Opening Speakers

Maria de Fátima Carioca is the Dean of AESE Business School and Professor in the area of ​​Human Factor in the Organization.  She holds a Ph.D. in Management from the Manchester Business School - University of Manchester.  Graduated in Electrical Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico in 1981 and completed her Master’s degree in Systems and Computer Engineering in 1985, by the same University. Also holds a master in Marriage and Family by the University of Navarra. For over 20 years, Maria de Fátima worked in Software Engineering and Project Management at Edisfoft – a Software services and development company.  She has also been a Human Resources, Quality and Training Manager. At AESE, Maria de Fátima coordinated projects in the area of ​​People Management, Leadership, Family-Work Conciliation, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Future of Work and Family Companies, among which the Most Family Responsible Company Award (2005 to 2010) Best Company to Work (since 2016) and has lead several studies, as the Intergenerational Dialogue in Companies and People in the World 4.0. She is the co-author of the book Free Markets with Sustainability and Solidarity: Facing the Challenge.

Dean Stefanie Lenway Opus College of Business

Stefanie Lenway is the Dean of St. Thomas' Opus College of Business and holds the Opus Distinguished Chair. Previously she was the Dean of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University and before that was the Dean of College of Business Administration of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to those positions, she taught International Management at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota, where she was the General Mills Professor of Strategic Management and Organization and Associate Dean, MBA Programs. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the co-author of Managing New Industry Creation: Global Knowledge Formation and Entrepreneurship in High Technology, a book about the corporate strategies and business history of the Flat Panel Display Industry (Stanford University Press, December 2001). Professor Lenway was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management (2001-2004), and a was elected a Fellow of the Academy of International Business in 2001. She has served as chair of the Academy of Management's Social Issues in Management Division, as vice president, program chair of the Academy of International Business and as associate editor of the Journal of International Business Studies. Lenway's previous book was The Politics of U.S. International Trade Policy. She has written many academic articles on strategic management, politics, and economics for such journals as Journal of International Business StudiesStrategic Management JournalAcademy of Management Journal, and International Organization.

Msgr. Martin Schlag in Sitzmann

Msgr. Martin Schlag holds the Alan W. Moss endowed Chair for Catholic Social Thought at the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas. He serves as the Director of the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought.  Fr. Schlag earned his Doctor iuris at the University of Vienna in 1991. In 1996, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Prelature of Opus Dei, and in 1998 he received his Doctor Theologiae from the Pontifical University of Santa Croce. From 2008 to 2017, he was a professor for social-moral theology at Santa Croce, as well as co-founder and Director of its Research Centre Markets, Culture and Ethics. In 2012, he was appointed as a Consultant to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in 2013 he was appointed as a full professor at Santa Croce, and 2014 as Fellow at the Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics in Oxford. Since 2015, he also served as a professor for Business Ethics at the University Roma Tor Vergata, and since 2016 at the IESE Business School in Barcelona. 

He has authored over 80 publications, most notably: Humanism in Economics and Business. Perspectives of the Catholic Social Tradition (New York: Springer 2015), co-authored with Domènec Melé; The Handbook of Catholic Social Teaching: A Guide for Christians in the World Today (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017); and The Business Francis Means: Understanding the Pope’s Message on the Economy (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2017).

Plenary Speakers

Marta Bertolaso

Marta Bertolaso is Professor for Philosophy of Science of Faculty of Engineering and at the Institute of Philosophy of Scientific and Technological Practice, at University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome, Italy. After some years of experience in the bio-medical field, she developed her academic career in the Philosophy of Life Sciences. Her expertise in philosophy of life, scientific practice and philosophy of complex organized systems has allowed her to publish volumes and papers sometimes in collaboration with established scientists. Supported by Visiting or Scholar Fellowships, she has worked in prestigious international research centers for Philosophy of Science including Pittsburgh (PA, USA), Exeter (UK), Paris (France). She promotes and coordinates an international and interdisciplinary research network (, participates in funded national and international research and educational projects. Lecturer for epistemology of life sciences, philosophy of scientific practice and ethics in different courses at Campus Bio-Medico, she has been invited for seminars and talks in different Universities and countries.

Luis Cabral

Professor Cabral has been with NYU Stern since 2000. Before then, he was on the faculty at Nova (Portugal), LBS and, for short periods, Berkeley, Yale and IESE. He is also Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research. At Stern, Professor Cabral teaches courses in microeconomics. His primary research area is the study of firm dynamics (innovation, platforms, reputation) with a focus on media and entertainment industries. He has written numerous papers and books, including Introduction to Industrial Organizations (MIT Press).

João César das Neves

João César das Neves holds a Ph.D. in Economics and author of several books and scientific articles in this area. He is a professor at the Portuguese Catholic University and president of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Economics and Business Sciences of the same university. He was also an advisor on the economic affairs of former Portuguese Prime Minister Aníbal Cavaco Silva and a researcher at the Banco de Portugal. The various books and articles he has published in the field of economics focus on such areas as economic development, macroeconomics, economic ethics, and economic and economic history. He is also a regular contributor to Diário de Notícias and a member of several Catholic organizations. In the field of fiction, he has already published the following titles in Principia - Crónicas do Céu (November, 2002), Christmas Tales (October, 2001) and Parábolas sobre Jesus (March, 2001) and The First Day (September 2003). 

