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Shweta Punj

Deputy Editor, India Today, India

Shweta Punj is a Senior Editor with India's largest and oldest political news magazine, India Today. She writes on political economy and is the author of India's first definitive book on failure, 'Why I Failed.'

She is also the co-founder of Whypoll, an organisation that has been instrumental in using technology and data to target women safety in Delhi.

Zhuang Qian

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, KnowYourself, People's Republic of China

Zhuang Qian is the founder & chief executive officer of KnowYourself. During the last 5 years, she devoted herself in promoting the awareness of mental health within the society. KnowYourself is a start-up with the mission to lead a lifestyle of mental wellness in China. It provides psycho-education and self-care tools (meditation, therapy-e-mail, cognitive behavioral theory based products, etc.) that are adaptive to the current China and Chinese culture for its users. She takes it as her responsibility to participate in the trending digital innovation for the mental health services.

Qiaomei Fu

Professor at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, People's Republic of China

Qiaomei Fu is the Head of the Ancient DNA Lab at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the leading science institution in China. Her work has reinvigorated research into the origin of humanity through ancient DNA extracting techniques and advanced, next-generation gene sequencing to decode ancient humans' genomes.

Miranda Qu Fang

Founder, Xiaohongshu, People's Republic of China

Miranda Qu Fang is Co-Founder and President of Xiaohongshu.
Founded in 2013, Xiaohongshu is China's leading lifestyle platform with over 260 million monthly active users, and is continuing to grow rapidly. With millions of users sharing their lives in an authentic way on Xiaohongshu, many of whom are at the forefront of trends, the platform has become a gathering place for the latest lifestyle trends in China and a destination that empowers users to make informed consumption decisions. Xiaohongshu has also developed into an important brand marketing platform and an emerging e-commerce platform, where over 170,000 brands have a presence.
Over the past decade, Qu has continued driving innovation at Xiaohongshu, playing a key role in building up a unique business model that enables the company to constantly adapt to market changes and maintain rapid growth. She has a keen understanding of Chinese consumers and valuable insights, allowing Xiaohongshu to become a leading gauge in China's business and consumption trends.

Arif P. Rachmat

Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, PT Triputra Agro Persada, Indonesia

Co-Founder & CEO of TAP Group, one of the largest oil palm companies in Indonesia. TAP has over 300,000 hectares of land bank, where more than 150,000 hectares has been planted. TAP employs over 24,000 people. Since 2011, he has been the Commissioner of PT. Kirana Megatara (KM), Indonesia’s largest crumb rubber processor and exporter. He is the majority shareholder of PT Triputra Persada Rahmat with a stake at BTPN Syariah Bank. The three companies fall under Triputra Group, with significant investment in publicly listed companies Adaro Group, the largest coal energy in Indonesia, and DSN group (palm oil and wood) and, is ranked no. 15 in Globe Asia’s 100 Largest Conglomerates in Indonesia August 2014. Upon graduation from Cornell University, he worked for General Electric Company in the U.S. for 7 years in various leadership roles including Six Sigma and Corporate Audit Staff. He is the Head of GK Indonesia foundation and a member of Young Global Leaders, an initiative of The World Economic Forum, as well as a member of Young Presidents Organization. He sits at the Rabobank Advisory Board Food Agri in Asia He also a member of Indonesia Business Association (APINDO), and Advisory Board of Indonesian Palm Oil Association "(GAPKI)". He also a member of Asia Business Council and ASEAN Business Club.

Kira Radinsky

Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Diagnostic Robotics, Israel

Dr. Kira Radinsky is the chairperson and CTO of Diagnostic Robotics, where the most advanced technologies in the field of artificial intelligence are harnessed to make healthcare better, cheaper, and more widely available.In the past, she co-founded SalesPredict, acquired by eBay in 2016, and served as eBay director of data science and IL chief scientist.One of the up-and-coming voices in the data science community, she is pioneering the field of medical data mining.Dr. Radinsky gained international recognition for her work at Microsoft Research, where she developed predictive algorithms that recognized the early warning signs of globally impactful events, including political riots and disease epidemics. In 2013, she was named to the MIT Technology Review’s 35 Young Innovators Under 35, in 2015 as Forbes 30 under 30 rising stars in enterprise technology, and in 2016 selected as "woman of the year" by Globes. She is a frequent presenter at global tech events, including TEDx, Wired, Strata Data Science, Techcrunch and academic conferences, and she publishes in the Harvard Business Review.Radinsky serves as a board member in: Israel Securities Authority, Maccabi Research Institute, and technology board of HSBC bank. Dr. Radinsky also serves as visiting professor at the Technion, Israel’s leading science and technology institute, where she focuses on the application of predictive data mining in medicine.

Faisel Rahman

Chief Executive Officer, Fair Finance, United Kingdom

Social entrepreneur Faisel Rahman founded Fair Finance in 2005 to tackle financial exclusion and high-cost lending in the UK. He has a background in campaigning on issues related to poverty in the UK and in international development with the Grameen Bank and the World Bank in Bangladesh. He created the UK’s first microcredit programme in 2000, which he grew into Fair Finance.

