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Speakers List

Tara Abraham

Senior Advisor at Arabella Advisors

Tara Abrahams is a passionate global advocate for girls and women and a committed philanthropic advisor and strategist. She currently serves as a Senior Advisor at Arabella Advisors, a social enterprise that helps powerful change makers with ambitious philanthropic goals move from idea to implementation to impact.

John W. Allen

CEO/Chair of Greater China Corporation

John is Director of numerous private and public companies and a Trustee of the Soros Open Society Institute, International Science Foundation Business Council of the United Nations, World Policy Institute and AIESEC, the largest global student organization.

Wale Idris Ajibade, Ph.D

Executive Director of African Views Organization

African Views is a US nonprofit organization in Special Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC, focusing on the wellbeing of society by promoting cultural sustainability and cultural harmony through social research, Media, community assessment, resource mapping, and project development.

Jing Zhao Cesarone

Executive Chairwoman of the Summit, CEO of Global CSR Foundation

Jing is an accomplished business leader and compassionate public servant with over twenty years of experience in NGO management, business strategy, and cross-cultural marketing. She has extensive experience in implementing CSR best practices for fortune 500 companies and has been engaged in several SDG initiatives, including early childhood education, women’s empowerment and youth leadership programs.

Merav Cohen

Manager, Hazon Seal of Sustainability

Merav Cohen manages the Hazon Seal of Sustainability program and in this role,  she supports organizations and congregations in their efforts to adopt more sustainable practices. Prior to coming to NY, Merav lived in Beijing and worked with an EU aid program to help the Chinese government improve its environmental governance and prior to that, Merav practiced corporate law at a leading Israeli law firm, focusing on infrastructure and energy projects.

Chris Deri

President of TENEO Digital Advisory

Chris has advised corporate, NGO and government clients headquartered in dozens of markets across Europe, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East. His areas of strategic counseling include reputation management, public affairs, crisis & issues management, location branding, corporate responsibility & sustainability.

Charles Bao

General Manager of BGI Americas

Charles Bao the US subsidiary of BGI Genomics, the world’s leading genomic center headquartered in Shenzhen China. Charles is responsible for BGI’s North America operation, with a focus on commercial activities including sales, marketing, business development and alliance with major biopharma, medical and academic organizations. He has been in various roles with BGI Americas including Director of Sales, Business Development Manager since 2012, and assumed his role as general manager in 2017.

Peter Fusaro

Chairman of Global Change

Peter Fusaro is chairman of Global Change Associates, an energy & environmental advisory firm based in New York City. Peter is a New York Times best-selling author, thought leader and leading international authority on sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency and the transition to a low carbon economy for decades.

Master Hengshun

Hengshun is Dean of the China Temple Fair Cultural Research Institute and an advocate of the Oriental Olympics (Olympic + World Expo = Temple Fair). The aim is to promote traditional culture. Hengshun is an educator, communicator and practitioner of the world’s multiculturalism. He became a monk in the Shaolin Temple in Shaoshan, China. He founded the Buddhist Primary School and the Buddhist University, and encourages both the development of mind and body. He is the abbot of several temples in Wanfo Mountain and is committed to spreading the teachings of Buddha.

Houry Geudelekian

Chair at NGO Committee on the Status of Women (NGO CSW/NY)

Ms. Geudelekian leads a team of diverse and magnificent Executive Committee at NGO CSW/NY, representing a coalition of over 170 Civil Society Organizations and thousands of global activists advocating for Gender Equality and Human Rights for all.

Daofeng He

Former President of Foundation for Poverty Alleviation

An economist by training and an entrepreneur in spirit, Daofeng has a life-long passion for social improvements and civil-society building. Coming from a rural village in southwest China, he obtained his post-graduate degree in economics in Shanghai and then joined a top national think tank in Beijing.

Dwight N. Hopkins, Ph.D

Professor at the University of Chicago, CEO of Global Oasis LLC

Professor Hopkins facilitates international cross-cultural business connections. He started up and managed a 14-country network focused on youth, students, and women in India, Australia, Japan, Fiji, Hawaii, England, South Africa, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil, and the United States.

Bruce Knotts

Former Chair of UN NGO/DPI Executive Committee, co-chair of the UN NGO Committee on Human Rights, and Board Member of the NGO UN Committee on Sustainable Development

Mr. Knotts’ group represents 1,400 DPI affiliated NGOs at the UN.

Jing Leng

Co-Founder of Aikucun

Ms. Leng creates the inventory e-Commerce as a brand new field and leads Aikucun gradually grow into the first inventory e- Commerce platform in China. At present, more than 5,000 well-knownmanufacturers/brands from all over the world have joined Aikucun with more than 100 million orders, above 1.4 million distributors have earned more than 1.6 billion yuan.

Reta Jo Lewis

Director of Congressional Affairs at the German Marshall Fund (GMF) of the United States

Ms. Lewis has a wealth of diplomatic experiences as Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of State under Secretary Clinton. In that role she traveled frequently to China to build sub-national relations. At GMF, she leverages institutional resources and European networks to connect US Congress with its European allies. Her work focuses on leadership development, outreach, programming, and thought pieces on global engagement strategies.

