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Juan Jose Pocaterra

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, ViKua, Venezuela

Economist and Lawyer, tech entrepreneur focused on smart cities and urban development. Co-Founder and CEO of Vikua. Co-Founder of La Wawa.

Vikua is a Govtech Startup recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of the Top 30 Most Promising Companies of Latin America and among the Top 100 Govtech Startups of the Iberoamerican region. We transform emerging cities into smart cities by harnessing the power of 4IR technologies such as internet of things, big data, and artificial intelligence. Its URBO® platform ( allows cities to automate and remotely operate urban services in the areas of traffic, public transportation, waste management, public works, public lighting and environmental risks.

La Wawa is a private transportation and mobility app that is transforming the way people commute daily to and from work.

He is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Entrepreneurship; Young Global Leaders 2018 cohort; Global Shaper Alumni of the Caracas Hub. Venezuelan representative to the White House Emerging Entrepreneurs Initiative and the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad, India. Member of the Board of Directors of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Venezuela (AJE).

Marion Poetz

Associate Professor, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Marion Poetz is Associate Professor of Innovation Management at the Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI) at Copenhagen Business School (CBS) and Scientific Director of the LBG Open Innovation in Science Center (OIS Center). She gained her PhD from WU Vienna and has been a visiting scholar at MIT Sloan School of Management, Bocconi University and ETH Zurich. Inspired by phenomena linked to open innovation, crowdsourcing and similar topics, her research focuses on antecedents, processes, consequences and contingencies of open and collaborative research and innovation processes. As a principle investigator in several large-scale research projects, she currently manages research groups around these topics in Denmark and Austria. Marion’s work has been published in leading international journals such as Management Science or Harvard Business Review, featured in various media such as Forbes or Inc. Magazine and received numerous awards. Marion has been an academic advisor and consultant to organizations from various industries including national and international firms, research- and policy-making institutions. She has co-founded several initiatives such as the Danish Crowdsourcing Lab or the Institute for Innovation Capability Building (IICB) and engages as director, coordinator and teacher in educational programs (executive level, PhD, master level) in the fields of strategy and innovation. Marion has also been involved in developing the Open Innovation in Science (OIS) Initiative of the Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG) and created the Lab for Open Innovation in Science (LOIS). She is affiliated with the Danish Research Unit for Industrial Dynamics (DRUID), the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Young Global Leaders (YGLs) of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Mark Pollock

Explorer, Speaker & Founder, Collaborative Cures, Ireland

Mark helps people to build resilience and collaborate with others so that they achieve more than they thought possible.
Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark became an adventure athlete competing in ultra- endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. He also won silver and bronze medals for rowing at the Commonwealth Games and set up a motivational speaking business (
In 2010 a fall from a second story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed. Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime by exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide.
As a speaker, Mark is best known for his 2018 TED Talk focused on resolving the tension between acceptance and hope ( delivered jointly with his fiancée, Simone George. It gathered over 1.5 million views in its first 6 months online and has been translated into 12 languages. He has inspired millions of people in hundreds of organisations and is a Davos, World Economic Forum, InnoTown, F.ounders, EG and Wired speaker.
Co-Founder of the global running series called Run in the Dark (, Mark has been selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and is a former member of the Global Futures Council on Human Enhancement. He is a UBS Global Visionary, is on the Board of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (USA) and is a Wings for Life Ambassador (Europe).
Mark is the subject of the acclaimed documentaries ‘Blind Man Walking’ and ‘Unbreakable – The Mark Pollock Story’, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and also from Queens University Belfast. And, he holds a diploma in Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century from Harvard University, degrees from Trinity College Dublin and The Smurfit Business School.

Dee Chu Ying Poon

Chief Executive Officer, PYE, Esquel Group, Hong Kong SAR, China

Dee Poon is the Managing Director of Brands and Distribution at Esquel Group, a global leading textile and apparel manufacturer with operations located worldwide.

