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Dionysia-Theodora Avgerinopoulou

Chair, Special Permanent Committee of Environmental Protection, Hellenic Parliament, Greece

Politician, f. Member of the Hellenic Parliament and Chair of the Environment Committee of the Hellenic Parliament, Chair of the Mediterranean Parliamentarians on Sustainable Development, Director of the European Institute of Law, Science & Technology, Attorney at Law, specialized in International Environment, Energy, Water and Climate Change Law and Finance.

Gwenaelle Avice-Huet

Senior Vice-President, Corporate Strategy, Schneider Electric, USA

Gwenaelle Avice Huet joined Schneider Electric in March 2021 as Senior Vice-President in charge of Corporate Strategy. She worked for the past 11 years at ENGIE in various positions, her last one being Executive Vice President of ENGIE in charge of the Global Renewables Business Line, and President and CEO, ENGIE North America. Gwenaëlle began her career with the French government joining various ministerial offices as an advisor to the Secretary of State for European Affairs, and later to the Minister of Energy. She holds a Bachelors degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de cachan, an agrégation in Chemical Physics, and an Engineer Degree at the Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees

Ronit Avni

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Localized, USA

Ronit Avni is a tech and media entrepreneur and Peabody award-winning producer. She is founder and CEO of Localized, a career tech platform that connects college students and recent graduates in emerging markets to industry experts and employers looking for top talent, drawing on diaspora networks to serve as virtual career community at scale. Localized serves business and engineering students from Tunis to Bangalore. Ronit was twice named a “New Power Woman in Tech” by DCA Live.
Previously, Ronit founded and led the media organization Just Vision, which creates documentary films, news analysis and public education campaigns in the Middle East and North America. She has won dozens of media prizes globally, including the Puma Creative Impact Award, and her team’s work was featured in nearly every major news outlet and viewed by tens of millions of people on TV, online and in influential settings from TED to the United Nations.

Named a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum in 2009 and a 2018 Halcyon Fellow, Ronit sits on the jury of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 & Change Competition and the Global Teacher Prize.

Ronit began her career at WITNESS.org, which advises activists and technology companies on the ethical and strategic uses of video and digital technology for social impact. She co-edited the book, “Video for Change - A Guide for Advocacy and Activism” with WITNESS and now sits on the WITNESS Advisory Council.

Ronit has been recognized with a variety of honors, including the King Hussein Leadership Prize, Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground Award, the Circles of Change Award, Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award and the Trailblazer Award from the National Council for Research on Women.

Abayomi Awobokun

Chief Executive Officer, Enyo Retail & Supply, Nigeria

Mr. Abayomi Awobokun is a business leader from Nigeria, a 2016 recipient of the Young Global Leader award from the World Economic Forum (WEF), a 2017 recipient of the prestigious Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu Fellow from the African Leadership Initiative (AFLI) in South Africa and in 2018, a 3-time recipient of the top 100 African Business Persons under 40 award by the Choiseul Institute in Paris, France.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Enyo Retail & Supply, a fast growing downstream player in Nigeria utilizing technology to simplify and optimize fuels retailing in Nigeria. Enyo currently distributes up to 2% of national demand for refined products in Nigeria.
Abayomi has over 15 years experience in the Oil & Gas sector with over 10 years of this spent in an executive capacity. Before his role in Enyo Retail & Supply, Abayomi was the CEO of Oando Plc's Downstream Businesses (in Nigeria, West Africa, Europe & the Middle East).
He serves on the board of businesses in the Agricuture, Financial Services and Food & Beverage industries.
He is the founder of The September 20 Foundation (TS20F), a voluntary donor-funded initiative to support the operations of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Nigeria. He is married with 2 children.

