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  • Deborah Berger
    2017
    Deputy General Manager in charge of Business Development Chargeurs
    France
    Deborah started her career as Insurance Supervisor at the ACPR. She then worked for the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment as Inspecteur des Finances before joining the Office of the French Minister of Health, Employment and Labor. In 2014, she joined SCOR, a global reinsurance leader, as Advisor to the Chairman. She then became Head of the SCOR Group Project Office and was in charge of coordinating and supervising the group’s major projects. She joined Chargeurs, in September 2017 as Deputy General Manager of Chargeurs Luxury Materials, in charge of Business Development.
  • Lauren Bohn
    2017
    Co-founder Foreign Policy Interrupted The GroundTruth Project
    USA
    Lauren is The Ground Truth Project’s Middle East correspondent and Editor at Large, based in Istanbul. Previously, she was one of the first women columnists at Foreign Policy magazine. She’s the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative dedicated to amplifying female voices in foreign policy. She’s also the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign in Malawi and Guatemala to provide bikes for adolescent girls to get to school. She’s the founding assistant editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, where she was a Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee.
  • Mina Dimitrova
    2017
    Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA Google UK
    Bulgary
    Mina is Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA, Google UK. Prior to her current role, Mina has held a number of different positions across regional and global strategy as well as business development at YouTube. Prior to Google, Mina spent time as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. She is actively involved in fundraising and supporting the Bulgarian charity Teach for Bulgaria (the equivalent of Teach First in the UK). She is also a trustee of SpringBoard- a NGO work to improve people’s lives through training and job placements in the hospitality industry.
  • Sophie Kahn
    2017
    Founder & Co-CEO AUrate New York
    USA
    Sophie is originally from The Netherlands. After studying Finance at Princeton University, she worked at BCG in New York where she focused on the luxury industry and at Marc Jacobs where she was Director of Strategy. In 2015 she launched AUrate New York, a direct-to-consumer brand that is reshaping the fine jewelry industry by offering iconic designs that are radically priced, ethically sourced, and locally crafted. The brand received a ‘gold star’ from the New York Times, was named “NYC’s coolest new jewelry brand” by the Zoe Report, was featured in Vogue, Forbes, WWD, Business Insider and more.
  • Demet Mutlu
    2017
    Founder & CEO trendyol.com
    Turkey
    Demet is the founder and CEO of Trendyol.com, the largest fashion ecommerce company and the biggest internet employer in Turkey with a team of ca. 1600 people. She founded Trendyol in 2010 and has scaled it to become a profitable powerhouse selling more than 35 million items per year, one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies. Demet is also a founding investor of Peak Games, one of the leading mobile gaming companies in the world. Fortune 40 Under 40, BoF 500, Fortune’s 10 most powerful women entrepreneurs.
  • Zimbini Peffer
    2017
    Marketing Director The Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd
    South AFrica
    Zimbini is Marketing Director: Jewellery (Since October 2015) at TFG (Pty) Ltd, the foremost independent retail chain-store group in South Africa comprising a total of 22 retail brands, accessories, sporting, outdoor apparel and homeware. Zimbini’s counterparts and key stakeholder team consists of the Head of Buying, Head of Planning, Head of Operations, and Head of Finance. Supported by a team of 8 Managers across Communications and the Creative Studio, she successfully nurtures a footprint within 450 stores nationwide.
  • Gisela Pinheiro
    2017
    Vice President Functional Materials and Solutions BASF South America
    Brazil
    Gisela is Vice President for Functional Materials & Solutions, BASF South America, with over of 15 years of experience in different multi-national companies, working on multi-functional and business roles. She has an Economics degree from Northern Michigan University and an Executive Finance MBA from Insper Brazil. She actively advocates for diversity & inclusion, change management, and people development. She was at the cover of Brazil # 1 Business Magazine “EXAME” as “The Next Generation of Top Leadership getting out of the closet”, and also showcased at Valor Economico Newspaper covering “Lack of Women in Leadership Roles”.
  • Katharina Schmitt
    2017
    General Manager Ampush
    Brazil
    Katharina is General Manager of Ampush’s West Coast operations. Ampush enables disruptive growth on digital channels. It applies machine learning to process large amounts of data and develop predictive analytics for customer acquisition. Prior to Ampush Katharina spent 6 years at McKinsey focusing on strategy and scaling businesses across a variety of industries including tech, healthcare, and education. She has rich experience in developing business models, acquisition channels, and revenue streams. Her business strategy experience spans 5 different continents.
  • Tara Shirvani
    2017
    Infrastructure Specialist World Bank
    Austria
    Tara works for the Transport Unit of the World Bank with a focus on climate-resilient infrastructure policies. In 2012 she was recognized as “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum and in 2016 she was featured on the front cover of Forbes Magazine as one of the annual ‘Forbes 30 under 30 Award’. She has several featured articles in The Economist, Times of London, Foreign Affairs and Harvard International Review on topics ranging from climate change to Middle East politics. Her public speaking engagements include keynotes at Durham University, University of Oxford and Harvard Business School.
  • Karen Tay
    2017
    Smart Nation Director (North America) Prime Minister’s Office Singapore
    Singapore
    Karen is Singapore’s Smart Nation Director. She represents Singapore’s voice in smart cities on the global stage and leads the country’s efforts in building strategic relationships with industry, Governments and thought leaders in the smart cities space. Prior to this role, she was a policymaker and political speechwriter in the Education, Finance, Social and Technology sectors in Singapore. She is passionate about deploying technology for public good and writes at www.techandpublicgood.com.
  • Estelle Touzet
    2017
    Wine Director Hôtel Ritz Paris
    France
    Estelle is Wine Director at Hôtel Ritz Paris, an independent Palace, five star Hotel, ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world and is a member of «The Leading Hotels of the World. In 2011, she was appointed the first worldwide female Head Sommelier in a Palace, 3 star Michelin restaurant: Hotel Le Meurice, Paris. Until now, she is still the only woman in charge in this position in the world. She was named Sommelier of the Year by Magazine Le Chef (2012), Chevalier de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres : French State (2011).
  • Lea Von Bidder
    2017
    CEO Ava Science, Inc. Ava
    Switzerland
    Lea is the co-founder and CEO of Ava Science, Inc., creator of the first fertility tracking sensor bracelet. At Ava, she has helped raise more than $12M in VC funding and expand product sales through the US and Europe since launching in 2016. Under her leadership, Ava has garnered overwhelming customer reviews and generated buzz among top-tier media outlets, including USA Today, the Today Show and the BBC. She’s spoken at industry conferences including CES and has written several articles on issues related to female entrepreneurs and innovations in digital health for women.
  • Nathalie Baaklini
    2017 Mexico
    Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer The Moonshot Co.
    Canada
    Nathalie was born in Lebanon, nationalized Canadian and Mexican at heart. She has held senior positions at LVMH, Gap, Levis and El Palacio de Hierro. She is a founding partner of a fashion brand “Children of our Town” and a strategic investor in the Ready-to-Wear brand Trista. She is an active mentor at Endeavor and has scaled a variety of start-ups in Mexico. Recently, she launched The Moonshot Co., a boutique firm that is reinventing the way companies and brands connect with their consumers. She is currently leading the most ambitious wellness project in Mexico, set to launch in 2018.
  • Lorna Campbell
    2017 Mexico
    Mexico Exploration Vice President ExxonMobil Exploration Company
    Mexico
    Lorna joined Esso Australia in Melbourne in 2000 and has held various positions in Exploration, Development and Production of ExxonMobil affiliated companies in Australia and the USA. She was then appointed as Geoscience Supervisor for one of ExxonMobil’s Deepwater Angola projects (Kizomba A) in 2007. In 2009 she transferred to ExxonMobil Exploration Company as Geoscience Supervisor for the US Gulf of Mexico, leading a team through complex sub-salt seismic imaging projects and new acreage capture. In 2012 Lorna was appointed Manager for Asia-Pacific New Opportunities Exploration. She returned to Houston in 2015 to take on the role of Mexico Exploration Manager and was promoted to the position of Mexico Exploration Vice President in 2016.
  • Marie-Agathe Charpagne
    2017 Mexico
    Postdoctoral Scholar University of California
    France
    Born in 1990, Marie-Agathe combines a two-sided career in both research and music. She graduated from Mines ParisTech in 2016 (PhD) and was awarded the 2017 prize for the “best thesis in materials science” by the French Society for Materials and Metals (SF2M), for her discovery of a new metallurgical phenomenon occurring in new Nickel-based superalloys. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Santa Barbara (UCSB), California. She graduated from the Conservatory of music in France with high honors started her career as a concert pianist. She has played in Switzerland, UK, Italy, Monaco, France, Luxembourg, USA. She is a prize winner in international competitions.
  • Beatriz Gasca Acevedo
    2017 Mexico
    Executive Director Dalia Empower
    Mexico
    Bea is a Human Resources and Social Responsability expert. She is a certified Coach. She started her professional career in Whirlpool, and continued at Nestlé, Aeroméxico and currently she is the Executive Director at Dalia Empower. Bea has been recognized by Mundo Ejecutivo magazine as the youngest CHRO that is transforming the human capital in México, due to her ability in traducing the HR initiatives into the business units language and her effort to promote gender equality in the corporate world. She also was one of the 100 most powerful women in México by Forbes 2017. As an activist, she regularly give conferences on how to make diversity and inclusion tangible. She is board member of Mundo Ejecutivo and Forbes business magazines.
  • Lorena Guillé
    2017 Mexico
    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Cinépolis
    Mexico
    Lorena has devoted her life to CSR, philanthropy and next generation leadership. She is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cinépolis and Executive Director of Fundación Cinépolis since 2006. She led the efforts to recover the sight of +36,000 people suffering cataracts, and bring the cinema experience to +450k people in rural communities. She founded dhfest, the first Human Rights Film Festival in Mexico, and currently is member of the Global Philanthropist Circle, Nexus Global Youth Summit, and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy Advisory Committee; mentors at Unreasonable Institute and Endeavor Mexico.
  • Daniela Lecuona
    2017 Mexico
    Head of Investor Relations América Móvil
    Mexico
    Daniela manages the Investor Relations Office of América Móvil since 2008. She is in charge of generating all the financial reports required by the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores and the New York Stock Exchange. Additionally, she is the main point of contact in the company with investors and in general with the financial markets and for managing the information provided to América Móvil’s Board Members and to C-level executives for strategic decision processes. Lecuona holds a degree in Economics from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and a post-graduate degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
  • Lucía Mijares Martínez
    2017 Mexico
    Sports Development Technical Director Federación Mexicana de Futbol Asociación A.C
    Mexico
    Lucía is the first woman Sports Technical Director in Mexico and Latin America. She has empowered girls through football by developing the first official Women´s Football Amateur and High Performance Structure in Mexico. Recently, she has developed a national Physical Education program in elementary schools in Mexico called “Jugamos Todos” (We Play All) to introduce healthy habits and nutritional guidelines through a fun and accessible methodology. She has been worked to build the athletic marathon platform, various Cycling and Triathlon World Championships all over the world, and The Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
  • Gabriela Rocha
    2017 Mexico
    Partner & Mexico Executive Director Laboratoria
    Brazil
    Gabriela is Partner & Mexico Executive Director of Laboratoria. Before starting Laboratoria, she worked as a public policy consultant in Mexico City, as project coordinator for different development projects in the slums of Rio de Janeiro with the IDB and in the Andes mountains of Peru. She is driven by a strong conviction that social enterprises have the potential to impact millions of lives and contribute with an economy that supports greater equality in opportunity.
  • Francesca Alessandra Romita Iturbe
    2017 Mexico
    Head of the Gender Unit Ministry of Tourism in Mexico
    Mexico
    Francesca was advisor in political affairs at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in NY. She focused on Corporate Sustainability issues working on gender issues and women empowerment. She is currently Head of the Gender Unit at the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico, responsible for the strategy to incorporate gender perspective, prevent human trafficking and child labor in the Tourism sector; women empowerment and the protection of children’s rights. In 2014, she was selected as Leader of the Year in the category of Social Responsibility by Grupo Mundo Ejecutivo.
  • Olga Segura
    2017 Mexico
    Founder Decididas
    Mexico
    Olga is Mexican film producer based in L.A. She has produced 8 feature films. Her most recent project is The Dinner, a film based on the novel by the same title written by Herman Koch starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall. Olga was also certified as an advocate to end violence against women and children on behalf of the organization Peace Over Violence & the Assembly of the State of California. Her new project is called “Decididas” a docu-series focused on creating awareness on the decisions we make as women.
  • Angela Baker
    Director, Wireless Reach Qualcomm
    USA
    Angela Baker oversees Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enriche teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State. She sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She also currently serves as a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
  • Brandi DeCarli
    Founder Farm form a box
    USA
    Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off the grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools and technology needed to increase local food production. Previously, Brandi was the Managing Partner of Human.kind Philanthropic Advisory Company, where she worked to develop cross-sector partnerships with private corporations, governments, and philanthropic organizations. An avid adventurer, she is passionate about driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection. Brandi is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.
  • Soraya Djermoun
    Group Communication Director Cevital
    Algeria
    Soraya Djermoun is Group Communication Director of Cevital, the first private group in Algeria and one of the biggest African and Arabic Multinationals. Prior to that, she was Consultant and Advisor to the Algerian Minister, and Communications Analyst at The French Institute of International Relations. She has actively contributed in organizing two international events for the Algerian Government on international cooperation and food security ( Dialogue des 5+5 and CIHEAM ).
    She is the author of best-seller books in Geo-Economics: Qatarisme, in 2013, and Emerging Multinationals are the 21st century game changers, in 2015 (L’Harmattan Editions).
    She has lived in 7 countries and speaks fluent French, German, English and Arabic. She holds a MBA in International Business, and a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations at ESG.
  • Nang Lam Kham
    CEO KBZ Group
    Burma
    Nang Lang Kham is an Executive Director of KBZ Group, Director of KBZ Bank, Chairman of Air KBZ and Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Co-founder and Chair of Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM). BFM was created in 2008, to improve the lives of the people of Myanmar focusing on aid, welfare, environment and education. Her work was commended with the State Excellence Award from the President of Myanmar in 2015.
    Prior to this Nang was selected for the Fortune Global Women’s Mentoring Program in 2014 and was mentored by Rosalind Brewer of Walmart/Sam's Club. In her free time Nang is also an active member of the Young President' Organization (YPO), Global Shapers Yangon and the British Chamber of Commerce’s, Professional Women’s Network. Recently, Nang was named by Forbes Asia as one of a dozen Women to Watch and was chosen to participate in the UK FCOs International Leaders Programme, as a representative for Myanmar. Nang took part in the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France in November as one of the Rising Talents 2016.
    Nang holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s of Management from the University of Sydney.
  • Fanny Letier
    Executive Director, Small and mid-caps ; SME and mid-caps accelerator programs Bpi
    France
    Fanny Letier is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and the Institut Français des Administrateurs (IFA). She began her career in 2004 as the Deputy Divisional Head of Entreprises et Intermédiaires d’assurance at the French Treasury before becoming the Financial Advisor of the permanent French delegation to the European Union in 2008.
    From 2010 to 2012, she was appointed Chief of Staff of the financement et développement des entreprises then General Secretary at the CIRI (Industrial Restructuring Committee of the French Treasury) and Deputy Director of Cabinet for the Minister of Industrial Restructuring.
    In 2013, Fanny Letier joined Bpifrance as the Director in charge of Regional Investments for small and mid-cap investments and in March 2015, she was promoted to Executive Director for all small and mid-cap investments. Since May 2016, in addition to her current functions, Fanny has been in charge of Bpifrance’s Transversal Business Support and the Accelerator Programs dedicated to SMEs and pre-Majors.
  • Olga Loskutova
    Managing Director - Brands Europe SABMiller
    Czech Republic
    Olga was born in Moscow and graduated from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics.
    In 2002 Olga joined NESTLE and went through Marketing and Sales roles before stepping up to a general management position as the Head of a newly acquired business in 2008. In NESTLE Olga progressed as the Belarus Country Manager, Head of the Confectionery division in Poland & Baltics and Managing Director of a 12 country Region.
    In 2015 Olga joined SABMILLER as the Managing Director of SABMiller Europe Export Unit, responsible for 50 countries managed through a back-office in the Czech Republic and branches in Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, the UAE. Olga is married with two kids.
  • Khululiwe Mabaso
    Associate Director Communication and Government Affairs Africa Procter & Gamble
    South Africa
    Khululiwe has 20 years of professional experience working for various companies and has for the last 10 years, been working for Procter & Gamble in various leadership roles across Africa and most recently leading Communications capability in the region (India, Middle East and Africa). She has experience and passion for Corporate Communications, Crisis and Issue Management and Sustainability which includes developing and executing sustainable business integrated Social and Economic projects as well as leveraging scientific background in Biotechnologist and Technology Management to apply innovative ideas. Khululiwe enjoys coaching girls and women to ensure they continue to be the best they want to be and be leading a purposeful live.
  • Adriana Marais
    Head of Innovation SAP Africa
    South Africa
    Dr. Adriana Marais has most recently been appointed Head of Innovation for SAP Africa, leading the IoT Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation streams. Previously, Adriana was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), focusing applications of quantum mechanics in information security, biology and the origins of life. She also lectured physics at UKZN and the University of Cape Town.
    Since childhood, she has dreamed of living on another planet, and is currently one of the 100 Mars One Project Astronaut Candidates in the running to move to the Red Planet in 2026. Adriana believes that education comes with the responsibility to share knowledge, and while on Earth, is actively involved in the promotion of science and space exploration as Special Project Coordinator for the Foundation for Space Development South Africa.
  • Janneke Niessen
    Co-Founder Improve Digital
    The Netherlands
    Janneke is a serial entrepreneur and currently co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm. She also invests considerable time serving as a member of company (advisory) boards, she is a mentor for start-ups, and she is active as an angel investor. Janneke is co-initiator of InspiringFifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published Project Prep, a novel for young girls in conjunction with an award winning child book’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke is member of supervisory board of UNICEF and writes a column about technology for LINDA. Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016, two of many in a long list of honors for Janneke in her time with Improve Digital.
  • Karima Nigmatulina
    General Director Institute of Master Planning for the city of Moscow
    Russia
    In 2005, Karima received her BSE in Operations Research from Princeton University with Minors in Policy, Management Systems, Finance and Dance. In 2009, she completed her PhD in Operations Research at MIT with a thesis on modeling pandemic influenza.
    In that same year, she also joined the Institute of Disease Modeling at IV as a Research Scientist and then as the Program Manager for the entire Institute. She concurrently served as the Director of International Relations at TerraPower.
    In 2012, she returned to her home country of Russia joining the Genplan Institute of Moscow as a Deputy Director and within nine months became the acting CEO.
    In 2016, she joined Vi Holding as the Advisor to the President.
    Her achievements have included: Acknowledgement of gratefulness from the Mayor of Moscow (2015) and Professor (status) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2016).
  • Evgenia Peeva
    CEO Teach for Bulgaria
    Bulgaria
    Evgenia returned to Bulgaria to set up Teach For Bulgaria in July 2010 upon the invitation of Teach For Bulgaria's founding donor - America for Bulgaria Foundation. Teach For Bulgaria is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which works to ensure access to quality education for every Bulgarian child, regardless of their background, birthplace and socio-economic status. It recruits and develops effective teachers at under-performing schools and gathers Bulgaria's most promising graduates and young professionals as they learn and grow to become life-long leaders of in improvement and innovation across Bulgaria's education system and society. To date, Teach For Bulgaria has established itself as a prominent voice on education policy and practice innovation in the country and across the global Teach For All network (of which it is part) as it has brought over 300 talented young teacher-leaders to over 15,000 of Bulgaria's neediest students in more than 100 schools across the country.
    Prior to that, Evgenia Peeva worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she advised companies across industries ranging from technology and pharmaceuticals to industrial electronics and non-profits, on core business issues related to strategy, growth, marketing and sales. Evgenia is a Co-Founder and Board Member of the non-profit Step for Bulgaria Foundation, which has delivered life-skills education and professional development training to underprivileged Bulgarian youth since 2007.
    Evgenia holds a B.A. cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and M.A. in Education Management from Plovdiv University. Evgenia sits on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sofia, one of the top high-schools in Bulgaria, and serves as a Board Member to several non-profit organizations in the youth and education sectors in Bulgaria. In 2012 she was named Woman of the Year in Society Category. In 2013 she was selected in the "30 under 30" ranking by Forbes Bulgaria. She is also listed in the Financial Times' and the Visegrad Institute's New Europe 100 innovators ranking.
  • Audra Renyi
    Executive Director World Wide Hearing
    Canada
    Audra Renyi is the Executive Director of World Wide Hearing. Audra has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and as an administrator with Doctors Without Borders in Chad. She has served as the CFO of One Acre Fund in Rwanda and volunteered in microfinance in Kenya. She holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School, and has completed a six month Executive Leadership program at Harvard Business School. Audra speaks five languages fluently.
    Born in 1981 in Argentina, in a small town near to Buenos Aires, Romina’s passion for Art started at a young age but it was not until she was 28, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to dedicate her life to this.
    She studied Photography, Fashion Photography, Art Direction and Scenery in different places including The Teatro Colon.
    She has exhibited her work in major cities like New York, Milan, UK, Paris, Zurich, Shanghai & Buenos Aires, among many others. She has been awarded the Prix de la Photographie Paris, International and received other photography Awards such as Lens Culture, See me Exposure Awards, Photo Annual Awards, among many others.
  • Romina Ressia
    Artist
    Argentina
    Born in 1981 in Argentina, in a small town near to Buenos Aires, Romina’s passion for Art started at a young age but it was not until she was 28, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to dedicate her life to this.
    She studied Photography, Fashion Photography, Art Direction and Scenery in different places including The Teatro Colon.
    She has exhibited her work in major cities like New York, Milan, UK, Paris, Zurich, Shanghai & Buenos Aires, among many others. She has been awarded the Prix de la Photographie Paris, International and received other photography Awards such as Lens Culture, See me Exposure Awards, Photo Annual Awards, among many others.
  • Anisha Singh
    founder and CEO mydala.com
    India
    Anisha Singh is the Founder and CEO of mydala.com. The company started under her leadership in 2009 and since then mydala has grown to become India’s largest local services marketing platform. mydala has worked with more than 130,000 merchants and has 30 million registered users across 209 cities and 85% of our traffic comes from mobile channels.
    Anisha began her career with the Clinton administration in Capitol Hill, helping women entrepreneurs raise funding. At Centra Software in Boston, she facilitated the setting up of e-learning ecosystems for Fortune 500 companies. After returning to India, she launched Kinis Software, which provides digital solutions for real estate companies in the US.
    Anisha is a prominent figure in the e-retail and e-commerce space and has spoken at various high profile events like SURGE 2016, the MIT India Conference, Start-up India, WIRED Retail (London), TEDx IIM Indore, Business Today – Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, TechCrunch – Bangalore and GMIC – Beijing.
    She recently won the e-INC / eTales Awards for e-Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. Anisha holds a Master’s degree in Political Communications and an MBA in Information Systems from the American University, Washington DC.
  • Philippine T'Serclaes (de)
    ‎Head of Thought Leadership & Strategic Partnerships / Advisor to Chairman & CEO ‎Schneider Electric
    France
    Dr. Philippine de T’Serclaes has worked in the energy and finance sector for 15 years. She runs Strategic Partnerships & Thought Leadership globally for Schneider Electric and is Sherpa to the Chairman and CEO. Schneider Electric is the world specialist in energy management and automation technologies. Prior to joining SE, Philippine was Executive Director at Aequero in Hong Kong—a financial advisory firm in energy and infrastructure. At the International Energy Agency (IEA), Philippine was Lead Expert and Senior Advisor to OECD governments on finance challenges and solutions for energy efficient and clean technologies deployment. Philippine was an expert reviewer for the IPCCC 2007, and an expert to the Solutions Summit organized by Vice-President Al Gore in 2008. Her prior work experience includes Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) at Rothschild and fixed income sales at J.P. Morgan. Philippine holds a Ph.D in Economics from La Sorbonne University, an MSc in Law and Finance from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science from McGill University. She serves on the Board of the World Energy Council. In 2017 she won the Young Global Energy Leader of the Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).
  • Florence Tondu-Mélique
    Chief Executive Officer ‎‎Zurich France
    France
    Florence is Chief Executive Officer of Zurich France. She starts her career at McKinsey & Company before joining AXA then Hiscox in various executive leadership and non-executive directorship capacities. Florence holds a MSc from HEC and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She was named '2016 Global Rising Talent by the Women's Forum' and ‘2015 woman leader of the year in insurance’.
  • Sarah Al Agroobi
    Emirati Designer & Artist
    UAE
    Sarah Al Agroobi is an Emirati graphic designer and artist with a degree in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah. Her fascination in exploring the notion of an Emirati archetype in the context of the Middle East and the West has always been a driving force in her diverse aesthetic. Her work ranges from print based to time based media but over the last few years her artistry has wavered into furniture design and 3D installations. Sarah has exhibited both regionally and internationally including shows such as Salone Satolite di Mobile in Milan, Istanbul design week, and La Biennale di Venezia. Her work has been reviewed in ESTRO magazine, ID magazine and Close-Up magazine and several film festivals for her time-based work, such as the Dubai International Film Festival and the short film corner at the Cannes Film Festival. She has received several awards such as two awards at the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. All of her works are held together by a conceptual thread: a singular expression of her collective experience of creating a discourse between the cross-disciplinary explorations and the audience.
  • Sara Al Amiri
    EMM Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the UAE mission to Mars Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Center
    UAE
    Sarah Amiri is currently the Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope) at the Mohamed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Her current task is to enable the research environment for the first generation of UAE Planetary Scientists. Sarah specializes in capability and new initiatives development at MBRSC; and has spent the last 5 years working in this area. In 2015 Sarah was selected as one of 50 young scientists by the World Economic Forum for her contribution to the development efforts in the fields of Science, Technology and Engineering. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.
  • Iman Ben Chaibah
    Editor-in-Chief Sail Magazine
    UAE
    Iman Ben Chaibah has a Master’s in Project Management, with a dissertation in Organizational Innovation and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with Honors from the British University in Dubai. She is the Founder of @SailPublishing, an Emirati publishing house of digital books and magazines, which falls in line with her love for consuming and producing literature, especially in digital forms.
    She was awarded Young Digital Publishing Entrepreneur in the UAE in 2014 by The British Council and was a Delegate to the Achievement Summit in that same year. She is currently running a successful Emirati online monthly publication and has been doing so for more than 4 years, with a team of about 30 Emiratis, composed of writers, editors and artists.
    Iman has 8 years’ experience in managing IT projects, development, applications operations, planning business technologies and yearly roadmaps and budgets.
    She managed eCommerce and eServices projects and operations, from websites, smart mobile applications, kiosks, and POS, including dealing with different certified payment gateways in the country and has full knowledge of different payment gateway approaches and methods.
    She has managed digital media projects and consulted on social media initiatives. She is passionate about change, and is constantly looking for better strategic and effective ways to achieve objectives and add value. She has highly effective interpersonal communication skills with the top management side, and the functional/business sides, drafting policies and procedures when discipline is required.
    Her specialties include: Project/Program Management, IT management, IT Application Management, eCommerce, Retail IT, eTrade, eServices, Digital publishing, magazine management, Social Media management.
  • Aisha Harib
    ‎Managing Member Emirates Youth Council
    UAE
    Aisha Saeed Harib was born in Dubai and has a Bachelor's Degree in “Visual Communication” from Zayed University and a Masters in “Innovation and Project Management” from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Dubai.
    Aisha owns and runs Socialbandage, the first nonprofit social business in the UAE spreading awareness about the importance of getting involved in the community. Socialbandage launched the first online charity store in the GCC designed to conduct social campaigns targeting Emirati society. Currently, she also works as a “CSR Investment Specialist” in Community Development Authority under the Government of Dubai and to top that off, is part of the first batch of the Military National Service Program as a volunteer and has graduated as a Soldier.
    Passionate about community service, Aisha’s work aims to raise awareness about different social issues among youth through a series of campaigns in collaboration with several organizations. For example, Socialbandage supports the ‘Give a Wheelchair’ campaign, which is nominated for a Google Entrepreneurship Prize.
    Aisha is currently a resident at the Google Campus Academy and has been nominated to join the Google Entrepreneurs team.
    Recently, she joined another social non-profit organization as a co-founder for the 1971team, which aims to spread national awareness among youth to give back to the community. She has worked on and delivered recent successful projects such as “Ela_jary \ to my neighbor“ and “Give A Bike “ campaign. She received an award from the “ Arab Woman Awards“ and “Du“ for being the most inspiring social entrepreneur in 2014. In 2015, she received an award from Shaikha Lubna Al Qassimi for social entrepreneurship. She participated in international conferences and tours representing the UAE and is a member of “you ae connect” program, which is part of the Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan AlNahyan foundation.
    Aisha Harib is a motivated change maker. CSR is her passionate language which she uses to highlight positive change. She is comfortable interacting with all levels of the organization and the public, she is able to negotiate and problem solve quickly, accurately, and efficiently, is adept at multitasking in order to achieve individual and team goals and is committed to quality and excellence.
  • Raha Moharrak
    Art Director/Graphic Design Freelancer
    Saudi Arabia
    Always a curious child, for as long as she can remember, Raha Moharrak dreamed of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changing it.
    From a young age, her eccentricity was obvious, blessed with parents who never asked her to change, teaching her to dream big and live even bigger, as they raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities.
    Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah then starting her career at a leading advertising agency, Raha’s life changed the day she summited Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society and her culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof, where her spirit could no longer be silenced and nothing could hold her back from her love of adventure. Kilimanjaro opened the doors to 8 more summits, yet still, her love affair with altitude was insatiable and her curiosity as to where her limits were grew fierce. Just when she thought she found them, she set eyes on Everest and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born. On May 18th 2013, a year after seeing the legendary mountain, Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest, forever proving we could attempt the impossible and maybe even achieve it no matter where we are from. She is living proof that if children are raised confident and curious, unapologetically who they are, then we’re capable of anything. It is even possible for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world
  • Amani Shajrah
    Head of Studies and Research Department, Women Information Centre Supreme Council for Women
    Bahrain
    Amani Shajrah is the Head of Studies and Research Department at the Supreme Council for Women, and Management and Marketing lecturer at the College of Business Administration at the University of Bahrain. Amani holds a Master’s degree in Total Quality and Performance Management with distinction from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and a BA in Multimedia Computing with first class honours from the United Kingdom. She has worked as a head of Quality Assurance and Excellence at University of Bahrain, an Excellence Consultant at the Bahrain Centre for Excellence, as well as the Prime Minister’s Court and was a Lecturer/Consultant at the United Nations for Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). There she introduced and developed a new course in Total Quality Management for the Enterprise Development Program, trained more than 200 entrepreneurs and provided consultation and assistance to struggling entrepreneurs. She has participated in various national, governmental and United Nations projects and participated as a speaker in national and international conferences. She has conducted a number of research studies and surveys, and has participated in preparing national and international reports. She has published a number of papers in difference fields and a book titles “Building Competitive Public Sector with Knowledge Management Strategy.” She has also received a number of awards for her academic excellence, professional outstanding performance and for her effort in community services.
  • Hind Siddiqi
    VP of Marketing Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
    UAE
    Hind Abdul Hamied Seddiqi is the current Chief Marketing Officer of Seddiqi Holding and renowned role model for Emirati women in the workforce. She broke down traditions as the first female family member to join the corporate office of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
    Hind attained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications at the American University of Sharjah, working part-time at a Public Relations agency to gain practical experience.
    Among Hind’s key successes and accomplishments through her tenure at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons was the establishment of the Marketing and Communications Department, helping establish the company’s identity in the local, regional and international markets. Under her leadership, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons has strengthened its position as a leading global curator of time.
    Hind is the daughter of the Vice Chairman of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Abdul Hamied Seddiqi and a third generation member of the Seddiqi family.
    She is also a member of the Seddiqi Holding Executive Committee, the Dubai Watch Week Committee, and Co-Chairman of BUNYAN, the Capacity-building Hub.
  • Valeria Chapa
    Vice President & General Counsel, Latin America Honeywell
    Mexico
    Valeria provides general commercial, corporate governance and compliance advice to Honeywell's operations in LATAM. Before joining Honeywell, Valeria was a partner at Baker & McKenzie based in Monterrey, Mexico and worked at the firm’s New York (2004) and Mexico City (2006-2008) offices. She holds a JD from the Universidad de Monterrey (Cum Laude, 2001) and a Master’s of Law from Columbia University in New York. In 2015, Valeria co-founded an NGO formed by Mexican in-house and law firm attorneys called Abogadas MX, which aims to increase the representation of female attorneys in leadership positions through mentoring, networking and leadership opportunities.
    Born in Santa María Quiegolani, in the southern highlands of Oaxaca, Eufrosina was the first woman to chair the Oaxaca State Congress. She served as Representative in the 62nd Mexican Congress where she chaired the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Ms. Cruz is known as one of the leading promoters and defenders of women’s political rights, after securing a Constitutional amendment to Article 2 Section A that recognizes Indigenous women’s active and passive right to vote nationwide.
  • Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza
    Politician and Activist
    Mexico
    Born in Santa María Quiegolani, in the southern highlands of Oaxaca, Eufrosina was the first woman to chair the Oaxaca State Congress. She served as Representative in the 62nd Mexican Congress where she chaired the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Ms. Cruz is known as one of the leading promoters and defenders of women’s political rights, after securing a Constitutional amendment to Article 2 Section A that recognizes indigenous women’s active right and passive right to vote nationwide.
  • Ariana Gomez
    Chief Innovation Officer Gentera S.A.B. de C.V.
    Mexico
    Ariana Gomez’ career path has always been focused on eradicating poverty and improving the lives of people living without opportunities. She has found different paths towards accomplishing these goals ranging from her work at international institutions (AMREF, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, World Bank, World Resources Institute), government (German Embassy, SEDESOL, SRE), NGOs (Reforestamos Mexico, Fundacion Baja una Estrella), academia and research (LSE, Stanhope Centre), private sector (Omnilife, Bimbo, Gentera) and her own business and entrepreneurial ventures (Regalos con Causa, Plan A, SomosTodos.MX, Mandetox).
    She holds a BA in Politics from York University, a Master’s in Science from the London School of Economics (LSE), an executive MBA from IPADE and an Executive Program Diploma from Singularity University at NASA.
    Ariana plays tennis, loves cooking, reading and traveling. She’s a Board Member of MassChallenge Mexico, Village Capital, as well as a couple of local Foundations and NGOs concerned with the wellbeing of women, children, youth, the environment and animals, especially stray dogs.
  • Altair Jarabo
    Actress and entrepreneur
    Mexico
    Altair is a 29 year old Mexican actress and businesswoman. For over a decade she has been working as an actress in film, theater and television in Mexico, gaining a privileged place in the social sphere where her voice can reach many ears.
  • Leticia Jauregui
    Founder and Director Crea
    Mexico
    Leticia M. Jáuregui Casanueva is Founder and President of Crea, an organization that works with female-led micro and small enterprises in marginalized cities and communities of Mexico. Leticia completed her master degrees in Community Development and Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. She is an alumni of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and is the Mexican Community Ambassador. She was selected as one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green in 2008, is a 2009 Architect of the Future from the Waldzell Institute and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Leticia has presented her work on remittances, gender equality and micro enterprise development at the Wharton School of business, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and the OECD amongst others.
  • Alba Medina Flores
    Co-founder Pop.Space
    Mexico
    Alba Medina co-founded the first marketplace for productive space in Latin America and her ultimate goal is to disrupt the real estate sector in the region.
    Medina Flores holds a Bachelor´s Degree from ITESM in Mexico City and an MSRED from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
    Medina has gained a broad understanding of real estate in Mexico while engaging at Fibra Uno as Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions and at Grupo Fame-Altozano in the development of multiple urban planning projects across the country. Previously, she was an equity research analyst of infrastructure companies in Mexico and an investment banker and private banker at Credit Suisse.
  • Saskia Niño de Rivera
    General Director Reinserta Un Mexicano A.C.
    Mexico
    Saskia Niño de Rivera grew up concerned with social justice and the state of insecurity in her home country of Mexico. After law studies at the prestigious ITAM, she went to UNAM to study psychology, with a specialization in criminal and prison psychology.
    Saskia founded a non-profit organization named Reinserta in 2013 and started working as a Prison Liaison for the Anti Kidnapping Division for the Federal Government. Today Saskia serves full time as Reinserta's General Director. She was selected as a fellow for ASHOKA in 2015, TIME Magazine named her “Next Generation Leader” and Forbes as one of the 100 most powerfull women in Mexico. She is part of the Hatch Network, an ambassador for Vital Voices and was named a 2016 Rising Talent for the Women´s Forum.
  • Lorena Saravia
    Designer and CEO Lorena Saravia
    Mexico
    Mexico City born, Lorena Saravia is considered one of the best Mexican designers worldwide. Not only is her style constant, but also her collections are highly acclaimed and documented by the press.
    Lorena obtained her fashion degree at the Universidad de Diseño y Moda Felicidad Duce in Barcelona, Spain. Before creating her own firm, she worked and collaborated with important fashion brands such as: Bread and Butter Barcelona, Gstar – Raw and famous Mexican designer Macario Jiménez.
    Lorena has won several awards including Vogues Who’s on Next Mexico. She opened the brand's first flagship store in 2014 on Masaryk, - Mexico City most luxurious avenue. The brand is designed for the contemporary woman, giving her the flexibility needed for her everyday lifestyle. Relaxed silhouettes and timeless elegance reflect the label’s trademark style.
  • Neila Benzina
    Tunisia Managing Director Business & Decision
    Tunisia
    After graduating INT Paris, Neila worked three years as a consultant in France in Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management and WEB with major Groups.
    She founded Business & Decision Middle East and Africa in 2000, which is now a leader in Business Intelligence, Customer Intelligence and Digital Transformation. She’s managing a team of 300 people, implementing international strategy and operational marketing, doing business development, operating change management and working closely with major customers Worldwide. She implemented a Moroccan subsidiary in 2005.
    She initiated the collaboration and coordination of a Public / Private ecosystem through her various activities. She was Decorated in 2015 as a Knight of the Ordre National du Mérite.
  • Yanina Chiariotti
    Director International Field Marketing Dunkin' Brands
    Spain
    A dynamic, results driven marketing executive with over 10 years of extensive international experience. Yanina Chiariotti is a multi-lingual professional with a passion for consumer led insight to build competitive advantage for all stakeholders. With previous experience in Latin America, Middle East and India, Yanina is currently the International Marketing Director for Dunkin' Brands, responsible for over 17 markets across continental Europe. Education: Degree and Master's in Corporate Communication, CUM LAUDE. Master's in Marketing at EADA Business School, Spain. Awards: Rising Talents (2015) of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain finalist (2014-2015). Dunkin’ Brands leadership award-winner (2014).
  • Kellie Gerardi
    Technical Project Manager Palantir Technologies
    USA
    Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace and defense professional who has supported a number of commercial spaceflight companies and government agencies as a business development and communications strategist. An active science communicator, Kellie has appeared on popular television shows such as ABC’s “The View” and “Nightline” and has been profiled in publications ranging from Popular Mechanics to Vogue. Kellie has served since 2012 as the Media Specialist for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the U.S. trade organization for private companies pursuing commercial spaceflight. She also holds active roles with a number of non-profits, including The Explorers Club, whose Annual Dinner she has chaired twice New York City. Her latest expedition was a trip to the Mars Desert Research Station, a prototype laboratory used by a variety of national space agencies and scientists to conduct ISRU research and simulate life on Mars.
  • Gloria Diana Glang
    Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development, Member of the EMEA Leadership Team PPG
    Germany
    Gloria Glang is the head of Strategy and M&A for Europe, Middle East and Africa for PPG. She is also a member of the PPG European Leadership Team.
    Prior to this, she held senior leadership positions in M&A- and Strategy-Consulting, Sales and Marketing. She brings broad, global experience in the chemicals, materials and consumer products industries. Proven ability to drive growth and enter & develop new markets via organic and inorganic growth strategies, deal record and high levels of creativity leading to innovative solutions offered to complex situations.
    Awarded by the `Generation CEO´ initiative as a female leader role model in 2014. Recognized as one of Switzerland´s leading female business executives- Top 40 under 40 (‘Women in Business’ Nov 2014).
  • Karoli Hindriks
    Founder Jobbatical.com
    Estonia
    Karoli is the founder of Jobbatical.com - a marketplace for international career adventures. She founded her first company at the age of sixteen officially becoming the youngest inventor of Estonia and she hasn't slowed down since. Altogether she has founded three and directed five companies in the media, marketing and recruiting fields. This included successfully leading the launch of seven television channels in Northern Europe (National Geographic Channels, MTV, and Fox entertainment). She was named one of the 20 most promising young entrepreneurs under 25 in Europe by the prestigious international business magazine BusinessWeek. Karoli is also an alumnus of Singularity University.
  • Julia Maris
    Deputy CEO Défense Conseil International (DCI)
    France
    Julia Maris is Deputy CEO of DCI (Défense Conseil International), the reference operator of the Ministry of Defence for the international transfer of the French military know-how to France friendly countries armed forces. Holding the “French Armed Forces Training” label, DCI is offering tailor-made services in the fields of consulting, training and technical assistance.
    Julia started her career in the French Ministry of Defence in 1997 and experienced both the public and private sectors. In the public area, she addressed international defence cooperation and legal engineering. In the private sector, she worked for Thales and DCI. She experienced the political environment of a ministerial cabinet as advisor for European Affairs to the French Minister of Defence: Jean-Yves Le Drian and at the Presidency of the Republic in 2007. Married, mother of a child, she graduated from the “Ecole Nationale d’Administration” in 2005 and was recently distinguished as Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
  • Sonia Medina Gomez
    Director, Climate Change Children's Investment Fund Foundation
    UK
    Sonia Media is the Executive Director, Climate Change at CIFF. Sonia oversees CIFF’s Climate Change portfolio, which includes work on Energy, Urbanisation, Land Use and Fluorinated Gases.
    Prior to joining CIFF, Sonia acted as Chief Operating Officer of a start-up company with a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy by developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa.
    Previously, Sonia worked at EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010. During a seven year period at EcoSecurities she held the position of US Country Director based out of New York and before that Global Head of Origination managing 20 local teams on five continents.
    Prior to joining EcoSecurities, Sonia worked on climate change and energy issues at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. Sonia holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Madrid, a MSc in Environmental Change and Management (specialisation in Energy and Environmental Economics) from the University of Oxford and an Executive MBA by the London Business School.
    In 2009, Sonia was named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader; in 2014, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; and in 2015, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society.
    Sonia sits on the Advisory Committee of Circularity Capital, a UK-based specialist fund manager with a mission to support SMEs growth and innovation in the circular economy. Sonia is also a Member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation that seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature and peace.
  • Janet Neo
    Head of Corporate Sustainability, Asia Pacific Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific
    Singapore
    Janet Neo heads corporate sustainability at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. She leads the acceleration of sustainability integration into the core business and builds a culture of CSR in the region. Her career spans across private, public and non-profit sectors including HEINEKEN Asia Pacific and Singapore Government Ministry where she led teams in award-winning CSR reporting and communications in Singapore and 26 countries globally. Janet holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from NUS University Scholars Program. She worked in Silicon Valley hi-tech startups and studied in Stanford University, USA. She serves as a member of United Nations ESCAP Sustainable Business Taskforce.
  • Stéphanie Phair
    Chief Strategy Officer Farfetch
    UK
    Stephanie Phair is currently Chief Strategy Officer of Farfetch, the online platform to shop the world’s greatest selection of luxury. She was previous to this, President of the Outnet.com, a division of The Net-a-Porter Group with a responsibility for overall business performance and the brand’s strategic direction. As President of The Outnet, she had led many global initiatives including creating the group’s first in-house brand, Iris & Ink.
    She also sat on the Executive Team of The Net-a-Porter Group. She is currently an Independent Board Director of Moncler SpA and an Advisor at Felix Capital.
    Prior to joining The Outnet, Stephanie’s career in the luxury sector spanned from brand management to marketing and merchandising, with senior roles at Portero, American Vogue and Issey Miyake in the US.
    Stephanie speaks four languages and holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
  • Laetitia Puyfaucher
    CEO Pelham Media
    France
    Laetitia Puyfaucher founded Pelham Media Ltd, an editorial communication group, in 2000. Today one of the leaders of the field, it gathers three agencies, WordAppeal, L’Éclaireur and KCO. Laetitia was awarded the 1999 Nico Cochelster Prize by The Economist and the Financial Times, the Trajectoires HEC au Féminin 2011 Prize. In 2013, she was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, before being named a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2015.
    A HEC Paris, LSE, Sciences Po Paris and Sorbonne graduate, Laetitia co-wrote “Le média humain”, a book about the dangers and opportunities of social media for corporations. She takes part in the Montaigne Institute’s research. Laetitia is also a member of the board of Compagnie Lebon.
  • Karla Segovia
    Trade, Investment and Gender Specialist USAID SME Development Program, Chemonics International
    El Salvador
    Karla Segovia is Salvadoran but also lived in India, Chile and the US while working and studying. She holds a postgraduate degree in Public Policy, an MBA, and a B.A. in Business and Economics and has accumulated 10 years of experience in the field of development - having worked previously with the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Karla currently works for Chemonics International in the implementation of SME development program in El Salvador, promoting alliances with the private sector to strengthen Salvadoran small and medium enterprises. She leads the gender and inclusion component for the Program. She was selected a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2012 before becoming a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2015 and she has since 2014, served on the editorial board of a large local newspaper (El Diario de Hoy).
  • Isabel Todenhoefer
    Head of M&A Lufthansa
    Germany
    Education:
    1995 - 1997 FH Reutlingen, ESB, BS, Business Administration Reutlingen, Germany
    1997 - 1999 ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, BS, Business Administration Madrid, Spain
    2005 INSEAD, MBA Program, December 2005, Fontainebleau, France

    Professional Experience:
    2000 - 2004 Natexis Bleichroeder, Inc., Associate Invesment Banking New York, USA
    2006 - 2011 Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Manager then Director Mergers & Acquisition Frankfurt, Germany
    2011 – Current Deutsche Lufthansa AG VP Head of Mergers & Acquisition, Member of the Lufthansa Group Finance Committee and Managing Director (Geschäftsführerin) of ÖLB, Holding Company of Austrian Airlines
    Since 2012 Member of the Network Generation CEO
  • Susanne Von der Becke
    Co-Founder and CEO VDB Group
    Germany
    Susanne is Co-Founder and CEO of VDB Group. Her focus is to provide insights on global financial issues and to promote responsible leadership, based on scientific research and the practice of conscious awareness. She is a published author and has been invited as an expert speaker on financial crises and high frequency trading. Susanne holds a PhD in Science from ETH Zurich and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She is also an alumna of Harvard Business School. Susanne draws on over 10 years of professional experience in the finance industry. Before founding VDB Group, she was a Director at Lehman Brothers in London and later a Vice President at LGT Capital Partners.
  • Alexandra von Wobeser
    International Associate Von Wobeser y Sierra
    USA
    Alexandra is a Mexican and US-trained international attorney who focuses her practice on international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She has participated in the representation of parties in international disputes involving bilateral investment treaties, oil and mining ventures, and sovereign debt, among other subjects. She has also participated in international human rights disputes before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights and in pro bono matters involving sexual trafficking, sexual freedom, and freedom of expression. After working at the N.Y. based law firm Debevoise and Plimpton LLP she recently joined the Mexico City firm Von Wobeser y Sierra. Alexandra was recently named one of the "31 mujeres que amamos" / "31 women we love" by Quién magazine:
    http://www.quien.com/circulos/2017/03/06/alexa-von-wobeser
  • Christina M. Alfonso
    Founder and CEO Madeira Global
    USA
    Christina is the founder & CEO of Madeira Global, a NY-based impact investment advisory firm. As an accomplished international investment advisor, her personal & professional experience spans the US, European & Latin American markets. Prior to MG, Christina served as Director of Sustainable Investments for Worldwide Investment Group in São Paulo as well as Sr. Associate & Hedge Fund Liaison at AllianceBernstein in New York. She holds a B.S. in finance & management from Fordham University & an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Christina is a founding advisory board member of the Center for Social Innovation as well as a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.
  • Alejandra Ancheita
    Founder and Executive Director Project on Economic, Social, and Cultural Right
    Mexico
    Alejandra Ancheita, the founder and Executive Director of the Mexico City based ProDESC (The Project of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), is a Mexican lawyer and activist who leads the fight for the rights of the migrants, workers, and indigenous communities of her native country to dramatically raise their standard of living. Since founding ProDESC in 2005, Alejandra and her dedicated team have run strategic, gender-sensitive campaigns aimed at protecting the economic, social, and cultural rights of Mexico’s most marginalized people. The tangible results of these campaigns include unprecedented accountability mechanisms between some of the world’s largest transnational companies, thereby ensuring land rights and the rights to dignified housing, health, education, and a fair wage, among others.
  • Jackie Arango
    Innovation Manager, Innovation Center Grupo Bancolombia
    Colombia
    Jackie is currently Innovation Manager for the Innovation Center at Grupo Bancocolombia, the biggest bank in Colombia. She is a Product Design Engineer by trade, with specialization in product design management and has a Master’s in Design and Innovation.
    She has previous experience in development, and transfer of methods, methodologies and processes of business design and product development. Jackie is a global shaper and people-centered, as part of the Bancolombia Innovation Center (CIB), focusing on challenging people to transform the future. She is also a Cathedratic teacher at Universidad EAFIT.
  • Diane Binder
    Vice-President International Development Suez Environment
    France
    As Vice-President of International Development at Suez Environnement, Diane is in charge of business development in emerging countries, more specifically in Africa. For the past 10 years, she has advised private and public sector organizations to develop policies and channel business opportunities towards social and economic development, including at the European Investment Bank and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Diane recently joined the Aspen Institute France as Director of the Europe-Africa Program. Diane earned an MSc in Management at EM Lyon, an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, as well as an Honor Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.
  • Kinga-Agnes Daradics
    Country Chairman & CEO MOL Romania Petroleum Products S.R.L.
    Romania
    Kinga started her career within MOL Group as a Sales Support Assistant, and in the following years she gained experience and know-how in different business areas. She is currently Country Chairman and CEO at MOL Romania Petroleum Products S.R.L. Prior to this position, she led the Card Products division of MOL Group, coordinating the activity of 9 countries in CEE and strategic cross-European partnerships.
    She has a Master’s degree in Management Strategies from Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca, an Executive MBA degree from the University of Sheffield, and has graduated from the MOL Group Leadership Program, made by Thunderbird Arizona.
    She is a Board Member of the Hungarian Business Association in Romania, of the Sapientia Foundation, and of the Foreign Investors’ Council.
  • Daniela De Fiori
    Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Walmart
    Brazil
    Daniela de Fiori is Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in Walmart Brazil and Chairman of the Institute Walmart. Besides currently representing the company in a number of retail organizations, Daniela is a frequent speaker on issues related to sustainability, corporate social responsibility and public relations.
    Before joining retail, Daniela worked in companies such as Cargill in communications areas. Graduated in Economics at the University of São Paulo and in Journalism in Casper Líbero, Daniela has a postgraduate degree in strategic management and public relations from the University of São Paulo.
  • Vinciane Debaille
    FNRS Research Associate Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Belgium
    Vinciane Debaille is a geologist specialized in meteorite studies for understanding the formation and evolution of the solar system and terrestrial planets. She obtained her PhD in 2005 at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France), then worked for 2 years at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. She worked for 3 years at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) before getting a permanent research position in 2010. She participated in two field campaigns for collecting meteorites in Antarctica. She is currently the PI of an ERC Starting Grant and Co-PI of a project dedicated to the habitability in our solar system.
  • Ruth Diaz
    Director of Other Hardlines Categories (Toys, Sports, Tools, Baby, Personal Care, Home, Kitchen) Amazon.es Amazon
    Spain
    Ruth Díaz started her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers at the age of 19, as an Auditor for four years. She then joined Universal Pictures as Finance Controller for three years . Later, she decided that she wanted to be “closer” to the business decisions and joined a Spanish company as CFO. At the age of 28, she was offered the CEO position of Entradas.com (a Spanish ticketing Company). During the following seven years, she made a turnaround of the company (from -4M Ebitda to +2,5M Ebitda, and turnover of 100M Euros). In 2010, Ruth joined Amazon as Country Manager of Amazon BuyVIP. The goal was to integrate the subsidiary in the technology, platform and culture. She was then offered different positions (in Spain and abroad), and she has just started her new role developing the new growing business areas of Amazon.es.
    Ruth holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree from IESE business school. She is passionate about people development and became a certified individual coach by ICF, and a team coach. During the last three years, she has been awarded as one of the top 100 leader women in Spain in all fields by the “Mujeres & Cía”. She is also member of the Spanish IWF (International Women Federation).
  • Katelyn Donnelly
    Managing Director Pearson Affordable Learning Fund
    UK
    Katelyn Donnelly is a Managing Director of the Pearson Affordable Fund, a $65M venture fund that invests in education companies in emerging markets. Katelyn is also Partner at Delivery Associates, the leading public senior advisory group focused on implementation where she leads the Affordable Learning Fund, an emerging market venture fund that invests in early stage education companies. She serves as a non-executive director for SPARK Schools, Avanti Learning Centers, APEC Schools and Omega Schools. She is also an active advisor on Pearson's global strategy, research and innovation agenda and a consultant to governments on system transformation and delivery. Katelyn is a frequent speaker and published author on innovation in education and was recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Previously Katelyn was a consultant at McKinsey and Company in San Francisco.
  • Sheila Gulati
    Founder and Managing Director TOLA Capital
    USA
    Sheila Gulati is the Founder and Managing Director of Tola Capital. She is a seasoned software expert with a wide range of experience as a software developer, software investment banker, technology megacap business and M&A leader and strategist.
    Ms. Gulati was previously the business and marketing leader for Microsoft's Enterprise Application Platform and co-owned the company’s Enterprise IT strategy. In this role, she was responsible for $5 billion in annual global revenue, including the company's database business. Ms. Gulati spent over a decade inside Microsoft in different roles across the world. Ms. Gulati previously worked at Robertson Stephens as a tech investment banker.
  • Bei Guo
    Deputy General Manager & US Director EIC Group
    China
    Bei’s adventure started in Japan at age 16 when she obtained a scholarship from a Japanese high school. After 2.5 years, she entered into the University of Tokyo, the #1 university in Asia. Later on in her career, in pursuit of her general management and leadership skills, she went to Harvard for her MBA degree.
    Her working experience covered a wide variety of fields, from investment banking, VC, consulting, entrepreneurship and general management. With her extensive exposure of both Asian and Western education, she aims to provide innovative education products to the youth in China, and share her experience of how to live a balanced and fulfilling life, and how to make difficult choices at the crossroads.
  • Rahaf Harfoush
    Founder Red Thread Inc.
    France
    Rahaf is a Digital Anthropologist and Best Selling Author. She is the founder of Red Thread a think tank focusing on Digital Culture, Innovation, and Creativity. She is the author of the NYT Best Seller “The Decoded Company,” and “Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand.” She is currently working on her third book entitled “Hustle & Float: Balancing Execution & Inspiration” which examines the future of work for creatives which will be released in late 2017. Previously, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Program at the World Economic Forum and a member of Barack Obama’s digital media team during the 2008 elections. She was the research contributor for Don Tapscott’s “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” and “Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.” Rahaf is a Global Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, a WEF Young Global Shaper. She teaches Innovation & Disruptive Business Models at SciencesPo in Paris.
  • Sabrina Hersi Issa
    CEO & Co-Founder Be Bold Media & End Famine
    USA
    Sabrina Hersi Issa is the CEO of Be Bold Media, a digital agency for global advocacy that produces #HackingRelief & #HackingHunger, a hackathon series to build and improve technology tools used for humanitarian relief and refugee services and Vanguard, a global donor engagement program. She is the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to developing sustainable solutions to hunger, food security and humanitarian assistance.
    Sabrina organizes Rights x Tech, a gathering for technologists and activists and runs Survivor Fund, a political fund dedicated to supporting the rights of survivors of sexualized violence. Sabrina currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, where she leads Local News Lab research on journalism ecosystems and how philanthropy can support efforts to build diverse, inclusive newsrooms. Previously, Sabrina was a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where she worked on issues related to technology, human rights and humanitarian disasters. She has worked for Afghans for Civil Society, Oxfam America, NBC News and National Public Radio.
  • Donata Hopfen
    CEO of BILD Group Axel Springer SE, BILD KG
    Germany
    Born in Hamburg, Donata Hopfen started her higher education rather internationally: she studied Business administration at the University of Reutlingen in Germany and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid (ICADE) in Spain. Donata started her career as a strategy consultant in Accenture’s media and telecommunications practice and she joined Axel Springer in 2003, where she worked in various positions: 2003 – 2006 responsible for business development and product management at BILD.T-Online. Between 2006 -2009, Donata was head of business development in Axel Springer’s electronic media department. In 2010, she became Managing Director of BILD’s digital activities and was named Group CEO BILD in May 2014, responsible for all activities of the BILD brand, including print, digital, mobile, TV and merchandising.
  • Christina Lopes
    CEO & Founder The One Health Company
    USA
    Christina Lopes is a co-founder of The One Health Company. Previously, Christina was a Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management and since she has been working on innovation deals in the biotech space. Christina has served on the Board of International Planned Parenthood for the Western Hemisphere, participated in The United Nations Commission for the Status of Women and lectured at Columbia University. She was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in March 2010. This honor is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world. Christina was also honored a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2014. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's in International and Political Affairs from Columbia University, and Doctoral Coursework in Ethics at Princeton University.
  • Alice Lopin
    Store Leader Apple Computer
    Singapore
    Alice Lopin moved to Singapore mid-2016 to open the first Apple Store in South East Asia. In her role as Store Leader, she is responsible for selecting and developing top talent for Apple and leading the Retail teams to deliver outstanding customer experiences both to consumer and business customers. Prior to her relocation, Alice lived in Hong Kong for over a decade, and played a pivotal role in the leadership and development of the Apple Stores in Greater China.
    Prior to joining Apple, Alice had grown Qeelin, the first Chinese luxury jeweler, from a seed-startup into a full-grown global luxury brand. In her capacity as Global Head of Sales and Marketing, she was instrumental in Qeelin’s acquisition by Kering Gucci-Group in 2012, which became the very first Chinese brand ever to be acquired by a global luxury conglomerate.
    Alice has made a strong impact in the area of Community as a Volunteer Guide for Apple, has been an Alumni Chapter President for HEC Paris for over a decade in Hong Kong, and was appointed French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCE) by the French Government in 2010.
    Mentorship and creativity are at the heart of her passions, and Alice has been consistently mentoring startup owners, high potential individuals and artists to achieve their best. She was rewarded in 2014 by being selected to join the Rising Talents Initiative by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and was appointed Mentor in the Startup Next Program Hong Kong in 2016.
    Alice holds a Masters in Management from HEC Paris, a Masters in Corporate Law from Assas Paris-II University, a G.G expert gemologist degree from the GIA and has attended the MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Samar Mezghanni
    Writer and youth activist, Arab Thought Foundation PhD Student, University of Cambridge
    UK
    Samar Samir Mezghanni is a Tunisian writer with two records in Guinness Book for World Records as the youngest writer in the world in 2000 and the most prolific writer in the world in 2002. She has written over a hundred short stories for children and published 14 books. Some of her stories were turned into a TV program for children produced in Cairo.
    Samar received many awards and certifications for her work from different Princes, Presidents, foundations and associations. She was recently selected as one of the 17 United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals amongst 18 000 candidates. She was classified as one of the most influential Arab women in 2013 and one of the most important young leaders in the Arab region in 2012. She is a member of various International and Regional NGOs. Her work focuses on youth empowerment and she trains young people on debate, communication and public speaking skills. Samar has delivered speeches in over 20 countries.
    Samar studied Communication and Culture in England and she worked with the British Council and the United Nations as a consultant on civil society and youth programs. She is now a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.
  • Leslie Serrero
    Senior Vice President, Global Operational Marketing & E-retail Christian Dior Couture
    France
    Leslie Serrero is currently VP of Operational Marketing at Christian Dior, where she oversees retail marketing, CRM, digital, call center, and media globally. Previously, Leslie was Executive VP of Strategic Marketing at Lacoste, where she was responsible for repositioning the brand globally. Prior to Lacoste, Leslie was Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group, in NYC, Sydney, then Paris, specialized in growth strategies in the fashion/retail industries. She started her career at General Electric. In 2013, Leslie was nominated “Young Leader” by the French American Foundation, and “Rising Talent” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Leslie graduated from an MBA at Harvard Business School in 2003, and ESSEC in 1997.
  • Ana Luiza Trajano
    Owner and Kitchen Chef Brasil A Gosto
    Brazil
    Chef Ana Luiza Trajano’s connection with Brazilian cuisine and ingredients come from her childhood, in the country side of the state of São Paulo. Even after graduating from FAAP Management School, the chef went to Italy, where she attended renowned culinary institutions, in Milan, Piemonte, and Florence. Today, with a well established career and an internationally renowned restaurant, the chef intends to carry on her research and launch new projects in order to deepen her knowledge even further and help disseminate Brazilian culture, at the same time that she strengthens the country’s products and producers.
