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James R. Lee

Chairman and Managing Partner, Lee & Partners, Denmark

Graduate, US Army and Navy Academy; Fellow, Wharton School. Founder, Lee & Partners. Trade & Investment Adviser, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Chairman: Six Days of Peace, Israel/Palestine; Samsung Design & Innovation, Denmark; Accura Law Firm Asia Advisory, Denmark. Member, Board: Wharton CEO Global Advisory; Wharton Future of Advertising; Wharton MENA; Mercy Corps Asia Advisory. Exec. Adviser: KPMG M3 Global China Practice; Li & Fung; Zodiac Aerospace; Prizeo.com, US/UK. Affiliated with: Danish Foreign Policy Soc.; Pres. William Jefferson Clinton Fndn; Millennium Network. Founding Curator, Copenhagen Chapter, Global Shapers Community.

Joo-sung Lee

President, SeAH Steel, Republic of Korea

Joosung Lee is the President & CEO of SeAH Steel Holdings and also serving as the President at SeAH Steel. SeAH Wind is currently building UK's first offshore wind monopile manufacturing facility in Teesside. Previously, he worked at Accenture and Merrill Lynch in Seoul where he was involved in numerous landmark M&A and capital markets transactions. Joosung holds a BA in Economics and East Asian Languages & Civilizations from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia University. Young Global Leader Alumni, World Economic Forum (2013).

Sam Lee

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, IndeCollective, USA

Building and leading WeWork’s first central Growth Team, Sam Lee is a recognized growth leader and charged with exponentially accelerating WeWork's membership and revenue growth through data modeling and insight, product innovation, growth strategy, and sales and marketing.

Prior to joining WeWork’s Leadership Team in 2016, Sam held various strategy and general management roles in the financial services (Goldman Sachs) and consumer Internet industries (AOL). Sam is a board member, advisor, and investor in various venture-backed and non-profit organizations that span the technology, education, and healthcare industries. He is also a Limited Partner and Board Member at Redesign Health, a venture studio that partners with entrepreneurs to identify, launch, and scale new direct-to-consumer healthcare businesses that improve access and elevate patient experience.

Sam earned his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters in Finance and Public Policy from Harvard University.

Julianne Lee Jihyun

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Julianne Lee & Co., Republic of Korea

Julianne Lee is publisher of ARS VITAE, a limited-edition serial publication about what it means to live well. She is also Co-Founder of Krueger & Lee, a Swiss-based non-profit organization which organizes the Science & Spirituality Forum through which she shares evidence-based perspectives on life with wisdom and joy to be "the change that one wishes to see in the world". She was formerly anchorwoman and journalist at SBS TV network, Korea, the first female journalist in Korea to become solo anchor of primetime news hour; the first female Spokesperson of Korea's National Security Council; first Presidential Spokesperson for Foreign Press; Presidential Secretary for Foreign Press Affairs. She was also host of ""Korea Now"" on Arirang TV, the English-language broadcasting channel in Korea and Senior Adviser to RBS, Korea. She is Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and also one of the Future Leaders of Korea-China-Japan by the Korea Foundation.
BA, Brown University; MA, Harvard University.

Lee Xiaodong

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fuxi Institution, People's Republic of China

Founder and CEO of Fuxi Institution, which is focusing on Internet and Digital Economy, e.g. Internet Infrastructure, Internet Governance, Data Governance, Digital Economy and Digital Civilization.

Professor and Director, ICT Laboratory for Internet Infrastructure, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Professor and Director of Center for Internet Governance, Tsinghua University.

He is serving as Vice President of Internet Society of China, Commissioner of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), Commissioner of Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), Member of All-China Youth Federation.

He used to be CEO of China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC, 2013-2017), Vice President of ICANN (2011-2013), Founder CEO of National Engineering Laboratory for Naming and Addressing Technologies (2013-2017), Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of United Nations (2014-2017), Member of ICANN Security, Stability and Resiliency Review Team (SSR-RT, 2010-2012),Member of ICANN Security, Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC, 2010-2019), Member of Global Agenda/Future Council of WEF (2013-2019). He was appointed to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG, 2014-2016), which made the transition of key global Internet functions successfully happened in 2016. He was awarded Young Global Leader in 2014, China Outstanding Youth Medal in 2009 and Ten Outstanding Youth of China Software Industry in 2008.

Michael Lefenfeld

President & Chief Executive Officer, USA

Michael Lefenfeld is President and Chief Executive Officer at Hexion Inc. and serves as a member of the Board of Managers for ASP Resins Holdings LP. Michael joined Hexion in January 2023. Prior to joining Hexion, Michael served as President and CEO of Cyanco International, where he led the world’s largest manufacturer of gold and silver extraction materials, while driving the effort to make recovery safer and more efficient. From 2007 to 2017, he was President and CEO of SiGNa Chemistry, a global chemical manufacturer of reactive metal materials serving oil & gas recovery, petrochemical refining, alternative energy and chemical processing industries. Michael also founded Alkami Consulting Group, a technology investment advisory group, and Blood Gas Diagnostics, a medical device technology growth company. With a unique combination of executive, operational and entrepreneurial experience, Michael holds more than 100 patents and patents pending that are intended to collectively address some of the world’s most pressing environmental and sustainable product-related challenges. A serial entrepreneur, he has been named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2016, while SIGNa was recognized with the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Award under his leadership.

