Head of New Champions
David is a Senior Director of the World Economic Forum and Heads the Global Shapers, the Forum of Young Global Leaders, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. David has held a number of positions at the Forum since joining in 2003, including the Partnership Team (responsible for the Forum?s highest-level relationships with corporate partners) and leading the Professional Services industry practice (leading law firms, accounting firms, management consultancies and executive search firms) to shape industry agendas. Prior to the Forum, he worked for the International Olympic Committee in Business Development, Marketing and Licensing for seven years. A Canadian citizen, David holds an MBA from IMD (Switzerland) and a BA (with Honours) in English and German Literature from Dalhousie University (Canada), where he was a member of the President?s Leadership Class (an innovative programme to develop youth leaders for service that took him on volunteer development and education projects in Guyana and India). He earned his International Baccalaureate at Lester B. Pearson UWC of the Pacific and David now serves as a Council Member of the United World Colleges. Besides his passion for developing young leaders, David has a passion for the vineyards of southern France. He and his wife Anne live in Geneva with their two children, Juliette (10) and Owen (6) who also aspire to help people in lots of different places when they grow up too.
Deputy Head of the Global Shapers Community
Yemi is the Deputy 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.
Senior Community Manager, Asia Pacific
Weiyuan is the Senior Community Manager for Global Shapers Community Manager responsible for Asia. She graduated from Xiamen University in 2001, receiving a BA in English literature. In 2003, Weiyuan completed her LL.B in International Communication at Peking University. In 2009, Weiyuan received her Masters in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2003-2007, Weiyuan spent four years as a journalist with the South China Morning Post and Washington Post Beijing Bureau. She received the Hong Kong News Award 2005 for Best Young Reporter, 1st runner-up. She also worked as a consultant with the World Health Organisation from 2009-2010. From 2010-2011, Weiyuan was an accredited journalist with the United Nations Office in Geneva. She has extensive experience in investigative reporting and public policy analysis. Her interests include reading, hiking, travel and tango.
Wadia Ait Hamza
Senior Community Manager, Middle East and North Africa
Wadia is the Senior Community Manager for the Middle East and North Africa. He was before the public Affairs Manager at the Rabat School of Governance & Economics (EgE Rabat). He worked in Toyota Morocco as Training & Human Resources Development coordinator, as well as in the European Institute for the Mediterranean in Barcelona. He holds a Master Degree in Euro- Mediterranean Affairs, and a Bachelor degree in International Studies, with a minor in Women & Development from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. He is a former member of the Youth Consultative Committee of the League of Arab States Youth. He served as a Youth Trainer with the Council of Europe & the League of Arab States during many events. As a former member of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Parliament, Wadia launched, with his peers, different projects such the Meda Youth Parliament & Euro-Med Academy for Young Journalists. He is also vice president of the Mediterranean Forum for Youth (Fomeje). Wadia Ait Hamza was a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Fellow for 2012.
Eun Joo Hur
Community Manager, Asia Pacific
Eun Joo is a Community Manager in the Global Shapers Community team responsible for Asia Pacific at the World Economic Forum. She holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and a Master degree in International Management. She is interested in trade, economy, management and global issues. Before joining the Forum she worked for UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research), WTO (World Trade Organization), ITC (International Trade Centre) in Geneva, and LG Chem America, Inc. in New York. She loves sports and travelling.
Senior Community Manager, China
Spring Chunxiao Fu is the Community Manager for the Global Shapers Community in China. She works closely with local partners in China, in Shapers nomination and community building. Spring is taking care of the Young Global Leaders Community in Greater China as well. Prior to the World Economic Forum, Spring was a Customer Relations Manager at Hewlett-Packard (HP) China between 2005 and 2009, and Client Management Associate at Ogilvy Public Relations Shanghai in the Summer of 2010. At HP, she worked closely with the Executive Council overseeing service management process, formulating customer strategies and serving as company ambassador for Top 100 Strategic Clients. She is also a certified Quality Management Consultant on business process control. Spring received her BA in Renmin University of China, and an MPA at Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs.