  • Helen Yuanyuan Cao
    Head of Marketing and Product Management EMEA BD Biosciences
    Switzerland
    Helen Yuanyuan Cao was born in China, grew up in Germany and has lived and worked in the US, Belgium and Switzerland.
    With a background in neuroscience, development economics and management, she has been highly successful in science, the public and private sector and was awarded Germany’s “40 under 40” and “Manager of the Year 2013”.
    She is currently an executive in the field of biotech and healthcare at BD Biosciences, where she leads product management and marketing of clinical diagnostic tests in the field of cancer and HIV and for instruments and tools for the study of the immune system. Helen has expertise in data driven businesses in the life sciences space and is a much thought-after advisor for startups. In addition, she has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Germany.
    With a passion for the written word, she is also a creative writer and has participated in exhibited art projects.
  • Selene Biffi
    Founder and Executive Director Plain Ink
    Italy
    Selene Biffi is a humanitarian and social entrepreneur, founder of several social ventures like Plain Ink - free, educational comics created for children and communities in developing countries. She has also recently opened a school to revive traditional storytelling in Kabul, Afghanistan.
    Formerly part of the Taskforce on Innovative Startups of the Minister of Economic Development of Italy, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Innovation in The Third Sector of Banca Prossima (Banca Intesa).
    She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and a Young laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013.
  • Helen Bowyer
    Emerging Technology Service Manager IBM
    UK
    Helen is a Practice Manager for Emerging Technology in IBM UK. She is motivated by a passion for new technology & innovation, and recognised within IBM as a Senior Inventor. Focusing on pioneering technology to solve accessibility issues, Helen’s original idea of an automatic signing solution (SiSi) allows voice or text input to be translated into British Sign Language. Helen is directly involved with introducing and demonstrating new technologies, and engages her expertise to help their smooth adoption by clients. Emerging Technology collaborates with customers from a huge variety of industries, ranging from Aerospace to Retail and Healthcare to Security. With experts in a whole host of technologies including the Internet of Things, Encryption, Cognitive Computing and many more, Emerging Technology can help solve your specific problems. Helen is an enthusiastic participant in activities to get girls learning about IT and its career opportunities. Outside of work, Helen is a keen horsewoman competing at endurance rides.
  • Panmela Castro
    Graffiti Artist and President Nami Rede Feminista de Arte Urbana
    Brazil
    Panmela Castro is Founder and President of Rede Nami, a feminist urban arts network based in Brazil that empowers women through graffiti. As an activist artist, Castro uses graffiti as a vehicle for cultural transformation, seeking to promote human rights and strengthening the artistic, intellectual and professional skills of women living in Brazil’s favelas. She has also been invited to paint in cities across the globe, including Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC. Castro has received numerous awards, including the Hutúz Prize for Graffiti Artist of the Decade and the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for human rights. In 2012, she was nominated by Newsweek as one of 150 women that are “shaking the world”. Castro has worked with major organizations such as the OAS, German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and is working on an MA at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Daniela de Rogatis
    CEO Rogatis Family e Cia da Educacao
    Brazil
    Daniela Raquel de Rogatis founded and chaired for 15 years Companhia de Educação, and currently follows commanding the company's shares - now Rogatis Group. Educator, researcher and consultant in the field of Education and Family. Specializes in the United States in the management of Family Room, with a focus on preparing children and young people who need to take challenges of wealth in life (management of family businesses, large fortunes or inheritance, for example). Certified in Cultural Biology-Matriztica the Escuela de Santiago, Chile and various events of Project Zero and the Future of Learning at Harvard School of Educ., she is dedicated to consulting Brazilian families in education matters.
  • Mary Fitzgerald
    Journalist & Consultant
    Ireland
    Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and analyst specializing in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. In her previous role as Irish Times foreign correspondent, she reported from more than 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the Financial Times. Mary was a founding member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020 and was selected for the European Young Leaders 40 under 40 program in 2013. She was chosen as one of the Global Women's Forum for the Economy & Society's "Rising Talents" in 2013.
  • Alessandra França
    Founder and President Banco Perola Microcrédito
    Brazil
    Alessandra França, 28 years old, a graduate in Marketing with an MBA in Personal Management and an MBA in Banking, had for 7 years worked in Project Pearl, OSCIP with 10 years of work undertaken with the youth. She benefited as coordinator of Project Pearl, to contribute to a better world by mainly believing that social actions transform lives and provide vitality to dreams. Between 2008 and 2009, she participated in the selection process of social business entrepreneurs conducted by Artemisia Brazil which was selected among the five entrepreneurs. Through this selection process, Pearl Bank was born, credit OSCIP directed by young people for young people from 18-35 years.
  • Maëlle Gavet
    CEO Compass
    USA
    Maelle currently became CEO of Compass, a technology-driven real estate platform that is revolutionizing traditional brokerage. Previous to this, Maelle was Chief Executive Officer of OZON Holdings for four years. Gavet helped secure one of Russia’s largest infusions of VC funding, a $100 million round of funding in September 2011. This round was eclipsed by a $150 million fundraising closed in April 2014.
    In February 2012, Gavet established a critical corporate milestone for the company with OZON’s strategic acquisition of Sapato.ru, Russia’s leading online shoe and accessory retailer. In May 2014, under Gavet’s leadership, OZON acquired a substantial stake in the leading Russian eBook distribution platform, LitRes.ru.
    Prior to being named CEO, Gavet was Sales and Marketing director of OZON.ru. From 2003 to 2009, Gavet was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group.
    Born in France, Gavet was educated at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the Institut D’Etudes Politiques.
  • Burcu Geris
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer TAV Airports Holding
    Turkey
    Burcu Geris has a degree in Business from the Bogazici University and an MBA degree from the London Business School and Columbia Business School. Burcu has 18 years of experience in project finance, corporate finance and treasury. She started her career as a banker and joined TAV Airports in 2005 where she headed the Project and Structured Finance Department for seven years. She became CFO of TAV in 2012 at the age of 34, the youngest woman CFO in Turkey. Burcu completed the financing of eight airport projects totalling US$4.5bn including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bodrum, Georgia, Tunisia, Macedonia and Medinah Airports. She also played a significant role in the IPO of the company and various share sales transactions. Burcu was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. She was voted Best CFO in Investor Relations in Turkey by Thomson Reuters Extel Surveys in 2015, Best CFO-Runner-up in 2014 and 2016 and selected as one of the Most Effective 50 CFOs in Turkey by Fortune magazine.
  • Amy Jadesimi
    Managing Director LADOL Integrated Logistics Free Zone Enterprise
    Nigeria
    Dr Amy Jadesimi is the Managing Director of LADOL, an oil and gas fabrication and multi-logistics services base in Nigeria. Beyond LADOL, Amy contributes to Forbes and joined the 2015 Advisory Board for the UN Development Programme’s “Africa Human Development Report”.
    Amy cut her teeth at Goldman Sachs and Brait Private Equity in London, before returning to Nigeria to join LADOL’s management team. Amy has a number of accolades under her belt: in 2012, she was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow; in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; also in 2013, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy & Society; in 2014, Forbes included her in the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa; and in July 2015, the Financial Times named her one of top 25 Africans To Watch.
    Amy holds an MBA from Stanford University, as well as a BA and BMBCh from the University of Oxford.
  • Marieme Jamme
    Chief Executive Officer I AM THE CODE
    UK
    Born in Senegal, Mariéme Jamme is a London based CEO, blogger, social entrepreneur and technologist who works tirelessly to empower her fellow Africans through education, leadership and economic development. She was named one of Forbe’s ‘20 youngest power women in Africa 2012’ , nominated by the Guardian African Community Network as one of the African women to watch in 2013 and was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as being a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013.
    A technology businesswoman, Mariéme has founded many ventures aiming to support the development of Africans such as Spot1mentoring (A mentoring and Business Accelerator) and co-founded of Africa Gathering, a platform bringing entrepreneurs and others together to share ideas for positive change in Africa. She was recently voted one of Africa’s top 25 women achievers by The Guardian Newspaper in the UK». Marieme recently supported Appfrica International Inc. and the State Department in the USA to organize the Apps4Africa contest across Africa and the Africa Progress Panel chair by Kofi Annan to host events in Africa. Marieme has also Founded the JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal, the first women Tech Innovation Network supporting women in Science,Technology, Engineering and Math.
  • Marie Lora-Mungai
    CEO & Executive Producer Restless Global
    Kenya
    First as a journalist and later as an entrepreneur and producer, Marie Lora-Mungai’s work over the past 10 years has focused on creating compelling content that challenges the world’s understanding of Africa by bringing to light complex and fascinating African stories rooted in reality.
    She is the Founder and CEO of Restless Global, a pan-African company focused on the development of Africa-inspired film & television projects for an international audience. Marie previously founded and ran Buni.tv, a pioneer African video-on-demand platform recently acquired by Trace TV/MTG Group, and production company Buni Media, known for its popular political satire shows The XYZ Show (Kenya) and Ogas At The Top (Nigeria).
    During her successful first career as an award-winning television journalist, Marie worked across 3 continents and 15 African countries for CNN, Reuters TV, AFP TV and the BBC.
    In 2013 she was named a Rising Talent at the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. She was listed on the Choiseul list of 200 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow in 2015 and 2016, and was named one of “10 Female Entrepreneurs to Follow in 2017” by Forbes France.
  • Emilie Luc-Duc
    Designer/ Artistic Director Freelance
    France
    Emilie Luc-Duc is a French fashion designer born in 1980. She graduated from IFM (Institut Français de la Mode) and is specialized in knitwear. She worked with Anne Valérie Hash and Dior girl on their knitwear lines. She improved then her original knitwear expertise with original and creative researches. « I like to think clothes starting with material and knitwear allow me to create my own raw material ». She elaborates, indeed, knitwear in volume, draped, tied, twisted, « couture knitwear » and turns woven technics into knitted garments.
    As a Creative Director in Rodier from 2011 to 2014, she has brought creativity, innovation and has given a new birth to the collections, the style and the image of the old French fashion house. She has known how to metamorphose skillfully the brand and brought it back on the fashion scene returning to its powerfull heritage.
    Emilie collaborated with Maison Repetto and launched its first ready to wear collection. A collection inspired by dance and its mythic outfits, timeless, pure and graceful. She was also the head designer of Rodier until she started her own collection: http://www.emilielucduc.com/
    In 2013, she was awarded Rising Talent at the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013 and was selected as a new member of the Who's Who.
  • Cut Noosy Keumalafajri
    Vice President, Service Partnership Management XL Axiata
    Indonesia
    Cut completed a Master's of Telecommunications at the University of Indonesia with a GPA 4.0/4.0 in 2005. Between 1996-2001, she studied Electrical Engineering at the Telkom Institute of Technology.
    She has been awarded Indonesia Future Business Leader in 2011, by SWA Magazine, Business Woman Leader 2011/2012, by Femina Magazine, Gold Medal Winner of Asia Pacific, Best Contact Center Leader 2013, Singapore and Director of the Year 2013, Asia Pacific Customer Relation Management, Hong Kong.
    Cut is currently Vice-President, Service Partnership Management at XL Axiata. Previously she was General Manager, Customer Service, XL Axiata and before this she held various staff & managerial positions at Motorola & XL Axiata.
  • Luisa Ribeiro
    CEO Gema Ventures
    Brazil
    Luisa has a Bachelor's of Engineering from PUC-Rio in Brazil and started her career in Accenture in 2003, where she worked as a consultant for nearly five years. Among other projects, she led a government initiative to train over 120 thousand people in Brazil in a period of 2 years with a budget of USD 100 million. In 2007 she moved to Singapore to pursue an MBA at INSEAD and finished in Fontainebleau, France. Luisa had the opportunity to work with equity research at Cantillon Capital Management, a hedge fund in London with USD 10 billion of assets under management at the time. In 2009 she joined the OECD in Paris. In over two years she acted as an internal advisor, launched the Innovation Lab, and coordinated a public policy platform for innovation in Latin American, interacting with the respective ministries of Science and Technology of each region.
    Luisa returned to Brazil in August 2011 with a strong will to become an entrepreneur. She started an online marketplace for house services and founded Papaya Ventures - to transform interaction and transfer of knowledge between startups, business specialists and investors. In 2014 she launched Gema Ventures in São Paulo, a new concept in startup acceleration.
    She was nominated in 2013 Young Global Leader, by the World Economic Forum as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society.
  • Mariana Tolovi
    Chief Market Officer Grupo Fleury
    Brazil
    Mariana held managerial positions in sales, marketing and business strategy for companies including: Siemens, Sun Microsystems and Philips. She is currently co-founder of Museu da Imaginação - Children Museum in Brazil, alongside being Chief Marketing Officer at Grupo Fleury. She was previously working for Johnson & Johnson since 2006 as a Regional Business Director. She holds an Engineering degree from Escola Mackenzie and a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She volunteered in Padre Mariano Orphanage and Natal para todos (Brazil), Habitat for Humanity (USA). She supports educational initiatives in minimally invasive procedures with Medical Societies partnerships in Latin America, providing annual training to over 3,000 professionals. She is the sponsor for LA operation smiles with a target to benefit 500 smiles in 2013.
  • Ge Fei Xu
    General Manager Hachette Phoenix
    China
    Born in Manchuria in 1979 to a modest family, Fei taught herself English and French and left her home town to discover the world at the age of nineteen. In 2003, she arrived in Paris to work for an internet marketing company, where she was appointed General Manager for China in 2005. But she grew tired of international trade and in early 2008 decided to go back to her true vocation, cultural exchange between China and the West. She founded her own Franco-Chinese comic book publishing house in 2009. After her first successful publications, "Judge Bao" and "The Adventures of Yaya", in January 2012 she created the subsidiary for the audiovisual and cinematographic adaptations, Fei Productions.
    In 2010, French publisher, Editions XO published her first autobiography « Petite Fleur de Mandchourie » (in French).
  • Anne Amuzu
    CEO & Technical Lead Nandimobile
    Ghana
    Miss Anne Amuzu founded and manages Nandimobile together with two other co-founders. She is also the lead developer responsible for the development of the company's products. In 2010, Nandimobile's maiden product, Gripeline was said to solve a world wide problem and was awarded the Best Business at the Launch conference in San Francisco. Miss Amuzu who is a graduate of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Techonology, holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
  • Asita Anche
    Managing Director Goldman Sachs
    UK
    Asita Anche is a high frequency, quant driven trader and a Managing Director for Goldman Sachs.
    Prior to that, Asita ran the high frequency trading divisions for Europe for Citadel Investment Group and Millennium Capital Partners.
    She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's in Computer Science in 2004.
  • Melissa Boteach
    Vice President of Poverty to Prosperity Program Center for American Progress
    USA
    Melissa Boteach directs the Poverty to Prosperity Program at Center for American Progress as well as Half in Ten, a project to build the political will to cut U.S. poverty by half in 10 years. Previously, Melissa worked as a senior policy associate and poverty campaign coordinator at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. A Harry Truman and George Mitchell Scholar, Melissa earned a master's degree in public policy from The George Washington University focusing on public finance, and a master’s degree in Equality Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. Melissa has appeared on TV, radio and print media, and was named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 for law and policy in 2011.
  • Shiyin Cai
    Founder & CEO Dialogue in the Dark China
    China
    Ms. Cai got her MBA with full-scholarship at the State University of New York. Over 10 years, Ms. Cai worked for GE, Siemens, AIG and Roland Berger in New York, Atlanta, UK, Mexico, Singapore and China. She quit her job in 2007 as CTO for GE Infrastructure ASPAC and founded Shiyin Fashion & Lifestyle GmBH in Germany. After the encounter with Sabriye Tenberken who founded the blind school in Tibet, Shiyin was inspired and worked as a volunteer advisor for the blind school and the work with blind people brought Shiyin to Dialogue in the dark exhibition in Atlanta. Shiyin took the COO role for Dialogue Social Enterprise in 2010 in Hamburg and moved back to China in 2012 and founded DiD China.
  • Christel Heydemann
    Senior VP, Corporate Strategy, Alliances & Development Schneider Electric
    France
    Christel Heydemann is Senior VP Corporate Strategy, Alliances & Development at Schneider Electric. Prior to joining Schneider Electric in October 2014, Christel spent her career in the telecom industry at Alcatel-Lucent where she held a number of executive roles and was most recently member of the Executive Management Committee as Executive VP Human Resources and Transformation. Prior roles include Vice President of the Strategic Alliance with HP based in Palo Alto, California or Chief Sales Officer for Alcatel-Lucent France.
    Christel was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, and received “La Tribune Women’s award” in 2015 for Smart City category. A French national, Christel graduated as Engineer from the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, as well as from the Global Leadership and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Jing Hong
    Managing Director Hillhouse Capital Group
    China
    Jing Hong is a Managing Director at Hillhouse Capital Group, a long-term fundamental equities investor with over $9 billion assets under management. Hillhouse manages capital for global leading institutional investors and takes a long-term fundamental research approach and invests in both public and private opportunities across a variety of sectors. Ms. Hong is the Head of Private Equity Investment of Hillhouse focusing on identifying and investing in high quality businesses led by extraordinary individuals and teams. Prior to joining Hillhouse, Ms. Hong was a Managing Director at General Atlantic LLC, a global growth equity firm where she was the head of Emerging Market Consumer sector and the General Manager of the Beijing Office. Previously she worked at global private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC and the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Ms. Hong received a B.S in Finance and a Master's in Management Engineering from the School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Chloé Jay
    Managing Director France Van Cleef & Arpels
    France
    Born in 1975, she led an exotic childhood from Jakarta to China. She graduated ESCP in 1999 and began her career at L’Oreal.
    She developed a passion for fragrances as product manager at Lancôme int. and then marketing manager at Giorgio Armani int. At age 32, she became Managing Director of Kiehl’s for France. After 10 years at L’Oreal, she wanted to live a new experience. She entered Van Cleef & Arpels as the Marketing, Communication and Supply Chain Director for Europe, Middle-East and CIS. After one year, at 36, she became Managing Director for France, historical and second market in turnover of the Maison.
  • Ulla Lohmann
    Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker
    Germany
    Ulla Lohmann is a German photojournalist and documentary filmmaker with a diploma in Natural Resource Management.
    She works as freelance for National Geographic, GEO, BBC, New York Times and holds international exhibits and talks. Ulla is specialized in documenting the changing world of indigenous tribes and in erupting volcanoes.
    She loves adventures and challenges like rock climbing, diving, trekking to the highest volcano on the planet in Chile (6893m) or hiking through dense jungle to meet remote tribes.
    Science is important to the former "Jugend forscht winner": Ulla has published several scientific papers. She is also ambassador for the NGO "Pacific People Aid Fund".
  • Lindiwe Mazibuko
    Former Leader of the Opposition Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
    South Africa
    Lindiwe Mazibuko is a public leader, speaker, writer, and former politician. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament.
    A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States, Lindiwe was an elected representative in South Africa’s National Assembly until May 2014, when she resigned from active politics in order to return to higher education. Despite her decision to take a prolonged hiatus from public office, Lindiwe remains committed to promoting change for the better in South Africa, Africa and the Global South.
  • Souad Mekhennet
    Author & Journalist The Washington Post
    USA
    Souad Mekhennet, co-author of “The Eternal Nazi,” is a correspondent on the national security desk at The Washington Post. She is a fellow with the New America Foundation and currently working on a memoir called, "I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad."
    She has also been known as the columnist at Newsweek/Daily Beast, “Lifting The Veil" tells stories of the hopes, fears and realities of Muslims throughout the world as Muslim countries undergo huge changes.
    Souad, is a reporter who has been covering the Middle East, North Africa and radical Islamic movements since shortly after Sept. 11, and is also a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University and at the School for Advanced and International Studied (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University.
    She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she researched the “long-term strategies of terrorist organizations since the Arab Spring.” Before her Nieman fellowship, she worked from 2004 until 2012 as a reporter at The New York Times, where she was part of the investigative unit and the "female factor team". She worked from 2002 to 2004 for the Washington Post.
    She then worked at ZDF (German TV) and currently writes again for the Washington Post.
  • Michelle Meyer
    Managing Director, Head of US Economics Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    USA
    Michelle Meyer is a senior US economist at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She is the primary fixed income trading floor economist and specialist in the US housing market. In this capacity, Michelle provides timely analysis of the high frequency economic data and Federal Reserve policy announcements to the sales force and traders. She runs the firm’s macro model and is responsible for coordinating the mediumterm economic forecasts. Meyer focuses her research on the US housing market, where she has become highly recognized for her outlook. She is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is often cited in print and online media.
    Prior to joining BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research in early 2010, Michelle was a senior US economist at Barclays Capital, where she worked on building GDP models and sector forecasts. Meyer started her career in the US economics team at Lehman Brothers. She began to focus on the housing market in 2006 when it became clear that the sector would be a crucial part of the outlook going forward.
    Meyer holds an M.A. and B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Boston University. She was named by Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in finance in 2011.
  • Anna Neistat
    Senior Director, Research Amnesty International
    France
    Dr. Anna Neistat is Senior Director for Research at Amnesty International (starting September 1, 2014). In this capacity, she leads and oversees Amnesty International’s research worldwide.
    Prior to that, Neistat worked as associate director for Program and Emergencies at Human Rights Watch. Neistat has been involved in human rights work for the last 18 years. At Human Rights Watch, she led fact-finding missions in conflict areas and was responsible for developing investigative methodology and training for Human Rights Watch researchers and directors.
    Before joining Human Rights Watch, Neistat worked for "Echo of Moscow," Russia's leading radio station, the Open Society Institute, and as a constitutional law researcher at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Neistat holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology. She is a member of the New York State Bar, and teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.
  • Daniela Ott
    CEO Eden Being
    France
    Daniela was appointed CEO of Eden Being, a new lifestyle and retail brand, part of the Oetker Collection in April 2015.
    Over the past 15 years, Daniela has built a dual competency in brand management, strategy and finance on the one hand, and in merchandising and product knowledge on the other. Previously, she has worked as CEO of the Tomas Maier brand, COO of the Kering Luxury Portfolio, Director of Strategy of the Gucci Group in London and Paris and as Director of Strategy and Marketing at Balenciaga.
    In 2014, she was selected as a European Young Leader in “40 under 40”. In 2012, she was selected as one of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society's “Rising Talents”.
    Daniela graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelo'sr and Master's from the London School of Economics and Bocconi University, and received the LSE Research Award and Economic & Research Council Award. Daniela studied also at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. Daniela is passionate about Consumers and Brands, researching and lecturing on this topic.
  • Carolina Pina
    Director WIN Lab Miami
    USA
    Carolina is the Director of the WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab Miami. Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, the WIN Lab is an innovative residency program for women entrepreneurs who are ready to think big, be bold, and launch successful companies.
    Prior to joining WIN Lab she was Director of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Miami Campus. In 2015 she founded Ignitus, a consulting practice that helps organizations implement social impact initiatives.
    Originally from Venezuela, Carolina is an activist on important causes related to her home country, women's empowerment and equality. Carolina is a connector, an arts & culture enthusiast and a philanthropist. She is a Trustee at the New World Symphony, a Host and Screening Committee Member for the Miami Film Festival and an advisor at the Lung Transplant Foundation.
    Carolina holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Florida International University, an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management and an Executive Scholars in Leadership & Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
  • Nina Rawal
    Head of Life Science Industrifonden (Swedish Industrial Development Fund)
    Sweden
    Dr. Nina Rawal heads the Life Science investment team at Industrifonden, a 500 million USD venture capital fund, and serves on the boards of several life science companies. Previously, she held the position of Vice President, Strategy and Ventures at Gambro. Prior experience also includes The Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Hôpital la Salpêtrière in Paris.
  • Nicole Seah
    Politician
    Singapore
    Nicole Rebecca Seah Xue Ling, born 17 October 1986 was a Singaporean politician and National Solidarity Party (NSP) candidate for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (Marine Parade GRC) in the 2011 Singaporean general election. At 24, she was the youngest female candidate standing in the election and immediately became a target of media attention, which became increasingly pronounced as her speeches began to go viral on YouTube. During the election, she was described as the second most popular politician online, after Lee Kuan Yew. On 25 August 2014, Seah resigned from the NSP, stating that "For myself, this is not a complete departure from politics."
    Seah has always been involved in community activities and volunteering since secondary school. Her interest in politics was sparked by a meeting with a destitute woman, who – despite having a roof over her head – had no money for food, and was completely dependent on handouts from charity. While in NUS, she was the managing editor of an online publication called the Campus Observer.
    Before the 2011 general election, Seah had been involved with the Reform Party since 2009, but left in early February 2011 along with many other party members. She was invited to join the NSP by Goh Meng Seng, then the NSP's secretary-general.
  • Yi Zhou
    Founder Artist Filmmaker YI Zhou Studio / Moon Prism Digital Entertainment Arts Ltd / The Maker Magazine
    China
    In her free time she acts as advisor to Médecins Sans Frontières' Innovation Unit and serves on the boards of Stockholms Sjukhem, a charitable hospital, and Cirkus Cirkör, a contemporary circus company. Nina holds an MSc in Biomedicine from the Karolinska Institute.
  • Muna AbuSulayman
    Co-founder Meedan.com
    Saudi Arabia
    Muna AbuSulayman has been named as one of the most influential Arabs, as well as one of the most influential muslims in the world in numerous publications from 2009 to the present. Due to a unique and diverse cross-functional work experience, including leading The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations, AbuSulayman is internationally recognized as an expert in management, education, sustainable development, Islam/West, and female empowerment. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the UN, and the World Bank on the sensitive issues such as “Media Leadership in the Arab World” and “Monetization of Motherhood.”
    Currently, AbuSulayman is co-founding several start ups in the media, female empowerment, entrepreneurship and tech sectors.
  • Claire Boonstra
    Founder Operation Education
    The Netherlands
    Claire Boonstra is the founder of Operation Education, an organization focusing on transition in education. The transition that begins with asking fundamental questions: What is the purpose of education? And why do we do the things the way we do? Claire's team asks themselves these fundamental questions, and thus make deliberate choices about the content of education and design contemporary learning systems. Grown generously by all the experiences and lessons learned in recent years, the team’s ideas develop continuously, creating products and initiating projects focused on asking questions.
    Claire holds an MSc in Civil Engineering, (TUDelft), worked with KPN, Unilever and Talpa Digital, was co-organizer of Mobile Monday Amsterdam and Managing Director of SPRXmobile.
    She was elected as a ‘Rising Talent’ at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2011, a ‘Young Global Leader‘ of the World Economic Forum in 2012, , was Online Mediawoman of the Year, is ‘Young Advisor’ of EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and has been listed several times as one of the ‘most influential women in technology’. She is married and has three kids.
  • Bel Coelho
    Chef
    Brazil
    Dedicated to the gastronomy market for 14 years, Bel Coelho began her career as an intern at Laurent Suadeau and Fasano before studying at the Culinary Institute of America in NY and Payard. Bel worked with Alex Atala at D.O.M and had her own buffet, ‘Ao Seu Bel Prazer’, in 2003 she worked as the chef of the restaurant Madelleine. Then she became head chef of Sabuji and was awarded as a ‘Chef Revelation’ by the jury of Veja São Paulo magazine for the Eat and Drink Guide – ‘O Melhor da Cidade’. For two years Bel lived abroad gaining more experience in England and Spain, working at the restaurant El Celler Can Roca, which had been awarded three Michelin stars and 2nd Best restaurant in the world by The Restaurant magazine. Coming back to Brazil, Bel was chef of the Buddha Bar in São Paulo and owned her own restaurant, Dui, until 2013.
  • Camille de Verdelhan
    Associate Lawyer BG2V (Beylouni Carbasse Guény Valot Vernet)
    France
    Camille graduated at 22 from the French leading business school HEC (specialization in finance). She started her career in 2000 at Rallye (holding company of Groupe Casino) in the private equity team. In 2005, she joined Groupe Casino and in 2007, became Strategy Director and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Group. In 2009, Camille was appointed as CFO of Casino France and set up the Financial Direction (approx. 40 people) where her main missions were financial controlling and cash management.
    Camille completed Master’s degree of Law at the French University of Paris II Panthéon Assas in 2014.
    From 2010 to 2012, in addition to her operational role, Camille was member of the board of Mercialys (listed real estate company).
    Camille is also member of the steering committee of C'avec-elles, the Groupe Casino executive women network.
    Camille is married and has two daughters.
  • Daniela Nascimento Fainberg
    Founder and Managing Director DANIX
    Brazil
    Daniela Nascimento Fainberg is a senior philanthropy advisor for families and individuals. She represents the Global Philanthropy Circle of Synergos Institute in Brazil. She founded and directed Instituto Geração from 2006 until 2012, to foment privileged youth with their philanthropy and social engagement.
    From 2001 to 2004, she managed the Family Philanthropy Program at IDIS, advising families in structuring their social investments.
    From 1997 to 2000, she worked at the Kellogg Foundation for Latin America in São Paulo.
    She is on the board of Akatu Institute, and an Ambassador of Leadersquest. She is also a professor at Fundação Dom Cabral, a leading business school in Latin America. She holds a degree in Social Sciences from São Paulo University.
  • Noelia Fernandez Arroyo
    Chief Digital Transformation Officer Prisa
    Spain
    Noelia was one of the founders of Yahoo in Spain and until recently she led the Editorial and Media of all the international offering at Yahoo.
    In April 2015, she joined Prisa, the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language business group in the fields of education, information and entertainment (El País, 40 Principales, Santillana, etc...). Her key focus is to drive the digital transformation of the group, focusing on technology, digital business and culture as the key enablers.
    She has been working on the Internet since 1994, and holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of Navarra and an MBA with Honors from the Graduated School of Business of the Chicago Booth.
    She was also previously Associate Professor of the Media Business Department at the University of Navarra.
    She is one of the founders and Members of the Academic Board of ISDI, which focuses on delivering professional education, investigation, advise and consulting to impulse the digital transformation of people and organizations.
    A 2011 Rising Talents of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, she was also listed by the World Business Magazine, in association with INSEAD, as one of the most influential Business Women under 35.
  • Jennifer Hill
    Chief Operating Officer Remedy Analytics Inc.
    USA
    Jennifer is the Chief Operating Officer of Remedy Analytics, a fast-growing healthcare data & technology company. Previously, she co-founded an educational technology start-up company and spent many years practicing as an international start-up/venture capital lawyer with two top US firms advising clients in the US, Latin America and the Middle East. Jennifer has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Refinery29, AMEX Open Forum, BBC Capital and is a small business/start-up expert for MSNBC. She lives in the NYC area with her husband and two children.
  • Ornella Indonie
    Vice President - Global Android, Chrome & Hardware Partnerships Google
    USA
    Ornella Indonie was appointed Vice President, Global Android, Chrome & Hardware Partnerships at Google in 2015, and before that was Senior Director, Global Hardware Business at Google for two years. She joined Google in May 2013 as Senior Director, Android Retail Global Partnerships, Google. Previously, she was the Senior Director - iPhone - Latin America, Apple Inc. Between 1998 and 2008, Ornella held various positions at Motoral in the Latin America Region: Marketing Manager, Solutions Portfolio & Business Dev. Manager, Senior Business Development Manager, Director of Strategy, Marketing & Business Operations, Regional Key Account Director, Telefonica and Vice President & General Manager - Mobile Devices. Ms Indonie has a BA in Science, Marketing and Management from Jacksonville University. She completed several Executive Programs, at Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern Kellogg University among others.
  • Elsie Kanza
    Director, Head of Africa World Economic Forum
    Switzerland
    Elsie S. Kanza is the Director, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the Forum in 2011, she held a number of positions at the Government of Tanzania, including serving as Personal Assistant to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania responsible for Economic Affairs, as well as working for the Ministry of Finance and central Bank of Tanzania in various capacities from 1997 to 2006. Elsie holds a BSc (cum laude) in International Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa, an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and an MA in Development Economics from Williams College. She has also been nominated to the 2011 Rising Talents Program of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2011) and is an awardee of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow (2008).
  • Clotilde L'Angevin
    Head of Strategy Credit Agricole
    France
    Clotilde L’Angevin has been Head of Strategy at Crédit Agricole since November 2015. She was previously Secretary General of the Paris Club and head of the international Debt division in the French treasury, Head of the International Forecasts and Diagnosis division, also within the French Treasury, after having spent two years as an advisor on economic forecasts and macroeconomics for Prime Minister François Fillon. She had previously dealt with European issues within the Economic and Monetary Union division of the Treasury. Clotilde L’Angevin graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Economics in 2003, after having obtained a degree in Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique.
  • Claire Leigh
    Director of International Development Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Save the Children
    UK
    Claire joined Save the Children UK in 2016 as Director of Policy and Research, and was subsequently promoted to Director of International Development in the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Division. In this capacity she heads the International Development Department, and leads on Save's policy, advocacy and campaign work for children living in developing countries, managing a team of 40+ advisors and researchers.
    Before joining Save the Children, Claire worked as Head of International Partnerships at the Overseas Development Institute, where she managed a programme of support to the g7+ Group of Fragile States, an international organisation that advocates for reforms to how the international community engages in post-conflict and fragile countries. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked for Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), providing advice and support to the Presidents of Liberia and Rwanda. Prior to AGI, Claire was a Senior Policy Advisor in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Strategy Unit, where she advised Number 10 Downing Street on international and development policy. She has also worked for short periods at the British Foreign Office and for UNICEF and UNDP in New York.
    Outside work Claire is involved in a range of voluntary and political organisations. She is on the committee of the Fabian Women's Network, which mentors women wishing to enter public life. She was Chair of the Labour Campaign for International Development between 2013 and 2015 and in 2015 ran for Parliament for the Labour Party in the constituency of Tonbridge and Malling. Claire has an MPhil in Politics and International Relations from Oxford University and a BA (first class) in History from Cambridge University.
  • Cindy Shueh Lin
    CEO ChunHui Bo'Ai Children's Foundation
    China
    Chunhui Children’s Foundation helps bring professionally trained loving adults to orphaned and left-behind children in China with nearly 2,000 full-time staff across 26 provinces. Prior to joining Chunhui, Yee-Hsin (Cindy) held corporate senior executive roles such as the Senior Director of Franchise at PepsiCo Greater China area and General Manager of PepsiCo Foods Taiwan. She and her team attained record-breaking market share every year while delivering sustainable top and bottom line growth despite the GFC in 08-09. She joined PepsiCo in 2005 as the Director of Customer Marketing in China after seven years with Procter & Gamble in China and the U.S. She has also spent time in banking, retail, and real estate industries. She has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and has a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Southern California. She is married with two young children.
  • Courtney E. Martin
    Author/Speaker/Blogger -
    USA
    Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. Her latest book, The New Better Off, explores how people are re-defining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also co-founder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com. Courtney has authored/edited six books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women, and her work appears frequently in national publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her family in a co-housing community called Temescal Commons in Oakland. Read more about her work at www.courtneyemartin.com.
  • Suchi Mukherjee
    Founder & CEO Limeroad.com
    India
    Ms. Mukherjee is the Founder and CEO of LimeRoad.com, India's leading discovery platform for lifestyle products . Previoulsy, she was MD & GM of Gumtree, an online classifieds business which she built out to a #1 in c2c motors sales and a joint #1 in jobs. Previously, on the Management Team of Skype, she ran global marketing, product design & prioritization, helped build eBay UK’s marketplace business and was on the consumer division board of NTL(Virgin Media), UK’s #1 cable company. Ms Mukherjee started in banking where she helped build the world’s #1 aviation insurance company, restructure European telecom assets and helped launch the first structured financing vehicle in India. She holds a MSc in Fin & Eco from LSE as a Chevening Scholar, & a B.A Hons in Eco from Cambridge University as a Commonwealth Scholar.
  • Jessy Tolkan
    Executive Director, Here Now Purpose PBC
    USA
    Jessy Tolkan currently serves as the Director, Here Now of Purpose, a creative agency and a social movement incubator. Driven by people, enabled by technology: Purpose builds movements and new power models to tackle the world's biggest problems. She was previously Global Director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development. She was focused on creating markets shifts in the auto-industry with an eye towards ensuring a more sustainable planet, while also having spent the last decade as an activist and movement leader working to build progressive change in the United States. With an expertise in helping nonprofit and advocacy organizations scale their efforts, budgets, and staff talent, Jessy has consulted with some of the leading social change organizations in the United States including: The Working Families Organization, New Organizing Institute, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, GetEqual, HeadCount, 1sky, 350.org, Groundswell, and Wellstone Action.
  • Leila Velez
    CEO & Co-Founder Instituto Beleza Natural
    Brazil
    Leila Velez is cofounder and CEO of Beleza Natural, a Brazilian beauty chain of hair salons, specialized in curly hair, with more than 2,000 employees, 20 units and 100,000 monthly clients. She graduated in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from ESPM and completed an Executive MBA Coppead-RJ. She took the course "Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America", by Columbia Business School and "Building Ventures in Latin America", by Harvard. She has lectured on entrepreneurship and base of the piramyd consumers at Brazil, United States, Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In 2014, she was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, following her election as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2012.
  • Katarzyna Batko-Toluc
    Program Director Citizens Network Watchdog Poland
    Poland
    Katarzyna built a civic network of empowered citizens making use of their rights. Thanks to their pressure, the political culture in Poland is changing and becoming more open, transparent and accountable. The impact of this work can be seen on both the national and local level. For her work, she has awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland in 2011. She was also became a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010 and won the title of Social Entrepreneur - Ashoka Fellow in 2009. She is an author of several publications on ethics of public life and transparent democratic systems of governance. The website address of her organization is the following: www.watchdogpoland.pl.
  • Maria Carell
    President Meda US, Regional Director North America & South Pacific Meda AB
    USA
    Maria has many years of experience in leading companies and is currently President Meda US, Regional Director North America & South Pacific of Meda AB which develops, manufactures, markets, and sells a broad portfolio of Rx and OTC products. She was previously President and CEO of Q-Med, which at her appointment made her Sweden’s fifth female CEO of a company listed on the stock exchange. Maria has also worked as General Manager at Actavis where she successfully built up the business in Sweden to become the fastest growing pharmaceutical company.
    Maria has a Master's Degree of International Business Administration from Linköping University.
    Maria's accomplishments also include: 2011 - Nominated to Veckans Affärers "Most Powerful Business Women Award"; 2009 - Elected to Veckans Affärer Mentor Program for Young Business Talents; 2007 - Nominated to “Female Leaders of the Future”.
  • Marie Cheval
    CEO Boursorama
    France
    Marie is the CEO of Boursorama. Marie is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and of Ecole Nationale d’Aministration (ENA). Upon graduating in 1999 she began her career in the General Inspectorate of the Ministry of Finance (Inspection Générale des Finances).
    She then joined the French Post Office in 2002 as an adviser to the Deputy CEO in charge of financial activities and of the retail network. As such she was deeply involved in the set up of La Banque Postale (the French Postal Bank). She became Head of Strategy of La Banque Postale (2004-2006) and then moved on to other senior management positions, first as Sales and Marketing Director (2006-2008) and then as Head of Operations (2009-2011). Marie Cheval joined Société Générale in July 2011 as Head of Global Transaction and Payment Services .
  • Marianne Dahl Steensen
    General Manager/CEO Denmark & Iceland Microsoft
    Denmark
    Marianne is a customer focused executive with hands on turnaround experiences from the Nordic region across the Financial sector and the Telco sector.
    She is currently the General Manager / CEO of Microsoft Denmark & Iceland and has held this position since 2016. She was previously responsible for the turnaround of the insurance company Codan Forsikring A/S (part of RSA Insurance Group plc) in the Danish B2C market as Country Director from 2011 to 2014.
    Prior to this, Marianne worked in the Telco company TDC A/S from 2004 to 2011. The last 5 years with P&L responsibilities in the Nordic B2B division (sales, marketing, product) and as a member of the divisional leadership team from 2008. In 1999-2006, she worked in business development as a strategy consultant for Accenture and later as a Business Development Director in TDC, leading several strategy projects.
  • Ceridwen Dovey
    Novelist and freelance writer
    Australia
    Ceridwen writes fiction and freelance non-fiction for various publications in Australia and overseas. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She has published a novel, Blood Kin, and a book of short stories, Only the Animals, and her short fiction, non-fiction and essays have been published by newyorker.com, n+1, The Monthly and Vogue (USA).
    She studied social anthropology at Harvard University as an undergraduate and at New York University as a postgraduate. Her new novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, will be published in Australia (Penguin Random House) and the USA (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in Spring 2018.
  • Rania Ekaterinari
    Partner EY
    Greece
    Mrs Rania Ekaterinari is Deputy CEO of Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC) since January 2010. She is also Executive Member of the Board of Directors and member of the Management Committee.
    Before PPC, and for more than 10 years, she worked in London and in Athens in various senior positions in corporate & investment banking (Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Eurobank). Before banking, she worked in the oil industry for Texaco for projects in the Caspian region. She is an electrical engineer by academic background and holds an MBA. In 2010, she was selected a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society. She is also a member of the WIL European network and mentor of Endeavor.
  • Leena V. Gangolli
    Self employed medical doctor, Human Rights activist Consultant for various organizations working for Health and Human Rights
    India
    Following Medical studies and a Master's degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India and a degree in Public Health from Harvard University, U.S.A., Leena returned to India, to work in the field of health and human rights. Her work in access to care for vulnerable groups, violence against women, and rights of the elderly, led her to believe that like medical care, legal assistance is often not accessible to those who need it the most. She therefore entered Law School, and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Law and is involved with rights of the elderly and the right of patients to palliative care. She also learns music to de-stress.
  • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
    President, Co-founder Escape Dynamics
    USA
    Laetitia Garriott is Co-founder and President of Escape Dynamics, a technology company developing a revolutionary system to launch reusable single-stage to orbit rockets. Previously, she had a successful 15 year career in finance with Goldman Sachs, Renaissance Technologies, and her own investment firm. She serves on the board and as chair of the finance committee of America’s National Museum of Mathematics, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New-York, and Women Corporate Directors. Garriott holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and ESSEC, and was the youngest person to complete neutral buoyancy astronaut training, which she did in 2011 in Russia.
  • Qiong Er JIANG
    CEO & Artistic Director Shang Xia
    China
    As Artistic Director of Shang Xia, Ms. Jiang Qiong Er is a one of the few young Chinese contemporary designers of international reputation infusing the subtlety, beauty, and heritage of Chinese culture. Her designs breathe elegance of innovation and imagination. Her international vision and open mind, along with her multi-cultural background, naturally allow her creativity to express itself; preserving and respecting tradition, both Eastern and Western.
    At Shang Xia, a Chinese luxury retailer driven by Ms Qiong'er, but majority-owned by Hermes, she oversees a team of designers who create the range of collections that embrace the essence of Shang Xia. The collections breathe the encounter of Asian heritage and innovation, creating a new aesthetic for the 21st century. They are present in Shanghai, Paris and Pekin.
    She was designing window displays for the French luxury chain Hermes when she had dinner with Patrick Thomas, the Hermes chief executive some six years ago. They clicked, and the idea for the new store was born.
    Born into a family of artist-creators in Shanghai, her family history is anchored in Asian tradition. Jiang Qiong Er was introduced to traditional painting when she was two years old and later became a student of the painter Cheng Shi Fa and the calligrapher Han Tian Hong, two leading figures in traditional Chinese art. She then joined the prestigious TongJi University to study design. Her degree is in Art & Design. Upon graduation, she chose to go to the Decorative Arts School in Paris to further her studies in furniture and interior design. This choice completely changed her life.
  • Divya Keshav
    Owner Krishna Printernational
    India
    Divya Keshav is the owner of Krishna Printernational, a firm engaged in manufacturing self adhesive labels for the Pharmaceutical, Airline, and Consumer Durables industries. Previously, Divya worked at Indiamart Intermesh Limited, the largest b2b online company in India promoting the small scale sector. She was awarded employee of the year for her contributions to improving production processes, customer service and retention. Divya has studied commerce and marketing and in early 2010, she graduated from the 10,000 Women program at the Indian School of Business.
    Along with classmates from the 10,000 Women program, she founded an organization called "Fragrance" that promotes volunteerism in disadvantaged local communities.
  • Alessia Maria MOSCA
    Member of the European Parliament European Parliament
    Italy
    Born in Monza (Italy) in 1975, she was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 2014. She works in the International Trade (INTA) committee and in the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee.
    From 2008 to 2014, she was a member of the Italian Parliament.
    She was nominated Young Global Leader in 2009 and Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010.
    She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, a Master’s degree in Diplomacy, a diploma in International Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University of Florence.
    Her activity is focused on international trade and gender issues. She is the main sponsor of the «Golfo-Mosca» law that introduces gender quotas in boards of Italian listed companies.
    She started her blog in 2007 and has been updating it since.
  • Ory Okolloh
    Director of Investments Omidyar Network Africa
    South Africa
    As director of investments for Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative in Africa, Ory invests in for-profit and nonprofit organizations that foster civic participation and increase transparency and accountability in government. Based in Nairobi, Ory brings a unique blend of experience in the fields of technology, transparency, public policy, and governance.
    Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Ory was Google’s policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for managing government relations and driving the implementation of policies that increased Internet access and supported the growth of local online content. Previously, Ory was at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She served as the organization’s executive director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament. She is a board member of the Africa Media Initiative, a member of the World Bank’s Council of Eminent Persons, an advisory board member of Code for All, and a member of the World Bank Service Delivery Indicator Committee.
    Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity. In 2010 Ory was named a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
  • Roopa Purushothaman
    Managing Director and Head of Research Everstone Capital Advisors
    India
    Roopa Purushothaman heads the research effort of Everstone Capital Advisors. In her role, she covers macro and thematic issues on demographics, income and consumption patterns. The group's last research paper (The Next Urban Frontier: Twenty Cities to Watch), in partnership with the National Council of Applied Economic Research, analyzed spending, savings and demographic patterns in twenty of India's most dynamic urban centers. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory committee for JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission).
    Previously, Roopa was a Vice President and Global Economist at Goldman Sachs. While at GS, Roopa co-authored the report: Dreaming with BRICs: The Path to 2050, along with other published papers on topics such as long-term growth in India, global trade, migration, women's employment and global aging and consumption patterns.
    Roopa holds a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics and International Studies from Yale University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
  • Morgwn Rimel
    Director The School of Life
    UK
    As Director of The School of Life, Morgwn Rimel is responsible for its strategic direction, overall management and performance. Since taking on the role, she has worked to make TSOL more profitable and accessible by developing new programmes, websites, social media and video content; forming innovative corporate partnerships with groups like Nokia and American Express; launching a dedicated business services stream; and leading TSOL’s expansion into publishing.
    Morgwn has lived and worked all over the world and been the driving force behind an array of projects for Imagination Entertainment, the Screen Producers Association of Australia and Tropfest, amongst others. She has a First Class Honors degree in Cultural Studies from McGill University in Montreal.
  • Hannah Seligson
    Author & Journalist -
    USA
    Hannah Seligson is a journalist and author. Her most recent book, A Little Bit Married: How to Know When it’s Time to Walk Down the Aisle or out the Door, spotlights a major trend in dating today: the long-term unmarried relationship. CBS recently optioned the film rights. Hannah's reporting has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.
    Her first book, New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches, a career has been called “a must-read for every woman entering the work world” by the Houston Business Journal. The book has been published throughout Europe and Asia. St. Martin's Press will publish her third book about Gen. Y in 2012.
  • Hapsatou Sy
    Founder Hapsatou Sy
    France
    Born in 1981 in Sèvres, Hapsatou Sy is a Senegal-Mauritania French businesswoman. She comes from a family of seven brothers and sisters. Hapsatou Sy started working at 12 years old, helping seniors while continuing her studies. She earned a Bachelor's degree in professional secretariat before changing direction to pursue a trade BTS. She set up her own business, Ethnicia, in 2004, “an overall and custom beauty salons concept”. She renamed the company in 2012 with her own name. She is part of the anchors team of “Le Grand 8” on D8 French TV channel. In 2007, Hapsatou Sy received the 2nd prize for commercial innovation, at a competition organized by Unibail Rodamco. Subsequently, she also earned numerous nominations and awards: a Women’s Forum Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010, the Trofémina prize in business category in 2011, and was also selected in 2011 to represent the French entrepreneurs to the G20.
  • Najla Al Awadhi
    Consultant -
    UAE
    Najla Faisal Al Awadhi is a former member of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a distinguished media pioneer in the Middle East.
    She is one of the first women in the history of the UAE to become a member of the FNC. During her four-year FNC term she served on the Education, Youth, Media and Culture Committee; as well as the Parliamentary Steering Committee established to develop a scheme to modernize the Parliament’s practices and overall effectiveness. She also previously served on the Foreign Affairs, Planning, Petroleum, Mineral Wealth, Agriculture and Fishery Committees.
    Al Awadhi is also the first Arab woman to hold a chief executive post in a state run media organization. With a particular focus on television, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Television Channels at Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). DMI is a Dubai Government media group which comprises a number of print, radio and TV channels including: Dubai TV, Sama Dubai TV, Dubai One TV, Dubai Sports TV, Dubai Racing TV, Noor Dubai TV, Noor Radio, Al Bayan (newspaper), Emarat Al Youm (newspaper), Emirates Business 24|7 (newspaper), and Masaar Printing Press. She also previously served as the General Manger of Dubai One TV.
    In 2011 Al Awadhi was selected as one the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims’ by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan. As well as being a Global Women's Forum 2009 Rising Talent, she is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and also a Member of the Global Agenda Councils of the World Economic Forum. In addition, Al Awadhi was acting chairperson for the regional board of Young Arab Leaders (YAL). Previously, she was also on the Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and a board member with YAL’s UAE Chapter and headed its Education initiative that sought to provide higher education opportunities to Arab youth.
    Al Awadhi holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
  • Paulina BOZEK
    Product Manager Facebook
    USA
    Paulina once challenged Beyonce to a singing competition – guess who won…? She has recently taken on the position of Product Manager at Facebook in California. Priori to Facebook, Paulina was CEO of inensu, a game development company making social and innovative games for the connected generation. She held this position for almost seven years. Prior to starting inensu, she was the Executive Producer / Game Director of the popular SingStar music game series for PlayStation. From 2003 to 2009, she led the development team and helped build the franchise sell over 20 million units worldwide, and generate over $500M in revenue at retail. SingStar has been widely regarded as introducing a whole new audience to games and pioneering the social gaming genre.
    In late 2008, she left Sony to join Atari as the Development Director of the London Studio where she set up a new team and shifted focus to making games for social networks. Paulina started her career in games in 1999 at UbiSoft in Montreal, Canada. In 2004 she received the BAFTA award for Best New Talent. In 2005 SingStar received the BAFTA award for Originality.
    She holds an MSc in Media & Communications from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University.
  • Cécile CABANIS
    EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Systems and Member of the Executive Committee Danone
    France
    Cécile Cabanis, 45 years old, French citizen, is currently EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Systems and member of the Executive Committee of Danone.
    Mrs. Cabanis joined Danone as Corporate Finance Director in 2004. In 2005, she was appointed Head of Corporate Development and in 2008 became Financial Vice-President of Dairy Western Europe. In September 2010, Cécile Cabanis was appointed Financial Vice-President of the Fresh Dairy Products division.
    Cécile Cabanis began her career in 1995 with L’Oréal in South Africa as Logistics Manager and Financial Controller before moving to France as Internal Auditor. In 2000, she was appointed Deputy Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at France Télécom. Mrs. Cabanis is a graduate of the engineering school Agro Paris Grignon (now called Agro Paris Tech).
    Cécile CABANIS is also member of the board of Directors and Audit committee of Schneider Electric, member of the Supervisory board of Mediawan and member of the Supervisory board of Michel & Augustin.
  • Constanza Ceruti
    Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research Catholic University of Salta
    Argentina
    Argentinean anthropologist and mountain climber Constanza Ceruti is an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society. She is an expert in the fields of high altitude archaeology and the anthropology of sacred mountains. After her graduation at University of Buenos Aires in 1996, she earned her Ph.D. at University of Cuyo in 2001. She is Scientific Investigator of the National Council for the Scientific Research (CONICET) in Argentina, a Professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta and the Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research at the same University. For decades she has been the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world.
  • Dawn DANBY
    Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager Autodesk
    USA
    Dawn Danby works across disciplines in sustainable design. With Autodesk, she's currently exploring ways to encourage makers to channel their creativity towards tackling planetary challenges. Dawn created the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, reaching over a million learners with guidance on how to practice sustainable design and engineering. Past projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border to closed-loop manufacturing strategies and furniture design. She has given dozens of talks around the world, co-authored the bestselling sustainability book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, and was named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Dawn is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Natalia GANDURINA
    Managing Director, Publisher Forbes, L'Officiel, OK!
    Russia
    Natalia Gandurina is currently Managing Director and Publisher at Forbes, L'Officiel and OK! She graduated from Moscow Linguistic University, Academy of Foreign Trade of Russia, Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg and (Germany), INSEAD (France). Natalia started her business career in publishing business as Vogue Russia advertising Director and eight years later became the Managing Director of Conde Nast Russia (Vogue, GQ, AD, Glamour magazines). Natalia Always wanted to start her own business and in 2008 with a partner she created NR Group. Natalia speaks Russian, French, German, English.
  • Nadja LANG
    CEO Fairtrade Max Havelaar
    Switzerland
    Nadja is the CEO of Fairtrade Max Havelaar in CH. She was previously the Commercial Director in CH and simultaneously served as “Chair Global Account Management Steering Committee” for Fairtrade International. She has also held various national and international marketing executive functions at General Mills and Coca-Cola. Her key expertise lies in managing successful business development and chance management phases in complex organizations, focusing on innovation and strategic partnerships in a multi-stakeholder environment. Nadja also serves on the board of the Swiss Post AG, Energie 360° AG as well as Metron AG and was awarded “Member of Generation CEO” in 2009.
  • Phuti MAHANYELE
    Executive Chairman Sigma Capital
    South Africa
    Phuti is currently Executive Chairman of Sigma Capital, a privately held, majority-black owned investment group based in South Africa and established in 2015.
    Phuti Mahanyele is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, a multi-billion rand diversified African investment holding company that was established in 2001. Shanduka held a diversified portfolio of listed and unlisted investments, with holdings in various sectors including resources, telecoms, real estate, energy, industrials and food & beverage, across various jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius and Ghana.
    She joined Shanduka in 2004 as the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy. Ms Mahanyele was previously Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Prior to that she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office.
    In her tenure as CEO of Shanduka Group, she held directorships with a number of companies, including inter alia Lonmin Plc, Mondi, McDonalds SA, Coca Cola Shanduka Beverages, Macsteel and Helios Towers (Nigeria).
    She has been awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award and the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards in 2014. In 2013 she was awarded a “Distinguished Achievement” by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognised Ms Mahanyele as a “Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year” in 2012, 2011 Rutgers University conferred on her the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award”. In 2009 she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business by Financial Services. And Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008”. Ms Mahanyele was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum and awarded “Top in Project Finance, 2003” by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP).
    She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She is also a Patron of NEET (National Education Empowerment Trust).
    She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Comair Limited and Reunert Limited.
    She holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA, and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Ms Mahanyele completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ at Harvard University in 2008.
  • Dorcas MUTHONI
    CEO Openworld Ltd
    Kenya
    Ms. Dorcas Muthoni, an entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Openworld LTD, a leading E-Government and Business Technology firm in Eastern Africa. Muthoni is a council member of Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa FOSSFA. Her trusteeship shall be a driving force behind the vision and the policies of the Foundation till 2010. She is a strong advocate for the uptake of computing careers amongst young women and high school girls. Through her day to day work as an entrepreneur and computer scientist, Muthoni seeks to see technology positively transforming the lives of the African society and enterprises.
  • Alyse NELSON
    President & CEO Vital Voices Global Partnership
    USA
    Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 20 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has expanded its reach to serve over 15,000 women leaders in 144 countries.
    Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the State Department’s Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative and worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House. Alyse is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start. Alyse is a part of the Expert Group for the B Team and is on the Advisory Board of Chime for Change. Fortune Magazine named Alyse one of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. Alyse was honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award.
    Alyse is the author of the best-selling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World and has been featured in various international and national media. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
  • Nuria OLIVER
    Director of Research Data Science Vodafone
    Spain
    Nuria is has recently in January 2017, taken on the position as Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone. She was previously Scientific Director in Telefonica Research (Barcelona, Spain) for almost nine years. She received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2000. Prior to joining her current position, she worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond (WA) for over seven years.
    With more than 25 patent applications and granted patents and over 80 scientific publications, her work has been cited extensively (>7300 citations). She has received a number of awards, including a Rising Talent Award by the Women’s Forum of the Economy and Society (2009), MIT’s TR100 Young Innovators Award (2004) and the First Spanish Award of EECS Graduates (1994).
    Besides her scientific publications, she is very interested in making science available to the general public and particularly inspiring younger generations to pursue careers in science and technology. She has been a technology writer for Tecno2000 magazine and ‘EL PAIS’ newspaper, among others. She has given two TEDx talks (2012 and 2013) and one talk at WIRED London (2013).
    She has been named a Senior Member of the ACM (2014), one of the ’13 most influential young women in Spain’ by Mujer Hoy magazine (2011), ‘100 leaders of the future’ by Capital Magazine (May 2009), one of the ‘Generation XXI: 40 Spanish youngsters that will make news in the Third Millenium’ by EL PAIS (2000).
  • Zoya PHAN
    Campaigns Manager Burma Campaign UK
    UK
    In 2008, following the assassination of her father by agents of the dictatorship in Burma, Zoya Phan and her family founded the Phan Foundation in memory of their parents. The foundation provides aid for the Karen people, protects Karen culture and promotes human rights. Zoya is advisor to the Karen Community Association UK, and is also chair of the European Karen Network, which brings together Karen people across Europe. She is also on the board of Austria Burma Center. She is a fellow of TED Global 2009, Rising Talent for Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2009, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Professionals Network of the UN Association of the UK (UNA-UK). Her autobiography is published as Undaunted in the USA, and Little Daughter in the rest of the world. It has been published in eight countries.
  • Leah PISAR

    France
    Leah Pisar lives and works on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a BA from Harvard College, a graduate degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and a doctorate from the University of Paris II. Her expertise includes American-European cultural relations, security policy, and foreign policy.
    In the Clinton administration, she served in the White House as Director of Communications at the National Security Council; she served the US State Department as the Deputy Director of Communications under Madeleine Albright; and at the US Embassy in Paris she served as the assistant to US Ambassador Pamela Harriman.
    She has been an adviser to the French-American Foundation, and a non-resident scholar at both the Center for American Progress and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales.
    She is a frequent television, print, and radio commentator on current affairs affecting both Eastern and Western hemispheres.
    She serves on the board of the French-American Foundation and the National Security Network, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany and was a 2009 “Rising Talent” of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
    In 2010, Ms. Pisar published “Orage sur l’Atlantique: La France et les Etats-Unis face à l’Irak” (Fayard, 2010), a well-researched book on the US-France debate over war in Iraq based on her PhD thesis.
  • Rica RWIGAMBA
    Owner and CEO ServEjo
    Rwanda
    A specialist in policy, in tourism development and in conservation, Rica has an extensive experience both in the Government and the Private sector. Rica co-owned and managed a specialized travel and event management firm and acquired advisory knowledge working as business advisor at The Rwanda National SME Support Center. She serves on the Board of the growing National Carrier and also on the Board of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. A true East African because of her travel experience since early times, she believes in a great future for this region and remains active in promoting regional integration. Her recent achievement was the launch of the East Africa Tourist Visa - a single tourist visa to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda which begun in January 2014. She also received her MBA at the Oklahoma Christian University in 2016. Rica is a firm believer in mentorship as a tool to help the younger generation grow and succeed. She is presently Owner and CEO of ServEjo, a management consulting firm specializing in providing strategic leadership, marketing services to Start-Ups and SMEs active in the Services Sector.
  • Elif SHAFAK
    Writer
    UK
    Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 13 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. An advocate for women's rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres. She tweets at @Elif_Safak, her website is www.elifshafak.com
    Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Defying clichés and transcending boundarie,s her work draws on different cultures and cities, and reflects a strong interest in history, philosophy, culture, mysticism, Sufism and gender equality.
  • Margaret VERSTEDEN
    Director Marketing and Platform Innovation bol.com
    The Netherlands
    Margaret Versteden has been appointed as the new Director of Marketing and Platform Innovation of bol.com in May 2015. Previously, she was a partner at Bain & Company Netherlands and General Manager (GM) of North Central Europe for Nike, responsible for the Nike business in Poland, Hungary, Czech & Slovakia, Slovenia & Croatia. Previously, Ms. Versteden was the GM of Nike Netherlands and prior to this the GM for Nike's eCommerce Business operating in 19 countries. Prior to Nike, Ms. Versteden spent eight years with The Boston Consulting Group, in Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and lastly Amsterdam. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Business Systems from Monash University, Australia. She is married and has two young daughters.
