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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.

Ibrahim AlMojel

Founding Partner, Khwarizmi Holding, Saudi Arabia

Chief Executive Officer of the Saudi Industrial Development Fund. Sits on multiple boards, including Samba Financial Group, Raidah Investment Company (overseeing the public pension fund), Awqaf Investment Company, and the Arab Mining Company. Previously worked at Saudi Aramco in multiple functions, including corporate strategy and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures. Most recently, Chief Executive Officer of Wisayah, the investment management arm of Saudi Aramco. BSc in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, MSc in Electrical Engineering and PhD in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

Razan Al Mubarak

United Nations Climate Change High-Level Champion, Climate Champions, United Arab Emirates

Her Excellency Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak is a United Arab Emirates native who for more than twenty years has supported her country’s efforts to realise a more sustainable future while spearheading progressive environmental protection, species conservation, and global climate action. She was elected President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it, in September 2021. She is the second woman to lead the organization in its 75-year history and its first president from West Asia. Her Excellency Razan Al Mubarak serves as UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for the leadership team of COP28 Presidency, which will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from November 30 to December 12, 2023.
Her diverse experience leading the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, the largest environmental regulatory agency in the Middle East, the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, an international philanthropic organization supporting species conservation projects worldwide, and Emirates Nature – WWF, an Emirates-based NGO focused on citizen engagement, earned her recognition as one of the top 100 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2018. She also serves as the Co-Chair of Champions for Nature Community by the World Economic Forum from 2023 – 2024.

Naif Al Mutawa

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tuhoon, United Arab Emirates

Naif Al-Mutawa is an award winning serial entrepreneur, clinical psychologist, clinical sexologist and clinical hypnotherapist who is the founder of The Soor Center for Professional Therapy and Assessment, Kuwait's leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services, and co-Founder of Tuhoon, a Mental Health Tech startup. A licensed psychologist in the State of New York, Kuwait, Dubai, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman, he is certified by the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis, is an AASECT certified sex therapist and is a member of the American Psychological Association. A Professor of Clinical Psychology at Kuwait University's Faculty of Medicine, he is on the board of the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. Naif is also the creator of The 99, the first comic book to feature superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. Forbes named The 99 one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe.

Victoria Alonsoperez

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Chipsafer, Uruguay

Victoria Alonsoperez is a Uruguayan inventor, an innovator, and the Founder & CEO of Chipsafer, based in Singapore.
She is an Electronics & Telecommunications Engineer and her patented inventions pioneered the satellite-enabled livestock tracking industry. She is a UN ‘Young Leader for the Sustainable Development Goals’, an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) ‘Small Business Champion’, and a World Economic Forum (WEF) ‘Young Global Leader’. She has a passion for space, and expertise in satellite technology & applications, the internet of things, sustainability, and impact innovation.
Victoria has been recognised internationally with awards including: ‘Best Young Inventor Award’ by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), ‘Innovator of the Year: Argentina & Uruguay’ by the MIT Technology Review, Winner of the International Telecommunication Union ‘Young Innovators Competition’, and the ‘Young Space Leader Award’ by International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Her company Chipsafer has been awarded ‘Most Innovative Startup of Latin America’ by the Inter-American Development Bank and second prize in Chivas Regal’s global ‘The Venture’ competition. In 2017, she was invited to present Chipsafer at the Solutions Summit at the UN Headquarters during the UN General Assembly. She has also been listed in the BBC’s global list of ‘30 female entrepreneurs under 30’.
Her prior roles have included: Digital Innovation Lead at Airbus (where she led the creation of the Agriculture Digital Platform, AgNeo), Special Advisor to the President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Board Member of the Space Foundation, and Chair of the Space Generation Advisory Council (a global NGO supporting the UN Programme on Space Applications). She attended International Space University, where she co-designed a medical experiment for astronauts that won the Barcelona ZeroG Challenge, and worked as a Teaching Associate with the Space Engineering Department.
She has High Functioning Autism, and a passion for the advocacy of neurodiversity.

Mina Al-Oraibi

Editor-in-Chief, The National, United Arab Emirates

Editor-in-Chief of The National, a English language regional news outlet based in Abu Dhabi. An Iraqi-British journalist, has over 20 years of experience covering Middle Eastern, European and American affairs. Prior to assuming role at The National, was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE) and a Yale World Fellow. At ISE, worked on developing policy recommendations for improved governance in the Arab world, with a focus on Iraq and Syria. 2011-15, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Alawsat, the international Arab-language daily newspaper. Has written extensively on US and European policies in the Middle East, in addition to conducting several high-profile interviews, including with former Iraqi President Barham Salih, US Climate Envoy John Kerry, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva and UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi. Adviser to the Global Dignity Day Movement and a Trustee of the American University in Iraq - Sulaimani. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009). Member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council.

