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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.

Caroline Berube

Managing Partner, HJM Asia Law and Co. LLC, People's Republic of China

Caroline Berube is the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law (with offices in China and Singapore). She is admitted to practice in New York and Singapore and holds a BCL (civil law) and an LL.B. (common law) from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). She studied Chinese law at the National University of Singapore in 1998/1999 and was one of the first foreign lawyers to be admitted to Singapore.

Caroline is also a serial entrepreneur with four successful start-ups with her brother in various Asian countries before she reached 30. HJM was one of the first women owned, foreign law firms in China in the early 2000’s. Caroline has been working in Asia for more than 17 years with SMEs, MNCs and foreign banks, advising them in the field of commercial law, intellectual property, human resources and M&A in the Asia Pacific region. With an extensive presence on the ground in Asia, Caroline is well versed in the opportunities and risks associated with most Asian jurisdictions. She is highly regarded for her legal expertise in setting up legal and tax corporate structures, and navigating the challenges and options faced by potential and existing investors in Asia.

Caroline is a lecturer at the Laval University in Canada and Sorbonne Assas Law School - Asia Campus. She is fluently bilingual in English and French and teaches in both languages. She is also a regular speaker at various international universities, seminars and conferences, giving over 50 presentations per year. Caroline holds several senior positions in international legal organizations such as the International Bar Association, Inter-Pacific Bar Association and Primerus. In 2015, Caroline was selected as the Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum which recognizes the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40.

Phanindra Sama

Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Telangana, India

Phanindra Sama, A firm believer in active citizenship, is the first chief innovation officer of the Government of Telangana, contributing to building an innovation-driven economy in the state. Previously, he was the founder of redBus, the world's largest bus ticketing company, with operations in six countries. After exiting redBus, he co-founded Kakatiya Sandbox, a social impact venture that nurtures active citizenship for the economic prosperity of the region.

Torsten Lichtenau

Partner, Bain & Company Inc., United Kingdom

Torsten Lichtenau, a senior partner at Bain & Company since 2004, has extensive international experience having been based in Bain's London, Dusseldorf and Johannesburg offices and having worked in Europe, Africa and the US. He is a German and Swiss national, who grew up across Europe. The focus of his work is in driving large transformations. He leads Bain's industrial and energy practices in the UK. He has a passion for people and invests in developing individuals (member of the Bain Academy training the next generation of African leaders).

Maliha M. Quadir

Founding Managing Director, Shohoj Limited, Bangladesh

Maliha Quadir, a Bangladeshi -American, is a technology entrepreneur. Her start up Shohoz.com has done breakthrough work in digitizing the disorganized and male-dominated transportation industry in Bangladesh. Before Shohoz.com, she was based in Singapore as Director of Vistaprint’s digital business in global emerging markets. Prior to this, she worked for Nokia in strategy and business development for an emerging market focused digital content service called Nokia Life Tools, covering India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, China and Nigeria. Maliha also founded an online portal in Bangladesh while working for an ISP called bracNet. In the early part of her career, Maliha worked in Investment Banking, in Utilities Mergers and Acquisition department of Morgan Stanley in New York and San Fran and also in Debt Capital Markets of Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Computer Science and Economics from Smith College. Mother of two, she lives in Bangladesh

Eduardo Figueiredo Cavalheiro Leite

Governor of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Leading a state of 11 million inhabitants, Eduardo Figueiredo Cavalheiro Leite's main focus as governor has been to improve health, education and infrastructure in his region. His work has been instrumental to Pelotas' first urgent care unit, a maternity programme credited with reducing infant mortality, and a nationally recognized disease prevention programme.

Brie Loskota

Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California, USA

Executive Director, Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California; research explores how religions change and make change in the world. Leading voice working to enhance religious pluralism and community resilience. Advises foundations and government agencies on effective strategies for effective partnership and engagement. Co-Founder and Senior Adviser, American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute; Implementing Partner, United State Institute of Peace’s Generation Change programme, training emerging leaders committed to peace-building from the Middle East, Africa and South America. Member, Pacific Council on International Policy. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Truman National Security Fellow. German Marshall Memorial Foundation Fellow. Homegrown Violent Extremism Study Group Associate, USC. Member of the board of several non-profit organizations and government bodies working at the intersections of religion and public life.

Fainy Sukenik

Founder and Chairperson, Ba'asher Telchi, Israel

Fainy Sukenik has worked to reverse stigma and isolation in highly conservative communities across Israel as the Founder of Baasher Telchi, an organization that support ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox women dealing with separation and divorce. She has been named one of the 40 most influential people in Israel.

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.