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Gassan Al-Kibsi

Chairman and Managing Partner, Middle East, McKinsey & Company LME Limited, United Arab Emirates

With McKinsey since 1997. Currently, Chairman and Managing Partner for the Middle East. Passionate about supporting leaders on matters of economic growth and job creation for young people. Since 2000, he has been working with the public, private, and social sectors across the region to accelerate its economic and social transformation and develop next-generation talent. Served some of the world’s leading companies in energy, technology, and consumer-facing industries to enhance growth and global competitiveness. Author of various articles. Recipient of awards, including WEF Young Global Leader, National Achievement Award, Yemen. MBA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, MSc (Hons) in Operations Research, MIT, BSc in Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology.

Natalia Allen

Founder and CEO, Natalia Inc., Spain

Natalia Allen graduated from Parsons School of Design as Designer of the Year, a title she shares with Marc Jacobs. Natalia founded Design Futurist, an award winning design consultancy that has created innovative and sustainable textiles and clothing for multinational brands such as DuPont, Calvin Klein, and Donna Karan.

For her groundbreaking work, Natalia has received numerous distinctions, including recognition as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative Professionals, and one of Utne Reader’s 25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World. An honorary Design Futures Senior Fellow and speaker on technological and socially responsible design, she has presented at international conferences in Europe, Asia and South America.

With the debut of her namesake line, Natalia spent several months in American factories learning about advancements in 3-D manufacturing. She designed beautiful minimalist clothing made in a systematic, seamless and sustainable process. The collection has trended on Oprah, Forbes and Fox Business. The complete Natalia Allen collection is available on the flagship website. Select lines are retailing at Lord & Taylor, the company’s first national retail partner.

Patrick Allen

Vice-President; International Managing Editor, CNBC, United Kingdom

BA in Economics. Former mini-cab dispatcher. Currently, Head of News and Programming, CNBC EMEA; responsible for CNBC business day programmes in the EMEA region; leads CNBC journalists, sets news agenda, manages key external relationships, budgets, live coverage and outside broadcast work. Interests: global markets and business, with a keen interest in finding solutions to youth employment.

Wilmot Allen

Founder, VentureLift Africa, Kenya

Based in Nairobi, Dr. Wilmot Allen is Founder of VentureLift Africa (VLA), a fintech and crowdsourcing solution to help African businesses scale through investment, trade, tech transfer and management development, and to create an economic bridge with the global African Diaspora. The advisory arm of VLA operates as VLA Capital Advisors (www.vlaadvisors.com). He is Co-Founder of IndyGeneUS AI, a genomics company advancing precision health across Africa and in underserved regions of the world. He is also a Venture Partner with RH Managers, a healthcare private equity fund in South Africa. Wilmot was recently a Strategy Consultant with the Africa CDC, working on the strategic plan and implementation of a foundation, investment facility and public-private partnerships to strengthen healthcare systems and public health emergency management across Africa. He was also a member of the COVID-19 Taskforce with the Africa CDC.

Previously, Wilmot was Director of East Africa with CrossBoundary, LLC, leading the firm's investment advisory practice from Nairobi, and transaction team leader for the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID). Prior, he worked at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) with the private equity funds, financial institutions and infrastructure teams, responsible for new investments and portfolio supervision. At IFC, Wilmot was also Senior Advisor to the CEO on entrepreneurship in conjunction with the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment and co-developed IFC's early strategy for fragile states and conflicted-affected areas. Wilmot previously worked in technology M&A investment banking with JPMorgan Hambrecht & Quist, in venture capital with Commonwealth Enterprise Fund, in finance and strategy with the ABC Television Network (Walt Disney Company) and with the private placements and IPO groups of Merrill Lynch & Company.

Wilmot is a board member with several African businesses and has helped developed entrepreneurship ecosystems across Africa. He is a recent fellow with the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins SAIS and Research Affiliate with the Sovereign Wealth and Global Capital network (SovereigNET) at Tufts University. He is co-author of the forthcoming book, Sovereign Wealth Funds and the New State Capitalism in Africa (Palgrave). Wilmot has a PhD in comparative political economy from Georgetown University and holds degrees from the Wharton School of Business, Harvard Kennedy School and Yale University.

