Mr. Alan Malcolm,  Senior advisor (Chief Commercial Officer, NikkeiFT Learning)

Born in New Zealand, Alan has lived and worked in Asia for more than 22years.
Alan has lead businesses across Asia in the Education, HR, SAAS and media sectors. He has been responsible for orchestrating a number of large scale partnerships and development projects Across ASEAN, Japan, Korea and Australasia.

For much of the past decade, Alan held the role of Head of Asia for global Education leader Pearson and is currently Chief Commercial Officer at Nikkei FT Learning, while continuing an active role on our Advisory.

Though his broad experience and active commitment to Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging, Alan has a strong passion for developing globally mobile talent and is committed to helping people to improve their lives through access to better learning and collaborative opportunities.

Dr. Nigel Clarke,  Senior advisor (Chair of the GPhC)

Nigel Clarke is the Chair of the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC). He started the role in March 2014 after he was appointed by the Privy Council.

Mr Clarke served on the General Osteopathic Council from when it was set up in 1996 until 2008, and he was chair from 2001 to 2007. He was also a member of the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (now the Professional Standards Authority) from 2003 to 2008. This is the oversight body for the nine health professions regulators, including the GPhC.

In 2007 he chaired the Independent Inquiry into a Future Professional Body for Pharmacy and then the Transitional Committee, which created the prospectus for the reformed Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Mr Clarke is senior partner of Learned Lion Partners; chairs the Boards of medical research business Oxford BioElectronics and diagnostics business Attomarker Ltd; and serves on the Advocacy Committee of the European Society of Cardiology.

Mr. Anand Kannan,  Senior advisor (CEO, Avas Digitech International Pvt Ltd.)

Mr. Anand Kannan has over 25+ years of marketing & Business development experience in varied sectors ranging from Media, Engineering, Education & Innovation management

Academically, he holds a PG in Marketing from IIM-C &PG in International trade & Packaging Design from NID.

Currently, he is the CEO of Avas Digitech a company which own & runs one of the few innovation platforms which work from ideation to commercialization. The Platform is called Sparkinov. He is the National President of International Federation of Inventors Association –ABIPIR Latin America’s India chapter. As head of the Indian Chapter, Anand has

  • worked with various start-ups, innovators, universities & has sent almost 600 start ups to various IFIA sponsored innovation events.
  • Has conducted multiple seminars in India, Bhutan,Nepal.
  • Working closely with start-ups to assist in commercialization of innovation, funding opportunities.
  • Set up 5 subchapters as on date in India.

With Global Innovation Field Trip (GIFT)-USA, he is one of the Board Members, where they work with children’s innovation, creativity in 50 + countries.

He is also conversant in multiple languages.

Mr. Michael Conniff, Senior advisor (Managing Director of The Accelerator with Michael Conniff, Executive Board Member of Foreign Press Correspondents Association/Club USA)

Mr. Michael Conniff graduated from Harvard with honors in History and won a summer fellowship at the Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

He was the first Harvard writing instructor to use word processing as a teaching tool and is considered a pioneer in the online world.

He is co- founder of the Isaacson School for New Media in Aspen—selected Faculty of the Year by students—and founded the Digital Story Lab at Colorado Mountain College.

He was also the first person hired full-time in new media at NBC. In addition, he is host of The Accelerator podcast; a Mentor at NewChip Accelerator in Austin, Texas;
an Advisor at Holt Accelerator in Montreal, Canada; a Business Development Partner for Listing Partners Limited in Toronto, Ontario, Canada;
a Strategic Leadership Advisor at the Pace University Lubin School of Business; in New York; a Board Member of the Foreign Press Correspondents Association;
and the Editor-at-Large at SKI TV.

And his novel, BOOK OF O’KELLS: MOTHER NATURE, reached the Amazon Top Ten list for Historical Fiction.

The author of more than a dozen published short stories, he was selected as a Sokolov Scholar in Fiction at the Breadloaf Writers Conference.

