G100 is also supported by The Denim Club : Group of 100 He-for-She Champions globally, comprising leaders and luminaries from the business, corporate and political domains, each leading a sector of influence and having their companies and institutions in support of gender parity and equality. They will advocate for gender equity and balance, mitigate barriers to women’s leadership, commit to women’s greater C-suite representation, and fuel funding for female founders.
Why ‘Denim’ ? Because it’s symbolic of our common ground. While men may be from Mars and women from Venus; and while girls may grow with pink and boys with blue, denim belongs to all of us equally as a place of comfort for cool and candid conversations. The sturdy denim stands for the solid dialogue between genders and the strength of solidarity that we aspire for. Together we can co-create a better, balanced world for All.
The G100 Global Chair along with the G100 Denim Club Partner develop together for their G100 Wing policy recommendations to governments and multilateral institutions worldwide. The far-reaching impact will energise a million women by 2022, and 5 million by 2025.
Together, in joint collaboration and co-creation, we are committed to join our forces and strengths for a better world toward defining, designing and determining a new future for ourselves with equity, equal opportunity, inclusion and economic empowerment of women, and of all, through the inclusive agency of women, supported by men champions.
Membership to G100 and Denim Club is free and by invitation only. The endeavours are non-political, non-religious and non-dogmatic.
We are co-creating a bold and beautiful model of working together in shared vision and aligned actions with gender respect, balance and parity. Our stellar example of solidarity is a shining testimony to the power of women and men walking together in purpose and mutual empowerment for the greater good of a more sustainable, balanced, progressive and peaceful world for all.
On behalf of Prof. Dr. Barbara Baarsma, G100 Global Chair- Sustainable Banking & Finance, we are pleased to welcome for this wing, G100 Denim Club partner and inspiring leader, Kees Kruythoff.
Kees Kruythoff is a global entrepreneur and public leader who lived and worked in Europe, South Africa, China, Brazil, and the USA. With a robust FMCG experience as well as a demonstrated passion for private sector as a force for good, he has been recognized as one of the 10 most prominent business leaders in Brazil in sustainability.
After 27 years of Unilever of which 8 years in the Global Executive Team, Kees now serves as Chairman & CEO for the LIVEKINDLY COLLECTIVE, a global plant-based food company. Additionally, Kees is Co-Founder and Partner of IMAGINE, a for benefit business and foundation. He also serves on several boards, as Chairman of Enactus, MrGreenAfrica, and board member of Distell and RCL Foods.
MOTIVATION TO JOIN THE LIVEKINDLY COLLECTIVE
The world has witnessed a meteoric rise in global demand for plant-based protein as people understand the toll an animal-based food system takes on the planetary health, human health and animal wellbeing.
On behalf of H.E. Rosalia Arteaga Serrano, G100 Global Chair- Political Leadership, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Dr. José Ramón Calvo Fernandez, President, International Institute of International Relations from the Royal Academy of European Doctors, Spain.
Born in Spain, he studied Medical Doctor Degree at the University of Cordoba with Outstanding Mention (1984) , Doctor Cum Laude in Public Health from the University of Córdoba (1991) and Medical Specialist in Childcare-Social Pediatrics (1985-¬‐1989). He worked as Full Professor with Tenure of Health Education, University of Las Palmas (1991-2019) and was Executive Director of the Spanish Office of International Centre for Migration, Health and Development from September (2009-2016), Member of the Canarian Institute of Cancer Research (1994-2015), Founder and Director of the Project “The Ship of Excellence” (2010-2016), Executive Director of the Foundation Excellence (2011-2016), Founder and Director of the Campus of Excellence (2005-2009), Founder and Director of Forum of Excellence (2015-2016), Medical Director for Spain & Portugal Mead Johnson-Bristol Myers Pharmaceuticals (1988-1991), President of the International Institute of International Relations from the Royal Academy of European Doctors (2017-), Senior Executive Advisor Barcelona Supercomputing Center (2019), Founder and Director of Campus of Excellence in Climate (2021).
On behalf of Yanire Brana, G100 Global Chair- Mentoring & Motivation, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Dr. Ángel Cabrera, President, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Dr. Ángel Cabrera is the 12th president of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Cabrera came to Georgia Tech on Sept. 1, 2019, after serving for seven years as president of George Mason University (GMU) in Fairfax, Virginia.
A top-10 public research university in the U.S., Georgia Tech has outstanding programs in business, computing, design, engineering, liberal arts, and the sciences. With 40,000 students and more than 170,000 living alumni who work in business, industry, and government throughout the world, Georgia Tech has become internationally recognized for the quality of its educational and research programs.Under his leadership, more than 5,700 members of the Georgia Tech community contributed to a new 10-year strategic plan that launched in November 2020. The plan is grounded on a new mission statement that reaffirms Tech’s commitment to “developing leaders who advance technology and improve the human condition.”
As the president of Georgia Tech during the Covid-19 pandemic, he is leading the Institute through one of the most critical times in its history to prioritize the health and safety of the Tech community and to develop innovative solutions to combat the disease.
On behalf of H.E. Violeta Bulc, G100 Global Chair- Ecocivilisation, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Jean Todt, President, FIA – Federation Internationale de l’Automobile, UNSG Special Envoy on Road Safety, France.
He was formerly Peugeot Talbot Sport’s Director and then Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team principal, before being appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ferrari from 2004 to 2008.
