A GLOBAL MOVEMENT ENGAGING LEADERS, INNOVATORS, ENTREPRENEURS AND EXPERTS ON HOW WE CAN EMERGE STRONGER FROM THIS CRISIS – AS INDIVIDUALS, AS BUSINESSES, AS SOCIETIES, AND AS PLANET.
After months exploring what we now need to DO to emerge stronger, over 1,000 leaders from 30+ countries came together at We Emerge Week to develop a tangible action agenda, discuss the topics they considered most urgent and ultimately to support and inspire each other on this challenging journey.
As a global platform empowering business and entrepreneurial action to positively impact the world, The DO School is dedicated to drive as many of the ideas and solutions forward with you over the coming months. We will make sure this movement that has grown so quickly has the chance to continue.
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WE EMERGE CONTINUES
The conversations, action plans and solutions created during We Emerge Week don’t just end there. We’ve dedicated the coming weeks to digesting the key outcomes that the 1,000 We Emerge leaders co-created and galvanizing them into action.
To start with, as a direct response to the urgent need in our community of businesses to become more resilient, we’ve created two courses to empower them to do so: one on hybrid work and remote leadership and the second on finding and implementing purpose within an organization – both are skills we deem crucial for emerging stronger from this crisis.
MEET OUR WE EMERGE WEEK CONTRIBUTORS
VP CIS Development, Change Management & Europe
Kate is a passionate and results-driven Global HR Executive with a track record of implementing cost effective, value driven, high-impact and transformative learning interventions linked to business performance across hierarchies, technical functions and regions.
Executive Vice President
Al Cook is Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Business Development at Equinor (formerly Statoil). As a member of the Corporate Executive Committee, he holds responsibility for strategy, business development and sustainability, as well as being country manager for the U.K.
Founder and CEO
Olivia Leland is the Founder and CEO of Co-Impact, a global philanthropic collaborative that sources and supports locally-rooted coalitions working to achieve impact at scale in the Global South, with a core focus on advancing gender equality and women’s leadership. Olivia has more than two decades of international experience in government, philanthropy, and the non-profit sector. She served most recently as the founding director of the Giving Pledge, before launching Co-Impact in 2017.
Three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Founder
Oxford Research Group, Peace Direct
Dr Scilla Elworthy turns vision into action: three times nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for developing effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy-makers worldwide and their critics, with the Oxford Research Group founded in 1982. Today, her full attention is on developing the Business Plan for Peace, resulting from her 2017 book The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War.
Finnish National Agency of Education
Mr Heinonen has been the Minister of Education and Science (1994-1999), Minister of Transport and Communication (1999-2002) and MP (1995-2002). He has also been the Television Director at the Finnish Public Broadcasting Company and State Secretary in five different ministries.
Mr Heinonen has held various positions of trust within different sectors of society. Mr Heinonen holds a Master’s Degree in Law. He is married and has three children.
Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute
& UN Messenger of Peace
Dr. Jane Goodall is known for her groundbreaking chimpanzee research and her innovative approach to conservation, which recognizes the central role that people play in the well-being of animals and the environment.
Photo: Richard Ladkani
Retired German National Goalkeeper
Jens Lehmann is a retired German soccer goalkeeper for the national team and is now active as a trainer as well as a supervisory board member.
Founder, Business Angel and Advisory Board Member
Verena Pausder is the founder of Fox & Sheep, a company focused on developing edtech solutions for children. She is also a very active business angel in the Berlin startup ecosystem as well as an advisory board member for comdirect bank AG, DELIUS Textiles and Röhlig Logistics.
Co-founder and CEO
Silke Steinberg is co-founder and CEO of FIAP e.V. an independent, interdisciplinary institute for applied research projects. FIAP researches and designs solutions in the field of ecological, social and cultural transitions.
Founder & Publisher
The Good Country Index
Over the last twenty years, Simon Anholt has advised the Presidents, Prime Ministers, monarchs and governments of nearly sixty countries, cities and regions, helping them to engage more productively and imaginatively with the international community. He is recognised as the world’s leading authority on national image and as the creator of the terms ‘nation brand’, ‘place brand’ and ‘competitive identity’, amongst many others.
