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Mohamed Alami Berrada

Vice-President, Yasmine Group, Morocco

Development Director, Yasmine Group, Morocco
ex-Counsellor of the Head of Governement-Morocco / Youth Employment (2017- today)
In charge of the TIZI Leadership Institute,
Graduated of ESSEC MBA (2003),
Leadership Executive Education Programms - Harvard Kennedy School (2011, 2015)
Political Communication Executive Education Programms - Hertie School of Governance (2009 ,2010).

Member of the Board of Yasmine Group (2010- today)
General Manager of Yasmine, Orfèvre de l'Immobilier (Real Estate) (2007-2017)

Co-founder of the Moroccan Leadership NGOs : 'Tariq Ibnou Ziyad Initiative-TIZI' (2011) and 'Les Citoyens'(2016).

Since 2012, he is in charge of the TIZI Leadership Institute which aims at promoting Leadership in Morocco and at identifying Moroccan Young Leaders .

Professor in Moroccan Engineering Shools (EHTP 2007-2015, Centrale Casablanca 2017)

Author of 'Be MiZen, grande fugues et petites réflexions' (2006-Senso Unico), 'De nos mains, un Maroc juste nous construirons' (2011 - TIZI Editions), 'Lettre à mon fils, le Maroc à construire pour le XXIème siècle' (2017-Senso Unico Editions).

Caroline Berube

Managing Partner, HJM Asia Law and Co. LLC, People's Republic of China

With entrepreneurship running in her blood, Caroline has always been seeking the next big innovative challenge. As a young Canadian lawyer fresh out of McGill Law School, Caroline took the leap in moving to Asia in 1998 and has spent her life becoming an expert in Asian law with the goal to demystify Asia to SMEs and PE firms from the Western part of the world and contribute to their expansion in Asia.

It wasn’t long before she became the go-to source for people and SMEs and PE firms who want to understand how to grow the Asian market and navigate the Asian legal landscape successfully.

Today, she has an established reputation in the international business community as an entrepreneur of 5 start up over the last 2 decades and an expert advisor on M&A cross-border transactions, commercial law, technology transfer and intellectual property matters and has been the managing director of HJM Asia Law for the past 16 years.

In Caroline’s life, the only constant is growth.

She convinced her younger brother, Maxime, a trained industrial engineer, to join her in China in 2005 when they founded their first business, Jade & Co, a consulting firm for SMEs expanding in Asia offering engineering, legal, marketing and accounting services.

Later, in 2007, Caroline and Maxime founded AsiaTech QC, an automated quality control platform for engineering products manufactured in China, and significantly grew the value of the company, leading to its acquisition in 2013.

In 2010, the duo started Komaspec who is now a leading manufacturer of high-end metal and plastic industrial products based in Guangzhou, China. Today, the company boasts three state-of-the-art smart manufacturing facilities, employs 200+ workers, and serves more than 100 customers in more than 25 countries worldwide, recording 30% YoY growth with a turnover of more than USD 17 millions in 2022. At present, Caroline acts as board member of Komaspec.

A few years later, in 2016, she combined her entrepreneurial background with legal expertise, to bring to market ProsocecAsia, an innovative company providing secretarial, accounting, and compliance services for SMEs companies alongside an automated platform for compliance.

In 2015, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and became a member of YPO in 2021.

Understanding the role of not just mentorship, but sponsors in achieving entrepreneurial success, Caroline set up her own non profit organisation in 2016. The Young E3 Entrepreneur Fund inspires and supports a new generation of young entrepreneurs between 16 and 25 years old, by connecting them with industry experts and sponsors who can help them build a strong foundation for business success. She raises funds to finance these projects through her runs and many other initiatives.

Viewing growth and knowledge sharing as two parts of the same equation, Caroline is a regular speaker at international conferences and has been a visiting professor at Université Laval (Canada), Bocconi University, and the Sorbonne Assas Law School. She has authored the practical book "Doing Business in China" published in French and English, and has been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Bloomberg, the Straits Times, the Business Times, Les Affaires, and La Presse.

She remains an active member of the international business community, sitting on multiple boards of listed and private companies, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (President), the South Africa Chamber of Commerce in Singapore, the China Working Group of the International Bar Association, and is the appointed legal adviser of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore. She is an independent director of Savaria (sis.to), a listed Canadian company in the mobility industry.