In October 2009, he was elected President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), and he was re-elected in 2013 and 2017.Under his leadership, Peugeot won 4 World Rally Championship titles (drivers and manufacturers), won the Paris-Dakar Rally 4 times, and twice won the Le Mans 24 Hours. During his time in charge, Ferrari won 14 Formula One World Championship titles (drivers and manufacturers).
It is also under his leadership that Michael Schumacher won five consecutive World Drivers’ Championships, from 2000 to 2004, and obtained 72 of his 91 victories.In 2015, Todt was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as its Special Envoy for Road Safety.
On behalf of Gwendolyn Myers, G100 Global Chair- Youth Empowerment, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Yiaga Africa, Nigeria. Samson Itodo is an experienced community organizer and development practitioner with over a decade experience in constitution building, governance reform, electoral governance, civic engagement, and political organizing.
He is highly skilled in legislative advocacy, political party development, NGO management, social movements, and youth development. He has facilitated policy documents on electoral reform, international development cooperation, constitution review, public governance, and political inclusion.
He provides strategic policy advice to parliamentary committees, electoral commissions, political parties, civil society organizations, and academic institutions. Samson is invested in building strong democratic institutions, promoting people-centered legislation and policies, and building communities of active citizens to drive social change. Samson Itodo serves as the Executive Director of Yiaga Africa and Convener, Not Too Young To Run.
On behalf of Alex Okoroji, G100 Global Chair- Media Arts & Communication, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Yuri Cataldo, Venture Capitalist, Award-Winning Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author & Podcaster Speaker, USA.
Yuri Cataldo is a Techo-optimist working at the intersection of technology and art. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, keynote speaker, best-selling author, podcaster and emerging tech strategist who combines the mindset of an artist and a technologist. Named one of the 40 under 40 business leaders in Indiana, Yuri brings years of experience in the arts, design, entrepreneurship, marketing, innovation, and publicity, in addition to advising founders, artists and startups.
Mr. Cataldo graduated from the Yale School of Drama. He is a classically trained set and costume designer (with a BA in Communications, Theatre, and Drama from Indiana University, a degree in Set Design from The Julliard School and a Masters Degree in Production Design from Yale University), an Artistic Designer turned entrepreneur with credits on Broadway, Dance, Film, and Opera.
On behalf of Marijela Margeta Hasimbegovic, G100 Global Chair- Culture & Heritage, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Cazim Asotic, Former Director and Manager, National Opera and Ballet in Northern Macedonia, Founder and Director, Heart of Heart Foundation, North Macedonia.
Cazim Asotic is the first bassoonist, soloist at the National Opera and Ballet in Northern Macedonia, and a former Director and manager of the same institution. A philanthropist and the first winner of the 2009 World Philanthropist Award, he is also the founder and director of the Heart of Heart Foundation – an organization that cares for people facing various cancer-related health problems.
In 2018, He was named by the company Euroimpex as Ambassador of Culture in Europe for their brand Peugeot, the brand face of Signori – a male high fashion brand as a promoter of their products across Europe. His resume includes organizing many charity events such as telethons to raise funds for children battling leukemia, and organising cultural events.
On behalf of Bodil Valero, G100 Global Chair- Security & Defence, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Alyn Ware, Peace educator and campaigner, Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament, Czech Republic. Alyn Ware is a New Zealand peace educator and campaigner in the areas of peace, non-violence, nuclear abolition, international law, women’s rights, children’s rights and the environment.
He is an advocate for the use of legal and political mechanisms to resolve conflicts and prevent war. He was part of the government advisory team that integrated peace education into the New Zealand school curriculum, and he co-established a number of programs to implement peace education in schools, including Our Planet in Every Classroom, Cool Schools Peer Mediation, Mobile Peace Van, Schools Peace Week and the UN Decade of Nonviolence Schools Outreach Program.
Internationally, Mr Ware worked for the World Federalist Movement to help establish an International Criminal Court. He has served as Vice-President of International Peace Bureau, a Nobel Peace Laureate organisation working for peace, war prevention and disarmament for development.
On behalf of Gabriela Salvador, G100 Global Chair- Social Entrepreneurship, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Eric Parrado, Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank, Chile. Eric Parrado Herrera is the Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since March 2019.
Before joining the IDB, he was a professor of economics and finance at the ESE Business School of the Universidad de los Andes in Santiago, Chile. Mr. Parrado is a visiting professor at Oxford University and ETHzürich, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Frontier Risks.
From 2014 to 2018 he was the Superintendent of Banks and Financial Institutions in Chile, where he promoted reforms such as the modernization of banking legislation and the creation of new instruments for financial inclusion. Between 2011 and 2014, he was advisor to the Financial Committee that counsels the Ministry of Finance on the investment policy of Chile’s sovereign wealth funds and professor at the Adolfo Ibáñez University.
On behalf of H.E. Cecilia Attard-Pirotta, G100 Global Chair- Diplomacy, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, H.E. Prof. Lino Bianco, Ambassador of the Republic of Malta to Romania and the Republic of Moldova, Malta. H.E. Prof. Lino Bianco, born in 1965, is an architect, academic and a diplomat from Malta.
