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Meet the 2021 Jury

Aaron Sherinian

Aaron serves as Vice-President for Global Communications Transformation at Philip Morris International. He is working to bring about one of the greatest corporate transformations in history: Moving PMI out of the cigarette business and towards a smoke-free future, offering the millions of people that smoke knowledge of and access to better alternatives to continued cigarette smoking. He recognizes this assignment as the professional challenge of a lifetime – one that he embraces with vigor.

Before joining PMI, Aaron served as Global Communications Director for the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) from 2017-2018, overseeing communications during the Diamond Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan. He was responsible for coordination, messaging, media relations and digital communications for a worldwide network including over 80,000 employees and a mission to help improve quality of life for people around the world. He reported to His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the network and 49th hereditary Imam of the global Shi’a Ismaili Muslim community.

Aaron served as Chief Communications and Marketing Officer for the United Nations Foundation through a period of intense global challenge and change. During Aaron’s tenure at the Foundation (2009-2017), the communications team won multiple awards including being named “PR Team of the Year” by PR News. Aaron was name by PR Week magazine as “Global Communicator of the Year” in 2015.

Before 2009, Aaron served as Managing Director of Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. Government development assistance agency administering $7 billion in poverty reduction grants in 40 partner countries.

His professional background includes a decade of service as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. He also worked at the Washington International Trade Association (WITA) and held positions as a marketing consultant for the Italian distributors for Apple Computer and as a freelance interpreter and writer in Italy.
Aaron holds degrees from the Johns Hopkins University (School of Advanced International Studies – SAIS) and Brigham Young University, speaks Italian, Spanish, Armenian, and French. He served as a volunteer missionary for the LDS (Mormon) Church and is active in his local faith community. He, his wife Emily and their 4 children have recently relocated from Paris to Washington DC.

Aaron Sherinian
Vice-President for Global Communications Transformation, Philip Morris International

Fumbi Chima

Fumbi Chima is an accomplished business executive with exceptional senior management skills in strategic planning, acquisition and business development.

Chima is a seasoned, ROI-driven Business Leader who possesses extensive experience leading large Global IT organizations with particular expertise in: executing global growth strategies—M&A; post-merger synergy capture, technology build-out, and rapidly scalable IT infrastructure—critical to the success of start-up, mid-sized, and multibillion-dollar organizations in complex, high-volume and information-intensive environments.

Chima has been responsible for IT organizations upwards of 2000 practitioners, including onshore/offshore sourcing solutions, to deliver IT capabilities globally across 5 continents and within 12 countries for multiple industries.  She has established stakeholder engagements with key executive leaders (LOB, C-Suite and Board of Directors), securing buy-in between business areas and ensuring current and future goals are fully supported.

Chima received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Hull in the U.K. and serves in numerous leadership volunteer roles, including Walmart’s Women’s Resource Council, STEM Innovation Task Force and the African American Officer Caucus.  She also serves on numerous external boards and participates in mentoring networks which include: World Affairs Council – DC; StemConnector; West Essex YMCA; NJ School of Ballet; and Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) Executive Leadership Council (ELC) and International Women’s Forum (IWF).  Chima demonstrates her passion for global education, female mentoring and international communications through her service in leadership roles within women’s organization as an Officer Sponsor for the Walmart Women’s Resource Council and Secretary of the African-American Officer Caucus.

Fumbi Chima
Chief Information Officer, BECU | Senior Advisor, World in 2050

Asmaa Al-Fadala

Dr. Asmaa Al-Fadala is the Director of Research and Content Development at WISE, an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF). She is also a visiting fellow in theDepartment of School Education and Policy at Northwestern University inEvanston, Illinois, USA, and serves on the program committee of Hamad BinKhalifa University’s School of Public Policy.

 Dr. Al-Fadala has twenty years of professional experience in K-12education and higher education. In her current work at WISE, Dr. Al-Fadala is leading the research team in support of the QF CEO’s Office in a number of projects and initiatives, including the Empowering Leaders of LearningProgram (ELL), which supports school leaders in navigating school improvement processes; the Agile Leaders of Learning Innovation Network(ALL-IN), an international network of school leadership experts and practitioners aimed at raising awareness of educational leadership policy globally through research and advocacy; and the WISE-Academyati Innovation Lab Project, an early childhood education research initiative ofQatar Foundation focused on learner and educator development in progressive school settings.  Dr. Al-Fadala’s research interests include leadership for learning, school improvement, entrepreneurship education, teacher professional development and educational reform.  

