Our mission is to inspire those people to take action, empower them to change their world for the better, and connect them so they can achieve more together than they can alone.
That mission begins at home, on the South Side of Chicago, where we are building the Obama Presidential Center.
But it extends to all our work, whether it’s holding leadership training sessions in communities throughout the U.S., bringing local leaders together in countries around the world, working to support the global education of girls, or ensuring young men of color have pathways to opportunity.
Actress and Activist. Whose credits in television include ER, Mr. Robot and Lincoln.
Waterkeeper Alliance strengthens and grows a global network of grassroots leaders protecting everyone’s right to clean water.
Formerly advisor to Al Gore’s environmental organization, The Climate Reality Project.
Also served on the Advisory Council of the National Wildlife Federation and the Leadership Council for the Natural Resources Defense Council.
A pioneer in business, science and culture, he set zero emissions in practice and coordinated think tanks of scientists for technological breakthroughs.
A member of a Vatican Foundation and the Club of Rome, he writes fables to inspire children – almost 350 published in China.
Today he operates Porrima, the only ship circumnavigating the world for 100,000 nautical miles with solar, intelligent kite and hydrogen from seawater.
John Fullerton is an unconventional economist, impact investor and writer – and the architect of Regenerative Economics.
After a successful 20-year career as Managing Director of what he calls “the old JPMorgan,” John created the Capital Institute in 2010 – dedicated to the bold reimagination of economics and finance in service to life.
John serves on the board of several institutions and is a member of the Club of Rome.
Christian is the founder of Ecosia, the search engine that plants trees.
He launched Ecosia in 2009 after a year-long trip around the world to help people in developing countries and to do something about climate change.
The Berlin-based search engine now has 100 employees and millions of users, enabling the company to plant a tree every second.
Ursula von der Leyen, was a member of the German Bundestag from 2009 to 2019 and a Federal Minister in Germany for more than 14 years, responsible for Family Affairs (2005-2009), then for Labour and Social Affairs (2009-2013) and later for Defence (2013-2019).
In 2019, she was elected President of the European Commission.
As the head of the European executive, she has defined six headline ambitions for Europe for her mandate: a European Green Deal, a Europe fit for the digital age, an economy that works for people, a stronger Europe in the world, promoting our European way of life, and a new push for European democracy.
Ali Tabrizi is a Documentary Filmmaker, Environmentalist, and Director of the groundbreaking Netflix Original documentary, Seaspiracy.
After soaring to one of the top 10 movies in close to 50 countries shortly after its premier,
Seaspiracy turned the world of conservation upside down with hard hitting factual revelations, and its emotional, investigative, and adventurous journey into the hidden world of the fishing industry.
Luís Araújo is the President of Turismo de Portugal (Portuguese National Tourism Authority) since February 2016.
He is also President of ETC – European Travel Commission since September 2020 and President of NEST – Tourism Innovation Center in Portugal.
He served the Portuguese Government as Head of the Cabinet of the Portuguese Secretary of State for Tourism between 2005 and 2007.
Luís Araújo began his career in the Group Pestana, where he held different roles such as Board’s Associate for New Projects in Brazil, Board Member responsible for the Hispanic America hotels operations and Vice President for the South America, among other roles.
Satya S. Tripathi is Secretary-General of the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet. A development economist, lawyer and changemaker with over 40 years of varied experience.
He has served with the UN for more than two decades in key positions across the planet and was most recently the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Head of New York Office at UN Environment and Secretary of the UN Environment Management Group.
#tide has one goal: to give waste a value.
The Swiss company was founded in 2019 and has so far saved more than 30 mio plastic bottles from polluting the ocean.
Waste is collected by fishermen in Southeast Asia and turned into a valuable raw material which can be used to create durable products.
The mechanical upcycling method has been developed with the Swiss University and #tide does not process any virgin plastic.
Recognized as a leading world authority, Professor Mohan Munasinghe holds many awards for his exceptional global contributions to climate change and sustainable development.
His research served as the foundation for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Biologist & Social entrepreneur known internationally for her business models.
Nominated in 2017 Most Powerful Women Award by Goldman Sachs and Fortune magazine and by the magazine Strategy and Business, as one of the three most influential women in Central America.
Experienced entrepreneur, Environmental Laureate, Business Angel, and Senior manager driven by visionary ideas and entrepreneurial spirit.
He founded a high-tech solar energy company, developed it to market leadership and sold it to a strategic investor.
Today’s focus is mostly on biochar and climate change mitigation. He is an investor in Carbuna AG and Carbonfuture and Chairman of EBI – European Biochar Industry Consortium.
Will Wynn is the award-winning former two-term Mayor of Austin, Texas.
His policy achievements set Austin on its path to unparalleled urban economic development while also advancing remarkable sustainability initiatives.
