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Plenary Speakers

Plenary sessions (Keynotes & Keynote Panels) bring together top leaders and thinkers to discuss complex leadership questions with ILA’s signature bridging of theory and practice. They challenge us to think more creatively and inspire us to reimagine leadership together. Dates and times of each plenary will be announced soon.  Please note: All plenary sessions, whether they are given in-person in Geneva or given live online, will be recorded and available for registrants to view through the end of the year. 

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John Alderdice

John, Lord Alderdice is a member of the House of Lords in the Parliament of the U.K. He is also Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, President of ARTIS (Europe) Ltd. Lord Alderdice served as the first Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

John Antonakis

Dr. John Antonakis is Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. His research is frequently quoted in media outlets such as the New York Times, BBC News, Wall Street Journal, and more.

Right Honourable Kim Campbell

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister. She is the Founding Principal of the Peter Lougheed Leadership College.

Jagan Chapagain
Jagan Chapagain is the Secretary General of The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the world’s largest humanitarian network. Appointed in 2020 and based in Geneva, Jagan has 25+ years’ experience working across Europe and Asia for the IFRC.
Martin Chungong
Martin Chungong is Secretary General for the Inter-Parliamentary Union and is the first African and first non-European to be elected to this position. He also chairs the Global Board of the International Gender Champions.
Thomas Greminger

Ambassador Thomas Greminger is the Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and is the former secretary general of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna.

Deanne Den Hartog
Dr. Deanne Den Hartog is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Director of the Research Institute in the Amsterdam Business School at the University of Amsterdam. She is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
Barbara Kellerman
Dr. Barbara Kellerman is Founding Executive Director & Emerita Faculty of Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. Her latest book is The Enablers: How Team Trump Flunked the Pandemic and Failed America.
Pauline Koelbl

Pauline Koelbl is AfriProspect GmbH’s Founder and CEO as well as ShEquity’s Founder and Managing Partner. She is an innovation expert in developing & emerging economies, impact investor and seasoned impact-driven team leader with over 20 years’ experience in venture philanthropy.

Sanjeev Khagram

Dr. Sanjeev Khagram is Senior Sustainability Scholar, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University; & Dean and Director General, Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Leah Lizarondo

Leah Lizarondo is CEO and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a social enterprise that aims to fight hunger and promote sustainability by preventing perfectly good food from entering the waste stream and directly distributing to organizations that benefit those who are food insecure.

Henk Rogers

Henk Rogers is founder and chairman of Blue Planet Foundation. The mission of his newest initiative, Blue Planet Alliance, is to regenerate the environment, become 100% sustainable by 2045, and create a world in which humanity and nature live in harmony.

Peter Schlosser

Dr. Peter Schlosser is the Vice President and Vice Provost, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory, Arizona State University and the Director and Distinguished Sustainability Scientist at ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation.

Ambassador Yvette Stevens
Ambassador Yvette Stevens is Executive in Residence at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy and former Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone where she was active in human rights issues including women and children, trade, and disarmament.
Éliane Ubalijoro

Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition. She is a Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.

Tatiana Valovaya

Tatiana Valovaya is the 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UN Geneva) and the first woman to occupy this position. She has more than 35 years of experience in public service, diplomacy and journalism.

Karim Wasfi
Maestro Karim Wasfi is a Conductor, renowned cellist, and leadership strategist. As founder of Peace Through Arts, he has given performances at locations as diverse as the 9/11 Memorial & Museum to improvisations at the sites of car bombings in Iraq.

John, Lord Alderdice FRCPsych is a Liberal Democrat member of the House of Lords and was the Chairman of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords during the Liberal/Conservative Coalition Government. He also speaks for the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland in the House of Lords, and as Leader of Alliance he played a significant role in the negotiation of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.  When the Northern Ireland Assembly was elected, he became its first Speaker.  In 2004 he retired as Speaker on being appointed by the British and Irish Governments to be one of the four members of the international Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC), put in place to close down the operations of the paramilitary organizations and monitor security normalization.

