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

Gareth Wong

Chief Executive Officer, Mitbana Pte Ltd, Singapore

Gareth Wong is Chief Executive Officer of Mitbana Pte. Ltd, a joint venture fund management company of Japan's leading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corporation and Surbana Jurong (SJ), a Singapore Temasek-owned global urban and infrastructure consultancy company.

Headquartered in Singapore, Mitbana's mandate is to crowd-in urgently needed capital to catalyse urban developments in ASEAN (Indonesia, Vietnam & the Philippines) and South Asia (India, Sri Lanka & Bangladesh).

Mitbana is currently working on a 100-hectare Township development in Greater Jakarta with leading Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas Land, and aims to infuse the best of Japan & Singapore's "Smart & Sustainable" technologies to create a world-class living environment.

Gareth holds a BSc. in Economics (First Class Hons, Dean’s List) from University College London, and a MSc. in Political Science from Columbia University in the City of New York.

Calvin Choi

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AMTD, Hong Kong SAR, China

Mr. Calvin Choi is the Chairman and CEO of AMTD Group, and Founder of AMTD Charity Foundation. He is a globally recognized entrepreneur and philanthropist as well as a pioneer and contributor in promoting regional digitalization.

Calvin was named 2019 “Asia FinTech Leader” by the Singapore Fintech Association, selected as a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2017, and awarded by the Institutional Investor magazine as one of the global “Fintech Finance 35” in 2016.

Calvin currently serves as the Chairman of the Group’s investment banking subsidiary AMTD international (NYSE:HKIB, SGX:HKB), the first company with dual class voting rights to successfully dual list on NYSE and SGX; Chairman of AMTD Digital, a one-stop digitally connected solutions platform headquartered in Singapore; Board Director of Bank of Qingdao (SEHK: 3866; SZSE: 002948). He also serves as Board Director of ASEAN Financial Innovation Network, which was founded by World Bank, Monetary Authority of Singapore, and ASEAN Bankers Association. Calvin is appointed by the HK Government as a member of HK Cyberport Advisory Panel and a member of Prisoners’ Education Trust Fund Investment Advisory Committee. He is also appointed as Vice President of the China Young Entrepreneurs Association, and Vice Chairman of Greater Bay Area Homeland Youth Community Foundation.

Calvin is the Founder of the @-WISE Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence, headquartered in Singapore, and jointly launched by AMTD Group together with University of Waterloo, iQ4, and Singapore FinTech Association. He is also the Founder and Chairman of “Regional Banks+ Strategic Cooperation Alliance”, an association which was initiated by Calvin, with a number of leading Hong Kong-listed Chinese regional banks as members, including Airstar Bank, Bank of Qingdao, East West Bank, Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank, Jiangxi Bank and Zhongyuan Bank; and the Founder and Chairman of “Greater Bay Young Entrepreneurs Association”, an organisation comprising a group of leading and innovative enterprises in the Greater Bay Area.

Before joining AMTD Group, Calvin was formerly a Managing Director at the Investment Banking Division and a member of the Global Family Office Committee of UBS Asia. He also served as the China Chief Specialist, Asia Strategic Alliance under the Corporate and Investment Banking Division of Citigroup.

Calvin is currently a certified bank auditor and a certified public accountant in the United States.

Lokesh Nara

Member, Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council, India

Former Minister of Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, Panchayat Raj, and Rural Development of Andhra Pradesh, India. One of the youngest ministers in the country. Is passionate about cultivating a robust business-friendly environment and accelerating technology penetration and rural development.

Silvia Wiesner

General Manager, Belgium & Luxembourg, Unilever, Belgium

Silvia Wiesner is General Manager Belgium & Luxemburg at Unilever. She has a strong passion for Diversity & Inclusion and Sustainable Food Systems. The latter was a perfect match with her previous role as Vice President Foods for the DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) region. As a member of Unilever’s global Foods & Refreshment Leadership Team, Silvia had the opportunity to lead for the creation of inclusive food systems that feed our nations in a fairer, healthier and more sustainable way. This was reflected in innovations and market development programs aiming at plant-based foods being accessible to all, e.g. with the introduction of The Vegetarian Butcher or the “Future 50 Foods” under the Knorr brand in Germany. Silvia has been an advocate for a progressive industry stance on the EU Green Recovery and the Farm to Fork Strategy and is passionate about purpose-led leadership, flexible work models, and external partnerships.

Mohammad Salem Omaid

Chief Executive Officer, Azizi Bank, Afghanistan

Dr. Mohammad Salem Omaid, the Chief Executive Officer of Azizi Bank, Afghanistan has a storied career as a banker. Joining the bank as a cashier in the year 2006, he grew to become the CEO proving his impeccable caliber and commitment for creating a “World Class Bank”. Over this period, he has built from scratch a bank that is now the one of the biggest in the country. He could set a vision and create an action plan for the bank, and for his senior executives to achieve those goals. His exemplary performance has resulted in more than doubling the deposits of the Bank in a short span of 4 years and quadrupled the number of ATMs displaying his vision for expansion and digitizing the economy. He has introduced mobile wallet application as well for the Bank. Business expansion wasn't the only objective for Dr. Omaid. He has his mind set on social and economic welfare of the population of Afghanistan. He is playing a great role in shaping the young minds in the country by way of sponsoring sports, health-drives and education.

Kanika Tekriwal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, JetSetGo Aviation Services Pvt Ltd, India

Founder, JetSetGo, India's largest personal air mobility business. JetSetGo is a customer-centric venture aimed at revolutionizing the personal air mobility space in the region. It was conceptualised to bring efficiency and transparency into an otherwise opaque industry systematically having helped aircraft owners, governments and corporations change the way they travel. JetSetGo now has ventured into SkyShuttle. The SkyShuttle vision is to create a transportation platform for inter- and intra-city air connectivity, on-ground infrastructure mapping and development to enable Urban Air Mobility, enabling multimodal point-to-point last-mile connectivity and supporting the regulatory transition as well as development of a more autonomous air traffic management ecosystem. Named to BBC's 100 most inspiring women in the world list, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia. Recipient, Women Transforming India award 2017 by the United Nations and Government of India, National Entrepreneurship Award by the Government of India. Passionate about empowering and enabling women and works closely with various organizations supporting women from various walks of life.

Pablo Arosemena

President, Chamber of Commerce of Guayaquil, Ecuador

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

Lois Auta

Founder and Executive Director, Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria

BSc in Public Administration, University of Abuja. Over five years of experience advocating for the betterment of persons with disabilities. Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cedar Seed Foundation, Nigeria. President, Disabled Sports Club - Abuja, President, Women on Wheels Multipurpose Cooperative Society. Vice-President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Nigeria Chapter. Assistant National Coordinator, Advocacy for Women with Disabilities Initiative. Board Member, Potters Gallery Initiative.

Armstrong Pame

Administrator, Government of Manipur, India

Serving as civil servant in the INDIAN ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICE. Presently serving in the position as District Magistrate in the District of Tamenlong, under Government of Manipur. Have worked in various capacities in the government of Manipur as joint secretary in the public engineering Dept. tribal affairs, as director in the department of youth Affairs and Sports, Managing Director of Coorperative Bank,Imphal amongst other position. Among some of the works done, the construction of people's road together with the villagers to construct over 100 kms road connecting the three states of Manipur, Assam and nagaland had brought changes in the life of so many villagers. Awarded India's most eminent Civil servant 2015. Had spoken at several Universities, TEx talks giving inspirational talks to many esp. the youths.