Opening Conference
Thursday, October 25th 8.30 am

Dr Lily Chan - Singapore
Chief Executive Officer, National University of Singapore (NUS) Enterprise

Dr Lily Chan leads NUS Enterprise with a vision to inject an enterprise dimension to NUS teaching and research involving the University's students, staff and alumni. In particular, Dr Chan spearheads strategies and initiatives to promote industry collaboration and business ventures for the University. She oversees the functions of the Enterprise Cluster which complements the academic cluster of the University to nurture talents with an entrepreneurial and global mindset.

Prior to joining NUS in 2006, Dr Chan held the position of Managing Director, Investments, of BioOne Capital Pte Ltd, an investment arm of the Singapore Economic Development Board with focus in expanding the growth of biomedical science industry in Singapore. Dr Chan brings with her more than 20 years of biomedical industry experiences, from initiating start-ups, venture investments and active Board involvements in many biotech companies. A company founded under her leadership included ES Cell International Pte Ltd, founded with technologies licensed from NUS, Universities of Monash (Australia) and Hadassah (Israel).

Dr Chan holds two US patents for HIV1/HIV2 viral detection kit and method as well as for dengue virus peptides and methods. Both are now commercial products and one has become the confirmatory gold standard for retroviral testings in Europe. She has another patent pending for tuberculosis antigens and novel liver antigens. She has published more than 20 international journal publications.


Sarah Green - USA
Partner & Chief Operating Officer, Co-founder EMPACT

While in school at Appalachian State University (ASU) in North Carolina, Sarah was nominated for the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her success in establishing a chapter of AIESEC, the world's largest student held organization and founding the annual High Country Global Opportunities Conference. Sarah was recognized for her achievements at ASU by having a scholarship named after her called "The Sarah Green Scholarship for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship".

Sarah developed a strong passion for social entrepreneurship and enterprise based solutions to poverty and is today partner and COO at Empact.
Empact's work focuses on facilitating a culture of entrepreneurship in communities across the world through exposure, celebration and early stage startup support.
Empact has held over 400 events exposing young people to entrepreneurship through its Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, supporting early stage entrepreneurs through its Virtual Speaker Series and Journey Page Virtual Business Incubator, and celebrating the role of young entrepreneurs through its annual Empact100 list & showcase of top young entrepreneurs age 30 and under.
Each year Empact brings together the top thought leaders from the entrepreneurship ecosystem to share and act on the biggest ideas during the Empact Summit.


Kah Walla - Cameroon
Founder and CEO of Strategies !
Official Candidate to the 2011 Presidential Elections

Kah Walla is today recognized as one of Cameroon's top political leaders. She has been a candidate for the presidential election of 2011 in Cameroon.

At 45, this African entrepreneur is internationally recognized for her expertise in management, her understanding of development issues and her strong stance on Africa, its women and youths. She was recognized in 2008 by the World Bank as one of 7 women entrepreneurs in Africa

Over the past 15 years, Kah Walla has developed an African firm, STRATEGIES ! - which offers consulting services in leadership and management to multinational firms as well as international development organizations .

Grassroots is Kah Walla's favorite word. For over 20 years, she has worked with civil society in Cameroon and Africa developing policies and projects at international, national and local levels with farmers, traders, motorbike drivers, persons with disabilities, fishermen, students associations, governments, etc. To help the grassroots organize to defend its interests and have a voice in defining and implementing policies at the national level, Kah Walla created Cameroon Ô'Bosso, a citizenship movement whose 11 demands for electoral reform in Cameroon and call for the massive registration of voters on electoral lists are at the heart of political debate.


David Drake - USA
Founder of The Soho Loft Capital Creation Event Series ("TSL")

The Soho Loft Capital Creation Events educates start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises in the areas of capital formation, capital access, crowd funding, angel capital including, but not limited to expertise on eb5 green card programs, micro-finance, venture capital and private equity.

The nascent crowd funding phenomena is the largest new financial instrument SMEs and start-ups have ever seen. Mr. Drake was involved lobbying Senators and Congressmen for The JOBS Act which Obama signed into law April 5, 2012. The Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA works with Mr. Drake through CFIRA to identify best practices in the Crowd Funding industry.

Mr. Drake is also the Chairman of LDJ Capital in New York City and a thought leader on the JOBS Act (Jumpstart Our Business Start-Ups Act) including Reg A+, Reg D 506, Crowd Funding Capital and Onramp IPO. He is a founding executive board member of the Crowdfund Intermediary Regulatory Advocates (CFIRA) as well as at the leading global trade association Crowdfunding Professional Association (CfPA). He was chosen to represent the U.S. Commerce department as a JOBS Act expert delegate at the US and European Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) forum in Rome and Brussels.


Stefania Amorosi
Joint Technical Secretariat of INTERREG IVC programme.
Focus on interregional cooperation and entrepreneurship

INTERREG IVC Programme provides funding for interregional cooperation across Europe. It is implemented under the European Community’s territorial co-operation objective and financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The overall objective of INTERREG IVC is to improve the effectiveness of regional policies and instruments. The programme aims to contribute to the economic modernisation and competitiveness of Europe supporting projects in the areas of innovation and the knowledge economy, environment and risk prevention. Supported projects build on the exchange of experiences among partners who are ideally responsible for the development of their local and regional policies.