Educated and trained as an architect and urban planner, Wynn continues to use his influence as an advisor and consultant to governments, utilities and private entities.
Will Wynn has joint Irish and U.S. Citizenship and currently lives in Cascais, Portugal.
Cameron is a serial social entrepreneur and designer who has built over 420 projects in more than 60 countries, developing shelter, education and health facilities for over 2.6M people.
He is the founder of Worldchanging Institute, a global think-tank focused on humanitarian and environmental design innovation.
Additionally he serves as Chief Alchemist of Armory of Harmony, a non-profit which transforms assault weapons into musical instruments.
Sarah Tuneberg is an entrepreneur, technologist, and emergency manager who has worked across government and the private sector leveraging data and technology to solve complex climate change, national security, and disaster response challenges.
Sarah pioneered adaptation pathway modeling, a climate risk mitigation strategy, within enterprise business and financial markets. She is recognized globally as a pioneer in climate technology innovation.
Captain Cornelissen has participated in more than 25 Sea Shepherd campaigns, rising through the ranks to become Captain.
After six years on the ships, he spent another six years running a successful campaign in the Galapagos Islands as the Director of Operations.
In his current role as Chief Executive Officer for Sea Shepherd Global, he guides global operations.
Leading a highly capable team of professionals that spans five continents, he oversees a wide array of international public-private partnerships, manages country agreements, and is responsible for the movements of all vessels in Sea Shepherd’s fleet.
Creator of ColorADD, the color alphabet for colorblind, which allows the inclusion of about 350 million colorblind people worldwide whenever color is a factor of identification, orientation or choice.
Through co-creation models, this universal language is implemented in several countries in different sectors of society, promoting inclusion, as well as at Primary Schools, taking this code to education to allow the inclusion of colorblind children without discriminating.
CEO of the Desmond Tutu Tutudesk Campaign and eldest daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the ubuntu’s world spiritual leader and Nobel Peace Laureate.
Named one of the global 100 Real Leaders for 2018 by Real Leaders magazine. Passionate about peace, racial reconciliation and equality by improving the health and educational experiences of young people, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.
For years, Mila has been navigating the quest to learn how living systems and their lifecycle, within nature and society, behave and balance themselves in times of disruptive and emerging change.
She is exploring projects of heart experimenting to this essence and upholding the integrity to think, be, and act to co-create conditions for all life forms to flourish.
Federico has co-founded Net Zero Insights – probably the largest database of climate tech startups in Europe and North America.
His work consists of providing data, insights and updates on the climate tech venture space to investors, corporates, researchers and policy makers.
We work to change the way the world acts on climate.
In The Pond Foundation we support companies to build 21st century regenerative value chains that create life in soils, communities and for the planet.
In 2018 Jack left the Royal Marines to launch a creative agency specialising in operating in remote locations.
Two years later, sold the agency to Berkshire Hathaway and worked with them to develop Virtual and Augmented reality mission planning tools for defence.
With a passion still rooted in the creative world, Jax returned with a mission to change the industry for the better.
He is now leading a new breed of agency, one that sparks positive change, one built on purpose and one with a very clear mission.
Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest-growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water. Marc has dedicated his entire career to environmental advocacy.
In addition to authoring numerous articles, Marc has appeared in publications like The New York Times, The Guardian, and Politico, and his quotes have been picked up by wire services such as AP, Bloomberg, and Reuters.
Chris manages the partnerships for the ocean conservation NGO Sea Shepherd Global, to help Defend, Conserve and Protect our ocean.
It’s important to partner for the goals with many entities, this way we can keep our fleet in the ocean and fight the good fight.
Futurist, expert in New Economies and Collaboration, idealizer of the 4D Fluxonomy methodology that combines Future Studies with New Economies to meet the needs of the 21st century market and society.
She also founded the Crie Futuros movement, created to inspire desirable futures.
Lala is also an international speaker, who presented on 4 continents and is considered one of the 100 women in the world who are co-creating a collaborative future.
Founder of Threads Worldwide and Creator of The Elevation Ecosystem Ideological Framework.
Kara creates life-changing work with women around the world through the fair trade of artisan jewellery.
Her focus is on building a team of Socialpreneurs and creating community among all involved.
Bio architect and Post Graduate in Cooperative Games, he dedicates his career to mobilize teenagers, youth and adults by designing and applying virtual games, scavenger hunts and collective actions that lead to small community revolutions.
He is the CEO & Founder of Epic Journey and Co-founder of the ONG LiveLab, both promoting the regeneration of communities with different approaches.
Edgard is also an Ashoka Fellow, Teacher of post-graduate courses and Counselor of Institutes.
