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.
Alberto Levy is Consultant, Advisor, Speaker and a serial entrepreneur with equity in a series of innovative and disruptive technologies around the globe. He’s also the founder partner of The AppDate México, Confitería Bailable, Levytation, MellonKitchen and he’s cooking a new community-based mobile platform that will be your number one app pretty soon. His work usually mixes art and innovative technologies to develop unique customer experiences and tell stories in memorable ways. He passionately pursues constant innovation using technology as a tool, but always placing the human being as the focal point of the relationship, transforming the spectator into an active participant in the human-machine dialog, creating a unique and intimate relationship. Levy has presented his projects in many international forums like Bellas Artes Palace, Anthropology and Franz Meyer Museums in Mexico, Museum of Contemporary Art in Monterrey, Campus Party Mexico, UK, Colombia, Brasil and Ecuador, Siggraph, Bellas Artes National Museum in Cuba, Brasil, United States, Costa Rica, Spain, Germany, among others. His engaging applications have spanned more than 10 different countries, providing new communication experiential programs applied to social justice projects, theme parks, urban interventions, retail, galleries and expos, trade shows and more. Born in Brazil, Levy earned a Masters in Interactive Telecommunications from New York University.
Anastasia Kalinina is an Associate Director of the Global Shapers Community. She is responsible for developing and executing strategy for all local activities in over 450 Hubs. Prior to joining the World Economic Forum, she has directed the launch of numerous global projects such as WomenHIV platform and Social Camp in Russia, Coaching for Development in Nepal, Jobzippers Entrepreneurial Speakers Series in Switzerland and Germany, and many more. She has launched and implemented a two-year project in St. Petersburg, Russia, aiming to reduce discrimination and violence against HIV-positive women, and ensure their sustained access to treatment, care and support. She was responsible for developing and implementing social media/campaigning strategies in organizations such as Amnesty International (London), and International Service for Human Rights (Geneva). Anastasia holds a BA in Literature from St. Petersburg State University, BA in Humanitarian Sciences and Arts from Bard College, New York, MA in Communication Studies from the University of Northern Iowa, and MSc in Human Rights from London School of Economics and Political Science. She is a John Smith Fellow, an honorary member of the International Project Management Association, member of international trade professionals network NASBITE, and a Global Leadership Fellow of the World Economic Forum. She is interested in arts, sustainability, global affairs, and empowerment of youth through technology and innovation. Anastasia is a published writer and poet.
Darius Udrys, Ph.D. is a public relations and development consultant with two decades of international experience in Europe and the United States. Dr. Udrys specializes in helping clients develop and communicate their brand, mission and message to the public as well as governments, donors, customers and other target groups to increase awareness, support and income. Dr. Udrys is currently a senior associate with Fipra Lithuania and is owner and director of the branding agency Neue Unica. From 2011 through 2015 he was Vice-Rector for Development and Communications at the European Humanities University in Vilnius, where he built and managed a multinational team responsible for communications, fundraising and external relations. Dr. Udrys’s experience in media includes work as a broadcast journalist and media trainer with Radio Free Europe as well as foreign correspondent for Lithuanian State Radio. Darius Udrys holds a Ph.D. in political science and an M.A. in politics from Claremont Graduate University. He has a B.A. in political science and German from Hillsdale College, and also studied German politics, language and culture at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitaet in Bonn, Germany. He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the Public Diplomacy Council, and the Vilnius International Rotary Club.
As an experienced leader of innovative global organizations, organizational and personal development consultant and experiential learning designer Gabriela is committed to building organizations and systems that enable people and planet to thrive and meaningful visions to get accomplished. She spent her last 10 years working as a manager, consultant and coach with a mix of non-profit and for profit global organizations spanning over 50 countries around the world. As a manager she worked for AIESEC Romania and International, Future Considerations and Impact Hub. As a consultant, she has worked with clients such as HSBC, KPMG, BP, TATE Britain ProVita Romania, RoPot, Human Invest and more. Currently she happily works for the Impact Hub network as one of the three Global Directors, helping build a global infrastructure for catalyzing and scaling social enterprises and change making businesses that address the key issues of our time. Gabriela is a passionate traveler who has gone through more than 5 passports to date.