Mr. Mark Hu, Senior advisor (Co founder & CEO, Think Net Inc.,Skyline Technology USA LLC, Thunderbirds.Me Inc. )

Mr. Mark Hu is long time Wall Street veteran, XR & AI specialist, Web 3.0 & MetaVerse evangelist and system for solution architect with very strong Fin Tech background that focus on world human equality, race equality & health equality with ESG focus.

In 2000, Mr. Hu founded Think Net Inc. which serves Wall street financial clients for 20+ years, developed various software-solution development & consulting firm for top tier Wall Street investment banks and US government agencies.

In 2013, Mr. Hu founded Smart Financial Technology LLC as smart cloud-based big data analytics firm and was successfully acquired by a Hedge Fund in 2015. Since Nov 2016, Mr. Hu founded Skyline Technology USA LLC which customized XR & AI driven systems and solutions development group company. And Skyline Technology USA LLC is strong collaboration with Princeton Innovation Joint Lab of Princeton University. In 2021, Mr. Hu founded Thunderbirds.Me Inc. which expertises XR & AI, NLP driven MetaVerse, MultiVerse Web 3.0 ready platform.

Mr.Hu has many professional certifications & proficient in many programming languages, specializing in platform architecting and development as well as big data and cloud based analytics and algorithms optimization. Besides Mr.Hu is highly skilled at developing stock, futures, and foreign currency trading systems. Mr. Hu is professional architect with operational approaches and system characteristics of major Wall Street investment banks such as Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JP Morgan, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, and UBS and involved in the efforts of these major investment banks to adopt artificial intelligence, machine learning and related critical business workflow optimizations.

Mr. Keary Dana Hayes II, Senior advisor (CEO and Co-Founder of TerraScale, Global Program Manager of the United Nations new ImPPPact Program within the C.R.E.A.M. European Unions PPP Alliance)

Danny Hayes is the CEO and Co-Founder of TerraScale, a green technology company reinventing the future of global sustainable development models. Danny is committed developing sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing energy and digital infrastructure challenges. He is currently leading various projects at the bleeding edge of technological innovation and sustainable development. TerraScale is currently advised by Goldman Sachs.

Danny’s decades of work in and around sustainable infrastructure, finance, and technology led to his 2021 appointment to the role the Global Program Manager of the European Unions new ImPPPact Program within the C.R.E.A.M. European Unions PPP Alliance.

Danny’s work as the developer of TerraScale’s flagship initiative, Project Energos, has won the 2020 Platinum Outstanding Property Award London, the 2021 ICONIC Innovative Architecture Award and the 2021 Golden Novum Design Award.

Danny also serves as a Financial Advisor to Hudson Capital Advisors, Ambri and FlowCell. He is both a financial advisor and founding partner of the European Union’s C.R.E.A.M. PPP Alliance with the United Nations: visit impppact.org.

In 2020, Danny was appointed Director Emeritus of the non-governmental organization Green Cross. Green Cross is a consultative member of the United Nations on Climate Change and the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.

Danny currently serves as an Advisory Board Member of University of California, Riverside. He is also a member and was the 2021 Gold Sponsor of Top Tier Impact, a global ecosystem of investors, entrepreneurs and professionals who are focused on solving the critical issues of our time.

Danny’s experience includes advising institutions, governments, corporations and individual HNW clientele on developing smart, resilient infrastructure, master planning of industry development, large unit global sales, business negotiations with Fortune 500 companies and lobbying political entities. He was formerly both a LBMA Metals trader (Au) as well as an infrastructure investment banker specialist in structured finance.

Mr. Kannan Hariharan, Senior advisor (Startup Advisor, Entrepreneur, Operator turned Seed Investor)

Mr. Kannan is an entrepreneur, operator turned seed investor with 20+ years of experience in corporate and start-up across formation, validation, and growth stages. In India, Kannan built a payment infrastructure company from scratch that raised $22.4m in growth capital from ICICI Ventures and has recently filed for an IPO. He currently advises start-ups and growth companies for venture growth, capital raise, cross-border expansion, and enabling strategic connections between India, Australia, and New Zealand. Also, he was part of an India based early-stage angel investment syndicate that has invested in 9 early-stage companies, one of which was successfully exited, two planned for series A funding, and one was due to file for an IPO in 2022. As an investor and operator of a UK fintech company, he worked with them to build a successful business by forming strategic partnership with global financial institutions across three markets, Australia, New Zealand, and India. Presently, he is involved in setting up a micro-VC fund to invest in SaaS companies connecting India and Australia. Kannan is driven by a desire to build a more equitable and efficient financial services ecosystem, especially at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BOP) by leveraging technology. In addition to his passion for fintech and Defi, he is very keen on health and education.

He graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from University of Calicut, India and earned his MBA from Narsee Monjee Insitute of Management Studies (NMIMS), India. Besides work, Kannan is a professional badminton player who won silver in a world masters doubles event held in Auckland in 2018. He enjoys running, reading, and listening to J Krishnamurti’s talks. He lives with his wife and daughter in Sydney.

Mr. Alvin Foo, Senior Advisor (Voted Top 100 most influential person in social media)

Voted Top 100 most influential person in social media. Previously Google China’s Head of Mobile; IPG Reprise China’s Managing Director; Omnicom Media Group China’s Head of Mobility & Innovation; Advisors for SXSW, China Accelerator & Sparklabs Korea. Well-sought after speaker in blockchain community.

Mr. John Norris, Senior advisor (Founder & CEO, Safely2Prosperity / Former Principal Deputy Commissioner & COO, US FDA)

Mr. John Norris, JD, MBA, is a globally recognized visionary, thought leader, and craftsman in health policy, law, and management.

He is best known for inventing strategies and products for better methods and means for Life Sciences, Healthcare, and HC IT/AI/ML product development, risk management, regulatory compliance, and crisis management.

He did his early work as COO of the US FDA and as a faculty member at Harvard. He is now a risk management entrepreneur.
Above all, Norris has decades of highly recognized success in very advanced risk management and exceedingly complex problem-solving.

A US President and his Secretary of HHS asked him to co-lead the last major internal reform of the US FDA and the US responses to the Tylenol and Chernobyl crisis.
His Team’s FDA reforms enhanced the FDA’s productivity, timeliness, and ability to significantly cut new-product review times and other costs borne by regulated companies (and the patients they serve).
His FDA, Tylenol, and Chernobyl efforts saved countless lives and dollars.
Also, Norris has facilitated raising billions of dollars to support essential Life Sciences, Healthcare, and Healthcare IT/AI/ML innovations by companies, organizations, and government agencies—in the US and worldwide.

John’s primary skills involve thoughtfully, insightfully, and intuitively listening, validating, analyzing, negotiating, and applying facts and concepts in problematic deal-making, growth-creating, risk-management, or crisis-management settings. Included here is leading the work of others related to envisioning, conceptualizing, negotiating, editing, executing, and enforcing (1) product, branding, or strategic innovations, (2) action plans, (3) marketing/PR plans, (4) fundraising plans, (5) budgets, (6) employment, customer, distributor, manufacturer, warehouser, and funding contracts, (7) enterprise policies, and (8) litigation or regulatory-non-compliance settlement deals.

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Ms. Belinda Wong, Senior advisor (Director, Leader Corporate Services / Manager, Startup China Club in Hong Kong / Author of : Hong Kong Company Secretary Checklist and Hong Kong Company Secretary’s Practice Manual)

Ms. Belinda Wong has more than 30 years of experience in providing company secretarial services to local and multinational corporations (private / public / listed / guarantee corporations). She had previously worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers, DLA Piper and King and Wood before setting up her own company, Leader Corporate Services Limited, in 2011.

Belinda provides volunteer services in helping people registered charities and also a mentor of the United College Mentorship Program.  On top of these, she is a member of the SME Committee and Taxation Committee of the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce as well as a member of the Chinese Manufacturers’ Association of Hong Kong.

Belinda is a Fellow Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors and of the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute, Associate Member of the Hong Kong Chartered Governance Institute, CFA Society Hong Kong and Hong Kong Investor Relations Association. She is a holder of a Master Degree in Business Administration (University of Strathclyde, UK) and a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences (Chinese University of Hong Kong).