His education: B.A. (Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, Institute of Philosophy and Humanistic Studies, Malta), B.E.&A. (Architecture and Building Engineering, University of Malta, Malta), M.Sc. (Geology, University of Leicester, U.K.), M.Sc. (Architecture, The Bartlett Graduate School, University College London, U.K.), and Ph.D. (Architecture and Politics, University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Sofia, Bulgaria).
He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London) and of the Geological Society (London).
On behalf of Nino Zambakhidze, G100 Global Chair- Farming & AgriTourism, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Levan Akhvlediani, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, UN Global Compact Network, Georgia.
Levan Akhvlediani, Chairman of supervisory board UN Global Compact Network Georgia (UNGCNG). He has an outstanding expertise in executive management and an impressive track record of 16 years in diverse managerial positions in leading Georgian legal entities, as well as in Multinational corporations such as a Country Director at SAP during (2015-2017), CEO at LLC “Two Minutes” (2011-2013), Adviser on Corporate Business Issues at Gulf Oil International Group (2011-2012), Sales Director at Senta Petroleum (2009-2011), Branch Director at Bank Republic Societe Generale Group (2007-2009). In 2013 – 2021 he served as the CEO of the leading company, operating in the field of technology, “Orient Logic”.
During the eight-year period at the company, he has paved his way to the top by starting at the position of Sales Director (2013-2016), moving on to being an Executive Director (2017-2019), eventually becoming a CEO.
On behalf of Nana Ama Poku, G100 Global Chair- Exports & Credit, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Dr. Dr. Francis Mensah Sasraku, Head Risk And Regulations, National Banking College, Ghana. He is an energy expert, an institutional economist, a Chartered Accountant, and a Chartered Banker with over 25 years professional experience spanning across many industries and in particular the financial services sector.
Country of citizenship/residence – Ghana. His education are – PHD, Energy Law & Economics, Centre for Energy, Petroleum, Mineral Law & Policy, Univ. of Dundee, Scotland, 2019 DBA, Banking Risks and Regulations, University of Bradford – England, 2017 LLM, Petroleum Law and Policy, University of Dundee – Dundee Scotland, 2012 MBA, Oxford Institute of International Finance, Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford, United Kingdom, (2004) BA (Hons), Economics, University of Ghana, 1988.
Other Specialized Training and Certifications – Dr. Dr. Sasraku has also undertaken training courses in specialized areas over the years, key among which include: Associate, Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB), United Kingdom, 1995 Associate, Chartered Institute of Management Accountants/Chartered Global Management Accountants, (CIMA/CGMA), 1997 Fellow.
On behalf of Cindy Warner, G100 Global Chair- Information Technology, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Gerard Verweij, Retd. Principal, PwC, USA.
Gerard retired from PwC as of September 30th 2020. Gerard’s most recent role at PwC was the Global AWS alliance and practice leader, the Global Data and Analytics Leader and the US Consumer Markets Cloud leader. In his leadership role Gerard is responsible for driving the global strategy and direction for PwC’s go to market relationship with AWS and the AWS practice as well as for PwC’s Data and Analytics capabilities across all of our businesses with a focus on helping clients with all their cloud, AWS, data and analytics challenges as well as embedding data and analytics in everything we do.
Prior to this role, Gerard was the Global IT Front Office Technology leader for PwC and he was PwC’s Technology Consulting Leader responsible for all Technology Consulting services and teams in the US, Japan, Hong Kong/China and Mexico. Gerard was a member of the US Advisory Leadership team and the US Extended Leadership team.
On behalf of Rina Neoh, G100 Global Chair- Mergers & Acquisitions, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Philippe Metoudi, Founder & CEO, Duotem Capital Limited, Hong Kong. In 2018, he co-founded Fintica Limited and serves as its CEO . Philippe is also a Managing Partner at AlfaSec Advisors. Philippe serves as a non-executive board member of several Israeli companies.
He is also a senior advisor and non-executive board member of the Israel Asian Fund. Philippe is a regular lecturer at Beijing People’s University and advisor to Xidian University. He co-authored the book Israel and China: From Silk Road to Innovation Highway. Previously, Philippe was a Member of the Executive Board of Clearstream Banking and Chairman of its Market Committee.
He received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2011 from Global Custodian and “Banker of the Year” award in 2009 from The Asset. Philippe graduated from the Executive Development Program of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and holds master’s degrees in Finance and Econometrics from the University of Grenoble,
On behalf of Prof. Dr. Lizbeth Goodman, G100 Global Chair- STEM Education, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Dr. Colin Keogh, Founder – Sapien Innovation/TeamOSV/Rapid Foundation, Research Engineer – University College Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Colin Keogh is an award-winning innovative Engineer, with successful background in innovative technologies in the Engineering, Business and Innovation sectors.
He is an active innovation consultant, supporting the innovation and commercialisation of both commercial and EU funded research projects as an expert advisor, mentor and consultant. He has led ground-breaking research in the Energy, SDG’s, Additive Manufacturing and Innovation fields at multiple global universities, with a focus on technology forecasting, enhanced innovation methodologies, additive manufacturing, applied impact and integrating advanced technologies into social, environmental, philanthropic and entrepreneurial activities.
He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s in Energy Systems Engineering from UCD and a PhD in Engineering from UCD focusing on developing new global innovation methodologies leading to the development of his own advanced Innovation methodology, “The Double Helix Method”.
