Short video overview and European Young Leaders interviews about their participation in the first '40 under 40' seminar in Paris on 8-10 Dec 2011. (04:16)
This first seminar was held in prestigious and historic Parisian locations, including the Maison Jean Monnet, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the European Commission Representation and European Parliament information office in France and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.
Elena is a manager at the BBVA Group Innovation unit, where she leads the global Smart Cities initiative aimed at creating new urban services based on smart data & information management. For this, she has obtained international recognition through various publications in the media. She has played an active role in the development of telecommunications in EMEA and LATAM in the business development area, and subsequently expanded her career as an expert in the field of innovation. Elena holds a degree in Economics & Business Management from the Universidad of Madrid and a BA in Business Studies from the University of Sunderland in the UK.
Cayetana ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO
Cayetana is a Member of the Spanish Parliament since 2008 and she is currently Vice President of the Joint Committee for the European Union and a Member of the Justice and Constitutional Committees. She is also Head of Analysis of the Partido Popular of Madrid and Director of the International Department of FAES Foundation. She was awarded the Silver Microphone of the Spanish Professional Association of Informants of Press, Radio and Television for her articles published in El Mundo. She holds a BA and a PhD in History from Oxford University.
Martijn is Founder and CEO of Brand Expedition, a new concept enterprise comprising a foundation, consultancy and publishing experience based on sharing entrepreneurial lessons and stories of well-known brands and inspiring people in the areas of branding, strategy and social media. With his new initiative Forget The Box he combines the gems of the new and the old world, in order to create and implement new concepts regarding value creation, crowdsourcing and crowdfunding. All guided by his philosophy: don’t try to think out of the box, there is no box! In his book Brand Expedition, a best seller in the Netherlands, Martijn has shared his experience meeting with people behind some of the most popular European brands. In 2011, Martijn won the Dutch Entrepreneur of the Year Award and was nominated for ABN AMRO’s Entrepreneurial Book of the Year Award.
Dawood is one of the most promising young journalists and scholars of his generation in the UK. He has been working for the BBC World Service in London as a Senior Broadcast Journalist and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he teaches Globalization, Power and International Governance. He joined the BBC in 1998 and also worked as the BBC World Service Bureau Chief and Editor in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was also a visiting scholar at the Ohio State University, USA. He holds three Bachelor's and three Master's degrees, including Science, Law, International Relations and Diplomacy. In 2010, Dawood became the youngest person to ever win the biggest award in the BBC, ‘Global Reith Award for Outstanding Contribution’. He is also a poet/writer, calligrapher and painter/artist.
Cristina is Founder, CEO and Head of Design at Musette, one of the leading fashion accessory companies in Romania. The brand is present all over the world, with stores in Paris, New York, Luxembourg, Beirut, Budapest, Bulgaria and Israel. In 2004, Cristina was named one of Romania’s “Top Successful Women” and obtained the Oskar Capital award in the “Promising Entrepreneur of the Year” category. In 2005 she launched a new brand, Cristhelen B, exclusive property of Musette. In 2011, she received the prestigious Entrepreneurship Prize at the Business Woman Gala and was named one of the 100 Romanian Successful Young Managers of the Year. She is also Founder of the Arena Leilor Foundation and a member of the International Dinners Club.
Remus is CEO of DAW Benta Romania, a leading company in the field of construction, transportation, real estate and property management. The Benta Group has extended its activities all throughout Eastern Europe and holds showrooms in over 40 different locations. Since 2001 Remus and the DAW Benta Group have been rewarded on numerous occasions with First Place in the Top Businesses and Businessmen lists of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In 2011 Remus was listed as one of the top 500 wealthiest people in Romania by Forbes Magazine.
Selene is the founder of several social ventures, including Plain Ink - free, educational comics created for children and communities in developing countries - and Youth Action for Change (YAC), high-quality, free, online courses for young change-makers in 130 countries. She has been a consultant, trainer and speaker for organizations including the UN, Amnesty International, the World Bank, Oxfam, OSCE, Council of Europe, Columbia University and Microsoft. She is now part of the Taskforce on Innovative Startups of the Minister of Economic Development of Italy. She holds a NOHA Master's in International Humanitarian Action from UCD (Ireland) and diplomas from Harvard University and INSEAD Business School.
