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Nora Khaldi is an award-winning TEDx speaker and a highly published mathematician and scientist. Her revolutionary and innovative ideas and inventions have been awarded and recognized by the likes of Forbes, Wired and the European Union Commission. She is the founder of Nuritas, the first company in the world to introduce artificial intelligence to the food arena, with the aim of creating the future of food and personalized nutrition, in a nutshell, the future of health. Nuritas was recently classified among the 21 most innovative start-ups in the world along with Uber.
A pioneering scientist and an award-winning entrepreneur Faisal Khan is working at the intersection of biology, technology and start-ups. Faisal is chief executive officer and co-founder of Peshawar 2.0, a social enterprise that is promoting technology, design and start-ups in the northwest of Pakistan and taking it to youths at the grassroots. As an academic, he leads an interdisciplinary research group doing pioneering work in the areas of synthetic biology and precision medicine in Pakistan.
Nauman Ahmed Khan
Nauman Khan founded Almoiz Industries, a manufacturer of sugar and its by-products in Pakistan, which uses a unique multi-crop production process and biomass-based energy sales to create a paradigm shift in the way sugar manufacturing operations are organized in sub-tropical countries. He has also been a pioneer of sustainable, environmentally friendly and small landholder focused practices in his industry. Prior, he worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co and PepsiCo in the US. Nauman has a keen interest in technology entrepreneurship and is an avid angel investor. He is an active contributor in the field of education and serves on the boards of several universities and schools in the US and Pakistan. Nauman has a MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and BA in Economics, both from Stanford University.
Driven by authenticity, creativity, and purpose I am striving to make a lasting impact in the world. Telecom engineer specialized in computer science by training and social entrepreneur by doing, I have a 360 degrees public policy experience with a strong focus on countering terrorism and towards international development. My areas of competence range from financial sector reforms to diverting youth from violence.
After twice running for Tunisian Parliament, I was appointed Senior Advisor to the minister of Finance of Tunisia where I spearheaded open governance, state budget transparency, and tax system reforms. Building on my cabinet experience, I supported the work of the World Bank Group, the European Union, and the United Nations, leading policy dialogue and providing technical assistance to the Tunisian government on several critical reforms including financial sector, governance, and youth inclusion.
For the past eight years, I have been founding and running Mobdiun, a peace organization that counters violent extremist projects locally and advocates for gendered public policies preventing violent extremism regionally. I also have been at the source of building ASL a national civil society coalition for security and violent extremism prevention, publishing policy briefs and proposing multi-sectorial reforms to the Tunisian government. My entrepreneurial spirit, my strong organizational skills, and my capacity to adapt in any given circumstance helped me build Mobdiun from the ground up and leave my role as CEO with growing annual funds and a team of 40 collaborators serving 3,000 youth. My roots go back to finance, developing risk analysis systems for a global investment bank then leading market risk products for a fintech company, both in the context of international environment.
I have built my career between France, Tunisia, and the United States and my work has been recognized by several global leadership organizations such as the Obama Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the Aspen Institute. I have an MS in Telecommunications and Computer Science Engineering from Institut National Polytechnique, ENSIMAG in France and have completed an Executive Module in Global Leadership & Public Policy of the 21st century at Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as one-year course as an Obama Scholar at Columbia University in the City of New York.
Uday H. Khemka
MA, Cambridge University; MBA, Harvard University (Baker Scholar). Vice Chairman SUN Group; Executive Chairman SUN-AMP (India-focused distributed generation solar power producer) and Head of SUN Group renewable energy sector activities; Head real estate sector activities and Member of Board SUN-Ares (Indian Real Estate investment manager) also co-led asset management, private equity and venture capital business, India, and board member of group companies involved in mining and energy sector activities. Co-leads family's philanthropic activities including N.J. Khemka Foundation, with a special focus on renewable energy and climate change; Chairman of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Solar Rooftop Policy Coalition (focused on Government of India's renewable energy strategy and goals) ; Founder, UK on-line charitable platform, JustGiving; also member of boards of various international institutions focused on climate change, education, public health, and poverty and development; elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Shreevar Kheruka has overseen a decade of substantial revenue, profitability and market capitalisation growth as Managing Director of Borosil Ltd. He has overseen Borosil's shift from an inward looking organisation to a customer focused employee driven one. During this period, Borosil has successfully integrated two acquisitions and has also diversified its product portfolio from glass to include a wide range of materials including steel, electronic appliances, pharmaceutical packaging and high end laboratory equipment. Shreevar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a dual degree in Economics and International Relations. He has also done the Owner President Management Program at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Young President's Organization (YPO) as well as the Entrepreneur's Organization (EO). He enjoys traveling, skiing and playing tennis. He has three children and lives in Mumbai with his wife, Priyanka, who is also a University of Pennsylvania graduate.
Co-Founder & CEO of Whyise, Founding Partner of Kaamen
Reem Khouri is passionate about impact. She is the co-founder and CEO of Whyise, an impact analytics software solution that allows organizations to aggregate their data and analyze it for exponential impact as well as map their operations against international frameworks such as the UN SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) and comply with frameworks such as IFC ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) standards and GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) among others. They are also leveraging Artificial intelligence to understand the variables affecting impact in an evidence-based manner and blockchain infrastructure to generate impact based smart contracts.
She is also the founding partner of Kaamen, an impact design company that has worked in the Middle East, Asia and Africa with governments, companies and NGOs to design models for exponential economic and social returns.
