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Ugyen Dorji

Minister of Labour and Human Resources, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources of Bhutan, Bhutan

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.

Ismail Douiri

Co-Chief Executive Officer, Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco

Ismail Douiri is Co-CEO of Attijariwafa Bank, a regional financial institution based in Casablanca Morocco and serving 9.1 million clients in 26 countries in North, West and Central Africa, as well as Western Europe. He joined Attijariwafa Bank in 2004 as VP of Strategy and was promoted in 2005 to Deputy General Manager and in 2008, was appointed by the Board of Directors to Co-CEO. He started his professional career with Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland, then joined Casablanca Finance Group, a boutique investment bank based in Morocco. After getting his MBA, he worked for Morgan Stanley in London, for McKinsey & Co. in the North Africa Initiative and founded a mobile internet startup. He holds two engineering degrees from Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (Paris) and an MBA with high distinction from Harvard Business School.

Kathryn Dovey

Executive Director, Open For Business, France

Kathryn is Executive Director of Open For Business - a global coalition of companies building the economic and business case for LGBT+ inclusion.

Previously Kathryn was based at the OECD where she led on supporting the National Contact Points for Responsible Business Conduct across 49 governments. NCPs promote responsible business conduct and receive cases as non-judicial grievance mechanisms. Kathryn joined the OECD in 2014 to work at the Global Forum on Tax Transparency where she supported developing countries in the fight against international tax evasion and established the Africa Initiative on tax transparency.

In 2009, Kathryn co-founded the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights, an organisation of major multinational companies from diverse industries to share understanding and implement the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights. In 2007, she created Entreprises pour les droits de l'homme, an organisation of large multinational companies headquartered in France, to better understand human rights in a business context.

Over the past decade, Kathryn has provided responsible business conduct expertise to governments, business and civil society in a wide range of countries including Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jordan, Liberia, Myanmar and Russia.

From 2012-14 Kathryn was a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Human Rights and in 2014, she was recognised as a Young Global Leader by the WEF. She has lived and worked in Canada, France, Portugal and Russia. Kathryn has an LLM from McGill University, Montreal, Canada and an LLB in English and French Law from King’s College London and Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Michael Drexler

Chief Strategy Officer, Brightstar Capital Partners, USA

MSc in Electronic Engineering, Technical University, Munich; Doctorate in Mathematics, University of Oxford. Formerly: academic research post, Stanford University; four years as Consultant, McKinsey, London. 2002-11, with Barclays Capital, including: with Principal Investments Division; Managing Director and Head, Strategy, Barclays Corporate, Barclays Capital and Barclays Wealth, dealt with business development including corporate acquisitions, business line expansion, performance improvement, and facilitated strategic discussions of Executive Committee, based in London. Joined World Economic Forum in 2011 as Head of Investors Industries. Since 2017, Head of Financial, Infrastructure and Investment System Initiatives and Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum LLC. From 2018-20, Managing Director, Global Head of Strategy and Business Transformation at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, based in New York. Since 2021, Managing Director and Chief Strategy Officer, Brightstar Capital Partners, a US mid-market Private Equity firm specializing in growing family-owned and closely held businesses.

Dave Duarte

Founder, Treeshake, South Africa

As founder of Treeshake, helps build movements towards the UN Global Goals. Also serves as Chairman of the Reach Trust, a non-profit developing mobile apps used by millions of South Africans to improve their literacy, numeracy, and employability. Previous leadership roles in advertising, media, and tertiary education.

Tanya Dubash

Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer, Godrej Industries, India

Tanya Dubash is on the boards of several Godrej Group companies, including Godrej Consumer Products, Godrej Industries and Godrej Agrovet. As Executive Director and Chief Brand Officer, Dubash is charged with enhancing the value of the Godrej brand and making the Group become a more brand-driven organization. She heads the Strategic Marketing Group (SMG) that guides the Godrej masterbrand and portfolio strategy, and chairs a marketing council comprising of Group Marketing heads. She also heads Corporate Communications and Media for the Group and oversees Godrej Nature's Basket, a gourmet food retailing chain. Dubash is an AB cum laude degree in Economics and Political Science from Brown University in the US and is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. She is a Trustee of Brown University and a member of the Brown-India Advisory Council.

Miroslava Duma

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Future Tech Lab, Russian Federation

One of the Eurasia region’s most influential fashion entrepreneurs and investors, connecting and developing cutting-edge technologies and sustainable innovations with the aim of transforming the fashion industry. Recently founded company, Future Tech Lab, is a venture capital fund, accelerator and experimental laboratory that commercializes new technologies and sustainable innovations.

Imani Duncan-Price

Chief of Staff, Office of the Opposition Leader, Jamaica

A former Senator, board member of the Development Bank of Jamaica, Managing Director of a luxury adventure destination management start-up, Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of Jamaica's leading think tank, the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI), Group Strategy Officer for the JMMB Group, a leading Caribbean financial services group and Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Opposition in Jamaica, Imani Duncan-Price, exhibits a record of successful leadership in a range of areas. With lessons garnered over her career, she is about to launch her foundation to focus on addressing education inequality for children age 5-12 ad well as women's economic empowerment.