Fr. Michael Czerny

The Rev. Dr. Michael Czerny, S.J., joined the Society of Jesus out of Loyola High School in Montreal, and was ordained in 1973. He earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago in 1978. In 1979, he co-founded the Jesuit Centre for Social Faith and Justice in Toronto, where he was director until 1989. He then became vice-rector of the University of Central America in San Salvador and Director of its Human Rights Institute. From 1992 to 2002, he served as the social justice secretary at the Jesuit General Curia in Rome. In 2002, he founded the African Jesuit AIDS Network and led it until 2009; in that period he also taught at Hekima College in Nairobi. From 2010 to 2016 he assisted Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. In 2016, Pope Francis appointed Fr. Czerny an under-secretary, co-responsible for the Migrants and Refugees Section in the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Angela Franks

Angela Franks, Ph.D., has a doctorate in theology and an M.A. in philosophy.  She is a full-time professor at the Theological Institute for the New Evangelization at St. John’s Seminary and the mother of six.  Angela is in demand as a speaker, author, and teacher.  She is the author of Margaret Sanger’s Eugenic Legacy: The Control of Female Fertility (2005) and contributed a chapter to Women, Sex, and the Church (2010).  Her latest book is Contraception and Catholicism (2013). She writes and speaks on abortion, eugenics, the theology of the body, contraception, the new evangelization, and feminism, among other topics. She lives with her family in Boston. She blogs at

Fr. Robert Gahl

Fr. Robert Gahl is an Associate Professor of Ethics at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he studied chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis and then went to Silicon Valley where he worked with control software of electron beam lithography systems. After studies in graduate philosophy at the University of Navarre, Spain, he finished his doctorate in Rome at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross and did postdoctoral research at the University of Notre Dame. Fr. Gahl, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Alvaro del Portillo and to the priesthood by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of St. Peter. A professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross since 1991, he has published on natural law theory, sexual ethics, moral action, and the narrative structure of the moral life. Interviews and comments by Father Gahl regarding ethics and religious affairs have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, La Presse, The National Catholic Reporter, The National Catholic Register, Religion News Service, Cox News Service, Catholic News Service, and AP, as well as Fox News, CNN, CBS, BBC World, Sky News, AP TV, EWTN, and Vatican Radio. In addition to Italy and the USA, he has lectured in Spain and Kenya.

Thomas Grechenig is the Head of Industrial Software (INSO). He is the author of scientific work in the fields of, software engineering, software quality management, project management, and peopleware and human computer interaction, visualization and (art) design of interaction and handling.

Prof. Grechenig has 20 years of practical experience in industrial software development and IT-consulting. Current industrial research application fields are web-engineering, web-banking and M-commerce. Current scientific issues are in peopleware, project management, and quality issues for specific domains and scenarios and visualization, interactive handles, theories and cultures of design.

Prof. Grechenig is the "spiritus rector" of "R&D-Talk on Software". He is an enthusiastic student of the world how it really is.

Lord Brian Griffiths

Lord Griffiths of Fforestfach was educated at the London School of Economics (LSE). He taught at LSE from 1965-76 and was Professor of Banking and International Finance at City University in 1976. He held the position of Dean of the University’s Business School from 1982-85, was a Director of the Bank of England from 1983-85, served as Head of Prime Minister’s Policy Unit from 1985-90 and was the special advisor to the Prime Minister for Domestic Policy Making. He was made a life peer on leaving 10 Downing Street. Lord Griffiths has been Vice-Chair of Goldman Sachs International and an International Advisor to the company on its development activities worldwide. He was Chairman of the School Examination Assessment Council and of the Centre for Policy Studies. He is Chairman of Land Securities Trillium and a Non-Executive Director of Times Newspaper Holdings Ltd. He is also Chairman of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lambeth trust and of Christian Responsibility in Public Life. Lord Griffiths is a member of the Board of Reference for TBN and a former board member of GBSN. He has written extensively and lectured on ethics and business.

Christopher Michaelson

After earning a Ph.D. in philosophical aesthetics and ethics, Christopher Michaelson defied philosophical and practical logic to launch a business advisory career in New York. A few years later, he began his academic career while leaving a foot in practice. For most of the past 10 years, he has combined full-time academic positions at the University of Pennsylvania, New York University and the University of St. Thomas with part-time business practice and community service.

Michaelson's business clients have included major multinational corporations, along with government and non-governmental organizations and multilateral financial institutions. He has addressed business and academic audiences on several continents and currently co-edits PwC's strategy and risk journal, Resilience: Winning with Risk, and serves as the secretary-general for the International Society for Business, Ethics and Economics.

