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Lila Ibrahim is an investment partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), where she focuses on the firm's digital and greentech portfolios. She works specifically with KPCB partner John Doerr as chief of staff. Before joining KPCB in 2010, Ibrahim had a diverse 18-year career that spanned technical, marketing and management positions at Intel. She was General Manager of Intel's Emerging Markets Product Group. Based in China, she led research, development and marketing of technology solutions, including solutions for global education. Earlier, she served as chief of staff to Intel Chairman Craig Barrett. Ibrahim is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, an honour bestowed on emerging leaders. She has also received national recognition from the Anita Borg Institute (Women of Vision, 2010) and has been featured on the cover of ForbesWoman for promoting women in technology. Outside of work, Ibrahim has established several computer labs at the Lebanese orphanage where her father was raised. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.
Lady Mariéme Jamme
Lady Mariéme Jamme is an award-winning Technologist, a podcaster and pioneer in system change, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. In Sept 2017, she won the Innovation Award at the Global Goals Award as a GoalKeeper for her work in advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, by supporting globally young women and girls and governments.
A Senegalese-born, French- British businesswoman, with over 20 years of experience. She’s best renowned for her motivational & inspirational Speeches about girl’s education through STEAMD (Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, arts and design) and empowerment of youth living in marginalised communities.
Lady Mariéme’s latest venture includes the launch of iamtheCODE.org, the first African-led global movement to mobilize government, the private sector, and philanthropic foundations to advance STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Design) Education. Her goal is to empower 1 million young women & girls globally to become coders by 2030 and to align with the UN 2030 Agenda. Lady Mariéme recently got nominated by Apolitical as their World’s 100 most influential people in Digital Government.
A BBC Top 100 Women nominee, she was named twice on the UK Powerlist 2017 and 2018 of Britain’s 100 most influential people of African and African Caribbean Heritage. Often called the diplomat of technology, she was also named twice in 2014 and 2016 as one of the 100 most influential Africans by the African Business Magazine. In 2018, Lady Mariéme became a founding member of the Future Talks Expedition, which gathered 100 global leaders from 42 countries to visit the Arctic (North Pole.) She’s the first Senegalese woman who made it to the Arctic.
Lady Mariéme is on the Board of Directorship of the World Wide Web Foundation (Founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee). Lady Mariéme is the newest Board member of the ITU Generation Connect Visionary Board.
Lady Mariéme is writing her first book.
Master's in Society and Politics, CEU University, UK. Since 2004, Representative for Fidesz, Hungary and Member, European People's Party, European Parliament and European Democrats, European Parliament. Director, Roma Integration, EPP-ED Working Group. Member, Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; EPP-ED Group, Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.
Hannah Jones is the CEO of The Earthshot Prize, an annual global prize designed to search the world for solutions that could repair our planet, we spotlight innovations, & actively support and help to scale the teams behind the solutions. Founded by Prince William, Prince of Wales, we work in partnership with a Global Alliance spanning Foundations, Corporations, Investors, Civil society and academia. Prior to joining The Earthshot Prize, Hannah was Nike's Chief Sustainability Office and Founder of Nike's Valiant Labs, a digital incubator within the Advanced Innovation teams.
Mohit Joshi is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer designate of Tech Mahindra – a USD 6.5+ billion digital transformation, consulting and business reengineering services and solutions provider with 148,000+ employees across 90 countries.
Before joining Tech Mahindra, Mohit was President at Infosys, responsible for the Financial Services & Healthcare/Life Sciences businesses. In his previous roles, he has led the Financial Services business in Europe. He worked as the CEO of Infosys Mexico and was instrumental in setting up the first subsidiary in Latin America.
He is also a Non-Executive Director at Aviva Plc. He is a member of the Risk & Governance and Nomination committees.
Mohit was also invited to join the Global Young Leader program at the World Economic Forum in 2014. He is the Vice Chair of the Economic Growth Board of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and a YPO (Young Presidents Organization) member.
Mohit has previously worked with ABN AMRO and ANZ Grindlays in their Corporate and Investment bank. He holds an M.B.A. from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Nik Kafka is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach a Man to Fish, a non-profit organization supporting schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish profit-making enterprises. Its education and enterprise programs have benefitted almost 500,000 young people across more than 100 countries, principally through the School Enterprise Challenge awards program. Prior, Kafka had a successful banking career in London before moving to Paraguay to work for a local microfinance institution. In 2022, he was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize for exceptional humanitarians under 50. Kafka holds a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, an MA in International Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, as well as professional qualifications in finance.
