President of the European Central Bank (2011-2019) and Prime Minister of Italy (2021-2022)
A paramount figure in global finance, Draghi’s legacy is etched deeply into the annals of European and Italian economic history.
He served as the Director General of the Italian Treasury (1991-2001) and Vice Chairman at Goldman Sachs International (2002-2005). From 2006 to 2011, he led the Bank of Italy and subsequently assumed the presidency of the European Central Bank (2011-2019), demonstrating exceptional leadership in times of economic adversity.
In 2021, Draghi became Italy’s Prime Minister. He was recognized as the eighth-most powerful person globally by Forbes in 2014, the “second greatest leader” by Fortune in 2015, and one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time magazine.
Author of critically acclaimed Pursuit of Happyness
Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organizations around the world. He is the author of two bestselling books, The Pursuit of Happyness and Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.
Gardner was an executive producer on the iconic and critically acclaimed film adaptation of The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. Through his positivity, courage, tenacity, discipline and common sense, Gardner’s story is one of overcoming setbacks and hardship to become a top earner on Wall Street before founding his own brokerage.
Professor of Management and Head of the Artificial Intelligence Innovation Network Research Center at Warwick Business School
Professor of Management and Head of the Artificial Intelligence Innovation Network Research Center at Warwick Business School, Hila Lifshitz-Assaf’s research is centered on understanding scientific and technological innovation in the digital age. Lifshitz-Assaf has received recognition for her work in Artificial Intelligence (AI) for critical decision-making, including the ISSIP Excellence in Service Innovation award in 2023. Before her academic career, she spent seven years as a strategy consultant, specializing in growth and innovation strategies in various industries.
Columbia Business School Professor and authority on organizational performance and diversity
Modupe Akinola is a leading authority on organizational performance and diversity, and an Associate Professor of Management at Columbia Business School. Her research on stress and discrimination has been published in numerous academic journals and media outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, and The Economist. Akinola has received several awards, including the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science and the Best Paper Award from the Academy of Management Journal.
She advises leaders on managing stress, diversity, equity, inclusion initiatives and women’s leadership. Before becoming an academic, Akinola was the head of diversity at Bain & Co., where she contributed to the organization’s recruitment and retention framework for people of color. She earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Harvard.
World’s leading expert on organizational trust and bestselling author
Stephen M. R. Covey is the bestselling author of The SPEED of Trust: The One Thing That Changes Everything. He is the former CEO of Covey Leadership Center, which, under his stewardship, became the largest leadership development company in the world. Covey personally led the strategy that propelled his father’s book, Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, to become one of the two most influential business books of the 20th Century, according to CEO Magazine. His latest book is titled Trust and Inspire: How Truly Great Leaders Unleash Greatness in Others.
Professor of Psychology at University of British Columbia and leading happiness and well-being researcher
Dr. Elizabeth Dunn is a distinguished professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia and a leading expert on the study of how time, money, and technology shape human happiness. Her experimental research has not only been published in top-tier journals, including three articles in Science, but also widely featured in international media like The New York Times, The Atlantic, and CNN.
Dr. Dunn’s insights extend beyond academia into practical applications for organizations. She offers expert consulting, engaging workshops, and customized keynote presentations to help implement strategies that enhance well-being in both life and work. She is also the co-author of the acclaimed book Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending, which has been recognized by the Washington Post as essential reading for leaders.
Professor at IESE Business School, author and coach
An eminent figure in international business management, Luis Huete stands out for his multifaceted roles as a professor, consultant, author, and speaker, all of which are centered on leadership and organizational development. He is a professor at IESE Business School. Throughout his academic journey, he has served as a visiting professor at global institutions, enriching management courses with his expertise.
Luis has advised over 800 companies, including industry giants like Coca-Cola and Telefónica. He is a sought-after consultant, assisting businesses worldwide in refining their strategies and cultures. He has authored twelve management books, with Construye tu sueño 2.0 in 2019 being particularly notable.
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