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2015 Speakers

Power Shift 2015 features over 40 speakers who are experts in the field of women and markets.

Laurie Adams

Women's Rights Director
Oxfam GB

Laurie Adams is Oxfam's Women's Rights Director, currently based in the UK, after serving in the leadership of three of Oxfam's Africa regions managing programmes across some 20 countries. In the role she provides strategic leadership to Oxfam's programmes and influencing work on women across the globe.  Oxfam's work with women includes empowering women economically, gendered responses in emergencies, and ending the discrimination and violence which  deepens and compounds poverty for women - including through addressing issues of underpaid and unpaid work. Laurie has an MSc in Public Policy from SOAS, a BA in Government/Education and Gender Studies from Dartmouth, and is an alumnus of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Programme. 


Stephanie Barrientos

Professor of Global Development
University of Manchester

Stephanie Barrientos has researched and published widely on gender, agribusiness, employment, trade and labour standards, corporate social responsibility, fair and ethical trade. She has undertaken research in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. She coordinated studies for Cadbury Plc Mapping Sustainable Cocoa Production in Ghana and India. This informed the Cocoa Partnership/Cocoa Life to support cocoa farmers, and adoption of Fairtrade. She led with Professor Gary Gereffi (Duke University) the DFID funded international research network Capturing the Gains: Economic and Social Upgrading in Global Value Chains linking researchers in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and USA, She has advised a large number of companies, NGOs and government organisations. Stephanie has a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2013-16) examining Gender and Transformation in Retail Value Chains.


Maggie Berry

Executive Director for Europe
WEConnect International

Maggie joined WEConnect International in December 2012. A corporate-led non-profit, the organisation’s goal is to connect more majority owned women’s businesses (those that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more women) into the global corporate supply chain, connecting SMEs with the growing demand from corporations and the public sector for diverse and innovative suppliers. She has responsibility for the management, leadership and development of WEConnect International in Europe. Her role involves developing corporate and public sector support as well as growing and developing the network of self-registered and certified women-owned businesses across the UK and Europe. Previously Maggie was the Managing Director of – an online job board, recruitment and networking forum for women working in the technology profession in the UK and Maggie continues to run the Women in Technology Network in her spare time.


Liz Bingham

Managing Partner

Liz is Managing Partner at Big 4 firm EY – the global $27bn professional services firm and a member of the firm’s UK & Ireland ExCo with responsibility for developing and delivering the firm’s highly successful strategy for employer brand, talent development and Diversity and Inclusion. Liz is also 30+ year experienced commercial Restructuring professional having led the UK firm’s Restructuring business of £100m with 500 people and has acted as liquidator of many hundreds of companies, which involves assuming the management roles, duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors. Liz has been lead adviser to many FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 global groups guiding Boards through periods of change and crisis whilst preserving corporate value and reputation. 


Isabella Bunn

Chair of the Advisory Council
American Bar Association Center for Human Rights

Dr. Isabella D. Bunn, BSFS, MA, JD, MPhil, PhD, is affiliated with Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford, where she specialises in global ethics, human rights, and international economic law.  She also holds an endowed post as Professor of Ethics at the Bisk College of Business, Florida Institute of Technology, where she teaches corporate social responsibility.  Isabella has worked as a legal and policy advisor in the public and private sectors.  Leadership roles include:  Chair of the Advisory Council, ABA Center for Human Rights;  Council Member, ABA Section of International Law;  Associate Director, Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture;  Board of Directors, Internet Bar Organization;  Steering Group, UN Global Compact initiative on business and the rule of law.    


Mayra Buvinic

Senior Fellow
UN Foundation

Mayra Buvinic is a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation where she works on women’s economic empowerment and Data2X, a collaboration to improve gender data. Before UNF, she was Director for Gender and Development at the World Bank. She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank where she headed the Social Development Division, and was founding member and President of the International Center for Research on Women in Washington, D.C. She holds a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Ann Cairns

President of International Markets

Ann Cairns is president of International Markets for MasterCard. Based in London, Ann has responsibility for the management of all markets and customer-related activities outside North America. At MasterCard Ann has built sustainable, strong growth rates for the company across both mature and emerging markets. Ann is passionate about the role MasterCard can play in delivering inclusive growth and women’s empowerment, and has continued to build the business through new partnerships with governments, commercial organsations and humanitarian agencies. Ann’s early career was as an award-winning research engineer and the first woman qualified to go offshore in Britain. Prior to joining MasterCard Ann held senior roles at ABN-AMRO, Citigroup and led the European team managing the estate of Lehman Brothers through the Chapter 11 process.


