Neha Shukla

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  • Global influencer, inventor, and STEM and innovation activist for youth
  • NASA intern enthusiastic about leveraging science and technology to create positive change
  • Bestselling author of ‘Innovation for Everyone’
  • Inventor of SixFeetApart and recipient of numerous awards

Neha Shukla is a young inventor and innovation advocate for youth who did a stint as a NASA intern. She is passionate about using science and technology to create positive change in communities.

The devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic in her local community prompted Neha Shukla to create a solution. She invented a wearable social-distancing device called SixFeetApart. The device uses ultrasonic technology to slow the spread of the pandemic and save lives.

Her invention resulted in her featuring in the New York Times, ABC, Bloomberg, and on the Nasdaq billboard in New York City’s Times Square. Her work gained recognition from the British Royal Family through the Diana Award in memory of the late Princess Diana of Wales. Back home, President Biden recognised her contribution through the National Presidential Service Award. Named a 2021 Global Teen Leader, Neha Shukla represents the USA for her innovations and outreach.

It was while tackling various real-world problems through her innovative approach that Neha Shukla noticed the vast gap in youth innovation. She feels a collaborative approach is needed to solve these problems that include, amongst others, cybersecurity threats, COVID-19, and climate change, and that the youth needs to form part of the solution.

As part of a national campaign with Olay and Harper’s Bazaar, Neha Shukla urges corporations to support young girls and women with a passion for technology through scholarships, mentorship, and funding. A bestselling author, her book ‘Innovation for Everyone: Solving Real-World Problems with STEM’ highlights her 4-step innovation process to build an innovation ecosystem. Her partnering with Microsoft gives under-resourced students across the globe access to youth innovation resources.

Her stint as a NASA intern saw Neha Shukla work on satellite mission design and orbital mechanics for earth-orbiting satellites. These satellites will protect environment zones most at risk using satellite sensing. She currently works with the World Economic Forum where she chairs the Generation AI Youth Council. The council fights for child-safe AI systems through policy change in collaboration with various governments, corporations, and educational institutions.

Neha Shukla – Speaker

As a speaker, Neha Shukla is on a mission to use science and technology and her passion for helping others to solve real-world problems and help people across the globe. She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Innovation
  • Girls in STEM
  • Science and technology
  • Environmental sustainability

Abassia Rahmani

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • ‘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

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  • 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

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  • 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

Helena Gualinga

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  • 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

Elsa Punset

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  • Emotional intelligence expert, bestselling author, and philosopher
  • Bestselling children’s author of whom one has been published in fourteen countries thus far
  • Director at the Social and Emotional Learning Laboratory

An emotional intelligence expert, bestselling author, and philosopher, Elsa Punset has a degree in Philosophy and Letters, a Master’s in Humanities from Oxford University, and one in Journalism from Madrid’s Autonomous University. She also gained a Master’s degree in Secondary education from Madrid’s Camilo Jose Cela University.

As the content director at the Social and Emotional Learning Laboratory, Elsa Punset regularly collaborates on various television shows. Amongst these, she includes Redes, Para todos la 2, and El Hormiguero. She also hosts her own podcast Pequenas Revolutions.

The author of numerous books, her bestseller “A Backpack For The Universe”, launched in 2012, has been published in fourteen countries. She is also the author of “The Bold”, an illustrated book with stories aimed at children to help them understand and manage their basic emotions in an entertaining manner.

Elsa Punset ascribes her success to her ability to balance a brilliant academic career with her ability to connect with people and her practical approach to things.

Elsa Punset – Speaker

A speaker with the ability to address the heart of the matter, Elsa Punset gets her message across to people from all walks of life, i.e., from the boardroom right across to the classroom. She lives in Spain and presents in Spanish and English.

Speaking Topics

  • Proposals for these extraordinary times: For a little over two years everything has been changing: our way of working, relating to others, and dealing with the world around us. We may not have, for the rest of our existence, such a clear and urgent opportunity to transform our lives and, with it, the world in which we live. In this talk, full of intelligent optimism, Elsa Punset asks us, with her practical style, what to do to be part of the change, manage anxiety and reinvent ourselves with the world to come.
  • Small revolutions for life and work: How are we humans? In general, they have not taught us to understand ourselves or to manage the flow of emotions that flood us every day. The truth is that we are made of small emotional habits that dictate our daily actions, and that it is difficult for us to change these habits. Elsa invites us to discover what skills can help us live better in a stressful world, but full of opportunities. In this talk, aimed at large audiences, Elsa will help, in an entertaining and interactive way, to reveal the keys to an adaptable and creative brain that we can train like a muscle.
  • Emotional Intelligence in companies – practical keys for teamwork, motivation, and creativity: Success at work depends on many factors, and one of the most important is emotional intelligence – the ability to recognize and manage one’s own and others’ emotions. For companies, Elsa gives the keys to how good emotional intelligence is reflected in greater professional satisfaction and better work performance and introduces the basic skills to communicate, innovate, solve problems, motivate oneself…Throughout the talk, Elsa highlights clues that allow, with practice, to improve these skills.
  • The world of health – practical keys to enhance empathy, resilience, and communication with patients: Why is emotional intelligence relevant for groups that take care of people’s health? A growing body of research shows that emotional intelligence skills not only make life easier for healthcare professionals but also improve patient prognosis. In these talks, Elsa focuses on seeing, in a practical and interactive way, how EIsa can help manage the daily challenges that disease presents. “We have to learn every day to choose between love and fear” – Elizabeth Kubler Ross
  • We are the emotional coaches of our children and students – early stages and/or adolescence: Manage our expectations of parents. Support them, do not live through them. This talk will be adapted to the target audience to which it is addressed: parents’ schools and/or educational community, and… It is during childhood when we sow in our children and students the foundations of an emotionally intelligent brain; their childhood is a unique opportunity to rediscover ourselves and to be able to guide our children and students so that they can consolidate basic skills that allow them to live and develop peacefully and creatively. During this talk, Elsa addresses the educational community and in an interactive and entertaining way, presents practical keys necessary to achieve an emotionally intelligent education, in the classroom and at home.

