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Samar Ali

Chief Executive Officer, Millions of Conversations, USA

Samar S. Ali is a skilled mediator, a careful listener, and a compassionate teacher. Pulling up a chair to tables around the world, Ali engages in some of the most entrenched conflicts of our time, always with the intent of finding positive resolution through common ground.

In this pursuit, Ali is a Research Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University, the founding President and CEO of Millions of Conversations, and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy with Jon Meacham and former Governor Bill Haslam.

Ali has nearly two decades of experience in international relations and national security. Working at the intersection of national security, human rights, and economic development, Ali served as a White House Fellow in President Obama’s administration and as Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs in Tennessee Governor Haslam’s administration. While at the White House, she worked closely with U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, gaining experience in bilateral negotiations on behalf of the U.S. government. As a conflict resolution practitioner and mediator, Ali joined an international mediating team in Syria from 2013-2016.

Ali recently cowrote the opening ceremony on "Unity" for the 2022 World Cup with Laeta Kalogridis and Gregg Hurwitz, and co-produced the Heartland to Holy Land series in Bethlehem with music producer T Bone Burnett. Ali, T Bone Burnett, and Callie Khouri also co-produced “John Lewis Celebration of Life” at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in 2021.

Ali is currently working on a memoir, "Sweet Tea, Sacred Land", about one family's century-long quest for peace through belonging.

Osayi Alile

Chief Executive Officer, Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, Nigeria

A 2007 “Young Global Leader” (YGL) by the World Economic Forum, a Fellow of the African Leadership Network and an alumna of the Harvard Business School, IMD and Yale Executive Education Programs, Ms. Alile holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA Pi Alpha Alpha.
Ms. Alile is the CEO ACT Foundation and consultant for Access Bank Plc on its CSR projects, Ms. Alile was the Executive Director of FATE Foundation, a leading private sector led not-for-profit organisation in Nigeria for 8 years
A facilitator/management trainer, she is also a consultant on non-profit management and strategy. A Sustainability Expert and Speaker. Osayi is the founding curator, Global Shapers Forum Nigeria.
Owing to her experiences, Osayi sits on the board of several organisations that includes Immediate past Chairperson Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ), House of Tara, Chairperson Zapphire Events, Culinary Academy and Global Dignity, an affiliation of the World Economic Forum in Norway.

Tunku Ali Redhauddin Tuanku Muhriz

Chairman and Founding Trustee, Teach For Malaysia, Malaysia

Tunku Ali works across the private, public, and non-profit sectors in Malaysia. He sits on the Council of Law and Justice of the State of Negeri Sembilan, and is a Brigadier General and Commander of the Territorial Army Regiment of Negeri Sembilan.

He is a Senior Advisor to TPG Capital a global Private Equity firm, representing TPG as Chairman/Director across several portfolio company boards in the education and healthcare sectors in Southeast Asia. Separately, he is Chairman of Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad, a listed media company, and also Chairman of Taliworks Corporation Berhad, a listed infrastructure services company. He also sits on the board of Bangkok Bank Berhad, and is a Partner at Vynn Capital, an early stage Venture Capital firm with investments across Southeast Asia.

He is Chairman and Founding Trustee of Teach for Malaysia (TFM), President of WWF-Malaysoia, Chairman of Cancer Research Malaysia, Chairman of Yayasan Munarah, and is a Trustee of Amanah Warisan Negara (Malaysia's National Heritage Trust). He is Chairman of the Board of Governors of Marlborough College Malaysia, and an International Council Member of Marlborough College, United Kingdom. He Pro Chancellor of a Malaysian public university and director/chairman of two private universities.

He holds a Masters of Public Administration from the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and a BA (Hons) in History and Social & Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge. In addition, he is an Honorary Bencher of the Inner Temple, United Kingdom.

Previously, Tunku Ali was a Consultant with McKinsey & Company and a Director of Investments with Khazanah Nasional Berhad.

Eyad Alkassar

Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Internet ME, United Arab Emirates

Eyad grew up in Germany, where he earned a Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science from Saarland University. During his studies he was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Since he joined Rocket Internet as CEO of The Middle East, Eyad co-founded and run over a dozen of companies which raised hundreds of millions of dollars in funding - and some of them are now the largest Tech companies of the Middle East fulfilling daily hundreds of thousands of orders. Among others Eyad is a Co-founder of Snapp (largest Internet company of the Middle East) and In 2017 he was honored as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Shaikh Mohammed Bin Essa Al Khalifa

Adviser for Political and Economic Affairs, Court of the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Bahrain

1992, degree in Economic Theory, American University, Washington DC; 1994, postgraduate diploma in Business Studies, London School of Economics. 1995-99, Director, Crown Prince's office including 1999, Head, Court and Deputy Head, International Scholarship Programme, involved with initiatives to liberalize telecommunications sector, labour market and economic reforms; since 2005, current position. Chairman: Bahrain Development Bank; Young Arab Leaders, Bahrain.

