Günter Pauli - the 'Steve Jobs of sustainable development'; he tirelessly promotes a great number of solutions throughout the planet connected not only with circular economics but also 'positive ecology', which he calls the 'blue economy'. Here it is not about of being less bad, producing less waste, but being good from the start, conceiving products capable of de-polluting nature through their functioning, and not simply polluting it less. He is an accumulator of solutions, gathering together a great number of techniques and proposing them to businesses, regions and states. He presents a particularly optimistic vision of the potentialities opened up to humankind thanks to various ecological and economic innovations that he disseminates.
Guibert Del Marmol - A former business director, he is currently an adviser, author and speaker on the subject of positive economy. He is active in the fields of innovation, sustainability and responsible investment.
Jean-Philippe Desbiolles is Vice-President Cognitive Solutions IBM Watson Group. A senior executive with 20 years experience leading innovative, cross-industry and break-through projects, Jean-Philippe focuses on driving the reinvention of business institutions leveraging digital, artificial intelligence (AI), advanced analytics & Internet of Things (IoT) capabilities.
Arnaud GANGLOFF is President of Kea & Partners, a leading top-management consulting firm. Over the past fifteen years, he has led the R&D on organisational transformation. Working side by side with his clients, he is particularly involved in the field of managerial innovation, through concepts such as "the Alert Company", the development of autonomy within organisations, the corporate’s personality, the strategic dialogue… by approaching the future with a convinced and convincing optimism.
Chido Govero. Born in Zimbabwe, orphaned at the age of 7 with a younger brother of 5 to feed, she meets Günter Pauli at the age of 12 who reveals to her the possibilities for eating using mushrooms. She contributes to the development of mushroom cultivation using coffee waste. Today she travels the world to set up mushroom farms and shows that in today's world, composed of sometimes tumultuous changes but also of opportunities, nothing is impossible for those characterized by the will to implement projects capable of changing the daily lives of their fellow citizens.
Laurence Devillers: Professor at the Paris-Sorbonne University and Computer Lab researcher for mechanics and sciences. A CNRS engineer, Laurence Devillers leads the Emotional and Social Dimensions research team on spoken interaction. Her areas of research focus on human-computer interaction, the detection of emotions, oral dialogue and emotional/interactive robotics.
Alexandre Gérard, CEO of Chronoflex, is currently one of the most famous and studied French examples of the implementation of 'freed business' (entreprise libérée). In this connexion he is a leader in the field of managerial innovation.
Andy Müller-Maguhn was for three years involved in the managerial committee of ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) and is a spokesman for the Chaos Computer Club, one of the leading international associations of hackers. He is the co-author with Julian Assange of Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet, a book on individual liberties and the threats of espionage posed by intelligence and internet services. He is known as one of the chief activists in favour of internet privacy.
Jean-Michel Queguiner directed the Bretagne Ateliers compagny, a business where 80% of employees are handicapped yet which succeeds in being competitive with respect to traditional firms. His methods of management based on respect and empathy, also belong to innovative initiatives in this field.
Alain Bensoussan: President and founder of the Robot Law Association and a specialist in computer law. He hopes that the European Union will soon legislate to respond to this major technological acceleration of the 21st century.
Tomáš Sedláček, economist, former adviser to Vaclav Havel, author of the international bestseller The Economy of Good and Evil, showing that the economy - today transformed into a series of equations and rationalizations based on individual interest, if not egoism - is in fact a moral choice between this egoism and the common good. He has also theorized the way in which the economy could be reoriented towards a different form of growth, not quantitative but qualitative.
Pierre Giorgini, former research director for Orange, currently president-rector of Lille Catholic University (over 10 000 students), author of several books including La Transformation fulgurante (The lightning transformation), analzying how new technologies are changing our daily lives, whilst taking into consideration the moral and human dimensions that must accompany such changes.
Bertrand Vergely, philosopher and theologian. One of his most recent publications entitled La Tentation de l'Homme-Dieu (The Temptation of the Man-God), is a caution against the Promethean side of certain advocates of new technologies, starting with those associated with transhumanism.
Gilles Babinet, first president of the French Digital Council (Conseil National du Numérique), is currently known as France's “digital champion”, working with the European Commission in questions of the digital economy with responsibility for promoting the benefits of a digital society in France. A serial entrepreneur, he has created many businesses and is a specialist of questions of the analysis of big data and the blockchain and their societal implications, but also of the ethical issues posed by the increasing use of our personal data by third parties. His publications include Big Data: penser l'homme et le monde autrement (Big Data: thinking the human being and the world differently).
Fr. Eric Salobir o.p. is a Roman catholic priest and a member of the Order of Preachers (known as Dominicans). As part of the General curia (government) of this religious order, he is in charge media and technology. He is also the founder and president of the OPTIC network aimed to promote researches and innovation in the field of digital humanities (www.optictechnologies.org). Fr. Salobir is also a consultor to the Holy See for media and technologies. He has contributed to the reorganization of the Vatican media.Fr. Salobir teaches digital communication at the Catholic University of Paris and give keynotes on topics related to technology and ethics.
Elisabeth Moreno is the PDG of Lenovo France since January 2017. A graduate in business and commercial law, she began her career as a lawyer in a Paris law firm before creating a rehabilitation and development company. Elisabeth Moreno joined the Dell Group in 2002, where she held various positions in France and Europe.
Carlos Moreira began his career as a UN expert on IT, eSecurity and Trust Models, working for ILO, UN, UNCTAD, ITC/WTO, World Bank, UNDP, ESCAP from 1983 to 1998. 1999, he founded the Geneva-based online data security firm WISeKey SA, where he currently serves as Chairman and CEO. Mr Moreira’s unique profile, which combines extensive high level international diplomacy experience and emerging technologies expertise, has positioned him as a distinctive authority, thought leader, and entrepreneurial force in today’s digital world where the acquisition and trusted protection of a digital identity has become an essential step for citizens and entities across the globe.
Nicolas Buttet Founder and Moderator of the Eucharistein
Fraternity, Founder of Philanthropos European Institute
Before being ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church, Nicolas Buttet graduated in law and was extensively involved in Swiss federal politics. He has also been assistant professor in sociology at the universities of Geneva and Fribourg, and the assistant to the Cardinal Etchegaray on the Council for Justice and Peace in Rome.
Hicham El Habti began his professional career with Ernst & Young. After seven years directing Maroccan small businesses, in 2013 he joined the OCP group, Marocco's leading company, for whom he is currently co-ordinator of the energy liberation process. He is responsible for the implementation of collective intelligence within the company's management.
Anna Ukhanova is one of Google's research leads in the newly announced EMEA Research Center in Zurich which focuses on machine learning research on a wide area of ML and AI related topics. Anna is renowned author or co-author of papers published in major international conferences and journals. She has been working with Google Switzerland since 2014.
Michael Baeriswyl’s interest lies at the intersection of disruptive technologies, human centered design and entrepreneurship. He is currently leading the Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Group at Swisscom Enterprise Customers. Here, he and his team are transforming the business of Swisscom and its clients by applying artificial intelligence to empower people and automatize processes. Furthermore, he oversees the modularization of Swisscom’s software landscape, heading the Software as a Service and Enablers Group.
Kelvin Doe At the age of 14 he succeeded in electrifying his village in Sierra Leone thanks to a grid of batteries made of metallic waste material. He also constructed a radio station for his village out of electronic waste. Invited to MIT at the age of 16, he embodies frugal or 'jugaad' innovation and will thus illustrate the presentation of Navi Radjou by his personal example.