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Lucy d'Arville

Partner, Bain International Inc., Australia

A rising leader in Australian business focused on transforming health care, d'Arville's work with large payer and provider organisations has had a significant impact in creating more customer-centric and efficient operations. She is also passionate about having an impact in the social sector. This includes leading Bain Australia's social impact practice, supporting OzHarvest in their efforts to reduce food waste and co-leading Bain's collaboration with Social Ventures Australia and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on Restacking the Odds to tackle intergenerational disadvantage.

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).

Kanika Dewan

President, M/S.BRAMCO W.L.L, India

Born an Indian, was raised in the Middle East, educated in England and the United States, Miss Dewan has the ideal exposure to architecture and business practices that is required to cater to the shrinking global market place.

She is in the Guinness Book of World Records. Voted as Wharton 40 under 40 during the first initiative of this kind by The Wharton School. A winner of 3 Entrepreneur of the year awards, selected consecutively since 2010 to 2013, in India as well as in the Middle East and was also selected as a Young Achiever of the Year by Society magazine. These are a few of Kanika Dewan's diverse achievements featured in Entrepreneur magazine, India today, Mint: Wall Street Journal, Economic Times, a few amongst other premier publications.

Journalists have lauded her for designing and building all stone works at the world's third largest airport: The New Delhi International Airport: T3. As Chairper son of Ka Design Atelier Kanika Dewan was responsible for design consulting of facade interface, selection of other finishes as well as execution of 1.3million square feet of granite used for cladding and flooring the renowned airport. She is now innovating in the same way for the well awaited Mumbai International Airport. Her design acumen extends to art work in stone designed for the world's largest luxury yacht for the King of Oman where she innovated a proprietary light weight stone system. Kanika's mission of "life improvement" has led her to design a one of a kind, environmentally friendly stone paneling system for the 7 star, Leela Palace in Delhi.

In addition to her passion for innovation and design through the use of natural mixed media, Kanika's desire to make the world a better place is the fuel behind the future development of her environmentally conscious, mobile housing plan for low income individuals. Her recent keynote speech during a Gala Dinner in San Francisco, addressed a group of 400 plus established Indian professionals to propagate her fight against corruption. Her work continues to expand to government initiatives related to anti-corruption.

Kanika Dewan started her journey as an Investment Banker after graduating with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School and quit early on to pursue her Entrepreneurial Dream.

Deeyah Khan

Film Director and Chief Executive Officer, Fuuse, United Kingdom

Deeyah Khan, is an Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director, whose work highlights human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression. Her skill as a multidisciplinary artist led her to use film and music as the language for her social activism. Born in Norway to immigrant parents of Pashtun and Punjabi ancestry. The experience of living between different cultures, both the beauty and the challenges, dominates her artistic vision.

Deeyah is also the recipient of several awards for her work supporting freedom of expression and in 2012 she was awarded the Ossietzky prize by Norwegian PEN. The focus of her work and access to voices that are often overlooked and misunderstood has led to increasing demand as a speaker at international human rights events and platforms including the United Nations.

Deeyah is the founder and CEO of social purpose production company Fuuse which creates works in the intersection of art and activism.

Akira Kirton

Commercial Director, European Acetyls, BP Chemicals Limited, United Kingdom

Akira Kirton is Commercial Director for European Acetyls – covering operations across Europe and the full sales, marketing, logistics, HSSE, and operational p’n’l responsibility for the business. Prior to this role, Akira was Managing Director for BP Ventures, growing the portfolio to $500m capital invested, having led a number of deals ranging from bio-jet fuel (e.g. Fulcrum Bio-energy, US), ultra-fast vehicle charging (e.g. StoreDot, Israel), and low carbon products (e.g. Tricoya Technologies, Europe). Akira was on the board of Fulcrum, Tricoya, StoreDot and the OGCI CI prior to moving to his new role. Akira remains board director of Tricoya Technologies (low-carbon, sustainable wood product company), and continues to drive forward on the sustainability agenda in energy and climate. Akira is a recipient of the 2008 IChemE Award for Innovation and a 2012 Fellow of the Marshall Memorial Foundation. On a pro-bono basis, Akira also sits on the Board of #iamthecode (a YGL initiative focussed on providing STEM skills/digital skills to underprivileged young women/girls) and involved in supporting the Druids Collective (YGL initiative that is focussed on helping support #tech4good from non-traditional markets). Akira holds a first class MChem Eng from Imperial College London and a BSc in Law.

Lokesh Nara

Minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Panchayat Raj, and Rural Development, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India

Nara Lokesh is minister of information technology, electronics and communications, panchayat raj, and rural development of Andhra Pradesh, India. As one of the youngest ministers in the country, Lokesh is passionate about cultivating a robust business-friendly environment and accelerating rural development in Andhra Pradesh.

Verena Pausder

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pausder Ventures GmbH, Germany

As Founder and CEO of ​Fox & Sheep​ (2012) and ​HABA Digitalwerkstatt ​(2016) Verena Pausder is passionate about the digital life and education of children. While they can discover the digital world in a playful and gentle way by using Apps like “Nighty Night!” or “Little Builders” from Fox & Sheep, they look behind the digital scenes and are empowered to shape their world in an active and creative way at HABA Digitalwerkstatt. Both companies are success stories: Fox & Sheep is the largest developer of apps for kids in Germany and with over 20 million downloads among the top ten in Europe. HABA Digitalwerkstatt meanwhile has 8 locations throughout Germany (Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg etc) and started bringing mobile Digitalwerkstätten for digital education on schoolyards in North Rhine-Westphalia in November 2018. Verena is driven by a great vision: All children are supposed to access digital education equally. Therefore, Verena founded the non-profit association ​Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V.​ Commitment, networking and a hands-on approach are important to Verena: She started the initiative ​STARTUP TEENS​ to teach students entrepreneurial skills. Furthermore, Verena is a member of the Board of ​Alfred Herrhausen Society​. She also gives first-hand advice on current issues of digitalization on the political level: She serves as a member of the ​Innovation Council​ for the Minister of State for Digitalisation, Dorothee Bär, and she is a member of the ​“Young Digital Economy“​ Advisory Board of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. In 2016 Verena was named ​Young Global Leader​ by the World Economic Forum, in 2018 Forbes​ featured her as one of the 50 most influential women in European tech.

Claudia Sender Ramirez

President, LATAM Airlines Brasil, Brazil


Farida Bedwei

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer, Logiciel Ltd, Ghana

Farida Nana Efua Bedwei is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Logiciel (Ghana) Ltd, a software company developing banking systems for the microfinance industry. Her role involves assessing the industry and coming up with practical solutions, which are easy to use by persons with no formal banking training. She believes the informal sector, which make up between 60%-70% of the population across Africa, deserve the same banking services as those in the formal sector. Thus by building affordable banking systems for them, the microfinance industry will be able to realize their full potential and offer adequate banking services to their customers.

Prior to co-founding Logiciel, Farida worked in the telecom software industry, developing mobile gateways and services for mobile networks and content providers.

Farida is also an author and a disability-rights advocate, and has been featured on many media platforms, notable amongst this is C NN African Voices in February 2015. She has also won a number of local and international awards, and was adjudged the most influential woman in business and governance (finance sector) for her work in computerizing the microfinance industry. She currently serves on the Board of the National Communication Authority and Sharecare Ghana (an NGO which raises awareness for persons with autoimmune and neurological conditions).