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Nighat Dad

Board Member, The Oversight Board, Pakistan

Lawyer and the Founder of Digital Rights Foundation which works to help Pakistani women fight against online harassment. Campaigner for online freedom and contributed to a law against acid attacks. Specializes in family law and cyber law and was named one of TIME magazine's next generation leaders. In 2016, awarded the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award and Dutch Government's Human Rights Tulip award. TED Fellow in 2016 and spoke at the TED Global stage.

Komal Dadlani

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Lab4U, Chile

Komal Dadlani is a Biochemist with an MSc from the University of Chile. In 2013 she started Lab4U to democratize science and change the way science is taught with a lab in the pocket. Today Lab4U is present in Latin American and the US with more than 120,000 students using Lab4Physics, their first product. Komal has been a recipient of the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards 2015, Toyota Mother of Invention Award 2017, MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35 Leaders in LatAm 2018, Ashoka Fellow and internationally recognized by The New York Times, Forbes, People Magazine, and the BBC for her work at Lab4U as a top female entrepreneur.

Sofana Dahlan

Founder and Attorney at Law, Sofana Rabea Dahlan Law Firm, Saudi Arabia

Sofana Dahlan is an accomplished Saudi lawyer and social entrepreneur. She holds the prized distinction of being the first female lawyer to be permitted to practice law in Saudi Arabia and has served as a legal consultant in different parts of the Arab world including Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Kuwait.

Dahlan practices in areas such as corporate and commercial law, intellectual property, arbitration, mediation, litigation and mergers and acquisitions with a special focus on creative industries. She is an effective negotiator and has achieved notable success in helping her clients resolve their conflicts and reach settlements through mediation.

Currently, Dahlan is involved with the Saudi Bar Association as the first female to serve on the Fee Assessment Committee. She has regularly engaged and sat on the board of various entities, such as Khadija Bint Khuwailid Centre and Namaa Almunawara, to advise on corporate governance matters, crises and special situations.

Her time in the private sector has also been dedicated to setting up many social enterprises that focus on developing the creative industries in the region. She is the founder of Tashkeil – a Saudi-based social enterprise that incubates, accelerates and promotes creative entrepreneurs. She is also the founder of Kayanspace – a membership-based environment for creative professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers along with the Saudi National Creative Initiative (SNCI) - a collaborative creative knowledge transfer platform.

Dahlan has also served in the public sector as the Vice Governor for Entrepreneurship Advancement at the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority of Saudi Arabia from 2016 to 2017, making her the first Saudi female senior economic policymaker.
Dahlan is an avid advocate of cultural, heritage and socially oriented issues. She has spoken at public platforms such as TEDx, BOLDtalks Women, World Economic Forum, MITEF Enterprise Forum and Estoril Conferences and has penned numerous articles on topics such as women’s rights, social values, and interreligious dialogue.

She has completed an undergraduate degree in Law (LLB) from Cairo University and a postgraduate degree in Islamic Law from the Higher Institute of Islamic Studies in Egypt along with an MBA from the American University of Technology.

Dahlan participated in the Harvard Executive program Leading for the Future: The Arab Region in a Changing World in 2011 and has obtained executive degrees in Global Leadership and Public Policy from Harvard University in 2015, Art of Successful Negotiations from Harvard University (Law School) in 2017, Transformational Leadership from the University of Oxford in 2018 and Public Leadership from Apolitical Academy in 2021.

Mehmet Gürcan Daimagüler

Special Adviser, Tropical General Investments Group, Nigeria

Lawyer and Public Policy Expert based in Germany. PhD in Philosophy, JD, University of Bonn; MPA, Harvard University. Expert on renewable energy technologies. 1997-2005, Member of Federal Board, Free Democratic Party of Germany; currently, Partner, Thomsen Partner Law Firm, Berlin. World Fellow, Yale University. Lucius N. Littauer Fellow, Harvard University. Member of the Advisory Board, Yale World Fellows Program

Matt Dalio

Founder and Chair, Endless OS, USA

Matt Dalio is Founder and Chair of Endless, a collection of affiliated companies and initiatives focused on building and supporting technology that drives social impact. Prior, he launched The Issue, an online media venture aimed at curating the best of the blogosphere. After merging The Issue into PBS's world news programme, he joined Harbor Point, one of the East Coast's largest urban renewal projects to revitalize the waterfront of Stamford, Connecticut. Dalio also holds positions on the boards of the Half The Sky Foundation and China Care Foundation, which he founded at the age of 16 to offer orphaned children a brighter future. For his work, Dalio was honoured as one of Oprah Winfrey’s People Changing the Lives of Children Around the World, was one of Teen People's 20 Teens Who Will Change the World, and is the youngest recipient of the Fulbright Award for furthering peace and international understanding. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Winston Damarillo

Chief Executive Officer, Talino Ventures, USA

CEO of Talino Ventures, a Global Venture Builder

Rose Damen

Managing Director, Damen Yachting, Netherlands

Rose Damen is a Young Global Leader and the Managing Director of Damen Yachting. She has grown this division from luxury yachts into a business that inspires its clients to explore adventurously and also responsibly. Rose introduced a sustainability agenda to Damen Yachting, while supporting broader projects to protect the oceans. She is an advocate for gender balance and diversity. A graduate of INSEAD, Rose has prior experience as an investment research analyst in the UK and NGO coordinator in Sri Lanka. She serves on an number of non-profit boards, including those focused on the arts.

