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Golriz Ghahraman

Member of Parliament, New Zealand Parliament, New Zealand

Golriz Ghahraman is a Member of Parliament in New Zealand. Born in Iran, she is the first refugee elected to the country’s House of Representatives, where she is a Member of the Green Party. Prior, she worked as an international lawyer for several United Nations Tribunals. Her work has also included restoring communities after war and human rights atrocities, particularly empowering women engaged in peace and justice initiatives.

Garlin Gilchrist II

Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan, USA

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to solving problems. An engineer by training, he uses thoughtful innovation, progressive reform, and efficient modernization of policies and programs to make the work better for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve real problems, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public and getting things done. He brings a lifetime of experience to the task, receiving his first computer at age five and setting up a computer lab in a Detroit community recreation center using computers that he built himself at age 16. Lt. Governor Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history. Lt. Governor Gilchrist spent the next several years of his career as a social entrepreneur and community organizer who helped people in communities across America realize their full economic and political potential. Upon returning home to Detroit, Lt. Governor Gilchrist worked in local government to make sure build systems that made the government more responsive, transparent, and accountable to city residents. This experience prepared him for a key priority: to bring Michigan’s state government fully into the 21st century on every level. As part of the Whitmer Administration, Lt. Governor Gilchrist has sought to address injustice and inequity across our state at every level. From co-chairing the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to helming the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, these task forces have taken actions that saved lives and protect our most vulnerable populations. Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s approach to addressing these disparities is deeply rooted in fact-based practices, science, and connecting with individuals across Michigan. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and daughter, Ruby.

Elissa Golberg

Assistant Deputy Minister for Strategic Policy, Global Affairs Canada, Canada

Ms. Elissa Golberg was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister - Strategic Policy at the department of Global Affairs Canada in September 2017. In that role she is responsible for developing, leading and coordinating Canada's emerging foreign, economic and international development policy agendas. She is also Champion for Innovation and Experimentation. From February 2015 to September 2017, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister - Partnerships for Development Innovation, where her team programmed some $330 million annually in development aid to reduce poverty in 126 countries, working with international and Canadian civil society, academic, professional associations and the private sector. From September 2011 to February 2015, Ms Golberg was Canada's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and to the Conference on Disarmament. Prior to that, she held several other responsibilities within the Canadian government including Director-General - Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force (START), and Representative of Canada in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Ms. Golberg has a Master's degree in International Relations. She is a member of the UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Disarmament. She is a recipient of the NATO ISAF General Service medal, the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal, the Public Service Award of Excellence, and several Ministerial Awards for Foreign Policy Excellence. She was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, and served on the WEF's Global Agenda Council on Violence and Fragility, and Global Future Council on Global Governance, Public-Private Partnerships and Sustainable Development.

Karina Gould

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Employment and Social Development Canada, Canada

The Honourable Karina Gould was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Burlington in 2015.

A graduate of McGill University and the University of Oxford, Minister Gould is passionate about public service and international development. Before her election as the Member of Parliament for Burlington, she worked as a trade and investment specialist for the Mexican Trade Commission in Toronto, a consultant for the Migration and Development Program at the Organization of American States in Washington, D.C., and spent a year volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico.

Minister Gould has deep roots in her hometown of Burlington, Ontario, and is an active member of the community and an advocate for women’s issues and affordable housing. She has volunteered with and actively supports the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, the Burlington chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women, the Mississauga Furniture Bank, Halton Women’s Place, and other local organizations.

Minister Gould lives in Burlington with her husband Alberto and son Oliver.

With the birth of Oliver, Minister Gould became the first federal cabinet minister to have a baby while holding office. She is passionate about breaking down barriers for women, youth, and underrepresented groups.

Sanni Grahn-Laasonen

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Finland (Eduskunta), Finland

Former Minister of Education, former Vice-President of the National Coalition Party of Finland and is serving third term as a Member of Parliament. Portfolio as Minister of Education covered the entire knowledge chain, from early childhood education to top scientific research. Tasks have also involved issues related to culture, sport, youth and religious affairs during the period 2015-17. Served as the Minister of the Environment between 2014 and 2015. Formerly, worked as a reporter, as a Stockholm correspondent and as a press attaché to the Minister for Foreign Affairs. Entered Parliament in 2011.

Martín Guzmán

Minister of Economy, Ministry of Economy of Argentina, Argentina

Martín Guzmán was born in La Plata on October 12th, 1982. He has graduated as a Doctor in Economics (PhD. in Economics) from Brown University, United States. Prior to his doctoral studies, he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's degree in Economics, both from Universidad Nacional de La Plata (National University of La Plata), Argentina. He is a researcher at the Columbia University School of Business, and Director of the Public Debt Restructuring Program of the Policy Dialogue Initiative of the same School. Together with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz, he has conducted the academic training program of the Columbia University Initiative for Policy Dialogue. He is an associate professor at Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de Buenos Aires (Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires). As of December 2019, he is a tenured lecturer at Facultad de Ciencias Económicas de la Universidad de La Plata (School of Economic Sciences of the National University of La Plata). He is editor in chief of the Journal of Globalization and Development and has published numerous academic articles in specialized journals and books.

