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Ronit Avni is a tech and media entrepreneur and Peabody award-winning producer. She is founder and CEO of Localized, a career tech platform that connects university students and fresh graduates with industry experts to guide them and employers to hire them. Ronit was twice named a “New Power Woman in Tech” by DCA Live.
Previously, Ronit founded and led the media organization Just Vision, which creates documentary films, news analysis and public education campaigns in the Middle East and North America. She has won dozens of media prizes globally, including the Puma Creative Impact Award, and her team’s work was featured in nearly every major news outlet and viewed by tens of millions of people on TV, online and in influential settings from TED to the United Nations.
Named a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum in 2009 and a 2018 Halcyon Fellow, Ronit sits on the jury of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100 & Change Competition and the Global Teacher Prize.
Ronit began her career at WITNESS.org, which advises activists and technology companies on the ethical and strategic uses of video and digital technology for social impact. She co-edited the book, “Video for Change - A Guide for Advocacy and Activism” with WITNESS and now sits on the WITNESS Advisory Council.
Ronit has been recognized with a variety of honors, including the King Hussein Leadership Prize, Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground Award, the Circles of Change Award, Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award and the Trailblazer Award from the National Council for Research on Women.
Asli Ay is CIO of Lioness Capital, a policy and political event-driven hedge fund based in New York, focusing on developed and large emerging economies, with a US bias. Lioness runs a discretionary thematic portfolio, where each theme is expressed in liquid exchange-traded instruments that include equities (single stocks, ETFs, and equity indices), fixed income, futures, commodities and currencies. Risk management is a core component of the
investment process and is managed at position, theme and portfolio levels. Asli is the former Managing Partner of US Policy Metrics, a policy advisory and research firm for hedge funds. This follows her experience for almost a decade at UBS as Senior Client Relationship Director in the CEO's office, covering the largest client and/or transactions globally, where she developed a rare blend of policy expertise, an ability to analyze complex business problems, and a range of global economic policy and regulatory issues. Asli began her career at Schlumberger International, working in Egypt, India, Venezuela and Trinidad &Tobago. She later worked for Procter & Gamble as a Brand Manager running a flagship brand with US$ 100 million-plus revenue at the age of 25. Ay has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bilkent University in Turkey. She holds various financial licenses in the United Kingdom and in United States and is a Chartered Alternative Investments Analyst.
Nick Ayers is one of America’s leading public policy and business strategists. At 37 years old, he has forged a successful career in business and served at the highest levels of the United States government. Most recently, Nick served in the White House as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the Vice President. While at the White House, Nick helped shape the administration’s most important and high-profile initiatives, from space policy to tax policy to foreign policy, including the U.S. posture toward China and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Today, through Ayers Neugebauer & Co., Nick invests in and advises organizations in healthcare, entertainment, financial services and business services. Nick recently partnered with Insight Venture Partners to acquire Veeam Software, where he now serves as a member of Veeam’s board of directors. Previously he helped build one of the Nation’s most successful media and digital buying firms.
Time Magazine named Nick one of the “40 most influential people in politics under the age of 40” and The Wall Street Journal called him a “political prodigy.” In 2019, the World Economic Summit nominated Nick to join the forum as a Young Global Leader. He received a Bachelor of Political Science degree from Kennesaw State University. Nick is the proud husband to Jamie and exhausted father of seven-year-old triplets, Charles, Mary Floyd, and Talton.
Zubaida Bai is a thought leader and innovator of health and livelihood solutions for under-served women and girls globally. Building on her expertise as a mechanical engineer, a product designer, and an empathetic communicator, Zubaida has put her unique passion to work. In the process, she built a brand, a growing product line, and set in motion a movement that addresses market failures, break taboos, and gives voice to the oft-ignored matter that is women’s health.
Zubaida is the founder and CEO of ayzh (pronounced “eyes”), a social enterprise that began with janma, a $3 Clean Birth Kit providing an infection-free delivery. Having touched more than one million lives to date, ayzh has evolved into a global business. The company provides products and services along the entire reproductive cycle of women and girls that focus on improving their health and happiness addressing unmet needs in under-developed countries.