Founder of Integrity.Earth and Whole Systems Integrator at Hypha & SEEDS, a financial ecosystem and Digital Currency for a Regenerative Economy.
Franz is motivated to create tools, processes, and on the ground collaborations to support the blossoming of bioregional economies of abundance.
Gidon Bromberg is the co-founder and 27-year Israel Director of EcoPeace Middle East.
Has written extensively on the relationship between water issues and Middle East peace and presented before the UN Security Council, UN Climate Summit, US Congress, European Parliament, and other international forums.
An attorney by profession, alumni of Monash University in Australia, Washington College of Law at American University and Yale University’s World Fellows program.
Paul Hodges is a trusted adviser to major companies and the investment community, and has a proven track record of accurately identifying key trends in global marketplaces.
He is chairman of New Normal Consulting and a Global Expert with the World Economic Forum. Paul also serves as Advisory Board chairman for Infinity Recycling and non-executive Chairman of NiTech Solutions.
Kimberly is a Futurist for Partnerships, Strategy, Impact & Innovation and specialist in the Blockchain, Metaverse & Web3 domains.
International Speaker, a global impact entrepreneur and established thought-leader in the fields of public-private-partnerships, sustainability and collaborative innovation eco-systems.
Specialist SDGs, Smart & Sustainable Cities, and Financial Innovation. Univ. Prof./Researcher (Tokyo; Beijing and Shenzhen; Geneva; ParisTech; IESE BS; Luanda and Lisbon).
Originated and managed € 10 Bn+ in investment projects in more than 250 cities. Engineer (U. Porto), post-grad in Private and Venture Capital (Harvard BS), Ph.D. in Devel. Studies (U. Lisbon). Published 40+ articles, papers, and book chapters. (en, fr, pt, ru, cn, jp).
Brazilian TV presenter, psychologist and actress.
Founded the Embaixada da Paz, an association dedicated to the dissemination of the culture of peace through social projects in urban centers, some of them articulated with the UNODC.
ZERO – Associação Sistema Terrestre Sustentável assumed the commitment to intervene in Portuguese society for the defense of environmental issues.
At ZERO, Susana follows the areas of sustainable societies and new forms of economy.
Thought Leader and creator of the Integral City, calls herself an “AQtivator”.
Author of Integral City Book Series that led to the creation of the Integral City Meshworks, a constellation of communities and practices that nurtures cities as human hives.
It creates the ideal conditions for human innovation and ecoregional resilience.
Studied Computer Science, Organizational Design and Engineering and lived inside Big Corporations for 21 Years.
Currently leads international transformational programs deploying automation and artificial intelligence solutions.
Fascinated with the arts of gathering, dialog, transformation, living systemic thinking, change, decision making, search for purpose and meaning, joy and collaboration.
Engaged in unfolding Value Flows supportive of all life on our beautiful planet, as life is our biggest Legacy.
Story Activist working with story in service of positive systemic shift.
She is an internationally recognised process host, building capacity for people to bring their stories to life and a steward of Art of Hosting, teaching participatory practice around the world.
Passionate about storytelling and relevant causes for our communities, she produced and directed a short film and will be debuting her first documentary in the event.
On The Face Of It – A Documentary About Consent, tackles sexual assault, how to develop support systems and the impact of the play Prima Facie.
I preside over the Spanish chapter of Sea Shepherd Global and give talks on the biocentric philosophy of the organization and other ecosophical topics and themes such as ecoanxiety, anthropology and deep ecology.
As President of Sea Shepherd Spain, I coordinate information on Sea Shepherd Global campaigns and raise funds for those campaigns.
Aquaai provides the most affordable, quality underwater visual and environmental data easily accessed on a web dashboard delivered by bio-inspired, autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that look and swim like real fish to unobtrusively harness information from marine and freshwater environments.
Aquaai’s mission is to help keep humanity alive by combining risk management and biomimicry.
A veteran of the Creative Economy, Culture & Entertainment industry.
Currently engaged as a founding director in the structuring and growth of Amazone Fun Parks SA, including the world’s first Amazon based theme park.
Development of the largest exhibition on the Brazilian Amazon, shown in 10 countries and seen by over 2 million visitors, including “Amazon & the Climate” at the UN in NY, and the Brazilian Pavilion at COP16.
Bethany has worked in innovation strategy for three Fortune 100 companies, and has founded and built innovation labs in the academic and culinary space, working closely with PepsiCo R&D’s Culinary Innovation Lab to lead food scientists in elevating their capacity for producing their most creative ideas against company-wide sustainability goals.
She now leads Paint the World, an organization that has worked in 23 countries to shift the paradigm around the impact potential of the arts.
Forestry Engineer from UTAD and postgraduate in Sustainability from Stanford and Harvard Universities, Luís Rochartre was Director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD Portugal and WBCSD) and is currently a consultant on corporate sustainability and manager of carbon neutrality projects.
