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Miku Hirano

Chief Executive Officer, Cinnamon, Japan

Serial Entrepreneur. MSc, in Artificial Intelligence, from Tokyo University. Engaged in research on Recommendation Engine, Complex Network, Clustering. Won the Innovative Software Creation Program (Super Creator Award) under Information-technology Promotion Agency Japan (IPA) in 2005 and 2006. Started her first business to create the middleware which enables to develop iOS / Android / Feature Phone simultaneously, and sold the company to mixi.inc. Founded Cinnamon in Singapore in 2012. She has received various awards, including St. Gallen Symposium Leaders of Tomorrow, Forbes Japan "Entrepreneur Ranking 2020" BEST10, Woman of the Year 2019 Innovative Entrepreneur Award, and Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2019 New Generation Award. She has also been a keynote speaker at AWS Summit 2019, Milken Institute Japan Symposium, 45th Japan-ASEAN Management Conference, Bloomberg The Year Ahead Summit 2019, and etc. She was appointed to a member of the IT Strategy Office, Cabinet Secretariat and a special member of the Tax Commission, Cabinet Office in 2020. She has been an expert member of the Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy, Cabinet Office; a member of the New Economic and Industrial Policy Subcommittee, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; and an expert member of the Council for Realizing New Capitalism, Cabinet Secretariat in 2021. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Tokyo. She is the mother of three children.

Aroon Hirdaramani

Director, Hirdaramani Group, Sri Lanka

Owner and Director, Hirdaramani Group. Aroon is a leader of the Group's Executive Committee which is responsible for the overall strategy and execution of the Group's global apparel business and excellence in sustainability. Aroon also oversees the Group's Global Trading and Sourcing Operations, and Investment Strategies.
Honorary Counsel to Guatemala for Sri Lanka. Member, Young Presidents' Organization. 2001, Bachelor's in Business Economics, Brown University. 2001-03, Investment Banking Analyst, Credit Suisse, New York.

Kent Ho

Founder and General Partner, S28 Capital, Hong Kong SAR, China

Kent Ho is the Founder and Managing Director of S28 Capital – a multistage technology venture capital fund primarily focused on Enterprise Saas and Enterprise Infrastructure in western markets. Being a venture investor for over a decade, Kent has evaluated thousands of investment opportunities across industries, stages, and geographies, and some of his investments include: Zoom (ZM.NSDQ), Coupang (CPNG.NYSE), Palantir (PLTR.NYSE) and Noom. He is passionate about working closely with founders on go to market strategy and thinking about both domestic and international expansion; and has built an unique and proprietary global network.

Kent is also Co-Founder of Singapore based Wine Portal Holdings Pte. Wine Portal is present across the vertical and horizontal value chain of the wine industry - from boutique vineyards; to negociants and wholesale distribution; to storage; to private client sales and premium wine lounges (Park 90) and e-commerce. We actively seek out opportunities globally to grow our portfolio and coverage of all things wine.

Kent has formerly served as a board member of Hong Kong Science and Technology Park (HKSTP) (2017-2023), and previously served on its investment committee. HKSTP is Hong Kong Government's most well-funded technology and innovation platform (HK$40 billion).

He holds a BA degree from Duke University, an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and is an Honorary Trustee of Peking University.

Brent Hoberman

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Founders Factory, United Kingdom

Brent is Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Founders Factory (corporate-backed venture studio and accelerator), Founders Forum (global community of founders, corporates and tech leaders), and firstminute capital (2017: $100m seed fund with global remit, backed by Atomico, Tencent and over 30 unicorn founders). Previously, Brent co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn.

Technology businesses Brent has co-founded have raised over $800 million and include Karakuri (provider of robotics, AI and automation systems), made.com (leading European direct-from-factory consumer homewares retailer), PROfounders Capital, Founders Intelligence (entrepreneur-powered consultancy), accelerateHER (network taking action to change the underrepresentation of women in technology), Founders Keepers (technology executive search firm), Founders of the Future (network that identifies and supports aspiring entrepreneurs), Founders Pledge (community for entrepreneurs committed to finding and funding solutions to global challenges), Grip (AI powered event networking solution) and most recently Founders Academy (a new type of business school for a changing world).

Florian Hoffmann

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The DO GmbH, Germany

Florian is the founder and CEO of the award winning The DO, a global learning institution, catalyst for business change and fellowship program focused on leadership, innovation and sustainability. He’s also the author of Our New World (2022), where he reveals what he’s learned from many encounters with courageous leaders shaping the future. Florian is a serial entrepreneur who’s founded organizations in Europe, Asia and the United States. He sits on the Supervisory Board of the World Future Council, is a jury member for the German Sustainability Awards, and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. Florian holds degrees and certificates from Oxford, Harvard, Duke, Bard and Humboldt Universities. He lives in Berlin with his wife and daughter.

Frederic Hoffmann

President, Unearthodox, Switzerland

Frederic Hoffmann devotes his time to supporting entrepreneurs in both non-profit and commercial organisations. He specialises in sustainability strategy, and enjoys working on innovative, systemic, and cross-sectoral projects. He serves on multiple boards and chairs Unearthodox, a systems accelerator at the intersection of people and nature. He is a WEF Young Global Leader.

