H.E. Dr. Bandar Hajjar

President, Islamic Development Bank

Dr Hajjar is President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB); a multilateral development bank that fosters the economic development and social progress of 57 member countries and Muslim communities. Dr Hajjar served as Minister of Hajj and the Minister of Culture and Information in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He has been active in the field of promotion of human rights and was the founder of the Saudi National Society for Human Rights. He has a PhD in Economics from Loughborough University.

Hayat Sindi

Chief Advisor to the President, Science, Technology and Innovation, Islamic Development Bank

Dr. Hayat is a leading biotechnologist and a champion of science and technology in the Middle East. In 1995, she became the first woman from the Gulf to obtain a Ph.D. in biotechnology from Cambridge. With a team from Harvard, she co- founded Diagnostics For All to create affordable diagnostic devices for people in impoverished regions. She has launched the i2 Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity to encourage innovation among young scientists, technologists and engineers. Hayat Sindi is a Goodwill Ambassador for Sciences at UNESCO; one of 25 global experts selected by 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 (TFM) for the SDGs.

Claire Perry

UK Minister of State for Energy and Green Growth

Claire Perry was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in June 2017. In this role she is responsible for Industrial Strategy; carbon budgets; international climate change, including International Climate Fund; climate science and innovation; green finance; energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty; low carbon generation; energy retail markets smart meters and smart systems, among many other things.

Before politics, Claire worked for Bank of America, McKinsey and Company, and Credit Suisse before starting her own small business offering online financial advice to women. Claire was educated at Nailsea School and Brasenose College, Oxford, where she read Geography, graduating in 1985. She later obtained an MBA at Harvard University.

Richard Curtis

Filmmaker & Founder, Project Everyone

Richard Curtis is a Film Writer and Director as well as the co-founder and vice- chair of Comic Relief, which he started after visiting Ethiopia during the 1985 famine. In 2015, he helped create Project Everyone, an initiative that seeks to put the power of great communications behind The Sustainable Development Goals, accelerating the creation of a fairer world by 2030, where extreme poverty has been eradicated, climate change is properly addressed and injustice and inequality are unacceptable.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

CEO, Save the Children

Helle Thorning-Schmidt is CEO of Save the Children and the former Prime Minister of Denmark from 2011 to 2015, successfully steering Denmark through a difficult period of transition after the global financial crisis. As CEO of Save the Children International, Helle oversees humanitarian and development programs that reach 55 million children in around 120 countries. Save the Children has 25,000 staff, working in some of the most difficult and challenging contexts in the world, and an annual budget of over 2 billion USD.

David Sengeh

Chief Innovation Officer, Freetown, Sierra Leone

David Sengeh is the Chief Innovation Officer for the Directorate of Science, Technology and Innovation in Sierra Leone as well as a TED Senior Fellow.

Previously, David held a position at IBM in Africa, working on data driven healthcare. He worked with IBM Research in Nairobi, as well as in their newest lab in Johannesburg, designing and developing healthcare technologies in Africa. In May 2018 Sengeh joined the Office of the President of Sierra Leone, working
as chief innovation officer. He ensured that each child in the Pujehun District had access to a laptop. He spoke at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was described as a trailblazer.

Sam Parker

Director, Shell Foundation

After graduating from Oxford University in 1983, Sam worked for six years in the agrochemical industry, with a focus on Latin America. After 18 months working as a volunteer with street children in Sao Paulo, Sam returned to business with 11 years at UK commodity trading company, ED&F Man Holdings, becoming Managing Director of the company’s Asian business in 2001. In 2002, Sam returned to the development sector becoming Organisational Development Manager at the International Save the Children Alliance.

In 2006, Sam joined Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) as its first CEO. WSUP is a not-for-profit company, a private sector-NGO hybrid, which empowers local providers of water and sanitation services to reach low income urban consumers on a commercially viable basis. By 2014, the WSUP programme had provided over two million low income consumers with improved water and sanitation services and five million with improved the hygiene. In the process, WSUP has contributed valuable learning for the WASH sector on how to leverage private sector knowhow to provide sustainable benefits to the BOP.

