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Nili Gilbert

Vice-Chairwoman, Carbon Direct, USA

Nili Gilbert, CFA, CAIA, is the Vice Chairwoman of Carbon Direct, a leader in scaling carbon management into a global industry through climate investment, technology, and client advisory.

She is also Chair of the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero’s (GFANZ) Advisory Panel of technical experts, as well as a member of its CEO Principals Group. In addition to serving as a Chairwoman of both the David Rockefeller Fund and the Synergos Institute Investment Committees, Nili is an Independent Board Director of Brookfield Asset Management. She is also a Senior Advisor at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and a member of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Council.

Previously, she was Co-Founder and Portfolio Manager of Matarin Capital, which became one of the larger women-owned asset managers in the US. She also previously served as a member of the State of California’s Climate-Related Financial Risk Advisory Group, the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, and the TED Vision Council. Her TED Talk on climate finance has received nearly 2 million views.

She has been honored among Barron’s 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance, as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, LinkedIn “TopVoice” in Finance, Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Association of Securities Professionals, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek “One to Watch.” She is a permanent member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Economic Club of New York.

Nili received her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University, her MBA from Columbia Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow, and she has completed programs in leadership and sustainability at Oxford and Stanford Universities.

Mack Gill

Chief Operating Officer and Board Member, Torstone Technology, United Kingdom

Mack Gill is COO & Board Member, Torstone Technology, a leading global cloud platform for financial markets. Previously he was CEO of MillenniumIT, a capital markets software company and subsidiary of the London Stock Exchange Group. Previously, he was President of SunGard Global Technology, responsible for managing SunGard's technology strategy and operations with more than 5,000 employees worldwide. Joining SunGard in 1994, Gill was also President of SunGard Global Services, where he managed SunGard's consulting business worldwide. Additionally, he served as Corporate Vice-President of Alliances, responsible for developing SunGard's business and technology partnerships. Gill serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Quantitative Finance (IAQF). Before joining SunGard, he worked at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs. He holds a BA from the University of British Columbia and a Master's degree from Yale University.

Sadiq Gillani

Chairman, Condor, United Kingdom

Sadiq is Chairman of the advisory board for Condor, the second airline of Germany and also sits on the board of eTraveli, a large online travel agency. He is also an executive coach, applying the tools of Carl Jung. He was formerly a Senior Vice President with Emirates Group and a Lecturer in Management at Stanford, where he started an MBA course on the Travel & Airline Industry in 2014. He was also previously a Senior Vice President with Lufthansa Group, serving as Chief Strategy Officer. He began his career with Bain & Co. in London. He is a Young Global Leader and on the WEF's Global Future Council for Sustainable Tourism. He graduated from Cambridge University with First Class honours and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Liliana Gil Valletta

Chief Executive Officer, CIEN+, USA

Liliana Gil Valletta is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder of CIEN+ and CulturIntel, a big data analytics, consulting and marketing firm, specialized in understanding and tapping the full power of diverse-growing markets. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader since 2012. She's the creator of published methodologies of Cultural Intelligence and has developed a novel platform to use machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data tools to turn global digital discussions into actionable insights, particularly applied to solve social, health and equity gaps by mapping decisions journeys across segments, globally. Prior, she held a number of positions in global corporations, including at Johnson & Johnson where she founded the Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Achievement (HOLA) and pioneered multicultural marketing. Gil Valletta is an independent TV contributor seen weekly on CNN en Español, Fox News, and Fox Business, among others analyzing today's economic trends, data insights and minority affairs. She is an independent director/ board member for Zumiez (NASQD: ZUMZ), she also serves as Member of the Harvard Kennedy's School Women's Leadership Board, YMCA USA Board of Directors and mentor to the Stanford Latino Entrepreneur Leaders Program. She has received numerous awards, including 2018 Hispanic Businessperson of the Year by the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 2018 Top Innovation Catalyst by MM&M, 2017 Top 50 Most Influential in Healthcare, 2017 Latina Trailblazer of the Year, New York's 25 Top Rising Latinos, Latino Leaders Magazine (2013); Outstanding Business Woman, National Association of Professional Women (2009-10); Latina Leadership Award, League of United Latin American Citizens (2009); and Top 20 Under 40 by PODER (2008). Gil Valletta holds a BA from Southwestern Adventist University, an MBA from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and an executive degree from the Harvard Kennedy School in Global Leadership and Public Policy.

Ayla Göksel

Chief Executive Officer, Ozyegin Social Investments, Türkiye

Ayla Goksel is CEO of Özyegin Social Investments, a network of non-profit organisations, including ACEV (Mother Child Education Foundation), Hüsnü M. Özyegin Foundation and Iz Child. These organisations work in the fields of education (infrastructure, programs and policy), early childhood and parenting, womens empowerment, rural livelihoods and post-disaster rehabilitation. The programs and investments have reached 1,4 milion people across Turkey. ACEV’s award winning programs have also been implemented in fourteen other countries in the Middle East, Europe and most recently Asia and Latin America. Goksel is also Trustee of Ozyegin University and serves on the boards of the Education Reform Initiative and Tohum Foundation for Autism. She has been selected a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute, Qatar Foundation WISE Laureate and World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council member. She holds a BSc from University of Bath, MSc from London School of Economics and has conducted fellowships on civil society and non profit organisations at Johns Hopkins University and Harvard University.

