Speaker Profiles 2018

Husayn Kassai

CEO and co-founder

Husayn Kassai is the CEO and Co-Founder of Onfido, prior to which he served as the President of the Oxford Entrepreneurs Student Society along with Co-Founder Eamon Jubbawy. Onfido uses machine learning to deliver next-generation identity verification, helping businesses and banks, verify identities online using ID documents, facial recognition and database searches. Founded in 2012, Onfido has grown to a team of 150, received over US$ 60 million in investment and works with over 1,500 companies globally. Recognised by WEF as a Technology Pioneer in 2017, Husayn sits on the Advisory Committee of Oxford Seed Fund and the All Party Parliamentary Group on AI. He has a BA in Economics and Management from Keble College, Oxford.


CEO & President
Second Genome, Inc.

Dr. Nedwin has over 35 years of experience in the pharmaceutical and industrial biotechnology industries. He is an accomplished senior executive with domestic and international experience in new market identification, innovation, research & development, business planning, strategic positioning, operations, P&L, sales & marketing, involving both start-up, growth and billion dollar organizations. Dr. Nedwin received his B.S. degree in Biochemistry from S.U.N.Y./Buffalo and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from U.C. Riverside. He did a post-doctoral fellowship in Molecular Biology at Genentech Dr. Nedwin also holds an M.S. Degree in the Management of Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is one of the World Economic Forum’s Technology Pioneers of 2017

Andreas Kunze

CEO and Co-Founder

Andreas Kunze is the CEO and Co-Founder of KONUX. He studied Information Systems at TUM and Stanford University. In 2016, Andreas was the youngest CEO to be on the “40 under 40 Entrepreneurs” list of Capital Magazine. In early 2017, he got selected among Forbes’ “Top 30 under 30 - Europe”. His AI company KONUX has raised US$ 20 million with leading Silicon Valley investors such as Andreas Bechtolsheim. KONUX won the National Mobility Award “Deutscher Mobilitätspreis” and the German Digital Award “The Spark” in 2016 and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s “Technology Pioneers” one year later.


film director and the founder
Penrose Studios

Eugene Chung is a film director and the founder of Penrose Studios, a pioneer in augmented and virtual reality storytelling and technology. His latest film, “Arden’s Wake”, won the first Lion for Best VR at the Venice Film Festival in the official competition. The San Francisco based start-up is known for its unprecedented innovation in immersive computing that liberates the imagination and allows viewers to transcend the confines of reality. Previously, Eugene was Head of Film & Media and Co-Founder of Story Studio at Oculus VR, which was later acquired by Facebook for US$ 2 billion. Prior to Oculus, he was with Warburg Pincus and Pixar Animation Studios. He holds degrees from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. WEF recognised Eugene as a Technology Pioneer in 2017

Praful Krishna

CEO and Co-Founder

Praful has helped scores of teams across Fortune 500 enterprises and Government agencies automate tedious, boring, repetitive tasks using cognitive computing (AI + NLP). He founded Coseer after a long career in hedge funds with the vision that humans should focus on creativity, judgment and strategy, while technology takes care of everything else. He is an alumnus of McKinsey, Harvard, and IIT, and lives in San Francisco. As an expert in the fields of cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, Praful is frequently invited to speak at conferences around the world.

Ferdinand Grapperhaus

Chief Executive Officer
PHYSEE Technologies

Ferdinand Grapperhaus serves as Chief Executive Officer of PHYSEE Technologies, which he founded together with Willem Kesteloo in 2014. PHYSEE has the mission to make the built environment energy neutral in an aesthetic way. Ferdinand is an operation-oriented leader with passion for both product and people. Ferdinand holds a Master of Science in Applied Physics, has minored in Economics and Law and spent time at the European Patent Office. Ferdinand was profiled in Forbes Magazine as ‘Forbes 30 under 30 Europe’ in 2017. His company won the Dutch Start-up of the Year in 2014 award, Europe’s Best Energy Start-up in 2015 and the World Postcode Lottery Green Challenge (€500k) in 2016. In 2017, the WEF selected him as a Technology Pioneer

Jack Forestell

Global Head of Merchant & Acquirer Solutions

Jack Forestell is the Global Head of Merchant & Acquirer Solutions at Visa Inc. where he is responsible for leading Visa’s global merchant and acquirer strategy, developing merchant- focused products and solutions that provide tangible value, create operational efficiencies and assist merchants in meeting their business goals across more than 200 countries and territories around the globe. Prior to this role, Jack was Global Head of Product, responsible for Visa’s global product strategy, development and management.


Founding Partner
B Capital Group

Raj Ganguly focuses on creating exponential growth by bringing together thought leaders, technology and capital. Previously, he has co-founded and served as a Managing Partner at Velos Partners. Prior to founding Velos, Mr. Ganguly spent six years at Bain Capital investing, driving operational excellence in consumer-focused companies across the U.S. and Asia. Earlier in his career, he was with McKinsey & Company, Diageo plc. and Miradiant, one of the first Internet payment startups. Mr. Ganguly earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, a BSE and BAS from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Shereen Bhan

Managing Editor

Shereen Bhan is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and the Managing Editor of CNBC-TV18. She has been responsible for breaking a range of news stories that have redefined the Indian economic landscape in recent times and has also interviewed some of the biggest names in business and politics. Shereen is also the Anchor & Editor of ‘Young Turks’, one of India’s longest-running shows on entrepreneurs – a section that over the past 13 years has successfully built a niche category in business news programming.

Mike Schwartz

Partner and Managing Director
BCG Digital Ventures

Mike serves as a Partner and Managing Director with BCG Digital Ventures. Mike initially led DV’s Asian business. He also built BCG Digital Venture’s global blockchain capability, founding DVolution, a pioneer blockchain technology. Mike has served on boards, and both invested in, and provided advice to digital start-ups. He served as the CEO of Student Edge and co-founded Genos, the emotional intelligence company. Mike holds an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Technology, Sydney.

N Chandrababu Naidu

Chief Minister

Mr. Naidu’s previous stint as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh lasted an entire decade from 1994-2004. He is considered a rare politician and a visionary who pursues his innovation strategies with great vigour and determination. His approach towards development is non-doctrinal and he believes in absorbing good aspects of various development models. An able and efficient administrator, he introduced many market-based reforms in 1995 while also formulating many unprecedented populist schemes. Now, in his third term as Chief Minister, he has set international benchmarks in e-governance.