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Gaurav Dalmia is the Chairman of Dalmia Group Holdings, a holding company for business and financial assets. It invests in private equity, real estate, public markets, structured debt and fixed income. He is an early investor in and a Board member of True North (formerly India Value Fund), a leading Indian private equity fund, which manages approximately $3.5billion. He is also the founder and Chairman of Landmark Holdings, a real estate investment firm, which has invested in more than 40 housing projects. He co founded GTI, a long term investment vehicle for India focused investments. He is a Board member of Brookings India. He was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in 2000. Gaurav Dalmia received an MBA with Beta Gamma Sigma honors from Columbia Business School.
A woman of many talents, Rawya Mansour is a globally acclaimed Environmental Activist, Humanitarian restlessly fighting for the uplifting of all stratifications of society. In 2007, just before the Egyptian food riots. Mansour foresaw the need of a drastic change, and took the matter in her own hands by founding RAMSCO for Trade and Distribution. There she developed and tested a groundbreaking approach to organic agro-business within Egypt, through the invention of fertilizers and agro-technology. This approach looked to developing novel techniques that focused on enhancing national food security by saving water while increasing yields. Upon the success the pilot project in her research center, Mansour founded the RAMSCO Foundation for Sustainable Agricultural Development in 2009. An NGO operating to oversee Mansour’s zero-waste agro-technologies and fore plan the creation of self-sustainable zero-waste eco-villages. In 2012 Mansour established OASIS (Organic Agriculture for Social International Solidarity) in The Principality of Monaco. The possibility of creating agricultural villages in arid land is realized through OASIS’s patented organic fertilizers and biochar machines that allow for fruit and vegetables not only grow, but thrive in a desert environment with low water usage. The machines take agricultural waste and turn it into bio-char, one of the few components with the ability to reverse climate change due to its capacity to sequestrate carbon dioxide from the air. These fertilizers and machines, patented in Egypt, Northern Africa, AOPI and, France, Monaco Australia are the first of their kind and if employed on the large scale will bring great feats in terms of reversing environmental damage, climate adaptation and food security in the area while fighting poverty through new social agroeconomic job creation and eco-tourism. Rawya Mansours’s most recent endeavor has been the creation of the foundation “We Are The People” along with Mr. Naguib Sawiris in partnership with the Basilicata region of Southern Italy. “WATP” is the pinnacle of Mansour’s life work, it plans to take an area in the barren and impoverished region of Basilicata and transform it into a holistic and sustainable Entrepreneurial Zero-waste Eco-village (EZE). This microcosm will be complete with schools, youth centers, health care, and job opportunity through Mansour’s agro-technology for both locals and incoming refugees that are otherwise crippling the Southern regions of the Mediterranean. If this project is created throughout North Africa as well as the Mediterranean it can greatly reduce migration from under developed countries. Furthermore, creating a means for the Southern European countries to deal with the influx of refugees in a new socially and economically sustainable manner. We Are The People has been presented to the government Italy as a member of the G7 together with UNIDO. Rawya Mansour’s work has proclaimed her an honorary member of the Egyptian National Women’s Comity for Foreign Affairs, Arab Business Women’s Council, 100 Women Who Rose Above Change In the Muslim World, A Hero of the Green Era, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and a member of UNDP’s IDSC, and a Role Model for African Women.
Ingmar Hoerr, PhD, MBA, Co-Founder / Chairman of the Supervisory Board founded the biopharmaceutical company CureVac in the year 2000 in Tuebingen. His entrepreneurship was motivated by a surprising discovery during his doctoral research. Experiments conducted for his research showed that the mRNA molecule class can be injected into tissue directly and is capable of expressing genes into proteins effectively as well as generating a strong specific immune response, contrary to what had previously been believed. From this key discovery, in his role as CEO he built up a company that was the first ever to treat a human subject with an mRNA drug and that is now a leading biopharmaceutical company. Since its inception, CureVac has received approximately $420 million (€400 million) in equity investments. Ingmar Hoerr received his PhD from the University of Tübingen and his MBA from Danube University, Krems, Austria. He currently advises the European Commission as member of the EIC Advisory Board and is juror of the founder prize Weconomy. Since March, he serves on the „Founding Board of Agency of Disruptive Innovations“.
