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Join global leaders at our 2021 SDG Inspiration Day - Mobilising Business for a Better World: Accelerating Business Action on the SDGs taking place virtually on Tuesday 22 June, 9:30am to 4:30pm (BST)

In 2021, the role for businesses to accelerate the SDG’s is needed now more than ever. This year's SDG Inspiration Day will bring together innovators, thought leaders and sustainability professionals to catalyse business action on the SDGs. 

This virtual event is about connections, knowledge sharing and innovation. It is free to attend. 

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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 in 2017, to launch the SDG Resource Centre; Silicon Valley in 2018, exploring the themes of disruptive tech; Amsterdam in 2018, exploring the themes of partnerships; Delhi in 2019, exploring SDG 11 Sustainable Cities and Communities; Amsterdam in 2019, exploring the power of data to advance the SDGs; and virtually in 2020, exploring 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?   

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.


Mobilising Business for a Better World: Accelerating Business Action on the SDGs


Please note times are all shown in British Summer Time (BST)

09.30 to 10.30am

Opening Plenary

Introduction and host for the day: Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu

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

Keynote address: Professor Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Laureate and founder of Grameen Bank

Ban-Ki Moon address

10.30 to 11.15am

These two panel discussions will happen simultaneously

Panel discussion: Mobilising future business leaders on the SDGs - Moderated by Monika Froehler, CEO, Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens

  • Shabnam Siddiqui, Executive Director, UNGC India
  • Akosua Pepra, Operations Consultant and Global Citizen Scholar
  • Kenneth Kwok, Youth Council Member of the World Humanitarian Forum and a SDG Ambition Leader of UN Global Compact

Panel discussion: Business for the rule of law – Moderated by Patrick Stevens, Rule of Law Director, Optima Group

  • Sarah Haddadi, Head of Rule of Law Business, LexisNexis Legal & Professional MENA
  • Antony Crockett, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Gaythri Raman, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, LexisNexis Legal & Professional
11.15 to 11.30am

SDG customer award and inspiration Presented by Nick Luff, CFO, RELX

11.30 to 12.00pm 

Talk to the experts (simultaneous interactive discussions)

Measuring for success: ESG, SDGs and Investors 

  • Vivian Frost, Manager - Client Relations, Sustainalytics
  • Mirième Hill, Corporate Responsibility Project Manager, RELX

Building impactful business-charity partnerships 

  • Mark Waddington, CEO, Hope and Homes for Children
  • Alexis Steadman, Community Manager, RELX

Implementing living wage commitments

  • Rachel Cowburn-Walden, Global Director - Human Rights Stewardship, Unilever
  • Frederic Pinglot, Group Sustainability Performance Director, Schneider Electric
12.00 to 12.15pm 

Main stage inspiration 

12.15 to 1.00pm 

Leadership panel: Accelerating business action on the SDGs Moderated by James Harding, Co-Founder and Editor, Tortoise Media

  • Hugh Jones, CEO, Reed Exhibitions
  • Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier
  • Philippe Diez, Partner for the European Sustainability Consulting Services, Schneider Electric
1.00 to 1.30pm

Talk to the experts (simultaneous interactive discussions)

Setting science-based targets

  • Gary Cafe, Consultancy Manager - Sustainability, Energy & Sustainability Services
  • Andy Dewis, VP International Solutions, Energy & Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric

Digital Accessibility: Designing and delivering inclusive digital products and services

  • Ted Gies, Accessibility Manager, Elsevier
  • Dan Jolley, Senior Accessibility Auditor, Disability Accessibility Centre (DAC)

Employee resource groups: mobilising for an inclusive and diverse workforce 

  • Rhonda Moore, Chief Diversity Officer, LexisNexis Legal & Professional
  • William Houston, Software Engineering Manager, Risk Solutions Group



1.30 to 2.00pm

SDG Customer award and inspiration - Presented by Jelena Sevo, Chief Strategy Officer, RELX

2.00 to 2.50pm

Panel: The Future of Global Health: How Businesses Advance the SDGs with Science and Global Health Diplomacy - Moderated by Robin van Puyenbroeck, EVP and Treasurer on the UNA-NY board

  • Usama Malik, Former Chief Innovation Officer/Chief Strategy Officer at Pfizer and current CEO of Fore
  • Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM
  • Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Committee, Honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Member of Parliament at the Mexican Congress



2.50 to 3.30pm 


Panel: Business action to reduce inequalities - Moderated by Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK

  • Anna Falth, Head of Women’s Empowerment Principles Secretariat, UN Women
  • Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO and Board Member of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens
  • Wes Smith, Senior Director Market Planning, Risk Solutions Group
  • Manuj Aggarwal, Chief Innovation Officer/Founder, TetraNoodle Technologies
3.30 to 4.30pm

Closing plenary

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

Ban Ki-Moon address

Mick Sheldrick, Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Affairs Officer for Global Citizen

Sanda Ojiambo address

Baroness Helena Kennedy address

Dr Márcia Balisciano, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, RELX



Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens

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.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management and automation operating in more than 100 countries. As a digital partner for sustainability and efficiency, Schneider Electric aims to empower all to make the most of energy and resources, bridging progress and sustainability for all. Recognized in 2021 as #1 in Corporate Knight’s Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies, Schneider Electric has accelerated their own sustainability strategy with 6 long-term commitments, as well as being part of the solution of their customers for a more inclusive and sustainable world.


