Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub is Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, where she advises high net worth families on their financial and estate plans. Merrill Lynch is the largest investment manager in the world, with over 100 years of experience. The firm was recognized as the Top Global Research Firm in 2015 for the fifth straight year by Institutional Investor magazine. Previously, she was President, CEO, and board member of Fiduciary Trust International of the South, one of the largest trust and investment management companies in Florida. She served on the board of its Delaware affiliate and as a member of the Executive Committee of Fiduciary Trust Company International, the parent company. Weintraub formerly served as Vice President and Trust Officer of the Northern Trust Bank of Florida and, prior to that position, was an executive at the University of Miami for eleven years. Her last position at the University of Miami was that of Executive Director of Development. She began her career in 1979 as a Tax Attorney with Exxon Corporation in New York City. Weintraub has lectured and written extensively in the areas of leadership, trusts, estates, and charitable gift planning. She has been recognized by many organizations for her leadership in the Greater Miami community, and she has served on numerous nonprofit boards, including United Way, Carrollton School, LEAVE A LEGACY, Miami Children’s Health Systems, Miami Jewish Health Systems, and many others. Weintraub was born in Havana, Cuba. She is President of the International Women’s Forum and will address the 2017 IWF World Leadership Conference with Opening Remarks.
Karin Wanngård is the Mayor of Stockholm, a role she has held since 2014. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party and began her career in politics in 1994 as a member of Stockholm’s City Council. Over the next twenty years, Wanngård held numerous leadership positions on the City Council and worked for the Transport Workers’ Union, Graphic Workers Union (Typography and Bookbinding), and as an accounting executive at Danderyd Hospital and Hewlett Packard. During her time as City Councilor, she was appointed Leader of the Social Democrats in Stockholm in 2011 and was the city’s opposition leader until winning the mayoral election in 2014. Wanngård is renowned for her ability to reach across party-lines and accomplish the goals of Stockholm’s constituents. In 2015, she announced Stockholm’s ambitious goal of becoming not only a climate neutral city, but also fossil-fuel-free by the year 2040. She believes that the most important issues facing Stockholm are jobs and housing development, and building a stronger education system. A proud daughter of Stockholm and sustainability advocate, Mayor Wanngård will address the conference with Opening Remarks.
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PLENARY 1 – NUMBERS MATTER: PEOPLE MATTER
Laura Londén is Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Londén brings to the position over 25 years of progressive inter-agency experience at United Nations Headquarters and field duty stations with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), the United Nations Office of Human Resources Management (OHRM), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Londén’s management expertise includes human resources and financial management, security, logistics and procurement, information technology, and enterprise resource planning. She has strong inter-agency experience and has represented UNRWA on the High-Level Committee for Management and its Security and Human Resources networks since 2007. Prior to her current position of Director of Human Resources at UNRWA, she was the Agency’s Director of Administrative Support from 2007 to 2012, during which time she also concurrently led the Agency’s Enterprise Resource Planning Project for almost three years. Between 2004 and 2006 she held senior leadership roles in the peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations in Sierra Leone, followed by an assignment as the Chief of Logistics Operations with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in early 2007. She has served the United Nations system in several locations including Amman, Freetown, Dili, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Geneva, Vienna, Jerusalem, and New York. Londén holds a Master’s degree in Political Sciences from the University of Åbo Akademi, Finland. She will address the plenary session Numbers Matter: People Matter.
Thomas Liebig is Principal Administrator of the International Migration Division in the Directorate for Employment, Labor and Social Affairs at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Since joining the division in 2004, Liebig has specialized in the integration of immigrants and their children, migration trends, labor migration and the economic impact of migration. He currently leads the OECD’s work on the integration of immigrants, including the joint European Union-OECD Indicators of Immigrant Integration research. He recently co-authored the OECD reviews on the management of labor migration in Germany and New Zealand. Liebig also authored the first-ever comparative overview of the fiscal impact of migration in OECD countries and an analysis of evolution, characteristics and labor market impact of free mobility in Europe. Prior to joining the International Migration Division, Liebig worked as a consultant for the OECD’s Economics Department in 2000 and as a Research Associate in the Institute for Labor Economics and Labor Law at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland from 2001 to 2004. A German national, Liebig holds a doctorate and a master’s degree in economics from the University of St. Gallen, where his dissertation focused on the international competition for highly-skilled migrants. He also received a master’s degree in international affairs and, following studies at the ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, a CEMS master’s in international business management. He will address the plenary session Numbers Matter: People Matter.
Alexandra Pascalidou is an award-winning journalist, writer, and television and radio producer. A child of Greek immigrants, she grew up in one of the poorest and most segregated suburbs in Sweden, where at an early age, she decided she must defend equality and human rights. She has been producing and presenting major television programs in both Swedish and Greek for over 20 years, ranging from the Olympic Games in Athens for Swedish National Television (SVT) and European election coverage to the Eurovision Song Contest for Greek National TV. She became a well-known journalist in the late 1990s when she started hosting the multicultural television show Mosaik on SVT. Since then, she has become an iconic human rights advocate, producer, writer, and host across Swedish television, print, and online mediums, contributing to TV4, Expressen, GP, and Metrobloggen, to name a few. Pascalidou’s written work is frequently featured in some of the most prominent Swedish newspapers. She has published six books, many of which have received national awards, in addition to producing documentaries. Her latest book, Chaos – A Greek Crisis Dictionary, has been called “truly genius—a must read for all Europeans.” Pascalidou lectures on diversity and the media, democracy and justice, leadership, and gender and cultural competence. She is a Goodwill Ambassador and Mentor for Femdefenders and Terrafem and was an important leader of the Swedish contingent of Europarådet’s anti-racism campaign “All Different, All Equal.” Recently, she was named “European of the Year” by the Swedish European Movement in recognition of her broad experience and understanding of several European cultures and tireless pursuit of human equality. Earlier this year, she was the recipient of the “Great Feminist Prize” by Feministiskt Perspektiv in honor of her role as a public figure in Sweden fighting for equality through her work in the media. Pascalidou’s latest project is as a playwright and actor in Alexandra’s Odyssey at the Gothenburg National Theater. She will moderate the session Numbers Matter: People Matter.
