Ross Dawson
Founding Chairman
Future Exploration Network
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II
Chairman and CEO
Ayala Corporation
Mechai Viravaidya
Founder & Chairman
Population and Community Development Association
Runa Khan
Founder and Executive Director
Friendship NGO
Anshu Gupta
Terry Alan Farris
Chief Operating Officer
Asian Institute of Management
Dr. H Harish Hande
Dr. Chito B. Salazar Jr
Senior Vice President
Paolo Maximo F. Borromeo
Ayala Healthcare Holdings
PROF. David Grayson
Author & Professor Emeritus
Cranfield University
United Kingdom
Prof. Randy S. David
Professor Emeritus of Sociology
University of the Philippines
Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak
Institute of Security and International Studies
Roby Alampay
Editor in Chief
Business World & News Anchor at Bloomberg TV Philippines
Edgar Chua
Makati Business Club
Chung To
Founder & Chairperson
Chi Heng Foundation
Derrick Latreille
Chief Learning Officer
AC Education
Kathy Gong
Co Founder & CEO
Dr Ayesha Khanna
Co Founder & CEO
Dr Chang Yau Hoon
Director of Centre for Advanced Research
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Pranay Samson
Associate Director
Impact Investment Exchange (IIX)
Atty. Lilia de Lima
Former Director-General
Philippines Export Zone Authority
Korawit Booranakit
Partnership Manager
Rahul Mehrotra
Product Manager
Therese Clarence A.C. Fernandez
President and Founding Partner

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is the President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, Inc., a Fashion and Design House empowering community artisans based in the Philippines that creates urban artisanal home and fashion masterpieces. Central to Rags2Riches’ purpose for being is the community of artisans who are lifting their families out of poverty through crafting products from overstock fabric and indigenous materials. Rags2Riches has also created innovative programs such as The Artisan Academy and Quality of Life Program, that provide community artisans not just with livelihood, but with holistic education, access to financial instruments, and opportunities to plan for the long-term. For the past 10 years, the Rags2Riches team were able to build a sustainable end-to-end inclusive business with 1000 Filipino community-based artisans trained. Reese and the company have also been recognized internationally through Fast Company, Sundance Channel, Vogue, Marie Claire, Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Forbes 30 Under 30, and many others. Reese is also the founder and curator of Things That Matter, a market and media platform that creates positive impact and inspires an intentional lifestyle, with the goal of sharing all of R2R’s lessons and impact model to more community artisans in the Philippines and in Asia. Reese is an entrepreneur, wife, new mom, artist, storyteller, and proponent of design for social change.

Ross Dawson is globally recognized as a leading futurist, keynote speaker, strategy advisor, and bestselling author.
Ross has delivered keynote speeches and strategy workshops in 29 countries across six continents for companies such as American Express, Commonwealth Bank, Coca-Cola, EY, Google, News Limited, Procter & Gamble, PwC, Visa and many other leading organizations.
He is author of 4 books including Living Networks, Developing Knowledge-Based Client Relationships, Implementing Enterprise 2.0, and Getting Results From Crowds.
He is Founding Chairman of Future Exploration Network, which helps leading organizations act today to create a successful future, and Advanced Human Technologies, a professional services and publishing firm.
Ross has been named as one of the most influential people in the world in the future of work, Enterprise 2.0, and crowdfunding, and by Digital Media magazine as one of the 40 biggest players in Australia’s digital age.
Learn more at

Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala is a much-admired business leader in the Philippines and internationally.
He is the Chairman and CEO of Ayala Corporation, the oldest and one of the largest business groups in the Philippines. Ayala has interests in real estate, banking, telecommunications, water, industrial technologies, power, infrastructure, education, and healthcare.
Jaime is a member of various international and local business and socio-civic organizations, including the JP Morgan International Council and the Mitsubishi Corporation International Advisory Committee. He is also Chairman of the Harvard Business School Asia-Pacific Advisory Board; Chairman of the SMU Advisory Council in the Philippines; and a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council, the University of Tokyo Global Advisory Board, and the board of trustees of Endeavor Philippines.
He was a former Chairman of the Asia Business Council, the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, and the World Wildlife Fund Philippine Advisory Council. He represented the Philippines in the APEC Business Advisory Council from 2010 to 2015.
Jaime is a recipient of numerous global awards including the Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award, the school’s highest recognition in 2007, the Presidential Medal of Merit awarded by the President of the Philippines for enhancing the prestige and honor of the Philippines both at home and abroad, the Philippine Legion of Honor in recognition of his outstanding public service to the country. In 2015, he received the Order of Mabini for his vital contribution during the Philippines’ hosting of the APEC Summit in 2014.
Learn more at

