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Mauricio Rodas Espinel

Former Mayor of Quito & UPenn Perry World House Visiting Fellow, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Mauricio Rodas is a JD from Universidad Católica de Quito. He also holds two master’s degrees in government administration and political science from the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). He started his professional career with the UN’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile and Mexico City. Later he worked as a policy consultant for the Mexican government. In 2007, he founded and served as the Executive Director of Ethos Public Policy Lab, a think tank based in Mexico ranked among the most influential in Latin America by the Global Go To Think Tank Index Report.

In 2011, Rodas returned to Ecuador and founded SUMA, a national political party. In 2013, he ran for president of Ecuador; the following year was elected as mayor of Quito (2014-2019). During his period, Rodas was the hosting mayor of the UN’s Conference on Urban Sustainable Development – Habitat III. He also had an active leadership role in the main city networks: two terms as world co-president of UCLG, member of the global boards of C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI, and the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. He is a young global leader and member of the Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization of the World Economic Forum (WEF). In 2019, he was named one of the 100 Worlds’ Most Influential People on Climate Action by Apolitical; he also received UPenn’s World Urban Leadership Award.

Currently, he is a Visiting Fellow at UPenn and through the Perry World House, the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, he launched the “Cities Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Financing Initiative –C2IFI.” C2IFI aims to develop a knowledge hub to consolidate information about financing opportunities for cities and facilitate access to these resources. Rodas is orchestrating a broad partnership with city networks, DFIs, WEF, the private sector and other organizations.

Kakha Kaladze

Mayor of Tbilisi, City Hall of Tbilisi, Georgia

Was born on 27 February 1978 in Samtredia. Started sporting career at the age of 11, in “Lokomotivi” Samtredia FC as a center forward. In 2001 became most expensive Georgian player, as AC Milan paid 16 million Euros transfer fees. He has been playing for AC Milan for 9 years.

Titles won: Serie A: 2003–04, Coppa Italia 2002–03, Italian Super cup, 2004 UEFA Champions League: 2003, 2007, UEFA Super Cup:2003, 2007, FIFA Club World Cup:2007. He was nominated Georgian footballer of the year 5 times. Before Milan was playing for “Dinamo Kyev” and “Dinamo Tbilisi”.

Since 2011 member of the political council of the Political union “Georgian Dream- Democratic Georgia”. In the parliamentary elections of 2012, was nominated as a single mandate candidate from Samtredia region and same time was leading the electoral list of political coalition “Georgian Dream”.

From October 25, 2012 holding the position of Vice prime Minister and Minister of Energy and from 25 October 2013, Secretary General of the ruling political party “Georgian Dream”

From 2008 member of the Supervisory board in “Progress Bank”

In 2007 established charity foundation “KALA Fund”

In 2007 Established International Investment Group “Kala Capital”

Sally Shin

Executive Editor, Business, Tech, and Media, NBC News, USA

Sally Shin offers the community strong knowledge of tech and business news at the epicentre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. As San Francisco Bureau Chief, Shin led coverage of gender diversity issues in the valley and helped launched CNBC's "Closing the Gap" series which highlights gender diversity issues in corporate America.

Demet Mutlu

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Trendyol.com, Turkey

Studies, Harvard, New York University. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, trendyol.com, the largest e-commerce company in Turkey. Founding Partner, Peak Games, a mobile gaming company. Angel investor in six technology companies worldwide. Global Shaper, World Economic Forum. Recipient of awards and honours, including: named to list of Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs, Fortune; BOF500; named to Fortune 40 under 40

Alsharif Nasser bin Nasser

Managing Director, Middle East Scientific Institute for Security, Jordan

Al-Sharif Nasser bin Nasser is the founder of a strategic advisory firm (InfoSynth) that offers guidance to corporate and governmental clients with interests and prospects in an evolving Middle East.

He is also te managing director of the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security based in Amman, Jordan. In this position, he focuses on addressing chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) risks across the region. Nasser is also the head of the Middle East Regional Secretariat, the first of eight secretariats to be established globally under the European Union’s Centres of Excellence initiative on CBRN issues.

