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Gila Demri Gamliel

Member of the Knesset, Knesset, Israel

Gila Gamliel is Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection. She served as the first ever Minister for Social Equality in the last 5 years, until May 2020 in which she was appointed as the Minister for Environmental Protection.

The ministry for Social Equality encompasses the advancement of senior citizens, young people, gender and minority equality, as well the Digital Israel project, which aims to leverage the country's standing as the Start-Up Nation to ensure that governmental and business services offered to the public use the most advanced methods in the world.

A member of the Knesset (Parliament) from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party for over a decade, Ms. Gamliel has previously served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Young People, Students and Women. Among other roles, she chaired the Knesset's Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, and served as a Member of the Knesset's Finance Committee, Economics Affairs Committee, and the Education, Culture and Sports Committee.

Ms. Gamliel is also a member of the Young Leaders Community of the Davos World Economic Forum, (the first Israeli public representative to the Forum) and was the first woman Chairperson of Israel's National Students' Union.

Ms. Gamliel holds an L.L.M. from Bar Ilan University, a L.L.B. from Ono Academic College, an M.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Middle Eastern History and Philosophy from Ben-Gurion University. She holds the rank of Sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), having served as the head of an air force investigative staff.

Ms. Gamliel, who lives in Tel Aviv, is married and the mother of
two.

Aslihan Denizkurdu

Chief Operating Officer, Loomis Sayles Capital Re, France

Aslihan Denizkurdu is a Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer for Risk Management at Citigroup. In her role, she designs and oversees firm-wide frameworks and processes that enable prudent management of global risks across a $2 trillion balance sheet in 100 countries. Raised in Turkey, Denizkurdu believes in the power of large businesses in driving positive change and solving social problems. She has been a Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s First Movers programme for social intrapreneurs since 2012.

Ozlem Denizmen

Founder and CEO, Moneye, Türkiye

Graduate, Cornell University; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management; leadership programmes, Stanford, GE Crotonville, Harvard Business School. Social entrepreneur. Since 1999, in Strategy Management, Business Development and Investor Relations, Dogus Group; currently, Head of Strategy, Dogus Holding; Member of the Board, Dogus Otomotiv. 2010, launched Para Durumu multimedia platform, Turkey's first financial literacy initiative. Hosts a weekly TV show, a weekly column in a newspaper, radio programmes, and conducts seminars for women and students. Young Global Leader 2011, World Economic Forum. White House Delegate at the 2010 Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, Washington DC.

Luana de Souza Martins Génot

Executive Director, Identities Institute, Brazil

Luana Génot is a CEO, writer and TV host from Brazil. She’s currently the Executive Director of Identities Institute - ID_BR (Instituto Identidades do Brasil -www.simaigualdaderacial.com.br), an NGO that is a top reference for racial equality in the corporate world. With more than 50 employees across the country, ID_BR offers training and ESG consulting for companies to strength their culture and to be more inclusive for black, indigenous and underrepresented groups in high-rank jobs.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, mother of Alice, a 4-year old, Luana recently became a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and she is also a Responsible Leader Fellow at the BMW Foundation.
As a writer, she signs a column for O Globo, one of the main daily newspapers in Brazil. She also wrote two Books "Mais Forte - Entre Lutas e Conquistas" (Stronger, between struggles and achievements, 2021) et "Sim à Igualdade Racial" (Yes to Racial Equality), that was a nominated as a finalist to the Jabubi Prize in 2020.
With +250K followers on Instagram, Luana has also a large experience in TV and entertainment. She host Sexta Black, a show for GNT, one of the main cabled networks in Brazil, in which she interviews celebrities about how they relate to race issues.
She was also on the jury of Ideias à venda (Ideas to sale), a Netflix reality show with young entrepreneurs.
Luana is a curator of the Museu do Amanhã (Museu of tomorrow) of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most innovative museums in Brazil.
During an exchange program in the university of Madison-Wisconsin, she worked as a volunteer in president Obama’s reelection campaign, en 2012.
Luana speaks Portuguese, French and English, has a degree in Advertising at the PUC University in Rio de Janeiro and a Master in Race and Ethnicity at CEFET.

