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Keely Stevenson

Chief Executive Officer, Weal Life, PBC, USA

Entrepreneur and investor. As Founder/CEO of The Weal Life (www.theweallife.com), she is passionate about leveraging technology to transform how we care for our loved ones during a health crisis and as they age. Previously, she built global initiatives, including one of the world's first and largest private equity funds focused on balancing social impact and commercial returns ($300M AUM). She also built the world's first online community for social entrepreneurs (Social Edge). She has worked on five continents with the Skoll Foundation, UN, Acumen, Triodos Bank, Royal Bafokeng Nation and the California Legislature. Studied: Politics, UC Berkeley; MBA, Oxford University (Skoll Scholar). Since 2020, she serves as WEF's YGL Champion for the San Francisco/Silicon Valley area.

Richard Stromback

Founder, Stromback Global Advisors, USA

Richard D. Stromback is the founder of Stromback Global Advisors. He is a former professional hockey player, entrepreneur, investor and advisor. Stromback founded several successful ventures in the information technology and the clean technology space, most notably Web Group and Ecology Coatings. He currently serves on multiple boards and advisory boards and is a shareholder in many ventures. For the past 10 years, he has advised Fortune 1000 CEOs on business strategy, leadership development, market development and positioning within global spheres of influence. In this capacity, Mr. Stromback leverages his deep global relationships and knowledge of influential organizations and international markets to assist businesses with their global business interests.

Mr. Stromback’s repeated successes have been acknowledged by both the media and the global business community. His insight has been sought out by such publications as The New York Times, Bloomberg and The Wall Street Journal. His accomplishments as founder and CEO of Web Group were recognized by Inc. Magazine, which named Web Group the 189th fastest growing private company in the United States in the year 2002. In 2006 his leadership of Ecology Coatings garnered a Wall Street Journal Innovation Award and a Technology Pioneer Award from the World Economic Forum. In 2007, Stromback was named a Young Global Leader and in 2008, Crain's Business listed him as one of the top 40 leaders under 40 years of age.

Stromback holds a Bachelor of Computer Science Degree from Brandon University in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. He also completed Harvard Kennedy School’s invitation only program in Global Leadership and Public Policy.

Anjali Sud

Chief Executive Officer, Vimeo, USA

Anjali Sud is CEO of Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free online video platform. Anjali leads a global team of over 500 individuals dedicated to empowering creators with the tools, technology and community to tell their stories. Anjali previously served as General Manager and Head of Marketing at Vimeo, where she oversaw the growth of over 90 million members using the platform. Before that, she held various positions in e-commerce, finance and media at Amazon and Time Warner.

Anjali has been included in Fortune's 40 under 40, Adweek's Power List and The Hollywood Reporter's Next Gen Under 35. She grew up in Flint, Michigan and now lives in New York City with her husband and son.

Sara Sutton

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FlexJobs, USA

Sara Sutton has long been passionate about helping people find jobs that make their lives better. She is currently the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading service for professional flexible job opportunities, and in 1995 she co-Founded JobDirect, later sold to Korn|Ferry International in 2000. During her career, Sutton has been featured by CNN, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company and hundreds of media outlets as an expert in the online employment market. Sutton believes that a modern workplace should address the needs of today's workforce, and that utilizing workplace technology to support telecommuting and flexible work will achieve societal, environmental, and economic benefits for both employees and employers. In support of that belief, Sutton launched the 1 Million for Work Flexibility in 2013, Remote.co in 2015, and The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, and Distributed). She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho

President, Igarape Institute, Canada

Ilona Szabo de Carvalho is a civic entrepreneur and a thought leader on violence prevention and reduction, and civic and climate action. She is the co-founder and president of the Igarapé Institute – a global think and do tank focused on public, digital and climate security, working at the intersection of research, new technologies, communication and public policy. Igarapé was ranked the number one social policy think tank in the world by Prospect in 2019.
Ilona has extensive experience leading global networks. Between 2011 and 2016 she was the executive coordinator of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a network of former presidents, entrepreneurs, and public intellectuals, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Richard Branson, and the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
She is also the co-founder of the AGORA movement that aims to shape and help implement a new vision and public policy agenda in Brazil.
She earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden. She has joined several executive courses, and is an affiliate scholar at the Princeton University Brazil Lab, and was a public policy fellow at Columbia University in NY.
She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and in 2020 as one of the world's top 50 thinkers for the Covid-19 age by Prospect Magazine. Ilona is a columnist at Folha de Sao Paulo and a TV commentator. A TED speaker and an author of 3 books. Ilona serves on several boards, including the advisory board of the Young Global Leaders.
In the mid¬-2000s she coordinated a national campaign on responsible gun control in Brazil and previously she worked for 5 years in investment banks in Rio de Janeiro.

Tom Szaky

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle, USA

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and recycling of post-consumer waste. Developed a unique business model that offers free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers and retailers around the world. By creating turnkey and affordable recycling options, TerraCycle enables these parties to move from a linear to circular economy. Author of three books: “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014) and “Garbage is Great” (2016). Recipient of numerous social, environmental and business awards from the United Nations, World Economic Forum and Environmental Protection Agency.

