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Eric Parrado

Chief Economist; General Manager, Research Department, Inter-American Development Bank, USA

Chief Economist and General Manager of the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. PhD in Economics, New York University. Former Manager of the Chilean sovereign wealth funds, with assets under management of $22 billion. International Consultant, advising central banks and governments of Colombia, Guyana, Mongolia, Nigeria, Panama and Papua New Guinea on fiscal policy and implementation of sovereign wealth funds. Former Chairman of the Regulatory Banking Authority of Chile (Superintendencia de Bancos) and Professor of Economics and Finance at the ESE Business School.

Şafak Pavey

Senior Adviser, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, Switzerland

Background embracing international, national and local public policymaking and UN diplomacy. Expertise in strategic public sector engagement & philanthropy in humanitarian affairs, peacebuilding, social & ecological policy, cities & cultural diplomacy, 'UN Women, Peace & Security' Agenda. Formerly; Deputy Speaker and Member of the Turkish Parliament for Istanbul City (-CHP -Social Democratic Party). Served as the Vice-Chair of Turkey-EU Accession Committee, NATO Parliamentary Assembly Civilian Security, Vice-Chair of CHP Party for Nature Rights and Social Policy. UN Independent Expert. Head of Secretariat, UN OHCHR; with the UN Refugee Agency holding both headquarters and field-based positions in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. Bachelor's in International Relations & post-grad in London School of Economics. 2015 Young Global Leader /World Economic Forum, 2016 Munich Young Leader/Munich Security Conference. Selected Awards: 2012 International Woman of Courage Award by US State Department, 2014 Secularist of the Year Award by British Secular Society, 2012 Izmir City EXPO Ambassador & Izmir City Human Rights Memorial Award, 2014 Izmir City Şafak Pavey Youth Centre, 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Person of the World Award (Children, World Peace &/ Human Rights) by Junior Chamber International.

Susannah Rodgers

Technical Adviser, Disability Inclusion, Economic Empowerment, Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom

A successful former professional Paralympic swimmer who competed at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, winning six medals across both Games including gold in the 50m Butterfly in Rio and 5 bronze medals. In total, Susie has won 30 international medals throughout her career at all levels of competition, including 17 gold. She still holds a number of European records in her class in Para-swimming nearly a decade later. Susie has a First Class honours degree from Newcastle University in Modern Languages, holds a postgraduate diploma from the Financial Times in Non-Executive Director leadership and studied a course on leadership at IESE business school in Spain. She recently completed executive education courses in Sustainability at Stanford University and in Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Susie is an expert adviser for global clients on disability inclusion and currently works for the UK Government in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office as a Technical Adviser on Disability Inclusion, working previously on economic development and now focusing on global health. She has been advising on a number of projects of over £4bn investments in companies around the world, pioneering new inclusive approaches, designs, thinking and strategy around ensuring the most vulnerable are not left behind in international development. She has worked as a consultant on disability inclusion for many years in addition to her career in sport and is an expert panel member of the Global Disability Advisory Panel at the British Council. Susie is a sought-after public speaker, podcast guest and has hosted and spoken on panels as well as individually at events including at Davos, academic and education institutions, NGOs, gender diversity conferences (SHE conference), universities, businesses and events in both the public and private sectors. She has also worked previously for a number of organizations, including in the elite sport sector and with young people on education and cultural mobility programmes in different countries. She is an experienced non-executive director, currently sitting on two boards in the UK, including a technology start-up in 3D printed upper limb prosthetics and is currently Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Panel at Spirit of 2012, the London 2012 legacy charity, which funds projects promoting wellbeing in communities through social cohesion, volunteering, the arts and physical activity in the UK. She previously chaired a sub-committee for an organization leading high profile cases and successful pro bono investigations into athlete welfare and safeguarding, working collaboratively to reduce bullying and harassment in elite sport, as well as supporting efforts to fund young aspiring athletes. She is a patron of various charities and an ocean ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society and recently created a series of paintings of marine life which have been sold as prints to raise money for UK marine conservation efforts. Her interests and expertise include diversity and inclusion, raising awareness globally around disability, empowerment for all and ocean conservation. She is passionate about education, cultural exchange and collaborative working. She was awarded an MBE (2017) for services to Paralympic sport by Her Majesty the Queen.

Annika Saarikko

Minister of Finance, Ministry of Finance of Finland, Finland

Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services in Finland and the woman driving the management of the Social and Health Care Reform (SOTE), one of Finland's most extensive social projects. Saarikko became the Finnish Centre party's Vice Chair at the age of 26 and was elected to Parliament in 2011, where she has served in the Social Affairs and Health Committee and the Employment and Equality Committee.

Phanindra Sama

Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Telangana, India

Phanindra Sama, A firm believer in active citizenship, is the first chief innovation officer of the Government of Telangana, contributing to building an innovation-driven economy in the state. Previously, he was the founder of redBus, the world's largest bus ticketing company, with operations in six countries. After exiting redBus, he co-founded Kakatiya Sandbox, a social impact venture that nurtures active citizenship for the economic prosperity of the region.

David Moinina Sengeh

Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education, Ministry of Basic and Senior Secondary Education of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s first-ever chief innovation officer. Also Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education. Previously, Research Scientist at IBM Research Africa, Nairobi. Born and raised in Sierra Leone; PhD at the MIT Media Lab, where research in the biomechatronics group focused on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. This work is at the intersection of medical imaging, material science, human anatomy, computer-aided design and manufacturing. President and Co-Founder of the international NGO Global Minimum (GMin). Currently, GMin’s main project is Innovate Challenges; the first-ever competition created to foster a culture of innovation among high-school students in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa. Innovate Challenges is a mentorship programme and set of workshops where youth can get help in transforming their ideas into tangible solutions. GMin was one of three winners out of 1,000 nominees for the Rockefeller Foundation Next Century Innovators Awards in 2013. Previously, GMin led the distribution of over 16,000 mosquito nets to cover over 28,000 people in Sahn Malen chiefdom in Sierra Leone.