Youssef Gaboune is a social entrepreneur passionate about innovation in education and ethical leadership. He is the founder of Ethical Leaders (www.ethical-leaders.com), New Open Education (www.newopeneducation.org) and How the World Works (www.how-the-world-works.com). Since he joined Al Jazeera Media Network in 2013 as Head of Business Development, he has been leading the development of its worldwide partnerships in the field of training & development. Before joining Al Jazeera, he used to serve as Associate Director MENA at Oxford Leadership Academy. For the past 10 years he has been training and connecting young change makers from various global communities such as Global Shapers, Ashoka, Impact Hub, TED, Enactus, and African Leadership Academy. In 2015, he presented a new framework for redesigning education systems at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Happenings, and launched several edutainment initiatives. Youssef holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Montreal, and graduated from 2 Executive Education Programs in Leadership Development from Carnegie Mellong University, as well as in History of the Middle East from Georgetown University.
Lila Chitayat is an architect, New Media artist and an experimental practitioner of design.Integrating her research into spaces and education, she is senior lecturer at the Design faculty in HIT teaching at the Masters Program in Integrative Design leading Multidisciplinary design studies.
In 2002 founded LinC studio, a transdisciplinary design studio producing a wide range of projects including urban art installations, museum exhibition design and interactive/ media space design. In her works she provokes innovative means to engage technology, material and space design, to set new encounters for people to interact with art, urban spaces and with one another.
She has worked with the Israel museum, Ars Electronica, NYU- ITP, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv municipalities, IUAV and others, creating, curating and leading cultural entrepreneurship.
Lila holds a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, a B.Arch from Pratt Institute, NY. and a B.Des from Holon Inst. of Tech.
Stephan Chambers is Chairman of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, co-founder of the Skoll World Forum, Director of International Strategy at Oxford’s Saїd Business School, and Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College Oxford. He sits on the advisory board of Princeton University Press and is a director of the Britdoc Foundation, the Dartington Trust, the University of the People, and the Dragon School. He writes a regular Entrepreneurship column for the Financial Times. In 2014 he was special advisor to Larry Brilliant and Jeff Skoll at the Skoll Global Threats Fund in California. At the Saїd Business School he teaches entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial finance. From 2000 to 2014 he directed Oxford’s MBA, overseeing its rise in international influence and rankings. In addition he was the founding director of Oxford’s Executive MBA and helped to found Oxford’s Man Institute for Quantitative Finance. He also established the University’s advisory board for the National Audit Office and currently serves as a reviewer of NAO reports. At the World Economic Forum in January 2015 he chaired the inaugural ‘Shaping Davos’ panel (on public private partnerships) and initiated its Global Shapers Oxford collaboration. He is a graduate of Hull and Oxford universities.
Vytis Jurkonis is primarily known as the expert of Belarus related issues, Eastern Partnership region and Russia as well as Lithuanian foreign policy, however his previous engagements also included fact-finding missions to and trainings for civil society activists and human rights defenders in Afghanistan, Cuba, Burma and Georgia.
Vytis is the head of the Civil Society Development and Cooperation Division at the Vilnius based think-tank Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) since 2007. Prior to this he worked at the IIRPS (Vilnius University) Research and Public Affairs Department. He is one of the founders and a member of Vilnius Lyceum Alumni Association and the IIRPS Students’ Corporation “RePublica”, also member of Lithuanian Political Science Association. Vytis holds an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy and Expert Diploma of the Institute of Human Rights of the Law Faculty of the Complutense University (Madrid) in Rapid Expert Assistance and Co-operation for Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management, Post-conflict Rehabilitation in International Missions.
Ania Jakubowski resides in Warsaw, Poland working for The Coca-Cola Company as the Franchise General Manager for Poland/Baltics. She has been with the Coke System over 4 years. Prior to her current role, she held the role of Group Commercial Marketing Director for Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company.
Before joining the Coke System, she enjoyed a 20 year international career with Procter & Gamble, spanning North America, Eastern, Central and Western Europe; in sales, marketing, operational & market development roles, strategy and capability building roles. Born and raised in Canada, she graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University (Ontario, Canada) with an Honors; Bachelor of Business Administration. She has lived a great deal of her professional career abroad; residing in Poland, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Greece. She is a dual passport holder, with her native roots stemming from Poland.
Outside the walls of work, Ania enjoys contributing to the communities in which she lives, having received in 2011 – The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) – World of Difference 100 Award; recognizing individuals whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women.
