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Amit Mehra

Managing Director; Global Lead, Sustainability Services, Strategic Clients, Accenture, United Kingdom

Amit is Managing Director and the Global Lead - Sustainability Services for Strategic Clients at Accenture where he is responsible for growing the sustainability services business at the firm’s top global accounts. Amit is a member of the global leadership team tasked with building the end-to-end sustainability services business at Accenture, from strategy to execution. Earlier, he advised Accenture's clients and architected new capabilities for driving growth, continuous innovation, and economic value primarily in the Media, Edtech and Agritech sectors, focusing on the CEO and the Board agenda. Previously, Amit was the founder, CEO and Board Director of RML AgTech/Reuters Market Light (later split into FarmBee and other businesses), a globally awarded mobile-led content and commerce business serving farmers, agri enterprises and financial institutions. Amit founded the business in Thomson Reuters, UK and later spun it off raising VC funding and ran it as CEO till it scaled to millions of users, multiple multi-lingual digital products, and B2C and B2B revenue streams. Before founding RML, he held various strategy, operational and investment roles in Reuters, UK, and was also the founding advisor at London Business School to help set up the Wheeler Institute for Business and Development. A YGL alum at the WEF, Amit graduated from SRCC, India and did his MBA from London Business School.

Malini Mehra

Chief Executive Officer, Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE), United Kingdom

Degree, Smith College, US; degree, Institute of Development Studies, UK. Entrepreneur, campaigner, writer, broadcaster. Three decades experience in sustainability in civil society, business and government. Architect of UK's Sustainable Development Dialogues with China, India, Brazil, South Africa and Mexico. Board of Directors, Chinadialogue.net and Global Reporting Initiative. Advisory Boards: Unilever; BHP Billiton; Kimberly Clark; Business & Human Rights Resource Centre. Fellow: RSA; British American Project; Remarque Forum; Asia 21. Expertise: India in the world, sustainability, climate change, gender, human rights, corporate responsibility. Interests: triathlon, history, dance.

Philip Meissner

Founder and Director, European Center for Digital Competitiveness, Germany

Philip Meissner is Founder and Director of the European Center for Digital Competitiveness, which aims to inspire public debate on the opportunities of digital technologies for solving big societal challenges such as the climate crisis and demographic change. The center is also working on educating politicians on future technologies and seeks change to governments’ approaches to digital technologies. In addition, Meissner is Chair of Strategic Management and Decision Making at ESCP Business School in Berlin, and serves as Academic Director of ESCP Europe’s Master in Strategy and Digital Business. His research combines the fields of strategy, technology and psychology to create new approaches for decision-making in organizations. He frequently delivers key notes on decision-making and digital transformation and advises companies on future trends, exponential technologies and methods for improving strategic decisions.

Antónia Mészáros

Executive Director, Hungary, UNICEF Hungary, Hungary

Former: journalist, TV presenter, author and documentary film maker; host of live current affairs interview shows for 10 years on independent news channel ATV and public broadcaster MTV in Budapest, Hungary. Until 2006, worked for the BBC in London, in news, current affairs and documentaries, primarily on the strand Panorama. Experience in investigative journalism, video journalism, war reporting and filming in hostile environments. Continued making documentaries for the BBC on a freelance basis while anchoring flagship TV shows in Hungary. Currently, Executive Director, UNICEF Hungary. Author of a book on migration from Eastern Europe to the European Union (2006).

H.R.H. Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway

Crown Princess of Norway, The Royal Court, Norway

Master's in Management, BI Norwegian Business School; studies in Development Issues, School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Dedicated to youth health and youth empowerment nationally and internationally. 2006, appointed Special Representative for UNAIDS. 2008, invited by UNAIDS to participate in strategic planning of the future AIDS response, and also focused on HIV/AIDS at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. 2015, co-founded the Maverick Collective with Kate Roberts (Senior Vice-President, Population Services International); Melinda Gates joined as co-chair. The Maverick Collective aims to engage other women to use their voice, intellectual and financial resources, to improve women's health worldwide and help end extreme poverty. Patron, Norwegian Red Cross. Member, Global Agenda Council on Healthy New Generation, World Economic Forum. Involved with developing and supporting new models of health interventions to address the most critical health issues for youth, specifically for girls. Also focused on strengthening youth leadership, through participation as Member of the Board, The Crown Prince and Crown Princess' Fund, which aims to empower youth in Norway. Member of the Board, Global Shapers, World Economic Forum. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named: Leading Global Thinker, Foreign Policy Magazine (2016); one of the Most Creative People in Business, Fast Company (2016).

Ambarish Mitra

Co-Founder, Greyparrot, United Kingdom

Ambarish Mitra is a serial entrepreneur and investor in AI, AR, Food tech and Genomics. Ambarish is the Founder of Blippar, a leading technology company specializing in augmented reality, artificial intelligence and computer vision. Under Mitra’s direction, Blippar has grown from a groundbreaking idea to an industry leader with offices in the UK, US and India and was listed 3 years in a row in CNBC’s list of most disruptive companies in the world.

Ambarish is also the co-Founder of Greyparrot, an AI / Deep Learning startup focused on waste management and recycling using computer vision to sort waste at scale and fulfil many of key SDGs- UN sustainable development goals. Ambarish started his tech career in 1997 as a high school drop-out teenager creating a web portal towards women empowerment.

With a vision to bridge the physical and digital worlds and give people more from the world they see through AR and Computer Vision, Ambarish has been widely recognized for his pioneering work in the field of Augmented Reality. Mitra was named by Ernst & Young as UK Entrepreneur of the Year for 2016, and was appointed as an Ambassador for the GREAT Britain campaign to promote British innovation around the world. Mitra was also recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. He was also announced at Technology Pioneer by WEF in 2021 for Greyparrot.

