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Scott Brison

Vice-Chair, Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO Financial Group, Canada

BCom in Finance, Dalhousie University; Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Executive Education programme, Harvard University. Private sector experience as entrepreneur and investment banker. Former: Chairman, SeaFort Capital; Director, Norvista Capital Corporation; Minister of Public Works and Government Services; Receiver General of Canada; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Canada-US relations; Shadow Minister for Finance and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee; Member, Trilateral Commission. Currently, Canadian Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament. Recipient: Colombia's Order of San Carlos.

Martin Bruncko

Chief Executive Officer, Lacaze Ltd, United Kingdom

Technology entrepreneur, investor and former public policy leader. Founder and Managing Partner of Steam Capital. High Level Advisor to European Commissioner for R&D and innovations. Held several senior positions in Government of Slovakia, including junior minister for innovations and Deputy for European Affairs of the Minister of Finance. Former board member at European Stability Mechanism. Former Senior Director and Head of Europe at World Economic Forum. Previously founder and Executive Chairman of Neulogy, a premier advisory and investment boutique in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on R&D and deep tech start-ups. Management, board and advisory positions in several globally innovative deep tech companies. BA from Stanford University and MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.

Thomas Buberl

Chief Executive Officer, AXA, France

Master’s in Economics, WHU Koblenz, Germany; MBA, Lancaster University, United Kingdom; PhD in Economics, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. 2008, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. 2000-05, with Boston Consulting Group as a Consultant for the Banking and Insurance sector in Germany and abroad. 2005-08, with the Winterthur Group as Member of the Management Board of Winterthur in Switzerland, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chief Marketing and Distribution Officer. Then, joined Zurich Financial Services as Chief Executive Officer for Switzerland. 2012-16, Chief Executive Officer, AXA Konzern, Germany. 2012, Member of the AXA Executive Committee. March 2015, Chief Executive Officer, Global Business Line, Health Business, and joined the AXA Management Committee. January 2016, also appointed Chief Executive Officer, global business line Life & Savings. March 2016 - August 2016, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Directeur Général Adjoint) of AXA. Since 1 September 2016, Chief Executive Officer and Director of AXA.

Kelly Buchanan

Senior Vice-President; Mergers and Acquisitions Integration Executive, Mastercard Europe Service Ltd, United Kingdom

I am Senior Vice President of M&A at Mastercard responsible for orchestrating the development and execution of acquisitions to meet the strategic and financial objectives. I have lead multiple acquisitions that are now a core part of the company’s long-term strategy while evolving our product and talent profiles. Within my time at Mastercard, I have held several positions across Technology, Customer Delivery and Mergers & Acquisitions within the US, UK and AP. With a passion for tackling complex programs of work, building powerful cross-functional partnerships and leading from strategy to execution, I have a wide breath of business experience coupled with strong leadership capabilities building, driving and motivating teams.

Agnes Budzyn

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SFI, USA

Agnes Budzyn is an investor in innovation, operator and entrepreneur. Co-Founder and Managing Partner at SFI.
She invests in and advises organizations in financial technology, blockchain, digital assets and business services. She focus on the early stage and seed investments. She build and lead the Office of the CEO at ConsenSys, focusing on growth strategy, operations, and acquisition strategy for over 40 early-stage companies in the portfolio. ConsenSys is a global formation of technologists building solutions for a blockchain-powered future. With a decade of traditional finance experience at BlackRock before ConsenSys, Agnes stands at the intersection between the legacy financial industry and emerging blockchain-enabled fintech solutions. Her years in traditional finance provided her first-hand experience working with many of the world’s largest institutions and advising key regulators on strategic challenges. She performed country-wide financial reviews of Ireland and Greece and others for the European Central Bank. Agnes maintains relationships with financial institutions, government bodies, and central banks. In this capacity, Agnes informs, collaborates, and strategizes blockchain-related solutions with relevant stakeholders in order to ensure this groundbreaking technology is adopted quickly and efficiently. Agnes has spoken on blockchain technology and its applications at events held by the FDIC, GW University, Salesforce, US Chamber of Commerce and the World Economic Forum. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Biden Institute and the Yale Club Finance Committee. Attended Nanyang Technology University Executive Education Module on "Smart Cities".

Yana Buhrer Tavanier

Founder and Director, Fine Acts, Bulgaria

Yana Buhrer Tavanier is Co-founder and Director of Fine Acts, a global platform for socially engaged creative solutions. She is also Co-founder and Board Member of TimeHeroes, the largest volunteering platform in Bulgaria. Yana serves as Board Member of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and is Expert member of Amnesty International’s Europe & Central Asia Regional Oversight Group. Academic background in communications and political science, executive education from Harvard, Yale and Oxford Universities. TED Senior Fellow, WEF Young Global Leader Alumni, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Nilda Bullain

Vice-President, Operations, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), USA

Born in socialist Hungary and spending childhood years in La-Paz, Bolivia, Nilda developed a passion for freedom and social change at an early age. She attended meetings of the opposition in the living room of their home in Budapest, and travelled to help Roma communities in far corners of Hungary before she was 18. At the change of the political system she was involved in human rights organizations and the nascent women’s movement; she co-edited the first feminist journal in Hungary. Her path led her to get a legal education and work with civil society organizations, recognizing the vital importance of both the rule of law and a free civil society to democracy.

