Speakers & Coaches

Speakers

Anne Ravanona
Founder & CEO, Global Invest Her
Anne Ravanona is Founder & CEO of Global Invest Her a platform and online community for early-stage women entrepreneurs that demystifies the funding process & helps them get investor-ready, to get funded faster. A passionate women’s advocate with over 22 years experience in global business, she spoke at TEDx to inspire everyone to ’Spread Your Talent To The World'. She also advises Fortune 500 companies on Gender Diversity. Anne is a regular, acclaimed speaker at conferences worldwide, to raise awareness and help change unconscious bias increase Access to Funding and to close the $300 billion ‘Funding Gap’ for women entrepreneurs. An entrepreneur herself, Anne is very active in the global startup world, including as a judge at pitch competitions, mentor and speaker at StartupWeekend Women, C-suite Advisor at Astia and advisor to several tech startups.
Amanda Harding
Founder and CEO, Convene
An activist, convener, connector, strategist, creative thinker and mother, Amanda Harding is convinced that harnessing collective power will ensure that the momentum generated translates into concrete results. Dialogue and pioneering courageous action can address specific complex and vital challenges and see their impacts scaled-up resulting in exciting, positive ambitious transformation. Amanda has 25 years of working, teaching and writing for a range of international organizations, including the CGIAR, the European Commission, BNP Paribas, Save the Children, the WBCSD and UN Agencies. Today, from her home in Paris, she has founded Convene.
Pierre Chandon
L’Oreal Chaired Professor of Marketing, Innovation and Creativity at INSEAD
Pierre Chandon is the L’Oréal Chaired Professor of Marketing, Innovation and Creativity at INSEAD and the Director of the INSEAD Sorbonne University Behavioral Lab. He was a faculty member, or a visiting scholar, at Harvard Business School, Wharton, Kellogg, and London Business School. He is an expert in food marketing and the behavioral science of eating. He has been the recipient of the most prestigious research, case writing, and teaching awards in his field. His current area of interest is how “Epicurean nudges” can help align health, business, and pleasure by making eaters happier to spend more for less food.
Christian Kromme
Global Expert, Disruptive Technologies
Christian Kromme was an innovative tech-entrepreneur for 18 years until he discovered the DNA pattern behind disruptive innovation and how to use this to predict the next big wave of technological disruption. Now Christian is one of the most in-demand futurist keynote speakers, speaking in front of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs, business leaders and policymakers about the radical impact of disruptive technologies on humans and organisations.
Dirk Luyten
MD, Levante Capital Management
Dirk P. Luyten has more than 20 years of experience in strategic management consulting as Managing Partner at Arthur D Little and Accenture. Also, for nearly a decade, he has been investor and CEO in small retail companies. He currently holds various Board Memberships and collaborates with Diversity and Performance. He has worked and lived in Brussels, Madrid and Tokyo. He holds a Master Degree in Law and a Master Degree in Economics from the state University of Ghent, Belgium. He is an INSEAD MBA (89J), holds a Certificate in Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice (LEAP, 2015) and a Certificate in Strategy in the Age of Digital Disruption (2016) from the same School.
Kay Formanek
CEO, Diversity and Performance
Kay is founder and CEO of KAY Diversity & Performance B.V., a global company committed to embedding diversity of talent into the transformational purpose of companies to unleash more creativity, more innovation, more growth, more engagement and better financial outcomes. Before, Kay was Executive Director and Partner in Accenture for 25 years and assumed multiple leadership development, including roles within the Global Leadership Development Program, Diversity Forum, Unconscious Bias Task Force and acting as mentor and coach and sponsor for rising talent. Kay is passionate about diversity of talent and realises this by way of her Lecturing, Coaching, Publishing, Speaking and Advisory roles on this topic. She is mother of three children and lives in The Netherlands.
Nathan Furr
Professor of Strategy, INSEAD
Nathan Furr is an Assistant Professor of Strategy at INSEAD, where he teaches innovation and technology strategy. Nathan earned his PhD from the Stanford Technology Ventures Program at Stanford University and holds BA, MA and MBA degrees from Brigham Young University. He has held permanent or visiting positions at INSEAD, ESSEC, and BYU. Nathan Furr is directing Leading Digital Transformation and Innovation and Innovation in the Age of Disruption
Jorges Neto
CEO, Zen Investment
Brazilian fintech pioneer. Assisted the structuring of the first purely online bank in Brazil, founder and CEO of Biva, Brazilian #1 p2p lending platform, sold to Pagseguro (Brazilian fintech giant) on the verge of its NYSE IPO. Co-founder & Board member of Brazilian Association of Online Lenders - ABCD.
Susanne Baars
CEO, HumaneGenome
Susanne Baars MSC MA, is Founder & President of the Global Human Genome Foundation and CEO of Social Genomics. A woman on a mission to save lives by solving the world’s deadliest diseases through universal access to genomic knowledge. Aiming to provide 1 billion patients with a genetic disease access to the best healthcare possible. Being born and raised in a medical family specialised in genomics she discovered that there is more knowledge about genomics to prevent diseases. Knowing the impact this has on disrupting the healthcare industry and especially the lives of patients she is highly determined to create access to this lifesaving information for all humans on our planet. By using Genomics & Smart AI to access and connect lifesaving information on a global scale. A very passionate exponential healthcare innovator with more than a decade experience in healthcare & science. With a double masters in Neuroscience & Cognition and Applied Ethics. Previously she worked at some of the most prominent institutes of the world, among others the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the World Health Organisation and Peking University. She founded multiple companies and is strongly engaged as public speaker to share her vision about our future. A future where people do not die because of a lack of access to available knowledge. A future where all children will have a chance on a healthy life.
Leslie Johnston
Executive Director, C&A Foundation
Leslie Johnston joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in August 2013 and brings over 20 years of management experience across multiple sectors, including smallholder agribusiness, entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy. At C&A Foundation, Leslie led the development of the foundation’s first global vision, mission, and strategy, anchored on making fashion a force for good. Leslie currently serves on the boards of COFRA Foundation (Switzerland), GoodWeave International (US), CottonConnect (UK), and the Organic Cotton Accelerator (NL) as well as the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs’ Executive Committee. Leslie is the proud mother to two boys (ages 10 and 12) and wife to a Scottish writer.
Balázs Némethi
CEO, Taqanu & Digital Identity Expert of the WEF
Balazs is an invited expert for the World Economic Forum's Digital Identity Taskforce and has been in the blockchain digital Identity space for over 2 years. He has a passion for delivering real impact with the use of technology and blockchain. Taqanu, his company is focusing on delivering social and financial inclusion with the use of their proprietary blockchain identity system.
Jacquelin Brassey
Partner Learning & Development McKinsey, Supervisory Board Member Save the Children
Marko Walhout
VP Engineering, Light Year One

 

Coaches

Christelle Cuenin
Nancy Norton