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Wenjuan Mi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, VIPKID, People's Republic of China

Recognized for her career as an educator and entrepreneur, Cindy Mi is the Founder and CEO of VIPKid, a global edtech company that connects children in China with the world’s best teachers for real-time online English language learning. VIPKid has become China’s market-leading edtech startup. VIPKid’s vision is to build a global classroom that empowers students and teachers through personalized learning, connects cultures across the world and sparks a passion for lifelong learning. There are approximately 180,000 classes every day on the VIPKid platform.

VIPKid has been awarded several high-profile honors such as Fast Company’s World Most Innovative Companies 2018 and 2019 and Flexjobs’ #1 global company for remote jobs.

VIPKid has received investment from Tencent, Sequoia Capital, Sinovation Ventures, Coatue Management, Learn Capital and Kobe Bryant’s firm, Bryant Stibel, among others.

Cindy has spoken on the main stage at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, ASU+GSV Summit (2019, 2018 and 2017), OZY Fest in Central Park, Y Combinator’s Startup School at Tsinghua University in Beijing and Y Combinator's Global Founders Summit (2018 and 2017) in San Francisco, among others.

In 2018, Cindy joined the Whittle School & Studios’ Academic Advisory Board. Cindy was also selected to join the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Class of 2018.
Cindy earned her MBA from CKGSB, China’s leading private business school, and studied at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management as part of an MBA exchange program.

Miao Yanliang

Chief Strategist; Executive Head, Research Department, China International Capital Corporation (CICC), People's Republic of China

Mr. Miao Yanliang joined CICC in March 2023. Before that he has served for 10 years at China State Administration of Foreign Exchange, including as its Chief Economist since May 2018. He joined in 2013 as Senior Advisor to the Administrator and then Head of Research. He helped formulate global macro views and built a top-notch research platform for the world’s largest reserve manager. As Chief Economist, he also advises the senior management of PBC/SAFE on a range of economic and policy issues. Before SAFE, he was an economist with the IMF where he worked on emerging markets and then the euro area crisis including as policy coordinator for the Portugal program. Before the IMF, he was visiting the Bank of Israel in 2007 as special assistant to the Governor and taught economics at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University. Mr. Miao is an adjunct professor of Peking University’s National School of Development, a member of China Finance 40 Forum, a trustee of Shanghai University and an external member of the Academic Committee of China Development Bank. He publishes extensively on global macro and occasionally as a columnist for Project Syndicate. He holds a Ph.D., an M.A., an M.P.A., all from Princeton University, and an M.A. in economics from Fudan University.

Erwann Michel-Kerjan

Partner, McKinsey & Company, USA

Erwann is a world's authority on managing large-scale risks and designing and implementing concrete solutions to enhance resilience and financial protection. A French-American dual citizen, he is currently a Partner at McKinsey and Company (based in the US); global leader for risk in insurance.
Studies at Ecole Polytechnique, McGill and Harvard.
2013/2017: Executive Director, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
2008-2017: Chairman, OECD Secretary-General's Board on Financial Management of Catastrophes.
Former member, Advisory Board, WEF's Global Risks Report series; Steering Committee, WEF Human-Centric Health project. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2007-2012).
Adviser to several corporations, NGOs, governments and heads of state. Recipient of multiple-awards. Expertise: managing and financing of extreme events; strategy; decision science and digital solutions. ;
Dr. Michel-Kerjan is author of 100 publications and 8 books. His works is regularly featured in popular outlets, ranging from BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, FT, The Economist, NYT, Time, WSJ, Nature and Science.
email: dr.erwannmichelkerjan@hotmail.com
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Denis B. Minev

Chief Executive Officer, Bemol e Fogas, Brazil

Denis Minev is CEO of Bemol, a top retailer in northern Brazil. He is also a Co-Founder and Member of the Board of Fundação Amazonas Sustentável, an NGO that promotes development and conservation in poor communities of the Brazilian Amazon. In 2012, he was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Between 2007 and 2009, Minev served as State Secretary for Planning and Economic Development of Amazonas and was previously an analyst at Goldman Sachs. He holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Latin American Studies from Stanford University and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Rebeca Minguela

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Clarity, USA

Rebeca is Founder & CEO of Clarity, which tries to solve the problem of inefficient and unequal allocation of capital by developing a universal framework and building an automated tool to rate companies and organizations. Previously, she was leading the Global Digital Transformation Program at Santander Bank (one of the largest banks in the World). Rebeca was Founder & CEO of Blink Booking, the award winning last minute hotel booking mobile app leader in Europe, with more than 800,000 downloads, almost 3,000 hotels. Blink was acquired by Groupon less than 1 and a half years after launching. After the acquisition, Rebeca worked at Groupon as General Manager and Senior Director of Product and Operation, leading one of the top priorities of the company.

She is advisor at several startups with focus on social impact.

Prior to Blink, Rebeca worked at Bain Capital Private Equity, Boston Consult ing Group and as engineer at the German Aerospace Agency, Siemens and IBM. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, MSc in Telecommunication Engineering for Polytechnic University in Madrid and Stuttgart University (all of them with Distinction).

