Awaiting you at this year’s Summit is a diverse and talented lineup of speakers, artists and facilitators ready to inspire and guide you on your journey of inner development for global impact.

From renowned thought leaders to visionary artists and ideas whose time has finally come, our collective of voices promises to ignite your passion and empower you to create positive change.

From household names in business, leadership, and sustainability to emerging voices with encouraging stories and ideas, our diverse speakers are not just ahead of the curve – they are actively shaping it.

Get ready to be inspired by their insights, challenged by their perspectives, and empowered to embark on your own journey as we explore the intersection and space in between inner development and global impact.

Our Storytellers

Daniel J. Siegel

M.D. | Professor of Psychiatry at The UCLA School of Medicine


A world-renowned neuropsychiatrist and multifaceted expert in human growth and flourishing, blending neuroscience, psychology, and mindfulness into a comprehensive approach to inner development.

With a background in psychiatry and paediatrics, Dr. Siegel explores the impact of relationships on mental and emotional development from infancy through adulthood.

As ED of the Mindsight Institute and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA, he focuses on understanding how our inner experiences shape our lives. 

Expect transformative insights and practices for navigating our inner worlds, creating pathways to greater self-discovery and fulfilment.

Emma Stenström

Associate Professor & Director of the Research Center for Arts,
Business & Culture at Stockholm School of Economics


Emma is a highly appreciated teacher and lecturer and has won several pedagogical awards. She has been Associate Dean of SSE and a guest professor at the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm. 

Besides her academic career, Emma has always worked in media as a columnist, tv-host and many other things.

Emma’s research concerns mainly aesthetic, creative and innovative aspects of social sustainability, the intersection between arts and business, and the humanistic side of management. In 2023, she published a book about bridging differences called “Bubble-hopping”.

Massamba Thioye

 Ph.D. | Project Executive, UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub


As part of the UNFCCC secretariat, Massamba Thioye is at the forefront of driving innovation to support climate and sustainability actions. Massamba also serves on various advisory committees and actively publishes breakthrough technical papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Through his leadership, he is spearheading the development of regulations, incentive mechanisms, and frameworks aimed at measuring the impact of climate action and enhancing innovation in addressing global sustainability challenges.

Expect insights and strategies for leveraging innovation to support climate action and foster inner development for a more sustainable world.

Jennifer Garvey Berger

Co-founder & CEO, Cultivating Leadership 


Jennifer Garvey Berger is a prominent thought leader in leadership and adult development who has contributed significantly to understanding how individuals and organisations can navigate complexity and change.

With a belief that we need a new form of leadership for a new era, she designs and teaches leadership programs, coaches senior leaders and their teams, and supports new ways of thinking about strategy and people. 

Through her books, like “Changing on the Job,” Berger offers practical ways to make leaders’ organisations more successful, their work more meaningful, and their lives more gratifying. 

Robert Kegan

 Ph.D. | Adult Development, Harvard University


Dr Robert Kegan is a leading figure in adult development, known for his transformative works that have reshaped our understanding of human behaviour and organisational dynamics.

With groundbreaking books like “The Evolving Self” and “Immunity to Change,” he has pioneered a new field of study and profoundly impacted professional practices worldwide.

Dr Kegan has dedicated four decades to advancing the discourse on growth and development. His ITC workshop will empower attendees to challenge their limiting beliefs, foster adaptive behaviours, and cultivate a growth mindset for personal and professional success.

Katie Hodgetts

 Founder, Resilience Project


Katie Hodgetts, a leading voice in empowering youth for climate action, founded The Resilience Project to address the lack of psychological and inner-led support for young activists. 

Through the Resilience Project, she equips young people with essential skills to navigate the challenges of a changing world. Recognised for her work in mental health and climate, she also serves on IKEA’s Young Global Leaders Board. 

Learn from Katie’s experience training hundreds of peers to build inner resilience and discover how you can apply her insights to your own leadership journey.

Paul Polman

Business Leader, Campaigner & Co-Author of Net Positive


Paul Polman, renowned for his tenure as CEO of Unilever, has left an indelible mark on the corporate world with his pioneering approach to sustainability. Under his leadership, Unilever achieved impressive financial growth whilst setting the standard for global sustainability practices.

Paul is a dedicated advocate for social equality and environmental stewardship and champions causes that promote positive change, working tirelessly to advance the UN’s SDGs (which he helped develop) and drive systemic change across industries.

Expect courageous, insightful and inspiring perspectives on the intersection of sustainability, social equality, and business leadership.

Our exceptional lineup of artists, curated by the International Teaching Artists Collaborative (ITAC), goes beyond art and aesthetics by infusing inner development throughout the Summit experience. 

From immersive installations to interactive performances, art will seamlessly integrate into the program, with artists co-facilitating Day 2 tracks to enhance the embodiment and holistic nature of the learning journey.

Artistic Collaborators

Rachelle Jeanty

Singer, Meditation Teacher and Vocal Coach


Rachelle Jeanty began her singing journey as a backing vocalist for Celine Dion, gracing legendary stages worldwide. However, she chose to leave the glamour of the music industry to follow her deeper calling: Self-realisation.

Parallel to her solo entertainment career, Rachelle has dedicated herself to offering her voice and music as vehicles for inner development and evolution. Through hundreds of her SPIRIT OF JOY concerts and workshops, she combines music and meditation to inspire personal growth.

Expect captivating, soulful melodies and heartfelt performances that entertain, uplift, and inspire.

Madeleine McGirk Rutherford

Founding Managing Director, ITAC


Bringing expertise in education, theatre and filmmaking, Madeleine (she/her) is the Founding Managing Director of the International Teaching Artists Collaborative (ITAC), where she has led the building of over 5,000 members in the world’s first global network of participatory artists who work in schools and communities. 

Madeleine specialises in arts for social transformation projects in different settings and has a background in designing creative engagement programming both inside and outside of traditional learning spaces, using arts as a tool for cross-sector topic exploration.

Eric Booth

Founder of Teaching Arts


Eric Booth, known as the ‘father of the teaching artist profession,’ is one of the most influential figures in American arts education and has carved out a multifaceted career as a teacher, actor, writer, director, and businessman. 

Eric has played a pivotal role in establishing teaching artist programs at renowned institutions such as Juilliard, Stanford, and Lincoln Center Education, where he has guided the field for over 41 years. His steadfast commitment to nurturing artistic talent and fostering a deeper appreciation for the arts has left a lasting legacy in the industry.

Rachael Jacobs 

Ph.D | Artist, Activist & Academic, Western Sydney University


Rachael Jacobs lectures in Creative Arts Education at Western Sydney University and is a former secondary arts teacher (Dance, Drama and Music). She has a PhD in creativity and assessment, and her research focuses on arts-based approaches to racial justice education, climate justice and language development. 

Rachael has facilitated art projects in community settings Australia-wide, mostly working in migrant and refugee communities. She is a community activist, aerial artist, and South Asian choreographer who runs her own intercultural dance company and sits on the board of the climate action organisation Sweltering Cities.

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