Mechai Viravaidya was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1994 and is a former Senator of Thailand.
He is a prolific social entrepreneur and founder and chair of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), Thailand’s largest NGO, founder of the Mechai Bamboo School and the chair of Mechai Viravaidya Foundation.
In 2008, he established the Mechai Bamboo School in Buriram province, Northeast Thailand, to re-engineer rural education and to enable the school to be a life-long learning center as well as a hub for social and economic advancement for members of surrounding communities. This school aims to foster a new generation of ruralyouth who are honest, caring and innovative social entrepreneurs and community development leaders.
The Bamboo School now serves as a model to improve rural education and, in cooperation with the private sector, is now helping 50 small rural schools per year to take on a greater role in improving the quality of life and income for surrounding rural communities.
Mechai is a widely acclaimed leader in the fields of public health, education and community development. Since 1974, Mechai has been creating and running innovative family planning and poverty reduction programs throughout Southeast Asia. Mechai has initiated community-based family planning services, innovative poverty reduction and rural education programs, large-scale rural development and environmental programs, as well as groundbreaking HIV/AIDS prevention activities throughout Southeast Asia.

Watch his Ted Talk here

Learn more at

Runa Khan is an Ashoka fellow and Schwab Foundation social entrepreneur, the Founder and Executive Director of Friendship, a value-based organization in Bangladesh. Additionally, she is also a Founder and Chairman of Friendship International based out of Luxembourg.
Runa’s interests and experiences are varied, resulting in an organization which approaches development innovatively for the most climate vulnerable and remote population.
She has spearheaded the building of an innovative and successful healthcare system for the hard to reach and most disaster prone ultra-poor communities, comprising of hospital ships and mobile land-based operations, training of community medics at field level, and turning them into micro social entrepreneurs servicing their own communities, building up an educational system for the children and adults in remote areas; and working extensively in disaster prevention, relief and rehabilitation of communities in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Her work to preserve the rich boat-building tradition of Bengal has been commended both nationally and internationally.
Learn more at

Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man is the Founder of an Indian based nonprofit – Goonj.
One of India’s best known social entrepreneurs, Anshu was conferred the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015 for ‘his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity’.
Anshu founded Goonj to address the most basic although often ignored need of clothing and the multifaceted role it plays in villages across India. Today Goonj is a pan-India movement working in cities and villages throughout the country dealing with more than 3000 tons of material annually.
Goonj’s award winning initiatives; Cloth for Work (CFW), Not Just a Piece of Cloth (NJPC) and RAHAT focus on humanitarian aid, community development and disaster relief work across 22 states of India.
Learn more at

Terry Alan Farris is the Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Institute of Management – Scientific Research Foundation. He has over 27 years of experience in corporate responsibility; social innovation; impact investing; establishing family offices; and family business governance advisory.

Terry was the Chief Development Officer for Nanyang Technological University leading a team focused on the development of the University. While in Singapore, he managed and ran the Family Office Services for DBS Bank where he lead a team advisors focused on advising family businesses with their governance, philanthropy, and structuring.

Terry was CEO of Unitus Capital which is the largest social investment bank in Asia located in India. Before Unitus, Terry launched and headed UBS’s Private Bank Philanthropy Services for Asia-Pacific and Meespierson Private bank in Singapore.

In 1998, Terry launched Farris Associates in Hong Kong advising companies on their corporate social responsibility and working with family run businesses with developing the family values and philanthropy.

