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

Phanindra Sama

Chief Innovation Officer, Government of Telangana, India

Phanindra Sama, A firm believer in active citizenship, is the first chief innovation officer of the Government of Telangana, contributing to building an innovation-driven economy in the state. Previously, he was the founder of redBus, the world's largest bus ticketing company, with operations in six countries. After exiting redBus, he co-founded Kakatiya Sandbox, a social impact venture that nurtures active citizenship for the economic prosperity of the region.

Niklas Adalberth

Founder and Executive Chairman, Norrsken Foundation, Sweden

Niklas Adalberth, the unicorn entrepreneur behind payment start-up Klarna, donated $125 million to found the Norrsken Foundation, a tech-for-good ecosystem for social impact entrepreneurs daring to tackle societies biggest challenges. Norrsken currently houses 125+ companies in Europe's largest impact hub, has made 25 investments and started two non-profits.

Nerissa Naidu

Co-founder, CEO, āxil, USA

Nerissa is currently co-founder and CEO of āxil, a fintech platform-as-a-service focused on helping entrepreneurs with their finances. āxil was selected as one of the Top 3 Female Fintechs for 2020 http://bit.ly/āxil

Prior to āxil, Nerissa has filled numerous senior executive roles in her two-decade corporate career, to manage and grow global businesses, provide board oversight, manage a 5000+ global workforce, and perform multinational strategic turnarounds in fortune 100 companies.

Nerissa was appointed as a board member and advisor to multiple FinTech and Behaviour-tech businesses over the last 4 years. Her directive is to advise on the overall operating model, growth and revenue generation strategies as the businesses mature or gain strategic funding.

As a native South African who grew up in Apartheid, Nerissa has been a proponent of equality and strives to break the mould of stereotypes in gender, race and professional norms. She has been a keynote speaker on diversity and inclusion, and chaired discussions on systemic inequality and racial injustice.

Nerissa was selected as a Young Global Leader in the World Economic Forum in 2019 and featured in the Financial Times as a leader to watch https://bit.ly/NerissaFT

Gemma Mortensen

Co-Founder and Member of the Board, More In Common, United Kingdom

Formerly: journalist; with the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, New York; with the European Commission; Executive Director, Crisis Action. Since January 2016, responsible for Change.org’s general management globally. Change.org is the world's largest platform for social change with over 170 million users worldwide. Chair, Helen Bamber Foundation. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum (2011). Recipient of awards and honours, including: MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions (2012); Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2013); CNN Inspirational Women 2014; Yale World Fellow (2015).

Liu Qian

Managing Director, The Economist Group, China, People's Republic of China

Qian is an influential economist and business executive. As Managing Director of The Economist Group in Greater China, she has deep knowledge of the Chinese economy, understands both China and the West very well, with exceptional ability to bridge the two. She publishes in highly regarded academic journals and business outlets, and is frequently interviewed by BBC, CNBC, NPR etc. She is also a prominent advocate for gender equality in China, and introduces cutting edge global economic research on gender, and promotes intelligent public debates reaching millions of people. Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum. Member of Global Future Council on China. Steering Committee member for World Economic Forum's Value in Media. Outstanding Women Award, China. Qian earned her PhD in economics from Uppsala University, Sweden, and was previously a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley, and received executive training from Stanford University.

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.

Kanika Tekriwal

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, JetSetGo Aviation Services Pvt Ltd, India

Founder, JetSetGo, India's largest personal air mobility business. JetSetGo is a customer-centric venture aimed at revolutionizing the personal air mobility space in the region. It was conceptualised to bring efficiency and transparency into an otherwise opaque industry systematically having helped aircraft owners, governments and corporations change the way they travel. JetSetGo now has ventured into SkyShuttle. The SkyShuttle vision is to create a transportation platform for inter- and intra-city air connectivity, on-ground infrastructure mapping and development to enable Urban Air Mobility, enabling multimodal point-to-point last-mile connectivity and supporting the regulatory transition as well as development of a more autonomous air traffic management ecosystem. Named to BBC's 100 most inspiring women in the world list, Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia. Recipient, Women Transforming India award 2017 by the United Nations and Government of India, National Entrepreneurship Award by the Government of India. Passionate about empowering and enabling women and works closely with various organizations supporting women from various walks of life.

Marga Gual Soler

High-Level Policy Adviser, Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG Research and Innovation), Spain

Dr. Marga Gual Soler is a champion and pioneer of science diplomacy. As founder and CEO of SciDipGLOBAL, her mission is to elevate science, technology, and innovation as essential elements of foreign policy and international relations to address transboundary challenges that no country can solve alone. She works with governments, universities, NGOs, UN agencies, and international organizations to build bridges between the scientific and diplomatic communities (often in politically challenging contexts), strengthen science-policy interfaces, and inspire the next generation of boundary-spanning STEM leaders to navigate global transformations.

At the AAAS Center for Science Diplomacy, she helped re-establish scientific cooperation between the US and Cuba after the diplomatic normalization in 2015 and advised the science diplomacy strategies of dozens of governments and the European Union. In 2016 she became the youngest member appointed to the High-Level Expert Advisory Group to European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas. She is currently an advisor to the EU-Horizon 2020 Science Diplomacy Cluster and the Joint European Disruptive Initiative, a consultant for The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI), and an associate researcher and lecturer in science diplomacy at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Dr. Gual Soler is a high-profile speaker and media analyst on the science diplomacy dimensions of current affairs. Her recognitions include Georgetown University Global Competitiveness Leadership Fellow, Aspen Ideas Scholar, Top 100 Spanish Experts in Innovation, and Huffington Post ‘40 Under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy.’ She holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Queensland in Australia and was Arizona State University faculty. In 2019 she participated in Homeward Bound, the largest-ever all-women expedition to Antarctica to promote women's leadership in climate action. In 2020 she was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Yasui Yoshiki

Chief Executive Officer, Yasui & Company, Japan

Yasui Yoshiki is Founder and recently sold Origami, a Tokyo-based company offering a mobile payment solution that bridges online and offline commerce. He is also a Committee Member of the Payments Japan Association, as well as the New Industrial Structure Committee of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Yoshiki began his career in the Investment Banking Division for Lehman Brothers. Later he worked at DCM Ventures, a major venture capital firm in Silicon Valley, where he was responsible for investments in the US, Japan and China. He studied at the University of Sydney and later graduated from Waseda University.