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iTalk Special Edition

iTalk is an initiative of Impact 17+1 Club inviting Impact Leaders from across the globe to share their impactful vision, stories and action towards a unified purpose in line with the United Nation’s SDG Goals.

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iTalk Special Edition
iTalk Special Edition

Time & Location

13 Feb 2021, 13:00 – 15:00 GMT

Zoom Webinar

About the Event

Today’s generation of young people is the largest that the world has ever known – and they represent one of the greatest assets that countries have.

Youth are the custodians of the future, with almost more than half of the global population under 30 years of age. 

“The rising generation” cannot fail to be at the centre of talks about sustainable development. Sustainable development requires the meaningful involvement and active participation of all major groups including children and youth. 

Under the theme: ‘Youth for Impact’

In collaboration with Music for Good, Impact 17+1 Club is pleased to host a special edition inviting cross-generational impactors from across the world to this event. 

We are honored that for this event, we will welcome Paul Ji, Founder, Music for Good as our keynote speaker. Paul Ji is a young pianist and Steinway artist who is also the winner of 2019 French national TV competition ‘Prodiges’. 

Music is one of the most universal methods of expression in human life and is present in the everyday lives of people of all ages and from all cultures around the world. As the contribution of children and youth is vital to the achievement of sustainable development, we hope the live performance will unite youth for impact and we call upon cross-generational impactors to join us.

We are also thrilled to welcome 11 year old girl Farrah Ceric, Nike Kids Ambassador and recipient of Jack Petchey Community Award as our special guest speaker. Farrah is an advocate for healthy body and healthy mind. She was nominated for “2020 BBC Sports Personality of the year Award”.

We are very honoured to have Emily Carpenter joining us as a special guest speaker. Emily is a humanitarian worker served in Lebanon refuge camp. Instead of finding a well paid job after graduating from the university, she decided to dedicate her work to help those who are in desperate need. She may look small, but she certainly has a big heart!

Following the keynote address, 10 speakers are invited to share 60 seconds of their impact stories during the ‘iTalk 60seconds’ session on “What does impact mean to you?”

If you would like to speak during the iTalk 60 seconds session and share your impact vision, stories and actions, you can choose to register under the category ‘iTalk 60s Speaker’. 



13:00 – 13:05 – Erol Sami Guvener, Board Member and Head of Strategy & Social Purpose, The Salon 

Keynote Speech 

13:05 – 13:20 – Paul Ji, Founder, Music for Good 

Guest Speakers Speech

13:20-13:30 - Farrah Ceric, Athlete & Hockey Player

13:30-13:40 - Emily Carpenter, Humanitarian Worker

Keynote & Guest Speakers 

13:40-13:50 -  Q&A- Moderated by Erol Sami Guvener, Board Member and Head of Strategy & Social Purpose, The Salon 

iTalk 60seconds

Moderator: Erol Sami Guvener, Board Member and Head of Strategy & Social Purpose, The Salon

13:50 – 14:05 - iTalk 60seconds Speakers 

14:05 – 14:15 - Q&A

Summary & closing remarks

14:15 – 14:20 – Bo JI, Assistant Dean & Chief Rep. for Europe, CKGSB; Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club 

14:20- 15:00 – Impact Cafe 


Keynote Speaker

Paul Ji, Pianist, Steinway Young Artisit ,Winner of 2019 French national TV competition "Prodiges",Founder of "Music For Good"

New album "Piano" released by Warner Classics. Paul Ji is an 17 year old pianist studying at Eton College.

He is also a Steinway Young Artist. After winning 2019 French national TV competition “Prodiges”, he record and released his first album with Warner Classics. 

Paul dedicated his new album to the medical workers and those who suffered from the Covid-19. Amid the COVID 19 pandemic, Paul created a new movement “MUSIC FOR GOOD”.

