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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

Patience Asiimwe

Statistician; Resource mobilization officer, Uganda Cancer Society

Patience Asiimwe is a charter member and inspirational president of Rotaract Club of Naguru. She graduated with Bachelors in Business Statistics from Makerere University Business School. She is currently working with Uganda Cancer Society as a Resource Mobilisation Officer. Patience has interest in reading, sightseeing and singing. She is passionate about volunteering and was recently privileged to participate in Rotary End Polio Virtual Reality film “Two Drops of Patience” during which she had the opportunity to show what it takes to immunize children in hard to reach areas against polio.

H. E MP Dr. Marianne A. Azer

Member of the Egyptian Parliament

MP Doctor Engineer Marianne Amir Azer is a member of Egyptian Parliament; the Chair of Women and Youth Committee in the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace; and a member in the Parliamentary Assembly Union for the Mediterranean. She is also on the Global Advisory Board for the Facebook Community Leadership Program and participates in a variety of other national and international organizations devoted to Politics, Women, Science, Technology, Culture, Angel Investment, youth, peace building, human development and governance. She has received awards and recognitions on both the national and international level. In Egypt, she is ranked among the Top 10 Public Speakers, Top 10 Public Figures, and Top 50 Influential Women. She has a PhD in Electronics and Communications Engineering and she is certified in Human Development and capacity building. She is also an Associate Professor at Nile University and the National Telecommunication Institute with more than 65 international publications. Dr. Azer was formerly a Consultant to the Minister of ICT for Strategic Initiatives before being appointed as a member of parliament. 

Lark Doley, DTM

2018-2019 International President, Toastmasters International

Lark Doley, of Austin, Texas, is serving as the Toastmasters International President for 2018-19. As chief executive of Second Wave, Inc., a company she founded in 1987, Doley led a team that manufactured hardware peripheral devices for Apple Macintosh products. After selling Second Wave in 1999, Doley worked as a consultant for DBM and now works for MAXIMUS, Inc. Doley graduated with honors from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and German. She continued her education studying business management at St. Edward’s University in Austin, and mathematics at the University of Houston in Clear Lake, Texas. A Toastmaster since 1990, Doley has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters and has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of achievement in the organization.

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.

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.

Thato Kgatlhanye

Founder & CEO, Rethaka Group

Miss Kgatlhanye is a South African entrepreneur that has been earmarked by Bill Gates as one of the entrepreneurs to watch. She is the founder and CEO of Rethaka Group, which does meaningful work to “Resource Africa's Future.” Through her leadership, the Rethaka Foundation was established and to date has distributed over 20,000 “Repurpose Schoolbags,” which are solar-powered backpacks that allow children living in off-grid homes to study at night. Her accolades include: The Nelson Mandela Ubuntu Award for Youth Diplomacy bestowed by the President of South Africa, “Innovator of the Year” by Forbes Women Africa, the Elle Magazine International Impact Award, Cartier Women’s Initiative Award in Sub-Saharan Africa and in 2016 she became the youngest female entrepreneur at age 23, to appear on the cover of FORBES Women Africa.

Dr. Gerd Müller

Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

Dr. Gerd Müller was a member of the European Parliament and Parliamentary Managing Director of the CDU / CSU Group from 1989-1994. Since 1994 he is a member of the German Bundestag. From 2005-2013, he was Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, where he oversaw — among other topics — international relations, development projects, and global food security. Since December 2013, he is Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development. Dr. Gerd Müller was born in 1955 in Krumbach, Germany. He is married and has two children.

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.

Tom Sauer

Associate Professor in International Politics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium)

Tom Sauer is an engaged academic dealing with international peace and security issues, in particular nuclear disarmament. He heads the Research Group International Politics at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) and has published six academic books (and three forthcoming) and more than 250 academic and more popular articles. He is a regular contributor to national and international media. Sauer has been a Research Fellow at the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (BCSIA) at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (1997-1999) thanks to a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship. He is also active in the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs. Tom Sauer was awarded the title of Peace Ambassador by Pax Christi Flanders in 2009.

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.

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.

Chris Wells

Rotaractor, DRR 1070

Chris Wells countered the inevitable graduate existential bothering of his 20s by founding a Rotaract club in his hometown of Market Harborough, England. Working with local Rotary, this blossomed into a new breed of Contemporary Rotaract club; something that may be the future of Rotary with all the awesome DOGOODERY it can bring. As DRR of District 1070, Chris helped grow that contemporary model to a successful larger scale, hoping to grow it even further into the future. When he isn’t Rotaracting, Chris works for the Go Make A Difference Charity which shares and develops effective thinking tools to under 25s.


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