Learn more at

Harish Hande is the co-founder of SELCO, a social venture to eradicate poverty by promoting sustainable technologies in rural India, and the implementer of several REEEP-funded projects. With its headquarters in Bangalore, SELCO has 31 branches in the Indian states of Karnataka and Gujarat, and has installed solar lighting systems in over 145,000 households there.
Harish and SELCO have won many awards including the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2011, the Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2005 and the Ashden Outstanding Achievement Award in 2007. He was named Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 by the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship and the Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation. India Today has named him one of the 50 pioneers of change in India.
Harish earned his Doctorate in energy engineering (solar specialty) at the University of Massachusetts (Lowell). He has an undergraduate degree in Energy Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

Learn more at

Dr. Chito Salazar
education arm, which owns and manages Araullo University, Cagayan de Oro College,
University of Pangasinan, University of Iloilo, Southwestern University, St. Jude College
Manila, and PHINMA Saytanar Education Company.
He is President and Co-Founder of Philippine Business for Education, a nonprofit organization
of that works for education policy reform. He is a
Director of the Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities. He is also a member of the
Board of Directors of PAMI Managed Funds, the Philippine Press Council and the Governing
board of the Philippine Statistical Research & Training Institute.
Dr. Salazar has a Ph.D. in International Relations, Major in International Development and
Development Management from the School of International Service at The American
University in Washington, D.C.; an International Political Economy and Development
from Fordham University in New York, and a B.S. Management Engineering degree from the
Ateneo de Manila University.

Paolo Borromeo is managing director and a member of the Ayala Corporation Management Committee and the Ayala Group Management Committee. He has served as Group Head of Corporate Strategy and Development of the Company since September 2014.
As chief strategist, he oversees the overall corporate planning process, portfolio strategy, group-wide innovation projects and new business development initiatives. In his role, he also leads investor relations, corporate communications, and public policy.
In addition, Paolo leads Ayala Corporation’s healthcare businesses. He sits on the board of Ayala Healthcare Holdings Inc. and the Generika Group of Companies. He also sits on the board of Affordable Private Education Center, Inc., AC College of Enterprise and Technology, LiveIt Investments, Ltd. and LINC Institute, Inc.
Prior to joining Ayala, he was a Principal at Booz & Company, a global strategy consulting firm, based in San Francisco, California, USA. He obtained his Bachelors of Science degree in Management Engineering from the Ateneo de Manila University and his Masters in Business Administration with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Learn more at

David Grayson is a global thought leader on Corporate Responsibility. From 2007-2017, he was director of the Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Professor of Corporate Responsibility at Cranfield University, United Kingdom.
David has had a thirty-year career as a social entrepreneur and campaigner for responsible business, diversity, and small business development. This included founding Project North East which has now worked in nearly 60 countries around the world; being the founding CEO of the Prince’s Youth Business Trust and serving as a managing-director of Business in the Community.
He has served on various charity and public sector boards including the National Co-operative Development Agency, The Prince of Wales’ Innovation Trust and the Strategic Rail Authority. He chaired the National Disability Council and the Business Link Accreditation Board; in each case appointed by the Major Government and re-appointed by the Blair administration.
He is currently chairman of the national charity Carers UK championing the role of 6.5million Britons caring for a loved one. He is a former chairman of one of the UK’s larger social enterprises and largest eldercare providers, Housing & Care 21 during which the organisation made corporate history by becoming the first-ever not-for-profit successfully to acquire a publicly quoted group of companies. David received an OBE for services to industry in 1994 and a CBE for services to disability in 1999.
The Guardian has named David as one of ten top global tweeters on sustainable leadership alongside Al Gore, Tim Cook – CEO of Apple, and Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Learn more at

Randolf S. David is emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of the Philippines. He writes a weekly column for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. He has been Chairman of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation, where he currently sits as a member of the board of trustees.

Dr Thitinan Pongsudhirak is a speaker on topics ranging from Thailand’s domestic politics, political economy and foreign policy to ASEAN dynamics and international affairs more broadly. He has delivered stand-alone public lectures and private briefings on these topics to leading financial institutions, multinational corporations, international chambers of commerce, and diplomatic missions, and has lectured widely at local and international universities, military colleges, and international organisations. Dr Thitinan has provided many individual consultations to investors on both portfolio and direct investments in the context of Thai politics and macro-economy with coverage of ASEAN markets, especially with reference to mainland Southeast Asia and Greater Mekong Subregion. Apart from his occasional speaking engagements, Thitinan is Director of the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS) and Associate Professor of International Political Economy at the Faculty of Political Science, Chulalongkorn University. Awarded for excellence in opinion writing from the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) in 2015, he has authored a host of books, book chapters, and more than 800 op-eds in news outlets such as The Bangkok Post, The Straits Times, South China Morning Post, International New York Times, Project Syndicate, Financial Times, and his comments and views are frequently quoted in international and local media. From a multicultural and bilingual background, Thitinan was born and raised in Thailand through primary school, and completed high school and university in California. His postgraduate work in international economics and international relations at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) later led to his PhD at the London School of Economics where his work on the political economy of the 1997 Thai economic crisis was awarded the United Kingdom’s Best Dissertation Prize in 2002. Thitinan has held visiting positions at Johns Hopkins SAIS, Stanford University, Yangon University, and Victoria University in New Zealand.

