World Economic Forum 2023

As business and political leaders gather for the 2023 World Economic Forum in Davos, CNBC has curated an insightful agenda of fireside chats and panels to address this year’s theme of ‘Cooperation in a Fragmented World’. Global challenges require global solutions, and sessions held at the Filecoin Sanctuary will bring together some of the world’s most powerful and influential voices to provide practical solutions on how leaders can navigate the headwinds of 2023, such as supply chain issues, geopolitics, talent, innovation and sustainability.

See our line up for World Economic Forum 2024 in Davos.


Dr José Viñals

José was appointed to Standard Chartered PLC in October 2016 and became Group Chairman in December 2016. He also Chairs the Governance and Nomination Committee. José was appointed Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank in April 2019.

José has substantial experience in the international regulatory arena and has exceptional understanding of the economic, financial and political dynamics of our markets and of global trade, and a deep and broad network of decision-makers in the jurisdictions in our footprint.

José was most recently the Financial Counsellor and the Director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and was responsible for the oversight and direction of the IMF’s monetary and financial sector work. He was the IMF’s chief spokesman on financial matters, including global financial stability. During his tenure, José was a member of the Plenary and Steering Committee of the Financial Stability Board, playing a key role in the reform of international financial regulation. Prior to the IMF, José began his career as an economist and as a member of the faculty at Stanford University, before going to the Central Bank of Spain, where he was the Deputy Governor. José has held many other board and advisory positions including chair of Spain’s Deposit Guarantee Fund, chair of the International Relations Committee at the European Central Bank, member of the Economic and Financial Committee of the European Union, and chair of the Working Group on Institutional Investors at the Bank for International Settlements.
He has a Doctorate (Ph.D) in Economics from Harvard and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics.

José is Co-Chair of the United Nations’ Alliance of Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) and a board member of the Institute of International Finance (IIF). He is also a member of the board of directors of the Bretton Woods Committee, member of the Leadership Council of CityUK, member of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Chairpersons and board member of the Social Progress Initiative.

David Wallerstein

As the Chief eXploration Officer (CXO) and Senior Executive Vice President of Tencent, Mr. Wallerstein’s career has been defined by a desire to foster the healthy development of human relationships across national borders, and bring next-gen technologies to market to increase human resilience. He drives Tencent’s participation in breakthrough technologies, emerging business areas, research collaborations, and ideas. Mr. Wallerstein has worked on building Tencent's international footprint and entrance into new business areas since joining the company in 2001. He oversees the investments of the Palo Alto-based Tencent eXploration Team, which does venture investments in emerging deep technology and biotechnology areas.

Prior to joining Tencent, he worked with the Naspers Group in China, and drove their early investment into Tencent, subsequently joining Tencent’s executive team. Mr. Wallerstein also worked as a management consultant with other multinational corporations in Japan and China in the 1990s, facilitating their investments, market entry strategies, and strategic planning.

Mr. Wallerstein has been a strong advocate for public education regarding climate change, food energy and water (FEW), and the importance of breakthrough technologies to be developed as solutions to humanity’s greatest challenges. As part of these ongoing initiatives, he has served as the host of Tencent’s WE Summit for the past 10 years. In 2021, he published the book Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Food, Energy and Water (FEW), which became a best-selling book in China. He also created and produced the award-winning documentary film on the global water crisis, Day Zero, which is now available on Amazon Prime and other TV stations around the world.

Nicola Mendelsohn

Nicola Mendelsohn is the Head of Global Business Group at Meta, where she leads the company’s relationships with top marketers and agencies, as well as global partnerships and engineering.

Nicola previously served as Vice President for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Meta, a role she held from 2013 to 2023. During that time, Nicola spearheaded the growth of EMEA into a multibillion dollar business and led Meta’s expansion into countries like Israel, Norway, Austria and Denmark.

She is currently a non-executive director of Diageo, sits on the Mayor of London’s Business Advisory Board, and is co-president of the charity Norwood. In 2019, Nicola founded and launched the Follicular Lymphoma Foundation, a charity focused solely on raising funds to help the thousands of people living with Follicular Lymphoma to live well and get well.

Prior to joining Meta, Nicola worked in advertising for over 20 years at BBH, Grey and Karmarama. Her previous roles include: first female president of the IPA (the advertising industry trade body), trustee of The White Ribbon Alliance, chairman of Women’s Aid Development Board, and president of the Women in Advertising and Communications London club. She was also a director of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, member of the UK government’s Digital Economy Council and co-chair of the UK Government's Creative Industries Council. Previously, she served as a director of Cosmetic Executive Women and The Fragrance Foundation in the UK.

In 2015, she was awarded a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the creative industries in the UK. Her greatest joy in life comes from her husband Jon and her four children Gabi, Danny, Sam and Zac.

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd became President and CEO of Asia Society in January 2021 and has been president of the Asia Society Policy Institute since January 2015. He served as Australia's 26th Prime Minister from 2007 to 2010, then as Foreign Minister from 2010 to 2012, before returning as Prime Minister in 2013. He is also a leading international authority on China. He began his career as a China scholar, serving as an Australian diplomat in Beijing before entering Australian politics.

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.

John Kerry

Mr. Kerry is the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate. Appointed by U.S. President Joe Biden in 2021, he is the first person to hold the position. He previously served as the 68th U.S. Secretary of State from 2013 to 2017 under President Barack Obama. Mr. Kerry was the Democratic nominee for President in 2004 and served as a Senator from Massachusetts from 1985 until 2013. He is a highly decorated statesman having been bestowed with the Legion of Honour in France and the Grand Cross from the Federal Republic of Germany.

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, 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.

Marisa Drew

Marisa Drew was appointed as the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) for Standard Chartered Bank as of 1 July 2022. In this position, Marisa brings Standard Chartered’s Sustainability Strategy, Sustainable Finance and Netzero Delivery teams under one umbrella for the bank. Her roles and responsibilities will include further evolving Standard Chartered’s sustainability strategy, establishing the bank’s key sustainability platforms and partnerships, chairing the Group Sustainability Forum, overseeing the net zero and other public commitments and driving the bank’s sustainability advisory and financing activity with clients.

Marisa joined Standard Chartered from Credit Suisse where she was the CSO and Global Head of the Sustainability Strategy, Advisory & Finance Group. She was responsible for setting the sustainability strategy and ambition for the bank, and for creating and facilitating sustainable investments on behalf of the bank’s wealth, institutional and corporate clients.

Other roles at Credit Suisse included Co-Head of Investment Banking and Capital Markets for EMEA, and Global Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group, encompassing Equity and Debt Capital Markets, Leveraged Finance and Derivatives Products. Before this, Marisa worked for Merrill Lynch, in private equity, and for the investment bank, Kidder Peabody.

Marisa was appointed in early 2022 as a NED of the US listed broadband and mobile company, Liberty Global plc and in late 2021 as a non-executive director of the City of London Corporation. She further serves on the advisory boards of the Aspen Institute UK, the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy, the FCA’s Markets Practitioner Panel and on several High Level Working Groups (HLGs) sponsored by the World Economic Forum and the UN, including the UN Oceans Panel. Marisa’s external activities also include charitable Advisory Board roles for Cash & Rocket, The Wharton School and the UK charity, Room-to-Read.

In 2022, Marisa was recognised by Sustainability Magazine as one of the Top 10 CSOs of a Global Corporation and in 2021 as one of 100 Global Visionary Leaders by Meaningful Business and EY. She has also been recognized by the BBC as one of the Most Powerful Women in Britain and by Fortune Magazine as one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in International Business.

Marisa received a BA in Finance and Marketing with distinction from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School.

Takeshi Niinami

Tak Niinami is the Chief Executive Officer of Suntory Holdings, one of the world’s leading consumer products companies with operations throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Prior to joining Suntory in 2014, Tak served as CEO of Lawson, Inc., which he grew into one of Asia’s major convenience store operators, posting profit growth for 12 consecutive years and quadrupling its market capitalization during his tenure.

Outside of Suntory, Tak is a member of the Council on Social Security Reform for All Generations and has served on the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister since 2014. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Councilors of Keidanren – Japan Business Foundation, and Vice Chairman of the Japan Association of Corporate Executives. Tak is also a member of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Board, the World Economic Forum’s International Business Council, the Advisory Board of the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Global Board of Advisors of the Council on Foreign Relations, and The Business Council in the US.

Tak received his MBA from 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 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.

Benjamin Hung

Ben was appointed Standard Chartered’s Chief Executive Officer for Asia in January 2021. He sits on the Group’s Management Team and is the Chairman of Standard Chartered Bank (China) Limited.

Ben joined Standard Chartered in 1992 and has held a number of senior management positions spanning corporate, commercial and retail banking. Prior to the current role, he was Regional CEO for Greater China & North Asia, and CEO of Retail Banking, and Wealth Management business globally. He is based in Hong Kong and has international banking experience in the United Kingdom and in Canada.

