Our Speakers

Emanuele Sacerdote

Brand Expert and Writer

Emanuele started his carrier in international adverting agencies (Young & Rubincam and McCann Erickson) and then moved to companies in role of strategic marketing and managing directions (Levi Strauss, Autogrill, Ermenegildo Zegna, Ferrari Auto, Moleskine and Barbisio).

In the last ten years worked for his family’s company, Strega Alberti Benevento as co-CEO. In 2015 he founded its consultancy boutique SOULSIDE, which has been listed #8 in the Top 50 Global Thought Leaders & Influencers on Change Management

In parallel he has been teaching in several business school and wrote seven books the latest being “Legendary brands (2020)” – with the intention to answer two questions: Why has a brand become a legend? Why does a brand continue to be a legend?

Prof. S Ramakrishna Velamuri

China Europe International Business School

Prof. Rama has lived and taught in China for 13 years, at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), which is ranked 5th in the world in the Financial Times Global MBA and EMBA rankings. Most importantly, between 80% and 90% of the participants he has taught are Chinese executives (from both the private and public sectors), entrepreneurs, and investors. He has also been in charge of the India module at CEIBS, one of the most popular electives at the school, through which he brings approximately 120 participants to India every year on one-week immersion programs. This long stint in China has given him insights into some of the key drivers of the Chinese economic miracle. At CEIBS, he chairs the Strategy & Entrepreneurship department, has previously chaired the Research Committee and been a member of the Faculty Evaluation Committee. He previously taught at IESE Business School in Spain.

Jo Nesbitt

Director of UniConnectED

Jo Nesbitt is Vice President M Square Media, UK, and Director of UniConnectEd with over 30 years of rich and hand-on experience in higher education, formerly served as Director and Deputy Director at the University of Southampton, with a focus on international recruitment and development. Earlier at Solent University, she consolidated the institution’s international activities and worked as the director of the international office. She is consulted regularly for government bodies, works with the British Council and other organizations, has led several university consortia, and has been an invited speaker at numerous conferences.

Phil Bohlender

CEO, Seed and Lead

Phil is the author of two International Bestselling books on Amazon – 7 ESSENTIAL TRAITS OF LEADERS for DEVELOPING UNIQUE LEADERSHIP STYLE and 7 ESSENTIAL TRAITS OF COACHES for DEVELOPING UNIQUE LEADERSHIP COACHING STYLE. He is a Global Leader in Leadership Development and Business Transformation with a working experience of 35-years in more than 20 countries, he has worked for six Fortune 100 Companies in the service industry. As a result of his passion for learning and sharing his business expertise and experience with others, he is a powerful mentor, consultant, coach, author, and speaker.

Andy Agathangelou

Transparency Task Force

Andy Agathangelou Founder of the Transparency Task Force, UK one of the fast-growing and increasingly impactful collaborative campaigning community that encourages the financial services sector to be transparent, truthful and trustworthy.  With over 20+ years of work experience, he’s spearheading purposeful, reformatory change in the global financial ecosystem with over 2,500 strong volunteers around the world who are organised into subject-specific 14 Groups.   Publisher of the ‘Transparency Times’ an online magazine and a recently published book, entitled “Why we must rebuild trustworthiness and confidence in financial services; and how we can do it”.   He is the Governor of the UK’s Pensions Policy Institute and A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  Frequent speaker on Corporate governance at conferences and symposia around the world;  Andy has particularly fond memories of a conference about Corporate Governance at which he spoke last year, in Pune; which by chance led him to a journey of discovery into the wonderful wisdom of Mahatma Gandhi….

Navroop Sahdev

Founder, The Digital Economist

Navroop is frequently interviewed by Forbes as a subject matter expert on the economics of emerging tech. She was listed as one of the Top Blockchain Influencers in 2018 by Media Shower. A holder of three masters – in IP Management, Economics of Innovation and Applied Economics – she has worked at Harvard University and the United Nations Environment Programme.

In 2019, she co-authored “Blockchain Economics” the first book on the economics of blockchain and Hyperledger’s & Blockchain for Business & online course which has trained over 160,000 entrepreneurs globally.

Robert Ahdieh

Dean, Texas A&M University, School of Law

A graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Yale Law School. Prior to joining the Texas A&M University faculty, Ahdieh was the Professor of Law at Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. During his tenure at Emory, Ahdieh also served as Associate Dean of Faculty and as Vice Dean. In those capacities, he helped to lead a broad transformation of the composition of the student body, the faculty, and the degree offerings and curriculum of the law school. Ahdieh has served as a visiting professor at Columbia and Georgetown law schools, as well as at Princeton University. He has also visited at the Institute for Advanced Study, the University of British Columbia, the University of Warsaw, and Singapore Management University, among other overseas institutions.

Ron Gunnell

Global chairman and Founder, TAT Worldwide LLC

In 1986, Ron co-founded Health Benefits America (HBA) which became the largest benefits outsourcing company in the United States. HBA provided services to over 50 of America’s largest and respected Fortune 100 companies, managing the health care of millions of active and retired employees. In 2014, Ron founded the Broad Street group which provided international consulting services with offices in the United States, San Paolo, Brazil, and Mumbai in India. In 2019, the Broad Street group was converted into a trust and T.A.T. Worldwide LLC was formed to carry on the work of the Broad Street group. T.A.T. stands for Truth Alone Triumphs. With over 30 years of business experience and nearly 20 years in the entertainment industry, Ron serves on a number of educational and arts boards including Hill Center Theater, Utah. He has been heavily involved in charitable and volunteer work including Rising Star Outreach Programs.

Sunil Mulridhar Shastri

Director of Ocean Governance Limited

Sunil Murlidhar Shastri is a consultant, expert and speaker in ocean and environmental governance for over three decades. He found his passion in Pacem in Maribus in 1982 under the tutelage of Elizabeth Mann Borgese and has since made it his mission. He is best known internationally for his master class in ocean and environmental governance and for his erudite analysis and candid opinions. Sunil has attended the Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), International Ocean Institute, Aachen Technical Institute, Dalhousie University, London School of Economics and Harvard Kennedy School, supported throughout by prestigious scholarships. In the past, Sunil has been an academic and researcher in marine and mining engineering, mining engineering, and environmental policy. He had been in the UK since 1988.

Franz Kolb

Director of International Trade & Diplomacy for the state of Utah, US

Mr Franz Kolb’s career began as a director for International Service at Ernst & Young, working with large international companies and organizations, advising them on international business strategies and implementation. Currently, he is Director of International Trade and Diplomacy at the Governor’s Office of Economic Development in Salt Lake City, Utah. Two things came up very prominently during my discussion with him. One was economic development and secondly, his passion for education.

Shailesh Haribhakti

Chartered and Cost Accountant

Mr. Haribhakti is a Chartered and Cost Accountant, an Internal Auditor and a Certified Financial Planner & Fraud Examiner. He is a Board Chairman, Audit Committee Chair and Independent Director at some of the country’s most preeminent organizations. He is a well-known thought leader on the Indian Economy and Public Policy. He is an ExTech (Exponential Technologies), ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) & IR (Integrated Reporting) Evangelist. He is also an author of 2 books – “The Digital Professional” and “Audit Renaissance”. Mr. Haribhakti is highly passionate about the above and actively speaks about them at various forums.
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