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A four-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating for Norway, Johann Koss is Founder Right To Play International, an organization committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities through the power of sport and play. Johann is currently an investment partner, investing in growth impact companies and start ups from the Nordic region. Johann has served as a director of several public and private companies from real estate, retail, industrial and shipping companies. Koss has a medical degree from the University of Queensland Medical School and received his MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Carleton University, University of Calgary, Agder University and the Free University of Brussels.
Michael served as the 4th Chief Technology Officer of the United States at The White House. As President’s top technology advisor, Michael led the development and execution of the national technology policy agenda.
Michael previously served as Under Secretary of Defense. As the third highest ranking official at the Department of Defense, Michael managed the largest research and development budget for a single organization in the world, supervising all research, engineering, development, and prototyping at the Pentagon.
Michael is currently a Managing Director at Scale AI, leading corporate strategy and helping accelerate AI applications across industries.
Frank Krings is a Franco-German banker and financial services executive who, over the past two and a half decades, has held executive and non-executive directorships and management roles at banks, asset management and investment companies, industry associations and chambers of commerce in numerous developed and emerging market jurisdictions across Europe and Asia. Currently, he serves as Non-Executive Director on the statutory boards of various European financial institutions and organizations within and outside the European Union.
In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Krings is a Member of the Supervisory Board, the Risk Committee, and the Nomination Committee of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., since January 2021; he is also an elected member of the plenary assembly of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce for the 2019 – 2024 term, and a Member of its Audit Committee. In the Republic of Türkiye, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Deutsche Bank A.Ş., Istanbul, since March 2019, a Member of its Audit Committee, and the Chairman of its Compensation Committee. In France, he is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Paris, since June 2022.
Previously, from July 2020 until December 2022, Krings was Deutsche Bank Group’s Chief Executive Officer for Western Europe as well as, from January 2021 to December 2022, the President and General Manager of Deutsche Bank in France. There, he also served on the Board of the Association Française des Banques (AFB). Beyond, from November 2020 until March 2023, he was a Member of the Board of Directors, the Audit Committee, and the Credit Committee of Deutsche Bank (Schweiz) AG, Geneva.
From 2016 through 2020, Krings was the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A., Luxembourg. He was also a Member of the Supervisory Board and the Audit & Risk Committee of DWS Investment S.A., Luxembourg, from 2016 to 2021. He further served on the Board of Directors of The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association (ABBL), chaired its Audit Committee and was a member of its Board Council. Before, from 2011 to early 2016, Krings was the General Manager of Deutsche Bank in Thailand, where he also served as Chairman of the Association of International Banks (AIB), the foreign bankers’ association in the Kingdom, from 2013 through 2015. Krings had rejoined Deutsche Bank in 2011 after serving as Member of the Management Board of Munich-based Hypo Real Estate Holding and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank from October 2008 through 2010, mandated to assure their restructuring. Previously, he had spent twelve years with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and New York, holding various senior roles and serving on statutory boards of several regulated Deutsche Bank subsidiaries across Europe.
Krings is of German and French nationality and graduated with a combined degree in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering from Brunswick Technical University.
Until November 2019 Michal Krupinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Bank Pekao, 2nd largest universal bank and a leading corporate and investment bank in Poland. Prior to joining the Bank, held number of senior managerial roles in leading financial institutions. Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer, PZU Group, the region’s largest financial group, repositioned the firm for growth and strengthened its presence in banking. Previously, from 2011, was Head of Global Banking and Markets for Central and Eastern Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for M&A projects, financing and capital advisory. Also has broad-based public sector experience. 2008-11, Alternate Executive Director of the Board of Directors, World Bank Group, Washington. Prior to this, served as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Treasury. Graduate, Warsaw School of Economics, KU Leuven; MBA, Columbia University. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2012).
Alok Kshirsagar is a Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company. He is in charge of client services to a number of leading companies in the US and Asia, with a focus on financial services, infrastructure and diversified conglomerates. Alok is passionate about using his expertise to support economic development and foreign policy in India and other emerging markets. He has led a number of McKinsey capabilities as well.He is currently the Asia leader for the Impact and capability accelerator, which is responsible for all of McKinsey's people, expertise and assets that drive implementation and capability change for clients. He has also led the Asia Risk Management practice and McKinsey Asia Center- a special initiative to help companies drive successful global expansion. He also serves on the Partner review committee that evaluates all partner globally. Alok also serves on the Board of Parliamentary Research Services, which builds the capabilities of legislators across India in a fact-based, non-partisan way, and the National Association for the Blind in Bangalore. He is also on the advisory board for the wildlife conservation trust and the United World Colleges National committee for India. He also serves on various Indian government committees that focus on infrastructure finance and is part of the WEF YGL alumni community. Alok has received a postgraduate degree in Politics and Economics from Oxford University, where he was an Inlaks scholar. He has a bachelors degree in Economics from St. Xavier's college , Mumbai where he was a National Merit Scholar.
