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Dr. Plamen Russev Rebecca A. Fannin Julia Magas Maneet Ahuja Ankush Chibber Dr. Plamen Russev Rebecca A. Fannin Julia Magas Maneet Ahuja Ankush Chibber

Dr. Plamen Russev

Executive Chairman Webit Foundation

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Dr. Plamen Russev is the initiator and focal connector of one of the world’s largest impact networks and curator of the global Webit community, reaching out to over 800,000 digerati, policy makers, innovators and media. His success stories include creating the global Webit brand from scratch, supporting founders and brands in establishing and growing a successful marketing strategy, creating meaningful relations with potential partners, customers and media. Plamen supports causes which impact the achievement of the UN’ SDGs.

He is an investor, philanthropist and serial entrepreneur and proven success record in developing business ventures in multicultural and challenging business environments.

Plamen Russev is B.Sc in Marketing and Management, M.Sc in Electronic Education/Mathematics and Physics, and Ph.D in Healthcare Management.

Plamen Russev has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for Digital Affairs of his home country – Republic of Bulgaria and a member of European Commission’ BOF.

Dr. Russev’ work and impact have been recognised and awarded by governments, associations and NGOs along with 2 honorary doctorates from Universities in Europe and South America. Plamen Russev is featured in hundreds of international and local media including The Economist, Bloomberg, CNBCe, Forbes, Venture Beat, CNN to name a few.

Dr. Russev is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Webit Foundation and host of Webit Virtual. He is happily married to the most wonderful girl in the world and father of 2 boys.

Rebecca A. Fannin

Special Correspondent CNBC

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Rebecca A. Fannin is a Special Correspondent at CNBC and Forbes columnist for 10 years, her articles also have been published in Harvard Business Review, Inc., BBC Capital and Techonomy.

Rebecca is a leading expert on global innovation, award-winning author and founder/editor of news and events group Silicon Dragon Ventures. Rebecca’s three forward-looking books, Silicon Dragon, Startup Asia and her latest title, Tech Titans of China, are a go-to resource on futuristic tech trends and players such as Jack Ma of Alibaba.

Rebecca is a frequent speaker at major business, tech and policy forums, including the Brookings Institution, Harvard, MIT, World Affairs Forum, Asia Society, Commonwealth Club and the China Institute. A media commentator, she has appeared on CNN International, CNBC, Fox Business News, BBC and Bloomberg TV, and been quoted by The Economist, Wired, BusinessWeek, New York Times and National Public Radio. Rebecca is one of the first journalists to cover China’s entrepreneurship boom, reporting from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. She resides in Manhattan and San Francisco, and logs major frequent flier miles in her grassroots search to cover the next, new thing.

Julia Magas

Journalist at Cointelegraph, Contributing Author at Investing, Seeking Alpha and Startup Advisor

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She is a fintech analyst and journalist. Her works are featured by popular fintech magazines, including Investing, SeekingAlpha, and Cointelegraph. As a journalist, Julia specializes in digital technology and fintech markets-related researches, investigations, and analytical pieces.

Maneet Ahuja

Senior Editor Forbes

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Maneet Ahuja recently joined Forbes as Senior Editor after completing the highly competitive Knight-Bagehot fellowship in Economics & Business Journalism at Columbia Journalism School. During her fellowship year, Ahuja began working on In Defense of Tech, which was shortlisted for the FT/McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize for one of the best business book proposals of the year. She also hosted Spotify’s Megatrends podcast, which was nominated for Best Branded Podcast by Digiday.

Prior to being awarded the Knight-Bagehot fellowship, Ahuja spent the past decade at CNBC working in a variety of capacities, most recently as Senior Editor and Founder of Delivering Alpha, the network's marquee annual investor summit, bringing in over $2 trillion in assets together with leading investors, thought leaders and policymakers worldwide.

In 2012, she launched CNBC's coverage of startups and Silicon Valley with the network's Disruptors series, leading to the formation of the CNBC Disruptors 50 Index. In 2015, she was selected to lead NBC Universal's executive leadership program, DRIVE, for NBC President & CEO Steve Burke to help fuel innovation across the organization, leading her to liaise as an advisor with Comcast Ventures on new media investments.

Previously, as CNBC's Hedge Fund Specialist and a Producer on “Squawk Box,” she covered high-profile stories such as Lehman Brothers' insolvency during the financial crisis and investigated claims of Herbalife as a pyramid scheme. She launched coverage of the secretive hedge fund industry for the network in 2008. Prior to joining CNBC, she was a part of the Wall Street Journal's Money & Investing team.

Ankush Chibber

Managing Editor Mashable Middle East

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Ankush Chibber is Managing Editor Mashable Middle East. He is a multi-skilled editor and digital media content strategist with 14 years of cross-platform experience, specializing in editorial strategy, brand building, audience growth, and most importantly, impactful storytelling. Ankush edits the Middle East edition of Mashable, covering technology, digital culture and business in the region since the brand’s inception in 2019.

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