Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers 

Keynote Speakers 2019

Faiza Oulahsen, Department Head Climate & Energy / Program 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 , Challenge Winner 2015 / Founder of the Rainmaker Enterprise

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.”

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.


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