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Ivy Huq Russell

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Maya, Bangladesh

Ivy Huq Russell is the CEO & founder of Maya. After becoming a mother for the first time, Ivy originally founded Maya in 2011 as a blog for mothers in Bangladesh. Through her personal journey she experienced first hand the challenges faced by women in Bangladesh when trying to access the information and advice they are looking for.
These can range from geographic and financial barriers all the way to socio-cultural. After partnering with leading NGO, BRAC, the Maya service officially launched in Bangladesh in February 2015 with a clear mission to provide women with the information they are looking for, when they need it. Maya is an intuitive, anonymous messaging service that connects its users to qualified experts on health and mental health issues and each other. The service is available on app, web and recently in messenger. We have plans to expand abroad very soon.

Ivy grew up in Bangladesh before pursuing her higher education in England. She completed her MSc. in Finance and Economics at Warwick Business School, before spending a number of years as an Investment Management & Hedge Fund professional at leading firms including HSBC, GAM and Barclays. She currently divides her time between Bangladesh and San Francisco, where she is based with her husband, Bickey and 2 children, Ameena and Emir.

Peter Rutland

Managing Partner, CVC Capital Partners, United Kingdom

MBA (Hons), INSEAD; MA, University of Cambridge. Formerly: six years in private equity with Advent International; and two years with investment banking division, Goldman Sachs. Since 2007, with CVC Capital Partners: 2008, co-founded the Global Financial Services Group; has led a number of market-defining investments, for example: Avolon (a growth investment that has created the third largest global aircraft lessor from start-up) and Paysafe (acquisition and acceleration of growth in the largest independent e-wallet business and a competitor to PayPal); currently, Senior Private Equity Executive.

Annika Saarikko

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland (Eduskunta), Finland

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Finland and the woman driving the management of the Social and Health Care Reform (SOTE), one of Finland's most extensive social projects. Saarikko became the Finnish Centre party's Vice Chair at the age of 26 and was elected to Parliament in 2011, where she has served in the Social Affairs and Health Committee and the Employment and Equality Committee.

Pardis Sabeti

Professor, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, USA

Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor at Harvard University, the Harvard School of Public Health, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her computational genomic lab has contributed to widely varying fields — including human evolutionary biology, viral sequencing, information theory, rural disease surveillance and education efforts in West Africa. They aim to create comprehensive approaches for detecting, containing, and treating deadly infectious diseases, including Lassa virus, Ebola virus, Zika virus, and Babesiosis microtia. She has invested in capacity building and education throughout, enabling the first diagnosis of Ebola in Sierra Leone and Nigeria, training over seventy African scientists through summer-long educational programs, and establishing genome centers in West Africa. Dr. Sabeti completed her undergraduate degree at MIT, her graduate work at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and her medical degree summa cum laude from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. Sabeti has received numerous awards and honors including World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader, National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for Natural Science, TIME magazine “Person of the Year” as one of the Ebola fighters, TIME’s 100 Most Influential. She is also the host of ‘Against All Odds’ included as part of AP stats classes nationwide, and is the lead singer of the rock band Thousand Days.

Daniel Sachs

Chair of the Investment Committee, Soros Fund Management, USA

Daniel Sachs is the founder and CEO of P Capital Partners, a leading Northern European credit investor focused on funding mid-sized entrepreneurial and family owned companies in Europe notably in the area of sustainability transition. Sachs has held a number of managerial roles and board positions in public as well as private companies throughout Europe. Sachs is a global board member of the Open Society Foundation (OSF) as well as Chairman of the OSF Investment Committee. Sachs is a member of the panel of senior advisors to the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and also a council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. Through the Daniel Sachs Foundation, he is engaged in openness, culture, diversity, and democratic development. He is a co-founder of Apolitical Academy, an academy supporting the next generation of transformational public leaders. Sachs is also active in the visual and performing arts and in film production, through Kärnfilm, i.a. as an executive producer of the Cannes winner “Border”. Sachs holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Hayley Saddington

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Halo Medical Devices, Australia

Passionate about people and helping them recover and thrive! I started Halo Medical to change global health care equality. After my father’s farming accident I wanted everyone, no matter how far they lived from healthcare and no matter what they could afford, to receive​ the healthcare they needed to recover optimally.
So Halo Medical was born! Moving into our 3rd product, incorporating Artifical intelligence with a new device to HUMANIZE medtech and Ai.

We want to positively impact the 46Billion dollar Orthopaedic Industry, reaching to help over 3 million joint replacement patients by 2030 with our new tech, Halo Buddy.

Open to collaborative partners.

Ewa Sadowska

Secretary-General, International Network for Innovative Social Entrepreneurship, Belgium

Master's in Ethno-Linguistics, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland; postgraduate degree in Social Economy Management, Warsaw University. Grew up in Barka communities and social enterprises integrating marginalized groups of people with society and labour market. Formerly: International Contacts' Coordinator, Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, Poland; 2003, Planning Officer, Population and Community Development Association, Bangkok, Thailand. Concurrently: Coordinator, European Migrants' Integration Network; since 2007, current position. Member of the Board, Trustees, Barka Foundation. Interests: non-standard languages, culture of South-East Asia, theatre, singing, dance, playing guitar, sailing, Greek literature and philosophy.

