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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
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 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 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, 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.
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 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 DineroMail.com, 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.
Japanese/British artist based in Tokyo. Known for film and multi-media installation works which explore the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Has recently presented works in exhibitions such as the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2019, NY), Milan International Design Triennial (2019, Milan) and Setouchi Art Trienniale (creating a permanent art pavilion at the Benesse Art Site on Teshima). Currently an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Arts. From 2013 to 2017, Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab, founding and directing the Design Fiction group. To date, has had pieces included in the permanent collections of museums such as the V&A and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
Salvador Paiz is President of FunSEPA, a foundation which is improving the quality of education in Guatemala by leveraging technology. FunSEPA has installed over 26,313 computers in over 1,624 public schools, and has trained and certified over 86,000 public school teachers (over 55% of the total teacher population) on the usage of technology as a teaching tool. FunSEPA is in the process of rolling out Na'at, a revolutionary teacher training platform which does not require connectivity.
Paiz is also Director of the Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (FUNDESA) and works on the Mejoremos Guate initiative, a holistic development agenda for the country with short-term actionable projects. Key projects and initiatives include: Roadway Infrastructure Legislative Proposal, Crime Stoppers Guatemala, Guatemala Visible, Criminal Justice Flowchart, among others.
On the business side, Paiz is the Co-Chairman of Grupo PDC, a holding company with interests in distribution and real estate finance throughout Central America.
Paiz obtained a Bachelor's degree with honours from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business as a Martin Trust Merit Scholar. His econometric work on the topic of contagion has been published.
Serving as civil servant in the INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE. Presently serving in the position as Director in the Ministry ofInformation and Broadcasting, under Government of India. Have worked in various capacities in the government of Manipur as joint secretary in the public engineering Dept. tribal affairs, as director in the department of youth Affairs and Sports, Managing Director of Coorperative Bank,Imphal amongst other position. Among some of the works done, the construction of people's road together with the villagers to construct over 100 kms road connecting the three states of Manipur, Assam and nagaland had brought changes in the life of so many villagers. Awarded India's most eminent Civil servant 2015. Had spoken at several Universities, TEDx talks giving inspirational talks to many esp. the youths.
Education Background: Post-doctor of Guang Hua School in Beijing University.
Working experience: Used to work in China Association of Small and Medium Enterprises for 8 years and promoted communication between Chinese SMEs and Foreign SMEs.
Rajiv Pant is a well-respected product, design, and engineering executive and entrepreneur. As General Manager of Technology Platforms, he leads product, design, engineering, and technology operations for Hearst Magazines, Hearst Autos, and CDS Global, Inc. He served as Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company. He has been advising the AI startup you.com since its beginning. He served as Chief Product & Technology Officer of The Wall Street Journal, responsible for Product, Design, and Engineering where he reported jointly to the WSJ editor-in-chief and to Dow Jones corporate. He was then promoted to Deputy CTO of News Corp, parent company of WSJ and several other global brands. Previously, as CTO of The New York Times, Rajiv led the successful development and delivery of dozens of acclaimed mobile and web products over four years. Earlier, he headed up digital technology at Conde Nast for four years, where he managed multiple successful teams including Reddit. His leadership experience includes CTO of Cox Media Group, VP Engineering at Knight Ridder, and roles at startups. He has experience building and supervising small teams to 400+ employees. He received several prestigious awards during his career including being honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. He serves as a regular in-person volunteer with the charity New York Cares, especially during the pandemic when help is needed most.