He remains an occasional Guardian columnist, writing about exclusion, and was awarded an Ashoka fellowship in 2007. In 2009 he was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, in 2014, made an OBE for Services to Community Finance, awarded Honorary Doctorate from the University of East London in 2016, and made an Honorary Fellowship for Social Enterprise in the UK.

Sanjiv Rai

Founder and Chief Solver, Genic AI Solutions P. Ltd., India

Graduate, University of Calcutta; studies, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Innovator and serial entrepreneur. Founder and former Chief Architect, CHANDRA project, NASA, aimed towards setting up a communication infrastructure on the moon for permanent human inhabitancy and human migration to Space. Founder: : Inverted Ideas Lab; ; Billion Innovators; AceWP Innovation Labs; innovate2Learn; smartSAPS; BioTab; coolATM; ChazeMe; Rosenbridges smart cities. Active and leads initiatives at: IEEE Artificial Intelligence; Nanotechnology Council, GEOSS; ASQ-ECD; World Economic Forum. Author, several intellectual properties, including industry standards, copyrights, articles, books and patents. Recipient of several awards.

Devesh Raj

Chief Operating Officer, United Kingdom

Chief Operating Officer at Sky PLC; Previously CEO Sky Deutschland, Head of Strategy at Comcast-NBCU, Senior Partner and Head of TMT (NA) at BCG. PhD in Applied Physics and former HHMI Fellow, Yale.

Jonathan Rake

Chief Executive Officer, Asia-Pacific, Swiss Re International SE Singapore Branch, Singapore

Commerce Degree with Majors in Economics and Commercial Law, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Formerly with ABN Amro Bank. From 2001, with Zurich Insurance Group in London, Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore; previously, Country Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer, General Insurance, Zurich Insurance Group, Singapore; set up and headed the Corporate Social Responsibility and Thought Leadership committees in Singapore. Joined Swiss Re in 2016. Currently, CEO, Asia Pacific at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions and a member of the Global Executive Committee for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.

Rohan Ramakrishnan

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, The ASEAN Post, Malaysia

Rohan Ramakrishnan is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum. He is also the youngest Founder & CEO of a regional media firm in ASEAN. Whilst studying at INSEAD and having recognised the data and information gap preventing the Southeast Asian economies from fully integrating and unlocking its true economic potential - Rohan conceived the of Digital Media Nusantara (“DMN”) – a hybrid financial technology and digital media firm.

Under the DMN ecosystem, The ASEAN Post was first established to cover regional geopolitics and financial markets as an ASEAN centric news provider. More recently, RainmarketX was established as a regional financial market data services data provider. DMN has been funded by Rohan’s family office, Malaysia’s Ministry of Finance via Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad and global venture capital firm 500 Global – a backer of majority of ASEAN unicorn start-ups. DMN is seen as a potential alternative solution to Bloomberg and Refinitive in Southeast Asia.

Prior to this disruptive career in media and financial technology, Rohan worked in corporate restructuring and investment banking at Ernst Young and CIMB Investment Bank. He also had a brief stint in his family office working within the agribusiness and clean energy industries on infrastructure and project financing initiatives for Fortune 500, government linked investment corporations, multinationals and multilateral organisations and blue-chip public listed companies. Passionate about structured finance, Rohan recognises himself as a financier and then an entrepreneur.

Rohan is an alumnus of Trinity College, University of Melbourne, University of Hertfordshire, and INSEAD. He has has also completed executive programmes in Corporate Financial Strategy at the London School of Economics and Public Leadership programme at the John F Kennedy School of Government. He is also accomplished rider, equestrian and polo player.

Aashmi Rajya Lakshmi Rana

Managing Director, RANA Global, Nepal

Aashmi Rana is the Founder and Managing Director of Rana Global Pvt. Ltd, a public relations management consultancy firm that helps clients solve issues, create value, maximize growth and improve business performance. The profile of clients she works with include IFIs, BFIs, Bilateral & Multi-lateral agencies, along with non-profits and government. As the MD of Rana Global, she currently provides business development strategy support to international firms who are looking to establish and expand their businesses in Nepal. She is the sole manager to oversee production, design and manufacturing of pashmina and knitwear through her company Rana Collections. The company is also involved in real-estate development, renewable energy and banking sector. Aashmi was a part of the Advisory Council for the Ministry of Industry in 2017, strategically guiding the leadership. Further, she serves on the Board for Shahid Gangalal Hospital, the best cardiac center in the country. She is also a national council member of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries and leads the women’s group in CNI. In addition, she’s on the Executive Committee for the Nepal Britain Chamber of Commerce. Aashmi was the only participant from Nepal in the International Women Leadership-Mentoring Program that was jointly organized by the US State Government and Fortune 500 Most Powerful Women in May 2007 in USA