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Dr Noel Akpata to speak at Extraordinary Business Meeting on the United States Of America

Updated: Feb 16


The meeting would gather over 1000 business and thought leaders from around the world. Dr Akpata would speak on the panel; Frugal Innovation in Response to COVID-19

Lack of resources and necessity for rapid scaling led to a burst of innovation in response to COVID-19. Such frugal innovation promises to achieve more with less in the face of institutional voids. How to create trusted spaces for frugal innovation where ideas can compete in the wider confluence of globalization without huge capital investments? And how to deliver accessible and affordable solutions to serve the needs of the bottom of the economic pyramid?

• Noel Akpata, Chief Executive Officer, Stratex Pro, Nigeria

• Ciprian Dan Costea, Member of the Board, Autonova, Romania

• Ben Crawford, Chief Executive Officer, CentralNic, United Kingdom

• Jacob Larsson, Future Thinker and Advisor, Global Utmaning, Sweden

• Alexander R. Malaket, President, OPUS Advisory Services International Inc, Canada

Chaired by

• Yves Decadt, Chief Executive Officer, BioLingus, Switzerland


The Horasis Extraordinary Meeting on the United States of America has Co-chairs from the US: • Michael Froman, Vice Chairman, Mastercard, USA

• Hank McKinnell, Chairman, Moody's, USA

• Michelle Nunn, President and Chief Executive Officer, CARE, USA

• Alan Patricof, Founder, Greycroft Partners, USA

• Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, USA

• Tom Siebel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, c3.ai, USA

• Hans Vestberg, Chief Executive Officer, Verizon Communications, USA

• Jimmy Wales, Founder, Wikipedia, USA • Jane Wurwand, Founder, Dermalogica, USA • Samuel Zell, Founder and Chairman, Equity Group Investments, USA


Co-chairs from outside the US include:

• Bo Inge Andersson, President, Yazaki North and Central America, Europe and Africa, Japan

• Ibukun Awosika, Chair, First Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria

• Lord Karan Bilimoria, President, Confederation of British Industry, United Kingdom • Aiman Ezzat, Chief Exective Officer, Capgemini, France

• Chad O. Holliday, Chairman, Shell, The Netherlands

• Roshni Nadar Malhotra, Chairperson, HCL Technologies, India

• Cherie Nursalim, Vice Chair, GITI Group, Indonesia • David de Rothschild, Founder, Voice for Nature, United Kingdom

• Vinod Sekhar, Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Petra Group, Malaysia

• Zhi Peng, President, Tsinghua Asset Management Group,


China Strategic Partner: • Yazaki Partner Organizations: • IE University • Publicize • Sekhar Institute • U.S. Chamber of Commerce • Thunderbird School of Global Management • United States Council on Competitiveness


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