Start-Up Program Manager
Economic Development Agency Berlin Partner
Carina Thum currently works at the economic development agency Berlin Partner where she is responsible for international start-up activities and for boosting Berlin’s start-up ecosystem. Before joining Berlin Partner, Carina worked as a consultant at Accenture with a focus on digital transformation and strategy. Her passion is to foster Berlin’s start-up ecosystem and to sensitize people for entrepreneurship and innovation.
Senior Manager Corporate Strategy & Portfolio Development
Co-founder and CPO
Lizette Taguchi is the co-founder and CPO of The Seed, a Danish impact tech startup that is focused on reshaping the path to labor market integration of refugees and immigrants. She is also a Senior Social Innovator at the ROCKWOOL Foundation where she leads a mental health systems innovation team.
Executive Director and Member of the Board
EOS at Federated Hermes
Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt is an executive director and board member of EOS at Federated Hermes and
as head of the organisation responsible for the sustainable success of the business. In this role, he
leads a multi-national team based in London and the US and oversees the global engagement
programme and the quality of the services EOS provides to its clients around the world.
Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Hans worked with international law firm Ashurst. He is the author of
numerous publications on corporate governance and law, responsible investment and stewardship.
Hans is a member of the Corporate Governance Advisory Council of the Council of Institutional
Investors in Washington and the Advisory Boards of CECP’s Strategic Investor Initiative in New York
and the Corporate Governance Centre at the Institute of Directors in London.
Academic, Broadcaster, Sociologist & Rights Advocate
Tom Shakespeare is an academic, broadcaster, sociologist and rights advocate who has been active in the disability community for more than 20 years. His PhD research at Cambridge University explored conceptualizations of disability. He has published extensively in disability studies and currently works for the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
Member of Board of Management
Peter Schwarzenbauer is a German manager and former member of the Board of BMW AG. He was responsible for the MINI, BMW Motorrad, Rolls-Royce and Aftersales BMW Group.
Journalism Strategist in Philanthropy
Farai Chideya is an American novelist, multimedia journalist and host of the new radio show and podcast “Our Body Politic” which uses the proprietary technology Speak to do deep listening and narrative analysis of audiences. In her latest book “The Episodic Career: The Future of Work in America,” she takes a look at the way disruption is changing the arc of our job trajectories and financial fortunes.
Chief Data, Analytics and Emerging Technologies
Strategist, creative thinker and doer. Extensive international experience. Passionate about Predictive Analytics and Applied Intelligence. Current interests: NLP / conversational AI, knowledge graphs, simulations and complex systems. Also: VR/AR and storytelling.
Diversity & Inclusiveness Manager
Dr. Patricia Heufers is Diversity & Inclusiveness Manager at EY, lecturer for Diversity Management and author of various professional articles. Previously, she worked in personnel and management development in various companies and organizations. In her publications and lectures she deals with the topics of Lifelong Learning and New Work in addition to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Lead "Enterprise Agility"
Senior Vice President, Operational Research & Effectiveness
Sadiq is heading the in-house consulting team of Emirates Group. He previously spent 7 years with Lufthansa Group, joining in 2011 as Chief Strategy & Innovation officer. Sadiq is also a lecturer in Management at Stanford and sits on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council for Sustainable Tourism.
Museum für Naturkunde
Born in Romania, Kristian emigrated with his family at an early age to Germany. He studied fashion design with Vivienne Westwood and photography with F.C. Gundlach at the University of Fine Arts Berlin. After his initial introduction by Isabella Blow to Condé Nast Publications in London, Kristian has continued working internationally with various fashion magazines and commercial clients.
Zero Project Director
After graduating from the Vienna University of Economics, Michael Fembek (born 1961) joined
GEWINN, an Austrian business magazine, serving between 2000 and 2007 as editor-in-chief.
In 2009 he initiated “Sinnstifter”, a project by Austrian philanthropists, and launched the annual
Austrian CSR-Guide on corporate responsibility. In 2010 he joined the Essl Foundation as Programme
Manager and – until 2014 – the bauMax group as its Head of Social Affairs.
