Creating the World We Want: One Decade, 17 Goals now and Post-Pandemic

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Aim: Inspiring collaborative, scalable action on the SDGs. This virtual event will explore topics including what are the opportunities for the Goals post Covid-19? What innovations are accelerating achievement of the goals? What does the ‘new normal’ mean for the Goals?  
Form: Engaging, interactive, collaborative sessions 
Who: Approximately 100+ representatives from business, NGOs, academia, and civil society 

Partners: Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens; Global Citizen; Responsible Media Forum; UN Global Compact India; UN Global Compact UK
Building on the free RELX SDG Resource Centre: Information, data, events and more to advance the SDGs 

The RELX SDG Inspiration Day will be the seventh in a series of engaging, interactive and stimulating events. Previous Inspiration Days have been in London, to launch the SDG Resource Centre; Silicon Valley, exploring the themes of disruptive tech and Amsterdam, exploring the themes of partnerships and our Inspiration Day in Delhi exploring SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities.  

About us

RELX is a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. We help scientists make new discoveries, lawyers win cases, doctors save lives and insurance companies offer customers lower prices. We save taxpayers and consumers money by preventing fraud and help executives forge commercial relationships with their clients. In short, we enable our customers to make better decisions, get better results and be more productive.

We believe we have the most significant impact when we apply our expertise to areas like universal, sustainable access to information, advance of science and health, protection of society and promotion of the rule of law and access to justice.




Creating the World We Want: One Decade, 17 Goals now and Post-Pandemic 

Agenda  - All times are in British Summer Time (BST)

Part 1: 10:30am to 13:30pm 

10:30 - 11:30

Opening inspiration: Winners of the WE Empower SDG Challenge

Host for the day: Dr Shola Mos Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political & Women's rights activist

Opening plenary

Welcome to Inspiration Day: Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

Keynote Speaker: Graça Machel, Co-founder of The Elders with Nelson Mandela; African Stateswoman; UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group

11:30 - 12:00

SDG Café: facilitated breakout sessions with leading experts. These sessions will happen simultaneously with thought-leader summaries in a feedback panel. 

SDG 5: Gender Equality - Dr Elizabeth Pollitzer, Director, Portia
SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production - Lugano Kapembwa, Co-Founder and CEO, LoopCycle
SDG 13: Climate Action - Dr Christian Toennesen, Senior Partner, Carnstone Ltd
SDG 15: Life on Land - Dr Lewis Collins, Editor-in-Chief, One Earth 
SDG 16Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions - Gaythri Raman, Managing Director south-east Asia, LexisNexis Legal & Professional 


12:00 - 12:45

Panel - Inclusion and Equality: leave no-one behind to achieve the goals 

  • Moderator: Dr. Nicky Black, Board member, Institute of Human Rights and Business 
  • Akanksha Sharma, Head - CSR & Sustainability, Sterlite Technologies Ltd. 
  • Monika Froehler, CEO, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens
  • Sello Hatang, Chief Executive, Nelson Mandela Foundation
12:45 - 13:15

Breakthrough Innovations Fair

Join us on a journey of innovation. These simultaneous demonstrations will showcase breakthrough innovations helping to advance the UN SDGS including in communities in less developed countries. They will be held in two 15 minute sessions. 

  • LooWatt - : Listen to the CEO and creator of Loowatt Virginia Gardner and COO Mary Roach explain in detail the innovation that is the waterless toilet with a flushing technology. This future technology has been rolled out in areas of Madagascar with a new project also starting in The Philippines.
  • eWater Services-: eWater Services provides water in remote areas via mobile money purchases and stored in an eWater tag. Listen to Alison Wedgewood discuss e-Water Service in more detail and how it has positively impacted rural communities with access to fresh water.
  • Solarsack-: Listen to Johan Jensen from SolarSack talk about the amazing invention of a water container that utilizes the Solar Water Disinfection Technique endorsed by the World Health Organization as a safe way to purify water. By harnessing UVA and UVB rays along with heat from the sun, the SolarSack kills more than 99,99 % of dangerous pathogens in water.
  • SciVal - Aligning scientific Research to the SDGs:  Listen to Chris James, Senior Product Manager of SciVal discuss the genius functionality of SciVal and, how, by aligning the research functionality with the SDG's can gain invaluable web-based data analytics.  SciVal have comprehensive access to over 14,000 research institutions and their researchers from 230 nations worldwide that helps identify emerging research trends and create uniquely tailored reports.
  • Loopcycle -: Learn more from Loopcycle's Co-founder & CEO, Lugano Kapembwa, on how to close the loop on excess material extraction by breaking the traditional ‘take, make waste’ cycle. Their new approach focuses on the resource rather than the product, revolutionising the way new products are designed and produced from the ground up.
  • Jaipur Rugs Foundation -: Yash Rangur, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation will showcase innovative and award-winning technology that advances rural livelihoods and empowers women. 
  • Inclusive Data Charter -: Find out more about how the Inclusive Data Charter is advancing the SDGs by making sure data is available to understand the needs and experiences of the most marginalized in society.
  • Global Citizen Scholars -: Two social entrpreneurs from Africa showcase their innovative projects to advance the SDGs.  Oduor Kevin is the founder of INFO4FOOD, a social enterprise addressing post harvest losses using low tech machines (dryers). Tafadzwa Sachikonye's project focuses on wastewater management systems in African cities. 
13:15 - 13:45

Talk to the experts

Industry transformation through venture capital: Kevin Brown, Co-Founder & Partner, RELX Ventures
Becoming a UN Global Compact signatory: Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK 
What Makes a Good Partnership: Susan Myers, Strategic Advisor, Goal 17 Partners: Partnering for impact on the SDGs


13:45 - 14:00 Be Inspired... 

