Marco Aurélio Almada is an Accounting Technician and Graduated in Business Administration.
He has an Executive MBA in Finance from IBMEC, Lato Sensu Post-Graduation in Improvement in Strategic Management from Fundação Dom Cabral and immersions in Strategic Custody Management from the Oklahoma Baptist University (Oklahoma Baptist University), in the USA, and in Project Monitoring and Evaluation by the German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit – GIZ), in Germany.
He is currently CEO of Centro Cooperativo Sicoob – CCS, made up of the Confederation, the Cooperative bank, the Insurance Company and other Entities that form the third degree of Sicoob.
He is also currently the president of CIBP (International Confederation of Popular Banks) based in Brussels/Belgium.
Valeria has been working at CIBP for more than 10 years now. CIBP has been the opportunity to learn and connect to with the cooperative business model. An inspiring and diverse world opened to her.
This job opportunity facilitated her to both connect with people from all cultures as well as to improve her language skills, while enjoying the management of projects based on best practises exchanges and complex events due by the fact of reuniting so many different organisations at the same time. Truly, an enormous learning experience. Working with colleagues from different departments and rich insights, the CIBP member banks employees and CIBP Ambassadors have become over the years close colleagues establishing trust and respectful relationships.
Valeria has a Master’s degree in political science (Université Libre de Bruxelles) and has been living nearly 30 years in Belgium after having travelled during her youth in several parts of the world.
She has worked many years in the banking, consultancy, legal sectors, and stainless-steel industry, mainly in the HR departments with a favorite pool for Training and High potential management.
Another important aspect of her life are her two daughters, nourishing the common curiosities throughout photography, arts & philosophy as they are a way to discovering our human nature.
An Arts et Métiers engineer, André Joffre first worked in the solar subsidiary of Société Européenne de Propulsion (Safran Group).
He then set up TECSOL, which has become one of Europe’s leading solar energy consultancies. At the same time, he has held a number of mandates: Vice-Chairman ‘Industry’ of the Perpignan Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Chairman of Enerplan, the national solar energy association; Chairman of a competitiveness cluster in Occitanie.
He has been a director of Banque Populaire for over 20 years.
He has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Banque Populaire du Sud for 12 years.
Within the BPCE Group, he has served as a member of the FNBP Board, Chairman of the Banque Populaire Foundation and a member of the BPCE Supervisory Board.
Soumia Alami Ouali has nearly thirty years of background in the banking sector, working with various financial institutions in Morocco. She has been involved in various activities, including the development of consumer credit, supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and supporting the Moroccan diaspora.
Currently, she is Head of Group Human Capital and Group Communication at Banque Populaire du Maroc.
Soumia Alami Ouali holds a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from the University of Paris Dauphine ENSAE.
Jan is head of the unit “Policy Affairs of the German Cooperative Financial Network (CFN)” of the National Association of German Cooperative Banks (BVR), which represents more than 730 cooperative banks in Germany, including the DZ Bank. As head of unit, Jan reports to the president of BVR.
Jan and his team are responsible for assessing the impact of new developments on the cooperative banks and the CFN in general. Such developments comprise topics such as the Digital Euro, DLT, as well as matters related to deposit protection schemes. His unit is also in charge of government relations and the sustainable finance strategy of the CFN.
Jan is, inter alia, chairman of the Foundation of the Cooperative Information Centre, which task is to preserve the history of the cooperatives in Germany. He is also member of the board of the European Forum of Deposit Insurers (EFDI).
Prior to joining BVR in 2014, Jan worked for the Association of German Banks, where he was responsible for the resolution of two German banks: “Düsseldorfer Hypothekenbank AG” and “Valovis Bank AG”. Jan was also Managing Director of “Resba Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH” and member of the Supervisory Board of “ENDIR 1 Abwicklungsgesellschaft mbH”.
Before 2014, Jan worked as lawyer at an international law firm and advised banks in regulatory matters and financing transactions. He holds a doctor’s degree in law and a master degree in European and International Laws.