Since 2011 he is the Director of the Zero Project, a project of the Essl Foundation, and organizes the
annual Zero Project Conference in the UN Headquarters in Vienna.
Co-Founder & CEO
Christoph is the Co-Founder & CEO of WERTEFABRIK, a consulting agency focusing on organizational development. He aims to transform companies into better places. Christoph analyzes and challenges existing structures in order to develop the corporate culture noticeably. As a Human Resources Manager, People Development Specialist and Organizational Developer in a globally active industrial company, he learned how important it is to integrate external concepts into the existing culture. The result: Well done, instead of well meant. Christoph is a passionate football player, basketball fan and tries to finish a marathon every year.
Senior Vice President, Social Impact, International Markets, Center for Inclusive Growth
Payal currently serves as the Senior Vice President, Social Impact, International Markets at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth. She joined the Center in April 2018, oversees the Center’s philanthropic investments around the globe and manages the Center’s international team across Dubai, London, Miami, New York and Singapore. Previously, she was Head of Global Community Programs for Standard Chartered Bank. In this capacity, she designed the Bank’s new community investment strategy and oversaw all programs related to education, girls’ empowerment, global health, emergency response, and disaster relief. Payal joined Standard Chartered in July 2008 as the Head of Public Affairs for the Americas.
Founder & CEO
Andrea is the Founder and CEO of Blueflower, a Hong Kong travel company. He offers life-enriching journeys to the most exciting destinations on Earth. www.blueflower.la
An entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in investment banking, Charlotte is the founding partner and CEO at GreenWish Partners.
GreenWish Partners is an international investment management firm, founded in 2010, specializing in renewable energy infrastructure. Today, GreenWish Partners has brought its extensive sector expertise to Sub-Saharan Africa where renewable energy is an economical, rapid and environmentally sustainable solution to the region’s massive electrification deficit. As such, GreenWish is building a renewable energy asset portfolio to help the region reduce its dependence on fossil fuels and improve energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Managing Director for Communications & Sustainability
Gabi is the Managing Director for Communications and Sustainability at P&G DACH. Her passion is connecting people to identify opportunities and better solutions, specifically on sustainability and equality. Prior to her current role, she was responsible for global communications of P&G Prestige. Gabi started her career in P&G in Marketing and progressed through different roles and with growing responsibility in different businesses and geographies. Gabi is engaged in different associations at leadership level. She has also co-founded a refugee initiative which she is now chairing.
Head of Transformation & Operational Excellence
Car.Software Organisation by Volkswagen AG
Dr. Nari Kahle works at Volkswagen’s Car.Software Organization which centralizes several thousand digital experts developing software for cars and digital ecosystems as head of transformation and operational excellence. She is an outspoken advocate for social innovation and received an award for outstanding activity and commitment in the field of social business from peace nobel prize winner Prof. M. Yunus. Following her passion, she volunteers as an advisor and coach to social startups and organizations.
Speech Language Therapist & Audiologist
Nafisa is a qualified speech-language therapist and audiologist, with a Masters in Inclusive Education (IE). Her focus areas include research, advising on IE policies and practices, advocacy work as well as training teachers, education officials and communities on IE. Nafisa has 12 years of experience working in the most complex communities and countries to foster a more inclusive society. Nafisa serves on the board of the Global Campaign for Education and the technical advisory committee of the Inclusive Education Initiative and is the former chair of the Inclusive Education task group of the International Disability and Development Consortium. She authored several publications including Leave No Child Behind: invest in the early years.
Manager New Mobility
Carolin Stickel is responsible for the business Segment New Mobility at STAR COOPERATION. As a former subcompany of the Daimler AG, STAR COOPERATION is a Consulting company in the automotive industry as well as others. Over more than 13 years she is developing concepts for the After Sales Marketing and accompanying OEMs from car producing company’s to mobility service providers.
CEO & Founder
Founder FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab
Henrike von Platen founded the FPI Fair Pay Innovation Lab in 2017, which supports companies in the practical implementation of sustainable pay strategies. The economics and finance expert is a university councillor, lecturer and author and is committed to one goal: fair pay for all.