Edgar O. Chua currently served as chairman of the Makati Business Club
(MBC). Mr. Chua has had many years of experience in the business fields of
chemicals, auditing, supply planning and trading, marketing and sales,
lubricants, corporate affairs and general management.
He held senior positions outside the Philippines as Transport Analyst in Group Planning
in the UK and as General Manager of Shell Company of Cambodia. He also held various
positions in Shell Oil Products East including General Manager for Consumer Lubricants
covering all countries East of the Suez Canal, including Saudi Arabia, China, India,
Korea, ASEAN, Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Mr. Chua serves as the
Country Chairman of Shell Companies in the Philippines, Guam, Palau and Saipan. Mr.
Chua serves as Chairman of the Philippine Business for the Environment and Chairman
of the Philippine Institute of Petroleum, Inc. Mr. Chua served as Chairman of Pilipinas
Shell Petroleum Corporation since November 1, 2016 until May 25, 2017 and since 1998
until May 25, 2017 respectively. He serves as Director at Metropolitan Bank & Trust
Company. He has been an Independent Director of Integrated Micro-Electronics, Inc.
since April 2014 and has been its Lead Independent Director since August 16, 2017. He
has been an Independent Director of Energy Development Corporation since July 2010.
He serves as a Director of Kamayan Realty Corporation. He serves as a Director of
various RDS entities in the Philippines. He serves as a Director of joint venture
companies. Mr. Chua serves on the Advisory Board of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines,
Globe Telecom, Inc., and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, Inc.
Mr. Chua earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from De La
Salle University and attended various international seminars and courses including the
senior management course in INSEAD in Fountainbleau, France.

Chung To is founder and chairperson of Chi Heng Foundation in Hong Kong. Today, Chi
Heng Foundation is the largest charitable NGO effort focused on helping children
impacted and orphaned by AIDS in China. The program currently sponsors the
education and psychosocial care for 9,000 children affected by AIDS in seven provinces
in China. Aside from that, Chung also actively contributes to the development of civil
society in China through constructive dialogue with government leaders. The foundation
has received personal visits from President Clinton and support from organisations
including UNESCO, The Global Fund and The Clinton Foundation.
Prior to moving to Hong Kong in 1995, Chung resided in the United States for 13 years,
where he received a bachelor’s degree at Columbia University and a master’s degree at
Harvard University.
Chung was named “Ten Future Leaders of China” by People Magazine and “Ten Model
Citizens in China” by Phoenix TV. In 2006, Chi Heng received the inaugural “Public
Service Award” from the Asia Society. Chung was a Board member and Chairperson of
AIDS Concern, an AIDS NGO in Hong Kong. Chung has been a member of the Community
Forum on AIDS (formerly APCC) since 1999, and the Advisory Council on AIDS since
2008, both appointed by the Hong Kong Government.
Read more about Chung here: star-changes- course/
Learn more about the foundation here:

Derrick holds a degree in economics, served in the US military and completed an MLS in
cognitive psychology.  For 15 years he ran learning & development operations for blue chip
technology, telecommunications & BPO companies operating around the world, especially
opening and operating in South America and Southeast Asia.Now, Derrick leads Ayala Education Inc.'s (AEI’s) effort to transform the classroom.  AEI delivers constructivist based learning.  They built technology into the classroom, from
productive device to learning content management systems, for less than $150 per learner
per year.  They developed tested and proven frameworks for remediating English and
Mathematics.  And, AEI has only just begun to connect employers with the classroom
through their industry engagement model.  Derrick worked with Ayala Corporation to begin Ayala Education in 2012.  AEI opened their first junior high school in 2013 and invested in their first college in 2015.  AEI’s first
graduates from high school and college have achieved 90% employment within 90 days of
graduation and 29% higher wages.  AEI will continue to grow their school network,
throughout the Philippines, in order to deliver world-class 21st century education at a
remarkably affordable price.Learn more at:

