50% OF THE WORLD'S POPULATION IS UNDER 27
The majority of them live in urban areas. We are becoming increasingly aware that solutions to our global challenges must purposefully engage youth, at all levels – locally, regionally, nationally and globally.
This generation has the passion, dynamism and entrepreneurial spirit to shape the future.
They are the Global Shapers.
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The Global Shapers Community is a network of dynamic, entrepreneurial and socially-engaged young leaders aged between 20 and 30 from across the world. Since 2011, when the community was first founded, more than 3,000 Global Shapers have joined the Community. They are organized into city-based Hubs and have committed to working together to make a positive and tangible impact through local projects in over 300 cities. So far, more than half of all Hubs have established local initiatives aimed at tackling some of the most pressing problems in their communities.
WHAT MAKES A GLOBAL SHAPER?
Young extraordinary individuals with great potential for future leadership roles in society
Between 20 and 30 years of age at the time of nomination
Possessing unique qualities that set them distinctly apart from the mainstream
Entrepreneurial track record, having already initiated and delivered a major project or founded a company or organization, exceptionally contributing to serving society at large
Ready to deeply engage in the community, reinforcing its mission and objectives and supporting fellow shapers in their individual and professional development
WHAT DO THEY DO?
Global Shapers undertake events and activities that generate a positive impact within their local community. The community is vitalized by the manifold interactions generated inside each hub, between hubs and on a global level. Global Shapers will have an impact by catalysing and enhancing, individually and collectively, fresh ideas and entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.
THE 50 WHO WILL SHAPE DAVOS 2014
Every year since 2011, some of the youngest people to attend the Davos conference are part of the Global Shapers network. 50 of the best young minds in the world will get together with the most influential people in the world and help Shape a better world. It's time to meet them.
70% FOUNDERS OR TOP PERSONS
will bring extremely diverse insights into problems that range from healthcare to wearable computers and ecosystem diversity
the Global Shapers that will be attending the Davos conference this year come from 4 continents and hubs like Kuala Lumpur, Almaty, Barranquilla and Madrid
over 70% of the Global Shapers in Davos are founders, co-founders or top executives in their organisations
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is the main interest of this year's young participants, with 17/50 declaring it as one of their main areas of expertise
education came in a close second, with 10/50 Global Shapers having an active interest in the field
is the third most popular interest, with 10/50 people looking for ways in which it could improve our lives
is tied with technology for the third place in the top interests of the 2014 Shapers Team
SHAPING THE GLOBE
This year's top 50 Global Shapers come from a diversity of places, from Pakistan to Tanzania, from Portugal to China. Explore the map and find out more about the young men and women that will shape tomorrow.
PUTTING A FACE ON THE FUTURE
While studying to become a medical doctor, Umar has founded Bahria Medics, a student- run welfare organization. Ayman is a young Palestinian entrepreneur who evolved a university project into the first Palestinian company providing cutting-edge touch-technology products to various industries and business sectors. Ding Jie is an Executive Director of Liaoning TV Station, founded in 1959, one of the five most established stations in China covering around 200 cities and 560 million people. Find out more about the people that will shape tomorrow.
Co-Founder&CEO, Young Entrepreneurs Club
Hub: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Expertise: Leadership, Classical liberalism, Intellectual entrepreneurship, Project management
Pavel is passionate about developing the next generation of entrepreneurs in Central Asia, giving young people means to start their own businesses, turning jobless youth into young job creators. CEO and Co-Founder of the Club of Young Entrepreneurs, his organization seeks to train hundreds of young entrepreneurs, providing mentorship and access to finance. Pavel is a representative of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Kazakhstan and an organizer of the Forum of Young Entrepreneurs. He is also a TV host, blogger, columnist, social activist and trainer. Formerly, he served as Vice-President of the Green Party of Kazakhstan.