Dennis Karpes is the Founder of Dance4Life, a dynamic international movement that inspires, mobilizes and unites young people to increase awareness about HIV/AIDS through educational projects and dance events. Dance4Life has become an internationally recognized organization that is active in more than 30 countries worldwide. Karpes' strength is to develop and realize creative concepts and market these to the public. Besides Dance4Life, one of these concepts is Kuyichi, a sustainable international jeans brand, which he co-initiated as Marketing Director. Currently, Karpes is also Co-Founder and Director of the Naga Foundation, which aims to tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges of today: pushing back desertification. The Naga Foundation transforms desertified land into fertile land by restoring the water absorption capacity and soil stability to enable sustainable agriculture and improve biodiversity while benefiting rural livelihoods.
Partner, Odgers Berndtson. Member of the Board of Directors, UPM Kymmene plc & Gofore plc. Member of the Trilateral Commission. Member of the Board of Trustees of Helsinki Deaconess Institute. Managing Director of Finance Finland 2009 - 2022. Member of the European Parliament 1999–2008, Head of the Finnish Delegation in the EPP-ED Group 2004–2008. President of the European Banking Industry Committee EBIC 2010-2011. Chairman of the European Banking Federation Executive Committee 2014-2015.
Mrs Kauppi is married to Mr. Jussi Antero Järvinen (Partner, KPMG Finland) with four children, born in 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2017. On her freetime she loves skiing, running and triathlon.
Georges Kern studied Political Science in Strasbourg, France, and graduated in Business Administration
from the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. He acquired experience in the fast-movingconsumer-goods
sector at Kraft Foods Switzerland before moving into the watch industry at TAG Heuer.
In 2000, he joined Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, and was active in the integration of
the brands A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC Schaffhausen following their acquisition.
In 2002, at the age of 36, he became the youngest CEO within Richemont when he was chosen to
run IWC Schaffhausen. In 2017, he was promoted to Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital
at Richemont and focused on supervising the Specialist Watchmaking Maisons.
In 2017, Georges Kern was appointed the new CEO of the independent watch company Breitling
SA, where he is also a shareholder. In his new position, Georges Kern’s mission is to foster the
global development of one of the world’s most established watch manufacturers, and to focus on
further developing Breitling’s digital and retail footprint, in particular with a view to accelerating
growth in the important Asian markets.
Georges Kern served as a member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum from
2005 to 2010, and became Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community in Zurich in 2011.
Uday H. Khemka
Mr. Uday Khemka is Vice-Chairman of the SUN Group of Companies, a diversified family- owned, investment and industrial group headquartered in India with activities in varied emerging markets in new and renewable energy, electric mobility, natural resources, real estate, electronics/aerospace and private equity. Prior to the SUN Group, Uday worked at Credit Suisse First Boston and Morgan Stanley in London and New York and then established and headed up Morgan Stanley's activities in India. Uday has been on the boards of all SUN Group companies and has been responsible for the establishment of the investment management activities of the group.
Uday is also Vice Chairman of The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation, the first, and still one of the only, foundations in India to focus centrally on climate change mitigation, which it has done for 30 years, since COP1 in Rio in 1992. He was also previously the Co-Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Forum (CEFF) jointly established by Prime Minister Modi and President Obama to catalyse investment towards India's 175 GW clean energy target for 2022. Among other climate philanthropic endeavours, Uday resourced the entry of the Climate Group into India and has been on its board ever since. Uday’s key policy interests focus on large scale institutional climate finance (with respect to which he has been advising associations of sovereign and pension institutions since 2004), renewable energy policy and government policy to promote the electrification of transportation. Uday is also a Senior Climate Advisor (2019 to date) to the Institutional Investors Roundtable, a group of 45 of the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund representing over $13 trillion.
Uday’s philanthropic interests outside the field of climate change mitigation include his work as Co- founder of Just Giving (which became Europe’s leading online charity fundraising portal), his leadership of Youth Reach (focusing on street and slum children in India) and the Nabha Foundation (rural development in India).
