Julia Roberts is an Academy Award winner who has worked with the industry’s most esteemed directors on films that have grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. She has received multiple Academy Award® nominations — including a win for Erin Brockovich in 2000 -– as well as nominations for a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Most recently, she starred in Amazon’s TV series Homecoming, in which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critics Choice Award.
Deborah Henry is a TV host, former Miss World Malaysia, and former Miss University Malaysia, who champions the rights of children and refugees and their right to education. After meeting a refugee family that changed her life, Deborah co-founded Fugee School, a school for refugee children in Malaysia. Deborah’s philanthropic efforts have grown organically, and she also currently runs a nonprofit organization, Fugee.org, and a social enterprise, Fugeelah. Deborah was awarded the Golden Heart Award by the Queen of Malaysia and was listed as one of Forbes Asia’s notable philanthropists.
Tim Brown is a former professional football player and the creative visionary behind Allbirds, a certified B Corporation built on the premise of creating environmentally-friendly and sustainable shoes. His experience as a World Cup football player for New Zealand led him to think about things on a grand scale, whether crafting shoes or running a business. Tim has an eye for all things design, and he’s constantly driven by the desire to do things better. For Tim, it’s not about the specific product or sport, it’s about the meaning and intention behind it.
DR. MAYA SOETORO-NG
Maya Soetoro-Ng is a Consultant at the Obama Foundation, helping to develop programming in the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to her work at the Obama Foundation, she was the Director of the Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawaiʻi where, in addition to leading outreach and development initiatives, she also taught Leadership for Social Change, Peace Movements, Peace Education, and Conflict Management. For many years, she worked at the University of Hawaiʻi College of Education where she taught Multicultural Education, Social Studies Methods, and Peace Education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Maya sits on several voluntary boards and is the Co-Founder of the non-profit Ceeds of Peace as well as the Institute for Climate and Peace.
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Pat is the Founder and Director of The Purpose Business, a network of sustainability experts that work with businesses in Asia to embed sustainability and purpose into their operations. She has over 20 years of leadership in sustainability and also served as the first head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for Ayala Land. Serving as the first Global Head of CSR & Sustainability for Shangri-La Hotels, Pat drove a full strategy addressing key environmental issues such as waste management, pursuing sustainable seafood policies including a ban on serving shark’s fin and launching a food traceability program. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and has served on WEF’s Economic Forum Council on Future of Environment & Natural Resource Security. Pat is a fellow of the Asia Society and the Royal Society of Arts and serves on the board of Enrich as well as the board of Ignite Impact.
Helianti Hilman is the forefront promoter of Indonesia’s food biodiversity. In 2008, Helianti founded JAVARA, a value-driven sustainable food company that turns heritage into organic artisanal gourmet food products. Under her leadership, JAVARA works with tens-of-thousands farmers and food artisans, introducing over 600 products, exporting to 24 countries. To create inclusive business opportunities in rural and remote Indonesia that further enhance the mission of keeping alive Indonesia’s food biodiversity, in 2017 Helianti founded Sekolah Seniman Pangan, an action-based school and business ecosystem to promote food entrepreneurship among rural youth. Helianti was named Indonesia’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year in 2013 and the Schwab Foundation’s Social Entrepreneur of 2015.
TAN SRI DR. TONY FERNANDES
Tony Fernandes, one of Asia’s most recognizable entrepreneurs, is best known for co-founding AirAsia, the region’s first low-cost airline. AirAsia has grown into Asia’s largest low-cost carrier by passengers carried. Named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards 11 times in a row from 2009 to 2019, AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the sixth consecutive year at the 2018 World Travel Awards, where it also won the World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline Cabin Crew award for a second straight year. In 2010, Tony was named Businessman of the Year by Forbes Asia—the first person from an ASEAN country to receive the honor—for democratizing air travel and transforming AirAsia into a successful global brand. TIME Magazine included Tony in the 2015 TIME 100 list. In 2016, Tony was recognized by the US-ASEAN Business Council with the Fourth Pillar Award for his extraordinary contribution towards the growth of ASEAN.
Arthur Huang is a structural engineer, architect, and pioneer of loop economy building material solutions, specializing in post-consumer trash recycling applications that help shift mass consumption to a close-loop model. In 2005, he established MINIWIZ, a company dedicated to upcycling, turning consumer trash and industrial waste into innovative products. Under Arthur’s leadership, MINIWIZ has pushed boundaries beyond all expectations, winning the company the Financial Times’ Earth Award in 2010 and The Wall Street Journal’s Asian Innovation Award in 2011. In 2015, MINIWIZ received the Technology Pioneers title by the World Economic Forum, recognizing the potential of the emerging industry that MINIWIZ is leading and the positive impact its innovative efforts have made on altering and adapting global consumption patterns.
MICHELLE ANN IKING
Michelle Ann Iking is a talent and organizational development professional whose mission is to empower people with the desire to be the best versions of themselves today, realize their visions for a better tomorrow. Highly adaptable, she has helmed leadership roles across the telecommunications, financial services, and hospitality and travel industries and derives meaning from first facilitating dialogues that help people discover their purpose, then co-creating ecosystems to nurture and harness that purpose. She specializes in designing leadership programs that help emerging leaders clarify their vision and amplify their impact, in tangible, measurable ways. Michelle is also a passionate advocate for gender diversity issues, an industry mentor for Lean In Malaysia, and a believer in the creation of safe spaces for people to tap into the power of vulnerability, ultimately enabling individuals to be their best selves, in their workplaces as well as for their families and their communities.