Khalid Alkhudair

Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Media Company, Saudi Arabia

Khalid' s current role is the Executive Vice President and head of Communication & Customer Experience at Riyad Bank, Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum and the Founder of Glowork, an employment organization that has created thousands of jobs for women and placed over 33,000 women thus far. He is the first Saudi Ashoka Fellow and an Endeavor Entrepreneur. Previously at the age of only 28, he held the role of Chief Operating Officer- Markets at KPMG in Saudi, Kuwait, and Jordan. In 2013 Khalid led Glow Group to an investment to expand its current operations into different verticals and has led it from being a startup to a well-established business with over 120 employees.
He has a Bachelor Degree in commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Canada with three majors, Marketing, HR, and Psychology, and has completed his Executive Education in Leadership at the University of Yale, and in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School. Khalid has been awarded many awards such as the Chaillot Prize for Human Rights by the European Union, The King Salman Award for Entrepreneurship, Ranked #3 Most Influential Arab by Arabian Business, EY Entrepreneur of the year, amongst many others. Khalid also sits on several Advisory boards throughout the Globe such as the L'Oréal Global Panel of Critical Friends, The Global Agenda Council on the Middle East and North Africa Issues at the World Economic Forum and is an Amend’s Fellow at the University of Stanford.
He has many articles published in International news agencies such as Huffington Post.
Hobbies: An Avid Chelsea fan, Hunting, and Fishing

Gassan Al-Kibsi

Chairman and Managing Partner, Middle East, McKinsey & Company LME Limited, United Arab Emirates

With McKinsey since 1997. Currently, Chairman and Managing Partner for the Middle East. Passionate about supporting leaders on matters of economic growth and job creation for young people. Since 2000, he has been working with the public, private, and social sectors across the region to accelerate its economic and social transformation and develop next-generation talent. Served some of the world’s leading companies in energy, technology, and consumer-facing industries to enhance growth and global competitiveness. Author of various articles. Recipient of awards, including WEF Young Global Leader, National Achievement Award, Yemen. MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, MSc (Hons) in Operations Research, MIT, BSc in Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Natalia Allen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Design Futurist SM, Spain

Natalia Allen graduated from Parsons School of Design as Designer of the Year, a title she shares with Marc Jacobs. Natalia founded Design Futurist, an award winning design consultancy that has created innovative and sustainable textiles and clothing for multinational brands such as DuPont, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan.

For her groundbreaking work, Natalia has received numerous distinctions, including recognition as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative Professionals, and one of Utne Reader’s 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World. An honorary Design Futures Senior Fellow and speaker on technological and socially responsible design, she has presented at international conferences in Europe, Asia and South America.

With the debut of her namesake line, Natalia spent several months in American factories learning about advancements in 3-D manufacturing. She designed beautiful minimalist clothing made in a systematic, seamless and sustainable process. The collection has trended on Oprah, Forbes and Fox Business. The complete Natalia Allen collection is available on the flagship website. Select lines are retailing at Lord & Taylor, the company’s first national retail partner.

Patrick Allen

Adviser, EiO, United Arab Emirates

BA in Economics. Former mini-cab dispatcher. Currently, Head of News and Programming, CNBC EMEA; responsible for CNBC business day programmes in the EMEA region; leads CNBC journalists, sets news agenda, manages key external relationships, budgets, live coverage and outside broadcast work. Interests: global markets and business, with a keen interest in finding solutions to youth employment.

Wilmot Allen

Founder, VentureLift Africa, Kenya

Based in Nairobi, Dr. Wilmot Allen is an entrepreneur, investor and political economist. Wilmot has invested or managed investments totaling over $4 billion across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. His academic research and publications address comparative Diaspora economic engagement, creative economy, healthcare, international trade, innovative financing mechanisms and Sovereign Investment Funds.

Wilmot is Founder of VentureLift Africa (VLA), a venture studio ( with an advisory firm (VLA Capital Advisors facilitating investment, trade, tech transfer, market entry and expansion for SMEs, startups and corporates. VLA curates leading Diaspora companies into Africa and supports the market expansion of great African brands into global markets with significant Diaspora populations. The company is also an implementation partner for the USAID ATI program for the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) under Prosper Africa.

Wilmot leads the Africa operations for DGRID Energy as Managing Director and Partner. DGRID is a US-based company with a presence across emerging markets and in six countries in Africa. The company provides solar-based cold chains solutions for agriculture, horticulture, fisheries, healthcare and other verticals through its Cooling as a Service (CAAS) products.

Wilmot is a Partner with RH Managers based in Johannesburg, a private equity fund investing in healthcare across Southern and Eastern Africa. The fund invests in hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical manufacturing, digital health, med-tech, medical device companies and healthcare-related educational institutions. Wilmot was recently a management consultant to the African CDC to create the strategy, fundraising and operational plan for its new Africa Public Health Foundation (APHF). He established a genomics company in Nairobi and had operational responsibilities as a management consultant to the R&D division of Allergan Pharmaceuticals and a clinical researcher with Proctor & Gamble.