Uday is on the Board of Governors of the Indian School of Business and the Public Health Foundation of India, the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute in New York and the Board of Advisors of the Climate Group in India and has been elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Uday has recently been appointed on the Advisory Board of the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment at Oxford University. He is also a member of HRH Prince’s Sustainable Markets Initiative and Senior Climate Advisor to the Institutional Investors Roundtable.
Today, Uday leads the New Energy activities of the Group which include renewable energy, energy storage and electric mobility energy infrastructure. His passion for New Energy led him to set up SUN New Energy Holdings, which today includes SUN Mobility (aiming to be a global leader in electric mobility energy infrastructure), in a partnership with Chetan Maini, as well as SUN Renewables.
Educated at Eton College and Cambridge University, Uday received an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School (Baker Scholar).
Akira Kirton is a purpose & values driven leader, with a huge passion for diversity and sustainability. He has spent his career working in the chemicals & energy manufacturing sectors - in both commercial/operational & business development/innovation roles.
Akira is Vice President of Global Acetyls. In this role, he has full commercial & operational accountability for Acetyls Globally (~$2.5bn business). His business is at the forefront of fighting CV-19, with product sales going into key sectors such as pharmaceuticals (ibuprofen, paracetamol, insulin) and powder detergents. Akira has accountability for 9 operational sites across US, Europe & Asia (Korea, Malaysia, & 6 China JV's).
Prior to this role, Akira was Commercial Director for the European Acetyls business. In this role, Akira led on programmes in sustainability, agile, and digital for the business – particular Zero-Carbon Humber, WEF Low Carbon Chemicals Biomass Group, and Acetylated Wood (Tricoya). Akira is bp's Board Director for Tricoya Technologies (sustainable wood production), having structured & led the investment/spin-out from Accsys plc in 2014/15.
Across 2012-17, Akira was Managing Director for bp Ventures Europe & Asia, growing the portfolio to $500m capital invested, having led a number of game-changing deals in green manufacturing, CO2 to chemicals, mobility & digital. Akira was Portfolio Director & Board Director for the green manufacturing sector, with board roles with Fulcrum Bioenergy (waste to biojet), Solidia (low carbon cement/concrete products), Tricoya (acetylated wood), Liquid Light (CO2 to chemicals), CarbonFree Chemicals (CO2 to bicarbonates), StoreDot (ultra-fast charging batteries); and originated and led the structuring for the OGCI CI ($1bn climate fund).
Akira has experience in the public sector and was seconded to the UK Energy Technologies Institute ($1b UK Gov backed climate change/sustainability fund) for three years. He sat on the UK Chief Scientific Advisor’s Group on Bioenergy and was Director for Strategy for Biomass and Distributed Energy; developing the priorities to 2050 for >$1trn in investment focus.
Prior to this, Akira worked globally in business development roles, engineering, and technology roles in Chemicals, Fuels, and Trading for both bp & Ineos.
External Profile: Akira has been recognised as #4 Rising Star (out of 10,000) by Global Corporate Venturing in 2018; a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2015-20); A Fellow of the Marshall Memorial Foundation 2012; and a 2008 IChemE Award for Innovation.
On a pro-bono basis, Akira is a Trustee of #iamthecode: A UN HCR & WEF YGL backed global charity focussed on providing STEM skills/digital skills to underprivileged young women/girls, targeting 1m by 2030. Akira sits on the board of trustees with Founder/CEO Marieme Jamme (#Truly Inspirational), Kelly Buchanon (YGL), and Patron - Christoper Schlaeffer (YGL) - with strong support from Unilever, UBS, Salesforce, AliBaba, Coursera and more....
Dr. Daniel Klier joined ESG Book as Chief Executive in June 2021. ESG Book is a leading ESG data and technology company with offices in Boston, London, Frankfurt, Delhi, Singapore and Tokyo.
Prior to this, Daniel was Global Head of Sustainable Finance for HSBC, where he developed the global climate strategy for the bank and led the sustainable finance business across the organisation. Daniel chaired the Bank of England Climate Risk Working Group and the Sustainable Finance Working Group at the Institute of International Finance. He is a member of the Board of Sustainable Energy for All.
Daniel joined HSBC in 2013 as Group Head of Strategy in London, following a successful career at McKinsey & Company where he was a Partner. In 2016, Daniel was selected as Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum.