Aidan Connaughton is a research assistant focusing on global attitudes research at Pew Research Center. He conducts research and writes about international public opinion on topics including the coronavirus pandemic, multilateralism, trust and religion.
Alan Lightman is an American writer, physicist, and social entrepreneur. He has a PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology and six honorary degrees. Lightman has served on the faculties of Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is currently professor of the practice of the humanities at MIT. He was the first person at MIT to have a joint faculty position in science and in the humanities. His essays and articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. His novels include Einstein’s Dreams, an international bestseller, and The Diagnosis, a finalist for the National Book Award in the US. Some of his recent nonfiction books include The Accidental Universe, and Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine. In 2005, Lightman founded the Harpswell Foundation, whose mission is to advance a new generation of women leaders in Southeast Asia.
Alberta is the Chair of Y20 Italy, the G20 engagement group for youth. She is the Founder and President of the Young Ambassadors Society, the association aimed at fostering civic engagement of young people with the support of the Italian Government and Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She also works in the financial sector and she holds a MSc in Economics from Bocconi University.
Aagje has a background in Health (Bachelor, Leuven 1998) and Political Philosophy (Master, Leuven and Nijmegen, 2002) and conducted research in Human Rights at the University of Leuven (2002-2008) and Columbia University in New York (Fulbright Scholarship 2007). Since 2009, she has worked for a number of EU civil society organisations as a policy analyst and advocate for the rights and wellbeing of children and their families. She previously coordinated an advocacy campaign for the rights of children in vulnerable situations and most recently managed a European membership network supporting families affected by mental health issues. Aagje joined Missing Children Europe as Secretary General in November 2018. She is responsible for the strategic development and day-to-day management of the organization.
Dr. Walker currently focuses his research efforts on management and remediation of plastic pollution, contaminated sites, ecological impacts and mitigation of industrial pollution, ecological risk assessment and environmental effects monitoring, management of aquaculture impacts, management of Arctic and Antarctic natural resources, air pollution impacts on ecosystems. Most of his recent research has been in partnership with industry related to environmental management and monitoring across Canada. Tony Walker on Google Scholar
My name is Martino Kuntze, I have been in love with the Ocean since a very young age and the memory of learning how to swim is one of the most vivid and precious memory I have. Being around the ocean gives me joy and I try to go swimming in salt water every day. Whenever possible, I also try connect to the ocean through some of my main passions, which are sailing, surfing, scuba-diving and photography. I am an economist by training and I am passionate about empirical research and data analysis. I have been able to combine this interest with my love for the ocean by joining “Blue Eco Line”, an lively Italian start-up which is developing technical solutions to monitor and intercept riverine litter in order to tackle the problem of marine pollution at its roots. My dream is to contribute with my interdisciplinary competences and with my strong passion to raise public awareness, and to preserve and restore the ocean’s health and liveliness. In doing so I hope to return to the ocean – at least in small part- some of the joy I receive from it.
Margareta Mucibabici (Chesaru) leads public affairs and public policy at UiPath. She has an extensive background in public policy, legal and regulatory affairs. In her current role, she is bringing her energy and know-how into shaping a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of AI and automation technologies in the context of the digital economy, while also looking for solutions to address today’s educational and societal challenges.
Marco Lambertini is Director General at WWF International, the truly global organisation founded in 1961 who works to build a future where people and nature live in harmony. WWF network operates in over 100 countries with over 5,000 staff and 5 million supporters. Marco was born with a strong fascination for wildlife and at a very young age was a volunteer conservation leader in local and national conservation NGOs in Italy. At 16 was the coordinator of his home town conservation volunteers. Marco has since conducted extensive field research, co-ordinated nationwide and international conservation awareness campaigns, developed pioneering ecotourism ventures, managed private nature reserves, lobbied for national and international environmental legislation, directed local, national and international NGOs, developed social enterprises and community based initiatives, and engaged with international conventions on biodiversity and sustainability. Marco has authored several scientific and popular publications, including “A Naturalist’s guide to the Tropics” (Chicago University Press) and “Safari in Africa” (Muzzio). The conservation achievements he is most proud of include: - Large-scale changes of attitudes and practices towards wildlife in Italy; - Lead role in the establishment of the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, the largest marine protected area in Europe; - Lead role in the Harapan Rainforest initiative in Sumatra, the world’s first large-scale forest restoration concession; - Supporting the development of truly indigenous conservation organisations in key countries like Brazil, Indonesia, Madagascar.
