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Thu, 17 Sept



iTalk VIII

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 VIII
iTalk VIII

Time & Location

17 Sept 2020, 13:00 – 14:00 BST


About the Event

About the event

The next 10 years are critical in combating climate change and saving 1 million species from extinction.In order to meet the sustainable development goals, ecosystem degradation must be stopped and restoration undertaken on a massive scale, this includes all environments.

UN has decided to make the years 2021-2030 the Decade for Ecosystem Restoration. In support of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030, Impact 17+1 club is pleased to invite impactors from across the world to this event.

We are honoured that for this event, we will welcome Tim Christophersen from the United Nations as our keynote speaker. Tim Christophersen is Head of the Nature for Climate Branch,United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Keynote Topic: Power of Nature in solving the Climate Crisis

Keynote Speaker: Tim Christophersen,Head of the Nature for Climate Branch, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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, Strategy and Social Impact, The Salon

Keynote Speech

13:05 – 13:20 – “Power of Nature in solving the Climate Crisis”

Tim Christophersen, Head of the Nature for Climate Branch, part of the Ecosystems Division, UN Decade  on Ecosystem Restoration

13:20 – 13:30 – Q&A- Moderated by Erol Sami Guvener, Strategy and Social Impact, The Salon

iTalk 60seconds

Moderator: Robin Titus, Global Strategic Alliances & Partnerships, The Salon

13:30 – 13:45 - iTalk 60seconds, Speakers

13:45 – 13:55 - Q&A

Summary & closing remarks

13:55 – 14:00 – Bo JI, Assistant Dean & Chief Rep. for Europe, CKGSB; Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club

14:00- 14:30 – Virtual Coffee Time


Keynote Speaker : Tim Christophersen, Head of the Nature for Climate Branch, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Tim Christophersen leads the ‘Nature for Climate’ Branch of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and is the focal point for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration 2021-2030:

He holds a degree in Forestry and Forest Conservation Engineering from Dresden University of Technology. He previously worked for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), where he led the portfolio on the conservation and sustainable use of forest biodiversity.

From 2002-2007 he was Regional Programme Coordinate for Europe, the Caucasus and the Commonwealth of Independent States at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). He also worked for the Danish Ministry of the Environment at the Research Institute for Forest and Landscapes, and for the European Commission in the Nature and Biodiversity Unit.

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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