Speakers at Stockholm Concert Hall
Amy C. EdmondsonPh.D., Harvard Business School
Amy C. Edmondson - "World's #1 Management Thinker" in 2022 and ranked by the biannual Thinkers50 global list of top management thinkers since 2011. She is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School, a chair established to support the study of human interactions that lead to the creation of successful enterprises that contribute to the betterment of society.
Amy studies teaming, psychological safety, and organizational learning, and her articles have been published in numerous academic and management outlets, including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Harvard Business Review and California Management Review. Her most recent book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth (Wiley, 2019), offers a practical guide for organizations serious about success in the modern economy and has been translated into 15 languages.
Johan RockströmPh.D., Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Prof. Dr. Johan Rockström is the Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor at the Institute of Earth and Environmental Science at Potsdam University.
Rockström is an internationally recognized scientist on global sustainability issues, who led the development of the new Planetary Boundaries framework for human development in the current era of rapid global change at the Stockholm Resilience Centre. He is a leading scientist on global water resources, with about 25 years of experience from applied water research in tropical regions, and more than 150 research publications in fields ranging from applied land and water management to global sustainability.
In addition to his research endeavours, which have been widely used to guide policy, Rockström provides strategic scientific guidance as a member of the European Commission’s Expert Group ‘Mission Board for Adaptation to Climate Change, including Societal Transformation’ and the ‘Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’ and consults several governments and business networks. He acts as an advisor for sustainable development issues at noteworthy international meetings, such as the World Economic Forum, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences (UNFCCC). Furthermore, he chairs or co-chairs the advisory board for the EAT Foundation, the Earth Commission, and the Earth League, is Chief Scientist of Conservation International, member of the European Investment Bank Advisory Group, and elected member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina.
Otto ScharmerSenior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Otto Scharmer is an action researcher who co-creates innovations in learning and leadership. In 2015, Otto co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change, which has since activated more than 160,000 users from 185 countries. He received the Jamieson Prize for Teaching Excellence at MIT, and is a member of the World Future Council.
Divine Simbi-NdhlukulaFounder, MD of DDNS Security Operations (Pvt) Ltd
Named by Forbes magazine among the most Influential Women in Africa, Dr Divine Simbi-Ndhlukula is founder and MD of DDNS Security Operations (Pvt) Ltd t/a SECURICO. Dr Divine has built the company to become the most respected and sought-after player in the security industry in Zimbabwe and internationally. SECURICO employing over 4200 people, has won many business excellence awards locally and globally. Dr Divine has been recognised globally for her business acumen with Forbes awarding her the Forbes Africa Businesswoman of the Year 2019, among many other awards.
Divine has a GREAT passion for women’s economic and social empowerment and involves herself in several women empowerment initiatives. Through her efforts, women are now accepted in the security sector with SECURICO employing more than 900 women, the largest employer of women in Zimbabwe outside civil service.
A successful farmer specialising in breeding livestock, she has been appointed to board memberships, directorships, chairmanship and leadership capacities in several key and strategic institutions and commissions in Zimbabwe.
Robert KeganPh.D., Harvard Graduate School
World-renowned contributor to the fields of human and organizational potential, dubbed “Harvard’s most entertaining professor” by The London Times. Recipient of numerous honorary degrees and awards, Kegan´s forty years of research, writing, and professional practice have influenced leadership development, executive coaching, and culture-change management in every sector and region across the globe.
Robert has spent a lifetime studying adult development—what supports it, and what impedes it. He and his team intensively researched companies transforming their cultures into world-class incubators of talent, as documented in his recent award-winning book, "An Everyone Culture".
Renée LertzmanStrategic Sustainability Consultant & Founder, Project InsideOut
Dr. Renée Lertzman is a renowned psychologist, author and sustainability strategist who uses psychological insights to change our approach to the environmental crisis. She works with companies, nonprofits and governments looking to strengthen climate and sustainability initiatives, develop more effective campaigns, and harness the creativity and innovation needed to solve big challenges. Renée is also the founder of Project InsideOut, a unique platform, online tool, and resource hub that brings together changemakers, activists, and clinical psychologists to drive sustainable behavior change for our planet. Renée received her MA in Environmental Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her PhD from the Cardiff School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK. She is a founding member of the Climate Psychology Alliance and author of Environmental Melancholia: Psychoanalytic Dimensions of Engagement (Routledge, 2015).
Micael DahlenProfessor, Stockholm School of Economics
Micael Dahlen is a professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. In his academic career, he rose rapidly to take up a leading position in the intersecting areas of consumer behavior, human happiness, welfare, marketing and creativity. Dahlen is ranked number 2 in the world among researchers in his field (The Journal of Business Research, September 2021), and was nominated for the Business Professor of the Year Award by The Economist’s Intelligence Unit.
Professor Dahlen has written books on diverse topics such as marketing, happiness, serial killers (it’s true), sex, the numbers that make us tick, long term well-being and social media. His books are published in Europe, in Asia and in the United States.