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.

United Nations Association of New York

As the host city chapter of the United Nations Association, the United Nations Association of New York (UNA-NYC) plays a key role in our worldwide movement. We seek to strengthen the UN system, and to promote constructive United States leadership at the UN.

Through the work of UNA-NYC, as well as nearly 200 community-based chapters around the country and their 20,000 members, UNA-USA creates a powerful national constituency for a United Nations that advances American interests in a global system. Among the benefits of joining the United Nations Association is the opportunity to connect with the critical issues confronted by the UN — from global health and human rights, to the spread of democracy, equitable sustainable development, and international justice.


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 million actions which, when combined with high-level advocacy work, have resulted in commitments made by governments, multilateral institutions and corporations worth over $48 billion. These commitments will impact more than 880 million people by 2030.

Media Partner - Tortoise

Tortoise is a response to two problems.

The daily noise: we are overwhelmed by information. The problem isn’t just fake news or junk news, because there’s a lot that’s good – it’s just that there’s so much of it, and so much of it is the same. In a hurry, partial and confusing. Too many newsrooms chasing the news, but missing the story.

The power gap: the divide between the powerful and the powerless is widening. We feel locked out. Alarmed by the lack of vision, hungry for leadership in business, technology and society. We believe in responsibility; we care about dignity.

World Humanitarian Forum

World Humanitarian Forum (WHF) is the largest and most inclusive nonpartisan forum in humanitarian aid and international development.

WHF brings together decision-makers and opinion-formers in the public, private and non-profit sectors, as well as the next generation of partnership-builders. The annual WHF advances critical global discussions and transforms conversations into action, as well as providing a powerful forum to catalyse collaboration through shared-value approaches and social impact objectives.

WHF is an international knowledge exchange platform at the intersection of government, aid, development and innovation aimed to improve the lives of millions in need

Ban Ki-moon, 8th Secretary-General of the United Nations and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Ban Ki-moon is a South Korean diplomat who was the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations (UNSG) from January 2007 to December 2016. Before becoming UNSG, Mr. Ban was a career diplomat in South Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and in the United Nations. As the eighth UNSG, Ban Ki-moon's priorities were to mobilize world leaders around a set of new global challenges, from climate change and economic upheaval to pandemics and increasing pressures involving food, energy, and water. He led the efforts for the landmark Paris Climate Agreement and, under his leadership, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda were created.

Ban Ki-moon currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens which seeks to empower youth and women to become active global citizens in creating a sustainable future for all. In addition, he currently holds over 20 positions, including the Presidency and the Chairmanship of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and Chairmanships of the Global Commission on Adaptation, the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee, and the BOAO Forum in Asia.

Professor Muhammad Yunus

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is the father of both social business and microcredit, the founder of Grameen Bank and of more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, the Fortune Magazine names Professor Yunus in March 2012 as "one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time."

In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. He is the recipient of 61 honorary degrees from universities across 24 countries. He has received 136 awards from 33 countries including state honours from 10 countries. He is one of only seven individuals to have received the Nobel Peace Prize, the United States Presidential Medal of Freedom and the United States Congressional Gold Medal.

He has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine, Newsweek and Forbes Magazine. 

Manuj Aggarwal, Chief Innovation Officer/Founder, TetraNoodle Technologies

Manuj Aggarwal is the founder and Chief Innovation Officer of TetraNoodle Technologies. He has 25 years of experience in the fields of software and technology and some of his notable roles include Principal Software Architect at Microsoft, Director of Software Engineering at Pearson Education and Chief Technology Architect at the University of British Columbia and Ministry Of Health, British Columbia, Canada. Manuj's path to success is one of a determined and inspiring youth. Now an entrepreneur, investor, author and podcast host, he has 4 patents in the field of AI and Machine Learning and his company is teaching 180,000 students across the world.

Habiba Ali, Managing Director and CEO, Sosai Renewable Energies Company

Habiba Ali is the managing director and CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies Company, one of the largest distributors of renewable energy in Nigeria. Sosai Renewable Energies provides renewable energy products like solar lamps, water purifiers and solar panels, as well as energy consulting services to help bring clean, renewable energy solutions to Nigeria’s budding communities. Ali also co-founded the Developmental Association for Renewable Energies (DARE),and is a member of the Partnership for Clean Indoor Air and the Nigerian Energy Network. She holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

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.

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Kumsal Bayazit, CEO, Elsevier

As Chief Executive Officer, Kumsal Bayazit is a strong advocate of research and innovation and leads Elsevier's 8,600 people in their mission to help researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. Kumsal plays an active role in Elsevier’s partnerships to support a sustainable and equitable future. A lifelong champion of inclusion in science, health and the workplace, Kumsal co-chairs Elsevier’s Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board and serves on the Elsevier Foundation Board. She leads the company’s support for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, contributing to Elsevier’s 2020 report The Power of Data to Advance the SDGs.