In the creative sector in Africa, Wilmot is Co-Founder of the International Writer’s Lab (IWL), an accelerator and fellowship program for experienced writers of film and television. The IWL started in East Africa in 2021 and is now launching its first cohort in West Africa (Ghana). The program showcases African writing talent, connects the African film and television ecosystems to Hollywood creative talent and content buyers, facilitates deals for writers and catalyzes job creation and investment into the creative sector. The IWL will establish its first animation cohort in 2023.

Prior, Wilmot worked with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington DC, executing investments and managing the portfolio of the private equity funds team, financial institutions and infrastructure groups. At the IFC, he was also Senior Advisor to the CEO Lars Thunell on entrepreneurship initiatives supporting SMEs in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, in conjunction with the World Economic Forum. In other roles, Wilmot worked as a venture capital investor in women and minority-owned businesses with the Commonwealth Enterprise Fund in Boston, a digital media, technology M&A investment banker with JPMorgan H&Q to Silicon Valley and international companies in San Francisco, and a private placement and IPO investment banker with Merrill Lynch in New York. Wilmot previously was the Director of East Africa with CrossBoundary LLC, leading the transaction advisory practice for East Africa from Nairobi. Under his leadership, this group served as the transaction team for a USAID Presidential Trade Africa initiative, the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and established CrossBoundary’s most successful advisory office.

Wilmot is a visiting researcher with the Africa Studies Department of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Wilmot is co-author of the forthcoming Sovereign Wealth Funds and the New State Capitalism in Africa (Palgrave MacMillan). Wilmot has a PhD from Georgetown University in Comparative Political Economy, an MBA from the Wharton Business School, an MPA from Harvard University and BA from Yale University.

Poppy Allonby

Head, Environmental, Social and Governance Enablement, T. Rowe Price, United Kingdom

Poppy Allonby is a senior financial services executive with a passion for management, finance, the energy transition and sustainability.

Poppy is currently Head of ESG Enablement for T. Rowe Price, a leading global asset manager. She is responsible for the Company's ESG strategy and its execution.

Previously Poppy spent 21 years as a senior executive at BlackRock where she held a number of roles. Most recently she was head of the Global Product Group in EMEA & APAC. As such she is responsible for driving product strategy, pricing, product development & structuring and ongoing oversight of Blackrock's investment products across all asset classes. Previously, Ms Allonby was a portfolio manager and member of BlackRock's Natural Resources Team where she was responsible for multi billion dollar global Energy investment funds. She managed investments in both the oil & gas sector and in businesses that are facilitating and benefiting from the transition to a lower carbon economy (for example: clean tech, renewable power, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility). At BlackRock, Poppy was a member of several senior leadership committees: the EMEA & APAC Executive Committees, Enterprise Risk Committee, Global Human Capital Committee and Product Development Committee (Chair).

Poppy has previously served as the Vice Chair of EFAMA's Fund Regulation, Asset Protection and Service Providers Standing Committee and as a Commissioner on the Energy Transitions Committee.

She currently sits on the Board and Assets Committee for the Church Commissioners, one of the world's largest charitable endowments and a global leader in responsible investments. She also sits on the external advisory board for MIT's Energy Initiative (MITEI), MIT's hub for energy research, education and outreach. MITEI's mission is to develop low and no carbon solutions that will efficiently meet global energy needs while minimizing environmental impacts and mitigating climate change.

Poppy has a degree in Physics from Imperial College, London

Omar Al-Madhi

Co-Head, Direct Investments, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia

Omar co-heads Direct Investments for the MENA Investments Division, overseeing PIF investments and opportunities in key strategic sectors.

He formerly held the position of Senior Managing Director & Member of the Board at Abdul Latif Jameel Investments where he led Abdul Latif Jameel’s diversification efforts, building and investing in businesses that support our growth and entry into new sectors and geographies.

Omar joined Abdul Latif Jameel’s leadership after three years within Volkswagen Group’s leadership as the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia.

Prior to that, Omar was a member of SAGIA's executive team. Prior to SAGIA, Omar worked in a multitude of positions within Saudi Aramco including participating in developing the company’s long-term strategy in the technology area. He was also an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Dubai, UAE.

Omar obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He also received an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007.

Omar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, joining the class of 2017. In naming Omar, the Forum characterized him as "a recognized corporate executive who has emerged a champion of job creation, employment and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia".

He was appointed by Royal Decree to the Board of the Saudi Job Creation & Employment Commission and was later selected to also sit on the Board’s Executive Committee. He is chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of the Saudi Fisheries Company and is also a member of the Board of the National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) — key portfolio companies of PIF.

He is an Eisenhower Fellow having been selected as the Fellow from Saudi Arabia for Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2011 Multi Nation Program. As an Eisenhower Fellow, Omar was awarded the Ward Wheelock Distinguished Middle East Fellow honor. He is also the recipient of the 2007 MIT Sloan Martin Trust Fellowship, which recognizes excellence in members of the graduating class.

Omar is married with three children and is fluent in English, Arabic and Greek.