Ben is a member of the Hong Kong Chief Executive’s Council of Advisers on Innovation and Strategic Development, the Exchange Fund Advisory Committee, the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited’s Board of Directors and the General Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. He was previously the chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Banks, a member of the Financial Services Development Council, a board member of the Hong Kong Airport Authority and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority, and a Council Member of the University of Hong Kong.

Jesper Brodin

Jesper Brodin is the CEO of Ingka Group. His career with IKEA spans over 20 years, and he stepped into his current role in September 2017. Before being appointed CEO, Jesper was Managing Director at IKEA of Sweden/Range & Supply, which is responsible for the development of the product range and supply chain of the IKEA Brand.

Jesper’s career at IKEA started in 1995 with a purchase manager role in Pakistan; not long after that he became Regional Purchase Manager for South East Asia. In 1999, he took on the assignment of assistant, both to IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad and to Anders Dahlvig, who was CEO at that time.

As a leader, Jesper is known for his belief in values-based leadership and for his emphasis on togetherness, saying: “The power is where the people are. Believe in yourself and your strengths, but don’t forget to rely on other people’s strengths, too. Because we’re truly stronger together.” Jesper’s vision for Ingka Group spotlights sustainable development. He is a member of the World Economic Forum, advocating for wider climate commitments across the global retail sector.

Jesper was born in Gothenburg, Sweden, and holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Married with three children, he fills his spare time with sailing and music: “To play the guitar is my yoga. I do it every day.”

Creative innovator, Futurist and entertainer and technology investor. Member: World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee and Global Artificial Intelligence Action Alliance. Advisor, Bias & Ethics to Stradigi AI. Honorary Fellow, Institutions of Engineering and Technology. Recipient: TIME 100 IMPACT Award (2022), seven Grammy Awards; Emmy; CLIO; World Economic Forum Crystal Award (2016). As an advocate for STEAM education, started Angel Foundation, which uses project-based learning modules to deliver STEAM education for at-risk youth via dedicated STEM Academy preparatory schools, after-school tutoring and enrichment activities within the US. At-risk students participate in project-based learning modules for robotics, coding, app development, geographic information system mapping, and study Mandarin Chinese. The Angel Foundation recently teamed with the Los Angeles Unified School District, America's second-largest state-run public school system to offer robotics clubs as an official after-school activity, with capacity to serve 12,000+students. Keeping child safety and protection at the forefront in the US as pertains to school and community shootings that urgently require gun safety law reform, Co-Executive Producer, "Parkland Rising", a documentary film about the students and families that survived a mass school shooting and their journey as advocates for US gun safety reform. Interests: promoting the health and planetary benefits of a plant-based (Vegan) diet; alternative energy-powered cars.

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 and Tonic Health.

Elizabeth Gaines

Ms Gaines led Fortescue as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director from February 2018 to August 2022, after joining the Executive team as Chief Financial Officer in February 2017.

A highly experienced business leader, Ms Gaines has extensive international experience in all aspects of financial and commercial management. Ms Gaines has significant experience in the resources sector and exposure to the impact of the growth in Asian economies, particularly China, on the Australian business environment and economy as well as a deep understanding of all aspects of financial and commercial management at a senior executive level in both listed and private companies. Ms Gaines has extensive exposure to the drive to transition to green energy and has been a key driver of the goal to decarbonise Fortescue’s mining operations by 2030.

In addition to her role as a Non-Executive Director, Ms Gaines is the Global Ambassador for Fortescue. She is a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and a Director and Deputy Chair of the West Coast Eagles (AFL) Football Club.

Ms Gaines was ranked second in the 2019 Fortune Magazine’s Businessperson of the Year and in 2020 the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia awarded her the ‘Women in Resources Champion’ at the annual Women in Resources Awards. In 2020, Ms Gaines was awarded Joint Australian Businessperson of the Year by the Australian Financial Review.

Ms Gaines is a former Chief Executive Officer of Helloworld Limited and Heytesbury Pty Limited and has previously held Non-Executive Director roles with Nine Entertainment Co. Holdings Limited, NEXTDC Limited, Mantra Group Limited and ImpediMed Limited.

Ms Gaines holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University, a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and an Honorary Doctorate of Commerce from Curtin University. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chief Executive Women.

Shamina Singh

For more than 20 years, Shamina Singh has been on the frontline of developing and implementing solutions to make the global economy work for everyone, everywhere. Shamina is the Founder & President of the Center for Inclusive Growth, the social impact hub of Mastercard. She also serves as Executive Vice President of Sustainability and is a member of the company’s Management Committee. Since 2014, she has led the Center with a remit to leverage Mastercard’s data, technology, capital and expertise for social impact. In her role as EVP for Sustainability, she is responsible for the development and implementation of the environmental, social and governance strategy across the company. Shamina has held senior positions in the White House and the U.S. House of Representatives, and she has studied at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and the Indian School of Business. She earned a Bachelor of Science from Old Dominion University and a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin.

Ezgi Barcenas

Ezgi Barcenas is AB InBev’s Chief Sustainability Officer, overseeing the company’s sustainability vision and strategy. In this role, Ezgi coordinates across all business functions to advance sustainability and inclusive growth. Her team focuses on agricultural development, water stewardship, circular packaging, climate action and responsible sourcing to build a resilient value chain spanning nearly 50 countries. She leads ESG engagement and reporting, and also oversees the 100+ Accelerator, an award-winning program which pilots and scales sustainable innovations. Since joining the company in 2013, Ezgi has held key roles within the Corporate Affairs and Procurement functions. Prior to AB InBev, she worked in international trade, public health and international development.

Ezgi is a member of Adweek’s Sustainability Council and INSIDER’s Financing a Sustainable Future Council. She was also recognized as a 2022 Sustainability Trailblazer by Reuters’ Responsible Business Awards. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a master’s degree in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health and an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Rima Qureshi

Rima Qureshi is executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Verizon. She is responsible for development and implementation of Verizon’s overall corporate strategy, business development, partnerships, strategic investments and acquisitions.

Before joining Verizon in November 2017, Qureshi was president and CEO of Ericsson North America. She has extensive experience in successfully managing various business segments, including sales, product management, operations and research and development. She also has extensive experience in acquisitions and integration.

Before becoming president and CEO of Ericsson North America in 2016, she was Ericsson’s chief strategy officer and head of mergers and acquisitions. Her more than two decades of leadership experience in the mobile communications industry include more than 15 years of global experience.

Qureshi joined Ericsson in 1993 and was a vice president there since 2000. In 2010 she was named senior vice president of Ericsson’s CDMA Mobile Systems Group, and she assumed additional responsibilities as senior vice president of strategic projects in 2013. She also served as chairman of Ericsson’s Northern Europe, Russia, Central Asia group, and chairman of Ericsson’s Modem division before becoming chief strategy officer.

Rima is currently a board member of MasterCard Incorporated and GSMA, the global telecom industry association. She also serves as an international advisory board member of McGill University. She has significant experience working with the humanitarian sector and various United Nations agencies. She is currently serving as the deputy to the board chair of the Edison Alliance, a global movement focused on digital inclusion.

She earned both her undergraduate and master’s degrees from McGill University in Montreal, and is fluent in both English and French.

Jacques Vandermeiren

Jacques Vandermeiren is the current CEO of Port of Antwerp-Bruges (from January 2017). Before joining the Port Authority he was active at Elia, the network operator and listed company, where he held various management positions since joining it in 2001 and became CEO in 2012.

Vandermeiren has occupied various directorships with among others Febeg (Federation of Belgian Energy Companies) and the Federation of Belgian Enterprises. He is currently an active board member of the dataplatform NxtPort, Kunsthuis Opera Ballet Vlaanderen, Royal Antwerp Football Club and the Belgian coffee brand Vascobelo. He is also co-founder, and since May 2018 Chairman, of the Belgian sustainability platform The Shift, as well as co-investor in Qpinch, which generates energy from waste heat.

Vandermeiren graduated as Master of Laws, a qualification which he later supplemented with a master's in European Studies, a middle management course with Vlerick Business School and an “advanced management Program INSEAD”. He is married to Barbara Baeckelmans, with whom he has three children. He lives in Antwerp.

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.

Milton Cheng

Milton Cheng is the Global Chair of Baker McKenzie, and its first Asian Global Chair. Described as a 'listening leader' with a focus on pragmatism and inclusivity, Milton now leads one of the world's leading law firms overseeing its 13,000 people in nearly 50 jurisdictions.

Prior to his election as Global Chair, he was the Managing Partner of the Hong Kong office, in addition to being the Chief Executive overseeing Baker McKenzie's offices and businesses in Mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam and Myanmar.

During that time, Milton led the formation by Baker McKenzie of its Joint Operation in China with FenXun Partners, a first-of-its-kind collaboration model that has since been followed by other leading international law firms.

Milton has extensive experience in a wide range of REIT, M&A, corporate restructuring, advisory and corporate finance work, for clients which include listed REITs and property companies, real estate funds, financial institutions and multi-national corporations.