Kathy Gong is the co-founder of WafaGames, an innovative game developer recognized by MIT Technology Review for its technological breakthroughs on Artificial Intelligence and real-time strategy algorithms. She was featured as one of the 35 Innovators in 2017. Prior to this, Kathy founded AI.Law, a legal robotic start-up that reduces the barriers and costs of engaging legal services. AI.Law has served 6 million users, and 67% of them are women since it’s inception, which led to an acquisition in March 2017. Kathy was the youngest national chess champion at the age of 10 in 1996 and again at 12 in 1998. She is one of the youngest chess master in China. Kathy was Member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Council (CPPCC) in Chengdu, a member of the Foundation Board of Global Shapers Community World Economic Forum (2013-2016), a Co-chair of APEC Women Leadership Forum in 2013-2014 and, Image Ambassador of Chengdu’s Young Entrepreneurs. In 2011 and 2013, she was awarded as one of the Top Ten Entrepreneur Representatives of China’s Economic Innovation. In 2012, Kathy founded an independent non-for- profit organization, World’s Young Voices to sponsor young grassroot students who are academically and/or socially outstanding to globalize the young minds in advancing innovation, social entrepreneurship, and raising the voices of China’s young generation. Kathy actively advocates on the importance of failures in entrepreneurship. She still passionately and intensively plays Chess on with Chess masters around the world.

Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, an artificial intelligence (AI) advisory firm and incubator. She is a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to clients such as SMRT, Singapore’s largest public transport company, and SmartDubai, which is transforming the city’s governance and service delivery. In 2017, ADDO AI was featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia. Prior to founding ADDO AI, Ayesha spent more than a decade on Wall Street developing large scale trading, risk management and data analytics systems. Ayesha was co-founder of the Hybrid Reality Institute, a research and advisory group established to analyze the social and economic impact of accelerating technologies. She directed the Future Cities Group at the London School of Economics, and has been a Faculty Advisor at Singularity University.Ayesha has been named one of Singapore’s leading female entrepreneurs and a leading Asian fintech influencer by Fintech Asia. She also served on the Singapore Ministry of Education’s Steering Committee on future skills and applied learning for emerging industries.Ayesha is author of Straight Through Processing (2008) and co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). She has been published and quoted on technology, innovation and smart cities in The New York Times, BusinessWeek, TIME, Newsweek, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Strategy+Business, and Foreign Policy. She has presented at major financial, technology and other industry conferences, provided high level government briefings, chaired symposiums such as AI Asia, and spoken at TEDx events.Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.She is the Founder of 21C GIRLS, a charity that delivers free coding and artificial intelligence classes to girls in Singapore. She is on the Board of Advisors for Humanity+ and a Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She is an advisor to the startups Octa (a chatbot for young travellers) and Arro (a delivery bot for sports). Ayesha lives in Singapore and Berlin.

Associate Professor Chang-Yau HOON is Director of Centre for Advanced Research at Universiti Brunei Darussalam. Prior to this appointment in July 2016, he was Assistant Professor of Asian Studies and Sing Lun Fellow at the School of Social Sciences, Singapore Management University (SMU). He is currently also Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia (UWA), where he obtained his PhD (with Distinction).Dr Hoon is an award-winning professor and researcher at SMU: he won the SMU Teaching Excellence Award in 2012 and SMU Research Excellence Award in 2014. He was the Convener of the International and Asian Studies major, and taught courses on Asian identities, diversity management and Asian Studies at SMU. Dr Hoon is an active researcher specializing on identity politics, religion and multiculturalism in contemporary Southeast Asia. His critically acclaimed book, Chinese Identity in Post-Suharto Indonesia: Culture, Media and Politics (2008, Sussex Academic Press), was translated in Chinese and Indonesian. He is the co-editor of Chinese Indonesians Reassessed: History, Religion and Belonging (Routledge, 2013), and Catalysts of Change: Ethnic Chinese Business in Asia (World Scientific, 2014). Besides teaching and research, Dr Hoon also regularly presents research papers in international conferences facilitates workshops and intercultural and interfaith dialogue sessions, organize conferences, and engages in various consultancy activities with government ministries and agencies. He has delivered keynote speeches and presentations in more than 80 international conferences, workshops, and seminars, including at the International Peace Forum at UNESCO, Paris, the ASEAN Forum at the University of Sydney, and the Shanghai Forum at Fudan University. In 2017, Dr Hoon was a Visiting Fellow at Yusuf Ishak – Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and at Fudan University in Shanghai. More information about him can be found on the following website:

Pranay heads the Corporate Finance and Impact Partners team at IIX, where he works closely with Impact Enterprises to raise growth capital from investors. He has a decade of experience across the region, specifically working in clean
energy, sustainable agriculture, affordable housing, and WASH, as well as education and healthcare. Having left behind a career in banking, Pranay is passionate about integrating system-thinking to in the development sector. He was part of the premier cohort of the Social Impact Leadership Program in India conducted by Harvard Business School. He has a degree in management and is also a qualified architect.

Atty. Lilia de Lima is the retired Director General, Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) UNDERSECRETARY, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). In 1995, she was asked to serve as PEZA’s first Director-General charged with promoting and regulating foreign investments in the country’s economic zones. Bucking tremendous pressures and threats, Director-General de Lima single-mindedly pursued a program of reform: she determinedly halved the bloated 1,000-person bureaucracy she had inherited from a system of political patronage. During her term, PEZA’s accomplishments have been nothing short of spectacular. The number of PEZA ecozones increased by 2,000%, from the initial 16 she inherited to 343 by 2016; the number of registered enterprises rose from 331 to 3,756; investments reached PhP 3 trillion; and ecozone exports totaled US$ 629 billion. The board of trustees at RMAF recognized “her unstinting, sustained leadership in building a credible and efficient PEZA, proving that the honest, competent and dedicated work of public servants can, indeed, redound to real economic benefits to millions of Filipinos.”

Korawit Booranakit is a Business Development and Strategic Partnership Manager at Socialgiver, the social enterprise startup based in Bangkok that fundraises to social projects by tapping into spending power of the customers. Before joining Socialgiver, Korawit has worked and studied in many countries, including Singapore, Italy, Belgium and China. He is a young and passionate changemaker who works and volunteers toward a better world.

Mr Rahul Mehrotra is a Product Manager at Maluuba, a Canadian AI company that’s teaching machines to think, reason and communicate with humans (acquired by Microsoft in January 2017). Based in the AI epicenter of Montréal, Maluuba applies deep learning techniques to solve complex problems in language understanding. Rahul works across Maluuba’s three research areas (Machine Comprehension, Dialogue Systems and Reinforcement Learning) and helps advance breakthrough research by providing real-world problems and use cases. Rahul leads product initiatives to bring cutting-edge academic research to robust product pipelines. Rahul holds B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Reese Fernandez-Ruiz is the President and Founding Partner of Rags2Riches, Inc., a Fashion and Design House empowering community artisans based in the Philippines that creates urban artisanal home and fashion masterpieces. Central to Rags2Riches’ purpose for being is the community of artisans who are lifting their families out of poverty through crafting products from overstock fabric and indigenous materials. Rags2Riches has also created innovative programs such as The Artisan Academy and Quality of Life Program, that provide community artisans not just with livelihood, but with holistic education, access to financial instruments, and opportunities to plan for the long-term. For the past 10 years, the Rags2Riches team were able to build a sustainable end-to-end inclusive business with 1000 Filipino community-based artisans trained. Reese and the company have also been recognized internationally through Fast Company, Sundance Channel, Vogue, Marie Claire, Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Forbes 30 Under 30, and many others. Reese is also the founder and curator of Things That Matter, a market and media platform that creates positive impact and inspires an intentional lifestyle, with the goal of sharing all of R2R’s lessons and impact model to more community artisans in the Philippines and in Asia. Reese is an entrepreneur, wife, new mom, artist, storyteller, and proponent of design for social change.


Read the latest news, event updates, research findings and case studies on The Future Re-Imagined