Part 2: 14:00 - 16:00

14:00 - 14:05

Welcome back and welcome new joiners : Dr. Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

14:05 - 14:50

Afternoon plenary: Panel discussion  - The Future of Education and the Role for Governments

  • Moderated by Alexandra Mousavizadeh, Partner, Tortoise Media
  • Michael Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Chief Policy & Government Relations Officer, Global Citizen
  • Irina Bokova, former Director-General, UNESCO
  • Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Industry Research and Energy Committee
14:50 - 15:20

SDG Café: facilitated breakout sessions with leading experts. These sessions will happen simultaneously with thought-leader summaries in a feedback panel. 

SDG 4: Quality Education - Jennie Butterworth, Chief Executive, Envision
SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy - Phil Dominy, Director Corporate Finance Energy and Infrastructure, EY
SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth - Griet Cattaert, Head of Labour Rights, UN Global Compact
SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Mark Chadwick, Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions - UK & Ireland, ENGIE Impact  
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals - Andy Dewis, VP International Solutions, Energy & Sustainability at Schneider Electric

15:20 - 15:50 

In conversation with...

Dr Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet and Dr Annie Sparrow, Associate Professor of Population Health, Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr Richard Horton talks to Dr Annie Sparrow Associate Professor in Population Health Science & Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai about the impacts of the current pandemic on those living in conflict and post-conflict zones. As advisor to the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Annie Sparrow will share her insights on Covid-19 impacting less developed countries, the different responses of governments around the world and why BAME communities are more at-risk.

15:50 - 16:00

Closing remarks and musical interlude

YS Chi, Elsevier Chairman and Head of Corporate Affairs, RELX 

16:00 - 16:30



Throughout the Day

  • Podcast Pavilion
  • RELX SDG Resource Centre
Responsible Media Forum

The Responsible Media Forum is a partnership between 25 leading media companies to identify and take action on the social and environmental challenges facing the sector. The Forum provides a platform for participating companies to learn from each other and leading organisations in other sectors, to identify trends and areas for prioritisation based on sound research and robust discussions, to engage with stakeholders, be they campaigners, policy makers, academics or peers and to run collaborative projects and events on key issues.

Ban Ki-Moon Centre

The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens is an independent, non-profit organization in Vienna. It is co-chaired by Ban Ki-moon, former Secretary-General of the United Nations and by Dr. Heinz Fischer, former President of the Republic of Austria. The Centre has affiliated offices in the Republic of Korea and tentatively in Kuwait. The Centre uses its independence, expertise and network to work for peace, poverty eradication, empowerment of youth and women, justice and human rights worldwide. Working both publicly and through informal diplomacy, the Centre engages with leaders, youth, academia, international organizations and civil society at all levels to resolve crisis and conflicts and address root causes hindering the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens works within the framework of the SDGs particularly for women and young people focusing on the following key areas: Leadership and mediation for promoting peace; Advocacy to empower women and the youth; and Education for global citizens.

UN Global Compact UK

The United Nations Global Compact is a global platform for business and non-business entities to proactively network and engage in areas of human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption. Participation in the UN Global Compact is a widely visible commitment to the implementation, disclosure, and promotion of its ten universal principles. The UK Network brings together UN Global Compact Participants and Signatories to advance the UN Global Compact and its principles. Its role is to help organisations engage in the UN Global Compact with respect to implementation of the Ten Principles, and create opportunities for multi-stakeholder engagement and collective action.

UN Global Compact India

Global Compact Network India (GCNI), the Indian Local Network of the United Nations Global Compact ( UNGC), New York is the first Local Network globally to be established with full legal recognition. As the UNGC local arm, GCNI has been acting as a country level platform in providing a robust platform for Indian businesses, academic institutions and civil society organizations to join hands for strengthening responsible business practices. Our ‘10 Principles in areas of Human Rights, Labour, Environment and Anti-corruption’ provide a common ethical and practical Framework for Corporate Responsibility - and the 17 ‘Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’ adopted in September 2015, by all 195 Member States of the United Nations including India in order to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and protect our planet- understood and interpreted by businesses around the world , regardless of size , complexity or location.

Global Citizen

Since 2009, Global Citizen has leveraged the power of governments, artists, corporations, NGO partners, and civil society with one common goal: to end extreme poverty. The organisation focuses their campaigning on the key SDGs that they believe will have the greatest impact on people who are living in extreme poverty. These are Health, Education, Food & Hunger, Water & Sanitation, Environment and Gender Equality.

Through the Global Citizen platform, engaged citizens learn about the systemic causes of extreme poverty, take action on those issues, and earn rewards for their actions — as part of a global community committed to lasting change. To date, Global Citizens have taken over 24.8 million actions which, when combined with high-level advocacy work, have resulted in over 100 commitments made by governments, multilateral institutions and corporations.

These commitments are worth $48.4 billion. Of this total, $22 billion has already been disbursed, affecting 880 million lives, with another $26.4 billion set to be released in the upcoming years.

Graça Machel, Co-founder of The Elders with Nelson Mandela; African Stateswoman; UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group

Graça Machel is an African stateswoman whose decades long professional and public life is rooted in Mozambique’s struggle for self-rule and international advocacy for women and children’s rights. She is a former freedom fighter in Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and that country’s first Minister of Education. In 2007, with her late husband, Nelson Mandela, she founded The Elders – independent global leaders working together for peace and human rights. She is Vice Chair of The Elders, along with Ban Ki-Moon, 8th United Nations Secretary General (Mary Robinson, First woman President of Ireland and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, is Chair of The Elders).