Under his leadership, Baker McKenzie's REIT practice has been at the forefront of ground-breaking REIT transactions in Asia. The Firm has become the trusted advisor to a number of leading Hong Kong-listed REITs including Link REIT, Champion REIT, Fortune REIT, Prosperity REIT, Yuexiu REIT, Regal REIT and Spring REIT.

Acknowledged as “The pioneer of Hong Kong REITs”, Milton has consistently been recognized as a leading lawyer in his field by Chambers Asia, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

His leadership has also been widely recognised by the legal industry, and he was named 'International Managing Partner of the Year' at The Asia Legal Awards in 2020. Milton was awarded 'Outstanding Overseas Executive of the Year' at the annual Singapore Business Awards in 2021 — the first leader of a law firm to receive the award.

Milton is a member of the Steering Committee of the Global AI Action Alliance, as well as representing the Firm on 'The Valuable 500' business to business disability initiative and on the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

Milton graduated from King’s College, London with an LL.B. (First Class Honours). He is admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong and in England and Wales.

Olivier Blum

As Executive Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Energy Management business, Olivier is responsible for the entire Energy Management portfolio of world-leading technologies, software and services.

Olivier is an active promoter of Sustainability and “Electricity 4.0” the fastest route to a net zero world that is more electric and more digital. Olivier has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2014.

In his previous role as Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer, Olivier led the development of Corporate Strategy, Mergers & Acquisitions, Sustainability and Quality.
Prior to that, Olivier led Schneider’s People Strategy as Chief Human Resources Officer between 2014 and 2020.

Olivier began his career at Schneider Electric in 1993 in his home country of France. He has been living and working in Asia for the last two decades, where he has held leadership positions as the Regional Head of Strategy for China and the Regional Managing Director for India, before taking on the global role of Executive Vice President for the Home & Distribution Division based in Hong Kong.

Olivier has been a Non-Executive Director on both AVEVA Group PLC (as Remuneration Committee member) and Delta Dore Boards since 2020. In 2019, Olivier received France’s Chief Human Resources Officer of the Year Award from Cadremploi, Morgan Phillips Hudson, Le Figaro Décideurs and Fyte, in recognition of how he transformed Schneider’s leadership and culture at a global scale. In 2021, his sustainability efforts across the Company saw Schneider Electric recognized by Corporate Knights as the World’s Most Sustainable Corporation. Olivier graduated from Grenoble Business School (GEM), France.

Igor Tulchinsky

Igor is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of WorldQuant, which he established in 2007 following 12 years working as a statistical arbitrage portfolio manager at Millennium Management. As CEO, Igor provides vision, leadership and both strategic and tactical guidance to Research, Portfolio Management and other parts of the organization. He is the author of multiple articles and books, including The UnRules. Prior to joining Millennium, Igor was a venture capitalist, scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories and video game programmer (the latter while still in high school). He holds an MA in Computer Science from the University of Texas, completed in a record nine months, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Wharton School.

Daphne Kis

Daphne Kis is the President of WorldQuant University (WQU), a global not-for-profit whose mission is to make advanced, quality education accessible to capable students everywhere by leveraging technology at scale to deliver entirely online, tuition-free programs in the data sciences. With its MSc program in Financial Engineering and Applied Data Science module, WQU currently serves nearly 4000 students in over 90 countries.

The arc of Kis’s career has been far from traditional. As a dynamic entrepreneur, she has been at the forefront of identifying, chronicling, and transforming trends in technology, education, and business for decades. Passionate about global entrepreneurship opportunities, especially for women, Kis serves on the board of Springboard Enterprise’s Tech Council and the advisory boards of SheEO and Mindshift Capital.

Peter Lee

Peter serves as Executive Chairman of the Board for WorldQuant Predictive. Peter is the CEO of RapidMiner, a recognized leader in AI/ML platforms with over 1M users globally. Prior to RapidMiner, Peter served as EVP of TIBCO Software. Peter joined TIBCO when it acquired DataSynapse, an infrastructure software company he co-founded. Before launching his career in software Peter worked as an investment banker with JP Morgan and a strategy consultant with Deloitte. He has an MBA from The Wharton School, an MA in International Affairs from the University of Pennsylvania, and an AB cum laude in Government from Harvard College. He is active in the PE world as an operating partner with Communitas Capital and Resolve Growth Partners, and as an investment committee member of AFIG funds. He is an Emeritus Board member of Upwardly Global and active with the Development Board of Phillips Academy Andover.

Thomas Saueressig

Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all business software applications. This includes all functional areas from product strategy and management to product development and innovation as well as cloud operations and support. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes the SAP S/4HANA suite, the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio, SME, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and industry solutions. In addition, SAP Product Engineering is responsible for offerings such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Customer Experience solutions. Saueressig is also in charge of the global SAP Labs Network and the SAP Enterprise Adoption organization including SAP Globalization Services, user enablement, and the overall quality of SAP software products.

Before being appointed the head of SAP Product Engineering, Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services at SAP. As CIO, he was responsible for SAP’s IT strategy and execution following a cloud-first approach. Under his leadership, the IT organization pioneered new business models. Prior to that, he led the enterprise mobility efforts including all cross-functions, followed by global responsibility for the IT project delivery and client IT organizations.

Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He spent several months in SAP Labs Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California (USA), and was a Board assistant for several years.
He was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. As global sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, the largest employee network at SAP, and for the Women in Technology initiative at SAP, Saueressig supports corporate initiatives for gender equality.

Saueressig has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).

Since April 2022, Saueressig has been a member of the Board of Directors of Nokia.

Paul Daugherty

Paul Daugherty is Accenture's group chief executive – technology & chief technology officer. He leads all aspects of Accenture's technology business. Paul is also responsible for Accenture's technology strategy, driving innovation through R&D in Accenture Labs and leveraging emerging technologies to bring the newest innovations to clients globally. He recently launched Accenture's Cloud First initiative to further scale the company's market-leading cloud business and is responsible for incubating new businesses such as blockchain, extended reality and quantum computing. He founded and oversees Accenture Ventures, which is focused on strategic equity investments and open innovation to accelerate growth. Paul is responsible for managing Accenture's alliances, partnerships and senior-level relationships with leading and emerging technology companies, and he leads Accenture's Global CIO Council and annual CIO and Innovation Forum. He is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.

Valérie Beaulieu

French born, Valerie joined the Adecco Group as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and member of the Executive Committee in November 2020. Before joining the Adecco Group, Valerie served as Chief Marketing Officer for Microsoft US, leading the marketing function across the region’s B2B portfolio. Her career at Microsoft spanned 23 years, where she held various senior leadership roles across North America, Asia and Europe. Since January 2015, Valerie has been Vice President of the French Foreign Trade Advisors, a voluntary position that uses her experience to promote France's economic presence around the world.

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.

Ville Skinnari

Ville Skinnari was born in Helsinki on 21 February 1974. He went to school in Lahti and completed his general upper secondary education at the Salpausselkä upper secondary school specialised in sports in 1993. In 1999, he earned the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in the Netherlands and in 2001 the Master of Laws (LLM Law) degree at the University of Brunel in the UK.

Sports have always played a major role in his life. He played ice hockey as a junior and in the men’s team until 1995, and continued to play both in the Netherlands and UK. Last season Skinnari was the captain of the Parliament’s football team and chaired the Finnish Federation for Recreational Fishing. In his free time he enjoys sports and culture in many forms, as well as fishing. His wife is a Physical Education Instructor, and they have three children.

What attracted him to international business life and to promoting the internationalisation of Finnish companies was a corporate training period in Japan. Since then he has worked in various positions in the field of international trade, including in developing Nokia’s service business for the Asian and European markets and serving as the Business Development Director for Koillismaa. He has run a small company of his own and worked as a specialist in international law.

Skinnari has served as Member of Parliament since 2015. At the Parliament he has been a member of the Constitutional Law Committee, Commerce Committee and Transport and Communications Committee. He has also been a member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council.

He has served as the vice-chair of the Social Democratic Party since 2017 and member of the Lahti City Council since 2012.

Andrés Gluski

Under Andrés’ leadership, AES became a world leader in innovating and adopting new technologies that enable our customers to meet their business objectives, including establishing AES as the world leader in energy storage. He led AES to establish its aggressive carbon reduction strategy in 2018 to show the company’s commitment to creating a sustainable climate future, making AES the first publicly-traded US energy company to issue a climate report that complies with recommendations from the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures.

Andrés shaped AES’ culture as an inclusive, innovative workplace that empowers our people to take action toward a greener energy future. He established sustainability and corporate social responsibility goals, resulting in AES’ inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for North America and designation as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere® Institute since 2014. AES businesses around the world share a diverse and inclusive culture and are consistently recognized by Great Place to Work® and as Best Workplaces for Women®. In 2020, Fast Company named AES as one of the Best Places to Work for Innovators, the only US-based energy company to be recognized.

Andrés has been shaping policy in the energy industry for years to accelerate a greener energy future for everyone. He served as Member of the President’s Export Council from 2013-2016 and served as an expert witness at US Congressional hearings on the subject of energy policy and Latin America. Today, he is continuing to drive transformation as Chairman of the American Society Council of Americas, and as a member of both the US-Brazil CEO Forum and US-India CEO forum.

