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Porter Diehl

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates, USA

Porter joined Bridgewater in 2009 and is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer. He partners with the co-CEOs to set and drive the strategic goals and oversee the day-to-day management of the firm. Previously, Porter was Lead of Portfolio Analytics, working closely with the co-CIOs to evolve the portfolio construction process, evaluate and manage investment risks, and design investment strategies for clients. His work has included evolving the risk controls and event risk strategy, researching how to best combine beta and alpha, and systemizing the portfolio construction and trade generation logic. Porter is also a member of the firms Executive Committee, Commercial and Business Strategy Committee, and a Partner.

Abdigani Diriye

Head of Machine Learning, Atacana Group Inc, Kenya

Dr. Abdigani Diriye is a technology leader and entrepreneur who is having an impact in the AI and Fintech fields. Dr. Abdigani is Head of Machine Learning at Atacana Group Inc. and has held positions in industry and academia at Amazon, IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and Carnegie Mellon University where he led the development and deployment of machine learning-based systems and voice technologies to millions of people in the Middle East and Africa. Dr. Abdigani has commercialized various technologies and published over 50 papers and patents and holds a Ph.D. in computer science from University College London and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

In acknowledgement to his contribution to innovation, Dr. Abdigani is a recipient of a TED Fellowship, Next Einstein Forum Fellowship, and NSF Fellowship and has been selected by MIT Technology Review, Quartz, and Institut Choiseul as one of the leading innovators and global leaders. Dr. Abdigani contributes to the research community and sits on the program committee of several Special Interest Groups and conferences including SIGIR, CHIIR, RecSys, and the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Diskul Dispanadda

Chief Executive Officer, Doi Tung Development Project, Thailand

M.L. Dispanadda Diskul (Duke) is the Chief Executive Officer of Mae Fah Luang Foundation. He has an extensive background in sustainable development having been in charge of the foundation's rural development initiatives both domestically and internationally. He leads the strategic mission and vision, and is the key representative disseminating the foundation's core principles and knowledge as well as advising on policy in major forums. Duke oversees the foundation's flagship social enterprise, the Doi Tung Development Project and the brand's five different social businesses. He is very active in the Thailand social enterprise scene where he is a member of Thailand Social Enterprise Board. In 2019, he co-founded and was elected President of the Social Enterprise Thailand Association (SE Thailand), a platform to help build capacity for new enterprises in Thailand. Duke has a Masters in Business Administration from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University.

Manel Sorya Djermoun

Geopolitical Expert, Author and Entrepreneur, Kheyma, Algeria

Soraya Djermoun is geopolitical expert and analyst of MENA region, entrepreneur and committed to women empowerment. She currently advises multinational and governmental leaders in communication and influence, business diplomacy, economical attractiveness and strategic development. Soraya is a successful author, published by the famous French editor L’Harmattan. Her first book “Qatarisme” was a best-selling book in 2013. She published in 2015 with Dr. Nurdin a strategic book about the emerging multinationals, the real 21st century game changers. Her last book “Dubai 5.0 The New Model”, prefaced by the Chairman of the Cercle des Economistes, is an amazing study of Dubai through its History, its macroeconomy, its Government and all the strategies used and applied to reach such power nowadays. A graduate from University of Paris, Soraya Djermoun holds a master degree in Communication and public relations and a MBA in international affairs. She obtained her baccalaureat in economics in Germany. She has lived in 7 countries and speaks fluently French, Arabic, English and German. Soraya held various corporate positions: serving as the Group Communication Director of the first private group in Algeria and in the top 5 in African private sector, and analyst at the French Institute of International Relations. Soraya Djermoun has received international distinctions and recognitions: she is rising talent 2016 of the Women’s Forum, an initiative that aims at distinguishing highly talented young women who are on their way to becoming influential figures in our economies and societies, and a laureate of Choiseul 100 Africa, an independent study that identifies and ranks the young African leaders of 40-year old and below who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future. Her long-term goal is to contribute to the economic emergence and modernization of Algeria, helping to promote its diplomacy and image.