In the years following her tenure in government, Machel produced a ground-breaking UNICEF report “The Impact of Armed Conflict on Children” that changed the way the United Nations and member states respond in conflict zones. Since then, she has worked tirelessly in support of global health, child welfare, and women’s rights and empowerment.

Machel works through several regional and international development bodies to accelerate social transformation. She is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group and sits on the High-Level Steering Group for Every Woman Every Child.

Machel lends her expertise to a number of organizations in a governance role. She serves as Board Chair of the Africa Child Policy Forum, Board Chair of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, Board Chair of United People Global as well as Executive Chair of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies. Machel is a Board Member of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Education Above All. She is Board Chair Emeritus for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) and is a UNICEF Young People's Agenda Global Advisory Board Member. She is Chairperson of Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust and a Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. She also sits on the Jack Ma Netpreneur Advisory Board.

Additionally, she is the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Chancellor of the African Leadership University and the President of SOAS.

Machel has created three non-governmental organizations in her own right. She founded and serves as President of the Foundation for Community Development and the Zizile Institute for Child Development. She founded the Graça Machel Trust in 2010 where she focuses on advocating for women’s economic and financial empowerment, food security and nutrition, education for all, as well as good governance.

Among numerous awards, Machel has received the United Nations’ Nansen Refugee Award in recognition of her long-standing humanitarian work. In 1997, she was made an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She is a member of the Ambassador David M. Walters International Paediatric Hall of Fame. In 2018, she was awarded the World Health Organization’s highest honour, the WHO Gold Medal, for her enormous contributions to the health and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents.

Graça Machel has dedicated her life to improving the fate of women and children, inspiring hope, and building a more just and equitable world for us all.

Dr Marcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX

Márcia is founding director of corporate responsibility (CR) at RELX, a FTSE 15 information, analytics and events company with 33,000+ people and operations in 40 countries. Engaging colleagues throughout the business, Márcia works to ensure RELX’s extra-financial performance furthers competitive advantage and stakeholder confidence. She drives practice that ensures recognition for RELX as a CR leader: over the last year, RELX ranked 2nd in the S&P 1200 for environment, social and governance (ESG) as reported in the Financial Times; 1st for ESG in the media and publishing sectors (and 17th overall) among 12,000+ companies assessed by Sustainalytics; held a AAA ESG rating with MSCI; and was one of 36 LEAD companies of the United Nations Global Compact among approximately 10,000 corporate signatories.

She is Chair of the UN Global Compact Network UK; Chair of the Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Council of the Conference Board; and a founding member of the Board of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. She is founding director of London museum and educational facility Benjamin Franklin House and previously was special advisor to the American Chamber of Commerce (UK). A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she holds an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a PHD in Economic History from the London School of Economics. She is a Member of the British Empire (MBE), an honour awarded by the Queen, and lives in London with her husband and two boys.

Dr. Nicky Black, Board member, Institute of Human Rights and Business

Dr. Nicky Black is a Director at the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), an international organisation that brings together 27 mining and metals companies and over 35 national and commodity mining associations to strengthen environmental and social performance and enhance mining’s contribution to society.  Prior to joining ICMM, Nicky was Group Head of Social Performance at De Beers, the world’s leading diamond company. She serves on a number of boards and advisory panels, including on the boards of the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), an international think tank, and the Global Compact Network UK, the UK focal point for the United Nations’ responsible business initiative.  In addition to a PhD in strategic management, she holds degrees from the Universities of McGill and Oxford.

Irina Bokova, former Director-General, UNESCO

Irina Bokova, born in Sofia (Bulgaria), has been two terms the Director- General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2917. Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Irina Bokova was a Fellow at the University of Maryland, Washington, and followed an executive program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. As Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova was actively engaged in the UN efforts to adopt Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, particularly Goal 4 on “Achieving Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promoting Life-Long Learning for All”, as well as science and new technologies for sustainable development, protection of cultural and natural heritage and biodiversity, and gender equality. Since 2010 till 2017, Irina Bokova was vice-chair of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, established by UNESCO and ITU (International Telecommunications Union), serving as a large platform for Governments, private sector and academia to support and promote connectivity and sustainable development. During the time of the work of the Broadband Commission, Bokova was chairing the Working Groups on Education and ICTs, and Gender and ICTs. Irina Bokova was also chairing from 2014 till 2017 the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board on Sustainable Development with a focus on science-policy interface.

Irina Bokova was on the Forbes List of the world's most influential women for 2016. She has received academic distinctions from leading universities across the globe such as King's College, London, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Paris Sud Saclay, France, Tongji University, Shanghai, Russian Academy of Sciences, St Petersburg, among others. In 2020 was elected International Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the category of Educational, Cultural and Non-profit Leadership.

Currently, she is Member of the Board of “Ban Ki Moon Centre for Global Citizens”, Member of the Senate of FIA and of the High Panel on Road Safety, Member of the Concordia Leadership Council, New York, visiting lecturer at the Paris School of International Affairs /PSIA/, SciencesPo, and at the University of Geneva, among others.

Kevin Brown, Co-Founder & Partner, RELX Ventures

Kevin has been involved in early stage technology & venture capital since the late nineties, first as an entrepreneur & then as an investor.  He was a founding partner of REV in 2000. Prior to REV Kevin was at SOFTBANK/ News Corporation’s European joint venture fund, eVentures.  Prior to that he founded a venture backed derivatives pricing software company after starting his career in strategy consulting with Arthur Andersen.

