Speakers

We are excited to bring together a variety of thought leaders including renowned Stanford GSB faculty, fellow LEADers, key industry leaders, researchers, authors, and much more! Presentations may include, but are not limited to talks, panel discussions, workshops, interactive sessions, etc.

The full, detailed agenda which will allow you to select sessions had been released. You will find it on the Calendar page. 



Kate Lee

CEO of Life Of Emerald

Life Of Emerald helps corporate workers worldwide reduce stress by providing strategies on how to take care of mind, body and soul health through a conscious media impact-driven company with world-class leaders.

Kate Lee is a healer, storyteller, and social entrepreneur from Seoul, South Korea. Kate has 15 years of teaching experience including educating STEM college graduates sponsored by the South Korean government. Her ancestors are kings of South Korea of the Joseon dynasty (1392-1897 AD) and the scholars of the Nobel class in the Shilla dynasty (57 BC -935 AD)..

She will hold a live session on the 7th of March:
How to Balance Me2We in a New Normal, a Conscious Leadership




Beibei Song

Beibei Song


BeiBei is the Founder and Principal of Essinova, a forward-thinking interdisciplinary creativity academy applying cognitive science and artful thinking to human development, leadership and innovation.

She has been a Stanford GSB course facilitator and coach since Fall 2015, in LEAD and other Executive Education programs.

She’s also a certified Neuro-Leadership Coach, applying brain-based methodology to the development of high-performing leaders. 

She will hold a live session on the 7th of March:
LEADership in the 21st Century Renaissance




Maxine Williams


Maxine Williams is the Chief Diversity Officer at Facebook. Her mandate spans people, product and policy spheres reporting directly to the COO and serving as a member of Facebook’s most senior executive leadership body under the CEO. 

Maxine’s team works towards increasing the cognitive diversity—different ways of thinking based on different backgrounds, experiences and information—of all Facebook teams and integrating diverse perspectives into policy and product development.

She will be Stanford GSB Sarah A. Soule’s guest on a Fireside Chat on the 8th of March:
Leadership with Diversity and Inclusion & Respectful and inclusive culture




Roger Cialdini

Dr. Robert Cialdini


Robert B. Cialdini is Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University.

He is the three-time New York Times bestselling author of Influence and Pre-suasion, with over 5,000, 000 books sold in 44 different languages.

As a keynote speaker for organizations worldwide, Dr. Cialdini translates the science of persuasion into valuable, ethical, and practical actions.

He will hold a live session on the 8th of March:
Building Unities Through the Power of Persuasion




Maggie Neale

Stanford GSB Professor Margaret Neale

The Adams Distinguished Professor of Management, Emerita.

She was the Graduate School of Business John G. McCoy-Banc One Corporation Professor of Organizations and Dispute Resolution from 2000-2012.

Trust Faculty Fellow in 2011-2012 and in 2000-2001.

From 1997-2000, she was the Academic Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

Professor Neale’s major research interests include bargaining and negotiation, distributed work groups, and team composition, learning, and performance.

Sarah Soule

Stanford GSB Professor Sarah A. Soule

The Morgridge Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and senior associate dean for academic affairs.

Her major areas of interest are organizational theory, social movements, and political sociology.

She has served on a number of boards of nonprofit organizations, is currently a member of the board of advisors to the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the Stanford d.school), the advisory board of the Danish Innovation Centre, and the international advisory board to the president of the Stockholm School of Economics.

Margaret and Sarah will host a panel with LEADers on the 8th of March:
Designing Organizations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The panelists:

Laura Allen – Head of Strategy, Accessibility & Disability Inclusion at Google – New York, United States – Stanford LEAD Synthesizer

Alistair Barker – Head of Total Portfolio Management, Investments at AustralianSuper – Melbourne, Australia – Stanford Executive Program, 2019

RC Buford – Chief Executive Officer at Spurs Sports and Entertainment – Texas, United States – Stanford LEAD eXponent

Nicole Burwell – Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine & Physician Assistant at Stanford University School of Medicine – California, United States – Stanford LEAD Groundbreaker

Samia Qamar – Director, People (Country HR Lead) at S&P Global – Islāmābād, Pakistan – Stanford LEAD Groundbreaker




Stanford GSB Professor Hayagreeva Rao

The Atholl McBean Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resources at Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Professor Rao studies collective action within organizations and in markets. His research and by implication, his teaching, revolves around scaling up mobilization, innovation, and talent in organizations.

In LEAD, Professor Rao teaches the elective course  Mobilizing for Successful Change: A Toolkit.

He will hold a live session on the 8th of March:
Leading During Uncertain Times




Michael C. Wenderoth

Michael C. Wenderoth is an Executive Coach who focuses on power and navigating workplace politics. He lectures at IE Business School and has served as Coach/CF in Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer’s Building Power course in LEAD since its inception.

His articles and views have appeared in Harvard Business Review, Forbes and international media. Prior to starting his international Coaching practice, Michael served 20 years in senior roles with multinationals in China, the U.S. and Europe. He holds an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA from Carleton College.

Teresa Clarke

Teresa Clarke, Senior Managing Director, Global Head of Human Resources, Kobre & KIm (New York, USA) – LEAD ALUM.