Ona Carbonell

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  • Spanish synchronized swimmer who competed in 2012 London, 2016 Rio, and 2020 Tokyo Olympics
  • Woman with the most medals in swimming history
  • Spanish MasterChef Celebrity winner
  • Well received non-fiction and children’s fiction author

Ona Carbonell started her sporting career as a rhythmic gymnast. Her passion for water, however, awakened her interest in synchronized swimming. She was part of the Spanish Synchronised Swimming National Team since the age of fourteen, where she trained at the High Performance Centre of Saint Cugat. Her career has seen her compete in three junior world championships, two pre-Olympics, and the 2012 London Olympics. She went on, from there, to compete in another two Olympics, i.e., the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2020 Olympics.

Considered the woman who has won the most medals in swimming history, Ona Carbonell started winning medals at the age of seventeen. Besides partaking in the Olympics, she has won a silver and bronze at the 2007 World Championships, a bronze and two silvers at the same event at the Junior World Championships in 2008, as well as two gold and three silver medals at the European Junior Championship the same year.

From there she went from strength to strength, swimming her way to a gold and two silvers in the 2009 World Championship, three silver medals at the 2010 European Championship in 2010, and four bronze medals at the 2011 World Championship. From there on, she went from strength to strength, earning her place in three Olympics and world synchronised swimming history.

According to Ona Carbonell, her greatest experience as an athlete was winning the silver medal in London. But she also feels the sport has allowed her to grow as a person as it allowed her to experience so much, including traveling and meeting new people. She sees synchronised swimming as having a symbiotic relationship art, two of her passions.

In 2018, she was awarded the Best Women’s Road Award in Spain by the Elda Footwear Museum. She also took part in the Spanish MasterChef Celebrity competition the same year. As someone who could barely cook, she undertook this competition with the same gusto used for her swimming: with perseverance, dedication, and a great deal of preparation. She learned everything she could about cooking and even went for cooking lessons from the only chef she knew. Her efforts paid off, seeing her win the prize which she promptly donated to charity.

Ona Carbonell feels perfection is only achieved through hard work, perseverance, and by giving of oneself. This is her goal as both an athlete and a person, something she manages via teamwork, discipline, and a lot of effort.

Her life away from sport revolves around art, fashion, and design, with a special focus on her studies in this regard. Ona Carbonell is also an accomplished author who has written a book about her experiences. She is also a well-received children’s author with a series of books about a young girl with the ability to turn into a mermaid. A documentary on her life, ‘Ona Carbonell: Starting Over’, has received rave reviews in Spain. In it, she reveals the story of her life, her feelings about motherhood, the difficulty of maintaining a balance between a family and professional life as an elite athlete, and the problems experienced when returning to elite sport after becoming a mother.

Ona Carbonell – Speaker

As a speaker, Ona Carbonell enjoys transmitting the lessons learned from her sport and achievements. These include not only her growth as a person but her values and lessons learned as well.

Speaking Topics

  • High performance
  • Inspiring youth
  • Teamwork
  • Women in leadership

 

Vivian Li

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  • Expert in Wnt signalling, stem cell, colorectal cancer, organoid technology, and tissue engineering
  • Received a Gold Medal for her Ph.D. thesis
  • Francis Crick Institute group leader
  • Wants to use her findings and expertise in future organ transplants, especially in children with intestinal failure

Dr Vivian Li completed her Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong’s Department of Pathology in 2008. She received a Gold Medal for her Ph.D. thesis on research into the molecular mechanism of human colonic development and tumorigenesis.

Funding from the Croucher Foundation Fellowship enabled her to pursue her post-doctoral research training at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands. Her time there saw her focus on Ent pathway proteomics and the characterising of intestinal stem cell genes utilizing new transgenic mouse models.

Vivian Li has made a significant contribution regarding the identification of Wnt Signalling mechanisms at various subcellular levels. Her post-doctoral studies saw her familiarise herself with reverse mouse genetics and the latest ex vivo organoid cultures.

