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Manasi Girishchandra Joshi is an Indian para-badminton player, the current World Champion. She started her professional sporting journey in 2015 and in 2020 she was ranked world no. 1 in women’s singles in the SL3 category. Girishchandra Joshi was listed as the Next Generation Leader 2020 by TIME in October 2020 and she appeared on their Asia cover, making her the first para-athlete in the world and the first Indian athlete to be featured on the magazine’s cover for being an advocate of rights for people with disabilities. On the International Day of Girl Child on 11 October 2020, the toy company Mattel celebrated Manasi Girishchandra Joshi and her achievements by modelling a one-of-a-kind Barbie doll to her likeness to inspire young girls. She has also been recognized by BBC as one of the 100 most inspirational and powerful women in the world in 2020 and was nominated for the BBC Indian Sportswoman of the Year award 2020.
Mohit Joshi is a President of the company. He is responsible for the Financial Services & Healthcare/Life Sciences businesses at Infosys. In addition, as Chairman of Edgeverve Systems Ltd, he leads our software business which includes Finacle, our Global banking platform. He leads Sales Operations and Effectiveness for Infosys and has executive responsibility for Large deals across the firm.
Mohit joined Infosys in 2000 and has since worked in different capacities for the firm. In his previous role, he was responsible for leading the Financial Services business in Europe. In 2007, Mohit was appointed as CEO of Infosys Mexico and was instrumental in setting up the first subsidiary in Latin America.
He is also a Non-Executive Director at Aviva Plc. He is a member of the Risk & Governance and Nomination committees.
Mohit was also invited to join the Global Young Leader program at the World Economic Forum in 2014. He is the Vice Chair of the Economic Growth Board of the CBI (Confederation of British Industry) and is a member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization).
Mohit has previously worked with ABN AMRO and ANZ Grindlays in their Corporate and Investment bank. He holds a M.B.A from the Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Wissam Joubran was born in Nazareth, Galilea, in 1983 to a family with a rich artistic heritage. Joubran encountered early on the music and craftsmanship of the Luth (‘oud). At six, he made his first instrument. This particular relationship with the oud continued to deepen and to grow richer. Joubran was driven early on by a belief that his work helped foster pathways for a synergy between the East and the West, and he tries to make both experiences converge towards a single musical universe. He was the first Arab student to attend the prestigious Antonio Stradivari conservatory, renowned for the fabrication of string instruments (violins in particular). In 2003, he received the award of best artisan luthier. He has performed at more than 1,200 concerts as part of the “Trio Joubran,” including at Carnegie Hall and Olympia. Joubran is also the founder of the International Oud Association.
Dana Juffali is currently a Board Member at E.A. Juffali & Brothers, and Director of Business Development at Khaled Juffali Company. In addition, Dana is a Board Member of a number of philanthropic institutions, including the The Shefa Fund, and The Help Center. She previously held managerial positions at Siemens AG in Germany and Saudi Arabia in Human Resources and Supply Chain Management.
Dana holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree in business administration from Steinbeis-Hochschule-Berlin. She is fluent in English, Arabic, German, and French.
Sébastien Kadio-Morokro is one of the youngest CEOs in the African oil and gas industry. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Director at Pétro Ivoire SA, the largest indigenous petroleum product distribution company in Côte d’Ivoire. He is on the Board of Directors at Pétro Ivoire SA and Société Africaine D’Entreposage De Produits Pétroliers SA. Since taking over as CEO in 2010, Sébastien led the company through a significant growth and diversification strategy, which resulted in seeing the company double its turnover in less than 5 years.
Nik Kafka is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Teach a Man to Fish, a non-profit organization supporting schools across Africa, Asia and Latin America to establish profit-making enterprises. Its education and enterprise programs have benefitted almost 500,000 young people across more than 100 countries, principally through the School Enterprise Challenge awards program. Prior, Kafka had a successful banking career in London before moving to Paraguay to work for a local microfinance institution. In 2022, he was awarded the Charles Bronfman Prize for exceptional humanitarians under 50. Kafka holds a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of Bristol, an MA in International Development from the School of Oriental & African Studies at the University of London, as well as professional qualifications in finance.
Filmmaker, speaker and science fiction writer. Short award-winning science fiction film PUMZI (2009) about futuristic Africa premiered at SUNDANCE Film Festival (2010) and received international acclaim including the Citta di Venezia award at the Venice Film Festival 2010. Futuristic views have been the source of articles, African futurist journals, masterclasses and dissertations. Award-winning film “RAFIKI”, a same-sex love story about two girls, was the first Kenyan film to be invited to Cannes Film Festival (2018). The film was banned in Kenya; sued the Kenya Film Classification Board for the infringement of constitutional rights to freedom of expression. The constitutional case is ongoing. Speaks globally about freedom of expression and AFROBUBBLEGUM – the advocacy for images of fun, fierce and frivolous African images – and was named TIME’s 100 Next in 2019.
Vimbayi is the Founder of #Adtags, a proudly African based marketplace that helps conscious brands source desperately needed images of people of colour for advertising, from everyday social media users around the world. After 15 years of working in media, Vimbayi knows that the power of visual representation is lifesaving. She was invited to expound on her thesis on the TED stage in her thought-provoking talk entitled: “Can an Image Save a Life?”
