Speakers and Presenters

Each speaker has generously agreed to give of his/her time to participate to and engage with our guests at YFS 2018.

Scott Weber (USA and France)

Director General - Interpeace

Scott M. Weber is the Director-General of Interpeace, an independent, international peacebuilding organization and a strategic partner of the United Nations. With over 300 peacebuilders in 22 conflict zones across Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, Interpeace aims to strengthen the capacities of societies to manage conflict in non-violent ways. As Director-General, Mr. Weber provides strategic direction to the organization and oversees its operations, partnerships and budget.

In recognition of his record of professional accomplishments, his commitment to society and his potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world through his leadership, Mr. Weber was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2009.

Mr. Weber is committed to diversity and inclusion and is an International Gender Champion providing leadership on gender equality in international affairs around the world. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform (GPP), as well as of the Post-conflict and Peace Education Alliance of the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) hosted by the Varkey Foundation.

Mr. Weber believes strongly in education as a means to shape young generations of global citizens and a more peaceful and inclusive world. In his spare time, he works with schools and universities to integrate Peace Education into their teaching practices and curricula.

Mr. Weber holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Economics and Russian from Georgetown University and Certificates of Executive Education in Leadership from Harvard University's JFK School of Government and Oxford University’s Saïd Business School.

Michele Mischler (Switzerland and Canada)

Head, Swiss Public Affairs and Sustainability at World Economic Forum

This is a strategic role tasked with identifying and leading Institutional priorities in the scope of (but not limited to) the Forum's host country Switzerland.

Leading team tasked with Swiss government engagement and Swiss business development.

Head of the Open Forum www.openforumdavos.ch,
The Open Forum is open to the public during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

The Open Forum welcomes a diverse public from around the globe to listen, participate and share thoughts, experiences and stories with the panellists on pressing and controversial issues.

Leading team tasked with implementing the World Economic Forum Sustainability Strategy, with aim to certify the Forum in accordance with the new international Sustainability Management System (SMS) Standard for Events: ISO 20121 (2012).

Prudence Mabhena (Zimbabwe)

Singer

Prudence was featured in the 2010 Academy Award winning documentary "Music by Prudence". She has performed all over the world including the Kennedy Center in New York.




Jaideep Bansal (India)

Energy Access Leader, GHE

Jaideep Bansal is the Energy Access Leader of Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE), and is working to electrify the remote mountain communities using Solar Micro Grids. GHE has brought energy access to 50 villages, empowering 20,000 people in the Himalayas. He was working with Procter & Gamble for 6 years before leaving his job to provide sustainable development for marginalized communities. He is also the Foundation Board Member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum.

The work of rural and remote electrification has been documented by National Geographic, NDTV and has reached out to millions of people across the world to inspire them to take up service as a human duty. He has also been instrumental in providing experiential-based digital education to the students of the region by setting up Himalayan Innovation Centers with GHE, which have won the Design for Change Award two years in a row for sustainability projects. In September 2015, he set the world record for the first electric bike to reach the highest motorable road in the world. He has highlighted the need for energy access through articles and as a speaker at various international forums.

As a Foundation Board Member of the Global Shapers Community, he is developing the vision and strategy for the Global Shapers community with 400 Hubs and 7000 Shapers in 155 countries. He has represented India at Davos in 2016 and 2017 and was featured among the top 10 people at Davos 2017 who will restore the faith in humanity. He is a regular marathon runner and also plays drums.

Cynthia Castro (Costa Rica)

Cofounder and Director of Social Development of Boomerang Effect

As partner and Director of Reinventing Business for All Cynthia Castro has worked in the sustainable development strategies of over 45 communities in Costa Rica, including Caminos de Osa, winner of the best international adventure destination award in FITUR. She founded the gender equality and competitiveness program for the public and private sector, accomplishing the first certification of a Gender Equal Organization in Costa Rica.

She is a Member of the Social Innovation Committee for the current government of Costa Rica. Advisor for CRUSA Foundation and Vice-President of Fruktus Foundation. Cynthia holds a degree (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Costa Rica.

She was formerly the Founding CEO of ALAS, a non-profit organization for women’s empowerment; Recruiting Manager, Arcus, a US-based company with near shore solutions in Costa Rica.