Alain Declercq is a Civil Engineer (Brussels Polytechnic school 1982) by training and moved in the early eighties to the financial world.
Before joining CPH Bank as President of Executive Committee in 1993, he already had the opportunity to occupy financial positions in an international environment.
Holder of a MBA from UCLA (Los Angeles), he moved to Exxon Chemical Belgium and International in different financial positions within the Treasurer and Controller departments.
In 1993, he arrived at Banque CPH as CEO where he took on new challenges, such as maintaining economic growth, getting used to new technologies through two decades, dealing with the financial crisis in 2008, setting strategic directions according to innovation, etc.
Alain and his wife have 3 sons and 2 grandchildren living in southeast Asia.
Ranny Galli is an executive who has been passionate about marketing since his childhood. He has held various positions, starting as a leafleter and pamphlet distributor and eventually ascending to the role of a marketing director. With over 25 years of experience and a degree in IT, he now dedicates his expertise to training individuals to become high-performance professionals. Additionally, he assists companies in structuring their digital marketing departments and processes to accelerate their growth through Growth Hacking strategies.
Throughout his career, Ranny has worked in diverse areas including Marketing, Commercial, Trade Marketing, Product Management, Market Intelligence, Research & Development, Operations, and Pricing. He has contributed his skills to well-known companies such as COCA-COLA, DANONE, TIM, CBS (San Francisco, CA), HIG CAPITAL, and SICOOB.
As a passionate researcher, he has focused on understanding consumer behavior, particularly the purchasing decision processes of Generation Z consumers. His dedication to this field led him to pursue an MBA in Brazil at USP, another in San Francisco, California, USA at the Intrax International Institute, a master’s degree in Atlanta, Georgia (Beulah Heights), and a PhD from the American University in Asunción, Paraguay.
Carlos Heller is a distinguished figure with a remarkable legacy in cooperative banking, politics, and social activism. His journey commenced in 1963 within credit cooperatives and led him to become a key player in shaping the cooperative landscape. Notably, he played a crucial role in the formation of Banco Credicoop Cooperativo Limitada, which he managed from its inception in 1979 until 2005. As its President, he propelled Banco Credicoop to become a significant entity in Argentina’s financial system, marked by its democratic governance and widespread reach.
Beyond finance, Carlos Heller ventured into politics, serving as a National Deputy from 2009 to 2025. His tenure was characterized by influential roles such as President of the Finance Commission and membership in vital investigative commissions. Heller’s commitment to cooperative principles and social causes is evident in his founding and leadership of the Solidarity Party. Through his numerous accomplishments, writings, and advocacy efforts, Carlos Heller has left an enduring imprint on cooperative philosophy, financial institutions, and progressive politics in Argentina.
Siria Jeldes has served as president of Coopeuch since 2015. Likewise, she chairs the board of directors of the Coopeuch Foundation and serves as director of the cooperative’s Insurance Broker Subsidiary. She is a founding member of the Círculo de Directores, a Chilean entity that is supported by the Corporate Governance Center of the ESE Business School of the University of Los Andes and which brings together nearly 200 directors of leading companies in the country.
She represents Coopeuch in the Capital Market Advisory Council of the Ministry of Finance, whose objective is to institutionalize dialogue and public-private interaction regarding the development strategy of the local financial market.
At the international level, Siria is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP) and is a member of the Board of Directors of Cooperatives of the Americas.
Siria Jeldes has received various recognitions during her professional career, including being highlighted four times among the 100 women leaders in the country. She was distinguished as one of the 10 most influential CEOs in Latin America by América Economía magazine. In 2021, Siria was recognized as a “Business Reference Leader for Equity” for its contribution to cultural change to reduce gaps and achieve greater gender equality, which was awarded during the Women Economic Forum.
She was awarded the “Best Executive of the Year 2018” award, given by EY and El Mercurio, a prestigious Chilean media. Likewise, she obtained the “Influential Woman Senior Management” recognition, awarded by Influential Women.