Kumsal joined Elsevier as CEO in February 2019 from Elsevier’s parent company, RELX, an R&D-driven FTSE 20 company, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools. Since 2004, Kumsal held multiple management positions, in Exhibitions, Legal and Risk divisions, including as Chief Strategy Officer of RELX. Kumsal also chairs the Technology Forum at RELX, responsible for technology, risk management and cyber security strategy across the Group, and oversees the coordination of 9,000 technologists and data scientists.

Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO and Board Member of the Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens

Irina Bokova, born in Sofia, Bulgaria, was the Director-General of UNESCO from 2009 to 2017. Having graduated from Moscow State Institute of International Relations, she 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 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. 

From 2010 - 2017, Irina was vice-chair of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, a platform established by UNESCO and ITU (International Telecommunications Union) for governments, private sector and academia to support and promote connectivity and sustainable development. During this time, Irina chaired the Working Groups on Education and ICTs and Gender and ICTs. From 2014 - 2017, she also chaired the UN Secretary General’s Scientific Advisory Board on Sustainable Development, with a focus on science-policy interface.

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

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

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Gary Cafe, Consultancy Manager – Sustainability, Energy & Sustainability Services, Schneider Electric

Gary works as International Consultancy Senior Manager focusing on decarbonization journeys, integrated into our clients' sustainability & climate programs to help companies across Europe to achieve their climate goals and spearhead the green transition. Gary has 15+ years of energy procurement and sustainability experience from energy intensive companies in the Oil & Gas, Chemical and Telecommunications industries and now helps multiple sectors consider the risk and opportunities presented to them as they manage their sustainability journey. He holds an MSc in Energy Studies & Renewable Energy from Murdoch University and Bachelors of Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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Youngsuk ‘YS’ Chi, Director of Corporate Affairs and Asia Strategy for RELX & Chairman, Elsevier

Youngsuk ‘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), CFI Education (Vancouver, Canada) and Educational Testing Service ETS (Princeton, NJ), and is involved in numerous educational, artistic and charitable organizations including Princeton University, the Ban Ki-Moon Foundation and the Korea Society.

Rachel Cowburn-Walden, Global Director- Human Rights Stewardship, Unilever

After spending her previous career in UK politics including working in the Prime Minister’s Political Office in 10 Downing Street and as Head of International Relations for the Labour Party, Rachel joined Unilever in 2008. After working in Unilever UK and Ireland External Affairs, she joined Unilever’s Global Head Office in 2012 leading on Corporate Responsibility. After working in the Chief Sustainability Office on Social Impact, she moved, in 2016, to Supply Chain as part of the Integrated Social Sustainability Team. She is now Global Director Human Rights Stewardship, working across the business on Unilever’s human rights and social impact strategy, addressing endemic business and human right issues and their root causes. She also leads Unilever’s human rights public reporting.

Anthony Crockett, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills

Antony specialises in public international law and complex cross-border dispute resolution. He leads our global Business and Human Rights practice and is a member of the firm's ESG leadership group.

Antony has extensive experience advising governments, international organisations and private sector clients in the area of public international law, including in relation to investment treaty arbitration, State and diplomatic immunity, sanctions and embargoes, recognition of States and governments, treaty law, human rights and international economic law.

Antony is tri-qualified, in Australia (Victoria), England & Wales and Hong Kong SAR. He acts as advocate in international arbitration proceedings and in arbitration-related court proceedings.

Antony is ranked in Chambers Global for Business and Human Rights Law where he is described as a "leading expert on human rights and business, well versed across the full spectrum of issues including legal, political, international and commercial perspectives."

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Gabriela Cuevas Barron, Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Committee, Honorary President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Member of Parliament at the Mexican Congress

Active in politics since she was 15 years old, she was elected Federal Member of Parliament for the first time at age 21. She has been Federal Member of Parliament three times, Local Member of Parliament, and a Constituent Member of Parliament in the Constituent Assembly of Mexico City. Additionally, she was the first woman to be elected Mayor of the Miguel Hidalgo Delegation. She also chaired the Foreign Relations Commission when she served as Senator.

Currently, she is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee and Co-Chair of The Lancet COVID-19 Commission’s Task Force on Humanitarian Relief, Social Protection, & Vulnerable Groups. She is also part of the Task Force on Global Health Diplomacy and Cooperation, and the Regional Task Force for Latin America. In addition, Ms. Cuevas is a member of the Unite Global Parliamentarians Network to End Infectious Diseases and the International Parliamentary Network for Education. She is also a Fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science.

In 2017, Gabriela Cuevas Barron became the youngest and the second woman President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). She sought to increase the prominence and prestige of the IPU as the global institution for parliamentarians. She also received the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur by the Government of France, and the Cavaliere di Gran Croce, Ordine Equestre di Saint’ Agata on behalf of the Government of the Republic of San Marino.

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

Andy has been working in the field of sustainability for 15 years and in that time has contributed to a number of cross industry initiatives to help advance the role the business plays to address sustainability challenges. Andy joined Schneider Electric in 2010 and is currently leading the EMEA Sales 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 clean energy, efficiency, resilience and sustainability.

Today, with his team, Andy supports pan-European corporations to define and drive sustainability programs and supports Climate Transition.