Youth Association for Reality and Awareness
Hub: Amman, Jordan
Expertise: Environment, Education, Poverty, Religion, Youth empowerment
Amir’s organization, YARA, is an non-profit established in Jordan in 2010. YARA makes tangible changes in the community by creating awareness campaigns in areas that are usually undiscovered, untouched, and forgotten. YARA covers environment, education, religion, poverty, sustainable projects, and youth empowerment. Amir is also the Chief Operating Officer at Mlabbas. He is a Fellow for the King Abdullah Award for Youth Innovation and Achievement.
Executive Director, Liaoning TV Station
Hub: Anshan, China
Expertise: China, Media, Public relations, Social media, Education, Television
Ding Jie is an Executive Director of Liaoning TV Station, founded in 1959, one of the five most established stations in China covering around 200 cities and 560 million people. She is an expert in social media and believes new ways of media can lead to social change. She is also the youngest director of Liaoning Foreign language and translation Association. In her free time, Ding Jie enjoys playing piano, dancing salsa, swimming, singing, painting and calligraphy.
Chief Executive Officer, Altro Creative
Hub: Baku, Azerbaijan
Expertise: Finance, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Eurasia
For over two years, Mushviq has managed a major project in Azerbaijan that has helped over 2000 people improve their financial, entrepreneurial and managerial skills in the fields very important to the county, such as agriculture, microcredit, and other. Currently he is running an agency of creative marketing and advertising solutions. He is a double bronze medalist of Moscow in chess, and a triple debate champion of “The best speaker” competition in Azerbaijan.
Founder and CEO, Mentor Together
Hub: Bangalore, India
Expertise: Mentorship, At-risk youth, Youth leadership
Arundhuti is a Founder and CEO of Mentor Together, a non-profit that seeks to provide at-risk youth with mentors who help them achieve their goals and dreams. Arundhuti started Mentor Together in November 2009, after returning from the Manchester Business School, UK, where she studied as a Commonwealth Scholar. She has many feathers in her young cap. Arundhuti was a YouthActionNet Global Fellow, an invited delegate to the World Justice Forum conferences, a Starting Bloc Fellow, a Salzburg Trilogue Future Global Leader, and a Goldman Sachs Global Leader.
Founder, Global Youth Volunteers
Hub: Barranquilla, Colombia
Expertise: Volunteering, Communication, Audio-visual production, Mass media
Raaida has started an online platform where young people from all over the world come together to pursue their passion, build their skills, and multiply their impact through volunteering. She has also co-Founded red2021, a Latin-American campaign celebrating youth volunteering commitments. Raaida is an international speaker and adviser on strategic communication and networking for governments and non-profit organizations. She is an audio-visual production specialist, communications and mass media professional, and a former documentary producer and reporter.
Medical Doctor, Health Policy Department, World Health Organization
Hub: Lisbon, Portugal
Expertise: Healthcare, Medicine, Music, Art, Writing
Also known as “Kiko”, Francisco is an entrepreneurial young doctor working to change the politics of Portuguese healthcare. During his studies, he became the President of the Lisbon Students Union. Together with his colleagues, he proposed the creation of a news class in the Faculty of Medicine on Healthcare Management and Innovation at the University of Lisbon. He is also the author of two published children's books, “A day in the Teddy Bear Hospital” and “Matilde is Bald”, and a self-made sculptor exhibiting on individual and collective exhibitions.
Co-Founder, Student Hubs
Hub: London, United Kingdom
Expertise: Social entrepreneurship, Sustainable capitalism, Youth empowerment
Adam is currently founding a new initiative with BCG to harness emerging business leaders to drive the shift to sustainable capitalism. He is a Co-Founder of Student Hubs, a charity building the next generation of socially aware and active leaders through its network of 25k students in top UK universities. He is a Director of Emerge, a joint initiative between Student Hubs and the Skoll Centre of Social Entrepreneurship at Said Business School to inspire the next generation of social entrepreneurs. Adam is a Board Member of Emerge Lab, an accelerator programme for educational start-ups. First class degree (Hons) in Theology, University of Oxford.
