World Economic Forum 2022

A unique gathering of international business and political leaders, at this year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, we have curated an agenda which will address three key topics:

  • Sustainability
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
  • Cryptocurrency & Web 3.0

With sessions focused on practical solutions, international collaboration, and global viewpoints, hear from thought leaders charting the course ahead for a more sustainable, inclusive and technologically advanced future.


Laura Cha

Mrs Cha is Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd and a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong.

Mrs Cha is also a Non-Executive Director of Unilever plc; a Senior International Advisor of Foundation Assets Management Sweden AB and a member of Sotheby’s International Advisory Board. In addition, she is also Vice Chairman of the International Advisory Council of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and a Director of the World Federation of Exchanges.
Mrs Cha became the first, and to-date, the only person outside Mainland China to join the Central Government of the People’s Republic of China at the vice ministerial rank when she was appointed as Vice Chairman of the China Securities Regulatory Commission in January 2001. She served in that position until September 2004. Mrs Cha worked for the Securities and Futures Commission in Hong Kong from 1991 to 2000, becoming its Deputy Chairman in 1998. She was also Chairman of The Financial Services Development Council of Hong Kong from January 2013 to July 2018.

She was awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star in 2001, a Gold Bauhinia Star in 2009 and the Grand Bauhinia Medal in 2017 by the Hong Kong Government for her public service.

Sam Bankman-Fried

Sam Bankman-Fried is an MIT graduate with a degree in physics who started his career in financial markets with Jane Street. He traded a variety of ETFs, futures, currencies, and equities, and designed their automated OTC trading system. After Jane Street, he founded the quantitative trading firm Alameda Research. During his time at Alameda, he and his colleagues noticed that the technology from cryptocurrency exchanges for institutional investors could be better. As a result, he created FTX in 2019, which is now the largest crypto trading exchange outside China. Beginning during his time at MIT and continuing throughout his professional career, Sam has been a believer in effective altruism in which he has dedicated his time to maximizing his earnings in order to affect as much positive change in the world as possible. Over the past decade, Sam has donated to initiatives that focus on animal rights, climate change and more.

Bill Winters

Bill Winters was appointed to the Board of Standard Chartered PLC as Group Chief Executive on 10 June 2015, having joined the Group in May 2015. He is based in London.

Bill has had a distinguished career in banking, having spent 26 years with JP Morgan in diverse leadership roles, becoming co-Chief Executive Officer of the investment bank in 2004 until he stepped down in 2009. Bill was the only career banker to be invited to be a committee member of the Independent Commission on Banking, established by the UK government in 2010 to recommend ways to improve competition and financial stability in banking. Subsequently, he served as advisor to the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and was asked by the Court of the Bank of England to complete an independent review of the bank’s liquidity operations. Bill founded the private credit fund Renshaw Bay in 2011 where he was Chairman and CEO until he stepped down from the company on appointment to the Standard Chartered PLC Board.

Bill is deeply engaged in driving the climate finance agenda. Under his leadership, Standard Chartered chairs the Net Zero Banking Alliance. Bill chaired the Taskforce for Scaling Voluntary Carbon Markets, a global private-sector initiative that developed a roadmap to scale high-integrity carbon markets. Bill also co-Chairs the B20 Taskforce for Finance & Infrastructure, which has a special focus on unlocking finance for green infrastructure.

Bill is an independent non-executive director of Novartis International AG.

Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu Lee is the Chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures, co-author of NY Times Bestseller AI Superpowers and acclaimed recent book AI 2041: Ten Visions For Our Future. Lee was formerly the president of Google China and a senior executive at Microsoft, SGI, and Apple. Lee is co-chair of the Artificial Intelligence Council at the World Economic Forum. He is an authority on artificial intelligence, global technology trends and investing in China. 

Patrick Chappatte

Photo: 2021, © Matthieu Zellweger

Patrick Chappatte draws for the Swiss newspapers Le Temps in Geneva and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He also works for Le Canard Enchaîné in France, Der Spiegel magazine in Germany and the Boston Globe in the United States. For almost 20 years he was the regular cartoonist for the International Herald Tribune and the New York Times, until the later newspaper decided to stop publishing political cartoons in 2019.

Chappatte is also a pioneer of cartoon reportage, with more than thirty published reports, from Nairobi' slums to Guatemala's gangs, as well as American death rows.

For the past fifteen years, with the help of the Swiss Foreign Office, he has been organizing "Plumes croisées" projects all around the world, to encourage a dialogue on Human Rights through drawings. Chappatte chairs the Freedom Cartoonists foundation in Geneva (formerly the Swiss Cartooning for Peace Foundation) which, together with the City of Geneva, awards the biennial International Editorial Cartoon Award. Kofi Annan used to be the Foundation's honorary president.
After spending time in New York and Los Angeles, he currently lives and works in Geneva.
Website: www.chappatte.com

Dr. Andrew Forrest

As Founder and Chairman, Dr Andrew Forrest has led Fortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) from inception to a US$60 billion listed natural resources company that’s invested US$40+ billion developing some of the world’s most efficient infrastructure. In 2021, Fortescue announced its commitment to become zero-emissions by 2030, and created Fortescue Future Industries (FFI), a developer, financier, and operator of a global portfolio of renewable energy resources to produce green energy at a scale equal to the oil and gas super-majors.

FFI is leading the green industrial revolution, developing technology solutions for hard-to-decarbonise industries, while building a global portfolio of renewable green hydrogen and green ammonia projects to produce 15 million tonnes per year of green hydrogen by 2030, rising to 50 million tonnes per year in the decade thereafter.

In 2001, Andrew co-founded Minderoo Foundation with his wife Nicola, and to date they’ve donated more than US$1.8 billion supporting 300+ initiatives addressing modern slavery, ocean health, cancer, indigenous disparity, childhood development, artificial intelligence, disaster resilience, and plastic waste.

Dr Forrest’s commercial business, Tattarang, is backing new renewable green energy projects including WindLab wind power and SunCable solar power and expanding sustainable and carbon-neutral practices within agri-food business Harvest Road.

Dr Forrest has a PhD in Marine Ecology from the University of Western Australia, and serves as an IUCN Patron of Nature, a World Economic Forum Friend of Ocean Action, and a member of the United Nations Environment Program’s Scientific Advisory Committee on the Assessment on Marine Litter and Microplastics.

Dr. Forrest is Co-Chair of the Australia-China Senior Business Leaders’ Forum, Global Patron of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, and served as a Councillor of the Global Citizen Commission charged by the United Nations in 2016 to modernise the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 2017, Dr Forrest was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to philanthropy, mining, employment, and sustainable foreign investment.

Ruth Porat

Ruth joined Google as SVP and CFO in May 2015 and has held the same title at Alphabet since its creation in October 2015. Prior to Google, Ruth was EVP and CFO of Morgan Stanley. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Blackstone Inc., the Stanford Management Company and the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Board of Trustees of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She previously spent ten years on Stanford University’s Board of Trustees. Ruth holds a BA from Stanford University, an MSc from The London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Harry Moseley

Harry is the Global Chief Information Officer at Zoom where he has been for four years. Prior to this he was Chief Information Officer, Managing Director at KPMG for 5+ years. Before joining KPMG, Harry served as CIO & Senior Managing Director − Partner for The Blackstone Group, where he led the company’s transformation to the world’s best digital alternative asset manager

He has also served as Managing Director and CIO of Global Investment Banking for Credit Suisse and CTO & Managing Director for UBS Americas.

Harry has been inducted into CIO Magazine’s Hall of Fame, recognized as one of the world’s top 100 CIOs by Computerworld, and honored by Irish Magazine as one of its Annual Wall Street 50. Harry is an Advisory Board Member of the New York Center for Dental Restorative Services and a former member of the Advisory Board of the New York City Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 

Joanna Shields

Joanna Shields (Baroness Shields OBE) is a tech industry veteran with a successful track record building some of the world’s best-known companies. Her career spans over 30 years and has focussed on harnessing the power of technology to drive change that improves connectivity, humanity and society. Joanna is currently Chief Executive Officer of BenevolentAI, a leading clinical-stage AI drug discovery company using AI to develop more effective medicines.

Prior to joining BenevolentAI, Joanna served as the UK’s first Minister for Internet Safety and Security, Under Secretary of State, Special Advisor on the Digital Economy, and Chair & CEO of TechCityUK.

Prior to her government service, Joanna held executive roles at Google, Facebook, Bebo/Aol, Decru, RealNetworks, Veon and EFI and served as a non-executive director of the London Stock Exchange Group.

Joanna founded WePROTECT.org, a multi-stakeholder global alliance working to protect children from online abuse and exploitation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity and the Child Dignity Alliance. She is also a Commissioner on the Oxford Commission on AI & Good Governance (OxCAIGG) and sits as the Co-Chair of the Steering Committee and Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary on the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI), a multi-stakeholder initiative supported by the OECD and counting more than 25 member countries plus the EU all working at the trustworthy development and deployment of AI.
Among her many honours, Shields was ranked first on the Wired 100 UK's digital power brokers in 2011 and was named the most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly in 2013 . She received the HRH Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Motherhood and Childhood and the Thank You Award from World Childhood Foundation for her lifetime commitment to protect the rights and safety of children worldwide.

In 2014, Joanna was appointed OBE for services to digital industries and voluntary service to young people and made a Life Peer of the House of Lords.

