NOV 30 - DEC 2

We are thrilled to be hosting our 7th NEXUS Europe Summit in beautiful Barcelona, Spain from the evening of Nov 30th to the morning of Dec 2nd.

This summit is intentionally a departure from larger summits of the past and is small and carefully curated to include only 100 people who represent the true leaders of next gen philanthropy, impact investing and social innovation from across Europe. New this year, admission is by application, nomination and invitation only.

The 2023 Europe Summit builds on the momentum of this summer’s NEXUS Global Summit which took place in NYC with the United Nations and featured speakers including Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland, Jean Oelwang, CEO of Virgin Unite and Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

We hope you can join us for inspiring keynotes, intentional networking, off-the-record interviews, high level masterclasses and action-oriented roundtables highlighting innovation in philanthropy, impact investing and social impact.

Applications are now closed and the Europe 2023 Summit is sold out.

For questions please email europe@nexusglobal.org


The theme of the Summit is “Toward Regenerative Societies”. We will embark on a transformative journey towards a sustainable and thriving future. Explore innovative solutions, engage with visionary speakers and be part of a movement dedicated to nurturing regenerative practices across different impact areas that will shape the world for generations to come.

Keynotes, Workshops & Interactive Breakouts focus on:

  • Systems Change Investing/ Impact Investing
  • Climate & Environment
  • AI & Humane Technology
  • Human-Wellbeing
  • Future of Cities
  • Blended Finance & SDGs
  • Food and Agriculture-Technology
  • Rebuilding Ukraine
  • Freedom and Democracy
  • Conflict Resolution & Peacebuilding
  • Family Dynamics

The Program:
Thursday, November 30th:
18h Welcome Drinks
18:45 Opening Plenary
20:30 Opening Dinner

Friday, December 1:
9:30 – 18h Summit Programming
20:30 – 1:00 Celebration Dinner

Saturday, December 2:
9:00-11:00 Breakfast & Member-led activities

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Chief Impact Officer, AlTi Tiedemann Global

Jed Emerson

Jed Emerson is Chief Impact Officer, AlTi Tiedemann Global, a multi-family office and international financial services firm. He has acted as strategic advisor to family offices, foundations and wealth management firms executing diverse approaches to investing for financial returns with social and environmental impact.

Co-author of the first book on impact investing, as well as seven other books on impact investing and social entrepreneurship, Emerson has been active in both fields for thirty years. His last book, The Purpose of Capital: Elements of Impact, Financial Flows, and Natural Being, explores how we may bridge the divide between how we think about doing well and doing good in order to optimize the total, integrative impact of our lives and wealth.

He is a Senior Fellow with University of Zurich’s Blended Finance Initiative and Senior Research Fellow at University of Heidelberg’s Center on Social Investing in Germany. He has also held faculty appointments at Harvard, Stanford, and Oxford business schools. He is founding director of Larkin Street Services, a homeless youth program in San Francisco, as well as REDF, a leading social enterprise investment fund.

Podcast Host of Investing in Regenerative Ag and Food

Koen van Seijen

Since 2011 Koen has been following the regenerative agriculture and food space when he stumbled upon the carbon sequestration potential of regenerative farming. Under “Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food” he has published more than 250 podcast interviews with impact investors, fund managers, farmers and many others. Regenerating soils and ecosystems by putting money (big and small) to work is the central theme that drives him. He is also manager at the Impact Investor community nonprofit Toniic.

Founder, Nature x Nurture

Emma Chow

Emma Chow serves as the project lead on the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Food initiative, which brings together major industry players from across the food value chain, along with city municipalities, to take a systemic approach to unlocking the powerful positive potential of the food system.

Author, The School for Moral Ambition

Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman is one of Europe’s most prominent young thinkers. The 35 year old historian and author has been nominated twice for the prestigious European Press Prize for his work at De Correspondent. His articles have been featured in The Washington Post and on the BBC.

His internationally published books Utopia for Realists (2017) and Humankind (2020) were both New York Times Best Sellers, Humankind has been translated in 46 languages.

You might also know him from his media appearances. His TED Talk (2017) about poverty is seen by millions of people. In 2019 Rutger caught the world’s attention as he spoke at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos where he took billionaires to task for not paying taxes. This resulted in another viral interview on Fox News where he clashed with Tucker Carlson. Rutger was also interviewed by Trevor Noah on The Daily Show (2019) and on Late Night with Seth Meyers (2021).

