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Gong Rujing

Founder and Chairwoman, Happy Life Tech, People's Republic of China

Founder and Chairwoman, Happy Life Technology (HLT). HLT (Yiducloud) is a leading medical big data and artificial intelligence (AI) company in China. HLT is on a mission to bring innovative green healthcare solutions to key industry stakeholders empowered by AI technology. Before HLT, co-founded HKtrust Capital, a healthcare-focused fund. Served as an investment professional with Deutsche Bank and Global Infrastructure Partner during the early years of career. EMBA, CKGSB; BSc in Economics, London School of Economics.

Peter Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, City of South Bend, USA

One of the most visible political figures from the Millennial generation, Pete Buttigieg is mayor of the once-struggling industrial midwestern city of South Bend, Indiana. A winner of the JFK Library Foundation New Frontier Award, he has guided the comeback of his city and works to help peer cities prepare for the future as chair of the US Conference of Mayors Task Force on Automation. An emerging leader in the US Democratic Party and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Zubaida Bai

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AYZH, India

Zubaida Bai is a thought leader and a health-solutions innovator for underserved women and girls globally. Building on her expertise as a mechanical engineer and a product designer, Zubaida, a mother of three, is the founder and CEO of ayzh (pronounced "eyes"), a social enterprise that began with janma, a $3 Clean Birth Kit in a Purse. ayzh is a global business providing reproductive health products and services for over one million women and girls in underdeveloped countries. Zubaida has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Maternal Health Champion by Ashoka, a TED Speaker, Fellow, and Resident, and a Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Pioneer by the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), which in her recognition states, Zubaida is "demonstrating how the SDGs can enable business to unlock economic, social and environmental gains for the world."

Melike Yetken

Senior Adviser, Corporate Responsibility, Department of State, USA

BSc (Hons), Public Affairs, Indiana Univ. Former: Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, the White House responsible for the US-Africa Leaders Summit and the President Obama's economic agenda in Africa, lead negotiator, UN General Assembly, NY and Geneva, for contentious negotiations on human rights in N. Korea, Burma, Iran, Somalia, Sudan. Consultations with African Union in Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, S. Africa, Swaziland, Sudan. 2005, Special Assistant to US Ambassador in Ethiopia. May 2007, first US Gov't rep. to participate in African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR), Ghana. May 2008, represented US at ACHPR session, Swaziland. Coordinated logistics for US President in advance of trips several times. 2004, Section Chief, Business and Human Rights, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Currently Senior Adviser on Corp. Responsibility, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs; US National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Manages PPPs and multistakeholder initiatives with other governments, multilateral institutions, Fortune 500 companies, NGOs. Responsible for US National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.

Gagan Thapa

Member of Parliament, Constituent Assembly of Nepal, Nepal

Entrepreneur, engaged in agribusiness in Nepal. 2008, elected to the first Constitutional Assembly, representing the Nepali Congress party; Member, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principle Committee, Constituent Assembly; Member, Natural Resources and Means Committee, Legislative Parliament. Currently, Member of the Constitutional Assembly, Parliament of Nepal. Concurrently, Minister of Health of Nepal. Member of the Central Committee, Nepali Congress political party.

Guohua Wei Guohua

Chairman, Guangzhou Youth Federation, People's Republic of China

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.

Shruti Shibulal

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Tamara Leisure Experiences, India

Shruti Shibulal is CEO and Director of Tamara Leisure Experiences. She strives to make The Tamara synonymous with responsible tourism by incorporating principles of sustainability into the development and operations of each property and creating impactful employment within their respective communities. She is a Trustee of the Advaith Foundation and the SD Foundation, organizations involved in providing educational opportunities and healthcare assistance to underprivileged sections of society.

Carolina Rossini

RightsCon Director, Access Now, USA

Carolina Rossini is a technology and internet lawyer and policy expert with over 20 years of experience, having worked in various countries and passionate about the use of technology for good. She is a Global Connectivity Policy Manager at Facebook and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (2016).
She is a lawyer from the University of São Paulo, she also has a LL.M from Boston University (USA), a MBA from Instituto de Empresas (Spain), and a master in International Economic Relations from UNICAMP (Brazil).