Dr. Lucas Joppa

Dr. Lucas Joppa is Microsoft’s first Chief Environmental Officer, leading the company’s sustainability efforts through technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence. With a Ph.D. in Ecology from Duke University, extensive publications in leading academic journals, and recognition by Fortune magazine in its “40 Under 40” list, Dr. Joppa is a uniquely accredited voice for sustainability in the tech industry.

In 2020, Dr. Joppa was named to Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers list in the environment and ecology fields. He is an Associate Editor in Chief for the Ecological Society of America’s EcoSphere journal and an honorary Fellow at the UN Environment Program World Conservation Monitoring Center (UNEP-WCMC), and he serves on the boards of leading scientific organizations.

In 2017, he founded Microsoft’s AI for Earth program—a five-year, $50 million cross-company effort dedicated to delivering technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges. More recently Dr. Joppa led Microsoft’s ambitious plans to become a carbon negative, water positive, zero waste company and to build a new planetary computing platform that will transform the way we monitor, model, and manage Earth’s natural systems.

Luc Rémont

Luc Rémont is Executive Vice President, International Operations, in charge of South America, Africa and Middle East, India and East Asia & Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric since April 2017.

Luc began his career in 1993 as an engineer at the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). In 1996, he joined the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry. He held several positions there, first in the Finances department where he supervised relationships with multilateral development banks (EBRD, World Bank) and government equity interests in transportation companies.

During his time at the French Ministry of Finance, from 2002 to 2007, he moved from a Technical Investment Advisor, to a Deputy Director position. He joined Merrill Lynch bank in 2007 and became Director of the Corporate and Investment Bank of America Merrill Lynch in France in 2009. In July 2014, he joined Schneider Electric as President of Schneider Electric France and Member of the Executive Committee.

Moreover, from March 2015 to May 2017, Luc was Chairman of Gimélec, which brings together 230 French companies providing power and automation solutions for the energy, building, industry and infrastructure markets.

Luc graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique (France) and holds an engineering degree from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Techniques Avancées (Ensta, France).

Brad Garlinghouse

Brad is the CEO of Ripple. Prior to Ripple, Brad served as the CEO of file collaboration service Hightail. He was President of Consumer Applications at AOL from 2009 to 2012, and held various positions at Yahoo! from 2003 to 2009, including Senior Vice President. Brad formerly served as CEO of Dialpad Communications, held management positions at SBC Communications and @Home Network, and was an advisor to Silverlake Partners. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Animoto and OutMatch and has held board positions at Ancestry.com and Tonic Health.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Helle Thorning-Schmidt has an extensive background spanning politics, international relations and business. In 2017 she was named as one of the world’s greatest leaders by Fortune magazine.

As Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011-2015, Helle steered Denmark through a difficult financial crisis while reducing child poverty and increasing spending on education. She also served as leader of the country’s Social Democrat party for a decade, and was the first woman to hold both positions.

Following her term as PM, Helle was the Chief Executive of Save the Children, overseeing the work of 17,000 staff in 120 countries to reach around 50 million children every year in some of the most difficult and challenging contexts. She was deeply engaged in highlighting the humanitarian crises in Yemen and Syria, and the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Ms Thorning-Schmidt remains deeply engaged in these geopolitical issues as a member of several foreign policy think tanks, including the US Council on Foreign Relations, the European Council for Foreign Relations, the International Crisis Group and the Atlantic Council International Advisory Board. Helle is also a member of the Berggruen 21st Century Council.

In 2017, Helle was a co-chair of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, and is on the board of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. Today Helle uses her deep political and international expertise to advise a range of businesses and not-for-profit groups.

Helle is non – Executive Director for a number of Boards - Vestas, one of the world’s leaders in sustainable energy; DJE Holdings, a global communications firm that partners with businesses and organisations to evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations; Safelane, a global leader in clearing landmines and the explosive remnants of war; Carsøe, a leading manufacturer of retail, customised, and OEM solutions for key suppliers of food processing equipment across the world; and VISTA Equity Partners, an American investment firm focused on financing and forwarding software, data and technology-enabled startup businesses. In 2020 Helle was appointed Co-Chair of The Oversight Board created to help Facebook answer some of the most difficult questions around freedom of expression online; as well as Chairman for the Danish Football Union’s Governance Committee.

Also in 2020, Thorning-Schmidt was appointed by the World Health Organization's Regional Office for Europe to serve as a member of the Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development.

Helle devotes much of her time to defending and renewing progress, social justice, and democracy. As a strong champion of women and girls’ rights throughout her time in government and at Save the Children, she continues to remain passionate about women’s empowerment.
Helle was previously a member of the European Parliament. She has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen and a Master’s Degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges.

Alexander Stubb

Professor Alexander Stubb is the Director of the School of Transnational Governance as of 1 May 2020. He has served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland (2008-2016). He was a Member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2008 and national parliament (2011-2017). He was the Chairman of the Finnish National Coalition Party (Kokoomus) from 2014 to 2016 and Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB) from 2017 to 2020.

Stubb worked as an advisor at the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Helsinki and Brussels and in President Romano Prodi's team at the European Commission (1995-2004). He was involved in the negotiation of the Treaties of Amsterdam, Nice and Lisbon.

Stubb’s background is in academia, civil service and politics. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations from the London School of Economics, a Master’s degree in EU administration from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a B.A. in political science from Furman University in South Carolina. He also studied French language, culture and civilisation at the Sorbonne in Paris.

Between 2000 and 2007, he was a visiting Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. Stubb has written numerous books and academic articles on European affairs and publishes columns for several newspapers, including the Financial Times, on a regular basis.

Stubb is also a self-professed sports-nut and avid amateur triathlete.

Graeme Pitkethly

Graeme joined Unilever in 2002 and was previously Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Unilever UK and Ireland business. Prior to this he held a number of senior financial and commercial roles within Unilever, including Senior Vice President of Finance for Global Markets, Global Head of M&A, Head of Treasury, Pensions and Tax and Chief Financial Officer of Unilever Indonesia.
Graeme brings considerable internal and external experience to the role having spent the earlier part of his career in senior corporate finance roles in the telecommunications industry and at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Graeme is a Chartered Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in Applied Chemistry from Strathclyde University. Graeme is married with two children with whom he enjoys skiing and golf. With a passion for blues music, he is also an enthusiastic, but poor, guitarist. In a personal capacity, Graeme is Vice-Chair of the Financial Stability Board Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (“TCFD”).
Graeme is also a non-executive director at Pearson Plc.

Sabine Bendiek

Sabine Bendiek is Chief People & Operating Officer, Labor Relations Director, and Member of the Executive Board.

The People & Operations board area combines excellence in people with the cross-board area mandate of SAP’s business operations.

In her role, Sabine Bendiek together with her team drives and further accelerates SAP’s transformation to the cloud by bringing together what creates the essential fabric of our company’s successful transformation: our people agenda, our systems and processes as well as our capabilities to enable insights, innovation and change both for SAP internally and for our customers.

Bendiek has more than 20 years of professional experience as an executive in the technology industry. Before joining SAP, she was Chairwoman of the Management Board at Microsoft Germany. Bendiek also held the position of Vice President and General Manager for EMC Germany and was responsible for Dell’s Small and Medium Business in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. At the beginning of her career, she worked for McKinsey, Booz Allen as well as Siemens Nixdorf Information Systems.

Bendiek holds a master's degree in Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge and a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim.

Simon Cooper

Simon joined the Group as CEO, Corporate & Institutional Banking in April 2016. He assumed the additional responsibility for Commercial Banking in March 2018 and was appointed as the Chief Executive of Europe and Americas in 2020. Based in Singapore, he is a member of the Group Management Team and Chair of the Group Diversity & Inclusion Council

Simon has extensive experience across our markets and client segments. He was previously group managing director and chief executive of Global Commercial Banking at HSBC, having joined HSBC in 1989 and held a number of senior roles including deputy chairman and chief executive officer, Middle East and North Africa; chief executive officer, Korea; and head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Singapore. He has significant experience in the areas of corporate finance, corporate banking and transaction banking.

Simon is a member of the advisory board of the Lee Kong Chian School of Business. He is a trustee of the Standard Chartered Foundation.

Takeshi Niinami

Takeshi Niinami is Chief Executive Officer, Suntory Holdings Limited since October 2014. Mr. Niinami started his career in 1981 at Mitsubishi Corporation. He was appointed President and CEO of Lawson, Inc. in May 2002, and Chairman, Representative Director in May 2014. He serves on the Industrial Competitiveness Council of Japan, as an economic advisor to Prime Minister, and is also a member of the Tax Commission of the Government. He is Vice Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (JACE), and is also Chairman, Committee on Agricultural Reform of JACE. He is a member of Industry Partner of World Economic Forum. Mr. Niinami is a graduate of the Harvard Business School.

Sunil Kaushal

Sunil is the CEO of Standard Chartered Africa and Middle East (AME), and a member of Standard Chartered’ s Global Management Team, the highest Executive Body within the Bank. Prior to this, Sunil was the Regional CEO of Standard Chartered South Asia and CEO India.

