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Vyron Vasileiadis

Chairman, V Group, Greece

Vyron Vasileiadis is Founder and Chairman of V Group, a robust Group of Companies with a strong presence and continued growth in Waste Management, Renewable Energy Sources and Financial Investments.

Vyron is a self-made entrepreneur, who began his career in 1995 as a site worker for a cleaning services company before successfully progressing to the innovative leader he is today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the American College of Greece in 1998 and completed the Executive Course on Global Leadership & Public Policy for the 21st century at Harvard Kennedy School in Boston, Massachusetts.

During his career, Vyron has received numerous achievements and awards, including the KOUROS-Development and Innovation Award by the Greek Entrepreneurship in 2014 and the nomination as a Young Global Leader (YGL) in 2017. Recognized for the performance of V Group and the added value generated to the society, he has been honored by various national, international, and global stakeholders in business, environmental, circular economy, and sustainability aspects, together with: Environmental Awards, Waste & Recycling Awards, Manufacturing Excellence Awards, Circular Economy Awards, Bravo Sustainability Awards, Diamonds of the Greek Economy, European Business Awards, and Global Business Excellence Awards.

Constantly in search of future opportunities and striving to shape advanced ideas, Vyron Vasileiadis seeks to add value to his growing business portfolio, while positively impacting the world for future generations.

In 2021 V Group’s assets approached €93m and over the next few years, plans to invest in various environmental and renewable energy assets.

Vyron’s corporate philosophy is motivated by his strong ambition to achieve net ZERO carbon footprint, adopt ZERO Waste practices, and raise new sustainable business models.

Knowing what truly matters, his vision would not be complete without his constant support for those in need and the advocacy of animal rights. Having said this, Vyron Vasileiadis has established the Deppy Vasileiadis Foundation, a philanthropic organization, whose main goal is to award grants in the areas of children’s education, fight against animal cruelty, and protection of the environment.

Ivan Vatchkov

Founder and Chief Executive Officer,, Singapore

Ivan Vatchkov is the founder and CEO of, a longevity and healthspan company that turns our health data into actionable insight. He is also a private investor focusing on fintech, healthtech and edtech. Prior to this he was a hedge fund portfolio manager for over 10 years at multi-billion dollar funds GAMA and Algebris Investments (Asia) in Singapore. He has been a member of the Young Global Leader community at the World Economic Forum since 2014.

Ivan’s expertise has been acknowledged and extensively quoted by Bloomberg™, Asian Investor™, CNBC™, Reuters™, FT™ and the Wall Street Journal™. He is recognized as a thought leader in financial regulation, compensation incentive reform and the new Basel III hybrid debt market (‘CoCos’).

Prior to Algebris Investments Ivan was a Director in the CFO office of Credit Suisse Investment Bank and an equity analyst at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Ivan holds an MSc in International Accounting and Finance from the LSE and is a CFA charterholder.

Ivan and his wife are engaged in extensive philanthropic work having established ReachOut.BG, a children’s charity based in Bulgaria dedicated to the support and education of abandoned children.

Ivan currently lives in Singapore with his wife and three children, and speaks English, Russian, German, and Bulgarian.

Vasudha Vats

Vice-President, Pfizer, USA

Vasudha Vats has grown several multi-billion dollar businesses in pharma and currently manages one of the highest selling small molecule medicines in the world. Her mission is to not only help patients by delivering high-quality medical therapies, but also to improve care delivery across the entire patient experience. As a leader in healthcare, she has forged and led partnerships across the industry to deliver better outcomes for patients, including patient advocacy groups like the American Diabetes Association, technology (Fitbit), pharmacy (CVS and Walgreens), and government (National Institutes of Health). She is an advocate of supporting emerging thinkers to fuel future societal improvement, actively mentoring emerging biotechnology firms with the New York City Entrepreneurship Lab and having helped to co-found the Chandini Foundation, a charity designed to provide underprivileged youths in developing nations with mentoring support to become ethical, impactful and entrepreneurially minded leaders.

Elisa Vegas

Artistic Director, Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho, Venezuela

Elisa Vegas founded the first orchestra aimed at improving quality of life of Venezuelans through music and cultural change. She is a living example of how the arts unify people of very different backgrounds and beliefs.

