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Lindiwe Mazibuko

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Futurelect, South Africa

1999, Bachelor's in Music, University of KwaZulu-Natal; 2006, BA in French, Classics, Media & Writing and 2007, BA (Hons) in Political Communication, University of Cape Town. 2015, Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School. With the Democratic Alliance (DA), South Africa: Researcher, then National Media Liaison Officer; 2008, stood for public office; 2009, elected to Parliament, DA National Spokesperson and Shadow Deputy Minister for Communications; 2010, Shadow Minister for Rural Development and Land Reform; October 2011, elected DA Parliamentary Leader and Leader of the Official Opposition in the National Assembly by the DA Parliamentary caucus. Mason Fellow and JFK Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School; Fall Resident Fellow, Institute of Politics, Harvard University; Author in Residence, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study. Advisor, Apolitical Group Limited. Co-founder, Apolitical Foundation. Fisher Family Fellow in the Future of Diplomacy Project - Harvard University. Co-founder and CEO, Futurelect; Member of Board of Trustees, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. Member of Board of Trustees, Institute for Security Studies. Board Member, Women Political Leaders. Advisory Board Member, Africa No Filter. Fellow, Keseb Democracy Fellows.

Rhea Mazumdar Singhal

Chief Executive Officer, Ecoware Solutions Private Limited, India

Rhea Mazumdar Singhal is the Founder and CEO of Ecoware, India’s first and largest sustainable packaging company. Rhea was awarded the Nari Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honour for women by the President of India. Rhea is a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’ (YGL) and a member of the CII National Committee on Women Empowerment & Clean Air. Rhea has attended the University of Bristol, Oxford and Harvard University. Prior to founding Ecoware, Rhea was a senior sales executive at Pfizer Inc., UK .

From the UK, Rhea moved to India where she founded Ecoware with the sole aim of solving India’s plastic menace. Ecoware disrupted the food packaging industry by introducing a fully compostable alternative to plastic. Ecoware is made from the waste of agricultural crops that would otherwise be burnt, thus contributing to debilitating air pollution. One of Rhea’s greatest successes has been persuading the Indian Railways, the largest food service operator in India, to switch to Ecoware biodegradables trays. Rhea has been featured in major national and international publications and has appeared as a speaker at events such as Salesforce and the National Commission for Women in India.

Francesca McDonagh

Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo, USA

Francesca McDonagh is a member of the Executive Board of Credit Suisse Group AG and is the Group Chief Operating Officer, based in Zurich. She is responsible for steering the strategic development of the bank, including our key operational and cost transformation programs, including focusing on organizational design and bank-wide efficiencies. Francesca also holds functional reporting lines for Strategy, Sustainability, Marketing, Corporate Communications, Group Business Support Services (GBSS), and Procurement.

Francesca joined Credit Suisse in September 2022 from Bank of Ireland where she served as Group CEO from 2017 to 2022. Prior to that, she worked at HSBC for 20 years, serving in a number of leadership roles, including Group General Manager, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, and Regional Head, Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Middle East and North Africa. In her two decades with the firm, she worked in Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.

Francesca is also a member of the World Economic Forum of Young Global Leaders, Class of 2014. Francesca holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) from Oxford University.

Mariame McIntosh Robinson

President, Qenta Inc., USA

Mariame McIntosh Robinson is a global financial services leader with 20+ years’ experience as a P&L leader, investor, board member and advisor to leading companies in the US and the Caribbean.
Mariame currently serves on several regional and global Boards of public and private companies, and is also a senior advisor at a fintech firm. Prior to this she was the President & CEO for six (6) years at First Global Bank in Jamaica where she led the Bank’s successful transformation and strategic pursuit of Financial Inclusion.
Mariame also spent almost two decades investing in and helping Caribbean businesses to transform; and advising US Fortune 500 company CEOs and their teams on growth strategy and implementation at Bain & Company and McKinsey & Company.
Mariame is passionate about leadership to drive impact, and is a co-Founder and advisor for a strategy, leadership and cultural transformation advisory firm focused on driving better outcomes for family-owned/founder businesses.

