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Maria Antonia Odelia Arroyo
Maoi Arroyo is a serial entrepreneur, impact investor, educator, and biologist. In 2018, she became the founder and principal of the Ignite Impact Fund, the first fund focused exclusively on eradicating income and access poverty in the Philippines.
Her entrepreneurship career began when she founded Hybridigm Consulting, the premier and pioneering innovation consulting and commercialization firm in the Philippines. In the last 14 years, the firm has developed policy for the Philippine government, facilitated over $3.5M in biotech investments, trained over 17,000 aspiring entrepreneurs, and created 3,500 jobs.
In addition, she has also co-founded a social enterprise that now supplies pasteurized eggs to 5 major hotels in the Philippines, a fashion brand that upcycles leather jackets into bags, a media company that promotes independent Filipino films, and a property development firm.
Over the last decade, Ms Arroyo has received several honors. She was hailed by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 35 entrepreneurs under 35 in 2006, was the youngest PhilDev Foundation USA honoree for her contributions to national development through science and technology (2010). Ms Arroyo is also a 2011 Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardee – and the only woman in that year. The TOYM is the most prestigious award given to Filipinos under 40 and is presented by the President of the Republic of the Philippines. In 2013 she was one of the DevEx 40 under 40 International Development Leaders, and selected one of the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office's International Leaders in 2014. She was named as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders of 2015 and served on the forum's Global Future Council on SDG Investment from 2020-2022.
Ms. Arroyo is also an adjunct professor at the Asian Institute of Management; where she teaches Innovation and Entrepreneurship. She obtained an MPhil in Bioscience Enterprise from the University of Cambridge, and her first degree in Biology (BS) from the University of the Philippines.
Graduate, New York University. January 2014, joined Fox Business Network (FBN); currently, Anchor and Global Markets Editor. Anchors "Mornings with Maria" on FBN and "Sunday Morning Futures" on Fox News Channel. She is also the anchor for FBN’s weekly primetime investing program "Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street". Has covered business and the economy for more than 30 years and was one of the building blocks of business cable network CNBC. First journalist to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Author of several books, including: "The Cost: Trump, China and American Revival"; "The Weekend That Changed Wall Street"; "The 10 Laws of Enduring Success". Recipient of numerous awards, including: News and Documentary Emmy for Bailout Talks Collapse programme (2008); second Emmy for documentary Inside The Mind of Google (2009); Gracie Award for Greenspan: Power, Money & the American Dream; named one of the 50 Faces That Shaped the Decade, Financial Times (2009); inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame Class of 2011 for impact on the cable industry.
Maria Eugenia del Castillo Cabrera
Maria Eugenia del Castillo currently serves as the Special Envoy of the Vice President of the Dominican Republic (DR). With a dual training in international affairs and economics, she has committed her professional career to public service. With over 15 years of leadership roles in the multilateral system, including positions at both the Inter-American Development Bank and as a diplomat to the UN, she has fostered cross-sectoral collaboration to contribute to advancing the world's most complex problems at both national and international levels. Most recently, Maria has been a key player in the creation and deployment of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy in the DR, facilitating coordination across different entities, the private sector and international organizations to deliver a complex, fast paced response to the pandemic. Maria also served as the DR's lead negotiator in the construction of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. In 2012, Maria was selected to serve as a UN Facilitator and G77 negotiator (representing 133 countries) in topics related to food security and climate change. Maria graduated summa cum laude from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the DR with a degree in Economics and holds a Masters Degree from Columbia University.
Mariana is the Co-founder and CEO of Gupy. After working at large companies such as Unilever and Ambev, Mariana founded Gupy to transform the process of hiring employees, making the experience more agile and fair. Mariana holds a degree in Business Administration from the University of São Paulo, with an exchange program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent and a postgraduate degree in entrepreneurship and innovation from Stanford University.
Maria Margarita Gual Soler
Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a science diplomat bridging the world through science. As the Head of Science Diplomacy Capacity Building at the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA), she works with governments, universities, international organizations and scientific institutions to strengthen the role of science in global policy for a renewed multilateralism. A molecular biologist PhD by training, Dr. Gual Soler has been one of the pioneers in promoting science diplomacy as a field of research, policy and education worldwide. She has supported the science diplomacy strategies of several Latin American countries, Spain and the European Union and facilitated scientific cooperation between countries with difficult political relations, notably helping rebuild scientific cooperation between the United States and Cuba following the diplomatic normalization of 2015. She is most passionate about developing the next generation of science and diplomacy leaders to tackle global challenges. In 2019 she participated in the largest-ever women in STEM expedition to Antarctica to elevate women's leadership in sustainability and climate action, and in 2020 was recognized as a ‘Young Global Leader’ of the World Economic Forum.
Maria Teresa Kumar
Graduate, Harvard's Kennedy School and the University of California, Davis. Former Legislative Aide to Democratic Caucus Chair Vic Fazio. Founding President and Chief Executive Officer, Voto Latino. Contributor, MSNBC. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of the Board: Planned Parenthood; Latino Leaders Network. Hunt Alternative Fund Prime Mover. Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations. Guest Analyst, NPR and PBS. Former panellist, Bill Maher's HBO show; opinion writer for national publications. Conference speaker. Named: one of the 10 most influential women in Washington DC, Elle (2013); named to Power 100 in DC, Washington Life Magazine (2013); among the 100 most influential Latinos in America, Hispanic Business; one of the 20 most influential Latinos under 40, PODER Magazine; one of the top 100 Creative Minds, Fast Company.
