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Börje Ekholm

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

President and CEO, Ericsson

Börje Ekholm assumed this role on January 16, 2017. He knows the company and the industry well after being a Board member of Ericsson for nearly 10 years (first elected 2006).

Most recently 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.

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.

Steven Bartlett

Newest Youngest Dragon on the BBC’s Dragons Den

Founder and CEO of Social chain


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.

Luís Figo

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

Retired Footballer & Celebrity Investor

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

Roberto Carlos 

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

Retired Footballer & Celebrity Investor


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

Dr Manar Al Moneef

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

President & CEO (MENAT), GE Renewable Energy

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

Over 20 years of building innovative digital businesses.

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


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

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

President & Chief Innovation Officer, 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

Innovator, tech enthusiast, and WEF contributor 

CTO, Innovation team, Lead Public Tech, City of Amsterdam

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 

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

Retired Footballer & Celebrity Investor

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.

Siim Sikkut

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

Government CIO & Deputy Secretary General for Digital Development, Estonia

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.

Edwin Diender

Developed the Universal Framework for Smart City Construction. 

Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Huawei Enterprise

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

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

Chief Data Scientist - Global Premium Services, Google

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

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

World's #1 Paralympic Tennis Player

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 

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

Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam


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

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

VP & Global CIO Data Analytics, GE Healthcare

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

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

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

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. Salman Al Badran  
Top 100 CEOs in the region by the INSEAD Business School.

CEO, Mobily

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.
Eng. Olayan M. Alwetaid

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

Group CEO, STC


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

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

Former Minister of Communications UK & Group CEO, Informa

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

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

Chief Customer Experience Officer, Nokia

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.

Maelle Gavet

Maëlle has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

CEO, Techstars

One of the tech industry’s brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine’s List of the Top 25 ‘Female Techpreneurs’.

After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of OZON.ru, Russia’s largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group, the largest online and travel agency in the world which includes brands like OpenTable, Kayak, and Booking.com.

Most recently Gavet was Chief Operating Officer at real estate platform Compass, valued at over $6bn. She has spoken regularly at the leading technology industry events and her writing has appeared in Wired, the Harvard Business Review, the World Economic Forum, Fast Company and Fortune magazine.