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Meet our speakers
  • Abdallah Chatila

    President m3
  • Pamela Coke-Hamilton

    Executive Director International Trade Center (ITC)

    Pamela Coke-Hamilton

    Executive Director International Trade Center (ITC)

    Pamela Coke-Hamilton is a Caribbean lawyer and trade expert who has been serving as Executive Director of the International Trade Centre (ITC) since 2020.

    Early life and education

    Coke-Hamilton went to school in Jamaica at Manchester High School in Mandeville, Jamaica. She attended the University of the West Indies where she graduated in Economics and International Relations. She went on to study in Washington, D.C. where she earned Doctor of Law from Georgetown University Law Center.

  • Mathias Cormann

    Secretary-General Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    Mathias Cormann

    Secretary-General Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

    Mathias Cormann is the 6th Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

    His five-year term commenced on 1 June 2021.

    Working with OECD members, his priorities as Secretary-General are:

    • Optimising the strength and the quality of the post COVID recovery while responding to the economic and social impacts of the war in Ukraine.
    • Leadership on climate action to help secure global net-zero by 2050 in a way that is effective and fair.
    • Seizing the opportunities of the digital transformation while better managing some of the associated risks, challenges and disruptions.
    • Helping to ensure well-functioning global markets and a global level playing field with a rules-based trading system in good working order.
    • Global engagement: advancing OECD standards, through membership and partnerships and a sound approach to development.

    Prior to his appointment to the OECD, Mathias served as the Australian Minister for Finance, the Leader of the Government in the Australian Senate and as Federal Senator representing the State of Western Australia.

    In these roles, he has been a strong advocate for the positive power of open markets, free trade and the importance of a rules-based international trading system.

    Mathias was born and raised in the German-speaking part of Belgium.

    He migrated to Australia in 1996, attracted by the great lifestyle and opportunities on offer in Western Australia.

    Before migrating to Perth, Mathias had graduated in law at the Flemish Catholic University of Louvain (Leuven), following studies at the University of Namur and, as part of the European Erasmus Student Exchange Program, at the University of East Anglia.

    Between 1997 and 2003, he worked as Chief of Staff as well as Senior Adviser to various State and Federal Ministers in Australia and for the Premier of Western Australia

    Between 2003 and 2007, Mathias worked for major Western Australian health insurer HBF in a range of senior management roles.

  • Stéphane Duguin

    CEO CyberPeace Institute
  • Maria Fernanda Garza

    Chairwoman ICC

    Maria Fernanda Garza

    Chairwoman ICC

    Mexican, CEO of Orestia, business leader, strong advocate of business ethics, board member of several business organizations. She was VP of Employers at the 98th Session of the International Labour Organization. She is currently Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce and is part of the group of advisors and leaders of the B20 and the United Nations Internet Governance Forum. 

     Maria Fernanda Garza is a Mexican businesswoman, CEO of Orestia, a manufacturing home improvement- water solutions company, with exports to USMCA region, Latin-America and Asia. 

     Her interest in improving the business environment, made her a prominent business leader at a young age. Board member of Mexico´s leading business organizations such as COPARMEX, CCE, ALIARSE, among others. 

     For ten years, Mexico’s Employer Delegate to the International Labour Organization Conference, where she became appointed Employer’s Vice Chair at the ILO’s 98th Session. 

     Maria Fernanda Garza was Chair of ICC México from 2014 – 2020.  

     Regional Coordinator for the Americas 2012-2020. 

     Member of the Governing Body of the International Court of Arbitration. 

     She is currently, Chairwoman of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). 

     Member of the Advisory Committee on Sustainable Urbanization of the President of the UN General Assembly’s. 

     Member of the International Advocacy Caucus of Indonesia B20, and 

     She was appointed to serve on the United Nations Secretary-General’s inaugural Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Leadership Panel for two years since 2022. 

  • Rebeca Grynspan

    Secretary General United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
  • Kate Kallot

