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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.
María 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.
Peter Lacy is Global Sustainability Services Lead & Chief Responsibility Officer, overseeing the integration of sustainability in all client work and ensuring the responsible business agenda across Accenture services and internal operations. Peter is a member of Accenture's Global Management Committee.
He leads sustainability services with clients and ecosystem partners, working across Accenture's service offerings to help clients create value and impact. Peter's work spans environmental, social and governance issues as they impact business, clients and ecosystems, as Accenture builds toward achieving the United Nations Global Compact's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. He directs market growth for sustainability services and demand for responsible business consulting.
Peter previously led Accenture Strategy in Europe and Asia Pacific and helped launch the company's sustainability practice in 2008.
He has led the world's largest CEO studies on behalf of the United Nations Secretary General and co-led a global research program on digital transformation with the World Economic Forum, where he also sits on the Forum of Young Global Leaders foundation board.
Peter is the author of two books on the value of the circular economy: Waste to Wealth, an international best seller, and its follow-up, The Circular Economy Handbook.
Peter earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Nottingham and has been a Business Fellow at the University of Oxford since 2010. He has completed executive programs at Harvard University, Yale University, the University of Cambridge and INSEAD.
Siddhartha Lal is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Eicher Motors, the flagship listed company of the Eicher Group in India. In 2008, Lal took charge as Managing Director and Chief Executive of VE Commercial Vehicles (VECV), a 50-50 joint venture between Volvo group and Eicher Motors. It is the third largest CV player in India and has ambitions to drive modernization in commercial transportation. During 2001-2004, as Chief Executive Officer of Royal Enfield (a division of Eicher Motors), Lal helped revive the company's fortunes and strengthen stakeholders' involvement with the brand. He holds Master's in Automotive Engineering from University of Leeds and is a Cranfield University qualified mechanical engineer. An Economics graduate from St Stephens College and alumnus of Doon School, he has a keen eye for detail which actively manifests in motorcycle designs and photography. Lal is passionate about transportation and the role it plays in sustainability, especially in urban settings; and its role in health, safety and quality of life. He is co-championing a YGL GRI initiative “Transforming Urban Mobility - by creating an authority”.
Tshering graduated from Northumbria University, UK with BSc (HONS) Health Development Studies, Masters of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Telemedicine. He was awarded with the first ever Lord Glenamara International Scholarship in recognition of his efforts in improving public health and the environment through volunteering.
In 2006, Tshering won the International Student of the Year 2006 in the UK. This award was honoured by the university establishing the ‘Tshering Lama Northumbria University Scholarships’, which provide 20 scholarships a year for Nepalese students.
In 2010, Tshering returned to Nepal to found Childreach Nepal (www.childreachnp.org) – an independent, locally registered charity that works in partnership with local communities to improve children’s access to healthcare, education, and child rights and protection.
Tshering is a strong believer in bringing the right people together to find new and innovative ways of changing the lives of young people. One of the best demonstrations of this is his key role in co-creating the Idea Studio Nepal. Launched 2014, as a joint initiative with UNICEF Nepal, the Idea Studio has created a platform for Nepalese people with enterprising ideas to change society by providing them with mentoring at Kathmandu University, investment to turn promising ideas viable businesses and giving them national exposure by telling their journey through one of Nepal’s first reality TV shows.
Today, Idea Studio Nepal is legally registered not-for-profit company in Nepal and successfully completed its 2nd Season. Currently, Tshering is leading as the Chairperson and co-founder of Idea Studio Nepal and giving much of his time in developing a complete ecosystem of entrepreneurship ecosystem in Nepal to ignite social change.
Dr Tamás Landesz is Director, Administration and Finance at the World Health Organization, International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) based in Lyon. Prior, Landesz held senior management functions in international organizations and advised governments, including the Office of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, European Defence Agency, and United Nations system organizations. He has been posted in complex post-conflict hot spots across four continents. Landesz started his career as a management consultant, providing strategic advise to companies expanding to Eastern Europe, during the transition from centrally planned to market economies. He is a Member of Prof. Michael Porter`s Harvard Business School network, lecturing on the microeconomics of competitiveness. Landesz holds a PhD from Paris, an MPA from Harvard University, an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and an MBA from Vienna. His research interest focuses on the future of leadership, and his PhD dissertation dealt with Authentic Leadership and Machiavellianism in Young Global Leaders.
Founder and CEO of @GLEOW Group a consulting and coaching agency for FTSE 100 companies, local governments, startups and non profits. As part of this it is my privilege to work as an executive coach, the part of my job that lights me up each day.
I am the founder & Chair of MyBnk. From 2007 to 2016, I was CEO of MyBnk, which supports young people to become financially resilient and work-ready. After having successfully campaigned to include financial education into the UK school curriculum, we now advise the UK government on financial inclusion. I am passionate about education and lecture in Business and Social Impact at Occidental University in Los Angeles, USA. I am an Industry Advisor at SAID Business School, University of Oxford, UK and an Advisory Board member for Copper Banking.
I am grateful to The World Economic Forum for honoring me as a Young Global Leader and to Ashoka and Aspen (Italia) thank you for making me a fellow. In 2017 Queen Elizabeth II honored me with an MBE in recognition of the work MyBnk do in financial services and entrepreneurship. Every award is shared with all the amazing people I have been lucky enough to work with, from the bright and brilliant team at MyBnk to the students at Oxford and Occidental, to my coaching and consulting clients who are not afraid to reimagine their impact and leadership. It is a joy to work with you.