Who we are

We are an accelerator for a dynamic community of exceptional people with the vision, courage, and influence to drive positive change in the world.

Our growing membership of more than 1,400 members and alumni of 120 nationalities includes civic and business innovators, entrepreneurs, technology pioneers, educators, activists, artists, journalists, and more.

Aligned with the World Economic Forum’s mission, we seek to drive public-private co-operation in the global public interest. We are united by the belief that today’s pressing problems present an opportunity to build a better future across sectors and boundaries.

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Meet our members

Amélie de Montchalin

Minister of Public Sector Transformation and the Civil Service, Ministry of Public Sector Transformation and the Civil Service, France

Amélie de Montchalin is a French economist and politician, who graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School and HEC Paris. With a dual training in public administration and applied economics, she began working in Chile for the Axa insurance group, then as a political analyst for the European Commission. During the financial crisis from 2009 to 2012, she held the position of economist in charge of Europe for Exane BNP Paribas then as Director of Public Policies and Foresight for the Axa Group between 2014 and 2017. In December 2016, she joined the Emmanuel Macron's En Marche party and was elected member of the sixth constituency of Essonne in the 2017 legislative elections. She was the coordinator of the party En Marche and member of the Finance Committee from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, she became parliamentary rapporteur on the finance bill. She was then appointed vice-president of the LREM group. On March 29, 2019, she was appointed Secretary of State for European Affairs and in 2020, she was appointed Minister of Public Sector Transformation and the Civil Service.

Pablo Arosemena

President, Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil, Ecuador

Skilled in entrepreneurship, developing leadership networks and distinguishing key economic signals from the political noise.

Grace Natalie Louisa

Co-Founder and Chairwoman, Partai Solidaritas Indonesia - PSI (Indonesian Solidarity Party), Indonesia

Grace Natalie Louisa is Co-Founder of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI). As one of the youngest party leaders in Indonesia, she aims to involve the younger generation in politics and is committed to making transparency in government one of her goals. Before entering politics, Louisa had a career in journalism. In her early years as a television journalist, Louisa covered crime, politics, business and other current affairs.

Francesca Chia

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, GoGet, Malaysia

Francesca Chia is the Co-Founder and CEO of GoGet, an on demand workforce technology platform that connects businesses to trust and reliable part timers, called ‘GoGetters’. Francesca is pushing boundaries in the technology industry and the traditional labour market of Malaysia. She brings with her insights on the future of work, how businesses will adjust models to suit new labour requirements and how empowerment is possible through technology innovation. Francesca graduated with a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and was inspired by social enterprises because they redefined traditional ways of doing business and running a non-profit. Prior to launching GoGet, Francesca was a Management Consultant in The Boston Consulting Group for 4 years. GoGet was also invited as a one of the selected ASEAN start up to speak in the World Economic Forum, Hanoi 2018 to discuss the Future of Work. Francesca is also an Alibaba eFounders Fellow from the program jointly created between Alibaba and UNCTAD. Most recently, Francesca was invited to speak at a summit in conjunction with United Nations General Assembly 2019 about the platform and how it is specifically addressing the Sustainable Development Goal #8: To promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive.

Roberto Ibarra

Chief Technology Officer, Expediente Azul, Mexico

Tech. passionate and entrepreneur. Interviewer of successful entrepreneurs for podcast. Sold two previous companies. Two apps nominated world's best. IPADE MBA.

Currently working on Expediente Azul, a platform to simplify how businesses and people send documents to financial institutions for a loan, lease or mortgages with customers in Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.

Sarah Chen

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, USA

Sarah’s career spans across venture capital (VC) and innovation, in Asia and the US. She is Co-Founder of The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, a global consortium of venture funds that have now pledged to invest and are actively deploying beyond $1 billion towards women-founded companies, to begin to address the venture investment gap where women founders receive less than 3% of total VC funding. Going Beyond The Billion, her mission is now to catalyze capital deployed to these venture funds, ensuring their continued capacity to invest- by mobilizing LP commitments, convening LPs and connecting them to GPs who invest in venture-backable companies founded by diverse women founders.

