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Giulio Boccaletti

Honorary Research Associate, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment (SSEE), United Kingdom

Giulio Boccaletti, Ph.D. is an author, entrepreneur, senior executive, and a globally recognized expert on natural resource security and environmental sustainability. He is an Honorary Research Associate in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University and senior fellow at the Euro-Mediterranean Center for Climate Change.
Trained as a physicist and climate scientist, he holds a doctorate from Princeton University, where he was a NASA Earth Systems Science Fellow. He has been a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a partner of the global consulting firm McKinsey & Company, where he was a leader of its sustainability practice, and the chief strategy officer of The Nature Conservancy, the largest environmental organization in the world.
His book Water: A Biography (Pantheon Books) was on The Economist’s list of best books for 2021 and has been translated in multiple languages. He writes on environmental issues for news media and is an expert contributor to the World Economic Forum, which named him one of its Young Global Leaders. He routinely contributes to documentary series: his work on water has been featured in the award winning PBS documentary series H2O: The Molecule that Made Us, and he was series consultant to the PBS/BBC series The Age of Nature.
He is the co-founder of Chloris Geospatial, a venture-backed company that uses remote sensing and machine learning to help companies and institutions put nature on the balance sheet. Chloris Geospatial was recognized as a top innovator in the Carbon Market Challenge of UpLink at the World Economic Forum.

Alexis Bonte

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, eRepublik Labs Ltd, Spain

Alexis Bonte is the Group COO of Stillfront (Nasdaq traded Games company) where he focuses on operations and co-leads Stillfront's game studios alongside the Group CEO. He also supports the exec team on strategy and M&A. Alexis was previously the CEO of eRepublik Labs the studio he founded and that is part of Stillfront. Within Atomico VC, Alexis sourced investments in Spain and France as well as in the Games and consumer verticals and helped portfolio companies accelerate their growth. Although he is an active angel investor, Alexis has now taken a step back from VC to focus on Stillfront. He also serve on the OhBibi and Tezos Foundation boards, co-founded Chamberi Valley (Madrid entrepreneur's non-profit), is an early pledger in Founders Pledge and was part of the founding team of lastminute.com one of the first European Internet Unicorns.

Kieron Boyle

Chief Executive, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity, United Kingdom

Kieron Boyle is the Chief Executive of Guy's and St Thomas' Foundation, one of the world's largest health foundations. Through its philanthropic arm, the foundation works with businesses, governments and communities to pioneer new ways of addressing urban health inequalities. Its investment arm is one of the UK's leading impact investors.

Kieron is the co-founder of many impact-driven organisations and initiatives. These include Impact on Urban Health, Big Society Capital, Access Foundation, the Government Outcomes Lab and the Arts Impact Fund.

Kieron was previously the UK government's chief advisor on impact investment. Prior to this he worked at No.10 Downing Street, the Department for Business, the Foreign Office and the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit. He started his career at the Boston Consulting Group.

Kieron sits on the Boards of Big Society Capital and the Design Council. He chairs LIPH — a global coalition of institutional investors working to improve people's health — as well as Nesta's Cultural Impact Development Fund. He sits on the IPPR cross-party Commission into Health and Prosperity and on the Board of SC1, an initiative to create a new life sciences district in central London. Kieron is also on the advisory councils of the Impact Investing Institute and The Investment Integration Project.

Kieron was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015. He is passionate about the role of data and design in shaping our health.

William F. Browder

Chief Executive Officer, Hermitage Capital Management, United Kingdom

BA (Hons) in Economics, University of Chicago; MBA, Stanford Business School. Former Vice-President, Salomon Brothers. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hermitage Capital Management. Has been leading a global campaign to expose corruption and human rights abuses in Russia, including the passing of the rule of law accountability act in the US in 2012, which imposes visa bans and asset freezes on violators of human rights in Russia. Currently working to have similar legislation passed across the European Union as a means to seek justice fight government-backed corruption in Russia.

Martin Bruncko

Chief Executive Officer, Lacaze Ltd, United Kingdom

Technology entrepreneur, executive, investor and former public policy leader. Currently Executive Vice President for Europe at Binance. Founder and Managing Partner of Steam Capital. High Level Advisor to European Commissioner for R&D and innovations. Held several senior positions in Government of Slovakia, including junior minister for innovations and Deputy for European Affairs of the Minister of Finance. Former board member at European Stability Mechanism. Former Senior Director and Head of Europe at World Economic Forum. Previously founder and Executive Chairman of Neulogy, a premier advisory and investment boutique in Central and Eastern Europe focusing on R&D and deep tech start-ups. Management, board and advisory positions in several globally innovative deep tech companies. BA from Stanford University and MPA from Harvard Kennedy School.

