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Ruba Borno

Global Channel Chief, Amazon Web Services, USA

Ruba Borno is the senior vice president and general manager of Global CX Centers. Global CX Centers delivers the full portfolio of Cisco support and professional services, including technical support, professional services, managed services, customer success, and global spare parts and repair logistics. Ruba is also non-executive director on the board of Experian.

Caroline Boudreaux

Founder, The Miracle Foundation, USA

Caroline Boudreaux is the founder of Miracle Foundation.org where for the past 20 years they have been empowering orphans and vulnerable children to reach their full potential. Miracle Foundation’s revolutionary Thrive Scale™ methodology is based on the UN Rights of the Child and leverages data and technology to create a family for every child in our lifetime. To date Miracle Foundation has impacted 15,000+ children’s lives.

Their latest project is FosterShare™ a phone and desktop app that prevents foster children from bouncing from home to home, decreases the drop-out rate of foster parents, and brings greater stability to the foster care ecosystem.

Devry Boughner Vorwerk

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, LLC, USA

Devry Boughner Vorwerk is CEO of DevryBV Sustainable Strategies, a global-to-local ESG-advisory and strategy firm that supports C-suite leaders and their broader organization in their quest to build profitable and sustainable businesses.
Devry believes that in a world where geopolitical volatility, climate change, population growth and societal expectations are placing immense pressure on traditional business models, companies can succeed in balancing shareholder and stakeholder expectations. Devry offers informed judgment and insightful advice to support business leaders across the globe in their quest to harmonize purpose and profitability. DevryBV Sustainable Strategies developed the Integrated Sustainability Framework® to position companies to lead on ESG by unifying the business strategy with stakeholder expectations.

Before starting her company, Devry had a nearly 15-year career at Cargill and most recently served as Corporate VP of Global Corporate Affairs. In 2021, Devry served on the executive team of Grubhub, a mobile food delivery company. Devry spent time as a senior policy advisor at Akin Gump and worked as Chief Economist for the Chairwoman of the USITC and as a Senior Economist in ag affairs at USTR.

A passionate advocate for change, Devry serves on the board of Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, The Caux Roundtable for Moral Capitalism, U.S. Mexico Foundation, Economic Club of Washington, D.C., and is involved in the social gastronomy movement. In 2014, she was named a Young Global Leader by the WEF and named to the Holmes Report’s Influence 100 list in 2017, 2018 and 2019. She is a member of the Arthur Page Society.

Devry holds a dual bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and managerial economics from the University of California, Davis and a Master’s in agricultural economics, with a specialization in public policy and international trade, from Cornell University.

Anu Bradford

Professor of Law, Columbia Law School, USA

Anu Bradford is a Professor of Law at the Columbia Law School. Before joining the faculty, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She has also taught at Harvard College, Brandeis University and the University of Helsinki Law School. Her research and teaching interests include international trade law and international political economy, international antitrust law, and EU law. Bradford earned her SJD and LLM from Harvard Law School, and holds a law degree from the University of Helsinki. After completing her LLM studies as a Fulbright Scholar at Harvard, she practiced anti-trust law and EU law with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Brussels before returning to Harvard for her doctoral studies. She has also served as an Adviser and Expert Assistant in the European Parliament and the Parliament of Finland, and on the Board of Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund.

Privahini Bradoo

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Plank, USA

MBA, Harvard Business School (Fulbright Platinum Fellow); PhD in Neuroscience, University of Auckland. Formerly: Management Consultant, BCG; Faculty Adviser, Singularity University; founding Chief Executive Officer, Spark, an initiative that promotes entrepreneurship in New Zealand and has successfully helped start over 110 companies in the last 15 years; led business development at cleantech start-ups, including LanzaTech. Passionate about #FutureOfWork, #CircularEconomy, #Entrepreneurship. Previously, co-founder and CEO of BlueOak, a circular economy company focused on recycling high-value metals from e-waste. Currently, Co-Founder & CEO of StriveLabs, a company focused on #FutureOfWork in the wake of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Recipient of honours and awards, including: World Class New Zealander Award 2017; named one of New Zealand's top 10 business influencers; Distinguished Young Alumni Award, University of Auckland; Harvard Alumni New Venture Award; recognized at White House Demo Day in 2015.

Kate Brandt

Chief Sustainability Officer, Google, USA

Kate Brandt credits her time in government for shaping her perspective that partnerships between the public and private sector are key to solving broad, systemic challenges like clean energy and climate change. Kate currently serves as Google's Chief Sustainability Officer, leading sustainability across Google's worldwide operations, products and supply chain. Previously, she served in the White House as the country's first Federal Chief Sustainability Officer where she helped create an executive order that will cut greenhouse-gas emissions by over 40% in the next decade.

Scott Brison

Vice-Chair, Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO Financial Group, Canada

BCom in Finance, Dalhousie University; Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century Executive Education programme, Harvard University. Private sector experience as entrepreneur and investment banker. Former: Chairman, SeaFort Capital; Director, Norvista Capital Corporation; Minister of Public Works and Government Services; Receiver General of Canada; Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Canada-US relations; Shadow Minister for Finance and Vice-Chair of the House of Commons Finance Committee; Member, Trilateral Commission. Currently, Canadian Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament. Recipient: Colombia's Order of San Carlos.

