KEYNOTE SPEAKER 1: CHINYERE NNADI
Chi Nnadi, is a social entrepreneur dedicated to leveraging cutting edge technology to increase prosperity in the emerging world. He is the founder of Sela Technologies and Sustainability International.
Sela is activating development capital by providing secure transactions, reputable economic identities, and real-time data. Sela Citizens execute, and verify projects in a secure, reputation-driven network marketplace of environmental, social and impact investments. Sela ultimately seeks to drive measurable impact against the UN’s SDGs.
Sustainability International is working to catalyze the largest cleanup of oil pollution in world history using a win-win social enterprise model that leverages biotechnology, blockchain technology, and the power of Virtual Reality to spread the message.
Chi’s work has been featured in Vice, Knowledge@Wharton, Al Jazeera, Huffington Post, and BBC Radio. He has been a speaker at Skoll World Forum at the University of Oxford, the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Conference, the Harvard Business School Africa Business Conference, the Wharton Club of Africa Family Office Forum and the Opal Impact Investing Conference.
Chi is a former management consultant from the Boston Consulting Group.
He is an alum of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and University of California, Los Angeles’ School of Theater, Film, Television.
Keynote speaker 2: zainab salbI
People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World” in 2016, Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company identified her as one of 100 “The Most Creative People in Business”.
At the age of 23, Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Under her leadership as the organization’s CEO (1993-2011), the organization grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 400,000 women in 8 conflict areas. It also distributed more than $100 million in direct aid and micro credit loans that impacted more than 1.7 million family members.
Salbi is also the host and creator of several TV shows including #MeToo, Now What on PBS (2018), The Zainab Salbi Project, original series on Huffington Post (2016) and The Nidaa Show with TLC Arabic where she started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world.
Salbi is the author of several books including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, Freedom is an Inside Job, and If You Knew Me You Would Care. She is currently the editor at large at Women in the World.