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Rain Newton-Smith

Chief Executive, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), United Kingdom

Chief executive of the CBI, the organisation’s mission is to serve as a catalyst between UK business and government to drive positive change, ensuring sustainable growth. Passionate about wellbeing, nature, and tackling climate change. Former chief economist and sustainable finance leader. Expert on policies to deliver a net zero carbon economy by 2050, inclusive growth in a changing world of technology and the role of business in raising prosperity around the UK. Interest in inclusion at work, policies to address intergenerational inequality, and global coordination on trade and the environment. Previously Head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics with a focus on China and global trade flows. Nine years with Bank of England working for the Monetary Policy Committee and on Financial Stability including 2004-06, seconded to the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC. Active member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, nominated in 2012. Co-Chair of the WEF's Young Global Leader Taskforce on the Circular Economy. Member of the LSE's Centre for Economic Performance's Policy Committee. Council Member of the Royal Economic Society. Advocate for more diversity in economics.

Lena Ng

Chairperson, ASEANMINDS CAPITAL, Singapore

BBA (Hons), NUS; Havard Leadership Programme, Oxford Said Transformational Leadership, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, Green Belt and Masters (Cert.) in CIO Practices.

Lena is the Chairperson for Aseanminds Capital, Chairperson for Investment Committee (GMS) for China's Belt & Road Initiative, Chairperson for Hotel Nikko Chonburi and Chief of Investment (CIO) for Amata Corporation Public Company Ltd. Lena have more than 25 years of experience in overseeing billions of assets in Strategic Investments, Mergers & Acquisitions, Real Estate, Urban Township, Industrial & Smart Cities development. She is also the Enterprise Advisory Council Member of Bridge Alliance, a leading mobile alliance of 34 premier Telco operators serving over 800 million customers. Formerly a Singapore Diplomat (Commercial Attaché) based in the Embassy of Singapore in Bangkok; Director (ICT) and Green Programme Office, IE Singapore (Ministry of Trade and Industry); British Telecom and Standard Chartered Bank. Chairperson, Audit Committee and Board Member, Singapore National Paralympic Council. Member, Singapore Institute of Directors. Speaker/judge at int'l forums.
Expertise: Private Equity, Global Investment, Mergers & Acquisition, Global International Affairs. Smart Cities Investment and Development, ASEAN FDI Investment.

Oliver Niedermaier

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TAU, USA

Chairman and CEO of Tau Investment Management, a Private Equity firm established to transform global supply chains. Former Operating Partner, Advent Int'l. Previously Founder and CEO, DF King Worldwide. Member Global Exec. Board, Computershare, the world’s largest share registry, which Oliver joined when it acquired Pepper Technologies. Founder, Pepper Technologies. Currently Non-Exec. Director, Equiniti, owned by Advent Int'l, UK. PhD in Strategic Mgmt, Univ. of Munich. 1998. Board memberships include The World Policy Institute and National Museum of the American Indian, both New York.

Boris Nikolic

Managing Director, Biomatics Capital, USA

MD, Zagreb Medical School; clinical training, Medical Centre, University of Zagreb, Croatia. 1994, Harvard Graduate Program in Immunology; postdoctoral fellowship in transplantation immunology; Instructor in Surgery; Instructor in Medicine; Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; since 2002, Founder and Director, Advanced Immunology Laboratory for Tolerance Induction Stem Cell Transplantation, Renal Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School; since 2007, current position, on leave from faculty position, Harvard Medical School. Author of over 50 articles and patent applications. Co-Founder, three biotechnology companies. Research interests: immunogenetics, immunological tolerance induction for transplant, auto immunity and stem cell research. Recipient of awards.

Tomomi Nishimoto

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor, The IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra, Japan

Tomomi Nishimoto is the current Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IlluminArt Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Royal Chamber Orchestra. She also serves as Visiting Professor at Osaka College of Music. Nishimoto has been designated the first Honorary Ambassador for the city of Hirado and the first International Cultural Ambassador for Osaka. She is the first non-Russian to hold conductorial posts with the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia and the Mussorgsky State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, and she has been invited as a conductor to approximately thirty countries around the world. Beginning in 2013, Nishimoto has been invited on a yearly basis to the Vatican Music Festival. The following year, she received the Honor of Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra in Vatican, making her the youngest recipient ever of the award. In 2015, she appeared as a Japanese national active on a global basis in television commercials by the Japanese government that promoted Japan overseas for the G7 Summit.

Kohei Nishiyama

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CUUSOO SYSTEM, Japan

Kohei Nishiyama is a serial entrepreneur and investor in the IT field and a pioneer in crowdfunding, setting up the world' s first prototype in 1997. He is a co-founder of ELEPHANT DESIGN HOLDINGS ltd., a venture investment company focusing on online platform technologies, and founder of CUUSOO SYSTEM co., ltd, an online open innovation platform that aggregates distributed intellectual resources. Kohei's strong interests in innovation, new technology, design and robotics coupled with "thinking-outside-the-box" attitude have lead him to become an expert in the fields of innovation management, new product development and design management. One of his projects, LEGO CUUSOO, a crowdsourcing/crowdfunding site jointly operated with LEGO SYSTEM SA., had its exit to LEGO and is now operated by its official service, LEGO IDEAS. At present, Kohei is applying his knowledge to emerging technologies by building an open innovation platform in the electricity industry.
Prior to ELEPHANT DESIGN HOLDINGS, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company where he primarily handled new product development projects. Kohei holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo and continues his postdoc research at Copenhagen Business School.
Kohei grew up in South America until 19 and is fluent in Japanese, Spanish, and English.