Mariame holds a BSc. in Electrical Engineering from MIT, an MBA from Harvard Business School and a M.Phil in Economics from Oxford University where she attended as the 1998 Jamaica Rhodes Scholar.

She is married with two children.

Sonia Medina

Executive Director, Climate Change, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Switzerland

Seasoned professional in the field of climate change, energy transition and philanthropy. Currently lead climate programme at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, largest private foundation focused on children and climate.

Formerly: worked on climate change and energy issues, United Nations Environment Programme, Paris; with EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010, as Global Head of Origination, then US Country Director; chief operating officer of a start-up developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa.

BSc in Environmental Sciences, University of Madrid; MSc in Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford; Executive MBA, London Business School.

Amit Mehra

Managing Director; Global Lead, Sustainability Services, Strategic Clients, Accenture, United Kingdom

Amit is Managing Director and Global Lead - Sustainability Services for Strategic Clients and Commercial Growth at Accenture where he is responsible for growing the sustainability services business at the firm’s top global accounts, embedding sustainability in large transformational deals, and driving select strategic partnerships in sustainability. Amit is a member of the global leadership team tasked with building the end-to-end sustainability services business at Accenture, spanning strategy through execution. Earlier, he advised Accenture's clients and architected new capabilities for driving growth, continuous innovation, and business performance primarily in the Media, EdTech, Food and AgTech sectors, focusing on the CEO and the Board agenda. Previously, Amit was the founder, CEO and Board Director of RML AgTech/Reuters Market Light (later split into FarmBee and other businesses), a globally awarded mobile-led content and commerce business serving farmers, agri enterprises and financial institutions. Amit founded the business in Thomson Reuters, UK and later spun it off raising VC funding and ran it as CEO till it scaled to millions of users, multiple multi-lingual digital products, and B2C and B2B revenue streams. Before founding RML, he held various strategy, operational and investment roles in Reuters, UK, and was also the founding advisor at London Business School to help set up the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. A Young Global Leader (YGL) alumnus at the World Economic Forum (WEF), Amit also sits on WEF's Global Future Council (GFC) on Clean Air. Amit graduated from SRCC, India, did his MBA from London Business School, and has attended YGL Modules on Global Leadership, Public Policy, and Energy Transition at Harvard and Princeton Universities.

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dharma Life, India

Gaurav Mehta is the Founder and CEO of Dharma Life. Dharma Life is a social enterprise working to improve the quality of life in rural India through a women entrepreneurship model that provides low-income households and individuals at the last mile with livelihoods, awareness and access to socially impactful products and services. Since 2009, DL has created 17,000+ DLEs (more than 70% women) and has impacted 14m+ beneficiaries across 50’000 villages in 14 states of India through its interventions, which are aligned to the UN SDGs with a focus on the four areas: energy access and climate change, gender equality, health & hygiene, and livelihood & digital education.

Previously, Gaurav spent three years in the private equity space at General Atlantic, a large growth capital investment firm (until 2008). He focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and media, and healthcare sectors across Europe. He also initiated and led General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe. Prior to General Atlantic, he has worked at Morgan Stanley in London in the investment banking division, where he specialized in European capital products and healthcare investment banking. Gaurav graduated with a BA Hons degree in International Business Studies and French from the European Business School, London. He also has an MBA from London Business School.

Souad Mekhennet

Staff Reporter, The Washington Post, USA

Souad Mekhennet is an award winning reporter for The Washington Post’s national security desk and author.
She worked previously for The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, and NPR.
Mekhennet was a 2012 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University and is a visiting fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies as well as the Geneva Center for Security Policy and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
She first reported for The Post in the immediate aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, delving into the backgrounds of the Hamburg cell and writing on the al-Qaeda threat in Europe, North Africa and the Gulf. She was part of The Post’s coverage of the U.S. occupation of Iraq. From 2004 until 2013 Mekhennet worked at The New York Times where she produced some of the most distinguished reporting on the Bush administration’s war on terrorism and "Inside the world of Jihad."
In 2014 she returned to The Post as a contributor and was upped to staff writer in 2017.
Mekhennet has written four books, most recently her critically acclaimed memoir, "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad", which the New Yorker described as “an enthralling and sometimes shocking blend of reportage and memoir from the centers of jihadi networks.”
It was included in the 2017 long list for The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction, received the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism, in 2018 she received the Henri Nannen journalism award and the "Boerne Preis" one of the highest literature awards in Germany.