Elissa Golberg

Ambassador of Canada to Italy, Ambassador of Canada to Albania and San Marino, High Commissioner to Malta, and Permanent Representative of Canada to, Embassy of Canada in Italy, Italy

Ms. Elissa Golberg was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister - Strategic Policy at the department of Global Affairs Canada in September 2017. In that role she is responsible for developing, leading and coordinating Canada's emerging foreign, economic and international development policy agendas. She is also Champion for Innovation and Experimentation. From February 2015 to September 2017, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister - Partnerships for Development Innovation, where her team programmed some $330 million annually in development aid to reduce poverty in 126 countries, working with international and Canadian civil society, academic, professional associations and the private sector. From September 2011 to February 2015, Ms Golberg was Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and to the Conference on Disarmament. Prior to that, she held several other responsibilities within the Canadian government including Director-General - Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START), and Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ms. Golberg has a Master's degree in International Relations. She is a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament. She is a recipient of the NATO ISAF General Service medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Public Service Award of Excellence, and several Ministerial Awards for Foreign Policy Excellence. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, and served on the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Violence and Fragility, and Global Future Council on Global Governance, Public-Private Partnerships and Sustainable Development.

Yair Goldfinger

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, AppCard Inc., USA

Yair Goldfinger is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of AppCard, a loyalty 3.0 platform. Previously, he co-founded and was Chief Technology Officer of Dotomi, an on-line advertising company which focuses on creating personal, relevant and timely one-to-one messaging between marketers and their customers; Dotomi was acquired by ValueClick at 2011. At 26, Goldfinger co-founded ICQ, the world's first Internet-wide instant messaging service, which was acquired by AOL in 1998. He holds several patents in the area of instant messaging. Goldfinger is an active investor in several Israeli start-up companies. He is also a co-founder and sits on the management committee of the Friends of Raveh Ravid Fund, dedicated to the creation and formation of a new generation of young educated leaders who will take a part in management and leadership roles. Goldfinger holds a BA in Math and Computer Science from Tel Aviv University and was granted the Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award in 2005.

Neal Goldman

Managing Member, Idyllwild Ventures LLC, Spain

Neal Goldman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Connectivity Data Systems. He is also Co-Founder of Goode Holdings, an investment holding company with interests in the information technology and financial services sectors that is the sponsor of a US$ 225 million private capital fund focused on investing in middle market consumer companies. Prior to Goode, Goldman was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Capital IQ until its sale to McGrawHill/Standard & Poor's. Previously, he was a Managing Partner at Uhuru Capital Management and an investment banker in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at Lehman Brothers and a private equity investor at Lincolnshire Management. Goldman received a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where he also served as an Adjunct Faculty Member. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a Member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Member of the Young Presidents Organization and a Board Member of Hatzalah and the Jerusalem Foundation.

Ellen Gonda

Communications Adviser, EDG Consulting, USA

Ellen Gonda counsels public and private companies and individuals in various capacities, particularly during critical inflection points. She is a passionate and strategic communications professional with global experience across industries and disciplines. Ellen's clients have included The Rise Fund, Innit, and Overture Partners. Ellen has held top communications roles at Etsy, where she led Communications, Values and Alignment, at Hilton Worldwide, as the Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility, and at The Carlyle Group, where she was the Vice President and Director of Communications for the Americas. She began her career in the agency world, with positions at Brunswick Group, Gavin Anderson & Company, and Abernathy MacGregor Frank. Ellen graduated with high honours from the University of California, Berkeley.

Charmian Gooch

Co-Founder and Co-Director, Global Witness, United Kingdom

Charmian Gooch is Co-Founder and Director of Global Witness, a non-profit campaigning organization that addresses the links between natural resource exploitation and the funding of conflict and corruption. Gooch jointly led Global Witness's first campaign, exposing the trade in timber between the Khmer Rouge and Thai logging companies and their political and military backers. She also developed and launched Global Witness's second ground-breaking campaign to combat blood diamonds. Gooch is involved in the strategic leadership of Global Witness and has spoken publicly across these issues. In 2014 she and Global Witness were awarded the TED Prize for work on Anonymous Companies, and she was a co-awardee with fellow GW founders of the Skoll Prize also in 2014. Global Witness was nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for its work on conflict diamonds, and in 2005 Gooch received the Gleitsman International Activist Award.

Suhas Gopinath

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Globals, India

Suhas Gopinath is Founder & CEO of Globals Inc, the company he founded at 14 and was recognized as the World's Youngest CEO then. Globals focuses on Enterprise Cloud Solutions, AI-based Cyber Security, Cyberwarfare and Mobility Solutions. Suhas is also the founder of fintech company called Eaze that enables brands and merchants to offer Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL). Previously was ICT Board Member, World Bank; Venture Fellow, NYCEDC; Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Suhas is also the Member of the National Expert Advisory Committee, Govt. of India and the National Co-Chairman of FICCI, ICT & Digital Economy.

Soulaima Gourani

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Happioh Inc., USA

CEO/ co-founder of Happioh Inc. Palo Alto.

Happioh SaaS B2B software helps teams achieve their productive meeting goals and avoid low-quality meeting hours.

Executive Education from Yale, Harvard, Wharton, Indian School Of Business, University of Cambridge, Wharton, INCAE Business School, Nanyang Technological University, and MBA from Copenhagen Business School.

Born in Morocco and raised in Denmark. Awarded with the WEF Young Global Leader (YGL). Nominated the Thinkers50 Ideas into Practice Award alongside Reid Hoffman in 2019. Thinkers50 Radar Award, 2020, Nordic Thinkers 20 alongside Ingvar Kamprad, IKEA, and "40 under 40 Europe". Mentor at Olam Ventures, board member at "The Aventures" fund, and Judge at Entrepreneur Of The Year®.

Author of 3 books/ co-author of 16 books.

A former executive at Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, and Maersk as responsible for early-stage software, global sales/deployment/distribution, consulting, and engineering teams (45 direct reports). 25 + years of tech experience.