Ethical Leadership in Business 2018


Ethical Leadership in Business 2018


Nadia Thalmann | Singapore

Founder and Director of MIRALab, Director of the Institute for Media Innovation

Professor Nadia Magnenat Thalmann is the Founder and Director of MIRALab, as well as the Director of the Institute for Media Innovation. During her illustrious career, she has given keynote speeches at the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as developed interdisciplinary research in computer design, synergizing art, fashion and computer graphics. Her work is often displayed at museums, galleries and fashion shows. In Singapore, she unveiled the first social robot, Nadine, who displays emotions and can remember people and actions. Nadia holds three Master’s Degrees in Psychology, Biology and Chemistry and a PhD in Quantum Physics from the University of Geneva.


Eric Salobir | France

Founder and president of OPTIC network

Fr. Eric Salobir o.p. is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the Order of the Preachers. He is founder and president of OPTIC network which promotes research and innovation in digital humanities. Fr. Salobir a media and technology consultant for the Holy See and has contributed to the reorganisation of the media for Vatican.fr. He teaches digital communication at the Catholic University of Paris. After graduating from ISC Paris business school, Fr. Salobir worked at the French Embassy in Prague and Crédit Lyonnais in Paris. He then joined the Order of the Preachers in 2000 and graduated in theology and philosophy. He was affiliated with many media centres, including ROC FM, France 2 and the Federation of French Radio Stations.


Christophe Barman | Switzerland

Co-founder and Director of Loyco

Christphe Barman holds an MSc in Management from HEC and a certificate in Risk Management. He started his career in insurance brokerage in Vancouver before moving to Geneva to work for a consulting firm. In 2004, he joined a service company in Geneva which he went on to lead for three years. Christophe is co-founder and Director of the company Loyco which advocates for sustainable entrepreneurship and training in participative and risk management. As someone who enjoys unforgettable adventures, Christophe is president of Geneva SnowSports, vice-president of Ski Romand and the Geneva cantonal commission for sport aid. He is also president of the IDDEA prize for sustainable entrepreneurship and the Romande Consumer Federation.


Jonathan Normand | Switzerland

Founder & Executive Director of B Lab Switzerland

Coming from a background in mathematics and algorithmic development, Jonathan Normand spent 12 years in financial institutions before co-founding Codethic in 2009, a consulting business in governance and social responsibility. He co-found the Swiss Crowdfunding Association in 2015 and he seats on various boards (Sustainable Finance Geneva). In 2013 he participates in the establishment of the Non-profit organization B LAB in Europe, and in 2017 he becomes the director of the Swiss antenna. B Lab missions: providing tools for assessing companies’ social and environmental impacts. Next to gathering 2500 certified companies worldwide, the movement Bcorp is a community of entrepreneurs wishing to compete to be best for the world, and as a result society will enjoy a more shared and durable prosperity.


Peter Vickers | United Kingdom

Chairman & Managing Director, Benjn. R. Vickers & Sons Ltd  (Vickers Oils)

Peter Vickers is Chairman and Managing Director of Benjn. R. Vickers & Sons Ltd, also known as Vickers Oils, a family owned SME based in Leeds, UK, . Vickers Oils formulates, manufactures and markets specialised industrial lubricants for the worldwide shipping and textile industries, and have recently pioneered the development of ‘Environmentally Acceptable Lubricants’ for these industries. Upon graduating from Oxford University, Peter joined the family business and took on worldwide sales responsibilities and personnel management before becoming Managing Director and later Chairman. He is a former President of the UK Lubricants’ trade association and is currently the European representative. He likes meeting people, reading, gardening, history, Sweden and cricket.


Japman Bajaj | Canada

Telecommunications Executive and Entrepreneur

Japman Bajaj is an entrepreneur with a penchant for building successful projects and businesses.  His works have gained him the Social Youth Entrepreneur of the Year award and recognition by the World Economic Forum as being a Global Shaper. Japman is involved with the Global Shapers Community, fostering transnational relationships and contributing to global thought leadership. Japman is also responsible for helping bring SHAPE North America to Canada. As Co-Chair, he supported Alberta’s top emerging leaders in SHAPE’s largest conference to date. Japman is also co-founder and tri-sectional leader of Soshal Group, a digital media agency providing full-service digital services to Canada's top education, medical, and private sector brands.


