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Kumi Fujisawa Tsunoda

Chairperson, Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies Ltd, Japan

Kumi Fujisawa is Chairpeson, Institute for International Socio-Economic Studies, Ltd. (IISE); and she is assigned Member of Board of several companies and associations as following, The Shizuoka Bank, Toyota Tsusho Corporation, CellSource Co., Ltd., Net Protections Ltd., Japan Dealers Association, The Investment Trust Association and so on. She used to be one of the youngest woman entrepreneurs in financial sector in Japan. After her company was acquired by Standard & Poor’s, She established Think Tank SophiaBank and her business field spread various sectors. Now she is board of director of some companies and business associations and advisor to some governors, mayors and CEOs. She published more than twenty books. She supports and leads a lot of kinds of projects by using her wide networks such as public, private, business, sports, culture and so on. Her interest is socio incubation by changing knowledge paradigm.

Chikara Funabashi

Project Director, Public-Private Joint Project for Overseas Education Promotion, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan, Japan

Formerly: worked on a subway development project in Jakarta; for Itochu Corporation on an airport construction in the Philippines; and at a major trading firm in Japan. 2000, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Willseed, a company that offers consulting and training services to more than 350 major companies and 600 schools in Japan. Co-Chairperson, Beyond Tomorrow, an organization which was established by several Japanese Young Global Leaders after the tsunami, 3/11. It offers scholarships and provides leadership training to young people to enable them to pursue their dreams and become leaders of tomorrow. Adjunct Professor, MBA programme, Waseda Business School. Member, Structural Reform Committee, responsible for the promotion of special economic zones. Member, Asia Society.

Lord Gadhia of Northwood

Member of the House of Lords, House of Lords of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Graduate in Economics, University of Cambridge; Sloan Fellow, London Business School. Investment Banker; 1991-98, with Baring Brothers, including Director; 1998, Chief Executive, Manek Investment Managers; 2001-08, Managing Director, ABN AMRO; 2008-10, Managing Director and Head, Advisory, Barclays Capital; 2010-15, Senior Managing Director, Blackstone. Currently, Member of the Board, UK Government Investments, BGL (Holdings), Accord Healthcare and Calisen. Appointed as Member of the House of Lords of the British Parliament in August 2016. Former Trustee: Guy's & St Thomas' Charity; National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, UK. Current Trustee: British Asian Trust, established by HRH The Prince of Wales.

Alessandra Galloni

Editor-in-Chief, Thomson Reuters, United Kingdom

Graduate, Harvard University; Master’s degree, London School of Economics. Formerly: 13 years at the Wall Street Journal in various positions as correspondent, economics and business writer and editor in New York, London, Paris and Rome. September 2013, joined Reuters as Editor of the Southern Europe bureau; since January 2016, Reuters Global News Editor, based in London. Co-Author of “From the End of the Earth to Rome,” an e-book on Pope Francis. Recipient of several awards, including an Overseas Press Club Award in the US and a UK Business Journalist of the Year Award.

Javier Garcia-Martinez

Professor, University of Alicante, Spain

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Director of the Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory of the University of Alicante (UA) where he leads an international team working on the synthesis and application of nanostructured materials for the production of chemicals and energy.
Javier is president-elect (president for the biennium 2022-2023) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, IUPAC. Previously, he served as a member of the Executive Committee and as Vice-President of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.
Founder of the technology-based company Rive Technology, which markets the technology he developed during his Fulbright postdoctoral stay at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Since 2012, the catalysts that Rive Technology sells are used in several refineries, significantly increasing fuel production and the energy efficiency of the process. In 2019, W. R. GRACE acquired Rive Technology.
In June 2014, he was awarded the King Jaime I Award and in 2015 the Emerging Researcher Award from the American Chemical Society. In the summer of 2017, Javier was recognized by the American Chemical Society with the Kathryn C. Hach Award as the best US entrepreneur in the chemical sector. Javier is a member of the Council of Emerging Technologies and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, of the Global Young Academy, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Since 2019, Javier is the President of the Young Academy of Spain.

Katherine Garrett-Cox

Chief Executive Officer, GIB Asset Management, Gulf International Bank (UK), United Kingdom

BA (Hons), History, Durham University. Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank (UK). GIB UK, operating between London and New York, was established in 1975 and focuses on client-related activities in asset management and treasury. GIB UK's asset management strategy is focused on scaling and mobilizing capital in support of sustainable investment strategies, across equities and fixed income. Formerly Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer, Alliance Trust PLC, one of Europe’s largest providers of sustainable and responsible investment funds. Chair, Clean Air Fund; Chair, CDP Worldwide Board. Former Member: Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG (2011-2020); UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group; Scottish Business Board; Commission for the Green Investment Bank; Steering Group, Capital Markets Climate Initiative; Executive Committee, World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Founder Member, Advisory Council of The CityUK. Former British Business Ambassador for Financial Services. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2006). Member of the Foundation Board of Young Global Leaders until December 2019 and former Member of the Board of Trustees, Chair, Global Agenda Council on Values (2012-14), World Economic Forum. Patron, City Week UK. Recipient of Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), New Year's Honours 2014.

