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Federico Sturzenegger

Visiting Professor of Public Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA

Degree in Economics, Universidad Nacional de La Plata; PhD in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Former: Chief Economist, YPF; Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles; Professor and Dean, Business School, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (UTDT); Visiting Professor of Public Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Started career in the public sphere as Secretary of Economic Policy of the Republic of Argentina; then President, Banco Ciudad of Buenos Aires; then Congressman in the Chamber of Deputies. Currently, Governor of the Central Bank of Argentina. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Author of books on economic issues and various academic papers on international finance and macro-economic topics. Recipient, Konex award, for contribution to economic theory.

Shokei Suda

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enigmo Inc., Japan

Shokei Suda is Co-Founder and CEO of Enigmo, which operates BUYMA.com, Japan's largest social fashion website. BUYMA offers a reliable shopping experience through its unique escrow payment system, optimized social shopping interface and in-house customer service division. Enigmo is listed with 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. We also operates BUYMA.us for English speaking countries and launched traveling service named BUYMA TRAVEL.
He earned a Master's degree in Computer Science.
He completed the Sahara Desert Marathon, the Antarctic Triathlon and Amazon Jungle Marathon.

Dorjee Sun

Chief Executive Officer, Perlin.net, Singapore

Project Manager, Perlin.net, an international trade based blockchain facilitating digitalized trade documents on the blockchain with its strategic partnerships and support from the International Chamber of Commerce and the Singapore Government. Formerly: Chief Operating Officer, Santiment.net, a cryptocurrency big data industry leader. Adviser and investor into blockchain projects. Social entrepreneur who has co-founded 20 companies with 2 acquisitions and 4 exits and assets sales. Founder and Director, Home Group. Director, Carbon Conservation. Recipient of honours and awards, including: named by TIME Magazine as a “Hero of the Environment”; honoured by African Rainforest Conservancy with the Earth Day Award and by naming a newly discovered blue spotted species of chameleon from the Tanzania rainforest – the “Kinyongia dorjeesuni”; CPA Top 20 Business Leader; one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Gentlemen of Philanthropy; Asialink Leaders Program Alumni Award; named an Asia Society 21 Fellow; World Cities Summit Future Leader. Teaches entrepreneurship to PhDs and engineering students at UNSW and Macquarie University. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Board, Climate Reality. Work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TIME, Esquire, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery, CNBC, Sydney Morning Herald and other media outlets.

Christoph Sutter

Member of the Executive Board, Axpo Power Ltd, Switzerland

Christoph Sutter is an entrepreneur and intrapreneur in the field of sustainable development with a focus on renewable energy. He is a Member of the Management Board and Head Renewable Energies at Axpo Power AG. Before joining Axpo, he was the CEO of South Pole Group, a company he co-founded in 2006 and that is globally active in the area of climate change and renewable energy. Prior to that he worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. He has done his PhD on the subject of sustainability assessment of energy projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Christoph Sutter is an investor and non-executive Board member of several companies in the field of sustainable development. He was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.

Sara Sutton

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FlexJobs, USA

Sara Sutton has long been passionate about helping people find jobs that make their lives better. She is currently the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading service for professional flexible job opportunities, and in 1995 she co-Founded JobDirect, later sold to Korn|Ferry International in 2000. During her career, Sutton has been featured by CNN, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company and hundreds of media outlets as an expert in the online employment market. Sutton believes that a modern workplace should address the needs of today's workforce, and that utilizing workplace technology to support telecommuting and flexible work will achieve societal, environmental, and economic benefits for both employees and employers. In support of that belief, Sutton launched the 1 Million for Work Flexibility in 2013, Remote.co in 2015, and The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, and Distributed). She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Eikei Suzuki

Governor, Mie Prefectural Government, Japan

Degree in Economics, Tokyo University. Former: member of Prime Minister Abe's residential staff during Abe's first administration; official in Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. 2011, elected Governor of Mie Prefecture, becoming the youngest prefectural governor in Japan. As Governor, has proactively promoted prefecture within and beyond the nation's borders. Active political figure on the national level. Has been working to secure visa exemptions for Brazilian citizens travelling to Japan. Working to restore the prefecture's fiscal position. Member of the current administration's Fertility Crisis Taskforce and one of only two prefectural governors to have ever taken paternity leave. Recipient of an award recognizing contribution to tourism in Taiwan (2014).

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho

President, Igarape Institute, Brazil

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho is the co-founder and president of the Igarapé Institute – an independent think-and-do tank focused on citizen, digital and climate security, working at the intersection of research, new technologies, communication and public policy. She is a civic entrepreneur and a globally recognized thought leader on issues of violence prevention, and civic and climate action.

Ilona serves on several boards, including the UNSG High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism, Fernando Henrique Cardoso Foundation (FFHC), and the Brazilian Center of International Relations (CEBRI).

