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After education as an industrial designer, in 1983, at just 22 years of age, Nerio Alessandri founded Technogym, today’s world leading company in the Wellness and Fitness field offering technology and design driven products and services. The first pieces of gym equipment, designed and built in his own garage, are the result of his enthusiasm for sport, skills as a designer and passion for design. In the early 90’s, Alessandri defines the Wellness concept, a lifestyle which aims at improving the quality of life thanks to regular physical activity, a healthy diet and a positive mental attitude. Today more than 50 million people train with Technogym in 80,000 wellness centres and 400,000 homes in the world. Technogym has been Official Supplier to the last 7 editions of the Olympic Games and has recently been appointed Official Supplier for the upcoming Games in Tokyo. Alongside Technogym, Nerio Alessandri has created the Wellness Foundation, a non-profit body to promote wellness as a social opportunity in terms of health and people’s quality of life. The Wellness Foundation is active at both national and international level, and collaborates with leading Institutions such as the World Economic Forum; at local level, in Nerio Alessandri’s home region of Romagna the Foundation has launched the Wellness Valley initiative aimed at creating the first district of wellness in the world by involving all local stakeholders.
Marco Alverà, born in New York in 1975, has been the CEO of Snam, one of the world’s leading energy infrastructure companies, since April 2016. Marco has 20 years of experience in Italy’s most prominent energy companies. He holds a degree in Economics and Philosophy from the London School of Economics and began his career working at Goldman Sachs in London before moving to Enel and subsequently joining Wind. Afterwards, he moved to Eni, where he worked for more than 10 years holding various positions of increasing responsibility. He currently serves as President of GasNaturally, a partnership of six associations from across the whole European gas value chain, non-executive director of S&P Global and member of the Executive Board of the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice. He is also a Visiting Fellow of the University of Oxford. In the social sphere, he is Vice President of Fondazione Snam and founder of Fondazione Kenta Alverà. Marco wrote the book ‘Generation H’ (Mondadori) on hydrogen’s potential in the fight against climate change.
Gianfranco Battisti (1962) has been the CEO and General Director of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane Group since 31 July 2018 and has been Chairman of the FS Italiane Foundation, established to preserve and enhance the historical heritage of the Group. After working for the Fiat Auto Group in the Marketing/Sales Department, he joined the FS Group in 1998 as Head of Marketing and Yield Management for the Night Product. From 2009 and until 2017, Battisti was Chief Division Officer of the National and International High Speed Passenger Division of Trenitalia, contributing to positioning the Italian High Speed amongst the main players in the European rail transport system market. Under his watch, both the economic growth and industrial efficiency of the passenger traffic business has improved, in particular that of High Speed, by launching an important and extraordinary phase of corporate turnaround in which substantial balance sheets with a positive margin have been achieved, consolidated throughout the years of his management. Afterwards, in 2017 he was named CEO of FS Sistemi Urbani, the company dedicated to the enhancement of the Ferrovie dello Stato S.p.A. Group’s real estate assets, also through largescale urban regeneration projects in the most significant Italian cities. From 2017 to 2020, he has been the National President of Federturismo. Battisti has a degree in Political Science and International Economics and Management. Operative in the Third Sector, he is Vice President of the National non-profit association Incontradonna for the prevention of breast cancer. Member of the Board of Directors of the Aspro Onlus Association. In November 2019, Battisti was appointed by the European Commission for Transport as “European Ambassador for Diversity”, with the role of promoting a strategy of inclusion in the transport sector.
Marco Bizzarri (1962) has been President and CEO of Gucci since January 2015. Born in Rubiera, in Emilia Romagna, he began his career at Accenture (then Arthur Andersen), after graduating with a degree in Economics. Seven years later he moved to Mandarina Duck, where he quickly rose to the position of CEO. In 2005 he was named CEO of Stella McCartney. In 2008 he became CEO at Bottega Veneta. In April 2014, François Henri Pinault named the Italian manager CEO of the newly created division of Kering known as “Couture and Leather Goods”. Just eight months later, Pinault entrusted Bizzarri with the management of Gucci, appointing him President and CEO. Strong corporate values such as responsibility, inclusion and self-expression, social and environmental sustainability in addition to significant commercial success, propelled the Gucci brand to become a beacon in the luxury industry: from 2015 to 2019 the company increased its staff from 11,000 to over 17,000 employees and its revenues from €3.898 to 9.628 billion. In 2019, under Bizzarri’s leadership, Gucci became fully carbon neutral within its own operations and across the supply chain, a unique achievement in the luxury industry that immediately set the tone for others; in another global first, the September 2019 fashion show was awarded ISO 20121 certification. Marco Bizzarri received the Legion of Honour, the highest French order of merit (2017), and was named Business Leader of the Year at the British Fashion Awards held by the British Fashion Council for three years in a row (2016, 2017 and 2018). He is a member of the International Advisory Board of Università Bocconi of Milan, the International Investors Advisory Board of Confindustria, and the steering committee of the Milan Chamber of Fashion and Altagamma Foundation.
Alberto Bombassei was born in Vicenza in 1940.
He is Founder and Chairman of Brembo S.p.A. and of the Science and Technology Park Kilometro Rosso.
In April 2019, he was appointed Chairman of FROM, Bergamo Hospital Research Foundation.
Always committed with Italian Industrial Associations, he entered the Governing Council of Confindustria in 2020 as well as the 2021 Italy B20 Advisory Board in view of the G20 chaired by Italy. Previously he had also served as Confindustria Vice President for Industrial Relations, Social Affairs and Welfare (from 2004 to 2012), and as Chairman of Federmeccanica (from 2001 to 2004).
In January 2019, he was appointed member of the Board of Directors of MADE, a highly-specialized Competence Center designed to provide technological support to small/medium companies.
In October 2018, he was appointed member of the Governing Council of Comitato Leonardo – Italian Quality Committee. Also in June, he was appointed Vice President of Aspen Institute Italia.
Since 2017, he has been serving on the Governing Council of Assonime and, since 2016, on the Board of Directors of ISPI.
He was a member of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and of the 10th Parliamentary Committee on Industry in the last legislature, from 2013 to 2018.
He chaired Italy-China Foundation from June 2018 to April 2020.
In 2017 he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame, the most exclusive honour in the automotive field.
In 2014, he received the Honour as Commander of the Royal Order of Isabel the Catholic by the Spain’s Ambassador to Italy.
In 2004, he was appointed by the President of the Italian Republic Mr. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi “Cavaliere del Lavoro”.
Entrepreneur, degree in mechanical engineering, MBA at Profingest (now BBS), AMP Advanced Management Program at IESE, Certificate in Finance at London Business School, Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Bonfiglioli Riduttori S.p.A. Daughter of the entrepreneur Clementino Bonfiglioli, founder of the Bonfiglioli Group, Sonia Bonfiglioli grew up alongside her father and learned to love the business. She joined the company in 1982 and was appointed to the Board of Directors. On completion of her studies in 1992, she devoted herself entirely to the company. She was appointed Managing Director in 2008 and became Chairwoman of the Group after her father’s death in 2010. Formed in Bologna in 1956, the Bonfiglioli Group today is present in over 80 countries and on 5 continents. The Group has 20 subsidiaries, 13 production plants and 3780 employees worldwide.
