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Thu, 16 Dec




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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Time & Location

16 Dec 2021, 12:00 – 13:30 GMT


About the Event

Hope is all around us. While there is much to despair with increasing climate and sustainability challenges

ahead, the seed of possibility and plausibility for taking positive action continues to bear fruit.

To tackle society’s most important challenges, capture the greatest opportunities to grow sustainably and

drive positive societal impact, a collaborative effort is required from public and private businesses,

governments and society to engage quickly and set strategic direction within a connected impact ecosystem

adapting and embracing transformational change to benefit all stakeholders.

As a pioneer in strategy and large-scale transformation since 1963, sustainability has always been at the

heart of Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) work with leaders in business and society and today, they remain

at the forefront of the sustainability agenda building a shared roadmap to kickstart a decade of delivery to

scale collective impact.

Following their leading role at COP26, Impact 17 + 1 Club are honored to welcome BCG to iTalk XVII and

pleased to invite all impactors from across the world to tune in for their keynote and discussions to follow:

Keynote Theme: Jumpstarting Net-Zero Transmission

Keynote Topic: Scaling Collective Impact through Behavior Change and Technology Adoption

o Overview of the climate challenge and outcomes of COP26

o Decarbonising hard-to-abate sectors: a consumer’s perspective

o BCGs work within climate and sustainability

Keynote Speaker: Simon Birkebaek, Partner, Boston Consulting Group

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’.

Following this, all participants are invited to the Impact Café; where the audience becomes the stage as part of

an integrated, immersive ‘impact zone’ designed to foster ideation and connectivity within the SDG economy.



Erol Guvener • Board Member, Head of Strategy and Social Purpose, The Salon

12:00 – 12:20 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Jumpstarting Net-Zero Transmission: Scaling Collective Impact through Behavior Change

and Technology Adoption

Simon Birkebaek • Partner, Boston Consulting Group


Hosted by: Erol Guvener • Board Member, Head of Strategy and Social Purpose, The Salon

12:30 – 13:00 iTALK 60-SECONDS

Moderator: Robin Titus, Executive Director OF Global Strategic Alliances & Partnerships,

The Salon

13:00 – 13:30 IMPACT CAFÉ

Collaborations within the SDG Economy

Hosted by: Aneel Khan, Director of Research & Project Development, The Salon


Keynote Speaker: Simon Birkebaek • Partner, Boston Consulting Group

Simon Birkebaek is a core member of the Energy, Corporate Finance & Strategy, and Social Impact

practices at Boston Consulting Group.

Simon works with clients on strategy, large-scale transformation, and corporate development. He

focuses on strategies related to emissions reduction, climate regulation, and risk and disclosure, as

well as new market opportunities, and has supported clients in these areas across the Middle East,

Europe, and Asia.

Recently, Simon has developed a comprehensive decarbonization roadmap for a major region in the

Middle East, developed a carbon capture strategy for an industrial goods company, and defined an

ESG strategy for a major power developer, including ambition, target setting, and initiative definition.

Prior to joining BCG, Simon worked with robotics and electronics in engineering companies.

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

Metin has evolved throughout his career creating and adding value in accordance with his selfreflective,

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.


  • Impactors (Participant)

    *Register here to join as an attendee. *Please register one ticket per person.

  • iTalk 60s Speaker

    *Register here to join as an attendee and also nominate yourself to speak at the "iTalk 60seconds" session. *Please register one ticket per one person.




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