On behalf of Shirley Bloomfield, G100 Global Chair- Telecom, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Bernie Arnason, Principal, Pivot Group LLC, USA. He is Leading broadband industry strategic advisor and consultant. Pivot helps clients grow their business through marketing, research, and training. Vast experience in the broadband industry supporting service providers, suppliers, vendors, and financial professionals who need analysis, strategic consultation, and tools to grow market share.
Publisher and Managing Editor of telecompetitor.com, a leading telecom industry blog focused on the evolving telecom competitive landscape. His diversified capabilities include: – strategic marketing and business development consulting; strategic planning and consulting for clients; broad reach into an extensive network of broadband carriers; interpreting and explaining market trends and developments; conducting and analyzing market research; developing and cultivating telecom mindshare including blogs, webinar series, and conferences/events Specialties include: Strategic consulting for business development, market positioning, and marketing strategy. Comprehensive understanding of U.S. broadband carrier ecosystem.
On behalf of Karen Duys, G100 Global Chair- Education, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Peter Lamers, President of the Executive Board, Scholengroep Spinoza, Netherlands. Peter was born and raised in the city of Rotterdam. He studied political science at the Erasmus University.
He is a highly experienced politician and CEO in education and government in which he has worked for over 30 years. For eight years he was the spokesman for the Minister of Finance of the Netherlands. Peter is very knowledgeable in strategic and corporate communication and he is a great networker. He was the head of the communication department of a special program of the ministry of Youth & Welfare called: Operation Young.
He started his political career as member of the council of Feyenoord-Rotterdam, then he was councilor of the province of South Holland. In 2012 the municipality of the city of Rotterdam nominated Peter to be Alderman for Youth & Education. In this position he made a significant impact. He successfully improved the policy on care and support for the youth and qualified education in Rotterdam.
On behalf of Anita C Powell, G100 Global Chair- Oneness & Wisdom, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Willie Whitehead, Motivational Speaker and Personal and Professional Life Coach, The Willie Whitehead Foundation, USA. NFL veteran Willie Whitehead Jr. has earned national recognition as a leading Defensive End, Celebrity Speaker, Author, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist but now he is also known the world over as an Energy Coach and Healer, helping others to shift their energy, realign with their inner power and boldly transform their dreams into tangible reality.
The Tuskegee, Alabama native began his professional football career in 1995 after graduating from Auburn State University with a Bachelor’s in Communications. Most revered for playing eight consecutive years with the New Orleans Saints, Willie spent a total of 11 years as a Defensive End in both the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the NFL. During this time he learned and implemented several alternative healing modalities, energy alignment techniques and mental focus exercises to assure his peak performance both on and off the field.
On behalf of Sonia Bashir Kabir, G100 Global Chair- IT Services & Innovation, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Mohammed Atiqur Rahman, Country Director, Dell Technologies Bangladesh. Atiqur is an experienced, highly focused & result oriented business leader with 21 years of career with Dell Technologies, Microsoft and Siemens. As Country Director of Dell Technologies, Atiqur is tasked with overseeing company’s growth and operations in Bangladesh.
He is responsible for leading the sales strategy, business development, and partner and customer engagements across all lines of business and customer segments in both the public and private sectors in Bangladesh. Atiqur is a seasoned professional with year-after-year success in achieving revenue, profit and business growth objectives within dynamic and highly competitive environment.
Atiqur is a seasoned professional with year-after-year success in achieving revenue, profit and business growth objectives within dynamic and highly competitive environment.
On behalf of Neerja Birla, G100 Global Chair- Mental Health, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Prof. Richard D’Aveni, The Bakala Professor of Strategy, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College, USA. D’Aveni is one of the foremost experts in the world on competition between corporations, militaries, governments, alliances & capitalist systems.
He is currently focusing his research on Technological Competition caused by 3D Printing. He has published numerous articles, books, blogs and columns on additive manufacturing. His work on additive manufacturing won the 2016 Thinkers50 Strategy Award, and nominated for the 2019 Thinkers50 Breakthrough Idea Award.
He authored numerous articles on competitive strategy in academic journals, HBR, FT of London, WSJ, Washington Post, and MIT/Sloan Management Review, as well as the global best selling book Hypercompetition, which is available in 14 languages. Since the 1990s, his writings are credited with creating a new paradigm in strategy using temporary advantages, principles of rapid & aggressive maneuvering and disruption rather than on defensive barriers & power over buyers/suppliers.
On behalf of Fida Taher, G100 Global Chair- Venture Capital & Innovative Finance, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, H.E Mothanna Gharaibeh, Fifth Advisory Services, Former Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship, Jordan. Mothanna Gharaibeh is the CEO of Fifth advisory services, which provides advice to several institutions in Jordan, Iraq, Saudi and Singapore.
He is an executive board member of the Innovative SMEs and Startups Fund (ISSF) of Jordan, which is US$100 million early stage SME fund financed by the Central Bank of Jordan and the World Bank. Mr. Gharaibeh served as the Minister of Digital Economy and Entrepreneurship in Jordan between 2018 and 2020. He was the youngest working minister in the cabinet at that time.
During his service, he developed and launched Jordan’s digital economy’s initiatives to advance digital infrastructure, digital platforms, digital financial services, digital entrepreneurship, and digital skills. Prior to joining the cabinet, Mr. Gharaibeh led Ericsson Business, the Swedish Telecom and Technology leader, operations in Jordan.He has an extensive technical and business experience around the Middle East where he worked with Ericsson in Oman, Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries in different roles and functions.
