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2011 TOP 100 THOUGHT LEADERS in Europe and the Middle East

 
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Trust Across America(tm) (TAA), setting a standard for trustworthy business behavior, and the Centre for Sustainability & Excellence (CSE), a leading global advisory and coaching organization providing sustainability solutions, have selected 2011's "Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior in Europe and the Middle East". These people collectively represent a group that can genuinely transform and reverse the cycle of mistrust in business.

Nikos Avlonas, President of CSE said: "I am truly honored to be involved in an initiative which recognizes individuals who attempt to bring change in a constructive and sustainable way, especially today where the financial and social crises in Europe and Middle East have a significant impact on the economy and society".

(presented alphabetically)

  1. Laurent Abadie, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Panasonic Europe - Under the guidance of Abadie, Panasonic announced its ?eco ideas’ strategy to accelerate its activities and realize the business vision “Coexistence with the global environment.” In 2011, Panasonic was named Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. www.panasonic.com

  2. Zein Abdalla, Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo Europe - Abdalla and his team have introduced a new policy to the company that reflects the philosophy: “Performance with Purpose”, which means delivering sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet. He is the President of the Union of European Beverages Associations, UNESDA (representing the non-alcoholic drinks industry in Europe) and a Board member of CIAA (Confederation of the food and drink industries of the European Union. www.pepsico.com

  3. Charles Ainger, Professor, University of Cambridge - Charles has part-time roles as Visiting Professor in graduate teaching in change for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, and as Sustainable Development Director for MWH's UK Operations. Since 1997 he has worked to introduce sustainable development concepts and strategies into engineering and business. www.cam.ac.uk

  4. Akbar Al Baker, CEO, Qatar Airways – He has been instrumental in shaping the development of Qatar Airways into one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed airlines in the world. A highly motivated leader focused on making the world’s first commercial passenger flight powered by a fuel made from natural gas. m.qatarairways.com

  5. Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO, L’Oreal - Jean-Paul Agon's career is like the man himself: energetic, unwavering and constructive, always leading to tangible results. Leading the Sustainable policy of the company, his concentration is on creating economic prosperity and generating value in society. www.loreal.com/_en/_ww/index.aspx

  6. Othman Ibrahim Al-Issa, Chairman, United Arab Shipping Company - Othman joined United Arab Shipping Company in 2005 as a member of the company’s Board of Directors, representing the State of Kuwait. He has successfully introduced an environmental policy to the company, which strives toward enhancing the environment in which it operates, through the use of its resources, optimized operations and waste management. www.uasc.net

  7. Habiba Al Marashi, Chairholder, Emirates Environmental Group - She founded EEG in 1991, turning the organization into a globally renowned network. EEG became the world’s first environmental NGO to be accredited with the ISO 14001 certification and is the only civil society organization in the region accredited by UNEP and UNCCD. www.eeg-uae.org

  8. Mahmoud M. Al Turkistani, Vice President, National Commerce Bank (NCB), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - Mahmoud is a passionate leader of one of the largest Social Foundations in Saudi Arabia. Through his guidance and planning, he has been able to link NCB to many programs that benefit the country both short and long term. www.alahli.com/en-US/Pages/NCBHomePage.aspx

  9. Faten Al Yafi, Senior Executive Director – CSR, PR & Corporate Services, Savola Group - Faten Al Yafi has more than 30 years experience in the private and public sectors including the educational sector where she served as the Vice Dean of Effat College in Jeddah. Al Yafi is also an active member of the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Foundation CSR team and is the only Gulf national on the Regional Task Force for Corporate Social Responsibility, which is an initiative launched by the Ministry of Investment in Egypt to build the practice of CSR in the region. www.savola.com

  10. Mohammad Al Zuhair, Representative, Kuwait Transparency Association - Dr. Al-Zuhair is currently an Assistant Professor of Finance & International Business at the College of Business Administration (CBA), Kuwait University (KU), and an Advisor to the Director of the Government Performance Monitoring Agency (GPMA) in the State of Kuwait. His work with the Kuwait Transparency Association aims to establish better Corporate Governance practices with the objective of achieving greater transparency. www.transparency-kuwait.org

  11. Nils Smedegaard Andersen, Group CEO and Partner, Maersk - Mr. Nils Smedegaard Andersen has been the Group Chief Executive Officer of A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S and also serves as its Member of Executive Board. Under his support, Maersk has started to build more energy efficient vessels and lead the industry in a new and more environmentally friendly direction. www.maersk.com

