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Daniel Sachs

Global Board Member, Open Society Foundations, USA

Daniel Sachs is the chief executive officer and a board member of Proventus AB, a family owned investment company. He is also the founder and chief executive officer of P Capital Partners, the leading non-bank corporate lender in northern Europe. Sachs has held a number of managerial roles and board positions in public as well as private companies throughout Europe.

Through the Daniel Sachs Foundation, he is engaged in promoting openness, culture, diversity, and democratic development. He is the founder of Höj Rösten, a nonpartisan school for politicians as well as a founder of Apolitical Academy with the mission to make the public service sector work for people everywhere by supporting the next generation of transformational public leaders.

Sachs is a member of the panel of senior advisors to the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House and also a council member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. He is active in the arts, particularly film production, through Kärnfilm.

Sachs holds an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kaitlyn Sadtler

Investigator; Chief of Section, Immunoengineering, National Institutes of Health, USA

Kaitlyn Sadtler is a scientist and Chief of the Section on Immuno-Engineering at the National Institutes of Health. She began her lab at the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering after a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Department of Chemical Engineering working on the molecular mechanisms of immune activation in the foreign body response with Dr Robert Langer (founder of Moderna). There, she was awarded a competitive NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship for her work on immunology and tissue engineering. She completed her PhD at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where she showed a critical role for Th2-T cells in biomaterial-mediated muscle regeneration. Her research has been published in journals such as Science, Nature Methods, Nature Communications and Science Translational Medicine. She was recognized as a 2018 TED Fellow and delivered a TED talk that was listed as one of the top-viewed talks of 2018. Sadtler was selected for the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 List in Science and received the 2021 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from Johns Hopkins University. Since starting her laboratory at the NIH, she has lent her lab's expertise to the fight against COVID-19, launching the NIH Serologic Survey, detecting 16.8 million undiagnosed SARS-CoV-2 infections in the US via remote blood sampling and antibody testing. This work continues as the team works to map the spread of the pandemic in the US from 2020 through 2021.

Enric Sala

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic Society, USA

Dr. Enric Sala is a former university professor who saw himself writing the obituary of ocean life, and quit academia to become a full-time conservationist as a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence. He founded and leads Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 26 of the largest marine reserves on the planet, covering an area over 6.5 million square km. 2008 World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leader, 2013 Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Award, 2013 Environmental Media Association Hero Award, 2016 Russian Geographical Society Award, 2018 Heinz Award in Public Policy, 2021 National Geographic Hubbard Medal, 2021 Prince Albert I Grand Medal. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

Zainab Salbi

Founder, Women for Women International, USA

Zainab Salbi is the Founder of Women for Women International, an organization that works with women war survivors. Under her leadership, the organization has served 300,000 women in conflict and post-conflict countries and distributed more than US$ 100 million in direct financial aid and loans.
Salbi is the author of three books - “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing up in the Shadow of Saddam” and “The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope” and “If You Knew Me, You Would Care”. In 2011, she was named one of the top 100 most influential women by The Guardian, Newsweek and the Tony Blair Foundation, and the most influential women in America by PBS Maker's series. She is also one of 22 leaders with the Clinton Global Initiative Lead. Salbi's work has received frequent media attention, including 10 appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She is currently focusing on featuring the role of Arab women in the Arab awakening through several media projects.

Lily Sarafan

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Home Care Assistance, USA

Lily Sarafan is CEO of Home Care Assistance (HCA), where she has led the company from startup to sector leader with nearly 10,000 employees. HCA is the largest premium provider of in-home care for seniors in North America. Lily is also a board member and investor for innovative companies, serving as a board director at Thumbtack and at Counsyl through its acquisition by Myriad Genetics.

Lily serves on the Stanford University Board of Trustees, the Freeman Spogli Institute Council, and the Stanford Undergraduate Cabinet. She is also Founding Partner of Project BIG: The Stanford Brain Immune Gut Initiative. An appointee to the California Governor's Alzheimer's Task Force, Lily serves in various other leadership roles to advance economic development, civic engagement, and precision health.

Lily holds an M.S. in Management Science and Engineering and B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University. She has been named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Women Health Care Executives Woman of the Year, and a Silicon Valley 40 Under 40. Lily is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Arvind Satyam

Chief Commercial Officer, Pano AI, USA

Chief Commercial Officer of Pano, a purpose-driven business to address climate change-related disasters and infrastructure resilience using IoT and AI solutions & Venture Partner at Ozone Ventures. Previously, Managing Director, Global Public Sector at Cisco; led growth initiatives for $13Bn public sector business including critical infrastructure, cyber security strategy for state and national governments and public private partnerships with multinational institutions. Formerly, led telco service provider sales, strategic partnerships and venture investments for Cisco’s IOT & Smart City businesses. Undergraduate degree and Master’s in Computer Science and Finance, University of New South Wales; alumnus, Harvard Business School; studies, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina (UNC). Adams Advisor, UNC. Member: Advisory Board, World Sensing, EQITII and Urbanise; Governor of Illinois's Technology Advisory Board. Investor and advisor to several companies. Has contributed to articles for the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Finance, the Atlantic, the New York Times, Fortune, Harvard Business School Alumni Magazine and L’Atelier. Young Leader, World Cities Summit (2016); Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2018). Academy judge for $1M Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize.

