Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub
President, International Women’s Forum and Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc.
Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub is Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. 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 with positions of increasing responsibility. Her last position at the University of Miami was as 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 2016 IWF World Leadership Conference with Opening Remarks.
PLENARY 1 – NUMBERS MATTER: PEOPLE MATTER
Chief of Staff for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Gabriela Ramos is Chief of Staff for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Sherpa to the G20. In this role she advises and supports the Secretary-General’s strategic agenda. She is responsible for the contributions of the organization to the global agenda, including the G20 and G7, and oversees the preparations of the yearly OECD Ministerial Council Meeting. Ramos has contributed to the launch of major OECD initiatives related to gender, skills and development. She also launched and now supervises the New Approaches to Economic Challenges and the Inclusive Growth initiatives. She oversees the activities of the Directorate for Education and Skills. Previously, she served as Head of the OECD Office in Mexico and Latin America, where she promoted OECD recommendations in many areas including health and education. She assisted with the preparations of several OECD reports on Mexico, developed the OECD Forum there and launched the “Getting it Right” flagship publication series. Prior to joining the OECD, Ramos held several positions in the Mexican Government, notably as advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of OECD Affairs. She has also held several roles in academia as Professor of International Economy at the Universidad Iberoamericana and at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. Ramos holds a Master’s degree in Public Policies from Harvard University, and was a Fulbright and Ford MacArthur fellow. She will address the plenary session Numbers Matter: People Matter.
Assistant Secretary-General & Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund
Natalia Kanem is Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Kanem brings to the position more than 25 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of medicine, public and reproductive health, peace, social justice, and philanthropy. While a Ford Foundation officer from 1992 to 2005, she funded pioneering work in women’s reproductive health and sexuality as the Foundation’s representative for West Africa. She then served in the Foundation’s headquarters, becoming Deputy Vice-President for its worldwide peace and social justice programs across offices in the United States, Asia, Africa, Latin America and Eastern Europe. Kanem served as founding President of the ELMA Philanthropies Inc., a private institution focusing primarily on children and youth in Africa, since the institution’s inception until 2011. From 2012 to 2013, she was a Senior Associate of the Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies, which is dedicated to the development of the Caribbean. Since 2014, Kanem has been serving as UNFPA Representative in Tanzania. Kanem holds a medical degree from Columbia University in New York and a master’s in Public Health, with specialization in Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a graduate of Harvard University in History and Science. She will address the plenary session Numbers Matter: People Matter.
award-winning journalist, writer and human rights advocate
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 to 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. Currently, she is producing debates and documentaries. Pascalidou has published six books, of which many have received national awards. 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. In the mid-1990s, she was an important leader of the Swedish contingent of Europarådet’s anti-racism campaign “All Different, All Equal.” She is a Goodwill Ambassador and Mentor for Femdefenders and Terrafem, among other orgnaizations. 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 Perspectiv 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 plenary session Numbers Matter: People Matter.
KEYNOTE – POPULATIONS ON THE MOVE
Swedish diplomat, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations
Jan Eliasson is a Swedish 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 as Swedish Ambassador the U.S. (2000-2005). A veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, from 1994 to 2000 Eliasson served as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 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 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 United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. During his tenure, he was involved in operations in Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique and the Balkans and 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 Olof Palme. Eliasson has also served as a mediator in the Nagorny 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, Washington, DC, Uppsala University and Göteborg University, Sweden, and Bethany College, USA, he also has been decorated by a number of governments. Eliasson graduated from the Swedish Naval Academy and earned a master’s degree in Economics. He will address the plenary session Numbers Matter: People Matter.
PLENARY 2 – DANGEROUS INTERSECTION: TECHNOLOGY/ PRIVACY/ SECURITY/ SURVEILLANCE
Chair of the Cyber Security Advisory Panel of the Bank of England and former Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism
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. After serving as David Cameron’s National Security Advisor while in opposition and authoring the Conservative Party’s national security strategy, including the creation of a UK National Security Council, she held the post of Minister of State for Security and Counter Terrorism for the first year of the current Coalition government. On 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. 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. 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. During 1993 and 1994 she was Chairman of the UK Joint Intelligence Committee. From 1994 to 1996, as Political Director in the Foreign Office, she was head of political affairs and in that capacity led the British delegation to the Dayton negotiations on the Bosnia peace settlement. On 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 spin out from 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.
VP & Chief Privacy Officer & EVP at Cisco
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, advocacy and education efforts, and 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, from 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.
