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

Mayur Patel

Chief Commercial Officer, M-KOPA, Kenya

A leader in Africa’s fintech and digital media sectors, Mayur Patel is Chief Commercial Officer at M-KOPA, the region’s largest connected financing platform. Previously, he served as COO for Cassava Fintech, a provider of mobile wallet and payment solutions, and was CEO of the award-winning mobile streaming company, Kwesé iflix, which pioneered pay-as-you-watch live and on-demand video services on continent. Mayur is passionate about building inclusive and sustainable businesses. He is an Advisory Council Member of NYU Stern’s Center for Business & Human Rights, Advisory Board Chair of Africa's leading go-to-market platform for plant-based alternative meat and dairy products, Infinite Foods, and Board member of children’s educational content company, Ubongo. His work has featured in the Lancet, Stanford Social Innovation Review and Chronicle of Philanthropy. A Rhodes Scholar, Mayur has a doctorate in International Development from Oxford. He is a 2020 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow.

Rohit Chopra

Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, USA

Commissioner on the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. Has been an outspoken advocate for fair competition, consumer rights and accountability for corporations that break the law. Widely recognized for his expertise on America's trillion-dollar student loan crisis.

Tom Szaky

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle, USA

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and recycling of post-consumer waste. Developed a unique business model that offers free recycling programmes funded by brands, manufacturers and retailers around the world. By creating turnkey and affordable recycling options, TerraCycle enables these parties to move from a linear to circular economy. Author of three books: “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014) and “Garbage is Great” (2016). Recipient of numerous social, environmental and business awards from the United Nations, World Economic Forum and Environmental Protection Agency.

Hitesh Wadhwa

Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Tech Mahindra

Hitesh is a Technology Executive and Digital Transformation leader at Tech Mahindra, the IT arm of the Mahindra group. Hitesh has led, managed and scaled Tech Mahindra's revenues by $30Mn+ in the last 4 years. Hitesh believes Technology can solve world's biggest problems if used in the right way. Having worked with/for various Fortune 500 clients such Verizon, Oracle, UnitedHealth Group, AT&T and Facebook, he has helped companies achieve digital transformation, growth and agility by leveraging cutting edge technologies, such AI, RPA, IOT, AR/VR and Blockchain etc. Today, he is in a leadership position at Tech Mahindra and manages various strategic accounts and initiatives for the CME (Communications, Media & Entertainment) vertical, a $2.5B+ business annually. However, Hitesh's value to Tech Mahindra is not just in terms of top line growth, but it's also for the strategic initiatives he runs that have a global impact. The initiatives pan across diversity, inclusion, culture, sustainability etc. He has been chosen for the company's "Shadow Board" (https://bit.ly/2WdSLrs) program twice, which is a highly selective and rigorous program (only 6 people out of 130K+ employees make it every year to shadow the board of directors). As part of that, Hitesh has been instrumental in a) defining company's vision for 2024; b) running initiatives to help TechM be an organization with purpose, and a company that practices inclusiveness in all aspects of diversity; c) building a strategic roadmap on how to strive during Covid-19; d) globally representing Mahindra as a brand for millennials; e) building an effective talent supply chain management and optimizing resource utilization.

Sarah Al Suhaimi

Chairperson of the Board of Directors, Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), Saudi Arabia

Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Tadawul, the Saudi stock exchange, the largest stock market in the Middle East. With full support from the government, and under the framework of Vision 2030, leading comprehensive efforts to further integrate the Saudi capital markets into the global system, including changes to Tadawul’s operational activities, systems and regulations. Concurrently, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of NCB Capital, the investment banking arm of the National Commercial Bank, Saudi Arabia’s largest bank. NCB Capital is the largest asset manager in the Middle East and the largest Sharia-compliant asset manager globally.

Tristram Stuart

Founder, Toast Ale, United Kingdom

Following the critical success of his first book, The Bloodless Revolution (2006), and his international prize-winning book, Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009), Tristram Stuart founded the environmental charity Feedback which spawned a global movement against food waste with campaign wins on every inhabitable continent, and strives to transform the world’s food system from humanity’s biggest environmental burden to our most potent tool in reversing this. Tristram is an Ashoka Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, UN Champion of SDG 12.3, and his TED talk has been viewed over 1.7 million times. In 2016 Tristram founded Toast Ale which upcycles unsold fresh bread into craft beer, and pours 100% distributable profits into Feedback & aligned charities. Already brewing in 5 countries, Toast Ale has won numerous prizes both for its sustainability & the sheer taste of the beer. Bread shouldn't be wasted, and neither should you. Drink responsibly.