Marietje Schaake

Director, International Policy, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University, USA

Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center’s International Policy Director, as well as an International Policy Fellow at the university’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. In addition to that, serves as President of the CyberPeace Institute. 2009 to 2019, Member of European Parliament for the Dutch Liberal Democratic Party, focussing on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Regularly speaks at conferences and in international media. Affiliated with a number of non-profits, including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India, and writes a bi-weekly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper.

Rachel Schutt

Head of the AI Labs, BlackRock, USA

Dr. Rachel Schutt is a Managing Director at BlackRock where she is the Head of BlackRock AI Labs.

Previously Dr. Schutt was the Chief Data Scientist of News Corp where she oversaw the company-wide data strategy as an executive on the senior technology leadership team. There she established the company’s first data science team for Dow Jones, the Wall Street Journal, and other media brands. Rachel was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2015, and is on the 2014 Crain's New York Business 40 under 40 list. She has expertise in the areas of corporate data strategy and data science, as well as in data science education and higher education curriculum design.

Prior to her role at News Corp, Dr. Schutt was a statistician at Google Research in the machine learning and statistics group, where she helped build user-facing products by prototyping algorithms and creating models to understand user behavior. She holds patents based on her work in the areas of social networks, large data sets, experimental design and machine learning.

She is the co-author (with Dr. Cathy O'Neil) of "Doing Data Science"(O’Reilly, 2013), a book that helped to crystallize the emerging field of Data Science. This was based on the "Introduction to Data Science" class she created and taught at Columbia University in 2012, where she was an adjunct professor. She is a founding member of the Education Committee for the Data Science Institute at Columbia. She is on the Advisory board of the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) at Harvard University.

She earned her PhD in Statistics from Columbia University, a Masters degree in mathematics from NYU, and a Masters degree in Engineering-Economic Systems and Operations Research from Stanford University. Her undergraduate degree is in Honors Mathematics from the University of Michigan, Home of the Wolverines.

Keith Schwab

Associate Professor of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

1990, BA in Physics, University of Chicago; 1996, PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley. 1996-2000, Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology; 2000-06, Senior Physicist, National Security Agency; Since 2006, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University. Since 2000, Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park; 2002, Visiting Professor, Centre for Quantum Computing Technology, University of New South Wales; 2006, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell. 1997-2000, Affiliate Member, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; 2003, named one of 50 most influential men in America under 38 years old, Details Magazine and one of 10 most innovative in America under 40 years old, Fortune Magazine; 2002, named one of world's top 100 innovators in science and technology, MIT's Technology Review magazine.

Daniel Schwartz

Chief Executive Officer, Dynamica Inc., USA

Daniel Schwartz is CEO of Porticus, chairman of the board of Dynamica, co-creator
of Arbinet, and the former Executive Director of
the Elie Wiesel Foundation.
Daniel board service includes Synergos, Porticus,
GAVI Campaign, YPO, & CEO. He is a member
of CFR, the Synergos Global Philanthropist
Circle and is a Senior Advisor to the Synergos
Institute on Cuba.
Daniel received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
from Harvard University. He was named as one
of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the
World Economic Forum.

Kabir Sehgal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tiger Turn Productions, USA

Kabir Sehgal is a 12x Grammy Award Winning Artist/Producer/DJ.

He is the CEO of Tiger Turn, a multimedia company & record label that makes music and film.

He is also a New York Times & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of 18 books such as “Coined” and “Carry On.” He is a CNBC, HBR, and Fortune contributor.

Sehgal is a US Navy veteran and reserve officer.

Previously, he was a vice president at J.P. Morgan and First Data.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics.

Emily Serazin

Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), USA

Emily Serazin is a Managing Director and Partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Emily is a core member of BCG’s Health Care and Social Impact practices. Within health care, Emily’s focus is on vaccines and global health across the value chain. She also has expertise in digital health and in the formation and optimization of public-private partnerships. Examples of Emily's experience in the commercial health care sector include developing growth and product launch strategies for players in the global vaccines market, leading due diligences, and supporting post-merger integrations. In the realm of global public health, Emily has worked across leading global health institutions such as Gavi, UNICEF, WHO, and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation to define investment strategies, coordinate multi-stakeholder efforts, prioritize portfolios, and identify key levers to drive uptake in low- and middle-income countries. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emily has worked extensively with public, private and social sector actors to accelerate the development and deployment of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics.