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Aashmi Rajya Lakshmi Rana
Aashmi Rana is the Founder and Managing Director of Rana Global Pvt. Ltd, a public relations management consultancy firm that helps clients solve issues, create value, maximize growth and improve business performance. The profile of clients she works with include IFIs, BFIs, Bilateral & Multi-lateral agencies, along with non-profits and government. As the MD of Rana Global, she currently provides business development strategy support to international firms who are looking to establish and expand their businesses in Nepal. She is the sole manager to oversee production, design and manufacturing of pashmina and knitwear through her company Rana Collections. The company is also involved in real-estate development, renewable energy and banking sector. Aashmi was a part of the Advisory Council for the Ministry of Industry in 2017, strategically guiding the leadership. Further, she serves on the Board for Shahid Gangalal Hospital, the best cardiac center in the country. She is also a national council member of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries and leads the women’s group in CNI. In addition, she’s on the Executive Committee for the Nepal Britain Chamber of Commerce. Aashmi was the only participant from Nepal in the International Women Leadership-Mentoring Program that was jointly organized by the US State Government and Fortune 500 Most Powerful Women in May 2007 in USA
Tanvi Ratna is a policy advisor specializing in digital currencies and emerging technologies. She has worked for leading global decision-makers such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the US Foreign Affairs Committee on Capital Hill, and several ministries and state governments, handling policy design, execution, and liaison in live, complex policy environments. Her analysis has been featured in leading media networks such as CNBC, BBC, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, CoinDesk, CoinTelegraph, and Economic Times. She holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Georgia Tech and a Master's in Public Policy from Georgetown University and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
Anushka is the Founder and Executive Director of myAgro. She has worked in rural Africa since mid-2008, helping to increase market access for small-scale farmers. Prior to starting myAgro, she developed key components of One Acre Fund’s core operation model, created management-training programs and traveled across Africa and South Asia in search of innovations in the microfinance and agricultural sectors. Before joining One Acre Fund, Anushka was an early employee of Kiva.org and created the Kiva Fellows Program. Anushka received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and her agricultural training from smallholder farmers in Bungoma, Kenya. Anushka is considered a leader in digital solutions for smallholder farmers and is a featured speaker in many high profile events to lend her voice to financial inclusion, agriculture, gender inclusion and agriculture.
Byju Raveendran is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BYJU'S, an EdTech created from his passion to create self-initiated and lifelong learners. A teacher by choice and an entrepreneur by chance, he launched BYJU'S Learning App in India in 2015 and has helped 150 million students learn better.
Hriday is the Global chief technology & information officer at BT. He and his team are responsible for thought leadership with a focus on BT’s technology strategy and transformation. Currently leading the charge on creating a digital native business for BT. He is recognised as one of the youngest CTIOs in the industry as well as in the history of BT. Hriday is passionate about exploiting emerging technologies such as AI/machine learning, deep analytics and 5G. His success in this field has come from a practical approach that uses technology innovation as a tool for business transformation, driving measurable business outcomes as well as future step change. He has more than a decade of global experience in IT/telecoms, outsourcing and large scale business transformation. Hriday is also committed to societal development and is passionate about providing technological solutions as a force for good to drive change. As the chairman of BT India Purpose Board he has been working in collaboration with the British Asian Trust and partner NGOs to deliver several initiatives for under developed communities in India. Hriday has an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from University of Edinburgh and also an MSc in Major Programs from Oxford University.
Catherine Raw is the executive responsible for the North America region of Barrick Gold Corporation, one of the world's leading mining companies producing gold and copper. She was formerly Chief Financial Officer of Barrick. She joined Barrick in May 2015 as Executive Vice President, Business Performance. She was previously a Managing Director at BlackRock where she was Co-Manager of BlackRock’s flagship mining equity funds. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a MA in Natural Sciences, with first class honors, from Downing College, University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College, London.
Dr. Nina Rawal is Partner and Co-Head of Trill Impact Ventures, a leading impact investing house. She previously headed the life science investment team at Industrifonden, a USD 800m VC fund. Previous experience also includes Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and VP Strategy and Ventures at Gambro (Baxter Group). She serves on the boards of Cinclus Pharma and Stockholms Sjukhem, a non-profit hospital.
Nina holds a MSc in Biomedicine and a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology, both from the Karolinska Institute with research work done at Columbia University and Hopital la Salpetriere. Recognition for her work includes the selection as a WEF Young Global Leader and a '40 under 40 - European Young Leader.
