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

Catherine Raw

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, NORTH AMERICA, Barrick Gold Corporation, Canada

Catherine Raw was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Barrick in April 2016, having joined the company in May 2015 as Executive Vice President, Business Performance. She was previously a Managing Director at BlackRock where she was Co-Manager of BlackRock’s flagship mining equity funds. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, a MA in Natural Sciences, with first class honors, from Downing College, University of Cambridge, and a Master of Science in Mineral Project Appraisal from Imperial College, London.

Fernando Grostein Andrade

Director, Spray Filmes, 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.

Ho Ren Hua

Chief Executive Officer, Thai Wah Public Company Limited, Thailand

Ren Hua Ho is the Chief Executive Officer of of Thai Wah Public Company, a regional leader in starch and starch related products in the ASEAN region. The Company has 10 operations across the region and works extensively with small holder farmers in Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam. Thai Wah was recognized in 2017 at the Asia Corporate Excellence and Sustainability Awards and also is part of the ESG100 index in Thailand for its firm commitment towards sustainable best practices.

Yuan Jiakai

Vice-President and Chief Representative, China, United Way Worldwide, People's Republic of China

Vice-President and China Chief Representative of United Way Worldwide, the world’s largest privately funded non-profit organization with a focus on improving early child education, financial stability and health in 40 countries and territories. Over a decade ago, gave up career as an investment banker in the US to devote professional life to civil society work. Served leadership positions at both leading domestic and international non-profit organizations, including China Red Cross Jet Li One Foundation, Beijing Youcheng Entrepreneur Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Arlington based Rare Conservation and World Wildlife Fund for Nature China Representative Office. Formerly: worked for Credit Suisse’s Leveraged Finance team within the Investment Banking Division in New York; also founded own business as an entrepreneur in Toronto. BBA, University of Toronto, Scarborough; MBA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Currently completing part-time doctoral studies at the National School of Development, Peking University. World Economic Forum Global Young Leader (2019).

Stephanie Lo

Managing Director, Shui On Investment Company Limited, Hong Kong SAR, China

Stephanie Lo is Executive Director of Shui On Land and Shui On Management as well as Vice-Chair of China Xintiand. Her extensive experience and insights in the field has made her a driving force in moving the propery management industry forward in the region. In addition, Lo is also actively involved in projects geared towards closing the social gap.

Oana Bizgan-Gayral

Member of Parliament, Parliament of Romania, Romania

Oana Bîzgan is a Member of the Romanian Parliament on the Gender Equality Committee, one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, a Vital Voices fellow and an ambassador for the international Girl2Leader Campaign, run by the Women Political Leaders Forum. She fights for women’s rights, children’s rights and global social justice.

As a progressive and an independent MP in the General Assembly, she managed to propose and pass ten new bills regarding social justice and equal opportunities. She holds the strong conviction that equal opportunities are the real levers for the sustainable social and economic development of every society, particularly in the midst of the digital revolution we are undergoing. She wants to leverage the power of communities to change people lives for the better, as an MP and furthermore. Her vision is to empower every stakeholder to play hers/his part in ensuring social justice and invest strategically in building up the society we all want to live in. More details here: www.oanabizgan.com.

Nathalia Arcuri

Founder/CEO, Me Poupe! Conteudo e Servicos Financeiros Eireli, Brazil

Nathalia Arcuri is a Brazilian entrepreneur, journalist, finance specialist, philanthropist and founder of the world's largest financial entertainment platform, Me Poupe!. Making it easier for people to understand difficult concepts involving finances and investments, her company helps over 21 million people each month to improve their financial life. Nathalia believes that education is the first step for true financial freedom and her mission is to make people free through democratic access to quality knowledge.
Nathalia disrupted the Brazilian financial market by bringing the concept of entertainment to the service of financial education. Her work at the forefront of Education has earned her several awards over the past 4 years. Me Poupe! democratized access to personal finance content, introduced complex concepts in a simple and fun way and among its platforms has the largest YouTube channel in the world, with more than 5.5 million engaged subscribers.

She is an author, a student of behavioral economics with a specialization in choice architecture.

Bibliography:

Spare me! 10 steps to never run out of money in your pocket. 2018
+500 thousand units sold

Practical Guide Mee Save! 33 days to change your financial life.
2021
+30 thousand units sold

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.

Mohamed Al Hashemi

Country Head, Majid Al Futtaim, United Arab Emirates

Mohamed Al Hashemi is the Country Head of Majid Al Futtaim in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In his role, he leads a team of over 1,300 employees and is responsible for Majid Al Futtaim Leisure, Entertainment and Cinemas as well as Majid Al Futtaim Lifestyle. During his tenure in this role, Mohamed introduced Cinemas to Saudi and helped create and shape the industry. He focused his efforts on Customer Experience and Operational Excellence achieving market leadership in the Kingdom. Along with, Mohamed is serving as an advisory board member at the General Commission for Audio Visual in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (Ministry of Media), and a mentor at Endeavor, steering businesses to grow country’s GDP. Before being named Country Head in 2018, Mohamed was the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Majid Al Futtaim Healthcare, Management Reporting and Analysis at Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, Head of Treasury GCC at Majid Al Futtaim Retail. Prior to joining Majid Al Futtaim, Mohamed started his career as a Corporate Banker in Emirates Bank Group focusing on various industries as Aviation, Retail and Construction. Mohamed received both a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Executive MBA in Strategic Management from the prestigious Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Dubai. Mohamed is a firm believer in empowering the youth to reach their full potential through business and about creating a sustainable business environments and business models for generations to grow.