#RENNOVATE: Masayoshi Son, Chief Executive Officer, SoftBank Group
3 Oct | 1000-1100 | Plenary Hall 1
Masayoshi Son is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of SoftBank Group Corp (SBG), a global technology company that aspires to drive the Information Revolution. Founded in 1981 initially as a PC software distribution business, SBG and its portfolio of companies have expanded to cover a range of technologies, including advanced telecommunications, internet services, AI, smart robotics, IoT and clean energy. In May 2017, SoftBank announced the first major close of the SoftBank Vision Fund, with over $93 billion of committed capital to support the transformational companies at the forefront of the Information Revolution.
"Today, technology is transforming societies, industries and lifestyles around the world. In addition to PCs and smartphones, all manner of new devices are being born, and they are all connecting to the Internet, which is giving rise to explosive increases in data. With improving microprocessor capabilities to process these vast amounts of data and accelerating communication speeds, I believe it is only a matter of time before the arrival of Singularity, a world of “Super-intelligence” where machines surpass human intelligence. In a world like this, all sectors of society and industry will be redefined, ways of doing business and lifestyles will see foundational change and new business opportunities will be created.
Anticipating this kind of future, at the SoftBank Group, we have always asked ourselves how we can ready our business to contribute to society. One of the answers is the SoftBank Vision Fund, which we launched in 2017. The Fund invests not only in communications infrastructure and services, but in a wide variety of sectors that span robotics, rideshare, self-driving, biomedicine, finance, insurance and agriculture. In a world where all existing societal structures and industry sectors will be connected, these companies possess business models and are building platforms for next-generation infrastructure. With the SoftBank Group's core businesses in semiconductors, communications and Internet services around the world collaborating closely with Fund investees, a number of chemical reactions will take place, enabling us to offer new value. In that sense I believe the SoftBank Group will further drive forward the transformations that are now occurring around the world."
Masayoshi Son, on 'Information Revolution — Happiness for Everyone' January 2018
Founding Director Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh
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Founding Director, Students Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh, India
#RENNOVATE: Sonam Wangchuk, Founding Director, Students Educational & Cultural Movement of Ladakh
3 Oct | 1400-1430 | Plenary Hall 1
Sonam Wangchuk was born in the trans-Himalayan region of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, India. Though a Mechanical Engineer by education, he has been mostly working in the field of education reform for more than 27 years. In 1988, just after he finished his engineering studies he founded SECMOL (Students’ Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh) www.secmol.org, which aims to bring reforms in the government school system in Ladakh.
In 1994 he was instrumental in the launch of Operation New Hope, a triangular collaboration of the government, village communities and the civil society to bring reforms in the government schools system. The programme involved formation of Village Education Committees to take ownership of state schools, training of teachers in child friendly ways and re-writing and publishing localised text books for Ladakh. As a result the pass percentage at 10th grade (matriculation) rose from the dismal 5% to 55% in seven years and 75% these days.
For students who still failed in their state exams he founded the SECMOL Alternative School Campus near Leh, a special school where the admission criteria is failure in exams and not grades. However with the supportive and creative environment at the school, the so called failures have excelled in their chosen fields and risen to international acclaim as entrepreneurs, film makers, politicians, teachers and so on.
As an engineer Sonam Wangchuk has been teaching innovation at the SECMOL Alternative School, where together with the students he designed and built solar heated buildings that are low cost, made of earth/mud but maintain +15 C even when the outside temperature is – 15 C in Ladakhi winters.
In order to solve the water crisis facing mountain regions due to climate change and fast melting glaciers he invented the Ice Stupa artificial glacier which stores the wasting stream waters in winter in the form of giant ice cones or stupas and releases the water in late spring as they melt... just when farmers need water.
Sonam Wangchuk was granted several awards and titles, such as :-
The GQ Men Of The Year Award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2017 in India, The Rolex Award for Enterprise 2016 in Hollywood USA, The Terra Award 2016 for World’s best Earth Buildings in Lyon France, The UNESCO Chair for Earth Architecture for India in 2014; ‘Real Heroes’ Award by CNN IBN Channel in 2008, ‘Green Teacher’ Award by Sanctuary Asia Magazine in 2005, Ashoka Fellowship by Ashoka: Innovators for the Public in 2002, ‘Man of the Year’ by The Week magazine in India in 2001 and the Governors Medal by the J&K State Government in 1996.
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Director General, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI), India
Country Session: France: Renewables & Technology: Indo-French Partnership for the Planet
3 Oct | 1430-1600 | HALL 6C
Dr Ajay Mathur is the Director General of TERI - The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Ministerial Council on Climate Change. Previously, he was the Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 to 2016, responsible for bringing energy efficiency into our homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries.
Dr Mathur was earlier with TERI from 1986 to 2000, and then headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington DC. He was President of Suzlon Energy Limited, also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He has been a key Indian climate-change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 climate negotiations at Paris.
Chairman & Managing Director ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd
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Chairman & Managing Director, ReNew Power Ventures Pvt Ltd, India
#RENNOVATE: Sumant Sinha, Chairman & Managing Director, ReNew Power Ventures
5 Oct | 1000-1030 | Plenary Hall 1
Mr Sumant Sinha, aged 53 years, is the Chairman and Managing Director of our Company. He holds a Bachelors in civil engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a Masters in International Affairs from the Columbia University. He is also a CFA charterholder and a member of the Institute. He worked as an investment banker in the United States and the United Kingdom at Citicorp Securities and ING Barings Services Limited, respectively, before returning to India as Senior President, Finance, of the Aditya Birla Group and subsequently as the Chief Executive Officer of Aditya Birla Retail. Subsequent to this, he joined Suzlon in 2008 and served as the Chief Operating Officer until 2010.