  12. Dr. Iman Bibars, Co-founder and Chair, The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women - She has dedicated her life to working with marginalized and voiceless groups: female heads of households in Egypt's poorest areas, street children, street vendors and garbage collectors. Lastly, Iman is herself a social entrepreneur, co-founding and currently chairing The Association for the Development and Enhancement of Women. www.adew.org/en/

  13. Yury E Blagov, Director of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Center for Corporate Social Responsibility & Associate Professor, Strategic and International Management Department, St. Petersburg University - Prof. Blagov represents a leading figure in Russia in the dissemination of CSR principles and “sustainable” ways of conducting business. Via his tireless efforts, the Center aims to educate and advance the national managerial elite strongly committed to the idea of implementing the principles of social responsibility and sustainable development in Russian companies and respecting interests of all stakeholders. eng.spbu.ru

  14. Peter Blom, CEO & Chairman of the Board of Management, Triodos Bank Group - Peter Blom was jointly responsible for establishing one of the first centers in the Netherlands for organic food, including an organics shop, restaurant and information center in Amsterdam. Peter Blom was awarded the Dutch Royal distinction of Knight of Oranje Nassau in 2008 for his contribution to social banking and sustainability. www.triodos.com

  15. Marijo Bos, President and Strategic Partnerships, European Professional Women’s Network - Marijo Bos is a founding member of European PWN Spain and has 20 years experience in human capital and talent management. She is Managing Director of Bos Advisors which supports multinational companies in strengthening their leadership capabilities to achieve individual and high team performance. www.europeanpwn.net

  16. Mark Bradley, Director CR & Public Affairs, TNT - His commitment to the company as well as his personal efforts to promote sustainable means of conducting every day business, have recognized him among his peers. Under his guidance, TNT has evolved in a mature entity vis-à-vis Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility. Mark’s result driven efforts to connect and motivate people (whether they include TNT members or TNT external stakeholders) have acknowledged the organization’s work towards the long-term goal of developing a sustainable business. www.tnt.com

  17. Richard Branson, CEO and founder, Virgin - In 2007, Sir Branson announced the creation of a new Global science and technology prize to the individual or group able to demonstrate a commercially viable design which will result in the net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases. Sir Branson has recently pledged all profits from his Virgin air and rail interests over the next 10 years to combating rising global temperatures. www.virgin.com

  18. Michael Braungart, Founder, Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency & co-Founder, McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) - Professor Dr. Michael Braungart is a founder of EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH, Hamburg. He has been conducting research in the field of eco-effective products - products and processes that are conceived of in close loop systems and are not harmful for people and the environment. www.mbdc.com

  19. Chebel Bsaibes, CEO & President of Amana Contracting and Steel Buildings – He has over 30 years of experience in the design and construction of industrial projects. Through several activities he has led the company’s pioneering philanthropic and environmental initiatives. Most noteworthy are Mr. Bsaibes efforts to promote initiatives and invest in the social development of Abu. www.amanabuildings.com

  20. Valeria Budinich, Ashoka, Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Initiative - Valeria Budinich is a social entrepreneur who has worked in the creation and expansion of new businesses with social impact. At Ashoka, she founded the Full Economic Citizenship (FEC) Initiative, a global initiative enabling large commercial alliances between social entrepreneurs and private companies to deliver products and services to small producers and low-income families. www.ashokaglobalizer.org

  21. Pierre Cachet, President, European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) - Mr. Pierre Cachet is leading the international EFQM team towards Sustainable Excellence. Pierre Cachet joined EFQM from one of EFQM's members, EDF. He has extensive managerial and business experience in strategy development, operations and HR. Most importantly, via his role as President of EFQM, he is a key information disseminator of Sustainable Quality Management practices throughout Europe and the world. www.efqm.org/en/

  22. Jan Chmiel, Chief Executive, IEMA - Jan was appointed as Chief Executive of IEMA in November 2009. His strong background specializes in building, managing and leading businesses in the energy and sustainability sectors. As a Director in previous roles, Jan has been responsible for developing and implementing strategies for sustainable energy. www.iema.net

  23. Elaine Cohen, CEO of Beyond Business Ltd - Elaine Cohen is the Joint CEO of BeyondBusiness Ltd, a leading CSR consulting and reporting firm, offering a wide range of consulting services for the strategic development of social and environmental responsibility of businesses, reporting and assurance using the GRI and Accountability frameworks, and reporting on application of Global Compact principles. www.greeneconomypost.com