Jan Eliasson is a well-known Swedish and international diplomat, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations (2012-2016), and former Swedish Foreign Minister (2006), with years of experience as a key United Nations mediator and humanitarian relief director. With a long list of successful international roles, Eliasson is renowned for his skillful work as Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General to Darfur (2007-2008), President of the UN General Assembly (2005-2006), and Swedish Ambassador to the US (2000-2005). A veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, Eliasson served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs from 1994 to 2000, a key position in formulating and implementing Swedish foreign policy. Earlier, from 1988 to 1992, he was Sweden’s Ambassador to the United Nations in New York. During this time, he also served as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative on Iran/Iraq, and he was Chairman of the UN General Assembly’s working group on emergency relief (1991), Vice President of the Economic and Social Council (1991-1992), and Chairman of the UN Trust Fund for South Africa (1988-1992). In 1992, Eliasson was appointed as the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. During his tenure, he was involved in operations in Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique, and the Balkans, and he also undertook initiatives concerning landmines, conflict prevention, and humanitarian action. From 1980 to 1986, Eliasson was part of the UN mediation missions in the war between Iran and Iraq, headed by former Prime Minister of Sweden Olof Palme. Eliasson also served as a mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). He served as Diplomatic Adviser to the Swedish Prime Minister from 1982 to 1983 and as Director General for Political Affairs in the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1987. Eliasson has authored and co-authored numerous books and articles and is a frequent lecturer on foreign policy and diplomacy. A recipient of honorary doctorate degrees from the American University, Uppsala University and Göteborg University in Sweden, and Bethany College, USA, he also has been decorated by a number of governments. He has a profound interest in water issues, particularly for the developing world, and was the first Chairman of Water Aid Sweden. Eliasson will provide a keynote presentation Populations on the Move.
Gillian Sorensen has a unique vantage point on major international issues. She has had a distinguished career with the United Nations, serving as Assistant Secretary-General, Special Adviser for Public Policy, and National Advocate for the UN Foundation. She worked closely with three Secretaries-General, diplomats from 193 nations, and 4,000 non-governmental organizations accredited to the UN. Sorensen began her career as the New York City Commissioner for the UN and Consular Corps, head of the city’s liaison office of 30,000 diplomats. She is an experienced public speaker and has addressed audiences ranging from diplomats and politicians, journalists and students, women’s groups and faith groups to civic leaders and cadets at both West Point and the Air Force Academy. Sorensen was a Fellow at Harvard in 2002 and 2014. She is a member of the board of the International Rescue Committee and is now deeply involved in matters related to the refugee crisis. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She also is active in political life and was a delegate to three national presidential conventions. A New York Times profile referred to her as “the diplomat’s diplomat.” Sorensen continues to mobilize and inspire support for the UN on matters of peace, justice, human rights, and humanitarian and refugee relief. Sorensen is a member of the Women’s Forum of New York and will introduce Jan Eliasson for his keynote presentation Populations on the Move.
PLENARY 2 – DANGEROUS INTERSECTION: TECHNOLOGY/ PRIVACY/ SECURITY/ SURVEILLANCE
Geraldine de Bastion is Founder of the Global Innovation Gathering and an international consultant on the way people use technology to communicate and interact. Over the years, she has concentrated on the impact of open, social, and mobile technologies and their effect on development in Africa and Asia. De Bastion is an expert on information and communication technology and new media, and she advises governmental organizations, NGOs, and businesses on digital media and communication strategies. She began her career working for the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). She helped organize the German delegation for the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) in 2005 and worked for the Philippine National Development Agency (NEDA) on behalf of GIZ. During the past five years, de Bastion has worked with newthinking communications GmbH, an agency for open source strategies. In 2012, she curated the re:publica, Germany’s largest conference on the internet and society. She holds a degree from Freie Universität Berlin and will address the plenary session Dangerous Intersection: Technology/ Privacy/ Security/ Surveillance.
Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones, DCMG is a former top British diplomat and advisor to Prime Minister David Cameron. She is currently a Senior Advisor with Ridge-Schmidt Cyber, which advises corporate and government leaders on developing and leading cyber-resilient organizations. Neville-Jones is a Conservative Peer in the UK House of Lords and a Privy Councilor. She served as David Cameron’s National Security Advisor while in opposition and authored the Conservative Party’s national security strategy, inclusive of the creation of a UK National Security Council. Neville-Jones then held the post of Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism for the first year of the current coalition government. After stepping down, she took on the role from 2011 to early 2014 of the Prime Minister’s Special Representative to Business for Cybersecurity and continues to work actively in this field. She sits on the UK Research Council, which allocates funding for engineering and the physical sciences, and she chairs the Advisory Panel to the Bank of England on Cyber Security. Neville-Jones was a career member of the UK Diplomatic Service from 1963 to 1996, during which time she served in British missions in Rhodesia, Singapore, Washington, DC, the European Commission, and in Bonn, Germany. From 1991 to 1994, she was Head of the Defense and Overseas Secretariat in the Cabinet Office, advising the Prime Minister on Foreign and Defense Affairs, and was Deputy Secretary to the UK Cabinet. She was Chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee from 1993 to 1994 and Head of Political Affairs and Political Director in the Foreign Office from 1994 to 1996, charged with leading the British delegation to the Dayton Negotiations on the Bosnian Peace Settlement. After leaving the Foreign Office, Neville-Jones became Head of Business Development in the Nat West investment bank and subsequently Chairman of QinetiQ Group Plc, a defense and technology spinout from the government, which she took to flotation as a FTSE 250 company in 2006. She was Governor of the BBC from 1997 to 2004. She will address the plenary session Dangerous Intersection: Technology/ Privacy/ Security/ Surveillance.