Founder, FilFil Smart Phone App
Hub: Dubai, UAE
Expertise: Media, Social media, Smartphone apps
Reem Mouazzen is a young Syrian American global media professional. Graduate, University of Southern California; MBA, London Business School. Has worked for major international broadcasters such as ABC News, CNBC and MBC, Los Angeles, Dubai and London. Was at the forefront and key player in developing and implementing strategic digital and social media coverage of the Arab Spring. Has developed own smart phone app, FilFil, the first Middle Eastern social media food app. Member, Alliance for Women in Media. Member, Los Angeles World Affairs Council.
Founder, Startup Junction
Hub: Lusaka, Zambia
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Education, Innovation, Africa
Matthew is a Zambian-based entrepreneur who works at the intersection of entrepreneurship and education in Africa. He is currently focused on pulling together and incubating a community of entrepreneurs in Lusaka to promote Zambian-owned businesses and to encourage investment. He is also Founder of the social enterprise Salama Documents, which provided Nairobi’s urban poor the opportunity to save copies of vital documents to the cloud in case these documents are ever lost or damaged.
Chief Executive Officer , entradas.com
Hub: Madrid, Spain
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Technology, Power of youth
At age 28, Maria became CEO of entradas.com, the leading ticketing portal and one of the top e-commerce companies in Spain. An entrepreneur with a passion for technology, Maria also co-founded, Chamberi Valley, a networking initiative focused on helping consolidated entrepreneurs learn from each other while working with local and national institutions to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Spain. Maria is a Member of the Executive Committee of Spain Startup & Investor Summit, a mentor at IE Business School, and lecturer at ICADE and ESIC universities.
General Manager, CBS Social Enteprise Asia
Hub: Manila, Philippines
Expertise: Social entrepreneurship, Crowdfunding, Indigenous communities
At age 20, Noreen co-founded EcoIngenuity Inc., an award-winning social enterprise that aims to raise competitiveness of indigenous communities producing products from local materials. In 2012, she co-founded SlashIgnite aiming to catalyze entrepreneurial spirit of those making positive difference in their communities. She has also launched the Filipino crowdfunding site www.thesparkproject.com and the online advocacy EntrepsBuildPH to foster a community of social entrepreneurs and innovators in the Philippines. Currently, Noreen is General Manager at CBS Social Enterprise Asia providing professional business support and consulting services to social enterprises looking to scale their ventures.
Dina BUCHBINDER AURON
Director, Deport-es para Compartir
Hub: Mexico City, Mexico
Expertise: Children, Youth, Social Entrepreneurship
Dina is a social entrepreneur passionate about children's ideas and potential. In 2007, she founded Deport-es para Compartir (Sports for Sharing), an educational and civic program that teaches children to become better citizens in a fun, meaningful way through games and sports activities. Throughout her career, she has received several awards and distinctions including the YouthActionNet Global Fellowship, International Youth Foundation , the UVM Award for Social Development, the Women's Mexican National Award for Philanthropy, and Ashoka Fellowship. She currently serves as Director of the UN Youth Association in Mexico.
Mohamad Ziad MABSOUT
Senior Investment Analyst, Fortium Consulting
Hub: Beirut, Lebanon
Expertise: Youth employment,
Technology, Entrepreneurship, Youth empowerment
In addition to working as an Senior Investment Analyst, Ziad developed a new strategy for his family business and drove Fortium Consulting to 60% increase in revenues in 2013. He also co-Founded Ubility Net. This start-up provides innovative end-to-end policy solutions for mobile operators to increase their revenues and enhance their customer experience. He serves as a Board member of several other start-ups, lectures entrepreneurship at BAU in Lebanon, and was selected as one of “The Top 20 Entrepreneurs for 2013”.