  24. Delphine Couzi, Operations Director, Eurostar - Delphine joined Eurostar in January 2008 as Operations Director. She is currently responsible for Operations Delivery, including Operations, Safety and Rolling Stock. Prior to joining Eurostar, Delphine spent 18 years at SNCF in Operational roles. In June 2010 Delphine was awarded the ‘Ordre national du Mérite au grade de Chevalier' in honor of her contribution to the rail industry. www.eurostar.com

  25. Anders Dahlvig, President & CEO, IKEA - Anders Dahlvig is President of the IKEA Group, since April 1999. He is a member of ERRT (European Retail RoundTable). He has been a key speaker at Greenpeace, IVL (Swedish Environmental Research Institute), and Global Compact conferences among others. www.ikea.com

  26. Juergen H. Daum, Founder and President, International Institute of Enterprise – Heidelberg (IIOE) - Jürgen H. Daum is Management and CFO adviser, an expert on finance and performance management, and is regarded as a thought leader in sustainable enterprise management, leadership and business innovation. www.iioe.eu

  27. Etienne Davignon, President, CSR Europe - Mr. Davignon is President of CSR Europe, Europe’s business network for corporate social responsibility (CSR). In addition, he is the Chairman of key development organizations aiming to promote a sustainable development, such CMB, Recticel, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Fondation P.-H. Spaak, the Royal Institute for International Relations, Ichec and the Bilderberg Meetings. www.csreurope.org

  28. Kelwyn Davies, Head of Corporate Responsibility at ALDAR - His remit covers CR obligations across ALDAR Group activities. A Chartered Civil Engineer with over 32 years of experience, Kelwyn is a designated European Engineer (EurIng), and has worked in numerous countries in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is keen to embrace new ideas which aim to balance sustainability with building development. Most importantly, he is keen to promoting ways businesses can foster responsible business practices in the Arab world. www.aldar.com

  29. Henry Derwent, President and CEO, IETA – International Emissions Trading - Previously, as international climate change Director for the UK Government, he oversaw the UK’s role in the international negotiations, in the G8 (especially as Prime Minister's special Representative during the UK G8 Presidency in 2005) and in other forums. www.ieta.org

  30. Paul Dickinson, Chairman, Carbon Disclosure Project - He founded CDP in 2000 having previously founded and developed Rufus Leonard Corporate Communications and, more recently, EyeNetwork, the largest videoconference service in Europe. Member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Author of various publications including 'Beautiful Corporations'. www.cdproject.net

  31. Serdan Dinler, President Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey – He is the President of the CSR Association in Turkey and the Director, Life Long Learning Centre at Kadir Has University. As a social entrepreneur he actively promotes CSR Practices and knowledge to organizations forming Turkey’s private, social and third sectors. www.csrturkey.org

  32. Tom Ehr, Director, MTV Foundation - Tom is the Executive Producer of MTV EXIT, MTV’s multi-platform European Campaign to End Exploitation and Trafficking. Tom also served as President and Executive Director of international children’s assistance organization War Child USA, where he secured implementation of a $1 million donation from Luciano Pavarotti to the UNHCR to assist Kosovar refugees. www.mtvexit.org

  33. Olivier Giscard D' Estaing, President de la Fundation INSEAD - He is Chairman of the INSEAD Foundation. He has served as a member of the French Parliament of the North Atlantic Parliament and a member of the “Conseil Economique et Social de France” and mayor of Estaing (Aveyron). INSEAD, itself an entrepreneurial organization, is keen to contribute to this growing field by educating the next generation of social entrepreneurial leaders. www.insead.edu

  34. Stephen Elop, President & CEO, Nokia - A Canadian citizen, Elop is the first non-Finn to be named CEO of Nokia. In addition to his leadership in Nokia, he also supports various youth projects aiming to promote education for all children. www.nokia.com

  35. Thomas Enders, President and Chief Executive Officer, Airbus - In 2008, the company created the Airbus Corporate Foundation which manages all of its charitable activities around the world, and brings together the international employee network with associations and other international organizations. www.airbus.com

  36. Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist - His special report on CSR, “Just good business”, was published in 2008. He has covered the great European upheavals, from the collapse of communism to the signing of the Maastricht treaty and American politics. He helped to transform a traditional print publisher into an online business providing continuously updated country analysis and forecasts. www.economist.com

