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Martyn Davies

Managing Director, Emerging Markets and Africa, Deloitte & Touche, South Africa

Dr Martyn Davies is the Managing Director of Emerging Markets & Africa at Deloitte and is the Dean of Deloitte’s Alchemy School of Management. Over his career, he has been a trusted advisor to executives at a large array of multinational firms on their market entry & engagement strategies in emerging markets and Africa. He has also conducted a large amount of advisory work on behalf of the public sector having advised a number of governments in numerous regions.

Prior to joining Deloitte, Martyn founded Frontier Advisory, a strategy and corporate finance advisory firm that was subsequently acquired by Deloitte. Dr Davies has previously been ranked the # 1 analyst in South Africa in the “African Economies & Markets” category as awarded by the Financial Mail in its prestigious Annual Analysts of the Year awards.

He is a Global Fellow at the MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth – a group comprising leading international economists which works on subjects relating to macro-economy and inclusive growth.

Martyn was selected in 2010 as a Young Global Leader, an honour bestowed by the World Economic Forum each year to recognise distinguished young leaders. He is also a member of the global Young President’s Organisation (YPO).

He is a Visiting Professor at IE Business School, Madrid, Spain and is a Non-Executive Director of the NEPAD Business Foundation.

Martyn has been educated at Wits University, Yonsei (Seoul) Harvard, Yale and Oxford Universities.

Geoff Davis

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner, Cicero Impact Capital, USA

Geoff Davis is business entrepreneur turned social entrepreneur. He is currently the CEO of Sorenson Impact, an action lab at the David Eccles Business School at the University of Utah. Previously he was Co-Founder of Unitus Equity Fund, the first privately funded microfinance venture equity fund and a former Chief Executive Officer of Unitus Capital. Davis has been involved in 11 start-ups, including dot-coms, microfinance institutions and commodity trading. He currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of White Hat Ventures. Davis has a Master's degree in Public Policy and Development Economics from Harvard University. He is the recipient of numerous awards such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and a Stanford University Entrepreneurial Thought Leader.

Eric Dayton

Co-Founder & CEO, Askov Finlayson, USA

An apparel, hospitality, and real estate entrepreneur, Eric Dayton started a movement to reimagine the identity of America's north as one of adventure, creativity and the embrace of cold winters. His company is on a mission to keep the north cold by donating 110% of its own carbon impact to organizations leading the fight against climate change. Prior to founding Askov Finlayson, he was a member of Arctic Transect 2004, a six-month, 2,000 mile dogsled expedition focused on climate research and education.

Daniel de Boer

Chief Executive Officer, ProQR Therapeutics N.V., Netherlands

Daniel de Boer is a passionate entrepreneur with a drive to make a meaningful impact on society. Initially, he was focused on building IT companies; however, when his newborn son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease with a limited life expectancy, it put everything in his life into perspective. de Boer decided to turn his focus towards finding a treatment for his son and other patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. He founded ProQR Therapeutics, which currently has 150 employees across Europe and the United States. Inspired by his work for cystic fibrosis patients and with a goal to impact many more lives, de Boer decided to broaden the scope of ProQR to include developing drugs for several other severe, rare diseases for which no treatments are available.

H.R.H. Prince Jaime de Bourbon de Parme

Senior Adviser, Private Sector Partnerships, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Switzerland

Jaime is the Senior Advisor on Private Sector Partnerships to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). His mission is to find private sector solutions to boost self-reliance of refugees. There are concrete opportunities for partnerships in livelihoods, water & sanitation, shelter, connectivity, education and access to finance, but his main focus is currently leading the Clean Energy Challenge to bring renewable energy solutions to refugees, host communities and UNHCR’s operations.

Jaime has an extensive diplomatic career in forging partnerships for innovative solutions to complex global challenges. As the Ambassador of the Netherlands to the Holy See (Vatican), he partnered on peace negotiations, climate action and forced migration. As Special Envoy for Natural Resources, he initiated the Responsible Mining Index and set up conflict-free supply chains of metals and minerals in the DRC with the private sector and civil society.

He was selected to be a member of the Cabinet of the European Commissioner for Competition, worked in the field as Political Advisor to the Dutch Commander of the NATO Peacekeeping Mission in Afghanistan and helped set up the Netherlands Embassy in Iraq. He has held various other functions in MENA, Africa and Latin America.

Born in the Netherlands in 1972, he holds an MA from Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a BA from Brown University. He is married and has two young daughters.

Concurrently he is a Member of the Board of the Forum of Young Global Leaders and Member of the Advisory Boards of World Resources Institute, Responsible Mining Index, Geneva School of Economics and Management, and Miracle Foundation.