Fakhri Ahmadov is Managing Director of Ahmadoff & Company and Founder of Private Wealth Institute. In his role, he advises wealthy individuals and families on wealth visioning, capital transformation, multi-generational wealth structuring and philanthropy. He is a contributor for the Agenda of World Economic Forum. Mr. Ahmadov is a Certified International Wealth Manager (CIWM) and full member of Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP).
Dr. Kailash Katkar is the MD and CEO of Quick Heal Technologies Limited, India’s leading IT Security Solutions Company. He is responsible for the overall leadership, strategy and management of the company. Under his leadership, Quick Heal Technologies became the first Indian software product company to hit the capital markets in 2016. Kailash was born on 1st November 1966 to a Maharashtrian family at Rahimatpur, a small village near Satara in Maharashtra. He grew up in Pune and from a very young age, chose to break the norms of attending rigorous classroom sessions and decided to divert his inquisitiveness and hard work to create his own business. This little spur of thought guided by sheer grit and gumption drove him to set up his own business – from a small one-room, boot-strapped electrical device repair station to an IT Security Solutions empire spread worldwide. As a true visionary, his strategic business approach has continuously produced significant business values for Quick Heal Technologies in the form of financial performance, customer satisfaction & retention, market share, and productivity. His strong commitment to operational excellence, innovative approach to business problems, and aptitude for partnering cross-functionally has made Quick Heal the most preferred consumer security solution brand. In 2015, the company successfully forayed into enterprise security with the launch of the brand ‘Seqrite’. His brainchild Quick Heal Foundation functions in the areas of community welfare, education and creating awareness around cybersecurity. The foundation has provided training and guidance on cybersecurity to more than 10 lakh students. In 2017, Chitkara University felicitated Kailash with the Honorary Doctorate for his outstanding contribution to Business, Education and Humanity.
Through numerous initiatives and collaborations with various organisations, Birla endeavours to reach out to various factions of society in order to empower them to lead fulfilling and enriched lives. Through Mpower, Birla hopes to spread awareness about mental health, alleviate stigma, and provide quality care to individuals from all walks of life and from all sections of the community. She is a strong advocate in the field of education. Her endless love for children is reflected in her dedication to her role as the Chairperson of The Aditya Birla World Academy, which is a pioneering educational institute. It has been ranked the third best international school in Mumbai and the sixth best international school in the country.
Born in Surabaya in 1965, Hary Tanoesoedibjo is the founder, controlling shareholder and chairman of MNC Group, which focuses on the following business activities: financial investments, media, financial services and property development. Hary obtained his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada in 1988 and an MBA from Ottawa University in 1989 and regularly served as a speaker at various national and international media events, as well as lecturer in the form of general lecture in more than 180 universities covering entrepreneurship and economy. He's active in sports where he served as the general treasurer of KONI in 2003—2006 and is now the chairman of the Indonesian Futsal Federation and the Tarung Derajat.
