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Rose Damen is a Young Global Leader and the Managing Director of Damen Yachting. She has grown this division from luxury yachts into a business that inspires its clients to explore adventurously and also responsibly. Rose introduced a sustainability agenda to Damen Yachting, while supporting broader projects to protect the oceans. She is an advocate for gender balance and diversity. A graduate of INSEAD, Rose has prior experience as an investment research analyst in the UK and NGO coordinator in Sri Lanka. She serves on an number of non-profit boards, including those focused on the arts.
Bernice Dapaah is an entrepreneur and an industry leader in the non-motorized transport subsector in Ghana where she has pioneered climate-smart mobility technology. She has championed the engineering of specialty bamboo bikes and other bamboo artifacts using locally available resources. Apart from bicycles, she has developed successful prototype of bamboo wheelchair and bamboo litter picker which has attracted the attention of the Paralympic Association and Ministry of Sanitation respectively. With over decade experience in bamboo technology, she has been the recipient of several awards due to her abiding contributions to the field. Bernice is the Chief Executive Officer of Envirotech Bamboo Limited and Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative and an Alumnus of Harvard University and Oxford University's Executive Fellowship programs in leadership. She is also an Alumnus of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders and World Bamboo Ambassador. She holds a Masters degree in Development Management.
The inspiration for the innovation of bamboo bicycles came out of her fascination for the botanical properties of bamboo and learning from other ingenious inventions with bamboo. Her work has train and created employment for youths directly and indirectly and enriched the plantation stock of Ghana through her ambitious effort to tackle the issue of deforestation and ecosystem degradation.
A rising leader in Australian business focused on transforming health care, d'Arville's work with large payer and provider organisations has had a significant impact in creating more customer-centric and efficient operations. She is also passionate about having an impact in the social sector. This includes leading Bain Australia's social impact practice, supporting OzHarvest in their efforts to reduce food waste and co-leading Bain's collaboration with Social Ventures Australia and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on Restacking the Odds to tackle intergenerational disadvantage.
Zorigt Dashdorj is Executive Director of Mongolia Development Strategy Institute. He also serves on corporate board of directors of Skytel (telecom and IPTV provider), AIC (copper cathode producer) and Emart Mongolia (retail hypermarket). He has his own Euroasia risk consulting practice.
As the former Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy of Mongolia (2008-2012) and Member of Parliament (2009-2012), he is one of most prominent experts in Mongolia's mining and energy sectors. During his tenure, large copper-gold, coal and other mining and energy projects were signed or initiated, propelling Mongolia to become one of the fastest growing frontier economies. He is a strong backer of renewable energies and with his support international banks invested in the first commercial scale wind farm in Mongolia. Prior to becoming a government minister, Zorigt was the founding chief executive officer of a state-owned mining company Erdenes MGL in charge of strategic mining projects. He worked in public service for 14 years and was director of policy planning in the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Finance and Economy. Zorigt started his career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as Deputy Director for Strategic Planning and Coordination and First Secretary of Mongolia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations. He has LLD (Doctor of Laws) and LLM from the Kyushu University, Japan, MA in International Relations from the Australian National University and MA in Political Science from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
Patricia Ellen da Silva
Currently Systemiq Managing Partner in Brazil and vó-founder of Aya Coalition. Former Secretary of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Labour of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2016 in recognition of achievements on digital innovation, education and economic development in government. Lectures on Leadership and Digital Innovation at the Master of Public Management Program of the Center for Public Leadership (CLP). MPA, Harvard Kennedy School; MBA, INSEAD. Chief Executive Officer of Optum Brazil until 2018; previously Partner at McKinsey & Company for nearly 18 years. Focused on public sector challenges, led projects in education, health, economic development, with special focus on digital government innovation. Co-Founder of Movimento Agora!, which seeks to modernize public policy provision and management by promoting social engagement, to build a more humane and sustainable country.
Dr Martyn Davies is an Executive Advisor at the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In this position he leads the City Excellence Division of the RCRC
He has over 20 years of business and strategy experience across major industries advising the C-Suite of multinationals and public sector clients. He was formerly a Partner at Deloitte (MD of Emerging Markets & Africa) - the world's largest professional services company - occupying numerous roles across the firm. This included being the co-leader of Deloitte’s Global CEO Program on behalf of Deloitte Africa through which the Firm engages with the CEOs of its leading clients
He has extensive experience across multiple industries including auto, extractives, finance, FMCG, Government, industrial, infrastructure, multilateral organizations and tech & telecoms. He has worked and lived in numerous regions across the globe including Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East
He was Chief Economist of Deloitte (Africa) as well as a member of the Deloitte Global Economists team active in advising the world’s largest multinationals on macroeconomic trends and interpreting what it means for their strategy. He is a Senior Fellow at the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth–a highly eminent group of leading economists working on strategies toward inclusive growth and sustainability.