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Advisor, Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

His Excellency Fahd Abdulmohsan Al-Rasheed was appointed by Royal Decree as Advisor in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on April 2nd, 2023. HE Al-Rasheed also chairs the Saudi Conventions and Exhibitions General Authority and represents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a lead on the Urban 20 (since 2020).

HE Al-Rasheed’s Board Memberships include the Royal Commission for Riyadh City, the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College, King Faisal Specialized Hospital & Research Center, New Murabba Development Company, Diriyah Gate Company Limited, Soudah Development Company, Qiddiya Investment Company, King Saud University and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. HE Al-Rasheed was previously the CEO of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC), the authority responsible for the capital city of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he oversaw Riyadh’s ambitious plans to become one of the world’s leading city economies and a regional hub for investment, tourism, and livability by 2030. Prior to that, HE Al-Rasheed was Group CEO of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).

HE Al-Rasheed holds a Bachelor's degree in Business from Washington University in St-Louis and an MBA from Stanford University.

HE Al-Rasheed is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Mubarak A.M. Al Sabah

Vice-Chairman, Action Group Holdings, Kuwait

Sheikh Mubarak is a prominent figure in Kuwait as well as Middle Eastern business and social circles. He has been instrumental in spearheading many real estate, hospitality projects along with oil services that have served to raise international standards in Kuwait and the Middle East, through direct business and involvement in Private Equity.

He serves as the Vice-Chairman of Action Group Holdings (AGH), and the Founder and Chairman of Action Real Estate (K.S.C.C), one of Kuwait’s major private real estate companies, with a portfolio of assets across the Middle East and Europe. He is the founding Chairman of Action Hotels, and Chairman of the Action Energy Company (K.S.C.C). Moreover, Sheikh Mubarak is a board member of Egypt Kuwait Holdings, a MENA investment company with a diversified portfolio of investments listed in the Kuwait and Egypt stock exchanges.

Sheikh Mubarak has a distinguished academic record: he holds an M. Phil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (UK), and a BA (Hons.) in Politics with Economics from the University of Buckingham (UK). In addition, he is a graduate of The Royal Military Academy of Sandhurst (UK) and served in the Kuwaiti Armed Forces as an Armoured Officer.

Sheikh Mubarak was the founding Chairman of Qurain Petrochemical Industries Company K.S.C.P. a publicly listed company in Kuwait. He also served as a board member of EQUATE, Kuwait’s first and largest international joint venture in the petrochemical sector.

In 2017, Sheikh Mubarak was bestowed with the highest French civilian distinction Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour). He was honoured as a Young Global Leader in 2009 by the World Economic Forum and is a member of the World Travel & Tourism Council, and is a member of YPO-WPO International since August 2010. In addition, he is a member of The Royal Institute of International Affairs and the Kuwait Economic Society.

Abdulla Bin Ali Al Thani

Managing Director; Member of the Board of Directors, Qatar Leadership Centre, Qatar

MSc, Colorado State Univ.; PhD, Univ. of Southampton. 1993-2006, Faculty Member, Qatar Univ.; 2004-05, with RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. 2005-2015, Vice-President, Education and 2010-2015, President, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. 2009-2015, Chairman, World Innovation Summit for Education. 2010, Co-Organizer, Ministerial Colloquium on Quality of Education in Arab World, with ALECSO and World Bank. Since 2012, Chair of the Executive Board and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Qatar University, the country's national and major institution of higher education. Since 2010, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Qatar Leadership Centre, an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and a national platform for leadership excellence in support of the country’s development goals.

Member of the Board: UNESCO UIL; World Digital Library, Library of Congress; Qatar University; Supreme Education Council, Qatar; Nakilat, a Qatari natural gas shipping company; Palestine Happy Child Center. Founder, Al Markhiya Gallery promoting Arab artists, Doha and east wing as an international platform for photography, Dubai

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA

Forty-eighth President of Costa Rica. Formerly Minister of Labour and social security during the presidency of Solís Rivera. At age 38 on the date of inauguration, became the youngest serving Costa Rican president since 1914.