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Matthew Chamberlain

Chief Executive Officer, London Metal Exchange, United Kingdom

Matthew Chamberlain is the CEO of the London Metal Exchange and a member of the Management Committee of HKEX Group. In this role, Matt is responsible for an organisation of 500 colleagues, who collectively and responsibly steward the annual trading of 3.5 billion tonnes of base metals around the globe. Matt’s passion is sustainability in business, and believes strongly that leaders have an obligation to use their corporate platforms as vehicles for positive change. Under Matt’s tenure, the LME has introduced ethical standards for the metals traded on its exchange, including working closely with the OECD to give industry effect to metals supply chain standards, ensuring that metal arising from child labour or conflict financing cannot find its way to the global market. Matt is particularly interested in digital solutions for enhanced transparency, and is sponsoring the introduction of the LMEpassport system to provide full disclosure of sustainability credentials (such as carbon footprint) across the metals supply chain. Matt believes that culture sits at the very heart of an organisation, and is particularly proud to have championed the introduction of the LME’s Code of Conduct, which has driven standards of respect, inclusivity and diversity across the global metals trading industry.

Suranga Chandratillake

General Partner, Balderton Capital, United Kingdom

Suranga Chandratillake is a technology entrepreneur who founded the video search engine blinkx in 2004 and launched it in 2005. He took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 2007 and led it as Chief Executive Officer until 2012. Chandratillake has been named one of 25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment by Digital Watch, a Top 10 Leader in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500 list and is often invited to speak at leading industry events, including the Financial Times' Digital Media Conference, MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference and the Monaco Media Forum. Chandratillake is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has an MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University.

Patrick Chappatte

Editorial Cartoonist; President, Freedom Cartoonists Foundation, Switzerland

Political cartoonist and comics reporter, Der Spiegel, The Boston Globe, NZZ am Sonntag, Le Temps and Le Canard Enchaîné. Formerly with The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Pioneer of graphic journalism, a genre of reporting developing in print, web and animation form. Reports include the slums of Nairobi, gangs in Guatemala, death row prisons in the USA. Organizer of projects involving editorial cartoonists in conflict-ridden countries to foster a dialogue on human rights through art ( President of the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation in Geneva, formerly Swiss foundation Cartooning for Peace, whose honorary chair was Kofi Annan. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2006). Visiting Fellow, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism. Recipient, Cartoon Award, Overseas Press Club of America (2011, 2015 and 2018). TED speaker (2010 and 2019).

Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir

Founder, PossibleX, United Kingdom

Roksana Ciurysek-Gedir is an entrepreneur, artist and financier with a passion for impact investing and future-led innovations.

She is the Chairwoman of the Impact Advisory Board of White Oak Global Advisors, Chairwoman of Impact One, founder of Possible X and advisor to CEOs globally.

Roksana has a 20-year track record in banking, with senior positions held at Credit Suisse, Edmond de Rothschild, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan and the EBRD. Most recently, from 2018 to 2020, she served as Vice-President and Deputy CEO of Poland’s largest bank, Bank Pekao.

In her role as Chairwoman of the Impact Advisory Board of White Oak, a San Francisco based global alternative asset manager with assets of more than $6.8 billion, Roksana is developing and guiding White Oak’s commitment to impact investing.

In addition to promoting positive impact through investment, at Possible X, Roksana leverages creativity, art and technology to challenge the status quo, inspire and shape the future of companies worldwide.

As an Artist in Residence for Fabergé, Roksana explores the complex relationship between contemporary art and sustainability. She has collaborated with well-known artists such as Terry O’Neill and exhibited her art all over the world. Roksana’s work has been auctioned at Sotheby’s and Philips, often raising money for philanthropic causes.

In film, Roksana is the Producer of Battle for Britain, a short film highlighting the role of Polish pilots in the Battle of Britain, starring Julian Glover. She is also an Executive Producer of Oliver Stone's latest documentary on nuclear power, A Bright Future.

Roksana is an international speaker - guest lecturer at Stanford University and the CFA Institute. In 2014 she was named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum. 

Patricia Cobian

Chief Financial Officer, Virgin Media O2, United Kingdom

MSc in Industrial Engineering, Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICAI, Madrid. Experienced TMT executive. Started career at Hewlett-Packard. Former Member, Telecommunications and Corporate Finance practices, McKinsey & Company, Madrid, New York and London. Most recently, Managing Director, Business Development, Telefonica Europe; key role in Telefonica's strategy, portfolio management, the development of multiple infrastructure partnerships and an increasing focus on business model transformation and digitalization. Member of the Supervisory Board, Telefonica Deutschland. Director, Wayra I+D, Telefonica's global network of start-up accelerators. Strong supporter of the Red Cross and of Borne, an initiative launched to prevent disability and death in childbirth and to create life-long health for mothers and babies in the UK and overseas.

