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. They are organized into city-based Hubs and have committed to working together to make a positive and tangible impact through local projects. Since 2011, when the community was first founded, more than 400 Hubs were created and 4,600 Global Shapers have joined the Community. 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 2015
Every year since 2011, some of the youngest people to attend the Davos conference are part of the Global Shapers Community. 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.
68% 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 Jakarta, Tomsk, London and Chennai
68% of the Global Shapers in Davos are founders, co-founders or top executives in their organisations
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NORTH AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
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is the main interest of this year's Global Shapers, with 35/50 declaring it as one of their main areas of expertise
education came in a close second, with 19/50 Global Shapers having an active interest in the field
is the third most popular interest, with 14/50 people looking for ways in which it could improve our lives
holds the fourth place (8/50) in the top interests of the 2015 Shapers Team
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SHAPING THE GLOBE
This year's 50 Global Shapers come from a diversity of places, from Erbil, Irak to Cordoba, Argentina from Vilnius, Lithuania to Kathmandu, Nepal. Explore the map and find out more about the young men and women that will shape tomorrow.
PUTTING A FACE ON THE FUTURE
Bewar is a Field Supervisor for the Kurdish Human Rights Watch and works with Syrian refugees, providing assistance to people who have fled from their homes and are seeking shelter and other basic needs. Daniel is currently, Chief of Staff for the city of Boston overseing with the Mayor 18,000 employees, a $2.7 billion budget. Siddhart is Director of Supportive Cities a company that aims to inspire and support the diverse aspirations of people living in Indian cities. Fatima is the first online editor at the Oman Observer and made its Twitter account number one in Oman among English news media. Find out more about the people that will shape tomorrow.
Founder and Executive Director, Move for Hunger
Hub: New York, USA
2008, Graduate, ASU. 2008, Founder, Move For Hunger. Do Something Award Winner (2011). AMEX / Ashoka Emerging Innovator (2012). Forbes 30 Under 30 (2014). Interests: marketing, systems, food security, music and making things more efficient. Move For Hunger is a non-profit organization that mobilizes relocation companies across North America to pick up unwanted, non-perishable food from those who are moving and deliver it to local food banks. To date, Move For Hunger has mobilized over 600 movers to deliver over 3.8 million pounds of food to food banks - enough to provide over 3 million meals to individuals in need.
Deputy Director of Radio, Bar-kulan Trust
Hub: Mogadishu, Somalia
Graduate, business school; MBA/project management, Pakistan. Deputy Director, Radio Bar-kulan and Bar-kulan Trust. Member of different youth movements. Initiated a project called Youth Means Power. Expertise: public media, social and political activism in Somalia, and campaigning for public interest programmes. Interests: political activism and social work; well-being of Somali people and the rest of the global society. RBK/BKT is a public institution funded by donors. The radio station has been operating since 2010 and is the largest in Somalia. Its main focus is public interest and broadcasting security, peace and developmental programmes.
Hub: Puebla, Mexico
Studies in Germany, Italy and Austria. Marketer. Passion to apply profession to fighting human trafficking. Directs ANTHUS, an NGO in Mexico that does counter trafficking work. Has done work abroad in the Philippines, Australia, Thailand, South Africa, Ukraine and India. 2014, selected to represent Mexico in programme combating human trafficking, US Department of State. Interests: travelling, getting to know different cultures, languages and lifestyles.
Co-Founder and President, Invest Mindanow
Hub: Davao, Philippines
2009, Bachelor's (Hons) in Management Accounting, Ateneo de Davao University. Entrepreneur, change maker, youth leader and a financial analyst. Formerly: four years as Forecast Process Expert, P&G Int'l Ops. Co-Founder, Invest Mindanow, an advocacy-based services and solutions company for individuals, organizations and small business that aim to learn, grow and become more successful. The services and solutions provided by IMN are centred on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, personality development, leadership and innovation.
