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Alec Oxenford

Co-Founder and President, letgo, USA

Alec Oxenford is an ecommerce expert and entrepreneur from Argentina. He is a cofounder of letgo, the fastest growing mobile marketplace to buy and sell locally. The app – which has raised over $375M in funding from Naspers, Accel, Insight Venture Partners and others since launching in 2015 – has already been downloaded over 45M times. Named one of 2016’s “Hottest Startups” by Wired and among the year’s “Best Apps” by Google, letgo is built on cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, image recognition and machine learning. It’s drawn recent attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company and others.

Oxenford previously co-founded OLX, a high growth markets-focused online classifieds platform. Today, OLX is one of the most trafficked Internet platforms globally and installed on hundreds of millions of devices in dozens of countries like India and Brazil. He launched the company with cofounder Fabrice Grinda in 2006. Oxenford continues to serve as Chairman of OLX, which today is owned and operated by Naspers.

In 1999, Oxenford cofounded DeRemate, one of the two largest online trading platforms in Latin America, which he later sold to an eBay affiliate in 2005. He was also cofounder of DineroMail.com, a popular payment platform in Latin America, and previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group.

Oxenford received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1997 and is active with the Harvard Club of Argentina. He was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006 and serves as President of ArteBA. Oxenford received the CNN Internet Leader Award in 2001 and the Entrepreneur Award in 2003. He has been a featured commentator on CNN and Bloomberg, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TechCrunch and Recode, among others.

Sputniko! Ozaki

Associate Professor, Tokyo University of the Arts, Japan

Japanese/British artist based in Tokyo. Known for film and multi-media installation works which explore the social and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Has recently presented works in exhibitions such as the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2019, NY), Milan International Design Triennial (2019, Milan) and Setouchi Art Trienniale (creating a permanent art pavilion at the Benesse Art Site on Teshima). Currently an Associate Professor at the Tokyo University of Arts. From 2013 to 2017, Assistant Professor at the MIT Media Lab, founding and directing the Design Fiction group. To date, has had pieces included in the permanent collections of museums such as the V&A and the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.

Salvador Paiz

President, FunSEPA, Guatemala

Salvador Paiz is President of FunSEPA, a foundation which is improving the quality of education in Guatemala by leveraging technology. FunSEPA has installed over 26,313 computers in over 1,624 public schools, and has trained and certified over 86,000 public school teachers (over 55% of the total teacher population) on the usage of technology as a teaching tool. FunSEPA is in the process of rolling out Na'at, a revolutionary teacher training platform which does not require connectivity.

Paiz is also Director of the Foundation for the Development of Guatemala (FUNDESA) and works on the Mejoremos Guate initiative, a holistic development agenda for the country with short-term actionable projects. Key projects and initiatives include: Roadway Infrastructure Legislative Proposal, Crime Stoppers Guatemala, Guatemala Visible, Criminal Justice Flowchart, among others.

On the business side, Paiz is the Co-Chairman of Grupo PDC, a holding company with interests in distribution and real estate finance throughout Central America.

Paiz obtained a Bachelor's degree with honours from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Business as a Martin Trust Merit Scholar. His econometric work on the topic of contagion has been published.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak

Minister of State for Information and Communication Technology, Ministry of Post, Telecommunications and Information Technology of Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Lawyer. Professional practice in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh. 1998, started political career by actively engaging in students issues and community activities. 2008, elected Member of Parliament - youngest member of Parliament; member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on ICT Ministry and Private Members' Bill. 2014, re-elected to Parliament; since January 2014, Minister of State; youngest minister in the history of Bangladesh. As Minister of ICT, has ensured affordable internet for rural populations, building high-tech parks, human resources development and IT industry promotion, e-governance and e-service delivery and creating a vibrant start-up ecosystem in Bangladesh. Interests: issues related to innovation and digital entrepreneurship, climate change, women’s empowerment through technology, inclusive development, etc.

Rajiv Pant

GM, Technology Platforms, Hearst, USA

Rajiv Pant is a well-respected product, design, and engineering executive and entrepreneur. As General Manager of Technology Platforms, he leads product, design, engineering, and technology operations for Hearst Magazines, Hearst Autos, and CDS Global, Inc. He served as Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company. He has been advising the AI startup you.com since its beginning. He served as Chief Product & Technology Officer of The Wall Street Journal, responsible for Product, Design, and Engineering where he reported jointly to the WSJ editor-in-chief and to Dow Jones corporate. He was then promoted to Deputy CTO of News Corp, parent company of WSJ and several other global brands. Previously, as CTO of The New York Times, Rajiv led the successful development and delivery of dozens of acclaimed mobile and web products over four years. Earlier, he headed up digital technology at Conde Nast for four years, where he managed multiple successful teams including Reddit. His leadership experience includes CTO of Cox Media Group, VP Engineering at Knight Ridder, and roles at startups. He has experience building and supervising small teams to 400+ employees. He received several prestigious awards during his career including being honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014. He serves as a regular in-person volunteer with the charity New York Cares, especially during the pandemic when help is needed most.