He has been with the Group for nearly 24 years and has approximately 34 years of banking experience in diverse markets across North Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East and Africa. Sunil has held senior roles across Wholesale, Retail, SME Banking.an Country Management within the Group. Sunil has served as the Head of Corporate Banking in UAE, Head of Originations and Client Coverage in Singapore, Global Head Small and Medium Enterprises and New Ventures in Singapore and Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Taiwan)

Sunil has led the acceleration of Standard Chartered’s digital transformation in the AME region, with the launch of digital banks across 9 key markets across Africa. The Bank also digitised its wealth management offering and has grown accounts by around 700,000. The successful establishment of these digital banks through Sunil’s leadership have served as a testament to the bank’s growing digital footprint in the region and presence as a leader in digital banking technologies
In 2018 and 2019, Sunil was named the Banking CEO of the Year by EMEA Finance and CEO Middle East magazine respectively and was also featured amongst Forbes’ Middle East Top Indian Leaders for two consecutive years in 2019, 2020 & 2021. Sunil was also awarded Forbes’ Global Meets Local Top 50 Executives Regional Executives Heading International Companies in 2020 and featured in Gulf Business’s top Indians leaders in the GCC during 2020 & 2021.

In March 2021, Sunil joined MoneyTap, one of the leading Fintech companies in India, as a Global Advisor. Prior to joining Standard Chartered in 1998, Sunil held various positions in Investment Banking, Corporate Finance and Commercial Banking and Foreign Exchange at NatWest Markets, SocGen-Crosby, and American Express Bank in Mumbai, India.
Sunil holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bombay University, India, and a post-graduate qualification as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He has also completed general management courses at Harvard Business School, INSEAD, Oxford University, and London Business School.

Sarah Kate Ellis

Ana Paula Assis

Ana Paula Assis was appointed General Manager for IBM Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) on January 2022. In this role, she is responsible for IBM’s business operations, driving revenue growth, client satisfaction and employee engagement in a region with more than 100 countries.

An executive with more than 25 years of international experience in the Information Technology market, Ana Paula Assis is an eminent leader in strategic business development, transformation and change management in multicultural environments.

Ana Paula was previously General Manager of the Client Transition Office supporting more than four thousand clients in the process of transitioning their services to Kyndryl. Before this, she was the General Manager for IBM in Latin America, where she drove sustained growth and increased market share. She also held multiple positions in the USA and China.

Ana Paula Assis is a member of the board of Junior Achievement Americas, one of the largest philanthropic organizations dedicated to inspiring and preparing young students to become entrepreneurs. In 2018, she was recognized as “Personality of the Year – Digital Transformation” by Institute Learning & Performance. In 2019, as the Executiva de Valor IT/Telecom by the newspaper Valor Economico, Forbes most powerful women Brazil, and Forbes Best CEOs Brazil. In 2021, she joined the list of the top 100 executives with best reputation in Brazil according to MERCO.

She graduated in Computer Science and holds a post degree in business management by FGV and an MBA by Fundação Dom Cabral.

Sigrid Kaag

1980: Commenced a degree in Arabic language and philology at Utrecht University
1985-1987: B.A. in Middle East Studies, American University in Cairo
1987-1988: M.Phil. in International Relations, St Anthony’s College, Oxford University
1988-1990: M.A. in Middle East Studies, University of Exeter
1990: Course in International Relations, Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, The Hague

1988: Shell International in London
1990: UN Political Affairs Section at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague
1994: Programme Manager and Head of Donor Relations at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jerusalem
1998: International Organization for Migration in Geneva
2004: Senior UN adviser in Khartoum and Nairobi
2005: Various positions at Unicef: Deputy Director of the Programme Division (New York), Chief of Staff (New York)
Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa (Amman)
2010: Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in New York
2013: UN Under-Secretary-General in Syria
2015: UN Under-Secretary-General in Lebanon
26 October 2017 – 10 August 2021: Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the third Rutte government
24 May 2021 – 17 September 2021: Minister of Foreign Affairs in the third Rutte government
31 March 2021 – 10 January 2022: Member of parliament for D66, parliamentary party leader as of 28 September 2021
10 January 2022: Appointed Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister in the fourth Rutte Government

Takayuki Morita

Takayuki Morita became President and Chief Executive Officer (Representative Director) of NEC Corporation, a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that deliver benefits to businesses and people around the world, on April 1, 2021.

Previously, he was Chief Financial Officer (CFO), where he managed the financial strategy and operations of NEC's 100,000 employees and total revenue of $25 billion. He was also responsible for Corporate Business Development functions, including the oversight of M&A and other investments that have reinforced NEC's solutions for society, such as major advancements in the digital finance, digital government and drug development fields.

Having joined NEC in 1983, Morita's experience in the global ICT industry now spans nearly four decades, six years of which he spent working in the U.S. market. In the past twenty years, he has played a central role in the development of partnerships and alliances with corporations across the globe - having completed more than forty deals of corporate mergers & acquisitions and investments. Among his most notable accomplishments in this regard have been the spin-offs of the semiconductor, flat panel and passive component businesses; the creation of joint ventures in the wireless, enterprise communications and PCs businesses; as well as numerous acquisitions in the consulting, ICT and managed services domains.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Tokyo.

Tanuj Kapilashrami

Tanuj joined the Management Team as Group Head, HR in November 2018. She joined the Bank in March 2017 as Group Head, Talent, Learning and Culture, and took on additional responsibility as Global Head HR, Corporate, Commercial and Institutional Banking in May 2018.

Prior to joining the Group, Tanuj built her career at HSBC. She has worked across multiple HR disciplines in many of our footprint markets (Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai, India and London).

Tanuj is a Non-Executive Director of the board for Sainsbury’s PLC and is a member of their Nomination and Remuneration Committees. She is also a board member of the UK Financial Services Skills Commission and Asia House, which is a London-based centre of expertise on trade, investment and public policy whose mission is to drive engagement between Asia and Europe.

Justin Banon

Justin is an NFT and metaverse expert, who can speak on all things related to both topics, as well as the future of commerce, and how decentralised technology will change the way we live. Justin previously spearheaded the Travel Experiences Division of Collinson, where he managed a group of global loyalty rewards platforms including LoungeKey, Mastercard Airport Experiences, and Priority Pass — the latter of which he scaled twenty-fold from $50m to $1bn per annum revenue during his tenure as Managing Director.

Boson Protocol is solving one of the fundamental problems of Web3: how to mediate commerce transactions when selling real-world assets using smart contracts – but without a centralized intermediary. Boson’s Exchange mechanism allows for the trust-minimized execution of real-world commerce transactions by locking funds in the smart contract, and leveraging game-theoretic mechanisms and independent dispute resolvers to handle disputes.

Boson tokenizes digital to physical redemptions, allowing sellers to issue redeemable NFTs, that buyers can hold in their wallets, trade or redeem for the real-world asset.

Boson was a core partner of Metaverse Fashion Week in Decentraland, the world’s first Metaverse owned by its users, which ran from March 24th to March 27th, 2022. Boson facilitated the sale of physical products as NFTs in Decentraland through Boson Portal, a one-of-a-kind metaverse marketplace, partnering with Tommy Hilfiger, Cider, IKKS, Deadfellaz, 8SIAN, and more to enable this unique digi-physical form of commerce. Boson Portal, which is located in Decentraland, is the fruits of a $704,000 virtual land purchase deal, one of the largest private land deals in dollar terms carried out so far in Decentraland

Boson made history by acquiring ‘The Glass Suit’, a digi-physical item personally designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana for $1million USD. As the most expensive suit D&G has ever sold, the purchase of the one-of-a-kind digital and physical item reflects Boson’s commitment to making metaverse commerce and digital-to-physical purchase redemption powered by NFTs a reality.

Michael Sonnenshein

Michael Sonnenshein is CEO of Grayscale Investments, the world’s largest digital currency asset manager. Under his leadership, the firm has grown to be the definitive leader in crypto investing, offering a wide range of investments including single-asset and diversified products. Michael is regularly featured on CNBC and Bloomberg, and was honored in 2021 as one of 100 People Transforming Business by Business Insider and in 2018 as the publication’s Rising Stars of Wall Street. Michael serves as a member of the Grayscale Board of Directors, CME Group Bitcoin Futures Council, and NYU Blockchain Association.

Prior to joining Grayscale, Michael was a financial advisor at JP Morgan Securities, covering HNW individuals and institutions, and an analyst at Barclays Wealth, providing coverage to middle‐market hedge funds and institutions. Michael earned his Bachelor of Business Administration from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University and his Master of Business Administration from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

María Mendiluce

María Mendiluce is the CEO of the We Mean Business Coalition and has 25 years of experience in sustainable development, energy and climate action. The Coalition We Mean Business Coalition works with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change. The Coalition is a group of seven non profit organizations: BSR, CDP, Ceres, Climate Group, CLG Europe, The B Team and WBCSD. Together, we catalyze business and policy action to halve emissions by 2030 and accelerate an inclusive transition to a net-zero economy.

As chief executive of the Coalition, María is leading on flagship net-zero initiatives encompassing companies of all sizes and several sectors. She sits on the Executive Board of the Science Based Targets initiative that has over 3,000 companies engaged. She actively took part in the founding and is a member of the Board of the Mission Possible Partnership that works to develop decarbonization roadmaps for seven hard-to-abate sectors including cement and steel. María also co-founded the SME Climate Hub that is building a one-stop-shop for smaller companies for their net-zero commitments.

Formerly being the Managing Director and member of the Senior Management Team at WBCSD, María established transformative industry projects. These include the Alliance to End Plastic Waste which pledged $1.5 billion to address plastic leakage to the environment; the Transforming Urban Mobility project to drive clean, safe and efficient mobility for all and WBCSD’s flagship Low Carbon Technology Partnership initiative which was recognized as a key contributor to the Paris Agreement.

