Bernice Dapaah is the Executive Director of the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative. Under her leadership, the initiative developed from a project idea to an award-winning social enterprise that has won several international awards, including the 2013 UNFCCC Momentum For Change Light House Activity Award (Women For Results Category), World Business and Development Award 2012, UN Habitat/Dubai International Best Practice Award 2012, Samsung/Generations For Peace Impact Award 2012, GIZ Impact Business Award 2011, and UNEP SEED Initiative Award 2010. In 2013, Dapaah was named a Vital Voices Lead Fellow and won the 2013 International Women Alliance World of Difference Award. She sits on the advisory board of the World Intellectual Property Organization GREEN in Switzerland. Dapaah is a graduate of the Christian Service University in Ghana.
Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ.
Tim's original suggestion to use viral marketing in web-based email to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail, YahooMail, and Gmail and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique by thousands of businesses.
Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv, and hundreds of others.
As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets, Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world, has been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors, and has frequent TV, radio, and headline appearances.
He was ranked 52 on the list of the 100 most influential Harvard Alumni, and seven on the Forbes Midas List. He was named Always-On #1 top venture capital deal maker. He was awarded the Commonwealth Club's Distinguished Citizen Award for achievements in green and sustainable energy.
To further encourage entrepreneurship, Tim started BizWorld.org, a non-profit for children to learn entrepreneurship, Draper University of Heroes, a school for entrepreneurs 18-28, and he leads SixCalifornias, an initiative to improve the governance of California
Mao Jingxiang, born in 1988, was elected as Forbes China’s entrepreneurship elite below 30 years old in 2015, the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Zhejiang Province, and the leading entrepreneurial talent of the National “5050” Plan.
In 2012, Mao Jingxiang established Hangzhou MiQ Technology Inc. with three partners and the capital of about RMB one million yuan. Within one year, the company had financed tens of millions of capital from the largest venture investment group Shenzhen Capital Group, which allowed the company to increase its core staffs from less than 10 to more than more than 200.
In the recent round of financing, Mao Jingxiang financed RMB 300 million in the B Round financing from Shenzhen Capital Group, Fortune Capital, Ideal Financial, China Asset Management and other companies. At present, the market value of the company is RMB 2 billion, which allows the company to become one of the companies developing the fastest in China during 2014 and 2015.
WONG Poh Kam is Professor at the NUS Business School where he teaches entrepreneurship and innovation strategy with a special focus on Asia. He is also Professor (by courtesy) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and the Faculty of Engineering at NUS. He obtained two BSc.’s, an MSc. and a Ph.D. from MIT. He has published extensively in leading international refereed journals on entrepreneurship and innovation, and has consulted widely for international agencies such as the World Bank, OECD and Asian Development Bank, various government agencies in Singapore, and many private corporations in Asia. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at U.C. Berkeley, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and a Senior Visiting Scholar at Oxford University.
In addition to his academic position, he is also concurrently the Director of NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, where he spearheads the university’s experiential entrepreneurship education programs and oversees the NUS Enterprise Incubator (NEI), which provides incubation space, seed funding, mentorship and network connections to early stage investors for start-ups by NUS students, professors and alumni. He played a pivotal role in developing the NUS Overseas College (NOC) program, a highly regarded experiential entrepreneurship educational program which sends selected NUS students for one year internship in early stage startups in leading entrepreneurial hubs in the world (Silicon Valley, New York City, Shanghai, Beijing, Israel, and Stockholm). On a part-time basis, these students also take entrepreneurship courses at partner universities in these locations (Stanford, NYUTech, Fudan, Tsinghua, KTH etc). He initiated StartUp@Singapore, the largest annual business plan competition in Singapore, in 1999 and the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia, the largest annual social entrepreneurship competition in Asia, in 2013. He also launched the LeanLaunchpad@Singapore program, an adaptation of the US NSF iCorp program, in Singapore in 2013 to educate professors and graduate students on customer discovery/market validation for commercializing their inventions.
An entrepreneur who co-founded three companies prior to joining academia, he has been an active angel investor with investment in over a dozen high tech start-ups in Singapore, Silicon Valley, China and India. He was the founding chairman of Business Angel Network (Southeast Asia) and Asia Business Angels Forum (ABAF). He was awarded the Public Administration Medal (Silver) by the Singapore Government in 2013 for his contribution to education in Singapore.
Michael Norton is a social entrepreneur active in the UK and internationally. Projects he has developed include street children’s banking, financial literacy and civic engagement for young people, and action on environmental issues. He co-founded UnLtd, a major foundation which supports early stage social entrepreneurs, and the International Centre for Social Franchising, which assists successful programmes to scale up nationally and internationally. He has Professorships in social enterprise in Beijing and Cape Town. He is currently developing the Asia Environmental Innovation Forum and Network in Shenzhen.
Drawing upon years of experience in the housing industry, Francesco Piazzesi Tommasi is addressing the lack of decent housing for Mexicans at the bottom of the pyramid through Échale a tu casa! This auto-construction model is focused on community-based financing and construction of safe, ecologically friendly, and adequate homes, in order to offer both dignity and (re-sale) value to low-income homeowners.
Echale´s social impact has reach 180 thousand families. The program has received Katerva, World Housing Award, Clinton Global and Schwab foundation recognition. Piazzesi is an Ashoka fellow since 2010.
Li Shufu is a Chinese industrialist, automotive businessman and the chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Ltd, which is the second largest private automobile manufacture in China.
Currently, Li resides in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang province.
On 28 March 2010, Geely signed a deal worth US$1.8 billion to acquire Volvo Cars from American automobile manufacturer Ford Motor Company. It was the largest foreign purchase by a Chinese car manufacturer. Along with $900m of working capital from Geely and a commitment to build a Volvo factory in China, Mr. Li has set a target of driving sales to 600,000 by 2015 in the domestic market.