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Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister of New Zealand, Government of New Zealand, New Zealand

Bachelor’s in Professional Communication, University of Waikato. Former Adviser, Office of then New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark; then worked in London for the British Cabinet Office. Also volunteered at a soup kitchen in New York. 2008, entered New Zealand’s Parliament at the age of 26; 2017, became the youngest-ever leader of the Labour Party. Only two months after assuming the leadership, led the party to electoral victory and was sworn in as Prime Minister heading a three-party government involving the New Zealand First Party and the Greens. Currently the youngest woman elected head of government in the world and only the second elected head of government to have had a baby while in office. Also holds the roles of Minister for National Security and Intelligence, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, and Minister for Child Poverty Reduction.

Andrew Bragg

Senator for New South Wales, Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia, Australia

Andrew Bragg is a Liberal Senator for New South Wales. Prior to his election to Federal Parliament in 2019, Andrew was an author and accountant. Andrew started his career as an accountant at Ernst & Young and went on to work in senior roles at the Financial Services Council and the Business Council of Australia. His 2017 short book Fit for Service (Connor Court) offers a framework for 21st century trade policy for Australia. Andrew was the National Director of the 2017 Liberals & Nationals for Yes campaign in support of same sex marriage which delivered Yes majorities in 71 of 76 Coalition seats. Following Andrew’s election to the Senate, he was elected Chair of the Senate Select Committee into FinTech and RegTech and is a member of the Senate Economics Committee and Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services. In June 2020, Andrew launched his latest book, Bad Egg: How To Fix Super. Andrew was educated at the Australian National University (ANU) where he studied international relations and accounting.

Geraldine Chin Moody

Director and Co-Founder, 5HVC Capital, Australia

Geraldine cares deeply about creating a strong, sustainable and inclusive community and environment for current and future generations. She draws on her experience as a senior executive and board member across ASX-listed companies, professional services, early-stage businesses and not-for-profits to drive impact within her sphere of influence. Her senior leadership roles have included Group Executive Committee roles at Virgin Australia and ASX with responsibility for people, culture and sustainability, and Chief Operating Officer at Baker McKenzie. She started her career as a solicitor and strategy adviser to the CEO at Mallesons.

Her passion for climate action and business as a force for good has led her to the role of Non-Executive Director of Future Super and co-founder of 5H Values Capital which invests in and coaches early-stage and impact-driven businesses and leaders. 5H Values Capital operates on the belief that leaders who are Humble, Honest, Happy, Hungry and High-Performing will build and grow successful organisations that are a force for good.

Geraldine is also an Advisory Board member of the ANU’s Centre for Asian-Australian Leadership, Welcoming Australia and the WEF’s Forum of Young Global Leaders and adviser to Give InKind and Tribute Mentorship. She has also served on the Board of UN Women Australia, the Refugee Advice and Casework Service and the AHRI Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Panel. She also founded the first Global Shapers community in Australia.

Geraldine has a Master of Law from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and Bachelor of Science from the Australian National University. She is in her final semester of her Master of Science in Coaching Psychology at the University of Sydney. She is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2011), a Fulbright Scholar (2001) and was named NSW Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year (2006).

James Chin Moody

Chief Executive Officer, Sendle LLC, Australia

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Sendle, Australia's highest-rated parcel delivery service. Formerly, Executive Director, Development at Australia's national research agency, the CSIRO and was the chief systems engineer for Fedsat, Australia's first satellite to be launched in 30 years. PhD in Innovation Theory. Co-Author of “The Sixth Wave: How to Succeed in a Resource Limited World”. Passionate about science communication; former panellist on the ABC TV television programme “The New Inventors”.

Clayton Cosgrove

Director, Cosgrove & Partners Ltd, New Zealand

Honourable Clayton Cosgrove is Director of Cosgrove & Partners Ltd. He consults to chief executives, boards and chairs of major commercial entities. Professional services include: Government relations/regulatory advocacy, strategic communication & public affairs management, asset protection, risk/issues & crisis management, media/investor/stakeholder relations and management. He is a former Member of Parliament of New Zealand and former Cabinet Minister he retired from politics at the 2017 Election. He was a Cabinet Minister from 2005 - 2008 and his ministerial portfolios included: Minister of Immigration, Associate Minister of Finance, Minister of Building & Construction, Minister for Small Business, Associate Minister of Justice, Minister for Sport & Recreation, Minister for the Rugby World Cup and Minister of Statistics. Prior to going into politics he served as a senior adviser to Rt. Hon. Mike Moore, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, former WTO Director General and former New Zealand Ambassador to the USA. Cosgrove has also worked in senior commercial roles in the telecommunications and minerals industries in Australia and New Zealand. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Management and in 2007 was appointed an Adjunct Senior Fellow in the College of Business and Economics at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. In politics he has also held the role of Shadow Minister of: State-Owned Enterprises, Revenue, Associate Finance, International Trade, Commerce, Tourism, Building & Construction Canterbury Earthquake Recovery and the Earthquake Commission. He was also Chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Parliamentary Select Committee. He was a Member of the Advisory Board of the Public Sector Governance and Accountability Research Centre at Le Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Cosgrove received a BA (triple major) and MBA from the University of Canterbury and completed executive education programmes at Harvard and Yale Universities.