Michelle Dennedy is Vice President and Chief Privacy Officer at Cisco, where she works to raise awareness and create tools that promote privacy, quality, respect, trust, and asset-level possibilities for data. She is a unique visionary in the field of privacy and the IT industry, bringing together multifaceted approaches that provide sincere privacy protections and drive business value. Throughout her career, Dennedy has led security and privacy initiatives, ranging from regulatory compliance, privacy engineering, and advocacy and education efforts to litigation at companies, including Cisco and, previously, McAfee/Intel Security, Oracle, and Sun Microsystems. She founded The iDennedy Project, which seeks to change how people think about information and data, and co-authored The Privacy Engineer’s Manifesto: Getting from Policy to Code to QA to Value. Dennedy sits on the boards of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society of Northern California. She has been honored with many industry awards, including California’s Most Powerful and Influential Women by the National Diversity Council, the IAPP Vanguard Award, Woman of Influence for Security and Privacy by the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF) and CSO Magazine, and, most recently, Woman of the Year in Technology and Transformation by the Stevie American Business Awards. Dennedy has a doctorate of law degree from Fordham University and a bachelor of science degree in clinical counseling and applied psychology and economics from The Ohio State University. She will address the plenary session Dangerous Intersection: Technology/Privacy/Security/ Surveillance.
Susanne Tillqvist is Partner at EY, based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has more than 25 years of experience as a consultant within the Government and Public Policy sector, specializing in organizational development, performance improvement and corporate governance. She is the Nordic Partner Lead for Digital Government, driving issues and services for digitalization within the sector. Tillqvist is also the Nordic sponsoring partner for “Women. Fast forward,” EY’s global initiative to accelerate gender parity. She is the founder of “Pod for Parity,” a Swedish EY podcast that invites guest from the business community, public sector, and academic world to discuss concrete, sharp, and probing issues around how we can break through structures, prejudice, and unconscious behaviors to achieve gender parity in the work place. Tillqvist will address the plenary session Dangerous Intersection: Technology/ Privacy/ Security/ Surveillance.
LUNCHEON – SHAPING OUR WORLD: SUSTAINABLE SOCIETIES
Karolina Skog is the Swedish Minister for the Environment, a position she has held since May 2016. A pioneer in the environmental policy space, her portfolio includes leading sustainable urban development. Sweden’s research and reports under her leadership have been pillars for the global environmental community. Prior to her role as Minister, Skog was the Deputy Mayor in Malmö, Sweden, serving as a development counsellor for urban expansion, construction, and services. A member of the Green Party of Sweden, Skog served as President of the party in Malmö from 2002 to 2007 and acted as spokesperson for Green Students from 2004 to 2007. Previously, Skog was Chair of City Planning and led the environmental task force preparing Sweden’s municipalities and regions for implementing the Paris Climate Agreement. Skog holds a master’s degree in human ecology from the University of Lund, Sweden. She will address the plenary session Shaping Our World: Sustainable Societies.
Diane Hoskins, FAIA, IIDA is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as a leading global design firm. She and Co-CEO Andy Cohen rank on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries. A hands-on leader, Hoskins oversees Gensler’s global platform and its day-to-day operations, more than 5,000 people networked across 46 offices, serving clients in more than 120 countries. Hoskins is focused on Gensler’s global talent strategies, performance, and organizational development to ensure that the firm serves its clients with the world’s top talent. She is Vice Chair of Gensler’s Board of Directors and the catalyst for Gensler’s Research program, for which she is committed to delivering value to clients through strategies and innovations like Gensler’s Workplace Performance Index® (WPI). Hoskins received an Outstanding Impact Award from the Council of Real Estate Women and is both a Regent of the American Architectural Foundation and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her insights have appeared in the Financial Times, the Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post, and The Economist. She also was a featured speaker at Bloomberg Businessweek’s CEO Conference. A Registered Architect, she graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Los Angeles. She will address the plenary session Shaping Our World: Sustainable Societies.
Tjada McKenna is Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity International. As COO, McKenna leads the operational execution of Habitat for Humanity’s strategic plan to advance its mission, grow capacity, and increase global impact. To foster overall growth and development opportunities within the organization, McKenna is bringing together global programs, operational strategies, and delivery across Habitat’s network of 1,400 US affiliates and more than 70 country programs in Canada; Europe, Middle East and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Asia-Pacific. Prior to joining Habitat in December 2015, McKenna was overseeing the US government’s more than $3.5 billion global hunger and food security initiative Feed the Future as its Deputy Coordinator for Development and Assistant to the Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. Before her work with the US government, she held senior positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, McKinsey & Company, American Express, and GE Consumer Finance. McKenna earned a bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She will address the plenary session Shaping Our World: Sustainable Societies.
Cheong Koon Hean, DArch is Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) of Singapore, overseeing the development of over one million public housing flats. Since joining HDB in 2010, she has led the development of well-designed, sustainable, smart, and community-centric living arrangements. Cheong implemented one of the largest public housing development programs, achieving a home ownership rate of more than 90 percent, one of the highest in the world. Cheong was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Urban Redevelopment Authority from 2004 to 2010, in charge of strategic land use planning, conservation of built heritage, promotion of design excellence, and the real estate market. During this time, she spearheaded the large-scale transformation and strategic development of various areas in Singapore, including the well-known Marina Bay. Cheong is currently on the boards of HDB, the National University of Singapore, and the Civil Service College. Active internationally, she also is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Real Estate and Urbanisation Global Agenda Council, Deputy President and Council Member of the International Federation for Housing and Planning, and a member of the Nominating Committee of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize. A Colombo Plan Scholar, Cheong holds a bachelor’s degree and university medal in architecture from Newcastle University, Australia; a master’s in development planning from University College London, UK; and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. She is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal for outstanding public service, a doctorate of architecture honorary degree, and the Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence from the University of Newcastle, Australia. In 2014, Cheong was inducted into the Singapore Council of Women’s Organizations’ Hall of Fame. She was conferred the Urban Land Institute’s JC Nichols Prize for Urban Visionaries and the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat in 2016. She serves on several international expert panels, advising on sustainable and cities development. Cheong is a member of IWF Singapore and a 2011 IWF Woman Who Makes a Difference. She will address the plenary session Shaping Our World: Sustainable Societies.