Teresa Clarke has extensive experience in talent management and HR leadership from elite professional services firms to rapidly scaling start-ups. Her execution orientation, team building skills, and business savvy have enabled her to quickly learn new operating models and translate them into winning people and organizational strategies. As a member of the senior leadership team at Kobre & Kim, Teresa serves as a trusted advisor on people, risk, business operations, communications, and culture. Past roles have included leading the Americas People Advisory function at White & Case LLP; Vice President of Human Capital & Employment Counsel for an award-winning education start-up of 1,800 employees; and leading best-in-class talent acquisition efforts at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. She began her career as a corporate attorney. She holds a BA from Duke University, JD from the UCLA School of Law and was named a “Game Changer” by Workforce in 2015.

Gricha Safaran

Gricha Safarian, Managing Director, Puratos Grand-Place Indochina (Vietnam) – LEAD ALUM.

Gricha Safarian has been a leader in the Cocoa and Chocolate supply world since 1988, and built the first complete “tree to bar” supply chain in Vietnam in 1993. Since then, he has expanded a disruptive cocoa sourcing model worldwide, working with the World Bank and ICCO under a mega green bond project. Gricha is an owner and MD of Puratos Grand-Place Indochina and has been appointed Honorary Consul of Belgium for South Vietnam.

Inbal Demri Shaham

Inbal Demri Shaham, PhD, Consultant and Executive Coach, Q Factor Consulting, and LEAD Coach/CF (San Francisco, USA).

Dr. Inbal Demri owns Q Factor Consulting, a boutique Executive Development firm. Her Executive Coaching work integrates research and practice to facilitate the behavioral changes her clients seek at critical junctures in their lives and careers. An advocate for JEDI, Inbal’s research focuses on success strategies of entrepreneurial women in Silicon Valley, and her practice in this arena includes creating programs that promote women’s advancement. She has worked with Stanford Graduate School of Business since 2008.

They will hold a live panel session on the 8th of March:
Power Hour: Building Power In A World Turned Upside Down




Ritu Goyal

Ritu is an engineering leader and serial problem solver who excels in building new teams and taking products from inception to launch. Ritu identifies herself as a Technologist and a girl geek!

She is a strong proponent of Women in Tech and an aspiring story teller. She believes that innovation is an everyday job and everyone’s responsibility in a team.

In her current role at Netflix, Ritu is helping to democratize storytelling around the world and building products to power the largest global content platform. She has a Masters in Computer Science from CU Boulder, and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Pune University.

Sameer Shah

Sameer is an engineering leader at Netflix. Sameer has over 20 years of experience in building software for both enterprise and consumer products.

Sameer and his team build and enhance the Content Platform at Netflix which is leveraged to acquire, curate and distribute amazing stories from around the world to Netflix members globally.

He has Bachelors and Masters in Computer Engineering from Santa Clara University. Sameer believes in the idea that technology should not be the goal, technology is the means and the goal is to empower people to do their best work.

They will hold a live session on the 8th of March:
Netflix: The Power of Debate




Jennifer Wang

Jen is the head of digital strategy and innovation at a healthcare organization in New York City, and works at the intersection of emerging technologies, digital transformation, and user experience.

She is also a consultant for early stage technology and education startups, where she works with entrepreneurs on building their strategy and business models.

She is a course facilitator for Stanford GSB Executive Education.

Jen also actively volunteers and supports organizations serving children in need and women survivors of human trafficking.

Tosin Joel

Tosin is Project Head and Geodata Country representative for major energy company Eni.

In addition, Joel is the founder of GTBOOL (www.gtbool.com), a nonprofit organization that arose out of the Stanford GSB online LEAD program to foster personal growth and development with a particular emphasis on diversity and inclusion.

Tosin has built and leveraged on unique networks within Stanford’s LEAD to create global impacts. Since starting the program last year, she has moved up several levels in her organization, established a unique brand and transformed the lives of many.

Rosemary Scimgeour

Rosemary co-founded multi award winning Scottish rural architecture practice, Building Workshop, together with her husband. Ben is dyslexic, Rosemary is neurotypical. Rosemary is on a mission to raise awareness about dyslexia and the potential to be gained by leveraging dyslexic strengths. She believes it’s time for a paradigm shift away from the current deficit perception of dyslexia. Countless groundbreaking innovations have been “made by dyslexia.

After knocking on the door of the Schwab Centre at Stanford during Me2We 2019, Rosemary is now facilitating a partnership between Silicon Valley based non profit start up Potentia Institute, and Scottish Enterprise to transform the experience of dyslexic entrepreneurs in Scotland.

Rosemary is a course facilitator for Stanford LEAD – Customer Experience Design, A Neuroscience Perspective.

Erica Staufert Carvalho

Erica was born in Brazil but was raised moving around the world. Today she is living in Zurich, Switzerland, and working full time as a Project Manager.

Growing up surrounded by various cultures, she became interested in humanitarian work where today she tries to contribute to the field through working with an NGO, Renctas International.

Patricia Amaro

Patricia is the head of ecommerce and digital transformation for Unilever. She started her career in ecommerce and retail companies where she could experience how to use technology to improve business results.

In 2012 she joined Unilever Brasil where she encourages people to unlock their potential. Her purpose is to build bridges to the future and she believes she can do it with the creation of new economic and organization models  through awakening people and expansion of networks..

