Ricardo Siffredo

Coordinador Agrario, CETP - UTU
  • CETP - UTU
  • Uruguay
Helen Berry PhD

Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health, University of Sydney

Helen is the inaugural Honorary Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at the University of Sydney. She is a widely-cited psychiatric epidemiologist and expert in how climate change, disasters and social and physical place influence mental health and wellbeing. She advises on national and international research programs and is a lead member of the MJA-Lancet (Australian) Countdown scientific team. She has developed multiple population screening measures including the Australian Community Participation Questionnaire, the Brief Weather Disaster Trauma Exposure and Impact Screen and others which are included in population health and intervention studies around the world. Helen has been supported by competitive research funding and has led influential research-policy initiatives. She also holds an honorary appointment at Macquarie University.

Frances MacGuire

Policy Manager, Lancet Countdown

Dr Frances MacGuire’s career on climate change climate spans over three decades in research, policy, education and advocacy in academia, international NGOs and the NHS. Trained in the life sciences and public health, Frances has worked at the interface between science and policy making in climate change, air pollution and biodiversity protection taking a risk management perspective. Frances has led teams of climate advocates working within the UN climate negotiations and national teams in the UK, Australia, and the Pacific Island region. She has a strong interest in south/north collaboration, capacity building and health and social equity. In her current role as Policy Manager within the Lancet Countdown, Frances also chairs a WHO/Unicef/Lancet Working Group on children and climate change advocacy, as part of the global CAP2030 initiative.

Emma Samson

Marketing Communications Manager, Searious Business

Emma Samson is British expat living in the Netherlands. She works for Searious Business – a company committed to bring plastic pollution back to zero. She is proud to join the fight against ocean plastic by spreading the word to the ears that matter.

Searious Business are game-changers in the plastics industry. A social enterprise business founded in order to prevent plastic pollution, their work involves systemic change on an international level, and accelerating brands towards circular plastic use.

Ranjitsinh Disale

Teacher & Winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2020, The World Bank

Ranjitsinh Disale, the winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize, considered a Nobel Prize equivalent for teaching, shared half of his winnings with the other finalist teachers to help transform the profession. He took up teaching as an alternative profession to a career in IT. Although initially hesitant about teacher training, he successfully transformed innumerable lives, breaking significant barriers for girls in society and in the education field in India. By actively fighting for girls’ education rather than have girls marry at an early age or get a job, he has significantly boosted the retention of girls in school and improved their learning outcomes.

His use of technology in a hybrid teaching methodology has also greatly improved learning outcomes for all of his students. For example, he incorporated QR codes for audio visual supplementary material in textbooks to boost learning outcomes. His QR code idea is now being adopted across the country and is helping children learn remotely even through the pandemic. He also learned the local language of his students and redesigned material in their language. Ranjitsinh’s approach to teaching clearly demonstrates how improvements to education can be made as well as inspiring change in policy and government delivery of educational services.

Ranjitsinh has been a vocal advocate of technology to close gaps in education. He highlights that this can serve to rapidly update outdated curriculum taught in many developing countries but also close the gender gap that manifests itself early on in education and learning outcomes. Girls have faced significantly more setbacks with the onset of Covid-19 and closure of schools. As their education is not prioritized, without school they are more susceptible to being married off prematurely, being subject to domestic abuse or being asked not to return to school in favor of work. Ranjitsinh has stressed the importance of a technology-driven transformation and its time critical nature. He has successfully onboarded the students at his school online, enabling them to attend classes from home and setting an example for schools all over India.

Tracey Burns

Senior Analyst, Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD

Tracey Burns is a Senior Analyst in the OECD's Centre for Educational Research and Innovation. She heads a portfolio of projects including Innovative Teaching for Effective Learning, 21st Century Children, and Trends Shaping Education. Until recently she was also responsible for their work on Governing Complex Education systems. Previous to her time at the OECD she worked on social determinants of health and well-being. As a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of British Colombia, Dr. Burns led a research team investigating newborn infants' responses to language, and was an award-winning lecturer on infant and child development. She is the recipient of numerous awards and honours, including The University of British Colombia Post-Doctoral Fellowship and the American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Awards. Tracey holds a B.A. from McGill University, Canada, and an M.A. and Doctor of Philosophy in psychology from Northeastern University, USA.
David Quammen

