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Kush Saxena

A technology, strategy and business leader with global experience across financial services, healthcare and retail, Kush Saxena has driven initiatives that have sharply differentiated Mastercard's role in inclusion and digital identity. Additionally, Saxena co-founded Democracy Connect, a crowd-sourced advisory and information platform for Indian Members of Parliament.

Marietje Schaake

Director, International Policy, Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University, USA

Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center’s International Policy Director, as well as an International Policy Fellow at the university’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. In addition to that, serves as President of the CyberPeace Institute. 2009 to 2019, Member of European Parliament for the Dutch Liberal Democratic Party, focussing on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Regularly speaks at conferences and in international media. Affiliated with a number of non-profits, including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India, and writes a bi-weekly column for the Dutch NRC newspaper.

Eva Scherer

EVP, Global Head of Investor Relations, Siemens, Germany

Eva Scherer is a leader in the Siemens finance community and a diversity advocate. She took over the regional Chief Financial Officer role at age 27 to set up the Middle East/Asia-Pacific headquarters for the Building Technologies division in Singapore. Secured various projects promoting energy efficiency and sustainability across the region, including the company's involvement in the Greener Government Buildings programme in Australia. After five years in Asia, transferred to Germany in 2017 to head the global finance and controlling function for the Mobility division and played an instrumental role in setting up Siemens Mobility as separately managed company within the Siemens Group. From 2020 to 2022 she led the Rail Infrastructure and Software businesses at Siemens Mobility as Chief Financial Officer with the mission of making sustainable transport easily and conveniently accessible to foster decarbonization and improve air quality. As of October 2022, she was appointed Head of Group Investor Relations at Siemens, and serves as interface between Siemens and the capital markets, while continuing to fight for reducing emissions and making air breathable for everyone as the Co-chair of the World Economic Forum‘s Alliance for Clean Air.

Marlène Schiappa

Secretary of State for Social and Solidarity Economy and Associative Life, Office of the Prime Minister of France, France

Diploma in communication and new media. She started as Assistant, new media, Euro agency RSCG. Journalist for Editorial Director of a news agency. Founder and President of the network “Mom works”. Deputy to the Mayor of Le Mans, Mr Jean-Claude Boulard. Responsible of the department Gender Parity of the Party En Marche!. Community Advisor, representative French Tech at Le Mans Métropole.

2016, joined the government as Advisor for the economic competitiveness and technological innovation; and then joined the Minister of Family, Children and Rights for Women. Since May 2017, current position.

Author of numerous articles on the gender parity. Wrote numerous papers, researches and books.

Christopher Schläffer

Founder, CEO and Chairman, NYOUM, United Kingdom

Christopher Schlaeffer is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of NYOUM, the London-based generative AI company. He previously served as Chief Digital Officer of VEON (NASDAQ: VEON), Chief Product and Innovation Officer of Deutsche Telekom (XETRA: DTE), CEO of T-Online International as well as CMO of T-Mobile International. Christopher is a Member of the Board at Amnesty International. Together with Andy Rubin, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, Peter Chou and Cole Brodman he unveiled the world's first mobile phone based on Android, T-Mobile G1 in 2008. In 2007, he and Tim Cook closed Apple's first partnership on iPhone outside the US. Christopher started his career with Accenture. Christopher has been recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader and ranked one of the Top50 Innovators To Watch. He takes an avid interest in promoting an open information society, science, equality and arts and graduated from the Vienna University of Economics.

Leo Schlesinger

Chief Executive Officer, Aliat Universidades, Mexico

Leo Schlesinger has an MBA from London Business School and additional courses at LBS, Yale, Harvard and Michigan University. He began his professional career in 1992 at Sun Chemical in New York and then joined Citigroup´s Global Leadership Program which took him to Santiago, Sao Paulo and London where he stayed until 2002 when he moved to Cigna International Europe and then Cigna USA. In 2005 he joined Gruponueva, a USD 1.4BN Swiss Private Equity fund as Corporate Vice President and he sat at the boards of the controlled companies (Masisa, Amanco, Plycem) where he restructured, merged and sold several of them. In 2007 Leo moved to Mexico as the CEO of Masisa.

In 2015 he became the CEO of Aliat Universidades (a PE company from Tresalia Capital); one of the major higher education private-for profit groups with presence in 15 Mexican states, +50 campus and 54,000 students. Aliat it’s the fastest growing Private for profit University group in Mexico and it includes 16 higher education institutions/ brands that teach from High School, Bachelors, Master and post graduate degrees both in traditional classrooms and online.

