Get to know the leaders & Innovators that will be presenting at the fifth annual Youth Global Forum in Amsterdam.

Dr. Oualid Ali is considered as one of the most internationally well-recognized experts in the fields of Future foresight, Trends watching, Emerging technologies & innovations, Industrial Revolution 4.0 and Future cities (Smart, Sustainable and Innovative Cities). He has participated in several projects related to these fields as a global speaker, researcher, consultant and trainer.

Dr. Oualid is the Founder and President of the ecosystem platform FutureCitiesCouncil.org and the Founder and CEO of the Future platform Future-is-here.com. Currently, he is the Director of the Training and smart solutions Centre (TSSC) at the German University of Technology in Oman.

He has obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS), in 1998, from the “Institut Superieur de Gestion”, in Tunisia. In 1999, he moved to Laval University in Quebec, Canada to carry on further studies and obtained a Master’s degree in Computer Science in 2001, and PhD in Computer Science in 2006.
Rob Van Kranenburg is leading global authority when it comes to matters of ioT (Internet of Things).
Rob van Kranenburg is a world leader on communicating and innovating the Internet of Things (IoT). In 2009, he founded the Internet of Things Council, creating a hub for the practice and implementation for IoT related technologies. It ranks Number 2 in a Top 100 of IoT blogs. In addition, he also has a one man company (RESONANCE DESIGN BV) and is fully independent from any .gov or .biz.

His IoT hub, along with other disruptive technologies such as robotics, virtual reality and blockchain are likely to revolutionise the way we live our lives. From how we monitor our health to the way we travel and commute, and the level of investment is reflecting this. In the five year period between 2007-2012, the EU invested €100m in IoT collaborative projects.

Along with the Internet of Things Council, speaker Rob van Kranenburg is the Chair of AC04 – IoT Hyperconnected Society, which is part of the European Research Cluster and a member of the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board.

He is also published by the European Cybersecurity Journal, the Strategic Studies of the American War College and numerous web sources. As Ecosystem manager in various FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects, Robert chairs the IERC Hyper-connectivity chain and is part of the CSA Next Generation Internet project NGI MOVE, which successfully operates from Oct 2017.
Theodoor is an IT-management MSc from the Rotterdam School of Management who developed a special interest in Internet of Things (IoT) and Cognitive Computing (CC) technologies. His graduate research focused on collaborative challenges in the field of urban digitalization or 'smart cities', such as partnership composition and solution interoperability.

Consequently, he published a comparative study on IoT data platforms at TASC, which is a collective of vendor-agnostic advisors to public leaders. His current position at IBM includes strategic and technical consulting, primarily for larger enterprise clients. This year, Theodoor has been selected as one of the top 500 digital talents in the Netherlands.
Dr. Vladimir Yakunin is Doctor of Political Sciences and Head of the Department of State Politics at the Faculty of Political Science, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Visiting Professor at the Peking University, Honorary Doctorate from the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Member of the Russian Academy of Social Sciences.

Between 1985 and 1991 Dr. Yakunin was Second and then First Secretary of the USSR’s Permanent Representative Office at the United Nations. In Octo-ber 2000, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Transport and in February 2002 first Deputy Minister of Railways and from 2005 until 2015 President of Russian Railways.

Further he is Co-founder and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (global think tank).
The university has become Erik's natural professional habitat. Working with the brightest minds is a pleasure and a challenge every day. He has always been involved around creating new things and finding ways to make them last. From International Offices to Centers of Entrepreneurship to new degree programs to organizational changes.

Today, Erik is the director at ACE Incubators (Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship), a hub for new programs and partnerships, both local and international, that enable students and young researchers to start high impact ventures. In 2011 ACE Incubators were awarded a European Enterprise Award with Emerce naming ACE as the best Dutch incubator in 2018.

Erik's latest achievement is the Startup Village at Amsterdam Science Park: an out-of-the-box location for innovation and entrepreneurship. He turned second hand sea containers into offices and work spaces for science- & technology companies.
Dr. Sadek is Co-chair of the Sustainable Development Commission Post 2015 at the United Nations. In 2015, he worked as an expert with COP21 to set the agenda for green economy in Paris and has been nominated as a global champion for women’s economic empowerment.

He previously worked at the International Leadership Institute in United Nations University, lecturing about the importance of the mediation & conflict resolutions in the Middle East. He was chosen by the United Nations as a mediator during the Gaza war 2008 & 2012 in order to bring a ceasefire between Palestinian and Israeli forces and rescue the injured.
Liaoyuan Zeng received his PhD in Telecommunication Engineering at the University of Limerick (UL), Ireland in 2011 , is now an Associate Professor in the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC where he is also the founder and deputy director of the Marconi & Shannon Centre at UL .

Professor Zeng has been working in the field of signal & information processing and intelligent telecommunication network for over 16 years he has one book and more than 60 scientific papers published over the years, and in he is renowned in his university by winning the No.1 title in the 2019 UESTC Young Scholars Teaching Competition.

Professor Zeng is serving as a specialist in several government departments, including the Department of Science and Technology of Sichuan Province, China International Engineering Consulting Corporation, and CSIP of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In April 2006 , as a representitive of UESTC’s mass entrepreneurship and innovation program , Professor Zeng met Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang.
Suhas Gopinath founded Globals at the age of 14; was recognized as the World’s Youngest CEO. Globals Was featured by The Economist as one of the World’s Fastest growing tech companies. Suhas founded Globals as an Web Solutions company and eventually grew to become one of the world’s largest analytics company for Education and Public Sector. Currently the Founder & CEO of HappyEMI, a digital lending platform based out of Bengaluru, India.

Suhas is a Young Global Leader of World Economic Forum and youngest ever to be in its history; Former
Advisory Board Member of World Bank; National Co-Chairman of FICCI for ICT; Member of National
Expert Advisory Committee to Govt of India; Member of President of France’s Club Young Leaders;
Winner of New York Mayor’s Venture Fellow; Dip. Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School;
Ricardo is an Ethical hacker /Professional pentester. He has worked with top fortune 500 companies and governments. Previously he was a successful entrepreneur, founding and selling two companies. He is an industrial engineer with three masters (Cyber Security, Strategic Direction and Financial Administration). Ricardo also wrote two books, both with international distribution and has two international patent applications as the main inventor.

Currently Ricardo is with Ernst & Young, where he works on the preventive side of Cyber security performing technical and non-technical assessments based on industry leading security standards for example Attack & Penetration tests (ethical Hacking and red teaming), Configuration reviews and Social engineering engagements.
Atif Shafique is an Associate Director in the Royal Society of Arts think-tank in London, UK. His key areas of research over the past 8 years have included inclusive economic growth, labour markets and lifelong learning, and public service reform and innovation. Mr Shafique was the lead researcher for the Inclusive Growth Commission, a major policy inquiry that created a template for transforming the UK’s approach to economic growth, putting social inclusion at its heart. He has published a number of reports on inclusive growth and worked with policymakers and practitioners to support the development of practical strategies on the ground.

Atif has a first-class degree in International Politics (BSc), as well as a Distinction in International Relations (MA) at Master’s level from King’s College London.
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