Tanujah Swaminathan | Singapore

Information Security Analyst

Tanujah Swaminathan is currently an Information Security Analyst for a finance institution while pursuing a part-time degree in Bachelors of Technology in Cyber Security at the National University of Singapore. Upon graduating with a Diploma in Cyber and Digital Security, to keep up with the constantly changing IT industry, she first went on to broaden her skills further by taking up a Specialised Diploma in Big Data & Analytics under SkillsFuture in Singapore before pursuing her degree. She later went on to be one of the representatives for the SkillsFuture Earn and Learn program in advocating life-long learning.


Vivek Asrani | India

Managing Director, KAYMO

Vivek Asrani is the Managing Director of KAYMO , an industrial stapling and nailing company based in India. He has been part of this family business for 34 years. He graduated in Statistics and Mathematics and went on to get a double major in Law. He was Founder President of AYBI – Association of Youth for a Better India, an Executive Committee member of AIESEC and currently serves on the Board of 3 Non-Profit organisations in India – Initiatives of Change ( IofC ), PRAJA and TOYBANK. He is regularly invited to talk to business groups on – “Creating Sustainable Value for Companies” and “Building Ethical and Competitive Organisations. He is fond of playing chess, travelling and Indian music.


Sarah Stephen | United Kingdom

Researcher, University of Lausanne

Sarah Stephen is a researcher at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, where she examines the creation and performance of responsible investment funds, with implications for both future management research and practitioner activities. Her broader research interests include corporate social and environmental responsibility, shareholder activism, financial ethics, and ethical decision-making. Sarah holds a Master's degree in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford and is in the final stages of her Ph.D. in Management at the University of Lausanne. 


Hiroshi Ishida | Japan

Executive Director, Caux Round Table Japan, Developments in the Field Panel, Business and Human Rights Journal, Cambridge University Press

Hiroshi Ishida is the Executive Director of the Caux Round Table Japan. He worked at the Industrial Bank of Japan for a decade before being appointed Coordinator of CRT Japan and working his way up to Executive Director. Hiroshi helps disseminate the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights with global initiative organizations, governments, and companies. Hiroshi also assists companies in developing their global business strategies and corporate structures to enhance the presence of Japanese companies globally. He also provides consulting services, conferences and seminars focused on CSR and sustainability. With these projects, he aims to enhance corporate value and foster global human resources with human capability and morality.


Chikako Miyata | Japan

Vice President, ANA HOLDINGS INC. CSR Promotion

Chikako Miyata is the Vice President of CSR Promotion for ANA Holdings Inc. She has been with the company for over thirty years, starting as a cabin attendant. Chikako was quickly promoted to a series of leadership positions, including Director of General Administration, focusing on CSR, human rights and the environment. In her current position as Vice President of CSR Promotion, Chikako pursues ANA’s mission statement to build ‘security and trust’ to ‘carry the hopes and dreams of an interconnected world.’ She focuses on reducing the environmental impact ANA has, as well as partnering with UNESCO to promote education and world heritage conservation.


Marcello Palazzi | Italy


Marcello Palazzi is a serial entrepreneur for human progress, pursuing goodness, beauty and truth in enterprise. He was the co-head of his international family business in environmental technologies before founding the Progressio Foundation, where he is President, which has completed hundreds of projects worldwide pursuing civic economy, enterprise and innovation. Marcello wrote a book in the nineties, predicting the rise of CSR, sustainability, ethical investments and other forms of integrative economies and enterprises. He is currently B Corps’ Global Ambassador, Chairman of the Social Innovation Exchange and Member of the Advisory Committee to the board at DanoneWave. He has studied at many universities, including Harvard, Stanford and MIT. His drive is pursuing goodness, beauty and truth in enterprise. 


Archana Rao | India

India Country Director, Global Citizen Year

Archana Rao is the India Country Director of Global Citizen Year, a non-profit that advocates for a post-high school gap year to provide the foundations for success. Recently, she worked in grassroots development at Initiatives of Change, India, where she led a water management project and created programs for the IofC interns and scholars to help them make a social impact through personal change. She also ran two Just Governance Dialogues with international volunteers. Previously, Archana worked at Faber and Faber, establishing publishing houses in the Middle East and Far East. Archana has a Master’s in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London and a BA in Economics from Ithaca College. She is addicted to reading.


Emily Munro | Canada

Deputy Head and Strategic Foresight Cluster Leader, Geneva Centre for Security Policy

Emily Munro is the Deputy Head and Strategic Foresight Cluster Leader in the Emerging Security Challenges Program at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP). She leads projects and contributes to courses focusing on strategic foresight, international security and fostering dialogues on emerging issues. Emily has been with the GCSP since 2003 and previously worked at the International Organization for Migration, the Global Forum for Health Research and the Liu Institute for Global Issues at the University of British Columbia. Emily holds a Master’s in International Relations from the Graduate Institute in Geneva and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia.