Saul Jaeger

Saul joined the Mountain View Police Department in 2003, following service in the United States Army and working in private sector management. As a police officer, Saul was assigned to Patrol, Traffic, and as a detective with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. He also worked collateral positions on the Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT), Peer Counseling, Recruiting, and Youth Services.

Following his promotion to Sergeant in 2012, Saul supervised Patrol Teams, the Traffic Unit, was the Public Information Officer and Spokesman for the department and served as a team leader on CNT and Peer Counseling Unit.

He was promoted to Police Lieutenant in 2016, providing leadership in Field Operations and serving as a commander for Traffic, the K9 Program, Neighborhood and Event Services, SWAT and CNT, Peer Counseling, and he helped extensively with the initial launch of the department’s Unmanned Aerial Systems program. Saul was promoted to Captain in 2019 commanding the Field Operations Division (all uniformed divisions).

Alina Adams

Alina is a serial entrepreneur and has founded tech companies in the hardware and software spaces. She is a mentor at several organizations, including Global Social Benefit Institute where she helps social entrepreneurs around the globe with scaling their impact. She also works with corporations advising on corporate strategy and social innovation.

For the last 7 years she has been mentoring at Global Social Benefit Institute working with Social Entrepreneurs around the Globe and helping companies to build businesses with positive social impact. she’d love to share her experience with the LEADers, so we can have more businesses with social benefit practices.

Tosin, Rosemary, Erica, Patricia, Saul and Alina are part of the “Inspirational LEADERS” series that will be moderated by Jennifer on the 9th of March:
Inspirational LEADERS Series – Aspire to Inspire




Lisa Sibilia

Lisa Sibilia

Lisa, the Co-CEO of Youtopian, is leading human-centered, digital transformation in education & enterprise worldwide.

Upskilling talent at 10x speed using NYOUGENE, the world’s first omnichannel platform powered by disruptive innovations including AI (Artificial Intelligence) and eXtended Reality (XR).

She will hold a live session on the 9th of March: Intentionally Untitled to Levarage Uncertainty




Lloyd Minor

Lloyd B. Minor, MD

Lloyd B. Minor, MD, is a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader. He is the Dean of the Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since December 1, 2012.

He is also a professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and a professor of Bioengineering and of Neurobiology, by courtesy, at Stanford University.

In January 2020, Dr. Minor, with Matthew Rees, published the book Discovering Precision Health: Predict, Prevent, and Cure to Advance Health and Well-Being.

He will hold a live session on the 9th of March:
Discovering Precision Health




Todd Dewett

Dr. Todd Dewett

Dr. Todd Dewett is a best-selling leadership author, educator, and coach.

After beginning his career with Andersen Consulting and Ernst & Young, he completed his PhD in Organizational Behavior at Texas A&M University and enjoyed a career as an award-winning professor.

Today, he speaks, writes, coaches, and has created an educational library of courses enjoyed by millions of professionals in nearly every country in the world. Visit him online at http://www.drdewett.com.

He will hold a live session on the 9th of March:
Show your Ink




Hosni Zaouali

Hosni Zaouali is the President of the Ontario Cooperation Council. Hoss co-founded Me2We in 2015 and the Silicon Valley VC-BootCamp in 2018.

The VC Boot Camp’s mission is to build bridges between ecosystems around the world. Hoss wanted to help LEADers and executives turn good ideas into great businesses.

Hoss also created Tech-AdaptiKa, providing avatar-based virtual campuses to corporations and universities around the world. He will be talking about how the impact of COVID will resonate on the VC world for the next 3 years.

Gary Fowler

#VCBootCamp Speaker

“The AI Guy who creates Unicorns”

TedX Speaker

ForbesBooks Speaker

Sergio Letelier

#VCBootCamp Speaker

Vice President – Corporate, Securities and M&A at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

Deepti Pahwa

Deepti is owning the Design & Innovation space in Health equity & Humane Technology. She serves as CIO for a Healthtech (BIG Innovation award), Exec Creative Director/Co-host for Health Equity Innovation Podcast on Iheart Radio (100K+ downloads, 2 gold awards), Guest Speaker (IMD business school) – Digital Execution course, & building thought leadership on Digital Pandemic response with MIT Media Labs/ Harvard & Intelligent Health AI.

Her expertise is in bridging digital technologies to human needs, consumer insights (neuroscience) to behavioral science, & Emotional Brand architecture Design – a rare skill-set evolving from cross-industry intelligence. She uses powerful storytelling & communications in public health, and design for ethical frameworks, diversity, inclusion & equity to drive product and platform innovations, brand strategy & community narratives..

Edward Mundt

Edward have a track record of repeatedly establishing world-class global treasury functions and banking relationships, working capital optimization, internal controls, and operational efficiencies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas enabling growth and profitability.

He has served on the Steering Committee of the Federal Reserve’s Faster Payments Task Force. He hold both an M.B.A and a BA in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, and he has successfully completed Stanford GSB’s LEAD program in Corporate Innovation.

Additionally, he is a Certified Treasury Professional, Certified International Cash Manager and Certified Information Privacy Professional.

They will hold a live session on the 9th of March:
Resilient Start-Up’s – 2021 and beyond




Hilary Jordan

Assistant Director, Stanford Seed

Hillary helps match volunteer business consultants with entrepreneurs in Africa and India on projects that tackle specific challenges their company is facing.