CEO, Grupo Venemergencia
Hub: Caracas, Venezuela
Degree in Medicine, Universidad Central de Venezuela; MBA, Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración; accreditations as paramedic in courses sponsored by the American Heart Association, American College of Surgeons and National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians. Established in 2004, Grupo Venemergencia employs 200 Venezuelans. It is composed of five companies and one non-profit organization. The companies focus on emergency medical services, home care services, laboratory services, occupational health services, and technology for telemedicine and mobile health. The non- profit organization educates paramedics in association with Universidad Simon Bolivar and establishes emergency medical brigades in shantytowns, as a means of developing a sustainable emergency care model for vulnerable communities.
Hub: Baku, Azerbaijan
Bachelor's in International Law, Baku State University; Master's in International Business Law and International Comparative Law, Paris1 Pantheon Sorbonne University. Former intern, law firm in Paris. Currently with Azercosmos, supervising public bookcase, writing columns for blogs and magazines. Azercosmos was established in May 2010 with the purpose of implementing the launch, operation and exploitation of telecommunications satellites of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Azercosmos' main mission is to render high-quality satellite services based on customer satisfaction, willing to become one of the leading providers of satellite services in Eurasia and Africa
Director, Oxfam Australia
Hub: Melbourne, Australia
Alan is the youngest member of the Board of Directors of Oxfam Australia, one of Australia's largest development organisations. In 2013, the agency mobilised 335,000 activists and donors to improve the lives of more than 6 million people in 51 countries. He also serves on the Council of the Australian Red Cross. Alan has previously served as the Chair of Australia’s national youth council, as Special Envoy for Young People to the UN Environment Programme Executive Director, and on the Australian National Commission for UNESCO. Alan is a lawyer with the Australian Government.
General Manager, Top Vision PR Company
Hub: Shanghai, People's Republic of China
2007, degree in Broadcasting and Television Journalism, Shanghai International Studies University. Participated in planning TV programmes, Oriental Satellite TV Channel and CBN. Planned and hosted events for different brands and organizations such as Hermes, Maserati and HuRun Report. 2010, started own PR company, Top Vision, specializing in serving financial and FMCG companies for their PR and branding activities. 2013, opened Deffon Club, a high-end club providing catering and organizing events. Shanghai PR Star (2006). Female Entrepreneur of the Year (2013), China Businesswoman Summit. Interests: reading and travelling.
Programme Manager, Benfeitoria
Hub: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Automation Engineer. 2011 Co-Founder of a company to develop interactive media with state-of-the-art technology. 2012, Programme Manager at Benfeitoria, a social business developed to generate impact through collaborative projects. My biggest goal now is to use the technical knowledge to drive social and cultural change in Brazil.
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Country Head, AIFO
Hub: Bangalore, India
Public policy practitioner by training and Masters in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Head funding for an international health NGO called AIFO in India. Founder of the Water Bowl Project Bangalore which provides urban stray animals access to clean drinking water through sustainably sourced bowls which are operated and maintained by a network of citizen volunteers. Team member of Swaniti an open governance initiative that tackles complex development challenges at the grassroot level by working with elected member of the Indian Parliament.
Hub: Giza, Egypt
Degree (Honors) in Computer Science. Alumnus, AIESEC. Egyptian technology enthusiast and entrepreneur. Civil society advocate. 2007, started off in the NGO sector in both Egypt and France. Later moved to technology, Saudi Arabia, then to the regional services team at a global tech giant. Provides consulting services for university start-ups and social ventures. On the board of several Egyptian start-ups.
Oussama ABDELLAH BENHMIDA
General Manager, Lab4Net
Hub: Rabat, Morocco
More than six years in IT and more than eight in the associative area. Formerly, in charge of all web activities, Morocco Trade and Development Services (MTDS). Founder and General Manager, Lab4Net, a Moroccan start-up specialized in web and mobile technologies. Works mainly on IT solutions to address social issues and help organizations and community to have more impact. Involved in many organizations such as AIESEC, JCI, CDC (Chantiers de la Citoyenneté) and Tanmia.ma. In charge of the Syassa Project within the hub, a mobile and web solution to make understandable complex civic topics. Committed to accessibility for people with disabilities, civic education and employment in the MENA region.