John McArthur

Senior fellow, Brookings Institution

John McArthur is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He is also a senior adviser to the UN Foundation and a board governor for the International Development Research Centre.

He was previously the chief executive officer of Millennium Promise, the international nongovernmental organization. He has also been a senior fellow with the Hong Kong-based Fung Global Institute, a faculty member at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs, and policy director at the University’s Earth Institute.

Philippa Wheaton

UK Director, Ashoka

Pip is country director of Ashoka in the UK. She joined the team after completing an MBA at Oxford University's Said Business School in 2016. Australian by birth, Pip has spent the majority of her professional career in South Africa. While there, she co-founded, and for five years was CEO of, the youth development organisation, enke: Make Your Mark. She consulted for a number a different organisations, with projects including an innovative finance initiative at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town, and research on the ecosystem of entrepreneurial support across the continent for the Australian government. She has served on several boards, including Beyond the Lemonade Stand (a South African youth entrepreneurship social enterprise), and has facilitated strategy development with organisations like Ikamva Youth (an award-winning South African education non-profit). For her work in social innovation she’s been awarded a Skoll Scholarship in 2015, an Ashoka Fellowship in 2014; and she was a World Economic Forum Global Shaper from 2013-2014.

Dr. Claire Melamed

CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, UN Foundation

Dr. Melamed has worked throughout her career to elevate the importance of data for understanding and addressing development challenges. She currently serves as Managing Director at the Overseas Development Institute (“ODI”), heading the U.K.-based think tank’s work on the post-2015 global sustainable development agenda, focusing on measuring poverty and inequality and on using these insights to improve policy and outcomes. ODI is an Anchor Partner of the Partnership.

Dr. Melamed has been involved with a number of “data revolution” initiatives, including as lead author and editor of “A World That Counts,” an influential report commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General on the importance of data to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”). She also helped to convene the Cartagena Data Festival and co-led the My World survey, which gathered 9.7 million responses from participants around the world about their development priorities.

Kevin Austin

Deputy Executive Director, C40

Dr Kevin Austin serves as C40’s Deputy Executive Director. Kevin oversees all of C40’s programme delivery, operations and finance functions as well as contributing to global thought leadership and innovation in urban climate change issues. Kevin joined C40 from the Greater London Authority where he was responsible for External Relations for the Mayor of London. His previous role at the GLA included Head of Olympic projects, leading the delivery of the major city-related elements associated with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. Between 2002-2009 he served as Head of Transport, advising the Mayor of London on all aspects of transport policy. In earlier years he worked for a major consultancy advising clients on project implementation and economic appraisal. He has a Masters in Transport Planning and a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from Leeds University.

Charles Cotton

Founder and Chairman, Cambridge Phenomenon

Charles Cotton is Founder and Chairman of Cambridge Phenomenon International Ltd. and co-authored The Cambridge Phenomenon 50 Years of Innovation and Enterprise. He is a Director of Cambridge Enterprise (a subsidiary of the University of Cambridge) and a member of its Investment Committees; Chairman of the Advisory Panel of Cambridge Innovation Capital; Deputy Chairman of Cambridge Ahead; Director of technology companies Solarflare Inc. and XMOS Ltd; a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Sharjah; and Chairman of the Advisory Board for CUER (Cambridge University ECO Racing).

Charles is an experienced director of public companies listed on Nasdaq, Euronext Amsterdam and the LSE and private companies in the USA and Europe. His business passions include building successful global technology companies and spreading the word about the Cambridge Phenomenon.

Aamir A. Rehman

Senior Islamic Finance Advisor, UN Development Programme

Aamir A. Rehman is a Senior Advisor at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). He is building the organization’s strategy and approach to engaging with Islamic finance for the SDGs. In addition to his work at UNDP, Mr. Rehman is an asset manager and serves on corporate boards of directors. He is a Senior Fellow at Columbia Business School’s Richman Center for Business, Law, and Public Policy. He has previously been an executive at Fajr Capital, HSBC Amanah, and BCG. Mr. Rehman holds bachelor’s, master’s, and MBA degrees from Harvard University. He resides in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

Ulrika Modéer

Assistant-Secretary-General, UN Development Programme

lrika Modéer began in August 2018 as UNDP’s Assistant Administrator and Director of the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy. She leads UNDP in nurturing and growing key relationships with Member States, and new and emerging partners. She also leads UNDP’s communications and advocacy, as it works to realize the vision of the SDGs.

