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Gaurav Mehta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dharma Life, India

Gaurav Mehta is the Founder and CEO of Dharma Life. He has worked with Pratham since 2004 as a founder of the German Fundraising Chapter and on strategic initiatives with the CEO and Founder. Gaurav spent three years in the private equity space at General Atlantic, a large growth capital investment firm (until 2008). He focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and media, and healthcare sectors across Europe. He also initiated and led General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe. Prior to General Atlantic, he has worked at Morgan Stanley in London in the investment banking division, where he specialized in European capital products and healthcare investment banking. Significant transactions included landmark deals for KfW, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Postbank, Siemens and BMW. Gaurav graduated with a BA Hons degree in International Business Studies and French from the European Business School, London. He also has an MBA from London Business School.

Vivek Salgaocar

Director, Vimson Group, Singapore

Vivek Salgaocar is a Director at the Vimson Group, a family-owned conglomerate with interests in mineral resources, real estate and financial services. The group is also actively involved in philanthropic initiatives, particularly in healthcare and sports. Within the Minerals Division at the Vimson Group, Salgaocar oversees sales, marketing and trading, along with global business development and expansion, and is based in Singapore. He is also Co-Founder of Prospect Mining Studio, which supports start-ups and innovators as they build, pilot and scale frontier technologies to address the biggest challenges facing the natural resource and mining industries in a sustainable and socially responsible way.

Vivek earned his MBA from Columbia Business School, and his BA summa cum laude, from Emory University. He was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2020. Vivek is a member of the Advisory Board of the Family Business Program at Columbia Business School, and is a member of the Singapore Chapters of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). He serves as the Group’s representative to the Singapore Business Federation and the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Anahita Thoms

Partner, International Trade Practice, Baker McKenzie, Germany

Anahita Thoms is an award-winning lawyer who focuses her practice on global investigations, in the field of international trade law, including sanctions, export controls, foreign investment review, data protection, business and human rights. She leads Baker McKenzie's International Trade Practice in Germany and is a Member of the firm's Europe, Middle East and African regional Steering Committee for the Compliance & Investigations Group. She is a regular speaker and moderator on diverse topics, such as trade, sustainability, ethics and AI. Anahita is committed to giving back to society and is passionate about human rights and the fight against modern slavery. She is the Co-Founder of the United Against Modern Slavery initiative.

Geoffrey See

Founder, Re:Conneq, Singapore

Geoffrey founded Choson Exchange which has trained 3000 North Koreans in entrepreneurship, economic policy and law over a decade. Over more than a decade, Geoffrey built the leading grassroots-led organization driving economic change in North Korea. His work exposed a generation of Koreans to international practices, and contributed to enterprise reform, Special Economic Zones establishment and legal reforms. His work was written up as a Harvard Business School case study which he teaches to Harvard MBA students. Geoffrey also works in the financial inclusion and technology space with blockchain and AI, leading the Digital Identity business at credit scoring startup Trusting Social and scaling unbanked and underbanked users from 0 to 4M during COVID19. Geoffrey is involved with the World Economic Forum as a Global Future Council member, Consortium on Digital Currency Governance member, and Digital ASEAN taskforce member (payments/data). During his work at Choson Exchange, Geoffrey had two near death experiences. Geoffrey graduated from Yale University and the Wharton School and was an exchange student at Tsinghua University.

Penny Abeywardena

Commissioner for International Affairs, Mayor's Office, City of New York, USA

Since September 2014, New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs; leads the global platform for promoting goals for a more just and accessible society, showcasing the diversity of New Yorkers and sharing policies and best practices with cities and states worldwide. Has launched initiatives focused on connecting New Yorkers and City agencies to the diplomatic community, as well as more effectively serving NYC's diplomatic corps, which is the largest in the world. Former Director of Girls and Women Integration, Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). Member: Board of Directors, United Nations Development Corporation and Eastside Greenway and Park; International Advisory Council, International Peace Institute (IPI); Global Future Council on Cities and Urbanization, World Economic Forum; United Nation’s SDG Strategy and Action Hub; 92Y’s Innovation Advisory Committee; Advisory Board, The Helm. 2017, named by the French American Foundation as a Young Leader. World Economic Forum 2016 Young Global Leader. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Founding Member, Lincoln Center’s Global Exchange. Previously served on the World Bank's Advisory Council on Gender and Development and the Board of Directors of Sakhi for South Asian Women. Graduate, University of Southern California; Master’s in International Affairs, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Richard Walker

Managing Director, Iceland Foods, United Kingdom

Richard Walker is the managing director of Iceland, the United Kingdom grocer specializing in frozen foods. Iceland was founded in 1970 by Walker's father, Sir Malcolm Walker. Walker took over as managing director in August of 2018 and has led the retailer's concerted charge against the use of plastics and palm oil in the grocery sector. Previously, Walker was managing director of Iceland Food’s sister brand the Food Warehouse and Iceland’s director for sustainability. Iceland has been at the forefront of driving sustainability initiatives in the retail industry, which includes the frozen food chain’s commitment to eliminating plastic packaging for all own-brand products within five years and, most recently, a pledge to remove palm oil from the ingredients in all its products by the end of 2018.

Nina Rawal

Founder, Emerging Health Ventures, Sweden

Dr. Nina Rawal is the founder of emerging health ventures, a global health focused venture capital fund. She previously headed the life science investment team at Industrifonden, a USD 600m VC fund. Previous experience also includes Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and VP Strategy and Ventures at Gambro (Baxter Group). She serves on the boards of MedCap AB and Stockholms Sjukhem, a non-profit hospital.
Nina holds a MSc in Biomedicine and a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology, both from the Karolinska Institute with research work done at Columbia University and Hopital la Salpetriere. Recognition for her work includes the selection as a WEF Young Global Leader and a '40 under 40 - European Young Leader.

Juliana Chan

Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group, Singapore

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group, Asia's leading STEM-focused media company, spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events. BA and MA in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; PhD in Biology and postdoctoral research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Recipient of honours and awards, including: L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship; 2013 Singapore Youth Award; 2014 MIT Technology Review's 10 Innovators Under 35 (Asia); 2017 ACS Nano Junior Fellowship. Research work into drug delivery and nanomedicine has been featured by the BBC, MIT Technology Review and South China Morning Post. Inventor on four US patents, three of which have been licensed for commercialization. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Selection Committee.

Albert Rivera Díaz

Member of the Congress of Deputies of Spain, Ciudadanos - Partido de la Ciudadanía, Spain

Albert Rivera Díaz is a Spanish attorney and politician, holding the role of President of the political party Ciudadanos, the fourth most voted Spanish political party, currently supporting the national Spanish Government. Rivera served as a Member of the Parliament of Catalonia from 2006-2015. He has committed himself to anti-graft measures, reforming political inertia and upholding Spain's diversity, in addition to the fight against corruption. His firm defense of an alternative to the radical nationalism that has controlled regional government and fractured his native Catalonia over the last few decades, the search for the renewal of the obsolete and largely corrupt party system, and, overall, the will to build a future-looking, modern, strong, united Spain, fully integrated in a globalized world, are the main blueprints of his political beliefs.