Larisa Miller - CEO at Phoenix Global LLC and Founder of Global Impact Africa USA
Larisa Miller studied English and Political Science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After her studies, she worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Secretary of Agriculture, and later for the Governor of Pennsylvania, in the office of public policy. Larisa has spent the last several years working for a prominent family in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as business development manager, with focus on sustainable development, as well head of a large non-profit foundation, focused on youth, literacy and education, working with children in refugee camps in the Middle East and Africa.
Larisa serves as CEO of Phoenix Global (PG), a business consulting firm headquartered in the United States, which explores beneficial development, infrastructure and business opportunities globally, working with companies, foundations, non-profits and government agencies around the world. PG focuses on sustainable business planning and development, marketing strategies, developing breakthrough business models, reputation management, sustainability reporting, market analysis, etc. Additionally, Larisa is the founder of Global Impact Africa, a non-profit organization, which focuses on the promotion of education, mentorship and entrepreneurism across Africa.
Keith Warburton - CEO at Global Business Culture
Keith Warburton is an internationally recognized expert on the impact on cross-border cultural differences and global communication issues. He works with some of the world’s greatest companies as well as professional service firms, governments and Higher Education Establishments.
His practical application of this topic to the commerciality of any business comes from a career which saw him work in the Middle East, Europe and Asia for twenty years. Having worked across the world at C-level he understands global business and has the ability to ally his vast cultural knowledge and communication skills to any business or sector.
Dipankar Ghosh - Partner and Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change at Thinkthrough Consulting (TTC) India
Dipankar is a seasoned sustainability professional, has over thirty years of multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral experience in the domains of environmental services, sustainability and human development, climate change, carbon markets, environment, health and safety (EHS), resource efficiency, sustainable technology and renewable energy. Dipankar has led large projects, in India as well as internationally, which consisted of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
He has worked closely with diverse industry sectors, such as oil & gas, power utility, automotive, iron and steel, biofuel, transportation, construction, communication, etc., and also Government and Multilateral Funded Institutions. Previously, he was a Partner at EY, leading the Climate Change and Sustainability services of EY in Northern Region of India. He was also part of the advisory team responsible for developing the Climate Change & Sustainability Services in India. Later, he served as the Leader of EY’s sustainability services in the MENA region, strategizing the growth of the practice in the region.
Parul Soni - Global Managing Partner at Think through Consulting (TTC) India
With more than 20 years of experience, he has been instrumental in providing strategic leadership to development programs both at the national and international levels.
With his rich and extensive experience in Sustainable Development and CSR, he has driven major programs in areas of cross-sectoral partnerships and institutional networks, inclusive community participation, social accountability, and social justice. His contribution to the cause of enhancing and enriching the quality of key human development indicators, such as child rights and gender equality, has been anchored in the core principles of sustainable development strategies and programmes.
As a member of the Global Advisory Council of WEConnect International, he actively encouraged and supported women entrepreneurs by connecting them to market opportunities. One of his most significant achievements was to bring 109 women’s business associations under ThinkBig, Asia’s largest women economic empowerment and women entrepreneurship platform.
Rayla Melchor Santos - President and CEO, Proactive Resources, Inc./ Renexus Philippines and Co-founder and President, I Am SAM Foundation
Rayla Melchor Santos is Founder, McKinley Hill International School and Leadership Academy for Children in Batangas and Lipa City, Philippines (in partnership with the Calvert School of Maryland and Stephen R. Covey for the Leadership in Me Process, International Curriculum and Leadership Program). She is also founder of Stonyhurst School with Ateneo President, Fr Ben Nebres as Chair, Builder/Owner, Pre-school Center for Little Learners, New Manila, Quezon City, Headmistress, Institute for Child Advancement (ICA) Magallanes Village, Makati, and Builder, ICA in Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa.
Ketevan Bochorishvili - Executive director of “Anaklia City”, Former Vice Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
Counting 17 years of management experience including 7 years of her dedication to Georgia’s public sector as a senior executive, Ketevan Bochorishvili has successfully served as vice minister of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, under four consecutive leaderships of two democratically elected governments. Her area of work included Economic Policy, FDI Attraction, SME Sector Development, Export Promotion and Development, Tourism Development, Special Development and Construction Policy, R&D, National and International Promotion Campaigns. Ketevan has an impressive record of cooperation with all leading International Financial Institutions and International Organizations through development and implementation of multimillion dollar economic development programs. Ms. Bochorishvili holds MA degree in International Public Management from SDA Bocconi School of Management (Milan, Italy) and BA/MA degrees in International Conflict Resolution from Georgian Technical University. She has accumulated several intercultural experiences and developed entrepreneurial skills through participating in programs at Georgetown University (USA), the Iacocca Institute (USA) and Charles University (Czech Republic).
Katharina Miller - European Women Lawyers Association President of the Board; PANDA GMBH Non-Executive Member of the Advisory Board
Katharina Miller holds a degree in business administration (2004) and in law (2006) from the University of Greifswald (Germany), she obtained a Master degree in European Law at the Universities of Luxembourg and Strasbourg (2007), she studied Leadership and Women at the Spanish Business School Aliter in Madrid (2015) and obtained the certificate “Strategic Skills for Women on Corporate Boards” at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (2016). She is a Corporate and Human Rights Lawyer with more than 15 years of professional experience that she has been gaining at the Court of Justice of the European Union and in different law firms within the European Union.
Katharina is founding partner of the law boutique 3C Compliance and of the shareholder activist initiative “Paridad en Acción”. She is member of Panel of Responsible Business of TELEFONICA, President of Board of Directors of the investment fund KOKORO and independent director of PANDA GMBH. She is Council member of the European Law Institute with domicile in Vienna and President of the European Women Lawyers Association with registered domicile in Brussels. she is currently working with a number of governments, think tanks and industry pioneer’s/thought leaders across the globe, building key strategic partnerships supporting the W20/G20 priorities such as Labor Market Inclusion, Financial Inclusion, Digital Inclusion, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and UN Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPS). Katharina contributed with an interview to the book “Gender Diversity in the Boardroom”, Volume 1, Palgrave 2017.
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