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Juan Carlos Ortiz
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
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 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 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.
Amit Paley is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of The Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. He began as a counselor on The Trevor Project's 24/7 TrevorLifeline in 2011, and since then he has answered hundreds of calls from LGBTQ youth in crisis. Amit is the first volunteer counselor to become the CEO of the organization in its 22-year history and he still continues to answer calls on TrevorLifeline. Under Amit’s leadership, the organization has dramatically expanded the number of LGBTQ youth that it serves and the breadth of programming that it offers. During his tenure, The Trevor Project built and launched a new, integrated crisis services platform, expanded its chat and text services to 24/7, and more than tripled the number of youth served each month. The organization has also transformed its TrevorSpace platform into the largest safe-space social networking site for LGBTQ youth and expanded the Trevor Project’s research initiatives. Trevor also now operates the largest grassroots campaign in the world to end conversion therapy. Amit is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College with an MBA from Columbia Business School and a Master’s from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Rajiv Pant is a well-respected product, design, and engineering executive. He is a Senior Advisor to McKinsey & Company and to the AI startup you.com. As an entrepreneur, he is deeply involved in his own startup ventures. He served as Chief Product & Technology Officer of The Wall Street Journal, responsible for Product, Design, and Engineering where he reported jointly to the WSJ editor-in-chief and to Dow Jones corporate. He was then promoted to Deputy CTO of News Corp, parent company of WSJ and several other global brands.
Previously, as Chief Technology Officer of The New York Times, Rajiv led the successful development and delivery of dozens of acclaimed mobile and web products over four years. He reported jointly to the business side and to the editor-in-chief of The New York Times. Rajiv was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Prior to his move to The NY Times, Rajiv was Vice President of Digital Technology at Conde Nast for four years. He headed up technology for Conde Nast’s brands including Reddit.
Before Conde Nast, Rajiv was Chief Technology Officer at COXnet (now Cox Media Group), a division of Cox, one of the nation’s leading media and communications companies. It was during this tenure, that Rajiv received the Newspaper Association of America’s 20 Under 40 Award.
This followed a stint of nearly a decade at Knight Ridder, then the nation’s second-largest newspaper publisher. As Vice President of Technology at Knight Ridder Digital in San Jose, Rajiv led the development and implementation of the company’s Web site products. He also worked closely with newsroom colleagues at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.
Rajiv twice received the prestigious Knight Ridder Excellence Award for Technology Innovation. Among the products developed by Rajiv and his team is Cofax, a leading open-source content management system used by newspapers and other companies around the world. Xmultra, a systems integration product developed by his team for feeds transfer and transformation with multiple newspaper systems, won the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Award.
Rajiv’s leadership qualities were also recognized when two development teams under his direction received two separate Newspaper Association of America 2004 Best Practice Awards in New Media; the first for the development of web and multi-platform publishing tools, and a second for a software upgrade system for high traffic web sites.
Rajiv has experience building and supervising small teams to 400+ employees. He is admired for his win/win collaborative style by his peers. He strives to live every day by his life’s motto: “Victory is winning people over, not defeating others.”
He serves as a regular in-person volunteer with the charity New York Cares, especially during the pandemic when help is needed most. For more information, visit Rajiv’s personal Web site at rajiv.com.
Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. PhD in Economics, New York University. Former Manager of the Chilean sovereign wealth funds, with assets under management of $22 billion. International Consultant, advising central banks and governments of Colombia, Guyana, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama and Papua New Guinea on fiscal policy and implementation of sovereign wealth funds. Former Chairman of the Regulatory Banking Authority of Chile (Superintendencia de Bancos) and Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School.