  • Shaa WASMUND
    Online Educator Shaa.com
    UK
    Shaa is an entrepreneur, public speaker and the author of #1 bestselling books ‘Stop Talking, Start Doing’ and ‘Do Less, Get More’. In 2015 I was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Business and Entrepreneurship’ and was recently named one of the UK’s Top 20 Influential Entrepreneurs by The Sunday Times.
    Born in the US and raised in the UK, she studied at the London School of Economics before becoming the only female boxing promoter in the UK, representing World Champion Chris Eubank and working with the infamous Don King before starting her own PR company helping grow the Dyson brand from around Sir James Dyson’s kitchen table.
    She was part of the founding team at Deckchair.com with Sir Bob Geldof and started one of the first social networks, MyKindaPlace, eventually selling it to BSkyB.
    Next she headed up investment fund Bright Station Ventures before starting the award-winning Smarta.com, UK’s #1 website for small businesses. At Smarta they helped more than 12 million people into business and grew an active online community of over 500,000 small businesses.
  • Anamaria Aristizabal
    Coach and Facilitator of Transformative Learning Experiences SoL Colombia, New Ventures West
    Colombia
    Anamaria designs and facilitates journeys of learning and transformation for cultural creatives and changemakers in service of a flourishing planet. She serves individuals and groups hungry to ask audacious questions that ignite passion and purpose. With her work, she takes you on a wild journey through the heart of your being into your wholeness at individual and collective levels.
    She is a Certified Integral Coach® (PCC level), Consultant, and Trained Facilitator who loves to design transformative coaching programs, as well as workshops and change interventions with creative and participatory methodologies. She holds an MBA from Yale University, and has worked for McKinsey, the World Bank, Ashoka, and various governmental and non governmental organizations in the USA and Colombia.
  • Aida BEGIĆ ZUBČEVIĆ
    Film Director
    Bosnia
    Aida was born in Sarajevo in 1976 and graduated in film direction at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000. Her graduation film, “First Death Experience”, was presented in the Cinefondation Official Selection at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. In 2003, she directed her second short film, “North Wend Mad”. Aida Begi teaches directing at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and has directed numerous commercials, video spots and promotional films. In 2004, she founded an independent production company, MAMAFILM, together with her colleague Elma Tataragi. “Snow”, focusing on a war-destroyed Bosnian village, was their first feature film and won the 2008 Cannes Festival Critics Week Grand Prize.
  • Qiulin Chen
    Artist / photographer
    China
    Qiu Lin is a young Chinese artist whose performances, photographs and videos incorporate sculptural elements and a dramatic, intuitive approach to the changing Chinese landscape. Her work addresses the urbanization of developing China, and deals both with its rapidly changing geographic and urban conditions and the psychological impact these changes have on China’s culture. She graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Academy in 2000 and grew up in the city of Wanzhou, a place that disappeared after the floods that resulted from China’s Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River.
  • Floriane De Lassée
    Freelance Artist/Photographer
    France
    After graduating from Penninghen (Paris) in 2000, a school of graphic design and from the School of the International Center of Photography (NYC) in 2004, Floriane become a freelance artist/photographer. From 2004 to 2011, she pursued a project in various mega-cities where she set up subtle “mises en scène” of lonely women. A monography from this photographic series «Inside Views», has been published by Nazraeli Press.
    In 2012 and 2013, she toured around the globe, thus creating « Half the sky », a continuation of her « women’s project ». Simultaneously, she produced a second project: «How Much Can You Carry ?». A book of this latest series was published in June 2014 by Filigranes (France).
    She is represented by La Galerie Particulière (Paris), Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago) and Agence Laurence Boué (Paris).
  • Pianporn DEETES
    Thailand Campaign Coordinator International Rivers
    Thaïland
    Based in Bangkok, Ms. Deetes' work focuses on protecting the Mekong River from dams proposed for its mainstream, and in particular on Thailand's role as dam developer and the main intended market for the hydroelectricity. Before joining International Rivers in 2010, Ms. Deetes spent seven years as coordinator of the Thai NGO Living River Siam (SEARIN), working to empower communities living alongside the Mekong and Salween rivers to protect their rivers, rights and livelihoods, and to stop destructive dams. Ms. Deetes has a Bachelor's degree in English and is an Ashoka Fellow.
  • Juliette DESCHAMPS
    Stage Director
    France
    Born into a theatrical family, Juliette met at the age of fourteen, the conductor Louis Langrée who now directs the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. With him she studied and discovered opera. At seventeen, she interned on Werner Herzog’s Wagner production set at the Opera de Paris. In 2006, she directed her first show, Era La Notte. In 2007, the Louvre Museum asked her to stage The Banquet by Plato for four successful performances. She directed in September 2009 the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées’ opening night with a new Kurt Weill production. As one of the heirs of Jacques Tati's Estate, she actively promoted his work, especially in the U.S. In 2008, she founded her company - La Scène du Crime - which produces and broadcasts several of its musical shows in France and abroad. She was an artist in residence at the Opéra National de Montpellier in 2015.
  • Ana Paula Ferreira Felizardo
    Founder and Executive Director Resposta
    Brazil
    A business graduate and longtime volunteer in a girls’ institution for victims of violence, Ana Paula Felizardo is founder and head of “Resposta – Social Responsibility put in Practice” - an organization launched in 2003 to promote children’s and youth rights, fighting sexual exploitation of children in tourism. She is an Ashoka and LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Fellow and a 2005 Winner of the Claudia Prize for Social Work. She has also been profiled in the book “Women of Brazil” sponsored by Dow Quimica. She received the Social Responsibility in Tourism Award, an initiative of the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Fiona GREIG
    Executive Director JPMorgan Chase Institute
    USA
    Fiona Greig is the Director of Research for the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Previously, Fiona served as the Deputy Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia from 2012 through 2014 and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Fiona was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for five years, consulting public and social sector clients on strategy, operations and economic development.
    In 2009 Fiona started and ran Bank on DC, a financial inclusion program for the District of Columbia. She has published on economic and public health topics in journals such as the American Economic Review and AIDS and Behavior. Fiona was named a Rising Talent by The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
  • Etelle HIGONNET
    Legal and Campaign Director Mighty Earth
    USA
    Etelle Higonnet is a Yale University and Yale Law School graduate, focused on environmental and human rights research, and has worked primarily in war zones and post conflict areas such as Iraq and Liberia. She worked as a researcher with Human Rights Watch; and as Senior Research Fellow and General Project Coordinator at the International Human Rights Law Institute. She served as Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher, and was a consultant to UNICEF, Open Society, as well as working in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She has contributed expert affidavits in numerous asylum cases and published many reports, a law review journal, and a book. Ms. Higonnet was Greenpeace’s Southeast Asia Regional Research Manager, overseeing research on a broad range of environmental issues including climate, energy, oceans, toxic waste, ecological agriculture, environmental justice, and forest protection. She is currently Mighty Earth’s Legal and Campaign Director, where she focuses on forest conservation in Southeast Asia and Africa, with an emphasis on the palm oil and rubber industries.
  • Maya KARANOUH
    CEO and Co-Founder TAGbrands
    Lebanon
    In the past decade Maya Karanouh has been an active entrepreneur, founding several companies and being a leading member of the regional creative sector. Maya is currently the CEO at TAGbrands. As an award winning branding strategy firm that aligns brand image with the strategic objectives of the company, TAGbrands work impacts several aspects of the business including the retail environment, the relationship with customers and the organizational structure. TAGbrands is proud to have amongst its regional client base: Bank Audi, Doha Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Ghandour, Bonjus, Patchi, L’Oreal and Taanayel.
    Through the company, Maya has been honored to receive the following awards: the 2006 British Council’s Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year for Lebanon, 35 under 35 Global Women Entrepreneurs award in 2007 and “Rising Talents” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2008.
    As Maya is a strong believer in design and innovation, she decided to co-found and incubate the MENA Design Research Center in 2010, a non-profit organization dedicated to design research and social change in the Middle East and North Africa as the CSR branch of TAGbrands. The MENA Design Research Center is proud to have organized the first “Beirut Design Week” which took place in June 2012 in partnership with the British Council, the Goethe Institute, AUB and the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Jo KNIGHT
    Advocacy Coordinator TEAR Australia
    Australia
    Jo is presently the Advocacy Coordinator for TEAR, a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. Jo has most recently been with Brotherhood of St Laurence as the Prgram Manager for the refugee community development and advocacy. Jo is also a lawyer and has worked with refugee communities and advocated with test cases at the cutting edge of migration law. Jo is familiar with the development sector having served as the founding board Chair of Oaktree for six years. Jo worships at Merri Creek Anglican, a new church plant in Melbourne’s inner-north led by her husband Peter Carolane.
    She was educated at Strathcona and later studied Arts and Law degrees at Monash University. Her interest in human rights and international law was fostered through an exchange program to Leiden University in the Netherlands (2000). Jo also participated in a development exposure course to India with Tear Australia. In 2002 she completed an Arts Honours thesis which explored poverty in India. A year later, Jo graduated with honours in both degrees.
    While a student, Jo began working at Erskine Rodan & Associates; a leading Immigration law firm. She completed Articles with this firm and worked there for 8 years. Jo was a founding member of the Oaktree Foundation (2003) and became President and Chair of the Board. The Oaktree Foundation is a movement of young Australians who desire to make the world a better place and alleviate poverty. In 2008 she was one of 20 women selected worldwide to participate in the Women’s Forum Rising Talents Program. Jo was a Section Chair in the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section at the Law Institute of Victoria. She and her husband are active members at St Hilary’s Church in Kew, and members of the Anglican Synod. At the Ecumenical Migration Centre, Jo directs a team of people who deliver social-inclusion services to refugees and migrants.
  • Xia LI
    VP Financial Service President & CEO
    China
    Li Xia is currently President and CEO of Genius Auto Finance Co and Auto Finance Director Geely Group and VP FS Volvo China. She was previously VP Financial Service of Volvo Car China and before that was the CFO of Fiat Automotive Finance Co from 2007 to 2012. She started her career at Unilever Shanghai in 1995. She joined HSBC Data Processing (Shanghai) Ltd in 2002 and held a position as Financial Controller for Global Processing Shanghai.
    Li Xia is a 2008 Rising Talent from the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She is a Council member of KindPRO (effective philanthropies to provide professional support for NPO development in China). She is part of the Steering Committee Member of ACCA Shanghai (providing support to the accounting professional community development).
    She obtained her Bachelor of Economics degree at Shanghai University in Finance and Economics in 1995.
  • Lucy Weihua LUO
    Founder and CEO IFCKIDS
    China
    Lucy Luo is the founder and CEO of IFCKIDS program, an early childhood music education organization. Before she committed herself to music education in 2010, she had been working for 15 years in the financial services industry. As Director of Accenture Management Consulting, she was specialized in corporate strategy. She also served for Munich Re Group, where she was posted in different geographies. Lucy has been always dedicated to international cultural exchange. As a musician, she has performed in more than ten countries. She is the Board of Director for Beijing International Festival Chorus. Lucy earned her BA degree from Tsinghua University, and graduated from Rutgers' EMBA program. Recently, her paper Music Spring Buds: An Innovative Early Childhood Music Education Program in China has been published by 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education.
  • Anna LYSYANSKAYA
    Professor of Computer Science Brown University
    USA
    Anna is a Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2002, under supervision of Ron Rivest. In addition to MIT, her PhD work was supported by an NSF fellowship, and Bell Labs' GRFP program (mentored by Peter Winkler). During her Ph.D. studies Anna spent her summers at IBM Zurich and T.J.Watson. Anna joined the faculty of Brown as Assistant Professor in 2002, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. While at Brown, she received an NSF CAREER award and numerous other NSF grants that have support her and her students' research. In 2007, the MIT Technology Review Magazine included her into their annual list of "35 Innovators under 35." In 2008, she was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship.
    A theme of her research is on balancing privacy with accountability, and specifically allowing users to prove that they are authorized even while not revealing any additional information about themselves. Her work in this area was incorporated into the Trusted Computing Group's industrial standard and served as the theoretical foundation for IBM Zurich's Idemix project.
  • Marina MALYKHINA
    President & CEO Magram Market Research Agency
    Russia
    Marina Malykhina graduated from the Academy of National Economy, Economic and Social Sciences Department. In 1997 she founded the Magram Market Research Agency. Marina is an ESOMAR member (European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research) and a Member of the ‘Committee of 20’ (Women Business-leaders Association). Ms.Malykhina teaches in the National Economy Academy and is a member of Moscow State University Board of Regents. In 2004 was honored with a ranking among the ‘100 best professional carriers in business for 2000-04’ by Kommersant newspaper. In 2005 she won the annual contest ‘Businessman of a year’ in nomination ‘Young businessman’ (Ernst & Young has been organizing the contest in 40 countries for 19 years. Within the contest are honored businessmen who made the most considerable contribution to this nation’s economic development).
  • Shu-Wei QIU
    Professeur of singing Shanghai Conservatory of Music
    China
    Soprano Shu Wei is a concertist and professor of singing at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Born in China, she studied music in China and then registered at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, obtaining the Superior Diploma of singing concertist. She returned to China in 2002 to become a Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
    She specializes in French composers, including Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc and Satie, and regularly participates in the East Radio broadcast of French melodies. She worked on a CD dedicated to ancient Chinese melodies and various recitals in the U.S and China.
  • Jessica RIMINGTON
    Managing Director; The Rules / Founder; High-Touch Strategy / Visiting Scholar; Stanford University The Rules / High-Touch Strategy / Stanford University
    USA
    Jess Rimington is an activist working to eradicate inequity that dehumanizes. She works in leadership and support roles in pursuit of more just economic and political systems. She is currently Managing Director at /The Rules (www.therules.org). Jess is also a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Global Projects Center researching the intersection of innovation, design, and decolonization. She and her co-author Joanna Cea are leading an interdisciplinary research initiative exploring methodologies that lead to groundbreaking innovation that outperforms the dominant social paradigm, in that they present solutions that work for all, rather then remain trapped in the current status quo of institutionalized inequity. Jess founded and led the non-profit One World Youth Project from 2004 to 2012, a non-profit which links schools around the world to build mutual respect and understanding among students. After OWYP, Jess has worked as a strategist and consulting entrepreneur for a number of social change oriented clients including the founding team of Delivery Associates led by renowned expert and inventor of ‘deliverology’ Sir Michael Barber; 350.org; and Sandbox. www.jessrimington.org
  • Maria RIVAS
    Cargill Central America Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
    Nicaragua
    Maria manages CSR for Cargill businesses in Central America and promotes and manages the implementation of shared value programs within and across businesses. Prior to working at Cargill, Maria was the Latin America Regional Coordinator at the UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP, she was the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Latin American ST-EP and MDG-F Regional Coordinator, managing sustainable tourism projects that seek to contribute to the elimination of poverty. Prior to her post with the UNWTO, Maria was Minister of Tourism of Nicaragua. As Minister, she was in charge developing and expanding tourism in Nicaragua. Under her leadership, tourism became the top revenue generator for the country. Previously, Ms. Rivas was Associate Director of PRONicaragua, Nicaragua’s investment promotion agency. Before joining PRONicaragua, Ms. Rivas served as Senior Strategic Media Planner at multi-national advertising agency McCann-Erickson in New York City and Buenos Aires. Mrs. Rivas holds a BA in Communications from Queens College and a MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). Maria is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a HBS Service Leadership Fellow, an Aspen Institute Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow and a Rising Talent of the Women’s Forum on the Economy and Society.
  • Sema SGAIER
    Co-Founder & Executive Director, Surgo Foundation; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Public Health Surgo Foundation / Harvard University
    USA
    Sema K. Sgaier is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Surgo Foundation, a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she has been leading the implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation of large-scale public health programs. Sema is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health, Schools of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Washington. Sema currently manages HIV prevention portfolios across Africa and leads the foundation’s Male Circumcision Initiative. Previously, Sema was a core member of the Avahan team, the foundation’s large-scale HIV prevention initiative in India, where she managed the program in the states of Karnataka, Manipur and Nagaland.
    Prior to the foundation, she was a fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Centre for Global Health Research. She has led several large-scale research and evaluation projects and has worked with governments in India and Africa on public health policy development. She has developed new genetic and epidemiological tools, has published extensively in high impact journals and is currently an Editor with eLife. She received her PhD in Molecular Genetics from New York University, her M.A in Neuroscience from Brown University and a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bogazici University (Istanbul,Turkey). Trained in photojournalism at the International Center for Photography in New York, Sema’s photo work has been published widely and can be viewed at semasgaier.com. She is a native of Libya and Turkey and currently lives in the US.
  • Karima SILVENT-MADI
    Global HR Director, Transformation Support & Business Partnering; Digital HR Project Leader AXA Group
    France
    Born in the Comoros Islands, Karima was granted French nationality in 1981. She graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in 1995 and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1997. She entered the French Ministry of Employment and Health in 1997 as Head of the National Fund for Employment, working on employment reforms as well as helping private companies implement social/HR policies.
    In 2002, she joined the French state owned Health Service (Hôpitaux de Paris - 90 000 employees) as Deputy HR Director, to pilot innovative reorganization programs.
    In 2007, she moved to Korian (15 000 employees, 3 countries: France, Italy, Germany) a private health group (clinics, retirement homes), first as Group Human Resources Director and then COO for the French Business Line.
    In April 2012, she joined AXA Group as Global HR Director – Support & Operational Functions. Since sept 2013, she has also held the position of Digital HR project leader.
  • Sherice Torres
    Marketing Director, Brand Studio Google
    USA
    An inspirational leader with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, brand management, strategic planning and executive coaching, Torres currently serves as Marketing Director at Google, focused on empowering families to make the most of their digital journey together.
    Previously, Torres served as Director of Marketing for Google Commerce. In this role, she lead marketing efforts for Google Wallet and Google Express. Prior to joining Google, Sherice served as Sr. Vice President of Nickelodeon Digital Publishing. In this role, Torres managed both the digital and physical entertainment portfolio for Nickelodeon, including DVD, digital video (DTO/EST, streaming and subscription-based), paid apps as well as videogame and electronic learning aids. Key partners included Paramount Home Entertainment, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon, Netflix, Leapfrog, V-Tech and Activision.
    Prior to this role,Torres was Senior Vice President of Global Home Entertainment and Adult-Brand Licensing. Key markets included the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Australia and the Benelux. She also drove the adult-targeted licensing efforts across MTV Networks including Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, CMT and Logo. Sherice has served as Senior Vice President, Hard Goods as well as Vice President of Nickelodeon Home, Gift and Packaged Goods. Torres joined Nickelodeon in 2000 as Director of Licensing for Interactive, Home Entertainment and Consumer Electronics. Before joining the network, she was a consultant with Deloitte & Touche, specializing in strategic planning, change management and organizational design.
    Sherice graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Among her many honors, Sherice was chosen as one of Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2009) and Top 100 Black Executives (2009).
    Torres also serves as BadAssMama-in-Chief of BadAssMama Enterprises, Inc. – a lifestyle management brand for working mothers. She is a regular contributor to WorkingMother.com, Felicity Huffman’s WhatTheFlicka.com, a syndicated contributor on BlogHer.com and founder her own blog, The BadAssMama Chronicles.
  • Araxi URRUTIA
    Senior Lecturer University of Bath
    UK
    Born in the UK, Araxi grew up in Mexico and obtained her first degree at the National University of Mexico. She was awarded a PhD at the University of Bath. In 2004; her results in human genomics, published in top scientific journals, earned her the L’Oreal-Royal Institution Science Graduate of the Year 2003 Award. She then accepted a postdoctoral position in Arizona. She secured two prestigious fellowships. Now, based in Bath, Araxi has received two further national awards, named one of UK’s most inspiring women.
  • Joy Jing Hui XU
    Global Head of HR, CHRO Sandoz, Novartis
    Germany
    Joy is currently Global Head of HR, CHRO at Sandoz, Novartis, a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, based in Munich, Germany. Previous to this position before 2015, she was SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Asia Pacific Region at PepsiCo based in Hong Kong. Prior to her move to Asia Pacific Region, Joy was Vice President, Talent Sustainability, Asia, Middle East & Africa sector based in Dubai, UAE. Joy was also beforehand, Senior Director & CPO, China Foods Region from June 2006 to August 2009 based in Shanghai, China. Before joining Pepciso, Joy already had 11 years of HR leadership experience in a variety of HR generalist and specialist roles at Procter & Gamble Headquarters, based in Guangzhou, China and Cincinnati, USA respectively.
    Joy was selected as a “Rising Talents” member during the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in 2008. She was recognized as Pride Of HR Profession by 2010 World HRD Congress. Joy is a graduate of South China University of Technology with a major in English Language and Linguistics (Scientific English) and a minor in Computer Science.
  • Ling YAN
    PR Manager Wheelchair Foundation
    China
    In her current role, Ling focuses on the development and implementation of public education and fundraising activities in China. Working closely with local nonprofit organizations and corporate sponsors, Ling manages sustainability projects and possesses unique insight into corporate social responsibility and CSR management.
    Ling brings to her role a broad working experience, including a role as a part-time radio program presenter and project manager of China Shanghai International Arts Festival. She has also worked for Shell and Fleishman-Hillard International Communications. Ling has an M.B.A. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai International Studies University.
  • Gao YANG
    Executive Director Junior Achievement China
    China
    Ms. Gao Yang is responsible for Junior Achievement (JA) China’s overall management and performance. She works with the Board of Directors to set direction, shape policy, raise funds and awareness, and achieve the goals set in the strategic plan. In 2007, JA China was selected as one of the six most innovative non-profit projects by CCTV. AMCHAM Shanghai gave JA China its “Exceptional Partner Award” for JA China’s success in facilitating corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to joining JA China, Ms. Gao Yang worked for GE, General Motors and China International Capital Corporation (CICC). Ms. Gao Yang holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a MS degree in International Finance from the Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China.
  • Mia ZHANG
    Chairman & CEO 8DDY.com
    China
    Currently Chairman and CEO of 8DDY.com, Mia was co-founder of Mingya Insurance Brokers, the leading life insurance broker in China. She was responsible for managing the company’s operation and led the company to be named among China’s top 10 Innovative Insurance Institutions of 2006. She previously was a senior McKinsey & Company consultant, providing strategy, organization and operation consulting to clients in multiple industries.
    Prior to McKinsey, Mia was team leader of IBM China Research Lab. Her team received IBM’s Technology Innovation Award. She graduated from Tsinghua University with a doctor of engineering degree in corporate information systems and applications.
  • Jobeda Ali
    CEO Three Sisters Care Ltd
    UK
    Jobeda is an award winning social entrepreneur. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1996 and worked in the government sector before becoming an entrepreneur. She did a Masters in World Trade in 2004 and graduated from the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 2006 and started her first business in the film and media sector, Fair Knowledge, the following year. In 2010, she was named Social Business Leader of the Year 2010 at the Ogunte Social Leadership Awards. Jobeda and her sisters founded Three Sisters Care in 2011, providing care at home services to elderly and disabled clients across London and Essex. In 2014, Three Sisters Care won the Precious Social Enterprise of the Year Award and in 2015 they won the Best Social Enterprise at the Forward Ladies Awards. Jobeda is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Social Care blog and has appeared on BBC Radio and TV and at various conferences talking about the future of care. Jobeda is our resident technology geek and is passionate about expanding care work tools and capacities through designing and building robotic technologies for care. She was instrumental in winning a UK government contract to develop robotic assistance for care workers, partnering with the top robotics companies in the UK. Jobeda loves astronomy, comedy and watching way too much boxset TV shows.
  • Gabriela Carvalho
    Office Leader & Head of Retail Financial Services Practice Group Egon Zehnder
    USA
    Ms. Carvalho is a Consultant in the Miami office of Egon Zehnder and is a core member of the Financial Services Practice. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Carvalho was a Vice President at American Express Global Network Services where she was responsible for growing the Amex franchise business across Latin America. Before that, she worked in Strategic Planning and headed Card Acquisition and Bank Partnerships for the Amex International Dollar Card business. Prior to Amex, Ms. Carvalho worked at StarMedia Network where she prospected, negotiated and closed distributions deals with large portals and major consumer product companies interested in reaching Hispanics and Latin Americans. Ms. Carvalho began her career at Citibank. She then joined JP Morgan in Emerging Markets Sales and Trading. Ms. Carvalho received her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a BS from Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo.
  • Catalina COCK DUQUE
    Executive Director Mi Sangre Foundation
    Colombia
    Catalina is currently the Director of Mi Sangre Foundation. A non-profit organization created by the social leader and artist, Juanes, to contribute to peace building in Colombia. Mi Sangre provides psychosocial assistance to children and youth affected by violence and it promotes education for peace through arts and culture so they can become active agents of change. Catalina has more than 15 years of experience in development issues and social entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder and Chair of Amigos del Choco Foundation and the Oro Verde Initiative, the first social and environmental certification system for artisanal and small scale gold mining in the world. As a mechanism to scale up this process, she led the creation of the Alliance for Responsible Mining, ARM which is now replicating the program in other countries of the world.
    Catalina was elected as Ashoka fellow in 2003, as a «Rising Talent» by the Women´s Forum in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in the same year and Synergos fellow in 2010. Catalina holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the Maryland University (USA) and a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Planning for developing countries from the London School of Economics.
  • Yseulys COSTES
    CEO 1000mercis
    USA
    Yseulys Costes is Chief Executive Officer CEO and founder of 1000mercis Group. Yseulys Costes is a graduate of the “Magistère de Sciences de Gestion” and has a Masters in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. She discovered the internet in 1995 while studying for an MBA at the Robert O. Anderson School, USA. As a researcher in interactive marketing, she is a guest lecturer at Harvard University and teaches Interactive Marketing at several prestigious institutions such as HEC, ESSEC and University Paris-Dauphine. Yseulys is the author of numerous books and articles on online marketing and databases and also spent two years as the coordinator for the IAB France before founding 1000mercis in February 2000.
    Yseulys Costes is a board member of Kering and the “Comité d’Orientation Stratégique du FSI”.
  • Virginie DANGLES-MARIE
    Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Science L’Université Paris Descartes
    France
    Virginie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Science at L’Université Paris Descartes and a Scientific Manager of the veterinary facility at the cancer research centre of the Institute Curie. Virginie is interested in translational research and animal ethical implementation and has published widely on these areas. Her research focuses on the metastatic process, the major cause of cancer deaths, and in particular on the validation of in vitro cancer cell models to reduce reliance on animal testing. She is a recipient of the Mitjavil National Academy of Medicine Fellowship award and is also a nominated member of the French Ministry of Agriculture’s National Commission of Teachers and Researchers.
  • Abha DAWESAR
    Novelist, TED Speaker & Director, Marketing RBWN HSBC
    USA
    Abha Dawesar has dual careers as an independent, award-winning novelist and as Director of Marketing, RBWM at HSBC. Previously she was Director of Communications & Marketing for a New York based fin-tech startup, AnalytixInsight. Abha is also the recipient of numerous honors including the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award as well as a Lambda Literary Award. Her talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh (June 2013) can be viewed here:
    http://www.ted.com/talks/abha_dawesar_life_in_the_digital_now New York’s weekly magazine Time Out listed Abha Dawesar as one of 25 people who will make their mark. India’s leading weekly magazine India Today named Dawesar as one of twenty-five path-breaking Indians. She has also been called one of India’s 12 remarkable women by Femina magazine and named by the leading national English language newspaper, The Hindustan Times in its Next Big Things. The New York Foundation of the Arts awarded Dawesar a Fiction Fellowship in 2000. Her books have been short-listed in France for Le Prix Médicis Roman Etranger, Le Prix Bel Ami, le Prix Femina, and le Prix RFI témoin du monde.
    Dawesar is also a visual artist who has been exhibited internationally. Her most recent novel Sensorium includes doodles and cartoons. Her works include pen and ink drawings, paintings, installations, and photographs. For more on her work please visit www.abhadawesar.com.
  • Maud FONTENOY
    Founder Maud Fontenoy Foundation
    France
    Maud Fontenoy is the first woman to have sailed around the world against winds and currents from La Réunion to La Réunion in 2007. In 2005, she was the first woman to have crossed the Pacific Ocean. An accomplished sailor, she is also involved in work in the community and founded “Jeunes Marins Briards”, an organization which enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to sail on traditional boats. She also believes in ecology and to that effect, created an educational programme called “Jeunes Aventuriers” to teach young children to respect the environment they live in. Maud will also see two of her most recent books published in the coming months (“Le sel de la vie” and “Mon carnet de bord”) depicting her life on board during her trips on the seas. Maud has been awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French Government, which recognizes service to the nation.
  • Emilie GOODALL
    Manager, Development and Sustainability FMO - Dutch Development Bank
    The Netherlands
    Emilie joined the FMO - Dutch Development Bank in January of 2017, as Manager, Development Impact and Sustainability. Prior to this, she held the role of Director, IMPACT+ at Bridges Ventures. In this role, Emilie built on her experience in responsible investing, impact investing and impact analysis. She was previously Head of Implementation Support at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), leading the cross-asset class team supporting PRI’s global network of investors to implement responsible investment practices. She also helped develop the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, a responsible investment transparency framework for microfinance investors. Prior to that, as Senior Investment Manager at CAF Venturesome, she managed debt and equity-like investments in non-profits, alongside research and policy work promoting the growth of the impact investing market. She led Venturesome’s impact strategy, based on previous experience working as analyst and consultant at New Philanthropy Capital, a consultancy and think tank engaged in non-profit analysis and the promotion of funder effectiveness. Emilie holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Oxford University, and qualifications in development management and financial management.
  • Maryana ISKANDER
    Chief Executive Officer Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
    South Africa
    Maryana Iskander is CEO of the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2006-2012 she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York, and currently sits on the national Planned Parenthood board of directors. Maryana formerly served as Adviser to the President of Rice University, where she oversaw an ambitious strategic planning process and partnerships between the university and the city of Houston, Texas. She has also served as a law clerk to Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was an associate at global consultancy McKinsey & Co., a strategy consultant for W.L. Gore & Associates, and a law clerk at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and Vinson & Elkins in Houston. Maryana earned a B.A. from Rice University, a M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
  • Hasina KHARBHIH
    Founder, Chair of Board, Impulse NGO Network, Founder, MD, Impulse Social Enterprises
    India
    Ms. Kharbhih has gained a multi-sector expertise, including leadership and Institutional Management, livelihood and rural development, anti-human trafficking, migration, gender based violence, child rights, HIV/AIDS education and intervention, substance abuse and adolescent health. Awards & Recognition 2000 - Commonwealth Youth Program Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work 2002- US Department of State, International Visitors Program (IVLP) on NGO Management
    2004-2006 - Commonwealth Youth Ambassador represented India and was featured as Yuva Star or Young Achiever for BBC World Service Trust Award Winning Production of Haath Se Haath Milaa (Lets Join Hands)India largest HIV/AIDS awareness mass media campaign that reach over 50 million viewers 2007- Rising Talent award from the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, France 2011-2012 - North East Excellence Award in the Achievers Category from the Indian Chambers of Commerce 2012 -YFLO Women Achievers Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce 2012 -Asian Activists Award from Human Right Now - Japan 2012 -CNN-IBN India Positive Award 2013 Winner India’s CNBC Awaaz - Masterpreneur Season 1 Reality Show 2013 - IVLP Gold Star Alumni, US State Department.
  • Marina S. LEVIN
    Managing Director, Wholesale Credit Risk Regulatory Management J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
    USA
    Marina Levin is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. She heads the Wholesale Credit Risk Regulatory Management team, which is responsible for development and implementation of strategic solutions for the firm globally in response to regulatory requirements. She assumed her current role in 2014. Prior to that, she spent a decade in various areas of the bank managing distressed credits. Marina is a Vice-President and cofounder of the Pushkin Academy of Russian Heritage in New York – and independent coeducational institution that helps children learn Russian language and maintain their heritage. Marina holds a Diplom Kauffrau degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and B.S. degree in Accounting from the Northern Illinois University, USA. She passed the CPA and CIRA examinations and is fluent in Russian, German and English. Marina is married, has two children and lives in New York.
  • Tamara MALHAS
    Project Associate Flash Entertainment
    UAE
    Tamara Malhas is the Managing Director of the Mashrek International School, a co-educational and bilingual school that was established in 1992. Tamara is involved in a number of charity programs that assist underprivileged students and families in remote areas of Jordan. This is achieved by raising funds, providing food, clothing, stationary and other school supplies. Tamara is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Young Entrepreneur Association (YEA) and a founding member of a newly registered Jordanian educational NGO. She was nominated to represent Jordan in the Youth Microenterprise Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Mona MOURSHED
    Senior Partner McKinsey & Company
    USA
    Mona is a senior partner with McKinsey & Company’s Washington DC office and leads the Global Education Practice.

    Mona is the lead author of Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s Youth Into Work, Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works, How the World’s Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better, and is co-author of How the World’s Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top.

    Mona serves as the Board of Directors’ Vice President of the McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent non-profit founded by McKinsey & Company. She leads its first flagship effort, Generation, which supports one million young people to achieve jobs and skills across five countries in five years, and seeks to create an open-source replicable and scalable methodology to support tens of millions more young people.

    Mona was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’ (2011), serves on the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide, as well as serves on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT.
  • Prudence MUTOWO
    Scientific Database Curator EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute)
    UK
    Prudence Mutowo has a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She also has a Bsc (Hons) in Biochemistry and an MSc in Applied Biomolecular Technology. In 2006 Prudence was the first Zimbabwean to receive a L’Oreal-Unesco International Fellowship – an award given to young female scientists working in areas of important scientific research. Prudence was also named in Marie Claire’s 2007 survey of the 25 most promising young women in the UK.
  • Agnès PANNIER-RUNACHER
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer Compagnie des Alpes
    France
    Ms. Agnes Pannier-Runacher has been Deputy Managing Director and Member of Management Board at Compagnie des Alpes SA since January 28, 2013. Ms. Pannier-Runacher previously served as the Deputy Director of Finance and Strategy and Head of Department of Investments and Development of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She was also the Director of Finance and Portfolio Strategy and a Member of the Executive Committee at Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement SA. Previous to this position, she served as a Cabinet Director at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris. Agnès also worked as a Financial Inspector at the French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry. She was employed at the Finance Inspectorate where she worked on performance measurement in State administrations, socially responsible investments and financing social housing.
    She served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Icade A Echang since November 30, 2007. She served as a Director of at Icade S.A. until January 19, 2009. Ms. Pannier-Runacher is a graduate from HEC (Paris Business School), France, and ENA (French National School of Public Administration), France.
  • Renata POKUPIC
    Singer, Mezzo Soprano -
    Croatia
    Mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is known internationally through her acclaimed performances of baroque, classical and other coloratura-mezzo repertoire as well as solo songs.
    Her recent opera engagements have included the highly acclaimed Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Irene Tamerlano (previously performed at Teatro Real, Madrid), Cherubino for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera (both house debuts), Sesto La clemenza di Tito for Chicago Opera Theater, AnnioLa clemenza di Tito for Opéra de Lyon, the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo at Grange Park Opera and Statira Vivaldi L'Incoronazione di Dario for Garsington Opera. More information: renatapokupic.com
  • Pardis SABETI
    Professor in the Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Harvard University
    USA
    Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and is a Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
    Dr. Sabeti is a computational geneticist with expertise studying genetic diversity, developing algorithms to detect genetic signatures of natural selection, and carrying out genetic association studies in humans and microbial threats, such as Ebola virus, Lassa virus, and Zika virus. She completed her undergraduate degree at MIT and her M.Sc. and D.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, before returning to earn her M.D. from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow.
    Dr. Sabeti is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and was the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Natural Science and the National Academy of Science Lounsbery Award. She was named one of TIME Magazines Persons of the Year and 100 Most Influential, and is the lead singer and co-songwriter of the alternative rock band Thousand Days.
  • Thea SHARROCK
    Freelance theatre director -
    UK
    Thea Sharrock is a freelance theatre director and is currently in residence at the National Theatre in London. Thea won the James Menzies-Kitchen Award for young directors with her very first directorial credit. In 2000, at the age of 24, Thea was made the Artistic Director of the Southwark Playhouse making her the youngest artistic director in the country. In 2007 she directed the revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus staring Daniel Radcliffe. Thea is a patron of The Mousetrap Foundation, a charity that ensures that young people can attend high quality productions at top West End theatres in London at minimal cost.
  • Melissa SMITH
    Managing Director and Group Head, Northeast Corporate Client Banking JPMorgan
    UK
    Melissa is currently based in New York City and is Managing Director and Group Head of Northeast Corporate Client Banking at JPMorgan. She was previously in London in 2014, as Head of the European Investment Grade Debt Capital Markets business for JPMorgan. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director in JPMorgan’s Debt Capital Markets business again in NYC, responsible for the Healthcare, Retail, and Chemicals sectors.
    From 2001 to 2003, Melissa was a mentor on the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, a JPMorgan initiative which links JPMorgan employees as mentors with young adults. In 2002, she joined the Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in New York. CASA provides volunteer court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care. Melissa was named as one of twenty-three “Top Gun Bankers” by Brendan Wood International in 2006. She joined the Board of American Ballet Theatre in 2009 and was accepted to the Term Membership program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
    • Muna AbuSulayman
      2011
      Co-founder Meedan.com
      Saudi Arabia
      Muna AbuSulayman has been named as one of the most influential Arabs, as well as one of the most influential muslims in the world in numerous publications from 2009 to the present. Due to a unique and diverse cross-functional work experience, including leading The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations, AbuSulayman is internationally recognized as an expert in management, education, sustainable development, Islam/West, and female empowerment. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the UN, and the World Bank on the sensitive issues such as “Media Leadership in the Arab World” and “Monetization of Motherhood.” Currently, AbuSulayman is co-founding several start ups in the media, female empowerment, entrepreneurship and tech sectors.
    • Sarah Al Agroobi
      2016 Dubai
      Emirati Designer & Artist
      UAE
      Sarah Al Agroobi is an Emirati graphic designer and artist with a degree in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah. Her fascination in exploring the notion of an Emirati archetype in the context of the Middle East and the West has always been a driving force in her diverse aesthetic. Her work ranges from print based to time based media but over the last few years her artistry has wavered into furniture design and 3D installations. Sarah has exhibited both regionally and internationally including shows such as Salone Satolite di Mobile in Milan, Istanbul design week, and La Biennale di Venezia. Her work has been reviewed in ESTRO magazine, ID magazine and Close-Up magazine and several film festivals for her time-based work, such as the Dubai International Film Festival and the short film corner at the Cannes Film Festival. She has received several awards such as two awards at the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. All of her works are held together by a conceptual thread: a singular expression of her collective experience of creating a discourse between the cross-disciplinary explorations and the audience.
    • Sara Al Amiri
      2016 Dubai
      EMM Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the UAE mission to Mars Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Center
      UAE
      Sarah Amiri is currently the Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope) at the Mohamed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Her current task is to enable the research environment for the first generation of UAE Planetary Scientists. Sarah specializes in capability and new initiatives development at MBRSC; and has spent the last 5 years working in this area. In 2015 Sarah was selected as one of 50 young scientists by the World Economic Forum for her contribution to the development efforts in the fields of Science, Technology and Engineering. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.
    • Najla Al Awadhi
      2009
      Consultant -
      UAE
      Najla Faisal Al Awadhi is a former member of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a distinguished media pioneer in the Middle East. She is one of the first women in the history of the UAE to become a member of the FNC. During her four-year FNC term she served on the Education, Youth, Media and Culture Committee; as well as the Parliamentary Steering Committee established to develop a scheme to modernize the Parliament’s practices and overall effectiveness. She also previously served on the Foreign Affairs, Planning, Petroleum, Mineral Wealth, Agriculture and Fishery Committees. Al Awadhi is also the first Arab woman to hold a chief executive post in a state run media organization. With a particular focus on television, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Television Channels at Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). DMI is a Dubai Government media group which comprises a number of print, radio and TV channels including: Dubai TV, Sama Dubai TV, Dubai One TV, Dubai Sports TV, Dubai Racing TV, Noor Dubai TV, Noor Radio, Al Bayan (newspaper), Emarat Al Youm (newspaper), Emirates Business 24|7 (newspaper), and Masaar Printing Press. She also previously served as the General Manger of Dubai One TV. In 2011 Al Awadhi was selected as one the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims’ by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan. As well as being a Global Women's Forum 2009 Rising Talent, she is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and also a Member of the Global Agenda Councils of the World Economic Forum. In addition, Al Awadhi was acting chairperson for the regional board of Young Arab Leaders (YAL). Previously, she was also on the Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and a board member with YAL’s UAE Chapter and headed its Education initiative that sought to provide higher education opportunities to Arab youth. Al Awadhi holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
    • Christina M. Alfonso
      2014
      Founder and CEO Madeira Global
      USA
      Christina is the founder & CEO of Madeira Global, a NY-based impact investment advisory firm. As an accomplished international investment advisor, her personal & professional experience spans the US, European & Latin American markets. Prior to MG, Christina served as Director of Sustainable Investments for Worldwide Investment Group in São Paulo as well as Sr. Associate & Hedge Fund Liaison at AllianceBernstein in New York. She holds a B.S. in finance & management from Fordham University & an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Christina is a founding advisory board member of the Center for Social Innovation as well as a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.
    • Jobeda Ali
      2007
      CEO Three Sisters Care Ltd
      UK
      Jobeda is an award winning social entrepreneur. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1996 and worked in the government sector before becoming an entrepreneur. She did a Masters in World Trade in 2004 and graduated from the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 2006 and started her first business in the film and media sector, Fair Knowledge, the following year. In 2010, she was named Social Business Leader of the Year 2010 at the Ogunte Social Leadership Awards. Jobeda and her sisters founded Three Sisters Care in 2011, providing care at home services to elderly and disabled clients across London and Essex. In 2014, Three Sisters Care won the Precious Social Enterprise of the Year Award and in 2015 they won the Best Social Enterprise at the Forward Ladies Awards. Jobeda is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Social Care blog and has appeared on BBC Radio and TV and at various conferences talking about the future of care. Jobeda is our resident technology geek and is passionate about expanding care work tools and capacities through designing and building robotic technologies for care. She was instrumental in winning a UK government contract to develop robotic assistance for care workers, partnering with the top robotics companies in the UK. Jobeda loves astronomy, comedy and watching way too much boxset TV shows.
    • Anne Amuzu
      2012
      CEO & Technical Lead Nandimobile
      Ghana
      Miss Anne Amuzu founded and manages Nandimobile together with two other co-founders. She is also the lead developer responsible for the development of the company's products. In 2010, Nandimobile's maiden product, Gripeline was said to solve a world wide problem and was awarded the Best Business at the Launch conference in San Francisco. Miss Amuzu who is a graduate of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Techonology, holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
    • Asita Anche
      2012
      Managing Director Goldman Sachs
      UK
      Asita Anche is a high frequency, quant driven trader and a Managing Director for Goldman Sachs. Prior to that, Asita ran the high frequency trading divisions for Europe for Citadel Investment Group and Millennium Capital Partners. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's in Computer Science in 2004.
    • Alejandra Ancheita
      2014
      Founder and Executive Director Project on Economic, Social, and Cultural Right
      Mexico
      Alejandra Ancheita, the founder and Executive Director of the Mexico City based ProDESC (The Project of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), is a Mexican lawyer and activist who leads the fight for the rights of the migrants, workers, and indigenous communities of her native country to dramatically raise their standard of living. Since founding ProDESC in 2005, Alejandra and her dedicated team have run strategic, gender-sensitive campaigns aimed at protecting the economic, social, and cultural rights of Mexico’s most marginalized people. The tangible results of these campaigns include unprecedented accountability mechanisms between some of the world’s largest transnational companies, thereby ensuring land rights and the rights to dignified housing, health, education, and a fair wage, among others.
    • Jackie Arango
      2014
      Innovation Manager, Innovation Center Grupo Bancolombia
      Colombia
      Jackie is currently Innovation Manager for the Innovation Center at Grupo Bancocolombia, the biggest bank in Colombia. She is a Product Design Engineer by trade, with specialization in product design management and has a Master’s in Design and Innovation. She has previous experience in development, and transfer of methods, methodologies and processes of business design and product development. Jackie is a global shaper and people-centered, as part of the Bancolombia Innovation Center (CIB), focusing on challenging people to transform the future. She is also a Cathedratic teacher at Universidad EAFIT.
    • Anamaria Aristizabal
      2008
      Coach and Facilitator of Transformative Learning Experiences SoL Colombia, New Ventures West
      Colombia
      Anamaria designs and facilitates journeys of learning and transformation for cultural creatives and changemakers in service of a flourishing planet. She serves individuals and groups hungry to ask audacious questions that ignite passion and purpose. With her work, she takes you on a wild journey through the heart of your being into your wholeness at individual and collective levels. She is a Certified Integral Coach® (PCC level), Consultant, and Trained Facilitator who loves to design transformative coaching programs, as well as workshops and change interventions with creative and participatory methodologies. She holds an MBA from Yale University, and has worked for McKinsey, the World Bank, Ashoka, and various governmental and non governmental organizations in the USA and Colombia.
    • Nathalie Baaklini
      2017 Mexico
      Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer The Moonshot Co.
      Canada
      Nathalie was born in Lebanon, nationalized Canadian and Mexican at heart. She has held senior positions at LVMH, Gap, Levis and El Palacio de Hierro. She is a founding partner of a fashion brand “Children of our Town” and a strategic investor in the Ready-to-Wear brand Trista. She is an active mentor at Endeavor and has scaled a variety of start-ups in Mexico. Recently, she launched The Moonshot Co., a boutique firm that is reinventing the way companies and brands connect with their consumers. She is currently leading the most ambitious wellness project in Mexico, set to launch in 2018.
    • Angela Baker
      2016
      Director, Wireless Reach Qualcomm
      USA
      Angela Baker oversees Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enriche teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State. She sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She also currently serves as a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
    • Katarzyna Batko-Toluc
      2010
      Program Director Citizens Network Watchdog Poland
      Poland
      Katarzyna built a civic network of empowered citizens making use of their rights. Thanks to their pressure, the political culture in Poland is changing and becoming more open, transparent and accountable. The impact of this work can be seen on both the national and local level. For her work, she has awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland in 2011. She was also became a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010 and won the title of Social Entrepreneur - Ashoka Fellow in 2009. She is an author of several publications on ethics of public life and transparent democratic systems of governance. The website address of her organization is the following: www.watchdogpoland.pl.
    • Aida BEGIĆ ZUBČEVIĆ
      2008
      Film Director
      Bosnia
      Aida was born in Sarajevo in 1976 and graduated in film direction at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000. Her graduation film, “First Death Experience”, was presented in the Cinefondation Official Selection at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. In 2003, she directed her second short film, “North Wend Mad”. Aida Begi teaches directing at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and has directed numerous commercials, video spots and promotional films. In 2004, she founded an independent production company, MAMAFILM, together with her colleague Elma Tataragi. “Snow”, focusing on a war-destroyed Bosnian village, was their first feature film and won the 2008 Cannes Festival Critics Week Grand Prize.
    • Iman Ben Chaibah
      2016 Dubai
      Editor-in-Chief Sail Magazine
      UAE
      Iman Ben Chaibah has a Master’s in Project Management, with a dissertation in Organizational Innovation and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with Honors from the British University in Dubai. She is the Founder of @SailPublishing, an Emirati publishing house of digital books and magazines, which falls in line with her love for consuming and producing literature, especially in digital forms. She was awarded Young Digital Publishing Entrepreneur in the UAE in 2014 by The British Council and was a Delegate to the Achievement Summit in that same year. She is currently running a successful Emirati online monthly publication and has been doing so for more than 4 years, with a team of about 30 Emiratis, composed of writers, editors and artists. Iman has 8 years’ experience in managing IT projects, development, applications operations, planning business technologies and yearly roadmaps and budgets. She managed eCommerce and eServices projects and operations, from websites, smart mobile applications, kiosks, and POS, including dealing with different certified payment gateways in the country and has full knowledge of different payment gateway approaches and methods. She has managed digital media projects and consulted on social media initiatives. She is passionate about change, and is constantly looking for better strategic and effective ways to achieve objectives and add value. She has highly effective interpersonal communication skills with the top management side, and the functional/business sides, drafting policies and procedures when discipline is required. Her specialties include: Project/Program Management, IT management, IT Application Management, eCommerce, Retail IT, eTrade, eServices, Digital publishing, magazine management, Social Media management. dia management.
    • Neila Benzina
      2015
      Tunisia Managing Director Business & Decision
      Tunisia
      After graduating INT Paris, Neila worked three years as a consultant in France in Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management and WEB with major Groups. She founded Business & Decision Middle East and Africa in 2000, which is now a leader in Business Intelligence, Customer Intelligence and Digital Transformation. She’s managing a team of 300 people, implementing international strategy and operational marketing, doing business development, operating change management and working closely with major customers Worldwide. She implemented a Moroccan subsidiary in 2005. She initiated the collaboration and coordination of a Public / Private ecosystem through her various activities. She was Decorated in 2015 as a Knight of the Ordre National du Mérite.
    • Deborah Berger
      2017
      Deputy General Manager in charge of Business Development Chargeurs
      France
      Deborah started her career as Insurance Supervisor at the ACPR. She then worked for the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment as Inspecteur des Finances before joining the Office of the French Minister of Health, Employment and Labor. In 2014, she joined SCOR, a global reinsurance leader, as Advisor to the Chairman. She then became Head of the SCOR Group Project Office and was in charge of coordinating and supervising the group’s major projects. She joined Chargeurs, in September 2017 as Deputy General Manager of Chargeurs Luxury Materials, in charge of Business Development.
    • Selene Biffi
      2013
      Founder and Executive Director Plain Ink
      Italy
      Selene Biffi is a humanitarian and social entrepreneur, founder of several social ventures like Plain Ink - free, educational comics created for children and communities in developing countries. She has also recently opened a school to revive traditional storytelling in Kabul, Afghanistan. Formerly part of the Taskforce on Innovative Startups of the Minister of Economic Development of Italy, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Innovation in The Third Sector of Banca Prossima (Banca Intesa). She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and a Young laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013.
    • Diane Binder
      2014
      Vice-President International Development Suez Environment
      France
      As Vice-President of International Development at Suez Environnement, Diane is in charge of business development in emerging countries, more specifically in Africa. For the past 10 years, she has advised private and public sector organizations to develop policies and channel business opportunities towards social and economic development, including at the European Investment Bank and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Diane recently joined the Aspen Institute France as Director of the Europe-Africa Program. Diane earned an MSc in Management at EM Lyon, an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, as well as an Honor Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.
    • Lauren Bohn
      2017
      Co-founder Foreign Policy Interrupted The GroundTruth Project
      USA
      Lauren is The Ground Truth Project’s Middle East correspondent and Editor at Large, based in Istanbul. Previously, she was one of the first women columnists at Foreign Policy magazine. She’s the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative dedicated to amplifying female voices in foreign policy. She’s also the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign in Malawi and Guatemala to provide bikes for adolescent girls to get to school. She’s the founding assistant editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, where she was a Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee.
    • Claire Boonstra
      2011
      Founder Operation Education
      The Netherlands
      Claire Boonstra is the founder of Operation Education, an organization focusing on transition in education. The transition that begins with asking fundamental questions: What is the purpose of education? And why do we do the things the way we do? Claire's team asks themselves these fundamental questions, and thus make deliberate choices about the content of education and design contemporary learning systems. Grown generously by all the experiences and lessons learned in recent years, the team’s ideas develop continuously, creating products and initiating projects focused on asking questions. Claire holds an MSc in Civil Engineering, (TUDelft), worked with KPN, Unilever and Talpa Digital, was co-organizer of Mobile Monday Amsterdam and Managing Director of SPRXmobile. She was elected as a ‘Rising Talent’ at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2011, a ‘Young Global Leader‘ of the World Economic Forum in 2012, , was Online Mediawoman of the Year, is ‘Young Advisor’ of EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and has been listed several times as one of the ‘most influential women in technology’. She is married and has three kids.
    • Melissa Boteach
      2012
      Vice President of Poverty to Prosperity Program Center for American Progress
      USA
      Melissa Boteach directs the Poverty to Prosperity Program at Center for American Progress as well as Half in Ten, a project to build the political will to cut U.S. poverty by half in 10 years. Previously, Melissa worked as a senior policy associate and poverty campaign coordinator at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. A Harry Truman and George Mitchell Scholar, Melissa earned a master's degree in public policy from The George Washington University focusing on public finance, and a master’s degree in Equality Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. Melissa has appeared on TV, radio and print media, and was named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 for law and policy in 2011.
    • Helen Bowyer
      2013
      Emerging Technology Service Manager IBM
      UK
      Helen is a Practice Manager for Emerging Technology in IBM UK. She is motivated by a passion for new technology & innovation, and recognised within IBM as a Senior Inventor. Focusing on pioneering technology to solve accessibility issues, Helen’s original idea of an automatic signing solution (SiSi) allows voice or text input to be translated into British Sign Language. Helen is directly involved with introducing and demonstrating new technologies, and engages her expertise to help their smooth adoption by clients. Emerging Technology collaborates with customers from a huge variety of industries, ranging from Aerospace to Retail and Healthcare to Security. With experts in a whole host of technologies including the Internet of Things, Encryption, Cognitive Computing and many more, Emerging Technology can help solve your specific problems. Helen is an enthusiastic participant in activities to get girls learning about IT and its career opportunities. Outside of work, Helen is a keen horsewoman competing at endurance rides.
    • Paulina BOZEK
      2009
      Product Manager Facebook
      USA
      Paulina once challenged Beyonce to a singing competition – guess who won…? She has recently taken on the position of Product Manager at Facebook in California. Priori to Facebook, Paulina was CEO of inensu, a game development company making social and innovative games for the connected generation. She held this position for almost seven years. Prior to starting inensu, she was the Executive Producer / Game Director of the popular SingStar music game series for PlayStation. From 2003 to 2009, she led the development team and helped build the franchise sell over 20 million units worldwide, and generate over $500M in revenue at retail. SingStar has been widely regarded as introducing a whole new audience to games and pioneering the social gaming genre. In late 2008, she left Sony to join Atari as the Development Director of the London Studio where she set up a new team and shifted focus to making games for social networks. Paulina started her career in games in 1999 at UbiSoft in Montreal, Canada. In 2004 she received the BAFTA award for Best New Talent. In 2005 SingStar received the BAFTA award for Originality. She holds an MSc in Media & Communications from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University.
    • Cécile CABANIS
      2009
      EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Systems and Member of the Executive Committee Danone
      France
      Cécile Cabanis, 45 years old, French citizen, is currently EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Systems and member of the Executive Committee of Danone. Mrs. Cabanis joined Danone as Corporate Finance Director in 2004. In 2005, she was appointed Head of Corporate Development and in 2008 became Financial Vice-President of Dairy Western Europe. In September 2010, Cécile Cabanis was appointed Financial Vice-President of the Fresh Dairy Products division. Cécile Cabanis began her career in 1995 with L’Oréal in South Africa as Logistics Manager and Financial Controller before moving to France as Internal Auditor. In 2000, she was appointed Deputy Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at France Télécom. Mrs. Cabanis is a graduate of the engineering school Agro Paris Grignon (now called Agro Paris Tech). Cécile CABANIS is also member of the board of Directors and Audit committee of Schneider Electric, member of the Supervisory board of Mediawan and member of the Supervisory board of Michel & Augustin.
    • Shiyin Cai
      2012
      Founder & CEO Dialogue in the Dark China
      China
      Ms. Cai got her MBA with full-scholarship at the State University of New York. Over 10 years, Ms. Cai worked for GE, Siemens, AIG and Roland Berger in New York, Atlanta, UK, Mexico, Singapore and China. She quit her job in 2007 as CTO for GE Infrastructure ASPAC and founded Shiyin Fashion & Lifestyle GmBH in Germany. After the encounter with Sabriye Tenberken who founded the blind school in Tibet, Shiyin was inspired and worked as a volunteer advisor for the blind school and the work with blind people brought Shiyin to Dialogue in the dark exhibition in Atlanta. Shiyin took the COO role for Dialogue Social Enterprise in 2010 in Hamburg and moved back to China in 2012 and founded DiD China.
    • Lorna Campbell
      2017 Mexico
      Mexico Exploration Vice President ExxonMobil Exploration Company
      Mexico
      Lorna joined Esso Australia in Melbourne in 2000 and has held various positions in Exploration, Development and Production of ExxonMobil affiliated companies in Australia and the USA. She was then appointed as Geoscience Supervisor for one of ExxonMobil’s Deepwater Angola projects (Kizomba A) in 2007. In 2009 she transferred to ExxonMobil Exploration Company as Geoscience Supervisor for the US Gulf of Mexico, leading a team through complex sub-salt seismic imaging projects and new acreage capture. In 2012 Lorna was appointed Manager for Asia-Pacific New Opportunities Exploration. She returned to Houston in 2015 to take on the role of Mexico Exploration Manager and was promoted to the position of Mexico Exploration Vice President in 2016.
    • Marie-Agathe Charpagne
      2017 Mexico
      Postdoctoral Scholar University of California
      France
      Born in 1990, Marie-Agathe combines a two-sided career in both research and music. She graduated from Mines ParisTech in 2016 (PhD) and was awarded the 2017 prize for the “best thesis in materials science” by the French Society for Materials and Metals (SF2M), for her discovery of a new metallurgical phenomenon occurring in new Nickel-based superalloys. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Santa Barbara (UCSB), California. She graduated from the Conservatory of music in France with high honors started her career as a concert pianist. She has played in Switzerland, UK, Italy, Monaco, France, Luxembourg, USA. She is a prize winner in international competitions.
    • Maria Carell
      2010
      President Meda US, Regional Director North America & South Pacific Meda AB
      USA
      Maria has many years of experience in leading companies and is currently President Meda US, Regional Director North America & South Pacific of Meda AB which develops, manufactures, markets, and sells a broad portfolio of Rx and OTC products. She was previously President and CEO of Q-Med, which at her appointment made her Sweden’s fifth female CEO of a company listed on the stock exchange. Maria has also worked as General Manager at Actavis where she successfully built up the business in Sweden to become the fastest growing pharmaceutical company. Maria has a Master's Degree of International Business Administration from Linköping University. Maria's accomplishments also include: 2011 - Nominated to Veckans Affärers "Most Powerful Business Women Award"; 2009 - Elected to Veckans Affärer Mentor Program for Young Business Talents; 2007 - Nominated to “Female Leaders of the Future”.
    • Gabriela Carvalho
      2007
      Office Leader & Head of Retail Financial Services Practice Group Egon Zehnder
      USA
      Ms. Carvalho is a Consultant in the Miami office of Egon Zehnder and is a core member of the Financial Services Practice. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Carvalho was a Vice President at American Express Global Network Services where she was responsible for growing the Amex franchise business across Latin America. Before that, she worked in Strategic Planning and headed Card Acquisition and Bank Partnerships for the Amex International Dollar Card business. Prior to Amex, Ms. Carvalho worked at StarMedia Network where she prospected, negotiated and closed distributions deals with large portals and major consumer product companies interested in reaching Hispanics and Latin Americans. Ms. Carvalho began her career at Citibank. She then joined JP Morgan in Emerging Markets Sales and Trading. Ms. Carvalho received her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a BS from Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo.
    • Panmela Castro
      2013
      Graffiti Artist and President Nami Rede Feminista de Arte Urbana
      Brazil
      Panmela Castro is Founder and President of Rede Nami, a feminist urban arts network based in Brazil that empowers women through graffiti. As an activist artist, Castro uses graffiti as a vehicle for cultural transformation, seeking to promote human rights and strengthening the artistic, intellectual and professional skills of women living in Brazil’s favelas. She has also been invited to paint in cities across the globe, including Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC. Castro has received numerous awards, including the Hutúz Prize for Graffiti Artist of the Decade and the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for human rights. In 2012, she was nominated by Newsweek as one of 150 women that are “shaking the world”. Castro has worked with major organizations such as the OAS, German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and is working on an MA at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
    • Constanza Ceruti
      2009
      Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research Catholic University of Salta
      Argentina
      Argentinean anthropologist and mountain climber Constanza Ceruti is an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society. She is an expert in the fields of high altitude archaeology and the anthropology of sacred mountains. After her graduation at University of Buenos Aires in 1996, she earned her Ph.D. at University of Cuyo in 2001. She is Scientific Investigator of the National Council for the Scientific Research (CONICET) in Argentina, a Professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta and the Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research at the same University. For decades she has been the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world.
    • Valeria Chapa
      2016 Mexico
      Vice President & General Counsel, Latin America Honeywell
      Mexico
      Valeria provides general commercial, corporate governance and compliance advice to Honeywell's operations in LATAM. Before joining Honeywell, Valeria was a partner at Baker & McKenzie based in Monterrey, Mexico and worked at the firm’s New York (2004) and Mexico City (2006-2008) offices. She holds a JD from the Universidad de Monterrey (Cum Laude, 2001) and a Master’s of Law from Columbia University in New York. In 2015, Valeria co-founded an NGO formed by Mexican in-house and law firm attorneys called Abogadas MX, which aims to increase the representation of female attorneys in leadership positions through mentoring, networking and leadership opportunities. Born in Santa María Quiegolani, in the southern highlands of Oaxaca, Eufrosina was the first woman to chair the Oaxaca State Congress. She served as Representative in the 62nd Mexican Congress where she chaired the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Ms. Cruz is known as one of the leading promoters and defenders of women’s political rights, after securing a Constitutional amendment to Article 2 Section A that recognizes Indigenous women’s active and passive right to vote nationwide.