Jeremy Allaire

Jeremy is responsible for strategy, vision and operating execution at Circle. He brings more than two decades of experience building and leading global internet software platforms, including founder and CEO of Brightcove, technologist and entrepreneur in residence at General Catalyst, CTO of Macromedia, and co-founder and CTO of Allaire Corporation.

Rishi Khosla OBE

Rishi Khosla OBE is the CEO and co-founder of OakNorth, the leading fintech business focused on powering the commercial economy of the future. He started his first business, Copal Partners, a financial research company, in 2002 with just $60k. Over 12 years, he and his co-founder, Joel Perlman, scaled it to a 3,000-employee organization across 13 markets, before selling it to Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO) in 2014.

They then set out to build their second business – OakNorth – which since its launch in September 2015, has grown into a fintech success story, deploying its credit intelligence software to leading banks around the world, including: Capital One, PNC, Fifth Third, and SMBC, as well as its own bank in the UK (OakNorth Bank). Rishi is an early-stage investor in a number of leading technology companies, including PayPal. In 2019, he was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from her Majesty The Queen for services to business.

Jacqueline Poh

Ms Poh was appointed Managing Director of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) on 4 October 2021.

She was previously Deputy Secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office Strategy Group, which leads and organises the Public Service to develop and implement the strategic priorities of the Government. She also oversaw the National Population and Talent Division and the Centre for Strategic Futures.

Ms Poh was the founding Chief Executive of the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech), and was previously the Managing Director of the Infocommunications Development Authority (IDA). She has also held key positions in the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Defence.

Ms Poh is an alumnus of Oxford, Cambridge, INSEAD (MBA) and Stanford. She has three teenagers and more patience than before she had them.

She currently sits on the Boards of SingHealth and St Luke’s Eldercare, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation and the World Economic Forum Global Futures Council.

Bertrand Perez

Bertrand Perez is the CEO of the Web3 Foundation where he is responsible for controlling and directing its day-to-day operations. He has 30 years of engineering and technical management experience in payments and telecoms. Bertrand has led geographically dispersed engineering and operations teams of all sizes up to 300-plus staff within large multi-national organizations as well as smaller teams within early-stage start-ups. In his last tenure, he was COO at the Diem Association where he initiated the Diem stablecoin project. Prior to his time at Diem, Bertrand’s previous roles included executive and senior technical management positions leading engineering teams at Paypal and Ericsson, as well as mobile-media start-ups such as Zong and Index Multimedia. Bertrand holds a Masters in computer science.

Reeve Collins

Reeve Collins is a long-standing pioneer in both digital marketing and the blockchain space. As the former co-founder and CEO of Tether, his efforts have revolutionized the way currency is transacted by creating the world’s first fiat currency platform on the Bitcoin blockchain.

Today, as co-founder, Reeve leads BLOCKv and SmartMedia Technologies (SMT), two innovative companies that are enabling users to create, engage with and emit dynamic, intelligent, experiential NFTs on the blockchain.  

Previously, Reeve founded several successful ventures, including Traffic Marketplace, one of the first online ad networks which was acquired by Vivendi Universal, and RedLever, a branded entertainment studio later acquired by Adconion Media Group. Reeve is passionate about cutting-edge technologies and delivering them to a wider audience.

Erik Fyrwald

Member of the Board of Directors
Member of the Sustainability Committee
Chief Executive Officer
Member of the Global Leadership Team

J. Erik Fyrwald joined Syngenta Group in June 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Univar, a leading distributor of chemistry and related services, from May 2012 until May 2016. In 2008, following a 27-year career at DuPont, he joined the Nalco Company, a leading water treatment products and services company, serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer until December 2011, when Nalco merged with Ecolab Inc. Following the merger, Erik Fyrwald served as President of Ecolab, a global provider of water, hygiene and energy technologies. From 2003 to 2008, Erik Fyrwald served as Group Vice President of the agriculture and nutrition division at the DuPont Company. From 2000 until 2003, he was Vice President and General Manager of DuPont’s nutrition and health business.

Erik Fyrwald serves on the boards of directors of Syngenta Group, Bunge, Eli Lilly, the Swiss-American Chamber of Commerce and the UN World Food Program Farm to Market Alliance. He is also Chairman of the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and CropLife International.

Erik Fyrwald attended the University of Delaware, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering in 1981. He also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

Andrea Illy

Andrea Illy is the Chairman of illycaffè, a Benefit Company founded in 1933 with the mission of offering the greatest coffee to the world. For 22 years, until 2016, he served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer. He is co-founder of the Ernesto Illy Foundation and Chairman of the Ernesto Illy Foundation USA.

Since 1990, chiefly under Mr. Illy’s leadership, illycaffè has recorded double-digit growth, and has become the most global coffee brand and quality leader. The company is famous for its innovation in espresso technology, and pioneered significant advances in its industry, such as directly sourcing coffee from growers and paying a premium on top of market prices, establishing the University of Coffee to propagate coffee knowledge, and developing the first-ever third-party sustainability certification for a value chain. illycaffè has been recognized as the most sustainable company in the coffee sector (ICRT, 2014), as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies (Ethisphere Institute, 2013-2021). The company won the Italian Best Performance Award in 2017.

Mr. Illy’s numerous appointments outside of his company include:
- from 1999 to 2014, president of ASIC – the sole international association dedicated to the science of coffee;
- from 2012 to 2013, board member and chairman of the Sustainability Committee of D.E. Master Blender 1753, contributing to the company’s spin-out and subsequent sale;
- from 2012 to 2015, chairman of the Promotion and Market Development Committee of the International Coffee Organization, for which he oversaw the largest celebration of coffee during the EXPO Milano 2015;
- from 2013 to 2019, chairman of the Altagamma Foundation – an organization which represents the most important Italian luxury brands;
- starting in 2013, member of the Board of Directors of the Bank of Italy and, from 2015, of its Internal Audit Advisory Committee;
- from 2017 to 2020, member of the Assolombarda Advisory Board, the Milan industry association;
- starting in 2020, co-chairman with Jeffrey D. Sachs of the Regenerative Society Foundation.

Recognized as a coffee authority, Mr. Illy’s writings are published on a regular basis, and he serves as a speaker at major conferences throughout the world. In 1995, he published Espresso Coffee: The Chemistry of Quality (Academic Press), now in its second edition, and his memoir, A Coffee Dream, was published in 2015 (Codice Edizioni). In 2018 was published Italia Felix (Piemme), a conversation with the journalist Francesco Antonioli. He was the main contributor to Altagamma: Strategie per l’Italia d’Eccellenza, published in 2018 (Skyra). From 2019 he began the development of a Virtuous Agriculture model, beneficial for the environment and health.

He is a passionate supporter of the stakeholder company business model, and firmly advocates for corporate responsibility as means to improve society. A “humanist chemist,” as he likes to define himself, Mr. Illy also promotes culture and art, a sphere in which illycaffè has always been active. Under his leadership, the Altagamma Foundation was officially recognized as an ambassador of the Italian lifestyle in the world.

His numerous professional recognitions include Marketing Superstar (Advertising Age, 1996); Entrepreneur of the Year (Ernst & Young, 2004); Capo d’Orlando (2013), and Guido Carli (2014). In 2018 he was named Cavaliere del Lavoro by the President of the Italian Republic and in 2021 he received Premio Leonardo in the presence of the President of the Italian Republic.

Mr. Illy received a degree in Chemistry from the University of Trieste, and an Executive MBA from SDA-Bocconi in Milan. Additionally, he earned a certificate from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, and studied Total Quality Management in Japan, Innovation at MIT, Exponential Technologies at Singularity University and Complexity Science at the University of Oxford.

Born in Trieste in 1964, he is married and has three daughters.

Maha AlQattan

Maha AlQattan has been leading the People function at DP World since 2017,as Group Chief People & Sustainability Officer.

Maha is passionate about driving strategic business value through culture, performance management and talent development, and sees the people function as key to fostering smarter thinking, more creative innovations, and stronger outcomes. Since joining DP World, Maha has transformed the HR function from more traditional practices to more innovative and agile ways of working, from introducing AI applications to improve productivity, to introducing DP World Principles.

Maha has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labour Relations, from Cornell University (USA) and a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Human Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is also a graduate of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Leadership Development Promising Leader’s programme run by Duke University and INSEAD

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Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward

Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward is an accomplished international energy executive with over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in many senior positions in locations all over the world, including the Middle East where he has spent the last 18 years. Dr. Allman-Ward started his career at Shell in 1982, and subsequently held senior management roles as Vice-President Exploration for Asia-Pacific, CEO and Director of the South Rub Al Khali Company, Vice-President of New Business Development in Saudi Arabia and New Ventures Execution Manager for Europe. Dr. Allman-Ward joined Dana Gas in August 2012 and was selected by the Dana Gas Board of Directors to take over as CEO of the Dana Gas Group effective 1st September 2013.

Dr. Allman-Ward studied geology at Durham University followed by an MSc from Leicester University in Mineral Exploration and Mining Geology and earned his PhD from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London in 1981.

Medha Parlikar

Medha Parlikar is co-founder and CTO of CasperLabs. Medha has more than 30 years of tech experience and is considered one of the top women in blockchain. She started working with technology in the early 1980’s, building computers in the basement. For the past two decades, she has been delivering production SaaS software for large companies including Adobe, Omniture and Avalara. Medha excels in building high-functioning technical teams, and inspiring them to deliver solutions that solve customer problems. Medha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and Programming from Coleman College.

