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Byron Vassiliades

Chairman, Antipollution S.A., Greece

Byron N. Vassiliades is Chairman and CEO of Antipollution SA, one of the largest waste management companies in Greece and the leading Greek Company in the field of Port Reception Facilities, on Solid Ship-Generated Waste management and Cargo Residues. Mr Vassiliades is also Chairman of GREEN SA, the biggest Greek electricity trading company with subsidiaries in Fyrom and Serbia, with a total turnover for 2014, over € 100 million.

A 38-year innovative and results- driven leader, began his career in 1995 as a site worker at a cleaning services company and five years after, as a worker at ANTIRIPANTIKI SA, at which he become a member of the Board of Directors in 2001. His career grew, along with his youngest brother Philippos, from a waste handling worker to an owner of an outstanding rapidly growing group of companies in the field of environment and energy that consists of Antipollution SA, GREEN SA and KAFSIS SA.

Ray Tong Zhilei

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, ChineseAll Digital Publishing Group Co. Ltd, People's Republic of China

Tong Zhilei, Founder, Chairman and CEO of COL Digital Publishing Group Co., Ltd. (ChineseAll).
Deputy Chairman of The Copyright Society of China, Deputy Chairman of China Audio-video and Digital Publishing Association, Vice President of China Editorial Association, member of People's Congress Standing Committee of Beijing-Dongcheng District, the Secretary-General Education Sector of All-China Youth Federation.
Tong graduated from Tsinghua University in 1998. Tong was awarded the degree of International Master of Business Administration in Tsinghua-MIT joint Program in 2000. Tong was also the team leader of the champion of first "Challenge Cup" National College Student Business Plan Competition, which made him the earliest graduate entrepreneur in china.
Founded by Tong in 2000, ChineseAll Group has been one of the largest digital providers of copyrighted content and service. Meanwhile, it always sticks to the policy of “authorization before dissemination" to promote copyright protection. Furthermore, it has created the Initiated Federated Media Publishing Model and keeps working on improving the sustainable development of publishing industry. ChineseAll has made great contribution to the development of digital publishing, ‘nationwide reading’ activity, digital education and the copyright protection. On Jan.21, 2015, ChineseAll was listed on the ChiNext board of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as the first Chinese digital publisher to go public.
Because of Tong’s achievement, he was awarded the Outstanding Talent of Beijing-Dongcheng District, Capital Labor Medal, China Youth Five Four Medal, The Most Influential Person of China Copyright Industry, Leading Talent of Press and Publishing Industry, Man of the Year for China’s Cultural Industry in 2015, Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.

Rishad Premji

Chairman, Wipro, India

BA in Economics, Wesleyan University; MBA, Harvard Business School; General Course Program, London School of Economics; Graduate, Financial Management Program (FMP), GE. Formerly with: Bain & Co., London office, working on assignments across consumer products, automobiles, telecom and insurance: GE Capital, US, across several businesses throughout the insurance and consumer lending. Currently, Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board, Wipro. Board Member: Azim Premji Foundation; Wipro-GE Medical Systems.

Sarah Parcak

Director, GlobalXplorer, USA

Sarah Parcak is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The 2016 TED Prize Winner, she started GlobalXPlorer, a not-for-profit dedicated to democratizing and innovating archaeological exploration. She the author of Satellite Remote Sensing for Archaeology (Routledge 2009). Her research represents the first large-scale landscape archaeology approaches to the field of Egyptology. Her remote sensing work has been the focus of multiple TV specials on the use of satellite remote sensing in Archaeology: Egypt’s Lost Cities (2011), Rome: What Lies Beneath (2012) and Vikings Uncovered (2016). She has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and presented at conferences and symposia across the globe. Sarah is a National Geographic Fellow, a TED Senior Fellow and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.

Devesh Raj

Senior Vice-President and Head of Strategy, Comcast Corporation, USA

SVP, Head of Strategy and Financial Planning at Comcast Corporation since 2014. Previously Senior Partner and Head of Americas TMT at BCG (Boston Consulting Group). Member of Board of Trustees at the New York Hall of Science. PhD in Applied Physics and former HHMI Fellow, Yale.

Agnes Budzyn

Chief Growth Officer, Managing Director, Consensys, USA

Agnes is the Chief Growth Officer and leads the Office of the CEO at ConsenSys, focusing on growth strategy, operations, and acquisition strategy for over 40 early-stage companies in the portfolio. ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists building solutions for a blockchain-powered future. With a decade of traditional finance experience at BlackRock before ConsenSys, Agnes stands at the intersection between the legacy financial industry and emerging blockchain-enabled fintech solutions. Her years in traditional finance provided her first-hand experience working with many of the world’s largest institutions and advising key regulators on strategic challenges. She performed country-wide financial reviews of Ireland and Greece and others for the European Central Bank. Agnes maintains relationships with financial institutions, government bodies, and central banks. In this capacity, Agnes informs, collaborates, and strategizes blockchain-related solutions with relevant stakeholders in order to ensure this groundbreaking technology is adopted quickly and efficiently. Agnes has spoken on blockchain technology and its applications at events held by the FDIC, GW University, Salesforce, US Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Biden Institute and the Yale Club Finance Committee.

Angela Sun

Founder, The Hyland Group, USA

Angela Sun spent ten years at Bloomberg LP, most recently serving as Head of Strategy and Corporate Development, and was the architect of the Bloomberg Gender Equality Index. Angela currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Western Union Company. She also was recently appointed to the board of One.Thing.Less, a Zurich-based company that gives individuals a platform to manage the use of their personal data. Previously, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor for Economic Development in New York during the Bloomberg Administration and as a consultant at McKinsey & Company in the financial services and healthcare sectors. Angela is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as a Trustee of Second Stage Theater, the Museum of Arts and Design, and Women’s World Banking, the largest global network of microfinance institutions and banks dedicated to the economic empowerment of women.  She also serves on the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights Advisory Council.  Angela graduated from Harvard College, holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and is a Vice Chair of the Harvard Gift Committee.

Nina Rawal

Head of Life Science, Industrifonden, Sweden

Nina heads the Life Science investment team at Industrifonden, a USD 600m venture capital fund, and serves on the boards of several companies. Prior experience includes Gambro AB and The Boston Consulting Group. On a pro bono basis, she acts as advisor to Medecins Sans Frontieres’ Innovation Unit and serves on the boards of Stockholms Sjukhem, a charitable hospital, and Cirkus Cirkör, a contemporary circus company. Nina holds a MSc in Biomedicine and a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology, both from the Karolinska Institute. Recognition for her work includes the selection as a Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum), ‘40 under 40 – European Young Leader' (EuropaNova/Friends of Europe), and as a Rising Talent (Women's Forum).

Wanuri Kahiu

Film Director, AFROBUBBLEGUM, Kenya

Wanuri Kahiu is a Kenyan film director, producer, and author. She has received several awards and nominations for the films which she directed, including the awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009 for her dramatic feature film From a Whisper. She is also the co-founder of Afrobubblegum, a media collective dedicated to supporting African art.