Previously, she pioneered a corporate venture capital unit within $13Bn publicly traded Asian conglomerate, Sime Darby, investing in later-stage biotechnology companies. Since then, she has been at the forefront of multi-million cross border investments, structuring and executing commercialization plans for her portfolio companies. Named Forbes 30 Under 30, she is a recognized speaker and adviser on VC/innovation and women in leadership, having been featured among others on Der Spiegel, the Wall Street Journal, and at the United Nations.

Driven by a mission to fuel women's ambition, power and influence, she currently sits on multiple boards including 131 & counting, a bipartisan effort backed by Bloomberg Government and Holland & Knight to fete the unprecedented number of women serving in the House and Senate in the US and encourage more qualified women to run for office; and Lean In Malaysia, which she co-founded, a platform accelerating women into leadership, recognized as the voice of credibility for professional women issues in Muslim- majority Malaysia. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Laws, LL.B (Hons.) from King’s College London. A proud Malaysian, she spends her time between the US- Asia.

To find out more: www.beyondthebillion.com
@sarahchenglobal on all handles; www.sarah-chen.com

Gaurav Mehta

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dharma Life, India

Gaurav Mehta is the Founder and CEO of Dharma Life. He has worked with Pratham since 2004 as a founder of the German Fundraising Chapter and on strategic initiatives with the CEO and Founder. Gaurav spent three years in the private equity space at General Atlantic, a large growth capital investment firm (until 2008). He focused his efforts on opportunities in the consumer and media, and healthcare sectors across Europe. He also initiated and led General Atlantic’s clean energy efforts in Europe. Prior to General Atlantic, he has worked at Morgan Stanley in London in the investment banking division, where he specialized in European capital products and healthcare investment banking. Significant transactions included landmark deals for KfW, Deutsche Telekom, Deutsche Postbank, Siemens and BMW. Gaurav graduated with a BA Hons degree in International Business Studies and French from the European Business School, London. He also has an MBA from London Business School.

Garlin Gilchrist II

Lieutenant Governor, State of Michigan, USA

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist has dedicated his career to solving problems. An engineer by training, he uses thoughtful innovation, progressive reform, and efficient modernization of policies and programs to make the work better for hardworking families. From spearheading campaigns for equality and justice to harnessing technology to solve real problems, his focus has consistently remained on serving the public and getting things done. He brings a lifetime of experience to the task, receiving his first computer at age five and setting up a computer lab in a Detroit community recreation center using computers that he built himself at age 16. Lt. Governor Gilchrist studied computer engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan, graduating with honors, and later had a successful career as a software engineer at Microsoft, helping to build SharePoint into the fastest growing product in the company’s history. Lt. Governor Gilchrist spent the next several years of his career as a social entrepreneur and community organizer who helped people in communities across America realize their full economic and political potential. Upon returning home to Detroit, Lt. Governor Gilchrist worked in local government to make sure build systems that made the government more responsive, transparent, and accountable to city residents. This experience prepared him for a key priority: to bring Michigan’s state government fully into the 21st century on every level. As part of the Whitmer Administration, Lt. Governor Gilchrist has sought to address injustice and inequity across our state at every level. From co-chairing the Michigan Joint Task Force on Jail and Pretrial Incarceration to helming the Coronavirus Task Force on Racial Disparities, these task forces have taken actions that saved lives and protect our most vulnerable populations. Lt. Governor Gilchrist’s approach to addressing these disparities is deeply rooted in fact-based practices, science, and connecting with individuals across Michigan. Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist and his wife, Ellen, reside in Detroit where they are raising their twins, Emily and Garlin III, and daughter, Ruby.

Wawira Njiru

Founder and Executive Director, Food for Education, Kenya

Wawira is the founder of Food for Education an organisation that is feeding Africa’s future through innovative, cutting-edge technology. Food for Education has created a sustainable model of efficiently providing locally sourced, high quality, nutritious meals to public primary school children. Their scalable, efficient model is creating the first sustainable path to solve the child nutrition crisis for 500 million African children. She is a Ford Foundation Global Fellow, the youngest recipient of the University of South Australia’s alumni award 2017, a 2018 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a recipient of the Builders of Africa Award 2018 and one of 2018’s Top 40 under 40 women in Kenya. She is also the first recipient of the Global Citizen Youth Leadership Prize 2018 presented by Cisco.