He has long been active in international liberal politics and was President of Liberal International (the global federation of more than 100 liberal political parties). He is now a Presidente d’Honneur. 

Lord Alderdice’s professional background was in psychoanalytic psychiatry in Belfast where he taught at Queen’s University and established the Centre for Psychotherapy.  He also established the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building and is now its Emeritus Chairman.  He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford, and Director of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict.  He also undertakes other roles at the university including as Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Changing Character of War Centre.

Lord Alderdice has devoted himself to understanding and addressing religious fundamentalism and long-standing violent political conflict in various parts of the world. More recently he has also been working on the problems of indigenous peoples. He consults, lectures and writes on these issues, and has been recognized with many honorary doctorates and international prizes, including the International Psychoanalytic Association Award for Extraordinarily Meritorious Service to Psychoanalysis, the World Federation of Scientists Prize for the application of Science to the Cause of Peace, and in 2015 Liberal International’s highest recognition, the Prize for Freedom.

John Antonakis is Professor of Organizational Behavior in the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Professor Antonakis’ research is currently focused on charisma, predictors of leadership, leader development, as well as on research methods. He has published articles in many prestigious journals including ScienceNature Human Behavior, Psychological Science, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Operations Management, Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, and Harvard Business Review, among many others; he has also published four books, and dozens of book chapters and conferences proceedings. He has received more than US$2.45 million in funding for his research. Prof. Antonakis is Editor of The Leadership Quarterly. He was previously associate editor for The Leadership Quarterly and Organizational Research Methods; he has also served on the editorial boards of several top journals in management and applied psychology. In 2019 he was named a highly cited scientist by Clarivate-Web of Science group. In 2020 he was listed by PLOS Biology in the world’s top 2% of scientists for career-long impact. His research is regularly quoted in the press and various media outlets including the New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalFinancial TimesThe GuardianNEWSWEEKTIMEBBC NewsThe Economist, ForbesThe New YorkerFast Company and many hundreds of other news sources, including TV and Radio.

Seek wisdom. Conquer fear. Do justice.

Leveraging her dynamic and thorough understanding of government from the inside out, Kim Campbell speaks on major issues of the day. Her leadership role in several global organizations has led her to develop an expertise informed by real time exposure to populations in democratic transition, economic crisis and gender imbalances. For example:

From 2004 through 2006 Ms. Campbell served as Secretary General of the Club of Madrid, an organization of former heads of government and state who work to promote democratization through peer relations with leaders of transitional democracies. Ms. Campbell is a founding member and is still an active member. She additionally has served as its Acting President in 2002 and Vice President 2003-2004 and sat on the Board of Directors from 2007-2011.

In 2016, Ms. Campbell served as the chairperson of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments, a role that she reprised in fall of 2017. She chaired the steering committee of the World Movement for Democracy from 2008 to 2015 and was chair of the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL) from 1999-2003. The Council’s membership consists of women who hold or have held the office of President or Prime Minister.

From Oct. 2003 – Oct. 2005, Ms. Campbell served as President of the International Women’s Forum, which advances leadership across careers, cultures, and continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement.

Today, Ms. Campbell devotes much of her time to serving as the Founding Principal of the new Peter Lougheed Leadership College at the University of Alberta, and she is a trustee of the Int’l Ctr for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence at King’s College London.

She is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, (the West Coast affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations) as well as the the Global Council of the the Asia Society New York. She is on the advisory board of Equal Voice and Apathy is Boring, as well as an honorary patron of Informed Opinions. She is also a senior advisor to the International Crisis Group and an honorary board member of the Climate Action Reserve.

Ms. Campbell is a member of the board for Athenex, a pharmaceutical company that had its IPO June 14, 2017 and trades under the ticker symbol “ATNX”. Her corporate director experience also includes the high tech, bio-tech and medical devices industries.

