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Nighat Dad

Founder and Executive Director, Digital Rights Foundation, Pakistan

Lawyer and the Founder of Digital Rights Foundation which works to help Pakistani women fight against online harassment. Campaigner for online freedom and contributed to a law against acid attacks. Specializes in family law and cyber law and was named one of TIME magazine's next generation leaders. In 2016, awarded the Atlantic Council Digital Freedom Award and Dutch Government's Human Rights Tulip award. TED Fellow in 2016 and spoke at the TED Global stage.

Akim Daouda

Chief Executive Officer, Gabonese Sovereign Wealth Fund (FGIS), Gabon

Chief Executive Officer of the Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Gabonese Republic. The mission of the fund is to transfer wealth across generations by transforming finite resources into sustainable financial assets. Passionate about unlocking value for the region and bridging inequalities; oversees the SWF’s full portfolio of more than 100 investments spanning several sectors. Also articulates the fund investment strategy and provides high-level leadership. Works closely with government leaders and ministries, as well as private sector champions on issues related to economic development, industrial growth and transformation. 2017, joined the “Choiseul 100 Africa” list by Institut Choiseul. Ranked among Young African Business Leaders under the age of 40 who are expected to play a major and transformative role in the continent's economic development.

Miroslava Duma

Founder, United Kingdom

Miroslava Duma is the founder of several innovative ventures, digital entrepreneur, philanthropist and active investor across a range of promising businesses including materials science, biotechnology, food-as-the-medicine technology and responsible fashion.
Born on the 10th of March, 1985, to a Ukrainian father and Jewish-Ukrainian mother in Siberia, she spent her childhood years between Switzerland and other parts of Europe. In the past 15 years, she has spent most of her professional time between Europe, the UK and the US. She has also travelled to research labs and institutions across the globe building and developing scientific partnerships with scientists, researchers and biotechnology pioneers predominantly in Italy, Japan, South Korea, the UK and the US, connecting them with companies across multiple industries to bring their problem-solving technologies to market.
Through her professional activities she has also been actively involved in philanthropic engagements serving on the board of Stanford Philanthropy And Civil Society, advocating for the UN SDGs, participating in COP26, supporting biodiversity conservation efforts across the world as well as Doctors without Borders and Save the Children.

Joy Dunn

Head, Operations, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, USA

Joy Dunn is the Head of Operations at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a clean energy startup based in Boston, where she is responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations including manufacturing, construction and facilities, safety, and quality. CFS was spun out of MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and works collaboratively with MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center to combine decades of government and academic research with the innovation and speed of the private sector. Supported by the world's leading investors, the CFS team is driven by the climate change crisis to develop the fastest path to commercial fusion energy. Before joining the CFS team in early 2019, Joy spent a decade at SpaceX developing and manufacturing the Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station. She was heavily involved with the manufacturing of the Dragon 1 spacecraft and played an integral role in SpaceX's achievement of being the first private company to launch a spacecraft in orbit and also dock with the International Space Station. She managed the manufacturing engineering team responsible for substantially reducing overall spacecraft build hours and cost while overseeing Dragon's annual budget and construction of a high-tech production facility for the Crew Dragon vehicle. Joy also co-founded both the Women's Network and LGBTQ employee interest groups at SpaceX and she is actively involved in STEM outreach events, including sitting on the Board of Directors for Out For Undergrad, a non-profit that helps LGBTQ students reach their full potential. She was also named to Business Insider's list of the Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2017. Joy received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Reem Fadda

Director, Cultural Foundation and Abu Dhabi Cultural Sites, Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, United Arab Emirates

Independent curator and art historian. 2010 to 2016, worked as Associate Curator, Middle Eastern Art for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project of the Solomon R. Guggenheim based at their headquarters in New York City. Had a leading role in shaping the strategy and holdings of West Asian and North African art within its collection and the curatorial vision for the future museum. 2005 to 2007, Director of the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art (PACA), Ramallah and served as Academic Director for the International Academy of Art Palestine, Ramallah, which helped found in 2006. Has curated many international exhibitions and biennials, especially those pertaining to art and geopolitics in the Middle East, including Jerusalem Lives (Tahya Al Quds), the inaugural exhibition at the Palestinian Museum, Birzeit (2017); Not New Now, 6th Marrakech Biennale (2016) and the United Arab Emirates National Pavilion, 55th Venice Biennale (2013). Recipient: eighth Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement in 2017; Fulbright scholarship to pursue PhD at the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, Cornell University, 2008. Director of the Cultural Foundation in Abu Dhabi affiliated with the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi.

Michael Faye

Chief Executive Officer, GiveDirectly, United Kingdom

Michael Faye is the co-founder and CEO of Taptap Send, which is working to ensure everyone has access to fairly priced remittances consistent with the SDGs. He's also the President and co-founder of GiveDirectly, which has recognized by FastCompany as one of the top 10 most innovative companies in finance, and on the Board of Crown Agents Bank HoldCo.

Michael’s work has been published in the American Economic Review, Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Foreign Affairs and others. He is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was named one of Foreign Policy’s 100 leading Global Thinkers. Michael holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard, where he also studied Math and Classics.