Galina Antova is the Co-Founder and Chief Business Development Officer at Claroty. Claroty is the leader in cybersecurity for industrial control networks. In June 2018 the company announced $60 million in Series B funding from a prominent syndicate of investors, including industrial operators and ICS vendors, bringing the company’s total investment to date to $93 million. The round was led by Temasek and included Rockwell Automation, Aster Capital (Sponsored by Schneider Electric), Next47 (Siemens-backed global venture firm), Envision Ventures, and Tekfen Ventures. Original Claroty investors Bessemer Venture Partners, Team8, Innovation Endeavors, and ICV all participated in the round. Prior to co-founding the company, Galina was the Global Head of Industrial Security Services at Siemens, leading the cybersecurity practice and cybersecurity operations center, which provided managed security services for critical infrastructure customers. Previously, Antova was with IBM Canada, with roles in the Provisioning and Cloud Solutions business. She holds a BS in computer science from York University in Toronto, and an MBA from the International Institute of Management and Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Omer Keilaf has spent 19 years driving cutting edge technologies from inception to commercialization. As the co-founder and CEO of Innoviz Technologies, a leading provider of LiDAR sensing solutions, Mr. Keilaf is helping enable the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles by providing high-performance LiDAR at mass market prices. He has overseen the company’s tremendous success as it overtook older, more established LiDAR developers to earn a design win with BMW, marking the industry’s first major design win for series production of autonomous vehicles. The company has also secured partnerships with Tier 1 solution providers including Aptiv, Magna International, Samsung HARMAN and HiRain Technologies. Mr. Keilaf spearheaded the company’s rapid growth as it raised $82 million and expanded to over 170 employees in a little over two years. For his efforts, Mr. Keilaf was named CEO of the Year by the 2018 Image Sensors Europe Awards, while Innoviz itself has been named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, Automobility LA Top Three Startup, and CES Innovation Award winner, among other awards. Prior to co-founding Innoviz, Omer served as an officer in an elite technological unit of the Intelligence Corps of the Israel Defense Forces, before going on to a distinguished career in opto-mechanics, electrical engineering, MEMS and more. He held senior leadership roles at companies including Consumer Physics, STMicroelectronics and IDF, where he served as the System and Product Team Manager, R&D manager, and Project Manager and System Architecture Manager, respectively. He holds a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University, where he has also served as a lecturer.
Wiktor is CEO of Netguru, a company he co-founded in 2008, and a technology enthusiast, investor, and connector. Netguru builds digital products that let people do things differently – they have changed the way people do banking, listen to music, learn languages and rent bicycles. With more than 350 people on board and 400 completed projects, Netguru became one of the fastest growing companies in Europe, recognised by the Financial Times, Deloitte, and Forbes. As Netguru’s CEO, Wiktor is responsible for the company’s long-term strategy and growth. He is also an active angel investor in several technology startups and a supervisory board member of Ten Square Games, a free-to-play game studio. He acts as a keen mentor in the technology development community through organisations such as Startup Weekend, Hive61, and YPO.
Mr. Deballon is Co-founder and CEO of Weezevent.com that provides to thousands of event organizers online and innovative ticketing and cashless tools that helps them to sell tickets or manage transactions during the event. Pierre-Henri is also owner of Velotour.fr a mass event (around 50 000 attendees/year) that gives the opportunity to discover by bike and in a funny way 10 french cities, and business-angel with Aveine, Captain-Contrat, Immersit. In 2017 he joined as administrator Paris & Co, the number one incubator network in France. Paris&Co has supported more than 800 innovative companies in the past 19 years.
Vivek Garipalli is the co-founder and CEO of Clover Health, a health insurance company leveraging data to proactively improve health outcomes, filling gaps in care and reducing avoidable costs. Prior to founding Clover, Vivek founded CarePoint Health, a fully integrated healthcare system in New Jersey. Through his role at CarePoint – whose mission is to serve uninsured and underinsured patient populations – Vivek experienced the misalignment of providers and insurance companies first-hand. Prior to CarePoint, Vivek owned and operated various outpatient facilities. He began his career in finance, holding roles at Credit Suisse First Boston, J.P. Morgan Partners and Blackstone Group. Vivek is active in health tech, serving as a board member of Flatiron Health and Doctor Evidence. He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration at Emory University with a concentration in entrepreneurship.
