This page provides a link to the curriculums of the various speakers at the Rotary Presidential conference "Economy & Environment in Harmony".
As more speakers are confirmed, these will be added here.
Shekhar MehtaRead more
Shekhar Mehta is a member of the Rotary Club of Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India, and the President of Rotary International 2021/22.
Mehta, an accountant by profession, is chair of the Skyline Group, a real estate development company he founded. He is also a director of Operation Eyesight Universal (India), a Canada-based organization.
Mehta has been actively involved in disaster response and is a trustee of ShelterBox, UK. After the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he helped build nearly 500 homes for families affected by the disaster.
Mehta pioneered a program that has performed more than 1,500 life-changing heart surgeries in South Asia. He is also the architect of the TEACH Program, which promotes literacy throughout India and has reached thousands of schools.
A Rotary member since 1984, Mehta has served Rotary as director, member or chair of several committees, zone coordinator, training leader, member of The Rotary Foundation Cadre of Technical Advisers, and district governor. He is also the chair of Rotary Foundation (India).
Mehta has received Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards.
He and his wife, Rashi, are Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society.
Roberta Metsola MEP
Roberta Metsola MEPRead more
Dr Roberta Metsola, was elected as First Vice-President of the European Parliament in November 2020. She is a lawyer by profession, specialising in European law and politics and has represents Malta as a Member of the European Parliament since 2013.
Prior to that, between 2004 and 2012, Dr Metsola worked in the Permanent Representation of Malta to the EU. She subsequently joined the team of the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton, as a legal advisor. Within the European Parliament, Dr Metsola is the EPP’s Group Coordinator in the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and heads her national party’s delegation within the EPP group. She is also the Co-Chair of the EP Anti-Corruption Intergroup.
Dr Metsola is married and is the mother of four boys. She graduated from the University of Malta and the College of Europe in Bruges.
Eduardo San Martin
Eduardo San MartinEduardo San Martin is a Rotary International Past Director (2015-17) and a member of the Rotary Club of Majadahonda, in District 2201, Spain.Read more
He is a financial economist by profession and has developed his professional career working within various European Entities. He is a member of a number of professional and charity organisations in Spain and Latin America.
A Rotarian since 1990, Eduardo has held various positions of responsibility within Rotary at both the District and International level. He served as District Governor between 2005/06. He has also served as a member or Chair of various committees, as Assistant Zone Coordinator, Training Leader, Major Donor Chair and Student Exchange Committee Chair.Eduardo has received Rotary's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service.
Eduardo and his wife, Carrmen are Major Donors and benefactors of The Rotary Foundation.
Roger LhorsRead more
Roger Lhors is a member of the Rotary Club of Port-Audemer Eure, France and a Board Director (2020-22) of Rotary International. Lhors is the co-Convener of the Rotary Presidential Conference Venice.
Lhors retired in 2011 as director of manufacturing at a wellhead parts supplier to the offshore oil industry. Lhors graduated with an engineering degree from École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers, Lille, and volunteered for two years as a mathematics teacher in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo, before embarking on a 38-year career in industrial plant management.
He has served Rotary as a Rotary coordinator and as secretary of the Membership Task Force. Lhors is also active in several local organizations, including a program that helps local youth find employment and Saint-Germain-Village, a home for children whose parents have lost their right to raise them.
Lhors says his proudest achievement in Rotary was making his club stronger during his second term as president. He advocates for the creation of new clubs, noting that support from district governors and outreach to young leaders and potential members are critical. “The future of Rotary will be excellent, and to achieve it we must adapt so that clubs are more receptive to younger generations. Rotary must meet their expectations without denying the fundamental principles that are shared by all.”
Lhors is a Paul Harris Fellow and Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation
Ezio LanteriRead more
Ezio Lanteri is Rotary International Director Nominee (2022-2024). He is a Member of the RC Treviso Terraglio, in the Veneto region of Italy, and was District Governor of District 2060 in Italy in the 2014-2015 Rotary Year.
Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering in Genoa in 1973 with the highest marks and merit, between 1975 and 2007 he spent most of his career in working with American Corporations, in particular 18 years in the Dow Chemical Company. He brings 12 years of experience working outside of Italy: 3 in the USA, 7 in France, and 2 in Germany. He has in fact covered all the technical and manufacturing roles until reaching, in the last 15 years of career, Corporate leadership positions in the roles of General Manager and/or Managing Director at national levels.
Ezio has received numerous awards, both professional and civic, including the silver medal of Drusenheim, the city of Drusus in Alsace near Strasbourg, which is similar to an honorary citizenship.
