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Michelle Yeoh

2023 Speaker

Keynote Speaker | Academy Award-Winning Actress, Everything Everywhere & TIME‘s 2022 Icon of the Year

MICHELLE YEOH is an internationally recognized Malaysian-born actress who has been shattering convention for decades and most recently, went on to make history as the first Best Actress Oscar winner of Asian descent for her lauded performance in Everything Everywhere All At Once. Yeoh rose to fame in 1990s Hong Kong action films before going on to star in a myriad of globally acclaimed blockbusters. From martial arts master to Bond Girl, Yeoh has appeared in more than 70 features and television series. Her extensive filmography showcases a collection of iconic roles, including Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 1 & 2, Memoirs of a Geisha, Tomorrow Never Dies, Sunshine, and Crazy Rich Asians. After appearing in the second installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Yeoh returned to the Marvel universe in Shang-Chi. Yeoh’s performance in the Oscar-winning Everything Everywhere All At Once, earned her Golden Globe and SAG Awards wins, with the film becoming A24’s highest grossing ever. In television, Yeoh appeared as Emperor Philippa Georgiou in CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery, starred in Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origins and will next be seen in Disney+’s American Born Chinese and Netflix’s The Brothers Sun. Other upcoming credits include Avatar sequels, Wicked, and A Haunting In Venice. In 2022, Yeoh was named TIME Magazine’s Icon of the Year.  In 2020, she was named one of the BBC 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world. And in 2016, she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations, focusing on raising awareness and mobilizing support for environmental issues.