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David J. Blumer
David J. Blumer, Senior Managing Director, is Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for BlackRock and is a Member of the company's Global Executive Committee and the Global Operating Committee. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Blumer was Chief Investment Officer and a Member of the Executive Committee at Swiss Re. He was also Chairman of Swiss Re's Admin Re Division and was a Member of the Board at Brevan Howard. Prior to Swiss Re, Blumer was Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse's Asset Management and a Member of the Executive Board. During his 15-year career at Credit Suisse, he held various positions in private banking and asset management in Zurich, London and New York. In 2004, Credit Suisse appointed Blumer Head of Trading and Sales, and two years later appointed him Head of Asset Management. Blumer was also a Member of the Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange and, until recently, on the board of RobecoSAM. Blumer earned a BA in Economics from the University of Zurich.
Giulio Boccaletti is a senior executive with experience in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. An author, strong communicator and public speaker, he is an internationally recognized expert on natural resource security. For the past fifteen years, he has worked on strategy, sustainable economic development, and conservation issues across a dozen countries. He started his career as a climate scientist at Princeton University and MIT, was a Partner of global consultancy McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader of its Sustainability and Resource Productivity Practice, and was the Chief Strategy Officer of The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest conservation organizations in the world. His book, Water: A biography, is available from Pantheon Books.
Ketevan Bochorishvili was vice-minister of Economy until 2017. Bochorishvili then became the first ever (and only, as of 2018) woman executive to take responsibility for management of over one-billion-dollar-worth private venture in Georgia - Anaklia City. Bochorishvili is recognized as a leading business environment reformer, a fighter of corruption and an innovator in terms of the provision of government services. Bochorishvili has contributed to a number of successful reforms and state projects targeting private sector development, simplifying bureaucracy and economic diversification. Her achievements were awarded with a Forbes Woman title in 2017.
Experience in investments, private equity and as an entrepreneur. Board member of JSE listed : IT company EOH, engineering and construction firm Murray & Roberts, food retail Spur. Chairperson of:- Sybrin (a leading African fintech company); ETG Inputs Holdco (Dubai based and largest African fertilizer distributor). Member of Digital Economy working group of BRICS Business Council. Masters from Harvard JFK School of Government (2012), Chartered Accountant (SA). Young Global Leader alumni. Interests: Africa, Emerging markets, innovation, investments, tech entrepreneurship, governance.
Author of book on racial reconciliation, healing, inclusion: My Blood Divides and Unites.
Zack is co-founder & managing partner of DCVC (Data Collective), a venture fund that backs entrepreneurs applying deep tech to transform giant industries. DCVC’s portfolio includes Planet Labs, Tala, Pivot Bio, Primer, Rigetti Computing and Zymergen. Zack has nearly two decades of experience in Silicon Valley as an entrepreneur, lawyer, advisor and angel investor in start-ups such as Square, Uber and Docker. Zack is also a founder and managing partner of Founders Den, the original co-working space and clubhouse for experienced entrepreneurs. He serves on the non-profit boards of the East Palo Alto Charter School and The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Zack graduated with honors from Harvard University with an AB in Environmental Science and earned his JD with honors from Georgetown Law School. Zack is passionate about promoting nuclear energy.
V. Bunty Bohra previously served as the CEO of Goldman Sachs Services in India, and was a member of several committees at the firm, including the Partnership Committee, Asia Pacific Management Committee, Asia Pacific Capital Committee, Singapore Leadership Group, and the Pine Street Board of Directors. Prior to that, Bunty was global head of the Structured Product Syndicate desk, and co-head of the Structured Finance Group in the Americas. Bunty joined Goldman Sachs in 1996 in the J. Aron Currency and Commodities Division in New York. He was named managing director in 2005 and partner in 2010. Bunty is a fellow of Aspen Institute’s India Leadership Initiative, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, serves on the Advisory Board of the MIT Sloan Finance Group, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. He earned dual SB degrees in Chemical Engineering and Management Science from MIT and was awarded a certificate of completion for the Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Program at Harvard Kennedy School