Kim Campbell was educated at the University of British Columbia (BA, 1969, LLB, 1983) and the London School of Economics (Doctoral studies in Soviet Government, ABD, 1970-73) where she’s an Honorary Fellow. She holds several honorary degrees.

The 4th Edition of her best-selling political memoir Time and Chance was released via Kindle in March of 2017. Find it on Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, or your country’s Amazon website.

Ms. Campbell consults and speaks widely on issues related to leadership, international politics, democratization, climate change, gender, and Canadian/American relations. For information on how to request the Right Honourable Kim Campbell as a speaker, visit the American Program Bureau, or in Canada visit National Speakers Bureau.

Ms. Campbell is married to composer, pianist, and actor, Hershey Felder.

Jagan Chapagain is the Secretary General of the IFRC. He was appointed by the IFRC Governing Board in February 2020 and is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Jagan has extensive experience in, and broad knowledge of, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. He began his career as a youth volunteer with the Nepal Red Cross where he represented and advocated on behalf of communities.

An engineer by training, Jagan has spent more than 25 years working across Europe and Asia for the IFRC. Prior to being appointed Secretary General, he served as Under Secretary General for Programmes and Operations and guided our relief and development efforts around the world.

He was also previously Chief of Staff and Director of the Asia Pacific region, where he provided leadership during large-scale humanitarian crises and built resilient communities in partnership with National Societies and regional partners.

Jagan holds a degree in Engineering and certificates in Leadership and turnaround management and Emerging social sector leadership. A national of Nepal, he is fluent in Nepalese, English and Hindi and has basic knowledge of Urdu and Russian.

Martin Chungong made double history in 2014 by becoming the first African and first non-European to be elected IPU Secretary General.

For more than three decades he has dedicated his professional life to promoting and building democracy worldwide. He has become a leader in the field of developing programmes to help parliaments become more transparent, accountable, representative and effective democratic institutions and has further contributed to establishing governance benchmarks to strengthen democracy.

Since 2012, Martin Chungong has made a push to strengthen parliamentary engagement on sustainable development and accountability through his role as Parliamentary Representative on the Steering Committee of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, an international group which helps nations, business and organizations work better together to end poverty.

Martin Chungong has built an impressive portfolio in the promotion of dialogue and conflict resolution, issues that are at the heart of IPU work.

Martin Chungong is also leading IPU’s work to dramatically reduce maternal and child mortality rates through effective legislation and its implementation, as well as ensuring governments’ accountability to international commitments in this area. He was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as one of the global leaders committed to fighting malnutrition through the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. In addition, he chairs the Global Board of the International Gender Champions, a network of decision-makers, male and female, who have committed to breaking down gender barriers.

Ambassador Thomas Greminger served as Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from July 2017 until July 2020. On May 1, 2021, he took over as Director of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP).

As Secretary General, he acted as an effective crisis manager supporting successive Chairmanships in an increasingly polarized environment. In the final months of his term, he dealt with the COVID-19 crisis, working to protect the health and safety of staff while ensuring that the OSCE continued to carry out its critical mandates and maintained business continuity.

Despite the highly polarized political climate, Ambassador Greminger promoted dialogue among the 57 OSCE participating States as one of his key priorities. He sparked informal discussions on emerging challenges and opportunities such as the importance of technology to all dimensions of security or the link between climate change and security.

He supported the OSCE in maintaining field presences to support participating States in implementing OSCE commitments, and preventing or managing conflicts – notably the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. He engaged in diplomatic efforts and supported those of various mediators addressing emerging and protracted conflicts in the OSCE area.

Ambassador Greminger promoted effective multilateralism by strengthening ties with the OSCE’s partners among international and regional organizations. He highlighted the OSCE’s contribution in helping participating States to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.

In his capacity as OSCE Chief Administrative Officer, Ambassador Greminger introduced a “fit for purpose” agenda focused on adapting the OSCE to changing realities and new opportunities against a background of limited and declining resources. This included a management review of the OSCE Secretariat that resulted in procedural and structural improvements, including by making the best use of technology. He also introduced an OSCE gender parity strategy and openly addressed sexual harassment and other challenges to creating a healthy and inclusive professional working environment. In view of his engagement, he was invited to join the International Gender Champions’ network.