Juan Benet

Juan Benet is the inventor of the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS), a new protocol to make the web faster, safer, and more open, and Filecoin, a cryptocurrency incentivized storage network. The IPFS Project has grown into a large open source movement to re-decentralize the web, safeguard our data, and improve our applications. Juan is the founder of Protocol Labs, the internet tech R&D lab that develops IPFS and Filecoin. He studied Computer Science at Stanford University, and is obsessed with Knowledge, Science, and Technology.

Alex Altman

Alex is the COO of Seal Storage Technology. An established leader in the Canadian crypto space, Alex has over 5 years of experience as an executive and investor. Alex is also the co-founder and COO of Validation Capital, a leading blockchain infrastructure company.

Nikhilesh De

Nikhilesh De is CoinDesk's managing editor for global policy and regulation, covering regulators, lawmakers and institutions.

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

As CEO of Circulor, Doug has 25 years international experience as an Executive and Non Executive Director, operating in TMT, Financial Services, IT and Management Consultancy sectors. His leadership experience spans roles in large corporates (Barclays, BT, Serco, AIMIA), scale-ups (Cadence, ISD) and start-ups (Circulor, Snapdragon). He has broad functional experience with consistent themes being innovation (both new product and to drive transformation), delivering growth and regulation.

Dr. Andreas Kind

Dr. Andreas Kind is Head of Cybersecurity Technology at Siemens. He received his Ph.D. degree in computer science from the University of Bath, UK and worked in various positions for IBM Research from 2000 until 2019. Andreas holds over 20 patents and authored and co-authored over 40 research publications. Andreas presented at numerous peer-review conferences and was invited for keynote presentations at Blockchain Revolution Global 2020, World Web Forum 2019, MIT Technology Review EmTech 2018 and IMF Global SME Finance Forum 2016.

Daniela Barbosa

Daniela Barbosa serves as General Manager Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity at the Linux Foundation and as Executive Director of Hyperledger Foundation with overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, programs, expansion and execution of Hyperledger’s mission. Daniela has more than 20 years of enterprise technology experience, including serving for four years as Hyperledger Foundation’s Vice President of Worldwide Alliances with responsibility for the member community as well as broader industry and business community outreach and overall network growth. She started her career at Dow Jones where she worked with the top global brands across various sectors, including finance, consumer and energy, to architect and deliver enterprise systems, ontologies and semantic web solutions. In the early 2000s, Daniela became involved in the early web 2.0 community helping to advance the concept of digital identity and data portability as the pathway for people to reuse their data across interoperable applications.

Jennifer B. Lassiter

Jennifer is an entrepreneur, business leader, and advisor to policymakers, leaders, and financial organizations across the world. She is recognized for her unique ability to bring together diverse stakeholders to identify and achieve shared outcomes addressing complex regulatory and technology challenges. In addition to her current role as Executive Director of The Digital Dollar Project (DDP), Jennifer serves on the World Economic Forum’s Digital Currency Governance Consortium and the Progressive Policy Institute’s Mosaic Economic Project.

As Executive Director of DDP, Jennifer convenes private sector thought leaders to explore the future of money and advance the exploration of a U.S. central bank digital currency through a deliberative process including pilots, stakeholder meetings, roundtables, and discussion forums.

Prior to joining DDP, Jennifer served as a founding member of the Innovation Lab at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and was a senior leader in the Innovation and Technology Offices at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

David Treat

Dave Treat is the global co-lead of Accenture’s blockchain practice and serves as a client account lead for several leading financial services institutions.

He has over 18 years of experience in Financial Services split between consulting and industry roles. The early part of his career was primarily focused on retail banking, and cards and in the past decade he has focused on capital markets. Dave has experience and expertise in running strategy functions, innovation, strategic cost management, large-scale restructuring, customer relationship management, M&A, outsourcing & offshoring and process excellence.

Gabriele Columbro

Gabriele is an open source executive and technologist at heart. He spent over 15 years building developer ecosystems to deliver value through open source across Europe and the US. He thrives on driving innovation both contributing to open source communities and joining commercial open source ventures, whether it’s for an early stage tech startup, a Fortune 500 firm or a non profit foundation. Previously Director of Product Management at Alfresco, as Executive Director Gabriele grew the Fintech Open Source Foundation FINOS from the ground up, with the vision of creating a trusted arena for the global financial services industry to innovate faster, leveraging open source as a model of collaboration. Gabriele holds a Master in Computer Engineering, is a Committer for the Apache Software Foundation and advises open source startups. He’s a passionate soccer fan, reggae music connoisseur and special needs dad and advocate wannabe.

Morten Bech

Morten Bech joined the BIS in mid-2011. Before taking up his current assignment in 2020, he was the head of the secretariat supporting the Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures with responsibility for coordinating and contributing to the activities of the Committee and its various working groups. He has also served as Secretary to the Markets Committee. He previously worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Danish central bank. In 2009, he was a visitor at the Monetary Affairs Division of the Federal Reserve Board in Washington DC. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has written on various issues relating to monetary policy implementation, money markets, the network topology of financial markets, large-value payment systems and systemic risk.

Karen Ottoni

Karen Ottoni is the Director of Ecosystem for Hyperledger Foundation. She plays an active role in building the diverse ecosystem of innovative companies developing and implementing enterprise blockchain in various industries. Her areas of emphasis include digital assets, interoperability, and blockchain's impact on payment models as well as diversity and inclusion and the social impact of emerging technologies. Prior to Hyperledger, she worked as a strategic business manager in the blockchain practice at Tata Consultancy. She has also worked in numerous overseas roles with USAID, Chemonics International, and various social enterprises.

Alan Ransil

Alan leads the Filecoin Green team, which aims at building decentralized tools to pull verifiable environmental information through the economy in real time. He has worked to accelerate the transition to renewable energy for more than a decade, approaching this work as an academic and industry researcher, and startup co-founder. During his doctoral research at MIT focused on energy storage systems, he worked on projects for ARPA-E and DARPA.

Megan Klimen

Experienced Founder and Operator with a demonstrated history of success. Megan builds organizations where people love to work, using cutting edge science and research to tackle the most important challenges facing humanity today. Currently focused on creating a more robust, fair and democratic internet. Previously worked to increase the rate of scientific discovery though robotics. Start up advisor and general nice person to know.

Marta Belcher

Marta Belcher is the General Counsel and Head of Policy at Protocol Labs and the Board Chair of the Filecoin Foundation and the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web. She also serves as special counsel to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Marta is a pioneer in cryptocurrency law and has spoken on the topic around the world, including in U.S. Congress, European Parliament, the New York Senate, the OECD, and in Davos during the World Economic Forum. Marta has drafted amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. appellate courts for high-profile public interest organizations, including EFF, the Center for Democracy & Technology, Public Knowledge, the Cato Institute, the National Consumers' League, Project Gutenberg, and the Blockchain Association. Marta has been recognized twice by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyer awards, was named to Law360's list of Top Attorneys Under 40, and was #18 on CryptoWeekly’s list of Most Influential Women in Crypto.

Joe Landon

Joe Landon is Vice President of Advanced Programs Development at Lockheed Martin Space where he is responsible for Lockheed Martin's Space Exploration strategy. Joe leads a team accountable for new business growth, strategy and R&D for human spaceflight, robotic deep space exploration, commercial communications, weather and Earth science markets. Previously, Joe served as CFO of Planetary Resources and co-founded Space Angels.

Joe is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space, an Associate Fellow of AIAA and a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an MS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Kristin Smith

Kristin is the Executive Director of the Blockchain Association, the Washington DC-based trade association representing more than 80 of the industry’s leading companies. Kristin serves as a liaison between policymakers and the cryptocurrency industry to assist in the creation of legislation and regulation that promotes the growth of the cryptocurrency ecosystem in the U.S.

She is also a leading, public voice advocating for the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry through top-tier media interviews, op-eds and letters to the editor, and global speaking engagements. Kristin is a renowned voice for the industry, having been featured on Fortune’s 2020 40 under 40 list, CoinDesk’s 2021 50 people who defined the year in crypto, and CoinTelegraph’s 2022 top 100 Influencers in Crypto and Blockchain.

Prior to leading the Blockchain Association, Kristin helped blockchain and technology companies achieve their public policy objectives in Washington. She served as a Senate and congressional aide on Capitol Hill for nearly ten years, much of which was spent focusing on technology policy. She co-founded HODLpac and currently serves on the organization’s board of directors. Kristin is a Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web board member and an independent director for Skybridge Capital’s G and GII Funds

Jonathan Dotan

Jonathan Dotan is the founding director of The Starling Lab where he leads applied research on the decentralized web and human rights. He is a fellow at the Stanford Compression Forum and Stanford’s Center for Blockchain Research, and an innovation fellow at the USC Shoah Foundation. He brings to Starling over 20 years of experience navigating the intersections of media, tech, and policy as a c-level tech executive, producer, and investor.

Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien is Senior Fellow at the Filecoin Foundation, and the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web. He has been a tech journalist, developer and activist for online free speech, privacy and an open internet for over 20 years, including over a decade at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). His work within the technology sector has included being a founding employee at the Virgin brand's ISP, Virgin Net. As a journalist, he served as Silicon Valley correspondent for the London Sunday Times and the Irish Times, and defended reporters globally from online harassment and cyber-attacks at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In a previous century, Danny wrote and performed the only one-man show about Usenet to have a successful run in London's West End. His geek gossip zine, Need To Know, won a special commendation for services to newsgathering at the first Interactive BAFTAs. He also coined the term "life hack": it has been over a decade since he was first commissioned to write a book on combating procrastination.

