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During a transformational five-year experience, YGLs are inspired to be bold in undertaking a sense of shared responsibility, impact and ambition.

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Kirsten Parker

Vice-President, Product and Solutions Strategy, Mind Gym, United Kingdom

Kirsten is Solutions Strategy Director at Mind Gym, a people consultancy that works with a majority of S&P 100 and FTSE 100 companies to transform the way people think, act, and behave at work. She helps clients design and implement strategic people-led solutions to issues such as performance management, diversity and inclusion, team effectiveness, resilience, engagement, ethics, and organisational change. Kirsten has 15 years of experience leading multinational professional services teams and has managed start-ups as well as leading teams through acquisitions, reorganisations, and a range of innovation, change, and engagement initiatives. Kirsten was co-founder and Managing Director of Exclusive Analysis (EA, acquired by IHS) and then Senior Director of Country Risk Analysis and Forecasting at IHS Markit. She was part of the start-up team that designed EA’s forecasting methodology, intelligence infrastructure, and geospatial software and then led the merger of the Global Insight, Jane’s, and EA political risk teams. Kirsten has delivered consulting and analytics to enable strategic planning, market entry, risk management, and social licence for clients across government and industries (financial services, natural resources, transportation, ICT, defence, and others). Previously, she worked for Common Ground Community, an innovative not-for-profit whose flagship projects are bold experiments in financing, developing, and managing urban planning, as well as in a community mental health team in the NHS and a children’s crisis team in New York. Kirsten holds a BA in Anthropology and Comparative Politics from the University of Chicago, an MSc in Applied Social Studies (Psychology, Sociology, and Public Policy) and a Diploma in Social Work from Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and an MSc in Leadership & Strategy from London Business School (Sloan Fellow) and has undertaken executive education at Harvard. She is a volunteer for the UN Women UK’s Private Sector Partnerships programme, and her interests include organisational psychology, conflict and social policy, and the language of risk. Kirsten is based in the UK and has and has lived and worked in the US, Europe, Latin America, and APAC.

Kathryn Koch

Managing Director, Global Head of Client Portfolio Management and Business Strategy, Goldman Sachs, USA

Katie is global head of client portfolio management and business strategy for Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) Fundamental Equity. In this role, she leads our global team of client portfolio managers in the development and communication of our investment and market views. Katie is a member of the GSAM Client Experience Group.

Katie serves on the Securities Industry Institute Board of Trustees. In 2015, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She has also been named by Financial News as a Rising Star in Asset Management. Additionally, Katie has contributed significantly to the firm’s research efforts on the economic enfranchisement of women in the developing world.

Katie earned a BA, magna cum laude, in English and Economics from the University of Notre Dame in 2002.

Abdourahmane Cissé

Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Development of Renewable Energy of Côte d'Ivoire, Côte d'Ivoire

2001, degree in Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique; MSc in Petroleum Economics and Management, French Institute of Petroleum (IFP). 2005, started career at Goldman Sachs, London, as a Sales/Structurer, Commodities Department, covering European corporate clients and governments; then moved to the Equities Division as a Trader to help build the franchise business; latterly, Executive Director, Index Trading Desk, Equities Derivatives Division. 2013-17, Minister of Budget and State-Owned Entities of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, responsible for the budget, customs, taxes and state-owned entities. Currently, Minister, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Katsuya Uenoyama

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PKSHA Technology Inc., Japan

Katsuya Uenoyama is a rising entrepreneur in the machine learning and machine intelligence tech industry. He founded PKSHA Technology in 2012, focusing on designing algorithm-based software and solutions for enterprise and internet businesses. Prior to founding PKSHA, he received got his PhD in Machine Learning from Tokyo University.

Juan Jose Pocaterra

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ViKua, Venezuela

Economist and Lawyer, tech entrepreneur focused on smart cities and urban development. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vikua, recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 30 Most Promising Companies of Latin America. Vikua is dedicated to developing internet of things, artificial intelligence and big data solutions to achieve smarter cities in the emerging world. Its URBO integrated silo-less platform (urbo.vikua.com) allows cities to automate and remotely operate urban services in the areas of traffic, public transportation, waste management, public works, public lighting and environmental risks. Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship; Young Global Leaders 2018 cohort; Global Shaper Alumni of the Caracas Hub. Venezuelan representative to the White House Emerging Entrepreneurs Initiative and the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India. Member of the Board of Directors of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Venezuela (AJE).

Annika Saarikko

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland (Eduskunta), 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.

Nicole Vogrin

Chief Corporate Affairs and Communications Officer, Western Union, USA

Nicole Vogrin is the first in her family to complete higher secondary education and earn a university degree. As the leader of Western Union's Corporate Relations and Corporate Affairs team, she has built a diverse department to positively address issues like migration and the marginalization of populations without digital access.

Jeffrey Lu

CEO and Co-Founder, Engine Biosciences Pte Ltd, Singapore

Jeffrey Lu is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Engine Biosciences (Engine), which focuses on improving drug discovery by coupling machine learning and high-throughput gene editing to decipher the biological code of disease. Lu pushes change in innovative drug development and new technologies by investing in or serving as a director of more than a dozen early-stage and venture-backed companies in the US and Singapore.

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.