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Austin Ramirez

President and Chief Executive Officer, Husco, USA

Austin Ramirez is the second-generation President and CEO of Husco International, a global engineering and manufacturing company. During his tenure as CEO, the company has grown more than 300% and been recognized as Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year. Before joining Husco, Austin was a consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in corporate finance and industrial operations.
Austin was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2014 and is the Founding Curator of the Forum’s Global Shaper Hub in Milwaukee. In 2016 he moved to Washington, DC to serve one year as a White House Fellow on the National Economic Council of both the Trump and Obama administrations. Austin is a member of the 2018 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute.
An active citizen of Milwaukee with a passion for urban education, Austin has served on a number of education-focused nonprofit boards including the Milwaukee chapter of Teach For America, Milwaukee YMCA, and United Performing Arts Fund. He is a co-founder and board member of St. Augustine Preparatory Academy and a founding member of City Reformed Church. In addition, Austin has served as a director of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, Metropolitan Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers.
Austin holds a BS in systems engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Stanford University, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and Goldman Sachs Fellow. Austin is a former USA Swimming National Champion and FINA World Championships gold medalist.

Anushka Ratnayake

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, myAgro, USA

Anushka is the Founder and Executive Director of myAgro. She has worked in rural Africa since mid-2008, helping to increase market access for small-scale farmers. Prior to starting myAgro, she developed key components of One Acre Fund’s core operation model, created management-training programs and traveled across Africa and South Asia in search of innovations in the microfinance and agricultural sectors. Before joining One Acre Fund, Anushka was an early employee of Kiva.org and created the Kiva Fellows Program. Anushka received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and her agricultural training from smallholder farmers in Bungoma, Kenya. Anushka is considered a leader in digital solutions for smallholder farmers and is a featured speaker in many high profile events to lend her voice to financial inclusion, agriculture, gender inclusion and agriculture.

Catherine Raw

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, NORTH AMERICA, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canada

Catherine Raw is the executive responsible for the North America region of Barrick Gold Corporation, one of the world's leading mining companies producing gold and copper. She was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Barrick. She joined Barrick in May 2015 as Executive Vice President, Business Performance. She was previously a Managing Director at BlackRock where she was Co-Manager of BlackRock’s flagship mining equity funds. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a MA in Natural Sciences, with first class honors, from Downing College, University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College, London.

Kristin Rechberger

Chief Executive Officer, Dynamic Planet, USA

Kristin Rechberger is CEO of Dynamic Planet, a firm that helps advance and invest in markets that restore nature. Through a combination of new business models, blended finance, cutting-edge technology, public-private partnerships, and leadership engagement, we help develop conservation businesses that maximize environmental, social and economic returns to regenerate landscapes, seascapes and communities. Prior to founding Dynamic Planet in 2012, Kristin was Senior Vice President of Global Programs and Partnerships at the National Geographic Society, where over 14 years she helped lead its global expansion and impact through the launch and growth of its international cable channels, corporate partnerships, leadership gifts, and research, conservation, exploration, and education programs. Before National Geographic, Kristin lived in Seoul, Korea as a Luce Foundation Fellow and traveled extensively throughout Asia for four more years, designing inclusive educational systems and producing documentary films. In 2009 Kristin was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where she has served on the Advisory Council and working groups including oceans, the circular economy, and the future of global development. She is an active advisory board member of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism platform, Global Island Partnership, Global Dignity, the Environmental Investigation Agency, the Environmental Film Festival, and the Anacostia Waterfront Trust. Kristin has a public policy degree and documentary film certificate from Duke University and has completed executive programs at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Oxford. She is certified with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Kristin has a wide variety of productions and publications, and her work has taken her to the wildest places on the planet, from the tropics to the Arctic.

Carol Reiley

Founder and Member of the Board, Drive.ai, USA

An entrepreneur and an active advocate for diversity/bias in AI, Carol E. Reiley has touched many applications of AI/robotics: healthcare (Intuitive Surgical), space (Lockheed Martin), self-driving cars, etc. She co-founded and was president of the leading start-up drive.ai where she led partnerships with Lyft and Grab and raised over $77 million. She founded Tinkerbelle Labs, specializing in low-cost healthcare. She was an instructor at Johns Hopkins and led a robot outreach event for low-income students. She's written a top selling children's book, is a brand ambassador for Guerlain and was selected by Forbes and MIT Tech Review as one of the top women in AI.