Kuseni Dlamini

Chairman, Massmart Holdings Ltd, South Africa

Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Massmart Ltd, a leading African retail group operating 436 stores in 13 Sub-Saharan countries. He is the Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in over 50 countries. He is the Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa and is a member of the board of the Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Kuseni is the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this he was the Head of Anglo American South Africa, a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American in London and was the Director of Anglo Platinum.
He is also the former Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd. As part of his career in mining he held a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
In March 2008, he was named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL)’ by the World Economic Forum and, during the same month, MiningX selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining. In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian named him as one of the top 200 young people worth taking to lunch and in the same year and month, The Economist referred to him as “A Rare Commodity’. In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed him a member of the Global Agenda Council on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. In 2011, he was appointed co-Chairman of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit which brings together Heads of States, leading politicians and business leaders to debate the state of Africa in a changing world on an annual basis.
Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities which include the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and the Advisory Board of GIBS Business School. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Mei Ling Doery

Managing Director, MDMD Pty Ltd, Australia

Mei Ling is a Physician strategist at the intersection of medicine, technology and design with a particular interest systems transformation and the emotional factors that impact decision-making in healthcare.Credentialed as the youngest Ministerial appointment to the Board of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (1996-2011), Mei Ling guided the transition to digital grant-making systems for the AUD $32M annual investment budget.

Her perspective on contemporary health challenges is informed by roles as medical advisor for the Department of Veteran Affairs(2016 - current), Australian Defence Force (2007-2009), team doctor for an AFL Football Team (2005-2008), as Executive Physician at BUPA Wellness (2012-2014), Board Member to the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation and as independent advisor to several organisations including the Parliament of Victoria, Singtel and Commonwealth Scientific Research and Industrial Organisation (CSIRO).

A skilled coalition builder, Mei Ling has over 16 years experience within and advising start-up ventures including developing ‘RUPERT’ (Rational Use Protocol for Expert Recommended (Clinical) Testing), Doctors,net,uk and the Live Council initiative, and as advisor to Appete, Umps Health, NebulaHealth, Smileyscope, 8i, Black.ai among many.

As a seasoned public communicator, Mei has been engaged to address audiences for TEDMed, IBM, Art Series Hotel Group, Mallesons, the Department of Small Business Innovation and Trade, the Australian Medical Association, the International Aeronautical Federation, Rock Health, WEF Young Global Leaders Summit, World Congress of Sport and Culture(Tokyo) and UN Sustainable Development Impact Summit

In 2014, Mei was appointed doctor-in- residence for digital agency Portable Studios (named in BRW’s Fast 100 for 2013) and co-hosted the RockHealth speaking tour in Australia. In 2016, Mei Ling co- founded SugarByHalf, became innovation advisor to Nightingale Housing and a Board Member to the Chisholm Institute and Chisholm Online.

In 2017 Mei Ling lead the implementation of a Market Led Proposal to establish an international campus and lifestyle destination for entrepreneurs, investors and connectors in Melbourne. This project was recognised as a major grant recipient by LaunchVic(Victoria’s State Innovation Fund).

Mei Ling holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Bachelor of Medical Science and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Melbourne.

Nobuo Domae

President and Representative Director, Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd, Japan

Nobuo Domae is the President of Ryohin Keikaku, whose business is known as MUJI. Before joining Ryohin Keikaku/ MUJI, he was with Fast Retailing / UNIQLO as the Executive Vice-President. Before that, he was a Consultant at McKinsey and Company. Nobuo has a BSc and an MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

Ola Doudin

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BitOasis, United Arab Emirates

Ola Doudin is the co-founder & CEO of BitOasis, the first and largest regional digital asset platform in the Middle East. She has an engineering background and has worked in tech and security advisory in Ernst & Young in London and engineering research prior to her move back to the region where she got involved in tech entrepreneurship and later started BitOasis. Most recently, Forbes Middle East featured Ola among the ‘Top 10 Women Behind Middle Eastern Tech Brands 2021’.

Ismail Douiri

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco

Ismail Douiri is Co-CEO of Attijariwafa Bank, a regional financial institution based in Casablanca Morocco and serving 9.1 million clients in 26 countries in North, West and Central Africa, as well as Western Europe. He joined Attijariwafa Bank in 2004 as VP of Strategy and was promoted in 2005 to Deputy General Manager and in 2008, was appointed by the Board of Directors to Co-CEO. He started his professional career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland, then joined Casablanca Finance Group, a boutique investment bank based in Morocco. After getting his MBA, he worked for Morgan Stanley in London, for McKinsey & Co. in the North Africa Initiative and founded a mobile internet startup. He holds two engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris) and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School.