After a successful stint as an entrepreneur Zubaida is now setting up an Investment fund, Innervate Capital (“Innervate”) to offer growth-stage investment (equity and quasi-equity) in fast-growing economies to women-led companies with high socio-economic impact potential to drive gender-inclusive economic growth and advance Sustainable Development Goals
For her efforts towards achieving the UN goals for women’s health, Zubaida has been recognized on an ongoing basis. Some of her recognitions of note are: a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Maternal Health Champion by Ashoka, and a Sustainable Development Goals Pioneer (UNGC).
When she’s not changing the world with her products, Zubaida is inspiring young and old through her speaking at international forums. Her talks focus on the intersection of women’s health, design and entrepreneurship. You can watch her TED Talk here. She is also the founder of Happy Woman Foundation, an organization catalyzing the next wave of changes that enable women to achieve their entrepreneurial dreams, and wield public influence at a grand scale to create a stronger, happier, and healthier tomorrow for generations to come. Zubaida holds a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. She was also conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in 2018.
Priyanka Bakaya is an entrepreneurial environmental leader. She has been recognized on the Fortune 40 Under 40: Ones to Watch List, the Forbes 30 under 30 List, Conscious Company's Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs List, and is a Laureate of Cartier Women's Initiative Award for North America for her leadership in environmental entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Stanford and MIT.
Angela Baker is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Qualcomm where she oversees all corporate responsibility and ESG programming. This includes the company's climate strategy and net-zero emissions by 2040 goal as well as several other ESG 2025 targets. She also manages all social impact programs, including Wireless Reach, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to under-served communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. To date, Wireless Reach has partnered with hundreds of organizations on programs in over 40 countries and has reached over 20 million beneficiaries. The team also includes strategic corporate giving around Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs.
Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State, where she worked on foreign policy goals connected to the 21st Century Statecraft agenda through bilateral and multilateral engagement with strategic partners on technology and development issues. Specifically, she was part of a team that designed and implemented “Techcamp” – an ongoing program that connects civil society across the globe with new and emerging technology resources to solve real world challenges and build digital capacity - in over 30 countries.
Prior to working in the Obama Administration, Baker worked for an international advocacy firm in Seattle, WA, where she helped to create nongovernmental organizations focused on helping those in need.
Baker has worked in several countries spanning five continents. She has a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University and sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She serves on the Advisory Committee on Public Issues for the Ad Council, working on the some of society's most pressing social issues. She has also been named to the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2016 Rising Talents Program.
Miranda A. Ballentine
BSc (Hons) in Neuro-Psychology, Colorado State University; MBA, George Washington University. Former: Vice-President, Investor Analysis and Chief Operating Officer, David Gardiner & Associates; Director, Sustainability, Global Renewable Energy and Sustainable Facilities, Walmart Stores, developing strategies to reach goal to be supplied by 100% renewable energy. Then Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment, and Energy), a 4-star civilian equivalent position; integral member of the Air Force’s top executive team; responsible for the oversight, formulation, and execution of plans, policies, programmes and budgets for: 170 Air Force installations; a $9 billion annual energy budget; a $4.5 billion annual construction budget; environmental conservation, restoration & compliance programmes for nine million acres of land, 200 miles of coast line, 600,000 acres of forestland, and 270,000 acres of wetlands; safety and occupational health for 660,000 employees; and programme execution by 50,000 engineers around the world. September 2017, joined the Rocky Mountain Institute; currently, Managing Director, Business Renewables Center, driving innovation in advanced energy to improve national security, drive economic gains, and solve climate challenges. RMI's BRC serves over 200 members, who have collectively completed over 8,000 renewable energy deals. Public speaker.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Now Project, an organization of business professionals committed to renewing American democracy. Former Partner and current Adviser, Dalberg; was member of the founding team that grew the firm from a start-up to the leading global group of social impact businesses with 25 offices across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Until 2017, served in the Obama Administration for five years as Senior Adviser for Development to Secretaries of State Clinton and Kerry; focused on modernizing the US government’s approach to frontier markets by boosting private capital and infrastructure investments; was instrumental in securing a 193-country agreement on the Sustainable Development Goals. Young Global Leader and member of its Advisory Council, World Economic Forum. Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Former Consultant, Bain & Company; advised financial services, private equity, telecom, healthcare and consumer product firms in the US, UK and South Africa. BSc in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering, Cornell University; MBA, Harvard Business School; MPA, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
H.R.H. Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud
Over the past decade, has established a profile for advocacy of business growth, community health and women's development issues. Formerly, seven years as Chief Executive Officer, Alfa International, a multi-brand luxury retail company with Harvey Nichols Riyadh in its portfolio. 2013, founded Alf Khair, a social enterprise with an aim to elevate the professional capital of Saudi women through a structured curriculum focusing on professional guidance and career management. October 2017, appointed President, Mass Participation Federation. Since August 2016, Vice-President, Development and Planning, General Sports Authority, a governmental body focused on developing the Saudi sports and physical fitness space. Young Global Leader (2015), World Economic Forum.Member, several advisory bodies, including Saudi National Creative Initiative, whose programmes aim to create a communication platform for creative talent in Saudi Arabia. Founding Member, "Zahra" Breast Cancer Association. Recipient, honours and awards, including: Business of Fashion's Top 500 people working in the fashion industry (2013 and 2014); Fast Company's Most Creative Person of 2014; selected as one of the most powerful 200 Arab women, Forbes Middle East magazine (2014); Foreign Policy Magazine Global Thinker Mogul (2014); Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Creative Sport Award, 9th edition.
