Brian Condenanza is a young internet entrepreneur and blockchain advisor from Argentina. He is the CEO and founder of Fluo Shoes, a LED shoes company he founded in 2015, that had their products shared by influential media outlets such as the Huffington Post, The New York Times and the New York Mag. In his role of advisor, Brian helped different blockchain startups to raise over $100M in funding and promote their products and platforms to new audiences. Brian is also the Editor-In Chief at Revista Bitcoin, a Spanish speaking magazine dedicated to Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. This February, Brian participated in the 21st session of The Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in NYC, with the role of Delegate, organized on the theme of "Innovation and Collaboration for a Sustainable World".
Professor in Medical Ethics
Charles Foster is a Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford, a member of the Oxford Law Faculty, and a practising barrister. He has been involved in many of the key cases in medical law, including the assisted suicide litigation in the House of Lords and the Supreme Court. He is the author of many books, including Identity and Personhood in the Law, Altruism, Welfare and the Law, Medical Law: A Very Short Introduction, Human Dignity in Bioethics and Law, Choosing Life, Choosing Death: The Tyranny of autonomy in medical ethics and law.
Diego is a passionate educator who considers himself a citizen of the world, although unfortunately his Spanish accent often gives him away! Through sports and contemplative practices, his goal is to help his students unfold the potential they already have within. He also aims to help them develop the appropriate values to become agents of change that contribute to a better, fairer and more pacific world. He studied a Sports Science degree and a Master in Education, has completed several professional development courses – some related to mindfulness and yoga – and is currently working on a MSc in Psychology at the University of Glasgow. In spite of his formal education, he considers that it is his awareness in his every-day life choices that defines him best and what sets the example for his students.
Journalist and Editor
Edward Girardet is a Swiss-American editor, journalist and author who first focused on general reporting in Europe, but soon specialised in humanitarian and war reporting. He has covered major global crises since the late 1970s - including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. He also produced a highly-acclaimed African Journey series. Girardet has worked on many documentaries about war, environmental and cultural issues in Africa. He has won several awards including a year-long Master of Studies in Law/Journalism at Yale Law School. He was co-founder of Media Action International, editor of the Essential Field Guides as well as author of several books. He is now editor and publisher of Global Geneva magazine, which focuses on major issues ranging from humanitarian response and conflict mediation. He is also a Journalism Fellow at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy in Geneva.
Geneticist and CEO
Goranka Tanackovic was trained as a scientist and holds PhD degrees from the University of Zagreb and University of Geneva. Simultaneously, she successfully completed an entrepreneurship program at Babson College, Wellesley, USA. During her academic career, she successfully led various research projects, obtained numerous research grants. Results of her work are recognized through the publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals. Since 2011, she is the CEO of Gene Predictis, a pioneering Swiss company specialized in precision medicine offering innovative diagnostic tools based on genetics that allow tailored treatments for patients.
Author and Journalist Specialising in World Politics
John Andrews is a senior editor for Project Syndicate and a contributing editor for The Economist. In his role as TV interviewer for the annual World Policy Conference, he regularly interacts with prominent decisionmakers.
He was The Economist's most experienced foreign correspondent through a 24-year career with postings throughout the world. Before joining The Economist, Andrews, a Cambridge graduate in classical and modern Arabic, lived in the Arab world, first as an academic and then as a journalist.
Andrews, an ex-Hearst journalism fellow at USC, has written two books on Asia, and contributed to several books, including the Encyclopaedia Britannica. In 2010 he published The Economist Book of Isms.
His latest book is The World in Conflict: understanding the world's troublespots, a penetrating analysis of present-day conflicts published under The Economist imprint. Andrews co-edited Megachange: The World in 2050, which examines the key developments that will determine our future.
Public Speaking Coach
An internationally acclaimed public speaking expert and Founding Director of The Public Speaking School , Dr. Laura Penn transforms how we present and speak in public. Throughout her years as a professional speaker coach, she has empowered thousands of speakers both on and off camera and on TEDx and TED-like stages around the globe, to deliver the best talks of their lives. This work and her eclectic background as a Ph.D.-level scientist and lifelong performer in theatre and dance, have led Laura to develop a game-changing formula for learning the art of effective public speaking. Radical in it’s approach, Laura’s innovative formula transforms speakers into engaging, powerful and successful communicators who “enthuse, inspire and feel good whenever they present and speak in public”.
Dr. Philippe Morel is a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of Geneva and doctor in the visceral surgery department at the Geneva University Hospital. He obtained his Federal Diploma of Medicine at the University of Geneva in 1978. Thereafter he specialized in the field of surgery with a year of specialisation from 1984-1985 in Birmingham (England) in the field of colorectal surgery. He then specialized successively from 1988-1991 in Minneapolis, University Hospital of Minnesota and Pittsburg, Presbyterian Hospital in the state of Pasadena in the United States, in the organ transplantation field.