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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.

Jennifer Zhu Scott

Executive Chairman, The Commons Project, USA

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the Executive Chairman of The Commons Project, a non-profit public trust to build digital good as public service. She founded Radian Partners, a private direct investment firm focusing on Artificial Intelligence. Jennifer is a Forbes World's Top 50 Women in Tech in 2018 and a Co-Chair of Fortune Global Tech Forum in 2019. Jennifer is a China Fellow of The Aspen Institute and has a dual Fellowship at The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). In 2014, Jennifer was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum’s think tank. In 2016, WEF re-appointed her to be one of 20 members of the inaugural Council of The Future of Blockchain, and in 2020, the Data Policy Council. Jennifer was honoured by WEF as a Young Global Leader in 2013. She studied Applied Mathematics at Sichuan University and MBA in Finance at Manchester Business School. She completed the public policy and leadership programme at Yale University in 2013, in Harvard Kennedy School in 2016, and in Oxford University in 2017. She also graduated from the inaugural executive programme on sustainability energy and leadership at Princeton University in 2018. In 2017, Jennifer debated against the notion of Universal Basic Income at Oxford Union and at the Davos 2018, she debated against Nobel Prize winner Prof. Robert Shiller and Swedish Central Bank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley on Crypto Assets. She is a consultant to the Season 5 and 6 of the HBO show Silicon Valley and a frequent public speaker and published author on data ownership, AI, and digital monetary policies. Her TED talk “Why you should get paid for your data” was released in 2020.

Kabir Sehgal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tiger Turn Productions, USA

Kabir Sehgal is the Founder & CEO of Tiger Turn Productions, a multimedia company that specializes in music and film. He previously worked at First Data, where the firm completed the largest IPO on the NYSE in 2015. He began his career at JPMorgan in emerging markets. Sehgal is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of fourteen books including "Coined" and "Fandango at the Wall." He is a contributor to CNBC, Harvard Business Review, Fortune. He is a multi-Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winning produce who has made over 60 albums. He has released two albums as an artist with Deepak Chopra. In addition, he is a US Navy veteran and reserve officer who served on active duty in the Middle East. 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.

Premal Shah

Co-Founder, Kiva, USA

Premal co-founded Kiva.org — a crowdfunding non-profit that’s raised over $1 billion in 0% interest capital for microfinance entrepreneurs in +70 countries. Premal started Kiva after volunteering at the Gandhi Ashram in India, where he developed a deeper appreciation of Gandhi’s teachings on compassion and truth. Today, Premal is launching Renewables.org — a ‘Kiva for climate change’ crowdfunding site which aims to accelerate clean energy across India and Africa. Premal also serves on the boards of Change.org and the Center For Humane Technology (the non-profit behind Netflix’s most watched documentary ‘The Social Dilemna’). Premal began his career as one of PayPal’s first product managers and graduated from Stanford University. For his work as a social entrepreneur, he has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an Obama White House Champion of Change and selected to FORTUNE magazine’s “40 under 40″ list.

Rajiv Shah

President, Rockefeller Foundation, USA

Graduate, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Wharton School of Business. Brings over 20 years of experience in business, government and philanthropy to The Rockefeller Foundation.  Formerly: Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture;  leadership roles, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, helping launch the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (a joint venture by the Gates and Rockefeller foundations) and the International Financing Facility for Immunization and supporting the creation of the Global Development Program. 2009, appointed as USAID Administrator by President Obama; was charged with reshaping the $20 billion agency's operations to provide greater assistance to pressing development challenges around the globe. Secured bipartisan support that enabled USAID to dramatically accelerate its work to end extreme poverty. Work delivered results for countries facing democratic transitions, post-conflict situations and humanitarian crises. Widely credited with providing life-saving access to food, health and water for millions of children across the planet.

Daniel Shapiro

Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program, Harvard University, USA

PhD. Founder and Director, Harvard International Negotiation Program and Associate Director, Harvard Negotiation Project. Affiliate Faculty, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School; Associate Professor, Psychology Department, Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital. President, Integrative Dynamics. Former Chair, Global Agenda Council on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, World Economic Forum. Co-Author (with Roger Fisher), Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate.

Fern Shaw

President, Southern California District, UPS, USA

Fern Shaw is president of UPS’s Southern California District, a $3.1 billion business unit serving over 72,000 customer accounts daily, and employing over 32,500 people. She oversees Finance, Sales and Marketing, Industrial and Plant Engineering, Human Resources, Automotive, Package and Transportation operations, Security, and Labor Relations in Hawaii, Southern California, and Southern Nevada.

Since beginning her UPS career as an industrial engineering management trainee in 2005, Shaw has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility in operations technology, engineering, and in package, transportation, and hub operations. Shaw played a critical role in the implementation of UPS’s package delivery route optimization software.