Founder, Glavio Wearable Computing
Hub: Bhubaneswar, India
Expertise: Wearable computing, Science, Engineering, Technology solutions in healthcare
Apurv is a young inventor. Among his inventions are devices for people with low vision, devices for monitoring health and a "Glabenator“, a communication device for people with paralysis, which he created in response to a condition his grandfather faced. He founded Glavio Wearable Computing; IFFGlobal, one of the first think tanks on open innovation; Future.ly for geospatial mapping of emerging technology clusters. He has lectured during the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Stockholm and won the International Science & Engineering Fair Grand Award and a National Award from President of India. Apurv holds an MPhil in Technology Policy from the University of Cambridge and is the youngest TED Fellow.
Founder, SEDI Labs / Gigawatt Global
Hub: Boston, USA
Expertise: Solar power equipment, Job creation in emerging markets, Innovation, Agriculture
Raffi is a social entrepreneur focused on economic development and sustainability. He is working on solar power development (Gigawatt Global) and job creation in emerging and frontier markets (SEDI Labs), agricultural value chain innovations (eKutir, 2Seeds, SEDI), solar financing innovation (SEDI Labs), and peacemaking (Peace First). Raffi is passionate about innovation and new approaches to global challenges. Past experiences include biotech start-up focused on new approaches to food production; healthcare, energy, and economic development consulting at McKinsey & Co; central banking at Reserve Bank of India; Infrastructure finance at BNP Paribas.
Founder, R21 Foundation
Hub: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Expertise: Environmental journalism, Climate change
Mariana is a journalist specializing in environmental and sustainability issues. She is currently a TV Host at C5N, one of the most important news channels in Argentina. She co-founded the R21 Foundation which specializes in mass communication, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the environmental, social and economic crises throughout Latin America. Mariana was trained by Al Gore, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and has subsequently delivered the award winning conference, An Inconvenient Truth. She was chosen as a Young Leader or Climate Champion by the British Council.
Catherine “Whitney” JOHNSON
Founder and CEO, Ubuntu Africa
Hub: Cape Town, South Africa
Expertise: Healthcare, HIV, Children,
Whitney is a Founder and Executive Director of Ubuntu Africa, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of HIV+ children and teens in under-served communities in South Africa by providing community-based health and support services. Activist, youth leader and public speaker, Whitney is committed to fostering an empowered attitude towards HIV/AIDS among young people worldwide and engaging them to participate in improving conditions for people affected by global health challenges.
President, Un Mundo Sin Mordaza
Hub: Caracas, Venezuela
Expertise: Education, Public policy,
Human rights, Youth empowerment
Rodrigo is the Founder of several movements and NGOs, including Un Mundo Sin Mordaza (A World Without Censorship), an NGO that promotes and defends human rights worldwide through art. Prior to this he co-Founded of the Students' Movement Venezuela and Futuro Presente, an NGO focused on the education of young people in the sphere of public policy. Rodrigo is a Senior Fellow of Alliance of Youth Movements and a recipient of the Medal of the City of Rome. He is also an international lecturer.
Policy Specialist, The World Bank
Hub: Dakar, Senegal
Expertise: Development, Policy-making, Education, Youth unemployment, Africa
Bousso is passionate about policy-making as a powerful tool for empowering vulnerable communities and positioning African countries on the path to prosperity. She is a development professional currently working as a Policy Specialist at the World Bank in Dakar. Prior to this, Bousso spent four years advising African governments on driving reforms aimed at tackling poverty by leveraging the private sector. She also worked on health policy and investment climate reforms. She is the recipient of Senegalese Government's Excellency Scholarship and Eiffel Excellency Scholarship, France.
Executive Director, A Tu Lado
Hub: Minneapolis, USA
Expertise: Emergency medicine, Non-profits, Sports
Dedicated to creating sustainable impact in under-served communities, Terence serves as Executive Director at A Tu Lado, a Minneapolis-based NGO that supports frontline health workers through collaborations in emergency medical education in Venezuela and Bolivia. Terence oversees the organization's collaborations with medical services and universities, and builds coalitions that implement standardized, university-based medical training programs. Terence is an avid marathoner, triathlete, and two-time Ironman.
