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Moises Benedict Carandang
Presidential Appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Double Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics and Management of Financial Institutions, De La Salle University - Manila; Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Chevening Scholar MBA at the University of Westminster - London; Executive Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Managing Director, Tuldok Animation Studios; Vice-President, First Circle Growth Finance (www.firstcircle.ph). Consultant, Content Dev., Philippine National Gov't. Volunteer performer, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2012). Recipient, awards and honours: International Young Creative Entrepreneur, British Council (2008); Most Inspiring Young Entrepreneur, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (2009); British Chevening Scholar to the UK (2011); Finalist, Student of the Year, The Independent Newspaper - Association of MBAs (2012). Specializations: Creative Entrepreneurship and Fintech
Luis Felipe Carrillo
Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Simon Bolivar University, Caracas; MBA; Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Perú and Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands; executive courses, Harvard Business School. 2000, joined GE; currently, President and Chief Executive Officer, Central Latin America focus is to develop the region’s infrastructure in power generation & transmission, oil and gas, healthcare and aviation; leading efforts to localize more capabilities, integrate acquisitions and develop new markets; also leading the transformation to make GE the premier digital industrial company in the region. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015).
Wences Casares is a technology entrepreneur with global business experience specializing in technology and financial ventures. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lemon Wallet. Casares launched Argentina's first Internet service provider, Internet Argentina in 1994, a company he would go on to sell in order to found the Argentine online brokerage Patagon in 1997. With Casares serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Patagon established itself as Latin America's first comprehensive Internet financial services portal and expanded its online banking services to the US, Spain and Germany. Patagon was acquired by Spanish bank Banco Santander for US$ 750 million in 2000. Casares is also the founder of Wanako Games, a videogame developer that produced the award-winning game Assault Heroes, which was honoured as “Game of the Year” for Microsoft Xbox Live in 2006; the company was acquired by Activision. In 2002, he founded Banco Lemon, a retail bank for the underbanked in Brazil. Banco do Brasil, Brazil's largest bank, acquired Banco Lemon in June 2009.
Caroline Casey is the businesswoman and activist behind The Valuable 500, the world’s largest CEO collective and business move for disability inclusion.
Casey launched the movement at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit in 2019 and since then has signed up 500 multinational organisations with a combined revenue of over $8 trillion, employing 20 million people worldwide to radically transform the business system. The membership includes 36 of the FTSE 100 companies, 46 of the Fortune 500 and 28 of the Nikkei.
In addition to being President of the IAPB, Caroline also sits on several diversity and inclusion boards to include L’Oréal, Sanofi and Sky and is a much sought-after speaker.
Caroline has received an honorary doctorate as well as multiple awards and accolades for her work as a disability activist.
Valerie Casey is SVP and Chief Product Officer at Walmart, where she leads teams building digital and store experiences for customers and employees. Previously Casey was Chief Product Officer for Samsung NEXT, and an executive leader at world-renowned design studios IDEO, frog design, and Pentagram. She is the founder of the Designers Accord, the global community of creatives, business leaders, and educators working together on social impact. Casey is a frequent author, moderator, and speaker on design, open innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is a Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. She was named: Guru of the Year, Fortune magazine; Hero of the Environment, Time magazine; Master of Design, Fast Company; one of the World's Most Influential Designers, Businessweek. Casey holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MED from Yale.
Navin Chaddha, Managing Director, leads Mayfield, a top-tier early-stage venture capital firm with over $3 billion under management. The Firm invests primarily in early-stage technology and bio companies. Since its founding in 1969, the Firm has invested in over 550 innovative companies, 120 of which have gone public and over 225 have been acquired.
Navin has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and has ranked on the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors 15 times, including being named top 5 in 2020, 2022, and 2023. During his venture capital career, Navin has invested in over 60 companies, of which 18 have gone public and 27 have been acquired. Navin’s investments have created over $120 billion in equity value and over 40,000 jobs.
As an entrepreneur, Navin has co-founded three startups including VXtreme (acquired by Microsoft) to become Windows Media; Rivio/CPA.com, and iBeam Broadcasting (IPO). Navin holds an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a B. Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi, where he was honored with the distinguished IIT Alumni Award. He is an active philanthropist who supports education, diversity, equity, inclusion, and food scarcity groups.
Merieme Chadid is Explorer and Astronomer. She is considered the first astronomer in the world to have been committed to install a large astronomical observatory in Antarctica and was the first to place an Arab flag (Moroccan) at the South Pole. She is also one of the first pioneering astronomers to install VLT telescopes in the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest desert in the world. Chadid has been honoured by the MY HERO project. She was listed as one of the 30 most fascinating workers in the world by Forbes Magazine. Chadid received her PhD in Astronomy and Space from Paul Sabatier University and completed several executive education programmes at Harvard University. Her research fields are focused on stellar and universe evolution. Her scientific discoveries are published in numerous international reviews and books. She gives lectures and supervises PhD students.