Antonio Gomez Lopez
Senior Community Manager, Latin America
Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Antonio earned a BS in Computer Engineering from Universidad Simón Bolívar and years later he earned a MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Prior to joining the forum, Antonio represented the voice of consumers through his work as a market researcher for Procter & Gamble, with focus on business analysis, forecasting and optimization of new initiatives for the North America, US Hispanics and Emerging Markets businesses. He also served as co-organizer and sponsorship leader for Reaching Out MBA 2012, the annual US conference that connects LGBT MBA students from all over the country with potential employers from the private and public sectors; due to the efforts from the organizing team that year, the conference held record attendance with 1,200 attendees between students and industry partners. Outside work, Antonio enjoys resistance training, scuba diving, travelling and learning foreign languages.
Senior Community Manager, Russia and CIS
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Anastasia has graduated from St. Petersburg State University with a degree in Literature and simultaneously received a degree in Humanitarian Sciences and Arts from Bard College in New York. She has authored a published book of short stories along with various online publications. After pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Relations in the University of Northern Iowa, she worked in St. Petersburg-based organization Doctors to Children as a PR Manager, and later on as a project manager helping women and children in difficult life situations. She launched and developed multiple human rights and youth-oriented projects, like the first all-Russian website for HIV+ women and “Coaching for Development” project in Nepal . After having received Master’s in Human Rights from London School of Economics, Anastasia worked for Amnesty International in London and ran several projects of her own. Since leaving London, she has lived in France supporting projects for young entrepreneurs. Currently, Anastasia is the Senior Community Manager for Global Shapers in Russia and CIS. She is also a Global Leadership Fellow. She likes to spend her spare time traveling with her husband, writing prose and poetry, and taking part in youth initiatives all over the globe (Sandbox, Palomar5, and the like).
Senior Partnerships Activation Manager
Olympia was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Speaking four languages and holding an MBA from the University of Piraeus, she started her career in finance soon to realise that what she really wanted to do was marketing. In the years that followed, she worked in marketing positions for Unilever, L’Oreal and most recently for Nokia as a Marketing Manager located in Greece. Olympia joined the World Economic Forum as a Senior Partnerships Activation Manager in the Global Shapers Community and a Global Leadership Fellow. In her spare time, she loves to dance, swim, travel in different countries but also spend time with her loved ones.
Senior Community Manager, Europe
Melih is a member of the Global Shapers Community team at the World Economic Forum. He acts as the Community Manager for Europe and Central Asia. Prior to joining the Forum, Melih ran his own consulting company specialized on the European Union. At the height of Turkey?s efforts to join the EU, Melih started up INSIDE consulting to serve non-profit organizations such as municipalities, governorships and chambers of commerce and industry. Later on, he became partners in Novicor Technology Partners, a consulting company specialized in R&D. After selling one of the companies and closing down the other, Melih moved to Geneva to be a part of the exciting initiative of setting up a global network of young and enthusiastic people.
Senior Community Manager, South Asia
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.
Senior Knowledge Manager
Vera Schneider is a Knowledge Manager in the Global Shapers Community and a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum. She is a Research Psychologist with international experience in monitoring and evaluation, and has worked on large-scale qualitative and quantitative social studies in the areas of gender-based violence, crime and justice, and families and children. In her spare time, she is an intrepid traveller, art enthusiast and enjoys winter sports and running.
Senior Community Manager, North America
Manuel Wachter is a transcultural facilitator specializing in international project development. Born and raised in Guadeloupe (French Caribbean), Manuel completed his undergraduate studies of Philosophy and Comparative Literature in Paris in 2003. Manuel went on to earn a double Master’s in International Management from ESCP Europe and the City University of London in 2006. The three-year program conducted in Oxford, Madrid and Paris allowed for work placements in each country and each of the respective languages. Having specialized in International Project Development, Manuel honed his skills as a transcultural facilitator in such varied contexts as the media industry in Turkey, diplomatic service in Brazil or microfinance consulting in Morocco. Manuel completed J.P. Morgan’s Management Training program in 2009 and joined ICAP in Frankfurt, Germany as International Sales Associate, expanding the company’s business into French-, Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking markets. In 2012, Manuel joined the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland as a Senior Manager for the Global Shapers Community focusing on North America & the Caribbean. Manuel is also a Global Leadership Fellow.
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