With a strong background in Economics, tech enthusiast and selftaught entrepreneur Marciano Testa is the founder and CEO of Agibank, a Brazilian digital bank whose purpose is to make people’s life better and to promote the financial inclusion of nearly 60 million Brazilians from emerging classes who live on the margins of the traditional banking model. Working as a tech company with a banking license, Agibank was dubbed the “WhatsApp of the Banks” when it became the first bank in the world to turn a cellphone number into a checking account – meaning anyone with a smartphone could have an account. With a full product portfolio the bank also offers innovative payment solutions along with their digital account for about one million users, who are able to make payments through QR Code, P2P or P2B, directly on a smartphone, without any fees, machines, intermediaries, or delay.
Frank Otto was born in Hamburg in 1957. In 1987 he founded OK Radio in Hamburg (today HAMBURG ZWEI), Germany's first private youth radio. He was also co-founder of VIVA TV and HH 1, the first city television station in Hamburg. He also holds other investments in the private radio stations delta Radio, KISS FM Berlin, ENERGY Sachsen and HAMBURG ZWEI. As an artist, musician and media entrepreneur Frank Otto helped several labels and musical projects. In 2005, he founded ferryhouse productions GmbH & Co. KG, where all activities are now bundled and marketed. In 2013, Frank Otto received the Cross of Merit on the ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany for his cultural commitment and his services to the common good.”
Dhiraj Rajaram is the Founder, CEO and Chairman of Mu Sigma, the world’s largest pure play analytics company. Currently Mu Sigma works with more than 100 Fortune 500 clients. An entrepreneur at heart, Dhiraj is passionate about systemizing the art and science of analytics so that it can be done at scale. This vision of Mu Sigma is backed by top investors and has gained Dhiraj industry wide recognition, including being named to Fortune’s 40 under 40, being awarded Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and was named as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Economic Times of India. Dhiraj holds an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Sheikha Alanoud bint Hamad Al-Thani was appointed Managing Director of Business Development at the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority in September 2017. Previously, she held the roles of Associate Director of Economic Affairs for the MENA region and Vice President of Strategic Alliances. Prior to joining the QFC, Alanoud served as the Qatar Country Director for Silatech, a Qatarbased social initiative that connects young people to employment opportunities across the Arab region. She has also held other positions working with various UN agencies and international organisations specialising in issues covering economic development, focusing on education, private sector development, and youth employment. She has authored numerous reports on the subject matters. Alanoud has been a board member of a number of organizations, including Vice Chair for the Bedaya Centre for Entrepreneurship and Career Guidance, Tomouh, How Women Work, i2Co School of Transformative Leadership, and Future Foreign Policy in the UK. She is currently a Global Ambassador for Qatar for Women Entrepreneurship Day, a founding member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community and a member of their Advisory Council on Collaborations. She is a proud recipient of Honours and Awards including Young Arab Achiever in 2011, and His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani Education Excellence Awards in 2008 and 2012. Alanoud earned a BSc (Joint Honours) in Economics with Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MSc in Economics for Development from the University of Oxford. She holds an Executive Education from the Qatar Leadership Centre Rising Leaders’ Programme and a Fellow of the Bucerius School on Global Governance. She is fluent in English, Arabic and French. A serial entrepreneur, Alanoud owns a number of businesses across a number of industries.
Gabriella is the CEO of Like Locals, a company she co-founded in 2017 Like Locals uses mobile technology to transform the exploration of urban destinations into an engaging adventure. Like Locals offers gamified city experiences, curated by locals, that allow travelers to discover the hidden gems of the city and to learn about the locations by interacting with the locals and the places they visit. The company currently offers more than a dozen experiences in London and Budapest and is actively expanding to other European cities. Gabriella is also a board member of the Csányi Foundation for Children, a non-profit organization that was set up in Hungary to help provide gifted children from disadvantaged backgrounds with the means to help nurture and develop their talent. In 2017 she obtained her master’s degree in Decision Science from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During her studies at LSE, Gabriella worked on a project (titled: How to improve educational programs for underprivileged children? The impacts of value-focused Decision Analysis) with Dr. Valentina Ferretti with the aim develop a decision model to support the Csányi Foundation’s selection process and to decrease dropout rates of the program. The project was awarded the prestigious INFORMS Decision Analysis in Practice Award at the INFORMS Annual Meeting in Houston.
