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Ibram X Kendi

Director of the Center for Antiracist Research, Boston University, USA

Ibram X. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. He is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News racial justice contributor. Kendi is the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. He is the author of many books including Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction, making him the youngest ever winner of that award. He also authored three #1 New York Times bestsellers, How to Be an Antiracist; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, co-authored with Jason Reynolds; and Antiracist Baby, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky. His newest books are Be Antiracist: A Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action; and Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019, co-edited with Keisha Blain. In 2020, Time magazine named Kendi one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Bogolo Joy Kenewendo

Member of Parliament, The National Assembly of the Republic of Botswana, Botswana

Bogolo J. Kenewendo is a Global economist, Advisor and Former Cabinet Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry & Specially Elected Member of Parliament in Botswana (2016-2019). She has deep expertise in international trade and development. She has a particular focus on Pan-African development and a passion for accelerating digitisation and innovation across the continent.

As the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana, she implemented reforms to significantly improve the ease of doing business, open up both domestic and international markets, and position the country to succeed in the global value chains as well as the digital economy. During her tenure, she was the youngest Cabinet Minister in Africa and in Botswana’s history.

Kenewendo is also a vocal advocate for gender equity and protection of children’s rights. She has received global recognition for her work, being appointed as a member of the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, Senior Africa Advisor to Jack Ma Foundation and Africa Business Heroes, Jury for the FAO Africa Innovation Prize, a member of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres’ High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation and group on Financing for Development, a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Global Public Goods in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, WEF Trade Action Group and a WEF Young Global Leader.

She currently serves as Managing Director of Kenewendo Advisory, a Non-resident Fellow at Center for Global Development and sits on multiple corporate boards.

Joseph P. Kennedy III

Joe is a member of the United States House of Representatives representing the suburbs of Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked as a state prosecutor in Massachusetts, served in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic and worked as a research assistant for the UN Millennium Development Goals Secretariat in New York. Joe holds a bachelors degree in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and a law degree from Harvard. He is married to Lauren Kennedy, a health policy expert, and together they have two young children.

Teresa K. Kennedy

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Power Living Enterprises, USA

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Power Living Enterprises, training people in an integrated "whole-person" approach to leadership and success at work and life. She has coached over 2,500 client-hours, moderated over 100 events, and produced over 300 virtual and in-person professional development, wellness and mindfulness programmes with organizations such as Bloomberg Media and the National Institutes of Health. As biographer for 101-year-old historical icon and yoga master Tao Porchon-Lynch, she co-authored two award-winning books and spent eight years curating one-of-a-kind events at places like the Pentagon, United Nations, Age of Happiness Festival in Montenegro and World Government Summit in Dubai. They did 66 events in 10 countries and were featured in Athleta's Power of She campaign for their work inspiring women and girls. Kennedy has taught yoga and meditation for 20 years and is a National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association. An advocate for human potential, she led the Young PWR Brokers, teaching self-esteem skills to girls; founded the Ta Yoga House, the first yoga studio in Harlem, NY; and created Elder Dignity to transform views on aging and reform the adult guardianship system in the U.S. Early career, she founded VH1 Interactive and VH1@Work Radio Network, and was Vice-President of Business Development & Operations for MTV Networks where she managed a 200-person operation and launched six digital cable networks. At 20 years old, Kennedy consulted with Fortune 500 companies and wrote case studies on operations strategy at Harvard Business School. She has been in various media, including CNN and Oprah's book Live Your Best Life! Kennedy has a dual BA in Sociology and Studio Art from Wellesley College, an MBA from Harvard, a PhD in World Religions, and executive education in Global Leadership and Public Policy. An American, she was born in Ghana, started school in Australia and studied design in Italy.

Niki Kerameus

Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece, Greece

Niki K. Kerameus started her career as a lawyer on major litigations, such as Enron and the AOL-Time Warner. While in Government, she has served on committees dealing with e-goverment, constitutional reform, education and youth.

Georges Kern

Chief Executive Officer, Breitling SA, Switzerland

Georges Kern studied Political Science in Strasbourg, France, and graduated in Business Administration
from the University of St.Gallen in Switzerland. He acquired experience in the fast-movingconsumer-goods
sector at Kraft Foods Switzerland before moving into the watch industry at TAG Heuer.

In 2000, he joined Richemont, the Swiss luxury goods group, and was active in the integration of
the brands A. Lange & Söhne, Jaeger-LeCoultre and IWC Schaffhausen following their acquisition.
In 2002, at the age of 36, he became the youngest CEO within Richemont when he was chosen to
run IWC Schaffhausen. In 2017, he was promoted to Head of Watchmaking, Marketing and Digital
at Richemont and focused on supervising the Specialist Watchmaking Maisons.

In 2017, Georges Kern was appointed the new CEO of the independent watch company Breitling
SA, where he is also a shareholder. In his new position, Georges Kern’s mission is to foster the
global development of one of the world’s most established watch manufacturers, and to focus on
further developing Breitling’s digital and retail footprint, in particular with a view to accelerating
growth in the important Asian markets.

Georges Kern served as a member of the Young Global Leaders at the World Economic Forum from
2005 to 2010, and became Founding Curator of the Global Shapers Community in Zurich in 2011.

