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Navrina Singh

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Credo AI, USA

Navrina is the Founder & CEO of Credo AI.Credo.AI is on a mission to empower enterprises to develop AI with the highest ethical standards. Credo AI ensures compliant, trustworthy, fair and auditable development and use of AI. As the pioneer in context driven, continuous and comprehensive AI governance , Credo AI's SaaS enables enterprise to measure, monitor and manage AI introduced risks at scale and empowering enterprises to deliver Responsible AI.

A technology leader with over 18+ years experience in Enterprise SaaS, AI and Mobile, Navrina has held multiple product and business leadership roles at Microsoft and Qualcomm. Navrina is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC), which advises the United States President and the National AI Initiative Office. Navrina is an executive board member of Mozilla guiding their trustworthy AI charter. Navrina is also a young global leader with the World economic forum & was on their future council for AI guiding policies & regulations in responsible AI.

Navrina holds a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin -Madison & an MBA from Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.

Shamina Singh

President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard, USA

Shamina is the Founder and President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Executive Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Mastercard. She is also President of the Mastercard Impact Fund, where she is responsible for activating a $500 million commitment to advance inclusive growth around the world. Shamina is a member of Mastercard's Management Committee and serves on the boards of ADL and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

Jens Martin Skibsted

Partner, Manyone A/S, Denmark

1994, graduate, ESEC Film School, Paris; 1998, degree in Philosophy, Copenhagen University; 2000, degree in Project Management, University of California, Berkeley; 2011, degree in Cross Media Communication, Copenhagen University. Founder/Partner, Skibsted ID, KiBiSi, Manyone, design consultancies; Founder Ogojiii, African design innovation media. Founder, Biomega, bicycle and urban mobility company. Works collected by Cnap, MoMA, Designmuseum Danmark and SFMoMA; Former member of the Board: Danish Design Coucil (Chair), Design2innovate (Vice-Chair); Danish Design Center; Member of the board: Danfoss Foundation. Co-Author, Expand: Stretching the Future by Design, Instant Icon, Tilbage til Virkeligheden (Back To Reality). Author, blog column in Fast Company, Huffington Post, Core77. Recipient of awards: Wallpaper Design Award; I.D. Consumer Design; Red Dot Award, IF, Good Design Award; European 40 under 40. Member, World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Urban Mobility Transitions."

David Skilling

Founding Director, Landfall Strategy Group BV, Netherlands

Dr David Skilling is the founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, an economic and policy advisory firm based in the Netherlands and Singapore. David advises governments, companies, and financial institutions in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe on the impact of global macro, globalisation, and geopolitics, from a small advanced economy perspective. David writes regularly on global economic and political issues, including in a column in Singapore's Straits Times as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate, and Nikkei Asian Review. David has recently served as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Centre for Government; as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs & Trade in New Zealand; and as a Fellow at Singapore’s Civil Service College. Previously, David was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company in Singapore, as well as being a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute. Prior to joining McKinsey at the start of 2009, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately funded, non-partisan think-tank. Until 2003, he was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury, where he worked primarily on economic growth issues. David has a PhD in Public Policy and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University, as well as a Master's of Commerce (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland.

E. Benjamin Skinner

Founder and President, Transparentem, USA

E. Benjamin Skinner is Founder and President of Transparentem. Previously, he co-founded TAU Investment Management, and prior to that was Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. He was named one of National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year 2008.” His first book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press; 2008), was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008, and a finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage in 2011.

Previously he held a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and worked as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His 50+ chapters, monographs, and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Tebogo Skwambane

Country Manager, South Africa, WPP, South Africa

Tebogo Skwambane is a Partner at McKinsey and Company based in South Africa. Tebogo has been a Strategy and Management consultant for 15 years. Tebogo was a Monitor Group Global Partner & Managing Partner of Monitor South Africa, 2011-2013. Tebogo has worked extensively on enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystems across East, West and Southern Africa with a view to accelerating growth of SME businesses and entrepreneurial activity in those markets through encouraging collaboration between public and private sectors In 2005 Tebogo co-founded North Road Consulting, a strategy and operational consulting firm in South Africa. North Road consulting worked with clients listed and private, for-profit and not-for-profit in industries ranging from mining, manufacturing, logistics, and financial services to advertising. Tebogo has worked with clients on growth strategies, operational turnaround, performance improvement and management, organizational restructuring and organizational effectiveness. In 2011 North Road Consulting merged with The Monitor Group.
Before founding North Road Consulting Tebogo worked for Bain and Company, in the US, UK and South Africa. Tebogo has held managerial positions at Eskom Enterprises where she was Strategy Manager in the CEO’s office, and in financial services at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank, in Washington D.C. and at Brown Brothers Harriman and Company in Boston. Tebogo was previously an independent nonexecutive director on the boards of Actom, EOH Holdings, Polyoak Packaging Holdings and Daimler Fleet Management. Tebogo is a Trustee of The Lonely Road Foundation, a foundation that supports orphans and vulnerable children in disadvantaged communities. Tebogo has served on the local Johannesburg chapter board as well as the Europe, Africa and Middle East Regional Council for the Entrepreneurship Organisation. In February 2011 Tebogo was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and as a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leaders Network Consulting Experience:
• Strategy & organization
• Operational turnaround and performance improvement
• Organizational restructuring
• Entrepreneurship and SME development
Education: MBA (Harvard Business School), B.A.(Honours) in Government (Dartmouth College)