Clara Tsao

Clara Tsao is the co-founding officer of the Filecoin Foundation & the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web. She was recently the co-founder and board member of the Trust & Safety Professional Association 501(c)(6) and Trust & Safety Foundation. She was formerly a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, executive director of the US Congressional App Challenge, and the Director of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee. She also served as the Senior Advisor for blockchain policy at the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security. Clara has also spent 5 years working in developer evangelism, tech policy, and ecosystem growth roles across Microsoft, AT&T, Mozilla, Google, and Apple. Her MBA (from Imperial College, London) focused on the Chinese startup ecosystem.

Sandrine Dixson-Declève

Over 25 years of International/EU experience on climate change, sustainability, innovation, energy. Policy & strategy development & project management, building representative offices from scratch, implementation & high level stakeholder engagement. Facilitator, moderator and teacher. Recently left Chief Partnership Officer role at UN initiative SE4ALL in charge of partnership engagement, implementation and unlocking finance. Ran energy efficiency programme working with global private sector partners. Prior to joining SE4ALL, directed The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group, the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and was Executive Director of EU Green Growth Ministerial Platform.

Earlier positions: Executive Director Europe, CIS and Africa Office of Hart Energy Consulting. In that role, Executive Director of the International Sustainable Energy Exchange (ISEE). As an Environmental consultant advised fortune 500 companies, OPEC, the Vietnamese Government, USAID, the European Commission, and MEPs.

Specialties: Climate change and energy policy, fuel quality legislation, sustainable development, environmental management and audit schemes. Facilitator for climate and sustainable development government and business dialogue, EU and trans Atlantic policy & industry dialogue. Fuel Quality Roadmap developer. Certified EMS and fuel quality trainer. Strategic advisor, facilitator and mediator, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Senior Associate and faculty member.

Distinguished roles: Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership Senior Associate and faculty member; Named TOP30 woman shaping green business globally; Co Founder WECAN; European Aluminium Sustainability; Advisory Board Member African Oil Industry Advisory Board Member; The Guardian Newspaper Sustainable Business Advisory Panel; Vice Chair of the European Biofuels Technology Platform Steering Committee; Tallberg Young Leader 2011.

Nikhilesh De

Nikhilesh De is CoinDesk's managing editor for global policy and regulation, covering regulators, lawmakers and institutions.

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Alisa Cohn

Alisa Cohn is an Executive Coach who has worked with C-suite executives at prominent startups (such as Venmo, Etsy, Draft Kings, The Wirecutter, Mack Weldon, and Tory Burch) and Fortune 500 companies (including Dell, IBM, Microsoft, Google, Pfizer, Calvin Klein and Hitachi.) She is the author of the 2022 Independent Press Award-winning book From Start-up to Grown-up and podcast host of the same name, which provides insights and tools for the journey founders (and all leaders) must go through as they scale their leadership.

She was named the Top Startup Coach in the World at the Thinkers50/Marshall Goldsmith Global Coaches Awards and the #1 Global Guru for Startups in 2021 and 2022, A sought-after speaker, Inc. named Alisa one of the top 100 leadership speakers, and she has keynoted events for IBM, PwC, Dell, and Citi. She is the executive coach for Runway, the incubator at Cornell’s New York City campus. She is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and Inc, and she's been featured as an expert on BBC World News and in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. She is an angel investor and a Broadway investor.

Sheila founded the World Economic Forum’s blockchain and digital assets team. While at the Forum, she served as a member of the Executive Committee and deputy head of the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network. She began her career as a Wall Street attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP after earning her J.D. at Harvard Law School.

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Ann Rosenberg

Michael Horowitz

Michael is the CEO and Co-founder of Seal StorageTechnology (www.sealstorage.io), the largest decentralized data storage company in the world. Established in May 2021, Seal has demonstrated product-market fit, helping numerous enterprises cross the Web2 to Web3 storage chasm. The company's existing partnership with a renowned multinational scientific organization holds the crown for the largest commercial deployment of a Web3 technology in history. Prior to Seal, Michael began his career on Wall Street covering institutional equity capital markets and later he launched a crypto seed fund and advisory firm with a mandate to partner with companies at the intersection of commercial use cases and open source blockchain technology.Seal is disrupting the massive data storage market and NFTs: Of its initial target markets, Seal has experienced significant commercial uptake from leading academic and scientific organizations, as well as NFT custodians and minting houses. For the former grouping, Seal is solving a massive data (Exabyte) issue, offering a cheaper, safer, and more interoperable solution than traditional storage providers. For the latter, Seal is addressing an asset risk issue in the $40B NFT market by providing a first of kind NFT storage and insurance product, backed by one of the world's largest insurance companies.



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The Filecoin Foundation Presents: Crypto Davos Kickoff Reception

Hosted in partnership with Global Blockchain Business Council, CNBC, and CoinDesk.


CEO Dinner

Sponsored by EY

As the world looks to emerge from one crisis, a new series of threats has materialized complicating the path forward for businesses, customers, stakeholders and shareholders. While these trends have no doubt been disruptive, they may not spell globalization’s demise, but spark a new way of thinking about global partnerships and centers of power.

*By invitation only 

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Hyperledger Foundation Presents: Blockchain as a Power for Good in the Battle against Climate Change

Battling the climate crisis requires a large-scale, coordinated effort by parties around the world. And, in the era of greenwashing and misinformation, transparency and verification are among the most important weapons. While the energy-intensive mining practices of some cryptocurrencies may make it seem counterintuitive, blockchain has an increasingly important role to play in driving down carbon footprints and ensuring climate promises are met and kept. This panel will cover pathways to sustainability for blockchain technologies and growing adoption of tokens, credentials, smart contracts and more in the climate fight.


Alex Altman, COO, Seal Storage Technology

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen, CEO, Circulor

Dr. Andreas Kind, Head of Cybersecurity Technology, Siemens

Daniela Barbosa, General Manager Blockchain, Healthcare and Identity, Linux Foundation


Hyperledger Foundation Presents: Why Open Source for Financial Services, Digital Assets, & CBDCs

The financial services industry has awakened to the need of open source.Open source technologies are being leveraged more and more to underpin key infrastructure in both government and corporate systems. Here we bring experts in government–Central Bank, open source technology development and collaboration–Digital Dollar Project, Fintech Open Source, and Hyperledger Foundation–as well as market thought leader Accenture to share their views on why open source technology and collaboration is the key to accelerating progress on CBDC research, adoption in financial services and in government. We’ll discuss why


Jennifer B. Lassiter, Executive Director, DDP

Gabriele Columbro, Open Source Executive and Technologist

David Treat, Global Co-Lead Blockchain, Accenture

Morten Bech, Centre Head, BIS

Karen Ottoni, Director of Ecosystem, Hyperledger Foundation


The Filecoin Foundation Presents: What's On Your Plate - A Case Study in Blockchain for Food Provenance with LiquidChefs

The concept of togetherness refers to the state of being “In association with or in relationship to one another; mutually or reciprocally” and “By joint or cooperative effort.” The idea of performing and excelling alongside each other and nature is something we must whole- heartedly believe in. Collaborating to achieve inclusive spaces where the cocktail arts can be explored in a way that doesn’t cause destruction is key to the development of our industry. We want to be a part of creating a better, more accessible and kinder world where cocktail artistry and hospitality is making a positive impact.


The Filecoin Foundation Presents: Enabling Verifiable Environmental Sustainability through Decentralization

Decentralization technologies allow us to coordinate economic activity in genuinely novel ways, exploring forms of organization that lie anywhere on a spectrum from today’s highly centralized corporations to fully emergent and transparent structures such as blockchains. In this talk, I’m going to show that the technologies allowing us to build decentralized economic entities also enable environmental accounting that is more comprehensive, responsive, and robust than we can achieve using traditional tools. As an example, the work we are doing at Filecoin Green allows storage providers to connect their operations to renewable energy and make public claims backed by robust on-chain proofs. In turn, this allows a client storing data on Filecoin to see not only where their data is being stored but specifically which renewable energy installation is producing the energy required to store it. This enables both human and automated clients visibility into the environmental impacts of their actions and the ability to publicly verify them. These and similar solutions will upgrade today’s environmental reporting practices in which reports are compiled annually and metrics are therefore always old by the time they are used. By delegating environmental accounting to decentralized systems able to reduce and prove their environmental impacts in real-time, decentralized infrastructure will pull sustainability-related information through value chains in minutes, not in months.


Alan Ransil PhD, Filecoin Green Team Lead, Protocol Labs


The Filecoin Foundation Presents: Sustainability in Data Storage

Data storage is becoming a key use case for driving Web3 adoption and commercialization. We discuss with a leading Filecoin storage provider the outlook for decentralized solutions and the benefits these offer to both the Web2 and Web3 ecosystems


Megan Klimen, Founding Officer, Filecoin Foundation

Michael Horowitz, CEO and Co-Founder, Seal StorageTechnology


CNBC Editorial: Crypto Market Outlook

Cryptocurrencies are trading at their lowest levels in a year, with almost $800 billion in market value wiped out in the past month, according to CoinMarketCap. The Federal Reserve’s first rate hike in three years combined with regulatory, macroeconomic and geopolitical factors have contributed to the declines. Our first crypto fireside kicks off with Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple, which is behind the cryptocurrency XRP. In 2021, the fintech was ranked No. 38 on CNBC’s Disruptor 50 list.


Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple


CNBC Editorial: Crypto Market Outlook

FTX is one of the hottest companys in crypto and its billionaire founder, known by his initials SBF, has managed to attract a huge following, from Washington to Wall Street and even celebrities on the West Coast. Will his star power be able to influence regulators as they tussle for control over digital assets? And why is he taking a page out of Elon Musk’s playbook – calling out social media’s broken model? We’ll get the answers in our crypto fireside.


Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and Founder, FTX


CNBC Editorial: Crypto Market Outlook

H.E. Mohamed Ali Al Shorafa, Chairman, Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development


CNBC Editorial: Transforming Healthcare - The AI Opportunity

Artificial intelligence is transforming healthcare as we know it. As the world emerges from two years of a global pandemic, public and private sectors are harnessing AI technology across vast data sets to accelerate processes for drug development and research. We discuss how stakeholders can maximize the medical and financial opportunity of AI’s application in healthcare while protecting patients across the world.


Takayuki Morita, President and CEO, NEC Corporation

Kai-Fu Lee, Chairman and CEO, Sinovation Ventures

Joanna Shields, CEO, Benevolent AI


CNBC Editorial: Fireside Chat

These are uncertain and challenging times, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the supply chain disruptions and uncertainty about the economic outlook. The spread of disinformation online has led to greater skepticism among the public, whether it’s about vaccine safety or contentious election issues. How can leaders navigate the unique challenges of today’s global economy? In this fireside chat, Tania Bryer is joined by Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Co-chair of Facebook’s Oversight Board and former Danish Prime Minister.


Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Prime Minister of Denmark and Co-chair, Facebook’s Oversight Board


CNBC Editorial: Lessons Learnt from the Pandemic

There are many lessons to be learnt from a pandemic. Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director of the Wellcome Trust joins CNBC in the Sanctuary to discuss how to adjust to the new normal of a post-pandemic world. From the differing approaches of relaxed restrictions versus zero-COVID, we analyze the policy approaches, and asses the risk of the rise of another variant.


Sir Jeremy Farrar, Director, Wellcome Trust


CoinDesk Presents: Integrating Sustainability in Shift from Web2 to Web3


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Data Science Talent - Upskilling the Workforce of the Future

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with WorldQuant University


Daphne Kis, CEO, WorldQuant University

Michelle Nettles, Chief People & Culture Officer, Manpower

Morten Enggaard Rasmussen, EVP, People, Sustainability & Brand, Novozymes


CNBC Editorial: ESG Council - Sustainable Future

The CNBC ESG Council is a roundtable for discussion and collaboration among chief executives from some of the world’s most prominent companies to discuss a sustainable future. In this session we talk to Laura Cha, a member of the Executive Council of the Government of Hong Kong, Chairman of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd and a member of the Financial Leaders Forum.


Laura Cha, Chairman, HKEX


CNBC Editorial: LGBTQ in ESG

Companies are coming under scrutiny, not just for their environmental actions but also for their social actions. As the business case for diversity and inclusion grows, how can companies move beyond external gestures of support to create a more positive experience internally? In our ESG fireside chat, Tania Bryer gets the perspective of Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, an LGBTQI organization and among the largest LGBTQI media advocacy organizations.


Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO, GLAAD


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Driving a Just Transition – The Role of Finance in Innovating towards Net Zero

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with Standard Chartered


With pressure mounting to reach net zero, attention is turning towards innovation as an important piece in this puzzle. How we stimulate, finance and direct innovation will be critical in developing the right capabilities to deliver on this global goal. Join us to discuss just how we can innovate to net zero,  and build a better world for all.   


Bill Winters, Group CEO, Standard Chartered

Dr. Lucas Joppa, Chief Environmental Officer, Microsoft

Ruth Porat, SVP & CFO, Alphabet and Google

Graeme Pitkethly, CFO, Unilever


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Driving a Just Transition – Leaders’ perspectives on accelerating the transition in emerging markets

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with Standard Chartered


Focused on unlocking sustainable finance, a discussion between Bill and Andrew on the importance of net zero projects in emerging markets and the growth opportunities they can present for communities and the companies that serve them. 


Bill Winters, Group CEO, Standard Chartered

Dr. Andrew Forrest, Chairman, Fortescue Future Industries


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Driving a Just Transition – Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with Standard Chartered


Getting to net-zero by 2050 is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today, with industries having to fundamentally rethink and shift to lower-carbon business models at pace. The challenge is acute in emerging markets; the funding gap to enable an equitable transition runs upwards of USD90 trillion and dependence on carbon-intensive industries raises questions over continued economic prosperity.

In this panel discussion we will explore how leading companies across sectors are affecting positive change, what climate-related innovations excite them most, and how they can help unlock sustainable growth, while keeping the world on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.


Simon Cooper, CEO of Corporate, Commercial & Institutional Banking and CEO, Europe & The America, Standard Chartered

Jacqueline Poh, Managing Director, Singapore Economic Development Board


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Driving a Just Transition – Financing Sustainable Infrastructure 

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with Standard Chartered


Getting to net-zero by 2050 is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today, with industries having to fundamentally rethink and shift to lower-carbon business models at pace. The challenge is acute in emerging markets; the funding gap to enable an equitable transition runs upwards of USD90 trillion and dependence on carbon-intensive industries raises questions over continued economic prosperity.

In this panel discussion we will explore how leading companies across sectors are affecting positive change, what climate-related innovations excite them most, and how they can help unlock sustainable growth, while keeping the world on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.


Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO Africa and Middle East, Standard Chartered

Ana Paula Assis, General Manager EMEA, IBM

Maha AlQattan, Group Chief People and Sustainability Officer, DP World


The Filecoin Foundation Presents: Networking in Space

What is the “planetary” of “interplanetary file system”? What is the future of networking in space? How can decentralized systems enable interplanetary communications?


Marta Belcher, President & Board Chair, Filecoin Foundation

Joe Landon, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Space


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The Sanctuary Opens

Breakfast will be served at the Courtyard


CoinDesk Presents: Integrating Sustainability in the Shift from Web2 to Web3 Breakfast

The world is changing at a rapid pace, from climate change to digital transformation, dramatic shifts have never been so rapid. As we move forward into a Web3 world, it is vital that sustainability, DEI, and purpose are integrated into the DNA of our projects and products. Join us for a breakfast session with leaders of business, academia, the United Nations, NGOs, and tech to discuss ‘The 4th Industrial Revolution and the SDGs: Radical Collaborations for Systemic Change’ and ‘The Integration of SDGS in the Transition to Web3 Technologies’.


Ute Klamert, Assistant Executive Director, World Food Program

Jillian Moore, Global Advisory Lead and Executive Sustainability Lead, Avanade

Ann Rosenberg, SVP Sustainability Solutions, Wood plc

Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Chairman of the Club of Rome

Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General and CEO, UN Global Compact

Maurizio Zollo, Director, Leonardo Center on Business and Society, Imperial Colege London Business School

Alan Ransil, PhD, Filecoin Green Team Lead, Protocol Labs

Natalia Vega-Berry

Michael Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk

Maurizio Zollo, Director, Leonardo Centre on Business for Society, Imperial College London


CNBC Editorial: Building an Inclusive Culture - How to drive diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace of the future

As the business case for building a diverse workforce becomes stronger, corporate leaders across the world are increasingly making DEI a priority for their organization. According to McKinsey, businesses in the top quartile of gender diversity are 25% more likely to deliver higher than average profitability. Yet as businesses across the world grapple with wage pressures, cost cuts, and supply chain disruptions, how can DEI policies stay front and center in the workplace of the future?


Tanuj Kapilashrami, Group Head of HR, Standard Chartered

Sabine Bendiek, Chief People & Operating Officer, SAP

Valerie Beaulieu-James, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, The Adecco Group


CNBC Editorial: Inclusive Future

The crisis in Ukraine is testing the strength of democracy and leadership across the world. Decisive and united action to address Europe’s most significant military aggression since the Second World War is crucial at this point in time. Kerry Kennedy has been at the helm of President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights for close to 35 years, working on a slew issues including ethnic violence, women’s rights, judicial independence and freedom of expression. She joins us for a fireside in the Sanctuary on the importance of leadership at these inflection points.


CNBC Catalyst Presents: The A.I. Impact - Unlocking Value Through Predictive Technology

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with WorldQuant Predictive


Peter Lee, Executive Chairman of the Board, WorldQuant Predictive

Kalyan Kumar, Global CTO and Head of Ecosystems, HCL Technologies

Paul Camuti, EVP & CTO, Trane Technologies


CNBC Editorial: The Future of Work

Remote, Hybrid, or a full return to office? Companies across the globe are addressing these challenges as pandemic restrictions ease. Amid the backdrop of The Great Resignation, how should employers and employees navigate such a changing environment. We discuss the future of the workplace.


Harry Moseley, Global Co-CIO, Zoom

Allen Blue, Co-Founder, LinkedIn

Rebecca Henderson, CEO & Executive Board Member,  Randstad Global Businesses


CNBC Catalyst Presents: The Future of Crypto - Unlocking Growth & Navigating Uncertainty

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with Circle


Beyond the day-to-day headlines and volatility, business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs are capitalizing on crypto and blockchain technology, fueling a boom in innovation and opportunity. Join us for a dynamic discussion on growing momentum in crypto across business, ecommerce, consumer and more. 


