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Yap Kwong Weng

Associate Partner, EY-Parthenon, Singapore

Associate Partner, Government and Public Sector, EYP
MPA, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy; PhD in Corporate Strategy, University of Glasgow. Former: General Manager, Jebsen & Jessen, Myanmar; Chief Operating Officer, Parami Energy Group, Myanmar. Co-founder, Triip.Me, a travel-tech firm based in Vietnam. Former Principal Advisor and AI lab Executive Director, KPMG Singapore. Former Regional Advisor, Indochina, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Former Secretary-General, United Nations Association of Singapore; Current Red Cross Singapore Council Member; International Advisory Board Member, Global Dignity; Rotary Peace Fellow, Rotary International.

Farzana Yaqoob

Chief Executive Officer, MANTAQ Center for Research, Pakistan

Farzana Yaqoob is a former minister for Social Welfare and Women Development, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and a founding director and Chief Executive and founding member of MANTAQ Center for Research. Senior Associate and Secretary General of Working Group on Kashmir, Institute of Policy Studies, Islamabad, Pakistan, member of Young Global Leaders (YGL) Advisory Group, World Economic Forum, advisor to Brussels Consulting, Brussels, Belgium, a board member of Aiming Change for Tomorrow (ACT) and Pakistan Alliance for girls Education(PAGE), and Secretary General, Eisenhower Fellowship, Pakistan. She holds a masters in mass communication, and is an alumnus of National Defence University and Naval War College. Yaqoob is also an Eisenhower Fellow (2016) and Young Global Leader (2017) of the World Economic Forum.

Yoshiki Yasui

Chief Executive Officer, Yasui & Company, Japan

Born in Toronto in 1985, Yoshiki spent his childhood in Toronto and New York until moving to Japan at the age of 10. Yoshiki studied at the University of Sydney and Waseda University. Upon graduation, Yoshiki began his work in the Investment Banking Division for Lehman Brothers. Later he worked at a Silicon Valley VC, DCM Ventures where he was responsible for investments in the US, Japan and China. Yoshiki founded a mobile payment company Origami in 2012, and has been a committee member of the Payments Japan Association, as well as the New Industrial Structure Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Origami was acquired by Mercari in 2020. Young Global Leader Class of 2020 by the World Economic Forum.

Yeo Bee Yin

Member, Parliament for Bakri, Johor, Malaysia

Yeo Bee Yin is member of parliament for Bakri, Johor. She is also the national assistant publicity secretary of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and vice-chairwoman of Pakatan Harapan Youth. At the age of 29, Bee Yin entered Malaysia's 13th general election and was elected as state assemblywoman for Damansara Utama, making her the youngest member of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly.

Hannah Yeoh

Member of Parliament, Segambut, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development of Malaysia, Malaysia

Hannah Yeoh is the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly and 2nd term State Assemblyman for Subang Jaya representing the Democratic Action Party (DAP). She was first elected into office in the historic elections of 2008 at the age of 29. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and was a practising lawyer in Australia and Malaysia before she ventured into politics. After securing re-election in the last elections in 2013, she was elected as Speaker, making her the first woman Speaker in Malaysia and currently its youngest. Hannah is married to Ramachandran Muniandy and they are parents to two beautiful girls, Shay Adora and Kayleigh Imani. Both Ram and Hannah are passionate about nation-building and seek to inspire Malaysians to play their respective parts in establishing a righteous nation free from corruption and racial discrimination.

Yeoh Keong Hann

Executive Director, YTL Power Generation, Malaysia

Yeoh Keong Hann is a third-generation Malaysian business leader passionate about the transformative power of combining technology and entrepreneurial spirit, as well as the influence and values of family businesses in building a more inclusive and sustainably-focused society. He is Executive Director of YTL Power International Berhad, one of South-East Asia's largest infrastructure and energy companies, leading the group's operation and setting the vision of its new business and digital venture arms. He led the team that set up Geneco, Singapore's second-largest provider of retail electricity. Yeoh is also a General Partner of the SEA Frontier Fund where he invests in and mentors the next generation of game-changing startups in South-East Asia. He is a member of the Board of Wessex Water in the United Kingdom and of YTL PowerSeraya in Singapore. Yeoh is a graduate of the University of Oxford.