Michael earned a Master of Philosophy and Master of Science in Chemistry from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.

Guillaume Lefevre

Head of Brokers Channel & Customers Commercial Insurance, Zurich Insurance Group, Italy

Guillaume has more than 15 years in the insurance industry, supporting clients around the world and working across different areas of the value chain: Insurance, Broking: Retail, Wholesale and Reinsurance. He has joined Zurich in 2018 to help shape its profound transformation as a customer centric and digitally integrated organization and is now responsible for our Commercial Insurance Distribution & Customers out of Milan Italy.

Moritz Lehmkuhl

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ClimatePartner, Germany

Moritz Lehmkuhl is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ClimatePartner, an international consulting and service company in the voluntary climate protection market. Founded in 2006, the vision behind ClimatePartner is to change industries by integrating climate protection and sustainability into their core services and products and thereby make it a unique added value. ClimatePartner has today offices in 12 countries and a wonderful team of more than 650 people support the vision.

Courtney Leimkuhler

Founding Partner, Springbank Collective, USA

My husband Charles and I just returned from a year of amazing global travel with our two young children. Before taking a year off, I was the Chief Financial Officer of Marsh and of the Risk and Insurance Services segment of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC). Before that I was the head of strategy and M&A for the New York Stock Exchange's parent company NYSE Euronext. I started my career in a variety of roles at Goldman Sachs. I went to Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

I believe strongly in access to opportunity and role models and spent many years as the vice chairman of the board of Futures and Options, a New York City-based non-profit that seeks to break the cycle of poverty by providing job skills training and paid internships to at-risk high school kids. I'm also on the board of the Agnes Irwin School which is my alma mater.

I set up a small advisory and investment business while I decide what to do next. I am very committed to putting capitalism to work on some of the most pressing issues that we are facing right now. Two areas that I have spent the most time on so far are gender parity and the climate crisis.

Eduardo Leite

Governor of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Government of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Eduardo Leite is 37 years old and is the first re-elected governor in the history of Rio Grande do Sul. He was born in Pelotas, on March 10th, 1985. He was the youngest governor in Brazil during his first term. At the beginning of the 2019-2022 term, he promoted a series of structural reforms to counter the public budget deficit in the state. With an agenda focused on dialogue and on opening up the State to the private initiative, he approved the privatization of state-owned companies, highway concessions, a new Environmental Code and a gradual reduction in taxes. With the result of the reforms carried out, he promoted, through the Avançar program, investments in all areas of the State, totalling BRL 6.5 billion in resources. Mr. Leite was mayor of the municipality Pelotas between 2013 and 2016. Before his term of office, he was municipal secretary, councilor and president of the municipal council. He ended his term as mayor with 87% popular approval in opinion polls. The governor holds a bachelor's degree in Law, he studied Public Policy at Columbia University, in New York, USA, and attained a master's degree in Public Management at Fundação Getúlio Vargas.

Achankeng Leke

Senior Partner; Chairman, Africa; Leader, Private Equity and Principal Investors, Africa; Member, McKinsey Global Institute Council, McKinsey & Company, South Africa

Acha Leke is Senior Partner in Johannesburg and Chairman of McKinsey, Africa. He leads McKinsey's Private Equity and Principal Investors practice in Africa, and is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council. Previously, he served for three years as part-time consultant for Pacific Monolithics and Spectrian Corporation in California and, in 1998, as a Summer Associate at McKinsey's Johannesburg office. In 1999, Acha rejoined Atlanta, and moved to South Africa in 2002. His client work is split between telecom, oil and gas, banking, private equity and economic development. Leke is Co-Founder and Member of the Board of the African Leadership Academy, a co-educational boarding school that aims to develop the next generation of African leaders. He holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Olivia Leland

Founder and Chief Executive, Co-Impact, United Kingdom

Olivia Leland brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector to her role as founder and CEO of Co-Impact. Co-Impact brings together philanthropists, foundations and other funders to support systems change efforts in low- and middle-income countries around the world, in the areas of education, health, and economic opportunity, and with a particular focus on gender equity and inclusion. Olivia worked with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett as the founding director of the Giving Pledge, an effort to help address society's most pressing problems by encouraging philanthropy globally. In this role, she was responsible for building out the concept from inception, as well as overseeing the strategy and implementation for this effort which now has more than 200 families committed from around the world. Previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and served as associate director for financial and private sector development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She has consulted on microfinance and private sector development, and was a strategy consultant at Monitor Group where she focused on branding, market research and venture philanthropy. She sits on the board of the Full Frame Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change. In 2014 Olivia was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lives with her husband and three children in London, UK, and holds dual US/French nationality.