He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science, specialist in Project Management from the Catholic University of Brasília (UCB), specialist in Strategic Management from Fundação Dom Cabral (FDC), extension in Digital Transformation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and certified by the Project Management Institute – PMI as Project Management Professional – PMP. He has 24 years of professional experience in the IT area of banks and credit/financial cooperatives, and 14 years of experience as an executive. At Sicoob, he works as an IT Executive Superintendent, he is responsible for the development and support of systems for banking automation (digital channels/backoffice) and analytical solutions.
Kerstin Manser holds a role at DZ BANK where she is responsible for the recruitment and development of trainees in the Capital Markets and Transaction Banking business sectors. She also oversees the areas of “Digital Learning” and “Female Marketing”.
With 27 years of experience in Group Human Resources, Kerstin has served as an expert, facilitator, coach, and trainer across various functions. Her professional journey has prominently focused on “Digital Transformation” and “Agility”. She successfully completed the “ Digital Business Transformation ” module at the SGMI Management Institute in St. Gallen and is a certified Scrum Master.
Since 2021, as a program manager, Kerstin Manser has been leading the “Digital Projects” within the Trainee Program 4.0, emphasizing innovation and digitalization. Under her guidance and using a curriculum she has specially designed, trainees from diverse backgrounds are trained to act as “entrepreneurs within the company ”. They work autonomously in agile teams for six months, focusing on current trends and innovation topics, and subsequently pitch their prototypes to the Executive Board.
Michael is Associate Director in the Innovation and Digitalization department at DZ BANK in Frankfurt, Germany. He is responsible for several innovation initiatives and is leading strategic projects across DZ BANK Group. He oversees the trend and technology scouting of the German cooperative financial network and is building up a cross company innovation team. At his previous role at TeamBank Michael managed several fintech collaborations and supported the startup-phase of different new business models. He spent several years in academia researching the innovation and financing environment for sustainable ventures.
Emanuelle Moraes graduated in social work and holds postgraduate degrees in Strategic Management of Third Sector Organizations and Public Policies: Fundamentals and Social Management. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Development and Circular Economy from PUC RS and an MBA in Strategic Business Management from FGV – Fundação Getúlio Vargas. Additionally, she completed the Advanced Management Program at ESADE Business and Law School in Barcelona.
With 20 years of experience in managing organizations and private social investment projects aligned with business strategies, with a focus on creating shared value, she has a strong background in this field.
Her previous roles include working at Fundacim – the Brazilian Institute of Social and Environmental Management, where her efforts were concentrated on professionalizing and strengthening the third sector. At FIEP (Federation of Industries of the States of Paraná), she successfully implemented the Paraná Business Citizenship Council and actively participated in the We Can Paraná Movement for the Millennium Goals.
For the past 11 years, she has served as the Managing Director of the SICOOB Institute and currently oversees the Citizenship and Sustainability department at the SICOOB Cooperative Center. This department encompasses three key areas: the Sustainability Agenda, the Financial Citizenship Agenda, and Strategic Social Investment (SICOOB Institute).
Nicolas Namias has been Chairman of the Management Board of BPCE since December 3, 2022.
He began his career in 2004 at the Treasury Department of the French Ministry of the Economy and Finance. Initially responsible for preparing international financial summits, he was then appointed deputy government commissioner at the Autorité des marchés financiers. In 2008, Nicolas Namias joined Groupe BPCE, where he was head of Retail Banking and Insurance until 2012. In the same year, he was appointed technical advisor to the Prime Minister on economic financing, companies and international economic affairs.
Nicolas Namias returned to Groupe BPCE in 2014, becoming Chief Strategy Officer and then Chief Financial Officer of Natixis, and a member of the General Management Committee. In 2018, Nicolas Namias was appointed member of the BPCE management board, first in charge of finance and strategy, and since August 2020, as chief executive officer of Natixis.
Tariq Noori is the head of the Group Strategy and Sustainability department at DZ Bank AG. In this role, he is responsible for sustainability, BVR committee work, M&A, and strategic initiatives.
