The participants of the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge 2015:
Laura Cremer, Internal Communications and Sustainability Manager Europe at Interface: My name is Laura Cremer, I’m 30 years old and I come from Germany. Since 2008 I’m working with Interface where I’m holding the position of Internal Communications and Sustainability Manager Europe. I’m currently completing a part-time MBA in Sustainability Management at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Within my role I’m involved in implementing ‘Mission Zero®’ – Interface’s goal to eliminate any negative impact it has on the environment by 2020. My passion about sustainability and Interface’s ambitious ‘Mission Zero’ goal challenges and inspires me every day to go beyond standard business practice. When not pursuing sustainability, I’m likely to be found either doing aqua jogging or practicing Pilates.
Jens Christoph Parker, Corporate Finance Specialist at eBay: I work at eBay since finishing my master degree. I am in particular interested in the potential of sustainable investments. I was a German Youth Delegates to the United Nations. In order to tackle the challenges we face we have to work together on a global level. I served as a member of the board of the Green Youth of Germany. I learned that initiatives are the most effective taking into consideration the social, environmental and economic dimension of sustainability. I believe life´s purpose is to inspire each other to do great things.
Emilie Ottervanger, International Management Trainee at ABN Amro: I’m born in the Netherlands and grew up close to Amsterdam. In 2010 I started working at ABN Amro as International Management Trainee. Hereafter, I joined the Agri Commodities Clients team. Next to my job as relationship manager I spend half of my time working on a commercial sustainability initiative of ABN. I’m passionate about the agricultural supply chain and have a drive to improve the banking position of smallhalder farmers.
Anouk in ‘t Veld, consultant at Steward Redqueen: My name is Anouk in ‘t Veld, currently living in Amsterdam where I work as a consultant for Steward Redqueen, a strategy consulting firm with a focus on impact and sustainability. Previously, I worked for a sustainable venture capitalist and at the Innovation department of KLM: both organizations with great learning opportunities. Since I can remember I am passionate about food, travelling and discovering other cultures. I love to be inspired by people, places and innovations and consider myself lucky to work in a firm with many opportunities to make a difference!
Judith Drion, Investment Officer at FMO: Judith is Investment Officer at FMO – the Netherlands Development Finance Company. After her graduation (MSc in Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam and LL.M. at VU University Amsterdam) she joined FMO’s Young Talent Program. She successfully completed the three year traineeship and became Investment Officer at FMO’s Energy department. Judith focuses on financing (renewable) energy projects in emerging countries throughout Asia and Northwest Africa. She is involved in the development phase of new energy projects, the structuring of the financing, contract negotiations as well as portfolio management. Judith is passionate about contemporary dance, travelling and photography.
Trishanta Chetty, associate principal at Metier Investment and Advisory Services: I am an associate principal at Metier Investment and Advisory Services- a South Africa-based private equity fund manager. From an education perspective, I hold a BBusSci degree and am a CFA charterholder. My interest in sustainability began with simple personal initiatives and when Metier raised a fund dedicated to clean technology investments, I saw the opportunity to make an impact in the sustainable space using my professional knowledge and skills. I have also been involved with South Africa’s largest HIV prevention programme for youth and hold a trustee position for community trusts participating in energy projects in South Africa.
Enci Zhou, Senior PR manager at Ferrero China: Born and raised in Shanghai, mainland China. Holds a master degree in Sociology in Tokyo, then acting as an agency person in Ogilvy China over 7 years. After that, joined Estee Launder company and Luxottica Group, gained diverse experience of brand communication, now working at Ferrero China as Senior PR manager, mainly focussing on the CSR program. A columnist and a cook in leisure time, likes traveling, fitness and is very interested in experiencing different cultures.
Rock Li, inhouse lawyer at Ferrero China: My name is Rock Li (Ming Li in Chinese), I was born in Anhui Province, China in 1983. I graduated from law school in Shanghai, and I’m now working as inhouse lawyer in Ferrero China. We open the first Ferrero Plant in Hangzhou, one of the most beautiful city of China, and legal support on enviorment, healthy and safety of the plant is part of my responsibility. I love traveling, hiking, and I enjoy relax time with my family.