    • Qiulin Chen
      2008
      Artist / photographer -
      China
      Qiu Lin is a young Chinese artist whose performances, photographs and videos incorporate sculptural elements and a dramatic, intuitive approach to the changing Chinese landscape. Her work addresses the urbanization of developing China, and deals both with its rapidly changing geographic and urban conditions and the psychological impact these changes have on China’s culture. She graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Academy in 2000 and grew up in the city of Wanzhou, a place that disappeared after the floods that resulted from China’s Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River.
    • Marie Cheval
      2010
      CEO Boursorama
      France
      Marie is the CEO of Boursorama. Marie is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and of Ecole Nationale d’Aministration (ENA). Upon graduating in 1999 she began her career in the General Inspectorate of the Ministry of Finance (Inspection Générale des Finances). She then joined the French Post Office in 2002 as an adviser to the Deputy CEO in charge of financial activities and of the retail network. As such she was deeply involved in the set up of La Banque Postale (the French Postal Bank). She became Head of Strategy of La Banque Postale (2004-2006) and then moved on to other senior management positions, first as Sales and Marketing Director (2006-2008) and then as Head of Operations (2009-2011). Marie Cheval joined Société Générale in July 2011 as Head of Global Transaction and Payment Services .
    • Yanina Chiariotti
      2015
      Director International Field Marketing Dunkin' Brands
      Spain
      A dynamic, results driven marketing executive with over 10 years of extensive international experience. Yanina Chiariotti is a multi-lingual professional with a passion for consumer led insight to build competitive advantage for all stakeholders. With previous experience in Latin America, Middle East and India, Yanina is currently the International Marketing Director for Dunkin' Brands, responsible for over 17 markets across continental Europe. Education: Degree and Master's in Corporate Communication, CUM LAUDE. Master's in Marketing at EADA Business School, Spain. Awards: Rising Talents (2015) of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain finalist (2014-2015). Dunkin’ Brands leadership award-winner (2014).
    • Catalina COCK DUQUE
      2007
      Executive Director Mi Sangre Foundation
      Colombia
      Catalina is currently the Director of Mi Sangre Foundation. A non-profit organization created by the social leader and artist, Juanes, to contribute to peace building in Colombia. Mi Sangre provides psychosocial assistance to children and youth affected by violence and it promotes education for peace through arts and culture so they can become active agents of change. Catalina has more than 15 years of experience in development issues and social entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder and Chair of Amigos del Choco Foundation and the Oro Verde Initiative, the first social and environmental certification system for artisanal and small scale gold mining in the world. As a mechanism to scale up this process, she led the creation of the Alliance for Responsible Mining, ARM which is now replicating the program in other countries of the world. Catalina was elected as Ashoka fellow in 2003, as a «Rising Talent» by the Women´s Forum in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in the same year and Synergos fellow in 2010. Catalina holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the Maryland University (USA) and a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Planning for developing countries from the London School of Economics.
    • Bel Coelho
      2011
      Chef
      Brazil
      Dedicated to the gastronomy market for 14 years, Bel Coelho began her career as an intern at Laurent Suadeau and Fasano before studying at the Culinary Institute of America in NY and Payard. Bel worked with Alex Atala at D.O.M and had her own buffet, ‘Ao Seu Bel Prazer’, in 2003 she worked as the chef of the restaurant Madelleine. Then she became head chef of Sabuji and was awarded as a ‘Chef Revelation’ by the jury of Veja São Paulo magazine for the Eat and Drink Guide – ‘O Melhor da Cidade’. For two years Bel lived abroad gaining more experience in England and Spain, working at the restaurant El Celler Can Roca, which had been awarded three Michelin stars and 2nd Best restaurant in the world by The Restaurant magazine. Coming back to Brazil, Bel was chef of the Buddha Bar in São Paulo and owned her own restaurant, Dui, until 2013.
    • Yseulys COSTES
      2007
      CEO 1000mercis
      USA
      Yseulys Costes is Chief Executive Officer CEO and founder of 1000mercis Group. Yseulys Costes is a graduate of the «Magistère de Sciences de Gestion» and has a Masters in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. She discovered the internet in 1995 while studying for an MBA at the Robert O. Anderson School, USA. As a researcher in interactive marketing, she is a guest lecturer at Harvard University and teaches Interactive Marketing at several prestigious institutions such as HEC, ESSEC and University Paris-Dauphine. Yseulys is the author of numerous books and articles on online marketing and databases and also spent two years as the coordinator for the IAB France before founding 1000mercis in February 2000. Yseulys Costes is a board member of Kering and the “Comité d’Orientation Stratégique du FSI”.
    • Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza
      2016 Mexico
      Politician and Activist
      Mexico
      Born in Santa María Quiegolani, in the southern highlands of Oaxaca, Eufrosina was the first woman to chair the Oaxaca State Congress. She served as Representative in the 62nd Mexican Congress where she chaired the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Ms. Cruz is known as one of the leading promoters and defenders of women’s political rights, after securing a Constitutional amendment to Article 2 Section A that recognizes indigenous women’s active right and passive right to vote nationwide.
    • Marianne Dahl Steensen
      2010
      General Manager/CEO Denmark & Iceland Microsoft
      Denmark
      Marianne is a customer focused executive with hands on turnaround experiences from the Nordic region across the Financial sector and the Telco sector. She is currently the General Manager / CEO of Microsoft Denmark & Iceland and has held this position since 2016. She was previously responsible for the turnaround of the insurance company Codan Forsikring A/S (part of RSA Insurance Group plc) in the Danish B2C market as Country Director from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this, Marianne worked in the Telco company TDC A/S from 2004 to 2011. The last 5 years with P&L responsibilities in the Nordic B2B division (sales, marketing, product) and as a member of the divisional leadership team from 2008. In 1999-2006, she worked in business development as a strategy consultant for Accenture and later as a Business Development Director in TDC, leading several strategy projects.
    • Dawn DANBY
      2009
      Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager Autodesk
      USA
      Dawn Danby works across disciplines in sustainable design. With Autodesk, she's currently exploring ways to encourage makers to channel their creativity towards tackling planetary challenges. Dawn created the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, reaching over a million learners with guidance on how to practice sustainable design and engineering. Past projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border to closed-loop manufacturing strategies and furniture design. She has given dozens of talks around the world, co-authored the bestselling sustainability book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, and was named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Dawn is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    • Virginie DANGLES-MARIE
      2007
      Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Science L’Université Paris Descartes
      France
      Virginie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Science at L’Université Paris Descartes and a Scientific Manager of the veterinary facility at the cancer research centre of the Institute Curie. Virginie is interested in translational research and animal ethical implementation and has published widely on these areas. Her research focuses on the metastatic process, the major cause of cancer deaths, and in particular on the validation of in vitro cancer cell models to reduce reliance on animal testing. She is a recipient of the Mitjavil National Academy of Medicine Fellowship award and is also a nominated member of the French Ministry of Agriculture’s National Commission of Teachers and Researchers.
    • Kinga-Agnes Daradics
      2014
      Country Chairman & CEO MOL Romania Petroleum Products S.R.L.
      Romania
      Kinga started her career within MOL Group as a Sales Support Assistant, and in the following years she gained experience and know-how in different business areas. She is currently Country Chairman and CEO at MOL Romania Petroleum Products S.R.L. Prior to this position, she led the Card Products division of MOL Group, coordinating the activity of 9 countries in CEE and strategic cross-European partnerships. She has a Master’s degree in Management Strategies from Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca, an Executive MBA degree from the University of Sheffield, and has graduated from the MOL Group Leadership Program, made by Thunderbird Arizona. She is a Board Member of the Hungarian Business Association in Romania, of the Sapientia Foundation, and of the Foreign Investors’ Council.
    • Abha DAWESAR
      2007
      Novelist, TED Speaker & Director, Marketing RBWN HSBC
      USA
      Abha Dawesar has dual careers as an independent, award-winning novelist and as Director of Marketing, RBWM at HSBC. Previously she was Director of Communications & Marketing for a New York based fin-tech startup, AnalytixInsight. Abha is also the recipient of numerous honors including the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award as well as a Lambda Literary Award. Her talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh (June 2013) can be viewed here: http://www.ted.com/talks/abha_dawesar_life_in_the_digital_now New York’s weekly magazine Time Out listed Abha Dawesar as one of 25 people who will make their mark. India’s leading weekly magazine India Today named Dawesar as one of twenty-five path-breaking Indians. She has also been called one of India’s 12 remarkable women by Femina magazine and named by the leading national English language newspaper, The Hindustan Times in its Next Big Things. The New York Foundation of the Arts awarded Dawesar a Fiction Fellowship in 2000. Her books have been short-listed in France for Le Prix Médicis Roman Etranger, Le Prix Bel Ami, le Prix Femina, and le Prix RFI témoin du monde. Dawesar is also a visual artist who has been exhibited internationally. Her most recent novel Sensorium includes doodles and cartoons. Her works include pen and ink drawings, paintings, installations, and photographs. For more on her work please visit www.abhadawesar.com.
    • Daniela De Fiori
      2014
      Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Walmart
      Brazil
      Daniela de Fiori is Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in Walmart Brazil and Chairman of the Institute Walmart. Besides currently representing the company in a number of retail organizations, Daniela is a frequent speaker on issues related to sustainability, corporate social responsibility and public relations. Before joining retail, Daniela worked in companies such as Cargill in communications areas. Graduated in Economics at the University of São Paulo and in Journalism in Casper Líbero, Daniela has a postgraduate degree in strategic management and public relations from the University of São Paulo.
    • Floriane De Lassée
      2008
      Freelance Artist/Photographer
      France
      After graduating from Penninghen (Paris) in 2000, a school of graphic design and from the School of the International Center of Photography (NYC) in 2004, Floriane become a freelance artist/photographer. From 2004 to 2011, she pursued a project in various mega-cities where she set up subtle “mises en scène” of lonely women. A monography from this photographic series «Inside Views», has been published by Nazraeli Press. In 2012 and 2013, she toured around the globe, thus creating « Half the sky », a continuation of her « women’s project ». Simultaneously, she produced a second project : «How Much Can You Carry ?». A book of this latest series was published in June 2014 by Filigranes (France). She is represented by La Galerie Particulière (Paris), Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago) and Agence Laurence Boué (Paris).
    • Daniela de Rogatis
      2013
      CEO Rogatis Family e Cia da Educacao
      Brazil
      Daniela Raquel de Rogatis founded and chaired for 15 years Companhia de Educação, and currently follows commanding the company's shares - now Rogatis Group. Educator, researcher and consultant in the field of Education and Family. Specializes in the United States in the management of Family Room, with a focus on preparing children and young people who need to take challenges of wealth in life (management of family businesses, large fortunes or inheritance, for example). Certified in Cultural Biology-Matriztica the Escuela de Santiago, Chile and various events of Project Zero and the Future of Learning at Harvard School of Educ., she is dedicated to consulting Brazilian families in education matters.
    • Camille de Verdelhan
      2011
      Associate Lawyer BG2V (Beylouni Carbasse Guény Valot Vernet)
      France
      Camille graduated at 22 from the French leading business school HEC (specialization in finance). She started her career in 2000 at Rallye (holding company of Groupe Casino) in the private equity team. In 2005, she joined Groupe Casino and in 2007, became Strategy Director and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Group. In 2009, Camille was appointed as CFO of Casino France and set up the Financial Direction (approx. 40 people) where her main missions were financial controlling and cash management. Camille completed Master’s degree of Law at the French University of Paris II Panthéon Assas in 2014. From 2010 to 2012, in addition to her operational role, Camille was member of the board of Mercialys (listed real estate company). Camille is also member of the steering committee of C'avec-elles, the Groupe Casino executive women network. Camille is married and has two daughters.
    • Vinciane Debaille
      2014
      FNRS Research Associate Université Libre de Bruxelles
      Belgium
      Vinciane Debaille is a geologist specialized in meteorite studies for understanding the formation and evolution of the solar system and terrestrial planets. She obtained her PhD in 2005 at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France), then worked for 2 years at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. She worked for 3 years at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) before getting a permanent research position in 2010. She participated in two field campaigns for collecting meteorites in Antarctica. She is currently the PI of an ERC Starting Grant and Co-PI of a project dedicated to the habitability in our solar system.
    • Brandi DeCarli
      2016
      Founder Farm form a box
      USA
      Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off the grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools and technology needed to increase local food production. Previously, Brandi was the Managing Partner of Human.kind Philanthropic Advisory Company, where she worked to develop cross-sector partnerships with private corporations, governments, and philanthropic organizations. An avid adventurer, she is passionate about driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection. Brandi is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.
    • Pianporn DEETES
      2008
      Thailand Campaign Coordinator International Rivers
      Thaïland
      Based in Bangkok, Ms. Deetes' work focuses on protecting the Mekong River from dams proposed for its mainstream, and in particular on Thailand's role as dam developer and the main intended market for the hydroelectricity. Before joining International Rivers in 2010, Ms. Deetes spent seven years as coordinator of the Thai NGO Living River Siam (SEARIN), working to empower communities living alongside the Mekong and Salween rivers to protect their rivers, rights and livelihoods, and to stop destructive dams. Ms. Deetes has a Bachelor's degree in English and is an Ashoka Fellow.
    • Juliette DESCHAMPS
      2008
      Stage Director
      France
      Born into a theatrical family, Juliette met at the age of fourteen, the conductor Louis Langrée who now directs the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. With him she studied and discovered opera. At seventeen, she interned on Werner Herzog’s Wagner production set at the Opera de Paris. In 2006, she directed her first show, Era La Notte. In 2007, the Louvre Museum asked her to stage The Banquet by Plato for four successful performances. She directed in September 2009 the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées’ opening night with a new Kurt Weill production. As one of the heirs of Jacques Tati's Estate, she actively promoted his work, especially in the U.S. In 2008, she founded her company - La Scène du Crime - which produces and broadcasts several of its musical shows in France and abroad. She was an artist in residence at the Opéra National de Montpellier in 2015.
    • Ruth Diaz
      2014
      Director of Other Hardlines Categories (Toys, Sports, Tools, Baby, Personal Care, Home, Kitchen) Amazon.es Amazon
      Spain
      Ruth Díaz started her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers at the age of 19, as an Auditor for four years. She then joined Universal Pictures as Finance Controller for three years . Later, she decided that she wanted to be “closer” to the business decisions and joined a Spanish company as CFO. At the age of 28, she was offered the CEO position of Entradas.com (a Spanish ticketing Company). During the following seven years, she made a turnaround of the company (from -4M Ebitda to +2,5M Ebitda, and turnover of 100M Euros). In 2010, Ruth joined Amazon as Country Manager of Amazon BuyVIP. The goal was to integrate the subsidiary in the technology, platform and culture. She was then offered different positions (in Spain and abroad), and she has just started her new role developing the new growing business areas of Amazon.es. Ruth holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree from IESE business school. She is passionate about people development and became a certified individual coach by ICF, and a team coach. During the last three years, she has been awarded as one of the top 100 leader women in Spain in all fields by the “Mujeres & Cía”. She is also member of the Spanish IWF (International Women Federation).
    • Mina Dimitrova
      2017
      Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA Google UK
      Bulgary
      Mina is Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA, Google UK. Prior to her current role, Mina has held a number of different positions across regional and global strategy as well as business development at YouTube. Prior to Google, Mina spent time as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. She is actively involved in fundraising and supporting the Bulgarian charity Teach for Bulgaria (the equivalent of Teach First in the UK). She is also a trustee of SpringBoard- a NGO work to improve people’s lives through training and job placements in the hospitality industry.
    • Soraya Djermoun
      2016
      Group Communication Director Cevital
      Algeria
      Soraya Djermoun is Group Communication Director of Cevital, the first private group in Algeria and one of the biggest African and Arabic Multinationals. Prior to that, she was Consultant and Advisor to the Algerian Minister, and Communications Analyst at The French Institute of International Relations. She has actively contributed in organizing two international events for the Algerian Government on international cooperation and food security ( Dialogue des 5+5 and CIHEAM ). She is the author of best-seller books in Geo-Economics: Qatarisme, in 2013, and Emerging Multinationals are the 21st century game changers, in 2015 (L’Harmattan Editions). She has lived in 7 countries and speaks fluent French, German, English and Arabic. She holds a MBA in International Business, and a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations at ESG.
    • Katelyn Donnelly
      2014
      Managing Director Pearson Affordable Learning Fund
      UK
      Katelyn Donnelly is a Managing Director of the Pearson Affordable Fund, a $65M venture fund that invests in education companies in emerging markets. Katelyn is also Partner at Delivery Associates, the leading public senior advisory group focused on implementation where she leads the Affordable Learning Fund, an emerging market venture fund that invests in early stage education companies. She serves as a non-executive director for SPARK Schools, Avanti Learning Centers, APEC Schools and Omega Schools. She is also an active advisor on Pearson's global strategy, research and innovation agenda and a consultant to governments on system transformation and delivery. Katelyn is a frequent speaker and published author on innovation in education and was recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Previously Katelyn was a consultant at McKinsey and Company in San Francisco.
    • Ceridwen Dovey
      2010
      Novelist and freelance writer
      Australia
      Ceridwen writes fiction and freelance non-fiction for various publications in Australia and overseas. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She has published a novel, Blood Kin, and a book of short stories, Only the Animals, and her short fiction, non-fiction and essays have been published by newyorker.com, n+1, The Monthly and Vogue (USA). She studied social anthropology at Harvard University as an undergraduate and at New York University as a postgraduate. Her new novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, will be published in Australia (Penguin Random House) and the USA (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in Spring 2018.
    • Rania Ekaterinari
      2010
      Partner EY
      Greece
      Mrs Rania Ekaterinari is Deputy CEO of Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC) since January 2010. She is also Executive Member of the Board of Directors and member of the Management Committee. Before PPC, and for more than 10 years, she worked in London and in Athens in various senior positions in corporate & investment banking (Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Eurobank). Before banking, she worked in the oil industry for Texaco for projects in the Caspian region. She is an electrical engineer by academic background and holds an MBA. In 2010, she was selected a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society. She is also a member of the WIL European network and mentor of Endeavor.
    • Daniela Nascimento Fainberg
      2011
      Founder and Managing Director DANIX
      Brazil
      Daniela Nascimento Fainberg is a senior philanthropy advisor for families and individuals. She represents the Global Philanthropy Circle of Synergos Institute in Brazil. She founded and directed Instituto Geração from 2006 until 2012, to foment privileged youth with their philanthropy and social engagement. From 2001 to 2004, she managed the Family Philanthropy Program at IDIS, advising families in structuring their social investments. From 1997 to 2000, she worked at the Kellogg Foundation for Latin America in São Paulo. She is on the board of Akatu Institute, and an Ambassador of Leadersquest. She is also a professor at Fundação Dom Cabral, a leading business school in Latin America. She holds a degree in Social Sciences from São Paulo University.
    • Noelia Fernandez Arroyo
      2011
      Chief Digital Transformation Officer Prisa
      Spain
      Noelia was one of the founders of Yahoo in Spain and until recently she led the Editorial and Media of all the international offering at Yahoo. In April 2015, she joined Prisa, the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language business group in the fields of education, information and entertainment (El País, 40 Principales, Santillana, etc...). Her key focus is to drive the digital transformation of the group, focusing on technology, digital business and culture as the key enablers. She has been working on the Internet since 1994, and holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of Navarra and an MBA with Honors from the Graduated School of Business of the Chicago Booth. She was also previously Associate Professor of the Media Business Department at the University of Navarra. She is one of the founders and Members of the Academic Board of ISDI, which focuses on delivering professional education, investigation, advise and consulting to impulse the digital transformation of people and organizations. A 2011 Rising Talents of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, she was also listed by the World Business Magazine, in association with INSEAD, as one of the most influential Business Women under 35.
    • Ana Paula Ferreira Felizardo
      2008
      Founder and Executive Director Resposta
      Brazil
      A business graduate and longtime volunteer in a girls’ institution for victims of violence, Ana Paula Felizardo is founder and head of “Resposta – Social Responsibility put in Practice” - an organization launched in 2003 to promote children’s and youth rights, fighting sexual exploitation of children in tourism. She is an Ashoka and LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Fellow and a 2005 Winner of the Claudia Prize for Social Work. She has also been profiled in the book “Women of Brazil” sponsored by Dow Quimica. She received the Social Responsibility in Tourism Award, an initiative of the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Ministry of Tourism.
    • Mary Fitzgerald
      2013
      Journalist & Consultant
      Ireland
      Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and analyst specializing in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. In her previous role as Irish Times foreign correspondent, she reported from more than 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the Financial Times. Mary was a founding member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020 and was selected for the European Young Leaders 40 under 40 program in 2013. She was chosen as one of the Global Women's Forum for the Economy & Society's "Rising Talents" in 2013.
    • Maud FONTENOY
      2007
      Founder Maud Fontenoy Foundation
      France
      Maud Fontenoy is the first woman to have sailed around the world against winds and currents from La Réunion to La Réunion in 2007. In 2005, she was the first woman to have crossed the Pacific Ocean. An accomplished sailor, she is also involved in work in the community and founded “Jeunes Marins Briards”, an organization which enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to sail on traditional boats. She also believes in ecology and to that effect, created an educational programme called “Jeunes Aventuriers” to teach young children to respect the environment they live in. Maud will also see two of her most recent books published in the coming months (“Le sel de la vie” and “Mon carnet de bord”) depicting her life on board during her trips on the seas. Maud has been awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French Government, which recognizes service to the nation.
    • Alessandra França
      2013
      Founder and President Banco Perola Microcrédito
      Brazil
      Alessandra França, 28 years old, a graduate in Marketing with an MBA in Personal Management and an MBA in Banking, had for 7 years worked in Project Pearl, OSCIP with 10 years of work undertaken with the youth. She benefited as coordinator of Project Pearl, to contribute to a better world by mainly believing that social actions transform lives and provide vitality to dreams. Between 2008 and 2009, she participated in the selection process of social business entrepreneurs conducted by Artemisia Brazil which was selected among the five entrepreneurs. Through this selection process, Pearl Bank was born, credit OSCIP directed by young people for young people from 18-35 years.
    • Natalia GANDURINA
      2009
      Managing Director, Publisher Forbes, L'Officiel, OK!
      Russia
      Natalia Gandurina is currently Managing Director and Publisher at Forbes, L'Officiel and OK! She graduated from Moscow Linguistic University, Academy of Foreign Trade of Russia, Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg and (Germany), INSEAD (France). Natalia started her business career in publishing business as Vogue Russia advertising Director and eight years later became the Managing Director of Conde Nast Russia (Vogue, GQ, AD, Glamour magazines). Natalia Always wanted to start her own business and in 2008 with a partner she created NR Group. Natalia speaks Russian, French, German, English.
    • Leena V. Gangolli
      2010
      Self employed medical doctor, Human Rights activist Consultant for various organizations working for Health and Human Rights
      India
      Following Medical studies and a Master's degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India and a degree in Public Health from Harvard University, U.S.A., Leena returned to India, to work in the field of health and human rights. Her work in access to care for vulnerable groups, violence against women, and rights of the elderly, led her to believe that like medical care, legal assistance is often not accessible to those who need it the most. She therefore entered Law School, and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Law and is involved with rights of the elderly and the right of patients to palliative care. She also learns music to de-stress.
    • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
      2010
      President, Co-founder Escape Dynamics
      USA
      Laetitia Garriott is Co-founder and President of Escape Dynamics, a technology company developing a revolutionary system to launch reusable single-stage to orbit rockets. Previously, she had a successful 15 year career in finance with Goldman Sachs, Renaissance Technologies, and her own investment firm. She serves on the board and as chair of the finance committee of America’s National Museum of Mathematics, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New-York, and Women Corporate Directors. Garriott holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and ESSEC, and was the youngest person to complete neutral buoyancy astronaut training, which she did in 2011 in Russia.
    • Beatriz Gasca Acevedo
      2017 Mexico
      Executive Director Dalia Empower
      Mexico
      Bea is a Human Resources and Social Responsability expert. She is a certified Coach. She started her professional career in Whirlpool, and continued at Nestlé, Aeroméxico and currently she is the Executive Director at Dalia Empower. Bea has been recognized by Mundo Ejecutivo magazine as the youngest CHRO that is transforming the human capital in México, due to her ability in traducing the HR initiatives into the business units language and her effort to promote gender equality in the corporate world. She also was one of the 100 most powerful women in México by Forbes 2017. As an activist, she regularly give conferences on how to make diversity and inclusion tangible. She is board member of Mundo Ejecutivo and Forbes business magazines.
    • Maëlle Gavet
      2013
      CEO Compass
      USA
      Maelle currently became CEO of Compass, a technology-driven real estate platform that is revolutionizing traditional brokerage. Previous to this, Maelle was Chief Executive Officer of OZON Holdings for four years. Gavet helped secure one of Russia’s largest infusions of VC funding, a $100 million round of funding in September 2011. This round was eclipsed by a $150 million fundraising closed in April 2014. In February 2012, Gavet established a critical corporate milestone for the company with OZON’s strategic acquisition of Sapato.ru, Russia’s leading online shoe and accessory retailer. In May 2014, under Gavet’s leadership, OZON acquired a substantial stake in the leading Russian eBook distribution platform, LitRes.ru. Prior to being named CEO, Gavet was Sales and Marketing director of OZON.ru. From 2003 to 2009, Gavet was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group. Born in France, Gavet was educated at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the Institut D’Etudes Politiques.
    • Kellie Gerardi
      2015
      Technical Project Manager Palantir Technologies
      USA
      Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace and defense professional who has supported a number of commercial spaceflight companies and government agencies as a business development and communications strategist. An active science communicator, Kellie has appeared on popular television shows such as ABC’s “The View” and “Nightline” and has been profiled in publications ranging from Popular Mechanics to Vogue. Kellie has served since 2012 as the Media Specialist for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the U.S. trade organization for private companies pursuing commercial spaceflight. She also holds active roles with a number of non-profits, including The Explorers Club, whose Annual Dinner she has chaired twice New York City. Her latest expedition was a trip to the Mars Desert Research Station, a prototype laboratory used by a variety of national space agencies and scientists to conduct ISRU research and simulate life on Mars.
    • Burcu Geris
      2013
      Vice President and Chief Financial Officer TAV Airports Holding
      Turkey
      Burcu Geris has a degree in Business from the Bogazici University and an MBA degree from the London Business School and Columbia Business School. Burcu has 18 years of experience in project finance, corporate finance and treasury. She started her career as a banker and joined TAV Airports in 2005 where she headed the Project and Structured Finance Department for seven years. She became CFO of TAV in 2012 at the age of 34, the youngest woman CFO in Turkey. Burcu completed the financing of eight airport projects totalling US$4.5bn including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bodrum, Georgia, Tunisia, Macedonia and Medinah Airports. She also played a significant role in the IPO of the company and various share sales transactions. Burcu was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. She was voted Best CFO in Investor Relations in Turkey by Thomson Reuters Extel Surveys in 2015, Best CFO-Runner-up in 2014 and 2016 and selected as one of the Most Effective 50 CFOs in Turkey by Fortune magazine.
    • Gloria Diana Glang
      2015
      Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development, Member of the EMEA Leadership Team PPG
      Germany
      Gloria Glang is the head of Strategy and M&A for Europe, Middle East and Africa for PPG. She is also a member of the PPG European Leadership Team. Prior to this, she held senior leadership positions in M&A- and Strategy-Consulting, Sales and Marketing. She brings broad, global experience in the chemicals, materials and consumer products industries. Proven ability to drive growth and enter & develop new markets via organic and inorganic growth strategies, deal record and high levels of creativity leading to innovative solutions offered to complex situations. Awarded by the `Generation CEO´ initiative as a female leader role model in 2014. Recognized as one of Switzerland´s leading female business executives- Top 40 under 40 (‘Women in Business’ Nov 2014).
    • Ariana Gomez
      2016 Mexico
      Chief Innovation Officer Gentera S.A.B. de C.V.
      Mexico
      Ariana Gomez’ career path has always been focused on eradicating poverty and improving the lives of people living without opportunities. She has found different paths towards accomplishing these goals ranging from her work at international institutions (AMREF, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, World Bank, World Resources Institute), government (German Embassy, SEDESOL, SRE), NGOs (Reforestamos Mexico, Fundacion Baja una Estrella), academia and research (LSE, Stanhope Centre), private sector (Omnilife, Bimbo, Gentera) and her own business and entrepreneurial ventures (Regalos con Causa, Plan A, SomosTodos.MX, Mandetox). She holds a BA in Politics from York University, a Master’s in Science from the London School of Economics (LSE), an executive MBA from IPADE and an Executive Program Diploma from Singularity University at NASA. Ariana plays tennis, loves cooking, reading and traveling. She’s a Board Member of MassChallenge Mexico, Village Capital, as well as a couple of local Foundations and NGOs concerned with the wellbeing of women, children, youth, the environment and animals, especially stray dogs.
    • Emilie GOODALL
      2007
      Manager, Development and Sustainability FMO - Dutch Development Bank
      The Netherlands
      Emilie joined the FMO - Dutch Development Bank in January of 2017, as Manager, Development Impact and Sustainability. Prior to this, she held the role of Director, IMPACT+ at Bridges Ventures. In this role, Emilie built on her experience in responsible investing, impact investing and impact analysis. She was previously Head of Implementation Support at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), leading the cross-asset class team supporting PRI’s global network of investors to implement responsible investment practices. She also helped develop the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, a responsible investment transparency framework for microfinance investors. Prior to that, as Senior Investment Manager at CAF Venturesome, she managed debt and equity-like investments in non-profits, alongside research and policy work promoting the growth of the impact investing market. She led Venturesome’s impact strategy, based on previous experience working as analyst and consultant at New Philanthropy Capital, a consultancy and think tank engaged in non-profit analysis and the promotion of funder effectiveness. Emilie holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Oxford University, and qualifications in development management and financial management.
    • Fiona GREIG
      2008
      Executive Director JPMorgan Chase Institute
      USA
      Fiona Greig is the Director of Research for the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Previously, Fiona served as the Deputy Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia from 2012 through 2014 and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Fiona was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for five years, consulting public and social sector clients on strategy, operations and economic development. In 2009 Fiona started and ran Bank on DC, a financial inclusion program for the District of Columbia. She has published on economic and public health topics in journals such as the American Economic Review and AIDS and Behavior. Fiona was named a Rising Talent by The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
    • Lorena Guillé
      2017 Mexico
      Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Cinépolis
      Mexico
      Lorena has devoted her life to CSR, philanthropy and next generation leadership. She is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cinépolis and Executive Director of Fundación Cinépolis since 2006. She led the efforts to recover the sight of +36,000 people suffering cataracts, and bring the cinema experience to +450k people in rural communities. She founded dhfest, the first Human Rights Film Festival in Mexico, and currently is member of the Global Philanthropist Circle, Nexus Global Youth Summit, and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy Advisory Committee; mentors at Unreasonable Institute and Endeavor Mexico.
    • Sheila Gulati
      2014
      Founder and Managing Director TOLA Capital
      USA
      Sheila Gulati is the Founder and Managing Director of Tola Capital. She is a seasoned software expert with a wide range of experience as a software developer, software investment banker, technology megacap business and M&A leader and strategist. Ms. Gulati was previously the business and marketing leader for Microsoft's Enterprise Application Platform and co-owned the company’s Enterprise IT strategy. In this role, she was responsible for $5 billion in annual global revenue, including the company's database business. Ms. Gulati spent over a decade inside Microsoft in different roles across the world. Ms. Gulati previously worked at Robertson Stephens as a tech investment banker.
    • Bei Guo
      2014
      Deputy General Manager & US Director EIC Group
      China
      Bei’s adventure started in Japan at age 16 when she obtained a scholarship from a Japanese high school. After 2.5 years, she entered into the University of Tokyo, the #1 university in Asia. Later on in her career, in pursuit of her general management and leadership skills, she went to Harvard for her MBA degree. Her working experience covered a wide variety of fields, from investment banking, VC, consulting, entrepreneurship and general management. With her extensive exposure of both Asian and Western education, she aims to provide innovative education products to the youth in China, and share her experience of how to live a balanced and fulfilling life, and how to make difficult choices at the crossroads.
    • Rahaf Harfoush
      2014
      Founder Red Thread Inc.
      France
      Rahaf is a Digital Anthropologist and Best Selling Author. She is the founder of Red Thread a think tank focusing on Digital Culture, Innovation, and Creativity. She is the author of the NYT Best Seller “The Decoded Company,” and “Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand.” She is currently working on her third book entitled “Hustle & Float: Balancing Execution & Inspiration” which examines the future of work for creatives which will be released in late 2017. Previously, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Program at the World Economic Forum and a member of Barack Obama’s digital media team during the 2008 elections. She was the research contributor for Don Tapscott’s “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” and “Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.” Rahaf is a Global Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, a WEF Young Global Shaper. She teaches Innovation & Disruptive Business Models at SciencesPo in Paris.
    • Aisha Harib
      2016 Dubai
      ‎Managing Member Emirates Youth Council
      UAE
      Aisha Saeed Harib was born in Dubai and has a Bachelor's Degree in “Visual Communication” from Zayed University and a Masters in “Innovation and Project Management” from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Dubai. Aisha owns and runs Socialbandage, the first nonprofit social business in the UAE spreading awareness about the importance of getting involved in the community. Socialbandage launched the first online charity store in the GCC designed to conduct social campaigns targeting Emirati society. Currently, she also works as a “CSR Investment Specialist” in Community Development Authority under the Government of Dubai and to top that off, is part of the first batch of the Military National Service Program as a volunteer and has graduated as a Soldier. Passionate about community service, Aisha’s work aims to raise awareness about different social issues among youth through a series of campaigns in collaboration with several organizations. For example, Socialbandage supports the ‘Give a Wheelchair’ campaign, which is nominated for a Google Entrepreneurship Prize. Aisha is currently a resident at the Google Campus Academy and has been nominated to join the Google Entrepreneurs team. Recently, she joined another social non-profit organization as a co-founder for the 1971team, which aims to spread national awareness among youth to give back to the community. She has worked on and delivered recent successful projects such as “Ela_jary \ to my neighbor“ and “Give A Bike “ campaign. She received an award from the “ Arab Woman Awards“ and “Du“ for being the most inspiring social entrepreneur in 2014. In 2015, she received an award from Shaikha Lubna Al Qassimi for social entrepreneurship. She participated in international conferences and tours representing the UAE and is a member of “you ae connect” program, which is part of the Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan AlNahyan foundation. Aisha Harib is a motivated change maker. CSR is her passionate language which she uses to highlight positive change. She is comfortable interacting with all levels of the organization and the public, she is able to negotiate and problem solve quickly, accurately, and efficiently, is adept at multitasking in order to achieve individual and team goals and is committed to quality and excellence.
    • Sabrina Hersi Issa
      2014
      CEO & Co-Founder Be Bold Media & End Famine
      USA
      Sabrina Hersi Issa is the CEO of Be Bold Media, a digital agency for global advocacy that produces #HackingRelief & #HackingHunger, a hackathon series to build and improve technology tools used for humanitarian relief and refugee services and Vanguard, a global donor engagement program. She is the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to developing sustainable solutions to hunger, food security and humanitarian assistance. Sabrina organizes Rights x Tech, a gathering for technologists and activists and runs Survivor Fund, a political fund dedicated to supporting the rights of survivors of sexualized violence. Sabrina currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, where she leads Local News Lab research on journalism ecosystems and how philanthropy can support efforts to build diverse, inclusive newsrooms. Previously, Sabrina was a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where she worked on issues related to technology, human rights and humanitarian disasters. She has worked for Afghans for Civil Society, Oxfam America, NBC News and National Public Radio.
    • Christel Heydemann
      2012
      Senior VP, Corporate Strategy, Alliances & Development Schneider Electric
      France
      Christel Heydemann is Senior VP Corporate Strategy, Alliances & Development at Schneider Electric. Prior to joining Schneider Electric in October 2014, Christel spent her career in the telecom industry at Alcatel-Lucent where she held a number of executive roles and was most recently member of the Executive Management Committee as Executive VP Human Resources and Transformation. Prior roles include Vice President of the Strategic Alliance with HP based in Palo Alto, California or Chief Sales Officer for Alcatel-Lucent France. Christel was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, and received “La Tribune Women’s award” in 2015 for Smart City category. A French national, Christel graduated as Engineer from the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, as well as from the Global Leadership and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.
    • Etelle HIGONNET
      2008
      Legal and Campaign Director Mighty Earth
      USA
      Etelle Higonnet is a Yale University and Yale Law School graduate, focused on environmental and human rights research, and has worked primarily in war zones and post conflict areas such as Iraq and Liberia. She worked as a researcher with Human Rights Watch; and as Senior Research Fellow and General Project Coordinator at the International Human Rights Law Institute. She served as Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher, and was a consultant to UNICEF, Open Society, as well as working in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She has contributed expert affidavits in numerous asylum cases and published many reports, a law review journal, and a book. Ms. Higonnet was Greenpeace’s Southeast Asia Regional Research Manager, overseeing research on a broad range of environmental issues including climate, energy, oceans, toxic waste, ecological agriculture, environmental justice, and forest protection. She is currently Mighty Earth’s Legal and Campaign Director, where she focuses on forest conservation in Southeast Asia and Africa, with an emphasis on the palm oil and rubber industries.
    • Jennifer Hill
      2011
      Chief Operating Officer Remedy Analytics Inc.
      USA
      Jennifer is the Chief Operating Officer of Remedy Analytics, a fast-growing healthcare data & technology company. Previously, she co-founded an educational technology start-up company and spent many years practicing as an international start-up/venture capital lawyer with two top US firms advising clients in the US, Latin America and the Middle East. Jennifer has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Refinery29, AMEX Open Forum, BBC Capital and is a small business/start-up expert for MSNBC. She lives in the NYC area with her husband and two children.
    • Karoli Hindriks
      2015
      Founder Jobbatical.com
      Estonia
      Karoli is the founder of Jobbatical.com - a marketplace for international career adventures. She founded her first company at the age of sixteen officially becoming the youngest inventor of Estonia and she hasn't slowed down since. Altogether she has founded three and directed five companies in the media, marketing and recruiting fields. This included successfully leading the launch of seven television channels in Northern Europe (National Geographic Channels, MTV, and Fox entertainment). She was named one of the 20 most promising young entrepreneurs under 25 in Europe by the prestigious international business magazine BusinessWeek. Karoli is also an alumnus of Singularity University.
    • Jing Hong
      2012
      Managing Director Hillhouse Capital Group
      China
      Jing Hong is a Managing Director at Hillhouse Capital Group, a long-term fundamental equities investor with over $9 billion assets under management. Hillhouse manages capital for global leading institutional investors and takes a long-term fundamental research approach and invests in both public and private opportunities across a variety of sectors. Ms. Hong is the Head of Private Equity Investment of Hillhouse focusing on identifying and investing in high quality businesses led by extraordinary individuals and teams. Prior to joining Hillhouse, Ms. Hong was a Managing Director at General Atlantic LLC, a global growth equity firm where she was the head of Emerging Market Consumer sector and the General Manager of the Beijing Office. Previously she worked at global private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC and the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Ms. Hong received a B.S in Finance and a Master's in Management Engineering from the School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
    • Donata Hopfen
      2014
      CEO of BILD Group Axel Springer SE, BILD KG
      Germany
      Born in Hamburg, Donata Hopfen started her higher education rather internationally: she studied Business administration at the University of Reutlingen in Germany and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid (ICADE) in Spain. Donata started her career as a strategy consultant in Accenture’s media and telecommunications practice and she joined Axel Springer in 2003, where she worked in various positions: 2003 – 2006 responsible for business development and product management at BILD.T-Online. Between 2006 -2009, Donata was head of business development in Axel Springer’s electronic media department. In 2010, she became Managing Director of BILD’s digital activities and was named Group CEO BILD in May 2014, responsible for all activities of the BILD brand, including print, digital, mobile, TV and merchandising.
    • Ornella Indonie
      2011
      Vice President - Global Android, Chrome & Hardware Partnerships Google
      USA
      Ornella Indonie was appointed Vice President, Global Android, Chrome & Hardware Partnerships at Google in 2015, and before that was Senior Director, Global Hardware Business at Google for two years. She joined Google in May 2013 as Senior Director, Android Retail Global Partnerships, Google. Previously, she was the Senior Director - iPhone - Latin America, Apple Inc. Between 1998 and 2008, Ornella held various positions at Motoral in the Latin America Region: Marketing Manager, Solutions Portfolio & Business Dev. Manager, Senior Business Development Manager, Director of Strategy, Marketing & Business Operations, Regional Key Account Director, Telefonica and Vice President & General Manager - Mobile Devices. Ms Indonie has a BA in Science, Marketing and Management from Jacksonville University. She completed several Executive Programs, at Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern Kellogg University among others.
    • Maryana ISKANDER
      2007
      Chief Executive Officer Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
      South Africa
      Maryana Iskander is CEO of the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2006-2012 she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York, and currently sits on the national Planned Parenthood board of directors. Maryana formerly served as Adviser to the President of Rice University, where she oversaw an ambitious strategic planning process and partnerships between the university and the city of Houston, Texas. She has also served as a law clerk to Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was an associate at global consultancy McKinsey & Co., a strategy consultant for W.L. Gore & Associates, and a law clerk at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and Vinson & Elkins in Houston. Maryana earned a B.A. from Rice University, a M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
    • Amy Jadesimi
      2013
      Managing Director LADOL Integrated Logistics Free Zone Enterprise
      Nigeria
      Dr Amy Jadesimi is the Managing Director of LADOL, an oil and gas fabrication and multi-logistics services base in Nigeria. Beyond LADOL, Amy contributes to Forbes and joined the 2015 Advisory Board for the UN Development Programme’s “Africa Human Development Report”. Amy cut her teeth at Goldman Sachs and Brait Private Equity in London, before returning to Nigeria to join LADOL’s management team. Amy has a number of accolades under her belt: in 2012, she was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow; in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; also in 2013, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy & Society; in 2014, Forbes included her in the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa; and in July 2015, the Financial Times named her one of top 25 Africans To Watch. Amy holds an MBA from Stanford University, as well as a BA and BMBCh from the University of Oxford.
    • Marieme Jamme
      2013
      Chief Executive Officer I AM THE CODE
      UK
      Born in Senegal, Mariéme Jamme is a London based CEO, blogger, social entrepreneur and technologist who works tirelessly to empower her fellow Africans through education, leadership and economic development. She was named one of Forbe’s ‘20 youngest power women in Africa 2012’ , nominated by the Guardian African Community Network as one of the African women to watch in 2013 and was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as being a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. A technology businesswoman, Mariéme has founded many ventures aiming to support the development of Africans such as Spot1mentoring (A mentoring and Business Accelerator) and co-founded of Africa Gathering, a platform bringing entrepreneurs and others together to share ideas for positive change in Africa. She was recently voted one of Africa’s top 25 women achievers by The Guardian Newspaper in the UK». Marieme recently supported Appfrica International Inc. and the State Department in the USA to organize the Apps4Africa contest across Africa and the Africa Progress Panel chair by Kofi Annan to host events in Africa. Marieme has also Founded the JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal, the first women Tech Innovation Network supporting women in Science,Technology, Engineering and Math.
    • Altair Jarabo
      2016 Mexico
      Actress and entrepreneur
      Mexico
      Altair is a 29 year old Mexican actress and businesswoman. For over a decade she has been working as an actress in film, theater and television in Mexico, gaining a privileged place in the social sphere where her voice can reach many ears.
    • Leticia Jauregui
      2016 Mexico
      Founder and Director Crea
      Mexico
      Leticia M. Jáuregui Casanueva is Founder and President of Crea, an organization that works with female-led micro and small enterprises in marginalized cities and communities of Mexico. Leticia completed her master degrees in Community Development and Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. She is an alumni of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and is the Mexican Community Ambassador. She was selected as one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green in 2008, is a 2009 Architect of the Future from the Waldzell Institute and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Leticia has presented her work on remittances, gender equality and micro enterprise development at the Wharton School of business, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and the OECD amongst others.
    • Chloé Jay
      2012
      Managing Director France Van Cleef & Arpels
      France
      Born in 1975, she led an exotic childhood from Jakarta to China. She graduated ESCP in 1999 and began her career at L’Oreal. She developed a passion for fragrances as product manager at Lancôme int. and then marketing manager at Giorgio Armani int. At age 32, she became Managing Director of Kiehl’s for France. After 10 years at L’Oreal, she wanted to live a new experience. She entered Van Cleef & Arpels as the Marketing, Communication and Supply Chain Director for Europe, Middle-East and CIS. After one year, at 36, she became Managing Director for France, historical and second market in turnover of the Maison.
    • Qiong Er JIANG
      2010
      CEO & Artistic Director Shang Xia
      China
      As Artistic Director of Shang Xia, Ms. Jiang Qiong Er is a one of the few young Chinese contemporary designers of international reputation infusing the subtlety, beauty, and heritage of Chinese culture. Her designs breathe elegance of innovation and imagination. Her international vision and open mind, along with her multi-cultural background, naturally allow her creativity to express itself; preserving and respecting tradition, both Eastern and Western. At Shang Xia, a Chinese luxury retailer driven by Ms Qiong'er, but majority-owned by Hermes, she oversees a team of designers who create the range of collections that embrace the essence of Shang Xia. The collections breathe the encounter of Asian heritage and innovation, creating a new aesthetic for the 21st century. They are present in Shanghai, Paris and Pekin. She was designing window displays for the French luxury chain Hermes when she had dinner with Patrick Thomas, the Hermes chief executive some six years ago. They clicked, and the idea for the new store was born: Born into a family of artist-creators in Shanghai, her family history is anchored in Asian tradition. Jiang Qiong Er was introduced to traditional painting when she was two years old and later became a student of the painter Cheng Shi Fa and the calligrapher Han Tian Hong, two leading figures in traditional Chinese art. She then joined the prestigious TongJi University to study design. Her degree is in Art & Design. Upon graduation, she chose to go to the Decorative Arts School in Paris to further her studies in furniture and interior design. This choice completely changed her life.
    • Sophie Kahn
      2017
      Founder & Co-CEO AUrate New York
      USA
      Sophie is originally from The Netherlands. After studying Finance at Princeton University, she worked at BCG in New York where she focused on the luxury industry and at Marc Jacobs where she was Director of Strategy. In 2015 she launched AUrate New York, a direct-to-consumer brand that is reshaping the fine jewelry industry by offering iconic designs that are radically priced, ethically sourced, and locally crafted. The brand received a ‘gold star’ from the New York Times, was named “NYC’s coolest new jewelry brand” by the Zoe Report, was featured in Vogue, Forbes, WWD, Business Insider and more.
    • Elsie Kanza
      2011
      Director, Head of Africa World Economic Forum
      Switzerland
      Elsie S. Kanza is the Director, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the Forum in 2011, she held a number of positions at the Government of Tanzania, including serving as Personal Assistant to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania responsible for Economic Affairs, as well as working for the Ministry of Finance and central Bank of Tanzania in various capacities from 1997 to 2006. Elsie holds a BSc (cum laude) in International Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa, an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and an MA in Development Economics from Williams College. She has also been nominated to the 2011 Rising Talents Program of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2011) and is an awardee of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow (2008).
    • Maya KARANOUH
      2008
      CEO and Co-Founder TAGbrands
      Lebanon
      In the past decade Maya Karanouh has been an active entrepreneur, founding several companies and being a leading member of the regional creative sector. Maya is currently the CEO at TAGbrands. As an award winning branding strategy firm that aligns brand image with the strategic objectives of the company, TAGbrands work impacts several aspects of the business including the retail environment, the relationship with customers and the organizational structure. TAGbrands is proud to have amongst its regional client base: Bank Audi, Doha Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Ghandour, Bonjus, Patchi, L’Oreal and Taanayel. Through the company, Maya has been honored to receive the following awards: the 2006 British Council’s Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year for Lebanon, 35 under 35 Global Women Entrepreneurs award in 2007 and “Rising Talents” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2008. As Maya is a strong believer in design and innovation, she decided to co-found and incubate the MENA Design Research Center in 2010, a non-profit organization dedicated to design research and social change in the Middle East and North Africa as the CSR branch of TAGbrands. The MENA Design Research Center is proud to have organized the first “Beirut Design Week” which took place in June 2012 in partnership with the British Council, the Goethe Institute, AUB and the Ministry of Tourism.
    • Divya Keshav
      2010
      Owner Krishna Printernational
      India
      Divya Keshav is the owner of Krishna Printernational, a firm engaged in manufacturing self adhesive labels for the Pharmaceutical, Airline, and Consumer Durables industries. Previously, Divya worked at Indiamart Intermesh Limited, the largest b2b online company in India promoting the small scale sector. She was awarded employee of the year for her contributions to improving production processes, customer service and retention. Divya has studied commerce and marketing and in early 2010, she graduated from the 10,000 Women program at the Indian School of Business. Along with classmates from the 10,000 Women program, she founded an organization called "Fragrance" that promotes volunteerism in disadvantaged local communities.
    • Hasina KHARBHIH
      2007
      Founder, Chair of Board, Impulse NGO Network, Founder, MD, Impulse Social Enterprises
      India
      Ms. Kharbhih has gained a multi-sector expertise, including leadership and Institutional Management, livelihood and rural development, anti-human trafficking, migration, gender based violence, child rights, HIV/AIDS education and intervention, substance abuse and adolescent health. Awards & Recognition 2000 - Commonwealth Youth Program Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work 2002- US Department of State, International Visitors Program (IVLP) on NGO Management 2004-2006 - Commonwealth Youth Ambassador represented India and was featured as Yuva Star or Young Achiever for BBC World Service Trust Award Winning Production of Haath Se Haath Milaa (Lets Join Hands)India largest HIV/AIDS awareness mass media campaign that reach over 50 million viewers 2007- Rising Talent award from the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, France 2011-2012 - North East Excellence Award in the Achievers Category from the Indian Chambers of Commerce 2012 -YFLO Women Achievers Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce 2012 -Asian Activists Award from Human Right Now - Japan 2012 -CNN-IBN India Positive Award 2013 Winner India’s CNBC Awaaz - Masterpreneur Season 1 Reality Show 2013 - IVLP Gold Star Alumni, US State Department.
    • Jo KNIGHT
      2008
      Advocacy Coordinator TEAR Australia
      Australia
      Jo is presently the Advocacy Coordinator for TEAR, a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. Jo has most recently been with Brotherhood of St Laurence as the Prgram Manager for the refugee community development and advocacy. Jo is also a lawyer and has worked with refugee communities and advocated with test cases at the cutting edge of migration law. Jo is familiar with the development sector having served as the founding board Chair of Oaktree for six years. Jo worships at Merri Creek Anglican, a new church plant in Melbourne’s inner-north led by her husband Peter Carolane. She was educated at Strathcona and later studied Arts and Law degrees at Monash University. Her interest in human rights and international law was fostered through an exchange program to Leiden University in the Netherlands (2000). Jo also participated in a development exposure course to India with Tear Australia. In 2002 she completed an Arts Honours thesis which explored poverty in India. A year later, Jo graduated with honours in both degrees. While a student, Jo began working at Erskine Rodan & Associates; a leading Immigration law firm. She completed Articles with this firm and worked there for 8 years. Jo was a founding member of the Oaktree Foundation (2003) and became President and Chair of the Board. The Oaktree Foundation is a movement of young Australians who desire to make the world a better place and alleviate poverty. In 2008 she was one of 20 women selected worldwide to participate in the Women’s Forum Rising Talents Program. Jo was a Section Chair in the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section at the Law Institute of Victoria. She and her husband are active members at St Hilary’s Church in Kew, and members of the Anglican Synod. At the Ecumenical Migration Centre, Jo directs a team of people who deliver social-inclusion services to refugees and migrants.
    • Clotilde L'Angevin
      2011
      Head of Strategy Credit Agricole
      France
      Clotilde L’Angevin has been Head of Strategy at Crédit Agricole since November 2015. She was previously Secretary General of the Paris Club and head of the international Debt division in the French treasury, Head of the International Forecasts and Diagnosis division, also within the French Treasury, after having spent two years as an advisor on economic forecasts and macroeconomics for Prime Minister François Fillon. She had previously dealt with European issues within the Economic and Monetary Union division of the Treasury. Clotilde L’Angevin graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Economics in 2003, after having obtained a degree in Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique.
    • Nang Lam Kham
      2016
      CEO KBZ Group
      Burma
      Nang Lang Kham is an Executive Director of KBZ Group, Director of KBZ Bank, Chairman of Air KBZ and Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Co-founder and Chair of Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM). BFM was created in 2008, to improve the lives of the people of Myanmar focusing on aid, welfare, environment and education. Her work was commended with the State Excellence Award from the President of Myanmar in 2015. Prior to this Nang was selected for the Fortune Global Women’s Mentoring Program in 2014 and was mentored by Rosalind Brewer of Walmart/Sam's Club. In her free time Nang is also an active member of the Young President' Organization (YPO), Global Shapers Yangon and the British Chamber of Commerce’s, Professional Women’s Network. Recently, Nang was named by Forbes Asia as one of a dozen Women to Watch and was chosen to participate in the UK FCOs International Leaders Programme, as a representative for Myanmar. Nang took part in the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France in November as one of the Rising Talents 2016. Nang holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s of Management from the University of Sydney.
    • Nadja LANG
      2009
      CEO Fairtrade Max Havelaar
      Switzerland
      Nadja is the CEO of Fairtrade Max Havelaar in CH. She was previously the Commercial Director in CH and simultaneously served as “Chair Global Account Management Steering Committee” for Fairtrade International. She has also held various national and international marketing executive functions at General Mills and Coca-Cola. Her key expertise lies in managing successful business development and chance management phases in complex organizations, focusing on innovation and strategic partnerships in a multi-stakeholder environment. Nadja also serves on the board of the Swiss Post AG, Energie 360° AG as well as Metron AG and was awarded “Member of Generation CEO” in 2009.
    • Daniela Lecuona
      2017 Mexico
      Head of Investor Relations América Móvil
      Mexico
      Daniela manages the Investor Relations Office of América Móvil since 2008. She is in charge of generating all the financial reports required by the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores and the New York Stock Exchange. Additionally, she is the main point of contact in the company with investors and in general with the financial markets and for managing the information provided to América Móvil’s Board Members and to C-level executives for strategic decision processes. Lecuona holds a degree in Economics from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and a post-graduate degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
    • Claire Leigh
      2011
      Director of International Development Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Save the Children
      UK
      Claire joined Save the Children UK in 2016 as Director of Policy and Research, and was subsequently promoted to Director of International Development in the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Division. In this capacity she heads the International Development Department, and leads on Save's policy, advocacy and campaign work for children living in developing countries, managing a team of 40+ advisors and researchers. Before joining Save the Children, Claire worked as Head of International Partnerships at the Overseas Development Institute, where she managed a programme of support to the g7+ Group of Fragile States, an international organisation that advocates for reforms to how the international community engages in post-conflict and fragile countries. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked for Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), providing advice and support to the Presidents of Liberia and Rwanda. Prior to AGI, Claire was a Senior Policy Advisor in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Strategy Unit, where she advised Number 10 Downing Street on international and development policy. She has also worked for short periods at the British Foreign Office and for UNICEF and UNDP in New York. Outside work Claire is involved in a range of voluntary and political organisations. She is on the committee of the Fabian Women's Network, which mentors women wishing to enter public life. She was Chair of the Labour Campaign for International Development between 2013 and 2015 and in 2015 ran for Parliament for the Labour Party in the constituency of Tonbridge and Malling. Claire has an MPhil in Politics and International Relations from Oxford University and a BA (first class) in History from Cambridge University.
    • Fanny Letier
      2016
      Executive Director, Small and mid-caps ; SME and mid-caps accelerator programs Bpi
      France
      Fanny Letier is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and the Institut Français des Administrateurs (IFA). She began her career in 2004 as the Deputy Divisional Head of Entreprises et Intermédiaires d’assurance at the French Treasury before becoming the Financial Advisor of the permanent French delegation to the European Union in 2008. From 2010 to 2012, she was appointed Chief of Staff of the financement et développement des entreprises then General Secretary at the CIRI (Industrial Restructuring Committee of the French Treasury) and Deputy Director of Cabinet for the Minister of Industrial Restructuring. In 2013, Fanny Letier joined Bpifrance as the Director in charge of Regional Investments for small and mid-cap investments and in March 2015, she was promoted to Executive Director for all small and mid-cap investments. Since May 2016, in addition to her current functions, Fanny has been in charge of Bpifrance’s Transversal Business Support and the Accelerator Programs dedicated to SMEs and pre-Majors.
    • Marina S. LEVIN
      2007
      Managing Director, Wholesale Credit Risk Regulatory Management J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
      USA
      Marina Levin is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. She heads the Wholesale Credit Risk Regulatory Management team, which is responsible for development and implementation of strategic solutions for the firm globally in response to regulatory requirements. She assumed her current role in 2014. Prior to that, she spent a decade in various areas of the bank managing distressed credits. Marina is a Vice-President and cofounder of the Pushkin Academy of Russian Heritage in New York – and independent coeducational institution that helps children learn Russian language and maintain their heritage. Marina holds a Diplom Kauffrau degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and B.S. degree in Accounting from the Northern Illinois University, USA. She passed the CPA and CIRA examinations and is fluent in Russian, German and English. Marina is married, has two children and lives in New York.
    • Xia LI
      2008
      VP Financial Service President & CEO
      China
      Li Xia is currently President and CEO of Genius Auto Finance Co and Auto Finance Director Geely Group and VP FS Volvo China. She was previously VP Financial Service of Volvo Car China and before that was the CFO of Fiat Automotive Finance Co from 2007 to 2012. She started her career at Unilever Shanghai in 1995. She joined HSBC Data Processing (Shanghai) Ltd in 2002 and held a position as Financial Controller for Global Processing Shanghai. Li Xia is a 2008 Rising Talent from the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She is a Council member of KindPRO (effective philanthropies to provide professional support for NPO development in China). She is part of the Steering Committee Member of ACCA Shanghai (providing support to the accounting professional community development). She obtained her Bachelor of Economics degree at Shanghai University in Finance and Economics in 1995.
    • Cindy Shueh Lin
      2011
      CEO ChunHui Bo'Ai Children's Foundation
      China
      Chunhui Children’s Foundation helps bring professionally trained loving adults to orphaned and left-behind children in China with nearly 2,000 full-time staff across 26 provinces. Prior to joining Chunhui, Yee-Hsin (Cindy) held corporate senior executive roles such as the Senior Director of Franchise at PepsiCo Greater China area and General Manager of PepsiCo Foods Taiwan. She and her team attained record-breaking market share every year while delivering sustainable top and bottom line growth despite the GFC in 08-09. She joined PepsiCo in 2005 as the Director of Customer Marketing in China after seven years with Procter & Gamble in China and the U.S. She has also spent time in banking, retail, and real estate industries. She has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and has a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Southern California. She is married with two young children.
    • Ulla Lohmann
      2012
      Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker
      Germany
      Ulla Lohmann is a German photojournalist and documentary filmmaker with a diploma in Natural Resource Management. She works as freelance for National Geographic, GEO, BBC, New York Times and holds international exhibits and talks. Ulla is specialized in documenting the changing world of indigenous tribes and in erupting volcanoes. She loves adventures and challenges like rock climbing, diving, trekking to the highest volcano on the planet in Chile (6893m) or hiking through dense jungle to meet remote tribes. Science is important to the former "Jugend forscht winner": Ulla has published several scientific papers. She is also ambassador for the NGO "Pacific People Aid Fund".
    • Christina Lopes
      2014
      CEO & Founder The One Health Company
      USA
      Christina Lopes is a co-founder of The One Health Company. Previously, Christina was a Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management and since she has been working on innovation deals in the biotech space. Christina has served on the Board of International Planned Parenthood for the Western Hemisphere, participated in The United Nations Commission for the Status of Women and lectured at Columbia University. She was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in March 2010. This honor is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world. Christina was also honored a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2014. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's in International and Political Affairs from Columbia University, and Doctoral Coursework in Ethics at Princeton University.
