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Shokei Suda

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Enigmo Inc., Japan

Shokei Suda is Co-Founder and CEO of Enigmo, which operates BUYMA.com, Japan's largest social fashion website. BUYMA offers a reliable shopping experience through its unique escrow payment system, optimized social shopping interface and in-house customer service division. Enigmo is listed with 1st section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. We also operates BUYMA.us for English speaking countries and launched traveling service named BUYMA TRAVEL.
He earned a Master's degree in Computer Science.
He completed the Sahara Desert Marathon, the Antarctic Triathlon and Amazon Jungle Marathon.

Fainy Sukenik

Founder and Chairperson, Ba'asher Telchi, Israel

Fainy Sukenik has worked to reverse stigma and isolation in highly conservative communities across Israel as the Founder of Baasher Telchi, an organization that support ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox women dealing with separation and divorce. She has been named one of the 40 most influential people in Israel.

Omar Sultan Al Olama

Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, Office of the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, United Arab Emirates

Omar bin Sultan Al Olama was appointed Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work of the United Arab Emirates in 2020. He joined the government in 2017 as Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, where he was responsible for enhancing government performance by investing the latest technologies and tools of artificial intelligence and applying them in various sectors. Al Olama is also the Managing Director of the World Government Summit in the Prime Minister’s Office at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, and Deputy Director of the Future Department at the Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, where he contributed to the preparation of the UAE Centennial 2071 strategy and the UAE 4th Industrial Revolution Strategy. Al Olama has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the American University of Dubai, and a Diploma in Project Management and Excellence from the American University of Sharjah.

Christy Lei Sun

Chief Marketing Officer, Yatsen Global, People's Republic of China

Christy is dedicated to developing Chinese leading cosmetic brand -Perfect Diary and luxury skincare business, managing marketing and public relationships. She is committed to exploring C-beauty and empowering women in China and around the world to discover, create and preserve beauty. Christy was awarded “CMO Power List TOP 50”, and she holds a bachelor's degree from Sun Yat-sen University and MBA from Yale University.

Dorjee Sun

Chief Executive Officer, Perlin.net, Singapore

Project Manager, Perlin.net, an international trade based blockchain facilitating digitalized trade documents on the blockchain with its strategic partnerships and support from the International Chamber of Commerce and the Singapore Government. Formerly: Chief Operating Officer, Santiment.net, a cryptocurrency big data industry leader. Adviser and investor into blockchain projects. Social entrepreneur who has co-founded 20 companies with 2 acquisitions and 4 exits and assets sales. Founder and Director, Home Group. Director, Carbon Conservation. Recipient of honours and awards, including: named by TIME Magazine as a “Hero of the Environment”; honoured by African Rainforest Conservancy with the Earth Day Award and by naming a newly discovered blue spotted species of chameleon from the Tanzania rainforest – the “Kinyongia dorjeesuni”; CPA Top 20 Business Leader; one of Esquire Magazine’s 5 Gentlemen of Philanthropy; Asialink Leaders Program Alumni Award; named an Asia Society 21 Fellow; World Cities Summit Future Leader. Teaches entrepreneurship to PhDs and engineering students at UNSW and Macquarie University. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Board, Climate Reality. Work has been covered in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, TIME, Esquire, ABC, PBS, BBC, Discovery, CNBC, Sydney Morning Herald and other media outlets.

Paweł Surówka

Chief Executive Officer, Eurocash, Poland

As Chief Executive Officer, PZU, a leading insurance company in Poland with operations in five countries, heads Central Eastern Europe's biggest financial group. Chairman, Pekao, Poland's second largest bank. Has led PZU to engage in an ambitious new strategy that aims to transform it into one of Europe's most innovative financial services companies with a strong accent on social responsibility. Having lived, studied and worked in Poland, Germany and France, personally committed to building stronger ties across Europe.

Steve Suryadinata

Managing Director, BSA Land, Indonesia

Steve Suryadinata – Founder, Mata Investments, Indonesia
Steve is the founder of Mata Investments, a private investment company focusing on early-stage, growth capital, and property investments in Southeast Asia.
He has a strong family background in coal mining, previously being one of the major shareholders of the largest coking coal mine in Southeast Asia. Since 2015 however, Steve has taken an ESG-driven approach and exited the coal industry. Today through Mata Investments, Steve is a big believer in impact investing and actively seek for opportunities in the sector. One of the more notable companies under the group is BSA Land, the largest property developer in Indonesia specializing in the middle-class sector. Highly driven by impact, the company shifted its strategy from the high-end to the middle-class sector, where it currently takes a leading role in the private sector to ease the 8 million housing backlog that Indonesia currently faces. With 30 projects across Indonesia, the company has built over 20,000 of residential and commercial units where it caters primarily to young families, newlyweds, and millennials. It has also stimulated and supported close to 10,000 SMEs through its innovative and highly affordable commercial developments all over the country.