Micael is an internationally acclaimed speaker and has given keynote presentations in cities that include Istanbul, New York, Lisbon, and Shanghai, for clients such as Google, Ericsson, Samsung, Deloitte, Volkswagen, Fujitsu, and Oriflame.
Naila KabeerJoint Professor at the Departments of International Development and Gender Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
Naila Kabeer is Joint Professor at the Departments of International Development and Gender Studies at London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this, she was Professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University and, before that, Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex which is where she started work after completing her Ph.D and to which she is still associated as an Emeritus Fellow.
Naila is interested in various aspects of inequality and how they play out within households, labour markets and the wider economy. She is also interested in forms of collective action by poor and marginalized groups that seek a more just distribution of power, resources and political voice and in what this tells us about the relationship between individual empowerment and societal justice. Her publications include Reversed realities: gender hierarchies in development thought (Verso, 1994) The power to choose: Bangladeshi women and labour supply decision-making in London and Dhaka (Verso, 2000 and Kali for Women 2001) Gender and social protection in the informal economy (Commonwealth Secretriat/Routledge, 2008), Can the MDGs provide a pathway to social justice? The challenge of intersecting inequalities (IDS/MDG Achievement Fund, 2010) and more recently Organizing women workers in the informal economy: beyond the weapons of weak (Zed Press, 2013).
Jennifer Garvey BergerPh.D., Harvard University
Jennifer Garvey Berger blends deep theoretical knowledge with a driving quest for practical ways to make leaders' lives better. Author of several books such as "Unlocking Leadership Mindtraps: How to Thrive in Complexity" and "Changing on the Job". Jennifer builds on deep theoretical knowledge to offer practical ways to make leaders’ work more meaningful and their lives more fun. Jennifer has worked with senior leaders in the private, non-profit, and government sectors around the world. She also supports executives one-on-one as a leadership coach and over the last decade, she has developed the Growth Edge Coaching approach. Jennifer has a masters and a doctorate from Harvard University.
María del Pilar Garrido GonzaloNational Planning and Economic Policy Minister, Costa Rica
Political scientist and economist with a vast experience leading economic development strategies for a green and inclusive economy; as well as designing innovative financial instruments for critical public investment projects and value chains for climate adaptation and digital transformation.
Specialist in the formulation, monitoring, execution and evaluation of sustainable development policy, and public management for results.
Among my skills are the ability to negotiate and build consensus in situations of high complexity, as well as a solid record leading high-performance teams.
In public office I have served as chief of staff, deputy minister, Minister of Planning and Policy, Technical Secretary of the Sustainable Development Goals in Costa Rica, and Costa Rica's Coordinator of the Economic Cabinet.
Lars StrannegårdPresident of the Stockholm School of Economics
Lars Strannegård is President of the Stockholm School of Economics and holder of the Bo Rydin and SCA Chair in Leadership. His research interests focus on aspects of leadership, aesthetics, branding and organization. Lars has carried out research on organizing and management practice in multinational organizations. His work has been published in journals like Organization, Journal of Organization Change Management, European Journal of Marketing, Leadership, Annals of Tourism Research and Marketing Theory. He has been a visiting scholar at Stanford University and professor at Uppsala University. Lars Strannegård has held numerous positions in cultural organizations: board member of the Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Film Institute, the Ingmar Bergman Estate on Fårö Foundation, Beckmans College of Design and Svensk Form. He has been a member of the jury for the August Prize (nonfiction category), on the Scientific Council and Board of Trustees of the Centre for Business and Policy Studies (SNS), the board of the Scandinavian Consortium for Organizational Research (SCANCOR) at Stanford University and in the jury for Michael Treschow’s scholarship for design students. He is the Deputy Chair of The Global Alliance for Management Education (CEMS), and a board member of Wanås Konst and The Swedish Public Service Television Company (SVT).
Camilla WallanderCEO, Berghs School of Communication
Camilla is the CEO of Berghs School of Communication, a forward-thinking international rewarded school of higher education. Berghs is a hub within communication, design, innovation and strategy with focus on integration and collaboration. Camilla has a passion to connect people, and involve different perspectives in co-creation and leading change. She is an experienced Marketing Director combining knowledge from several industries such as art, retail, transport, real estate and education. Camilla is also a co-founder of a digital fundraising organization "Vaccine Forward" providing Covid-19 vaccines to the world's poorest countries.
Jonathan Rosen is an international language-based artist working with mixed-media and interactive digital technologies through which he explores human possibilities. Rosen received a B.A. from University of Florida and a M.S. from VCU Brandcenter for advertising – launching the next 10 years of his career as an award-winning advertising creative and commercial film director. Since Rosen transitioned into visual art, he’s had exhibitions around the world and participated in museum shows in Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu, Miami, NYC and at the Smithsonian in DC. His work lives in collections around the world – including pieces in the permanent collections of The Museum Kitchener in Ontario, The LiveStrong Foundation, Bloomingdales, Colette in Paris and Pandora Music where his work was shown at Super Bowl LIV in Miami. After living overseas in London, Amsterdam and Sydney, Rosen pursues his passions in his hometown, NYC.
