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Serey Chea

Governor, National Bank of Cambodia, Cambodia

Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia. One of the few women leaders in central banking and a strong advocate of financial literacy and women's access to finance. Has led to the incorporation of financial literacy into Cambodia’s general education programme and a proof of concept on the use of blockchain technology to make financial transactions more affordable studied and the pilot launched in 2019. Co-founded an NGO, sits on a number of others that focus on healthcare, and champions greater collaboration between NGOs and governments.

Divya Seshamani

Managing Partner, Greensphere Capital, United Kingdom

BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford; MBA, Harvard Business School. Twenty years of experience in private equity from mid-cap PE to large-scale infrastructure. Former Partner, TPG, a global private equity house; has worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, Unilever Ventures, Parthenon and Goldman Sachs. Currently, Managing Partner and Founder, Greensphere Capital LLP, a sustainable investment firm. Former two-term Council Member, Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). Currently, Non-Executive Director, Forterra. Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. Passionate supporter of various environmental charities in the Pacific Northwest.

Lara Setrakian

President, The Applied Policy Research Institute of Armenia, Armenia

Lara Setrakian is an Impact Partner at Fresco Capital and the Co-Founder of News Deeply, a new media company working to advancing coverage of complex global issues. Setrakian spent more than five years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East for television, radio and digital platforms, for ABC News, Bloomberg Television, the International Herald Tribune and Monocle Magazine. She has since focused on the fusion of news and technology. Her first platform, Syria Deeply, launched in December 2012 to wide acclaim. TIME Magazine dubbed Syria Deeply “The Future of News”, Fast Company named her to its list of the “100 Most Creative People in Business”, while Inc Magazine called her one of "8 Women Who Could Own the Future". Setrakian was widely acclaimed for her ground-breaking use of social media in reporting on Iran's 2009 election protests and the Arab Awakening of 2011. She was named a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an inaugural fellow of the Peter Jennings Project at the National Constitution Center.

Nathan Shabot

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, LIP Ventures, Mexico

Nathan Shabot is an accomplished entrepreneur with a diverse range of professional achievements. With a background in civil engineering and finance, his entrepreneurial journey began in 2010. Since then he has founded or collaborated in the establishment of 13 companies in various sectors, such as venture capital, innovation and technology, construction and engineering, arts, culture, education and ethics. Shabot is Co-founder and Managing Partner of LIP Ventures Boutique, which provides specialized venture capital and business development services to multi-regional technology start-ups. LIP aims to leapfrog Mexico and Latin America’s access to leading technology and innovation projects, accelerating adoption and generating a positive impact. One of Shabot’s social entrepreneurship endeavours is LUAN, a platform to spread globally the value of art in human development. LUAN’s philosophy is that art, creativity and culture are the best ways to ignite change. Shabot’s passion for music and commitment to social impact led him to serve on the Executive Committee of the Orchestra of the Americas Group and to organize concerts to support young musicians.

Stav Shaffir

Member of the Knesset (2013-2020), Israel

Stav Shaffir was the youngest woman ever elected as a member of
parliament in Israel, where she served for seven years. Previously she was one of the
leaders of the Israeli social movement that brought hundreds of thousands of Israelis
into the streets in the summer of 2011, and became Israel's biggest-ever protest. The
movement focused on housing, social services, equality and democracy. A year after the
protests, Shaffir ran for a position on the Labour party list, and got elected in a
nationwide primary. She became an MP at age 27 and a member of the Finance
Committee, where she led a reform for budgetary transparency, exposed the
government's secret money transfers, and fought to end corrupt usage of tax-payer
Two years later, she won the second seat on her party list, and founded the
Transparency Committee of parliament, where she served as chairperson for four
years. In 2017 she became the chair of the OECD parliamentary committee for
transparency and anti-corruption. She also led the parliamentary collaboration for
sustainable cities and social justice.
In 2019, Israel entered a political turmoil of four consecutive elections leading to no
result. Shaffir realized that the only way to stop the attack on democratic institutions
would be to create a cross-party, democratic union between fractions on the center-left.
She fought to establish that union - and eventually gave up her own seat for it to be
built. The establishment of the Democratic Union paved the way for the diverse, unity
government Israel has today.
Today, Shaffir is focusing on social entrepreneurship. She is the founder of the Shira
Center; a unique program for young adults with autism and special needs. In Israel,
like in most countries, there are almost no opportunities for people with
developmental disabilities to continue to learn, work and receive therapy after they
finish high-school, and most remain fully dependent upon their families. Shaffir
created the Shira Centers in order to provide young adults with autism and special
needs an opportunity to be included in a university environment, while continuing to
study and work according to their desires and abilities. The Shira Centers are located
on university campuses and create ongoing collaboration between neurotypical and
special-needs students, aiming to increase empathy and leadership skills among
participants and the surrounding community. This groundbreaking model has quickly
gained traction among academic institutions around the world, and Shaffir is now
building a research institute for autism, music and the brain, in order to develop
therapeutic technologies for the broader special-needs community.
In addition, she works globally on creating collaborations to build new ideas on the
future of democracy, and is a regular contributor to Haaretz newspaper’s opinion page.
Numerous publications have recognized Shaffir for her outstanding work: Forbes’ 30
Under 30, Apolitical’s The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government for
2018, TheMarker and Calcalist Magazine’s 100 Influencers on the Israeli Economy,
Maariv’s 50 Most Influential Women. In 2017 she was selected as a Young Global
Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Bhavin Shah

Partner; Head, Middle East and North Africa, Forensic Risk Alliance Ltd, United Arab Emirates

I am a senior consulting professional and a trusted advisor to Boards of Directors, CXOs, Governments, and Regulators. I have served clients across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, America, and Europe.