Patricia Menendez Cambo

Chief Executive Officer, PMC Capital Partners, USA

Patricia Menendez-Cambo was formerly the Deputy General Counsel of SoftBank Group International and the General counsel of SoftBank Latin America Fund and the SB Opportunity Fund . Previously she was the Vice Chair of Greenberg Traurig. During her tenure at the firm she also served as Chair of the Global Practice, Chair of the Corporate & Securities Practice, Co-Chair of the Global Energy & Infrastructure Practice, and was a member of the firm's Executive Committee. Previously, Patricia served as Subdirectora General for Telefónica S.A. and General Counsel to a number of their subsidiaries assisting them in relation to their global expansion. The National Law Journal recognized Patricia as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers in America," one of the "Top 40 under 40" attorneys, one of the “50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America,” and one of the “50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America.” Patricia was also by Chambers for "Outstanding Contribution to Gender Diversity," as well as "Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession". Patricia is a Young Global Leader Alumni. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Council of the Americas, Woodrow Wilson Center, the Board of Overseers for the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a member of the University of Miami Board of Trustees. Patricia holds a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a BA in Economics from the University of Miami. She is active with a number organizations working toward gender diversity and inclusion.

Nikhil Meswani

Executive Director, Reliance Industries, India

Nikhil R. Meswani is Executive Director and Board Member of Reliance Industries. The Group’s activities span exploration and production of oil and gas, refining and marketing, petrochemicals, polyesters and textiles. Meswani is a Member on several key India Government committees connected with the Ministry of Textiles, Petrochemicals, Petroleum and Natural Gas. He is a Member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation and is also a distinguished Alumni of the University Institute of Chemical Technology (UICT). He was the President of the Association of Synthetic Fibre Industry and Chairman of the Asian Chemical Fibre Industries Federation. He was honoured by the Institute of Economic Studies, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the Textile Association of India and the Ministry of Textiles and by the University Institute of Chemical Technology (UICT), Mumbai.

Antónia Mészáros

Executive Director, Hungary, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Hungary

Former: journalist, TV presenter, author and documentary film maker; host of live current affairs interview shows for 10 years on independent news channel ATV and public broadcaster MTV in Budapest, Hungary. Until 2006, worked for the BBC in London, in news, current affairs and documentaries, primarily on the strand Panorama. Experience in investigative journalism, video journalism, war reporting and filming in hostile environments. Continued making documentaries for the BBC on a freelance basis while anchoring flagship TV shows in Hungary. Currently, Executive Director, UNICEF Hungary. Author of a book on migration from Eastern Europe to the European Union (2006).

H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess of Norway, The Royal Court, Norway

Master's in Management, BI Norwegian Business School; studies in Development Issues, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Dedicated to youth health and youth empowerment nationally and internationally. 2006, appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. 2008, invited by UNAIDS to participate in strategic planning of the future AIDS response, and also focused on HIV/AIDS at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. 2015, co-founded the Maverick Collective with Kate Roberts (Senior Vice-President, Population Services International); Melinda Gates joined as co-chair. The Maverick Collective aims to engage other women to use their voice, intellectual and financial resources, to improve women's health worldwide and help end extreme poverty. Patron, Norwegian Red Cross. Member, Global Agenda Council on Healthy New Generation, World Economic Forum. Involved with developing and supporting new models of health interventions to address the most critical health issues for youth, specifically for girls. Also focused on strengthening youth leadership, through participation as Member of the Board, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Fund, which aims to empower youth in Norway. Member of the Board, Global Shapers, World Economic Forum. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named: Leading Global Thinker, Foreign Policy Magazine (2016); one of the Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company (2016).