International Leader, Navigating Human Impact, Future of Work, Delivering Change
Fran built a career in HR Leadership after gaining a Masters in Health Psychology in the UK. For the last 8 years she has been based in Switzerland with her family. Fran‘s most recent international corporate role was as Vice President Human Resources at RUAG Space. Previously she has worked with Schindler, Cimpress, The Nuance Group, Bertelsmann, Alliance Boots & the National Health Service in the UK. She is passionate about building a better future for workplaces and ensuring teams can navigate the human impact of business change.
CEO Automotive & Transformation
Dr. Christof Horn is CEO of the umlaut AG, a global consulting and technology company with 4.500 employees. He is working on topics such as future mobility concepts, digitalization and transformation processes. He has also started “The good turn”, initiative on sustainable mobility, and has recently published the book „Die digitale Herausforderung“ (The Digital Challenge).
Social innovator & Founder
Sinal do Vale
Thais Corral is a social innovator with more than three decades of experience working in environment and gender. She is the founder of REDEH (Human Development Network), CEMINA (Communication, Education and Information) and WEDO (Women’s Environment and Development Network) as well as Sinal do Vale, a Center of Regeneration in Brazil.
Founder & Owner
Y Coaching and Consulting
Ylfa Edith Fenger (Iceland) runs Y Coaching and Consulting and works mainly with leaders enhancing their sustainable leadership approaches. Focus: Thriving people create a thriving world, increased humanity@work, towards B organizational culture and leadership. Wellbeing, growth, resilience and compassion.
Mike is a filmmaker, musician and a social entrepreneur who runs an independent media production company called Blackboy Media – a media training and mentorship program that targets youth from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Head of Beyond
Oliver Lange, born in 1981, started at H&M in 2011 as a Store Manager and thereafter worked as Area Retail Manager, covering parts of Berlin and the Baltic Coast. After 4 years he established the H&M LAB Germany, a very small innovation cell based in Berlin. With his diverse team, Oliver Lange is working on the future of fashion retail by always trying to look through the eyes of the H&M customers. The H&M LAB Germany develops projects and services to be quickly tested in the market and often are co-created with start-ups and partners. Headlines are Sustainability and Digitalization as two of the main influences for the transformation.
LIGHT FOR THE WORLD
Matthijs Nederveen has worked in the development sector for 18 years. He has set up social innovation Labs in the Netherlands, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Kenya that are focusing on inclusion of persons with disabilities in education and employment.
LSE, WEF Global Shaper, UN SDSN Youth, Climate Reality Leader
Clara holds an MSc degree in International Public Policy from the London School of Economics and has been working for various think tanks such as the LSE European Institute. As Youth Delegate at the G20 Youth Dialogue in 2017, she drafted and discussed gender equality policies with Chancellor Angela Merkel. In the following year, she presented the Y20 communiqué to more than 30 decision-makers both from the public and private sector.
Gender Specialist, World Economic Forum Global Shaper, Climate Reality Leader
Mayuri Bhattacharjee works at the intersections of Climate Change, Gender and Humanitarian Action. Driven by the values of inclusion and equity she has reached more than 10,000 women in East and Northeast India through her Menstrual Hygiene Management module meant for people living in flood-prone regions. To make humanitarian action inclusive, she is currently leading the campaign ‘Dignity In Floods’ to build 50 women-friendly flood shelters in Assam, India. She was chosen as an SDG Champion for Gender Equality by the the World Economic Forum at the 2020 Sustainable Development Impact Summit.
VP HR DACH & Nordics
Alexandra Heinrichs has been with Unilever for over 20 years, since 2019, she is VP HR DACH & Nordics at Unilever. The focus of her work lies on strategic business development, talent development, digitalization and transformation as well as the future of work.
Vice President Sustainability
Focusing on the energy transition and how to make this ‘once in a century opportunity’ a driver for prosperity.
Transformational Coach, Healer, Speaker
Over the last 20 years, Nicholas Janni has gained an international reputation for his transformational coaching and leadership development seminars. He works with organisations, NGO’s and senior leaders worldwide and teaches at the IMD Business School in Switzerland.