Prior to joining WISE in 2014, Dr. Al-Fadala was an associate policy analyst at the RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. She has also taught in the College ofEducation at Qatar University, and worked at Qatar’s Ministry of Education and Higher Education as a teacher and then as the head of the science department. She is also a fellow at Qatar Leadership Centre (QLC), an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar. She is widely published in the field of educational leadership and policy, and author of the book Qatari School Leadership Portraits: Lessons Learned from Education for a New Era Reform (HBKU Press,2019). 
Dr. Al-Fadala is a member of the Comparative International EducationSociety (CIES), and the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI). She also serves as an advisor for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation's education strategy and is a board member at Qatar Academy Sidra school in Doha. She is a jury member for Riyada award, the Entrepreneurship Award in Oman. Dr. Al-Fadala holds a Ph.D.and M.Phil. from Cambridge University, UK, in Educational Leadership and Policy, and an M.A. in science education from Brighton University.

Asmaa Al-Fadala
Director of Research & Content Development, World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE)

Daniel Paramés

Daniel Paramés advises private, venture-backed technology companies, venture capitalists, angel investors and executives. He has extensive experience working with technology companies in all areas of business, with a particular focus on the fintech, Internet of Things, e-commerce, electronics, cleantech and advanced materials industries. His experience includes forming domestic and foreign companies, structuring and executing financings (including debt and equity), structuring liquidity programs and secondary transactions and advising companies and investors across various industries and around the world on strategic corporate and business matters.

Daniel Paramés
Legal Counselor to Technology Startups, Cooley

Dominic Regester

Dominic Regester joined Salzburg Global Seminar as a program director in March 2017. He is responsible for designing, developing and implementing programs on education, sustainability and innovation.

Prior to this, he worked for the British Council for 14 years, initially on programs promoting education co-operation between the UK and China, Russia and Japan and
then on school partnership programs. He lived in Bangladesh from 2008 to 2013 leading the British Council's school sector programs in Afghanistan,
Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He was then posted to Jakarta where he was deputy director for education across the East Asia region.

He returned to London in 2015 to become a senior schools advisor responsible for global program development, partnerships and research, all with a
particular focus on 21st century skills.

He has an M.A. in Chinese studies from the School of Oriental and African studies in London and an M.A. in education and international development from University College London Institute of Education. He is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Commission on Education and Communication and a member of the Executive Committee for Karanga - The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills.

Dominic Regester
Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar | Senior Advisor, World in 2050

Kelly Ryan Bailey

Kelly Ryan Bailey is the Founder & Podcaster @ 'Let's Talk About Skills, Baby' and the Global Skills Evangelist at Emsi. She is also an Advisory Committee Member of the Jobs Data Exchange (a US Chamber of Commerce Foundation initiative), a National Advisory Council Member of the Mother's Monday movement, and a Member of the Velocity Network Foundation.  

Kelly is a passionate, transformational leader and innovator with 20 years’ experience. She has an entrepreneurial spirit and has been involved in operating and building small businesses and startups for many years. Kelly is extremely passionate about transferable skills, personalized learning & career pathways, return on investment for education, skill-based learning & hiring, empowering women, and developing growth mindsets.  

In her role at Emsi, Kelly focuses on facilitating the change to a skills-based hiring and learning economy through open skills data standards, innovative products and services, and Global initiatives and partnerships.

Prior to her current positions, she worked with two other labor market analytics firms, Burning Glass Technologies and EmployOn, consulted with education institutions including, Columbia University's School of Professional Studies and City University of New York, placed IT consultants for three major financial institutions through a subsidiary of Randstad, ran the operations of her family bakery, The Scone Pony, and co-founded an online clothing boutique.

Kelly Ryan Bailey
Founder & Podcaster, "Let's Talk About Skills, Baby"

Lisa Christen

Lisa Christen is an international Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant and expert in developing the “human” skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. Lisa is an official member of the invitation-only Forbes Coaches Council and a Fellow Member of the Institute of Coaching McLean / Harvard Medical School. She has been featured in news outlets such as CNN Money, Forbes, and Coaching World

Lisa is the founder and CEO of Christen Coaching & Consulting GmbH, a leadership development firm creating customized learning experiences for teams and company cultures. They work with leaders from diverse global organizations such as Google, Mars, Dell, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Swiss Re, GE Power, and Brita, among many others. 