Onsi Sawiris is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at HOF Capital, where he focuses on cloud-based technologies, and enterprise SaaS. Onsi currently sits on the boards of: ItaliaOnline (BIT:IOL) (Italy), Voltaire Capital (UK), Digital World Capital (UK), Mach Music (US), Energal (Egypt), World Capital Services (UK), and is a Board Observer at Orascom TMT Investments (Luxembourg, Egypt, UK). Prior to HOF Capital, Onsi worked in TMT-focused M&A at Arma Partners, a specialist technology investment bank, overseeing the $36m sale of web hosting service providers Verio and Site5 to industry leader Endurance International Group. Onsi also co-founded Energal, a hyperlocal sustainable energy company tackling distribution inefficiencies in emerging markets. Earlier, Onsi worked at Switch Supernap (NYSE:SWCH), a designer and operator of ultra-advanced data centers; Digital World Capital, a telecom-focused alternative investment management firm; UBS, a global investment bank; and INQ Mobile, a developer of mobile handsets and software. As a Board Director of Mach Music, a Latin America-focused mobile value-added services company, Onsi closely oversaw the successful joint venture between Mach Music and ARPU+, a mobile value-added services company servicing the MENA region. In 2015, Onsi joined the board of Italiaonline after the successful reverse merger between Libero’s internet subsidiary ItaliaOnline and Italian telephone directories publisher Seat Pagine Gialle, participating in the successful board approval in January 2016. Onsi holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is fluent in English, German and Arabic with a working proficiency in French.
For many years, Pasquale Junior has worked as stylist by his father’s side, inheriting his passion for the product, love for beauty and enjoyment for experimentation and innovation. In 2010, he set up The Secret Society, a fashion jewelry brand that blends fashion and social community management in an original way. In 2012, he joined the Natuzzi Group as Marketing Program Manager and started to specialize in management and development of marketing levers. Pasquale Junior represents a new leading generation inside the company. From March 2016 until July 2017, he has been Communication Director and Vice Creative Director, heading the worldwide development of the Natuzzi brand. Since July 2017 he is Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, responsible for the definition, management and implementation of the worldwide marketing and communication strategies. Pasquale Junior is also the Natuzzi Brand Ambassador, traveling worldwide to represent the company.
Alba is a serial entrepreneur and investor in global start-ups. She is a Co-founder of Dalia Empower (the first vertically integrated ecosystem for the empowerment of women in Latin America). She is a passionate advocate for women and girls, as well as an active member in more than 15 national and international councils. As a hobby, she enjoys writing about women's empowerment, participating in conferences on gender equality and entrepreneurship, as well as promoting and mentoring young women through different organizations such as ''The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women''. She holds a Bachelor of Financial Administration from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) and a Master of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the United States. She has held multiple positions in the financial sector, mainly in the area of investment banking. Alba is a judge of the ''Cartier Women's Initiative Awards'', she was selected as a Rising Talent by the Women's Forum for Economy and Society, and was awarded the ''Entrepreneur of the Year'' award by the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Guadalajara. Alba was selected in 2018 as one of ''The 100 Most Powerful Women in Mexico'' by Forbes magazine.
