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Jamila Abass

Country Director, GiveDirectly, Morocco

Jamila Abass is one of the champions of AgTech revolution in Africa.She is the founder of M-Farm,an app that connects farmers and buyers and makes the supply chain more efficient.This ingenious innovation won different awards including the praise of the US president Barack Obama during his visit to Kenya in June, 2015. Jamila is an internationally recognized techpreneur. She received many accolades including 2015 New African Woman women of the year,Forbes 10 Female Tech Founders to Watch and 20 Young Power Women in Africa,Quartz’s 30 African Innovators as well as 2015 100 most influential Africans. She is also an Aspen New Voices, Poptech, Unreasonable and an Ashoka fellow.She has been a keynote speaker and influencer at AgTech and ICT for development events.

Faisal Abbas

Editor-in-Chief, Arab News, Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of the Riyadh-based leading Middle East English language daily, Arab News.

Under his leadership, Arab News (established 1975) relaunched with a more global, more digital direction. It has expanded its international presence through a large network of correspondents and a number of regional bureaus across the world.

Prior to joining the newspaper in 2016, Abbas has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Dubai-based English language service of Al Arabiya News Channel.

Abbas is a renowned columnist on Arab-international affairs and has also conducted interviews with a number of world leaders. He appears regularly on international media to comment on regional affairs.

Abbas has previously written for The Huffington Post and worked with both Asharq Al Awsat and Al Hayat pan-Arab dailies, Future Television of Lebanon and the International Resource Journal in London.

He has been the recipient of many media awards, including the Next Century Foundation’s Cutting-Edge Award (2009) for efforts in bridging the communication gap between the West and the Arab World and British Council’s UK alumni “Social Impact” award in Saudi Arabia (2017).

He holds a master’s degree from the University of Westminster and a bachelor degree from the Lebanese American University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Education Program of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he studied Global Leadership and Public Policy.

Abbas is a member of the editorial board of Al Arabiya News Channel, an associate fellow of the Cambridge Union Society and a member of the British Society of Authors.

In 2017, he published his first Arabic book called ‘Arabi/Englizi’ which describes London through Arab eyes.

Wemimo Abbey

Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Esusu, USA

Wemimo Abbey grew up in the slums of Lagos, Nigeria. Struggling to secure a loan without a credit score, his mother borrowed money from a predatory lender at an exorbitant 400% interest rate. These challenges inspired Abbey and his Co-Founder, Samir, to launch Esusu. Esusu’s platform empowers renters to build credit through rent payments, offers property management analytics and provides rental assistance for financial stability. Recently valued at $1 billion in a $130 million Series B fundraising round. Abbey currently serves on the SEC Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee and Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council, is a Commissioner and Executive Member on the Board of The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, and is Co-Chair of The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) Director Circle. Before Esusu, Abbey founded Clean Water for Everyone, delivering affordable clean water access to over 250,000 people in six countries. He also founded a data analytics company, which was acquired in 2014. In his early career, Abbey was a mergers and acquisitions consultant at PwC, working on deals valued at over $50 billion, and gaining experience with Accenture and Goldman Sachs. He was named to the 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 list, TIME100 NEXT List in 2023 and awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year nationally. In 2021 and 2022, Goldman Sachs recognized him as one of the “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs”. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a BSc in Business Management and earned an MPA from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Joud Abdel Majeid

Senior Managing Director; Global Head, Investment Stewardship, BlackRock, USA

Joud Abdel Majeid, Senior Managing Director, is the Global Head of Investment Stewardship for BlackRock and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for leading the stewardship team and all its activities as it engages with companies to promote effective governance and create long-term value for clients.

Prior to stewardship, Ms. Abdel Majeid was Deputy Chief Financial Officer for BlackRock where she led the Investor Relations, Corporate Development, Financial Planning and Analysis, and Management Information Initiatives functions within BlackRock’s Finance Department.

She previously served as Chief of Staff to the CEO and was responsible for oversight of the Executive Office of the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and oversaw engagements with clients, policymakers, public officials, and BlackRock’s Board of Directors.

