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Siobhan Walsh

Strategy Adviser, CyArk, USA

Siobhan Walsh has over 22 years experience in the international humanitarian relief and development sector. She was Executive Director and Co-Founder of Concern Worldwide US, an international NGO tackling extreme poverty throughout the world. Walsh has a degree in Business and her post graduate studies include International Marketing and Economic and Social Policy. Siobhan has served as Director and Strategy Advisor of the US based Rory Staunton Sepsis Foundation, special advisor to the Chairman of CyArk and currently works in South Africa as key strategist to the Chairman & CEO of Salesian Institute youth Projects focused on youth at risk.

Nolan Watson

President and Chief Executive Officer, Sandstorm Gold Ltd, Canada

President and CEO, Sandstorm Gold, a NYSE American-listed company with a market capitalization of $1.1 billion. Founder and President, Nations Cry, a registered charity building and operating schools in Sierra Leone, Africa. By the age of 26, was the youngest CFO of any NYSE-listed company in the world. Recognized as one of the "Top-40-Under-40", Canada and "CEO of the Year". In addition, Nolan is the youngest "Fellow" of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia and he has been recognized as one of the "Most Motivated" Chartered Financial Analysts in the World by CFA Magazine. Nolan is a regular contributor on various radio programs, television programs, and government conferences on topics ranging from mining, to environmental sustainability and he has been seen on CNBC, Fox Business News, BBC, BNN and CNBC Europe among others.

Leana Wen

Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University, USA

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, writing on health policy and public health. As an expert in pandemic preparedness and response, she has been a frequent guest commentator on the covid-19 crisis for CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and National Public Radio.

Previously, Dr. Wen was the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department in the U.S. to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health. She has also served as President/CEO of the Planned Parenthood, where she worked to reposition the organization as a mainstream healthcare entity that delivers comprehensive care for women and families; as Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University; and a consultant with the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board.

Dr. Wen earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and her master’s degrees at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. The author of the dozens of scientific articles and the critically-acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, she has given six TEDx and TEDMED talks.

She has received recognition as Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare; American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work; Governing’s Public Officials of the Year; and World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. In 2019, Dr. Wen was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.

Adam Werbach

Global Lead, Sustainable Shopping, Amazon, USA

Adam Werbach is a sustainability leader working at the intersection of technology, business and politics. He is currently the Global Lead for Sustainable Shopping at Amazon.com. After a YGL journey, he founded Trove (formerly Yerdle), the re-commerce company that manages resale for Patagonia, Nordstrom's, Eileen Fisher, Arc'Teryx, and REI. He previously founded Act Now, which was acquired by Saatchi & Saatchi and the Publicis Groupe, after he helped Walmart launch its sustainability efforts. At age 23, Werbach was elected President of the Sierra Club, the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the US, after helping pass the legislation to create Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks in California. He spent almost ten years producing an indie-rock documentary film entitled "This is Noise Pop," which was named one of the top five music documentaries of the year by Rolling Stone Magazine, even though it was only shown once. Werbach lives between San Francisco and Bolinas, California with his wife Lyn and their three kids, Mila, Pearl and Simon.

Ted Wiley

Co-Founder and President, Form Energy Inc, USA

Ted Wiley is the Co-founder and President of Form Energy (formerly Baseload Renewables), a startup company developing ultra-low cost, long duration energy storage to enable a 100% renewable energy future. Previously, Ted was president and of McDonough Innovation, a consulting and product development company focused on helping companies implement cradle to cradle and circular economy principles developed by William McDonough. Prior to McDonough Innovation Ted was a co-founder of and head of product at Aquion Energy, a start-up that manufactures sustainable, cost-effective batteries for stationary energy storage applications. Prior to Aquion, Wiley was a Senior Associate at Hudson Clean Energy Partners where he worked on biofuels and solar investments. Before Hudson, he served as a captain in the US Army. As a platoon leader for the 1-23 Infantry Battalion, he spent a year in Iraq leading combat missions and helping to organize the country's first free elections. Wiley earned a BSc in Physics at Seattle University and an MBA from Harvard Business School with concentrations in clean technology entrepreneurship.

