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Erika Najarian

Managing Director, Large-Cap Banks and Consumer Finance, UBS AG, USA

Erika Najarian is managing director and head of Americas financial sector research, comprising $4.5 trillion in market capitalization. An expert and thought leader on financial services and global financial regulation, she advises institutional investors, bank executives, central banks, finance ministers and regulatory agencies. She founded the Future of Financials conference, the premier annual forum on disruptive technology, regulatory change and investment themes within financial services. She is a passionate advocate of the professional advancement of women and people of colour.

Emi Nakamura

Chancellor‘s Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Emi Nakamura is the Chancellor's Professor of Economics at University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on monetary and fiscal policy, business cycles and macroeconomic measurement. She is a co-editor of the American Economic Review, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and co-director of the Monetary Economics program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Economic Advisers and the American Economic Association Committee on National Statistics. She is a recipient of the John Bates Clark medal, the Elaine Bennett Research Prize, the NSF Career Grant, and the Sloan Research Fellowship, and in 2014 was named by the IMF as one of the Top 25 Economists under 45.

Raju Narisetti

Leader, Global Publishing, McKinsey & Company, USA

In a three-decade career in media and publishing, Raju Narisetti has an unusual track record in creating, rethinking and managing major media organizations in North America, Europe and Asia, as well as being on the frontlines of digital transformation challenges and opportunities in publishing. Raju has worked as a practicing journalist at The Wall Street Journal, where over 14 years, he rose from a Reporting Intern to be the Editor of WSJ Europe, and Managing Editor, Digital, of the global WSJ; and at The Washington Post, where he was the Managing Editor who helped kick-start the newspaper's print/digital transformation. He is the founder of Mint (livemint.com), India's second-largest business news publication. As a business executive, he was Senior Vice President of Strategy for News Corp and CEO of the Gizmodo Media Group, which then encompassed a group of digital journalism sites that included Gizmodo, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, and The Root. As a journalism educator, he led the Knight Bagehot Fellowships in Economics and Business Journalism at Columbia University, where he also was a Professor of Professional Practice at the School of Journalism. Raju serves on the board of Wikimedia Foundation, which manages Wikipedia, the fifth-most visited site in the world. He lives in New York City.

Lukas Nelson

Band Leader, Promise of The Real, USA

Lukas Autry Nelson is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and philanthropist who began his career playing shows with his father, country music singer Willie Nelson, in the early 2000s. He joined his father's band at the age of 13, touring as his rhythm guitarist and learning the logistics of tours and being on the road. Nelson attended Loyola Marymount University, where he formed the band Promise of the Real in 2008. The band produced a pair of full-length LPs in 2010 and 2012 while touring; on the side, he worked with his father on his 2012 album, Heroes, which featured a number of father-and-son vocal-and-guitar duets. For his next project, Nelson and Promise of the Real collaborated with Neil Young on 2015 album The Monsanto Years and toured together. In 2016, Nelson and his band produced another album, Something Real. That album was followed in August 2017 by the album Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Oliver Niedermaier

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TAU, USA

Chairman and CEO of Tau Investment Management, a Private Equity firm established to transform global supply chains. Former Operating Partner, Advent Int'l. Previously Founder and CEO, DF King Worldwide. Member Global Exec. Board, Computershare, the world’s largest share registry, which Oliver joined when it acquired Pepper Technologies. Founder, Pepper Technologies. Currently Non-Exec. Director, Equiniti, owned by Advent Int'l, UK. PhD in Strategic Mgmt, Univ. of Munich. 1998. Board memberships include The World Policy Institute and National Museum of the American Indian, both New York.

Boris Nikolic

Managing Director, Biomatics Capital, USA

MD, Zagreb Medical School; clinical training, Medical Centre, University of Zagreb, Croatia. 1994, Harvard Graduate Program in Immunology; postdoctoral fellowship in transplantation immunology; Instructor in Surgery; Instructor in Medicine; Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; since 2002, Founder and Director, Advanced Immunology Laboratory for Tolerance Induction Stem Cell Transplantation, Renal Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School; since 2007, current position, on leave from faculty position, Harvard Medical School. Author of over 50 articles and patent applications. Co-Founder, three biotechnology companies. Research interests: immunogenetics, immunological tolerance induction for transplant, auto immunity and stem cell research. Recipient of awards.

