Karla Wheelock

Conference Speaker Karla Wheelock by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Mexican mountaineer and expert on teams, leadership, high performance and overcoming challenges
  • Bestselling author and first Ibero-American woman to reach the highest mountain peak on each continent
  • Member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Communication Committee

Karla Wheelock is a famed Mexican climber. She has dedicated her professional life to linking high-performance sports with excellent performance in the corporate environment through motivation, training, and the development of people in leadership positions.

She is also vastly involved with environmental and social causes concerning the younger generation. Her appointments as General Director of W Consultores and as President of the KW foundation have allowed her to lead projects with a positive impact on entrepreneurs and young people for more than twenty years.

A member of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Communication Committee, Karla Whitlock has been able to keep up with initiatives on the care and conservation of the environment. She is also a National Councilor of Scouts and a member of  Women for the Conservation of CAPLAC. Her work life has seen her work in different public institutions, including the Presidency of the Republic, the National Women’s Institute, and the Ministry of Commerce and Industrial Development. She has also made vast inroads in the private sector.

Concerning her education, Karla Wheelock obtained a law degree from the Autonomous University of Coahuila. She also sports a Master’s degree in Socio-Environmental Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Environmental Law and Public Policy. The Inter-American Senate awarded her a Doctor Honoris Causa in 2017.

An avid mountaineer, Karla Wheelock became the first Ibero-American woman to climb the highest mountain peak on each continent in 2005. She was also the first Latin American to reach the top of Mount Everest via the northern slope. She achieved this remarkable feat in 1999. Besides winning various awards in recognition of her achievements, she is also a bestselling author who, in recent years, has promoted various projects involving children. She aims to help develop sustainable ethical leaders.

Karla Wheelock currently works for W Consultores as a consultant and lecturer. The company aims to train and deliver talks to various government entities, universities, and businesses across the globe. She is also involved in projects on environmental education, leadership development, and the empowerment of women.

Karla Wheelock – Speaker

A sought-after conference speaker, Karla Wheelock focuses on merging what she has learned as a successful mountaineer with business, environmental responsibility, and entrepreneurship. She lives in Mexico City and speaks and presents in Spanish, English, and Italian.

Speaker Topics

  • Reach the Top: Karla Wheelock converses on the concepts of leadership, teamwork, and empowerment and how they relate to what she learned during her Everest ascent. “Making a summit” is a metaphor used to analyze the performance of human behavior, individual and collective, in business and personal life. Aspects covered during her delivery include:
  1. What are the main objectives and actions of a team leader to ensure that all the innovation potential emerges in his collaborators?
  2. What makes the difference between a team with low performance and productivity and a team that achieves amazing results?
  3. What actions of the leader and the team generate value for customers, employees, and shareholders, who expect, in turn, to satisfy some need through the performance of that team?
  • Exploring the Limits: The talk focuses on the adaption of work teams within organisations that have situations that require high commitment. Resilience, risk and crisis management, commitment to a team, adaptation to change, responsibility, breaking paradigms, and setting objectives will be key pieces to achieving goals in a world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. Throughout this presentation, and by listening to the analogies of the experiences that for almost 30 years Karla Wheelock has learned in the different ascents in the highest mountains in the world, she shares the tools needed to find the mentality required in a terrain of constant innovation and evolution.
  • How High Do You Want to Go? This talk sees Karla Wheelock address the concerns and uncertainties resulting from the current social contingency that we are going through as humanity. She makes an analogy that highlights the abilities of the human being that are key for us to achieve our own goals, regardless of the existence of difficult conditions. At the same time, we accompany Karla Wheelock’s ascent process to the highest peaks of each continent.
  • Women at the Top: The objective of this presentation is to promote the empowerment of women through the bases and foundations of international organisations such as the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) that were specifically expressed at the III Congress of Protected Areas in Latin America and the Caribbean (Lima, 2019), a committee where Karla Wheelock is a member. These proposals meet the objectives and priorities of the role of women in Latin America, such as changing the perspective, ensuring our rights, materializing equity, and recognising the contribution of all parties involved. By listening to this talk, which relates the aforementioned aspects to nature conservation, attendees take with them the key elements to get to know each other.
  • We Are All Nature: This talk motivates us to recognise in us the elements of nature for its conservation and achievement of goals. In this conference an analogy is made that highlights the elements of NATURE that are key for people to achieve their own goals, regardless of the existence of extreme conditions or limited resources. We share how and why nature is the great teacher. By recognising ourselves as part of it and learning from it, we discover all those aspects that we already have and with which we will seek to potentiate our leadership. This conference deals with tools that will allow us to recognise ourselves as part of an ecosystem because #TodosSomosNaturalezaKW
  • The White Giant: A motivational talk where the experiences lived in the 7 expeditions to the Antarctic continent are shared. In these expeditions, an “exceptional team” work program was developed, which could be defined as one that, together with obtaining exceptional results, achieves an exceptional coexistence among its members, makes them feel satisfied and motivated while living the process and when they evoke it. subsequently. Manage the commitment of a team that formulates and assumes a shared purpose.
  • ADVENTURE: Motivational talk developed to recognise in each of the attendees their ability to explore the Adventure in each of the personal and professional goals or objectives. In this conference, tools and values ​​are shared that allow us to be prepared for what is to come: ADVENTURE, making an analogy with the key skills and resources in the ascent of the highest mountain on each continent. As well as building resilience in times of change.

Amy Tez

Conference Speaker And Host Amy Tez by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Expert in communications strategy
  • Specialises in differentiated messaging, leadership positioning, and impression management
  • Combines emotional intelligence and strategic application to enhance leadership communication
  • Helps people discover their power to effect change and turn the ordinary into the extraordinary

A force to be reckoned with in the field of communication, Amy Tez helps to effect change and thereby turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. The actress and communication strategy expert graduated from LSE in Economics in 1995 and has a strong interest and background in the business sphere.

