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Reuters Events: Virtual Responsible Business Week 8 - 16 June, 2020 · Online

50+ Global Leaders Driving a Sustainable Recovery

Jeffrey Sachs
Columbia University

Jeffrey Sachs

Director of the Center for Sustainable Development

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Jeffrey D. Sachs is a University Professor and Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, where he directed the Earth Institute from 2002 until 2016. He is also Director of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a commissioner of the UN Broadband Commission for Development. He has been advisor to three United Nations Secretaries-General, and currently serves as an SDG Advocate under Secretary-General António Guterres. He spent over twenty years as a professor at Harvard University, where he received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. He has authored numerous bestseller books. His most recent book is Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions (2020). Sachs was twice named as Time magazine’s 100 most influential world leaders, and was ranked by The Economist among the top three most influential living economists.

Ryan Gellert
Patagonia

Ryan Gellert

General Manager – EMEA

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Satya Tripathi
UN Environment

Satya Tripathi

Assistant Secretary General

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Audrey Choi
Morgan Stanley

Audrey Choi

Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Sustainability Officer

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Achim Steiner
UN Development Programme

Achim Steiner

Administrator

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Steve Waygood
Aviva

Steve Waygood

Chief Responsible Investment Officer

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Catherine Howarth
ShareAction

Catherine Howarth

CEO

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Rebecca Marmot
Unilever

Rebecca Marmot

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Rebecca is the Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever.
She is responsible for driving through advocacy and partnerships, transformational change on priority areas of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan: climate change and eliminating deforestation; sustainable agriculture & smallholder farmers; water, sanitation and hygiene; and opportunities for women.
Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director at WSUP – Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor.


Saker Nusseibeh, CBE
International at Federated Hermes

Saker Nusseibeh, CBE

CEO

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Saker is CEO of the international business of Federated Hermes, appointed November 2011, having joined in June 2009 as CIO. He is also a member of the Federated Hermes Executive team. Prior to this, Saker was Global Head of Equities at Fortis Investments, having previously been CIO Global Equities since 2005. Before this, he was CIO of Global Equities and Head of Marketing for SGAM UK. This followed SGAM’s acquisition of Trust Company of the West, where Saker was a Managing Director running global and international strategies, as well the London office. He started his career at Mercury Asset Management in 1987.

Saker is founder of the 300 Club and was an inaugural member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council from 2013 until 2019. He is a member of the IIRC Council, the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum, the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative Steering Committee, the Banking Standards Board, the UK National Advisory Board on Impact Investing, and the advisory Board of the National Youth Orchestra.

In 2018, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards. He has a BA and PhD in Medieval History from King's College, University of London.

Saker was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2019 New Year's Honours list for services to Responsible Business and Finance.

Elliott Harris
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

Elliott Harris

Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development and Chief Economist

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Simon Jessop
Reuters

Simon Jessop

Chief Correspondent Sustainable Finance

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Susan Aitken
Glasgow City Council

Susan Aitken

Councillor of Glasgow,

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Jeffrey Hollender
American Sustainable Business Council

Jeffrey Hollender

CEO

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Jeffrey Hollender is CEO, co-founder and Board Chair of the American Sustainable Business Council, which through its national member network represents more than 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. He was co-founder and CEO of Seventh Generation, which he built into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices.

Hollender is also the founder of Sustain Natural, that develops and markets sustainable feminine care products for women; and a strategic advisor and former Board Chair of Greenpeace US. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of sustainability and social entrepreneurship at the Stern Business School, New York University. He is also the author of his seven books, including most recently, “The Responsibility Revolution: How the Next Generation of Businesses Will Win and Planet Home.

Anne Kelly
Ceres

Anne Kelly

Vice President of Government Relations

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Anne L. Kelly is the vice president of government relations and leads Ceres Policy Network, Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). BICEP is a coalition of 52 leading consumer-facing companies advocating for meaningful climate and energy policy at the federal and state levels. Anne is a registered lobbyist and is actively engaged on Capitol Hill on behalf of Ceres and BICEP member companies. Anne is an environmental lawyer with twenty-five years of combined experience in the private and public sectors. In the 1990s, she directed the Massachusetts-based Environmental Crimes Strike Force consisting of a multi-disciplinary team of legal and engineering professionals charged with bringing high-profile civil and criminal actions against environmental violators through the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General.

