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Stav Shaffir

Member of Parliament, Knesset, Israel

Member of Parliament Stav Shaffir is the youngest female parliament member in Israel's history. Now in her second term in Parliament, she chairs the Transparency Committee, as well as the Social Justice Caucus. In 2017, she founded the OECD's Forum on Integrity and Transparency and chaired its first meeting.
Shaffir led a reform for budgetary transparency and strategy, exposed the government's secret money transfers, and fought to end corrupt usage of tax-payer money. Shaffir is formally a journalist and peace activist, who became one of the leaders of the Israeli social movement that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis into the streets in the summer of 2011, and became Israel's biggest-ever protest - focusing on housing, social services, equality and democracy. Following the protest and in an effort to continue the change from within, Shaffir entered politics. Before the 2011 protest movement began, Shaffir worked as an editor for Yedioth Aharonoth’s website and studied for her master’s degree in the Philosophy and History of Science and Ideas Department at Tel Aviv University. She has a BA in Journalism and Sociology from City University London, where she was the recipient of the Olive Tree Program scholarship, a unique initiative for young leaders from the Middle East.

Wei Shi

Counsellor, Permanent Mission of the People's Republic of China to the European Union, Belgium

Since my entry into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2002, i have been serving in various posts in China and abroad. Currently I am fully dedicated, in my capacity as the director, to working for the advancement of the Belt and Road Initiative, and helping the Chinese enterprises to better engaged in the business development overseas.

Devry Boughner Vorwerk

Founder, DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, LLC, USA

Devry Boughner Vorwerk serves as the Chief Communications Officer and Corporate Vice President, Global Corporate Affairs for Cargill. In that role, Vorwerk is responsible for the company’s global branding, communications, corporate responsibility, sustainable development, and government affairs efforts.

Vorwerk has spent her career working at the intersection of geopolitics, stakeholders, and business. Previously, she led Cargill’s global government relations activities in Washington, D.C. and Corporate Affairs for Latin America. She also served as Director of Cargill’s International Business Relations, specializing in its Asia Pacific trade and investment portfolio.

Prior to joining Cargill, Vorwerk served as a senior policy advisor in Akin Gump’s public law and policy practice. She also worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission and as senior economist in agricultural affairs at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

A passionate advocate for change, Vorwerk serves on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and named to the Holmes Report’s Influence 100 list in 2017. Vorwerk is a member of the Arthur Page Society.

Vorwerk holds a dual degree in agricultural economics and managerial economics from the University of California, Davis and a master’s degree in agricultural economics, with a specialization in public policy and international trade, from Cornell University.

Alejandro Brenes

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enertiva, Costa Rica

Alejandro is an economist and innovation manager. He has worked in strategic consulting and investment banking in Latin America. He is the CEO of Enertiva, a leading company focused in distributed generation solar in Latin America.

Marion Poetz

Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Austria

Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics (INO), Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and Scientific Director of the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center (OIS Center) in Vienna. She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research is concerned with strategy, leadership, organization and problem solving in new forms of innovation practices that are characterized by being more open, distributed, collaborative, and democratized than traditional models. As a principle investigator in several large-scale research projects, she currently manages research groups related to these topics in both Denmark and Austria. Marion’s work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science, the Journal of Product Innovation Management or Harvard Business Review, featured in media such as Forbes or Inc. Magazine, and received numerous awards. Marion engages as a coordinator and teacher in different international master, PhD and executive teaching programs in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. She is the academic head of the Graduate Diploma Program in Innovation Management at CBS and co-initiator of the Danish SME Crowdsourcing Lab. Marion has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms and policy-making institutions. She has been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and acts as the academic director of the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). Marion is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID) and the Academy of Management (AOM).

Danladi Verheijen

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Verod Capital Management Limited, Nigeria

Danladi is the Co-Founder/CEO of Verod Capital, a leading private equity firm focussed on Nigeria. Before Verod Capital, Danladi was a Vice President at Citibank Nigeria where he led corporate finance transactions and also had responsibility over Citibank’s equity investment portfolio. Prior to that, he held roles at Ocean and Oil Holdings and at McKinsey & Company. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an M.Sc. in Engineering Economic Systems & Operations Research from Stanford University and a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Calvin College. He is a Director of GZ Industries, Niyya Food and Drinks, Union Trustees, Rotoprint and Shaldag. Danladi was named one of Africa's top 20 rising stars in finance by Euromoney in 2014.

Shu Wang

Lead Managing Consultant, ICF International Inc., People's Republic of China

Mr. Shu WANG was promoted to Deputy Director at a young age. He is heavily involved in the decision making process regarding Chinese national policies and actions on addressing climate change, namely the pilot programme on low carbon development, national strategy on building up the emission trading system (ETS), national obligation under the UNFCCC to account and report national Greenhouse Gas emission. Besides his responsibility for drafting and implementation of national strategy and policy, he is also leading a number of international cooperation on ETS or low carbon development, for example he is the team leader, representing China, in a World Bank programme, called Partnership Market Readiness which aims to finance developing countries to introduce market-based approach to combat climate change. Mr Wang holds a Bachelor Degree of Environmental Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology, and Master Degree in Environmental Economics from Renmin University of China.

Danae Bezantakou

Chief Executive Officer, Navigator Shipping Consultants Ltd, Greece

CEO of Navigator Shipping Consultants, shareholder of KEFI S.A. (Travel Agency) and MATILDA HOTEL in Zakynthos Island. President of iforU-Greek Mentoring Network, which empowers women’s entrepreneurship through mentoring, a founding partner and President of the 1st Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association of State Department. Founder of YES Forum, the leading platform of open dialogue in the Greek Shipping and Sea Tourism Industry among principals, executives and university students, recent graduates and young executives. A twice International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP) alumni “Women in Leadership” organized by Hilary Clinton (March 2011) & “On Demand Opportunity: Alumni Association Development” (December 2017), European Young Leader 2014 and her name was included in the "Purpose Economy Europe 100 List 2014", as well as in the 40under40 list of Fortune Greece. Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum for the years 2015-2020, Global Dignity's Greek Country Chair and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network with more than 5,000 world-leading experts engaged by the Forum to help shape the global agenda. Role Model in entrepreneurship at the campaign #Makingithappen organized by the U.S. Embassy to Greece. She regularly participates as a judge or mentor in competitions and events related to entrepreneurship. She has a 10 year old daughter.

Ketevan Bochorishvili

Chief Executive Officer, JSC Anaklia City, Georgia

Ketevan Bochorishvili was vice-minister of Economy until 2017. Bochorishvili then became the first ever (and only, as of 2018) woman executive to take responsibility for management of over one-billion-dollar-worth private venture in Georgia - Anaklia City. Bochorishvili is recognized as a leading business environment reformer, a fighter of corruption and an innovator in terms of the provision of government services. Bochorishvili has contributed to a number of successful reforms and state projects targeting private sector development, simplifying bureaucracy and economic diversification. Her achievements were awarded with a Forbes Woman title in 2017.