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Rajeeb Dey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Learnerbly, United Kingdom

1st Class Hons in Economics and Management, University of Oxford. Founder & CEO of Learnerbly - a curated marketplace of the best professional learning content including coaching, courses, conferences, books, and more. Learnerbly partners with 100+ global employers to upskill and fuel employee performance and to create a culture of learning where employees are empowered to own their professional development. Previously Founder of Enternships.com, connecting talent 7000+ start-ups and innovative firms and co-founder of StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by the Prime Minister in 2011. Rajeeb was named one of 1000 Most Influential People in London by The Evening Standard; recipient of the Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, by Her Majesty (2013) & appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2016.

Vilas Dhar

President and Trustee, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, USA

Vilas Dhar is President and Trustee of the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, a 21st century philanthropy advancing AI and data solutions to create a thriving, equitable, and sustainable future for all. A leading voice on equity in a tech-enabled world, Vilas champions individuals and communities as architects, decision makers, and primary stakeholders in shaping our digital future. A trained computer scientist, lawyer, and philanthropist, Vilas serves on the Advisory Council at the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), the Board of Directors at AccessLex, as Expert Contributor to OECD.AI, Co-Chair of the Global AI Action Alliance at the World Economic Forum, Advisor to MIT SOLVE, Director of the Network of Engaged International Donors, and as a Trustee of the Christensen Fund. He has been named a Young Global Leader and Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum, and has previously served as a Senior Fellow of the Berggruen Institute, the Gleitsman Fellow on Social Change at Harvard University, Practitioner Resident on Artificial Intelligence at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the University of Illinois.

Vilas holds a J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and dual Bachelor's degrees in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Illinois. He is currently completing his doctoral dissertation at the University of Birmingham, where his research drives novel approaches to economic and policy infrastructure for a data enabled society to support and empower vulnerable populations.

Illac Diaz

Founder and Executive Director, Liter of Light, Philippines

Eva Dichand

Editor, Heute, Austria

Eva Dichand is the publisher of Heute, an Austrian freesheet newspaper with 506,000 copies daily. Heute was founded in 2004 and is today Austria's strongest growing newspaper and, even in the economic crisis, a huge business success. Previously, Dichand worked for UnternehmensInvest, Austria's leading stock listed private equity fund. Dichand graduated from the Economic University of Vienna. Beside Heute, which is run totally separately and on its own, the family owns 50% of Austria's largest Mediagroup Mediaprint (Kronen Zeitung, kroneradio, Kurier).

Diskul Dispanadda

Chief Executive Officer, Doi Tung Development Project, Thailand

M.L. Dispanadda Diskul (Duke) is the Chief Executive Officer of Mae Fah Luang Foundation. He has an extensive background in sustainable development having been in charge of the foundation's rural development initiatives both domestically and internationally. He leads the strategic mission and vision, and is the key representative disseminating the foundation's core principles and knowledge as well as advising on policy in major forums. Duke oversees the foundation's flagship social enterprise, the Doi Tung Development Project and the brand's five different social businesses. He is very active in the Thailand social enterprise scene where he is a member of Thailand Social Enterprise Board. In 2019, he co-founded and was elected President of the Social Enterprise Thailand Association (SE Thailand), a platform to help build capacity for new enterprises in Thailand. Duke has a Masters in Business Administration from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University.

Soraya Djermoun

Geopolitical expert, author and Entrepreneur, Kheyma, Algeria

Soraya Djermoun is geopolitical expert and analyst of MENA region, entrepreneur and committed to women empowerment. She currently advises multinational and governmental leaders in communication and influence, business diplomacy, economical attractiveness and strategic development. Soraya is a successful author, published by the famous French editor L’Harmattan. Her first book “Qatarisme” was a best-selling book in 2013. She published in 2015 with Dr. Nurdin a strategic book about the emerging multinationals, the real 21st century game changers. Her last book “Dubai 5.0 The New Model”, prefaced by the Chairman of the Cercle des Economistes, is an amazing study of Dubai through its History, its macroeconomy, its Government and all the strategies used and applied to reach such power nowadays. A graduate from University of Paris, Soraya Djermoun holds a master degree in Communication and public relations and a MBA in international affairs. She obtained her baccalaureat in economics in Germany. She has lived in 7 countries and speaks fluently French, Arabic, English and German. Soraya held various corporate positions: serving as the Group Communication Director of the first private group in Algeria and in the top 5 in African private sector, and analyst at the French Institute of International Relations. Soraya Djermoun has received international distinctions and recognitions: she is rising talent 2016 of the Women’s Forum, an initiative that aims at distinguishing highly talented young women who are on their way to becoming influential figures in our economies and societies, and a laureate of Choiseul 100 Africa, an independent study that identifies and ranks the young African leaders of 40-year old and below who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future. Her long-term goal is to contribute to the economic emergence and modernization of Algeria, helping to promote its diplomacy and image.

