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Gina Badenoch, Founder, Capaxia/OQS
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.
Zulfikar Ali Bader
Mr. Bader is Currently the spokeman of Mr. BIlawal Bhutto Zardari Chairman Pakistan Peoiplea Party and Foreign Minister of Pakistan, a Political and Knowledge Entrepreneur and currently working as a Litigation, Corporate and Human Rights Lawyer in his father’s law firm, the Bader and Bader Law Associates and also active in the national politics affiliated with Pakistan Peoples Party and had contested the General Election in 2008.
Mr. Bader has earned Bachelors in Economics & Political Science, Business Administration and degree in Law from the University of Punjab. He also earned the degree of MBA (IT) from the National College of Business Administration and Economics and MBA with major in Marketing, International Business & Management and Business Administration from Ashland University Ohio USA. Mr. Bader also earned the degree of LLM. Mr. Bader has specialized in Global Leadership and Public Policy of 21st century from Harvard University John F Kennedy School of Government.
Mr. Bader, CEO of Jehangir Bader Institute of Vision and Leadership (JBIVL) is working to launch and erect a Leadership Institute aimed to develop and mentor the new class of leadership community from different sectors of the society focused on to create an impact with a difference for sustainable development in the country in all sectors of the country.
Mr. Bader has actively served as the Vice Chairman of SAARC Young Entrepreneur Forum for the last many years since 2010 and is also the life member of the SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) Chamber of Commerce (SCCI). Mr. Bader alongside being an executive member at the Pakistan Industrial Alliance Foundation, He has served as the Chairman of Young Entrepreneur Development Committee at the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Convener Youth Development at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is also a founding member of the World Punjabi Organization (Pakistan Chapter), Mr. Bader represented Pakistan as a special observer for the American Presidential Elections in 2008 and represented Pakistan in CPC’s conference for the South Asian young future leaders conference in 2011.
Mr. Bader is currently the Chairman of Lahore High Court Bar Association standing committee on Foreign Relation, Diplomatic Affairs and Embassies Liaison. Mr. Bader is honored with title as the Young Global Leader (YGL) from the World Economic Forum in 2015.
Rodrigo Baggio is the President and Founder of Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). Previously, Rodrigo founded Informática para Todos, Brazil’s first campaign for donated computers in 1995 and opened the first Information Technology and Citizens Rights School (ITCRS) in Dona Marta, a slum in Rio de Janeiro. In the same year, Rodrigo established CDI, the first non-profit organization to fight the digital divide in Latin America. Rodrigo is recognized as one the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum, and Time magazine named Rodrigo as one of the leaders of Latin America that will make a difference in the third millennium, selecting him for their Local Heroes campaign. Rodrigo was selected by CNN, Time and Fortune as one of the principal voices in economic development and received a certificate of recognition from the Clinton Global Initiative.
Vincent W. Bagiire
MBA (Hons), Glasgow Caledonian University; MSc (Hons) in Macroeconomics, University of Bradford; Computing and Information Science, University of Derby; Library and Information Science, Makerere University. Formerly Chief Executive Officer, Bridges.org. Member of Parliament, Uganda. Chairperson, parliamentary sessional committee on Information and Communication Technology. Currently, Chairman, Centre for International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA). Founder and Chairman, BROSDI, a non-profit organization, Uganda. Ashoka Fellow for life. Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.
Zubaida Bai is a thought leader and innovator of health and livelihood solutions for under-served women and girls globally. Building on her expertise as a mechanical engineer, a product designer, and an empathetic communicator, Zubaida has put her unique passion to work. In the process, she built a brand, a growing product line, and set in motion a movement that addresses market failures, break taboos, and gives voice to the oft-ignored matter that is women’s health.
Zubaida is the founder and CEO of ayzh (pronounced “eyes”), a social enterprise that began with janma, a $3 Clean Birth Kit providing an infection-free delivery. Having touched more than one million lives to date, ayzh has evolved into a global business. The company provides products and services along the entire reproductive cycle of women and girls that focus on improving their health and happiness addressing unmet needs in under-developed countries.
After a successful stint as an entrepreneur Zubaida is now setting up an Investment fund, Innervate Capital (“Innervate”) to offer growth-stage investment (equity and quasi-equity) in fast-growing economies to women-led companies with high socio-economic impact potential to drive gender-inclusive economic growth and advance Sustainable Development Goals
For her efforts towards achieving the UN goals for women’s health, Zubaida has been recognized on an ongoing basis. Some of her recognitions of note are: a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Maternal Health Champion by Ashoka, and a Sustainable Development Goals Pioneer (UNGC).
When she’s not changing the world with her products, Zubaida is inspiring young and old through her speaking at international forums. Her talks focus on the intersection of women’s health, design and entrepreneurship. You can watch her TED Talk here. She is also the founder of Happy Woman Foundation, an organization catalyzing the next wave of changes that enable women to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams, and wield public influence at a grand scale to create a stronger, happier, and healthier tomorrow for generations to come. Zubaida holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. She was also conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in 2018.
Priyanka Bakaya is an entrepreneurial environmental leader. She has been recognized on the Fortune 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch List, the Forbes 30 under 30 List, Conscious Company's Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs List, and is a Laureate of Cartier Women's Initiative Award for North America for her leadership in environmental entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Stanford and MIT.
