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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
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.
Gareth is currently SVP, Group Strategy & Projects in SembCorp Industries Pte Ltd. Seated in the office of the Group President & CEO, Gareth is responsible for streamlining the Group’s strategic plans and key initiatives as a leading energy and urban solutions provider.
Headquartered in Singapore, Sembcorp is a global expert in energy transition and sustainable development. Sembcorp has a balanced energy portfolio of over 13GW, with more than 3.5GW of renewable energy capacity comprising solar, wind and energy storage globally. The company also has a proven track record of transforming raw land into sustainable urban developments, with a project portfolio spanning over 12,000 hectares across Asia.
Prior to joining SembCorp, Gareth was CEO of Mitbana Pte Ltd, a joint-venture fund management company of Mitsubishi Corporation and Surbana Jurong. Under Gareth’s leadership, Mitbana was established with a capital commitment of US$500 million and seeded its first project comprising >100 hectares in BSD City, Greater Jakarta.
Gareth sits on the Executive Committee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Singapore and is a member of the Urban Land Authority’s (URA) International Panel of Experts.
Gareth holds a BSc. in Economics (First Class Hons, Dean’s List) from University College London, and a MSc. in Political Science from Columbia University in the City of New York
Douglas C K Woo
Douglas C.K. Woo is Chairman of Hong Kong-headquartered Wheelock Group. The prominent investment and development group is principally engaged in property development in Hong Kong, Mainland China and Singapore; cargo terminals operation; hotels; retail; and property asset management. The group engages about 12,500 staff across Asia-Pacific.
Mr. Woo serves as Chairman of the Environment and Conservation Fund. He is the Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he is on the boards or governing bodies of The Real Estate Developers Association of Hong Kong, WWF-Hong Kong and The Nature Conservancy. He also serves on the advisory council of HKUST Business School.
Mr. Woo graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Architecture and received an EMBA from HKUST and Kellogg School of Management of Northwestern University. He was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by Savannah College of Art and Design (Hong Kong). He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Dr. Chen WU received her MD from China Medical University and PhD from Peking Union Medical College. She conducted her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University and joined the faculty of National Cancer Center and Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences in 2013. Dr. WU, as a physician-scientist, has been focusing on cancer genetics and functional genomics directed toward a greater understanding of the mechanisms involved in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma transformation and clinical translational applications. Her research achievements include: Leading one of the largest prospective cohort research of esophageal cancer in China with support of newly established biobank and database dedicated for cancer genome evolution research; Systematical identification of cancer susceptible genes and driver genes key to esophageal cancer initiation and development through genome-wide association study and multi-omics sequencing study; Elucidating gene functions and mechanism in carcinogenesis and cancer progression with technologies in molecular oncology, cellular biology and laboratory animal models; Integrating findings from research in pan-squamous cell carcinomas and pan-gastrointestinal cancers and identify ubiquitous target for early cancer prevention and intervention.
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.
Author of THE GRAY RHINO and 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 and PEN. Mentor-Editor, The OpEd Project; Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, Oxfam. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009). Guggenheim Fellow. Author of: Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right; Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola; The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore (2016). Frequent speaker and media commentator on matters of the global economy, risk management, leadership, and immigration.
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 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.
Weiwei Xing is a Partner at Bain & Company. Based in Hong Kong, she leads the Asia consumer products practice with a particular focus on Greater China. Beyond her work at Bain, Weiwei devotes her expertise to advising non profits in operational improvement, strategic planning and fundraising.
Xuemei SUN, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of IFENG.com, Initiator of "Girls protection" and Chairman of Beijing All-in-One Public Welfare Foundation, is a long-devoted pioneer in Chinese child protection development area. Prior to her current roles, she served as a journalist for the Beijing Times, and Editor-in-chief of the philanthropy channel of IFENG.com. On June 1, 2013, she united 100 female journalists and several media organizations to launch a public welfare project “Girls Protection”, which upgraded to a special fund in 2015. In 2018, she further developed the "Girls Protection" team into the Beijing All-In-One Public Welfare Foundation, with a firm long-term commitment to preventing sexual assaults against children and adolescents, spreading sex education knowledge, promoting the dissemination of gender equality concepts, and ultimately improving Chinese legal systems and institutions on child protection.
By the end of March 2022, more than 10,000 volunteer lecturers had passed the assessment of "Girls Protection" in 31 provinces across the country, more than 6.1 million children 700,000 parents had been taught face-to-face anti sexual assault courses, online courses cover tens of millions of people. In 2018, based on “Girls Protection”, the Foundation launched new sex education course "Embrace Adolescence" for adolescents, which was taught face to face to around 150,000 teenagers by the end of March 2022.
For 9 consecutive years, she organized and held a symposium of Representative members of the National People's Congress and the Chinese Political Consultative Conference (NPC & CPPCC) of the "girls protection" and issued the investigation report on sexual assault case statistics and anti sexual assault education to promote the improvement of laws and systems.
Awards: National March 8th red flag bearer, CCTV charity figure of the year，Beijing Youth May 4th medal and other awards.
Xue Peng is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of FlashEx (Shansong), a delivery company that has provided short-distance and intercity courier services since 2014. After Xue graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, he went back to China and started FlashEx in 2013. He has avoided direct competition in the heated delivery market with giant players on domestic or international delivery by focussing on intercity delivery only, thus opening an entire new market in the industry. FlashEx is now a leading player in the field.