Victoria Leigh, Operational Risk Control Officer at ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V., London Branch: I joined the graduate scheme at JP Morgan in 2010 and became an Associate in 2012. During my time at JP Morgan I had several different roles including Change Management in the Chief Investment Office, Operational Risk in Futures and Options and my final role which was in Market Risk for the Treasury department. I joined ABN ABN AMRO Clearing Bank N.V., London Branch in March 2014 where I am currently responsible for Operational Risk and Business Continuity. I am very much looking forward to participating in the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge as I think that it will be a great opportunity to meet young like minded people who are passionate about creating a sustainable future for the next generation.
Opeyemi Oriniowo, Development Practitioner: Opeyemi was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, but is very well culturally exposed and travelled. He is a highly-driven development practitioner with about 3 years experience in the Non-profit/Non-Governmental sector in Nigeria focusing on Promoting the rights of women and girls, rural economic empowerment, youth development and HIV/AIDS programming(prevention & care). He has worked on a handful of local and International development projects in South-West, Nigeria, and he was a Program Officer for 1 year on the World Bank HIV/AIDS Fund project under the management of Ekiti State HIV/AIDS Control Agency, Nigeria. He has been a delegate as well as facilitated a good number of development conferences and stakeholders forum in and outside Nigeria. He has just completed a Masters in International Development (Pathway:Poverty & Inequality) at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Opeyemi is avid believer in the Nigerian project and has a keen eye for politics.
Carolyn Gardner, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Executive at Calor Gas: Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia – Age 25 – Carolyn lives in Warwick, UK and works for Calor Gas, the UK’s leading supplier of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). At Calor, Carolyn is responsible for embedding and coordinating sustainability activities within the business. Being half English, half Colombian she saw first hand the social and environmental differences between these two countries and became interested in learning more about sustainability and how businesses can play an important role in social, environmental and economic development.
United States of America:
Dayna Adelman, Corporate Communications Manager at HEINEKEN: Dayna (age 27) hails from New York City where she works for global beer supplier, HEINEKEN. Dayna is a Corporate Communications Manager whose scope of work spans both internal and external communications. In addition to overseeing the brand PR efforts for Dos Equis, Amstel Light and the Heineken music platform, Dayna manages the company’s National Distributor Conference and the company’s annual Day of Giving, a program that gives employees the opportunity to directly give back to their communities through volunteerism. The program helps to establish local urban greening community projects in the New York City area.
United States of America:
Aaron Lande, Member Relations Manager at STAR Communities: Aaron is the Member Relations Manager for STAR Communities, a non-profit organization advancing a national framework to evaluate and certify sustainable communities in North America. Aaron works with communities across the country, introducing them to the STAR Rating System and assisting them through the certification process. He also manages the STAR Affiliates program and develops the organization’s educational offerings and training programs. Previously, Aaron was the Sustainable Cities Specialist at the US Green Building Council where he led national advocacy efforts at the municipal level and a Congressional Legislative Assistant. Aaron holds a Master Degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
Luana Almeida, Unilever: Born and raised in the lovely and sunny Bahia, Luana – age 24 – currently lives in São Paulo where she works for global consumers products company, Unilever. Graduated in business administration, she never conforms with standard answers and always searches for different ways to get out of her comfort zone. Freedom to be herself is the most valued thing in her life, which encourages her to try new things – ballet, theater, running and even circus! She loves to go to the beach with friends, explore new places and meet people.
