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.
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.
12:00 – 12:05 INTRODUCTION & WELCOMING REMARKS
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
12:20 – 12:30 QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION
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,
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.
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iTalk 60s Speaker
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