Dee is a board member of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (Hong Kong), a member of the Asia Advisory Board at Christie’s, on the International Advisory Committee of Harvard University’s Asia Center (Cambridge, MA), a Member on the Family Advisory Council of The Ownership Project at Oxford Saïd Business School, as well as on the Global Steering Committee of Social Entrepreneurship to Spur Health (Hong Kong & London). She is on the Board of Directors for the Esquel - Y.L. Yang Education Foundation. In 2014, Dee was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and designated a Fellow of Aspen Institute’s China Fellowship Program.

Actively engaged in the arts, Dee sits on the International Council of the Tate (London), and the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art (New York). She serves on the Board of Directors of the China Arts Foundation (Beijing & New York), and has served on the Board of Directors of Zuni Icosahedron (Hong Kong). Dee has also been on the Performance Committee at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), a member of the Lincoln Center China Advisory Council (New York), and was a co-founder of the Ambassadors of Design (Hong Kong). Her 42-second short film “An Exercise in Futility,” shot as part of 42x42, was screened at the Beijing International Film Festival as well as the Cannes Film Festival.

Before joining Esquel, Dee was an Editor-at-Large for iLook Magazine and a featured columnist for Modern Weekly, where she wrote about sustainability. Her 2008 pop-up retail venture DYSEMEVAS was one of the first to highlight the emerging Chinese design scene outside of China.

Dee graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a BA in philosophy

Vikas Pota

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, T4 Education, United Kingdom

Vikas Pota is the Founder and CEO of T4 Education, a digital media platform he established as a response to the challenges posed by the pandemic to education globally. T4 is building the world’s largest community of teachers and schools and is providing opportunities for educators to network, collaborate, share best practices, and support each other’s efforts to improve learning. T4 works to amplify teachers’ voices because the world in which every child receives a good education will only be built by listening to those at the heart of education. Vikas was previously CEO of a philanthropic foundation, has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and as one of London’s 1,000 most influential persons. Vikas was recently named European regional honouree for the 2022 YPO Global Impact Award.

Dina Powell McCormick

Global Head, Sustainability and Inclusive Growth; Global Head, Sovereign Business, Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC, USA

Dina is global head of sustainability and inclusive growth. In this role, she partners with leaders globally to advance our sustainability efforts across all of our businesses. Dina is also global head of the firm’s sovereign business, responsible for helping build and enhance the firm's relationships with global sovereign clients. She serves on the Management Committee and the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee. Dina rejoined Goldman Sachs in 2018 as a partner in the Investment Banking Division after serving as the US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy from 2017 to 2018.
Dina initially joined the firm in 2007, and from 2007 to 2017, she led the Impact Investing Business and the Environmental Markets Group, which deployed more than $5 billion in market-based loans and equity to drive sustainable economic development and revitalize under-served communities. During this same period, she was also president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, developing and overseeing two major initiatives to drive economic growth and opportunity — 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses — that successfully provided business education and capital to women and small businesses, respectively.
Earlier in her career, Dina served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Undersecretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy and as a senior White House advisor as Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel.
Dina is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Cristina Pozzi

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Edulia Srl, Italy

Cristina is CEO and Co-Founder of Treccani Futura, the new Italian edtech center for formal and non-formal education.
In 2006 she co-founded Wish Days, a company active in prepaid services such as gift cards and gift boxes under the Emozione3 brand, which in 2015 achieved a turnover of 40 million euros and was acquired in 2016 by Smartbox Ltd.
Since 2016, co-founding Impactscool (now Treccani Futura), driven by a passion for innovation and new technologies and by the need to disseminate knowledge in an accessible way, she has dedicated herself to dissemination and to the education sector with the aim of providing young people with the knowledge and skills necessary to face the future as well as to stimulate informed reflection that allows everyone to participate in the construction of our present and future society.

She is Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum (2019-2024) and European Young Leader 2020

She is the author of Benvenuti nel 2050. Changes, criticalities, curiosities. (EGEA, 2019), translated into English under the title Destination 2050. A practical guide to the future (BIP, 2020)
She is co-author of After. Il mondo che ci attende (BOMPIANI, 2021) and the podcast Casual Future. (2020)
Her articles are published, among others, by Agenda of the World Economic Forum, Corriere della Sera, 7.

