Ketevan Bochorishvili from Tbilisi, Georgia
Executive Director of Anaklia City, former Vice Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. Counting 17 years of management experience including 7 years of her dedication to Georgia’s public sector as a senior executive, Ketevan has successfully served her term in the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, under four consecutive leaderships of two democratically elected governments. She gained her main competences through breakthrough achievements in Economic Policy, FDI Attraction, SME Sector Development, Export Promotion and Development, Tourism Development, R&D, National and International Promotion
Charlie Dove Edwin from London, UK
Owner at Suraci Research, an investment analyst specializing in European industrials sector, Charlie andthe team provides consultancy, research advice and assists with fundraising for investment ideas in Africa.
The company focuses on identifying attractive business opportunities that stem from changing long term global demographic changes and economic imbalances. Suraci Research draws on the expertise of associates across different
sectors including projects in the natural resources sector, media, construction services and care sectors. Additionally, Charlie is Adjunct Associate Professor at The American International University in London, teaches one of the most crucial issues of business sector like Fundamental Analysis, Corporate Finance, International Finance, Financial Institutions & Markets, Managerial Accounting and Country Risk Analysis.
Christy Largent from California, USA
Best Selling Author & Employee Engagement Keynote Speaker, Christy helps leaders to increase employee engagement, create a more positive workplace and increase profits by utilizing her unique Engaged Employee System. Christy is a dynamic, interactive and content rich speaker, delivering the focused results that you are looking for. Her vibrant
energy, interactive presentationsinspire the audience to reframe their mindset for a competitive advantage, to create positive connections for maximized engagement and to
live out their passions and purpose with clients and co-workers.
Maggie Semple from London, UK
Maggie is a successful business woman and entrepreneur. She owns The Experience Corps Ltd, a global business management consultancy and Maggie Semple Ltd, a bespoke women’s British fashion brand. Maggie has held a number of senior roles including being a member of several high profile UK Government and European Union task groups and has represented the UK in Greece and Hong Kong. Maggie was a Civil Service Commissioner responsible for upholding the values of appointment on merit. She serves on a range of Boards. She is a member of the Queen’s Counsel Selection Panel. Maggie is cited in the World’s Who Who; she was awarded an OBE in 2001.
Viviane Afene Gille from Reims, France
A town councilor in Baconnes, Champagne region; Co-owner of the house of wine in France; Viviane served the First Lady of Gabon, Edith Lucie Bongo. The experience to be with First Lady during their activities motivated her immensely to serve humanity in Gabon and around the world. The woman with spirit greatly desires to aid women growth from developing countries in every direction. Viviane is an active contributor to African charities. She has been working closely with charity organizations like Red Cross, Court house, Robert Debre General Hospital, Organization for special kids (Deaf ) and many other private organizations with the purpose of pushing human race to a beautiful world.
Mako Abashidze from London, UK
Graduated from the Tbilisi State University 1991, BA in Psychology and worked in the Institute of Psychology in Georgia till 1992 as a researcher. In 1993, Mako moved to London and has held positions with various UK companies since then, mainly dealing with the CIS market.
She co-founded The British Georgian Chamber of Commerce with Lord Cromwell in 2007.
Natia Sirabidze from Batumi, Georgia
Former Minister of Education of Ajara Autonomous Republic, present executive director of Mardi Holding, bestselling author and Mass Communication Specialist, Natia additionally has eight years of experience in leadership positions in public relations, including the Constitutional Court of Georgia and the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara. Natia is awarded the most prestigious award 'Order of Pegasus' at the University of Central Florida, she is an Honorary Citizen of San Diego (California).
Jessica Lam from Beijing, China
Co-Founder of Kaiterra, She Loves Tech Global Ambassador, recognized on the Forbes “30 Under 30 Asia 2017 list”; Beijing, China Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Jessica moved to Beijing in 2014 and co-founded Kaiterra: a startup focused on monitoring and mapping the world’s air. In the past two years,
Kaiterra has experienced over 500% year-on-year growth and its Laser Egg smart air quality monitor is for sale in all the Apple Stores across China.
Sophie Ibbotson from London, UK
University of Cambridge; Entrepreneur and International Business Consultant. As a founding partner at Glacex LLP - a London-based investment and consultancy firm with interest in the banking, commodities, and strategic infrastructure sectors - Sophie is specializing in investment opportunities in Asia and the former Soviet Union. Her diverse set of responsibilities includes business development, account management, and asset management.
Sanem Oktar from Istanbul, Turkey
President at The Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) & managing partner at directComm. Having worked for leading brands in communication, sales and marketing consulting and many other sectors of Turkey, her numerous work and projects have been awarded multiple times. Sanem is enlisted in the Top Ten Women Entrepreneurs of Turkey in 2010 and one of the 8 as Women To Watch in 2016. She is founder of highly successful companies like Turkish Direct Marketing Association (TDMA), directComm and Limonsocial. Sanem has served as President and Head of Board 2007-2009 for TDMA. She has been active member of KAGIDER, the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey since 2010 and has volunteered in many women empowerment projects as leader, mentor or participant. Since May 2015, she is the President of KAGIDER. She is also a member of W20 Steering Committee.