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Kieron Boyle is the Chief Executive of the Impact Investing Institute, the UK’s national body for impact investing. Its mission is to make capital markets fit for the 21st century. The Institute works in the UK and internationally to accelerate the amount of capital being channelled to the world’s greatest social and environmental challenges.
From 2016 to 2023, Kieron was the Chief Executive of Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation, one of the world's largest health foundations. Through this period, the foundation became globally recognised for pioneering new ways of improving urban health, as well as transforming its £1 billion investment arm into one of Europe's leading responsible and impact investors.
Kieron's career has focused on driving real-world change through reshaping how wider systems operate. He is a serial social innovator, and established Impact on Urban Health, the Access Foundation, the Government Outcomes Lab and the Arts Impact Fund. He also helped bring Giving Tuesday and the B Corp movement to the UK.
Kieron was the UK government's chief advisor on impact investment. Prior to this he worked at No.10 Downing Street, the Department for Business, the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group.
Kieron is a Governor of the Southbank Centre, and sits on the Boards of Big Society Capital and the Design Council. He chairs LIPH — a $7 trillion global alliance of institutional investors working to improve people's health — and also Nesta's Cultural Impact Development Fund. He is a member of the UK's cross-party Commission into Health and Prosperity.
Kieron was the first ever UK civil servant to be selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
MBA, Harvard Business School (Fulbright Platinum Fellow); PhD in Neuroscience, University of Auckland. Formerly: Management Consultant, BCG; Faculty Adviser, Singularity University; founding Chief Executive Officer, Spark, an initiative that promotes entrepreneurship in New Zealand and has successfully helped start over 110 companies in the last 15 years; led business development at cleantech start-ups, including LanzaTech. Passionate about #FutureOfWork, #CircularEconomy, #Entrepreneurship. Previously, co-founder and CEO of BlueOak, a circular economy company focused on recycling high-value metals from e-waste. Currently, Co-Founder & CEO of StriveLabs, a company focused on #FutureOfWork in the wake of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Recipient of honours and awards, including: World Class New Zealander Award 2017; named one of New Zealand's top 10 business influencers; Distinguished Young Alumni Award, University of Auckland; Harvard Alumni New Venture Award; recognized at White House Demo Day in 2015.
Kate Brandt credits her time in government for shaping her perspective that partnerships between the public and private sector are key to solving broad, systemic challenges like clean energy and climate change. Kate currently serves as Google's Chief Sustainability Officer, leading sustainability across Google's worldwide operations, products and supply chain. Previously, she served in the White House as the country's first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer where she helped create an executive order that will cut greenhouse-gas emissions by over 40% in the next decade.
Senior executive and board member in fintech and R&D-based companies, including as EVP for Europe at Binance, founding CFO/CSO at AeroMobil (pioneering flying cars company), and board member in GA Drilling, the global leader in accessing ultra deep geothermal energy.
Previously, founder and managing director of tech investment and advisory firm Steam Capital, member of the investment committee of the European Innovation Council Fund (largest deep tech investment fund in Europe) and the founder and executive chairman of Neulogy.
Senior positions in the Government of Slovakia, including minister for innovations and deputy for European affairs of the minister of finance. Board Member of the European Stability Mechanism and Head of Europe at the World Economic Forum. B.A. from Stanford and M.P.A. from Harvard.
I am Senior Vice President of M&A at Mastercard responsible for orchestrating the development and execution of acquisitions to meet the strategic and financial objectives. I have lead multiple acquisitions that are now a core part of the company’s long-term strategy while evolving our product and talent profiles. Within my time at Mastercard, I have held several positions across Technology, Customer Delivery and Mergers & Acquisitions within the US, UK and AP. With a passion for tackling complex programs of work, building powerful cross-functional partnerships and leading from strategy to execution, I have a wide breath of business experience coupled with strong leadership capabilities building, driving and motivating teams.
Fares Bugshan is the Chief Executive Officer of Bugshan Investments. He is also a Board Member at MenaBev, one of the largest PepsiCo bottlers in the Middle East, and of Endeavor Saudi Arabia, a non-profit organization supporting entrepreneurs. Prior, Bugshan was a social and economic research analyst and General Manger (Saudi Arabia) at the Gallup Organization. He holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from McMaster University, Canada, an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the London Business School.
Yana Buhrer Tavanier
Yana Buhrer Tavanier is the co-founder and executive director of Fine Acts, a global nonprofit creative studio for social impact. As a creative activist, she explores human rights innovation at the intersections of activism, art, tech and science. Yana is also the co-founder of TimeHeroes.org, the largest volunteer platform in Bulgaria; and has a background as an award-winning investigative journalist. She has a BA in communication and MA in political science from Sofia University, along with executive education at Harvard University, Yale University, Oxford University, and NTU-Singapore. She is a TED Senior Fellow, a Fulbright Scholar, a WEF Young Global Leader, a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and was named one of 50 people who will change the world in WIRED’s Smart List 2012. Her most recent TED talk, viewed close to 2 million times, deals with her concept of playtivism - the importance of creative play and experimentation in activism.
