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Faten Kallel

Politician, Independent, Tunisia

Named Secretary of State for Youth Affairs in the national unity government since September 2016. At earlier Adviser to the Minister of Technology and the Digital Economy, between July 2015 and August 2016, responsible for the relaunch of the co development sector. I also accompanied the minister of development, international cooperation and investment in the administrative reform of his ministry, in the period between February 2015 and July 2015. Originally a management consultant specializing in organizational issues and operational performance in the public sector. Political board member of the party Afek Tounes, represented in Parliament by 8 deputies. Candidate in the 2011 and 2014 parliamentary elections on the Tunis region.

Katharina Beumelburg

Executive Vice-President; Head, Global Strategy and Business Development, Power and Gas, Siemens

Katharina grew up in an area of Germany famous for steel production. After studying Industrial engineering and management in Germany and the US she got a second degree in Mechanical engineering.

Katharina worked for the “Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation” for 4,5 years. During this time she got her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stuttgart and focused on robotics and the optimization of assembly systems mainly in Automobil-, mechanical tooling- and aircraft industry.

To broaden her so far very technical experience she joined Siemens Management Consulting working on strategic projects in all Siemens sectors in the US, China, India and the near middle east. After 5 years Katharina became Partner and changed as Vice President over into Siemens Corporate Technology to build up a new unit for Process- and Expert Consulting which after 2 years now has about 200 employees in 3 offices around the world and works very successfully within Siemens. After heading the business for Energy storage within Siemens she is now the global head of Strategy for the Siemens Power and Gas Business.

Wafa Makhlouf

Member of Parliament, Assembly of the Representatives of the People, Tunisia

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Proclean, an environmental company focused on household refuse collection and mechanized beach cleaning. With a loan from the Tunisian Solidarity Bank and assistance from father, managed to hire five employees and start the company in 2003. Now employs about 50 staff, but the number can double depending on the needs of the project. 2005, joined the Young CEO Center (CJD), Tunisia as Treasurer; 2011, became President. During CJD presidency, has initiated the first Tunisian women entrepreneur incubator, helping to boost women's potential in opportunity-deprived parts of the country. With CJD, has also started the Wajjahni programme which highlights young entrepreneurial success stories to inspire youth to take risks and invest in their passions. Chairwoman, non-profit Enactus Tunisia. Active in encouraging other budding entrepreneurs. 2013, became Director, CEED Tunisia, an organization launched to help train entrepreneurs and give them access to funding and new markets. 2014, elected as Parliamentarian, Tunisian Assembly.

Nomin Chinbat

Chief Executive Officer, Mongol TV, Mongolia

Through her professional work in media and her active role in social initiatives she has become one of the opinion shapers and role model for young people in Mongolia.
In her earlier career Nomin Chinbat introduced global standards of hospitality in a country transitioning from totalitarian regime to a free market economy, driving profound changes for the whole industry. Her hotel is not only one of the top touristic attractions of the country but it is the single largest employer and tax-payer in the town that it operates in.
She created MongolTV, in 2009, with a vision to educate and enlighten the public with non-biased information and knowledge. It quickly developed into the most viewed independent channels of the Nation. The channel has pioneered ethical broadcasting and responsible journalism in a country rigged with corruption and political interference. It strives to gain societal acceptance of internationally accepted norms and standards in the media industry. MongolTV was instrumental in introducing legal changes that ensure protection of intellectual property rights and paved the way for fight against copyright infringement.
She was elected as Founding Chair of the Mongolian Media Council, the first self-regulatory press ombudsman in 2015, in recognition of her vision to create a legal environment for ethical journalism.
She is engaged in philanthropy through various initiatives such as Byatshan Ger to help underprivileged kids and hearing impaired citizens.
In recognition of her achievements, she was selected as one of the "30 under 30' by Forbes Mongolia and “Top 25 Women in Television” by Hollywood Reporter. She is always seeking to develop herself professionally, in pursuit for that she is currently attending executive program at Harvard Business School.

