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Linda Rottenberg

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Endeavor, USA

“Innovator for the 21st Century” (TIME), “America’s Best Leader” (U.S. News), “Ms. Davos” (Business Insider), “The World’s Mentor Capitalist” (Thomas Friedman, The World Is Flat) and “The Entrepreneur Whisperer” (ABC, FOX, NPR) are among the designations given to Linda Rottenberg. The subject of five Harvard Business School and Stanford GSB case studies, Linda is primarily known by another name: Chica Loca (“the Crazy Girl”). Why crazy? Two decades ago, Linda insisted that high-growth, high-impact entrepreneurs exist in emerging and underserved markets; almost no one believed her.

As co-founder and CEO of Endeavor, Linda has led the global entrepreneurship movement since 1997. With 55 offices spanning the world, Endeavor’s team and network rigorously selects, mentors, and co-invests in the most promising entrepreneurs at the scale-up phase of their ventures. Today, Endeavor Entrepreneurs generate over $20BN in annual revenues and produce more than 3 million jobs. Linda also oversees Endeavor Catalyst LP Funds with over $115M AUM, raised to co-invest in Endeavor Entrepreneurs headquartered throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and underserved markets in the United States.

Beyond Endeavor, Linda currently serves on three corporate boards: a leading bandwidth infrastructure company (NYSE: ZAYO); a pioneering software developer (NYSE: GLOB); and a digital food-ordering platform (OLO). In her board capacity, Linda has served on two public company audit committees. Linda is also a member of the Yale President's Council on International Activities. Her book, CRAZY IS A COMPLIMENT: The Power of Zigging When Everyone Else Zags, became an instant NYT bestseller. Other recognitions include: Global Leader for Tomorrow/Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum); 2017 Visionary Award (Silicon Valley Forum); Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters (Babson College); 2018 Heinz Award in Technology, the Economy and Employment (Heinz Family Foundation).

A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, Linda lives in Brooklyn Heights with her husband, author/journalist Bruce Feiler, and identical twin daughters, Tybee and Eden.

Maya Roy

Chief Executive Officer, Coalition of Innovators Against Racism, Canada

Maya Roy is an experienced social worker who is an appointed member of the National Housing Council, and is the past CEO of YWCA Canada and Newcomer Women's Services Toronto.
Experienced in affordable housing and public policy, Roy has served on a range of committees and task forces providing expert council to decision-makers. Roy served on the 2018 Gender Equality Advisory Council during Canada’s G7 Presidency and was the Co-Chair of the Future of Jobs Working Group. In 2019, she was a member of Canada’s official delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. In partnership with Rotman School of Business, she served as Strategic Co-Lead on A Feminist Economic Recovery Plan for Canada: Making the Economy Work for Everyone, the first nationally-focused plan of its kind in the world.

Roy currently serves on the board of Women’s College Hospital where she serves on the Quality Assurance Committee and is an appointed member of the National Housing Council. She has also worked internationally as a front-line social worker where she worked to mainstream gender-based analysis in Brazil, India, Thailand, and the U.K., in human rights and violence prevention programming.

Her contributions have been recognized nationally and internationally. Roy was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, where she serves on the YGL Advisory. She has been a recipient of many honours including being named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People, and has received the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians (CASSA)’s Gender Equity Advocate Award.
Roy is proficient in Bengali, French, and English. She holds a Master's degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor's degree in Social Work from Toronto Metropolitan University. In 2022, she completed executive education with the Harvard Kennedy School and Wharton School of Business in public leadership and board governance.

"Krating" Ruangroj Poonpol

Managing Partner, TrueNorth Venture Co. Ltd, Thailand

Krating Poonpol has spent years building Thailand's technology start-up ecosystem from scratch. Selected as Thailand's Business Man of the Year in 2016, he started the first start-up education programme in Thailand in 2012, which graduated over 1,000 start-up founders. He later started start-up accelerator in ASEAN as well as a start-up venture capital firm. He is passionate about education and serves as the youngest member of the executive board of the Thailand Education Partnership led by the former prime minister and minister of education of Thailand.

Nilmini Rubin

Chief Policy Officer, Hedera, USA

Nilmini Rubin spent more than two decades driving foreign and technology policy. Nilmini serves as the Chief Policy Officer at Hedera, a global blockchain platform. She is the Co-Founder of Fix the System to strengthen democracy in the USA. Previously, Nilmini led Tetra Tech’s global team of more than 300 diverse professionals implementing energy and internet projects. For 12 years, she served as a senior aide to Senate Lugar (R-IL) on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and to Representative Ed Royce (R-CA) on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She spearheaded the passage of legislation to provide electricity access in Africa, increase global internet access, reduce corruption through transparency, and reform U.S. foreign assistance. One of her pieces of legislation, to improve extractive industry transparency has been adopted by Canada, the European Union, the United Kingdom and other jurisdictions. She also served at the White House National Security Council under President George W. Bush where she helped secure agreements on non-proliferation, international health and foreign aid. Nilmini was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Economic Forum Experts Network and the Academy of the Global Teacher Prize. Nilmini co-wrote an illustrated book entitled How Carrots Became Orange with her oldest daughter, Renuka and a coloring book entitled The United Shapes of America with her middle daughter, Araliya.