  37. Luisa Gentile, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Vodafone Qatar - The highlight of Luisa’s career in Qatar is undoubtedly the launch Vodafone Qatar’s award-winning CSR initiative, ‘Better World: Make the World a Better Place with Everything we Do’. Luisa displays a special passion for supporting women’s causes and her latest achievement is the publication of ‘Vodafone Women in Qatar: the insight story’ in cooperation with Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing. www.vodafone.com.qa

  38. Andre Giacini de Freitas, Managing Director, Forest Stewardship Council, Germany - A forester by training, Andre Giacini de Freitas has extensive background in forest certification. Andre de Freitas has joined a panel of thought-leaders from paramount certification labels in a discussion set to define the agenda of ethical certification into the next decade. www.fsc.org

  39. Ignacio Galan, Chairman, Iberdrola - Over recent years, he has received numerous awards including that of Executive of the year 2006 from Platts, three awards as best CEO in investor relations from IR Magazine and four others for the best top executive in the utilities sector from European Investor Relations Market Report. www.iberdrola.es

  40. Amancio Ortega Gaona, Executive Chairman, Inditex Group - He is a fashion designer and entrepreneur. He began his textile manufacturing operations in 1963, focusing on the importance of getting high quality, affordable products, directly to the consumer. He keeps a low profile, never grants interviews and lives a very private life. Although he avoids the financial intricacies of the publicly traded company, he still enjoys designing and working with the details of fashion. www.inditex.com

  41. David Grayson CBE, Chair of Corporate Responsibility & Director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility – He joined Cranfield as Director of the new Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility in April 2007, after a thirty year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. www.som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/p9346/Research/Research-Centres/Doughty-Centre-for-Corporate-Responsibility/Whats-New

  42. Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul, Founder, CSR Middle East Platform - Dr. Fatih Mehmet Gul is a multi-sector experienced CSR expert for today’s good business practices. He is the founder of CSR Middle East platform, has written articles and given speeches around the world. He has been involved in UN Projects, EU Projects and International Projects where he mostly dealt with sustainable development, budgeting and administration. www.csrmiddleeast.com

  43. Jeremy Hobbs, Executive Director, Oxfam International - Jeremy Hobbs became Executive Director of Oxfam International in October 2001, having served on the Oxfam International Board since its inception in 1996. Jeremy was on the Board of the Australian Council for Overseas Aid (ACFOA) from 1997 - 2001 and was a Director Community Aid Abroad’s subsidiaries Community Aid Abroad Trading and International Development Support Services. www.oxfam.org

  44. Annelies Hodge, CSR Manager, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She has 14 years of professional experience in CSR, consulting, business development, organizational change, marketing and stakeholder engagement while working in Europe, North America, Australia-Pacific and the Middle East. www.dubaichamber.com

  45. Prof. Arjen Y. Hoekstra, Scientific director, Water Footprint Network - Arjen Hoekstra is Professor in Multidisciplinary Water Management at the University of Twente and Scientific Director of the Water Footprint Network. Hoekstra is one of the creators of the water footprint concept. www.waterfootprint.org

  46. César Alierta Izuel, Chairman, Telefonica - César has received the Americas Society Gold Medal in recognition of his important contribution to the growth and development of Latin America as well "The Global Spanish Entrepreneur" from the Spanish/US Chamber of Commerce. www.telefonica.com

  47. Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Head, Easy Group Companies - He is the owner of easyGroup, which part-owns easyJet Airline Company PLC, the operator of easyJet airline. Stelios has expanded his dedication to making a difference to society by launching a number of philanthropic initiatives supporting entrepreneurship, higher education and environmental sustainability. www.easy.com

  48. Andy Hobsbawm, Founder, Green Thing, Everything - Andy Hobsbawm established the first international Internet agency in 1994 and was a founding director of leading British new media company Online Magic which merged with Agency.com in 1997. He is the co-founder of Green Thing and Everything and is currently a digital media consultant and non-executive director. Previously he was European MD then Chairman of Agency.com until 2009. www.dothegreenthing.com/team

  49. Michael Hopkins, CEO and Chairman of MHC International - Michael is CEO and Chairman of MHC International Ltd., a research and service company that specializes in social development issues for the public and private sector alike. Michael’s focus is in two main areas: Labor markets and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). www.mhcinternational.com

  50. Dennis Jönsson, CEO & President, Tetra Pak - He joined Tetra Pak in Lund, Sweden in 1982 and has served in several managerial posts in the group, including Managing Director of Tetra Pak in Panama, Mexico and the USA. He and his team work with nature to protect climate by favoring renewable resources, working with WWF to ensure meeting the highest standards in resource renewal, and minimizing net contribution to climate change. www.tetrapak.com