Because of her 25 years of acting experience, Amy Tez is uniquely suited to helping people find a powerful, creative voice. She helps people craft a powerful message that, when spoken with conviction and passion, helps you to put your idea across clearly. She essentially gives you the tools to create your vision and tell the perfect story that will navigate challenging conversations and give you the ability to navigate difficult questions.

According to Amy Tez, no matter how brilliant your idea, you will fail in the execution if unable to explain it in a clear, compelling, and persuasive manner. People will not take you seriously if you fail to get the message across. Effective communication and a connection with audiences ensure success.

Her background as an actress as well as her studies in behavioural psychology, which she explains in her talks and training, are efficient tools for getting your message across and spreading your influence.

The course of her career as a communications expert has seen Amy Tez provide sharp, innovative solutions for a variety of clients. Amongst these, she includes start-ups, politicians, established CEOs, and Fortune 50 companies. She advises both regional and international companies across the globe. She has traveled to  the US, UK, Singapore, Turkey, and numerous European countries.

Amy Tez – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Amy Tez delivers interactive, engaging talks that change the way her audiences think, feel, and act. Her unique combination of emotional intelligence and strategic application forms a sophisticated approach to communication as a leader. She lives in the UK and speaks English.

Speaker Topics

  • Speak Like a Leader
  • Compelling Storytelling
  • The Winning Pitch
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Women in the Lead

Esther Duflo

  • Economics expert, Nobel Prize recipient; Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics
  • Focuses on poverty alleviation across the globe
  • Co-founder of J-PAL, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab
  • Successful author

Esther Duflo is a renowned French economist.  She commits her work to find solutions to end poverty and improve the lot of the poor. Her studies focus on microeconomics issues in third-world countries. It encompasses such aspects as health, finance, education, public policies, and general consumption patterns. A Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT), she is also the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics.

Her work and lifetime of dedication to her area of expertise, have seen Esther Duflo receive numerous awards and recommendations. She is the recipient of the Best Young Economist of France Award in 2005, the Bates Clark Medal in 2010, the Dan Davis Prize in 2013, the Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 2015, and the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2019. She received the latter together with her research partners Abhijit Banerjee and Michael Kremer for their work on global poverty issues.

Her experiences as a child in France made her determined to not let her gender define her. A strong student in all her subjects, Esther Duflo developed an interest in global poverty among children at an early age. This led to her desire to become a researcher. As a college student, she volunteered at soup kitchens and a prison. Her move to Moscow, Russia, saw her teach at the Social Science University while studying economic reform.

Esther Duflo earned her master’s degree at the Paris School of Economics and her Ph.D. in Economics at MIT. She quickly learned that poverty traps limit poor people’s opportunities. If these traps were identified and eliminated, one would see a reduction in global poverty. Her professors, Banerjee and Kremer, had started using the experimental method to test theories for poverty reduction. She joined them in their work. They argued that the best approach to such a large issue was by breaking the problem down into smaller pieces. This meant studying the individual factors that contribute to global poverty and conducting experiments to find solutions. By adopting the solutions, policymakers would help alleviate the global poverty problem.

Together with Banerjee, her husband,  Esther Duflo founded J-PAL, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. In 2019, the lab had involved itself in 998 projects spanning 84 countries. The policies developed as a result of their research had impacted the lives of over 450 million people. The initiative led to a Nobel Prize Award.

A successful writer, she has co-authored ‘Poor Economics’ and ‘Good Economics for Hard Times’.

Esther Duflo – Speaker

As a conference speaker of note, Esther Duflo is an excellent speaker on various aspects of both macro- and microeconomics with a particular emphasis on global poverty. She lives in France and speaks and presents in English and French.

Speaking Topics

  • Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty: Esther Duflo is a renowned development economist whose life work has been focused on alleviating global poverty. Join 2019 co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economics, Esther Duflo, in this fascinating talk which aims to answer questions like: Why would a man in Morocco who does not have enough to eat buy a television? Why is it so hard for children in poverty-stricken areas to learn even when they attend school? Why do the poorest people in the Indian state of Maharashtra spend 7 percent of their food budget on sugar? Does having lots of children actually make you poorer? Based on her bestselling book translated into 17 languages and more than fifteen years of research with her husband in dozens of poor countries around the globe, Esther Duflo will highlight the specific problems that come with poverty and offer proven solutions. Duflo argues that too many anti-poverty policies have failed because of a poor understanding of poverty. With an optimistic ending message that poverty can be – and should be won – prof. Duflo will transform the way you think of poverty and help your audience fight for building a better world without it.
  • Social Experiments to Fight Poverty: 2019 Nobel Prize co-recipient winner in Economics, Esther Duflo, has dedicated her life to researching poverty and how it can be fought. Drawing from her more than 15 years of experience and work in dozens of poor countries all over the world, prof. Duflo has come up with social experiments that can successfully fight it. Join Esther Duflo in this fascinating speech to motivate your audience in finding creative and innovative ways of fighting poverty to create a better world for everyone.

Justine Henin

  • Former Belgian World Number One tennis player, entrepreneur, and media consultant
  • Winner of 43 World Tennis Association singles titles
  • Currently, a television consultant who coaches younger players and runs her own tennis academy

Justine Henin is considered one of the greatest female players ever. She placed as the world’s No. 1 female tennis player for 117 weeks and ranked as the top female tennis player in the world in the years 2003, 2006, and 2007. In 2001, she firmly helped establish Belgium as a force in the world of tennis when, together with Kim Clijsters, she led the country to win its first Federation Cup crown.

