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Ann Hoyt

Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Ann Hoyt
  • Ann Hoyt

    Ann is an Emerita Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was Chair of the Consumer Science department and a consumer cooperative specialist with a focus on cooperative governance. She has served on many cooperative boards of directors, including the University of Wisconsin Credit Union for 21 years, nine years as chair; the National Cooperative Business Association for 25 years, 2 years as chair; and the National Cooperative Bank for 6 years. She was inducted into the United States Cooperative Hall of Fame in 2015 and became an Emerita Director of the UW Credit Union in 2016. Currently she is Board Chair of the Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin, and Board Facilitator for the Willy Street Grocery Cooperative in Madison. 

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António Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General
António Guterres
  • António Guterres

    António Guterres is a Portuguese politician and diplomat. Since 2017, he has served as secretary-general of the United Nations, the ninth person to hold this title. A member of the Portuguese Socialist Party, Guterres served as prime minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002.

     

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Ariel Guarco

President of the Cooperative Confederation of the Argentine Republic (COOPERAR)
Ariel Guarco
  • Ariel Guarco

    He is a cooperative leader that has undertaken a cooperative movement development process in his country and has built strong bonds with the rest of the cooperative movement in the American continent by becoming Cooperatives of the Americas’ Board member and through other regional integration sectors.

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Cory Efram Doctorow

Blogger| Journalist |Science Fiction Author
Cory Efram Doctorow
  • Cory Efram Doctorow

    Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is the author of many books, most recently THE BEZZLE (a followup to RED TEAM BLUES) and THE LOST CAUSE, a solarpunk science fiction novel of hope amidst the climate emergency. His most recent nonfiction book is THE INTERNET CON: HOW TO SEIZE THE MEANS OF COMPUTATION, a Big Tech disassembly manual. Other recent books include RED TEAM BLUES, a science fiction crime thriller; CHOKEPOINT CAPITALISM, nonfiction about monopoly and creative labor markets; the LITTLE BROTHER series for young adults; IN REAL LIFE, a graphic novel; and the picture book POESY THE MONSTER SLAYER. In 2020, he was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

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Cynthia Giagnocavo

Cátedra (Chair) COEXPHAL-UAL, of Agriculture, Cooperative Studies and Sustainable Development, University of Almeria (Spain)
Cynthia Giagnocavo
  • Cynthia Giagnocavo

    Professor of Management and Business Organisation at the University of Almería, Spain. Master of Environmental studies (York U). Her research focuses on transitions to sustainability in food and agricultural value chains and systems. Expert on cooperatives, innovative business models and collaborative enterprise. President of the Global Board of International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), Committee on Cooperative Research, past president of the ICA CCR European board. Member of the Board of Govenors of the Institut international des coopératives Alphonse-et-Dorimène-Desjardins.

    She has led numerous European and international projects on Climate Smart Farming, innovative business models, sustainable agri-supply chains, and new technologies and digitalization processes. An experienced Barrister, Solicitor and Attorney qualified in Canada (Ontario), England and Wales and New York State, she has worked in both London and Madrid for the global law firm Clifford Chance LLP in structured finance and banking before switching her attention to social enterprise and cooperative business models. 

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Doug O’Brien

President & CEO National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA)
Doug O’Brien
  • Doug O’Brien

    Doug O'Brien works with the cooperative community, both domestically and internationally, to deepen their impact and influence. NCBA is the primary voice for cooperatives in the United States for using the cooperative business model to empower people in their businesses and communities. Doug has been with NCBA since 2016 and became president and CEO in January 2018. Before coming to NCBA CLUSA, Doug led the work of the White House Rural Council and served in top positions at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Doug has also worked in the U.S. Senate, U.S. House and for two Governors. O'Brien's experience in academia includes teaching and writing at the University of Arkansas and Drake University Law School. O’Brien was raised on a diversified farm in Dubuque County, Iowa, and holds degrees from Loras College (Dubuque, Iowa), the University of Iowa Law School, and the University of Arkansas Masters in Agricultural and Food Law Program. O’Brien lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife, Alisa and three children. He enjoys biking, travel, his memberships in a number of consumer co-ops and credit unions.