Dr. Maarten de Hoop, Senior Advisor (Simons Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Earth Science, Rice Univerisity, USA)

Born in the Netherlands, Maarten has worked in the USA since 1995.
From 1992 to 1995, he was Programme Leader and Senior Research Scientist at Schlumberger Cambridge Research.
He joined the Colorado School of Mines in 1995 where he was the Co-Leader of the Center for Wave Phenomena.
In 2005, he moved to Purdue University as a Professor of Mathematics and of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences and became the Director of the Center for Computational and Applied Mathematics.
He joined Rice University in 2015 and is currently the Simons Chair in Computational and Applied Mathematics and Earth science. He served as a member of the Committee on Science Policy of the American Mathematical Society and, since 2018, as a member of the steering committee for the College of Petroleum Engineering and Geosciences Global Partnership, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

Maarten is the founder and director of the Geo-Mathematical Imaging Group with a current research focus on the energy transition and sustainability.

Maarten’s research ranges from the analysis of real-world inverse problems and nonlinear physics to deep learning.
Advance through interdisciplinarity has been recognized as central in his work. Over the past decade he has been making significant contributions to the foundations / mathematics of deep learning, scientific machine learning and new approaches to data-driven discovery and forecasting related to natural hazards including earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, and to planetary missions including to Mars and Jupiter.

He has published more than 190 journal articles, including articles in Science, Nature Communications and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Maarten and his laboratory collaborate with academic institutions around the world.

ddr. Milan Krajnc, Senior Advisor (Professor of many universities, psychotherapist, MBA, DBA. Nobel Prize nominee in 2021)

ddr. Milan Krajnc is a professor of personality psychology at the University of Jakarta and a visiting professor of psychology at the University of Barcelona, with over 15 years of private practise in the field of psychotherapy. For more than 20 years, he has been resolving various crisis situations in businesses, families, and government organisations where the underlying cause is the human factor.

He is the author of 400 books on relationships and leadership. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in 2021.

Ms. Erica Sosnowski, Senior Advisor (BSc, MBA, Managing Partner, Sosna + Co / Advisory Committee Member, DCAT (Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association) )

Erica is a motivated executive with multi-cultural business acumen developed through extensive international business experience throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas regions. Known as the “Matchmaker of the Life Sciences Industry”, Erica leverages her network to simplify and execute deals. Previous clients include pharmaceutical, biotech, consumer, and manufacturing organizations, as well as private equity and venture capital groups. She is the Managing Partner at Sosna + Co, the business development partner for the life sciences industry. Over the last 5 years, she has led Sosna + Co to close more than $250M in deals, working as an extension of their clients’ executive teams. Sosna + Co’s network comprises more than 80,000 senior executives in the life sciences industry. Erica has consulted with diverse industry startups through to the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Prior to founding Sosna + Co, Erica worked in business development for global pharmaceutical companies and contract manufacturers executing deals and growing sales. She sits on the Women’s Committee for DCAT (Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association) established in 1890. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree and an Executive MBA.

Ms. Saeeda Ahmed, Senior advisor (Vice President of H.H Sheikh AbdulHakim AlMaktoum’s Private Office and the founding director of Education Partnerships UK Ltd (EPUK))

Saeeda is the Deputy Director of the Private Office of H.H Sheikh AbdulHakim AlMaktoum and a member of the UAE royal family. She is promoting sustainable and critical sectors in the UAE. As a business partner in the Carbon Offset Credit Sector, she is working on sustainable urban development, healthcare solutions, and the implementation of international climate change reforms, including the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Saeeda is a thought leader and socio-economic entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in solution-oriented projects that create value for the economy, society, and industry. She is passionate about fostering sustainable social and economic change. She has received design awards for her labor market programs related to solving industrial, economic, and social needs. She has achieved much through her extensive network and her ability to solve problems.

