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Dr. Tej Tadi is an engineer and cognitive neuroscientist who studied at the EPFL. He has filed several patents and his research has been published in the journal Science. The World Economic Forum selected him as a Young Global Leader in 2015 and he is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He was awarded the Swiss Entrepreneur of the Year prize in 2016. He has been featured in Fortune, Forbes, TechCrunch and Wired.
MindMaze is a neuro-technology company building the ability to decode the brain. The technology is based on a decade of rigorous work at the intersection of neuroscience, mixed reality and AI.
On June 12, 2018, MindMaze has announced that it has obtained FDA clearance to launch its portable neurorehabilitation product, MindMotion™ GO, in the United States. Together with MindMotion PRO (which received FDA clearance in 2017), MindMotion GO is the next offering in the company’s continuum of care, providing gamified neurorehabilitation therapy.
Hadia Tajik (born 18 July 1983) is a Norwegian jurist, journalist and politician. In 2015 she was elected Vice Chair of the Norwegian Labour Party, and vice head of the Labour Party Parliamentary group. She is also the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice in Parliament. In 2012 Tajik was appointed Minister of Culture, and was then, at the age of 29, the youngest minister ever to serve in a Norwegian government. She was also the first ever Muslim, and the first of Asian heritage. Tajik has been a Member of Parliament since 2009. Previous to this she was political advisor to the minister of Labour and Social Inclusion, and to the Prime Minister of Norway – at the age of 24 at the time, the youngest ever to advise a Norwegian Prime Minister. By education Tajik has a BA in journalism, an MA in Human Rights and a law degree.
Starting the bio venture in 2013 while a doctoral student in molecular bioscience at the University of Tokyo, Takahashi's company anlyzes saliva to see what a people's genetics can tell about their current and future health. Individuals send the same directly to the firm, and it returns the results in four to six weeks, all for around $400. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Sciences and Technology recognized her as one of the researchers who are contributing to major innovation in science and technology in Japan in 2016.
Kohey Takashima is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Oisix, an online grocery store that has built its business delivering organic foods to individuals throughout Japan. It is the largest Internet-based food retailer in Japan, with 1 million unique visitors a month and over US$ 150 million in sales. Takashima is also an Executive Board Member of Table for Two, a non-profit organization which simultaneously addresses hunger in the developing world and lifestyle-related diseases in the developed world. Previously, he worked for McKinsey & Company handling e-commerce projects. Takashima was a Member of the Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan in 2007, and a Member of the Research Committee for Agriculture, Commerce and Industry Partnerships of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2009. He received the Porter Prize in 2008. Takashima holds an MA in Engineering from the University of Tokyo.
Aarti Takoordeen is a qualified CA, from the age of 24 years, younger than most, she paved her way through the Technology industry and was Finance Director by 29 years of age. Aarti is now the CFO of the JSE and excited about significantly contributing to the local South African environment for the first time in her career. Aarti is passionate about breaking the mould of traditional finance professionals and being seen as a value adding business partner in our professional sphere of influence.
Raenette Taljaard is an independent consultant and analyst. She was a Senior Lecturer in the Political Studies Department of the University of CTown (UCT), where she taught public policy from 2010-2015. She is a former Member of the South African Parliament and was one of the youngest women ever to be elected in South Africa when she first entered Parliament in 1999. During her period in office, she was the Shadow Minister of Finance for the Opposition from 2002-2004. She resigned in 2005. She taught courses in Public Financial Management and Utility Regulation as a Senior Lecturer at the School for Public and Development Management at WITS University (2005-2007) and was Director of the Helen Suzman Foundation (2006-2009) before moving to the University of Cape Town. Taljaard holds a BA in Law, Hons in Political Studies, and an MA in Political Studies/International Relations from the University of Johannesburg and an MSc in Public Policy and Administration from LSE. She is pursuing her PhD and continuing work on the role of private military companies in theatres of action, publishing and lecturing.
Nick Talwar is a Partner at Apis Partners, a growth equity investor in emerging markets, technology-focused financial services companies. Apis specializes in supporting successful operators and entrepreneurs scale across borders and product lines.
Prior to Apis Nick spent 20 years as a builder and operator for technology and financial services businesses. Most recently he was the Global Head of Vehicle Solutions at Uber, which is focused on providing vehicle access to individuals in over 70 countries who want to work and need access to the means by which to do so. Prior to Uber, he was Amazon's executive responsible for leading the company's global lending business unit, leveraging Amazon’s relationships with millions of businesses to serve them in ways the traditional financial services industry can’t. He has led Visa's credit card business in North America and spent several years at Citi, with his last role as Country Manager for Citibank in Sweden, a digital bank in the market.
Nck began his professional career at the management consulting firm Bain & Company, and worked at Schwab Bank, where he was a founding director of the online bank and ran the deposits business.
Nick has lived and worked internationally for more than twenty years across North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America. He has a personal interest in financial inclusion and has served on the global and US boards of Accion.
Nick has a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.
Master’s in Bioelectrical Engineering, MIT; PhD/MBA, Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, EpiBone, a company using stem cells and digital fabrication to engineer patient-specific skeletal implants. McKinsey Alum, Fulbright Scholar. Co-author, Super Cells, a book exploring how biology is powering the 4th industrial revolution. Interests: yoga, meditation, surfing, drinking wine and eating cheese, cats.
Donald Tang is managing partner of Celadon Partners. Prior to that, he was the Chief Executive Officer of D. E. Shaw & Co. (Asia Pacific) Limited, in which capacity he oversaw the operations of the D. E. Shaw group’s main investment office in Asia. He started his career at Citadel Investment Group, L.L.C. Donald graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor of science degrees in computer science and business administration, and a minor in computational finance.
In addition to being the first woman and youngest executive to hold her position, Stacey Tank serves five non-profit boards, including those focused on environmental impact and the arts.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Tokopedia, an Indonesian technology company with a leading marketplace. Launched in 2009, Tokopedia has a mission to democratize commerce through technology. The company's vision is to build an ecosystem where anyone can start and discover anything. Today, Tokopedia empowers millions of merchants and users across its marketplace, logistics, payments and financial technology businesses. In 2019, Tokopedia contribute to more than 1% of Indonesia economy. Young Global Leaders, World Economic Forum.
CEO and Founding Managing Partner of Insignia Ventures Partners. Adjunct Associate Prof., National University of Singapore. Eisenhower Fellow (2018), Board Member, Hwa Chong International; Panel Member, Pro-Enterprise Panel, Ministry of Trade and Industry (Singapore). Author: The Way of the VC: Having Top Venture Capitalists On Your Board (2009); Chinnovation - How Chinese Innovators are Changing the World (2010).