CEO & Director, Inari
Ponsi Trivisvavet is the CEO and Director of Inari, a seed company using breakthroughs in genomics and computational science to transform plant breeding and radically reduce the amount of natural resources needed to grow our food. Ms. Trivisvavet has broad expertise in global agriculture as well as extensive management skill in the seeds business. Prior to joining Inari, she held a number of leadership roles at Syngenta, most recently as president of Syngenta Seeds North America. Before Syngenta, she held positions with McKinsey & Company. Ms. Trivisvavet holds an MBA from Cornell University.
Senior Director, International Finance Corporation
William Sonneborn is the Senior Director, International Finance Corporation, overseeing all investments in Disruptive Technologies and Funds. Prior to joining IFC, Bill was the President of EIG and a member of the Investment and Executive Committees. Prior to joining EIG, he was a partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and a member of KKR’s Management Committee. Bill served as CEO of KKR Asset Management (the public markets side of KKR) as well as CEO and Director of KKR Financial Corporation (NYSE: KFN), a publicly-traded specialty finance firm. He also sat on the board of Nephila Capital, a $10 billion Bermuda-based hedge fund in which KKR purchased a stake in 2013. Prior to joining KKR, he was with The TCW Group, Inc., most recently as President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, he worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York and Hong Kong, where he focused on mergers & acquisitions.
Co-founder and CEO, Agrosmart
Mariana Vasconcelos is the daughter of farmers, co-founder, and CEO at Agrosmart, a tech pioneer company by the World Economic Forum. Biz Dev with degrees from UNIFEI, UCLA, and Singularity University, Mariana was nominated MIT Technology Review Innovators under 35, Forbes Under 30, and Fast Company 100 Most Creative. She is a global ambassador for Thought for Food, an expert in digital agriculture, and considered one of the 100 most influential agribusiness people by Dinheiro Rural Magazine.
Project Lead in Ghana, German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ)
Johanna Hartung works at the German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ) as a Policy Advisor to the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. Her fields of work include G20 partnerships on digitalization during the German presidency in 2017, digital inclusion, and women’s empowerment in the digital age. Prior to joining GIZ, Johanna worked in different positions at the Robert Bosch Stiftung, Humboldt University in Berlin, and the consultancy company FAKT. Johanna earned her master’s degree in media and political communications from the Free University in Berlin with a thesis on mobile phone use patterns in West Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Konstanz and studied abroad at the University of Warwick.
Practice Manager, East Asia and Pacific Region, Agriculture and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Dina Umali-Deininger is the Agriculture and Food Practice Manager for the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank. She manages analytical and advisory services and a lending portfolio totaling $3.5 billion, which focuses on promoting climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive agriculture, linking smallholder farmers to markets, agriculture value chain development, and enhancing rural livelihoods and jobs. She formerly served as the Agriculture Practice Manager in Central and Eastern Africa and Water Practice Manager in Europe and Central Asia. She also served as Country Sector Coordinator and Lead Agriculture Economist in the World Bank New Delhi office overseeing the World Bank's agriculture and rural development program in India. Prior to joining the World Bank, she held a teaching position at the University of the Philippines and was a Research Associate at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. She has an M.A. and Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Stanford University and a B.A. in Agribusiness Management from the University of the Philippines.
Lesly Goh Senior
Technical Advisor, Agriculture, and Food Global Practice, The World Bank
Ms. Lesly Goh is the Senior Technology Advisor, former Chief Technology Officer for the World Bank Group. She is a Fellow at Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF) Judge Business School and Senior Fellow at the National University of Singapore Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Lesly advises policymakers on the regulatory impact from emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), and 5G, Cloud and Edge Computing. Prior to the public sector role, Lesly built a solid technology career at Microsoft, Deloitte, and startups. Lesly is the Board of Director for Singapore GovTech and a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Data Policy. From her extensive experience in public and private sectors, she introduces strategic partnerships for agriculture digital transformation, leveraging data and technology innovations in emerging markets.