He is senior advisor of several institutions, such as INSURE.Hub, Zero Emissions World, and GlobeScan.
With a PhD in Business Sciences (Finance), João works on projects related to firms’ investment decisions, sustainable finance, structured finance, enterprise risk management.
Since 2015 he has been a consultant to EIB & EBRD.
He has published in several academic journals, such as Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Services Research, European Financial Management.
He is also co-leader of INSURE.hub (in partnership with Planetiers)
Ana Matias holds a Master in Marine Ecology from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.
Ana works for Sciaena since 2014 where she was firstly responsible for VAL+, a project to enhance local fisheries.
She is currently the Fisheries and Aquaculture coordinator at Sciaena, monitoring and advocating the implementation of marine conservation policies at national and European levels, specially the implementation of the CFP and ending overfishing.
Ana is currently also focusing more and more on climate related issues and extractivist activities.
Patrik focuses on facilitating disruptive innovation at the intersection of digitalization and sustainability.
His passion lies in developing sustainable business models and assisting companies in managing that transition profitably.
With 20+ years of experience in strategy, M&A, innovation, and sustainability worldwide, Patrik has been frequently invited as a keynote speaker at conferences such as World Green Design Forum and TEDx.
Daniel Christian Wahl is one of the catalysts of the rising reGeneration and the author of Designing Regenerative Cultures – so far translated into seven languages.
He works as a consultant, educator and activist with NGOs, businesses, governments and global change agents.
With degrees in biology and holistic science, and a PhD in Design for Human and Planetary Health, his work has influenced the emerging fields of regenerative design and salutogenic design.
Winner of the 2021 RSA Bicentenary Medal for applying design in service to society.
Philosopher of aesthetic civic discourse and practitioner of informed perception.
As founder and director of Filo Sofi Arts, a New York City based art gallery and progressive education space, she fosters meaningful partnerships to curate and produce contemporary art and education programming throughout the US and abroad.
Aruta facilitates workshops grounded in formal analysis of art with the aim of broadening horizons and leading to a more values driven and purposeful life.
As founder of the University for International Cooperation, he is guiding the development of innovative educational programs and methodologies.
Involved in projects on global and climate change, biosphere reserves, protected areas, sustainable tourism, and local rural development.
Also works in the development of natural solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, and new approaches to food security through the promotion of organoponic urban and suburban agriculture.
John drives the strategy, coordination, and vision for the IEEE SA Planet Positive 2030 Program.
He is also Executive Director of the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems. Author of the books, Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity To Maximize Machines and Hacking Happiness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World.
Founder of Essence Branding, a consultancy for building brand platforms based on the essence and purpose of the business, with international certification by the B System, operating in Brazil, Mexico and China.
Maria is also the President of the National Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (Conaje) and the current representative of Brazil at the Youth G20 and at the Ibero-American Federation of Young Entrepreneurs (FIJE).
Judith is the founder of Magical Places, a new hospitality concept inspired by ideals but designed for tangible, positive impact.
Proof of our capacity to grow, learn, create meaning, connect with others and ourselves.
Co-creator and former deputy managing director of the Hotel Tannenhof 5* in St. Anton am Arlberg, and has held creative leadership positions in the hospitality, entertainment, media and event industries across Europe.
She also co-founded the Culinary and Art festival in St. Anton in 2013.
With TogetherForTheBetterGood, the Impact Investment Platform for the Dutch Caribbean, with Bonaire as pilot , we want to help (grow) local companies and projects by matching their need with investors who want to do good and have an impact, as well as providing management, coaching, advising and project management.
Monica practised as a solicitor for 15 years, specialising in defamation and privacy claims.
She is the Director of the Schools Consent Project, a charity which sends lawyers into schools to teach 11-18 year olds the legal definition of consent and key sexual offences,through interactive workshops.
She is passionate about educating and empowering young people, by ensuring they have accurate and comprehensive knowledge to enable them to enjoy respectful, fulfilling relationships.
Michele serves as an advisor to CEO’s in industry, government and nonprofits. Co-founded One Earth.org, and is the author of the book series “DreamMakers Innovating for the Greater Good”.
She served on President Clinton’s Transition Team and in 1993 was appointed by President Clinton as Director of the Federal Quality Institute, a driver in Reinventing Government.
Consultant and international speaker specialized in strategic planning, product development and the tourism market.
He combines those activities with the direction of his own companies in the tourist sector.
Mario also teaches at the University for International Cooperation (UCI) in the areas of Sustainable Development, Tourism Marketing and Strategic Planning.
Founder of the P2P Foundation, an international organization focused on studying, researching, documenting and promoting peer to peer practices in a very broad sense.
