Journalist, CGTN America
Rachelle Akuffo is the Washington D.C.-based anchor of Global Business America. The British-Ghanaian journalist joined CGTN America in February 2012 and has interviewed a range of CEOs and leading newsmakers, and reported on some of the world’s most pressing issues. Rachelle also launched the show’s award-winning startups segment, Starting Block.
Partner, McKinsey Global Institute
Sree Ramaswamy is a Partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), McKinsey’s business and economics research arm. He leads research on the economics of digitization and the economics of multinational corporations. He is also responsible for shaping MGI’s research initiatives, leading research on trends in competition, technology, and global forces influencing multinationals.
Dr. Ju-Ho Lee
Professor, KDI School of Public Policy and Management, and the former Minister of Education of Korea
Professor Ju-Ho Lee served at the Minister of Education, Science, and Technology of Republic of South Korea from 2010 to 2013. Before joining the ministry as a Vice Minister in 2009, he was Senior Secretary to the President for Education, Science, and Culture. He has been recognized for his education reform endeavors and active lawmaking as a member of the National Assembly (2004-2008). His policy entrepreneurship began when he worked as a research fellow in Korea Development Institute (KDI) and as a professor of KDI Public Policy and Management. He has written many articles and books including Human Capital and Development: Lessons and Insights from Korea’s Transformation (2018) and Positive Changes: The Education, Science & Technology Policies of Korea (2012). He is actively working for the international community as a Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing the Global Educational Opportunities, a Commissioner of 3ie and a Chair of the Education Workforce Initiative.
Co-Founder, YOLA (Your Online Learning Assistant), Vietnam
Tu Ngo is an education and tech entrepreneur who is committed to developing human potential. After graduating from Stanford University with a major in Public Policy in 2009, Tu Ngo co-founded YOLA, the fastest growing education company in Vietnam providing English and critical thinking skills training both online and offline. YOLA currently serves over 30,000 students. Tu Ngo also helped found ELSA, an English pronunciation training mobile app with more than 4 million downloads worldwide. She also mentors startup founders and community service leaders in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Yasuyuki Sawada
Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank
Yasuyuki Sawada has been the ADB’s Chief Economist since 2016. Mr. Sawada is the chief spokesperson for ADB on economic and development trends and leads the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD), which publishes ADB's flagship knowledge products. Mr. Sawada is also a Professor in the Faculty of Economics at the University of Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Sawada is a highly qualified global macro- and micro-economist with deep hands-on field experience. He has expertise on how to measure and maximize development impacts of projects and has led multiple policy-oriented research projects that cut across a wide range of sectors and themes.