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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Tolu Oni

Professor, School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Tolu Oni is a Public Health Physician Scientist and Urban Epidemiologist at the University of Cambridge, and an Honorary Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town.

She is Founder & Principal of UrbanBetter | Oni et al (https://urbanbetter.science/), an Africa-led global practice and movement to accelerate solutions that improve health in Africa’s cities by increasing the supply of health from place; and by creating a platform to increase youth-led demand for healthy places. Through our urban health practice and learning collaborative, we partner with diverse actors in Africa and globally to harness urban development for population health.

Born in Lagos, she completed her medical training (and a BSc in International Health) at University College London, postgraduate medical training in the UK (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) and Australia, a Masters degree in Public Health (Epidemiology) at the University of Cape Town, and a research doctorate in Clinical Epidemiology at Imperial College London. She completed Public Health Medical Specialty training in South Africa and is a Fellow of the College of Public Health Medicine of South Africa. She spent 11 years conducting research in South Africa, where she was an Associate Professor at the University of Cape Town. There, she established a Research Initiative for Cities Health and Equity (RICHE), conducting transdisciplinary urban health research focused on generating evidence to support development and implementation of healthy public policies in rapidly growing cities, with a focus on Africa. Research activities include Systems for Health projects: investigating how urban systems (e.g. housing, food) can be harnessed for health; and Health Systems projects: integrated heath systems responses to changing patterns of disease and multimorbidity in the context of urbanisation.
She has published her work in high-impact journals, and has given presentations at international academic (urban health, HIV, TB) and non-academic meetings including the United Nations High Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development, New York; and the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting, Davos 2018. She serves on several advisory boards including Future Earth and the African Academy of Science Open Research Platform; and is an editorial board member of Lancet Planetary Health, Cities and Health, and the Journal of Urban Health.
Profiled in the Lancet journal in 2016, Science magazine in 2018, and the British Medical Journal in 2019, she is a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, a 2015 Next Einstein Forum Fellow, a Fellow of the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, and 2017-2019 co-Chair of the Global Young Academy. In 2019, she was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Shauna Aminath

Policy Secretary to the President of Maldives, Office of the President of Maldives, Maldives

Shauna Aminath has been involved in the Maldives’ democracy movement for over 10 years. She worked for former president Mohamed Nasheed (2008-2012) and is now the Policy Secretary of the President's Office under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's administration. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the implementation of all government policies. A fearless campaigner for democracy, freedom, and the rule of law, Shauna has been arrested and detained in peaceful protests in the Maldives advocating for democracy.

Emily Serazin

Managing Director and Partner, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), USA

Emily Serazin is a Managing Director and Partner at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Emily is a core member of BCG’s Health Care and Social Impact practices. Within health care, Emily’s focus is on vaccines and global health across the value chain. She also has expertise in digital health and in the formation and optimization of public-private partnerships. Examples of Emily's experience in the commercial health care sector include developing growth and product launch strategies for players in the global vaccines market, leading due diligences, and supporting post-merger integrations. In the realm of global public health, Emily has worked across leading global health institutions such as Gavi, UNICEF, WHO, and the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation to define investment strategies, coordinate multi-stakeholder efforts, prioritize portfolios, and identify key levers to drive uptake in low- and middle-income countries. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Emily has worked extensively with public, private and social sector actors to accelerate the development and deployment of Covid-19 vaccines and therapeutics.

Abdourahmane Cissé

Minister of Petroleum, Energy and Renewable Energy, Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Development of Renewable Energy of Côte d'Ivoire, Côte d'Ivoire

2001, degree in Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique; MSc in Petroleum Economics and Management, French Institute of Petroleum (IFP). 2005, started career at Goldman Sachs, London, as a Sales/Structurer, Commodities Department, covering European corporate clients and governments; then moved to the Equities Division as a Trader to help build the franchise business; latterly, Executive Director, Index Trading Desk, Equities Derivatives Division. 2013-17, Minister of Budget and State-Owned Entities of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, responsible for the budget, customs, taxes and state-owned entities. Currently, Minister, Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum.