Steffen has been a Member of the Bundestag since 2009 and Chairman of the North Württemberg district branch of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) political party since 2011. Steffen joined the CDU and the Young Union (youth section of the CDU/CSU) in 1996 and was elected Chairman of the Baden-Württemberg Land branch of the Pupils’ Union. At the Parliament he is a Member of the Committee on Transport, Building and Urban Development, the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development and runs a study commission on growth, well-being and quality of life. He has also worked for the energy service company MVV Energiedienstleistungen GmbH in 2006. He holds a degree in law from Tübingen University.
Beata has been a Member of the Polish Parliament since 2005. As a member of the International Affairs Committee she focuses on Polish-Argentinian, Polish-Indian and Polish-Israeli relations. Before devoting herself to politics, she worked as an entrepreneur for eight years during which she held the post of Manager at General Motors Poland and Opel Polska. Beata graduated from Warsaw University (in Applied social sciences) and Warmia-and-Mazury University (in Humanities). Outside of her political career, she founded the Marian Bublewicz Foundation which advocates improving access to education.
Steffen is Director of the International Media Center Hamburg. He researches and teaches with a focus on media sociology, social media, privacy and public sphere. His current research includes the transformation of privacy as a consequence of the internationalisation and digitalisation of media. He is a founding member of the Global Communication Association and is associated with numerous international organisations and think-tanks. He is a member of the selection committee of the German National Academic Foundation and several trusts to promote press freedom, human rights and democracy.
Balázs is a Hungarian lawyer and a human rights activist. He joined the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union, a non-profit human rights watchdog and advocacy NGO, in 1997 as a staff lawyer. Between 2000 and 2004 he served as the Drug Policy Program Director of the HCLU and since the fall of 2004, he is serving as the second Executive Director of the organization. Balázs got his law degree in 1998 from ELTE University Budapest, and he is a 2003-2004 Columbia University/Public Interest Law Initiative Fellow. He focuses on civil liberties, human rights, communication and NGO development issues in Hungary and the CEE region.
Rokhaya is the Host and Co-Editor of “Egaux, mais pas trop” (Equal, but not too much), a series of reports on diversity issues in France. She has held several other noteworthy positions in the television field, basing her work primarily on social and political issues. In 2009 she co-directed the documentary Immigration, the words to tell it. Rokhaya has a Masters in Marketing and Distribution in TV and Cinema Industry from the Sorbonne, a Masters in Negotiation and Marketing and a Masters in International and European Law. She is a published author and prolific conference speaker and is member of several NGOs and organisations that base their work on social awareness. In 2012 she was awarded the “Award for Involvement against racism and discrimination” by COJEP International.
Ignacio is a journalist, political analyst and Founder and Director of www.eldiario.es, an online media political analysis site. Previously Ignacio founded and managed the well-known newspaper Publico. He also manages www.escolar.net, the most popular and widely read political blog in Spain, which was named best political and journalist blog of the year in 2008 and 2009. Ignacio is also the founder of Bitban, a technology and design consulting company for Internet media communication, working with clients all over the world. In 2009 he was awarded the José Manuel Porquet Journalism Prize, the Mujeres Progresistas Prize for declining to publish prostitution ads inPublico and the Nicolas Salmeron for Human Rights Prize.
Mary is the Irish Times' award-winning foreign affairs correspondent. She has worked across the Middle East, Africa and south Asia. Her work has appeared in several other publications including Foreign Policy, the Washington Post and the Guardian. She has also worked on a number of radio documentaries for the BBC. She has been awarded the Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post and the inaugural Douglas Gageby Fellowship at the Irish Times. Mary was a founding member of the Transatlantic Network 2020 (TN2020). She has initiated a number of projects through TN2020, including a partnership programme linking young professionals in the Balkans with their peers in western Europe and north America.
Nicola is a Member of the Italian Parliament and Head of the of the Il Popolo de la Liberta (PDL) party in the European Union Policy Commission. Nicola started his career in the media sector, having been a journalist at a local TV station for which he became Director in 1999. After working as a Parliamentary assistant, Nicola decided to run for the 2008 state legislative elections in the Campania region and was elected Deputy. Nicola holds a degree in Political Science from the Luiss Guido Carli University of Rome and a Masters in Legislative Studies from the Istituto per la Documentazione e gli Studi Legislativi (ISLE) in Rome. Nicola is also CEO of the Buongoverno Foundation.