Catherine "Kitty" Parry
Serial entrepreneur with deep experience in the regulatory and compliance spaces. 2014, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DeepView, an enterprise compliance software solution that recognizes data and compliance breaches in digital and social media images. This machine learning product is built from a deep understanding of global regulation and law, the solution is used by regulators and regulated organizations that grapple with the spectrum of global regulation surrounding social media and digital usage. Formerly: with WPP as part of a team designed to help listed clients boost share prices; then started Templars Communications, a strategic communications firm specializing in financial services, with clients including London boutique investment firms. 2013, founded the Social Media Charter, an organization that provides firms and regulators social media compliance guidance. Speaker on regulation, digital and social media, including on World Economic Forum panels at the Annual Meeting in Davos as well as on the BBC, Radio 4 and CNBC.
Founder and President, OneChild, empowering a movement of children and youth to combat child sex trafficking. Her career in child protection began at age 17, after playing the main role of the decoy in a STING operation with Sri Lankan authorities to apprehend a child sex perpetrator. Today, her career spans over a decade where she has investigated child sex tourism (CST) cases; lobbied across private, public, and civil society organizations to increase action against CST legislation; and provided shelter and long-term comprehensive care to hundreds of victims in Asia.
Canadian Youth Ambassador, UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. Youth Advocate, Global Partnership for Education. Adjudicator, Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 and World of Children Awards. Former Board Member, Canadians Addressing Sexual Exploitation. Youth Ambassador, Free the Children and Me to We. Mentor, Women’s Executive Network. Youth Volunteer, National Child Protection Authority of Sri Lanka.
Recipient: Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 (2006), World of Children Honouree (2006) and Canada's Top 20 Under 20.
Lucas E. Pescarmona
Lucas Pescarmona is President of Mercantil Andina Compania de Seguros (insurance) and Chief Operating Officer of VENTI, one of the leading industrial groups in Latin America. VENTI has its core businesses in the manufacturing and developing of renewable energy equipment and power stations. The capital goods manufacturing (IMPSA) includes hydromechanical and wind generation equipment, development of hydropower stations and wind farms for electric power generation; waste management and environmental services; auto industry supplies; and property and casualty insurance (Mercantil Andina). Pescarmona holds a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, as well as an MBA from Luigi Bocconi University.
Bachelor's degree, Georgetown University; MBA, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth; executive certificates, Yale University and the Harvard Kennedy School. Entrepreneur harnessing business and philanthropic acumen to effect change where it is needed most in the globe. Formerly: Director, PineBridge Investments, participated in directing over $10 billion of private equity, hedge and real estate transactions globally; with AIG Investments, Friedman Billings Ramsey and Barclays Capital. Co-Founder and President, REALICITY, a technology-driven brokerage firm developed to manage marketing, streamline booking and communication, and automate the bidding process in a real estate transaction. Co-Founder and former Chief Executive Officer, MPOWERD, a solar product company with global distribution in more than 70 countries. Founded The Soleil Group, a strategy firm. Co-Founder and Member of the Board, Council of Urban Professionals. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Former: Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations; Member of the Advisory Board, George Clooney's Hope for Haiti Now Fund. Interests: martial arts & transcendental meditation.
Dina Powell McCormick
Dina is global head of sustainability and inclusive growth. In this role, she partners with leaders globally to advance our sustainability efforts across all of our businesses. Dina is also global head of the firm’s sovereign business, responsible for helping build and enhance the firm's relationships with global sovereign clients. She serves on the Management Committee and the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. Dina rejoined Goldman Sachs in 2018 as a partner in the Investment Banking Division after serving as the US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy from 2017 to 2018.
Dina initially joined the firm in 2007, and from 2007 to 2017, she led the Impact Investing Business and the Environmental Markets Group, which deployed more than $5 billion in market-based loans and equity to drive sustainable economic development and revitalize under-served communities. During this same period, she was also president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, developing and overseeing two major initiatives to drive economic growth and opportunity — 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses — that successfully provided business education and capital to women and small businesses, respectively.
Earlier in her career, Dina served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Undersecretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy and as a senior White House advisor as Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel.
Dina is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.