Leo in 2010 he was recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, also he has been awarded the Global SEN award as the CEO of the year by the Young Presidents Organization, was named Chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Natural Capital, and currently is the president of the Young Presidents Organization Mexico City Chapter.
He also is a board member of KIO Networks, Subastas Ventura, a mentor at Endeavor and Ashoka and the Vice President of the Board of Trustees at the American School Foundation. He is the writer of “Mi mejor yo” (“my best self”) published by Pearson which has sold over 40,000 copies.

Raphael Schoentgen

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hydrogen Advisors, France

MA in Engineering, Ecole des Mines de Paris; MBA, Corps des Mines. Formerly: National Expert to the European Competition Directorate; Head of the Economic Development Department, France's northern region; Adviser for International and European Affairs to the Minister of France in charge of energy, telecommunications and industry; senior executive in a number of companies, including Alcatel-Lucent China, Gas de France Mexico and Degremont France; 2009-14, President, GDF SUEZ China. 2014-2017, Member of the Executive Commitee and Director Research & Technologies (CTO) ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ). 2018, Founder and CEO of Hydrogen Advisors. Board Member of French Institute of Petroleum and New Energies since 2014. Elected President of Hydrogen Europe 2016-2017 and Chairman of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (EU fund for the sector). Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member, Young Global Leaders of the France-China Foundation and Young Global Leaders of the World Cities Summit.

Anneliese Schulz

Chief Revenue Officer, Syncron AB, Singapore

Today being part of CvP & Partners as Managing Partner, I have the opportunity to act as Chief Sales Officer for Syncron AB and member of the Group Management Team, one of the fastest growing SaaS companies headquarters in Sweden in their pursuit of enabling digital transformation for the manufacturing industry.

Anneliese has been previously acting as the youngest Regional President in Software AG’s history having lead their Asia Pacific and Japan business operations and having been a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team.

Her achievements externally working with customers and partners to transform their operations to the digital world as well as internally to transformation the Software AG operation in region led her to be recognised as “Business Leader of the Year” at the 2019 “Women in IT Asia” Awards, to be shortlisted as the "Transformation Leader of the Year" at the 2020 "Women in IT Asia" Awards and to be called out as part of the top 100 list of Women in Tech Listing in 2020. Anneliese is committed towards gender equality, multi-culturalism, and employee engagement. She has been leading her regional team on diversity and inclusion which she views as key innovation enabler and actively promotes in her work environment growth mindset principles and purpose-lead operations.

Keith Schwab

Associate Professor of Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), USA

1990, BA in Physics, University of Chicago; 1996, PhD in Physics, University of California, Berkeley. 1996-2000, Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Scholar, California Institute of Technology; 2000-06, Senior Physicist, National Security Agency; Since 2006, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell University. Since 2000, Adjunct Professor of Physics, University of Maryland, College Park; 2002, Visiting Professor, Centre for Quantum Computing Technology, University of New South Wales; 2006, Associate Professor of Physics, Cornell. 1997-2000, Affiliate Member, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; 2003, named one of 50 most influential men in America under 38 years old, Details Magazine and one of 10 most innovative in America under 40 years old, Fortune Magazine; 2002, named one of world's top 100 innovators in science and technology, MIT's Technology Review magazine.

Nicole Schwab

Co-Head, Nature-Based Solutions; Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Master’s in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; MA in Natural Sciences, Cambridge University. Formerly, worked on health sector reform projects in Latin America, World Bank and the Ministry of Health of Bolivia. 2004-06, Founding Director, Forum of Young Global Leaders. 2009-2018 Co-Founder and President, EDGE Certified Foundation, a global scheme certifying organizations for closing the gender gap in the workplace. Facilitator and Strategic Advisor to non-profit organizations active in reforestation, wellbeing and women’s empowerment. Author of The Heart of the Labyrinth, a spiritual parable offering a message of Earth-centered wisdom.

Daniel Schwartz

Chief Executive Officer, Dynamica Inc., USA

Daniel Schwartz is CEO of Porticus, chairman of the board of Dynamica, co-creator
of Arbinet, and the former Executive Director of
the Elie Wiesel Foundation.
Daniel board service includes Synergos, Porticus,
GAVI Campaign, YPO, & CEO. He is a member
of CFR, the Synergos Global Philanthropist
Circle and is a Senior Advisor to the Synergos
Institute on Cuba.
Daniel received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees
from Harvard University. He was named as one
of the 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow by the
World Economic Forum.

Aron Schwarzkopf

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Kushki, USA

Aron is an Ecuadorian-American serial entrepreneur. He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kushki, the leading payment infrastructure company in Latin America. Most recently he served as Founder and CEO of Leaf, a financial technology company based in Cambridge, MA. Leaf was purchased in 2014 by Heartland Payment Systems (now Global Payments NYSE: GPN).