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Henrik Lind

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lind Invest, Denmark

Henrik Lind is an ambitious entrepreneur, pioneer and philanthropist. He is an inspiring leader and a front-runner who takes and gives responsibility.

Henrik is the founder, owner and CEO of Lind Invest, a single-family office, with a portfolio consisting of different investment activities. Furthermore, he is founder and owner of several other companies, and he serves on a number of boards. He has extensive experience with general management, business strategy, financial markets, and business development.

Accordingly, Henrik engages in social projects and he wants to play an active role in society and make a difference for vulnerable people. He grew firm in his belief that while limited by conditions or resources, restricted by contexts or means, everyone has a potential to unfold, improve and develop. And what matters is not a person’s starting point; what matters is the facilitation of opportunities, genuine support and constantly challenging the status quo. Henrik believes that we all have a shared responsibility to help and support where needed.

By proactively investing in people, companies and society Henrik aims to create significant returns – for the development of individuals, the value creation of businesses and the welfare of civilisations.

Henrik Lind is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2015.

Igor Luksic

Associate Professor, University of Donja Gorica, Montenegro

Prime Minister 2010-2012, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Affairs and European Integration 2012-2016, Minister of Finance 2004-2010, Member of Parliament of Montenegro 2001-2003, Member of Parliament of Serbia and Montenegro 2003-2006
Luksic stood as official candidate for the UN Secretary General in 2016 advocating for the more efficient and effective UN able to respond to the SDG agenda along with peace operations. He also advocated for the stronger voice of the youth.
Member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community class 2013.
Presently, Luksic is with PwC as South East Europe public sector director.
Luksic holds PhD in the economics of transition and is an associate professor of the University of Donja Gorica Podgorica (UDG).
Spending most of his professional career up to date in the public sector and serving in several governmental positions Luksic was committed to political and economic freedoms giving boost to many economic and political reforms based on rule of law and business friendly environment. Luksic advocated for transparency, put emphasis on dialogue and proactive approach both related to internal and foreign relations. While Prime Minister Montenegro opened accession talks with the EU and completed accession to WTO. When Finance Minister Montenegro pursued significant public finance management and tax reforms, obtained first ever credit rating, sold first Eurobonds and made significant steps to improve Doing Business ranking, took part in different projects attracting FDI to the country. As Foreign Minister Luksic was among the key cabinet members working to meet NATO membership conditions and was crucial in launching Western Balkans 6 initiative. As a new in-house initiative he set up economic diplomacy structure within the ministry.
Married, father of three.

Emmanuel Macron

President of France, Office of the President of the Republic of France, France

2001, diploma, IEP Paris; 2002-04, studied at ENA (National Administration School); postgraduate diploma (DEA) in Philosophy. 1999-2001, worked for philosopher Paul Ricoeur. Former senior official and 2004-08, Inspecteur des Finances, Ministry of Economy, in charge of the Commission for French Growth (Attali commission) and project leader; 2008, joined the private sector as Investment Banker (Partner), Rothschild. 2012-14, Deputy Secretary-General, Presidency of the French Republic. 2014-16, Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs of France. Since May 2017, President of the Republic of France.

Christian Mandl

Managing Partner, Neulogy Ventures, Slovakia

Christian Mandl co-founded SkyEurope, a Central European low-cost airline, which he managed until 2007 as Chief Executive Officer. He took SkyEurope public on the Vienna and Warsaw stock exchanges in 2005 before exiting his investment in 2007. In 2009, Mandl took over the assets of Maporama, a leading French provider of digital mapping solutions for professional users. He restructured the company and sold it in March 2013 to TIBCO Software, a NASDAQ-listed company. In 2013, Mandl co-founded Neulogy Ventures, a venture capital fund that provides both funding and mentoring to young entrepreneurs in Slovakia. Most recently, Mandl founded Govio, a social entrepreneurship project aiming at improving democratic processes and public services through the use of technology.

Patrick McWhinney

Chief Executive Officer, Insight Partners, Switzerland

Bachelor's degree, McGill University; Master's focusing on conflict management and alternative dispute resolution through Harvard Negotiation Program, Harvard. Formerly: Special Adviser on Negotiation to Chief Prosecutor at International Criminal Court in The Hague; Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Law School and Northeastern University; Training Co-Director, Harvard Mediation Program. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Insight Partners, Insight Partners Consulting and non-profit Insight Collaborative, provides consulting and training services to corporate executives and government leaders worldwide; teaches conflict management skills to children worldwide through Insight Collaborative.

Sonia Medina

Executive Director, Climate Change, Children's Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), Switzerland

Seasoned professional in the field of climate change, energy transition and philanthropy. Currently lead climate programme at Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, largest private foundation focused on children and climate.

Formerly: worked on climate change and energy issues, United Nations Environment Programme, Paris; with EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010, as Global Head of Origination, then US Country Director; chief operating officer of a start-up developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa.

BSc in Environmental Sciences, University of Madrid; MSc in Environmental Change and Management, University of Oxford; Executive MBA, London Business School.

