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Harry Wang Huai

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Linear Capital, People's Republic of China

Huai (Harry) Wang is a founding and managing partner of Linear Venture L.P. (Linear) and the Chairman of the Youth Group of China's Future Forum, a nonprofit organization founded by a group of influential scientists, entrepreneurs and investors in China in 2015. Its mission is to establish an interdisciplinary platform in the Greater China region to promote science, the ultimate driving force of human civilization, and scientists, the torchbearers who illuminate the path to the future. At Linear Ventures, Harry has led investments in more than 40 technology companies, including sector leading startups such as Horizon Robotics(www.horizon-robotics.com, US$300M), Rokid (rokid.com, US$650M), FraudMetrix(www.tongdun.cn, US$650M), SensorsData(www.sensorsdata.cn, US$50M), TaoData(www.taodatarobot.com, US$50M), SeetaTech (www.seetatech.com, US$60M), etc. He also served as a CEO advisor to Dianping.com(US$7B) and Baixing(US$700M). In 2013, Huai published his first book, How Facebook was Engineered, which became popular in the Internet startup community. He served as a Judge for Forbes China 30 under 30 in 2014 and 2013. Prior to founding Linear, Huai worked for Facebook in California as an engineering manager and joined Facebook in its early years (early 2007) when there were about 100 employees. Harry is the first Chinese citizen who took an engineering leadership role at Facebook. He earned his MS degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and his BS degree in Computer Science from Zhejiang Univerity. Harry serves as a member of the Council for the i-tech school in the Institute of Computing Technology Chinese Acadamy of Science. Harry is also a China Fellow at Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Eva Scherer

Chief Financial Officer, Rail Infrastructure, Siemens, Germany

A leader in the Siemens finance community and a diversity advocate; took over the regional Chief Financial Officer role at age 27 to set up the Middle East/Asia-Pacific headquarters for the Building Technologies division in Singapore. Secured various projects promoting energy efficiency and sustainability across the region, including the company's involvement in the Greener Government Buildings programme in Australia. After five years in Asia, transferred to Germany in 2017 to head the global finance and controlling function for the Mobility division and played an instrumental role in ensuring the successful signing of the Siemens Alstom rail merger. Currently serves as the CFO of the Rail Infrastructure Business at Siemens.

Peter Buttigieg

Mayor of South Bend, City of South Bend, USA

One of the most visible political figures from the Millennial generation, Pete Buttigieg is mayor of the once-struggling industrial midwestern city of South Bend, Indiana. A winner of the JFK Library Foundation New Frontier Award, he has guided the comeback of his city and works to help peer cities prepare for the future as chair of the US Conference of Mayors Task Force on Automation. An emerging leader in the US Democratic Party and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Leila Hoteit

Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group, United Arab Emirates

BEng in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Signal Processing, Imperial College, London; MBA (Hons), INSEAD. Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group Middle East; Member, Public Sector practice, leading the education and human capital development business. Thirteen years of strategy and operations experience, Middle East and Europe. Specializes in human capital development including education, workforce skilling and women's economic empowerment. Has led assignments covering human capital / education policy and strategy development, among others. Author of patents in signal processing.

Nina Tandon

President and Chief Executive Officer, EpiBone, USA

Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering, MIT; PhD/MBA, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, EpiBone, a company using stem cells and digital fabrication to engineer patient-specific skeletal implants. McKinsey Alum, Fulbright Scholar. Co-author, Super Cells, a book exploring how biology is powering the 4th industrial revolution. Interests: yoga, meditation, surfing, drinking wine and eating cheese, cats.

Mona Hammami

Senior Director, Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: ?Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter?; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and ?The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development?. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a board member on uniting to combat NTDs

Ian Walsh

Senior Partner and Managing Director, Boston Consulting Group., United Kingdom

Senior Partner & Managing Director, BCG, 1999-current. Global strategy consultancy. Global Head, Retail Banking segment (40+ countries). UK Head, Financial Institutions practice. Focus: multi-channel distribution, customer centricity, operational and financial performance. Global Leader, Customer Service topic, Operations practice. Focus: customer service, experience and retention across various industries. Co-led BCG's pro bono support of London Olympics 2012. Leads key social impact relationships: - Sutton Trust: charity that pilots programmes, advocates authorities to improve social mobility in education. Board Member; regular pro bono projects. - Education Endowment Foundation: £125m fund to improve education of disadvantaged UK students. Helped launch Foundation; Advisory Board member. People Development: Staffing partner 2013-15; Career Development Chair 2008-13; Recruiting Director 2004-08. Bachelor, Commerce; Masters, Finance; University College Dublin. President, Student Body & Debating Society. Member, University Governing Authority. Finalist (Top 4), World Debating Championships. Barrister-at-Law, King's Inns Dublin. Reading, sports, travelling, music; published two children's books. US wife Beth; two young daughters Emily and Madeleine

Hanna Hopko

Advocacy Coordinator  , Ukraine

2009, PhD in Social Communications; Diploma, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Leadership Progr. in Tobacco Control. Advocacy Coordinator, National Coalition of NGOs “For Smoke-Free Ukraine”. Member of Board of Trustees, National Children's Specialized Hospital Okhmatdyt. Initiated and coordinates advocacy campaign “Our children”, to help children with oncological and oncohaematological diseases. Advocacy expert, Institute of Political Education and Ukrainian School of Political Studies. Member, World Health Youth Communication Network. Co-Founder, NGO “Bureau of Environmental Investigations”.

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.