Before joining DZ Bank in 2013, he worked for Deutsche Bank for several years. Tariq Noori is a certified commercial subjects teacher and studied at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt.
Mr. Noori is a member of the Sustainability Council of the cooperative union. Additionally, he serves as a panel member of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster in Germany.
Carlos Ignacio Orella Laurent has a career of more than 25 years in the Chilean financial system, in which he has had the opportunity to participate in the most important financial institutions in the country. At Coopeuch he has been working in different administration positions for 10 years. He currently serves as Planning and Experience Manager.
At the national level, he participates in the Cooperative Forum Study Committee, a union body that brings together the most relevant cooperatives in the country, which belong to different industries.
In the international field, Carlos is the Coopeuch ambassador for the organization International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP), as well as participates in various activities with the ICA -International Cooperative Alliance-, highlighting his work in the preparation of the Social Cooperative Balance of Coopeuch.
Carlos is a civil industrial engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile; diploma in IFRS from the University of Chile; master’s degree in business administration -MBA- from the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Chile and a diploma in Management Development from the Adolfo Ibañez University.
Mikael Petitjean is a finance professor at UCLouvain. He holds a doctorate in management sciences from the University of Namur, is a lecturer at the universities of Reading and Northampton, and graduated from the London School of Economics.
He serves as the Chief Economist at Waterloo Asset Management and is a non-executive director at Banque CPH.
A former member of the High Council of Finance in Belgium, he has participated in several parliamentary hearings and commissions of inquiry.
He is a shareholder and a member of the board of directors of Sentometrics, a startup engaged in ESG controversy research using AI.
He has published numerous scientific articles and is a member of the editorial committee of the “Finance” journal of the French Finance Association, for which he won the Best Article Award in 2010. He holds two international accreditations in risk management (FRM) and alternative investment (CAIA).
Business Administrator, with 24 years of experience in the financial sector, and with an entrepreneurial spirit in organizational analysis and innovation of financial products in payment methods, Ronny has a professional interested in knowledge and technology assimilation processes. Ronny feels prepared to define and evaluate the achievement goals with a rational use of available resources oriented to results, and able to carry out any type of negotiation.
Rodrigo Silva has a 30-year career in the Chilean financial system, 13 of which he has spent at Coopeuch. He actively participates in important business circles, such as the Icare Business and Society Circle and the board of the Foundation País Digital, prestigious Chilean organizations.
He is president of the National Association of Cooperatives and Coopera, a union organization that brings together cooperatives under the supervision of CMF (Commission for the Financial Market). He is director of the Coopeuch Foundation and is also director of the Coopeuch Insurance Broker Subsidiary..
At international level, Rodrigo Silva is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Confederation of Popular Banks (CIBP). Likewise, in 2023 he was elected as president of the Regional Committee of Financial Cooperatives and Cooperative Banks of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) in the Region of the Americas (COFIA), a sectoral organization that supports the cooperative financial sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Bastian Stahl is responsible for the Prototyping LAB, an internal digitalization and innovation accelerator within the Strategy and Group Development division at DZ BANK. In this capacity, innovation ideas originating from various specialist areas are assessed for their potential customer benefits, financial viability, and technological feasibility. These ideas are then prepared for further scaling within the organization.
With a doctorate in business informatics, Dr. Stahl brings a wide range of research-based methods to his role. In his academic pursuits, he explored the phenomenon of digital transformation within established companies across different industries.
Additionally, Bastian Stahl actively contributes to the training of junior staff and serves as a co-coach for DZ BANK’s trainees involved in “digitalization projects”.
Mr. Brown is currently serving as President and Chairman of the Board of Community and Workers of Jamaica Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. (CWJCCUL); he is also the Executive Director of Verge Communications Limited and is also Deputy Chairman of ID Pioneers – a nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of youths in Jamaica.
As a former Senior Executive of Cable & Wireless, he has spent over 30 years in senior leadership.