Anthony Smaré

Chairman of the Board, Paradise Foods, Papua New Guinea

Lawyer, geologist, entrepreneur, investor and social entrepreneur. Chairman, Papua New Guinea superannuation investment fund Nambawan Super ($3 billion in investments) and food company Paradise Company Limited, developing entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Pacific islands as founder of Kumul Foundation in partnership with UNDP and Australian Aid. Directorships and interests in climate change, responsible extractives, financial inclusion, telecommunications, banking and pharmaceutical industries.

Elaine Smith Genser

Partnership Adviser, United Nations Joint SDG Fund, USA

Elaine Smith Genser is a senior financial executive with over 30 years of experience. In the last decade, she has worked on mobilizing resources from the private sector for institutions including the United Nations, World Bank, and World Economic Forum. Before that she was a trader and research sales manager for global investment banks including Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and J.P. Morgan, where at the height of that career she oversaw daily trading of $75-$250 million of $2.5 billion in trading volume on the Brazilian Exchange.
Currently, Elaine directs partnerships for the UN Joint SDG Fund, which was created by the UN Secretary-General to blend $300 million annually from states with private sector investments to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the 2030 Agenda. She is also the Officer Investment Advisor of the Fund as of June 2022. Earlier, she held advising and community management roles with Global Future Council of Financial and Monetary Systems with top S&P100 institutions, as well as leading the agenda design of international gatherings of banking and exchange CEOs with public authorities.
Elaine’s career reflects her early vision of the need to incorporate social responsibility, sustainability, and environmental concerns into the strategy of public and private companies of all sizes. She also brings deep experience working with global financial markets most especially in developing strategy to create financial vehicles for the blending of public and private sector financing in developing countries.
Elaine holds a BBA from Mackenzie University, an MBA from University of São Paulo-FIA, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program (OPM). She has also completed executive programs in leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, Yale School of Management, Stanford University and Saïd Business School at Oxford University. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian.

Marie So

Managing Director and Co-Founder, MoveOhm, People's Republic of China

Marie So is Co-Founder of Shokay and Ventures in Development, a non-profit that catalyses the creation of social enterprises in the greater China region. She previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme, Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Procter & Gamble and Merrill Lynch. So graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master's degree in Public Administration and International Development, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. She also attended the United World College of the Pacific (UWC). So sits on several government steering committees and foundation boards in Hong Kong. She is a recipient of the Echoing Green Fellow 2008 and an Asia 21 Young Leader 2008.

Zafar Sobhan

Editor, Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh

Zafar Sobhan is the Editor of Dhaka Tribune. As a long-time columnist, he also has to his name numerous articles, features, interviews, and essays in publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian, TIME, Vice, Himal, Economic & Political Weekly, Outlook, Seminar, and others. Previously, he served as editor of the monthly Forum magazine and opinions editor of The Daily Star, and before that as an associate at the law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, among other positions. Zafar is also a licensed New York City public school teacher and a member of the New York State Bar. Zafar has a B.A. and M.A. in English literature and a J.D. in law. He is also a Yale World Fellow and was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2005.

Benjamin Soemartopo

CEO, Eureka, Singapore

CEO of Eureka, an AI platform for mobile operators to partner with enterprises and government. Previously Managing Partner of McKinsey & Company, Indonesia and Managing Director, Standard Chartered Private Equity, Indonesia. Experience as an investor, board member or advisor to consumer (healthcare, retail, technology), agriculture and energy companies. WEF Young Global Leader 2010. Cofounder of Young Leaders for Indonesia foundation. Bachelor of Law and Political Economy (first class honours) Murdoch University, Western Australia.

Murad Sofizade

Managing Partner, SVTL Ventures, Inc, USA

Managing Partner, svtl.vc, Senior VP, BusDev, Svitla, YGL @WEForum, Harvard MBA, Deloitte'09 Tech Entrepreneur of the year, co-founder @TravelTipz & IPNet, IPNet, named Russia's fastest growing technology company by Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA (2009). Former President and Treasurer, Harvard Club of Russia. Named one of top young entrepreneurs in Russia, Finans magazine, 33 Perca (2009).