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

Mouhamed Moustapha Fall

Chair, African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Senegal

Mouhamed Moustapha Fall is a Senegalese mathematician who focuses on agricultural and food production, especially overfishing. He is endowed Chair in Mathematics and its applications at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in Senegal. Fall created a mathematical application that helps calculate a sustainable rate at which fishermen in Senegal can fish the local waters without affecting future fish populations.

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.

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

Alok Shetty

Principal Architect and Founder, Bhumiputra Architecture, India

Alok is Principal Architect and Founder of Bhumiputra Architecture, an internationally recognised, architectural design firm based in Bangalore, India. Alok and Bhumiputra's work in breaking the conventional mould of architecture, especially in the areas of social housing, sanitation, institutional, healthcare, education and urban design intervention has been published and recognised by the likes of Time Magazine (Next Generation Leader), Forbes (30 under 30 Asia, 30 under 30 India), National Geographic (India's Future Leaders) to name a few.

Sanae Lahlou

Director of the African Business Unit, Mazars Morocco, Morocco

As an impact driven young African leader, Sanae is currently director of Mazars Morocco’s Africa Business Unit. She led number of strategic projects along her dynamic and diversified career in both public and corporate sectors, building shared and sustainable values for African communities. She works on bridging SMEs and innovative start-ups from African developing countries by widening their growth opportunities and turning them into African and global champions. Sanae helped more than thousands Moroccan SMEs to connect with continental value chains in multiple and diverse fields, as she has been in charge of International Markets for the Moroccan Investment and Export Development Agency. She shaped and implemented the first governmental business development campaign “Caravans of Trade”, promoting Moroccan SMEs across more than 40 African markets. Prior to that she held the position of Development Adviser for Africa at the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Advocating for inclusive growth and gender equality are also among her career’s key drivers. Sanae is a regular speaker in international conferences on Africa’s structural transformation. She has been awarded for “Global Impact” by the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre and had been nominated as “French-African Young Leader 2019” by the French-African Foundation.

Chen Man

Founder, Beijing Man Xiang Ya Tian Advertising Ltd, People's Republic of China

Chinese contemporary photographer and visual artist who created a unique visual language that revolutionized fashion photography in China. The first ever photographer to be invited to the Met Ball. Artworks have been exhibited around the world, one of which, "The Astronaut", was selected as the permanent collection at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in the UK. From 2003 to 2007, during the phase of cover shoot for magazine, developed a brand new "Chen Man Style" of visual expression, which marked the beginning of her creative works. Her powerful visual language attracted immediate attention throughout the fashion media industry and inspired a great number of fashion photographers in China and abroad. 2016, Guest Lecturer, UPenn Wharton China Summit, Harvard China Forum and Young President Organization Forum. 2016, Director, Creative Artists Agency. In September 2016, collaborated with The Peninsula Hotels for The Peninsula In Pink collection. Artworks have been exhibited and auctioned for charity around the world.

Marga Gual Soler

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, SciDipGLOBAL, Spain

Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a pioneer of science diplomacy. She is the founder and CEO of SciDipGLOBAL, a purpose-driven advisory, research, and training platform helping organizations and individuals connect science, technology, and diplomacy to tackle transboundary challenges. She works with governments, universities, UN agencies and international NGOs to build bridges between the scientific and diplomatic communities, strengthen science-policy interfaces, and inspire the next generation of boundary-spanning STEM leaders to navigate global transformations. She is a founding member of the European Science Diplomacy Alliance, a consultant for The World Academy of Sciences, and an advisor to the EU-Horizon 2020 Science Diplomacy Cluster. She is also a researcher and lecturer at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and associate editor of the AAAS Science & Dipomacy policy journal. Previously, she served as high-level advisor to former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, and as Senior Project Director at the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, where she built the first global science diplomacy capacity building program and helped re-establish scientific cooperation between the US and Cuba after the diplomatic normalization of 2015. She has advised the science diplomacy strategies of dozens of governments and trained thousands of young leaders from over 100 countries in this emerging field. Originally from the Mediterranean island of Mallorca (Spain), she holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Queensland in Australia and her recognitions include Georgetown University Global Competitiveness Leadership Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, Top 100 Spanish Experts in Innovation, Huffington Post 40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy, and Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She is most proud of participating in the largest-ever all-women expedition to Antarctica to promote women's leadership in climate action.

Aminata Kane Ndiaye

Chief Executive Officer, Orange Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone

Aminata Kane Ndiaye is the Chief Executive Officer of Orange Sierra Leone. Prior to this appointment, she was the Chief Marketing Officer for Orange Money in Senegal, a business that has grown exponentially and become profitable in the past two years. From 2009 to 2011, she was a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company in France and Africa, designing strategies and operations for telecommunication and technology providers, banks, and consumer goods manufacturers in Europe and West Africa. She is a graduate from HEC Paris, earned her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a MIT Legatum fellow. In 2017, she was selected as a Young Global Leaders of the Africa-France Foundation.

Leana Wen

Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University, USA

Dr. Leana Wen is an emergency physician and Visiting Professor of Health Policy and Management at the George Washington University School of Public Health. She is also a contributing columnist for The Washington Post, writing on health policy and public health. As an expert in pandemic preparedness and response, she has been a frequent guest commentator on the covid-19 crisis for CNN, MSNBC, BBC, and National Public Radio.

Previously, Dr. Wen was the Health Commissioner for the City of Baltimore, where she led the nation’s oldest continuously operating health department in the U.S. to fight the opioid epidemic, treat violence and racism as public health issues, and improve maternal and child health. She has also served as President/CEO of the Planned Parenthood, where she worked to reposition the organization as a mainstream healthcare entity that delivers comprehensive care for women and families; as Director of Patient-Centered Care Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University; and a consultant with the World Health Organization, Brookings Institution, and China Medical Board.

Dr. Wen earned her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and her master’s degrees at the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She completed her residency training at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. The author of the dozens of scientific articles and the critically-acclaimed book, When Doctors Don’t Listen, she has given six TEDx and TEDMED talks.

She has received recognition as Modern Healthcare’s 50 Most Influential Physician Executives and Leaders and Top 25 Minority Executives in Healthcare; American Public Health Association’s highest award for local public health work; Governing’s Public Officials of the Year; and World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. In 2019, Dr. Wen was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People.