  51. Amanda Jordan, Joint Chair of Corporate Citizenship - Amanda’s career began in the voluntary sector in policy and campaigning. That background made her move into the corporate sector. At NatWest she was able to develop a strategic focus for community involvement, inventing the concept of financial literacy and being in the vanguard of employee involvement. www.corporate-citizenship.co.uk

  52. Andrew P Kakabadse, Professor of International Management Development, Cranfield University. His current areas of interest focus on improving the performance of top executives and top executive teams, excellence in consultancy practice, leadership, corporate governance, conflict resolution and international relations. www.cranfield.ac.uk

  53. Beulah Keane, International Plan A Manager for Marks and Spencer, UK - Beulah Keane has managed projects such as zero construction waste to landfill, Climate Change Adaptation in the UK, and investigating embodied carbon in M&S' design and shell specifications. She has also been involved in the creation and delivery of certified sustainability training. Beulah has been a key player in setting up the strategy and delivery plan on how to engage Marks & Spencer's International partners to help put Plan A on the map. www.marksandspencer.com

  54. Khaled Khalifa, Head of Middle East – Asia Bureau UN IRIN News Service, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, UAE - Khaled Khalifa heads the United Nation’s IRIN News Bureau that covers Asia and the Middle East. IRIN is a project of the United Nations Office for Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA). He led humanitarian operations in various settings of natural disasters and complex emergencies. www.tcf-me.com

  55. Dr. Alan Knight, Founder, Single Planet Living - He is an independent advisor to Companies and Government on sustainability development, works with Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership on natural resources, is a director of the Forest Trust and founder of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO). www.singleplanetliving.com

  56. Mustafe V. Koç, Chairman, Koç Group - Mr. Koç is a member of the Istanbul Chamber of Industry and member of the Board of Trustees of the Educational Volunteers Foundation. Conscious of the importance of social responsibility and its leading role in the society, the Group invests predominantly in education, health, culture, arts and environment. www.koc.com.tr

  57. Alissa Koldertsova, Corporate Affairs Division, OECD - Ms. Alissa Koldertsova is a Policy Analyst in the Corporate Affairs Division of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. She is responsible for managing OECD's activities on corporate governance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including coordinating regional and country-specific roundtables and publications. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications including a book released by the OECD in 2008 on Private Sector Development in the Middle East and North Africa and a Policy Brief on Corporate Governance of Banks in the Middle East and North Africa published in 2009. www.oecd.gr

  58. Bruno Lafont, Director, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LaFarge - In 2006, Bruno became Chief Executive Officer at LaFarge, subsequently launching the "Excellence 2008" strategic plan, making the Group the best in its sector. Bruno Lafont is co-chairman of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative. He also co chairs the Energy Efficiency in Buildings initiative launched with United Technologies under the aegis of the WBCSD. www.lafarge.com

  59. Par Larshans, Chief Sustainability Officer, Max Burgers - Pär Larshans is Chief Sustainability officer at Max Hamburger Restaurants - a Swedish, family owned fast-food company founded in 1968. As well as his work at Max, Pär also lectures on behalf of the Swedish foreign ministry/Swedish Institute. In this capacity, he works with leaders from China, Russia and many other countries on sustainable leadership in both business and society. www.max.se/en

  60. Bertrand Lebel, Executive Vice President for organization and sustainable development, Air France-KLM – As a Secretary of the Executive Committee of Air France-KLM in charge of strategic planning for the Air France-KLM group he has actively endorsed and supported a sustainability agenda aiming to minimize greenhouse gas emissions generated by its aircraft engines. www.airfrance.com

  61. Ernst Ligteringen, CEO, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - Ernst Ligteringen is Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an international organization with a mission to make sustainability reporting standard practice, driving its vision of a sustainable global economy. Ligteringen has been Chief Executive of GRI since 2002, when GRI was established as an independent organization with an international Secretariat in Amsterdam. www.globalreporting.org

  62. Momo Mahadav, General Manager, Business for Social Responsibility in Israel - Business for Social Responsibility, is Israel’s leading advocate for CSR and good corporate citizenship. Maala is a non-profit membership organization that serves as an advocate, consultant, educator and facilitator, encouraging corporations to identify opportunities for creating shared value, promoting environmentally sound practices, social accountability and transparent reporting. www.maala.org.il/en/home/a/main/