Diana Bracco was born in Milan and holds a degree in Chemistry from Pavia University, which also awarded her an honorary degree in Pharmacy in 2001. In 2004 the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome awarded her an honorary degree in Medicine. She is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bracco, a healthcare multinational Group founded in 1927, and of Centro Diagnostico Italiano, a full-service polyclinic. She is also Chairman of the Bracco Foundation. Under her guidance the Bracco Group has acquired a leading position in the diagnostic imaging at a global level. Today the Company has revenues of around 1,5 billion Euro, of which 87% from international sales, and around 3,608 employees. In the Research and Development area, the company invests approximately 9% of reference turnover in the imaging diagnostics and medical devices sectors and has a portfolio comprising over 1,800 patents. Diana Bracco is currently President of the National Life Science Cluster – ALISEI and is Member of the Executive Council of Confindustria as well of several Boards including the Board of Bocconi University and the Board of Accademia Teatro alla Scala. She is Knight of Labor and has held many positions in the institutional and associative community: she was the first woman to be elected President of Federchimica and Assolombarda, the Lombard Entrepreneurial Association; she was Vice President for Research and Innovation in Confindustria; Vice President of the Milan Chamber of Commerce and President of the Sodalitas Foundation. She was also President of Expo 2015 SpA and Commissioner General of Section for the Italy Pavilion at the Expo Milan 2015.
Silvia Candiani is Microsoft Italy Chief Executive Officer helping Italian companies embracing the digital transformation opportunity and fostering a more inclusive and sustainable society in Italy thanks to innovation. Under her tenure, Silvia Candiani has developed many initiatives to accelerate the adoption of modern technologies among Italian public and private companies to increase their global growth and competitiveness. In 2018, it launched the Ambizione Italia program, a collaborative platform focused on developing and strengthening digital skills to support employment and increase economic growth in the country. Thanks to her commitment, together with numerous partners, 500,000 people have already been trained on digital technologies in a year, focusing on students and teachers in disadvantaged areas. During her career, she’s always demonstrated strong commitment on Diversity and Inclusion, especially on increasing women’s leadership in the corporate world in Italian companies and fostering partnership with Association and NGOs to leverage technologies to eliminate barriers and create a more inclusive society. Before being appointed CEO of Microsoft Italy, Silvia Candiani was General Manager Consumer and Devices Sales (CDS) in Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to that, she was Marketing and Operation Lead and Consumer&Online General Manager for Microsoft Italy. Silvia Candiani started her career in McKinsey as a consultant in Media and Telco businesses and then moved to Vodafone where she headed Consumer Marketing in Italy. Silvia Candiani holds a BA in Business Administration from Bocconi University and MBA from INSEAD.
Enrico Cereda has been Country General Manager of IBM Italy since January 2016 and IBM Italy Chairman starting February 2017. He led Global Technology Services group as General Manager between July 2013 and December 2015. Prior to this role, he was Vice President of Systems and Technology Group. His international experience includes assignments at IBM worldwide headquarter in New York, as Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Software Group Sales for a couple of years, and a role of Director of Middleware Software Europe at Madrid Headquarter. He currently holds positions in Assolombarda, as Vice President of the General Council with a delegation for Internationalization and Europe, as well as in Confindustria Digitale as President of the Steering Committee PA Digitale. He is a member of Confindustria, Assonime, American Chamber of Commerce and of the Scientific Committee of Fondazione Politecnico Milano. He’s currently 30% Club Italy Chairman.
Since December 2020, he is also member of the Advisory Board of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano.
Giuseppina Di Foggia
Giuseppina Di Foggia is Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of Nokia Italia and Country Senior Officer for Italy and Malta. She leads Nokia’s business and customer development, and the implementation of strategy in both countries. With more than twenty years’ international experience across research and development, she has also held positions in project management, sales, management operations and strategy. She began her career working on research and development projects financed by the European Union, focusing on planning and implementing third generation mobile networks. Giuseppina holds master’s degrees in Professional Program Management from the Stevens Institute in the United States and in Electronic Engineering from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Born in Rome, she is married with two children.
Stefano Antonio Donnarumma
Stefano Antonio Donnarumma has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Terna since May 2020. In 1993 he graduated with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering and, from 1994, was entered to the Register of engineers. Stefano Antonio Donnarumma, who is married with three children, boasts a consolidated experience in industrial management, as regards both production and infrastructure, working at domestic level and on international projects. From 1994, he worked for approximately 13 years in the field of automobile and railway components production and development of rolling stock on behalf of four foreign multinational companies (Ruetgers Automotive, TMD Friction, Bombardier, Alstom), also running major railway vehicle manufacturing plants located in Italy. In 2007 he moved to the public service infrastructure management sector, joining the Acea Group, where he was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Acea Distribuzione (Rome electricity networks) and director at ATO2 (water networks for Rome and province). In September 2012 he entered the Aeroporti di Roma Group (controlled by Gemina, later merged into the ATLANTIA group) as Director of Airport Management and Accountable Manager for Fiumicino and Ciampino Airports and Director of some of the Group companies. In May 2015 he was appointed Director of Networks for the A2A Group, a listed multi-utility company based in Milan and Brescia, managing the group’s companies concerned with the distribution of gas, electricity, water, district heating, public lighting. On behalf of A2A he is also Chairman of the companies Unareti SpA, A2A Calore e Servizi Srl, A2A Ciclo Idrico SpA and a director of the LGH SpA Group. From May 2017 to may 2020 he was Chief Executive Officer at Acea.
John Elkann is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EXOR N.V., Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and Chairman of Ferrari N.V.. Born in New York in 1976, Mr. Elkann obtained a scientific baccalaureate from the Lycée Victor Duruy in Paris, and graduated in Engineering from Politecnico, the Engineering University of Turin. While at university, he gained work experience in various companies of the Fiat Group in the UK and Poland (manufacturing) as well as in France (sales and marketing). He started his professional career in 2001 at General Electric as a member of the Corporate Audit Staff, with assignments in Asia, the USA and Europe. John Elkann is Chairman of Giovanni Agnelli B.V. and Chairman of GEDI Gruppo Editoriale S.p.A. He is also a board member of PartnerRe Ltd. Mr. Elkann is Chairman of the Giovanni Agnelli Foundation and a member of MoMA.
