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A four-time Olympic gold medalist in speed skating for Norway, Johann Koss is Founder Right To Play International, an organization committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and their communities through the power of sport and play. Johann is currently an investment partner, investing in growth impact companies and start ups from the Nordic region. Johann has served as a director of several public and private companies from real estate, retail, industrial and shipping companies. Koss has a medical degree from the University of Queensland Medical School and received his MBA from the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Carleton University, University of Calgary, Agder University and the Free University of Brussels.
Frank Krings is Deutsche Bank Group’s Chief Executive Officer for Western Europe and the President and General Manager of Deutsche Bank in France. He also serves on the Board of the French Bankers’ Association (AFB) and is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Franco-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In the Swiss Confederation, he is a Member of the Board of Directors (Verwaltungsrat) of Deutsche Bank (Switzerland) SA. In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, he is a Member of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A. and an elected member of the plenary assembly of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Further, he is the Chairman of Deutsche Bank A.Ş. in Turkey.
From 2016 through 2020, Krings was the Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank Luxembourg S.A. and the Group’s Chief Country Officer in the Grand Duchy. He further served on the Board of Directors of The Luxembourg Bankers’ Association, chaired its Audit Committee and was a member of its Board Council. Before, from 2011 to early 2016, Krings was the General Manager and Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank in Thailand. From 2013 through 2015, he also served as the Chairman of the Association of International Banks, the foreign bankers’ association in the Kingdom of Thailand. Krings had rejoined Deutsche Bank in 2011 after serving as Member of the Management Board of Munich-based Hypo Real Estate Holding and Deutsche Pfandbriefbank from October 2008 through 2010, mandated to assure their restructuring. Previously, he spent twelve years with Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and New York, holding various senior roles and serving on the boards of several regulated Deutsche Bank subsidiaries across Europe. Krings is of German and French nationality, and graduated with a combined degree in Business Administration and Electrical Engineering from Brunswick Technical University.
Until November 2019 Michal Krupinski served as Chief Executive Officer of Bank Pekao, 2nd largest universal bank and a leading corporate and investment bank in Poland. Prior to joining the Bank, held number of senior managerial roles in leading financial institutions. Most recently, as Chief Executive Officer, PZU Group, the region’s largest financial group, repositioned the firm for growth and strengthened its presence in banking. Previously, from 2011, was Head of Global Banking and Markets for Central and Eastern Europe at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, responsible for M&A projects, financing and capital advisory. Also has broad-based public sector experience. 2008-11, Alternate Executive Director of the Board of Directors, World Bank Group, Washington. Prior to this, served as Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of Treasury. Graduate, Warsaw School of Economics, KU Leuven; MBA, Columbia University. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2012).
Alok Kshirsagar is a Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company. He is in charge of client services to a number of leading companies in the US and Asia, with a focus on financial services, infrastructure and diversified conglomerates. Alok is passionate about using his expertise to support economic development and foreign policy in India and other emerging markets. He has led a number of McKinsey capabilities as well.He is currently the Asia leader for the Impact and capability accelerator, which is responsible for all of McKinsey's people, expertise and assets that drive implementation and capability change for clients. He has also led the Asia Risk Management practice and McKinsey Asia Center- a special initiative to help companies drive successful global expansion. He also serves on the Partner review committee that evaluates all partner globally. Alok also serves on the Board of Parliamentary Research Services, which builds the capabilities of legislators across India in a fact-based, non-partisan way, and the National Association for the Blind in Bangalore. He is also on the advisory board for the wildlife conservation trust and the United World Colleges National committee for India. He also serves on various Indian government committees that focus on infrastructure finance and is part of the WEF YGL alumni community. Alok has received a postgraduate degree in Politics and Economics from Oxford University, where he was an Inlaks scholar. He has a bachelors degree in Economics from St. Xavier's college , Mumbai where he was a National Merit Scholar.
Kimathi Kuenyehia Sr
KIMATHI KUENYEHIA is an award-winning Harvard-educated transactional lawyer ranked as one of the top 5 leading lawyers in Ghana by Legal 500. Kimathi’s practice is focused on providing high-end legal services exclusively to foreign governments, global multinationals and Fortune 500 companies doing business in Ghana. His clients include four of the most developed countries in the world or their agencies and most of the major global multinationals doing business in Ghana.
Kimathi is the first and the only African to win the prestigious International Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year award for his “professional excellence, innovative approach to legal practice, community service and reputation for the advancement of legal ethics”.