Prior to joining Deloitte, Martyn was a successful entrepreneur having founded Frontier Advisory, a strategy and corporate finance advisory firm that was acquired by Deloitte in September 2015.
He was appointed in 2021 as an Advisor to the President of Namibia, H.E Hage Geingob and as a member of the President’s 4IR Task Force Advisory Group advising on the adoption of technology to drive sustainability in the country’s resources / industrial structure and wider economy.
He is an alumnus of the Young Global Leaders Community of the World Economic Forum. He has served on numerous advisory groups at the WEF including the Global Agenda Council on China and as an expert adviser to the Mining & Metals Industry Group.
He is a Non-Executive Director of FutureElect, an NGO that was launched through the WEF that trains young people for public service in Africa.
He is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Spain, recognized as one of the world’s leading business schools as well as a Professor of Practice in the College of Business and Economics, University of Johannesburg.
Martyn is an elite cyclist and has competed at international level representing his country at the UCI World Cycling Championships.
Impact investor, CEO & Entrepreneur.
An apparel, hospitality, and real estate entrepreneur, Eric Dayton started a movement to reimagine the identity of America's north as one of adventure, creativity and the embrace of cold winters. His company is on a mission to keep the north cold by donating 110% of its own carbon impact to organizations leading the fight against climate change. Prior to founding Askov Finlayson, he was a member of Arctic Transect 2004, a six-month, 2,000 mile dogsled expedition focused on climate research and education.
Alberto de Belaunde
Alberto de Belaunde (he/him) is the Program Adviser - Global Advocacy at OutRight. He is a lawyer with a master's degree in environmental management and postgraduate studies in public policy. He was the second openly gay congressman in the history of Peru. In 2019, he was awarded the Victory Institute Tammy Baldwin Breakthrough Award for his work on behalf of the LGBT+ community. In 2021 he was part of the Yale World Fellowship. He has published two books, one of them about openly LGBTQ+ authorities in Latin America.
Daniel de Boer
Daniel de Boer is a passionate entrepreneur with a drive to make a meaningful impact on society. Initially, he was focused on building IT companies; however, when his newborn son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease with a limited life expectancy, it put everything in his life into perspective. de Boer decided to turn his focus towards finding a treatment for his son and other patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. He founded ProQR Therapeutics, which currently has 150 employees across Europe and the United States. Inspired by his work for cystic fibrosis patients and with a goal to impact many more lives, de Boer decided to broaden the scope of ProQR to include developing drugs for several other severe, rare diseases for which no treatments are available.
H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme
Jaime is the Climate Envoy of the Netherlands. He has an extensive diplomatic career in forging partnerships for innovative solutions to complex global challenges. He was the Senior Advisor on Private Sector Partnerships to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), where he worked on the energy transition in refugee settlements. As the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Holy See (Vatican), he partnered on peace, climate action and forced migration. As Special Envoy for Natural Resources, he initiated the Responsible Mining Index and set up conflict-free supply chains of metals and minerals in the DRC with the private sector and civil society. He was a member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition, worked in the field as Political Advisor to the Dutch Commander of the NATO Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan and helped set up the Netherlands Embassy in Iraq. He has held various other functions in MENA, Africa and Latin America. Born in the Netherlands in 1972, he holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Brown University. He is married and has two young daughters. Concurrently he is a Member of the Board of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (WEF).
Alexander de Carvalho
Alexander is the Chief Investment Officer and co-founder of PUBLIC, a venture firm he set up to help solve some the biggest technology problems across the public sector. PUBLIC is one of the biggest investors in GovTech companies in Europe across important sectors including Health, Social Care, Security, Policing and Welfare. Alexander is also the Vice Chairman and Co-Founder of The GovTech Summit. Prior to founding PUBLIC, Alexander worked for almost 10 years in private equity before spending several years building and supporting a number startups in the UK. Alexander has been a non-executive member of the board of Heineken Holding NV since 2013 and is involved in a number of philanthropic activities.