Ambarish Mitra

Co-Founder, Greyparrot, United Kingdom

Ambarish Mitra is a serial entrepreneur and investor in AI, AR, Food tech and Genomics. Ambarish is the Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with offices in the UK, US and India and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.

Ambarish is also the co-Founder of Greyparrot, an AI / Deep Learning startup focused on waste management and recycling using computer vision to sort waste at scale and fulfil many of key SDGs- UN sustainable development goals. Ambarish started his tech career in 1997 as a high school drop-out teenager creating a web portal towards women empowerment.

With a vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds and give people more from the world they see through AR and Computer Vision, Ambarish has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of Augmented Reality. Mitra was named by Ernst & Young as UK Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016, and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Mitra was also recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. He was also announced at Technology Pioneer by WEF in 2021 for Greyparrot.

Ambarish has given many keynotes on pioneering innovations and entrepreneurship at esteemed institutes and events including, TED Talk, World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Web Summit, Mobile World Congress, CES, DLD, SXSW, Recode Media, TechCrunch Disrupt, GMIC China, Harvard Business School and Oxford University, inspiring many young entrepreneurs, students, and business community with his talks.

Kapil Mohabir

Founding Managing Partner, Plympton Farms, Guyana

Founding Managing Partner of Plympton Farms, a company that is catalysing the tropical food export industry in Guyana while alleviating rural poverty. Dedicated to the sustainable development of small island developing states and has managed Guyana’s $250 million climate fund to increase sustainable livelihoods, indigenous land rights, and access to clean energy.

Mohamed Faizal Mohamed Abdul Kadir

Second Chief Prosecutor, Attorney-General's Chambers, Singapore

Mohamed Faizal Mohamed Abdul Kadir is a Legal Service Officer who presently serves as Second Chief Prosecutor at the Attorney-General’s Chambers. He holds adjunct teaching positions in various institutions and was General Editor of “Criminal Procedure Code of Singapore: Annotations and Commentary”. He is a keen advocate of education-related initiatives who has received the President’s Volunteerism & Philanthropy Award for his work in developing educational scholarships for lower-income students. He is a member of the MUIS Appeal Board, and has also served on numerous high-level committees, including the Committee on University Education Pathways Beyond 2015 and the Eldershield Review Committee. He was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2016 and was conferred the Public Administration Medal (Bronze) in 2014. A graduate from the National University of Singapore and Harvard Law School, Faizal was appointed Senior Counsel in 2020.

Hamdullah Mohib

Diplomat (2015-2021), Afghanistan

Hamdullah Mohib most recently served as the National Security Adviser to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Mohib previously served as the Afghan Ambassador to the United States. He also served as non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, and Columbia.

Before being appointed Ambassador, Dr. Mohib served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

Dr. Mohib has been an active leader in civil society among the global Afghan community. As an undergraduate at Brunel University, he founded the largest Afghan diaspora youth association in Europe, the Afghan Students Association of the UK. While completing a PhD in Computer Engineering at Brunel University, he founded and served as Chairman of the Board for the Afghan Professionals Network (APN). As part of APN, he started a think-tank “Discourse Afghanistan”, and initiated community service programming to support special needs orphans in Kabul, and to recognize achievements of Afghan women. Dr. Mohib is fluent in English, Pashto, and Dari, with proficiency in Urdu/Hindi.

Mustapha Mokass

Founder, Tech Impact Entrepreneur and Investor, Earth Technologies, Netherlands

Founder, Climate Entrepreneur & Investor • Founder and CEO of Earth Technologies, Web3 Carbon Certification and Financing Ecosystem "Planet2049"• Board member at African European Renewable Energy GmbH • Carbon Finance and Climate Blended Finance Expert • Clean Energy • Green Decentralized Cloud • Climate Tech • Impact: Seed & Early Stage Capital | Global Start-Up Portfolio Tech + Impact | Web3 Finance Liquidity for Climate • Speaker Davos, COP, Global Business Conferences, Climate Week, EU Green Deal Panels. Former World Bank Group, UN Environment Programme; advised assets managers, private equity, banking, and consumer product firms in the US, Europe and Africa • World Economic Forum YGL • Co-Founder of the YGL Initiative Climate Finance Hubs | Winner of YGL Impact Lab 2016 • MSc in Environmental Technology Engineering; Master in Sustainability Innovation, HEC Paris Business School; EE, HKS and Oxford Business School. Executive Fellow at Anant Climate University • Author, Fostering a Global Clean Energy Market

José Manuel Moller

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Algramo, United Kingdom

José Manuel Moller is founder and chief executive officer of Algramo, which won Chile's 2017 Social Enterprise of the Year award. Algramo now reaches more than 1,700 family-owned stores and has the potential to reach over 275,000 end consumers.

Carlos Moncayo

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Inspectorio, Spain

Carlos Moncayo Castillo is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Inspectorio. A quality inspections and compliance verification mobile platform that is leading the digital transformation of the inspection industry. He is also cofounder and CEO of Asiam Business Group, an apparel sourcing firm with operations across Asia. He holds an MBA from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University