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Syed Saddiq bin Syed Abdul Rahman

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Malaysia, Malaysia

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is minister of youth and sports and a member of parliament for Muar, Johore. He is co-founder and youth chief of BERSATU. He is known for being a impressive debater and an advocate of anti-corruption issues. His dedication to engaging youth in politics is a primary feature of his platform.

Ketevan Bochorishvili

Managing Partner, Business Georgia, Georgia

Ketevan Bochorishvili was vice-minister of Economy until 2017. Bochorishvili then became the first ever (and only, as of 2018) woman executive to take responsibility for management of over one-billion-dollar-worth private venture in Georgia - Anaklia City. Bochorishvili is recognized as a leading business environment reformer, a fighter of corruption and an innovator in terms of the provision of government services. Bochorishvili has contributed to a number of successful reforms and state projects targeting private sector development, simplifying bureaucracy and economic diversification. Her achievements were awarded with a Forbes Woman title in 2017.

Julie Bonamy

CEO, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Saint-Gobain (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., Singapore

In 2017, Julie Bonamy was appointed vice-president for strategy at Saint-Gobain. Julie is a member of the Senior Management Committee. Julie is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP de Paris) and the National School of Public Administration (Ecole Nationale d'Administration). She started her career as a civil servant (inspector of finance) for the French Government in 2011, before joining the Office of the French Minister for the Economy, Industry and the Digital Sector in October 2014. She was appointed adviser for the budget and digital sector in July 2015.

Ruba Borno

Global Channel Chief, Amazon Web Services, USA

Ruba Borno is the senior vice president and general manager of Global CX Centers. Global CX Centers delivers the full portfolio of Cisco support and professional services, including technical support, professional services, managed services, customer success, and global spare parts and repair logistics. Ruba is also non-executive director on the board of Experian.

Geoffrey Bouquot

Chief Technology Officer and Group Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and External Relations, Valeo, France

Geoffrey Bouquot has joined Valeo in December 2015 as Group Vice-President, Corporate Strategy & External Relations.
In June 2020, Geoffrey Bouquot has been appointed Group Senior Vice-President R&D and Product Marketing in addition to his current role.
Since 2014, he was Technical Advisor for Industrial Affairs of the French Minister of Defence.
Previously, he was Chargé d'Affaires of the Aerospace & Defense sector within the French Agency of State Participation (Agence des participations de l'État, APE).
He was also Project Manager Purchasing and Subcontracting within the Latécoère Group, and served as Head of Mission to the CEO of the OCP Group.
Born in 1985, Geoffrey Bouquot graduated from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique (2005) and the Ecole des Mines de Paris, distinguished for the outstanding performance of its research centers.

Agnes Budzyn

General Partner, Bluedge Ventures, USA

Agnes Budzyn is an investor in innovation, operator and entrepreneur. Co-Founder and Managing Partner at SFI fund, where she invests in blockchain and digital assets, with a focus on early and growth stage investments as well as acting as a trusted advisor on strategic direction and growth. Agnes is a versatile leader and investor in blockchain technology markets, and an experienced operator focused on strategic growth and regulatory compliance. With a decade of traditional finance experience at BlackRock as well as being a part of the leadership team at ConsenSys, Agnes specializes in bridging the gap between legacy finance and emerging blockchain-enabled solutions.
Agnes was formerly Managing Director and Global Head of the Office of the CEO at ConsenSys, a global formation of technologists building solutions for a blockchain-powered future, with over 100 early-stage applications, projects, and companies that emerged from the company’s incubator. In addition to her growth and operator role, she also served as a member of the investment committee where she focused on analyzing potential seed investments and incubation in the space. Her investment portfolio dates back to early 2017 and comprises multi protocols, decentralized storage, payments, DeFi, NFTs, SocialFi, Web3.0 and multiple crypto currencies.
Prior to that, her time at BlackRock provided her with first-hand experience working with many of the world’s largest institutions and central banks, as well as advising key regulators on strategic challenges. She managed the restructuring of a $40bn multi-asset class portfolio while part of a special situations team at BlackRock.
Agnes has spoken as a thought leader on blockchain and financial technology and its applications at events held by the Mobile World Congress in Spain, FDIC, George Washington University, Salesforce, US Chamber of Commerce, FTSE Russell World Investment Forum and the World Economic Forum. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Biden Institute and the Yale Club Audit Committee. Agnes was also featured as a Tech Pioneer by El Pais. Attended Nanyang Technology University Executive Education Module on "Smart Cities" and Harvard Kennedy School on Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century.

