Christa Horvath

services agent, Groupama
  • Groupama
  • Romania
Jevin West & Carl Bergstrom

Co-authors, Calling Bullshit: The Art of Scepticism in a Data-Driven World

Jevin West is an Associate Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. He is the co-founder of the DataLab, the Director of the new Center for an Informed Public at UW, and co-author of the book, “Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World”. His research and teaching focus on the impact of technology on science and society, with a focus on slowing the spread of misinformation. ------ Carl Bergstrom is a professor of Biology at the University of Washington and co-author of the book Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World. His research focuses on the flow of information through biological and social systems, from the process of natural selection to the spread of misinformation across social media.
Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Chief Executive Officer, Plan International

A renowned leader in development and gender equality, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen has worked for over 25 years in international development, human rights, change management and diplomacy and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Equality by Apolitical. Ms. Albrectsen has been CEO of Plan International since September 2015. Prior to this she was United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for Management at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Ms. Albrectsen is also Chairperson of the International Civil Society Centre and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and a member of the United Nations Every Woman Every Child High Level Steering Group and the Generation Unlimited Global Board. Ms. Albrectsen has previously held senior leadership positions in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), UNFPA and the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She served with the UNDP from 1997 to 2004, in Indonesia and later as Director of the Administrator’s Office at UNDP Headquarters. She led country operations for UNFPA in Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan from 2004-2006. From 2007-2009, she led the Danish government’s humanitarian and civil society affairs work as the director of the relevant division in the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ms Albrectsen is Danish and holds a law degree from the University of Copenhagen.
Willemien Bax

Head, OECD Forum, OECD

Willemien Bax is currently Head of the OECD Forum, the Organisation's largest annual public event. Ms Bax, a Dutch national, has over 20 years of experience in public affairs, working with governments, as well as non-governmental organisations and the private sector. Prior to joining the OECD, from 2001 to beginning 2010, Ms Bax worked with the European Consumers Organisation (BEUC) as Deputy Director-General where she oversaw BEUC’s public affairs and media relations strategies in a number of public policy areas ranging from transparency and governance to food, environment, health, economic and legal affairs. In 2004, she initiated a training programme financed by the European Commission, for all consumer organisations in the EU, as well as potential EU-candidate countries. The training focused on giving consumer organisations the tools to develop effective public affairs and communication strategies. In 2009, in her capacity as European Chair of the Trans Atlantic Consumer Dialogue, she contributed to debates on major international public policy issues such as financial regulation, innovation and energy efficiency.
Ursula Pachl

Deputy Director General, BEUC

Ms. Pachl is the Deputy Director General of BEUC, the European Consumer Organisation, representing 44 independent national consumer associations from 32 European countries. Before this, she has held different positions at BEUC, starting as Legal Advisor, then working as Senior Policy and Institutional Affairs Advisor. In her current role Ms. Pachl leads BEUC’s work on digital policies, consumer rights, redress and enforcement. She is also responsible for horizontal and strategic policy such as EU governance and Better Regulation issues and represents BEUC in High Level groups, namely the European Commission’s High Level Group for Artificial Intelligence, the stakeholder group of the EU’s Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the European Commission’s REFIT platform.
David Nabarro

Special Envoy of the Director-General on COVID-19, World Health Organization

David Nabarro is Co-Director of the Institute for Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and Strategic Director of 4SD Systems Leadership Mentoring, Switzerland. He served for 17 years within the United Nations (UN) system, including roles in the World Health Organization 2004 – 05 and in the office of the UN Secretary-General (including coordinating Influenza Pandemic Preparedness 2005 – 10, the High Level Task Force on Food Security 2008 - 14, the Scale Up Nutrition Movement 2010 – 14, UN responses to Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa 2014 – 15, and action on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change 2016 – 17).
Angela Carbone

Dean Learning Innovation, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology

Professor Angela Carbone is the Dean Learning Innovation in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology. Prior to this role, Angela was the Director of Education Excellence at Monash University. She has extensive educational leadership experience and an international profile in scholarship of learning and teaching. Her teaching achievements are recognised internationally, being the first female academic to be awarded the University Teacher of the Year and secure two National Teaching Fellowships. At the core of Angela’s work is her immersion in pedagogy, drive for innovation, excellence in educational practice and leadership in digital transformation.
Jonathan Berman

Assistant Professor, New York Institute of Technology

Jonathan Berman is a scientist and science educator. His research focuses on renal physiology and the biophysics of ion channels that contribute to the regulation of sodium and water balance and hypertension. He was a national co-chair of the March for Science in 2017 and is the author of Anti-Vaxxers: How to Challenge a Misinformed Movement. His writing has also appeared in New Scientist, STAT, The Scientist, and Slate.
Pascal Saint-Amans