Saskia Verraes

Saskia is in charge of the postgraduate course Leading Change for Good who helps those that want to do good find their purpose niche so that together we can accelerate creating a thriving future that is socially just, economically equitable and environmentally restorative.

Hilary and Saskia will hold a live session on the 9th of March:
Accelerate Positive Impact




Lucie Cabourdin

CEO Flammable

Lucie worked for 15 years in the audiovisual industry, creating TV content for audiences around the world. During her career, she had the opportunity to manage creatives from various backgrounds and as Banijay Group’s Global Head of Development, to energize the creativity of the world’s leading production company.

In 2020 she creates Flammable, a consulting firm dedicated to using creativity as a strategic business tool and a lever to foster innovation in any company, from any industry, creative or not. www.flammable.fr.

She will hold a live session on the 10th of March:
Connecting people through creativity: D.I.S.R.U.P.T.T.®




Eklavya Upadhyay

Eklavya Upadhyay

A versatile leader with 20 years of experience across businesses, technologies and geographies, Eklavya belongs to the Stanford LEAD Groundbreaker cohort.

Based in Seattle, he is a sports enthusiast who works at Accenture Strategy Consulting and spends his weekends teaching life skills and golf to kids.

He will hold a live session on the 10th of March:
Golf and Tough Times : Strategies from a Frustrating Sport




Carole Robin Ph.D.

Carole was the Dorothy J. King Lecturer in Leadership, Director of the Arbuckle Leadership Fellows Program and longtime teacher in Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business legendary Interpersonal Dynamics (aka Touchy Feely) course.

She was known as the Queen of Touchy Feely and received the MBA Distinguished Teaching Award. When she retired in 2017, a scholarship was established in her name.

Subsequently, she co-founded Leaders in Tech, a nonprofit which brings two decades of lessons to Silicon Valley startups.

David Bradford, Ph.D.

The Eugene O’Kelly II Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business where he taught for over 50 years.

He was the primary architect for the legendary “Touchy-Feely” course (aka Interpersonal Dynamics) which is one of the School’s flagship offerings. He introduced leadership to the GSB curriculum at the MBA and executive level by developing multiple courses and mentoring colleagues for nearly four decades.

David and Carole will hold a live session on the 10th of March:
Connect: Building Exceptional Relationships

David and Carole will provide us with an overview of what thousands of Stanford GSB alumni have learned in “Touchy Feely” over decades and are now in their book Connect as well as answer questions / provide tips on how to best apply the book’s valuable lessons.

We encourage people to buy and read the book prior to the session so as to get the very most out of it!

Order here for signed copies by David and Carole at a discount before February 12.

Connect is a book based on the legendary “Interpersonal Dynamics” course that David Bradford and Carole Robin taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Thousands of students affectionately referred to the class (the most popular elective in the School’s history) as “Touchy Feely”.




Ken Shotts

Stanford GSB Professor Ken Shotts 

Ken Shotts is the David S. and Ann M. Barlow Professor of Political Economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and Professor of Political Sciences at Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences. Professor Shotts uses game theory to analyze how elections and political institutions influence policy choices made by government officials. He has published papers on electoral accountability, presidential leadership, racial redistricting, term limits, policy entrepreneurship, and the politics of regulatory enforcement.

In LEAD, Professor Shotts teaches as part of the faculty team for the foundation course Principled and Purposeful Leadership..

He will hold a live session on the 10th of March:
Corporate Social Responsibility During a Crisis




Jean Oelwang

Jean is the founding CEO and President of Virgin Unite.  Over the last 17 years, she has worked with partners to lead the incubation and start-up of several global initiatives, including: The Elders, The B Team, The Carbon War Room (successfully merged with the RMI), Ocean Unite, The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator, 100% Human at Work, The Virgin Unite Constellation and The Branson Centres of Entrepreneurship.  She also played a key partner role in the incubation of many other initiatives such as The Audacious Project, The Africa Donor Collective and The New Now.

Jean has helped corporations put the wellbeing of people and the planet at their core, including working with over 25 Virgin businesses across 15 industries to help embed purpose in all they do.  Jean also served as a Partner in the Virgin Group leading their people strategy.  She was the joint CEO of Virgin Mobile in Australia prior to starting Virgin Unite.

She will hold a live session on the 10th of March: Courageous Collectives




Armine Abramyan

Armine Abramyan 

Armine has a demonstrated history of working in the banking and financial services industries where she focuses on providing financial consultation to individuals and business owners and outsources investment opportunities for wealth management groups.

She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Educational University in Moscow and graduated from Stanford GSB LEAD Executive Education with a Corporate Innovation Certificate.

She joined Silicon Valley Design Thinking Club in 2020 as a Director of Funding and is responsible for providing strategic direction and building partnerships with the investor community.

Juana-Catalina Rodriguez 

Juana Catalina is a Serial Intrapreneur and Entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in Innovation & Disruption. She has worked in several industries including Fast-moving Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Mobile Retail & Services, Cloud Storage Services, Digital Identities, Digital Transformation, and Social Innovation across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Juana-Catalina is also Author, Startup Advisor, Executive Coach, and Mentor.

She is currently a consultant for the Stanford GSB SEED – Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and Founder of non-profit beterre.life that helps users to reduce and replace plastic waste and JnC Nova. She holds a Bachelor in Engineering, M.S in Marketing, MBA, and has a corporate innovation certificate from Stanford’s LEAD program..