FX de de Mallmann

Chairman, Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs International, United Kingdom

FX (Francois-Xavier) de Mallmann is Chairman of the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs. He has worked with Goldman Sachs International since 1993 in a number of senior roles, including as Chief Operating Officer, Global Investment Banking Division, based in New York (2007-2008); Head of the European Financing Group and Capital Markets businesses in EMEA (2009 to 2011); Global Co-Head of the Consumer Retail Group (2014-2017) and Head of Investment Banking, Switzerland. He has been a partner in the firm since 2004. He is a Member of the European Management Committee at Goldman Sachs and is a Member of the Firmwide Commitments and Investment Banking Operating committees. He sits on the Board of the International Rescue Committee. FX graduated from Hochschule St Gallen and the Community of European Management Schools in 1992.

Carlos de Hart

Chief Executive Officer, Agroince, Colombia

Carlos de Hart is Chief Executive Officer of Agroince, a group of agribusinesses. Prior to his appointment, he served as Vice-Minister of Business Development of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism of Colombia. De Hart has held several executive positions, including Secretary-General of the National Business Association of Colombia, as well as in companies belonging to the agribusiness, consultancy and banking sectors, among others. He is an entrepreneur that has founded companies in real estate, ICT and business process outsourcing (BPO), having been chairman of the board at most of them. He has also been a member of over 50 other boards of directors of public and private institutions within the banking, energy, CSR, education, industry, agriculture, ICT, BPO and healthcare sectors. De Hart received a degree in Business Administration from the Universidad de los Andes and an International MBA from IE Business School.

Deshal De Mel

Economic Adviser to the Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

Deshal de Mel is economic adviser to the minister of finance of Sri Lanka and the youngest director to have served at Sampath Bank. An economist by training, de Mel is passionate about and committed to economic reform in Sri Lanka in order to create competitive and fair markets along with broader economic and political reform to further economic and political freedoms.

M. Bilge Demirkoz

Professor, Department of Physics, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

A UNESCO-L'Oreal International Rising Talent researcher, Bilge Demirköz is a leading physicist, science outreach activist and educator in Turkey. With her team, she is building a particle irradiation facility for space radiation tests, with support from CERN under the CERN associate membership bill she helped pass through parliament. Demirköz is a role model for the next generation of scientists in Turkey and seeks to change the government's approach to science.

Alfa Demmellash

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Rising Tide Capital, USA

Born and raised in Ethiopia, Alfa now lives in New Jersey with her husband and two little boys. She is also the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Rising Tide Capital, a non-profit organization that provides underserved entrepreneurs with the resources needed to grow successful businesses. Over the past 15 years, the organization has run hundreds of Community Business Academies, which provide intensive business management training coupled with year-round coaching and mentorship to over 1,000 entrepreneurs annually. Corporate, foundation and governmental funders underwrite the cost of tuition for all participants. By building successful businesses, these entrepreneurs meet their families’ basic needs, create opportunities for social mobility and help transform their local communities into thriving economies.

Alfa is also the co-founder of Future Tide Partners, which equips cross-sector leaders to shift capital, policy and culture to respond to a new world of work in service to a flourishing future economy. She was named Young Global Leader in 2015 and has appeared in leading media outlets, such as CNN, the Suze Orman show, O the Oprah Magazine, Essence Magazine, Bloomberg, Inc Magazine, BusinessWeek and Entrepreneur Magazine. Recipient of honours and awards, including: recognized by President Barack Obama; named a CNN Hero; named one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World, Forbes.

Gila Demri Gamliel

Minister of Environmental Protection, Ministry of Environmental Protection of Israel, Israel

Gila Gamliel is Israel’s Minister of Environmental Protection. She served as the first ever Minister for Social Equality in the last 5 years, until May 2020 in which she was appointed as the Minister for Environmental Protection.

The ministry for Social Equality encompasses the advancement of senior citizens, young people, gender and minority equality, as well the Digital Israel project, which aims to leverage the country's standing as the Start-Up Nation to ensure that governmental and business services offered to the public use the most advanced methods in the world.

A member of the Knesset (Parliament) from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling Likud Party for over a decade, Ms. Gamliel has previously served as Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, and Deputy Minister for the Advancement of Young People, Students and Women. Among other roles, she chaired the Knesset's Committee on the Status of Women and Gender Equality, and served as a Member of the Knesset's Finance Committee, Economics Affairs Committee, and the Education, Culture and Sports Committee.

Ms. Gamliel is also a member of the Young Leaders Community of the Davos World Economic Forum, (the first Israeli public representative to the Forum) and was the first woman Chairperson of Israel's National Students' Union.

Ms. Gamliel holds an L.L.M. from Bar Ilan University, a L.L.B. from Ono Academic College, an M.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Middle Eastern History and Philosophy from Ben-Gurion University. She holds the rank of Sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), having served as the head of an air force investigative staff.

Ms. Gamliel, who lives in Tel Aviv, is married and the mother of
two.

Aslihan Denizkurdu

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer of Risk Management, Citigroup, USA

Aslihan Denizkurdu is a Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer for Risk Management at Citigroup. In her role, she designs and oversees firm-wide frameworks and processes that enable prudent management of global risks across a $2 trillion balance sheet in 100 countries. Raised in Turkey, Denizkurdu believes in the power of large businesses in driving positive change and solving social problems. She has been a Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s First Movers programme for social intrapreneurs since 2012.