Michel is also co-author of “Peer-to-Peer: The Commons Manifesto” which elaborates on a new social, political and economic dynamic emerging due to the structural crises that capitalism is facing.
Phoebe is a renegade scientist, changemaker and social entrepreneur building a regenerative society.
She is the founder of Moral Imaginations, designing leadership programmes using imagination, hope, and neuroscience to help people build their brains’ imagination capability.
Her background includes molecular biology at Cambridge University and she is currently Scientific Advisor to the Inner Development Goals and Templeton World Charity Foundation, and a Fellow for Existential Hope at the Foresight Institute.
Co-founded and served as CEO of Grupo Anga, a holding of remote and self-managed companies that vary from consultancies to investing firms, focused in generating a positive socio-environmental impact.
Grupo Anga&Din4mo, created from the merger of Anga Grupo and Din4mo is the official publisher of MIT Sloan Review Brazil.
He has spent most of his time working as CEO of Tribo, a consulting firm for organizational culture and conscious leadership.
Sabina is an International Cooperation IP Administrator and has been working for most of her career in international cooperation in an international institution.
Co-founder of Together and Me, she is also the host of Ideas Powered for business Talks held by the EUIPO (European Union Intellectual Property Office).
Professor of German and Culture Studies, and author of over 140 publications.
Member of the board of the European Women Rectors Association and the Academia Europea.
Invited by the Chancellor of the University of Oxford to become a trustee of the alliance EUROPAEUM.
Appointed by Pope Francis for the Scientific Council of the Holy See’s Higher Education Accreditation Agency.
Consultant for the Congregation for Catholic Education.
Raquel Gaspar vision gave rise to the “keepers of the sea” creating new jobs for fishing women in education, awareness, and scientific data collection for seagrass restoration.
She has a special role in awareness and advocacy of key stakeholders.
Her power is to trigger action, gathering community, science, and decision makers.
As a marine biologist, Raquel Gaspar integrates the scientific and education teams of Ocean Alive.
Kai is the President of ASSOCIATIONWORLD, Europe’s largest network of European and International associations.
He is an International Association Executive, Social Entrepreneur, Speaker & Moderator who is all about mission, purpose, leadership, people with the desires to inspire action.
Head of Development with the International Sport and Cultural Association, driving developments at several International and European associations in the field of disability.
He is also the founder of the Geneva International Association Forum, Brussels International Association Forum and the Washington International Association Forum.
Dina Storey is a Partner with Strategy& and a member of the firm’s Energy, Utilities, and Resources practice in the Middle East.
She is also leading the development of the Strategy& ESG Impact Center.
Dina is an ESG and sustainability specialist with more than 16 years of extensive corporate and NGO/government experience.
She has led projects involving climate change risk mitigation, global sustainability practices and methodologies, circular economy, energy efficiency, and ESG.
Prior to joining Strategy&, she led the development of the Dubai Expo 2020 sustainability and ESG agendas.
Dr Monica Verbeek is the executive director of Seas At Risk, the Brussels-based network of environmental NGOs from across Europe that promotes ambitious policies for marine protection.
With over 30 member organisations spanning 16 countries, it represents millions of citizens that care deeply about our ocean.
Earlier she worked as a researcher and with Greenpeace. She has extensive experience running ocean protection campaigns.
Frederik is an eco-industrialist who spends half his time on environmental activism and the rest as an investor, advisor, and mentor for environmental technology companies – mainly in the energy and material efficiency sectors.
Frederik is chairman of Hunton Fiber AS in Gjøvik, Norway and sits on several boards in Norway and abroad. After some 30 years in Asia and London, he now lives with his American wife in Lisbon.
Jorge is an engineer, master’s in International Relations, postgraduate in Environmental Law and specialized in Development Cooperation.
Currently works as a public manager in the state’s business sector, in the environment area.
He is a jury for the climate change indicator of the ECOXXI Municipalities Program – Green Flag and a member of the Task Force for the recognition of Climate as a Common Heritage of Humanity, at the United Nations.
He is regularly invited as a specialist in initiatives for sustainable development and is the author of the book “The Cities’ Mission to combat Climate Change”, as well as several scientific and opinion articles.
We transform plastic and old fishnets, collected from the Ocean, with the help of fishermen, into Recycled Polyester Yarn and Recycled Polyamide Yarn that we use to produce our own brand of Customized Sneakers, Bags, Clothes and a MicroPlastic Collector Laundry Bag
David is an investor, entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, and thought leader of the global technology landscape.
His entrepreneurial accomplishments span several companies founded and grown over more than twenty years.
David is Managing Advisor of Beyond Enterprizes, a strategic advisory firm, providing technical leadership, support capabilities to projects in all stages.