Anne later worked as special assistant to EPA Region 1 Administrator John DeVillars. In this role, she worked on corporate leadership programs and developed an International Pollution Prevention Program which was piloted in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Anne is a member of the adjunct faculty of Boston College Law School where she has taught courses in environmental law and climate change. Anne has also taught environmental law at Tufts University, Suffolk University, and New England School of Law. She serves on the boards of the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Interfaith Power & Light (MIP&L), and is fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). In addition to her law degree, Anne holds a Master's in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Sally Uren OBE
Forum for the Future

Sally Uren OBE

CEO

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Andrew Morlet
Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Andrew Morlet

CEO

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Andrew is Chief Executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which was established in 2010. The Foundation aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy - one that is restorative and regenerative by design, eliminating waste and pollution and keeping products and materials in high-value use for longer. The Foundation develops insights and analysis to demonstrate the economic rationale and value creation opportunity of a circular economy, and works with business, governments, cities and educators to promote adoption of circular economy principles and practices. Prior to joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation Andrew was a consultant strategy partner with McKinsey & Company, Andersen Consulting and Accenture, and previously worked in medical research focused on HIV/AIDS epidemiology.


Gerald Evans
Hanesbrands

Gerald Evans

CEO

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Gerald Evans was elected chief executive officer and appointed to the Board of Directors in 2016 after successfully guiding company operations in executive positions since the company’s spin off in 2006. He served as HanesBrands chief operating officer from 2013 until his election as CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2016. He was appointed a board director in June 2016.

Mr. Evans has directed the execution of the company’s Innovate-to-Elevate and acquisition strategies and has guided commercial and supply chain operations through significant growth to become the world’s largest everyday basic apparel company with approximately 70,000 employees. He has overseen omnichannel expansion and significant brand building for such iconic consumer favorites as Hanes and Champion; integration of more than a half-dozen commercial acquisitions; pioneering product and process innovation; and creation of a distinctive competitive advantage with a low-cost global supply chain balanced between the Western Hemisphere and Asia that produces the significant majority of the company’s products in company-owned manufacturing facilities.

Mr. Evans has led the rapid growth of the company’s international commercial operations, increasing the international contribution to overall net sales from approximately 10 percent to more than 30 percent, and he has driven significantly increased profitability in both the Innerwear and Activewear business segments.

Through the company’s acquisition strategy, Mr. Evans has led the expansion of the company’s portfolio of leading brands to include Alternative and Gear for Sports in the United States; Maidenform in the United States and Europe; Champion, DIM, Abanderado, Nur Die/Nur Der, Wonderbra and Lovable in Europe; and Bonds and Bras N Things in Australia. Today, the company holds the No. 1 or No. 2 market share position for underwear, intimate apparel or hosiery in a dozen countries in the Americas, Europe, Australia, and Asia-Pacific.

Mr. Evans has more than 30 years of experience in the apparel industry with a proven global track record in marketing, sales and general management positions spanning the HanesBrands organization and its predecessor companies. Prior to his promotion to chief operating officer, Mr. Evans was co-chief operating officer of Hanes from 2011 to 2013. He served as co-operating officer, president International, from 2010 to 2011. Mr. Evans joined Hanes in 1983 as a member of the L’eggs marketing organization.

Evans earned a B.S. degree in marketing and an MBA at the University of South Carolina.

Pia Heidenmark Cook
Ikea Group

Pia Heidenmark Cook

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Pia Heidenmark Cook is, since February 2018, Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) at Ingka Group (INGKA Holding B.V. and its controlled entities), the largest IKEA franchisee with 377 stores in 30 markets. She leads a team of sustainability professionals in the global office, as well as sustainability experts integrated across the retail, shopping Centre and customer fulfilment business across 30 markets in Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. During 2017, she was acting CSO, and before that head of Sustainability in IKEA Group Retail & Expansion, embedding sustainability in IKEAs retail operations and securing a more sustainable offer to IKEA customers. She was for several years (ended 2017) co-chair of REAP, Retailers Environmental Action Programme, together with a member of the EU Commission. Before joining IKEA in 2008, Pia worked as Vice President Corporate Social Responsibility at the Rezidor Hotel Group, operator of hotel brands Radisson Blu and Park Inn (300+ hotels in 50+ countries). During this period, Pia chaired the tourism branch of Prince of Wales Business Leader's Forum, a membership organization for all major international hotel brands. Pia holds both a Technical Licentiate degree and a M.Sc. in Environmental Management, from the University of Lund, Sweden, and a M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Economics from Uppsala University, Sweden. She has lived in France and Belgium, but now lives in southern Sweden, with Canadian husband and two daughters. Pia has worked with, lectured and studied CSR/sustainability related topics since 1996, both across academia, consultancy and business, mainly across tourism and retail sector.

