Haruno Yoshida - President & Representative Director BT Japan Corporation; Vice Chair of the Board of Councillors, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation); Member for Regulation Reforming Council
Haruno Yoshida was appointed as a President and Representative Director at BT Japan in January 2012. With hands-on extensive experience in working as a top salesman and a working mother in the male dominated communications industry for more than twenty years, Haruno has worked for five ICT companies – both western and Japanese – in four different countries. Therefore, she brings with her some unique experience and global perspective. In June 2015, Haruno was appointed as the First Female Vice Chairman of the Board of Councillors for Keidanren. In September 2016, Haruno was appointed as a member of the Council for Regulatory Reform – an advisory committee established within the Cabinet Office to advise on policy and social structural reforms from an economic perspective.
Taking a leading role to promote diversity and inclusion at the workplace, Haruno regularly advocates to increase productivity through the use of technology, and has attracted attention as a new role model for the working women in Japan. In 2017, she was named the only Japanese out of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine.
Larisa Miller - CEO at Phoenix Global LLC and Founder of Global Impact Africa USA
Larisa Miller studied English and Political Science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. After her studies, she worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Secretary of Agriculture, and later for the Governor of Pennsylvania, in the office of public policy. Larisa has spent the last several years working for a prominent family in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, as business development manager, with focus on sustainable development, as well head of a large non-profit foundation, focused on youth, literacy and education, working with children in refugee camps in the Middle East and Africa.
Larisa serves as CEO of Phoenix Global (PG), a business consulting firm headquartered in the United States, which explores beneficial development, infrastructure and business opportunities globally, working with companies, foundations, non-profits and government agencies around the world. PG focuses on sustainable business planning and development, marketing strategies, developing breakthrough business models, reputation management, sustainability reporting, market analysis, etc. Additionally, Larisa is the founder of Global Impact Africa, a non-profit organization, which focuses on the promotion of education, mentorship and entrepreneurism across Africa.
Keith Warburton - CEO at Global Business Culture
Keith Warburton is an internationally recognized expert on the impact on cross-border cultural differences and global communication issues. He works with some of the world’s greatest companies as well as professional service firms, governments and Higher Education Establishments.
His practical application of this topic to the commerciality of any business comes from a career which saw him work in the Middle East, Europe and Asia for twenty years. Having worked across the world at C-level he understands global business and has the ability to ally his vast cultural knowledge and communication skills to any business or sector.
Dipankar Ghosh - Partner and Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change at Thinkthrough Consulting (TTC) India
Dipankar is a seasoned sustainability professional, has over thirty years of multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral experience in the domains of environmental services, sustainability and human development, climate change, carbon markets, environment, health and safety (EHS), resource efficiency, sustainable technology and renewable energy. Dipankar has led large projects, in India as well as internationally, which consisted of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural team.
He has worked closely with diverse industry sectors, such as oil & gas, power utility, automotive, iron and steel, biofuel, transportation, construction, communication, etc., and also Government and Multilateral Funded Institutions. Previously, he was a Partner at EY, leading the Climate Change and Sustainability services of EY in Northern Region of India. He was also part of the advisory team responsible for developing the Climate Change & Sustainability Services in India. Later, he served as the Leader of EY’s sustainability services in the MENA region, strategizing the growth of the practice in the region.
Parul Soni - Global Managing Partner at Think through Consulting (TTC) India
With more than 20 years of experience, he has been instrumental in providing strategic leadership to development programs both at the national and international levels.
With his rich and extensive experience in Sustainable Development and CSR, he has driven major programs in areas of cross-sectoral partnerships and institutional networks, inclusive community participation, social accountability, and social justice. His contribution to the cause of enhancing and enriching the quality of key human development indicators, such as child rights and gender equality, has been anchored in the core principles of sustainable development strategies and programmes.
As a member of the Global Advisory Council of WEConnect International, he actively encouraged and supported women entrepreneurs by connecting them to market opportunities. One of his most significant achievements was to bring 109 women’s business associations under ThinkBig, Asia’s largest women economic empowerment and women entrepreneurship platform.
Rayla Melchor Santos - President and CEO, Proactive Resources, Inc./ Renexus Philippines and Co-founder and President, I Am SAM Foundation
Rayla Melchor Santos is Founder, McKinley Hill International School and Leadership Academy for Children in Batangas and Lipa City, Philippines (in partnership with the Calvert School of Maryland and Stephen R. Covey for the Leadership in Me Process, International Curriculum and Leadership Program). She is also founder of Stonyhurst School with Ateneo President, Fr Ben Nebres as Chair, Builder/Owner, Pre-school Center for Little Learners, New Manila, Quezon City, Headmistress, Institute for Child Advancement (ICA) Magallanes Village, Makati, and Builder, ICA in Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa.
Jingdong Hua - Vice President and Treasurer at International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, Washington DC USA
Jingdong Hua is Vice President and Treasurer of IFC. He is responsible for managing IFC’s financial position, safeguarding its international triple-A rating and maintaining its standing as a premier issuer in the global capital markets. He oversees liquid assets, market borrowings, and risk-management instruments totaling over $100 billion.
Under Mr. Hua’s leadership, IFC focuses on capital market development in emerging markets, through pioneering transactions such as a first-of-its-kind global Indian rupee program that set a benchmark yield curve for the offshore rupee markets, and market-opening local currency bonds in Armenia, Costa Rica, China, Nigeria, Rwanda, and many other countries.
Mr. Hua is also responsible for IFC’s loan syndications and co-investment program, which has mobilized over $50 billion for private sector development. He oversaw the creation of the IFC Managed CoLending Portfolio Program – a landmark program that has mobilized significant funds from sovereign and institutional investors and established a potential model that development institutions could use to raise the trillions of dollars that will be needed each year to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Prior to joining IFC, Mr. Hua served as Deputy Treasurer at the Asian Development Bank in Manila. He previously held a number of positions in the treasury departments of ADB, the United Nations Development Program in New York, and the African Development Bank in Abidjan.
Mr. Hua, a Chinese national, started his career in 1983 with China National Chemical Construction Corporation. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Qingdao University of Science and Technology, an MBA Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University.
Katharina Miller - European Women Lawyers Association President of the Board; PANDA GMBH Non-Executive Member of the Advisory Board
Katharina Miller holds a degree in business administration (2004) and in law (2006) from the University of Greifswald (Germany), she obtained a Master degree in European Law at the Universities of Luxembourg and Strasbourg (2007), she studied Leadership and Women at the Spanish Business School Aliter in Madrid (2015) and obtained the certificate “Strategic Skills for Women on Corporate Boards” at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (2016). She is a Corporate and Human Rights Lawyer with more than 15 years of professional experience that she has been gaining at the Court of Justice of the European Union and in different law firms within the European Union.
Katharina is founding partner of the law boutique 3C Compliance and of the shareholder activist initiative “Paridad en Acción”. She is member of Panel of Responsible Business of TELEFONICA, President of Board of Directors of the investment fund KOKORO and independent director of PANDA GMBH. She is Council member of the European Law Institute with domicile in Vienna and President of the European Women Lawyers Association with registered domicile in Brussels. she is currently working with a number of governments, think tanks and industry pioneer’s/thought leaders across the globe, building key strategic partnerships supporting the W20/G20 priorities such as Labor Market Inclusion, Financial Inclusion, Digital Inclusion, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and UN Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPS). Katharina contributed with an interview to the book “Gender Diversity in the Boardroom”, Volume 1, Palgrave 2017.
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