Dr Yueh is Fellow in Economics at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics at London Business School. She is Visiting Professor at LSE IDEAS at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and Associate Fellow (Global Economy and Finance Programme & U.S. and the Americas Programme) at Chatham House. Professor Yueh is Chair of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission. She was Visiting Professor of Economics at Peking University. Professor Yueh is Adviser to the UK Board of Trade and Member of the Independent Review Panel on Ring-fencing and Proprietary Trading of the UK government. She is Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Trustee of Malaria No More UK and the Coutts Foundation, where she is Chair of the Audit, Finance and Investment Committee. She is a Non-Executive Director of the following publicly listed companies on the London Stock Exchange: Rentokil Initial plc and SEGRO plc, both FTSE 100 companies, Senior Independent Director of Fidelity China Special Situations plc, a FTSE 250 investment trust, and Chair of Baillie Gifford's The Schiehallion Fund Ltd, an investment company listed on the Specialist Fund Segment of the LSE Main Market. She serves on the Advisory Board of LSE IDEAS and on the Policy Committee of the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), both at the London School of Economics. She is a Fellow (FRSA) of the Royal Society of Arts.
Kumi Kitamori & Romina Boarini
Head, Green Growth and Global Relations Division & Director, Centre on Well-being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunities, OECD
Ms. Kitamori oversees the mainstreaming of green growth in the work of various policy committees of the OECD, as well as member and other partner countries. This includes a dedicated programme that promotes green growth policies, finance and investment in the Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) region. Prior to this, she worked in the OECD Environment Directorate on various issues including tradable permits and taxes, water pricing, climate change, biodiversity, health & environment, among others. She led the flagship project OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050, published in 2012. During 2005-2006, she served as Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General. Prior to joining the OECD in 2000, Ms. Kitamori was at the World Bank where she worked extensively in South and Southeast Asia on urban and environmental infrastructure projects (green finance for urban infrastructure, water supply & sanitation, cleaner production, etc).// Romina Boarini is the Director of WISE: the Centre for 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.
Ken leads Age International’s policy and influencing work in the UK and internationally on issues affecting older people in lower and middle-income countries. Ken's team focuses on government relations, parliamentary work, research, and building relationships with stakeholders who have a policy interest in ageing and international development. Ken has worked in policy and influencing for over 30 years with a wide range of NGOs, including: ACORD, CIIR, VSO and The Water Dialogues. He is on the Board of Directors of CommonAge and was previously Chair of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP).
Named as one of Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Most Admired CEOs” in 2018, American Banker magazine 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, Inc.’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” (honorable mention), and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future” named in 1994, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. For the past two consecutive years, Bryant has been named in the "100 Most Influential Atlantans" listing developed by the Atlanta Business Chronicle that spotlights Atlanta’s top business and civic influencers. Operation HOPE is acknowledged as one of (No. 34) "Atlanta's 75 Largest Nonprofit Organizations", included in the 2017-2018 Book of Lists—a publication of the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest not- for-profit and best-in-class provider of financial literacy, financial inclusion and economic empowerment tools and services in the United States for youth and adults; chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures and The Promise Homes Company, the largest for-profit minority-controlled owners of institutional-quality, single-family residential rental homes in the U.S., and co-founder of Global Dignity. The last five U.S. presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, from both political parties. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. In January 2016 Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus, when the U.S. Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building. The Freedman’s Banks’, founded by President Abraham Lincoln, legacy has become the narrative of the work of Operation HOPE—to help all people in the ‘Invisible Class’ become fully integrated into our nation’s economy. In April 2017, a historical marker, also inspired by Bryant, to honor the final flight of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis on April 3, 1968, was installed at the Memphis International Airport 49 years to the day that Eastern Flight 381 arrived from Atlanta. In May, 2019, Bryant received an invitation to be a regular guest co-host for CNBC SquawkBox. A member of the founding class of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, and founding member of Clinton Global Initiative, Bryant is a LinkedIn Influencer, contributor to Huffington Post, THRIVE Global and Black Enterprise, and a member of the World Economic Forum and OECD Expert Networks. His Facebook Live “Silver Rights” Series has received 40+ million views, and serves as an engaging platform to foster essential discussion in the digital age around financial inclusion and social uplift. This series led directly to a Facebook sponsoring episodic streaming series entitled ‘Delivering The Memo’, inspired by Bryant’s newest bestselling book, THE MEMO. He has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury. Bryant recently received an honorable mention in Inc. magazine’s “The World’s 10 Top CEOs” article that spotlights global servant leaders as the visionaries behind some of the most successful organizations. Additionally, Operation HOPE and Bryant are a permanent part of the Smithsonian AFRICAN-American Museum in DC. On April 15, 2019, the City of Atlanta City Council and the City of Atlanta (John’s home city) named April 15th John Hope Bryant Day. Bryant is the author of bestsellers; The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation (Berrett-Koehler, September 2017), How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class (Berrett-Koehler, 2014), and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World (Jossey-Bass, 2009). He is one of the only bestselling authors on economics and business leadership in the world today who happens to also be African-American. Bryant founded, created and now leads more than 35 companies and organizations, for-profit, nonprofit and public benefit in North America, and in some cases active around the world.