ASW Webinar with Saleema Vellani - Bern

Join Saleema Vellani, an award-winning serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, a professor, and an author, for her webinar on redefining innovation. Tune in on Tuesday, March 30th at 20:00 CET (20:00 Zurich, 19:00 London, 14:00 New York) for an unmissable event!

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ASMALLWORLD Members are invited to join a fireside chat on why "Innovation Starts With I" with guest speaker Saleema Vellani as part of our ASMALLWORLD Webinars Series. This Webinar will be moderated by Hana Dhanji.

Innovation isn’t just about having the best idea to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Nor is it just about technology. It’s about being human. It’s about putting existing things together in new ways to create value. We need to redefine innovation—it’s an overused word whose meaning has been diluted, yet having an innovative mindset is one of the most important 21st-century skills.

In this fireside chat, Saleema will share:
• The most important leadership skills as we enter the Future of Work
• How to build more authentic relationships with those around us
• How to ignite an innovative mindset through tools to develop self-awareness, empathy and resilience

Tune in to this Zoom Webinar on Tuesday, March 30th at 20:00 CET (20:00 Zurich, 19:00 London, 14:00 New York)

Your Zoom meeting link can be found directly on the ticket. You can access the link without installing the Zoom app and it can be used on both your laptop and mobile device. Should you have any issues, please find our Zoom instructions here.

110 members and guests from 45 cities attended

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Saleema Vellani is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, keynote speaker, a professor, and the author of Innovation Starts With “I”.

At the age of 21, Saleema co-founded and launched Brazil’s largest and #1 language school to finance an orphanage and social development programs, which has taught several thousands of students to date. Shortly after, she co-founded and ran a leading online translation agency in Italy to help companies expand their digital presence globally while generating hundreds of jobs in the gig economy. The business was acquired in 2012. For over 12 years, Saleema has led 100+ international organizations, nonprofits, and Fortune 500 companies to their next stage of growth and innovation.

Currently, Saleema is the Founder and CEO of Ripple Impact, which educates, empowers, and connects entrepreneurs, innovators, and idealists who are seeking to increase their influence, build their platforms, and maximize their impact. She also teaches Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship at Johns Hopkins University and is a frequent guest lecturer at business schools. Saleema has been co-leading award-winning, groundbreaking research with the World Bank on solving food insecurity in conflict-affected countries through climate-smart technologies since 2016. 

Saleema is the Chair for the Global Conference for the Association for Human Resources Management in International Organizations (AHRMIO) in Brussels, Belgium. She is an advisor to several startups and impact-driven organizations, including Net Impact, SXSW Pitch, Startup Africa, Wonder Women Tech, and the World Bank Youth-2-Youth Community.

Saleema holds a Bachelor's degree in International Development from McGill University and a Master's degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Italian. Born and raised in Canada, she is proud of her multicultural upbringing as a Toronto native with East African and Indian roots.

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