Abhijit Thosar

Abhijit is a design executive with a focus on design thinking to transform customer and enterprise experience. Over two decades, Abhijit has worked across continents, cultures and industries to help Fortune 100 brands innovate on product and service experiences, deliver business value and differentiate in the marketplace. Abhijit uses research to reframe problems, data to gain insights, and design to simplify complexity. Many of his projects have won industry awards and recognition in global markets for their measurable impact on customer experience and underlying business metrics. He has taught design and facilitated many Design Thinking workshops for clients across North America, Europe and Asia. He has been an early adopter and evangelist of Agile product design using Lean UX. Abhijit holds a Bachelors in Engineering and Masters in Industrial Design.

Abhijit joined VMware in 2019 as Product Design and Strategy leader where he works with cross-functional product teams to design and deliver end-to-end customer stories which often cut across VMware products and services. When he is not working, you will find Abhijit hiking the trails around the Bay Area, experimenting with food or traveling with his camera.

Harnish Jani

Harnish Jani is an innovation executive, digital transformation practitioner, award-winning designer and entrepreneur with 18 years of experience launching industry-first disruptions with a global roster of corporate partners that have substance, style, and story while transforming their internal innovation culture and optimizing the core business.

He presently serves as Partner and Director at BCG Digital Ventures, the corporate innovation and digital business-building arm of Boston Consulting Group. His expertise lies in driving the fuzzy-front end of innovation with equal rigor in operationalizing large-scale digital transformations. He has commercialized innovation efforts across 27 countries and launched 33 products spanning physical and digital mediums. His teams have been recognized with 11 design and strategy awards and he holds multiple US and international patents.

Dr. Francesca Zampollo

Francesca Zampollo is a Food Design researcher, consultant, teacher, and keen public speaker.

Francesca has a Ph.D. in Design Theory applied to Food Design and has spent the last eight years developing the Food Design Thinking methodology, as a food-specific branch of Design Thinking (food design thinking.org).

She is the founder of the Online School of Food Design© (onlineschooloffooddesign.org) where she teaches online courses on Food Design and Food Design Thinking. She is the founding editor of the International Journal of Food Design and the founder of the International Food Design Society. Francesca has organized the first, second, and third International Conference on Food Design, and has taught Food Design and Design Theory at London Metropolitan University and Auckland University of Technology

Keshav Pitani

Keshav Pitani (Catalyst cohort) has 20 years of experience in various R&D roles in Telecom, Aviation, Wireless, PC & Gaming industries.

He co-founded two telecom startups and was part of a gaming platform startup that was acquired by Bally Technologies. He has patents in Gaming, Wireless & Telecom technologies.

He is currently Vice President of Gaming at Sci Games.

Leonardo Mattiazzi

Leonardo Mattiazzi is a seasoned entrepreneur, and EVP of Innovation at CI&T, helping Fortune 1000 companies drive growth and continuous innovation across business, people, and technology.

With a pioneering spirit, Leonardo guides CI&T and its customers to be active participants and leaders in industry transformations. His focus is on identifying growth opportunities, fomenting intrapreneurial corporate culture, standing up and evolving the capabilities and organizational structures needed for enterprises to thrive and grow in a fast paced and customer-centric world, innovating consistently. With over 25+ years of experience, he is always looking for ways to use technology as a catalyst for business impact and outstanding customer experiences, and has been a featured speaker at professional conferences in the US, Europe, Japan and Brazil for almost two decades.

Armine, Juana-Catalina and Abhijit will moderate a panel on the 10th of March:
The power of Design thinking during crisis




Chris Vogt

Chris Vogt 

Chris Vogt is a Stanford LEAD graduate from the Vanguard cohort with a certificate in Personal Leadership. He is Director of Sales at ServiceNow where he leads a team in the success and support of a top, strategic client.

Previously, Mr. Vogt has served in enterprise sales and marketing positions at Salesforce, Cisco Systems, Avaya and AT&T.  Early in his career he worked in public relations in the financial district of New York City, and managed national touring concerts and events for a regional promoter which has since become Live Nation Entertainment. 

Mr. Vogt is co-founder of Pallyme, an early start-up relationship management application.  He holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science from Missouri State University.

He will hold a live session on the 10th of March:
Networking Tips to Connect to ‘Weak Ties’ to Get What You Want




Ana Popescu

Alchemist Yogi, Actress & Master of Sound Therapy, Entrepreneur – Founder Pawan Studio of – Yoga & Sound Healing, CEO Pawan Association – Yoga Teacher & Master of Sound Therapy – www.pawan.world – Actress & Acting Coach.

After a successful international career that included acting and dance, Ana found her way to yoga and rediscovered herself. This journey might seem unusual. But, in fact, it is not. In a way, dance is already a form of yoga since it allows you to get in touch with and express your body. And the same is true about acting, though from a different perspective. Acting is for your own self what dancing is for your body. It allows you to observe yourself from within, to learn more about yourself from the characters you play and to distance yourself from your ego. This journey has shaped her unique style of teaching – that of an Alchemist Yogi.