    • Alice Lopin
      2014
      Store Leader Apple Computer
      Singapore
      Alice Lopin moved to Singapore mid-2016 to open the first Apple Store in South East Asia. In her role as Store Leader, she is responsible for selecting and developing top talent for Apple and leading the Retail teams to deliver outstanding customer experiences both to consumer and business customers. Prior to her relocation, Alice lived in Hong Kong for over a decade, and played a pivotal role in the leadership and development of the Apple Stores in Greater China. Prior to joining Apple, Alice had grown Qeelin, the first Chinese luxury jeweler, from a seed-startup into a full-grown global luxury brand. In her capacity as Global Head of Sales and Marketing, she was instrumental in Qeelin’s acquisition by Kering Gucci-Group in 2012, which became the very first Chinese brand ever to be acquired by a global luxury conglomerate. Alice has made a strong impact in the area of Community as a Volunteer Guide for Apple, has been an Alumni Chapter President for HEC Paris for over a decade in Hong Kong, and was appointed French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCE) by the French Government in 2010. Mentorship and creativity are at the heart of her passions, and Alice has been consistently mentoring startup owners, high potential individuals and artists to achieve their best. She was rewarded in 2014 by being selected to join the Rising Talents Initiative by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and was appointed Mentor in the Startup Next Program Hong Kong in 2016. Alice holds a Masters in Management from HEC Paris, a Masters in Corporate Law from Assas Paris-II University, a G.G expert gemologist degree from the GIA and has attended the MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
    • Marie Lora-Mungai
      2013
      CEO & Executive Producer Restless Global
      Kenya
      First as a journalist and later as an entrepreneur and producer, Marie Lora-Mungai’s work over the past 10 years has focused on creating compelling content that challenges the world’s understanding of Africa by bringing to light complex and fascinating African stories rooted in reality. She is the Founder and CEO of Restless Global, a pan-African company focused on the development of Africa-inspired film & television projects for an international audience. Marie previously founded and ran Buni.tv, a pioneer African video-on-demand platform recently acquired by Trace TV/MTG Group, and production company Buni Media, known for its popular political satire shows The XYZ Show (Kenya) and Ogas At The Top (Nigeria). During her successful first career as an award-winning television journalist, Marie worked across 3 continents and 15 African countries for CNN, Reuters TV, AFP TV and the BBC. In 2013 she was named a Rising Talent at the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. She was listed on the Choiseul list of 200 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow in 2015 and 2016, and was named one of “10 Female Entrepreneurs to Follow in 2017” by Forbes France.
    • Olga Loskutova
      2016
      Managing Director - Brands Europe SABMiller
      Czech Republic
      Olga was born in Moscow and graduated from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. In 2002 Olga joined NESTLE and went through Marketing and Sales roles before stepping up to a general management position as the Head of a newly acquired business in 2008. In NESTLE Olga progressed as the Belarus Country Manager, Head of the Confectionery division in Poland & Baltics and Managing Director of a 12 country Region. In 2015 Olga joined SABMILLER as the Managing Director of SABMiller Europe Export Unit, responsible for 50 countries managed through a back-office in the Czech Republic and branches in Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, the UAE. Olga is married with two kids.
    • Emilie Luc-Duc
      2013
      Designer/ Artistic Director Freelance
      France
      Emilie Luc-Duc is a French fashion designer born in 1980. She graduated from IFM (Institut Français de la Mode) and is specialized in knitwear. She worked with Anne Valérie Hash and Dior girl on their knitwear lines. She improved then her original knitwear expertise with original and creative researches. « I like to think clothes starting with material and knitwear allow me to create my own raw material ». She elaborates, indeed, knitwear in volume, draped, tied, twisted, « couture knitwear » and turns woven technics into knitted garments. As a Creative Director in Rodier from 2011 to 2014, she has brought creativity, innovation and has given a new birth to the collections, the style and the image of the old French fashion house. She has known how to metamorphose skillfully the brand and brought it back on the fashion scene returning to its powerfull heritage. Emilie collaborated with Maison Repetto and launched its first ready to wear collection. A collection inspired by dance and its mythic outfits, timeless, pure and graceful. She was also the head designer of Rodier until she started her own collection: http://www.emilielucduc.com/ In 2013, she was awarded Rising Talent at the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013 and was selected as a new member of the Who's Who.
    • Lucy Weihua LUO
      2008
      Founder and CEO IFCKIDS
      China
      Lucy Luo is the founder and CEO of IFCKIDS program, an early childhood music education organization. Before she committed herself to music education in 2010, she had been working for 15 years in the financial services industry. As Director of Accenture Management Consulting, she was specialized in corporate strategy. She also served for Munich Re Group, where she was posted in different geographies. Lucy has been always dedicated to international cultural exchange. As a musician, she has performed in more than ten countries. She is the Board of Director for Beijing International Festival Chorus. Lucy earned her BA degree from Tsinghua University, and graduated from Rutgers' EMBA program. Recently, her paper Music Spring Buds: An Innovative Early Childhood Music Education Program in China has been published by 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education.
    • Anna LYSYANSKAYA
      2008
      Professor of Computer Science Brown University
      USA
      Anna is a Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2002, under supervision of Ron Rivest. In addition to MIT, her PhD work was supported by an NSF fellowship, and Bell Labs' GRFP program (mentored by Peter Winkler). During her Ph.D. studies Anna spent her summers at IBM Zurich and T.J.Watson. Anna joined the faculty of Brown as Assistant Professor in 2002, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. While at Brown, she received an NSF CAREER award and numerous other NSF grants that have support her and her students' research. In 2007, the MIT Technology Review Magazine included her into their annual list of "35 Innovators under 35." In 2008, she was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. A theme of her research is on balancing privacy with accountability, and specifically allowing users to prove that they are authorized even while not revealing any additional information about themselves. Her work in this area was incorporated into the Trusted Computing Group's industrial standard and served as the theoretical foundation for IBM Zurich's Idemix project.
    • Khululiwe Mabaso
      2016
      Associate Director Communication and Government Affairs Africa Procter & Gamble
      South Africa
      Khululiwe has 20 years of professional experience working for various companies and has for the last 10 years, been working for Procter & Gamble in various leadership roles across Africa and most recently leading Communications capability in the region (India, Middle East and Africa). She has experience and passion for Corporate Communications, Crisis and Issue Management and Sustainability which includes developing and executing sustainable business integrated Social and Economic projects as well as leveraging scientific background in Biotechnologist and Technology Management to apply innovative ideas. Khululiwe enjoys coaching girls and women to ensure they continue to be the best they want to be and be leading a purposeful live.
    • Phuti MAHANYELE
      2009
      Executive Chairman Sigma Capital
      South Africa
      Phuti is currently Executive Chairman of Sigma Capital, a privately held, majority-black owned investment group based in South Africa and established in 2015. Phuti Mahanyele is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, a multi-billion rand diversified African investment holding company that was established in 2001. Shanduka held a diversified portfolio of listed and unlisted investments, with holdings in various sectors including resources, telecoms, real estate, energy, industrials and food & beverage, across various jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius and Ghana. She joined Shanduka in 2004 as the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy. Ms Mahanyele was previously Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Prior to that she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office. In her tenure as CEO of Shanduka Group, she held directorships with a number of companies, including inter alia Lonmin Plc, Mondi, McDonalds SA, Coca Cola Shanduka Beverages, Macsteel and Helios Towers (Nigeria). She has been awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award and the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards in 2014. In 2013 she was awarded a “Distinguished Achievement” by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognised Ms Mahanyele as a “Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year” in 2012, 2011 Rutgers University conferred on her the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award”. In 2009 she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business by Financial Services. And Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008”. Ms Mahanyele was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum and awarded “Top in Project Finance, 2003” by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP). She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She is also a Patron of NEET (National Education Empowerment Trust). She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Comair Limited and Reunert Limited. She holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA, and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Ms Mahanyele completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ at Harvard University in 2008.
    • Tamara MALHAS
      2007
      Project Associate Flash Entertainment
      UAE
      Tamara Malhas is the Managing Director of the Mashrek International School, a co-educational and bilingual school that was established in 1992. Tamara is involved in a number of charity programs that assist underprivileged students and families in remote areas of Jordan. This is achieved by raising funds, providing food, clothing, stationary and other school supplies. Tamara is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Young Entrepreneur Association (YEA) and a founding member of a newly registered Jordanian educational NGO. She was nominated to represent Jordan in the Youth Microenterprise Conference in Washington D.C.
    • Marina MALYKHINA
      2008
      President & CEO Magram Market Research Agency
      Russia
      Marina Malykhina graduated from the Academy of National Economy, Economic and Social Sciences Department. In 1997 she founded the Magram Market Research Agency. Marina is an ESOMAR member (European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research) and a Member of the ‘Committee of 20’ (Women Business-leaders Association). Ms.Malykhina teaches in the National Economy Academy and is a member of Moscow State University Board of Regents. In 2004 was honored with a ranking among the ‘100 best professional carriers in business for 2000-04’ by Kommersant newspaper. In 2005 she won the annual contest ‘Businessman of a year’ in nomination ‘Young businessman’ (Ernst & Young has been organizing the contest in 40 countries for 19 years. Within the contest are honored businessmen who made the most considerable contribution to this nation’s economic development).
    • Adriana Marais
      2016
      Head of Innovation SAP Africa
      South Africa
      Dr. Adriana Marais has most recently been appointed Head of Innovation for SAP Africa, leading the IoT Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation streams. Previously, Adriana was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), focusing applications of quantum mechanics in information security, biology and the origins of life. She also lectured physics at UKZN and the University of Cape Town. Since childhood, she has dreamed of living on another planet, and is currently one of the 100 Mars One Project Astronaut Candidates in the running to move to the Red Planet in 2026. Adriana believes that education comes with the responsibility to share knowledge, and while on Earth, is actively involved in the promotion of science and space exploration as Special Project Coordinator for the Foundation for Space Development South Africa.
    • Julia Maris
      2015
      Deputy CEO Défense Conseil International (DCI)
      France
      Julia Maris is Deputy CEO of DCI (Défense Conseil International), the reference operator of the Ministry of Defence for the international transfer of the French military know-how to France friendly countries armed forces. Holding the “French Armed Forces Training” label, DCI is offering tailor-made services in the fields of consulting, training and technical assistance. Julia started her career in the French Ministry of Defence in 1997 and experienced both the public and private sectors. In the public area, she addressed international defence cooperation and legal engineering. In the private sector, she worked for Thales and DCI. She experienced the political environment of a ministerial cabinet as advisor for European Affairs to the French Minister of Defence: Jean-Yves Le Drian and at the Presidency of the Republic in 2007. Married, mother of a child, she graduated from the “Ecole Nationale d’Administration” in 2005 and was recently distinguished as Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
    • Courtney E. Martin
      2011
      Author/Speaker/Blogger -
      USA
      Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. Her latest book, The New Better Off, explores how people are re-defining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also co-founder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com. Courtney has authored/edited six books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women, and her work appears frequently in national publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her family in a co-housing community called Temescal Commons in Oakland. Read more about her work at www.courtneyemartin.com.
    • Lindiwe Mazibuko
      2012
      Former Leader of the Opposition Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
      South Africa
      Lindiwe Mazibuko is a public leader, speaker, writer, and former politician. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States, Lindiwe was an elected representative in South Africa’s National Assembly until May 2014, when she resigned from active politics in order to return to higher education. Despite her decision to take a prolonged hiatus from public office, Lindiwe remains committed to promoting change for the better in South Africa, Africa and the Global South.
    • Alba Medina Flores
      2016 Mexico
      Co-founder Pop.Space
      Mexico
      Alba Medina co-founded the first marketplace for productive space in Latin America and her ultimate goal is to disrupt the real estate sector in the region. Medina Flores holds a Bachelor´s Degree from ITESM in Mexico City and an MSRED from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Medina has gained a broad understanding of real estate in Mexico while engaging at Fibra Uno as Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions and at Grupo Fame-Altozano in the development of multiple urban planning projects across the country. Previously, she was an equity research analyst of infrastructure companies in Mexico and an investment banker and private banker at Credit Suisse.
    • Sonia Medina Gomez
      2015
      Director, Climate Change Children's Investment Fund Foundation
      UK
      Sonia Media is the Executive Director, Climate Change at CIFF. Sonia oversees CIFF’s Climate Change portfolio, which includes work on Energy, Urbanisation, Land Use and Fluorinated Gases. Prior to joining CIFF, Sonia acted as Chief Operating Officer of a start-up company with a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy by developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa. Previously, Sonia worked at EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010. During a seven year period at EcoSecurities she held the position of US Country Director based out of New York and before that Global Head of Origination managing 20 local teams on five continents. Prior to joining EcoSecurities, Sonia worked on climate change and energy issues at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. Sonia holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Madrid, a MSc in Environmental Change and Management (specialisation in Energy and Environmental Economics) from the University of Oxford and an Executive MBA by the London Business School. In 2009, Sonia was named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader; in 2014, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; and in 2015, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Sonia sits on the Advisory Committee of Circularity Capital, a UK-based specialist fund manager with a mission to support SMEs growth and innovation in the circular economy. Sonia is also a Member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation that seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature and peace.
    • Souad Mekhennet
      2012
      Author & Journalist The Washington Post
      USA
      Souad Mekhennet, co-author of “The Eternal Nazi,” is a correspondent on the national security desk at The Washington Post. She is a fellow with the New America Foundation and currently working on a memoir called, "I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad." She has also been known as the columnist at Newsweek/Daily Beast, “Lifting The Veil" tells stories of the hopes, fears and realities of Muslims throughout the world as Muslim countries undergo huge changes. Souad, is a reporter who has been covering the Middle East, North Africa and radical Islamic movements since shortly after Sept. 11, and is also a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University and at the School for Advanced and International Studied (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she researched the “long-term strategies of terrorist organizations since the Arab Spring.” Before her Nieman fellowship, she worked from 2004 until 2012 as a reporter at The New York Times, where she was part of the investigative unit and the "female factor team". She worked from 2002 to 2004 for the Washington Post. She then worked at ZDF (German TV) and currently writes again for the Washington Post.
    • Michelle Meyer
      2012
      Managing Director, Head of US Economics Bank of America Merrill Lynch
      USA
      Michelle Meyer is a senior US economist at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She is the primary fixed income trading floor economist and specialist in the US housing market. In this capacity, Michelle provides timely analysis of the high frequency economic data and Federal Reserve policy announcements to the sales force and traders. She runs the firm’s macro model and is responsible for coordinating the mediumterm economic forecasts. Meyer focuses her research on the US housing market, where she has become highly recognized for her outlook. She is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is often cited in print and online media. Prior to joining BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research in early 2010, Michelle was a senior US economist at Barclays Capital, where she worked on building GDP models and sector forecasts. Meyer started her career in the US economics team at Lehman Brothers. She began to focus on the housing market in 2006 when it became clear that the sector would be a crucial part of the outlook going forward. Meyer holds an M.A. and B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Boston University. She was named by Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in finance in 2011.
    • Samar Mezghanni
      2014
      Writer and youth activist, Arab Thought Foundation PhD Student, University of Cambridge
      UK
      Samar Samir Mezghanni is a Tunisian writer with two records in Guinness Book for World Records as the youngest writer in the world in 2000 and the most prolific writer in the world in 2002. She has written over a hundred short stories for children and published 14 books. Some of her stories were turned into a TV program for children produced in Cairo. Samar received many awards and certifications for her work from different Princes, Presidents, foundations and associations. She was recently selected as one of the 17 United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals amongst 18 000 candidates. She was classified as one of the most influential Arab women in 2013 and one of the most important young leaders in the Arab region in 2012. She is a member of various International and Regional NGOs. Her work focuses on youth empowerment and she trains young people on debate, communication and public speaking skills. Samar has delivered speeches in over 20 countries. Samar studied Communication and Culture in England and she worked with the British Council and the United Nations as a consultant on civil society and youth programs. She is now a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.
    • Lucía Mijares Martínez
      2017 Mexico
      Sports Development Technical Director Federación Mexicana de Futbol Asociación A.C
      Mexico
      Lucía is the first woman Sports Technical Director in Mexico and Latin America. She has empowered girls through football by developing the first official Women´s Football Amateur and High Performance Structure in Mexico. Recently, she has developed a national Physical Education program in elementary schools in Mexico called “Jugamos Todos” (We Play All) to introduce healthy habits and nutritional guidelines through a fun and accessible methodology. She has been worked to build the athletic marathon platform, various Cycling and Triathlon World Championships all over the world, and The Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
    • Raha Moharrak
      2016 Dubai
      Art Director/Graphic Design Freelancer
      Saudi Arabia
      Always a curious child, for as long as she can remember, Raha Moharrak dreamed of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changing it. From a young age, her eccentricity was obvious, blessed with parents who never asked her to change, teaching her to dream big and live even bigger, as they raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah then starting her career at a leading advertising agency, Raha’s life changed the day she summited Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society and her culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof, where her spirit could no longer be silenced and nothing could hold her back from her love of adventure. Kilimanjaro opened the doors to 8 more summits, yet still, her love affair with altitude was insatiable and her curiosity as to where her limits were grew fierce. Just when she thought she found them, she set eyes on Everest and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born. On May 18th 2013, a year after seeing the legendary mountain, Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest, forever proving we could attempt the impossible and maybe even achieve it no matter where we are from. She is living proof that if children are raised confident and curious, unapologetically who they are, then we’re capable of anything. It is even possible for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world
    • Alessia Maria MOSCA
      2010
      Member of the European Parliament European Parliament
      Italy
      Born in Monza (Italy) in 1975, she was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 2014. She works in the International Trade (INTA) committee and in the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee. From 2008 to 2014, she was a member of the Italian Parliament. She was nominated Young Global Leader in 2009 and Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, a Master’s degree in Diplomacy, a diploma in International Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University of Florence. Her activity is focused on international trade and gender issues. She is the main sponsor of the «Golfo-Mosca» law that introduces gender quotas in boards of Italian listed companies. She started her blog in 2007 and has been updating it since.
    • Mona MOURSHED
      2007
      Senior Partner McKinsey & Company
      USA
      Mona is a senior partner with McKinsey & Company’s Washington DC office and leads the Global Education Practice. Mona is the lead author of Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s Youth Into Work, Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works, How the World’s Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better, and is co-author of How the World’s Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top. Mona serves as the Board of Directors’ Vice President of the McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent non-profit founded by McKinsey & Company. She leads its first flagship effort, Generation, which supports one million young people to achieve jobs and skills across five countries in five years, and seeks to create an open-source replicable and scalable methodology to support tens of millions more young people. Mona was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’ (2011), serves on the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide, as well as serves on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT.
    • Suchi Mukherjee
      2011
      Founder & CEO Limeroad.com
      India
      Ms. Mukherjee is the Founder and CEO of LimeRoad.com, India's leading discovery platform for lifestyle products . Previoulsy, she was MD & GM of Gumtree, an online classifieds business which she built out to a #1 in c2c motors sales and a joint #1 in jobs. Previously, on the Management Team of Skype, she ran global marketing, product design & prioritization, helped build eBay UK’s marketplace business and was on the consumer division board of NTL(Virgin Media), UK’s #1 cable company. Ms Mukherjee started in banking where she helped build the world’s #1 aviation insurance company, restructure European telecom assets and helped launch the first structured financing vehicle in India. She holds a MSc in Fin & Eco from LSE as a Chevening Scholar, & a B.A Hons in Eco from Cambridge University as a Commonwealth Scholar.
    • Dorcas MUTHONI
      2009
      CEO Openworld Ltd
      Kenya
      Ms. Dorcas Muthoni, an entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Openworld LTD, a leading E-Government and Business Technology firm in Eastern Africa. Muthoni is a council member of Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa FOSSFA. Her trusteeship shall be a driving force behind the vision and the policies of the Foundation till 2010. She is a strong advocate for the uptake of computing careers amongst young women and high school girls. Through her day to day work as an entrepreneur and computer scientist, Muthoni seeks to see technology positively transforming the lives of the African society and enterprises.
    • Demet Mutlu
      2017
      Founder & CEO trendyol.com
      Turkey
      Demet is the founder and CEO of Trendyol.com, the largest fashion ecommerce company and the biggest internet employer in Turkey with a team of ca. 1600 people. She founded Trendyol in 2010 and has scaled it to become a profitable powerhouse selling more than 35 million items per year, one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies. Demet is also a founding investor of Peak Games, one of the leading mobile gaming companies in the world. Fortune 40 Under 40, BoF 500, Fortune’s 10 most powerful women entrepreneurs.
    • Prudence MUTOWO
      2007
      Scientific Database Curator EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute)
      UK
      Prudence Mutowo has a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She also has a Bsc (Hons) in Biochemistry and an MSc in Applied Biomolecular Technology. In 2006 Prudence was the first Zimbabwean to receive a L’Oreal-Unesco International Fellowship – an award given to young female scientists working in areas of important scientific research. Prudence was also named in Marie Claire’s 2007 survey of the 25 most promising young women in the UK.
    • Anna Neistat
      2012
      Senior Director, Research Amnesty International
      France
      Dr. Anna Neistat is Senior Director for Research at Amnesty International (starting September 1, 2014). In this capacity, she leads and oversees Amnesty International’s research worldwide. Prior to that, Neistat worked as associate director for Program and Emergencies at Human Rights Watch. Neistat has been involved in human rights work for the last 18 years. At Human Rights Watch, she led fact-finding missions in conflict areas and was responsible for developing investigative methodology and training for Human Rights Watch researchers and directors. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Neistat worked for "Echo of Moscow," Russia's leading radio station, the Open Society Institute, and as a constitutional law researcher at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Neistat holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology. She is a member of the New York State Bar, and teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.
    • Alyse NELSON
      2009
      President & CEO Vital Voices Global Partnership
      USA
      Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 20 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has expanded its reach to serve over 15,000 women leaders in 144 countries. Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the State Department’s Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative and worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House. Alyse is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start. Alyse is a part of the Expert Group for the B Team and is on the Advisory Board of Chime for Change. Fortune Magazine named Alyse one of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. Alyse was honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. Alyse is the author of the best-selling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World and has been featured in various international and national media. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
    • Janet Neo
      2015
      Head of Corporate Sustainability, Asia Pacific Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific
      Singapore
      Janet Neo heads corporate sustainability at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. She leads the acceleration of sustainability integration into the core business and builds a culture of CSR in the region. Her career spans across private, public and non-profit sectors including HEINEKEN Asia Pacific and Singapore Government Ministry where she led teams in award-winning CSR reporting and communications in Singapore and 26 countries globally. Janet holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from NUS University Scholars Program. She worked in Silicon Valley hi-tech startups and studied in Stanford University, USA. She serves as a member of United Nations ESCAP Sustainable Business Taskforce.
    • Janneke Niessen
      2016
      Co-Founder Improve Digital
      The Netherlands
      Janneke is a serial entrepreneur and currently co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm. She also invests considerable time serving as a member of company (advisory) boards, she is a mentor for start-ups, and she is active as an angel investor. Janneke is co-initiator of InspiringFifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published Project Prep, a novel for young girls in conjunction with an award winning child book’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke is member of supervisory board of UNICEF and writes a column about technology for LINDA. Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016, two of many in a long list of honors for Janneke in her time with Improve Digital.
    • Karima Nigmatulina
      2016
      General Director Institute of Master Planning for the city of Moscow
      Russia
      In 2005, Karima received her BSE in Operations Research from Princeton University with Minors in Policy, Management Systems, Finance and Dance. In 2009, she completed her PhD in Operations Research at MIT with a thesis on modeling pandemic influenza. In that same year, she also joined the Institute of Disease Modeling at IV as a Research Scientist and then as the Program Manager for the entire Institute. She concurrently served as the Director of International Relations at TerraPower. In 2012, she returned to her home country of Russia joining the Genplan Institute of Moscow as a Deputy Director and within nine months became the acting CEO. In 2016, she joined Vi Holding as the Advisor to the President. Her achievements have included: Acknowledgement of gratefulness from the Mayor of Moscow (2015) and Professor (status) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2016).
    • Saskia Niño de Rivera
      2016 Mexico
      General Director Reinserta Un Mexicano A.C.
      Mexico
      Saskia Niño de Rivera grew up concerned with social justice and the state of insecurity in her home country of Mexico. After law studies at the prestigious ITAM, she went to UNAM to study psychology, with a specialization in criminal and prison psychology. Saskia founded a non-profit organization named Reinserta in 2013 and started working as a Prison Liaison for the Anti Kidnapping Division for the Federal Government. Today Saskia serves full time as Reinserta's General Director. She was selected as a fellow for ASHOKA in 2015, TIME Magazine named her “Next Generation Leader” and Forbes as one of the 100 most powerfull women in Mexico. She is part of the Hatch Network, an ambassador for Vital Voices and was named a 2016 Rising Talent for the Women´s Forum.
    • Cut Noosy Keumalafajri
      2013
      Vice President, Service Partnership Management XL Axiata
      Indonesia
      Cut completed a Master's of Telecommunications at the University of Indonesia with a GPA 4.0/4.0 in 2005. Between 1996-2001, she studied Electrical Engineering at the Telkom Institute of Technology. She has been awarded Indonesia Future Business Leader in 2011, by SWA Magazine, Business Woman Leader 2011/2012, by Femina Magazine, Gold Medal Winner of Asia Pacific, Best Contact Center Leader 2013, Singapore and Director of the Year 2013, Asia Pacific Customer Relation Management, Hong Kong. Cut is currently Vice-President, Service Partnership Management at XL Axiata. Previously she was General Manager, Customer Service, XL Axiata and before this she held various staff & managerial positions at Motorola & XL Axiata.
  • Ory Okolloh
    2010
    Director of Investments Omidyar Network Africa
    South Africa
    As director of investments for Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative in Africa, Ory invests in for-profit and nonprofit organizations that foster civic participation and increase transparency and accountability in government. Based in Nairobi, Ory brings a unique blend of experience in the fields of technology, transparency, public policy, and governance. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Ory was Google’s policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for managing government relations and driving the implementation of policies that increased Internet access and supported the growth of local online content. Previously, Ory was at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She served as the organization’s executive director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament. She is a board member of the Africa Media Initiative, a member of the World Bank’s Council of Eminent Persons, an advisory board member of Code for All, and a member of the World Bank Service Delivery Indicator Committee. Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity. In 2010 Ory was named a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
  • Nuria OLIVER
    2009
    Director of Research Data Science Vodafone
    Spain
    Nuria is has recently in January 2017, taken on the position as Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone. She was previously Scientific Director in Telefonica Research (Barcelona, Spain) for almost nine years. She received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2000. Prior to joining her current position, she worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond (WA) for over seven years. With more than 25 patent applications and granted patents and over 80 scientific publications, her work has been cited extensively (>7300 citations). She has received a number of awards, including a Rising Talent Award by the Women’s Forum of the Economy and Society (2009), MIT’s TR100 Young Innovators Award (2004) and the First Spanish Award of EECS Graduates (1994). Besides her scientific publications, she is very interested in making science available to the general public and particularly inspiring younger generations to pursue careers in science and technology. She has been a technology writer for Tecno2000 magazine and ‘EL PAIS’ newspaper, among others. She has given two TEDx talks (2012 and 2013) and one talk at WIRED London (2013). She has been named a Senior Member of the ACM (2014), one of the ’13 most influential young women in Spain’ by Mujer Hoy magazine (2011), ‘100 leaders of the future’ by Capital Magazine (May 2009), one of the ‘Generation XXI: 40 Spanish youngsters that will make news in the Third Millenium’ by EL PAIS (2000).
  • Daniela Ott
    2012
    CEO Eden Being
    France
    Daniela was appointed CEO of Eden Being, a new lifestyle and retail brand, part of the Oetker Collection in April 2015. Over the past 15 years, Daniela has built a dual competency in brand management, strategy and finance on the one hand, and in merchandising and product knowledge on the other. Previously, she has worked as CEO of the Tomas Maier brand, COO of the Kering Luxury Portfolio, Director of Strategy of the Gucci Group in London and Paris and as Director of Strategy and Marketing at Balenciaga. In 2014, she was selected as a European Young Leader in “40 under 40”. In 2012, she was selected as one of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society's “Rising Talents”. Daniela graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelo'sr and Master's from the London School of Economics and Bocconi University, and received the LSE Research Award and Economic & Research Council Award. Daniela studied also at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. Daniela is passionate about Consumers and Brands, researching and lecturing on this topic.
  • Agnès PANNIER-RUNACHER
    2007
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer Compagnie des Alpes
    France
    Ms. Agnes Pannier-Runacher has been Deputy Managing Director and Member of Management Board at Compagnie des Alpes SA since January 28, 2013. Ms. Pannier-Runacher previously served as the Deputy Director of Finance and Strategy and Head of Department of Investments and Development of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She was also the Director of Finance and Portfolio Strategy and a Member of the Executive Committee at Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement SA. Previous to this position, she served as a Cabinet Director at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris. Agnès also worked as a Financial Inspector at the French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry. She was employed at the Finance Inspectorate where she worked on performance measurement in State administrations, socially responsible investments and financing social housing. She served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Icade A Echang since November 30, 2007. She served as a Director of at Icade S.A. until January 19, 2009. Ms. Pannier-Runacher is a graduate from HEC (Paris Business School), France, and ENA (French National School of Public Administration), France.
  • Evgenia Peeva
    2016
    CEO Teach for Bulgaria
    Bulgaria
    Evgenia returned to Bulgaria to set up Teach For Bulgaria in July 2010 upon the invitation of Teach For Bulgaria's founding donor - America for Bulgaria Foundation. Teach For Bulgaria is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which works to ensure access to quality education for every Bulgarian child, regardless of their background, birthplace and socio-economic status. It recruits and develops effective teachers at under-performing schools and gathers Bulgaria's most promising graduates and young professionals as they learn and grow to become life-long leaders of in improvement and innovation across Bulgaria's education system and society. To date, Teach For Bulgaria has established itself as a prominent voice on education policy and practice innovation in the country and across the global Teach For All network (of which it is part) as it has brought over 300 talented young teacher-leaders to over 15,000 of Bulgaria's neediest students in more than 100 schools across the country. Prior to that, Evgenia Peeva worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she advised companies across industries ranging from technology and pharmaceuticals to industrial electronics and non-profits, on core business issues related to strategy, growth, marketing and sales. Evgenia is a Co-Founder and Board Member of the non-profit Step for Bulgaria Foundation, which has delivered life-skills education and professional development training to underprivileged Bulgarian youth since 2007. Evgenia holds a B.A. cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and M.A. in Education Management from Plovdiv University. Evgenia sits on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sofia, one of the top high-schools in Bulgaria, and serves as a Board Member to several non-profit organizations in the youth and education sectors in Bulgaria. In 2012 she was named Woman of the Year in Society Category. In 2013 she was selected in the "30 under 30" ranking by Forbes Bulgaria. She is also listed in the Financial Times' and the Visegrad Institute's New Europe 100 innovators ranking.
  • Zimbini Peffer
    2017
    Marketing Director The Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd
    South AFrica
    Zimbini is Marketing Director: Jewellery (Since October 2015) at TFG (Pty) Ltd, the foremost independent retail chain-store group in South Africa comprising a total of 22 retail brands, accessories, sporting, outdoor apparel and homeware. Zimbini’s counterparts and key stakeholder team consists of the Head of Buying, Head of Planning, Head of Operations, and Head of Finance. Supported by a team of 8 Managers across Communications and the Creative Studio, she successfully nurtures a footprint within 450 stores nationwide.
  • Stéphanie Phair
    2015
    Chief Strategy Officer Farfetch
    UK
    Stephanie Phair is currently Chief Strategy Officer of Farfetch, the online platform to shop the world’s greatest selection of luxury. She was previous to this, President of the Outnet.com, a division of The Net-a-Porter Group with a responsibility for overall business performance and the brand’s strategic direction. As President of The Outnet, she had led many global initiatives including creating the group’s first in-house brand, Iris & Ink. She also sat on the Executive Team of The Net-a-Porter Group. She is currently an Independent Board Director of Moncler SpA and an Advisor at Felix Capital. Prior to joining The Outnet, Stephanie’s career in the luxury sector spanned from brand management to marketing and merchandising, with senior roles at Portero, American Vogue and Issey Miyake in the US. Stephanie speaks four languages and holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
  • Zoya PHAN
    2009
    Campaigns Manager Burma Campaign UK
    UK
    In 2008, following the assassination of her father by agents of the dictatorship in Burma, Zoya Phan and her family founded the Phan Foundation in memory of their parents. The foundation provides aid for the Karen people, protects Karen culture and promotes human rights. Zoya is advisor to the Karen Community Association UK, and is also chair of the European Karen Network, which brings together Karen people across Europe. She is also on the board of Austria Burma Center. She is a fellow of TED Global 2009, Rising Talent for Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2009, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Professionals Network of the UN Association of the UK (UNA-UK). Her autobiography is published as Undaunted in the USA, and Little Daughter in the rest of the world. It has been published in eight countries.
  • Carolina Pina
    2012
    Director WIN Lab Miami
    USA
    Carolina is the Director of the WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab Miami. Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, the WIN Lab is an innovative residency program for women entrepreneurs who are ready to think big, be bold, and launch successful companies. Prior to joining WIN Lab she was Director of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Miami Campus. In 2015 she founded Ignitus, a consulting practice that helps organizations implement social impact initiatives. Originally from Venezuela, Carolina is an activist on important causes related to her home country, women's empowerment and equality. Carolina is a connector, an arts & culture enthusiast and a philanthropist. She is a Trustee at the New World Symphony, a Host and Screening Committee Member for the Miami Film Festival and an advisor at the Lung Transplant Foundation. Carolina holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Florida International University, an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management and an Executive Scholars in Leadership & Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
  • Gisela Pinheiro
    2017
    Vice President Functional Materials and Solutions BASF South America
    Brazil
    Gisela is Vice President for Functional Materials & Solutions, BASF South America, with over of 15 years of experience in different multi-national companies, working on multi-functional and business roles. She has an Economics degree from Northern Michigan University and an Executive Finance MBA from Insper Brazil. She actively advocates for diversity & inclusion, change management, and people development. She was at the cover of Brazil # 1 Business Magazine “EXAME” as “The Next Generation of Top Leadership getting out of the closet”, and also showcased at Valor Economico Newspaper covering “Lack of Women in Leadership Roles”.
  • Leah PISAR
    2009

    France
    Leah Pisar lives and works on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a BA from Harvard College, a graduate degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and a doctorate from the University of Paris II. Her expertise includes American-European cultural relations, security policy, and foreign policy. In the Clinton administration, she served in the White House as Director of Communications at the National Security Council; she served the US State Department as the Deputy Director of Communications under Madeleine Albright; and at the US Embassy in Paris she served as the assistant to US Ambassador Pamela Harriman. She has been an adviser to the French-American Foundation, and a non-resident scholar at both the Center for American Progress and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. She is a frequent television, print, and radio commentator on current affairs affecting both Eastern and Western hemispheres. She serves on the board of the French-American Foundation and the National Security Network, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany and was a 2009 « Rising Talent » of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. In 2010, Ms. Pisar published “Orage sur l’Atlantique: La France et les Etats-Unis face à l’Irak” (Fayard, 2010), a well-researched book on the US-France debate over war in Iraq based on her PhD thesis.
  • Renata POKUPIC
    2007
    Singer, Mezzo Soprano -
    Croatia
    Mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is known internationally through her acclaimed performances of baroque, classical and other coloratura-mezzo repertoire as well as solo songs. Her recent opera engagements have included the highly acclaimed Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Irene Tamerlano (previously performed at Teatro Real, Madrid), Cherubino for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera (both house debuts), Sesto La clemenza di Tito for Chicago Opera Theater, AnnioLa clemenza di Tito for Opéra de Lyon, the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo at Grange Park Opera and Statira Vivaldi L'Incoronazione di Dario for Garsington Opera. More information: renatapokupic.com
  • Roopa Purushothaman
    2010
    Managing Director and Head of Research Everstone Capital Advisors
    India
    Roopa Purushothaman heads the research effort of Everstone Capital Advisors. In her role, she covers macro and thematic issues on demographics, income and consumption patterns. The group's last research paper (The Next Urban Frontier: Twenty Cities to Watch), in partnership with the National Council of Applied Economic Research, analyzed spending, savings and demographic patterns in twenty of India's most dynamic urban centers. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory committee for JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission). Previously, Roopa was a Vice President and Global Economist at Goldman Sachs. While at GS, Roopa co-authored the report: Dreaming with BRICs: The Path to 2050, along with other published papers on topics such as long-term growth in India, global trade, migration, women's employment and global aging and consumption patterns. Roopa holds a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics and International Studies from Yale University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
  • Laetitia Puyfaucher
    2015
    CEO Pelham Media
    France
    Laetitia Puyfaucher founded Pelham Media Ltd, an editorial communication group, in 2000. Today one of the leaders of the field, it gathers three agencies, WordAppeal, L’Éclaireur and KCO. Laetitia was awarded the 1999 Nico Cochelster Prize by The Economist and the Financial Times, the Trajectoires HEC au Féminin 2011 Prize. In 2013, she was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, before being named a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2015. A HEC Paris, LSE, Sciences Po Paris and Sorbonne graduate, Laetitia co-wrote “Le média humain”, a book about the dangers and opportunities of social media for corporations. She takes part in the Montaigne Institute’s research. Laetitia is also a member of the board of Compagnie Lebon.
  • Shu-Wei QIU
    2008
    Professeur of singing Shanghai Conservatory of Music
    China
    Soprano Shu Wei is a concertist and professor of singing at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Born in China, she studied music in China and then registered at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, obtaining the Superior Diploma of singing concertist. She returned to China in 2002 to become a Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She specializes in French composers, including Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc and Satie, and regularly participates in the East Radio broadcast of French melodies. She worked on a CD dedicated to ancient Chinese melodies and various recitals in the U.S and China.
  • Nina Rawal
    2012
    Head of Life Science Industrifonden (Swedish Industrial Development Fund)
    Sweden
    Dr. Nina Rawal heads the Life Science investment team at Industrifonden, a 500 million USD venture capital fund, and serves on the boards of several life science companies. Previously, she held the position of Vice President, Strategy and Ventures at Gambro. Prior experience also includes The Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Hôpital la Salpêtrière in Paris.
  • Audra Renyi
    2016
    Executive Director World Wide Hearing
    Canada
    Audra Renyi is the Executive Director of World Wide Hearing. Audra has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and as an administrator with Doctors Without Borders in Chad. She has served as the CFO of One Acre Fund in Rwanda and volunteered in microfinance in Kenya. She holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School, and has completed a six month Executive Leadership program at Harvard Business School. Audra speaks five languages fluently. Born in 1981 in Argentina, in a small town near to Buenos Aires, Romina’s passion for Art started at a young age but it was not until she was 28, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to dedicate her life to this. She studied Photography, Fashion Photography, Art Direction and Scenery in different places including The Teatro Colon. She has exhibited her work in major cities like New York, Milan, UK, Paris, Zurich, Shanghai & Buenos Aires, among many others. She has been awarded the Prix de la Photographie Paris, International and received other photography Awards such as Lens Culture, See me Exposure Awards, Photo Annual Awards, among many others.
  • Romina Ressia
    2016
    Artist
    Argentina
    Born in 1981 in Argentina, in a small town near to Buenos Aires, Romina’s passion for Art started at a young age but it was not until she was 28, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to dedicate her life to this. She studied Photography, Fashion Photography, Art Direction and Scenery in different places including The Teatro Colon. She has exhibited her work in major cities like New York, Milan, UK, Paris, Zurich, Shanghai & Buenos Aires, among many others. She has been awarded the Prix de la Photographie Paris, International and received other photography Awards such as Lens Culture, See me Exposure Awards, Photo Annual Awards, among many others.
  • Luisa Ribeiro
    2013
    CEO Gema Ventures
    Brazil
    Luisa has a Bachelor's of Engineering from PUC-Rio in Brazil and started her career in Accenture in 2003, where she worked as a consultant for nearly five years. Among other projects, she led a government initiative to train over 120 thousand people in Brazil in a period of 2 years with a budget of USD 100 million. In 2007 she moved to Singapore to pursue an MBA at INSEAD and finished in Fontainebleau, France. Luisa had the opportunity to work with equity research at Cantillon Capital Management, a hedge fund in London with USD 10 billion of assets under management at the time. In 2009 she joined the OECD in Paris. In over two years she acted as an internal advisor, launched the Innovation Lab, and coordinated a public policy platform for innovation in Latin American, interacting with the respective ministries of Science and Technology of each region. Luisa returned to Brazil in August 2011 with a strong will to become an entrepreneur. She started an online marketplace for house services and founded Papaya Ventures - to transform interaction and transfer of knowledge between startups, business specialists and investors. In 2014 she launched Gema Ventures in São Paulo, a new concept in startup acceleration. She was nominated in 2013 Young Global Leader, by the World Economic Forum as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society.
  • Morgwn Rimel
    2010
    Director The School of Life
    UK
    As Director of The School of Life, Morgwn Rimel is responsible for its strategic direction, overall management and performance. Since taking on the role, she has worked to make TSOL more profitable and accessible by developing new programmes, websites, social media and video content; forming innovative corporate partnerships with groups like Nokia and American Express; launching a dedicated business services stream; and leading TSOL’s expansion into publishing. Morgwn has lived and worked all over the world and been the driving force behind an array of projects for Imagination Entertainment, the Screen Producers Association of Australia and Tropfest, amongst others. She has a First Class Honors degree in Cultural Studies from McGill University in Montreal.
  • Jessica RIMINGTON
    2008
    Managing Director; The Rules / Founder; High-Touch Strategy / Visiting Scholar; Stanford University The Rules / High-Touch Strategy / Stanford University
    USA
    Jess Rimington is an activist working to eradicate inequity that dehumanizes. She works in leadership and support roles in pursuit of more just economic and political systems. She is currently Managing Director at /The Rules (www.therules.org). Jess is also a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Global Projects Center researching the intersection of innovation, design, and decolonization. She and her co-author Joanna Cea are leading an interdisciplinary research initiative exploring methodologies that lead to groundbreaking innovation that outperforms the dominant social paradigm, in that they present solutions that work for all, rather then remain trapped in the current status quo of institutionalized inequity. Jess founded and led the non-profit One World Youth Project from 2004 to 2012, a non-profit which links schools around the world to build mutual respect and understanding among students. After OWYP, Jess has worked as a strategist and consulting entrepreneur for a number of social change oriented clients including the founding team of Delivery Associates led by renowned expert and inventor of ‘deliverology’ Sir Michael Barber; 350.org; and Sandbox. www.jessrimington.org
  • Maria RIVAS
    2008
    Cargill Central America Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
    Nicaragua
    Maria manages CSR for Cargill businesses in Central America and promotes and manages the implementation of shared value programs within and across businesses. Prior to working at Cargill, Maria was the Latin America Regional Coordinator at the UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP, she was the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Latin American ST-EP and MDG-F Regional Coordinator, managing sustainable tourism projects that seek to contribute to the elimination of poverty. Prior to her post with the UNWTO, Maria was Minister of Tourism of Nicaragua. As Minister, she was in charge developing and expanding tourism in Nicaragua. Under her leadership, tourism became the top revenue generator for the country. Previously, Ms. Rivas was Associate Director of PRONicaragua, Nicaragua’s investment promotion agency. Before joining PRONicaragua, Ms. Rivas served as Senior Strategic Media Planner at multi-national advertising agency McCann-Erickson in New York City and Buenos Aires. Mrs. Rivas holds a BA in Communications from Queens College and a MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). Maria is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a HBS Service Leadership Fellow, an Aspen Institute Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow and a Rising Talent of the Women’s Forum on the Economy and Society.
  • Gabriela Rocha
    2017 Mexico
    Partner & Mexico Executive Director Laboratoria
    Brazil
    Gabriela is Partner & Mexico Executive Director of Laboratoria. Before starting Laboratoria, she worked as a public policy consultant in Mexico City, as project coordinator for different development projects in the slums of Rio de Janeiro with the IDB and in the Andes mountains of Peru. She is driven by a strong conviction that social enterprises have the potential to impact millions of lives and contribute with an economy that supports greater equality in opportunity.
  • Francesca Alessandra Romita Iturbe
    2017 Mexico
    Head of the Gender Unit Ministry of Tourism in Mexico
    Mexico
    Francesca was advisor in political affairs at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in NY. She focused on Corporate Sustainability issues working on gender issues and women empowerment. She is currently Head of the Gender Unit at the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico, responsible for the strategy to incorporate gender perspective, prevent human trafficking and child labor in the Tourism sector; women empowerment and the protection of children’s rights. In 2014, she was selected as Leader of the Year in the category of Social Responsibility by Grupo Mundo Ejecutivo.
  • Rica RWIGAMBA
    2009
    Owner and CEO ServEjo
    Rwanda
    A specialist in policy, in tourism development and in conservation, Rica has an extensive experience both in the Government and the Private sector. Rica co-owned and managed a specialized travel and event management firm and acquired advisory knowledge working as business advisor at The Rwanda National SME Support Center. She serves on the Board of the growing National Carrier and also on the Board of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. A true East African because of her travel experience since early times, she believes in a great future for this region and remains active in promoting regional integration. Her recent achievement was the launch of the East Africa Tourist Visa - a single tourist visa to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda which begun in January 2014. She also received her MBA at the Oklahoma Christian University in 2016. Rica is a firm believer in mentorship as a tool to help the younger generation grow and succeed. She is presently Owner and CEO of ServEjo, a management consulting firm specializing in providing strategic leadership, marketing services to Start-Ups and SMEs active in the Services Sector.
  • Pardis SABETI
    2007
    Professor in the Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Harvard University
    USA
    Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and is a Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Sabeti is a computational geneticist with expertise studying genetic diversity, developing algorithms to detect genetic signatures of natural selection, and carrying out genetic association studies in humans and microbial threats, such as Ebola virus, Lassa virus, and Zika virus. She completed her undergraduate degree at MIT and her M.Sc. and D.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, before returning to earn her M.D. from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. Dr. Sabeti is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and was the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Natural Science and the National Academy of Science Lounsbery Award. She was named one of TIME Magazines Persons of the Year and 100 Most Influential, and is the lead singer and co-songwriter of the alternative rock band Thousand Days.
  • Lorena Saravia
    2016 Mexico
    Designer and CEO Lorena Saravia
    Mexico
    Mexico City born, Lorena Saravia is considered one of the best Mexican designers worldwide. Not only is her style constant, but also her collections are highly acclaimed and documented by the press. Lorena obtained her fashion degree at the Universidad de Diseño y Moda Felicidad Duce in Barcelona, Spain. Before creating her own firm, she worked and collaborated with important fashion brands such as: Bread and Butter Barcelona, Gstar – Raw and famous Mexican designer Macario Jiménez. Lorena has won several awards including Vogues Who’s on Next Mexico. She opened the brand's first flagship store in 2014 on Masaryk, - Mexico City most luxurious avenue. The brand is designed for the contemporary woman, giving her the flexibility needed for her everyday lifestyle. Relaxed silhouettes and timeless elegance reflect the label’s trademark style.
  • Katharina Schmitt
    2017
    General Manager Ampush
    Brazil
    Katharina is General Manager of Ampush’s West Coast operations. Ampush enables disruptive growth on digital channels. It applies machine learning to process large amounts of data and develop predictive analytics for customer acquisition. Prior to Ampush Katharina spent 6 years at McKinsey focusing on strategy and scaling businesses across a variety of industries including tech, healthcare, and education. She has rich experience in developing business models, acquisition channels, and revenue streams. Her business strategy experience spans 5 different continents.
  • Nicole Seah
    2012
    Politician
    Singapore
    Nicole Rebecca Seah Xue Ling, born 17 October 1986 was a Singaporean politician and National Solidarity Party (NSP) candidate for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (Marine Parade GRC) in the 2011 Singaporean general election. At 24, she was the youngest female candidate standing in the election and immediately became a target of media attention, which became increasingly pronounced as her speeches began to go viral on YouTube. During the election, she was described as the second most popular politician online, after Lee Kuan Yew. On 25 August 2014, Seah resigned from the NSP, stating that "For myself, this is not a complete departure from politics." Seah has always been involved in community activities and volunteering since secondary school. Her interest in politics was sparked by a meeting with a destitute woman, who – despite having a roof over her head – had no money for food, and was completely dependent on handouts from charity. While in NUS, she was the managing editor of an online publication called the Campus Observer. Before the 2011 general election, Seah had been involved with the Reform Party since 2009, but left in early February 2011 along with many other party members. She was invited to join the NSP by Goh Meng Seng, then the NSP's secretary-general.
  • Karla Segovia
    2015
    Trade, Investment and Gender Specialist USAID SME Development Program, Chemonics International
    El Salvador
    Karla Segovia is Salvadoran but also lived in India, Chile and the US while working and studying. She holds a postgraduate degree in Public Policy, an MBA, and a B.A. in Business and Economics and has accumulated 10 years of experience in the field of development - having worked previously with the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Karla currently works for Chemonics International in the implementation of SME development program in El Salvador, promoting alliances with the private sector to strengthen Salvadoran small and medium enterprises. She leads the gender and inclusion component for the Program. She was selected a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2012 before becoming a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2015 and she has since 2014, served on the editorial board of a large local newspaper (El Diario de Hoy).
  • Olga Segura
    2017 Mexico
    Founder Decididas
    Mexico
    Olga is Mexican film producer based in L.A. She has produced 8 feature films. Her most recent project is The Dinner, a film based on the novel by the same title written by Herman Koch starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall. Olga was also certified as an advocate to end violence against women and children on behalf of the organization Peace Over Violence & the Assembly of the State of California. Her new project is called “Decididas” a docu-series focused on creating awareness on the decisions we make as women.
  • Hannah Seligson
    2010
    Author & Journalist
    USA
    Hannah Seligson is a journalist and author. Her most recent book, A Little Bit Married: How to Know When it’s Time to Walk Down the Aisle or out the Door, spotlights a major trend in dating today: the long-term unmarried relationship. CBS recently optioned the film rights. Hannah's reporting has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Her first book, New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches, a career has been called “a must-read for every woman entering the work world” by the Houston Business Journal. The book has been published throughout Europe and Asia. St. Martin's Press will publish her third book about Gen. Y in 2012.
  • Leslie Serrero
    2014
    Senior Vice President, Global Operational Marketing & E-retail Christian Dior Couture
    France
    Leslie Serrero is currently VP of Operational Marketing at Christian Dior, where she oversees retail marketing, CRM, digital, call center, and media globally. Previously, Leslie was Executive VP of Strategic Marketing at Lacoste, where she was responsible for repositioning the brand globally. Prior to Lacoste, Leslie was Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group, in NYC, Sydney, then Paris, specialized in growth strategies in the fashion/retail industries. She started her career at General Electric. In 2013, Leslie was nominated “Young Leader” by the French American Foundation, and “Rising Talent” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Leslie graduated from an MBA at Harvard Business School in 2003, and ESSEC in 1997.
  • Sema SGAIER
    2008
    Co-Founder & Executive Director, Surgo Foundation; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Public Health Surgo Foundation / Harvard University
    USA
    Sema K. Sgaier is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Surgo Foundation, a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she has been leading the implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation of large-scale public health programs. Sema is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health, Schools of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Washington. Sema currently manages HIV prevention portfolios across Africa and leads the foundation’s Male Circumcision Initiative. Previously, Sema was a core member of the Avahan team, the foundation’s large-scale HIV prevention initiative in India, where she managed the program in the states of Karnataka, Manipur and Nagaland. Prior to the foundation, she was a fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Centre for Global Health Research. She has led several large-scale research and evaluation projects and has worked with governments in India and Africa on public health policy development. She has developed new genetic and epidemiological tools, has published extensively in high impact journals and is currently an Editor with eLife. She received her PhD in Molecular Genetics from New York University, her M.A in Neuroscience from Brown University and a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bogazici University (Istanbul,Turkey). Trained in photojournalism at the International Center for Photography in New York, Sema’s photo work has been published widely and can be viewed at semasgaier.com. She is a native of Libya and Turkey and currently lives in the US.
  • Elif SHAFAK
    2009
    Writer
    UK
    Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 13 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. An advocate for women's rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres. She tweets at @Elif_Safak, her website is www.elifshafak.com Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Defying clichés and transcending boundarie,s her work draws on different cultures and cities, and reflects a strong interest in history, philosophy, culture, mysticism, Sufism and gender equality.
  • Amani Shajrah
    2016 Dubai
    Head of Studies and Research Department, Women Information Centre Supreme Council for Women
    Bahrain
    Amani Shajrah is the Head of Studies and Research Department at the Supreme Council for Women, and Management and Marketing lecturer at the College of Business Administration at the University of Bahrain. Amani holds a Master’s degree in Total Quality and Performance Management with distinction from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and a BA in Multimedia Computing with first class honours from the United Kingdom. She has worked as a head of Quality Assurance and Excellence at University of Bahrain, an Excellence Consultant at the Bahrain Centre for Excellence, as well as the Prime Minister’s Court and was a Lecturer/Consultant at the United Nations for Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). There she introduced and developed a new course in Total Quality Management for the Enterprise Development Program, trained more than 200 entrepreneurs and provided consultation and assistance to struggling entrepreneurs. She has participated in various national, governmental and United Nations projects and participated as a speaker in national and international conferences. She has conducted a number of research studies and surveys, and has participated in preparing national and international reports. She has published a number of papers in difference fields and a book titles “Building Competitive Public Sector with Knowledge Management Strategy.” She has also received a number of awards for her academic excellence, professional outstanding performance and for her effort in community services.
  • Thea SHARROCK
    2007
    Freelance theatre director -
    UK
    Thea Sharrock is a freelance theatre director and is currently in residence at the National Theatre in London. Thea won the James Menzies-Kitchen Award for young directors with her very first directorial credit. In 2000, at the age of 24, Thea was made the Artistic Director of the Southwark Playhouse making her the youngest artistic director in the country. In 2007 she directed the revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus staring Daniel Radcliffe. Thea is a patron of The Mousetrap Foundation, a charity that ensures that young people can attend high quality productions at top West End theatres in London at minimal cost.
  • Tara Shirvani
    2017
    Infrastructure Specialist World Bank
    Austria
    Tara works for the Transport Unit of the World Bank with a focus on climate-resilient infrastructure policies. In 2012 she was recognized as “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum and in 2016 she was featured on the front cover of Forbes Magazine as one of the annual ‘Forbes 30 under 30 Award’. She has several featured articles in The Economist, Times of London, Foreign Affairs and Harvard International Review on topics ranging from climate change to Middle East politics. Her public speaking engagements include keynotes at Durham University, University of Oxford and Harvard Business School.
  • Hind Siddiqi
    2016 Dubai
    VP of Marketing Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
    UAE
    Hind Abdul Hamied Seddiqi is the current Chief Marketing Officer of Seddiqi Holding and renowned role model for Emirati women in the workforce. She broke down traditions as the first female family member to join the corporate office of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. Hind attained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications at the American University of Sharjah, working part-time at a Public Relations agency to gain practical experience. Among Hind’s key successes and accomplishments through her tenure at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons was the establishment of the Marketing and Communications Department, helping establish the company’s identity in the local, regional and international markets. Under her leadership, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons has strengthened its position as a leading global curator of time. Hind is the daughter of the Vice Chairman of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Abdul Hamied Seddiqi and a third generation member of the Seddiqi family. She is also a member of the Seddiqi Holding Executive Committee, the Dubai Watch Week Committee, and Co-Chairman of BUNYAN, the Capacity-building Hub.
  • Karima SILVENT-MADI
    2008
    Global HR Director, Transformation Support & Business Partnering; Digital HR Project Leader AXA Group
    France
    Born in the Comoros Islands, Karima was granted French nationality in 1981. She graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in 1995 and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1997. She entered the French Ministry of Employment and Health in 1997 as Head of the National Fund for Employment, working on employment reforms as well as helping private companies implement social/HR policies. In 2002, she joined the French state owned Health Service (Hôpitaux de Paris - 90 000 employees) as Deputy HR Director, to pilot innovative reorganization programs. In 2007, she moved to Korian (15 000 employees, 3 countries: France, Italy, Germany) a private health group (clinics, retirement homes), first as Group Human Resources Director and then COO for the French Business Line. In April 2012, she joined AXA Group as Global HR Director – Support & Operational Functions. Since sept 2013, she has also held the position of Digital HR project leader.
  • Anisha Singh
    2016
    founder and CEO mydala.com
    India
    Anisha Singh is the Founder and CEO of mydala.com. The company started under her leadership in 2009 and since then mydala has grown to become India’s largest local services marketing platform. mydala has worked with more than 130,000 merchants and has 30 million registered users across 209 cities and 85% of our traffic comes from mobile channels. Anisha began her career with the Clinton administration in Capitol Hill, helping women entrepreneurs raise funding. At Centra Software in Boston, she facilitated the setting up of e-learning ecosystems for Fortune 500 companies. After returning to India, she launched Kinis Software, which provides digital solutions for real estate companies in the US. Anisha is a prominent figure in the e-retail and e-commerce space and has spoken at various high profile events like SURGE 2016, the MIT India Conference, Start-up India, WIRED Retail (London), TEDx IIM Indore, Business Today – Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, TechCrunch – Bangalore and GMIC – Beijing. She recently won the e-INC / eTales Awards for e-Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. Anisha holds a Master’s degree in Political Communications and an MBA in Information Systems from the American University, Washington DC.
  • Melissa SMITH
    2007
    Managing Director and Group Head, Northeast Corporate Client Banking JPMorgan
    UK
    Melissa is currently based in New York City and is Managing Director and Group Head of Northeast Corporate Client Banking at JPMorgan. She was previously in London in 2014, as Head of the European Investment Grade Debt Capital Markets business for JPMorgan. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director in JPMorgan’s Debt Capital Markets business again in NYC, responsible for the Healthcare, Retail, and Chemicals sectors. From 2001 to 2003, Melissa was a mentor on the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, a JPMorgan initiative which links JPMorgan employees as mentors with young adults. In 2002, she joined the Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in New York. CASA provides volunteer court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care. Melissa was named as one of twenty-three “Top Gun Bankers” by Brendan Wood International in 2006. She joined the Board of American Ballet Theatre in 2009 and was accepted to the Term Membership program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Hapsatou Sy
    2010
    Founder Hapsatou Sy
    France
    Born in 1981 in Sèvres, Hapsatou Sy is a Senegal-Mauritania French businesswoman. She comes from a family of seven brothers and sisters. Hapsatou Sy started working at 12 years old, helping seniors while continuing her studies. She earned a Bachelor's degree in professional secretariat before changing direction to pursue a trade BTS. She set up her own business, Ethnicia, in 2004, “an overall and custom beauty salons concept”. She renamed the company in 2012 with her own name. She is part of the anchors team of “Le Grand 8” on D8 French TV channel. In 2007, Hapsatou Sy received the 2nd prize for commercial innovation, at a competition organized by Unibail Rodamco. Subsequently, she also earned numerous nominations and awards: a Women’s Forum Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010, the Trofémina prize in business category in 2011, and was also selected in 2011 to represent the French entrepreneurs to the G20.
  • Philippine T'Serclaes (de)
    2016
    ‎Head of Thought Leadership & Strategic Partnerships / Advisor to Chairman & CEO ‎Schneider Electric
    France
    Dr. Philippine de T’Serclaes has worked in the energy and finance sector for 15 years. She runs Strategic Partnerships & Thought Leadership globally for Schneider Electric and is Sherpa to the Chairman and CEO. Schneider Electric is the world specialist in energy management and automation technologies. Prior to joining SE, Philippine was Executive Director at Aequero in Hong Kong—a financial advisory firm in energy and infrastructure. At the International Energy Agency (IEA), Philippine was Lead Expert and Senior Advisor to OECD governments on finance challenges and solutions for energy efficient and clean technologies deployment. Philippine was an expert reviewer for the IPCCC 2007, and an expert to the Solutions Summit organized by Vice-President Al Gore in 2008. Her prior work experience includes Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) at Rothschild and fixed income sales at J.P. Morgan. Philippine holds a Ph.D in Economics from La Sorbonne University, an MSc in Law and Finance from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science from McGill University. She serves on the Board of the World Energy Council. In 2017 she won the Young Global Energy Leader of the Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).
  • Karen Tay
    2017
    Smart Nation Director (North America) Prime Minister’s Office Singapore
    Singapore
    Karen is Singapore’s Smart Nation Director. She represents Singapore’s voice in smart cities on the global stage and leads the country’s efforts in building strategic relationships with industry, Governments and thought leaders in the smart cities space. Prior to this role, she was a policymaker and political speechwriter in the Education, Finance, Social and Technology sectors in Singapore. She is passionate about deploying technology for public good and writes at www.techandpublicgood.com.
  • Isabel Todenhoefer
    2015
    Head of M&A Lufthansa
    Germany
    Education: 1995 - 1997 FH Reutlingen, ESB, BS, Business Administration Reutlingen, Germany 1997 - 1999 ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, BS, Business Administration Madrid, Spain 2005 INSEAD, MBA Program, December 2005, Fontainebleau, France Professional Experience: 2000 - 2004 Natexis Bleichroeder, Inc., Associate Invesment Banking New York, USA 2006 - 2011 Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Manager then Director Mergers & Acquisition Frankfurt, Germany 2011 – Current Deutsche Lufthansa AG VP Head of Mergers & Acquisition, Member of the Lufthansa Group Finance Committee and Managing Director (Geschäftsführerin) of ÖLB, Holding Company of Austrian Airlines Since 2012 Member of the Network Generation CEO
  • Jessy Tolkan
    2011
    Executive Director, Here Now Purpose PBC
    USA
    Jessy Tolkan currently serves as the Director, Here Now of Purpose, a creative agency and a social movement incubator. Driven by people, enabled by technology: Purpose builds movements and new power models to tackle the world's biggest problems. She was previously Global Director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development. She was focused on creating markets shifts in the auto-industry with an eye towards ensuring a more sustainable planet, while also having spent the last decade as an activist and movement leader working to build progressive change in the United States. With an expertise in helping nonprofit and advocacy organizations scale their efforts, budgets, and staff talent, Jessy has consulted with some of the leading social change organizations in the United States including: The Working Families Organization, New Organizing Institute, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, GetEqual, HeadCount, 1sky, 350.org, Groundswell, and Wellstone Action.