Justine Henin holds seven Grand Slam titles, i.e., 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2007 French Open, the 2003 and 2007 US Open, and the 2004 Australian Open. Furthermore, she was the Wimbledon runner-up on two occasions, namely in 2001 and 2006. In 2001 she also won gold in the 2004 Olympic Games in the women’s singles and won the WTA Tour Championships in both 2006 and 2006. She has won a total of 43 WTA singles titles.

Because of her innate tennis style that includes vicious volleys and aggressive baseline rallies coupled with powerful, precision playing laced with brilliance and brutality, Justine Henin was dubbed the ‘female Federer’. John McEnroe, another tennis great, described her backhand as “…the most beautiful in the world. Sadly, due to a chronic elbow injury, she had to retire from professional tennis in 2011. Her contribution to the game, however, saw her become the first Belgian tennis player inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

These days a consultant for Eurosport and France Televisions, Justine Henin comments on various tennis Grand Slam Tournaments. She also coaches young tennis players and runs her own tennis academy.

Justine Henin– Speaker

A widely sought-after speaker, Justine Henin frequently speaks at company functions, business circles, and professional associations on a variety of relatable topics. During her talks, she shares her journey to the top of her sport, embellishing her talks with personal examples and anecdotes. She lives in Belgium and speaks English and French.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership
  • High performance
  • Resilience
  • Stress management
  • Surpassing yourself
  • Commitment

Abassia Rahmani

  • Swiss Paralympic blade runner athlete
  • Overcame adversity after losing both her legs due to bacterial meningitis complications
  • Started competing against other para-athletes five years after losing her legs
  • Won her first medal at the Para European Championship in 2016

Abassia Rahmani is Switzerland’s first female blade runner. The first time she tried to run with blades gave her back the sense of freedom she had last felt before losing both her legs when she was only sixteen years old. Two years after gaining this sense of freedom, she took part in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics. She crossed the 200m finish line with a time of 27.86 seconds, narrowly missing the bronze medal.

Abassia Rahmani, whose father had moved to Switzerland from Algeria, was born in Zurich but grew up with her older brother in a small Swiss village. She participated in various sports from an early age. These include snowboarding, athletics, horse riding, and gymnastics. Sadly, in 2009, she contracted bacterial meningitis and had to have both her legs amputated below the knee as a result. She did not allow this to rule her life, however. She took started competing with other para-athletes only five years later, winning her first medal at the Para European Championships in Grosseto in 2016. This achievement was shortly followed by placing fourth in the Rio de Janeiro Paralympics.

A commerce graduate fluent in multiple languages, Abassia Rahmani worked in international sales until 2018 when she started her professional sports career besides studying sports management.

Although she spends most of her time at the track or in the gym, Abassia Rahmani has a balanced lifestyle and enjoys time taking part in action sports, spending time with her family and friends, or listening to music and going to concerts. She is also an avid reader and loves traveling.

Abassia Rahmani – Speaker

As a speaker, Abassia Rahmani tells the story of how she overcame her disability and how she went about doing so. She lives in Switzerland and speaks German, French, and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Adapt in the face of adversity
  • Resilience – Adapt to change
  • Overcoming the limits of your disability
  • Teamwork
  • How to reach and maintain top performance
  • Knowing your limits

Denise Lee Yohn

  • Expert in achieving brand leadership
  • Influential bestselling author on business and branding
  • Serves on various boards and received multiple honours and awards
  • Enjoys hiking, flying a helicopter, and dancing with a professional ballet company

Denise Lee Yohn is a leading brand leadership expert. An influential bestselling author, she has authored several books that have received raving reviews. She enjoys the challenges regarding out-of-the-box thinking to gain brand leadership.

A regular contributor to various magazines like the Harvard Business Review and Forbes, Denise Lee Yohn is a sought-after writer for various publications. Her articles have appeared in, amongst many others, Entrepreneur, Seeking Alpha, and QSR Magazine. Her expert view on hot business topics has seen her appear in various news media. These include The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and CNBC.

Denise Lee Yohn cultivated her unique approach to brand building by holding several high-level positions in advertising and marketing. She served as Burger King and Land Rover’s chief strategist. She was also the marketing leader at Unilever and served as an analyst of Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. At Sony Electronic Inc., Denise Lee Yohn headed the company’s first band office. Her time there saw her the recipient of various corporate awards as brand and strategy vice president and general manager.

Denise Lee Yohn started serving her clients as an independent consulting partner in 2004.

Her work with some of the world’s most prestigious organisations has seen Denise Lee Yohn awarded various awards and accolades from, amongst others, the American Marketing Association, HOW Magazine, Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics Inc., and the Financial Communications Society.

When not consulting, writing, or speaking, Denise Lee Yohn serves as the Founding Director of Faith & Work Journey. She is also a board member or serves on the advisory board of Cameron House, the Millennium Alliance, and the World Brand Congress. She is also one of CONNECT’s Most Innovative New Product Awards finalist selection committee members and a TEDxSanDiego brand director.

Regarding her free time, Denise Lee Yohn has hiked to the Everest Base Camp, dances with a professional ballet company, and flies a helicopter.

