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Ángel Cabrera

President, Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), USA

Ángel Cabrera is president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, one of the top public universities in the U.S. and a leading technological university worldwide. Before joining Georgia Tech in 2019, he was president of George Mason University, the largest and fastest-growing public university in Virginia. He was also President of Thunderbird School of Global Management (now part of Arizona State University) and Dean of IE Business School in Madrid.

Cabrera graduated in Telecommunications Engineering (BS and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering) from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and obtained his MS and PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Georgia Tech, which he attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

Cabrera serves on the boards of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, National Geographic Society, the Bankinter Foundation of Innovation, and Inovio, a publicly traded biotechnology company.

Cabrera's research in organizational behavior has been cited thousands of times. At Thunderbird, he established the world's first Business Oath of Honor at a business school and, in collaboration with the United Nations Global Compact, led the creation of the Principles for Responsible Management Education, currently endorsed by hundreds of business schools around the world. He is also co-founder of the University Global Coalition, an effort to align global higher education with the Sustainable Development Goals.

David Wayne Callaway

Chief Medical Officer, Team Rubicon, USA

Dr. Callaway works at the intersection of health and security, leading multidisciplinary networks to address complex challenges such a human rights, healthcare access, human capital development, and international security. Currently, he serves as a Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chief Crisis Operations and Sustainability at Atrium Health in Charlotte, NC. Callaway has extensive response experience in the Middle East, Africa and Central America. In 2008, David was awarded a Zuckerman Fellowship from the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government to study leadership, national security and disaster response. In 2009, he was awarded a Truman National Security Fellowship. Recently, he completed an Eisenhower Fellowship working in Jordan to address issues of innovation in healthcare during times of crisis. Currently, David also serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Team Rubicon (USA), an 85,000 member Veteran- founded disaster response non-profit organization. In this role, he is responsible for the development and execution of international medical response capabilities. His focus is on innovation, hastily- formed networks, and the use of technology to accelerate community service. David's extensive work in health and security recently led to his appointment as a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Kamissa Camara

Senior Adviser, Africa, United States Institute of Peace (USIP), USA

With a substantial background in foreign affairs and policies, Kamissa Camara became the youngest person to hold the post of minister of foreign affairs in the history of Mali. Before her appointment, she served as a diplomatic adviser to President Keita. As a diplomatic adviser to the president, Camara has been vocal about the need for strategic partnerships between Mali and other countries, including China. She is also the founder and co-chair of the Sahel Strategy Forum, which provides a platform for stakeholders to promote peace, security and development across the Sahel. Camara holds a master’s in international economics and development from Université Pierre Mendès, France after completing a bachelor's in applied foreign languages, specializing in international relations, from Université Denis Diderot (Paris, France). She is an incoming PhD student in Politics at Oxford University.

Niko Canner

Founder, Incandescent, USA

BA (Hons) in Economics, Harvard College; completed graduate work in philosophy, Oxford University (Marshall Scholar). 1998, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, consulting firm Katzenbach Partners; 2009, Senior Partner, Booz & Company following the sale of Katzenbach to Booz in 2009; former member of the Management Committee, Bridgewater Associates. Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Incandescent, a firm engaged in strategic consulting to corporations, venture development, and large-scale social impact work. Founding Member, McKinsey Change Center. Member: Advisory Council, Acumen; Board, Purpose and Catchafire. Initiated and co-leads China 2024, a 20-year longitudinal study of the development of business leaders in China. Recent publications include “Beyond the Holacracy Hype”, Harvard Business Review. Named one of ten new gurus, Fortune magazine; featured as a rising star, Fortune 40 Under 40 (2009); named as one of the top twenty five in the consulting profession, Consulting Magazine (2010).

Lisa Caputo

Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, The Travelers Companies Inc., USA

Lisa Caputo is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for The Travelers Companies, Inc. She joined Travelers on June 1, 2011. Previously,she served as the President and CEO of Women and Co., a subsidiary of Citigroup, offering financial services for women. In addition to running Women and Company, she was named Managing Director, Business Operations and Planning, of Citigroup’s Global Consumer Group, in 2003. Before joining Citigroup, Caputo was a senior communications executive at the CBS Corporation and at the Walt Disney Company. She was also a contributing editor to George magazine, as well as an NBC and MSNBC political analyst, and has served as a co-host for CNN’s “Crossfire”, and CNBC/MSNBC’s “Equal Time”. Prior to embarking on a career in business, she served as the Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and Press Secretary to the First Lady in the White House from 1993-1996.A recipient of numerous awards, Caputo is also involved in a number of philanthropic activities and serves as a Board member of several organizations. Lisa is a graduate of Brown University (with a BA magna cum laude in Political Science and French) and of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism (MSJ, with the highest distinction).

Adriana Cargill

Independent Radio Journalist, USA

Adriana Cargill is an independent public radio journalist based in Los Angeles. She’s reported and produced stories for KCRW, Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), Marketplace, LAist, Latino USA, Crooked Media, Wondery, KUSC Radio, VICE News and more. She graduated with a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism as a Bloomberg Scholar. She is also a fifth-generation Cargill family member. Founded in 1865, Cargill Inc. is a privately held agribusiness with over 155,000 employees in 70 countries around the world. By revenue, Cargill consistently ranks as one of the largest private companies in the U.S and in the top tier globally. Adriana has worked to support employees during the COVID crisis and advocated for the company to do business in a sustainable and more equitable way. Adriana is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Family Business Community and its Next Gen Working Group. She is also a member of The ImPact, a global membership community of families committed to aligning their assets with their values.