Asli Ay

Chief Investment Officer, Lioness Capital, USA

Asli Ay is CIO of Lioness Capital, a policy and political event-driven hedge fund based in New York, focusing on developed and large emerging economies, with a US bias. Lioness runs a discretionary thematic portfolio, where each theme is expressed in liquid exchange-traded instruments that include equities (single stocks, ETFs, and equity indices), fixed income, futures, commodities and currencies. Risk management is a core component of the
investment process and is managed at position, theme and portfolio levels. Asli is the former Managing Partner of US Policy Metrics, a policy advisory and research firm for hedge funds. This follows her experience for almost a decade at UBS as Senior Client Relationship Director in the CEO's office, covering the largest client and/or transactions globally, where she developed a rare blend of policy expertise, an ability to analyze complex business problems, and a range of global economic policy and regulatory issues. Asli began her career at Schlumberger International, working in Egypt, India, Venezuela and Trinidad &Tobago. She later worked for Procter & Gamble as a Brand Manager running a flagship brand with US$ 100 million-plus revenue at the age of 25. Ay has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in Turkey. She holds various financial licenses in the United Kingdom and in United States and is a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst.

Nick Ayers

Managing Partner, Ayers Neugebauer & Co., USA

Nick Ayers is one of America’s leading public policy and business strategists. At 37 years old, he has forged a successful career in business and served at the highest levels of the United States government. Most recently, Nick served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President. While at the White House, Nick helped shape the administration’s most important and high-profile initiatives, from space policy to tax policy to foreign policy, including the U.S. posture toward China and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Today, through Ayers Neugebauer & Co., Nick invests in and advises organizations in healthcare, entertainment, financial services and business services. Nick recently partnered with Insight Venture Partners to acquire Veeam Software, where he now serves as a member of Veeam’s board of directors. Previously he helped build one of the Nation’s most successful media and digital buying firms.

Time Magazine named Nick one of the “40 most influential people in politics under the age of 40” and The Wall Street Journal called him a “political prodigy.” In 2019, the World Economic Summit nominated Nick to join the forum as a Young Global Leader. He received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Kennesaw State University. Nick is the proud husband to Jamie and exhausted father of seven-year-old triplets, Charles, Mary Floyd, and Talton.

Dilek Ayhan

Special Adviser to the President and Management, BI Norwegian Business School, Norway

Special adviser to the President/Management of BI Norwegian Business School. Former State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (Oct 2013- Jan 2018). As State Secretary she was responsible for international/bilateral relations and trade policy, export financing, industrial research and innovation, the maritime industries including shipping and the travel and tourism industry. She was responsible for the following policy papers:

Industry White Paper (chapters covering RD&I, competence),
Ocean Strategy,
Maritime Strategy,
Bioeconomy Strategy,
The National Entrepreneurship Plan,
Tourism White Paper
and the Export Strategy.

Entrepreneur. Has served on the board of several organizations working with diversity management and intercultural communication.

Dawood Azami

Editor, Multimedia, BBC World Service, United Kingdom

Dr. Dawood Azami is an award winning senior broadcast journalist and academic. He works as Multi-Media Editor at the BBC World Service in London, leading a team of journalists to cover regional and international news and current affairs.
Dr Azami is also an Associate Fellow at The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), London.
He joined the BBC in 1999 and reported from more than a dozen countries and has made a number of special programmes on political, security and social issues. He also served as the BBC World Service Bureau Chief and Editor in Kabul, Afghanistan (2010 and 2011).
He worked as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster, London, teaching on a B.A. module called “Globalization, Power and International Governance” (2012-2015). He also taught on the M.A. module “International Politics of Resources: The Resources Wars.” Prior to that, he served as a Visiting Scholar at the Ohio State University, Columbus, USA (1996 and 1999) lecturing and researching political and cultural issues in the greater Middle East.
Dr Azami’s PhD looked at conflict, drugs funded insurgencies and state (un)building. He also holds three Master’s degrees including International Relations, Politics, Law and Diplomacy. He has an in depth knowledge of international political and security affairs and is familiar with cultural, social, ethnic and tribal dynamics in South and Central Asia and the Middle East. He has participated as a speaker in more than a hundred conferences/seminars in various countries. He has also written dozens of investigative and analytical articles on social, security and political issues for the BBC as well as academic journals, think tanks and research institutes. He is also a member of several international research and academic institutions and initiatives.
Dr Azami has won many awards and prizes. He was honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in 2011. In 2012, he was selected as a European Young Leader under the first pan- European program of leadership called “40 under 40”. And in 2009, he became the youngest person to ever win the biggest award in the BBC, "Global Reith Award for Outstanding Contribution". He was also given the 2015 Journalist of the Mediterranean Award in Italy. Azami speaks five languages (Pashto, Dari/Persian, Urdu/Hindi, and English) and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Turkish. He paints, writes poems and short stories and practices calligraphy.