Poppy Allonby

Head of ESG Enablement, T. Rowe Price, United Kingdom

Poppy Allonby, CFA, Managing Director, is head of the Global Product for BlackRock in EMEA & APAC. As such she is responsible for driving product strategy, pricing, product development & structuring and ongoing oversight of Blackrock's investment products across all asset classes. Previously, Ms Allonby was a portfolio manager and member of BlackRock's Natural Resources Team where she was responsible for approx. $4 billion in global Energy investment funds. She managed investments in both the oil & gas sector and in businesses that are facilitating and benefiting from the transition to a lower carbon economy (for example: clean tech, renewable power, energy efficiency and sustainable mobility). Poppy is a member of the EMEA & APAC Executive Committees, the Global Human Capital Committee and the Product Development Committee (Chair). Poppy's service with the firm dates back to 2000, including her years at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Poppy serves as the Vice Chair of EFAMA's Fund Regulation, Asset Protection and Service Providers Standing Committee. She sits on the Board and Assets Committee for the Church Commissioners, one of the world's largest charitable endowments and a global leader in responsible investments. Poppy has a degree in Physics from Imperial College, London

Omar Al-Madhi

Co-Head, Direct Investments, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia

Omar co-heads Direct Investments for the MENA Investments Division, overseeing PIF investments and opportunities in key strategic sectors.

He formerly held the position of Senior Managing Director & Member of the Board at Abdul Latif Jameel Investments where he led Abdul Latif Jameel’s diversification efforts, building and investing in businesses that support our growth and entry into new sectors and geographies.

Omar joined Abdul Latif Jameel’s leadership after three years within Volkswagen Group’s leadership as the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen Group Saudi Arabia.

Prior to that, Omar was a member of SAGIA's executive team. Prior to SAGIA, Omar worked in a multitude of positions within Saudi Aramco including participating in developing the company’s long-term strategy in the technology area. He was also an Associate at McKinsey & Company in Dubai, UAE.

Omar obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He also received an MBA degree from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 2007.

Omar was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, joining the class of 2017. In naming Omar, the Forum characterized him as "a recognized corporate executive who has emerged a champion of job creation, employment and infrastructure in Saudi Arabia".

He was appointed by Royal Decree to the Board of the Saudi Job Creation & Employment Commission and was later selected to also sit on the Board’s Executive Committee. He is chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee of the Saudi Fisheries Company and is also a member of the Board of the National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) — key portfolio companies of PIF.

He is an Eisenhower Fellow having been selected as the Fellow from Saudi Arabia for Eisenhower Fellowships’ 2011 Multi Nation Program. As an Eisenhower Fellow, Omar was awarded the Ward Wheelock Distinguished Middle East Fellow honor. He is also the recipient of the 2007 MIT Sloan Martin Trust Fellowship, which recognizes excellence in members of the graduating class.

Omar is married with three children and is fluent in English, Arabic and Greek.

Naif Al Mutawa

Chief Executive Officer, The 99, Kuwait

Naif Al-Mutawa is an award winning serial entrepreneur, clinical psychologist and clinical hypnotherapist who is the founder of The Soor Center for Professional Therapy and Assessment, Kuwait's leading professional source of a broad range of psychological services. A licensed psychologist in the State of New York, he is certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists and is a member of the American Psychological Association. An Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology, Naif is a member of the academic staff at Kuwait University's Faculty of Medicine, where he has been teaching clinical psychology, communication skills creative writing, and cognitive behavioural therapy since 2005. Naif is the creator of The 99, the first comic book to feature superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. Forbes named The 99 one of the top 20 trends sweeping the globe.