  63. Patrick Mallon, Field Director, Business in the Community - Patrick has nearly 20 years experience working on Corporate Responsibility issues having worked with some of the leading listed companies in the UK. As the Field Director at Business in the Community (BITC) he has oversight responsibility for BITC’s operations throughout the UK. www.bitc.org.uk

  64. Dr. Klaus Maier, executive Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Cars - Klaus P. Maier has been Chief Executive Officer of Smart Gmbh since February 2007. Mr. Maier serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Mercedes-Benz (China) Ltd. He promotes innovative technologies for environmentally sound mobility such as the BLUETEC emission treatment system. www.mercedes-benz.comt

  65. Pierre Mazeau, Chef de mission RSE à la Direction Development Durable du groupe EDF - Pierre has worked for years at France’s electricity utility, Electricité de France (EDF) and currently he is the organization’s CSR manager at the Sustainable development department at the corporate level. He is also the secretary of the EDF Group’ social responsibility network. He is involved in several international Social Responsibility initiatives such as GRI and UNEP/SETAC life cycle initiative. www.edf.com

  66. Clare Melford, Chief Executive Officer, International Business Leaders Forum - Clare Melford is Chief Executive Officer of the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) - an independent, non-profit organization working with companies on the responsible business agenda. Her aim is to inspire business leaders to help build a more sustainable world, engage the private sector in sustainability issues and promote cross-sector collaboration. www.iblf.org

  67. Jan Muehlfeit, Chairman, Europe, Microsoft - Jan Muehlfeit is responsible for engaging with European governments and policy makers, academics and other societal stakeholders in Brussels and across EU member states. His goal is to ensure that Microsoft continues to act as a trusted, open partner that listens and contributes to Europe’s agenda, enabling long term growth, local economic competitiveness and job creation and innovation. www.microsoft.com

  68. Naresh Ramchandani, Founder, Green Thing - Naresh Ramchandani is creative partner at advertising and design agency Karmarama, best known for Van Den Puup, the monstrous parody designer created for IKEA, and for its own Make Tea Not War posters created for 2003’s anti-war march. In 2004 Naresh was placed 23rd in a list of the 50 most important British Asians in the media. Naresh is now working independently on some lovely brands and is also a columnist for the Guardian. www.dothegreenthing.com/team

  69. Ghassan Nuqul, Vice Chairman, Nuqul Group - one of the Middle East leading manufacturers of hygienic paper products and construction materials. Mr. Nuqul is a member of several governmental councils and committees, and is personally involved in local and international business associations and not-for-profit organizations and initiatives. Mr. Nuqul also served on the Economic Consultative Council to HM King Abdullah II, and participated in developing the National Agenda as Chairman of the Employment Support and Vocational Training Theme. www.nuqulgroup.com

  70. Lars Olofsson, CEO and Board member, Carrefour Group - He is also President of the Carrefour International Foundation. Carrefour’s sustainable Responsible Commerce Initiative recognizes the need for open, transparent dialogue with suppliers and other stakeholders, in identifying and implementing economic, social and environmental challenges. www.carrefour.com

  71. Sir John Parker, Chairman, National Grid – He oversees the overall strategic direction of the Group. Under his guidance, National Grid has undertaken several actions to reduce emissions such as: embedding a target of 80% greenhouse gas reduction across its businesses by at least 2050. Sir John was at the heart of the historic rescue operation in 2008 which bailed out Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group and pumped new money into the financial system. His nickname is the “Superman” of British boardrooms. www.nationalgrid.com

  72. Stefano Pessina, Executive Chairman, Boots - Stefano Pessina was appointed Executive Chairman of Alliance Boots in July 2007 having previously been its Executive Deputy Chairman. He has introduced a very dynamic CSR Strategy which covers CSR activities and processes across the whole Group. www.boots.com

  73. Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever - Paul serves as President of the Kilimanjaro Blind Trust and Chairman of Perkins International Advisory Board. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Also, he is on the Board of the Consumer Goods Forum where he co-chairs the Board Strategy and the Sustainability Committees. www.unilever.com

  74. Jon Pither, Chairman, The Tanfield Group - Jon Pither is a well regarded non-executive director, with significant experience of main list and AIM quoted companies. He has worked extensively with growth companies in a non executive capacity and is currently Chairman of Southern Bear plc, Active Capital Trust plc and Deputy Chairman of The Alumasc Group plc and Jourdan. www.tanfieldgroup.com