Arnoldas Pranckevičius currently serves as external policies adviser to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. He primarily advises the President on EU’s Eastern policy and enlargement strategy. His main focus includes relations with Russia, Eastern Partnership countries, Western Balkans and Asia. In 2012-2013 he coordinated the work of the special Cox-Kwasniewski mediation mission in Ukraine. A. Pranckevičius has been with the European Parliament since 2006, previously working in the Cabinet of EP President Jerzy Buzek (2009-2012), in the Committee for Foreign Affairs and with the Interparliamentary delegations for Russia, Ukraine and Belarus. Earlier, in 2004-2005 he served as domestic policy adviser to the President of Lithuania, Mr. Valdas ADAMKUS. He was member of the first class of Rotary World Peace fellows and earned his Masters in European Affairs at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris) and completed his BA in International Relations at Colgate University (New York, USA). In addition to his professional activities, since 2009 he is also President of the Lithuanian Community in Belgium.
Unė Kaunaitė has worked as a project manager in “Create for Lithuania” programme, where she managed projects in the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Interior and the National Library of Lithuania. She has also published two novels, “Sudie, rytojau” and “Žmonės iš Alkapės”, teaches students in the National Students’ Academy and she is involved in civil activities concerning youth about mental illnesses, suicide and other questions. She holds MA Psychology and Social Anthropology degree from University of St Andrews in Scotland and now starts her Master’s Degree in Education at University of Cambridge.
Thomas Bryer is associate professor and director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management in the School of Public Administration, University of Central Florida, United States. He is a Fulbright professor at Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania, Faculty of Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities through 2017. Professor Bryer’s research and teaching focus is public participation, civic engagement, and the use of emergent technologies for democracy. His books include Higher Education beyond Job Creation: Universities, Citizenship, and Community (2014), National Service and Volunteerism: Achieving Impact in our Communities (2015), and Social Media for Government: Theory and Practice (2016, with Staci Zavattaro). He is currently writing a new book tentatively titled: The Wars on Poverty and Impoverished Citizenship: Empowerment versus Manipulation, which is the focus of a new seminar he is teaching in spring 2016. His research in Lithuania focuses on citizen engagement with municipal governments. More information about Professor Bryer is available at http://cohpa.ucf.edu/directory/thomas-bryer/ and about his books at http://amzn.com/e/B00N9C2JPU.
Remigijus Šimašius earned his master’s degree in the Faculty of Law of Vilnius University, and a PhD in Social Sciences at the Department of Law Philosophy of Law University of Lithuania (currently, Mykolas Romeris University). A social activist in many ways, Remigijus Šimašius became an active member of the Lithuanian Liberal Youth, and in 1997, the Chair of the organisation. He represented liberals as the Minister of Justice of Lithuania in 2008, and as a Member of Parliament (the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania) 2012 to 2015, when he was elected the Mayor of Vilnius. Remigijus Šimašius became a young expert of law in the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), and in 2006, he took a challenge of becoming its President. The Institute is a school of transparent thinking, rational analysis, and high standards, ranked one of the five best analytical centres in Central and Eastern Europe.
Remigijus Šimašius continued his professional path with a traineeship at the Heritage Foundation (the US Research and Educational Institute), and developed his public governance skills in the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in Germany. He extended his knowledge on competition economy in the Central European University (CEU, Hungary), and got a prestigious Diploma of the Summer University of Ludwig von Mises Institute in Alabama, USA.
In the position of the Minister of Justice, Remigijus Šimašius aimed at reducing bureaucracy, speeding up and reducing the cost of the process of preparing and issuing documents; and increasing the access and accountability of state institutions. The MP Remigijus Šimašius continued his fight for common sense decisions, focusing on liberal ideas of reduction of taxes for working people and families raising children, greater investment in children’s education and talent development, and simplification and modernisation of bureaucratic procedures.
In 2011, Remigijus Šimašius was granted a high state award, the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary. In 2012, he received the Investors’ Forum (Lithuania) award for the greatest contribution and decisions improving the business environment. Remigijus Šimašius joined the Lithuanian Union of Riflemen, he also practises crafts, jogging and shooting, and plays basketball. On holidays, the Šimašius family like outdoors activities, especially walking and cycling.
Ilja Laurs is one of the most successful entrepreneurs and venture investors in Lithuania. After selling GetJar, the largest independent app store, he founded Nextury Ventures and now invests into the most promising tech companies in the region across different spaces, from 3D printing to mind-reading and beyond.
