Kristalina Georgieva, Interim World Bank Group President and World Bank Chief Executive Officer
As Interim President, Georgieva drives the World Bank Group’s efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity around the world. As CEO for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association since January 2017, she has built support across the international community to mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and to create better opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable people.
Previously Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, helped shape the agenda of the European Union starting in 2010, first as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, where she managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets and established herself as a global champion for resilience. Georgieva has built a reputation as a gender equality champion, humanitarian, and leader in the global fight against climate change.
Before joining the European Commission, Georgieva had a successful tenure the World Bank, starting in 1993 as an Environmental Economist, and eventually becoming Director for Environment and Social Development for the East Asia and Pacific Region and then Director in charge of environmental strategy, policies and lending. In 2004, Georgieva was made Director for the Russian Federation, based in Moscow. From 2007 to 2008, she was Director for Sustainable Development in charge of policy and lending operations in infrastructure, urban development, agriculture, environment and social development, including support to fragile and conflict-affected countries. In this role she oversaw around 60% of lending operations of the World Bank Group. From 2008-2010, she was Vice President and Corporate Secretary, serving as the interlocutor between the World Bank Group’s senior management, its Board of Directors, and its shareholder countries. In the wake of the 2008 international financial crisis, she played a key role in the World Bank's governance reform and accompanying capital increase.
Deeply knowledgeable on international development and finance, Georgieva is broadly recognized for her ability to build broad consensus and turn strategies into practice. She has more than 100 publications on environmental and economic policy topics, including a textbook on microeconomics.
Kristalina Georgieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1953. She holds a Ph.D in Economic Science and a M.A. in Political Economy and Sociology from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, where she was an Associate Professor between 1977 and 1991.
Robin Chase, Founder, Zipcar
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also co-founder of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things.
She is on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.
Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogota, Colombia
Enrique Peñalosa is Mayor of Bogota, the Colombian capital with eight million inhabitants, for the four-year period from 2016-2019. He previously held this office from 1998-2001, during which time he led the transformation of the city into a model of sustainability, mobility, quality of life and equality. He is known for having created a network of bicycle paths, projects for the upgrading of slums, a land bank to provide quality housing in low-income neighborhoods, parks and pedestrianised areas in the poorest sectors of the city, daily restriction on car use during peak hours, public parks and libraries, public schools of high architectural quality, and the TransMilenio Bus Rapid Transit network. Beyond his own city, Peñalosa has lectured at numerous forums and universities on environmental issues, urban planning and urban policy, and has advised governments in Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America and the United States.
Davis Wang, Co-Founder & CEO, Mobike
Davis Wang is a co-founder and CEO of Mobike. A veteran of China’s tech sector, under his leadership Mobike has grown from a small Shanghai-based start-up to one of the world’s most dynamic, fastest-growing companies - and the global leader in bike-sharing, conducting 20 million rides daily across more than 200 cities around the world.
Prior to joining Mobike, Davis was Shanghai General Manager for Uber, where he oversaw the company’s operations in one of its largest cities globally. Before Uber, he served as Deputy General Manager at Tencent, leading growth and expansion of its performance-ads business. He was also one of the early members at Google China building up its search engine advertising channels in eastern China from scratch.
He graduated from Xiamen University with a degree in business administration, and began his career as a management trainee with P&G China. He was quickly promoted from sales specialist, sales manager to project manager at P&G and later moved to Coty, the largest fragrance company in the world, where he served as Sales Director.
His achievements with Mobike, Davis has received the “Ram Charan Management Practice Award" from the Harvard Business Review.
Laura Tuck, Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank
Laura Tuck assumed the position of World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development on July 1, 2015. In this role, she oversees the work of the Global Practices and Cross-Cutting Solutions Areas (CCSAs) that bring together the best expertise from across the World Bank Group, and from partners, to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of sustainable development. The practices and CCSAs under her responsibility include Agriculture; Climate Change; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Public-Private Partnerships; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and ICT; and Water.
Before taking this position, Ms.Tuck served for close to two years as Vice President for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. During this period, ECA’s lending and advisory services increased substantially, stepping up support for programs and projects aligned with the goals of reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
Her extensive experience in sustainable development includes a decade leading the Bank’s work in this area in two regions. Between 2002 and 2006 she was the Director for Sustainable Development in ECA and, from 2006 to 2011, she held the same position in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region. She then became Director of Strategy and Operations supporting the Regional Vice President in the Middle East and North Africa region, followed by a stint in the same position in ECA.