Gabriele Galateri di Genola
Gabriele Galateri di Genola is Chairman of Assicurazioni Generali since April 2011. He is also a non-executive board member of Moncler, Lavazza S.p.A., and Edenred S.A. Additionally, he is the president of the Executive Committee of the Italian Institute of Technology, vice president of the Giorgio Cini Foundation, and a member of the International Advisory Board of Columbia Business School. Galateri also serves as European Advisory Board Member at Temasek, and member of the Global Advisory Council of Bank of America Merrill Lynch. From December 2007 to April 2011, Galateri was chairman of the Board of Telecom Italia S.p.A., where he remained a member until April 2014. From April 2003 to June 2007, he was chairman of Mediobanca S.p.A. Galateri became CEO of IFIL Investments S.p.A. in 1986 and in 1993, he became CEO and general manager of IFI, positions he retained until 2002. In June 2002, Galateri was appointed CEO of FIAT S.p.A. Having joined the company in 1977, he assumed several positions including head of Finance for North, Central and South American Operations, head of International Finance and director of the Finance Department. From 1974 to 1976, Galateri was financial director of the Saint Gobain Group in Italy and later moved to the Finance Department in Paris. After earning his MBA at Columbia University Business School, he began his career in 1971 at the Banco di Roma headquarters as head of the Financial Analysis Office and was later appointed to manage the International Loans Office. Galateri was awarded the Cavaliere del Lavoro honor (Italy) and the Legion of Honor (France).
Francesco started his career as an economist at MMS/Standards & Poor London. He then moved to the Istituto Bancario San Paolo and then Credit Suisse First Boston, as senior economist. He joined the UniCredit Group in 2000 as Head of Research, thereafter covering a number of positions, including Head of Planning, Research and Strategy and CFO and Head of Marketing and Strategy for Corporate and Investment Banking. From 2011 to 2015, he was CFO of Bank Austria, also responsible for the CEE. In 2015, Francesco was appointed CFO and member of the UniCredit management board of Bank AG in Germany. Between 2016 and 2019, Francesco was Co-Chief Operating Officer, specifically responsible for cost management, purchasing, real estate and all finance functions. In 2019, he was appointed Co-CEO of Commercial Banking Western Europe.
With over 20 years of experience in IT with various international management positions, Carlo holds a degree in Industrial Technology Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and conducted a postgraduate research at Ecole Nationale des Mines de Paris (France).
Marco Hannappel, 45 years old, graduated in business administration from the University of Florence, began his professional career in Procter & Gamble, where he held various roles of responsibility until the appointment of Market Strategy and Planning Leader of the Health & Beauty Care division at Italian level and subsequently of the Oral Care division for Western Europe, at the European headquarters in Geneva. He subsequently gained experience in Beiersdorf and in Philips where he was nominated Vice President and MD of Philips TV for Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Malta and President and MD of TP Vision for southern Europe. After joining Samsung in 2013, he held the role of Vice President of Samsung Electronics Italy. Since 2011 he is Vice President of Confindustria Anitec-Assinform. Since April 2019, he is President and MD of Philip Morris Italia, where he pursues the mission of the multinational to build a smoke-free future, thanks to the complete replacement of cigarettes with smoke-free products.
Sergio Marullo di Condojanni
Born in Messina in 1978. After graduating with honours in Law with a specialisation in Economics and Finance from the LUISS Guido Carli University, Sergio Marullo di Condojanni earned a Ph.D. in Internal and International Arbitration from the same university in 2007. He has been an Associate Professor of Private Law since 2014 and successfully qualified as a full professor in 2018. In 2004, he qualified as a lawyer. Since 2013, he has been President of Banco BPM’s Regional Committee for Central-Southern Italy. In 2016, he took part in an Executive Coaching in Business Administration programme organised by the Business School of Rome’s LUISS Guido Carli University. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Angelini Foundation and of Angelini Finanziaria S.p.A. since 2017. Since 2018, he has been on the Board of Directors of Banca Aletti S.p.A. In 2019, he was selected to participate in the Executive Breakthrough Program offered by EgonZehnder and Mobius Leadership. He has been Vice Chairman of Angelini Holding S.p.A. since 2019 and, since July 2020, he has been Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He married Thea Paola Angelini in 2017 and loves sport and literature.
Fabrizio Palermo, 49, is an Italian manager and businessman. Since 2018 he is the CEO and General Manager of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, the Italian Promotional Bank & Sovereign Fund. He holds a degree with honours in Economics from University of Rome “La Sapienza”. Fabrizio started his career in Morgan Stanley’s London offices, in the Investment Banking Division. In 1998 he joined McKinsey & Company, where he specialised in corporate restructuring, transformation and turnaround projects for large industrial and financial groups. In 2005, he moved to Fincantieri Group, where he worked for 9 years, holding several top executive positions including Business Development and Corporate Finance Director, reporting directly to the CEO, before taking on the appointment of Chief Financial Officer (2006–2014) and then of Deputy General Manager (2011–2014). In 2014 Fabrizio joined Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, where he served as Chief Financial Officer before being appointed CEO in 2018. Fabrizio is currently also CEO of CDP Reti S.p.A., a board member of Fincantieri S.p.A. and Co-Chairman of the Italy-China Business Forum. Since 2017, he has been a member of the Italian-French Committee for the alliance project between Fincantieri and Naval Group, aiming at creating a European shipbuilding champion. Over his career, he has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of CDP Equity S.p.A., a board member of Fincantieri USA Inc., Vard Group AS, Vard Holdings Limited, Open Fiber S.p.A., Risparmio Holding S.p.A., Equam S.p.A. and a member of the Italian Recovery Fund Investors Committee and of the Fondo Atlante Investors Committee.
Alessandro Profumo is Chief Executive Officer of Leonardo S.p.a. since May 2017. He is also Honorary Chairman of AIAD (the Italian Industries Federation for Aerospace, Defence and Security), Chairman of the Fondazione Ricerca & Imprenditorialità, President of the Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe (ASD), Co-Chairman of the Italy-Japan Business Group. Born in Genoa (Italy), he holds a degree in Business Economics from Bocconi University. In 1977, he began his career at Banco Lariano. In 1987, he joined McKinsey & Company and in 1989 he joined Bain, Cuneo & Associati. In 1991, he was appointed General Manager in RAS – Riunione Adriatica di Sicurtà, responsible for the banking and parabanking sectors. In 1994, he joined Credito Italiano (today Unicredit), where he was appointed Deputy General Manager and put in charge of Planning & Group Control. A year later, he was appointed Chief General Manager and, in 1997, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer, a position that he maintained also with Unicredit Group till 2010. Under his leadership, Unicredit Group became a European leading player, growing from 15,000 to over 162,000 employees, with branches in 23 countries. From 2012 to 2015, he was Chairman of Monte dei Paschi di Siena Bank, and from 2015 to 2017 Board Member and Chairman of Equita SIM. Profumo was awarded “Grande Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” in 2005.
