Marilyn Heib is a graduated mechanical engineer with specialization in renewable energies and energy efficiency. End of 2012 she founded together with additional three colleagues the crowdfunding platform bettervest, which enables german citizens the financing of projects in the field of climate saving, sustainability and social development. So far the platform financed 36 projects worldwide in a total sum of ca. 3 Mio. She is CEO of bettervest. Additionally Marilyn is founder and president of the non-profit association Go For Climate e.V., which is active in the field of social justice and environmental protection (mainly creates climate saving jobs for the scavengers on the landfill in Olongapo or Philippines).
Founder of Boxcryptor
CEO & Founder, Healing Hotels of the World
Anne Biging grew up in post war Germany and thus developed from early on a strong sense that healing can indeed happen and that life should not be filled with fear and depression. Naturally curious and with the consciousness that there is more in this world that meets the eye, Anne learned about health and well-being through the study of yoga, meditation, ancient Indian scriptures and several healing techniques.
After traveling the world as a journalist and book author, she successfully established her career in international tourism destination marketing and hotel consulting and is now the co-founder of Healing Hotels of the World and the HEALING SUMMIT. Healing Hotels of the World is the only global quality brand uniting the best and most advanced hotels and resorts in the field of holistic health under one umbrella. The brand is also at the forefront of supporting the global paradigm shift towards a soulful economy through organizing the HEALING SUMMIT.
Anne Biging, co-founder and CEO of Healing Hotels of the World, has been named ?Woman of the Decade in Business & Leadership? at the Women?s Economic Forum (WEF) in New Delhi this year.
Dr. Ingrid Wunning Tschol
Senior Vice President Strategic Development, Robert Bosch Stiftung
After receiving her PhD in Zoology from the University of Tubingen in 1985, Ingrid did her postdoctoral work at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, and State University of Stony Brook, US from 1985-1990. Further career steps include positions as Head of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) in Bonn and Head of the European Medical Research Councils at European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg, France. She joined the Robert Bosch Foundation in 1999, first as Head of Research, since 2005 as Senior Vice President Research, and later as Senior Vice President Strategic Development. Amongst many other she initiated and designed AcademaNet, an internet platform for outstanding female researchers. Her numerous committee activities include national and international bodies, such as the Board of Trustees (BOT) as Co-Initiator of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), Africa; BOT Falling Walls Conference in Berlin; BOT University of Ulm; BOT Natural History Museum in Berlin, the German Museum in Munich, the African Agricultural Technology Fund (AATF) in Nairobi and Vice Chair of ERAB (European Research Area Board, advising the EU-Commissioner for Research); She is Co-Initiator of the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF), Member of ESOF Supervisory Board, Vice Chair/Co-Chair/ Member Steering Committees and Programme Committees of ESOF 2006-2020.
Founder and President, Beyond Carnism
Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, international speaker, theorist, and educator. She is also the author of five books: the award-winning Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows; Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters; Powerarchy: Understanding the Psychology of Oppression for Social Transformation; Getting Relationships Right; and Strategic Action for Animals.
Joy is best known for her groundbreaking theories on the psychology of violence and nonviolence and building healthy relationships. Her analyses have helped explain why people engage in ?nonrelational? behaviors ? behaviors that harm other people, animals, the planet, and themselves ? as well as how to change this pattern. Her work has been featured by media outlets around the world, including the New York Times, BBC, NPR, and ABC Australia. She is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award ? previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela ? for her work on global nonviolence; and she also received both the Peter Singer Prize and the Empty Cages Prize for her work developing strategies to reduce the suffering of animals.
Joy?s mission is to raise awareness of the obstacles preventing people from interacting in ways that create a sense of mutual connection. These obstacles are both internal (psychological) and external (social), and they are a key reason why we act against our own interests and the interests of others ? often without realizing that we?re doing so. With awareness, we are better able to think freely and act compassionately, to create healthier and more fulfilling relationships and a more equitable and sustainable world.
Joy has given talks and trainings in 50 countries across six continents. She is the founding president of Beyond Carnism and a co-founder of ProVeg International.
Melanie Joy, Ph.D., Ed.M.
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