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Philippe Diez, Partner for the European Sustainability Consulting Services, Schneider Electric

Philippe Diez joined Schneider Electric in 2010. Since 2014, he is the Europe Middle-East Africa Vice President for Energy & Sustainability Services, a Schneider division aiming at providing consultancy, solution development and integration services to international corporations in the field of sustainability and carbon management.

In 2019, Philippe additionally took the lead on the new East Asia & Japan hub that was initiated to accommodate the rapid energy transition in the region. Philippe and his team are bridging progress and sustainability at Schneider Electric, as they are enabling sustainability solutions for customers as well as playing on the internal side of the equation with deep involvement in the corporate sustainability strategy. In the past year, they have helped several pan-European and global corporations at defining and driving Climate Action programs as well as taking advantage of new opportunities arising in the market across many of the SDG’s.

Most recently Philippe has been appointed as the Partner for the European Sustainability Consulting Services organization within Schneider Electric’s Sustainability Business Division.

Sarah El Battouty, Chairman, Founder and CEO, ECOnsult

Sarah El Battouty is a global award winning architect with 18 years’ experience in the field of Green and Environmental Buildings and Sustainable Development. Sarah is the founder of one of Egypt’s unique Environmental Design, training and strategy company ECOnsult who have achieved the highest number of energy saving certified projects in Egypt by an Egyptian consultant. Her design work spans from Egypt to Italy and China focusing on partnering with the private sector and government on implementing green projects with social impact. She is also an entrepreneur that founded another unique start-up in Egypt that specializes in transforming scrap waste into luxury high-end sustainable furniture. MuBun Sustainable Furniture is currently exporting.

In 2014 Sarah was appointed as a senior Advisor to the Egyptian President focusing on sustainable community development. Sarah is among the most decorated and influential women in the field of climate change, environmental design and green economy by international institutions. She is among the first Arab and first Egyptian to be a finalist and awarded Ashden Partner and to receive the EarthShot Prestigious Global Nomination.

She has worked on several projects with the presidency adopted by government including introducing energy and water saving awareness programs into the media and education system as well the creation of a youth leadership program to empower youths to participate in the political process. Her focus has been Egypt’s environmental policy which culminated in the successful ratification of Egypt signing the Paris Climate Agreement and embarking on a nationwide program for energy saving as well as water scarcity awareness. Sarah represents Egypt as an official in a variety of lectures and summits focusing on climate, housing and national security. She is now working to make environmental awareness and resource and natural heritage preservation entre the Egyptian curriculum with the Ministry of Education which she sees as a cause and passion.

Anna Fälth, Head of Women's Empowerment Principles, UN Women

Anna Fälth heads the Secretariat of the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) – a set of principles offering guidance to business on how to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment in the workplace, marketplace and community. Anna also manages the EU-funded programme “WE EMPOWER through responsible business conduct in G7 countries”. As such, Anna provides policy advice and organize multistakeholder dialogues on gender and economic issues, foster collaboration, learning and innovation in advancing women’s economic empowerment. She also leads UN Women’s work on STEM, and technology.

An economist, Anna has more than 20 years of experience as economic advisor within the UN system, including UNCTAD, UN-DESA, UNDP and UN Women. She has a MSc in Economics from Lund University, Sweden, and a Masters in Law and Economic from Hamburg University, Germany.

Anna can be reached at: @afalth @Empower_Women, @WEPrinciples and

Monika Froehler, Chief Executive Officer, 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.

Vivian Frost, Manager - Client Relations, Sustainalytics

Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company, is a leading ESG research, ratings and data firm that supports investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. For more than 25 years, the firm has been at the forefront of developing high-quality, innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of global investors. Today, Sustainalytics works with hundreds of the world’s leading asset managers and pension funds who incorporate ESG and corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Sustainalytics also works with hundreds of companies and their financial intermediaries to help them consider sustainability in policies, practices and capital projects. With 16 offices globally, Sustainalytics has more than 800 staff members, including more than 300 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise across more than 40 industry groups.

In her role, Vivian supports and advises UK and Ireland-based pension funds, investment managers and banks in their efforts to meaningfully apply ESG research and analysis in their investment processes. Vivian has over 10 years’ experience working in sustainability having previously worked with corporates to understand and manage the environmental, social and governance risks within their own operations and supply chains.

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Ted Gies, Accessibility Manager, Elsevier

Ted Gies leads the Digital Accessibility Team at Elsevier and chairs the RELX/Elsevier Accessibility Guild. Ted has worked across RELX companies as a UX designer, researcher, and global accessibility authority. He chaired the company accessibility policies, developing several tools and coalitions across divisions. Fascinated by easy to use and barrier free information in the STEM field, his current projects include a company maturity model, EPUB3 books, accessible web charts, and a belting training system. Ted has led design and user studies in Oil & Gas Geoscience, Academic Research, and Corporate Innovation. He has a patent award on an intelligent file naming system and has published in several scholarly journals.

Sarah Haddadi, Head of Rule of Law Business, LexisNexis Legal & Professional MENA

Sarah Haddadi is the Head of Rule of Law Business for LexisNexis MENA and the Deputy Director of LexisNexis Middle East office.

