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Nikolina Angelkova

Minister of Tourism, Ministry of Tourism of Bulgaria, Bulgaria

2003, Master's and Diploma (Hons) in Law, University of National and World Economy, Sofia; 2010, graduate, Harvard Business School, Boston; postgraduate qualification in company management; certificates in regional policy and management of the European Union structural funds and European policy. Formerly: lawyer; CEO, international companies in the real estate and infrastructure sectors; at the National Assembly of the Republic of Bulgaria, the European Commission and the European Parliament; Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Public Works; Adviser to the Minister of Regional Development and Public Works; Member of the Managing Board, National Road Infrastructure Agency; Adviser to the President of the Republic, in charge of European regional cooperation, transport and environment, as well as other international and European issues. Former Co-Chair and Founder, Bulgarian-Romanian Committee for inland waterway transport and connectivity of the common BG-RO Danube region. Chairwoman, non-profit foundation Friends of Sport, dealing with the integration of disabled children through sport. 2014, Minister of Transport, Information Technologies and Communication in the caretaker government of Bulgaria.

Alexander Torrenegra

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Torre, USA

I’m the CEO of http://torre.co. At Torre, we're building a new platform that will enable everyone to find fulfilling professional opportunities easily.

Previously, I co-founded and bootstrapped http://voice123.com in 2002 (the first and largest global marketplace for voice-overs with over 200,000 voice actors and 100,000 buyers), as well as http://bunnyinc.com in 2011 (a mission-critical outsourcing solution for writing, voice recordings, and translations), with my wife Tania Zapata. With hundreds of thousands of users, availability in five languages, and team members in 10+ countries, both companies are growing steadily. Together, Tania and I have angel invested in 20+ tech companies and have been based in the USA since 1998. I joined Shark Tank Colombia as an investor in 2017.

With the goal of giving back to society, I also co-founded the BogoDev and BogoTech communities in Colombia (for software developers and technologists respectively). Then, in 2016, I founded http://neocratia.org with the goal of upgrading the way the laws governing our societies are created.

I was honored by MIT’s Technology Review with the TR35 Top Colombian Innovator of the Year award in 2012, with the High-Impact Entrepreneur title by Endeavor in 2013, and named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015.

I've written several practical guides and frameworks: https://medium.com/tag/torrenegra-frameworks/latest

Marietje Schaake

Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament, Netherlands

Member of the European Parliament with D66/ Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Expertise: trade, technology and foreign policy.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland (Eduskunta), Finland

Finnish Minister of Education, Vice-President of the National Coalition Party of Finland and is serving third term as a Member of Parliament. Portfolio as Minister of Education covers the entire knowledge chain, from early childhood education to top scientific research. Tasks have also involved issues related to culture, sport, youth and religious affairs during the period 2015-17. Served as the Minister of the Environment between 2014 and 2015. Formerly, worked as a reporter, as a Stockholm correspondent and as a press attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Entered Parliament in 2011 and was a member of the Employment and Equality Committee in Parliament.

Mustafa Nayyem

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada), Ukraine

Former: Investigative Journalist, online newspaper Ukrayinska Pravda; hosted political talk shows on Ukrainian television. 2013, Initiator and Co-Founder, first online TV platform in Ukraine - Hromadske.TV. Summons to rally on Facebook on 21 November 2013 was the start of the Euromaidan protests, which led to the overthrow of the dictatorship government of Ukraine. Currently, Member of Parliament of Ukraine. Co-Founder, Global Office non-governmental organization, aimed at promoting Ukraine to global community and at internal integration. Fellow, Draper Hills Program, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law, Stanford University.

Guillaume Barazzone

Member of the Geneva City Government and Swiss Parliament, City of Geneva, Switzerland

LLM, Columbia Law School. 2008, joined the Swiss Bar. Attorney-at-Law, Mergers and Acquisitions, Banking and Finance, Lenz & Staehelin, Schellenberg Wittmer. Mayor of Geneva and Member of the Swiss Parliament (member, Economic Affairs and Taxation Parliamentary Committee). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015).

Funeka Montjane

Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking, South Africa, Standard Bank Group, South Africa

Funeka Montjane is the Chief Executive, Personal and Business Banking South Africa (PBB SA) for The Standard Bank of South Africa. PBB SA is the retail division of the bank, and provides banking and other financial services to individual customers and small- to medium-sized enterprises in South Africa. PBB SA contributes approximately 49% to the group’s headline earnings.

Prior to her current role as Chief Executive, Funeka held the following positions at Standard Bank South Africa:

- Head of Credit PBB SA
- Head of Home Loans, PBB SA
- Chief Financial Officer, PBB SA

Funeka is a qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters in Commerce degree from the University of Johannesburg. Before joining Standard Bank, Funeka worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where she became a partner at the age of 27.

She has also been the Chairperson of the Initial Professional Development Committee ( previously known as Education Committee) of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) from January 2008 – January 2011.

Amongst many of her achievements Funeka was voted Top Woman Executive and Top Woman of the Year in Business at the 2012 Top Women Awards.

Ankur Jain

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kairos, USA

Ankur Jain is founder and CEO of Kairos, a venture fund building and investing in companies to tackle the world’s greatest challenges. Over the years, Kairos has helped launch and grow over $6.5bn worth of companies tackling problems in healthcare, housing costs, transportation networks, and more. Before rejoining Kairos in May 2017, Jain was the VP of Product at Tinder, the world’s largest social network for meeting people. He joined Tinder after it acquired his previous company, Humin, where he served as Founder & CEO.

Over the years Jain has been recognized for a variety of achievements. In 2017, he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. In 2011, Inc. magazine named Ankur Jain the “Best Connected 21-Year-Old in the World” and awarded Jain “30 Under 30”. In 2012, Jain was named “30 under 30: Solution Broker” by the Christian Science Monitor. And in 2015, Forbes also named Jain to their “30 under 30” list. Jain also currently serves on the innovation board of the X-Prize foundation and as a member of the Pacific Council on Foreign Relations.

Paula Marcela Moreno Zapata

Founder and President, Manos Visibles, Colombia

Paula Moreno is former Minister of Culture of Colombia - the youngest woman and first Afro descendant to be appointed as a cabinet minister in the country’s history. She founded and now serves as President of Manos Visibles (Visible Hands). In 2010 she was selected by the Council of the Americas as one of the most influential young leaders in the region for her work on effectively? understanding diversity. She received the Unita Blackwell Award in 2009 from the National Conference of Black Mayors of the United States as one of the most influential Black leaders in the world. For her service to the Government of Colombia and the nation as Minister of Culture, Paula was awarded the Order of Saint Charles in 2010 by President Uribe, and in 2011 she was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by President of Mexico Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa for her contribution to the improvement of Colombia/Mexico relations during her term as Minister of Culture. Paula holds a Mas ter’s Degree in Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, she was a United States Fulbright scholar for the program of urban and regional planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology?(MIT) and Yale World Fellow 2014. More recently, she was selected as 2014 BBC Women leaders in the Word. She is currently a board member of the Ford Foundation.