Alan Ricks

Founding Principal and Chief Design Officer, MASS Design Group, USA

Alan is a Founding Principal and the Chief Design Officer of MASS Design Group, whose mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. He leads strategy and design of the 140-person firm, which has worked in twenty countries, on projects that range from design to research to policy—a portfolio that continues to expand the role of design in advancing a more just world.

In 2017 Alan and MASS were awarded the National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. First launched at the White House in 2000 as an official project of the White House Millennium Council, the annual Awards program celebrates design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of the impact of design through education initiatives.

MASS was named the #4 Firm for Design in Architect Magazine in 2019, the official magazine of the American Institute of Architects.

Previously he was the William B. and Charlotte Shepherd Davenport Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture and has also taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He regularly speaks, writes, and creates films focused on the role of architecture in catalyzing social change. Chris Anderson, chief curator of TED, described his TED talk as “a different language about what architecture can aspire to be.”

April Rinne

Founder and Principal, April Worldwide, USA

Ranked one of the “50 Leading Female Futurists” in the world by Forbes, April Rinne is a change navigator: she helps individuals and organizations rethink and reshape their relationship with change, uncertainty, and a world in flux. She is a trusted advisor to well-known startups, companies, financial institutions, nonprofits, and think tanks worldwide, from Airbnb to Nike to the World Bank, as well as governments ranging from Singapore to South Africa, Canada to Colombia, Italy to India. April is the author of FLUX: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, April has been weaving a story about how to thrive amid flux for as long as she can remember, drawing on her history as a futurist, advisor, global development executive, microfinance lawyer, investor, mental health advocate, certified yoga teacher, globetrotter (100+ countries), and insatiable handstander. April also harnesses her very personal experiences with flux, including the death of both of her parents in a car accident when she was 20. Through her travels and tragedy, vision and values, global perspective and grounded sense of purpose, April helps others better understand how we see, think about, struggle with, and ultimately forge positive relationships with change.

Kate Roberts

Founder & CEO, The Body Agency, USA

Kate Roberts is the founder of The Body Agency, TBACollective.org, The Ikigai Co, and Maverick Collective. The Maverick Collective was formed with Melinda Gates, Dr. Precious Motsepe, and the Crown Princess of Norway as Co-Chairs and, is redefining what it means to be an influential philanthropist and innovator through its work tackling women’s health issues in the developing world. Kate was formerly Senior Vice President for Population Services International (PSI), a Washington, DC-based $500M global NGO that operates in 50 countries. She has raised hundreds of millions of dollars, created public and private partnerships, and impacted women's lives across the world. Kate describes herself as a pioneer in developing a new type of philanthropy – going beyond the checkbook, using time, talent, and treasure to become a more powerful and efficient advocate for mission-driven philanthropy to end extreme poverty. In 2020, Roberts launched Ikigai Co, a private consulting practice dedicated to advising families, individuals, and organizations on strategies to design and execute customized and
purpose-driven fundraising. 2021, Kate founded The Body Agency, an eCommerce, femtech start-up and global movement making it easy for individuals to have access to much needed fem health products, services, and education.
20007 YGL, CNN Hero. Fast Company Top 100 Most Creative, Public Policy Top 100 Thinkers, Vogue Top 100, Founding Curator WEF Global Shapers.

James Rogers

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Apeel, USA

Dr. James Rogers is Founder and CEO of Apeel, a company that’s fighting the global food waste crisis by using materials found in nature to help food last longer — a sustainable approach to enable a more abundant future for the entire supply chain. Apeel’s mission has enabled Dr. Rogers to learn from and collaborate with thought leaders from all segments of the global food system. Founded in 2012, Apeel works with a global network of suppliers to serve retail customers across the globe with longer-lasting organic and conventionally grown produce, ensuring a fresher experience for customers at home. Apeel also invests its expertise in biological and data science toward helping retailers solve their fresh challenges and securing new opportunities for growth.

Shezad Rokerya

Chairman, The Interlink Group, USA

Shezad Rokerya has been a global investor and financier for 26 years. He has been an active co investor alongside governments, private equity firms and sovereign wealth funds globally.

He is Executive Chairman of The Interlink Group, a 26 year-old merchant bank with over $70 billion in transactional experience. Direct investment experience across multiple asset classes including financial services, industrials, real estate, telecom, media, technology and energy where equity requirements range from $100 million to $1 billion per transaction.

