Bryan Eckstein

Bryan Eckstein is Vice President of Project Finance and Business Development at ForeFront Power, a San Francisco-based renewable energy company. He has over a decade of experience developing market-based clean energy solutions, including renewable energy development and finance, corporate energy management, and implementation of market-based climate change programs. Prior to this, he was part of the SunEdison project finance team. He has also consulted in energy, water, and climate change programs for clients including the World Bank, the UNFCCC Secretariat, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Environment Canada, the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development, the Australian government, and public utility regulators. He started his career…

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Roz Savage

Roz Savage MBE earned a law degree at Oxford and was a management consultant for eleven years, before an environmental awakening led to her setting out on a life of adventure. She now holds four Guinness World Records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row solo across three oceans: the Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian, using her adventures to raise awareness of environmental issues. She returned to Yale in 2017 to teach a class on Courage in Theory and Practice. The author of Rowing the Atlantic, and Stop Drifting, Start Rowing, in 2020 she earned a doctorate with her dissertation titled ‚ÄúYin Leadership for Tumultuous Times,‚ÄĚ and she…

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Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Gabriella G√≥mez-Mont is Founder and CEO of¬†Experimentalista, a novel type of nomadic and creative office specialized in cities ‚Äď and that constantly shifts shape to accommodate high-level, transdisciplinary collaborations across the world. She was also the¬†Chief Creative Officer of Mexico City, and the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad (2013 ‚Äď 2018), the award-winning experimental arm and creative think-tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. As director of the Lab she headed a highly¬†transdiciplinary team: from urban geographers, political scientists, internationalists, lawyers, civic tech experts etc., to artists, historians, architects, designers, future thinkers and philosophers,¬†amongst others. The Lab was created to tackle urban challenges, creating novel transdisciplinary…

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WEN Yuanhua

WEN Yuanhua manages the Corporate Banking, International Trade Finance, e-Banking, Information Technology, and Research and Product Development departments of the China Construction Bank, Tianjin Branch. He is responsible for over 6,000 employees and has led successful reform, reorganization, and restructuring efforts resulting in increased competitiveness and market share for CCB. He has extensive experience with banking reform in China and has held a variety of management positions at several of China‚Äôs major banks. Previously, Yuanhua worked for China CITIC Bank and Central Huijin Company Ltd., a shareholder of the Big 4 Chinese banks. There, he took part in the financial restructuring of ICBC, the largest commercial bank in China, and…

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Ayush Chauhan

Ayush Chauhan heads up a multi-disciplinary design and innovation consultancy firm, Quicksand, working at the intersection of business, development, and culture. He promotes design for social development by connecting the best practices of design, technology and behavior science with development programs to address the pressing and complex issues of social equity, public health, and education. In this capacity, he has worked with organizations such as Unilever, Google, World Bank, UNICEF, CIFF and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, amongst many more, to design products and services that promote sustainability and quality of life for low-income communities. An entrepreneur, educator, and mentor, Ayush is also the co-founder of UnBox, the first…

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Kamal Amakrane

Kamal currently leads the Global Centre for Climate¬†Mobility, advancing various regional initiatives, including the Africa Climate¬†Mobility Initiative, a joint undertaking by the AU, UN and the World Bank to¬†address climate-forced migration & displacement in¬†the continent. He also¬†spearheads the Rising Nations Initiative, a UN Member States-led initiative¬†focused on protecting the¬†statehood & sovereignty of Pacific atoll island¬†countries facing existential threat from rising sea level. Kamal has been a faculty member of Columbia University since¬†2018, where he co-chairs the University‚Äôs Climate Mobility¬†Network and works on¬†advancing efforts to address climate forced migration. In 2018, he directed the¬†Migration Consensus¬†Initiative at the Columbia University Global Policy¬†Initiative. During the intergovernmental negotiations for the Global Compact¬†for Migration (GCM),…

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Ruchi Yadav

Ruchi Yadav leads and manages The Hunger Project's overall program portfolio in India, which includes strengthening and building the leadership of elected women representatives and empowerment of adolescent girls. She oversees strategic management, program design, policy, and operations. This includes engagement and dialogue with multiple stakeholders, including over 50 community-based organizations across India. Ruchi has close to two decades of experience in the development sector and the communication business. She has worked on women's rights and human rights issues in South Asia and South East Asia. Ruchi is vitally interested in the intersections of gender with politics, religion, caste, and class. She has also worked on women‚Äôs rights and gender…

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Reda Oulamine

Reda Oulamine is lawyer strongly committed to legal reform in Morocco, and is a senior attorney and founder of Oulamine Law Group which specializes in business, corporate law, and legal reform consulting. In 2009, he created Droit et Justice, an NGO that promotes the rule of law and human rights in Morocco by advocating on behalf of vulnerable social groups and working pro bono for impoverished citizens with limited access to justice. Reda served as an election observer in Tunisia, as part of an effort by the Carter Center to demonstrate the support of the international community for democratic transition in that country. Previously, he worked as an attorney in…

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Wanja Muguongo

Wanja Muguongo is a queer African feminist, social justice activist, and movement builder. She is Founder and Executive Director of UHAI East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, Africa's first indigenous activist-led fund supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and sex worker activism in Eastern Africa with funding, capacity support, research, and convening. Passionate about work that supports social justice, equality, non-discrimination, and a respect for human rights, Wanja has worked within East Africa's civil society, and in India and Pakistan. She has edited and collaborated on various publications and papers, and she is a Synergos Senior Fellow (2014).

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Amine Belaicha

Amine Belaicha runs Numid-Invest, a private investment and advisory firm providing consulting services to foreign companies developing business opportunities in North Africa. The firm also supports local companies in planning their strategic development, finding investors, and raising debt. Amine previously served as Vice-President of Investments for Swicorp Private Equity in Tunis, where he gained transactional experience across the region in a variety of sectors, including consumer goods, insurance, and pharmaceuticals. Earlier, he worked as a strategy consultant for the Boston Consulting Group in Paris serving clients in continental Europe, the UK, and the MENA region. Since 2010, Amine has been a lecturer at HEC Paris Business School. Amine is also…

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