Benjamin Schmale explores what divides us in a hyperconnected, globalised era - and what we must necessarily do to regain some semblance of unity.
Interested in what makes our societies worth defending, Benjamin Schmale is a student of History, Politics, Economics and the humanities generally. Having grown up in a multilingual and multicultural sphere, Benjamin has a unique insight into what allows individuals to coexist and even thrive in the presence of those who think, look and act differently. As an alumnus of the International School of Geneva, he serves on the anti-discrimination committee, providing a student voice and writing critical essays on topics such as race and society. He is also a pianist who writes hip hop music and performance. He has been involved with his school’s student leadership and is partial to basketball.
Charles retired as a Senior Partner of PwC in September 2020. He joined Price Waterhouse in 1983, qualified in 1986 and was admitted to partnership in 1995. Throughout 37 years, he specialised in the delivery of audit, assurance and capital market transaction services to larger listed and multi-national companies. Amongst many leadership roles, he led PwC’s Building Public Trust programme.
Elected as an Alderman of the City of London in May 2013, he served as Sheriff of the City in 2015/16 and as the 690th Lord Mayor of London in 2017/18. His mayoral theme was the Business of Trust – with its focus on helping to create a sustainable legacy of better business trusted by society.
He was knighted in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to trust in business, international trade and the City of London.
Chris started his career teaching applied economics to undergraduates at Cambridge University. Following feedback from his students he gave up teaching and moved to London to work in Corporate Finance and Commercial Real Estate.
Recently retired, he spent the last 20 years as Operations Director of Workspace Group Plc, a London based commercial real estate company specialising in letting office space and facilities on flexible terms. He has been privileged to witness first-hand the growth of the creative and technology sectors across London and with colleagues, introduced a succession of new technologies to meet the demands of this fast growing and changing dynamic sector.
His PhD from Cambridge analysed the impact of technology on the office sector. Much to the amusement of his children he not only purports to still understand technology, but also has been known to occasionally offer advice on the subject.
Conrad Hughes (PhD, EdD) is Campus and Secondary Principal at the International School of Geneva, La Grande Boissière, the oldest international school in the world where he also teaches philosophy.
Hughes led two major projects with UNESCO-IBE to rethink the guiding principles for learning in the 21st Century and preventing violent extremism through education. He has published three books on different aspects of 21st Century learning. Understanding Education and Prejudice (2017) looks at how schools and universities can reduce prejudicial thinking in students and instructors; in Educating for the 21st Century (2019), he investigates how educational systems can address societal challenges such as sustainability, the rise of AI, post-truth politics, mindfulness and future-proof knowledge. His latest book, Education and Elitism (2021), discusses how access to high quality education can be widened.
Dr Hughes is a member of the advisory board for the University of the People, senior fellow of UNESCO's International Bureau of Education and research assistant at the University of Geneva's department of psychology and education. He is a regular contributor to the World Economic Forum’s Agenda blog and speaks in conferences across the globe.
Crystal Cordell Paris
Crystal Cordell Paris is the deputy director of Sciences Po Paris, Reims campus and a specialist in political philosophy with her thesis receiving the prix Richelieu in 2010. She’s taught at Sciences Po and the preparatory classes for the grandes ecoles. Her current work focuses on emotions in politics as well as feminist philosophies and applied ethics.
Henri Jackson is a young American-German musician from Berlin, Germany. From a young age, he has had the opportunity to learn guitar, piano, trumpet, and euphonium, while performing in various bands and orchestras. Most importantly, he discovered his passion for singing and began travelling the world to choir festivals and singing in countless barbershop quartets. He was highly commended for his choral compositions by the AMIS Young Composer’s jury, and continues to produce acapella performances on his YouTube channel, as well as arranging and composing music in a variety of fields, including for professional bands, podcasts, and meditation.
This experience with music in diverse contexts has forged a passionate belief that music can bring people together across different cultures and age groups. After writing and helping produce a folklore inspired musical entitled “The Tale of the Bamboo Princess” for young students in 2019, he saw up-close the power of music in uniting people in a creative process, being vulnerable together, and ultimately building new lasting relationships. Today, he works as a head organizer of the Bing! Youth Chorus, a barbershop choir that aims to inspire young people from all around Germany through singing.
As a bachelor student at Sciences Po Reims, he welcomes his studies as an opportunity to explore music further as a social phenomenon in the world of politics, economics, and changing technology. If you see him around campus, be sure to say hello, especially if you are up for a fun night of communal singing.
Julian is Exec President and founder of http://digi.me, the decentralized personal data solution which empowers individuals to share more & better data to enable businesses to provide more & better value, with 100% privacy, full security, and consent. Digi.me is at the forefront of the MyData wave worldwide which is revolutionizing healthcare through patient centricity, consumer personalisation in Fintech and Martech, and other sectors where personal data is the key to value creation.
Initially an aeronautical engineer, Julian founded STASYS Ltd in 1987, specializing in interoperability and the military internet, and grew it to a staff of 230, with subsidiaries in the USA, Germany, Malaysia, and Australia prior to sale to Lockheed Martin in 2005. Julian retired from Lockheed in 2007 as VP of International Strategy.
Julian is an angel investor in more than 20 start-up businesses, including firms such as Hailo, DataSift, and Astrobotic.
Julian is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE, and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, and is also a Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut.
Dr Nata Menabde is Executive Director of WHO Office at the United Nations, New York since May 2015, where she promotes WHO’s engagement with the United Nations system and a broad range of stakeholders to anchor health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development agenda.
Prior to her current role, Dr Menabde was Head of Mission and WHO Representative to India, leading a large team with thousands of dedicated professionals in over 250 offices across the country. Most notably, her tenure saw one of the biggest achievements in public health: a polio-free India.
