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Camilla Hagen Sørli
Camilla is one of the owners of Canica Group, one of the largest privately owned investment companies in Norway. (Orkla ASA, Arcus ASA, Komplett). She serves as the Chair of the Board of Canica Investor, in addition holding board positions at other corporate companies including Canica AS and Jotun AS (global coatings company). Camilla holds several years of experience within retail, sustainability, consumer behavior, marketing, management, business development and strategy, currently working as Marketing Manager in Orkla. She has among others obtained executive education from Harvard Kennedy School and BI, Norwegian School of Management. Camilla is passionate about working to always improve the environmental and social footprints of Canica, and Orkla ASA was recently ranked among the top 100 most sustainable companies in the world by WEF. Being an advocate for women and health she is a Founding Member of Maverick Collective and also Nexus Norway. Camilla is using her voice for promoting female leadership and diversity as the Chair of SHE Community and was elected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum 2018. She lives in Oslo with husband and 4 children
CEO of Nonviolent Initiative for Democracy Inc. (NID)
Dr. Fatemeh Haghighatjoo an expert in Iran’s internal affairs and an advocate of human rights, women’s rights, and democracy in Iran, was a member of Iran’s reformist parliament from 2000-2004. Her current project is women for public office.
Kim Hallwood is Head of Corporate Sustainability at HSBC Bank Canada. As the youngest member of HSBC Bank Canada’s Executive Committee and one of the longest-serving members on HSBC's global Corporate Sustainability Executive Committee, Hallwood shapes the development and leads the local execution of a sustainability strategy for one of the world's largest banking and financial services organizations. She was named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by Women's Executive Network and one of Canada's Clean50 Emerging Leaders. She is also Executive Sponsor of the bank's national Balance Network, which supports the recruitment, development, advancement and engagement of a gender-balanced workforce.
Sophia Hamblin Wang
Sophia Hamblin Wang is Chief Operating Officer of Mineral Carbonation International (MCi), a technology platform that transforms CO2 into building materials and products for advanced manufacturing. She is one of few female executives in the emerging carbon capture and utilization (CCU) industry and was recently awarded Best Clean Energy Startup at the NZTC COP26 Pitch Battle in Glasgow 2021.
Ms Hamblin Wang is also a Co-Founding Director of the advocacy group CO2 Value Australia. A strong circular economy and diversity advocate, Hamblin Wang has been featured at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, World Economic Forum Pioneers of Change Summit 2020 and UN Youth Climate Summit, and in The New York Times and TIME Magazine.
Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: ?Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter?; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and ?The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development?. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a board member on uniting to combat NTDs
Kate became CEO in March 2016, having run CIFF's Climate Change team since 2009.
Kate is a member of the FP2020 Reference Group, a Champion of the She Decides movement, and she sits on the board of the European Climate Foundation. She has also been featured in the top 100 Profiles of Paris, a collection of stories from the key people who created the Paris Agreement, and is currently co-chairing a project for the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) on China’s contribution to global climate governance.
Kate’s career spans roles in government, finance, consulting, a think tank and NGOs. Before joining CIFF she was Head of Policy at Climate Change Capital, a boutique investment firm with $1.5 billion under management, advising asset managers and multinational companies on clean energy opportunities. She has also advised policy-makers in a number of roles, including as Senior Policy Advisor for the United Kingdom's G8 and EU presidencies in 2005, and as a Sherpa to the EU High-Level Group on Competitiveness, Energy and Environment in 2007.
In 2008, Kate was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. She holds a BSc. from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She speaks French and Spanish fluently.
Bicheng Han is the founder and CEO of BrainCo. He is dedicated in the research and application using the technology of non-invasive brain-computer interface (BCI). Bicheng found BrainCo in 2015, while he was pursuing his PhD degree at Harvard Center for Brain Science. The company has now grown into a world-leading brain-computer interface (BCI) company and the first unicorn among all BCI companies in the world. Their technology has been applied in multiple fields to help people with different needs, from neurological diseases like ADHD, Alzheimers, and Autism, to prostheses that help people with disabilities regain control over their body. For his work in BCI, he was awarded the “MIT Tech Review China 35 Innovators under 35”. Their product was selected as “Best inventions of the year” by TIME magazine.