Head of Department
Rights of Children and Youth at the World Future Council
Samia Kassid and her team research and spread future-just policies that create best living conditions for children and young people to thrive and develop their full potential. The team focuses on protection, participation and education for sustainable development.
Chief Impact Officer
Eetu Helminen is an enthusiastic, goal driven, experienced and inspiring change leader as well as an impact and communication professional. He is responsible for building and scaling up impact at Solved, a marketplace for sustainability-related knowledge work.
Co-founder and Head of Intelligence
Maia Mazurkiewicz is an expert on foreign affairs and devoted to fighting disinformation and hate speech to prevent a change of attitudes of people.
Board Member & Chief Advisor
Dr. Dominik Matyka (38) is a serial entrepreneur, having founded, scaled and exited multiple companies like plista to WPP or Goodwords to Saba Group, Investor with Cavalry Ventures with +100M€ AUM, and Board Member as well as Chief Advisor to DMEXCO, Europe’s most relevant digital marketing and media event. Furthermore he serves on the board of multiple companies, is professor for digital marketing at XU University and co-founder of bobby.baby, an innovative hardware D2C company. He’s married and father of two beautiful children.
CEO & Co-Founder
With virtual teams of freelancers from around the world, Manuel Pistner transformed his company in 2018 with 43 employees into a global enterprise of 12 permanent employees and over 150 freelancers, thus turning his back on all personnel bottlenecks. This experience led to the creation of his second company, Flash Hub. With Flash Hub, Manuel Pistner also helps other companies to strategically and systematically develop Remote Work as a major competitive advantage to achieve the same results: More flexibility for digital growth without personnel bottlenecks.
Leon Jacob is driven by the vision that work can be more than just a livelihood and that organizations with a positive employee experience can inspire not only their employees but also their customers. He is the driving force behind the Employee Experience Design approach and an expert in HR, talent and performance management. He acts as a speaker, an author, and as a consultant for organizations that want to align their HR work with customer needs and create a positive employee experience for their employees.
Inno Community Development Organisation
Dee Lee Director of Inno Community Development Organisation. The leading civic actor in public
health sector for hepatitis and TB patients in China.
· Board member of World Hepatitis Alliance of West Pacific Region
· Fellow of Asia Society
· Member of Civil Society Taskforce of “End TB” of World Health Organisation
· Best practice of social entrepreneurship by Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation
· Chief speaker of World Hepatitis Summit
. ICE HBV round table representatives
Javier Arguedas is a costarican journalist in Berlin. He is currently a reporter, editor and news anchor at Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). His work both in the studio and as a correspondent in Frankfurt, Germany and Bogotá, Colombia has allowed him to earn first-hand experience in all aspects of international newsmaking.
Sasha Lipman is Co-Founder of tech2impact – the global platform for the impact tech ecosystem, supporting founders with needed resources and opportunities to scale their impact. She is also an Innovation Manager at BeeTwo – social innovation programs for NGOs. Main passions are impact, tech and connecting people. Previously she has launched the IMPACT growth hacking accelerator and organized the Global Pitch competition. Based in Vienna, Austria and connected globally!
Co-Founder & CEO
Elke is Co-Founder and CEO of Impactory, Austrian largest donation platform. She started her career in real estate and was later working for PwC. Elke studied real estate as well as business psychology. She was volunteering for different non-profit organizations and is also supporting different organizations as a coach.
Entrepeneur and Economist
Cherie Nursalim is Vice Chairman of GITI Group, a diversified group with real estate development, manufacturing and consumer lifestyle presence partnering with world‐renowned brands throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Cherie Nursalim earlier worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School. She published an award‐winning book on an American‐Chinese Architect, and was among the co‐authors of a book ‘Indonesia Matters’ published by the World Economic Forum.
Co-Founder & CEO
Seth is the co-founder and CEO of 42 ACRES, a wellbeing centre in Somerset, UK that supports our connection to self, nature and others. Seth also uses capital as a tool for deep change towards alternative economies that prioritise people and the planet before profit, through impact investing (Berti Investments) and philanthropy (Be the Earth Foundation). Seth is also a Director of Belltown Power and Belltown Farms Ltd.