Previously, Ambassador Greminger served as Deputy Director General of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. As Head of South Cooperation, he oversaw cooperation with 21 partner countries and regions, entailing an annual budget of USD 730 million and 900 staff in Bern and abroad. In this function, he regularly represented Switzerland at international conferences as State Secretary.

From 2010 to 2015, Ambassador Greminger served as the Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE, the United Nations and the International Organizations in Vienna. He was instrumental in devising the consecutive chairmanships and joint work plan of Switzerland (2014) and Serbia (2015). During the Swiss Chairmanship, he chaired the OSCE Permanent Council and played an active role in addressing the crisis in and around Ukraine that rapidly unfolded during the course of 2014. For the first time in years, the OSCE managed to achieve consensus on new OSCE operations – the most important being the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.

Ambassador Greminger was responsible for preparing the successful 2014 OSCE Ministerial Council in Basel, which yielded 21 consensus decisions and declarations. He chaired the OSCE Human Dimension Committee in 2011 and 2012. He introduced the structured agenda, substantive human dimension discussions as well as regular exchanges with OSCE institutions, field missions and UN mandate holders. As a member of the OSCE Troika, he chaired the OSCE Mediterranean Contact Group (2013) and the OSCE Asian Contact Group (2015).

Through his comprehensive expertise in security policy, Ambassador Greminger marked a number of important achievements in the OSCE: he contributed significantly to Ministerial Council Decision 3/11 on the conflict cycle, and the subsequent development of mediation and facilitation capacities in the OSCE Conflict Prevention Center.

During his term as Permanent Representative, Switzerland became the coordinator for the Vienna Document and introduced a number of modernization proposals. By strongly promoting partnership with the Geneva Centre for Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), he helped the OSCE Secretariat and field missions to build capacities in security sector governance and reform.

From 2004 to 2010, he served as Head of the Human Security Division of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The Division is the Department’s main competence center for peace, human rights and humanitarian and migration policy, with an annual budget of around USD 70 million and 100 staff in Bern and abroad. During his tenure, the division offered and supported facilitation and mediation services to more than half a dozen peace processes worldwide (including in the Middle East, Colombia, Nepal, Burundi, Uganda and Sudan) and launched a number of important diplomatic initiatives, including those which led to the creation of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN International Tracing Instrument for SALW, and the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development.

Ambassador Greminger also served as Deputy Head of the Human Security Division from 2002 to 2004, and from 1999 to 2001 as Country Director at the Swiss Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique, where he managed Switzerland’s largest development cooperation programme with an annual budget of around USD 30 million and staff.

From 1994 to 1998, he served in different posts in the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, including Head of the Policy and Research Unit.

Ambassador Greminger holds a PhD in history from the University of Zurich. He is Lieutenant Colonel GS (company and battalion commander of infantry unit of the Swiss Armed Forces; G6 and Deputy Chief of Staff of Infantry Brigade). He has authored numerous publications on military history, conflict management, peacekeeping, development and human rights. His mother tongue is German; he is fluent in English and French and has a good working knowledge of Portuguese. Ambassador Greminger was born in 1961 and has four daughters.

Deanne Den Hartog is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She currently is the director of the Research Institute of the Amsterdam Business School and chair of the Leadership and Management section of this school. She was visiting scholar at NYU’s Stern School of Business Department of Management and held a visiting research professorship at the University of Southern Australia. Her research focuses on Leadership, including ethical and charismatic leadership, leadership and (dark side) personality, and cross-cultural leadership. She also studies related topics such as proactive, innovative, cooperative and deviant behavior at work, fit, teams, well-being, HRM, and trust. Results of her research have been widely published in high quality academic journals including The Leadership Quarterly, the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. Deanne is also a member of several editorial boards. With her co-authors, she received several best paper awards. She received a Fellowship award from the Leadership Trust Foundation in the UK and the Dutch HRM network award for contributions to the field. She is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities, she serves as member of the Board of Governors for the Academy of Management and previously served on its OB Division Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).