On behalf of Michelle Ferrari, G100 Global Chair- Human Resources, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Jose Varela, Senior Vice President, Latin America Corporate Affairs & Governance and Managing Director, 3M Mexico. Born in El Salvador, José began his career at 3M since 1989 at the Department of Treasury and Finance of that country. Since then, he has held both regional and global positions that have led him to Mexico as President of 3M Mexico.
José Varela, previously served as Global Vice President of Purchasing, having an inspiring leadership career in the company with representative roles such as the Vice Presidency for Occupational Safety, from where he led the acquisition of Capital Safety to 3M; as well as the Presidency of Panama, Chile and Brazil, among other positions in the areas of sales, finance, operational planning and supply chain management.
José’s experience in regions such as Asia Pacific and Latin America as responsible for sales planning and operations gives the team of 3M Mexico a clear vision, accompanied by passion for the country by having a Mexican mother and resided a couple of years at the country.
On behalf of Norina Sookmoulla, G100 Global Chair- Healthcare & Fitness, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Dr. Harrish Chandr Bheemul, Founder & CEO, Train 2 Gain Business Solutions Group, Mauritius. The multi-talented Dr. Harrish Bheemul, a PhD holder in Engineering from the University of Greenwich (UK) is a serial Entrepreneur, an Educational and Market Research Analyst, a Women Empowerment Influencer, a Strategic Thinker, and active social worker.
Besides being one of the well-established local Entrepreneurs over the past 8 years, he is well-known for his national award-winning projects ‘Men & Women of the Year (Mauritius)’ and ‘Next Supermodel (Mauritius)’, his business acumen and his awareness campaigns against Cancer. At 45 years of age, Dr. Harrish Bheemul has been in the industry for more than 20 year.
He has a rich career across several fields including Education, Engineering,Management and Information and Communication Technology.Over the past seventeen years, Dr Harrish Bheemul has been the recipient of several national and international awards.The major titles awarded, and accolades are listed Dr. Harrish Bheemul has been active socially for almost a decade now.
On behalf of Dr. Sirikul Nui Laukaikul, G100 Global Chair- Brand Creation & Marketing, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Dr. Porramate Chumyim, Founder/Director of NSTDA Acceleration, Venture Builder, Advisory Board of SB (Sustainable Brands), Thailand. Manages the national platform of the leading government innovation ecosystem providers, Thailand FoodInnopolis, under National Science Technology and Development Agency INSTDA).
He is a former national innovation policy maker at National Science Technology and Innovation Policy Office (STI office). Expert in Innovation system, business model innovation design and experience driven scalable process and has leadership and advisory roles in several additional organizations, innovative businesses and Tech start-ups.
He has additional deep experience in design thinking, product and service development, innovation strategy and diversification of business model portfolios. Wide experience with local entrepreneurs across the country. Driven by making an impact, he is a part of creating an innovation ecosystem in Thailand where he has strong purpose to drive not only the economic but also culture of inclusion and sustainable environment.
On behalf of Madi Sharma, G100 Global Chair- Communication & Advocacy, we welcome our G100 Denim Club partner and inspiring leader, Kulmeet Bawa, President & Managing Director, SAP Indian subcontinent. Kulmeet has been helping businesses in their digital transformation journey and is passionate about delivering exceptional experiences by leveraging a strong partner ecosystem and a great talent pool.
He is a technology veteran and an established business leader with more than 25 years of experience. Prior to joining @SAP, he led the India & South Asia market for Adobe and helped drive excellence in customer experience.
Kulmeet has also had an illustrious career in the Indian Army where he served in the Armoured Corps for 12 years before moving into the corporate world.
On behalf of Gloria Feldt, G100 Global Chair- Leadership Parity, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Josh Levs, Communications leader. Keynoter. U.N. Gender Champion. Journalist. USA. Josh Levs is a communications leader with 20 years of experience inside top news agencies and working with corporations and organizations.
A former NPR and CNN journalist, he is the leading expert in helping brands develop their narratives, attract positive media coverage, and showcase executives as thought leaders. He also runs workshops and consults on internal communication, diversity, psychological safety, unconscious bias, disruption and more.
Levs is also the top global thought leader in creating All In inclusive workplaces by making advancement opportunities and work-life balance available equally to women and men. He explains the crucial role of embracing modern fatherhood as a means of achieving gender equality in business. He helps corporations and organizations get men involved in Diversity & Inclusion efforts like never before. Levs travels to businesses and keynotes summits to offer guidance, sharing facts and wisdom in his widely acclaimed book All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses–And How We Can Fix It Together.
On behalf of H.E. Dr. May Chidiac, G100 Global Chair- Journalism & Ethical Governance, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Dr. Alexandre Najjar, Francophone Writer & Novelist, Winner of the Prix de la Fondation Hachette, Lawyer, Lebanon.
Dr. Alexandre Najjar was born in Beirut (Lebanon) in 1967. He is an Attorney at law and a writer. He is a member of the National Commission for Lebanese Women (NCLW) ; he was the representative of Lebanon in the Legal Committee of UNESCO organization and an advisor to the Lebanese Ministry of Culture (1999-2009).