Co-Founder, The Blue Ribbon Movement
Hub: Mumbai, India
Expertise: Leadership education, Social entrepreneurship
Akshat has worked with social and corporate sector for over 8 years, and co-founded the Blue Ribbon Movement (BRM), a social organization that creates and nurtures social leaders. BRM’s expertise lies in designing and delivering leadership programs to young people across borders and on different scales. Akshat is responsible for operations, project implementation and product development. He loves adventure sports, long distance cycling, swimming, tennis, astronomy and traveling.
African Solutions for Africa Program
Hub: Nairobi, Kenya
Expertise: Education, Youth development, Leadership, Agriculture, ICT, Public Policy
Gilbert’s dream is to see Africa offering the best education in the world by 2030. He founded African Solutions for Africa Programs, a youth training and leadership NGO offering school based programs and training workshops in Agribusiness, ICT, and Policy Advocacy for vulnerable youth in urban informal settlements. In 2012 he was selected as a British Council Global Changemaker. Gilbert bears a passion for languages and can speak English, Luo, Swahili, French and Arabic.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Levo
Hub: New York, USA
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Technology, Social change, Gender gap
Recently named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, Caroline Ghosn is Founder and CEO of Levo, an organization that aims to create the ultimate professional network to elevate the careers of Gen Y women and democratize access to professional success. Caroline graduated from Stanford University in 2008 with a B.A. in International Political Economy and Economics with Honours. Passionate about entrepreneurship and social change from an early age, Caroline believes that we can apply technology to transform some of our stickiest social failures.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MESH
Hub: Oslo, Norway
Expertise: Fostering innovation and entrepreneurship
Anders is a serial entrepreneur with both failures and successful start-ups in his merit list. Spurred on by the limited entrepreneurial culture in Norway, Anders created modern infrastructure to connect and accelerate modern innovators and is working on developing an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Norway. The goal is to create a modern subculture for modern thinker-doers and connect it strongly to the international community.
Founder, Made in the Caribbean
Hub: Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Expertise: Economics, Banking, Development, Caribbean
Jennifer is a Bond Trader at RBC Merchant Bank (Caribbean) and Founder of MadeintheCaribbean.com, an e-commerce website promoting products made in the Caribbean and a finalist in the World Bank's InfoDev competition (2013), winning the Public Choice Award. Formerly, she has worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, assisting in developing the Trinidad and Tobago Country Strategy lending envelope of over US$ 1 billion. Jennifer is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and is studying holistic nutrition at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Raul VIDAL Y SEPULVEDA
Founding Partner, Brickstone Holdings
Hub: Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
Expertise: Human rights, Converging humanitarian and commercial spheres
As a Founding Partner at Brickstone Holdings, LLC, Raul consults on economic development strategies, market entry, and site selection. Formerly, he served as Assistant Secretary for International Relations in the Department of Economic Development of Puerto Rico, and later as official representative of the Government in the city of New York. He has attracted over $700 million in foreign direct investments, including Puerto Rico's first commercial bank in 30 years, its first A rated re-insurance firm, and several corporate headquarters.
Doreen E. NONI
Owner and Creative Director, Eskado Bird
Hub: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
Expertise: Fashion, Design, Multimedia, Creativity, Youth empowerment
Doreen is owner and designer of fashion label Eskado Bird, the owner of a multimedia company Miracle Films & Studios (Mifistudios) and the local partner of Film Crew In Africa, an East African production house. Doreen is passionate about youth empowerment and continues to use creative channels to voice certain issues that are common in her society. She collaborates with others in Tanzania on initiatives to support the What's Your Freedom? (WYF?) campaign which aims to nurture artistic talent and creativity.
