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Eirliani Abdul Rahman

Eirliani Abdul Rahman is the Executive Director of YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need) and is program director at the Kailash Satyarthi Childrenʼs Foundation. She is a member of Twitterʼs Trust & Safety Council and the Community Engagement Committee of the United WorldCollege. She served in Singapore’s foreign service from 2005 to 2015,…

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Samir Sharma

Samir Sharma is the CEO of datazuum, a data strategy and analytics consultancy. He helps companies to set up and execute their data strategies. Working alongside the board, C-Suite and directors, he advises them on how to usedata more effectively in this ever-evolving digital world. Mr Sharma has 20 years of international experience in consulting…

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Tobias Flessenkemper

Tobias Flessenkemper is a senior fellow and Balkans Project Director at the Centre international de formation européenne (CIFE) in Nice, and a lecturer in European politics at the University ofCologne. He is the co-founder and managing director of elbarlament.org, a consulting company based in Berlin, focusing on innovation in democratic governance and cultures of democracy….

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Alexander Plekhanov

Alexander Plekhanov is the deputy director of research at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. His main responsibilities include editorship of the Transition Reportand the Regional Economic Prospects. Mr Plekhanov is one of the lead authors of The Future of Work: Regional Perspectives, a joint report by four regional development banks. Before joining…

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Gregor Benčina

Gregor Benčina, more than 20 years of international experience, CEO of the EBS Group since 2002, which today also includes the Slovenian legacy companies Slovenijales and Jelovica. Manager of the Year of St.&C. Europe (2010), Young Manager of the Year in Slovenia (2006). Member of the Olympic Committee of Slovenia and of the Governing Board…

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Richard Goldstone

Richard Goldstone is a retired justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He was previously the first chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

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Aira Kalela

Aira Kalela has been a senior adviser to the former Finnish president Tarja Halonen since 2013. In the 1984–2010 period, she was the director general at the Ministry of the Environment; in 2015, she was the EU’s lead negotiator on climate change and gender equality for the Paris Agreement; in 1989, she was one of…

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Urska Starc-Peceny

Urška Starc-Peceny, Chief Innovation Officer at Arctur. She is an expert on research in the collaboration of the design of smart cities and smart communities. She is one of the initiators of the concept of Tourism 4.0. Living between Slovenia and Vienna, where she is responsible for NASA Space Apps Challenge in Austria, she is…

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Maja Pak

Maja Pak, Director of the Slovenian Tourist Board (STB), has dedicated her career to tourism. At the STB, she also held the positions of secretary general and head of the R&D department. Her duties have included research and tourism analysis, the strategic planning of tourism at the national level, marketing campaigns, green (sustainable) tourism management,…

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Georg Steiner

Georg Steiner has been the tourism director of Linz since 2007. He successfully completed the project of the European Capital of Culture in 2009, and was the general manager of the Tourism Board of Eastern Bavaria and the general manager of the Danube Shipping Company Wurm + Köckin Passau. He also taught tourism courses at…

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