Director, Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD

Pascal Saint-Amans took on his duties as Director of the Center for Tax Policy and Administration at the OECD on 1 February 2012. Mr. Saint-Amans, a French national, joined the OECD in September 2007 as Head of the International Co-operation and Tax Competition Division in the CTPA. He played a key role in the advancement of the OECD tax transparency agenda in the context of the G20. In October 2009 he was appointed Head of the Global Forum Division, created to service the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes, a programme with the participation of over 100 countries. Mr. Saint-Amans graduated from the National School of Administration (ENA) in 1996, and was an official in the French Ministry for Finance for nearly a decade. He held various positions within the Treasury, including heading the supervision of the EU work on direct taxes and overseeing legislation and policy on wealth tax and mergers and spin offs. He was also the head of tax treaty negotiations and mutual agreement procedures. In this capacity, he participated in the OECD Working Party No. 1 of the Committee on Fiscal Affairs as the delegate for France before being elected Chair of WP1 in 2005. He was also a member of the UN Group of Experts on International Co-operation in Tax Matters, becoming a “rapporteur” in 2006. Before leaving government service, he was Deputy Director in charge of litigation at the Direction Générale des Impôts. Mr. Saint-Amans also served as Financial Director of the Energy Regulation Committee between 1999 and 2002 and was responsible for the introduction of new electricity tariffs. Having earned a degree in history, Mr. Saint-Amans also received a degree from the Institut d’études politiques of Paris.
Juan Yermo

Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General, OECD

Mr. Juan Yermo took up his functions as Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General of the OECD on 1st July 2020. In this capacity, Mr Yermo supports the Secretary-General’s strategic leadership and ensures that the Organisation delivers on its mandates. He oversees the functioning of the cabinet, which includes the team of advisors, two horizontal policy units (New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) and Strategic Foresight), and the Sherpa Office. He also steers a whole-of-Organisation initiative to provide targeted policy advice and reform support to countries, leads efforts to strengthen strategic partnerships with other international organisations and foundations. He also coordinates the Organisation’s Voluntary Contributions (VC) focal point. Mr Yermo supports Deputy Secretary-General Jeffrey Schlagenhauf in overseeing the OECD Action Plan on the SDGs and the Strategic Approach to Anti-Corruption and Integrity. He also co-chairs the OECD’s Friends of Gender Equality +, and is a member of the Directors’ Group steering the recently established Centre on Well-Being, Inequalities, Sustainability and Equal Opportunities (WISE).
Luciano Floridi

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford, where he is Director of the OII Digital Ethics Lab. He is a world-renowned expert on digital ethics, the ethics of AI, the philosophy of information, and the philosophy of technology. He has published more than 300 works, translated into many languages. He is deeply engaged with policy initiatives on the socio-ethical value and implications of digital technologies and their applications, and collaborates closely on these topics with many governments and companies worldwide.
Cary Funk

Director of Science and Society Research, Pew Research Center

Cary Funk is director of science and society research at Pew Research Center, where she leads the Center’s efforts to understand the implications of science for society. The Center studies the social, ethical and policy implications of scientific developments in areas such as climate and energy, emerging issues in genetic engineering, and food and space science. She has authored or co-authored a number of reports focused on public trust in science, scientific experts and science news and information. Funk has broad expertise in public opinion research and has specialized in public understanding of science issues for nearly two decades. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she directed the Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Surveys, national surveys on science and biotechnology. Funk began her career at CBS News in New York working on preelection polling and analysis of exit polls. She earned a doctorate and a master’s in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Alyna Smith

Advocacy Officer, PICUM

Alyna Smith is Advocacy Officer at PICUM, where she leads their work on access to justice, access to health and legal strategies. She is a licensed lawyer and has an academic background in criminal law, human rights law, bioethics, and the life sciences.
Dame Sally Davies

UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, UK Government

Dame Sally Davies was appointed as the UK Government’s Special Envoy on AMR in 2019. She is also the 40th Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University. Dame Sally was the Chief Medical Officer for England and Senior Medical Advisor to the UK Government from 2011-2019. She has become a leading figure in global health including serving as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board 2014-2016 and as co-convener of the United Nations Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) reporting in 2019. In the 2020 New Year Honours, Dame Sally became the second woman (and the first outside the Royal family) to be appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) for services to public health and research, having received her DBE in 2009.
Axel Froissart

OECD Forum Programme, OECD