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Phanindra Sama, A firm believer in active citizenship, is the first chief innovation officer of the Government of Telangana, contributing to building an innovation-driven economy in the state. Previously, he was the founder of redBus, the world's largest bus ticketing company, with operations in six countries. After exiting redBus, he co-founded Kakatiya Sandbox, a social impact venture that nurtures active citizenship for the economic prosperity of the region.
Suhail Sameer is the Group President and Chief Executive Officer of BharatPe, India's largest digital payments and micro-credit company for small retailers. Prior, Sameer was the Founding Managing Director of CESC Ventures, where he built out the modern Ayurveda (Dr. Vaidya's) and Healthy snack (Too Yumm!) brands. He was also an Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company where he led the clean-tech practice for Asia. Sameer is an active investor in clean-label food and personal care, and financial inclusion. Some of his angel investments include India's largest clean label personal care brand MamaEarth, farm to table naturoponic brand Gourmet Garden, and India's largest digital secured lending company Rupeek. Sameer is a Niti Aayog Mentor of Change, a government initiative to drive innovation and entrepreneurship, and has been involved with the Rockefeller Foundation’s work on rural electrification in India. He holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management and a degree from the Delhi College of Engineering.
Bruno Sánchez-Andrade Nuño
PhD (Hons) in Astrophysics, Max Planck Institute, Germany; Postdoc in Satellite and Rocket Science with NRL/JAXA/NASA. Product scientist. Professional experience in research, private sector, public sector and NGOs. Committed to bringing the value of “Impact Science” by promoting and practicing the skill-based value of scientists, versus the knowledge-based value. Formerly: Director, Science and Technology, Gain.org, an NGO on climate change adaptation; with the World Bank Innovations Lab and the President’s Office; Chief Scientist, Mapbox. At Satellogic, as Vice-President, Impact, team designs, implements and promotes the use of high-resolution high-cadence satellites images to contribute progress on the Sustainable Development Goals. From measuring poverty proxies, improve agricultural yields, or track environmental degradation or climate change impact. Has published peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as featured on NASA high-profile Picture of the Day and other science outreach mediums. Member: Global Future Council on Space, World Economic Forum; strategic boards for several companies, government bodies, and NGOs, such as Inmarsat, the UAE Statistical Authority, and IamtheCode. Mirzayan Science Policy Fellow, US National Academies of Science. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Dr. Oyun Sanjaasuren is the Director of External Affairs of Green Climate Fund, where she leads the fund’s work on resource mobilization, partnerships, communications and advocacy. Dr. Oyun served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Governing Body of UN Environment (2014-2016), and has been an active advocate for sustainable development, climate change and water security. During 2016-2018, she served as Chair of the Global Water Partnership, a multistakeholder platform of more than 3,000 organizations advancing water security. Since 1998, Oyun served 5 consecutive terms as a Member of Parliament in Mongolia including as Minister of Environment and Green Development and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is a founder of the Zorig Foundation, a leading Mongolian NGO that advances democracy, social and human right and supports youth leadership and education. She also chairs the Special Olympics Mongolia and has been actively advocating for the rights of children with disabilities. Oyun graduated from Karlova University in Prague and has a Ph.D in Earth Sciences from University of Cambridge, UK.
Andrea Sanke has been a recognized face and voice of international broadcasters, national news networks, and city radio stations for over twenty years. Completed degrees in Spanish and journalism at universities in the United States (University of Missouri-Columbia), Ecuador (Universidad San Francisco de Quito) and Colombia (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Bogota). After working for US broadcasters NBC and National Public Radio in the early 90s, Andrea was based in Colombia reporting for the country's national morning TV news program, 7.30 Caracol. Andrea returned to Chicago in 1998, where she became the midday news voice of the ABC radio affiliate, Newstalk 89. In 2000, she joined Germany's international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, to present news and business magazine. Five years later, London was calling, and Andrea began anchoring and reporting for CNN International's news, business and features programs. In 2015, Andrea moved to Istanbul, Turkey as a journalist and senior presenter for TRT World news network.
Edward Santow is Australia's Human Rights Commissioner. Ed's current work focuses especially on protecting the basic rights of refugees & asylum seekers; promoting responsible innovation in technology; human rights issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people; the protection of the basic rights of people who are detained, including through the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT); freedom of religion and human rights issues related to terrorism. Prior to becoming Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, Ed was chief executive of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, a leading non-profit organisation that promotes human rights through strategic litigation, policy development and education. Ed is a lawyer and former academic. He is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of New South Wales Law School.
Lily Sarafan is CEO of Home Care Assistance (HCA), where she has led the company from startup to sector leader with nearly 10,000 employees. HCA is the largest premium provider of in-home care for seniors in North America. Lily is also a board member and investor for innovative companies, serving as a board director at Thumbtack and at Counsyl through its acquisition by Myriad Genetics.
Lily serves on the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the Freeman Spogli Institute Council, and the Stanford Undergraduate Cabinet. She is also Founding Partner of Project BIG: The Stanford Brain Immune Gut Initiative. An appointee to the California Governor's Alzheimer's Task Force, Lily serves in various other leadership roles to advance economic development, civic engagement, and precision health.