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Francesca Ottolenghi

Chief of International Relations, Internationalization and Development Cooperation Legacoop Nazionale
Francesca Ottolenghi
  • Francesca Ottolenghi

    Francesca Ottolenghi, expert in international cooperation, she has acquired extensive professional experience within the cooperative movement both nationally and internationally. As biologist, after advanced studies in France and Australia, she founded a women research cooperative in 1995. Since 2005 he has contributed to the foundation of the Haliéus Association - of which she has been Director and today President - as a structure for the implementation of international development cooperation interventions within Legacoop, managing projects in many countries around the world.   From January 2022 she is chief of the International Relations Office and chief of the Sustainability and Cooperation office and Chief of the Equal Opportunity Office of Legacoop and is a professor at the University of Rome La Sapienza in courses dedicated to the use of cooperative business model in international development cooperation projects on "Cooperative business model for sustainable development". Chair of the International Cooperative Development Platform (ICDP) Committee of the ICA.

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Hagen Henry

Adjunct Professor, Research Director at University of Helsinki
Hagen Henry
  • Hagen Henry

    Born in 1952 in Germany. High school in Germany and in the United States. Studies in law and French language in Saarbrücken and Geneva; qualification as a German judge in 1981. Post graduate studies in development issues and development law in Geneva and Paris. Licentiate, doctorate and professorship qualification in comparative law at the University of Helsinki.

    Retired from the University of Helsinki since late 2020; Visiting scholar at that university. Prior to working at the University of Helsinki (2011-2020) Henrÿ worked as Chief of the Cooperative Branch of the ILO, as legal advisor to the German Federal Minister of Economy (1983-1991) and at the universities of Geneva and Saarbrücken (1977-1983). Since 1994 Henrÿ has consulted on cooperative policy and legislation in/for some 65 countries for national, regional and international governmental and non-governmental organizations, among which the ILO, the FAO, the World Bank, the EU, the OECD, the International Trade Center, the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA) and the German Cooperative and Raiffeisen Confederation (DGRV). Since 2013 he has coordinated the ICA Cooperative Law Committee.

    Henrÿ has published widely on development questions, land law, comparative law and cooperative law and has been a frequent contributor to seminars and conferences in many countries over many years. He is member of several scientific associations and of editorial boards of scientific journals. Since 2004 he has taught cooperative law and policy and comparative law at several universities and other institutions.

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Howard Brodsky

Co-founder & Chairman, CCA Global Partners | Global Leader of Cooperatives | Speaker
Howard Brodsky
  • Howard Brodsky

    Howard Brodsky is a world leader of co-operatives and a prolific American entrepreneur. CCA is one of the largest Cooperatives in the United States with sales of over $12 billion. CCA Global Partners services 30,000 childcare centers, 2,000 nonprofits, and over 1,000,000 independent family businesses. 

    Brodsky was the first American to be awarded the Rochdale Award, the “Nobel Prize of Cooperative Business” given every two years to an individual who has made the greatest impact in cooperatives worldwide. Additionally, he received the Business Leader of the Decade Award, Global Leadership Award by the World Affairs Council, inducted into the Cooperative Hall of Fame, and Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. He is the Founder and Chairman of Cooperatives for a Better World, a worldwide non-profit, which aims to scale the global cooperative movement. 

    Brodsky is the Global Chairman of the International Cooperative Alliance G20 Working Group. Brodsky is also a published author, and his theory on business can be seen on the highly rated TEDx Talks. Recently, he was invited to speak at the United Nations on the power of the contemporary cooperative. 

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Jeroen Douglas

Director-General - International Cooperative Alliance
Jeroen Douglas
  • Jeroen Douglas

    With over 30 years of experience in sustainable supply chains across the tropics, Jeroen has influenced key commodity markets such as coffee, tea, cocoa, oil palm, soy, bananas, cotton, beef, and gold. His work has mobilised over 700 million consumers globally to choose sustainability and fair trade labels. 

    A staunch advocate for systemic change, Jeroen believes that true sustainability requires a fundamental shift in business structures. They argue that sustainability labels and supply chain efforts alone are not enough. He champions the cooperative model as a powerful counterbalance to unilateral, capital-driven market forces.