Lucy d'Arville

Partner, Bain International Inc., Australia

A rising leader in Australian business focused on transforming health care, d'Arville's work with large payer and provider organisations has had a significant impact in creating more customer-centric and efficient operations. She is also passionate about having an impact in the social sector. This includes leading Bain Australia's social impact practice, supporting OzHarvest in their efforts to reduce food waste and co-leading Bain's collaboration with Social Ventures Australia and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute on Restacking the Odds to tackle intergenerational disadvantage.

Samantha Freebairn

Wing Commander and Pilot, Royal Australian Air Force, Australia

As a C-130H Hercules and C-17 Globemaster military pilot, Samantha is committed to ensuring the concept of a woman military pilot is the norm. Leveraged her national Telstra Business Womens award to forge partnerships between inter-government agencies, police, fire and rescue, and civil industry to drive cultural change for women working in male-dominated environments. Wrote Flying Solo, a guide for women pilot trainees and Flying through Parenthood, for military parents negotiating flexible work arrangements. Her team conceptualised the Air Force Experiential Camps for Girls and developed the Air Force Graduate Pilot Scheme. The scheme doubled women pilot numbers in 2 years, when they had remained stagnant for the prior 30 years. Most importantly, she would love to see every little girl who loves rainbows to study physics and take to the skies!

Golriz Ghahraman

Member of Parliament, New Zealand Parliament, New Zealand

Golriz Ghahraman is a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Born in Iran, she is the first refugee elected to the country’s House of Representatives, where she is a Member of the Green Party. Prior, she worked as an international lawyer for several United Nations Tribunals. Her work has also included restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.

Sophia Hamblin Wang

Chief Operating Officer, Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), Australia

Sophia Hamblin Wang is Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), a technology platform that transforms CO2 into building materials and products for advanced manufacturing. She is one of few female executives in the emerging carbon capture and utilization (CCU) industry and was recently awarded Best Clean Energy Startup at the NZTC COP26 Pitch Battle in Glasgow 2021.

Ms Hamblin Wang is also a Co-Founding Director of the advocacy group CO2 Value Australia. A strong circular economy and diversity advocate, Hamblin Wang has been featured at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, World Economic Forum Pioneers of Change Summit 2020 and UN Youth Climate Summit, and in The New York Times and TIME Magazine.

Sarah Hanson-Young

Senator for South Australia, Australian Parliament, Australia

Political and human rights activist; has been a leading and passionate voice for change in the Australian Parliament. Over past decade, has become one of the country's leading voices on women in politics, refugees, immigration and human rights policy. Youngest woman ever elected to the Australian Parliament. First elected in 2007; twice re-elected; currently, Greens Senator, Australian Parliament; currently holds responsibility for the Environment & Water, Communications & Arts, Finance & Trade portfolios for the Australian Greens party. Representing the state of South Australia, strong advocate for a fast and effective transition to renewable energy. Strong commitment to working across different groups and sectors to create a progressive, safe and sustainable global community and planet.

Jeremy Howard

Founding Researcher, fast.ai, Australia

Jeremy Howard is a serial entrepreneur, business strategist, developer and educator. He is the founder of fast.ai, a research lab dedicated to making deep learning more accessible. He is also is a Distinguished Research Scientist at the University of San Francisco, and is the chair of the Wicklow AI in Medicine Research Initiative. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Enlitic, which uses recent advances in machine learning to make medical diagnostics faster, more accurate and more accessible. Previously, he was the President of Kaggle, the world's largest data science community. Before working at Kaggle, he was the top ranked participant in data science competitions globally, in 2010 and 2011. Howard founded two successful start-ups - the email provider FastMail and the insurance pricing algorithm company Optimal Decisions Group - both of which grew internationally and were sold to large international companies. He started his career in management consulting, including at McKinsey & Co, and AT Kearney, where he built a new global practice in what is now called "Big Data".

Gordon Hughes

Founder and Managing Director, Rhythmscape Publishing, Australia

Graduate, Queensland Conservatorium; first Australian to receive a Licentiate degree in Percussion Performance, Trinity College, London; MBA (Distinction) GBS, specializing in Sustainable Enterprise. Active performer, conductor and lecturer. Founder and Managing Director, Rhythmscape Publishing, the leading percussion publisher in the Asia-Pacific region. Young Australian of the Year nominee; youngest associate composer elected to the Australian Music Centre.