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Aslihan Denizkurdu is a Managing Director and Global Chief Operating Officer for Risk Management at Citigroup. In her role, she designs and oversees firm-wide frameworks and processes that enable prudent management of global risks across a $2 trillion balance sheet in 100 countries. Raised in Turkey, Denizkurdu believes in the power of large businesses in driving positive change and solving social problems. She has been a Fellow with the Aspen Institute’s First Movers programme for social intrapreneurs since 2012.
Graduate, Cornell University; MBA, MIT Sloan School of Management; leadership programmes, Stanford, GE Crotonville, Harvard Business School. Social entrepreneur. Since 1999, in Strategy Management, Business Development and Investor Relations, Dogus Group; currently, Head of Strategy, Dogus Holding; Member of the Board, Dogus Otomotiv. 2010, launched Para Durumu multimedia platform, Turkey's first financial literacy initiative. Hosts a weekly TV show, a weekly column in a newspaper, radio programmes, and conducts seminars for women and students. Young Global Leader 2011, World Economic Forum. White House Delegate at the 2010 Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, Washington DC.
David de Rothschild
David de Rothschild is a British adventurer, ecologist and environmentalist. He is the Founder of the Sculpt the Future Foundation, which promotes positive environmental change towards global sustainability. He is also the author of several books, numerous documentaries and TV show, and a regular contributor to media outlets such as Treehugger, CNN and the Huffington Post. He has been recognized by UNEP as a Climate Hero and Nat Geo's Emerging Explorer programme for his exploration, which has seen him undertake adventures in some of the planet's most fragile ecosystems - from crossing the Arctic Ocean from Russia to Canada with 16 dogs to sailing a boat kept afloat with 12,500 reused plastic bottles across the Pacific to raise awareness about plastic pollution.
Matias De Tezanos
In the year 2000 founded the internet hotel reservation site in Spanish Hoteles.com, now operated by Expedia. He was the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ClickDiario.com Network, a leading Internet advertising network in Latin America, acquired by FOX International Channels (Newscorp) in 2006.
Matias de Tezanos was Honored Young Global Leader by the WEF in 2009. Named one of the top 10 Hispanic entrepreneurs by INC Magazine during 2011 and 2012.
In 2011, founded PeopleFund, a private holding company that invests in tech-stratups, including several top INC 500 ranked companies like BrokersWeb, Healthcare.com, AutoWeb.com (acquired by Nasdaq: ABTL), DiamondFoundry, Orionis Biosciences, GetAround, Bluekite (Acquired by Nasdaq: Xoom), among 30+ other companies and social impact projects like KingoEnergy.
Born an Indian, was raised in the Middle East, educated in England and the United States, Miss Dewan has the ideal exposure to architecture and business practices that is required to cater to the shrinking global market place.
She is in the Guinness Book of World Records. Voted as Wharton 40 under 40 during the first initiative of this kind by The Wharton School. A winner of 3 Entrepreneur of the year awards, selected consecutively since 2010 to 2013, in India as well as in the Middle East and was also selected as a Young Achiever of the Year by Society magazine. These are a few of Kanika Dewan's diverse achievements featured in Entrepreneur magazine, India today, Mint: Wall Street Journal, Economic Times, a few amongst other premier publications.
Journalists have lauded her for designing and building all stone works at the world's third largest airport: The New Delhi International Airport: T3. As Chairper son of Ka Design Atelier Kanika Dewan was responsible for design consulting of facade interface, selection of other finishes as well as execution of 1.3million square feet of granite used for cladding and flooring the renowned airport. She is now innovating in the same way for the well awaited Mumbai International Airport. Her design acumen extends to art work in stone designed for the world's largest luxury yacht for the King of Oman where she innovated a proprietary light weight stone system. Kanika's mission of "life improvement" has led her to design a one of a kind, environmentally friendly stone paneling system for the 7 star, Leela Palace in Delhi.
In addition to her passion for innovation and design through the use of natural mixed media, Kanika's desire to make the world a better place is the fuel behind the future development of her environmentally conscious, mobile housing plan for low income individuals. Her recent keynote speech during a Gala Dinner in San Francisco, addressed a group of 400 plus established Indian professionals to propagate her fight against corruption. Her work continues to expand to government initiatives related to anti-corruption.
