Juan de Dios

Deputy Director, CIEIPP School of Government, Universidad Austral
  • CIEIPP School of Government, Universidad Austral
  • Argentina
James Plunkett

Author, End State: 9 ways society is broken and how we can fix it

James Plunkett is the author of End State: 9 ways society is broken - and how we can fix it. He has worked for over a decade at the heart of public policy, exploring how to solve society's thorniest problems. In the late 2000s, he was working at 10 Downing Street when the full scale of the digital revolution started to make itself felt. He has since spent a decade grappling with the social ramifications of technological change, leading influential studies into issues like the gig economy. Today he leads technology at one of the UK's biggest charities and sits on the board of the UK's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation and on the consumer panel for the Financial Conduct Authority. He tweets @jamestplunkett and writes a weekly blog on how we govern the future on Substack and Medium.

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.