Andrés began his tenure at AES in 2000, previously serving as the CEO of AES Gener in Chile and as AES’ COO before becoming President and CEO in 2011. Andrés graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest University and earned his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Virginia.

Andrés and his wife enjoy yoga, jogging and biking, have two grown sons and live in Georgetown, Washington DC.

Marco Alverà

Marco Alverà has more than 20 years of experience in energy companies. He is the author of The Hydrogen Revolution. He began his career at Goldman Sachs before starting and selling a telecom company, and then joining Enel, one of the world’s largest green electricity companies. He subsequently worked for Eni, the oil and gas major, for over 10 years in senior positions, and from 2016 to 2022 he was CEO of Snam, which Marco positioned as an international leader in green gas and green gas infrastructure. Since 2017 he has been non-executive director of S&P Global, where he is also chair of the Finance Committee.

Jenny Davis-Peccoud

Jenny Davis-Peccoud founded Bain’s Sustainability and Responsibility practice in 2011. She has advised local and multinational corporate clients across a wide range of industries, as well as public bodies and global NGOs. Jenny has a specific focus on food systems transformation, working across agriculture, packaged food companies, food retail, agri financing and public sector on the systemic solutions needed to drive impactful and sustainable change. Jenny recently shared her analysis of how businesses can build a more sustainable, inclusive, and healthy global food system as a matter of urgency.

Elizabeth Rossiello

Elizabeth Rossiello is the CEO and founder of AZA Finance, a global fintech company that is accelerating economic growth in Africa through its best-in-class foreign exchange, payments, settlement and treasury services.

Elizabeth founded AZA Finance in 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. In her previous roles as a rating analyst for global institutions across sub-Saharan Africa, Elizabeth consulted for organisations like the Grameen Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the Acumen Fund. Throughout this experience, she saw first-hand how African businesses and currencies were consistently undervalued and underserved by the “developed world,” in part due to pervasive Western stereotypes about the continent. She realised that Africa’s embrace of financial technologies like mobile money posed an invaluable opportunity to change the narrative. The right company could bridge the financial services gap between G20 and African countries, which would unlock Africa’s trillion-dollar growth through new jobs, partnerships and investment. She decided to found AZA Finance (then Bitpesa) to realise this vision, starting by bringing blockchain and digital currencies to the African market. AZA has since expanded to offer a full suite of FX and payments services across all major African and G20 currencies, powered by its proprietary fintech platforms. To date, AZA has managed more than $2 billion in global transactions for SMEs, global organisations and companies from more than 115 countries. Its incredible mission and growth was recognized by Fast Company in 2021 as a Global Top 10 Most Innovative Company.

Elizabeth is committed to expanding access to financial technologies and global markets. Elizabeth co-chairs the World Economic Forum's Council on Blockchain in service of this vision, in addition to sitting on the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Global Advisory Board. She was recently named as a 2021 Bloomberg New Economy Catalyst, a curated group of CEOs and leaders driving development and impact.  She served as a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer for 2019 and participated as a member of the Digital Currency Governance Consortium. Elizabeth holds an M.A. in International Business and Finance from Columbia University.

Satish Shankar

Satish Shankar leads Bain's APAC Agribusiness practice and is an expert in the firm's Advanced Manufacturing & Services, Airlines & Transportation, Energy & Natural Resources and Mergers & Acquisitions practices.
Since joining Bain in 1997, Satish has worked across a wide range of engagements, including portfolio, business unit, turnaround and market entry strategies, operational excellence and M&A. He also holds deep experience in due diligence, post-merger integration and emerging markets strategy.

Tejpreet S. Chopra

Tejpreet S. Chopra is the Founder & CEO of Bharat Light & Power Group (BLP). BLP is one of the leading clean energy generation (IPP) and technology companies in India. BLP has 3 companies in the group. The first focuses on developing, owning, and operating utility scale wind and solar farms. The second is an investment vehicle in partnership with AP Moller Capital focused on responsibly investing in infrastructure assets in India with a primary focus on transport, energy and digital infrastructure sectors. The third group company, “Industry.AI” is an Enterprise AI and Industrial IoT software product company. It provides end to end monitoring, reporting and advanced analytics that improve productivity, efficiency and sustainability across industries including manufacturing, infrastructure, energy, steel, auto, oil & gas etc. The BLP Group has had joint ventures with the Italian utility, Enel Green Power, and the Norwegian utility, Statkraft.

Tejpreet’s 22 years of global management and finance experience was gained in various business roles held in France, England, Hong Kong, India and USA, of which over 14 years were at General Electric.

Until 2010, Tejpreet was the President & CEO of General Electric in India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh, and was responsible for directing GE's strategies for growth in these countries.

Prior to that, Tejpreet served as President & CEO of GE Capital (Commercial Finance) in India, where he successfully restructured and expanded the business, thereby establishing GE Commercial Finance as one of the premier financial institutions in India.

Since joining GE in 1996, he has held positions in marketing, structured finance and risk management, in Stamford and Hong Kong for GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). In 2005, he moved from the unit's headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, to open GECAS’s office in Delhi. As Senior Vice-President and Country Head-India for GECAS, Tejpreet arranged over US$1 billion in financing for India's growing airline industry.

At present, he is an Independent Director on the board of SRF Limited, the Anand Group (top 5 Automotive Component Groups in India), IEX (Indian Energy Exchange), Tube Investments of India (Murugappa Group) and Chairman of the board of APM Terminals Pipavav port (A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S group). He is also on the board of the World Economic Forum Foundation (WEF) for YGL’s; and the London based global philanthropic organization, the Clean Air Fund. Tejpreet was recently nominated to the Board of Governors of the Lawrence School, Sanawar. He is the National Skill Development Corporation (Govt of India and Indian Industry initiative) Nominee Director on the Board of the Power Sector Skill Council.

Tejpreet is involved in various industry associations. He is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), was the Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in India (AMCHAM), and was on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC). He is a member of the Council of Management of the All India Management Association (AIMA). Tejpreet was appointed the Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s, Global Future Council (GFC) on Advanced Energy Technologies, the Stewardship Board on the Future of Energy, and is a member of WEFs CEO group on Advanced Manufacturing. He is a participant of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the Cornell University Council. He is also an Aspen Institute Fellow, a part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2010. Tejpreet has also spoken at several international conferences, including Asia Society’s CEO Forum Series in New York and LA, the Economist’s India Business Summit in London, the Wharton India Economic Forum, the Harvard Business School India Conference, and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

He graduated from The Lawrence School, Sanawar. Tejpreet holds an MBA degree from Cornell University, a B.A. Honors degree in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and attended an executive program at the Harvard Kennedy School. He enjoys sports and music – and was a national level swimmer.

Angélique Kidjo

Five-time Grammy Award winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the greatest artists in international music today, a creative force with sixteen albums to her name. Time Magazine has called her "Africa's premier diva", and named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2021. The BBC has included her in its list of the continent's 50 most iconic figures, and in 2011 The Guardian listed her as one of their Top 100 Most Inspiring Women in the World. Forbes Magazine has ranked Angelique as the first woman in their list of the Most Powerful Celebrities in Africa. She is the recent recipient of the prestigious 2015 Crystal Award given by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the 2016 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award, the 2018 German Sustainability Award, and the 2023 Vilcek Prize in Music.

As a performer, her striking voice, stage presence and fluency in multiple cultures and languages have won respect from her peers and expanded her following across national borders. Kidjo has cross-pollinated the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America.

After exploring the roads of Africa's diaspora, offering a refreshing and electrifying take on the Talking Heads album Remain In Light, and reflecting on an icon of the Americas - celebrated salsa singer Celia Cruz, on Kidjo’s latest album, Mother Nature, the award-winning luminary joins forces with many of her musical progeny, including some of the most captivating young creators of West African music, Afrobeat, Afro-pop, dancehall, hip-hop, and alt-R&B. The result is a truly visionary body of work, rooted in a deep understanding of musical tradition yet endlessly forward-thinking and inventive. Mother Nature fulfills a promise Kidjo first made upon accepting the award for Best Global Music Album at the 2016 Grammys, then reiterated after winning the Best World Music Album prize in 2020 and proudly proclaiming: “The new generation of artists coming from Africa are going to take you by storm, and the time has come.” In sharing this album with the world, Kidjo hopes that her songs might inspire the kind of togetherness that ultimately leads to transcendent change. “This album is a love letter to Mother Earth and all the values we hold dear: truth, trust, love, connection,” says Kidjo. “For our own survival, we need to recognize the humanity that we all share and learn how to live together. There’s just no other way.”

