H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajjar

President, IsDB Group

Dr. Bandar Hajjar assumed the presidency of the Islamic Development Bank Group on October 1, 2016. The Islamic Development Bank, based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is a multilateral development bank that works to improve the lives of people by promoting social and economic development in its 57 member countries and Muslim communities around the world. The Bank has received the highest credit rating (AAA) from the world’s rating agencies. 

In the same year, Dr. Bandar Hajjar assumed chairmanship of the Committee for Utilization of Hady and Adahi, which is a joint committee comprising the Islamic Development Bank and the relevant government agencies overseeing the work of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Project for Utilization of Hady & Adahi, which has been managed by IsDB on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia since 1403 AH to serve the pilgrims and to facilitate the performance of their rituals

Dr. Bandar Hajjar is also the current chairperson of the MDBs Presidents Meetings for the year 2020. The MDBs Heads forum is a regional and international dialogue platform comprising the following twelve banks: the World Bank Group (WBG), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (AsDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), the New Development Bank (NDB), and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB).

Dr Hayat Sindi

Chief Scientific Advisor to the President, IsDB

As Chief Scientific Advisor to the President of the Islamic Development Bank, Dr Hayat has spearheaded the launch of the new US$ 500m Transform Fund. The largest of its kind, the Fund is focused on promoting and nurturing science, technology and innovation to accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals. She has also launched Engage, a global digital hub to connect and support innovative entrepreneurs. 

Dr. Hayat is a passionate advocate for the promotion of science- based skills for women, particularly in the developing world. At a young age, inspired by great scientists and thinkers, Hayat convinced her family to allow her to travel alone to England to pursue her higher education, a rare permission for a young Saudi woman. She taught herself A-Levels, in order to meet British entry criteria, and went on to earn a degree in pharmacology with honours from King’s College London in 1996, and five years later, became the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Cambridge and went on to study at Harvard. 

Dr Hayat is a Goodwill Ambassador for Sciences and UNESCO; one of the 25 global experts selected by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki moon to the UN Scientific Advisory board; and a member of the Ten Members group to support the technological facilitation mechanism (TF) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was recently featured in the BBC’s 100 Women series; was named by Forbes as the second most powerful woman in Saudi Arabia and listed in Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.” She is one of the first Saudi women to have served on the Shura council. 

Nathalie Munyampenda

Nathalie is CEO of Kepler, Rwanda

Nathalie Munyampenda is the CEO of Kepler, which is building an innovative global model of accessible higher education and offering new pathways to employment through upskilling in Rwanda and Ethiopia. Over 90% of Kepler’s graduates are employed within six months of graduation.


An advocate of African innovation and female leadership, she is former Managing Director at the Next Einstein Forum, where she helped build Africa’s community of scientists as well as pushing for science driven industrialisation through foresight and policy work. 

Nathalie has also worked in the Canadian public service and international social media consulting before working to build the Government of Rwanda’s central communication unit as Coordinator (DG) in the Office of the Government Spokesperson.


Nathalie has a degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa and a master’s in Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University.

Bukky Shonibare

Executive Director, Invictus Africa

Bukky Shonibare is the Founder of Girl Child Africa, Coordinator of #ChurchMeToo movement, and one of the leaders of the #BringBackOurGirls movement in Nigeria.

She is a peace and security expert, and a human rights advocate with a focus on women and girls. Bukky hold a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) with First Class Honours, B.Sc in Business Administration (First Class), and Master's in Managing Peace and Security in Africa (A). She also hold dual Certificates in Journalism, and Creative Writing from the London School of Journalism; and dual Certificates in Social Sector Management, and Entrepreneurial Management from the Pan Atlantic University, Nigeria.

Bukky has received some awards and recognitions, including being named a 'Nigerian Star' by the US Embassy in Nigeria (May 2019), Glazia’s Person of the Year in the Philanthropy and Advocacy category (January 2018), one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Nigeria (March 2018), and one of Quartz Africa’s Innovators at the World Economic Forum (May 2017). Bukky is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow, an initiative of the United States Department of States.

Bernhard Kowatsch

Head of Innovation, World Food Programme

Bernhard Kowatsch is Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The Accelerator identifies, nurtures and scales disruptive startups and entrepreneurs that accelerate progress towards zero hunger. Innovations include fintech (e.g. blockchain), agri-tech, supply chain and technology (e.g. Artificial Intelligence) innovations. The Accelerator received an award as one of the '10 Most Innovative Companies 2017- Food' by FastCompany. Previously, Bernhard co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal app (SXSW Interactive innovation award 2016, MWC Glomo award winner.), built up WFP’s Business Innovation team and worked as Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies.


