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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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Nino Zambakhidze

Chairwoman, Georgian Farmers' Association, Georgia

Nino is the founder of L.T.D. “Georgian Business Zone” (Milk Processing Farm and Animal Food Production Farm) in the village Tsnisi, Akahltsikhe Region. In 2010 she founded “Regional Development Association” and since then have been leading execution of various rural development projects. She became a prize winner for “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” at the first annual Business-Award “Mercury 2011” and was also the first woman leader becoming an honorary coordinator of the organization “Invest for the Future” the organization functioning under the patronage of Hilary Clinton. While actively being an entrepreneur, in 2012 she founded “Georgian Farmers’ Association” where she serves as a chairwoman and an active advocate of the farmers’ rights and the key driving force for the success of the organization. She is a member of almost all key governmental or non-governmental boards and committees active in agriculture. She holds an MBA in Global Management (GGSB) & International Executive MBA (CSB) at Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France)

Stela Mocan

Lead, Technology and Innovation Unit, World Bank, USA

I am leading the Technology and Innovation Unit/Lab in the World Bank Group CIO Office. During 2010-2015, i served as the Government of Moldova 1st Government Chief Information Officer. In this capacity, I led the digital transformation of government operations and public service delivery. During 2009-2010, I served as Moldova Prime Minister's advisor on governance and public administration reform. Prior, I led and managed governance and democracy building programs with UNDP, USAID, World Bank, international NGOs. Stela holds a Master degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Master in Political Sciences from the National School of Political and Administrative Studies. In March 2015, I was designated as a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Specially Elected Member of Parliament, The National Assembly of the Republic of Botswana, Botswana

Botswana’s Minister of Investment, Trade and is Botswana’s youngest minister. Before this appointment, was the chairperson of the parliamentary committee on defence, security and foreign affairs. Member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on digital cooperation chaired by Jack Ma and Melinda Gates. Founder of Molaya Kgosi Trust, a women’s empowerment initiative. One of Botswana’s first youth delegates to the United Nations General Assembly. MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex, United Kingdom, and received the prestigious Chevening Scholarship in 2012. Beneficiary and alumni of the US President’s Young African Leaders Initiative for young women. 2012, recipient, Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) award by JCI Botswana; 2016, recipient, Botswana Change Makers Award in Business and leadership; 2016, recipient, Formidable Woman award; 2016, honoured through the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office International Leaders Program; 2019, named one of Chevening’s 35 Global Changemakers. In Parliament, voice is associated with inclusivity; inclusivity in development and ensuring services reach the people in a timely manner as their share of the national cake. Aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal message of “Leave no one behind”.

Lauren Koopman

Head of Impact, Align17, USA

Recognized expert in sustainable investing. Accomplished and dedicated sustainability professional with extensive experience leading initiatives related to enhancing revenue and mitigating risk. Highly skilled at integrating environmental and social considerations into investment decisions to enable detailed evaluation of market risks and opportunities.

Seasoned capital markets veteran (Deutsche Bank, Bank of America), with an MBA in Finance, extensive work in equity derivatives and years of experience consulting with asset managers on integrating ESG into the relevant aspects of their investment process.

Executive Director at PwC - Sustainable Business Solutions practice. Led PwC’s pro bono work with the United Nations CEO Water Mandate. Advises corporate clients on strategy and implementation to improve environmental, social and governance performance. Works with financial institutions to help mitigate the impact of resource scarcity and environmental damage in current and future investments.

Masters in Environmental Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia. MBA in Finance. BA in Public Policy. Travel throughout the world viewing sustainability and water scarcity issues first-hand in Africa, India, China/Tibet, the Middle East and the Arctic Circle.

Deshal De Mel

Economic Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Deshal de Mel is economic adviser to the minister of finance of Sri Lanka and the youngest director to have served at Sampath Bank. An economist by training, de Mel is passionate about and committed to economic reform in Sri Lanka in order to create competitive and fair markets along with broader economic and political reform to further economic and political freedoms.

Juliana Rotich

CEO, Boya Ltd, Kenya

Juliana Rotich a tech entrepreneur working on a Fin Tech Startup that is still in stealth mode. She was the Country Cluster Head for BASF East Africa Ltd, a company that uses chemistry to support a sustainable future. She led the operations in the region till December 2018, focusing on a strategic plan to meet and exceed customer expectations with BASF’s innovative products and solutions.
She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and serves on Kenya’s Vision 2030 Delivery board, Standard Media Group board amongst other advisory roles globally.

Agnes Budzyn

Co-Founder, Strategic Focus Investments, USA

Agnes is an operator, investor and entrepreneur. She lead 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. Attended Nanyang Technology University Executive Education Module on "Smart Cities".

Serene Chen Huijing

Managing Director, Deutsche Bank, Singapore

Huijing Serene Chen is one of the youngest senior financial market leaders globally. Chen is responsible for the fixed income and currencies business for clients in Asia Pacific at Deutsche Bank. A regular speaker at global conferences, she has been a driving force behind the innovation and digitization of market risk and technology solutions to help client organizations unlock value and increase efficiencies. Chen is a leading advocate for women in business and has been instrumental in supporting women’s leadership in the industry, actively working to help empower, mentor and build confidence in women.

Bettina Hein

Founder, HelloYellow, Switzerland

Bettina in a serial software entrepreneur that has built technology companies in both Europe and the United States. She is most recently the founder of HelloYellow, a Web 3.0 technology company, her third software company. She is also the founder and a board member at Pixability, a video advertising company in Boston. Prior to Pixability, Bettina co-founded SVOX, the Swiss-based speech technology company which was acquired by Nuance Communications (NUAN) for $125 million. Bettina has received numerous awards and recognitions such as the 2018 Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year Award, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, L’Oreal NEXT Generation Award, and The Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40 Award.” Bettina holds an MS degree from MIT, a law degree from the University of Constance, and a business degree from the University of St. Gallen. She holds a software patent in video distribution optimization and is the author of "Video Marketing for Dummies".