Huang Dinglong

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Malong Technologies, People's Republic of China

Huang Dinglong is an entrepreneur in the technology field in China. His passion and Malong’s AI+ visual recognition technology is one of the leading players in China and in global markets as a groundbreaking solution. This includes solving the dependency on high-quality human annotated data. Malong is a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

Dalal Saeb Iriqat

Vice President for International Relations, Arab American University-Palestine, Palestinian Territories

Iriqat, Dalal, Dr., is assistant professor and VP of Int. Relations at the Arab American University Palestine. Dalal is a weekly columnist at AlQuds Newspaper since 2016. Dalal’s research focus on Diplomacy, Nation Branding, Palestinian State Building, Coercive Diplomacy, Public Diplomacy, Soft Power, Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She is author of Public Diplomacy in the 21st Century, Diplomacy in the perspective of Peace Building, Limitations of Coercive Diplomacy, The Double Lockdown: Palestine under Occupation and COVID-19. She served as Senior Advisor on Strategic Communications at the PMO between 2017-18. She served as the Senior Policy Consultant for writing the Human Development Report UNDP for Palestine in 2015. Dalal taught at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University between 2011-12. Dalal was elected President of the Diplomatic Academy of London Students’ Association in 2003. She was also a member of the students’ council at the University of Jordan in 2001. Dalal is passionate about bringing change into the Palestinian society through education, she is passionate about improving Palestinian Diplomacy and better brand Palestine. Iriqat is a founding member Mediterranean Women Mediators Network MWMN, founder member for Palestine Experts for Education under Covid-19, Founding and Board member of the Policy and Conflict Resolution Studies Center PCRSC, board member of Lycée Franćais International of Ramallah, board member of Eco Peace Palestine and sits on the jury board of 3alArd initiative. Dalal IRIQAT has a PhD in Public Administration from Paris I Sorbonne 2011, A Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies from Westminster University in London 2004 and a Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Jordan 2003 and she continues to learn.
Twitter @Dalaliriqat In @Dalal Iriqat https://www.aaup.edu/dalal.s.iriqat

Carlos Alvarado Quesada

President of Costa Rica, Costa Rica Government, Costa Rica

Forty-eighth President of Costa Rica. Formerly Minister of Labour and social security during the presidency of Solís Rivera. At age 38 on the date of inauguration, became the youngest serving Costa Rican president since 1914.

Hindol Sengupta

Vice-President, Invest India, India

Hindol Sengupta is Vice President and head of research at India's investment promotion agency Invest India. He is an award-winning author of nine books. In 2019, his book The Man Who Saved India was awarded the best non-fiction book award at the Valley of Words literary festival in India. In 2018, his book Being Hindu: Understanding a Peaceful Path in a Violent World became the first book on Hinduism to win the Wilbur Award given by the Religion Communicators Council of America in the award's 70 year history. He is the youngest writer to be nominated for the Hayek Book Prize given by the Manhattan Institute in memory of the Nobel laureate economist F. A. Hayek, and to win the PSF award for social contribution in India (among earlier winners of this prize is the late Indian scientist and President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam). He is on the steering committee of the Australia-India Youth Dialogue (AIYD) and is winner of the AIYD grant to write a history of Indians in Australia. He was co-convener of the Sweden-South Asia Media Project. He is an Aspen Italy columnist. He has worked with the UN Millennium Campaign and UNICEF on data visualization and public opinion research. His work on gender violence mapping has been reported around the world. His not-for-profit project Grin has built a global platform for change-makers with a network in 15 countries. He has worked as Senior Fellow at the Centre for Civil Society, India's best-known liberal think-tank. He is writing three new books including a history of the Indian free markets. He was trained in business and finance as a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University and in international relations and history as a Chevening Scholar at Worcester College, Oxford.

Chido Govera

Founder and Director, The Future of Hope Foundation, Zimbabwe

Social entrepreneur. Founder, The Future of Hope Foundation. Pioneer in the conversion of coffee grounds from cafes into mushrooms. Through the foundation, Chido fulfills her commitment to ending poverty, abuse, self-pity, and victimhood at the grassroots level in Africa through food security. The simplified sustainable mushroom farming method provides food security by converting organic residues into food, motivating people at different levels to take on entrepreneurial opportunities in both the developed and developing parts of the world. Committed to engaging women and girls in socio-economic development and to reach their full potential. Expertise: edible and medicinal mushrooms.