Carol Potter is President and Chief Executive Officer, Europe of leading global communications marketing firm Edelman. Recognized as one of the most experienced women in the world of global marketing, brands, and communications, Potter joined Edelman in 2015 after nine years in China as President and CEO of BBDO, a worldwide advertising company. Having started her career at Saatchi & Saatchi, she has spent more than 30 years in advertising agencies, working successfully in Australia, Japan, the US, and Europe. Potter has helped to market and advertise many of the world’s most famous brands and to advise many of the world’s Fortune 500 companies. Potter has both run global accounts and headed geographies. In the late 1990s, she helped to head the New York office of J. Walter Thompson while also running the Unilever account in North America. From 2001 to 2004, she oversaw the De Beers account globally, during which time more women in the world received a diamond than at any time in history. Before moving to Shanghai, Potter was no stranger to China, having spent six years marketing a diverse range of products, from diamonds to detergents, to the Chinese consumer in her global role on the Unilever account. She built BBDO from a 60-person office in Shanghai to a company of over 450 people in seven offices across the cities of Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, and Taipei. BBDO became one of the most awarded advertising companies in China, both for its creativity and for the effectiveness of its campaigns. Potter is based in London, where she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Design and Art Direction education charity (D&AD), and a member of the Marketing Group of Great Britain. She will moderate the plenary session Shaping Our World: Sustainable Societies.
PLENARY 3 – SOLVE PROBLEMS: SHAPE OPPORTUNITIES
Anna Ryott is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Swedfund, the Swedish government’s development finance institution. Swedfund contributes to poverty reduction through the creation of sustainable businesses in emerging markets. Swedfund combines efficient environmental, social, and corporate governance with a commitment to sustainable job creation. Before joining Swedfund, Ryott served as Managing Director of SOS Children’s Villages Sweden and Deputy Secretary General of UNICEF Sweden. A global business leader, she was previously Assistant Managing Director at the leading Swedish advertising agency Storåkers McCann. She has also worked at management consulting firm McKinsey and investment bank Hagströmer & Qviberg. Ryott holds a seat on the board of Anna Lindh Academy and is a member of the Swedish government’s analysis group Global Cooperation. She has also served as a board member of the World Childhood Foundation. In 2014, she was awarded H.M. The King’s Medal for “significant contributions to Swedish society and industry.” Ryott is the author of Sustainable and Profitable Business and the recipient of several honors as a young and progressive leader. Ryott holds an MBA from Stockholm University. She will address the plenary session Solve Problems: Shape Opportunities.
Connie Collingsworth is Chief Business Operations Officer and a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world’s largest foundation with over $43 billion in assets. In this role, she oversees much of the foundation’s daily operations, providing guidance and leading strategic planning to drive operational efficiency and effectiveness in support of the foundation’s mission. Collingsworth is a board member and Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee of Banner Corporation, a bank holding company with assets of approximately $10 billion. She is also a board member and Chair of the Compensation Committee of Premera Blue Cross, one of the largest health plans in the Pacific Northwest in the US. Prior to joining the foundation, Collingsworth was a partner of Preston Gates & Ellis (now K&L Gates), a major US law firm, where she served as lead attorney for a broad range of commercial transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity financing. Collingsworth has extensive nonprofit governance experience, including currently serving as the Board Co-Chair of Women’s World Banking, a global institution focused on expanding access of low-income women to financial services. She was previously the Board Chair of Social Venture Partners and Co-Founder, Board Chair, and President of the French American School of Puget Sound. She will address the plenary session Solve Problems: Shape Opportunities.
Jan Saumweber is Vice President for Responsible Sourcing at Walmart. Before joining Walmart in 2013, she spent 25 years in sales and marketing for consumer products companies. Most recently, she was Senior Vice President, Global Walmart Team for Sara Lee Corporation. Prior to that assignment, she served in leadership roles in both sales and marketing at Sara Lee. Saumweber was previously an executive with ConAgra Frozen Foods and the Minute Maid division of the Coca-Cola Company. She is currently a member of Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management National Advisory Council and served on the board of directors for Enactus (formerly Students in Free Enterprise). She also serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety. Her service activities include humanitarian trips to Honduras, where she was a founding member of Hands for Honduras, a nonprofit organization that funded projects to improve the lives of the impoverished. Saumweber earned a bachelor’s degree in business from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. She will address the plenary session Solve Problems: Shape Opportunities.
Susanne Najafi is an investor and entrepreneur with expertise in branding and growing e-commerce. She is a Founding Partner of BackingMinds, a venture capital firm that believes in the business of doing things differently, backing a mindset and building bridges. Born of Iranian descent in Rinkeby, a suburb of Stockholm, Najafi competed with her father in everything when she was growing up. Despite their size and age differences, her father never gave her any advantages and instilled in her the notion that “You win when you win; you will never get any perks in real life.” Her father’s philosophy defined her personality and took her to the Stockholm School of Economics. During her collegiate years, she obtained an internship and started a subsidiary for Oriflame Cosmetics in Iran. Following graduation, she worked for Procter & Gamble until she was seriously injured in a skiing accident. This was a defining moment for Najafi. She decided to realize her dream to become an entrepreneur and has, since then, started more than four companies in e-commerce and tech. When she began her new career path, she set a goal of having a turnover of 100 million krone by the time she turned 30. At 32 she reached that goal with Eleven, one of the Nordic’s largest online beauty retailers. Najafi is a member of Stockmann Group; Lindex, one of Europe’s leading fashion chains; Clearlii contact lens provider; and Hafa Barum, among others. She will moderate the plenary session Solve Problems: Shape Opportunities.
PLENARY 4 – EARTHQUAKES AND AFTERSHOCKS: THE SURGE OF POPULISM AND NATIONALISM
Ann-Cathrine Jungar is an Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer of Political Science at Södertörn University in Stockholm, with a focus on the radical right in Europe, specifically in Nordic countries. Born and educated in Finland, with strong connections throughout Scandinavia and Iceland, Jungar has developed a special interest in European comparative politics. She has worked as a leading researcher at the Centre for Baltic and East European Studies and as Director of Studies at the Baltic and Eastern European Graduate School at Södertörn. Jungar has done research on political parties, governmental coalitions, national parliaments, and gender equality in the European Union. She is currently leading two projects: “From the Margins to the Mainstream: Populist right wing parties and governments in Europe,” funded by the Wallenberg Foundation, and “Making Tomorrow’s Leaders: The youth organizations of populist radical right parties,” financed by the Swedish Research Council. Previously, Jungar’s research focused on parliamentary governments, government formation, and the repercussions of the European Union on member states’ political systems. She is widely published, with two of her recent articles in 2016 discussing radicalization in Finland and the spread of populism in Sweden. Jungar is a frequent lecturer and speaker and is regularly interviewed in national and international media. In 2014, she was ranked as one of the 50 scholars most cited in Sweden. She defended her doctoral thesis at Uppsala University, Sweden, after completing her master and associate theses at Åbo Akademi University, Finland. She will address the plenary session Earthquakes and Aftershocks: The Surge of Populism and Nationalism.
