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Carol Yu Ying

Producer and Host, Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd, People's Republic of China

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Producer and Host of weekly television interview show “Visionaries” with global thought leaders at Phoenix TV, one of the largest global Chinese TV networks. Show focuses on the future of technology, health, education and society to help people understand change and prepare for change. Past guests include Klaus Schwab, Muhammad Yunus, Henry Paulson, Larry Summers, Stephen Schwarzman, David Rubenstein, Stanford and Yale presidents, Niall Ferguson, Michael Phelps, Terry Gou, Morris Chang and many familiar names in Greater China. Formerly: with the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong; World Bank office in Beijing. Extensive experience as a trilingual host/moderator for forums; regular columnist for several publications across mainland China and Hong Kong. Undergraduate degree in Economics, Stanford University; Master’s in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

Sawsan Zaher

Human Rights Lawyer; Director, Social and Economic Rights Unit, Adalah, Israel

Sawsan is a Palestinian feminist and human rights lawyer, based in Haifa, Israel. A senior lawyer with Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, serving as the director of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights Unit since 2005. She has litigated several landmark cases before the Israeli Supreme Court challenging discrimination and racism against the Palestinian minority in Israel; In 2015 Sawsan was selected as a Young Global Leader and she received several fellowships: in 2013 selected as a Yale World Fellow; in 2012 selected as a fellow at the Women in Public Service Project at Wellesley College, M.A., USA; in 2008 a Fellow of the Public Law Program in the Public Interest Law Institute in Colombia University, NYC. In 2004 received an L.L.M. in International Legal Studies with a concentration on human rights and gender from the American University, Washington College of Law (USA). In January 2015 appointed to serve as the Acting General Director of Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling in Ramallah. Active in several human rights and digital rights organizations including board member at 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social media Advancement.

Asif Zahir

Deputy Managing Director, Ananta Apparels Ltd, Bangladesh

Deputy Managing Director, Ananta Group, a leading apparel exporter in Bangladesh with a turnover of $280 million and employing over 25,000 people. Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sindabad.com, the first and one of the largest B2B focused e-commerce companies in the country. Member of the Board of Directors, National Finance, a non-banking financial institution, and Vanguard Asset Management, an investment management firm. Formerly: spent several years in the USA working as a Product Manager at Google, focussing on developing applications for the Android mobile operating platform. Degree in Computer Science, President’s Scholar and Mayfield Fellow, Stanford University, USA; MBA, Harvard University, USA. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2019).

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi

Member of Parliament (2010-2015), Afghanistan Government, Afghanistan

Politician and 2010 - June 2015, MP, Afghanistan. At university, through legal research, was convinced that the absence of Afghan women in the Supreme Court was a real challenge to the symbolic presence of women in Afghan politics. In parliamentary campaign, promised to fight for women's participation in the Supreme Court. It was happening when such a discussion was regarded as taboo within various communities. Succeeded in breaking the taboo and raising voice in parliament and worked with civil society and political groups at a national and international level. Eventually, for the first time in the history of Afghanistan, a woman was introduced in the Supreme Court by President Ghani. 2013, for the first time through an election, won a seat for Afghanistan in the Democracy and Human Rights Committee, IPU. 2014, elected as its President. N-Peace Award on behalf of Afghanistan, UNDP (2012).

Mosharraf Zaidi

Chief Executive Officer, Tabadlab, Pakistan

BSc (Hons) in Economics, Lahore University of Management Sciences; MPA, Baruch College, City University of New York. Former Adviser to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan; established the public diplomacy division. 2013, founded Alif Ailaan campaign for education in Pakistan. Has advised governments and international organizations on international aid, education, technology and trade. Writes a weekly column and occasional pieces for a range of publications.

