Entrepreneur, Impact Maker
Former Microsoft Global Director for Strategic Partnerships
Kate Krukiel's unique perspectives and diverse skill set stem from her academic background in computer science having been applied to a career tackling early-stage corporate growth challenges and into developing markets.
Kate has worked in the Middle East and Africa, focusing on the nucleus of the private and public sectors, non-profits, the United Nations, and the Civil Society to break down political, social, and language barriers to create lasting change.
Her passion lies in working across boundaries to build solutions and new business models driven by technology that creates long-term impact. From human rights to affordable access to connectivity, technology and people are the critical change factors.
After her most recent role as the Global Director of Strategic Partnerships within Microsoft's Worldwide organization, she presented her first TEDx talk built on her experience and lessons in creating broader corporate impact from philanthropy to core business objectives.
Having lived in London for 12 years, a native Delawarean, she recently moved to Nairobi, Kenya, where she focuses on working with both private and public organizations creating a greater impact on business models.
Kate is currently advising and mentoring individuals to startup organizations, which include a Malawi refugee in building the "Girls Smart Code" Programme to train women across multiple domains of technology. She is also on the board of the Uncomfortable Revolution. She has led work aligning private sector business models to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala leads Ayala Corporation, one of the largest business groups in the Philippines, with interests in real estate, banking, telecommunications, water, power, industrial technologies, infrastructure, healthcare, and education. Outside the Ayala group, he is a member of various business and socio-civic organizations in the Philippines and abroad, including the JP Morgan International Council, JP Morgan Asia Pacific Council, Mitsubishi Corporation International Advisory Council, and Council on Foreign Relations.
He sits on the board of the Singapore Management University and various advisory boards of Harvard University, including the Global Advisory Council, Harvard Business School (HBS) Board of Dean’s Advisors, and HBS Asia-Pacific Advisory Board, which he chairs. He is Chairman of Endeavor Philippines, Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Business Council, and was the Philippine Representative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council from 2010-2015.
He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit in 2009, the Philippine Legion of Honor with a rank of Grand Commander in 2010, and the Order of Mabini with a rank of Commander in 2015 by the President of the Philippines. In 2017, he was recognized as a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Pioneer for his work in sustainable business strategy and operations. The first SDG Pioneer from the Philippines, he was one of 10 individuals recognized for championing sustainability and the pursuit of the 17 SDGs in business.
He received his BA in Economics (cum laude) from Harvard University in 1981 and MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1987.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Benjie G. Yap is the Chairman of Unilever Philippines—the first homegrown talent at the helm of the leading consumer packaged goods company in over 30 years.
Driven by the ambition to uplift the quality of life of the Filipinos they serve, his leadership is anchored on Winning with Purpose as he leads the transformation of well-loved products to brands with higher social purpose.
Benjie's Unilever career has spanned more than 20 years in various roles across Supply Chain, Marketing and Customer Development.
He joined the company as a Technical Management Trainee in 1994 with initial stints in Manufacturing, Engineering, Research & Development, and Packaging Development. He shifted careers and joined Marketing as a Marketing Director of Home Care in 2001. He later joined the National Board of Directors as the Foods Managing Director, Vice President (VP) for Home Care and Foods, and VP for Customer Development.
Benjie also took on international roles as Product Development Manager in Port Sunlight UK in 1999 and as VP for Home Care of Unilever Thailand in 2009.
He was awarded the IABC CEO Excel Award in 2007 and the AGORA Outstanding
Achievement Award for Marketing Management in 2015. He currently sits as a member of the Board of Advisors of De La Salle University's College of Engineering.
Recognized as one of its top alumni, Benjie graduated from the De La Salle University with a degree in BS Industrial Engineering with a minor in Mechanical Engineering.
Chief Executive Officer
Anthony is the President and CEO of Mynt. He joined the company as COO in 2015 as part of the founding leadership team and was directly responsible for the financial services vertical. Prior to Mynt, Anthony was with Citibank’s Global Consumer Group for 17 years across Asia, Latin America, and the US. His experience spans from Consumer Lending to Cards and Wealth Management.
In recognition of the company’s efforts and initiatives, Mynt have received various prestigious awards, such as the Asian Bankers’ Awards Mobile Payment Product of the Year (2017), Makati City Government’s Outstanding Corporate Partner for Makatizen (2018), and the Asian Banker Innovation Leadership Award for the Philippines (2018).