An activist, convener, connector, strategist, creative
thinker and mother, Amanda Harding is convinced that
harnessing collective power will ensure that the
momentum generated translates into concrete results.
Dialogue and pioneering courageous action can address
specific complex and vital challenges and see their
impacts scaled-up resulting in exciting, positive ambitious
Amanda has 25 years of working, teaching and writing for
a range of international organizations, including the
CGIAR, the European Commission, BNP Paribas, Save the
Children, the WBCSD and UN Agencies.
Today, from her home in Paris, she has founded Convene.
Balazs is an invited expert for the World Economic Forum's Digital Identity Taskforce and has been in the blockchain digital Identity space for over 2 years. He has a passion for delivering real impact with the use of technology and blockchain. Taqanu, his company is focusing on delivering social and financial inclusion with the use of their proprietary blockchain identity system.
Visionary thinker and Author
Christian Kromme was an innovative tech-
entrepreneur for 18 years until he
discovered the DNA pattern behind
disruptive innovation and how to use this to
predict the next big wave of technological
Now Christian is one of the most in-demand
futurist keynote speakers, speaking in front
of tens of thousands of entrepreneurs,
business leaders and policymakers about
the radical impact of disruptive technologies
on humans and organisations.
Managing Director Levante Capital Management, Independent Board Member
Dirk P. Luyten has more than 20 years of
experience in strategic management consulting
as Managing Partner at Arthur D Little and
Accenture. Also, for nearly a decade, he has
been investor and CEO in small retail
companies. He currently holds various Board
Memberships and collaborates with Diversity
and Performance. He has worked and lived in
Brussels, Madrid and Tokyo. He holds a Master
Degree in Law and a Master Degree in
Economics from the state University of Ghent,
Belgium. He is an INSEAD MBA, holds a
Certificate in Leadership Excellence through Awareness and Practice (LEAP, 2015) and a Certificate in Strategy in the Age of Digital
Disruption (2016) from the same School.
CEO and Co-founder of Coinsilium
Eddy Travia is a pioneer investor in blockchain technology startups and the CEO of Coinsilium, a London-quoted venture builder, accelerator and investor in early-stage blockchain technology companies.
In July 2013, following several years as a private equity fund manager in Greater China, Eddy co-founded Seedcoin, the world’s first global incubator of digital currency startups and, in May 2014, was named among the ‘Top 3 Most Influential Investors’ at the Blockchain Awards. Coinsilium was the first blockchain company to join a stock exchange via an IPO in 2015 (NEX:COIN).
Eddy has led early-stage investments in 18 blockchain companies around the world including Factom, RSK, Blox and Indorse and has advised 15 ICOs which have collectively raised more than US$500 million (i.e. ICON, GBX, Fantom..). Eddy also regulary delivers keynote speeches on blockchain and advises corporates and regulators.
Partner L&D; Client Advisor McKinsey & Company, Assistant Professor TiU; Supervisory Board Member Save the Children NL
Jacqui is a ‘Pracademic’, she enjoys bringing practical experience together with academic insights. Her work is backed by science and about 20 years of professional experience in various business contexts.
She is currently responsible for Leadership Development and Learning for the most senior leaders at McKinsey and Company and she is an Assistant Professor at Tilburg University where she specializes in leadership development and learning both for the private as well as the public sector. Finally, she is proud to serve as a member of the Supervisory Board of Save the Children the Netherlands.
Jorge Vargas Neto
CEO Zen Investment
Brazilian fintech pioneer. Assisted the structuring of the first purely online bank in Brazil, founder and CEO of Biva, Brazilian #1 p2p lending platform, sold to Pagseguro (Brazilian fintech giant) on the verge of its NYSE IPO.
Co-founder & Board member of Brazilian Association of Online Lenders - ABCD.
Advisor | Author | Speaker | Coach | Board Member | CEO | Diversity and Performance BV | Transformational Diversity
Kay is founder and CEO of KAY Diversity &
Performance B.V., a global company committed
to embedding diversity of talent into the
transformational purpose of companies to
unleash more creativity, more innovation, more
growth, more engagement and better financial
Before, Kay was Executive Director and Partner
in Accenture for 25 years and assumed multiple
leadership development, including roles within
the Global Leadership Development Program,
Diversity Forum, Unconscious Bias Task Force
and acting as mentor and coach and sponsor for
Kay is passionate about diversity of talent and
realises this by way of her Lecturing, Coaching,
Publishing, Speaking and Advisory roles on this
topic. She is mother of three children and lives
in The Netherlands.
Executive Director C&A Foundation
Leslie Johnston joined C&A Foundation as its first Executive Director in August 2013 and brings over 20 years of management experience across multiple sectors, including smallholder agribusiness, entrepreneurship and corporate philanthropy. At C&A Foundation, Leslie led the development of the foundation’s first global vision, mission, and strategy, anchored on making fashion a force for good.
Leslie currently serves on the boards of COFRA Foundation (Switzerland), GoodWeave International (US), CottonConnect (UK), and the Organic Cotton Accelerator (NL) as well as the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs’ Executive Committee.
Leslie is the proud mother to two boys (ages 10 and 12) and wife to a Scottish writer.
INSEAD Faculty Professor
Pierre Chandon is the L’Oréal Chaired Professor
of Marketing, Innovation and Creativity at
INSEAD and the Director of the INSEAD
Sorbonne University Behavioral Lab. He was a
faculty member, or a visiting scholar, at Harvard
Business School, Wharton, Kellogg, and London
Business School. He is an expert in food
marketing and the behavioral science of eating.
He has been the recipient of the most
prestigious research, case writing, and teaching
awards in his field. His current area of interest is
how “Epicurean nudges” can help align health,
business, and pleasure by making eaters
happier to spend more for less food.
CEO Human Genome
Susanne Baars MSC MA, is Founder & President of the
Global Human Genome Foundation and CEO of Social
Genomics. A woman on a mission to save lives by solving
the world’s deadliest diseases through universal access to
genomic knowledge. Aiming to provide 1 billion patients
with a genetic disease access to the best healthcare
possible. Being born and raised in a medical family
specialised in genomics she discovered that there is more
knowledge about genomics to prevent diseases. Knowing
the impact this has on disrupting the healthcare industry
and especially the lives of patients she is highly
determined to create access to this lifesaving information
for all humans on our planet. By using Genomics & Smart
AI to access and connect lifesaving information on a
global scale. A very passionate exponential healthcare
innovator with more than a decade experience in
healthcare & science. With a double masters in
Neuroscience & Cognition and Applied Ethics.
VP Relations LightYearOne
Tessie Hartjes studied Innovation Sciences (BSc.) and Electrical Engineering (MSc.) at the Eindhoven University of Technology. She was co-founder of Blue Jay Eindhoven, a student team that developed intelligent autonomous indoor drones. This innovation received worldwide media attention. Currently she is member of the executive board of Lightyear, responsible for sales & marketing. Lightyear is developing a solar electric vehicle that can be driven for weeks or months without charging. Lightyear’s mission is to provide clean and affordable transport everywhere and for everyone.