Jeremy Allaire, Co-Founder, CEO and Chairman, Circle

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO and Founder, FTX

Michael Sonnenshein, CEO, Grayscale Investments


Filecoin Foundation Session


The Filecoin Foundation Presents: Financial Surveillance in a Cashless Society

Photos from the 2019 Hong Kong protests showed long lines at subway stations as pro-democracy protestors waited to buy tickets with cash rather than with credit cards that would place them at the scene of the protest. These photos underscore the importance of being able to make anonymous transactions. Cryptocurrencies import the anonymity of cash into the digital world. But recent government actions in the U.S. and abroad threaten to undermine these privacy protections by trying to impose the financial surveillance of the traditional banking world onto crypto exchanges. This session explores the privacy benefits of cryptocurrency, the measures governments have taken to monitor crypto exchanges, and what we as individuals can do to protect our privacy in the digital world.


Sheila Warren, CEO, Crypto Council for Innovation

Kristin Smith, Executive Director, Blockchain Association

Marta Belcher, President & Board Chair, Filecoin Foundation

Nikhilesh De, Managing Editor, CoinDesk


CNBC Editorial: One-to-One

In partnership with Schneider Electric


Soaring energy prices and rising raw materials costs, which have been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, are posing a threat to the health of economies globally and putting pressure on businesses and consumers. Will the impact of rising costs affect the ability of governments, businesses and citizens to make the necessary investments to meet their net zero targets? What are the best strategies and how can today’s technologies help achieve more immediate reductions in carbon footprints as well as meet long-term net zero ambitions and how can this be cost effective?


Luc Rémont, EVP International Operations, Schneider Electric


CNBC Editorial: IOT Powering the Digital Economy - The Cost of Living and the Energy Future

In partnership with Schneider Electric


Soaring energy prices and rising raw materials costs, which have been exacerbated by the war in Ukraine, are posing a threat to the health of economies globally and putting pressure on businesses and consumers. Will the impact of rising costs affect the ability of governments, businesses and citizens to make the necessary investments to meet their net zero targets? What are the best strategies and how can today’s technologies help achieve more immediate reductions in carbon footprints as well as meet long-term net zero ambitions and how can this be cost effective?


Andrea Illy, Chairman of illycaffè and Co-Chair of the Regenerative Society Foundation

María Mendiluce, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition

Dr. Patrick Allman-Ward, CEO, Dana Gas Group

Dickon Pinner, Senior Partner, McKinsey


CNBC Editorial: European Security and The Russian Invasion

Russian’s invasion of Ukraine has caused the European Union to take unprecedented action against Moscow across security, defense and economic fronts. The Former Prime Minister of Finland, Ukraine’s former Finance Minister and Austria’s Foreign Minister join us to give their expert assessment on the situation, and how to avoid further escalation.


Alexander Stubb, Director, School of Transnational Governance, European University and Former Prime Minister of Finland

Natalie Jaresko, Former Minister of Finance, Ukraine

Alexander Schallenberg, Foreign Minister, Austria


CNBC Editorial: Fireside Chat with Mihailo Bjelic

What do industry players make of the recent crypto carnage? Polygon says the “bear time” is when they deliver their best performance. How is the decentralised Ethereum scaling platform continuing to build the future even during period of volatility? In this fireside chat, Arjun Kharpal speaks to Mihailo Bjelic, co-founder of Polygon about crypto and the future of Web3.


Mihailo Bjelic, Co-Founder, Polygon


The FIlecoin Foundation Presents: Web3 and Digital Accountability in Ukraine

As the fierce ground and cyberwar unfolds in Ukraine, teams of investigators are now using Web3 technology to document war crimes with tamper-proof chains of custody. These innovations mark a rare inflection point in legal accountability as new methods can be more easily understood and safely adopted by international courts to enhance the admissibility of digital records. Jonathan Dotan of Starling Lab, a joint venture between Stanford University and USC, discusses the progress of the Web3 accountability work he leads in Ukraine and how various stakeholders are rising to the occasion.


Jonathan Dotan, Founding Director, The Starling Lab

Danny O’Brien, Senior Fellow, Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web


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The Sanctuary Opens

Breakfast will be served at the Courtyard


The FIlecoin Foundation Presents: NFT Masterclass

Everything You Need to Know About NFTs but Were Afraid to Ask


CNBC Editorial: Fireside Chat with Sanda Ojiambo

Sanda Ojiambo is the leader of the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with over 16,000 corporate participants and stakeholders from over 160 countries, after landing the top job at the UN Global Compact in April this year. The UNGC was launched in July 2000 to align business operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. In a fireside chat with Tania Bryer, Ojiambo will discuss the UNGC’s strategy to engage with businesses, how the pandemic sparked record participating and how it combats “greenwashing” among its participants.


Sanda Ojiambo, Assistant Secretary-General and CEO, UN Global Compact


CNBC Editorial: ESG Council Fireside Chat with Takeshi Niinami

More than half of the world’s economic output or $44 trillion of economic value generation is moderately or highly dependent on nature, according to the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). In April this year, Japan’s Suntory joined the TNFD forum with an aim to support a shift in global financial flows towards nature-positive outcomes. In this CNBC ESG Council fireside chat, Tania Bryer speaks to Takeshi Niinami, President and CEO of Suntory. The Japanese beverage maker has a diverse portfolio of products, ranging from premium spirits, beer and wine to brewed teas, soft drinks and bottled water. Its collections include popular whiskies Yamazaki and Hibiki, iconic American spirits Jim Bean and Maker’s Mark as well as non-alcoholic favourites like Orangina and Ribena.


Takeshi Niinami, President and CEO, Suntory Holdings


CNBC Editorial: ESG Council - Sustainable Finance for a Better Future

The CNBC ESG Council is a roundtable for discussion and collaboration among chief executives from some of the world’s most prominent companies, as well as global thought leaders, to discuss the challenges posed by sustainability — and the strategies needed to surmount them. We talk to CNBC’s ESG Council members on this topic.


David Knibbe, CEO, NN Group

Rishi Khosla, Co-Founder and CEO, OakNorth


CNBC Catalyst Presents: The Age of Prediction - Leveraging A.I.’s New Role In Business & Society

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with WorldQuant


Igor Tulchinsky, Founder, Chairman & CEO, WorldQuant

Andrew Rubin, CEO and Founder, Illumio


CNBC Editorial: Fireside Chat with Bertrand Perez

From the rout in cryptocurrencies to regulation, what’s next for the industry? In this fireside chat, Arjun Kharpal speaks to Bertrand Perez, CEO of the Web3 Foundation. Perez joined Web3 in September 2021 after stepping down from the Facebook-backed Diem stablecoin project. Web3 is behind Polkadot, which is expected to be one of the blockchain technologies that could help drive the proliferation of decentralised internet or Web3.


Bertrand Perez, CEO, Web3 Foundation


CNBC Editorial: ESG Council Chat on Food Security

The CNBC ESG Council is a roundtable for discussion and collaboration among chief executives from some of the world’s most prominent companies, as well as global thought leaders, to discuss a sustainable future.


Erik Fyrwald, CEO, Syngenta


Global Blockchain Business Council Programming


CoinDesk Presents: Integrating Sustainability in Shift Web2/Web3


CNBC Editorial: The Metaverse, NFTs and the World of Web 3.0

The metaverse is set to reshape the way we shop, work and entertain and it is already breaking boundaries. In this session we discuss with insiders on what the future of internet could look like and what the future holds for metaverse and NFT.


Justin Banon, Co-Founder, Boson Protocol

Reeve Collins, Co-Founder, BLOCKv & SmartMedia Technologies

Medha Parlikar, Co-Founder and CTO, CasperLabs


CNBC Editorial: A Picture Tells 1000 Words

Patrick Chappatte uses humour to defend democracies. As a political cartoonist, his work is seen in leading global publications like Der Spiegel and The Boston Globe. He is also president of the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation and this year on World Press Freedom Day (on May 3), the foundation unveiled a new exhibition in Geneva featuring drawings by other top illustrators who take great risks to stand up to authority. In a fireside chat with Patrick Chappatte, he’ll discuss why free speech has come under threat and how he’s using cartoons to get his message across.


Patrick Chapatte, Editorial Cartoonist and President, Freedom Cartoonists Foundation


CNBC Editorial Session


A Moment of Silence For George Floyd


CNBC Editorial

Nicola Mendelsohn is Vice President of the Global Business Group at Meta. She sits down with Tania Bryer to discuss opportunities in the metaverse. What will it mean for advertisers and businesses? And how can brands successfully navigate through this brave new world? They’ll also discuss the future of work and key Davos themes.


Nicola Mendelsohn, VP Global Business Group, Meta


The Filecoin Foundation Presents: Filecoin Firesides - From Startup to Grownup

What does it take to build a start-up in the Web3 space? How do you build a successful DAO? How do traditional business principles apply to decentralized organizations? How can traditional organizations pivot to enter Web3? We interview Alisa Cohn, author of “From Startup to Grownup” and the top executive coach in the crypto space.


Alisa Cohn, Author and Executive Coach

Clara Tsao, Co-Director, Filecoin Foundation


The Filecoin Foundation Presents: : A Robust Foundation for Humanity’s Information (Virtual)

Juan Benet, CEO of Protocol Labs and founder of Filecoin, has been a visionary at the bleeding edge of internet innovation for a decade.

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