Sharon Byrne

President, United Nations Association of Santa Barbara
  • United States of America
Carin Jämtin & Jorge Moreira da Silva

Director-General & Director, Development Co-operation Directorate, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency & OECD

Carin Jämtin is Director-General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) since May 2017. Democracy and human rights have always been the heart of Ms. Jämtin’s work. From 1999-2003 Ms. Jämtin headed the International Development Cooperation Department at the Olof Palme International Centre - the umbrella organization for the Swedish labor movement. In 2003, Ms. Jämtin served as Minister of International Development Cooperation, and for parts of 2006 served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs. Ms. Jämtin has also served on the World Bank's Commission on Growth and Development; as Vice Chair of Stockholm City Council; and as Secretary General of the Social Democratic Party. Carin Jämtin on Twitter. Mr. ‌ Moreira da Silva is since 1st November 2016 the Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD) at OECD. As Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD), Mr. Moreira da Silva plays a key role in positioning the OECD’s work on development co-operation at the leading edge. He supports the work of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) and collaborates closely with other components of the OECD's Development Cluster to strengthen the Organisation’s contribution to the international governance architecture, as well as to OECD-wide initiatives such as NAEC, Inclusive Growth, and work in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ayla Johnstone

Chairperson, Franklin Youth Advisory Board

Ayla Johnstone is a 19-year-old student from New Zealand who participated in the third Youth Week event; Youth and Democracy in times of Crisis as a panelist. Ayla’s speech brought the perspective of youth to the conversation and discussed her personal experiences with youth in her community and how youth perceive government. She is the Chairperson of the Franklin Youth Advisory Board (FYAB) and has served on the board for three years. FYAB is a board of volunteer youth from Franklin, Auckland, New Zealand whose central focus is to represent the youth of their community to their local elected decision makers. 
Caroline Harper

CEO, Sightsavers

Caroline has been CEO of Sightsavers since April 2005, during which time it has grown substantially. Under her leadership it has increased its funding and influence within the eye health, neglected tropical diseases and disability arenas, which are of course all interlinked. She is incredibly proud of the team at Sightsavers especially of the way they have risen to the challenge in these difficult times. Prior to working at Sightsavers, Caroline worked in the oil and gas industry, and before that did a PhD in energy studies at Churchill College Cambridge.
Benjamin Boutin

Président, Francophonie sans frontières

Benjamin Boutin est président-fondateur de l’ONG Francophonie sans frontières. Chercheur associé à l’Institut Prospective et Sécurité en Europe, enseignant et collaborateur parlementaire, il dirige également l’association nationale France-Canada. Spécialiste des affaires francophones et européennes, mais aussi de la coopération et des affaires publiques, il intervient depuis 2013 dans les médias pour une francophonie économique ambitieuse, durable et inclusive.
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.
Andrea has a background in public policy and is currently Managing Partner for Plug and Play Italy. Andrea's IN & TW accounts. Tommaso has a background in journalism and currently works as a Policy Officer at the European Commission. Tommaso's IN & TW accounts. Andrea and Tommaso founded Poliferie in 2017, alongside others. Andrea has since been the NGO's director, while Tommaso has been overseeing the strategy and leading its communications. The views expressed by them are personal and do not represent those of their organisations.
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.
Denis Machuel became Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo in January 2018. His vision is aligned with that of Sodexo’s founder, Pierre Bellon; growth, intrapreneurship and humanity remain the core principles that guide our company’s future and unite our employees. Denis joined the company in 2007. He was appointed CEO of Sodexo Benefits & Rewards worldwide in 2012. His scope was broadened to include a new cross-functional role, he became Sodexo’s first Chief Digital Officer in 2015. In 2016, he then also took on the additional role of CEO of Personal and Home Services. Denis ensures that Sodexo’s development supports economic growth that is based on the sustainable use of resources and valuing our shared humanity. He is personally invested in Sodexo’s efforts to fight against food waste and combat social and economic inequality. He joined the G7 Business for Inclusive Growth (B4IG) coalition in 2019 and is a member of the multistakeholder coalition dedicated to achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal on food waste (Champions 12.3).
Jacques Vandenschrik