Kevin holds a Master of Arts degree in Social & Political Sciences from King’s College, Cambridge. Kevin serves as a director on the boards of Mode Analytics & Sixgill, and as board observer at Talix & Y Charts.  He was previously a director at Recorded Future (acquired by Insight Partners), Intelligize (acquired by LexisNexis), Healthline (acquired by Summit Partners), Inxight (acquired by Business Objects), Inpharmatica (acquired by Galapagos), Struq (acquired by Evolve Media) & board observer at Intraspect (acquired by Vignette).  He also manages the firm’s investment in Palantir.

Cristian-Silviu Buşoi, Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Industry Research and Energy Committee

Cristian-Silviu Buşoi is a Member of the European Parliament and Chair of the Industry, Research and Energy Committee. He is also Member of the Delegation for Southeast Asia, as well as substitute Member of the Committee of Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI), Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Delegation for the Arab Peninsula.

Mr. Buşoi graduated Medicine from Carol Davila University in Bucharest, Law from Titu Maiorescu University in Bucharest, and Diplomacy from the Romanian Diplomatic Institute in Bucharest. His political career started in 1996 when, as a student, he became member of the National Liberal Party. Eight years later, he entered the Romanian Parliament and, in 2013, became President of the Romanian National Health Insurance House. Since 2007, he has been elected to the European Parliament for three consecutive terms.

Jennie Butterworth, Chief Executive, Envision

In a ‘previous life’ Jennie was a Director of Policy and Public Affairs for a large national youth charity, she used her private sector experience of government relations to help some of the most disadvantaged young people in society. She has contributed to a wide range of policy issues and was on the original group convened by David Cameron to develop the concept of a National Citizen Service.

After 12 years working in alternative education, Jennie decided she wanted to find practical ways to integrate more experiential learning projects within the mainstream education system. She developed a programme to engage pupils from 50 schools in setting up community orchards and secured over a million pounds to get it started. She has also lead several in-school youth empowerment programmes, including a £6 million project to enable young people to develop projects to enhance their school grounds.

Jennie also brings a wider experience of community volunteering. Her recruitment campaign to revitalise the image of volunteering for Women’s Voluntary Service won the Institute of Public Relations Sword of Excellence (the first time it was awarded to a charity against stiff competition from the commercial sector).

Griet Cattaert, Head of Labour Rights, United Nations Global Compact

Griet Cattaert is Head of Labour Rights at the United Nations Global Compact. She started in that position in May 2019 as a secondment from the International Labour Organization. She started working with the ILO in 2006, being based in Geneva, New York and Brussels. Her expertise is on social protection, migration and the promotion of labour standards and principles in the corporate world. Between 2016 and 2018 she worked as labour specialist for the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for International Migration to support the negotiation process that had led to the adoption of a Global Compact for Migration. She has also worked for almost 2 years a CSR Manager for JBC, the biggest Belgian fashion retail company.

Mark Chadwick, Managing Director, Sustainability Solutions - UK & Ireland, ENGIE Impact

Mark brings climate advisory, technology and entrepreneurial experience to ENGIE Impact. Following a career in software, he founded a sustainability consultancy and served as CEO for 15 years. His firm provided advice to large corporates on how to manage climate change impacts on their business.

Mark worked directly with clients from the Financial Services, FMCG and Food & Beverage sectors and has expertise in climate strategy, carbon measurement and sustainability software systems. He has an MBA from London Business School, specialising in entrepreneurship. He is based in London.

Youngsuk (YS) Chi, Chairman of Elsevier, Head of Corporate Affairs, RELX

YS Chi is an international businessman and a global thought leader in the publishing, education and information solutions industries. As Chairman of Elsevier, he works directly with key stakeholders in government, academia and industry to support over 30 million scientists, students and health information professionals. In his role as Director of Corporate Affairs for RELX, Elsevier’s parent company, he is responsible for government affairs, corporate communications and corporate responsibility across all four of the group’s market segments.

Based in London and New York, Chi travels extensively to engage with scientific research communities, deliver thought leadership on key trends and advise stakeholders, boards and groups across industries.  Chi serves as Distinguished Visiting Professor at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Chi is also an independent director of Ingram Industries Inc. (Nashville, USA) and is involved in numerous educational, artistic and charitable organizations including Princeton University, the Ban Ki-Moon Foundation and the Korea Society.

Dr Lewis Collins, Editor-in-Chief, One Earth

Inspired by David Attenborough documentaries as a child, Lewis has been amazed by the natural world from an early age. Undergraduate and master’s degrees in Earth Science and Climate Change nurtured this interest, but it was doctoral and post-doctoral research on Antarctica that centered his focus on environmental change. Following over 5 years with the Nature Research Group, Lewis joined Cell Press as the launch Editor-in-Chief of the journal One Earth, a home for high-quality research that seeks to understand and address today’s environmental grand challenges. One Earth aspires to break down barriers between disciplines and stimulate the cross-pollination of ideas with a platform that unites communities, fosters dialogue, and encourages transformative research.

Andy Dewis, VP International Solutions, Energy & Sustainability, Schneider Electric

Andy has been working in the field of sustainability for 15 years and joined Schneider Electric in 2010. He is currently leading the EMEA International Consulting Teams at Schneider Energy & Sustainability Services, a Schneider division aiming at providing consultancy, solution development and integration services to international corporations in the field of energy procurement, efficiency, resilience and sustainability. In particular, Andy and his team help pan-european corporations with defining and driving sustainability programs and supporting Green Energy Transition.

Phil Dominy, Director Corporate Finance Energy and Infrastructure, EY

Phil Dominy is a Director in a dedicated market-leading team at EY, of over 30 energy specialists in strategy and corporate finance, based in London. Phil is passionate about fighting climate change through an increased uptake of renewable energy, and helping large companies do the right thing. He is a leading expert in developing renewable energy strategies, together with originating and negotiating long-term PPAs for large corporates in multiple countries around the world, including the UK, US, India, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Thailand, Ireland, France, Portugal, Spain and elsewhere in Europe.