The Grammy-Award winning Celia was recorded in New York and Paris, produced by David Donatien and mixed by Russell Elevado (D’Angelo, Kamasi Washington). Over the course of 10 beloved songs from Cruz’s extensive catalog but with special focus on her work from the 1950s, Angelique’s voice soars in lockstep with a grand presentation of rhythmic touchstones that delve deep into the history of music from Africa and it’s influence on the music of Cuba. Her interpretation of The Talking Heads’ classic 1980 album, Remain in Light, was recorded with superstar producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Rolling Stones, Beyoncé), taking classic songs such as "Crosseyed and Painless," "Once in a Lifetime," and "Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)" and reinterpreting them with electrifying rhythms, African guitars, and layered backing vocals.

Kidjo’s star-studded album DJIN DJIN won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary World Album in 2008, and her album OYO was nominated for the same award in 2011. In January 2014 Angélique’s first book, a memoir titled Spirit Rising: My Life, My Music (Harper Collins) and her twelfth album, EVE (Savoy/429 Records), were released to critical acclaim. EVE later went on to win the Grammy Award for Best World Music Album in 2015, and her historic, orchestral album Sings with the Orchestre Philharmonique Du Luxembourg (Savoy/429 Records) won a Grammy for Best World Music Album in 2016.

Angelique has gone on to perform this genre-bending work with several international orchestras and symphonies including the Bruckner Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Philharmonie de Paris. Her collaboration with Philip Glass, IFÉ: Three Yorùbá Songs, made its US debut to a sold out concert with the San Francisco Symphony in June 2015. In 2019, Angelique helped Philip Glass premiere his latest work, Symphony #12 “Lodger”, a symphonic re-imaging of the David Bowie album of the same name, at a sold out performance at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In addition to performing this new orchestral concert, Angelique continues to tour globally performing the high-energy concert she’s become famous for with her four-piece band.

Angelique also travels the world advocating on behalf of children in her capacity as a UNICEF and OXFAM goodwill Ambassador. At the G7 Summit in 2019, President Macron of France named Kidjo as the spokesperson for the AFAWA initiative (Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa) to help close the financing gap for women entrepreneurs in Africa. She has also created her own charitable foundation, Batonga, dedicated to support the education of young girls in Africa.

Jeremy Oppenheim

Jeremy is founder and senior partner of SYSTEMIQ, a B-Corporation dedicated to accelerating delivery of the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals by transforming policy, markets, business models and asset classes through SYSTEMIQ’s four platforms: clean energy, materials, nature and finance(with urban in the making). With more than 250 people in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Brazil and France, SYSTEMIQ combines cutting-edge research with corporate strategy advice, policy insights and high-impact, hands-on projects. SYSTEMIQ manages a focused pool of disruptive capital from mission-aligned investors and works globally and locally to help partners anticipate, shape and create value in the new economy.

An economist, business adviser and convener of coalitions, Jeremy is driven by one simple idea: tackling the biggest challenges of our times requires urgent, structural change to economic systems and thus demands new levels of collaboration across business, investors, government and civil society. He cultivates this multi-sectoral partnership approach with the help of strong connections across industries and countries built over a career of pioneering this space. Jeremy has endless energy for this work and is forever developing new initiatives to deliver a sustainable world. Jeremy was the first programme director of the Global Commission on Economy and Climate 2014 (otherwise known as the New Climate Economy project); lead author of the Better Business, Better World report (2018) of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission; Chair of the Blended Finance Taskforce; and Global Programme Director/Co-Lead Author of the Growing Better report (2019) of the Food and Land-Use Commission.

He is chair of the non-profit, Global Action Plan; Founder and Chairman from 2000-2006 of Un Ltd-The UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs; and over the past 6 years, a trustee on the Board of the Woodwell Climate Research Center .Previously, Jeremy spent more than 20 years at McKinsey, developing and leading its Climate Change Special Initiative and its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice. He also served as Senior Economist at the World Bank(1988-1993) and Research Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development (1986-1987).

Jeremy holds a first-class degree from Cambridge University in Law and Economics (1984) and a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1986).Jeremy was born and bred in Edinburgh but has become a (north) Londoner over the past 30 years, happily living the city life with his wife and three children.

Badr Jafar

Badr Jafar is the CEO of Crescent Enterprises, a diversified conglomerate operating across nine industry sectors in 15 countries. Badr is actively engaged with a diverse range of non-profit organisations and initiatives focused on humanitarian aid and international development, strategic philanthropy, corporate governance, entrepreneurship, education and the arts, including serving as a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing and the UNESCO International Commission on the Futures of Education. Badr is also appointed to serve on the Advisory Committee and as a Special Representative for Business & Philanthropy & Private Sector for the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In 2010 Badr founded the Pearl Initiative, in collaboration with the UN Office for Partnerships, to promote a corporate culture of transparency and accountability within the Gulf Region. He is also the Founding Patron of the Centre for Strategic Philanthropy based at the Cambridge Judge Business School, which is dedicated to enhancing the impact of strategic philanthropy both within and from the world’s fastest growing economies; and is the Founding Patron of MENA’s first Strategic Philanthropy Initiative at NYU Abu Dhabi to study and promote high-impact philanthropy in the region.

Justin Hotard

Justin leads HPE’s High Performance Computing (HPC) & Artificial Intelligence (AI) business group. The HPC & AI teams provide crucial digital transformation and artificial intelligence capabilities to customers who are involved in addressing some of the world’s most complex problems through data intensive workloads. The HPC & AI portfolio includes the HPE Cray EX, HPE Cray AI Development Environment, HPE Apollo, HPE Superdome Flex, and HPE NonStop solutions.
Justin’s business also includes Hewlett Packard Labs, the central applied research group for the company, established in 1966 by founders Bill Hewlett and David Packard.

Nigel Vaz

Nigel Vaz is the CEO of Publicis Sapient, the digital business transformation company, focused on helping companies survive and thrive in a world that is increasingly digital. With expertise spanning strategy, product, experience, engineering and data, Publicis Sapient helps businesses sustain relevance by adapting to change and capturing value through digital.

In more than 20 years with the company, Nigel has acted as a strategic advisor on complex transformation initiatives with clients across geographies and a range of industries including financial services, automotive, retail, consumer products, and telecommunications, media & technology (TMT).

Named by Consulting Magazine as a Top 25 Global Leader and was recently named to the Top Consultants in 2022 for Excellence in Leadership, Nigel advises some of the world’s largest businesses on their transformation initiatives. Publicis Sapient clients include Carrefour, Goldman Sachs, Marriott, McDonald’s, Nationwide, Nissan and Unilever. Prior to Sapient, he was a successful entrepreneur – co-founding a public company with interests in internet consulting and connectivity solutions.
In addition, Nigel is a member of the Directoire+ (i.e., Executive Committee) and is Global Lead of Digital Business Transformation for the communication, media, data and technology group.

An inductee of the BIMA Digital Hall of Fame, Nigel has also served as President of the IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) and board director of The Marketing Society.

He is a regular commentator in broadcast and print media including the BBC, Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN, the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, and author of numerous articles on business transformation, technology, brand experience and culture.

Nigel is author of the bestselling business title Digital Business Transformation – How Established Companies Sustain Competitive Advantage from Now to Next, based on years of partnering with clients to harness the power of digital.

Amjad Bseisu

Amjad worked for the Atlantic Richfield Company (‘ARCO’) from 1984 to 1998, eventually becoming president of ARCO Petroleum Ventures. In 1998, he founded and was the chief executive of Petrofac Resources International Limited which merged into Petrofac PLC in 2003. In 2010, Amjad formed EnQuest PLC, having previously been a founding non-executive chairman of Serica Energy plc and a founding partner of Stratic Energy Corporation. Amjad was British Business Ambassador for Energy from 2013 to 2015 He has been Chairman of the independent energy community for the World Economic Forum since 2016. Director of The Amjad and Suha Bseisu Foundations since 2011.

Felix Sutter

Felix Sutter serves as the President of the Swiss Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) since 2015.

Felix Sutter has been a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Switzerland for more than 19 years (from 1995 to June 2018). Among his services to global clients, Felix took up overseas secondments as a Partner for PwC China working 5 years in Beijing and 2 years in Singapore. During this period Felix had the opportunity to work with domestic and international clients from the fastest growing economies which has given him the in-depth understanding of some of the most prominent markets in Asia such as Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and most of all, China.

Since his retirement from PwC, Felix Sutter has founded SUCCEED Consulting GmbH with his Chinese partner, Mr SHENG Bin in 2020. The company’s mission is to connect innovative Swiss and Chinese companies and help entrepreneurs to expand their business horizons.

Felix was nominated in November 2017 as one of only three “Visiting Leaders” at the China European International Business School (CEIBS) Shanghai Campus and continues to do executive coaching for hundreds of MBA students.

Felix Sutter holds a Master of Applied Computer Science (eidg. dipl. Wirtschaftsinformatiker) and an EMBA (IMD).

Sarah Kate Ellis

Sarah Kate Ellis was named President and CEO of GLAAD in early 2014 after a successful career as a media executive.

In short order, Ellis refocused GLAAD’s crucial advocacy to accelerate acceptance of the LGBTQ community through a variety of compelling and effective initiatives, campaigns, and programs.

