High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy / Vice-President of the Commission
Ms Mogherini holds the position of High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission since 1 November 2014. She was Minister of Foreign Affairs of Italy from February to October 2014 and Member of the Italian Parliament (in the Chamber of Deputies), where she was elected for the first time in 2008. As a Member of Parliament, Ms Mogherini was President of the Italian delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-Chairman of its Political Committee (2013-2014), member of the Italian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (2008-2013), Secretary of the Defense Commission (2008-2013) and member of the Foreign Affairs Committee. She also served as coordinator of the interparliamentary group for development cooperation. Ms Mogherini has been part of the governing bodies of the Democratic Party since its founding in 2007, first as Head of Institutional Reforms, later as a member of the National Secretariat and in 2013-2014 as responsible for European and international affairs. Previously she was a member of the Bureau of the PES (Party of European Socialism), Vice-President of the Organization of Young Socialists of the European Community (European Community Organization of Socialist Youth - ECOSY), Member of the Bureau of the European Forum of Youth and the Youth Forum Secretariat of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She is a member of the IAI (Institute for International Affairs) and a fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She is a member of the Council of the European Leadership Network for Multilateral Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (ELN) and the Group of Eminent Persons (Group of Eminent Persons, GEM) of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (preparatory commission of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization, CTBTO).
Director of Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Ms. Ulrika Modéer currently serves as the UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. In this role she leads the organisation in nurturing and growing key relationships with Member States, and new and emerging partners, as well as lead UNDP’s communications and advocacy, as it works to realise the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals . Ms. Modéer served as State Secretary for International Development Cooperation and Climate and was instrumental in reshaping Sweden’s international development cooperation to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. During her tenure as State Secretary, Ms. Modéer contributed to global policy on issues of relevance to UNDP, including on gender equality, UN reform, financing of the multilateral system, climate and environment, conflict prevention and the humanitarian-development nexus. Ms. Modéer combines a strong policy background with experience from parliamentary work as well as from civil society, and has had several assignments in Latin America (Bolivia, Guatemala) and Africa (Mozambique/southern Africa). Ms. Modéer holds a BA in International Relations from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
UN SG Youth Envoy
Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake was appointed as the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth in June 2017 at the age of 26. In this role, Jayathma works to expand the UN’s youth engagement and advocacy efforts across all four pillars of work – sustainable development, human rights, peace and security and humanitarian action – and serves as a representative of and advisor to the Secretary-General. Originally from Sri Lanka, Ms. Wickramanayake has worked extensively on youth development and participation, and has played a key role in transforming the youth development sector in her home country. Prior to taking up her post, Ms. Wickramanayake was instrumental in creating the movement for civic and political engagement of young people, especially young women in Sri Lanka named “Hashtag Generation”. Previously, she advocated for global youth development on an international level including as the first ever Sri Lankan Youth Delegate to the United Nations and as the youth lead negotiator and member of the International Youth Task Force of the World Conference on Youth 2014 where she played a critical role in mainstreaming youth in the Post-2015 Process and in the establishment of World Youth Skills Day. Ms Wickramanayake has a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Colombo and is studying for a Masters in Development studies from the same University.
Ms Kuniya is an independent journalist with focus on sustainability and gender issues. Ms Kuniya holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics from Brown University. In 1989 she was an anchor for Nightly News, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)Satellite TV Channel. Between 1993-2016 Ms Kuniya was the host of Close-Up Gendai, a daily current affairs program on NHK-TV General Service. She also anchored many Special programs on NHK-TV. Ms Kuniya is a member of the Board of Trustees to the Tokyo University of the Arts, Board Member of Renewable Energy Institute and a Project Professor at Keio University Graduate School of Media and Governance. Ms Kuniya is an FAO National Goodwill Ambassador for Japan. Ms Kuniya has received several awards including ‘Broadcasting Women Award’ (1998), the 50th Kan KIKUCHI Award (2002), The Japan National Press Club Award (2011), and the Galaxy Award Special Prize (2016).
Global Coordinator, Action for Sustainable Development
Oli Henman is the Global Coordinator of Action for Sustainable Development,a new and rapidly growing decentralised network of over 2,000 civil society organisations and local activists in more than 160 countries, who have come together to promote a more just and sustainable world. He leads the global advocacy and engagement with multilateral bodies such as the UN and other international institutions. He has considerable experience in working with civil society participation and governance in South America, Europe and around the world. In his previous role at CIVICUS he led key advocacy on setting the SDGs as the project manager for the ‘Sustainable Development 2015’ project and regularly contributed to policy developments on citizen participation in the UN and EU decision-making; he was also a co-drafter of the Council of Europe's Code of Good Practice on Civil Participation. He is half-Brazilian and started his career working on participatory budgeting in the favelas and rainforests of Brazil.