Barbara Kellerman is a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. She was the Founding Executive Director of the Center, and a member of the Kennedy School faculty for over twenty years. Kellerman has held professorships at Fordham, Tufts, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington, Uppsala, Dartmouth, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. During the spring 2022 term she will be Visiting Professor of Leadership at Christopher Newport University. She also served as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the University of Maryland. 

Kellerman received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her M.A. M.Phil., and Ph.D. (in Political Science) degrees from Yale University. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. At Uppsala (1996-97), she held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies. Kellerman was cofounder of the International Leadership Association (ILA) and is author and editor of many books including The Political Presidency; Bad Leadership; Followership; Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence (2010); The End of Leadership (2012); Hard Times: Leadership in America (2014), Professionalizing Leadership (2018), and (with Todd Pittinsky) Leaders Who Lust: Power, Money, Sex, Success, Legitimacy, Legacy. Kellerman has appeared on media outlets such as CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Reuters, and BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review

Barbara Kellerman is a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership. She was the Founding Executive Director of the Center, and a member of the Kennedy School faculty for over twenty years. Kellerman has held professorships at Fordham, Tufts, Fairleigh Dickinson, George Washington, Uppsala, Dartmouth, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. During the spring 2022 term she will be Visiting Professor of Leadership at Christopher Newport University. She also served as Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Leadership at the University of Maryland. 

Kellerman received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, and her M.A. M.Phil., and Ph.D. (in Political Science) degrees from Yale University. She was awarded a Danforth Fellowship and three Fulbright fellowships. At Uppsala (1996-97), she held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies. Kellerman was cofounder of the International Leadership Association (ILA) and is author and editor of many books including The Political Presidency; Bad Leadership; Followership; Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence (2010); The End of Leadership (2012); Hard Times: Leadership in America (2014), Professionalizing Leadership (2018), and (with Todd Pittinsky) Leaders Who Lust: Power, Money, Sex, Success, Legitimacy, Legacy. Kellerman has appeared on media outlets such as CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, Reuters, and BBC, and has contributed articles and reviews to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, and the Harvard Business Review

Barbara Kellerman has spoken to audiences all over the world including in Berlin, Moscow, Sao Paolo, Jerusalem, Mumbai, Toronto, Kyoto, Beijing, Sydney, and Seoul. She received the Wilbur M. McFeeley award by the National Management Association for her pioneering work on leadership and followership, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Leadership Association. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021 she was listed by Global Gurus as among the “World’s Top 30 Management Professionals.” Her latest book – The Enablers: How Team Trump Flunked the Pandemic and Failed America – was published in August 2021 by Cambridge University Press. Kellerman regularly posts digital articles at barbarakellerman.com. 

AfriProspect GmbH’s Founder and CEO as well as ShEquity’s Founder and Managing Partner, Pauline is an innovation expert in developing & emerging economies, impact investor and seasoned impact-driven team leader with over 20 years’ experience in international affairs and venture philanthropy. AfriProspect focuses on connecting African innovators with global markets, and ShEquity provides smart investment to impactful and scalable African female-led and owned businesses. Pauline also has 10+ years’ experience catalyzing innovation and entrepreneurship across Africa and her passion lies in innovation, entrepreneurship, inclusivity, and women economic empowerment.

A double Fulbright -Scholar and Fellow-, Pauline is currently serving on a variety of Boards of companies/organizations connected to business, entrepreneurship and innovation in Africa. 

Pauline holds an Executive Education in Innovation for Economic Development from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government; a Master’s Degree (MA) in Poverty and Development, Institute of Development Studies (IDS) from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in International Studies (Honors) from the University of Arizona (UoA), USA.