Originated and executed high-profile transactions managing senior investment teams across Europe, US, Asia and GCC encompassing strategic reviews, equity and debt raising, M&As, LBO's, distressed asset sales, re-organizations, restructurings, balance sheet advisory, hybrid capital, project finance with a combined deal value in excess of US$100bn

Board Member of Interlink Investment Group (IIG) a global co investment platform and IIG Silverpeak a US focused Real Estate co investment platform. IIG and Silverpeak (which manages $14 billion in RE assets) are the two shareholders of IIG Silverpeak.

Senior Advisor of Carver Cross Securities, Inc. NY based $4 billion cross border boutique investment bank and M&A firm. Board Member of Interlink Private Office, US based single family office primarily investing directly and through a legacy portfolio of fund investments.

Counseled political leadership and Fortune 100 CEO's on strategic issues including Geopolitics; Foreign Policy; Former Special Envoy having negotiated a 4000MW power sale between Pakistan and India.

He attended McGill University and Western State Law School and is a graduate of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and the Said Business School at Oxford University.

As Chairman of The Interlink Foundation, he is committed to the people’s empowerment in South Asia by developing human capital. Larta Institute (www.larta.org) Board Member, supports World Affairs Council, Asia Society and Young Arab Leaders. Board of Governors, Saba Trust; pioneering female education with orphans and upliftment in South Asia. Board of Trustees , KG IT Institute, India.

Michele Romanow

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Clearco, Canada

Michele Romanow is a serial entrepreneur who started six companies before her 35th birthday. A “Dragon” on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den (Canada’s Shark Tank), Michele is the Co-founder and CEO of Canadian unicorn, Clearco (formerly Clearbanc). Clearco has invested more than $3.2B+ into 7000+ companies making them the biggest ecommerce investor in the world. She previously co-founded SnapSaves, acquired by American tech giant Groupon, and Buytopia.ca, which acquired ten competitors, including Shop.ca and WagJag.

A prolific investor, Michele was recently named Fortune’s 40 under 40, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, Canada’s Angel Investor of the Year and winner of RBC’s Women of Influence, Innovation Award.

Michele co-founded the Canadian Entrepreneurship Initiative with Richard Branson to encourage more women entrepreneurs. Michele has worked driving new digital solutions to many of the world’s leading brands, including P&G, Netflix, Starbucks, and Cirque du Soleil. In addition, she’s advised Fortune 100s and governments on innovation, AI, blockchain and the new economy.

During her Civil Engineering undergrad at Queen’s University, Michele founded The Tea Room, the first zero-consumer-waste coffee shop. At Queen’s, she was given the Queen’s Tricolour — the highest honor awarded by the university — and, after completing her Queen’s MBA, she founded Evandale Caviar, a vertically integrated commercial fishery.

Michele is a director for Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN), BBTV and Queen’s School of Business. Previously she was a director for Freshii, Whistler Blackcomb, SHAD International and League of Innovators.

Carolina Rossini

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Portulans Institute, USA

Carolina Rossini has over 20 years of experience in technology law and policy, including ICT for development, internet, intellectual property, open innovation, and telecommunications. She is the co-founder of Portulans Institute, founder of iNova Partners Consulting – assisting non-profits in executing effective and long-term change and impact -, and Yong Global Leader with the World Economic Forum.

She serves on the advisory board of InternetLab (Brazil), Derechos Digitales (Chile), Lighthouse Collective (USA), Instituto EducaDigital (Brazil) and #IamtheCode (Global).

She is a results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in policy change and advocacy impact, strategic organizational development and growth, and fundraising. Previously, once based in Washington DC, she served as the RightsCon Director at Access Now for the Tunisia edition, as a Global Policy Manager for Connectivity at Facebook, and as the Vice President for International Policy at Public Knowledge (PK). While living in San Francisco she was the International Director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and a consultant to Wikimedia Foundation. Previously, while in Boston she was Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society.

Back in Brazil, where she was born, she was an in-house counsel Telefonica, and a law lecturer at the Center for Technology and Society at Fundação Getulio Vargas (CTS/FGV).

Carolina has an LLM in Intellectual Property from Boston University (2008), an MA in International Economic Negotiations (2006) from UNICAMP/UNESP, an MBA from Instituto de Empresas (2004), and a JD from the University of Sao Paulo – USP. (2000)