He leads Webuild, the new Group founded in 2020 by Salini Impregilo, one of the major global players in the construction of large complex infrastructure for sustainable mobility, hydroelectric energy, water, green buildings. He leads a Group increasingly focused on providing support to its clients, in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs. The Group is the expression of 114 years of applied engineering experience in 50 countries, in five continents, with 70,000 direct and indirect employees, from over 100 nationalities, managing a backlog of about € 40 billion. Born in Rome, on March 29, 1958, after graduating in Economics and Business Administration at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, he began his professional career by working for the historic family company, Salini Costruttori SpA, until he became its Chief Executive Officer, a position he still holds to this day. He led the Group through its external growth (Todini Costruzioni Generali, in 2010; Impregilo, in 2013; in the United States, Lane Industries, in 2016; Astaldi, in 2020, which is still an ongoing operation). He is the promoter of Progetto Italia, an operation to consolidate the Italian construction sector, to create a large construction group, Webuild, which supports the recovery of the sector in the country, to increase the competitiveness of Italian companies on the international markets. The Group expresses its expertise in projects like the Milan M4 subways, Grand Paris Express, Cityringen in Copenhagen, Sydney’s Metro Northwest, in Australia, the Red Line North Underground in Doha, Line 3 Metro in Riyadh; the high-speed railway lines in Italy; the new Genoa Bridge in Italy, and the new Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach, California; the expansion of the Panama Canal; the Snowy 2.0 hydroelectric plant in Australia; the Rogun Dam in Tajikistan; the Anacostia River Tunnel and the Northeast Boundary Tunnel in Washington D.C .; and the Al Bayt stadium, which will host the 2022 world cup in Qatar. He is currently also a member of the Board of Directors of Assonime, and a member of the Board of Directors of Ispi.
Marco Tronchetti Provera
Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli since 1992 Executive Vice Chairman since 20 October 2015. Born in 1948. Degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bocconi University of Milan, 1971. Developed sea transport business for family company beginning in the early seventies. Entered Pirelli in 1986. Took over operational leadership of the Group in 1992. Chairman of “Il Sole 24 Ore” from December 1996 to September 2001 and Board Member of “Teatro alla Scala” from October 2001 to September 2005. Chairman of Telecom Italia S.p.A. from September 2001 to September 2006 and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of Mediobanca – Banca di Credito Finanziario S.p.A from October 2008 to October 2017. Up to May 2013 he was Chairman of Prelios S.p.A.. Currently Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pirelli & C. S.p.A. and Chairman of Marco Tronchetti Provera & C. S.p.A., a holding which controls Camfin S.p.A. which in turn holds just over 10% of Pirelli & C. S.p.A.. Director of RCS MediaGroup S.p.A.. Honorary co-Chairman for the Italian branch of the Council for the United States and Italy, of which he was Italian co-Chairman for 15 years, Member of the Italian Group of the Trilateral Commission and he is co-Chairman of the Italy-Russia Entrepreneurial Committee for Economic Cooperation. Member of the Advisory Board of Assolombarda and of the General Council of Confindustria. Board Member of Bocconi University of Milan.
Ermenegildo Zegna has been CEO of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group since 1997 and served on the Board since 1989. Previously, from 1982 to 1985, he held senior executive positions within the Zegna Group including in the US after a retail experience at Bloomingdale’s, New York. From 2018 he is Chairman of the newly acquired American luxury brand Thom Browne and from 2016 he’s Member of the Board of Tom Ford International. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V He has been a Member of the Strategic Committee and Advisor of the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and a Member of the Council for the United States and Italy since 2013. In 2011 he was nominated “Cavaliere del Lavoro” by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano and in 2016 he was awarded by the President of Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, the “Premio Leonardo 2015”, a prestigious award given to an Italian personality who has acted in a significant way to promote the image of Italy in the world. Ermenegildo Zegna graduated in Economics from the University of London. Ermenegildo Zegna was born in Turin on September 30,1955.
EXOR, Stellantis Group
Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
Mr. Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan is the B20 Saudi Arabia Chair, and Vice Chairman and CEO of SABIC. Mr. Al-Benyan is a member of several international business councils, forums, associations and boards, including the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum; the Global Business Council of the Bloomberg Global Forum and the Board of Directors of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA).
Mr. Mukesh D. Ambani is the Chairman & Managing Director of Reliance Industries Limited. During his tenure of over 30+ years, Mr. Ambani has successfully led a diversified portfolio spanning across Oil & Gas (E&P, Petrochemicals, and Refining), Retail, Telecommunications and Textiles to make Reliance India’s largest private sector enterprise. Mr. Ambani is also associated with various organizations in India and overseas. He is a member of The World Economic Forum Foundation Board, Foreign member at United States National Academy of Engineers (NAE). Mr. Ambani is also a member of the Indo-US CEOs Forum, Chair of The British Asian Trust’s India Advisory Council, International Advisory Council of The Brookings, McKinsey & Company International Advisory Council, Global Advisory Council of Bank of America, Stanford Global Advisory Council, Business Council and London School of Economics’ India Advisory Group. Within India, Mr. Ambani is a member of the Board of Governors of the National Council of Applied Economic Research. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors for Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University. Mr. Ambani earned a B.E. from Institute of Chemical Technology (India) and pursued an M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Jeff Bezos founded Amazon.com in 1994. Amazon’s mission is to be Earth’s most customer-centric company. Amazon offers low prices and fast delivery on millions of items, provides thousands of movies and TV shows through Prime Video, designs and builds the bestselling Kindle, Fire and Echo devices and Alexa voice recognition service, and empowers companies and governments in over 190 countries around the world with the leading cloud computing infrastructure through Amazon Web Services. Bezos is also the founder of aerospace company Blue Origin, which is working to lower the cost and increase the safety of spaceflight, and he is owner of the Washington Post. Bezos has launched two philanthropic organizations. The Bezos Earth Fund helps fund nonprofits preserving and protecting the natural world, and The Bezos Day One Fund provides grants to nonprofits to help homeless families and is creating a network of preschools in low-income communities. Bezos graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1986, and was named TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year in 1999.
Lord Karan Bilimoria
Karan Bilimoria is the founder of Cobra Beer, Chairman of the Cobra Beer Partnership Limited, a Joint Venture with Molson Coors, and Chairman of Molson Coors Cobra India. Lord Bilimoria is the Founding Chairman of the UK India Business Council, a Deputy Lieutenant of Greater London, a former Chancellor of Thames Valley University (now the University of West London); he was the youngest University Chancellor in the UK when appointed. Karan was a former Senior Non-Executive Director of the Booker Group now TESCO PLC (2007-2016); he is one of the first two visiting entrepreneurs at the University of Cambridge; he is a founding member of the Prime Minister of India’s Global Advisory Council. In 2006, Karan Bilimoria was appointed the Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea, making him the first ever Zoroastrian Parsi to sit in the House of Lords. In 2008 he was awarded the Pravasi Bharti Samman by the President of India. He is an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge and was Chair of the Advisory Board of the Judge Business School, Cambridge University from 2015-2020 and subsequently appointed as an Honorary Ambassador. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young and graduated in law from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus through executive education of the Cranfield School of Management, the London Business School and the Harvard Business School. In July 2014, he was installed as the seventh Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, making him the first Indian-born Chancellor of a Russell Group University in Great Britain, and he is the President of the UK Council for International Students Affairs (UKCISA). Since 2017 Lord Bilimoria has been a Bynum Tudor Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford. Lord Bilimoria is an Honorary Group Captain in 601 Squadron Royal Air Force. In June 2020, he was appointed President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). In September 2020, he was appointed as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford based at the Centre for Corporate Reputation.
