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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)

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.

Sabrina Chao

Chairman, Wah Kwong Maritime Transport Holdings, Hong Kong SAR, China

Ms. Sabrina Chao is the Executive Chairman of Wah Kwong Holdings Limited and the past Chairman of Hong Kong Shipowners Association and the Asian Shipowners’ Association. She has also served as a member of the Hong Kong Maritime and Port Board, and is presently the Chairman of the Maritime Services Training Board of the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council.

Wah Kwong Group, led by Sabrina, was founded in 1952 and has always demonstrated the great tradition of the Chao family, which has represented value, stability, promise and responsibility. It has a diversified fleet, and experienced and dedicated staff. In addition to being a famous shipowner in the world, Wah Kwong
Group provides services in other shipping sectors, such as newbuildings, fleet management, business operations, and consulting services for sale and purchase. Currently, Wah Kwong Group operates a fleet of 18 bulk carriers, 6 VLCCs, 4 Aframax tankers, and 5 LPG carriers, with a total capacity of over 3.9 million deadweight tons.

Sabrina not only steers the Wah Kwong Group; she is also a leader in the global maritime industry. She is a very influential shipping figure in Hong Kong, Asia and the international shipping arena. She took over the chairmanship of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association in 2015, and under her capable leadership, the Association has undertaken reforms and innovation. With the support of its members, the Association has seen many breakthroughs at all levels. Externally, the Association has remained pro-active at the international and regional arenas, but become more active in the national arena. The Association participates actively in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and has strengthened liaison with the central government authorities in Beijing, as well as key maritime cities including Shanghai, Zhoushan and Dalian.

Sabrina has been active in corporate social responsibility projects and has taken part in and made donations to many public welfare service projects in both Hong Kong and Jiangsu province. She is an advocate for children welfare and women’s equality.

Sabrina also has a strong interest in youth work. During her tenure as Chairman of Federation of Hong Kong Jiangsu Youth, she led a delegation of young people to visit Nanjing and Wuxi, promoting university student exchange, establishing a platform for the Hong Kong and Jiangsu youth to communicate in culture, the economy, trade, science and technology and other fields.

In addition to above, Sabrina is a member of the Standing Committee of the CPPCC in Jiangsu Province; Honourary President of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, a member of the Logistics Services Advisory Committee of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council; a trustee of the Hong Kong Maritime Museum; Chairman of the Departmental Advisory Committee of the Logistics and Shipping Department of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Advisor for the Wuxi Hong Kong Residents Association, Deputy Chairman of the Federation of HK Jiangsu Community Organisations, a member of Young Presidents’ Organization. She was named a Global Young Leader in 2013 by the World Economic Forum. In March 2018, she is named a Commodore by the Connecticut Maritime Association for her contribution to the maritime industry.

Shauna Aminath

Policy Secretary to the President of Maldives, Office of the President of Maldives, Maldives

Shauna Aminath has been involved in the Maldives’ democracy movement for over 10 years. She worked for former president Mohamed Nasheed (2008-2012) and is now the Policy Secretary of the President's Office under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's administration. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all government policies. A fearless campaigner for democracy, freedom, and the rule of law, Shauna has been arrested and detained in peaceful protests in the Maldives advocating for democracy.

Patrick Youssef

Regional Director, Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland

I joined the ICRC in 2005 and completed different field missions in Sudan, Chad, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Between 2010 & 2013, I was the deputy head of operations for the Near and Middle East covering Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the GCC. Prior to my current assignment as Regional Director for Africa, I headed the Red Cross delegation in Iraq and was the Head of Operations for North and West Africa

In addition to my field experience, I worked on specific topics related to the respect of International Humanitarian Law such as the treatment and judicial guarantees of persons deprived of freedom, the recruitment of children in armed forces and Transitional Justice.

Born in 1978, I hold a degree in law and a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from Paris Sud XI and an LLM in International Law in armed conflicts from Geneva University.

John Zimmer

Co-Founder & President, Lyft, USA

John Zimmer is the co-founder of Lyft, a ride sharing service based in San Francisco. Lyft is valued at $5.5 billion.