Kimathi Kuenyehia Sr
KIMATHI KUENYEHIA is an award-winning Harvard-educated transactional lawyer ranked as one of the top 5 leading lawyers in Ghana by Legal 500. Kimathi’s practice is focused on providing high-end legal services exclusively to foreign governments, global multinationals and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Ghana. His clients include four of the most developed countries in the world or their agencies and most of the major global multinationals doing business in Ghana.
Kimathi is the first and the only African to win the prestigious International Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award for his “professional excellence, innovative approach to legal practice, community service and reputation for the advancement of legal ethics”.
Kimathi is the Managing Partner at Kimathi & Partners, a leading and an exceptional law firm ranked as a tier 1 law firm. Kimathi is the co-founder of African Entrepreneurs Hub (AEH), an entrepreneurial focused charity established to create a platform where accomplished entrepreneurs share their knowledge and experiences with young entrepreneurs/ business owners. Thus far, over 100 speakers have reached or mentored over 2000 young entrepreneurs/ business owners.
A thought leader “who thinks outside the box”, Kimathi is the co-author of Electricity, Oil and Mining Regulation in Ghana. He is currently writing a book on Corporate Law and Practice in Ghana. Kimathi, who is a director of a Google subsidiary in Ghana, is admitted to practice law in Ghana and New York.
Betty Enyonam Kumahor
Enyo Kumahor is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Cobalt Partners; an advisory firm specializing in design thinking, software development and performance improvement. Formerly with Ernst & Young as a Global Technology Leader and ThoughtWorks as the Regional Managing Director for Africa, Enyo has a depth of management consulting and software development experience across both public and private sector clients across the world. Enyo serves on a number of advisory boards and is a recognized speaker on technology and telecommunications in Africa. She has been profiled on programmes including Ghana Broadcasting Corporation's UniqFM StandOut programme, and in Ernst & Young's Global NextGen, and led her company (ThoughtWorks) to be nominated as best African Company of the Year in 2013.
Umit Kumcuoglu is the Chief Executive Officer of Kare Investments, a fund management company of the family office of Suna and Inan Kirac who are among the leading investors in Turkey. Formerly, he was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in New York, London and Istanbul. Kumcuoglu holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's in Human Rights Law from Istanbul Bilgi University. He is currently working towards a PhD in political science at Istanbul Bilgi University. Kumcuoglu has been active in Turkish economic and financial affairs for over 15 years as researcher and writer, with a particular focus on contemporary Turkish politics and comparative Western and Islamic political philosophy.
Shinjini Kundu, MD, Ph.D., is a physician and medical researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is well-known for her work in diagnosing diseases from medical images at a pre-emergent stage where the images do not show human-identifiable abnormalities. By making previously imperceptible patterns recognizable using artificial intelligence, Shinjini's work has been truly transformational. Before her clinical appointment in radiology at Johns Hopkins, she received a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie-Mellon concurrently with an MD from the University of Pittsburgh. Earlier, she obtained her BS and MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She is a prolific researcher with publications in top journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature Medicine. Her work has had a regional, national, and international impact. She has given TEDx talks and has been a featured speaker at the World Business Dialogue in Germany. She has also been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 and MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 lists. Shinjini contributed to the emerging digital health policies of the American Medical Association, digital privacy policies at the Observer Research Foundation, and the AI for good forum at the United Nations. Her work stands to accelerate new precision medical diagnostic technologies capable of detecting diseases earlier, with greater accuracy and suggestions for tailored treatments.
Maja is a generalist - experience designer, artist, futurist and process facilitator, with a fondness for contemplation and futurecrafting. She is the founder and president of FoAM, a laboratory for speculative culture at the interstices between art, science, nature and everyday life.
Maja leads transdisciplinary teams in prototyping possible futures as creative experiments. She co-creates multisensory experiences, facilitates participatory processes, writes, speaks and cooks worldwide. Maja's academic background is in design futures and interactive media. In recent years, her embodied experience of living with uncertainty became the backbone of her creative practice.
Economist focusing on climate change, the macroeconomy and the financial system. Working towards shaping & delivering the Bank of England’s strategy on climate change, in line with our mission to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.