Johanna Lehmacher

Diversity Education, InterGrow
  • Germany
Thomas Liebig

Senior Migration Specialist, International Migration Division, OECD

Thomas Liebig is Senior Migration Specialist in the International Migration Division of the OECD in Paris, where he is in charge of the work on the integration of immigrants and their children. Among other projects, he led in-depth country studies on integration in 17 OECD countries as well as international comparative work on a broad range of topics related to migration and integration. He has also been in charge of an OECD-wide project that aims at identifying good practices for getting the most out of diversity for businesses and societies at large. Since 2018, he is member of the expert group for demographic projections of the German Federal Statistical Office and in February 2019, he was appointed member of the expert commission on integration capacity by the German federal government.

A German national, Thomas holds a doctorate and an MSc in Economics from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland). He also holds an MSc in International Affairs and, following studies at the ESADE (Barcelona, Spain), a CEMS Master in International Business Management. Prior to joining the International Migration Division in 2004, he worked for the OECD’s Economics Department in 2000 and for the Institute for Labour Economics and Labour Law at the University of St. Gallen from 2001-2004.

JC Townend

Country President at Adecco UK and IRE, The Adecco Group

JC (Jeanne Carroll) Townend is Country President of The Adecco Group UK and Ireland, and CEO of subsidiary LHH UK & Ireland.

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading talent advisory and solutions company, providing services covering temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition, talent development and training as well as business process outsourcing and consulting. Its services include upskilling and reskilling, enhancing employability and accelerating careers. The Adecco Group operates three core Business Units: Adecco, Akkodis, and LHH.

JC also serves as CEO for the UK and Ireland of LHH Career Transition and Mobility, an Adecco Group subsidiary and the UK’s leading integrated talent development and career outplacement provider. She oversees projects with more than 1000 of the world’s largest companies annually, helping them secure and transform their workforces to deliver today and to be ready for the future.

JC is a highly experienced CEO and Board member with more than 25 years of experience leading very large (up to £1.5 billion) professional services businesses in a wide range of sectors, including workforce and education, social/economic policy, energy, engineering, environment, and health. An American who grew up in New York, she has worked in the US, the UK and Europe, and led projects and teams in North and South America, in all 27 countries of the EU, in the UK and Ireland, and in China, India, Thailand and the Philippines.

JC is a Senior Leadership Fellow at St. George’s House, Windsor Castle, and has been a board member in international subsidiaries (US, UK, India, and Belgium) of NASDAQ- and LSE-listed companies. She has significant experience in successful M&A, and large-scale commercial and government business development. 

JC is passionate about transforming the world of work by helping every individual reach his/her full potential, both individually and by transforming the companies in which they work – creating a win-win by making employees more fulfilled and businesses more profitable.  Throughout her career, she has focused on both generating high performing workforces and supporting challenged groups, including over-50’s, women, apprentices, veterans, exiting prisoners, and people with disabilities.  She spent 9 years on the board of FedCap, a US-headquartered charity that helps people with barriers to employment find jobs and gain financial independence.

JC holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Brown University in the US, and her education includes studies on the institutions of the European Union at the Institute for European Studies at the University of Freiburg in Germany and studies on Mergers & Acquisitions at the Kellogg School of Business in the US.

Michael Hodin

CEO, Global Coalition on Aging

Michael W. Hodin, Ph.D. is CEO of the Global Coalition on Aging, Managing Partner at High Lantern Group, and a Fellow at Oxford University’s Harris Manchester College. He has spoken internationally on the topic of aging, including at G20, APEC, Davos, and the World Knowledge Forum (WKF). He is also a blogger on Medium.

From 1976-80, Mike was Legislative Assistant to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan. During this period he was also a Visiting Scholar at Brookings Institution, on U.S. Foreign Economic Policy. He was a senior executive at Pfizer, Inc. for 30 years, where he created and then led its International Public Affairs and Public Policy operations and served on Management Boards for a number of its businesses.

Mike is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and from 2010-2013, was Adjunct Senior Fellow with a focus on population aging. In 2013, Mike was invited by then-Committee Chairman Bill Nelson (D-FL) to lead a Members’ Roundtable with the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. Mike was also the recipient of the 2012 Fred D. Thompson Award from the American Federation for Aging Research. He sits on the Boards of the Foreign Policy Association, Business Council for International Understanding, NYC Blood Center, American Skin Association, American Federation for Aging Research and Emigrant Savings Bank, where he is Chairman of its compensation committee. Mike was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Ageing. And he sits on the Advisory Board for the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging.