Luana Génot est fondatrice et directrice de l’Instituto Identidades do Brasil (ID_BR)- www.simaigualdaderacial.com.br , une ONG de référence dans la lutte pour l’égalité raciale dans le monde du travail. Cet institut propose qui compte plus de 50 collaborateurs dans plusieurs villes brésiliennes propose aux entreprises des formations et du conseil en ESG pour implanter des programmes d’inclusion de personnes noires et d’indigènes à des postes à responsabilité.
Née à Rio de Janeiro, maman d’une petite Alice, 4 ans, Luana est Young Global Leader du Forum Économique Mondial, ainsi que du réseau de leaders responsables de la Fondation BMW.
Au-delà de ses fonctions à la tête d’ID_BR, elle est chroniqueuse de la revue Ela, magazine féminin du journal O Globo, et auteure de deux ouvrages : "Mais Forte - Entre Lutas e Conquistas" (Plus forte, entre combats et conquêtes, 2021) et "Sim à Igualdade Racial" (Oui à l’égalité raciale), finaliste du prix littéraire Jabuti en 2020.
Suivie par plus de 250.000 abonnés sur Instagram, Luana est également très présente dans le monde de l’audio-visuel. Elle présente sur GNT, la plus grande chaîne câblée féminine du Brésil, l’émission Sexta Black, avec des entretiens de personnalités sur leur rapport à l’identité raciale. Elle a aussi été jurée pour l’émission de télé-réalité de jeunes entrepreneurs Ideias a venda (idées à vendre), sur Netflix.
Luana est depuis 2021 curatrice du Musée de Demain (Museu do Amanhã), un des musées les plus innovateurs du Brésil.
À l’occasion d’un échange universitaire aux Etats-Unis, elle a travaillé comme bénévole lors de la campagne de Barack Obama pour sa réélection en 2012.
Trilingue portugais-français-anglais, elle est diplômée en Communication à l’université PUC de Rio de Janeiro, avec un Master en Relation ethnico-raciales au CEFET.

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Luana Génot is a CEO, writer and TV host from Brazil. She’s currently the Executive Director of ID_BR (Instituto Identidades do Brasil -www.simaigualdaderacial.com.br), an NGO that is a top reference for racial equality in the corporate world. With more than 50 employees across the country, ID_BR offers training and ESG consulting for companies to strength their culture and to be more inclusive for black, indigenous and underrepresented groups in high-rank jobs.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, mother of Alice, a 4-year old, Luana recently became a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum, and she is also a Responsible Leader Fellow at the BMW Foundation.
As a writer, she signs a column for O Globo, one of the main daily newspapers in Brazil. She also wrote two Books "Mais Forte - Entre Lutas e Conquistas" (Stronger, between struggles and achievements, 2021) et "Sim à Igualdade Racial" (Yes to Racial Equality), that was a nominated as a finalist to the Jabubi Prize in 2020.
With +250K followers on Instagram, Luana has also a large experience in TV and entertainment. She host Sexta Black, a show for GNT, one of the main cabled networks in Brazil, in which she interviews celebrities about how they relate to race issues.
She was also on the jury of Ideias à venda (Ideas to sale), a Netflix reality show with young entrepreneurs.
Luana is a curator of the Museu do Amanhã (Museu of tomorrow) of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most innovative museums in Brazil.
During an exchange program in the university of Madison-Wisconsin, she worked as a volunteer in president Obama’s reelection campaign, en 2012.
Luana speaks Portuguese, French and English, has a degree in Advertising at the PUC University in Rio de Janeiro and a Master in Race and Ethnicity at CEFET.

Matias De Tezanos

Chief Executive Officer, PeopleFund, USA

In the year 2000 founded Hoteles.com, one of the leading hotel reservation sites targeting Spanish speaking users around the world, now owned and operated by Expedia. In 2003 he co-founded and led as CEO ClickDiario Network, at the time, the #1 Internet advertising network in Latin America, acquired by FOX International Channels (Newscorp) in 2006. From 2008 to 2011, de Tezanos led BrokersWeb as CEO, an online insurance marketplace in the United States, which became the 20th fastest growing company in the US in the INC 500 ranking of 2011.

Matias de Tezanos was Honored Young Global Leader by the WEF in 2009 and named one of the top 10 Hispanic entrepreneurs by INC Magazine during 2011 and 2012.

In 2012, founded PeopleFund, a private holding company that invests in tech-startups around the world, including several top INC 500 ranked companies like Healthcare.com, AutoWeb.com (merged with Nasdaq: ABTL), DiamondFoundry, Orionis Biosciences, GetAround, Bluekite (Acquired by Nasdaq: Xoom), among 30+ other companies and social impact projects like KingoEnergy.

