Syed Ahmed

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Robert Livingston

Lecturer in Public Policy, Faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Robert Livingston is a social psychologist and one of the nation's leading experts on the science underlying bias and racism. His research has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. For two decades, he has served as a diversity consultant to scores of Fortune 500 companies, public-sector agencies, and non-profit organizations.
He has held professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, and the University of Sussex. He currently serves on the faculty of
the Harvard Kennedy School.

Hichem Elloumi

Co-Chair of the MENA-OECD Business Advisory Board; CEO, Coficab Group

Born on August 2nd, 1953, Hichem ELLOUMI is a married father of 3. He is the founder and CEO of Coficab Group and an impactful contributor in several national and international organizations. He holds an engineering degree from L’Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and l’Ecole Supérieure de l’Electricité (SUPELEC France). Hichem ELLOUMI joined ELLOUMI Group in 1977 where he held several strategic positions such as Leading Operations, Leading distribution and electrical contracting. In 1992 Hichem ELLOUMI founded COFICAB Tunisia, a company based in Tunis specialized in the manufacturing and sales of automotive electrical cables and wires. Since 1992, he is the CEO and Chairman of COFICAB Group, today a world Leader in the automotive wire and cable industry. From November 2006 until February 2013, he held the position of President of the National Federation of Electricity and Electronics. (FEDELEC). Since January 2013, he is the Vice President of UTICA (Tunisian Employers Organization). Hichem ELLOUMI is also the President of the Tunisian-Moroccan and Tunisian-Portuguese Business Councils. /// Né le 2 août 1953, Hichem ELLOUMI est marié et père de 3 enfants. Il est le fondateur et PDG du Groupe Coficab et un contributeur important dans plusieurs organisations nationales et internationales. Il est titulaire d’un diplôme d’ingénieur de l’École Polytechnique de Paris et de l’École Supérieure de l’Électricité (SUPELEC France). Hichem ELLOUMI a rejoint le Groupe ELLOUMI en 1977 où il a occupé plusieurs postes stratégiques tels que Leading Operations, Leading Distribution et Électricité. En 1992, Hichem ELLOUMI fonde COFICAB Tunisie, société basée à Tunis spécialisée dans la fabrication et la vente de câbles et fils électriques automobiles. Depuis 1992, il est PDG et Président du Groupe COFICAB, aujourd'hui leader mondial de l'industrie des fils et câbles automobiles. De novembre 2006 à février 2013, il a occupé le poste de président de la Fédération nationale de l'électricité et de l'électronique. (FEDELEC). Depuis janvier 2013, il est vice-président de l'UTICA (Union Tunisienne de l'industrie, du commerce et de l'artisanat). Hichem ELLOUMI est également Président du Conseil Tunisien Marocain et du Conseil Tunisien Portugais des Entreprises.
Jacques van den Broek

CEO and Chair of the Executive Board, Randstad

Jacques van den Broek is the CEO and Chair of the Executive Board of Randstad, the global leader in HR services industry. After graduating in law, Jacques held a management position with an international trading company until he joined Randstad as a branch manager. Appointments followed as Regional Director in the Netherlands and, subsequently, as Marketing Director Randstad Europe. In 2002, he moved to Capac Inhouse Services as Managing Director, also taking on responsibility for Randstad in Denmark and Switzerland. Jacques van den Broek is responsible for France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Spain and Portugal, as well as Latin America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay). In addition, he is responsible for Business Concept Development and Public Affairs.
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.

Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi

Co-Chair, MENA-OECD Working Group on Corporate Governance

Dr. Obaid Saif Hamad Al Zaabi, Chief Executive Officer, Securities and Commodities Authority (SCA), United Arab Emirates, has wide-ranging practical experience in financial legislation, accounting, banking, and finance and investment gained from working with many leading financial institutions across the UAE, the US, the UK, and Malaysia. He served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer for Issuance and Legal Affairs and as SCA’s Dubai Office Manager. Prior to that, he worked as Advisor of Research and Studies and as Director of the Research and Awareness Department. He also worked as Senior Manager for International Business at a real estate finance companies and has distinctive experience in managing the operations of bank branches. He also worked in accounting and auditing for a number of institutions, including the UAE Central Bank. After SCA became a member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) (2020-2018), Dr. Al Zaabi was named Vice Chair of the IOSCO Board and Chair of the Growth and Emerging Markets Committee (GEMC), IOSCO’s largest committee, which includes 90 ordinary members and 20 affiliate members. He also served as Co-Chair of the MENA-OECD Working Group on Corporate Governance. Dr. Al Zaabi was appointed as a Vice Chairman of the UAE Financial Restructuring Committee.
Jan Thesleff

Co-Chair of the MENA-OECD Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum & Ambassador to Egypt, Government of Sweden

Jan Thesleff is a Swedish Diplomat, having served in the Middle East and North Africa for the past thirty years. Most recently as Ambassador to Egypt, the UAE, Tunisia, Libya and Saudi Arabia. In 2021 he was appointed as Commissioner General for Sweden’s participation at Expo 2020 in Dubai. He is since 2020 vice-chair of the OECD-MENA Women’s Economic Empowerment Forum and an active gender champion.//Jan Thesleff est un diplomate suédois ayant exercé au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique du Nord au cours des trente dernières années, et plus récemment en tant qu'ambassadeur en Égypte, aux Émirats arabes unis, en Tunisie, en Libye et en Arabie saoudite. En 2021, il a été nommé commissaire général pour la participation de la Suède à l'Expo 2020 à Dubaï. Il est depuis 2020 vice-président du Forum OCDE-MENA sur l'autonomisation économique des femmes et un défenseur actif de l'égalité des genres.
Dame Sally Davies

UK Special Envoy on Antimicrobial Resistance, UK Government

Dame Sally Davies was appointed as the UK Government’s Special Envoy on AMR in 2019. She is also the 40th Master of Trinity College, Cambridge University. Dame Sally was the Chief Medical Officer for England and Senior Medical Advisor to the UK Government from 2011-2019. She has become a leading figure in global health including serving as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board 2014-2016 and as co-convener of the United Nations Inter-Agency Co-ordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) reporting in 2019. In the 2020 New Year Honours, Dame Sally became the second woman (and the first outside the Royal family) to be appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (GCB) for services to public health and research, having received her DBE in 2009.
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.

Erasmo Sánchez Herrera

Director, Global Division, NGLCC

Multicultural professional with several years of experience in the design, implementation, and management of international initiatives aimed to empower diverse groups worldwide. He is an expert at creating strategic partnerships and securing collaborations efforts across sectors. As Director of NGLCC Global Division, Erasmo works with LGBT chambers of commerce worldwide to share best practices, lessons learned, and create engagement opportunities with stakeholders from the international corporate and public sector, and multilateral organizations to advance supplier diversity initiatives, create awareness for diversity and inclusion (D&I) matters, and support the growth of LGBTI-owned small and medium enterprises (SME’s).

Erasmo has also conducted qualitative research work at the Brookings Institution, one of the world's leading Think Tanks, where his portfolio focused on analyzing illegal economic activities, sociopolitical challenges, energy, and security matters throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East, East Africa, and South East Asia. 

Erasmo holds a Master of Science in Business and Financial Economics from the University of Greenwich in London where he resided for a few years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He is originally from Lima, Peru and is fluent in English and Spanish.

Cary Funk

Director of Science and Society Research, Pew Research Center

Cary Funk is director of science and society research at Pew Research Center, where she leads the Center’s efforts to understand the implications of science for society. The Center studies the social, ethical and policy implications of scientific developments in areas such as climate and energy, emerging issues in genetic engineering, and food and space science. She has authored or co-authored a number of reports focused on public trust in science, scientific experts and science news and information. Funk has broad expertise in public opinion research and has specialized in public understanding of science issues for nearly two decades. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, she directed the Virginia Commonwealth University Life Sciences Surveys, national surveys on science and biotechnology. Funk began her career at CBS News in New York working on preelection polling and analysis of exit polls. She earned a doctorate and a master’s in social psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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).
Mieke Schuurman

Senior Policy Advisor, Eurochild

Mieke Schuurman is Senior Policy Advisor on children’s rights & safeguarding for Eurochild. At Eurochild she is responsible for children’s participation, for which she has developed Eurochild’s internal child participation strategy and child protection policy. She is also advising on European children’s rights issues.

