our co-hosts

We have gathered an exclusive list of co-hosts who will be with us to lead, inspire and share their thoughts.

our hosts

paul polman

CEO Unilever (2009-19) and Co-Author of Net Positive

Paul Polman works to accelerate action by business to achieve the UN Global Goals, which he helped develop. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance, and has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade.” Paul’s new book, “Net Positive”, is a call to arms to courageous business leaders, setting out how to build net positive companies which profit by fixing the world’s problems rather than creating them. He Chairs IMAGINE and Saïd Business School, and is Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact as well as B Team Leader. Paul is Honorary Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, which he led for two years.

Begümhan Doğan Faralyalı

Chairwoman, DOĞAN Holding

Begüm Doğan Faralyalı received her bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from London School of Economics (UK) and earned her MBA degree from Stanford University (USA).

Begüm Doğan Faralyalı became the chairwoman of Doğan Holding in January 2012, which is a publicly traded company with a group of companies in energy, retail, tourism, real estate development, media and industry.

She is on the advisory board of Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. She is the founder and active spokesperson of the “Common Values Movement” in Turkey and a voluntary ambassador for a “Values Driven Society”.

EMANUEL FABER

Chair at ISSB and Partner at Astanor Ventures

Faber led Danone to become one of the world’s most sustainable multinationals. A change that is not easy to achieve, especially in complexity of the food processing industry. He is an advocate for transforming business as we know it.

Zeynep Bodur Okyay

President and CEO, Kale Group

Zeynep Bodur Okyay graduated from the Italian High School in 1985 and earned a degree in management engineering from Istanbul Technical University in 1989. She attended Harvard University between 1990 and 1992 and earned a graduate degree in management.

Since July 2007, she has been serving as Kale Group’s President and CEO.

Some of her current roles include: President, General Assembly, Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO); Vice President, Economic Development Foundation; Board Member, Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK); Chair, Turkey-Italy Business Council, DEIK; Vice President, Female Entrepreneurs Board, TOBB.

In 2006, Zeynep Bodur Okyay was awarded the title Cavaliere del Lavoro for her contributions and services to Turkish-Italian relations. In 2014, she was awarded the Official Order of Merit (Ufficiale Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana) of the Republic of Italy.

BERTRAND BADRÉ

Managing Partner and Founder at Blue like an Orange Sustainable Capital

Author of the book Can Finance save the World?, born from his belief in regaining control over money to serve common good. As the former World Bank Director for France, Badré certainly is one of the most capable people in the world to speak on using Finance for good.

Charmian Love

Co-Founder, B LAB UK and Global Director of Advocacy, Natura & Co.

Charmian is truly a force of nature, an author, academic, activist, executive in leading organisations around the world: ‘making magic happen with people who believe in the power of business as a force for good’. She is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Saïd Business School and has taught MBA, EMBA students and executive education participants during the last 5 years. Charmian (Char) is Canadian, lives in London and graduated with an MBA from the Harvard Business School.

KEES KRUYTHOFF

Chairman and CEO, LIVEKINDLY Collective

A globally experienced business person and entrepreneur, Kruythoff is committed to building solutions to create a more sustainable and equitable world. Passionate about the private sector as a force for good, and was proud to lead the implementation of the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan, which was recognized as one of the 10 most prominent business leaders in Brazil in sustainability.

LESLIE JOHNSTON

CEO at Laudes Foundation

Johnston has over 20 years’ experience in philanthropy and entrepreneurship, a unique combination. Leslie currently serves on the boards of the European Venture Philanthropy Association (BE), The Fashion for Good foundation (NL), Fashion for Good BV (NL), and the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (NL).

Silvia Dias Lagnado

Sustainable Growth Officer at Natura &Co (Natura, Aesop, The Body Shop, Avon).

Ex-Unilever, Bacardi, Britvic, McDonald’s and 8 years at Natura &Co. Silvia is a legendary marketing executive, the brainchild of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, and much more. Global experience, Brazilian heart, Harvard educated.

METTE LYKKE

CEO at Too Good to Go, Entrepreneur and Young Global Leader

Lykke leads a team of 1000 Waste Warriors around the world, working against food waste. She aims to inspire and empower everyone to take action against food waste. With Too Good To Go she offers a marketplace for surplus food saving millions of meals from going to waste. Working together with with 50,000 supermarkets, restaurants, bakeries, hotels and any food retailer that has surplus food at risk of going to waste at the end of a business day.

ENRICO GIOVANNINI

Minister for Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility of the Italian Republic

Led the OECD’s work in rethinking GDP towards new indicators for sustainable well-being and Italy’s efforts towards the SDGs. Giovannini is member of the Club of Rome and full professor of economic statistics at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”.

LAURENCE DEBROUX

Board member at EXOR, Juventus, Novo Nordisk and HEC

Debroux is a power woman for good, working in leading businesses with integrity, ethics and vision. Former CFO of Heineken and executive at JCDecaux.

Mauro del Barba

B Legislation Italy

Member of parliament and former Senator who passed the ’Societá Benefit’ legislation in 2016. Subsequently, Del Barba co-founded Assobenefit, the world’s first association of Benefit Corporations.

Riccardo Bellini

CEO at Chloé

Bellini is an enlightened corporate executive who spearheaded Chloé’s B Corp certification and is now intent in redefining long-lasting luxury that reveres planet and people.

Former executive VK Brand at Diesel and Marketing Director Prestige at Procter&Gamble.