Christina Niemelä StrömHead of Sustainability, IKEA Supply
Christina is an internationally experienced business leader with passion for developing business and people together. Her experience from multiple senior leadership roles within IKEA Supply Chain, IKEA Range & Product Development and at the IKEA Franchisor, has given her a deep understanding of the total IKEA value chain where making values based decisions with a systemic view on the world is part of the everyday work. As a leader she is combining a clear strategy with nurturing a developing culture to tackle complex topics in an understandable and relatable manner. She is seen as curious, courageous, talkative and at the same time reflective, daring to ask the challenging questions that leads forward towards goals.
Johan von SchreebPh.D., MD, Professor Global Disaster Medicine
Johan von Schreeb, MD PhD, is a general surgeon and professor in global disaster medicine. He has for the last 30 years worked as clinician and coordinator in disasters worldwide, most recently in Ukraine for WHO (march-april 2022). His research aims to improve health care and public health response to both conflict and natural disasters. One area is moral stress among disaster responders. He leads the newly established center for health crises at Karolinska Institutet, a WHO collaborating centre that offers expertise, conduct research and trainings within different aspects of health effects and response to disasters worldwide.
Antonia ErikssonSpoken word poet
Antonia is a spoken word poet and public speaker, studying social work at Stockholm University. Her raw and vulnerable poetry invites the listener into her heart and soul and brings them along as a companion on her journey towards self-development and healing. She is a multiple finalist in the Swedish poetry slam championships and is well known in the poetry community in Sweden for her passionate performances. Being half British she writes most of her poetry in English, allowing a wide range of listeners to take part. Recovering from anorexia at the age of 17 she bravely documented her journey back to health through social media. Her story attracted global attention and was quickly spread across the world, becoming a beacon of hope for thousands of people in recovery. Today she uses poetry as her medium to connect with people through vulnerable storytelling, aspiring to plant seeds of hope in her listeners hearts. She dreams of releasing a book and being able to travel the world sharing her poetry and making connections with people from every walk of life.
Jakob TrollbäckFounder, The New Division
Jakob Trollbäck is the founder of the strategy and communication group The New Division in Stockholm and the design studio Trollbäck + Company in New York. Jakob works with strategy and communication for sustainable development and is the architect behind the language and visual identity for the UN's 17 Global Goals - an ambitious agenda for a better world 2030. He serves on the board for the Inner Development Goals and leads the communication and design work.
Åsa JarskogCEO, Global Leadership for Sustainable Development
Åsa Jarskog has 31 years working experience within sustainable leadership development in over 61 countries in 5 continents. A skilled trainer, coach and mentor working with prominent leaders throughout the world, Åsa is CEO of Global Leadership for Sustainable Development and President of the Sweden Africa Chamber.
Aftab OmerPh.D., President of Meridian University
Aftab Omer, Ph.D. is a sociologist, psychologist, futurist and the president of Meridian University. Raised in Pakistan, India, Hawaii, and Turkey, he was educated at the universities of M.I.T, Harvard and Brandeis. His publications have addressed the topics of transformative learning, cultural leadership, generative entrepreneurship and the power of imagination. His work includes assisting organizations in tapping the creative potentials of conflict, diversity, and complexity. Formerly the president of the Council for Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychologies, he is a Fellow of the International Futures Forum and the World Academy of Arts and Sciences.Aftab's work at Meridian University over the last 30 years has emphasized the development of partnership capability. In an influential article entitled "The Spacious Center: Leadership and the Creative Transformation of Culture" published in 2006, he introduced a new framework for understanding when culture transforms through cultural leadership.
Caroline Stiernstedt SahlbornPartner, The Inner Foundation
Caroline is former chairman of Ekskäret Foundation and has approx 25 years of experience from management teams and leading organizational development, leadership and systems change in Sweden and globally with cross sector partnerships. Caroline had designed and run leadership and entrepreneurship programs for private, public and non- governmental organizations and facilitated many small and large groups workshops/conferences. She serves on the board for Inner Development Goals and Ekskäret Foundation. “My purpose is to contribute to inner health and human development with capabilities to catalyze better collective leadership. In this we bring out new solutions to the problems we can not solve by ourselves.”
