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Shoko Takahashi

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Genequest Inc., Japan

Starting the bio venture in 2013 while a doctoral student in molecular bioscience at the University of Tokyo, Takahashi's company anlyzes saliva to see what a people's genetics can tell about their current and future health. Individuals send the same directly to the firm, and it returns the results in four to six weeks, all for around $400. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology recognized her as one of the researchers who are contributing to major innovation in science and technology in Japan in 2016.

Kohey Takashima

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Oisix ra daichi Inc., Japan

Kohey Takashima is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Oisix, an online grocery store that has built its business delivering organic foods to individuals throughout Japan. The company went public in the FIrst section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2020.
October 2017, Oisix integrated their operations with "DAICHI WO MAMORU KAI CO., Ltd.", which is the pioneer of the organic chemical-free vegetables sales. In October 2018, we realized business integration with Radishbo-ya Co., Ltd., and he take assumed office as President of the new company "Oisix ra daichi".
He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 and he also received the Porter Prize in 2008. He is one of founders of Table for Two, a non-profit organization which addresses the problems all over the world.
July 2018 he took office as Chairman of the Japan Wheelchair Rugby Federation that aims to take the gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020.

Nick Talwar

Co-Founder and General Partner, Orange Ventures, USA

Nick Talwar is President and CEO of CircleUp, a private market data aggregation company that discovers and accelerates the growth of the world’s best businesses. Our data-as-a-service product, Helio uses over 200 data sources to assess revenue, growth, and consumer sentiment data on 2 million private companies. This data helps investors, aggregators, and top brands source, diligence, and evaluate emerging businesses. CircleUp uses Helio to support strategic decisions for its flagship venture fund CircleUp Growth Partners and credit lending business, CircleUp Credit Advisors. By using data instead of human judgment, Helio is more inclusionary by nature and has yielded half of CircleUp’s investments going to women and one-third to people of color.

Nick joined CircleUp in 2020 after a career as an operator and investor at the intersection of technology and financial services, holding executive positions at Apis Partners, Uber, Amazon, and Visa. Nick has lived and worked internationally for more than twenty years across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Pursuing his passion for financial inclusion and the future of work, he has served on the global and U.S. boards of Payjoy, Baobab, Accion, Alt.Bank, Rapido, and Shuttl. Nick is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He was also nominated in 2013, the Young Global Leader program of the World Economic Forum.

Nick has a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service where he is currently a board member and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Nina Tandon

President and Chief Executive Officer, EpiBone, USA

Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering, MIT; PhD/MBA, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, EpiBone, a company using stem cells and digital fabrication to engineer patient-specific skeletal implants. McKinsey Alum, Fulbright Scholar. Co-author, Super Cells, a book exploring how biology is powering the 4th industrial revolution. Interests: yoga, meditation, surfing, drinking wine and eating cheese, cats.

Donald Tang

Managing Partner, Celadon Partners, Hong Kong SAR, China

Donald Tang is managing partner of Celadon Partners. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of D. E. Shaw & Co. (Asia Pacific) Limited, in which capacity he oversaw the operations of the D. E. Shaw group’s main investment office in Asia. He started his career at Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. Donald graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor of science degrees in computer science and business administration, and a minor in computational finance.

Tan Yinglan

Chief Executive Officer and Founding Managing Partner, Insignia Ventures Partners, Singapore

CEO and Founding Managing Partner of Insignia Ventures Partners. Adjunct Associate Prof., National University of Singapore. Eisenhower Fellow (2018), Board Member, Hwa Chong International; Panel Member, Pro-Enterprise Panel, Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore). Author: The Way of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board (2009); Chinnovation - How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World (2010).

Lucian Tarnowski

Founding Curator, Civana, Spain

Lucian Tarnowski, Founding Curator, United Planet & UP.Game

The UP Game is a time traveling immersive reality to create mythologies from a thriving future. Lucian is spent 2 years designing a platform for a planetary unifying narrative to respond to the crisis of meaning and trust. This mission is to deliver on the decade of transformation and seed the vision for a Planetary Civilization in harmony with all life. Lucian believes we succeed by reverse engineering the story from the future. Lucian is a Gaian on a mission to serve the birthing of the Planetary Age.

Lucian has a decade of experience in designing and powering online communities that connect diverse stakeholders around a shared purpose. Communities support virtual and distributed teams to scale and achieve their collaboration, knowledge sharing and problem-solving goals. For 10 years he was Founder & CEO of BraveNew which enabled Fortune 1000 clients such as GE, and collaboratives such as Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Geinsinger Health to cooperate and collaborate around a shared purpose.

Lucian has been honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum. He has been an active attendee of Davos and other World Economic Forum meetings for 14 years. He continues to research and experiment around the social science behind communities, knowledge sharing and societal transformation.

Since 2002, he has run Take Heart India, a 53-year-old no overheads charity started by his father that provides blind and handicapped people in rural India with the vocational employment skills to required to get lifelong employment.