Nick Talwar

President and Chief Executive Officer, CircleUp, USA

Option: Nick Talwar is President and CEO of CircleUp, a data and insights company that uses a unique combination of data aggregation and machine learning technology to discover and accelerate the growth of the world’s best businesses. Nick joined CircleUp in 2020 after a 25 year career as an operator and investor in the intersection of technology and financial services. CircleUp has been named one of the Top 5 Most Disruptive companies in Finance by CNBC, one of the Fintech 50 by Forbes, and one of the World's Most Innovative Companies in Data Science by Fast Company.

Prior to CircleUp, Nick was most recently a partner at Apis Partners, a growth equity investor in technology-focused financial services companies. As an operator and executive, Nick has leveraged data to scale businesses. At Uber, he served as the Global Head of Vehicle Supply, a division that was responsible for providing capital to millions of individuals in over 70 countries to enable driver access to vehicles. At Amazon, he was the company executive responsible for leading the global lending business unit, leveraging Amazon’s relationships with and data from millions of businesses to serve them in ways the traditional financial services industry can’t or won’t. In his time at Amazon he grew Amazon Lending from serving 10 to 43 states in the US, and opened up operations in the UK, India, and Japan, growing loan originations 10x while maintaining losses under 2%. Nick also led Visa's credit card business in North America where he most notably launched Visa Infinite and gained several percent market share in the large and established US credit card market, and spent several years at Citi, with his last role as Country Manager for Citibank in Sweden, a digital bank in the market.

Nick began his professional career at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, and worked at Schwab Bank, where he was a founding director of the online bank and ran the deposits business.

Nick has lived and worked internationally for more than twenty years across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has a passion for financial inclusion and the future of work and has served on the global and U.S. boards of Accion, Shuttl, Rapido, Baobab, Payjoy and Alt.Bank. In 2013, Nick was nominated into the Young Global Leader program of the World Economic Forum.

Nick has a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Nina Tandon

President and Chief Executive Officer, EpiBone, USA

Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering, MIT; PhD/MBA, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, EpiBone, a company using stem cells and digital fabrication to engineer patient-specific skeletal implants. McKinsey Alum, Fulbright Scholar. Co-author, Super Cells, a book exploring how biology is powering the 4th industrial revolution. Interests: yoga, meditation, surfing, drinking wine and eating cheese, cats.

Lucian Tarnowski

Founding Curator, Civana, USA

Lucian is Founding Ambassador of Civana, a platform cooperative dedicated to optimizing the flow of resources necessary to ensure a thriving global civilization for all. Civana focuses on creating products and programs for movements, communities, and multi-stakeholder initiatives looking to maximize their impact on the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Civana's first product is a digital collaboration ecosystem designed for impact communities working on the SDGs.
A decade of experience in designing and powering online communities that connect diverse stakeholders around a shared purpose. Communities support virtual and distributed teams to scale and achieve their collaboration, knowledge sharing and problem-solving goals. For 10 years he worked on BraveNew which enables Fortune 1000 clients such as GE, and Lockheed Martin and collaboratives such as Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Geinsinger Health to cooperate and collaborate around a shared purpose.
Runs Take Heart India, a 50-year-old no overheads charity started by his father that provides blind and handicapped people in India with the vocational employment skills. Speaker on the convergence of talent and technology and its impact on the future of the global workforce and education. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Interests: using technology to disrupt how we learn at scale and the return to community.

Rodrigo Teijeiro

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RecargaPay, USA

Studied economics, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina; studied business, University of Southern California. Founder and CEO, RecargaPay, the leading mobile payments/wallet company in Brazil with more than 1 million monthly customers. Former Founder: Fnbox, a company builder that created Tarjetastelefonicas.com; Cuponica (sold to clickon); Sonico.com, which became the largest regional social network in Latin America with over 55 million users; sold to Match/IAC in 2014. . Active in several NGOs. Founding President, EO Argentina. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Part of the Group of 2.0 Leaders, 2009 and 2010, World Economic Forum in Davos. Named Top Innovator Under 35, MIT Technology Review. Winner, Business Junior Achievement Contest, G50.

Peter A. Thiel

Partner, Founders Fund, USA

Peter Thiel is President of Clarium Capital Management, a global macro hedge fund with offices in San Francisco and New York. He oversees the firm's research, investment, and trading strategies. He is also a partner in The Founders Fund, a US$ 50 million venture capital firm. In addition to managing Clarium, Thiel is active in a variety of philanthropic and educational pursuits. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Pacific Research Institute and on the Board of Visitors of Stanford Law School. He also serves on the boards of non-profit educational organizations, such as Stanford Law School, where he has also taught, and the Hoover Institution. Before starting Clarium, he served as Chairman and CEO of PayPal, Inc., an Internet company he co-founded in December 1998 that was acquired by eBay Inc. for US$ 1.5 billion. Thiel began his financial career as a derivatives trader at CS Financial Products after practising securities law at Sullivan & Cromwell. He won the Herman Lay Award for Entrepreneurship in 2005. He received a BA in Philosophy from Stanford University and a JD from Stanford Law School.

Dune Thorne

Partner; Head, Private Client Growth and Strategy, Brown Advisory, USA

BA from Dartmouth College, MBA Harvard Business School. Founder and Board Member of Invest in Girls, Board Member for Center for Economic Education, Board Member and Investment Committee Member for Milton Academy, Advisory Board and Investment Committee Member of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Board Member of the US Ski and Snowboard Team, Board Member Mass Bay Community College, Member of YPO, Tiger 21 and the Belizean Grove.