As Deputy Regional Director at the WHO Regional Office for Europe (2006-2010) she successfully led the Region’s work on strengthening health systems, which culminated in the development and adoption of the European Tallinn Charter: Health Systems for Health and Wealth, a decade ago. During this period she was also in charge of WHO’s extensive operations in 35 European countries, including emergency response and post-conflict recovery and rehabilitation.
With a solid academic background and an exemplary track record of over 30 years of experience in regional and global health, health diplomacy and health systems, Dr Nata Menabde has shown unwavering commitment to the goal of Health for All. Her current interests are linked to universal health coverage and sustainable development, health and foreign policies, global health governance, emergency preparedness and crises response, health systems performance, as well as addressing public health in other sector policies.
Paolo Gallo is a Futurist, global expert in Human Capital, Future of Work, Leadership 4.0 and ICF certified Executive Coach. Paolo is Adjunct Professor in Leadership and Organizational Behavior at SDA Bocconi Executive Education Milan.
A popular futurist and a recognized thought leader in themes related to global job market megatrends, ethics and AI, Leadership 4.0, personal development, well-being and energy management in a disruptive VUCA world, Paolo has served as Chief Human Resources Officer at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and has also been Chief Learning at The World Bank in Washington DC and Director of Human Resources at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, with prior experience at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC and at Citigroup in London, New York and Milan, his home town. He is also a board member of selected companies.
Paolo graduated with top marks in Organizational Behavior from Bocconi University, Milan. He is a Chartered Fellow of the FCIPD, UK and a Certified Leadership Coach from Georgetown University, Washington DC. He has worked in 80+ countries and has authored articles published by Harvard Business Review (Italian and Arabic editions), Forbes, World Economic Forum Agenda, IrishTech, Quartz, LINC, Pirelli Magazine Italy and Tribune de Geneve.
Rabia Alaoui a grandi dans le contraste enrichissant de ses deux cultures Française et Marocaine. Le fait d'avoir vécu en France, au Maroc, en Irlande et au Pays de Galles avant l'âge de 18 ans a influencé sa vision du monde, soulignant l'importance des interactions interculturelles, multiculturelles et multiconfessionnelles entre les peuples du monde entier pour une meilleure compréhension internationale.
Récemment diplômée des United World Colleges (Atlantic), Rabia défend les valeurs de ce mouvement éducatif afin de faire de l'éducation une force d'unification des peuples, des nations et des cultures pour la paix et un avenir durable. Elle a poursuivi cette mission en travaillant à l'UNESCO durant l'été 2020 où elle a constaté l'impact de la pandémie du COVID-19 sur l'éducation à l'échelle mondiale, et où elle a contribué à la présentation du projet Priorité Afrique au Conseil exécutif.
Particulièrement engagée dans la défense des exilés et des droits des réfugiés, elle s'engage auprès de Revivre Paris pour aider les réfugiés dans leur processus d'acquisition de statut et dans leur adaptation socioprofessionnelle.
Chanteuse, pianiste et violoncelliste amatrice, Rabia met à profit sa passion pour la musique en dispensant des séances de musicothérapie à des personnes âgées souffrant d'Alzheimer et en donnant des cours de musique gratuits à des enfants qui ont peu accès à l'éducation musicale. Rabia poursuit actuellement une licence à l'université de Sciences Po en Humanités Politiques et en Droit.
Sarah est consultante en Finance Responsable & RSE. Diplômée d’un master II en Finance de marchés, Sarah démarre sa carrière dans les institutions bancaires (Société Générale, Natixis, Groupe Crédit Mutuel ARKEA), ce qui lui permet de développer de nombreuses compétences dans les activités de marché et de gestion de projets d’envergure (Banque de détail & d'investissement, marché OTC, produits dérivés, structurés, OST...).
Depuis 2016 et le déploiement de son activité de conseil, Sarah accompagne les institutions financières et les entreprises sur de nombreux axes d’intervention en lien avec la finance responsable. En 2020, elle co-fonde l’association AFR, Les Acteurs de la Finance Responsable, dont l’ambition est de fédérer une communauté d’experts de la finance et de contribuer au développement de bonnes pratiques autour des grands enjeux français et internationaux de la finance responsable.
Persuadée que la crise environnementale et sociale ne se résoudra que par des changements structurels d'ampleur, Sarah Labbé encourage les institutions financières et les entreprises à acquérir de nouvelles compétences techniques pour appréhender les défis auxquels se confronte l'humanité.
Résolument optimiste, elle partage aujourd'hui son expérience dans plusieurs universités et au sein des entreprises, que ce soit dans le cadre de services de conseil, de modules de formation ou de conférences.
Todun Akinyelure is a Nigerian designer and artist. He is the founder of the Lagos based clothing brand, Todun Akin Clothing (T.A.C). He started his brand in 2017 at the age of 15 in Lagos, Nigeria, and it was a great success in the Nigerian urban market. In 2018 he was opportuned to meet the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and presented him with a custom-made TAC t-shirt. A year later another great opportunity enabled him to meet the former governor-general of Canada, Michaëlle Jean and also presented her with a custom-made TAC t-shirt.
During the first Covid lockdown in March 2020, He capitalized on this time to develop himself and focus on evolving into a more determined and driven creative. His vision is to inspire and help people achieve their dreams and become better versions of themselves. One of the ways he does this is through his motivational videos on his Instagram platform, where he talks about various topics ranging from his Christian faith to life lessons he has learnt on his journey as a designer.
Todun is in his first year at Ryerson University, studying Fashion and Business. He is expanding his knowledge on the industry in order to apply it to his brand. He recently started creating and selling his abstract paintings. The passion for this arose from his IB visual art classes which he took in high school.