Kimathi is the Managing Partner at Kimathi & Partners, a leading and an exceptional law firm ranked as a tier 1 law firm. Kimathi is the co-founder of African Entrepreneurs Hub (AEH), an entrepreneurial focused charity established to create a platform where accomplished entrepreneurs share their knowledge and experiences with young entrepreneurs/ business owners. Thus far, over 100 speakers have reached or mentored over 2000 young entrepreneurs/ business owners.
A thought leader “who thinks outside the box”, Kimathi is the co-author of Electricity, Oil and Mining Regulation in Ghana. He is currently writing a book on Corporate Law and Practice in Ghana. Kimathi, who is a director of a Google subsidiary in Ghana, is admitted to practice law in Ghana and New York.
Betty Enyonam Kumahor
Enyo Kumahor is the Founder and Managing Partner of The Cobalt Partners; an advisory firm specializing in design thinking, software development and performance improvement. Formerly with Ernst & Young as a Global Technology Leader and ThoughtWorks as the Regional Managing Director for Africa, Enyo has a depth of management consulting and software development experience across both public and private sector clients across the world. Enyo serves on a number of advisory boards and is a recognized speaker on technology and telecommunications in Africa. She has been profiled on programmes including Ghana Broadcasting Corporation's UniqFM StandOut programme, and in Ernst & Young's Global NextGen, and led her company (ThoughtWorks) to be nominated as best African Company of the Year in 2013.
Maria Teresa Kumar
Graduate, Harvard's Kennedy School and the University of California, Davis. Former Legislative Aide to Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio. Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Voto Latino. Contributor, MSNBC. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of the Board: Planned Parenthood; Latino Leaders Network. Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Guest Analyst, NPR and PBS. Former panellist, Bill Maher's HBO show; opinion writer for national publications. Conference speaker. Named: one of the 10 most influential women in Washington DC, Elle (2013); named to Power 100 in DC, Washington Life Magazine (2013); among the 100 most influential Latinos in America, Hispanic Business; one of the 20 most influential Latinos under 40, PODER Magazine; one of the top 100 Creative Minds, Fast Company.
Umit Kumcuoglu is the Chief Executive Officer of Kare Investments, a fund management company of the family office of Suna and Inan Kirac who are among the leading investors in Turkey. Formerly, he was an investment banker for Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan in New York, London and Istanbul. Kumcuoglu holds Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master's in Human Rights Law from Istanbul Bilgi University. He is currently working towards a PhD in political science at Istanbul Bilgi University. Kumcuoglu has been active in Turkish economic and financial affairs for over 15 years as researcher and writer, with a particular focus on contemporary Turkish politics and comparative Western and Islamic political philosophy.
Rina Gee Kupferschmid-Rojas
MA, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Certificate in Innovating for Sustainability and Driving Corporate Performance, Harvard Business School. Formerly: member, business development team, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Switzerland; responsible for global business development activities, Adveq, a leading private equity firm specializing in FoFs; Chief Executive Officer, ESG Analytics, a company focusing on responsible investment analysis. Global Head, Sustainable Investing, UBS Wealth Management. Currently, Head of Sustainable Finance, UBS and Society. Member: Private Equity Working Group, United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment; Financial Sector, Sustainability Accounting Standard (SASB). Adjunct Professor of Sustainable Investin Columbia University, New York City.
Maja is a generalist - experience designer, artist, futurist and process facilitator, with a fondness for contemplation and futurecrafting. She is the founder and president of FoAM, a laboratory for speculative culture at the interstices between art, science, nature and everyday life.
Maja leads transdisciplinary teams in prototyping possible futures as creative experiments. She co-creates multisensory experiences, facilitates participatory processes, writes, speaks and cooks worldwide. Maja's academic background is in design futures and interactive media. In recent years, her embodied experience of living with uncertainty became the backbone of her creative practice.
PhD in Electrical Engineering, INSA de Lyon, France; completed postdoctoral research, Princeton University, USA, and the University of Cambridge, UK. Currently, Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Neuroprosthetic Technology, School of Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. Research focuses on the materials, technology and integration of soft bioelectronic interfaces including artificial skin and ultra-compliant neural electrodes for therapeutic neuroprosthetics. Founding Member, EPFL Centre for Neuroprosthetics. Recipient: MIT TR35 (2006); University Research Fellowship, Royal Society (UK); European Research Council ERC Starting and Proof-of-Concept Grants; SNSF-ERC Consolidator Grant.