Donnetta Campbell

Social Architect

Donnetta Campbell is a social media innovator for the “digital influencer” age. She has created a unique social media architecture and methodology that delivers authentic social engagement for brands, institutions, and senior leaders. Donnetta’s background includes more than twenty years in public relations global agencies. She specializes in “earned-influence” personal brand building and corporate digital platforms through her unique model of #SocialPR. Her current clients include leading global influencers at Harry Walker Speaker's Agency, Weber Shandwick, Interbrand, Tribeca Enterprises Tribeca Shortlist, Harvard's Disruptor Foundation, Techweek, and DoubleXEconomy. Donnetta helps clients leverage the drivers of digital influence, which include personal networks, content marketing, and linkages to public issues. 


Amy-Willard Cross

BUY UP Index

Amy-Willard Cross is the founder of the BUY UP Index, an app that helps consumers make purchasing decisions based on a company's demonstrated commitment to gender equality. Ms Cross founded VITAMIN W Media, as well as the first women’s midlife magazine in the 1980s. As an editor at major magazines in the US and Canada, she created trend columns, front-of-the-book sections and handled subjects from business to features — as well as a “live issue”. Ms Cross has also written two books, countless articles, and radio essays. Amy was recently named a Global Champion for Women by Global Connections for Women.


Alison Kiehl Friedman

Global Fund to End Slavery

Alison Kiehl Friedman is Vice-President of the Global Fund to End Slavery. Prior to that, Ms. Friedman was Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Alison also served as Senior Advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons where she helped to conceive and launch slavery footprint. org and Executive Order 16327, strengthening protections against trafficking in persons in federal contracts. Earlier, Ms. Friedman was Executive Director of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET) and previously served as District Director for former U.S. Representative Jane Harman (CA), California Policy Director for People For the American Way, and National Student Director for the Gore/ Lieberman 2000 presidential campaign. 


Markus Goldstein

Lead Economist
World Bank

Markus Goldstein is a development economist with experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, and South Asia.  He is currently a Lead Economist in the office of the Chief Economist for Africa at the World Bank, where he leads the Africa Gender Innovation Lab. His current research centers on issues of gender and economic activity, focusing on agriculture and small scale enterprises. He is currently involved in a number of impact evaluations on these topics across Africa. Markus has published widely in academic journals and books and his work has been featured in a range of media. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a co-founder and regular contributor to the World Bank Development Impact blog. 


Arancha González

Executive Director
International Trade Centre

Arancha González, an expert in international trade issues with 20 years of experience, serves as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since September 2013. Before joining ITC, Ms. González served as Chief of Staff to World Trade Organization (WTO) Director-General Pascal Lamy from 2005 to 2013, where she played an active role in launching the WTO’s Aid for Trade initiative and served as Mr. Lamy’s representative at the G-20. Prior to the WTO, Ms. González held several positions at the European Commission, between 2002 and 2004 she was European Union (EU) spokeswoman for trade and adviser to the EU Trade Commissioner. Ms.González began her career in the private sector advising companies on trade, competition and state-aid matters.


Michele Bratcher Goodwin

Chancellor’s Professor of Law, Founder and Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
University of California, Irvine

Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law, is the Founder and Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy at University of California, Irvine School of Law. Her research concerns the role of law in the promotion and regulation of medicine, science, and biotechnology. She researches and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, property, biotechnology, bioethics, and cultural politics.  She is a prolific author and public voice on civil liberties and human rights, particularly human trafficking for sex, labour, body parts, and marriage. Professor Goodwin is also the president of the Defence for Children International U.S. affiliate and founder of the Institute for Global Child Advocacy.


Tazeen Hasan

Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, Women, Business, and the Law
World Bank Group

Tazeen Hasan joined the World Bank Group's Women, Business and the Law program in 2014. She was the legal specialist for the “World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development” and “Opening Doors: Gender Equality in the Middle East and North Africa.” She is coauthor of several World Bank publications, including "Empowering Women: Legal Rights and Economic Opportunities in Africa" and "Voice and Agency: Empowering Women and Girls for Shared Prosperity." Previously, she was a barrister in the UK specialising in civil and commercial law, and subsequently worked in Kenya as a legal adviser to NGOs. She obtained a Masters in International Law from the London School of Economics and a BA in Law from Pembroke College, University of Oxford.


