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

Laura Gersch

Member of the Board of Management, Corporate Pensions, Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, Germany

Laura is member of the Board of Management of Allianz Lebensversicherungs-AG, the market leader of the German life insurance market serving more than 10 million customers. Laura is responsible for the corporate business, i.e., employer funded pension business (second pillar of German pension system). She is a strong advocate of the societal role of (life) insurance striving to contribute to the reduction of the gender pension gap in Germany by advocating financial literacy for women. She is a purpose-driven leader, who played an instrumental role in developing the purpose for Allianz Group while she was running the Group CEO Office of Oliver Bäte. Before joining Allianz, she worked for McKinsey & Company. She holds a double degree in International Business from European School of Business in Reutlingen, Germany and from Northeastern University in Boston, USA.

Andrey A. Guryev

Chief Executive Officer, PhosAgro, Russian Federation

Andrey Guryev was appointed CEO by PhosAgro’s Board of Directors starting 1 August 2013. Prior to becoming CEO, he served as Deputy CEO of OJSC PhosAgro from April 2011. He was also Deputy CEO for Sales and Logistics of PhosAgro AG from October 2011 to June 2013. From June 2013 to August 2013 Mr. Guryev was the COO of PhosAgro AG. Mr. Guryev has worked at PhosAgro since 2004, holding various positions in the finance department and specialising in fertilizer exports.

Mr Guryev graduated from The University of Greenwich in London with a BA in economics, and holds a Master’s degree from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He received a PhD in economics from the National Mineral Resources University (University of Mining).

Osman Haneef

Author, United Kingdom

Osman is an impact investment advisor, tech entrepreneur, and author.  

Osman is the Managing Director of Heroes Capital, an advisory and impact investment firm focused on health tech, ed tech, and renewable energy startups in Asia.

Previously, Osman worked as the Pakistan CEO and Managing Director of BIMA Mobile Pakistan, a subsidiary of Milvik AB (“BIMA”), one of the world’s leading microinsurance and telehealth organizations that reached over 30 million subscribers and had operations in 14 countries. Osman oversaw the development and launch of BIMA's products and operations in Pakistan, where he led a team of 1200 employees providing services to nearly 4 million customers.  

He has written op-eds for a newspaper in Pakistan on the startup ecosystem and the need for cleantech. He also enjoys struggling to write fiction, and his debut novel, Blasphemy:The Trial of Danesh Masih, was published by an independent publisher in India in 2020.

He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017. Osman graduated with an MBA and an MA in International Relations from Yale University.

Bhavin Shah

Senior Advisor, Roland Berger Middle East, United Arab Emirates

Bhavin is a Partner at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in the Middle East. Prior to joining, he led the Middle East Financial Services at Deloitte, where at 34, became one of the youngest partners overseeing one of their fastest growing practices. He is a regular speaker at conferences and the author of several articles on topics related to business, economy, the financial sector, and digital commerce. He is also a board member of several companies and advises fintech and digital start-ups.

Nami Chung

Director, Asan Nanum Foundation, Republic of Korea

Yang Luhan

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Qihan Biotech, People's Republic of China

Dr. Luhan Yang is a scientific entrepreneur who pioneered genome editing technology and is passionate about changing the world for better. She is leading the efforts of creating human transplantable organs and cells using genome editing approach at eGenesis ( Cambridge, USA) and Qihan ( Hangzhou, China). She previously developed the highly programmable genome-engineering tool, CRISPR/Cas9, and pioneered the first isogenic human stem cell lines to model human diseases at the tissue level. She was recently honored as one of the Visionaries of Our Time ( NYT, 2018) and the Most Influential 50 People (Bloomberg, 2017) and was among “30 Under 30” in Science and Healthcare by Forbes Magazine (2014).

Dr. Yang holds B.S. degrees in Biology and Psychology from Peking University and a Ph.D. in Human Biology and Translational Medicine from Harvard Medical School.

Tendayi Achiume

Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Zambia

E. Tendayi Achiume is Professor of Law at the at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, and a research associate of the African Center for Migration and Society at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, and the Refugee Studies Center at Oxford University. She is also the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, and is the first woman to serve in this role since its creation in 1994. She was appointed to this position by the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2017. The current focus of her scholarship is the global governance of racism and xenophobia; and the legal and ethical implications of colonialism for contemporary international migration law. Her UN reports have addressed issues ranging from international human rights obligations requiring reparations for racial discrimination rooted in colonialism and slavery, to racial discrimination resulting from emerging digital technologies, among others. She is also a recipient of the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award—the highest university-wide honor for excellence in teaching. Professor Achiume is a graduate of the Yale Law School, Yale University, and the United World College of the Atlantic. She is also a former law clerk of Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Justice Yvonne Mokgoro of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Rory Hunter

Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Song Saa Collective, Hong Kong SAR, China

Entrepreneur. Chief Executive Officer, Song Saa Collective. Pioneers of sustainable development in South-East Asia. The collective includes Song Saa Resorts and Song Saa Private Island in Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. 2006, co-established the Koh Ouen Marine Reserve, Cambodia’s first-ever marine protected area. The reserve has since expanded to 400 square kilometres and has gained the support of Monaco’s Prince Albert II. 2013, founded the Song Saa Foundation, an independent NGO dedicated to preserving Koh Rong’s underwater sanctuaries, providing alternative means of livelihood for its residents and bringing much-needed healthcare and education to the region. Speaker at international conferences, including the G20 Summit in Brisbane in 2014. World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the prestigious Young Presidents Organisation. Former advertising executive and worked for multinational firms including Saatchi and Saatchi. Graduate, Harvard Business School; studied sustainability and resilience, Stanford University; BEcon, Sydney University. Completed the Coast to Coast in 2015, one of the world’s toughest endurance races, set in New Zealand, in 17 hours; offshore sailor, downhill skier and long-distance runner.

Carol Reiley

Founder and Member of the Board, Drive.ai, USA

An entrepreneur and an active advocate for diversity/bias in AI, Carol E. Reiley has touched many applications of AI/robotics: healthcare (Intuitive Surgical), space (Lockheed Martin), self-driving cars, etc. She co-founded and was president of the leading start-up drive.ai where she led partnerships with Lyft and Grab and raised over $77 million. She founded Tinkerbelle Labs, specializing in low-cost healthcare. She was an instructor at Johns Hopkins and led a robot outreach event for low-income students. She's written a top selling children's book, is a brand ambassador for Guerlain and was selected by Forbes and MIT Tech Review as one of the top women in AI.