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Michelle Dipp

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Biospring Partners, USA

Michelle Dipp, MD PhD is Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Biospring Partners and has over a decade of private equity and venture capital expertise in life sciences.

Prior to launching Biospring Partners, Michelle was a Managing Director at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm based in New York. While at General Atlantic, Michelle launched their first life sciences investment platform and served as a member of the life sciences investment committee. Michelle served as a Board Observer for Ginkgo BioWorks and as a board member for PathAI and Immunocore.

Michelle was a Co-Founder and former General Partner of Longwood Fund, a leading healthcare investment firm based in Boston. As a General Partner in Longwood Funds I, II, III, and IV, Michelle co-founded several of Longwood Fund portfolio companies, where she held senior management and board positions, including Chairman of Axial Biotherapeutics and CEO and Chairman of OvaScience, Inc. Michelle served on the board of Colorescience and as a board observer of Bicycle Therapeutics and Pulmocide Ltd.

Before joining Longwood, she was GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) Senior Vice President of the Centre of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (CEEDD), GSK’s global business development group. Michelle also served as Vice President of Corporate Development at Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (acquired by GSK).

Michelle began her investment career at the Wellcome Trust after completing her medical training. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Oxford Medical School and a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Physiology from the University of Oxford.

Michelle currently serves on the Trustee Advisory Board for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; Advisory Board for the Women’s Foundation of Boston; Board of Directors for Life Science Cares; Rockefeller University Council; Advisory Council for the American Museum of Natural History; Co-Founding Member of the Bowman Fund, Brasenose College Boat Club, Oxford University; and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.

Johana Bahamon

CEO & Founder, Fundación Acción Interna, Colombia

Johana Bahamon is the Founder and Executive Director of Fundación Acción Interna, an organization that supports former inmates re-enter society. She was appointed by the Ministry of Justice and Law in Colombia as a Goodwill Ambassador to promote the rehabilitation and humanization of the penitentiary system. Prior to starting the foundation, Bahamon was an actress, who left her acting career in 2010 to dedicate her time to the prison population, and in 2012 created a theatre group at a women’s penitentiary in Bogota.

Karen Fang

Managing Director; Global Head, Sustainable Finance, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, USA

Karen Fang is Managing Director, Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Bank of America. Formerly, she was the head of Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities (FICC) Cross Asset Trading, and the head of Americas FICC Sales & Solutions prior to that. She is a member of the Bank of America Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) committee, the Sustainable Markets Committee, as well as the firm wide Asian Leadership Council.
Prior to joining Bank of America, Karen was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs where she was the head of the Pension, Endowment and Foundation Cross Asset Solutions Group. Previously, she held senior positions in derivatives structuring, including at Merrill Lynch in Tokyo and Deutsche Bank in London.
Karen was named one of Fortune’s “40 under 40”and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF). She was selected to be a member of the WEF Expert Network. Karen was a member of the Bank of America team recognized by American Banker as part of their “Most Powerful Women in Banking and Finance” feature and was called out as one of five leaders who has made a significant impact in a short amount of time. She served as a mentor for the Global Ambassadors program, a Bank of America partnership with Vital Voices and was honored by the Women’s Venture Fund for her work with female entrepreneurs. Karen was chosen by Investment Dealers’ Digest as one of the “40 under 40” bankers and she was also a recipient of the Women’s Bond Club of New York’s “Rising Star Award.”
Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Tokyo.

Miao Yanliang

Chief Economist, State Administration of Foreign Exchange Investment Center, People's Republic of China

MA in Economics, Fudan University; MPA, MA and PhD, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. 2007-08, Special Assistant to the Governor, Bank of Israel. 2008-13, Economist, International Monetary Fund. 2013-15, Senior Adviser to the Administrator of SAFE. Currently, Chief Economist and Head of Research, State Administration of Foreign Exchange Investment Center; Member, China Finance 40 Forum.

