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Joo-sung Lee

President, SeAH Steel, Republic of Korea

Joosung Lee is the President & CEO of SeAH Steel Holdings and also serving as the President at SeAH Steel. SeAH Wind is currently building UK's first offshore wind monopile manufacturing facility in Teesside. Previously, he worked at Accenture and Merrill Lynch in Seoul where he was involved in numerous landmark M&A and capital markets transactions. Joosung holds a BA in Economics and East Asian Languages & Civilizations from the University of Chicago and an MBA from Columbia University. Young Global Leader Alumni, World Economic Forum (2013).

Julianne Lee Jihyun

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Julianne Lee & Co., Republic of Korea

Julianne Lee is publisher of ARS VITAE, a limited-edition serial publication about what it means to live well. She also organizes a forum series on the science of spirituality through which she hopes to share evidence-based perspectives on life with wisdom and joy and being "the change that one wishes to see in the world". She was formerly anchorwoman and journalist at SBS TV network, Korea, the first female journalist in Korea to become solo anchor of primetime news hour; the first female Spokesperson of Korea's National Security Council; first Presidential Spokesperson for Foreign Press; Presidential Secretary for Foreign Press Affairs. She was also host of ""Korea Now"" on Arirang TV, the English-language broadcasting channel in Korea and Senior Adviser to RBS, Korea. She is Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and also one of the Future Leaders of Korea-China-Japan by the Korea Foundation.
BA, Brown University; MA, Harvard University.

Lee Xiaodong

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Fuxi Institution, People's Republic of China

Founder and CEO of Fuxi Institution, which is focusing on Internet and Digital Economy, e.g. Internet Infrastructure, Internet Governance, Data Governance, Digital Economy and Digital Civilization.

Professor and Director, ICT Laboratory for Internet Infrastructure, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Professor and Director of Center for Internet Governance, Tsinghua University.

He is serving as Vice President of Internet Society of China, Commissioner of the Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC), Commissioner of Global Information Infrastructure Commission (GIIC), Member of All-China Youth Federation.

He used to be CEO of China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC, 2013-2017), Vice President of ICANN (2011-2013), Founder CEO of National Engineering Laboratory for Naming and Addressing Technologies (2013-2017), Member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) of Internet Governance Forum (IGF) of United Nations (2014-2017), Member of ICANN Security, Stability and Resiliency Review Team (SSR-RT, 2010-2012),Member of ICANN Security, Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC, 2010-2019), Member of Global Agenda/Future Council of WEF (2013-2019). He was appointed to the IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG, 2014-2016), which made the transition of key global Internet functions successfully happened in 2016. He was awarded Young Global Leader in 2014, China Outstanding Youth Medal in 2009 and Ten Outstanding Youth of China Software Industry in 2008.

Michael Lefenfeld

President and Chief Executive Officer, Cyanco, Inc., USA

Michael Lefenfeld, a serial entrepreneur, currently leading Cyanco, the world's largest producer of lixiviants for the gold and silver mining industry. Prioir to this role, he co-founded SiGNa Chemistry, a global manufacturer of highly-active, environmentally-friendly chemicals used to improve production processes in the energy recovery, petrochemical refining and chemical manufacturing industries. SiGNa has been recognized with the EPA's Presidential Green Chemistry Award and the WEF's Technology Pioneer Award. Michael built his career around the belief that many of the solutions our world seeks in better healthcare, cleaner manufacturing, sustainable energy can be achieved with better science. Prior to SiGNa, Michael embraced his ability for developing and commercializing new technology and launched and sold three other companies by the time he was 30. 2002, B.Sc., ChE, Washington University, St Louis; 2007 M.Sc. and M.Phil., Chemistry, Columbia University, New York; 2002-03, Technical Staff, Lucent-Bell Labs, New Jersey, US; Founder, Blood Gas Diagnostics (1999); Founder, SiGNa Chemistry, Inc. (2007). Holds more than 100 patents. Recipient of awards: Young Global Leader, WEF (2016); Chemical Power Player to Watch, ICIS (2009); Top Lab Talent, Red Herring (2005); Top Entrepreneur: Business Week (2005); Inc. Magazine (2006); Red Herring (2006); Presidential Green Chemistry Award (2008); Technology Pioneer, WEF (2008). Adjunct Faculty, Michigan State University. Charity: Venture for America; ADDF; JDRF. Interests: travel, reading, music, charity work.