Denise Lee Yohn – Speaker

Her expertise and personal approach have seen Denise Lee Yong become an in-demand speaker. She inspires business leaders to build great brands and exceptional organisations. Amongst her many audiences, she includes various conferences such as TEDx, The Art of Marketing, Sustainable Brands, and the Consumer Electronics Show. She has also addressed corporate events for NFL, Facebook, Lexus, and various others. She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Brand Leadership: How to Build a Rock Star Brand: You know how great brands dominate their fields. You experience it every time you pay a premium for a certain type of jeans or see a line of people camping out to catch the newest smartphone release. Denise shows you how to achieve rock star brand status. Drawing from case studies, analyses, and interviews with executives from the world’s leading brands, she shows you what great brands do and how to achieve the kind of brand leadership that everyone — from customers to employees to investors — wants a piece of.
  • The FUSION Formula: Brand + Culture = Results: Forget everything you think you know about workplace culture! You do not need perks and parties. You need engaged employees who produce the right results and help you build a great brand. Denise shows you how to infuse your culture with your core brand values and align your people with your unique brand identity, so you produce a healthy organisation and a valuable brand.
  • Ignite Experience: Fuse CX and EX to Drive Your Growth: Customer experience is the new competitive battlefield where customer loyalty is won or lost. And among employees, the war for talent is intensifying. How do you win on both fronts? Denise shows you how to align and integrate your employee and customer experiences—and unleash their combined power to fuel your growth.
  • Extraordinary Experiences: How to Win Customers’ Hearts and Dollars: How do some companies break through the clutter; compete with bigger, better-resourced competitors, and manage to grow and thrive when so many others fail? They earn customer love and loyalty through extraordinary experiences. Denise gives you the complete blueprint for creatively designing and consistently delivering customer experiences that win over customers for life. Learn how to get the edge that everyone else wants and excel at customer experience.
  • What Great Salespeople: Do If you are worried about how the role of sales and selling is changing, you need to know what the best salespeople do to succeed in this new business environment. Denise shows you that great salespeople do what great brands do. She explains how to innovate – not imitate, how to create extraordinary experiences that embody your brand, and how to cultivate strong, emotional connections with customers. You will be inspired to engage with clients in new ways that cut out competitors and create long-term business success. Learn why and how the most effective salespeople operate as brand evangelists – and how you too can win the new sales game.
  • Ready & Resilient: Leadership For Now & Next — how to navigate the way work and business have changed and lead your organisation to greatness
  • Employee Experience Disrupted: The New Rules for Workforce Engagement — how to ensure your workforce is engaged and productive today and ready for tomorrow
  • Brand Leadership: How to Breakthrough, Blaze New Trails, and Build a Great Brand — how to achieve brand leadership in today’s competitive markets


Ines Yabar

  • Peruvian sustainability activist and Senior Global Campaigns Coordinator
  • The Peruvian government shared her work on television and radio during the COVID crises
  • Youth Power Manager for Restless Development
  • Mentors teams who found solutions for education issues in Nigeria and India

Ines Yabar is a Peruvian sustainability activist and Senior Global Campaigns Coordinator who started involvement in solutions for plastic pollution from an early age. She believes she needs to be an administrator for the planet.

Having started working with L.O.O.P. as a volunteer while still at school, she engaged in beach cleanups, gave speeches, and raised awareness about the plastic pollution crises in our oceans. Although much has been done since then, Ines Yabar feels certain more should be done. As a result, she focuses on making people aware of the problem and sharing solutions to address it at the source.

As a young sustainability journalist, Ines Yabar makes voices heard to encourage others to follow suit concerning environmental sustainability. She was recently part of the Peruvian delegation to the Madrid COP25. This was an opportunity to understand the complexity of decision-making and allowed her to be better informed for further fieldwork.

According to Ines Yabar, “It is not because we cannot do everything that we should do nothing. We should always do something, anything.”

The Peruvian government, during the COVID crisis, shared much of her work in the public education system called “Aprendo en Casa” broadcast on national radio and television stations to educate people on environmental issues.

Currently the Global youth Power Manager for Restless Development, Ines Yabar helps young people achieve more than a just and sustainable world and sits on the leadership team. She led the Youth Power Hacks helping young people find solutions to issues identified in their communities in 2021. These days she also mentors teams who found solutions for education issues in Nigeria and India.

Ines Yabar – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Ines Yabar has addressed, amongst others, the TEDCountdown, UN Youth Envoy, the United Nations, the UN SDG Action Campaign, and Plan International UK & COP26. She lives in Peru and speaks Spanish, English, and French.

Speaking Topics

  • Sustainability
  • Data governance, regulation, and smart city sustainability
  • Protection of the marine ecosystem
  • Education
  • Action against the use of plastics

Courtney Tracy

  • ‘The Truth Doctor” – Therapist turned accidental influencer with a following of millions
  • Renowned psychotherapist, healthcare entrepreneur, clinical social worker, creator, writer, speaker, and activist
  • Podcast host of “The Truth Doctor”
  • Recipient of numerous awards for her contribution to health and wellness

Dr. Courtney Tracy is known as “The Truth Doctor”. A well-known psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker, she is a healthcare entrepreneur, creator, writer, and activist. She is also a sought-after speaker with her own podcast.

After completing her A.A. in Liberal Arts with an Emphasis on mathematics and science, a B.A. in Psychology, a Masters in Social Work, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology by the age of 29 years, Courtney Tracy received her independent licensure from California’s Board of Behavioural Sciences.

While busy with her doctorate, Courtney Tracy founded her first full-service multidisciplinary treatment centre and non-profit community housing facility. She took on the position of CEO. A family trauma in 2019 saw her start her podcast “The Truth Doctor” where she shares her own struggles while normalising the meaning of what it means to be a human being.

Dr. Courtney has managed to achieve what takes many a lifetime within a few short years. Her efforts have seen her the recipient of numerous awards and accolades. These include that of ‘Wellness Influencer of the Year’ at the 2021 American Influencer Awards and ‘The Best Health Strategy’ and ‘Best Leader of the Year’ at the Anthem Awards where she came second in both. The next year saw her nominated for two Webby Awards. These were for’ Education & Discovery’, and ‘Health, Wellness, & Lifestyle’. She was also nominated for a Shorty Award in ‘Fitness, Health & Wellness’ in the same year.