Head of Youth Programmes, Ural University
Hub: Ekaterinburg, Russia
Expertise: International youth educational projects, Multicultural dialogue
Ivan works to establish platforms for dialogue and cultural exchange between youth. He has managed a number of international cultural projects, such as ‘American dream in Ekaterinburg’ (a project to facilitate communication between Russian and American youth), round tables for students with the Ambassadors of Benin and Ecuador in Russia, the ‘Lilac mood’ (joint project with the Ecole Centrale de Lille, France), the First Eurasian Youth Forum on Economics, and the youth chapter of Astana Economic Forum in Kazakhstan. He is also a host for ‘The Eurasian Youth Bulletin’ TV programme.
Founder, Ionia Consulting
Hub: Geneva, Switzerland
Expertise: Fashion, Design, Multimedia, Creativity, Youth empowerment
Hamza is a French entrepreneur with an electrical engineering and business administration background. He worked in the renewable energy industry in China, before starting his own practice. In order to realize his goal of making a positive contribution to society and the environment, he initiated the collection and recycling of solar panels in Europe. He is also heavily involved in supporting young unprivileged adults by introducing new concepts, culture and professional opportunities.
Amr EL SALANEKLY
Senior Associate, Vodafone Ventures
Hub: Giza, Egypt
Expertise: Technology, Social entrepreneurship
Amr is a serial entrepreneur turned investor. He founded his first tech company at the age 18 and sold it a year later. He is also a Co-Founder of Educate Me, a social enterprise aimed at bettering the lives of underprivileged children, and helped grow the organization to have 135 children, 90 volunteers and an enlightenment centre. Previously, he managed business development efforts at Wild Guanabana, a growing start-up, and before that he led early stage portfolio at Delta Shield for Investment. Currently, he is a Senior Associate investing in frontier technologies to expand Vodafone's reach beyond voice and data propositions.
Chau NGUYEN HUYEN
Analyst, The State Capital
Hub: Hanoi, Vietnam
Expertise: Charity, Social activities, Young people, Vietnam
At the State Capital Investment Corporation, Chau manages a portfolio of 5 State enterprises. For nearly 10 years, she has been actively involved in charity and social activities. She founded the 808 Dance Community which aims to promote young dancers and the art of dancing. One of her latest projects was a kindergarten that she has built for minority children in the highland region of Vietnam. For her contribution, she was nominated to be a Vietnamese delegate to join the 8th Great Mekong Subregion Youth Friendship Exchange in 2012.
COO/CIO, Asianet Group / YTS Investments
Hub: Hong Kong, China
Expertise: Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation, Ethical business practices
Christopher is COO of the Asianet Group advising on talent and private equity strategy, and CIO of YTS Investments, a Venture Capital firm investing in profit making social ventures. He is dedicated to the development of creative economy that can incubate a start-up and innovation environment in Hong Kong. He has founded the Fargo Foundation, Hong Treasure Hunt and StreetPoppy Graffiti Art, Hong Kong. His interests include playing music, deep diving, Muay Thai and rugby.
Umar ANWAR JAHANGIR
Founder and Secretary, Bahria Medics
Hub: Islamabad, Pakistan
Expertise: Healthcare, Policy making, Clinical medicine
While studying to become a medical doctor, Umar has founded Bahria Medics, a student-run welfare organization. As the head of Bahria Medics, he sets the mandate for the organization, organizes blood drives, medical camps and fund raising events, runs a blood bank and works towards decreasing the prevalence of end stage kidney disease in Pakistan
Co-Founder, Iris Interactive Solutions
Hub: Ramallah, Palestine
Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Touch-technology, Innovation
Ayman is a young Palestinian entrepreneur who evolved a university project into the first Palestinian company providing cutting-edge touch-technology products to various industries and business sectors. Ayman’s other project, “Marhaba Palestine!”, has won several national and international awards in entrepreneurship and innovation. Ayman’s graduation project in Computer Engineering “TouchIS” has been awarded the second best invention prize in the Made-In-Palestine ‘09 and Made-In-Arabworld ‘09 Competitions.