Kaliya Young

Director, Networks, Planetwork, USA

Kaliya is a leading expert on blockchain and Identity also known as self-sovereign Identity. She served from 2012-2015 on the Management Council for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group an Obama Administration effort to make the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace real. 2010, Founder, Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. 2005, Co-Founder, Co-Producer, Facilitator, Internet Identity Workshop. Works with Planetwork to grow open standards-based infrastructure for citizens and organizations to connect outside of commercial silos/platforms. Inspiration to transform how the internet works comes from their work in the early 2000s and the paper they published in 2003: Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust in the Next Generation Internet.

Has a parallel independent career designing and facilitating unconferences (interactive participant driven conferences) for a range of professional communities worldwide.

She has a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on Political, Economic and Human Rights, University of California, Berkeley. She also played on their varsity water polo team and was a member of the Canadian National Water Polo Team.

Yousef Yousef

Chief Executive Officer, LG Sonic B.V., Netherlands

Yousef Yousef is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of LG Sonic, whose mission is to eliminate the use of chemicals in the water treatment industry by offering environmentally friendly solutions. Yousef is an innovator with an out-of-the box vision on water-quality management, big data-driven technologies and environmental monitoring. He is the winner of several water innovation and entrepreneurial awards such as Aquatech Innovation Award and Shell LiveWIRE. Yousef holds two patents on ultrasound technology combined with big data and membranes. He is also Chairman of the Dutch entrepreneurs’ community Green Growers, which invests in the development of circular products and sustainable technologies.

Patrick Youssef

Regional Director, Africa, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Switzerland

I joined the ICRC in 2005 and completed different field missions in Sudan, Chad, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay. Between 2010 & 2013, I was the deputy head of operations for the Near and Middle East covering Yemen, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the GCC. Prior to my current assignment as Regional Director for Africa, I headed the Red Cross delegation in Iraq and was the Head of Operations for North and West Africa

In addition to my field experience, I worked on specific topics related to the respect of International Humanitarian Law such as the treatment and judicial guarantees of persons deprived of freedom, the recruitment of children in armed forces and Transitional Justice.

Born in 1978, I hold a degree in law and a master’s degree in diplomacy and strategic negotiations from Paris Sud XI and an LLM in International Law in armed conflicts from Geneva University.

Chih-Han Yu

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Appier, Taiwan, China

Chih¬-Han Yu is CEO and co¬founder of Appier, a technology company for businesses to use artificial intelligence to grow and succeed in a cross screen world. Under his leadership, Appier has grown from a five-person startup to a rapidly growing company with employees throughout 11 countries in Asia. Appier has raised 30 million USD in total funding and is the first investment Sequoia Capital made in Southeastern Asia.

Prior to Appier, Yu has authored dozens of research articles in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), robotics and machine learning, and has been awarded two US patents. In 2010 Yu obtained his doctoral degree in computer science from Harvard University, where he collaborated with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard Medical School to develop self-¬adapting robotics systems to help polio patients walk correctly. His doctoral thesis was nominated as the best thesis of the year in the field of multi¬ag ent AI. Prior to Harvard, Yu earned his master’s degree from Stanford University, where he participated in the school’s champion DARPA Grand Challenge development team.

Yuan Jiakai

Vice-President and Chief Representative, China, United Way Worldwide, People's Republic of China

Vice-President and China Chief Representative of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately funded non-profit organization with a focus on improving early child education, financial stability and health in 40 countries and territories. Over a decade ago, gave up career as an investment banker in the US to devote professional life to civil society work. Served leadership positions at both leading domestic and international non-profit organizations, including China Red Cross Jet Li One Foundation, Beijing Youcheng Entrepreneur Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Arlington based Rare Conservation and World Wildlife Fund for Nature China Representative Office. Formerly: worked for Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Finance team within the Investment Banking Division in New York; also founded own business as an entrepreneur in Toronto. BBA, University of Toronto, Scarborough; MBA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently completing part-time doctoral studies at the National School of Development, Peking University. World Economic Forum Global Young Leader (2019).

Monica Yunus

Co-Founder, Sing for Hope, USA

A leading voice in the artist as citizen discussion, Soprano Monica Yunus is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally-renowned soprano, Monica has performed with the world's leading companies and in recitals in Spain, France, and her native Bangladesh. She has been honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award and, received a US Congressional Citation, among other honors. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Monica is a graduate of The Juilliard School.