Dirk Carsten Hoke

Managing Director, D&D Invest Consult GmbH, Germany

Degree in Mechanical Engineering, TU Brunswick, Germany. Formerly, R&D Engineer, Renault, Paris. Since 1994, with Siemens, including: railway divisions in Germany, Argentina, Austria, US with regional responsibilities for North and South America and Western Europe; 2002, General Manager, Transrapid Propulsion and Power Supply Division; 2005-08, President, Transportation Systems Group, China; 2008, Chief Executive Officer, Western and Central Africa and Morocco; 2009, Chief Executive Officer, Africa; 2011, Chief Executive Officer, Customer Services Division; 2014, Chief Executive Officer, Large Drives, Process Industries and Drives Division; 2016, Chief Executive Officer, Airbus Defence and Space. Interests: photography, travelling, languages, sports.

Orenzo "Perry" Hollowell

Head of Equities and Sustainable Investing, CFI Partners, USA

Perry Hollowell has over 15 years in the financial services industry and a passion for investing for profit and purpose. As the Head of Equities and Sustainable Investing at CFI Partners, he oversees public and private equity impact strategies aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the integration of ESG best practices across the firm’s fixed income and equity portfolios.

In his prior role as a Managing Director at Guggenheim Partners, Perry managed over $750 million in equity derivative strategies. While at Guggenheim, Perry was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Social Justice Initiatives Operating Committee, which seeks to invest in and support minority-owned businesses. Before Guggenheim, Perry was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs in the firm’s internal hedge fund, Principal Strategies. As a portfolio manager specializing in global macro investment strategies, he invested across asset classes and the capital structure of companies.

Perry has a Bachelor of Science in accounting and finance from Georgetown University and a Master of Business Administration with concentrations in econometrics and statistics from The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is a charterholder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Chartered Market Technician (CMT), Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA), and EFFAS Certified ESG Analyst (CESGA) designations. Perry has also completed the CFA Institute’s Certification in ESG Investing, the Sustainability and Climate Risk (SCR) certification, and is an IFRS Fundamentals of Sustainable Accounting (FSA) credential holder.

The World Economic Forum has recognized Perry as a Young Global Leader in 2022. He is an alumnus of the Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowship and a 40 Under 40 honoree.

Perry currently serves on the boards of the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Chapter, the Smithsonian’s D.C. Regional Council, and the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum. He is an advisor to Silver Lining Finance, which believes there is no better risk than small businesses and Beyond the Billion (launched as the Billion Dollar Fund for Women). In his spare time, Perry enjoys struggling through boxing workouts, staying on his wife’s good side, and teaching his son how to be a kind human being.

Sven Holstenson

Managing Partner, Pictet Group, Switzerland

Sven Holstenson has been a Managing Partner of the Pictet Group since May 2023. He is responsible for the Pictet Asset Services and Technology & Operations divisions. In addition, Sven is Chairman of the Executive Committee of Banque Pictet & Cie SA.
Before being named Managing Partner, Sven was Equity Partner and Head of Europe for Pictet Wealth Management.
Prior to joining Pictet in 2012, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Co.
Sven holds a Master’s degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and an MBA from INSEAD.
He also serves as Board member of SIX Group.

Ho Ren Hua

Chief Executive Officer, Thai Wah Group, Thailand

Ren Hua Ho is the Chief Executive Officer of of Thai Wah Public Company - a regional Agri Food platform from Farm to Shelf based in Southeast Asia developing from farm to shelf a range of food, starch and bio packaging materials. Thai Wah was nominated in 2022 by HR Asia as one of the Best Companies to Work, and currently operates in 7 countries in 15 locations including USA, India and China. Ren Hua also spearheads Thai Wah Ventures and Roseco - the first tapioca based bio packaging platform of its kind.

Thai Wah, in conjunction with Temasek founded the SEA Agri Food Summit in 2022 and in 2023 was co-chair of the Grow Asia bilateral joint councils on agri development in the region.

Ren Hua graduated with Honors from the The Wharton School and is currently a Masters graduate student at the University of Chicago. He started his career in Bain New York, and is married with two kids.

Leila Hoteit

Managing Director and Senior Partner, Boston Consulting Group, United Arab Emirates

Leila is a Managing Director & Senior Partner at BCG, based in the Middle East. She is specialized in human capital topics and is a member of the global leadership teams of both the public sector and social impact practices of BCG. She has over 20 years of strategy and operations experience acquired through projects in the Middle East and Europe.
Leila also has extensive experience in social development and culture, and works with policymakers, regulatory authorities, and key public-sector entities on policy development, strategic planning, organizational development, and governance.

Amadou Hott

Special Envoy of the President for the Alliance for Green Infrastructure, African Development Bank Group, Côte d'Ivoire

Undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics and Master's in Finance, Sorbonne University, Paris; Master's programme in Financial Mathematics, New York University. 20 years experience in investment banking and investing with a focus on Africa since 2004. Worked in various financial centers including New York, London, Dubai and Lagos. Founder & CEO of FONSIS (Sovereign Wealth Fund of Senegal for Strategic Investments). Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank since November 2016. Twice volunteered with the TOKTEN programme, sponsored by the United Nations. Lecturer, University Gaston Berger of Saint Louis, Senegal. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2012).