Isabela Carvalho, Change Manager at Ashoka: Isabela is a Change Manager at Ashoka, the largest global network of leading social entrepreneurs. Her current role includes designing outreach and community mobilization strategies for Ashoka Changemakers, a program partnering with companies and foundations to map impactful solutions and activate networks of innovators in various areas, like human rights, education, digital inclusion, health, and gender equality. Prior to Ashoka, she supported a German social enterprise promoting youth employment, coordinated an international cooperation program uniting Brazilian and Dutch youth for low-income community empowerment, wrote about accessible tourism for a Portuguese online magazine, and crafted public relations solutions for diverse institutions in Brazil. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the Fluminense Federal University in Brazil, and a Master’s degree in Communications for Social Impact from the University of Valladolid in Spain. Besides her work in development, she is also passionate about traveling, storytelling, and languages. Her goal is to help building a more empathetic world, where people feel empowered and confident to create positive change.
Luigi Scattolin, Head of Comp and Ben at FERRERO France: I’m 28 and I graduated in 2013 from Turin-Italy university in International Management and Economics. I’ve subsequently had the opportunity to take one year study at the free university of Berlin-Germany as part of a student exchange program. I joined FERRERO in Italy in 2012 as trainee and was promoted a year later to France as HR controller. After a year into my HR controller role I got promoted to Head of Comp and Ben FERRERO France (thus implying the comp and Ben responsibility of Benelux). I love traveling, exploring new cultures, and working in an international environment is a source of inspiration.
United Arab Emirates:
Jihad Lteif, Digital Brand Manager at Danone: My name is Jihad Ltaif, born and raised in Beirut. I graduated from the American University of Beirut in 2012, with a B.A in Economics. In 2011, I completed an internship with (UNDP) in Beirut, on the MDG Project, aimed at localizing the MDGs in Lebanon. It was through my internship that I learned about sustainable development. On campus, I was a member of the Toastmasters International Club, becoming the President in 2012. In 2013, I moved to Dubai to join Danone’s graduate Program. Today I am the Digital Brand Manager for one of its leading brands in Middle East.
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Cindy Abi Khzam, R&D Manager at Danone: Born and raised in Beirut ,Lebanon then lived in Montreal, stopover in Singapore and now in Dubai; my passion has always revolved around Food Studies, Food safety , Healthcare , nutrition, and social work . My first step in Bringing Health through Food, was as a Clinical Nutritionist, then moved to the United Nations, where it opened my eye to the global demand for foods and the scarcity of resources. Then I joined Danone in 2013, where my journey in Health & Nutrition continues as I focus on bringing science and innovations to make a difference in the life of future generations.I believe in the power of connection of like minded people to create sustainable impact in the world.Through social work with children from different cultures:Lebanon, Vietnam, Singapore , Montreal… made me realize that small actions we do can have a big impact on people’s lives.I get my energy from People, Nature,,Traveling, new experiences, good laughs and Music!
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Lin EL MASRI, Graduate Associate at Danone: I am currently a Graduate Associate at Danone based in UAE. I Graduated from American University of Beirut; and completed my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Marketing concentration in 2015. I have completed an Internship in PepsiCo Intel, as well as in Abu Dhabi University and Knowledge Group in Dubai.
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Abdallah EL BACHA, graduate associate at Danone: I am currently a graduate associate in Danone Early Life Nutrition based in the UAE. I am highly enthusiastic about technology and innovation. My goal is to create a change, no matter how small or big but at least leave a positive impact in the lives of others.
Marsida Bandilli, PhD researcher in Political Science at the University of Antwerp: Marsida is a PhD researcher in Political Science at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She is very passionate about European Union and politics, where she has made a continuous and exceptional contribution during the past 5-years. She has been a speaker in many international events, being compatible with her engagement in many organizations and networks all over Europe. She is a genuine ambassador of her country (Albania), and she has made a strong contribution towards the promotion of youth empowerment and leadership skills at local, national and international levels. Due to her work and commitment for the promotion of tolerance and constructive debates for the future of Europe, she received the Active Citizens of Europe Award, in November 2014. Also she just received the Personality of the Year for the European Democratic Citizenship Awards, for 2015. Although work is spread in many European countries, she is mostly embedded with the European integration and EU policies in Brussels.