Andrew L. Cohen

Executive Chairman, Global Private Bank; Global Chair, Investment Banking, JPMorgan Chase & Co., United Kingdom

Andrew Cohen is the Executive Chairman of J.P. Morgan Wealth Management. He oversees J.P. Morgan Private Bank’s Institutional Wealth Management practice and leads the partnership between the firm’s Corporate & Investment Bank and Private Bank. In this role, Mr. Cohen focuses on servicing the Private Bank’s largest and most sophisticated clients globally. He is a member of the Asset & Wealth Management Operating Committee and the Wealth Management Operating Committee.
Prior to this role, Mr. Cohen was Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan’s International Private Bank, which operates in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America. Before relocating to Hong Kong in 2010 as the Asia Private Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, he was Head of the Southern California region, based in Los Angeles. Previously, he worked with ultra-high-net-worth families in Northern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean region.
Mr. Cohen holds a Bachelor of Economics degree from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia and attended the Executive Program of Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mr. Cohen sits on the Board of Directors of the Serpentine Galleries, the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University, and is an alumni of the Young Global Leaders Forum (World Economic Forum) and the Hong Kong Forum. In his free time, he enjoys skiing, sailing, philanthropy and traveling.

Francesca Colombo

Managing Cultural Director, Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano (BAM), Fondazione Riccardo Catella, Italy

Arts and culture entrepreneur. Public Speaker. Managing and Cultural Director of BAM - Biblioteca degli Alberi Milano, an innovative public-private partnership for the management of a public park, an open air theater. Senior consultant in corporate strategy and ESG policy for organizations. Board member in NGO, social and cultural Insititutions. Focus on the importance of arts and culture in the education of young generations, leadership develpment and in the solution of global issues. Young global leader of the WEF 2011. Expert in arts and culture for the WEF Forum network. Holds seminars and tutorials at universities and postgraduate schools.
Degree in Management Engineering, Politecnico Milano; Degree in Piano, Conservatorio Musica Verdi Milan; Erasmus Scholar, Technical University of Munich; Aspen Junior Fellow.
Formerly: worked at Teatro alla Scala Opera house for 13 years, including as Head of Co-Production and Digital Asset Management; CEO and Artistic Director, Florence Opera House - Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Head of artistic programme for the start-up of Expo 2015 Milan. Co-Founder and General Director, MITO SettembreMusica international music festival, held annually in Italy with more than 270 performances by 4,000 artists. General director of MAST Foundation, a philanthropic organization on innovation, culture and education. Artistic director of the StradivariFestival in Cremona. Has conceived various artistic initiatives with strong social and cultural impact, including the integration of design, architecture and music language at the Triennale Milan. Former Coordinator, Micheli International Piano Competition with Pollini Berio.

Lucy Cooper

Head, Customer Innovation, Europe, Middle East and Africa and Asia-Pacific and Japan, Microsoft, United Kingdom

Lucy leads customer innovation across EMEA & APJ for Microsoft. This involves working with Microsoft's biggest customers to curated, pioneer and accelerate value cross their digital transformations. Lucy is an experienced facilitator of C-suites and Boards and an expert in the growth playbook corporate's need to undertake. Additionally, she writes often, is a seasoned panelist, speaker and moderator, including leading stages at TEDx, Cannes Lions and other notable events. Lucy is a mentor and advisor to female founders and organisations on a wide-range of topics from generational diversity in leadership to business building and governance.

Hilary Cottam

Social Entrepreneur, Centre for the Fifth Social Revolution, United Kingdom

Social entrepreneur. Author. Innovator. Current work focuses on design of new social systems required to meet the dual challenges of technology revolution and climate change with a particular focus on the design of good work. Author of Radical Help (Little Brown 2018) acclaimed book on the future of welfare systems. Current practice focuses on work, care and the design of new forms of work organisation which can support the required tech/ecological transitions. Formerly: Founder of Participle, Director of RED at the UK Design Council and a Founding Director of Do Tank and School Works. Also worked for the World Bank. Named UK Designer of the Year in 2005 in recognition of pioneering the field of social design. Young Global Leader PhD in Social Sciences: educated at Oxford, Sussex and the Open University. Honorary Professor at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose.

Thomas Crampton

Head, Corporate Affairs, Greenlight Biosciences Inc, United Kingdom

Thomas helps transformative science and tech companies position themselves to maximize their value with investors, public, media and more.

This follows a career in top leadership roles of journalism, as a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. In marketing and communications, Thomas led major portions of marketing firms Ogilvy & Mather and Edelman and, most recently, he led all of corporate affairs for the $1.2bn Nasdaq IPO of a biotech, GreenLight Biosciences.

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.

Patricia Ellen da Silva

Partner; Head, Brazil Office, SYSTEMIQ, United Kingdom

Currently Systemiq Managing Partner in Brazil and vó-founder of Aya Coalition. Former Secretary of Economic Development, Science, Technology and Labour of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, 2016 in recognition of achievements on digital innovation, education and economic development in government. Lectures on Leadership and Digital Innovation at the Master of Public Management Program of the Center for Public Leadership (CLP). MPA, Harvard Kennedy School; MBA, INSEAD. Chief Executive Officer of Optum Brazil until 2018; previously Partner at McKinsey & Company for nearly 18 years. Focused on public sector challenges, led projects in education, health, economic development, with special focus on digital government innovation. Co-Founder of Movimento Agora!, which seeks to modernize public policy provision and management by promoting social engagement, to build a more humane and sustainable country.