    Founder & CEO Amini

    Kate Kallot

    Founder & CEO Amini

    Kathleen “Kate” Kallot is a world-class technologist who has received sustained global
    acclaim in tech for social impact, most notably for her work advancing technology access
    across Africa.
    She is the Founder & CEO of Amini, an African-born deep tech startup building the largest
    climate data infrastructure solution for Africa.
    She was a Co-Founder, Chief Impact & Ecosystem Officer at Mara where she oversaw
    community, education and developer relations alongside leading the Mara Foundation, a
    non-profit dedicated to accelerating blockchain capacity development in Africa.
    Prior to co-founding Mara, she was Head of Global Developer Relations and Emerging
    Areas at NVIDIA, where she led their expansion into emerging markets (incl. Africa) and
    created the United AI Alliance dedicated to using data to drive environmental and social
    progress and the NVIDIA Emerging Chapters program.
    While leading AI Ecosystem & Developer Relations at Arm, She was one of the founding
    member of the Tiny Machine Learning (TinyML) movement which is a fast growing field of
    machine learning technologies and applications including hardware, algorithms and
    software capable of performing on-device sensor data analytics at extremely low power,
    typically in the mW range and below. She was also the chair of the TinyML for Good
    Committee in 2021 and 2022.
    While at Intel, she led the development of the world’s first AI development kit in a USB
    form factor, the Neural Compute Stick (generations 1 & 2), bringing computer vision and Al
    to IoT and edge devices for the first time.
    She spearheaded many AI4Good initiatives which resulted in many collaborations with
    the UN to advance data science and AI capacity building in Africa and other emerging
    markets with a goal to train one million African developers to in turn impact a billion lives
    over the next five years. She regularly advises international organizations on the power of
    tech to drive social impact, speaking at conferences for Gates Foundation WEF, UNECA,
    UNICEF and GPSDD.
    Kate has won multiple accolades throughout her career, including Business Insider Top
    100 and VentureBeat Women in AI Rising Star 2020.

  • Christoph Mäder

    President economiesuisse
  • Géraldine Matchett

    Co-CEO & CFO Royal DSM

    Géraldine Matchett

    Co-CEO & CFO Royal DSM

    Geraldine Matchett (1972, British; French; Swiss) is Co-Chief Executive Officer & Chief Financial Officer and Member of the Managing Board of Royal DSM. She was appointed as Co-CEO on 15 February 2020. Geraldine joined DSM’s Managing Board in August 2014 and became CFO on 1 December 2014. Her current term will end in 2026.

    Before joining DSM, Geraldine worked with the SGS Group where she held various positions including Senior Vice President Group Financial Controller, before being appointed Global Chief Financial Officer in March 2010. In this role, she was voted CFO of the year in Switzerland for large companies. Before joining SGS she worked for Deloitte in Switzerland and for KPMG in the UK, obtaining her Chartered Accountant qualification while working in London.

    Geraldine holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical & Human Geography from Reading University (UK) and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development from Cambridge University (UK).

  • Patrick Odier

    President Building Bridges

    Patrick Odier

    President Building Bridges

    Patrick Odier has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Lombard Odier & Co Ltd. since January 1st, 2014. He was Senior Managing Partner of the Lombard Odier Group from 2008 until 2022.

    He joined the Lombard Odier Group in 1982 and completed his training in Zurich, New York, and Montreal, before becoming a Managing Partner in 1986. He holds an economics degree from the University of Geneva and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

    Patrick Odier is president of Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF). He is also Chairman of Building Bridges. He is member of the Board of economiesuisse (Swiss Business Federation). He was Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association from 2009 to 2016. He is also a board member of several Swiss and international academic institutions and philanthropic organizations.

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    Prof. Klaus Schwab

    Founder and Executive President World Economic Forum (WEF)
    Klaus Schwab headshot

    Prof. Klaus Schwab

    Founder and Executive President World Economic Forum (WEF)

    Professor Klaus Schwab is Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

    He has championed the multistakeholder concept since the Forum’s inception in 1971. Under his leadership, the Forum has been a driver for reconciliation efforts in different parts of the world, acting as a catalyst of numerous collaborations and international initiatives.

    In 1998, with his wife Hilde, he created the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, which seeks to identify, recognize and disseminate initiatives in social entrepreneurship that have significantly improved people’s lives and have the potential to be replicated on a global scale.

    The Forum employs over 700 people, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and additional offices in New York, San Francisco, Beijing and Tokyo.

    An engineer and economist by training, Professor Klaus Schwab holds doctorates in Economics (summa cum laude) from the University of Fribourg, in Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1972 he became one of the youngest professors on the faculty of the University of Geneva. He has received numerous international and national honours.

    His latest books are The Fourth Industrial Revolution (2016), a worldwide bestseller translated into 30 languages,  Shaping the Fourth Industrial Revolution (2018), COVID 19: The Great Reset (2020),  Stakeholder Capitalism (2021), and The Great Narrative (2022).

  • Søren Toft

    CEO Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC)
  • Tatiana Valovaya

    Director General United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

    Tatiana Valovaya

    Director General United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)

    Tatiana Valovaya is the 13th Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UN Geneva) and the first woman to occupy this position. 

    Ms. Valovaya has more than 35 years of experience in public service, diplomacy and journalism.

