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Luhui Yan

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

Luhui Yan, Founder and CEO of Carbonstop, Master of Science in Computer Science at Oxford University, Expert Reviewer of the UNIPCC, Representative of China at UNFCCC Climate Change Conference for eight consecutive years, Deputy Secretary General of China Low Carbon Economic Committee. As China’s first carbon management software and consulting service provider, Carbonstop was founded in March 2011 by Luhui Yan. In the past ten years, leading Carbonstop, Mr. Yan has provided carbon management software and consulting solutions for over 1,000 enterprises and organizations, including 100 Fortune global 500 companies and top global organizations, such as Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent, JD, KFC, Zara, Chanel, SKP, Vanke, Starbucks, ByteDance, Meituan, Hillhouse, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China Coal, etc. In the Internet field, Luhui Yan led the project “Green Packaging and Logistics” and “Ant Forest” for Alibaba.

Yan E. Yanovskiy

Member of the Managing Board, IMAGINE, Monaco

Yan Yanovskiy is multilingual global executive and visionary leader with strong management skills and extensive international experience in private equity, strategic advisory, business development, investment banking and business consulting. Yan has more than 15 years experience in board memberships with both for profit and non-profit organizations across sectors and geographies from shipbuilding and coal mining to being a chairman of the board for the oldest delicatessen chain in the world Hediard with presence in 33 countries. Yan combines his unique experience as a business leader with his expertise in non-profit sector, being a true leader and a pioneer in making non-profit more professional and efficient, advocating for running a non-profit organization in the same way one would run a for profit one. Yan is often engaged as a strategic advisor to global companies, large family businesses and family offices on developing their philanthropic strategy, finding a fit between their business activities and impactful investments including sustainability of their non-profit initiatives, ESG, corporate governance, human capital.

Yan founded a multifamily office First Nation Société Bancaire to serve as gatekeeper of high net worth families’ wealth, businesses and legacy by coordinating investment management with tax and estate planning, strategic advisory, insurance planning, risk management, philanthropic activity and many other essential family office functions across the globe. Prior to that, Mr Yanovskiy was a Head of Investment Strategy and Member of the Board of one of the largest industrial groups in Eastern Europe OPK acting as a strategic leader of the organization. Yan also has many years of experience as a Head of Corporate Finance and Investment Banking with focus across industries and geographies with deals in metals and mining, mobile networks, FMCG, aviation, retail, construction in Easter Europe, North America, Africa and Asia Pacific.

In 2015 Mr. Yanovskiy co-fouded Friends foundation, a non profit organization that serves as an umbrella organization to other non-profit organizations, promoting philanthropy and helping the world in many different areas that are covered by the members of the participating nonprofit organizations. He currently serves as a member of the board for Friends foundation.

The World Economic Forum named Yan a Young Global Leader in 2011. He remains active in the YGL Board Service Initiative and as a member of the Forum’s Expert Network.

Isabelle Yap

Executive Director and Vice-President, East West Banking Corporation, Philippines

Isabelle Yap is vice president, special-projects officer, and executive director at EastWest Bank. As a former consultant at McKinsey, she has experience in serving multiple clients across the Philippine region, and she was part of the Management Associate program at Singtel, one of Asia’s leading telcos. A digital native, Yap brings in new perspectives and new ways of engaging with customers. She helped spearhead the launch of Komo, a digital banking service under EastWest Bank, and serves as chair for f(dev), the digital-venture builder and innovation factory of Filinvest Development.

Yap Kwong Weng

Head, Transformation, Urban, Sembcorp Industries Ltd, Singapore

Yap Kwong Weng is Head of Transformation, Urban in Sembcorp Industries, a leading energy and urban development group with assets around the world. He drives Sembcorp’s sustainable development including growth of its industrial and high-tech parks across Vietnam, Indonesia and China. Prior to Sembcorp, Kwong Weng held business consulting roles as an executive director in KPMG and Ernst & Young. In industry, he held management positions in Southeast Asia, co-founded a tech/crypto travel start-up in Vietnam and led the development of a strategic sea port in Myanmar when it opened up. Earlier in his career, Kwong Weng served as a Commando officer for over a decade; graduated from US Navy SEAL training course in San Diego and worked as an intelligence analyst in the Singapore Armed Forces. Kwong Weng was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012; and awarded the Rotary Peace Fellowship (Chulalongkorn University) in the same year. He currently serves as a council member of the Singapore Red Cross; is a board member of the Singapore Nanjing Eco High-Tech Island, and received advanced degrees from Glasgow, Cambridge, Manchester and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Farzana Yaqoob