Matthew Guilford

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Common Health, Malaysia

Matthew Guilford is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Health, a purpose-driven business that uses digital and mobile technology to advance universal health coverage. Prior to Common Health, he worked in leadership roles across Asia and Europe for global telecoms firm Telenor Group, including as Co-Founder, Chief Commercial Officer, and Chief Growth Officer of Telenor Health. Over the course of five years living and working in Bangladesh he designed, launched, and scaled Telenor Health’s “Tonic” service to five million members, creating the country’s largest health insurance program and a primary care operation that has delivered over 350,000 high quality consultations. Before Telenor, Guilford served in the administrations of Chicago mayors Richard M. Daley and Rahm Emanuel as Assistant Commissioner for Digital Excellence and Innovation, launching the City’s digital health initiative and helping to shape national policy on healthcare information technology. He holds an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School and completed his undergraduate training in biological basis of behavior (behavioral neuroscience) at the University of Pennsylvania. Guilford was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in March 2019.

Sheetal Karajgi

Chief Executive Officer, Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Warora, India

Sheetal is a public health expert, disability specialist and social entrepreneur. Currently she is working as Chief Executive Officer and Board Member of one of the India’s leading non-profit, Maharogi Sewa Samiti (MSS), Warora, operating from one of the most backward districts of Central India, building livelihood capabilities of most marginalized people, especially those with disabilities like leprosy afflicted, orthopedically handicapped, vision and hearing impaired and primitive tribal populace for last 67 years.

With her diverse educational background and experience, she is working to strengthen the most essential pillars of rural system-health, education and sustainable village development. She has been working on creating door-step health museums to poor people and school children for spreading awareness and information about preventable diseases, nutrition, insurance & health rights which may further substantially reduce disease burden in their village. She has also been awarded an award grant for setting up ‘Centre of Excellence for Medical Leadership, ethics and Motivation’ at Anandwan by Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and WHO alliance. She also organizes multiple free health camps in various domains such as reconstructive surgery, cataract removal, skin, psychiatric and retinal diseases, diabetes detection and treatment at Anandwan for benefitting rural poor. She serves on the advisory board of India’s leading public health institutes- Indian Institute of Public Health and Public Health Foundation of India, Delhi.

She is also experienced in working with children and youth with disabilities across a wide spectrum ranging from education, physical and medical rehabilitation to building innovative business model for gainful employment. She also works with rural schools to reform their education systems through IT systems, health and nutritional counselling to children.
Currently she is also engaged in an ambitious project of making Anandwan a one of its kind ’smart village’ in the country by making it smarter, technologically efficient, economically productive and environmentally sensitive.

In January 2016 she was selected by World Economic Forum as 'Young Global Leader 2016'. This honour is bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognize the distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world. This is in recognition of a person’s record of professional accomplishments and potential to contribute to solving the world's pressing issues. She is an active part of ‘SABI’- South Asian Bridge Initiative that aims to set up constructive philanthropic models in South Asia.

She was chosen as an 'Innovation Ambassador' by the United Nations in April 2016 to the 10th Anniversary of the World Summit on Innovation held at the United Nations Headquarters, New York on May 18-19, 2016. Currently she is working as an Adviser to ‘i4P’ (Innovations for Peace), an initiative of World Summit on Innovation and United Nations. She is also the recipient of 2016 INK fellowship.

She is a member of various policy level education, agricultural and entrepreneurship development and healthcare innovation committees that include governmental and non-governmental apex committees such as WHO and Lancet Commission on Global Surgery on rural surgical health and leadership, distance education committees of Mumbai University and an empowered committee for mid-day meal set up by Government of India. She is also a professional photographer and helps NGOs document their work through photographs.

Her professional qualification includes an MBBS degree with a gold medal in surgery, Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship from Tata Institute of Social Sciences with silver medal, Certificate in Non-profit Governance and an ongoing diploma in financial management and accountability from Financial Management Service Foundation-TISS alliance.

She is married to Gautam Karajgi who is a management expert. He is a Trustee of Maharogi Sewa Samiti and looks after management and smart village project. They have a 3 years old son, Sharvil.

Reihan Salam

Executive Editor, National Review, USA

Reihan Salam is the executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute Policy Fellow. He is a columnist for Slate, a contributing editor at National Affairs, a member of the board of New America, and an advisor to the Energy Innovation Reform Project and the Niskanen Center.