Sumana Hussain

Economic Advisor
Department for International Development

Sumana is an economist currently specialising in women’s economic empowerment at the Department for International Development (DFID). This includes providing advice on how to increase impact on women and girls through economic development interventions and managing a large multi-country programme on working with enterprises to enable access to useful products and services for adolescent girls living in poverty. Sumana has previous experience of working on international trade and development issues and early years’ education provision. Sumana holds an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. 


Sue Lawton

Global Advisory Board
WEConnect International

Sue Lawton is a member of the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect International having created the programme in the UK extending it into Canada, Australia, Turkey and Europe. She is Advisor to Women Impacting Public Policy International, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women & Enterprise, and a Trustee of the Commonwealth Countries League Education Fund. Sue has extensive experience in enterprise development and has lived and worked within the UK, the USA and Central America. She has an MA Human Resource Management, an MA Social Enterprise Management and is also a Visiting Fellow at the Small Business Research Centre at Kingston University. Sue was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services supporting women business leaders worldwide.


Josh Levs

Broadcaster, Author, and Gender Equality Advocate

Josh Levs is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, and leading advocate for gender equality in the workplace. His new book is winning rave reviews from media, businesses, and gender equality groups such as U.N. Women. The New York Times’ Charles M. Blow called it “fantastic.” The Financial Times named Levs one of the top male feminists. Titled All In: How Our Work-First Culture Fails Dads, Families, and Businesses – And How We Can Fix It Together, the book zeroes in on how men can join with women to eradicate the structures maintaining sexism in the workplace.  Levs explains that modern dads have just as much to gain, and lays out clear steps for men and women to take together. 


Walt Macnee

MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth

Walt Macnee is responsible for the overall success of the MasterCard Center’s research and philanthropic endeavours. Walt is also Vice Chairman of MasterCard Worldwide, spearheading initiatives to create meaningful public-private partnerships around the world. Previously, Walt served as President of International Markets, and was responsible for MasterCard’s business in 210 countries. Prior to MasterCard, Walt worked in numerous positions with Toronto Dominion Bank (TD). Walt has a B.A. and B. Ed. from Queens University and an MBA from York University. He has been a Director  of various charitable organizations including the Royal Conservatory of Music, Save the Children Canada, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, CAN Fund, and the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation.


Marcela Manubens

Global Vice President for Social Impact

Ms Manubens is Global Vice President for Social Impact at Unilever. She leads the strategy and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Marcela is Vice-Chair of the Global Agenda Council on Human Rights at WEF, a member of Hillary Clinton's International Council on Women’s Business Leadership and the Advisory Group on Human Rights to UK Foreign Secretary. Marcela was a member of the Fair Labour Association Board of Directors and its Executive Committee and chaired the Board of Global Social Compliance Programme.  She has been a lecturer and guest speaker at numerous national and international conferences.


Helen Mountfield

Matrix Chambers

Helen Mountfield QC is a founder member of Matrix Chamber, a business founded on the basis of core values which include a commitment to improving diversity and proper representation of women. Her practice encompasses regulatory law, human rights and equality law, and she has appeared in courts at all levels to the Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights. She also sits as a part-time High Court Judge. Helen is particularly well-known for cases concerning discrimination and equality questions as they arise in public law, employment, commercial and other contexts. Helen is a director of the Equal Rights Trust and a trustee of Birthrights.”


Kay Napier

Chief Executive Officer
Arbonne International LLC

Kay joined Arbonne International as CEO in August 2009. Kay brings to Arbonne three decades of experience in general management, marketing, international and strategic planning. Kay is a retired Vice President of the Procter & Gamble Company, where she spent 23 years, including her role as head of the North American Pharmaceutical division and the Corporate Women’s Health & Vitality platform. Kay most recently served as the Senior Vice President of McDonald’s, where she spearheaded the launch of the healthy lifestyles initiative. Kay currently serves as a director on the Board of Exact Sciences, and holds a BA degree from Georgetown in Studio Fine Arts and Economics, and an MBA from Xavier University in Finance and Marketing.


