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Rajiv Pant

Senior Advisor, Rajiv Pant & Company, USA

Rajiv Pant is a well-respected product, design, and engineering executive. He is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and to the AI startup As an entrepreneur, he is deeply involved in his own startup ventures. 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 Chief Technology Officer of The New York Times, Rajiv led the successful development and delivery of dozens of acclaimed mobile and web products over four years. He reported jointly to the business side and to the editor-in-chief of The New York Times. Rajiv was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

Prior to his move to The NY Times, Rajiv was Vice President of Digital Technology at Conde Nast for four years. He headed up technology for Conde Nast’s brands including Reddit.

Before Conde Nast, Rajiv was Chief Technology Officer at COXnet (now Cox Media Group), a division of Cox, one of the nation’s leading media and communications companies. It was during this tenure, that Rajiv received the Newspaper Association of America’s 20 Under 40 Award.

This followed a stint of nearly a decade at Knight Ridder, then the nation’s second-largest newspaper publisher. As Vice President of Technology at Knight Ridder Digital in San Jose, Rajiv led the development and implementation of the company’s Web site products. He also worked closely with newsroom colleagues at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.

Rajiv twice received the prestigious Knight Ridder Excellence Award for Technology Innovation. Among the products developed by Rajiv and his team is Cofax, a leading open-source content management system used by newspapers and other companies around the world. Xmultra, a systems integration product developed by his team for feeds transfer and transformation with multiple newspaper systems, won the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Award.

Rajiv’s leadership qualities were also recognized when two development teams under his direction received two separate Newspaper Association of America 2004 Best Practice Awards in New Media; the first for the development of web and multi-platform publishing tools, and a second for a software upgrade system for high traffic web sites.

Rajiv has experience building and supervising small teams to 400+ employees. He is admired for his win/win collaborative style by his peers. He strives to live every day by his life’s motto: “Victory is winning people over, not defeating others.”

He serves as a regular in-person volunteer with the charity New York Cares, especially during the pandemic when help is needed most. For more information, visit Rajiv’s personal Web site at

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.

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.

Şafak Pavey

Senior Adviser, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Switzerland

Background embracing international and national public policymaking and UN diplomacy. Expertise in strategic public sector engagement & philanthropy in humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding, social & ecological policy, cities & cultural diplomacy, 'UN Women, Peace & Security' Agenda. Formerly; Deputy Speaker and Member of the Turkish Parliament for Istanbul City (-CHP -Social Democratic Party). Served as the Vice-Chair of Turkey-EU Accession Committee, NATO Parliamentary Assembly Civilian Security, Vice-Chair of CHP Party for Nature Rights and Social Policy. UN Independent Expert. Head of Secretariat, UN OHCHR; with the UN Refugee Agency holding both headquarters and field-based positions in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Bachelor's in International Relations & post-grad in London School of Economics. 2015 Young Global Leader /World Economic Forum, 2016 Munich Young Leader/Munich Security Conference. Selected Awards: 2012 International Woman of Courage Award by US State Department, 2014 Secularist of the Year Award by British Secular Society, 2012 Izmir City EXPO Ambassador & Izmir City Human Rights Memorial Award, 2014 Izmir City Şafak Pavey Youth Centre, 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World Award (Children, World Peace &/ Human Rights) by Junior Chamber International.

Rolph Antoine Payet

Executive Secretary, Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, Switzerland

Rolph Antoine Payet, with a PhD in Environmental Science, is currently Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Convention Secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior he was Minister for Environment and Energy in the Government of Seychelles. He has also held the position of President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles and Special Adviser to the President of Seychelles. Payet is founding member/trustee of the Global Island Partnership, the Sea Level Rise Foundation, the Seychelles University Foundation, the Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology, the Island Conservation Society and the Silhouette Foundation. In November 2007, he shared the Nobel Peace Prize as an IPCC Lead Author.

Yana Peel

Global Head of Arts, Culture and Communications, Chanel, United Kingdom

Yana Peel is CEO of Intelligence Squared Group, the world’s leading forum for live debate. Having co-founded Outset Contemporary Art Fund as a cultural foundation in 2003, Yana maintains board and advisory positions across the arts that include: Tate Executive Council, British Fashion Council, V&A, V-A-C Foundation Moscow, Para/Site Art Space and Asia Art Archive. Most recently, she authored the third in her series of best-selling children’s books to benefit the National Society for the Protection against Cruelty to Children (Art for Baby), was selected as the recipient of the Mont Blanc Award for Arts Patronage and joined the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Role of Arts in Society.

Yana was born in St Petersburg, Russia. She attended McGill University, completed her post-graduate studies in Economics at LSE and started her career at Goldman Sachs.

Efrat Peled

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Arison Investments, Israel

Efrat Peled is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arison Investments, a privately owned investment company that delivers solid business and financial performance by investing in companies and projects with sustainability at their core. Peled is a Board Member of Bank Hapoalim and the real estate and infrastructure group Shikun & Binui, both traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. She also serves on the boards of the Ted Arison Family Foundation, Salt of the Earth and Miya, a global water efficiency company, as well as a Member on the Investment Committee for the Weizmann Global Endowment Management Trust and a Member of the Clinton Global Initiative LEAD group. A licensed CPA, Peled holds an MBA from the Kellogg-Recanati executive programme, and a BA in Accounting and Economics and a post-graduate diploma in Real Estate Appraisal and Management from Tel Aviv University. Peled was listed in Forbes “World's 100 Most Powerful Women” in 2009 and ranked as one of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” by Fortune Magazine in 2011.