Phil is also well recognized in the renewables sector for his role as Senior Advisor for EY’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Indices ( This established bi-annual publication provides a view on the attractiveness for investment in 40 countries across the world.

Monika Froehler, Chief Executive Officer of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Monika Froehler is CEO of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is a passionate change maker, advocate, founder and speaker. She was entrusted to create the BKMC after working at the UN in Geneva, NY and Vienna, the EU, the Austrian Foreign Ministry and in field missions around the globe. She is passionate about the implementation of the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement. Throughout her career she managed to support hundreds of women, young people and communities all over the globe e.g. working in Africa and Latin America to ban landmines; working to improve hospital care in rural Central Asia and Africa; assisting in eco-friendly city planning in Asia and bettering the living conditions of women in the Middle East and West-Africa.

Virgina Gardiner, Chief Executive Officer, Loowatt

Original Inventor of Loowatt toilet system, and sanitation expert since 2012. Prior to founding Loowatt in 2010, Virginia spent 7 yrs in Director and Management roles in award-winning product and design companies focussed on the environment and human health. Virginia has expertise in languages, the humanities, design, and engineering. She holds a Joint Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from Royal College of Art / Imperial College London, and a BA from Stanford University in Comparative Literature.

Sello Hatang, Chief Executive, Nelson Mandela Foundation

Sello Hatang is the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Previously he was the Head of Information Communications and spokesperson for the South African Human Rights Commission. He participated in the post-1994 transformation of the National Archives, including providing archival support for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and is a former Director of the South African History Archive (SAHA) at Wits University.  He serves on the boards of the Open Democracy Advice Centre and Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC). He is a member of the editorial team for Nelson Mandela’s book Conversations with Myself and co-editor of Nelson Mandela: By Himself: the Authorised Book of Quotations.  He is a 2014 Archbishop Tutu Fellow. He recently successfully summited Mount Kilimanjaro three times to help keep girl children in school.  Hatang was given the Keys to Florence, Italy, in acknowledgement of his leadership, and an honorary diploma from the city of Buenos Aires. 

Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet

Richard Horton qualified in physiology and medicine with honours from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He joined The Lancet in 1990, moving to New York as North American Editor in 1993. In 2016, he chaired the Expert Group for the High Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, convened by Presidents Hollande of France and Zuma of South Africa. 

From 2011 to 2015, he was co-chair of the UN's independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women's and Children's Health. In 2011, he was elected a Foreign Associate of the US Institute of Medicine and, in 2015, he received the Friendship Award from the Government of China. 

In 2019, he was awarded the WHO Director-General’s Health Leaders Award for outstanding leadership in global health and the Roux Prize in recognition of innovation in the application of global health evidence.  He wrote Health Wars (2003) about contemporary issues in medicine and health.  

He has a strong interest in global health and medicine’s contribution to our wider culture. He now works to develop the idea of planetary health – the health of human civilizations and the ecosystems on which they depend.

Christopher James, Senior Product Manager, SciVal

Chris James is Senior Product Manager for SciVal, Elsevier’s primary research performance analyses and benchmarking platform. He is part of the team responsible for the design and development of new features to help their global customer base meet their research strategy challenges. He was responsible for the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in SciVal and is currently heading a partnership with a small group of institutions to improve the mapping of publications to each SDG.

Chris joined Elsevier in Amsterdam in 2004, where he has held roles in the company’s sales and product marketing teams. Prior to joining Elsevier, he worked at an engineering consultancy in the UK. Chris James holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Sunderland.

Johan Juul Jensen, Co-Founder and CCO, Solarsack

Johan is a serial social entrepreneur working in the nexus between social good and commercial business. He is the co-founder of SolarSack, the world's cheapest water purification system, which uses the sun's free energy to purify water and is able to make 2000 liters of clean drinking water for just $2. Johan is on a mission to make SolarSack available to the 2 billion people who currently do not have access to a stable clean water source, specifically by building a distribution system that utilizes classical distribution models with local kiosks and other shops and establishes new networks of local sales agents. Outside of his job at SolarSack Johan is passionate about helping other social entrepreneurs live out their dream, and is therefore active mentoring fellows at the Resolution Project and helping found a co-working HUB in Copenhagen for companies with a social and sustainable focus.  


Lugano Kapembwa, Co-Founder & CEO, Loopcycle

Lugano built his career delivering environmental sustainability initiatives within the property, media & publishing and airport management sectors. In 2019 he started a new chapter, setting up Loopcycle. Loopcycle’s goal is to break society’s take-make-waste production and consumption; creating accurate and traceable exchanges of used resources between organisations in order to allow circular products to scale.

Lugano is particularly interested in how businesses effectively align their people, processes and technologies to turn circular theory into practice. He is optimistic that lasting positive change can be achieved by creating impactful channels through which organisations can connect for a greater purpose – a belief that is core to Loopcycle’s philosophy.


Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK

Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008, connecting UK companies and other organisations in a global movement dedicated to driving corporate sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas.  Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada.

He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.