Beatrice Cord

GSB LEAD Women LEADers Investors & Advisors Europe Chapter: Co-Founder

Strategy, Sustainability and Business Growth Expert & Consultant

Founder & Strategy – Partner at Father CONSULTING

Sustainability & Investment Partner at WhyWeCraft

Sustainability, Entrepreneurship & Youth Development, Speaker

Aspen Young Leader Europe – Forbes 30 under 30, Europe – Stanford LEAD, Vanguard.

Ana and Beatrice will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Focus, Mind, Control & Vitality Meditation




Emilie White 

Emilie White is a LEAD Synergist who just couldn’t give up LEAD! She is a Course Facilitator on 5 LEAD courses and a participant on PPL.

She founded the Stanford GSB LEAD Europe Chapter to bring together those in, from and interested in Europe, to push innovation forwards faster.

She’s a Design Thinking convert, having gone so far as redesigning her life to go “office-less” long before the pandemic hit and confirmed this crazy choice as quite sane after all.

Her major interest is using online learning to break barriers to living your best life and learning the skills needed for a bright future.

Raja SAKOUAT 

Raja is a strong Independent lady who takes risks and accepts challenges with respect of family. Founder of IBDS-Consulting : a consulting company offering services in complex Projects Management, analytics and training. Opened to work all over the world by accepting international challenges.

Renewing oneself, constantly moving towards new horizons, developing skills: these have been her professional driving force for years. Thanks to her 15 years of expertise at SAP, she has been able to develop those various points and acquire expertise in cutting-edge fields. While being immersed in a collaborative work environment.

Raja wishes to use all her knowledge in new horizons and continue to discover more. We can’t talk about Raja without talking about her lovely children whom a big part of her inspiration.

Emilie and Raja will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Europe Day Kick-off & Welcome




Beatrice Cord

Beatrice is a multi-disciplinary strategist & social entrepreneur based between New York and Munich, with extensive international experience in public affairs, international communications and impactful programs & product development. A trained diplomat, Beatrice started her career working in different roles alongside the United Nations mainly focusing on youth empowerment and social entrepreneurship programs.  After running strategy and youth program management for the global consultancy company Richard Attias & Associates, part of WPP Group, and then establishing an innovation incubator for the tech consultancy startup Lateral Inc., she returned to Europe in the pursuit of starting a sustainable wellness platform focused on traditional and rediscovered plants. She strongly believes in the power of sustainable and circular business model, especially in the #newnormal paradigm we’re facing of setting new norms for the way we run businesses and reshape our economies by creating local opportunities and collaborating across systems and cultures.

Beatrice is currently undergoing Stanford LEAD Executive Program on Leadership and Innovation and is a Forbes 30u30 awardee and an Aspen Young Leader 2021 Edition.

Beatrice will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
MEMBERS FEATURE – Sustainability in Business / Challenges & Solutions




Deepti Pahwa

Bringing innovation in Health Equity & Humane Technologies. Using her expertise in human centred design, consumer insights (neuroscience), behavioral science, & Emotional Brand architecture she is creating powerful storytelling & communications in public health to “meet people where they are!”, She is also designing for ethical frameworks and accessible UI  in health-tech with foundations in diversity, inclusion & equity to drive product and platform innovations & community narratives.

Design, Brand & Innovation expert in Health equity & Humane Technologies – Chief Innovation Officer, Contakt World (Health-tech) – CF & Executive Coach – Stanford GSB LEAD, Design for Disruption & Power to Lead – Exec. Creative Director/Co-host, Health Equity Innovation Podcast – Digital Pandemic Response Core Team, MIT Media Labs – Stanford GSB LEAD LISA Founding Partner, (Lead Incubator & Start-up Accelerator) – Stanford GSB LEAD Europe Chapter: Trailblazer Core Team – Stanford GSB LEAD Switzerland Meet-ups: Founder – Stanford GSB LEAD Women LEADers Investors & Advisors Europe Chapter: Co-Founder – Intelligent Health AI, Speaker

Martina Nicodemo

Developing an operating model for managing innovation in Renewable energy, and playing a major role in the green shift. Martina works at Statraft, one of the biggest renewable energy producers in Europe . She is working to push innovation capabilities further by exploring opportunities that don’t yet exist, in the green transition.

Strategy and Innovation expert in the Energy industry (Oil & gas and Renewables)

Innovation and Business development manager, Statkraft (Renewable Energy)

Stanford GSB LEAD LISA Exec/Ops team, (LEAD Incubator & Start-up Accelerator)

Stanford GSB LEAD and Bocconi University alumni

Philip Brouwer

Socially

Creating a platform that will make it easier to find new people in your direct surroundings to go on a walk with. By building a startup that is contributing to innovations to help with the increased isolation and loneliness of people as well as the difficulty of meeting new people during the pandemic

Deepti, Martina and Philip will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Innovation in a time of disruption!!




Surabhi Gawde

Surabhi is a consultant in banking & financial services and she feels helping others and improving lives truly adds more meaning to life. Her earliest volunteering experience in organic farming near Bombay, India. Back in 2008, this was an eye opener to challenges of language, literacy and technology in social work. And since then, she has been supporting social work and causes.

She campaigned for gender equality and awareness of Sustainable Development Goals when the SDG were newly rolled out concepts. During her MBA, Surabhi participated in various social activities such as teaching basic computers in the village school, acquainting with households to guide in financial health and arranged for health camps. In recent times, the pandemic made time for online volunteering with the UN for plastic waste management for Cameroon. She hopes to continue exploring the social work and circular economy for a better sustainable world.