Serey Chea

Assistant Governor, National Bank of Cambodia, Cambodia

Assistant Governor of the National Bank of Cambodia. One of the few women leaders in central banking and a strong advocate of financial literacy and women?s access to finance. Has led to the incorporation of financial literacy into Cambodia’s general education programme and a proof of concept on the use of blockchain technology to make financial transactions more affordable studied and the pilot launched in 2019. Co-founded an NGO, sits on a number of others that focus on healthcare, and champions greater collaboration between NGOs and governments.

Stav Shaffir

Leader of Israeli Green Party, Israeli Green Party, Israel

Stav Shaffir is a former Member of Parliament, Leader of the Green Party, social entreprenur and founder of the Shira Center; a special university for people with special needs. She is a YGL from 2017.

Shaffir was the youngest ever elected member of parliament in Israel, at age 27. Previously she was one of the leaders of the Israeli social movement that brought a million Israelis into the streets and became Israel's biggest-ever protest, focusing on social justice and democracy. A year after the protests, Shaffir ran for a position on the Labour party list, and got elected in a nation-wide primary. As a member of parliament she was a member of the Finance committee and led a reform for budgetary transparency, exposed the government's secret money transfers, and fought to end corrupt usage of tax-payer money.

Two years later, she won the second seat on her party list, and served as Chairperson of the Transparency committee of parliament. In 2017 she became the Chair of the OECD parliamentary committee for transparency and anti-corruption. She also co-chaired the caucus for sustainable cities and for social justice.

When Israel got into a democratic political crisis in 2019, Shaffir built the Democratic Union alliance in order to unite the democratic parties and win the elections, and was elected to be the leader of the Green Party. She eventually gave up her seat in order to support the union, and left political life after eight years. She is now focusing on building the Shira Center; a special university for young adults with autism and intellectual disabilities, located in university campuses in order to create collaboration between regular and "special" students, and increase empathy and leadership skills among both.

Shaffir’s outstanding work was recognised by Forbes’ 30 Under 30, Apolitical’s The World’s Most Influential Young People in Government for 2018, TheMarker and Calcalist Magazine’s 100 Influencers on the Economy and 50 Most Influential Women in Israel. In 2017 she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Ali Jehangir Siddiqui

Ambassador-at-Large for Foreign Investment, Government of Pakistan, Pakistan

Pakistan's Ambassador at Large for Foreign Investment. Formerly, Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States, and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister with the status of Minister of State. Founded JS PE Management (Pakistan's largest private equity firm) in 2004 and JS Bank (Pakistan's fastest growing bank) in 2006, as well as several other successful companies in Pakistan and the Middle East. BA Economics, Cornell University. 2014 Young Global Leader.

Chee Keong Sim

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Malaysia, Malaysia

Steven Sim is the Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam in Malyasia. Before his election, he was a local government councillor of the Seberang Perai Municipal Council, one of the largest councils in Malaysia. Sim also sits on the governing board of the Penang Institute, a leading public policy think tank based in Penang, Malaysia. He was part of the team that produced the 10-year strategic roadmap (2013-2023) for the state of Penang. Sim was formerly the Executive Secretary of the Network of Social Democracy in Asia, a regional dialogue of political parties, scholars and NGOs. His areas of interest include sustainable development, gender and social justice, and participatory politics. He is the convener of #BetterPenang, a city-based project to promote local democracy and urban rejuvenation. Sim is also the author of ?The Audacity to Think: An Invitation to Rethink Politics?.

Jagmeet Singh

Leader, Canada's New Democrats, New Democratic Party of Canada, Canada

Jagmeet Singh was born in Scarborough, Ontario and spent some time growing up on Canada's East coast before moving back to Southern Ontario. As a kid, he often felt on the margins and left out. That made him more determined to be himself. That’s why he grew up to defend the rights of others to be seen and heard for themselves. Jagmeet went to law school to stack his tool box to fight the powerful forces of poverty and racism. As a lawyer, he knew he could help those with little power and money to assert their own rights. He campaigned with anti-poverty groups and immigrant and refugee organizations for changes that would make people’s lives better. As a young man, his father became ill and he had to step up to care for his family. He experienced precarity and understood how important it is to have people around who care and can help. That’s just one of the reasons why he wants to help others. Jagmeet decided to run for office because too many government choices were hurting people, rather than helping them get ahead. As an MPP, Jagmeet took on auto insurance companies to end the exploitation of people. He fought for fair coverage at a fair price. Jagmeet also fought for workers at temporary job agencies so that they could get the security they deserve. He was tenacious about convincing the government to commit to ending arbitrary street checks or ‘carding’. As Leader of Canada’s NDP, Jagmeet believes that how we pay for and deliver services to Canadians must work everyone.

Virginijus Sinkevicius

Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, European Commission, Belgium

Virginijus Sinkevičius has been the European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries since 2019. He was formerly the Minister of Economy of Lithuania (2017-2019). Before becoming the Minister of Economy, Sinkevičius led the Economic Committee of the Parliament of Lithuania. Sinkevičius was elected to Parliament in October 2016. Before that, he was a Team Lead for Regulatory Affairs at Invest Lithuania. Prior to joining Invest Lithuania, Sinkevičius was Managing Editor at the US Office of The Lithuanian Tribune in Washington D.C. Sinkevičius holds a BA in International Relations and Affairs from Aberystwyth University and a Master’s degree in European International Affairs from Maastricht University.