My key areas of expertise are strategy development, business set-ups, transformations, M&A, restructuring, turnarounds, digital, complex regulatory matters, financial crime, public finance, and economic policies. I also have strong experience with financial performance improvement projects, balance sheet recapitalizations, Investor support, and cross-jurisdictional distress cases.

I mentor several Digital/FinTech start-ups in the region and have expertise in investing in venture, private and public markets. I hold an MBA and a Chemical Engineering degree and am an alumnus of Harvard Business School.

Premal Shah

Co-Founder, Kiva, USA

Premal co-founded — a crowdfunding non-profit that’s raised over $1 billion in 0% interest capital for microfinance entrepreneurs in +70 countries. Premal started Kiva after volunteering at the Gandhi Ashram in India, where he developed a deeper appreciation of Gandhi’s teachings on compassion and truth. Today, Premal is launching — a ‘Kiva for climate change’ crowdfunding site which aims to accelerate clean energy across India and Africa. Premal also serves on the boards of and the Center For Humane Technology (the non-profit behind Netflix’s most watched documentary ‘The Social Dilemna’). Premal began his career as one of PayPal’s first product managers and graduated from Stanford University. For his work as a social entrepreneur, he has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an Obama White House Champion of Change and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “40 under 40″ list.

Rajiv Shah

President, Rockefeller Foundation, USA

Dr. Shah serves as President of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. The Foundation applies data, science, and innovation to improve health for women and children, create nutritious and sustainable food systems, end energy poverty for more than a billion people worldwide, and enable meaningful economic mobility in the United States and worldwide.

In 2009, he was appointed USAID Administrator by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Shah reshaped the $20 billion agency’s operations in more than 70 countries around the world by elevating the role of innovation, creating high-impact public-private partnerships, and focusing US investments to deliver stronger results. Shah secured bipartisan support that included the passage of two significant laws – the Global Food Security Act and the Electrify Africa Act. He led the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake and the West African Ebola pandemic, served on the National Security Council, and elevated the role of development as part of our nation’s foreign policy. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.

Shah founded Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on power and infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia, and served as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University. Previously, he served at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he created the International Financing Facility for Immunization which helped reshape the global vaccine industry and save millions of lives.

Raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. He has received several honorary degrees, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the U.S. Global Leadership Award.

Yulia Shakhnovskaya

Founder, Aubaree Group, Spain

Ms. Shakhnovskaya was born in 1979 and graduated from Faculty of Law, Moscow State University in 2001. She has worked in Russian and international law firms, then held numerous leadership positions at RAO UES, the former electric power monopoly of Russia. At the time, the company underwent a period of extraordinary reorganization as the liberalisation of utility market was happening in Russia. In 2008-2009 as Director of the Iris Art Support and Development Foundation she managed the creation and construction of the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture and organization of large-scale projects, including exhibitions of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and François Pinault Foundation collection. The Garage Center has become the leading modern art exhibition centre in Russia. Since 2009 she held leading positions at the Polytechnic Museum, national science and technology museum first as the CEO of the Polytechnic Museum Development Foundation leading an unprecedented $500m fundraising campaign for the Museum's new building and the renovation of its historical building. Since 2013, she is the CEO of the Polytechnic Museum itself leading its transformation from an old-style Soviet institution to a modern science museum.

Daniel Shapiro

Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program, Harvard University, USA

PhD. Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program and Associate Director, Harvard Negotiation Project. Affiliate Faculty, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. President, Integrative Dynamics. Former Chair, Global Agenda Council on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, World Economic Forum. Co-Author (with Roger Fisher), Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate.

Nicolás Shea

Founder and Executive Chairman, Cumplo Chile S.A., Chile

Chilean entrepreneur. Founder of Start-Up Chile, eClass & Cumplo. Founding president of the Chilean Association of Entrepreneurs (ASECH), Socialab & TODOS. Former advisor of entrepreneurship & innovation to the Chilean Ministry of Economy. M.Sc. Management from Stanford, M.Sc. Education from Columbia, B.A. in business and economics from the Catholic University of Chile. Married, 5 children, 1 dog.

Simon Sheikh

Chief Executive Officer, Future Super, Australia

Simon Sheikh is the CEO and co-founder of Future Super, a fast growing ethical investment focussed asset manager in Australia with AUD$10.5b + under management across pension and managed investments. The pension fund has approximately 280,000 investors and helps everyday Australians divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions.

Simon's background is as a community activist, having run the 1 million strong group GetUp. In this role he led campaigns on clean energy, carbon pricing, mental health reform and water policies. Prior to joining GetUp as its second National Director, Simon worked at the NSW Treasury as a Financial Analyst. Simon is passionate about parenthood and climate action. He is the father of a 7 year old who loves surfing and skateboarding.