Vanessa Kerry

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Seed Global Health, USA

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc is the CEO of Seed Global Health which invests in the power of health to transform countries and communities. Through investments in the health workforce as a source of job creation and resiliency, Seed helps to empower countries to tackle their diverse and growing health burdens and establish a platform for economic growth, peace and security. Working closely with government, Seed also supports public policy reform to ensure lasting and equitable impact of those investments. Over the past 6 years, Seed has helped train thousands of health professionals, care for hundreds of thousands of patients and has developed a waiting list of countries. Published in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, BMJ and other venues, her work has examined how foreign engagement can better strengthen global well being, health and prosperity and enhance country agency. She graduated with honors from Yale University and Harvard Medical School, completing her clinical training at Mass General. She has a Master’s in Health Policy, Planning, and Financing from the London Schools of Economics and of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is the mother of two.

Nora Khaldi

Founder and Chief Science Officer, Nuritas, Ireland

Nora Khaldi is an award-winning TEDx speaker and a highly published mathematician and scientist. Her revolutionary and innovative ideas and inventions have been awarded and recognized by the likes of Forbes, Wired and the European Union Commission. She is the founder of Nuritas, the first company in the world to introduce artificial intelligence to the food arena, with the aim of creating the future of food and personalized nutrition, in a nutshell, the future of health. Nuritas was recently classified among the 21 most innovative start-ups in the world along with Uber.

Faisal Khan

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Peshawar 2.0, Pakistan

A pioneering scientist and an award-winning entrepreneur Faisal Khan is working at the intersection of biology, technology and start-ups. Faisal is chief executive officer and co-founder of Peshawar 2.0, a social enterprise that is promoting technology, design and start-ups in the northwest of Pakistan and taking it to youths at the grassroots. As an academic, he leads an interdisciplinary research group doing pioneering work in the areas of synthetic biology and precision medicine in Pakistan.

Nauman Ahmed Khan

Managing Director, Almoiz Industries Limited, United Arab Emirates

Nauman Khan founded Almoiz Industries, the largest manufacturer of sugar and its by-products in Pakistan, which uses a unique production process and biomass-based energy sales to create a paradigm shift in the way sugar manufacturing operations are thought of in sub-tropical countries. Prior, he worked for Goldman, Sachs & Co and PepsiCo in the US. Khan is a Board Member of several PepsiCo franchise companies in Pakistan, with an active advisory role in business strategy. He also has a keen interest in technology entrepreneurship and is an avid angel investor. Khan is an active contributor in the field of education and serves on the boards of several universities and schools in the US and Pakistan. He recently founded the Institute for Career and Personal Development (ICPD) in Lahore with the aim to provide intensive training in essential work skills and key personal qualities to college graduates. Khan has a MA in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, and BA in Economics, both from Stanford University.

Omezzine Khelifa

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Mobdiun - Creative Youth, Tunisia

Omezzine Khelifa is a telecommunications engineer, activist, former politician, founder and CEO of “Mobdiun – Creative Youth”, a social impact & civic innovation organization that empowers youth to lead change and help build a peaceful democracy in Tunisia. Using arts, sports and technology, Mobdiun works with young people in marginalized communities targeted by violent extremists and provides them with opportunities to build skills and gain access to resources and networks to foster their creativity as builders of Tunisian society. Mobdiun mobilizes government, private sector and civil society groups in order to foster policy dialogue and lead change around youth issues and priorities.
She left her high-profile job in finance in Paris when the Arab Uprisings started and moved back to Tunisia to participate in the transition efforts. She volunteered for the social-democrat party, twice ran for parliament, and advised the finance and tourism ministers when her party joined the governing coalition. After her cabinet experience, she became a consultant for the World Bank in Tunisia and coordinated a multi-donor trust fund of $10m assisting the government in strengthening the financial sector, improving its governance and implementing the national decentralization plan.
Khelifa helped set up Thae’ra, the Arab Women’s Network for Parity and Solidarity and the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL). She’s been honored with the Project on Middle East Democracy’s Leaders in Democracy Award, named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a New Voices Aspen Institute Fellow, member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network. Lately, she was selected as one of the inaugural Obama Foundation Scholars at Columbia University.

Uday H. Khemka

Vice-Chairman, SUN Group, United Kingdom

MA, Cambridge University; MBA, Harvard University (Baker Scholar). Vice Chairman SUN Group; Executive Chairman SUN-AMP (India-focused distributed generation solar power producer) and Head of SUN Group renewable energy sector activities; Head real estate sector activities and Member of Board SUN-Ares (Indian Real Estate investment manager) also co-led asset management, private equity and venture capital business, India, and board member of group companies involved in mining and energy sector activities. Co-leads family's philanthropic activities including N.J. Khemka Foundation, with a special focus on renewable energy and climate change; Chairman of the Clean Energy Finance Forum and Solar Rooftop Policy Coalition (focused on Government of India's renewable energy strategy and goals) ; Founder, UK on-line charitable platform, JustGiving; also member of boards of various international institutions focused on climate change, education, public health, and poverty and development; elected a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in Davos.