  • Mariana Tolovi
    2013
    Chief Market Officer Grupo Fleury
    Brazil
    Mariana held managerial positions in sales, marketing and business strategy for companies including: Siemens, Sun Microsystems and Philips. She is currently co-founder of Museu da Imaginação - Children Museum in Brazil, alongside being Chief Marketing Officer at Grupo Fleury. She was previously working for Johnson & Johnson since 2006 as a Regional Business Director. She holds an Engineering degree from Escola Mackenzie and a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She volunteered in Padre Mariano Orphanage and Natal para todos (Brazil), Habitat for Humanity (USA). She supports educational initiatives in minimally invasive procedures with Medical Societies partnerships in Latin America, providing annual training to over 3,000 professionals. She is the sponsor for LA operation smiles with a target to benefit 500 smiles in 2013.
  • Florence Tondu-Mélique
    2016
    Chief Executive Officer ‎‎Zurich France
    France
    Florence is Chief Executive Officer of Zurich France. She starts her career at McKinsey & Company before joining AXA then Hiscox in various executive leadership and non-executive directorship capacities. Florence holds a MSc from HEC and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She was named '2016 Global Rising Talent by the Women's Forum' and ‘2015 woman leader of the year in insurance’.
  • Sherice Torres
    2008
    Marketing Director, Brand Studio Google
    USA
    An inspirational leader with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, brand management, strategic planning and executive coaching, Torres currently serves as Marketing Director at Google, focused on empowering families to make the most of their digital journey together. Previously, Torres served as Director of Marketing for Google Commerce. In this role, she lead marketing efforts for Google Wallet and Google Express. Prior to joining Google, Sherice served as Sr. Vice President of Nickelodeon Digital Publishing. In this role, Torres managed both the digital and physical entertainment portfolio for Nickelodeon, including DVD, digital video (DTO/EST, streaming and subscription-based), paid apps as well as videogame and electronic learning aids. Key partners included Paramount Home Entertainment, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon, Netflix, Leapfrog, V-Tech and Activision. Prior to this role,Torres was Senior Vice President of Global Home Entertainment and Adult-Brand Licensing. Key markets included the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Australia and the Benelux. She also drove the adult-targeted licensing efforts across MTV Networks including Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, CMT and Logo. Sherice has served as Senior Vice President, Hard Goods as well as Vice President of Nickelodeon Home, Gift and Packaged Goods. Torres joined Nickelodeon in 2000 as Director of Licensing for Interactive, Home Entertainment and Consumer Electronics. Before joining the network, she was a consultant with Deloitte & Touche, specializing in strategic planning, change management and organizational design. Sherice graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Among her many honors, Sherice was chosen as one of Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2009) and Top 100 Black Executives (2009). Torres also serves as BadAssMama-in-Chief of BadAssMama Enterprises, Inc. – a lifestyle management brand for working mothers. She is a regular contributor to WorkingMother.com, Felicity Huffman’s WhatTheFlicka.com, a syndicated contributor on BlogHer.com and founder her own blog, The BadAssMama Chronicles.
  • Estelle Touzet
    2017
    Wine Director Hôtel Ritz Paris
    France
    Estelle is Wine Director at Hôtel Ritz Paris, an independent Palace, five star Hotel, ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world and is a member of «The Leading Hotels of the World. In 2011, she was appointed the first worldwide female Head Sommelier in a Palace, 3 star Michelin restaurant: Hotel Le Meurice, Paris. Until now, she is still the only woman in charge in this position in the world. She was named Sommelier of the Year by Magazine Le Chef (2012), Chevalier de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres : French State (2011).
  • Ana Luiza Trajano
    2014
    Owner and Kitchen Chef Brasil A Gosto
    Brazil
    Chef Ana Luiza Trajano’s connection with Brazilian cuisine and ingredients come from her childhood, in the country side of the state of São Paulo. Even after graduating from FAAP Management School, the chef went to Italy, where she attended renowned culinary institutions, in Milan, Piemonte, and Florence. Today, with a well established career and an internationally renowned restaurant, the chef intends to carry on her research and launch new projects in order to deepen her knowledge even further and help disseminate Brazilian culture, at the same time that she strengthens the country’s products and producers.
  • Araxi URRUTIA
    2008
    Senior Lecturer University of Bath
    UK
    Born in the UK, Araxi grew up in Mexico and obtained her first degree at the National University of Mexico. She was awarded a PhD at the University of Bath. In 2004; her results in human genomics, published in top scientific journals, earned her the L’Oreal-Royal Institution Science Graduate of the Year 2003 Award. She then accepted a postdoctoral position in Arizona. She secured two prestigious fellowships. Now, based in Bath, Araxi has received two further national awards, named one of UK’s most inspiring women.
  • Leila Velez
    2011
    CEO & Co-Founder Instituto Beleza Natural
    Brazil
    Leila Velez is cofounder and CEO of Beleza Natural, a Brazilian beauty chain of hair salons, specialized in curly hair, with more than 2,000 employees, 20 units and 100,000 monthly clients. She graduated in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from ESPM and completed an Executive MBA Coppead-RJ. She took the course "Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America", by Columbia Business School and "Building Ventures in Latin America", by Harvard. She has lectured on entrepreneurship and base of the piramyd consumers at Brazil, United States, Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In 2014, she was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, following her election as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2012.
  • Margaret VERSTEDEN
    2009
    Director Marketing and Platform Innovation bol.com
    The Netherlands
    Margaret Versteden has been appointed as the new Director of Marketing and Platform Innovation of bol.com in May 2015. Previously, she was a partner at Bain & Company Netherlands and General Manager (GM) of North Central Europe for Nike, responsible for the Nike business in Poland, Hungary, Czech & Slovakia, Slovenia & Croatia. Previously, Ms. Versteden was the GM of Nike Netherlands and prior to this the GM for Nike's eCommerce Business operating in 19 countries. Prior to Nike, Ms. Versteden spent eight years with The Boston Consulting Group, in Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and lastly Amsterdam. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Business Systems from Monash University, Australia. She is married and has two young daughters.
  • Lea Von Bidder
    2017
    CEO Ava Science, Inc. Ava
    Switzerland
    Lea is the co-founder and CEO of Ava Science, Inc., creator of the first fertility tracking sensor bracelet. At Ava, she has helped raise more than $12M in VC funding and expand product sales through the US and Europe since launching in 2016. Under her leadership, Ava has garnered overwhelming customer reviews and generated buzz among top-tier media outlets, including USA Today, the Today Show and the BBC. She’s spoken at industry conferences including CES and has written several articles on issues related to female entrepreneurs and innovations in digital health for women.
  • Susanne Von der Becke
    2015
    Co-Founder and CEO VDB Group
    Germany
    Susanne is Co-Founder and CEO of VDB Group. Her focus is to provide insights on global financial issues and to promote responsible leadership, based on scientific research and the practice of conscious awareness. She is a published author and has been invited as an expert speaker on financial crises and high frequency trading. Susanne holds a PhD in Science from ETH Zurich and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She is also an alumna of Harvard Business School. Susanne draws on over 10 years of professional experience in the finance industry. Before founding VDB Group, she was a Director at Lehman Brothers in London and later a Vice President at LGT Capital Partners.
  • Alexandra von Wobeser
    2015
    International Associate Von Wobeser y Sierra
    USA
    Alexandra is a Mexican and US-trained international attorney who focuses her practice on international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She has participated in the representation of parties in international disputes involving bilateral investment treaties, oil and mining ventures, and sovereign debt, among other subjects. She has also participated in international human rights disputes before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights and in pro bono matters involving sexual trafficking, sexual freedom, and freedom of expression. After working at the N.Y. based law firm Debevoise and Plimpton LLP she recently joined the Mexico City firm Von Wobeser y Sierra. Alexandra was recently named one of the "31 mujeres que amamos" / "31 women we love" by Quién magazine: http://www.quien.com/circulos/2017/03/06/alexa-von-wobeser
  • Shaa WASMUND
    2009
    Online Educator Shaa.com
    UK
    Shaa is an entrepreneur, public speaker and the author of #1 bestselling books ‘Stop Talking, Start Doing’ and ‘Do Less, Get More’. In 2015 I was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Business and Entrepreneurship’ and was recently named one of the UK’s Top 20 Influential Entrepreneurs by The Sunday Times. Born in the US and raised in the UK, she studied at the London School of Economics before becoming the only female boxing promoter in the UK, representing World Champion Chris Eubank and working with the infamous Don King before starting her own PR company helping grow the Dyson brand from around Sir James Dyson’s kitchen table. She was part of the founding team at Deckchair.com with Sir Bob Geldof and started one of the first social networks, MyKindaPlace, eventually selling it to BSkyB. Next she headed up investment fund Bright Station Ventures before starting the award-winning Smarta.com, UK’s #1 website for small businesses. At Smarta they helped more than 12 million people into business and grew an active online community of over 500,000 small businesses.
  • Ge Fei Xu
    2013
    General Manager Hachette Phoenix
    China
    Born in Manchuria in 1979 to a modest family, Fei taught herself English and French and left her home town to discover the world at the age of nineteen. In 2003, she arrived in Paris to work for an internet marketing company, where she was appointed General Manager for China in 2005. But she grew tired of international trade and in early 2008 decided to go back to her true vocation, cultural exchange between China and the West. She founded her own Franco-Chinese comic book publishing house in 2009. After her first successful publications, "Judge Bao" and "The Adventures of Yaya", in January 2012 she created the subsidiary for the audiovisual and cinematographic adaptations, Fei Productions. In 2010, French publisher, Editions XO published her first autobiography « Petite Fleur de Mandchourie » (in French).
  • Joy Jing Hui XU
    2008
    Global Head of HR, CHRO Sandoz, Novartis
    Germany
    Joy is currently Global Head of HR, CHRO at Sandoz, Novartis, a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, based in Munich, Germany. Previous to this position before 2015, she was SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Asia Pacific Region at PepsiCo based in Hong Kong. Prior to her move to Asia Pacific Region, Joy was Vice President, Talent Sustainability, Asia, Middle East & Africa sector based in Dubai, UAE. Joy was also beforehand, Senior Director & CPO, China Foods Region from June 2006 to August 2009 based in Shanghai, China. Before joining Pepciso, Joy already had 11 years of HR leadership experience in a variety of HR generalist and specialist roles at Procter & Gamble Headquarters, based in Guangzhou, China and Cincinnati, USA respectively. Joy was selected as a “Rising Talents” member during the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in 2008. She was recognized as Pride Of HR Profession by 2010 World HRD Congress. Joy is a graduate of South China University of Technology with a major in English Language and Linguistics (Scientific English) and a minor in Computer Science.
  • Ling YAN
    2008
    PR Manager Wheelchair Foundation
    China
    In her current role, Ling focuses on the development and implementation of public education and fundraising activities in China. Working closely with local nonprofit organizations and corporate sponsors, Ling manages sustainability projects and possesses unique insight into corporate social responsibility and CSR management. Ling brings to her role a broad working experience, including a role as a part-time radio program presenter and project manager of China Shanghai International Arts Festival. She has also worked for Shell and Fleishman-Hillard International Communications. Ling has an M.B.A. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai International Studies University.
  • Gao YANG
    2008
    Executive Director Junior Achievement China
    China
    Ms. Gao Yang is responsible for Junior Achievement (JA) China’s overall management and performance. She works with the Board of Directors to set direction, shape policy, raise funds and awareness, and achieve the goals set in the strategic plan. In 2007, JA China was selected as one of the six most innovative non-profit projects by CCTV. AMCHAM Shanghai gave JA China its “Exceptional Partner Award” for JA China’s success in facilitating corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to joining JA China, Ms. Gao Yang worked for GE, General Motors and China International Capital Corporation (CICC). Ms. Gao Yang holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a MS degree in International Finance from the Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China.
  • Helen Yuanyuan Cao
    2014
    Head of Marketing and Product Management EMEA BD Biosciences
    Switzerland
    Helen Yuanyuan Cao was born in China, grew up in Germany and has lived and worked in the US, Belgium and Switzerland. With a background in neuroscience, development economics and management, she has been highly successful in science, the public and private sector and was awarded Germany’s “40 under 40” and “Manager of the Year 2013”. She is currently an executive in the field of biotech and healthcare at BD Biosciences, where she leads product management and marketing of clinical diagnostic tests in the field of cancer and HIV and for instruments and tools for the study of the immune system. Helen has expertise in data driven businesses in the life sciences space and is a much thought-after advisor for startups. In addition, she has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Germany. With a passion for the written word, she is also a creative writer and has participated in exhibited art projects.
  • Mia ZHANG
    2008
    Chairman & CEO 8DDY.com
    China
    Currently Chairman and CEO of 8DDY.com, Mia was co-founder of Mingya Insurance Brokers, the leading life insurance broker in China. She was responsible for managing the company’s operation and led the company to be named among China’s top 10 Innovative Insurance Institutions of 2006. She previously was a senior McKinsey & Company consultant, providing strategy, organization and operation consulting to clients in multiple industries. Prior to McKinsey, Mia was team leader of IBM China Research Lab. Her team received IBM’s Technology Innovation Award. She graduated from Tsinghua University with a doctor of engineering degree in corporate information systems and applications.
  • Yi Zhou
    2012
    Founder Artist Filmmaker YI Zhou Studio / Moon Prism Digital Entertainment Arts Ltd / The Maker Magazine
    China
    In her free time she acts as advisor to Médecins Sans Frontières' Innovation Unit and serves on the boards of Stockholms Sjukhem, a charitable hospital, and Cirkus Cirkör, a contemporary circus company. Nina holds an MSc in Biomedicine from the Karolinska Institute.
  • Soraya Djermoun
    2016
    Group Communication Director Cevital
    Algeria
    Soraya Djermoun is Group Communication Director of Cevital, the first private group in Algeria and one of the biggest African and Arabic Multinationals. Prior to that, she was Consultant and Advisor to the Algerian Minister, and Communications Analyst at The French Institute of International Relations. She has actively contributed in organizing two international events for the Algerian Government on international cooperation and food security ( Dialogue des 5+5 and CIHEAM ). She is the author of best-seller books in Geo-Economics: Qatarisme, in 2013, and Emerging Multinationals are the 21st century game changers, in 2015 (L’Harmattan Editions). She has lived in 7 countries and speaks fluent French, German, English and Arabic. She holds a MBA in International Business, and a Master’s in Communications and Public Relations at ESG.
  • Constanza Ceruti
    2009
    Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research Catholic University of Salta
    Argentina
    Argentinean anthropologist and mountain climber Constanza Ceruti is an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society. She is an expert in the fields of high altitude archaeology and the anthropology of sacred mountains. After her graduation at University of Buenos Aires in 1996, she earned her Ph.D. at University of Cuyo in 2001. She is Scientific Investigator of the National Council for the Scientific Research (CONICET) in Argentina, a Professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta and the Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research at the same University. For decades she has been the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world.
  • Romina Ressia
    2016
    Artist
    Argentina
    Born in 1981 in Argentina, in a small town near to Buenos Aires, Romina’s passion for Art started at a young age but it was not until she was 28, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to dedicate her life to this. She studied Photography, Fashion Photography, Art Direction and Scenery in different places including The Teatro Colon. She has exhibited her work in major cities like New York, Milan, UK, Paris, Zurich, Shanghai & Buenos Aires, among many others. She has been awarded the Prix de la Photographie Paris, International and received other photography Awards such as Lens Culture, See me Exposure Awards, Photo Annual Awards, among many others.
  • Ceridwen Dovey
    2010
    Novelist and freelance writer
    Australia
    Ceridwen writes fiction and freelance non-fiction for various publications in Australia and overseas. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia. She has published a novel, Blood Kin, and a book of short stories, Only the Animals, and her short fiction, non-fiction and essays have been published by newyorker.com, n+1, The Monthly and Vogue (USA). She studied social anthropology at Harvard University as an undergraduate and at New York University as a postgraduate. Her new novel, In the Garden of the Fugitives, will be published in Australia (Penguin Random House) and the USA (Farrar, Straus & Giroux) in Spring 2018.
  • Jo KNIGHT
    2008
    Advocacy Coordinator TEAR Australia
    Australia
    Jo is presently the Advocacy Coordinator for TEAR, a movement of Christians in Australia responding to the needs of poor communities around the world. Jo has most recently been with Brotherhood of St Laurence as the Prgram Manager for the refugee community development and advocacy. Jo is also a lawyer and has worked with refugee communities and advocated with test cases at the cutting edge of migration law. Jo is familiar with the development sector having served as the founding board Chair of Oaktree for six years. Jo worships at Merri Creek Anglican, a new church plant in Melbourne’s inner-north led by her husband Peter Carolane. She was educated at Strathcona and later studied Arts and Law degrees at Monash University. Her interest in human rights and international law was fostered through an exchange program to Leiden University in the Netherlands (2000). Jo also participated in a development exposure course to India with Tear Australia. In 2002 she completed an Arts Honours thesis which explored poverty in India. A year later, Jo graduated with honours in both degrees. While a student, Jo began working at Erskine Rodan & Associates; a leading Immigration law firm. She completed Articles with this firm and worked there for 8 years. Jo was a founding member of the Oaktree Foundation (2003) and became President and Chair of the Board. The Oaktree Foundation is a movement of young Australians who desire to make the world a better place and alleviate poverty. In 2008 she was one of 20 women selected worldwide to participate in the Women’s Forum Rising Talents Program. Jo was a Section Chair in the Administrative Law and Human Rights Section at the Law Institute of Victoria. She and her husband are active members at St Hilary’s Church in Kew, and members of the Anglican Synod. At the Ecumenical Migration Centre, Jo directs a team of people who deliver social-inclusion services to refugees and migrants.
  • Tara Shirvani
    2017
    Infrastructure Specialist World Bank
    Austria
    Tara works for the Transport Unit of the World Bank with a focus on climate-resilient infrastructure policies. In 2012 she was recognized as “Global Shaper” by the World Economic Forum and in 2016 she was featured on the front cover of Forbes Magazine as one of the annual ‘Forbes 30 under 30 Award’. She has several featured articles in The Economist, Times of London, Foreign Affairs and Harvard International Review on topics ranging from climate change to Middle East politics. Her public speaking engagements include keynotes at Durham University, University of Oxford and Harvard Business School.
  • Amani Shajrah
    2016 Dubai
    Head of Studies and Research Department, Women Information Centre Supreme Council for Women
    Bahrain
    Amani Shajrah is the Head of Studies and Research Department at the Supreme Council for Women, and Management and Marketing lecturer at the College of Business Administration at the University of Bahrain. Amani holds a Master’s degree in Total Quality and Performance Management with distinction from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and a BA in Multimedia Computing with first class honours from the United Kingdom. She has worked as a head of Quality Assurance and Excellence at University of Bahrain, an Excellence Consultant at the Bahrain Centre for Excellence, as well as the Prime Minister’s Court and was a Lecturer/Consultant at the United Nations for Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). There she introduced and developed a new course in Total Quality Management for the Enterprise Development Program, trained more than 200 entrepreneurs and provided consultation and assistance to struggling entrepreneurs. She has participated in various national, governmental and United Nations projects and participated as a speaker in national and international conferences. She has conducted a number of research studies and surveys, and has participated in preparing national and international reports. She has published a number of papers in difference fields and a book titles “Building Competitive Public Sector with Knowledge Management Strategy.” She has also received a number of awards for her academic excellence, professional outstanding performance and for her effort in community services.
  • Vinciane Debaille
    2014
    FNRS Research Associate Université Libre de Bruxelles
    Belgium
    Vinciane Debaille is a geologist specialized in meteorite studies for understanding the formation and evolution of the solar system and terrestrial planets. She obtained her PhD in 2005 at the Université de Clermont-Ferrand (France), then worked for 2 years at the Lunar and Planetary Institute and NASA-Johnson Space Center in Houston (USA) as a postdoctoral fellow. She worked for 3 years at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) before getting a permanent research position in 2010. She participated in two field campaigns for collecting meteorites in Antarctica. She is currently the PI of an ERC Starting Grant and Co-PI of a project dedicated to the habitability in our solar system.
  • Aida BEGIĆ ZUBČEVIĆ
    2008
    Film Director
    Bosnia
    Aida was born in Sarajevo in 1976 and graduated in film direction at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts in 2000. Her graduation film, “First Death Experience”, was presented in the Cinefondation Official Selection at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival and won numerous awards at festivals worldwide. In 2003, she directed her second short film, “North Wend Mad”. Aida Begi teaches directing at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts and has directed numerous commercials, video spots and promotional films. In 2004, she founded an independent production company, MAMAFILM, together with her colleague Elma Tataragi. “Snow”, focusing on a war-destroyed Bosnian village, was their first feature film and won the 2008 Cannes Festival Critics Week Grand Prize.
  • Panmela Castro
    2013
    Graffiti Artist and President Nami Rede Feminista de Arte Urbana
    Brazil
    Panmela Castro is Founder and President of Rede Nami, a feminist urban arts network based in Brazil that empowers women through graffiti. As an activist artist, Castro uses graffiti as a vehicle for cultural transformation, seeking to promote human rights and strengthening the artistic, intellectual and professional skills of women living in Brazil’s favelas. She has also been invited to paint in cities across the globe, including Berlin, Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Toronto and Washington, DC. Castro has received numerous awards, including the Hutúz Prize for Graffiti Artist of the Decade and the Vital Voices Global Leadership Award for human rights. In 2012, she was nominated by Newsweek as one of 150 women that are “shaking the world”. Castro has worked with major organizations such as the OAS, German Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Brazilian Academy of Letters. She has a BFA from the School of Fine Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and is working on an MA at the State University of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Bel Coelho
    2011
    Chef
    Brazil
    Dedicated to the gastronomy market for 14 years, Bel Coelho began her career as an intern at Laurent Suadeau and Fasano before studying at the Culinary Institute of America in NY and Payard. Bel worked with Alex Atala at D.O.M and had her own buffet, ‘Ao Seu Bel Prazer’, in 2003 she worked as the chef of the restaurant Madelleine. Then she became head chef of Sabuji and was awarded as a ‘Chef Revelation’ by the jury of Veja São Paulo magazine for the Eat and Drink Guide – ‘O Melhor da Cidade’. For two years Bel lived abroad gaining more experience in England and Spain, working at the restaurant El Celler Can Roca, which had been awarded three Michelin stars and 2nd Best restaurant in the world by The Restaurant magazine. Coming back to Brazil, Bel was chef of the Buddha Bar in São Paulo and owned her own restaurant, Dui, until 2013.
  • Daniela De Fiori
    2014
    Vice-President Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Walmart
    Brazil
    Daniela de Fiori is Vice-President of Corporate Affairs and Sustainability in Walmart Brazil and Chairman of the Institute Walmart. Besides currently representing the company in a number of retail organizations, Daniela is a frequent speaker on issues related to sustainability, corporate social responsibility and public relations. Before joining retail, Daniela worked in companies such as Cargill in communications areas. Graduated in Economics at the University of São Paulo and in Journalism in Casper Líbero, Daniela has a postgraduate degree in strategic management and public relations from the University of São Paulo.
  • Daniela de Rogatis
    2013
    CEO Rogatis Family e Cia da Educacao
    Brazil
    Daniela Raquel de Rogatis founded and chaired for 15 years Companhia de Educação, and currently follows commanding the company's shares - now Rogatis Group. Educator, researcher and consultant in the field of Education and Family. Specializes in the United States in the management of Family Room, with a focus on preparing children and young people who need to take challenges of wealth in life (management of family businesses, large fortunes or inheritance, for example). Certified in Cultural Biology-Matriztica the Escuela de Santiago, Chile and various events of Project Zero and the Future of Learning at Harvard School of Educ., she is dedicated to consulting Brazilian families in education matters.
  • Daniela Nascimento Fainberg
    2011
    Founder and Managing Director DANIX
    Brazil
    Daniela Nascimento Fainberg is a senior philanthropy advisor for families and individuals. She represents the Global Philanthropy Circle of Synergos Institute in Brazil. She founded and directed Instituto Geração from 2006 until 2012, to foment privileged youth with their philanthropy and social engagement. From 2001 to 2004, she managed the Family Philanthropy Program at IDIS, advising families in structuring their social investments. From 1997 to 2000, she worked at the Kellogg Foundation for Latin America in São Paulo. She is on the board of Akatu Institute, and an Ambassador of Leadersquest. She is also a professor at Fundação Dom Cabral, a leading business school in Latin America. She holds a degree in Social Sciences from São Paulo University.
  • Ana Paula Ferreira Felizardo
    2008
    Founder and Executive Director Resposta
    Brazil
    A business graduate and longtime volunteer in a girls’ institution for victims of violence, Ana Paula Felizardo is founder and head of “Resposta – Social Responsibility put in Practice” - an organization launched in 2003 to promote children’s and youth rights, fighting sexual exploitation of children in tourism. She is an Ashoka and LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) Fellow and a 2005 Winner of the Claudia Prize for Social Work. She has also been profiled in the book “Women of Brazil” sponsored by Dow Quimica. She received the Social Responsibility in Tourism Award, an initiative of the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Alessandra França
    2013
    Founder and President Banco Perola Microcrédito
    Brazil
    Alessandra França, 28 years old, a graduate in Marketing with an MBA in Personal Management and an MBA in Banking, had for 7 years worked in Project Pearl, OSCIP with 10 years of work undertaken with the youth. She benefited as coordinator of Project Pearl, to contribute to a better world by mainly believing that social actions transform lives and provide vitality to dreams. Between 2008 and 2009, she participated in the selection process of social business entrepreneurs conducted by Artemisia Brazil which was selected among the five entrepreneurs. Through this selection process, Pearl Bank was born, credit OSCIP directed by young people for young people from 18-35 years.
  • Lorena Guillé
    2017 Mexico
    Director of Corporate Social Responsibility Cinépolis
    Mexico
    Lorena has devoted her life to CSR, philanthropy and next generation leadership. She is Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Cinépolis and Executive Director of Fundación Cinépolis since 2006. She led the efforts to recover the sight of +36,000 people suffering cataracts, and bring the cinema experience to +450k people in rural communities. She founded dhfest, the first Human Rights Film Festival in Mexico, and currently is member of the Global Philanthropist Circle, Nexus Global Youth Summit, and the Mexican Center for Philanthropy Advisory Committee; mentors at Unreasonable Institute and Endeavor Mexico.
  • Gisela Pinheiro
    2017
    Vice President Functional Materials and Solutions BASF South America
    Brazil
    Gisela is Vice President for Functional Materials & Solutions, BASF South America, with over of 15 years of experience in different multi-national companies, working on multi-functional and business roles. She has an Economics degree from Northern Michigan University and an Executive Finance MBA from Insper Brazil. She actively advocates for diversity & inclusion, change management, and people development. She was at the cover of Brazil # 1 Business Magazine “EXAME” as “The Next Generation of Top Leadership getting out of the closet”, and also showcased at Valor Economico Newspaper covering “Lack of Women in Leadership Roles”.
  • Luisa Ribeiro
    2013
    CEO Gema Ventures
    Brazil
    Luisa has a Bachelor's of Engineering from PUC-Rio in Brazil and started her career in Accenture in 2003, where she worked as a consultant for nearly five years. Among other projects, she led a government initiative to train over 120 thousand people in Brazil in a period of 2 years with a budget of USD 100 million. In 2007 she moved to Singapore to pursue an MBA at INSEAD and finished in Fontainebleau, France. Luisa had the opportunity to work with equity research at Cantillon Capital Management, a hedge fund in London with USD 10 billion of assets under management at the time. In 2009 she joined the OECD in Paris. In over two years she acted as an internal advisor, launched the Innovation Lab, and coordinated a public policy platform for innovation in Latin American, interacting with the respective ministries of Science and Technology of each region. Luisa returned to Brazil in August 2011 with a strong will to become an entrepreneur. She started an online marketplace for house services and founded Papaya Ventures - to transform interaction and transfer of knowledge between startups, business specialists and investors. In 2014 she launched Gema Ventures in São Paulo, a new concept in startup acceleration. She was nominated in 2013 Young Global Leader, by the World Economic Forum as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society.
  • Gabriela Rocha
    2017 Mexico
    Partner & Mexico Executive Director Laboratoria
    Brazil
    Gabriela is Partner & Mexico Executive Director of Laboratoria. Before starting Laboratoria, she worked as a public policy consultant in Mexico City, as project coordinator for different development projects in the slums of Rio de Janeiro with the IDB and in the Andes mountains of Peru. She is driven by a strong conviction that social enterprises have the potential to impact millions of lives and contribute with an economy that supports greater equality in opportunity.
  • Mariana Tolovi
    2013
    Chief Market Officer Grupo Fleury
    Brazil
    Mariana held managerial positions in sales, marketing and business strategy for companies including: Siemens, Sun Microsystems and Philips. She is currently co-founder of Museu da Imaginação - Children Museum in Brazil, alongside being Chief Marketing Officer at Grupo Fleury. She was previously working for Johnson & Johnson since 2006 as a Regional Business Director. She holds an Engineering degree from Escola Mackenzie and a MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She volunteered in Padre Mariano Orphanage and Natal para todos (Brazil), Habitat for Humanity (USA). She supports educational initiatives in minimally invasive procedures with Medical Societies partnerships in Latin America, providing annual training to over 3,000 professionals. She is the sponsor for LA operation smiles with a target to benefit 500 smiles in 2013.
  • Ana Luiza Trajano
    2014
    Owner and Kitchen Chef Brasil A Gosto
    Brazil
    Chef Ana Luiza Trajano’s connection with Brazilian cuisine and ingredients come from her childhood, in the country side of the state of São Paulo. Even after graduating from FAAP Management School, the chef went to Italy, where she attended renowned culinary institutions, in Milan, Piemonte, and Florence. Today, with a well established career and an internationally renowned restaurant, the chef intends to carry on her research and launch new projects in order to deepen her knowledge even further and help disseminate Brazilian culture, at the same time that she strengthens the country’s products and producers.
  • Leila Velez
    2011
    CEO & Co-Founder Instituto Beleza Natural
    Brazil
    Leila Velez is cofounder and CEO of Beleza Natural, a Brazilian beauty chain of hair salons, specialized in curly hair, with more than 2,000 employees, 20 units and 100,000 monthly clients. She graduated in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing from ESPM and completed an Executive MBA Coppead-RJ. She took the course "Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America", by Columbia Business School and "Building Ventures in Latin America", by Harvard. She has lectured on entrepreneurship and base of the piramyd consumers at Brazil, United States, Portugal, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. In 2014, she was selected as one of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, following her election as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2012.
  • Mina Dimitrova
    2017
    Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA Google UK
    Bulgary
    Mina is Head of Central Go To Market, EMEA, Google UK. Prior to her current role, Mina has held a number of different positions across regional and global strategy as well as business development at YouTube. Prior to Google, Mina spent time as a strategy consultant at McKinsey & Co. She is actively involved in fundraising and supporting the Bulgarian charity Teach for Bulgaria (the equivalent of Teach First in the UK). She is also a trustee of SpringBoard- a NGO work to improve people’s lives through training and job placements in the hospitality industry.
  • Evgenia Peeva
    2016
    CEO Teach for Bulgaria
    Bulgaria
    Evgenia returned to Bulgaria to set up Teach For Bulgaria in July 2010 upon the invitation of Teach For Bulgaria's founding donor - America for Bulgaria Foundation. Teach For Bulgaria is a non-governmental, non-profit organization which works to ensure access to quality education for every Bulgarian child, regardless of their background, birthplace and socio-economic status. It recruits and develops effective teachers at under-performing schools and gathers Bulgaria's most promising graduates and young professionals as they learn and grow to become life-long leaders of in improvement and innovation across Bulgaria's education system and society. To date, Teach For Bulgaria has established itself as a prominent voice on education policy and practice innovation in the country and across the global Teach For All network (of which it is part) as it has brought over 300 talented young teacher-leaders to over 15,000 of Bulgaria's neediest students in more than 100 schools across the country. Prior to that, Evgenia Peeva worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company, where she advised companies across industries ranging from technology and pharmaceuticals to industrial electronics and non-profits, on core business issues related to strategy, growth, marketing and sales. Evgenia is a Co-Founder and Board Member of the non-profit Step for Bulgaria Foundation, which has delivered life-skills education and professional development training to underprivileged Bulgarian youth since 2007. Evgenia holds a B.A. cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University and M.A. in Education Management from Plovdiv University. Evgenia sits on the Board of Trustees of the American College of Sofia, one of the top high-schools in Bulgaria, and serves as a Board Member to several non-profit organizations in the youth and education sectors in Bulgaria. In 2012 she was named Woman of the Year in Society Category. In 2013 she was selected in the "30 under 30" ranking by Forbes Bulgaria. She is also listed in the Financial Times' and the Visegrad Institute's New Europe 100 innovators ranking.
  • Nang Lam Kham
    2016
    CEO KBZ Group
    Burma
    Nang Lang Kham is an Executive Director of KBZ Group, Director of KBZ Bank, Chairman of Air KBZ and Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and Co-founder and Chair of Brighter Future Myanmar Foundation (BFM). BFM was created in 2008, to improve the lives of the people of Myanmar focusing on aid, welfare, environment and education. Her work was commended with the State Excellence Award from the President of Myanmar in 2015. Prior to this Nang was selected for the Fortune Global Women’s Mentoring Program in 2014 and was mentored by Rosalind Brewer of Walmart/Sam's Club. In her free time Nang is also an active member of the Young President' Organization (YPO), Global Shapers Yangon and the British Chamber of Commerce’s, Professional Women’s Network. Recently, Nang was named by Forbes Asia as one of a dozen Women to Watch and was chosen to participate in the UK FCOs International Leaders Programme, as a representative for Myanmar. Nang took part in the Women’s Forum in Deauville, France in November as one of the Rising Talents 2016. Nang holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s of Management from the University of Sydney.
  • Nathalie Baaklini
    2017 Mexico
    Co-Founder & Chief Experience Officer The Moonshot Co.
    Canada
    Nathalie was born in Lebanon, nationalized Canadian and Mexican at heart. She has held senior positions at LVMH, Gap, Levis and El Palacio de Hierro. She is a founding partner of a fashion brand “Children of our Town” and a strategic investor in the Ready-to-Wear brand Trista. She is an active mentor at Endeavor and has scaled a variety of start-ups in Mexico. Recently, she launched The Moonshot Co., a boutique firm that is reinventing the way companies and brands connect with their consumers. She is currently leading the most ambitious wellness project in Mexico, set to launch in 2018.
  • Audra Renyi
    2016
    Executive Director World Wide Hearing
    Canada
    Audra Renyi is the Executive Director of World Wide Hearing. Audra has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street and as an administrator with Doctors Without Borders in Chad. She has served as the CFO of One Acre Fund in Rwanda and volunteered in microfinance in Kenya. She holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School, and has completed a six month Executive Leadership program at Harvard Business School. Audra speaks five languages fluently. Born in 1981 in Argentina, in a small town near to Buenos Aires, Romina’s passion for Art started at a young age but it was not until she was 28, after graduating in Economics, that she decided to dedicate her life to this. She studied Photography, Fashion Photography, Art Direction and Scenery in different places including The Teatro Colon. She has exhibited her work in major cities like New York, Milan, UK, Paris, Zurich, Shanghai & Buenos Aires, among many others. She has been awarded the Prix de la Photographie Paris, International and received other photography Awards such as Lens Culture, See me Exposure Awards, Photo Annual Awards, among many others.
  • Shiyin Cai
    2012
    Founder & CEO Dialogue in the Dark China
    China
    Ms. Cai got her MBA with full-scholarship at the State University of New York. Over 10 years, Ms. Cai worked for GE, Siemens, AIG and Roland Berger in New York, Atlanta, UK, Mexico, Singapore and China. She quit her job in 2007 as CTO for GE Infrastructure ASPAC and founded Shiyin Fashion & Lifestyle GmBH in Germany. After the encounter with Sabriye Tenberken who founded the blind school in Tibet, Shiyin was inspired and worked as a volunteer advisor for the blind school and the work with blind people brought Shiyin to Dialogue in the dark exhibition in Atlanta. Shiyin took the COO role for Dialogue Social Enterprise in 2010 in Hamburg and moved back to China in 2012 and founded DiD China.
  • Qiulin Chen
    2008
    Artist / photographer -
    China
    Qiu Lin is a young Chinese artist whose performances, photographs and videos incorporate sculptural elements and a dramatic, intuitive approach to the changing Chinese landscape. Her work addresses the urbanization of developing China, and deals both with its rapidly changing geographic and urban conditions and the psychological impact these changes have on China’s culture. She graduated from the Sichuan Fine Arts Academy in 2000 and grew up in the city of Wanzhou, a place that disappeared after the floods that resulted from China’s Three Gorges Dam project on the Yangtze River.
  • Bei Guo
    2014
    Deputy General Manager & US Director EIC Group
    China
    Bei’s adventure started in Japan at age 16 when she obtained a scholarship from a Japanese high school. After 2.5 years, she entered into the University of Tokyo, the #1 university in Asia. Later on in her career, in pursuit of her general management and leadership skills, she went to Harvard for her MBA degree. Her working experience covered a wide variety of fields, from investment banking, VC, consulting, entrepreneurship and general management. With her extensive exposure of both Asian and Western education, she aims to provide innovative education products to the youth in China, and share her experience of how to live a balanced and fulfilling life, and how to make difficult choices at the crossroads.
  • Jing Hong
    2012
    Managing Director Hillhouse Capital Group
    China
    Jing Hong is a Managing Director at Hillhouse Capital Group, a long-term fundamental equities investor with over $9 billion assets under management. Hillhouse manages capital for global leading institutional investors and takes a long-term fundamental research approach and invests in both public and private opportunities across a variety of sectors. Ms. Hong is the Head of Private Equity Investment of Hillhouse focusing on identifying and investing in high quality businesses led by extraordinary individuals and teams. Prior to joining Hillhouse, Ms. Hong was a Managing Director at General Atlantic LLC, a global growth equity firm where she was the head of Emerging Market Consumer sector and the General Manager of the Beijing Office. Previously she worked at global private equity firm Warburg Pincus LLC and the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company. Ms. Hong received a B.S in Finance and a Master's in Management Engineering from the School of Economics & Management, Tsinghua University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
  • Qiong Er JIANG
    2010
    CEO & Artistic Director Shang Xia
    China
    As Artistic Director of Shang Xia, Ms. Jiang Qiong Er is a one of the few young Chinese contemporary designers of international reputation infusing the subtlety, beauty, and heritage of Chinese culture. Her designs breathe elegance of innovation and imagination. Her international vision and open mind, along with her multi-cultural background, naturally allow her creativity to express itself; preserving and respecting tradition, both Eastern and Western. At Shang Xia, a Chinese luxury retailer driven by Ms Qiong'er, but majority-owned by Hermes, she oversees a team of designers who create the range of collections that embrace the essence of Shang Xia. The collections breathe the encounter of Asian heritage and innovation, creating a new aesthetic for the 21st century. They are present in Shanghai, Paris and Pekin. She was designing window displays for the French luxury chain Hermes when she had dinner with Patrick Thomas, the Hermes chief executive some six years ago. They clicked, and the idea for the new store was born: Born into a family of artist-creators in Shanghai, her family history is anchored in Asian tradition. Jiang Qiong Er was introduced to traditional painting when she was two years old and later became a student of the painter Cheng Shi Fa and the calligrapher Han Tian Hong, two leading figures in traditional Chinese art. She then joined the prestigious TongJi University to study design. Her degree is in Art & Design. Upon graduation, she chose to go to the Decorative Arts School in Paris to further her studies in furniture and interior design. This choice completely changed her life.
  • Xia LI
    2008
    VP Financial Service President & CEO
    China
    Li Xia is currently President and CEO of Genius Auto Finance Co and Auto Finance Director Geely Group and VP FS Volvo China. She was previously VP Financial Service of Volvo Car China and before that was the CFO of Fiat Automotive Finance Co from 2007 to 2012. She started her career at Unilever Shanghai in 1995. She joined HSBC Data Processing (Shanghai) Ltd in 2002 and held a position as Financial Controller for Global Processing Shanghai. Li Xia is a 2008 Rising Talent from the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She is a Council member of KindPRO (effective philanthropies to provide professional support for NPO development in China). She is part of the Steering Committee Member of ACCA Shanghai (providing support to the accounting professional community development). She obtained her Bachelor of Economics degree at Shanghai University in Finance and Economics in 1995.
  • Cindy Shueh Lin
    2011
    CEO China
    Chunhui Children’s Foundation helps bring professionally trained loving adults to orphaned and left-behind children in China with nearly 2,000 full-time staff across 26 provinces. Prior to joining Chunhui, Yee-Hsin (Cindy) held corporate senior executive roles such as the Senior Director of Franchise at PepsiCo Greater China area and General Manager of PepsiCo Foods Taiwan. She and her team attained record-breaking market share every year while delivering sustainable top and bottom line growth despite the GFC in 08-09. She joined PepsiCo in 2005 as the Director of Customer Marketing in China after seven years with Procter & Gamble in China and the U.S. She has also spent time in banking, retail, and real estate industries. She has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and has a BS degree in Marketing from the University of Southern California. She is married with two young children.
  • Lucy Weihua LUO
    2008
    Founder and CEO IFCKIDS
    China
    Lucy Luo is the founder and CEO of IFCKIDS program, an early childhood music education organization. Before she committed herself to music education in 2010, she had been working for 15 years in the financial services industry. As Director of Accenture Management Consulting, she was specialized in corporate strategy. She also served for Munich Re Group, where she was posted in different geographies. Lucy has been always dedicated to international cultural exchange. As a musician, she has performed in more than ten countries. She is the Board of Director for Beijing International Festival Chorus. Lucy earned her BA degree from Tsinghua University, and graduated from Rutgers' EMBA program. Recently, her paper Music Spring Buds: An Innovative Early Childhood Music Education Program in China has been published by 30th ISME World Conference on Music Education.
  • Shu-Wei QIU
    2008
    Professeur of singing Shanghai Conservatory of Music
    China
    Soprano Shu Wei is a concertist and professor of singing at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Born in China, she studied music in China and then registered at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, obtaining the Superior Diploma of singing concertist. She returned to China in 2002 to become a Professor at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. She specializes in French composers, including Faure, Ravel, Debussy, Poulenc and Satie, and regularly participates in the East Radio broadcast of French melodies. She worked on a CD dedicated to ancient Chinese melodies and various recitals in the U.S and China.
  • Ge Fei Xu
    2013
    General Manager Hachette Phoenix
    China
    Born in Manchuria in 1979 to a modest family, Fei taught herself English and French and left her home town to discover the world at the age of nineteen. In 2003, she arrived in Paris to work for an internet marketing company, where she was appointed General Manager for China in 2005. But she grew tired of international trade and in early 2008 decided to go back to her true vocation, cultural exchange between China and the West. She founded her own Franco-Chinese comic book publishing house in 2009. After her first successful publications, "Judge Bao" and "The Adventures of Yaya", in January 2012 she created the subsidiary for the audiovisual and cinematographic adaptations, Fei Productions. In 2010, French publisher, Editions XO published her first autobiography « Petite Fleur de Mandchourie » (in French).
  • Ling YAN
    2008
    PR Manager Wheelchair Foundation
    China
    In her current role, Ling focuses on the development and implementation of public education and fundraising activities in China. Working closely with local nonprofit organizations and corporate sponsors, Ling manages sustainability projects and possesses unique insight into corporate social responsibility and CSR management. Ling brings to her role a broad working experience, including a role as a part-time radio program presenter and project manager of China Shanghai International Arts Festival. She has also worked for Shell and Fleishman-Hillard International Communications. Ling has an M.B.A. degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University and a Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai International Studies University.
  • Gao YANG
    2008
    Executive Director Junior Achievement China
    China
    Ms. Gao Yang is responsible for Junior Achievement (JA) China’s overall management and performance. She works with the Board of Directors to set direction, shape policy, raise funds and awareness, and achieve the goals set in the strategic plan. In 2007, JA China was selected as one of the six most innovative non-profit projects by CCTV. AMCHAM Shanghai gave JA China its “Exceptional Partner Award” for JA China’s success in facilitating corporate social responsibility programs. Prior to joining JA China, Ms. Gao Yang worked for GE, General Motors and China International Capital Corporation (CICC). Ms. Gao Yang holds an MBA degree from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a MS degree in International Finance from the Graduate School of the People’s Bank of China.
  • Mia ZHANG
    2008
    Chairman & CEO 8DDY.com
    China
    Currently Chairman and CEO of 8DDY.com, Mia was co-founder of Mingya Insurance Brokers, the leading life insurance broker in China. She was responsible for managing the company’s operation and led the company to be named among China’s top 10 Innovative Insurance Institutions of 2006. She previously was a senior McKinsey & Company consultant, providing strategy, organization and operation consulting to clients in multiple industries. Prior to McKinsey, Mia was team leader of IBM China Research Lab. Her team received IBM’s Technology Innovation Award. She graduated from Tsinghua University with a doctor of engineering degree in corporate information systems and applications.
  • Yi Zhou
    2012
    Founder Artist Filmmaker YI Zhou Studio / Moon Prism Digital Entertainment Arts Ltd / The Maker Magazine
    China
    In her free time she acts as advisor to Médecins Sans Frontières' Innovation Unit and serves on the boards of Stockholms Sjukhem, a charitable hospital, and Cirkus Cirkör, a contemporary circus company. Nina holds an MSc in Biomedicine from the Karolinska Institute.
  • Jackie Arango
    2014
    Innovation Manager, Innovation Center Grupo Bancolombia
    Colombia
    Jackie is currently Innovation Manager for the Innovation Center at Grupo Bancocolombia, the biggest bank in Colombia. She is a Product Design Engineer by trade, with specialization in product design management and has a Master’s in Design and Innovation. She has previous experience in development, and transfer of methods, methodologies and processes of business design and product development. Jackie is a global shaper and people-centered, as part of the Bancolombia Innovation Center (CIB), focusing on challenging people to transform the future. She is also a Cathedratic teacher at Universidad EAFIT.
  • Anamaria Aristizabal
    2008
    Coach and Facilitator of Transformative Learning Experiences SoL Colombia, New Ventures West
    Colombia
    Anamaria designs and facilitates journeys of learning and transformation for cultural creatives and changemakers in service of a flourishing planet. She serves individuals and groups hungry to ask audacious questions that ignite passion and purpose. With her work, she takes you on a wild journey through the heart of your being into your wholeness at individual and collective levels. She is a Certified Integral Coach® (PCC level), Consultant, and Trained Facilitator who loves to design transformative coaching programs, as well as workshops and change interventions with creative and participatory methodologies. She holds an MBA from Yale University, and has worked for McKinsey, the World Bank, Ashoka, and various governmental and non governmental organizations in the USA and Colombia.
  • Catalina COCK DUQUE
    2007
    Executive Director Mi Sangre Foundation
    Colombia
    Catalina is currently the Director of Mi Sangre Foundation. A non-profit organization created by the social leader and artist, Juanes, to contribute to peace building in Colombia. Mi Sangre provides psychosocial assistance to children and youth affected by violence and it promotes education for peace through arts and culture so they can become active agents of change. Catalina has more than 15 years of experience in development issues and social entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder and Chair of Amigos del Choco Foundation and the Oro Verde Initiative, the first social and environmental certification system for artisanal and small scale gold mining in the world. As a mechanism to scale up this process, she led the creation of the Alliance for Responsible Mining, ARM which is now replicating the program in other countries of the world. Catalina was elected as Ashoka fellow in 2003, as a «Rising Talent» by the Women´s Forum in 2007, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in the same year and Synergos fellow in 2010. Catalina holds a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the Maryland University (USA) and a Master’s Degree in Social Policy and Planning for developing countries from the London School of Economics.
  • Renata POKUPIC
    2007
    Singer, Mezzo Soprano -
    Croatia
    Mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić is known internationally through her acclaimed performances of baroque, classical and other coloratura-mezzo repertoire as well as solo songs. Her recent opera engagements have included the highly acclaimed Royal Opera House, Covent Garden debut as Irene Tamerlano (previously performed at Teatro Real, Madrid), Cherubino for Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera (both house debuts), Sesto La clemenza di Tito for Chicago Opera Theater, AnnioLa clemenza di Tito for Opéra de Lyon, the title role in Cavalli’s Eliogabalo at Grange Park Opera and Statira Vivaldi L'Incoronazione di Dario for Garsington Opera. More information: renatapokupic.com
  • Olga Loskutova
    2016
    Managing Director - Brands Europe SABMiller
    Czech Republic
    Olga was born in Moscow and graduated from the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. In 2002 Olga joined NESTLE and went through Marketing and Sales roles before stepping up to a general management position as the Head of a newly acquired business in 2008. In NESTLE Olga progressed as the Belarus Country Manager, Head of the Confectionery division in Poland & Baltics and Managing Director of a 12 country Region. In 2015 Olga joined SABMILLER as the Managing Director of SABMiller Europe Export Unit, responsible for 50 countries managed through a back-office in the Czech Republic and branches in Germany, France, Sweden, Spain, Austria, Switzerland, the UAE. Olga is married with two kids.
  • Marianne Dahl Steensen
    2010
    General Manager/CEO Denmark & Iceland Microsoft
    Denmark
    Marianne is a customer focused executive with hands on turnaround experiences from the Nordic region across the Financial sector and the Telco sector. She is currently the General Manager / CEO of Microsoft Denmark & Iceland and has held this position since 2016. She was previously responsible for the turnaround of the insurance company Codan Forsikring A/S (part of RSA Insurance Group plc) in the Danish B2C market as Country Director from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this, Marianne worked in the Telco company TDC A/S from 2004 to 2011. The last 5 years with P&L responsibilities in the Nordic B2B division (sales, marketing, product) and as a member of the divisional leadership team from 2008. In 1999-2006, she worked in business development as a strategy consultant for Accenture and later as a Business Development Director in TDC, leading several strategy projects.
  • Karla Segovia
    2015
    Trade, Investment and Gender Specialist USAID SME Development Program, Chemonics International
    El Salvador
    Karla Segovia is Salvadoran but also lived in India, Chile and the US while working and studying. She holds a postgraduate degree in Public Policy, an MBA, and a B.A. in Business and Economics and has accumulated 10 years of experience in the field of development - having worked previously with the Ministry of Economy of El Salvador and the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington. Karla currently works for Chemonics International in the implementation of SME development program in El Salvador, promoting alliances with the private sector to strengthen Salvadoran small and medium enterprises. She leads the gender and inclusion component for the Program. She was selected a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum in 2012 before becoming a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2015 and she has since 2014, served on the editorial board of a large local newspaper (El Diario de Hoy).
  • Karoli Hindriks
    2015
    Founder Jobbatical.com
    Estonia
    Karoli is the founder of Jobbatical.com - a marketplace for international career adventures. She founded her first company at the age of sixteen officially becoming the youngest inventor of Estonia and she hasn't slowed down since. Altogether she has founded three and directed five companies in the media, marketing and recruiting fields. This included successfully leading the launch of seven television channels in Northern Europe (National Geographic Channels, MTV, and Fox entertainment). She was named one of the 20 most promising young entrepreneurs under 25 in Europe by the prestigious international business magazine BusinessWeek. Karoli is also an alumnus of Singularity University.
  • Diane Binder
    2014
    Vice-President International Development Suez Environment
    France
    As Vice-President of International Development at Suez Environnement, Diane is in charge of business development in emerging countries, more specifically in Africa. For the past 10 years, she has advised private and public sector organizations to develop policies and channel business opportunities towards social and economic development, including at the European Investment Bank and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Diane recently joined the Aspen Institute France as Director of the Europe-Africa Program. Diane earned an MSc in Management at EM Lyon, an MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, as well as an Honor Certificate in International Business Diplomacy.
  • Deborah Berger
    2017
    Deputy General Manager in charge of Business Development Chargeurs
    France
    Deborah started her career as Insurance Supervisor at the ACPR. She then worked for the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Employment as Inspecteur des Finances before joining the Office of the French Minister of Health, Employment and Labor. In 2014, she joined SCOR, a global reinsurance leader, as Advisor to the Chairman. She then became Head of the SCOR Group Project Office and was in charge of coordinating and supervising the group’s major projects. She joined Chargeurs, in September 2017 as Deputy General Manager of Chargeurs Luxury Materials, in charge of Business Development.
  • Cécile CABANIS
    2009
    EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Systems and Member of the Executive Committee Danone
    France
    Cécile Cabanis, 45 years old, French citizen, is currently EVP, Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Systems and member of the Executive Committee of Danone. Mrs. Cabanis joined Danone as Corporate Finance Director in 2004. In 2005, she was appointed Head of Corporate Development and in 2008 became Financial Vice-President of Dairy Western Europe. In September 2010, Cécile Cabanis was appointed Financial Vice-President of the Fresh Dairy Products division. Cécile Cabanis began her career in 1995 with L’Oréal in South Africa as Logistics Manager and Financial Controller before moving to France as Internal Auditor. In 2000, she was appointed Deputy Director of Mergers & Acquisitions at France Télécom. Mrs. Cabanis is a graduate of the engineering school Agro Paris Grignon (now called Agro Paris Tech). Cécile CABANIS is also member of the board of Directors and Audit committee of Schneider Electric, member of the Supervisory board of Mediawan and member of the Supervisory board of Michel & Augustin.
  • Marie-Agathe Charpagne
    2017 Mexico
    Postdoctoral Scholar University of California
    France
    Born in 1990, Marie-Agathe combines a two-sided career in both research and music. She graduated from Mines ParisTech in 2016 (PhD) and was awarded the 2017 prize for the “best thesis in materials science” by the French Society for Materials and Metals (SF2M), for her discovery of a new metallurgical phenomenon occurring in new Nickel-based superalloys. She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Santa Barbara (UCSB), California. She graduated from the Conservatory of music in France with high honors started her career as a concert pianist. She has played in Switzerland, UK, Italy, Monaco, France, Luxembourg, USA. She is a prize winner in international competitions.
  • Marie Cheval
    2010
    CEO Boursorama
    France
    Marie is the CEO of Boursorama. Marie is a graduate of Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and of Ecole Nationale d’Aministration (ENA). Upon graduating in 1999 she began her career in the General Inspectorate of the Ministry of Finance (Inspection Générale des Finances). She then joined the French Post Office in 2002 as an adviser to the Deputy CEO in charge of financial activities and of the retail network. As such she was deeply involved in the set up of La Banque Postale (the French Postal Bank). She became Head of Strategy of La Banque Postale (2004-2006) and then moved on to other senior management positions, first as Sales and Marketing Director (2006-2008) and then as Head of Operations (2009-2011). Marie Cheval joined Société Générale in July 2011 as Head of Global Transaction and Payment Services .
  • Virginie DANGLES-MARIE
    2007
    Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Science L’Université Paris Descartes
    France
    Virginie is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Science at L’Université Paris Descartes and a Scientific Manager of the veterinary facility at the cancer research centre of the Institute Curie. Virginie is interested in translational research and animal ethical implementation and has published widely on these areas. Her research focuses on the metastatic process, the major cause of cancer deaths, and in particular on the validation of in vitro cancer cell models to reduce reliance on animal testing. She is a recipient of the Mitjavil National Academy of Medicine Fellowship award and is also a nominated member of the French Ministry of Agriculture’s National Commission of Teachers and Researchers.
  • Floriane De Lassée
    2008
    Freelance Artist/Photographer
    France
    After graduating from Penninghen (Paris) in 2000, a school of graphic design and from the School of the International Center of Photography (NYC) in 2004, Floriane become a freelance artist/photographer. From 2004 to 2011, she pursued a project in various mega-cities where she set up subtle “mises en scène” of lonely women. A monography from this photographic series «Inside Views», has been published by Nazraeli Press. In 2012 and 2013, she toured around the globe, thus creating “Half the sky”, a continuation of her « women’s project ». Simultaneously, she produced a second project: “How Much Can You Carry ?”. A book of this latest series was published in June 2014 by Filigranes (France). She is represented by La Galerie Particulière (Paris), Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago) and Agence Laurence Boué (Paris).
  • Camille de Verdelhan
    2011
    Associate Lawyer BG2V (Beylouni Carbasse Guény Valot Vernet)
    France
    Camille graduated at 22 from the French leading business school HEC (specialization in finance). She started her career in 2000 at Rallye (holding company of Groupe Casino) in the private equity team. In 2005, she joined Groupe Casino and in 2007, became Strategy Director and Secretary of the Executive Committee of the Group. In 2009, Camille was appointed as CFO of Casino France and set up the Financial Direction (approx. 40 people) where her main missions were financial controlling and cash management. Camille completed Master’s degree of Law at the French University of Paris II Panthéon Assas in 2014. From 2010 to 2012, in addition to her operational role, Camille was member of the board of Mercialys (listed real estate company). Camille is also member of the steering committee of C'avec-elles, the Groupe Casino executive women network. Camille is married and has two daughters.
  • Juliette DESCHAMPS
    2008
    Stage Director
    France
    Born into a theatrical family, Juliette met at the age of fourteen, the conductor Louis Langrée who now directs the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York. With him she studied and discovered opera. At seventeen, she interned on Werner Herzog’s Wagner production set at the Opera de Paris. In 2006, she directed her first show, Era La Notte. In 2007, the Louvre Museum asked her to stage The Banquet by Plato for four successful performances. She directed in September 2009 the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées’ opening night with a new Kurt Weill production. As one of the heirs of Jacques Tati's Estate, she actively promoted his work, especially in the U.S. In 2008, she founded her company - La Scène du Crime - which produces and broadcasts several of its musical shows in France and abroad. She was an artist in residence at the Opéra National de Montpellier in 2015.
  • Maud FONTENOY
    2007
    Founder Maud Fontenoy Foundation
    France
    Maud Fontenoy is the first woman to have sailed around the world against winds and currents from La Réunion to La Réunion in 2007. In 2005, she was the first woman to have crossed the Pacific Ocean. An accomplished sailor, she is also involved in work in the community and founded “Jeunes Marins Briards”, an organization which enables young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to sail on traditional boats. She also believes in ecology and to that effect, created an educational programme called “Jeunes Aventuriers” to teach young children to respect the environment they live in. Maud will also see two of her most recent books published in the coming months (“Le sel de la vie” and “Mon carnet de bord”) depicting her life on board during her trips on the seas. Maud has been awarded the “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” by the French Government, which recognizes service to the nation.
  • Rahaf Harfoush
    2014
    Founder Red Thread Inc.
    France
    Rahaf is a Digital Anthropologist and Best Selling Author. She is the founder of Red Thread a think tank focusing on Digital Culture, Innovation, and Creativity. She is the author of the NYT Best Seller “The Decoded Company,” and “Yes We Did: An Insider’s Look at How Social Media Built the Obama Brand.” She is currently working on her third book entitled “Hustle & Float: Balancing Execution & Inspiration” which examines the future of work for creatives which will be released in late 2017. Previously, Rahaf was the Associate Director of the Technology Pioneer Program at the World Economic Forum and a member of Barack Obama’s digital media team during the 2008 elections. She was the research contributor for Don Tapscott’s “Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything,” and “Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World.” Rahaf is a Global Ambassador for the Sandbox Network, a WEF Young Global Shaper. She teaches Innovation & Disruptive Business Models at SciencesPo in Paris.
  • Christel Heydemann
    2012
    Senior VP, Corporate Strategy, Alliances & Development Schneider Electric
    France
    Christel Heydemann is Senior VP Corporate Strategy, Alliances & Development at Schneider Electric. Prior to joining Schneider Electric in October 2014, Christel spent her career in the telecom industry at Alcatel-Lucent where she held a number of executive roles and was most recently member of the Executive Management Committee as Executive VP Human Resources and Transformation. Prior roles include Vice President of the Strategic Alliance with HP based in Palo Alto, California or Chief Sales Officer for Alcatel-Lucent France. Christel was named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012 as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, and received “La Tribune Women’s award” in 2015 for Smart City category. A French national, Christel graduated as Engineer from the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, as well as from the Global Leadership and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School.
  • Chloé Jay
    2012
    Managing Director France Van Cleef & Arpels
    France
    Born in 1975, she led an exotic childhood from Jakarta to China. She graduated ESCP in 1999 and began her career at L’Oreal. She developed a passion for fragrances as product manager at Lancôme int. and then marketing manager at Giorgio Armani int. At age 32, she became Managing Director of Kiehl’s for France. After 10 years at L’Oreal, she wanted to live a new experience. She entered Van Cleef & Arpels as the Marketing, Communication and Supply Chain Director for Europe, Middle-East and CIS. After one year, at 36, she became Managing Director for France, historical and second market in turnover of the Maison.
  • Clotilde L'Angevin
    2011
    Head of Strategy Credit Agricole
    France
    Clotilde L’Angevin has been Head of Strategy at Crédit Agricole since November 2015. She was previously Secretary General of the Paris Club and head of the international Debt division in the French treasury, Head of the International Forecasts and Diagnosis division, also within the French Treasury, after having spent two years as an advisor on economic forecasts and macroeconomics for Prime Minister François Fillon. She had previously dealt with European issues within the Economic and Monetary Union division of the Treasury. Clotilde L’Angevin graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Economics in 2003, after having obtained a degree in Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique.