Ms. Modéer previously served as Sweden’s State Secretary for International Development Cooperation and Climate and was instrumental in reshaping the country’s development cooperation to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. She combines a strong policy background with parliamentary and civil society experience and has had several assignments in Latin America and Africa.

Dr. Zamir Iqbal

Vice President, Finance, Islamic Development Bank

Prior to joining the Islamic Development Bank, Mr. Iqbal served at the World Bank for 25 years, latterly as head of the World Bank’s Global Islamic Finance Development Center in Istanbul. His experience spans the capital markets, asset management and risk management. Islamic finance has been his research focus and he has co-authored several articles and books on Islamic finance on the topics of banking risk, financial inclusion, economic development, financial stability and risk-sharing. He played an instrumental role in the publication of the World Bank’s and the IDB’s first global report on Islamic finance. He earned his Ph.D. in international finance from the George Washington University and served as Professional faculty at the Carey Business School of Johns Hopkins University. 

Sanj Srikanthan

Executive Director of International Rescue Committee UK

Sanj Srikanthan is the International Rescue Committee’s Deputy Executive Director and Vice President, Europe. He joined IRC in June 2010 and has worked in over 8 countries in response to both natural disasters, like the Haiti earthquake and Ebola outbreak, as well as complex conflict related emergencies in northern Syria and South Sudan. As the former Emergency Field Director, he has been at the forefront of some of the most challenging responses that IRC has mounted, and supports initiatives to reform humanitarian response, in order to improve impact and effectiveness of the aid sector.

Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov

Governor of the Astana International Financial Centre

Dr. Kairat Kelimbetov has been the Governor of the AIFC since December 2015. In addition to his position as the Governor of the AIFC, Dr. Kelimbetov serves as the Governor of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group for Kazakhstan since March 2017. Prior to that, he was the Governor of the National (Central) Bank of Kazakhstan from 2013 until 2015, during which time he played a leading role in implementation of a new monetary policy based on inflation targeting regime and in developing Islamic finance industry in Kazakhstan.


In 2012, he served as the Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, during which he also served as the Chairman of the Council of Eurasian Economic Commission (a permanent regulatory body of the Eurasian Economic Union which comprises 5 member-states – Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Russian), representing Kazakhstan. Dr. Kelimbetov’s previous cabinet positions include the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Kazakhstan in 2011, Head of the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan in 2008 as well as the Minister of Economy and Budget Planning of Kazakhstan from 2002 until 2006.

Arlo Brady

CEO, freuds

Arlo is Chief Executive of freuds. With more than 20 years global consultancy experience, Arlo has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most influential organisations and their leaders – entrepreneurs, business leaders and philanthropists. Arlo’s background is eclectic; he started out as a geologist before exploring sustainability consultancy and dipping his toes into life as a business school academic at Cambridge with a specialism in corporate reputation – and it was there that he wrote his first book The Sustainability Effect. Arlo has three degrees, including a M.Sc. from Imperial College and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Arlo serves on several boards, committees and advisory councils. He is a Trustee of the Blue Marine Foundation, an active member of the Ashoka Support Network where he advises a number of food focused social enterprises and sits on the board of Proud Robinson & Partners. As a consultant, he has a particularly strong relationship with Mars, Incorporated – where he is Special Advisor to the Chairman. Arlo lives in North London with his wife Alessandra and his twin boys Massimiliano and Lapo.

Stella Cox

Managing Director, DDCAP

Stella Cox has worked within the Islamic financial marketplace for more than three decades. Previously she was a Director of merchant bank, Kleinwort Benson Limited, where her team managed Sharia’a compliant assets aggregating over US$2bn. Whilst with the Bank, Stella was involved in structuring The Islamic Fund, the first Sharia’a-compliant global equity product, launched in 1986.

