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Eugene Kaspersky
CEO & Co-Founder, Kaspersky

Eugene Kaspersky is a world-renowned cybersecurity expert and successful entrepreneur.

Eugene began his career in cybersecurity accidentally when his computer became infected with the ‘Cascade’ virus in 1989. Eugene’s specialized education in cryptography helped him analyze the encrypted virus, understand its behavior, and then develop a removal tool for it. After successfully removing the virus, Eugene’s curiosity and passion for computer technology drove him to start analyzing more malicious programs and developing disinfection modules for them. This exotic collection of antivirus modules would eventually become the foundation for Kaspersky’s antivirus database. Today the database is one of the most comprehensive and complete collections in cybersecurity, used in detecting and preventing systems from being infected by more than 500 million malicious programs. 

Today Kaspersky is one of the fastest growing IT security vendors worldwide, operating in almost 200 countries and territories worldwide. The company employs more than 4,000 professionals and IT security specialists in 34 dedicated regional offices across 31 countries, and its cybersecurity technologies protect over 400 million users around the world. Kaspersky’s globally renowned team of experts has investigated some of the most complex and sophisticated cyberattacks ever known, including Stuxnet, Flame, and Red October. The company also cooperates extensively with INTERPOL, Europol, and national police bodies to actively assist them in their fight against cybercrime.


Raghu Raghuram

An industry thought leader who has successfully steered the company’s strategy and technology evolution across VMware’s rich history.

Raghu Raghuram joined VMware in 2003 and currently serves as the company’s CEO. He is an industry thought leader and has successfully steered the company’s strategy and technology evolution across VMware’s rich history.

During his tenure at VMware, Raghuram has held multiple leadership roles, most recently Chief Operating Officer, Products and Cloud Services, where he had responsibility for all of VMware’s product and service offerings and centralized services, support and operational functions. Prior, he led the company’s software-defined data center business as the executive vice president and general manager, where he was responsible for the division’s strategy, business and product planning and engineering execution. Before, he led the company’s cloud infrastructure and management business as the general manager, and led worldwide product marketing, product management and business planning for the company, and served as part of the leadership team that took the company through its initial IPO. Raghuram began his career at VMware running product management for ESX and vSphere.

Prior to VMware, Raghuram held product management and marketing roles at AOL, Bang Networks and Netscape. Raghuram holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

Peggy Johnson
CEO, Magic Leap

A globally recognised STEM leader and Business Insider's Most Powerful Female Engineer in the USA 2017.

Peggy currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Magic Leap, a spatial computing company building the next computing platform. Ms. Johnson joined Magic Leap in August 2020 to lead the company into its next phase of growth, with a focus on expanding product market fit for the enterprise. Prior to joining Magic Leap, Ms. Johnson was Executive Vice President of Business Development at Microsoft where she was responsible for driving strategic partnerships and transactions to accelerate growth for the company and its customers. Previously, Johnson spent 24 years at Qualcomm, where she served as a member of Qualcomm’s Executive Committee. 

Steven Bartlett
Founder and CEO of Social chain

Newest Youngest Dragon on the BBC’s Dragons Den


From a bedroom in Manchester, Steven, a university drop-out, built what would become one of the world’s most influential social media companies when he was just 21 years old, before taking his company public at 27 with 'current market valuation of £300M+'.

Steven acts as a speaker, investor, author and content creator, hosting Europe’s most downloaded Business podcast, ‘The Diary of a CEO’. He recently released his debut book ‘Happy Sexy Millionaire’ which was a number 2 Sunday Times best seller in its opening week. He is widely considered one of Europe’s most talented and accomplished young entrepreneurs and philosophical thinkers.

Eng. Salman Al Badran
CEO, Mobily

Top 100 CEO's in the region by the INSEAD Business School.


Eng. Salman Al Badran has more than 24 years of leadership experience in the GCC region, which includes 22 years in the industry of Information & Communications Technology (ICT). He led the founding team of STC Kuwait (formally Viva), then he was appointed as a CEO. Currently, Al Badran is the CEO of Etihad Etisalat Company "Mobily", where he successfully demonstrated the positive change, and guided the company towards new direction and possibilities. Eng. Al Badran was recognized as one of the top 100 CEO’s in the region by the INSEAD Business School, and was elected member of the Board of Directors of "SAMENA" Telecommunications Council. He holds bachelor’s degree in Applied Electrical Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in addition to many professional certificates.
Börje Ekholm
President and CEO, Ericsson

He has been Ericsson's CEO since 2017, and a board member since 2006. 

Before Ericsson, Ekholm was CEO of Patricia Industries, a division within Investor AB (2015-January 15, 2017). Prior to assuming this position in 2015, he was President and CEO of Investor AB between 2005 and 2015. Previous positions also include Head of New Investments and President of Investor Growth Capital Inc. Ekholm has had various positions at Novare Kapital AB and McKinsey & Co Inc.