Sarah Rawson is an Actuary by trade, and quickly rose to become one of the youngest Managing Directors at Swiss Re. She is responsible for a large portfolio of Life & Health Insurance coverages across several countries. Sarah leads 280 people from many cultural backgrounds and serves as the Appointed Actuary for Swiss Re Europe and a member of Swiss Re's Management Committee. She is an influential voice for key decisions on topics that are often strategic but complex and provides significant steer to the business.
Kristin Rechberger is CEO of Dynamic Planet, a firm that helps advance and invest in markets that restore nature. Through a combination of new business models, blended finance, cutting-edge technology, public-private partnerships, and leadership engagement, we help develop conservation businesses that maximize environmental, social and economic returns to regenerate landscapes, seascapes and communities. Prior to founding Dynamic Planet in 2012, Kristin was Senior Vice President of Global Programs and Partnerships at the National Geographic Society, where over 14 years she helped lead its global expansion and impact through the launch and growth of its international cable channels, corporate partnerships, leadership gifts, and research, conservation, exploration, and education programs. Before National Geographic, Kristin lived in Seoul, Korea as a Luce Foundation Fellow and traveled extensively throughout Asia for four more years, designing inclusive educational systems and producing documentary films. In 2009 Kristin was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, where she has served on the Advisory Council and working groups including oceans, the circular economy, and the future of global development. She is an active advisory board member of National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism platform, Global Island Partnership, Global Dignity, the Environmental Investigation Agency, the Environmental Film Festival, and the Anacostia Waterfront Trust. Kristin has a public policy degree and documentary film certificate from Duke University and has completed executive programs at Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Oxford. She is certified with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Kristin has a wide variety of productions and publications, and her work has taken her to the wildest places on the planet, from the tropics to the Arctic.
Lee is a visionary technologist and remarkable people leader. His technical genius, loving, positive nature, and intense curiosity propelled him to successfully build a revolutionary company in the agriculture space, Blue River Technologies. They are building robots with cameras that detect every plant and spray just the weeds. Lee has been passionate about bringing this technology to market and its significant impact on improving agriculture on a global scale. Because of the technical decisions Lee helped make early on, this technology can scale across the earth, and it's impressive that he's attained market dominance in this innovative multidisciplinary area seeing this cause through for so long (10+ years). Lee is an active leader in the Forbes 30 under 30 community leading international travel, hosting dinner events, and accelerating this group's mission. Lees has been an active mentor to startups, working with several in the technology and cancer detection space. His philanthropic efforts include advising and donating to a non-profit called Marci, an organization that combats child sex trafficking, and co-founding the non-profit Hands-On Robotics that is developing dog robots for education purposes. Lee has been a speaker at multiple technology and educational conferences, led John Deers' internal training in machine learning of 5,000 employees and over 100 engineers, and has made curriculum recommendations changes to over ten universities in the US.
Atika Rehman is a journalist with over a decade of experience working as a reporter and editor in Pakistan. She is now based in the UK, where she is the foreign correspondent for Dawn, a widely respected English daily in Pakistan. Atika covers a breadth of local and international stories. She reports on Pakistani politics and the sizeable British Pakistani community in the UK and covers major developing stories such as Brexit, the elections and landmark court cases. Previously, she was the Managing Editor of Dawn.com, Pakistan's highest traffic English news site which has a digital audience of 90 million a month. Currently, Atika is also the Deputy Editor at The Third Pole, a digital publication which covers Asia's water crisis and its effects on migration, food security and livelihoods. Her work has earned both national and international recognition. Atika is a 2019 Acumen Fellow.
Marcel S. Reichart
Advisor, Executive and Investor with global network and expertise, specialised in creative, technology and growth industries as well as in corporate, capital market and communication capacities.
Young Global Leader World Economic Forum (2005), Former Member Chief Strategy Officer Community, Former Member of the Global Agenda Council for Branding and Marketing, aiding the selection of the WEF Technology Pioneers, former associate to German Federal Minister of Economy, former Executive Vice President and Corporate Centre Board Member of Bertelsmann and former Executive Vice President RTL Group; former Managing Director and Chief of Staff, Hubert Burda Media, Co-Founder and former Co-Director DLD Conference.
Graduated from Otto-Beisheim-School of Corporate Management (WHU), PhD in Economic Sciences