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Will Adams

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, i.am Angel Foundation, USA

Creative innovator, Futurist and entertainer and technology investor. Member: World Economic Forum Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee and Global Artificial Intelligence Action Alliance. Advisor, Bias & Ethics to Stradigi AI. Honorary Fellow, Institutions of Engineering and Technology. Recipient: TIME 100 IMPACT Award (2022), seven Grammy Awards; Emmy; CLIO; World Economic Forum Crystal Award (2016).

As an advocate for STEAM education, started i.am Angel Foundation, which uses project-based learning modules to deliver STEAM education for at-risk youth via dedicated STEM Academy preparatory schools, after-school tutoring and enrichment activities within the US. At-risk students participate in project-based learning modules for robotics, coding, app development, geographic information system mapping, and study Mandarin Chinese. The i.am Angel Foundation recently teamed with the Los Angeles Unified School District, America's second-largest state-run public school system to offer robotics clubs as an official after-school activity, with capacity to serve 12,000 students. Keeping child safety and protection at the forefront in the US as pertains to school and community shootings that urgently require gun safety law reform, Co-Executive Producer, "Parkland Rising", a documentary film about the students and families that survived a mass school shooting and their journey as advocates for US gun safety reform. Interests: promoting the health and planetary benefits of a plant-based (Vegan) diet; alternative energy-powered cars.

Lisa Witter

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Apolitical, Germany

Lisa Witter is a serial political and policy entrepreneur. She’s the co-founder of Apolitical, a global peer-to-peer learning platform, used by 180k+ public servants in 170 countries and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the World. She's the CEO of the Apolitical Foundation whose mission is to support the next generation of trusted and transformation politicians. They have recently released Better Leaders, Better Democracies: Mapping the Organizations Shaping 21st Century Politicians. She’s a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, co-chairs the Forum’s Council on Agile Governance. She is a former public servant with deep experience in gender and behavioral science and has founded numerous political leadership incubators over the last 25 years. She was awarded the 2020 Creative Bureaucracy Award and named a BMW Foundation Futurity Fellow in 2022. Lisa co-authored, with Lisa Chen, The She Spot: Why Women are the Market for Changing the World and How to Reach Them. She loves wearing dresses, her childhood nickname was ‘Animal’ from the sports fields, and dreams of being a stand-up comedian (but might not be funny enough).

Brian A. Wong

Chairman, RADII Media, Hong Kong SAR, China

BA, Swarthmore College; MA Cert, Johns Hopkins (SAIS)-Nanjing U Center; MBA, Wharton School. Vice President, Global Initiatives, Alibaba Group; Founder/Chairman, RADII Media. Formerly: Special Assistant to Chairman for Int'l Affairs; Vice President, Global Supplier Development, Alibaba Group; Managing Director, Seacliff Partners; CEO, Alivenotdead.com; Director, McGraw-Hill Companies; Special Assistant to San Francisco Mayor. WEF Young Global Leader; Aspen Institute, China Fellow; Wharton Executive Alumni Board member; Council on Presidential Initiatives, Swarthmore College; Board member, 1990 Institute; Member, Committee of 100.

Cynthia Wu

Executive Director, Shin Kong Life Foundation, Taiwan, China

Cynthia Wu is a business executive, nonprofit leader and philanthropist. She began her career in financial services as an investment analyst at Merrill Lynch in London. She moved back to Taipei to work for her family business, the Shin Kong (SK) Group, which was founded in 1945 and has several areas of business including financial services, real estate, energy, retail, health care and security. Rising in the ranks to become Executive Vice President of Strategic Planning at Shin Kong Life, Cynthia now oversees transformation planning, human resources and business development into ASEAN countries. As Executive Director of the SK Life Foundation she has won several national awards, including the National Civic Service Award for the best NGO in Taiwan and also started a local social enterprise which is now expanding their operations in Asia.

She studied for her BA at Wellesley College, her MBA at London Business School, and her MA at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She serves a board member on several companies in SK group and was also a U.K. trustee of the Institute for Philanthropy and the international board member of The Philanthropy Workshop. Cynthia has been named as one of China’s 100 outstanding female entrepreneurs, and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Michele Wucker

Chief Executive Officer, Gray Rhino & Company, USA

Author of THE GRAY RHINO and YOU ARE WHAT YOU RISK. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gray Rhino & Company. Former: Vice-President of Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President, World Policy Institute; Latin America Bureau Chief, International Financing Review. Member: Council on Foreign Relations, Authors Guild . Mentor-Editor, The OpEd Project; Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, Oxfam. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009). Guggenheim Fellow. Also author of Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola. Frequent speaker and media commentator on matters of the global economy, risk management, and leadership.

Peter Würtenberger

Chief Executive Officer, upday, Axel Springer, Germany

Peter Würtenberger is Executive Vice President at Axel Springer (Europe’s leading digital publisher).
Previously Peter held positions as CEO of UPDAY for SAMSUNG, CMO of Axel Springer SE, responsible for growing print and digital advertising revenues, as CEO of the WELT Newspaper Group and as CEO of BILD.T-Online. Before Axel Springer he served in various management positions at Yahoo! and Bertelsmann.

Peter holds a degree in Business Management from Cologne University and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. From 2008 to 2012 he was an active member of the Group of Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland. In 2013 he spent 10 months on a digital research project in Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, in order to support Axel Springer’s digital transformation. In his free time he enjoys music, contemporary arts and sports.

