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Claire Tsui

Managing Director and Head, Strategic Business Development, UBS AG, Hong Kong SAR, China

An aspiring financier as one of the youngest Asian female Managing Directors at UBS Group, with extensive capital markets experience in leading landmark jumbo transactions in the APAC region from previous 10-year tenure at Goldman Sachs. As a graduate of United World College and one of the Global Scholars from Columbia University, Claire is a strong believer in international understanding, diversity and inclusion. For more than a decade, Claire has been actively engaged in and promoting equal opportunities via professional and educational initiatives for the underprivileged and under-represented in both work and local community contexts.

John R. Tyson

John R. Tyson is a fourth-generation member of the Tyson family and executive at one of the largest food companies in the world. As Chief Sustainability Officer at Tyson Foods, he has the ability to influence the global food supply chain, promoting more sustainable production practices that empower people, conserve natural resources and drive innovation for smart, responsible agriculture. Prior, he worked in investment banking for J.P. Morgan and as a private equity and venture capital investor. He is also a lecturer at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, he serves on the Board of Directors of Winrock International and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Tyson has a BA in Economics from Harvard University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

Nyam-Osor Uchral

Minister of Digital Development and Communications, Mongolia Government, Mongolia

From 2020 to 2022, Naym-Osor Uchral served as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Innovation and e-Policy of the Great Khural. Naym Osor is also the President of the Social Democracy Mongolian Youth Association and the National Association of Information Communication and Communication, roles he has held since 2019. He previously served as the Chairman of the ad hoc committee for e-Policy of the Great Khural from 2018 to 2020. Naym Osor has been a member of the Great Khural since 2016 and held positions such as Media and Public Relations Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Mongolia in 2015-2016 and Bayanzurkh District Assembly Representative from 2012 to 2016.

Katsuya Uenoyama

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PKSHA Technology Inc., Japan

Dr. Katsuya Uenoyama is a entrepreneur in the machine learning and artificial intelligence area.

He founded PKSHA Technology in 2012 and the company became a listed company in 2018 as the biggest AI company in Japan.

He is exploring how to shape AI-driven software to empower and diverse human and society.

Prior to founding PKSHA, he received got his PhD in Machine Learning from Tokyo University. And ex-BCG.

Ganzorig Ulziibayar

Chairman, Mandal Financial Group, Mongolia

Ganzo (Ganzorig Ulziibayar) is the founder and chairman of Mandal Financial Group, the largest insurance and capital markets group in Mongolia. Ganzo has been a member of the monetary policy committee of the Central Bank of Mongolia, an economic advisor to the President of Mongolia, and a director at the Mongolian Stock Exchange. Ganzo has held numerous senior executive positions within the banking sector and has been the CEO of Golomt Bank, the second-largest bank in Mongolia. He has published books on finance, sales, and management with a particular focus on productivity psychology and STRATEGY. Ganzorig operates the not-for-profit Ganzorig Business School and World Financial History Museum in Ulaanbaatar. The Museum holds some of the rarest historical artifacts of financial history. He is also the head of the Education Reform Movement NGO.

Silverius Oscar Unggul

Co-Founder and President, Telapak, Indonesia

Silverius Oscar Unggul co-founded Telapak Association with Ambrosius Ruwindrijarto in 2006. Ambrosius served as president from 2006 to 2012 and is now no longer a Telapak member. Silverius now serves as the president and is an expert on community engagement, risk mitigation and conflict resolution. Telapak transforms illegal loggers into sustainable famers through forest management, and destructive fisherman into sustainable fisherman through sustainable marine management. In collaboration with the private sector, he led Telapak to implement inclusive business on forestry, marine and tourism. Silverius was named as an Ashoka Fellow 2006, Conde Nast Traveler Environmental Award 2008, Young Global Leader 2009 and Skoll Awardee on Social Enterpreneur 2010.

David Upton

Managing Director; Chief of Staff, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility, Barclays PLC, United Kingdom

David is based in London and has a broad remit focused on bringing together the different aspects of the global Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility agenda to help drive Barclays' strategy. As part of the Group CEO Office, David works closely with senior stakeholders across the bank on a range of Group-wide issues and is responsible for the operation of the Group Executive Committee. Previously, he helped to lead the development and execution of Barclays Compliance Strategy and advised on issues relating to Conduct and Reputation Risk, regulatory engagement, and executive governance. Before Barclays, David worked at the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority in Strategic Business Planning and Human Resources. He graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Warwick.

Alice Usanase

Head, Country Relations and Equity Mobilization, Africa Finance Corporation - AFC, Rwanda

Alice Usanase is a highly accomplished executive with over a decade of expertise in developing and identifying business opportunities in frontier/emerging markets. With a strong focus on mobilizing resources for organizational sustainability, she has successfully led diverse teams at the World Bank Group and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC). Usanase specializes in creating tailored solutions for sovereigns, institutional investors and development finance institutions (DFIs), utilizing her extensive local market knowledge to design impactful strategies and policies for sustainable development. Additionally, she co-authored the publication, Infrastructure Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa – Best Practices From Ten Years in the Field, in collaboration with BCG and AFC. Usanase's commitment to social impact is further demonstrated through her co-founding of We*Care, a social community dedicated to creating educational opportunities for vulnerable children in Rwanda, facilitating their return to school and reuniting them with their families. She was also recently selected as part of the WEF 2024 Young Global Leader cohort.