Mark Carney is currently the UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Prime Minister Johnson’s Finance Adviser for COP26. Mark is a member of the Arnhold Distinguished Fellowship Program Board within Conservation International. He is also an external member of Stripe’s Board, a global technology company building economic infrastructure for the internet. Mark was previously Governor of the Bank of England (from 2013 to 2020), and Governor of the Bank of Canada (from 2008 to 2013). Internationally, Mark was Chair of the Financial Stability Board (from 2011 to 2018), He chaired the Global Economy Meeting and Economic Consultative Committee of the Bank for International Settlements (from 2018-2020) and was First Vice-Chair of the European Systemic Risk Board (from 2013-2020). He is Vice Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and a member of the Global Advisory Board of PIMCO, the Group of Thirty, the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum, as well as the boards of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Peterson Institute for International Economics and the Hoffman Institute for Global Business and Society at INSEAD. Mark was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada in 1965. After growing up in Edmonton, Alberta, he obtained a bachelor degree in Economics from Harvard and masters and doctorate degrees in Economics from Oxford. After a thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs, Mark was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in 2003. In 2004, he became Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. He held this position until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada in February 2008.
Suzanne Clark is president and chief executive officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, a director on two corporate boards, a former business owner, and an entrepreneur at heart. With a global perspective and a fierce commitment to free enterprise, Clark’s experience in the private sector deeply informs her leadership of the U.S. Chamber— the world’s largest business organization representing employers of every size and sector in Washington, D.C., across the country, and around the globe. Clark has led a multiyear effort to strengthen the Chamber’s well-known influence, advocacy, and impact, while modernizing its work and attracting new members from the fastest-growing and most innovative sectors of the U.S. economy. These efforts to invest in the Chamber’s future proved prescient when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020, enabling the organization to quickly pivot to new ways of working and successfully advocate for businesses in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Clark has also helped drive the national conversation on issues central to managing and recovering from the pandemic through the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Path Forward program. In interviews with dozens of thought leaders and experts such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, former CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield, Bill and Melinda Gates, Carlyle Group Founder David Rubenstein, and former U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, Path Forward has reached an audience of millions of viewers with practical information, insightful guidance, and forward-looking strategies. In an era of divided government and partisan gridlock, the U.S. Chamber has been a bold leader in championing bipartisan solutions and building coalitions around the issues most important to the business community, including liability reform, workforce development, corporate governance, business-led climate solutions, and programs and policies to address inequality of opportunity. Clark spearheaded efforts to dramatically increase support for small businesses through the creation of CO—, the Chamber’s award-winning digital home for small business. When the pandemic hit, the Chamber launched a massive mobilization to save America’s small businesses by proposing key policies included in the CARES Act, lobbying for and securing replenishment of the Paycheck Protection Program, producing dozens of practical guides used by millions of businesses, and creating the #SaveSmallBusiness grant program.
Rogelio De los Santos
Rogelio De los Santos is a founder-&-funder of venture-stage disruptive companies and is also recognized for building high impact initiatives. De los Santos is co-founder and Managing Partner of Dalus Capital where he serves as director in Capital Tech, Converus, eFactor, Fricaeco, Inmobly, Nuve, Revelo and Wanderu. Participates as an observer in Spark Cognition and Growth Institute. He is a Trustee of Tec de Monterrey and chairs the Eugenio Garza Lagüera Entrepreneurship Institute. Also as an honorary board member of ASEM (Entrepreneurs National Association), Impulsa (Junior Achievement) and advisor to Auria Capital. Since 2013 he founded and chairs INCmty, the Latin American entrepreneurship festival that helps accelerate the development of entrepreneur-centric ecosystems. De los Santos earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tec de Monterrey, a master degree in Business Leadership from Duxx, and an honorary degree from Babson College.
Anne M. Finucane
Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America and serves as chairman of the board of Bank of America Europe. As a member of the executive management team, Finucane is responsible for the strategic positioning of Bank of America and leads the company’s environmental, social and governance (ESG), sustainable finance, capital deployment and public policy efforts. As chairman of the board of Bank of America Europe, the firm’s EU bank headquartered in Dublin, Finucane oversees more than €60 billion in assets. Finucane also serves on the board of BofA Securities Europe SA, the bank’s EU broker-dealer in Paris, with both entities playing a critical role in the company’s post-Brexit European growth strategy. Bank of America has almost 3,000 employees across both entities. Finucane chairs the Global ESG Committee at Bank of America, which directs all of the company’s ESG efforts. She also co-chairs the Sustainable Markets Committee with COO Tom Montag, which collaborates across business lines to deliver innovative financing solutions in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, including affordable housing, sustainable energy, clean water and sanitation, education and health care. She stewards Bank of America’s $300 billion environmental business initiative, oversees the company’s $1.6 billion Community Development Financial Institution portfolio and chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation. Active in the community, Finucane serves on a variety of corporate and nonprofit boards of directors including Carnegie Hall, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the World Bank Group’s Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), CVS Health, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Mass General Brigham Healthcare, Special Olympics, the (RED) advisory board, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and The Ireland Funds. She served on the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy board and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Finucane has received numerous professional and public service accolades. She has regularly been named to Forbes’ and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women lists, along with American Banker’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Banking. In 2019, Finucane was inducted into the American Advertising Federation’s Ad Hall of Fame, as well as the CMO Hall of Fame, and received the Edward M. Kennedy Institute Award for Inspired Leadership. In March 2018, Finucane was honored with the Leadership Award by The Ireland Funds.
Daniel Funes de Rioja
President of the International Labor Conference (ILO, 2014); President of the International Organization of Employers (IOE, 2014/2017) and nowadays Honorary President since 2019; Co-Chair of the Task Force on Employment (B20 / G20), Turkey 2015 / China 2016 / Germany 2017 and Member of the B20 / G20 International Business Advisory Council; Chair of the Business 20, G20 Argentine 2018; Member of the High Level Advocacy Caucus (B20 Turkey 2015, B20 Italy 2021); Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – (UNODC); Co-Chair of the Argentine-German Mixed Industries Committee since 2019. President of the International Labor Conference (ILO, 2014); President of the International Organization of Employers (IOE, 2014/2017) and nowadays Honorary President since 2019; Co-Chair of the Task Force on Employment (B20 / G20), Turkey 2015 / China 2016 / Germany 2017 and Member of the B20 / G20 International Business Advisory Council; Chair of the Business 20, G20 Argentine 2018; Member of the High Level Advocacy Caucus (B20 Turkey 2015, B20 Italy 2021); Regional Anti-Corruption Academy for Central America and the Caribbean (ARAC) – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – (UNODC); Co-Chair of the Argentine-German Mixed Industries Committee since 2019.
Pierre Gattaz has been President of BusinessEurope since 5 July 2018. Until then, he held the Presidency of BusinessEurope’s French member federation MEDEF. He has accomplished most of his career in the digital and electronic industries in France. Pierre Gattaz is Knight of the French Legion of Honour and Officer of the Order of Merit.