James Thuch Madhier, youth representative: James is based in Toronto, Canada. He is originally from South Sudan where he grew up before moving to Kenya and eventually Canada. James is a young youth representative and he has represented the youth at various high level International Fora including at the United Nations General Assembly Summit for the Adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. He was selected in April 2015 as a ‘Future Leader’ by the European Commission and got invited to Brussels to join the other young leaders in engaging the UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-moon on the role of the Youth in the Post 2015 Development Agenda as well as to present his visions for the World and intervene on a high Level Panel on Trade for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth. James is currently working on a Solar Light Project for South Sudanese School kids whose access to quality education has been hampered due to lack of electricity.
Venkatapathy Vaithianathan (Venki Vaith), Corporate Sustainability Advisor at KPMG’s Responsible Investment: Venki is Corporate Sustainability Advisor at KPMG’s Responsible Investment, Climate Change and Sustainability Practice in Finland. Prior to this, he was Corporate Sustainability Manager at Stora Enso – a global provider of renewable solutions in Packaging, Biomaterials, Wood and Paper. Venki has steered initiatives related to Corporate Sustainability Strategy, Business and Human Rights, and Creating Shared Value globally. He has significant experience in Responsible Sourcing, ESG Analysis, Climate Change, and Sustainability Reporting. While at Stora Enso, he was a key contributor in forging strategic partnerships with the International Labour Organization (ILO), the international NGO Save the Children and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Venki is from Chennai, India and lives in Helsinki, Finland.
Savvas Bermperis, student MSc in Sustainable Development: My name is Savvas Bermperis and I am from Greece. I finished my BA in International European Studies at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece and I am currently writing my thesis for my MSc in Sustainable Development. For the past years I was involved in a series of conferences (Model United Nations and European Union Simulations) and the past years I decided to follow the same road but in a more ”sustainable” path. I have been involved in local governance and in the mean time I am working in a lawyer’s office.
Sara Francesca, social entrepreneur: Was born in Milan, studied abroad in Japan, Denmark and Thailand. I have always been genuinely passionate about environmental sustainability and how to bring about change and innovation in society. Recently, I graduated in Social Entrepreneurship and Management and I am now an innovation and sustainability business consultancy intern in Turin (Italy). On the side, I am working at my start-up project The Art of Green, an online resource to make transitioning towards a natural lifestyle easier to city dwellers.
Rashmi Jawahar Ganesh, Research & Development at AEE INTEC: Hailing from rural India, Rashmi was inspired from early on to contribute to society, notably in the fields of energy management, water and wastewater management, and integration of renewable energy. To realise her dream, she moved to Austria to pursue her Masters in Energy management and specialize in Renewable Technologies. Today, Rashmi is passionate about renewable energy and sustainability. She believes that rural electrification and energy security through clean energy sources are key to a sustainable future. At present, Rashmi is working at AEE INTEC, a sustainable institute in Austria on research and development of Membrane Distillation for municipal wastewater and agricultural wastewater treatment focussing on energy efficiency, water reuse and clean technology.
Thibaud Godet, social entrepreneur: My Name is Thibaud and I live in Brussels. After working for 4 years as a business consultant I decided to leave my career where it was and look for another kind of life, one that will be consistent with my beliefs and values. I am right now puting all my energy in the development of the Future of Waste community in Brussels. We want to help Sustainable, local entrepreneurs by bringing them the active support of consumers that want to give their times and ideas in order to build solutions that will help them live without producing waste.
Darius Salgo, Operations Engineer, Infigen Energy: I’ve always been passionate about sustainability and during my studies in mechanical engineering at the University of Sydney, Australia I channeled that passion in to renewable energy. After graduating I moved to New York City where I worked on developing a novel wind energy technology. I am now based in my home town of Sydney, working in the operations team for Infigen Energy, an owner/operator of more than 500 MW installed wind capacity. I believe implementing renewable energy technologies is only one aspect of transitioning to a sustainable future and I am interested in exploring a wholistic view of sustainability to see what new business models can be created in a more sustainable world.