Massimo Mercuri 

Massimo Mercuri is a social entrepreneur and his main activity is helping people to make ideas come true. Born in Italy, raised in Mexico, lived and worked in several countries on three continents, Massimo has been a pioneer in digital engineering and innovation, education and scientific projects, gaining executive experience in different industries.

In 2019 he left the corporate world and transformed his lifestyle to win the battle against cancer. Since then he co-founded AlterContacts, a think tank registered at the United Nations as an NGO that acts as incubator for social impact initiatives. The first global initiative, “Lockdown Economy” was featured among the UN accelerated actions for the Sustainable Development Goals in the September 2020 report to the member states, as an example of “risk mitigation and recovery efforts during the COVID-19 crisis”. The think tank has been nominated for several awards, received bronze for “non-profit organization of the year 2020”, and the gold medal of “Heroes of the COVID-19” for the Lockdown Economy initiative.

Juana-Catalina Rodriguez 

Juana Catalina Rodriguez is a Serial Intrapreneur and Entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in Innovation & Disruption. She has worked in several industries including Fast-moving Consumer Goods, Financial Services, Mobile Retail & Services, Cloud Storage Services, Digital Identities, Digital Transformation, and Social Innovation across Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America. Juana-Catalina is also Author, Startup Advisor, Executive Coach, and Mentor.

She is currently a consultant for the Stanford GSB SEED – Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and Founder of a non-profit beterre.life that helps users to reduce and replace plastic waste and Nova a firm that works with start-ups, intra-entrepreneurs and other innovators to transform their ideas into business reality

Surabi, Juana-Catalina and Massimo will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Stories of Social Entrepreneuship – Inventing a New World




Eve Vlemincx

Eve is an experienced attorney-at-law (business law), researcher, part of the Stanford GSB LEAD Navigators cohort who lives in Belgium.

Her expertise is bridging her legal and business/leadership skills for human-centered design. She is passionate about purposeful leadership and legal innovation.  New ways of working and thinking.

As a lifelong learner, she is certified in Self-leadership (Vlerick Business School), Executive leadership (Oxford Saïd Business School), Negotiation (Harvard Business School), Organisational and strategic change management (Northwestern- Kellogg School of Management) and Mediation (ESSEC Business School).

Evangelos Koravos 

Evangelos is located in the Netherlands and did participate in the eXponents cohort, 2019-2020. He is currently a Customer Success Manager active in the Fintech industry. Experienced in B2B and B2C market practices with wide exposure in Processes’ Improvement, Account Management, Analytics/Reporting and Agile/Waterfall Project Management.

An avid reader of all things innovation and a great advocate of continuing learning having pursued various certificates at Harvard Business School Online, Insead Executive Education and University of London among others.

Eve and Evangelos will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Lunch Apart Yet together




Julia Samoylenko 

Julia Samoylenko is an intrapreneur with extensive corporate and global experience, who has lived and worked in 3 different countries and travelled to over 50 countries. She is also a VC investor focused on enterprise, consumer and frontier tech markets. Julia, a Stanford LEAD graduate, is based in Palo Alto, the heart of Silicon Valley and is currently building her company to empower female leaders across the globe.

J. Skyler (Sky) Fernandes

J. Skyler (Sky) Fernandes is ranked as a Powerlist 100 VC and is the Founder & General Partner of VU Venture Partners, a multi-stage venture capital fund focused on Consumer, Enterprise, Fintech, Frontier, Healthcare, and Property Tech. Sky is also the Founder & CEO of Venture University, the world’s leading investor accelerator for individuals breaking into venture capital, private equity, and angel investing.

Uros Lekic

Uros Lekic is a business consultant, advisor and mentor, working with founding teams and CEO’s to sharpen business models & value propositions, gain customer insights, create product-market fit, customer validation & testing success, and go-to-market strategies. He holds a PhD in engineering and is part of the LEAD Synthesizers cohort. He was previously  a corporate executive, an entrepreneur and a cofounder. He lives between Amsterdam and Dubai..

Julia, Skyler and Uros will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
7 steps to becoming a successful VC/PE Investor




Najeeb Khan 

Najeeb is the founder of Teamland, a remote team party platform. His platform has hosted events for teams like Disney, Amazon, and Expedia. He’s also an author and has been featured in Forbes, TEDx, and Huffington Post.

Najeeb and Juana-Catalina will organize two escape games on the 11th of March:
Escape, Bond & Connect
S1S2




Deepti Pahwa

GSB LEAD Women LEADers Investors & Advisors Europe Chapter: Co-Founder

Design, Brand & Innovation expert in Health Equity & Humane Technologies

Chief Innovation Officer, Contakt World (Health-tech) – CF & Executive Coach – Stanford GSB – LEAD, Design for Disruption & Power to Lead – Exec. Creative Director/Co-host, Health Equity Innovation Podcast – Digital Pandemic Response Core Team, MIT Media Labs – Founding Partner, Stanford GSB LEAD LISA (Lead Incubator & Start-up Accelerator) – GSB LEAD Europe Chapter: Trailblazer Core Team – GSB LEAD Switzerland Meet-ups: Founder – Intelligent Health AI, Speaker

Beatrice Cord

GSB LEAD Women LEADers Investors & Advisors Europe Chapter: Co-Founder

Strategy, Sustainability and Business Growth Expert & Consultant

Founder & Strategy – Partner at Father CONSULTING

Sustainability & Investment Partner at WhyWeCraft

Sustainability, Entrepreneurship & Youth Development, Speaker

Aspen Young Leader Europe – Forbes 30 under 30, Europe – Stanford LEAD, Vanguard.