Team Manager, Leader, Business Developer, Sales Strategist, Alternative Fuels Evangelist
DKV Euro Service
Chief Sustainability Officer
Pia Heidenmark Cook is Head of Sustainability at the IKEA Group. She leads a group of sustainability managers across Europe, Asia Pacific and North America embedding sustainability in IKEAs retail operations and securing a more sustainable offer to IKEA customers.
Pro-Planet Activist & AI Entrepreneur
Hillert Next, Nui Care GmbH, Share Your Space
Entrepreneur with 30 years experience in various managing positions in German and International IT industry, as well as founder (and co-founder) of 7 start-up companies. Business Angel and member of the advisory board at maloon, GINI, journii, Maklerempfehlung, jopoke, mapolis. Digital transformation expert. Experience in creating digital services that disrupt their industry. Experience in Marketing and Advertising Services for large enterprises in B2B and B2C.
Managing Partner, Delegate of the Board and Member of the Advisory Council
Austrian-born Michael H. Kramarsch is one of the most active founders, investors and consultants in the HR management scene. At the age of 40, he parted ways with corporate consulting firms and, together with partners, founded hkp/// group in 2011. Under his direction, it has evolved into Germany’s most successful management consultancy for topics at the intersection of HR, strategy and finance.
Founder & Managing Director
Mohamed is the founder and Managing Director of SEED (Supporting Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) based in Freetown. SEED is an organization which empowers women and youths through microfinance and capacity building training in business skills.
David is the Chairman of LGT Vestra, which he founded in 2008 and now manages more than £15bn. He is a founder and Chairman of Tribe Impact Capital, which is the UK’s first dedicated impact wealth manager.
Senior Advisory Philanthropy
Light For The World
Marta Fröhlich is Senior Advisory Philanthropy for Light For The World, an international disability and development organization. Fröhlich is also Founder of the DO-X Hub in Viena, an initiative run by The DO School. She is an expert in development and implementation of global education programs for youth and has lengthy experience in consulting and financial markets in over 15 countries.
CEO & Founder
Dialogue Social Enterprise
Dr. Andreas Heinecke is a serial social entrepreneur for more than 30 years. His mission is to mitigate social gaps and foster empathy through exhibition. The most popular one is Dialogue in the Dark, an exhibition where blind people lead the audience through real-life scenarios in total darkness.
VP Corporate Engagement
Eva-Maria Baumer, VP Corporate Engagement, is Chief of Staff to Ann Cainrs, Exec Vice Chair at Mastercard. Eva focuses on driving gender balance within the company and beyond and wants to help create a world that works for everyone.
Managing Director – Financial Advisory Services
Khalid Majid Rehman Chartered Accountants
Ayla is a prominent, young Pakistani with high level governance and leadership experience. Ayla runs a financial advisory practice advising on setting up projects and M&A across different industries. She is a strong advocate of sustainability. Ayla is an international speaker and a policy expert. She sits on many local and global boards and is an internationally acclaimed professional. Ayla is a member of Global Future Council on Energy of the World Economic Forum; and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Strategic Programs Leader
Emily loves transforming businesses, markets and solutions focused on building a better world,
working at the intersection of technology/AI, business and customers.
At IBM Services, the $17B technology consulting business of IBM, she is part of the leadership
team driving strategy, innovation, M&A and new ventures ecosystem that accelerates how our
clients can emerge stronger despite the impacts of COVID-19. Emily brings clients a unique
combination of innovation, operating, strategy, partnerships and delivery execution to translate
AI into scalable, real world impact.
Greenberg Traurig Germany, LLP
Dr. Kara Preedy is a partner at the international law firm Greenberg Traurig Germany, LLP. She advises national and international companies in all areas of individual and collective labor law. She is a regular speaker on labor law in conjunction with HR and employer branding.
Creative Technologist and Location Manager
STAR COOPERATION GmbH
Fabian Beiner is Creative Technologist and Location Manager at STAR COOPERATION GmbH in Berlin, partner of hack.institute GmbH and self-employed as digital and innovation consultant. He works for his clients in various disciplines.
