2024 Edition

Speakers

Discover the extraordinary lineup of speakers set to illuminate the Estoril Conferences 2024, as they offer their unique perspectives, expertise and wisdom, to guide us towards a more promising future. 

Organization

Speakers

Alex Edmans

Professor of Finance, Non-Executive Director & Author

- UK

Annamaria Lusardi

Senior Fellow at the SIEPR & Director of the Initiative for Financial Decision-Making

- Italy

Carlos Gonçalo das Neves

Chief Scientist – European Food Safety Authority

Portugal - Norway

Daniel Solomon

Rheumatologist, Epidemiologist & Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School

- USA

Deborah Aluh

Global Mental Health Researcher at Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health

- Nigeria - Portugal

Derek Ali

Music Mixing Engineer, Founder & CEO of ENGINEEARS

- USA

Jacqueline de Montaigne

Contemporary Painter, Muralist & Pasteup Artist

- UK - Portugal

Jon Alexander

Co-Founder of the New Citizenship Project & Author of “Citizens”

- UK

Katy Rubin

Legislative Theatre Practitioner

- PORTUGAL - USA

Mariana Van Zeller

Award-winning Correspondent & Investigative Journalist

- Portugal - USA

Michael Sheldrick

Co-Founder of ” Global Citizen” & Author of “From Ideas to Impact”

- USA

Mónica Ferro

Director of the London Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

- Portugal - UK

Rui Diogo

Multi-Awarded Researcher & Writer

- Portugal - USA

Sherri Aldis

Director at UN Regional Information Centre for Western Europe

- Canada - Belgium

Sir Richard Roberts

Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs [Nobel Laureate]

- United Kingdom

Watatakalu Yawalapiti

Activist & Member of the TIX Women Movement

- Brazil

Zaynab Abdi

Leader & Advocate for Social Justice

- Somalia - USA

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Alex Edmans

Alex Edmans is Professor of Finance at London Business School. He holds a PhD from MIT as a Fulbright Scholar and was a tenured professor at Wharton and an investment banker at Morgan Stanley. Alex has spoken at the World Economic Forum in Davos, testified in the UK Parliament, and delivered TED and TEDx talks with a combined 2.8 million views. He serves on several advisory councils, including the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Responsible Investing. Alex’s book, “Grow the Pie” was a Financial Times Book of the Year. He has won 25 teaching awards and was named “Professor of the Year” by Poets & Quants in 2021. His latest book “May Contain Lies” was published in April 2024.

Annamaria Lusardi

Annamaria Lusardi is a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and Director of the Initiative for Financial Decision-Making at Stanford. She is also a Professor of Finance (by courtesy) at Stanford GSB. She has taught at several universities, including The George Washington University, Princeton, and Columbia Business School. One of the most cited authors in financial literacy, Lusardi is the founder and Academic Director of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC), which has done pioneering work on personal finance education. She has published close to 100 articles and is the founder and inaugural editor of the Journal of Financial Literacy and Wellbeing, published by Cambridge University Press. She advised the U.S. Treasury and directed Italy’s Financial Education Committee, responsible for designing and implementing a national strategy for financial literacy in Italy. Her research appears in major media outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Forbes, and CNBC.

Carlos Gonçalo das Neves

Professor Carlos Gonçalo das Neves is the Chief Scientist of the European Food Safety Authority, having served previously as the Director of Research & Internationalization of the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI), and as head of virology and head of food safety and emerging threats at the same institution. He graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Technical University of Lisbon and obtained his PhD from the Norwegian School of Veterinary Sciences. He holds certificates in Public Health and Public Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London School of Economics. Since April 2024, he has been one of the 30 worldwide experts of the One Health High Level Experts Panel (OHHLEP), which he also co-chairs. OHHLEP is the scientific and strategic advisory group of the Quadripartite organizations (FAO, UNEP, WHO, and WOAH) in their collaboration on One Health. Prof. das Neves is a Full Professor at the Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of Tromsø and has extensive experience in wildlife health and diseases, emerging threats, food safety and systems and One Health. He is a member of several international health and environmental organizations.