Geraldine de Bastion
Information and Communications Technology expert and Co-Founder of Konnektiv, a consultancy firm advising on the development of new technologies
Geraldine de Bastion is Founder of the Global Innovation Gathering and an international consultant on how people use technology to communicate and interact. Over the past years, she has concentrated on the impact open, social and mobile technologies and their impact on development in Africa and Asia. de Bastion is an expert on information and communication technology and new media and advises governmental organizations, NGOs and businesses on digital media and communication strategies. de Bastion 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 Geraldine worked with newthinking communications GmbH, an agency for Open Source strategies. In 2012 she curated the re:publica, Germany’s largest conference on Internet and Society. She holds a degree from Freie Universität Berlin and will address the plenary session Dangerous Intersection: Technology/ Privacy/ Security/ Surveillance.
LUNCHEON – SHAPING OUR WORLD: SUSTAINABLE PLACES
Swedish Minister for the Environment
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 of the global environmental community. Prior to her role as Minister, Skog was the Political Secretary 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. She was also editor of the Green Party Journal from 2005 to 2006. Previously, Skog was the 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 Places.
Co-CEO of Gensler, the world’s largest architecture and design firm and Member of IWF Washington, DC
Diane Hoskins is one of two Gensler Co-CEOs, whose collaborative leadership model sets itself apart in the marketplace as a leading global design firm. For her innovative leadership, 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, Harvard Business Review, The Washington Post and The Economist; and she 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 Places.
Tjada D’Oyen McKenna
Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity International
Tjada D’Oyen McKenna is Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity International. As COO, McKenna leads the operational execution of Habitat’s ambitious new strategic plan to advance its mission, grow capacity and increase global impact. To foster overall growth and development opportunities within the organization, McKenna brings together global program, operational strategies and delivery across Habitat’s network of 1,400 U.S. affiliates and more than 70 country programs in Canada; Europe, the Middle East and Africa; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Asia-Pacific. Prior to her role with Habitat for Humanity, McKenna was the Deputy Coordinator of Development for Feed the Future, the United States global hunger and food security initiative, and Assistant to the Administrator in the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Food Security. In her capacity as Assistant to the Administrator, she also oversaw USAID’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving food security to sustainably reduce hunger, poverty, and undernutrition. McKenna previously held senior positions at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Monsanto, McKinsey & Company, American Express, and GE. She is a former member of the National Board of the Girl Scouts of the United States. 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 Places.
Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board of Singapore and Member of IWF Singapore
Cheong Koon Hean is Chief Executive Officer of the Housing and Development Board (HDB) of Singapore, overseeing the development of over one million public housing flats. She is concurrently Deputy Secretary (Special Duties) in the Ministry of National Development. Prior to this, she was CEO of the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) for six years, during which time she spearheaded the large scale transformation and strategic development of various areas in Singapore, including the well-known Marina Bay. Koon Hean also initiated URA’s Architecture and Urban Design Excellence Program and set up its international consultancy arm. She received a Doctor of Architecture honorary degree and the Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence from the University of Newcastle, Australia. Koon Hean was also conferred the silver, gold and meritorious service medals by the President of Singapore for outstanding public service. Koon Hean is on the boards of HDB and Jurong Port and is a board trustee of the international Urban Land Institute. She serves on several international expert panels, advising on sustainable and cities development. Koon Hean 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 Places.
Chief Operating Officer for Habitat for Humanity International
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 spent in China as President CEO of BBDO, now overseeing the Europe region. Having started her career at Saatch & Saatchi in the 80’s, she has spent over 30 years in advertising agencies, working successfully in Australia, Japan, the U.S. 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 90’s, she helped head the New York office of J.Walter Thompson whilst also running the Unilever account in North America. From 2001 and 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 roles on Unilever. She built BBDO from a 60 people office in Shanghai to a company of over 450 people in 7 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 D&AD and a member of The Marketing Group of Great Britain. She will moderate the plenary session Shaping Our World: Sustainable Places.
PLENARY THREE: SOLVE PROBLEMS – SHAPE OPPORTUNITIES
Chief Business Operations Officer, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Connie Collingsworth is Chief Operations Officer and Chief Legal Officer for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As general counsel and secretary, she is responsible for managing all of the foundation’s legal needs, providing guidance and developing creative solutions to support the achievement of the foundation’s programmatic objectives. Prior to joining the foundation in 2002, she was a partner and member of the Executive Committee of Preston Gates & Ellis, (now known as K&L Gates), where her practice focused on corporate securities law and private equity investments. Collingsworth has nonprofit governance experience including serving on the board of Women’s World Banking, board chair of Social Venture Partners, and board chair of the French American School of Puget Sound. She currently serves on the board of directors of Premera Blue Cross and Banner Corporation. Collingsworth received an LL.M. in International Business Legal Studies from the University of Exeter, England, a J.D. from the University of Nebraska School of Law, and a B.A., in English from Andrews University. She will address the plenary session Solve Problems: Shape Opportunities.