Yana Buhrer Tavanier

Founder and Director, Fine Acts, Bulgaria

Yana Buhrer Tavanier is Co-founder and Director of Fine Acts, a global platform for socially engaged creative solutions. She is also Co-founder and Board Member of TimeHeroes, the largest volunteering platform in Bulgaria. Yana serves as Board Member of the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee and is Expert member of Amnesty International’s Europe & Central Asia Regional Oversight Group. Academic background in communications and political science, executive education from Harvard, Yale and Oxford Universities. TED Senior Fellow, WEF Young Global Leader Alumni, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Jane Burston

Executive Director, Clean Air Fund, United Kingdom

Jane Burston is Clean Air Fund’s founding Executive Director. The Clean Air Fund is a philanthropic organisation dedicated to creating a future where everyone breathes clean air. It was launched in 2019 with $50m in funds from donors working on health, climate, children's development and sustainable mobility.

Previously Jane was Head of Climate and Energy Science in the UK Government, where she was responsible for the UK greenhouse gas inventory and a £45m science programme. Prior to that she led a team of 150 scientists working on Energy and Environment at the National Physical Laboratory.

Jane was featured by WIRED as one of their changemakers of tomorrow and is a WEF Young Global Leader and a social entrepreneur of the year in the UK. She is a regular commentator and a trustee of Parkinson’s UK.

Caroline Casey

Founder and Director, The Valuable 500, Ireland

Caroline Casey is the businesswoman and activist behind The Valuable 500, the world’s largest CEO collective and business move for disability inclusion.
Casey launched the movement at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Summit in 2019 and since then has signed up 500 multinational organisations with a combined revenue of over $8 trillion, employing 20 million people worldwide to radically transform the business system. The membership includes 36 of the FTSE 100 companies, 46 of the Fortune 500 and 28 of the Nikkei.
Recently appointed President of the IAPB, Caroline also sits on several diversity and inclusion boards to include L’Oréal, Sanofi and Sky and is a much sought-after speaker.
Caroline has received an honorary doctorate as well as multiple awards and accolades for her work as a disability activist.

Merieme Chadid

Explorer and Astronomer, Antarctica Research Station, France

Merieme Chadid is Explorer and Astronomer. She is considered the first astronomer in the world to have been committed to install a large astronomical observatory in Antarctica and was the first to place an Arab flag (Moroccan) at the South Pole. She is also one of the first pioneering astronomers to install VLT telescopes in the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest desert in the world. Chadid has been honoured by the MY HERO project. She was listed as one of the 30 most fascinating workers in the world by Forbes Magazine. Chadid received her PhD in Astronomy and Space from Paul Sabatier University and completed several executive education programmes at Harvard University. Her research fields are focused on stellar and universe evolution. Her scientific discoveries are published in numerous international reviews and books. She gives lectures and supervises PhD students.

Suranga Chandratillake

General Partner, Balderton Capital, United Kingdom

Suranga Chandratillake is a technology entrepreneur who founded the video search engine blinkx in 2004 and launched it in 2005. He took the company public on the London Stock Exchange in 2007 and led it as Chief Executive Officer until 2012. Chandratillake has been named one of 25 Executives to Watch in Digital Entertainment by Digital Watch, a Top 10 Leader in Science and Innovation by The Observer's Future 500 list and is often invited to speak at leading industry events, including the Financial Times' Digital Media Conference, MIT's Emerging Technologies Conference and the Monaco Media Forum. Chandratillake is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and has an MA in Computer Science from Cambridge University.

Patrick Chappatte

Editorial Cartoonist; President, Freedom Cartoonists Foundation, Switzerland

Political cartoonist and comics reporter, Der Spiegel, The Boston Globe, NZZ am Sonntag, Le Temps and Le Canard Enchaîné. Formerly with The New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Pioneer of graphic journalism, a genre of reporting developing in print, web and animation form. Reports include the slums of Nairobi, gangs in Guatemala, death row prisons in the USA. Organizer of projects involving editorial cartoonists in conflict-ridden countries to foster a dialogue on human rights through art (www.crossed-pens.com). President of the Freedom Cartoonists Foundation in Geneva, formerly Swiss foundation Cartooning for Peace, whose honorary chair was Kofi Annan. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2006). Visiting Fellow, University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism. Recipient, Cartoon Award, Overseas Press Club of America (2011, 2015 and 2018). TED speaker (2010 and 2019).

Jules Chappell

Chief Executive Officer, Kokoro Change, United Kingdom

Jules is CEO of Kokoro, a not-for-profit that champions mental health as a foundation for a safer, kinder and more productive world. Kokoro runs the Future Mental Health Collective - a global peer-to-peer network for private funders who include mental health in their giving.

Formerly, Jules was a Managing Director at London & Partners, working closely with the Mayor of London's office to drive thought leadership, city to city collaboration and innovation around areas of passion and importance for London, from cleantech to diversity to the use of data and artificial intelligence to improve public services. She started her career as a UK diplomat, based in Jordan, Iraq, the US, Ethiopia and Guatemala, where she was the UK's youngest ever appointed Ambassador, aged 31.

Jules holds various positions, advising the Climate Cares Team at Imperial College London, the NFL UK Foundation, the Women of the Future Summit, the global learning platform Apolitical and the Unsung Foundation, which supports post-traumatic growth for those who serve on the front line.

In 2016, she was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.