Senior Vice President, UN Foundation
Susan Myers is the UN Foundation’s Senior Vice President. Ms. Myers has served as Executive Director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation since 2000. As a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, she provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the organization. Previously, she served as Legislative Director of the Better World Campaign, a bi-partisan, non-profit national education and outreach effort dedicated to enhancing the awareness of and appreciation for the vital role the United Nations plays around the world. In this position, she led successful campaigns for the payment of over $1 billion in U.S. arrears to the UN and for the re-entry of the U.S. to UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) after an 18-year absence from the organization. Susan holds a B.A. from Duke University and an M.A. from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Previous experience includes working in the Governmental Relations and Public Affairs Office of the Legal Services Corporation and Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association. She has also served on the boards of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and Citizens for Global Solutions.
Deputy Mayor, Milan
Anna Scavuzzo is the deputy mayor and Councilor for Security of the City of Milan. Ms Scavuzzo is a Physics teacher by profession. She worked in applied information technologies - virtual communities, public administration on the web and distance learning - in a participation foundation and in a large publishing group. She taught in a Catholic primary school for a while. She later obtained the SILSIS qualification, she taught Physics in various higher institutes in Milan and it’s metropolitan area. Growing up in the SCESCI scout environment, she has dedicated an important part of her commitment to volunteer work in Italy and abroad. She lives in Lambrate with her husband Stefano.
Social Impact Pursuer, UN SDG Strategy Hub
Dawda is a proven strategic thinker and team leader, able to synthesize diverse and complex information to find key linkages that drives impact. A highly driven, organized and compassionate senior member of varied organizations able to strategize, advise, liaise and effectively communicate with high-level individuals, investors, business, academia, donors, board members, governments, international organizations, civil society, media and community members. Dawda has an entrepreneurial spirit and a can-do attitude which helps him draw the best out of people. With 10 years of experience in academia, policy and business focusing on social impact. He is passionate about partnerships, global development and transformational change.
Director, BMW Foundation
Markus Hipp has been director of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt since 2006. In this position, he is devoting his energy and passion to helping build the Responsible Leadership programs and the global network of the Foundation. Originally from the Swabian Alps, Markus Hipp and his six-member family realized their very own version of the “Think global, act local” principle in Paretz in the Havelland, the former summer residence of Frederick William III, King of Prussia, and Queen Luise: at the Storchenhof (storks’ farm), the family has created a unique place for humans and animals. Together with donor Helga Breuninger, he developed the nationally and internationally known “Campus Paretz” for social innovation. In addition to his professional activities, Markus Hipp serves pro bono in numerous organizations and social businesses, for example as a member of the board of the European Venture Philanthropy Association, a member of the Advisory Council of the Association of German Foundations, a member of the Advisory Board of the Impact Hub Global network, and at Germany’s largest donation platform, betterplace.org. A member of the City Council of Ketzin, Brandenburg, he also knows political grassroots work first-hand.
Director of International Programs at La Caixa Foundation
Ariadna Bardolet is the Director of the International Programs Department. She joined “la Caixa” Banking Foundation in 1997, initially working at CosmoCaixa, the Science Museum of “la Caixa” Foundation in Barcelona. In June 2000 she started working in the International Cooperation Program. In February 2009 she took up the position of Deputy Director of International Programs, currently Director of International Programs, in charge of global health, education, job creation and development issues in more than forty of the world’s most vulnerable countries in which the institution is promoting several projects. Ariadna Bardolet read Law at the University of Barcelona and Business Management at the ESERP University, and holds a Master's degree in Globalization, Development and Cooperation from the University of Barcelona. She also holds an Executive Development Program – EDP from IESE (University of Navarra). In her capacity she has visited more than twenty countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Dr. Claire Melamed
Executive Director, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Dr. Claire Melamed is the Executive Director of Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data. She was previously the Head of the Growth and Equity Programme at ODI, and prior to that, the Head of Policy at ActionAid UK. Dr. Melamed has been involved with a number of data revolution initiatives, including as lead author and editor of “A World That Counts,” an influential report commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General on the importance of data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Coordinator at the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection
Ayman is a member of the Steering Group of the Goalkeepers Youth Action Accelerator as well as Lead Counsel for Climate Change at the Center for International Sustainable Development Law, Obama Foundation: Africa Leader and Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader. He was the former Executive Director of UN Global Compact Morocco for UNDP as well as Special Advisor to the COP22 Presidency and Ministerial Advisor, following professional experiences in management consulting and industry. Mr. Cherkaoui has academic background in Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Finance, Law and Engineering.