Oduor Kevin, Chief Programs Officer, Stowelink Inc

Oduor Kevin is a public health expert, currently serving as the Chief Programs Officer for Stowelink Inc. Stowelink is a youth led organization whose single most focus is to address the burden of non-communicable disease. Oduor Kevin is the founder of INFO4FOOD, a social enterprise addressing post harvest losses using low tech machines (dryers). He is also an alumnus of YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) founded by President Barack Obama.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political & Women's rights activist

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a New York Attorney and Solicitor of England & Wales with broad expertise in the financial services industry, writer, public speaker and political commentator featured in mainstream and online media. A political & women’s rights activist, she has taught intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and coorganises women's marches and social campaigns. She founded the Women in Leadership publication as a platform to drive positive change on topical issues that impact women globally through inspiring personal leadership journeys; and established She@LawTalks to promote women & BAME leadership in the legal profession through universities and secondary schools. An academic enthusiast, she has an Executive MBA (Cambridge); PhD (Birkbeck); LLM (London School of Economics & Political Science); MA (Westminster) and LLB Hons (Buckingham University).

Susan Myers, Strategic Advisor at Goal 17 Partners

Susan is currently serving as an adviser to several organizations including the UN World Food Programme, a social impact firm called 196, where she advises corporate clients on their strategies on the Sustainable Development Goals, and Goal 17 Partners, a not for profit organization that provides a platform for private-private collaboration toward sustainability, equality and accessibility. She has a 20-year long tenure working with the UN and the global policy-making community, most recently as Senior Vice President of the UN Foundation where she managed the organization’s unique relationship with the UN and led its presence in New York. Susan has worked with leaders from the UN, government, business, civil society and academia, brokering partnerships and building efforts to drive progress on global development, and is especially passionate about the transformative potential of the private sector as a force for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. She is also active in her local community as a Board Member of Community Lifestyle in Hoboken, NJ and as an avid cyclist.

Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, PhD, Co-Founder, CEO & Chief Scientist - ECOncrete Tech LTD

Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel is the co-founder and CEO of ECOncrete Tech Ltd, a world leader in bio-enhancing concrete technologies, chosen as one of TIME Magazine 100 Best Inventions in 2019. Shimrit has over 20 years of experience in Marine Biology and Ecology, in over 30 counties, specializing in ecological enhancement of urban marine habitats and is considered a world expert in ecological engineering. Shimrit won the prestigious EU Women Innovators award, chosen as Forward Actor of the Year in the 2019 GreenTech Festival, and was noted as one of Fast Company’s 2019 top 100 Most Creative People in Business.
Shimrit holds a B.Sc. in Life Sciences, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology (Tel-Aviv University), Post-Doc (University of Bologna) - EU Marie Curie Fellow.

Elizabeth Politzer, Director Portia

Elizabeth Pollitzer trained originally in Biophysics and obtained PhD in Information Science from the University of London (Kings’ College). She spent more than 20 years as researcher and lecturer in the Department of Computing at Imperial College. She is director of Portia, a not-for-profit organisation she co-founded in 2001 with several women scientists and engineers at Imperial College. Portia's aim is to use scientific evidence to advance understanding of how gender issues impact on science values, knowledge, and quality of outcomes. In 2011, she established the Gender Summit platform for dialogue, which brings scientists, gender experts, as well as policy- and decision makers in science endeavours to jointly examine new scientific evidence showing when, why, and how biological and/or socio-cultural differences between females and males influence quality of research outcomes, and decide where improvements are needed to remove biases and inequalities. Several regional Gender Summit platforms have been developed since then, including for Europe, Africa, Asia Pacific, North America, and Latin America. This has create a global Gender Summit Community of experts and practitioners, which is currently 7000 persons strong.

Yash Ranga, Stakeholder Engagement Partner, Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Yash Ranga provides strategic vision to the two intertwined verticals of Jaipur Rugs Foundation: skill development and social development, through engaging multiple diverse stakeholders and by curating an effective partnerships platform that maximizes impact at scale.

Jaipur Rugs is known the world over for its inclusive carpet value chain that links grassroots artisans with global markets. It has got featured in ‘The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’ and has received a number of accolades. Its unique socio-economic development model is a topic of constant reference among government, industry, media and academia.

Prior to joining Jaipur Rugs Foundation, he was associated with a Silicon Valley Based Boutique IT company inspired by the disruption in technology that is taking place with Big Data, Predictive Analytics, Mobility and the Cloud. His niche areas include Conscious Capitalism, Founders’ Mentality, Social Entrepreneurship, and Multi-Stakeholder partnerships for development, Sustainable Development Goals and Base of the Pyramid Innovations.

With a background in software engineering, entrepreneurship and business strategy, he is a national boxer and a theatre artist by passion.

Mary Roach, Chief Operating Officer, Loowatt

Mary leads the development of Loowatt’s work in global underserved markets. Since 2010 Mary has been supporting and investing in emerging market start-ups through roles at Ceniarth, the GSMA, and M-KOPA. She previously worked with GE Power Generation and Engineers Without Borders Canada. Mary holds an MBA from Oxford University and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from McGill University.

Tafadzwa Sachikonye, Post Graduate

Tafadzwa Sachikonye is a young female postgraduate with interests in civic participation, governance, gender and water issues in the African context. Her SDG Micro-Project focuses on wastewater management systems in African cities (through a Zimbabwean case study) for sustainable clean water for all.

Akanksha Sharma, Head - CSR & Sustainability, Sterlite Technologies Foundation

Akanksha Sharma is an internationally acclaimed International Development & Public Policy Specialist on a mission to empower people. She is a ‘Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum’, Writer and TEDx Speaker. She is a notable voice in the socio-economic development space and is noted amongst '100 Most Impactful CSR Leaders Globally' by World CSR Congress; 'Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen List of Honour' by CSRWorks International; ‘Young CSR Leader’ by India CSR and is also conferred with the “Sustainability Leadership Award” by World Sustainability Forum.

