Vice President of Employee Experience, HUGO BOSS
Rashmi Verma works as the Vice President of Employee Experience at HUGO BOSS, embodying a people-centric and collaborative working style. She joined the Company in 2021 as the first global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion leader.
Rashmi is driven by her passion to make the world more equitable and inclusive. A highly adept influencer, she inspires and steers the diversity and inclusion strategy throughout the entire organization.
Prior to HUGO BOSS, Rashmi worked in technology industry for more than 19 years across three different continents – Asia, America and Europe. She spent over 10 years working at SAP in varied roles, in which she was also driving DE&I topics.
Dean, IE Business School
Lee Newman is Dean of IE Business School and a professor of Behavioral Science and Leadership at IE University in Madrid, Spain.
His work and interests center on Behavioral Fitness and Positive Leadership, and in particular, on translating and applying behavioral science to help professionals optimize their performance in the workplace. Imagine an organization in which employees at all levels can out-think and out-behave the competition, over and over again. This is a company with a behavioral advantage, and Dr. Newman’s professional mission is to help individuals and companies achieve this type of advantage.
Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Dr. Newman served as an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company in Chicago and was a founder and senior manager in two technology-based startups in New York City.
Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
Tania Zulu Holt is global co-leader of McKinsey’s Public & Social Sector Practice and a senior partner based in London.
She leads McKinsey’s healthcare activities across Africa, motivated by a personal passion for extending access to affordable and high-quality healthcare services and products. She works at the intersection between private companies, governments, and social stakeholders across the whole continent, and has on-the-ground experience across more than 20 countries to date.
Tania is passionate about diversity in organizations–and is a co-author of McKinsey’s highly acclaimed “Women Matter Africa” how companies with a greater share of women on their boards of directors and executive committees tend to perform better financially.
Prior to joining McKinsey, Tania worked with the Danish Ministry of Health.
Ambassador Alan Leventhal
United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark
Alan Leventhal was credentialed as the United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Denmark by Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II on July 1, 2022.
Prior to appointment as Ambassador, Leventhal was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Capital Partners. He previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Beacon Properties Corporation, a publicly traded real estate investment company that was merged with Equity Office Properties in 1997.
Leventhal is the former Chair of the Board of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation where he also served on the Executive Committee. He was an Executive Committee and life member of MIT and Trustee Emeritus of Boston University where he had served as Chair from 2004 to 2008.
Chief Economist, UBS Global Wealth Management
Paul Donovan is Chief Economist of UBS Global Wealth Management. He joined UBS back in 1992 as an intern economist working in the investment bank. As Chief Economist he sits on the House View Investment Forum, and is a UBS Opinion Leader and a member of UBS Pride and the UBS Art Board. He is also a Fellow of the UBS Sustainability and Impact Institute. Paul has been actively involved in the UBS Nobel Perspectives program and is a supporter of the UBS Women in Economics program.
Paul has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford university and an MSc in Financial Economics from the University of London. He is also an Honorary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford and sits on their investment committee and development board. He is a member of the research advisory board of Open for Business, a commissioner on the Institute of Directors’ diversity commission, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Chief Economists’ Community and Global Future Council on growth.
News Anchor and Moderator
Ulla Essendrop is an experienced, international moderator, and an award winning TV presenter, who anchors the news on the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. She holds a master degree in Communication & Media Science, and has nearly 20 years of experience in the TV-industry, and has appeared on live television in front of 80 million viewers around the globe. She has won awards, and interviewed state leaders, thought leaders, CEOs of international companies, celebrities and other renowned profiles throughout her career such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, football coach Sir Alex Ferguson, tennis player Serena Williams, et al.
Clement Behrendt Kjersgaard
Having worked for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation since 2004 Clement is one of the most well-known broadcasters in Denmark, including his 14 years anchoring the weekly flagship show “Debatten” (which he relaunched in 2010 and has hosted since). He has also anchored the daily news magazine “Deadline” along with talk shows and interview programs spanning both politics, the arts and pop culture.
He is the founder and publisher of the Danish current affairs magazine RÆSON, the history magazine ÆRA and the annual Festival of Knowledge. At the age of 35 he was awarded the Danish Publicist Prize and his shows have won three Danish Television Awards.
Tine Arentsen Willumsen
Founder and CEO at Above & Beyond Group
Tine Arentsen Willumsen is the Founder of Above & Beyond Group, the creator of The Diversity Council, as well as the mind behind The Womenomics Nordic DE&I Conference. The Group is also behind Above & Beyond Academy which provides world-class leadership programs, for large corporates. Tine is also the author or the business book, ‘Womenomics: Gender Diversity and the Rise of Female-Driven Growth Potential’.
Prior to establishing Above & Beyond, she had an international career abroad for 23 years with, among others, the diamond conglomerate De Beers and Bang & Olufsen where she was Marketing Director and heading 30 markets internationally.
Tine is also the Founder and Chair of Sisterhood Foundation, a charity which supports girls and women in India with scholarships, training and micro-financing.
Tine holds a Bachelor from Singapore and an MBA from ESSEC Business School in Paris.