She manages all "Business for Rule of Law" activities for LexisNexis Middle East and Africa.  In this role, she is in charge of several contracts with governmental entities, all of which promote the Rule of Law. She also leads many initiatives focusing on gender equality in the region to promote its advancement and to raise awareness of women’s rights, including speaking at conferences on this particular topic. In parallel, Sarah also manages all LexisNexis legal events and training activities for the MENA region.

Sarah studied Law at the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne and Panthéon-Assas, where she obtained a Master's degree in Rule of Law and Lobbying. More recently, she successfully completed a training program on Women Leadership at Yale University. Prior to joining LexisNexis in 2015, Sarah worked in a law firm in Paris.

James Harding, Co-Founder and Editor, Tortoise Media

James Harding was the Director of News and Current Affairs at the BBC, the world’s largest news organisation, until January 2018. Prior to that he was Editor of The Times of London from 2007-2012, winning the Newspaper of the Year in two of the five years he edited the paper.  He was previously The Times’ Business Editor, having joined from The Financial Times, where he worked as Washington Bureau Chief, Media Editor and China correspondent opening the paper’s bureau in Shanghai in 1996. He is the author of Alpha Dogs – How political spin became a global business and he presented On Background on the BBC World Service with Zanny Minton-Beddoes, editor of The Economist.

William Houston, Software Engineering Manager, Risk Solutions Group

William Houston, in LexisNexis Risk Solutions, has worked at LexisNexis/RELX for over 21 years. During his career at LNRS, William has worked as a senior software test analyst, senior software engineer, and manager of software engineering. William has been a part of many projects throughout the year, managing applications that have generated over $300 million dollars of revenue annually. When describing his job, William likes to say that “I help good people to find bad people”! William is also a leader in the African Ancestry Network (AAN). Is married with 2 children!

Dan Jolley, Senior Accessibility Auditor, Disability Accessibility Centre (DAC)

Dan Jolley is the Senior Accessibility Auditor for the Digital Accessibility Centre (DAC), based in Swansea, Wales. He has been involved in digital inclusion and digital accessibility for the last ten years, previously working to increase digital awareness and with socially excluded groups in South Wales. Dan has been with the DAC for 6 ½ years predominantly auditing digital products including websites and apps along with other technologies such as ATM’s (Cash machines) and digital TV products.

Hugh Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Reed Exhibitions

Hugh has been with RELX since 2011 when RELX purchased Accuity where he was the Chief Executive Officer. Since 2011 Accuity has grown to become one of the world’s largest and most significant companies in the payment routing and Anti Money Laundering sectors. In addition to leading Accuity, Hugh has led Fircosoft, NRS, I.C.I.S, Estates Gazette (EG), and Cirium, serving most recently as Global Managing Director within the Risk and Business Analytics Division.

Through the years he has led large scale acquisition and integration processes of many companies that now reside and prosper within the RELX portfolio. He assumed the CEO role at RX (Reed Exhibitions) at the start of 2020. Since that time, he has transformed the company by elevating the power of face to face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions. Under his leadership, RX is committed to making a positive impact on society and creating an inclusive work environment for all of its people.

Hugh is well versed in public company protocol and all facets of firm management including P&L oversight, talent development, forecasting, sales execution, technological innovation, and product discovery, launch and growth.

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 also Chairs the UN Global Compact’s Global Network Council and sits on the UN Global Compact Board.

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.

Dr Lily Khidr, Academic Research Scientist and Executive Publisher, Elsevier

Dr Lily Khidr is an academic research scientist and Executive Publisher for Elsevier, a publishing and analytics company specializing in scientific, technical, and medical content. Elsevier is a part of the RELX Group, a company that works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell.

Lily received a BS in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley; an MS in physiological sciences from UCLA, and a MS/PhD in biochemistry & cancer genetics from UC Irvine School of Medicine. She has served as an Editor at Nature Genetics and Science Translational Medicine, and has served as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Biological Sciences at Columbia University.

Lily is a Fellow of United Nations Association of New York's Worldview Institute, and is a member of the Board of Directors at the United Nations Association of New York.

Kenneth Kwok, Youth Council Member of the World Humanitarian Forum and a SDG Ambition Leader of UN Global Compact

Kenneth is the Asia-based Youth Council Member of the World Humanitarian Forum and a SDG Ambition Leader of UN Global Compact. His focus is on the intersectionality of #impact, #innovation and #inclusion. Through a hybrid for-profit and non-profit circular model, he wishes to advance multi-stakeholder ownership towards climate action. He is the Founder and CEO of Global Citizen Capital, an inter-disciplinary impact venture focused on education, climate change and healthcare, through a multi-faceted ESG lens. His passion in SDG Education is evident in KIDsforSDGs, a leading community of young changemakers in Hong Kong, which he co-founded to enlighten and empower youth on education and action for sustainable development. His work has been recognized by the World Economic Forum with a speaking engagement at Davos 2021 and two Innovators memberships: i) UpLink Innovator (crowdsourcing innovation to deliver on the SDGs) and ii) Global Innovator (accelerating frontier technologies to further digital transformation).