Börje Ekholm holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden, as well as a Master of Business Administration, from INSEAD, France. He is a board member of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Alibaba Group and Trimble Inc. Ekholm is also Member of the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall and the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce New York. Since 2017, Member of the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum Digital Communication Governors. Holds Honorary Doctorate at The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.

Luís Figo
Retired Footballer & Celebrity Investor

Ballon d’Or winning footballer with Portugal, Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Inter Milan.

Ballon d’Or winning footballer. Fluent in 5 languages, and founder of Network90, a private Professional Football Industry networking site.

Roberto Carlos 
Retired Footballer & Celebrity Investor

FIFA World Cup winning footballer with Brazil and played for Real Madrid

FIFA World Cup winning footballer. Launched Ginga Scout, a software connecting players with coaches across the globe.

Dr Manar Al Moneef

President & CEO (MENAT), GE Renewable Energy

The Saudi national who established the very first 50-MW wind farm in Oman.

She is the President & CEO for GE Renewable Energy’s Onshore Wind business (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey) driving growth and operations by combining technology, services, and digital solutions across the renewable energy landscape. She was Director General of Health Care & Life Sciences at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority. 

Matthew Timms
Chief Digital and Technology Officer & CEO E.ON Digital Technology GmbH E.ON

Over 20 years of building innovative digital businesses.


Matthew joined E.ON SE as the Chief Digital Officer in August 2016 leading the digital transformation organisation and programme for E.ON globally. In 2018, he became responsible for the global digital, data and technology organisation in the E.ON Group, delivering E.ON ambitions to transform the energy world for a sustainable and greener future. 

YoungCho Chi
President & Chief Innovation Officer, Hyundai Motor Group

Dr. Youngcho Chi is in charge of innovation, strategy and technology at Hyundai Motor Group.

Dr. Youngcho Chi is the chief innovation officer and executive vice president in charge of strategy and technology at Hyundai Motor Group. Previously, Dr. Chi was executive vice president in charge of corporate strategy and corporate development at Samsung Electronics Co. for 10 years. His focus was in formulating corporate strategy for newbusinesses, M&A, platform & services, and industry disruption issues. He has also previously worked at Accenture, McKinsey & Co. and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Chi obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Seoul National University. He has a Ph.D. from Brown University

Aik van Eemeren
CTO, Innovation team, Lead Public Tech, City of Amsterdam

Innovator, tech enthusiast, and WEF contributor 


Aik is young, dynamic, and enthusiastic. His passion is to innovate public administration. He is an advocate for New Ways of Work, and creative in unorthodox approaches. IT-savvy, and an easy networker, he has shown great skills in event management. He is able to cover a broad range of topics.

Michel Salgado 
Retired Footballer & Celebrity Investor

Entrepreneur & Investor, Healthy living and charity campaigner, Real Madrid & Spain legend


Michel appeared in 254 matches for Real Madrid from 1999 to 2009, helping the club win two UEFA Champions League titles and four La Liga titles. He was a member of the Spanish national team from 1998 to 2006.

Since retirement, Michel has been a part of a series of successful ventures and built a career for himself as an entrepreneur.

He runs the Michel Salgado academy in Dubai, the largest in the Middle East, and is the owner of UAE football club Fursan Hispania amongst a series of other businesses.

David Hanson
Founder & CEO, Hanson Robotics

David is the creator of Sophia, the world-famous social humanoid robot.


David Hanson develops robots that are widely regarded as the world’s most human-like in appearance, in a lifelong quest to create true living, caring machines.

To accomplish these goals, Hanson integrates figurative arts with cognitive science and robotics engineering, inventions novel skin materials, facial expression mechanisms, and collaborative developments in AI, within humanoid artworks like Sophia the robot, which can engage people in naturalistic face-to-face conversations and currently serve in AI research, education, therapy, and other uses. Hanson worked as a Walt Disney Imagineer, both a sculptor and a technical consultant in robotics, and later founded Hanson Robotics. As a researcher, Hanson published dozens of papers in materials science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and robotics journals.

Edwin Diender
Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Huawei Enterprise

Developed the Universal Framework for Smart City Construction. 


Winner of the MVP Award (Most Valuable Professional) in the Huawei Enterprise Business Group (2018). Introduced the Intelligent Operations Center (IOC) as the Brain and Nervous System for Smart Cities (2017). Introduced First Safe Then Smart, as a guideline for safe city to intelligent city transformation (2016). 

Dr Saket Kumar
Chief Data Scientist - Global Premium Services, Google

Leads a data science team for Google’s largest global clients.

