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Tero Ojanpera

Co-founder and Chairman, Silo.AI, Finland

Tero is CEO and Co-Founder of Silo.AI, the largest private AI Lab in Nordics. Silo.AI transforms businesses using AI and machine learning.

He is Chairman of the Board and Co-Founder of Vision+ Fund, early stage VC fund and Chairman of the Board of Tampere University of Technology, Finland. Tero serves as a member of the Board of DNA Plc and Bittium Plc.

Previously, he served as Nokia's CTO and Chief Strategy Officer as well as Head of Research. Tero was a Member of the Group Executive Board of Nokia for seven years. He served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the NAVTEQ Corporation. He also served as Member of the Board of Directors of Veikkaus, a Finnish lottery company.

Tero was nominated as Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum 2006. He has been recognized as 7th Most Creative People In Business 2009 by Fast Company.

Tero has a Ph.D. from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He is married and has three children and in his spare time he enjoys olympic weightlifting, boating, triathlon and skiing.

Akinwale Ojomo

Chief Engagement Officer, Diaspora Innovation Institute, Nigeria

MBA. Consulting in global banking operations, developmental consulting, diaspora marketing, employee volunteering programmes, globalization, faith-based initiatives and youth empowerment. With Citigroup, Chams and Center for Management Development; led projects implementation to create jobs in Nigeria through entrepreneurship. Currently, via the Diaspora Innovation Institute, with partnership with Lagos Business School championing initiative to mobilize African diaspora back to their home countries to support engagement and participation in political, economic and social spheres. Chief Convener, African Diaspora Conferences. Author. Recipient, US President's Volunteer Service Gold Award.

Jacek Olechowski

Chief Executive Officer, MEDIACAP SA, Poland

Private entrepreneur focused on media; main shareholder & CEO of MEDIACAP SA – a Polish publicly listed marketing group employing 300+ and servicing over 300 clients. He co-founded several successful ventures, including (Poland’s #1 insurance aggregator sold to Bauer Media in 2015) and Group One SA (a leading marketing group, sold in 2014).

President of the International Advertising Association (Poland). Young Presidents Organization member since 2006. Nominated European Young Leader by BMW Stiftung (2008). Member of the Polish Business Roundtable since 2009, where he served as VP for two consecutive terms. Polish Country Chair of Global Dignity.

Polish national, born in 1977 in Geneva, Switzerland; MA of the Warsaw School of Economics; Kennedy School of Government (Harvard University) Global Leadership & Public Policy for the 21st Century program & Georgetown Leadership Seminar (2010) alumni. Married, two sons.

Claudia Olsson

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Stellar Capacity, Sweden

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Stellar Capacity, an education company providing digital leadership courses, digital skills trainings and digital skills mapping for organizations and individuals. The company focuses on the impact of new technologies on citizens, businesses, society and global markets. Member of the Industry 2030 high-level industrial roundtable at the European Commission, co-author of the Industry 2030 vision for the European Union. Founder of Swedish for Professionals, a language and cultural training company. Associate Faculty at Singularity University since 2014. Member of the Steering Board of the Software Development Academy. Board Member at Swedes Abroad. Appointed: One of the 40 under 40 European Young Leaders by Friends of Europe; One of Sweden's most impactful women in business; Young Leader of the Year in Sweden, Gifted Citizen, La Ciudad de las Ideas, Mexico; European David Rockefeller Fellowship, Trilateral Commission, One of Sweden's most Creative Minds by Resume. Selected as representative of the European David Rockefeller fellows at the Executive Committee of the Trilateral Commission. Formerly: with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); with ACCESS in India; set up and managed ACCESS Health International, the policy think-tank, Singapore; Board Member at Project Playground, Senior Adviser to the Office of Strategic Analysis, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden, Member of the World Economic Forum Europe Policy Group. Member of the World Economic Forum Future Council on Values, Ethics and Innovation.