Ilham Kadri is CEO and President of the Executive Committee of Solvay, a materials, chemicals and solutions company which through its science, innovations and purpose contributes to protecting the climate, preserving resources and fostering a better life. Under her mandate to unleash Solvay’s potential and her purpose-driven leadership, the group launched its strategy G.R.O.W. to drive growth, cash and returns through distinct business mandates, a unifying operating model and a forceful customer culture; its holistic and bold Solvay One Planet sustainability objectives to drive superior long-term value creation; as well as Solvay’s Purpose and compass: We bond People, Ideas and Elements to Reinvent Progress with the vision to create sustainable shared value for all. Dr. Kadri is a world citizen who has worked across four continents with leading chemical and packaging multinationals like Dow and Sealed Air, and in markets ranging from automotive and aerospace to water desalination, hygiene and healthcare. Before Solvay, Ilham Kadri was CEO and President of U.S.-based hygiene and cleaning solutions provider Diversey, having led its purposeful turnaround and growth, subsequent spin off and divestiture. Ilham Kadri is an independent board member at A.O. Smith and L’Oréal. She is an Executive Committee member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), steering committee member of the European Round Table of Industrialists (ERT) and a permanent member of the International Business Council (IBC), part of the World Economic Forum (WEF). The common themes in Ilham Kadri’s personal and professional life are education, inclusion and diversity as well as sustainability, topics she strongly advocates to help create more equal opportunities, prosperity and a healthier planet for future generations. She is committed to promoting women in STEM. She’s the founder of the ISSA Hygieia™ Network, a U.S.-based foundation championing women in the hygiene industry. In 2020, soon after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, she created the Solvay Solidarity Fund, building followership with employees and shareholders to support Solvay colleagues and their families in need. In a matter of weeks, the Fund collected 12 million euros and the initiative inspired other companies to follow suit. In 2019, she entered Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in International Business, ranking 21st out of 50. Dr. Kadri holds a degree in chemical engineering from L’École des Hauts Polymères in Strasbourg and a PhD in macromolecular physico-chemistry from Strasbourg’s Louis Pasteur University. Ilham Kadri is married and the proud mother of a son.
Shinta Widjaja Kamdani
As Owner and Chief Executive Officer of the Sintesa Group (www.sintesagroup.com), Shinta is responsible for the Management and Expansion of the Group’s business interests in Indonesia. The Sintesa Group is an Indonesian group with 16 subsidiaries, which operate in the Property, Energy, Industrial Products, and Consumer Products. As a businesswoman, Shinta also involves in numerous business and social activities, including as the Vice Chairwoman of Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia) and Employers’ Association of Indonesia (APINDO), Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), President of Indonesia Business Council for Sustainable Development (IBCSD), as well as founder of Indonesia Business Coalition for Women Empowerment (IBCWE) and Angel Investment Network Indonesia (ANGIN), and the Member of APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Indonesia. She is also has chosen by the United Nations as one of 30 global corporate leader to join the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD Alliance). Shinta graduated from Barnard College of Columbia University New York in 1989 and Executive Education at Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 2002. As part of her achievement, she received awards amongst others from FORBES Asia’s 50 Powerful Businesswomen (2012, 2013, & 2016), 30 Best CEOs by Business Indonesia Award in 2015, in 2017, she was decorated as the Commander of the Polar Star by the King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and the Commander of the Order of Leopold of Belgium. And in 2019, she was awarded as Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at the Asia Corporate Excellence & Sustainability Award (ACES Award)
He began working in the sales department at Organik Kimya, a family business, in 1985. Kaslowski significantly expanded exports of Organik Kimya products and was appointed head of sales in 1993. After actively working on various investment projects for the firm, Kaslowski was appointed CEO of Organik Kimya and became board member in 1995. He has been on the Board of TÜSİAD since 2013 and has chaired the EU Affairs Committee and the Global Relations and EU Roundtable, significantly contributing to the international efforts of the association. Kaslowski has been Vice President of TÜSİAD since 2017 and was elected President in February 2019.
Jean Liu is the President of Didi Chuxing, the world’s leading mobile transportation and local services platform. DiDi offers a full range of app-based transportation and life-related services for 550 million users with over tens of millions of drivers and car owners across Asia Pacific, Latin America and Russia. The platform delivers over 10 billion passenger-trips a year. DiDi is committed to collaborating with policymakers, the taxi industry, the automobile industry and communities to solve the world’s transportation, environmental and employment challenges with localized smart transportation innovations by leveraging its AI capabilities. By continuously improving user experience and creating social value, DiDi strives to build a safe, inclusive and sustainable mobile transportation and local services ecosystem for cities of the future. Jean made Fortune’s list of the Most Powerful Women International in 2020. She was named on Fortune’s featured on Fortune’s World’s Most Powerful Women list, FinanceAsia’s The Region’s Top Entrepreneurs list and Forbes China’s Women in Tech list in 2019. In 2018, she was selected on Fortune’s World’s Most Powerful Women list, Forbes’ World Most Powerful Women 2018 list, Forbes China’s Top 100 Businesswomen list and Nikkei’s 9 Most Influential Women in Asia Tech list. She also ranked alongside Cheng Wei, founder and CEO of DiDi, on Vanity Fair’s New Establishment list. In 2017, Jean was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time, one of the world’s Most Powerful Women by Fortune, one of the world’s Most Powerful Women in Tech by Forbes, one of the Top Businesswomen by Forbes China, an Asia Game Changer by Asia Society and topped the Nikkei Asian Review’s list of Agents of Change. She was selected on the Recode 100 list and Leaders League’s Seven Powerful Women in Finance list. Together with Cheng Wei, she was also selected on Time’s 20 Most Influential People in Tech list, Vanity Fair’s 2017 New Establishment list and Fortune’s 40 under 40 list. She was selected as a Co-Chair of the Summer Davos. In 2016, Jean was featured in the Financial Times’ Women of the Year list. She was also selected as one of the Most Powerful Women International and the Most Powerful Women in China by Fortune. In the same year, she was recognized as one of the World’s Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and one of the 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating the Future of Business by Wired. In China, the China Entrepreneurs Magazine included her on its Business Women of the Year list. Jean ranked alongside Cheng Wei on The Wired 100 list and Vanity Fair’s 2016 New Establishment list. In the same year, she was named as one of the “50 Most Powerful Moms” by Working Mother. In 2015, she was one of Fortune’s top five 2015 global 40 Under 40 business leaders, and topped Fortune’s 2015 China 40 Under 40 business leaders list together with Cheng Wei. Jean was also named one of China’s 25 Most Influential Business Women by Fortune and was one of China’s Most Influential Women by Women of China. In 2013 and 2015, she was named one of China’s Top Women Business Leaders by China Entrepreneurs Magazine. Jean joined DiDi in July 2014. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Peking University and master’s degree from Harvard University, both in Computer Science, and has an honorary doctorate in Commercial Science at New York University. Jean became an Alternate Member of the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) China in January 2020. Jean is an advisory board member of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum and also a member of Asia Society’s board of trustees.
