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Meric Gertler

President, University of Toronto

Professor Gertler began his term as the 16th President of the University of Toronto on November 1, 2013. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Arts & Science from 2008 to 2013, where he championed many important innovations in undergraduate teaching and learning. He is Professor of Geography and Planning, the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies, and a member of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Meric Gertler

President, University of Toronto

Professor Gertler began his term as the 16th President of the University of Toronto on November 1, 2013. Prior to that, he served as Dean of Arts & Science from 2008 to 2013, where he championed many important innovations in undergraduate teaching and learning. He is Professor of Geography and Planning, the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies, and a member of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.

Greg Autry

Clinical Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Greg Autry is a Clinical Professor of Space Leadership, Policy and Business in the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He holds a BA in History from Cal Poly at Pomona and an MBA and PhD from the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty he taught entrepreneurship with the Lloyd Greif Center at USC and he taught entrepreneurship, strategy, and macroeconomics at UC Irvine.

Greg Autry

Clinical Professor, Thunderbird School of Global Management

Greg Autry is a Clinical Professor of Space Leadership, Policy and Business in the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He holds a BA in History from Cal Poly at Pomona and an MBA and PhD from the Merage School of Business at UC Irvine. Prior to joining the Thunderbird faculty he taught entrepreneurship with the Lloyd Greif Center at USC and he taught entrepreneurship, strategy, and macroeconomics at UC Irvine.

Kehkashan Basu

Founder, Green Hope Foundation

In 2012, when she was 12 years old, Dubai-born Basu founded the Green Hope Foundation in Toronto, where she lives. The all-volunteer nonprofit has worked with 100,000 young people in 16 countries including India, the UAE and Liberia. Green Hope's goal is to teach and implement the UN's sustainable development goals through events and grassroots action like tree planting. A student at the University of Toronto, she is also a UN Human Rights Champion and a National Geographic Young Explorer.

Kehkashan Basu

Founder, Green Hope Foundation

In 2012, when she was 12 years old, Dubai-born Basu founded the Green Hope Foundation in Toronto, where she lives. The all-volunteer nonprofit has worked with 100,000 young people in 16 countries including India, the UAE and Liberia. Green Hope's goal is to teach and implement the UN's sustainable development goals through events and grassroots action like tree planting. A student at the University of Toronto, she is also a UN Human Rights Champion and a National Geographic Young Explorer.

Hadeel Ayoub

Founder and CEO, BrightSign Technology

Hadeel Ayoub is a lecturer, researcher, and entrepreneur. Currently finishing a PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with emphasis on machine learning applications for gesture recognition at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2017, she founded BrightSign, a wearable technology start-up developing enabling innovations employing AI to facilitate communication for individuals with non-verbal disabilities.

Hadeel Ayoub

Founder and CEO, BrightSign Technology

Hadeel Ayoub is a lecturer, researcher, and entrepreneur. Currently finishing a PhD in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) with emphasis on machine learning applications for gesture recognition at Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2017, she founded BrightSign, a wearable technology start-up developing enabling innovations employing AI to facilitate communication for individuals with non-verbal disabilities.

Melati Wijsen

Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Melati Wijsen is a 20-year-old full time changemaker from Indonesia. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags when she was 12 years old with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. She also started the people-powered movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas. Melati has spoken on world stages such as the UN, TED, and has also been selected as FORBES’ top ten most inspiring women in the country. She graduated from high school one year early in 2018 and has since been honored by TIME as part of the most influential teens in the world along with CNN Young Wonders and FORBES 30 under 30. Today, Melati is excited about her new youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA, empowering youth through meaningful and short peer-to-peer programs and providing them the tools they need to be young changemakers.

Melati Wijsen

Founder, Bye Bye Plastic Bags

Melati Wijsen is a 20-year-old full time changemaker from Indonesia. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags when she was 12 years old with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. She also started the people-powered movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas. Melati has spoken on world stages such as the UN, TED, and has also been selected as FORBES’ top ten most inspiring women in the country. She graduated from high school one year early in 2018 and has since been honored by TIME as part of the most influential teens in the world along with CNN Young Wonders and FORBES 30 under 30. Today, Melati is excited about her new youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA, empowering youth through meaningful and short peer-to-peer programs and providing them the tools they need to be young changemakers.

Peter Doherty

Nobel Laureate

Australian immunologist and pathologist who, with Rolf Zinkernagel of Switzerland, received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1996 for their discovery of how the body’s immune system distinguishes virus-infected cells from normal cells