Julia Novy

Professor of the Practice and Executive Director, Stanford University, USA

Julia Novy is Professor of the Practice and Executive Director of Stanford University's Change Leadership for Sustainability Program. With 25 years’ experience leading non-profit and philanthropic organizations, Julia is recognized for her innovative leadership in designing and scaling entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges that integrate economic, social and environmental objectives.

She is Founder and CEO of Resilience in Action, dedicated to preparing leaders to radically accelerate the transition to a sustainable society through comprehensive strategy and resilience-building advisory services. Julia leads Resilience Journeys for global leaders to places like the Peruvian Amazon - combining immersion in highly resilient natural systems with training on resilience, leadership and sustainability.

Julia served for 10 years as Executive Director of the Lemelson Foundation, where she was responsible for guiding over $100 million of investment in technology, inventors and social enterprises in the U.S and developing countries. As CEO of Washington STEM, she worked with leaders from Microsoft, Boeing, and the education community to bring business into the classroom and cultivate 21st century skills for underserved youth. As a Director at World Wildlife Fund, she helped develop and launch the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to transform fisheries supply chains into sources of sustainable seafood.

In 2010, she served as Topic Leader for the Clinton Global Initiative on “Market-based solutions to environmental challenges.” A Fulbright and Marshall Scholar, Julia speaks French, Spanish and Kiswahili, and has lived and worked extensively in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her short, self-paced “Strategies for Sustainability” online course, co-led with Professor Pamela Matson and industry leaders from Google and Method, has been taken by executives world-wide: https://online.stanford.edu/courses/xsfs110-essentials-business-put-theory-practice

Chinny Ogunro

Chief Operating Officer, The Africa Center, USA

Dr. Chinny Ogunro is the Chief Operating Officer of The Africa Center, a New York based non-profit that seeks to serve as a hub for the exchange of ideas around culture, business, and policy related to the continent, and in the spirit of collaboration and engagement with individuals and institutions who share the Center’s values. The mission of the organisation is guided by a leadership team that includes Board Co-Chairs Chelsea Clinton and Hadeel Ibrahim, and Board President Halima Aliko Dangote.

Previously, she was the Chief Executive Officer of WellSpring Health, an Africa-focused integrated care consortium backed by DAI, committed to delivering quality, affordable healthcare at scale. Chinny is a co-founder of Africa Health Holdings (AHH), a healthcare investment and operations company in which she raised over $13M in investor funding. AHH was born out of her doctoral research and her first company, CarePoint Hospitals and Clinics.

Chinny also currently serves as Director of Health Research at the Center for the Study of the Economies of Africa, where her research has explored innovative business models for health care delivery in growth economies, particularly Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. She was also a Senior Director at BroadReach Group, responsible for technology implementation and operational excellence. She is the founder of Company Is You, a professional development edtech firm that prepares individuals and companies for the future of work.

Her work in healthcare operations has delivered high-quality, low-cost healthcare to over 40,000 patients across West Africa and India. Her research has received over $700,000 in direct support from organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank.

Chinny is an advisory board member at Growth Capital—the investment arm of CCHub, a Steering Committee member of the Africa Leadership Academy’s Health Network, serves on the leadership committee of MIT Solve, and is frequently a guest lecturer at top international business schools. She has previously worked at Morgan Stanley, Veralon Partners, and provided long-term consultancy for the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health, the U.N. Special Envoy for Malaria, as well as multiple other development and partner organizations.

Chinny holds a Ph.D in Health Management (Technology and Operations Management, Strategy) from the Harvard Business School, a M.A. in Health Administration from Cornell University, and Bachelors degrees from Stanford University.