Hub: Cape Town, South Africa
BA in Marketing Communications (Advertising); Certified Youth Entrepreneur Trainer, Commonwealth Youth Programme. Background in tech-focused start-ups, ICTs for youth development, specifically in youth volunteerism, and fostering entrepreneurism. Founder, The Sponsorme Trust, established to assist non-profit organizations in the use of and access to Internet-based technologies. Consultant to: national government (youth development sector); trust funds concerning access to opportunities using mobile technology; private sector. Global Shaper, Cape Town Hub, World Economic Forum. Member, Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance; Alumni, Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
Founder and CEO, BECRO
Hub: Kabul, Afghanistan
Bachelor's, Law and Judiciary; diploma in Journalism, Kabul. 2006-11, TV anchor and presenter. 2011, founded own youth NGO, BECRO; currently, Chief Executive Officer. Works in peace building, training in primary healthcare, promoting the culture of volunteerism, encouraging youth to take part in politics, development of Afghanistan and promoting awareness on environmental issues. Known for online and offline public outreach, providing training; active in social media and city journalism.
Co-Founder, Here and Now
Hub: Tel Aviv, Israel
Bachelor's in Psychology and Business Administration, RRIS, Hertezliya, Israel. Social entrepreneur. Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Here and Now - On line education. Member, Sandbox Network. Expertise: creating social change, innovation, social entrepreneurship. Here and Now is an NGO with the goal of changing education for the better. It trains teachers to integrate technology in their daily curriculum in order to flip the classroom. Through an innovative teaching method the organization introduces self-paced, personalized learning.
Harvy Joy LIWANAG
Public Health Leadership Fellow, A-HEALS
Hub: Manila, Philippines
Harvy holds a dual degree of Doctor of Medicine and Master in Business Administration from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines. He is a young health researcher, focusing on the prevention and control of “diseases of poverty.” He works closely with Dr. Manuel Dayrit, former minister of health in the Philippines, for public health action research, leadership and community development, disease prevention and control, and maternal and child health, among others.
Investment Manager, Mercantile Group of Companies
Hub: Kathmandu, Nepal
BA in Economics and Communication Studies, Tufts University; MBA, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. Leads the operational aspects of businesses representing Japanese office automation companies such as Kyocera Document Solutions and Glory Global Solutions, and home improvement company Index Living Mall Thailand. Founder, True North Associates, a private equity and consulting firm. Promoter, MNepal, a mobile financial solutions company. Curator, Global Shapers Kathmandu Hub. Interests: finance, economic development and entrepreneurship.
Founder and Director, Rubies in the Rubble
Hub: London, United Kingdom
MA in Mathematics, Jenny Manager at Odey Asset Management; Founder of the sustainable food brand, ‘Rubies in the Rubble’.
Based on the belief that there is more than enough food for all, yet still not everyone has enough, through their products ‘Rubies in the Rubble’ aims to champion the message of valuing our resources, making use of what we have, and, in turn, putting less pressure on the global food market.
Co-Founder, Gifted Mom
Hub: Douala, Cameroon
Passionate about using technology to solve problems in his community. Final year telecommunications engineering student, Google Student Ambassador; named One of Africa's Top Young Social Entrepreneurs in 2014 by ALA and the MasterCard Foundation. Winner of the 2014 Anzisha Prize for starting a social enterprise called GiftedMom, which uses innovative and low-cost solutions to improve maternal and infant health in Cameroon and Africa.