Wanuri Kahiu

Filmmaker, AFROBUBBLEGUM, Kenya

Filmmaker, speaker and science fiction writer. Short award-winning science fiction film PUMZI (2009) about futuristic Africa premiered at SUNDANCE Film Festival (2010) and received international acclaim including the Citta di Venezia award at the Venice Film Festival 2010. Futuristic views have been the source of articles, African futurist journals, masterclasses and dissertations. Award-winning film “RAFIKI”, a same-sex love story about two girls, was the first Kenyan film to be invited to Cannes Film Festival (2018). The film was banned in Kenya; sued the Kenya Film Classification Board for the infringement of constitutional rights to freedom of expression. The constitutional case is ongoing. Speaks globally about freedom of expression and AFROBUBBLEGUM – the advocacy for images of fun, fierce and frivolous African images – and was named TIME’s 100 Next in 2019.

Rapelang Rabana

Founder and Chairperson, Rekindle Learning, South Africa

Founder & Chair of Rekindle Learning where we seek to empower people to adapt to the changing world of work, by being a pioneer in results-driven, digital learning experiences. We leverage micro-learning and employee enablement tools for more effective knowledge transfer and virtual reality to deliver experiential learning opportunities. Partner at Nisela Capital, a private equity and advisory firm focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa, across a range of sectors. B.Bus.Sci. (Computer Science Honours), and M.Sci, Univ. of Cape Town. Recipient honours and awards, incl.: Entrepreneur for the World by World Entrepreneurship Forum; Young Global Leader by World Economic; Forum Forbes 30 under 30 - Africa's Best Young Entrepreneurs; Fast Company Maverick; Harambe Entrepreneur, Endeavor High-Impact Entrepreneur; Oprah Magazine O Power List

Gaurav Gogoi

Member of Parliament, Parliament of India, India

2014- Member of Parliament from Kaliabor, Assam, India
2012- current Director of Branding and Communication, Eclectic Publications, Assam
• In-charge of creating speaking tours in Assam for renowned national and international personalities from the field of economics, business, politics, academia, media and sports.
2012-current Founding Secretary, Farm2Food Foundation, Assam
• Started a non-profit to educate farmers about productive farming methods and create linkages with the local communities.
• Created a group of young and educated farm entrepreneurs to advocate for sustainable, market-based agricultural policies.
• Established farm education programs for high school students in collaboration with local farmers to strengthen community linkages.
2011-current Founding Secretary, Youth Forum on Foreign Policy, Delhi
• Started a group to connect foreign Po licy Stakeholders (policy makers, government officials, members of political parties, policy think thanks) and youth groups from India and abroad on the same platform to discuss specific thematic and regional foreign policy issues.
• Organized 25 public panels and speaking events in 5 cities across India with foreign policy experts, with high-profile scholars and practitioners in the field of international affairs.
• Organized a panel discussion between Nobel Laureate Professor Joseph Stiglitz from Columbia University, New York and renowned economist Lord Meghnad Desai.

Kathryn Koch

Managing Director, Global Head of Client Portfolio Management and Business Strategy, Goldman Sachs, USA

Katie is global head of client portfolio management and business strategy for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Fundamental Equity. In this role, she leads our global team of client portfolio managers in the development and communication of our investment and market views. Katie is a member of the GSAM Client Experience Group.

Katie serves on the Securities Industry Institute Board of Trustees. In 2015, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has also been named by Financial News as a Rising Star in Asset Management. Additionally, Katie has contributed significantly to the firm’s research efforts on the economic enfranchisement of women in the developing world.

Katie earned a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.

Moustapha Ben Barka

Deputy Secretary-General, Office of the President of the Republic of Mali, Mali

Mr. Moustapha Ben Barka is Deputy Secretary General at the Office of the President of the Republic of Mali. From 2013 to 2015, He has served in the Government of Mali as Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Economy and Finance, in charge of Investment Promotion and Private Sector and Minister of Industry and Investment Promotion. Prior to joining the Government of Mali, Mr Ben Barka worked as Director for a Moroccan investment bank based in Senegal to manage Project finance and Structured finance transactions in West Africa. Before deciding to come back to Africa to contribute to its development, Mr. Ben Barka worked for the National Bank of Canada where he held the positions of Analyst, Senior Analyst and Internal Auditor at he Treasury and Financial Markets department. Mr. Ben Barka holds an Executive MBA from Université du Québec à Montréal, a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, a Graduate Certificate from McGill University and a Bachelor in Finance and Inte rnational Business from HEC Montréal. Web presence