Nick Luff, CFO, RELX

Nick Luff joined RELX as Chief Financial Officer in September 2014. He has previously been CFO of Centrica and of P&O, having qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG.

Usama Malik, CEO, Fore

Usama is the CEO and a board member of Fore Biotherapeutics. In this role, Usama is responsible for working with the board and key stakeholders to build and scale the preeminent precision oncology company that is committed to treating and curing hard-to-treat cancers using its patent-protected functional genomics platform that identifies high unmet need populations with few existing treatment alternatives. Usama recently joined Fore from Immunomedics Inc. As CFO and CBO at Immunomedics, Usama led the day-to-day transformation of the company over four years and concluded a precedent-setting $21 billion transaction to Gilead in 2020.

Usama has over 25 years of experience in the technology, telecoms, and healthcare industries in key leadership roles ranging from corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions, venture investing, product development, and general management. He has worked on large-scale transformations across Fortune 500 companies, while helping to scale and grow numerous venture-backed and mid-sized organizations. He has led key strategic efforts to bolster company balance sheets, take out costs, generate new revenue streams, raise capital, and lead multibillion-dollar M&A transactions.

Ronda Moore, Chief Diversity Officer, LexisNexis Legal & Professional

Ronda Bazley Moore is the first Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer for LexisNexis Legal & Professional and leads development and implementation of a strategic inclusion and diversity agenda for LexisNexis Legal & Professional.

Ronda was appointed to this role in July 2020 after leading the organization through a historic period, where she launched Unconscious Bias training and a Courageous Conversation series to help the organization better understand and openly discuss race and social justice.

Ronda was the Vice President, Global Talent Development at LexisNexis, where she partnered with business leaders to advance the knowledge, skills and capabilities of professionals across the organization.

Ronda joined LexisNexis in 2016 as Senior Director of Talent Development in North America and became VP, Global Talent Development in 2018. During her tenure at LexisNexis, Ronda has evolved LexisNexis talent development programs, enabling greater career progression for employees and leaders.

Prior to joining LexisNexis, Ronda worked with Accenture, Bank of America, Deloitte and IBM. A native of Charlotte, NC, Ronda completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and earned a graduate degree from North Carolina State University.

Ronda’s passion for people extends beyond the workplace and she cares deeply for others and contributes her time and talent as a leader in several organizations in the community such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the Junior League and Jack and Jill of America. One of Ronda’s greatest joys is being married to her best friend, Warte, and being a mother to a precocious 4th grader, Bazley Grace and her one year old, Bentley.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Author of This Is Why I Resist; Lawyer; Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political & Women's rights activist

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a political & women’s rights activist, taught intersectional feminism to female refugees and asylum seekers; scrutinizes government policies from a gender and diversity inclusion perspective; and co-organises women's marches and social campaigns. She is also 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. 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).

witter/Facebook/Instagram: @SholaMos1

Sanda Ojiambo, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact

Sanda Ojiambo is the Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. Launched in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact is the Secretary‑General’s strategic policy and advocacy initiative calling for the alignment of business operations and strategies with 10 universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It also motivates companies to integrate the SDGs into their core business strategies and operations.

Ms. Ojiambo, brings 20 years of experience to lead the UN Global Compact. She has served as Head of Sustainable Business and Social Impact, Safaricom Plc, Kenya since 2010. Ms. Ojiambo was also the Senior Manager of Safaricom and MPESA Foundations, Kenya from 2008 to 2010, during which she led the implementation of several public-private partnership initiatives between Safaricom and UN organizations.

Throughout her career, she has cultivated and managed relationships with key business entities and civil society organizations, including her capacity development work in Somalia with UNDP and CARE International.

Ms. Ojiambo holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Minnesota, USA, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and International Development from McGill University, Canada.

Akosua Pepra, Operations Consultant and Global Citizen Scholar

Akosua is a Consultant at Deloitte Canada in the Energy Resources and Industrials sector. Prior to joining Deloitte, Akosua worked as a Regional Manager in a Nationwide Waste Management Project in Ghana, as an analyst in urban sector group in Green Climate Fund in Korea, and as a Business Incubation Manager for a circular economy accelerator. She has over 6 years of experience working in energy, water, circular economy, and climate change. She is actively involved on climate change, sustainability, and social innovation initiatives, as well as in advocacy programs focused on women and youth.

Akosua holds a Master of Engineering and Public Policy degree from McMaster University in Canada and a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.

Outside of consulting, Akosua supports several non-profits and youth development programs around the world. Notable among them is her work with widows and orphans in Ghana. She is also passionate about providing career advice and mentorship to young people looking to enter the job market.

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Robin van Puyenbroeck, Executive Director of Business Development, World Trade Centers Association.

Mr. van Puyenbroeck a purpose-driven leader with more than 20 years’ experience in international business development, partnerships, corporate strategy, and non-profit leadership. He most recently served as Vice President-Business Development for Ethan Allen Global, based in Danbury, Connecticut, where he effectively managed and grew a network of international licensees and developed strategies for building alliances and B2B contract business.