Mr.Cuschieri, Chief Executive Officer of the MFSA, is responsible for the overall management and performance of the Authority, strategy development/implementation including reforms in the financial services sector. A Certified Public Accountant by profession and a fellow member of the Malta Institute of Accountants, Mr Cuschieri is specialised in management accounting, corporate finance, economic regulation and general/business management. He also holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Henley Management College, UK and an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), UK. Throughout his professional career spanning 25 years, he held various finance related roles, senior executive positions and directorships within the private and public sector amongst which Head of Corporate Affairs and then Chief Commercial Officer at Vodafone Malta, Chief Operating Officer at the Malta Communications Authority, senior consultant with EY and prior to joining the MFSA he held the position of Chairman and CEO at the Malta Gaming Authority since November 2013. During his time at Vodafone, Mr Cuschieri was involved in key regulatory projects both in Egypt and Turkey. Furthermore, he spent a period of eighteen months enrolled on the Vodafone Group’s global leadership development programme. He has vast experience in economic regulation particularly in the electronic communications and technology sectors where he was involved in major reforms in the telecommunications sector during his time at the Malta Communications Authority. Mr Cuschieri is also a member of the Blockchain task force where he was involved in the development of a new regulatory framework for virtual currencies and distributed ledger technology. At the helm of the Malta Gaming Authority, Mr Cuschieri focused on reforming the governance of the gaming sector including a major legislative overhaul which led to the tabling of a new Gaming Bill in Parliament.
Camilla Fayed is the originator and founder of Farmacy. Having always been passionate about healthy eating and conscious living, Camilla began her journey into the world of plant-based living after the birth of her first child. Having immediately experienced the powerful healing benefits of a plant-based lifestyle herself, following extensive research and travels, Camilla was inspired to create Farmacy; a place where she could share her philosophy on nutrition and help bring the conscious eating revolution to London. Camilla’s aim with Farmacy, was to make healthy eating fun, in a beautiful setting. Since its launch in April 2016, the flagship Notting Hill restaurant and bar, has become renowned for its innovative and delicious organic dishes, as well as it’s exciting array of choice plant-based comfort foods. Labelled as the ‘friendly face’ of plant-based eating in London - Farmacy champions the notion that ‘food is medicine’ and supports both local farming and sustainability. Under Camilla’s direction, the Farmacy team work hard to constantly experiment and evolve. Along with the regular introduction of new seasonal dishes and superfood ingredients to the menu, last summer, Camilla and her executive chef team created London’s first 100% plant-based, CBD themed afternoon tea offering - an instant success. This January, Camilla launched her first, semi-permanent, Farmacy pop-up shot bar, at Selfridges, as part of their #EatHappy campaign. Camilla has spoken at several conscious living related events and debates and last November acted as the UK’s plant-based spokesperson on BBC Worldwide, as part of a debate dedicated to World Vegan Day. Passionate and committed to biodynamic farming and permaculture, in May 2017 Camilla, launched the ‘Farmacy Kitchen Garden’ - a biodynamic plot of land in Kent, previously dedicated to growing food for just her family that she expanded to become the restaurant’s dedicated local supplier. The produce from the garden is delivered weekly to the restaurant in an electric van. Following the release of the Farmacy Kitchen cookbook this Summer, Camilla is keen to open several other Farmacy restaurant sites across London and expand the brand worldwide.
Kunal is the founder of The Luxury Closet, a luxury resale marketplace focusing on hard to find brands like Chanel, Rolex and Cartier in the new capital of Luxury : Dubai. Post an MBA from INSEAD and a stint at Louis Vuitton he started the company in his Dubai apartment. The Luxury Closet has now grown to 80 employees, and raised over $16m from leading regional investors like MEVP, Wamda Capital. The site features the largest luxury catalogue in the region with 25000+ unique styles, and customers from over 40 countries each year. It curates and brings in over $5m of inventory a month on consignment.
Serial entrepreneur since 1996, Eric founded several companies in various sectors across Europe. In 2013, he discovered Bitcoin and the blockchain technology that struck him as the fourth industrial revolution. He then opened La Maison du Bitcoin, the French Bitcoin Center, before co-founding Ledger with the ambition to build the next European technological giant.