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Mapei moved with her mother to Sweden at the age of 10 and began a new life in a new, and unfamiliar country. Learning how to cope in different situations from an early age had a considerable impact on Mapei, who often struggled with finding her identity. It wasn’t until recently that she finally accepted herself as an artist and as a creative. “We’re currently living in very political times, which is often exacerbated by the digital age we live in,”says Mapei. “However, I also see the positive changes that are happening. Thanks to social media, people are coming together like never before. Mapei is no stranger to criticism, both from herself and from others. “I’ve learned not to argue with my truths,” she says. “I’m a person of many contrasts, which is part of the reason why I make music. I’ve always wanted a soundtrack to my world. “I’m a product of my time and I can only reflect on what I’ve learned along the way. What I’ve accumulated in my soul,” Mapei solemnly says. She continues, “However, there are still so many damaging social structures that still exist. We still have a long way to go. There will always be a deeper sadness inside of me.” She knows others feel the same.“It’s a bit bittersweet this life that I’ve lived, but it’s also a well deserved life,” Mapei says ."Slowly but surely I’m giving more of myself away in my music. In a way, my life hasbecome a work of art.”
Diane GashumbaAmbassador, Embassy of Rwanda to the Nordic Countries
Dr. Diane Gashumba is a hard-working, global champion of girls' and womens’ empowerment and global health, who is devoted to setting goals and driven by a determination see results through her work. She is now ambassador at the Embassy of Rwanda to the Nordic Countries, and she has previously been e g a minister at the Ministry of Health as well as the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion in Rwanda.
On the personal level, she is passionate about music, soccer, intercultural exchanges and enjoys learning from others. She always puts family and Rwanda first.
Pernilla WikmanVP Head of Global Business Telia Company
She is the financial and media and communication graduate that went into tech to boost her curiosity. 10 years ago, she was nominated as one of ten young potential of the world, today she has +20 year in various global leadership roles. She co-creates innovations in business by learning and leadership under the device “curiosity is innovation”. Out of her perspective technology is a great enabler as long as it embodies values. And digitalization means nothing if we don't use it to deliver on those values. Today she is responsible at Telia to create the best experience for customers that goes cross companies and countries around the world. She is described as a leader that manage “complexity in an easy way”. Her own experience has shown that successful business is based on digital hearts and human networks and the unit she heads at Telia runs as a network with autonomous team across 6 countries.
Kieli invites the listener to a cinematic soundscape that breaks barriers -- between human and animal, nature and culture, past and present -- and offers a liberating space that emboldens personal expression and rest, whilst raising societal questions and challenging the status quo. Kieli is the solo project of singer and multi-instrumentalist Elin Pöllänen. She makes music with great love for acoustic instruments and their diversity of sounds, and the old harmonium in her family home and her violin have become Kieli signatures. Her songwriting and artistic expression draw much inspiration from her Nordic and Karelian roots and embody her background in animal advocacy and minority culture representation, as well as her work as a researcher within public health and sustainability. In 2019, Kieli's debut EP "Tick Tick Talk” was released and praised by music magazines internationally, followed by singles in Swedish and Finnish. She is currently working on her debut album that is to be released in 2022.
Jules SentoreMusic artist
Jules Bohneur, also known as Jules Sentore is a Rwandan music artist born in Kigali, Rwanda. Coming from the roots of a musically gifted family, Jules quickly fall in love with this art thus deciding as early as age five to follow in the footsteps of Masamba Intore(uncle)and Sentore Athanase (grandfather)— both Rwandan music Legends that have greatly impacted the Rwandan traditional music (Gakondo) since the late 50s. After a couple years as a church choir leader, Jules at 21 years old; felt it was time to step into the ring of his role models by releasing his debut album entitled ‘MURAHO NEZA’ which gained him the confidence and platform to release a second album; ’INDASHYIKIRWA’ that rapidly rose him to fame, won multiple awards including: the Morocco “Hommage a la culture Rwandaise” award and expanded his art way beyond the Rwandan borders.
After numerous achievements in the Rwandan music industry and beyond, Jules Sentore’s vision is still as he says; “To take Gakondo music genre as far as possible by infusing his role models’ foundation with his/young generation’s energy, creativity and curiosity to create one global force of Gakondo music.
Phoebe TickellBiologist and Systems Thinker, Founder and Director of Moral Imaginations
Phoebe is a scientist, facilitator, interdisciplinary systems thinker and serial social entrepreneur with a background in molecular biology at Cambridge University and Imperial College London. She has developed new tools and methodologies that create systemic change across institutions and organisations, government, the education sector and regenerative agriculture. She has developed a new curriculum and set of methodologies called Moral Imagining - which connects people to what is truly important to them using creative systems thinking approaches, visioning and group exercises. She holds part-time positions as Science Director at Edinburgh University’ Planetary Health Lab, Assistant Lecturer at Schumacher College, Advisory Board at International Bateson Institute and Advisor to the Consilience Project. Her mentors include Nora Bateson, Joanna Macy, Fritjof Capra and Stephan Harding.