Moritz Lehmkuhl

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ClimatePartner GmbH, Germany

Moritz Lehmkuhl is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ClimatePartner, an international consulting and service company in the voluntary climate protection market. Founded in 2006, the vision behind ClimatePartner is to change industries by integrating climate protection and sustainability into their core services and products and thereby make it a unique added value. ClimatePartner has today offices in 12 countries and a wonderful team of more than 650 people support the vision.

Courtney Leimkuhler

Founding Partner, Springbank Collective, USA

My husband Charles and I just returned from a year of amazing global travel with our two young children. Before taking a year off, I was the Chief Financial Officer of Marsh and of the Risk and Insurance Services segment of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC). Before that I was the head of strategy and M&A for the New York Stock Exchange's parent company NYSE Euronext. I started my career in a variety of roles at Goldman Sachs. I went to Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

I believe strongly in access to opportunity and role models and spent many years as the vice chairman of the board of Futures and Options, a New York City-based non-profit that seeks to break the cycle of poverty by providing job skills training and paid internships to at-risk high school kids. I'm also on the board of the Agnes Irwin School which is my alma mater.

I set up a small advisory and investment business while I decide what to do next. I am very committed to putting capitalism to work on some of the most pressing issues that we are facing right now. Two areas that I have spent the most time on so far are gender parity and the climate crisis.

Achankeng Leke

Senior Partner; Chairman, Africa; Leader, Private Equity and Principal Investors, Africa; Member, McKinsey Global Institute Council, McKinsey & Company, South Africa

Acha Leke is Senior Partner in Johannesburg and Chairman of McKinsey, Africa. He leads McKinsey's Private Equity and Principal Investors practice in Africa, and is a member of the McKinsey Global Institute Council. Previously, he served for three years as part-time consultant for Pacific Monolithics and Spectrian Corporation in California and, in 1998, as a Summer Associate at McKinsey's Johannesburg office. In 1999, Acha rejoined Atlanta, and moved to South Africa in 2002. His client work is split between telecom, oil and gas, banking, private equity and economic development. Leke is Co-Founder and Member of the Board of the African Leadership Academy, a co-educational boarding school that aims to develop the next generation of African leaders. He holds a Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, an MSc in Electrical Engineering, an MSc in Industrial Engineering/Engineering Management and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Olivia Leland

Founder and Chief Executive, Co-Impact, United Kingdom

Olivia Leland brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector to her role as founder and CEO of Co-Impact. Co-Impact brings together philanthropists, foundations and other funders to support systems change efforts in low- and middle-income countries around the world, in the areas of education, health, and economic opportunity, and with a particular focus on gender equity and inclusion. Olivia worked with Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett as the founding director of the Giving Pledge, an effort to help address society's most pressing problems by encouraging philanthropy globally. In this role, she was responsible for building out the concept from inception, as well as overseeing the strategy and implementation for this effort which now has more than 200 families committed from around the world. Previously, she led a cross-foundation strategy effort at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and served as associate director for financial and private sector development at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She has consulted on microfinance and private sector development, and was a strategy consultant at Monitor Group where she focused on branding, market research and venture philanthropy. She sits on the board of the Full Frame Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to break cycles of poverty and violence through systems change. In 2014 Olivia was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Olivia received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University and MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She lives with her husband and three children in London, UK, and holds dual US/French nationality.