Shaw sponsors several of UPS’s committees (Diversity & Inclusion Steering Council, United Way, Profitable Growth, Upstarts Advisory) and business resource groups (Women’s Leadership Development, Women in Operations, Asian American, and LGBTQA).

Shaw was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum for class of 2018.

Outside of her professional life, Shaw is deeply committed to changing lives and transforming communities through her servant-based leadership. She is an active member of OCA (Asian Pacific American Advocates) and has taken on mentorship roles since joining the organization in 2015. She has volunteered with Junior Achievement since 2014 and most recently served as a board member of the St. Louis Chapter. She currently sits on the board of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.

Shaw earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, and earned an MBA from University of California, Davis.

Shaw and her husband John have three children: Jasmine, Jack, and Jordan.

Sally Shin

Executive Editor, Business, Tech, and Media, NBC News, USA

Offers the community strong knowledge of tech and business news at the epicentre of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Currently, Executive Editor at NBC News, overseeing coverage of business, tech and media for the network. Prior to that, San Francisco Bureau Chief, leading coverage of gender diversity issues in the valley and helped launched CNBC's "Closing the Gap" series which highlights gender diversity issues in corporate America.

Landry Signé

Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development Programme and Africa Growth Initiative, Brookings Institution, USA

Professor Landry Signé is managing director and professor at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program and Africa Growth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, distinguished fellow at Stanford University's Center for African Studies, founding chairman of the award-winning think tank/do tank Global Network for Africa's Prosperity, special adviser to world leaders on international and African affairs, and partner at a small African-focused emerging markets strategic management, investment, and government affairs firm. He has been recognized as a World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader, Andrew Carnegie fellow as one of the most creative thinkers, Woodrow Wilson Public Policy fellow for his pre-eminent and world-class research, JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World, Private Investors for Africa Fellow, and Tutu Fellow who drives the transformation of Africa, among others. Previously, Landry was founding president of a business strategy and development firm based in Montreal and a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. He has also served on the board of organizations such as AMPION Catalyst for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa, Citizens Governance Initiative, and the United Nations Association of Canada-Montreal, and was appointed by a United Nations Under-Secretary-General to serve on the Global Network on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization. He is the author of numerous key academic and policy publications, with a special interest in the political economy of development with a focus on Africa, global political economy, the politics of economic reform, emerging and frontier markets, the future of technology, entrepreneurship, post-conflict reconstruction, institutional change, political regimes, state-capacity, public service delivery, and governance. He has won more than sixty prestigious awards and distinctions from four continents, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Harvard International Review.

Rohan Silva

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Second Home, USA

I'm founder and CEO of Second Home, a socially responsible business that supports entrepreneurship and job creation in cities around the world. Second Home has raised over £50 million in funding from some of the world's leading investors, including DST Global founder Yuri Milner, Tencent founder Martin Lau, Index Ventures, Atomico and the founders of Zoopla, M&C Saatchi and Endemol.

I was previously Senior Policy Adviser to British Prime Minister David Cameron, where he worked across all areas of policy, but was particularly passionate about enterprise, innovation and technology. He was responsible for developing key policies to improve the environment for enterprise in the UK, such as the Entrepreneur Visa, Entrepreneur Relief, angel investment tax breaks, and the Government's Open Data agenda.

In addition, I created the British Government's Tech City initiative, which supports the growth of the technology cluster in East London, and also instigated the Government's Life Science Strategy in 2011, as well as the follow-up strategy in 2012 focused on genomics and bioinformatics.

I'm also a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art and a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader’.

Jagmeet Singh

Leader, Canada's New Democrats, New Democratic Party of Canada, Canada

Jagmeet Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario and spent some time growing up on Canada's East coast before moving back to Southern Ontario. As a kid, he often felt on the margins and left out. That made him more determined to be himself. That’s why he grew up to defend the rights of others to be seen and heard for themselves. Jagmeet went to law school to stack his tool box to fight the powerful forces of poverty and racism. As a lawyer, he knew he could help those with little power and money to assert their own rights. He campaigned with anti-poverty groups and immigrant and refugee organizations for changes that would make people’s lives better. As a young man, his father became ill and he had to step up to care for his family. He experienced precarity and understood how important it is to have people around who care and can help. That’s just one of the reasons why he wants to help others. Jagmeet decided to run for office because too many government choices were hurting people, rather than helping them get ahead. As an MPP, Jagmeet took on auto insurance companies to end the exploitation of people. He fought for fair coverage at a fair price. Jagmeet also fought for workers at temporary job agencies so that they could get the security they deserve. He was tenacious about convincing the government to commit to ending arbitrary street checks or ‘carding’. As Leader of Canada’s NDP, Jagmeet believes that how we pay for and deliver services to Canadians must work everyone.