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Kamissa Camara

Minister of Digital Economy and Forecasting, Ministry of Digital Economy, Information and Communication of Mali, Mali

With a substantial background in foreign affairs and policies, Kamissa Camara became the first woman to hold the post of minister of forieng affairs in the history of Mali. Before her appointment, she served as a diplomatic adviser to President Keita. As a diplomatic adviser to the president, Camara has been vocal about the need for strategic partnerships between Mali and other countries, including China. She is also the founder and co-chair of the Sahel Strategy Forum, which provides a platform for stakeholders to promote peace, security and development across the Sahel. Camara holds a master’s in international economics and development from Université Pierre Mendès, France after completing a bachelor's in applied foreign languages, specializing in international relations, from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France).

Cristiano Câmara

Founding Partner, Vitis Capital Asset Management, Brazil

Education: 1998, BSc in Civil Engineering, Pontifícia Universidade Católica, Brazil; 2002, MBA, University of Michigan; 2007, General Management Program, Harvard Business School; 2013, Yale's Foundations for Leadership in the 21st Century; 2014 Families in Business Harvard Business School; 2016 Harvard Kennedy School's Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century. 2017-2019 Master in Change Management (EMC) at Insead. Professional:1995-2000, Founder and CEO, Netcam; 2001, Consultant, McKinsey & Company. With Grupo Jaime Câmara: 2002-06, Head of Strategic Planning; 2006-10, Director, Strategic Planning and New Businesses; since 2010, Chief Executive Officer. Since 2013, President and CEO. From September 2016 on, Member of the Board: 2018-Present Partner at Vitis Capital. Fundação and Instituto Jaime Câmara, Board Member ; Instituto Palavra Aberta, Board Member. Member, Foro IberoAmerica. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2013).

Luis Camargo

Founder and Director, Organizacion para la Educacion y Proteccion Ambiental (OpEPA), Colombia

Luis Alberto Camargo is Founder and Executive Director of Organización para la Educación y Protección Ambiental (OpEPA - Colombia & USA), Co-Founder fo The Weaving Lab, Core member of Regenerative Communities Network and Founder of Colombia Regenerativa, and Director at Thundra Outdoors. Global Change Leader, Young Global Leader (2008), Ashoka Fellow.

Prior, he held a number of roles, including Adviser to the Vice-Minister of Environment of Colombia, Adviser to the Department of National Planning, Researcher at Universidad de los Andes and WWF, Wilderness Medicine Instructor at the Wilderness Medicine Institute of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) as well as wilderness educator in the US. He received a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master's in Computer Graphics from Pratt Institute.

Ailish Campbell

Ambassador of Canada to the European Union, Global Affairs Canada, Canada

Ailish Campbell joined Global Affairs Canada as the Chief Trade Commissioner of Canada in March 2017 (www.tradecommissioner.gc.ca). She leads a cross-Canada team of 400 and an international team of 900 Trade Commissioners in 160 offices that serve Canadian business interests to help firms sell, grow and go global.
Previously she was General Director at Finance Canada where she was responsible for the federal budget in policy areas including innovation and defence policy, and Vice President, Policy - International and Fiscal Issues, at the Business Council of Canada where she led CEO engagement in China, Japan, and India. She began her career in the Canadian federal public service as a trade negotiator on the Doha Round of WTO negotiations.

She serves on the advisory board of the Banff Forum, a national non-partisan not-for-profit organization promoting leadership and public policy engagement.

Ailish holds a Master of Science (Economics) from the London School of Economics and a Doctorate in International Relations from the University of Oxford and is designated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Niko Canner

Founder, Incandescent, USA

BA (Hons) in Economics, Harvard College; completed graduate work in philosophy, Oxford University (Marshall Scholar). 1998, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, consulting firm Katzenbach Partners; 2009, Senior Partner, Booz & Company following the sale of Katzenbach to Booz in 2009; former member of the Management Committee, Bridgewater Associates. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Incandescent, a firm engaged in strategic consulting to corporations, venture development, and large-scale social impact work. Founding Member, McKinsey Change Center. Member: Advisory Council, Acumen; Board, Purpose and Catchafire. Initiated and co-leads China 2024, a 20-year longitudinal study of the development of business leaders in China. Recent publications include “Beyond the Holacracy Hype”, Harvard Business Review. Named one of ten new gurus, Fortune magazine; featured as a rising star, Fortune 40 Under 40 (2009); named as one of the top twenty five in the consulting profession, Consulting Magazine (2010).

Ron Cao

Founder and Managing Director, Sky9 Capital, People's Republic of China

Founder and Managing Partner, Sky9 Capital, early-stage China technology venture capital firm with presence in Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Silicon Valley. Board Member of PPDai (PPDF), Tujia, FangDD, eBroker, etc. Named as a Top Chinese Venture Capitalist by Forbes China and CBN Weekly over multiple years. Former: Co-founder of Lightspeed China Partners; Managing Director and Head of China, Lightspeed Venture Partners, started its China operations in 2006; MD of KLM Capital, and Ops/Marketing Manager Intel.

