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Umit Kumcuoglu is the Chief Executive Officer of Kare Investments, a fund management company of the family office of Suna and Inan Kirac who are among the leading investors in Turkey. Formerly, he was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in New York, London and Istanbul. Kumcuoglu holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's in Human Rights Law from Istanbul Bilgi University. He is currently working towards a PhD in political science at Istanbul Bilgi University. Kumcuoglu has been active in Turkish economic and financial affairs for over 15 years as researcher and writer, with a particular focus on contemporary Turkish politics and comparative Western and Islamic political philosophy.
Shinjini Kundu, MD, Ph.D., is a resident physician and medical researcher at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is well-known for her work in diagnosing diseases from medical images at a pre-emergent stage where the images do not show human-identifiable abnormalities. By making previously imperceptible patterns recognizable using artificial intelligence, Shinjini's work has been truly transformational. Before her clinical appointment in radiology at Johns Hopkins, she received a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie-Mellon concurrently with an MD from the University of Pittsburgh. Earlier, she obtained her BS and MS in electrical engineering from Stanford University. She is a prolific researcher with publications in top journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Nature Medicine. Her work has had a regional, national, and international impact. She has given TEDx talks and has been a featured speaker at the World Business Dialogue in Germany. She has also been named to the Forbes 30 under 30 and MIT Technology Review 35 under 35 lists. Shinjini contributed to the emerging digital health policies of the American Medical Association, digital privacy policies at the Observer Research Foundation, and the AI for good forum at the United Nations. Her work stands to accelerate new precision medical diagnostic technologies capable of detecting diseases earlier, with greater accuracy and suggestions for tailored treatments.
Rina Gee Kupferschmid-Rojas
MA, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Certificate in Innovating for Sustainability and Driving Corporate Performance, Harvard Business School. Formerly: member, business development team, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Switzerland; responsible for global business development activities, Adveq, a leading private equity firm specializing in FoFs; Chief Executive Officer, ESG Analytics, a company focusing on responsible investment analysis. Global Head, Sustainable Investing, UBS Wealth Management. Currently, Head of Sustainable Finance, UBS and Society. Member: Private Equity Working Group, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment; Financial Sector, Sustainability Accounting Standard (SASB). Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Investin Columbia University, New York City.
Stefanie Kurniadi is a passionate entrepreneur that build her company with strong purpose. Her passion in food brings her to build one of the most innovative F&B chain company in Indonesia nowadays. Her company, CRP Group (Citarasa Prima Indonesia) drive purpose in bringing happiness through food. With their DNA that always bring uniqueness and twist in Indonesia's top comfort foods. Mention their 1st brand in 2013, Nasi Goreng Rempah Mafia has grown fast and grow strong in their loyal customers till now. Their 2nd brand, Warunk Upnormal that sells Indomie (one of the most popular instant noodle in Indonesia), toast, milk and coffee as "the new era of warkop (local coffee shops phrase)" has reshaped the industry overall. Their 3rd brand Bakso Boedjangan have build specific loyal markets and prove the sustainability. In total now CRP Group has more than 150 outlets all around Indonesia. With more than 3,000 employment supporting the business, Stefanie and partners still aim to be the biggest and most inspiring F&B company in Indonesia that bring happiness through what they do. More about the company www.citarasaprima.com :: More about stefanie: www.stefkurniadi.com
Maja is a generalist - experience designer, artist, futurist and process facilitator, with a fondness for contemplation and futurecrafting. She is the founder and president of FoAM, a laboratory for speculative culture at the interstices between art, science, nature and everyday life.
Maja leads transdisciplinary teams in prototyping possible futures as creative experiments. She co-creates multisensory experiences, facilitates participatory processes, writes, speaks and cooks worldwide. Maja's academic background is in design futures and interactive media. In recent years, her embodied experience of living with uncertainty became the backbone of her creative practice.
Danae Kyriakopoulou is Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, where she leads the policy work on climate, economic development and international finance.
Irina Bullara is Chief Executive Officer of RenovaBR, an initiative founded by a group of Brazilian entrepreneurs looking to empower and qualify ordinary citizens that wanted to participate in Brazilian politics. Under her leadership, RenovaBR has transformed itself into one of the main political organizations in the country. Each election thousands of Brazilians subscribe to RenovaBR’s to learn about democracy, leadership, public finance, law and marketing. It has graduated more than 3,000 participants from all parties and ideologies, with RenovaBR students being among the most promising politicians in the country. Prior to starting RenovaBR, Bullara was the woman behind the largest private educational learning system (Anglo).