Sanjeev Khagram is a world-renowned scholar and practitioner in the areas of globalization, transnationalism, leadership, strategic management, entrepreneurship, social enterprise, cross-sector innovation, public-private partnerships, inter-organizational networks, good governance, transparency, the global political economy, sustainable development, human security, and the data revolution. He holds a bachelor’s in development studies and engineering, a master’s degree and doctoral degree minor in economics and doctorate in political economy, all from Stanford University.

Professor Khagram most recently led the establishment of the cross-sectoral Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and International Open Data Charter. He also previously founded and was the architect of the multi-stakeholder Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT). Khagram was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and authored UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon’s Report on the Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis in 2009. He was dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Foundation and Trust from 2003-2005, and he was Senior Policy and Strategy Director at the World Commission on Dams where he was the lead writer of the Commission’s widely acclaimed Final Report from 1998-2000. Khagram also founded and led Innovations for Scaling Impact – a global enterprise from 2007-2012.

Khagram was the John Parke Young Professor of Global Political Economy, Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College from 2012–18. He was previously a Professor and the Founding Director of the Center for International Development at the University of Washington. From 2008–10, he held the Wyss Visiting Professorship at the Harvard Business School. Khagram was an Associate (and Assistant) Professor at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government and Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Institute of International Studies between 1998–2005. He has also taught in numerous universities around the world including the Monterrey Institute of Technology (Mexico), Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India), Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), University of Cape Town (South Africa), University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Central European University (Hungary).

Professor Khagram has published widely including: “Dams and Development,” (Cornell University Press); “Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks and Norms” (University of Minnesota Press); “The Transnational Studies Reader” (Routledge Press); “Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability” (Brookings Press). In addition, he’s authored “Inequality and Corruption” in the American Journal of Sociology; “Future Architectures of Global Governance” in Global Governance, “Environment and Security” in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, “Social Balance Sheets” in Harvard Business Review, “Evidence for Development Effectiveness” in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, and “Towards a Platinum Standard for Evidence-Based Assessment,” in Public Administration Review.

Khagram has worked extensively with global start-ups, corporations, governments, civil society groups, multilateral organizations, cross-sectoral action networks, public-private partnerships, foundations, professional associations and universities all over the world from the local to the international levels. He has lived and worked for extended periods in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Germany and the United Kingdom. Khagram is of Asian Indian heritage, a Hindu, and a refugee from Idi Amin’s Uganda, which brought him to the United States in 1973 via refugee camps in Italy. He is the proud father of two sons.

Leah is the CEO and co-founder of 412 Food Rescue, a social enterprise with a technology, logistics and civic engagement model that aims to fight hunger and promote sustainability by preventing perfectly good food from entering the waste stream and directly distributing to organizations that benefit those who are food insecure. Founded in 2015, 412 Food Rescue is one of the fastest-growing food recovery organizations in the U.S. Creating the infrastructure for national retailers, 412 Food Rescue has prevented over 7 million pounds of food from going to waste via technology that mobilizes over 8,000 drivers in 5 cities –food rescue heroes–the largest volunteer food transport network. 412 Food Rescue’s innovative distribution model bridges the last mile and significantly impacts access and food security as well as mitigates food waste’s impact on the environment. By redirecting surplus food about to go to waste, 412 Food Rescue responds to SDG Target 12.3 – to halve per capita food waste by 2030, as well as redirects perfectly good food to organizations that serve those who are food insecure, responding to SDG 2. Food waste is one of the major sources of carbon emissions and wastes significant natural resources. By redirecting food from going to landfill, the organization also helps mitigate climate change, responding to SDG 13.