Partner, Co-founder, NGO “Good will”
Head of Communication and Strategic Project Development, Investors’ Forum
Hub: Vilnius, Lithuania
Andzelika is a business ethics practitioner with extensive experience in corporate social responsibility and project management. She is passionate advocate for cross-sector and stakeholder cooperation involved in local and international debates. Andzelika has also started a number of social initiatives and business, has taken an active role in promoting and advising the Government on social entrepreneurship, developing business-NGO partnerships in the market. Currently she is working for association of the largest investors in Lithuania, developing business transparency initiative "Clear wave" (lt. Baltoji banga) and together with partners launching the first social business accelerator in the Baltics "Socifaction".
Founder and CEO, Respire Experiential Learning,
Hub: Ahmedabad, India
Monica is a Biotechnology Engineering Graduate. She started “Respire Experiential Learning”, supporting innovation based education. She is developing an economical hands- on-science model for kids.She has her expertise in Education, Science and Technology. She is also interested in Sustainable technologies and Environment.
Director of Operations, Incutex
Hub: Cordoba, Argentina
Bachelor's in Industrial Engineering, National Technological University, Cordoba. Director of Operations, Incutex Company Builders, Argentina, where they co-found four technological start-ups annually, giving them seed capital, mentoring and tech support during a six-month programme. Regular collaborator in the start-up community of Córdoba; has contributed time to various organizations (AVEIT, AIESEC and AArEII), while also co-founding a student organization for industrial engineers students (EIA). Has given talks about entrepreneurship, education and bitcoins.
Founder and CEO, 180 Degrees Consulting
Hub: Oxford, United Kingdom
Economist, entrepreneur, and international development specialist. Rhodes Scholar and Founder and CEO of 180 Degrees Consulting, the world's largest university-based consultancy. 180 Degrees has operations in 24 countries and has provided over $50M worth of consulting services to non-profits and social enterprises (www.180dc.org). Top MBA Student at Oxford, and is currently completing a PhD in Development Economics.
Amanda PUTRI WITDARMONO
Founder and CEO, We The Teachers
Hub: Jakarta, Indonesia
Amanda recently initiated We The Teachers, which houses her passion in education, her expertise in classroom teaching, and her experience in business development. Prior to that, she worked for the family's children media company. Amanda holds a bachelors degree in elementary education from Boston University and a masters degree in education development from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is an active author and researcher in the teacher education field.
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Manager, LATAM Youth Positive Network
Hub: San Juan, Puerto Rico
From 2007 to 2012 studied Biomedical Science and Psychology. In 2012 became HIV and SRHR activist. Member of the UNAIDS Dialogue Platform on Human Right of Women living with HIV, the Latin-American and Caribbean Positive Youth Network (J+LAC) and the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW). Plenary Speaker in 2014 at the International Aids Conference, The XII Regional Conference on Women in 10/2013, World Youth Conference 05/2014, IV Central America and Hispanic Caribbean Health Care Providers Conference, and at the launch of the “All In” initiative from UNAIDS and UNICEF. Winner of best practices contest of UN. Since 2012 working with two global agendas such as Cairo +20 and Post 2015.
Founder and CEO, Socialgiver
Hub: Bangkok, Thailand
Founder of MYSOCIALMOTION and Socialgiver, Arch is a graduate of University of Warwick, UK, in Management (BSc), 6 years of experience in social innovation, social entrepreneurship, and cross-sector collaboration. He has held the head consultant position at UNDP (Thailand) and is currently a consultant for UNEP (Asia Pacific), designing campaigns to engage citizens on environmental issues. Speaker at various events and conferences; and has written for Metro Magazine (Thailand).
Founder and CEO, Effortless Energy
Hub: Chicago, USA
A former McKinsey consultant, Claire led the Trust's first innovative, off-credit, and off- balance sheet $13M Efficiency Services Agreement transaction to upgrade 60 City buildings. As Energy Director, she is now leading many additional clean energy and transportation infrastructure projects for the Trust. Additionally, Claire advises Chinese, Greek, Canadian and US governments on how to unlock the economic development potential of energy efficiency with zero taxpayer investment. Claire is also the CEO of Effortless Energy, a company she co-founded while completing her Masters of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
Field Supervisor, Kurdish Human Rights Watch
Hub: Erbil, Iraq
BA in Political Science and International Relations; MA in Political Science and International Studies. Currently, Field Supervisor, Kurdish Human Rights Watch; works with IDPs and Syrian refugees, providing assistance to people who have fled from their homes and are seeking shelter and other basic needs. Member, Strategic Center, Kurdistan Region, a research-based centre at the University of Kurdistan Hewler that aims to research and analyse current political and social affairs.
