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Faisal Abbas

Editor-in-Chief, Arab News, Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of the Riyadh-based leading Middle East English language daily, Arab News.

Under his leadership, Arab News (established 1975) relaunched with a more global, more digital direction. It has expanded its international presence through a large network of correspondents and a number of regional bureaus across the world.

Prior to joining the newspaper in 2016, Abbas has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Dubai-based English language service of Al Arabiya News Channel.

Abbas is a renowned columnist on Arab-international affairs and has also conducted interviews with a number of world leaders. He appears regularly on international media to comment on regional affairs.

Abbas has previously written for The Huffington Post and worked with both Asharq Al Awsat and Al Hayat pan-Arab dailies, Future Television of Lebanon and the International Resource Journal in London.

He has been the recipient of many media awards, including the Next Century Foundation’s Cutting-Edge Award (2009) for efforts in bridging the communication gap between the West and the Arab World and British Council’s UK alumni “Social Impact” award in Saudi Arabia (2017).

He holds a master’s degree from the University of Westminster and a bachelor degree from the Lebanese American University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Education Program of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he studied Global Leadership and Public Policy.

Abbas is a member of the editorial board of Al Arabiya News Channel, an associate fellow of the Cambridge Union Society and a member of the British Society of Authors.

In 2017, he published his first Arabic book called ‘Arabi/Englizi’ which describes London through Arab eyes.

Gary Liu

Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post Publishers Limited, Hong Kong SAR, China

Gary Liu is CEO of the South China Morning Post, a global news media company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Gary is also the Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Asia Pacific Committee, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019. Prior to joining the SCMP in January 2017, Gary was CEO of Digg, spearheading the New York startup’s transformation from aggregator to a data-driven news platform. Previously, Gary was Head of Labs at Spotify, after joining the company as Global Director of Ad Product Strategy. Gary has also worked at AOL and Google.

Clare O'Neil

Member of Parliament for Hotham, Parliament of Australia, Australia

O'Neil is the Shadow Minister for Financial Services and Shadow Minister for Justice in Australia's federal parliament. She is a Fulbright Scholar, a Harvard graduate, a published author and former Mayor and Councillor in the City of Greater Dandenong.

Pia Mancini

Chair, The Democracy Earth Foundation, Spain

Formerly: Chief of Advisers and Deputy Secretary of Political Affairs, Government of the City of Buenos Aires; and CIPPEC; Peer and Co-Founder, DemocracyOS & The Net Party (Partido de la Red); The XLab Fellow; Institute for the Future Fellow for Good. Co-Founder, OpenCollective. Chairwoman, DemocracyEarth. Political Scientist.

Hanna Hopko

Advocacy Coordinator  , Ukraine

2009, PhD in Social Communications; Diploma, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Leadership Progr. in Tobacco Control. Advocacy Coordinator, National Coalition of NGOs “For Smoke-Free Ukraine”. Member of Board of Trustees, National Children's Specialized Hospital Okhmatdyt. Initiated and coordinates advocacy campaign “Our children”, to help children with oncological and oncohaematological diseases. Advocacy expert, Institute of Political Education and Ukrainian School of Political Studies. Member, World Health Youth Communication Network. Co-Founder, NGO “Bureau of Environmental Investigations”.

Liu Qian

Managing Director, Greater China, Economist Group, People's Republic of China

Qian is an influential economist and business executive. As Managing Director of The Economist Group in Greater China, she has deep knowledge of the Chinese economy, understands both China and the West very well, with exceptional ability to bridge the two. She publishes in highly regarded academic journals and business outlets, and is frequently interviewed by BBC, CNBC, NPR etc. She is also a prominent advocate for gender equality in China, and introduces cutting edge global economic research on gender, and promotes intelligent public debates reaching millions of people. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of Global Future Council on China. Steering Committee member for World Economic Forum's Value in Media. Outstanding Women Award, China. Qian earned her PhD in economics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and was previously a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and received executive training from Stanford University.

Banafsheh Geretzki

Adviser, European Central Bank, Germany

Banafsheh Geretzki is a Director with BlackRock in London. Geretzki brings over 13 years of experience in private equity, restructuring and investment banking and specializes in complex balance sheet and operational restructurings. Most recently, she was at Alvarez & Marsal where she was involved in numerous restructuring engagements and sovereign advisory, including system-wide restructuring of the banking-systems in Cyprus and Spain alongside Austria, Greece and various Private Equity projects throughout Europe. Prior to that, Geretzki held various Private Equity and Investment Banking positions at Fortress Investment Group and Morgan Stanley where she delivered a broad range of large-scale M&A transactions along with post-merger integrations, debt restructurings and numerous capital market transactions. She has also served as a restructuring officer in an interim senior management role as a member of the Management Board and of the Supervisory Board of one of the largest listed German real estate companies. Geretzki holds a master’s degree from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and is a Member of Generation CEO, an organization promoting business women into leadership positions.

Thomas Saueressig

Member of the Executive Board, Product Engineering, SAP, Germany

Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all core products from development to delivery including product management. This also includes the flagship suite SAP S/4HANA, digital supply chain solutions, industry solutions, design and user experience across the entire portfolio, product enablement, the localization of software, and the SAP Labs Network. Furthermore, Saueressig is responsible for SAP’s global cloud infrastructure providing a consistent level of scalability, reliability, performance, security, and data protection across all solutions for our customers. With his team, he ensures product quality for all SAP offerings, and he leads SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud. Before taking on his role in the SAP Executive Board, Thomas Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services. As CIO, he acted as a trusted advisor for SAP and our customers and was responsible for IT strategy and execution. Under his leadership, the IT organization has taken a cloud-first approach to becoming an agile and user-centric organization that ensures a great user and customer experience. The organization uses the latest technologies and innovations to optimize business processes and to ensure high customer and user satisfaction. Under Saueressig’s leadership, the team also pioneered new business models. Thomas Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He then led the Enterprise Mobility organization including all cross functions and the global IT Project Delivery and Client IT organization. Saueressig was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. He has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).

John Riady

Chief Executive Officer, PT Lippo Karawaci Tbk, Indonesia

Chief Executive Officer of Lippo Karawaci, one of Indonesia's largest real estate companies by revenue and assets, and President Commissioner of Siloam Hospitals, one of Indonesia's largest healthcare companies. Serves on a number of boards within the Lippo Group of Companies, including Matahari Department Stores (LPPF.IJ), Matahari Food Business (MPPA.IJ), OVO Financial Technology, and Venturra Capital. Member of the Columbia University International Advisory Board, the Wharton Business School Asia Executive Board. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (YGL). Licensed attorney in the State of New York. Professor of Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Indonesia. Degrees in Political Philosophy and Economics, Georgetown University; MBA, Wharton School of Business; Juris Doctor (JD), Columbia University.