Mariah is the Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an independent foundation of the World Economic Forum. For over a decade, she has contributed to generating positive impact at the nexus of public and private sectors. Her professional and academic expertise spans strategy consulting, program and partnerships management, and mobilizing multistakeholder action in socially-motivated initiatives.
Mariana Luz is CEO at Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal Foundation. Prior to that, Mariana held the position of President of Embraer Foundation in the US and Embraer Institute in Brazil, as well as Head of Government Affairs, Sustainability and CSR at Embraer. She also worked as a Professor of International Relations at different private universities in Brazil and, between 2003 and 2011, she acted as Institutional Director at the Brazilian Center for International Relations, a major foreign policy think tank in Brazil. In 2015, she was appointed by the World Economic Forum a Young Global Leader; in 2014 she was appointed a Young Leader for the US and Italy International Program; and in 2011 she was part of the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP), promoted by the US Department of State. In the past decade, Mariana has integrated boards of directors of various businesses associations and non-profit organizations in Brazil, US and Europe. Her education background is international relations, with a MBA on international diplomacy and Masters of Art on History.
Mariame McIntosh Robinson
Mariame McIntosh Robinson joined First Global Bank in Jamaica as President & CEO in 2016 to lead the Bank's transformation and strategic pursuit of Financial Inclusion. Prior to this, Mariame was a private equity investor for 7 years where she was a Partner at Portland Private Equity, the largest private equity fund management company focused on the Caribbean region which successfully raised two US$200M+ Funds. Mariame also worked as a Strategy Consultant for 8 years with McKinsey & Company, Atlanta office and Bain & Company New York office where she was a Manager prior to joining Portland. Mariame currently serves as a Trustee on United Way Worldwide Board and several private and public Boards in Jamaica and Barbados. She is also a Vice-President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica with responsibility for the Human Capital Development and Energy & Climate Change portfolios, and is a dynamic public speaker. Mariame is the Board Chair of TEACH Caribbean, an educational NGO she co-founded with other Jamaican Rhodes Scholars in 2006 with seed financing from the Rhodes Trust to provide access to quality education for economically disadvantaged youth. Mariame has a BSc in Electrical Engineering from MIT, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University where she attended as a Rhodes Scholar. She is married and has two children.
Maria Nelly Rivas
Maria Nelly Rivas is Cargill's Government Relations Vice President in Latina America. Former Assistant Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Previously she was the Central American coordinator for the United Nations World Tourism Organization. In the past she was a partner at Crea Comunicaciones. Prior to Crea, she was Minister of Tourism of Nicaragua. As Minister, she was in charge of promoting, developing and expanding tourism in Nicaragua. Under her leadership, tourism became the top revenue generator for the country. Previously, she was associate director of PRONicaragua, Nicaragua's investment promotion agency. Before joining PRONicaragua, Maria served as senior strategic media planner at multi-national advertising agency McCann-Erickson in New York City and Buenos Aires. While at McCann-Erickson, she managed accounts such as Coca-Cola and Starmedia. In New York, she was responsible for overseeing the agency's network in Latin America while managing quality standards and service for its international clientele. During her post in Buenos Aires, she was responsible for more than US$40 million in media investment. She holds a BA in communications from Queens College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She was born in Granada, Nicaragua and resides in Managua with her family. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Central America Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Renée Maria Tremblay
Renée Maria serves as Deputy Executive Legal Officer (Deputy ELO) to the Chief Justice of Canada. She previously held respective roles as Law Clerk, Legal Counsel and Senior Counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada. She is a former Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court. She has served as Legal Counsel to the Canadian Judicial Council and earlier practised law at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City. She has also served at the Canadian embassies in Paris and Washington, DC. She is a Vice-President of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Legal Studies and serves on the Cambridge University Lectures Committee. She has lectured at The Hague Academy of International Law and in Myanmar, China and Russia. She is the recipient of the 2009 Prix Émergence and was named a 2011 Precedent Setter by the Canadian law magazine Precedent. In 2013, she was named a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum and, from 2015 to 2016, served on its Global Agenda Council on Justice. She has also served as a member of the Advisory Group of the YGL Community. She was selected as commissioner of an International Bar Association fact-finding mission. She holds a Master's in International Human Rights Law (with Distinction) from Oxford.
Mariana Vasconcelos is the Chief Executive Officer of Agrosmart, a technology pioneer alumni of the World Economic Forum and serves as an advisory board member at Thought For Food, Fundação Espaço ECO (BASF) and Instituto Interamericano de Cooperação para a Agricultura (IICA). She is a climate activist and an expert in digital agriculture, considered one of the most influential people in Latin America by Bloomberg Linea. An advocate for gender equality, she was recognized by Globant with a "Women That Build" award in the game-changer category. With a business background and degrees from UNIFEI, LSE and Singularity University, she was also recognized as an Innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review, Forbes 30 Under 30 Brasil and Fast Company world's 100 Most Creative in Business.