Cas Mudde is Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia, USA, and Researcher at the Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX) at the University of Oslo, Norway. His research agenda addresses the question: “How can liberal democracies defend themselves against political challenges without undermining their core values?” His recent book publications include On Extremism and Democracy in Europe; The Populist Radical Right: A Reader; SYRIZA: The Failure of the Populist Promise; and Populism: A Very Short Introduction. He is the recipient of several international awards, including the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany and the 2008 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science. Two of his books were Choice Outstanding Academic Titles. He has been consulted by various state and non-state institutions, is regularly interviewed by media around the world, and is a contributor to Huffington Post and a columnist for HOPE not hate. He is currently fundraising to establish a Center for Analysis of Democracy and Extremism (CADE) at the University of Georgia, which aims to stimulate, integrate, and disseminate knowledge on threats to liberal democracy in the US and abroad. He is working on four new books that discuss the radical right in America and politics in populist times. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from Leiden University, the Netherlands, before embarking on an academic career that has taken him to universities throughout Europe and the US. He will address the plenary session Earthquakes and Aftershocks: The Surge of Populism and Nationalism.
Constanze Stelzenmüller is an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, and the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow with the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. Prior to working at Brookings, she was a Senior Transatlantic Fellow with the German Marshall Fund (GMF), where she directed the influential Transatlantic Trends survey program. Her areas of expertise include transatlantic relations; German foreign policy; NATO; the European Union’s foreign, security, and defense policy; international law; and human rights. Stelzenmüller is the former director of GMF’s Berlin office. From 1994 to 2005, she was an editor for the political section of the German weekly DIE ZEIT, where she also served as Defense and International Security Editor and covered human rights issues and humanitarian crises. Stelzenmüller’s essays and articles, in both German and English, have appeared in a wide range of publications, including Foreign Affairs, Internationale Politik, the Financial Times, The New York Times International Edition, and Süddeutsche Zeitung. She is also a frequent commentator on American and European radio and television, including Presseclub (ARD), National Public Radio, and the BBC. Stelzenmüller is a Governor of the Ditchley Foundation and a Fellow of the Royal Swedish Society for War Sciences. A GMF Campus Fellow at Grinnell College in Iowa and a Woodrow Wilson Center public policy scholar in Washington, DC, Stelzenmüller holds a doctorate in law from the University of Bonn, a master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a law degree from the University of Bonn. She will address the plenary session Earthquakes and Aftershocks: The Surge of Populism and Nationalism.
Shahira Amin is an independent journalist based in Cairo. Former Deputy Head of state-run Nile TV, Amin quit her job at the height of the 2011 uprising in Egypt to protest censorship of her work. Longtime contributor to CNN’s “Inside Africa,” she has filed stories from the Middle East and North Africa region on social and political issues ranging from the rights of minorities and plight of refugees to violence against women. Amin is currently a board member of the Egyptian NGO Union for Egyptian Women Journalists. She works as a freelance contributor to Al Monitor, Index on Censorship, Egyptian Streets, and Freemuse. She also produces documentaries for UN agencies. Amin has been awarded the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award (2016), the Global Thinkers Forum Excellence in Promoting Gender Equity Award (2013), Spain’s Juan Anguita Parrado Award (2012), the Holmes Award for courageous journalism from Gothenburg University, and the American University in Cairo’s Catalyst for Change Award (2011). She is a member of IWF Egypt and an IWF Global Board Director. She will moderate the plenary session Earthquakes and Aftershocks: The Surge of Populism and Nationalism.
BREAKOUT SESSION – TOP OF THE CHARTS: THE MUSIC OF SWEDEN
Seinabo Sey is a Swedish singer, songwriter, and artist who burst onto the music scene with her 2013 track “Younger.” Sey is known as Sweden’s unconventional, noir pop practitioner, continually refining her sound and picking up accolades along the way. Not your typical pop artist, Rolling Stone described her sound as “Nina Simone and Play-era Moby forging millennial-era natural blues,” while Fader referenced both her emotional and vocal strength with the simple, “This woman has power.” Having scored numerous “Hype Machine Number Ones,” including the heavy-hitting “Hard Time” and the pulsating “You,” she released her genre-defying, emotionally honest debut album Pretend in 2015. A pop album saturated in soul and full of big melodic songs was released to international acclaim, drawing on real, sometimes painful, moments. Sey’s undulating music, created in collaboration with world-renowned producer Magnus Lidehäll, is a reflection of the restless nature of her childhood. Sey was born in Stockholm and moved to The Gambia at the age of four to allow her father, Maudo, to carry on with his career as an influential Gambian vocalist. The sudden shift in cultures was challenging for Sey to overcome, and she struggled to adapt to a much stricter way of life in The Gambia—a contrast to her life in Sweden. This difference and her international upbringing greatly influenced her music. She returned to Sweden when she was eight years old and continued to be inspired by the artistry, imagination, and creativity present in her community. Sey performed at the 2014 and 2016 Swedish Grammy Awards, won “New Artist of the Year” in 2015 and “Pop Album of the Year” in 2016, and has been nominated in numerous other categories. She has performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, the Polar Music Prize Award Concert, and at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize concert. The followup to her first EP, For Maudo, was dedicated to and named after her father who passed away in 2013. She later released her second EP titled For Madeleine, dedicated to her mother, prior to Pretend in 2015. Sey will address the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