Dr. Oliver Squires, Scientist and Educator: Driven by education and innovation, Oliver is passionate about how these two fields can be used to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. With valuable experiences as a Research Scientist, in the fields of Nanotechnology and Renewable Technologies, he is an effective problem solver. His work as a One Young World Ambassador has allowed him to collaborate on numerous social enterprise projects that have had significant global impacts. At present, he is using his theoretical knowledge, global awareness, leadership abilities and a passion for sustainability to maximise his impact as a High School Teacher.
Daniel Espeland, social entrepreneur: I am a Norwegian serial entrepreneur based in wonderful Copenhagen. Currently I’m involved with several start-ups with focus areas spanning from bicycle infrastructure, logistics management to carbon offsetting. Common denominator is that all strive to make this world a better place. Since graduating with a double M.Sc. in business and management, I have worked as development consultant for Leaderlab, communication manager for the global innovation platform LAUNCH Nordic, and project manager for the Goodvertising Agency. It has prepared me to take on the world. Things that inspire me: empowering minorities, developing happier and healthier communities, and cooking and snowboarding.
The participants of the Nudge Global Leadership Challenge 2014:
André Estrella, Trainee Unilever: My name is André Estrella and I was born in São Paulo 1989. My family (mom, dad, a old and a young brother) is typical median class family in Brazil, we are very close one each other. In my childhood we were educated to respect the environment, religions, cultures and opinions from all over the world. Eighteen I left home for college where I lived with other 5 people in a fraternity. During the college I had a opportunity to do an exchanging program to live in London for 6 months then I returned to receive my production engineering degree. I’ve started working in a company called 3M before being accepted as a trainee in Unilever. Now I’m living in Pouso Alegre, a country city In Brazil, where I’m responsible for the continuums improvement at factory. During all my life I’ve been involving with social work and today I’m working in a project called “doors to knowledge”.
Alanna Sousa, Founder and Director Todoos Impacto Social: Alanna Sousa: Graduated in Law by “straw”. but Consultant of “lost causes” by vocation. Was born in Maranhão but raised in the world, has already known the best and worst of 4 different continents where learned how to deal with differences differences and discovered a passion for works with purpose. Works with social causes since 2011, and in 2012 founded her own Company, Todoos Impacto Social – Management Consulting Third Sector Organizations and Business Solutions with focus on Corporate Social Responsibility. Acts as a Consultant, Speaker, Facilitator and Idealizer Meetings, Training and Social Solutions. It is also Co-founder of the International Social Project and National non-profitable Association, A Liter of Light Brazil.
Jill Xu, Research Manager, Maximum Employment Marketing Group: JiaYin. Xu (Jill) is born and grow up in Shanghai, China. Research manager of Maximum Employment Marketing Group. She has been, has been devoted to employer branding industry adversing for almost 6 years, worked for leading employer clients such as Yum! Brands, Shell, Porsche, Novartis, Stora Enso, and American Express.
Loves travelling to meet different people and experience different culture. Recently get addicted to swimming and cycling.
Pooja Nagesh Manik, MBA China Europe International Business School: Driven by impact, Pooja is passionate about sustainability & social enterprises. With experiences in a startup social enterprise & a global manufacturing firm, she has developed a range of skills in project management & operations. Opportunities to live, study & work in India, Canada, USA, China & Spain (at present) have exposed her to multiple cultures & people from diverse backgrounds.
At present, Pooja is pursuing her MBA in order to gain the theoretical knowledge, business skills and leadership abilities to build a career in the field of strategy & sustainability, She hopes to combine her knowledge, skills & experiences to maximize her impact.
Jing Gu, Executive Assistant ABN Amro: I was born in Shanghai in 1988 and had my undergraduate study in Fudan University. In 2009, I participated in Exchange Aboard Program and studied in UCSB for half a year in United States.
I graduated from Fudan University in 2011 and joined Bank of China as Relationship Manager in Corporate Finance.
In May 2014, I joined ABN AMRO Shanghai Rep Office, to assist Chief Representative and Project Team to upgrade our Rep Office into a branch.
