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Faisal Abbas

Editor-in-Chief, Arab News, Saudi Arabia

Faisal J. Abbas is the Editor-in-Chief of the Riyadh-based leading Middle East English language daily, Arab News.

Under his leadership, Arab News (established 1975) relaunched with a more global, more digital direction. It has expanded its international presence through a large network of correspondents and a number of regional bureaus across the world.

Prior to joining the newspaper in 2016, Abbas has been the Editor-in-Chief of the Dubai-based English language service of Al Arabiya News Channel.

Abbas is a renowned columnist on Arab-international affairs and has also conducted interviews with a number of world leaders. He appears regularly on international media to comment on regional affairs.

Abbas has previously written for The Huffington Post and worked with both Asharq Al Awsat and Al Hayat pan-Arab dailies, Future Television of Lebanon and the International Resource Journal in London.

He has been the recipient of many media awards, including the Next Century Foundation’s Cutting-Edge Award (2009) for efforts in bridging the communication gap between the West and the Arab World and British Council’s UK alumni “Social Impact” award in Saudi Arabia (2017).

He holds a master’s degree from the University of Westminster and a bachelor degree from the Lebanese American University. He is also a graduate of the Executive Education Program of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he studied Global Leadership and Public Policy.

Abbas is a member of the editorial board of Al Arabiya News Channel, an associate fellow of the Cambridge Union Society and a member of the British Society of Authors.

In 2017, he published his first Arabic book called ‘Arabi/Englizi’ which describes London through Arab eyes.

Malak Jehad Al Akiely

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Golden Wheat for Grain Trading Ltd, Jordan

Malak Al Akiley is Founder and Managing Director of Golden Wheat for Grain Trading, Ltd., represent international Grain Trading companies in Jordan. She is the sole young female owner of such company in the MENA region with over ten years of experience in agricultural commodities trading with focus on food security.she has become the official liaison for worldwide grain international companies

Malak is co-Partner in Golden Kayan for Marketing Consulting Co. for Oil, Energy & Renewable Energy.

Adviser and MENA development Manager for Swiss Co. Cerealia Co. Blockchain platform for Agri-commodities Trading and Financing.

Have been selected as one of the top ten young persons of the world by Junior Chamber International (JCI) in August 2019

Founding Member in FutureTalks, Norway and went to the Arctic Expedition with 100 brilliant people from all sectors and all continents, exploring the Arctic and engaging in the most important discussions of our time which made her the first Jordanian women to cross 80 degrees' north pole.

Founding Member of Jordan Economic Forum, a forum consist of prominent economic figures & parliament members to foster economic growth and moving towards the objectives of sustainable development.

Partner and Business Development consultant on Oil and Aviation investment projects in East Africa.

Have been selected by U.S. Deparment of States, United States of America to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program, “Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability: Women Fostering Economic Security.

She was also the youngest member of both the Public Financial Policies Committee, Economic Committee for Jordan’s Vision 2021 in his Excellency Dr.Talal Abu Ghazaleh Knowledge Forum.

Malak is the Manager and Director of "Women BeeBuzzers" project in Jordan, Women BeeBuzzers, is a project that aims to introduce beekeeping as a secondary and main source of income for women in rural areas in Jordan.

Samar Ali

Chief Executive Officer, Millions of Conversations, USA

SAMAR ALI is the founding President and CEO of Millions of Conversations. She is a Research Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University, and co-chair of the Vanderbilt Project on Unity & American Democracy with Jon Meacham and Governor Bill Haslam. She has over 15 years of experience in international relations and legal practice. As a conflict resolution practitioner and mediator, she is a recipient of the White House Fellows IMPACT Award and Vanderbilt University’s Young Alumni Professional Achievement Award. Ali is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She currently serves as an adviser to the Aspen Institute’s initiative, “Who Is Us: A Project on American Identity,” and was recently appointed as a New Pluralist Fellow.