Ambarish has given many keynotes on pioneering innovations and entrepreneurship at esteemed institutes and events including, TED Talk, World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Web Summit, Mobile World Congress, CES, DLD, SXSW, Recode Media, TechCrunch Disrupt, GMIC China, Harvard Business School and Oxford University, inspiring many young entrepreneurs, students, and business community with his talks.

Inna Modja

Land Ambassador, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Portugal

Co-founder of Code Green, a Tech Non-Profit Organization disrupting traditional fundraising models to accelerate social & climate solutions, by helping a growing Web3 community of artists, communities and collectors, to harness the power of technology to help heal the Earth and fight for radical green justice.

Activist & UNCCD Ambassador & a strong global figure for Social, Gender & Climate Justice, advocating for the Great Green Wall for the past 5 years.

Mustapha Mokass

Founder, Tech Impact Entrepreneur and Investor, France

Founder, Impact Entrepreneur & Investor • Founder of Climate Finance A. & Carbon Offsetting • Deputy CEO at Atlas Partners • Carbon Finance • Clean Energy • Green Decentralized Cloud • Climate Technology Origination • Impact: Seed & Early Stage Capital | Global Start-Up Portfolio Tech + Impact | Blockchain Ecosystem for Climate & Health | Web3 Liquidity • Speaker Davos, Global Business Conferences, Climate Week. Former World Bank Group, UN Environment Programme, Carbon finance expert; advised assets managers, private equity, banking, and consumer product firms in the US, Europe and Africa • World Economic Forum YGL • Co-Founder of the YGL Initiative Climate Finance Hubs | Regenopolis, Winner of YGL Impact Lab 2016 • Board member at Givedirectly NGO, Morocco • MSc in Environmental Technology Engineering; Master, HEC Paris Business School; EE, HKS and Oxford Business School. Executive Fellow at Anant Climate University • Author, Fostering a Global Clean Energy Market

José Manuel Moller

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Algramo, United Kingdom

José Manuel Moller is founder and chief executive officer of Algramo, which won Chile's 2017 Social Enterprise of the Year award. Algramo now reaches more than 1,700 family-owned stores and has the potential to reach over 275,000 end consumers.

Pedro Moneo Lain

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Entrepreneur Capital S.L., Spain

Pedro is the CEO and founder of Opinno, an international open innovation network that connects entrepreneurs, investors and technology specialists across innovation hubs around the world to build new hi-tech startups. As background, Pedro holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a nuclear engineering degree from the French Atomic Energy Commission. Pedro began his career as a researcher in advanced reactors at Argonne National Laboratory in Chicago. He was also a consultant with the Corporate Finance and Strategy branch at Accenture. After, Pedro functioned as Director Deputy General of FEDIT Technology Centers of Spain, the largest private R&D Center network in the country, before founding Opinno in 2008. Concurrently, Pedro manages Opinno while simultaneously taking on the role as Publisher of MIT’s Technology Review, Spanish & Portuguese Editions, Publisher (Online) for Harvard Business Review in Spanish, acting as an angel investor through Entrepreneur Capital and a philanthropist through opinno.org. Pedro is also member of the Young Presidents Organization, an Eisenhower Innovation Fellow and the founder of the Spanish chapter of the XPrize Foundation.

Stephan Morais

Managing General Partner, Indico Capital Partners, Portugal

Stephan Morais is the founder and Managing General Partner of Indico Capital Partners (www.indicocapital.com), a leading venture capital firm based Portugal. Indico focuses on software as a service, artificial intelligence, internet of things, fintech, cybersecurity, blockchain and blue economy companies, targeting investments at Pre-Seed to Series B level. Founded in 2017, the team at Indico were previously behind the majority of the Portuguese global tech success stories, as investors and entrepreneurs.

Stephan was formerly an Executive Board Member at Caixa Capital, the Private Equity and Venture Capital fund management company, where he led the most relevant international investment rounds of Portuguese technology companies. He has been a Non-Executive Director and Independent Board Advisor in numerous companies.

With a diversified background as an investment banker, consultant, entrepreneur and CEO, he has lived in 8 countries and 4 continents over the last 24 years. He is also a former Advisor to the European Commissioner of Science and Innovation, Past Chairman of the European Venture Finance Network and Past Board Member of the European Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and Board Member of the International Venture Club. He is an Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship Center at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and an Advisory Board Member at AMROP, Executive Search.

Appointed as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, and Member of their Digital Leaders of Europe Community, he holds a degree in Engineering from Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon), and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, English and French. He is a YPO (Young Presidents Organization) Member.

Angela Morelli

Co-Founder, InfoDesignLab, Norway

Angela Morelli is an information designer. She is co-founder and CEO of Infodesignlab a socially-conscious information design firm that helps companies and organizations turn complex data into meaningful narratives, beautiful visions and understandable messages. InfoDesignlab is born in response to the idea that information is powerful only if can be understood; that understanding precedes action and change; and that Information Design can play a unique role in order to democratise knowledge, explain complexity and facilitate understanding.

Angela gained her MA in Communication Design from Central St Martins, where she specialised in Information Design. She previously gained a degree in Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and an MA in Industrial Design. She has been jury member of the International Institute of Information Design Award, is an international speaker and Associate Lecturer at Central St Martins in London and has been visitor lecturer in universities such as Oslo National Academy of the Arts and Design, Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, University of Oslo, London Royal College of Art, London Brunel University, University of Reading, University of Portsmouth, University of Western Sydney, Paris Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs. Along with philantropist Paul Polak, ethologist Jane Goodall, water scientist Tony Allan and other individuals committed to defend planetary ecosystems she has been awarded Il Monito del Giardino Award in 2013.

Angela serves as an ambassador for virtual water research, and was named a 2012 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.