Kick-ofF Workshop Innovations 2022


Vote on our next impACT challenge!

Join our thought leader event to co-shape tomorrow’s innovations.
Kickstart with us our new impACT cycle and help us choose our next challenge.

About: In the first half of the event, experts will inspire us around four focus areas: the (digital) future of democracy and participation, (2) circular economy, (3) climate change and carbon footprint, and (4) (global) health innovation. What are the challenges you would like to see addressed through our innovations to come?


Do you want to pitch an additional focus area? Be among the first ones to register and send us your suggestion to be considered ( In the second half of the event, we will discuss and brainstorm on respective challenges in breakout rooms and finally vote on the themes at the end of the event.

Background: This is our second Geneva impACTs innovation cycle to fast-track smart and actionable impact projects towards sustainable development. In October 2020, the Geneva Macro Labs officially launched its signature initiative, Geneva impACTs.
Now, a year later, we successfully have run our first innovation cycle and brought together investors, entrepreneurs, and impact experts from the private, public and civic sectors to join forces. Our collective intelligence developed several innovation projects that are now ready for implementation. The most prominent one on ‘How to curb global warming while protecting the whales?’ was just being discussed at COP26. We look forward to kickstarting our new innovation round together.

 Kindly read our Engagement Conditions and find out more about our process here.
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Our Speakers who will inspire you on four different focus areas

Marina Haydn

Marina Haydn

Our Speaker on "Carbon Footprint Reduction" (Pitch 1)

Marina Haydn is a Senior Sustainability Strategist with Quantis, a specialist sustainability consultancy, working with clients and science experts to enable businesses to deeply improve its environmental impact. Her environmental sustainability expertise covering strategy, science-based targets development and implementation was built during her previous role of EVP Sustainability with The Economist Group, where she pioneered the organisation’s first sustainability strategy and embedded it across the organisation while completing studies in sustainability management. 

Anna Roberts

Anna Roberts

Our Speaker on "Circular Economy" (Pitch 2)

Anna Roberts is with iov42, a DLT-inspired start up working to enhance trust in a digital society. After undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Economics & Law at the University of Cambridge, Anna worked for a Swedish consultancy, helping the likes of Unilever, IBM, Deloitte and Tommy Hilfiger to implement their strategies (including Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan). iov42 is a platform designed with governments and enterprises in mind, and current engagements include creating a Digital Product Passport for electronic devices in the circular economy for the European Commission. 

Joel Kaiser

Joel Kaiser

Our Speaker on "Global Health Innovation" (Pitch 3)

Joel Kaiser is the Humanitarian Blockchain Lead at MEDAIR, a role focused on testing, developing and localising blockchain in humanitarian aid. Joel has worked as an emergency response specialist and innovation advisor for nearly 20 years. He holds an MA in International Development and is completing an MSc in Applied Neuroscience. 

Muriel Rovira-Esteva

Muriel Rovira-Esteva

Our Speaker on "Democracy and Participation" (Pitch 4)

Muriel Rovira-Esteva is a human rights & freedoms activist, including their expression in a digital and technological context. Muriel has a background as a researcher, developer, and data scientist, with a Physics Degree, a Master and a PhD in Computational and Applied Physics. She has been developing scientific software for the Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and collaborating with Mozilla on developing software for the evaluation of machine learning models.

The Agenda

17:00 Welcome Note (Plenary Room)

17:10 Pitches on Focus Areas (Plenary Room)

18:10 Discussions (Breakout Rooms)

18:35 Summary of Discussions (Plenary Room)

18:50 Voting on Focus Areas (Plenary Room)

19:00 Closing (Plenary Room)

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