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Futurist and Humanist, Author, Keynote Speaker, CEO The Futures Agency, Zurich / Switzerland LeonhardFuturist and Humanist, Author, Keynote Speaker, CEO The Futures Agency, Zurich / Switzerland <div class="ExternalClassD587E2F96EFF400DAA2D048BA0A1A3B1"><p>Gerd Leonhard is a hunter and gatherer of human values from the future. From culture and society to commerce and technology, Gerd brings back the news from the future so business and society leaders can make better choices right now. In his latest book, Technology vs. Humanity, Gerd explores the key ethical and social questions which urgently require an answer before we increasingly abdicate our very humanity. For organizations in the grip of disruption, Gerd supplies visionary insights and concentrated wisdom that inform key decisions makers today. A musician by origin, Gerd Leonhard has now redefined the vocation of futurist as a new humanist. </p><p>Gerd was listed as one of the top 100 influencers in technology by Wired magazine (2015). His clients include over 200 companies and organizations in 50+ countries, including Google, IPG, UBS, Roche, WWF, Cisco, KPMG, Accenture, Nestlé, Unilever, US Social Security Agency, the BBC, Universal Studios, the EU Commission and many more.</p> </div>, Gerd LeonhardGP0|#25c9bdb3-f9cf-4ed3-b931-94004f64ccc1;L0|#025c9bdb3-f9cf-4ed3-b931-94004f64ccc1|Gerd Leonhard;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote
Director of Carbon-Neutral Economy at SITRA PantsarDirector of Carbon-Neutral Economy at SITRA<div class="ExternalClassA35145E317AE40D9BBEB99A2BCA69275"><p>Mari Pantsar leads the Carbon-neutral circular economy theme in Sitra - the Finnish Innovation Fund - an independent public foundation which operates directly under the supervision of the Finnish Parliament. She steers the strategy of the theme and is responsible for ensuring that all activities related to it direct Finland towards a more ecologically sustainable and competitive society.</p><p>Mari has two decades of experience managing the development of cleantech and circular economy initiatives in the private and public sector, with several companies and their boards. She has a doctorate in philosophy and holds the title of docent at the University of Helsinki and at Lappeenranta University of Technology.</p></div>, Mari PanstarGP0|#72659b47-0a6b-46e4-9d31-97b4ea3b9968;L0|#072659b47-0a6b-46e4-9d31-97b4ea3b9968|Mari Pantsar;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote
CEO and Founder of Miniwiz HuangCEO and Founder of Miniwiz <div class="ExternalClassAD3B043BFAB24217B977A61051510912"><p>Arthur is a structural engineer, architect, innovator of loop economy building material solutions and specialized in post-consumer trash recycling applications to help to accelerate the shift to a close-loop economy. In 2005, He founded Miniwiz, an internationally operating company based in in Taiwan, Shanghai, Berlin and Milan, and dedicated to upcycling and consumer trash and industrial waste.</p><p>Under Arthur Huang’s leadership, Miniwiz received the “Technology Pioneers 2015” title by the World Economic Forum, recognizing the potential of the emerging industry that Miniwiz is leading and the positive impact of its activities on the state of the world. Arthur also was selected as a 2016 National Geographic Explorer and 2016.</p></div>, Arthur HuangGP0|#3284f0a2-410a-4ee9-b06f-2916370c8e31;L0|#03284f0a2-410a-4ee9-b06f-2916370c8e31|Arthur Huang;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6Keynote




CEO and Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™ RussoCEO and Founder of Think Beyond Plastic™<div class="ExternalClassE50734FDC3F842BEB32B51CAB0D485BD"><p>Daniella Russo believes that intractable environmental challenges can be addressed by harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship, and the power of the markets to do good. Since 2009, she has led the development of an innovation eco-system enabling the circular economy incorporating bio-based, bio-benign materials from renewable sources, associated manufacturing, and innovative consumer and business products specifically designed to handle these new materials. </p><p>Daniella Russo is a serial entrepreneur. Her experience includes executive management of businesses from start-up phase through an IPO (such as Frame Technology, Infoseek and others), as well as Fortune-500 companies (Sun Microsystems, and Xerox PARC).</p><p>Daniella Russo is a member of the Founders Board of Advisors at StartX Stanford Student Startup Accelerator. She is an Associate Professor at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies Graduate Program in International Policy and Management. She serves on the Board of numerous NGOs and businesses. </p> </div>, Daniella Russo GP0|#ccf7b068-1517-4601-81df-a15fe5c60041;L0|#0ccf7b068-1517-4601-81df-a15fe5c60041|Daniella Russo;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6
Host, Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council BrodieHost, Chair, Metro Vancouver Zero Waste Committee and Chair, National Zero Waste Council <div class="ExternalClass4ED7F1382FCD404983E6FD6F21C54BD2"><p>Malcolm Brodie has been a Board Director and Chair of the National Zero Waste Council since its inception in October 2013. He has also been a member of Council for the City of Richmond since 1996, and following a by-election, he was sworn in as Mayor on October 29, 2001. Mayor Brodie was re-elected on November 16, 2002, November 19, 2005, November 15, 2008, November 19, 2011, and November 15, 2014.</p><p>Malcolm Brodie has been appointed by his Council to the Board of Directors of Metro Vancouver and he currently is the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee and also serves on the Intergovernmental & Finance Committee, the Mayors' Committee, the Performance & Procurement Committee, and the Federal Gas Tax Task Force. He represents Metro Vancouver on the Municipal Finance Authority, and in 2015, was elected as Chair. </p><p>Before election to Council, Mayor Brodie was a practicing lawyer and had a long record of service to Richmond in the volunteer community.</p></div>, Malcolm BrodieGP0|#574e4109-4a0b-492f-8637-88d5edf91862;L0|#0574e4109-4a0b-492f-8637-88d5edf91862|Malcolm Brodie;GTSet|#c31bcefc-bba8-4775-8a91-82f54b19d6e1;GPP|#2cc199a1-d60b-4e96-a498-1af734dde9a6