INTERREG IVC co-financed the IMAGEEN project (Improvement of Methodologies and Governance of European Entrepreneurship Network). This is a three year project exploring how to raise the levels of Entrepreneurship across the European Union.
Partners of the project include regional authorities (Chambers of Commerce, Municipal Authorities, City Councils) in France, Spain, Poland, Italy, Sweden, Germany and the UK. This project focused on how each region was helping entrepreneurs to succeed and identified 16 best practices. This best practice guide will be revealed by an IMAGEEN spokesperson at the World Entrepreneurship Forum.

Stefania Amorosi is the Financial Officer of the INTERREG IVC Programme. She previously worked at the Italian Ministry for Environment, where she was responsible for the financial management of bilateral and EU cooperation projects.


Nicolás Shea - Chile
Founder of Startup Chile

Founder of Start-Up Chile Former advisor of entrepreneurship and innovation to the Chilean Ministry of Economy. He left government in 2011 to start Cumplo, a P2P lending platform for Latin America, where he serves as CEO.

M.Sc. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a M.Sc. in Education from Columbia University and a B.A. In business and economics from the Catholic University of Chile. Lives in Santiago with his wife Josefa and their 5 amazing kids (Josefita, Sofía, Nico, Bernardo & Max).

Start-Up Chile is a program of the Chilean Government to attract world-class early stage entrepreneurs to start their businesses in Chile.


Mr. Feng - China
Secretary-general of Hangzhou City

May,1984 - Oct,1989 : Deputy Mayor, Shiqiao County.
Nov,1989 - Oct,1995 : Mayor, Kangqiao Town.
Oct,1995 - May,2007 : Deputy Mayor, Gongshu District People's Government.
Jun,2007 - Jul,2012 : Deputy Director, Committee of Hangzhou Economic&Technology Development Zone.
Jul,2012 - Now : Deputy Secretary-general, Hangzhou Municipal Government.

"Entrepreneurs for the World" Award Ceremony
Thursday, October 25th 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm

In presence of two keynote speakers:

Charles H. Rivkin - USA
U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco

Charles H. Rivkin was nominated by President Barack Obama to be Ambassador of the United States of America to France and Monaco on June 1, 2009. He was sworn into office by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on August 3, 2009, following unanimous confirmation of his nomination by the United States Senate.

Ambassador Rivkin is the youngest Ambassador in nearly 60 years to serve as his country's senior representative in France. Embassy Paris is America's first and one of its largest diplomatic missions, which now has seven constituent posts throughout France and represents over 50 federal agencies and departments.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Rivkin worked in the media sector for over 20 years where he served as President and CEO of award winning entertainment companies such as The Jim Henson Company and Wildbrain. His contribution to the television landscape has impacted generations of viewers and helped shape American popular culture. In 2009, Ambassador Rivkin was named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

A lifelong advocate of community service, Ambassador Rivkin has held leadership positions with Save the Children (1997-2003), Chrysalis-Changing Lives through Jobs (1996-2002), and the Young Presidents' Organization (1996-2009). In addition, he has been actively involved in a number of organizations dedicated to addressing foreign policy and national security issues, including the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC). Ambassador Rivkin has been politically active in his community and was selected as a California Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in both 2004 and 2008.

Ambassador Rivkin spent his early childhood in Luxembourg, Senegal, and The Gambia where his father, William R. Rivkin, was the United States Ambassador under Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson. In honor of his father, Ambassador Rivkin and his family have proudly presented the U.S. State Department's annual "Rivkin Award," since 1968 encouraging "intellectual courage and constructive dissent" among officers in the American Foreign Service.

As a student, Ambassador Rivkin had the opportunity to intern with French automobile manufacturer Renault and to study at the Franco-American Institute in Rennes. Ambassador Rivkin received his bachelor's degree from Yale University in 1984, graduating with distinction in political science and international relations. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1988.


Anneli Hulthén - Sweden
Mayor and Chairman of the City Executive in Gothenburg

Mrs Anneli Hulthén is the Mayor and Chairman of the City Executive in Gothenburg. In this role, and as former Chairman of the Traffic and Transport Committee and the Housing and Planning Committee in Gothenburg, she has for a long time been deeply committed to the task of further developing and transforming Gothenburg into an urban sustainable city and to strengthen the city as an attractive centre of the western region of Sweden. In close collaboration with local, regional and national level, she recently launched the West Swedish infrastructure package; a transport strategy for the hole of the Gothenburg region which consists of large investments in infrastructure for the future. In her work as a Mayor, Mrs Hulthén promotes cross-border collaboration and cooperation, both within the city, but also with external parts such as the businesses and the civil society of Gothenburg. Through her chairmanship in the public company Business Region Göteborg, she drives the entrepreneurship development in the city a Gothenburg region


During the Award Ceremony, 5 international role models will be rewarded as Entrepreneurs for the World, in 5 categories:
  • Business entrepreneur
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Policy Maker
  • Woman entrepreneur
  • Young entrepreneur