Courtney Tracy – Speaker

As a sought-after speaker, and through her work, Courtney Tracy has two objectives in mind. She wishes to teach about how the body and mind work through psychoeducation and to destigmatize mental health in all sectors of human existence. She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • How the body and mind work through psychoeducation
  • How to destigmatize mental health in all sectors of the human existence

Melati Wijsen

Conference Speaker Melati Weijsen by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Changemaker, movement builder, and climate activist
  • Co-founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags
  • Star of Bigger Than Us which premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival
  • Founder of One Island One Voice, Mountain Mamas, and YOUTHTOPIA

Although still young, Melati Wijsen has packed years of experience into her short life. The Indonesian/Dutch full-time changemaker and activist founded the youth-driven movement Bye Bye Plastic Bags with her younger sister in 2013. She was only twelve years old at the time.

From there Melati Wijsen went on to start the people movement One Island One Voice as well as Mountain Mamas, a social enterprise.

TIME honoured the social entrepreneur who graduated from high school a year early by naming her one of the most influential teens in the world. Melati Wijsen is also one of CNN’s Heroes Young Wonders and on the Forbes 30 under 30 list.

A social entrepreneur, Melati Wijsen has co-chaired the World Economic Forum GPAP committee, sat on the inaugural Expert Advisory Panel for the Earthshot Prize, and had her film Bigger Than Us premier at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival. The experience garnered during the making of the film fueled her love for hosting and navigating through other people’s stories.

In 2020, Melati Wijsen launched her latest company YOUTHTOPIA on the stage of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The company focuses on youth empowerment through short and meaningful programmes. With YOUTOPIA, she has started a new series where she hosts conversations with changemakers across the globe.

Melati Wijsen – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Melati Wijsen has spoken on various world stages. These include TED and the UN. She talks about various subjects that focus on women, change, sustainability, youth, and the circular economy. She lives in Indonesia and presents in English.

Speaker Topics

  • Youth Empowerment
  • Education
  • Women in Leadership
  • Change
  • Sustainability
  • Circular Economy

Susana Malcorra

Conference Speaker Susana Malcorra by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Former Under-Secretary of the UN and Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General
  • Currently a senior advisor at IE University
  • Former Argentinian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship
  • Expert in leadership, management, sustainability, and geopolitics

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship in Argentina until 2017. After stepping down from this position, she became Minister Advisor to the Argentinian president until the end of that year. She presided, during this time, over the Eleventh WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires.

Susana Malcorra has twenty-five years of experience in the private sector. She worked at IBM, later transitioning to Telecom Argentina where she became the CEO. In 2002, however, she decided to seek other opportunities in non-profit organisations.

Joining the United Nations World Food Programme in 2004, she quickly made headway in the organisation. By 2008, she was appointed as Under-Secretary of the newly created Department of Field Support. Susanna Malcorra was in charge of providing logistics, communications, financial support services, and personnel to the various UN peacekeeping operations across the globe. April of 2012 saw Susanna Malcorra become Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General at the time Ban Ki-moon.

Besides her lengthy career in the private business sector, Susana Malcorra has gained invaluable experience in the diplomatic field. Her experience from this time includes her handling of a wide range of activities that include the handling of difficult negotiations in conflict situations, and the approval of financial, strategic, and budgetary issues. Issues pertinent to her job were the coordination of missions to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons and responding to the West African Ebola crisis.

Susana Malcorra – Speaker

After leaving the Government of the Republic of Argentina, Ms. Malcorra has been linked to numerous think tanks, foundations and NGOs related to issues of democracy, world government, leadership and gender. In addition, she is one of the founders of the Global Women Leaders Voices for Change and Inclusion initiative and is the advisor to numerous companies and non-profit organizations.

Susana is fully dedicated to the ideals of democracy, sustainability, international trade, and multilateralism, Susana Malcorra is frequently asked to speak at various high-profile functions. A successful author, she feels women’s leadership and empowerment are matters at the centre of everything she does. She resides in Spain and is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership and Management: Based on the principles that I have laid out in my recent book:  Passion for the Bottom Line (soon to be published in English).
  • Geopolitics: A bird’s eye view of the world with a special focus on the region I come from, Latin America.
  • Sustainability: Connecting how this agenda impacts the long-term view of different stakeholders, from governments to business to civil society.

All of this with a cross-cutting emphasis on the Role of Women in the XXI Century

Meredith Whittaker

Conference Speaker Meredith Whittaker by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Expert on the social implications of AI
  • Minderoo Research Professor at New York University
  • Founder of Google’s Open Research Group and co-founder of the AI Now Institute
  • Advisor to governments and civic organisations on all things related to AI and the internet

Meredith Whittaker is the Minderoo Research Professor at New York University. She is also the founder of the Google Open Research Group and co-founder of the AI Now Institute.

With regards to her research and focus, Meredith Whittaker looks at the social implications of AI and the tech industry responsible for it. Her particular emphasis is on the power and the political economy that drives the commercialisation of computational technology.

Meredith Whittaker worked at Google for more than ten years before taking up her position at New York University. Her time there saw her lead product and engineering teams, found Google’s Open Research Group, and co-found M-Lab. M-Lab is a globally distributed network measurement platform that provides the world’s largest source of data on internet performance. She also worked on privacy and security issues and helped provide funding, strategy, and supports to efforts that provided privacy from both governments and large tech companies.

While at Google, Meredith Whittaker also helped lead labor organizing. She was one of the core organisers to push back against the company’s military contracts, their limited response to AI and its potentially harmful effects, and was a central organiser of the Google Walkout.