Before joining Eurochild, she has worked as an independent expert in the field of children’s rights and EU law since 2009.  She has carried out assignments for various international organisations and NGOs, including the Council of Europe, European Commission, Eurochild and UNICEF. She has provided advice, carried out research and given trainings on children’s rights. Formerly, she was Secretary-General of the European Children’s Network (EURONET). She has a Master in Law (LLM) and European Studies (MA).

Jan Mischke

Partner, McKinsey Global Institute, McKinsey & Company

Jan Mischke is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. He leads MGI’s work on competitiveness and growth, and on infrastructure, construction, and real estate. Recent research publications include: Will productivity and growth return after the COVID-19 crisis?; The next normal in construction: How disruption is reshaping the world's largest ecosystem; Reviving innovation in Europe; and Solving the productivity puzzle: The role of demand and the promise of digitization.

Prior to joining MGI, Jan worked as a consultant with McKinsey for 10 years serving clients across Europe in industries including automotive, financial services, high tech, logistics, media, and telecommunications.

Jan holds a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich and an MSc from RWTH Aachen University. He lives in Zurich.

Ian Goldin

Professor of Globalisation and Development, University of Oxford

Ian Goldin is Professor of Globalisation and Development at the University of Oxford. He is a Professorial Fellow at the University’s Balliol College. From 2006 to 2016 he was the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School and currently leads the Oxford Martin Research Programmes on Technological and Economic Change, the Future of Work, and the Future of Development.

Theodoros P. Dimopoulos

Scientific Associate - Ph.D. Candidate, Hellenic Parliament - University of Thessaly

Till January 2015, I have worked as a Social Worker at the National Health Operations Center, Greek Ministry of Health. In 2014 I have accomplished my MSc studies in Health Economics & Management. At the moment I'm enrolling my Ph.D on Thermal, Wellness Tourism and Rehabilitation aspiring to elaborate on the barriers and perspectives regarding the relevant industry in Fthiotida Regional Unity. 

Prior to that I have worked as a Social Worker at the European Cultural & Research Center of Athens in collaboration with Municipalities of Zografos and Kessariani, while in the past I have worked either as a Social Worker, or as an Administrative officer in several private Healthcare Units/Long term care units, such as Polyclinic Group, etc.

As of 2012 and according to a Ministerial mandate I was appointed as a Board Member of Interconnected General Hospitals of Lamia - Amfissa - Karpenisi, keeping this position for approximately one and a half year.

As of October 2016 till November 2019 I have been appointed by the Minister of Labor, Social Insurance & Social Solidarity as the Head of the Board of Directors at the Social Welfare Center of the Region of Central Greece (Public Law Legal Entity - Governmental Organisation) which is the main regional-level social care provision services cluster, trying to contribute to the implementation of the Greek Government's strategic plan on social care, foster care, "DI", family care and people with special needs protection.

In parrallel, between the the same period I have been an Alternate Member of the Board of Directors of the first National Adoption & Foster-care Council in accordance to the relevant Ministerial Desicion.

I have also been an elected Member of the BoD at the Hellenic Healthcare Services Association, carrying duties of the Chief Communications Officer, while as of 2017 I am a Member of the European Commission’s SCHEER Committee on Rapid Risk Assessment of Healthcare and Environmental Risks, participating in annual external experts' meetings with focus on public health risks assessment.

Finally, my current professional capacity is linked to the Hellenic Parliament's function, as I'm an MP's Scientific Associate, providing assistance regarding daily institutional obligations, parliamentary control and other activities, while at the same time I'm a Member of the Opposition Party's Social Care & Solidarity Department, due to my experience derived from my tenure in office as a former Head of the BoD at the Social Welfare Center, Central Greece Region, Ministry of Labor & Social Affairs. 