Daniel Solomon

Daniel H. Solomon, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Divisions of Rheumatology, Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he holds the Matthew H. Liang Distinguished Chair in Arthritis and Population Health. Solomon earned his BA and MD degrees at Yale, MPH at Harvard, and completed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in rheumatology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His current research focuses on digital health technologies, rheumatoid arthritis, and optimal management of gout. He has published over 450 original articles and 100 editorials and book chapters. He has been continuously funded for over 25 years on numerous NIH, foundation, and industry supported grants and currently serves as Editor in Chief of Arthritis & Rheumatology, the premier rheumatology journal in the United States. Solomon has mentored over 40 trainees and has been recognized with mentoring awards. In addition to his investigative achievements, Solomon has a busy clinical practice and has played a special role in helping the Hispanic community.

Deborah Aluh

Deborah Aluh, PhD, is a global mental health researcher at the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health. Her doctoral research focused on the contextual factors contributing to the use of coercive measures in mental healthcare, specifically examining Nigeria and Portugal as case studies representing developing and developed countries. Deborah also served as a co-leader of the Glossary Task Force of EU COST Action, FOSTREN, where she contributed to the development of a comprehensive glossary of terms related to the use of coercion in mental healthcare. Currently, her research centers around mental health laws and policies regarding involuntary mental care in Europe and Africa.

Derek Ali

Derek Ali, known as MixedByAli, is a multiple Grammy award-winning mixing engineer. His groundbreaking work has been featured in numerous releases by iconic hip-hop artists, including Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Snoop Dogg. In 2018, Derek Ali founded EngineEars to support and educate emerging audio engineers, further shaping the future of music production.

Jacqueline de Montaigne

Jacqueline is a painter and muralist known for her dramatic, nature infused figurative art and unique use of classical gilding techniques in urban contexts. A self-taught artist with a background in medical ethics and health sciences, she began her art career in 2018. Her work includes over 120 private and public large-scale murals and consecutive sellout solo shows. Jacqueline’s public art was ranked 35th in the world’s top 100 murals by Street Art Cities in 2023, with her mural “The Language of Flowers” situated in Lisbon – the first time a Portuguese woman has been listed in the world’s top 100. Jacqueline’s work has a strong emphasis on storytelling through symbology and nature themes, bringing awareness to cultural and social issues.

Jon Alexander

Jon is the author of “Citizens: Why the Key to Fixing Everything is All of Us”, a book that reframes our current era as one of civic opportunity, not just crisis and collapse. It has been recognized by several entities such as McKinsey & Company, the World Economic Forum CEO Book Club, and the Financial Times. He co-founded the New Citizenship Project, a strategy and innovation consultancy aiming to shift society’s view from Consumer to Citizen, working with clients such as The Guardian and the European Central Bank. A former advertising industry professional and award-winning innovator, Jon is a Fellow of the Young Foundation, a founding member of the OECD’s Innovative Citizen Participation Network, a Strategic Advisor to DemocracyNext, and a member of the Leadership Council of the Democracy and Culture Foundation. He holds three Master’s degrees in disciplines spanning humanities and business, having won several essay awards. Along the way, Jon has also represented Great Britain in both rowing and triathlon.

Katy Rubin

Katy Rubin is a Legislative Theatre practitioner based in the UK, working in partnership with local and national governments, advocacy organizations, and community groups to co-create equitable and innovative policy change through participatory processes that are joyful, creative, and accessible. Katy is also a Senior Fellow with People Powered, an Associate with Shared Future CIC, and an Atlantic Fellow for Social and Economic Equity at London School of Economics.

Mariana Van Zeller

Mariana van Zeller is an award-winning correspondent and investigative journalist. She is the host and executive producer of National Geographic’s multi Emmy -Nominated documentary series “Trafficked,” which explores the complex and often dangerous inner-workings of the global underworld, smuggling networks, black and informal markets. The series builds on Mariana’s work for National Geographic’s Explorer series and her two decades of reporting on shadow economies around the world. For her work, Mariana has earned some of the most prestigious awards in journalism and storytelling.