Kanika Dewan

Group President, M/S.BRAMCO W.L.L, India

Recognized as one of the top 40 Global Leaders by The Wharton School of Business and selected as a ‘Young Global Leader’ (YGL) for the World Economic Forum, Kanika Dewan is a leading entrepreneur who has been awarded several international Entrepreneur Of The Year accolades and has been recognized by the "Guinness Book of World Records" for her design work in stone.

Kanika hails from a uniquely diverse background; she was born in India, spent her childhood in the Middle East, and attended the prestigious Cheltenham Ladies College in England before graduating with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School in the United States. Kanika started her journey as an Investment Banker at Citigroup and, driven by a desire to push envelopes and change global paradigms, left banking for the male-dominated construction industry and is now pioneering innovative design and construction on a global level.

As one of the few women at the forefront of major infrastructure projects in Asia, Kanika has been lauded for the build & design of the stone works and finishes at some of the world's largest airports: New Delhi International Airport: T3 & Mumbai International Airport. As Chairperson of Ka Design Atelier, Kanika’s technical and design expertise includes work with Philippe Starck, art work in stone for the world’s largest yachts including Abromovich's "Pelorus" and the King of Oman’s vessel where she innovated a proprietary light-weight stone system. Kanika's commitment to the environment was behind her design of a state-of-the-art eco-friendly paneling system for the 7-star Leela Palace Resort in Delhi. Her work is now expanding into creating construction materials to combat climate change and the creation of museum spaces that exist at the intersection of art, technology and education within public infrastructure in order to communicate a message of empowerment and unity for a diverse society.

Kanika's experiences dealing with sexism and gender parity in the world of design & construction in some of the most difficult regions in India & the Middle East are inspirational and timely as they range from handling abuse in the workplace to overcoming physical violence. As a seasoned public speaker, Kanika has often been asked to present these issues during her various Keynotes at international events including the World Efficiency Solutions Summit under the patronage of President Macron, the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, and the World Economic Forum in Jordan, amongst others.

Kanika has worked across several continents, giving her the exposure to address the sensitivities required to a incorporate SDGs in an increasingly polarized world. In addition to her passion for innovation & design, Kanika's ethos of making the world a better place is behind the development of initiatives for environmentally-conscious mobile housing for refugee crises and disaster relief. Kanika also continues to be extremely vocal about dealing with ‘Gunda Raj’ in an extremely male-dominated segment as her key to success as an NRI doing business in India and has been pushing an anti-corruption initiative through her anti-bribe and pro-whistleblower policies in the notoriously corrupt global construction industry. In her role as YGL, Kanika has made further strides towards her goal to highlight and reduce corruption on a global level and has publicly presented her social impact initiatives at the World Economic Forum's leadership journeys in Japan, Argentina and Jordan, amongst other recognized global leaders. Her recent speech at the World Economic Forum in Jordan, about her new initiative, a unique indicator of economic progress, has been recognized by the UN and associates of the World Bank.

Leslie Dewan

Chief Executive Officer, Radiant Nano, USA

BSc in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, MIT; 2013, PhD in Nuclear Engineering, MIT, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company developing sustainable, fuel-efficient power plants. Member, MIT Corporation, MIT’s board of trustees. Named; a TIME Magazine 30 People Under 30 Changing the World; MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35; National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

Mohammed Dewji

President, Mohammed Enterprises Tanzania (MeTL), Tanzania

Mohammed Dewji is a businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and former politician. He serves as the President of MeTL Group, a Tanzanian conglomerate founded by his father in the 1970s. Mohammed is single-handedly responsible for increasing MeTL’s revenues from $30 million to over 2 billion between 1999 and 2022. Currently, MeTL group has investments in textiles, energy, petroleum, agriculture, insurance, mobile telephony, transport and logistics, trading, real estate, and food and beverages (FMCG). The group conducts business in 8 countries and employs over 34,800 people. To date, MeTL’s operations contribute ~3.3% of Tanzania’s GDP.

Mohammed served as a Member of Parliament from 2005 – 2015 for his hometown of Singida. In 2022, Forbes listed him as the 15th richest person in Africa, with an estimated net worth of US$1.5 billion. Forbes also described him as the youngest billionaire on the continent for 6 consecutive years. Further, Mohammed was the first Tanzanian billionaire on the cover of Forbes Africa in 2013, and in 2015 was named Forbes Person of the Year. In 2021, Mohammed was again featured on the cover of Forbes Africa for its 10-year anniversary issue. That same year, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa appointed Mohammed to serve on the investment advisory council for the Republic of South Africa, a position Mohammed still holds.