She has, in her career, served as an international management consultant focused on the areas of business strategy, cluster competitiveness, gender strategy and social intervention, as well as co-authored extensive research on the origins of Kingston's inner-city violence, a theme she had previously explored for her Master's thesis. Indeed, Duncan-Price is a committed advocate for social and economic development, with a special focus on women's empowerment, and transforming the Jamaican economy with new industries such as medical cannabis to drive inclusive growth. After completing her year focused on sustainability and violence reduction issues as Miss Jamaica World 1995, she earned an interdisciplinary BA in Economics, History, Government and Philosophy from Wesleyan University in the USA. Imani then attended Harvard University for her Masters where, as an International Development student, she co-founded AIDS-targeting NGO "Global Justice", whilst also working with the World Bank on the issue of gender and economic development.

In recognition of her leadership, Imani was named amongst 50UnderFifty Business Leaders Shaping Jamaica's Future by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) in 2013, a Young Global Leader in 2015 and an Eisenhower Fellow 2018. Imani Duncan-Price is married to Stephen and a happy and tired mother of three.

Joy Dunn

Head, Manufacturing, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, USA

Joy Dunn is the Head of Manufacturing at Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS), a clean energy startup based in Boston, where she is responsible for building the superconducting magnets that are at the heart of a commercial fusion power plant which will provide safe, clean, and limitless energy for the world. CFS was spun out of MIT and works collaboratively with MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center to combine decades of government and academic research with the innovation and speed of the private sector. Supported by the world's leading investors, the CFS team is driven by the climate change crisis to develop the fastest path to commercial fusion energy. Before joining the CFS team in January 2019, Joy spent a decade at SpaceX developing and manufacturing the Dragon spacecraft to deliver cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station. She was heavily involved with the manufacturing of the Dragon 1 spacecraft and played an integral role in SpaceX's achievement of being the first private company to launch a spacecraft in orbit and also dock with the International Space Station. She managed the manufacturing engineering team responsible for substantially reducing overall spacecraft build hours and cost while overseeing Dragon's annual budget and construction of a high-tech production facility for the Crew Dragon vehicle. Joy also co-founded both the Women's Network and LGBTQ employee interest groups at SpaceX and she is actively involved in STEM outreach events, including sitting on the Board of Directors for Out For Undergrad, a non-profit that helps LGBTQ students reach their full potential. She was also named to Business Insider's list of the Most Powerful Female Engineers of 2017. Joy received her B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Niall Dunne

Chief Executive Officer, polymateria, United Kingdom

Niall joined Polymateria as Chief Executive Officer in January 2018 to tackle the global crisis of plastic waste and lead the company on its mission of advancing science to help nature deal with plastic pollution.

Upon his appointment Niall announced an ambition to “redesign the rules of an entire industry” and create the Tesla of plastics.

Polymateria has a diverse range of partnerships such as some of the biggest chemical companies in the world Clariant (now Avient) and Indorama Ventures as well as the Government of India and the all-electric off-road racing series, Extreme E and the actor/activist Robin Wright. The company is also proud to be a founding signatory of HRH The Prince of Wales’ Terra Carta (Earth Charter) established under the Sustainable Markets Initiative.

Niall is also on the Sustainability Board of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
since June 2019. UKRI brings together the seven Research Councils within the UK, & has a combined budget of more than £7 billion, funding pioneering research and innovation across the planet.

A World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, Niall has worked on WEF’s Global Agenda Councils on Sustainable Consumption and Climate Change where he has launched and led initiatives such as Collectively.org and 100percentsport.org. These initiatives have unified some of the largest businesses and NGOs in the world behind systems level transformations seeking to tackle some of the biggest issues we are facing.

Previously Niall has worked in senior leadership roles in BT, Accenture and Saatchi & Saatchi.

A keen athlete since his youth, Niall represented Ireland internationally as an 800m runner.

Anton du Plessis

Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies (ISS), South Africa

Three law degrees. Has worked on human security, international criminal justice and rule of law issues in more than 20 African countries. Criminal justice and counter-terrorism legal expert. Formerly: served with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; senior prosecutor in South Africa; expert adviser to various UN entities and international organizations. Currently, Executive Director, Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, Global Agenda Council on Fragility, Violence and Conflict and the Meta Council on the Illicit Economy, World Economic Forum. Has published widely, including a book on counter-terrorism law and practice. Regular media commentator and conference speaker on counter-terrorism, organized crime, rule of law, security and development. Interests: competitive cycling; running marathons.

Xavier Duportet

Chief Executive Officer, Eligo Bioscience, France

Xavier Duportet is a genome architect. He cofounded Eligo Bioscience in 2014, while doing his PhD in Synthetic Biology at MIT and INRIA. He raised over €3M to develop a new generation of ultra-precise biotherapeutics to battle antibiotic-resistant bacteria and sculpt our microbiome using genetic engineering. He is an MIT TR35, Forbes 30 Under 30 and was elected French Innovator of the year by the MIT Technology Review. He was recently awarded French PhD-Entrepreneur of the year by the Foundation Norbert Segard, as one of the 40 under 40 Young Leaders in Europe, and French Young Leader by the Leadership Circle. Xavier is also the founder and president of Hello Tomorrow, a global non-profit organization, operating in 45 countries, which goal is to accelerate the development of deeptech startups that transform disruptive scientific technologies into products or services to solve societal and industrial challenges. He has already raised more than $6M for this cause. Every year, the organisation receives more than 5000 startup applications from the best research centers worldwide, gathers more than 1000 deeptech founders via more than 100 events with iconic leaders such as Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Deepmind, CTO at NASA, CEO at Unity Biotech, Emmanuel Macron and many others, and distributes more than $1M in prizes to the most promising early-stage science startups.