Working at the intersection of national security, human rights, and economic development, Ali served as a White House Fellow in President Obama’s administration and as Assistant Commissioner of International Affairs in Tennessee Governor Haslam’s administration. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, NPR, TIME, PBS, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BBC, MSNBC, Washington Post, The Hill, Foreign Affairs, The Ryman Auditorium, TEDx, The Tennessean and other publications, podcasts and venues. She is currently co-writing the opening ceremony for the 2022 World Cup with Laeta Kalogridis and Gregg Hurwitz, co-producing the Heartland to Holy Land peace series in Bethlehem with music producer T Bone Burnett, and working on a memoir, From the Holy Land to the Heartland: Olives & Sweet Tea, about one family’s centuries long quest for peace through belonging.

Eyad Alkassar

Chief Executive Officer, Rocket Internet ME, United Arab Emirates

Eyad grew up in Germany, where he earned a Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude in Computer Science from Saarland University. During his studies he was a fellow of the German National Academic Foundation. Since he joined Rocket Internet as CEO of The Middle East, Eyad co-founded and run over a dozen of companies which raised hundreds of millions of dollars in funding - and some of them are now the largest Tech companies of the Middle East fulfilling daily hundreds of thousands of orders. Among others Eyad is a Co-founder of Snapp (largest Internet company of the Middle East) and In 2017 he was honored as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Ghosson Al Khaled

Owner and Managing Director, Palms Beach Hotel and Spa, Kuwait

Ghosson Ghassan Alkhaled began her career as an industrial engineer in the industrial sector of ACICO Group in 2002. Since then, she has made her way up the career ladder to become Deputy Chief Executive Officer of ACICO Industries. In her current role, Alkhaled is responsible for managing operations across all sectors, companies and Group subsidiaries in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Qatar.

Since joining, Alkhaled has played an integral role at ACICO Group, achieving remarkable growth, expanding into new markets and increasing overall operational efficiency across all factories; thereby improving the Group’s asset quality and increasing profitability. Additionally, she worked on building an internal culture of teamwork among members and has continuously worked on finding new, innovative solutions to business challenges.

A notable national economic figure and thought leader, Alkhaled also represented Kuwait’s private sector in a number of international workshops and was appointed in 2017 as a member of the Supreme Council for Planning and Development in Kuwait by the Council of Ministers. Moreover, during the same year, she was selected to be part of a prestigious group entitled ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum, in which she worked to tackle global issues topics such as development and other pressing challenges faced by the global economy.

As a young, Kuwaiti businesswoman, Alkhaled held several leadership positions and was on the list of the Top 100 Most Powerful Arab Businesswomen by Forbes Middle East. She was also selected among the 100 World’s Most Influential Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine. Alkhaled was also awarded ‘Woman Game Changer’ at the Global WIL Economic Forum for Entrepreneurs and Businesswomen in Dubai.

Mona Hammami

Senior Director, Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Senior Director, Office of Strategic Affairs, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court. Role includes analysis of social and economic developments globally and locally and drafting of publications and white papers to influence policy making. manages philanthropic initiatives addressing global health and human development issues. Prior to joining the Crown Prince Court, worked at Booz and Company as part of the public sector practice team focusing on a wide range of public policy issues. Also worked as an economist with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). Has authored and co-authored several papers, including an IMF paper on the determinants of public-private partnerships. Author of books: ?Looking Ahead: The 50 Trends that Matter?; "Looking Ahead: The Sustainable Global Agenda"; and ?The Giving World: How maximizing three financial forces could revolutionize global development?. PhD in Development Studies, University of Oxford; MPA in International Development, Harvard Kennedy School. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and a board member on uniting to combat NTDs