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Operation HOPE Inc., USA

Recognized as one of Time magazine’s “50 Leaders for the Future,” John Hope Bryant is an American entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and prominent thought leader on economic empowerment and financial dignity.

Bryant is the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Operation HOPE, Inc.; chairman and chief executive officer of Bryant Group Ventures, and co-founder of Global Dignity. He currently serves on the U.S. President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans.
A member of the founding class of The Forum of Young Global Leaders, and founding member of Clinton Global Initiative, Bryant is a LinkedIn Influencer and Huffington Post contributor. He has received over 500 awards and citations for his work, including, Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life Award.

Bryant is the author of bestsellers How the Poor Can Save Capitalism: Rebuilding the Path to the Middle Class, and LOVE LEADERSHIP: The New Way to Lead in a Fear-Based World.

Kelly Buchanan

Head of Enterprise Payment Technologies, Truist Financial Corporation, USA

I am Senior Vice President of M&A at Mastercard responsible for orchestrating the development and execution of acquisitions to meet the strategic and financial objectives. I have lead multiple acquisitions that are now a core part of the company’s long-term strategy while evolving our product and talent profiles. Within my time at Mastercard, I have held several positions across Technology, Customer Delivery and Mergers & Acquisitions within the US, UK and AP. With a passion for tackling complex programs of work, building powerful cross-functional partnerships and leading from strategy to execution, I have a wide breath of business experience coupled with strong leadership capabilities building, driving and motivating teams.

Agnes Budzyn

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, SFI, USA

Agnes Budzyn is an investor in innovation, operator and entrepreneur. Co-Founder and Managing Partner at SFI fund, where she invests in blockchain and digital assets, with a focus on early and growth stage investments as well as acting as a trusted advisor on strategic direction and growth. Agnes is a versatile leader and investor in blockchain technology markets, and an experienced operator focused on strategic growth and regulatory compliance. With a decade of traditional finance experience at BlackRock as well as being a part of the leadership team at ConsenSys, Agnes specializes in bridging the gap between legacy finance and emerging blockchain-enabled solutions.
Agnes was formerly Managing Director and Global Head of the Office of the CEO at ConsenSys, a global formation of technologists building solutions for a blockchain-powered future, with over 100 early-stage applications, projects, and companies that emerged from the company’s incubator. In addition to her growth and operator role, she also served as a member of the investment committee where she focused on analyzing potential seed investments and incubation in the space. Her investment portfolio dates back to early 2017 and comprises multi protocols, decentralized storage, payments, DeFi, NFTs, SocialFi, Web3.0 and multiple crypto currencies.
Prior to that, her time at BlackRock provided her with first-hand experience working with many of the world’s largest institutions and central banks, as well as advising key regulators on strategic challenges. She managed the restructuring of a $40bn multi-asset class portfolio while part of a special situations team at BlackRock.
Agnes has spoken as a thought leader on blockchain and financial technology and its applications at events held by the Mobile World Congress in Spain, FDIC, George Washington University, Salesforce, US Chamber of Commerce, FTSE Russell World Investment Forum and the World Economic Forum. She is also currently a member of the Board of Directors at the Biden Institute and the Yale Club Audit Committee. Agnes was also featured as a Tech Pioneer by El Pais. Attended Nanyang Technology University Executive Education Module on "Smart Cities" and Harvard Kennedy School on Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century.

Nilda Bullain

Vice-President, Operations, International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), USA

Born in socialist Hungary and spending childhood years in La-Paz, Bolivia, Nilda developed a passion for freedom and social change at an early age. She attended meetings of the opposition in the living room of their home in Budapest, and travelled to help Roma communities in far corners of Hungary before she was 18. At the change of the political system she was involved in human rights organizations and the nascent women’s movement; she co-edited the first feminist journal in Hungary. Her path led her to get a legal education and work with civil society organizations, recognizing the vital importance of both the rule of law and a free civil society to democracy.

Currently, Nilda is Vice President at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), working to protect the rights of civil society in over 100 countries. Prior to joining ICNL in Washington, DC, she was Executive Director of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and worked directly on legal reform in over 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Nilda is an internationally recognized leader, having served as Chair of the Civil Society Advisory Committee to the UNDP Administrator and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, among others. She is currently serving on the Board of CIVICUS where she was elected in 2016. Today, Nilda still believes in the strength of citizens to bring about much needed positive social change.

Joy Buolamwini

Founder and Executive Director, Algorithmic Justice League, USA

Joy Buolamwini is Founder of Algorithmic Justice League, an organization that looks to foster a world with more ethical and inclusive artificial intelligence. She is also a Researcher at the MIT Media Lab, where she pioneered evaluation techniques for face classification algorithms, and serves on the Global Tech Panel convened by the Vice-President of the European Commission to advise world leaders and technology executives on ways to make technology more beneficial. Buolamwini’s TED Talk on bias in artificial intelligence has been viewed over 1 million times. She has been listed on the Technology Review 35 under 35, Forbes 30 under 30, BBC 100 Women and Bloomberg 50, and was featured in the inaugural Forbes list of 50 Top Women in Technology. Buolamwini earned a BSc in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's degree from both the University of Oxford and MIT, where she is a PhD candidate. She is also a Rhodes Scholar and Fulbright Fellow.