Michael Sheldrick

Michael Sheldrick is a policy entrepreneur and a driving force behind the efforts of Global Citizen to end extreme poverty. As Co-Founder and Chief Policy, Impact & Government Affairs Officer, he leads the organization’s campaigns to mobilize support from governments, businesses, and foundations. He is the author of the Amazon best-selling book, “From Ideas to Impact: A Playbook for Influencing and Implementing Change in a Divided World” (Wiley: April 2024). With a career that spans the world of pop and policy, Michael has worked with an impressive roster of international artists and prominent political leaders. He has co-produced some of the world’s most impactful social campaigns and events, including the “Global Citizen Festival” and “One World: Together At Home”, raising billions for essential resources worldwide. Michael has been recognized as a finalist for the 2017 Young Commonwealth Person of the Year, serving on various boards.

Mónica Ferro

Director of the London Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Monica joined UNFPA following a career of over 20 years in public service in Portugal where she served as Parliamentarian and State Secretary for National Defense, a university lecturer and researcher, a media personality and TV commentator and an activist. Mónica was also the Chair of the Portuguese All Party Parliamentary Group on Population and Development and Vice-President of the European Parliamentarian Forum. She has worked with civil society organizations to promote the UN values and work and has published extensively on human rights, development, gender equality, among other issues. 

Rui Diogo

Rui Diogo, a multi-awarded researcher, speaker, and writer, is well-known for tackling major scientific challenges and societal issues. His extensive body of work includes the publication of 20 books and over 160 papers in esteemed scientific journals. His groundbreaking research on human evolution has gained widespread recognition and attention from major global media outlets, including BBC, CNN, and The New York Times, with more than 600 media pieces published in more than 50 countries about his research. Engaging with a diverse audience, he has participated in numerous TV interviews, documentaries, TED talks and radio shows, collaborating with media outlets worldwide. His research experiences extend to remote areas in Africa and Asia, having traveled to about 150 countries. He is committed to challenging norms and advocating for inclusivity, significantly influencing global discourse about human evolution, biology and diversity, as exemplified by three of his later books, the highly-acclaimed “Evolution Driven by Organismal Behavior“ and, more recently, “Meaning of Life, Human Nature and Delusions“, and “Darwin’s Racism, Sexism and Idolization“.

Sherri Aldis

Sherri Aldis is dedicated to communicating about the UN in Western Europe and the EU, leveraging her 30+ years of experience in communications across both the private sector and the UN. Her career includes managing multinational teams, leading strategic communications, and engaging in creative outreach to diverse global audiences. Sherri has extensive experience in building high-level partnerships with Member States, civil society, the private sector, academia, and international institutions, including those of the European Union.

Sir Richard Roberts

Sir Richard Roberts was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology for his pioneering work on DNA sequencing and genetic engineering. His discovery of the alternative splicing of genes had a profound impact on the study and applications of molecular biology and led to decisive progress in many fields including cancer research. He is the Chief Scientific Officer at New England Biolabs (Massachusetts) and has been an active supporter and member of the Patient Innovation Advisory Board. He also serves as a Dean’s Advisory Board member at Nova SBE.

Watatakalu Yawalapiti

After breaking from a forced marriage, Watatakalu has dedicated her life to representing women who are often silenced, advocating for their rights while preserving indigenous culture. She is an Indigenous rights defender and activist from the Amazon who became involved in environmental and feminist causes at 18. As a leading figure in the Indigenous Women of the Xingu Territory (MMTIX) movement, her leadership allows her to act for marginalized women. Watatakalu has also formed alliances with international feminist movements, sharing her message with global leaders and institutions.

Zaynab Abdi

Zaynab Abdi is a dynamic leader and social justice advocate, empowering marginalized communities globally. A Columbia University SIPA alumna with a Master of Public Administration, she won the 2023 Campbell Award for outstanding leadership. Passionate about immigrants’ rights, refugees, and girls’ education, she has driven meaningful change through roles at RISE and other organizations. Zaynab collaborates with Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai and frequently speaks at the UN, amplifying marginalized voices. Her award-winning book “Voice for Refugees” showcases her talent for storytelling and advocacy.