Joy Buolamwini is Founder of Algorithmic Justice League, an organization that looks to foster a world with more ethical and inclusive artificial intelligence. She is also a Researcher at the MIT Media Lab, where she pioneered evaluation techniques for face classification algorithms, and serves on the Global Tech Panel convened by the Vice-President of the European Commission to advise world leaders and technology executives on ways to make technology more beneficial. Buolamwini’s TED Talk on bias in artificial intelligence has been viewed over 1 million times. She has been listed on the Technology Review 35 under 35, Forbes 30 under 30, BBC 100 Women and Bloomberg 50, and was featured in the inaugural Forbes list of 50 Top Women in Technology. Buolamwini earned a BSc in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's degree from both the University of Oxford and MIT, where she is a PhD candidate. She is also a Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Fellow.
Jessica Burgner-Kahrs is Associate Professor and Director of the Continuum Robotics Laboratory at University of Toronto, Canada. From 2013 to 2019 she was with Leibniz University Hannover, Germany and from 2010 to 2012 with Vanderbilt University, USA. She received her Diploma and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
Her research focus lies on continuum robotics and in particular on their design, modeling, planning and control, as well as human-robot interaction. Her fundamental robotics research is driven by applications in minimally-invasive surgery and maintenance, repair, and operations. In 2015 her research was recognized with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the Lower Saxony Science Award in the category Young Researcher, and she was entitled Young Researcher of the Year 2015 in Germany. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences awarded her the Engineering Science Prize in 2016. She was elected as one of the Top 40 under 40 in the category Science and Society in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by the business magazine Capital.
Sinéad Burke is a Disabled educator, advocate and author who champions accessibility, equity and social justice to build a better world for everyone. In 2020, she founded the accessibility consultancy Tilting the Lens on the three pillars of education, advocacy and design. Advising major global brands including Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Netflix, Pinterest and Starbucks, Tilting the Lens guides clients in their move from awareness to action by creating more accessible practices, policies, products and services, places and promotions.
Sinéad serves on Gucci's Global Equity Board, ITV’s Cultural Advisory Council, the Irish President’s Council of State and Ireland’s Future of Media Commission. She is also part of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, as well as the European Young Leaders. As a passionate writer, podcast host and public speaker, Sinéad facilitates honest conversations about identity, disability and accessibility. Her work has been featured and recognised by Vogue, The Financial Times, Fast Company, WWD, Vanity Fair, The Business of Fashion, and many more. In 2017, she delivered a powerful TED Talk on ‘Why design should include everyone.’ Her children’s book, ‘Break the Mould,’ is a primer on how to take your place in the world – with lessons for all. It won the ‘An Post Irish Book Award’ in 2020.
Jane Burston is Clean Air Fund’s founding Executive Director. The Clean Air Fund is a philanthropic organisation dedicated to creating a future where everyone breathes clean air. It grants ~$20m/year to air pollution reduction activity on behalf of a collaboration of philanthropic donors from health, climate, children's development and sustainable mobility.
Previously Jane was Head of Climate and Energy Science in the UK Government, where she was responsible for the UK greenhouse gas inventory and a £45m science programme. Prior to that she led a team of 150 scientists working on Energy and Environment at the National Physical Laboratory.
Jane was featured by WIRED as one of their changemakers of tomorrow and is a WEF Young Global Leader and a social entrepreneur of the year in the UK. She is a regular commentator and a trustee of Parkinson’s UK.
BSc (Hons) in Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences; MSc in Financial Management, SOAS; MBA, INSEAD. Formerly with: GEODIS (France’s largest logistics company), responsible for International business development, based in Paris; Maersk Line (world’s largest shipping company) as Area Manager, Far East and Middle East, based in Singapore. First-generation entrepreneur; has varied levels of involvement in companies covering multiple sectors and geographical span. Current: CEO Truckistan Technologies. Former commitments include: Co-Founder and MD TruckSher (a digital platform for Trucking); Founder and Chief Executive Officer, e2e, a supply chain and logistics company with offices in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Singapore; Founder and Chief Executive Officer, e2e Business Enterprise, a first of its kind manufacturing plant that produces the healthiest edible oil in the world (rice bran oil) from indigenous sources; Co-Founder and Member of the Board, Pakistan Terminal Operator and Tripkar.com, the former is the only ISO tank cleaning and repair station in Pakistan and the latter is one of the biggest travel portals in Pakistan. Has successfully exited from three companies founded in the areas of trucking, agriculture and human resources. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.