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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).

Yuefei Qin

Founder, Serve For China, People's Republic of China

Member of the 13th National People's Congress. Founder of Serve For China, a non-governmental and non-profit organization sending top university graduates and young professionals to work in remote villages on poverty reduction and rural public service improvement. Served as village chief in rural China for seven years. Recipient of First-Class Medal for Meritorious Service. BA in Economics and Political Science, Yale University.

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.

Raya Yusuf-Sbitany

Chief Executive Officer, Derma Beauty Lab, Palestinian Territories

Raya left the Bank of Palestine's executive team to focus on creating employment opportunities for marginalized Palestinian young workers from East Jerusalem. As CEO of Derma Beauty Lab, she has restructured and put a factory back to business, now exporting to eight countries and growing.

Carol Yu Ying

Producer and Host, Phoenix Satellite Television Co. Ltd, People's Republic of China

World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Producer and Host of weekly television interview show "Visionaries" with global thought leaders at Phoenix TV, one of the largest global Chinese TV networks. The show focuses on the future of technology, health, education and society to help people understand change and prepare for change. Past guests include Klaus Schwab, Muhammad Yunus, Henry Paulson, Larry Summers, Stephen Schwarzman, David Rubenstein, Stanford and Yale presidents, Niall Ferguson, Michael Phelps, Terry Gou, Morris Chang and many others. Formerly with the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley, Hong Kong and the World Bank office in Beijing. Extensive experience as a trilingual host/moderator for forums; regular columnist for several publications across mainland China and Hong Kong. Undergraduate degree in Economics at Stanford University and Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Sawsan Zaher

Human Rights Lawyer; Director, Social and Economic Rights Unit, Adalah, Israel

Sawsan is a Palestinian feminist and human rights lawyer, based in Haifa, Israel. A senior lawyer with Adalah, the Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, serving as the director of Social, Economic and Cultural Rights Unit since 2005. She has litigated several landmark cases before the Israeli Supreme Court challenging discrimination and racism against the Palestinian minority in Israel; In 2015 Sawsan was selected as a Young Global Leader and she received several fellowships: in 2013 selected as a Yale World Fellow; in 2012 selected as a fellow at the Women in Public Service Project at Wellesley College, M.A., USA; in 2008 a Fellow of the Public Law Program in the Public Interest Law Institute in Colombia University, NYC. In 2004 received an L.L.M. in International Legal Studies with a concentration on human rights and gender from the American University, Washington College of Law (USA). In January 2015 appointed to serve as the Acting General Director of Women's Center for Legal Aid and Counselling in Ramallah. Active in several human rights and digital rights organizations including board member at 7amleh - The Arab Center for Social media Advancement.

Asif Zahir

Deputy Managing Director, Ananta Apparels Ltd, Bangladesh

Deputy Managing Director, Ananta Group, a leading apparel exporter in Bangladesh with a turnover of $280 million and employing over 25,000 people. Co-Founder and Managing Director, Sindabad.com, the first and one of the largest B2B focused e-commerce companies in the country. Member of the Board of Directors, National Finance, a non-banking financial institution, and Vanguard Asset Management, an investment management firm. Formerly: spent several years in the USA working as a Product Manager at Google, focussing on developing applications for the Android mobile operating platform. Degree in Computer Science, President’s Scholar and Mayfield Fellow, Stanford University, USA; MBA, Harvard University, USA. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2019).

Farkhunda Zahra Naderi

Member of Parliament (2010-2015), Afghanistan Government, Afghanistan

Politician and 2010 - June 2015, MP, Afghanistan. At university, through legal research, was convinced that the absence of Afghan women in the Supreme Court was a real challenge to the symbolic presence of women in Afghan politics. In parliamentary campaign, promised to fight for women's participation in the Supreme Court. It was happening when such a discussion was regarded as taboo within various communities. Succeeded in breaking the taboo and raising voice in parliament and worked with civil society and political groups at a national and international level. Eventually, for the first time in the history of Afghanistan, a woman was introduced in the Supreme Court by President Ghani. 2013, for the first time through an election, won a seat for Afghanistan in the Democracy and Human Rights Committee, IPU. 2014, elected as its President. N-Peace Award on behalf of Afghanistan, UNDP (2012).

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.

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 CEO, 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 and Chief Operating Officer, Cloudflare, USA

Co-Founder and 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.