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Mária Eugenia Pérez Zéa

Lawyer
Mária Eugenia Pérez Zéa
  • Mária Eugenia Pérez Zéa

    Lawyer, Specialist in Administrative Law and Socioeconomic Evaluation of Social Projects, leader of the Colombian Cooperative Sector, with extensive experience of more than 20 years, in Cooperative leadership at the Latin American level, holding positions in union organizations such as: Cooperativa de Las Américas, member of the Board of Directors of Confecoop, Gestando, Corporación Verde and CIDE, President of the Board of Directors of the Coomeva Cooperative Business Group.

    In addition, she is Vice President of the Equity Committee of the International Cooperative Alliance and Member of the ICA World Board.

    She is currently the Executive President of the Colombian Association of Cooperatives.

    I consider myself to have a high social commitment, developing strategies through the social and cooperative economy that improve the living conditions of less favored populations and the well-being and empowerment of women.

    Faithful to the cooperative principles and values ​​that allow me to exercise leadership in the national and international sector, always showing the leadership and power of women in favor of cooperative citizen and business well-being.

     

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Revant Himatsingka

Food Pharmer
Revant Himatsingka
  • Revant Himatsingka

    Revant Himatsingka, popularly known as Food Pharmer, is a food crusader who is on a mission to make 140 crore Indians become health literate. 

    He has fought and won against several MNCs in the world. He has been instrumental behind many leading companies reducing their sugar content. He has 3.5 million followers across social media and is one of India's most trusted voices on health. 

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Roeland Monasch

CEO of Aflatoun
Roeland Monasch
  • Roeland Monasch

    Roeland Monasch is the CEO of Aflatoun a Social Franchise delivering Social and Financial Education through a network of nearly 400 partner organizations in 100+ countries. Its mission is to inspire youth to socially and economically empower themselves to become agents of change for a more equitable future. Previously, Roeland worked for 20+ years with the UN (UNICEF & WHO), including as UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone, Georgia, and Zimbabwe. He coordinated the UNICEF response during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone (2014-2015).

    In Georgia, he worked with the government on the de-institutionalization of all children living in large orphanages established during the Soviet Union era and managed the humanitarian operation in Abkhazia. In Zimbabwe, he coordinated the UNICEF development programme and protracted humanitarian crisis [2004–2009: Displacement; Cholera; Political violence; Hyperinflation; Collapse basic social services].

    Roeland is married and has a seventeen-year-old daughter.

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Rose Marley

Chief Executive, Co-operatives UK
Rose Marley
  • Rose Marley

    As the voice of the UK’s co-operative movement, Co-operatives UK empowers and supports co- operative enterprise with specialised knowledge and expertise, to grow the co-operative economy and create a fairer society. From football clubs and farms, to convenience stores and pubs, there are more than 7,000 co-operatives in the UK.

    Rose joined Co-operatives UK as CEO in 2021 with a focus on engaging younger generations and building a tech & digital infrastructure capable of co-op innovation in the 21st century. Rose immediately spearheaded the creation of an ambitious new strategy to grow the co-operative economy.

    Rose is also Chair of the International Co-operative Working Group (ICWG) alongside consumer and worker coops and including infrastructure bodies such as the Co-op Heritage Fund, Co- operative College and Co-op News and has championed development work in India & Malawi. In the last few years, driven by the ICWG, the sector has donated £100,000 to female led co- operatives in India to provide emergency Covid aid and provide sustainable livelihoods for 40 young women. With Rose at its head, the ICWG is also developing an international fund which will be launched in 2024 in celebration of 180th anniversary of the Rochdale Pioneers.

    As Chair of ICWG, Rose has also launched co-op Beyond the Music at SXSW in Texas, USA andwas a keynote speaker at both WCM Brazil 2022 and the Global Innovation Forum in Paris, 2021.

    Rose lives in Manchester with her husband and two children.