A powerful communicator, Ellis has used GLAAD’s position as the world’s leading media advocacy organization to demand fair and accurate coverage of the LGBTQ community. Ellis also commissioned GLAAD’s annual Accelerating Acceptance report, providing a window into national sentiment towards the LGBTQ community. In 2018, Ellis launched the GLAAD Media Institute (GMI), which focuses on research into LGBTQ representation and acceptance, consulting on LGBTQ storylines in media and Hollywood, and training activists on LGBTQ media advocacy and storytelling that creates change. Over the past few years alone, the GLAAD Media Institute has trained over 10,000 people and consulted on hundreds of media projects. Ellis is also the Executive Producer of the GLAAD Media Awards, which is the most visible LGBTQ awards show in the world. The GLAAD Media Awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the LGBTQ community and ultimately raise the bar for LGBTQ inclusion across all forms of media.

Under her leadership, Ellis has evolved GLAAD from a media watchdog organization to one of the most powerful cultural change agents across industries. At a time when LGBTQ issues were being largely left out of the mainstream conversation, Ellis, GLAAD, One Iowa, and The Advocate co-hosted the first Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ issues during the 2020 election cycle in September 2019. This was the first time an LGBTQ-focused Presidential forum had taken place since 2007. In December 2019, Ellis & GLAAD also worked through the media and behind-the-scenes with The Hallmark Channel to reinstate TV ads which were pulled from air for featuring a same-sex couple. In response to the unique and disproportionate challenges facing LGBTQ people during the pandemic, Ellis executive produced “Together in Pride: You are Not Alone,” a digital event which highlighted the LGBTQ response to COVID-19 and raised critical funds for local LGBTQ centers providing life-saving services.

Ellis has also taken her mission of LGBTQ acceptance to a global level. In June 2019, Ellis travelled to Cannes-Lions, where she spoke about increasing LGBTQ inclusion in marketing and advertising and the workplace on panels with the world’s largest companies. For the past several years, Ellis has also brought LGBTQ issues to the forefront at the World Economic Forum. In 2020, Ellis organized a standing-room-only event during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos with P&G on the power of LGBTQ representation in advertising, and presented groundbreaking new research on how exposure to LGBTQ images in advertising and media leads to greater LGBTQ acceptance. As part of her mission to expand GLAAD’s work in advertising, Ellis has worked with global brands including Dow, P&G, Skittles, Ketel One, Wells Fargo, Hilton, and more on LGBTQ-inclusive marketing, public relations, and ad campaigns.

A forceful spokesperson for LGBTQ acceptance, Ellis regularly appears in media including CNN, MSNBC, The New York Times, Associated Press, USA Today, PR Week, and hundreds of other outlets. In June 2019, The New York Times spotlighted Ellis’ ability to turn GLAAD from an organization that was struggling to adapt to one of Hollywood’s most powerful change agents. Oprah Magazine said that Ellis helps “helps LGBTQ people feel seen.” A thought leader in the space, Ellis has spoken about LGBTQ acceptance and the crucial impact of GLAAD at Princeton University, the Milken Institute Global Conference, SXSW, the Association of National Advertisers, the Women’s March, University of California Berkeley, the Sundance Film Festival, the Academy Awards, the Public Relations Society of America, and more.

Ellis has been widely recognized for her leadership. Most recently, Ellis has been named to the 2023 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. She has also been recognized by Adweek & ADCOLOR’s 2020 Champions of Diversity and Inclusion, Crain New York Business’ 2020 Notable LGBTQ Leaders & Executives, Logo30, Stevie Awards for Women in Business, Webby Awards, Variety’s Power of New York, OUT100, and Guardian’s World Power Pride List.

Ellis co-authored a memoir with her wife, Kristen Ellis-Henderson, titled “Times Two, Two Women in Love and the Happy Family They Made,” released by Simon & Schuster. The autobiography chronicled their simultaneous pregnancies and road to motherhood. The two were featured on the groundbreaking “Gay Marriage Already Won” cover of TIME Magazine. They were the first same-sex couple to have their marriage ceremony performed in the Episcopal Church of New York State.

Prior to joining GLAAD, Sarah Kate Ellis led national media brands, notably growing Real Simple into one of Time Inc.’s most respected and successful magazines. Her vision also transformed and energized leading media outlets including Vogue, InStyle, New York, and House & Garden. She served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Martini Media, a digital firm specializing in online branding, public relations and marketing.

She earned seven MIN Awards for marketing innovation, two President’s Awards, and MIN’s Sales Executive Team of the Year award in 2012.

As co-chair of OUT at Time Inc., she led programming to spotlight the diversity of the LGBTQ community and educated the organization’s straight allies on a wide range of LGBTQ issues.

Ellis earned her B.A. from Russell Sage College and also attended the Tuck Executive Education program at Dartmouth.

Ellis and her wife Kristen are the proud mothers of two adorable children.

Alvaro Lario

Alvaro Lario is President of the International Fund of Agricultural Development (IFAD). A seasoned international development finance leader, he has more than 20 years of experience across academia, private sector asset management, World Bank Group and the United Nations, including as Associate Vice-President of Financial Operations at IFAD.

Under his stewardship, IFAD became the first United Nations Fund to enter the capital markets and obtain a credit rating, enabling the IFAD to expand resource mobilization efforts to the private sector.

Before joining the Fund in early 2018, he was the Treasury Capital Markets Lead and Principal Portfolio Officer at the International Finance Corporation, part of the World Bank Group, where he focused on local capital markets development and emerging markets investments.

President Lario received a PhD in Financial Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid after completing a Master of Research in Economics at the London Business School and a Master of Finance from Princeton University.

Zachary Bogue

Zack’s belief that systems-level thinking integral to environmental science, coupled with deep tech and computation, can help address pressing real-world challenges led him to co-found DCVC. He brings to bear over 20 years of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, advisor, attorney, and angel investor. Zack’s investment interests include next-generation space informatics platforms like Planet, disruptive financial services platforms using machine learning to serve the unbanked and underbanked more quickly and fairly, like Tala, and AI and robotics platforms for computational drug discovery like Recursion Pharmaceuticals. Zack also leads DCVC’s investments in transformational companies for the climate like Twelve PBC and Oklo.

In 2015, the World Economic Forum named Zack a Young Global Leader in recognition of Zack’s leadership at the intersection of transformative technology and urgent global issues, and he is active in the Davos community, including his annual “Deep Tech in Davos” event. As an angel investor, Zack invested in startups like Square and Uber. Zack serves on the non-profit boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University in Environmental Science and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School, where he was executive editor for The Tax Lawyer.

Isabelle Toledano-Koutsouris

Chmba Chilemba

Kami Krista

Kıvanç Zaimler

Thomas Hohne-Sparborth

Dr. Thomas Hohne-Sparborth is the Head of Sustainability Research at Lombard Odier, having joined the firm in 2019. He leads a research team focusing on understanding the nature, shape and pace of transitions across energy, land & ocean, and material systems, towards a Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean (CLIC® economy).
Dr. Hohne-Sparborth holds a Master of Arts degree from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. and doctoral degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Prior to joining Lombard Odier, he was Director of Economics & Analytics at the Roskill Consulting Group, assessing the impact of automotive electrification and circularity on demand for raw materials.
The research team that Dr. Hohne-Sparborth leads comprises systematic research (including geospatial analysis), research on sectoral roadmaps, and fundamental research on companies leading the transition. The team has led the development of proprietary metrics such as Lombard Odier’s proprietary Implied Temperature Rise and Climate Value Impact assessments, has supported the launch of flagship products including Lombard Odier’s Climate Transition and Natural Capital strategies.



Fireside Chat with Zachary Bogue

It was a tough year for tech companies in 2022 as growth stocks faced a correction. What’s the outlook for 2023? And what are the next big trends in technology from the environment to AI. Zachary Bogue, managing partner at DCVC joins us to discuss.


Zachary Bogue, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, DCVC


Moderator: Arjun Kharpal


Fireside Chat with Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Tania Bryer sits down with Helle Thorning-Schmidt to talk about her role as Co-Chair of The Oversight Board, and its work to promote free expression and make independent decisions on Facebook and Instagram content. The Former Prime Minister of Denmark also gives her insight into how we can address today’s unprecedented global crises through collaboration and innovation.


Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Co-chair of the Oversight Board and Former Prime Minister of Denmark


Moderator: Tania Bryer


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Digital Leadership - Driving a Future-Fit Workforce

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


Daphne Kis, CEO, WorldQuant University

Valérie Beaulieu, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Adecco Group

Deb Golden, US Cyber Strategic Growth Offering Leader and US Cyber & Strategic Risk Leader, Deloitte


Moderator: David Fergusson


Global Trade - Navigating the Post Pandemic Supply Chain Challenge

Macroeconomic forces such as inflation, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and spikes in commodity prices heightened supply chain disruptions in 2022, which included capacity constraints, higher freight costs, labour shortages and port slowdowns. Will these trends continue into 2023? What will they mean for global trade? What will be the impact of China opening up? And how can companies create more resilient supply chains?


Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Minister of International Trade & Industry, Malaysia

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Ville Skinnari, Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Finland


Moderator: Karen Tso


Handling Healthcare Emergencies

As the world emerges from three years of a global pandemic, there are many lessons to be learnt. The development of vaccines demonstrated the capabilities of a global healthcare response, but the virus also exposed the limitations of public healthcare and the worldwide inequality in medical resources. How can we provide equitable and effective healthcare for COVID-19 and other healthcare emergencies? CNBC’s Tania Bryer sits down with Anil Soni, Chief Executive Officer of the WHO Foundation and Professor Peter Piot, Handa Professor of Global Health / EU Chief Scientific Advisor on Epidemics to discuss.


Anil Soni, Chief Executive Officer, WHO Foundation

Professor Peter Piot, Handa Professor of Global Health and EU Chief Scientific Advisor on Epidemics


Moderator: Tania Bryer


Future of Energy

Global energy consumption is expected to grow by just 1.3% in 2003 amid higher energy prices and a slowing economy. Disruption to gas supplies and extreme weather may forces countries to fall back on to fossil fuels, delaying the transition to green energy. What does this mean for the immediate future of energy and what about the long-term impact? And what difference will China’s reopening make to global energy trends?


Amjad Bseisu, CEO, EnQuest

Tejpreet Singh Chopra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Bharat Light & Power (BLP)


Moderator: Karen Tso


China Reopening

After 3 years of COVID travel restrictions China reopened its borders on January 8th, ending it’s zero-COVID policy. The impact of it’s reopening it expected to be the biggest economic event of 2023 as demand for Chinese goods, services and commodities rebounds. How quickly will the Chinese economy bounce back? What does it mean for global growth? Which sectors will benefit most? Will manufacturers return? And what does it mean for energy prices and inflation?


Felix Sutter, President, Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce (SCCC)

Milton Cheng, Global Chair, Baker McKenzie

Satish Shankar, Senior Partner and Regional Managing Partner, APAC, Bain & Company

Jonathan Krane, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, KraneShares


Moderator: Silvia Amaro


Nuclear Energy

Can nuclear energy play a role in combatting the climate crisis? Oliver Stone and Joshua Goldstein’s latest documentary Nuclear Now makes the case for atomic energy as an effective and environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels. For this Sustainable Future panel, CNBC’s Tania Bryer sits down with the legendary filmmaker as well as Joshua Goldstein, the author of A Bright Future: How Some Countries Have Solved Climate Change and the Rest Can Follow, which inspired the film.


Oliver Stone, Director and Co-Writer, Nuclear Now

Joshua Goldstein, Co-Writer, Nuclear Now


Moderator: Tania Bryer


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Riyadh Expo 2030 Bid - A Global Opportunity for Collaboration

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC, in partnership with Royal Commission for Riyadh City


2030 marks an important year for both the world and Saudi Arabia: the achievement of the SDGs and inaugurating a new era for global collaboration; the achievements of Vision 2030 and the advent of a new Saudi Arabia.

Core to driving progress towards the 2030 goals is the highly globalized and connected capital city, Riyadh. A major 2030 goal is to have Expo 2030 to be hosted by Riyadh and launch a new decade of global collaboration and to lead the planet to a foresighted tomorrow.


HE Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO, Royal Commission for Riyadh City (Saudi Arabia)


Moderator: Emma Crosby


CNBC Catalyst Presents: A Digital Direction - Prediction and Data's Role in Shaping an Inclusive, Sustainable and Resilient Society

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


Igor Tulchinsky, Founder, Chairman and CEO, WorldQuant

Paul Daugherty, Group Chief Executive – Technology & Chief Technology Officer, Accenture

Gary Steele, President and Chief Executive Officer, Splunk


Moderator: David Fergusson


Fireside Chat with Brad Garlinghouse

Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of blockchain-based cross-border payments network Ripple is cautiously optimistic that 2023 may see a breakthrough in crypto regulation in the US. What impact will this have for the industry and what’s the outlook for the sector after a tumultuous 2022? Brad joins us to discuss.


Brad Garlinghouse, CEO, Ripple


Moderator: Arjun Kharpal


Food Security in Crisis

Global hunger is on the rise as an exceptional set of challenges exposes the fragility of the global food ecosystem. The pandemic, the war in Ukraine and climate change have all contributed to a break down in supply chains and rising food prices. What has been the impact? And what can countries be doing to shift to a more secure and sustainable food system?


Alvaro Lario, President, IFAD

Isabelle Toledano-Koutsouris, CFO, Ÿnsect

Jenny Davis-Peccoud, Global Practice Head, Sustainability & Responsibility, Bain

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


Moderator: Karen Tso


Sustainable Future Fireside Chat with John Kerry

John Kerry is one of the world’s most experienced statesmen, so it’s no surprise that U.S. President Joe Biden appointed him the country’s first ever Presidential Envoy for Climate. The role sees Mr. Kerry set the agenda for America’s response to the climate crisis and collaborate with other countries around the world to set targets, find funding and deliver on the commitments made. Mr. Kerry joins CNBC Anchor Tania Bryer to talk about how these efforts are going.


John Kerry, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate


Moderator: Tania Bryer


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Crypto's Next Chapter

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


Crypto winter — or crypto ice age? Hoping to turn the page on this dark period, industry observers are renewing their focus on the original promise of this underlying technology. Join us for a deep dive on crypto’s next chapter, examining real-world use cases that will drive business growth, mainstream adoption, and financial inclusion in the years ahead.


Jeremy Allaire, CEO, Circle

Elizabeth Rossiello, CEO, AZA Finance

Antoni Martin Bertran, Co-Founder, Polygon Hermez and ID


Moderator: Emma Crosby


The Women Left Behind

Our panellists join us to discuss the plight of women in war-ravaged Ukraine, women in Afghanistan who can no longer attend university or work at international organizations and the women and girls fighting for basic human rights in Iran. They argue the time for urgent action on gender equality is now.


Diane von Fürstenberg, Board Member, Vital Voices

Iryna Nykorak, Ukrainian Activist


Moderator: Hadley Gamble


Great Crypto Reset

After soaring to dizzying heights, 2022 saw crypto currencies crash, wiping out billions in market value and reinforcing perceptions that digital currencies lack sufficient regulation. How is the industry coping after the market downturn? Can we expect further volatility? How vulnerable are crypto investors? What’s next for cryptocurrencies after the market crash? And what kind of regulation can we expect to see?


Rene Reinsberg, Co-Founder of Celo, President of the Celo Foundation

Medha Parlikar, Co-Founder and CTO, CasperLabs

Michael Gronager, CEO and Co-Founder, Chainalysis


Moderator: Arjun Kharpal


Fireside Chat with Raghuram G. Rajan

Central banks are exploring issuing central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, but what exactly they look like and how they’ll work is still a matter of debate. China has pushed ahead with real-world trials of its own CBDCs while other central banks are debating whether such digital currencies are even needed. Raghuram Rajan, professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business joins us to discuss.


Raghuram G. Rajan, Professor of Finance, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


Moderator: Arjun Kharpal


The Visionaries Network

Join CNBC as we bring together leaders looking to make a difference. This specially curated panel brings together young people from the Nile Rodgers’ We Are Family Foundation and pairs them with current C-Suite executives for a discussion on their lives, businesses, economy and society.


Nigel Vaz, CEO, Publicis Sapient

Sarah Kate Ellis, President & CEO of GLAAD

Chmba Chilemba, Founder, Tiwale

Kami Krista, Co-Founder & CEO, Elio


Moderator: Tania Bryer


IOT Powering the Digital Economy – The Energy Transition Needed to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

Fireside chat, in partnership with Schneider Electric


The transition to sustainable energy sources has been underway for several years in a bid to tackle the climate crisis and has been gaining positive momentum. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has added a new dimension and led to a deepening energy crisis which has put additional impetus on the energy transition as supplies of fossil fuels from Russia have fallen and caused energy prices globally to soar.


Are the scale and pace of government and private sector plans globally, ambitious enough to solve both the energy crisis and the climate crisis? Does the agreement reached at COP27 do enough to ensure we reduce emissions and advance the energy transition fast enough to limit the rise in temperatures to 1.5°C? And in what ways are the ongoing energy crisis and market dynamics over recent months, influencing the energy transition in the shorter term and our ability to meet our climate goals?


Olivier Blum, Executive Vice President, Energy Management, Schneider Electric


Moderator: Joumanna Bercetche


IOT Powering the Digital Economy – The Energy Transition Needed to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

Panel, in partnership with Schneider Electric


The transition to sustainable energy sources has been underway for several years in a bid to tackle the climate crisis and has been gaining positive momentum. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has added a new dimension and led to a deepening energy crisis which has put additional impetus on the energy transition as supplies of fossil fuels from Russia have fallen and caused energy prices globally to soar.


Are the scale and pace of government and private sector plans globally, ambitious enough to solve both the energy crisis and the climate crisis? Does the agreement reached at COP27 do enough to ensure we reduce emissions and advance the energy transition fast enough to limit the rise in temperatures to 1.5°C? And in what ways are the ongoing energy crisis and market dynamics over recent months, influencing the energy transition in the shorter term and our ability to meet our climate goals?