  • Fanny Letier
    2016
    Executive Director, Small and mid-caps ; SME and mid-caps accelerator programs Bpi
    France
    Fanny Letier is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and the Institut Français des Administrateurs (IFA). She began her career in 2004 as the Deputy Divisional Head of Entreprises et Intermédiaires d’assurance at the French Treasury before becoming the Financial Advisor of the permanent French delegation to the European Union in 2008. From 2010 to 2012, she was appointed Chief of Staff of the financement et développement des entreprises then General Secretary at the CIRI (Industrial Restructuring Committee of the French Treasury) and Deputy Director of Cabinet for the Minister of Industrial Restructuring. In 2013, Fanny Letier joined Bpifrance as the Director in charge of Regional Investments for small and mid-cap investments and in March 2015, she was promoted to Executive Director for all small and mid-cap investments. Since May 2016, in addition to her current functions, Fanny has been in charge of Bpifrance’s Transversal Business Support and the Accelerator Programs dedicated to SMEs and pre-Majors.
  • Emilie Luc-Duc
    2013
    Designer/ Artistic Director Freelance
    France
    Emilie Luc-Duc is a French fashion designer born in 1980. She graduated from IFM (Institut Français de la Mode) and is specialized in knitwear. She worked with Anne Valérie Hash and Dior girl on their knitwear lines. She improved then her original knitwear expertise with original and creative researches. « I like to think clothes starting with material and knitwear allow me to create my own raw material ». She elaborates, indeed, knitwear in volume, draped, tied, twisted, « couture knitwear » and turns woven technics into knitted garments. As a Creative Director in Rodier from 2011 to 2014, she has brought creativity, innovation and has given a new birth to the collections, the style and the image of the old French fashion house. She has known how to metamorphose skillfully the brand and brought it back on the fashion scene returning to its powerfull heritage. Emilie collaborated with Maison Repetto and launched its first ready to wear collection. A collection inspired by dance and its mythic outfits, timeless, pure and graceful. She was also the head designer of Rodier until she started her own collection: http://www.emilielucduc.com/ In 2013, she was awarded Rising Talent at the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013 and was selected as a new member of the Who's Who.
  • Julia Maris
    2015
    Deputy CEO Défense Conseil International (DCI)
    France
    Julia Maris is Deputy CEO of DCI (Défense Conseil International), the reference operator of the Ministry of Defence for the international transfer of the French military know-how to France friendly countries armed forces. Holding the “French Armed Forces Training” label, DCI is offering tailor-made services in the fields of consulting, training and technical assistance. Julia started her career in the French Ministry of Defence in 1997 and experienced both the public and private sectors. In the public area, she addressed international defence cooperation and legal engineering. In the private sector, she worked for Thales and DCI. She experienced the political environment of a ministerial cabinet as advisor for European Affairs to the French Minister of Defence: Jean-Yves Le Drian and at the Presidency of the Republic in 2007. Married, mother of a child, she graduated from the “Ecole Nationale d’Administration” in 2005 and was recently distinguished as Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.
  • Anna Neistat
    2012
    Senior Director, Research Amnesty International
    France
    Dr. Anna Neistat is Senior Director for Research at Amnesty International (starting September 1, 2014). In this capacity, she leads and oversees Amnesty International’s research worldwide. Prior to that, Neistat worked as associate director for Program and Emergencies at Human Rights Watch. Neistat has been involved in human rights work for the last 18 years. At Human Rights Watch, she led fact-finding missions in conflict areas and was responsible for developing investigative methodology and training for Human Rights Watch researchers and directors. Before joining Human Rights Watch, Neistat worked for "Echo of Moscow," Russia's leading radio station, the Open Society Institute, and as a constitutional law researcher at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies. Neistat holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School, a J.D. and Ph.D. in law, and an M.S. in history and philology. She is a member of the New York State Bar, and teaches at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.
  • Daniela Ott
    2012
    CEO Eden Being
    France
    Daniela was appointed CEO of Eden Being, a new lifestyle and retail brand, part of the Oetker Collection in April 2015. Over the past 15 years, Daniela has built a dual competency in brand management, strategy and finance on the one hand, and in merchandising and product knowledge on the other. Previously, she has worked as CEO of the Tomas Maier brand, COO of the Kering Luxury Portfolio, Director of Strategy of the Gucci Group in London and Paris and as Director of Strategy and Marketing at Balenciaga. In 2014, she was selected as a European Young Leader in “40 under 40”. In 2012, she was selected as one of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society's “Rising Talents”. Daniela graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelo'sr and Master's from the London School of Economics and Bocconi University, and received the LSE Research Award and Economic & Research Council Award. Daniela studied also at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion. Daniela is passionate about Consumers and Brands, researching and lecturing on this topic.
  • Agnès PANNIER-RUNACHER
    2007
    Deputy Chief Executive Officer Compagnie des Alpes
    France
    Ms. Agnes Pannier-Runacher has been Deputy Managing Director and Member of Management Board at Compagnie des Alpes SA since January 28, 2013. Ms. Pannier-Runacher previously served as the Deputy Director of Finance and Strategy and Head of Department of Investments and Development of Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations. She was also the Director of Finance and Portfolio Strategy and a Member of the Executive Committee at Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement SA. Previous to this position, she served as a Cabinet Director at Assistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris. Agnès also worked as a Financial Inspector at the French Ministry for the Economy, Finance and Industry. She was employed at the Finance Inspectorate where she worked on performance measurement in State administrations, socially responsible investments and financing social housing. She served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Icade A Echang since November 30, 2007. She served as a Director of at Icade S.A. until January 19, 2009. Ms. Pannier-Runacher is a graduate from HEC (Paris Business School), France, and ENA (French National School of Public Administration), France.
  • Leah PISAR
    2009

    France
    Leah Pisar lives and works on both sides of the Atlantic. She holds a BA from Harvard College, a graduate degree from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of Paris and a doctorate from the University of Paris II. Her expertise includes American-European cultural relations, security policy, and foreign policy. In the Clinton administration, she served in the White House as Director of Communications at the National Security Council; she served the US State Department as the Deputy Director of Communications under Madeleine Albright; and at the US Embassy in Paris she served as the assistant to US Ambassador Pamela Harriman. She has been an adviser to the French-American Foundation, and a non-resident scholar at both the Center for American Progress and the Institut Français des Relations Internationales. She is a frequent television, print, and radio commentator on current affairs affecting both Eastern and Western hemispheres. She serves on the board of the French-American Foundation and the National Security Network, is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Young Leader of the American Council on Germany and was a 2009 « Rising Talent » of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. In 2010, Ms. Pisar published “Orage sur l’Atlantique: La France et les Etats-Unis face à l’Irak” (Fayard, 2010), a well-researched book on the US-France debate over war in Iraq based on her PhD thesis.
  • Laetitia Puyfaucher
    2015
    CEO Pelham Media
    France
    Laetitia Puyfaucher founded Pelham Media Ltd, an editorial communication group, in 2000. Today one of the leaders of the field, it gathers three agencies, WordAppeal, L’Éclaireur and KCO. Laetitia was awarded the 1999 Nico Cochelster Prize by The Economist and the Financial Times, the Trajectoires HEC au Féminin 2011 Prize. In 2013, she was also named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, before being named a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2015. A HEC Paris, LSE, Sciences Po Paris and Sorbonne graduate, Laetitia co-wrote “Le média humain”, a book about the dangers and opportunities of social media for corporations. She takes part in the Montaigne Institute’s research. Laetitia is also a member of the board of Compagnie Lebon.
  • Leslie Serrero
    2014
    Senior Vice President, Global Operational Marketing & E-retail Christian Dior Couture
    France
    Leslie Serrero is currently VP of Operational Marketing at Christian Dior, where she oversees retail marketing, CRM, digital, call center, and media globally. Previously, Leslie was Executive VP of Strategic Marketing at Lacoste, where she was responsible for repositioning the brand globally. Prior to Lacoste, Leslie was Project Leader at Boston Consulting Group, in NYC, Sydney, then Paris, specialized in growth strategies in the fashion/retail industries. She started her career at General Electric. In 2013, Leslie was nominated “Young Leader” by the French American Foundation, and “Rising Talent” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Leslie graduated from an MBA at Harvard Business School in 2003, and ESSEC in 1997.
  • Karima SILVENT-MADI
    2008
    Global HR Director, Transformation Support & Business Partnering; Digital HR Project Leader AXA Group
    France
    Born in the Comoros Islands, Karima was granted French nationality in 1981. She graduated from Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) in 1995 and from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) in 1997. She entered the French Ministry of Employment and Health in 1997 as Head of the National Fund for Employment, working on employment reforms as well as helping private companies implement social/HR policies. In 2002, she joined the French state owned Health Service (Hôpitaux de Paris - 90 000 employees) as Deputy HR Director, to pilot innovative reorganization programs. In 2007, she moved to Korian (15 000 employees, 3 countries: France, Italy, Germany) a private health group (clinics, retirement homes), first as Group Human Resources Director and then COO for the French Business Line. In April 2012, she joined AXA Group as Global HR Director – Support & Operational Functions. Since sept 2013, she has also held the position of Digital HR project leader.
  • Hapsatou Sy
    2010
    Founder Hapsatou Sy
    France
    Born in 1981 in Sèvres, Hapsatou Sy is a Senegal-Mauritania French businesswoman. She comes from a family of seven brothers and sisters. Hapsatou Sy started working at 12 years old, helping seniors while continuing her studies. She earned a Bachelor's degree in professional secretariat before changing direction to pursue a trade BTS. She set up her own business, Ethnicia, in 2004, “an overall and custom beauty salons concept”. She renamed the company in 2012 with her own name. She is part of the anchors team of “Le Grand 8” on D8 French TV channel. In 2007, Hapsatou Sy received the 2nd prize for commercial innovation, at a competition organized by Unibail Rodamco. Subsequently, she also earned numerous nominations and awards: a Women’s Forum Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010, the Trofémina prize in business category in 2011, and was also selected in 2011 to represent the French entrepreneurs to the G20.
  • Philippine T'Serclaes (de)
    2016
    ‎Head of Thought Leadership & Strategic Partnerships / Advisor to Chairman & CEO ‎Schneider Electric
    France
    Dr. Philippine de T’Serclaes has worked in the energy and finance sector for 15 years. She runs Strategic Partnerships & Thought Leadership globally for Schneider Electric and is Sherpa to the Chairman and CEO. Schneider Electric is the world specialist in energy management and automation technologies. Prior to joining SE, Philippine was Executive Director at Aequero in Hong Kong—a financial advisory firm in energy and infrastructure. At the International Energy Agency (IEA), Philippine was Lead Expert and Senior Advisor to OECD governments on finance challenges and solutions for energy efficient and clean technologies deployment. Philippine was an expert reviewer for the IPCCC 2007, and an expert to the Solutions Summit organized by Vice-President Al Gore in 2008. Her prior work experience includes Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) at Rothschild and fixed income sales at J.P. Morgan. Philippine holds a Ph.D in Economics from La Sorbonne University, an MSc in Law and Finance from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Political Science from McGill University. She serves on the Board of the World Energy Council. In 2017 she won the Young Global Energy Leader of the Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).
  • Florence Tondu-Mélique
    2016
    Chief Executive Officer ‎‎Zurich France
    France
    Florence is Chief Executive Officer of Zurich France. She starts her career at McKinsey & Company before joining AXA then Hiscox in various executive leadership and non-executive directorship capacities. Florence holds a MSc from HEC and a MBA from Harvard Business School. She was named '2016 Global Rising Talent by the Women's Forum' and ‘2015 woman leader of the year in insurance’.
  • Estelle Touzet
    2017
    Wine Director Hôtel Ritz Paris
    France
    Estelle is Wine Director at Hôtel Ritz Paris, an independent Palace, five star Hotel, ranked among the most luxurious hotels in the world and is a member of «The Leading Hotels of the World. In 2011, she was appointed the first worldwide female Head Sommelier in a Palace, 3 star Michelin restaurant: Hotel Le Meurice, Paris. Until now, she is still the only woman in charge in this position in the world. She was named Sommelier of the Year by Magazine Le Chef (2012), Chevalier de l’Ordre National des Arts et des Lettres : French State (2011).
  • Gloria Diana Glang
    2015
    Head of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development, Member of the EMEA Leadership Team PPG
    Germany
    Gloria Glang is the head of Strategy and M&A for Europe, Middle East and Africa for PPG. She is also a member of the PPG European Leadership Team. Prior to this, she held senior leadership positions in M&A- and Strategy-Consulting, Sales and Marketing. She brings broad, global experience in the chemicals, materials and consumer products industries. Proven ability to drive growth and enter & develop new markets via organic and inorganic growth strategies, deal record and high levels of creativity leading to innovative solutions offered to complex situations. Awarded by the `Generation CEO´ initiative as a female leader role model in 2014. Recognized as one of Switzerland´s leading female business executives- Top 40 under 40 (`Women in Business´ Nov 2014).
  • Donata Hopfen
    2014
    CEO of BILD Group Axel Springer SE, BILD KG
    Germany
    Born in Hamburg, Donata Hopfen started her higher education rather internationally: she studied Business administration at the University of Reutlingen in Germany and the Universidad Pontificia Comillas Madrid (ICADE) in Spain. Donata started her career as a strategy consultant in Accenture’s media and telecommunications practice and she joined Axel Springer in 2003, where she worked in various positions: 2003 – 2006 responsible for business development and product management at BILD.T-Online. Between 2006 -2009, Donata was head of business development in Axel Springer’s electronic media department. In 2010, she became Managing Director of BILD’s digital activities and was named Group CEO BILD in May 2014, responsible for all activities of the BILD brand, including print, digital, mobile, TV and merchandising.
  • Ulla Lohmann
    2012
    Photojournalist and Documentary Filmmaker
    Germany
    Ulla Lohmann is a German photojournalist and documentary filmmaker with a diploma in Natural Resource Management. She works as freelance for National Geographic, GEO, BBC, New York Times and holds international exhibits and talks. Ulla is specialized in documenting the changing world of indigenous tribes and in erupting volcanoes. She loves adventures and challenges like rock climbing, diving, trekking to the highest volcano on the planet in Chile (6893m) or hiking through dense jungle to meet remote tribes. Science is important to the former "Jugend forscht winner": Ulla has published several scientific papers. She is also ambassador for the NGO "Pacific People Aid Fund".
  • Katharina Schmitt
    2017
    General Manager Ampush
    Brazil
    Katharina is General Manager of Ampush’s West Coast operations. Ampush enables disruptive growth on digital channels. It applies machine learning to process large amounts of data and develop predictive analytics for customer acquisition. Prior to Ampush Katharina spent 6 years at McKinsey focusing on strategy and scaling businesses across a variety of industries including tech, healthcare, and education. She has rich experience in developing business models, acquisition channels, and revenue streams. Her business strategy experience spans 5 different continents.
  • Isabel Todenhoefer
    2015
    Head of M&A Lufthansa
    Germany
    Education: 1995 - 1997 FH Reutlingen, ESB, BS, Business Administration Reutlingen, Germany 1997 - 1999 ICADE, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, BS, Business Administration Madrid, Spain 2005 INSEAD, MBA Program, December 2005, Fontainebleau, France Professional Experience: 2000 - 2004 Natexis Bleichroeder, Inc., Associate Invesment Banking New York, USA 2006 - 2011 Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Manager then Director Mergers & Acquisition Frankfurt, Germany 2011 – Current Deutsche Lufthansa AG VP Head of Mergers & Acquisition, Member of the Lufthansa Group Finance Committee and Managing Director (Geschäftsführerin) of ÖLB, Holding Company of Austrian Airlines Since 2012 Member of the Network Generation CEO
  • Susanne Von der Becke
    2015
    Co-Founder and CEO VDB Group
    Germany
    Susanne is Co-Founder and CEO of VDB Group. Her focus is to provide insights on global financial issues and to promote responsible leadership, based on scientific research and the practice of conscious awareness. She is a published author and has been invited as an expert speaker on financial crises and high frequency trading. Susanne holds a PhD in Science from ETH Zurich and a Masters from the London School of Economics. She is also an alumna of Harvard Business School. Susanne draws on over 10 years of professional experience in the finance industry. Before founding VDB Group, she was a Director at Lehman Brothers in London and later a Vice President at LGT Capital Partners.
  • Joy Jing Hui XU
    2008
    Global Head of HR, CHRO Sandoz, Novartis
    Germany
    Joy is currently Global Head of HR, CHRO at Sandoz, Novartis, a global leader in generic pharmaceuticals and biosimilars, based in Munich, Germany. Previous to this position before 2015, she was SVP & Chief Human Resources Officer, Asia Pacific Region at PepsiCo based in Hong Kong. Prior to her move to Asia Pacific Region, Joy was Vice President, Talent Sustainability, Asia, Middle East & Africa sector based in Dubai, UAE. Joy was also beforehand, Senior Director & CPO, China Foods Region from June 2006 to August 2009 based in Shanghai, China. Before joining Pepciso, Joy already had 11 years of HR leadership experience in a variety of HR generalist and specialist roles at Procter & Gamble Headquarters, based in Guangzhou, China and Cincinnati, USA respectively. Joy was selected as a “Rising Talents” member during the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in 2008. She was recognized as Pride Of HR Profession by 2010 World HRD Congress. Joy is a graduate of South China University of Technology with a major in English Language and Linguistics (Scientific English) and a minor in Computer Science.
  • Anne Amuzu
    2012
    CEO & Technical Lead Nandimobile
    Ghana
    Miss Anne Amuzu founded and manages Nandimobile together with two other co-founders. She is also the lead developer responsible for the development of the company's products. In 2010, Nandimobile's maiden product, Gripeline was said to solve a world wide problem and was awarded the Best Business at the Launch conference in San Francisco. Miss Amuzu who is a graduate of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Techonology, holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Ghana.
  • Rania Ekaterinari
    2010
    Partner EY
    Greece
    Mrs Rania Ekaterinari is Deputy CEO of Public Power Corporation S.A. (PPC) since January 2010. She is also Executive Member of the Board of Directors and member of the Management Committee. Before PPC, and for more than 10 years, she worked in London and in Athens in various senior positions in corporate & investment banking (Deutsche Bank, BNP Paribas and Eurobank). Before banking, she worked in the oil industry for Texaco for projects in the Caspian region. She is an electrical engineer by academic background and holds an MBA. In 2010, she was selected a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society. She is also a member of the WIL European network and mentor of Endeavor.
  • Leena V. Gangolli
    2010
    Self employed medical doctor, Human Rights activist Consultant for various organizations working for Health and Human Rights
    India
    Following Medical studies and a Master's degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India and a degree in Public Health from Harvard University, U.S.A., Leena returned to India, to work in the field of health and human rights. Her work in access to care for vulnerable groups, violence against women, and rights of the elderly, led her to believe that like medical care, legal assistance is often not accessible to those who need it the most. She therefore entered Law School, and obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Law and is involved with rights of the elderly and the right of patients to palliative care. She also learns music to de-stress.
  • Divya Keshav
    2010
    Owner Krishna Printernational
    India
    Divya Keshav is the owner of Krishna Printernational, a firm engaged in manufacturing self adhesive labels for the Pharmaceutical, Airline, and Consumer Durables industries. Previously, Divya worked at Indiamart Intermesh Limited, the largest b2b online company in India promoting the small scale sector. She was awarded employee of the year for her contributions to improving production processes, customer service and retention. Divya has studied commerce and marketing and in early 2010, she graduated from the 10,000 Women program at the Indian School of Business. Along with classmates from the 10,000 Women program, she founded an organization called "Fragrance" that promotes volunteerism in disadvantaged local communities.
  • Hasina KHARBHIH
    2007
    Founder, Chair of Board, Impulse NGO Network, Founder, MD, Impulse Social Enterprises
    India
    Ms. Kharbhih has gained a multi-sector expertise, including leadership and Institutional Management, livelihood and rural development, anti-human trafficking, migration, gender based violence, child rights, HIV/AIDS education and intervention, substance abuse and adolescent health. Awards & Recognition 2000 - Commonwealth Youth Program Asia Award for Excellence in Youth Work 2002- US Department of State, International Visitors Program (IVLP) on NGO Management 2004-2006 - Commonwealth Youth Ambassador represented India and was featured as Yuva Star or Young Achiever for BBC World Service Trust Award Winning Production of Haath Se Haath Milaa (Lets Join Hands)India largest HIV/AIDS awareness mass media campaign that reach over 50 million viewers 2007- Rising Talent award from the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society, France 2011-2012 - North East Excellence Award in the Achievers Category from the Indian Chambers of Commerce 2012 -YFLO Women Achievers Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce 2012 -Asian Activists Award from Human Right Now - Japan 2012 -CNN-IBN India Positive Award 2013 Winner India’s CNBC Awaaz - Masterpreneur Season 1 Reality Show 2013 - IVLP Gold Star Alumni, US State Department.
  • Suchi Mukherjee
    2011
    Founder & CEO Limeroad.com
    India
    Ms. Mukherjee is the Founder and CEO of LimeRoad.com, India's leading discovery platform for lifestyle products . Previoulsy, she was MD & GM of Gumtree, an online classifieds business which she built out to a #1 in c2c motors sales and a joint #1 in jobs. Previously, on the Management Team of Skype, she ran global marketing, product design & prioritization, helped build eBay UK’s marketplace business and was on the consumer division board of NTL(Virgin Media), UK’s #1 cable company. Ms Mukherjee started in banking where she helped build the world’s #1 aviation insurance company, restructure European telecom assets and helped launch the first structured financing vehicle in India. She holds a MSc in Fin & Eco from LSE as a Chevening Scholar, & a B.A Hons in Eco from Cambridge University as a Commonwealth Scholar.
  • Roopa Purushothaman
    2010
    Managing Director and Head of Research Everstone Capital Advisors
    India
    Roopa Purushothaman heads the research effort of Everstone Capital Advisors. In her role, she covers macro and thematic issues on demographics, income and consumption patterns. The group's last research paper (The Next Urban Frontier: Twenty Cities to Watch), in partnership with the National Council of Applied Economic Research, analyzed spending, savings and demographic patterns in twenty of India's most dynamic urban centers. She is a member of the Prime Minister’s advisory committee for JNNURM (Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission). Previously, Roopa was a Vice President and Global Economist at Goldman Sachs. While at GS, Roopa co-authored the report: Dreaming with BRICs: The Path to 2050, along with other published papers on topics such as long-term growth in India, global trade, migration, women's employment and global aging and consumption patterns. Roopa holds a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics and International Studies from Yale University and an MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
  • Anisha Singh
    2016
    founder and CEO mydala.com
    India
    Anisha Singh is the Founder and CEO of mydala.com. The company started under her leadership in 2009 and since then mydala has grown to become India’s largest local services marketing platform. mydala has worked with more than 130,000 merchants and has 30 million registered users across 209 cities and 85% of our traffic comes from mobile channels. Anisha began her career with the Clinton administration in Capitol Hill, helping women entrepreneurs raise funding. At Centra Software in Boston, she facilitated the setting up of e-learning ecosystems for Fortune 500 companies. After returning to India, she launched Kinis Software, which provides digital solutions for real estate companies in the US. Anisha is a prominent figure in the e-retail and e-commerce space and has spoken at various high profile events like SURGE 2016, the MIT India Conference, Start-up India, WIRED Retail (London), TEDx IIM Indore, Business Today – Most Powerful Women in Indian Business, TechCrunch – Bangalore and GMIC – Beijing. She recently won the e-INC / eTales Awards for e-Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year 2016. Anisha holds a Master’s degree in Political Communications and an MBA in Information Systems from the American University, Washington DC.
  • Cut Noosy Keumalafajri
    2013
    Vice President, Service Partnership Management XL Axiata
    Indonesia
    Cut completed a Master's of Telecommunications at the University of Indonesia with a GPA 4.0/4.0 in 2005. Between 1996-2001, she studied Electrical Engineering at the Telkom Institute of Technology. She has been awarded Indonesia Future Business Leader in 2011, by SWA Magazine, Business Woman Leader 2011/2012, by Femina Magazine, Gold Medal Winner of Asia Pacific, Best Contact Center Leader 2013, Singapore and Director of the Year 2013, Asia Pacific Customer Relation Management, Hong Kong. Cut is currently Vice-President, Service Partnership Management at XL Axiata. Previously she was General Manager, Customer Service, XL Axiata and before this she held various staff & managerial positions at Motorola & XL Axiata.
  • Mary Fitzgerald
    2013
    Journalist & Consultant
    Ireland
    Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and analyst specializing in the Euro-Mediterranean region with a particular focus on Libya. In her previous role as Irish Times foreign correspondent, she reported from more than 40 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. Her work has appeared in publications including the Economist, Foreign Policy, the New Yorker, the Washington Post and the Financial Times. Mary was a founding member of the British Council's Transatlantic Network 2020 and was selected for the European Young Leaders 40 under 40 program in 2013. She was chosen as one of the Global Women's Forum for the Economy & Society's "Rising Talents" in 2013.
  • Selene Biffi
    2013
    Founder and Executive Director Plain Ink
    Italy
    Selene Biffi is a humanitarian and social entrepreneur, founder of several social ventures like Plain Ink - free, educational comics created for children and communities in developing countries. She has also recently opened a school to revive traditional storytelling in Kabul, Afghanistan. Formerly part of the Taskforce on Innovative Startups of the Minister of Economic Development of Italy, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Innovation in The Third Sector of Banca Prossima (Banca Intesa). She is a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and a Young laureate of the Rolex Awards for Enterprise as well as Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013.
  • Alessia Maria MOSCA
    2010
    Member of the European Parliament European Parliament
    Italy
    Born in Monza (Italy) in 1975, she was elected as a member of the European Parliament in 2014. She works in the International Trade (INTA) committee and in the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) committee. From 2008 to 2014, she was a member of the Italian Parliament. She was nominated Young Global Leader in 2009 and Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, a Master’s degree in Diplomacy, a diploma in International Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the University of Florence. Her activity is focused on international trade and gender issues. She is the main sponsor of the «Golfo-Mosca» law that introduces gender quotas in boards of Italian listed companies. She started her blog in 2007 and has been updating it since.
  • Marie Lora-Mungai
    2013
    CEO & Executive Producer Restless Global
    Kenya
    First as a journalist and later as an entrepreneur and producer, Marie Lora-Mungai’s work over the past 10 years has focused on creating compelling content that challenges the world’s understanding of Africa by bringing to light complex and fascinating African stories rooted in reality. She is the Founder and CEO of Restless Global, a pan-African company focused on the development of Africa-inspired film & television projects for an international audience. Marie previously founded and ran Buni.tv, a pioneer African video-on-demand platform recently acquired by Trace TV/MTG Group, and production company Buni Media, known for its popular political satire shows The XYZ Show (Kenya) and Ogas At The Top (Nigeria). During her successful first career as an award-winning television journalist, Marie worked across 3 continents and 15 African countries for CNN, Reuters TV, AFP TV and the BBC. In 2013 she was named a Rising Talent at the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. She was listed on the Choiseul list of 200 Economic Leaders of Tomorrow in 2015 and 2016, and was named one of “10 Female Entrepreneurs to Follow in 2017” by Forbes France.
  • Dorcas MUTHONI
    2009
    CEO Openworld Ltd
    Kenya
    Ms. Dorcas Muthoni, an entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Openworld LTD, a leading E-Government and Business Technology firm in Eastern Africa. Muthoni is a council member of Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa FOSSFA. Her trusteeship shall be a driving force behind the vision and the policies of the Foundation till 2010. She is a strong advocate for the uptake of computing careers amongst young women and high school girls. Through her day to day work as an entrepreneur and computer scientist, Muthoni seeks to see technology positively transforming the lives of the African society and enterprises.
  • Maya KARANOUH
    2008
    CEO and Co-Founder TAGbrands
    Lebanon
    In the past decade Maya Karanouh has been an active entrepreneur, founding several companies and being a leading member of the regional creative sector. Maya is currently the CEO at TAGbrands. As an award winning branding strategy firm that aligns brand image with the strategic objectives of the company, TAGbrands work impacts several aspects of the business including the retail environment, the relationship with customers and the organizational structure. TAGbrands is proud to have amongst its regional client base: Bank Audi, Doha Bank, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Ghandour, Bonjus, Patchi, L’Oreal and Taanayel. Through the company, Maya has been honored to receive the following awards: the 2006 British Council’s Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year for Lebanon, 35 under 35 Global Women Entrepreneurs award in 2007 and “Rising Talents” by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2008. As Maya is a strong believer in design and innovation, she decided to co-found and incubate the MENA Design Research Center in 2010, a non-profit organization dedicated to design research and social change in the Middle East and North Africa as the CSR branch of TAGbrands. The MENA Design Research Center is proud to have organized the first “Beirut Design Week” which took place in June 2012 in partnership with the British Council, the Goethe Institute, AUB and the Ministry of Tourism.
  • Alejandra Ancheita
    2014
    Founder and Executive Director Project on Economic, Social, and Cultural Right
    Mexico
    Alejandra Ancheita, the founder and Executive Director of the Mexico City based ProDESC (The Project of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights), is a Mexican lawyer and activist who leads the fight for the rights of the migrants, workers, and indigenous communities of her native country to dramatically raise their standard of living. Since founding ProDESC in 2005, Alejandra and her dedicated team have run strategic, gender-sensitive campaigns aimed at protecting the economic, social, and cultural rights of Mexico’s most marginalized people. The tangible results of these campaigns include unprecedented accountability mechanisms between some of the world’s largest transnational companies, thereby ensuring land rights and the rights to dignified housing, health, education, and a fair wage, among others.
  • Lorna Campbell
    2017 Mexico
    Mexico Exploration Vice President ExxonMobil Exploration Company
    Mexico
    Lorna joined Esso Australia in Melbourne in 2000 and has held various positions in Exploration, Development and Production of ExxonMobil affiliated companies in Australia and the USA. She was then appointed as Geoscience Supervisor for one of ExxonMobil’s Deepwater Angola projects (Kizomba A) in 2007. In 2009 she transferred to ExxonMobil Exploration Company as Geoscience Supervisor for the US Gulf of Mexico, leading a team through complex sub-salt seismic imaging projects and new acreage capture. In 2012 Lorna was appointed Manager for Asia-Pacific New Opportunities Exploration. She returned to Houston in 2015 to take on the role of Mexico Exploration Manager and was promoted to the position of Mexico Exploration Vice President in 2016.
  • Valeria Chapa
    2016 Mexico
    Vice President & General Counsel, Latin America Honeywell
    Mexico
    Valeria provides general commercial, corporate governance and compliance advice to Honeywell's operations in LATAM. Before joining Honeywell, Valeria was a partner at Baker & McKenzie based in Monterrey, Mexico and worked at the firm’s New York (2004) and Mexico City (2006-2008) offices. She holds a JD from the Universidad de Monterrey (Cum Laude, 2001) and a Master’s of Law from Columbia University in New York. In 2015, Valeria co-founded an NGO formed by Mexican in-house and law firm attorneys called Abogadas MX, which aims to increase the representation of female attorneys in leadership positions through mentoring, networking and leadership opportunities. Born in Santa María Quiegolani, in the southern highlands of Oaxaca, Eufrosina was the first woman to chair the Oaxaca State Congress. She served as Representative in the 62nd Mexican Congress where she chaired the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Ms. Cruz is known as one of the leading promoters and defenders of women’s political rights, after securing a Constitutional amendment to Article 2 Section A that recognizes Indigenous women’s active and passive right to vote nationwide.
  • Eufrosina Cruz Mendoza
    2016 Mexico
    Politician and Activist
    Mexico
    Born in Santa María Quiegolani, in the southern highlands of Oaxaca, Eufrosina was the first woman to chair the Oaxaca State Congress. She served as Representative in the 62nd Mexican Congress where she chaired the Indigenous Affairs Committee. Ms. Cruz is known as one of the leading promoters and defenders of women’s political rights, after securing a Constitutional amendment to Article 2 Section A that recognizes indigenous women’s active right and passive right to vote nationwide.
  • Beatriz Gasca Acevedo
    2017 Mexico
    Executive Director Dalia Empower
    Mexico
    Bea is a Human Resources and Social Responsability expert. She is a certified Coach. She started her professional career in Whirlpool, and continued at Nestlé, Aeroméxico and currently she is the Executive Director at Dalia Empower. Bea has been recognized by Mundo Ejecutivo magazine as the youngest CHRO that is transforming the human capital in México, due to her ability in traducing the HR initiatives into the business units language and her effort to promote gender equality in the corporate world. She also was one of the 100 most powerful women in México by Forbes 2017. As an activist, she regularly give conferences on how to make diversity and inclusion tangible. She is board member of Mundo Ejecutivo and Forbes business magazines.
  • Ariana Gomez
    2016 Mexico
    Chief Innovation Officer Gentera S.A.B. de C.V.
    Mexico
    Ariana Gomez’ career path has always been focused on eradicating poverty and improving the lives of people living without opportunities. She has found different paths towards accomplishing these goals ranging from her work at international institutions (AMREF, International Rescue Committee, UNICEF, World Bank, World Resources Institute), government (German Embassy, SEDESOL, SRE), NGOs (Reforestamos Mexico, Fundacion Baja una Estrella), academia and research (LSE, Stanhope Centre), private sector (Omnilife, Bimbo, Gentera) and her own business and entrepreneurial ventures (Regalos con Causa, Plan A, SomosTodos.MX, Mandetox). She holds a BA in Politics from York University, a Master’s in Science from the London School of Economics (LSE), an executive MBA from IPADE and an Executive Program Diploma from Singularity University at NASA. Ariana plays tennis, loves cooking, reading and traveling. She’s a Board Member of MassChallenge Mexico, Village Capital, as well as a couple of local Foundations and NGOs concerned with the wellbeing of women, children, youth, the environment and animals, especially stray dogs.
  • Altair Jarabo
    2016 Mexico
    Actress and entrepreneur
    Mexico
    Altair is a 29 year old Mexican actress and businesswoman. For over a decade she has been working as an actress in film, theater and television in Mexico, gaining a privileged place in the social sphere where her voice can reach many ears.
  • Leticia Jauregui
    2016 Mexico
    Founder and Director Crea
    Mexico
    Leticia M. Jáuregui Casanueva is Founder and President of Crea, an organization that works with female-led micro and small enterprises in marginalized cities and communities of Mexico. Leticia completed her master degrees in Community Development and Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis. She is an alumni of the Graduate Studies Program at Singularity University and is the Mexican Community Ambassador. She was selected as one of the top social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green in 2008, is a 2009 Architect of the Future from the Waldzell Institute and a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. Leticia has presented her work on remittances, gender equality and micro enterprise development at the Wharton School of business, the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and the OECD amongst others.
  • Daniela Lecuona
    2017 Mexico
    Head of Investor Relations América Móvil
    Mexico
    Daniela manages the Investor Relations Office of América Móvil since 2008. She is in charge of generating all the financial reports required by the Bolsa Mexicana de Valores and the New York Stock Exchange. Additionally, she is the main point of contact in the company with investors and in general with the financial markets and for managing the information provided to América Móvil’s Board Members and to C-level executives for strategic decision processes. Lecuona holds a degree in Economics from Universidad Anahuac in Mexico City and a post-graduate degree in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Geneva in Switzerland.
  • Alba Medina Flores
    2016 Mexico
    Co-founder Pop.Space
    Mexico
    Alba Medina co-founded the first marketplace for productive space in Latin America and her ultimate goal is to disrupt the real estate sector in the region. Medina Flores holds a Bachelor´s Degree from ITESM in Mexico City and an MSRED from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. Medina has gained a broad understanding of real estate in Mexico while engaging at Fibra Uno as Manager of Mergers and Acquisitions and at Grupo Fame-Altozano in the development of multiple urban planning projects across the country. Previously, she was an equity research analyst of infrastructure companies in Mexico and an investment banker and private banker at Credit Suisse.
  • Lucía Mijares Martínez
    2017 Mexico
    Sports Development Technical Director Federación Mexicana de Futbol Asociación A.C
    Mexico
    Lucía is the first woman Sports Technical Director in Mexico and Latin America. She has empowered girls through football by developing the first official Women´s Football Amateur and High Performance Structure in Mexico. Recently, she has developed a national Physical Education program in elementary schools in Mexico called “Jugamos Todos” (We Play All) to introduce healthy habits and nutritional guidelines through a fun and accessible methodology. She has been worked to build the athletic marathon platform, various Cycling and Triathlon World Championships all over the world, and The Athens 2004 Olympic Games.
  • Saskia Niño de Rivera
    2016 Mexico
    General Director Reinserta Un Mexicano A.C.
    Mexico
    Saskia Niño de Rivera grew up concerned with social justice and the state of insecurity in her home country of Mexico. After law studies at the prestigious ITAM, she went to UNAM to study psychology, with a specialization in criminal and prison psychology. Saskia founded a non-profit organization named Reinserta in 2013 and started working as a Prison Liaison for the Anti Kidnapping Division for the Federal Government. Today Saskia serves full time as Reinserta's General Director. She was selected as a fellow for ASHOKA in 2015, TIME Magazine named her “Next Generation Leader” and Forbes as one of the 100 most powerfull women in Mexico. She is part of the Hatch Network, an ambassador for Vital Voices and was named a 2016 Rising Talent for the Women´s Forum.
  • Francesca Alessandra Romita Iturbe
    2017 Mexico
    Head of the Gender Unit Ministry of Tourism in Mexico
    Mexico
    Francesca was advisor in political affairs at the Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in NY. She focused on Corporate Sustainability issues working on gender issues and women empowerment. She is currently Head of the Gender Unit at the Ministry of Tourism in Mexico, responsible for the strategy to incorporate gender perspective, prevent human trafficking and child labor in the Tourism sector; women empowerment and the protection of children’s rights. In 2014, she was selected as Leader of the Year in the category of Social Responsibility by Grupo Mundo Ejecutivo.
  • Lorena Saravia
    2016 Mexico
    Designer and CEO Lorena Saravia
    Mexico
    Mexico City born, Lorena Saravia is considered one of the best Mexican designers worldwide. Not only is her style constant, but also her collections are highly acclaimed and documented by the press. Lorena obtained her fashion degree at the Universidad de Diseño y Moda Felicidad Duce in Barcelona, Spain. Before creating her own firm, she worked and collaborated with important fashion brands such as: Bread and Butter Barcelona, Gstar – Raw and famous Mexican designer Macario Jiménez. Lorena has won several awards including Vogues Who’s on Next Mexico. She opened the brand's first flagship store in 2014 on Masaryk, - Mexico City most luxurious avenue. The brand is designed for the contemporary woman, giving her the flexibility needed for her everyday lifestyle. Relaxed silhouettes and timeless elegance reflect the label’s trademark style.
  • Olga Segura
    2017 Mexico
    Founder Decididas
    Mexico
    Olga is Mexican film producer based in L.A. She has produced 8 feature films. Her most recent project is The Dinner, a film based on the novel by the same title written by Herman Koch starring Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan and Rebecca Hall. Olga was also certified as an advocate to end violence against women and children on behalf of the organization Peace Over Violence & the Assembly of the State of California. Her new project is called “Decididas” a docu-series focused on creating awareness on the decisions we make as women.
  • Maria RIVAS
    2008
    Cargill Central America Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
    Nicaragua
    Maria manages CSR for Cargill businesses in Central America and promotes and manages the implementation of shared value programs within and across businesses. Prior to working at Cargill, Maria was the Latin America Regional Coordinator at the UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP, she was the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Latin American ST-EP and MDG-F Regional Coordinator, managing sustainable tourism projects that seek to contribute to the elimination of poverty. Prior to her post with the UNWTO, Maria was Minister of Tourism of Nicaragua. As Minister, she was in charge developing and expanding tourism in Nicaragua. Under her leadership, tourism became the top revenue generator for the country. Previously, Ms. Rivas was Associate Director of PRONicaragua, Nicaragua’s investment promotion agency. Before joining PRONicaragua, Ms. Rivas served as Senior Strategic Media Planner at multi-national advertising agency McCann-Erickson in New York City and Buenos Aires. Mrs. Rivas holds a BA in Communications from Queens College and a MBA from the Harvard Business School (HBS). Maria is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a HBS Service Leadership Fellow, an Aspen Institute Central America Leadership Initiative Fellow and a Rising Talent of the Women’s Forum on the Economy and Society.
  • Amy Jadesimi
    2013
    Managing Director LADOL Integrated Logistics Free Zone Enterprise
    Nigeria
    Dr Amy Jadesimi is the Managing Director of LADOL, an oil and gas fabrication and multi-logistics services base in Nigeria. Beyond LADOL, Amy contributes to Forbes and joined the 2015 Advisory Board for the UN Development Programme’s “Africa Human Development Report”. Amy cut her teeth at Goldman Sachs and Brait Private Equity in London, before returning to Nigeria to join LADOL’s management team. Amy has a number of accolades under her belt: in 2012, she was named an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow; in 2013, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum; also in 2013, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for Economy & Society; in 2014, Forbes included her in the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa; and in July 2015, the Financial Times named her one of top 25 Africans To Watch. Amy holds an MBA from Stanford University, as well as a BA and BMBCh from the University of Oxford.
  • Katarzyna Batko-Toluc
    2010
    Program Director Citizens Network Watchdog Poland
    Poland
    Katarzyna built a civic network of empowered citizens making use of their rights. Thanks to their pressure, the political culture in Poland is changing and becoming more open, transparent and accountable. The impact of this work can be seen on both the national and local level. For her work, she has awarded the Officer's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland in 2011. She was also became a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2010 and won the title of Social Entrepreneur - Ashoka Fellow in 2009. She is an author of several publications on ethics of public life and transparent democratic systems of governance. The website address of her organization is the following: www.watchdogpoland.pl.
  • Kinga-Agnes Daradics
    2014
    Country Chairman & CEO MOL Romania Petroleum Products S.R.L.
    Romania
    Kinga started her career within MOL Group as a Sales Support Assistant, and in the following years she gained experience and know-how in different business areas. She is currently Country Chairman and CEO at MOL Romania Petroleum Products S.R.L. Prior to this position, she led the Card Products division of MOL Group, coordinating the activity of 9 countries in CEE and strategic cross-European partnerships. She has a Master’s degree in Management Strategies from Babeş-Bolyai University Cluj Napoca, an Executive MBA degree from the University of Sheffield, and has graduated from the MOL Group Leadership Program, made by Thunderbird Arizona. She is a Board Member of the Hungarian Business Association in Romania, of the Sapientia Foundation, and of the Foreign Investors’ Council.
  • Natalia GANDURINA
    2009
    Managing Director, Publisher Forbes, L'Officiel, OK!
    Russia
    Natalia Gandurina is currently Managing Director and Publisher at Forbes, L'Officiel and OK! She graduated from Moscow Linguistic University, Academy of Foreign Trade of Russia, Albert-Ludwig University in Freiburg and (Germany), INSEAD (France). Natalia started her business career in publishing business as Vogue Russia advertising Director and eight years later became the Managing Director of Conde Nast Russia (Vogue, GQ, AD, Glamour magazines). Natalia Always wanted to start her own business and in 2008 with a partner she created NR Group. Natalia speaks Russian, French, German, English.
  • Marina MALYKHINA
    2008
    President & CEO Magram Market Research Agency
    Russia
    Marina Malykhina graduated from the Academy of National Economy, Economic and Social Sciences Department. In 1997 she founded the Magram Market Research Agency. Marina is an ESOMAR member (European Society for Opinion and Marketing Research) and a Member of the ‘Committee of 20’ (Women Business-leaders Association). Ms.Malykhina teaches in the National Economy Academy and is a member of Moscow State University Board of Regents. In 2004 was honored with a ranking among the ‘100 best professional carriers in business for 2000-04’ by Kommersant newspaper. In 2005 she won the annual contest ‘Businessman of a year’ in nomination ‘Young businessman’ (Ernst & Young has been organizing the contest in 40 countries for 19 years. Within the contest are honored businessmen who made the most considerable contribution to this nation’s economic development).
  • Karima Nigmatulina
    2016
    General Director Institute of Master Planning for the city of Moscow
    Russia
    In 2005, Karima received her BSE in Operations Research from Princeton University with Minors in Policy, Management Systems, Finance and Dance. In 2009, she completed her PhD in Operations Research at MIT with a thesis on modeling pandemic influenza. In that same year, she also joined the Institute of Disease Modeling at IV as a Research Scientist and then as the Program Manager for the entire Institute. She concurrently served as the Director of International Relations at TerraPower. In 2012, she returned to her home country of Russia joining the Genplan Institute of Moscow as a Deputy Director and within nine months became the acting CEO. In 2016, she joined Vi Holding as the Advisor to the President. Her achievements have included: Acknowledgement of gratefulness from the Mayor of Moscow (2015) and Professor (status) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2016).
  • Rica RWIGAMBA
    2009
    Owner and CEO ServEjo
    Rwanda
    A specialist in policy, in tourism development and in conservation, Rica has an extensive experience both in the Government and the Private sector. Rica co-owned and managed a specialized travel and event management firm and acquired advisory knowledge working as business advisor at The Rwanda National SME Support Center. She serves on the Board of the growing National Carrier and also on the Board of the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. A true East African because of her travel experience since early times, she believes in a great future for this region and remains active in promoting regional integration. Her recent achievement was the launch of the East Africa Tourist Visa - a single tourist visa to Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda which begun in January 2014. She also received her MBA at the Oklahoma Christian University in 2016. Rica is a firm believer in mentorship as a tool to help the younger generation grow and succeed. She is presently Owner and CEO of ServEjo, a management consulting firm specializing in providing strategic leadership, marketing services to Start-Ups and SMEs active in the Services Sector.
  • Muna AbuSulayman
    2011
    Co-founder Meedan.com
    Saudi Arabia
    Muna AbuSulayman has been named as one of the most influential Arabs, as well as one of the most influential muslims in the world in numerous publications from 2009 to the present. Due to a unique and diverse cross-functional work experience, including leading The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations, AbuSulayman is internationally recognized as an expert in management, education, sustainable development, Islam/West, and female empowerment. She has spoken at the World Economic Forum, the UN, and the World Bank on the sensitive issues such as “Media Leadership in the Arab World” and “Monetization of Motherhood.” Currently, AbuSulayman is co-founding several start ups in the media, female empowerment, entrepreneurship and tech sectors.
  • Raha Moharrak
    2016 Dubai
    Art Director/Graphic Design Freelancer
    Saudi Arabia
    Always a curious child, for as long as she can remember, Raha Moharrak dreamed of challenging adventures, seeing the world and perhaps even changing it. From a young age, her eccentricity was obvious, blessed with parents who never asked her to change, teaching her to dream big and live even bigger, as they raised her with the belief that life is what she makes of it and her dreams are a reflection of the endlessness of her capabilities. Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah then starting her career at a leading advertising agency, Raha’s life changed the day she summited Kilimanjaro and challenged herself, her society and her culture. It was there, between the clouds, standing on Africa’s roof, where her spirit could no longer be silenced and nothing could hold her back from her love of adventure. Kilimanjaro opened the doors to 8 more summits, yet still, her love affair with altitude was insatiable and her curiosity as to where her limits were grew fierce. Just when she thought she found them, she set eyes on Everest and the dream that turned her into an accidental role model was born. On May 18th 2013, a year after seeing the legendary mountain, Raha made history by being the first Saudi woman to summit Everest, forever proving we could attempt the impossible and maybe even achieve it no matter where we are from. She is living proof that if children are raised confident and curious, unapologetically who they are, then we’re capable of anything. It is even possible for a Saudi woman to stand on top of the world
  • Alice Lopin
    2014
    Store Leader Apple Computer
    Singapore
    Alice Lopin moved to Singapore mid-2016 to open the first Apple Store in South East Asia. In her role as Store Leader, she is responsible for selecting and developing top talent for Apple and leading the Retail teams to deliver outstanding customer experiences both to consumer and business customers. Prior to her relocation, Alice lived in Hong Kong for over a decade, and played a pivotal role in the leadership and development of the Apple Stores in Greater China. Prior to joining Apple, Alice had grown Qeelin, the first Chinese luxury jeweler, from a seed-startup into a full-grown global luxury brand. In her capacity as Global Head of Sales and Marketing, she was instrumental in Qeelin’s acquisition by Kering Gucci-Group in 2012, which became the very first Chinese brand ever to be acquired by a global luxury conglomerate. Alice has made a strong impact in the area of Community as a Volunteer Guide for Apple, has been an Alumni Chapter President for HEC Paris for over a decade in Hong Kong, and was appointed French Foreign Trade Advisor (CCE) by the French Government in 2010. Mentorship and creativity are at the heart of her passions, and Alice has been consistently mentoring startup owners, high potential individuals and artists to achieve their best. She was rewarded in 2014 by being selected to join the Rising Talents Initiative by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society and was appointed Mentor in the Startup Next Program Hong Kong in 2016. Alice holds a Masters in Management from HEC Paris, a Masters in Corporate Law from Assas Paris-II University, a G.G expert gemologist degree from the GIA and has attended the MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Janet Neo
    2015
    Head of Corporate Sustainability, Asia Pacific Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific
    Singapore
    Janet Neo heads corporate sustainability at Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific. She leads the acceleration of sustainability integration into the core business and builds a culture of CSR in the region. Her career spans across private, public and non-profit sectors including HEINEKEN Asia Pacific and Singapore Government Ministry where she led teams in award-winning CSR reporting and communications in Singapore and 26 countries globally. Janet holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology from NUS University Scholars Program. She worked in Silicon Valley hi-tech startups and studied in Stanford University, USA. She serves as a member of United Nations ESCAP Sustainable Business Taskforce.
  • Nicole Seah
    2012
    Politician
    Singapore
    Nicole Rebecca Seah Xue Ling, born 17 October 1986 was a Singaporean politician and National Solidarity Party (NSP) candidate for the Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (Marine Parade GRC) in the 2011 Singaporean general election. At 24, she was the youngest female candidate standing in the election and immediately became a target of media attention, which became increasingly pronounced as her speeches began to go viral on YouTube. During the election, she was described as the second most popular politician online, after Lee Kuan Yew. On 25 August 2014, Seah resigned from the NSP, stating that "For myself, this is not a complete departure from politics." Seah has always been involved in community activities and volunteering since secondary school. Her interest in politics was sparked by a meeting with a destitute woman, who – despite having a roof over her head – had no money for food, and was completely dependent on handouts from charity. While in NUS, she was the managing editor of an online publication called the Campus Observer. Before the 2011 general election, Seah had been involved with the Reform Party since 2009, but left in early February 2011 along with many other party members. She was invited to join the NSP by Goh Meng Seng, then the NSP's secretary-general.
  • Karen Tay
    2017
    Smart Nation Director (North America) Prime Minister’s Office Singapore
    Singapore
    Karen is Singapore’s Smart Nation Director. She represents Singapore’s voice in smart cities on the global stage and leads the country’s efforts in building strategic relationships with industry, Governments and thought leaders in the smart cities space. Prior to this role, she was a policymaker and political speechwriter in the Education, Finance, Social and Technology sectors in Singapore. She is passionate about deploying technology for public good and writes at www.techandpublicgood.com.
  • Maryana ISKANDER
    2007
    Chief Executive Officer Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator
    South Africa
    Maryana Iskander is CEO of the Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator based in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2006-2012 she served as Chief Operating Officer of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York, and currently sits on the national Planned Parenthood board of directors. Maryana formerly served as Adviser to the President of Rice University, where she oversaw an ambitious strategic planning process and partnerships between the university and the city of Houston, Texas. She has also served as a law clerk to Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. She was an associate at global consultancy McKinsey & Co., a strategy consultant for W.L. Gore & Associates, and a law clerk at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, and Vinson & Elkins in Houston. Maryana earned a B.A. from Rice University, a M.Sc. from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. from Yale Law School.
  • Khululiwe Mabaso
    2016
    Associate Director Communication and Government Affairs Africa Procter & Gamble
    South Africa
    Khululiwe has 20 years of professional experience working for various companies and has for the last 10 years, been working for Procter & Gamble in various leadership roles across Africa and most recently leading Communications capability in the region (India, Middle East and Africa). She has experience and passion for Corporate Communications, Crisis and Issue Management and Sustainability which includes developing and executing sustainable business integrated Social and Economic projects as well as leveraging scientific background in Biotechnologist and Technology Management to apply innovative ideas. Khululiwe enjoys coaching girls and women to ensure they continue to be the best they want to be and be leading a purposeful live.
  • Phuti MAHANYELE
    2009
    Executive Chairman Sigma Capital
    South Africa
    Phuti is currently Executive Chairman of Sigma Capital, a privately held, majority-black owned investment group based in South Africa and established in 2015. Phuti Mahanyele is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, a multi-billion rand diversified African investment holding company that was established in 2001. Shanduka held a diversified portfolio of listed and unlisted investments, with holdings in various sectors including resources, telecoms, real estate, energy, industrials and food & beverage, across various jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius and Ghana. She joined Shanduka in 2004 as the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy. Ms Mahanyele was previously Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Prior to that she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office. In her tenure as CEO of Shanduka Group, she held directorships with a number of companies, including inter alia Lonmin Plc, Mondi, McDonalds SA, Coca Cola Shanduka Beverages, Macsteel and Helios Towers (Nigeria). She has been awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award and the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards in 2014. In 2013 she was awarded a “Distinguished Achievement” by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognised Ms Mahanyele as a “Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year” in 2012, 2011 Rutgers University conferred on her the “Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award”. In 2009 she was awarded the “Most Influential Woman in Government and Business by Financial Services. And Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the “Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008”. Ms Mahanyele was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum and awarded “Top in Project Finance, 2003” by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP). She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. She is involved with the “Dignity Day” programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She is also a Patron of NEET (National Education Empowerment Trust). She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Comair Limited and Reunert Limited. She holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA, and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Ms Mahanyele completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ at Harvard University in 2008.
  • Adriana Marais
    2016
    Head of Innovation SAP Africa
    South Africa
    Dr. Adriana Marais has most recently been appointed Head of Innovation for SAP Africa, leading the IoT Lab, the Co-Innovation Lab initiatives, as well as other innovation streams. Previously, Adriana was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), focusing applications of quantum mechanics in information security, biology and the origins of life. She also lectured physics at UKZN and the University of Cape Town. Since childhood, she has dreamed of living on another planet, and is currently one of the 100 Mars One Project Astronaut Candidates in the running to move to the Red Planet in 2026. Adriana believes that education comes with the responsibility to share knowledge, and while on Earth, is actively involved in the promotion of science and space exploration as Special Project Coordinator for the Foundation for Space Development South Africa.
  • Lindiwe Mazibuko
    2012
    Former Leader of the Opposition Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
    South Africa
    Lindiwe Mazibuko is a public leader, speaker, writer, and former politician. She was the first black woman in South African history to be elected Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. A graduate of the University of Cape Town in South Africa and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the United States, Lindiwe was an elected representative in South Africa’s National Assembly until May 2014, when she resigned from active politics in order to return to higher education. Despite her decision to take a prolonged hiatus from public office, Lindiwe remains committed to promoting change for the better in South Africa, Africa and the Global South.
  • Ory Okolloh
    2010
    Director of Investments Omidyar Network Africa
    South Africa
    As director of investments for Omidyar Network’s Governance & Citizen Engagement initiative in Africa, Ory invests in for-profit and nonprofit organizations that foster civic participation and increase transparency and accountability in government. Based in Nairobi, Ory brings a unique blend of experience in the fields of technology, transparency, public policy, and governance. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Ory was Google’s policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for managing government relations and driving the implementation of policies that increased Internet access and supported the growth of local online content. Previously, Ory was at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She served as the organization’s executive director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament. She is a board member of the Africa Media Initiative, a member of the World Bank’s Council of Eminent Persons, an advisory board member of Code for All, and a member of the World Bank Service Delivery Indicator Committee. Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity. In 2010 Ory was named a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
  • Zimbini Peffer
    2017
    Marketing Director The Foschini Retail Group (Pty) Ltd
    South AFrica
    Zimbini is Marketing Director: Jewellery (Since October 2015) at TFG (Pty) Ltd, the foremost independent retail chain-store group in South Africa comprising a total of 22 retail brands, accessories, sporting, outdoor apparel and homeware. Zimbini’s counterparts and key stakeholder team consists of the Head of Buying, Head of Planning, Head of Operations, and Head of Finance. Supported by a team of 8 Managers across Communications and the Creative Studio, she successfully nurtures a footprint within 450 stores nationwide.
  • Ruth Diaz
    2014
    Director of Other Hardlines Categories (Toys, Sports, Tools, Baby, Personal Care, Home, Kitchen) Amazon.es Amazon
    Spain
    Ruth Díaz started her professional career at PricewaterhouseCoopers at the age of 19, as an Auditor for four years. She then joined Universal Pictures as Finance Controller for three years . Later, she decided that she wanted to be “closer” to the business decisions and joined a Spanish company as CFO. At the age of 28, she was offered the CEO position of Entradas.com (a Spanish ticketing Company). During the following seven years, she made a turnaround of the company (from -4M Ebitda to +2,5M Ebitda, and turnover of 100M Euros). In 2010, Ruth joined Amazon as Country Manager of Amazon BuyVIP. The goal was to integrate the subsidiary in the technology, platform and culture. She was then offered different positions (in Spain and abroad), and she has just started her new role developing the new growing business areas of Amazon.es. Ruth holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master's Degree from IESE business school. She is passionate about people development and became a certified individual coach by ICF, and a team coach. During the last three years, she has been awarded as one of the top 100 leader women in Spain in all fields by the “Mujeres & Cía”. She is also member of the Spanish IWF (International Women Federation).
  • Noelia Fernandez Arroyo
    2011
    Chief Digital Transformation Officer Prisa
    Spain
    Noelia was one of the founders of Yahoo in Spain and until recently she led the Editorial and Media of all the international offering at Yahoo. In April 2015, she joined Prisa, the world’s leading Spanish and Portuguese-language business group in the fields of education, information and entertainment (El País, 40 Principales, Santillana, etc...). Her key focus is to drive the digital transformation of the group, focusing on technology, digital business and culture as the key enablers. She has been working on the Internet since 1994, and holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of Navarra and an MBA with Honors from the Graduated School of Business of the Chicago Booth. She was also previously Associate Professor of the Media Business Department at the University of Navarra. She is one of the founders and Members of the Academic Board of ISDI, which focuses on delivering professional education, investigation, advise and consulting to impulse the digital transformation of people and organizations. A 2011 Rising Talents of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, she was also listed by the World Business Magazine, in association with INSEAD, as one of the most influential Business Women under 35.
  • Nuria OLIVER
    2009
    Director of Research Data Science Vodafone
    Spain
    Nuria is has recently in January 2017, taken on the position as Director of Research in Data Science at Vodafone. She was previously Scientific Director in Telefonica Research (Barcelona, Spain) for almost nine years. She received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2000. Prior to joining her current position, she worked as a researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond (WA) for over seven years. With more than 25 patent applications and granted patents and over 80 scientific publications, her work has been cited extensively (>7300 citations). She has received a number of awards, including a Rising Talent Award by the Women’s Forum of the Economy and Society (2009), MIT’s TR100 Young Innovators Award (2004) and the First Spanish Award of EECS Graduates (1994). Besides her scientific publications, she is very interested in making science available to the general public and particularly inspiring younger generations to pursue careers in science and technology. She has been a technology writer for Tecno2000 magazine and ‘EL PAIS’ newspaper, among others. She has given two TEDx talks (2012 and 2013) and one talk at WIRED London (2013). She has been named a Senior Member of the ACM (2014), one of the ’13 most influential young women in Spain’ by Mujer Hoy magazine (2011), ‘100 leaders of the future’ by Capital Magazine (May 2009), one of the ‘Generation XXI: 40 Spanish youngsters that will make news in the Third Millenium’ by EL PAIS (2000).
  • Yanina Chiariotti
    2015
    Director International Field Marketing Dunkin' Brands
    Spain
    A dynamic, results driven marketing executive with over 10 years of extensive international experience. Yanina Chiariotti is a multi-lingual professional with a passion for consumer led insight to build competitive advantage for all stakeholders. With previous experience in Latin America, Middle East and India, Yanina is currently the International Marketing Director for Dunkin' Brands, responsible for over 17 markets across continental Europe. Education: Degree and Master's in Corporate Communication, CUM LAUDE. Master's in Marketing at EADA Business School, Spain. Awards: Rising Talents (2015) of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society, Top 100 Women Leaders in Spain finalist (2014-2015). Dunkin’ Brands leadership award-winner (2014).
  • Nina Rawal
    2012
    Head of Life Science Industrifonden (Swedish Industrial Development Fund)
    Sweden
    Dr. Nina Rawal heads the Life Science investment team at Industrifonden, a 500 million USD venture capital fund, and serves on the boards of several life science companies. Previously, she held the position of Vice President, Strategy and Ventures at Gambro. Prior experience also includes The Boston Consulting Group in Stockholm and New York, and a Ph.D. in molecular neurobiology at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and Hôpital la Salpêtrière in Paris.