The Performance Theatre
Saya Snow Kitasei is director of The Performance Theatre (TPT), an annual meeting of leaders and influencers from around the world founded in 2000. Saya is also a Managing Director at Xynteo, an advisory firm that helps leaders transform themselves, their organisations and the systems in which they operate. Saya holds a Bachelor’s in Earth Systems and a Master’s in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University. She is the director of the forthcoming documentary ‘The Myken Project’.
Senior HR Manager
Nicola Wainwright is Senior HR Manager for Otto International. Based in Hong Kong, Wainwright moved from Australia to Hong Kong in 2012.
Managing Director / Board Spokesperson
Dr. Nina Smidt has served as Managing Director and Board Spokesperson at Siemens Stiftung since 1 April 2020. Together with her board colleagues, Rolf Huber and Klaus Grünfelder, she is responsible for the implementation of the foundation’s goals.
Siemens Stiftung operates in the areas of Development Cooperation, Education, and Culture. As a hands-on foundation, Siemens Stiftung develops its own projects and implements them for the long term. In collaboration with its partners, the foundation’s goal is to help people improve their living conditions. In her role as a member of the board, Nina Smidt is
responsible for matters related to the Education and Culture working areas.
Founder & Women's Health Advocate
Swarnima Bhattacharya is the founder of TheaCare, a women’s health platform, and Curator of FemmeCon, India’s first women’s health Festival. She is the Impact Officer for Global Shapers New Delhi. She is associated with the Harvard Program for Asia International Relations with a focus on female health, and part of Dove’s “Self-Esteem Project”. Formerly working with the United Nations in India, Swarnima focusses primarily on FemTech, feminist leadership and Public Health. She is a Women Deliver Alumni & AstraZeneca Young Health Program Scholar.
Head of Sustainability
ING Bank NV
Sandra Schoonhoven joined the Global Sustainability team of ING Bank in October 2015. Sandra heads a team of 17 (Sr) Sustainability Advisors and is responsible for driving and executing ING’s Sustainability Direction (SD) globally. INGs SD focusses on two themes: Climate Action and Financial Health. With key projects like our Terra approach (on climate alignment) and the Think Forward Initiative (on financial health) and a solid reporting and engagement structure.
Head of Policy and Analysis Division
Asian Productivity Organization
David is Head of Policy and Analysis Division in the international, Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in Tokyo, Japan. He is also one of the founding members for Wicked7, founded by Philip Kotler and Christian Sarkar. David is also a business adviser for 7 startups in Asia and a special adviser for the Asia Marketing Federation(AMF).
New Standard Studio
Monika Kanokova co-founded New Standard Studio as a community strategist to train teams on sustainability and help them set new standards.
Saba is an award-winning social entrepreneur, journalist, filmmaker and blogger. Based in Karachi, she founded Aurat Raaj – an AI-based chatbot which has empowered women across urban and rural Pakistan.
Spokesperson for European Policy
Franziska Brantner is a Member of the Deutsche Bundestag. She is a spokesperson for European Policy and the parliamentary whip of the parliamentary group of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen. She is a member of the Committee on the Affairs of the European Union and a deputy member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
A.C. Laskaridis Charitable Foundation
Dr. Angeliki Kosmopoulou is the Executive Director of the Athanasios Laskaridis Charitable Foundation, an Athens-based family foundation with a strong focus on marine conservation. She holds a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the US and an MBA with a focus on marketing. She is Vice President of the Greek National Tourism Organization and sits on the Board of The People’s Trust, an NGO supporting employment and the creation of small businesses in Greece.
New Standard Studio
Maximilian Mauracher, an award-winning art director, co-founded New Standard Studio to set new standards in design and branding.
Chief Operating Officer
Matthias Gramer is Chief Operating Officer of Deutsche Bahn and has been with DB since 2001.
A proactive, dedicated, and empathetic young entrepreneur, Deodhar runs a social enterprise called Planeteers,
which aims to eliminate 4,000 tonnes of plastic cutlery waste in Hong Kong by introducing 100%
vegan, edible, and biodegradable cutlery.