Kristian films the future of work. An internationally acclaimed director and producer, Kristian Gründling explores the changing world of work in his feature documentary The Silent Revolution. Spotlighting the cultural change that took place at the German hotel group Upstalsboom, he describes the longing for a new understanding and awareness of “the economy as a path toward human success.” In our increasingly technologized, automated, and massively changing world, Kristian is dedicated to exploring humanities’ most pressing questions.In his online series UTOPICS: Future Impulses for Silent Nights and his new documentary project THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION Kristian asks visionaries, futurologists, business philosophers, entrepreneurs, AI experts, and other bright minds important questions about the future.
Katharina MoserModerator & Experience Designer, IDG Summit
Katharina Moser is a designer of meaningful connections.She worked for the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the British Council, and the European Forum Alpbach, before she founded the creative agency MOSAIK in 2015. (one of her projects was awarded the State Prize on Europe). Katharina has designed, organized, and moderated some 250 events. Since 2020 she has set a special focus on how to make online and hybrid events more human.She is on the board of Bürgerforum Europa; the Austrian Society for European Politics, a founding member of Alliance4Europe, and a member of the BMW Responsible Leaders Network.
Jan Artem HenrikssonCEO, Inner Development Goals
Jan is one of the founders of Self Leaders - Nordic leadership consultancy, Relate - a relationship app and MindShift - co-created events that focus on the Growth that Matters. Jan and his team has put more than 70 000 people through different leadership development programs with scientifically proven, positive results for the participants. He is a faculty member at School of Economics - Executive Education and is focusing on new ways of working with culture and applying Adult Development Theory in organizations. Today he is leading the Inner Development Goals initiative for Ekskäret Foundation and giving keynote presentations on the theme of growth culture and the potential of human development.
Daniel Siegel Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute
Dr. Siegel is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. An award-winning educator, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and recipient of several honorary fellowships. Dr. Siegel is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person seminars that focus on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. His psychotherapy practice includes children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. He serves as the Medical Director of the LifeSpan Learning Institute and on the Advisory Board of the Blue School in New York City, which has built its curriculum around Dr. Siegel’s Mindsight approach.
Christine WamslerProfessor, Lund University
Christine Wamsler is Professor at Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSU) and director of the Contemplative Sustainable Futures Program. The aim of the Program is to create space and opportunities for learning, networking and knowledge development on the role of inner dimensions and transformation for sustainability.
Christine is an internationally-renowned expert in sustainable development and associated inner and outer transformation processes, with 25 years of experience. Her work has shaped international debates and increased knowledge on personal, collective, institutional and policy transformations in a context of climate change. She has led many international projects and published more than 200 academic papers, book chapters, and books on these issues. Her publications are regularly cited and used for practice, theory and policy development, including by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
Steven C. HayesProfessor of Psychology, University of Nevada
Dr Steven C. Hayes is a Nevada Foundation Professor of Psychology in the Behavior Analysis Program at the University of Nevada. An author of 46 books and nearly 675 scientific articles, he is especially known for his work on "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" or “ACT” which is one of the most widely used and researched new methods of psychological intervention over the last 20 years. Dr. Hayes has received multiple awards, such as the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. His popular book Get Out of Your Mind and Into Your Life for a time was the best-selling self-help book in the United States, and his new book A Liberated Mind has been recently released to wide acclaim. His blogs and TEDx talks have been viewed or read over 3 million times, and he is ranked among the most cited psychologists in the world.
Christin MellnerPh.D., Stockholm University
Christin Mellner is a PhD, researcher and senior lecturer in work- and organizational psychology at the Department of Psychology, Stockholm University, Sweden.
Her research focus on the increased pace of change and complexity, and the rapid development of boundary-transcending technology in contemporary working life as related to work-personal life boundaries and balance, sustainable leadership and the role of contemplative practices herein. Moreover, she is interested in personal development, mainly in terms of the role of inner transformation for outer sustainability.
Manish SrivastavaSenior Faculty, the Presencing Institute
Manish Srivastava is currently a Senior Faculty and Co-Director of Social Presencing Theatre with the Presencing Institute, USA.
Manish works with leaders across business, government, UN and civil society sectors to co-design social innovation labs. He integrates poetry, contemplative art and systems thinking to help leaders collectively sense, own and transform the societal divides. Some of his clients include UNDP, UNICEF, ILO, World Bank, International Governments, Ashoka, Synergos Institute, BMW Foundation etc
Prior to consulting, Manish worked with MNCs like Unilever and Marriott hotels in
various leadership and change management roles. He has been an action-research
fellow at MIT, USA and external facilitator of leadership transformation with
Mckinsey & Co.
Manish holds a Masters in HR from SIBM, Pune, and, Research-scholarship in
Anthropology and Psychology from Harvard University. He is also trained in
Bridging Leadership, deep democracy, facilitating nature retreats and deep dialogic
processes. He is an international certified coach (CPC), certified ODCP consultant
(ISABS), MBTI practitioner and a student of CG Jung Institute, Boston
Manish’s work on transforming gender conflicts, human trafficking, pandemic and
the migrant crisis has featured at the Presencing Institute Global Forum and
Conflict Transformation Summit in 2020.