Emily Lemmerman

Research Specialist, The Eviction Lab

Emily Lemmerman is a research specialist with the Eviction Lab. In 2019, she graduated with a degree in Sociology, concentrating in Data Science from Stanford. As an undergrad, she was a research assistant at the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, analyzing the impacts of federal and local pre-trial processes and risk assessment algorithms. Her undergraduate thesis focused on modern-day debtor’s prisons - detention as a punishment for unpaid criminal justice fines and fees - in El Paso, Texas. After some time in the private sector, and on the Bernie Sanders campaign, Emily is excited to return to sociology research. At the Eviction Lab, she is most interested in work that examines how legal aid interventions influence outcomes for tenants facing eviction, and in further exploring relationships between markets, debt, inequality and housing.
Bradley Schurman

Founder and Author, The Super Age

Bradley Schurman is Founder and CEO of The Super Age – a global strategic research and advisory firm helping public and private organizations understand the challenges and harness the opportunities of demographic change, with a focus on population aging. The Super Age works to ensure that these subjects are considered across organizational strategies from human resources, marketing and communication, public policies, and product and service design. Schurman is also the author of the forthcoming book, The Super Age: How Longer Lifespans Are Changing Everything We Know About Work, Life and Learning, which will examine how this shift is driving social and economic change around the world. It will be published by HarperCollins. Prior to launching his company and authoring the book, Schurman was Co-Founder and Managing Partner of EconomyFour, where he led business development in Asia and Europe. He also served at AARP – the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving the lives of older people – where he was Director of Global Partnerships and Engagements. Schurman was instrumental in securing the topics of aging and longevity as focus areas at both the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and World Economic Forum (WEF). He was also responsible for visioning and executing the Aging Readiness and Competitiveness Report – a groundbreaking collaborative research project between AARP and Foreign Policy Group. Schurman has been featured on NBC's TODAY Show and quoted in the New York Times, HuffingtonPost, and USA Today, as well as in local and national media outlets around the world. He speaks regularly at thought leader forums, and has advised national governments and major businesses on their longevity strategies.

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

President and Founder, Women Political Leaders

Silvana is the President and Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL), the worldwide network of women Politicians. WPL is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation that aims to increase both the number and influence of women in political leadership. Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014). Before her time in politics, she founded and ran a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, which later merged with a larger US firm. She also worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY and as Senior Policy Advisor for GPLUS Europe. In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders, the network of female Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is also a member of the European Leadership Network (ELN), a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative and member of the Global Advisory Network of Apolitical Academy Global. Since 2016, Silvana has been representing the European Union in the Executive Committee of W20, an official engagement group of the G20. In 2018 and 2019, she was ranked as one of the 100 most influential persons in gender equality by Apolitical. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum. She lives in Brussels, Belgium with her three kids and their Irish father.

Silvana Koch-Mehrin

President and Founder, Women Political Leaders

Silvana is the President and Founder of Women Political Leaders (WPL), the worldwide network of women Politicians. WPL is an independent, non-partisan and not-for-profit foundation that aims to increase both the number and influence of women in political leadership. Silvana served as Vice-President of the European Parliament (2009-2011) and Member of the European Parliament (2004-2014). Before her time in politics, she founded and ran a public affairs consultancy in Brussels, which later merged with a larger US firm. She also worked as Senior Special Advisor for EY and as Senior Policy Advisor for GPLUS Europe. In addition to her work for WPL, Silvana serves on the board of the Council of Women World Leaders, the network of female Presidents and Prime Ministers. She is also a member of the European Leadership Network (ELN), a Board Director of the Social Progress Imperative and member of the Global Advisory Network of Apolitical Academy Global. Since 2016, Silvana has been representing the European Union in the Executive Committee of W20, an official engagement group of the G20. In 2018 and 2019, she was ranked as one of the 100 most influential persons in gender equality by Apolitical. Silvana is a Young Global Leader Alumni of the World Economic Forum. She lives in Brussels, Belgium with her three kids and their Irish father.