The Business Plan for Peace

Dr. Scilla Elworthy

Three times Nobel Peace Prize nominee for her work with Oxford Research Group to develop effective dialogue between nuclear weapons policy makers worldwide and their critics (1982 – 2002). She founded Peace Direct in 2002 to fund, promote and learn from local peace builders in conflict areas: Peace Direct was voted ‘Best New Charity’ in 2005.
Scilla now leads The Business Plan for Peace to help prevent violent conflict and build sustainable peace; this work is based on her latest books The Business Plan for Peace: Building a World Without War (2017) and The Mighty Heart: how to transform conflict (2020). The Mighty Heart 10-module on-line courses, teaching skills of heart intelligence, are used by major corporations worldwide.

She was awarded the Niwano Peace Prize in 2003, Luxembourg Peace Prize in 2020, Goi Peace Award in 2023, and was adviser to Peter Gabriel, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Richard Branson in setting up ‘The Elders’. Scilla co-founded Rising Women Rising World in 2013, and FemmeQ in 2016 to establish the qualities of feminine intelligence for women and men as essential to use in building a safer world. Her TED talk on nonviolence has been viewed by over 1,500,000 people.
As an Ambassador for Peace Direct, a Councillor of the World Future Council, Adviser to the Institute for Economics and Peace, she also advises the leadership of selected international corporations as well as students and young social entrepreneurs. Scilla is a mother, stepmother, and grandmother and loves messing about in her garden near Oxford in the UK.

Co-Founder and President, Earth Species Project; Co-Founder and President, Center for Humane Technology

Aza Raskin

Aza is a National Geographic Explorer and co-founder of Earth Species Project, a nonprofit dedicated to translating animal communication. He is also the co-founder of the Center for Humane Technology, was an architect and subject of the documentary The Social Dilemma, and is the co-host for the popular podcast Your Undivided Attention. Trained as a mathematician and dark matter physicist, he has taken three companies from founding to acquisition, has been a co-chairing member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Al, briefs heads of state, and helped found Mozilla Labs, in addition to being named FastCompany’s Master of Design, and listed on Forbes and Inc Magazines 30-under-30.

Mobilizer, HERO

Karin Watson

Human rights activist from Chile, working at the intersection of climate justice and gender equality. Coordinator at Latinas for Climate.


Sylvain Ferriere

Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, 15+ years in social entrepreneurship, both as an entrepreneur and as an Impact Investor as Chief Investment Officer at Yunus Social Business. Cofounder of HERO

Founder & CEO, Juntos Farm

Christian Jochnick

Christian started his career in a Stockholm based NGO, Fryshuset, which operates social projects targeting urban youth from 13-19yrs. After experiencing the challenges around finance in the philanthropic world, he decided to go back to university to get an MSc from the London School of Economics. He then worked as an analyst in the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs before becoming an entrepreneur and venture investor. In Christian’s main project today, Juntos Farm, he is using his experience from both the non- and for-profit worlds to support the transition towards a small scale, diversified, organic and regenerative food system.

Climate & Human Rights Activist

Anuna De Wever

Anuna De Wever is a climate and human rights activist, and co-founder of Youth for Climate Belgium, which sparked a global movement of student-led climate strikes in 2019.
She has worked extensively on EU climate and trade policy, for Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and the Greens/EFA group.

She is the co-author of the book ‘Wij zijn het klimaat’ (We Are The Climate) and ‘quel monde pour demain’, and currently active in grassroots movement and campaigns focusing on decolonization, migration and degrowth.