Thomas Hohne-Sparborth, Head of Sustainability Research, Lombard Odier

Kıvanç Zaimler, President of the Energy Group, Sabancı Holding

Andrés Gluski, President and CEO, AES

Elizabeth Gaines, Global Ambassador, Fortescue


Moderator: Joumanna Bercetche


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Backing engines of growth in the world’s most dynamic trade corridors – Globalisation in a Fragmented World

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


Global trade is expected to grow 70% by 2030, to USD30 trillion, but is facing headwinds, with expectations of lost momentum in the second half of 2022.

Although the biggest winners in the past 30 years have been markets that have integrated effectively into the world economy, benefits are still not shared sufficiently with smaller businesses and markets.

This session will draw lessons from businesses and policymakers in the world’s most dynamic economies, to arrive at solutions for how the world can move towards a fairer, more inclusive model of globalisation, and find opportunities for trade to catalyse growth amidst uncertainty.


Kevin Rudd, President and CEO, Asia Society


Moderator: Dr. José Viñals, Group Chairman, Standard Chartered


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Backing engines of growth - The Scale of the Sustainable Investment and Trade Opportunity in Emerging Markets

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


Sustainability and the climate crisis remain under the spotlight. Emerging markets are already experiencing severe climate impacts and face significant risk. While markets are starting to mobilise towards net zero, a further USD94.8tn is needed to finance a just transition in developing markets by 2060, according to Standard Chartered.

What is the challenge and opportunity for the financial, public and private sectors to address both climate mitigation and adaptation for developing nations? And how can international trade play its part to accelerate the pace of transition in the current uncertain world?


Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer, Standard Chartered

Jeremy Oppenheim, Founder and Senior Partner, Systemiq Ltd


Moderator: Emma Crosby


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Backing engines of growth - Creating Inclusive and Sustainable Supply Chains of the Future

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


Drawing lessons from the world’s most dynamic trade corridors, amidst a wider debate on the future of globalisation, this panel will consider what inclusive trade looks like in practice and the value which can be created by developing inclusive and sustainable supply chains.


Benjamin Hung, Chief Executive Officer, Asia, Standard Chartered

Ezgi Barcenas, Chief Sustainability Officer, Anheuser-Busch InBev


Moderator: Emma Crosby


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Backing engines of growth - Harnessing Technology for Inclusive Growth

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


Technology has the power to drive more inclusive economic growth, including by making financial services more readily available where they are most needed.

Partnerships across sectors and geographies will be crucial to scaling high-potential innovations that can transform yet-underserved markets, including by transforming the future of banking. In this context, this panel will explore how to build the trust and collaboration necessary to realise this vision, and engage a younger, more digital savvy AME population.


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

Shamina Singh, Founder & President, EVP, Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard

Rima Qureshi, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Verizon


Moderator: Emma Crosby


CNBC Catalyst Presents: Accenture Spotlight

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


Jack Azagury, Group Chief Executive – Strategy & Consulting, Accenture


Moderator: Emma Crosby


Fireside Chat with Divya Gokulnath

Entrepreneur and educator Divya Gokulnath, is the co-founder of BYJU’S, the world’s leading edtech company and the creator of one of India’s most popular school learning apps. She joins us to discuss the current tech landscape in India and the outlook for BYJU going in to 2023.


Divya Gokulnath, Director & Co-Founder, BYJU’S


Moderator: Arjun Kharpal


CNBC Catalyst Present: The Powerful Combination of Humans and AI

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


Peter Lee, Executive Chairman of the Board, WorldQuant Predictive

Vladimir Lukic, Managing Director & Senior Partner; Global Leader, Tech and Digital Advantage, BCG

Justin Hotard, Executive Vice President & General Manager, High Performance Computing & Artificial Intelligence, HPE


Moderator: David Fergusson


Fireside Chat with Jane Sun

China’s tourism sector showed signs of recovery over the new year holiday – during the three-day break 52.71 million domestic tourist trips took place, a year-on-year increase of 0.44 per cent, but still only 42.8 per cent of 2019 levels. When can we expect to see travel returning to pre-pandemic levels? What impact will China’s reopening have on the travel sector? Jane Sun, CEO of Group, China’s largest online travel agency, joins us to discuss.


Jane Sun, CEO, Group


Moderator: Karen Tso


Fireside Chat - European Foreign Policy

Alexander Schallenberg is the current Federal Minister for European and International Affairs of the Republic of Austria and joins us to discuss how the Russian invasion of Ukraine has pushed the EU in to a new era of foreign policy. What will be the response going forward? What of EU policy concerning China? And what is the outlook for Austria’s economy heading into the new year? 


Alexander Schallenberg, Foreign Minister, Austria


Moderator: Silvia Amaro


DEI in the Workplace

Regardless of country or industry the pandemic has disrupted work practices and changed the face of the labor market. As reported on by CNBC throughout 2022, the labor market is experiencing an acute shortage of workers across the world. Statistics from the Labor Department reveal there were 5.5 million more job openings than workers in the U.S. alone. Exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, ageing populations, tighter border controls and demands for more flexible working arrangements have put the labor market under intense pressure, fundamentally impacting the U.S., U.K. and euro zone economies. In navigating these challenges, prioritizing diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the business remains of paramount importance for companies worldwide, not only to ensure representation within workforces, but as a tool to overcome the current crisis. This panel will explore the strategies companies are employing to ensure the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion is continued during this volatile period.


Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, EBRD

Thomas Saueressig, Board Member, SAP

Tanuj Kapilashrami, Group Head of HR, Standard Chartered


Moderator: Karen Tso


ESG Fireside Chat with Marco Alverà

With over 20 years of experience working in the energy sector, Marco Alvera the CEO of Germany’s Tree Energy Solutions (TES) and author of the Hydrogen Revolution wants to disrupt the old way of thinking about energy. He believes that hydrogen is the future and could help secure Europe’s energy supply and play a critical role in meeting Europe’s decarbonization goals. 


Marco Alverà, CEO, Tree Energy Solutions (TES)


Moderator: Karen Tso


ESG Fireside Chat with Takeshi Niinami

For Suntory Holdings, one of the world’s leading producers of whisky and other beverages, the supply of water is vital to business. Takeshi Niinami, the company’s CEO, joins us to talk about protecting the world’s water resources and setting ambitious goals to reduce carbon emissions.


Takeshi Niinami, CEO, Suntory


Moderator: Karen Tso


Fireside Chat with Nicola Mendelsohn

CNBC Anchor Tania Bryer sits-down with Vice President, Global Business Group at Meta, Nicola Mendelsohn, to talk about the Metaverse, the global economy, future of work and what else is ahead for Meta in 2023.


Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice President, Global Business Group, Meta


Moderator: Tania Bryer


Fireside Chat with David Wallerstein

In his unique role as Chief eXploration Officer, David Wallerstein searches the globe for innovations that could change the world. He joins us to discuss the latest innovations surrounding smart cars and Tencent’s investments in the smart auto sector.


David Wallerstein, Chief eXploration Officer, Tencent


Moderator: Arjun Kharpal


Future of AI and Quantum Computing

Ana Paula Assis believes that embracing the next chapter of digital transformation will be key to help accelerate economic recovery in Europe, Middle East and Africa – and that the hybrid cloud platform, AI and quantum computing will play a large part. She joins us to discuss.


Ana Paula Assis, Chair and General Manager, IBM EMEA


Moderator: Arjun Kharpal


CNBC Catalyst Presents: The Code to the Metaverse

CNBC Catalyst, the commercial arm of CNBC


Hossein Rahnama, Founder and CEO, Flybits Inc,

David Treat, Senior Managing Director, Global Metaverse Continuum Business Group & Blockchain Lead, Accenture

Danil Kerimi, Co-Founder, The Edgewoods Institute

Carlos Moreira, Founder and CEO, Wisekey, Co-Creator, The Code to The Metaverse


Moderator: David Fergusson, Exec. Managing Director, Generational Group; Author, The transHuman Code


Fireside Chat with

Creative innovator, futurist, entertainer and technology investor joins Tania Bryer to talk about his latest projects and innovations, including how his Angel Foundation and its partners are working to close the digital divide., Musician, Tech Entrepreneur and Philanthropist


Moderator: Tania Bryer


Fireside Chat with Angelique Kidjo

Five-time Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo is one of the most celebrated artists in international music today.  Hailed as “Africa’s premier diva” by Time Magazine, her striking voice and stage presence combine with the West African traditions of her childhood in Benin with elements of American R&B, funk and jazz, as well as influences from Europe and Latin America. Angélique joins Tania Bryer to talk about her groundbreaking career so far and how she advocates for climate action and opportunities for children, women and girls through her work as UNICEF and OXFAM Goodwill Ambassador, and her own Batonga Foundation, dedicated to the education of young girls in Africa.


Angelique Kidjo, Grammy Award winning Musician and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador


Moderator: Tania Bryer

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