Paolo Gallo is a futurist, global expert in Human Capital, Future of Work, Leadership 4.0 and ICF certified Executive coach, Paolo is Adjunct professor in Leadership and Organizational Behaviour at SDA Bocconi Executive Education Milan. Paolo has served as Chief Human Resources Officer at the World Economic Forum in Geneva and has also been Chief Learning at the World Bank in Washington DC and Director of Human Resources at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, with prior experience at the International Finance Corporation in Washington DC and at Citigroup in London, New York and Milan, his home town.
Adolfo Fernández is a Spanish executive and advisor, as well as an expert in business and product strategy. He is currently Head of Commerce Strategy at Google, where he is responsible for the business and product strategy for the Retail SMB segment from its global headquarters in Silicon Valley, California. With vast experience in international business development and program management in the digital ecosystem, Adolfo Fernández joined Google as Business Development Manager for Spain & Portugal in 2015, where he was entrusted with the customer acquisition strategy and operations for the company in the region. In early 2018, Adolfo Fernández took over the role of Global Program Manager to spearhead Google’s Internationalization advisory services, and in 2019 he moved to San Francisco to lead Google Shopping commercialization strategy for the SMB segment.
Juli Ferré Nadal
Juli has 15 years of experience developing international sponsorship strategies for top entertainment and sports properties. He started his journey with Cirque du Soleil in 2005 in Amsterdam, from where he switched into sports industry in 2007. After several years in Switzerland with FIBA, Juli returned to his native to Barcelona in 2013 to lead international sponsorship operations for FC Barcelona. In 2017 he joined AS Monaco FC as Commercial and Marketing Director with the main objective to boost the club’s development both locally and worldwide.
David leads Hilton’s operations across Continental Europe, encompassing more than 380 properties trading or under development across 40 countries and territories. He covers a diverse region, spanning from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe and including Russia and the CIS nations.
David first joined Hilton in the US in 1995, before moving with the company to Australia where he spent 13 years in senior operations and commercial positions. He subsequently led Hilton’s rapidly growing portfolio in Greater China & Mongolia, working in leadership roles including as the region’s Senior Vice President – Operations. During this time, Hilton’s presence in the region increased from 34 to more than 210 hotels.
With a reputation for strategic leadership and focused execution, David is known for taking a “people first” approach with the guest experience, driving performance for owners and supporting the professional development of Team Members. He is a passionate diversity and inclusion advocate and during his time in China, spearheaded a Women in Leadership fast-track initiative, which increased gender diversity in the General Manager ranks by more than 20%.
David lives in Barcelona with his wife Carol and son Jayden.
Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli
Superintendent of Cultural Heritage of the municipality of Rome since 2019, she graduated with a specialization in art history at the Università di Roma La Sapienza. She began her career in 1981 at the current Ministry of Culture where she was involved, among other things, with the international circulation of cultural goods and relations with the European Union. From 2004 to 2014 she was Superintendent of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome. Between 2015 and 2017 she directed the Studies Office within the Directorate General for Education and Research of the Ministry of Culture and between 2017 and February 2019 she directed the international traffic service within the Directorate General for Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape. She has been an adjunct professor of museology at the Faculty of Architecture of La Sapienza University of Rome, and at a master in museum communication at the University of Tor Vergata and is currently carrying out a course in museology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. She has been a consultant for contemporary art to the European Investment Bank and has been a member of the Strategic Orientation Council of the Grand Palais in Paris since 2011.
Maria Serena Porcari is the Managing Director of Dynamo Foundation, Chairperson of the Dynamo Camp Onlus Foundation, and, since May 2010, Chairperson of Dynamo Academy Social Enterprise. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Serious Fun Children’s Network Association. She began her career at IBM as a strategic services consultant and then held various managerial and commercial management roles for the company’s largest clients. Maria Serena graduated with honors in Business Administration from Bocconi University in Milan, also holds an MBA from Henley Management School and the CEMS Master in International Management. She also participated to the Executive Program Innovating Health for Tomorrow at INSEAD.
She teaches at the MAGER Master at Bocconi University and contributes to the teaching on Social Entrepreneurship at UNIMI and LUISS Business School.
Neha Shukla is a 16-year old innovator and changemaker passionate about leveraging science and technology to create positive change in our communities. Working to solve real-world problems using STEM, she invented SixFeetApart – a wearable social-distancing device to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
SixFeetApart was featured in the New York Times, Nasdaq Screen in Times Square, ABC, and more. Neha was recognized as a 2021 Global Teen leader representing the United States for her innovations and also won the Diana Award in memory of late Princess Diana of Wales as well as the National Presidential Service Award and letter from President Biden.
As she continues innovating, Neha runs global innovation & STEM workshops and has impacted over 50,000 students to-date and is working to build the next-generation of young innovators and problem-solvers tackling the world’s biggest challenges.
Neha’s debut book, “Innovation for Everyone: Solving Real-World Problems with STEM” will be released in Spring 2022.
The book introduces her 3-step innovation process and details the entire process going from idea to tangible solution, to build an innovation ecosystem with the collaboration of young innovators, schools, and organizations to solve the world’s biggest challenges.
‘Reluctant Futurist’ Mark Stevenson is a strategic advisor to governments, NGOs and corporates, helping them face the grand systems challenges of our time and understand their (changed) role in meeting them, or dying gracefully if they need to.
Though branded a ‘futurist’ by others Mark is more, as one client puts it, ‘Chief Annoying Question Asker’. He helps organisations change the way they feel, think, invest and operate in order to answer the intertwined questions the future is asking us – on climate change, inequality, the retreat of democracy and the failures of the markets to price risk properly (to name just four).
His two bestselling books, An Optimist’s Tour of the Future and the award-winning We Do Things Differently map out some existing and proven solutions to our current dilemmas.
He is Futurist Without Borders for Medicines Sans Frontiers (UK), Global Ambassador for Client Earth and a strategic advisor on peace, security and climate change to the UK Ministry of Defence.
TED curator, Chris Anderson remarks, “Stevenson wears no blindfold. His tools are curiosity, open-mindedness, clarity and reason.”
Beatrice Vio is a 24 year-old Italian Paralympic fencing athlete. She started practising when she was only 5 years old, but at the age of 11 she was hit by an infectious disease, that left her without part of her limbs. Nevertheless, after a couple of years she manged to go back to sports from her wheelchair, becoming the first and unique athlete in the world practicing fencing without arms. From 2011 she won all editions of the Italian championships and from 2014 all international competitions she was in, becoming the first in the global ranking. Of course, also the Paralympics brought her much success, by winning gold both in Rio 2016 and in Tokyo 2020.
Her passion and enthusiasm brought her to meet incredible people such as the Pope, Barack Obama (with whom she has a unique selfie in the White House), Ursula Von Der Leyen, who defined her “the future of the European Union”, as well as “an example for future generations in our continent”.
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