Set to expand globally, Leah’s work at 412 Food Rescue has been featured in national media including NPR, Fast Company, FoodTank, Martha Stewart Living, Food & Wine, Saveur, Organic Life, Bust Magazine, Redbook, Success Magazine and Civil Eats. In April 2014, she gave the TEDx Talk “Why the Farm Is Not Getting to the Table.” Leah was named in FoodTank‘s “17 Food Heroes to Inspire Us in 2017″ and in 2018 she was named “Pittsburgher of the Year” by Pittsburgh City Paper. Additionally, 412 Food Rescue was recognized as Pittsburgh Tech 50’s “StartUp of the Year” in 2018 and received the Carnegie Science Award for Information Technology in 2019 – making it the first social enterprise to receive both awards.

Leah received her graduate degree in Public Policy & Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. She serves as Entrepreneur in Residence at the Block Center for Technology & Society at Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. She was born and raised in the Philippines and currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sustainable Development Goals 2 (zero hunger), 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 13 (climate action).

Henk Rogers is founder and chairman of Blue Planet Foundation. The mission of his newest initiative, Blue Planet Alliance, is to regenerate the environment, become 100% sustainable by 2045, and create a world in which humanity and nature live in harmony.

Peter Schlosser is the vice president and vice provost of the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. He is the University Professor of Global Futures and holds joint appointments in the School of Sustainability, the School of Earth and Space Exploration in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. The laboratory has been launched to harness the innovative capacity of academia and develop options for sound management of the planet. Professor Schlosser joined ASU in 2018.

Professor Schlosser is one of the world’s leading earth scientists, with expertise in the Earth’s hydrosphere and how humans affect the planet’s natural state. He comes to ASU from Columbia University where he was the Maurice Ewing and J. Lamar Worzel Professor of Geophysics and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and the deputy director and director of research at the Earth Institute. He also was a member and the founding chair of the Earth Institute faculty and a member of the senior staff at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. His prior positions included a professorship at the University of Heidelberg and a visiting professorship at the University of Washington-Seattle.

His research interests include studies of water movement and its variability in natural systems (oceans, lakes, rivers, groundwater) using natural and anthropogenic trace substances and isotopes as ’dyes’ or as ‘radioactive clocks.’ He also studies ocean/atmosphere gas exchange; reconstruction of continental paleotemperature records using groundwater as archive; anthropogenic impact on natural systems and sustainable development as academic discipline. His research adds to the basic understanding of ocean circulation and the ocean’s role in climate. The same principles are used to investigate groundwater flow in shallow and deep aquifers, providing results that are relevant for environmental risk and impact studies. He has published more than 180 articles in leading journals.

He is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences, an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the American Geophysical Union, and the Explorers Club.

Ambassador Stevens has had a broad and long experience in the United Nations System.  An Engineer by training, Ambassador Stevens studied at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute and at the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. She taught Engineering at the University of Sierra Leone for six years, before joining the United Nations in 1980, as a Village Technology Expert in ILO.

At UNHCR, she served as Evaluation Officer as well as Chief of the Technical Support Section of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, both of which involved thorough analyses of refugee situations in about 30 countries, all over the world. She also served UNHCR in Africa, first as Deputy Liaison Representative in Ethiopia (1995 to 1997) and as the UNHCR Representative to Kenya and Somalia (1997 to 1999). In the latter capacity, she acted as the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia on a number of occasions. 

From 1999 to 2004, she worked as Director in DESA, the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa. Before retirement, she was the United Nations Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator and Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva from 2004 to 2006.  After retirement from the UN, between 2006 and 2009, Ambassador Stevens worked as a freelance consultant on humanitarian issues as well as on disaster risk reduction in Africa. She worked as an Energy Policy Adviser to the Government of Sierra Leone from 2009 to 2012, before being appointed as Permanent Representative in Geneva.

As Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone, Ambassador Stevens was active, inter alia, on human rights issues, (including Child Early and Forced Marriage, Persons Living with Albinism and Women’s Rights); trade (Women and Trade, Trade Assistance to Least Developing Countries); disarmament (Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems). 

After retiring as Ambassador, she was appointed Chair/Rapporteur of the Human Rights Council’s Group of Experts on Prevention.

She is currently Executive in Residence at the Geneva Center for Security Policy.

Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition. She is a Professor of Practice for Public-Private Sector Partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.

Tatiana Valovaya is the 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UN Geneva) and the first woman to occupy this position.

Ms. Valovaya has more than 35 years of experience in public service, diplomacy and journalism. She began her career in 1983 in the editorial office of the Economic Gazette in Moscow, first as a correspondent, then as deputy editor of the Department of World Economy.

In 1989, Ms. Valovaya joined the Permanent Mission of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics to the European Union (EU), where she served as Third Secretary. She then became Second Secretary of the Permanent Mission of the Russian Federation to the EU, until 1994. During her diplomatic career, she was in charge of financial and economic cooperation issues.

From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Valovaya worked at the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation, where she was responsible for relations with the statutory bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). She then served as Head of the Monetary and Financial Policy Directorate at the Ministry for the CIS. 

From 1999 to 2012, Ms. Valovaya worked in the Government administration of the Russian Federation as Deputy Director and then Director of the Department of International Cooperation.

Ms. Valovaya joined the Eurasian Economic Commission in 2012 as a Member of the Board (Minister) responsible for integration and macro-economic issues. In particular, she was in charge of implementing integration policies within the Eurasian Economic Commission, coordinating the formation processes of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council, and the negotiation of free trade agreements between the Eurasian Economic Community and third countries. In addition, she was in charge of relations with international organizations.

In 1980, Ms. Valovaya graduated from the Faculty of International Economic Relations of the Moscow Finance Institute. She holds the scientific degree of Candidate of Economic Sciences (1st doctoral level scientific degree and the degree of Doctor of Economic Sciences from the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation). 

Ms. Valovaya has written more than 170 scientific and journalistic publications on issues of international monetary and credit relations, European and Eurasian economic integration and multilateral cooperation in the CIS framework.

In addition to her mother tongue, Russian, she speaks English and French.

Maestro Karim Wasfi is a Conductor, Ambassador of global peace, renowned cellist and a leadership strategist.

Utilizing the impact of Knowledge Education and Arts towards de radicalization, prevention of extremism, facilitating sustained peace and capacity building Mr. Wasfi initiated a strategic path of sustained peace by immersive transformative initiatives of societal engagement, leadership and development, by cultural diplomacy, cross cultural integration, prevention of tension as a foundation for prosperity.

Through resonant transcendent holistic methods of stabilization shifting the narrative, subsequently materializing efforts to rebuild war torn areas, Maestro Wasfi founded Peace Through Arts initiatives in 2008, functioning as a medium of innovation, a foundation towards stability by soft powers utilizing the power of music and sound resonance linked to brain function, neuroscience.

Maestro Wasfi has been an international adviser and crisis management expert for the international community since 2004.

Known for his instant composition performances establishing higher connectivity and interdependence through biohacking – subconscious pattern shifts, his approach helped thousands of people in crises areas to heal.

His efforts and the foundation’s has been widely recognized globally, received prizes of the MENA 2019 – 2020 Takreem Cultural Excellence. 2019-2020 Fair Saturday Cultural Achievements Spain, USA 2019 City of San Antonio TX Emissary of the Muses, UAE 2018 Cultural Diplomacy Ambassador, Abu Dhabi Cultural Summit, UAE 2017 Business community, USA 2016 The Rockefeller Asia global game changers NY- UN, UAE 2015 Arabian Global Business community UAE- Humanitarian of the year, Iraq 2006-2016 PM Office, MOD, MOI, MOFA, MOC, Baghdad Municipality, and Jordan 2002 Queen Noor foundation to mention few. Continuing conducting INSO, performing, composing and an extensive research – implementation of sound therapy function and A.I.

Studied Physics and Philosophy at Cairo University, performance and conducting at the Indiana University School of Music-Bloomington USA. Started learning the cello at the age of 6 at the Music school-Baghdad Iraq Performances and workshops: USA, Europe, as well as Egypt, Tunisia and Iraq.