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Shaffi Mather is a Lawyer, Social Entrepreneur and Public Policy Analyst.
Shaffi is the founder Chairman of MUrgency Inc. based in Dover, DE, USA, a holding company for multiple businesses playing the role of the idea generator, incubator, accelerator, growth hacker, organization builder and corporate office for various businesses in Business Incubation / Acceleration, Airport Assistance Services, Quaternary Medical Care, Reproductive & Fertility Medicine, E Commerce and Fin Tech.
Shaffi is an alumnus of Harvard University, London School of Economics & Political Science, University of Pittsburgh, University of Bridgeport, Cochin University School of Law and Mahatma Gandhi University. Shaffi is presently a doctoral student at the School of Business, IE University, Spain.
Shaffi previously founded, Dial 1298 for Ambulance / ZHL (www.zhl.in), currently the largest Ambulance Service in the Developing World & Co-Founder, Lifesupporters Institute of Health Sciences, now Asia's largest Pre-hospital Care Training Organization.
Shaffi's TED speech proposes a radical new fee for service initiative to assist citizens to fight individual demands for bribes - https://www.ted.com/talks/shaffi_mather_a_new_way_to_fight_corruption?language=en
Shaffi is a Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; World Responsible Leader, BMW Foundation; Asia Young Leader, Asia Society; TED Fellow, TED; Aspen ILI Fellow, Aspen Institute; Kenneth Galbraith Scholar, Harvard University; British Chevening Gurukul Fellow, London School of Economics & Political Science; Future International Leader, British Government; & UBS Global Visionary
Shaffi was one of the three Social Entrepreneurs from India invited by President Obama to the US President's Summit on Social Entrepreneurship in Washington DC in 2010 and also member of the select group with whom President Obama had discussions during his India visit. Shaffi was also selected as a Future International Leader by British Government in 2012 where he was invited to spend time with senior British Government officials in London over two weeks.
Ms. Matsuko is Head of Engagement, Sustainability Office at OMRON Corporation headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. OMRON is a manufacturer of market-leading products using sensing and control technology with AI for the betterment of industry and society, and currently focuses on factory automation, social automation and healthcare domains.
Prior to that, Nami was appointed to lead Corporate Citizenship team to promote CSR activities of the group as Managing Director at Nomura Holdings, Inc., the largest investment bank in Japan and produced the first Integrated Report in financial industry in Japan, before supporting global team to engage with overseas public and private asset owners at Nomura Asset Management.
As an investment banker at Nomura Securities Co., she was engaged in financial advices to Japanese companies (corporate governance, re-organization of group management, Takeovers, IR etc.) and in policy recommendation related to capital market (corporate related laws and regulations, tax).
She holds a BA in International Law from Sophia University in Tokyo, LL.M from Georgetown Law Centre and New York University School of Law in US. Loves to play the violin in the orchestra and create IKEBANA (Japanese traditional style flower arrangement). Member of the New York Bar Association.
Yasukane is the founder and CEO of Josys, a startup established in 2021 that is revolutionizing the hybrid work environment by providing automated IT device and SaaS management solutions worldwide. The company raised USD125M within its first two years.
Yasukane founded Raksul in 2009 after a stint at A.T. Kearney. Raksul, a leader in the sharing economy, specializes in online printing services and became Japan’s largest online printing provider. The company went public in 2018 with a billion dollar market cap. Yasukane’s leadership at Raksul earned him top honors in Forbes’ Entrepreneur Ranking in 2017, and the company was featured in a Harvard Business School case study in 2019. He was also selected Young Global Leaders in World Economic Forum. He has served as Chairman of Raksul since 2023.
Spent Childhood living in South Africa.
Started her first venture, AGASTA, a company exporting second hand cars to the world, at the age of 26. She was the youngest woman in Japan who made her company public.
2014, she formed People Worldwide co.,Ltd, a cross border Man power agency.
2017, she formed WORK JAPAN Co.,Ltd providing services
dedicated to foreigners living in Japan.
Selected as, Young Global Leader/World Economic Forum 2005
Women of the Year 2005
Independent Director at BASE Inc (TSE 4477)
Personal profile In 2015, Nadeen became the first Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to be appointed in Jamaica. In this capacity, she leads the digital transformation agenda for National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited - the largest and most profitable financial institution in Jamaica. The digitization of this systemically important financial institution will play a key role in Jamaica’s transition to a digital economy. Nadeen also serves as the CEO of the NCB Foundation, the bank’s philanthropic arm, where she has spearheaded increased impact through volunteerism, and greater focus on primary school education and support of scholarships for students pursuing non-traditional career paths. She is also Co-Creator and Co-Executive Producer of NCB Capital Quest - a business reality television programme designed to introduce the Jamaican market place to private equity as a financing alternative that small and medium sized enterprises can leverage to expand.