In 2012 she became a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and in 2015 was elected as Curator for the San José Hub. Former Professor at Universidad Latina College. Has been a speaker and consultant for UN Women, business chambers, companies, non-profit organizations, universities and media. Speaker at Davos, International Labour Organization, TedxPuraVidaJoven, TedxWomenLlorente, Vital Voices Central América. Active teacher at MENTE, program to empower more women in STEM. Passionate activist for human rights and gender equality.

Dolfi Müller (Switzerland)

Mayor (Stadtpräsident) of Zug

Dolfi Müller was born on May 13, 1955 in Zug. He is married, the father of two grown children and has a license in economics and law enforcement.

Professionally he was an independent lawyer and teacher of economics and law at the Zug cantonal school.

Before becoming a municipal executive in 2003, Dolfi was a member of the municipal parliament for 20 years. Until 2006, he acted as a contractor. Since then he has been the mayor.


Rosie Garthwaite (United Kingdom)

Founder of Mediadante

Rosie Garthwaite is an Emmy-award winning producer, founder of Mediadante, an independent production company making stories about the Middle East for a global audience and author of How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone. She was also a British Army officer.

In 2003 as the southern Iraq correspondent for The Baghdad Bulletin, the first English-speaking newspaper published after the war, and stringer for Reuters, The Times and the BBC, she exposed the first British Army torture case – the death of Baha Mousa and injuries of his colleagues.

She was part of the start up team at Al Jazeera English in 2006 and spent five years in the Doha newsroom and travelling the world for them running field teams and sometimes bureaus as a producer and then reporter. Rosie is the author of the ITB “2012 Special Travel Book” of the year How to Avoid Being Killed in a War Zone published by Bloomsbury in 2011. Rosie joined the British army as an officer in the 3rd Royal Horse Artillery in 1999 for a one year commission before gaining an MA hons at Oxford University in 2003.

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Botswana)

Artist and Activist for LGBT communities

2016/17 Chevening Scholar
2016 Queen's Young Leaders Awards Highly Commended Runner-Up
2015 CACE Africa Writivist
2015 Chevrolet African Feather of the Year Award Nominee
2013/14 "Best Of Botswana" Artist

Self employed/freelance performance artist, graphic designer, writer and activist with almost 10 years working experience across these fields. Kolanyane-Kesupile is the founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase festival- Botswana's first, and only, LGBT theatre festival. She now works as a freelance consultant (graphics, events management and artistic direction) after practicing as a teacher at both university and high school levels.

As a trained artist, Kol-Kes uses her skills as a medium for human rights activism- with a particular focus on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender issues. "I am a passionate educator as I believe that ignorance is a choice... one I wish to deter my fellow human beings from taking." - Kolanyane-Kesupile [on being an ARTivist.]

Anoosha Shaigan (Pakistan)

Vice President of CourtingTheLaw

Anoosha Shaigan holds a degree in Law from the University of London and is pursuing an LLM degree in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary London. She is an Advocate of the High Court, a certified Legislative Drafter and a founding member of the Human Rights Committee, Lahore High Court Bar. She is currently working on Advoguette.com, Pakistan's premier lifestyle magazine for lawyers and is serving as the vice president of CourtingTheLaw, Pakistan's first legal news and analysis portal and initiatives that leverage various technology-enabled platforms (including artificial intelligence) to encourage legal discourse and increase accountability.

She has also been nominated as a Young Political Leader by the US Department of State and has served as an Official Observer at the 2016 US elections. Anoosha is the author of the legislative brief on the Right to Information Bill for Parliament and is also a member of the working group on Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act. She has also undertaken training in business skills at WomenX, World Bank's training program for female entrepreneurs in Pakistan.

Anoosha has formerly worked as a Research Associate at UNDP and USAID Gender Equity Programs; Research Associate, Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Rights on reviewing Pakistan's international treaty obligations and training prosecutors in human rights; and Research Associate with the Flood Inquiry Commission of the Supreme Court. As Member, Youth Parliament Pakistan, she lobbied for Madrassa reforms in the country and was part of the pioneer batch of Pakistan Vision 2025, a policy initiative by the Ministry of Planning and Development. Anoosha has keen interest in politics, international law, technovation, human rights and women’s empowerment.