Juan Carlos Ortiz

President, US Hispanic, Latin America and Spain; Creative Chairman, Americas, DDB Latina, USA

Multiawarded at the Cannes Festival, Ortiz won the first Film Gold Lion at Cannes Festival in
Colombian history with a campaign for the
government program against drugs. Ortiz collects
several awards in advertising competitions all
over the world.
Ortiz was a member of the jury in the Titanium &
Integrated and Outdoors categories at the
prestigious Cannes Festival. This year was
appointed President of the Jury in the Outdoors
category at the Cannes Festival.

Adaobi Osakwe

Managing Partner, Agrolay Ventures, Nigeria

Ada Osakwe is a creative food entrepreneur and the Founder and Chief Executive of Nuli, an indigenous food company dedicated to inspiring a healthier generation for Africa through the manufacturing of fresh foods & beverages made from only locally-grown agriculture produce. She also founded Agrolay, a venture investment firm for technologies that transform food systems.

From November 2012 to May 2015, Ada was the Senior Investment Adviser to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and current President of the African Development Bank. Prior to this she was Vice President at Kuramo Capital Management, a private equity firm based in New York. She was also a Senior Investment Officer, Private Sector Infrastructure Finance at the African Development Bank Group (AfDB), based in Tunisia,

Ada received her MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. She holds an MSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Warwick, U.K. and a BSc in Economics (First Class Honours) from the University of Hull, U.K.

In 2014, Ada Osakwe was named one of Forbes 20 Yo ungest Power Women in Africa. She is also an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow and a fellow of the African Leadership Network (ALN). She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

John B. Osborn

Director, Ad Net Zero, USA

John Osborn was recently appointed as the Director for Ad Net Zero (ANZ) in the United States in October, 2022. Originally launched in the UK, ANZ has grown to over 100 supporting companies, and now counts over 50 supporters in the US, which officially launched in early February this year. Under John's leadership, ANZ's mission is to leverage the power of its supporters, alongside the ANA, 4As and IAB, to educate, set benchmarks & standards, measure and take action to lower the carbon emissions associated across all advertising-related operations. Prior to ANZ, John was CEO of OMD in the US over five years from 2017 until August of 2022. John's experience also includes 25 years of service at BBDO, where he was President & CEO for 13 consecutive years prior to joining OMD. John has a wealth of non-profit board experience including the Red Cross of Greater New York, Global Dignity, Police Athletic League, AdCouncil, AAF and more.

Taro Otsuka

President, Otsuka Warehouse Co. Ltd, Japan

Taro Otsuka is President of the Otsuka Warehouse, part of the Otsuka Group, which achieved net sales of JPY 1,200 billion in the 2012 fiscal year. Prior, he was the Otsuka Group's Marketing Manager for healthcare, food and beverage products, including the Pocari Sweat drink and Oronamin drink, which are popular in Asia. Otsuka is an adventurer who successfully climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and visited the South Pole.

Jill Otto

Managing Director and Partner, Merrill Private Wealth Management, USA

Jill Otto is a Managing Director and Partner of the Grausam Otto Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Previously, she was an UHNW Banker at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she built the Financial Institutions and Sponsors Group in Florida. Prior to moving to Miami, Jill ran, in New York, business development for J.P. Morgan’s Global Investment Opportunities Group (GIO), a multi-asset class investment desk for institutional UHNW clients of J.P Morgan. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she managed the investment offices in Rio de Janeiro and Paris of her family's 75 year old business. Jill sits on the board of the Center for Faith and Culture at Yale University's Divinity School. She sat on the board of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami and was a member of the Group of Fifty (G50), a select group of private business leaders from Latin America. In 2010, Jill was honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum where she helped build the Family and Private Company Community. Her other past board memberships include serving for International Planned Parenthood, the alumni councils of Princeton University and Phillips Academy Andover. Jill received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Arts from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Olivier Oullier

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inclusive Brains, France

Olivier Oullier, PhD, is a neuroscientist, entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and CEO of Inclusive Brains, a company building AI's first Neural Foundation Model to empower machine to adapt and serve everyone regardless their abilities. In 2023, with other Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, he founded the Assistive Tech & Artificial Intelligence for Inclusion Impact Initiative to support, fund and scale tech solutions that improve inclusion at school and in the workplace . Olivier is also the Chairman of the Institute for Artificial Intelligence by Biotech Dental.