Kuseni Dlamini

Chairman, Massmart Holdings Ltd, South Africa

Kuseni Dlamini is the Chairman of JSE-listed Massmart Ltd, a leading African retail group operating 436 stores in 13 Sub-Saharan countries. He is the Chairman of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd, the leading pharmaceutical manufacturer in the southern hemisphere with operations in over 50 countries. He is the Chairman of The American Chamber of Commerce in South Africa and is a member of the board of the Southern Africa-Canada Chamber of Commerce. Kuseni is the former CEO of Old Mutual South Africa and Emerging Markets. Prior to this he was the Head of Anglo American South Africa, a member of the Executive Committee of Anglo American in London and was the Director of Anglo Platinum.
He is also the former Executive Chairman of Richards Bay Coal Terminal Company (RBCT) Ltd and a former Chairman of Anglo Operations (Pty) Ltd. As part of his career in mining he held a number of senior positions at Anglo Gold Ashanti and De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd in South Africa and the United Kingdom.
Kuseni is a graduate of the Universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, and Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
In March 2008, he was named a ‘Young Global Leader (YGL)’ by the World Economic Forum and, during the same month, MiningX selected him as one of the top 100 most influential people in South African mining. In June 2008, the Mail & Guardian named him as one of the top 200 young people worth taking to lunch and in the same year and month, The Economist referred to him as “A Rare Commodity’. In 2010, the World Economic Forum appointed him a member of the Global Agenda Council on Economic Growth and Poverty Alleviation. In 2011, he was appointed co-Chairman of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) Africa Summit which brings together Heads of States, leading politicians and business leaders to debate the state of Africa in a changing world on an annual basis.
Kuseni is active in professional bodies and charities which include the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), Common Purpose and the Advisory Board of GIBS Business School. He is also a member of the Council of the University of Pretoria and former Chairman of the Board of South African National Parks (SANParks).

Arzuhan Dogan Yalcindag

Member of the Board, Dogan Group of Companies, Türkiye

Formerly with the Milliyet Group, responsible for finance, and helped found Alternatif Bank, latterly Member of the Board. Also established and managed the mail order company Milpa, a joint venture with German Quelle. Since 1996, has been in the broadcast media business and was the architect of CNN Türk. Until 2018, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer, Dogan TV, which owns numerous channels including Kanal D, CNN Türk in partnership with Turner International, and the satellite platform DSmart. Member of the Board, Dogan Holding and Dogan Group, one of the largest conglomerates in Turkey. Served as the first woman Chairperson, Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association, one of the most influential NGOs in the country; former Member of the Board, Education Volunteers Foundation. Founding Director, Women's Initiative for Turkey in the EU. Member of the Founding Board, Aydin Dogan Trust Foundation.

Nobuo Domae

President and Representative Director, Ryohin Keikaku Co. Ltd, Japan

Nobuo Domae is the President of Ryohin Keikaku, whose business is known as MUJI. Before joining Ryohin Keikaku/ MUJI, he was with Fast Retailing / UNIQLO as the Executive Vice-President. Before that, he was a Consultant at McKinsey and Company. Nobuo has a BSc and an MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

Ugyen Dorji

Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs of Bhutan, Bhutan

Ugyen Dorji is the Minister of Home and Cultural Affairs of Bhutan. From November 2018 to September 2021, he was the Minister of Labour and Human Resources of Bhutan. He was elected to the National Assembly of Bhutan in 2018 after working five years in the ministry of foreign affairs.

Ola Doudin

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, BitOasis, United Arab Emirates

Ola Doudin is the co-founder & CEO of BitOasis, the first and largest regional digital asset platform in the Middle East. She has an engineering background and has worked in tech and security advisory in Ernst & Young in London and engineering research prior to her move back to the region where she got involved in tech entrepreneurship and later started BitOasis. Most recently, Forbes Middle East featured Ola among the ‘Top 10 Women Behind Middle Eastern Tech Brands 2021’.

Ismail Douiri

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco

Ismail Douiri is Co-CEO of Attijariwafa Bank, a regional financial institution based in Casablanca Morocco and serving 9.1 million clients in 26 countries in North, West and Central Africa, as well as Western Europe. He joined Attijariwafa Bank in 2004 as VP of Strategy and was promoted in 2005 to Deputy General Manager and in 2008, was appointed by the Board of Directors to Co-CEO. He started his professional career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland, then joined Casablanca Finance Group, a boutique investment bank based in Morocco. After getting his MBA, he worked for Morgan Stanley in London, for McKinsey & Co. in the North Africa Initiative and founded a mobile internet startup. He holds two engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris) and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School.