Priscilla Lu

Head of Sustainable Investment Funds-Asia for DWS

Ms. Lu joined Deutsche Bank in January 2014 as Managing Director of Sustainable Investments Alternatives and Real Assets for Deutsche Asset Management in Asia. Prior to joining, Priscilla was general partner and founder of Cathaya Capital, a cross border fund investing in clean tech and healthcare in China.

Dr. Daqing Mao

CEO and Founder of Ucommune, Founder of 5LMeet

Dr. MAO daqing, registered architect, regional economist. Founder and chairman of Ucommune. He has been a senior manager in CapitaLand Group and Vanke Group,working in the real estate industry and urban renewal for more than 20 years. Dr. MAO is the author of “chipping away at the barriers between companies”, “Research on the evaluation system of urban residential life”, and translated “Bloomberg Biography” and “Shoe Dog”. He is also a famous marathon promoter in China, Chinese Marathon Celebrity of the year. By October 2019, he had completed 105 marathons.

Stephen Markscheid

Board Member of Global CSR Foundation

Mr. Markscheid is a senior executive and corporate director concentrated in mergers and acquisitions and other financial transactions, corporate governance, and consulting. He currently serves as independent director on the boards of six public companies.

Dr. Padmini Murthy

Professor and Global Health Director at New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, Vice Chair of UN DPI NGO Executive Committee

Dr. Murthy is a physician (a trained obstetrician and gynecologist) and an activist who did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has practiced medicine and public health for the past 28 years in various countries. She has been working in various arenas of the health care industry and worked as consultant for UNFPA.

Moses Odhiambo

Kenyan International Footballer

Moses Odhiambo is a seasoned sports and development professional who has in the last ten years developed significant knowledge in areas focusing on youth development, livelihoods. Supporting partners and communities through capacity buildings initiatives such as trainings, coaching and mentorship. Currently working as a Competition’s coordinator at Kisumu Youth Football Association (KYFA) based in Kisumu City Kenya.

Mary Snapp

Vice President and Strategic Advisor of Microsoft

Mary leads and/or supports various initiatives of the Corporate External and Legal Affairs group at Microsoft.  She is a lawyer and communications specialist by training.  In her time at Microsoft she has led the legal support for the company’s product development and engineering teams, particularly activities associated with mergers & acquisitions, antitrust regulation and competition, intellectual property and privacy.  Prior to her current role she led the corporations global philanthropies team, focused on providing access to technology and education to people and nonprofits around the world.  She is a frequent speaker on these various topics, and has been active on the Boards of Directors of a number of nonprofits including those engaged in human services, education, arts and the advancement of diversity in the legal profession.  Mary joined the company as Microsoft’s first female attorney.

Dr. Linda Stillman

Founder and Chair of Young Global Leadership Foundation

Dr. Stillman is a global mentor and served as the UN public affairs consultant for the UN Women’s Fourth World Conference, Beijing 1995. She was the UN NGO ECOSOC Main Representative for Soroptimist International, the world’s largest professional women’s service organization, for two 5-year terms (2001-2011). She was on the UN CSW planning committee for these 10 years.

H.E. Victoria Mangay Sulimani

Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative for Political Affairs at the Permanent Mission of Sierra Leone to the United Nations

Ambassador Sulimani has close to 24 years’ experience in diplomacy, international affairs and administration as an official delegate and active participant at international conferences and seminars organized by the United Nations, African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Mano River Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

William Verdone

Chair of African Views Organization

After graduating from New York University in 1967, Mr. Verdone became a teacher of both history and music with the New York City Department of Educating retiring 32 years later. In 2011, Mr. Verdone was invited to join Africa Views Organization to serve as its Chairman. He is firmly connected to educating all young adults, and particularly to empower women to attain sophisticated levels of achievement, thereby enriching their local communities.

Maolin Wang

CEO of Kim Dai Intelligent Innovation Technology

Executive Vice-President of Guangdong Robotics Association, Executive Director of Artificial Intelligence Committee. Master’s degree of Product Innovation and Service in Hong Kong University. Mr. Wong has entrenched himself in manufacturing and industry for over 20 years, focusing on intelligent manufacturing and intelligent products industrialization.

Xiaoguang Wang

Director of the CSR Promotion Center of the China Federation of Industrial Economics

Mr. Wang Mainly engages in the research of CSR management, corporate strategy and organization, and puts forward the theoretical framework of corporate sustainable competitiveness. He participated in the formulation of the national CSR standard, took lead in the formulation of the CSR evaluation index system of the China Banking Association, China Trustee Association, as well as United Nations research project.

Paul Washington

Executive Director of ESG Center at the Conference Board

Paul Washington is a recognized leader with a distinguished career in the ESG space. Before joining The Conference Board ESG Center, he served as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. He also served as Chief of Staff for the company’s Chairman and CEO, after holding positions of Assistant General Counsel and Litigation Counsel.

Ting Wu

Founder of Jiabin University, Producer of iJiaBin

Ms. Wu is a keen observer of global new business and a pioneer of new business studies. She produced business documentary series WETALKTV which observed and interviewed hundreds of leading enterprises and their founders from all over the world. She severed as strategic brand consultant for dozens of fast-growing companies, as business mentor at Renmin University, and was torch bearer in both Athens Olympic and Beijing Olympics.

(List of names alphabetized by last name)

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