Author, Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

David Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo (1996), The Reluctant Mr. Darwin (2006), and  Spillover (2014), a work on the science, history, and human impacts of emerging diseases (especially viral diseases), which was short-listed for eight national and international awards and won three.  His shorter books Ebola (2014) and  The Chimp and the River(2015) were drawn from Spillover, each with a new introduction. His forthcoming book (August 2018) is The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life, which explores the drastic revisions in understanding of life’s history on Earth forced by recent discoveries from genome sequencing, and the story of a scientist named Carl Woese. In the past thirty years Quammen has also published a few hundred pieces of short nonfiction—feature articles, essays, columns—in magazines such as Harper’s, National Geographic, Outside, Esquire, The Atlantic, Powder, and Rolling Stone.  He writes occasional Op Eds for The New York Times and reviews for The New York Times Book Review.  Quammen has been honored with an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and is a three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award.  He is a Contributing Writer for National Geographic, in whose service he travels often, usually to wild and remote places.  Home is Bozeman, Montana.

Katia Karousakis & Edward Perry

Programme Lead & Analyst, Biodiversity, Land Use and Ecosystems, OECD

Katia works in the Environment Directorate at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she leads the programme on Biodiversity, Land Use and Ecosystems (BLUE). Her work focuses on the economics and policy of biodiversity, covering areas such as effective design of policy instruments, biodiversity finance and mainstreaming. From 2006-2008, she worked on climate change issues within the OECD/IEA Climate Change Expert Group. An environmental economist by training, Katia has a PhD from UCL, London, and a Masters’ degree from Duke University, USA.

Edward Perry is an analyst in the Biodiversity, Land Use and Ecosystems team of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). His work covers issues such as biodiversity finance, mainstreaming biodiversity across policy areas, and designing effective policy instruments. Edward’s previous roles include Special Advisor to the OECD Environment Director and Global Climate Change Coordinator at BirdLife International, where he worked on the interface between climate change and biodiversity. Edward holds an MPhil in Geography and Environment from the University of Oxford, with a specialisation in biodiversity conservation and management.

Olivia White

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Olivia White, Senior Partner McKinsey & Company, Bay Area

As a member of the Financial Services, Risk & Resilience, and Social Sector Practices, Olivia advises banks and other financial institutions on a wide range of issues. She has led transformative impact for many global financial institutions and corporate business functions. She has also worked extensively on financial inclusion and broader economic development, with a primary focus in emerging markets. Along with her expertise in risk and financial inclusion, Olivia has led projects focused on foundation portfolio construction, customer experience, digital payments, operational improvement, and organizational design. She is also a co-leader of McKinsey’s knowledge efforts in risk management.

Olivia has led extensive research efforts related to financial inclusion and economic development, and efforts assessing the potential economic value from digital financial services in developing economies, examining the economics of global payment systems, and investigating risk associated with digitally enabled payments that serve financially excluded populations in the developing world. Her most recent research focused on the benefits and risks associated with Digital ID.

She publishes frequently on topics related to risk and financial inclusion, most notably through the McKinsey Global Institute and McKinsey on Risk. Prior to joining McKinsey, Olivia was a Pappalardo fellow in physics at MIT, where she conducted research both in physics and in neuroscience.


Anu Madgavkar, Partner, McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), New Jersey

As a partner of MGI, McKinsey’s business and economics research arm, Anu leads research focused on global labor markets and skills; gender economics; migration; inclusive growth; and applying technology to solving development challenges including financial inclusiveness. She also leads research efforts focused on India’s economic future. Anu has co-authored MGI reports including “The future of work after COVID-19”; “The future of women at work; “The power of parity”; “The social contract in the 21st century”; “Digital identification: A key to inclusive growth”; “People on the move: Global migration's impact and opportunity”; and “Digital India: Technology to transform a connected nation”.

Previously, Anu was a partner of McKinsey based in Mumbai, where she co-led McKinsey’s Financial Institutions practice in India. She has authored several reports and white papers on India’s economic growth and financial sector development.


