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Selected Speakers


Business Leaders Policy- and Decision-Makers Academics  | Media Leaders


Business Leaders
Peter Bakker President and CEO, World Business Council for Sustainable Developement, Switzerland
Christian Berg Conference Speaker, Germany
Hans-Paul Bürkner Global Chairman, The Boston Consulting Group, Germany
Olaf Buske Partner Audit, KPMG AG, Germany
Ravi Chaudhry Founder and Chairman, CeNext Consulting & Investment, India
Sean Cleary Executive Vice Chair, FutureWorld Foundation, Switzerland
Jost de Jager
Senior Advisor and Public Sector Expert, Germany
Hermann Erdmann CEO, REDISA NPC, South Africa
Safet Gerxhaliu President, Kosovo Chamber of Commerce
Michael Heise Chief Economist, Allianz SE, Germany
John Kriken Urban Designer; Consulting Partner, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM), USA
Jörg Kukies Co-Chairman of the Executive Board, Goldman Sachs, Germany
Christine Lang Managing Partner, ORGANOBALANCE, Germany
James Liang Chairman and CEO,, China
Thomas Mirow Chairperson of the Supervisory Board, HSH Nordbank, Germany
Steffen Naumann Chief Financial Officer, The Zuellig Group, Hong Kong
Cyrus de la Rubia Chief Economist, HSH Nordbank, Germany
Norbert Schwieters Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Germany
Martin Stuchtey Director, McKinsey Center for Business and Environment, Germany
Arthur Ten Wolde Manager, Public Affairs Circular Economy, De Groene Zaak Sustainable Business Association, Netherlands
Albert Ting Chairman, CX Technology Corporation, Taiwan
Roda Verheyen Co-Founder, Climate Justice Program, Germany
Changhui Zhao Chief Country Risk Analyst, Export-Import Bank of China, China
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Policy- and Decision-Makers ~ Leaders of IOs/NGOs
Festus Akinnifesi Deputy Strategic Programme Leader, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy
Torsten Albig Minister-President of Land Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Claudia Buch
Deputy President, Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany
Mustafa Cerić President, World Bosniak Congress, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Sarah Deblock Director for European Policy, International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), Belgium
Aart De Geus Chairman and CEO, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
Maria Demertzis National Expert at DG Economics and Finance, European Commission, Belgium
Andreas Esche Director of the Shaping Sustainable Economies Program, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
Thomas Fricke Chief Economist, European Climate Foundation, Germany
Mary Galeti Vice-Chair & Executive Director, The Tecovas Foundation, USA
Dennis Görlich Managing Director, Global Economic Symposium (GES), Germany
Oliver Griffith Head of Communications and Public Affairs, Western Europe, International Finance Corporation, France
Karla Hoff Co-Director, World Development Report 2015, The World Bank, USA
Gerd Hofielen Director, Humanistic Management Practices, Germany
Andreas Kamm Chair of the Board, European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Belgium
Ulf Kämpfer Lord Mayor, Kiel City, Germany
Sony Kapoor Managing Director, Re-Define, UK
Christian Kastrop Director of the Policy Studies Branch, Economics Department, OECD, France
Turalay Kenç Deputy Governor, Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey
Christian Kroll Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
Frank Laczko Head, Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, International Organization for Migration (IOM), USA
Pascal Lamy Former Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Switzerland
Christine Langenfeld Chairwoman, The Expert Council of German Foundations on Integration and Migration, Germany
Martin Lehmann-Stanislowski Deputy Director-General, Economic Policy Department, Ministry of Economics and Energy, Germany
Marion Lieser Executive Director, Oxfam Deutschland, Germany
Alexander Likhotal President, Green Cross International, Switzerland
Thomas Losse-Müller Head of the State Chancellery, Land Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Gothart Magaard Area Bishop for Schleswig and Holstein, Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Northern Germany
Arun Maira Former Member of the Planning Commission, Government of India, India
Juliet Michaelson Associate Director, Wellbeing, New Economics Foundation, UK
Irene Natividad President, Global Summit of Women, USA
Martin Porter Executive Director, EU Affairs and Industrial Innovation, European Climate Foundation, Belgium
Baudouin Regout Secretary General, Europe 2020, European Semester and Economic Governance, European Commission, Belgium
Matthieu Ricard Founder, Karuna-Shechen, Nepal
Andy Ridley Managing Director, Circle Economy, Netherlands
Rafael Schneider Deputy Director Policy and External Relations, Welthungerhilfe, Germany
Ludger Schuknecht Director General, Federal Ministry of Finance
Mehmet Şimşek Minister of Finance, Turkey
Shanker Singham Managing Director, Competitiveness and Enterprise Cities Project, Babson Global, USA
Awraham Soetendorp Rabbi, Netherlands
Tristen Taylor Project Coordinator, Earthlife Africa Jhb, South Africa
Barbara Unmüßig President, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany
Jos Verbeek Advisor to the Corporate Secretary and President’s Special Envoy, The World Bank, USA