Louise Nicholls

Head of Responsible Sourcing and Plan A
Marks & Spencer

Louise Nicholls was part of the small team that developed Marks and Spencer’s groundbreaking ‘Plan A’ to address a wide range of environmental and social issues. She has worked for Marks and Spencer for over 20 years, initially as a Food Technologist, and then in IT and HR before developing and managing the company’s ethical trade program 10 years ago. In her current role, she is responsible for setting the strategic direction of Marks and Spencer’s food sustainability plan. Her team deals with issues as diverse as sustainable raw materials, labor and environmental standards in factories, animal welfare, food miles, genetic modification, fair trade, and climate change. Nicholls was a board member on the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP) and has sat on the Sedex board since its inception.


Charlotte Oades

Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment
The Coca-Cola Company

As The Coca-Cola Company's Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, Charlotte Oades is leading the development and implementation of the Company's global strategy in this important area. This includes the ambitious 5by20 initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. During her tenure at Coca-Cola, Charlotte has had a series of leading roles in Marketing, Public Affairs & Communications, and Business Management across geographies including North America, the Pacific and Europe. Her most recent role was European Group Director of Corporate Identity, Public Affairs & Communication. Prior to that, she was President of Coca-Cola Great Britain. Charlotte is a founder member of the Women's Leadership Council of The Coca-Cola Company.


Paula Oliveira

Executive Director, Consulting
Interbrand London

Paula is an Executive Director at Interbrand London. She helps clients to understand how their brands create value and identify opportunities to improve their relationship with internal and external audiences, and to achieve sustainable growth through branding. Paula likes working close to clients to develop tailored solutions to their specific needs. Since joining Interbrand in 2005, Paula has worked for leading companies from various sectors in South America, Europe and Asia. She has also supported the development of Interbrand’s annual Best Global Brands league table for several years. Paula has also been a member of Interbrand’s Brand Valuation and Corporate Citizenship practices, speaking at conferences and publishing articles, including ‘Sustainability and its impact on brand value’ and ‘Sustainable Innovation’.


Elizabeth Paris

Associate Fellow
Saïd Business School

Elizabeth Paris graduated from the University of Oxford in 1982 and began a 19 year career in corporate finance at Chase Manhattan and JP Morgan including M&A, project finance and structured finance as head of Tax Effective Finance. Promoted to Managing Director in 1991, she was at the time both the youngest and the only woman MD in the region. Since 2002 Elizabeth has followed a portfolio career including Chair and Board roles in the public and not-for-profit sectors, as well as continuing to work on projects in investment banks. At the Saïd Business School Elizabeth is an Associate Fellow where her roles include Finance Industry Advisor and co-lead Inspiring Women in Leadership and Learning (“iwill”).


Amanda Poole

Associate Fellow
Saïd Business School

Amanda Poole is a strategic marketing consultant with experience in retail, consumer and financial services, working in both private and public sector companies across Europe. She specialises in assessing businesses and teams for investment/development purposes and also possesses strong project management and analytical consulting skills. Since 1995, Amanda has worked in the consultancy practice Poole Associates Europe and as a Director of Partners in Retail. Prior to this she held several posts with J Sainsbury plc, Bankers Trust Company, Management Horizons Europe and Edgar Dunn & Company. Most recently she has been interim Marketing Director of Said Business School. Her areas of interest include market entry strategies into new markets/distribution channels. Amanda is a trustee of Modern Art Oxford and of Thames Valley Air Ambulance. She has a BSc in Economics from University College London. 


Susan Rudy

The Rhodes Project

Susan Rudy is Director of The Rhodes Project, a London-based research centre that collects data on women Rhodes Scholars. Since 2012, she has held research fellowships at the Gender Institute, London School of Economics and the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Susan is author, or editor, of four books and dozens of articles on issues raised in contemporary poetry including the social construction of identity and sexuality, the constitutive power of words, and the experience of impermanence in contemporary urban life. Since 2012, she and Kate Blackmon, University lecturer in Operations Management at Saïd Business School, have been investigating the gender gap in leadership by studying women who have held Rhodes Scholarships at the University of Oxford. 


Linda Scott

DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Saïd Business School

Linda Scott is DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is best known for her creation of the concept of the Double X Economy -- a perspective which describes the global economy of women in both the developed and developing world, and the roles of women not only as consumers, but as investors, donors and workers. Her Double X Economy research was recongised by Thinkers 50, which shortlisted her for its annual Breakthrough Thinker award. In addition, she was recently appointed to the U.S. Department of State's International Council on Women's Business Leadership Subcommittee on Access to Markets. She is also a leader in advertising research, as it relates to consumer response to imagery and music. 