Kim Nicol | USA

Executive Coach

Kim Nicol is an Executive Coach.  She has worked with the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco, and coaches emerging leaders at tech start-ups and global organizations.  Her clients come from many industries, including finance, law, technology, media, and blockchain and cryptocurrency.  She teaches "Essential Skills for New Managers" at General Assembly, and is a coach for Own The Room, helping leaders to develop their communication skills. 

She has a personal passion for the healing and contemplative arts, including Reiki, meditation, and yoga.  A dedicated writer, Kim has authored three books about living mindfully.      


Marjorie Stamper-Kurn | USA

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Marjorie Stamper-Kurn is a diversity and inclusion consultant who  helps clients access the strategic and moral advantages of inclusive and equitable workplaces. Marjorie has led the culture strategy function of a global consulting company as it doubled in size and designed retention and engagement programs for marginalized groups in a major research laboratory. She has led workshops and programs focused on a variety of topics, including team building, implicit bias and social emotional learning. Marjorie earned her B.A. in Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley, her M.Ed. from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and her M.B.A. from Simmons School of Management. Marjorie lives in Oakland, California with her husband, two sons, and a dog nicknamed Trouble.


Kristin Engvig | Norway

Founder & CEO WIN – Creative person and Social Entrepreneur

Kristin Engvig is the pioneering founder of WIN. WIN, a global women's leadership organization is most known for its flagship event: the Global WINConference. Kristin's thought leadership and innovative work on authentic, feminine and global leadership has attracted more than 16,000 leaders to be a part of the programs. Kristin began her career at JPMorgan, Citibank, Innovation Norway, and as an international strategy and marketing consultant around the world. She holds an MSc in Business Administration and Marketing from BI in Oslo and an MBA from SDA Bocconi, Milan.  She has travelled extensively and worked with women from all continents. In her “journey life” as she calls it, and essential to her vision and being, is her passion for community, family, learning, art, creativity, theatre, kundalini yoga and Zen. 


Angelica Kiboro | Kenya 

Deputy Principal and Registrar at Strathmore Institute

Angelica Kiboro is a global entrepreneurship advocate, lecturer, project manager, mentor and coach. Angelica drives the entrepreneurial and innovation agenda of the Strathmore Institute and teaches at Strathmore University and @iBizAfrica’s Incubator. Angelica has undergone entrepreneurial training from the Wadhwani Foundation, an international entrepreneurial capacity-building institution. Angelica is the project manager of an initiative to give small business owners entrepreneurial skills in Nairobi’s Mathare and Kibera slum areas. She developed the entrepreneurship course for commerce students pursuing an undergraduate degree at Strathmore University and is credited with spearheading the first microfinance diploma curriculum in Kenya in collaboration with Swiss Contact and the Association of Microfinance Institutions.


Marcel Gasser | Switzerland


Marcel Gasser has lived in and travelled to over 80 countries where he has discovered his passion for creating a lasting impact. He has helped create over eight companies in recent years. Currently, he is working on a project to provide flexible hardware to co-working locations. One of his favourite projects is a vocational training school in Myanmar, which he’s supported since 2012. Marcel holds a Business IT degree, and MBA from the University of Southern Queensland, as well as an Executive MBA. Marcel strongly believes that the future belongs to sustainable businesses that create real added value, following one of his favourite mantras, “the adventure starts when there is no adventure anymore”.


Joshua Entsminger | Switzerland

AI Specialist, Nexus Frontier Tech

Joshua Entsminger current works as an AI Specialist at Nexus Frontier Tech. He additionally serves as a senior fellow at Ecole Des Ponts Business School’s Center for Policy and Competitiveness, research contributor to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Production Initiative, researcher at IE Business School's Social Innovation Initiative, and advisor for business development at Fundie Ventures. His work focuses on the governance of automated intelligence and its global economic consequences.


Barbara Smeltzer | Canada

Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives at Salesforce.org

With more than 15 years of experience, Barbara Smeltzer’s drive and dedication to solving global challenges has seen her take on a variety of roles within the public and private sector. She has worked in the fields of healthcare and technology through managing volunteers, events, and communications. Currently a Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives in the philanthropic arm of Salesforce, Barbara has led employee engagement and the overall philanthropy strategy for Canada. She also consults globally for strategic granting in North America and Europe. She is now focused on developing partnerships with organizations providing the education of 21st century skills to underserved youth. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology and other certifications in public relations and corporate social responsibility. When not at her day job, Barbara can be found on a yoga mat, traveling, or practicing the art of writing.