Lúcio Vinhas de Souza Leader, Economics Team, EPSC, European Commission, Belgium
Stewart Wallis Executive Director, New Economics Foundation, UK
Thilo Weichert Advisor, Netzwerk Datenschutzexpertise, Germany
Rune Wingård Parliamentary Candidate, Danish Political Party the Alternative, Denmark
Ole Wintermann Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung, Germany
Jakob von Weizsäcker Member, European Parliament (S&D), Belgium
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Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar President and Vice Chancellor, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia
George Akerlof Nobel Laureate; University Professor, Georgetown University, USA
Robert Akerlof Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, University of Warwick, UK
Reiko Aoki Executive Vice President, Kyushu University, Japan
Stefano Battiston Swiss National Fund Professor of Banking, University of Zurich
Michael Braungart Founder and Scientific Director, Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency, Germany
Marcella Corsi Professor of Economics, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Sheila Dow Emeritus Professor for Economics, University of Stirling, UK
Ottmar Edenhofer Chief Economist and Deputy Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Germany
Sylvester Eijffinger Professor of Financial Economics, Tilburg University, Netherlands
Cindy Fan Vice Provost for International Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Marc Fleurbaey Professor, Woodrow Wilson School and Center for Human Values, Princeton University, USA
Joseph Francois Managing Director, World Trade Institute, Switzerland
Daniel Gros Director, The Centre for European Policy Studies, Belgium
Pablo Guidotti Professor, School of Government and Member of the Board of Directors, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina
Sir John Hills Richard Titmuss Professor of Social Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
Bernard Hoekman Professor, Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Italy
Robert Johnson President, The Institute for New Economic Thinking, USA
Linda Kleemann Researcher, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany
Stefan Kooths Head, Forecasting Center, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany
Sergey Kulik Director, Institute of Contemporary Development (INSOR), Russian Federation
Eliana La Ferrara Invernicci Chair in Development Economics, Bocconi University, Italy
Edward Lazear Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA
Nicholas Mangee Assistant Professor of Economics, Armstrong State University, USA
Katherine Marshall Visiting Professor, School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University Washington DC, USA
Wolfram Mauser Chair for Geography and Remote Sensing, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany
Henrik Müller Professor for Economic Policy Journalism, TU Dortmund University, Germany
Paul Ormerod Visiting Professor, Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty, University College London, UK
Jörg Rocholl President, ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Germany
Peter Schallenberg Professor, Faculty of Theology in Paderborn, Germany
Mona Siddiqui Director, Centre for the Study of Islam and Professor of Islamic Studies and Public Understanding, University of Edinburgh, UK
Roland Siegwart Professor and Co-Director of Wyss Zurich, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal President, Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV), Brazil
Tania Singer Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Germany
Dennis Snower President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy; President, Global Economic Symposium, Germany
Stefan Thewissen Research Fellow, University of Oxford, UK
Andreas Thiemann Research Associate, DIW Berlin, Germany
Tze-Chen Tu General Director, Center of Knowledge-based Economy and Competitiveness (KEC), Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), Taiwan
David Tuckett Professor and Director, Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty, University College London, UK
Adair Turner Chairman, Institute for New Economic Thinking, UK
Frank Vandenbroucke Professor, University of Leuven, Belgium
Joachim von Braun Director, Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany
Hung-Jen Wang Professor, Department of Economics, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Katharina Wunderlich Student, High School Gymnasium Altenholz, YES! – Ambassador, Germany
Jign Zhang Assistant to the Director, Institute for the Promotion of Chinese Language and Culture, Renmin University of China

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Media Leaders
Andreas Becker Editor Business, DW Deutsche Welle, Germany
Jens Best Creative Producer, Software Developer, Social Media Consultant, Germany
Alexandra Borchardt Managing Editor, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Germany
Declan Curry Business Journalist and Conference Speaker, UK
Conny Czymoch International Moderator and Journalist, Germany
Angela Grosse Independent Scientific Communicator, Germany
Fiona Harvey Environment Correspondent, The Guardian, UK
Philippe Legrain Writer, Commentator, Political Economist and Political Entrepreneur, UK
Petra Pinzler Berlin Correspondent, DIE ZEIT, Germany

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