Ding Dang

Executive Director, Green Rose Social Work Service Center, People's Republic of China

Ding Dang began as an immigrant worker in China and later took the initiative to establish an NGO to support immigrant women workers and their children in Shenzhen, a vital manufacturing hub and the “Silicon Valley” of China. Despite the significant contributions of rural women workers to China’s growth, their voices often go unheard. Dang’s NGO amplifies these voices, helping the women’s integration into urban life, fostering confidence and improving living conditions. As a TEDxWomen speaker, Dang founded the Green Rose Social Work Service Center in Shenzhen in 2015, positively impacting thousands of women and children. The centre addresses issues such as health, gender-based violence, education, community support and income stability.

Bernice Dapaah

Chief Executive Officer, Ghana Bamboo Bikes, Ghana

Bernice Dapaah is an entrepreneur and an industry leader in the non-motorized transport subsector in Ghana where she has pioneered climate-smart mobility technology. She has championed the engineering of specialty bamboo bikes and other bamboo artifacts using locally available resources. Apart from bicycles, she has developed successful prototype of bamboo wheelchair and bamboo litter picker which has attracted the attention of the Paralympic Association and Ministry of Sanitation respectively. With over decade experience in bamboo technology, she has been the recipient of several awards due to her abiding contributions to the field. Bernice is the Chief Executive Officer of Envirotech Bamboo Limited and Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative and an Alumnus of Harvard University and Oxford University's Executive Fellowship programs in leadership. She is also an Alumnus of the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders and World Bamboo Ambassador. She holds a Masters degree in Development Management.
The inspiration for the innovation of bamboo bicycles came out of her fascination for the botanical properties of bamboo and learning from other ingenious inventions with bamboo. Her work has train and created employment for youths directly and indirectly and enriched the plantation stock of Ghana through her ambitious effort to tackle the issue of deforestation and ecosystem degradation.

Lucy d'Arville

Partner, Bain & Company, Australia

A rising leader in Australian business focused on transforming health care, d'Arville's work with large payer and provider organisations has had a significant impact in creating more customer-centric and efficient operations. She is also passionate about having an impact in the social sector. This includes leading Bain Australia's social impact practice, supporting OzHarvest in their efforts to reduce food waste and co-leading Bain's collaboration with Social Ventures Australia and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on Restacking the Odds to tackle intergenerational disadvantage.

Tareq Darwazeh

Chief Operating Officer, MENA Region, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Jordan

Tareq Darwazeh is Chief Operating Officer of Hikma Pharmaceuticals, after gaining a wealth of experience in various disciplines across different areas of the business globally. He works closely with the CEO to drive operational results across the group aligned with the company’s overall strategic vision. Darwazeh also oversees the day-to-day leadership responsibilities of Hikma’s business in the Middle East and North Africa, setting comprehensive goals for each market and leading the execution of strategies developed for business growth across the region. In addition to his professional responsibilities at Hikma, Darwazeh serves on various boards. He is on the Board of the Jordanian Food and Drug Administration and is Vice-President of the Jordanian Association of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers. He is a Board of Director at Capital Investments and a Member of the Young Presidents Organization (Jordan Chapter). Darwazeh holds a BSc in International Business and Marketing with a minor in Advertising from Marquette University, and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy. He also has completed a Global Executive Master’s in Business Administration from INSEAD University.

Rebecca Darwent

Founder, Rebecca Darwent Global, Canada

Rebecca Darwent is an internationally recognized expert in philanthropy and community-led initiatives. Her viral TED Talk, “How to fund real change in your community”, has had over 1 million views, inspiring positive social impact through collaborative approaches. With a diverse background spanning philanthropic advising, consulting and global partnerships, Darwent brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to all endeavours. She has led multimillion-dollar investments in equity, health and education and is currently Senior Advisor to Philanthropy Together, focusing on raising awareness and funding for collaborative funds, specifically those that are community-led. As Co-Founder of the Foundation for Black Communities (FFBC), Darwent spearheaded fundraising, community engagement and advocacy that resulted in a historic $200 million capital transfer to FFBC by the Canadian government. Under her leadership, an additional $25 million was raised for FFBC from private, public and corporate foundation partners. Darwent has served as Director of Global Partnerships at Singularity University, overseeing tech and education programmes across five continents. She also worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Minister of Children and Youth Services, who was additionally responsible for the Anti-Racism Directorate in the Ontario provincial government. She is a dedicated volunteer, currently serving on the Board of Directors of the FFBC, Forward Global Canada and Laidlaw Foundation. She has been recognized as a Women Leaders for the World Fellow and honoured as a Canadian Millennium Laureate.