Beyond’s over 50 clients reached a combined market capitalization of over $4B, as of August 2022.
Renowned Executive Coach, Transformation Facilitator, Leadership Development Consultant, and TEDx Speaker.
Tiago advises organizations on how to facilitate transformation from within, harnessing the talent of their people.
As an entrepreneur, he has co-founded an innovative Talent Advisory firm, and a social network of global Portuguese talents that connected 38,000 Portuguese talents in over 256 worldwide cities.
Arranger, composer, educator and music producer has worked alongside artists from Brazil and abroad in the most diverse styles, having participated in almost a hundred recordings/discs.
He works on some of the most outstanding music projects in the world in Brazil like Mawaca and Ethno Brazil, in addition to several works with immigrant communities.
He created the artistic-pedagogical project “A Magnífica Orchestra Paulistana de Músicas do Mundo”.
Laura Aguilera (PhD in Ocean and Coastal Engineering) has been professionally involved in projects within the fields of environmental modelling, marine renewable energies, ocean reforestation, and coastal impacts of climate change.
She has also experience in leadership, project and team management, and entrepreneurship.
After working in different research centres in Spain and Brazil, she joined Colab +ATLANTIC in 2020.
A law graduate from Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Maria Pena Ermida completed a postgraduate course in Sea Science and Business Administration as well as a Master’s degree in International and European Law at NOVA School of Law with a focus on Law of the Sea.
She is currently PhD Candidate, studying the governance of marine areas beyond the jurisdiction of States at Católica Global School of Law.
Patrícia Matos was a journalist at TVI between 2007 and 2020, where she presented the program Diário da Manhã, took part in the founding project of TVI 24.
She teaches at Universidade Nova, at the Military University Institute, and at ISLA Santarém and is also a trainer in corporate communication and media training for television journalism.
In August 2022 she assumed the position of Innovation Director of the Global Media Group.
Together with our partners, BRACENET, a German sustainable startup specialized in upcycling former fishing nets, that recovers ghost nets from the oceans.
In their Hamburg manufactory, BRACENET upcycles these and end-of-life fishing nets by hand into new products like bracelets (“Bracenets”), keychains, dog leashes or goal nets.
From their proceeds, Bracenet regularly donates to ocean protection – over 200.000 € so far. Therefore, with BRACENET, everyone can contribute to saving our seas.
Laura has spent her entire career working at the intersection of sustainability, organizational development, climate change policy, and the intelligence of nature.
She has started and led multiple international organizations focused on the global transformation to sustainability.
Selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, and a Sustainability Expert. Co-author of the book Regenerative Leadership.
Yana Abu Taleb is the Jordanian Director of EcoPeace Middle East which is a unique regional organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists to promote sustainable development and advance peace efforts in the Middle East.
The organization has offices in Amman, Ramallah and Tel-Aviv.
As Jordanian Director, Ms. Abu Taleb leads EcoPeace activities concerning the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, the Good Water Neighbors and the Water Energy Nexus Projects.
Her responsibilities include supervising international project development and management, serving as a liaison to and lobbying of governmental and private sector figures and organizations on major regional policy issues relevant to environmental protection and transboundary water. She is heavily involved in promoting and facilitating national and regional dialogue to advance policy processes needed for sustaining peace.
She co-authored many reports and policy papers and speaks regularly at local and international conferences.
A convinced European, Sofia Moreira de Sousa has worked on European issues for more than two decades, namely on foreign and security policy.
Prior to her current position, she was the EU Ambassador to Cabo Verde and was Deputy EU Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa.
Present at the birth of the European External Action Service, until 2014 she was advisor to its Deputy Secretary-General.
Earlier in her career, she worked in the International Relations Department of the European Space Agency and at the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany.
She qualified as a lawyer in 1999.
She holds a law degree from the Catholic University of Porto, Portugal, and a LLM in International Relations from the University of Hamburg, Germany.
Two siblings, 17 and 14 years old, who recognize the urgent need to act regarding the climate and ecological crisis.
In 2017, they met Global Legal Action Network.
Through its support, together with 4 other young people, they created the case #Youth4ClimateJustice.
As a result, a complaint was filed against 33 European governments at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
They have also participated in several protest actions, climate strikes and given voice in news reports and major newspapers, worldwide.
Biologist, specialized in ecology and strategic management, created the first registered ecosystem manager position in Portugal.
CEO and Co-founder of NBI a consultancy specializing in biodiversity, ecosystems and natural capital.
He is part of several working groups as Senior Advisor, such as the Porto Protocol and the Wines of the Alentejo.
He teaches Natural Economics in the Post-Graduation in Sustainability Management at ISEG-IDEFE
Marine biologist working at Sciaena in marine litter, seabed mining, among other topics, namely fisheries and shark conservation.
