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Ida Auken

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Denmark (Folketinget), Denmark

Ida Auken is the Former Minister for the Environment in Denmark (2011-2014). She is member of the Danish Parliament for The Social Liberal Party and is Chairman for The Parliament’s Climate and Energy Committee. Ida Auken was as the first Danish politician chosen to be a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum and has also been elected to be one out of the 40 most promising young leaders under 40 in Europe. She is the author of the book “Dansk” and has written about climate, energy and circular economy for many years.

Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou

Chair, Special Permanent Committee of Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament, Greece

Politician, f. Member of the Hellenic Parliament and Chair of the Environment Committee of the Hellenic Parliament, Chair of the Mediterranean Parliamentarians on Sustainable Development, Director of the European Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Attorney at Law, specialized in International Environment, Energy, Water and Climate Change Law and Finance.

Dilek Ayhan

Special Adviser to the President and Management, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

Special adviser to the President/Management of BI Norwegian Business School. Former State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (Oct 2013- Jan 2018). As State Secretary she was responsible for international/bilateral relations and trade policy, export financing, industrial research and innovation, the maritime industries including shipping and the travel and tourism industry. She was responsible for the following policy papers:

Industry White Paper (chapters covering RD&I, competence),
Ocean Strategy,
Maritime Strategy,
Bioeconomy Strategy,
The National Entrepreneurship Plan,
Tourism White Paper
and the Export Strategy.

Entrepreneur. Has served on the board of several organizations working with diversity management and intercultural communication.

Dawood Azami

Editor, Multimedia, BBC World Service, United Kingdom

Dr. Dawood Azami is an award winning senior broadcast journalist and academic. He works as Multi-Media Editor at the BBC World Service in London, leading a team of journalists to cover regional and international news and current affairs.
Dr Azami is also an Associate Fellow at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London.
He joined the BBC in 1999 and reported from more than a dozen countries and has made a number of special programmes on political, security and social issues. He also served as the BBC World Service Bureau Chief and Editor in Kabul, Afghanistan (2010 and 2011).
He worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, teaching on a B.A. module called “Globalization, Power and International Governance” (2012-2015). He also taught on the M.A. module “International Politics of Resources: The Resources Wars.” Prior to that, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University, Columbus, USA (1996 and 1999) lecturing and researching political and cultural issues in the greater Middle East.
Dr Azami’s PhD looked at conflict, drugs funded insurgencies and state (un)building. He also holds three Master’s degrees including International Relations, Politics, Law and Diplomacy. He has an in depth knowledge of international political and security affairs and is familiar with cultural, social, ethnic and tribal dynamics in South and Central Asia and the Middle East. He has participated as a speaker in more than a hundred conferences/seminars in various countries. He has also written dozens of investigative and analytical articles on social, security and political issues for the BBC as well as academic journals, think tanks and research institutes. He is also a member of several international research and academic institutions and initiatives.
Dr Azami has won many awards and prizes. He was honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in 2011. In 2012, he was selected as a European Young Leader under the first pan- European program of leadership called “40 under 40”. And in 2009, he became the youngest person to ever win the biggest award in the BBC, "Global Reith Award for Outstanding Contribution". He was also given the 2015 Journalist of the Mediterranean Award in Italy. Azami speaks five languages (Pashto, Dari/Persian, Urdu/Hindi, and English) and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Turkish. He paints, writes poems and short stories and practices calligraphy.

Gina Badenoch

Founder, Capaxia UK, United Kingdom

Gina Badenoch, Founder, Capaxia ,
Young Global Leader, United Kingdom
Social entrepreneur and photographer

Gina’s Dream is to reduce inequality, enabling social and economic mobility by building a more inclusive society.
Creating experiences that change mindsets where the greatest prejudices exist between talent, potential and companies.
She has been working with Global organizations to promote a work-inclusive environment that increases inclusive leadership and diversity as an asset.

In 2006, founded Ojos que Sienten, 13 years ago she saw potential where others saw limitation by teaching photography to blind people, offering a tool that allows them to connect with the visual world.
In 2012, founded Capaxia, taking learnings from working with blind people developed a highly successful new approach to lower the impact of our bias designing an inclusive, empathetic and human centered recruitment and development of talent model called: First I hear you then I see you, based on implementing blind interviews, back-to-back, by which recruiting officers can go beyond their own unconscious biases and identify the true potential of future employees for a better match to job roles, better development of their talent and potential within organizations and ultimately promotion to roles that are satisfying to them and benefit their employers. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Ashoka Fellow. World Economic Forum. Ashoka Fellow. Awarded by the Queen of Great Britain a British Empire Medal (BEM) among other recongnisions.

Annalena Baerbock

Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs, Federal Foreign Office of Germany, Germany

Annalena Baerbock is Chairwoman of the Alliance 90/ The Greens party of Germany, recently re-elected with the highest-ever result for a chairwoman of the party. She has been a member of the German Bundestag since 2013 and is an outspoken advocate on issues of environment, youth and Europe.