Joan Shifrin

Co-Founder and Co-President
Global Goods Partners

Joan Shifrin is co-founder and co-president of Global Goods Partners (GGP), a nonprofit social enterprise that creates economic opportunity for women in some of the world’s poorest communities by providing access to the U.S. market for the fair trade, handmade products they produce. GGP is a model for nonprofit organisations seeking to build a sustainable financial operation with revenue generation and charitable contributions. Previously, Joan served as the director of education at the Global Fund for Children, which supports programs for marginalised children and produces a series of children’s books focused on universal childhood experiences. Ms. Shifrin received an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. 


Catherine Lieber Shimony

Co-Founder and Co-President
Global Goods Partners

Catherine Lieber Shimony is co-founder and co-president of Global Goods Partners (GGP), a nonprofit social enterprise that creates economic opportunity for women in some of the world's poorest communities by providing access to the U.S. market for the fair trade, handmade products they produce.  GGP is a model for nonprofit organizations seeking to build a sustainable financial operation with revenue generation and charitable contributions.  Previously, Catherine worked for American Jewish World Service as director of international programs where she managed over 140 grassroots development projects and emergency response programs in 41 countries.  Ms. Shimony is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She received her MA in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and BA from the University of Michigan.


Ndinini Kimesera Sikar

Executive Director
Massai Women Development Organization

Ndinini Kimesera Sikar is the Executive Director and founder of MWEDO. Under her direction, MWEDO has developed partnerships that support programs in five districts of Tanzania in the areas of education, community health and economic empowerment for marginalised women and girls. Prior to founding MWEDO in 2000, Ndinini worked as Human Resources Manager and Corporate Relationship Manager with Standard Chartered and Barclays Banks in Tanzania. She holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resource Management. In 2005, MWEDO established a program that empowers Maasai women economically through selling traditional handmade products globally, with the women artisans receiving over 70 percent of sales as income. In 2013, Ndinini received an Award ‘Woman of Courage 2013’ from the US Embassy in Tanzania.


Andrew Stephen

L’Oréal Professor of Marketing
Saïd Business School

Andrew Stephen joined Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford this summer where he serves as L’Oréal Professor of Marketing. As a noted expert on social media and digital marketing, Professor Stephen’s research explores how businesses should use social media in their marketing strategies, which has received extensive press coverage and recognition from leading marketing journals. In addition to his research work, Professor Stephen is an advisor to a number of start-ups and has worked with companies such as American Express, Colgate-Palmolive, Delta Air Lines, and Google. Previously, Stephen was a marketing professor at the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh and he currently leads the core marketing course in the Oxford MBA programme. 


Megan Stowe

Global CSR Manager, Corporate Strategic Procurement and International Supplier Diversity Program Director
Intel Corporation 

Megan has been at Intel for 19 years, working in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK. She started in sales and marketing in Australia working in PR and events management before moving to Hong Kong to start up their Sales & Marketing Asian procurement team. At Intel, Megan manages the Women’s Supply chain initiative strategies globally to ensure we are working with an inclusive supply chain. Ms Stowe currently serves on the Global Board of Directors and the is the chair of the EMEA Advisory Board at WEConnect International. She also co-chairs the WISE Young Womens Board and works closely with schools ensuring STEM is promoted to girls. Megan is Irish/Australian/South African by nationality and graduated from the University of Cape Town.


Christine Svarer

Director of Women's Economic Empowerment
CARE International

Christine Svarer takes the global lead on women’s economic empowerment across the CARE confederation and steers CARE’s work on value chains, dignified work, entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, including the flagship savings-led microfinance programme, Access Africa which reaches over 4.5 million people in 27 African countries. Christine co-authored the ‘Banking on Change: Breaking the Barriers to Financial Inclusion’ Report. She oversees CARE’s initiatives with business and markets – working with a range of stakeholders from global companies such as GSK and Barclays to social enterprises, and working with garment factory workers and small holder farmers, with the ultimate aim of creating real opportunities for people to lift themselves out of poverty. 