Founder and CEO
African Clean Energy
Ruben Walker is founder and CEO at African Clean Energy, a company that manufactures, distributes and finances hybrid energy systems for households in developing countries. Ruben has a degree in Environmental Engineering from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Nat Jenkins is a writer and activist who has written novels and scripts for television. He is a FoodCycle volunteer and recently worked with FoodCycle founder and author Michael Norton on his latest book.
Coach, trainer & facilitator
5 Degree Change
Olof is a certified ADAPT coach, trainer & facilitator equipping people with the skill to change through his monthly 1-Month Habit Experiemnt. He worked at The DO School for 2 years working with community building & communications.
Lead of Change Central Europe
Alexandra Grahe is leading the HR department of H&M Germany.
Head of Digitalization and Innovation
Jeremy is a digital health enthusiast and strategy manager. He is Head of Digitization and Innovation at Johanniter, the hospital arm of the German Chivalric Order. He is responsible for fostering the digital transformation, implementing new digital business models and supporting innovation projects.
H&M Group Western Europe
Angela Gallenz is leading the HR department of H&M Group Western Europe.
Executive Vice President - Business Interface | Global Information Systems & Services
Florian Bankoley is Executive Vice President – Business Interface | Global Information Systems & Services at Bosch and has worked in various disciplines ranging from engineering, product management, strategic business development to marketing and sales before heading a corporate venture.
Daniel Pine is a private investor with 20 years of experience investing in venture, private equity, and real estate investments. He formerly worked as a managing director at Marathon Asset Management, LP., a global alternative investment manager headquartered in New York, and as a corporate lawyer at Skadden, Arps.
Executive Director of Education
Jane Goodall Institute
Tara has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute for 14 years as Executive Director, Education and is responsible for developing and managing the education division, in the UK, Czech Republic and the Middle East primarily.
Honorary Director and Trustee
Centre For Innovation In Voluntary Action
Michael Norton has been involved in several organisations as the founder (Directory of Social Change, YouthBank UK) and co-founder (Changemakers, UnLtd). He chaired the International Year of Volunteers 2001 youth program for England. He assisted in the creation of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Business Developer & Strategist
European Innovation Council
Liesa supports small and micro companies from all over Europe in their endeavor to bring their disruptive innovation to the market by creating the necessary links to global corporations, procurement partners and investors.
Partner and Head of Recruiting and Marketing
Michael Eger gained more than 15 years of experience as a management consultant and project manager in strategic HR projects. He has been with Mercer|Promerit since 2005 and is today responsible as Partner for the employer attractiveness and talent acquisition topics.
UAEU Science and Innovation Park
Prof. Chabrak is the Executive Director of the UAEU Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and leader of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) UAE national team. She is Professor of Accounting in the College of Business and Economics at UAEU.
Leadership Development Expert
Sara Niese is a sparring partner for aspirational and energetic executives and an experienced campaigner for learning at the top. As a Leadership Development Expert she has relaxed competencies for conducting change in large international organizations, with extensive experience at Daimler AG.
Dgree.io & Cuckoo
Lasse has been working for years on topics such as new work, co-working, social entrepreneurship and purpose within and beyond companies. He consults founders and organizations in implementing agile working methods and digital tools. In his podcast ‘Geil Montag’ he interviews leaders who put the impact and purpose of their work at the center.
Director of Art and Transformation
Institute for Art and Innovation
Nicole Loeser is a cultural entrepreneur, EU project manager and independent art curator. As a critic, she has published topic-related books and monographs, and is a regularly featured author in books, journals, and like publications. Furthermore, she is a speaker, lecturer and workshop facilitator focusing on transdisciplinary, and inter-organizational learning processes, lately on the topics of the SDGs and future-prototyping at different universities and festivals.
Giles Goodhead is a Managing Partner at Leaders’ Quest. He works with corporate clients on leadership, purpose, and transformation. He previously ran publishing companies and was trained as an Economist at Cambridge and Stanford. He lives in California and is a collector of magical objects.
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Florian Hoffmann & Katherin Kirschenmann
Founders of The DO School