Founder and Executive Director at fiiS.org
Jonathan is the Founder and Executive Director at fiiS.org - Festival Internacional de Innovación Social- (International Festival of Social Innovation) a festival that take places in 14 cities around the world to promote and celebrate changemakers. Activist, lecturer and passionate supporter of social innovation, convinced that changing the world must be fun. He studied business and administration at Universidad Diego Portales. Volunteer at Cealivi Foundation, an organization that facilitates opportunities for people with blindness; Board Member of Julieta Foundation, an organization that helps abandoned dogs to find a home; and Innovation Director at Universidad Hebrea Jerusalem in Chile. BMW Foundation recognized him as a Responsible Leader in 2018 for his work promoting social innovation in Latin America and the world. Jonathan has participated as a speaker for international events such as SXSW, Colaboramerica, and Encuentro+B encouraging people to become changemakers. Proud dad of Antonia (2 years old).
Director, Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP)
Ingo is the Director of Global Call to Action Against Poverty since 2013. He coordinates the decentralized Global Secretariat and is based in the GCAP Europe Secretariat in Brussels. As part of his role he supports national coalitions in their work on the Sustainable Development Agenda after 2015 and is active at the regional and global levels to ensure the inclusion of socially excluded groups and gender equality as part of the new framework. A trade economist from Germany, he has been a part of GCAP through GCAP Germany since 2004, and he worked as the Executive Director of the German Civil Society organization NETZ Partnership for Development Justice from 2001 to 2013. In NETZ he worked with local and national development human rights organisations in Bangladesh and India and performed advocacy work in Germany and towards European institutions. The focus of his work in Bangladesh and India was on income generation, education and the rights-based approach of marginalized people in remote rural areas.
Dr. Ifeolu Joseph Falegan
Dr. Ifeolu Joseph Falegan has over two decades of experience in development management, public health administration and international cooperation. He has variously served as Deputy Director in the Federal Government of Nigeria and as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Presidency. He has experience working with multiple stakeholders including the donor community, the United Nations, civil society, the private sector, academia and the faith community in policy formulation and programme delivery in the implementation of the SDGs. He has served as the coordinator of the Secretariat of the Presidential Council on the Sustainable Development Goals with the Nigerian President as Council Chairman. As a Senior Policy Advisor in the Nigerian Presidency, he has played a key role in defining the landing of the SDGs in Nigeria and has worked with key development partners including United Nations agencies to provide support to the establishment of the policy, institutional and financial frameworks needed for SDGs implementation in Nigeria. Dr. Falegan has a first degree and a Fellowship in Medicine and postgraduate qualifications in Development and Economics from the University of London with further attendances at professional courses at Columbia University, New York and Coventry University, UK.
Head of Business Intelligence, Exasol
Eva leads the Business Intelligence department at Exasol, provider of the world’s fastest in-memory database. She’s responsible for executing the company’s data-driven strategy. She is one of Tableau’s Zen Masters, sitting with 29 other world-leading data experts.Her passion is bringing data to more people, using it to help change lives, creating educational content and collaboration opportunities for data professionals across the world. She has co-authored a book about Data Analysis and Visualization best practices and co-host the weekly social data project #MakeoverMonday, which connects data professionals around the world. She also runs weekly webinars and collaborate with industry experts to create content for data analysts, data scientists, and data storytellers. Initiatives such as #Data+Women and #WomenInTech are important to her, so she work to connect people with the right opportunities for their career progression and development. Outside of work, Eva is a passionate triathlete and loves to travel.
Elhadi Abdalla Mohamed
International Director of Region Middle East & North Africa, SOS Children’s Villages International
With a career spanning 20 years, Mr. Elhadi Abdalla Mohamed is an expert in progressive management in development and complex humanitarian contexts in East Africa, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, as well as in the Middle East. He has a deep knowledge and experience in programme oversight, smart partnership building, networking, and strategic thinking supported by extensive exposure to children and orphans programming in addition to his long career in international development. Mr. Elhadi is currently the International Director - MENA for SOS Children’s Villages International. Prior to this, he had an extensive experience leading international organizations working on emergency interventions as well as long-term development programs in conflict zones and disaster areas. He is also co-founder and International Director of Programmes for a USA based private centre: The International Centre for Peace and Development, which provides strategic studies and technical support on voluntary basis on various humanitarian, development and peace issue in the Horn of Africa.
Photojournalist/ Portrait Photographer
Mashid’s work explores the boundaries between art and documentary image making. Trained as a visual artist, she has spent the last decade covering subjects such as displacement, social and physical alienation and, more recently the role of women in recent uprisings. Her book 'Lipstick & Gas Masks' is a visual exploration of the role of female activists in Egypt and Tunisia, signs and symbols of resistance. She is currently working on a PhD in the Arts. In 2017, Mashid was appointed as one of the CANON ambassadors, part of a pioneering initiative connecting photographers around the world to communities in a proactive way.