Muhammad Hammad Azhar

Minister for Energy, Ministry of Energy of Pakistan, Pakistan

Muhammad Hammad Azhar is a member of Pakistan's centrist political party known as Tehreek-e-Insaf. He is one of the youngest federal ministers in the country and has shown commitment to maintaining dialogue and integrity across political lines.

Shiho Azuma

Chief Executive Officer, Lily MedTech Inc., Japan

Shiho Azuma was born in Japan, in 1982. She obtained a MS in Aerospace engineering from Arizona State University. In 2009, she entered the Graduate University for Advance Studies as a Ph.D student to study space and astronautical science in JAXA, where she researched Magnetic Plasma Sail. However, right after admission, she lost her father by unexpected death. Because of economic reason caused by it, she dropped out of the university before getting a Ph.D. She worked for JEOL resonance which is the company of manufacturing, development & research of scientific and metrology instruments. She was engaged in development of the next generation of NMR in both development and production divisions After that, her husband who had researched medical ultrasound diagnostic/treatment system as a professor in Faculty of Medicine of the University of Tokyo, invited her to launch business to develop an innovative ultrasound diagnostic system for breast cancer. Shiho founded Lily MedTech, Inc. in 2006, to save young ladies, mothers and their families with her personal motivation that she lost her mother to cancer when she was a high school student. Lily MedTech, Inc., has fund-raised about 20 Million USD so far.

Fatoumata Ba

Founder and Executive Chair, Janngo, Côte d'Ivoire

Tech entrepreneur and venture capital. Founder and Executive Chair, Janngo; Managing Partner, Janngo Capital. Janngo builds, grows and invests in pan-African tech for good champions with proven business models and inclusive social impact. Janngo is backed by African snf International strategic and financial investors including the Mulliez Family, Clipperton Finance and African HNWI. At Jumia, a tech unicorn in Africa listed on the New York Stock Exchange, served as Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Côte d’Ivoire, Managing Director, Nigeria, and Member of the Executive Committee for Africa. Passionate about leapfrogging development through technology in Africa, in particular when it comes to women's entrepreneurship and empowerment, small and medium-sized enterprise growth and formalization and tackling health and education issues through MedTech and EdTech. Recipient of awards and honours, including: Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum; Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders of Tomorrow; Forbes Africa 30 under 30; Aenne Burda Award for visionary leadership, optimism and courage. Member: Board, SouthBridge Investment Bank; Board and Investment Committee, Creadev Africa; Council of Women in Africa; Global Future Council on the New Economic Agenda, World Economic Forum.

Gina Badenoch

Founder, Capaxia UK, United Kingdom

Gina Badenoch, Founder, Capaxia ,
Young Global Leader, United Kingdom
Social entrepreneur and photographer

Gina’s Dream is to reduce inequality, enabling social and economic mobility by building a more inclusive society.
Creating experiences that change mindsets where the greatest prejudices exist between talent, potential and companies.
She has been working with Global organizations to promote a work-inclusive environment that increases inclusive leadership and diversity as an asset.

In 2006, founded Ojos que Sienten, 13 years ago she saw potential where others saw limitation by teaching photography to blind people, offering a tool that allows them to connect with the visual world.
In 2012, founded Capaxia, taking learnings from working with blind people developed a highly successful new approach to lower the impact of our bias designing an inclusive, empathetic and human centered recruitment and development of talent model called: First I hear you then I see you, based on implementing blind interviews, back-to-back, by which recruiting officers can go beyond their own unconscious biases and identify the true potential of future employees for a better match to job roles, better development of their talent and potential within organizations and ultimately promotion to roles that are satisfying to them and benefit their employers. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Ashoka Fellow. World Economic Forum. Ashoka Fellow. Awarded by the Queen of Great Britain a British Empire Medal (BEM) among other recongnisions.