Zac Townsend is a leader in McKinsey financial technology and banking digital business building practices. He works with clients on building digital businesses from scratch, transforming businesses to be digital-first, and partnering with or acquiring fintech companies. Previously, he was co-founder and head of product of Standard Treasury, where he built open banking platforms to connect banks and fintech companies. The company ultimately sold to Silicon Valley Bank. Zac also previously served as the inaugural Chief Data Officer of California. He was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Enterprise technology, and his commentary on fintech has appeared in the Financial Times, the American Banker, Slate, and other publications.

Kieron O'Hara & Wendy Hall

Emeritus fellow, Electronics and Computer Science; Executive Director, Web Science Institute, University of Southampton

Kieron O’Hara is an emeritus fellow in Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. He had a central involvement in the development of Web Science, and researches into the politics and philosophy of technology. He specialises in the Internet and the World Wide Web, focusing on privacy, trust and ethics, as they bear on the creation and use of data and the development of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. He has written several books, for both general and technical audiences. His latest is Four Internets (2021, Oxford University Press, with Dame Wendy Hall), about the geopolitics of Internet governance. He also writes on political theory, particularly conservatism, and the British Conservative Party. His next book, The Seven Veils of Privacy, will be published by Manchester University Press.

Dame Wendy Hall, DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Associate Vice President (International Engagement), and is an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton. One of the first computer scientists to undertake serious research in multimedia and hypermedia, she has been at its forefront ever since. The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of Web Science. She is well known for her development of the Microcosm hypermedia system in the mid-1980s, which was a forerunner to the World Wide Web.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education. Through her leadership roles on national and international bodies, she has shattered many glass ceilings, readily deploying her position on numerous national and international bodies to promote the role of women in SET and acting as an important role model for others. With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science. She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Many of Wendy’s previous roles include: President of the ACM, President of BCS, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG, was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy. Dame Wendy was co-Chair of the UK government’s Artificial Intelligence Review, which was published in October 2017, is the UK government’s first Skills Champion for AI and is a member of the newly formed AI Council. In May 2020, she was appointed Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute and joined the BT Technology Advisory board in January 2021.

Frances O Grady

General Secretary, Trades Union Congress

Courtney Brown

Vicepresident, Impact & Planning, Lumina Foundation

Courtney Brown, Ph.D, is vice president of impact and planning for Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. As the chief data and research officer, Brown oversees the foundation’s efforts in the areas of strategic planning, learning, impact, and effectiveness. She also leads Lumina’s international engagement.

She joined the foundation in 2011 with a strong background in performance measurement, research, and evaluation. Before 2011, Brown was a senior research associate at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. There, she led studies and evaluations focused on education and post-high school programs within the United States and across Europe.

Brown is a frequent speaker and panelist in the United States and other countries regarding postsecondary strategy, student success, data-driven decision making, and evidence-based practices. She has developed and shared manuals, working papers, articles, and books related to undergraduate research, performance measurement, randomized-control trials, and other evaluation methods, as well as conducted webinars and workshops on topics such as evaluation, performance measurement, and success in education beyond high school.

Brown serves on the University of Virginia’s School of Education and Human Development Board of Directors, on the advisory board for the Center for First-Generation Student Success, and the advisory board for WGU Indiana. She holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Virginia.

Danish Management Society

Secritariat, Dansk Selskab for Virksomhedsledelse

The Danish Management Society (VL) VL is the leading Danish non-profit network for Industry Leaders; C-suite executives, board members, politicians and opinion leaders. The purpose of the Society is to promote modern, responsible leadership and management by means of sharing knowledge and engaging in dialogue and, in so doing, contribute to the sustainable, financial progress and general improvement of the standard of living in Denmark and the world we live in. The Society is non-profit, and we work to enhance our members’ ability to shoulder not only managerial tasks, but also the unique responsibility instilled in business leaders as fellow citizens. We have about 4,000 members, organised into network groups (VL-groups) of roughly 30–40 each.

Will Gardner

CEO, Children's Charity, Childnet International

Will Gardner is the CEO of children’s charity Childnet International. Will joined Childnet in 2000 and was appointed CEO in 2009. He is a Director of the UK Safer Internet Centre (UKSIC), a partnership between Childnet, the Internet Watch Foundation and the SWGfL, and as part of the UKSIC organises Safer Internet Day in the UK, which in February 2021 reached 51% of children and 38% of parents. He is also an Executive Board member of the UK Council for Internet Safety and chairs the Early Warning Working Group of helplines, hotlines and law enforcement. Will also sits on Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board and Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council.

