European Impact Summit

19-21 October 2020, daily from 5 to 8:30 p.m. (CET) | #YPOEIS2020
The ​European Impact Summit (EIS20) will bring together more than 1,000 international C-level executives to create solutions for today’s pressing issues in Europe and beyond.

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What is EIS20?

EIS20 will harness the collective power of YPO members from more than 450 chapters globally as well as key expert organizations, government leaders and institutions, including the United Nations and its agencies. Together, these forces will create a world of positive impact around the most serious global issues Europe and the world are facing today.

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The power of YPO

YPO, the global leadership community of more than 28,000 chief executives in 142 countries, plays a leading role in determining where businesses can be a force for good and how our leaders can collaboratively scale to great heights. YPO EIS20, is thrilled to partner with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and United Nations sister agencies to bring together those who want to make an impact.

YPO EIS20 Speakers

David Beasley

As Executive Director of the World Food Programme, which earned the Nobel Peace Prize this year for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace, David Beasley continues his life’s work bridging political, religious and ethnic boundaries to champion economic development and education. At WFP, Mr. Beasley is putting to use four decades of leadership and communications skills to mobilise more financial support and public awareness for the global fight against hunger. Under Mr Beasley’s leadership, WFP has mobilised the resources required to respond to an expanding caseload of people who require food assistance due to the impact of conflict, displacement, climate shocks and socio-economic downturns. In 2020, the agency aims to reach around 100 million people. Mr Beasley is also driving greater focus and attention to WFP’s work beyond emergency food assistance, highlighting the fact that longer term development can bring peace and stability to troubled regions.

Clare Rewcastle Brown

Clare Rewcastle Brown is a British journalist and the founder of the website Sarawak Report, which has come to prominence for challenging corruption and its impacts on civil and indigenous rights as well as on the environment. Her investigations resulted in the exposure of the 1MDB Development Fund scandal, which revealed grand kleptocracy by the Malaysian Prime Minister; rocked the global financial community; shone light on the off-shore finance industry and embarrassed famous figures in Hollywood, Vegas and beyond. Fortune Magazine listed her in their World’s 50 Most Influential Figures 2016; she was named one of Britain’s Women of the Year 2016; In Australia she won the Bob Brown 2018 Environmentalist of the Year Award. She has been a keynote speaker at several journalism conferences as well as for Transparency International and the Oslo Freedom Forum and has received the International Press Institute’s Pioneer of Media Freedom Award and Queensland University’s Communication for Social Change Award. Malaysia issued a warrant for her arrest in 2015 and requested INTERPOL place her on the international Red Notice list, however INTERPOL rejected the request. In 2019 she founded the NGO Forest Southeast Asia dedicated to supporting reforestation in the region.

Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP

Chopra is the founder of the Chopra Foundation, a nonprofit entity for research on well-being and humanitarianism, and Chopra Global, a modern-day whole-health company at the intersection of science and spirituality, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Dr. Chopra is a clinical professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego, and serves as a senior scientist with Gallup Organization. He is the author of more than ninety books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His ninetieth book and national bestseller, Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential (Harmony Books), unlocks the secrets to moving beyond our present limitations to access a field of infinite possibilities. Time magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.”

Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim served as the first female President of Mauritius from 2015-2018, making her the third woman to serve as Head of State of the country. Gurib-Fakim was Managing Director of the Centre International de Developpement Pharmaceutique (CIDP) Research and Innovation, and Professor at the University of Mauritius where she served successively as Dean and Pro Vice Chancellor and manager at the Mauritius Research Council. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Surrey (1983), and Ph.D. from the University of Exeter (1987). In June 2016, she was in the Forbes List for the 100 ‘Most Powerful women in the world’, 1st among Top 100 Women in Africa Forbes List 2017, 2019. Honored as one of Foreign Policy’s 2015 Global Thinkers and Honorary President of the International Engineering & Technology Institute (2020).

John Hennessy

Hennessy is the James F. and Mary Lynn Gibbons Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the Stanford School of Engineering, and the Shriram Family Director of Stanford’s Knight-Hennessy Scholars, the largest fully endowed graduate-level scholarship program in the world. He is Chairman of Alphabet and serves as a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Formerly the tenth president of Stanford, he is also a computer scientist who co-founded MIPS Computer Systems and Atheros Communications. He and Dave Patterson were awarded the ACM A.M. Turing Prize for 2017.