Hugh Welsh
DSM North America

Hugh Welsh

President & General Counsel

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Morten Dyrholm
Vestas

Morten Dyrholm

Vice President of Communications

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Catherine Banat
RBC Global Asset Management

Catherine Banat

Managing Director, Director, Responsible Investing

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Robert Metzke
Philips

Robert Metzke

Vice President, Global Head of Sustainability / Chief of Staff, Innovation & Strategy

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Alexandra Palt
L'Oréal

Alexandra Palt

Chief Sustainability Officer

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A lawyer by training, Alexandra specialized in human rights. She began her career at a law firm and then worked for Amnesty International in Germany and at organizations specializing in diversity, change management and sustainability.

In 2012, she joined L’Oréal as Chief Sustainability Officer, launching “Sharing Beauty With All”, L’Oréal’s sustainability program, which a set of objectives to be achieved by end of 2020.

In 2017, Alexandra was appointed Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, becoming the Executive Vice President of the Fondation L’Oréal in addition to her role as head of the Sustainability Department. In 2019, she became a member of L’Oréal’s Executive Committee.

Helen Clarkson
The Climate Group

Helen Clarkson

Chief Executive Officer

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Emma Howard Boyd
Environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair

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Ryan O'Keeffe
BlackRock

Ryan O'Keeffe

Managing Director

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Tom Rivett-Carnac
Global Optimism

Tom Rivett-Carnac

Founding Partner

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Tom has spent his career working on solutions to the climate crisis. He ran political strategy for the UN towards the Paris Agreement of 2015, widely regarded as one of the great achievements of global diplomacy. Since then he founded Global Optimism together with Christiana Figueres and from that platform seeks to elevate and support individuals and entities that are delivering real change on the road to a regenerative future. He is an Advisor at X (formerly Google X) and a Founding Partner at the Climate Pledge, in partnership with Amazon. Tom recently co-authored The Future We Chooseand co-hosts the weekly podcast Outrage + Optimism.Early in his career, he spent 3 years as a Buddhist monk in South East Asia.

Kara Hurst
Amazon

Kara Hurst

Vice President, Amazon; Head of Worldwide Sustainability

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Kara Hurst leads Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon, covering multiple areas across the environmental and social sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, customer packaging experience, product sustainability, circular economy and waste reduction initiatives, social responsibility and responsible sourcing, sustainability science and innovation, and environmental compliance. Prior to joining Amazon, Kara was CEO of The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a multi-sector group across academia, the retail industry and the public sector. TSC was named one of Scientific American's "Top Ten World Changing Ideas" of 2012. For eleven years before that, Hurst worked as Vice President of BSR, where she built several global industry practices and lead BSR's NY and DC offices, as well as the global partnership practice with governments, multi-laterals and foundations. Hurst also co-founded of the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC, now the Responsible Business Alliance) and worked in Silicon Valley as Executive Director of the public-private venture OpenVoice, building out early teen channel content for AOL and others. In her early career, she held roles at the Children’s Health Council, leading interdisciplinary educational and development programs, at the Urban Institute as a Research lead in the public finance and housing division, and worked in the offices of two elected officials – Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco and in New York for the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). Kara holds a BA from Barnard College of Columbia University and an MPP from the University of California, Berkeley.


Gilbert Ghostine
Firmenich

Gilbert Ghostine

CEO

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Liz Barber
Yorkshire Water

Liz Barber

CEO

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Marie-Claire Daveu
Kering

Marie-Claire Daveu

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Marie-Claire Daveu began her career as a technical advisor to the cabinet of Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, before becoming Principal Private Secretary to Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and Sustainability. In 2005, she became Director of Sustainable Development for the Sanofi-Aventis Group. From 2007 to 2012, she served as Chief of Staff to French politician, Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, working in various secretaries of state and then at the Ministries of Ecology, Sustainability, Transport and Housing.

In 2012, she was appointed Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs. She sets out the strategy and ambitious objectives as well as implementing a set of best practices within the Group and the Houses. Today, Kering is a pioneer and recognized leader in sustainability.

A French national, she is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (ENGREF). She also earned a postgraduate diploma (DESS) in public administration from Dauphine University, Paris.

