The concept of the keynotes is slightly different from a usual conference. The keynote speakers will record brief and provocative speeches beforehand. One week before the start of the summit, these videos will be available on the website. We invite you as a participant to watch the keynote videos in advance and formulate questions that you would like to have answered. Your questions will be the input for an inspiring and interactive debate during the online event. This will make the keynote session extra valuable for you, but also for all the others!
Prof. Kate Raworth is a renegade economist who published her bestselling Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist in 2017. Her book tries to solve the apparent dilemma in the much contested SDG number 8: Decent work and economic growth. According to Raworth, it does not matter whether the economy grows or not, as long as it provides “a safe and just place for humanity” (Raworth, 2017).
She has experience in different fields. Her professional career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York. At the moment she is Senior Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute and also Professor of Practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Dr. Mamphela Ramphele has had a celebrated career as an activist, medical doctor, academic, businesswoman and political thought leader. Dr. Ramphele was co-founder of The Black Consciousness Movement with Steve Biko that reignited the struggle for freedom in South Africa. She is co-founder of ReimagineSA and co-president of The Club of Rome.
She has received numerous national and international awards acknowledging her scholarship and leading role in promoting the empowerment of women, youth and other oppressed people in South Africa and globally. She is the author of several books and publications on socio-economic issues in South Africa.
Garry Jacobs is President & CEO of the World Academy of Art & Science; Chairman of the Board & CEO of World University Consortium (WAAS); Executive Editor of Cadmus Journal; President of The Mother's Service Society (MSS), a social science research institute in Pondicherry, South India. He is an American-born international consultant on business management and economic development; and member of The Club of Rome.
His most recent work is organizing the fifth in a series of international conferences on Future Education, leading a project on Global Leadership in the 21st Century conducted by WAAS and the United Nations Office at Geneva, and preparing a project on Human Security for the UN in New York. From 2015-19 he co-chaired an international working group calling for a new paradigm in the global development of human-centered economic theory. Since the 1970s he has been engaged in research on economic, education, social development, education, employment, money, organizational theory, and psychology. In 1989 he co-founded the International Commission on Peace and Food and served for five years as its Member-Secretary, convener of ICPF’s working groups on Employment and on Transition in Eastern Europe, coordinator of the ICPF research team that evolved a strategy to generate 100 million new jobs in India, and editor of the Commission's report to the UN entitled Uncommon Opportunities: Agenda for Peace and Equitable Development. He has served as a management consultant to small, medium and multinational firms in a wide range of industries in the USA, Europe and India on strategies to elevate corporate values, accelerate growth, and improve profitability. He is author of two business books on the process of corporate growth, a book on Indian development, a novel on spirituality and business, and more than 100 articles on economic, business and global affairs.