Jacques Séguéla has been vice-chairman of world leading advertising and communications services group Havas since 2005, director since June 1992 and serves as executive vice-president and chief creative officer.
Throughout his career, Séguéla has written 25 books which have been translated into several languages. He has travelled extensively and has created or taken part in over 1,000 campaigns including successful political campaigns for French Presidents François Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac and Valéry Giscard d’Estaing.
Mr. Séguéla began his career as a reporter for French weekly Paris-Match and later French daily France-Soir, where he was made editor-in-chief at the age of 30.
Mr. Séguéla started work in advertising and established the Roux Séguéla agency together with Bernard Roux in 1970. Two decades later through a series of mergers culminating with Eurocom S.A, the EURO SRCG agency was born. Each letter in RSCG corresponds to the name of each of their founders: Roux, Séguela, Cayzac, and Goudard.
EURO RSCG is today the largest global agency as measured by total number of global accounts, with 233 offices across the globe. Headquartered in New York, Euro RSCG Worldwide is the largest unit of Havas, a world leader in communications.
Born in 1960, Connie Hedegaard had already been working with climate issues for several years by the time she began her appointment as the EU's first ever Commissioner for Climate Action in February 2010.
In August 2004 she was appointed as Danish Minister for the Environment. In 2007 she was in charge of setting up the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, where one of the main tasks was to prepare the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December 2009.
Connie Hedegaard began her political career as a student at the University of Copenhagen. In 1984, at the age of 23, she was elected to the Danish Parliament as a member for the Conservative People's Party, thereby becoming the youngest Danish MP ever at that time, and in 1985 she became Chair of the Atlantic Association of Young Political Leaders. In 1989, Connie Hedegaard became first spokesperson for the Conservative People's Party, but chose to leave politics for journalism in 1990.
Besides her political career, Connie Hedegaard has had a long career in journalism. In 1990, she began working as a journalist on the Danish national newspaper Berlingske Tidende. In 1998 she became head of the news bulletin service Radioavisen at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation, after which she hosted the current affairs programme Deadline on the television channel DR2. Between 1998 and 2004 she also wrote for the Danish national daily newspaper Politiken.
Her publications include Da klimaet blev hot, [When the climate got hot] published in Denmark in 2008.
Catarina de Albuquerque is the first UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation (formerly Independent Expert). She was appointed by the Human Rights Council in September 2008, having started her mandate on 1 November that year. Between 2004 and 2008 she presided over the negotiations of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which the UN General Assembly approved by consensus on 10 December 2008.
Ms de Albuquerque is an invited Professor at the Law Faculties of the Universities of Braga and Coimbra and a Senior Legal Adviser at the Office for Documentation and Comparative Law, an independent institution under the Prosecutor General’s Office.
She was awarded the Human Rights Golden Medal by the Portuguese Parliament (10 December 2009) for outstanding work in the area of human rights. Her work in human rights was also honoured by the Portuguese President of the Republic (October 2009) with the Order of Merit, which is a recognition of an individual's personal bravery, achievement, or service.
She holds a Law Degree from the Law Faculty of the University of Lisbon (Portugal) and a DES from the Institut Universitaire de Hautes Etudes Internationales (Geneva, Switzerland).
John Vidal has been environment editor of the Guardian newspaper for nearly 20 years.
He joined the paper in 1995 after working for Agence France Presse, North Wales Newspapers and the Cumberland News.
In that time he has won seven individual awards and reported from nearly 100 countries.
He is the author of McLibel – Burger Culture on Trial (1988), and has contributed to books on Europe, the Gulf war and climate change.
Director of Expanded Media and Head of Visual Communication design at Fabrica, the Benetton Group communication research centre. Omar Vulpinari has directed projects for UNWHO, UNCEF, UNESCO, UNICRI, The World Bank, Reporters Without Borders, Witness and many other global and local humanitarian organizations.
He is advisor for Design 21 - Social Design Network and Regional Ambassador for INDEX: Design to Improve Life Awards.
Mr. Vulpinari teaches Communication Design at the IUAV University of Venice in San Marino with a specific focus on design for social transformation.
He is currently President Elect of Icograda - International Council of Communication Design, Editorial Director of Iridescent - Icograda Journal of Design Research, and co-chair of the Icograda Design Education Manifesto 2011.
Omar Vulpinari lives in Treviso, Italy.
Ferah Perker (1967) was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She has 20 years of experience in graphic design and advertising and has worked as an art director for major network advertising agencies and clients in Turkey.
Since 2009, she has worked independently on her own web and graphic design studio and is an integral member of the Grafik Tasarim magazine's consulting and publication commission. She was a jury member of the European Design Awards 2011. Ferah Perker is a member of the Turkish Society of Graphic Design and of the Turkish Society of Advertising Creatives.
Jens Assur is one of Scandinavia's leading photojournalists and directors.
From 1990 until 1997 he worked as a photojournalist at Expressen, one of Scandinavia's leading daily newspapers.
His work won much acclaim and numerous photographic and journalistic awards, including photographer of the year at the age of 23. He left the paper in 1997 to start Studio Jens Assur.
In 1997, Jens began working on the project "Under the Shifting Skies". This was the largest photographic project ever to be undertaken in Scandinavia and was completed in 2001. "Under the Shifting Skies" is based on 31 thematic photo reports, each describing a group of people or phenomena specific to our times.
In 1999, Assur was asked by LIFE Magazine to work on a special edition covering the Olympic Games in Sydney. Assur's photo coverage was published in the final issue of LIFE Magazine in the summer of 2000. It was an instant sell out.
In 2006, Jens made his debut as a director with "The Last Dog in Rwanda" (Den sista hunden i Rwanda), portraying the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The short film won numerous awards all over the world.
His latest project Hunger, consisting of five unique photographic books dealing with how we consume and how we treat our world, was widely acclaimed on its release in the summer of 2010.
Assur pushes the envelope further with his latest film, "Killing the Chickens to Scare the Monkeys". It opened in Cannes in May 2011 and won first prize at Nordisk Panorama in Århus in September.