Dr Fil Randazzo

CEO Leverage Science

Randazzo is currently Founder and CEO Leverage Science. Leverage Science is currently helping investors and innovators identify big ideas and turn them to reality. Previously, Fil served as a Deputy Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). During his 12.5-year tenure at BMGF, he actively participated in its rapid growth from a small start-up to a 1500 employee institution. Fil co-launched and co-managed the Grand Challenges in Global Health Initiative, which in 2005 established the standard on how BMGF sources, funds and manages innovation.

Fil directly managed a US$ 600M investment portfolio which spanned areas such as health, agriculture, education, and policy. His portfolio included some of BMGF’s biggest success stories. From 1994-2004, Fil served a variety of scientific roles at the Chiron Corporation in Emeryville CA. He earned a Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Development Biology at Indiana University, Bloomington and B.S. in Microbiology and Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame. 

Vladimir Yossifov

Intellectual Property Expert

Vladimir Yossifov is an intellectual Property Consultant. Prior to this, he began a 26-year career with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Starting as a Programme officer, Mr. Yossifov retired as a Director of a division. In 1988 Mr. Yossifov became a member of the WIPO Staff Pension Committee and a board member of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Board. He was also elected chairman of the UN Pension Fund Board in 2006-2007, 2010-2011 and 2016-2017.

Bajoe Wibowo

Project Manager in the Office of the Deputy Director General, WIPO

Mr. Bajoe Wibowo, a national of Indonesia, has been working for 22 years at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and has represented WIPO as a speaker in more than 75 countries. He has handled many specialized assignments, dealing with issues related to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), Patent information, Intellectual Property (IP) and Economic Development, and was involved in the political process of the WIPO Development Agenda.

Presently he is Project Manager in the Office of the Deputy Director General, Development Sector, with special responsibility to manage, among other functions, the WIPO Match Platform – an online tool to match seekers of specific IP-related development needs with potential providers offering resources. He is one of the focal persons for South-South Cooperation Issues at WIPO.

Mr. Wibowo holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering, and also a Master’s Degree in Management from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Boualem Hammouni

Investment Department, IsDB

Boualem Hammouni is a chartered Alternative Investments Analyst (CAIA) at the Islamic Development Bank. Boualem Hammouni has extensive experience in the investment and financial services industry. He has worked at a number of top tier Institutions such as the IFC (World Bank Group), UBAF, New edge and Sonatrach.

Mohamed Sharaf

Investment Department, IsDB

Mohamed Sharaf is the Lead Investment Officer for the Islamic Development Bank. Prior to this, he was a senior banker, specialising in debt, equity and structured finance across 20 countries. Mohamed is extremely experienced in his field, having worked in a number of high-level positions in respected financial organisations, such as the Egyptian Agricultural Credit Group and the Arab International Bank.

Abdelkader El Hachmi

Investment Department, IsDB

Abderkader El Hachmi is an investment professional at the Islamic Development Bank and has worked for the organisation for four years. Prior to his current position, he worked as a Lead Funds Management Specialist and as a Senior Risk Management Specialist. He has also worked as a risk analyst and an investment analyst at HSBC.

Moustafa Asim Alzuabi

Global Interdependencies Division Manager, STI

Moustafa is a highly talented Project Manager with more than 20 years of diverse multinational experience in managing multi-million-dollar projects in the field of Information Technology Human Resources, administrative services and Supply Chain, augmented by an MBA, PMP and leadership certifications from top-ranked institutions. 

Matt Barbet

freuds Director and former news anchor

Matt joined freuds in June 2018, and prior to that, he worked in broadcast news for twenty years as a correspondent and anchor on British television, best known for his work as a newsreader and reporter with major UK networks Channel 5, ITV, 5News, Sky News and ITN. Matt is incredibly experienced both in the tv studio and in the field, reporting from Washington DC, Downing Street, terror attacks, earthquakes and war; the Oscars and Royal Weddings. Matt is one of freuds senior leadership coaches delivering training workshops for a number of C-suite clients.

Erin Niimi Longhurst

Director - Social Misfits

Erin is a social media and digital consultant working with charities, non-profits and foundations to help them better interact with those that are important to them. Erin has worked at Social Misfits Media for four and a half years, responsible for designing social media plans and strategies for clients and conducting training and workshops. Prior to starting at Social Misfits Media, Erin had been working in the world of digital content for leading digital agencies, responsible for creating and implementing successful integrated content, community management and social media strategies on behalf of global brands.