Mike holds a BA, cum laude, Cornell University, International Relations from The London School of Economics and Political Science, and M.Phil and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Ivan Poltavets || Kathryn Hughes

Senior Strategy Manager in Telecom Policy and Regulatory Affairs | Director of Government Relations, TELUS

Ivan Poltavets is a Senior Strategy Manager in Telecom Policy and Regulatory Affairs at TELUS Communications. With a career spanning over 15 years in government relations and executive communications, Ivan has cultivated a wealth of expertise across various industries including telecommunications, satellite, and energy. Prior to TELUS, he was the Managing Partner of Stober, Poltavets & Associates and represented FIPRA in Ukraine. He also served as a Director for Economic Studies at Yalta European Strategy, a premier business and policy forum in Ukraine. LinkedIn:


Kathryn Hughes, Director of Government Relations at TELUS Health, is a seasoned public affairs professional with over 25 years of experience in industries such as digital health, virtual care, and enterprise software. Since joining TELUS Health in 2015, she has engaged with various governmental bodies to enhance healthcare accessibility across Canada. Kathryn serves on the TECHNATION Health Board and Advocacy Committee, and the TELUS Ottawa Community Board. She is also a mentor at Ottawa University's Telfer Executive MBA program and a faculty member for the 2022 and 2023 Vernissage Health Dialogue Series. Her expertise encompasses issues management, corporate transactions, stakeholder relations, and executive coaching.

Lawrence Kosick

President & Co-Founder, GetSetUp

Lawrence was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada whereas a child, Lawrence’s father founded a non-profit assisted living facility for older adults. Lawrence grew up spending nights and weekends visiting the facility and was amazed by the wisdom of the residents who had so much more to give.

Before co-founding GetSetUp, Lawrence oversaw Business Development and Partnerships for IFTTT, an IoT Connectivity Platform. He also led Sight Machine’s Asian Pacific business operations and was VP of Global Partnerships at Yahoo during its early years. Lawrence is pleased to team up with his long-time friend and co-founder Neil, to create a learning platform for older adults that allows him to continue the work his father started so many years ago. Lawrence is an avid cyclist and trail runner, so it is no surprise that the two co-founders met on the trail and continue to trade ideas that power the mission of GetSetUp and enhance the lives of today’s older adults.

Wolfgang Jamann

Executive Director, International Civil Society Centre

Dr. Wolfgang Jamann is the Executive Director at the International Civil Society Centre in Berlin. He has been working in the field of development cooperation and humanitarian assistance for most of his professional life, in the past 15 years in CEO positions at international aid organisations like CARE International, Deutsche Welthungerhilfe and CARE Deutschland. As a strong supporter of inter-organisational collaborations, he has lead strategic partnerships like the ‘Alliance 2015’ or ‘United for Africa’, to promote collective approaches toward large ambitions under the Sustainable Development Goals.
Gideon Maltz

Executive Director, Tent Partnership for Refugees

Gideon Maltz is the Executive Director of the Tent Partnership for Refugees. He previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Ambassador Samantha Power at the U.S. Mission to the UN; Director of Human Rights and Multilateral Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council; and Senior Advisor to the Administrator of USAID.
Romina Boarini

Director, Centre on Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE), OECD

Romina Boarini is the Director of WISE: the Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity. She was previously Head of Inclusive Growth and Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General. She launched the Framework for Policy Action on Inclusive Growth and the Business for Inclusive Growth. She is currently co-steering the OECD’s horizontal initiatives on Impact Measurement. Prior, as Deputy Head of the Well-Being Division of the Statistics Directorate and the Head of the Well-Being and Progress Section, Ms Boarini was responsible for the OECD Better Life Initiative, the statistical pillar of the OECD Inclusive Growth Initiative and the OECD Pilot Study on SDGs. She also led the Statistics Directorate’s contributions to SDGs-related National Development Strategies and the project on Business and Well-Being, in addition to overseeing various well-being initiatives in collaboration with OECD member and non-member countries. Before joining the OECD in 2005 as a Young Professional, Ms Boarini was a post-doctoral fellow in Sustainable Development (Chaire EDF-Ecole Polytechnique) and worked as a consultant to the French Ministry of Social Affairs. Ms Boarini holds a PhD in Economics from the École Polytechnique in Paris, and a Master’s Degree in Economics from École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris.
Vincent F. Hendricks

Professor of Formal Philosophy; Director of Center for Information and Bubble Studies, University of Copenhagen

Vincent F. Hendricks is Professor of Formal Philosophy at The University of Copenhagen. He is Director of the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) funded by the Carlsberg Foundation. Hendricks is the author of multiple books on logic, methodology, formal epistemology, attention economics, information theory and bubble studies and has been was awarded a number of prizes for his research among them The Elite Research Prize by the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, The Roskilde Festival Elite Research Prize, Choice Magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award and The Rosenkjær Prize. He was Editor-in-Chief of Synthese: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science between 2005-2015.