Katie Hill

Partner and Associate Director, Climate, Boston Consulting Group, Kenya

Expert in sustainable infrastructure, technology, and renewable energy. Currently, Global Director of Business Operations, Liquid Telecom, a digital infrastructure company spanning 13 countries across Africa. Liquid has built Africa's largest independent fibre network, approaching 70,000 km, and operates state-of-the-art data centres in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Nairobi. Formerly launched and led Apple's Clean Energy Program, aimed at transitioning Apple's product manufacturing worldwide to renewable energy; her team enabled 3GW of new clean energy contracted for Apple production in less than 2 years; led 10 joint-ventures in renewable energy across 6 provinces in China; also co-led Apple?s issuance of a $1.5 billion green bond ? the largest of any US company in history. Previously spent four years in India with Acumen, a leading impact investment fund; launched Acumen's Energy Portfolio in India, investing in off-grid energy companies; Member, Acumen's Advisory Council. Spent eight years living in Asia and Africa (India, China, Nepal, Uganda, Botswana). Other work experience includes McKinsey & Company, Generation Investments, Dalberg Global Advisors and the China Greentech Initiative. MBA and MSc in Environmental Engineering, Stanford University. Board Member of BioLite Energy. TED Fellow. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

Juan Pablo Larenas

Executive Director, B Lab, Chile

Current Executive Director of B Lab Global, the organization behind the B Corporation movement. Co-founder of Sistema B. Co-founder of Late! (, a B Corp that donates 100% of its profits to social causes. Co Founder and Chairman of festival. Ashoka fellow since 2014 and YGL since 2018. Commercial engineer from Universidad de Chile and master in Development Management from the London School of Economics, United Kingdom.

Emilia Macarie

Chief Financial Officer BBVA Allianz, Allianz, Spain

2 Bachelors in Business and Psychology
1 Masters in Insurance and Risk Management
13 years in the insurance industry
International profile, studied in 2 countries, worked in 5 countries
Developed high performing diverse teams

Subha Nagarajan

Managing Director, Global Capital Advisory, GE Energy Financial Services, USA

Dr. Subha Nagarajan is leading the charge for GE’s ambitious emerging markets investment portfolio. She heads the U.S. Advisory and Execution team for GE Capital’s Global Capital Advisory team based in Washington DC. In this role, Subha leads the structuring, execution and relationship management for US-based export credit agencies (ECAs), development finance institutions (DFIs), and other financing institutions.

Prior to GE, Subha was the Managing Director for Africa at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She opened OPIC’s first overseas office in Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. In this role, she was responsible for coordinating business development across insurance, project and corporate finance, and private equity investments.

Subha also worked in various leadership roles at the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for originating, structuring and executing private equity and project finance transactions in infrastructure, energy, and oil & gas sectors.

She has co-authored Understanding Power Project Finance, Understanding Power Project Procurement, Committee of Ten Policy Brief: Financing of Sustainable Energy Solutions, and contributed to the WEF publication Paving the Way: Maximizing the Value of Private Finance in Infrastructure, along with other publications.

Subha has a Ph.D in Applied Economics from the George Washington University, and a MA in Finance and Economics from McGill University.

Nina Rawal

Partner; Co-Head, Ventures, Trill Impact Advisory AB, Sweden

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.

Shruti Shibulal

Chief Executive Officer and Director, Tamara Leisure Experiences, India

Shruti Shibulal is CEO and Director of Tamara Leisure Experiences. She strives to make Tamara synonymous with responsible tourism by incorporating principles of sustainability into the development and operations of each of Tamara's properties and creating impactful employment within their respective communities. Tamara operates resorts and hotels in South India, and has interests in Germany as well.

Shruti is a Trustee of the Advaith Foundation and SD Foundation, organizations involved in providing educational opportunities and healthcare assistance to underprivileged sections of society. She is also a Trustee of WEP - Women's Education Project, which focuses on educating and uplifting young women from vulnerable backgrounds. Shruti is on the Governing Board of ATREE - Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment.

In 2019, Shruti launched SAATHIYA - a hospitality skilling program which enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to become employable within the restaurant and hotel industries. Focussing on industry-relevant skilling, building careers, and creating a community, SAATHIYA has already shown positive results in improving the lives and prospects of its graduates.