Katharina Beumelburg

Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, Schlumberger Ltd, USA

Katharina Beumelburg is Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer, a position she assumed in May 2021. Prior to her current position, she led the global Transmission Services business for Siemens Energy AG.

Beumelburg previously held various positions in Siemens over more than 16 years including Executive Vice President, Strategy, Siemens Gas and Power; and leading the Siemens Hydrogen Solutions business. Prior to this, Beumelburg was Global Head of Siemens Business Excellence and spent the earlier part of her career in Siemens Management Consulting, where she held VP and project manager roles. Before joining Siemens in 2005, she started her career at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production technologies and automation in Stuttgart, Germany.

Beumelburg holds a Diploma in Industrial Engineering from Universität Siegen; a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Robotics and Automation from Universität Stuttgart.

Beumelburg has been a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum since 2015.

Danae Bezantakou

Chief Executive Officer, Navigator Shipping Consultants Ltd, Greece

Danae Bezantakou holds the positions of CEO of Navigator Shipping Consultants and shareholder of KEFI S.A. & MATILDA HOTEL in Zakynthos Island. One of her biggest accomplishments is the organization of NAVIGATOR – THE SHIPPING DECISION MAKERS FORUM which is the oldest Greek Shipping Forum, enhancing the open dialogue among the stakeholders of the Greek and International Maritime Clusters annually since 2001. She is the Concept Founder of Young Executives Shipping (YES) FORUM - the platform of open dialogue among principals, executives and university students, recent graduates and young executives in Shipping and Sea Tourism Sectors. She also serves as Secretary General of International Propeller Club (Port of Piraeus) and President of iforU-Greek Mentoring Network, which empowers small and medium women entrepreneurs through mentoring & networking & chairs the education committee of ICC Women in Greece. Danae was appointed as European Young Leader in 2013 and as Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum in 2015.
Danae represented Greece twice in International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of State Dpt. in 2011 and in 2017. She is founding member and President of the Hellenic U.S. Alumni Association of State Department Programs. Her dedication to the growth of Entrepreneurship made her to be named as a Role Model in the campaign #Makingithappen organized by the U.S. Embassy to Greece. Recently she was chosen among 225,000 alumni of State Dept. As one of the 80 #FacesofExchange initiative highlighting 80 years of the IVLP and the impact of her work on the global community.
She regularly participates as a speaker, judge or mentor in startup competitions, Shipping fora, school and university lectures and events related to entrepreneurship.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in International Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Surrey. She has a 13 year old daughter.

Neeraj Bharadwaj

Managing Director, Carlyle India Advisors Pvt. Ltd, India

Mr. Neeraj Bharadwaj is Managing Director of Carlyle India Advisors Private Limited, focused on large growth capital and buyout opportunities across sectors in India. Prior to joining Carlyle in 2012, Mr. Bharadwaj was a Managing Director with Accel Partners’ growth investing operation in India. Preceding that he was with Apax Partners for nearly 10 years – as a Partner in the U.S. and subsequently as Managing Director/Country Head for Apax in India.

Rwitwika Bhattacharya-Agarwal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Swaniti Initiative, USA

Founder and CEO, Swaniti Initiative, social enterprise that delivers development solutions by working with government officials. Role focuses on issues around good governance, data-driven delivery and public services. Former Labour Economist, World Bank, focusing on issues of job creation. Has also worked for organizations such as UNFPA and FICCI. Master's in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; graduate in Political Science, Wake Forest University. Author of publications including: Frontiers in Development Policy (World Bank); A Primer on Labor Policies (World Bank); Global Business School Network (Harvard Business School).

Adam C. Bird

Director, McKinsey & Company, Germany

Adam Bird is a Director with McKinsey & Company and Co-Leader of the Global Media and Entertainment Practice. He advises the top management of leading global media, entertainment, technology and consumer goods companies on critical business issues and leads McKinsey's Digital Marketing Practice, as well as the firm's Global Digital Initiative. Prior to McKinsey, Bird was the youngest Senior Partner with Booz & Company (formerly Booz Allen Hamilton). He founded the European Media and Entertainment Practice and led the Global Consumer and Media Practice. He also served as a Member of Booz Allen Hamilton's and Booz & Company's Board of Directors, the firm's highest governance bodies. Bird is co-author of Customer Centricity: New Opportunities for the Media Industry. He often speaks on media topics at conferences and is cited in leading publications. Bird is a Member of the International Council of the Paley Center for Media and serves as Vice-Chairman of the Board of the Munich International School. He is an honours graduate of Wesleyan University.