Previously, Mr. van Puyenbroeck worked as an international business and partnerships consultant, counseling clients on strategic communications, political and organizational strategies, as well as business transactions that require a deep appreciation of markets and geopolitical context. Leveraging his expertise in the Middle East and Central Asia he advised a wide range of organizations, from emerging market corporations to policy think tanks, on strategic reviews, investment promotion campaigns, market introductions and business development.

Prior to his consulting work, Mr. van Puyenbroeck worked with ING Group where he held progressive leadership roles within the company's Global Management Programme with broad experiences in business development, staff function, client relationship management, finance and project management. Mr. van Puyenbroeck began his career as an attorney for the Ernst & Young law firm in Brussels, and he holds J.D. and L.L.M degrees in international law from Ghent University and Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium.

Mr. van Puyenbroeck has leadership experience in the IGO/NGO sector, including his current roles as Under-Secretary-General for the EUCLID Intergovernmental Organization, and as Executive Vice President & Treasurer of the United Nations Association of New York. He speaks five languages (Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German) and has traveled extensively on business in Europe, the Middle East, Central and Greater Asia, and North America.

Gaythri Raman, Managing Director, Southeast Asia, LexisNexis Legal & Professional

Gaythri Raman is the Managing Director of LexisNexis Southeast Asia, a leading legal technology company that provides information analytics together with premium legal content to law firms, corporations, government and academic institutions. 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 extremely passionate about the rule of law. She is a believer in combining technology and the law to empower individuals for the betterment of society. Together with her team based in Malaysia and Singapore, LexisNexis’ work in the Southeast Asia region drives SDG 16, supporting institutions such as the courts, legislators, academia and the legal profession, thus ensuring rule of law. 

Throughout her career, Gaythri initiated and executed on projects to advance the rule of law in various jurisdictions. Noteworthy projects include the Consolidation of Laws and Judgments in the Maldives, the Constitutional Reform Workshop for lawyers in partnership with the  Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and various forms of training and capacity building in legal education across Southeast Asia.


Jelena Sevo, Chief Strategy Officer, RELX

Jelena Sevo is the Chief Strategy Officer for RELX. Before this, she was the Director of Tax Markets for LexisNexis UK and, prior to that, held various senior management roles in LexisNexis and Elsevier. Previously, Jelena was a consultant at Bain & Co and Booz Allen Hamilton. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in law from Georgetown University and a degree in law from the University of Belgrade.

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

Michael Sheldrick is a Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact and Government Relations Officer at Global Citizen. Over the past decade, Global Citizen’s campaigns have led to over $35 billion distributed to anti-poverty efforts around the world.

Michael leads Global Citizen’s campaigns to rally support from governments, businesses and foundations to get the world on track to end extreme poverty. Michael has worked on campaigns globally with artists including Beyoncé, Coldplay, Idris and Sabrina Elba, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Priyanka Chopra, Rihanna, Usher, and world leaders including Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and former Australian Prime Ministers Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd.

Michael was one of the four Co-Founders who spearheaded the first major Global Citizen advocacy campaign - The End the Polio - in 2011 which raised $118 million with the support of John Legend and then Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Most recently, Michael served as an Executive Producer of Vax Live, co-chaired by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan. The campaign focused on vaccine equity and acceptance, which resulted in 26 million vaccines committed for developing countries.

Michael has written on development issues in Forbes, the Guardian, Huffington Post, The Diplomatic Courier, The Diplomat Magazine, The South China Morning Post, The West Australian, and Fairfax Media. He has been interviewed by ABC, BBC, The New Yorker, Forbes Magazine, VICE Impact and Sky News among others. Michael’s efforts, and those of the team he leads, was profiled in National Geographic’s Activate series aired in 2019. He was named by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth as a finalist for 2017 Young Commonwealth Person of the Year. He is also a board member for the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens and the Advisory Board of Parliamentarians for the Global Goals. Michael holds degrees in law and political science from the University of Western Australia, and was 2013 Young Western Australian of the Year.

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Shabnam Siddiqui, Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact Network India

Ms. Shabnam Siddiqui is Executive Director at the United Nations Global Compact Network India. An academic practitioner with twenty-five years of experience, Shabnam specialises in developing and executing strategic intervention through multi-stakeholder networks, is skilled at training and research and has several national and international publications to her credit. Shabnam is a great believer and practitioner of Collective Action, and believes that the private sector plays a critical role in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals.

Academically Shabnam has a Masters in Sociology from India, a second Masters in International Peace Studies from USA and embarked on a PhD in Public Policy at Singapore. Her latest academic foray was to the University of Oxford as a CRISP Fellow (Chevening Rolls Royce Innovation, Science, Policy and Leadership) based at Said Business School.

Shabnam is a wildlife photographer, a biodiversity conservationist, passionate and committed to the holistic development of wildlife and forests.

Wesley Smith, Global Lead for Information Ecosystems, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

As Global Lead for Information Ecosystems at LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Wesley Smith identifies and develops contributory data platforms in the U.S. and internationally that gather and analyze data from consortium members using innovations in Machine Learning/AI, and in linking digital and physical identity assets.

His current work is focused on supporting the financial inclusion initiatives of traditional banks and fintechs by applying the digital identity services of LexisNexis Risk Solutions to help those organizations manage risk.