Paul Polman

Polman is Chair and Co-founder of IMAGINE, a new organization which mobilizes business leaders around tackling climate change and global inequality. Polman is Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team, Saïd Business School and Vice-Chair of the UN Global Compact. A leading proponent that business should be a force for good, he has been described by the Financial Times as “a standout CEO of the past decade”. As CEO of Unilever (2009-2019), he demonstrated that a long-term, multi-stakeholder model goes hand-in-hand with excellent financial performance. Paul was a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel which developed the Sustainable Development Goals, and as an active SDG Advocate he continues to work with global organizations and across industry to push the 2030 development agenda.

Bobby Sager

Bobby Sager is an American photographer, writer, activist, and entrepreneur. He was a driving force behind the spectacular growth of Gordon Brothers Group, a global financial services business with offices in North America, Europe and Asia. One of Gordon Brothers’ acquisitions was Polaroid. Bobby served as the Chairman of the Board during its incredible resurgence.

Bobby was a founding Chairman for the YPO Peace Action Network and the moderator of the American Arab Action Forum. Bobby was also the first ever recipient of the YPO Global Humanitarian Award and YPO’s most prestigious Hickok Award for distinguished service.

In 2000, Bobby, along with his wife, Elaine, and kids, Tess and Shane, founded the Sager Family Traveling Foundation and Roadshow. They have established their own special brand of hands-on, eyeball-to-eyeball philanthropy by actually living in the communities they are trying to help. Initiatives include fostering entrepreneurship in Rwanda with microlending banks and a groundbreaking program that teaches Western science to Tibetan monks and nuns in India, Nepal and Bhutan. Bobby’s philanthropy served as the inspiration for the NBC 8-part primetime television drama The Philanthropist.

Bobby is the author of “Power of the Invisible Sun” (Chronicle Books, 2009), a book about the power of hope, thankfulness and his unique approach to making a difference. In his new book, “Invisible Sun” (Rizzoli, 2019) Bobby has refined his ideas and added new images from places that were okay a decade ago but now most certainly are not. But the underlying theme remains the same: the power of hope and gratitude as seen through the eyes of some of the world’s most vulnerable children.

Sting

Sting is an English musician, singer, songwriter, actor. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for rock band the Police, and launched a solo career in 1985. As a musician, he has received 17 Grammy Awards. Sting is also a philanthropist in causes from environmentalism to human rights.

Eric Yuan

Yuan founded Zoom in 2011 to deliver happiness and bring teams together in a frictionless video environment. Zoom’s video-first unified communications platform continues to dramatically transform the way leading global enterprises communicate. Under Yuan’s leadership, Zoom was one of the highest-performing tech IPOs of 2019. Prior to founding Zoom, Yuan was corporate vice president of engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco’s collaboration software development. Yuan was one of the founding engineers and vice president of engineering at Webex. Yuan has been named one of the Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech by Business Insider. In 2018, he was named the #1 CEO of a large U.S. company by Glassdoor and EY Entrepreneur of the Year in Northern California (software category). In 2019, he was added to the Bloomberg 50 as a leader who changed the game in global business.

Meet the EIS20 Advisory board

Oleg Volkosh, Event champion

Oleg Volkosh is President of Mediaplus Group Russia, the largest independent and innovative media agency in Europe with its headquarters in Munich and offices in the biggest countries in the world. In 2012, Volkosh joined YPO. In 2018 he joined the YPO Europe Board and Executive Committee and became the first YPO Impact Officer in Europe.

Sivaaji De Zoysa, Event champion

Sivaaji De Zoysa, CEO of Gaia Investments Pvt. Ltd., comes from two highly respected and established families responsible for pioneering various industries, professions and sectors in the country as well as being involved in many philanthropic activities. In a personal capacity, Sivaaji set up an NGO in 2005 soon after the tsunami ravaged in Sri Lanka, the Education Rehabilitation Monitor (TERM) helped the government raise almost $400 million for the affected education system. He continues to devote much of his time in philanthropic activities.

Frits Bussemaker

Chairman, Institute for Accountability in the Digital Age (I4ADA)

Andy Chen

President – IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society

Stephen Ibaraki

Chair, REDDS Capital; Chair, Advisory Board

Chaesub Lee

Director, ITU Telecommunication Standardization Bureau

Ana Maria Meshkurti

ITU-T Events Management

Neil Sahota

Chief Innovator Officer, University of California, Irvine School of Law

Reinhard Scholl

Deputy to the Director of the ITU

Gerassimos Spyridakis

EIS Chair of Strategic Alliances and Partnerships

Meet the Impact Europe Team

Vadim Belyakov

region

Europe

Xenia Bogorad

region

Europe

Naava Mashiah

region

Europe

Emma Hoch

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EIS20 agenda

Program times are listed in Eastern Time Zone. Opening remarks begin at 11:00 New York/16:30 London/23:30 Hong Kong