Juan Carlos Ortiz

President, US Hispanic, Latin America and Spain; Creative Chairman, Americas, DDB Latina, USA

Multiawarded at the Cannes Festival, Ortiz won the first Film Gold Lion at Cannes Festival in
Colombian history with a campaign for the
government program against drugs. Ortiz collects
several awards in advertising competitions all
over the world.
Ortiz was a member of the jury in the Titanium &
Integrated and Outdoors categories at the
prestigious Cannes Festival. This year was
appointed President of the Jury in the Outdoors
category at the Cannes Festival.

John B. Osborn

Chief Executive Officer, OMD, USA

John B. Osborn is the CEO of OMD USA, the flagship media network of Omnicom Media Group. He is a passionate, energetic leader who has driven transformation efforts to modernize the agency and deliver maximum business outcomes. He is actively involved with many of the agency's clients including The Home Depot, Bacardi, Ancestry, Clorox, ARMY, Wells Fargo, State Farm and more. Prior, Osborn was CEO of BBDO NY for over 13 years during his 25-year tenure. Among Osborn's notable accomplishments was his involvement with the “New York Miracle” campaign, lifting the spirits of New Yorkers in the wake of 11 September 2001. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of the American Red Cross of Greater New York and Board President of the Global Dignity organization. Osborn has been inducted into the AAF Hall of Achievement, named to Crain's New York Business list of “40 under 40” and to BtoB magazine's “Who's Who in BtoB".

Jill Otto

Managing Director and Partner, Merrill Private Wealth Management, USA

Jill Otto is a Managing Director and Partner of the Grausam Otto Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Previously, she was an UHNW Banker at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she built the Financial Institutions and Sponsors Group in Florida. Prior to moving to Miami, Jill ran, in New York, business development for J.P. Morgan’s Global Investment Opportunities Group (GIO), a multi-asset class investment desk for institutional UHNW clients of J.P Morgan. Prior to J.P. Morgan, she managed the investment offices in Rio de Janeiro and Paris of her family's 75 year old business. Jill sits on the board of the Center for Faith and Culture at Yale University's Divinity School. She sat on the board of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami and was a member of the Group of Fifty (G50), a select group of private business leaders from Latin America. In 2010, Jill was honored as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum where she helped build the Family and Private Company Community. Her other past board memberships include serving for International Planned Parenthood, the alumni councils of Princeton University and Phillips Academy Andover. Jill received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Arts from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Master of Business Administration from Duke University.

Alec Oxenford

Co-Founder and President, letgo, USA

Alec Oxenford is an ecommerce expert and entrepreneur from Argentina. He is a cofounder of letgo, the fastest growing mobile marketplace to buy and sell locally. The app – which has raised over $375M in funding from Naspers, Accel, Insight Venture Partners and others since launching in 2015 – has already been downloaded over 45M times. Named one of 2016’s “Hottest Startups” by Wired and among the year’s “Best Apps” by Google, letgo is built on cutting-edge technology like artificial intelligence, image recognition and machine learning. It’s drawn recent attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, Mashable, Fast Company and others.

Oxenford previously co-founded OLX, a high growth markets-focused online classifieds platform. Today, OLX is one of the most trafficked Internet platforms globally and installed on hundreds of millions of devices in dozens of countries like India and Brazil. He launched the company with cofounder Fabrice Grinda in 2006. Oxenford continues to serve as Chairman of OLX, which today is owned and operated by Naspers.

In 1999, Oxenford cofounded DeRemate, one of the two largest online trading platforms in Latin America, which he later sold to an eBay affiliate in 2005. He was also cofounder of DineroMail.com, a popular payment platform in Latin America, and previously worked for The Boston Consulting Group.

Oxenford received his MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School in 1997 and is active with the Harvard Club of Argentina. He was elected Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006 and serves as President of ArteBA. Oxenford received the CNN Internet Leader Award in 2001 and the Entrepreneur Award in 2003. He has been a featured commentator on CNN and Bloomberg, and in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TechCrunch and Recode, among others.