Keyvan Ghavami (Switzerland)

President and Co-Founder of Act on Your Future

BA in Political Science, University of Lausanne; MSc in Development Studies. Former professional experience includes positions with NGO Human Rights Watch and the impact investment fund Impact Finance, Geneva. Currently, President and Co-Founder, Act On Your Future, a non-profit foundation that works to strengthen and foster civic engagement among the next generation of socially active youth.

Member, Geneva Committee, Human Rights Watch; Chair and Co-Founder, Human Rights Watch Geneva Youth Committee; Global Shaper, World Economic Forum; Switzerland Ambassador, NEXUS.


Nondumiso Noni Hlophe (Swaziland)

Founding Curator of the Mbabane Hub

Noni is an analyst, consultant and writer. She is a Rhodes University graduate in Social Sciences, graduating with Honours with a focus on International Relations in 2010. She is awaiting the examination of her thesis for her Master’s in International Relations with the abovementioned institution.

Noni’s social activism history is extensive. A former chairperson of her university’s chapter and provincial representative of Amnesty International South Africa and One Young World ambassador since 2011, she has been involved with and reporting on several initiatives addressing causes that are close to her heart, namely: education; gender equality; youth empowerment and advocacy on issues concerning persons with disabilities.

In 2012, she became the Founding Curator of the Mbabane Hub in her native country - the Kingdom of Swaziland - of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. A registered non-profit organization in Swaziland, the Mbabane Hub has produced several impact projects within the capital city, inclusive of Fundza Friday (a free bilingual reading project for primary school students in capital city run in partnership with the Swaziland National Library).

In 2015, Noni was an inaugural winner of the Queen’s Young Leader Award, an honour bestowed upon her by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for her contribution in leadership and social impact to the Commonwealth of Nations. Noni was most recently named an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and an Emerging Young Leader by the Old Rhodian Union.

Dmitry Zhdankin (USA)

Co-Founder/CEO of Finfox

Dmitry Zhdankin is the CEO and co-founder of Finfox, a Palo Alto-based startup that uses machine intelligence to simplify and automate financial planning for businesses. Prior to Finfox, Dmitry was at the IMF where he participated in providing emergency financial assistance to West African countries impacted by Ebola. Dmitry is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and a recent graduate of Harvard Business School.





Kristina Dalesio (USA)

Finance Director JJDCC EMEA, Johnson & Johnson

Kristina Dalesio has over 17 years of experience in finance and healthcare industry and currently serves as Finance Director for Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Company responsible for Europe, Middle East and Africa, based in Zug, Switzerland.

Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies for more than 125 years has committed itself to caring for people. This commitment—a legacy of our founders and a very real motivating force among our employees—is embodied in Our Credo, which speaks to “our first responsibility” to the doctors, nurses, patients, the mothers and fathers and all who use our products.

The success of our enterprise is built on Our Credo and a unique set of strategic principles. We are broadly based in health care. Our focus is on managing for the long term. We operate under a decentralized management approach. And we do all this through a unique culture that values and fosters the development of our people. As a major player in three market segments (Pharmaceuticals, Medical Devices, and Consumer Products) and with a focus on the full continuum of care—prevention, diagnosis and treatment —Johnson & Johnson competes in fully one-third of the global health care marketplace.

In her current role, Kristina is responsible for running all markets within Europe, Middle East, and Africa related to all financial matters. She is a member of the European Leadership Team and Global Finance Leadership team with main focus is developing and driving short and long term growth strategies across the markets. Kristina started her career with Johnson & Johnson in the United States and has held various roles of increasing responsibility across the organization including the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device, and Consumer groups and across multiple areas of finance including Commercial, Supply Chain, and Pricing. She is a member of the European Finance Leadership Development Program Steering Committee focused on hiring and developing young talent into Johnson & Johnson.

Olivier Nkengurutse (Burundi)

Co-Founder and Programme Officer of In-for Refugee

Global Citizen, Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, Human Rights and Peace Activist. Has been involved in various youth activities that promote the human dignity for over the last eight years working with the most underprivileged children, youth, and poor families. Currently a Co-Founder and Programme Officer of In-for Refugee, a voluntary refugee-driven initiative to help young refugees to set a new life in their host community in Rwanda.