PhD in Electrical Engineering, INSA de Lyon, France; completed postdoctoral research, Princeton University, USA, and the University of Cambridge, UK. Currently, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology, School of Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Research focuses on the materials, technology and integration of soft bioelectronic interfaces including artificial skin and ultra-compliant neural electrodes for therapeutic neuroprosthetics. Founding Member, EPFL Centre for Neuroprosthetics. Recipient: MIT TR35 (2006); University Research Fellowship, Royal Society (UK); European Research Council ERC Starting and Proof-of-Concept Grants; SNSF-ERC Consolidator Grant.
Peter Lacy is the global sustainability services lead and chief responsibility officer, overseeing the integration of sustainability in all client work and ensuring the responsible business agenda across Accenture services and internal operations. Peter is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.
He leads sustainability services with clients and ecosystem partners, working across Accenture's service offerings to help clients create value and impact. Peter's work spans environmental, social and governance issues as they impact business, clients and ecosystems, as Accenture builds toward achieving the United Nations Global Compact's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. He directs market growth for sustainability services and demand for responsible business consulting.
Peter previously led Accenture Strategy in Europe and Asia Pacific and helped launch the company's sustainability practice in 2008.
He has led the world's largest CEO studies on behalf of the United Nations Secretary General and co-led a global research program on digital transformation with the World Economic Forum, where he also sits on the Forum of Young Global Leaders foundation board.
Peter is the author of two books on the value of the circular economy: Waste to Wealth, an international best seller, and its follow-up, The Circular Economy Handbook.
Peter achieved First Class Honours at the University of Nottingham, winning the David and Elizabeth Marsden prize, and has been a Business Fellow at the University of Oxford since 2010. He has completed executive programs at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Cambridge and INSEAD.
He lives in London with his family.
Committed in promoting sustainable growth in developing economies, Sanae Lahlou is the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Country Representative in Morocco. She ensures the coordination, in Morocco, of the strategy of the UN agency, for the promotion of inclusive and sustainable industrial development. Sanae has a long and rich experience in the conduct and implementation of several economic programs in the public and private sectors, in Morocco and internationally, some of which have been related to industrial development issues
She was before the Director of the African Business Unit of the International Consulting firm Mazars. She has also assisted several Moroccan industrial small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to position themselves in global value chains, as she has been in charge of International Markets for the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency, under the authority of the Morocco Ministry of Industry. Prior to that, Sanae held the position of Development Adviser for Africa at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Sanae Lahlou has been awarded as “Young Global Leader” 2021 by The World Economic Forum (WEF). Advocating for inclusive growth and gender equality are also among Sanae’s career key drivers. She has been also nominated as a “Global Impact” doer by the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre, and as “French-African Young Leader 2019” by the French-African Foundation.
She has graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the American University Al Akhawayn. She also obtained an MBA in International Business Engineering in Paris and a Master Degree from ISCAE (High Public Institute of Commerce and Business Administration) in Coaching & Leadership. Sanae recently obtained the Sustainability Certificate from Stanford University California. She achieved as well the Certificate of Achievement of Public Leadership from Oxford University and the Apolitical Academy Global.
Siddhartha Lal is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Eicher Motors, the flagship listed company of the Eicher Group in India. In 2008, Lal took charge as Managing Director and Chief Executive of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), a 50-50 joint venture between Volvo group and Eicher Motors. It is the third largest CV player in India and has ambitions to drive modernization in commercial transportation. During 2001-2004, as Chief Executive Officer of Royal Enfield (a division of Eicher Motors), Lal helped revive the company's fortunes and strengthen stakeholders' involvement with the brand. He holds Master's in Automotive Engineering from University of Leeds and is a Cranfield University qualified mechanical engineer. An Economics graduate from St Stephens College and alumnus of Doon School, he has a keen eye for detail which actively manifests in motorcycle designs and photography. Lal is passionate about transportation and the role it plays in sustainability, especially in urban settings; and its role in health, safety and quality of life. He is co-championing a YGL GRI initiative “Transforming Urban Mobility - by creating an authority”.