Chief of Staff, City of Boston
Hub: Boston, USA
BA in Government, Harvard College; MBA, Harvard Business School. Formerly: experience for Major League Baseball, New England Patriots, Lincoln Center, Spencer Stuart, Senator Edward M. Kennedy; General Manager, HuffPost Live; Chief of Staff to Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post; Adviser, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton. Currently, Chief of Staff, City of Boston (650,000 residents, metropolitan population of 4.6 million). Oversees with the Mayor 18,000 employees, a $2.7 billion operating and $1.8 billion capital budget. World Economic Forum: Member, Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness; Global Shaper; former Member, Global Agenda Council on Informed Societies. 40 Under 40, Boston Business Journal (2014). 30 Under 30, Forbes (2013).
Project Manager, Tomsk State University
Hub: Tomsk, Russian Federation
Project lead, Tomsk State University, working on the university's entrepreneurial ecosystem development. As a Global Shaper, works on CodeHouse project, whose mission is to inspire and educate children and teenagers from local orphanages to study programming. Former leader and current adviser, Tomsk State University Enactus team. Interest: entrepreneurial ecosystem development and connecting it with innovative world-class communities of start-ups, educators and investors.
Advocacy Officer for UN Volunteers
Hub: Gaborone, Botswana
Lebogang is a youth leader in her community. She is a Communications & Advocacy Officer for United Nations volunteers at the UN Mission South Sudan (UNMISS), a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and is also Co-Founder of The GODDESS Foundation founded in 2011 which focuses on the empowerment of Girls through mentorship and activities that promote dialogue and shed light on the struggles of girls. Lebo is also a current student of MA International Policy and Diplomacy and a Regional Ambassador of Girl Rising which is an international movement which brings awareness on equal opportunities for girls. Through Girl Rising she does advocacy and awareness work on behalf of girls. Lebo has also been recently selected as a Young African Leaders Fellow of the Barack Obama administration as well as a Africa 2.0 Botswana Chapter Head.
Co-Founder and Co-Director, Invisible Experience
Hub: Geneva, Switzerland
Co-Founder & Co-Director a social enterprise: Invisible Experience. The awareness of social inequality led her to undertake political science studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva (HEI). Her passion for change made her set up her first enterprise at the early age of 23. The «Invisible Experience» has now impacted the lives of thousands of people in Switzerland. Speaker at various conferences, amongst which TEDxLausanne and the Global Entrepreneurship Week in Geneva. Winner of the 2nd prize and Public’s Choice Award at the 2014 Ashoka Impact Social Entrepreneurship Competition.
Co-Founder, Maria y Maria
Hub: Monterrey, Mexico
Studies in Industrial Engineering, Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico. Developed entrepreneurship skills. Became passionately driven towards business and social impact. During university, co-founded first social business, MARIA y MARIA. Co-Founder and current Director, IMPACT HUB Monterrey. Developing social entrepreneurship programmes for own alma mater, government and companies as FEMSA.
Head Expert in Moscow City Investment Agency
Hub: Moscow, Russian Federation
Graduate, School of International Relations, St. Petersburg State University. President, J8 Club Russia Council. Represented Russia at: J8 Summit 2009, Rome; Russia-France Students Forum 2010, Paris; Russia-Italy Youth Summit 2011, Moscow; Y20 Summit 2012, Mexico; G8/G20 Youth Summit 2012, Washington DC; APEC Youth Festival 2012, Vladivostok. Interests: youth diplomacy; education; global affairs.