Has been a Youth Program Director and Representative for Burundi and Rwanda at African Views, a framework for information, communication and collaboration on African affairs worldwide. Serves on the board of directors of Ladies Talk Network, a youth-led organization based in Windhoek, Namibia to promote and empower girls and women in the Sub-Saharan Africa. Member of the Ubumuntu International Youth Network, a groundbreaking initiative that aims to prevent future atrocities through education and engagement of the youth in the prevention of Genocide and mass atrocities. He believes we’re created and placed somewhere for a reason - and that reason shouldn’t be anything else, but bringing hope to the hopeless and bettering the world, and also believes in humanity, solidarity, learning and leading by serving.

Leonardo Quattrucci (Italy)

Policy Assistant to the Head of the European Political Strategy Centre

In 2016, Leonardo was nominated by Forbes Magazine among the 30 Under 30 ‘top young leaders’ in European policy (inaugural cohort). The same year, he received the Premio Italia Giovane, awarded to 10 Italians under 35 for ‘inspiring and embodying the values of meritocracy and professionalism, and for distinguished achievements in their field.’ He is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum and a Junior Fellow of the Aspen Institute Italia.

Leonardo joined as Policy Assistant to the Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) after a Blue Book Traineeship at the Directorate-General for Communications, Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT) and experiences at Purpose.com, a technology-enabled movement-building venture, the Italian Parliament and the US Embassy in Italy. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Oxford and studied International Relations at John Cabot University in Rome.

Sarah Doherty (USA)

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, TeleHealthRobotics

I’m devoted to eliminating the world’s healthcare access crisis and passionate about growing the number of women educated and working in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (STEM), entrepreneurship, and healthcare. I'm building a company called TeleHealthRobotics that has created a tele-robotic healthcare platform.

Our platform allows a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional stationed anywhere in the world to provide on-demand, direct-to-consumer, real-time medical services to a patient stationed with TeleHealthRobotics’ kiosk without the aid of onsite personnel. Our first product is called TRUDI (Tele-Robotic Ultrasound for Distance Imaging) with which a provider can execute remote ultrasound (a ubiquitous diagnostic tool used for prevention, detection, and diagnosis of disease as well as rehabilitation) for the heart, vascular system, brain, uterus, breast and abdomen.

I am an ambassador for XX in Health (a division of Rock Health) and Disruptive Women in Healthcare. I was part of the planning and advisory committee for and am a founding tenant of MATTER Chicago (a healthcare incubator). I am President of the Penn Club of Chicago, and I am Curator for Chicago Hub of Global Shapers. I am an alum of the University of Pennsylvania where I studied Biomedical Engineering and Entrepreneurship and I worked previously in healthcare strategy consulting.

Andrew Plank (USA)

Vice President & International Business Leader

Roche Diagnostics International AG

Andy Plank has over 15 years of experience in healthcare and laboratory diagnostics and currently serves as Vice President and International Business Leader, Endocrinology and Immunoassays, in Roche’s Centralized and Point of Care Solutions division, based in Rotkreuz, Switzerland.

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible.

In his current role, Andy leads development and implementation of global marketing strategies, portfolio management, and commercial execution. During his tenure with Roche, he has served in various commercial leadership, management, sales, and marketing positions across clinical molecular, blood screening, and centralized laboratory testing areas, and has driven innovative medical value product launches, negotiations, industry initiatives, strategic projects, and talent recruitment and development.

Meade Harris Goodwin (USA)

CEO of The Hawthorn Club

Meade Harris is Founder and CEO of the Hawthorn Club. The Hawthorn Club is the only International Network for executive women in the energy industry. The mission of the Club is to promote the appointment of women to senior corporate positions & boards; and to facilitate gender diversity within the energy sector. Meade founded the Club when as a young executive starting out in the energy industry, covering Europe, The Middle East & Africa, she realized that women were badly underrepresented. Rather than accept the status quo, she set out to change the face of the sector. Meade has demonstrated considerable entrepreneurial spirit, growing The Hawthorn Club to include branches on four continents, sponsored by some of the world’s biggest energy companies – from upstream and downstream, utilities and power, to traditional and new disruptive technologies. Her experience working in over 20 countries has given her a global outlook on business and life.