Mona Hammami

Senior Director, Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: ?Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter?; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and ?The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development?. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a board member on uniting to combat NTDs

Sarah Hanson-Young

Senator for South Australia, Australian Parliament, Australia

Political and human rights activist; has been a leading and passionate voice for change in the Australian Parliament. Over past decade, has become one of the country's leading voices on women in politics, refugees, immigration and human rights policy. Youngest woman ever elected to the Australian Parliament. First elected in 2007; twice re-elected; currently, Greens Senator, Australian Parliament; currently holds responsibility for the Environment & Water, Communications & Arts, Finance & Trade portfolios for the Australian Greens party. Representing the state of South Australia, strong advocate for a fast and effective transition to renewable energy. Strong commitment to working across different groups and sectors to create a progressive, safe and sustainable global community and planet.

Niel Harper

Chief Information Security Officer, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Denmark

Award winning, globally recognized expert in cybersecurity, technology risk management, privacy & data protection, ICT policy, and digital transformation.

Leadership and advisory experience in over 20 countries with organizations such as AT&T, Bemol, Canonical, CIBC, Deloitte, European Union, Internet Society, and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), among others. Recipient of the ISJ Caribbean Security & Resilience Award, ISACA Technology for Humanity Award, and recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and by the Internet Society as a Next Generation Leader. Fellow in Cybersecurity & Leadership at CIFAL, Fellow of the British Computer Society, Fellow to the OECD Technology Foresight Forum and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Member of the World Economic Forum Expert Networks on IT, Cybersecurity, and Risk & Resilience. Frequently sought after speaker and regular contributor to technical journals, industry publications, and expert blogs addressing the complex issues at the intersection of technology, policy and business. Serves on a number of non-profit and advisory boards, including with ISACA, Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship, TEN Habitat, and Vouch Digital.

Master of Laws (LLM) in Internet Law & Policy, University of Strathclyde; Master of Business Administration (MBA), University of Leicester; Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Telecoms Regulation & Policy, University of the West Indies; and has completed executive education programs at Florida International University, Nanyang Technological University, University of Oxford and Boston University. Possesses several industry certifications in engineering, IT auditing, cybersecurity, privacy & data protection, and business continuity management.

Rodney Hood

Chairman, National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), USA

Rodney E. Hood serves as Corporate Responsibility Manager at JPMorgan Chase where he manages national partnerships with organizations that foster sustainable homeownership, provide financial capability & economic inclusion, and provide access to capital in underserved communities -- including low-to-moderate income, minority and disabled.

Prior to joining JPMorgan Chase, Hood was Vice-Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration -- the financial regulatory body for the credit union / cooperative banking system in the United States. He was appointed to this role in 2005 by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Prior to public service, Hood held management positions in the financial services industry: Division Manager, Community Development Lending at Wells Fargo; National Director, Affordable Housing at Wells Fargo; Community Reinvestment Manager at Bank of America; Corporate Marketing Director at North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance; and Credit Analyst at GE Capital.

Hood is a former Member of the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation Board of Directors and is the recipient of several awards, including the Wells Fargo Dream Award in recognition of his unwavering support for affordable housing.

Hood was also named one of region's 40 Under 40 young leaders by the Triangle Business Journal and was named a Young Leader by the American Council on Germany. Hood is also an avid arts supporter and serves as an Opera Panelist with the National Endowment for the Arts and is currently writing a book on opera.

Hood was appointed in 2013 by the North Carolina Legislature to serve on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors-- the oversight body for the state's 17 public universities, hospitals, and public radio & television stations. Hood has fiduciary oversight for the college system's $12.5BN (USD) budget, 220,000 students and 53,000 faculty and staff. Hood serves as Vice Chair of the Audit, Risk Management and Compliance Committee.

Hood gained his Bachelor's Degree with Distinction in Business Administration, Political Science and Speech Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hood also participated in the Affordable Housing Institute at Harvard University.

Paula Ingabire

Minister of Information Communication Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Information Communication Technology and Innovation of Rwanda, Rwanda

Holds a crucial and strategic portfolio in one of Africa's leading technological powers. Through passion and expertise, has propelled Rwanda forward in its adoption of Fourth Industrial Revolution tools.

Livia Járóka

Member of the European Parliament, European Parliament, Belgium

Master's in Society and Politics, CEU University, UK. Since 2004, Representative for Fidesz, Hungary and Member, European People's Party, European Parliament and European Democrats, European Parliament. Director, Roma Integration, EPP-ED Working Group. Member, Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; EPP-ED Group, Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.