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Tigran Khudaverdian

Chief Executive Officer, Yandex Taxi, Russian Federation

Born in Yerevan, Armenia in 1981, Tigran Khudaverdian is a graduate of the Moscow State University Faculty of Physics. Before joining Yandex, he participated in developing internet projects and headed a web studio.

He joined Yandex in 2006, starting out as manager of Yandex.Passport, a service that brings together all user’s Yandex accounts in one profile. In 2008 he became head of mobile and software products. Yandex.Navigator and Yandex.Browser apps were launched under his leadership.

Tigran became head of Yandex.Taxi in 2014, and then its CEO after it became a separate company in 2015. Thanks to technologies like smart routing, machine learning, demand forecasting and smart order distribution, the Yandex.Taxi app quickly transformed taxis into an accessible, fast and safe form of transportation.

On February 7, 2018, Yandex and Uber announced that the merger of Yandex.Taxi and Uber ride-sharing businesses in Russia and neighboring countries had been finalized. The combined company is held approximately 59% by Yandex, 37% by Uber, and the remaining share by employees of the group on a fully diluted basis. Tigran Khudaverdyan became the CEO of the combined business.

With Tigran at its helm, the Yandex.Taxi group has also expanded into self-driving cars and food tech.

Tigran is married and the proud father of four sons.

Grandhi Kiran Kumar

Corporate Chairman, GMR Group, India

1996, after studies, joined family business as Management Trainee in Agri-Business. Subsequently held several leadership positions. With GMR Group: former Chairman, Urban Infrastructure & Highways; former Chairman, Airports; currently, Corporate Chairman, overseeing Group Finance and Corporate Strategy, Planning & Development; Member, Group Holding Board.

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.

Jonathan Malagon

Minister of Housing, Cities and Territory, Ministry of Housing, Cities and Territory of Colombia, Colombia

Jonathan Malagon has been minister of housing of Colombia since August 2018. Previously Malagon was vice-president of the Colombian Banking Association and has substantial experience in both the private and public sector. In the telecommunications industry, he served as the executive director of the Colombian National Program of Telecommunications and as controller, chief of staff, chief economist and assistant to the chief executive officer at Telefonica Colombia.

Annika Saarikko

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, Finland

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Finland and the woman driving the management of the Social and Health Care Reform (SOTE), one of Finland's most extensive social projects. Saarikko became the Finnish Centre party's Vice Chair at the age of 26 and was elected to Parliament in 2011, where she has served in the Social Affairs and Health Committee and the Employment and Equality Committee.

Sucharita Mukherjee

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kaleidofin, India

Sucharita Mukherjee is an inclusive fintech leader whose work aims to ensure that financial tools can help underbanked customers working in the informal sector achieve their real life goals. She is the co-founder and CEO of Kaleidofin, a fintech platform personalising financial solutions for under-served customers. Mukherjee co-founded the IFMR group and was most recently group chief executive officer of IFMR Holdings. She also founded IFMR Capital and IFMR Investments and is passionate about building capital markets access for financial inclusion and informal sector finance.

Serene Chen Huijing

Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, Singapore

Huijing Serene Chen is one of the youngest senior financial market leaders globally. Chen is responsible for the fixed income and currencies business for clients in Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank. A regular speaker at global conferences, she has been a driving force behind the innovation and digitization of market risk and technology solutions to help client organizations unlock value and increase efficiencies. Chen is a leading advocate for women in business and has been instrumental in supporting women’s leadership in the industry, actively working to help empower, mentor and build confidence in women.

Melanie Joly

Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophone, Canada Government, Canada

Lawyer by training. Worked in civil and commercial litigation at major law firms in Montréal; then Managing Partner, Montreal office, Cohn & Wolfe. Founder, municipal political party “Vrai changement pour Montréal”; 2013, ran for mayor of Montréal. Currently, Minister of Canadian Heritage, responsible for policies supporting Canadian arts and culture, media, official languages, Indigenous languages and multiculturalism. Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic–Cartierville, Montréal. Arts and culture advocate; policy focus is on transformation brought on by digitization of news media, entertainment and cultural industries, and redefining the role of government in an increasingly digital world. With a heavy focus on cultural diversity and social cohesion, mandate includes promotion of Canada’s two official languages, preservation of Indigenous languages and culture, and government policies on multiculturalism and pluralism. Vision is rooted in belief that arts and culture should no longer be seen as an expense, but as an essential part of any innovation and economic development agenda through investment in key cultural industry sectors. Recipient of honours for contributions to community and leadership; recipient, Arnold Edinborough Award, for involvement in the cultural sector (2010).

Shu Wang

Lead Managing Consultant, ICF International Inc., People's Republic of China

Mr. Shu WANG was promoted to Deputy Director at a young age. He is heavily involved in the decision making process regarding Chinese national policies and actions on addressing climate change, namely the pilot programme on low carbon development, national strategy on building up the emission trading system (ETS), national obligation under the UNFCCC to account and report national Greenhouse Gas emission. Besides his responsibility for drafting and implementation of national strategy and policy, he is also leading a number of international cooperation on ETS or low carbon development, for example he is the team leader, representing China, in a World Bank programme, called Partnership Market Readiness which aims to finance developing countries to introduce market-based approach to combat climate change. Mr Wang holds a Bachelor Degree of Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, and Master Degree in Environmental Economics from Renmin University of China.