Holding a Master’s Degree in Computer Based Management Information System from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) in Electronics and Telecommunications from the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH), he is a Fellow of the Telecommunications Executive Management Institute of Canada (TEMIC) and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance and is also a Certified Board Member.
Very passionate about the personal development and empowerment of the at-risk youths within the society and is involved with “The World Needs A Father” an international organization and Mentoring a Nation (MAN) in Jamaica, he is the 2021 recipient of the Transformational Leadership Award, from the International School of Greatness and is also a Credit Union Development Educator (DE).
Diego Cibils is a Tech Entrepreneur, Founder, former CEO, and Investor with expertise in Artificial Intelligence for the banking and finance industry.
In 2015, he co-founded KONA, a company with a mission to bring innovation and new customer experiences to banks and financial institutions. KONA developed the first real Banking Chatbot using Conversational AI in Latin America and expanded its presence across the entire Latin American and North American regions. In 2020, KONA was acquired by Technisys, which was subsequently acquired by SoFi/Galileo.
Currently, Diego serves as the Head of AI at SoFi/Galileo and is a board member and advisor to several startups.
Guy Cormier has held the position of President and CEO of the Desjardins Group since 2016, concurrently serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
His journey is distinguished by his educational background and extensive experience. Graduating from HEC Montréal with both a bachelor’ s and a master’s degree in business administration, he also contributed to the institution by teaching finance for nearly eight years. Cormier’s longstanding association with the Desjardins Group, beginning in 1992, led him through various roles within the network of caisses, culminating in his position as General Manager in 2002.
As a vital member of Desjardins’ senior leadership since 2012, he progressively rose to become Senior Vice-President of the Caisses Network and Retail Services. His bold approach to leadership has fostered innovation and community within the organization’s vast workforce and has been instrumental in driving transformative initiatives such as the creation of the $250 million Fonds du Grand Mouvement. Beyond Desjardins, Cormier’s advocacy for youth and cooperative ideals further exemplify his commitment to a socially responsible and inclusive economy, leaving an indelible mark on the financial and societal landscape alike.
Otávio Ribeiro Damaso is a distinguished figure in the world of economics and financial regulation. With an academic background rooted in excellence, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Brasília (UnB), obtained in 1993, and furthered his education with a specialization in Applied Mathematics for Economics and Business Administration from the same institution in 1999. Currently, he holds the vital position of Deputy Governor for Regulation at Banco Central do Brasil (BCB), a role he has held since April 23, 2015, and will continue to serve until December 31, 2024. Otávio Ribeiro Damaso’s contributions span a multitude of significant responsibilities within BCB, including roles as Deputy Governor for Licensing and Resolution and Chief of Staff to the Governor, underscoring his integral role in shaping the financial landscape of Brazil.
From being an Advisor to the Board of Directors of Caixa Econômica Federal to Chairing the Board of Directors of IRB-Re Brasil Resseguros SA, his expertise has resonated across various domains. His involvement in the National Council of Private Insurance and leadership at Banco do Estado do Ceará further demonstrate his commitment to shaping financial policies and institutions in Brazil. Otávio Ribeiro Damaso’s extensive experience and profound influence in financial regulation and economics have solidified his reputation as a prominent figure in the country’s financial sector.
Édouard Fernandez-Bollo assumed a crucial role as a member of the Prudential Supervisory Board of the Single Supervisory Mechanism at the European Central Bank (ECB) in September 2019. His primary responsibility involves leveraging his expertise to oversee and regulate European banking institutions.
His career includes serving as the Secretary-General of the French Prudential Supervision and Resolution Authority (ACPR), a position that highlighted his deep involvement in financial governance. Preceding this, he held key roles such as Deputy Secretary-General at ACPR and previously at the Banking Commission, showcasing his progressive journey in financial control and regulation. Fernandez-Bollo’s dedication to ensuring financial stability and effective governance within the banking sector shines through his contributions to both French and European financial institutions. Through his role in the Prudential Supervisory Board of the ECB, he solidifies his commitment to the sound functioning of European financial systems, positioning himself as a key influencer in shaping the future of financial supervision.