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt
European Commission

Klaus-Dieter Borchardt

Deputy Director

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Dr Emily Shuckburgh
Cambridge University

Dr Emily Shuckburgh

Director Cambridge Zero

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Richard Ellis
Walgreens Boots Alliance

Richard Ellis

Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility

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Lara de Mesa
Santander Group

Lara de Mesa

Head of Responsible Banking

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Philippe Zaouati
Mirova

Philippe Zaouati

CEO

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Ashish Prashar FRSA
Publicis Sapient

Ashish Prashar FRSA

Sr. Director, Global External Communications

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Celia Ouellette
RBIJ

Celia Ouellette

Chief Executive

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Marcel Jacobs
Arctic

Marcel Jacobs

Founder

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Matthias Stausberg
Virgin

Matthias Stausberg

Group Advocacy Director

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John Blood
AB InBev

John Blood

Chief Legal & Corp Affairs

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Oliver Balch
Independent Journalist

Oliver Balch

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Barry Parkin
Mars

Barry Parkin

Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer

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Rajeev Ronanki
Anthem

Rajeev Ronanki

SVP & Chief Digital Officer

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Prof. Rupert Read
Extinction Rebellion

Prof. Rupert Read

Spokesperson

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Prof. Rupert Read is widely-known for having persuaded the BBC to change its policy on the reporting of dangerous human-caused climate-change, such that the broadcaster no longer features climate change deniers offering ‘false balance.’ He is a national spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, and convenes XR’s public and private political liaison with government, opposition and big business. He is author of 'This civilisation is finished' and co-author of 'Facing up to climate reality'. He works alongside the world’s leading climate scientists at the university of East Anglia.

Matthew Green
Reuters

Matthew Green

Climate Change Correspondent

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Filippo Veglio
WBCSD

Filippo Veglio

Managing Director, People Program & Outreach

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Ravi Sunnak
Porter Novelli

Ravi Sunnak

EVP, Sustainable Development Goals

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Ravi Sunnak has over 17 years of experience in communications and works with global clients to develop and build successful initiatives around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Social Impact programs. As part of Porter Novelli’s Purpose Practice he has created campaigns, driven awareness and amplified a number of issues covering climate, gender equality, food security and sustainability. He currently leads the global media relations for Johnson & Johnson’s Societal Impact initiative, the One Earth Climate Model, and Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day activation. Sunnak is also a partner of the Social Innovation Summit, which is a bi-annual event that represents a “global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers.” During his time at Porter Novelli, he also developed the agency’s ongoing partnership with the #GivingTuesday movement and One Young World’s Lead 2030 initiative.

Building on his expertise as a trusted senior counsel for c-suite executives,  Sunnak recently launched PN MAP (“mission and purpose”), a proprietary tool used to unearth an executive’s personal social purpose and amplify that message to both internal and external stakeholders.

Prior to joining Porter Novelli, Sunnak spent four and a half years building up a corporate and cause practice for Havas PR. During that time, he worked closely with United Nations Foundation and their coalition of partners on a series of award-winning global activations, launching groundbreaking movements around the foundation’s yearlong action/2015 campaign, the Earth To Paris summit and the launch of the SDGs. He has also directed integrated campaigns for Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.N. Women HeForShe, Sustainable Energy for All and The Climate Group.

Before Havas PR, Sunnak set up Grayling’s corporate practice in New York City after almost five years in its London office.  He graduated with LLB (Honors) Law Degree from University College London (UCL) and was named one of PRWeek’s 40 under 40 professionals in 2017. Sunnak has recently spoken at WEF Davos and SXSW.


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Cris Close
WWF International

Cris Close

Head of Markets Practice

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Erin Billman
Science Based Targets Network

Erin Billman

Executive Director

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Eva Zabey
Business for Nature

Eva Zabey

Executive Director

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Florence Jeantet
Biodiversity/Danone

Florence Jeantet

Managing Director of the One Planet Business

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Martin Huxtable
Unilever

Martin Huxtable

Sustainable Sourcing Director,

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Maria Mendiluce
We mean business Coalition

Maria Mendiluce

CEO

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David Greenfield
Circular Economy Club

David Greenfield

European European External Affairs

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Lynn Forester de Rothschild
E L Rothschild LLC

Lynn Forester de Rothschild

CEO

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Magali Anderson
LafargeHolcim

Magali Anderson

Chief Sustainability Officer

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Peter Strachan
Robert Gordon University

Peter Strachan

Professor

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Martin Xu
Huawei Technologies Co

Martin Xu

President of Global Government Affairs

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Liam Dowd
Ethical Corporation by Reuters Events

Liam Dowd

Managing Director

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Terry Slavin
Ethical Corporation by Reuters Events

Terry Slavin

Editor

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Ross Kerber
Reuters

Ross Kerber

Correspondent

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