Christoph Sutter

Member of the Executive Board, Axpo Power Ltd, Switzerland

Christoph Sutter is an entrepreneur and intrapreneur in the field of sustainable development with a focus on renewable energy. He is a Member of the Management Board and Head Renewable Energies at Axpo Power AG. Before joining Axpo, he was the CEO of South Pole Group, a company he co-founded in 2006 and that is globally active in the area of climate change and renewable energy. Prior to that he worked as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Company. He has done his PhD on the subject of sustainability assessment of energy projects at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Christoph Sutter is an investor and non-executive Board member of several companies in the field of sustainable development. He was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the Schwab Foundation.

Sara Sutton

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, FlexJobs, USA

Sara Sutton has long been passionate about helping people find jobs that make their lives better. She is currently the CEO and Founder of FlexJobs, the leading service for professional flexible job opportunities, and in 1995 she co-Founded JobDirect, later sold to Korn|Ferry International in 2000. During her career, Sutton has been featured by CNN, BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fast Company and hundreds of media outlets as an expert in the online employment market. Sutton believes that a modern workplace should address the needs of today's workforce, and that utilizing workplace technology to support telecommuting and flexible work will achieve societal, environmental, and economic benefits for both employees and employers. In support of that belief, Sutton launched the 1 Million for Work Flexibility in 2013, Remote.co in 2015, and The TRaD* Works Forum (*Telecommuting, Remote, and Distributed). She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Eikei Suzuki

Governor, Mie Prefectural Government, Japan

Degree in Economics, Tokyo University. Former: member of Prime Minister Abe's residential staff during Abe's first administration; official in Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. 2011, elected Governor of Mie Prefecture, becoming the youngest prefectural governor in Japan. As Governor, has proactively promoted prefecture within and beyond the nation's borders. Active political figure on the national level. Has been working to secure visa exemptions for Brazilian citizens travelling to Japan. Working to restore the prefecture's fiscal position. Member of the current administration's Fertility Crisis Taskforce and one of only two prefectural governors to have ever taken paternity leave. Recipient of an award recognizing contribution to tourism in Taiwan (2014).

Noor Sweid

General Partner, Global Ventures, United Arab Emirates

Noor Sweid is a visionary and tenacious leader. Recently named one of the World's Top 50 Women in Tech, she drives venture capital in the region. She once served as Chief Investment Officer in the Dubai Future Foundation and made history as the first woman to lead an IPO in the Middle East.

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho

President, Igarape Institute, Brazil

Ilona Szabó de Carvalho is a civic entrepreneur and thought leader. She is the co-founder and president of the Igarapé Institute – a global think and do tank focused on physical, digital and climate security, working at the intersection of research, new technologies, communications and public policy. The Institute works with governments, the private sector and civil society to co-design partnerships and solutions to complex challenges, including the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement targets. Igarapé was ranked the number one social policy think tank in the world by Prospect in 2019 and has received several awards.
Ilona was nominated a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum in 2015 and in 2020 as one of the world's top 50 thinkers for the Covid-19 age by Prospect Magazine. She serves on several boards, including the UNSG High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism. Ilona is a columnist at Folha de São Paulo, a podcast and TV anchor and commentator, a TED speaker and an author of 3 books.
She earned a Master’s Degree in International Studies from Uppsala University in Sweden. She is an affiliate scholar at the Princeton University Brazil Lab, and was a public policy fellow at Columbia University in NY.
She has extensive experience leading global networks. Between 2011 and 2016 she was the Executive-Secretary of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, a network of former presidents, entrepreneurs, and public intellectuals, including Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Richard Branson, and the former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. She was also the co-founder of the AGORA civic movement that aims to shape and help implement a new vision and public policy agenda in Brazil. In the mid-2000s she coordinated a national campaign on responsible gun control in Brazil and previously she worked for 5 years in investment banks in Rio de Janeiro.