Arnaud Ventura

Managing Partner, Gojo & Co, France, Metropolitan

Executive Summary
Arnaud Ventura founded and led two of the leading financial inclusion group in the last 20 years active in Micro&SME finance, and digital finance before joining Gojo as its managing partner to support the development of the Group in Asia and build the Africa’s activity.
Between 1998 and 2008 Ventura cofounded and led with Mr Attali & Mr Yunus PlaNet Finance, one of the global and most successful European Financial Inclusion Group. Between 2008 and 2019, Arnaud Ventura founded & led Baobab (formerly MicroCred), the leading Micro&SME digital bank in Africa & China.
Additionally, Arnaud Ventura has been appointed Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2013 and he cofounded the French China Foundation the leading network of Young Leaders between French and China.

Sudarshan Venu

Managing Director, TVS Motor Company Limited, India

Sudarshan Venu is the M.D. of TVS Motor Company. He is also on the board of Sundaram - Clayton Ltd, the holding Company, and MD of TVS Credit, the group's financial services arm. He is an automotive enthusiast and grew up amidst the roar of the engines of India's oldest factory racing team. Over the last few years, Mr. Venu has been charting the future of one of India's leading two-wheeler manufacturers, making it the most awarded two-wheeler company. He now plans to transform the Company into a top global mobility player. Under his leadership, TVS acquired U.K.s iconic motorcycle brand Norton Motorcycles and has set up a completely new manufacturing facility in the U.K. Mr. Venu also strongly believes in staying ahead of the emerging trends: electrification and personal mobility are two big areas of focus. He is looking to build a strategic personal e-mobility ecosystem by scaling unique brands. He recently led TVS to acquire the European e-bike brand EGO Movement and Switzerland's largest e-bike company, Swiss E-Mobility Group. With the vision of enriching the life of every Indian, he is also leading the change at TVS Credit Services. He holds a Graduate Degree with Honors in Management and Technology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also obtained a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the School of Engineering and, a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School & an M.Sc. in International Tech from the University of Warwick in the U.K.

Ayesha Vera-Yu

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK), USA

CEO and Co-Founder of Advancement for Rural Kids (ARK) which co-invests with rural communities in the developing world on securing food, health, kids' schooling and their self-sustaining future.

In 2020, at the height of the pandemic that triggered acute hunger among farmers and fisherfolk who feed the world, Ayesha steered ARK to pivot its award-winning and the world’s only self-sustaining, 5-cent school lunch to a food security program that benefited everyone in the community.

ARK's Feed Back is a community-based vegetable exchange that is solving hunger in just 5 weeks. It creates a path for families to source food from their backyards, exchange excess produce with their neighbors, and sell to their own community, nearby villages and towns. It enables communities to work together, be food secure and resilient. It launches new entrepreneurs and new local, regenerative and equitable food systems. In the past 2 years, 35 communities across 6 provinces partnered on Feed Back. Together, we have secured 8,607 families captured 105% of at-risk families transformed over 76,000* lives.

Prior to ARK, Ayesha was Director at BNP Paribas where for 11 years she was involved in leverage finance, acquisition finance and loan syndications. She also restructured a farm in the Philippines making it the first one in the province to be organic, and to offer fair employment, revenue share, healthcare and continuing education to farmers/employees. Expertise - management, industry and business credit analysis, restructuring, natural farming, sustainable systems, social ventures.

Diana Verde Nieto

Co-Founder,, United Kingdom

Diana Verde Nieto is a pioneer in sustainability and a leading voice in sustainable luxury and beyond. Diana is the author of ‘Reimagining Luxury’ and Co-Founder of Positive Luxury, a sustainability organisation that helps luxury companies adapt and transition to the new climate economy. Diana has 25+ years of global business experience at the intersection of innovation, technology, and sustainability. Diana holds a degree in Global Leadership & Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, has been trained by Former USA Vice President, Al Gore at the Alliance of Climate Protection and was subsequently honoured by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. She is an advisor to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Diana is a globally renowned speaker, some of her appearances includes The FT Business of Luxury Summit, World Economic Forum, and The World Biodiversity Summit to name a few.

