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Senior portfolio manager at Balyasny Asset Management. Global macro investor, with a focus on Emerging Markets and Asia. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015). The first visually impaired student to have graduated from Wharton Business School, recipient Joseph P. Wharton award, selected by peers, given to one individual who best represents the Wharton Way of Life. Honoured with India’s highest civilian award for a disabled individual – the National Award for the empowerment of persons with disabilities – by the President of India. Has raised thousands of dollars for causes ranging from education of poor children in India to blindness research and international peace. Passionate about theatre and a supporter of the Print Room, a new theatre based in London. Represented the London Metro club in the domestic UK blind cricket tournament.
Felix R. Graf
has been CEO of the NZZ Media Group since June 2018. Previously, he was a member of the executive board of Centralschweizerische Kraftwerke AG (CKW) from 2011 and led the company from 2014 as its CEO. At the same time, he was a member of the Executive Committee of Axpo Holding. Prior to that, he worked for several years in various management positions at Swisscom. Among other things, he was responsible for the Swisscom entertainment services, including Swisscom TV, which he developed together with his team from strategy to mass production. From 1998 to 2002, he led McKinsey consulting mandates in various industries and countries. Graf holds a master's degree in physics and chemistry from ETH Zurich and a doctorate in physics from ETH Zurich. In 2007, he was named Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF).
Kristin Groos Richmond
Kristin Groos Richmond founded Revolution Foods in 2005 with Kirsten Tobey to transform the way we feed our students. Kristin continues to lead the growth of the company, which now serves over one million freshly prepared meals every week, across the country and recently, into grocery stores. Prior to founding Revolution Foods, Kristin’s career spanned from corporate finance to education reform including co-founding the Kenya Community Center for Learning and serving as Vice President at RISE. Kristin was on the White House Council for Community Solutions and is an Aspen Institute Entrepreneurial Leaders In Public Education Fellow, an Education Pioneers Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow. She is a board member of Lighthouse Community Charter School and UC Berkeley’s Global Social Venture Competition. Kristin was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and, with Kirsten, is one of Time Magazine's Education Activists of 2011.
Ciro Guerra is a Colombian filmmaker and screenwriter. His most recent film "Embrace of the Serpent" (El Abrazo de la Serpiente, 2015) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, becoming the first film from Colombia to ever be nominated. His previous films, "Los Viajes del Viento" (The Wind Journeys, 2009) and "La Sombra del Caminante" (The Wandering Shadows, 2004) are considered amongst the most important in Colombian cinema history, receiving awards at festivals such as Cannes, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Mar del Plata, Havana and Toulouse, among many others.
Hrund is an Author, Speaker and an awarded Sustainability Leader. She is the former Managing Director of Festa - center for sustainability in Iceland, Advisory Council member at Yale's International Leadership Center (ILC), Founding Partner at the Nordic Circular Hotspot, Board Member of Eyrir Invest and author of the book The Art of InnSæi - The Icelandic Way to Harness your Intuition, to be published early 2024 by Bonnier Lagom. Hrund has a broad-based experience, ranging from post-conflict reconstruction and social entrepreurship to the arts. She is the co-Director and Writer, of the feature documentary InnSæi - the Power of Intuition (2016), which explores the art of flourishing, leading and innovating in an age of distraction and transformation, shown world wide e.g. on Netflix. In 2008-2010 she created and directed Prisma - a diploma module, acknowledged by the Nordic Council of Ministers for best responding to 21st century workplace. She is the former chair of the Technology Development fund in Iceland, focusing on innovation. Her career with the UN entails a permanent position (resigned in 2004), being a Programme Manager of UNIFEM (Un Women) in Kosovo after the war, and occasional consultancies, the most recent one in 2020 in Bangladesh. Hrund has a BSc from the University of Iceland, a MSc from the London School of Economics, a Diploma from Harvard Kennedy School and has studied executive leadership at Yale and Oxford Said Business School. Hrund is a WEF Cultural Leader, WEF Young Global Leader and a Yale World Fellow.
Informed by his twenty-five years of experience in turnarounds, restructuring and capital formation in Fortune 50 and Forbes 50 contexts, Sanjay provides thought-provoking insight on matters of finance, strategy and governance across a range of disciplines, including family office, private equity, venture capital, corporate development, governance, and business ethics,
Sanjay earned his AB in Philosophy from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and his MBA from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. He also studied Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Leadership at the Darden School of Business, Venture Capital, Private Equity and Strategic Financial Analysis at Harvard Business School, and Sustainability Studies at Stanford University.
Mr Gura is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Zebra Medical Vision, a deep learning medical imaging company that will enable scalable healthcare for the 2 billion people to join the middle class by 2025. Eyal is an Angel investor and previously venture capitalist with Pitango Venture Capital, the largest venture capital fund in the Middle East. Formerly, Co-Founder: PicScout (acquired by Getty Images); PicApp (acquired by Ybrant Digital); The Gifts Project (acquired by eBay). Adviser, WebTeb.com, the leading Arabic medical portal. Member, Advisory Board, Tmura.org. Member of the Board, Latet. Founding Member, Tovanotb.org. Eyal is a faculty member at IDC's Zell entrepreneurship program and a graduate of the Wharton Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014 Eyal was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum
MSc, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology; 1994, PhD; 2002, Dr Sc, Russian Academy of Science. 1997-98, Visiting Scholar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2003-04, Visiting Assistant Professor, Princeton University. Since 1998, with New Economic School (NES), Moscow; 2004-2013, NES. Since 2013 - Professor of Economics, Sciences Po, Paris. Columnist, Russian and international business media. Consultant to governments, international organizations. Board member: companies, foundations and think tanks. Author of articles and international journals. Interests: transition economics, contract theory, corporate governance, labour mobility. Recipient of awards.
Habib is a tech entrepreneur, currently CEO of Wamda who aims to inspire, connect and empower entrepreneurs in the MENASA region. He is also the founder of Yamli.com a startup empowering the Arabic language on the web and YallaStartup an NGO that fosters early stage entrepreneurship in the MENA region. In 2009, the World Economic Forum recognized Habib as a Young Global Leader and the ArabianBusiness named him one of the most influential Arabs under 30. He currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on fostering entrepreneurship. During the July of 2006 war he started Relief Lebanon to support relief operations in Lebanon an effort that raised more than US$ 2 million in individual donations. Habib also co-founded INLET to leverage the North American expat community to give back to entrepreneurship in the Arab world. Habib is an adviser to several startups and non-profits and often speaks about early stage development and entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelor of Computer and Communication Engineering from the American University in Beirut and a Master's in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southern California.
CEO of Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy Inc. (NID)
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo an expert in Iran’s internal affairs and an advocate of human rights, women’s rights, and democracy in Iran, was a member of Iran’s reformist parliament from 2000-2004. Her current project is women for public office.
Helen is Executive VP of Binance. Helen is a respected global leader and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Goodwill Ambassador.
She received the 2015 African Business Icon Award, and awarded as Officer of the National Order of Lion of Senegal in 2016. Hai was named 2017 Wu Fellow by UC Berkeley, Global Visionary by UBS and 2018 Aspen Fellow by Aspen Institute. She was also on “Ones to Watch” list for Bloomberg’s 50 people who shaped 2018 in unexpected ways. She received the 'INSEAD Alumni Force for Good Award' in 2019. She was also selected as one of the Cointelegraph Top 100 most important and influential people in the cryptocurrency and blockchain world.
Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: ?Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter?; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and ?The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development?. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a board member on uniting to combat NTDs