Betsy Teutsch

Author and Activist

Betsy Teutsch is passionate about mobilising resources for the world’s poorest women. Her new book, 100 Under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women, is a visually stunning compilation of innovative, effective paths out of poverty, each with an actionable item for reader engagement. The book’s audiences include educators, students, social entrepreneurs, impact investors, designers, and development practitioners. She has pursued Encore Careers as blogger, columnist, and Communications Director of GreenMicrofinance, promoting eco-smart poverty alleviation tech. She is a founding Board Member of the award-winning Shining Hope for Communities and the Kibera School for Girls. Teutsch contributed to The Atlantic’s series What Works: Straightforward Solutions to Complex Problems. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a new grandmother.


Mike Thornton

Former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament

Mike Thornton is the former Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament for Eastleigh in Hampshire UK, which he held from the 2013 By-election to the General Election in May 2015. Mike has pursued various careers in his lifetime, some by accident and some by choice. His initial career was in the hospitality industry and then he moved into retail. He has also spent time in newspaper and magazine marketing . While in Parliament, he was a member of three Select committees and was also Liberal Democrat transport spokesman. He introduced his Private Members Bill on access to Mental Health Treatments. Currently, Mike is acting as training consultant delivering courses on the UK government for MPs staff, charities, and others.


Griselda Togobo

Owner and Managing Director
Forward Ladies & AWOVI Consulting

Griselda Togobo is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, engineer and chartered accountant. She currently uses her vast experience with multi-national businesses to assist individuals, small, and medium enterprises on ambitious growth targets. She trained as a chartered accountant with Deloitte LLP and holds an MPhil in Industrial Systems, Manufacture and Management from Wolfson College, Cambridge University. She is passionate about supporting women through Forward Ladies, a 14,200 and growing UK based professional woman’s network that also works with progressive companies wanting to maximize the potential of their female talent. Griselda is an author and writes about personal development and business for various publications and periodically lectures at Leeds. She was recently named one of the Top 100 ‘Yorkshire's Leading Women’ by the Business Insider Publication.


Peter Tufano

Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance
Saïd Business School

Peter is the Peter Moores Dean at Saïd Business School and a Professorial Fellow at Balliol College. Tufano’s research focuses on financial innovation that improves the delivery of services to low income families. He founded a social enterprise for financial product development ( His work is credited with influencing three US policy initiatives, most recently the U.S. American Savings Promotion Act. As Dean, he has championed initiatives connecting the business school and the university, including the Oxford 1+1 MBA Programme; the blended learning GOTO course (Global Opportunities & Threats: Oxford); and a university-wide hub for entrepreneurship. Before joining Oxford, Tufano spent 33 years at Harvard, most recently on the Faculty of HBS, where he co-founded the Harvard University Innovation Lab (i-Lab).    


Melanne Verveer

Executive Director
Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Georgetown University 

Ambassador Verveer most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. She coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women and worked to ensure that women’s participation and rights are fully integrated into U.S. foreign policy, including the development of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She is the former Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. She is the co-author of a new book, FAST FORWARD: How Women Can Achieve Power & Purpose.


Andrew White

Associate Dean for Executive Education
Saïd Business School

Andrew White is Associate Dean of Executive Education and a Fellow in Strategic Management at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. His background is in the research of innovation management and leadership development – a topic of increasing importance in a competitive and fast-changing world. He has recently help lead a research team that has interviewed 150 CEOs of global companies to understand how their roles are changing. Andrew is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and a Scholar of the Advanced Institute of Management Research. He is also Chair of the charity, Build Africa, which seeks to transform education and livelihoods in rural Africa.  


Jacki Zehner

Chief Engagement Officer
Women Moving Millions

Jacki Zehner was the youngest woman and first female trader to be invited in to the partnership of Goldman Sachs in 1996. In 2002, she left Goldman to pursue a second career in philanthropy. In 2012, Jacki became the inaugural Chief Engagement Officer and President of Women Moving Millions (WMM), a non-profit organisation based in New York City dedicated to mobilising unprecedented resources for the advancement of women and girls. With more than 230 members, each contributing a million dollars or more to organizations of their choice, WMM has successfully brought the needs of women and girls to the forefront of philanthropic giving. Jacki serves on a number of boards, and is an active writer, speaker, and consultant. 


Steffen Zoller

Chief Executive Officer Europe GmbH

In August 2007, Steffen Zoller founded the Besser Betreut GmbH, today known as Europe GmbH. The family man and pet owner noticed problems when he was looking for senior care for his ailing father. Since then, he is trying to help families to find care. Since 2012 Besser Betreut is part of The world’s largest online destination for care reaches more than 16.5 million members across 16 countries.



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