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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.
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 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.
Jen Zhu Scott
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 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 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 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.
Dr. Shah serves as President of the Rockefeller Foundation, a global institution with a mission to promote the well-being of humanity around the world. The Foundation applies data, science, and innovation to improve health for women and children, create nutritious and sustainable food systems, end energy poverty for more than a billion people worldwide, and enable meaningful economic mobility in the United States and worldwide.
In 2009, he was appointed USAID Administrator by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Dr. Shah reshaped the $20 billion agency’s operations in more than 70 countries around the world by elevating the role of innovation, creating high-impact public-private partnerships, and focusing US investments to deliver stronger results. Shah secured bipartisan support that included the passage of two significant laws – the Global Food Security Act and the Electrify Africa Act. He led the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake and the West African Ebola pandemic, served on the National Security Council, and elevated the role of development as part of our nation’s foreign policy. Prior to his appointment at USAID, Shah served as Chief Scientist and Undersecretary for Research, Education, and Economics at the United States Department of Agriculture, where he created the National Institute for Food and Agriculture.
Shah founded Latitude Capital, a private equity firm focused on power and infrastructure projects in Africa and Asia, and served as a Distinguished Fellow in Residence at Georgetown University. Previously, he served at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he created the International Financing Facility for Immunization which helped reshape the global vaccine industry and save millions of lives.
Raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Shah is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and the Wharton School of Business. He has received several honorary degrees, the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award, and the U.S. Global Leadership Award.
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 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.
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.
Susana is an entrepreneur recognized in the compliance industry for her work and professional experience in integrity, anti-corruption, transparency, development of organizational culture, and implementation and promotion of good practices within companies. Susana, who resides in Miami, is the CEO of BH Compliance, a global company with offices in Chile and the United States. BH Compliance, founded over a decade ago, provides an innovative tech platform to monitor corporate compliance programs to protect companies, their board of directors and employees from liability. The firm’s technology ensures the processes created to prevent corruption are correctly defined and implemented. Supported by Blockchain, the platform generates real-time evidence to detect risks associated with hiring staff, suppliers, a company’s cash outflows and more. The monitoring allows parent companies to keep tight compliance control on their subsidiaries and promote transparency among domestic and international business partners.
Ms. Sierra, a pioneer in the compliance monitoring industry, has been recognized as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum for her influential work. In June 2022, she participated on a panel at the IX Summit of the Americas where she addressed an audience of CEOs and business leaders. She discussed the importance of fostering a culture of transparency and the use of technology to fight corporate corruption. Ms. Sierra’s opinion on compliance-related matters is often sought after by reporters in the US and Chile. As a member of the Forbes Business Council, Ms. Sierra is a contributor to Forbes.
Susana is also involved in the community. For example, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce and as President of the Chilean Chapter of Transparency International NGO. From 2017 to 2022, she served on the board of Correos de Chile SA, putting into practice her knowledge of Corporate Governance and enhancing the importance of integrity. She co-created the compliance diploma courses at the Catholic University of Chile and lectures at various universities worldwide. Ms. Sierra is co-author of Corrupción a la carta, a book that describes common bad practices in Latin America, and a columnist for several newspapers in Chile.