Lisa has almost a decade of Fortune 100 business experience with companies like Sony and AIG. She holds an MBA, a PMP® Project Management Professional certification, and is an International Coach Federation (ICF)-certified coach. Lisa is also an international speaker and moderator at major conferences worldwide. 

Originally from New York, Lisa now calls Zurich, Switzerland home. She enjoys balancing her work life with her home life, including coming home to a loving husband, two adorable young daughters, neon running shoes, and an overflowing bookshelf. 

Lisa Christen
Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant, Christen Coaching & Consulting GmbH

Louka Parry

Louka works globally to enable a world of thriving learners across schools, companies and organisations. He speaks on innovation, leadership and change having worked with thousands of leaders and educators from diverse contexts all across the world, including in all Australian Education Departments and sectors, across international systems from the Dominican Republic to Romania, with corporates like PWC, the AFL, Microsoft and Apple, and with not-for-profits such as Social Ventures Australia, Inícia Educacíon and TED.  

A rapid learner, he speaks five languages, has visited over 80 countries, and holds two Masters degrees, one in Instructional Leadership from the University of Melbourne and another in Applied Linguistics, and has also completed executive studies at Harvard and a residency at the d.school at Stanford University. Through his work, he has acquired expert knowledge in leadership, communication, wellbeing and organisational change and culture. As an education leader, he was promoted to Principal at only 27 years old and in 2012 he was named South Australian Inspirational Public Secondary Teacher of the Year.

As CEO of The Learning Future, he is committed to transforming learning structures, systems and societies so that we better empower individuals to develop the key human capabilities that matter most now and into the future. He also sits on the Executive of Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social Emotional Learning and Life Skills, which connects the global education community at the forefront of the future of education and social emotional learning to empower children, educators and communities all across the globe.

Louka Parry
CEO, The Learning Future; Executive Committee Member, Karanga

Luca Brunner

Luca holds an MA in Political Science and International Relations and studied in Switzerland, the Netherlands and France. Luca is a truly interdisciplinary thinker. He
is co-founder of the first ever global network of grassroots think tanks, the Open Think Tank Network. Among others, Luca also worked at the Swiss Consulate in
New York, the German Television ZDF in Vienna and the ICRC in Geneva.

He brings profound knowledge on the design of civil society networks, the nexus between technology and politics, the mechanisms of national and global power
dynamics as well as his experience in the area of journalism. These tools (and much more) enable him to lead the next unique endeavor: the establishment of the first
movement on artificial intelligence for Switzerland, the "CognitiveValley".

Luca Brunner
Managing Director, CognitiveValley

Marco Stutz

Marco is an Investment Executive with international entrepreneurial and corporate experience and has been active as Managing Director, Board and Supervisory Board Member, Investment Committee Member as well as in investment positions in a Swiss Family Office. With focus on effectiveness and efficiency he develops and invests into digital & tech businesses and has been responsible for the international expansion of these business models. Marco loves strategic and structural planning just as pragmatic hands-on work. He is driven by 11+ years in the venture capital and private equity industry, thereof 8+ years in venture building where he could prove intercultural sensitiveness ensuring his teams’ commitment in ambiguous environments across the globe. With experiences in Latin America, having lived in China and Southeast Asia, Marco is a global citizen inspired by travelling, innovation and technology.

Marco Stutz
Investment Director, Mountain Partners; Managing Director, Mountain Partners Southeast Asia

Shalini Trefzer

Since 2016, Shalini Trefzer has devised and operationalized commercialization strategy and new business development for emerging and scale-up AI companies. On occasion, she partners with the CEO’s of very young AI startups to help build their business from the ground-up and secure initial funding.

Prior to this journey of AI, Shalini spent 15 years managing programs and operations in product development for multinationals like Cisco Systems and Novartis. Relevant to her ability to contribute in the technology sector, Shalini recently completed an AI business applications course in MIT, studied project management at Stanford and has had her PMI certification since 2008.

Shalini is skilled at “moving the needle” and brings this expertise in the service of the Global Talent Summit. She is deeply passionate about using emerging technologies to create a thriving future for humankind.

