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Speakers

One of the main benefits of attending a Rotary convention is the range of topics and the exceptional speakers from around the world.

Simultaneous interpretation will be offered in English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, and other languages, depending on registrants’ needs.

Featured Speakers

Dr. Peter Tschentscher

First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg; President of the Senate

Peter Tschentscher was born on 20 January 1966 in Bremen. Beginning in 1987, after secondary school and civilian service, he studied medicine with postgraduate studies in molecular biology in Hamburg, which he completed with a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1995. This was followed by a Habilitation in 2008. Until 2011, he was a senior physician at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf. Peter Tschentscher joined the SPD as a student. From 2008 to 2011, he was Deputy Chair and Financial Policy Spokesman of the SPD faction in the Hamburg Parliament. In 2011, he was named Minister of Finance in the Hamburg Senate. On 28 March 2018, the Hamburg Parliament elected Peter Tschentscher as the First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. He is the Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany for German-French cultural cooperation with the rank of Federal Minister.

Dr. Pia Skarabis-Querfeld, MD

Chairwoman of the Board, “Medizin Hilft”, Member of the Rotary Club of Kleinmachnow

Pia Skarabis-Querfeld went to medical school in Berlin and got her medical degree in 1992. She has been working in her private practice for general medicine, sports medicine and musicians’ medicine for more than 20 years. She is specialized in diagnostics and therapy of muscle dysfunction and pain management. In addition to her medical degree, Pia has completed training in chiropractic, osteopathy, and clinical hypnosis. Pia, a Rotarian since 2003, received the Rotary Service Above Self Award for her voluntary work in the humanitarian medical project `Medizin Hilft`, which she founded in Berlin in 2014.

Timotheus Höttges

Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Deutsche Telekom AG

Timotheus Höttges, born in 1962, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Deutsche Telekom AG since January 2014. From 2006 to 2009 he was member of the Board of Management responsible for the T-Home unit. Under his leadership, T-Home became the market leader in terms of new DSL customers and developed its Internet TV service and Entertain, into a mass-market product while at the same time stabilizing its profitability. After successfully implementing various cost-cutting programs at T-Home and in the European mobile communications subsidiaries, Mr. Höttges became responsible for the Group-wide Save for Service efficiency enhancement program. From 2005 until being appointed to the Group Board of Management, Mr. Höttges headed European operations as member of the Board of Management, T-Mobile International.

Steve Farber

Founder and Chairman, The Extreme Leadership Institute

Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, and the founder of The Extreme Leadership Institute, organizations devoted to the cultivation and development of Extreme Leaders in the business community, non-profits, and education. His third book, Greater Than Yourself: The Ultimate Lesson In Leadership, was a Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller. His second book, The Radical Edge: Stoke Your Business, Amp Your Life, and Change the World, was hailed as “a playbook for harnessing the power of the human spirit.” His first book, The Radical Leap: A Personal Lesson in Extreme Leadership, is already considered a classic in the leadership field. It received Fast Company magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and was recently named one of the 100 Best Business Books of All Time. The 10th Anniversary edition of Leap is in bookstores now.

Daniel Flynn

Managing Director and Co-founder, Thankyou

Driven, resourceful, and determined, Daniel Flynn is one of Australia’s most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 30. He is the founder and managing director of the social enterprise Thankyou, which has given more than $5.8 million to help end global poverty. Thankyou’s 50 products are stocked by major retailers in Australia and 100 percent of profits go to funding water, sanitation, food, and child and maternal health projects around the world. In nine short years, Thankyou has directly impacted the lives of 755,338 people in 20 countries, including Australia. Daniel is also the author of best-selling book Chapter One, a book that tells the raw and real start-up story of Thankyou and is sold using an unorthodox ‘pay-what-you-want’ method. In a challenging publishing landscape, the book defied all odds by generating over $1.4 million in sales and selling over 55,000 copies in its launch month. Daniel is the recipient of EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Southern Region) and Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneurs.

Haresh Ramchandani

Past District Governor, Rotary District 7020 Northern Caribbean

Haresh L. Ramchandani, 44, is a member of the Rotary Club of Montego Bay East, Jamaica, for over 20 years, and a Past Governor for District 7020. He has served as a Moderator, Facilitator, Panelist, and Committee member at District, Zone, and Rotary International Level. He is a Rotary Foundation alumni, a Major Donor and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation. He’s a Justice of the Peace, a Wine Sommelier, & happily married to Vandana for 20 years and they have 2 children. He sits on the RI Young PDGs Committee, The Hamburg Convention Promotion Committee, and a 2019 International Assembly Training Leader.


Rotary Leadership

RI President Barry Rassin

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney

RI President-nominee Sushil Kumar Gupta

Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ron Burton

General Secretary John Hewko