CEO, Dresses for Dreams
Hub: Kingston, Jamaica
Crystal Powell is a development practitioner specializing in the areas of justice, human rights, youth empowerment, and vulnerable communities. Employed to the Ministry of Justice since 2010, she has worked on a number of projects including the National Restorative Justice Project, the National Legislation Programme, Human Trafficking, political speechwriting, communications, and Law Revision. She is in the process of founding a social business towards youth empowerment and education. Crystal is the mother of a six year old and holds a first class honours Bachelors degree in Psychology and Social Policy.
Head, Fund "Professional Development of Kharkiv"
Hub: Kharkiv, Ukraine
BA in Foreign Philology. Ten years' managerial experience in non-profit organizations as well as fundraising. PR background in local and international communities. Participant in local, Ukrainian and international projects, including: Youth Council, a Kharkiv NGO; Project Kesher, an international women's organization; Kharkiv Philanthropists' Association; NGO Equal Rights for Life. Curator, Global Shapers Kharkiv Hub. Interests: organization of public, volunteer and social projects and activities in Kharkiv.
Founder and CEO, Angaza Design
Hub: Palo Alto, USA
Lesley is the Founder/CEO of Angaza Design, the leading B2B provider of Pay-As-You-Go technology that enables off-grid families in emerging markets to purchase solar energy through affordable payments spread over time. With a B.S./M.S. in Product Design from Stanford University, Lesley has been recognized by Businessweek as one of “America’s Best Young Entrepreneurs” and is a Forbes “30 Under 30” Entrepreneur. Her vision is to solve the world’s most widespread problems, like energy poverty, with market driven technology innovation.
Founder, Stephanie Siriwardhana Foundation
Hub: Colombo, Sri Lanka
2011, graduate with a specialization in Journalism, Communication and Political Science, Concordia University, Montreal. At university, held positions such as VP, Communications, VP, Clubs and Promotions of the Student Union, Senator, Councillor and Member of the Board of Governors. Worked to inspire thousands of youth by organizing and hosting conferences and speaker series with renowned speakers and Nobel Laureates. July 2011, won the Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe crown. Started The Stephanie Siriwardhana Foundation for women, youth and children. Honorary Rotarian. Member of the Youth Parliament of Sri Lanka. Singer and Latin dance teacher.
CEO, Behave Inc.
Hub: Zagreb, Croatia
Boris is a psychologist experienced in social and cognitive psychology research. He did his Master of Arts in Psychology program at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Unversity of Zagreb. He is the author of various projects such as Med Ideas Platform, Global Love Museum, Split-City of Sport and World Festival of Experiences. His research includes topics such as the Mediterranean Mindset, Affect Measurement and Decisions in Art History. Today, he is discovering insights, developing strategies, finding business opportunities and executing creative solutions for one of the most popular Crotian advertising agencies. Chosen as the Croatian ambassador to promote Western Balkan cultures all over EU in the project “We are Europeans”.
Founder and CEO, Iversity GmbH
Hub: Berlin, Germany
Founder of Iversity, an online education startup. Co-author book on the “University in the 21st century” in collaboration with distinguished Professor Yehuda Elkana. He holds a Dual- Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a B.A. in International Relations from the Technische Universität Dresden. In 2014, he joined the board of jurors for the OpenEducation Challenge and the "New Business Models" group of the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung.
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Director, GhanaThink Foundation
Hub: Accra, Ghana
Product Manager at Rancard. MSc, Construction Management at Stanford University. BSc, Civil Engineering, MIT. Co-Founder of Museke.com, an African music website. Blogger for the GhanaConscious blogs on GhanaThink.org, and to my personal Mightyafrican blog, focusing on matters close to home. Led the formation and growth of 2 other GhanaThink programs - Junior Camp Ghana and the Ghana Volunteer Program whose major initiative is the National Volunteer Day.
