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Jimena Blázquez Abascal
Jimena Blázquez Abascal has a PhD on contemporary art and public spaces. Prior to working for the NMAC Foundation, she worked at the Picasso Museum of Paris and for Art Adviser, Marc Blondeau. Since 1999, she has been focusing on the opening and curatorial direction of the NMAC Foundation and has curated more than 40 site-specific art projects by outstanding artists. She has created a platform of creative art and ideas at which artists from all over the world can come to dialogue, particularly between Africa and Europe. In 2003, she became a curator at PS1/MOMA together with Harald Szeemann of “The Real Royal Trip”, one of the biggest exhibitions of young Spanish artists ever presented in the United States and which became a travelling show around Europe. She was also the first curator to introduce the works of Jeppe Hein, Michael Lin, Yael Bartana Marepe and Maja Bajevic to an American audience. Blázquez Abascal has written several books, including a bestseller, "Sculpture Parks in Europe: A Guide to Art ". She is a frequent contributor to international art magazines.
Snr business executive with experience in investments, private equity and as an entrepreneur. Managing Partner and co founder of a wholly owned and managed women private equity firm AIH Capital - a generalist fund in South Africa focused on the mid market. Designed and oversight for the ESG Management Information for the fund across the deal life cycle. Extensive board experience and board member of JSE listed companies : EOH (Tech), Murray & Roberts (construction), Spur (food retail). Board member of diversified agri conglomerate - ETG, with operations in 45 countries, including 26 African countries, 9 Asian and 4 European. Masters from Harvard JFK School of Government (2012), Chartered Accountant (SA).
Author of book on racial reconciliation and inclusion: My Blood Divides and Unites.
Creator of online Udemy course : Dealing with the Heart of Race and Gender Inequality in the Workplace
Young Global Leader alumni. BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. Interests: emerging markets, innovation, investments, private equity, technology, governance, ESG, diversity & inclusion
Zack co-founded DCVC twelve years ago based on his belief that Deep Tech, coupled with the systems-level thinking integral to environmental science, can help solve some of our most pernicious real-world challenges. DCVC is a multi-billion AUM Deep Tech venture capital firm that backs entrepreneurs solving trillion-dollar problems, computationally. As Managing Partner at DCVC, Zack’s investments focus on AI-enabled climate tech and life sciences platforms, and he sits on the boards of Twelve PBC, Kairos Aerospace, CH4 Global, Oklo and Recursion Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: RXRX). He serves on the non-profit boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University with an AB in Environmental Science & Public Policy and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School. Zack is passionate about promoting nuclear energy.
V. Bunty Bohra is a partner at Antler (www.antler.co), a global venture capital firm dedicated to empowering and investing in the world's most exceptional founders from the start. He is also chief executive officer of Biologic Pte, an an advisory and investment firm based in Singapore.
Previously, Bunty was chief executive officer of Goldman Sachs Services in India. He was responsible for all functions present in the firm’s second largest office as well as integrating functions in Bengaluru and Singapore, in line with the firm's global location strategy. Bunty was a member of the Partnership Committee, Asia Pacific Management Committee, Asia Pacific Capital Committee, Global Recruiting Council, ASEAN Leadership Group, and served on the Pine Street Board of Directors.
Bunty joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 in the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division, where he traded commodities for four years in New York and London. He spent one year working on the development and launch of IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), before becoming franchise manager of the Commodities and Futures Services business units. Prior to assuming his India role in 2009, Bunty was global head of the Structured Product Syndicate desk in the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Division in New York. He was also co-head of the Structured Finance Group in the Americas, ran warehouse financing, and was a member of the Structured Finance Capital Committee. Bunty was named managing director in 2005 and partner in 2010.
Bunty is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s India Leadership Initiative, is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, serves on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan Finance Group, is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and previously served on the Asia Society Corporate Diversity Council.
Bunty earned dual SB degrees in Chemical Engineering and Management Science from MIT in 1996 and was awarded a certificate of completion for the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Program at Harvard Kennedy School in 2016. Additionally he has completed executive education programs at Oxford University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore.
Alexis Bonte is the Group COO and President NA of Stillfront (Nasdaq traded Games company) where he focuses on operations and co-leads Stillfront's game studios alongside the Group CEO. He also supports the exec team on strategy and M&A. Alexis was previously the CEO of eRepublik Labs the studio he founded and that is part of Stillfront. Within Atomico VC, Alexis sourced investments in Spain and France as well as in the Games and consumer verticals and helped portfolio companies accelerate their growth. Although he is an active angel investor, Alexis has now taken a step back from VC to focus on Stillfront. He also serve on the OhBibi and Tezos Foundation boards where he is now the chairman. Alexis co-founded Chamberi Valley (Madrid entrepreneur's non-profit), is an early pledger in Founders Pledge and was part of the founding team of lastminute.com one of the first European Internet Unicorns.