President, European Food Banks Federation

Born in Belgium, Jacques Vandenschrik obtained a Master’s Degree in Hospital Sciences from Université Libre de Bruxelles. He started his career in Somalia working for the European Development Fund, he worked at a local University Clinic in Belgium, and then he led the HR department of a large industrial group in South Africa. He finally founded his own business specialized in antiseptics. During the 25 years of his stay in South Africa, he was the Honorary Consul of Belgium for the Eastern Cape. In 2007 he turned back to Belgium where he took the helm of a local Food Bank and assumed the Vice-presidency of the Fédération Belge des Banques Alimentaires. In 2015 he became member of the Board of Directors of the European Food Banks Federation (FEBA). Elected in May 2018, he is the current President of FEBA.
Anila Noor

Ecosystem Builder for Inclusion and Equality, New Women Connectors

Anila Noor is a refugee-activist based in the Netherlands. Noor has diverse experience working with national and international nonprofit organisations and causes namely dealing with peace-building efforts, refugee integration, and education special focus on women rights. She has been active in advocating for refugee resettlement and social/political engagement of refugees in Europe. Anila Noor has initiated New Women Connectors, a movement striving for mainstreaming the unheard voices of migrant and refugee women living across Europe. New Women Connectors is a perspective-shift to the refugee agenda and advocates inclusion than integration as a policy choice. The movement also helps newcomer refugee women to lift their spirits and make something of it.  She found herself involved in the subjects of forced migration and identity crisis when she had to go through the same experience. Since, she has been working as a refugee social entrepreneur focusing on Forced Migration, Asylum, Refugee Policies and Advocacy for the Rights of Migrants. Noor is currently working on the subject of Receiving Refugees in Urban Settings: Narratives from the European Countries. New Women Connectors on YouTube
Marion Birnstill

Global Community Impact EMEA, Johnson & Johnson

Marion works for the Johnson & Johnson Foundation and is collaborating on the delivery of the Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact strategy in EMEA and for realizing its vision of supporting and championing the people on the front lines of delivering care. Marion is a seasoned global health and partnering professional with close to 12 years’ experience spanning a career working for leading organisations across the private, public and non-profit sectors. Throughout the years Marion built a career co-creating, facilitating and managing partnerships across big and small organisations and discovered that social change and improvement of health is not enough. Privileged to work with some of the leading health innovators, system’s thinkers and entrepreneurs, she has been challenging the status quo by advocating for new ways of partnering with the belief that collective action and impact approaches are needed to drive transformation and systemic change. She has also been exploring how to best invest in resilience at individuals, communities and health systems level to shift from curing bad health to sustaining good health. Marion obtained a Degree in Literature and Philosophy in France and Germany and graduated with a Master’s Degree in International Business in London where she specialized in Corporate Social Responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry. Marion is a native French speaker and is fluent in German and English. She is passionate about swimming against the tide, bringing up her son as responsible global citizen, and finding inner peace thanks to yoga!
Tatiana Glad

Global Executive Director, Impact Hub

Tatiana Glad is an entrepreneur, sustainability practitioner and change strategist working across sectors and cultures with a focus on impact entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability, and the next generation. Tatiana is Global Executive Director of Impact Hub, Board Member on the Sustainability Board University of Amsterdam, and co-founder of social enterprise Waterlution. Tatiana is Canadian, based in Amsterdam.
Kyoko Ozawa

Student, former Chief Future Officer, Euglena

Kyoko Ozawa is 18 years old. Born in Japan, she lived in the US for two years and now makes her home in Tokyo, Japan. In 2019, she served as the first ever Chief Future Officer for Euglena, a sustainable bio venture company. She received the silver prize in the 2019 junior contest from the Japan Society for Bioscience, Biotechnology and Agrochemistry and has been a guest columnist for ATOMOΣ, journal of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan. At her school, she has been an active volunteer and has served as the director of its sports festival. Ms. Ozawa will be starting university in April 2021 and plans to study sustainability in economic fields.
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.
Luiz Gustavo Medeiros Barbosa

Executive Manager, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV)

Luiz Gustavo Medeiros Barbosa holds a Ph.D. in Business from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. He is a Professor at Brazilian School for Public and Private Administration (FGV EBAPE) and Executive Manager at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV).
Natasha Mudhar

