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Speakers include:
Yvonne Wassenaar

Yvonne Wassenaar


Andrew Morlet

Andrew Morlet

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk

The Kitchen Community


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FT journalists in conversation with the some of the world's smartest thinkers and business leaders. 

Get an intellectually energetic start to your day by joining us for this series of three fast-paced conversations. Expect to hear contrasting views and a few orthodoxy-busting ideas.  

Morning Editions begin at 7.30 am and finish at 8.15 am. 

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What Happens When There's No-One at the Wheel? - 23 Jan 2018

Gearing-up for the revolution in mobility & its knock-on effects

Getting to grips with the business and societal implications of a driverless future. Almost every business sector you can think of will be turned upside-down by the juggernaut of autonomous technology. Insurance, retail, hospitality, the oil industry. Imagine self-driving cars moonlighting as beds for the night, or delivering pizza.  What will business and society look like in the wake of widespread adoption of autonomous transport?

Speakers include: 

  • Timo Ihamoutila, CFO and Member of the Executive Committee, ABB
  • Mario Greco, Group Chief Executive Officer, Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland
  • Karl Iagnemma, CEO and co-Founder, nuTonomy

Conversation led by Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times.


The Future of Consumption: Sharing vs. Ownership - 24 Jan 2018

We'll be facing some uncomfortable truths about consumerism and the over-consumption it can produce. As we make and buy more stuff than ever, can the planet sustain the spending spree? A new breed of conscious consumer is emerging, one that is sharing more and owning less. This is producing echo shifts in the business world. How can industry and companies continue to make a profit without it literally costing the earth

Speakers include:

  • Kimbal Musk, Co-Founder, The Kitchen Community
  • Frans Muller, Deputy CEO, Ahold Delhaize
  • Andrew Morlet, CEO, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Conversation led by Roula Khalaf, Deputy Editor, Financial Times.


Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace - 25 Jan 2018

Reaping the Innovation Benefits

Ideas, the raw material of innovation, are everywhere. So why do companies keep looking in the same old places for them? Good ideas aren’t exclusive to the C-suite. Those further down the ranks are often closer to the technology and cultural shifts that are taking place, and can provide great insights as well. But workforces, like the management that governs them, can be blighted by homogeny: everyone is like everyone else. Homogeny begets more of the same; ‘more of the same’ is an enemy of innovation. Diversity and inclusion are its friends. 

Speakers Include:

  • Barbara Novick, Vice Chairman, Black Rock
  • Carla Kriwet, CEO, Connected Care and Health Informatics, Philips 
  • Sunita Cherian, Senior Vice President, Group Human Resources, Wipro
  • Yvonne Wassanar, CEO, Airware

Conversation led by Gillian Tett, US Managing Editor, Financial Times.


Speakers (10)

Yvonne Wassenaar

Yvonne Wassenaar


Yvonne Wassenaar is a catalyst who inspires a shift in action and challenges leaders to embrace technology and diversity in order to stay relevant in a rapidly changing world. With many people concerned with how modern technology will be used, she is championing its use to drive a safer, more efficient & innovative planet.  

Currently Ms Wassenaar is CEO of Airware. Her current focus is on digitizing the physical world with drones to allow industries such as mining and commercial insurance to benefit from modern day technologies including cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Previously she served as CIO of New Relic where she was part of the executive team that took the company public.  She served as a top executive at VMware where she led key initiatives to scale the company from $2B - $6B.  Ms Wassenaar began her career at Accenture where she joined as a software engineer and held a variety of leadership roles over 17 years.

She serves on the board of directors for Forrester (FORR), MuleSoft (MULE), Harvey Mudd College, and the Athena Alliance - a non-profit focused on moving the needle on diversity in the boardroom.  

Andrew Morlet

Andrew Morlet

Chief Executive
Ellen MacArthur Foundation


Andrew Morlet is Chief Executive of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which was established in 2010. The Foundation aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy - an economy that is restorative and regenerative by design, eliminating waste and keeping products, components and materials in high-value use for longer - demonstrating the potential for better growth and value to business, society and the environment.  The Foundation does this globally by working with a diverse group of businesses, entrepreneurs, governments and cities, and universities to develop and promote the idea and to mobilise catalytic platforms and initiatives. The Foundation has produced 12 major reports focused on a variety of sectors, geographies and enablers, as well as producing thousands of hours of video content and a large body of other written and social media, that reached over 16.5 million people in 2016. The Foundation has a particular focus on systems change initiatives, launching, for example, the New Plastics Economy Initiative in 2015 and the Circular Fibres Initiative in 2017. The Foundation is currently working with a cross-section of the food/cities/waste, nutrient and energy recovery companies and organisations to explore systems innovation opportunities for increasing urban bio-cycle value capture and nutrient recovery.

Kimbal Musk

Kimbal Musk

The Kitchen Community

Kimbal Musk is the Co-Founder and Chairman of a growing family of real food businesses that pursue an America where everyone has access to real food. He has been named a Global Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, a sister organization to the World Economic Forum, for his impactful, scalable work to bring real food to everyone.