Chief Executive Officer, MANTAQ Center for Research, Pakistan

Farzana Yaqoob is a former minister for Social Welfare and Women Development, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and a founding director and Chief Executive and founding member of MANTAQ Center for Research. Senior Associate and Secretary General of Working Group on Kashmir, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan, member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) Advisory Group, World Economic Forum, advisor to Brussels Consulting, Brussels, Belgium, a board member of Aiming Change for Tomorrow (ACT) and Pakistan Alliance for girls Education(PAGE), and Secretary General, Eisenhower Fellowship, Pakistan. She holds a masters in mass communication, and is an alumnus of National Defence University and Naval War College. Yaqoob is also an Eisenhower Fellow (2016) and Young Global Leader (2017) of the World Economic Forum.

Yoshiki Yasui

President and Chief Executive Officer, Yasui & Company, Japan

Yoshiki Yasui is President & CEO of Yasui & Company, an independent financial service firm focused on financial advisory, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, financial restructuring as well as merchant banking focusing on early stage companies with multiple portfolio companies in the U.S. and Japan. Currently also serving as the mentor and innovation fellow for Harvard Innovation Labs.

Born in Toronto in 1985, Yoshiki spent his childhood in Toronto and New York until moving to Japan at the age of 10. Yoshiki studied at the University of Sydney and Waseda University. Upon graduation, Yoshiki began his work in the Investment Banking Division for Lehman Brothers. Later he worked at a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm, DCM where he was responsible for investments in the US, Japan and China. Yoshiki founded a mobile payment company Origami in 2012, which was later acquired by a Japanese listed company Mercari. Yoshiki has been a board member of the Payments Japan Association, as well as the New Industrial Structure Council of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. He was also selected as Young Global Leaders Class of 2020 by the World Economic Forum. Awarded a certificate of completion for the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education.

Hannah Yeoh

Minister of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Youth and Sports of Malaysia, Malaysia

Hannah Yeoh is the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly and 2nd term State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya representing the Democratic Action Party (DAP). She was first elected into office in the historic elections of 2008 at the age of 29. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and was a practising lawyer in Australia and Malaysia before she ventured into politics. After securing re-election in the last elections in 2013, she was elected as Speaker, making her the first woman Speaker in Malaysia and currently its youngest. Hannah is married to Ramachandran Muniandy and they are parents to two beautiful girls, Shay Adora and Kayleigh Imani. Both Ram and Hannah are passionate about nation-building and seek to inspire Malaysians to play their respective parts in establishing a righteous nation free from corruption and racial discrimination.

Yeoh Keong Hann

Executive Director, YTL Power International Berhad, Malaysia

Yeoh Keong Hann is a third-generation Malaysian business leader passionate about the transformative power of combining technology and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the influence and values of family businesses in building a more inclusive and sustainably-focused society. He is Executive Director of YTL Power International Berhad, one of South-East Asia's largest infrastructure and energy companies, leading the group's operation and setting the vision of its new business and digital venture arms. He led the team that set up Geneco, Singapore's second-largest provider of retail electricity. Yeoh is also a General Partner of the SEA Frontier Fund where he invests in and mentors the next generation of game-changing startups in South-East Asia. He is a member of the Board of Wessex Water in the United Kingdom and of YTL PowerSeraya in Singapore. Yeoh is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Songyee Yoon

Chairman, NC Foundation, USA

Songyee Yoon is a successful entrepreneur, innovator, and investor. As the President and Chief Strategy Officer of NCSOFT (KRX:036570), a global leader in online game development and publishing, Yoon played a pivotal role in guiding the company through AI transformation. She utilized cutting-edge technology for game development and improved various aspects of the business. Under her insightful leadership, NCSOFT's workforce grew from 350 employees to a team of 5,000 professionals across seven countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, and the company's revenue surpassed 2 billion USD.