Rye Barcott is CEO of With Honor, a cross-partisan organization he co-founded with David Gergen and other veterans to elect a next-generation veterans in the U.S. and create a more effective and less polarized government. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and co-founded Carolina for Kibera, a non-governmental organization that invests in talented youth in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. After the Marines, he worked for the former CEO of Duke Energy, then co-founded and led Double Time Capital, a clean energy investment firm. He earned his MPA and MBA from Harvard, where he was a Center for Public Leadership Social Enterprise Fellow. He was a YGL class of 2011 and is a TED Fellow.
Elena Barmakova is Chairman of the Board of Fontvieille Capital, a USA-based financial firm that specializes in strategic advising to family offices and ultra high net worth individuals, offers sports investments, real estate investments, as well as advising companies in identifying and structuring international strategic partnerships and joint ventures. Elena Barmakova has over 20 years of international capital market experience in the successful arrangement and development of special situations and cross-border opportunities. Ms. Barmakova is a world-renowned expert and business pioneer, who is internationally recognized for her accomplishments in the highly specialized investment banking spheres. She has worked with venture capital, investment banking firms and leading banking institutions in the USA, Switzerland and Monaco. Ms. Barmakova has a Master's Degree in Finance and Economics and is licensed to transact financial securities and real estate.
Ms. Barmakova was a professional basketball player in Russia and she holds a degree from the Institute of Physical Culture as well as was awarded a diploma for her "Extraordinary Achievements in Sports”.
Elena was one of the finalists and participants in the “Miss USSR” beauty contest, “Best Model of the World” and similar events. She was engaged in media outlets and fashion representations in support of these efforts internationally with various designer brands. Ms. Barmakova is Founder of LenaLoren™ fashion brand.
Elena Barmakova is a member of the WEF Alumni Young Global Leaders. She has completed the YGL executive education program Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at the John F. Kennedy School of Harvard University.
Since 2017, Elena has been developing sport projects in Europe and Middle East to maximise the commercial opportunity that exists in sports, from the investment model behind Football Clubs, Basketball Clubs, motorsports.
In 2019 Ms. Barmakova was an Advisor to Monaco's Sport Foundation (under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco).
Ms. Barmakova is residing in USA and Monaco, Elena is fond of yachting.
Graduate, New York University. January 2014, joined Fox Business Network (FBN); currently, Anchor and Global Markets Editor. Anchors "Mornings with Maria" on FBN and "Sunday Morning Futures" on Fox News Channel. She is also the anchor for FBN’s weekly primetime investing program "Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street". Has covered business and the economy for more than 30 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC. First journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Author of several books, including: "The Cost: Trump, China and American Revival"; "The Weekend That Changed Wall Street"; "The 10 Laws of Enduring Success". Recipient of numerous awards, including: News and Documentary Emmy for Bailout Talks Collapse programme (2008); second Emmy for documentary Inside The Mind of Google (2009); Gracie Award for Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream; named one of the 50 Faces That Shaped the Decade, Financial Times (2009); inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2011 for impact on the cable industry.