Currently, Nilda is Vice President at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), working to protect the rights of civil society in over 100 countries. Prior to joining ICNL in Washington, DC, she was Executive Director of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and worked directly on legal reform in over 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Nilda is an internationally recognized leader, having served as Chair of the Civil Society Advisory Committee to the UNDP Administrator and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, among others. She is currently serving on the Board of CIVICUS where she was elected in 2016. Today, Nilda still believes in the strength of citizens to bring about much needed positive social change.

Esteban Bullrich

Senator from Buenos Aires, National Congress of Argentina, Argentina

Bachelor's degree; graduate studies, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, US. 2003, began political career running for City Council for the Recreate for Growth party (Recrear); later, Vice-President for the Buenos Aires District. In office, organized and led efforts to improve the Argentine education system. 2005-09, represented the Federal Capital of Buenos Aires; represented the PRO, a centre-right political bloc. With PRO, also allied with political blocs Commitment to Change and Recrear. Eisenhower Fellow, Multi-Nation Program (2006). In December 2015, appointed Minister of Education of Argentina by President Mauricio Macri. Elected National Senator in 2017, representing Buenos Aires Province (Cambiemos).

Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

Associate Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

Jessica Burgner-Kahrs is Associate Professor and Director of the Continuum Robotics Laboratory at University of Toronto, Canada. From 2013 to 2019 she was with Leibniz University Hannover, Germany and from 2010 to 2012 with Vanderbilt University, USA. She received her Diploma and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
 
Her research focus lies on continuum robotics and in particular on their design, modeling, planning and control, as well as human-robot interaction. Her fundamental robotics research is driven by applications in minimally-invasive surgery and maintenance, repair, and operations. In 2015 her research was recognized with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the Lower Saxony Science Award in the category Young Researcher, and she was entitled Young Researcher of the Year 2015 in Germany. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences awarded her the Engineering Science Prize in 2016. She was elected as one of the Top 40 under 40 in the category Science and Society in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by the business magazine Capital.

Sinéad Burke

Chief Executive Officer, Tilting The Lens, Ireland

Sinéad Burke is an educator, writer, and Founder of consultancy company Tilting the Lens, continually asking, ‘is this accessible?’ Sinéad starts conversations in every room to bring visibility to inaccessibility and partners with clients and stakeholders to build collaborative solutions that have impact today, tomorrow, and forever. Through an education, advocacy, and design approach, Tilting the Lens works to create more accessible practices, products, and places, building a more equitable world. Sinéad has been hosting conversations with leaders for over a decade, first through her blog, then through the ‘As Me with Sinéad’ podcast which has included conversations with activists and thinkers including Samantha Power, DeRay McKesson, Lonnie Bunch III, Riz Ahmed, and Glenda Jackson. She is the author of ‘Break the Mould’, a book that encourages children to find their place in the world. The book is a number one bestseller and was awarded the ‘Irish Children’s Book of the Year (Senior)’ Award. Sinéad is the first little person to appear on the cover of Vogue as she featured in British Vogue’s ‘Forces for Change’ issue; guest-edited by Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex. She is a member of the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins’, Council of State, and a member of Gucci's Global Equity Board. She is responsible for the introduction of the term ‘duine beag’ (little person) into the Irish language dictionary.

Jane Burston

Executive Director, Clean Air Fund, United Kingdom

Jane Burston is Clean Air Fund’s founding Executive Director. Before setting up the organisation Jane worked as Head of Climate and Energy Science in the UK Government, where she was responsible for the UK greenhouse gas inventory and a £45m science programme. Previously, as Head of Energy and Environment at the National Physical Laboratory she managed a team of 150 scientists working in air quality, greenhouse gas measurement and renewable energy. Jane has a background in social enterprise and management consulting and a first-class degree in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge. Jane has spoken at Davos and the UN General Assembly. She has been interviewed about air pollution and the movement for clean air by the New York Times, BBC, Times Radio and for numerous podcasts. In January 2021, Jane delivered a Letter to the 21st Century on BBC Radio 4. In 2020, Jane was profiled as one of WIRED’s changemakers of tomorrow. She was named as a ‘Young Global Leader’ of the World Economic Forum, as one of the ‘40 under 40 European Young Leaders’ by Friends of Europe and was previously a UK Social Entrepreneur of the year. Jane is also a trustee of Parkinson’s UK and a keen triathlete.

Eugenio Burzaco

Secretary of Security, Ministry of Security of Argentina, Argentina

Eugenio Burzaco is an Argentinean politician, who currently serves as Secretary of Security of the Ministry of Security of Argentina since December 2015. Previously he served as Chief of the Metropolitan Police of Buenos Aires between 2009 and 2011, and National Deputy between 2005 and 2009. Burzaco holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Economics from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from the University of El Salvador.