Shaharzad Akbar

Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, Afghanistan

Shaharzad Akbar is currently Chairperson for Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. She was previously Deputy National Security Council on Peace and Civilian Protection. Shaharzad has also worked Senior Advisor to Afghan President on High Development Councils (August 2017-August 2018) and in this capacity, coordinated the prioritization of development projects and programs for high level decision-making. Prior to this, Shaharzad was Country Director for Open Society Afghanistan (Sep 2014-July 2017), a non-profit that supports Afghan civil society and media in areas of peacebuilding, human rights and promoting tolerance. Before this, Shaharzad was partner and chief operating officer with QARA Consulting, a firm owned and run by young Afghans in Kabul which she co-founded in 2010, an analyst for the Free and Fair Elections Foundation, a journalist for BBC Afghanistan and a research assistant on the Women of Courage book project. In 2012, she was the first elected chairperson for the Afghanistan 1400 movement.
Born in Jawzjan, Afghanistan in 1987, Shaharzad lived for a few years as refugee in Pakistan during the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Shaharzad completed an MPhil at Oxford University as a Weidenfeld scholar in 2011; previously she obtained her BA (cum laude) in anthropology from Smith College in the U.S.
Shaharzad’s writing has appeared in international and Afghan media including Newsweek and Al Jazeera, and academic journals. Based in Kabul and an active tweeter and writer, Shaharzad is an active voice on political issues related to her country and her generation. In 2017, she was selected by World Economic Forum as Young Global Leader.

To learn more about Shaharzad, see below:
Profiles: http://foreverstan.com/millennials.html
http://www.refinery29.com/2015/10/95082/shaharzad-akbar-open-society-afghanistan-1400
Interviews:
http://www.pbs.org/video/leading-afghanistan-1520290956/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGbkr5Ge0Ko (Discussion on peace in Farsi)
Writings:
http://www.newsweek.com/afghanistan-farkhunda-murder-vain-445176
https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/afghanistan-women-fighting-back/

M. Yasmina McCarty

Chief Executive Officer, New Growth Innovation Network, USA

M. Yasmina McCarty is CEO and President of New Growth Innovation Network (NGIN), which is working to tackle inequality and economic exclusion in the United States. Prior to NGIN, Yasmina was the Head of Mobile for Development at the GSMA, where she led a global team of 130 people using technology to deliver socioeconomic impact in the areas of mobile money, health, agriculture, energy, water, sanitation, climate, humanitarian response, digital identity, digital inclusion, gender equity, and disability. Before GSMA, she was CEO and Co-Founder of GreenMango, a digital platform that helped low-income entrepreneurs increase their incomes. Yasmina worked in microfinance for five years, both in the US and internationally, with ACCION USA and Women’s World Banking. Yasmina started her career in the private sector.

Yasmina holds an Executive MBA Global from Columbia University and London Business School and a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University. She is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and was previously an Echoing Green Fellow, TED India Fellow, and an AmeriCorps Vista.

Anne-Sophie Grouchka

Member of the Executive Board, France; Chief Customer Officer, Allianz, France

Anne-Sophie Grouchka started her career in 2005 as an adviser to Xavier Bertrand, the French Minister of Labour, Employment and Health. She joined the pharmaceutical group IPSEN in 2007 as adviser to the chief executive. From 2008 to 2012, she held the respective positions of adviser, joint chief of staff and chief of staff to Nadine Morano, the then-Secretary of State for Family and Solidarity who become Minister of Apprenticeships and Professional Training. Grouchka joined Allianz France in 2012 as project manager to Jacques Richier, the chief executive officer. In 2013, she was appointed head of strategy and innovative projects. In February 2018, Grouchka was nominated to the executive committee of Allianz France as chief customer officer in charge of claims, underwriting and customer journey. She has also been head of customer relationships and solutions since January 2016.

She is a graduate of the ENS Ulm (Ecole Normale Supérieure), the ESSEC (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) business school and Sciences Po Paris. Anne-Sophie also holds postgraduate diplomas in German studies (Paris IV University) and in International Relations (PhD school of Sciences Po).

Anne-Sophie is a member of the Young Global Leaders Forum - class of 2019.