Luiza is a Partner with Bain & Company in São Paulo. As the Leader of the Healthcare practice in South America, she is passionate about developing strategies to deliver quality healthcare solutions under rationalized costs, being a catalyst for a more sustainable system. She has deep expertise in payers, primary care and hospital providers, as well as healthcare ecosystems, authoring points-of-view on how to advance the Brazilian healthcare system. She supports clients to develop deep understanding of their customer’s journeys, in order to deliver unique customer experiences, based on omnichannel approaches, state-of-the art technology and robust metrics. She is an enthusiast of transformations using Agile and Human-Centric co-creation approaches, as Design Thinking. As Womxn @ Bain Champion in South America, she dedicates time to promoting gender parity and developing young female leadership, within Bain as well as in the corporate world, by building studies on how to promote more women in leadership positions. Luiza holds a Master in Management focused on Information Businesses (Coppead Management School, Brazi), and a MBA with major in Finance, Operations and Marketing (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA). She graduated in Electronic & Computer Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Billy Mawasha has been CEO of Kolobe Nala Investment Company (KNI) since April 2019. KNI is an investment holdings company with interests in mining, manufacturing, and energy.
Prior to KNI, Billy was Country Head – South Africa for Rio Tinto and Managing Director of Richard Bay Minerals. He previously held leadership, operational and technical roles at Anglo American (Kumba Iron Ore), AngloGold Ashanti and De Beers. His career has given him deep exposure to mining operations and projects across the Africa continent.
Billy is a Certified Director (IoDSA) and a Non-Executive Director of JSE listed Impala Platinum Holdings, Exxaro Resources and Metair Investments.
In 2017, Billy was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum, and in March 2023, he was invited to join the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Responsible Resource Use.
Billy graduated with an Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town and has completed executive development programmes at Harvard Kennedy School, Kellogg School of Management, London Business School and GIBS in South Africa.
BSc (Hons) in Symbolic Systems and MSc (Hons) in Computer Science, Stanford University. Formerly: with UBS Research Lab, Zurich, Switzerland; SRI International; 13 years at Google in numerous positions, including as engineer, designer, product manager and executive, and launched more than 100 well-known features and products; played an instrumental role in Google Search, leading the product management effort for more than 10 years; latterly, Vice-President, Local, Maps and Location Services, Google. July 2012, joined Yahoo! as President and Chief Executive Officer. Member of the Board of Directors, Wal-Mart. Member of the Board of various non-profits, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Ballet and the New York City Ballet.
Rhea Mazumdar Singhal
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.
Mariame McIntosh Robinson
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 is currently the President of a payments and digital assets fintech firm, Qenta Inc., headquartered in Houston Texas. 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.
Lucy McRae is a sci-fi artist, film director, TED Fellow and body architect, placing the human body in complex, futuristic scenarios that confound the boundaries between the natural and artificial; inventing iconic artworks that take people beyond the expectations of themselves. Trained in classical ballet and interior design, her approach is to influence culture by exploring scientific breakthroughs relating to health and the human body, while providing a feminine point of view on emerging technology. Inventor of Swallowable Parfum, Lucy is recognised as an early identifier of emerging technologies that drive product innovation. Lucy led Philips Electronics far–future research lab, developing stretchable electronics, an electronic tattoo and a range of emotional sensing dresses. She has consulted with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Intel and Aesop on the cultural impacts that emerging technologies will have on future lifestyles. McRae encourages scientific conversation around the slipperiness of where science and technology meet the body, throwing into question "What makes us Human"? She has spoken and taught masterclasses on the impact technology has on human nature at TED, WIRED Health, Royal Albert Hall, London’s College of Physicians, Tribeca, Cannes Lion and most recently at MIT’s Being Material conference in 2017. McRae’s award-winning artworks have been develo and exhibited at London Science Museum, Centre Pompidou and Venice Biennale.
Bachelor's degree, McGill University; Master's focusing on conflict management and alternative dispute resolution through Harvard Negotiation Program, Harvard. Formerly: Special Adviser on Negotiation to Chief Prosecutor at International Criminal Court in The Hague; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law School and Northeastern University; Training Co-Director, Harvard Mediation Program. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Insight Partners, Insight Partners Consulting and non-profit Insight Collaborative, provides consulting and training services to corporate executives and government leaders worldwide; teaches conflict management skills to children worldwide through Insight Collaborative.