Zia Yusuf is a leading European tech entrepreneur who believes in the power of exponential technologies and artificial intelligence to improve lives. He was named as one of the eight most influential Goldman Sachs alumni in Fintech by Business Insider and has been profiled in the likes of Esquire, Forbes, Fox Business and CNBC. Zia succeeded in creating one of the world's fastest growing technology companies, having grown revenues 14x in 12 months, with this growth driven by next-generation products based on pioneering artificial intelligence. He has assembled an elite team of engineers in London, including the likes of Ijaz Akram as Velocity's CTO (former Global Head of Engineering at Amazon Prime), and other data scientists and AI experts. Through harnessing AI, Velocity has been able to generate $700k of revenue/employee, 5-10x greater than old-economy players in the space. Zia recently spoke at Founders Forum, and Velocity counts the likes of Sebastien Thrun (Founder of Google X) as an AI advisor. After graduating from the London School of Economics, Zia enjoyed a meteoric career in finance, firstly at Merrill Lynch and then at Goldman Sachs where, aged 28, he was named an Executive Director. He covered the Automotive, Industrial and Aerospace sectors, learning what made great businesses. He quit his job and co-founded Velocity, a tech start-up whose mission is to inspire and facilitate extraordinary lives in the digital age. Velocity Black, its flagship product, is a revolutionary technology to enhance and optimise your life. A 24/7/365 always-on digital assistant powered by human and machine intelligence, which simplifies and enriches your time. From discovering and booking restaurants to hotels, from flying fighter jets to swimming with orca whales. Velocity Black is the fastest, most convenient, advanced way to get the most out of life. Velocity has raised more than $32m in venture capital to date and has offices in London, New York, Los Angeles and Miami.
A senior member of the Hinduja Group, Shanu S.P. Hinduja is Chair of Hinduja Bank in Switzerland, Chair of the Hinduja Foundation US, and Co-Chair and Director of Hinduja Global Solutions Inc. She is a respected speaker on the world’s most pressing issues – having notably addressed the leaders of more than 130 countries at the UN General Assembly, and publicly discussed achievement of the UN’s gender equality goals with former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Davos. With work published in Europe, the US and India, Shanu has written on subjects ranging from technology to education, and from Brexit to globalisation. In addition to supporting the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the UN Global Accelerator – a programme designed to foster entrepreneurial ideas to tackle today’s economic challenges – Shanu, through the Hinduja Foundation, and alongside her father, has provided scholarships at Columbia University, Massachusetts General Hospital and Cambridge University. Shanu was a founding member of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco’s environment-focused Foundation. She works closely with, and is supported by, her sister Vinoo, and her children Karam and Lavanya.
Andre Koo Jr. is a fifth generation member of the Koo family in Taiwan. The genesis of the Koo family dates back to the late 19th century with investments in camphor, salt, sugar, and land. Today, the modern Koo family business empire includes various multi-national conglomerates that encompass interests in cement, financial services, leasing, real estate, petrochemicals, telecommunications, hospitality, transportation, etc. In addition to their business successes, members of the Koo Family, such as Andre Koo Jr.’s grandfather, Dr. Jeffrey Koo, is well recognized as an Eisenhower Fellowship awardee. Politically, he was a trusted advisor to Taiwan’s presidents, entitled as ambassador-at-large representing Taiwan’s diplomatic engagements with China and other countries. Andre Koo Jr.’s father, Andre Koo, is the Chairman of Chailease Group, which is comprised of over 45 subsidiaries present in 13 countries with more than 100 office locations and 6,000 employees. In 2018, Andre Koo Jr. became the third-generation NYU legacy alum, obtaining a B.A. in Finance from New York University Stern School of Business. Currently, he is over-seeing his family PE investment portfolio - focusing on cross-over project & business development efforts in the Tech space. Beforehand, he tenured at Colony Capital focusing on Investment Management in New York, a global leading REIT with over $60 billion in AUM. Previously, he spent summers working for Morgan Stanley and Baring Private Equity Asia.
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