Lily holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University. She has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Health Care Executives Woman of the Year, and a Silicon Valley 40 Under 40. Lily is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Murat Sarayli served as National Chairman of the Young Businessmen's Association of Turkey during 2004-2008, worked on issues related to entrepreneurship, education, ethics in government, competitiveness, EU accession process of Turkey. Sarayli also chaired YES, the Brussels-based European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, for three consecutive terms until 2008, representing 40,000 members from 16 countries. Assuming responsibilities at YES in November 2004, Sarayli made the Lisbon Agenda, Europe's strategic plan towards greater economic growth and job creation, the hallmark of his tenure. He worked for a better business eco system for the young entrepreneurs in Europe. He is the co-founder of Visa-Free Europe movement and sits on the Board of the International Competitiveness Research Institute of Turkey He has been active in his family-owned group of companies since 1989. The Group is active in tourism, construction, real estate development and international trade. In addition to his devoted time for the development of entrepreneurship in Europe, he has been active in Sub Saharan Africa during last 20 years both for NGO work and business development. Sarayli graduated with a degree in Management from the Middle East Technical University, attended the Global Leadership and Public Policy module at Harvard KSG and the “Foundations For Leadership in the 21st Century” program at Yale University and living in Oslo.
With Bain and Company since 2006; based in Silicon Valley and New Delhi. Leader in Bain's Global Technology, Strategy and Organization Practices; with clients across the US, Europe, SE Asia and India. Works with Boards, CEOs and leadership teams across Fortune 100 companies, NGOs and start-ups globally; strong expertise in scale transformations, driving growth and turnaround programs. Formerly with Hewlett Packard Research Labs. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2015); India's 'Top 40 under 40' Business leaders, The Economic Times (2015); India's Top 25 Hottest Young Executives, Business Today (2014). Rhodes Scholar, Oxford University (M.Litt); Aditya Birla Scholar, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (MBA); Delhi University (B.Engg). Passionate about primary education and emerging markets.
Teruhide Sato participated in founding the JV of Softbank Corporation and US online payment company, Cyber Cash (now eContext Asia) while he was in Keio University SFC in 1997. In 1999, he found BEENOS Inc. as Founder, CEO. BEENOS is listed on Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2004 and now consist of over 80 subsidiaries and investment portfolios of E-commerce and Online Payment companies in Japan, US, Europe, India, Turkey and South East Asia countries. Teruhide now plays his role as Strategic Investor and Advisories of those startups and contributes in expansion of global entrepreneur network. In 2008, the World Economic Forum elected him as a “Young Global Leader”.
Chief Commercial Officer of Pano, a purpose-driven business to address climate change-related disasters and infrastructure resilience using IoT and AI solutions & Venture Partner at Ozone Ventures. Previously, Managing Director, Global Public Sector at Cisco; led growth initiatives for $13Bn public sector business including critical infrastructure, cyber security strategy for state and national governments and public private partnerships with multinational institutions. Formerly, led telco service provider sales, strategic partnerships and venture investments for Cisco’s IOT & Smart City businesses. Undergraduate degree and Master’s in Computer Science and Finance, University of New South Wales; alumnus, Harvard Business School; studies, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina (UNC). Adams Advisor, UNC. Member: Advisory Board, World Sensing, EQITII and Urbanise; Governor of Illinois's Technology Advisory Board. Investor and advisor to several companies. Has contributed to articles for the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Finance, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Fortune, Harvard Business School Alumni Magazine and L’Atelier. Young Leader, World Cities Summit (2016); Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2018). Academy judge for $1M Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.
Thomas Saueressig is a member of the Executive Board of SAP SE. He leads the Board area SAP Product Engineering and has global responsibility for all business software applications. This includes all functional areas from product strategy and management to product development and innovation as well as cloud operations and support. He is responsible for a portfolio that includes the SAP S/4HANA suite, the SAP Digital Supply Chain portfolio, SME, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud, and industry solutions. In addition, SAP Product Engineering is responsible for offerings such as SAP Ariba, SAP Concur, SAP Fieldglass, SAP SuccessFactors, and SAP Customer Experience solutions. Saueressig is also in charge of the global SAP Labs Network and the SAP Enterprise Adoption organization including SAP Globalization Services, user enablement, and the overall quality of SAP software products.
Before being appointed the head of SAP Product Engineering, Saueressig was chief information officer (CIO) and global head of IT Services at SAP. As CIO, he was responsible for SAP’s IT strategy and execution following a cloud-first approach. Under his leadership, the IT organization pioneered new business models. Prior to that, he led the enterprise mobility efforts including all cross-functions, followed by global responsibility for the IT project delivery and client IT organizations.
Saueressig started his career at SAP in consulting for CRM implementations. He spent several months in SAP Labs Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, California (USA), and was a Board assistant for several years.
He was included on Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list in 2016. As global sponsor for the SAP Business Women’s Network, the largest employee network at SAP, and for the Women in Technology initiative at SAP, Saueressig supports corporate initiatives for gender equality.
Saueressig has a degree in Business Information Technology from the University of Cooperative Education in Mannheim (Germany) and a joint executive MBA from ESSEC Business School (France) and Mannheim Business School (Germany).