Staffan Forssell is the Director General of Cultural Affairs for the Swedish Arts Council. Forssell trained as a physicist and meteorologist and served in the Swedish Air Force as a “flying weatherman” before pursuing his passion for Swedish culture and art. The Swedish Arts Council is a public authority under the Swedish Ministry of Culture, with the task of promoting cultural development and access based on the national cultural policy objectives. Forssell’s previous directorship roles include Cosmo Nova Performing Arts Company and The Swedish Exhibition, among others. He will address the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
Mia Segolsson is General Manager of Polar Music International AB, one of Sweden’s premier record companies and part of Universal Music Group. During her nearly 30-year career in the music industry, Segolsson has held leadership positions overseeing marketing and production for some of Sweden’s largest artists and accounts. Segolsson began her career at Polygram Records in marketing and production roles, both locally and internationally. She also worked for MCA Records with artists such as Aqua, Mary J Blige, and No Doubt. Following a short break at Hachette Filipacchi media company, she returned to the music industry in 2001 to work exclusively with ABBA. The owner of the rights to the ABBA brand and catalogue, Segolsson’s most important work at Polar Music is protecting and enhancing the global ABBA brand, producing exciting new releases, and carrying the music of ABBA around the world to new listeners. She continues to work very closely with members of ABBA and their management. Segolsson recently began work on Universal Music’s children’s digital catalogues, including Astrid Lindgren and Bamse, while continuing her work with ABBA. She is a board member of THQ Nordic, a company acquiring, developing, and publishing PC and console games to the global gaming market. Segolsson is a graduate of Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm. She will address the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
Jan Gradvall is a renowned entertainment journalist, columnist for Dagens Industri (DI), host of the podcast “Gradvall” for Sveriges Radio (Radio Sweden), and a featured commentator for the Swedish television network TV4. Gradvall is a prominent source for music critique and analysis, having written about popular culture since he founded the punk fanzine Jövars Boys Choir at age 16 with Sven Dolling. He led the fanzine from 1979 to 1994 and published his work as his first book, Artiklar, Intervjuer, Essäer 1981-1994 (Articles, Interviews, Essays 1981-1994). Gradvall then wrote for the magazine Pop throughout the early and mid-1990s. He served on the editorial board of the Swedish talk show Sen kväll med Luuk (Late Night with Luuk) and wrote for the music program Studio Pop. Gradvall is now a freelance journalist, primarily writing for DI. He also contributes to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, entertainment magazine café, and evening newspaper Expressen. He is the author of several books, including his recent collection of cultural journalism and commentary Nyponbuskar, nyponbuskar, hela vägen nyponbuskar (Rosehip, Rosehip, Rosehip all the way). His other books include Fem meter upp i luften (Five Meters Up in the Air), TV! Nedslag i Sveriges Televisions historia (TV! A History of the Crackdown on Swedish Television), and Feber (Fever). He was a recipient of the Polar Music Prize for an interview with the celebrated Swedish producer and songwriter Max Martin. He was named Journalist of the Year by Sveriges Tidskrifter (2001) and was awarded the Swedish Press Club’s Grand Prize and the Läsarnas Sveriges Medal in 2013. Gradvall is also a member of the Swedish Ministry of Culture’s Statens Musikverk (National Music Agency). He will address the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
Ametist Azordegan is a journalist, author and radio presenter for major Swedish news outlets. Born in Tehran, Iran, Azordegan moved to Sweden and studied sociology, English, and law at the University of Stockholm. She later studied journalism, with a focus on music journalism, at JMK School of Journalism, where her thesis focused on the intersection of music and politics and the representation of ideologies in mainstream hip-hop. A sought-after writer on Swedish culture, Azordegan was recruited by Sveriges Radio while completing her master’s degree. She began her career at Sveriges Television, the Swedish national public television station, on music shows, including Pop I Fokus (Pop in Focus) and Kvällstoppen (Evening Top) with renowned journalists Per Sinding-Larsen and Fredrik Lindström. A respected source and critic on the Swedish hip-hop scene, Azordegan has written for the papers City, Gaffa, Metro, Sonic, and Göteborgs-Posten. She was a presenter on the nationally broadcast Sveriges Radio music show “En kärleksattack på svensk hiphop” (A Love Attack on Swedish Hip-Hop) from 2007 to 2014. Since 2013, she has also been a reviewer of culture events for Sveriges Radio’s P1. Azordegan was the Creative Producer and Presenter of the music radio show “Kärleksattacken,” Sweden’s largest hip-hop radio program, which aired for 15 seasons over seven years. She has critiqued music for the morning show Nyhetsmorgon on TV4 and was a columnist for Göteborgs Posten, Sweden’s second-largest daily paper, for two years. Azordegan is releasing her debut book on the history of Swedish hip-hop in the fall of 2017. She currently reviews music for Kulturnytt P1, the national culture radio channel, and writes for Sveriges Television Kulturnyheterna (Swedish Culture News), Sonic music magazine, and Dagens Industri Weekend. Azordegan is a member of the main jury of the Swedish Grammy Awards and is on the jury of the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. A human and civil rights advocate, Azordegan lives by her statement, “There are two types of people: those who think about things others do, and those who do things.” She will moderate the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
BREAKOUT SESSION – MORE THAN NUMBERS: FILLING IN THE PICTURE
Anna Rosling Rönnlund is Co-Founder and a board member of the Gapminder Foundation. Rönnlund designed the user interface of the famous information visualization bubble-chart tool called Trendalyzer, used by millions of students across the world to understand multidimensional time series. The tool was acquired by Google, where Rönnlund worked as Senior Usability Designer, creating interactive search results for statistical queries, as well as the Motion Chart in Google Spreadsheets. Rönnlund went back to Gapminder in 2011 to develop new, free teaching materials. As Product Manager, Art Director, and Usability Lead of the Gapminder Foundation, she started Dollar Street, a project examining household income in 240 homes in almost 50 countries, with the aim to make global living conditions understandable by using photos as big data. Rönnlund is now Head of Design and User Experience. Her personal mission is to make it easy for anyone to understand the world visually. She holds degrees in sociology and photography. She will address the Breakout Session More Than Numbers: Filling in the Picture.