Osman is an impact investment advisor, tech entrepreneur, and author.
Osman is the Managing Director of Heroes Capital, an advisory and impact investment firm focused on health tech, ed tech, and renewable energy startups in Asia.
Previously, Osman worked as the Pakistan CEO and Managing Director of BIMA Mobile Pakistan, a subsidiary of Milvik AB (“BIMA”), one of the world’s leading microinsurance and telehealth organizations that reached over 30 million subscribers and had operations in 14 countries. Osman oversaw the development and launch of BIMA's products and operations in Pakistan, where he led a team of 1200 employees providing services to nearly 4 million customers.
He has written op-eds for a newspaper in Pakistan on the startup ecosystem and the need for cleantech. He also enjoys struggling to write fiction, and his debut novel, Blasphemy:The Trial of Danesh Masih, was published by an independent publisher in India in 2020.
He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. Osman graduated with an MBA and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.
Mark Hanis is a serial social entrepreneur. He is co-founding two startups: Inclusive America (a nonprofit to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in government) and Progressive Shopper (a technology company to harness conscious consumption). Mark is also serving as an Associate Fellow at the European campus of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS Europe) and as a Senior Lang Fellow at Swarthmore College.
Previously, Mark has helped found several social impact organizations: the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation at Georgetown University to engage global leaders to drive social change at scale; the Organ Alliance (now Organize) to address the unnecessary deaths due to a shortage of transplantable organs; and United to End Genocide to empower citizens and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide.
Mark also served as a White House Fellow working in the Office of Vice President Joe Biden as the National Security Affairs Special Advisor for South America, Africa, and Human Rights. He also served as a Research Fellow with Stanford University's Center for Human Rights and International Justice.
Mark has been awarded several fellowships for social entrepreneurship, including Ashoka, Echoing Green, Draper Richards Kaplan, and Hunt Alternatives Prime Movers. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Hanis graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Public Policy. He is the grandchild of four Holocaust survivors and was raised in Quito, Ecuador.
Dave is founder and CEO of Tomorrow, a financial services app that aims to bring economic security to millions by empowering anyone to make a plan, receive free estate planning, and receive recommendations for financial products.
Previously, Dave founded Banyan Branch (acquired by Deloitte, 2013), a leading social media marketing agency that propelled blue-chip companies into the new world of engaging customers on social platforms.
Dave’s love of music and technology positioned him to lead product development for the Rhapsody Music Service, where he helped bring the service natively to the web, then to a multitude of social sites.
Dave along with Rhapsody colleagues built a social network for readers called Shelfari. Shelfari grew rapidly through solely social and viral marketing—reaching millions of members within 18 months—and was acquired by Amazon.com.
Dave’s entrepreneurial efforts in microcredit banking include founding and editing the first academic journal and the largest conference on the subject, advising education microloan innovator Vittana, and authoring *Grameen Reference* while a Fulbright scholar with Muhammad Yunus at Grameen Bank.
Political and human rights activist; has been a leading and passionate voice for change in the Australian Parliament. Over past decade, has become one of the country's leading voices on women in politics, refugees, immigration and human rights policy. Youngest woman ever elected to the Australian Parliament. First elected in 2007; twice re-elected; currently, Greens Senator, Australian Parliament; currently holds responsibility for the Environment & Water, Communications & Arts, Finance & Trade portfolios for the Australian Greens party. Representing the state of South Australia, strong advocate for a fast and effective transition to renewable energy. Strong commitment to working across different groups and sectors to create a progressive, safe and sustainable global community and planet.
An innovator and entrepreneur, Nathaniel Harding's company in 2018 helped discover one of the largest new natural gas resources in the United States, pioneered waterless completions, and is a founding investor in an Environmental Protection Agency approved fluid with application in medicine and energy. Viewing education and jobs as critical to fighting poverty, he is a recognized leader for both. The Governor of Oklahoma previously named him chairman of the Council for Workforce and Economic Development, and to the White House STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Summit to develop the five-year federal STEM education strategy.