Manish is an author of two books. While his first book, Trading Armour for a Flower,
provides a poetic pathway to heal gender trauma, his recent book, Midnight
Journey of a Seed, brings to light the deeper story of human resilience in the face
of a pandemic. Poems from his books have been translated into Hebrew and
Spanish for reading in over twenty poetry dialogue circles by leading institutions
and civil society movements worldwide.
Maria DeckemanLeadership and Organizational Development Specialist at Karolinska Institutet
Maria has a passion to support and connect people across organisational, hierarchical and professional borders. She works with individuals, departments and management teams at all organizational levels.She is an experienced process consultant and coach and has worked to facilitate collaboration and organisational development in the public sector for more than 20 years. Maria has been the process manager for creating a shared vision and the university’s Strategy 2030. She is currently facilitating the process of stimulating and adapting the IDG:s to KI contexts.
Carl Johan SundbergMD, Ph.D., Karolinska Institutet
Carl Johan Sundberg, MD, PhD, head of department of Learning, informatics, management and ethics, Karolinska Institutet. Research focused on the underlying molecular mechanisms and impact of physical activity on well-being, health and performance.
Maria WatterPh.D., Karolinska Institutet
Head of the educational development unit at Karolinska Institutet. Passionate about the power of learning to transform the world to a better place. Spent the last 15 years leading educational change for future health care. From that learning journey and with great belief in human potential she reflects on the learning about learning and how it is transformed into action. Or at times how we rather tend to lend capacity from tomorrow.
Jamie BristowCo-Director, The Mindfulness Initiative
Jamie Bristow is Director of The Mindfulness Initiative, a policy institute about mindfulness and compassion training that grew out of a programme of mindfulness teaching for politicians in the British Parliament.
The Mindfulness Initiative provides the secretariat to the UK Mindfulness All-Party Parliamentary Group and helped politicians to publish the seminal Mindful Nation UK policy report. Jamie now works with politicians and other decision-makers around the world to help them make trainable capacities of mind and heart serious considerations of public policy and has supported the introduction of mindfulness courses in over 10 national parliaments. He is the author of several publications including Mindfulness: Developing Agency in Urgent Times.
Jamie was formerly Business Development Director for Headspace and has a background in climate change campaign communications, advertising and software development.
Jamie is also a mindfulness teacher and a teacher-in-training in the Insight Meditation tradition that’s associated with Gaia House, IMS and Spirit Rock retreat centres. His teachers and mentors have included Stephen Batchelor, Rob Burbea and Christina Feldman.
Martin has worked at senior levels in business, government and international development, specialising in leadership and organisation development. He is co-faculty of the Presencing Institute, Visiting Fellow of University of Oxford Said Business School and Research Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Martin Chairs the Selection Committee for His Royal Highness Duke of Edinburg’s Commonwealth Study Conference for Leaders. He has led, co- designed and co-facilitated leadership development programs for the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, Mastercard, and the United Nations Executive Leadership Development Programs. Martin is also co-founder and faculty of Ubuntu.Lab Institute, an Africa-wide online-to-offline learning initiative that is seeking to democratise transformational learning.
Between March 2005 and May 2008, Martin served as Special Consultant to the President of Zambia with the mandate to re-establish the position of Chief of Staff in the Presidency. Since then, he has been coaching a number of Chiefs of Staff to Heads of State in Africa. He is the author of the bestseller Leading Like Madiba: Leadership Lessons from Nelson Mandela (2006). Other books he has authored are: It’s How We End That Matters: Leadership Lessons from an African President (2009); and Driftology: How to Access Life’s Greatest Opportunities by flying on the wings of others (2015).
Kristian StålnePh.D., Senior lecturer, Malmö University
Kristian Stålne, PhD, is a senior lecturer at Malmö University, founding member of European Society for Research in Adult Development and author of an introductory book on adult development stage theories for complexity and meaning making. Kristian’s research spans and intersects engineering, adult development, indoor environments and leadership development.
Emma Stenström Associate Professor SSE and Director ABC
Associate Professor and Director of the Research Center for Arts, Business & Culture at Stockholm School of Economics (SSE). Her research concerns the intersection between arts and business, the humanistic side of management, and social sustainability. Emma has worked with transforming business education through adding inner and outer sustainability to the curricula. She is also a regular columnist in the Swedish daily business newspaper, Dagens Industri.
Soren GordhamerFounder, Wisdom 2.0
Soren Gordhamer is a writer, adventurer, and entrepreneur. He spends most of his time exploring “inner climate change,” and the role of attention in our lives and our society.
Knowing that the external world is often a reflection of our inner world, he feels the greatest change comes initially through internal shifts.
He founded Wisdom 2.0, an annual conference that brings tech leaders and wisdom teachers together, to investigate the intersection between ancient wisdom and modern, digital life. He also most recently co-founded Wisdom Ventures which seeks to seed and support the next generation of companies focused on mindfulness, well-being, and human connection.
