Egbert-Jan Sol is Chief Technology Officer of TNO Industry and Director of the Dutch Smart Industry programme, Dutch Industry 4.0. He is also part-time professor at the Faculty of Science of Radboud University. At European level he is vice-chairman of the European Factories of the Future Research Association and a member of the High Level Group of the European Technology Platform ‘Manufuture’. Egbert-Jan started his industrial career as a robotics system architect, and has also worked as a software project manager, development manager (Philips) and managing director of the 500 person Ericsson R&D centre. From 1990-98 he was part-time professor Technology Management at the TU Eindhoven.
Mr. Brok has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1980, best known for his role as chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2007. Brok has held many leadership positions in German and European politics. As a member of the Convention on the Constitution for Europe and in the Committee on Constitutional Affairs, Brok is widely credited with contributing crucially to the Constitution of the European Union. He is currently the President of the Union of European Federalists (UEF).
Eric Fish is a leading journalist, podcaster and author specialising on China’s youth. He drew on his years working as a teacher and journalist in China to write his acclaimed book, “China’s Millennials”, a nuanced and insightful look at the post-1980 generation and its coming of age as China assumes a leading position on the world stage. He previously worked for the Chinese newspaper Economic Observer and founded the blog sinostand.com. He currently writes for the Asia Society, a non-profit dedicated to promoting US-Asia cooperation.
As State Minister for Investment and Privatisation in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Evelyn Anite is a key player in the economic development of Uganda, overseeing an important effort by the government to support private sector growth and investments to achieve infrastructural, industrial and agricultural development. The country has attracted some of the highest levels of foreign direct investment in the East Africa Community region over the past five years. She won the parliamentary seat of Youth Representative for Northern Uganda in 2011 and was the State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs prior to her current appointment.
Farahnaz Ghodsinia is an active advocate for conflict prevention and peacebuilding through education and inter-faith dialogue. She is the founder of “Children of Mindanao”, a programme providing educational assistance to both Muslim and Christian groups in the southern Philippines. Ghodsinia was elected as President of the 10th National Youth Parliament of the Philippines, the largest parliamentary gathering of young leaders in her country, and in 2017 was included among Lifestyle Asia’s “30 Young Gamechangers”.
Dr. Fatih Birol took office as Executive Director of the IEA in September 2015, twenty years after first joining the agency. He previously held the positions of Chief Economist and Director of Global Energy Economics, with responsibilities that included directing the flagship World Energy Outlook publication. Dr. Birol has been named by Forbes Magazine among the most powerful people in terms of influence on the world’s energy scene.