Sharma has more than a decade of experience in leadership roles at both large corporations and UN agencies, where she led change for development through strategic decision-making and policy discourse on CSR, sustainability, business responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and impact investments. She currently leads CSR and Sustainability for Sterlite Technologies and has worked with UNICEF and other large MNCs in the past. Her role with the corporates is to advise Boards on Responsible Business and Impact Investments through Sustainability & CSR along with developing organizational approaches to establish strategic partnerships for development ranging across public, private and civil society.

She has mentored non-profits and has served on several boards and policy committees. Sharma has worked extensively on international development issues such as poverty alleviation, health, education, environment, climate change, gender issues, post conflict development, governance and more in diverse regions of the world. After completing her Master’s in Business Administration, Sharma has done her specialization from Harvard Business School in CSR. She is a member of notable national/ international CSR and Sustainability Policy Making Forums of the UN, CII and others. She has been advocating for integrating CSR with SDGs with the UN and the Government.

Sharma is widely recognized for writing a Peace Series between India and Pakistan that was published in the Dawn, Pakistan. Later, she became a “Peace Ambassador” of an international organization, Postcards for Peace, a UK based organization for her contribution on issues related to peace and conflict. Besides, she is a regular writer for Forbes, Times of India, Economic Times, Huffington Post and Dailyo (India Today) amongst many others. She is a “Global Climate Force Ambassador” and was chosen to represent India on “International Expedition on Climate Change at Antarctica” in 2017.  She has been a notable speaker at various forums on issues related to Public Policy, Business and Government.

Michael Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Chief Policy & Government Relations Officer, Global Citizen

Michael Sheldrick is a Co-Founder and Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer at Global Citizen, where he oversees international advocacy campaigns in support of universal sanitation, climate mitigation and adaptation efforts, access to education, food security, gender equality and disease elimination and prevention.

Michael oversees the policy and impact direction of the Global Citizen movement and has worked on campaigns in North America, Europe, India, South Africa and Australia. He has worked with many artists, heads of government and philanthropists including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. He has been instrumental in mobilising political and public support for the Sustainable Development Goals.

Michael's writing on these topics has been published by the Guardian, Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, The Diplomat Magazine, The South China Morning Post, The West Australian, Fairfax Media and he has been interviewed by Sky News, Forbes Magazine, VICE Impact, The New Yorker, ABC and the BBC, among others. He holds degrees in law and political science from the University of Western Australia, was 2013 Young Western Australian of the Year, and has previously been listed by The Sunday Times as one of WA's 50 Best and Brightest. In 2017, Michael was named by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth as a finalist for Young Commonwealth Person of the Year. Michael’s efforts, and those of the team he leads, was recently profiled in the Activate series, which aired on National Geographic in the fall of 2019. He is also a board member for the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens.

Since 2009, global citizens have taken over 24.8 million actions; those actions, combined with high-level advocacy work, have resulted in over 100 commitments made by governments, multilateral institutions and corporations. These commitments, are worth $48.4 billion. Of this total, $22 billion has already been disbursed with another $26.4 billion are set to be released in the upcoming years. That’s a total of 45.4% of funds raised that has been released to affect 880 million lives.

Dr Annie Sparrow, Associate Professor of Population Health, Science and Policy at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Annie Sparrow, MBBS, MRCP, FRACP, MPH, combines the clinical skills of an experienced practitioner with public-health expertise acquired from working in many of the world’s most devastating combat zones. As an Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, she teaches human rights and humanitarian aid in complex emergencies. An Australian, Dr. Sparrow spent most of her first ten postgraduate years practicing pediatric critical care in London and her native Perth. She began focusing on refugee health and human rights after a brief stint in Afghanistan under Taliban control in 1999. 

Her first high-profile public-health effort was as a lead public advocate for refugees detained in punitive conditions in Australia. After completing a Masters in Public Health at Harvard, she joined Human Rights Watch (HRW) as its first researcher with medical training, addressing HIV and sexual violence in conflict in Chad and Sudan, and provided testimony to the International Criminal Court about the widespread crimes against humanity committed by the Sudanese government in Darfur. After HRW, she spent several years based in Nairobi working in various war-torn countries for the Emergency Response Team of Catholic Relief Services, and a further year as director of UNICEF’s malaria program in Somalia for the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Since 2013 her focus has been on the humanitarian and human rights catastrophe in Syria. In 2017, Dr. Sparrow was invited to join The Lancet Commission on Syria: Health in Syria as an expert researcher. 

She has travelled repeatedly to the Syrian border to document the health crisis and to train Syrian doctors and nurses in critical care, infectious diseases, malnutrition and siege medicine. She has published widely on the public health crisis, including the systematic assaults on doctors and targeting of medical care, the re-emergence of poliomyelitis, the use of chlorine in chemical attacks and as an indirect weapon of biological warfare, and on the collision of global health, conflict and the refugee crisis.

Dr Christian Toennesen, Senior Partner, Carnstone Partners Ltd

Christian leads much of Carnstone’s work on social impact, and his clients span technology, fashion, gaming, media, pharmaceuticals and financial services. He has a particular interest in the rise of digital lifestyles, chairing our multi-client initiative, the Responsible Media Forum. He believes in joined up thinking across social, environmental and financial boundaries to achieve long term business sustainability. Christian has a DPhil in Management from the Oxford Martin School and remains committed to understanding the latest research in the field. He is a trustee of the Swire Chinese Language Foundation and Project Pressure.

Alison Wedgwood, Co-Founder and CEO eWater Services

Alison has spent over 20 years as a water and sanitation economist for  DFID, UNICEF, JBIC, World Bank and UNESCO. Worked in India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Gambia, South Africa.  Alison established her skills in the WASH field focusing on financial sustainability and  increasingly frustrated with the failure of conventional WASH programmes to provide sustainable access to water, Alison co-founded eWATER Services  which provides 24/7 affordable, sustainable water using IOT connected smart meters. eWATERservices fixes and installs new systems  and through accountable low cost revenue collection the business uses locally trained technicians to ensure  water supply systems are maintained and operated successfully.

