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Mayank Singhal is a career investor focused on technology and growth. Since the inception of ADG in mid 2021, Singhal has already invested over $8 billion across global markets including Asia, Europe and the United States. His recent investments include SpaceX, Chime, Uber Freight, Flipkart, Byju’s, Dream11, Getir and Aleph Farms, amongst others. Singhal’s prior experiences include roles at Temasek, TPG and McKinsey in India. He is also a former advisor to Ratan N Tata, Chairman Emeritus of Tata Group, and helped set up RNT Capital, a $250m venture fund backed by Ratan Tat, to invest in global technology start-ups including CureFit, Ola, Xiaomi, PayTM and AirBnB.
Anjhula Mya Singh Bais
Described by the Sunday Times as “an activist, academic, and an aristocrat out to shatter myths surrounding mental illness and psychology”, Dr. Anjhula Mya Singh Bais is an international psychology trauma specialist and the Chair of the International Board of Amnesty International. Dr. Bais's focus is human rights and mental health through a feminist lens. She was a thought leader and strategist inspiring on psychology, leadership, and human rights on her Lite FM radio show Mind Matters which had a weekly listenership of 1 million. Named a Fellow of the Apolitical Academy, Prestige Magazine's 40 Under 40, and bestowed the Global Citizen Psychologist Citation from the American Psychological Association, Bais is an alumni of Lady Shri Ram College, University College London, Columbia University, The Chicago School, a member of YPO and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. With two decades in the international fashion industry as a model and named a super model by Vogue, Bais's prerequisite for appearing on covers is that staunch attention is paid to body positivity. She has received Savvy's people's choice award for being the role model women most believed in.
Tara Singh Vachani
Tara Singh Vachani is the Managing Director of Antara Senior Living, focused on improving the lives of seniors. Antara Senior Living is the first Indian venture creating vibrant residential communities that offer lifestyle with lifecare. Tara is also engaged with the Max India Foundation.
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.
Jens Martin Skibsted
1994, graduate, ESEC Film School, Paris; 1998, degree in Philosophy, Copenhagen University; 2000, degree in Project Management, University of California, Berkeley; 2011, degree in Cross Media Communication, Copenhagen University. Founder/Partner, Skibsted ID, KiBiSi, Manyone, design consultancies; Founder Ogojiii, African design innovation media. Founder, Biomega, bicycle and urban mobility company. Works collected by Cnap, MoMA, Designmuseum Danmark and SFMoMA; Former member of the Board: Danish Design Coucil (Chair), Design2innovate (Vice-Chair); Danish Design Center; Member of the board: Danfoss Foundation. Co-Author, Expand: Stretching the Future by Design, Instant Icon, Tilbage til Virkeligheden (Back To Reality). Author, blog column in Fast Company, Huffington Post, Core77. Recipient of awards: Wallpaper Design Award; I.D. Consumer Design; Red Dot Award, IF, Good Design Award; European 40 under 40. Member, World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Urban Mobility Transitions."
Dr David Skilling is the founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, an economic and policy advisory firm based in the Netherlands and Singapore. David advises governments, companies, and financial institutions in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe on the impact of global macro, globalisation, and geopolitics, from a small advanced economy perspective. David writes regularly on global economic and political issues, including in a column in Singapore's Straits Times as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Project Syndicate, and Nikkei Asian Review. David has recently served as a Senior Advisor to the McKinsey Centre for Government; as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Foreign Affairs & Trade in New Zealand; and as a Fellow at Singapore’s Civil Service College. Previously, David was an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company in Singapore, as well as being a Senior Fellow with the McKinsey Global Institute. Prior to joining McKinsey at the start of 2009, David was the founding Chief Executive of the New Zealand Institute, a privately funded, non-partisan think-tank. Until 2003, he was a Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Treasury, where he worked primarily on economic growth issues. David has a PhD in Public Policy and a Master's in Public Policy from Harvard University, as well as a Master's of Commerce (Hons) in Economics from the University of Auckland.
E. Benjamin Skinner
E. Benjamin Skinner is Founder and President of Transparentem. Previously, he was Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University. He was named one of National Geographic’s “Adventurers of the Year 2008.” His first book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery (Free Press; 2008), was awarded the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for nonfiction, a citation from the Overseas Press Club in its book category for 2008, and a finalist for The Ryszard Kapuscinski International Award for literary reportage in 2011.
Previously he held a fellowship at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and worked as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. His 50+ chapters, monographs, and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Bloomberg Businessweek, Time, Newsweek, Travel + Leisure, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and others. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.
Tebogo Skwambane is a Partner at McKinsey and Company based in South Africa. Tebogo has been a Strategy and Management consultant for 15 years. Tebogo was a Monitor Group Global Partner & Managing Partner of Monitor South Africa, 2011-2013. Tebogo has worked extensively on enhancing the entrepreneurial ecosystems across East, West and Southern Africa with a view to accelerating growth of SME businesses and entrepreneurial activity in those markets through encouraging collaboration between public and private sectors In 2005 Tebogo co-founded North Road Consulting, a strategy and operational consulting firm in South Africa. North Road consulting worked with clients listed and private, for-profit and not-for-profit in industries ranging from mining, manufacturing, logistics, and financial services to advertising. Tebogo has worked with clients on growth strategies, operational turnaround, performance improvement and management, organizational restructuring and organizational effectiveness. In 2011 North Road Consulting merged with The Monitor Group.
