The Guardian Activate Summit presents a panel discussion on the Open Web and Sustainability. Moderator: Jo Confino, executive editor, The Guardian, Georg Kell, executive director, UN Global Compact, Hannah Jones, vice president, sustainable business & innovation, Nike Inc., David Jones, global CEO, Havas, Toby Daniels, co-founder & CEO, Crowdcentric"
Jo Confino is an executive editor of the Guardian, chairman and editorial director of Guardian Sustainable Business and sustainability consultant to parent company Guardian Media Group (GMG).
As a journalist for the past 24 years, he has worked on regional and national newspapers and websites. He was Wall Street correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and subsequently finance and business news editor for the Guardian.
As well as producing an award-winning annual sustainability audit for GNM, the first one in the sector to be independently verified, he launched one of the world's first interactive sustainability reporting websites. He managed a unique multi-stakeholder development project in the village of Katine and supports the new Guardian global development website.
He has completed an MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice at the University of Bath and is also an executive coach. Jo is on the management board of environmental justice NGO Capacity Global and is also a trustee of the charity Theatre for a Change.
Toby Daniels is an entrepreneur with a passion for emerging media, technology & open innovation.
Daniels is the co-founder and CEO of New York based Crowdcentric, whose mission is to help the world's greatest people and organizations become more connected through collaboration and sharing.
Crowdcentric also owns and operates Social Media Week, a worldwide event that takes place in more than 24 cities exploring the social, cultural and economic impact of social media.
Prior to Crowdcentric, Daniels headed business development for Mint Digital's North American operation and before that he was the managing director of Online Creative Communications, a London based digital agency, which he managed for 7 years.
In addition to his entrepreneurial endeavors, Daniels is also a passionate contributor to a number of non-profit organizations. He serves on the senior board for CampInteractive which empowers at-risk, inner-city youth through the inspiration of the outdoors, and the creative power of technology and passionately supports charity:water, a New York based organization which aims to provide clean and safe drinking to people in developing countries.
Toby is also on the board of the Reisenbach Foundation and serves as a chair for the G8 Young Leaders Summit, whose mission is to engage the leaders of tomorrow to help one another achieve a better world in which we live.
Hannah Jones is responsible for managing Nike's global corporate responsibility efforts including labor compliance, sustainability and business integration, global community affairs, stakeholder engagement, and regional corporate responsibility programs. Before joining Nike, Jones served as a consultant to Microsoft and Kimberly-Clark on both companies' community affairs programs. She also worked as the European manager of Community Service Volunteers Media, a UK-based non-governmental organization, where she led pan-European campaigns centering on youth issues. Jones began her career as a reporter, researcher, and producer for the social action unit of BBC Radio One and Radio Five. She is a board member of CSR Europe, a European business-to-business network that promotes corporate responsibility.
Honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, David Jones has distinguished himself as an industry visionary and proponent of corporate responsibility and social change. He is the youngest global CEO in the history of advertising, heading both Havas and Euro RSCG Worldwide. He was the driving force behind Kofi Annan's TckTckTck Campaign for Climate Justice, one of the most successful cause campaigns in history, with 18 million people signing up as climate allies, and is co-founder of One Young World (described by CNN as the "junior Davos"), a nonprofit organization that provides brilliant young people with a global platform through which to effect positive change. David is the creator of the Social Business Ideaâ„¢ and author of best-selling book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business Is Better Business, published in December 2011 by Pearson/FT Publishing. He also worked closely with David Cameron and the U.K. Conservative Party from 2007 up to and including Cameron's election as prime minister in 2010.
David is a member of the Facebook Client Council. He was inducted into the American Advertising Federation's Hall of Achievement in 2005, was voted one of the two top executives of the decade by readers of Adweek, was nominated as one of CR Magazine's 2011 Responsible CEOs of the Year, and was named to the "40 Under 40" lists of both Crain's New York Business and Advertising Age.
Georg Kell is the executive director of the United Nations Global Compact, the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with more than 7,000 corporate signatories in over 140 countries.
Following assignments as a financial analyst in Africa and Asia, Mr. Kell started his UN career at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva in 1987. In 1990, he joined UNCTAD's New York office, which he headed from 1993 to 1997. In 1997, Mr. Kell became a senior officer in the executive office of the UN Secretary-General, responsible for fostering cooperation with the private sector. After the Global Compact was launched in 2000, Mr. Kell was appointed to head the initiative, a position he has held since.
A native of Germany, Mr. Kell holds advanced degrees in economics and engineering from the Technical University of Berlin.