Kate Garvey

Co-Founder, Project Everyone, United Kingdom

Kate Garvey is Director of Freud Communications, where she specializes in promoting global campaigns and issues, including the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Product (RED), Live Earth, tcktcktck, 1Goal: Education for All, Gimme Shelter Campaign for UNHCR, and Tony Blair Faith Foundation Maternal Mortality campaign. Previously, she worked for Bob Geldof and Richard Curtis on the Make Poverty History Campaign and Live 8 concerts. Her career began in politics where, from 1997 until 2005, she worked for Tony Blair at 10 Downing Street in the Prime Minister's Private Office. Garvey was responsible for the presentation and planning of the prime minister's events and visits, domestically and abroad, as well as major roles in the 1997 and 2001 general elections and running Tony Blair's election tour in 2005.

Maelle Gavet

Chief Executive Officer, Techstars, USA

As the EVP Operations, Maelle oversees 2 of the Priceline Group companies (OpenTable and Priceline.com) and the PCLN business incubator and is also responsible for driving global operational strategy and connections across The Priceline Group and its six major brands. Prior to joining The Priceline Group, Gavet served as the CEO of OZON, Russia's leading e-commerce business. Before that, she was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group, working in France, the UK, South Africa and India. Gavet was also Founder and Managing Director of a corporate event start-up from 2001-2003.

In 2014 Gavet joined the board of directors of Edenred EDEN (EPA).

Born in France, Gavet was educated at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the Institut D’Etudes Politiques in Paris.

Joe Gebbia

Chief Product Officer and Co-Founder, Airbnb, USA

Degrees in Graphic Design and Industrial Design, Rhode Island School of Design. Formerly: Designer, Chronicle Books; Previously developed web and consumer product startups. Currently, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Airbnb. He plays a leading role in shaping Airbnb’s future innovation, distinctive culture, and design aesthetic, and through his work, seeks to expand the richness of human connection in the world.

Alexander Geiser

Chief Executive Officer and Partner, FGS Global, Germany

Alex is Chief Executive Officer of FGS Global. He joined the firm in 1998 and advises clients on communicating M&A transactions, on CEO transitions, as well as Corporate Strategy launches. Alex has advised on more than 100 M&A transactions and leadership changes.

With his international background, Alex is ideally placed to advise clients on the development and implementation of cross-border strategies. Throughout his career Alex has worked in New York, London, Düsseldorf, and now calls Frankfurt his home office.

Alex studied Politics and Economics at Western University in Canada. He completed post-graduate studies at INSEAD and Harvard University. In 2014, he was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum (Geneva). He is happily married to the love of his life, with whom he has three wonderful children. His passion for hiking adventures has seen him explore the most remote regions of places like the Andes, Iceland, Tibet, and Yukon.

Jared Genser

Managing Director, Perseus Strategies LLC, USA

Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, Special Advisor on the Responsibility to Protect to the Organization of American States, Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, and general counsel to the NeuroRights Foundation. Referred to by the New York Times as “The Extractor” for his work freeing political prisoners and for having founded Freedom Now, he is also co-Executive Producer of a dramatic TV series based on his life being developed with actor and producer Orlando Bloom by Amazon Studios for Prime Video, which has 175 million viewers worldwide. Genser was previously a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper LLP and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. His prior pro bono clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Desmond Tutu, Liu Xiaobo, and Elie Wiesel. His most recent book is The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention: Commentary and Guide to Practice (Cambridge University Press). And he is currently working with former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on a new co-edited volume for Oxford University Press entitled Handbook on the UN Human Rights System. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.P.P. from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.

Banafsheh Geretzki

Head of Division, European Central Bank, Germany

Banafsheh Geretzki is a Director with BlackRock in London. Geretzki brings over 13 years of experience in private equity, restructuring and investment banking and specializes in complex balance sheet and operational restructurings. Most recently, she was at Alvarez & Marsal where she was involved in numerous restructuring engagements and sovereign advisory, including system-wide restructuring of the banking-systems in Cyprus and Spain alongside Austria, Greece and various Private Equity projects throughout Europe. Prior to that, Geretzki held various Private Equity and Investment Banking positions at Fortress Investment Group and Morgan Stanley where she delivered a broad range of large-scale M&A transactions along with post-merger integrations, debt restructurings and numerous capital market transactions. She has also served as a restructuring officer in an interim senior management role as a member of the Management Board and of the Supervisory Board of one of the largest listed German real estate companies. Geretzki holds a master’s degree from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel and is a Member of Generation CEO, an organization promoting business women into leadership positions.