John Hope Bryant
Founder, Chairman, and CEO of financial literacy empowerment nonprofit Operation HOPE, John Hope Bryant is known as one of the foremost authorities on poverty eradication around the world. An advisor to the last three sitting U.S. presidents, a thought leader, public speaker, and an innovator in the business of empowerment, Bryant is no stranger to poverty. Born and raised in South Los Angeles’ notorious Compton, CA he was homeless for six months by the age of 18. Finding his way out of poverty, he has dedicated his life to leading the way for others. He currently serves on President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and is an internationally-recognized leader in transforming low-wealth communities into self-sustaining neighborhoods. Bryant is a prolific writer, and best-selling author of Love Leadership: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. He is a member of USA Today’s CEO panel and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. Bryant has received over 400 awards and citations for his advocacy work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award.
Pekka Himanen is a Philosopher and currently teaches as a Professor at the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology. He previously was Director of the Berkeley Centre for the Information Society. His works have been translated into 20 languages. He has recently acted as an Adviser to the Finnish Parliament and President as well as leading international organizations on the issues of global information societies and ethics. Himanen currently works at the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, a joint institute of the Helsinki University of Technology and Helsinki University.
HRH Prince Haakon of Norway
Crown Prince Haakon is heir to the Norwegian throne and son of His Majesty King Harald and Her Majesty Queen Sonja. The Crown Prince served in the Royal Norwegian Navy and graduated from the Norwegian Naval Academy in 1995. The following year, he served on board a patrol boat. The Crown Prince holds a BA in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He also attended the Foreign Ministry’s one-year trainee program for diplomats. The Crown Prince has an extensive number of official engagements in Norway. He is patron of various Norwegian associations. The Crown Prince is Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. Development Programme, where he particularly focuses on promoting the Millennium Developmental Goals. Crown Prince Haakon is a member of The Foundation Board of Young Global Leaders, a forum under the auspices of the World Economic Forum.
Amarthya Kumar Sen
Codruț Pascu is President and founding member of Global Dignity. He is also part of the management team of Roland Berger operations in Romania and Poland. Codruț studied Business Administration at the Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. He continued his studies at INSEAD MBA program in France. Codruț is dedicated to excellence in education, being among the cofounders Romanian Education Trust, an initiative created to support Romanians who study abroad. He also created the Roland Berger scholarships Romania, meant to financially support Romanian academic development of students with outstanding results, enrolled in Erasmus programs. As business leader and active supporter of business education Codruț was quoted in numerous articles in leading publications from Romania and Central and Eastern Europe. Codruț became a Young Global Leaders member in 2013.
Raluca Hriţcu is co-founder of Global Dignity Association. Raluca is involved in building and implementing the organization’s development strategy, but her favorite activities are by far the ones of being a speaker and a moderator at events with students. Her volunteer experience begins in high school and continued almost uninterrupted until now, each of the NGOs where she was active was related to education. At the same time, Raluca is a HR Advisor and Coach, and the common element of her roles is the desire to help others to find the resources to become their best self.
Ionuț Pascu is co-founder of Global Dignity Association, and from his position he is contributing to the strategic development of the organization. Ionut is also a founding member and chairman of The Social Incubator Association, an NGO whose aim is the socio-professional integration of institutionalized young people with complementary actions similar to those taken by Global Dignity. Ionut has an experience of over 14 years in strategic consulting and is a graduate of the leadership program at Harvard Business School. It is also involved as a volunteer in various social causes since 2006.
Georgiana Giba is Project Manager within the Global Dignity Association. Georgiana is responsible for the projects’ management through which she ensures the implementation of the development strategy. Her previous professional experiences include several years in the area of advertising, managing various client accounts, as well as experiences in European projects at national or European level. Throughout her career, Georgiana coordinated and implemented several communication campaigns regarding different educational or social topics, being involved in social inclusion projects and research projects in education. Her career was heavily influenced by experiences she had in different NGOs, being active while still a student in various non-governmental organizations such as Leaders Romania or, later on, in Junior Chamber International.