About us

Meet the team serving the Global Shapers community


Adrian Monck

Head of Public Engagement and Foundations

Adrian Monck is the Head of Public Engagement and Foundations at the World Economic Forum. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, he was a professor of journalism at City University, London, and held varying positions at Instituto de Empresa, Madrid, and the University of Hong Kong. Mr. Monck has been an active member in the media, having been a journalist and editor with CBS News, ITN and Sky News, among other media outlets. He was President of Britain’s Media Society and serves as chair or judge on varying award juries including International Emmies, BAFTAs, RTS, Broadcast and British Press Awards.


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Adeyemi Babington-Ashaye

Head, Global Shapers Community

Yemi is Head of the Global Shapers Community. He joined the World Economic Forum as a Global Leadership Fellow to strengthen the Forum’s community of African leaders. He designed processes for consultation with stakeholders across the continent, led the inaugural Global Agenda Council for the Future of Africa and designed the programme development process that sets the agenda for the Forum’s Africa Meeting. Prior to the Forum, he started his career as a Chartered Accountant (ACCA) and was a member of the Financial Management Programme at GE Capital. While completing his masters in development economics at Harvard University Yemi was a teaching assistant for two courses: Financial Management of Public Institutions and International Capital Markets.  He completed his MBA at MIT Sloan School of Management .Yemi also served as Technical Advisor for Economic Growth to the Nigerian Minister of Finance with responsibility (among others) for ensuring the integration of economic data and information into the decision-making process, this culminated in the development of State of the Nation reports that guided policy priorities. In addition to overseeing fiscal policy matters, he also designed stakeholder outreach sessions. He was invited by Professor Klaus Schwab onto the core team that established the Global Shapers Community in 2011.



Vijay Raju

Associate Director, South Asia

Head of Collaborations 

Head of Partnerships

Vijay serves the South Asian region for the Global Shapers community and is based in Geneva. Vijay is passionate about global politics and designing new models for inclusive development. Prior to joining the Forum, Vijay was a Senior Consultant with Innosight, where he was part of business model innovation efforts for J&J, Medtronic and Tata (TCS). Before that, he worked as a Venture Leader with Innosight Ventures where he incubated several disruptive businesses at the BoP including the Edison Award winning ‘Healthy Heart for All’ for Medtronic. Vijay also spent several years leading animation and computer graphics projects in India and US. Vijay has a MBA from the International University of Japan, where he received the Monbukagakhusho Scholarship, and Bachelor of Engineering from India including a ‘Ship for World Youth’ fellowship from the Government of Japan. 



Wadia Ait Hamza

Head of Interactions

Senior Community Manager, MENA

Wadia is currently a Senior Community Manager of the Global Shapers Community in the Middle East and North Africa as well as a Global Leadership fellow at the World Economic Forum. Previously, he worked at the Rabat School of Governance and Economics (EGE Rabat) as public Affairs Manager, at Toyota Morocco as Training & Human Resources Development coordinator, as well as in the European Institute for the Mediterranean in Barcelona. He is a former member of the Youth Consultative Committee of the League of Arab States.

Wadia holds a Master Degree in Euro- Mediterranean Affairs (Università degli Studi di Perugia in Terni, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Université Hassan II in Casablanca & Universidad de Granada), and a Bachelor degree in International Studies, with a minor in Women & Development from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. Wadia is 2012 United Nations Alliances of Civilizations fellow.



Chidiogo Akunyili

Senior Community Manager, Africa

Chidiogo is the Senior Community Manager for the Africa Shapers Community and a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. Born and raised in Nigeria, Chidiogo completed her undergraduate studies in International Relations and French from UPenn and Sciences Po Paris. During the three year hiatus between Bachelors and Masters, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia; as well as was the initiator and Program Director of the Cultural Diplomacy in Africa Program for the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany. Following her interest in China’s burgeoning role in Africa as a development partner, Chidiogo spent the next two years working in Beijing as a Consultant in the field of Sino-African relations.  This experience led to a deeper focus on development in Africa, and inspired a Masters degree in International Relations with focus on Development Economics and Emerging Markets from the Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS examining how the intricacies of diplomacy, trade, security and development, coalesce into tangible strategies that affect various developing nations especially across Africa. Upon graduation, and before joining the Forum, Chidiogo’s  most recent experience was working as a Strategy Consultant with Roland Berger based in Lagos and UAE. Chidiogo is currently the Manager of the Global Agenda Meta-Council on Inclusive Growth.


Shimer Diao

Community Manager, China Region

Shimer is the Community Manager of Global Shapers Community, China Region. She works closely with local partners in China, in Shaper nomination and community building. Born and raised in Shanghai, Shimer receives her degree in Media and Communication/Asian Studies, University of Sydney. Prior to the World Economic Forum, Shimer had been in the TV broadcasting industry for almost seven years, she was one of the youngest producers at Shanghai Media Group. After dabbling in the different forms and methods in traditional media, she’d also been experimenting with new media. She is the founder of the online English teaching platform, Oh My English.



Albina Krasnodmeska

Community Lead, Europe & Eurasia

Albina Krasnodemska was born and raised in Ukraine. She started to write for national newspapers at the age of 15 and then completed a Master degree with Honours in Journalism at the Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. After her graduation, she became the first foreign reporter to North Africa from Ukraine and spent three years in Morocco. It is in Rabat that Albina got her first experience in the United Nations network and worked as a consultant for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). She came back to Ukraine in her role of vice-President of the newly-created All-Ukrainian Road Safety Association, an NGO aimed at improving the road safety standards on a national scale, notably by introducing and implementing best practices deriving from international expertise. Albina then came back to the United Nations, working for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), where she was in charge of projects to improve the media landscape in Ukraine.



Johann Hartmann

Community Coordinator

Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Johann left his home country at a young age and grew up living in countries such as Singapore, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the USA. He returned to Switzerland to complete two Bachelors of Science in International Hospitality Management within the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne. Following his studies, Johann joined the front office team of the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates as attaché to the Managing Owner/CEO with the task of supporting on internal team structuring and budgeting. Further to his US experience, Johann returned to Lausanne and joined the International Boxing Association (AIBA) as a Competition Manager for the newly launched AIBA Pro Boxing program (APB). During his time at AIBA, Johann was a member of the team in charge of developing and structuring the APB competition meant to improve the conditions of professional athletes as well as providing an opportunity to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Outside of work, Johann enjoys watching ice hockey games, travelling and discovering new cultures.


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