  • Elsie Kanza
    2011
    Director, Head of Africa World Economic Forum
    Switzerland
    Elsie S. Kanza is the Director, Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the Forum in 2011, she held a number of positions at the Government of Tanzania, including serving as Personal Assistant to H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania responsible for Economic Affairs, as well as working for the Ministry of Finance and central Bank of Tanzania in various capacities from 1997 to 2006. Elsie holds a BSc (cum laude) in International Business Administration from the United States International University – Africa, an MSc in Finance from the University of Strathclyde and an MA in Development Economics from Williams College. She has also been nominated to the 2011 Rising Talents Program of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2011) and is an awardee of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow (2008).
  • Nadja LANG
    2009
    CEO Fairtrade Max Havelaar
    Switzerland
    Nadja is the CEO of Fairtrade Max Havelaar in CH. She was previously the Commercial Director in CH and simultaneously served as “Chair Global Account Management Steering Committee” for Fairtrade International. She has also held various national and international marketing executive functions at General Mills and Coca-Cola. Her key expertise lies in managing successful business development and chance management phases in complex organizations, focusing on innovation and strategic partnerships in a multi-stakeholder environment. Nadja also serves on the board of the Swiss Post AG, Energie 360° AG as well as Metron AG and was awarded “Member of Generation CEO” in 2009.
  • Lea Von Bidder
    2017
    CEO Ava Science, Inc. Ava
    Switzerland
    Lea is the co-founder and CEO of Ava Science, Inc., creator of the first fertility tracking sensor bracelet. At Ava, she has helped raise more than $12M in VC funding and expand product sales through the US and Europe since launching in 2016. Under her leadership, Ava has garnered overwhelming customer reviews and generated buzz among top-tier media outlets, including USA Today, the Today Show and the BBC. She’s spoken at industry conferences including CES and has written several articles on issues related to female entrepreneurs and innovations in digital health for women.
  • Helen Yuanyuan Cao
    2014
    Head of Marketing and Product Management EMEA BD Biosciences
    Switzerland
    Helen Yuanyuan Cao was born in China, grew up in Germany and has lived and worked in the US, Belgium and Switzerland. With a background in neuroscience, development economics and management, she has been highly successful in science, the public and private sector and was awarded Germany’s “40 under 40” and “Manager of the Year 2013”. She is currently an executive in the field of biotech and healthcare at BD Biosciences, where she leads product management and marketing of clinical diagnostic tests in the field of cancer and HIV and for instruments and tools for the study of the immune system. Helen has expertise in data driven businesses in the life sciences space and is a much thought-after advisor for startups. In addition, she has served as Vice Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation Germany. With a passion for the written word, she is also a creative writer and has participated in exhibited art projects.
  • Pianporn DEETES
    2008
    Thailand Campaign Coordinator International Rivers
    Thaïland
    Based in Bangkok, Ms. Deetes' work focuses on protecting the Mekong River from dams proposed for its mainstream, and in particular on Thailand's role as dam developer and the main intended market for the hydroelectricity. Before joining International Rivers in 2010, Ms. Deetes spent seven years as coordinator of the Thai NGO Living River Siam (SEARIN), working to empower communities living alongside the Mekong and Salween rivers to protect their rivers, rights and livelihoods, and to stop destructive dams. Ms. Deetes has a Bachelor's degree in English and is an Ashoka Fellow.
  • Claire Boonstra
    2011
    Founder Operation Education
    The Netherlands
    Claire Boonstra is the founder of Operation Education, an organization focusing on transition in education. The transition that begins with asking fundamental questions: What is the purpose of education? And why do we do the things the way we do? Claire's team asks themselves these fundamental questions, and thus make deliberate choices about the content of education and design contemporary learning systems. Grown generously by all the experiences and lessons learned in recent years, the team’s ideas develop continuously, creating products and initiating projects focused on asking questions. Claire holds an MSc in Civil Engineering, (TUDelft), worked with KPN, Unilever and Talpa Digital, was co-organizer of Mobile Monday Amsterdam and Managing Director of SPRXmobile. She was elected as a ‘Rising Talent’ at the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2011, a ‘Young Global Leader‘ of the World Economic Forum in 2012, , was Online Mediawoman of the Year, is ‘Young Advisor’ of EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes and has been listed several times as one of the ‘most influential women in technology’. She is married and has three kids.
  • Emilie GOODALL
    2007
    Manager, Development and Sustainability FMO - Dutch Development Bank
    The Netherlands
    Emilie joined the FMO - Dutch Development Bank in January of 2017, as Manager, Development Impact and Sustainability. Prior to this, she held the role of Director, IMPACT+ at Bridges Ventures. In this role, Emilie built on her experience in responsible investing, impact investing and impact analysis. She was previously Head of Implementation Support at the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), leading the cross-asset class team supporting PRI’s global network of investors to implement responsible investment practices. She also helped develop the Principles for Investors in Inclusive Finance, a responsible investment transparency framework for microfinance investors. Prior to that, as Senior Investment Manager at CAF Venturesome, she managed debt and equity-like investments in non-profits, alongside research and policy work promoting the growth of the impact investing market. She led Venturesome’s impact strategy, based on previous experience working as analyst and consultant at New Philanthropy Capital, a consultancy and think tank engaged in non-profit analysis and the promotion of funder effectiveness. Emilie holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Modern Languages from Oxford University, and qualifications in development management and financial management.
  • Janneke Niessen
    2016
    Co-Founder Improve Digital
    The Netherlands
    Janneke is a serial entrepreneur and currently co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Improve Digital, a leading European marketing technology firm. She also invests considerable time serving as a member of company (advisory) boards, she is a mentor for start-ups, and she is active as an angel investor. Janneke is co-initiator of InspiringFifty, an initiative that aims to increase diversity in tech by making female role models more visible. As part of the InspiringFifty initiative, Janneke has published Project Prep, a novel for young girls in conjunction with an award winning child book’s author. The goal of the project is to encourage young girls, inspiring them to pursue a career in technology and invest in an educational foundation focusing on math and computer science. Janneke is member of supervisory board of UNICEF and writes a column about technology for LINDA. Janneke was named 2014 EY Entrepreneur of the Year and Most Innovative Leader in 2016, two of many in a long list of honors for Janneke in her time with Improve Digital.
  • Margaret VERSTEDEN
    2009
    Director Marketing and Platform Innovation bol.com
    The Netherlands
    Margaret Versteden has been appointed as the new Director of Marketing and Platform Innovation of bol.com in May 2015. Previously, she was a partner at Bain & Company Netherlands and General Manager (GM) of North Central Europe for Nike, responsible for the Nike business in Poland, Hungary, Czech & Slovakia, Slovenia & Croatia. Previously, Ms. Versteden was the GM of Nike Netherlands and prior to this the GM for Nike's eCommerce Business operating in 19 countries. Prior to Nike, Ms. Versteden spent eight years with The Boston Consulting Group, in Australia, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and lastly Amsterdam. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Business Systems from Monash University, Australia. She is married and has two young daughters.
  • Neila Benzina
    2015
    Tunisia Managing Director Business & Decision
    Tunisia
    After graduating INT Paris, Neila worked three years as a consultant in France in Business Intelligence, Customer Relationship Management and WEB with major Groups. She founded Business & Decision Middle East and Africa in 2000, which is now a leader in Business Intelligence, Customer Intelligence and Digital Transformation. She’s managing a team of 300 people, implementing international strategy and operational marketing, doing business development, operating change management and working closely with major customers Worldwide. She implemented a Moroccan subsidiary in 2005. She initiated the collaboration and coordination of a Public / Private ecosystem through her various activities. She was Decorated in 2015 as a Knight of the Ordre National du Mérite.
  • Burcu Geris
    2013
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer TAV Airports Holding
    Turkey
    Burcu Geris has a degree in Business from the Bogazici University and an MBA degree from the London Business School and Columbia Business School. Burcu has 18 years of experience in project finance, corporate finance and treasury. She started her career as a banker and joined TAV Airports in 2005 where she headed the Project and Structured Finance Department for seven years. She became CFO of TAV in 2012 at the age of 34, the youngest woman CFO in Turkey. Burcu completed the financing of eight airport projects totalling US$4.5bn including Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir, Bodrum, Georgia, Tunisia, Macedonia and Medinah Airports. She also played a significant role in the IPO of the company and various share sales transactions. Burcu was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2015 and a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. She was voted Best CFO in Investor Relations in Turkey by Thomson Reuters Extel Surveys in 2015, Best CFO-Runner-up in 2014 and 2016 and selected as one of the Most Effective 50 CFOs in Turkey by Fortune magazine.
  • Demet Mutlu
    2017
    Founder & CEO trendyol.com
    Turkey
    Demet is the founder and CEO of Trendyol.com, the largest fashion ecommerce company and the biggest internet employer in Turkey with a team of ca. 1600 people. She founded Trendyol in 2010 and has scaled it to become a profitable powerhouse selling more than 35 million items per year, one of the fastest growing ecommerce companies. Demet is also a founding investor of Peak Games, one of the leading mobile gaming companies in the world. Fortune 40 Under 40, BoF 500, Fortune’s 10 most powerful women entrepreneurs.
  • Sarah Al Agroobi
    2016 Dubai
    Emirati Designer & Artist
    UAE
    Sarah Al Agroobi is an Emirati graphic designer and artist with a degree in Visual Communications from the American University of Sharjah. Her fascination in exploring the notion of an Emirati archetype in the context of the Middle East and the West has always been a driving force in her diverse aesthetic. Her work ranges from print based to time based media but over the last few years her artistry has wavered into furniture design and 3D installations. Sarah has exhibited both regionally and internationally including shows such as Salone Satolite di Mobile in Milan, Istanbul design week, and La Biennale di Venezia. Her work has been reviewed in ESTRO magazine, ID magazine and Close-Up magazine and several film festivals for her time-based work, such as the Dubai International Film Festival and the short film corner at the Cannes Film Festival. She has received several awards such as two awards at the Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. All of her works are held together by a conceptual thread: a singular expression of her collective experience of creating a discourse between the cross-disciplinary explorations and the audience.
  • Sara Al Amiri
    2016 Dubai
    EMM Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the UAE mission to Mars Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Center
    UAE
    Sarah Amiri is currently the Deputy Project Manager and Science Lead of the Emirates Mars Mission (Hope) at the Mohamed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Her current task is to enable the research environment for the first generation of UAE Planetary Scientists. Sarah specializes in capability and new initiatives development at MBRSC; and has spent the last 5 years working in this area. In 2015 Sarah was selected as one of 50 young scientists by the World Economic Forum for her contribution to the development efforts in the fields of Science, Technology and Engineering. Sarah has a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from the American University of Sharjah.
  • Najla Al Awadhi
    2009
    Consultant -
    UAE
    Najla Faisal Al Awadhi is a former member of the Federal National Council of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a distinguished media pioneer in the Middle East. She is one of the first women in the history of the UAE to become a member of the FNC. During her four-year FNC term she served on the Education, Youth, Media and Culture Committee; as well as the Parliamentary Steering Committee established to develop a scheme to modernize the Parliament’s practices and overall effectiveness. She also previously served on the Foreign Affairs, Planning, Petroleum, Mineral Wealth, Agriculture and Fishery Committees. Al Awadhi is also the first Arab woman to hold a chief executive post in a state run media organization. With a particular focus on television, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of Television Channels at Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). DMI is a Dubai Government media group which comprises a number of print, radio and TV channels including: Dubai TV, Sama Dubai TV, Dubai One TV, Dubai Sports TV, Dubai Racing TV, Noor Dubai TV, Noor Radio, Al Bayan (newspaper), Emarat Al Youm (newspaper), Emirates Business 24|7 (newspaper), and Masaar Printing Press. She also previously served as the General Manger of Dubai One TV. In 2011 Al Awadhi was selected as one the ‘500 Most Influential Muslims’ by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Center in Jordan. As well as being a Global Women's Forum 2009 Rising Talent, she is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders and also a Member of the Global Agenda Councils of the World Economic Forum. In addition, Al Awadhi was acting chairperson for the regional board of Young Arab Leaders (YAL). Previously, she was also on the Advisory Board of the University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy, and a board member with YAL’s UAE Chapter and headed its Education initiative that sought to provide higher education opportunities to Arab youth. Al Awadhi holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University.
  • Iman Ben Chaibah
    2016 Dubai
    Editor-in-Chief Sail Magazine
    UAE
    Iman Ben Chaibah has a Master’s in Project Management, with a dissertation in Organizational Innovation and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with Honors from the British University in Dubai. She is the Founder of @SailPublishing, an Emirati publishing house of digital books and magazines, which falls in line with her love for consuming and producing literature, especially in digital forms. She was awarded Young Digital Publishing Entrepreneur in the UAE in 2014 by The British Council and was a Delegate to the Achievement Summit in that same year. She is currently running a successful Emirati online monthly publication and has been doing so for more than 4 years, with a team of about 30 Emiratis, composed of writers, editors and artists. Iman has 8 years’ experience in managing IT projects, development, applications operations, planning business technologies and yearly roadmaps and budgets. She managed eCommerce and eServices projects and operations, from websites, smart mobile applications, kiosks, and POS, including dealing with different certified payment gateways in the country and has full knowledge of different payment gateway approaches and methods. She has managed digital media projects and consulted on social media initiatives. She is passionate about change, and is constantly looking for better strategic and effective ways to achieve objectives and add value. She has highly effective interpersonal communication skills with the top management side, and the functional/business sides, drafting policies and procedures when discipline is required. Her specialties include: Project/Program Management, IT management, IT Application Management, eCommerce, Retail IT, eTrade, eServices, Digital publishing, magazine management, Social Media management. dia management.
  • Aisha Harib
    2016 Dubai
    ‎Managing Member Emirates Youth Council
    UAE
    Aisha Saeed Harib was born in Dubai and has a Bachelor's Degree in “Visual Communication” from Zayed University and a Masters in “Innovation and Project Management” from Hamdan Bin Mohammed Smart University Dubai. Aisha owns and runs Socialbandage, the first nonprofit social business in the UAE spreading awareness about the importance of getting involved in the community. Socialbandage launched the first online charity store in the GCC designed to conduct social campaigns targeting Emirati society. Currently, she also works as a “CSR Investment Specialist” in Community Development Authority under the Government of Dubai and to top that off, is part of the first batch of the Military National Service Program as a volunteer and has graduated as a Soldier. Passionate about community service, Aisha’s work aims to raise awareness about different social issues among youth through a series of campaigns in collaboration with several organizations. For example, Socialbandage supports the ‘Give a Wheelchair’ campaign, which is nominated for a Google Entrepreneurship Prize. Aisha is currently a resident at the Google Campus Academy and has been nominated to join the Google Entrepreneurs team. Recently, she joined another social non-profit organization as a co-founder for the 1971team, which aims to spread national awareness among youth to give back to the community. She has worked on and delivered recent successful projects such as “Ela_jary \ to my neighbor“ and “Give A Bike “ campaign. She received an award from the “ Arab Woman Awards“ and “Du“ for being the most inspiring social entrepreneur in 2014. In 2015, she received an award from Shaikha Lubna Al Qassimi for social entrepreneurship. She participated in international conferences and tours representing the UAE and is a member of “you ae connect” program, which is part of the Sheikha Salama Bint Hamdan AlNahyan foundation. Aisha Harib is a motivated change maker. CSR is her passionate language which she uses to highlight positive change. She is comfortable interacting with all levels of the organization and the public, she is able to negotiate and problem solve quickly, accurately, and efficiently, is adept at multitasking in order to achieve individual and team goals and is committed to quality and excellence.
  • Tamara MALHAS
    2007
    Project Associate Flash Entertainment
    UAE
    Tamara Malhas is the Managing Director of the Mashrek International School, a co-educational and bilingual school that was established in 1992. Tamara is involved in a number of charity programs that assist underprivileged students and families in remote areas of Jordan. This is achieved by raising funds, providing food, clothing, stationary and other school supplies. Tamara is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), the Young Entrepreneur Association (YEA) and a founding member of a newly registered Jordanian educational NGO. She was nominated to represent Jordan in the Youth Microenterprise Conference in Washington D.C.
  • Hind Siddiqi
    2016 Dubai
    VP of Marketing Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons
    UAE
    Hind Abdul Hamied Seddiqi is the current Chief Marketing Officer of Seddiqi Holding and renowned role model for Emirati women in the workforce. She broke down traditions as the first female family member to join the corporate office of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons. Hind attained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications at the American University of Sharjah, working part-time at a Public Relations agency to gain practical experience. Among Hind’s key successes and accomplishments through her tenure at Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons was the establishment of the Marketing and Communications Department, helping establish the company’s identity in the local, regional and international markets. Under her leadership, Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons has strengthened its position as a leading global curator of time. Hind is the daughter of the Vice Chairman of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, Abdul Hamied Seddiqi and a third generation member of the Seddiqi family. She is also a member of the Seddiqi Holding Executive Committee, the Dubai Watch Week Committee, and Co-Chairman of BUNYAN, the Capacity-building Hub.
  • Jobeda Ali
    2007
    CEO Three Sisters Care Ltd
    UK
    Jobeda is an award winning social entrepreneur. She graduated from Cambridge University in 1996 and worked in the government sector before becoming an entrepreneur. She did a Masters in World Trade in 2004 and graduated from the School for Social Entrepreneurs in 2006 and started her first business in the film and media sector, Fair Knowledge, the following year. In 2010, she was named Social Business Leader of the Year 2010 at the Ogunte Social Leadership Awards. Jobeda and her sisters founded Three Sisters Care in 2011, providing care at home services to elderly and disabled clients across London and Essex. In 2014, Three Sisters Care won the Precious Social Enterprise of the Year Award and in 2015 they won the Best Social Enterprise at the Forward Ladies Awards. Jobeda is a regular contributor to the Guardian’s Social Care blog and has appeared on BBC Radio and TV and at various conferences talking about the future of care. Jobeda is our resident technology geek and is passionate about expanding care work tools and capacities through designing and building robotic technologies for care. She was instrumental in winning a UK government contract to develop robotic assistance for care workers, partnering with the top robotics companies in the UK. Jobeda loves astronomy, comedy and watching way too much boxset TV shows.
  • Asita Anche
    2012
    Managing Director Goldman Sachs
    UK
    Asita Anche is a high frequency, quant driven trader and a Managing Director for Goldman Sachs. Prior to that, Asita ran the high frequency trading divisions for Europe for Citadel Investment Group and Millennium Capital Partners. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master's in Computer Science in 2004.
  • Helen Bowyer
    2013
    Emerging Technology Service Manager IBM
    UK
    Helen is a Practice Manager for Emerging Technology in IBM UK. She is motivated by a passion for new technology & innovation, and recognised within IBM as a Senior Inventor. Focusing on pioneering technology to solve accessibility issues, Helen’s original idea of an automatic signing solution (SiSi) allows voice or text input to be translated into British Sign Language. Helen is directly involved with introducing and demonstrating new technologies, and engages her expertise to help their smooth adoption by clients. Emerging Technology collaborates with customers from a huge variety of industries, ranging from Aerospace to Retail and Healthcare to Security. With experts in a whole host of technologies including the Internet of Things, Encryption, Cognitive Computing and many more, Emerging Technology can help solve your specific problems. Helen is an enthusiastic participant in activities to get girls learning about IT and its career opportunities. Outside of work, Helen is a keen horsewoman competing at endurance rides.
  • Katelyn Donnelly
    2014
    Managing Director Pearson Affordable Learning Fund
    UK
    Katelyn Donnelly is a Managing Director of the Pearson Affordable Fund, a $65M venture fund that invests in education companies in emerging markets. Katelyn is also Partner at Delivery Associates, the leading public senior advisory group focused on implementation where she leads the Affordable Learning Fund, an emerging market venture fund that invests in early stage education companies. She serves as a non-executive director for SPARK Schools, Avanti Learning Centers, APEC Schools and Omega Schools. She is also an active advisor on Pearson's global strategy, research and innovation agenda and a consultant to governments on system transformation and delivery. Katelyn is a frequent speaker and published author on innovation in education and was recently named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Previously Katelyn was a consultant at McKinsey and Company in San Francisco.
  • Marieme Jamme
    2013
    Chief Executive Officer I AM THE CODE
    UK
    Born in Senegal, Mariéme Jamme is a London based CEO, blogger, social entrepreneur and technologist who works tirelessly to empower her fellow Africans through education, leadership and economic development. She was named one of Forbe’s ‘20 youngest power women in Africa 2012’ , nominated by the Guardian African Community Network as one of the African women to watch in 2013 and was nominated as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos as well as being a Rising Talent of the Women's Forum for the Economy & Society in 2013. A technology businesswoman, Mariéme has founded many ventures aiming to support the development of Africans such as Spot1mentoring (A mentoring and Business Accelerator) and co-founded of Africa Gathering, a platform bringing entrepreneurs and others together to share ideas for positive change in Africa. She was recently voted one of Africa’s top 25 women achievers by The Guardian Newspaper in the UK». Marieme recently supported Appfrica International Inc. and the State Department in the USA to organize the Apps4Africa contest across Africa and the Africa Progress Panel chair by Kofi Annan to host events in Africa. Marieme has also Founded the JJiguene Tech Hub in Senegal, the first women Tech Innovation Network supporting women in Science,Technology, Engineering and Math.
  • Claire Leigh
    2011
    Director of International Development Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Save the Children
    UK
    Claire joined Save the Children UK in 2016 as Director of Policy and Research, and was subsequently promoted to Director of International Development in the Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns Division. In this capacity she heads the International Development Department, and leads on Save's policy, advocacy and campaign work for children living in developing countries, managing a team of 40+ advisors and researchers. Before joining Save the Children, Claire worked as Head of International Partnerships at the Overseas Development Institute, where she managed a programme of support to the g7+ Group of Fragile States, an international organisation that advocates for reforms to how the international community engages in post-conflict and fragile countries. Between 2009 and 2011 she worked for Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI), providing advice and support to the Presidents of Liberia and Rwanda. Prior to AGI, Claire was a Senior Policy Advisor in Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Strategy Unit, where she advised Number 10 Downing Street on international and development policy. She has also worked for short periods at the British Foreign Office and for UNICEF and UNDP in New York. Outside work Claire is involved in a range of voluntary and political organisations. She is on the committee of the Fabian Women's Network, which mentors women wishing to enter public life. She was Chair of the Labour Campaign for International Development between 2013 and 2015 and in 2015 ran for Parliament for the Labour Party in the constituency of Tonbridge and Malling. Claire has an MPhil in Politics and International Relations from Oxford University and a BA (first class) in History from Cambridge University.
  • Sonia Medina Gomez
    2015
    Director, Climate Change Children's Investment Fund Foundation
    UK
    Sonia Media is the Executive Director, Climate Change at CIFF. Sonia oversees CIFF’s Climate Change portfolio, which includes work on Energy, Urbanisation, Land Use and Fluorinated Gases. Prior to joining CIFF, Sonia acted as Chief Operating Officer of a start-up company with a mission to connect Africa to the green energy economy by developing high-quality biomass supply chains deriving from existing plantations in West Africa. Previously, Sonia worked at EcoSecurities, one of the largest carbon offset project developers in the world, from its start-up phase through to its acquisition by J.P. Morgan & Chase in early 2010. During a seven year period at EcoSecurities she held the position of US Country Director based out of New York and before that Global Head of Origination managing 20 local teams on five continents. Prior to joining EcoSecurities, Sonia worked on climate change and energy issues at the United Nations Environment Program in Paris. Sonia holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Madrid, a MSc in Environmental Change and Management (specialisation in Energy and Environmental Economics) from the University of Oxford and an Executive MBA by the London Business School. In 2009, Sonia was named a World Business Council for Sustainable Development Future Leader; in 2014, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader; and in 2015, a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. Sonia sits on the Advisory Committee of Circularity Capital, a UK-based specialist fund manager with a mission to support SMEs growth and innovation in the circular economy. Sonia is also a Member of the Global Teacher Prize Academy, an initiative of the Varkey Foundation that seeks to do for education what the Nobel Prize has done for science, literature and peace.
  • Samar Mezghanni
    2014
    Writer and youth activist, Arab Thought Foundation PhD Student, University of Cambridge
    UK
    Samar Samir Mezghanni is a Tunisian writer with two records in Guinness Book for World Records as the youngest writer in the world in 2000 and the most prolific writer in the world in 2002. She has written over a hundred short stories for children and published 14 books. Some of her stories were turned into a TV program for children produced in Cairo. Samar received many awards and certifications for her work from different Princes, Presidents, foundations and associations. She was recently selected as one of the 17 United Nations Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals amongst 18 000 candidates. She was classified as one of the most influential Arab women in 2013 and one of the most important young leaders in the Arab region in 2012. She is a member of various International and Regional NGOs. Her work focuses on youth empowerment and she trains young people on debate, communication and public speaking skills. Samar has delivered speeches in over 20 countries. Samar studied Communication and Culture in England and she worked with the British Council and the United Nations as a consultant on civil society and youth programs. She is now a PhD candidate in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge.
  • Prudence MUTOWO
    2007
    Scientific Database Curator EMBL-EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute)
    UK
    Prudence Mutowo has a PhD from the University of Nottingham. She also has a Bsc (Hons) in Biochemistry and an MSc in Applied Biomolecular Technology. In 2006 Prudence was the first Zimbabwean to receive a L’Oreal-Unesco International Fellowship – an award given to young female scientists working in areas of important scientific research. Prudence was also named in Marie Claire’s 2007 survey of the 25 most promising young women in the UK.
  • Stéphanie Phair
    2015
    Chief Strategy Officer Farfetch
    UK
    Stephanie Phair is currently Chief Strategy Officer of Farfetch, the online platform to shop the world’s greatest selection of luxury. She was previous to this, President of the Outnet.com, a division of The Net-a-Porter Group with a responsibility for overall business performance and the brand’s strategic direction. As President of The Outnet, she had led many global initiatives including creating the group’s first in-house brand, Iris & Ink. She also sat on the Executive Team of The Net-a-Porter Group. She is currently an Independent Board Director of Moncler SpA and an Advisor at Felix Capital. Prior to joining The Outnet, Stephanie’s career in the luxury sector spanned from brand management to marketing and merchandising, with senior roles at Portero, American Vogue and Issey Miyake in the US. Stephanie speaks four languages and holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
  • Zoya PHAN
    2009
    Campaigns Manager Burma Campaign UK
    UK
    In 2008, following the assassination of her father by agents of the dictatorship in Burma, Zoya Phan and her family founded the Phan Foundation in memory of their parents. The foundation provides aid for the Karen people, protects Karen culture and promotes human rights. Zoya is advisor to the Karen Community Association UK, and is also chair of the European Karen Network, which brings together Karen people across Europe. She is also on the board of Austria Burma Center. She is a fellow of TED Global 2009, Rising Talent for Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society 2009, a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and a member of Young Professionals Network of the UN Association of the UK (UNA-UK). Her autobiography is published as Undaunted in the USA, and Little Daughter in the rest of the world. It has been published in eight countries.
  • Morgwn Rimel
    2010
    Director The School of Life
    UK
    As Director of The School of Life, Morgwn Rimel is responsible for its strategic direction, overall management and performance. Since taking on the role, she has worked to make TSOL more profitable and accessible by developing new programmes, websites, social media and video content; forming innovative corporate partnerships with groups like Nokia and American Express; launching a dedicated business services stream; and leading TSOL’s expansion into publishing. Morgwn has lived and worked all over the world and been the driving force behind an array of projects for Imagination Entertainment, the Screen Producers Association of Australia and Tropfest, amongst others. She has a First Class Honors degree in Cultural Studies from McGill University in Montreal.
  • Elif SHAFAK
    2009
    Writer
    UK
    Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and political scientist. She is the author of 13 novels, including The Forty Rules of Love and The Bastard of Istanbul. An advocate for women's rights and LGBT rights and freedom of speech, she has been awarded Chevalier des Arts and des Lettres. She tweets at @Elif_Safak, her website is www.elifshafak.com Shafak blends Western and Eastern traditions of storytelling, bringing out the voices of women, minorities, subcultures, immigrants and global souls. Defying clichés and transcending boundarie,s her work draws on different cultures and cities, and reflects a strong interest in history, philosophy, culture, mysticism, Sufism and gender equality.
  • Thea SHARROCK
    2007
    Freelance theatre director -
    UK
    Thea Sharrock is a freelance theatre director and is currently in residence at the National Theatre in London. Thea won the James Menzies-Kitchen Award for young directors with her very first directorial credit. In 2000, at the age of 24, Thea was made the Artistic Director of the Southwark Playhouse making her the youngest artistic director in the country. In 2007 she directed the revival of Peter Shaffer’s Equus staring Daniel Radcliffe. Thea is a patron of The Mousetrap Foundation, a charity that ensures that young people can attend high quality productions at top West End theatres in London at minimal cost.
  • Melissa SMITH
    2007
    Managing Director and Group Head, Northeast Corporate Client Banking JPMorgan
    UK
    Melissa is currently based in New York City and is Managing Director and Group Head of Northeast Corporate Client Banking at JPMorgan. She was previously in London in 2014, as Head of the European Investment Grade Debt Capital Markets business for JPMorgan. Prior to that, she was a Managing Director in JPMorgan’s Debt Capital Markets business again in NYC, responsible for the Healthcare, Retail, and Chemicals sectors. From 2001 to 2003, Melissa was a mentor on the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program, a JPMorgan initiative which links JPMorgan employees as mentors with young adults. In 2002, she joined the Board of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in New York. CASA provides volunteer court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care. Melissa was named as one of twenty-three “Top Gun Bankers” by Brendan Wood International in 2006. She joined the Board of American Ballet Theatre in 2009 and was accepted to the Term Membership program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Araxi URRUTIA
    2008
    Senior Lecturer University of Bath
    UK
    Born in the UK, Araxi grew up in Mexico and obtained her first degree at the National University of Mexico. She was awarded a PhD at the University of Bath. In 2004; her results in human genomics, published in top scientific journals, earned her the L’Oreal-Royal Institution Science Graduate of the Year 2003 Award. She then accepted a postdoctoral position in Arizona. She secured two prestigious fellowships. Now, based in Bath, Araxi has received two further national awards, named one of UK’s most inspiring women.
  • Shaa WASMUND
    2009
    Online Educator Shaa.com
    UK
    Shaa is an entrepreneur, public speaker and the author of #1 bestselling books ‘Stop Talking, Start Doing’ and ‘Do Less, Get More’. In 2015 I was awarded an MBE for ‘Services to Business and Entrepreneurship’ and was recently named one of the UK’s Top 20 Influential Entrepreneurs by The Sunday Times. Born in the US and raised in the UK, she studied at the London School of Economics before becoming the only female boxing promoter in the UK, representing World Champion Chris Eubank and working with the infamous Don King before starting her own PR company helping grow the Dyson brand from around Sir James Dyson’s kitchen table. She was part of the founding team at Deckchair.com with Sir Bob Geldof and started one of the first social networks, MyKindaPlace, eventually selling it to BSkyB. Next she headed up investment fund Bright Station Ventures before starting the award-winning Smarta.com, UK’s #1 website for small businesses. At Smarta they helped more than 12 million people into business and grew an active online community of over 500,000 small businesses.
  • Christina M. Alfonso
    2014
    Founder and CEO Madeira Global
    USA
    Christina is the founder & CEO of Madeira Global, a NY-based impact investment advisory firm. As an accomplished international investment advisor, her personal & professional experience spans the US, European & Latin American markets. Prior to MG, Christina served as Director of Sustainable Investments for Worldwide Investment Group in São Paulo as well as Sr. Associate & Hedge Fund Liaison at AllianceBernstein in New York. She holds a B.S. in finance & management from Fordham University & an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona. Christina is a founding advisory board member of the Center for Social Innovation as well as a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle.
  • Angela Baker
    2016
    Director, Wireless Reach Qualcomm
    USA
    Angela Baker oversees Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. Wireless Reach invests in projects that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enriche teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability. Previously, she served as an advisor to Secretary Hillary Clinton in the Office of Innovation at the United States Department of State. She sits on the board of Running Start, an organization that works to bring more young women to politics and leadership roles. She also currently serves as a mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.
  • Lauren Bohn
    2017
    Co-founder Foreign Policy Interrupted The GroundTruth Project
    USA
    Lauren is The Ground Truth Project’s Middle East correspondent and Editor at Large, based in Istanbul. Previously, she was one of the first women columnists at Foreign Policy magazine. She’s the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, an initiative dedicated to amplifying female voices in foreign policy. She’s also the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation campaign in Malawi and Guatemala to provide bikes for adolescent girls to get to school. She’s the founding assistant editor of the Cairo Review of Global Affairs in Egypt, where she was a Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Center grantee.
  • Melissa Boteach
    2012
    Vice President of Poverty to Prosperity Program Center for American Progress
    USA
    Melissa Boteach directs the Poverty to Prosperity Program at Center for American Progress as well as Half in Ten, a project to build the political will to cut U.S. poverty by half in 10 years. Previously, Melissa worked as a senior policy associate and poverty campaign coordinator at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. A Harry Truman and George Mitchell Scholar, Melissa earned a master's degree in public policy from The George Washington University focusing on public finance, and a master’s degree in Equality Studies from University College Dublin in Ireland. Melissa has appeared on TV, radio and print media, and was named one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 for law and policy in 2011.
  • Paulina BOZEK
    2009
    Product Manager Facebook
    USA
    Paulina once challenged Beyonce to a singing competition – guess who won…? She has recently taken on the position of Product Manager at Facebook in California. Priori to Facebook, Paulina was CEO of inensu, a game development company making social and innovative games for the connected generation. She held this position for almost seven years. Prior to starting inensu, she was the Executive Producer / Game Director of the popular SingStar music game series for PlayStation. From 2003 to 2009, she led the development team and helped build the franchise sell over 20 million units worldwide, and generate over $500M in revenue at retail. SingStar has been widely regarded as introducing a whole new audience to games and pioneering the social gaming genre. In late 2008, she left Sony to join Atari as the Development Director of the London Studio where she set up a new team and shifted focus to making games for social networks. Paulina started her career in games in 1999 at UbiSoft in Montreal, Canada. In 2004 she received the BAFTA award for Best New Talent. In 2005 SingStar received the BAFTA award for Originality. She holds an MSc in Media & Communications from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Cultural Studies from McGill University.
  • Maria Carell
    2010
    President Meda US, Regional Director North America & South Pacific Meda AB
    USA
    Maria has many years of experience in leading companies and is currently President Meda US, Regional Director North America & South Pacific of Meda AB which develops, manufactures, markets, and sells a broad portfolio of Rx and OTC products. She was previously President and CEO of Q-Med, which at her appointment made her Sweden’s fifth female CEO of a company listed on the stock exchange. Maria has also worked as General Manager at Actavis where she successfully built up the business in Sweden to become the fastest growing pharmaceutical company. Maria has a Master's Degree of International Business Administration from Linköping University. Maria's accomplishments also include: 2011 - Nominated to Veckans Affärers "Most Powerful Business Women Award"; 2009 - Elected to Veckans Affärer Mentor Program for Young Business Talents; 2007 - Nominated to “Female Leaders of the Future”.
  • Gabriela Carvalho
    2007
    Office Leader & Head of Retail Financial Services Practice Group Egon Zehnder
    USA
    Ms. Carvalho is a Consultant in the Miami office of Egon Zehnder and is a core member of the Financial Services Practice. Prior to joining the Firm, Ms. Carvalho was a Vice President at American Express Global Network Services where she was responsible for growing the Amex franchise business across Latin America. Before that, she worked in Strategic Planning and headed Card Acquisition and Bank Partnerships for the Amex International Dollar Card business. Prior to Amex, Ms. Carvalho worked at StarMedia Network where she prospected, negotiated and closed distributions deals with large portals and major consumer product companies interested in reaching Hispanics and Latin Americans. Ms. Carvalho began her career at Citibank. She then joined JP Morgan in Emerging Markets Sales and Trading. Ms. Carvalho received her MBA from Harvard Business School and holds a BS from Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo.
  • Yseulys COSTES
    2007
    CEO 1000mercis
    USA
    Yseulys Costes is Chief Executive Officer CEO and founder of 1000mercis Group. Yseulys Costes is a graduate of the «Magistère de Sciences de Gestion» and has a Masters in Marketing and Strategy from the University of Paris IX Dauphine. She discovered the internet in 1995 while studying for an MBA at the Robert O. Anderson School, USA. As a researcher in interactive marketing, she is a guest lecturer at Harvard University and teaches Interactive Marketing at several prestigious institutions such as HEC, ESSEC and University Paris-Dauphine. Yseulys is the author of numerous books and articles on online marketing and databases and also spent two years as the coordinator for the IAB France before founding 1000mercis in February 2000. Yseulys Costes is a board member of Kering and the ‘Comité d’Orientation Stratégique du FSI’.
  • Dawn DANBY
    2009
    Sr. Sustainable Design Program Manager Autodesk
    USA
    Dawn Danby works across disciplines in sustainable design. With Autodesk, she's currently exploring ways to encourage makers to channel their creativity towards tackling planetary challenges. Dawn created the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, reaching over a million learners with guidance on how to practice sustainable design and engineering. Past projects have ranged from a tree-covered pedestrian bridge on the US-Canada border to closed-loop manufacturing strategies and furniture design. She has given dozens of talks around the world, co-authored the bestselling sustainability book Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century, and was named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. She has an industrial design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MBA from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. Dawn is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Abha DAWESAR
    2007
    Novelist, TED Speaker & Director, Marketing RBWN HSBC
    USA
    Abha Dawesar has dual careers as an independent, award-winning novelist and as Director of Marketing, RBWM at HSBC. Previously she was Director of Communications & Marketing for a New York based fin-tech startup, AnalytixInsight. Abha is also the recipient of numerous honors including the American Library Association’s Stonewall Award as well as a Lambda Literary Award. Her talk at TEDGlobal, Edinburgh (June 2013) can be viewed here: http://www.ted.com/talks/abha_dawesar_life_in_the_digital_now New York’s weekly magazine Time Out listed Abha Dawesar as one of 25 people who will make their mark. India’s leading weekly magazine India Today named Dawesar as one of twenty-five path-breaking Indians. She has also been called one of India’s 12 remarkable women by Femina magazine and named by the leading national English language newspaper, The Hindustan Times in its Next Big Things. The New York Foundation of the Arts awarded Dawesar a Fiction Fellowship in 2000. Her books have been short-listed in France for Le Prix Médicis Roman Etranger, Le Prix Bel Ami, le Prix Femina, and le Prix RFI témoin du monde. Dawesar is also a visual artist who has been exhibited internationally. Her most recent novel Sensorium includes doodles and cartoons. Her works include pen and ink drawings, paintings, installations, and photographs. For more on her work please visit www.abhadawesar.com.
  • Brandi DeCarli
    2016
    Founder Farm form a box
    USA
    Brandi DeCarli is the Founding Partner of Farm from a Box, an off the grid, modularly designed farm system that provides communities with the tools and technology needed to increase local food production. Previously, Brandi was the Managing Partner of Human.kind Philanthropic Advisory Company, where she worked to develop cross-sector partnerships with private corporations, governments, and philanthropic organizations. An avid adventurer, she is passionate about driving positive change in the world through innovation, compassion, and connection. Brandi is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.
  • Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux
    2010
    President, Co-founder Escape Dynamics
    USA
    Laetitia Garriott is Co-founder and President of Escape Dynamics, a technology company developing a revolutionary system to launch reusable single-stage to orbit rockets. Previously, she had a successful 15 year career in finance with Goldman Sachs, Renaissance Technologies, and her own investment firm. She serves on the board and as chair of the finance committee of America’s National Museum of Mathematics, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Economic Club of New-York, and Women Corporate Directors. Garriott holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and ESSEC, and was the youngest person to complete neutral buoyancy astronaut training, which she did in 2011 in Russia.
  • Maëlle Gavet
    2013
    CEO Compass
    USA
    Maelle currently became CEO of Compass, a technology-driven real estate platform that is revolutionizing traditional brokerage. Previous to this, Maelle was Chief Executive Officer of OZON Holdings for four years. Gavet helped secure one of Russia’s largest infusions of VC funding, a $100 million round of funding in September 2011. This round was eclipsed by a $150 million fundraising closed in April 2014. In February 2012, Gavet established a critical corporate milestone for the company with OZON’s strategic acquisition of Sapato.ru, Russia’s leading online shoe and accessory retailer. In May 2014, under Gavet’s leadership, OZON acquired a substantial stake in the leading Russian eBook distribution platform, LitRes.ru. Prior to being named CEO, Gavet was Sales and Marketing director of OZON.ru. From 2003 to 2009, Gavet was a Principal at The Boston Consulting Group. Born in France, Gavet was educated at the Sorbonne, the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and the Institut D’Etudes Politiques.
  • Kellie Gerardi
    2015
    Technical Project Manager Palantir Technologies
    USA
    Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace and defense professional who has supported a number of commercial spaceflight companies and government agencies as a business development and communications strategist. An active science communicator, Kellie has appeared on popular television shows such as ABC’s “The View” and “Nightline” and has been profiled in publications ranging from Popular Mechanics to Vogue. Kellie has served since 2012 as the Media Specialist for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation, the U.S. trade organization for private companies pursuing commercial spaceflight. She also holds active roles with a number of non-profits, including The Explorers Club, whose Annual Dinner she has chaired twice New York City. Her latest expedition was a trip to the Mars Desert Research Station, a prototype laboratory used by a variety of national space agencies and scientists to conduct ISRU research and simulate life on Mars.
  • Fiona GREIG
    2008
    Executive Director JPMorgan Chase Institute
    USA
    Fiona Greig is the Director of Research for the JPMorgan Chase Institute. Previously, Fiona served as the Deputy Budget Director for the City of Philadelphia from 2012 through 2014 and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to that, Fiona was a consultant at McKinsey & Company for five years, consulting public and social sector clients on strategy, operations and economic development. In 2009 Fiona started and ran Bank on DC, a financial inclusion program for the District of Columbia. She has published on economic and public health topics in journals such as the American Economic Review and AIDS and Behavior. Fiona was named a Rising Talent by The Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University.
  • Sheila Gulati
    2014
    Founder and Managing Director TOLA Capital
    USA
    Sheila Gulati is the Founder and Managing Director of Tola Capital. She is a seasoned software expert with a wide range of experience as a software developer, software investment banker, technology megacap business and M&A leader and strategist. Ms. Gulati was previously the business and marketing leader for Microsoft's Enterprise Application Platform and co-owned the company’s Enterprise IT strategy. In this role, she was responsible for $5 billion in annual global revenue, including the company's database business. Ms. Gulati spent over a decade inside Microsoft in different roles across the world. Ms. Gulati previously worked at Robertson Stephens as a tech investment banker.
  • Sabrina Hersi Issa
    2014
    CEO & Co-Founder Be Bold Media & End Famine
    USA
    Sabrina Hersi Issa is the CEO of Be Bold Media, a digital agency for global advocacy that produces #HackingRelief & #HackingHunger, a hackathon series to build and improve technology tools used for humanitarian relief and refugee services and Vanguard, a global donor engagement program. She is the co-founder of End Famine, a campaign dedicated to developing sustainable solutions to hunger, food security and humanitarian assistance. Sabrina organizes Rights x Tech, a gathering for technologists and activists and runs Survivor Fund, a political fund dedicated to supporting the rights of survivors of sexualized violence. Sabrina currently serves as a Senior Advisor to the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, where she leads Local News Lab research on journalism ecosystems and how philanthropy can support efforts to build diverse, inclusive newsrooms. Previously, Sabrina was a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute where she worked on issues related to technology, human rights and humanitarian disasters. She has worked for Afghans for Civil Society, Oxfam America, NBC News and National Public Radio.
  • Etelle HIGONNET
    2008
    Legal and Campaign Director Mighty Earth
    USA
    Etelle Higonnet is a Yale University and Yale Law School graduate, focused on environmental and human rights research, and has worked primarily in war zones and post conflict areas such as Iraq and Liberia. She worked as a researcher with Human Rights Watch; and as Senior Research Fellow and General Project Coordinator at the International Human Rights Law Institute. She served as Amnesty International’s West Africa Researcher, and was a consultant to UNICEF, Open Society, as well as working in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She has contributed expert affidavits in numerous asylum cases and published many reports, a law review journal, and a book. Ms. Higonnet was Greenpeace’s Southeast Asia Regional Research Manager, overseeing research on a broad range of environmental issues including climate, energy, oceans, toxic waste, ecological agriculture, environmental justice, and forest protection. She is currently Mighty Earth’s Legal and Campaign Director, where she focuses on forest conservation in Southeast Asia and Africa, with an emphasis on the palm oil and rubber industries.
  • Jennifer Hill
    2011
    Chief Operating Officer Remedy Analytics Inc.
    USA
    Jennifer is the Chief Operating Officer of Remedy Analytics, a fast-growing healthcare data & technology company. Previously, she co-founded an educational technology start-up company and spent many years practicing as an international start-up/venture capital lawyer with two top US firms advising clients in the US, Latin America and the Middle East. Jennifer has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Refinery29, AMEX Open Forum, BBC Capital and is a small business/start-up expert for MSNBC. She lives in the NYC area with her husband and two children.
  • Ornella Indonie
    2011
    Vice President - Global Android, Chrome & Hardware Partnerships Google
    USA
    Ornella Indonie was appointed Vice President, Global Android, Chrome & Hardware Partnerships at Google in 2015, and before that was Senior Director, Global Hardware Business at Google for two years. She joined Google in May 2013 as Senior Director, Android Retail Global Partnerships, Google. Previously, she was the Senior Director - iPhone - Latin America, Apple Inc. Between 1998 and 2008, Ornella held various positions at Motoral in the Latin America Region: Marketing Manager, Solutions Portfolio & Business Dev. Manager, Senior Business Development Manager, Director of Strategy, Marketing & Business Operations, Regional Key Account Director, Telefonica and Vice President & General Manager - Mobile Devices. Ms Indonie has a BA in Science, Marketing and Management from Jacksonville University. She completed several Executive Programs, at Harvard, Stanford and Northwestern Kellogg University among others.
  • Sophie Kahn
    2017
    Founder & Co-CEO AUrate New York
    USA
    Sophie is originally from The Netherlands. After studying Finance at Princeton University, she worked at BCG in New York where she focused on the luxury industry and at Marc Jacobs where she was Director of Strategy. In 2015 she launched AUrate New York, a direct-to-consumer brand that is reshaping the fine jewelry industry by offering iconic designs that are radically priced, ethically sourced, and locally crafted. The brand received a ‘gold star’ from the New York Times, was named “NYC’s coolest new jewelry brand” by the Zoe Report, was featured in Vogue, Forbes, WWD, Business Insider and more.
  • Marina S. LEVIN
    2007
    Managing Director, Wholesale Credit Risk Regulatory Management J.P. Morgan Chase Bank
    USA
    Marina Levin is a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Chase Bank. She heads the Wholesale Credit Risk Regulatory Management team, which is responsible for development and implementation of strategic solutions for the firm globally in response to regulatory requirements. She assumed her current role in 2014. Prior to that, she spent a decade in various areas of the bank managing distressed credits. Marina is a Vice-President and cofounder of the Pushkin Academy of Russian Heritage in New York – and independent coeducational institution that helps children learn Russian language and maintain their heritage. Marina holds a Diplom Kauffrau degree from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and B.S. degree in Accounting from the Northern Illinois University, USA. She passed the CPA and CIRA examinations and is fluent in Russian, German and English. Marina is married, has two children and lives in New York.
  • Christina Lopes
    2014
    CEO & Founder The One Health Company
    USA
    Christina Lopes is a co-founder of The One Health Company. Previously, Christina was a Managing Director of Cerberus Capital Management and since she has been working on innovation deals in the biotech space. Christina has served on the Board of International Planned Parenthood for the Western Hemisphere, participated in The United Nations Commission for the Status of Women and lectured at Columbia University. She was selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in March 2010. This honor is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished young leaders nominated below the age of 40 from around the world. Christina was also honored a Rising Talent by the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society in 2014. She holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, a Master's in International and Political Affairs from Columbia University, and Doctoral Coursework in Ethics at Princeton University.
  • Anna LYSYANSKAYA
    2008
    Professor of Computer Science Brown University
    USA
    Anna is a Professor of Computer Science at Brown University. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT in 2002, under supervision of Ron Rivest. In addition to MIT, her PhD work was supported by an NSF fellowship, and Bell Labs' GRFP program (mentored by Peter Winkler). During her Ph.D. studies Anna spent her summers at IBM Zurich and T.J.Watson. Anna joined the faculty of Brown as Assistant Professor in 2002, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2008. While at Brown, she received an NSF CAREER award and numerous other NSF grants that have support her and her students' research. In 2007, the MIT Technology Review Magazine included her into their annual list of "35 Innovators under 35." In 2008, she was awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship. A theme of her research is on balancing privacy with accountability, and specifically allowing users to prove that they are authorized even while not revealing any additional information about themselves. Her work in this area was incorporated into the Trusted Computing Group's industrial standard and served as the theoretical foundation for IBM Zurich's Idemix project.
  • Courtney E. Martin
    2011
    Author/Speaker/Blogger -
    USA
    Courtney E. Martin is an author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being. Her latest book, The New Better Off, explores how people are re-defining the American dream (think more fulfillment, community, and fun, less debt, status, and stuff). Courtney is the co-founder of the Solutions Journalism Network and a strategist for the TED Prize. She is also co-founder and partner at Valenti Martin Media and FRESH Speakers Bureau, and editor emeritus at Feministing.com. Courtney has authored/edited six books, including Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists, and Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women, and her work appears frequently in national publications such as The New York Times and The Washington Post. Courtney has appeared on the TODAY Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The O’Reilly Factor, and speaks widely at conferences and colleges. She is the recipient of the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics and a residency from the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Centre. She lives with her family in a co-housing community called Temescal Commons in Oakland. Read more about her work at www.courtneyemartin.com.
  • Souad Mekhennet
    2012
    Author & Journalist The Washington Post
    USA
    Souad Mekhennet, co-author of “The Eternal Nazi,” is a correspondent on the national security desk at The Washington Post. She is a fellow with the New America Foundation and currently working on a memoir called, "I Was Told To Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad." She has also been known as the columnist at Newsweek/Daily Beast, “Lifting The Veil" tells stories of the hopes, fears and realities of Muslims throughout the world as Muslim countries undergo huge changes. Souad, is a reporter who has been covering the Middle East, North Africa and radical Islamic movements since shortly after Sept. 11, and is also a visiting fellow at the Weatherhead Center at Harvard University and at the School for Advanced and International Studied (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, where she researched the “long-term strategies of terrorist organizations since the Arab Spring.” Before her Nieman fellowship, she worked from 2004 until 2012 as a reporter at The New York Times, where she was part of the investigative unit and the "female factor team". She worked from 2002 to 2004 for the Washington Post. She then worked at ZDF (German TV) and currently writes again for the Washington Post.
  • Michelle Meyer
    2012
    Managing Director, Head of US Economics Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    USA
    Michelle Meyer is a senior US economist at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research. She is the primary fixed income trading floor economist and specialist in the US housing market. In this capacity, Michelle provides timely analysis of the high frequency economic data and Federal Reserve policy announcements to the sales force and traders. She runs the firm’s macro model and is responsible for coordinating the mediumterm economic forecasts. Meyer focuses her research on the US housing market, where she has become highly recognized for her outlook. She is a frequent commentator on CNBC and Bloomberg TV and is often cited in print and online media. Prior to joining BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research in early 2010, Michelle was a senior US economist at Barclays Capital, where she worked on building GDP models and sector forecasts. Meyer started her career in the US economics team at Lehman Brothers. She began to focus on the housing market in 2006 when it became clear that the sector would be a crucial part of the outlook going forward. Meyer holds an M.A. and B.A. in economics, magna cum laude, from Boston University. She was named by Forbes Magazine as one of 30 under 30 in finance in 2011.
  • Mona MOURSHED
    2007
    Senior Partner McKinsey & Company
    USA
    Mona is a senior partner with McKinsey & Company’s Washington DC office and leads the Global Education Practice. Mona is the lead author of Education to Employment: Getting Europe’s Youth Into Work, Education to Employment: Designing a System That Works, How the World’s Most Improved School Systems Keep Getting Better, and is co-author of How the World’s Best-Performing School Systems Come Out on Top. Mona serves as the Board of Directors’ Vice President of the McKinsey Social Initiative, an independent non-profit founded by McKinsey & Company. She leads its first flagship effort, Generation, which supports one million young people to achieve jobs and skills across five countries in five years, and seeks to create an open-source replicable and scalable methodology to support tens of millions more young people. Mona was selected as one of Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’ (2011), serves on the Board of Governors of Junior Achievement Worldwide, as well as serves on the Board of Governors of the International Baccalaureate Organization. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Education. She has a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT.
  • Alyse NELSON
    2009
    President & CEO Vital Voices Global Partnership
    USA
    Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 20 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has expanded its reach to serve over 15,000 women leaders in 144 countries. Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the State Department’s Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative and worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House. Alyse is a Member in the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Strategic Dialogue with Civil Society and is a Board member of Running Start. Alyse is a part of the Expert Group for the B Team and is on the Advisory Board of Chime for Change. Fortune Magazine named Alyse one of the 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter. Alyse was honored with a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Award. Alyse is the author of the best-selling book Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World and has been featured in various international and national media. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
  • Carolina Pina
    2012
    Director WIN Lab Miami
    USA
    Carolina is the Director of the WIN (Women Innovating Now) Lab Miami. Created by the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership (CWEL) at Babson College, the WIN Lab is an innovative residency program for women entrepreneurs who are ready to think big, be bold, and launch successful companies. Prior to joining WIN Lab she was Director of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management Miami Campus. In 2015 she founded Ignitus, a consulting practice that helps organizations implement social impact initiatives. Originally from Venezuela, Carolina is an activist on important causes related to her home country, women's empowerment and equality. Carolina is a connector, an arts & culture enthusiast and a philanthropist. She is a Trustee at the New World Symphony, a Host and Screening Committee Member for the Miami Film Festival and an advisor at the Lung Transplant Foundation. Carolina holds a Bachelor’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Florida International University, an MBA from Rice University’s Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management and an Executive Scholars in Leadership & Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
  • Jessica RIMINGTON
    2008
    Managing Director; The Rules / Founder; High-Touch Strategy / Visiting Scholar; Stanford University The Rules / High-Touch Strategy / Stanford University
    USA
    Jess Rimington is an activist working to eradicate inequity that dehumanizes. She works in leadership and support roles in pursuit of more just economic and political systems. She is currently Managing Director at /The Rules (www.therules.org). Jess is also a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University's Global Projects Center researching the intersection of innovation, design, and decolonization. She and her co-author Joanna Cea are leading an interdisciplinary research initiative exploring methodologies that lead to groundbreaking innovation that outperforms the dominant social paradigm, in that they present solutions that work for all, rather then remain trapped in the current status quo of institutionalized inequity. Jess founded and led the non-profit One World Youth Project from 2004 to 2012, a non-profit which links schools around the world to build mutual respect and understanding among students. After OWYP, Jess has worked as a strategist and consulting entrepreneur for a number of social change oriented clients including the founding team of Delivery Associates led by renowned expert and inventor of ‘deliverology’ Sir Michael Barber; 350.org; and Sandbox. www.jessrimington.org
  • Pardis SABETI
    2007
    Professor in the Center for Systems Biology and the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Harvard University
    USA
    Dr. Pardis Sabeti is a Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and the Department of Immunology and Infectious Disease at Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Investigator and is a Senior Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. Dr. Sabeti is a computational geneticist with expertise studying genetic diversity, developing algorithms to detect genetic signatures of natural selection, and carrying out genetic association studies in humans and microbial threats, such as Ebola virus, Lassa virus, and Zika virus. She completed her undergraduate degree at MIT and her M.Sc. and D.Phil. at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, before returning to earn her M.D. from Harvard Medical School as a Soros Fellow. Dr. Sabeti is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer and was the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Natural Science and the National Academy of Science Lounsbery Award. She was named one of TIME Magazines Persons of the Year and 100 Most Influential, and is the lead singer and co-songwriter of the alternative rock band Thousand Days.
  • Hannah Seligson
    2010
    Author & Journalist -
    USA
    Hannah Seligson is a journalist and author. Her most recent book, A Little Bit Married: How to Know When it’s Time to Walk Down the Aisle or out the Door, spotlights a major trend in dating today: the long-term unmarried relationship. CBS recently optioned the film rights. Hannah's reporting has appeared in publications such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes. Her first book, New Girl on the Job: Advice from the Trenches, a career has been called “a must-read for every woman entering the work world” by the Houston Business Journal. The book has been published throughout Europe and Asia. St. Martin's Press will publish her third book about Gen. Y in 2012.
  • Sema SGAIER
    2008
    Co-Founder & Executive Director, Surgo Foundation; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Harvard School of Public Health Surgo Foundation / Harvard University
    USA
    Sema K. Sgaier is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Surgo Foundation, a Senior Program Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she has been leading the implementation, Monitoring & Evaluation of large-scale public health programs. Sema is also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Health, Schools of Medicine and Public Health of the University of Washington. Sema currently manages HIV prevention portfolios across Africa and leads the foundation’s Male Circumcision Initiative. Previously, Sema was a core member of the Avahan team, the foundation’s large-scale HIV prevention initiative in India, where she managed the program in the states of Karnataka, Manipur and Nagaland. Prior to the foundation, she was a fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Centre for Global Health Research. She has led several large-scale research and evaluation projects and has worked with governments in India and Africa on public health policy development. She has developed new genetic and epidemiological tools, has published extensively in high impact journals and is currently an Editor with eLife. She received her PhD in Molecular Genetics from New York University, her M.A in Neuroscience from Brown University and a B.Sc. in Molecular Biology and Genetics from Bogazici University (Istanbul,Turkey). Trained in photojournalism at the International Center for Photography in New York, Sema’s photo work has been published widely and can be viewed at semasgaier.com. She is a native of Libya and Turkey and currently lives in the US.
  • Jessy Tolkan
    2011
    Executive Director, Here Now Purpose PBC
    USA
    Jessy Tolkan currently serves as the Director, Here Now of Purpose, a creative agency and a social movement incubator. Driven by people, enabled by technology: Purpose builds movements and new power models to tackle the world's biggest problems. She was previously Global Director of Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Development. She was focused on creating markets shifts in the auto-industry with an eye towards ensuring a more sustainable planet, while also having spent the last decade as an activist and movement leader working to build progressive change in the United States. With an expertise in helping nonprofit and advocacy organizations scale their efforts, budgets, and staff talent, Jessy has consulted with some of the leading social change organizations in the United States including: The Working Families Organization, New Organizing Institute, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, GetEqual, HeadCount, 1sky, 350.org, Groundswell, and Wellstone Action.
  • Sherice Torres
    2008
    Marketing Director, Brand Studio Google
    USA
    An inspirational leader with nearly 20 years of experience in marketing, brand management, strategic planning and executive coaching, Torres currently serves as Marketing Director at Google, focused on empowering families to make the most of their digital journey together. Previously, Torres served as Director of Marketing for Google Commerce. In this role, she lead marketing efforts for Google Wallet and Google Express. Prior to joining Google, Sherice served as Sr. Vice President of Nickelodeon Digital Publishing. In this role, Torres managed both the digital and physical entertainment portfolio for Nickelodeon, including DVD, digital video (DTO/EST, streaming and subscription-based), paid apps as well as videogame and electronic learning aids. Key partners included Paramount Home Entertainment, Apple, Microsoft, Sony, Amazon, Netflix, Leapfrog, V-Tech and Activision. Prior to this role,Torres was Senior Vice President of Global Home Entertainment and Adult-Brand Licensing. Key markets included the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, France, Australia and the Benelux. She also drove the adult-targeted licensing efforts across MTV Networks including Comedy Central, VH1, MTV, CMT and Logo. Sherice has served as Senior Vice President, Hard Goods as well as Vice President of Nickelodeon Home, Gift and Packaged Goods. Torres joined Nickelodeon in 2000 as Director of Licensing for Interactive, Home Entertainment and Consumer Electronics. Before joining the network, she was a consultant with Deloitte & Touche, specializing in strategic planning, change management and organizational design. Sherice graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned her MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Among her many honors, Sherice was chosen as one of Black Enterprise’s 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2009) and Top 100 Black Executives (2009). Torres also serves as BadAssMama-in-Chief of BadAssMama Enterprises, Inc. – a lifestyle management brand for working mothers. She is a regular contributor to WorkingMother.com, Felicity Huffman’s WhatTheFlicka.com, a syndicated contributor on BlogHer.com and founder her own blog, The BadAssMama Chronicles.
  • Alexandra von Wobeser
    2015
    International Associate Von Wobeser y Sierra
    USA
    Alexandra is a Mexican and US-trained international attorney who focuses her practice on international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She has participated in the representation of parties in international disputes involving bilateral investment treaties, oil and mining ventures, and sovereign debt, among other subjects. She has also participated in international human rights disputes before the Interamerican Court of Human Rights and in pro bono matters involving sexual trafficking, sexual freedom, and freedom of expression. After working at the N.Y. based law firm Debevoise and Plimpton LLP she recently joined the Mexico City firm Von Wobeser y Sierra. Alexandra was recently named one of the "31 mujeres que amamos" / "31 women we love" by Quién magazine: http://www.quien.com/circulos/2017/03/06/alexa-von-wobeser