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Thu, 28 Apr




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

28 Apr 2022, 12:00 – 13:30 BST


About the Event

According to NASA’s global climate change assessment, the effects of human-caused global warming are already happening with observable effects on the environment; glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes are breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted, sea level rises have accelerated and longer, more intense heat waves, wildfires and periods of regional drought can be expected.

In line with the best available science on the impacts of climate change and as spoken by Peter Flavel, CEO of Coutts, it is evident that the cost of inaction is now far greater than the cost of action.

With philanthropy ingrained in their 300-year culture and history, sustainability has always been at the heart of Coutts’ work. Continuing to build their legacy, Coutts officially became a B-Corporation in 2021 marking a key step in their journey to meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, standing up for ESG issues and encouraging as many of their 20,000 entrepreneurs to join the journey.

Following their leading example, Impact 17 + 1 Club are honored to welcome Coutts to iTalk XVIII and pleased to invite all impactors from across the world to tune in for their keynote and discussions to follow:

Keynote Theme:  Sustainability-in-Action

Keynote Topic:  The Path to B-Corp and Beyond – a Legacy in Action

o Coutts’ journey to B-Corp; 330-years and 18-months

o The metrics that make a difference to transcend profit with purpose

o Re-defining success in business and building a more inclusive and sustainable economy

Keynote Speaker: Alison Robb, Head of Sustainability, Coutts

Following the keynote address, 8 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.



Aneel Khan • Director of Research & Project Development, The Salon

12:00 – 12:20 KEYNOTE ADDRESS

The Path to B-Corp and Beyond – A Legacy in Action

Alsion Robb • Head of Sustainability, Coutts


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

Sustainability-in-Action withing the SDG Economy

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

Speaker Profiles

Keynote Speaker: Alison Robb • Head of Sustainability, Coutts

Alison Robb is the Sustainability Director at Coutts. She joined Coutts in 2014, and has had roles in the Strategy Team, as well as nearly three years as the Executive Assistant to the CEO, supporting the ExCo in delivering upon the key priorities across the organisation. She became Sustainability Director in 2019 and she is responsible for leading on Environmental and Social issues. She was the driving force behind Coutts’ efforts to successfully achieve B Corp accreditation in July 2021. She has a LLB from Durham University and a Post Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from the University of Cambridge.

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 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.

Corporate Profiles

Coutts: Coutts is a wealth manager and private bank with three centuries of experience, providing customised solutions for its clients. These include discretionary and advisory investment management services as well as advice on philanthropy, family businesses, succession planning and commercial banking services to corporate clients. Headquartered in London, Coutts is part of NatWest’s wealth businesses. For further information please visit

The Salon: Derived from the great historical importance of the private Salons of Enlightenment in eighteenth century France, the modern-day Salon reignites the best elements from the ‘age of conversation and exchange’ globally, blending it with a mixture of academic, cultural, entrepreneurial, and philanthropic partners.

Through courting ‘business and purpose’ together, The Salon delivers a series of uninhibited communications, collaborations and high-level initiatives organized and focused around L.I.V.E.S, that is; Legacy and Leadership, Impact and Innovation, Venture, Entrepreneurship and Future Economies, and Sustainability.

Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business aims to cultivate business leaders with a global vision, a humanistic spirit, a strong sense of social responsibility and an innovative mind set. Established in Beijing in November 2002 with generous support from the Li Ka Shing Foundation, CKGSB is China’s first faculty governed, non prfit, independent business school. Since its founding, CKGSB has developed into a prominent business school with more than 40 full time professors, who have earned their PhDs or held tenured faculty positions at leading business schools such as Harvard, Wharton and Stanford. Their research has provided the basis for more than 400 case studies of both China specfic and global issues. CKGSB also stands apart for its unmatched alumni network. More than half of CKGSB’s 15,000+ alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level and, together, their companies’ revenues account for 1/5 of China’s GDP.


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