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Eva Scherer

Chief Financial Officer, Daimler Truck AG, Germany

Eva Scherer is the Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Management of Daimler Truck AG. Eva joined Daimler Truck in April 2024 after having worked for Siemens AG for 20 years, where she held various leadership positions across different businesses and countries. She took over the regional Chief Financial Officer role at age 27 to set up the Middle East/Asia-Pacific headquarters for the Siemens Building Technologies division in Singapore. In this role she 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, she transferred to Germany in 2017 to head the global finance and controlling function for the Mobility division and played an instrumental role in setting up Siemens Mobility as separately managed company within the Siemens Group. From 2020 to 2022 she led the Rail Infrastructure and Software businesses at Siemens Mobility as Chief Financial Officer with the mission of making sustainable transport easily and conveniently accessible to foster decarbonization and improve air quality. In October 2022, she was appointed Head of Group Investor Relations at Siemens, and served as interface between Siemens and the capital markets, while continuing to fight for reducing emissions and making air breathable for everyone as the Co-chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Alliance for Clean Air.

Marlène Schiappa

Diploma in communication and new media. She started as Assistant, new media, Euro agency RSCG. Journalist for Editorial Director of a news agency. Founder and President of the network “Mom works”. Deputy to the Mayor of Le Mans, Mr Jean-Claude Boulard. Responsible of the department Gender Parity of the Party En Marche!. Community Advisor, representative French Tech at Le Mans Métropole.

2016, joined the government as Advisor for the economic competitiveness and technological innovation; and then joined the Minister of Family, Children and Rights for Women. Since May 2017, current position.

Author of numerous articles on the gender parity. Wrote numerous papers, researches and books.

Christopher Schläffer

Founder and Executive Chairman, NYOUM, United Kingdom

Christopher Schlaeffer is the Founder and Executive Chairman of NYOUM, the London-based generative AI company. Previous roles include Chief Digital Officer of VEON (NASDAQ: VEON), Chief Product & Innovation Officer as well as Chief Strategy Officer of Deutsche Telekom (XETRA: DTE), CEO of T-Online International and CMO of T-Mobile International. Christopher served as a Member of the Board at Amnesty International. Together with Andy Rubin, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Chou and Cole Brodman he unveiled the world's first mobile phone based on Android, T-Mobile G1 in 2008. In 2007, he and Tim Cook closed Apple's first partnership on iPhone outside the US. Christopher started his career with Accenture. Christopher has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and ranked one of the Top50 Innovators To Watch. He takes an avid interest in promoting an open information society, science, equality and arts and graduated from the Vienna University of Economics.

Leo Schlesinger

Founding Curator and Alumni, Mexico City Hub, Aliat Universidades, Mexico

Leo Schlesinger has an MBA from London Business School and additional courses at LBS, Yale, Harvard and Michigan University. He began his professional career in 1992 at Sun Chemical in New York and then joined Citigroup´s Global Leadership Program which took him to Santiago, Sao Paulo and London where he stayed until 2002 when he moved to Cigna International Europe and then Cigna USA. In 2005 he joined Gruponueva, a USD 1.4BN Swiss Private Equity fund as Corporate Vice President and he sat at the boards of the controlled companies (Masisa, Amanco, Plycem) where he restructured, merged and sold several of them. In 2007 Leo moved to Mexico as the CEO of Masisa.

In 2015 he became the CEO of Aliat Universidades (a PE company from Tresalia Capital); one of the major higher education private-for profit groups with presence in 15 Mexican states, +50 campus and 54,000 students. Aliat it’s the fastest growing Private for profit University group in Mexico and it includes 16 higher education institutions/ brands that teach from High School, Bachelors, Master and post graduate degrees both in traditional classrooms and online.

Leo in 2010 he was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, also he has been awarded the Global SEN award as the CEO of the year by the Young Presidents Organization, was named Chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital, and currently is the president of the Young Presidents Organization Mexico City Chapter.
He also is a board member of KIO Networks, Subastas Ventura, a mentor at Endeavor and Ashoka and the Vice President of the Board of Trustees at the American School Foundation. He is the writer of “Mi mejor yo” (“my best self”) published by Pearson which has sold over 40,000 copies.

Sophie Schmidt

Founder and Publisher, Rest of World, USA

Sophie Schmidt is the Founder and Publisher of Rest of World, an award-winning non-profit journalism organization focused on the impact of technology in the non-western world. Since launching in 2020, Rest of World has published thousands of stories from over 100 countries, filling a critical information gap with rigorous and accessible tech journalism. Working with reporters and photographers to produce immersive storytelling, Rest of World reaches a global audience of several million readers. Schmidt began her career in the Middle East with Afghanistan’s MOBY Media Group and subsequently worked in technology and politics in the UK, China, United Arab Emirates, South Africa and Myanmar. Before founding Rest of World in 2018, she held public policy and communications roles at Uber, in its San Francisco HQ and European offices. She has spent extensive time outside the West, including as part of technology delegations to North Korea, South Sudan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.

Schmidt earned an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School. She holds a BA in Islamic Studies from Princeton University.

Raphael Schoentgen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogen Advisors, France

MA in Engineering, Ecole des Mines de Paris; MBA, Corps des Mines. Formerly: National Expert to the European Competition Directorate; Head of the Economic Development Department, France's northern region; Adviser for International and European Affairs to the Minister of France in charge of energy, telecommunications and industry; senior executive in a number of companies, including Alcatel-Lucent China, Gas de France Mexico and Degremont France; 2009-14, President, GDF SUEZ China. 2014-2017, Member of the Executive Commitee and Director Research & Technologies (CTO) ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ). 2018, Founder and CEO of Hydrogen Advisors. Board Member of French Institute of Petroleum and New Energies since 2014. Elected President of Hydrogen Europe 2016-2017 and Chairman of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (EU fund for the sector). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, Young Global Leaders of the France-China Foundation and Young Global Leaders of the World Cities Summit.