Ms. Abdel Majeid joined BlackRock in September 2017 as Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock Solutions, which delivers the firm’s Aladdin technology. In this role, she was responsible for the commercial strategy and day-to-day operations of the business.

Minoush Abdel-Meguid

Founder and Managing Director, Mezzan, Egypt

Long-term banker and private equity executive with stints at Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Citibank. Worked on several high-profile transactions. Took part in the reform of the Egyptian Capital Market Authority as the Assistant to the Chairman and head of corporate finance; led major restructuring efforts including the introduction of the region's first takeover code. Former Founding President, Egyptian Young Bankers Association. Helping young bankers network and improve their skill set. Since 2011, has dedicated more time promoting and supporting entrepreneurship especially in less privileged Egyptian cities outside Cairo and with female entrepreneurs by mentoring and participating in business plan competitions and lecturing on various related topics. Has also participated in various efforts linking women together as a basis for narrowing the cultural divide between Eastern and Western cultures. Was among six women taking part in the Australian Arab Women dialogue in Australia in 2013, in addition to other projects.

Toshiki Abe

Chief Executive Officer, Ridilover Co., Ltd., Japan

Toshiki Abe is a prominent social entrepreneur in Japan, representing Ridilover, the country’s largest platform connecting social issues with companies, organizations and individuals. As the editor-in-chief of Ridilover Journal, he plays a key role in shaping public discourse. Regularly featured on popular Japanese news programmes, including the highly-rated Morning Show, Abe actively engages with production teams, influencing programme content and setting public opinion agendas. His insightful commentary reaches approximately 12 million viewers weekly, contributing to the understanding of complex societal challenges. Recently, the company has been involved in the management of a $86.6 million fund, including the conduct of social impact assessments. Abe is a key player in building an impact economy in Japanese society through this fund. He also operates three other businesses at Ridilover. One is the educational tour business that provides trips to sites of social issues for junior high and high school students. The project provides students with physical learning about social issues through educational tours and has produced behavioural changes in 10,000 people a year (equivalent to 1% of the Japanese population of that generation) who have experienced the tours. There is also a training programme to develop corporate leaders who can learn across boundaries, from within the company to social issues. The third is companion business development support, in which projects are developed in partnership with companies, ministries and local governments to solve social issues.

Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

Senior Fellow, The Millennium Project, USA

Senior Advisor on Security and Geopolitics. Senior Fellow Millennium Project Washington DC. Executive Director South Asia Foresight Network(SAFN) Washington DC, Advisor International Monetary Fund(IMF). Former founding Director General of National Security Think Tank Sri Lanka(INSSSL); BSc in Computer Science; MBA; Counter Terrorism at Harvard University under South Asia Leadership Program(NDU NESA). Visiting Professor for Geopolitics and Global Leadership(Northern Kentucky University(USA) Author: Teardrop Diplomacy(Bloomsbury, 2023), Conundrum of an Island(2021), Sri Lanka at Crossroads (World Scientific,Singapore 2019), Towards a better world order(2015), Formerly: Adviser to the Minister of External Affairs and Executive Director, Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute for International Relations and Strategic Studies (National Think Tank); Director-General, BIDTI, a diplomatic training institute; Chairman, Foreign Employment Agency and Fishery Harbours Corporation; worked in the private sector with Sri Lanka Telecom and Hutchison. Founding Curator, Global Shapers Colombo Hub. Country Chair, Global Dignity. Alumni APCSS(Hawaii).

Hafsat Abiola

President and Chief Executive Officer, Women in Africa Initiative, France

Hafsat Abiola-Costello is the President/CEO of Women in Africa Initiative, a platform connecting leading and high potential women in Africa to facilitate their increased individual success and collective impact. A leader in Nigeria's pro-democracy movement, she served as a member of state cabinet in Nigeria industrial state from 2011-2019. She is also the Founder and President of the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), an NGO that promotes the development of women as initiators of change by offering leadership training and raising awareness about harmful social issues such as violence against women. A prolific writer and speaker, Abiola-Costello holds an A.B. (Hons) in Economics from Harvard University and a Master's in International Development from Tsinghua University. She sits on several boards and is one of fifty councillors of the World Future Council. Abiola-Costello is the recipient of several national and international awards and the subject of the award winning documentary, The Supreme Price.

Enass Abo-Hamed MBE

Chief Executive Officer, H2GO Power Ltd., United Kingdom

Dr. Enass Abo-Hamed MBE is the Co-founder and CEO at H2GO power ltd; an award winning spin-out company from the University of Cambridge developing energy storage technologies. She completed her PhD at Cambridge University, where she also was a postdoctoral fellow and elected Cambridge University Energy Champion. Currently she is also a member of the Advisory Board at BeyondNetZero's General Atlantic Growth Fund, a Board Trustee at the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the external advisory board at Airbus (STAR) and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

She has 15 years of business and research experience in technology, AI, sustainability, hydrogen production & storage, renewable energy and energy storage. Enass is passionate about climate entrepreneurship and clean energy technology policy. She often gives keynote speeches at international forums and participates in high impact roundtable discussions on clean energy, energy security and resilience for women entrepreneurship in tech. Enass won few recognition awards for her commitments to build and use technologies as a tool to combat climate change, such as being honoured in the King's New Year's honours list 2023, the visionary of the year award by MIT Tech Review Innovators Under 35 Europe, MIT Tech Review Innovators Under 35 EU, the best energy start-up award at the Global Hello Tomorrow Summit among others.

Reuben Abraham

Chief Executive Officer, Artha Global, United Kingdom

Chief Executive Officer and Senior Fellow, IDFC Institute, a Mumbai-based think/do tank focused on state capacity and political economy. Non-resident scholar, New York University, and Senior Fellow, Milken Institute. Former Professor and Executive Director, Centre for Emerging Markets Solutions (CEMS), Indian School of Business (ISB).

Senior Advisor to Swiss Re and the Asia New Zealand Foundation; Board member, Centre for Civil Society, India's leading classical liberal think tank; Advocata, a Sri Lankan think tank; THNK, The Amsterdam School of Creative Leadership; GSM Association's Interact. Investment committee of Endiya, an early stage deep-tech fund. Former Independent Director, Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF), an impact investment pioneer and Member, Global Advisory Board of Unicredit, Italy's largest bank. TED Global Fellow (2007); served on the TED Fellows Advisory Board. Legatum Institute Fellow (2013 and 2016/2017). Named to Wired Magazine's "Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world". Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009).

MA, MPhil and PhD, Columbia University. Former: Associate Fellow in Global Economics, Council on Foreign Relations; Fellow, Public Policy Consortium; Sloan Foundation/CITI Telecommunications Fellow.

Tony Abrahams

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Access Innovation Media Pty Ltd, Australia

Since 2003, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ai-Media, founded in Australia in and now operating globally. A leader in live transcription for TV since inception, Ai-Media pioneered live captioning on social media, including a partnership with Facebook in 2017. Ai technology is also used to improve teaching practices, and outcomes for students with autism. LLB and BCom (Hons), University of New South Wales; MBA and MPhil in Economics, Rhodes Scholar.

Muna AbuSulayman

Partner, Transform VC, Saudi Arabia

Muna AbuSulayman, continuously named one of the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World for her work in media, gender, leadership and education and as an iconic Arab media personality and humanitarian. Currently, She is also Social Impact Investor concentrating on using AI for education, media projects for awareness and Charity effectivenesst through Transform VC.

As the head of Directions Consulting and Partner 3S (Saudi Sustainable Solutions), she is focusing her development efforts on unemployment and entrepreneurship in the Arab world. As the former Secretary-General of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, she supported innovation and strategic initiatives to combat poverty, empower women and reframe the Islam-West dialogue. She is also a founding Co-Host of Kalam Nawaem, the Arab world's most popular TV shows.

AbuSulayman was appointed as the first Saudi UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. A Member of the Young Presidents' Organization, a Yale World Fellow and Aspen Institute Middle East Fellow. She also serves on several for profit and non-profit boards.

Moonshot: Making philanthropy and Government financial assistance more impactful.