Current: Co-Founder and COO of Equilibrio, a metabolic health AI startup
Former: Editor-in-Chief and Director, Online, WAZ Media Group, which owns daily papers, magazines and TV stations across Germany and Eastern Europe; Chief Executive Officer, SPIEGEL ONLINE, the leading German news site. Former Chief Innovation Officer, Mozilla, the maker of Firefox and advocate for the open web as a public resource. Recipient of several awards; named Young Journalist of the Year (2006).
Caroline Boudreaux is the founder of Miracle Foundation.org where for the past 20 years they have been empowering orphans and vulnerable children to reach their full potential. Miracle Foundation’s revolutionary Thrive Scale™ methodology is based on the UN Rights of the Child and leverages data and technology to create a family for every child in our lifetime. To date Miracle Foundation has impacted 15,000+ children’s lives.
Their latest project is FosterShare™ a phone and desktop app that prevents foster children from bouncing from home to home, decreases the drop-out rate of foster parents, and brings greater stability to the foster care ecosystem.
Devry Boughner Vorwerk
Devry Boughner Vorwerk is CEO of DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, a global-to-local ESG-advisory and strategy firm that supports C-suite leaders and their broader organization in their quest to build profitable and sustainable businesses.
Devry believes that in a world where geopolitical volatility, climate change, population growth and societal expectations are placing immense pressure on traditional business models, companies can succeed in balancing shareholder and stakeholder expectations. Devry offers informed judgment and insightful advice to support business leaders across the globe in their quest to harmonize purpose and profitability. DevryBV Sustainable Strategies developed the Integrated Sustainability Framework® to position companies to lead on ESG by unifying the business strategy with stakeholder expectations.
Before starting her company, Devry had a nearly 15-year career at Cargill and most recently served as Corporate VP of Global Corporate Affairs. In 2021, Devry served on the executive team of Grubhub, a mobile food delivery company. Devry spent time as a senior policy advisor at Akin Gump and worked as Chief Economist for the Chairwoman of the USITC and as a Senior Economist in ag affairs at USTR.
A passionate advocate for change, Devry serves on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, The Caux Roundtable for Moral Capitalism, U.S. Mexico Foundation, Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and is involved in the social gastronomy movement. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the WEF and named to the Holmes Report’s Influence 100 list in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the Arthur Page Society.
Devry holds a dual bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and managerial economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s in agricultural economics, with a specialization in public policy and international trade, from Cornell University.
Anu Bradford is a Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School. Before joining the faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She has also taught at Harvard College, Brandeis University and the University of Helsinki Law School. Her research and teaching interests include international trade law and international political economy, international antitrust law, and EU law. Bradford earned her SJD and LLM from Harvard Law School, and holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki. After completing her LLM studies as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, she practiced anti-trust law and EU law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels before returning to Harvard for her doctoral studies. She has also served as an Adviser and Expert Assistant in the European Parliament and the Parliament of Finland, and on the Board of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.
MBA, Harvard Business School (Fulbright Platinum Fellow); PhD in Neuroscience, University of Auckland. Formerly: Management Consultant, BCG; Faculty Adviser, Singularity University; founding Chief Executive Officer, Spark, an initiative that promotes entrepreneurship in New Zealand and has successfully helped start over 110 companies in the last 15 years; led business development at cleantech start-ups, including LanzaTech. Passionate about #FutureOfWork, #CircularEconomy, #Entrepreneurship. Previously, co-founder and CEO of BlueOak, a circular economy company focused on recycling high-value metals from e-waste. Currently, Co-Founder & CEO of StriveLabs, a company focused on #FutureOfWork in the wake of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Recipient of honours and awards, including: World Class New Zealander Award 2017; named one of New Zealand's top 10 business influencers; Distinguished Young Alumni Award, University of Auckland; Harvard Alumni New Venture Award; recognized at White House Demo Day in 2015.
BCom in Finance, Dalhousie University; Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Executive Education programme, Harvard University. Private sector experience as entrepreneur and investment banker. Former: Chairman, SeaFort Capital; Director, Norvista Capital Corporation; Minister of Public Works and Government Services; Receiver General of Canada; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Canada-US relations; Shadow Minister for Finance and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee; Member, Trilateral Commission. Currently, Canadian Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament. Recipient: Colombia's Order of San Carlos.
Senior executive and board member in fintech and R&D-based companies, including as EVP for Europe at Binance, founding CFO/CSO at AeroMobil (pioneering flying cars company), and board member in GA Drilling, the global leader in accessing ultra deep geothermal energy.
Previously, founder and managing director of tech investment and advisory firm Steam Capital, member of the investment committee of the European Innovation Council Fund (largest deep tech investment fund in Europe) and the founder and executive chairman of Neulogy.
Senior positions in the Government of Slovakia, including minister for innovations and deputy for European affairs of the minister of finance. Board Member of the European Stability Mechanism and Head of Europe at the World Economic Forum. B.A. from Stanford and M.P.A. from Harvard.