Avid Larizadeh Duggan

Chief Operating Officer, Kobalt Music Group, United Kingdom

Avid is Chief Operating Officer at Kobalt Music Group. Kobalt is the leading music and technology company built for artists, songwriters, publishers and labels as an alternative to the traditional music business model.

Avid also serves on the Board of Directors of Barclays Retail Bank.

Prior to Kobalt, Avid was a General Partner at GV and co-founded Boticca, a global marketplace for independent brands of fashion accessories (acquired by Wolf & Badger in 2015).

Avid has been involved in the startup ecosystem as a developer, product manager, founder, investor, and adviser since 1998. Avid started investing at Accel Partners in London in 2006, where she focused on software and Internet investments. She has been an active early investor in multiple companies, including as an angel investor in Okta (Nasdaq: OKTA). Avid also held product management roles at Tellme Networks, eBay, and Skype, and began programming in college. While at eBay, Avid was granted a patent for her work on a suite of selling tools.

Avid serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Board. She also led Code.org and the Hour of Code in the UK getting over 22 million people to try an hour of code. She has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Avid earned her B.S. and M.S. in engineering at Stanford University, where she was a Mayfield Fellow. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is a Kauffman Fellow. She speaks French, English, Farsi, and German.

Eric Dayton

Co-Founder & CEO, Askov Finlayson, USA

An apparel, hospitality, and real estate entrepreneur, Eric Dayton started a movement to reimagine the identity of America's north as one of adventure, creativity and the embrace of cold winters. His company is on a mission to keep the north cold by donating 110% of its own carbon impact to organizations leading the fight against climate change. Prior to founding Askov Finlayson, he was a member of Arctic Transect 2004, a six-month, 2,000 mile dogsled expedition focused on climate research and education.

Dilek Ayhan

Special Adviser to the President and Management, BI Norwegian School of Management, Norway

Special adviser to the President/Management of BI Norwegian Business School. Former State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (Oct 2013- Jan 2018). As State Secretary she was responsible for international/bilateral relations and trade policy, export financing, industrial research and innovation, the maritime industries including shipping and the travel and tourism industry. She was responsible for the following policy papers:

Industry White Paper (chapters covering RD&I, competence),
Ocean Strategy,
Maritime Strategy,
Bioeconomy Strategy,
The National Entrepreneurship Plan,
Tourism White Paper
and the Export Strategy.

Entrepreneur. Has served on the board of several organizations working with diversity management and intercultural communication.

Andrea Pasinetti

Founder, Teach for China, USA

Andrea Pasinetti is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach For China (TFC). In 2008, during a year of study at Tsinghua University’s, Pasinetti traveled to seven provinces in China in an effort to understand the contours of educational inequity throughout the country. During his travels, he spent time in more than 300 schools, talking to students, teachers, principals and education officials. Moved by the magnitude of the problem, he founded TFC to aid in China's ongoing effort to bring quality educational resources to all children, irrespective of where they are born. In five years, more than 450 TFC fellows have served in low-income Chinese schools and impacted more than 70,000 students. In 2011, he was recognized as the most influential foreign citizen residing in China by China Newsweek Magazine. Pasinetti studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he focused on education in Chinese rural reform policies.

Kieron Boyle

Chief Executive, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, United Kingdom

Kieron Boyle is Chief Executive of Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, one of the UK's largest charitable foundations and place-based funders. He leads the Charity's efforts to address the complex health challenges of urban, deprived and diverse areas - issues like childhood obesity and the health of people with multiple long-term conditions.

Prior to joining the social sector, Kieron led the UK government's work to grow the social investment market. In this role he was the UK representative to the G8 taskforce on social impact investment. Kieron's previous roles were at the Department for Business, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and the Boston Consulting Group.

Outside of work, Kieron sits on the Boards of Big Society Capital, the world's first social investment bank, the Design Council and Catch22. He is on the advisory board of the World Policy Institute.