Water costs $3-5 per person per year to the 150,000 customers in Tanzania, Ghana and Gambia.  230 million litres of water has been dispensed, and every drop tracked.  Winners of 2018 Global Mobile Technology Award (GLOMO) for "Outstanding Mobile Contribution to the UN SDG's",  2019 UK Tech Awards Innovation & Sustainability,  2019 NFC for Good Winners. Publications  include “Designing for Demand” and “A Streamlined Approach to Willingness to Pay Surveys ”

Alison is currently CEO of eWATERservices responsible for overall management and strategic leadership.

Julia Zimmerman Feil, Programme Officer, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Julia is a dedicated young professional, an engaged change-maker, and a passionate advocate for sustainability, human rights, and gender equality with over two years of experience working for international NGOs and partnering with diverse local, regional, and international stakeholders. She currently serves as a Program Officer at the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and is responsible for coordinating the Centre's Global Citizen Scholarship Program amongst other programs.

Gaythri Ramen, Managing Director SEA, LexisNexis

One of the RELX businesses, LexisNexis Legal & Professional is a leading provider of information analytics to law firms, corporations, governments, and academic institutions. Globally, the company serves customers in over 175 countries and employs over 10,0000 people. In Malaysia, the Malayan Law Journal has been reporting case law since 1932 and continues to provide premier legal content in multiple platforms serving the legal profession.

Gaythri is responsible for leading the Southeast Asia business in the development and execution of strategies to deliver innovative information analytics solutions to customers in helping them increase productivity and improve decision-making outcomes. She is also driving growth in the ASEAN region, working with partners across the multiple jurisdictions to enable access to laws and analytical tools. She speaks frequently on the topics of rule of law, legal technologies, artificial intelligence, digital transformations, and technological innovation at various events and platforms across the region.  

Gaythri is legally trained and extremely passionate about the rule of law. She is a big believer in combining technology and the law to empower individuals for the betterment of society. She is a founding member of the Businesses for the Rule of Law (B4ROL) initiative by the United Nations Global Compact to support the growth of developing countries by enabling the business community to engender legal reform, transparency and rule of law. She has also led various programs and initiatives on capacity building, access to laws and justice, legal reform and education in Sri Lanka, Maldives, South Africa, Myanmar, to name a few.

Habiba Ali, CEO, Sosai Renewable Energies

Habiba has been in the renewable energy industry since 2005. She co-founded the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies, and worked as National Coordinator. She worked on the Clean Development Mechanism project Efficient Cook Stoves for Nigeria, the Solar Lamps Assembly and sales training program, and the solar dryers for healthy foods project.

Habiba branched out to handle the commercial aspects of the renewable energy industry by launching Sosai Renewable Energies, a social enterprise which offers efficient, reliable and sustainable products including solar lamps, solar home systems and water filters to the people of the rural and peri-urban communities of Northern Nigeria.

As managing director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies, Habiba is manages a partnership with C-Quest LLC to implement a nationwide Programme of Activities for improved cook stoves in Nigeria. Sosai is currently empowering communities and businesses with solar technologies ranging from roof top solar panels, solar home systems, 10Kw Micro Grids for communities, solar dryers and integrated energy centers. The organization has deployed over 60,000 improved cookstoves, 15,000 solar solutions and has impacted the lives of over 650,000 people in Nigeria. Their work at Sosai has ensured a saving of about 120,000 tons of CO2 per annum and has saved over 75,000 trees from being felled. She is poised currently to by the end of 2020 have deployed through Sosai over 25 Solar Dryers which promise to save about 60,000 tonnes of food that would have gone to waste.

Habiba through Sosai is a member of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, she is currently the Vice President of the Renewable Energies Association of Nigeria and a Member of the Clean Cooking Alliance, the Nigerian Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves and the Netherlands Alumni Association of Nigeria where she is a Member of the Board of Trustee. She is also a member of the board of trustee at the Mainstream Foundation and sits on the advisory board of several companies Gigronin and

Habiba was named a Cherie Blaire mentee in 2016 a GSBI fellow 2017. She has also been named a Vital Voices GROW fellow, a World Bank Womenx fellow a graduate of the Cherie Blaire Road to Business Growth program and a fellow of the SEForum Business Accelerator. In 2018 Habiba was the African winner for the UNSDG WeEmpower award and went on to become the Global winner of the Coveted Dianne Von Furstenberg prize. She was honored at the 2019 Vital Voices Global Leadership Award as the Honoree for Economic Empowerment. She is also A 2019 Acumen West African Fellow, a Perennial and Cordes fellow

Habiba holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a master’s degree in banking and finance and a PhD in Management Candidate.

Dr Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, Co-Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist, ECOncrete Tech LTD

Dr. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel is the co-founder and CEO of ECOncrete Tech Ltd, a world leader in bio-enhancing concrete technologies, chosen as one of TIME Magazine 100 Best Inventions in 2019. Shimrit has over 20 years of experience in Marine Biology and Ecology, in over 30 counties, specializing in ecological enhancement of urban marine habitats and is considered a world expert in ecological engineering. Shimrit won the prestigious EU Women Innovators award, chosen as Forward Actor of the Year in the 2019 GreenTech Festival, and was noted as one of Fast Company’s 2019 top 100 Most Creative People in Business.

Shimrit holds a B.Sc. in Life Sciences, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Zoology (Tel-Aviv University), Post-Doc (University of Bologna) - EU Marie Curie Fellow.