 

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve

Co-President, Club of Rome

A powerful, dynamic, smart, Silicon Valley-born French-Belgian leader at the helm of one of the most distinguished think-tanks that alerted the world about planetary boundaries over 50 years ago.

She has over 30 years of International experience on climate change, sustainability,finance, innovation and energy, and was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. Recently published “Quel Monde Pour Demain” lucpire editions and co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).

Professor Colin Mayer

Oxford University, Dean Business school

Founding Dean of the Oxford University Business School, corporate governance and ethical leadership thought-leader with progressive titles under his belt: Firm Commitment, Prosperity, Putting Purpose into Practice.

Mayer is an expert on all aspects of corporate finance, governance and taxation, the regulation of financial institutions and the role of the corporation in contemporary society. He was a director and chairman of Oxera between 1986 and 2010, and was instrumental in building the firm into what is now one of the largest independent economics consultancies in Europe.  He is a director of Aurora Energy Research Limited, an energy modelling company. Mayer has consulted for numerous large corporations and for governments, regulators and international agencies around the world.

Peter Blom

former CEO at Triodos Bank

Former CEO of the Triodos Bank, Blom has led the world’s most sustainable bank for over 33 years. he has been a pioneer in ethical, regenerative investment for over 40 years. Blom is a member of the Club of Rome, Commissioner at the Dutch national Bank and was awarded Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau by the dutch King in 2021.

Kim Polman

Co-founder and Chair of Reboot the Future

Global citizen, author of Imaginal Cells: Visions of Transformation, a collection of essays from thought-leaders and change agents focusing on how to live the Golden Rule as the starting point of leadership.

Polman is Co-founder and Chair of Reboot the Future and Fellow at Aspen institute UK, aiming to bridging the UK’s political, cultural and social divides

Bart Houlahan

Founder B Lab

As a young Stanford graduate, Bart co-founded AND1, a leading baseball shoe company that became No 2 in the industry. The company was later sold and became the trigger for the launch of B Corp in 2006, to prove that business could be financially successful whilst championing social, environmental and human development causes.

Joe Kenner

CEO at Greystone Bakeries

CEO with a successful career in public and private sectors in the USA, Kenner is serving on several boards: Conscious Capitalism Inc, the B Team, REDF Impact Investing Fund, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council.

Kenner was named president and CEO of Greyston in 2020 for his innovative leadership, experience, and expertise in collaborating with diverse stakeholders.

Corine Tap

Immediate past President Danone Asia, Middle East and Africa

Corine is a very passionate, natural leader, strongly committed to people and community development. She has a strong and pleasant personality, using uses her drive and creativity to push results and make a difference to business and environment. With excellent business sense, cross-cultural, interpersonal and relationship skills, Corine has built a strong track-record of growing new ventures and transforming non-performing businesses. She started her career at Unilever, where she led product divisions in Europe, China and Indonesia.

Alberto Alemanno

Professor of Law, HEC Paris | Founder, The Good Lobby

Alberto is an academic, author, social entrepreneur and public interest lawyer. He’s Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law at HEC Paris and founder of The Good Lobby. A not-for-profit that inspires, incubates and builds unconventional alliances by connecting citizen-led initiatives with academics, lawyers and other professionals who volunteer their time and talents.

Pedro Tarak

Sistema B, Emprendia, Guayaki, WeAll

A legendary leader for system change, Pedro started his career as an environmental lawyer, working in Europe and South America, followed by several years at AVINA Foundation and Stefan Schmidheiny, and subsequently co-founding Sistema B, B Lab Global’s partner in South America.  On the board of several B Corps in Argentina, Pedro is also leading the International Trade Gathering at Villa Aboca in Sansepolcro on June 12-14, 2022.

Gilbert Ghostine

CEO at Firmenich

CEO at Firmenich who deeply believes in “Inclusive Capitalism.” At Firmenich, he is driving responsible business, enabling customers with fine fragrance and taste ingredient to delight their consumers worldwide. Investing 10% of net revenue in R&D to innovate for a better society, while also ensuring that the experiences they create are positive for People, Planet and Society.

Jeroen Ouwehand

Clifford Chance

Global Senior Partner and Chairman of the Global ESG Board, Jeroen is the first non-anglo head of the firm, one of the largest legal practices in the world.  Hit focus is to harness the power of the law to work towards a fair, sustainable, and prosperous world.

It is Ouwehand’s mission to guard and enhance the companies global, value-driven, entrepreneurial, and collaborative culture. He believes a successful organization shouldn’t only be about maximizing profit and delivering excellence. It should be about people and creating a culture that is humane.

EMANUELLE WARGON

Minister for Housing of the French Republic

Wargon was Minister for France’s ecologic and solidarity transition and an executive at Danone. After 20 years of experience in public action and 3 years in business at Danone, She has been called by the government to help lead the ecological and solidarity transition essential to building our common future.

MARCELLO PALAZZI

Co-founder of B Lab Europe, Co-founder of NOW Partners

Palazzi has focused for 30+ years on good Enterprises, Entrepreneurs and Economies as the drivers of human progress. Economist by training, Entrepreneur by vocation, ‘Engineer’ by practice and family. Experience in and across business, civil society, philanthropy, public sector, academia globally. Civic (Citizens, Community, ‘Oikos’) is his purpose, entrepreneurship his means.

LEEN ZEVENBERGEN

Co-founder of B Lab Europe, Founder of Bolesian and expert on putting the SDG’s into practice.

Zevenbergen is a successful entrepreneur and well respected business leader putting his knowledge and network to work for good.