These days Meredith Whittaker continues working with organisers in technology with the belief that collective actions are necessary to ensure meaningful tech accountability. This is especially the case with concentrated industrial power.

Meredith Whittaker has, throughout her career, advised the White House, the FCC, the City of New York, the European Parliament, and many diverse governments and civil society organizations on AI, internet policy, measurements, privacy, and security.

Meredith Whittaker – Conference Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Meredith Whittaker has a vast knowledge of all things relating to AI and its various pros and cons. She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaker Topics

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Internet Policy
  • Internet Privacy
  • Internet Security

Helena Gualinga

Conference Speaker Helena Gualinga by Promotivate Speaker Agency
  • Ecuadorian environmental and human rights activist
  • Sarayaku Indigenous community spokesperson
  • Exposes the conflict between Indigenous communities and oil companies
  • Co-founder of Polluters Out who stars in a documentary detailing her teaching the Sarayaku way of life

The daughter of an Indigenous Ecuadorian mother and Finnish Professor, Helena Gualinga was born into the Indigenous Kichwa Sarayaku community in Pastaza, Ecuador. She comes from a family of activists, with her mother the former president of the Kichwa Women’s Association, an older activist sister, and an aunt and grandmother Indigenous women’s human rights defenders. Helena spent her childhood between Ecuador and Finland.

Helena Gualinga had witnessed her family’s persecution for standing up to big oil companies and their environmental impact on Indigenous land. Many of her community’s leaders and even family members lost their lives in violent conflicts against these large corporations and the government.

Helena Gualinga sees her upbringing as an opportunity. She has become the Sarayaku Indigenous community spokesperson. As an activist, she continuously exposes the conflict between the Indigenous community and oil corporations. This she does by spreading an empowering message to youths attending local Ecuadorian schools. She also continuously brings her message to the international community, hoping policymakers will take note.

Her message includes the impact of deforestation of the Amazon on Indigenous communities and how they experience climate change. This includes increasing forest fires, desertification, the quicker melting of snow on the higher mountain peaks, and the prevalence of disease due to flooding. In 2019, she took part in a demonstration with other young environmental activists outside the UN headquarters in New York City during the UN Climate Action Summit.

Helena Gualinga has also taken part in the COP25 held in Madrid, Spain. There, she spoke about her concerns about the Ecuadorian government’s authorisation for oil extraction in traditionally indigenous areas. She also mentioned her disappointment in her government claiming an interest in the protection of the Amazon instead of attending to the demands of Indigenous Amazon women brought to the government in 2019 during the Ecuadorian protest actions taking place. Her talk also mentioned her disappointment regarding world leaders who had no interest in discussing the topics brought to the conference by Indigenous people.

Together with Isabella Fallahi and Ayisha Siddiqa, Helena Gualinga founded Polluters Out. The aim of the organisation is the fossil fuel industry and was founded in response to the failing COP25. They want the UN to refuse fossil fuel corporation funding for COP16.

The plight of Helena Gualinga and her people is encapsulated in the documentary ‘Helena Sarayaku Manta’, i.e., Helena of Sarayaku. The documentary highlights her life relating to the teaching of the Sarayaku way of living. It premiered at the 2022 Environmental Film Festival in Ecuador’s capital city. The same year saw her, and her sister featured in Revista Hogar Magazine, with their photographs on the magazine’s cover. It was the first time that an Indigenous woman was featured on the cover. She has also been featured in Vogue magazine.

Helena Gualinga – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Helena Gualinga talks about various aspects of conservation, the impact of large companies on the environment, and human rights issues. She is mainly based in Ecuador and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • The need for nature conservation
  • The impact of large corporations on the environment
  • Human rights issues


Sharon Gai

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  • Chinese-Canadian eCommerce, digital marketing, and branding expert
  • Global Shaper in the World Economic Forum China chapter
  • Advisor to many governments and large corporations
  • Author of “Ecommerce Reimagined: what we can learn in retail and eCommerce from China”.

Sharon Gai has more than ten years of experience in eCommerce, digital marketing, and branding. Born in China, she immigrated to Canada while still young. Her inability to communicate with her new compatriots bred in her skills like adaptability, resilience, and creativity. This led to her outstanding ability to communicate with those of both the East and West. A Global Shaper in the World Economic Forum’s China chapter, she sports an Honours’  degree in International Development and a Masters in Information Management from McGill and Columbia University, respectively.

Sharon Gai started out in e-commerce at a Fortune 500 systems integrator. Her job involved enabling SMBs to order computer hardware online. She was soon selected to be a part of the Alibaba Global Leadership Academy. The brainchild program of Jack Ma, the Academy has a 0.3% acceptance rate and hires global leaders to increase the business group’s global reach.

Her tenure at Tmall, the largest eCommerce platform in China, saw Sharon Gai advise large emerging internet brands to craft their digital marketing and online e-commerce strategies in China. She has also served as Tmall’s Head of Global Key Accounts where she provided leadership in omnichannel strategies for such large corporations like Adidas, P&G, H&M, and numerous others.

Besides her word and speaking engagements, Sharon Gai has authored “Ecommerce Reimagined: what we can learn in retail and eCommerce from China”. The book, published in 2022, has thus far been favourably received.

Sharon Gai – Speaker

With regard to her speaking career, Sharon Gai has delivered keynotes at more than one hundred eCommerce and retail conferences. Amongst these, she includes Ecomworld, Ecommerce Asia, and Etail. She has also presented to governments, and heads of state, and appeared on various media. These include CCTV, Retail Asia, The Next Web, Singularity University, and TechCrunch. She resides in China and presents in English and Chinese.

