Justin Picard is Chief Scientist at Advanced Track & Trace in France, where he develops next generation anti-counterfeiting solutions. The disruptive technologies he has invented protect billions of products and documents from counterfeiting and tampering. Justin was nominated as World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer 2009, and has been a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade since then.
Xavier Morin, 21, has been working for 3 years on a personal research project focusing on electric propulsion for turbojets which led to a patent filed in August 2012. Xavier is convinced that thinking outside the box is a powerful tool in problem solving and his project exemplifies it: he aims at offering a green, safe and cost effective propulsion system to the 4.5 billion passengers to be flown by airlines in 2020.
Omar Bawa, 20, is the founder and chairman of Endignorance SA, a social enterprise that has developed a new multi-faceted web platform for the social sector. The platform addresses the world’s greatest challenges ranging from climate change to poverty by providing easy access to information and a one-click gateway to opportunities to get involved and make a difference. Omar studied International Humanitarian Law at the IIHL in Italy and is completing his final year of law school at the University of Geneva.
Emanuel Souvairan is the director of DevEd, an organization working towards changing attitudes and approaches to education in the developing world through a focus on the delivery of relevant education. Emanuel has worked for non-profits and the United Nations in Afghanistan, India, Switzerland, Uganda and the UK on a series of different humanitarian and development projects.
Natalia Vonlanthen was born in Geneva in October 2002. At the age of 7, she began her piano studies at the Musical Space from Geneva with Florence Melnotte.
Since a year, she’s studying piano at the Conservatory of Music in Geneva with Michele Courvoisier. She participates in the Musimax project, intensive courses for young talents.
In October 2012, she gave her first public concert at the Salle Centrale de la Madeleine in Geneva.
Toyoko Orimoto is an assistant professor of
physics at Northeastern University, in Boston, MA. Professor Orimoto’s research focuses on experimental particle physics, aiming to answer fundamental questions about the nature of our universe: Is it possible that there are extra-dimensions of space-time? What new particles or symmetries exist beyond the standard model of particle physics? What is the origin of mass for elementary particles? Prof. Orimoto
endeavors to answer such questions as a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) Collaboration at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland.