In her last worldwide position as Chief Progress Officer for Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Gabi Zedlmayer has been collaborating with numerous global organisations – including non-profit organizations, governments, customers and partners – on solving social and environmental issues. Today, she is a Social Innovator who explores how technology is changing how we live and work and she advises companies on implementing critical strategic change initiatives to successfully compete in the digital world.
Zedlmayer is an accomplished international speaker on the subjects of sustainable management, social innovation and the future of work. Platforms have included events like Tina Brown´s Women in the World, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Global Citizen Festival, The UN Climate Group, UN Social Innovation Summit, TEDx, EU Commission, European Communications Forum and Digital-Life-Design (DLD).
She is the author of numerous articles (Forbes, Huffington Post, the Financial Review) and textbooks and has recently contributed to a special Issue of Building Sustainable Legacies: Reframing the Game by Mike Townsend. Zedlmayer is currently a member of the Computer Science Advisory Board of the University of People and has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Bayreuth. Until her departure from HP in December 2015, she also served as a member of the board of directors of Hewlett-Packard GmbH Germany and was part of the European Leadership Team with proxy responsibility for HP International. In addition, she has served as a member of the EU Commission e-skills leadership board, Junior Achievement Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the World Economic Forum’s Council on Social Innovation and the Corporate Advisory Group of the We Mean Business Coalition.
In 2011 Zedlmayer was honored by Newsweek and the Daily Beast as one of 150 “women who shake the world”. In 2012, she was named by FastCompany as a member of the League of Extraordinary Women and was awarded with the DLDWomen Impact Award. In February 2015, InspiringFifty named her as “one of the 50 most inspiring women in European technology”. Also, Elle Magazine included her in their HOT 100 List as one of 15 Power Women in January 2016. In March 2017 InspiringFifty named her again as “one of the 50 most inspiring women in European Technology”.