Speaking Topics

  • Ecommerce and marketing in China
  • Boost sales using live streaming
  • How SMEs can sell in China
  • Latest updates on the eCommerce trend in China
  • Selling to the world’s largest consumer market

Amaya Valdemoro

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  • Most capped woman in basketball history
  • Double Olympian
  • Current television personality in Spain
  • Member of the Spanish national basketball team for 18 years

A former Spanish basketball player, Amaya Valdemoro won three Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) championships. These were with the Houston Comets. She also one a EuroLeague championship, eight Spanish leagues, and a Russian Premier League. She was nominated as the Russian League Player of the Year in 2006.

Amaya Valdemoro took part in two Olympics, the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, and the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. She went on to win a bronze medal at the FIBA World Championship in 2010, as well as five medals in the women’s EuroBasket. One of these, in 2013, was gold.

Amaya Valdemoro made her debut in the Spanish league, aged sixteen, in 1992. She went on to help her team win the 1992-1993 EuroLeague. The next season saw her team runners up. Joining Pool Getafe, she managed to help her club win league and title cups in 1997 and 1998. In 1998, Amaya Valdemoro and Pool Getafe placed as runner ups in the 1993 EuroLeague.

Joining the Huston Comments, she went on to win three consecutive championships. These were in 1998, 1999, and 2000. Returning home to Spain, she joined Ros Casares. The team won two leagues and three cup titles. In 2004, she spent a brief time with Unimed/Americana, a Brazilian Team.

The period 2005 – 2008 saw Amaya Valdemoro playing basketball in Russia. She spent three seasons in the Russian Premier League. Her first Russian team was BC Volgaburmash, after which she joined CSKA Moscow. Her time in Russia saw her win one league and three cups.

Upon her return to Ros Casares in Spain, The team won back-to-back league and cup titles in 2009 and 2010. They were also the EuroLeague runners-up in the 2009-2010 championship. After this, she spent two seasons playing for Rivas Ecopolis. The club won the 2011 Spanish cup and the EuroLeague Final.

She retired from the national team in 2013.

These days Amaya Valdemoro is a commentator on the EuroLeague for ACB and a commentator on the Elegidos programme of Canal+.

Amaya Valdemoro – Speaker

Amaya Valdemoro was a member of the senior Spanish basketball team for a total of 18 years. She is the most capped player in the sport and has participated in two Olympics, four World Championships, and eight European Championships.

As a speaker, Amaya Valdemoro uses real-life experiences to talk about various aspects relating to motivation, leadership, teamwork, women in sports, and overcoming adversity. She lives in Spain and presents in English and Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Working for success
  • Teamwork
  • Overcoming adversity

Gemma Mengual

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  • Human capital, motivation, and leadership speaker
  • ‘The Mermaid’ – Considered the best-synchronised swimmer of all times
  • Spanish synchronised swimming team artistic director
  • Considered one of Spain’s most successful athletes ever

Nicknamed ‘The Mermaid’, Gemma Mengual, a Spanish synchronized swimmer, is considered the best in the world ever and a global leader in her speciality. A sporting success in her country, she is the flag athlete of Spanish sport. Her natural beauty and friendly nature have made this minority sport fashionable in her country, with her services constantly sought after by advertising agencies and designers.

These days the artistic director of the Spanish synchronised swimming team, her passion for the sport started at a young age. Her cousin’s influence saw her enrolled at a local club when she was only eight years old.

The sport was the perfect fit for Gemma Mengual. It allowed her to combine her passions for music, dancing, and her love of water. She demonstrated her commitment right from the start. She was willing to put in the effort. Combined with her strong desire to excel, it is no surprise she excelled in the sport, joining the National team in 1992. Although she resigned from active competitions in 2012, she had managed to win 17 gold, 18 silver, and 12 bronze medals. Gemma Mengual had during her career excelled at World Championships, European Championships, and even the Olympic games. She is considered one of Spain’s most successful athletes ever.

Gemma Mengaul had also received many awards and accolades during her synchronised swimming career. Amongst these, she includes Best Spanish Sportswoman in 2005 and the Gold Medal – Royal Order of Sports Merit in 2007. She was also a candidate for the Prince of Asturias of Sports award in 2009.

Things took a turn in 2015 when Gemma Mengual announced that she was coming out of retirement to take part in the mixed duet with Pau Tibas at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships in Russia. She went on from there to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics with Ona Carbonell. They finished in fourth place.

Besides her swimming prowess, Gemma Mengaul also holds a degree in gemology and has been on the cover of numerous magazines. Amongst these, she includes Linea, Sport Life, Man, and Interviu. She also designs the swimsuits for Spain’s synchronised swimming team.

Gemma Mengual Speaker

As a motivational speaker, Gemma Mengual focuses on such topics as unleashing human capital, motivation, leadership, and stories of overcoming adversity. She lives in Spain and presents in Spanish.

Speaking Topics

  • Leadership
  • Motivation
  • Work for excellence
  • Teamwork
  • Overcoming adversity

Lubomila Jordanova

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  • Corporate environmentalist using machine learning and science to clean up the environment
  • Co-founder and CEO of Plan A
  • Co-founder of the Greentech Alliance
  • Recognised as an Obama Europe Leader in 2022 amongst other accolades

Lubomila Jordanova is the co-founder and CEO of Plan A. The software provider offers an end-to-end platform that uses machine learning and science to help businesses reduce emissions and improve and report on their ESG performance.

Besides Plan A, Lubomila Jordanova also co-founded the Greentech Alliance. The community of over two thousand Greentech startups connect to over 500 advisors from VC, media, and the business community.