Umar Saif

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SurveyAuto, Pakistan

Dr. Umar Saif is the founder and CEO of He works as the Chief Digital Officer of the Jang/Geo group and the Chief Investment Officer of Khudi Ventures. He is also an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan.

Previously, Dr. Saif was a cabinet member in Government of Punjab and served as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). His work led to a radical digital transformation of the government in Punjab and several of his initiatives were replicated throughout the country. He was the founding Vice Chancellor of IT University and established it as one of premier technology universities in Pakistan. Dr. Saif founded Plan9, Pakistan’s largest startup incubator, as well as Punjab’s e-rozgaar program. He is often cited as one of the main forces behind Pakistan's digital and startup ecosystem.

Dr. Saif received his PhD in Computer Science in 2001 at University of Cambridge and worked at MIT for several years before returning to Pakistan. He was the first Pakistani to be named as one of the top 35 young innovators in the world by the MIT Technology Review (TR35) and the first Pakistani to receive a Google faculty research award in 2011. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He has received the MIT Technovator Award, Mark Weiser Award, IDG Technology Pioneer Award and the British Council Outstanding Alumni Award. Dr. Saif was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2014, one of the highest civil awards by government of Pakistan. He was named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world consecutively between 2015-2018. In 2018, he was awarded the UNESCO Chair for using ICT for Development. Dr. Saif has founded several technology companies and serves on the board of various private, public and financial institutions.

Enric Sala

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, USA

Dr. Enric Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life, and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 22 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area of 5.7 million square km. 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2013 Environmental Media Association Hero Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award, and 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Pablo Salazar Rojo

Vice-President, Strategy and Innovation, ALIVIO CAPITAL SAPI DE CV SOFOM ENR, Mexico

Pablo is the co-Founder and CEO at ParentTech. An early stage endeavor that aims to empower parental relationships through knowledge, technology, and common sense. He is also a Growth partner at BEDU, an EdTech startup changing education and a Senior Partner and Wheeling Mobility a new initiative tracking mobility challenges in Latin America

Pablo was a Managing Partner at Nxtp.Labs, the most active acceleration and early stage fund in Latin America. Nxtp.Labs focuses on high-potential technology based ventures. Previously, Pablo was a Co-founder at Naranya Ventures, and Principal at IGNIA Partners, the world’s biggest impact investment fund. Before, he held different positions in companies like McKinsey and Company, British American Tobacco, and Cemex. Pablo has been an entrepreneur at Latinstocks Mexico, Fresh House Deli, and Prepworks. He is a board member at Fagro, Ver de Verdad, Provive, and Doc Solutions; and an active member of Endeavor. He holds an MBA from London Business School, and a BA and master's degree from Tecnológico de Monterrey. Pablo has studied innovation and entrepreneurship at MIT and Harvard Business School. He is a fellow at the Society of Kauffman Fellows program of the Center for Venture Education. Pablo lives in Mexico City with his three kids: Juan Pablo, Fernando, and Eugenia.

Zainab Salbi

Founder, Women for Women International, USA

Zainab Salbi is the Founder of Women for Women International, an organization that works with women war survivors. Under her leadership, the organization has served 300,000 women in conflict and post-conflict countries and distributed more than US$ 100 million in direct financial aid and loans.
Salbi is the author of three books - “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing up in the Shadow of Saddam” and “The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope” and “If You Knew Me, You Would Care”. In 2011, she was named one of the top 100 most influential women by The Guardian, Newsweek and the Tony Blair Foundation, and the most influential women in America by PBS Maker's series. She is also one of 22 leaders with the Clinton Global Initiative Lead. Salbi's work has received frequent media attention, including 10 appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is currently focusing on featuring the role of Arab women in the Arab awakening through several media projects.

Asif Saleh

Executive Director, BRAC, Bangladesh

Executive Director of BRAC. Prior to joining BRAC, formerly, Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and worked at GlaxoWellcome, NorTel and IBM. Upon return to Bangladesh in 2008, worked as a policy specialist for the UNDP-funded project Access to Information Programme (A2i) in the Prime Minister's Office. Founder of Drishtipat, a global organization with chapters around the globe focusing on human and economic rights of Bangladeshis; Co-Founder of Drishtipat Writers' Collective. Contributes regularly to local and international dailies. Recognized for work by the Asia Society's Asia 21 programme in 2008, the Bangladeshi American Foundation in 2007, and was selected as an Asia 21 Fellow in 2012. BA in Computer Science and MBA in Management from NYU Stern School of Business. Member of the Advisory Board of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust and Member of the Board of the Institute of Informatics and Development.