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Asif Zahir

Deputy Managing Director, Ananta Apparels Ltd, Bangladesh

Deputy Managing Director, Ananta Group, one of the leading conglomerates in Bangladesh engaged in the Apparel and Textile Manufacturing, Real Estate, Hospitality, Retail and e-Commerce, Financial Services and Banking sectors.

[1] Member of the senior leadership team of Ananta Apparels Ltd, one of the largest exporters of Apparel and Textiles in Bangladesh with revenues of $350 million and employing over 30,000 people. Ananta Apparels is engaged in the production of jeans, suits, outerwear, lingerie, activewear and sweaters to leading retailers in the US and EU markets.

[2] Deputy Managing Director of Ananta Real Estate Ltd, one of the leading real estate developers of Bangladesh. The company is currently engaged in the development of several ground breaking projects in the capital city of Dhaka, including a luxury gated condominium complex ("Ananta Terraces") with world class sustainable living features and the first of its kind mixed-use project ("Ananta Business District") comprising of a Luxury Hotel, Branded Residences, Grade A Offices and Retail Spaces all in a highly secured and accessible location.

[3] Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sindabad.com Ltd, one of the largest B2B and B2C focused e-commerce marketplaces in the country serving over 50,000 Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and several million consumers with affordable and convenient procurement solutions.

[4] Formerly: Spent several years in the USA working as a Product Manager at Google, focusing on developing applications for the Android mobile operating platform.

Bsc in Computer Science, Stanford University, USA
MBA, Harvard University, USA
YGL, WEF

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.

Achmad Zaky

Founder, Bukalapak, Indonesia

Achmad Zaky is a technology entrepreneur and investor. He is the founder and ex-CEO of Bukalapak, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Indonesia. Currently, he is active in non-profit activity via Achmad Zaky Foundation. He invests in education and entrepreneurship causes.

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

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Greenlight Biosciences Inc, USA

Andrey J. Zarur is Founder and CEO of GreenLight Biosciences, a diversified biotechnology company delivering natural solutions for human health, animal health and agricultural applications. Prior to GreenLight, Dr. Zarur was the Founder and Chairman of Solid Biosciences, a gene therapy company addressing neuromuscular genetic disorders. Dr. Zarur is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lumicell Surgical. Dr. Zarur is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained undergraduate degrees from the National University of Mexico and doctoral degrees from MIT and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds over one hundred issued and pending patents.

Michelle Zatlyn

Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cloudflare, USA

Co-Founder President, & 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

He is currently CEO of Intercorp, a holding company for one of Peru’s largest business groups. Focused on Peru’s growing middle class. Intercorp’s businesses are mainly focused on four sectors: financial services; retail (including shopping malls), education and health.
Also, he is Vice President of the Private Council of Competitiveness, Think Tank promoted by IPAE to propose public policies.

In the Public sector he has been Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Peru in two occasions.
In the private sector, he has served as CEO in both, Peru and Panama for the multinational SABmiller. He has also been a member of the Board of several companies in Peru, as well as business associations and NGOs.

Economist at the Universidad del Pacifico, with a master’s degree in Business Management from the University of Piura and with a MBA from the University of Birmingham in United Kingdom.

Christian Zeinler

Christian Zeinler is Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Business Development at UBS where he has reorganized the team structure. He is passionate about the people mission in his job and invests significant time in sponsoring and coaching colleagues while creating opportunities. Prior to UBS, he successfully launched and managed a convertible bond fund before working at McKinsey & Company. Zeinler was one of McKinsey’s Core Leaders in its Wealth and Asset Management practice, leading and driving its efforts and knowledge creation globally on Investment Solutions. As a Partner, he was able to shape the industry’s strategic agenda working with the global leading institutions in this space.

Almira Zejnilagic

Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting (2012-2021), United Kingdom

Almira is the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for EQONEX with responsibility for leading the company’s business transformation strategy to leverage the synergies and maximize business opportunities created through its partnership with Bifinity.

In her previous role, Almira served as Special Projects Lead for Bifinity where she was responsible for process improvements, project coordination and the development of new strategic partnerships. Before joining Bifinity, Almira was a Partner and Practice Lead at FTI Consulting with responsibility for the Global Risk and Investigations Practice in Europe and Africa. While at FTI Consulting Almira, where she spent a decade, she advised on high value technology transactions, and helped investors and corporates navigate existential and transformational challenges. Almira is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

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.

Boju Zhang

Secretary General, Ginkgo Foundation, People's Republic of China

Boju Zhang is secretary general of Ginkgo Foundation, who invests in young social entrepreneurs in China, helping them achieve great personal and career breakthroughs.
He is also a board member and Former CEO of Friends of Nature (FON) , the first green NGO in China, work to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water and safe food. He develops and carries out strategies for FON programs on Environmental Public Interest Litigation, Policy Advocacy, Information Disclosure and Public Participation.

In recent 8 years, Boju and FON Team have filed 50 environmental public interest lawsuits, to protect biodiversity and human health, and promote renewable energy and combat climate change. Among them, the public interest litigation case of protecting Green Peacock was elected as the top 10 biodiversity protection cases in the world at the world environmental justice conference in 2021.

In recent years, Boju has found seven non-profit organizations and social enterprises in China, such as China Zero Waste Alliance which is the nationwide action network on solid waste management, and Gaia Nature School which is the leading social enterprise on environmental education.

Boju is the board member of the Environmental Public Relations and Strategic Communications Institute of China Environment Protection Ministry. He was the youth advisor for United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP).

Boju graduated from Beijing Jiaotong University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He won the Ray Dalio Scholarship and pursued Executive Leaders in Philanthropy program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Longmei Zhang

M-RCBG senior fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA

M-RCBG senior fellow at Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund, served as International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Resident Representative for China from 2017-2020. Previously, China Economist in the Asia and Pacific Department based in Washington DC, focused on macroeconomic forecasting, broader China rebalancing and issues on high savings. Co-edited the book “ The future of China’s Bond Market’. Before working on China, worked on regional issues in Asia-Pacific and published research in a wide range of areas, including long-term growth/middle-income trap, macroprudential policies, corporate leverage, and capital flows and asset prices. Prior to that, worked on the Philippines, focusing on macro surveillance and labor market issues. Also worked on Romania, engaged in IMF program negotiations and reviews. Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. PhD in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.