He has spoken at gatherings such as Davos, various World Economic Forum meetings, TEDx, The China Digital Summit, Impact Summit and for companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Oracle, Pearson, IBM and PWC. He speaks to audiences around the world about communities and the convergence of talent, knowledge and capital and the impact on society.

Rodrigo Tavares

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Granito Group, Portugal

Founder and CEO of the London-based Granito Group, a company that advances the sustainable economy through strategy consulting, financial advisory, and policy & research. The Group has collaborated with multiple financial organizations (institutional investors, asset managers, family offices, regulators) in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America to enable their transition to a sustainable economy. In 2022 the Group won the “Best ESG Financial Advisory Firm” (Ethical Finance Awards) and the “Most Pioneering Thought-Leader in PE Investment & ESG Strategies 2021” (M&A Awards).

Invited Full Professor of Sustainable Finance at NOVA School of Business and Economics (Nova SBE), in Portugal.

He holds over 15 years of experience in government and international organizations working with foreign affairs and economic cooperation. In 2008-2010 he was invited by the UN Secretariat to write Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's annual reports on Africa's development. From 2011 to 2014 served as Head of the São Paulo State Government's Office of Foreign Affairs.

His academic path includes the universities of Harvard (Senior Research Fellow), Columbia (Research Fellow on a postdoc grant), Gothenburg (Ph.D.), and California, Berkeley (Visiting Research Fellow). Author of 4 books, including “Paradiplomacy: Cities and States as Global Players” (Oxford University Press).

He was nominated Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2017), and StartUp Portugal Ambassador (2018). Columnist on ESG issues at Folha de S.Paulo (Brazil).

Dylan E. Taylor

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Voyager Space, USA

Dylan Taylor is Chairman & CEO of Voyager Space, a leading global space exploration firm. Dylan is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a Young Global Leader of the WEF. Dylan has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA with Honours in Engineering.

Hua Fung Teh

Co-Founder and Group President, Group ONE Holdings (ONE), Singapore

Hua Fung Teh is the Co-Founder and Group President of Group ONE Holdings (ONE). Together with Chairman/CEO Chatri Sityodtong, Teh leads the company’s management team with a focus on group strategy, international expansion, global strategic partnerships and capital markets. He also served for a year as the company’s Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to ONE, Teh was a Principal at global private equity firm TPG Capital (TPG). As a senior member of the Southeast Asia investment team, he was responsible for the origination, execution and portfolio management of growth and late-stage investment deals in Southeast Asia. He also served on TPG’s China and US teams prior. Before TPG, Teh was an aviator with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) and held leadership positions both at the RSAF and at Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, where he served as the ministry’s Formula One (F1) Project Team Leader. In this role he helped secure the F1 Grand Prix hosting rights for Singapore and coordinated efforts between government agencies and private sector parties to execute the first night race in F1 history in 2008.

Teh holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MEng and BS in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a member of the men’s varsity basketball team. A Taekwondo black-belt holder, he is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (class of 2015) and served on the Global Steering Committee of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.

Kanika Tekriwal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, JetSetGo Aviation Services Pvt Ltd, India

Founder, JetSetGo, India's largest personal air mobility business. JetSetGo is a customer-centric venture aimed at revolutionizing the personal air mobility space in the region. It was conceptualised to bring efficiency and transparency into an otherwise opaque industry systematically having helped aircraft owners, governments and corporations change the way they travel. JetSetGo now has ventured into SkyShuttle. The SkyShuttle vision is to create a transportation platform for inter- and intra-city air connectivity, on-ground infrastructure mapping and development to enable Urban Air Mobility, enabling multimodal point-to-point last-mile connectivity and supporting the regulatory transition as well as development of a more autonomous air traffic management ecosystem. Named to BBC's 100 most inspiring women in the world list, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia. Recipient, Women Transforming India award 2017 by the United Nations and Government of India, National Entrepreneurship Award by the Government of India. Passionate about empowering and enabling women and works closely with various organizations supporting women from various walks of life.

Natznet Tesfay

Head, Insights and Analysis, Economic and Country Risk, S&P Global, United Kingdom

Ms. Natznet Tesfay leads the Economics and Country Risk Analysis group, which has over 150 experts around the world forecasting the economic, sovereign risk and granular country risk outlooks for 206 countries and geographies as well as comparative performance of over 80 industries and consumer markets globally. Natznet’s areas of focus include geopolitical competition, emerging market debt vulnerabilities, energy transition and global supply chain re-alignment. For over a decade, Ms. Tesfay led Africa analysis group, developing the regional risk indicator and horizon scanning infrastructure, drawing on a range of methodologies such as geospatial analysis, influence mapping and scenario modelling techniques. Natznet supports business growth in emerging markets, advising C-level executives on market entry and risk management, and governments on leveraging their natural resource potential for sustainable economic growth. She regularly speaks in major media outlets, and at high-level conferences. Previously, she had advised on the development of free trade zones, foreign policy and the mining sector in the Horn of Africa. Ms. Tesfay’s degrees include a BA in Government from Harvard University and a MSc in Urbanization and Development from the London School of Economics.