Nino Zambakhidze

Chairwoman, Georgian Farmers' Association, Georgia

Nino is the founder of L.T.D. “Georgian Business Zone” (Milk Processing Farm and Animal Food Production Farm) in the village Tsnisi, Akahltsikhe Region. In 2010 she founded “Regional Development Association” and since then have been leading execution of various rural development projects. She became a prize winner for “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” at the first annual Business-Award “Mercury 2011” and was also the first woman leader becoming an honorary coordinator of the organization “Invest for the Future” the organization functioning under the patronage of Hilary Clinton. While actively being an entrepreneur, in 2012 she founded “Georgian Farmers’ Association” where she serves as a chairwoman and an active advocate of the farmers’ rights and the key driving force for the success of the organization. She is a member of almost all key governmental or non-governmental boards and committees active in agriculture. She holds an MBA in Global Management (GGSB) & International Executive MBA (CSB) at Grenoble Graduate School of Business (France)

Andrey Zarur

Managing General Partner, Kodiak Venture Partners, USA

Andrey J. Zarur is the Managing General Partner of Kodiak Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm investing across a wide array of industries including life sciences, digital media, software and e-commerce. He is also Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GreenLight Biosciences, Founder and Chairman of Solid Biosciences and Chairman of Lumicell Surgical and Allegro Diagnostics. In addition, he is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, a Board Member of the Boston Museum of Science. Zarur holds undergraduate degrees from the National University of Mexico and a master's and doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Michelle Zatlyn

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Cloudflare, USA

Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Cloudflare, a web performance and security company that was named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List, selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology Company for two successive years, and named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Before co-founding Cloudflare, held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two start-ups. BSc degree (Hons), McGill University; MBA, Harvard Business School. Recipient, Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. magazine; 40 Under 40 leader by San Francisco Business Times. Featured as one of the Women Who Rule Silicon Valley in a recent issue of ELLE magazine.

Fernando Zavala

Chief Executive Officer, Intercorp, Peru

BSc in Economics, Universidad del Pacifico; MA in Enterprise Management, Universidad de Piura; MBA, Birmingham University, UK. Formerly: Peruvian Governor to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank; worked in the Peruvian public sector for 11 years, as Minister of Economy and Finance, Vice-Minister of Finance and General Manager, Competition Agency (INDECOPI); Vice-President, Strategy, SABMiller Peru; President, SABMiller Panama, the largest beverage producing company in Panama. Currently, Prime Minister of Peru. Actively involved with NGOs that work in improving education in Peru. Member of the Board of Directors, important companies in Peru. Mr. Zavala holds the position of CEO of Intercorp Group since April 2019.

Almira Zejnilagic

Managing Director, FTI Consulting, United Kingdom

Head of FTI's Global Risk and Investigations Practice in Europe and Africa, Early member, Serbian Student Union; early 2000s, elected to represent it. Started career at Serbian Parliament, for the Org. for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Worked in Serbian Ministry of Finance. Headed up Natural Resources Dept, Global Witness, an NGO investigating corruption in extractive industries. Managing Director, FTI Consulting. Pro bono work for charitable organizations, Eastern Europe. British Young Leader (2011), Wilton Park (the UK FCO).

Niklas Zennström

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Atomico, United Kingdom

Dual degrees in Business and MSc Engineering Physics/Computer Science, Uppsala University, Sweden; final year of university at the University of Michigan. Experienced entrepreneur. Co-founded and managed globally successful technology companies including Skype, Kazaa, Joost and Joltid. From inception until Sept. 2007, Chief Executive Officer, Skype, which was sold to eBay for $3.1bn in 2005, the largest European venture capital exit to date. Subsequently, Skype was bought back by a consortium that included Niklas and was sold to Microsoft for $8.5 billion cash in 2011. Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Atomico, created in 2006 to help entrepreneurs primarily outside Silicon Valley scale their businesses domestically and globally. It has so far invested in more than 50 companies on four continents. Works closely with a number of leaders of portfolio companies so that they benefit from own experience as an entrepreneur.

Feng Zhang

James and Patricia Poitras Professor in Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA

Bachelor's degree, Harvard University; PhD in Chemistry, Stanford University. As a graduate student, Stanford University, co-invented a set of technologies called optogenetics for studying the function of brain circuits. Former: Junior Fellow, Harvard University Society of Fellows. Currently, Core Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Investigator, McGovern Institute; James and Patricia Poitras Professor of Neuroscience, MIT. Developed CRISPR technology for genome engineering and applying it to study diseases and development treatments. Recipient of awards and honours.