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John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Operation HOPE, USA

Referred to as the Conscience of Capitalism by CEOs of Delta Air Lines, Walmart, and First Republic Bank, John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on financial inclusion, economic empowerment and financial dignity. Mr. Bryant is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Operation HOPE, Inc. the largest nonprofit, best-in-class provider of financial literacy, and economic empowerment services in the United States for youth and adults. He is also the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures, and Founder and Principal of The Promise Homes Company, which is the largest minority-controlled owner of single-family rental homes in the United States.

John Hope Bryant has received hundreds of awards and citations for his work, including Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award, and the John Sherman Award for Excellence in Financial Education from the U.S. Treasury. He is a founding member of the Clinton Global Initiative, and a contributor to Huffington Post, THRIVE Global and Black Enterprise. Bryant has been named as Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians in 2023”. In 2021, he was awarded U.S. Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Advocate of the Year. In 2020, he was named one of “LinkedIn’s Top Voices: U.S. Influencers.” Bryant was also named as the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “The Power 100: Most Influential Atlantans in 2020”, American Banker magazine's 2016 “Innovator of the Year”, and one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future”. He is also a co-founder of Global Dignity, and a member of the World Economic Forum, and OECD Expert Networks.

Five former U.S. presidents have recognized his work, and he has served as an advisor to three sitting U.S. presidents from both political parties. He is responsible for financial literacy becoming the policy of the U.S. federal government. In January 2016, Bryant became the only private American citizen to inspire the renaming of a building on the White House campus, when the U.S. Treasury Annex Building was renamed the Freedman’s Bank Building. The legacy of the Freedman’s Bank, founded by President Abraham Lincoln, has become the narrative of the work of Operation HOPE—to help all people in the ‘Invisible Class’ become fully integrated into our nation’s economy. John Hope Bryant is the author of bestselling books Up From Nothing: The Untold Story of How we (All) Succeed; The Memo: Five Rules for Your Economic Liberation; How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class, and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World. He is one of the only bestselling authors on economics and business leadership in the world today who happens to also be African-American.

Kelly Buchanan

Head of Enterprise Payment Technologies, Truist Financial Corporation, USA

I am Senior Vice President of M&A at Mastercard responsible for orchestrating the development and execution of acquisitions to meet the strategic and financial objectives. I have lead multiple acquisitions that are now a core part of the company’s long-term strategy while evolving our product and talent profiles. Within my time at Mastercard, I have held several positions across Technology, Customer Delivery and Mergers & Acquisitions within the US, UK and AP. With a passion for tackling complex programs of work, building powerful cross-functional partnerships and leading from strategy to execution, I have a wide breath of business experience coupled with strong leadership capabilities building, driving and motivating teams.

Nilda Bullain

Vice-President, Operations, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), USA

Born in socialist Hungary and spending childhood years in La-Paz, Bolivia, Nilda developed a passion for freedom and social change at an early age. She attended meetings of the opposition in the living room of their home in Budapest, and travelled to help Roma communities in far corners of Hungary before she was 18. At the change of the political system she was involved in human rights organizations and the nascent women’s movement; she co-edited the first feminist journal in Hungary. Her path led her to get a legal education and work with civil society organizations, recognizing the vital importance of both the rule of law and a free civil society to democracy.

Currently, Nilda is Vice President at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), working to protect the rights of civil society in over 100 countries. Prior to joining ICNL in Washington, DC, she was Executive Director of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and worked directly on legal reform in over 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Nilda is an internationally recognized leader, having served as Chair of the Civil Society Advisory Committee to the UNDP Administrator and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, among others. She is currently serving on the Board of CIVICUS where she was elected in 2016. Today, Nilda still believes in the strength of citizens to bring about much needed positive social change.

Esteban Bullrich

Senator from Buenos Aires, National Congress of Argentina, Argentina

Bachelor's degree; graduate studies, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, US. 2003, began political career running for City Council for the Recreate for Growth party (Recrear); later, Vice-President for the Buenos Aires District. In office, organized and led efforts to improve the Argentine education system. 2005-09, represented the Federal Capital of Buenos Aires; represented the PRO, a centre-right political bloc. With PRO, also allied with political blocs Commitment to Change and Recrear. Eisenhower Fellow, Multi-Nation Program (2006). In December 2015, appointed Minister of Education of Argentina by President Mauricio Macri. Elected National Senator in 2017, representing Buenos Aires Province (Cambiemos).

Eugenio Burzaco

Secretary of Security, Ministry of Security of Argentina, Argentina

Eugenio Burzaco is an Argentinean politician, who currently serves as Secretary of Security of the Ministry of Security of Argentina since December 2015. Previously he served as Chief of the Metropolitan Police of Buenos Aires between 2009 and 2011, and National Deputy between 2005 and 2009. Burzaco holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Economics from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from the University of El Salvador.