Peter Bisanz

Adviser, GHR Foundation, USA

1997, BFA, Film School, New York University; 2005, MBA in Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford; 2009, MPA, Harvard Kennedy School. Film-maker. Formerly: over 10 years' experience in film industry with Paramount Pictures; Vice-President, Development, Ladd Company; Director and Producer, Beyond Our Differences, a feature length documentary developed in collaboration with Central Tibetan Administration and Dalai Lama. Currently, working on Islam and the West with World Economic Forum.

Cristina Bitar

Senior Partner and President, Azerta, Chile

Cristina Bitar is Executive Director of Azerta, a strategic communications company in Chile and Member of the Board of Un Techo Para Chile, an NGO dedicated to building housing for families in extreme poverty. She was also the Founder and Executive Director of Independientes en Red, a political movement that was created to promote new leadership and political renovation. From 1996 to 2008, Bitar was Executive Director and Founding Partner of Hill & Knowlton Captiva. Prior, she worked as Adviser to the Minister Finance of Chile and Head of the APEC Division at the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Chile. She also led the presidential campaign of Joaquin Lavin in 2005. Bitar is a Member of the Board of Comunidad Mujer, a local leaders association for women, and Member of the Board of Provida, the largest pension fund in Chile. She has a BA in Economics and Sociology from Dartmouth College, and an MBA from Universidad de Chile and Tulane University.

Thor Björgolfsson

Chairman, Novator Partners LLP, United Kingdom

Thor Björgolfsson is a self-styled “adventure capitalist”, who became Iceland’s first billionaire. He made his first fortune with Bravo Brewery in St Petersburg, Russia, selling it to Heineken in 2002. Over the next years he invested in telecoms, mostly in Eastern Europe, built up generic drugs company Actavis (now Allergan) and became big investor in one of Iceland’s largest banks, Landsbanki.

Thor continues to be an active investor in the emerging economies of Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America through his London-based private equity fund Novator Partners LLP. He is Chairman of Novator and maintains a shareholding in companies including telecoms Play in Poland and WOM in Chile, as well as computer games company CCP, data center Verne Global and pharmaceutical company Xantis Pharma.

Thor graduated from New York University‘s Stern School of Business with a degree in Finance and has served on the School‘s Board of Overseers for the past 8 years.

Thor’s autobiography, “Billions to Bust—and Back: How I Made, Lost and Rebuilt a Fortune, And What I Learned on the Way”, was published in 2014.

Jimena Blázquez Abascal

Director, NMAC Foundation, Spain

Jimena Blázquez Abascal has a PhD on contemporary art and public spaces. Prior to working for the NMAC Foundation, she worked at the Picasso Museum of Paris and for Art Adviser, Marc Blondeau. Since 1999, she has been focusing on the opening and curatorial direction of the NMAC Foundation and has curated more than 40 site-specific art projects by outstanding artists. She has created a platform of creative art and ideas at which artists from all over the world can come to dialogue, particularly between Africa and Europe. In 2003, she became a curator at PS1/MOMA together with Harald Szeemann of “The Real Royal Trip”, one of the biggest exhibitions of young Spanish artists ever presented in the United States and which became a travelling show around Europe. She was also the first curator to introduce the works of Jeppe Hein, Michael Lin, Yael Bartana Marepe and Maja Bajevic to an American audience. Blázquez Abascal has written several books, including a bestseller, "Sculpture Parks in Europe: A Guide to Art ". She is a frequent contributor to international art magazines.

David J. Blumer

Senior Managing Director, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, BlackRock Investment Managment UK Ltd, United Kingdom

David J. Blumer, Senior Managing Director, is Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa for BlackRock and is a Member of the company's Global Executive Committee and the Global Operating Committee. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2013, Blumer was Chief Investment Officer and a Member of the Executive Committee at Swiss Re. He was also Chairman of Swiss Re's Admin Re Division and was a Member of the Board at Brevan Howard. Prior to Swiss Re, Blumer was Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse's Asset Management and a Member of the Executive Board. During his 15-year career at Credit Suisse, he held various positions in private banking and asset management in Zurich, London and New York. In 2004, Credit Suisse appointed Blumer Head of Trading and Sales, and two years later appointed him Head of Asset Management. Blumer was also a Member of the Board of the SIX Swiss Exchange and, until recently, on the board of RobecoSAM. Blumer earned a BA in Economics from the University of Zurich.