Anna Schrimpf

Director of Innovation, J-PAL Global, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), USA

Anna Schrimpf is Director of Innovation of J-PAL Global and a member of J-PAL's board. Headquartered at MIT, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global research centre working to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. Anchored by a network of more than 900 researchers at universities worldwide, J-PAL conducts randomized impact evaluations to answer critical questions in the fight against poverty. J-PAL identifies key policy insights emerging from this research and builds partnerships to inform high-level decision-making and adoption of evidence at scale. More than 600 million people have been reached by programmes and policies informed by evaluations led by J-PAL-affiliated researchers. As Director of Innovation, Schrimpf leads the conceptualization and launch of new areas of work for J-PAL worldwide. Until September 2023, Schrimpf was Executive Director of J-PAL Europe, J-PAL’s European regional office based at the Paris School of Economics. As Executive Director of J-PAL Europe, she provided strategic, technical and operational direction to J-PAL’s research, policy and capacity-building engagements spanning more than 20 countries. Schrimpf first joined J-PAL as a Post-Doctoral Associate in 2016 after completing a PhD in Political Science at Princeton University, where she was a Centennial Fellow, a Laurance S. Rockefeller Graduate Prize Fellow and a Prize Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson Society of Fellows. She holds a BA in philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) from the University of Oxford.

Anneliese Schulz

Chief Revenue Officer, Syncron AB, Singapore

Today Anneliese serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Syncron AB and member of the Group Management Team, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies headquarters in Sweden in their pursuit of enabling digital transformation for the manufacturing industry.

Anneliese has been previously acting as the youngest Regional President in Software AG’s history having lead their Asia Pacific and Japan business operations and having been a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team.

Her achievements externally working with customers and partners to transform their operations to the digital world as well as internally to transformation the Software AG operation in region led her to be recognised as “Business Leader of the Year” at the 2019 “Women in IT Asia” Awards, to be shortlisted as the "Transformation Leader of the Year" at the 2020 "Women in IT Asia" Awards and to be called out as part of the top 100 list of Women in Tech Listing in 2020. Anneliese is committed towards gender equality, multi-culturalism, and employee engagement. She has been leading her regional team on diversity and inclusion which she views as key innovation enabler and actively promotes in her work environment growth mindset principles and purpose-lead operations.

Keith Schwab

Associate Professor of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

1990, BA in Physics, University of Chicago; 1996, PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley. 1996-2000, Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology; 2000-06, Senior Physicist, National Security Agency; Since 2006, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University. Since 2000, Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park; 2002, Visiting Professor, Centre for Quantum Computing Technology, University of New South Wales; 2006, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell. 1997-2000, Affiliate Member, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; 2003, named one of 50 most influential men in America under 38 years old, Details Magazine and one of 10 most innovative in America under 40 years old, Fortune Magazine; 2002, named one of world's top 100 innovators in science and technology, MIT's Technology Review magazine.

Nicole Schwab

Co-Head, Nature Positive Pillar; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Nicole Schwab is Co-Head of the Nature Positive Pillar at the World Economic Forum, and member of the Executive Committee. In that role she oversees the Forum’s work on the transition to a nature-positive economy, as well as, the Forum’s trillion trees platform focusing on restoration and conservation of forest landscapes. Prior to joining the Forum, she served as a consultant and strategic advisor to non-profit organizations focusing on forest and ocean conservation and restoration, including National Geographic Society’s Campaign for Nature. With a scientific and public policy background, she started her career working on health policy in the Andes for the Government of Bolivia and the World Bank, before returning to Europe to become Founding Director of the Forum of Young Global Leaders – which she currently chairs – and co-founding EDGE Certified Foundation, a business certification standard for gender equality in the workplace.

Aron Schwarzkopf

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kushki, USA

Mr. Aron Schwarzkopf is a distinguished Ecuadorian-American serial entrepreneur with a remarkable track record in the fintech industry. He currently holds the position of Co-Founder and CEO at Kushki, a fintech company pioneering digital payment solutions across Latin America. Before his role at Kushki, he served as the Founder and CEO of Leaf, a financial technology company that was eventually acquired by Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: GPN).

In recognition of his contributions to the global business landscape, Mr. Schwarzkopf was elected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He actively engages in mentorship roles at Techstars, New York, and MIT Angels, demonstrating his commitment to fostering the growth of emerging talent in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Raised in Quito, Ecuador, he currently resides in Miami, Florida, with his wife and daughters. Mr. Schwarzkopf's diverse educational journey includes stints at Singularity University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Babson College.

Klaus Schweinsberg

Chairman and Founder, Center for Strategy and Higher Leadership, Germany

Prof. Klaus Schweinsberg is Chairman of the Centre for Strategy and Higher Leadership and Founding Member of the European Center of Digital Competitiveness at ESCP Business School. He is a personal advisor to eminent CEO in Europe, Asia and the US. Klaus is a senior lecturer at the General Staff College of the German Armed Forces. He is Deputy Chairman of the Lennart-Bernadotte-Foundation, Chairman of Meisterkreis and Advisory Board Member of HSBC Germany. He earned a PhD in Economics at the University of Fribourg (CH) after having studied economics and communication sciences at the Universities of Fribourg, Siena and St. Andrews. He startet his career with Bertelsmann/Gruner+Jahr Publishing House as a Editor at Financial Times Germany and Editor in Chief of Impulse and Capital Business Magazines. He is a Member of the Papal Foundation Centesimus Annus and serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Sovereign Order of Malta - one of the oldest institutions in the humanitarian field.