Rayan Fayez

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, NEOM, Saudi Arabia

Mr. Fayez was appointed as Deputy CEO of NEOM in June 2022.
Before joining NEOM, he was the Managing Director & CEO of Banque Saudi Fransi (BSF).
Prior to assuming the leadership of BSF, Mr. Fayez held the role of CEO of Savola Group from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Fayez was previously the Managing Director and Saudi Arabia Senior Country Officer at J.P. Morgan. Prior to that, he held senior positions at Goldman Sachs’ Saudi and London offices. Mr. Fayez started his career at J.P. Morgan’s Natural Resources Investment Banking team in New York.Mr. Fayez is a member of the Board Investment Committee for Qiddiya Investment Company and prior to that was on the board of Al Ula Development Company and Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF). He has also previously served on the boards of Hassana Investment Company, the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) and Almarai.
Mr. Fayez was the Chair of the Finance & Infrastructure Taskforce of B20 Saudi Arabia and is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.

Mathieu Flamini

Founder, GFBiochemicals S.p.A, United Kingdom

Partner, GFBiochemicals, a leading global producer of levulinic acid and derivatives. Co-founded the business seven years ago with the ambition of finding sustainable alternatives to oil- based products. 2016, GFBiochemicals acquired Segetis, a leading producer of levulinic acid derivatives. Has always been interested in new technology and has played an active role in developing the businesses alongside playing career at AC Milan, Arsenal and Crystal Palace. At the World Bio Markets Awards in 2016, nominated as Bio-based Business Person of the Year. Member, Paris 2024 Olympic Environmental Excellence Committee. Was part of the team that created BIOCIRCE, Europe’s first Masters’ degree dedicated to the bioeconomy, through GFBiochemical’s collaboration with several leading Italian universities. Having co-founded GFBiochemicals, pivotal role in the creation of both BIOCIRCE and the BioJournal further underlines commitment to the long-term development of the bioeconomy.

Gloria Fluxa Thienemann

Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group, Spain

Degree in Business Administration, Villanova University, Philadelphia, USA; Accelerated Executive Development Program, IMD Business School, Lausanne, Switzerland; Owner/President Management Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, USA. Vice-Chairman and Chief Sustainability Officer, Iberostar Group, a 100% family-owned Spanish multinational company based in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), operating in the tourist sector since 1956 and dating back to 1877. Its sales network covers 35 countries; it has a staff of more than 32,000 employees and handles 8 million customers a year. Hospitality is the company’s core business, with a portfolio of over 120 four- and five-star hotels located in 19 countries. The group has three further business units: travel and incoming activities, a holiday club and real estate. Advancing the company’s approach to responsible tourism with the launch of the Wave of Change movement focusing on marine and ocean preservation that evolves around: becoming single-use-plastic free, promoting responsible seafood consumption, and improving coastal health. It is aligned with United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, Life Below Water. It is aimed at uniting employees, customers, suppliers and society to create an increasingly more responsible tourism industry. Trustee and Chairman, Iberostar Foundation; Member of the Board, Endeavor Spain. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Maya Foa

Director, Reprieve, United Kingdom

As the Director of the legal charity Reprieve, Maya leads a team of lawyers fighting against grave human rights abuses. Her work with the organisation she has helped shape over the past 9 years, aims to protect vulnerable individuals from the excesses of oppressive Governments – whether they are on death rows around the world or hillsides patrolled by weaponised drones.

In 2015, Maya was awarded a Soros Justice Fellow for her work in helping pharmaceutical companies protect their medicines from misuse in lethal injection executions. She was awarded the Sheila McKechnie Foundation Women Demanding Justice Award in 2015 and the inaugural Robin Steinberg Innovation Award in 2018. Sir Richard Branson has named Maya as one of his 65 Most Inspirational People. Maya did a Bachelors Degree in French and Italian Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Postgraduate Degree in Law.

Kerstin Forsberg

Founder and Director, Planeta Océano, Peru

Founder and Director of Planeta Océano, an organization empowering coastal communities in marine conservation. As a social entrepreneur and biologist with 10 years in conservation, has designed and developed dozens of environmental initiatives across Peru, including research, education and sustainable development efforts. These include building participatory platforms such as the Marine Educator’s Network of Peru, fostering community-based eco-tourism, researching shark and ray fisheries, and promoting policies for threatened species. Has served as a consultant for the intergovernmental, governmental, and private sectors, including UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission. As a public speaker, has presented in over 16 countries, including venues such as the Royal Geographical Society, World Economic Forum and in the context of the Ibero-American Summit. Key Partner Network member of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development. Has been recognized as one of the “50 World's Greatest Leaders” by Fortune and a “Next Generation Leader” by TIME, a top “30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur” by Forbes and one of the “10 leading social entrepreneurs in Latin America” by Univisión. Rolex Award for Enterprise Laureate, an Ashoka Fellow, Kinship Fellow and a NEAq Marine Conservation Action Fund Fellow.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland (Eduskunta), Finland

Former Minister of Education, former Vice-President of the National Coalition Party of Finland and is serving third term as a Member of Parliament. Portfolio as Minister of Education covered the entire knowledge chain, from early childhood education to top scientific research. Tasks have also involved issues related to culture, sport, youth and religious affairs during the period 2015-17. Served as the Minister of the Environment between 2014 and 2015. Formerly, worked as a reporter, as a Stockholm correspondent and as a press attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Entered Parliament in 2011.