Maleeka Bokhari is a Barrister, and a Member of Parliament from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (ruling party).Ms. Bokhari is currently serving as Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Law and Justice in Pakistan, and responsible for the legislative business in Parliament. She is at the forefront of the Government’s law reform agenda and part of the legal team drafting the Action Plan for the Women in the Justice system, as part of the Prime Minister’s 100 day agenda. In addition, she is currently drafting various pieces of legislation with Dr. Barrister Farogh Naseem, Federal Minister for Law and Justice in Pakistan. She has remained at the forefront of legal reform to promote the rights of women and girls across Pakistan including drafting and enactment of historic Anti-Rape Ordinance 2020 which has abolished the use of two-finger (virginity) testing for victims of rape and sexual offences. She was also instrumental in enactment of Enforcement of Women's Property Rights Act 2020, which provides for protection of property and possession rights of women across the country. She continues to bring a gendered perspective to the legislative reform agenda of the current Government and is spearheading overhaul of the criminal justice system under the leadership of the Pakistan Federal Minister for Law and Justice, Dr Barrister Farogh Naseem. Maleeka is a Barrister with over ten years of professional legal experience in the United Kingdom and Pakistan. She obtained her LLB Hons in 2007, and was awarded the Helena Kennedy QC Scholarship award for her academic achievements. She completed the Bar Vocational Course in 2008 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales as a Queen Mother Scholar thereafter. The Queen Mother Scholarship is awarded to by Middle Temple Inns of Court in UK to twenty students each year in recognition of their outstanding academic/professional achievements. She is currently admitted as an Advocate of the High Courts in Pakistan. She has undertaken work in all major facets of civil legal practice. Her professional legal experience includes representing multinational corporations, financial institutions, nonprofit organisations, local companies and Government entities, and has provided legal advice on complex commercial contracts, joint ventures, and labour laws. Maleeka is a fierce human rights advocate, and passionate about law reform and gender equality. She moved from UK to use her professional experience to contribute to development of Pakistan.
Srikanth Bolla is the founder and CEO of Bollant Industries, A fast growing recycled paper manufacturing and ecofriendly packaging consumer product manufacturing company in India. Srikanth has many prestigious awards including Indian of the year 2015 by NDTV, entrepreneur of the globe by youth business international, emerging leadership award by ECLIF Malaysia, young change maker of the year by Hindu business line, the best youth leader award from the former president of India, a national chess player an Indian national blind cricket player. Bolla was listed in Forbes Asia in 2016 as emerging entrepreneur under the age of 30.
In 2017, Julie Bonamy was appointed vice-president for strategy at Saint-Gobain. Julie is a member of the Senior Management Committee. Julie is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP de Paris) and the National School of Public Administration (Ecole Nationale d'Administration). She started her career as a civil servant (inspector of finance) for the French Government in 2011, before joining the Office of the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector in October 2014. She was appointed adviser for the budget and digital sector in July 2015.
Alexis Bonte is the Group COO of Stillfront (Nasdaq traded Games company) where he focuses on operations and co-leads Stillfront's game studios alongside the Group CEO. He also supports the exec team on strategy and M&A. Alexis was previously the CEO of eRepublik Labs the studio he founded and that is part of Stillfront. Within Atomico VC, Alexis sourced investments in Spain and France as well as in the Games and consumer verticals and helped portfolio companies accelerate their growth. Although he is an active angel investor, Alexis has now taken a step back from VC to focus on Stillfront. He also serve on the OhBibi and Tezos Foundation boards, co-founded Chamberi Valley (Madrid entrepreneur's non-profit), is an early pledger in Founders Pledge and was part of the founding team of lastminute.com one of the first European Internet Unicorns.
Claire Boonstra is Founder of Operation Education, a non-profit organization enabling educational leaders to lead the change. Operation Education creates space for the transformation towards an education that enables all humans to unleash their unique potential, to learn life together and to take ownership of one's own life and of the world we strive for: peaceful, happy, healthy and sustainable. To achieve this, we enable leaders in education to find their own deeply felt purpose and we enable them to transform themselves and their schools to live this purpose - as an ecosystem where ownership lies in the hands of the right people. Together with he amazing school leaders which already have transformed their learning environments, we create an ecosystem which supports those wanting to change - and we allow this type of education to become the new normal.
Before finding her mission in education, Claire was a Co-Founder of Layar, at that time the global market leader in augmented reality and interactive print. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, she pursued a corporate career with KPN and Unilever. Boonstra has received various awards as an entrepreneur and innovator and has frequently been listed as one of the most influential women in technology. She is a 2011 WEF Technology Pioneer and a 2012 WEF Young Global Leader. Boonstra is regularly asked to be a keynote speaker, judge and advisor. She holds an MSc in Civil Engineering, is a mother of three children and loves skiing, dancing, horseriding and nature.
Roongchat Boonyarat has been the Chief Executive Officer of Malee Group since 2018. Her journey at her family's fruit juice and canned fruit company began earlier, as she first joined as a trainee in 2010. She later took the post as Head of Branded Business Unit, Executive Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, and finally Chief Operating Officer in 2016. She has a background in economics and holds an MBA in Marketing and Business Strategy from the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University.