Phuthi Mahanyele-Dabengwa joined Naspers as South Africa CEO, in July 2019. She is the former Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital, an investment holding company formed in 2015. Sigma also has a private equity fund held jointly with the Ventures team of Rand Merchant Bank. Ms Mahanyele-Dabengwa is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, an investment holding company she joined in 2004 and left in 2015. Prior to that, she was the Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Prior to the DBSA, she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office. She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She mentors young professionals and supports students. She is the Deputy Chairperson of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. She has been awarded several accolades such as CNBC Africa’s All Africa Business Leaders “Woman of the Year Award” in 2019. In May 2016 she became a member of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni. She was awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award as well as the Platinum Award by BBQ Awards in 2014. In 2013 she was awarded a “Distinguished Achievement” by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognised Ms Mahanyele-Dabengwa as a “Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year” in 2012. In 2011 Rutgers University conferred on her the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award”. In 2009 she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business” by Financial Services. The Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch”. Ms Mahanyele-Dabengwa was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum. She was awarded “Top in Project Finance, 2003” by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP). She holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA, and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Ms Mahanyele-Dabengwa completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ at Harvard University in 2008. She is a non-executive Director of Vodacom. She is also on the advisory board of Stellenbosch University Business School.
Hiroaki Nakanishi is Executive Chairman of Hitachi, Ltd. He was appointed President in 2010. Mr. Nakanishi started his career with the company in April 1970 as an engineer in computer system design. He has held numerous senior positions, mostly in the field of information and control systems. He has rich experiences in Europe and North America, where he conducted Hitachi’s global business. He was appointed Chairman of KEIDANREN in May 2018. He takes lead in promoting the concept of “Society 5.0”, a future society which Keidanren aims to realize through close cooperation with government and academia. Heading towards the post-coronavirus era, Keidanren will accelerate its efforts to realize Society 5.0 for SDGs. Key to this will be digital transformation (DX). He is also putting a high priority on achieving green growth as well as reconstructing a free and open international economic order. He attended the University of Tokyo and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He also earned a Master of Science degree in computer engineering at Stanford University.
Since becoming CEO of Novartis in 2018, Vas has led a strategic and cultural transformation to build a leading medicines company powered by advanced therapy platforms and data science. He leads a company of more than 100,000 associates that does business in approximately 155 countries and that reached 769 million patients with its medicines in 2020. Vas has focused his education and career on improving human health and on his personal purpose of inspiring a healthier world. During and after his medical studies, he worked on public health issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis in India, Africa and South America. He continues to champion access and global health priorities, including through a commitment by Novartis to expand access to innovative medicines in low- and middle-income countries by at least 200% by 2025. Since joining Novartis in 2005, Vas has held a range of leadership roles, including Global Head of Development for Novartis Vaccines, and Global Head of Drug Development and Chief Medical Officer. He has overseen the licensing of over 30 novel medicines, including cell and gene therapies and vaccines. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, he helped lead efforts at Novartis to develop and distribute a vaccine for the world. In recognition of his sustained efforts to improve human health, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine in the US. As CEO, Vas is transforming Novartis to unleash the creativity of employees and make culture a driver of innovation, reputation and performance. Drawing inspiration from ancient philosophical texts and from leading thinkers today, he is committed to developing “unbossed” leaders who inspire and empower their teams to solve problems. Vas has also sparked a digital revolution at Novartis; the company is using data science and digital technology to find new ways to discover and develop medicines and increase efficiency. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Vas lives in Basel, Switzerland, with his wife and two sons. A lifelong vegetarian, he is passionate about environmental and wildlife conservation, and is an avid reader on topics including history, leadership and philosophy.
Zeynep Bodur Okyay
Born in 1964 in Istanbul, Zeynep Bodur Okyay graduated from the Italian High School in 1985 and earned a degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1989. She attended Harvard University between 1990 and 1992 and earned a graduate degree in management. From 1992 to 1993, Zeynep Bodur Okyay worked in various roles, including production, planning, and management, as a management trainee at the Çanakkale Seramik factory in Çan, Çanakkale. In 1995, she was appointed as an Executive Board Member and President of Kale Group’s marketing companies. Since July 2007, she has been serving as Kale Group’s President and CEO. Zeynep Bodur Okyay is actively engaged in several NGOs, associations, foundations and chamber boards. Some of her current roles include: President, General Assembly, Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO); Vice President, Economic Development Foundation; Board Member, Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK); Coordinating Chair, Turkey-EU Business Councils, DEIK; Chair, Turkey-Italy Business Council, DEIK; Member, Turkish Business and Industry Association (TUSIAD); Chair, Ceramics and Refractories Assembly, Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB); and, Vice President, Female Entrepreneurs Board, TOBB. Zeynep Bodur Okyay assumed the Presidency of the C20 (Civil 20) Steering Committee during Turkey’s G20. Zeynep Bodur Okyay co-founded the Harvard Alumni Group and supported the establishment of a Turkish language chair at Harvard University. Zeynep Bodur Okyay is also President of the Dr. Ibrahim Bodur Kaleseramik Healthcare and Social Assistance Foundation. In 2006, Zeynep Bodur Okyay was awarded the title Cavaliere del Lavoro for her contributions and services to Turkish-Italian relations. In 2014, she was awarded the Official Order of Merit (Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana) of the Republic of Italy. In 2010, Okyay received the ‘Turkey in Europe Franco Nobili Award’ for her contributions to relations between Turkey and the European Union and the Outstanding Service Award given by the Turkish Grand National Assembly to persons who deliver outstanding services to Turkey on a national and international level, contribute to promoting Turkey, and contribute to social welfare, education, happiness and social development. Zeynep Bodur Okyay speaks fluent Italian and English. She is married to Osman Okyay, Vice-Chairman and President of Technical Division, Kale Group of Companies, and they have one child.
Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux
Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, President and founder of Notus Technologies, President of MEDEF. Born in 1962, married and father of 4. Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux graduated from ESSEC and holds of a master’s degree from the Paris Dauphine University. He did his national military service in the Special Forces (Marine Commandos) during which he intervened in Africa and Lebanon. He is now Captain of the naval reserve. After 10 years at L’Oréal, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux founded The Phone House, the first chain store specialised in mobile telephony. In 2004, he founded Omea Telecom (Virgin mobile), the first society to propose an alternative mobile network operator. Eventually, he is the President and founder of Notus group. Geoffroy Roux de Bezieux was President of the Croissance Plus Association from 2005 to 2008, President of UNEDIC from 2008 to 2010 and vice-President of MEDEF from 2013 to 2018.