Veronica Ruiz del Vizo

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Working on Solutions, USA

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of WOS. Veronica Ruiz del Vizo has led the communication strategist of global brands, advised Venezuelan foundations, celebrities and democratic organizations on digital strategy. She is also the Co-Founder and Director of Bootcamp Vero, Team Remoto, Amarillo and Dar Learning reaching more than 20,000 online students around the world only during the first year of the pandemic.

Ivy Huq Russell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maya, Bangladesh

Ivy Huq Russell, Founder and ex CEO of Maya. After becoming a mother for the first time, Ivy originally founded Maya in 2011 as a blog for mothers in Bangladesh. Through her personal journey she experienced first hand the challenges faced by women in Bangladesh when trying to access the information and advice they are looking for.
These can range from geographic and financial barriers all the way to socio-cultural. After partnering with leading NGO, BRAC, the Maya service officially launched in Bangladesh in February 2015 with a clear mission to provide women with the information they are looking for, when they need it. Maya is an intuitive, anonymous messaging service that connects its users to qualified experts on health and mental health issues and each other. The service is available on app, web and recently in messenger. We have plans to expand abroad very soon.

Ivy grew up in Bangladesh before pursuing her higher education in England. She completed her MSc. in Finance and Economics at Warwick Business School, before spending a number of years as an Investment Management & Hedge Fund professional at leading firms including HSBC, GAM and Barclays. She currently divides her time between Bangladesh and San Francisco, where she is based with her husband, Bickey and 2 children, Ameena and Emir.

Peter Rutland

Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners, United Kingdom

MBA (Hons), INSEAD; MA, University of Cambridge. Formerly: six years in private equity with Advent International; and two years with investment banking division, Goldman Sachs. Since 2007, with CVC Capital Partners: 2008, co-founded the Global Financial Services Group; has led a number of market-defining investments, for example: Avolon (a growth investment that has created the third largest global aircraft lessor from start-up) and Paysafe (acquisition and acceleration of growth in the largest independent e-wallet business and a competitor to PayPal); currently, Senior Private Equity Executive.

Annika Saarikko

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Finland and the woman driving the management of the Social and Health Care Reform (SOTE), one of Finland's most extensive social projects. Saarikko became the Finnish Centre party's Vice Chair at the age of 26 and was elected to Parliament in 2011, where she has served in the Social Affairs and Health Committee and the Employment and Equality Committee.

Pardis Sabeti

Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor at Harvard University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her computational genomic lab has contributed to widely varying fields — including human evolutionary biology, viral sequencing, information theory, rural disease surveillance and education efforts in West Africa. They aim to create comprehensive approaches for detecting, containing, and treating deadly infectious diseases, including Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and Babesiosis microtia. She has invested in capacity building and education throughout, enabling the first diagnosis of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, training over seventy African scientists through summer-long educational programs, and establishing genome centers in West Africa. Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, her graduate work at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her medical degree summa cum laude from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. Sabeti has received numerous awards and honors including World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Natural Science, TIME magazine “Person of the Year” as one of the Ebola fighters, TIME’s 100 Most Influential. She is also the host of ‘Against All Odds’ included as part of AP stats classes nationwide, and is the lead singer of the rock band Thousand Days.

Daniel Sachs

Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, Open Society Foundations, USA

Daniel Sachs is the founder and CEO of P Capital Partners (PCP), a leading corporate lender and strategic financial partner to entrepreneurial and family-owned companies in Northern Europe. PCP is also the manager of PCP Transition Partner Fund, a leading impact credit fund active in funding renewable energy, circular business models as well as other impactful ventures within the sustainability transition.

Through the Daniel Sachs Foundation, he is engaged in openness, culture, diversity, and democratic development and the founder of several organizations working to reimagine politics, among them Apolitical Foundation and Multitudes Foundation.

He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) as well as Chairman of the OSF Investment Committee. Sachs is also a board member of Wallenberg Investments AB, a member of the panel of senior advisors to the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and a founding council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Sachs is also involved in the arts i.a. in film production through Kärnfilm.

Hayley Saddington

Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Halo Medical Devices, Australia

Passionate about people and helping them recover and thrive! I started Halo Medical to change global health care equality. After my father’s farming accident I wanted everyone, no matter how far they lived from healthcare and no matter what they could afford, to receive​ the healthcare they needed to recover optimally.

Starting Peak Medical, incorporating Artificial intelligence within a digital health platform to deliver care in the home.

We want to positively impact the 46Billion dollar Orthopaedic Industry, reaching to help over 3 million joint replacement patients by 2030 with our new tech, Halo Buddy.

Open to collaborative partners.

Ewa Sadowska

Coordinator, BARKA Network of Support to European Minority Groups, Belgium

Master's in Ethno-Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; postgraduate degree in Social Economy Management, Warsaw University. Grew up in Barka communities and social enterprises integrating marginalized groups of people with society and labour market. Formerly: International Contacts' Coordinator, Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, Poland; 2003, Planning Officer, Population and Community Development Association, Bangkok, Thailand. Concurrently: Coordinator, European Migrants' Integration Network; since 2007, current position. Member of the Board, Trustees, Barka Foundation. Interests: non-standard languages, culture of South-East Asia, theatre, singing, dance, playing guitar, sailing, Greek literature and philosophy.