Jean-Jacques Barbéris

Member of the Executive Committee; Co-Head, Institutional Clients Coverage, Amundi Asset Management, France

Jean-Jacques Barbéris is a former economic adviser to the president of the French Republic. He is currently responsible for the global development of the institutional business at Amundi, a European leader in asset management. He is also chairman of En Temps Réel, a think tank dedicated to social sciences and the future development of the European Union.

Pablo Alberto Barrera Lopez

Executive Vice-President, Strategy and Communications, Yara International, Norway

A passionate multicultural young business leader, Pablo Barrera is determined to transform how large companies act as corporate citizens. Barrera promotes sustainability as an untapped potential rather than a threat and establishes collaborative efforts with other companies to solve some of the key challenges the world faces. Barrera explores new ways to feed a growing population and he works for one of the world's largest crop nutrition companies. Through many years of volunteer work, Barrera has focused on establishing arenas where teenagers and young adults can nurture their talents and develop into responsible forces for good in their societies, regardless of their background.

Katinka Barysch

Senior Strategist, Allianz, Germany

Katinka is an economist, political analyst and consultant. In 2013. Katinka joined Allianz SE as Director of Political Relations and in 2018 moved into the group strategy team. Previously, she was chief economist and deputy director of the Centre for European Reform (CER, an independent London think tank); senior analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit; advisor to several governments, the European Commission, numerous banks and business federations. Writer and media commentator. She was also Strategic Adviser to the Munich Security Conference; David Rockefeller Fellow at the Trilateral Commission; a WEF Young Global Leader; Fellow at Chatham House. She studied at the London School of Economics and LMU Munich.

Andrew Bastawrous

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peek Vision, United Kingdom

Dr Andrew Bastawrous is Co-Founder & CEO of Peek Vision, a social impact organization which uses smartphone technology to radically increase access eye care in some of the most challenging places in the world. Andrew is an Ophthalmologist (Eye Surgeon), and Associate Professor in International Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine where he teaches on public health for eye health and leads a research portfolio.

Andrew has worked and undertaken research in over twenty countries including two years living in Kenya where he was leading a major eye disease study and the development and testing of Peek. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles focusing on international eye health and mobile technology in healthcare and has co-authored four book chapters.

Andrew was made a TED Fellow in 2014 and his TED talk has been viewed over one million times. Since then, Peek has run one of the top-ten all-time Indiegogo crowd-funding campaigns in the health sector, for Peek Retina, a smartphone ophthalmoscope.
Peek’s vision check app, Peek Acuity, launched on Google Play store in 2016 and is a certified medical device in use in over 150 countries. Peek's end-to-end services now incorporate their apps and hardware and have been used to transform eye health in Kenya, Botswana and India with new programmes with partners now running in Pakistan and Zimbabwe with plans to expand in to several new countries in 2020.

In 2018, Andrew was invited to address the Commonwealth Service in the presence of the British Royal Family, Prime Minister, and a global live TV and radio audience.

Andrew is working with major banks, eye health organisations and funders to develop innovative financing models for eye health with a $1Bn Vision Catalyst Fund, the subject of his 2018 TED Talk.

Danae Bezantakou

Chief Executive Officer, Navigator Shipping Consultants Ltd, Greece

CEO of Navigator Shipping Consultants, shareholder of KEFI S.A. (Travel Agency) and MATILDA HOTEL in Zakynthos Island. President of iforU-Greek Mentoring Network, which empowers women’s entrepreneurship through mentoring, a founding partner and President of the 1st Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association of State Department. Founder of YES Forum, the leading platform of open dialogue in the Greek Shipping and Sea Tourism Industry among principals, executives and university students, recent graduates and young executives. A twice International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP) alumni “Women in Leadership” organized by Hilary Clinton (March 2011) & “On Demand Opportunity: Alumni Association Development” (December 2017), European Young Leader 2014 and her name was included in the "Purpose Economy Europe 100 List 2014", as well as in the 40under40 list of Fortune Greece. Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum for the years 2015-2020, Global Dignity's Greek Country Chair and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network with more than 5,000 world-leading experts engaged by the Forum to help shape the global agenda. Role Model in entrepreneurship at the campaign #Makingithappen organized by the U.S. Embassy to Greece. She regularly participates as a judge or mentor in competitions and events related to entrepreneurship. She has a 10 year old daughter.

Diane Binder

Founding Partner, Regenopolis, France

Diane Binder is the founding partner of Regenopolis, a pan-African and international venture supporting the development of regenerative cities in Africa.
Between 2010 and 2019, she held senior positions at SUEZ, a global industry leader solving water access and waste management challenges, as Senior VP for International Development. Diane was appointed in 2017 as a member of the French President Emmanuel Macron's Advisory Council for Africa (CPA). She is also the co-founder and president of Action Emploi Réfugiés, the leading job placement online platform providing access to jobs to refugees in France. Before joining Suez, Binder held a number of positions in consulting and investment related to private sector development, climate and economic empowerment in Africa and the Mediterranean region.