Since 1998, Stella has been Managing Director of DDCAP Group, which is a leading provider of asset facilitation services and related technology solutions to Islamic financial market institutions. Under Stella’s leadership, DDCAP Group has pioneered Islamic finance intermediation services, serving clients and counterparties in the GCC countries, South East and Central Asia, Europe and beyond.

Dame Polly Courtice

Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge

Polly is Director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). She is also Founder Director of The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme, and Academic Director of the University’s Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership. She is a Director of Judge Business School Executive Education Limited, and a member of the University’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy Committee and the Board of Executive and Professional Education.

In 2016 she was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire
for services to Sustainability Leadership. Also in 2016 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award at Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Awards.

Katherine Crisp

Innovation Specialist, UNICEF

Katherine Crisp is an Innovation Specialist for UNICEF.  This includes charting an organisational path into the future (the strategy bit) and supporting everyone to be ready for it (the innovation bit). Katherine’s previous experience spans the private, public and voluntary sector, having initially qualified and worked as an engineer, before moving into strategy consultancy. She then worked with grassroots organisations in India on sustainable livelihood development, before joining Scope, the disability charity, leading the development and financing of a number of new service models to support disabled children and their families.

Tariq Khokhar

Managing Director and Senior Data Scientist, Rockefeller Foundation

Tariq Khokhar leads the The Rockefeller Foundation's work on using data and technology to improving people’s well-being. A mathematician and computer scientist by training, Tariq was previously a Senior Data Scientist and Global Data Editor at the World Bank, where he grew the organization’s Open Data Initiative and established the World Bank’s Data Innovation Fund, supporting early-stage and scale-up projects to improve the way data are produced, managed, and financed for low-and-middle-income countries. 

Selina Nwulu

Writer, Essayist and Social Researcher

Selina Nwulu is a writer, essayist and social researcher with a focus on social and environmental justice, education and global politics. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Blavity, i-D and ES Magazine amongst others. She has toured with her poetry both nationally and internationally, most notably at Glastonbury, Edinburgh Fringe and StAnza Poetry Festival, St Andrews and Cúirt Literature Festival in Galway as well as a literary tour in Northern India with the British Council. She has also been commissioned by Apples and Snakes, the RSA, A New Direction and the Wellcome Trust. Her debut collection, The Secrets I Let Slip, was published by Burning Eye Books in 2015 and is a Poetry Book Society (PBS) recommendation.

She has worked in a number of social policy roles for not for profit organisations including UN Women, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Capacity Global (an environmental think tank) and at the RSA.

Dr Firdausi Qadri

Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences (CVS), International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease and Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b)

Dr Firdausi Qadri is the Director, Centre for Vaccine Sciences at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). She obtained her PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Liverpool in 1980. Dr. Qadri began her academic career in 1981 as faculty in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Dhaka and then joined icddr,b in 1986 as a postdoctoral research fellow and since then has worked her way up to her current title of Senior Scientist and to lead researchers in the Centre for Vaccine Sciences.

She and her team have made significant contributions to international scientific research, particularly in the field of infectious diseases with emphasis on infections which are very common in children in developing countries. Her work includes basic and applied immunology of infectious diseases but also clinical and large field based studies on enteric vaccines. In the last 3 years she has been leading the largest field studies in over 400,000 participants of an oral cholera vaccine in an urban slum in Bangladesh-to pave the way forward for introducing cholera vaccine in high risk people in the country and in the near future in the region and globally.

Mohamed Hassan

President, The World Academy of Sciences

Mohamed H A Hassan is President-elect of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Italy; President of the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences (SNAS), Sudan; Chairman of the Governing Council of the United Nations Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries, Turkey and Chairman of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for International Development (ZEF), Germany.

He also serves on a number of Boards of international organisations worldwide, including the Board of Directors of Grand Challenges Canada ( GCC ), Canada; the Board of Trustees of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Egypt; the Council of Science and Technology in Society (STS) Forum, Japan; and the Steering Committee of the World Science Forum, Hungary.

Asad Ahmad

Broadcaster, BBC

Born and raised in the capital, Asad joined the BBC London presenting and reporting team in 2002, five years after beginning his career at the BBC. During that time, he was the BBC Scotland Correspondent, a presenter for BBC Breakfast, the News Channel, Breakfast with Frost and Newsnight Scotland.