Vimbayi is happiest grilling heads of states, captains of industry, thought leaders, and influential disruptors (politely) at prominent conferences and private events. Audiences enjoy watching her guests reveal themselves in down-to-earth ways that other interviewers haven’t been able to achieve. Vimbayi is therefore sought after for her personable and diplomatic interview style which allows her to connect with some of the most media avoidant personalities.
Her activism for creating new narratives: for women, people of colour, her African continent and tech in the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is at the heart of everything she does. She has served communities in different parts of the world as a rape crisis counselor, mentor to the next generation of leaders, cofounder of a Business Sustainability consultancy and publication in China, and most notably was instrumental in improving intercontinental relations as the “Face of Africa for China” as the first African anchor on Chinese state news, which broadcasts to over a billion viewers globally. She also helped lead Zimbabwe’s Presidential delegation on their maiden voyage to Davos 2018, to thaw and re-establish relations with the West.
Vimbayi has featured in several publications, been invited to present on the TEDGlobal, and TEDx stage; was recognized as a "Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum; a "New Generation Leader" by the African Leadership Network; declared one of Zimbabwe's "Most Influential Under 40"; and was appointed by the Chinese government as a "Special Friendship Envoy and Cultural Ambassador".
Daria is co-founder and executive director of the Anti-Corruption Action Center, a powerful national organization that has shaped Ukraine's anti-corruption legislation and efforts. Daria's organization ensured that Ukraine’s newly elected parliament designed strong anti-corruption legislation, including the laws on the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the special anti-corruption prosecutor’s office, High Anticorruption Court, open property registers and electronic asset declarations. Daria has also founded critical resources to track money laundering and corruption internationally.
Since Russia's large-scale war launched against Ukraine on February 24, 2022, jointly with other YGLs Daria co-founded the International Centre of Ukrainian Victory headquartered in Poland.
Gazal Kalra Co-founder, Rivigo, India Gazal Kalra is the Co-Founder of Rivigo, a tech-logistics startup disrupting the large and unorganized industry. At Rivigo, driven by a simple idea of bringing each truck driver home and a strong purpose of ‘Making logistics human’, Gazal has led the development of technology and products for truck drivers, thereby creating job opportunities in the hinterland in India. She believes in building scalable and purpose driven businesses that fundamentally improve the quality of experience for the users, while creating social impact. The jury of Business Today chose Gazal as one of the ‘Most powerful women in Business in India’ 2019. She was also named as part of Forbes 40 under 40 India’s brightest young business minds 2019 list. She has been a Fulbright Fellow 2011.
In 2015, Gadeer was selected to host the Israeli Broadcasting Corporation’s daily newscast in Arabic, and in 2017 she began anchoring its main Hebrew Saturday evening newscast, as well as a nightly newscast, becoming the first non-Jewish female anchor to broadcast the main evening news in the Hebrew language in Israel.
In April 2019, Kamal-Mreeh was elected to the Knesset as a member of the Blue and White party, making history as the first Druze woman to become a Member of the Knesset. During her tenure, she chaired the Caucus for Planning, Zoning and Industrial Areas, and the Caucus for the Advancement of Druze Women. She was a member of the Interior and Environment Committee, the Advancement of Women’s Status and Gender Equality Committee, and of the special committee for fighting crime within the Arab sector. Kamal Mreeh co-chaired the Israel-Germany friendship group and chaired the Israel-Switzerland parliamentary friendship group. Kamal-Mreeh holds a degree with honors from Bar-Ilan University in Medical Imaging and Social Sciences, and a master’s degree with honors in International Relations from Haifa University, specializing in negotiations and making decisions in international relations.
After deciding to take a time-out from politics, Kamal-Mreeh became in 2021 the Jewish Agency’s first senior Druze emissary to the U.S. Based in Washington D.C. Gadeer is a “Munich Young Leaders” Alumni and, in 2021, was chosen by the “World Economic Forum” as one of the young global leaders. In the same year, Gadeer was also awarded the "Knight of Government Quality" by “The Movement for Quality Government in Israel.”
Kamal-Mreeh was born and lived in the Druze village, Daliyat al-Carmel. She is married to Shadi and a mother of two children, Tom and Liam.Gadeer enjoys cooking, creation, nature, and quality time with her family, which is the key to her pure happiness. Gadeer Kamal-Mreeh’s personal and professional journey makes her a powerful embodiment of Israeli society’s diversity and complexity.
Unathi Kamlana was appointed as Head of Department - Policy, Statistics & Industry Department of the Reserve Bank of South Africa in July 2015. He joined the Bank in 2011 following a six-year career at National Treasury where he served as Chief Director: Financial Markets and Stability. During this time (2009-2011) he served as a member of the Standing Committee on the Revision of the Banks Act. Previously, he held various senior roles at Standard Bank Corporate and Investment Banking.
Unathi holds Master of Commerce and Bachelor of Commerce degrees; a Higher Diploma in Taxation; and has attended various management development programmes, including at the University of Cape Town, Duke University (United States) and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Unathi participates in various international forums and is a member of the Experts Group of the Financial Stability Board’s (FSB) Standing Committee on Standards Implementation (SCSI).