Thierry Marx is a prominent figure in the culinary world, known for his innovative approach to French cuisine. His culinary journey began when he enrolled at the Lycée d’Hôtellerie et de Tourisme de la Ville de Paris, where he received formal training in the culinary arts. His passion for cooking led him to various prestigious kitchens in France, including the kitchens of Robuchon and Taillevent.
Thierry Marx’s career was marked by his tireless pursuit of innovation within the realm of French cuisine. He sought to break free from traditional boundaries and infuse his dishes with creativity and modernity. His approach was influenced by his interest in science, art, and technology, which he seamlessly integrated into his culinary creations.
Marx’s innovative culinary creations garnered widespread recognition, leading him to receive numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. In 1988 and 2000, he earned his first and second Michelin stars.
Also known for his commitment to social causes, he has been actively involved in projects aimed at providing culinary training to marginalized individuals, including those with a history of incarceration. Marx’s belief in the transformative power of cooking led him to establish initiatives that provide these individuals with the skills and opportunities to rebuild their lives.
Marx’s dynamic presence and charismatic personality have made him a sought-after figure in the media. He has appeared as a judge on various cooking shows and documentaries, where he shares his expertise and insights with a broader audience. His willingness to challenge conventions and his dedication to fostering positive change through his culinary endeavors have left an indelible mark on the world of gastronomy. As a visionary chef, author, and educator, Marx’s impact continues to inspire chefs and food enthusiasts worldwide to push the boundaries of culinary artistry.
Gillian Tett, a prominent figure in the world of financial journalism and analysis, is celebrated for her insightful contributions to understanding the complexities of the global economy.
Tett’s ascent in the field of financial journalism was marked by her insightful analyses and comprehensive coverage of intricate economic matters. Her tenure as the U.S. Managing Editor and columnist at the Financial Times showcased her talent for dissecting economic trends and unraveling the interplay between finance, politics, and society.
One of Tett’s most notable achievements was her prescient coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. Her articles, published well before the crisis unfolded, exposed the hidden risks within the financial sector. Her ability to recognize the impending crisis earned her widespread recognition as a perceptive financial journalist.
In addition to her journalistic endeavors, Tett has made significant contributions to academia. As a PhD holder in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge, she has melded her academic expertise with her journalistic pursuits to offer unique insights into the interconnectedness of global finance and human behavior.
Gillian Tett’s contributions have been widely acknowledged by both the financial and journalistic communities. Her accolades include numerous awards, reflecting her impact on shaping public discourse and deepening understanding of complex financial matters.
Philippe Zaouati, a pioneer in sustainable finance, founded Mirova in 2014 within the Natixis Group, dedicated to responsible investment for environmental and social progress. He has chaired key commissions in financial associations, played a role in international organizations, co-founded the Finance for Tomorrow initiative, and contributed to European regulation on sustainable finance.
Beyond his professional roles, Zaouati actively participates in shaping economic and financial systems, advocating for an impact economy that preserves nature. He co-founded think tanks “Osons le Progrès” and “L’Union fait le Climat” to unite various stakeholders in the fight against climate change and biodiversity loss. He serves on the boards of WWF France and the Impact France Movement.
Zaouati is a prolific author of essays and novels, including “La finance verte commence à Paris” and “La finance durable: sonnerie d’une seconde chance.” In 2022, he launched the “Billet Vert” podcast and began hosting the “Point de bascule” column on SoGood radio in 2023. Additionally, he imparts knowledge on sustainable finance at educational institutions and supports young companies as a Business Angel.
Guillaume de Sazilly is currently the Head of MINI France at BMW Group France since March 2020, overseeing customer experience and franchise management.
Previously, he served as the Customer Experience & Franchise Manager at BMW Group France from June 2018 to February 2020, and as the Marketing Manager for BMW Motorrad from January 2015 to June 2018.
