Silje Vallestad is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, philanthropist, keynote speaker and seed investor. Since the age of 14 years, she has founded a number of international organisations and companies ranging from NGOs to tech startups. In 2017 she founded FutureTalks to engage young people together with global leaders from all sectors in discussions around defining the path forward for people and the planet in the wake of exponential technologies.

Vallestad has won numerous awards for her work, and has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the Nordic region's 20 leading business thinkers by Nordic Business Forum, Female Entrepreneur of the Year by the Norwegian Ministry of Industry and Trade, and a top 10 young leader by Assessit. She recently joined World Economic Forum’s Expert Network as an expert in innovation and entrepreneurship.