Abid Butt

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Truckistan, Pakistan

BSc (Hons) in Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences; MSc in Financial Management, SOAS; MBA, INSEAD. Formerly with: GEODIS (France’s largest logistics company), responsible for International business development, based in Paris; Maersk Line (world’s largest shipping company) as Area Manager, Far East and Middle East, based in Singapore. First-generation entrepreneur; has varied levels of involvement in companies covering multiple sectors and geographical span. Current: CEO Truckistan Technologies. Former commitments include: Co-Founder and MD TruckSher (a digital platform for Trucking); Founder and Chief Executive Officer, e2e, a supply chain and logistics company with offices in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Singapore; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, e2e Business Enterprise, a first of its kind manufacturing plant that produces the healthiest edible oil in the world (rice bran oil) from indigenous sources; Co-Founder and Member of the Board, Pakistan Terminal Operator and, the former is the only ISO tank cleaning and repair station in Pakistan and the latter is one of the biggest travel portals in Pakistan. Has successfully exited from three companies founded in the areas of trucking, agriculture and human resources. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Ángel Cabrera

President, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), USA

Ángel Cabrera is president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the top public universities in the U.S. and a leading technological university worldwide. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2019, he was president of George Mason University, the largest and fastest-growing public university in Virginia. He was also President of Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University) and Dean of IE Business School in Madrid.

Cabrera graduated in Telecommunications Engineering (BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and obtained his MS and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

Cabrera serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, National Geographic Society, the Bankinter Foundation of Innovation, and Inovio, a publicly traded biotechnology company.

Cabrera's research in organizational behavior has been cited thousands of times. At Thunderbird, he established the world's first Business Oath of Honor at a business school and, in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact, led the creation of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, currently endorsed by hundreds of business schools around the world. He is also co-founder of the University Global Coalition, an effort to align global higher education with the Sustainable Development Goals.

Cristiano Câmara

Founding Partner, Vitis Capital Asset Management, Brazil

Education: 1998, BSc in Civil Engineering, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Brazil; 2002, MBA, University of Michigan; 2007, General Management Program, Harvard Business School; 2013, Yale's Foundations for Leadership in the 21st Century; 2014 Families in Business Harvard Business School; 2016 Harvard Kennedy School's Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century. 2017-2019 Master in Change Management (EMC) at Insead. Professional:1995-2000, Founder and CEO, Netcam; 2001, Consultant, McKinsey & Company. With Grupo Jaime Câmara: 2002-06, Head of Strategic Planning; 2006-10, Director, Strategic Planning and New Businesses; since 2010, Chief Executive Officer. Since 2013, President and CEO. From September 2016 on, Member of the Board: 2018-Present Partner at Vitis Capital. Fundação and Instituto Jaime Câmara, Board Member ; Instituto Palavra Aberta, Board Member. Member, Foro IberoAmerica. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013).

Luis Alberto Camargo

Founder and Director, Organizacion para la Educacion y Proteccion Ambiental (OpEPA), Colombia

Luis Alberto Camargo is Founder and Executive Director of Organización para la Educación y Protección Ambiental (OpEPA - Colombia & USA), Co-Founder fo The Weaving Lab, Core member of Regenerative Communities Network and Founder of Colombia Regenerativa, and Director at Thundra Outdoors. Global Change Leader, Young Global Leader (2008), Ashoka Fellow.

Prior, he held a number of roles, including Adviser to the Vice-Minister of Environment of Colombia, Adviser to the Department of National Planning, Researcher at Universidad de los Andes and WWF, Wilderness Medicine Instructor at the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as well as wilderness educator in the US. He received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master's in Computer Graphics from Pratt Institute.

Niko Canner

Founder, Incandescent, USA

BA (Hons) in Economics, Harvard College; completed graduate work in philosophy, Oxford University (Marshall Scholar). 1998, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, consulting firm Katzenbach Partners; 2009, Senior Partner, Booz & Company following the sale of Katzenbach to Booz in 2009; former member of the Management Committee, Bridgewater Associates. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Incandescent, a firm engaged in strategic consulting to corporations, venture development, and large-scale social impact work. Founding Member, McKinsey Change Center. Member: Advisory Council, Acumen; Board, Purpose and Catchafire. Initiated and co-leads China 2024, a 20-year longitudinal study of the development of business leaders in China. Recent publications include “Beyond the Holacracy Hype”, Harvard Business Review. Named one of ten new gurus, Fortune magazine; featured as a rising star, Fortune 40 Under 40 (2009); named as one of the top twenty five in the consulting profession, Consulting Magazine (2010).

Ron Cao

Founder and Managing Director, Sky9 Capital, People's Republic of China

Founder and Managing Partner, Sky9 Capital, early-stage China technology venture capital firm with presence in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Silicon Valley. Board Member of PPDai (PPDF), Tujia, FangDD, eBroker, etc. Named as a Top Chinese Venture Capitalist by Forbes China and CBN Weekly over multiple years. Former: Co-founder of Lightspeed China Partners; Managing Director and Head of China, Lightspeed Venture Partners, started its China operations in 2006; MD of KLM Capital, and Ops/Marketing Manager Intel.

Lisa Caputo

Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, The Travelers Companies Inc., USA

Lisa Caputo is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for The Travelers Companies, Inc. She joined Travelers on June 1, 2011. Previously,she served as the President and CEO of Women and Co., a subsidiary of Citigroup, offering financial services for women. In addition to running Women and Company, she was named Managing Director, Business Operations and Planning, of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group, in 2003. Before joining Citigroup, Caputo was a senior communications executive at the CBS Corporation and at the Walt Disney Company. She was also a contributing editor to George magazine, as well as an NBC and MSNBC political analyst, and has served as a co-host for CNN’s “Crossfire”, and CNBC/MSNBC’s “Equal Time”. Prior to embarking on a career in business, she served as the Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and Press Secretary to the First Lady in the White House from 1993-1996.A recipient of numerous awards, Caputo is also involved in a number of philanthropic activities and serves as a Board member of several organizations. Lisa is a graduate of Brown University (with a BA magna cum laude in Political Science and French) and of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism (MSJ, with the highest distinction).