He is the author of over thirty books (novels, memoirs, biographies…) that have been translated into more than twelve languages, including Les Exilés du Caucase (Grasset), Le Roman de Beyrouth (Plon), Le Dictionnaire amoureux du Liban (Plon), L’École de la Guerre / The School of War(Telegram), Le Censeur de Baudelaire (Balland), Phénicia (Plon), Gibran (Pygmalion), Les Anges de Millesgarden (Gallimard) and Berlin 36 (Plon).
He is the recipient of the first Bourse de l’écrivain award from the Lagardère Foundation, the 2009 Prix Méditerranée and the Grand Prix de la Francophonie awarded by the Académie Française.
On behalf of Dr. Petra Kuenkel, G100 Global Chair- Collective Stewardship, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Carlos Alvarez Pereira, Member of the Executive Committee, The Club of Rome International, Member of the Spanish Fulbright Alumni Association, Spain.
Carlos Alvarez Pereira is a senior professional combining more than 30 years of experience in research and innovation, entrepreneurship, and business management, with a passion for complexity thinking and transdisciplinarity. He is keen on exploring the cultural transformation required to cross the threshold towards equitable human wellbeing within a healthy biosphere.
He is member of the Advisory Board of the International Bateson Institute (IBI), fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), and member of the Spanish Fulbright Alumni Association, of which he has been Vice-President during 8 years. With an MSc in Aerospace Engineering, he has been a lecturer and researcher in Applied Mathematics at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM). He founded and chaired for 14 years the Innaxis Foundation & Research Institute, specialized in the modelling of complex systems and big data applications.
On behalf of Deana Zelenka, G100 Global Chair- Start Up Ecosystems, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Danillo Nakano, Managing Director, NM Advisors, UAE. Mr Danillo Gabriel Nakano is born and raised in Brazil, coming from a family of entrepreneurs in São Paulo State, Brazil, the most vibrant and important economic region in Latin America, with 46 million people and an GPD over USD 700 MM.
Mr Danillo Nakano’s family have business on construction, real state, logistics, trading, health sector, children’s literature and mining sector. Mr Danillo Nakano have a 15+ years career working for McKinsey, World Bank, Energias Renováveis do Brasil, NM Advisors, among other companies and is serving as board member within the family’s companies for 10+ years.
Areas of knowledge are Renewable Energy, as Solar, Wind, Hydroplant, Biomass, Ethanol, O&G, Urban Mobility, Mining, M&A, Corporate Finance and Management Consulting. Working for 10+ years in Brazil, Mr Danillo Nakano also worked in USA, Latin America, Denmark and has set base in the UAE for 5+ years. Mr Danillo Nakano believes on the moral necessity of creating a more egalitarian environment, where equal opportunities are offered, while no one should be in need. Mr Danillo Nakano is fluent on Portuguese and English, with reasonable understanding of Spanish.
On behalf of Tanja Wehsely, G100 Global Chair- Social Services & Welfare, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Ewald Lochner, Psychiatry, Addiction and Drug Coordinator of the City of Vienna Austria. He is Financial Director of the Psychosocial Services of Vienna as well as Managing Director at the Office of Addiction and Drug Policy of Vienna.
Born and raised in Vienna he is working in drug and addiction prevention since more than one and a half decades now. Since 2007 he was Head of the section dealing with employment and social integration within the Office of Addiction and Drug Policy of Vienna.
In 2010 he became additionally deputy managing director and in 2018 Managing director. Moreover in 2015 he started as Financial Director at the Psychosocial Services of Vienna. The Psychosocial Services of Vienna provides with its broad network of outpatient facilities main primary care for mentally ill people. Main goal is quick help for ill people and their relatives living in Austrian`s capital.
On behalf of Nuria Marín Raventos, G100 Global Chair- Coaching & Training, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Gerardo Corrales Brenes, Former Vice President, BAC San Jose, Costa Rica. He has extensive experience in the banking and finance area.
He was for 16 years the General Manager of BAC San José and the executive vice president of Grupo Financiero BAC Credomatic. For several years he was the director of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (UCCAEP), he also served as the director of the Costa Rican Stock Exchange and as director and president of the Costa Rican Banking Association.
In 2004 he received the Manager of the Year award from the Chamber of Commerce, and ten years later he also received the Entrepreneur of the Year award from the newspaper El Financiero. On two occasions at the bank he worked for, he was recognized as the best bank in Costa Rica. He currently serves as a professor and lecturer at INCAE Business School and LEAD University.
On behalf of Ruth B. Ncube, G100 Global Chair- Insurance, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Macdonald Ndovi, Business Development Executive,CloudSuite (Pty) Ltd, Zimbabwe. Macdonald is the Business Development Director of 5Brands Consulting Group and 360 Degrees Advertising Agency.
“Macdonald loves switching on light bulbs within organisations and people – facilitating new possibilities of business transformation.” His passion is all about business transformation through marketing and business development. Over 18 years of progressive hands-on wealth of transferable skills gained spanning across diverse economic sectors.
He has helped organisations in providing integrated business and marketing solutions to diverse clients globally, including high valued individual and fast-growing organizations. Greater success through closing significant deals. Possesses a commitment to delivering customer service excellence through delivering complex projects within demanding time and the ability to reduce costs.
On behalf of Dr. Hynd Bouhia, G100 Global Chair- Entrepreneurship, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Miguel Reynolds Brandao, Founder & CEO CORKBRICK EUROPE, Expert, European Commission, President & CEO, Global Business Brokers, Managing Director, RAZÃO FINAL CONSULTING, Portugal. A Stanford alumni, always learning, curious and independent by nature, he graduated in engineering and management.