Before Plan A, Lubomila Jordanova worked in investment banking, capital venture, and the fintech industry in both Asia and Europe.

Excellence in her work has seen Lubomila Jordanova receive many accolades. In 2022, for example, she was recognised as an Obama Europe Leader, MIT Innovator Under 35 Europe, Marshall Fund Fellow, and one of the Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in Germany, to name but a few.

Under her guidance, Plan A, founded in 2017, has become a leading corporate accounting and decarbonization software solutions provider. The company developed a SaaS platform that combines the latest technology and scientific standards and methodologies. It has also received several awards since its inception, with the Generali’s SME EnterPRIZE Award in 2021 and The Europas Award being the two most recent.

Lubomila Jordanova – Speaker

As a sought-after speaker, Lubomila Jordanova focuses on the importance of green technology, corporate sustainability, and the possible ravages of climate change. She is based in Germany and presents in German and English.

Speaker Topics

  • Green Technology
  • Climate Change
  • Corporate Sustainability

Sandra Sanchez

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  • Karate Olympic Gold medalist and Guinness World Record holder
  • Recipient of over 50 medals in various international competitions
  • The current world and European karate title holder

Sandra Sanchez made history when she became not only an Olympic gold medalist in her sport but was recognised by Guinness World Records for winning the most medals in the Karate 1 Premier League. The Olympic Gold medalist also won the women’s individual kata event twice at the World Karate Championships. This was in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

Years of relentless training, fundraising, and determination have seen Sandra battle through injury, prejudice, and defeat to become one of Spain’s best-loved athletes and an inspiration to all those who are chasing after a seemingly impossible dream.

But Sandra Sanchez saw success much later than most in her sport.

Although the Spanish athlete started taking Karate lessons at the age of four and had the opportunity to train at Spain’s High Performance Centre, she turned the opportunity down. She decided to rather look after her ill mother and pursue her studies.

After graduating in Sport Sciences and Physical Activity, Sandra Sanchez went to Australia where she taught karate to children. She was also given an offer to compete for a club in Dubai.

Upon her return to Spain, Sandra Sanchez found it incredibly difficult to get a place on the national team. She was, however, 32 years old when she finally gained her place, going on to win the bronze at the 2014 Karate 1 Premier League in Paris. Seven years later, she was the World and European title holder, the Grand winner of her category, and had won more than fifty medals in various international competitions. She also made international karate history when Guinness named her the world record holder for winning the most medals in the Karate 1 Premier League.

But the accomplishment she is probably most proud of was winning the Olympic gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. She was forty years old.

Sandra Sanchez -Speaker

Besides practicing, teaching, and taking part in competitions, Sandra Sanchez has become a sought-after speaker on various motivational subjects. She lives in Spain and speaks Spanish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Overcoming adversity
  • Olympics
  • Inspiration
  • Motivation

Elisabeth Revol

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  • The woman who survived the Killer Mountain
  • The first woman to climb Nanga Parba, Pakistan, during the winter
  • Survivor of a heroic rescue attempt
  • Reached the summit of Mount Everest one year after her rescue

Elisabeth Revol, a French high-altitude mountaineer, is often referred to as the woman who survived the Killer Mountain, Nanga Parbat. Her climbing partner, Tomasz Mackiewicz, unfortunately, did not.

With the support of her parents, Elisabeth Revol started climbing at the age of 19 years. The physical education teacher went on her first Nepalese climbing expedition in 2007. The following year she made a solo ascent of three Himalayan peaks within sixteen days. This she did without the use of oxygen.

Another year later and Elisabeth Revol attempted climbing Annapurna with her Czech climbing partner Martin Minarik. Due to various complications, the duo had to give u their attempt. Their descent, however, met with further deteriorating weather conditions that saw them separated. She had to continue her descent alone. Upon reaching safety, she arranged a rescue attempt for her climbing partner, but the attempt failed. He was never seen again.

In 2012, Elisabeth Revol took part in the French Adventure Racing World Championship. The event includes navigation, mountain biking, paddling, swimming, and trekking. The next year saw her make another climbing attempt in the Himalayas. The focus was a winter climb on Nanga Parbat, known as the Killer Mountain. The attempts were unsuccessful due to dangerous weather. Undaunted, she made a successful 2018 attempt together with Mackiewicz. They were the second team to succeed at this during the winter, while Elisabeth Revol became the first woman to do so.

The climb was not without its challenges or disasters. It was Elisabeth Revol’s fourth winter attempt and Mackiewicz’s seventh. Upon reaching the summit from the Diamer side, she noticed her climbing partner’s health was failing. She started taking him down. According to her, he suffered from snow blindness, was bleeding from both his mouth and nose, and had difficulty communicating. He also developed frostbite. Securing him from the wind in a crevasse, she called for help and started her descent.

A nearby Polish team was called on to launch a rescue mission. They managed to rescue Elisabeth Revol, but due to the harsh weather conditions, could not immediately go on to rescue her climbing partner.  He did not survive.

Elisabeth Revol suffered from frostbite and weighed a mere 45 kg when rescued. She did, however, manage to narrowly avoid any amputations. She encapsulates her experiences of this event in her book ‘To Live: Fighting for life on the killer mountain’.

One year later and she reached the summit of Mount Everest with the use of oxygen above 8 500 metres. She went on to climb Mount Lhotse, the peak adjacent to Mount Everest, the following day.

Elisabeth Revol – Speaker

As a speaker, Elisabeth Revol focuses on various aspects of the human mindset needed to reach your dreams even when faced with adversity. She lives in France and presents in French.

Speaking Topics

  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Change management
  • Crisis Management
  • Adversity
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Overcoming Fears
  • Proactivity
  • Breaking Paradigms
  • Wellbeing