Cristina is a speaker in 100s of events on topics such as the future, education, new technologies and sustainability and she teaches in many universities and business schools in Italy and abroad.

Ameya Prabhu

Managing Director, NAFA Capital, India

Ameya is an author, financial services entrepreneur & social worker. He is the founder and Managing Partner of UAP Advisors, whose flagship firm, NAFA Capital, focuses on asset management across asset classes & investment banking in the India and other emerging markets. UAP also invests in sustainable sectors such as agribusiness, healthcare, financial inclusion and renewable energy. He is the author of The Rock Babas and other stories, a fictional book of short stories that takes a philosophical outlook on the vagaries of human life. He is a regular columnist his writings have been published my reputed publications such as the HuffPost, The Quint, Business Today amongst others. Ameya serves as a trustee on the board of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha (MSVS), a non-profit organization focused on skill training and skill development in rural & semi urban India with an emphasis on female empowerment. He also serves on the advisory board of The Climate Group and on the India board of MiracleFeet, a global non-profit organization focused on eliminating club foot. Ameya has a Bsc in Economics, Politics and International studies from the University of Warwick, England and a Masters in Financial Management from IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Shalini Puchalapalli

Managing Director and Country Manager, Google Cloud Storage, Google, India

Shalini is Managing Director and Country Head for Google Customer Solutions where she is building the digital ecosystem for India. Prior to her current role, she was the Category Director with Amazon India and CEO for Lehar Foods Business for PepsiCo, where she turned around the business through business model transformation. Shalini did her bachelors in engineering from IIT, Madras, Personnel management from XLRI and MBA from INSEAD.

Shalini is a leader with functional expertise in Sales, Finance, Supply chain and Human resources and deep experience of leading teams in different parts of the world across Eastern and Western Europe, Asia and South America.

Shalini is a keen champion of women’s rights. She has been working in the area of women’s empowerment and prevention of female feticide for the last 25 years. She is a mother of a 16 year old son and attempts to be cool by getting deeper into Avengers and Star wars.

Lewis Pugh

Founder, Lewis Pugh Foundation, South Africa

Lewis Pugh is an ocean advocate and an endurance swimmer. He is the only person to have completed a long distance swim in every ocean of the world. He has pioneered swims in the most challenging environments on earth, including the Antarctic, the North Pole and the Himalayas, and developed an understanding of the beauty and fragility of life and its many ecosystems.

Lewis is a leading figure in efforts to protect our oceans. He is currently working on creating a series of Marine Protected Areas around Antarctica. The negotiations require consensus among 25 countries, a number of which have long standing disputes with one another. The media have dubbed his efforts as "Speedo diplomacy".

Lewis is also one of the world’s foremost inspirational speakers, with TED describing him as "a master story teller”. In 2011 he was inducted into the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was appointed UN Patron of the Oceans. And this year he was named National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year.

Lewis read law at the universities of Cape Town and Cambridge.

Shweta Punj

Deputy Editor, India Today, India

Shweta Punj is a Senior Editor with India's largest and oldest political news magazine, India Today. She writes on political economy and is the author of India's first definitive book on failure, 'Why I Failed.'

She is also the co-founder of Whypoll, an organisation that has been instrumental in using technology and data to target women safety in Delhi.

Zhuang Qian

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, KnowYourself, People's Republic of China

Zhuang Qian is the founder & chief executive officer of KnowYourself. During the last 5 years, she devoted herself in promoting the awareness of mental health within the society. KnowYourself is a start-up with the mission to lead a lifestyle of mental wellness in China. It provides psycho-education and self-care tools (meditation, therapy-e-mail, cognitive behavioral theory based products, etc.) that are adaptive to the current China and Chinese culture for its users. She takes it as her responsibility to participate in the trending digital innovation for the mental health services.