After completing her post-doctoral studies at the Hubrecht Institute, she established her laboratory at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in 2013. This institute is now part of the Francis Crick Institute.

Vivian Li wants to use her expertise in growing intestines to help with future organ transplants. She and her team’s various breakthroughs are published in medical journals. Her particular wish is that her techniques will help in personalising transplants in children suffering from intestinal failure.

Dr Vivian Li – Speaker

As a conference speaker, Vivian Li touches on subjects relating to the easing of human suffering An expert in Wnt signalling, stem cell, colorectal cancer, organoid technology, and tissue engineering, she currently resides in the United Kingdom and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • Developmental biology
  • Human biology and physiology
  • Signalling and oncogenes
  • Stem cells
  • Tumour Biology

Sarah Furness

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  • Performance expert, strategist, and helicopter pilot
  • Former RAF squadron leader
  • Developed the H.A.B.I.T.S. Formula to help people excel under pressure while staying calm
  • Started her own company ‘Well Be It’ to help companies increase employee performance and resilience under pressure while empowering leadership

Sarah Furness a Cambridge University graduate followed her dream, becoming an RAF helicopter pilot and squadron leader. Her time in the military saw her lead operational combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Her time there taught her that people have a façade of toughness that does not necessarily reflect their inner feelings. She also realised that the ability to perform under pressure is not instinctive.

This epiphany prompted her to retrain and harness her experiences and passion to help people use their brains as a force for good. She developed her own unique Healthy Automatic Behaviours In Threatening Scenarios (H.A.B.I.T.S.) Formula. The formula helps train the mind to excel under pressure and promote self-belief and inner calm. According to Sarah Furness, people are not necessarily born with these qualities, but that does not mean we cannot all learn how to become cool and collected under pressure.

Sarah Furness has had a journey through life with her own doses of failure, loss, rejection, fear, betrayal, and self-loathing. She battled with herself on a daily basis. It was, however, when she had her epiphany that she saw her life change. She not only overcame her worst fears but came back a happier, stronger person. Starting her own wellbeing company, Well Be It, has allowed her to work with companies to increase employee performance and resilience under pressure while empowering leadership.

According to Sarah Furness, “For years I yearned to be described as NICE. These days I’ve learned to settle for IMPRESSIVE.”

On a more personal note, Sarah Furness loves running. She completed the Marathon du Médoc 3 times – once while five months pregnant, and while pushing her eight-month-old in a baby carriage the year after. She does not know the meaning of “I can’t”.

Sarah Furness – Speaker

As a keynote speaker, Sarah Furness has a robust, science-based, good-humoured style of speaking that incorporates aspects of her former military life as points of reference. She lives in the UK and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

  • How to be fearless: Whether it’s fear of failure or fear of rejection, the answer is NOT to try and overcome those fears…it’s to embrace them. You can learn, not just to sit with your fears, you can learn to leverage them, use them as fuel for positive change, and even learn to become excited by the things that scare you most. Sarah will share exactly how you do this and why it’s easier than you think.
  • Train Hard Fight Easy: Discover the unique formula that Sarah has developed proven methods used by combat pilots which have been refined through her exploration and understanding of the human mind. You will learn practical tools including the pilot’s “work cycle” technique and applied mindfulness techniques for greater focus and productivity.
  • With Great Responsibility Comes Great Power: Sarah has seen how tough people can be. So long as they feel POWERFUL. And she’ll share EXACTLY how to set the conditions for people to get back on top and thrive in all circumstances.

 

Susan David

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  • Author of the #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller ‘Emotional Agility’
  • Developed the concept of emotional agility
  • Award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist
  • Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award recipient

Susan David, PhD, is a Harvard Medical School award-winning psychologist and creator of the concept of emotional agility. Her work focuses on the need to meet the various challenges and emotional complexities people encounter in both their private and professional lives It encompasses such aspects as engagement, leadership, adaptability, wellbeing, and culture. Her work and ideas in this regard are encapsulated in her #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller ‘Emotional Agility’. Her book has been translated into thirty languages and extensively profiled on national and international media. These include, amongst others TIME, the New York Times, and the TODAY show.

Named one of the world’s most influential management thinkers, Susan David received the Thinkers50 Breakthrough Award for “insights that have the potential to forever change the way we do business”.

Her TED talk saw Susan David receive a standing ovation and went viral, with over 60 million views on social media and 9 million at TED.com.

Susan David – Speaker

As a speaker, Susan David inspires her audiences to think, feel, and act differently while helping organisations cultivate outstanding leadership and reliance in a human-centered, engaged culture.

She lives in the USA and presents in English.

Speaking Topics

She customizes her emotional agility talks to the following themes:

  • Communication
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Personal Growth
  • Future of Work
  • Innovation
  • Change
  • Engagement
  • Culture
  • Women in Leadership
  • Inspiring Others
  • Talent and Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Parenting and Education
  • High Performance