A Rotary member since 1987, Ezio has served Rotary as Club President, Member or Chair of many Club and District Committees, District Governor, Assistant to the Rotary Coordinator, 3 times Rotary Training Leader, several times GETS and GNTS Team Leader for the Italian Governors, 5 times Representative of the International President at District Conferences in Italy and abroad, and has participated in a humanitarian mission to Sierra Leone. Ezio has been a key member in many local and international projects.
Ezio and his wife Alessandra are both multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors and members of the Paul Harris Society.
Dr Suzanne Thoma
Dr Suzanne ThomaRead more
Rotarian Dr. Suzanne Thoma has been CEO of the BKW Group since 2013.
The internationally active BKW Group, headquartered in Switzerland, offers forward-looking solutions in the areas of energy, infrastructure and buildings. With 130 companies and approx. 11,000 employees, it meets the needs of customers and markets for integrated and sustainable offers. It makes an important contribution to the solution of urgent social challenges.
Suzanne Thoma studied chemical engineering at ETH Zurich and holds a doctorate in this field. She has worked for Ciba Spezialchemie AG (now BASF AG) for about 10 years in senior positions both at home and abroad. As CEO of Rolic Technologies AG, she led a start-up company specializing in high-tech materials and technology licenses. Prior to joining BKW, she headed the international automotive supply business of the WICOR Group in Rapperswil.
Suzanne became a member of the newly founded Rotary Basel 3-Country Corner and joined Rotary Christoffel in Bern, Switzerland, 8 years ago.
Gunnar ÅkerblomRead more
Gunnar Åkerblom is a senior advisor with a long international experience as CEO/MD in many different business sectors. Today he is an engaged Rotarian and philanthropist with special focus on climate change and the environment.
A member of Rotary Club Stockholm City Första Frukost RK since 1996, he believes firmly that the Rotary family can make a significant difference to living conditions on earth by addressing the new focus area "Protecting the Environment" and taking action.
Gunnar is a co-founder of the European Chapter of ESRAG, the European Sustainability Rotary Action Group.
Ingrid HesserRead more
Rotarian Ingrid Hasser is a marketing and business development executive with many years' experience leading international teams within global American companies and within a large business network.
Her focus is to contribute her skills, her network and her investments to a society in harmony with the natural ecosystem of which we are a part - a crucial basis for social and economic sustainability. Ingrid firmly believes that Rotary is the organisation in the world that can pave the way for real change.
Ingrid first gained insight into Rotary as an exchange student on the Rotary Youth Exchange programme and is aware of what Rotary can achieve.
Ingrid is also a co-founder of the European Chapter of ESRAG, the European Sustainability Rotary Action Group.
Ingrid ZeegersRead more
Ingrid Zeegers started her career within Procter & Gamble, consultancy and Philips Electronics, when she decided to switch to sustainable business development. Within Philips, early in 2004, she had the opportunity to start-up and pioneer sustainable innovation based on circular economy design principles.
Since 2010 she has progressed and deployed these circular principles at an international fashion retailer; co-initiated and lead one of the first circular regional associations (over 100 members); has been an expert for the EU Committee of the Regions on the Green Deal Circular Action Plan (2020), and has recently started at PRICE, an innovation hub with the ambition to accelerate the circular economy on an (inter)national scale.
Her personal motivation is to drive positive impact and change our way of doing business within ‘One Planet boundaries’.
Joe OtinRead more
PDG Joe Otin is a digital advertising specialist and media research analyst with three decades of experience. He is the CEO of The Collective, a digital ad agency, and the chairman of the Advertising Standards Board of Kenya. He was granted the Marketing Warrior Award by the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) in 2010.
He is a past president of Pan African Media Research Organization (PAMRO) and has served as chief judge for the annual awards for both the Public Relation Society of Kenya (PRSK) and the MSK. He is a columnist in Business Daily Africa and regularly contributes articles on marketing communications.
Joe is the chairman of the Resource Mobilisation Committee of WWF-Kenya. He has been a Rotarian for 20 years and currently serves as the Rotary International (RI) Representative to United National Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Co-Chairman of the Rotary/UNEP Partnership on the Adopt-a-River Initiative for Sustainable Development. He is the promotions chairman for the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, the Co-Chairman of the 2022 Rotary 4th All Africa Zone Institute in Addis Ababa, and a member of The Rotary Foundation’s Peace Centers Committee.
He has served as the vice chairman of the RI Communications Committee, a member of the RI Membership Committee, Africa’s Area Coordinator, Rotary Public Image Coordinator, Rotary Coordinators Institute Facilitator, District Governor, and the Co-Chairman of the Rotary UN Day, Nairobi.