Founder and CEO, Enertiva
Hub: San Jose, Costa Rica
Expertise: Solar energy, Entrepreneurship, Central America
A passionate entrepreneur, Alejandro has founded four companies in engineering, fast food, event promotion and renewable energy. He is CEO and Founder of Enertiva Costa Rica, a Solar Energy Company in Central America with more than 3000 projects in its portfolio, and Consultant and Coach at Yo Emprendedor, an NGO that promotes entrepreneurial ecosystems in Costa Rica. Alejandro is also director of the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Costa Rica, a TEDx speaker and entrepreneurship blogger for a business newspaper.
Madiha AL JUNAID
Consultant, EQLIM Technology
Hub: San'a, Yemen
Expertise: Civil society, Volunteering, Children, Youth
Prior to joning EQLIM Technology startup as a Consultant, Madiha was a PR and Management Assistant at AlKurby Company for Oil Fields Services. Madiha is also a Founding Member of the Internet Society in Yemen and a keen civil society leader. She was involved SOUL for Development and played a significant role in youth education and empowerment. She is a Former Member of the “Make a joy" initiation to fight cancer and children labour.
Director for Strategic Development, GameChangers
Hub: Sankt Petersburg, Russia
Expertise: Education, Social entrepreneurship, Urban development and Public policy
As Director of Strategic Development for the GameChangers Education and Research Programme, Alyona is passionate about developing tools to educate talented students in technology, entrepreneurship, open innovations and social entrepreneurship in Russia. The programme is designed to teach skills and knowledge not covered in universities, but which help prepare young people to open new businesses or increase their employability in top positions in Russian and international companies. Alyona will also be starting Teach for Russia next year. She is a TEDx organiser and recipient of various scholarships.
Healthcare & Life Sciences Technology Partner Leader, AWS
Hub: Seattle, USA
Expertise: Law, Healthcare, Life science, Scientific innovation
Jessica is a lawyer who has worked across a variety of sectors including healthcare, government, energy, and finance. She is a graduate of General Electric’s premier global commercial leadership development program. She has a passion for exploring the intersection of business and technology to inspire organizational growth, excite customers, and disrupt industries.
Technology Investor and Entrepreneur,
Hub: Seattle, USA
Expertise: Investment, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Healthcare, Biotechnology
While completing her PhD, Ling developed an inhaled vaccine for tuberculosis. Passionate about working at the interface of technological innovation for applications in the developing world, Ling was instrumental in translation of this inhaled technology to a group in South Africa. She has established venture capital initiative ($1B under management), closed investments in biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and served on Board of Directors. Formerly Senior Programme Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and an interim Chief of Staff for Office of the President Global Health.
Producer, International Channel Shanghai
Hub: Shanghai, China
Expertise: Television, Reality shows, Social Integration, China
Having worked in the TV industry for almost six years, Shuwen is one of the youngest producers at the Shanghai Media Group. She currently heads the reality show “The Amazing Race: China Rush” and the sitcom “In The Office” at the International Channel in Shanghai. She is Founder of Oh My English, an online English teaching platform. Together with other Global Shapers in Shanghai, she runs the Mission RONG project (RONG meaning “integration”), designed to assist non-Shanghai students and migrant schoolchildren establish a firm social identity and improve social integration.
Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer
Hub: Istanbul, Turkey
Expertise: Turkish startup ecosystem, Online and mobile gaming
Rina is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Peak Games, the leading online and mobile gaming company of Turkey, Middle East and North Africa regions and the 3rd largest online gaming company on Facebook globally with over 35 million monthly and 12 million daily active users. Rina is also a Co-Founder at Hemenkiralik.com, the leading local marketplace for short-term rental space in Turkey targeted at domestic and neighbouring markets. Previously, Rina has worked as an investment banker for Morgan Stanley and as an investment professional at Turkven Private Equity covering Turkey & MENA regions.
Dwi Lestari ARIOTEDJO
General Practician, Ruteng Public Hospital
Hub: Jakarta, Indonesia
Expertise: Medicine, Music,
Mostly known as “Mesty”, Dwi Lestari is a medical doctor helping people in remote areas of Indonesia. Currently, she is working in the third grade hospital Ruteng Public Hospital, the only public hospital in three regencies. Music is another passion she has. Mesty plays harp and flute in Twilite Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. She has established a free music school for unfortunate children called Children in Harmony.