Meade is also an accomplished public speaker and media performer, having participated in and spoke at sessions during every one of the past 8 UNFCCC climate change negotiations, from Copenhagen to Morocco. Previously she was Senior Advisor on Business Development for the Global CCS Institute in the Americas covering the US, Canada, Central and South America. She also worked as a Senior Advisor to Global CCS Institute’s European office in Paris for 4 years, where she was responsible for building the organisation’s relationships with Governments and Corporations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Prior to entering the energy sector, Meade was a BBC News Producer, based in the Washington DC bureau, has been a consultant at Control Risks, specialising in energy issues, and was one of the founders of the Climate Change Forum in London. Meade completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Hampshire, during which time she also studied at Sydney University, before reading for a Master’s degree in International Relations & Energy Security at King’s College London.

Dario Wyss (Switzerland)

Cybathlon Co-Director, ETH University Zurich

Dario Wyss holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and has been working in the field of rehabilitation robotics.

As a Chief Technology Officer on the 2016 Cybathlon Organisational Committee, he was responsible for the competition technology and event logistics. Dario Wyss has been a Co-Director of Cybathlon since January 2017.



Lorrana Scarpioni (Brazil)

CEO BLIIVE

CEO e co-founder of Bliive, the world's largest network of time exchange, Scarpioni is a Global Shaper from Sao Paulo HUB and former Global Agenda Council in Creative Economy. In addition, MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35 choose her one of the 10 most innovative Brazilians of 2014, and BBC Global elected her of the 100 most inspiring women of 2015 on 100 Women List.

Along with a Bachelor's degree in Law and one in Public Relations, she studied human rights, history and political ideals in Portugal. She also studied Management over a summer at the Stanford Business School. Lorrana’s passion for collaborative economy and social innovation grew out of her social work in poverty reduction since she was 12 years-old. She believes that the answer to solve this global conundrum is delivering equal opportunities. “People may not have money but they always have time,” she says.

Phil Borges (USA)

Photographer

For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan Portrait, Enduring Spirit, Women Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. Phil also lectures and teaches internationally.

Phil’s recent project, CRAZYWISE (see trailer at www.crazywisefilm.com), explores the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world. CRAZYWISE centers around a young man struggling with his sanity, world renowned mental health professionals, and a gutsy survivor-led movement...all challenging a mental health system in crisis.

Phil’s program Stirring the Fire has produced several short documentaries, a book and an exhibition highlighting some of the extraordinary women worldwide who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in order to enhance the wellbeing of their communities.

In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an online classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding and help build a sense of global citizenship in youth. He also co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.

Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969 and was honored with their prestigious University of California Medal in 2004. He lives with his family in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Ryan Kohn (United Kingdom)

CEO of Propercorn

Ryan is the co-founder of PROPERCORN, the UK’s number one premium popcorn company. In the space of just six years, Ryan has taken PROPERCORN from kitchen table startup to kitchen cupboard staple, creating an award-winning brand with global distribution.

Ryan took on the challenge of growing PROPERCORN from the ground up in 2011, with no prior experience in the FMCG industry. A serial entrepreneur, who had founded his own sustainable property company and charitable trust by the young age of 25, Ryan brought extensive commercial understanding, passion and resilience to the table. Since launching in Google Headquarters five years ago, PROPERCORN has enjoyed phenomenal momentum and cut-through in the wider snack category, from a standing start against some of the UK’s most well-established brands.

André Chanavat (United Kingdom)

Head of Product Management, Third Party Risk, Thomson Reuters

André Chanavat is head of product management for third party risk at Thomson Reuters. With the support of his team he is responsible for the development of a new solution that will help companies to identify third party risks in their supply chain.

Prior to this André was product manager for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) and was responsible for designing the Diversity & Inclusion index launched in September 2016. He is also the inventor of Environmental, Social and Governance linked debt instruments.

Prior to joining Thomson Reuters in 2009, he worked as a client specialist for ASSET4® (now part of Thomson Reuters), a leading provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data head quartered in Zug, Switzerland and as a fixed income analyst for ICE Data Services (formerly FT Interactive Data).

