Helmy Abouleish has been Managing Director of SEKEM for 30 years and CEO of SEKEM Holding. Under his leadership, the SEKEM Initiative received, amongst others, the „Alternative Nobel Prize“. SEKEM Holding consists of five companies. Some of their work involves the production of organic foods, natural remedies and organic cotton textiles.
Short keynote speech: "Challenges as a source for innovation and transformation"
Fabio Brescacin opened, with a group of friends, one of the first organic food stores in Italy. In 1987 he was among the founders of Gea, that later became EcorNaturasì S.p.A., now the leading distributor of organic and biodynamic products in Italy, dedicated to specialist retail.
Michael Brenner is Co-Managing Director of the Weleda Group. In his function he is responsible for the support and service areas of the company. These include beside others the areas of finance, human resources, organizational development, culture&identity and sustainability. Michael Brenner has been with Weleda since 2012.
Short keynote speech: "Leading with purpose"
Dr. Petra Derkzen
Dr. Petra Derkzen, Board Member of Demeter International and also, in a part-time collaboration with the Section for Agriculture, is involved in research, training and consultancy for the Biodynamic Movement. Derkzen is based in The Netherlands as a biodynamic farmer at Ekoboerderij de Lingehof, a 100-hectare farm focussing on large-scale vegetable and grain production.
Short keynote speech: "Colleague Entrepreneurs as Mirror - Experiences in Biodynamic Farming"
Head of the Social Sciences Section at the Goetheanum. Initiator, for example, of The Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship, the Petra Kelly Foundation, More Democracy and Democracy International. He co-founded the party ‘Alliance 90 / The Greens’. Häfner was a member of the German Federal Parliament from 1987 to 2002 and a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014.
Hurter is a trained biodynamic farmer. Since 2010, co-director of the Agriculture Section at the Goetheanum. Since 1989 he has been responsible for a biodynamic, 35-hectare farm with a cheese dairy. Since 1991, is part of the management of L‘Aubier: Demeter-farm, eco-hotel, organic restaurant, café-hotel, eco-accommodation quarter. An associatively formed and lead company.
Thomas Jorberg has been with the GLS Bank since 1986, and has been a member of the Executive Board since 1993 and Spokesman/Chairman of the Board since 2003. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the EWS electricity board Schönau and the Hannoverian Kassen, as well as board member of the „Global Alliance for Banking on Values“ and member of the University Council of the Ruhr-University/Bochum.
Short keynote speech: "Sustainability, quo vadis?"
Dr. Katrin Kaeufer
President and founding member of the Presencing Institute and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning / MIT. Research focus on leadership, organizational change, rethinking capitalism and participatory action research. She is currently completing her book: “4.0 Banking. Innovating at the Intersection of Finance, Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development.”
Georg Soldner, pediatrician. Since 2016 Deputy Head of the Medical Section of the School of Spiritual Science at the Goetheanum. Head of the Academy of Anthroposophic Medicine of the GAÄD (Anthroposophical Doctor’s Society). Project leader in the founding of the World Goetheanum Association and the World Goetheanum Forum.
Short keynote speech: "How much confidence do we have in ourselves? Cooperation and competition"
Dr. Ha Vinh Tho
Former Director of the Training Section of the International Committee of the Red Cross, until March 2018 Program Director of the Great National Happiness Center in Bhutan. He is the founder of the Eurasia Foundation, which implements educational services for children and young people with disabilities, as well as environmental projects and social projects in Vietnam.