Ghada Hassan, Junior Brand Manager Danone Nutricia Early Life Nutrition: I am 24 years old, graduated in 2011 from the German University in Cairo with a BA in Science in Management with a double concentration in Economics and Innovation Technology Management. I’ve been doing sports all my life, moved from one to the other till I found Crossfit, which became one of my true passions. I joined Danone Nutricia in 2012, as part of the Graduate Program. My first project was in Trade Marketing in Egypt, second was in Human Resources also in Egypt, and the last one was in Supply Chain in Switzerland. After a year and half of rotations I found my way to my current position as a Junior Brand Manager. The experience has been diverse and challenging and I am looking forward to see what the future brings.
Omar Monsif, Graduate Program Project Associate Danone: I was Born in Egypt. I have a bachelor degree in pharmacy class 2011. Was the R&D head for SIFE NGO @ M.U.S.T University 2011. Started working as a medical representative for Abbott Nutrition, Then moved to Danone Nutricia KSA. After that I was chosen to be part of Danone Gradate Program starting Sep. 2013. Did a Market research project in Kuwait , A CSR project in Egypt and currently working with R&D in Dubai. I enjoy traveling, exploring new cultures and meeting new people, I lived in 6 countries and have been to 9 countries.
Lucile Danglas, Research Assistant IESE Business School: From Paris to Barcelona, with amazing stopovers in Montreal, Milan, Mumbai and La Paz, I have learnt about economics, management, policies and business; about health care, agriculture and education; and also about hiking high, making wine and breaking bones. Beyond, I have fallen in love with People, and I have decided to make People the heart of my initiatives. I now work in healthcare and innovation management and I am passionate about social enterprises with a deep and lasting impact on People around the world. I am a global dreamer and I believe that together we can make a change.
Anne-Gaëlle Sterlin, Senior Buyer, Kimberly-Clark
Janis Tong, Head of Administration and Development Good Lab: Janis is the Head of Programme and Development at The Good Lab, Hong Kong’s first social innovation hub for aspiring social entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds. Her roles include connecting individual and startup members to mentors and potential partners for their social business ideas, and facilitating workshops, tours and training programmes for tri-sector participants through the Good Lab Social Innovation Academy. She is also an enthusiast in marathon, cycling and traveling.
Esmée Dorpmans, Business Manager Human Resources ABN Amro: I am Esmée Dorpmans and I studied Biology & Science Based Business before starting my traineeship at ABN AMRO Bank. I worked as an internal auditor for 3.5 years with focus on Corporate Banking. Next to my work I did a post-doc in Finance and Control. Right after handing in my thesis one year ago, I moved to Hong Kong to work as a Business Manager for Human Resources within the Hong Kong branch of ABN AMRO Bank. The past year has been, without a doubt, the best of my life. To work in a different culture is something I can recommend to anyone.
Kalpesh Gawali, Business Analyst Infozech:
– Working as a Business Analyst in energy and marketing domain at Infozech Software private limited (Delhi, India).
– MBA (Energy and Finance) with Electrical Engineering background
– 2nd Youngest certified climate leader in India trained by Mr. Al Gore (Former US vice president and Nobel laureate)
– Won ‘Young Leader Delegate Award for Best Energy Policy Proposal’ from Masdar (Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company)
– Won 7+ awards, published 10+ research papers and represented India in 10+ conferences on different national and international platform
Nindya Miesye Agita Pasaribu, Student University of Indonesia: Many young adults in Indonesia lacked access to the resources and opportunities for personal and professional development. So, with a tagline, “Going Global, Being Indonesian,” Gita created a media portal on Twitter in 2011, Tweet kuliah, specifically to connect young job-hunters with employment opportunities nationally and worldwide as well as to inform them of activities and events to support their academic experience through NGOs and governmental programs for personal and professional development. She was invited to participate in the UNESCO Youth Desk Workshop, “Engage, Ensure, Encourage, Empower” in Jakarta. 2012 was a busy year for Gita. She was selected as Indonesia’s delegate to the “Young Women’s International Leadership Summit” in Munich, Germany, and also as a delegate from Indonesia for the International Youth Forum in New Delhi, India. She was also selected as a Youth Representative from Indonesia for the Global Youth Forum in Bali, Indonesia. In 2013, she was selected as an official delegate of Indonesia Youth Forum and to participate with the Indonesian delegation in Asia Pacific Week held at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia, Hansen Summer Institute on Leadership and International Cooperation at University of San Diego and JENESYS 2.O Science and Technology Programme in Japan.