19 October, 2020

10:30  –  11:00Networking Breakouts
Informal opportunity to meet with your peers on a specific impact topic. (Update your selection by modifying your registration.) This networking session is for YPO members only.
11:00  –  11:10Welcome Remarks
11:10  –  11:35Keynote Making A Difference
Have the frontiers of making a difference in the world changed at a time of declining global confidence, growing polarization and myopic attitudes in communities? How do we not lose sight of our shared future as humanity? What is more urgent than ever is rebuilding trust to strengthen global dialogue and understanding. The world needs to communicate and share more inspiring actions that are transforming ambitions into extraordinary feats, success into unreserved generosity and happiness into solidarity for humanity. The frontiers of making a difference during this generational defining period have only broadened opportunities for greater global engagement and partnerships.
Speaker: Melissa Fleming Under-Secretary-General, Department of Global Communications, United Nations 
Moderator: Tania Bryer, CNBC Europe 
11:35  –  12:00Impact Groups Networking Breakouts
Hear about impact groups and how to leverage networking during the break. Informal opportunity to meet with your peers (Open to all registrants)
12:00  –  12:25Keynote Scaling Global Trust
More than ever, new ways of leadership are needed to help drive breakthrough solutions for a sustainable post-crisis future. The major shock of the global reset highlighted the power of trust in building resilience and safeguarding continuity. It also showed how the role of collaboration or the lack of it can accelerate related outcomes. Global tipping points require global solutions. But the post-crisis future is increasingly becoming less global. If we are to create powerful synergistic initiatives to shape and scale impact for People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace, we will need new ways of leadership that can help scale and safeguard global trust. Eric Yuan will share his insights on the opportunities and challenges in scaling this trust.
Speakers: Eric Yuan 
12:25  –  13:15Six Points of Impact Panel
Our panel of thought-leaders will share updates on global tipping points, where unexpected challenges and opportunities are emerging in the context of a world that is becoming more digital, indebted and less global. They will also explore how entrepreneurs and enterprising businesses are the inflection points for change and breakthrough solutions.
Speakers: David Bray,  Inge Bryan,  Jan Kleijssen,  Maurizio Vecchione 
13:15  –  13:35Plenary: Enabling Next Generation Impact I The Knowledge Pledge
Hear about tools that are available to bring impact ideas to reality.
Speakers: Alain Chetrit (YPO Gold Washington DC-Baltimore), Pierce B. Dunn (YPO Gold Pacific US At Large), Abhijit Pawar (YPO Pune) 
13:35  –  13:55Plenary: Enabling Next Generation Impact II Fueling Sustainable Business
Hear ways to bring Impact ideas to reality 
Speakers: Maurizio Vecchione 
13:55  –  14:00Plenary Remarks
Champions of EIS20 share their thoughts.
14:00  –  14:45Plenary: Closing Keynote Realizing Our Potential for Change
The global reset came as a major shock to many. Businesses had to scramble to ensure remote continuity, and individuals and families had to reshuffle daily routines while intensifying digital engagement. It also resulted in probably the largest global reskilling exercise in digital proficiency across generations. The good news is that we are all capable of embracing change when it matters. Purpose and meaning help Individuals evolve, progress change and transform society while having the inner resolve to embrace infinite possibilities. Some call this agility and resilience, others self-knowledge and heightened awareness. Dr. Deepak Chopra will help us understand the conditioning and construct we build and how to go beyond it to harness our full potential and bring about the change we want to see in the world.The information provided to you is for general informational purposes only and is not intended or implied to serve as medical or therapeutic advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat any health issues, illnesses or diseases. Deepak Chopra is not providing any medical or therapeutic advice. If you have or suspect you have a health or therapeutic problem, you should consult with your doctor or therapist.
Speaker: Deepak Chopra 
14:45  –  14:50Daily Wrap Up
14:50  –  15:15Networking Breakouts
Informal opportunity to meet with your peers. This networking session is for YPO members only.