Kathryn Dovey

Manager, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

Kathryn is based at the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct. She joined the OECD in 2014 and previously ran the network of National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct across 50+ governments. She also worked with multiple countries on the fight against international tax evasion and during this time established the Africa Initiative on tax transparency. From 2020-2022 Kathryn was Executive Director of Open For Business – a global coalition of companies building the economic and business case for LGBT+ inclusion. In 2009, Kathryn co-founded the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights and in 2007 she created Entreprises pour les droits de l'homme, an organisation of large multinational companies headquartered in France. Over the past 20 years, Kathryn has provided human rights expertise to governments, business and civil society in a wide range of countries including Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Liberia, Myanmar and Russia. From 2012-14 Kathryn was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights and in 2014, she was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the WEF. She has lived and worked in Canada, France, Portugal and Russia.

Michael Drexler

Chief Strategy Officer, Brightstar Capital Partners, USA

Michael Drexler is the Chief Strategy Officer and Managing Director at Brightstar Capital Partners. He currently serves on the boards of America's Group and REMarkets, both Brightstar portfolio companies.

Prior to Brightstar, Michael was Managing Director and Global Head of Strategy and Business Transformation at J.P. Morgan Asset Management based in New York. He was a member of the division’s Operating Committee and worked with all business lines on strategic initiatives, including M&A, business efficiency, and decision making.

Previously, he worked for nearly a decade in a senior leadership role at the World Economic Forum as Member of the Executive Committee responsible for partnerships and content in the Alternative Investment industry and later the Forum’s content initiatives across the financial sector, infrastructure, and long-term investing. Michael also spent nearly a decade at Barclays Capital in London, as the Global Head of Strategy and Planning for the majority of his time there, following his role as a consultant at McKinsey & Co and a post-doctoral position at Stanford University.

Michael holds a doctorate in Mathematics from Oxford University and an M.Sc. in Engineering from the Technical University at Munich.

Jamie C. Drummond

Sharing Strategies @ Dalberg Catalyst, Sharing Strategies @ Dalberg Catalyst, United Kingdom

After co-founding ONE.org Jamie founded Sharing Strategies, which brings together philanthropies, think tanks, campaign groups and International Organisations to share “collective intelligence for people and planet”. The aim is to foster greater collaboration between individuals and institutions working across climate and development issues and tackle our era of “polycrisis” by focusing partners on 3 workstreams and co-created strategic goals – Firstly- reforming our global financial architecture so we unlock a significant increase in quality public and private finance for the SDGs and climate action, with the need estimated at least $2.4 trillion annually by 2030; Secondly, creating a data-driven set of match-making platforms whereby global finance connects with an improving pipeline of national and local projects and policies for people and planet; Thirdly, connecting local to global campaigns and movements so that leadership is renewed to mitigate populism and drive systemic multilateral change for the next decade and beyond.
One place Jamie’s entrepreneurial advocacy journey started was in Ethiopia, in 1995, when Jamie was working in Ethiopia with partners of Christian Aid – a country spending more on servicing unjust “cold war-era” debts than on health or education. This gave him an idea – the “Drop the Debt” campaign – drop the debts of highly indebted poor countries that commit to invest the freed up funds in their people and fight corruption. Jamie persuaded Bono to spearhead the campaign and, with others, build a broad coalition of campaigners who successfully secured the cancellation of Ethiopia’s national debt, as well as a further US$110 billion dollars of debt for some of the world’s poorest countries.
Over the next two decades, first at DATA.org then at ONE.org, Jamie worked with partners to combine evidence-based policies and public campaigning to launch many successful anti-poverty campaigns. Such as: securing historic levels of investment in health and the fight against preventable diseases – helping reduce the number of people dying from AIDS and malaria by more than a third and preventing the deaths of 4 million children under the age of 5 every year; The “Make Poverty History” campaign which led to a near doubling of aid in a new partnership with Africa and, securing big investments for women and girls’ health, education and economic empowerment through ONE’s Poverty is Sexist campaign. In 2015, Jamie, ONE and partners helped persuade world leaders to agree the 2030 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.