University of Naples “L’Orientale.” Mr. Galtieri lectures on Multilateral Negotiations at the LUISS School of Government in Rome, and was a visiting lecturer at University of Naples and ESSEC Paris.

Freya Oehle

Founder & CEO, Spottster

Bio: During her studies of International Business Administration, Accounting and Financial Modelling at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management, Rotterdam School of Management and Kellogg School of Management, Freya Oehle specialized in the fields of M&A and financial business consultancy. However, instead of following that career path she decided to found her own company, spottster.com, right after graduate school at the age of twenty-three. Ever since, Ms. Oelhe has been promoting entrepreneurship as a high-profile career path, especially for young women, holding board seats at HypoVereinsbank Unicredit, SKY, the German Online Trade Association and the WHU Entrepreneurship Center.

Gerardo Pisarello

Deputy Mayor, City of Barcelona, City of Barcelona

Bio: Born in Argentina in 1970, Gerardo Pisarello has lived in Barcelona since 2001. He holds a Ph.D. in Law and he is a Professor in Constitutional Law at the University of Barcelona. Mr. Pisarello is currently First Deputy Mayor of Barcelona City Council and is responsible for Economy, Work, and Strategy. He is also in charge of International Relations and Global Justice, Historical Memory, and Technology and Digital Innovation. He is President of Barcelona Activa, the municipal local development agency, the Municipal Institute of Finance, as well as the Municipal Institute of Informatics. As author of several works on constitutionalism, human rights and the right to the city, he has published “Vivienda para todos. Un derecho en (de)construcción” (2003); “Los derechos sociales y sus garantías” (2007); “La ofensiva del constitucionalismo antidemocrático” (2011) and “Procesos constituyentes. Caminos para la ruptura democrática” (2012). For more than ten years he has been Vice-President of the Observatory of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Observatori DESC).

Henning Meyer

Editor-in-Chief, Social Europe

Bio: Henning Meyer is founder and editor-in-chief of Social Europe, a digital media publisher focused on new and pioneering answers to issues in economics, politics and employment & labor. He is also the managing director of the consultancy firm New Global Strategy Ltd. Meyer serves as a research associate at the London School of Economics’ Public Policy Group, where his research focuses on policy responses to the digital revolution, social democracy, and the future of the European Union. Meyer has studied Politics, Economics and Business at Trier University, London Metropolitan University, the University of London and Oxford University and holds three masters degrees and a PhD in these subjects. He has written for Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Guardian, and a wide variety of other media outlets.

Jacqueline Cramer

Former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, The Netherlands, Amsterdam Economic Board

Bio: Jacqueline Cramer is a strategic advisor of the Utrecht Sustainability Institute and in charge of the circular economy activities for the Amsterdam Economic Board. She has been a professor of environmental management and sustainable innovation since 1990. She is the managing director of the consultancy firm Sustainable Entrepreneurship, advising more than 150 companies. Before, she was the Cabinet Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment of the Netherlands. She is a crown member of the Dutch Social-Economic Council, member of the Advisory Board of the World Wide Fund for Nature (NL), member of the non-executive board of Shell Netherlands and Finance for Development Bank, and presently Chairman of the Plastic Soup Foundation and Dutch Energy Service Companies network. In 2016, she led a consortium of Dutch banks, unions, NGOs and government to a ground-breaking agreement to ensure respect for human rights in worldwide investment and financing matters.

Jan Wilmking

SVP Private Brands, Zalando SE

Bio: Jan Wilmking is SVP Private Brands at Zalando. Before joining the company he worked at Rocket Internet and McKinsey & Co., where he advised a global portfolio of clients in retail, consumer goods and fashion. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, class of 2010. Fun fact: He speaks fluent English, German and a bit of Spanish and got trained by Lufthansa after finishing high school – so he can guide you to the nearest emergency exit in at least three different languages.

Joanne Adamson

Deputy Head, European Union Delegation to the United Nations, European Union

Bio: Joanne Adamson has been Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to the United Nations in New York since 1 September 2016. She was UK Ambassador to Mali from August 2014 until August 2016, and non-Resident Ambassador to Niger from September 2015 to August 2016. Ambassador Adamson joined the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1989. She has served in Cairo, Jerusalem, at the UK Mission to the UN in New York, Washington, and at the UK Mission to the UN in Geneva. In addition to being the UK’s Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament from 2011-2013, she was the UK’s Chief Negotiator at the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty diplomatic conferences in 2012 and 2013. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge in 1989, and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in May 2014. She speaks fluent Arabic and French, and some Hebrew and Spanish.

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