Alessandro is Head of Office at the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport. Previously he was an Official at the Council of the European Union in charge of global economic governance. He has worked for the Italian Prime Minister’s office in Rome as part of the G8 team, as well as for the Italian Ministry of International Trade. He teaches at the LUISS Guido Carlo School of Government in Rome and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris. Alessandro holds a PhD in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute in Florence. He is the President of RENA, the Italian association of young professionals promoting innovation, merit, youth empowerment and a new generation of local public policies.
Rabah is Managing Director of European Government Affairs & Head of Government Affairs, France at NYSE Euronext as well as Adjunct Professor of Economics at Science-Po Paris. Rabah has had a successful diplomatic and legal career having worked as a counselor for major corporations and States. He holds a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a Master of Laws from the University of Oxford.. Rabah is also a Fellow at the Center for Analysis and Proposals for Middle East and North Africa (CapMENA) and a founding member of the Transatlantic Network 2020. He has been awarded the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellowship and he has been selected as Atlantic Council’s G8/NATO Young Atlanticists.
Jakob is CEO and Co-Founder of Tinyclues SAS, a Paris-based software startup with the objective to industrialize datamining on Big Data with the help of advanced machine learning algorithms in a Cloud Computing environment. Previously he was a partner and consultant at McKinsey & Company in Germany and France where he worked on topics ranging from Banking to Public Sector Reform to Global Public Health issues, notably the creation and distribution of children HIV treatments. Prior to McKinsey he made a brief stint at the World Bank. He holds an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a BSc from the University of St.Gallen. Jakob is a founding partner of the “Cercle du leadership".
Fabian founded the leading German couponing company DailyDeal in 2009, acquired by Google in 2011. To date he still leads DailyDeal together with his co-founder and brother. In private, he invests as a business angel in technology start-ups through his holding Heilemann Ventures. Before founding DailyDeal, Fabian worked for various German law firms and as a business consultant for Booz & Co. Prior to that, he passed the First Bar Exam of the State of Hamburg with distinctions and submitted a PhD-thesis in Corporate Law at Heidelberg Law School. He was a visiting student at Santa Clara University and Stanford University, CA, USA and founded the Entrepreneurs Club at Bucerius Law School, Hamburg, Germany.
Lars is Founder and CEO of HackFwd, a pre-seed venture capital company investing in technical talent across Europe. He is best known for founding the worldwide social networking website XING, dedicated to cultivating business contacts. He is one of the most successful web entrepreneurs in Germany and has received several awards, including Germany’s leading award for print and online media, the Lead Award, the 2004 German Internet Prize of the Federal Ministry of Economics and was elected Germany’s most important web entrepreneur in 2008 by the Startups Initiative. He is also an honorary member of the German Committee of UNICEF.
Karel is Chairman of the Supervisory Board at RSJ Algorithmic Trading, which he founded in 1995. RSJ trades financial derivatives on its own account and is the largest trader on NYSE Euronext’s futures exchange stock market. He also leads several endowments to support education, science and research in the fields of mathematics, economy and medicine, and to help expose corruption. In 2010 he established the Karel Janeček Foundation in support of Science and Research. He also founded the Anticorruption Endowment, which has been leading successful anticorruption initiatives in the Czech social and political environment. Karel holds an MBA from Bradley University in Peoria, Pennsylvania and a PhD in Mathematical Finance from Carnegie Mellon University.
Konstantinos is a Member of the Hellenic Parliament since June 2009, serving as a Deputy Minister of Justice, Transparency and Human Rights for the Hellenic Parliament. He is also an attorney by profession practicing in Athens. He received a first degree in Law from the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens and an LL.M. in International Legal Studies from the University of London (UEL) from which he graduated with honors. Afterwards he continued his studies at the University of Edinburgh specialising in intellectual property. In 2011 Konstantinos attended the “Leadership for the 21st Century” programme at Harvard.
Zakia is President of the Green Party of the Belgian Senate, Senator for the French Community Parliament and Vice President of the Senate’s Justice Commission. She is a member of the PCF & PRB parties. Zakia has an extensive background in politics and project management and has comprehensive experience as a researcher in social issues. She holds a Social Studies degree from the ISFSC in Brussels as well as several other academic diplomas in public management, project management and solidarity studies. Zakia is an avid supporter of anti-racist movements and women’s rights and is a founding member of the Arab Women Solidarity Association and a member of the French Women’s Council in Belgium.
