Mara is a senior leader committed to SDG 5 and to changing the face of the financial industry. She is driven by the belief that daily investment decisions are an untapped source of social change, and that private capital can be a force for good. Mara successfully founded, brought to life and implemented an award-winning global program to better serve female clients and make gender equality investable.
Head UHNW Germany, Austria, Italy at UBS and Author
speech: "when a pay gap leads you down an unexpected path"
She has 18 years experience in finance and heads UHNW Germany, Austria, Italy as well as UK and Northern Europe in booking center CH, leading an international team of 100+ people. She is quadrilingual and has held various positions in wealth management, spanning risk & capital management, strategy & organizational design, human resources, business development, sales management, client development and advisory.
Mara holds a doctorate with highest honors in Political Economy from Fribourg University and a degree in economic policy & econometrics. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences and is a published author with over two decades of experience in gender equality matters.
Mara is a board member of UBS Optimus Foundation, Germany, striving to improve health, education and protection for the world's most vulnerable children.
Mara has published 2 books in 2018.:
“A Smart Way To Start” is the first of four books on financial confidence for kids addressing earning and equal pay, saving, spending and sustainability: www.smartwaytostart.com
“Women and Risk” explores ways to overcome the barriers to women’s access to capital, as final frontier to economic gender equality.
CEO of IKEA Switzerland
Simona Scarpaleggia is the CEO of IKEA Switzerland where she oversees strategy and operations of the retail business including nine stores, e-commerce and distributions with a total yearly turnover of EUR 1 billion.
Before joining IKEA Switzerland, she has held various positions in IKEA Italy and other multinational companies as senior executive or HR Director.
She is a passionate campaigner for all issues surrounding women’s empowerment. In 2009, she co-founded «Valore D» in Italy and later «Advance - Women in Swiss Business» in Switzerland. Both organization have a mission to boost gender diversity and to increase the share of mixed-gender management teams for the benefit of our economies.
Since January 2016, Scarpaleggia is co-chairing the UN High Level Panel on Women ́s Economic Empowerment. She holds a degree in political science and an MBA from SDA Bocconi School of Management. Simona Scarpaleggia is an Italian citizen, is married and has three children.
speech: "dreams, concreteness and one important piece of advice"
News Anchor at CNN Money Switzerland
Ana Maria Montero is a multilingual, multi-platform broadcast journalist with 15-plus years in front of the camera.
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She grew up professionally at CNN – from intern to anchor desk – hosting her own daily show out of Los Angeles as well as conducting live coverage from numerous high-profile events across the globe. The pursuit of her own personal story brought this native American to Zurich, where she has spent the last few years discovering Switzerland.
speech: "red carpets to stock markets: daring to dream"
Director Enterprise Solutions & Member of the Executive Board at Microsoft
Yvonne is a seasoned cross-continent executive with proven track record in leading and operationalizing change.
speech: "dream. dare. do. and become the best you"
She has 15+ years of experience in General Management, Enterprise Sales, Alliance management and Business Development. She is a top rated people leader, experienced in managing through disruption and uncertainty and delivering results across Emerging & Mature Markets.
As an African, she is deeply convinced that Technology and Education are the most powerful instruments to change people’s life and she is humbled to be able to contribute to these journeys.
Yvonne was born in Cameroon, studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin and earned an MBA with a focus on Corporate Strategy & Finance from the Warwick Business School. She is married and lives with her husband and three sons in Zurich.
Yvonne will share with us her personal story of resilience, dreaming big and following through to reach personal goals, building a meaningful career in tech and finding happiness.
Ruvarashe works for Barry Callebaut, a leading manufacturer in the cocoa and chocolate industry as a Sustainabiity Brand Development Manager. Her job is to ensure that sustainability is thoroughly embedded and lives at the core of the chocolate brands we love.
Sustainability Brand Development Manager
speech: "breaking barriers for women of today and of the future"
In other words, she makes sure that the definition of pursuing good business and value creation for stakeholders is not only limited to economic profitability. Instead, it also expands to being conscious of and addressing the impact chocolate and cocoa has on the environment and empowering the cocoa farmers (the social actors) in the supply chain to make a better living from their craft. In an industry where poverty is prevalent, she is personally inspired by the role that women play in lifting cocoa economies. They channel their financial success instantaneously to the education and wellbeing of their children and the entire society benefits!
She has been a One Young World Ambassador since 2017. To fufil this role, she voluntarily organises events and initiatives to raise awareness on Sustainable Living amongst her colleagues. She has spoken, advocated and blogged about cocoa Sustainability most noteably at the Chocovision Conference in 2016, The World Chocolate Masters (2018) and the Terroir Syposium in Toronto (2018).
Snowboard World Champion & Film maker
Anne-Flore is probably the most complete and radical snowboarder who has ever existed. A rider who is capable of everything, to win every kind of event and to ride down the most difficult lines. She is a freeride world champion and has also become a strong advocate for gender equality in snowboarding.
After her victory at Verbier Xtrem in 2017, she decided to invest her energy into positive project towards women which lead to the birth of a short movie titled "A land shaped by women".
The film is empowering women and bringing a feminine narrative to the outdoor practice and it encourages all of us to be part of creating the world that will make sense and bring gender equality in the front of the debate.
"A land shaped by women" was selected in 80 film festivals and won 10 Awards already!
- Best Short Film at the « Lady Filmmakers » in Beverly Hills California USA
- Best Short Documentary at the « Lady Filmmakers » in Beverly Hills California USA
- Best Film at St Anton Film Festival in Austria
- Best Feature Film at Shextreme Film Festival in Bristol UK
- Outstanding Excellence of Human Spirit at Docs Without Borders Film Festival
- Outstanding Excellence of Cinematography at Docs Without Borders Film Festival
- Best of Show at Docs Without Borders Film Festival
- Best Cinematography at Rising Above Festival Los Angeles USA
- People’s Choice at Adventure Uncovered Film Festival London UK
- Social Spotlight at Adventure Uncovered Film Festival London UK
Anne-Flore will speak about her personal journey and her conviction that we can achieve our wildest dreams, if we only we dare to give it our best shot.
speech: "a land shaped by women"