BREAKOUT SESSION – IN THE LAND OF UNICORNS: SWEDEN’S TECH INCUBATOR
Jane Walerud is a serial tech entrepreneur, investor, and Partner at Walerud Ventures, a firm that connects pre-seed and seed-stage companies with investors, advisors, and future employees, focusing on high-tech, deep-tech, and impact-tech businesses. Since 1999, Walerud has worked with 14 startups. She is credited with the success of Bluetail, Klarna, LensWay, and Tobii, where she served as Business Unit Head for Assistive Technology. Prior to establishing Walerud Ventures, she served as CEO and Co-Founder of Teclo Networks after a career as a tech leader. Walerud currently advises Racefox, a digital skiing coach platform, as a board member and serves as Chairman of the Board of SatCube AB. She holds an honorary doctorate from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, and is a Gold Medal recipient at the Royal Academy of Science. Walerud is a member of the Swedish Startup Hall of Fame and the Swedish Prime Minister’s Government Innovation Council, and she is a Course Leader at the Stockholm Innovation and Growth training and business network organization (STING). She holds cognitive psychology and computer science degrees from Stanford University, USA. Walerud is a member of IWF Sweden and will address the Breakout Session In the Land of Unicorns: Sweden’s Tech Incubator
Jessica Stark, known as the Scandinavian “Startup Mum,” is Co-Founder and CEO of SUP46 – Startup People of Sweden. SUP46 is one of the leading startup hubs in Europe, recognized for its fast-growing tech companies with over 60 startup members and 50 alumni companies. A leading startup community, SUP46 accepts less than ten percent of all applicants. Their members are offered a competitive advantage in the tech space through SUP46’s world-class ecosystem of investors, partners, and advisors. In addition to their memberships, SUP46 serves as an open meeting place for the entire startup industry in Stockholm, hosting upwards of 250 tech events per year for 30,000 visitors. Stark believes that practicing a “sharing is caring” philosophy to help newly founded Swedish companies is an important form of community service. Prior to founding SUP46, Stark was the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Stockholm Innovation and Growth Initiative (STING), an incubator working to enable entrepreneurs to build international growth companies by offering support for business development, financing, and networking. She began her career in project and communications management with KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Venture Cup Öst, and Lovén och Partners. She also founded Stark Kommunikation in 2011, an events management and public relations firm whose clients include CES (the Center för Socialt Entreprenörskap Stockholm), SU Innovation, Innovationsbron, and STING. Stark is a board member of Startup Stockholm and a jury member for Venture Cup Sweden and Junior Achievement Sweden. Stark attended Karlstad University, Sweden, and holds a degree in public relations from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, USA. She will address the Breakout Session In the Land of Unicorns: Sweden’s Tech Incubator.
Elsa Bernadotte is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Karma, the food-rescuing app from Sweden. Her primary areas of focus are food tech, marketplaces, e-commerce, and social entrepreneurship. At Karma, Bernadotte and her team have used their entrepreneurial and technological skills to disrupt the Swedish food market to fight global waste. Prior to Karma, Bernadotte co-founded Pop Fruits, a healthy ice-cream alternative made of frozen fruit on sticks, with operations in four markets. At Pop Fruits, she spearheaded the business development, established production in southern Vietnam, and led the sales and marketing operations on the European continent. Bernadotte eventually sold Pop Fruits to the British company Elementree Nutrition (formerly Okobay Ventures). She has received funding from leading traditional banks, including SEB and ALMI, as well as renowned angel investors such as Norrsken Foundation (Klarna), Jonas Nordlander, and Filip Engelbert (Avito). Her companies have been named “Best Company” at the Swedish Business Challenge, featured in the European competition HandsOnTV Startup Tour, and chosen as finalists in the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems’ Innovationstalanger 2017 (Innovation Talent Competition). Bernadotte herself has been named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. Her piece of advice to budding entrepreneurs is to “focus and persist, no matter the challenge—there’s no magic, it is all practice, practice, practice.” Bernadotte holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and business from the Stockholm School of Economics. She will address the Breakout Session
In the Land of Unicorns: Sweden’s Tech Incubator.
Marie Wall is the Startup Director at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. With a wide range of positions in the world of startups and the innovation system, she serves as the bridge between the Ministry and the startup community. She started her career in IT research but soon joined the 90s startup scene. She participated in a number of startups, including Everyday.com, one of the first portals in Sweden; Sendit, a mobile internet company; Cypak, printed electronics; and Bosieboo, a business to consumer company. Wall has also invested in startups through the venture capital company Speedventure and as a business angel. She has spent time in Silicon Valley as technical attaché and a visiting scholar at Stanford University in California. Before joining the Ministry, she was at the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems, Vinnova, responsible for the national incubation program, providing financing to incubators and young startups. At Vinnova she established the Strategic Innovation Programme, an initiative to create co-operation between the industry and academia. Wall earned her master’s degree in computer science from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. She will address the Breakout Session In the Land of Unicorns: Sweden’s Tech Incubator.
Darja Isaksson is Digital Strategist and Founder of Ziggy Creative Colony, an international digital innovation agency focused on helping businesses realize their full potential through world-leading customer experiences. Isaksson is firmly convinced that new possibilities also imply new responsibilities for us all. She sees a great opportunity to decrease harmful consumption while simultaneously increasing growth through the Internet of Things and the digital revolution. Isaksson believes that we are able to reshape our world into something financially, ecologically, and socially sustainable by using opportunities in technology wisely. Prior to starting Ziggy Creative Colony, Isaksson founded inUse, Sweden’s leading user experience agency. She began her career in tech as a designer and multimedia expert with The Fantastic Corporation and worked freelance before joining the software company and web-design consulting firm Acando as an Interaction Designer. Isaksson specializes in tomorrow’s digital offerings and smart-city lifestyle products. She is an advisor to Nordic Innovation, an institution that works to promote cross-border trade and collaboration, and a member of the board at RISE Interactive (formerly the Swedish Interactive Institute for Information Communications Technology). Isaksson is a member of the Swedish Government Innovation Council and earned her bachelor’s degree in engineering at Umeå University, Sweden. She will moderate the Breakout Session In the Land of Unicorns: Sweden’s Tech Incubator.