Deepti and Beatrice will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
European Women Changemakers United




Melissa Bryant 

Melissa Bryant is the UK Media Lead for the World Bank, designing high-impact communication strategies and building awareness and support for its development work around the world.

A former journalist, Melissa is committed to highlighting the perspectives of the most marginalised communities to a global audience and has worked at international organisations such as Amnesty International and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Melissa also leads a diaspora-focused charitable network of UK-based young professionals aimed at giving back to St. Kitts and Nevis, the idyllic Caribbean nation where she grew up.

Emilie White 

Emilie White is a LEAD Synergist who just couldn’t give up LEAD! She is a Course Facilitator on 5 LEAD courses and a participant on PPL.

She founded the Stanford GSB LEAD Europe Chapter to bring together those in, from and interested in Europe, to push innovation forwards faster.

She’s a Design Thinking convert, having gone so far as redesigning her life to go “office-less” long before the pandemic hit and confirmed this crazy choice as quite sane after all.

Her major interest is using online learning to break barriers to living your best life and learning the skills needed for a bright future.

Melissa and Emilie will organize a live session on the 11th of March:
Europe Day Grand Finale




Stanford GSB Professor Joel Peterson

You’re invited to join Joel Peterson, the Robert L. Joss Adjunct Professor of Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business, who some of you have heard from in LEAD’s Principled and Purposeful Leadership or Foundations of Leadership courses. Joel is the Chairman of the Board of Overseers at the Hoover Institution at Stanford, as well as the Chairman of the Board at JetBlue Airways. He has served on more than three dozen boards over the past 45 years, most notable among them being The Dallas Market Center, Texas Commerce Bank (Dallas), and Asurion. He currently serves on the boards of Franklin Covey and Packsize. Since 1992, Joel Peterson has taught courses in real estate, entrepreneurship, and leadership at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Peterson’s course focus is presently on the effective management and leadership of growing businesses. His abiding interest, however, is in students and the important decisions they will make in the business world and in their personal lives.

He will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Coffee Chat




Stanford GSB Professor Haim Mendelson

You’re invited to join Stanford GSB Professor Haim Mendelson, who teaches two courses in LEAD: Critical Analytical Thinking, and Business Model Analysis and Design. Professor Mendelson is the Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Professor of Electronic Business and Commerce, and Management at Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has been full professor at Stanford since 1989, following ten years of service at the Graduate School of Management at the University of Rochester. He has published extensively in the fields of organization theory and human resource management. His current research focuses on the effects of work environments on human health and well-being, power and leadership in organizations, evidence-based management, the knowing-doing gap, and how thinking of time like money affects people’s choices about spending time in ways that promote unhappiness.

He will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Coffee Chat




Stanford GSB Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer

You’re invited to join Stanford GSB Professor Jeffrey Pfeffer, who teaches LEAD’s Building Power to Lead course. Professor Pfeffer  is the Thomas D. Dee II Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University where he has taught since 1979. He has published extensively in the fields of organization theory and human resource management. His current research focuses on the effects of work environments on human health and well-being, power and leadership in organizations, evidence-based management, the knowing-doing gap, and how thinking of time like money affects people’s choices about spending time in ways that promote unhappiness.

He will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Coffee Chat




Emilie White 

Emilie White is a LEAD Synergist who just couldn’t give up LEAD! She is a Course Facilitator on 5 LEAD courses and a participant on PPL.

She founded the Stanford GSB LEAD Europe Chapter to bring together those in, from and interested in Europe, to push innovation forwards faster.

She’s a Design Thinking convert, having gone so far as redesigning her life to go “office-less” long before the pandemic hit and confirmed this crazy choice as quite sane after all.

Her major interest is using online learning to break barriers to living your best life and learning the skills needed for a bright future.

Jacco Kort

Jacco is central Product Owner Commercial Cards. Prior to this role, he was Head of Product Commercial Cards within ING. The ING Commercial Cards product coverage spans travel and expense and purchase to pay solutions for clients in the SME, Mid corporate public and corporate sector.

He has over 19 year’s experience in banking and an extensive background in Retail and Wholesale payments, product management, marketing, issuing and acquiring. This includes several product launches, post-merger integrations, and high-profile strategic projects within the payment space.

Jacco acts as a course facilitator for Strategic Leadership, Financing Innovation, and has acquired the LEAD certificates for Corporate Innovation (Venturer) and Personal Leadership (VanGuard).

Emilie and Jacco will organize a live session on the 11th of March:
Raise a Virtual Glass




Stanford GSB Strategic Communication Lecturer Matt Abrahams

You’re invited to join Stanford GSB Strategic Communication Lecturer Matt Abrahams, who some of you have heard from in LEAD’s Principled and Purposeful Leadership or Foundations of Leadership courses. Matt would love to hear about your communication successes and challenges as well as discuss the Think Fast Talk Smart podcast he hosts for the GSB.

He will hold a live session on the 11th of March:
Coffee Chat




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