She was previously the Executive-Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, and of a national gun control campaign in Brazil. Before that, she worked for 5 years in investment banks in Rio de Janeiro. She earned a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Uppsala in Sweden, is an affiliate scholar at the Princeton University Brazil Lab, and was a public policy fellow at Columbia University in NY.

She is also a columnist at Folha de São Paulo, a podcast and TV anchor and commentator, a TED speaker, and the author of 3 books. Ilona was nominated as a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015 and in 2020 as one of the world's top 50 thinkers for the Covid-19 age by Prospect Magazine.

Jacek Szwajcowski

Chief Executive Officer, Pelion, Poland

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pelion S.A., a company with a 32-year history of operations in the healthcare sector. Graduate of Technical University of Lodz. As a part of postgraduate education completed courses at Harvard Kennedy School, George Mason University, Said Business School – University of Oxford and Jackson Institute for Global Affairs – Yale University. Member of the Supervisory Board of several companies, including listed company Pharmena S.A.. In addition to involvement in the further development of the company, Jacek engages in the Polish Business Roundtable, an organization associating owners and key manager of the largest Polish enterprises, and companies operating in Poland, serving as a President of the association until May 2019 and currently being its Member. Initiator of the "I care for my health" Foundation, whose statutory mission is to provide financial assistance to those who cannot afford to buy essential medicines. Currently the Foundation focuses mainly at Seniors support. As a passionate of the tradition of Polish pharmacy, he initiated the opening of a private Pharmacy Museum in Lodz. Publisher of series of monographs about the most famous Polish pharmacies.

Khaldoon Tabaza

Founder, Chairman and Managing Director, iMENA Group Ltd, Jordan

Dr. Khaldoon is the Founder & Managing Director of iMENA Group. In the last 25 years, he has participated in the development of the regional technology venture capital ecosystem in the MENA region as a founder, investor, and advisor. Khaldoon was a founder at Arabia.com (first venture backed online business in MENA), Arab Advisors Group, NetAdvantage, OneCard, Riyada Ventures, and Impact MENA. Key funds that he managed include IDEAVELOPERS (first regulated regional VC fund), Riyada, and iMENA, while companies that he invested in include OpenSooq, SellAnyCar, Jeeny, ReserveOut, Telr, JRD, Hellofood, Akhtaboot, IdealRatings, and Rufoof. As an ecosystem builder, he has participated in the development of iPark, ABAN, Oasis500, PICTI, and Wamda. Khaldoon was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. He is also a Kauffman Venture Capital Fellow and a member of the Young Presidents Organization. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from The University of Jordan and has completed the Young Global Leaders Leadership and Policy education program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School, and the YPO programs at Harvard Business School, Stanford, and London Business School.

Kohey Takashima

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Oisix ra daichi Inc., Japan

Kohey Takashima is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Oisix, an online grocery store that has built its business delivering organic foods to individuals throughout Japan. The company went public in the FIrst section of Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2020.
October 2017, Oisix integrated their operations with "DAICHI WO MAMORU KAI CO., Ltd.", which is the pioneer of the organic chemical-free vegetables sales. In October 2018, we realized business integration with Radishbo-ya Co., Ltd., and he take assumed office as President of the new company "Oisix ra daichi".
He was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 and he also received the Porter Prize in 2008. He is one of founders of Table for Two, a non-profit organization which addresses the problems all over the world.
July 2018 he took office as Chairman of the Japan Wheelchair Rugby Federation that aims to take the gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games in 2020.

Nick Talwar

Co-Founder and General Partner, Orange Ventures, USA

Nick Talwar is President and CEO of CircleUp, a private market data aggregation company that discovers and accelerates the growth of the world’s best businesses. Our data-as-a-service product, Helio uses over 200 data sources to assess revenue, growth, and consumer sentiment data on 2 million private companies. This data helps investors, aggregators, and top brands source, diligence, and evaluate emerging businesses. CircleUp uses Helio to support strategic decisions for its flagship venture fund CircleUp Growth Partners and credit lending business, CircleUp Credit Advisors. By using data instead of human judgment, Helio is more inclusionary by nature and has yielded half of CircleUp’s investments going to women and one-third to people of color.

Nick joined CircleUp in 2020 after a career as an operator and investor at the intersection of technology and financial services, holding executive positions at Apis Partners, Uber, Amazon, and Visa. Nick has lived and worked internationally for more than twenty years across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Pursuing his passion for financial inclusion and the future of work, he has served on the global and U.S. boards of Payjoy, Baobab, Accion, Alt.Bank, Rapido, and Shuttl. Nick is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He was also nominated in 2013, the Young Global Leader program of the World Economic Forum.

Nick has a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service where he is currently a board member and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Nina Tandon

President and Chief Executive Officer, EpiBone, USA

Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering, MIT; PhD/MBA, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, EpiBone, a company using stem cells and digital fabrication to engineer patient-specific skeletal implants. McKinsey Alum, Fulbright Scholar. Co-author, Super Cells, a book exploring how biology is powering the 4th industrial revolution. Interests: yoga, meditation, surfing, drinking wine and eating cheese, cats.