  • Philippe Varin

    First Vice Chair International Chamber of Commerce

    Philippe Varin

    First Vice Chair International Chamber of Commerce

    Philippe Varin started his career in 1978. He held various R&D, Plant and Business Unit Management roles at Péchiney in France and the USA and he was the Group Executive Vice President for the Aluminum sector when he left Péchiney to become the CEO of the Anglo Dutch steel company, Corus in 2003. The Corus turnaround ended with its acquisition by the Indian Group Tata in 2007. Philippe Varin remained two years with Tata, in Mumbai and in London, and he then moved to the French car making group Peugeot Citroen where he was Chairman of the Managing Board between 2009 and 2014. He has  then  been Chairman of the nuclear energy companies Areva and Orano until 2020. He has also been Chairman of « France Industrie » and Vice Chairman of the “Conseil National de l’Industrie” from 2017 to 2021 . Philippe Varin was on the board of Saint Gobain until 2021. In 2020, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Suez that he left in 2022 after the bid of Veolia. 

    Philippe has also chaired The World Materials Forum since 2015. He currently chairs the Critical Raw Materials task force for the French Government. He has been appointed First Vice Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce. 

    Philippe graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines de Paris. He has been appointed officer of the “Legion d’Honneur” and  knight of the national order of  Merit in France , and Commander of the British Empire in the UK.

  • Marjorie Yang

    Chairman Esquel Group

    Marjorie Yang

    Chairman Esquel Group

    Marjorie Yang is the Chairman of Esquel Group, a knowledge-based innovation company that continuously pushes for positive change in the textile and apparel business, expanding into new territory to evolve with the industry and its customers.

    As a strong believer in sustainable development and environmental conservation, Marjorie is a member of the High Level Steering Committee of UN Global Compact Action Platform on “Sustainable Infrastructure for the Belt and Road Initiative to accelerate the SDGs” and the Advisory Council of China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED).

    She is the appointed representative of Hong Kong, China to APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC).  She also serves as Chairman of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council (SIBAC) with the purpose of providing advice to the Mayor of Seoul and joins the Executive Board of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).

    Marjorie is dedicated to promoting education and innovative technologies. She is the Co-chairman of the advisory board of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Chairperson of the Steering Committee of CoolThink@JC, which is created and funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. She also serves as a member of various advisory boards including Harvard University, Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Tsinghua University’s School of Economics & Management, the University of Hong Kong’s Innovation Academy of the Faculty of Engineering and Guilin Tourism University.

    Marjorie is an Independent Non-executive Director for Budweiser Brewing Company APAC Limited.

    She served as a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference from 2003 to 2018 and was the Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University for six years until 2015.

    She has a Bachelor of Science degree from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Highlights
Attend the Congress with a national business delegation!

The #13WCC is a unique business dialogue with the aim of making business work for everyone, every day & everywhere. Business delegations from Colombia, Turkey, Nigeria, Belgium, Cameroon, Japan and more will be in attendance. Contact us to register your business delegation at the Congress.

Submit your chamber's project to the Competition

With the aim of promoting chamber innovations, there are 4 categories in which chambers can participate and present their proudest projects. Submit your chamber’s project before January 2023!

Check out the #13WCC programme

Discover the array of topics that will be discussed by economic actors, business leaders and policymakers to spur change and to shape the next era of economic peace and prosperity, together.

1,500+ participants

80+ speakers

100+ countries

40+ sessions

Reasons to join

1,000 participants

80+ speakers

100+ countries

40+ sessions

Reasons to join
Explore the programme themes

INNOVATION

SUSTAINABILITY

MULTI-
LATERALISM

DIVERSITY

PEACE

Meet our speakers

Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director
ITC

Rebeca Grynspan
Secretary General
UNCTAD

Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director
ITC

Rebeca Grynspan
Secretary General
UNCTAD

Pamela Coke-Hamilton
Executive Director
ITC

Testimonials from our latest edition

Despite our different languages and cultures, the creation of a digitized, interconnected network of chambers of commerce is an essential condition for the most humanistic and prosperous world.

Jacques Banyankindagiye, Director General, Maison de la Francophonie au Burundi, Burundi

The #12WCC was a success; I got knowledge and methodology from
the keynote speakers; I received information from the parallel sessions; I was exposed to interesting start-ups and indeed, I was introduced to new people with that we can develop further communication with.

Rafi Samardjian, CEO, Management Mix, Armenia

Held every two years with a different co-organiser, the World Chambers Congress is an inclusive event that brings together people from around the world, to address common challenges that shape both chamber and business activities. Its engaging and constantly evolving format provides the ideal environment to do business and network. Its success across time leads us to the #13WCC today.

Held every two years with a different co-organiser, the World Chambers Congress is an inclusive event that brings together people from around the world, to address common challenges that shape both chamber and business activities. Its engaging and constantly evolving format provides the ideal environment to do business and network. Its success across time leads us today to the #13WCC today.

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Explore Geneva, our host city!

Home to the headquarters of Europe’s United Nations, the World Health Organisation and the Red Cross, Geneva is known worldwide as being a global hub for diplomacy, health and banking. All in all, the perfect place for a global Congress and for an enjoyable visit among the mountains and the lake. The beautiful Swiss city of Geneva will host the 13th World Chambers Congress in June 2023 in Palexpo.

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