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

Terrence Kommal

Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Medical Expert Consulting Group, South Africa

Terrence Kommal is a doctor and business leader from South Africa. He is the Chairman and CEO of Medical Expert Consulting Group.

Kommal also serves as Chairman of the Board of Tholwana tsa Lerato, a non-profit community-based organization focused on contributing to rural healthcare solutions, clean drinking water, sanitation and health and hygiene in rural South Africa.

In 2016 he had been appointed by the Minister of Transport to serve as a Non-Executive Director and Board Member of one of Africa's largest social insurers, the Road Accident Fund, with an annual budget in excess of R45 billion (USD 3 billion).

He is committed to improving access to good quality healthcare and health outcomes for South Africans and Africans dependent on the public health system.

In recognition on Terrence’s remarkable contributions and leadership, North West University, one of South Africa’s leading universities, recently appointed Terrence as an Extraordinary Professor of Practice.

He serves on the Interim Committee of the Healthcare Federation of South Africa, a public-private partnership to increase access to healthcare and improve healthcare outcomes.

He is an Albertina Sisulu Fellow of the ASELPH (Harvard/UP). He served until September 2020 as the YPO Healthcare Business Network's Global Engagement Chair, an organization that bringing together more than 29,000 chief executives and presidents who are members globally.

Muhammad Hammad Azhar

Minister for Energy, Ministry of Energy of Pakistan, Pakistan

Muhammad Hammad Azhar is a member of Pakistan's centrist political party known as Tehreek-e-Insaf. He is one of the youngest federal ministers in the country and has shown commitment to maintaining dialogue and integrity across political lines.

Ugyen Dorji

Minister of Labour and Human Resources, Ministry of Labour and Human Resources of Bhutan, Bhutan

Ugyen Dorji is the Minister of Labour and Human Resources of Bhutan. He was elected to the National Assembly of Bhutan in 2018 after working five years in the ministry of foreign affairs.

Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leader of Fine Gael, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment of Ireland, Ireland

Studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin and qualified as a General Practitioner. Former Member and Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council. 2007, first elected to Dáil Eireann, Ireland (House of Representatives) as the TD (Member of the House of Representatives) for Dublin West. 2011-14, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. 2014-16, Minister for Health. 2016-17, Minister for Social Protection. Since June 2017, Leader of the Fine Gael Party and Taoiseach. Youngest member of the Irish Government, the only gay member of the cabinet.

Fumiaki Kobayashi

Member,House of Representatives, The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan, Japan

Fumiaki Kobayashi is a Japanese politician representing the Hiroshima 7th district in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the National Diet, for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). He is also Acting Director of the Youth Division for the LDP as well as Chief Secretary of Headquarter for Promoting Administrative Reform, Parliamentary Vice-Minister at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications and Parliamentary Secretary of the Cabinet Office, focusing on regulatory reform of radio, broadcast and telecommunication, and development of policies for social security and the tax number system.

Fernando Grostein Andrade

Filmmaker, USA

Fernando Grostein Andrade is a Brazilian filmmaker that directed “Abe”, starring Noah Schnapp (Stranger Things), Seu Jorge (City of God) and Mark Margolis (Breaking Bad). “Abe” has been accepted into 27 festivals, premiering at Sundance and won the Children Jury Award at the 31st Kinder Film Festival in Vienna and the Audience Award for Best Narrative at the Washington Jewish Film Festival. The film will be theatrically released in 38 countries in 2020. Fernando has moved to Los Angeles and is represented by Untitled Entertainment. Fernando created and directed Quebrando o Tabu, a film that discusses alternative solutions to the war on drugs featuring 6 chiefs of state, including Jimmy Carter and Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The film was distributed in 22 countries and became a 2 season 10-episode TV series, show-run by Fernando and received the Mipcom Diversify TV Excellence Award in Cannes. “Quebrando o Tabu” also spun off into an online media channel with 10 million followers becoming the major human rights internet outlet in Brazil with the biggest engagement rate on facebook among all Brazilian media. Fernando was also one of the idealizers of Carcereiros, a 2017 MIPTV drama award-winning TV series, of which he directed 5 episodes. Fernando was a member of the jury of “É Tudo Verdade" as well as the Netflix Prize for Brazilian cinema. He reactivated a theater group formed by inmates inside a maximum-security penitentiary called “Do Lado de Ca”, later cast in many productions. Fernando co founded “Mapa Educação”, a youth movement that advocates for quality in public education in Brasil and directed the documentary “Wandering Heart”, with Caetano Veloso and special appearances of Almodóvar, Antonioni and Giselle Bündchen. With a growing online presence, Fernando coming out video on YouTube had 250k views and started an online debate about acceptance in Brazil.

Anushka Ratnayake

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, myAgro, Senegal

Anushka is the Founder and Executive Director of myAgro. She has worked in rural Africa since mid-2008, helping to increase market access for small-scale farmers. Prior to starting myAgro, she developed key components of One Acre Fund’s core operation model, created management-training programs and traveled across Africa and South Asia in search of innovations in the microfinance and agricultural sectors. Before joining One Acre Fund, Anushka was an early employee of Kiva.org and created the Kiva Fellows Program. Anushka received her BA in Literature from University of California, Santa Cruz and her agricultural training from smallholder farmers in Bungoma, Kenya. Anushka is considered a leader in digital solutions for smallholder farmers and is a featured speaker in many high profile events to lend her voice to financial inclusion, agriculture, gender inclusion and agriculture.

Chao (Amy) Gao

Founder, Shanghai May Foundation, People's Republic of China

Amy Gao comes from business background, AnXin Trust Company, serving on the Board of Directors of the company. Her passion in making change in the education field led to her own initiative, The May Foundation that focuses on helping college students build capacity. Gao has a masters degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Graves Tompkins

Global Head, Capital Partnering, General Atlantic Partners, USA

Graves Tompkins is a Managing Director and Global Head of Capital Partnering for General Atlantic. He serves on the firm’s Management and Portfolio Committees, and he is also responsible for its Human Capital, Marketing & Communications, and General Atlantic Foundation activities. Previously, he worked on the firm’s Healthcare and Financial Services sector teams. Prior to joining General Atlantic in 2007, Graves worked in the Merchant Banking division at Goldman Sachs, where he focused on principal investments across a broad range of sectors, and as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Graves is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum and he was previously a David Rockefeller Fellow through the New York City Partnership.