Founder and CEO, Coda Societies

Garance Choko

Garance Choko is the Founder/CEO of Coda Societies, the go-to strategic advisory firm implementing equity- based solutions to reshape social, physical, and economic infrastructures. Her clients include well- known foundations, large non-profit organizations, corporations, and governments across the globe, such as the Sundance Institute, the Mastercard Foundation, the Aspen Institute, the Africa Center, the National Ministry of Planning of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the National Health System (NHS) of the United Kingdom, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Royal Society for Arts (RSA).
Born in Paris, Garance discovered her passion for classical piano early on and began performing at age five. She graduated from L’Ecole Normale de Musique while attending the University of Paris 1: Pantheon-Sorbonne. Garance decided to continue developing her piano technique in La Habana, Cuba. Then at the personal invitation of her Maestro Rosalina Sackstein, she was awarded a scholarship to attend The University of Miami as a double major in Piano Performance and Political Science. She then received a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University and has held several positions throughout her career, including working on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Charlie Rangel.
As a resident of New York City for over ten years, Garance is a proud member of the Board of Directors at Sing for Hope, Future of Cities, the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT), and a Founding Member of Chief. Garance also serves as Producer and Host of ‘A Propos’, a podcast in English presented by the Consulate General of France in New York for the government of France. She continues to perform her classical music repertoire when inspired — most recently at the official NYC event hosted by the French Government, celebrating the Induction of Joséphine Baker into the Paris Panthéon.

Confirmed Breakout Speakers

General Partner, Ponderosa Ventures

Evi Steyer

Evi has a background in regenerative agriculture and sustainable finance. She is a Cofounder of Ponderosa Ventures, a pre-seed and seed stage fund investing in food, agriculture, and oceans companies improving climate and biodiversity outcomes. Ponderosa is part of the Galvanize Climate Solutions platform. Prior to co-founding Ponderosa, she was an investor with Astanor Ventures, a global food and agriculture venture firm. She began her investment career at Generation Investment Management, an asset manager proving the business case for integrating sustainability metrics into financial analysis. While earning her B.A. at Yale University, she conducted research on regional abattoir infrastructure as an enabler of regenerative meat production. She also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and of the Sustainable Food Trust.

Partner, 1991 Ventures LLP

Denis Gursky

Denis Gursky is General Partner at 1991 Ventures LLP – London-based venture capital fund investing in mission-driven CEE and Ukrainian founders, which benefits from the self-funded network of the 1991 Accelerator in the CEE.
Denis is an impact tech advocate who believes in youth, tech and emerging markets. Having worked in international NGOs, business and government, Denis absorbed and implemented the best ideas to serve the digital development purpose. His specialisation is vision- driven projects that involve multi-lateral partnerships, are very public and have high impact on society, economy or both.

Program Manager, NEXUS Impact Accelerator

Nathan Walworth

Dr. Nathan Walworth (PhD) is an entrepreneurial climate scientist and futurist whose work lies at the intersection of exponential tech, carbon removal, regeneration, culture prediction, DNA sequencing, and the marine microbiome. His environmental research has taken him from the Tropics to Antarctica. He has previously co-founded several startups across diverse industries from sustainable fashion to cannabis. He is Co-founder and VP of Science at Project Vesta where he leads the science teams to scale nature-based strategies in gigaton carbon removal. He is Co-founder of the NEXUS Futurism Group: a platform designed to convene leaders across industry to guide the ethical advancement in rapidly emerging technologies. He is also Co-founder of the NEXUS Impact Accelerator where he accelerates companies across tackling the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He is an Adjunct Professor of Regenerative Studies and an expert in the Marine Microbiome. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the AI-driven culture prediction company, sparks & honey, where he blends cultural signals with his business and scientific background to advise companies on future cultural trends.

Muga Valley Learning Journey

In light of the main theme of the NEXUS Europe Summit 2023: towards regenerative societies, we have organized an exciting learning journey for you into The Muga Valley.
The Muga Valley Project is facilitated by the Pioneers of Our Time Foundation and aims to create a demonstration case in Europe of the transformation of a valley of 100k hectares into a flourishing society with a rural regenerative economy.
During this 2 day learning journey we are going to see how the people of the Muga Valley slowly transforming the abandoned Valley. Part of the learning journey is the launch of The Campus, for resilient landscapes.
Topics we address during the 2-days:

  • How can we embed regenerative practices in our future societies?
  • How to implement a holistic regenerative vision into daily business practice?
  • What financial models do we need to finance long term regeneration?
  • How to engage local communities in regeneration practices?
  • The role of art and festivals in creating sense of belonging?
  • and other topics brought by participants

For more information please email hello@pioneersofourtime.com

Europe Steering Committee

Michael Pellman Rowland

With 20+ years in wealth management, Michael provides a full spectrum of sustainable and impact investing advice for his clients, covering both public and private markets globally.