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Ms. Ubani Vivian, Youth Lead Advisor (Expert member of Education Commission, World Innovation Alliance)

Ubani Vivian is an Educator with keen interest in Educational Research, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. She is a member of Delta Epsilon Tau International honor society of Georgia and Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

Vivian holds a B.Ed in Elementary Education from University of Cross River State Nigeria, Diploma with honors from Ashworth College, Norcross Georgia USA. She has acquired knowledge in leadership and sustainable business strategy from Harvard Business School Online.

Currently Vivian is the executive director of Education Sustainability and Vocational Development Initiative, the CEO Nicbel Foods a startup that produces a range of west African indigenous luxurious snacks. Vivian is a Volunteer, Quality Education Ambassador and the Presidential Youth Leadership Fellow of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

Vivian is a recipient of a few awards including the Nigeria Female Educator of the Year by the Nigeria Women Achievers. Through the Hult Prize Foundation as global academic organization, Vivian has worked with and trained Nigeria students in colleges and universities in developing innovative business startups from the On Campus stage to the global accelerator program. In 2020, Vivian co-hosted the Calabar impact summit with the Hult Prize Foundation.

Facilitated physical trainings and webinars in Education, entrepreneurship and leadership across different countries including Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Australia, India, Zambia, USA and Sierra Leone.

Vivian is a TEDx trained speaker with experience in leadership, business, advocacy and program management. Vivian serves as a mentor with Zahara Dream Network NYC and We-In-Africa Initiative respectively. Vivian has acquired trainings, mentorship and certifications which are relevant in her field.

Mr. Reese Wong, Youth Lead Advisor (Founder of ISSIA HK)

Reese Wong is a young changemaker and Founder of ISSIA HK (visit issiahk.org), a youth-led nonprofit that cultivates global citizenship and builds capacity to empower future changemakers through peer-to-peer and project-based learning.

Since 2019, ISSIA has involved over 300+ students from 80+ schools in Hong Kong and beyond, launching 30+ projects surrounding SDG 4 and 17. Reese’s work has been featured on the World Economic Forum, Nasdaq, SCMP, RTHK and more.

As a speaker, he has presented at 40+ engagements, including the World Humanitarian Forum (WHF London 2021) and the Asia Pacific International Schools Conference (AISC 2021). Reese is currently a UNESCO HK Youth Ambassador and was a Youth Delegate at UNITE 2030, YOUNGA 2021 and the World Bank Youth Summit. As a passionate advocate of the Sustainable Development Goals, he aims to lead, innovate and catalyze long-term social impact.

Ms. Ralycia Andrews, Youth Lead Advisor (a cultural activist and aspiring Biological and Cultural Anthropologist)

Ralycia Andrews is a proud Garifuna, Vincentian, aspiring Biological and Cultural Anthropologist, feminist and youth activist.

Currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Cultural Studies at the UWI Cave Hill Campus, Andrews prides herself on partnering with institutions that support diversity, inclusion, equality and sustainability. As a Delegate of the Ubuntu Leaders Academy (UN), a MOVHERS Changemaker, a Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassador and a Young Scholar Researcher, her work is driven by ancestral veneration and a need for sustainable development through servant leadership.

With a demonstrated history of working in the cultural and performing arts sector, skilled in writing and conservation issues, Andrews actively engages in activities that focus on Indigenous and African-American women, black historical, cultural and artistic identities and youth engagement.

Mr. Muhammad Yunus Musa, Youth Lead Advisor (Founder and CEO of the STEM Club Project Africa, Youth ambassador of African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA))

Ambassador Muhammad Yunus Musa (DF-FIGHR) is the Founder and CEO of the STEM Club Project Africa , He’s a child rights protection and inclusion Activist and also Diplomatic Fellow of the federation of International Gender and Human Rights, Muhammad is a Certified International Instructor on Sexual and Gender Based Violence and also a Certified International Human Rights Advocate , He is a Member/ Campaigner of the Amnesty International , Member World Youth Alliance and also a Member of the International Association of Engineers and Co-Founder of the #GiveNorthEducationProject .

Muhammad studied computer engineering in the university and graduated with second class upper division degree. He was born and Brought up in the commercial city of Kano State , Nigeria .