Dr. Kumar is passionate about data science as a key capability that improves business performance. He has been fortunate to observe organizations transformed by data science in industries including Tech, CPG, Auto, & Retail. At Google, Saket has built a data science practice that improves marketing effectiveness in their largest global clients. 

Stephane Houdet
World's #1 Paralympic Tennis Player

Doctor and athlete, Paralympic champion with over 15O titles and 23 Grand Slam titles


Stéphane Houdet, was born on November 20, 1970 in France, is a veterinary doctor who is a wheelchair tennis champion. Following a motorcycle accident in 1996 he devoted himself to sport and after a European number one title in golf he became the world number one in wheelchair tennis. He has 4 medals at the Paralympic Games including two gold and 23 Grand Slam titles. Very involved in research and adaptation of mobility improvement device, he has developed several innovative concepts for the search for performance which have already provided opportunities to enhance everyone's daily life.

Ger Baron 
Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam

The man behind leading Amsterdam to one of the top 10 smart cities in the Smart City Index.

Ger's professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.

Asha Poulose Johnson
VP & Global CIO Data Analytics, GE Healthcare

She was recently recognized as one of the top 100 global data women leaders by the CDO magazine.


Asha is the VP and Global CIO for Data Analytics Asha and responsible for driving data driven profitability, growth and culture at GE Healthcare. Her responsibilities spans Enterprise data platforms and architecture, data management, advanced analytics and Data Science across all the enterprise domains like Commercial/Marketing, Finance, Supply Chain, Services, Engineering, Quality etc. With a team spread across US, Europe and South Asia key priorities are to build the next generation data platforms, democratize data and AI and enable advanced analytics in support of GE HealthCare’s growth Priorities.

Asha has 22+ years of Digital and Management experience in developing digital strategies to drive business imperatives across several businesses in GE. She has deep expertise in data analytics, product development, and building / leading high performing global teams.

 She is part of several International Industry bodies and was recently recognized as one of the top 100 global data women leaders by the CDO magazine. She has led several diversity and inclusion efforts with a focus on technology and is passionate about working with early career talent and academia.

Arunima Sarkar
AI Lead, Centre for Fourth industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum

She is leading India’s National Responsible AI approach for the WEF

Arunima is an experienced professional with expertise and interests at the intersection of technology/strategy/policy. She has over twenty years’ experience in the technology, digital and consulting industry in research and strategy global leadership roles with top tier digital and management consulting firms and research houses.Aly holds a Master of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar from Tsinghua University, a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD (Singapore and France), and a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction from the University of Toronto.

Eng. Olayan M. Alwetaid
Group CEO, STC

Eng. Alwetaid is the Group CEO of stc with over 22 years of experience in the telecom industry.

He has held multiple positions such as the senior VP of Consumer Business Unit at stc, and prior to that, he was the CEO of stc Bahrain. He has chaired the boards of several stc subsidiaries such as Channels, Intigral, and Contact Center Co. (CCC).

Eng. Alwetaid is the chairman of SAMENA and a board member of GMSA. Alwetaid holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and has certifications in the field of ICT, leadership and strategic planning.

Lord Stephen Carter
Former Minister of Communications UK & Group CEO, Informa

Stephen Carter is the Group Chief Executive of Informa PLC, with a career that has spanned both the public and private sectors.

Stephen joined Informa as a Non-Executive Director in 2010 before being appointed as Group Chief Executive in 2013. In the private sector Stephen is a career senior executive, having held senior positions in a range of Media & Technology businesses. Prior to becoming the Group CEO of Informa PLC, he was President & Managing Director EMEA at Alcatel Lucent Inc, Managing Director and COO of ntl (now Virgin Media), and CEO and Managing Director of JWT UK & Ireland.

In the public sector Stephen was the founding CEO of Ofcom, the UK’s Media & Communications Regulator, before serving as Chief of Strategy to Prime Minister, The Right Hon. Gordon Brown and as Minister for Telecommunications and Media, where he wrote and published the Digital Britain Report that subsequently led to the Digital Economy Act 2010. He was awarded a CBE for services to the Communications Industry in 2007, and was made a Life Peer in 2008.

Ricky Corker
Chief Customer Experience Officer, Nokia

Ricky is responsible for helping Nokia’s telecommunications customers realize their vision and ambition.


A dynamic leader with 25 years of international experience in the telecommunications industry, Ricky is known for his strong commitment to customer satisfaction and to leading his team to ever-higher achievements. Throughout his career he has demonstrated an ability to exceed sales targets through an intense customer focus and a deep understanding of the needs and aspirations of Nokia’s customers.

Ricky previously served as President of Customer Operations, Americas and before that as Market Head, North America. In these roles he swiftly returned the North America region to growth and oversaw Nokia’s participation in the first 5G launches in the US, as well as presiding over a long growth spell in Latin America.