David Novak

Co-President, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, United Kingdom

Mr. Novak has been with CD&R for 25 years and is a member of the Investment Committee. Based in London, he is responsible for the Firm’s European business and international activities. Mr. Novak has been actively involved in CD&R's investments in B&M Retail, BCA, Belron, BUT, Conforama France, Huntsworth, Kalle Group, Mauser Group, Motor Fuel Group, SIG plc, SOCOTEC, and Westbury Street Holdings, and played a key role in many others. Previously, he worked in the private equity and investment banking divisions of Morgan Stanley. Mr. Novak has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Amherst College.

Julia Novy

Professor of the Practice and Executive Director, Stanford University, USA

Julia Novy is Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of Stanford University's Change Leadership for Sustainability Program. With 25 years’ experience leading non-profit and philanthropic organizations, Julia is recognized for her innovative leadership in designing and scaling entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges that integrate economic, social and environmental objectives.

She is Founder and CEO of Resilience in Action, dedicated to preparing leaders to radically accelerate the transition to a sustainable society through comprehensive strategy and resilience-building advisory services. Julia leads Resilience Journeys for global leaders to places like the Peruvian Amazon - combining immersion in highly resilient natural systems with training on resilience, leadership and sustainability.

Julia served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Lemelson Foundation, where she was responsible for guiding over $100 million of investment in technology, inventors and social enterprises in the U.S and developing countries. As CEO of Washington STEM, she worked with leaders from Microsoft, Boeing, and the education community to bring business into the classroom and cultivate 21st century skills for underserved youth. As a Director at World Wildlife Fund, she helped develop and launch the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to transform fisheries supply chains into sources of sustainable seafood.

In 2010, she served as Topic Leader for the Clinton Global Initiative on “Market-based solutions to environmental challenges.” A Fulbright and Marshall Scholar, Julia speaks French, Spanish and Kiswahili, and has lived and worked extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her short, self-paced “Strategies for Sustainability” online course, co-led with Professor Pamela Matson and industry leaders from Google and Method, has been taken by executives world-wide:

Cherie Nursalim

Vice-Chairman, Giti Group, People's Republic of China

Bachelor's in Engineering Science and Economics, Oxford University; MBA, Columbia University. Vice-Chairman, Giti Group. Special Climate Advisor to Government of Indonesia, Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investments. Member: International Advisory Board, Columbia University; MIT Sloan School; Asia Board, Harvard Planetary Health, Climate Change Center, University of Indonesia, Co Chair of Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center and UN SDSN Southeast Asia. Founding Member: Global and Asia Philanthropists' Circle; United in Diversity Foundation. Initiated HIV/AIDS awareness for GT organization, which won award from Indonesian Government, ILO and UNAIDS.

Ndidi O. Nwuneli

Founder/Executive Chair, Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition, Nigeria

Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is an expert on agriculture and nutrition, entrepreneurship, social innovation, and youth development. She has over 25 years of international development experience and is the founder of LEAP Africa, Changing Narratives Africa, and African Food Changemakers ( . She is also the co-founder of Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Ltd. and AACE Foods Processing & Distribution Ltd.

Ndidi serves on the boards of the Rockefeller Foundation, AGRA, Stanbic IBTC Group, Nigerian Breweries Plc. (Heineken), Godrej Consumer Products Ltd. India, the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, and the Bridgespan Group.

Ndidi holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree with honors from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She was a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government at the Harvard Kennedy School, a visiting Scholar at Max Bell School of Public Policy at McGill University, an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow, and an Eisenhower Fellow.

Ndidi is the author of three books: Social Innovation in Africa: a practical guide for scaling impact, Food Entrepreneurs in Africa: Scaling Resilient Agriculture Businesses and Walking for God in the Marketplace.

Jasandra Nyker

Chief Executive Officer, Nala Renewables, United Kingdom

Most recently, Jasandra Nyker was the Chief Executive Officer of BioTherm Energy, a leading African based renewable energy investment and independent project development platform. Previously, she managed the direct investment portfolio on behalf of a US$ 680 million global energy and clean technology investment fund. Nyker played an integral role in transaction sourcing, due diligence, investment execution and post-investment management. The portfolio included investments in green infrastructure (sugar ethanol, co-generation, wind projects and solar base-load applications), solar technologies, wind turbines, water (desalination, purification) and energy efficiency technologies. Nyker has previously worked in investment banking, strategy consulting and private equity and in multiple regions, including the US, London, Kuwait and Asia. She has an MBA from the London Business School, where she was a Merrill Lynch Scholar, and a Bachelor's degree in Business Science from the University of Cape Town.

H.R.H. Crown Prince Haakon of Norway

Crown Prince of Norway, The Royal Court, Norway

As heir to the Norwegian throne, has a broad range of national and international engagements. Youth leadership, global development and the oceans are issues particularly close to heart. United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador since 2003, focusing in particular on the Sustainable Development Goals. Co-Founder of Global Dignity and actively engaged in The Crown Prince and Crown Princess’s Humanitarian Fund, which supports projects for young people at risk and aims to strengthen youth leadership. Every year, leads Norwegian delegations abroad to strengthen bilateral relations within trade and industry, science and humanitarian fields. Has also represented Norway in the United Nations. Over several years, has had a special interest in the role of technology and how innovation can contribute to move the world forward. Graduate from Norwegian Naval Academy; BA in Political Science from Berkeley; Master’s in Development Studies from LSE. Passionate surfer, kiter and music lover.