Claudia Vergueiro Massei

Maternity leave, Kuwait

Claudia is currently on a challenging mission to transform the culture of one of the most successful business units of Siemens, with the intent to ensure higher collaboration among its 14,000 team members and more co-creation with partners and customers. After all, there is no digital transformation without an accompanying cultural transformation.

In her previous role, as Siemens Oman CEO, Claudia was committed to enabling the digital transformation in the sultanate and to contributing to its economic development. She drove business in power generation and distribution, smart grid, smart buildings, control and automation, and digital solutions for industrial applications. She assumed her role after working with Siemens in Germany, Denmark and China for various business fields, including wind power and rail automation.

Originally from Brazil, she commenced her career in strategy consulting, undertaking assignments in France, Morocco, South Africa and the United States, besides her home country. She subsequently co-founded a SaaS edtech startup in Brazil, Eduqo, which she ran for a couple of years before joining Siemens. Claudia developed her passion for education during her college days, when she worked as part-time teacher preparing students for university entrance exams in Brazil.

In her free time, Claudia enjoys to dance, travel and learn about different cultures, as well as to mentor young entrepreneurs. She is a Board Member of ITAex and of the Casimiro Montenegro Filho Foundation and she sits on the Advisory Board of Battery Associates. She was nominated by Forbes as one of the most powerful businesswomen in the Middle East in 2021 and 2020, by Business Insider Germany as among the Top 25 Female FutureMakers in 2021, and by LinkedIn as one of its 2020 Top Voices. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Claudia holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Aeronautica, an MBA from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute, University of Pennsylvania. She also later pursued executive education courses in universities such as Stanford, Princeton, Cambridge, Oxford, London School of Economics and Nanyang Technological University Singapore.

Martina Viarengo

Professor, International Economics, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Switzerland

Martina Viarengo is Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. She is Faculty Associate at the Harvard University, Center for International Development, and a Member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Women's Empowerment. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Dr. Viarengo was an Economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a Post-doctoral Fellow at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and she was named a Newton International Fellow by the British Academy and the Royal Society. She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a Master's Degree in Economics from Northwestern University.

Zeblon Vilakazi

Vice-Chancellor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Professor Zeblon Zenzele Vilakazi FRS was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Wits University in January 2021. Previously holding the position of Vice-Principal and deputy vice chancellor for research at the university of witwatersrand. 2007-2013: Director of iThemba LABS, the largest nuclear physics research lab in the southern hemisphere. Research interests include nuclear and computational physics.
Taught at University of Cape Town where he was involved in a large scientific project conducted at the ALICE experiment of CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC). From 2009 to 2011, served as Chairman of the IAEA Standing Advisory Committee on Nuclear Applications. In July 2022 was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of London.

Stephanie Villedrouin

Product Development & Public Relation Director, Explore Caribbean, Dominican Republic

Married since November 2003 to Marcel Villedrouin, mother of three children Shamsy, Nathan and Sylka.

Stephanie B. Villedrouin was nominated Minister of Tourism Octobre 2011 at the age of 29, making her the youngest minister of President Martelly administration. She has set some prestigious goals for Haiti, including leading this country to be one of the top five destinations of the Caribbean; The Minister sets forth her strategy of developing the sector by promoting tourism investment to attract and accompany potential investors. In the past two years, she has signed numerous contracts to help the students in the tourism field to acquire more knowledge and experience through better education. She develop a new concept of developing new destinations “a regional all inclusive experience”, where the communities in the surrounding of the hotels will benefit directly from the tourist dollar, from which she got a grant from the IDB representing en envelop of 36M$ that will be invested in all regional natural and historical attractions. She has launched a Hibiscus quality control for the Hotels as well as the Touristic Police Corp. More than twenty sites have been redeveloped as part of her effort to promote local and international tourism.

Prior to her nomination, Hon. Villedrouin after returning from her studies in Dominican Republic (choice of field hotel management) she became the following year a board member of The Haitian Tourism Association for more than 5 years. She also served the community by becoming a voluntary teacher in the private University of Quisqueya. Her efforts have helped to raise the awareness of both public and private sectors in this industry and helped them realize the outstanding role that Tourism plays in the country’s economy.