Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 

Keynote Speakers 2019

Graz van Egmond, CEO of the Banksia Foundation

Graz van Egmond has shown a multidisciplinary path in her career, showing true entrepreneurial spirit. She started in the Biochemistry Laboratories of St Vincent’s Hospital, Australia. She soon transitioned to the tourism sector, from doing PR for Tourism Australia to creating the Asia Pacific Incentives Meeting Expo (AIME). Graz was also involved in managing a number of programmes for Telstra, the largest telecommunications company in Australia, including the Small Business Awards and the Business Women’s Awards. She became the CEO of the Banksia Foundation in 1998.

Banksia Environmental Foundation is a well-established not-for-profit organisation dedicated to working with industry and community to create an array of platforms to focus attention on the recognition of excellence in sustainability, through their Award Programmes. The Foundation was established in 1989 by a diverse group of 44 Australians who shared a common goal to do more to support and recognise members of the community for their positive contribution to the environment. Today, Banksia is a strong and expanding brand, based on the integrity of the Banksia Awards and its activities.

Faiza Oulahsen, Department Head Climate & Energy / Programme Director at Greenpeace

Faiza Oulahsen has demonstrated her dedication to sustainability and protecting our planet, risking more than most people. In September 2013, she was on the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, attempting to scale the Prirazlomnaya drilling platform, as part of a protest against Arctic oil production. Together with 27 other activists and two journalists from Greenpeace, she got arrested by the Russian authorities at gunpoint. She was interrogated and detained at a Russian prison for two months.

Faiza has been working with Greenpeace for the past 8 years, from leading the Arctic Sunrise campaign to becoming Program Director. Her expertise is on climate, energy, trade issues, sustainability, and climate negotiations. She has been leading campaigns, and dealing with developing strategy, political lobby, social change, networking and engagement with corporations, government, political parties and NGOs.

James Thuch Madhier, Founder of the Rainmaker Enterprise / Challenge Winner 2015

James Thuch is the Founder & CEO of the Rainmaker Enterprise, an innovative social enterprise organisation that implements solar-powered water infrastructure to build healthy, peaceful, regenerative and resilient communities in Africa, starting in South Sudan. He has been at the forefront of social change.

James has received several awards for his commitment to leading innovation, including Water Canada’s Water Steward of the Year, Regional Finalist of the UN Environment Programme’s Young Champions of the Earth Award, the Resolution Project Fellowship, and the European Commission’s Future Leader award.

“My experiences have instilled in me the belief that talent is universal, but opportunity is not. Regardless of our experiences, we are united by the right to human dignity. I strive to restore dignity to myself and to the millions who have lost it through extreme poverty and injustice.”

Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation

Professor Jack Sim created a global movement that transformed the taboo on toilet and sanitation into a media darling, mobilising all 193 countries to adopt the founding day of his World Toilet Organisation to become the Official UN World Toilet Day (19 November). Formerly from the construction industry, he retired at the age of 40 to become a social entrepreneur. Jack is also the founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore and the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) Hub. His journey demonstrates how anyone can use his nudge model to create Massive Transformative Movements even without resources.

The World Toilet Organisation (WTO) is a global non-profit organisation committed to improving toilet and sanitation conditions worldwide. It was founded in 2001 with 15 members and has now grown to 151 member organizations in 53 countries. All members work towards delivering sustainable sanitation solutions worldwide.

Some of his achievements and awards: Graduate of the Global Solution Programme at Singularity University, USA, Schwab Fellow of the World Economic Forum, Ashoka Global Fellow, Queen Elizabeth Commonwealth Points of Lights award 2018, Luxembourg Peace Prize 2018, Honorary Professorship by Shobhit University, India, and Time Magazine Hero of the Environment 2008.

Jonathan Gosling, Emeritus Professor of Leadership at the University of Exeter

Jonathan Gosling is Professor of Leadership Studies at the business school of the University of Exeter. Professor Gosling’s research areas entail leadership and ethics in strategic changes, contemporary innovations in leadership development and fostering continuity in change through leadership.

Moreover, he collaborates with organizations and institutions throughout the world, such as the Renmin University of China, Singapore Civil Service College and the Leadership Trust Foundation.

“The solution to today’s real management problems cannot be found in business school courses. Business education is typically good at taking complex problems and chunking them down into bite-sized pieces. But this is only half the problem, and by far the least important: the real challenge is to ‘make management workable’. You can take a course and acquire a lot of knowledge, but how do you use it in practice?”

Domenico Dentoni, Associate Professor in Agribusiness Management and Organisational Change at Wageningen University

Domenico Dentoni grew up in Italy and lived in Africa, the US and Australia before becoming associate professor in Strategic Change Management and Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies at Wageningen University & Research, where he leads the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. This program builds coherence across multiple partnerships to address global issues of food security, poverty and climate change. His travels and work inspired him to participate in the Nudge Global Impact Challenge.


Rob Lubberink, Postdoctoral Researcher at Wageningen University & Research / Project Manager at OSMARE

Rob Lubberink is a Postdoctoral researcher who is interested in the processes and practices that lead to entrepreneurial and (social) innovative solutions for socio-environmental challenges. The focus on entrepreneurial and innovative solutions for socio-environmental challenges was already evident in his PhD research. In January 2018, Rob successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title: ‘Responsible innovation in industry: learning from social entrepreneurship’.

Rob is currently managing the OSMARE research project where the research team investigates how: 1) the organisational structures of business models affect smallholders’ entrepreneurial farming practices and 2) how the household and community dynamics affect individual entrepreneurial practices and vice versa. OSMARE focuses on the business models that have CSA integrated through the Vuna program. These business models are located in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique.


Keynote Speakers 2018

Robert-Jan van Ogtrop
Founder and Chairman at Circle Economy

Jad Oseyran
Leader of IBM’s Global Center of Competence for Circular Economy

Dayna Adelman
Communications Manager, Global Corporate Affairs at HEINEKEN International

Tey El-Rjula
Co-founder and CEO of Tykn

Martijn Lampert
Co-Founder and Research Director at Glocalities