Joined Women In Shark Science program and the FindRayShark project in 2019. SOA Portugal Hub leader.
After crossing Africa on a bamboo bicycle, Ricardo created the concept called “The Redesign of speed”, to use the bicycle as a concrete tool to promote social empowerment. The project was presented at the UN Conference COP-21.
As the founder of Pedala Queimados – a city ranked as the most violent in Brazil, in 2017 – he started building bamboo bicycles for a local bike share program and ended up creating jobs for local, mainly vulnerable young people
Former CEO and Chairman of EDP Renewables North America/USA. Has worked in the financial sector, becoming General Manager at Bank Millennium BCP and member of the Executive Boards of several companies.
Currently, he is an Adviser to the Executive Board of EDP – Energias de Portugal, holds the position of President / Vice-president across other organizations, and is a member of several Boards of Business Schools in Portugal.
President of the Business Angels Club in Lisbon, whose main objective is to support potential entrepreneurs who demonstrate the ability to transform ideas into life projects.
Isabel is also a Board Member of Investors Portugal and Founding Partner of Star Busy Investments & Innovation which supports projects with a high degree of innovation.
Apart from her entrepreneur side, she is also Professor, Mentor and Business Consultant.
Adrian Griffiths is an enthusiastic advocate for profitable sustainability.
As the founder of Recycling Technologies, he spent over a decade developing a chemical recycling process for mixed plastics. He sits on the management board of the British Plastics Federation’s Recycling Group and Chairs the Innovation Campus for the Circular Economy (ICCE).
He is a chartered engineer, with a degree from Imperial College.
Has worked in top companies in the areas of branding, communication, marketing, and design. Has held different roles and responsibilities both in the area of creative management and in the area of direction and/or strategic management.
Until March 2022, he was in charge of Brand, Creativity and Design at Gaia Education.
He developed one of the most emblematic projects of this organisation and with the greatest global impact: the SDG Flashcards – a tool for working with the “SDG – Multiplier Facilitation”.
Consultant with a Ph.D. in energy sustainable systems and 10 years of work experience. Has a seasoned experience with consulting projects in finance, and general energy and carbon consulting from footprint modeling to policy research and sustainability strategy set-up.
Ana has experience in multiple sectors and in countries within Europe, North America, South America, and Africa. Previous to S317 Consulting, Ana worked at Carbon Trust, and Mckinsey & Co.
Andre is a Partner at Indico Capital Partners leading a new €50m Impact Fund for the Blue Economy.
He is a specialist in Responsible Investment and Leadership with a diversified career of more than 20 years in both the private sector, development finance institutions and impact investing.
He served during a decade with the African Development Bank working for poverty reduction and sustainable development across Africa.
Andre was also a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and teaching assistant to courses on Impact Investment, Moral Leadership and Ethics of Decision making. Currently is a contributor to the Inner Development Goals global initiative.
Savory Institute is a global non-profit facilitating the large-scale regeneration of the world’s grasslands to address the root cause of food, water, and climate security.
It has trained over 15,000 farmers, ranchers, and pastoralists and influenced 22 Million hectares of grasslands with Holistic Management, a decision-making framework for managing complex living systems.
Daniela Fonseca has a PhD in Sustainable Chemistry and has a strong passion for bioactive compounds and food, their physiological and nutritional properties, bioavailability and interactions.
She is currently working on by-product valorisation, focusing on how circular economy and bioeconomy can contribute to transitioning towards more sustainable food production and consumption.
Champions innovation and sustainability in Casa MG. He connects the sustainability efforts and research projects to measure, plan and implement actions and strategies to promote circularity, develop innovative products and reduce the environmental impact of the company.
He spreads knowledge and awareness in the company in order to transform it into an institution with an ever-expanding positive impact in the world.
Silveira Tech Re_generation Village is meant to disrupt how we look at work, life and today’s society.
Bringing Regeneration to the center of discourse in Tech and Tourism industries, the project aims not to change the world but to be bold enough to point a way forward.
With a background working in tech, in Lisbon and Amsterdam, Manuel is looking to bridge technology and human connections to bring our systems into a new paradigm.
Certified lawyer with an M.Sc. in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability and a Ph.D. in Strategic Sustainable Development.
Michal is co-founder and former chair of IGBC, a non-profit organization promoting Israel’s sustainable built environment, and was a consultant for the 15 self-governed cities of Israel on Climate Protection.
Participates in national/international forums on sustainability and research and policy groups. Voted amongst the 40 most promising young people in the year 2018, Globes.
Environmental engineer and an innovation and sustainability enthusiast.
He has worked in the European Parliament (Belgium) as an advisor for energy and environmental policy, in innovation consulting in Spain, and as a project manager for large renewable energy projects in Portugal before becoming a dedicated entrepreneur.