He is a frequent public speaker (Milken, Nexus, etc) and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Financial Times, and Institutional Investor. He was selected for the Investment News 40 Under 40 top wealth advisors list and included in Forbes’ inaugural listing of America’s Top Next-Generation Wealth Advisors. He was also selected as a founding member of the Forbes Impact Investing Community.

He had a Forbes column for a few years. It was the only column on Forbes dedicated to sustainable food, and the first at Forbes to write about Beyond Meat, Impossible Foods, Apeel Sciences, etc.

Born/Raised in New York. He now lives in Monaco with his wife and two cats.

Tamar Guttmann

Tamar Guttmann is an entrepreneur, (impact) producer, and advisor from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is very passionate about connecting arts and social impact and amplifying voices and stories that need to be heard. Tamar founded the non-profit organization New Amsterdam Jazz in 2020, which aims to support the jazz scene based in the Netherlands and connect it to scenes around the globe, through the (inter)national development of concert series, artist residencies, albums, talent development projects, and educational activities. She has (co)-produced a number of award-winning (short) film productions, including Umama, which won the Gold at the Student Academy Awards. Tamar is the former head of the Coalition for Impact, a unique collaborative network driving trillions of USD toward impact between 6 of the leading social impact (investing) networks and foundations; BMW Foundation, NEXUS, Toniic, Center of Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth, Katapult, and The ImPact. Tamar sits on the Advisory Boards to three-time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee Dr Scilla Elworthy, Business Plan for Peace, and Princess’ Irene of the Netherlands’ non-profit organisation, Berglaas. She serves as the Netherlands Country Ambassador for NEXUS Global and frequently hosts and moderates impact events, such as the PYM Women Wealth Matters sessions. Tamar holds a B.A. degree from Tisch School of the Arts and Stern School of Business (New York University). In her free time, Tamar can be found in a jazz club or learning a new language in a nearby cafe.

Chairman of NEXUS Europe

Stef van Dongen

Stef van Dongen is Founder/President of the Rotterdam based social enterprise Enviu. He started the company in 2002 from the belief that entrepreneurs can play a major role in solving the world’s biggest challenges. Over the years Stef co-founded more than a dozen social enterprises and innovation programs in the domains of Financial and Economic Inclusion, Food Systems and Circular Economy.

Next to Enviu, Stef engages with organisations (e.g. The Vatican) and families to build partnerships that leverage private and public assets to realise societal impact. Stef was awarded the lifetime achievement award “Radical Innovators” from Vrij Nederland Magazine. He is a distinguished alumni of the Rotterdam School of Management, where he did his MBA with a focus on Global Business Society Management. Stef is a passionate board member and advisor of several social companies, philanthropists and innovation networks.

NEXUS United Kingdom Outreach Ambassador

Lorraine Grace

Lorraine is Head of Responsible Investment at Close Brothers Asset Management in London. She started her financial career as an equity research analyst, but before that founded a charity that taught peaceful conflict resolution and photography techniques to hundreds of children in conflict areas around the world. Lorraine is the UK Ambassador for NEXUS, and a board member of a charity for children’s education in the Middle East.

Caroline Mindus

Weaving inclusive storytelling and climate-friendly sustainable technology are at the heart of Caroline’s mission to bridge our differences and transform our planet together.

Julia Poschinger-Bray

Julia has nearly two decades of experience in social entrepreneurship, impact investment and family business sectors globally. A graduate of Oxford University, Cambridge University and Sciences Po Paris, she led the social entrepreneurship activities at the Family Business Network International until 2014 (including partnerships with Ashoka) and worked at INSEAD’s Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise as its Executive Director until 2016. She is now an active member of Nexus’ Impact Society and contributes to several social entrepreneurship initiatives and social and environmental organisations.


If NEXUS cancels or postpones the Summit, NEXUS will automatically issue a 100% registration credit that can be used at a future NEXUS Europe Summit.


Summit registration fees are refundable up until 30 days before the Summit start date and are not refundable thereafter. Summit registration is non-transferable.


If NEXUS cancels or postpones the Summit, NEXUS will automatically issue a 100% registration credit that can be used at a future NEXUS Global Summit.


Summit registration fees are refundable up until 30 days before the Summit start date and are not refundable thereafter. Summit registration is non-transferable.