He is the former President of EMOTIV, the global leader of portable brain sensing neurotechnologies, and the former Global Head of Strategy in Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum

A Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University, he also taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva's executive education programs. From 2009 to 2012, he was the director of the Neuroscience and Public Policy Program at the French Prime Minister's Center for Strategic Analyses. A former expert at the European Commission's DG SANCO, he sat on France's Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (OPECST) and High Council for Strategic Education and Research (CSFRS).

Olivier has (co-)authored more than 250 scientific, medical, business and mainstream publications including "The Science of Engagement (2012), "The Science of INgagement" (2014) and the first ever market report on Pervasive Neurotechnologies (2015) and their impact on business.

He studied at the Universities of the Mediterranean, Cincinnati, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

He moonlights as a DJ under the stage name of Jacques LAVOISIER, and founded DJs4good an organization leveraging the global community of DJs to support and fund charities, research and social impact projects on inclusion, disability and mental health. In 2012, he premiered The Neuromix, the first neurotech-powered live performance combining electronic generative visual arts and music generated in real-time from his brainwaves.

Chanthol Oung

Executive Director, The Arbitration Council, Cambodia

Education: Holding a PhD in Public Policy and Administration (U.S.A). Master's Degree in Laws (Hong Kong). Bachelor's Degree in Law and Public Administration (Thailand).

Work: Currently, I am working as an Executive Director of Women's Media Centre of Cambodia (WMC). Previously, I held many positions, including a Technical Director of the Arbitration Council Foundation (ACF), STAND!'s Liaison on Domestic Violence with Richmond Police Department (California), Coordinator of Healthy Marriage and Career Advancement Program of Cambodian Association of America (California), the Founder and Executive Director of Cambodian Woman's Crisis Center (Cambodia), and Assistant to the Legal Unit of the UN Center for Human Rights (Cambodia). Members of the Board of Directors of various Nonprofit organizations.

Awards received: PrizeSholer Award on Human Rights (Germany), U.S. State Department Award on International Women for Courage, Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, One of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize, Oak Fellowship Award, Japanese and Parliament Human Rights Award, and Ramon Magsaysay Award on the Emergent Leadership.

Expertise: Fundraising, project development and management, project monitoring and evaluation, training of trainers on institutional and human resource development, human trafficking, violence against woman, case management, social services, conflict resolution, and policy advocacy.

Personal interest: Reading, swimming, walking in the forest, and cooking.

Alec Oxenford

Co-Founder and President, letgo, USA

Alec Oxenford is an ecommerce expert and entrepreneur from Argentina. He is a cofounder of letgo, the fastest growing mobile marketplace to buy and sell locally. The app – which has raised over $375M in funding from Naspers, Accel, Insight Venture Partners and others since launching in 2015 – has already been downloaded over 45M times. Named one of 2016’s “Hottest Startups” by Wired and among the year’s “Best Apps” by Google, letgo is built on cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, image recognition and machine learning. It’s drawn recent attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company and others.

Oxenford previously co-founded OLX, a high growth markets-focused online classifieds platform. Today, OLX is one of the most trafficked Internet platforms globally and installed on hundreds of millions of devices in dozens of countries like India and Brazil. He launched the company with cofounder Fabrice Grinda in 2006. Oxenford continues to serve as Chairman of OLX, which today is owned and operated by Naspers.

In 1999, Oxenford cofounded DeRemate, one of the two largest online trading platforms in Latin America, which he later sold to an eBay affiliate in 2005. He was also cofounder of, a popular payment platform in Latin America, and previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group.

Oxenford received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1997 and is active with the Harvard Club of Argentina. He was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006 and serves as President of ArteBA. Oxenford received the CNN Internet Leader Award in 2001 and the Entrepreneur Award in 2003. He has been a featured commentator on CNN and Bloomberg, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TechCrunch and Recode, among others.