What is the quality of life conference?

Improving quality of life is Sodexo’s business and core mission. We provide services in daycare centers, schools, hospitals, senior living communities, companies, stadiums and military facilities worldwide.

At Sodexo, we are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the well-being of people. We consider quality of life to be a key and yet largely unexplored aspect of individual and collective performance. Based on this conviction, in 2015, we organized the first Quality of Life Conference in New York City. With our second conference, in 2017, we will continue to move the needle toward more inclusive growth and a stronger social fabric.

This conference will be an opportunity to explore new solutions for tomorrow’s needs. We will look at measurable and realistic ways to make progress – drawing on the collective experience of thinkers, influencers and consumers from across the globe.

The Quality of Life 2015 Conference

Pepper Robot

In addition, the Conference will offer a unique opportunity to address the quality of life challenges of tomorrow during the Discovery session.

This exhibition space will allow our guests to experience quality of life solutions for every stage of life. From robot waiters to virtual reality demonstrations and much more, participants will be able to discover hands-on, interactive and immersive experiences. In line with its commitment to improve quality of life for all, Sodexo will showcase some of its latest innovations as well as those developed by game-changing startups from around the world.

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Day 1 - Oct 16, 2017

We will delve into the future of quality of life through the eyes of different consumer groups: Corporate Employees, Patients, Workers in Atypical Environments, Seniors, Students and Citizens, in plenary sessions and breakout sessions.

Day 2 - Oct 17, 2017

We will focus on new solutions for quality of life challenges through interactive Discovery experiences, a special Trailblazer Challenge session featuring seasoned leaders and rising changemakers, as well as immersive and experiential moments and startup pitches.  


The 2017 conference will be an opportunity to explore new solutions for tomorrow’s needs. We will look at measurable and realistic ways to make progress – drawing on the collective experience of thinkers, influencers and consumers from across the globe. Among the speakers are:

See biography →Dr. Ritu Anand

Dr. Ritu Anand

Tata Consultancy Services

Senior Vice President and Deputy Head of Global HR

See biography →Anousheh Ansari

Anousheh Ansari

Prodea Systems, Inc.

Co-founder and Chairman

See biography →Dr. Vincent Attalin

Dr. Vincent Attalin


MD, Co-Founder and Chairman

See biography →Sophie Bellon

Sophie Bellon


Chairwoman of the Board of Directors

See biography →Hazel Blears

Hazel Blears

Social Investment Business


See biography →Nick Bostrom

Nick Bostrom

Oxford University

Philosopher, Professor at Oxford University and Founding Director of the Future of Humanity Institute

See biography →Eric Brun-Sanglard

Eric Brun-Sanglard

The Blind Designer, Inc.

Interior Designer, Motivational Speaker and Author

See biography →Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE

Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE

Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

50th Anniversary Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health

See biography →Marion Darrieutort

Marion Darrieutort



See biography →Fabian Dattner

Fabian Dattner

Homeward Bound and Dattner Grant

Leadership Activist, Aauthor, Speaker, Co-Founder, Founding Partner

See biography →Philippine Dolbeau

Philippine Dolbeau

New School


See biography →Jon Duschinsky

Jon Duschinsky

Social Innovator, Communicator and Entrepreneur

See biography →Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Actress, Writer, Political Activist

See biography →John Frehse

John Frehse

Ankura Consulting Group, LLC

Senior Managing Director, Author and Advisor

See biography →Frances X. Frei

Frances X. Frei


Senior Vice President of Leadership and Strategy

See biography →Scott Frisch

Scott Frisch


Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer

See biography →David Gram

David Gram

The Lego Group’s Future Lab

Innovation Thought Leader, former Senior Innovation Director

See biography →Jane Griffiths

Jane Griffiths


Global Head

See biography →Angel Gurría

Angel Gurría

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


See biography →Porai Beaven Gwendere

Porai Beaven Gwendere

African Leadership Academy

Student and Graduate

See biography →Sissel Hansen

Sissel Hansen

Startup Everywhere/Startup Guide

Founder and CEO

See biography →Cheryl Hughey

Cheryl Hughey

Southwest Airlines

Managing Director Culture

See biography →Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Author, Inventor, Thinker and Futurist

See biography →Michel Landel

Michel Landel


Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Committee

See biography →Laurence Lien

Laurence Lien

The Lien Foundation


See biography →Abhishek Lodha

Abhishek Lodha

Lodha Group

Managing Director, recipient of the the President's Award and the Henry Ford II Scholar Award from the Georgia Institute of Technology

See biography →Wendy Luhabe

Wendy Luhabe

Economic Empowerment of Women

Pioneer, Leader and Entrepreneur

See biography →Captain Eric Malbrunot

Captain Eric Malbrunot

Marine Nationale

Surface Warfare Officer

See biography →Mia Mends

Mia Mends


CEO of Sodexo Benefits and Rewards Services/Inspirus in North America

See biography →Léa Moukanas

Léa Moukanas


Writer, President

See biography →Dr. Hélène Perrault, PhD

Dr. Hélène Perrault, PhD

University of Ottawa

PhD, Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences

See biography →Renaud Prouveur

Renaud Prouveur



See biography →Fredrik Reinfeldt

Fredrik Reinfeldt

Economist and Prime Minister of Sweden 2006-2014

See biography →Juliana Rotich

Juliana Rotich

BRCK Inc. and Africa Technology Ventures

Technologist, Strategic Advisor, Entrepreneur and Keynote Speaker

See biography →Sanjit “Bunker” Roy

Sanjit “Bunker” Roy

The Barefoot College

Founder and Director, Environmentalist, Speaker

See biography →Julie Rusk

Julie Rusk

City of Santa Monica

Chief Civic Wellbeing Officer

See biograhpy →Simon Scrivens

Simon Scrivens

Sodexo Healthcare

Senior VP and Global Head of Marketing

See biography →Pedro Tarak

Pedro Tarak

Emprendia and Sistema B

Co-Founder, Investor and Strategic Adviser

See biography →Takaharu Tezuka

Takaharu Tezuka

Tezuka Architects

Architect, President of Tezuka Architects, Professor of Tokyo City University

See biography →Takunda Ushe

Takunda Ushe

Circle of Influence Projects Society

Co-Founder and Director

See biography →Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

Educator, Journalist, Author, IT & OER Consultant

See biography →Amalia Zepou

Amalia Zepou

Municipality of Athens

Vice Mayor for Civil Society and Innovation