He is the CEO and co-founder of GoParity (his third company), an impact finance platform that allows any person or company to invest in projects that contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Patrícia is a seasoned climate tech venture builder and investor with expertise in carbon dioxide removal.
She advises startups on their business strategy, works with permanent solutions for carbon removal, and is a venture partner at a climate fund.
She is an engineer with a MSc in Construction Management and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas on Energy and Cleantech.
Founded Indiz in 2003, a company pioneering in market research, with a cultural angle. Her work applies semiotics, cognitive linguistics, narratology, discourse analysis, and anthropology.
Going beyond the analysis of how consumers perceive communication, she focuses on the messages conveyed by clients such as Lipor, Super Bock Group, Sonae, and Auchan.
Her studies include Sociology, Development Economy, and Communication Studies. She is a guest lecturer at Porto Business School.
Farmer, mentor, and coordinator of the Freixo do Meio Users’ Cooperative. For more than thirty years, he has been experimenting Agroecology in the project developed at Herdade do Freixo do Meio, which has received several awards and distinctions, nationally and internationally.
Alfredo works to recover the spread of regenerative agricultural practices, understanding the limits of ecosystems and preserving the abundance of resources sowing man’s reconnection with nature and its culture.
Steven Braekeveldt (18-10-1960) holds different degrees in Law and a Master’s in Economics.He has had a long international career in the financial services sector, both in banking and insurance. He held various management positions within ING, among others as CEO of BBL Hong Kong and CEO and Merchant Banking at BBL/ING Singapore. In 2001 he became Executive Committee member of ING Commercial America, one of the largest insurance companies of Latin America. In 2006 he joined Fortis Insurance International and became responsible for Europe (9 countries). Steven Braekeveldt is currently CEO of Continental Europe Ageas and CEO of Ageas Portugal Group which includes the commercial brands: Ageas Seguros, Médis, Ocidental and Seguro Directo. In 2019, Steven was distinguished “Inspiring Leader” by OCI and “Communicator CEO of the year” by APCE.
Katrien bridges the gap between her work at Ageas Portugal and impact organizations, creating new business opportunities for positive societal impact.
It stands out for being innovative and for always finding ways to cooperate in different areas, creating value both for the organizations and for Ageas Portugal.
More importantly, she asks questions regularly, most often “why?” which is the most powerful question to keep you on track and ensure you don’t take anything for granted.
Because she works in strategy, innovation and sustainability, she sees her role as bringing people together, having good conversations and co-creating a world of hope for as many people as possible.
In the spirit of Ageas Portugal’s mission to deliver emotional and meaningful experiences in people’s lives, there is the vision that, with radical collaboration, we can be a welcome presence in every Portuguese household.
André is an environmental engineer by training and has had experiences in the forestry and agriculture industries, but also in the sports, banking, pharma, and insurance businesses.
Today he is the Manager for Beyond Insurance Solutions within the Healthcare Ecosystem’s team of Ageas.
Committed with the welfare and needs of the others, he follows a thinking logic oriented for the sustainable and creative solution of problems.
Believes the development of human relationships is the cornerstone of happiness.
Kat joined Savills this year with the task of leading the company’s ESG research agenda.
Applying her extensive international and multi-disciplinary experience, she works across several existing research teams in housing, commercial, rural, global and energy, collaborating with their researchers to identify, highlight and platform ESG elements in their respective fields.
PhD, Architect and Urban Planner with international experience in the field of architectural and urban design.
Founder of the NotToScale Architecture studio in Lugano (Switzerland), a project coordinator in several urban development plans and masterplans for sustainable real estate operations encompassing environmental, social and architectural facets.
Committed to research and innovation, she is the lead architect of Amazone Fun Parks, the world’s first theme park based in the Amazon.
Feminist, activist and professional in the area of Human Rights.
She graduated in Law at NOVA School of Law and completed her aggregation to the Bar Association in 2019, having also a postgraduate course in Law and Management at NOVA School of Law and, later, finishing a master’s degree in Human Rights and Democratization by the Global Campus of Human Rights.
She also has training in Trauma Informed Care and in the area of Dating Violence.
More recently, she worked at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in the area of gender and security. Currently she is working with the Portuguese NGO FEM – Feministas em Movimento.
Alessandra Priante is the Director for Europe at the UNWTO, the UN agency that promotes sustainable and responsible tourism globally. Previously she was the Chief of multilateral international relations (UNWTO, OECD and EU) and tourism policy for the Ministry of Agricultural, Food, Forestry and Tourism Policies of Italy. She has also actively participated in the research and analysis work behind the preparation of the National Strategic Plan for Tourism 2017-2022.