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Sonja Novkovic

Professor at Saint Mary's University
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Sonja Novkovic
  • Sonja Novkovic

    Sonja Novkovic, Ph.D. is Emeritus Professor of Economics and the Academic Director of the International Centre for Co-operative Management at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. She is former Chair (2013-2021) and member of the ICA Committee on Co-operative Research. She sits on the NCBA-CLUSA Cooperative Economics Council and serves in advisory role for the Overseas Cooperative Development Council Research Group in the US; the UNRISD Sustainable Development Performance Indicators project; the ICA World Cooperative Monitor, and the Cooperative Identity Advisory group of the ICA.

    Sonja’s research interests include theory of worker and multi-stakeholder cooperatives, humanistic governance and cooperative management, and measures of socio-economic sustainability performance in democratic organizations. She co-edited numerous books on the social economy, cooperative governance and cooperative economics, and is currently involved in research on cooperatives and the circular economy; systems thinking and cooperative networks.

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Stefania Marcone

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Stefania Marcone
  • Stefania Marcone

    Stefania Marcone's distinguished career spans over four decades, marked by her commitment to international relations, cooperative development, and gender equality. Beginning her career at the External Relations Office of Cassa per il Credito alle Imprese Artigiane from 1983 to 1987, she also served as President of a women's cooperative in Rome. In 1987, she joined Legacoop's Foreign Department, where she would later be appointed Head of the International Relations Office in 1997. 

    From 1997 to 2005, Stefania served on the global Board of the International Cooperative Alliance (ICA), actively promoting gender equality and development cooperation. She played a key role in strengthening the ICA's organizational and financial structures and fostering international cooperation among cooperative organizations. Elected Chair of the ICA Gender Equality Committee in 2005, she was instrumental in establishing regional committees dedicated to gender equality. 

    In 2008, Stefania was appointed also Head of European Policies and Internationalization at Legacoop, and in 2011, she joined the Advisory Group for the UN International Year of Cooperatives. 

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Udai Shankar Awasthi

Managing Director - IFFCO
Udai Shankar Awasthi
  • Udai Shankar Awasthi

    Dr. Udai Shanker Awasthi, born on July 12, 1945, is the Managing Director of the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO), the largest fertilizer producer and marketer in India. Graduating in Chemical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University in 1967, Dr. Awasthi began his career at Shriram Chemical Industries and later held significant positions in Zuari Agro-Chemicals, PPCL, RCF, IFFCO, and KRIBHCO. In 1993, he became IFFCO's Managing Director, substantially increasing its production capacity and turnover.

    Under his leadership, IFFCO's turnover surged from Rs. 1,405 crore in 1992-93 to Rs. 39,330 crore, and its profit after tax increased from Rs. 116 crore to Rs. 2,443 crore by 2023-24. Dr. Awasthi also chaired the Fertiliser Association of India and served as President of the International Fertiliser Industry Association. He has represented the industry at various high-level international forums, including the United Nations.

    Dr. Awasthi has been instrumental in various initiatives, including the creation of the IFFCO Kisan Sewa Trust, the launch of bio-fertilizers, NANO Fertilisers and the establishment of several organizations aimed at rural development. He is also involved in numerous national and international companies and has received many prestigious awards for his contributions to the fertilizer industry and cooperative development. He featured in most influential 50 persons list by Fame India.

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Vandana Shiva

Environmental thinker| Activist| Philosopher of Science| Writer | Science Policy Advocate
Vandana Shiva
  • Vandana Shiva

    Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmental thinker, activist, feminist, philosopher of science, writer and science policy advocat, is the founder of Navdanya Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (India) and President of Navdanya International. Trained as a Physicist at the University of Punjab, she completed her Ph.D. on the ‘Hidden Variables and Non-locality in Quantum Theory’ from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She later shifted to inter-disciplinary research in science, technology and environmental policy, which she carried out at the Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore, India.

    In 1982 she founded the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Ecology (RFSTE), an independent research institute that addresses the most significant problems of ecology of our times, and two years later, Navdanya (‘nine seeds’) the movement in defense of biodiversity and small farmers. In 2011 she founded Navdanya International in Italy and is Chairman of the International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, co-founded with the then President of the Region of Tuscany.  Recipient of many awards, including in 1993 the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, and named among the top five “Most Important People in Asia” by AsiaWeek in 2001. Shes is a prolific writer and author of numerous books and serves on the board of the International Forum on Globalization, and member of the executive committee of the World Future Council

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