Richard Houston
CEO, Deloitte North & South Europe

Richard is responsible for connecting the breadth and depth of capabilities of over 55,000 people and 3,000 partners.


Richard Houston is Senior Partner and Chief Executive of Deloitte North and South Europe (NSE), the second largest member firm in the Deloitte network, and Deloitte UK. He is also a member of Deloitte’s Global Executive. During his first year as CEO, Richard oversaw the transition of over 20,000 people in the UK to remote working. This ensured they could seamlessly continue to work on critical national projects such as supporting the NHS, helping clients to adapt supply chains, and design and implement digital transformation programmes.

He has also led several key People & Purpose campaigns for Deloitte in the past year, on topics including mental health, diversity and inclusion, and digital inclusion. In his previous role, Richard led the UK and North West Europe Consulting practices and has over 20 years of experience in Consulting and, in particular, Financial Services and the leadership of major transformation programmes. 

Aongus Hegarty
President - International Markets, Dell Technologies

Aongus has over three decades experience in technology and is a twenty-year veteran of Dell Technologies.


Aongus serves as President of Dell Technologies for International Markets - an organisation spanning more than 170 countries encompassing Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Greater China, and Latin & South America. He has overall responsibility for business and strategy across these global regions, leading a team of over 50,000 sales, solutions and services professionals enabling customers to transform their business for the next data decade.

Aongus previously held senior general management, operations, manufacturing and engineering leadership positions with Modus Media, RR Donnelley and Digital Equipment Corporation. Aongus is a respected commentator on innovation, leadership, digital transformation, sustainability and diverse & inclusive workforces.


Luc Remont
EVP, International Operations & Member of the Executive Committee, Schneider Electric

Luc is EVP, International Operations, in charge of South America, Africa and Middle East, India and East Asia & Pacific and Member of the Executive Committee of Schneider Electric since April 2017.

Luc began his career in 1993 as an engineer at the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA). In 1996, he joined the French Ministry of the Economy, Finance and Industry. He held several positions there, first in the Finances department where he supervised relationships with multilateral development banks (EBRD, World Bank) and government equity interests in transportation companies. During his time at the French Ministry of Finance, from 2002 to 2007, he moved from a Technical Investment Advisor, to a Deputy Director position. He joined Merrill Lynch bank in 2007 and became Director of the Corporate and Investment Bank of America Merrill Lynch in France in 2009.

In July 2014, he joined Schneider Electric as President of Schneider Electric France and Member of the Executive Committee. Moreover, from March 2015 to May 2017, Luc was Chairman of Gimélec, which brings together 230 French companies providing power and automation solutions for the energy, building, industry and infrastructure markets.

Vikas Purohit
CEO, Tata CliQ

Mr. Purohit has a long and varied experience in the fields of Retail, Fashion & Ecommerce.


Vikas has held coveted positions as the Director & Head at Amazon Fashion, COO at Planet Retail, Head - Retail at Reliance Brands Limited, Head - Business Operations at Tommy Hilfiger and Brand Initiatives Manager at Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail Ltd. He is an NTSE scholar, an Aditya Birla Scholar from the Aditya Birla group and has been identified as Leader of Leaders for Amazon Global. He has also won the title of National Young Manager (All India Management Association). He holds a Post-graduate diploma from IIM – B and an engineering degree from IIT – Varanasi.

Björn Oste
Founder, Oatly

He co-founded Oatly, now valued at $13 billion after a 2021 IPO launch.


Whilst he is a serial entrepreneur himself, Björn is more than an ordinary entrepreneur. A food tech guru, sustainability mentor, and expert in progressive technology, Björn is a deal sourcing globalist with mastery in navigating Silicon Valley, Europe and beyond.

Scott Lucas
Head of Markets DLT at JP Morgan. 

Scott joined the Markets business after roles within the Chief Investment Office, Treasury, Global Corporate Bank and Treasury Services. He also serves on the board of HQLAx, and is a Trustee of Global H20 (UK), a charity focused on providing clean water in Uganda.  

Scott Lucas’s role as Head of Markets DLT at JP Morgan focuses on developing markets trading products driven off emerging DLT market capabilities that complement our existing footprint and support client needs. Additionally, he is responsible for representing JP Morgan on select industry initiatives and wider market developments related to DLT.

Siim Sikkut
Government CIO & Deputy Secretary General for Digital Development, Estonia

Siim is in charge of keeping #eEstonia’s engine humming and cybersafe.


Siim Sikkut is the Government CIO of Estonia, also titled as Deputy Secretary General for Digital Development, in charge of digital government and society, also telecommunications and post areas. His role is to set the strategy and policies, to launch and steer strategic development initiatives and regulation, to represent the government in EU and other international organisations or collaboration in his domain.