CLOSING LUNCHEON – SAFE SPACE: SECURITY AND STABILITY FOR GIRLS
Musimbi Kanyoro, PhD is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s leading publicly supported foundations for gender equality. She is globally recognized for her leadership of organizations and initiatives that advance health, development, human rights, and philanthropy for communities, specifically for women and girls. The Global Fund for Women is a grantmaker and a global advocate for women’s human rights, which operates in six regions of the world and has invested in nearly 5,000 grassroots organizations in 175 countries. The Global Fund for Women’s model of social change philanthropy connects grantees, advocates, and donors to realize a better world for women and girls. A true global citizen, Kanyoro has worked and lived in Geneva, Nairobi, and in Boston, New York, Austin, and San Francisco. She has written and published extensively on matters affecting the lives of women and children. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin, and a doctorate in feminist theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University and has received several recognition awards, including a leadership award from the Kenyan government and recognition as one of the 21 women leaders for the 21st century by Women’s E-News. In 2015, Forbes magazine named her one of ten women “power brands” working for gender equality. Kanyoro currently serves on the CARE Board, the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Board, the UN High Level Taskforce for Reproductive Health, the Aspen Leaders Council, and the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development. Kanyoro is a member of IWF Northern California and will address the Closing Luncheon Safe Space: Security and Stability for Girls.
Ghada Waly is Minister of Social Solidarity in Egypt, appointed to this role in 2014. She is also the Coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice, which comprises eight ministries, and Chair of the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the Arab League. In the framework of her position, she is the Chairperson of Nasser Social Bank, a development finance institution. Her career includes more than 27 years in the fields of development, poverty reduction, and social protection. Waly has held other leadership positions, including serving as Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development (SFD), a multimillion-dollar small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) fund, and as Assistant Resident Representative for Poverty Reduction at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), coordinating the Millennium Development Goal reports. She served as the Microfinance and Access to Finance Advisor to the Chairman of Egypt’s Financial Supervisory Authority, an Executive Committee member, and was the Program Director of CARE International in Egypt, working in poverty alleviation in Upper Egypt. Waly was the Microfinance and Community Development Team Leader at SFD and was elected Co-Chair of the SME donors’ subgroup for six years. As an international development leader, she sits on the boards of a variety of community service organizations and is an advocate for women’s empowerment and SMEs. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Egyptian Red Crescent Association and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Management Institute. Waly chairs the boards of the National Center for Social and Criminology Research, National Fund for Drug Control and Treatment of Addiction, and the National Authority of Social Insurance, which serves 25 million Egyptians. She also sits on the boards of the Social Housing Fund within the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, the Unplanned Settlement Fund, and the Youth Fund. She has been selected as the Most Influential Woman in Egypt in 2016 by Baseera Public Opinion Research Center and has been chosen by Forbes as one of the “Ten Most Powerful Arab Women in Government” for 2015 and 2016. She holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Colorado State University, USA. She will address the Closing Luncheon Safe Space: Security and Stability for Girls.
Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, PhD is a leading chartered accountant and Co-Founder of the global anti-corruption group Transparency International. She is also the Co-Convener of the Bring Back Our Girls campaign to find the 300 Nigerian schoolgirls who were abducted by Boko Haram in 2014. She has held several key positions within the Nigerian government, including Minister of Mineral Resources, Minister for Education, and Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence. Ezekwesili’s career is defined by a pursuit of transparency, accountability, and policy reforms in Africa, encompassing governance, economics, education, and the natural resource endowment. A former Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa Region, Ezekwesili also served as a Senior Advisor on Africa Economic Development Policy at the Open Society Foundations in New York, assisting the Mano River governments with economic policy reforms. She currently runs the fully incubated and independent policy advisory initiative as the Senior Economic Adviser to a number of presidents on the continent of Africa. Ezekwesili is also developing a graduate school of public policy in Abuja, Nigeria. She served as Director of the Harvard-Nigeria Economic Strategy Program in Boston and Abuja. Ezekwesili serves on a number of global boards, including the School of Public Policy at Tel Aviv University, Israel; Central European University School of Public Policy, Hungary; and Center for Global Leadership at Tufts University, USA. Ezekwesili served as a Commissioner of the Global Ocean Commission, an international initiative working to raise awareness and promote action to address the degradation of the ocean and help restore it to full health and productivity. She holds a master’s degree in international law and diplomacy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and a master’s of public policy and administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In July 2016, Ezekwesili was conferred an honorary doctorate degree in accounting and finance by the University of Essex Business School, Colchester campus, UK. She will address the Closing Luncheon Safe Space: Security and Stability for Girls.
Frida Söderlund is a journalist, web-television host, and columnist at Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest daily newspaper. She studied journalism at Mittuniversitetet Sweden and was hired by Aftonbladet at age 20. As a women’s rights advocate, Söderlund has written and created pioneering pieces of journalism for the next generation, highlighting female voices and bringing stories of sexual abuse and transgender youth to the fore. She is the face and host of Aftonbladet’s web series BOOM, a role in which she was recognized as an “Up and Coming Influencer Under 30” by the magazine Shortcut in 2015. Söderlund is Aftonbladet’s youngest columnist and a renowned champion for women’s rights, using social media to inspire others to believe in themselves. She will moderate the Closing Luncheon Safe Space: Security and Stability for Girls.
FILM SCREENING AND BRIEFING
Jo Jensen is CEO and Founder of Causeumentary, bringing twelve years of digital marketing and grassroots experience to the Causeumentary team to achieve results as the Impact Producer for documentary films. A few of the successful documentary campaigns Jensen has worked on include Honor Flight (Guinness World Record Holder), Blood Brother (Sundance Winner), SlingShot (Sundance Selection), I Voted? (Tribeca Selection), Salam Neighbor (AFI Docs Selection), After Spring (Tribeca Selection), and Poverty, Inc. (Paris’s FIFE Winner). Named one of 2015’s “Rising PR Stars” while the Associate Vice President of Digital Media at the Washington Public Affairs Firm DDC, Jensen helped pioneer its digital practice by developing and overseeing several successful PR campaigns. In the ever-changing digital space, Jensen mastered social listening tools and visual storytelling to really make an impact and shape the digital narrative for clients. She is a frequent speaker on brands rocking social media and has hosted digital training sessions at Campaign Tech East, The National Press Club, The Army Navy Club, CPAC, and The State Policy Network. Before jumping into the PR world, Jensen served as Marketing Director at Freethink, where she developed engagement strategies that resulted in breaking the Guinness World Record for the largest film screening in history, with a turnout of 28,442 people at the movie premiere of Honor Flight. An invited speaker at the White House, Jensen and her work have been featured in several national news outlets, including NPR, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN, Good Morning America, and People Magazine. Causeumentary has a team of a dozen people located in New York City, Washington, DC, and California. Jensen will introduce the film After Spring.