Lisa Caputo

Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, The Travelers Companies Inc., USA

Lisa Caputo is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for The Travelers Companies, Inc. She joined Travelers on June 1, 2011. Previously,she served as the President and CEO of Women and Co., a subsidiary of Citigroup, offering financial services for women. In addition to running Women and Company, she was named Managing Director, Business Operations and Planning, of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group, in 2003. Before joining Citigroup, Caputo was a senior communications executive at the CBS Corporation and at the Walt Disney Company. She was also a contributing editor to George magazine, as well as an NBC and MSNBC political analyst, and has served as a co-host for CNN’s “Crossfire”, and CNBC/MSNBC’s “Equal Time”. Prior to embarking on a career in business, she served as the Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and Press Secretary to the First Lady in the White House from 1993-1996.A recipient of numerous awards, Caputo is also involved in a number of philanthropic activities and serves as a Board member of several organizations. Lisa is a graduate of Brown University (with a BA magna cum laude in Political Science and French) and of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism (MSJ, with the highest distinction).

Benedict Carandang

Vice-President, First Circle Growth Finance, Philippines

Presidential Appointee to the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. Double Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics and Management of Financial Institutions, De La Salle University - Manila; Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the UK Chevening Scholar MBA at the University of Westminster - London; Executive Education, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. Managing Director, Tuldok Animation Studios; Vice-President, First Circle Growth Finance (www.firstcircle.ph). Consultant, Content Dev., Philippine National Gov't. Volunteer performer, London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremonies. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2012). Recipient, awards and honours: International Young Creative Entrepreneur, British Council (2008); Most Inspiring Young Entrepreneur, Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (2009); British Chevening Scholar to the UK (2011); Finalist, Student of the Year, The Independent Newspaper - Association of MBAs (2012). Specializations: Creative Entrepreneurship and Fintech

Adriana Cargill

Independent Radio Journalist, USA

Adriana Cargill is an independent public radio journalist based in Los Angeles. She’s reported and produced stories for KCRW, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), Marketplace, LAist, Latino USA, Crooked Media, Wondery, KUSC Radio, VICE News and more. She graduated with a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism as a Bloomberg Scholar. She is also a fifth-generation Cargill family member. Founded in 1865, Cargill Inc. is a privately held agribusiness with over 155,000 employees in 70 countries around the world. By revenue, Cargill consistently ranks as one of the largest private companies in the U.S and in the top tier globally. Adriana has worked to support employees during the COVID crisis and advocated for the company to do business in a sustainable and more equitable way. Adriana is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Family Business Community and its Next Gen Working Group. She is also a member of The ImPact, a global membership community of families committed to aligning their assets with their values.

Matthew Caruana Galizia

Director, Daphne Caruana Galizia Foundation, Malta

Advances the causes of transparency, anti-corruption, freedom of speech and access to information. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist whose work on the Panama Papers uncovered the hidden infrastructure and global scale of offshore tax havens.

Wences Casares

Chief Executive Officer, Xapo Holdings Limited, USA

Wences Casares is a technology entrepreneur with global business experience specializing in technology and financial ventures. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lemon Wallet. Casares launched Argentina's first Internet service provider, Internet Argentina in 1994, a company he would go on to sell in order to found the Argentine online brokerage Patagon in 1997. With Casares serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Patagon established itself as Latin America's first comprehensive Internet financial services portal and expanded its online banking services to the US, Spain and Germany. Patagon was acquired by Spanish bank Banco Santander for US$ 750 million in 2000. Casares is also the founder of Wanako Games, a videogame developer that produced the award-winning game Assault Heroes, which was honoured as “Game of the Year” for Microsoft Xbox Live in 2006; the company was acquired by Activision. In 2002, he founded Banco Lemon, a retail bank for the underbanked in Brazil. Banco do Brasil, Brazil's largest bank, acquired Banco Lemon in June 2009.

Caroline Casey

Founder and Director, The Valuable 500, Ireland

Social entrepreneur, adventurer and business woman. Subject of the National Geographic Documentary Elephant Vision, Ashoka Fellow, Eisenhower Fellow, Counsellor for One Young World, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, TED speaker, past adviser for the Clinton Global Initiative and campaigner. Since making a life-changing decision at 28 to leave career as a management consultant and travel across India on an elephant, has been committed to building a global movement on inclusive business to build an equal society for the 1 billion people in the world with a disability. Has set up several organizations and initiatives centred on disability business inclusion. #Valuable, the most recent campaign, launched in August 2017, a global call to action for business to recognize the value of the 1 billion people with disabilities across their supply chain, reached 810 million people. Now, #valuable is working with chief executive officers, brands and platforms to put disability on the global business leadership agenda.