Managing Director and CEO of Swedfund, the Swedish government’s development finance institution
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.
Vice President, Ethical Sourcing, Walmart
Jan Saumweber is Vice President for Responsible Sourcing at Walmart. Prior to this role she was Senior Vice President of the Sara Lee Corporation on the Global Walmart Team. In this position she led the global customer management team and drover results by aligning strategies between Sara Lee and Walmart, effectively allocating financial and people resources, collaborating on join business planning, and developing a high-performing team. She previously served as an executive with ConAgra Frozen Foods and in the Minute Maid division of the Coca-Cola Company. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business from North Central College. She will address the plenary session Solve Problems: Shape Opportunities.
PLENARY 4 – EARTHQUAKES AND AFTERSHOCKS: THE SURGE OF POPULISM & NATIONALISM
Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer in Political Science with a specific focus on the radical right in Nordic countries at Södertörn University, Sweden
Ann-Cathrine Jungar is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Södertörn University in Stockholm with a focus on the radical right in Europe, specifically Nordic countries. Born and educated in Finland, with strong connections throughout Scandinavia and Iceland, Jungar has developed a special interest in European comparative politics. Her current research is on the ideology, organization and transnational contacts and connections of the radical right. 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. 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 & Nationalism.
Political Scientist and expert on populism and nationalism in Europe
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, as well as a contributor to Huffington Post and 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 U.S. and abroad. He is working on four new books discussing 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 United States. He will address the plenary session Earthquakes and Aftershocks: The Surge of Populism & Nationalism.
Robert Bosch Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy, Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution
Constanze Stelzenmüller is an expert on German, European, and transatlantic foreign and security policy and strategy, and the inaugural Robert Bosch Senior Fellow in 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 of the United States (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 had 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 International New York Times 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, D.C., 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 & Nationalism.
Freelance Journalist and former Deputy Head of Egypt’s state-owned Nile TV
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 International Women’s Forum and 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 Holmes Award for courageous journalism from Gothenburg University, Sweden (2011), Spain’s Juan Anguita Parrado Award (2012), Global Thinkers Forum Excellence in promoting gender equity award (2013), the American University in Cairo’s Catalyst for Change Award (2011) and the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Award (2016). She will moderate the plenary session Earthquakes and Aftershocks: The Surge of Populism & Nationalism.
TOP OF THE CHARTS: THE MUSIC OF SWEDEN
Singer, songwriter and artist
Seinabo Sey is an award-winning Swedish Soul and R&B artist. She was born in Södermalm, Stockholm and is of both Swedish and West African ancestry. She moved to Halmstad, Sweden at the age of eight, and attended Östergårdsskolans Music Program for Musically Gifted Teenagers. Sey was inspired by soul musicians from around the world at a young age. Surrounded by creativity, music and artistry from a young age, Sey drew inspiration from her father Mawdo Sey who was a renowned musician in the Gambia and Senegal, West Africa. Sey’s singing career took roots at the age of 16 when she changed course and left an International Baccalaureate program in Halmstad to study Soul Music at the Fryshusets Esthetics Program in Stockholm. Following her graduation, Sey started working with world renowned producer Magnus Lidehäll and released her debut single “Younger,” followed by “Hard Time” and “Pistols at Dawn.” The singles were released to critical acclaim in Sweden and abroad, described as a new genre as soul pop. Kygo, a Norwegian musician remixed “Younger” and released it in Norway and the United States. This version peaked on the Norwegian VG-lista chart for seven consecutive weeks and on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs list. Sey performed at the 2014 Swedish Grammy Awards and at Allsång på Skansen, a Swedish music television special. The same year she released her first EP For Madeleine, dedicated to and named after her mother, performed at the Royal Dramatic Theatre and the Nobel Peace Prize concert. In 2015, she released her second EP For Maudo, dedicated to her father. Echoing the success of her singles and For Madeline, the record received favorable reviews and widespread critical acclaim, described as a “weightless and spellbinding crossover between soul and modern pop” and “exceptionally beautiful music.” In 2015, Sey released her first full album Pretend, whose title track was featured in the season six trailer for HBO’s Girls in 2016. Sey is a recipient of the Swedish Music Publishers Prize for Breakthrough Artist of the Year, a Swedish Grammy award-winning artist in the category of Best Newcomer of the Year, and a Kingsize Award winner for Best Soul/R&B Artist of the Year. She will address the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
Director-General, Swedish Arts Council
Staffan Forssell is the Director General of Cultural Affairs for the Swedish Arts Council. Forssell is 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 whose task is to promote 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.