Mina Al-Oraibi

Editor-in-Chief, The National, United Arab Emirates

Editor-in-Chief of The National, a daily English language regional newspaper based in Abu Dhabi. An Iraqi-British journalist, has over 20 years of experience covering Middle Eastern, European and American affairs. Prior to assuming role at The National, was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE) and a Yale World Fellow. At ISE, worked on developing policy recommendations for improved governance in the Arab world, with a focus on Iraq and Syria. 2011-15, Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Alawsat, the international Arab-language daily newspaper. Has written extensively on US and European policies in the Middle East, in addition to conducting several high-profile interviews, including with Iraqi President Barham Salih, US Climate Envoy John Kerry and UNHCR High Commissioner Filippo Grandi. Adviser to the Global Dignity Day Movement and a Trustee of the American University in Iraq - Sulaimani. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009). Member of the World Economic Forum’s International Media Council.

Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi

Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates

Columnist, Abu Dhabi, including: Financial Times; Independent; Guardian; Huffington Post; The Hindu; Lebanon's Daily Star; International Institute For Strategic Studies, London; Dubai's Gulf Business; Saudi Arabia's Arab News. Non-Resident Fellow, Dubai School of Government.

Fahd Al-Rasheed

Chief Executive Officer, Royal Commission for Riyadh City, Saudi Arabia

President of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City following appointment as an Adviser to the Saudi Royal Court. Formerly, Group Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) for over a decade. Prior to that, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA). Founder and Chairman of the non-profit Red Sea Foundation and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Prince Mohammed Bin Salman College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Washington University; MBA from Stanford Business School.

Khaled Al Sabawi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Open Screenplay, Canada

Khaled Al Sabawi is an award-winning Canadian serial-entrepreneur of Palestinian origin. Khaled is a recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Medal from the University of Waterloo, one of Canada’s leading universities, and was featured on the cover of Forbes Middle East for his work in renewable energy and in expanding property rights in the West Bank.

Khaled is also the Founder & CEO of Open Screenplay, a first of its kind online platform that helps you write a compelling story and screenplay with the option of collaborating with storytellers from around the world. As founder and President of MENA Geothermal, a two-time recipient of Energy Globe Award, Khaled installed the largest geothermal system in the Middle East at the American University in Jordan. As CEO & Vice Chairman of Union Construction and Investment, one of the largest social-impact investors in Palestine, Khaled founded TABO, a project that expands property rights in the West Bank by creating title deeds and enables Palestinians the ability to own affordable land, and protects Palestinian land from illegal annexation.

In 2015 Khaled was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Khaled was named "One of the World's Top Energy Entrepreneurs" by Global Post and was ranked the 195th Most Influential Arab by Arabian Business Magazines. Khaled also received the Takreem Award for Young Entrepreneur.

Khaled is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s Computer Engineering Program, the Harvard John F. Kennedy School’s Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Executive Education Program, and the Oxford Said Business School’s Leadership at the Edge Program.

Abdulla Bin Ali Al Thani

Managing Director; Member of the Board of Directors, Qatar Leadership Centre, Qatar

MSc, Colorado State Univ.; PhD, Univ. of Southampton. 1993-2006, Faculty Member, Qatar Univ.; 2004-05, with RAND-Qatar Policy Institute. 2005-2015, Vice-President, Education and 2010-2015, President, Hamad bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation. 2009-2015, Chairman, World Innovation Summit for Education. 2010, Co-Organizer, Ministerial Colloquium on Quality of Education in Arab World, with ALECSO and World Bank. Since 2012, Chair of the Executive Board and Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Qatar University, the country's national and major institution of higher education. Since 2010, Managing Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Qatar Leadership Centre, an initiative of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, Amir of the State of Qatar, and a national platform for leadership excellence in support of the country’s development goals.

Member of the Board: UNESCO UIL; World Digital Library, Library of Congress; Qatar University; Supreme Education Council, Qatar; Nakilat, a Qatari natural gas shipping company; Palestine Happy Child Center. Founder, Al Markhiya Gallery promoting Arab artists, Doha and east wing as an international platform for photography, Dubai