Sandeep Parekh

Independent Director, HDFC Bank, India

LLM in Securities and Financial Regulations, Georgetown University; LLB, Delhi University; admitted to practice law, New York. Experience in securities regulations, investment regulations, private equity, corporate governance and financial regulations. Formerly: Executive Director and Head, Legal Affairs and Enforcement departments, Securities and Exchange Board of India; Faculty, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Lawyer, Delhi, Mumbai; Lawyer, Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Author of: op-eds in Financial Times and Economic Times; book, Fraud and insider trading. Member, Mensa and 999 Society. Expertise: financial regulations, particularly securities and investment regulations; corporate governance, public policy and accountability of private and public sectors to their constituents. Interests: rock-climbing, trekking, kayaking and golf.

Kirsten Parker

Vice-President, Client Operations, Ravelin Technology Ltd, United Kingdom

Kirsten's background is leading growing companies through scale up, acquisitions, and a range of innovation, change, and engagement initiatives.

She's VP of Client Operations at Ravelin Technology, a company that helps clients detect and prevent fraud and increase payment acceptance. Ravelin uses machine learning and a suite of tools to help clients prevent payment fraud and emerging threats like account takeover, marketplace fraud, promo abuse, and refund abuse.

Previously, she was VP of Solutions Strategy at Mind Gym, a consultancy that designs people-led solutions for performance, diversity and inclusion, team effectiveness, resilience, ethics, and organisational change.

Kirsten was co-founder and Managing Director of Exclusive Analysis (EA, acquired by IHS) and head of Country Risk Analysis and Forecasting at IHS Markit (following the merger of Global Insight, Jane’s, and EA). The team forecast war, terrorism, unrest, and political risk to enable strategic planning, market entry, risk management, and social licence for clients across government and industries.

She also worked for Common Ground Community (now Breaking Ground) - an innovative not-for-profit whose flagship projects are bold experiments in financing, developing, and managing urban planning - as well as in a community mental health team in the NHS and a children’s crisis team in New York.

Kirsten holds a BA in Anthropology and Politics from the University of Chicago, an MSc in Applied Social Studies (Psychology, Sociology, and Public Policy) and a Diploma in Social Work from Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), and an MSc in Leadership & Strategy from London Business School (Sloan Fellow).

Her interests include organisational psychology, conflict and social policy, and risk forecasting. Kirsten is based in the UK and has and has lived and worked in the US, Europe, Latin America, and APAC.

Belinda Parmar

Chief Executive Officer, The Empathy Business, United Kingdom

Campaigner & the CEO of The Empathy Business, a consultancy changing the world of work through the science of empathy. Focused on measuring and scaling empathy. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Speaker on the diversity, future of work, tech and female empowerment. OBE for bringing more women into the UK’s technology industry. Voted one of the world's top 20 Global Diversity Figures. Cranfield “100 Women to Watch” list. https://theempathybusiness.com/ https://www.globaldiversitylist.org/public-life

Eric Parrado

Chief Economist; General Manager, Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank, USA

Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. PhD in Economics, New York University. Former Manager of the Chilean sovereign wealth funds, with assets under management of $22 billion. International Consultant, advising central banks and governments of Colombia, Guyana, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama and Papua New Guinea on fiscal policy and implementation of sovereign wealth funds. Former Chairman of the Regulatory Banking Authority of Chile (Superintendencia de Bancos) and Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School.

Catherine "Kitty" Parry

Chief Executive Officer, DeepView, USA

Serial entrepreneur with deep experience in the regulatory and compliance spaces. 2014, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DeepView, an enterprise compliance software solution that recognizes data and compliance breaches in digital and social media images. This machine learning product is built from a deep understanding of global regulation and law, the solution is used by regulators and regulated organizations that grapple with the spectrum of global regulation surrounding social media and digital usage. Formerly: with WPP as part of a team designed to help listed clients boost share prices; then started Templars Communications, a strategic communications firm specializing in financial services, with clients including London boutique investment firms. 2013, founded the Social Media Charter, an organization that provides firms and regulators social media compliance guidance. Speaker on regulation, digital and social media, including on World Economic Forum panels at the Annual Meeting in Davos as well as on the BBC, Radio 4 and CNBC.

Codrut Pascu

Senior Advisor, Roland Berger S.R.L., Switzerland

Codrut Pascu is Partner of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Romania and Co-Head of the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) operations. He started as a consultant in 1998 and worked his way up to Partner in less than 10 years, becoming one of the youngest partners in the firm's worldwide partner network. Prior, Codrut worked for a leading Romanian brokerage company and for Morgan Stanley's investment banking division in London. Committed to fostering educational excellence among young talents, he is Founder of the Romanian Education Trust and the Roland Berger Scholarships in Romania, which supports the academic development of talented Romanians studying abroad. In his capacity of thought leader and active promoter of business education, Codrut has been cited in hundreds of articles published in leading publications in Romania and CEE. He studied Business Administration at the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies, graduating with a full merit scholarship. He also completed an MBA programme at INSEAD, a leading business academic institution in France.

Verena Pausder

Managing Partner, Pausder Ventures GmbH, Germany

Verena founded the companies Fox & Sheep GmbH in 2012 and HABA Digital GmbH in 2016 and is passionate about the digital life and education of children. Verena is driven by a great vision: All children are supposed to access digital education equally. Therefore, Verena founded the non-profit association Digitale Bildung für Alle e.V. in 2017. Furthermore Verena gives first-hand advice on current issues of digitalization on the political level and serves as a member of the Innovation Council for the Minister of State for Digitalization, Dorothee Bär.