Beyond business, Mohammed has demonstrated an exemplary record of contributing to the well-being of Tanzania and beyond via the Mo Dewji Foundation, which he established in 2014. The foundation covers education, health, community development, water accessibility and gender empowerment.

In 2022, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business awarded Mohammed an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters for distinguished leadership in business and philanthropy. He also delivered the 2022 McDonough Graduation Commencement Address.

In 2016, Mohammed joined the Giving Pledge – an initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates. This pledge aims to address society's most pressing problems by inviting the world's wealthiest to commit over half of their wealth to philanthropy. Mohammed is the first Tanzanian and one of few Africans to have made the pledge.

Mohammed is also an investor in football, with a 49% stake in Simba Sports Club, the largest sports club in Tanzania. Since his USD$ 20 million investment 4 years ago, the club has made it to the quarterfinals of the African Champions league, and is now ranked one of the top 20 clubs in the continent.

Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Learnerbly, United Kingdom

1st Class Hons in Economics and Management, University of Oxford. Founder & CEO of Learnerbly - a curated marketplace of the best professional learning content including coaching, courses, conferences, books, and more. Learnerbly partners with 100+ global employers to upskill and fuel employee performance and to create a culture of learning where employees are empowered to own their professional development. Previously Founder of Enternships.com, connecting talent 7000+ start-ups and innovative firms and co-founder of StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by the Prime Minister in 2011. Rajeeb was named one of 1000 Most Influential People in London by The Evening Standard; recipient of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, by Her Majesty (2013) & appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2016.

Vilas Dhar

President and Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, USA

Vilas Dhar is President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a $1.5B 21st century philanthropy advancing artificial intelligence and data solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. Under his leadership, the Foundation bridges technological innovation and social impact with a commitment to justice and equity (see www.mcgovern.org). Vilas is an entrepreneur, technologist, and human rights advocate with a lifelong commitment to creating more robust, human-centered social institutions. Fusing his experience as a lawyer, an investor, and a philanthropist, he has dedicated his professional pursuits to exploring solutions for some of the world’s largest challenges like child labor, refugee crises, and data privacy and sovereignty.
A leading voice on equity in a tech-enabled world, Vilas champions a new social compact for the digital age that prioritizes individuals and communities in the development of new products, inspires economic and social opportunity, and empowers the most vulnerable. He is especially passionate about building public awareness about the potential opportunities and impacts of emergent technology on social infrastructure, corporate responsibility, and human behavior.
Vilas’ work has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Nature, The Independent, USA Today, Forbes, and Project Syndicate, addressing data for good, the role of philanthropy in AI, and how CEOs, policymakers, and civil society leaders can guide their organizations through the AI revolution.
Vilas serves on the Advisory Council at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), the Board of Directors at AccessLex, as Expert Contributor to OECD.AI, Co-Chair of the Global AI Action Alliance at the World Economic Forum, Advisor to MIT SOLVE, Director of the Network of Engaged International Donors, and as a Trustee of the Christensen Fund. He has been named a Young Global Leader and Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and has previously served as a Senior Fellow of the Berggruen Institute, the Gleitsman Fellow on Social Change at Harvard University, a Practitioner Resident on Artificial Intelligence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Illinois.
Vilas holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and dual Bachelor's degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois. His ongoing doctoral work at the University of Birmingham drives novel approaches to economic and policy infrastructure for a data enabled society to support and empower vulnerable populations.

Illac Diaz

Founder and Executive Director, Liter of Light, Philippines

Eva Dichand

Editor, Heute, Austria

Eva Dichand is the publisher of Heute, an Austrian freesheet newspaper with 506,000 copies daily. Heute was founded in 2004 and is today Austria's strongest growing newspaper and, even in the economic crisis, a huge business success. Previously, Dichand worked for UnternehmensInvest, Austria's leading stock listed private equity fund. Dichand graduated from the Economic University of Vienna. Beside Heute, which is run totally separately and on its own, the family owns 50% of Austria's largest Mediagroup Mediaprint (Kronen Zeitung, kroneradio, Kurier).