André holds a bachelor’s degree from Durham University.

Philipp Handler (Switzerland)

Swiss Paralympian

Two time participant at Paralympic Games in London 2012 and Rio 2016, now in preparation for and with ambition to participate in Tokyo 2020. Philipp was born in New York 1991 with an autosomal recessive congenital condition called Achromatopsia. This condition leaves him with complete colorblindness, photophobia and a low visual acuity. After moving to Switzerland at the age of 5 he went through the school system and in the fall of 2016 graduated from the University of Zurich with a Master Degree in Economics. Currently he is working in the insurance industry and teaches courses in Handicap sports to further spread awareness and his knowledge.


Amal Naser (Syria)

Activist for Women and Social Affairs

Amal has been a feminist and political activist since 1990 and was once a political prisoner. From 2011-2014, she was the Syrian Regional Women's Advisor for the West Asia Committee for Economic and Social Affairs and was one of the founders of the Syrian Women for Peace and Democracy Initiative. Amal has presented to the UN WOMEN and Amnesty International regarding women’s affairs in countries of conflict. She received the Swaziland Peace Prize in 2017 form the Swiss Peace Foundation (Somazzi) for institutionalizing and enabling education, preserving peace, freedom, human rights and human dignity.



Manon Blaufelder (Switzerland)

Key Relationship Officer, Medair

Manon is Key Relationship Officer at Medair, a Swiss humanitarian organisation. For almost 30 years, Medair has been bringing emergency relief and recovery to the most vulnerable people affected by natural disasters and conflicts. Currently active in 13 countries, Medair provides health care, nutrition, safe water, sanitation, hygiene, shelter and infrastructure. Medair actively collaborates with local communities, diverse UN agencies (e.g. UNHCR, OCHA, WFP, WHO), and other key NGOs. Manon's role at Medair is to raise awareness for forgotten crises and engage people to support the work of Medair. She is a member of Giving Women, an association of philanthropic women aiming to improve communities in need through the empowerment of women and girls. Manon holds a BA in Hospitality Management from the Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne (EHL). She previously worked at LGT Venture Philanthropy in Zurich. Having spent the first four years of her live in Nepal while her family worked at the Leprosy Mission, Manon’s desire to relieve human suffering and help people build a better future developed early on. Later in her life, she put this into practice while working with refugees from Myanmar.

Dick Paul (the Netherlands)

Vice President Small Business Products Europe, Mastercard

Dick is heading up the European Small Business product team at Mastercard. His team is spread across the region keeping a close connection with the 40+ countries in Europe to develop new (digital) payment products and services and support financial institutions in launching innovative value propositions to satisfy the diverse customer needs. Dick is a card payments industry veteran and worked in The Netherlands and the UK before moving to Switzerland. He studied at the Rotterdam School of Economics and holds degrees in business economics and marketing. He is also a registered business coach with the CYFI/Ye! Program and provides coaching to young entrepreneurs on a voluntary basis.


Lamia Makkar (France and Egypt)

CEO & Cofounder, Haiti: Hands On

Lamia Makkar founded the nonprofit Haiti: Hands On in 2012 at age 13, strengthening vulnerable Haitian communities through innovative education and capacity development opportunities. She has since served as its CEO, managed and hosted a 4-year Global Issues Network Conference series in the Middle East and continues work as a youth learning and development facilitator around the world.

She is currently pursuing B.As in International Development and Computer Science at Swarthmore College, USA.

Haiti Tech Summit Pitch Entrepreneur 2017; UN Youth Delegate 2017; Global Startup Ecosystem Alumna; Draper University, class of 2018


Anna Stünzi (Switzerland)

Global Shaper, Zurich and foraus - Forum für Aussenpolitik

Anna Stünzi studied psychology and economics at the University of Zurich and is now a PhD candidate at ETH Zurich at the Center for Economic Research. Besides that she co-leads her own consulting company for renewable energy projects and the programme „Environment, Energy and Transportation“. Anna is a member of board of the association Gemeinsam Znacht in Zurich and leads the „Facts about Migration“ project of the Global Shapers Zurich.

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