He spent a year walking through parts of the United States, India, Pakistan, and Japan as a part of the Global Walk for a Livable World and he later founded The Lineage Project, a New York City-based nonprofit that offers awareness-based practices to at-risk and incarcerated teens.
Sore has taught mindfulness programs to a variety of groups around the world, including youth in New York City’s juvenile halls, trauma workers in Rwanda, teachers in Nigeria, and employees at Google.
His particular focus is on the wisdom of the community or group field, and the best answers come not just from the individual, but from harnessing group intelligence. .
Fredrik LivheimResearch and Content Strategist, 29k
Fredrik Livheim, is a licensed psychologist, holds a PhD from Karolinska Institutet, clinical neuroscience, and is an internationally recognized peer-reviewed Acceptance, Commitment Therapy-trainer. Fredrik shares his time between being research- and content strategist at the non-profit foundation www.29k.org and doing research via Social Sustainability, Karolinska Institutet.
Fredrik is also co-author of several books and treatment protocols and a digital self-help intervention. His most recent self-help books are “The Mindfulness and Acceptance Workbook for Stress Reduction: Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to Manage Stress, Build Resilience, and Create the Life You Want.” and the Swedish book “Tid att leva”.
Walter OsikaAssociate Professor, Karolinska Institutet
Walter Osika is a physician specialized in internal medicine, cardiology & psychiatry, associate professor in clinical neuroscience, and currently director at the Center for Social Sustainability, Karolinska Institute, Sweden
His research interests are early risk factors for cardiovascular disease and psychiatric disorders, mental stress and exhaustion disorders, as well as prevention and treatment of stress related disorders.
Also, he is interested in music & health, social neuroscience, including research on empathy, compassion and how thoughts, feelings and behavior at both individual and group level are affected under stress. How different types of mind sets are related to sustainability, and whether these mind sets and in the long run behaviors can be influenced, are the subject of several studies he conducts in collaboration with, among others, researchers at Lund University.
How the COVID-19 pandemic impact mental health, inequality and particularly vulnerable groups, and how evidence-based guidelines can improve multilevel governance is the focus of the comprehensive research project PERISCOPE, in which he participates together with a significant number of partners from different parts of EU.
Shobi LawalataPh.D., Academic Director, United in Diversity Foundation
Shobi Lawalata, Ph.D. is a Senior Facilitator and the Learning and Academic Director at United in Diversity Foundation (UID); and the Academic Director at Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center. Driven by a passion to leave a legacy of a more equitable, sustainable, and compassionate future, Shobi has dedicated herself towards societal transformation through UID and TSEA learning programs.
With UID, Shobi has worked with various governmental, civil society, and business institutions to facilitate large-scale transformation processes through leadership and systemic innovations. She leads UID’s BEKAL Pemimpin program, which brings together Indonesia’s tri-sector emerging environmental leaders for system leadership capacity building and transformation; as well as TSEA’s inaugural offering Happy Digital X: Cities, Systems, Products, and Services which educates next-generation urban development actors to utilize technology and cross-sector collaboration for happier and more sustainable future cities.
Shobi earned her doctorate degree in Integrative Biology from University of California, Berkeley in 2011, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2004 from University of Indonesia. She is an alumna of IDEAS Indonesia, a UID-MIT Sloan School of Management Executive Leadership program for leading collective innovation in complex systems. At home, she is a mom to a 7-year-old daughter, and in her spare time enjoys reading, tending to her planted fish tanks, watching Netflix, knitting, and karaoke.
Simon AnholtFounder, Good Country Index
Simon Anholt is a policy advisor, author and researcher who has provided global leadership and innovation in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. His core expertise includes the design and implementation of approaches that track, analyse and influence perceptions and behaviours at the global scale, and developing new approaches for tackling 21st-century global challenges. Anholt has advised the Heads of State and Heads of Government of 63 countries, helping them engage more ethically, imaginatively and strategically with the international community. His work on measuring and managing the images of countries has developed into a global industry. In 2014, he published the Good Country Index (GCI), a ranking that analyses how much each country on earth contributes to humanity and the planet, and his TED talk launching the first edition of the GCI is the most-ever viewed TED talk on governance, with over 12 million views.
Ingrid LandinDepartment of Clinical Neuro Science, Karolinska Institutet
Ingrid is a skilled trainer in psychotherapy, mindfulness and compassion. In her work she has developed ways of training the students in compassion and mindfulness skills at the master program in CBT. She has also developed a course in Compassion focused therapy in cooperation with professor Paul Gilbert. Ingrid has a deep engagement in helping people to be able to be more mindful and compassionate, so that they can face suffering and be of help to themselves, their clients, and the demands of the challenge of the modern world. She has practiced and taught meditation and compassionate mind training for thirty years.
Mini RuizMD, Ph.D., Senior consultant and lecturer within the medical program at Karolinska Institutet
Dr Mini Ruiz has lead the professional development thread at the medical program, implementing important changes in the curriculum. Dr Mini Ruiz is passionate about teaching, providing psychological safety and reflective environment for students and staff.
Otto SimonssonPostdoctoral researcher, Karolinska Institutet
Otto is a recent PhD graduate from the University of Oxford. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Karolinska Institutet's Department of Clinical Neuroscience, where he conducts research on mindfulness-based interventions in political contexts.
Jackie ThomsCo-founder, Fraendi
Jackie Thoms co-founded Fraendi, an international community of consultants, coaches and facilitators specializing in Leadership and Organizational Development and Culture.
Their Erasmus funded project CADRA – Cognitive Adult Development from Research to Application – brings leading egde Adult Development practices and approaches to senior leaders in political offices and business organisations. Through CADRA, Fraendi partners with the IDGs in particular on the research questionnaire, the field kit and the nodes of nodes glocal events. Jackie has been working for many years as a Leadership and OD Consultant for organisations internationally, from tech start-ups to global healthcare companies. The core of her work in Fraendi is to contribute to how organisations and people develop to align work to living well on our planet.
Stefan Swartling PetersonProfessor of Global Transformations for Health at Karolinska Institutet
Stefan Swartling Peterson is Professor of Global Transformations for Health at Karolinska Institutet and former Chief of health for Unicef. A public health physician, his vision is Sustainable Health for all, within planetary boundaries.
Matthew T. LeeSenior Research Scientist at the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard
Matthew T. Lee, Ph.D., is the Director of Empirical Research and Senior Research Scientist at the Human Flourishing Program within the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. His research explores topics such as the relationship between love and flourishing, benevolent service to others, and the integration of social science and the humanities. He is the lead editor of Measuring Well-Being: Interdisciplinary Perspectives from the Social Sciences and the Humanities (Oxford University Press, 2021).
Christina HintonResearch affiliate at the The Human Flourishing Program at Harvard
Dr. Christina Hinton is the Founder and CEO of Research Schools International and a ResearchAffiliate at the Harvard Human Flourishing Program. Dr. Hinton was a faculty member atHarvard Graduate School of Education for many years, lecturing on the neuroscience of learning,social-emotional learning, global competence, and school-based research. She completed herdoctorate and Master’s in neuroscience and education at Harvard, where she was selected as aPresidential Fellow and Dean’s Fellow for outstanding scholarly work. She also completed herpostdoctoral fellowship at Harvard and a research fellowship at Sesame Workshop. Prior toHarvard, she worked in multilateral diplomacy and international policy-making at the OECD’sCenter for Educational Research and Innovation and UNICEF. At the OECD, she was a primaryeditor and author of the books Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science andLanguages in a Global World: Learning for Better Cultural Understanding.
Brendan W. CaseTh.D., Associate Director for Research of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University
Brendan W. Case, Th.D. is the Associate Director for Research of the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University, and the author of The Accountable Animal: Justice, Justification, and Judgment (T&T Clark, 2021). His current book project, Christian Loves in a Time of Crisis, brings the Christian theological tradition into conversation with classic debates in moral philosophy and contemporary debates in the social and behavioral sciences. Before coming to Harvard, he completed his Th.D. at Duke Divinity School, and served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Baylor University's Institute for Studies of Religion.
Bonnie ZahlPh.D., Eightfivetwo Consulting
Bonnie is an external program advisor for Templeton World Charity Foundation and works with the foundation to identify and implement its grantmaking strategies. She is currently working with TWCF on two programs: Big Questions in Classrooms and the Science of Religious and Spiritual Exercises. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Bonnie received her B.A. in psychology from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in social and developmental psychology from the University of Cambridge, specializing in psychology of religion.
Emiliana RodriguezChief Content Officer at Made for Joy
Emiliana is the Chief Content Officer at Made for Joy. Her main field of expertise is the intersection between Neuroscience, Education, Mindfulness and Technology. She has a background in Physics, a Master’s degree in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard University and more than 20 years of intensive training on contemplative practices.
Emiliana is also the co-founder of AtentaMente, a not-for-profit organization that has benefited more than 10,000 employees and leaders from the public sector and corporate world in Mexico through science-based programs on social and emotional learning skills. Her programs have been adapted for the educational world, helping more than 80,000 teachers and more than 25 million children in Mexico. She has co-authored seven books on Social and Emotional Learning skills and ethics, delivered more than 300 key-notes conferences in Mexico, Peru, USA, India and Europe and served previously as a consultant for national and international organizations such as the Mind and Life Institute, Research Schools International, UNDP, UNESCO, and many others.
Finally, Emiliana is Chair of Mexico for Global Dignity, part of the Steering Committee of Karanga, the Global Alliance for Social and Emotional Learning, and a consultant for the World Bank.