20 October, 2020

10:30  –  11:00Networking Breakouts
Informal opportunity to meet with your peers. This networking session is for YPO members only.
11:05  –  11:20Keynote The Future We Choose
One of the main challenges we face is underestimating the urgency in acting for the future. Often mistakenly seen as a slow-moving process. However, a powerful driver of change is self-interest and seeing the future as a choice we make now. This approach creates a collaborative platform for entrepreneurial action and where the power of the market can help drive change.
11:20  –  11:35Keynote Inclusive Value Chains
The world is accelerating towards becoming more digital, and patterns of trade and production are shifting. How does this impact on inclusive value chains and private sector development especially on women’s economic empowerment and SME finance? What are the new opportunities for engagement, partnerships and empowerment?
Speakers: Vanessa Erogbogbo 
11:35  –  12:05Keynote Biggest Innovation Opportunities Looming for Business
The post-crisis world is emerging to become one that is more digital, indebted and less global. We are also accelerating toward the tech economy, where the convergence of technology, human services and sciences are highly anticipated to transform society. Like stone-skipping across consecutive inflection points, where and how we land will depend on our collective speed and agility to recalibrate for the post-crisis world. Despite a progressively fragmenting and polarizing future, there is the opportunity to shape a collective response through entrepreneurs and enterprising businesses. John Hennessy will help identify innovation opportunities for achieving global goals that entrepreneurs and enterprising businesses can help champion.
Speakers: John Hennessy 
12:00  –  12:20Impact Groups Networking Breakouts
Informal opportunity to meet with your peers. (Open to all registrants).
12:20  –  13:10Concurrent Session – The Future of Europe
Concurrent sessions are an opportunity to understand specific global priorities and explore the response YPO members are making through their Impact Group. A thought leader will explain the crucial issues, followed by Impact Group presentations as call-to-action case-studies. A maximum of two Impact Groups per topic will share their project progress for 20 minutes each including Q&A 1. Democracy and The Future of Europe Impact Group Champion: Lambros Anagnostopoulos (YPO Europe One Integrated)  2. European Solidarity – Clean Air Accelerator Impact Group Champion: Veronique Swinkels (YPO Gold Amsterdam) 
Speakers: Veronique Swinkles (YPO Gold Amsterdam),  Dr. George Zarkadkis 
12:25  –  13:10Concurrent Session – Environment and Climate Action
Impact Group Concurrent Breakouts are an opportunity to understand specific global priorities and explore the response YPO members are making through their Impact Group. A sector thought leader explains the crucial issues, followed by Impact Group presentations as call-to-action case-studies. 1. Net Zero Club Impact Group Champion: Maurizio Totta (YPO Vienna Gold)  2. Circular Economy & Plastics Credits Impact Group Champion: Monika Vollmer (YPO Zurich) 
Speaker: Randall Zindler ( YPO Gold Europe At Large) 
12:25  –  12:45Concurrent Session – Migration and Refugees
Impact Group Concurrent Breakouts are an opportunity to understand specific global priorities and explore the response YPO members are making through their Impact Group. A sector thought leader explains the crucial issues, followed by Impact Group presentations as call-to-action case-studies.Humanix Impact Group Impact Group Champion: Diana Daniels (YPO Greater Europe)  
Speakers: Diana Daniels (YPO Greater Europe),  Hèléne Van Melle 
12:45  –  13:10Concurrent Session – The Economy
Impact Group Concurrent Breakouts are an opportunity to understand specific global priorities and explore the response YPO members are making through their Impact Group. A sector thought leader explains the crucial issues, followed by Impact Group presentations as call-to-action case-studies.
Future of Work Impact Group 
Impact Group Champion: Diana Daniels (YPO Greater Europe)   
13:10  –  13:30Keynote Panel Superclustering for the Brave New World 
How do we move forward in creating a future that can effectively address and solve global priorities?Our closing keynote panel of thought and industry leaders share their insights on the future of superclustering—an ecosystem that functions as an economic growth engine by connecting people and enterprises to collaborate and build around future industries. Supercluster ecosystems are unique multi-stakeholder partnerships developed by design with the purpose of solving global challenges and leveraging opportunities. It operates on a trust-based collaboration transcending traditional organizational silos, spanning across multiple-borders, high value chain and natural aggregator of innovation and progress. Superclusters essentially engages all aspects of entrepreneurship including meet ups, incubators, start-ups, scale-ups, accelerators and growth companies with a diverse multi-stakeholder partnership—to turn more ideas into solutions, skill into jobs and initiatives into global successes.
Speakers: Douglas Wilson 
13:30  –  13:55Keynote Better Business, Better World
Redrawing boundaries in business, by putting purpose at the core of its value chain, means better business while also helping to accelerate and scale action to tackle global and industry tipping points. Collaborating as a collective power to drive impact at global and industry levels, businesses would be better placed to align, integrate and scale their own value chain, drive innovation and harness sustainable opportunities. It means smarter business, smarter choices, better business and a better world. Paul Polman will share his insights on how leaders can realize their company’s part in driving global goals while creating value for all their6: stakeholders
Speakers: Paul Polman 
13:55  –  14:00Daily Wrap Up
14:00  –  14:30Informal Networking Breakouts