Shalini Trefzer
Data & AI Specialist, Microsoft | Senior Advisor, World in 2050

Stefan Himmelstoss

Stefan Himmelstoss heads new strategies, ventures and partnering through IT for Vitesco, the electric power train spinoff from Continental. He is a dynamic and curious leader who brings a lot to the table for the entrepreneurs and innovation leadership ecosystems.

Focused on action, Stefan’s goal is to unite the right partners to build sustainable, well thought-through emission reducing global solutions. His 12 CEnTs worth:

C3: Creativity - Creativity - Creativity.

E3: Efficient Eyes and Ears.

n3: no noise never.

T3: Translation. Transfer. Talent.

s: smile.

Stefan Himmelstoss
Head of New Strategies & Ventures, Vitesco | Senior Advisor, World in 2050

Daniel Assandri

Daniel Assandri is currently in the board of Linxon, a company of ABB and SNC Lavalin, headquartered in London, Great Britain, and Group Senior Vice President, responsible for Large Projects Business Development for the Power Grids Division, reporting to the Division President and Member of the Executive Committee of the ABB Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland.

From 2010 until 2015 Daniel was Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of ABB Inc. in Canada, and a member of the Executive Board of ABB in the Americas region.
Prior to arriving in Canada, he served in China for seven years as Senior Vice President responsible for the Power Systems Division in North Asia, overseeing the significant expansion of the business portfolio in the region, with numerous High and Ultra High Voltage Direct Current (UHVDC) projects in execution.

Between 1985 and 2003, Daniel held different senior management positions in Switzerland and Asia, primarily in the power generation and transmission businesses. Among other responsibilities he was Managing Director of the ABB Southeast Asia Power Generation Company, based in Kuala Lumpur, and Head of Global Business Unit
Transmission Substations, based in Zurich.

Before joining ABB in 1985, Daniel worked for KWU AG (Power Generation Division of Siemens AG) in Germany and in Siemens SA, Argentina as project manager for Nuclear Power Plants.

Daniel Assandri
Group Senior Vice President, Power Grids Division, ABB

Faye Hobson

Faye Hobson is a program manager at Salzburg Global Seminar where she supports the planning and implementation of programs and initiatives
including the Culture, Arts, and Society series; the Education for Tomorrow's World series; the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural
Innovators; and Karanga: The Global Alliance for Social and Emotional Learning and Life Skills.

Prior to joining Salzburg Global in 2017, Faye worked in cultural management and community development in Northern Ireland. In 2019, Faye participated in The Thorvald Stoltenberg Seminar, exploring how to foster coexistence, trust and dialogue among young people living in diverse societies. In 2016, she represented Ireland at the
European Union Cultural Diplomacy Platform's Global Cultural Leadership Program and the 7th World Summit in Arts and Culture in Malta. She undertook a research fellowship at the Venice Architecture Biennale for the British Council in 2014. She regularly writes and speaks on cultural management training.

Faye holds a bachelor's in photography from Falmouth University, UK, and a diploma in management practice from University of Ulster, UK.

Faye Hobson
Program Manager, Salzburg Global Seminar

Garif Yalak

Garif Yalak currently drives digital transformation projects for Cisco as the Head of Digital Transformation Healthcare and Education as part of Cisco`s Country Digital Acceleration (CDA) Strategy for Switzerland.

Garif obtained a B.Sc. in Bioinformatics and a M.Sc. in Biomedicine in Germany. He performed his Ph.D. at ETH Zurich in Switzerland in both fields where he used the Swiss National Supercomputer (currently ranked 6th fastest in the world) for multiple years in his research and teaching activities. He then moved to the US to continue his research and teaching in bioinformatics and biomedicine at Harvard University for several years. His work was awarded several times by the Swiss National Science Foundation and Harvard University.

Garif later returned to ETH Zurich as a Junior Group Leader and a Senior Researcher. He has 10+ years of active work experience in higher education and healthcare. He holds multiple executive education certifications in the domains leadership and business. He is passionate about new technologies in higher education and healthcare and was involved in multiple voluntary activities in research outreach, teaching, mentoring, and business.

Garif lives with his wife and three children in Zurich, Switzerland.

Garif Yalak
Head of Digital Transformation, Education & Healthcare, Country Digital Acceleration, Cisco Switzerland
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