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Sally Shin

Chief Strategy Officer, UnitedMasters, 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.

Susana Sierra

Partner and Executive Director, BH Compliance, USA

Susana Sierra is a Chilean businesswoman and entrepreneur, recognized in the compliance industry for her work and professional experience in integrity, anti-corruption, transparency, development of organizational culture, and implementation and the promotion of good practices within companies.

Landry Signé

Professor; Executive Director, Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA

Professor Landry Signé is a world-renowned professor and leading practitioner who has won more than sixty prestigious awards and distinctions from four continents for his academic, policy, business, and leadership accomplishments, receiving as well the fastest reported tenure and promotion to the highest rank of full professor in the history of United States universities, for a scholar who started at an entry-level position in his discipline.

He is a Professor and Senior Director at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, where he co-founded and is leading the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Globalization 4.0 Center and co-leading the Washington DC Regional Center of Excellence. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, Distinguished Fellow at Stanford University, Chairman of the Global Network for Africas Prosperity, and Senior Adviser to top global leaders (presidential, ministerial, and C-suite levels) in business, policy, and international affairs.

In addition, he has been on numerous boards and councils including for the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, Ampion Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa, and the African Union, was a Professor & Former Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on International Affairs at UAA, among others.

Professor Signé was also a visiting scholar who has taught across the world, including at the universities of Oxford, Stanford, Georgetown, Montreal, Ottawa, and Witwatersrand, as well as the Sub-Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Central Africa, Mohamed VI Polytechnic University and HEC Paris School of Management.

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.

Navrina Singh

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Credo AI, USA

Navrina is the Founder & CEO of Credo AI.Credo.AI is on a mission to empower enterprises to develop AI with the highest ethical standards. Credo AI ensures compliant, trustworthy, fair and auditable development and use of AI. As the pioneer in context driven, continuous and comprehensive AI governance , Credo AI's SaaS enables enterprise to measure, monitor and manage AI introduced risks at scale and empowering enterprises to deliver Responsible AI.

A technology leader with over 18+ years experience in Enterprise SaaS, AI and Mobile, Navrina has held multiple product and business leadership roles at Microsoft and Qualcomm. Navrina is a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC), which advises the United States President and the National AI Initiative Office. Navrina is an executive board member of Mozilla guiding their trustworthy AI charter. Navrina is also a young global leader with the World economic forum & was on their future council for AI guiding policies & regulations in responsible AI.

Navrina holds a Masters in Electrical & Computer Engineering from University of Wisconsin -Madison & an MBA from Marshall School of Business at University of Southern California.

Shamina Singh

President, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Mastercard, USA

Shamina is the Founder and President of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth and the Executive Vice President of Corporate Sustainability at Mastercard. She is also President of the Mastercard Impact Fund, where she is responsible for activating a $500 million commitment to advance inclusive growth around the world. Shamina is a member of Mastercard's Management Committee and serves on the boards of ADL and the Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders.

E. Benjamin Skinner

Founder and President, Transparentem, USA

E. Benjamin Skinner is Founder and President of Transparentem. Previously, he was Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. He was named one of National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year 2008.” His first book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press; 2008), was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008, and a finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage in 2011.

Previously he held a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and worked as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His 50+ chapters, monographs, and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

Edward Smith

Partner, DLA Piper LLP, USA

Edward "Smitty" Smith has emerged as a rising star in the technology and telecommunications policy arenas.
A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, he translated his academic success into professional success as a corporate attorney at one of the world’s largest law firms, Hogan Lovells. While in private practice as a corporate lawyer, Smitty advised clients and helped close over $40 billion worth of merger transactions for publicly traded companies.
Smitty left his firm to join the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. After the campaign, Smitty served as Deputy General Counsel of the Presidential Inauguration Committee and joined the Obama Administration.
At the Department of Commerce, Smitty spearheaded national broadband programs that generated critical data about broadband availability and capability and leveraged technology to create new economic opportunities for millions of Americans. After an emergency detail to the Economic Development Administration, where he led teams developing economic response strategies in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Smitty joined the Federal Communications Commission where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for a special technology taskforce
Smitty left the FCC to run in the first election for Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Though he lost in a hotly contested race, Smitty received over 35,000 votes citywide and gained the endorsements of nearly every major union and labor organization in the District.
Smitty entered local government and served in the Mayor’s Cabinet as the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.He then returned to the FCC as Legal Advisor to the Chairman.
Smitty is now a Partner at the international law firm of DLA Piper, where he advises clients on a broad range of telecommunications and technology issues in countries around the globe.

Elaine Smith Genser

Partnership Advisor, United Nations Joint SDG Fund, USA

Elaine Smith Genser is passionate about helping multilateral institutions and companies develop effective partnerships that leverage the power of the private sector to have a major impact on the world. She began working in the social sector in 2011 after 20-year career in the financial industry working for global investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan as a trader and research sales manager. In 2013 Elaine was elected a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum. She holds a BBA from Univ. Mackenzie, an MBA from Univ. Sao Paulo-FIA, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program (OPM). She also completed executive programs in leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Gov't, Yale School of Mgm't, and Saïd Business School at Oxford University.

Her work in the social sector has included applying her business skills to social organizations in the areas of underprivileged youth, financial literacy, and impact investing. She is a Member of the YGL Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum and Member of the Selection Committee of the Annual Global Teacher Prize of Varkey Foundation.

Elaine worked in New York at the World Economic Forum from 2015 to 2018 as Manager of the Global Future Council of Financial and Monetary Systems and was also Community Lead for Banking and Capital Markets. She spent two years as a consultant with the World Bank Group in the Global Engagement & Partnerships, External and Corporate Relations Team, advising on the development and implementation of the Bank’s partnership strategy as well as to contributing to the thinking and formulation of the optimal financial vehicles for corporate partnerships and philanthropy to deliver the Bank’s mission. She also consulted with the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) on efforts to highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Women Owned Business.

Most recently she joined the United Nations Joint SDG Fund as a consulting focusing on engagement and partnerships development efforts.

Liam Sobey

Vice-President, Merchandising, Sobeys Inc., Canada

Nourishing families and communities is part of Liam's DNA. He is a value-driven leader with a passion to feed the world. He is Vice-President of Merchandising at Sobeys. Liam's drive to create impact can be seen through his involvement in countless food-drives throughout his career. Being an active member of his family business, Liam ascribes to its 113-year tradition of giving back to the community. His motivation to support fairness and equality among communities led him to be the only non-aboriginal executive member of NaMeRes, a not-for-profit group that supports Aboriginal men fighting homelessness and addiction in Canada. Liam is a member of his family firm's governance and business committees. He has founded two investment groups that help next-generation family members learn about the financial markets and the positive impact of investing responsibly for a sustainable future. Liam's passion for family and community has also led him to attend multiple family business seminars, including the Scone Project and the WEF Family Business Conference in Gstaad.

Murad Sofizade

Managing Partner, SVTL Ventures, Inc, USA

Managing Partner, svtl.vc, Senior VP, BusDev, Svitla, YGL @WEForum, Harvard MBA, Deloitte'09 Tech Entrepreneur of the year, co-founder @TravelTipz & IPNet, IPNet, named Russia's fastest growing technology company by Deloitte Technology Fast 500 EMEA (2009). Former President and Treasurer, Harvard Club of Russia. Named one of top young entrepreneurs in Russia, Finans magazine, 33 Perca (2009).