He has travelled widely as a reporter to countries including Sudan, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Singapore from where he presented London’s winning Olympic bid in 2005. Asad was the Royal Television Society London Reporter of the Year 2006 and he is an Ambassador for HRH Prince of Wales's Mosaic charity.

Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari

Secretary General, Developing 8

Ambassador (Retd.) Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari from Malaysia is the new Secretary-General of the Developing Eight Organization for Economic Cooperation. Ambassador Jaafar joined the Malaysian Public Service in 1981. In his distinguished diplomatic career in the Foreign Service of Malaysia, he served as Malaysia’s highest envoy in Qatar, Brunei and Egypt. He was Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Malaysia in Zagreb, Croatia as well as in Amman, Jordan. He also served in different diplomatic Missions in different capacity.

At the Foreign Office of Malaysia, Ambassador Jaafar worked in bilateral, multilateral and academic Wings. He overhauled and undertook major works on the restructuring of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation during his office as Undersecretary (OIC). He also developed and guided the professional aptitude programme of the Malaysian Diplomats during his office at the Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations.

Datuk Mohd Najib

Deputy Mayor, Kuala Lumpur

Datuk Mohd Najib is the Executive Director at the Mayors Office in Kuala Lumpur, working in the Project Management department. 

Sherry Coutu CBE

Angel Investor

Sherry Coutu is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who serves on the boards of companies, charities and universities. She chairs Founders4Schools and the Scaleup Institute and also serves as a non-executive member of Cambridge University (Finance Board), Zoopla plc. and the London Stock Exchange plc.

Philanthropically, she supports the Prince’s Trust, the Crick Institute and serves on the Harvard Business School European Advisory Council. Sherry has an MBA from Harvard, an MSc (with distinction) from the London School of Economics, and a BA (Hons with distinction) from the University of British Columbia, Canada. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to entrepreneurship in the New Year’s Honours List 2013.

Dr Abdallah Daar

Professor of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto

Dr. Abdallah Daar is Professor of Public Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health, University of Toronto, with a cross-appointment in the department of Surgery. He is Senior Scientist at University Health/Toronto General Research Institute, and is Director of Ethics and Commercialization at the Sandra Rotman Centre, University Health Network and University of Toronto. At Grand Challenges Canada, in addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, he is the Chief Science and Ethics Officer and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Professor Daar was the founding Chair of the Board of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (2009-2011) and is Chair of the Advisory Board of the United Nations University International Institute of Global Health. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Genome Canada.

Lars Kroijer

Founder, AlliedCrowds

Lars Kroijer is the founder and managing director of AlliedCrowds.com – the leading directory and aggregator of alternative capital into the world’s 132 lower and middle income countries. Lars currently serves on the advisory board of alternative investment funds in London, New York, Mumbai, and Hong Kong.

Matthew Freud

Chairman, freuds

Matthew Freud is the Chairman of freuds, the international public relations and marketing company he founded in 1985.

Dr. Papa Abdoulaye Seck

Minister of Agriculture, Senegal

Dr. Papa Abdoulaye SECK, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Equipment of Senegal is an agricultural Policy and Strategy specialist. Author of more than 100 scientific publications Dr Seck is a full-time member of the World Academy of Sciences, member of the French Academy of Agriculture, member of the African as well as Senegalese Academy of Sciences.

Dr. SECK has received numerous distinctions including Commander in the Order of “Mérite Agricole” of France, “Chevalier” of the French Legion of Honor, “Chevalier” of the National order of Lion of Senegal, Officer of the Order of Merit of Senegal, Co-winner of FAO's 70th Anniversary Medal, Co-winner of TW Schultz prize, Medal of Honor of West and Central Africa Council for Research and Development, holder of a recognition certificate of the African Forum of Agricultural Research, winner of a United Nations Prize as Director-General of AfricaRice.

Dr. SECK was Director General of AfricaRice one of the fifteen International Agricultural Research Centers, member of theConsultative Group on International Agricultural Research  after having held the position of Director General of the Senegalese Institute for Agricultural Research