Whether Gita ultimately focuses on law, education, or as a social entrepreneur in fashion, she is an unstoppable young woman.
Indira Nuranissa Ardiwidjaya, Corporate Responsibility Officer Multi Bintang Indonesia: Held a degree in Marketing Communications and also corporate communications. currently working as corporate responsibility officer within the last 2 years in Multi Bintang, a reputable beverage company with portfolio brand ls Bintang Beer, Heineken®, Bintang Radler, Green Sands and Bintang Zero. Prior working as a corporate responsibility officer, she held some positions in marketing communication and public relations.
Akpana Ahukannah, Sourcing Innovations Project Manager Nigerian Breweries: My name is Akpana Ahukannah and I am from Nigeria. I work with Heineken in the Nigerian Operating company (NB Plc), and have also been on international assignment at the Head office in Amsterdam 2 years ago. My background is in Human Resources and Project management though my current role has availed me the opportunity of delving into innovations. I turned 30 this year and is married with a 2 year old daughter. My hobbies include travel, literature and music… in no particular order.
Peter Okeugo, Journalist PUNCH: 27-year-old PETER OKEUGO is a Nigerian journalist with PUNCH Nigeria Limited, (publishers of PUNCH Newspapers). With a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Planning, and Basic Certificate in Leadership, he is the founder of newly-formed Help A Child, a philanthropy cause. He is passionate about leadership, poor children and change. He loves to meet people, interact with them and learn from them.
Hafeezah van der Ross, Student – Bachelor of Business Science (BBusSc) Finance Honours With Economics Level 3, University of Cape Town: My name is Hafeezah Begum Van der Ross and I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m a recent graduate at the University of Cape Town where I completed a Business Science Finance Honours Bachelors degree. What brought me to the GLC was my involvement with my universities society Educational division of The Students Health and Welfare Centre’s Organisation (SHAWCO), which is a student-run Educational NGO operating in Cape Town. My interests include education systems and entrepreneurship.
Elise Lufting, Analyst Private Equity FMO: Originally I am from the Netherlands, I have studied at the University of Amsterdam were I completed the Bachelor Economics & Business and the Master of Science in Business Economics. Afterwards I started the Commercial Banking Traineeship at ING were I worked for three years in several departments across the world (UK and Asia). After finalizing the traineeship I realized that social aspects of financing and my drive to create a lasting change have to play a key role in my future career. Therefore I joined FMO’s Private Equity department in June 2013 as an Analyst, mainly focusing on PE Funds and direct investments in Financial Institutions and the Renewable Energy sector in Africa. My responsibilities include portfolio management and monitoring of the Africa portfolio as well as research, due diligence and business development. Currently I am living in Amsterdam; in my “free” time I like travelling, painting, tennis and spending time with family and friends.
Lisanne van Zwol, Co-founder Kromkommer: Born in the Netherlands, grew up close to Rotterdam. Studied at Erasmus University Rotterdam and graduated in Organizational Psychology and General Management. Started a consultancy business with a study companion during my master in Business. Founded Kromkommer after graduating: a social business focused on reducing food waste through saving vegetables that are wasted due to ‘looks’ or overproduction. Involved in Youth Food Movement (part of Slow Food International).