The purpose of MUSIC FOR GOOD is to inspire, encourage, empower, and enable musicians from all backgrounds to make social impact through music. This platform enables musicians to share their music worldwide with audiences who are in need, as well as fellow musicians who hope to drive positive change.

Special Guest Speakers

Farrah Ceric, Athlete & Hockey Player, Nike Kids Ambassador,Recipient of Jack Petchey Community Award 

A Nike Ambassador and Anna Freud Youth Champion, Farrah is an elite athlete and a mental health campaigner, promoting the important of sports and physical activity for one’s mental well-being. Throughout lockdown, she has been doing daily workouts 'live' focusing on cardio activity and promoting physical exercise as a way of keeping both your body and mind healthy. For this contribution and impact it had in many children and young adults’ lives, she the Jack Petchey Award in recognition for her work going above and beyond the call of duty during a national crisis through her motivating and inspiring workouts. Last month, she the Young Sports Personality of the Year nominee, up to age 19 (aged 11), and came as a runner up. 

Emily Carpenter, Humanitarian Worker

Emily Carpenter is a recent graduate of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Leeds (UK).

She has always had a passion for social justice and helping people in need, which has been a guiding compass in her personal and professional choices. Thus, after graduation, she left for Lebanon to volunteer with a Lebanese Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) which supports Syrian refugees and vulnerable local populations. Since, she has worked in Lebanon with multiple NGOs paving the way for a career in the humanitarian world.

  • Girls Leadership Worldwide: Participated in a number of workshops      over a period of two weeks, seeking to empower and develop skills in      leadership
  • Leader of the Model United Nation (MUN) Debate Club , Chair of      Political Committee of Paris MUN International Conference (2014)
  • Grade 8 singing, Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music      (ABRSM)
  • Partner in online Arabic school with a global reach (Simple and      Easy Arabic)
  • Board member of The Free Shop Lebanon - NGO which aims at providing clothes with dignity to Syrian refugees and poor Lebanese in Lebanon

Co-Host: Metin Guvener, Founding Chairman of The Salon; Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club

Metin has evolved throughout his career creating and adding value in accordance with his self-reflective, philosophical, entrepreneurial and philanthropic values. He believes reflection brings realisation, which in turn creates transformation and a powerful resonance within ourselves and our interaction with others. That is, if we have the right tools available to us in our toolbox.

Metin has had an illustrious career integrating value as a founder, co-founder and investor through boutique platforms in financial services, real estate, private equity, hospitality, asset management and thought leadership.

Passionately connecting visions and enabling missions, Metin brings people together to innovate and appreciate heritage and succession.

As becomes evident in time, increased awareness positively correlates to our appreciation of how little it is we “know for certain”. As such, collaboration is necessary to pool our collective perspectives and resources. The Salon is founded on our mutual ability for empowerment based on increasing awareness and broadening horizons through innovative and authentic collaboration.

Carrying this spirit with him, Metin continues to participate as a panel speaker on:

· The Salon | Leadership Circle

· The FT Wealth Summit

· KPMG Family Office Network

· The Horasis Global Community

· Camden Wealth

· Prestel & Partner

Co-Host: Bo JI, Assistant Dean & Chief Rep. for Europe, CKGSB; Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club

Bo JI is currently the Assistant Dean of Global Executive Education & Chief Representative for Europe at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB). Bo had an over-20-year successful business career in Global Business Development, Innovation, Strategy, Supply Chain Management, M&A, etc. He served as the senior executive at the headquarters of many Fortune 500 companies such as Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars. After a long corporate life, Bo became a serial entrepreneur and investor, he is also an inspiring TEDx speaker, a China expert and an advocate of EU-China trade. Combining his extensive business experiences and in-depth knowledge, Bo serves as a mentor & advisor to startups and scaleups at incubators, accelerators and co-working spaces around the world. Meanwhile, he is a well sought inspiring speaker at renowned international conferences, forums, TV media and annual corporate meetings.


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