Wesley has over 30 years of experience in the commercialization of emerging technologies for startup and Fortune 500 companies. His activities have included strategic business development and planning for energy, transportation, and information companies and government agencies.

Wesley received a law degree from George Washington University in 1989, and lives in Park City, Utah.

Alexis Steadman, Global Community Manager, RELX

Alexis joined RELX in 2019 to lead RELX Cares, their global community programme supporting employee volunteering and giving that makes a positive impact.

She started her career in the charity sector at The Prince’s Trust and her interest in social impact began when she was appointed as project manager for a partnership between the Prince’s Trust and Marks & Spencer.  Alexis went on to do a Masters in Corporate Responsibility before joining the CR team at Marks & Spencer where she worked on their industry leading Plan A programme for nearly 10 years.

After M&S, she moved to the sustainably team at TJX (the parent company of TK Maxx) before taking the role at RELX.

Patrick Stevens, Rule of Law Director, Optima Group

Patrick is a renowned leader in rule of law development and justice delivery. He was a member of the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service for 24 years where, after leading some of the UK’s most sensitive and serious terrorism cases in the unprecedented period immediately post 9/11, he set up and led the CPS’ International Division for over a decade.

As the CPS’s first International Director, Patrick developed a global network of justice advisors and international engagement that delivered strategic and operational Rule of Law improvement at the heart of the UK’s national security effort worldwide. He recruited and deployed the CPS’ first strategic justice advisor into West Africa in 2010 and by 2014 he led a network of 35 lawyers in 28 countries. Patrick has a unique mix of operational and policy making experience in the field of international justice. Representing the UK Government, worked across all major crime threats in over fifty jurisdictions working with politicians and justice leaders to agree and implement reforms.

Patrick joined the Optima Group as their Rule of Law Director in 2018 and set up their Rule of Law team, replicating the approach and leadership he brought to his work with the UK Government. Three years and a pandemic later, Optima Rule of Law now works across the globe addressing challenging justice issues with partners such as UNDP, IOM, UNICEF, GIZ and the UK FCDO. Patrick also works with Space for Giants, a wildlife charity in Africa, to assist their work to strategically improve the response to the illegal wildlife trade

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Dimitri de Vreeze, Co-CEO and COO, DSM

Dimitri de Vreeze is Co-CEO and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at DSM and a member of the company’s Managing Board. Since joining DSM in 1990, he has played a key role in transforming DSM into a global purpose-led, science-based company active in Nutrition, Health, and Sustainable Living.

Initially part of DSM’s Finance team, Dimitri later moved into sales and management. He developed his career within the DSM Resins & Functional Materials business group, becoming Business Group Director of DSM Resins in 2010.  Dimitri was appointed to DSM’s Managing Board in 2013. He has led successful efforts to improve the performance of DSM’s Materials businesses, reshaping the company’s Materials portfolio and setting out a clear Materials’ strategy. During his second board tenure, Dimitri has continued to drive the transformation of DSM’s Materials businesses, with a focus on high-growth specialty segments.  As DSM Co-CEO since 2020, Dimitri is able to energetically pursue his twin passions of sustainability and innovation. He believes strongly in the role of ethical and responsible business in realizing global net-zero emissions and tackling major environmental and social challenges.

Dimitri is leading the roll-out of DSM’s Health through nutrition for people and planet agenda to ensure healthy and accessible food and nutrition within planetary boundaries. He has a particular interest in the environmental impact of food production and has played an integral part in DSM’s efforts to support sustainable animal farming and develop non-animal protein sources.  During the recent period, Dimitri has helped oversee the commercial launch of Bovaer®, DSM’s feed additive aimed at significantly reducing cow-related methane emissions, as well as Veramaris®, a DSM joint venture to produce omega-3 fatty acids from natural marine algae. He also maintains a close interest in DSM’s advancement of biobased and recycled materials solutions.

Beyond DSM, Dimitri is a member of the European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)’s Executive Committee and Board and chair of the Council’s Sustainability Advisory Forum. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Sanquin, a Dutch non-profit responsible for ensuring a safe and efficient blood supply, and Chairman of the Young Captain Foundation. A keen sports fan, Dimitri is a board member at the Dutch Olympic Committee Fund, NOC*NSF, and a close follower of DSM’s pro cycling team, Team DSM.

Dimitri holds a master’s degree in Business Economics from the University of Groningen

Mark Waddington, CEO, Hope and Homes for Children

Mark has 27 years experience working in the humanitarian and international development sectors, of which sixteen years he has been as a CEO - eight years running War Child and eight years running Hope and Homes for Children. He has also served as a Board Chair for ten years, and was recently appointed to the Board of the UK's largest children's charity, Barnardo's. He received the CBE for services to global child protection in the 2019 UK Honours.

Since Mark joined Hope and Homes for Children in 2012, they have doubled their income, trebled beneficiary reach, taken a leading role in negotiating a cross-government policy statement on the UK’s position on promoting the deinstitutionalisation of child care internationally, and most recently helped to secure the new UN Resolution on Children Without Parental Care.

Mark was appointed to the Board of Barnardo's at the end of 2019, and then also as the Chair of the Barnardo’s Foundation Advisory Board in January 2021.