Florence VERZELEN started her career as a financial analyst in investment banking in New York. She then acquired more than 5-years experience in the public sector: she worked in the European Commission in Brussels where she has been responsible for the trade relationships between EU and China, and thereafter of the antitrust case against Microsoft.
She joined the team of the French Minister of European Affairs, as his advisor on trade and industry issue in 2007. From 2008 to 2017, she worked at Engie, a world leader in the energy sector. She was first in charge of Business Development for the Group, then became CEO of Engie in Qatar and later VP for the group procurement performance plan. She finally was appointed COO of Engie Europe and Russia. She is also an experienced board member, with board position at PSA and currently at Air France. Florence has been nominated Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013. Florence is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique / Corps des Mines.
Nigel is Accenture’s Industry X global lead. With his focus on growing the practice, Nigel drives strategy development and business planning for all Industry X programs, while supporting his leadership team with the execution of several large-scale efforts around capability building, post-merger integrations, and partner ecosystem growth. He also works closely with other Accenture leaders to help shape the firm’s thought leadership efforts; his current focus here is on reinventing industries for increased responsible growth. A veteran strategy consultant and industry executive, Nigel spent 26 years working across a variety of sectors – from aerospace and defense to consumer electronics – in three core roles: leading global operations and supply chain, building new business start-ups, and heading strategy, mergers and acquisitions.
Luis NEVES is chief executive of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) since 2017. Prior to that, from 2008-2017, Luis held the position of GeSI Chairman.
Under Luis' leadership, GeSI has become a globally recognized “thought industry leader” organisation in the field of ICT- sustainability with strong focus on the enabling role and positive contribution of digital technologies to climate protection.
Prior to GeSI, Luis worked at Deutsche Telekom for over 15 years holding positions such as Head of Sustainable Development and Environment, VP of Corporate Responsibility and Chief Sustainability and Climate Protection Officer. Luis has also held positions and played relevant roles at European and international levels in organisations, such as the UN Global Compact Lead Group, Econsense -the German Sustainability Association, World Resources Forum Association and UNFCCC Momentum for Change Initiative. Luis was born in Portugal and obtained a degree in History from the University of Lisbon.
Bish SEN is a Chemical Engineer by training. He joined Unilever in 1991 and has worked in R&D and across various parts of the Supply Chain including manufacturing, planning, logistics, customer service and procurement. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Unilever Indonesia with responsibility for the Supply Chain between 2009 and 2012.
Following his subsequent roles as Vice President Procurement Chemicals and Vice President Group Supply Chain Personal Care, he became an Executive Vice President in Unilever in May 2017.
His current role covers responsibility for the Beauty and Personal Care Supply Chain, Planning and Engineering. He also leads the Supply Chain Transformation team.
Bish has worked across the world and is currently based in London, UK.
Kenneth CUKIER is senior editor and the host of the weekly podcast on technology, Babbage. He is the coauthor of the New York Times Bestselling book “Big Data” with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, which was translated into over 20 languages. Previously Kenn was the technology editor of the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and worked at the International Herald Tribune in Paris. In 2002-04 he was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Kenn is a board director of Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an Associate Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.