Board Member, Vantix Diagnostics Inc
Hub: St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
Board member and strategic adviser to Vantix Diagnostics Inc. Co-founder and portfolio manager at Crystal Gryphon Capital hedge fund. Member of Investment Board of HSE Endowment Fund. Angel investor. Prior to that: 12 years of background in asset management and investment banking - Executive director of Interros (largest family office in Russia), Board Member of Societe Generale Russia; investment banker at Merrill Lynch (London). Wharton Business School; Higher School of Economics. CFA charterholder. Private interests: sailing, mountaineering, parenting
Assistant to the Chairwoman, Sun Media Group
Hub: Beijing, China
Graduate, McGill University. Develops media brands in China, Hong Kong and Singapore, helping them reach millions throughout Asia. Works closely with Yang Lan on the development of her brands. Heads up the development of TEDxBeijing to create creative community events in Beijing that reach tens of thousands. On the board of a technology- based NGO that is changing the way education is funded in China. Expertise: development in Asia.
Founder and CEO, Afrimind
Hub: Abuja, Nigeria
Amaka is a policy analyst with a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She is the founder of Afrimind, a knowledge platform for highlighting African thought leadership and salient solutions on development matters. She also works at the World Bank where she works with 34 state governments in Nigeria to improve their service delivery to citizens in healthcare, education, and urban water supply. She is interested in private sector development, youth engagement, and entrepreneurship in Africa.
CEO, Tatarstan Youth Foundation "SELET"
Hub: Kazan, Russian Federation
Timur Suleymanov graduated from Kazan State University in 2009, in Economics. In 2006 for one year studied in Granada University. 2008-2010 - Member of the Public Chamber of the Tatarstan. 2010 – President of the Tatarstan Students League. 2014 - Board member of the Islamic Conference Youth Forum. Since March 2014 a CEO of “SELET”.
Director, Fizzle Co
Hub: Atlanta, USA
Dual degrees in Accounting and Finance, and certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership, University of Georgia. Began career as a management consultant, Ernst & Young. Founded Living for Monday, a coaching, consulting and training company on a mission to change the way the world thinks about work by building a community of high- performing young professionals. Director, Member Success, at Fizzle.co, an online education platform for honest independent entrepreneurs.
Co-Founder and CEO, Event Popper,
Hub: Alexandria, Egypt
Studies in Computer and Communication Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University. Co-Founder, start-ups View Finders Photography Club and event Popper. Since 2009, has volunteered with many NGOs, programmes, projects and youth initiatives. Chairman, Alexandria student branch, IEEE. Interests: photography, marketing and public relations. Event Popper is a unique event aggregator powered and monitored by the crowd, based on their location, interests and spare time. It currently covers two cities in Egypt but is planning to reach worldwide events.
Editor, Oman’s Office for Press and Advertising
Hub: Muscat, Oman
Bachelor's in International Relations, Georgetown University; Master's in Journalism, Columbia University. The first online editor at the Oman Observer; made their Twitter account number one in Oman among English news media. Founded Oman's first-of-its-kind radio show where topics of social interest are discussed live with guest speakers weekly. Award-winning photographer and avid traveller. Interests: intersection of media and politics
Founder and CEO, Yuimar
Hub: Tokyo, Japan
BSc International Law and International Relations Waseda University, and she was majoring international law,and international relations. Juris Doctor. Yuimar was founded in September 2007. Yuimar runs an orphanage to take care of 40 street children in Mongolia, and provides scholarships for the children to go to elementary school throughout to university. Her project got awarded by the Mongolian President in 2013.
Director, Supportive Cities
Hub: Chennai, India
Siddhart Hande is Director of Supportive Cities a company that aims to inspire and support the diverse aspirations of people living in Indian cities. Supportive Cities is in the process of building a technology platform that aims to connect mentors from different fields to people who aspire to follow in their footsteps. Starting in Chennai, Supportive Cities hopes to act as a catalyst in the struggle to make Indian cities more responsive to the diverse aspirations of their residents.
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