Pim Lausberg, Portfolio Manager ABN AMRO
Pablo Garate, Strategy Consultant Accenture: Pablo is a consultant in Accenture’s Strategy and Sustainability Practice with five years of experience working in the energy sector. He joined Accenture in November, 2011. For the last two years, Pablo has been deployed to one of the leading utilities in the European electricity sector, where he has participating in a variety of strategic and transformational projects related to Sales and Marketing departments. In February 2014, Accenture elected Pablo to participate in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Future Leaders Program 2014. This program aims to enrich Pablo’s capacities and competencies in the Sustainability field and will enable him to share his knowledge and experience with other key industry players. Prior to joining Accenture, Pablo’s professional interests had always been related to the energy area, especially in energy efficiency in buildings and renewable energy fields. Pablo has BA in Industrial Engineering , Public University of Navarre
Ole Oberste Berghaus, MSc in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Science Lund University: German born and raised, lived in different countries, now living permanently in Lund, Sweden. As an economist and sustainability scholar by training and intercultural trainer in my spare time, I enjoy travelling the world, discovering foreign and local (sub-)cultures and exploring new innovations. My long lasting UN Youth involvement as well as my interest in foreign policy in general has always enriched my life and gave me the opportunity to meet great leaders of the past and today’s world.
Merve Şensoy, Sustainability Project Developer Ferrero
Phyllis Kong, CSR Project Developer Ferrero: Originally from Hong Kong, I am a Project Developer in raw materials sustainability at Ferrero, an Italian confectionary company. Prior to this relatively new position, I worked in the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Office in Brussels for 1.5 years. After graduated from my Master’s degree in Global Governance and Ethics in London, I respectively joined a UK NGO, the European Commission and a public affairs consultancy as a trainee, all focusing on CSR policy, project communication and stakeholders management. I am particularly interested in human rights, child rights, gender and labour issues. I am currently based in Luxembourg and am a frequent traveler. I enjoy dancing, doing yoga, photography and exploring different cultures during leisure time.
United Arab Emirates
Sarah Ali, Consumer engagement programs manager Danone: Sarah Snowneil Ali is based in Dubai, UAE. Originally from Lebanon where she studied at the American University of Beirut and completed her Bachelors in Business with a Minor degree in English Literature in 2008. Sarah has worked for Danone Baby Nutrition for the last 4 and a half years. She is passionate about people, poetry, reading and writing.
United Arab Emirates
Tarik Alsilwadt, Graduate Associate Danone: I am currently a Graduate Associate at Danone in Dubai, UAE. I graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Any kind of fitness training and travelling are my favourite pastimes. I look forward to one day providing something that will improve the well-being and lives of many people.
Becky Parrish, Account Manager Interface: I work as an Account Manager for Interface, the global manufacturer of carpet tiles. This involves meeting with Architects and Designers to help them select products for their projects, often working toward certain sustainability targets. I have a degree in Biomedical Science and have just started study in my spare time at the Open University within the area of sustainability.
Rachael Everard, Global Sustainability Analyst Rolls-Royce plc: A recent Sustainable Development graduate with a long instilled passion for sustainability – particularly interested in the role of big business is empowering a better future and creating shared value. Since graduating Rachael has been working sustainability in the UK and the US for a global aerospace company, where she is responsible for embedding sustainability within the global supply chain and delivering social innovation projects in select emerging markets.
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Stephanie Dexter, Jr. Brand Manager of Dos Equis beer Heineken USA: Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C., Stephanie – Age 23 – currently lives in New York City where she works for global beer supplier, Heineken. At Heineken, Stephanie manages the advertisement and marketing strategy for Dos Equis, a Mexican beer that is a part of the Heineken USA portfolio—or, as it is perhaps better known around the world: the beer that The Most Interesting Man in the World Drinks (see image). She became interested in sustainability—in particular, water conservation—when she interned with her county’s Department of Public Works and saw, first-hand, the significant resources required to keep a population’s water supply safe. The experience was extremely impactful on Stephanie, as it helped her realize the luxuries that she was taking for granted, and since then she has been interested in educating and improving organizations’ water conservation practices.
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Andrew Amis, CEO Village Innovators: Andrew Amis is CEO of Village Innovators, a not-for-profit investing in homegrown technologies and social enterprises in East Africa. A Truman Scholar, Andrew studied chemical engineering and history at Rice University and exponential technologies at Singularity University’s Graduate Studies Program. He is also a percussionist.