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Noura Al Kaabi

Minister of State for Culture and Knowledge Development, Ministry of Community Development, United Arab Emirates

Currently, CEO, Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi; also heads twofour54, the Media Zone Authority's commercial arm. Member: Federal National Council, UAE; Advisory Board, Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation; Scientific Committee, Sheikh Zayed Book Award. Member, Board: Abu Dhabi Media; Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce; Image Nation; Abu Dhabi Sports Council. Recipient, numerous awards and honours, incl.: Media CEO of the Year, Arabian Business (2012); Female CEO of the Year, CEO Middle East (2012); named Forbes Middle East's 30 Most Influential Women in Government (2013); Arabian Business' 100 most powerful Arab Women (2011; 2012).

Riad Armanious

Chief Executive Officer, Eva Pharma, Egypt

Riad is the CEO of Eva Pharma which is one of the leading specialty pharma companies in Africa. His vast global experience and training has widened his horizons and allowed him to implement better strategies of health improvement. Riad believes that to improve people's lives not only through effective and innovative healthcare products and services, but also through continuous positive contribution in our society. Riad is an active membership in the YPO (Young Presidents Association), the role of Vice chairman in the Egyptian Industrial Chamber of Pharmaceuticals, the role of founder and former president of the Association of Graduates of Business Administration in Harvard. Moreover, Riad is the founder and a member in the "T20" foundation, a non-charitable organization that focuses on utilizing the knowledge of highly educated youth to develop people for social and economic improvement. Riad has a Bachelor of Pharmacy from Cairo University and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Osman Haneef

Managing Director, MILVIK Mobile Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, Pakistan

Osman Haneef is the CEO of MILVIK Mobile Pakistan, a subsidiary of MILVIK AB (“BIMA”), the world’s leading micro-insurance organization with over 24 million subscribers and operations in 14 countries. Osman oversaw the development and launch of MILVIK’s first product and operations in Pakistan, where he leads a team of 450 employees that cater to over 1,000,000 customers. Osman is interested in building social enterprises in the technology, healthcare, education, and media sectors that can produce game-changing results. Prior to MILVIK, Osman worked as a tech entrepreneur, an associate producer on Pakistan’s first spy feature film, and a consultant at an international economic and strategy consulting firm.
He is the recipient of several awards, including the Pakistan Acumen Fellowship, the Yale University Fox Fellowship, and the Oxford University Frank Allen Bullock Prize for creative writing. He is currently working on a novel about a Pakistani lawyer defending an innocent Christian boy accused of blasphemy. Osman graduated with an MBA and an MA in International Relations from Yale University in 2011.

Calvin Choi

Chairman and President, AMTD, Hong Kong SAR, China

Extensive experience in the international capital markets for over 15 years. Formerly: Managing Director, Investment Bank Division, UBS; Member, Global Family Office Committee, UBS Hong Kong Branch; Executive Director, Citigroup’s Investment Bank Division; China Chief Specialist and Head, China Strategic Alliance Unit. Currently, Chairman of the Board of Directors and President, AMTD Group. Non-Executive Director, Bank of Qingdao (3866.HK). Member of the Board of Directors, Dianrong, China's premier online marketplace. Board Director and Senior Vice-President, Great Bay Area Investment Group. Has led numerous large-scale capital market deals in the equity and debt markets, as well as cross-border M&A and financing transactions. Active in community service as Vice-Chairman, Hong Kong Youth Association; Vice-Chairman, Hong Kong Federation of Professions. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2017). Selected by Institutional Investor magazine as one of the "Fintech Finance 35" (2016).

Bengi Korkmaz

Partner, McKinsey & Company, Turkey

passionate about:

-media industry

-emerging markets technology adoption

-women empowerment


Kang So-Young

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gnowbe, Singapore

BA (Hons), Univ. of Pennsylvania; MBA, Harvard Business School. Formerly with McKinsey and Citigroup. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Gnowbe, a pioneering mobile learning platform for enterprises focused on learning, engagement and productivity through mobile, micro-learning. Gnowbe is a spin-off from Awaken Group, a pioneer of transformation design (TD) globally, multi-disciplinary approach to helping companies achieve their objectives by integrating business strategy, leadership and human-centred design. Designs values-based innovative experiences and organizations. Works with individuals to better align what's inside with what's on the outside. Board Member: Young Professionals' Group (youth mentoring and scholarship). Author of “Inside Out,” TEDx speaker, educator, consultant, coach, innovator, adviser, pioneer, public speaker, culture connector and global citizen.

Valeri Chekheria

Chief Executive Officer, Adjara Group Hospitality, Georgia

Valeri Chekheria is the CEO of the Adjara Group Hospitality, the holding that owns and manages Holiday Inn Tbilisi, Rooms Kazbegi , Rooms Tbilisi Hotel and Fabrika Tbilisi Hostel as well as Aviator Air Taxi company. Prior to moving to private sector, Valeri had held various managerial positions at local and international organizations including the Parliament of Georgia, Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ministry of Finance, Permanent Mission of Georgia to the United Nations, Human Rights Watch. At the end of 2011, Valeri was offered a position of a Business Development Manager at Adjara Group Hospitality. He facilitated rapid transformation and growth of the Group and shortly emerged as its CEO. In 2012, Valeri initiated creation of the first ever Georgian brand hotel chain Rooms Hotels. Valeri holds two MA degrees: one in Law from Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University (2000-2004) and the other in Public Administration from Columbia University in the City of New York (2007-2009). In 2016, Valeri was elected as a Chairman of the UN Global Compact Georgian Network. He is a member of the Board of Directors at McLain Association for Children and children’s’ hospice Fireflies Country.

Farzana Yaqoob

President, Asia Institute of Public Policy, Pakistan

An Eisenhower Fellow. Farzana has served as the Minister for Women Development and Social Welfare in the Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Her areas of expertise are conflict and gender empowerment. Farzana is also an alumna of The National Defence University Islamabad. Farzana Yaqoob represents the next generation leadership of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Being a youth, social activist & Entrepreneur from Azad Jammu & Kashmir, she believes in humanity and striving for justice. She strives to justify her belief after winning the trust of people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and then serving as Minister for Social Welfare & Women Development in 2011. Farzana has developed the Azad Jammu and Kashmir State Policy Framework for the Empowerment of Women. In the year 2014 she established the separate directorate of Women Development to empower the women of AJ&K. During her fellowship she examined conflict resolution and climate change mitigation strategies for Kashmir. She is considered to be one of the most thought provoking leaders in the region on issues of conflict, women empowerment and social security networks. She is a frequent speaker at national and international forums.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

Minister of Education and Culture, Ministry of Education and Culture of Finland, Finland

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen is the Finnish Minister of Education and Culture since May 2015. Between 2014 and 2015 she was Minister of the Environment. Before her rise to the Parliament, Ms Grahn-Laasonen has worked as a reporter, as a Stockholm correspondent and as a press attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. She entered parliament in 2011 and was a member of the Employment and equality Committee in parliament.