Michaelson's primary research specialties include meaningful work, global ethics, and emerging risks. His writing, appearing in various academic, trade and blog publications, seeks to shed light on these issues using such media as art, architecture, literature, and film. He brings his experience and research to teaching ethics, leadership, governance, and sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Ursula Nothelle-Wildfeuer

Prof. Dr. Ursula Nothelle-Wildfeuer received her doctorate from the Catholic Faculty of Theology at the University of Bonn. After that, she qualified as a professor of Christian Social Ethics in 1997 with a survey concerning the relationship between social justice and civil society. Since the winter semester of 2003/04, she has been a full professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Theological Faculty of Freiburg. At present, she is the Dean of the faculty. Her current research focus is social justice and social status, family justice; The history and development of Christian social teaching, the question of ordoliberalism and ethics. In addition to university teaching and research, she is active in numerous commissions of politics, university and church.

Ellen Ruppell Shell

Ellen Ruppel Shell, long time contributing editor for The Atlantic, writes and has written on issues of science, social justice, economics and public policy for Science, Scientific American, the New York Times opinion and book pages, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Discover, The New York Times Magazine, The Boston Globe and the Washington Post. She has served as an editor for a wide range of national publications and for public broadcasting and is sought frequently as a commentator on issues of science and the press. She is author of four books, most recently The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change (October, 2018 by Crown). Her previous book, Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture (Penguin, 2009), a narrative investigation of the history, politics, psychology, economics and consequences of low-price consumption in America, was praised as “highly intelligent…a first-rate job of reporting and analysis” by the New York Times Sunday Book Review, and was a best seller in both Canada and South Korea. An earlier work, The Hungry Gene: The Science of Fat and the Future of Thin (Grove/Atlantic), published in six languages, took an unflinching look at the spreading obesity pandemic. Critics called it “enthralling,” written with a “narrative gift that transforms the story of history, science and politics of obesity” into “observant little dramas” that are both “fascinating” and “chilling.” Professor Ruppel Shell speaks both in the U.S. and abroad on consumer culture, economic and environmental issues and the interface between science, public policy and the media.

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson,

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Archbishop emeritus of Cape Coast (Ghana) attended St. Teresa’s Seminary from 1962-1969 in Amisano and St. Peter’s Regional Seminary in Pedu from 1969-1971. On 20 July 1975 he was ordained for the Archdiocese of Cape Coast . He then continued his studies in Rome at the Pontifical Biblical Institute, earning a license in Sacred Scripture (1976-1980), and then began work on his doctoral thesis (1987-1992). He also holds master degrees in Theology and Divinity from St. Anthony-on-Hudson, Conv. Franciscan Seminary, New York.

From 1975-76 and 1980-1981 he served as a staff member at St Theresa’s Seminary, and from 1981-1987 as a staff member at St Peter’s Seminary. He was Acting Chaplain and Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast (1984-1986) and Visiting Lecturer at the Catholic Major Seminary, Anyama, Ivory Coast (1983-1986). He has been a Chancellor of the Catholic University College of Ghana since 2003. On 6 October 1992, he was appointed Archbishop of Cape Coast and received episcopal ordination on 27 March 1993.

He served as president of the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (1997-2004). He was a member of Governing Council of the University of Ghana, Legon (2001-2006) and of the Board of Directors of Central Region Development Commission (CEDECOM) (2002-2006). He served as treasurer of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) (2007-2009) and presently serves as Vice President of the Association of Episcopal Conferences of Anglophone West Africa (AECAWA). He served as President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) (2007-2010).

He was also Chairman of the Ghana Chapter of the Conference of Religions for Peace (2003-2007) and Ghana National Peace Council (2006-2010). On 24 October 2009 he was nominated President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. On September 24, 2013, he was confirmed by Pope Francis as President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. He has been awarded numerous honorary degrees and speaks 6 languages (Fante, English, French, Italian, German, Hebrew). Created and proclaimed Cardinal by the Bl. John Paul II in the Consistory of 21 October 2003, of the Title of S. Liborio (St. Liborius).General Relator of the 2nd Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, "The Church in Africa, at the Service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace. 'You are the salt of the earth, ... you are the light of the world'" (4-25 October 2009).

Andreas Widmer

Andreas E. Widmer is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and the director of the Art & Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at The Catholic University of America’s Busch School of Business & Economics.  He is the co-founder of SEVEN Fund, a philanthropic organization run by entrepreneurs who invest in original research, books, films, and websites to further enterprise solutions to poverty. Andreas and his business partner Michael Fairbanks initiated the Pioneers of Prosperity Awards, a first-of-its-kind industry program that finds and promotes the best entrepreneurs in emerging markets.

Andreas works closely with top entrepreneurs, investors, and faith leaders around the world to foster enterprise solutions to poverty and promote virtuous business practices. He has developed entrepreneurial initiatives at the intersection of business and faith including his faith and prosperity blog, the Catholic Mental Models Project, the joint 2010 Essay Competition with the Center for Interfaith Action, and a partnership with the Carpenter’s Fund.

Andreas Widmer served as a Pontifical Swiss Guard from 1986-1988, which eventually led to the writing of The Pope & The CEO: Pope Saint John Paul II’s Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, a book exploring leadership lessons that Widmer learned serving as a Swiss Guard protecting Pope John Paul II and refined during his career as a successful business executive.