Kanika Dewan started her journey as an Investment Banker after graduating with a concentration in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School and quit early on to pursue her Entrepreneurial Dream.
BSc in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering, MIT; 2013, PhD in Nuclear Engineering, MIT, with a research focus on computational nuclear materials. Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Transatomic Power, a nuclear reactor design company developing sustainable, fuel-efficient power plants. Member, MIT Corporation, MIT’s board of trustees. Named; a TIME Magazine 30 People Under 30 Changing the World; MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35; National Geographic Emerging Explorer.
1st Class Hons in Economics and Management, University of Oxford. Founder & CEO of Learnerbly - a solution to attract, retain and engage top talent by providing employees the best personal and professional development opportunities (coaches, courses, conferences, books + more) curated by 100+ industry experts and peers. Our solution enables employers to offer a bottom-up approach to employee development via their Rewards & Benefits strategy or Learning & Development programmes. Founder of Enternships.com, connecting talent 7000+ start-ups and innovative firms. Co-Founder, StartUp Britain, a national entrepreneurship campaign launched by the Prime Minister in 2011. Trustee, UnLtd (Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs). Named 02 X Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2009); named one of 1000 Most Influential People in London, The Evening Standard; recipient, Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion, by Her Majesty (2013) & appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2016.
Eva Dichand is the publisher of Heute, an Austrian freesheet newspaper with 506,000 copies daily. Heute was founded in 2004 and is today Austria's strongest growing newspaper and, even in the economic crisis, a huge business success. Previously, Dichand worked for UnternehmensInvest, Austria's leading stock listed private equity fund. Dichand graduated from the Economic University of Vienna. Beside Heute, which is run totally separately and on its own, the family owns 50% of Austria's largest Mediagroup Mediaprint (Kronen Zeitung, kroneradio, Kurier).
M.L. Dispanadda Diskul (Duke) is the Chief Executive Officer of Mae Fah Luang Foundation. He has an extensive background in sustainable development having been in charge of the foundation's rural development initiatives both domestically and internationally. He leads the strategic mission and vision, and is the key representative disseminating the foundation's core principles and knowledge as well as advising on policy in major forums. Duke oversees the foundation's flagship social enterprise, the Doi Tung Development Project and the brand's five different social businesses. He is very active in the Thailand social enterprise scene where he is a member of Thailand Social Enterprise Board. In 2019, he co-founded and was elected President of the Social Enterprise Thailand Association (SE Thailand), a platform to help build capacity for new enterprises in Thailand. Duke has a Masters in Business Administration from Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration of Chulalongkorn University.
BA (Hons) in Economics, Stanford University; MBA (Hons), Baker Scholar, Harvard Business School. Began career at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Company. Formerly, managed large private equity funds and completed a series of landmark transactions for Russia. Since 2011, Chief Executive Officer, RDIF. Member: BRICS and APEC Business Councils; Supervisory Board, ALROSA; Boards of Directors, Transneft, Rostelecom, Gazprombank, Mother and Child and Russian Railways; Board of Trustees, Mariinsky Theatre and Moscow State University. Vice-President, Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2009). Recipient of honours and awards, including: named among “100 most influential private equity professionals of the decade”, Private Equity International (2011); Order of Alexander Nevsky and the Order of Honour for valuable contribution to international investment projects and the socio-economic development of Russia; Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor for paramount contribution to strengthening cooperation between Russia and France; King Abdulaziz Second-Class Order of Merit for contribution to strengthening cooperation between Russia and Saudi Arabia; Commander of the Order of the Star of Italy for special achievements in the development of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and Russia.
Nobuo Domae was the Executive Vice-President of Fast Retailing/ UNIQLO. Before that, he was a Consultant at McKinsey and Company. Nobuo has a BSc and an MSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Tokyo.
Ugyen Dorji is the Minister of Labour and Human Resources of Bhutan. He was elected to the National Assembly of Bhutan in 2018 after working five years in the ministry of foreign affairs.