Jessica Burgner-Kahrs

Associate Professor, University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada

Jessica Burgner-Kahrs is Associate Professor and Director of the Continuum Robotics Laboratory at University of Toronto, Canada. From 2013 to 2019 she was with Leibniz University Hannover, Germany and from 2010 to 2012 with Vanderbilt University, USA. She received her Diploma and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany in 2006 and 2010 respectively.
Her research focus lies on continuum robotics and in particular on their design, modeling, planning and control, as well as human-robot interaction. Her fundamental robotics research is driven by applications in minimally-invasive surgery and maintenance, repair, and operations. In 2015 her research was recognized with the Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Prize, the Lower Saxony Science Award in the category Young Researcher, and she was entitled Young Researcher of the Year 2015 in Germany. The Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences awarded her the Engineering Science Prize in 2016. She was elected as one of the Top 40 under 40 in the category Science and Society in 2015, 2016, and 2017 by the business magazine Capital.

Pete Buttigieg

Secretary of Transportation, US Department of Transportation, USA

One of the most visible political figures from the Millennial generation, Pete Buttigieg is mayor of the once-struggling industrial midwestern city of South Bend, Indiana. A winner of the JFK Library Foundation New Frontier Award, he has guided the comeback of his city and works to help peer cities prepare for the future as chair of the US Conference of Mayors Task Force on Automation. An emerging leader in the US Democratic Party and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

Kamissa Camara

Senior Adviser, Africa, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), United Kingdom

With a substantial background in foreign affairs and policies, Kamissa Camara became the youngest person to hold the post of minister of foreign affairs in the history of Mali. Before her appointment, she served as a diplomatic adviser to President Keita. As a diplomatic adviser to the president, Camara has been vocal about the need for strategic partnerships between Mali and other countries, including China. She is also the founder and co-chair of the Sahel Strategy Forum, which provides a platform for stakeholders to promote peace, security and development across the Sahel. Camara holds a master’s in international economics and development from Université Pierre Mendès, France after completing a bachelor's in applied foreign languages, specializing in international relations, from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France). She is an incoming PhD student in Politics at Oxford University.

Chang Seung-Joon

Vice Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Maekyung Media Group, Republic of Korea

He is the young leader of media business who is in charge of the most influential economic daily, Maeil Business Newspaper, and nationwide TV channel, Maeil Broadcasting Network, in Korea. Furthermore, with his keen interest in future technology, he runs one of the most successful start-up accelerators in Korea. Finally, because of his interest in the regional security, he has been serving as a commissioner in the ASEAN Regional Forum EEP (ARF Experts and Eminent Persons).

Serene Chen

Managing Director; Global Co-Head, Emerging Markets Sales; Head, FIC Sales and Co-Head, Structuring, Asia-Pacific, Deutsche Bank, Singapore

Managing Director
Global Co-Head EM Sales | APAC Head of FIC Sales | APAC Co-Head of FIC Structuring

Serene is Global Co-Head of Deutsche Bank Emerging Markets Sales, runs Fixed Income and Currencies (FIC) in Asia Pacific across corporations and institutions, and additionally co-heads Structuring in Asia Pacific. She sits on the board of Deutsche Bank International (Asia) Limited.

Serene was previously Head of Risk Management Solutions for APAC, and prior to that led Deutsche Bank’s Cross Border and Treasury Solutions for Asia, leading cross border risk solutions and driving technology innovation in the region. Over the years, she has been instrumental in developing Deutsche Bank’s FIC business across APAC and in emerging markets, including pioneering the bank’s offshore yuan franchise for Greater China.

Serene joined Deutsche Bank over 16 years ago as a graduate from University of Chicago with a double degree in Economics and Statistics, and from Harvard Kennedy School and University of Oxford Saïd Business School executive programmes. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019.

Rohit Chopra

Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, USA

Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Has been an outspoken advocate for fair competition, consumer rights and accountability for corporations that break the law. Widely recognized for his expertise on America's trillion-dollar student loan crisis.