He is a serial entrepreneur who started his first venture in his early twenties. Since 1994, he has been strategic management advisor for several institutions in Portugal, Brazil and USA. Author of books and articles in strategic management systems, entrepreneurship, business brokering and teleworking, his last book, published in May 2015, is “The Sustainable Organisation – a paradigm for a fairer society”.
He is currently developing an objective, transparent and accessible criteria to support sustainable, impact, investment worldwide, where criteria includes the gender parity factors.
On behalf of Yasmina Azhari, G100 Global Chair- Public Relations, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Hussain Kazerooni, General Manager, Jawad Business Group, Bahrain. He is a specialised motivated people’s person with over 10 years experience in the fields of FMCG & Food Service.
Working with over 100 bluechip brands from around the world in confectionery, ambient, beverages, dairy, frozen and non food products. His education are – BA Business Management & Marketing from University of Surrey ,His experience are – GENERAL MANAGER – THE SALES AND DISTRIBUTION DIVISION Jawad Business Group – Bahrain | Jul 2019 – Present Leading a strategic business unit within a large group.
Full P&L & budget responsibility. Full Led smooth takeover of international agencies. Managed key accounts negotiations and agreements of major retailers and food service accounts. DIRECTOR of Kaldi 850 Coffee Bahrain – Qatar – Oman | Jun 2019 – Present Assessing in the overall direction on the brand and strategy.
On behalf of Krishna Pujara, G100 Global Chair- Anti-Domestic Abuse, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Lord Rami Ranger, Chairman & Founder, Sun Mark Group of Companies, UK. Lord Rami Ranger CBE, FRSA, is a British Peer and a successful businessman honoured by Her Majesty the Queen on Eight occasions. Six times for Business and twice personally for community services and was made a Member of the British Empire in 2005 and Commander of the British Empire in 2016 and made a Lord in 2019.
Rami is married to Renu and has three daughters. Currently, he is the patron of the Conservative Friends of India, an Ambassador for the Conservative Party’s Treasurer, Patron of Combat Stress, Fellow of The Prince’s Trust, Chairman of the British Sikh Association, Chairman of the Pakistan, India & UK Friendship Forum.
Rami set up his first business in 1987 with a mere 2 pounds capital from a rented room in Hayes and through his sheer dedication and commitment, he now runs two of Britain’s fastest-growing companies with an annual turnover over £150 million.
On behalf of Merlee Cruz-Jayme, G100 Global Chair- Anti-Sexual Harassment, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Phil Adrien, CEO, Creative APAC, dentsu international, Singapore. Phil has made a career out of doing what he loves – building and nurturing high performing teams filled with exceptional people, then empowering, challenging, and collaborating with them to do meaningful work. Part of that comes from fostering a strong culture, one which allows great people and great work to thrive.
Work that surprises and delights customers and drives business results. He is passionate about how the right mix of insight, creativity and purpose can create magic moments between a brand and its customers. He has privileged to have helped drive magic, growth, and innovation with some greats like Facebook, Disney, Netflix, Emirates, Zespri, Huawei, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota, Accor, Mondelez, Citibank, and Oracle to name a few.
He has a proven track record of success in agency leadership roles (integrated, creative and media), transforming poor performing teams and agencies, into high performers.
On behalf of H.E. Dr. Manal Abdel Samad NAJD, G100 Global Chair- Taxation & Incentives, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner & inspiring leader, Daniel A. Witt, President, International Tax and Investment Center, USA. Daniel A. Witt has been working to promote free markets and helping to lower the barriers to tax, trade, and investment in transition economies for nearly 30 years. Having worked with 85 countries, he has co-developed a unique neutral table to bring together the public sector,private sector, and academics to advance pro-investment economic policy reforms.
Being among the first foreigners to discuss international tax and investment issues with the Russian Federation (1991), the Republic of Kazakhstan (1993), Vietnam (1996), Iraq (2004), Libya (2006), and Myanmar (2012), Mr. Witt is a recognized expert in newly opened-up frontier markets. Mr. Witt is the President of the International Tax and Investment Center (ITIC), which he helped found in September 1993. ITIC has offices in Washington, DC, USA; Moscow, Russia; Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan; Baku, Azerbaijan; Kiev, Ukraine; Manila, the Philippines; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Baghdad, Iraq; Bangkok, Thailand; Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar; and London, United Kingdom. ITIC is a global brand that is trusted as a reliable source of tax and investment policy and administration expertise.
On behalf of Gala Díaz Langou, G100 Global Chair- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Sergio Kaufman, President – Accenture Argentina, Chile, Colombia & Peru, Argentina. Sergio Kaufman is President – Accenture Argentina, Chile, Colombia & Peru. He has been leading Accenture Argentina and the Hispanic South America region since 2013.
Kaufman is responsible for the regional business of Accenture – one of the top employers in Argentina- including strategy, investments and the growth objectives of the company. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of CIPPEC (Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth).
Since joining Accenture in 1987, he has been leading transformation, organizational reengineering, strategic IT planning, and systems implementation projects in large multinational companies across Latin America, the United States, and Europe.