Aaron Maniam is a member of the Singapore Administrative Service, the government’s leadership corps. As the founding Head of the Singapore Centre for Strategic Futures, which analyses the implications of long-term trends, Aaron directs “Leadership in a Complex World,” a multi-disciplinary module at the National University of Singapore’s Scholars Program. A Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, Aaron received the Singapore Youth Award from the Prime Minister in 2012.
Oyun Sanjaasuren is the Director of External Affairs of the Green Climate Fund, the world’s largest dedicated fund dedicated to countering climate change. Oyun served as the first President of the United Nations Environment Assembly, the Governing Body of UN Environment, and has been an active advocate for sustainable development, climate change, and water security. She also served as Chair of the Global Water Partnership, a multi-stakeholder platform of institutional partners in more than 180 countries dedicated to improving water security. From 1999 to 2019, Oyun served five consecutive terms as a Member of Parliament in Mongolia, including the role of Minister of Environment and Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is the Founder of the Zorig Foundation, a leading Mongolian NGO that advances democracy and supports youth and is the Chair of Special Olympics Mongolia.
Hannah Yeoh is the Deputy Minister of Women, Family, and Community Development. She is also the current Member of Parliament for P117 Segambut, a parliamentary constituency in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, which she contested for in the historic General Elections of 2018 as a Pakatan Harapan candidate. Hannah was the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly from 2013-2018, making her the first woman Speaker and the youngest of any legislative body in Malaysia. Prior to her election into Parliament, Hannah served two terms in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly as the State Assemblyman for the constituency of N31 Subang Jaya (2008-2018).
DR. MAXINE BURKETT
Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She is also Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit Institute for Climate and Peace. Maxine is an expert in the law and policy of climate change, with a specific focus on climate justice, climate-induced migration, and climate change, peace, and conflict. From 2009 to 2012, Maxine served as the inaugural director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy. She serves on the boards of Blue Planet Foundation, The Climate Museum, ELAW, and Global Greengrants Fund and is a member of the Independent Advisory Committee on Applied Climate Assessment.
Gabrielle Dolan is an international keynote speaker and bestselling author of five books on real communication and business storytelling, including her newest book, Real Communication: How to Be You and Lead True. Gabrielle has worked with thousands of high-profile leaders from around the world, while also helping Australia’s top 50 companies and multinationals to humanize their communications. Gabrielle is also the founder of www.jargonfreefridays.com, a platform she uses to raise awareness in a fun way about a serious communication problem.
DR. PATRICIA HALAGAO
Patricia Espiritu Halagao is Professor and Chair of Curriculum Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s College of Education. As a Filipina American scholar and former elementary teacher, Patricia is committed to equity and social justice in education. She received University of Hawaiʻi’s highest Medal for Excellence in Teaching and Filipina Women’s Network 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World Award. Appointed to the Hawaiʻi State Board of Education, Patricia spearheaded the adoption of two policies: The Seal of Biliteracy and Multilingualism for Equitable Education.
Bernadette Meehan is the Chief International Officer at the Obama Foundation. Previously a State Department Foreign Service Officer, she served at the White House National Security Council (NSC) as Special Assistant to the President and NSC Spokesperson; as Special Assistant to the Secretary of State; and in diplomatic assignments in Baghdad, Dubai, and Bogota. Bernadette serves on the Advisory Board of Hostage U.S. and Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, where she was also an Adjunct Professor and resident Fellow. Bernadette was previously Vice President of Private Banking at J.P. Morgan and Vice President of Asset Management at Lehman Brothers.
Vanessa Paranjothy is the Co-Founder of Freedom Cups and a promoter of reproductive health rights and gender justice. Freedom Cups operates in 11 countries across Asia and Africa, providing women reusable menstrual products under the “buy one, give one” model. For every cup sold, one is donated to a woman from an underserved community. Vanessa has been featured on the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list and awarded the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work representing Asia. Vanessa was also a member of the inaugural cohort of the Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University.
Ben Rhodes is the author of The New York Times bestseller The World As It Is; a contributor for NBC News, MSNBC, and Crooked Media; the co-chair of National Security Action; and an advisor to former President Barack Obama. As a Deputy National Security Advisor to President Obama, Ben participated in nearly all of President Obama’s key decisions and oversaw the President’s national security communications, speechwriting, public diplomacy, and global engagement programming. He also led the secret negotiations with the Cuban government that resulted in the effort to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba and supported the negotiations to conclude the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Prior to joining the Administration, Ben was a senior speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign.
John Sung is an Executive at Paul & Mark Consulting. John has developed leadership, communication, problem-solving, coaching, and vision-alignment programs for Fortune 500 multinational companies. He has trained executives from more than 80 countries on leadership and communication skills and is recognized as one of the leading design thinkers in Korea. John regularly consults organizations in designing their products, services, systems, and cultures through user-centric processes.
Yee Tong is a social entrepreneur and civil society leader in Singapore. Having initially co-founded the School of Thought to promote innovation in character education and civic learning, he now leads The Thought Collective—one of the largest groups of social enterprises in Singapore. Largely reputed for their work in social capital and social infrastructure development, Yee often finds himself sought after as an inspiring and innovative thought leader who leads in all manner of community and organizational development. Yee’s work spans across creating sustainable community spaces, experience design, curriculum design, narrative crafting and intervention, and organizational development. He currently sits on a number of national committees, serving as a Member of the National Youth Council, the ACCORD Council (Defense), the Families for Life Council, the Media Literacy Council, and is on the Advisory Committee for Youth Corps Singapore.