Christopher started his career as a media entrepreneur in Taiwan. Since 1980 he has been promoting sustainable development independently and opening up trade and cultural exchanges between Taiwan and South East Asian countries. Later, he helped China to open up to such exchanges – for example in 1993, in collaboration with Deng Xiaoping’s office, he arranged for a delegation of over 400 people, led by the Malaysian Prime Minister and including ministers and leading business people, to travel to China to sign hundreds of investment contracts. Beijing based.
Simon is a leading corporate communications adviser, specializing in technology, media and telecoms. He has spent the last eighteen years advising boards of multinational corporations in all aspects of communications, covering media relations, internal communications, crisis management, and broader reputation management strategies. As managing director of Harvard Public Relations, Chime’s technology, media and telecoms public relations company, he engineered award winning communications campaigns for Vodafone, the BBC and Sony, which set the pace for technological change and innovation. London based.
Mike is the founder of Leading Technologies Group and Business Education Consortium Ltd. He is an international consultant to numerous foundations, governments and international organizations in technology, management education and sustainable communities. Over the last 24 years, he has implemented and managed the start-up of 21 companies and projects in Switzerland and Europe and founded 9 legal entities. Prior to founding his companies he was Vice President of Westinghouse Electric Corporation directing the firm’s operations in the Indian Subcontinent. Swiss based.
Lawrence is the former Chairman of the UN Environmental Programme, Green Economy Initiative, GreenCities and Buildings and Transport Council. He was the first Chairman of the World Economic Forum at Davos Global Agenda Council on Urban Management and he is a current alumnas of all Agenda Councils. Formerly he was a member of the Executive Committee of the Intercontinental Hotel Group from where he managed their $3bn global real estate portfolio and introduced the first environmental hotel manual that became the standard for the industry. London based.
Nicolai is the founder of Ethical Economy Ltd and the co-author of the forthcoming Columbia University Press book ‘Ethical Economy’. The book will also be released in China by Citic Press. He founded the cross-disciplinary think tank Kesera in Copenhagen and Moscow, which is now an alumni, and the company Actics which developed the first online tool for ethical quality management. He is an advisor to a number of international organizations. Started out as a macroeconomist at the Central Bank of Denmark – where he assisted Governor Hoffmeyer in writing the book ‘European Monetary Cooperation’ published by G30 – and the investment bank J.P. Morgan Chase where he authored the J.P. Morgan booklet ‘Europe in Transformation’. Beijing based.
The Executive Committee is chaired by Simon Jones and driven by Gregory who helps Fortune 500 companies, international and civil society organizations and leading business schools on their strategies for innovation. Prior to this, he was with the Davos World Economic Forum from 2000-8 where he led the development of online strategy, strategic planning and community building activities. He spends part of his time advising Social Entrepreneurs in Latin America and India and speaks at international events on the topics of innovation and collaboration. Gregory holds a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and an MBA from the University of Oxford in the UK.