Amit Mehra

Managing Director; Global Lead, Sustainability Services, Strategic Clients, Accenture, United Kingdom

Amit is Managing Director and the Global Lead - Sustainability Services for Strategic Clients at Accenture where he is responsible for growing the sustainability services business at the firm’s top global accounts. Amit is a member of the global leadership team tasked with building the end-to-end sustainability services business at Accenture, from strategy to execution. Earlier, he advised Accenture's clients and architected new capabilities for driving growth, continuous innovation, and economic value primarily in the Media, Edtech and Agritech sectors, focusing on the CEO and the Board agenda. Previously, Amit was the founder, CEO and Board Director of RML AgTech/Reuters Market Light (later split into FarmBee and other businesses), a globally awarded mobile-led content and commerce business serving farmers, agri enterprises and financial institutions. Amit founded the business in Thomson Reuters, UK and later spun it off raising VC funding and ran it as CEO till it scaled to millions of users, multiple multi-lingual digital products, and B2C and B2B revenue streams. Before founding RML, he held various strategy, operational and investment roles in Reuters, UK, and was also the founding advisor at London Business School to help set up the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. A YGL alum at the WEF, Amit graduated from SRCC, India and did his MBA from London Business School.

Malini Mehra

Chief Executive Officer, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), United Kingdom

Degree, Smith College, US; degree, Institute of Development Studies, UK. Entrepreneur, campaigner, writer, broadcaster. Three decades experience in sustainability in civil society, business and government. Architect of UK's Sustainable Development Dialogues with China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. Board of Directors, Chinadialogue.net and Global Reporting Initiative. Advisory Boards: Unilever; BHP Billiton; Kimberly Clark; Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Fellow: RSA; British American Project; Remarque Forum; Asia 21. Expertise: India in the world, sustainability, climate change, gender, human rights, corporate responsibility. Interests: triathlon, history, dance.

Antónia Mészáros

Executive Director, Hungary, UNICEF Hungary, Hungary

Former: journalist, TV presenter, author and documentary film maker; host of live current affairs interview shows for 10 years on independent news channel ATV and public broadcaster MTV in Budapest, Hungary. Until 2006, worked for the BBC in London, in news, current affairs and documentaries, primarily on the strand Panorama. Experience in investigative journalism, video journalism, war reporting and filming in hostile environments. Continued making documentaries for the BBC on a freelance basis while anchoring flagship TV shows in Hungary. Currently, Executive Director, UNICEF Hungary. Author of a book on migration from Eastern Europe to the European Union (2006).

H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess of Norway, The Royal Court, Norway

Master's in Management, BI Norwegian Business School; studies in Development Issues, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Dedicated to youth health and youth empowerment nationally and internationally. 2006, appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. 2008, invited by UNAIDS to participate in strategic planning of the future AIDS response, and also focused on HIV/AIDS at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. 2015, co-founded the Maverick Collective with Kate Roberts (Senior Vice-President, Population Services International); Melinda Gates joined as co-chair. The Maverick Collective aims to engage other women to use their voice, intellectual and financial resources, to improve women's health worldwide and help end extreme poverty. Patron, Norwegian Red Cross. Member, Global Agenda Council on Healthy New Generation, World Economic Forum. Involved with developing and supporting new models of health interventions to address the most critical health issues for youth, specifically for girls. Also focused on strengthening youth leadership, through participation as Member of the Board, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Fund, which aims to empower youth in Norway. Member of the Board, Global Shapers, World Economic Forum. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named: Leading Global Thinker, Foreign Policy Magazine (2016); one of the Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company (2016).

Ambarish Mitra

Co-Founder, Greyparrot, United Kingdom

Ambarish Mitra is a serial entrepreneur and investor in AI, AR, Food tech and Genomics. Ambarish is the Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with offices in the UK, US and India and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.

Ambarish is also the co-Founder of Greyparrot, an AI / Deep Learning startup focused on waste management and recycling using computer vision to sort waste at scale and fulfil many of key SDGs- UN sustainable development goals. Ambarish started his tech career in 1997 as a high school drop-out teenager creating a web portal towards women empowerment.

With a vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds and give people more from the world they see through AR and Computer Vision, Ambarish has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of Augmented Reality. Mitra was named by Ernst & Young as UK Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016, and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Mitra was also recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. He was also announced at Technology Pioneer by WEF in 2021 for Greyparrot.

Ambarish has given many keynotes on pioneering innovations and entrepreneurship at esteemed institutes and events including, TED Talk, World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Web Summit, Mobile World Congress, CES, DLD, SXSW, Recode Media, TechCrunch Disrupt, GMIC China, Harvard Business School and Oxford University, inspiring many young entrepreneurs, students, and business community with his talks.

Mustapha Mokass

Founder, Tech Impact Entrepreneur and Investor, France

Founder, Impact Entrepreneur & Investor • Founder of Climate Finance A. & Carbon Offsetting • Deputy CEO at Atlas Partners • Carbon Finance • Clean Energy • Green Decentralized Cloud • Climate Technology Origination • Impact: Seed & Early Stage Capital | Global Start-Up Portfolio Tech + Impact | Blockchain Ecosystem for Climate & Health | Web3 Liquidity • Speaker Davos, Global Business Conferences, Climate Week. Former World Bank Group, UN Environment Programme, Carbon finance expert; advised assets managers, private equity, banking, and consumer product firms in the US, Europe and Africa • World Economic Forum YGL • Co-Founder of the YGL Initiative Climate Finance Hubs | Regenopolis, Winner of YGL Impact Lab 2016 • Board member at Givedirectly NGO, Morocco • MSc in Environmental Technology Engineering; Master, HEC Paris Business School; EE, HKS and Oxford Business School. Executive Fellow at Anant Climate University • Author, Fostering a Global Clean Energy Market