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Ambarish Mitra

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Blippar, United Kingdom

Active private investor in the fields of augmented reality, artificial intelligence, foodtech and genomics. He started his tech career in 1997 as a 17 year old high school drop-out creating a web portal to empower women in India. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality and computer vision. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.

Ambarish has been widely recognized for pioneering work in the field of augmented reality and computer vision. Named UK Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernst & Young (2016) and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Appointed a Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum in 2017

John Riady

Group Executive Director, Lippo Group, Indonesia

John Riady is Chief Executive Officer of Lippo Karawaci Tbk, Indonesia's largest real estate company by revenues and assets, and President Commissioner of Siloam Hospitals, Indonesia's largest healthcare company. John also serves on a number of boards within the Lippo Group of Companies, including Matahari Department Stores (LPPF.IJ), Matahari Food Business (MPPA.IJ), OVO Financial Technology, and Venturra Capital. He is a member of the Columbia University International Advisory Board, the Wharton Business School Asia Executive Board, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (YGL). John is a licensed attorney in the State of New York, and is a Professor of Law at Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Indonesia. He holds degrees in Political Philosophy and Economics, Georgetown University; MBA, Wharton School of Business; Juris Doctor (JD), Columbia University.

Katarzyna Pisarska

Founder and Director, European Academy of Diplomacy, Poland

Dr. Katarzyna Pisarska is the Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland and the Visegrad School of Political Studies run in cooperation with the Council of Europe. She is also the Program Director of the Warsaw Security Forum and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos. In the past, she has served as adviser to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Polish Parliament, to the Office of National Security at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland; and continues to work as regular foreign affairs broadcaster in Polish and international media.

In addition to her leadership and management experience Dr. Pisarska pursues a career in academia. She is an Assistant Professor at the Warsaw School of Economics and a Visiting Professor at ADA University in Baku, Azerbaijan. Previously, Dr. Pisarska was a Fulbright Visiting Fellow at Harvard University (2007), a Visiting Scholar at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (2010) at the University of Oslo (2012) and at the Australian National University in Canberra (2015). She is the author of the book "The Domestic Dimension of Public Diplomacy - Evaluating Success through Civil Engagement (Palgrave 2016).

Recent Distinctions: Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum in Davos (2014); "99 under 33" most influential world foreign policy leaders, Diplomatic Courier (2013); Outstanding Young Scholars Award (2013-2016), Polish Minister of Science and Higher Education (2013).

Marietje Schaake

President, CyberPeace Institute, Switzerland

Member of the European Parliament with D66/ Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Expertise: trade, technology and foreign policy.

Nico Rosberg

F1 2016 World Champion, Monaco

Nico Erik Rosberg is the Formula One 2016 World Champion who drove for Williams F1 and Mercedes AMG Petronas under the German flag. Born in Germany to Finnish former world champion Keke Rosberg and his German wife Sina, he holds dual nationality, and briefly competed for Finland early in his racing career. He does not speak Finnish, although he is fluent in five languages. Rosberg won the 2005 GP2 Series for the ART team, having raced in Formula 3 Euro Series previously for his father's racing organisation Team Rosberg. He entered Formula One in 2006 with Williams, the team with which his father had won the 1982 championship. After four years with Williams, in 2010 he joined the re-branded Mercedes team, formed by Mercedes's takeover of 2009 Constructors' Champion Brawn GP. He enjoyed his most successful period with Mercedes, winning 23 Grands Prix and earning 30 pole positions. In 2016, he full filled his dream and became Formula One World Champion after an intense duel with teammate Hamilton, which was undecided until the final race, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He announced his retirement from the sport five days later, on 2 December 2016. Since retiring from Formula 1 Nico has had a busy schedule in both his professional and private life. He has continued as an ambassador for many international brands, become an entrepreneur and angel investor for a variety of start ups, all whilst juggling family life with his wife Vivian and two young daughters.

Nick Ayers

Managing Partner, Ayers Family Holdings, USA

At the age of 35, Nick Ayers is widely regarded as a powerhouse political strategist resulting in his appointment as US vice-president Mike Pence's trusted chief of staff. He holds a track record for running successful campaigns for his candidates and holds an increasingly growing influence in the US political sphere.

Nili Gilbert

Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, Matarin Capital, USA

BA (Hons) in Economics and Social Studies, Harvard University; MBA, Columbia Business School, Toigo Fellow. CFA, CAIA. Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager, Matarin Capital, investing in the stock markets primarily on behalf of institutional investors. Matarin has been recognized with numerous awards as an investment performance leader, with its research cited in such publications as the Wall Street Journal and Barrons. Formerly: Senior Director and Senior Research Analyst, Invesco, New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, responsible for development of global multi-asset models. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and Member, YGL Advisory Group. Chairwoman of the Investment Committee, David Rockefeller Fund and Synergos Institute. Former Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations’ Term Member Advisory Committee and International Affairs Fellows Selection Committee. Member: Membership Committee, Economic Club of NY; Council on Foreign Relations. Contributor on CNBC and Bloomberg television. Recipient of awards and honours, including: Bloomberg BusinessWeek "One to Watch" (2019); Entrepreneur of the Year, National Association of Securities Professionals; Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Scholar, 100 Women in Hedge Funds; Toigo Foundation’s Bridge to Business Award.

Xiaohong Gao

Deputy Director-General and Executive Officer, China Development Bank, People's Republic of China

2001-04, with People's Bank of China; 2004-07, with China Banking Regulatory Commission; 2007-08, with China Investment Corporation; 2008-13, with Bank of Communications. Associate Research Fellow. Since April 2013, with China Development Bank; currently, Deputy Director-General, Executive Office. Recipient of various honours and awards.

Ivy Huq Russell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maya, Bangladesh

Ivy Huq Russell is the CEO & founder of Maya. After becoming a mother for the first time, Ivy originally founded Maya in 2011 as a blog for mothers in Bangladesh. Through her personal journey she experienced first hand the challenges faced by women in Bangladesh when trying to access the information and advice they are looking for.
These can range from geographic and financial barriers all the way to socio-cultural. After partnering with leading NGO, BRAC, the Maya service officially launched in Bangladesh in February 2015 with a clear mission to provide women with the information they are looking for, when they need it. Maya is an intuitive, anonymous messaging service that connects its users to qualified experts on health and mental health issues and each other. The service is available on app, web and recently in messenger. We have plans to expand abroad very soon.

Ivy grew up in Bangladesh before pursuing her higher education in England. She completed her MSc. in Finance and Economics at Warwick Business School, before spending a number of years as an Investment Management & Hedge Fund professional at leading firms including HSBC, GAM and Barclays. She currently divides her time between Bangladesh and San Francisco, where she is based with her husband, Bickey and 2 children, Ameena and Emir.