Aakrit Vaish

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Jio Haptik Technologies Limited, India

Aakrit Vaish is the Co-Founder & CEO of Jio Haptik, one of the world's largest AI companies. He founded the company in 2013 as Haptik, which was acquired by Reliance Jio Platforms in 2019 in a $100 million transaction, forming the new entity of Jio Haptik. Aakrit has been a pioneer in the conversational AI space, leading the wave of transforming customer experience digitally. Under his leadership, Haptik has powered more than 200 brands globally, including Whirlpool, HP, Zurich Insurance, Disney+, KFC & more. The platform processes over 4 billion interactions annually and is consistently mentioned as a top industry player by Gartner, Forrester & Everest. Haptik was named a category leader in Bot Platforms by G2 in their Spring 2022 report, based on a rating of 4.5/5.0 by more than 100 customers. Outside of Haptik, Aakrit is an active angel investor in startups in India, having made close to 80 such investments. He is a charter member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation and Co-Chair of H2 India. He serves on the boards of various technology startups, helping them with go-to-market, scaling & team building. Aakrit has been recognized by Entrepreneur 35 Under 35, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Businessworld 40 Under 40. He has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign.

Felipe Valencia-Dongo

Managing Partner, Grupo Estrategia, Peru

Felipe Valencia-Dongo is Managing Partner at Grupo Estrategia. In Grupo Estrategia they work with large-scale investment projects in emerging markets to achieve Social Acceptance (permission to enter or start a project) and Sustainable Relationship (long-term harmonious relationship with the communities and social organizations of the project's area of influence). He articulates efforts between the private sector, communities, and the public sector to achieve sustainable development for the three of them. They work with several projects of +1 billion USD investment, and Grupo Estrategia is a social-purposed firm that has articulated investments for social good for +USD 500 million.

He served as CEO & Fund Manager of an investment fund in higher education. He also served as Advisor to Peru’s Prime Minister and as Advisor to Peru’s Minister of Education while implementing the educational reform. He worked in poverty reduction with Muhammad Yunus at the Grameen Creative Lab and in the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion of Peru.

Felipe is a former Global Shaper. He has served as Vice-President of IPAE (distinguished private sector non-profit). He was appointed as the youngest President in 60 years of CADE Ejecutivos (the annual gathering for Peruvian business leaders, politicians, and civil society). He is Board Member of IPAE and Sistema B Perú (B Corps); Member of Es Hoy (Movement of private sector leaders working for Peru) and L+1 (leaders for sustainability).

Felipe graduated with honours in Economics from Universidad del Pacifico (Lima, Peru) and holds a Master’s degree in the University of Cambridge as a Chevening Scholar. He was selected as Young Global Leader in 2023.

Najat Vallaud-Belkacem

Director, France, The ONE Campaign, France

Former Minister for Women’s rights and then for Education. Director France of the One Campaign.

Silje Vallestad

Adviser, Royal Commission for Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia

Silje Vallestad is an accomplished entrepreneur, innovation leader, VC advisor, and ecosystem builder. She has an extensive track record of building transformative projects from idea to operation, curating networks, and ecosystems to drive impact through innovation and thought leadership and cultivating practices to boost organizational innovation performance.

Her expertise has been built over almost three decades of hands-on experience marked by entrepreneurial pursuit and a sharp analytical but equally out-of-the-box mindset. From building tech companies out of Silicon Valley, to advising enterprises and government bodies on innovation, to organizing the largest Global Investor Summit in Norway, to venture building for established companies seeking to diversify their portfolio, Silje is a proven builder who delivers results fast. She develops holistic and out-of-the-box solutions creating sustainable impact.

Silje is a strong believer that “magic happens when the right people meet”, and that magic requires that barriers created by geography, disciplines, and ages are broken down; “the old ways will not create the needed new solutions to our global challenges”. To facilitate change Silje has continuously curated communities that engage young talent alongside global leaders; Nobel Laureates, Presidents and Royals, C-suite executives of the largest tech companies, leading entrepreneurs and academics, Hollywood celebrities and artists. For over 20 years Silje has built and activated networks that inspire new partnerships and projects that drive change.
Engraved in Silje’s ethos is a commitment to global impact, and her work has been widely recognized earning her recognition as a Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum), a Top 20 Nordic Thinker (Nordic Business Forum), Female Entrepreneur of the Year (Ministry of Trade and Industry), Female Entrepreneurship Ambassador (European Union) and winner of the Rosing Creativity Prize - to name a few.

Educationally, Silje is a cross-disciplinary lifelong learner. She moved to Wales at 16 to attend United World College together with 400 teens from over 100 countries, which sparked her passion for cultures, diplomacy, and religions. Her undergraduate degree mixed World Religions, with public administration and social economics, and her Master's focused on strategy, business, and public-private partnerships. Silje has throughout her career continually pursued executive programs in leadership, innovation, and sustainability at world-leading institutions such as Harvard, Yale, Oxford, and Stanford.