In his time at Childnet Will has led national and international projects, and has led the development of Childnet’s range of award-winning internet safety programmes and resources aimed at children, parents and carers, and teachers and schools.

Will was awarded an OBE in the 2018 Queen’s New Year’s Honour List for his work in the field of children’s online safety.

Afrooz Kaviani Johnson

Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF

Afrooz Kaviani Johnson is a Child Protection Specialist for UNICEF Programme Division in New York, responsible for the thematic area of protecting children online. She manages global partnerships and programmes and policy and advocacy work at UNICEF Headquarters and provides support to UNICEF country teams around the world to introduce and improve responses to technology-facilitated violence against children. Afrooz has over a decade of experience in managing child protection programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa, South East Asia, and the Pacific. Earlier in her career, Afrooz worked as a lawyer in
Australia. She holds a Juris Doctor and Master of Social Science in International Development and is currently an external PhD candidate of Leiden Law School of Leiden

Rachele De Angelis and Carla-Anide Guillaume are two of the delegates at the 2021 Y7, in charge of the climate and environment proposals for the G7 negotiations.

Rachele is Head of the Italian delegation at the 2021 Y7. She has completed a Bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics at LUISS University in Rome, and she is now Master’s candidate in International Public Management at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po Paris. She is currently working for the OECD Department for the Public Affairs and Communication Directorate, where she is contributing to the upcoming events of the OECD.

Passionate about the management of climate change and nature degradation, Rachele is interested in the public and private cooperation to tackle their risks in global economy. She joined the OECD Environment Directorate in June 2020, in the Green Growth and Global Relation Unit, where she contributed to the organisation of the Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum. She also researched on the topics of the green-inclusive growth nexus, where she focused on the costs of climate change and environmental degradation on different societal groups.

Carla-Anide Guillaume is the Canadian Delegate for the climate and environment track at the 2021 Y7 Summit. Passionate about international cooperation, sustainability, and technology, she is dedicated to making our global village a better place for future generations.

Carla is currently working as research assistant for the International Training Program in Development Evaluation where she monitors gender integration, the effectiveness and sustainability of development programs in francophone Africa and Haiti.

Carla has completed an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Concordia University and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the École nationale d’administration publique du Québec (ENAP). She has received an Emerging Talent Award from the Bar of Montreal and through her leadership and community involvement, continues to be committed to social issues like environmental justice, inclusion and gender equality. Alongside her academic and professional accomplishments, Carla is also the editor of an online publication called SAYASPORA, a platform for young African women worldwide, and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers hub of Montreal.

Alberta Pelino

Chair, Y20 Italy

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.

Erika Mouynes

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Panama

Erika Mouynes is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama. She has also served as Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation and Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, under two administrations. In the private sector, Minister Mouynes has worked at a leading New York law firm and has also managed the business and legal affairs of a multi-billion dollar investment company in her role as Chief Legal Officer. She has also served on the board of several publicly traded companies, as well as woman-focused not-for-profit organizations. She is 43 years old and the mother of two young children.

Bertrand Swiderski

Global Sustainability Director, Carrefour

Bertrand Swiderski has served as Carrefour’s Global Sustainability Director since 2013. In his capacity, he leads Carrefour’s sustainability strategy and ensures its integration across the Group’s activities worldwide, as part of its mission to lead on the food transition for all. Convinced that the customer is the key to accelerating this transition, he leads projects with partners to develop innovative solutions in store and across Carrefour’s supply chain. Prior to joining Carrefour, He was a founding Partner of CONVIS France, an environmental consulting company firm offering services to public and private enterprises across Europe.

Jennifer Morris

Chief Executive Officer, The Nature Conservancy

Jennifer Morris is The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Executive Officer. For the past 25 years, Morris has dedicated her life to protecting the environment for people and nature. She brings decades of global leadership, proven management skills, and a passion for conservation to the organization and its ambitious mission—conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. At The Nature Conservancy, Morris leads nearly 4,000 global staff who are dedicated to creating a world where people and nature thrive together. Her teams bring diverse groups together in a collaborative way to transform business practices, shape government policies, and leverage rigorous science to prove and scale on-the-ground conservation work.