Previously, Mr. Nasser worked in the office of His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, where he last served as senior analyst in the Foreign Affairs Directorate. During that time, he managed several bilateral and thematic files and led analytical studies on Jordan’s regional and international relations. Nasser is also involved with numerous organizations. He served as the chairman of a leading insurance company in Jordan and currently serves as the vice chairman of a public national commission offering support to injured and disabled veterans, as well as the president of a charity that offers therapeutic riding services to children with special needs. He received his master’s degree in Near Eastern studies from Princeton University and his undergraduate degree in environmental science and policy and business management from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts (2001). Nasser is also the chair of the Princeton alumni committee in Jordan since 2004 and Regional Mentor for the Middle East since 2017.

He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum since 2015 and a Non-Resident Fellow of the Washington-based Middle East Institute since 2018.

Simon Sheikh

Managing Director, Future Super, Australia

Simon Sheikh is the CEO and co-founder of Future Super, a fast growing ethical investment focussed asset manager in Australia with $1.2b under management across pension and managed investments. The pension fund has approximately 15,000 investors and helps everyday Australians divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions. Prior to founding Future Super Simon was a candidate for the Australian Senate where he narrowly lost out on being elected in 2013.

Simon's background is as a community activist, having run the 1 million strong group GetUp. In this role he led campaigns on clean energy, carbon pricing, mental health reform and water policies. Prior to joining GetUp as its second National Director, Simon worked at the NSW Treasury as a Financial Analyst. Simon is passionate about parenthood and climate action. He is the father of a cheeky and lively four year old.

Jesús Cepeda

Founder, Onesmart Technology SA de CV, Mexico

Jesus cares about the future of cities and governance models. He holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and he is CEO and co-founder at OS City, a company committed to improve governments' efficiency and trust.

As a technology entrepreneur and exponential technology enthusiast, he's been using Cloud Computing, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence to create the future of the public sector, positioning OS City as one of the Top 100 Government Technology companies in the world.

For more information, http://jesus.os.city.

Shalini Puchalapalli

Director, Amazon, USA

Shalini is a Director at Amazon in Bangalore. Previously, she was the CEO for Leher Foods Business for Pepsico. She has been awarded the 40 under 40 influential Leaders award by Economic Times and Spencer Stuart in 2014 and has been honored as YGL 2015 by World Economic Forum Shalini is recognized as a leader with strong functional expertise in Sales, Finance, Supply chain and Human resources and deep experience of leading teams in different parts of the world across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and South America. Shalini joined Pepsi in 2008 as the head of Supply chain for India Beverages and built the supply chain organization. For her work in innovation, she was awarded ‘Innovator of the year’ in 2012 by KPMG and SCLC. In 2012, she moved as the unit manager for Karnataka and Kerala unit. KK unit was awarded the unit of the year under her leadership and she was recognized by Indra Nooyi with Presidents Ring of Honor in 2013 for exceptional leadership. Pri or to her role in Pepsi, she worked with InBev and Godrej. Shalini did her bachelors in engineering from IIT, Madras, Personnel management from XLRI and MBA from INSEAD. She is married and has one ten year old son. Shalini is a keen champion of women’s rights. She has been working in the area of women’s empowerment and prevention of female feticide for last 20 years.

Maya Foa

Director, Reprieve, United Kingdom

As the Director of the legal charity Reprieve, Maya leads a team of lawyers fighting against grave human rights abuses. Her work with the organisation she has helped shape over the past 9 years, aims to protect vulnerable individuals from the excesses of oppressive Governments – whether they are on death rows around the world or hillsides patrolled by weaponised drones.

In 2015, Maya was awarded a Soros Justice Fellow for her work in helping pharmaceutical companies protect their medicines from misuse in lethal injection executions. She was awarded the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Women Demanding Justice Award in 2015 and the inaugural Robin Steinberg Innovation Award in 2018. Sir Richard Branson has named Maya as one of his 65 Most Inspirational People. Maya did a Bachelors Degree in French and Italian Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Postgraduate Degree in Law.