Founder, The World We Want

The World We Want (WWW) is a purpose-driven global social impact enterprise launched to accelerate the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, through positive action, strategic communication, and global connections. WWW unite and galvanise change-makers, organisations, non-profits, governments, businesses, celebrities, philanthropists, and citizens to develop forward-thinking strategies to convert awareness of global issues into real, meaningful action by leveraging the power of empathy, unlocking the strength of multi-stakeholder collaborations, developing unique proprietary initiatives known as ‘Accelerators’ and applying creative storytelling, to shape policies and priorities. In a bid to renew the momentum towards achieving the SDGs in less than a decade following the global Covid-19 pandemic, WWW launched its  Humanifesto: ABCD – ACT. BUILD. CHANGE. DO., a four-pillared blueprint to inspire shape-shifting strategies, daring innovations, and purpose-led dialogue to create ‘The World We Want’. ACT, BUILD, CHANGE, DO. reflects WWW’s belief that the key to creating systemic, purposeful change lies in the power of purpose, the power of the collective, and the power of solidarity to convert our awareness of issues into real meaningful action.
Myrna Cunnigham

President, FILAC

Myrna Cunnigham is one of the most recognized figures in the global indigenous movement. Researcher, health worker, parliamentarian and social fighter for the rights of indigenous peoples. She has been the Governor Delegate Minister of the Autonomous Region of the Northern Caribbean of Nicaragua. She participated in the peace process and the establishment of the autonomy regime for indigenous peoples, Afro-descendants and ethnic communities of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. She was a member of the Permanent Forum for Indigenous Issues at the UN, becoming the President. Currently, She is the President of the Board of Directors of FILAC.
Andrea Gómez & Antonio J. Jara

CMO & CEO, HOPU (HOP Ubiquitous S.L.)

Andrea Gómez (CMO). She has a strong experience in creativity/design, marketing and communication. She holds a Master in research & dissemination of the Cultural Heritage and a PhD in Communication / Marketing about Smart Destinations, which verses about the use of ICTs for the dissemination and protection of the cultural heritage based on the needs of the new generations as Millennials, Z and Hashtags. Andrea works actively in product/service development, working on solutions that are focused on the final users (citizens & visitors) with methodologies as Design Thinking & co-creation, developing solutions that are directly based on the social & cultural needs. /// Antonio J. Jara (CEO), founder of HOP Ubiquitous S.L. (www.hopu.eu), and chair of Data Quality and IoT in IEEE. He did his PhD (Cum Laude) at the University of Murcia (UMU), Spain. These PhD results present a novel way to connect objects to Internet-enabled platforms in an easy, secure and scalable way. He also carried out a MBA and entrepreneurship formation in the ENAE business school and UCAM (2012). He received entrepreneurship awards from ENAE (sponsored by SabadellCAM financial services), emprendeGo (sponsored by Spanish government), IPSO Alliance Award (Sponsored by Google) for its disruptive innovation in the IoT, selected and mentored by the acceleration program FIWARE. Antonio Jara as part of HOPU is focused on the Smart Cities market with solutions for citizens engagements and environmental monitoring (air quality sensors). Antonio Jara has also participated in over 100 international events about Internet of Things as Speaker, over 100 international publications / papers (~5000 citations and impact factor h=37), he holds several patents in the IoT domain and finally he has advised in the IoT domain to companies such as Microsoft and Fujitsu.
Juha Kaakinen

Chief Executive Officer, Y-Foundation

Juha Kaakinen  is Chief Executive Officer of Y-Foundation since 2013 (expert member of the Board of Y-Foundation 1986-2003), the biggest Finnish NGO acquiring flats from the private market for homeless people and providing social housing. Juha holds a Master of Arts from the University of Helsinki. From 2008- 2012, he worked for the Finnish Ministry of the Environment as Program Leader of the National Program to reduce long-term homelessness 2008-2012. He was also the Secretary of the working Group of “Wise People” appointed by the Ministry of Housing to formulate the basic principles for the Homelessness Reduction Program. From 1990- 2011, he was CEO of Sosiaalikehitys Oy (Social Development Ltd), a Research and Development Company owned by 11 municipalities). Juha has written over 50 research papers, articles and evaluation reports on social services, employment projects and policies and homelessness issues.
Jonathan Reckford

Chief Executive Officer, Habitat for Humanity International

Jonathan T.M. Reckford is chief executive officer of Habitat for Humanity International, a global Christian housing organization that has helped more than 35 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve their homes. Since 2005, when he took the top leadership position, local Habitat organizations in all 50 states and in more than 70 countries have grown from serving 125,000 individuals each year to helping more than 5.9 million people last year build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. Jonathan is the chair of Leadership 18 and is a member of the Freddie Mac Housing Advisory Council. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Urban Steering Committee for the World Economic Forum. Named the most influential nonprofit leader in America in 2017 by The NonProfit Times, Jonathan is the author of Our Better Angels: Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World. He and his wife, Ashley, have three children and live in Atlanta.