Thomas Trikasih Lembong

Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Quvat Management, Singapore

1994, BA (Hons) in Architecture and Urban Planning, Harvard University. 1994-95, Sales and Trading Associate, Morgan Stanley & Company; 1995-96, Equities Division, Morgan Stanley (Singapore); 1997-98, Senior Manager, Corporate Finance Department, Makindo. 1998-99, with Deutsche Bank. 2000-02, Senior Official, Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA). 2002-05, Investment Manager, Farindo Investments. 2006, Managing Partner and CEO, Quvat Management. Former Minister of Trade of Indonesia.

Ronaldo Lemos

Chief Scientific Officer, Institute for Technology & Society (ITS), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

LLM, Harvard. Visiting Scholar, MIT Media Lab, Oxford and Princeton University. Member of Facebook´s independent Oversight Board. Twenty years of work experience in technology and policy in the private and public sectors. Visiting Professor, Columbia University's School of International Public Affairs (SIPA). Member of the Board, Mozilla Foundation. Founder, Institute for Technology & Society of Rio. Partner with PNM Law, a leading law firm specialized in tech in Brazil. Co-created Brazil’s Internet Bill of Rights Law (2014). Co-created Brazil’s National IoT Plan (2018). Writes weekly for Brazil’s main newspaper (Folha de S. Paulo) and hosts a weekly show on national TV about technology. Winner of Prix Ars Electronica's Golden Nica (2007). Winner of the Sichuan TV Festival Gold Panda (2019) for the documentary "Expresso Futuro" covering technology and innovation in China.

Dana Leong

Chief Executive Officer, Grammy Winning Musician, TEKTONIKmusic.org, USA

Dana Leong is a two-time Grammy award winning musician, composer, and producer. Considered by many to be the world’s top electric cellist, he has also been referred to as world’s top trombone player by members of the world renowned Balkan Beat Box. Dana’s music spans across multiple genres. His distinctive sound is an emotionally mesmerizing combination of jazz, healing music, electronic dance and hip hop. He has taught Jazz at Stanford University from the age of 16; completed the Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government; has given conference opening musical speeches and presentations at TEDxShanghai and the US OPEN Tennis Championship; won two Grammys in Latin Jazz for his collaboration with Paquito D’rivera; worked with Kanye West and Sean P. Diddy Combs in Hip-Hop, and with DJ A-Trak and DJ Qbert in EDM; been a guest musical director for “Fela” on Broadway; and has composed themes for international brands such as Hermès, Virgin Galactic, Porsche and Mont Blanc. A leading innovator at the intersection of music, technology and wellness, Dana has performed healing music at the World Economic Forum’s Davos Congress and Summer Davos Closing Ceremonies and is a composer on a ‘musicians against violence’ album produced by Harry Belafonte. He also worked with Yamaha to consult on the design of the “Silent Cello”, serves as a U.S. Musical Ambassador and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Follow him at @danaleongmusic

Tim Levene

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Augmentum Fintech PLC, United Kingdom

Studied Russian, University of Manchester. Formerly with Bain & Company, Moscow, Boston, Sydney and London. An experienced entrepreneur, Tim co- founded juice bar business Crussh and being a founding employee of Flutter.com, the latter of which became one of the highest profile digital businesses in the UK after it merged with Betfair.com in 2001 Tim is CEO and Founder of the UK’s only publicly listed, fintech-focused investment company Augmentum Fintech. After launching the first iteration of the fund in 2010 with the backing of RIT and Lord Rothschild, Tim and Co-Founder Richard Matthews launched Augmentum Fintech plc on the main market of the London Stock Exchange in 2018.
Tim has sat and currently sits on multiple fintech boards including Interactive Investor, Tide, Zopa, Farewill, iwoca and Monese and is highly active in cross-industry initiatives working to boost the UK fintech sector, including the UK FinTech Strategy Group. In 2022, Tim was elected in the City of London as an Alderman in the Ward of Bridge.