  75. Antoaneta Popova, Founder, iLearn Sustainability, UAE - A pioneer in the field of sustainability & CSR, with 17 years of international experience as a sustainability strategist. A courageous visionary able to integrate sustainability with business critical processes & turn global environmental & social challenges into business opportunities. ilearn.ae/sustain_news.html

  76. Tony Pryor, CBE, Non-executive chairman, HALCROW - Tony Pryor joined Halcrow's group board as non-executive chairman in July 2007. Before this, he spent 30 years in the defense industry. He and his team focus is on the big issues society faces today – water, transportation, energy, and the need for places to live and work – and how these fit sustainably into the world around us. www.halcrow.com

  77. Maali Qasem, CEO & Founder, Schema Sustainability partner - She takes a hands-on approach to the business and playing an active role in the development of strategic solutions for clients. Her extensive experience with regional and international legal frameworks is a tremendous asset in advising on, developing and implementing Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility principles and frameworks. www.schematt.com

  78. Richard Reed, Founder, Innocent Drinks - Richard is the co-founder of innocent drinks, the number one smoothie brand in the UK. Nine years into the business innocent is the number one smoothie brand in the UK with a market share of 82%1. Innocent has numerous stated aims; one is – to become the world’s most sustainable company. www.innocentdrinks.co.uk

  79. Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, PhD, MD, Founder, The Natural Step - Pro. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, MD, PhD is one of Sweden’s foremost cancer scientists and the founder of The Natural Step. He is a frequent speaker and author on sustainability and provides ongoing guidance and direction for the organization. www.naturalstep.org

  80. Francisco González Rodríguez, Chairman & CEO, BBVA - Mr. Francisco González Rodríguez is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Banco Alvorada S.A. He is also Chairman of the Governor of the Red Cross, Foundation for Help Against Drug Addiction and Foundation for Terrorism Victims. www.bbva.com

  81. Tina Roche, Chief Executive, The Foundation for Investing in Communities - Tina Roche was appointed Chief Executive of The Foundation for Investing in Communities in January 2000. Tina has supported the agenda on Corporate Social Responsibility through the establishment of Business in the Community. www.foundation.ie

  82. Joel Roxburgh, Vodafone Group, Head of Sustainability - Performance, Reporting & Engagement - He is Head of Sustainability at Vodafone. His duties range from supporting delivery of key sustainability programs across Group functions and local markets to leading external engagement with relevant agencies and organizations to maximize Vodafone's contribution to environmental, social and economic sustainability. www.vodafone.com/content/index.html

  83. Mike Rusbridge, Chairman & CEO, Reed Exhibitions - Mike Rusbridge is Chairman and CEO of Reed Exhibitions, the world’s largest exhibition organizer and a division of the Reed Elsevier group, a world-leading publisher and information provider. His commitment includes raising awareness of environmental issues within the markets they serve, from putting green issues at the top of our conference agendas, to developing world-class events which highlight environmental concerns and promote sustainable solutions. www.reedexpo.com

  84. Thaima Samman, President, Women in Leadership Initiative - She is one of the women running the Women in Leadership initiative since its inception in 2008. She had the knowledge and the drive to found an NGO since setting up the French SOS Racisme NGO at the beginning of her career. www.hhdev.psu.edu/wli

  85. Ulrike Sapiro, CR Director – Environment, Coca-Cola Europe - Ulrike Sapiro joined the Coca-Cola Company as ‘Corporate Responsibility Director, Environment, Europe Group’ to manage group-wide environmental strategies and projects, focusing on water stewardship, climate protection, sustainable packaging, sourcing and environmental consumer communication. www.thecoca-colacompany.com

  86. Andrew Shaw, Managing Director, Ducab – Dubai Cable Company Ltd. - A native of the UK, Andrew brings with him 10 years of expertise in the Power Cables industry. Andrew will spearhead the new direction for Ducab and focus on the growth of the business. He recognizes the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and strives to incorporate all of its fundamental principles into our business practices; philanthropy, good governance, environment and local community engagement. www.ducab.ae

  87. Dina H. Sherif, Associate Director of the John D. Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement - She has experience in rural development in sub-Saharan Africa and at the local level in Egypt through her work at the Institute for Cultural Affairs in the Middle East and North Africa, and her work at Environmental Quality International. She is currently a board member at various civil society organizations and a co –editor and contributing author of the book: From Charity to Social Change: Trends in Arab Philanthropy. www.aucegypt.edu/research/gerhart/Pages/default.aspx