Axelle is a Socialist Party MP in the French Parliament for the constituency of Northern Europe, elected in 2012 as a member of the European Affairs Commission and Secretary to the Bills Commission. She previously served as Secretary of the French Socialist Party (PS) in London. After working as a lawyer and researcher in law at University, her keen interest in politics brought her to the House of Commons, where she spent several years working for a Labour MP. She also chaired the UK branch of the Socialist Party for five years. Axelle has attended some of the most prestigious universities, among which Sciences Po and Assas, in Paris, and in Great Britain, King’s College.
Ania is a Global Change Leader at UBS Investment Bank, managing a number of large change programmes. Previously, she has occupied several key positions with major companies such as General Electric and Delta Bank. Ania is a dedicated traveller, having visited over 60 countries in the world and climbed the highest peaks on every continent, including Mount Everest. She published a best-selling book on her experience, Why the Hell Bother? How Climbing the Seven Summits Changed my Life. In 2010, she was awarded the Woman of the Year prize by the Polish press in London. Ania holds an MBA and PhD in Leadership and International Management from Rushmore University and an MSc in Social and Orgranisational Psychology from LSE and an MSc in Management and Marketing from Szczecin University.
Clare is Co-founder and Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, an initiative dedicated to understanding the balance between state, market and civil society in the 21st century and to creating actionable tools and approaches to enhance stability. In addition, she directs the Marketing Building Initiative of the Aspen Institute. Among many awards and prizes, Clare has been appointed Fellow of Harvard University, named one of Foreign Policy’s Top Global Thinkers, and was appointed Chair of the Fragile States Council for the World Economic Forum during the 2011-12 term. Clare also participated in the Bonn Agreement as an advisor to the UN and the Government of Afghanistan.
Mika is a serial entrepreneur and CEO of the GTW Group Ltd, a management company that regroups a wide range of other companies specialising in diverse fields such as sales consultancy, staffing, games, web-services, e-commerce, marketing and IT services. Mika is a member of the Finnish Association of Professional Board Members and a partner of Boardman which is leading network of Finnish corporate governance specialists focusing on the development of good corporate governance and board work in Finland. In 2011 he was named Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Finland and 100 most influential IT opinion leader in Finland and 2012 Young Leader and Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Network of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs.
In November 2011, Michel has been named Vice-Minisiter of Labour, Employment and Social Affairs by Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. Michel is also a law professor at the University LUISS Guido Carli of Rome. He is also teaching at the universities of Terami and La Spienza of Rome. Previously, he advised many Italian ministers on topics such as innovation. Meanwhile, he wrote three books on labour law. Michel was also a research fellow at the Aspen Institute. Today, he is member of several think thanks and writes regular interventions in many specialized newspapers and magazines in Italy.
Adolfo MESQUITA NUNES
Adolfo is a Member of the Portuguese Parliament, elected in the Lisbon constituency. He has extensive experience in the legal sector, having served as a lawyer, consultant and advisor to various public institutions and private firms. In 2004 he was named Head of Office for the Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning. He holds a Masters degree in Legal and Political Sciences from the University of Lisbon where he defended his thesis on The Urgency in Public Procurement Litigation.
Nicolas has been Chief Operating Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Microsoft France since 2011. Previously, he held various key positions at Microsoft in the consumer and online, mobile and enterprise spaces. He has extensive international experience in the high-tech and digital industries, starting his career in New York with Thomson Multimedia. He then joined strategy consulting with Arthur D. Little in London and Paris to assist European governments and industry players in framing their digital strategies. Since 2006, Nicolas has been awarded several industry awards and selected for Microsoft’s Executive Leadership program. He holds a Master in Business Administration from HEC Business School and a Master in Public Administration from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Paris.
Emma is a Member of the British Parliament since 2010 and she is currently member of the Foreign Affairs Committee as well as Shadow Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prior to becoming an MP, Emma helped to set up a business which supported British companies in understanding and influencing EU laws. She then went on to work for the Party of European Socialists in Brussels as an adviser to Robin Cook. Emma was later appointed as political advisor to Geoff Hoon, in his role as Europe Minister and then Chief Whip. She graduated from Oxford University in philosophy, politics and economics.