Swedish music journalist for TV4 and Dagens Industri, and host of the podcast “Gradvall” on Sveriges Radio
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.” 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 and primarily writes for DI. He also contributes to the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, entertainment magazine cafe 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 is a recipient of the Polar Music Prize for his 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 National Music Agency. He will address the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
General Manager Polar Music International AB, responsible for the ABBA catalogue of music and ABBA brand worldwide
Mia Segolsson is General Manager of Polar Music International AB, one of Sweden’s premier record companies and part of Universal Music Group. Segolsson is responsible for the ABBA catalogue of music and the ABBA brand worldwide. During her nearly 30 year career in the music industry with PolyGram Records and later Universal Music, Segolsson has held leadership positions overseeing marketing and production for some of Sweden’s largest artists and accounts. She is a member of the Board of THQ Nordic AB, a company that acquires, develops and publishes computer and console games to the global gaming market. Segolsson is a graduate of Berghs School of Communication in Stockholm and will address the Breakout Session Top of the Charts: The Music of Sweden.
music journalist and television presenter, member of the Swedish Grammy Award Jury
Ametist Azordegan is a journalist, and television 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, Sweden. 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” and “Kvällstoppen” 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 broadcasted Sveriges Radio music show “En kärleksattack på svensk hiphop” from 2007 to 2014. Since 2013, she has also been a reviewer of culture events for Sveriges Radio’s P1, P2 and P3. Azordegan was the Creative Producer and Presenter of the music radio show “Kärleksattacken,” Sweden’s largest hip-hop radio program that aired for 15 seasons and 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 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.
MORE THAN NUMBERS: FILLING IN THE PICTURE
Swedish statistician and Co-Founder & Product Manager of the Gapminder Foundation
Anna Rosling Rönnlund is a Co-Founder and 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 & 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 present More than Numbers: Filling in the Picture.
Partner at Walerud Ventures, investor and adviser behind the development of many Swedish start-ups including the unicorn Klarna, and Member of IWF Sweden
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 a Course Leader at STING AB (Stockholm Innovation and Growth) training and business network organization. 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.
Director of Start-ups, Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation
Marie Wall is the Start-up Director at the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. With a wide range of positions in the world of start-ups and the innovation system, she serves as the bridge between the Ministry and the start-up community. She started her career in IT research, but soon joined the 90’s start-up scene. She participated in a number of start-ups including Everyday.com, one of the first portals in Sweden; Sendit, mobile internet company; Cypak, printed electronics; and Bosieboo, business to consumer company. Wall has also invested in start-ups 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 System (Vinnova) responsible for the national incubation program, providing financing to incubators and young start-ups. At Vinnova she was also responsible for setting up the “Strategic Innovation Programme” an initiative to create co-operation between the industry and the academia. Wall earned her Master’s in Computer Science from Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden. She will address the Breakout Session In the Land of Unicorns: Sweden’s Tech Incubator.
Co-Founder & COO of Karmalicious AB
Elsa Bernadotte is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Karmalicious AB, a social enterprise dedicated to reducing food waste in the café and restaurant industry by providing discounted, excess food to consumers via an app. Bernadotte is also the CEO and Co-Founder of Foxhelm Ventures, a firm investing in Nordic companies and providing business development and financing strategies; and Deputy Director of Only for Heroes AB, an import, distribution and development company for digital educational materials and products. Prior to starting Karmalicious, she founded various businesses including Pop Fruits fresh, frozen snacks. Bernadotte holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance and Marketing from the Stockholm School of Economics. She will address the Breakout Session In the Land of Unicorns: Sweden’s Tech Incubator.
Founder of SUP46 – Startup People of Sweden incubator
Jessica Stark is Co-Founder and CEO of SUP46 – Startup People of Sweden, known as the Scandinavian “Startup Mum.” SUP46 is one of the leading startup hubs in Europe, recognized for its fast-growing tech companies with over 50 startup members in various stages of production. A leading incubator, 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 STING (Stockholm Innovation & Growth initiative), 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.