His family of restaurant concepts, including Next Door and Hedge Row, serve real food at every price point. They source food from American farmers, stimulating the local farm economy to the tune of millions of dollars a year. His non-profit organization builds permanent, outdoor Learning Garden classrooms in hundreds of underserved schools around the U.S. reaching over 200,000 students everyday. His urban, indoor vertical farming accelerator, Square Roots, seeks to empower thousands of young entrepreneurs to become real food farmers.

He is on the board for Chipotle, Tesla, and SpaceX. Follow him on Twitter @Kimbal and Instagram @KimbalMusk.

Carla Kriwet

Carla Kriwet

CEO, Connected Care & Health Informatics

Dr. Carla Kriwet is the CEO of Philips Connected Care & Health Informatics cluster of businesses, overseeing the Monitoring & Analytics, Therapeutic Care, Population Health Management and Healthcare Informatics businesses. Previously she led the business group Patient Care & Monitoring Solutions and led the Germany, Switzerland and Austria markets to greater growth and profitability.

Before joining Philips, she was Chief Sales & Marketing Officer and Member of the Global Executive Board at Drägerwerk AG & Co KGaA. She served in multiple leadership roles at Linde AG, Germany, and was a Senior Principal at The Boston Consulting Group.

Carla is Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeiss Meditec AG, and Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Save the Children, Germany.

She graduated from the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland and holds a PhD in Inter- and intra-organizational knowledge transfer from the University of St. Gallen and the University of Tokyo.

Karl Iagnemma

Karl Iagnemma

Co-Founder & President

Karl Iagnemma is an authority on robotics and autonomous vehicles whose opinion and commentary has been published and broadcast worldwide. As former director of the Robotic Mobility Group at MIT, his technical research resulted in more than 150 technical papers, 20 issued or filed patents, and numerous edited volumes, including books on the DARPA Grand Challenge and Urban Challenge autonomous vehicle competitions. His work has found application in passenger vehicle safety systems, robotic surgery, and Mars surface exploration, among other domains. He is also an author of fiction whose writing has been translated into seven languages.

He is co-founder and President of Boston-based nuTonomy, Inc., the leading developer of a proprietary full-stack autonomous driving (AD) software solution for the global Automated Mobility on-Demand (AMoD) market.

Mario Greco

Mario Greco

Group Chief Executive Officer
Zurich Insurance Group, Switzerland

Mario Greco has broad experience in the insurance industry, having successfully served in senior executive positions for more than 20 years. He joined Zurich in March 2016 as Group Chief Executive Officer and member of the Executive Committee.

Mr. Greco started his professional career in management consulting, working in McKinsey & Company’s Milan office from 1986 until 1994, where he became a partner in 1992 and subsequently a partner leader in the insurance segment. In 1995, he joined RAS (Allianz Group) in Milan as head of the claims division. He became general manager in charge of the insurance business the following year. In 1998, he was appointed managing director and in 2000, he became the company’s CEO. At the end of 2004, Mr. Greco joined Allianz AG’s executive board, with responsibility for France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey. In April 2005, he joined the Sanpaolo IMI Group in Milan as CEO of EurizonVita and in October 2005, he was appointed CEO of Eurizon Financial Group. From 2007 to 2012, he served at Zurich, first as CEO Global Life and from 2010, as CEO General Insurance. In 2012 he was appointed CEO of Generali.

Timo Ihamoutila

Timo Ihamoutila


Timo Ihamuotila was appointed Group Chief Financial Officer of ABB in April 2017, and a member of the ABB Group Executive Committee. He joined ABB from Nokia Corporation, where he had been Group CFO since 2009. Among the other positions he held at Nokia were executive head of sales and corporate treasurer. Mr. Ihamuotila has also worked at Citibank in London in derivatives trading and at Kansallis Bank in Finland in asset and liability management.

Mr. Ihamuotila has served on the boards of the OMX Stockholm stock exchange, Nokia-Siemens Networks, Uponor Corporation and Finland Central Chamber of Commerce.

Sunita Cherian

Sunita Cherian

SVP, Human Resources

Sunita R. Cherian is Senior Vice President – Group Human Resources at Wipro Limited. Her experience over the last two decades spans Sales, Human Capital Strategy, Sustainability, Diversity & Inclusion.

A Human Resources leader since 2000, Sunita helped shape the HR organization of Wipro Limited and has led some impactful change management initiatives. She has been the Business HR Head for various Divisions of Wipro, including a start-up unit where she designed and established the talent and leadership strategy.

She is a member of Wipro’s Sustainability Council, Domain Council, DMTS Council and has headed its Diversity & Inclusion committee. She launched “Women of Wipro” a platform that transformed the pace of inclusion and empowerment of women employees and was awarded for its success. She was the Chair of NASSCOM National Diversity & Inclusion Council & a member of CII and Catalyst D&I Core Committee.