As the founder and managing partner of Chamaeleon, a quant and tech-based early stage venture capital firm, she invests in innovative startups at the intersection of gaming, AI, and consumer technology. Yoon's strategic expertise spans a wide range of domains, including early monetization strategy, organizational development, marketing, branding, business development and partnerships, licensing, and other strategic initiatives that have cemented NCSOFT's position as a market leader. She chaired the ESG committee and NC University, demonstrating her commitment to fostering responsible business practices and nurturing talent within the organization.

Yoon is the chairperson and founder of the NCSOFT Cultural Foundation, she actively engages herself in various philanthropic initiatives including main sponsor for Special Olympics, collaboration with UN Food Program and UNHCR. In an effort to support working parents, Yoon personally oversaw the development of the “Laughing Peanut,” a daycare facility that accommodates 400 children and is located at the NCSOFT R&D center. She also oversaw the development of “Projectory,” a program for nurturing and fostering creativity.

Yoon has supported AI and ethics education at higher education institutions through the Embedded EthiCS program at MIT, Harvard, and Stanford Universities. Her passion for this topic led her to publish a book, The Most Humane Future, which is one of the most cited books on the ethical development of AI in Korea. Yoon also served as an advisory board member of the Center for Asia Pacific Policy and a visiting fellow at the Center to Advance Racial Equity Policy at RAND, where she continues to explore the social impacts of AI, equity, and the ethical sides of technology.

Songyee holds a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from MIT, where she also serves as a board member. She is an inaugural member of the Advisory Council of Stanford University's Human-Centered AI and has served on South Korea's Presidential Advisory Council for Science and Technology under two presidents. She has also been serving on the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace board. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering of Korea, was named one of the 50 Women to Watch in Business by the Wall Street Journal, and also was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

Kaliya Young

Director, Networks, Planetwork, USA

Kaliya is a leading expert on blockchain and Identity also known as self-sovereign Identity. She served from 2012-2015 on the Management Council for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group an Obama Administration effort to make the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace real. 2010, Founder, Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. 2005, Co-Founder, Co-Producer, Facilitator, Internet Identity Workshop. Works with Planetwork to grow open standards-based infrastructure for citizens and organizations to connect outside of commercial silos/platforms. Inspiration to transform how the internet works comes from their work in the early 2000s and the paper they published in 2003: Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust in the Next Generation Internet.

Has a parallel independent career designing and facilitating unconferences (interactive participant driven conferences) for a range of professional communities worldwide.

She has a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on Political, Economic and Human Rights, University of California, Berkeley. She also played on their varsity water polo team and was a member of the Canadian National Water Polo Team.

Yousef Yousef

Chief Executive Officer, LG Sonic B.V., Netherlands

Yousef Yousef, with two decades at LG Sonic, has significantly impacted the green technology sector by advancing water quality systems and driving the company's global expansion to over 50 countries. His strategic vision has propelled LG Sonic from a nascent startup to an industry benchmark, earning worldwide recognition for environmental excellence.

As a leader, Yousef also spearheads a green-tech scale-up initiative with 500+ members, dedicated to merging the innovative energies of green startups with the robust resources of established companies. This role highlights his belief in collaborative, sustainable growth as a catalyst for environmental innovation.

Yousef's expertise extends to strategic roles, including his significant position in the board of the the European Innovation Council, a 10 billion euro EU fund. In this capacity, he influences the confluence of technology and eco-sustainability, shaping policy and guiding the tech industry's future. This role allows him to play a pivotal part in deploying substantial resources towards fostering breakthrough technologies and innovative solutions across Europe.

Patrick Youssef

Regional Director, Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland

I joined the ICRC in 2005 and completed different field missions in Sudan, Chad, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Between 2010 & 2013, I was the deputy head of operations for the Near and Middle East covering Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the GCC. Prior to my current assignment as Regional Director for Africa, I headed the Red Cross delegation in Iraq and was the Head of Operations for North and West Africa

In addition to my field experience, I worked on specific topics related to the respect of International Humanitarian Law such as the treatment and judicial guarantees of persons deprived of freedom, the recruitment of children in armed forces and Transitional Justice.

Born in 1978, I hold a degree in law and a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from Paris Sud XI and an LLM in International Law in armed conflicts from Geneva University.