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne was first elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain.
Minister Champagne is a businessman, lawyer, and international trade specialist with over 20 years’ experience at large international companies in Europe, particularly in the fields of energy, engineering, and innovation.
Before entering politics, Minister Champagne was Vice-President and Senior Counsel of ABB Group, a leader in cutting-edge technology that operates in more than 100 countries. He also served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer and Member of the Group Management Committee of AMEC Foster Wheeler, a world leader in the energy sector.
In 2009, Minister Champagne was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has served on several boards over the years, and was notably President of the Canadian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and the Banff Forum.
After his election in 2015, Minister Champagne served as a parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance until 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade. During his time as Minister of International Trade, the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement entered into force, and Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2018, he was named Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and oversaw the federal government’s ambitious $187 billion infrastructure investment plan. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2019.
Minister Champagne holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and a Master of Laws in American law from Case Western Reserve University. Minister Champagne also studied public and private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law, in the Netherlands.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Wildtype Media Group, Asia's leading STEM-focused media company, spanning digital, print, custom publishing and events. BA and MA in Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; PhD in Biology and postdoctoral research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. Recipient of honours and awards, including: L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science National Fellowship; 2013 Singapore Youth Award; 2014 MIT Technology Review's 10 Innovators Under 35 (Asia). Her research work into drug delivery and nanomedicine has been featured by the BBC, MIT Technology Review and South China Morning Post. Inventor on four US patents, three of which have been licensed for commercialization. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer Selection Committee.
As Vice President, Social Impact, Asia Pacific (AP) at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth (CFIG), Subhashini Chandran is responsible for overseeing, executing, and scaling the Center’s strategy in Asia Pacific, contributing to global and regional objectives. In her role, she drives all regional CFIG activity covering programs, data and insights, strategic engagement, and partnerships.
Subhashini has 25+ years of experience spanning the private and development sectors. She began her professional journey as an entrepreneur, growing her family’s tea farm in South India, to be one of India’s largest privately owned tea companies, employing ~7000 women. More recently, she has focused on the inclusion of small businesses and women-led enterprises in global value chains, sustainable livelihood solutions, business models to promote shared prosperity and catalyzing multi-stakeholder partnerships. Her areas of expertise include implementing market systems approaches with strong potential for generating jobs and income earning opportunities, and commercial and impact investments in frontier markets. She has worked closely with national and sub-national governments, a broad range of public and private sector actors, industry bodies and trade unions.
Prior to joining Mastercard, Subhashini led social impact at Yara International across Africa and Asia markets. She set-up Yara’s first social impact vertical, crafted a five-year strategy and mobilized teams across both regions. Earlier, she was EVP India at Xynteo and Director of Vikaasa - a business-led coalition of nine global companies including Unilever, Aditya Birla, Shell, State Bank of India and WPP, convened to accelerate India's progress on the UN SDGs. Subhashini has broad social impact experience from her previous work as Principal Adviser for Private Sector & Agribusiness Development leading CONNECT, the economic development component of UK Aid’s flagship infrastructure project, Rural Access Programme 3 in Nepal, and as a Senior Adviser to AgDevCo, a UK-based social venture capital fund investing in agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at XLRI Jamshedpur, one of India's premier business schools. She read Economics at the London School of Economics, Law at City University UK, and is a Member of the Bar Council of India. Subhashini is a graduate of the Chevening Gurukul Fellowship for Leadership and Excellence and the Yale World Fellows program.
Suranga Chandratillake is a technology entrepreneur who founded the video search engine blinkx in 2004 and launched it in 2005. He took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 2007 and led it as Chief Executive Officer until 2012. Chandratillake has been named one of 25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment by Digital Watch, a Top 10 Leader in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500 list and is often invited to speak at leading industry events, including the Financial Times' Digital Media Conference, MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference and the Monaco Media Forum. Chandratillake is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has an MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University.
Political cartoonist and comics reporter, Der Spiegel, The Boston Globe, NZZ am Sonntag, Le Temps and Le Canard Enchaîné. Formerly with The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Pioneer of graphic journalism, a genre of reporting developing in print, web and animation form. Reports include the slums of Nairobi, gangs in Guatemala, death row prisons in the USA. Organizer of projects involving editorial cartoonists in conflict-ridden countries to foster a dialogue on human rights through art (www.crossed-pens.com). President of the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation in Geneva, formerly Swiss foundation Cartooning for Peace, whose honorary chair was Kofi Annan. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2006). Visiting Fellow, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism. Recipient, Cartoon Award, Overseas Press Club of America (2011, 2015 and 2018). TED speaker (2010 and 2019).