  88. Maria Sillanpaa, Founding Director, Sustainability Advisory GroupMaria is an internationally recognized corporate responsibility and sustainability leaders and practitioner. Maria has made pioneering contributions especially in the areas of strategy development, stakeholder engagement, supply chain, reporting and assurance. www.sustainabilityadvisory.net/cms/index.php?page=home

  89. Achim Steiner, Director General, The World Conservation Union (IUCN) - Achim Steiner is currently the Director General of IUCN - The World Conservation Union– the world’s largest environmental network with over 1,000 members. He has worked both at grassroots level as well as at the highest levels of international policy-making to address the interface between environmental sustainability, social equity and economic development. www.iucn.org

  90. Bjfrn Stigson, President, World Business Council for Sustainable Development – WBCSD is the world’s leading business organization focused on business and sustainable development. Björn Stigson has extensive experience in international business. He began his career as a financial analyst with the Swedish Kockums Group. www.wbcsd.org

  91. Wafa Tarnowska, CSR Manager Middle East, DLA Piper Middle East LLP, UAE - Wafa is the Regional Manager for Corporate Social Responsibility with DLA Piper, a global law firm, and works to implement DLA Piper’s CSR strategy in the Middle East region. Wafa has been at the forefront of Sustainability initiatives implemented by DLA Piper, in support of local communities and promotion of knowledge. www.dlapiper.com/home.aspx

  92. Volker Then, Managing Director, Centre for Social Innovation - Then has been the Managing Director of the Centre for Social Investment at Heidelberg University. Previously, he worked at the Bertelsmann Foundation (Guetersloh, Germany), where he served as Director Philanthropy and Foundations from 1999 to 2006. www.csi.uni-heidelberg.de

  93. Stephen R. Thomas, Non-Executive Director, Topaz Energy and Marine - Mr. Thomas serves on the board of National Hospitality Institute SAOG. In the 2010, United Kingdom New Year’s Honours List, Mr. Thomas was appointed an Office of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire “for services to business abroad and services to the community in Oman”. www.topazworld.com

  94. Elena Topoleva, Director, Agency for Social Innovation (ASI) - Director Elena Topoleva has extensive experience in research, editing and publishing. From 1993-1995 Elena was Head of Publishing at the Postfactum News Agency in Moscow. As a Director of ASI, Elena actively promotes sustainability to organizations operating in the public, private and third sectors in Russia. www.unglobalcompact.org/participant/301-Agency-for-Social-Information

  95. Ola Ullsten, Ecohealth Consulting - Ola Ullsten is a former Prime Minister of Sweden and has also been his country's Minister of Foreign affairs and Minister of Development Cooperation. He is co-chair of the World Commission on Forests and Sustainable Development and a co-principal investigator on the Forest Capital Index project. www.ecohealthconsulting.com

  96. Malcolm Unsworth, President and Chief Executive Officer, ITRON - A highly-respected executive both domestically and internationally, with broad experience throughout the utility industry, Malcolm Unsworth was named chief executive officer of Itron in March 2009. Under his guidance, Itron keeps creating products designed to increase conservation efforts, better manage resources and make utility operations more efficient. www.itron.com

  97. Marianna Vardinogianni, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador - She started her action in the social field many years ago as member or participant in various associations and beneficiary institutes. In 1990, Mrs Vardinoyannis, founded "ELPIDA", the Association of Friends of Children with Cancer. In 1996, Mrs Vardinoyannis founded the "Foundation for the Child and the Family" due to the need of a wider support of the child and the family. www.unesco.org

  98. Jeannette Vinke, Senior Lecturer of Accounting and Finance - She is a successful professor in fields such as: Accounting, Finance and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has a rich background in a variety of research areas including Corporate Social Responsibility and Financial Literacy. www.aus.edu/sbm/profile/jvinke.php

  99. Dr. Wayne Visser, CSR International - Wayne Visser is Founder and Director of the think-tank CSR International and the author/editor of twelve books. In 2010, Wayne completed a 20 country ‘CSR Quest’ World Tour, to share best practices in corporate sustainability and responsibility. www.csrinternational.org

  100. Ibrahim N. Al Zu’bi, Founder, Earth Foundation ME, and Head – Sustainable Development, Knowledge & Human Development Authority, UAE - Ibrahim is an Environmental/Civil Engineer with many experiences in environmental issues and working closely with NGO’s having coordinated lots of environmental projects and campaigns in the UAE and West Asia. www.linkedin.com/pub/ibrahim-al-zu-bi/0/859/b23