Lavinia is a Romanian politician and Vice President of the National Union for the Progress of Romania (UNPR). Prior to this she was President of the National Initiative Party (PIN). Before launching her political career she worked in the film and media sector. Lavinia is an active supporter of ecology and was the Director of the “EcoFest Manifesto for Earth Health” Festival, the first European tour representing the Romanian ecologist movement. In 2007 Lavinia was a key figure in the “Romanian’s Guide in the European Union” promotion campaign. In 2011 Lavinia received the Woman of the Year award in the Politicians category at the Romanian Women of Success Gala. Lavinia attended the Arts and Theatre Academy of Targu Mures and holds a PhD in Political Sciences from the University of Bucharest.
Slawomir is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Krytyka Polityczna (the Political Critique), the widest Polish movement of left-wing intellectuals, artists and activists, with branches in Ukraine, Germany and Russia. He is also Director of “The Brave New World”, the largest Polish independent cultural centre and think-tank, and director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw. He is President of the Stanislaw Brzozowski Association, running six cultural centres and 25 local centres in Poland, Ukraine, Russia and Germany. Slawomir has written numerous essays and op-eds mainly devoted to Polish and European politics and culture.
Camille DE TOLEDO
Camille is a European writer, creator and artist. He studied in Paris, at the London School of Economics, as well as in New York. He has published several novels, shorts and essays, such as The Inversion of Hieronymus Bosch(2005), Lives and Death of an American Terrorist (2007), and L’inquiétude d’être au monde (The Anxiety of Being in the World, 2012). In 2004, Camille won the Villa Medicis scholarship for his literary and video work. His short film, “Tango de Olvido”, was selected for the 2002 Cannes Film Festival. In 2008 he founded the European Society of Authors with other intellectual figures to promote a cultural Europe on the basis of what he coined a translation citizenship. He is the Chief Editor of www.ifverso.com and Chief Advisor of the “TLHUB.org” project, a multilingual translation platform.
Dimitris is Founder and CEO of the Virtual Trip Group, a start-up accelerator and seed financing firm for the ICT sector. The Group was the first Greek Seed Fund member of the European Business Angels Network (EBAN) and has helped launch more than ten successful IT start-ups .He is President of the Hellenic Start-up Association, a collective effort of Greek start-up entrepreneurs promoting high-growth and innovative entrepreneurship in Greece. He is also President of YES – the European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, which is the leading organisation of youth entrepreneurship in Europe. He holds an MBA from the Athens University of Economics and Business and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Crete.
Charles Edouard VINCENT
Charles Edouard is Founder and Head of Emmaüs Défi, a branch of Emmaüs France, which functions as a non-discriminating company providing jobs to all those who cannot find work in today’s market. He has an atypical background having previously worked in the IT sector at companies such as Netscape, Escalate and SAP France. Only later did he decide to dedicate his career to social entrepreneurship. Charles Edouard also teaches a Social Business and Poverty Entrepreneurship class at the HEC School in Paris. He has attended several universities such as Ecole Polytechnique, ParisTech and Standford, from which he received a Masters degree in Engineering Management.
Leendert DE VOOGD
Leendert is Global Head of the Political and Social Practice of TNS, one of the world’s largest market research companies. From 2002 to 2007 he was Joint Managing Director of TNS Opinion, a co-ordination centre for multi-country studies based in Brussels. Leendert is a member of ESOMAR, a worldwide market, social and opinion research association. Over the last 15 years he has been in charge of the coordination of survey research in countries around the world for an important number of international institutions such as the European Commission, the European Central Bank, the European Parliament and the World Bank. He studied Political Science at Belgium’s Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) and also at Institut d'Etudes politiques / Sciences Po Paris.
Among the many challenges that Europe faces, the absence of a collective vision presents one of the principal obstacles to an effective and sustainable system of governance, as well as stable and harmonious societies. The 40 under 40 programme aims to remedy this deficit by bringing together some of the most talented individuals from across the continent, capable of forging the type of vision that is currently missing. They will be asked to reflect upon the major problems confronting the continent and to generate innovative ideas that can provide lasting solutions. Each year, forty young leaders from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds will be invited to participate in two three-day seminars. They will become ambassadors for a new vision, one which can counter the re-emergence of nationalist tendencies and provide the inspiration for a European renewal.