Frans  Muller

Frans Muller

Deputy CEO
Ahold Delhaize

Ahold Delhaize is a top-five player in the global supermarket sector with a transatlantic footprint and the dominant East Coast player in the States with Stop & Shop, Food Lion, Giant, Hannaford, Giant/Martin’s and online grocer Peapod in its portfolio. The company operates 21 brands in 11 countries, serving 50 million customers a week through 6,500 stores and employing 370,000 people. The company has a strong focus on Sustainable Retailing, one pillar of which is all about curbing food waste. Frans is a prominent speaker on the topic of consumption and the effects of the world’s ever-increasing population. He is the president of the European Retail Round Table (ERRT) and serves on the board of directors of the Food Marketing Institute Inc. He is a longtime White Badge holder at the WEF and has regularly joined panels, in his role as CEO of Delhaize Group (a Belgian supermarket MNC which merged Dutch MNC Ahold) and prior to that as a Management Board member of European retail MNC METRO AG. He held a variety of roles in a range of geographies at both companies (Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe) and served recently as interim-CEO of Ahold Delhaize America (in addition his role as Deputy CEO and Chief Integration Officer), one of Ahold Delhaize’s U.S. subsidiaries.

Barbara  Novick

Barbara Novick

Vice Chairman

Barbara G. Novick is Vice Chairman and a member of BlackRock's Global Executive Committee, Corporate Risk Committee and Global Operating Committee. From the inception of the firm in 1988 to 2008, she headed the Global Client Group and oversaw global business development, marketing and client service across equity, fixed income, liquidity, alternative investment and real estate products for institutional and individual investors and their intermediaries worldwide. In her current role, Ms Novick heads the firm's efforts globally on government relations and public policy. In addition, she serves as a board member to the BlackRock Equity-Liquidity and BlackRock Closed End fund families, and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Investment Company Institute.

Prior to founding BlackRock in 1988, Ms Novick was a Vice President in the Mortgage Products Group at The First Boston Corporation. Ms. Novick joined First Boston in 1985 where she became head of the Portfolio Products Team. From 1982 to 1985, Ms. Novick was with Morgan Stanley.

Ms Novick has authored numerous articles on asset management and public policy issues. She is a member of CFA Institute's Future of Finance Advisory Council and MSCI’s Editorial Advisory Board and serves as a Trustee of Cornell University and the HCM Foundation. Ms Novick previously served on the boards of Robert Toigo Foundation (2007 - 2010), UJA-Federation (2009 - 2015) and Westchester Day School (2000 - 2005), served as both Treasurer and Trustee of Westchester Jewish Center (1994 - 2012) and coached in the Westchester Youth Soccer League (1999 - 2015). She earned a BA cum laude in economics from Cornell University.


Chairs (3)

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, “Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business” (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Foroohar spent 6 years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center.  She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Gillian Tett

Gillian Tett

US Managing Editor
Financial Times

Gillian Tett serves as US Managing Editor, leading the Financial Times’ editorial operations in the region across all platforms. She writes weekly columns for the FT, covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe. Ms Tett previously served as Assistant Editor, US Managing Editor from 2010 to 2012, and prior to this Assistant Editor responsible for the FT’s markets coverage. Other roles at the FT have included Capital Markets Editor, Deputy Editor of the Lex column, Tokyo Bureau Chief, Tokyo Correspondent, London-based economics reporter and a reporter in Russia and Brussels.

In 2014, she was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and also received the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. Ms Tett's latest book is The Silo Effect: Why Putting Everything In Its Place Isn't Such A Bright Idea (Simon & Schuster, 2015). She is the author of New York Times bestseller Fool’s Gold: How Unrestrained Greed Corrupted a Dream, Shattered Global Markets and Unleashed a Catastrophe (Little Brown, UK and Simon and Schuster, US, 2009) and Saving the Sun: A Wall Street Gamble to Rescue Japan from Its Trillion Dollar Meltdown (Harper Collins, 2003). Before joining the FT in 1993, Ms Tett was awarded a PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s degree.

Roula  Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

Deputy Editor
Financial Times

Roula Khalaf is the Deputy Editor of the Financial Times. In this role she provides strategic direction for the FT’s editorial coverage and its large global network of foreign correspondents. An award-winning journalist, she also writes a weekly column on international affairs. Prior to this role, she served as the FT’s Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor, responsible for overseeing the FT’s editorial coverage of Europe, the Middle East and Africa and the management of the FT’s international network. Her promotion to Foreign Editor came after she served for more than a decade as the FT's Middle East Editor, overseeing the launch of the FT's Middle East edition and leading coverage of the financial crisis in the Gulf and later the Arab spring. Ms Khalaf joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York, where she focused on corporate reporting accounting. She holds a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. Ms Khalaf's series on Qatar won the Foreign Press Association’s Feature story of the year in 2013 and she was named foreign commentator of the year at the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards in 2016. She appears regularly on national and international TV and radio.

Agenda - 23rd Jan

  • 6:45am
  • 7:00am
    Plated breakfast

    From Michelin star chef Sriram Aylur

  • 7:30am
    Panel discussion begins
  • 8:15am
    Panel discussion ends

    ** Please note, all morning edition sessions will run to the same timings **


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