Werner Wutscher

Managing Director, St. Paul GmbH – New Venture Scouting, Austria

Werner Wutscher is a Member of the Board of resPACT, the Austrian Business Council for Sustainable Development. He also works as consultant and business angel in the start-up area. Wutscher scouts interesting start-ups around the world and serves as a facilitator for start-up ventures. As an angel investor he focuses on e-commerce and retail. He also serves as director on different boards in Austria, Mumbai and Amman. Werner was COO and CFO of Rewe International. Prior, he worked as Secretary-General of the Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management of Austria, and he served as a special adviser to the Minister for Agriculture and in a public company. Wutscher is Vice-President of the Ökosoziales Forum Europe and President of the National Park Hohe Tauern. He was awarded “Business Angel of 2012” and is Member of the Board of the Austrian Business Angel Association. Wutscher obtained a law degree from Karl-Franzens University in Graz and holds a Master's degree from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Lin Yang

President, Innovation Ideas Institute, USA

Lin is named as a Young Global Leader and New Champion with the World Economic Forum. She is a seasoned cross-discipline, cross-culture entrepreneur, executive, advisor; Her career spans across Business-Policy-Media; Founder of Innovation Ideas Institute dedicated to foster Innovation thought leadership; With uniquely combined background in TV+VC+higher education, currently building The INNOVATORS, the 1st virtual & visual innovation eco-system for academic thinkers, industry leaders, startup disruptors and venture capitalists. She also had extensive experiences in think tanks on US-China relations, and formerly was a TV News anchor with major TV networks in US and China;

Her professional footprint ranges from broadcasting at the world's largest TV studios to researching and lecturing at the finest universities to building entrepreneurial 3i think tank and INNOVATORS platform; from fireside chats with policy makers, multinational business leaders to interviews with the most cutting edge startup founders; from researching with farmers in rural mountains to studying the smart manufacturing 4.0 factories; from conversing with Uber drivers in cities around the world to discussing with the brightest minds in US-China policy…

Yan E. Yanovskiy

Co-Founder, Friends Foundation, Latvia

Mr. Yan Yanovskiy is a Co-Founder of FRIENDS Charitable Foundation, Founder and Managing Partner of First Nation Société Bancaire, a leading multi family office in Eastern Europe. Previously, Yanovskiy was Head of Corporate Finance Projects at Central Europe Trust, Managing Director, Head of Corporate Finance at Rosbank, and Managing Director, Head of Investment Strategy and Member of the Board at the United Industrial Corporation (OPK). He also served as a Member of the Board of OPK Mining and OPK Development as well as Hediard SA in France. Yanovskiy received a BA in Economics (summa cum laude) and an MBA in Finance and Management from Fordham University in NYC, and a Master's in International Management (with distinction) from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. He is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Founding Curator of WEF Global Shapers Community and member of WEF Expert network. Mr. Yanovskiy serves as an expert of the Russian Agency for Strategic Initiatives and was named on top 100 most influential people in Russia by GQ Magazine in 2019.

Yap Kwong Weng

Associate Partner, EY-Parthenon, Singapore

Associate Partner, Government and Public Sector, EYP
MPA, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; PhD in Corporate Strategy, University of Glasgow. Former: General Manager, Jebsen & Jessen, Myanmar; Chief Operating Officer, Parami Energy Group, Myanmar. Co-founder, Triip.Me, a travel-tech firm based in Vietnam. Former Principal Advisor and AI lab Executive Director, KPMG Singapore. Former Regional Advisor, Indochina, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Former Secretary-General, United Nations Association of Singapore; Current Red Cross Singapore Council Member; International Advisory Board Member, Global Dignity; Rotary Peace Fellow, Rotary International.

Farzana Yaqoob

Chief Executive Officer, MANTAQ Center for Research, Pakistan

Farzana Yaqoob is a former minister for Social Welfare and Women Development, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and a founding director and Chief Executive and founding member of MANTAQ Center for Research. Senior Associate and Secretary General of Working Group on Kashmir, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan, member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) Advisory Group, World Economic Forum, advisor to Brussels Consulting, Brussels, Belgium, a board member of Aiming Change for Tomorrow (ACT) and Pakistan Alliance for girls Education(PAGE), and Secretary General, Eisenhower Fellowship, Pakistan. She holds a masters in mass communication, and is an alumnus of National Defence University and Naval War College. Yaqoob is also an Eisenhower Fellow (2016) and Young Global Leader (2017) of the World Economic Forum.

Kaliya Young

Director, Networks, Planetwork, USA

Kaliya is a leading expert on blockchain and Identity also known as self-sovereign Identity. She served from 2012-2015 on the Management Council for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group an Obama Administration effort to make the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace real. 2010, Founder, Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. 2005, Co-Founder, Co-Producer, Facilitator, Internet Identity Workshop. Works with Planetwork to grow open standards-based infrastructure for citizens and organizations to connect outside of commercial silos/platforms. Inspiration to transform how the internet works comes from their work in the early 2000s and the paper they published in 2003: Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust in the Next Generation Internet.

Has a parallel independent career designing and facilitating unconferences (interactive participant driven conferences) for a range of professional communities worldwide.

She has a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on Political, Economic and Human Rights, University of California, Berkeley. She also played on their varsity water polo team and was a member of the Canadian National Water Polo Team.