21 October, 2020

10:30  –  11:00Networking Breakouts
Informal opportunity to meet with your peers. This networking session is for YPO members only.
11:00  –  11:30Keynote Acting Locally, Thinking Globally
15% of the world’s rainforest is in Southeast Asia but it also ranks among the world’s major deforestation hotspots. Human activities such as logging and clear-cutting for food production, cash crops and agriculture are the main drivers of this forest loss. The choice of the development pathway is critical as it will impact on its future and their ecosystem functions and services, and by extension, for the health of the planet. The importance of tropical forests, although covering only 7% of the Earth’s land surface, host nearly two-thirds of the world’s floral and faunal diversity and store 68% of global carbon stocks. By using technology and satellite spatial imaging new sustainable pathways are emerging and unlocking sustainable development opportunities for business and traditional stakeholders. Clare Rewcastle Brown shares with us the impact of making change by acting locally while also thinking globally to scale best-practices in sustainable pathways in global rainforest management.
Speakers: Clare Rewcastle Brown 
11:30  –  11:50Fireside Keynote Valuing Doing Good
Placing value on doing good challenges us to question our beliefs and aspire to broader thinking, carefully considering how we have constructed our lives and assigned value to others. In a time of upheaval, it becomes an essential practice for leaders to help bring clarity in driving global goals. In this fireside chat, Trudie Styler and Bobby Sager share their experiences on the responsibility of leaders doing good, its ability to spark breakthrough outcomes and why the world needs it now more than ever.
Speakers: Bobby Sager (YPO Gold New England) 
11:55  –  12:00Plenary Remarks: Business as a Force for Good
12:00  –  12:45Concurrent Sessions – Disease Outbreaks
Concurrent sessions are an opportunity to understand specific global priorities and explore the response YPO members are making through their Impact Group. A thought leader will explain the crucial issues, followed by Impact Group presentations as call-to-action case-studies. A maximum of two Impact Groups per topic will share their project progress for 20 minutes each including Q&A.
1. Mental Health and Wellbeing Impact Group Impact Group Champions: Nina Urman (YPO Paris) and Vadim Belyakov (YPO Russia) 
2. The Knowledge Pledge Impact Group 
Impact Group Champions: Alain Chetrit (YPO Gold Washington DC and Baltimore) Pierce Dunn (YPO Gold Pacific US At Large) and Abhijit Pawar (YPO Pune) 
Speakers: Nina Urman (YPO Paris),  Maurizio Vecchione 
12:00  –  12:45Concurrent Sessions – Impact Priority: Cyber Security
Impact Group Concurrent Breakouts are an opportunity to understand specific global priorities and explore the response YPO members are making through their Impact Group. A sector thought leader explains the crucial issues, followed by Impact Group presentations as call-to-action case-studies.
Speakers: Inge Bryan,  Dr. Reinhard Scholl 
12:00  –  12:45Concurrent Sessions – The Economy
Concurrent sessions are an opportunity to understand specific global priorities and explore the response YPO members are making through their Impact Group. A thought leader will explain the crucial issues, followed by Impact Group presentations as call-to-action case-studies. A maximum of two Impact Groups per topic will share their project progress for 20 minutes each including Q&A.
1. Business Support Impact Group Impact Group Champion: Manish Vekaria (YPO London Mayfair Gold) 
2. Guarantee Facility Concept Impact Group 
Impact Group Champion: Saqib Nazir (YPO Ghana Integrated) 
Speakers: Gabor George Burt,  Dr. Alfred Watkins 
12:45  –  13:15Fireside Keynote The Power of Listening 
Fireside chat with Bobby Sager (YPO Gold New England) with a performance by Sting. 
Speakers: Bobby Sager (YPO Gold New England), Sting. 
13:15  –  13:45Closing Keynote Making Next Stage Global Impact
Biodiversity health underpins our survival and prosperity. Our success in making next stage global impact will depend on it. Biodiversity conservation goes beyond just ecology and ecosystems. Our scientific and technological advances correlates also closely with our understanding of biodiversity and the ecosphere. Our deep oceans, deserts and temperate rainforests largely remain undiscovered. Potentially holding resource-rich-deposits, pharmaceutical breakthroughs, and even new sources of energy such as thermal energy. In our Summit Closing Keynote, Dr. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim shares the business insights on biodiversity and the opportunities it presents when managed sustainably.
Speakers: Ameenah Gurib-Fakim 
13:45  –  14:00European Impact Summit Closing and Next Steps
14:00  –  14:30Informal Networking Breakouts

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