Before his roles at BMW, Guillaume held leadership positions in retail, including General Manager roles at Eclat de Verre and Connaissance du monde, where he contributed to business growth and strategy.
Earlier in his career, he worked as an Area Manager at BMW Group France from July 2006 to April 2009, managing a network of dealers and implementing successful marketing and commercial strategies.
Dean of IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School, PhD in Banking, Research director and Full Professor of finance and governance at University Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne, Eric Lamarque hold the chair on Management and governance of financial cooperatives at Sorbonne Business school.
He as published several books and articles on cooperative banks notably “Contemporary Trends in European Cooperative Banking Sustainability, Governance, Digital Transformation, and Health Crisis Response, co-edited with Marco Migliorelli, Springer editions in 2022.
He contributes to training programs and consulting activities for different cooperative banks, mutual insurances in France and Canada for board and executive committee and he is actually member of Academic advisory group of the European Association of Cooperatives Banks in Brussels. He was also 12 years member of the board and member of the risk committee of a cooperative bank.
Guillermo Torres is currently the Chief Operating Officer at the African Leadership University.
He has a background in Transformation in Higher Education and Management Consulting, spanning a diverse array of industries and geographies. Prior to joining the African Leadership University, he spearheaded transformation projects at IESE Business School. Before that, he worked as a Management Consultant for AT Kearney.
He holds an MBA from IESE Business School, a MSc in Engineering from École Centrale Paris and he is currently pursuing a PhD at the intersection of Education, Economy and Management.
Rigo Van den Broeck has 25 years of card & payment industry experience. Over this period, his experience has ranged from product and market development over different type of “change” projects driving international integration, opening new business lines, product innovation. He joined Mastercard in 2006.
Before joining Mastercard, he worked over 9 years in KBC bank within the cards & payment division with responsibilities across Europe & represented KBC in product development projects at market level. He has also participated in many merger and acquisition (buying & selling) projects within MC & in retail banking.
Mr. Van den Broeck holds a Master in Applied Economics (with a major in marketing) as well as degrees in Psychology & Education, all from the Catholic University of Leuven.
Holder of a preparatory certificate from SciencesPo Paris.Student at SciencesPo Paris.
Currently in a partnership contract with BRED Banque Populaire.
Began fencing in Guadeloupe at the age of 8 and left the archipelago at the age of 17 to join the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Performance (INSEP).
Five-time European champion in individual and team events.
Multiple medalist in the World Cup in individual and team events.
Multiple medalist in the French Championship in individual and team events.
Participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (2021).
Currently preparing for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
Louise Ekland began her career as an animator in France on Game One, the cable video game channel, before joining the M6 group as an announcer on W9, then columnist on M6 in the flagship morning show “Le Morning Café”. In 2008, she joined France Télévisions to host ”Côte & Match”, a program devoted to the sports prediction game of La Française des Jeux. Also in 2008, she joined the continuous news channel BFM TV to provide a column in the morning. From April 2009, Louise Ekland also presents on France 4 “Louise Contre Attaque”, a traveling music show, which covers various music festivals. In March 2011, she participated as a member of the jury in the French version of Top Chef on M6. From July 2014, she presented the 100% Mag program on M6. In 2016 Louise continued her activities in the M6 group and she arrived on Europe 1 in Thomas Sotto’s morning show with her column ‘Les Francais sont Formidables’ in which she paid tribute to France and the French.
She has since been on France Television and hosts many one-off events, such as the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw, as well as corporate events.
Born and bred in London, Tedd has long had a passion for travel and foreign languages which has taken him across Europe, Latin America and Africa.
A linguist by training, he is fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese and regularly works in these languages. Tedd has a diverse range of specialities, including African markets, disruptive technology (fintech, blockchain and trade tech), soft commodities (especially cocoa), agribusiness, trade and trade finance, supply chain integrity and ESG.
Tedd is well known as a speaker, appearing regularly as chairman, keynote speaker and moderator on the world conference and webinar circuit and as a commentator in the media.