Director, West Africa- Ford Foundation
Innocent Chukwuma is a Director at the Ford foundation's office in West Africa. From Lagos, he oversees all grant making in the region, supporting efforts to ensure that all people have equal access to economic and social opportunities. In managing this work, he has addressed issues of democratic and accountable government, freedom of expression, and sexuality and reproductive health and rights. Innocent is a globally renowned advocate for human rights and good governance. Before joining the foundation in 2013, he founded and led the CLEEN Foundation, to promote public safety, security, and accessible justice in West Africa. CLEEN was the first African non-governmental organization to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. In addition, Innocent has held various posts within the Civil Liberties Organization, one of Nigeria's first human rights organizations. He was also the chair of the Altus Global Alliance, a global network of nonprofits. Innocent is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award. He served as visiting lecturer at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he designed and taught a course on the management of nonprofits in the Global South. He holds a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester and a bachelor's degree in religion from the University of Nigeria.
Secretary General, Junior Chamber International (JCI)
Arrey Obenson currently serves as JCI Secretary General. Prior to joining the JCI World Headquarters team, Obenson served as an Associate in a legal firm in Cameroon. He is a Barrister of Law and holds a Master of Law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, USA. As JCI Secretary General, he is the chief administrative officer leading the implementation of the organization’s overall strategy and supervises a team in accomplishing the mission of the organization across the world. Obenson also works in collaboration with like-minded organizations including JCI partners, such as the United Nations and its Agencies, the International Chamber of Commerce, other non-governmental organizations and multinational corporations. Obenson actively engages individuals from all sectors of society to develop resources that create opportunities to empower young people to create positive change in their communities. He currently lives in O’Fallon, Missouri, USA with his wife and two children.
Mobile Journalist/ Founder, Hashtag Our Stories
Yusuf Omar is a multi-award winning journalist and Co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, a TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with the phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with just his phone since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. At Hashtag Our Stories, he’s empowering mobile video storytelling communities around the world, creating shows in every language.
Treasurer, ESOMAR Foundation, and Paragon Partnerships
Phyllis Macfarlane has worked in the commercial Market Research sector throughout her career, managing GfK’s UK company from 2000-2009. She has spent the last several years working on the GfK Verein’s University Cooperation Programme, setting up post-graduate courses and degrees in Africa and Asia, and supporting Interviewer training in Africa. She is now expanding that work through the ESOMAR Foundation, via education in market research techniques for developing markets, and also encouraging and supporting the non-profit sector to use market research best practices in quantitative measurement, ethnography and qualitative research much more in designing and measuring their programmes. She believes that everyone needs, and can benefit from, market research skills: from the newest small business or NGO to top executives in global organisations, NGO’s and Government, and is doing her best to spread the word! She is currently helping StreetInvest, who work with street children globally, to make better use of all their qualitative data. With the recent set-up of Paragon Partnerships – the Global Market Research Industry partnership to support the achievement of the UN’s 2030 SDG’s – it is all coming together, and she hopes to see the global market research community and the non-profit sector, working together to learn from each other, to achieve the best results for everyone.
OECD DevCom Coordinator & Freelance Consultant
As Coordinator of DevCom since 2015, Felix’s goal has been to help public institutions become better “SDG communicators”. In 2017, DevCom launched The SDG Communicator platform and proposed a new framework to help understand global public attitudes to sustainable development. As a freelance consultant from 2014-2017, Felix supported clients like UNESCO and IFAD with their strategies for policy impact and stakeholder engagement. Between 2003 and 2014, he worked as an OECD policy advisor on development co-operation and education. Felix holds a Master’s degree (LLM) in International and European Law from the Free University of Brussels, and a Bachelor of Arts (French & English Literature) from the University of Sydney, Australia.
Founder & President , Sound Diplomacy
Shain Shapiro, PhD is the Founder and President of Sound Diplomacy. Sound Diplomacy is the leading global advisor on growing music and night time economies in cities and places. He is also the co-founder of Music Cities Convention, the world’s largest event bringing together the music industry with city planners, developers, policy makers and executives. Through Sound Diplomacy, he has consulted in over 60 cities and countries, including developing the Cuban official music strategy for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation. He delivered the first ever music presentation at a UN World Urban Forum and consulted at length with the Greater London Authority, including working on the development of London’s Night Czar and across the Mayor of London’s music policy. He has delivered a TEDx talk on the value of music to cities and spoken at the European Parliament, MIDEM, MIPIM, SXSW, Smart Cities Expo and others. He is also an accomplished journalist, frequently contributing to CityMetric, CityLab and others. Shain holds a PhD from the University of London and was one of the top 10 Creative Entrepreneurs in Britain in the British Council's h100 list.
Executive Director of Operations at the Museum of Tomorrow