Digital Strategist & Founder Ziggy Creative Colony and Member, Swedish Government Innovation Council
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 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 is 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
President & CEO of The Global Fund for Women and Member of IWF Northern California
Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. She is an activist for women and girls’ health and human rights, and passionate about using philanthropy and technology to drive social change. Born in Kenya, Kanyoro traces her passion for human rights, peace, and justice to her Quaker family and community. She is one of ten children – every daughter given the same educational opportunities as the sons. Kanyoro’s early work focused on the self-determination of African peoples and the abolition of apartheid in South Africa. In 1998, Kanyoro was appointed General Secretary (CEO) of the World YWCA, the first non-white woman to hold the role. She made the organization a go-to organization for young women’s leadership and for HIV prevention and care. She transformed the World YWCA into a young-women-led organization, with young women under 30 making up 55% of the Global Board of trustees. Before joining the Global Fund for Women as CEO, Kanyoro was Director for Population and Reproductive Health at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, managing the $30 million grant making portfolio. During her time at the Global Fund for Women, Kanyoro has seen the organization surpass $100 million in grant making and spearheaded a successful merger with another non-profit. Kanyoro has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin, and a doctorate in Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. In 2014, she was named one of the “21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s E-News. In 2015, Forbes magazine named her one of “10 Women Power Brands” working for gender equality. Kanyoro serves on the Aspen Leaders Council, the CARE Board, the UN High Level Taskforce for Reproductive Health, UN Women Civil Society Advisory Board, and on The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)’s Scientific Advisory Board. Kanyoro is a member of IWF Northern California. She will address the Closing Luncheon Safe Space: Security and Stability for Girls.
Egyptian Minister for Social Solidarity
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, comprised of eight ministries, and chairs 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 leadership positions including serving as the Managing Director of the Social Fund for Development (SFD), a multi-million dollar SME fund; and Assistant Resident Representative for Poverty reduction at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), coordinating the Millennium Development Goal reports. She served as the Micro Finance and Access to Finance Advisor to the Chairman of Egypt’s Financial Supervisory Authority and Executive Committee Member and was the Program Director of CARE International in Egypt, working in poverty alleviation in Upper Egypt. Waly was the Micro Finance and Community Development Team Leader at SFD, and 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 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
Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili
Co-Convener of the #BringBackOurGirls Movement, former World Bank Vice President, Africa Region and two-time former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili is Senior Economic Advisor for the Africa Economic Development Policy Initiative (AEDPI), a program of the Open Society Foundations. In this role she advises nine reform-committed heads of state on economic issues. Ezekwesili was instrumental to the start of the social media hashtag “#BringBackOurGirls” and established the movement. She is credited as a Co-Founder of the campaign and with bringing it to the fore in the international community, connecting social justice advocates around the world. Before joining AEDPI, she was Vice President of the World Bank, Africa Region in Washington, DC, responsible for operations in 48 countries and a lending portfolio of nearly $40 billion. From 2002 to 2007, Ezekwesili worked for the federal government of Nigeria as Minister of Education, Minister of Solid Minerals, Head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit, as well as Chairperson of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) where she led the first ever national implementation of the global standards and principles of transparency in the oil, gas and mining sectors. Ezekwesili is a founding Director of Transparency International, representing Africa at the global anticorruption body based in Berlin. She serves on the boards of Bharti Airtel, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the School of Public Policy of Central European University, Hungary; The Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy at Tel Aviv University, Israel; The Center for Global Leadership at Tufts University, USA and the New Africa Magazine, among others. In 2012, Ezekwesili was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta in Nigeria. She has also been awarded the Nigerian national honor of the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic. Ezekwesili holds a Master’s in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos as well as an Master’s in Public Policy and Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. She trained as a Chartered Accountant/Consultant with the Global firm of Akintola Williams Deloitte & Touche, and worked in senior management positions in the financial services sector. She will address the Closing Luncheon Safe Space: Security and Stability for Girls.
FILM SCREENING & BRIEFING – AFTER SPRING
Impact Producer of After Spring and Founder & CEO of Causeumentary, a film marketing company where causes and documentaries meet
Jo Jensen is the CEO and Founder of Causeumentary, bringing 12 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 Jo 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’ FIFE Winner). Named one of 2015’s “Rising PR Stars” while the Associate Vice President of Digital Media at the Washington Public Affairs Film 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 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 to the PR world, Jensen served as the 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’s work has been featured in several national news outlets including NPR, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, 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.