Bryony Winn

Chief Strategy Officer, Anthem, Inc., USA

Responsible for shaping Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's strategy, evaluating partnerships and improving consumer experience. Before joining Blue Cross, former Partner, McKinsey & Company. A native of Zimbabwe, began McKinsey career by providing strategic and operational counsel to a wide variety of clients across Europe and Africa. 2011, relocated to the US and advised chief executive officers and state leaders on improving systems of care and transforming payment models. Rhodes Scholar; MPhil in International Development, University of Oxford, UK.

Michele Wucker

Chief Executive Officer, Gray Rhino & Company, USA

Author of THE GRAY RHINO and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Gray Rhino & Company. Former: Vice-President of Studies, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; President, World Policy Institute; Latin America Bureau Chief, International Financing Review. Member: Council on Foreign Relations, Authors Guild and PEN. Mentor-Editor, The OpEd Project; Sisters of the Planet Ambassador, Oxfam. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009). Guggenheim Fellow. Author of: Lockout: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right; Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola; The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore (2016). Frequent speaker and media commentator on matters of the global economy, risk management, leadership, and immigration.

Lin Yang

President, Innovation Ideas Institute, USA

Young Global Leader and New Champion with the World Economic Forum. Steers career across policy, business and media between US and China. Currently, Founder and President of Innovation Ideas Institute, a think tank fostering cross discipline innovation thought leadership. Also served as a senior adviser for corporations on innovation and a partner for the venture capital investment. Formerly, TV Anchor for International News with China Central Television, a contributor to Forbes, CNN, CCTV, CGTN, and interviewed numerous world leaders. Also served as the Assistant Director for US-China relations at the Asia Society in New York City, and Senior Research Associate at Harvard University, founding the first China public policy innovation case programme. Also participated in the editorial work of the "White Paper on Chinese Enterprises in US". Interests: music, art, design and sustainability of fashion.

Kaliya Young

Director, Networks, Planetwork, USA

Kaliya is a leading expert on blockchain and Identity also known as self-sovereign Identity. She served from 2012-2015 on the Management Council for the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group an Obama Administration effort to make the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace real. 2010, Founder, Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium. 2005, Co-Founder, Co-Producer, Facilitator, Internet Identity Workshop. Works with Planetwork to grow open standards-based infrastructure for citizens and organizations to connect outside of commercial silos/platforms. Inspiration to transform how the internet works comes from their work in the early 2000s and the paper they published in 2003: Augmented Social Network: Building Identity and Trust in the Next Generation Internet.

Has a parallel independent career designing and facilitating unconferences (interactive participant driven conferences) for a range of professional communities worldwide.

She has a Master of Science in Identity Management and Security from University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, focused on Political, Economic and Human Rights, University of California, Berkeley. She also played on their varsity water polo team and was a member of the Canadian National Water Polo Team.

Monica Yunus

Co-Founder, Sing for Hope, USA

A leading voice in the artist as citizen discussion, Soprano Monica Yunus is the Co-Founder of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initiatives that make the arts accessible to all. An internationally-renowned soprano, Monica has performed with the world's leading companies and in recitals in Spain, France, and her native Bangladesh. She has been honored with a 21st Century Leaders Award and, received a US Congressional Citation, among other honors. The daughter of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Monica is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

Andrey Zarur

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Greenlight Biosciences Inc, USA

Andrey J. Zarur is Founder and CEO of GreenLight Biosciences, a diversified biotechnology company delivering natural solutions for human health, animal health and agricultural applications. Prior to GreenLight, Dr. Zarur was the Founder and Chairman of Solid Biosciences, a gene therapy company addressing neuromuscular genetic disorders. Dr. Zarur is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lumicell Surgical. Dr. Zarur is a Senior Lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained undergraduate degrees from the National University of Mexico and doctoral degrees from MIT and Harvard Medical School. He is the author of dozens of peer-reviewed scientific publications and holds over one hundred issued and pending patents.

Michelle Zatlyn

Co-Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer, Cloudflare, USA

Co-Founder President, & Chief Operating Officer, Cloudflare, a web performance and security company that was named to CNBC’s Disruptor 50 List, selected by the Wall Street Journal as the Most Innovative Internet Technology Company for two successive years, and named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum. Before co-founding Cloudflare, held positions at Google and Toshiba and launched two start-ups. BSc degree (Hons), McGill University; MBA, Harvard Business School. Recipient, Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Named one of the Top 15 Women to Watch in Tech by Inc. magazine; 40 Under 40 leader by San Francisco Business Times. Featured as one of the Women Who Rule Silicon Valley in a recent issue of ELLE magazine.