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What happened 2019? 

Over 60 CEOs and C-suite executives from global businesses, and leadership from the World Bank and the United Nations, gathered at this year’s Leaders on Purpose CEO Summit.  It was not only an impressive gathering, but more so, every leader stayed the full day and co-created content and actionable agendas to pursue. This illustrated even more clearly that the time is right for global businesses to transition in a more actionable way translating the SDGs and that this will have a lasting positive impact on business strategy and organizational DNA.  


Wednesday - April 10th


Creating the Future We Want: The Fierce Urgency of Now 

Welcome Comments From: 

Christa Gyori , CEO, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Leaders on Purpose


Inspirational Talk: Why Not Joy?

Shawn Askinosie, CEO Askinosie Chocolate & Best Selling Author

Panel Discussions

Going the Distance for the SDGs: Partnerships and Collaboration 4.0:

Remi Eriksen, CEO, DNVGL, Barri Rafferty, CEO, Ketchum/Omnicom, Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA, Marc-André Blanchard, Canadas Ambassador to the UN, Ian de Cruz, Global Director, P4G

The Centrality of Water Resources to the Realization of the SDGs:

Laura Kohler, SVP & Member Board of Directors, Kohler, Gary White, CEO,, Henrietta Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF, Karin Krchnak, Manager WRG 2030 World Bank Group

Blended Finance for the Global Goals/ SDGs:

Marisa Drew, CEO Impact Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse, Keiko Honda, CEO MIGA, World Bank Group, Hiro Mizuno, Executive Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer of Japan’s, Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF), J. Carl Ganter, CEO, Vector Center; Managing Director, Circle of Blue

The New Business Logic:

Michael Froman, Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard, Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, UN Relations & Partnerships, World Bank Group, Dr. Nicolas Peter, CFO, BMW, Robert G. Greenhill, Executive Chairman, Global Canada, Dr. Tatiana Kazakova, Chief Strategy Officer, Managing Director & Co-Founder- Leaders on Purpose 


Actionalizing Purpose:

Emmanuel Lulin, Chief Ethics Officer, L'Oreal, Hubert Joly, CEO, Best Buy, Mia Mends, CEO, Sodexo Inspirus , Stephen Huddart, CEO & President, McConnell Foundation, Dr. Christian Busch, Director Innovation & Co-Creation Lab, LSE, & Co-Founder Leaders on Purpose

Informational Talks

Measuring Leadership for the 21st Century & Beyond:

Tim Nixon, Managing Editor, Reuters 

The New Leadership Paradigm:

Leith Sharp,  Director, Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership,

Harvard University 

Global To Local - Insights from World Bank :

Bangladeshi Infrastructure Project   

Maya Brahmam,  Sr. Communications Officer Infrastructure,

World Bank Group 

Working Groups

Addressing 21st Century Challenges

The group split up into groups for in-depth working sessions based on themes coming
out of the CEO Study and informed by expert insights.  Working groups included:

Financial Inclusion 

Co-Chairs:  Michael Froman - Vice Chairman and President, Strategic Growth, Mastercard &  Eric Duflos - Director UNSGA Office Moderator:  Dan Sheriff - CEO, TXF   


Co-Chairs:  Barbara Humpton - CEO, Siemens USA & Harald Friedl, CEO - Circle Economy  Moderator: J. Carl Ganter - CEO, Vector Center;  Managing Director, Circle of Blue 

Diversity Inclusion and Women's Economic Empowerment: 

Co-Chairs:  Mia Mends - CEO, Sodexo Inspirus & Emmanuel Lulin - Chief Ethics Officer, L'Oreal Moderator:  Dr. Sebastian Knab - Manager, Rohrbeck Heger GmbH

Technology, Trust & Connectivity 

Co-Chair: Karn Manhas - CEO, Terramera & Dr. Oliver Greiner - Partner Horvath & Partners 

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