Angela Baker is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Qualcomm where she oversees all corporate responsibility and ESG programming. This includes the company's climate strategy and net-zero emissions by 2040 goal as well as several other ESG 2025 targets. She also manages all social impact programs, including Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with hundreds of organizations on programs in over 40 countries and has reached over 20 million beneficiaries. The team also includes strategic corporate giving around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.
Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Public Issues for the Ad Council, working on the some of society's most pressing social issues. She has also been named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.
Since June 2018, Prime Minister of Georgia; has established a strong vision for the nation built on strengthening democracy, fostering a vibrant and sustainable economy, while investing in Georgia’s most valuable asset, its people; has helped advance Georgia’s integration into the EU and NATO; introduced a “Green Economy” agenda and “lean government” initiative that reduced the number of ministries from 14 to 11, and redirected budget expenditures to social programmes; launched a comprehensive reform programme to overhaul the country’s education system; pledged to allocate 6% of GDP to boost human capital development and empower sustainable economic growth. Formerly: Minister of Finance of Georgia; 2013-17, Chief Executive Officer, Georgian Railway, promoting Georgia’s interests in international projects, including Viking, ZUBR, and the South-West Corridor. Held leadership positions in the business sector, including Chief Executive Officer, Georgian International Energy Corporation; Member of the Supervisory Board, Georgian Industrial Group. MBA, INSEAD; Master’s in Business, Moscow State University; PhD and BA in Electromechanical Engineering, Georgian Technical University.
Loulwa led a notable career in corporate finance and investment banking spanning 15 years, and culminating with heading the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Saudi Arabia. As an industry pioneer, she participated in various CMA committees that reviewed regulations at the inception of the CMA, and led some of the landmark transactions in Saudi capital markets. Loulwa also advised and arranged the financing, restructuring, and growth through mergers and acquisitions, and most significantly, secured access to capital markets, for top tier corporations.
In 2015, she started her journey in venture capital by founding EduNation, an advisory business that supported regional EdTech startups, which grew into Chrome Advisory, a leading investment advisory firm active in the venture capital industry in Saudi Arabia and the region. She is also a partner at Global Ventures, a leading venture capital asset manager with a focus on global emerging markets.
In addition to being recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2011, she is currently an independent member of the board of directors of Reyl Finance (MEA), an independent member of the board of directors and chair of the audit committee of Jahez (Saudi Arabia) and a member of the advisory board of Columbia University’s Global Centers (Amman). Loulwa holds an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Graduate School of Business of Columbia University in the City of New York.
Miranda A. Ballentine
BSc (Hons) in Neuro-Psychology, Colorado State University; MBA, George Washington University. Former: Vice-President, Investor Analysis and Chief Operating Officer, David Gardiner & Associates; Director, Sustainability, Global Renewable Energy and Sustainable Facilities, Walmart Stores, developing strategies to reach goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. Then Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, and Energy), a 4-star civilian equivalent position; integral member of the Air Force’s top executive team; responsible for the oversight, formulation, and execution of plans, policies, programmes and budgets for: 170 Air Force installations; a $9 billion annual energy budget; a $4.5 billion annual construction budget; environmental conservation, restoration & compliance programmes for nine million acres of land, 200 miles of coast line, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands; safety and occupational health for 660,000 employees; and programme execution by 50,000 engineers around the world. September 2017, joined the Rocky Mountain Institute; currently, Managing Director, Business Renewables Center, driving innovation in advanced energy to improve national security, drive economic gains, and solve climate challenges. RMI's BRC serves over 200 members, who have collectively completed over 8,000 renewable energy deals. Public speaker.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Now Project, an organization of business professionals committed to renewing American democracy. Former Partner and current Adviser, Dalberg; was member of the founding team that grew the firm from a start-up to the leading global group of social impact businesses with 25 offices across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Until 2017, served in the Obama Administration for five years as Senior Adviser for Development to Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry; focused on modernizing the US government’s approach to frontier markets by boosting private capital and infrastructure investments; was instrumental in securing a 193-country agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals. Young Global Leader and member of its Advisory Council, World Economic Forum. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Former Consultant, Bain & Company; advised financial services, private equity, telecom, healthcare and consumer product firms in the US, UK and South Africa. BSc in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University; MBA, Harvard Business School; MPA, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud
Over the past decade, has established a profile for advocacy of business growth, community health and women's development issues. Formerly, seven years as Chief Executive Officer, Alfa International, a multi-brand luxury retail company with Harvey Nichols Riyadh in its portfolio. 2013, founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise with an aim to elevate the professional capital of Saudi women through a structured curriculum focusing on professional guidance and career management. October 2017, appointed President, Mass Participation Federation. Since August 2016, Vice-President, Development and Planning, General Sports Authority, a governmental body focused on developing the Saudi sports and physical fitness space. Young Global Leader (2015), World Economic Forum.Member, several advisory bodies, including Saudi National Creative Initiative, whose programmes aim to create a communication platform for creative talent in Saudi Arabia. Founding Member, "Zahra" Breast Cancer Association. Recipient, honours and awards, including: Business of Fashion's Top 500 people working in the fashion industry (2013 and 2014); Fast Company's Most Creative Person of 2014; selected as one of the most powerful 200 Arab women, Forbes Middle East magazine (2014); Foreign Policy Magazine Global Thinker Mogul (2014); Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sport Award, 9th edition.