She served on numerous boards and is an associate at 3BL Associates, a people + planet strategy consultancy and is a faculty member at Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya and is a board member of Ruwwad for Development, a non-profit community development organization that works with disenfranchised communities through education, youth volunteerism and grassroots organizing.
She previously worked with Aramex, one of the leading global logistics and transportation solutions providers and served on its sustainability council and working with the company's founder and CEO Fadi Ghandour on sustainability, strategic initiatives, research and support for entrepreneurs.
She was recognized as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential Arabs Under 40 by Arabian Business Magazine in 2015 and 2016 and was selected in 2018 as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.
Dong Kwan Kim
BA in Government, Harvard University. Former Officer, Korea Air Force. Former Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, Hanwha Q CELLS and Advanced Materials. Since 2020, President, Hanwha Solutions, a leading Korean chemical and renewable energy company. Also, since 2010, Managing Director, Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 company; leads corporate strategy team of group headquarters; responsible for mid-to-long-term strategic planning and new business development. Young Global Leader Alumni, World Economic Forum (2013).
Elaine Kim is a medical doctor and entrepreneur. She is the CEO of Trehaus (www.trehaus.co) an integrated co-lifestyle space for families with a preschool and childcare, office space and family club. Prior to taking the helm at Trehaus, she was the CEO of CRIB (www.crib.com.sg), a social enterprise she co-founded to empower women to become successful entrepreneurs. She continues to practice medicine part-time as a palliative care doctor looking after terminally ill patients.
She is deeply involved in the non-profit sector through volunteering time and skills, leading and executing successful awareness-building campaigns, and raising over $1 million for multiple philanthropic causes, as well as implementing positive social change through CRIB's charitable arm CRIB Gives Back.
She is married to venture capitalist John Kim of Amasia (www.amasia.vc) and they have 3 young children.
Sophie Seula Kim
Sophie is the founder and CEO of Kurly, South Korea's largest and fastest growing dedicated online grocer. Kurly is the destination for consumers looking for quality products and suppliers/producers looking for long-term sustainable partnership. Out of many innovations Kurly introduced to market, Kurly is most famous for its unique cold chain delivery system called “morning star delivery”, through which customers place order by 11pm and have them delivered by 7am. In addition to fast and efficient delivery, Kurly is also known for its unique offerings which account for ~30% of its total revenue. Kurly's contribution to the market is not limited to the business sector; Kurly is the first e-commerce company to go 100% green in its packaging material, and supports small businesses by deriving more than 50% of its revenue from SMEs. Previously, Sophie spent ~10 years working for Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, Temasek and Bain as an investment banker and consultant.
Undersecretary of Renewable Energy of Argentina (2016-2017), and Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2018-2019), he was responsible for the country’s energy transition toward a cleaner matrix. Sebastian is the architect and primary driver of the innovative RenovAr program, which has resulted in over US$ 7,4 billion and 5 GW in clean energy investments since its launch in 2016.
Sebastián has 20 years of experience in the energy industry. He is the founding director of the Master of Science in Renewable Energy Program at National Technological University (UTN), and played an instrumental role working with Argentina’s National Senate as author of the Renewable Energy National Law. He has advised on renewable energy projects for many public and private institutions around the world and has held various executive positions in the private sector in Europe and Latin America.
In 2017, Sebastián worked with Harvard University in setting up RenovAr as a Case Study due to its outstanding achievements. In 2018 he was appointed as Chair of the Council of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), and was selected as Fellow of the Eisenhower Foundation (EF) in Philadelphia and as Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Geneva in recognition of his accomplishments and commitment to promoting a more peaceful, prosperous and just world. In 2019, he received the Clean Energy Award of the Latin American and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC- CORE) and the Climate Breakthrough Project award (an initiative of the Packard Foundation with the support of the Oak, Good Energies, and IKEA Foundations), a 2 Million USD prize for developing GREENMAP (Global Renewable Energy Mass Adoption Program), a breakthrough strategy to help deploying renewables at a global scale. Sebastian has also received in 2019 the LIDE award of the year in recognition to his contribution to the Energy sector.
Sebastián holds a degree in mechanical engineering from UTN in Argentina and earned a MSc. in Renewable Energy from EUREC Agency in Brussels, NTUA in Greece and University of Zaragoza in Spain. He also holds an Executive Development Diploma from IAE Business School and has participated in various executive programs at Harvard University.
For over a decade, Neha worked at the intersection of the creative and social sectors. Having founded India’s first international art fair, she ran it successfully for ten years before selling the business to MCH Basel and moving her focus to the marginalised sector of mental health.
Being a passionate social entrepreneur, Neha brings tremendous experience in weaving impact networks, with great passion and commitment, stemming from her own experiences and her family’s struggle with schizophrenia.
Her consulting venture, Librum Ltd, recently launched in the UK as the world’s first strategic think tank for mental health solutions; co-founded with leading global scientist Dr. Vikram Patel and policy expert Dr Shekhar Saxena.
Neha’s full focus is now on InnerHour, where she has joined Dr Amit Malik as co-founder. The digital platform solves for ease of access and delivery of early interventions that help users with personalized self-help tools to support their mental health journey.
Neha is a trained counselor and mental health caregiver.
An Aspen fellow and an Eisenhower fellow, Neha is part of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community and a recipient of the President of India’s prestigious Nari Shakti Award. She has been named amongst Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 and received the coveted Business Today’s India’s Most Powerful Women award for three consecutive years.