On behalf of Saadia Lakehal, G100 Global Chair- AgriTech, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Sebastien Leblond, Co-Founder & Global COO of Rainmakers Capital Investments LLC (UAE) and of Capital RainMKRS Inc, Canada. Sebastien is a passionate and seminal entrepreneur. He is a business lawyer specializing in innovative business modeling and governance.
He is the Co-founder & Global COO at Rainmakers Capital Investment LLC (UAE & Canada). As a result of his tenure at RainMKRS, Sebastien is Co-Founder, Shareholder at The Farms Holding Ltd (ADGM, Abu Dhabi, UAE), Shareholder and board Member at Purple Capital Group Inc. (Montreal, Canada)(www.purplegroup.capital), shareholder at WIIDII inc. (Bordeaux, France). He has been Co-Founder, Board Member & CEO at Anderson Sinclair PC (Toronto & Montreal) from 2007 until 2020 (sold in 2020).
Since 2007, Sébastien develops innovative businesses and operating models in the legal, banking, insurance, food security and sustainability industries. His vision of networking and business development is known to be holistic and convergent.
On behalf of Dorota (Dori) Zimnoch, G100 Global Chair- Innovation & Technology, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Przemyslaw Gdanski, CEO & President of Management Board – BNP Paribas Bank, Poland. Przemyslaw Gdanski is CEO & President of Management Board – BNP Paribas Bank, Poland.
He believes we can be really good at something only when being passionate about it. His passion is banking. He always wanted to work for a bank, and follows his passion since the beginning of his career. He believes, Banking is not only about money. It’s about serving customers and helping them to fulfill their needs, realize their dreams and develop their passions. Banks and bankers must act ethically, transparently and fairly. Always and without compromise.
He believes in authenticity and has little tolerance for arrogance. He says, “We leaders are here to support and develop our people. In order to succeed, we should be humble, open, approachable and hard-working. Leaders’ job is also to effectively influence the entire organization, so each and everyone always acts in that very way.
On behalf of Anat Bernstein-Reich, G100 Global Chair- Finance & Funding, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Shimshon Harel, Chair, Executive Board, Weizmann Institute of Science CEO of America Israel Investments, Israel.
Mr. Shimshon Harel serves on the Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science since 1999, as a Member of the International and the Executive Boards. In his professional life, Shimshon serves as the CEO of America Israel Investments Ltd., a company specializing in real estate investments in Israel and abroad, and serves as a member of the board of directors of several commercial companies: Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bashan Radiators Ltd., Studio C Ltd, and Mango Ltd.
He has been a Director of Jerusalem Economy Ltd. since December 2015. Shimshon is involved in various social causes. He is a Member of the Friends Association of Ilan, the Chairman of the Haifa Sami Ofer Stadium, Member of the Board of Directors of Haifa Economic Corporation, Member of the Board of Governors of the University of Haifa, and is the Honorary Consul of Sri Lanka in Israel. Shimshon holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Master’s degree in Business Administration.
On behalf of Hong Hoang, G100 Global Chair- Wildlife & Biodiversity, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Thanh Bui, Founder, Chairman Embassy Education, Chairman, Enpointe Management Group, Vietnam. Thanh Bui is an award-winning Australian-Vietnamese singer-songwriter, with numerous gold records and Number 1 hit songs around the world to his name.
Upon returning to Vietnam in 2011, he established himself as one of the leading artists in the country but more notably, Thanh has won the hearts of the people through his passion for raising the awareness of the importance of music / arts education in particular, and education in general, to develop a new generation of Vietnamese children.
Thanh has been on the forefront of leading social change through his Ambassadorships with the United Nations, Wilderness Foundation, Wild-Aid … he believes that the arts is a very powerful medium to push change. Thanh’s passion has seen him build an eco-system, from grassroots to industry, to support the arts in Vietnam – from education, to arts/culture, to media, he hopes to shape Vietnam’s future through the arts. In 2004, Thanh Bui officially entered the music industry as part of the Australian boy band North.
On behalf of Carolina García, G100 Global Chair- Sports Empowerment, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, Roberto Ibanez Oly, Ex-Vice Minister of Sports President of Ecuadorian Judo Federation, President of Guayas Sports Federation, Development Director of South American Judo Confederation, Ecuador.
A man dedicated to sports, he represented Ecuador in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games as an athlete and later as a coach in Rio 2016. In the field of sports leadership, he has been a member of the board of directors of the Ecuadorian Olympic Committee, Vice Minister of Sports and Undersecretary of Sports, President of the Ecuadorian Judo Federation and currently President of the Provincial Federation of Guayas which is the largest sports organization in Ecuador.
On behalf of Marguerite Soeteman-Reijnen, G100 Global Chair- Corporate Governance, welcoming for this wing G100 Denim Club partner for & inspiring leader, H.R.H. Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme, Founder of Compazz.org, Netherlands.
H.R.H. Prince Carlos de Bourbon de Parme (Nijmegen, January 27, 1970) is founder and director of the sustainability foundation COMPAZZ and has been committed to promoting, advocating and accelerating sustainability and the circular economy in the Netherlands and abroad for 20 years.
He was boardmember of CSR the Netherlands for 8 years, is member of the advisory board of PGGM Responsible Investing, has a seat in the Investment Committee of Energiiq Fund of South Holland, is chairman of the advisory board for Short Supply Chains in the Dutch agri sector,is boardmember of the the think-tank The Ex’tax Project and holds several other advisory positions at various companies and social organizations.