Mesty is the spokesperson of Indonesia Heart Foundation and the ambassador of Indonesia Classical Music Foundation.
Executive Director, Leofortis Group
Hub: Johannesburg, South Africa
Expertise: Finance and Investment
Bonolo is an entrepreneur, mentor, change agent and avid reader. He is a Chartered Accountant and Executive Director of Leofortis Group, a holding company with investments in operational companies spanning energy, rail telecommunications, mining technology, minerals trading and telecommunication, with offices in Kenya, South Sudan and South Africa. He is also a Chairperson at ABASA Education Committee, Member of ABASA Bursary committee, Patron of Lukhanyo Childrens Home, and a Senior Lecturer of Final Year Group Financial Reporting at the University of South Africa.
CEO, International Youth Diplomacy League
Hub: Kazan, Russia
Expertise: Sports events, Youth diplomacy, Russian regions
As a CEO of the International Youth Diplomacy League, Dilbar is discovering new political, business and civil society leaders and encourages research on public policy, economy and world countries’ culture. Dilbar was a Chief Expert of the Summer Universiade Kazan 2013, which welcomed over 11 500 young sportsmen from 160 countries in Kazan. Dilbar managed engagement of over 20 000 volunteers, among other responsibilities. She is passionate about developing intercultural dialogue and youth diplomacy.
Deputy Director, Educational Initiatives,
Hub: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Expertise: IT in Education, Computer Science, Translation, Ukraine
A specialist in computer science and non-profit institutions, Oleksandr has longstanding experience in management and education. Currently Deputy Director of Educational Initiatives at Stella Systems (the official representative of School Champion in Ukraine), he facilitates a number of social projects aimed at implementation of technologies in the educational system. This includes EDUkIT websites for schools and other educational institutions and Khan Academy, translating educational materials into Russian and Ukrainian.
Su En YONG
Founding Recruitment Director,
Teach for Malaysia
Hub: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Expertise: Education, Social inequity, Public sector
After working in management consulting in London, Su En returned to Malaysia to join a team of social entrepreneurs to establish Teach For Malaysia, a non-profit organization addressing education inequity. As Founding Recruitment Director, she enlisted 50 outstanding Malaysians to teach in underperforming schools. Currently, working for The Boston Consulting Group, Kuala Lumpur, focused on the public sector.
Senior Partner, Knight & Sheriff
Hub: Lagos, Nigeria
Expertise: Entertainment, Television, Intellectual property, Law
Ebuka Obi-Uchendu is an Intellectual Property and Entertainment Lawyer with a passion for change. A television host with over seven years on national and continental television. The youngest ever host in Nigeria of a live presidential debate in the run up to the 2011 general elections. Writer for national newspapers, magazines and blogs and member, 'Enough Is Enough Nigeria'.
Founder and Executive Director,
Hub: San Francisco, USA
Expertise: Education, Entrepreneurship
Beth is the Founder and Executive Director of Wishbone.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending low-income students to high-quality after school and summer programs. She is a former Teach for America Corps Member, who taught 10th Grade English in Los Angeles. She is also a Kauffman Labs Education Ventures Fellow and was celebrated on Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list in both 2013 and 2014 for her work in education. She is a Draper Richards Kaplan entrepreneur.
Founder, WAY-Everything Connects
Hub: Ahmedabad, Pakistan
Expertise: Environment, Sustainable development, Education, Communication
Wricha is a passionate Development Communicator with expertise in environment, education and action for sustainable development. She is a Founder and Programme Director of WAY- Everything Connects, a unique behavioural change communication programme for school children to raises awareness of the environment. She believes communication is a very strong and crucial tool for solving any social and environmental problems, and has lead Hub projects on waste upcycling and solar cooking kits.
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