Wences Casares

Chief Executive Officer, Xapo Holdings Limited, USA

Wences Casares is a technology entrepreneur with global business experience specializing in technology and financial ventures. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lemon Wallet. Casares launched Argentina's first Internet service provider, Internet Argentina in 1994, a company he would go on to sell in order to found the Argentine online brokerage Patagon in 1997. With Casares serving as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Patagon established itself as Latin America's first comprehensive Internet financial services portal and expanded its online banking services to the US, Spain and Germany. Patagon was acquired by Spanish bank Banco Santander for US$ 750 million in 2000. Casares is also the founder of Wanako Games, a videogame developer that produced the award-winning game Assault Heroes, which was honoured as “Game of the Year” for Microsoft Xbox Live in 2006; the company was acquired by Activision. In 2002, he founded Banco Lemon, a retail bank for the underbanked in Brazil. Banco do Brasil, Brazil's largest bank, acquired Banco Lemon in June 2009.

Valerie Casey

Chief Design Officer, Walmart, USA

Valerie Casey is SVP and Chief Product Officer at Walmart, where she leads teams building digital and store experiences for customers and employees. Previously Casey was Chief Product Officer for Samsung NEXT, and an executive leader at world-renowned design studios IDEO, frog design, and Pentagram. She is the founder of the Designers Accord, the global community of creatives, business leaders, and educators working together on social impact. Casey is a frequent author, moderator, and speaker on design, open innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is a Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. She was named: Guru of the Year, Fortune magazine; Hero of the Environment, Time magazine; Master of Design, Fast Company; one of the World's Most Influential Designers, Businessweek. Casey holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MED from Yale.

Navin Chaddha

Managing Director, Mayfield, USA

Navin Chaddha, Managing Director, leads Mayfield, a top-tier Silicon Valley venture capital firm with $2.7 billion under management and a 50 year history of investing. The Firm invests primarily in early-stage technology companies based in the U.S. and select non-U.S., globally-focused companies (primarily domiciled in India, Israel, and China). Since its founding in 1969, the Firm has invested in over 530 innovative companies, 116 of which have gone public, and over 200 have been acquired.

Navin has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, has ranked on the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Tech Investors 10 times, and on the New York Times list of top venture capitalists thrice. During his venture capital career, Navin has invested in over 50 companies, of which 16 have gone public and 18 have been acquired. Navin was one of the earliest Silicon Valley investors to leverage the promise of tech in India.
As an entrepreneur, Navin has co-founded or led three startups including VXtreme: a streaming media platform, acquired by Microsoft to become Windows Media; Rivio/CPA.com: a SaaS provider for small businesses, and iBeam Broadcasting (NASDAQ:IBEM): a streaming media content delivery network. Navin holds an MS degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University and a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering from IIT Delhi, where he was honored with the distinguished IIT Alumni Award.

François-Philippe Champagne

Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne was first elected in 2015 as the Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain.

Minister Champagne is a businessman, lawyer, and international trade specialist with over 20 years’ experience at large international companies in Europe, particularly in the fields of energy, engineering, and innovation.

Before entering politics, Minister Champagne was Vice-President and Senior Counsel of ABB Group, a leader in cutting-edge technology that operates in more than 100 countries. He also served as Strategic Development Director, acting General Counsel, and Chief Ethics Officer and Member of the Group Management Committee of AMEC Foster Wheeler, a world leader in the energy sector.

In 2009, Minister Champagne was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He has served on several boards over the years, and was notably President of the Canadian-Swiss Chamber of Commerce and the Banff Forum.

After his election in 2015, Minister Champagne served as a parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Finance until 2017, when he was appointed Minister of International Trade. During his time as Minister of International Trade, the Canada–European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement entered into force, and Canada signed the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. In 2018, he was named Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and oversaw the federal government’s ambitious $187 billion infrastructure investment plan. He was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs in 2019.

Minister Champagne holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Université de Montréal and a Master of Laws in American law from Case Western Reserve University. Minister Champagne also studied public and private international law at The Hague Academy of International Law, in the Netherlands.

Arvan Chan

Senior Vice-President; Chief Operating Officer, International, Centene, USA

Arvan Chan serves as Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of International, a publicly traded Fortune 50 healthcare enterprise that partners with local governments to ensure people receive high quality and cost effective health and social care. Since joining Centene in 2007, Arvan has played a major role in helping the company establishes a footprint outside the United States. As part of his work in developing and managing Centene’s international businesses, Arvan led the investments and integration of the company’s international operations. He also works closely with local governments to expand public-private partnerships for the delivery of healthcare services in new markets. Arvan was named among the 40 most influential young professionals by St. Louis Business Journal and among the five emerging leaders by Olin Business School. He serves on the boards of various organizations around the world, including 9Line Software, Vivent Health, Jazz St. Louis, Ribera Salud, and Operose Health. He is also actively involved in a number of advisory and selection committees, including Arch Grants, Washington University in St. Louis, United Way, and International Institute. Arvan received his bachelor's degree from University of California of Los Angeles and his masters in health and business administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

Pamela Chan

Global Head and Chief Investment Officer, BlackRock Alternative Solutions, BlackRock, USA

Pamela Chan, CFA, Managing Director, is Chief Investment Officer and Global Head of the Alternative Solutions Group within BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). As CIO, she is responsible for managing the group's multi-alternative investment portfolios and chairs the Alternative Solutions Investment Committee. She is also a member of the BAI Executive Committee, BlackRock's Operating Committee and BlackRock's Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee.

She currently co-chairs for the Harvard College Schools and Scholarship Committee of New York City and is a member of the Board of Forbright, Inc. (rebranded from Congressional Bank). She has previously served on the Boards of Home Partners of America, the Harvard Club of New York Foundation and the Harvard Business School Alumni Association.

In 2012, she was nominated as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, serving as Curator for New York City in 2014.