Before founding North Road Consulting Tebogo worked for Bain and Company, in the US, UK and South Africa. Tebogo has held managerial positions at Eskom Enterprises where she was Strategy Manager in the CEO’s office, and in financial services at the International Finance Corporation, World Bank, in Washington D.C. and at Brown Brothers Harriman and Company in Boston. Tebogo was previously an independent nonexecutive director on the boards of Actom, EOH Holdings, Polyoak Packaging Holdings and Daimler Fleet Management. Tebogo is a Trustee of The Lonely Road Foundation, a foundation that supports orphans and vulnerable children in disadvantaged communities. Tebogo has served on the local Johannesburg chapter board as well as the Europe, Africa and Middle East Regional Council for the Entrepreneurship Organisation. In February 2011 Tebogo was selected as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and as a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leaders Network Consulting Experience:
• Strategy & organization
• Operational turnaround and performance improvement
• Organizational restructuring
• Entrepreneurship and SME development
Education: MBA (Harvard Business School), B.A.(Honours) in Government (Dartmouth College)
Lawyer, geologist, entrepreneur, investor and social entrepreneur. Chairman, Papua New Guinea superannuation investment fund Nambawan Super ($3 billion in investments) and food company Paradise Company Limited, developing entrepreneurship ecosystem in the Pacific islands as founder of Kumul Foundation in partnership with UNDP and Australian Aid. Directorships and interests in climate change, responsible extractives, financial inclusion, telecommunications, banking and pharmaceutical industries.
Edward "Smitty" Smith has emerged as a rising star in the technology and telecommunications policy arenas.
A graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School, he translated his academic success into professional success as a corporate attorney at one of the world’s largest law firms, Hogan Lovells. While in private practice as a corporate lawyer, Smitty advised clients and helped close over $40 billion worth of merger transactions for publicly traded companies.
Smitty left his firm to join the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. After the campaign, Smitty served as Deputy General Counsel of the Presidential Inauguration Committee and joined the Obama Administration.
At the Department of Commerce, Smitty spearheaded national broadband programs that generated critical data about broadband availability and capability and leveraged technology to create new economic opportunities for millions of Americans. After an emergency detail to the Economic Development Administration, where he led teams developing economic response strategies in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Smitty joined the Federal Communications Commission where he served as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel for a special technology taskforce
Smitty left the FCC to run in the first election for Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Though he lost in a hotly contested race, Smitty received over 35,000 votes citywide and gained the endorsements of nearly every major union and labor organization in the District.
Smitty entered local government and served in the Mayor’s Cabinet as the Director of the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants.He then returned to the FCC as Legal Advisor to the Chairman.
Smitty is now a Partner at the international law firm of DLA Piper, where he advises clients on a broad range of telecommunications and technology issues in countries around the globe.
Elaine Smith Genser
Elaine Smith Genser is passionate about helping multilateral institutions and companies develop effective partnerships that leverage the power of the private sector to have a major impact on the world. She began working in the social sector in 2011 after 20-year career in the financial industry working for global investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, and JP Morgan as a trader and research sales manager. In 2013 Elaine was elected a Young Global Leader (YGL) of the World Economic Forum. She holds a BBA from Univ. Mackenzie, an MBA from Univ. Sao Paulo-FIA, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Owner/President Management Program (OPM). She also completed executive programs in leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Gov't, Yale School of Mgm't, and Saïd Business School at Oxford University.
Her work in the social sector has included applying her business skills to social organizations in the areas of underprivileged youth, financial literacy, and impact investing. She is a Member of the YGL Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum and Member of the Selection Committee of the Annual Global Teacher Prize of Varkey Foundation.
Elaine worked in New York at the World Economic Forum from 2015 to 2018 as Manager of the Global Future Council of Financial and Monetary Systems and was also Community Lead for Banking and Capital Markets. She spent two years as a consultant with the World Bank Group in the Global Engagement & Partnerships, External and Corporate Relations Team, advising on the development and implementation of the Bank’s partnership strategy as well as to contributing to the thinking and formulation of the optimal financial vehicles for corporate partnerships and philanthropy to deliver the Bank’s mission. She also consulted with the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) on efforts to highlight the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Women Owned Business.
Most recently she joined the United Nations Joint SDG Fund as a consulting focusing on engagement and partnerships development efforts.
Marie So is Co-Founder of Shokay and Ventures in Development, a non-profit that catalyses the creation of social enterprises in the greater China region. She previously worked for the United Nations Development Programme, Dubai Development and Investment Authority, Procter & Gamble and Merrill Lynch. So graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master's degree in Public Administration and International Development, and a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Engineering and Management Science from Northwestern University. She also attended the United World College of the Pacific (UWC). So sits on several government steering committees and foundation boards in Hong Kong. She is a recipient of the Echoing Green Fellow 2008 and an Asia 21 Young Leader 2008.