Siegfried Russwurm was born in June 1963 in Marktgraitz. He is married with two adult children. In 1988, he completed his studies in production engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg as a graduate engineer. There, he received his doctorate from the Faculty of Technical Mechanics with a thesis on numerical simulation methods. In 1992, he joined Siemens AG, first as a production planner and project manager in the medical technology division, and later in various management positions in the medical and industrial business in Germany and Sweden. In 2006, he was appointed Divisional Board Member in Medical Technology, and in January 2008 he became a member of the Siemens AG Managing Board, where he was active until March 2017. During this time, he was responsible for all industrial topics, as Chief Technology Officer for Technology, for Healthcare and for Human Resources. His regional responsibilities at Siemens included Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Since March 2019, he has served as Chairman of the Shareholders Committee and the Supervisory Board of Voith GmbH & Co KGaA and was elected Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Thyssenkrupp AG in October 2019. From 2015 to 2017, Russwurm was Chairman of the MENA Initiative of German Industry (NMI) under the umbrella of the BDI, Chairman of the Industry 4.0 platform of several BDI member associations from 2014-2017, and from 2011-2017 a board member of the BDI member association of machinery and plant manufacturers, VDMA. As Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director at Siemens AG, he was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations from 2008-2010. Russwurm serves on the steering committee of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and on the Board of the German-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Since 2009, he has been an honorary professor of mechatronics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Bettina Schaller Bossert
Bettina was elected in October 2020. Beside her role as President of World Employment Confederation, Bettina heads the Group Public Affairs activities of the Adecco Group, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland. Bettina is also Vice – Chair of the OECD BIAC ELSA Committee and a Member of the B20 Future of Work and Education Task Force, as well as a Steering Group Member on the World Economic Forum (WEF) “Center for New Economy and Society” and a Steering Group Member of the Global Appre nticeship N etwork (GAN). Bettina is a 2011 Young Leader of the American Swiss Foundation (ASF) and President of the ASF Young Leader Alumni Foundation Board. Bettina has been named a “Staffing 100 Europe Influencer” and into the International 50 of the “Global Power 100 – Women in Staffing” since 2017.
Alexander N. Shokhin
Alexander N. Shokhin is a well-known Russian politician, prominent economist researcher, political scientist and lawyer, Doctor of Economic Sciences, and Professor. He was born on December 25th, 1951, in the Arkhangelsk region. After graduating from the Lomonosov Moscow State University Faculty of Economics in 1974, he spent many years researching in the USSR Academy of Sciences institutes. Then A. Shokhin worked in the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Twice, in 1991-1994 and in 1998, Mr. Shokhin was the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation. In 1991-1994 he also held positions of Minister of Labor, Minister of Economics, Chairman of the Russian Agency for International Cooperation and Development. In 1994 – 2002 he was a Deputy of the State Duma, with the posts of First Vice Chairman of the State Duma, leader of the Duma party bloc “Our Home is Russia”, Head of the Duma Committee of Credit Institutions and Capital Markets. Since 1995 he is the President of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics. 2002-2006 Alexander N. Shokhin worked as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, “Renaissance Capital” investment group. In February 2003, Alexander Shokhin was elected Chairman of the Expert Council at the Federal Commission for the Securities Market. Since 2004 he has been Vice President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs and Chairman of the Coordinating Council of Employers’ Unions of Russia (RSPP). From 2005 up to the present time he is the President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs; a member of the RF Public Chamber. Mr. Shokhin is a member of several deliberative bodies under the Russian President and Government. He is also an independent director of the Boards of several companies, including ALROSA, Russian Railways, TMK, and others.
Andre Street is a brazilian serial entrepreneur, founder of StoneCo (Nasdaq: STNE), the largest brazilian independent payment processor for small and mid size businesses. Andre (together with his business partner Eduardo Pontes) invests in several technology companies as well as sponsors many social endeavors in the area of gifted children in Brazil. In recent years, Andre and Eduardo co-founded SaltPay Co in UK to help modernize the European payment landscape. SaltPay nowadays operates in 40 countries with different brands with focus on SMBs.
Mark Tucker was appointed non-executive Group Chairman of HSBC Holdings plc on 1 October 2017. Mr Tucker is also non-executive Chairman of the Discovery Group of South Africa. Mark’s public appointments include chairing the TheCityUK; membership of the Prime Minister’s Building Back Better Business Council and the UK Investment Council, and chairing the UK Multinational Chairmen’s Group (which brings together the largest UK-based multinational firms). Mark also belongs to the Trade Finance Advisory Group of the International Chamber of Commerce, and to the UK Department of Trade’s Financial Services Trade Advisory Group. He has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry in Asia, the US and the UK, including 25 years based in Hong Kong. Mr Tucker was most recently Group Chief Executive and President of AIA Group Limited, having joined in July 2010. Before AIA he was Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc. Mark has served on the Court of The Bank of England, and on the Board of the Goldman Sachs Group. He is an Associate Professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, and sits on the Advisory Board of the British Museum. Mark gained a BA from Leeds University and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England and Wales in 1985. He is married with two children. He is passionate about football, including, for a short time, as a professional football player.
Shemara has been Macquarie Group’s Managing Director and CEO since late 2018. Macquarie is a global financial group providing clients with asset management, banking, leasing, advisory and risk and capital solutions. Headquartered and listed in Australia, Macquarie operates in 30 markets and has over $A600 billion in assets under management. Shemara joined Macquarie in 1987 in Macquarie Capital in Sydney. In her time at Macquarie, Shemara has worked in six countries and across several business lines, establishing and leading Macquarie’s corporate advisory offices in New Zealand, Hong Kong and Malaysia, and the infrastructure funds management business in the US and Canada. Shemara has also served as Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation. As Head of Macquarie Asset Management for 10 years before her appointment as CEO, Shemara led a team of 1,600 staff in 24 markets. Macquarie Asset Management grew to become a world-leading manager of infrastructure and real assets and a top 50 global public securities manager. In 2018, Shemara was appointed a Commissioner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, a World Bank-led initiative which seeks to accelerate climate adaptation action and create concrete solutions which enhance resilience. In 2019 Shemara was appointed by the UN’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, Michael Bloomberg, to the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative which seeks a six-fold increase in climate mitigation investment from the private sector. In 1986 before joining Macquarie, Shemara worked as a corporate lawyer at Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney for 12 months. She holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws degrees from University of New South Wales and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1996.
ZHANG Yuzhuo, Chairman of Sinopec Group. Mr. Zhang Yuzhuo has a researcher title with a doctoral degree in engineering and is a member of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. In January 1997, he was appointed Vice President of China Coal Research Institute (CCRI). In February 1998, he took a temporary post as Vice President of Yankuang (Group) Co., Ltd. From July 1998, he served as Vice President of CCRI, Director and Vice President of China Coal Technology Corporation. In March 1999, he was appointed President of CCRI and Chairman of China Coal Technology Corporation. Since June 1999, he had been President of CCRI, and Chairman of China Coal Technology Corporation. In January 2002, he was appointed Vice President of Shenhua Group and Chairman and President of China Shenhua Coal to Liquid Co., Ltd. He assumed the office of Vice President of Shenhua Group, and Chairman of China Shenhua Coal to Liquid and Chemical Co., Ltd. in August 2003. In December 2008, he was appointed Board Director and President of Shenhua Group. From July 2009, he concurrently served as Vice Chairman of All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese. He was appointed Chairman of Shenhua Group, and Chairman of China Shenhua Energy Company Limited in May 2014. Since March 2017, he had been Member of the Standing Committee of the CPC Tianjin Municipal Committee and Secretary of CPC Tianjin Binhai New District Committee. In May 2018, he concurrently served as Director of China (Tianjin) Pilot Free Trade Zone Administration. In January 2020, he was appointed Chairman of Sinopec Group.