“European Manager of the Year 2011” by European Business Press Association, “25 European Tech Leaders” by Wall Street Journal, “Top 40 most influential people in mobile communications” by Informa Telecoms and Media, “10 Start-ups That Will Change Your Life” by TIME magazine and “Technology Pioneer 2011” by World Economic Forum are only a few of his numerous industry achievements. As a recognized thought leader, Ilja speaks on all major telecommunication conferences and is regularly quoted in Wall Street Journal, Forbes, CNN, CNBC, BBC, Bloomberg and many other news sources.
Ilja’s book on business, entrepreneurship and investments “Business in a New Way” has broken multiple book publishing records in Lithuania and is #1 non-fiction bestseller in the country.
Carolina Parisi is the Associate Company Secretary of ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer, with headquarters in Luxembourg.Carolina is a lawyer, and enjoyed executive education in Germany, holding a MBA and a Master in Tax Law degrees. She has a multi-cult profile having also worked for Daimler AG on several projects, including a green field project in India and lectured Commercial and Tax Law in Brazil.
She is passionate about entrepreneurship, education and social causes. In 2014, she was nominated by the World Economic Forum as the Founding Curator of the Luxembourg City Hub of the Global Shapers Community.
In 2015 she was nominated by the Global Dignity organization as the Country Chair for Luxembourg. In the same year she became also the co-founder and member of BitBank S.a.r.L. a security fintech startup based in Luxembourg building a new platform for Banks to store and manage digital assets.
In Brazil, she is one of the co-founders and member of the non-governmental organization AME – Minas Action for Education – which educates vulnerable groups and promotes informed and responsible citizenship. From Luxembourg, she also supports WakaWaka, a Dutch social enterprise fighting energy poverty through innovative lights. 16,000 people are injured by kerosene lamps every day. 1.3 billion people rely on them.
Arūnas Mark is Regulatory Affairs Expert at public agency Invest Lithuania, specializing on Educational policy and meeting the needs of the market (human capital). Prior to joining the agency, Mr Mark worked as an education policy expert for the EU institutions and National Commission for UNESCO and has led the largest student organisation in Lithuania.
He has more than 10 years of experience in Education policy and reform with a strong emphasis on higher education and meeting the needs of the businesses both on National and International levels.
He graduated in Jazz Music from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Mr Mark speaks Lithuanian, English and Russian.
Tomas is a serial entrepreneur. He led his first startup business kartu.lt to become one of the market leaders and later sold it to the major local player. He also developed another e-commerce business – AdoreBox. Tomas has previously worked as an assistant to chairman of the board at the leading regional real estate developer. He has also spent time working and studying in South Africa, Sweden, Poland, France and Russia. Tomas holds 3 MSc degrees, from CEMS, Stockholm School of Economics and KTU. He also co-develops the global CEMS Entrepreneurs Club, runs entrepreneurial workshop at LSE as well as locally represents the global Startup Digest blog.
Guoda Lomanaite currently works for Swedbank Lithuania in the position of Public Affairs Manager, focused on Corporate social responsibility and sustainability aspects. Guoda has been active in youth work since 2004 through local, national and international organizations within Lithuania and Europe. In 2010, she was elected to the European Youth Forum Board and then re-elected as Vice-President in 2012. Guoda Lomanaite holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Vilnius University and a double Master’s degree in International Management and Marketing in ISM University of Management and Economics in Vilnius and BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo.
Ambassador Žygimantas Pavilionis is a career Lithuanian diplomat since 1993. He attended Vilnius University where he earned a master’s degree in philosophy and PhD in political science. Pavilionis was assistant director of policy from 1994-1995, leading political section of European Integration Department as Associate European Correspondent from 1995-1999. He worked in Brussels, Belgium, at the Lithuanian Permanent Mission to the EC from 1999-2002 as Co-Secretary of Association Council, Accession Conference to the EU, Deputy Chief Negotiator. Pavilionis was then promoted to lead the European Union Department from 2002-2004, became Political Director and Deputy Foreign Minister from 2005-2009. Most recently, he served as Chief Coordinator for Lithuania’s presidency of the Community of Democracies (2009-2010) and Lithuanian Ambassador to the US and Mexico (2010-2015). Since August 2015 – Ambassador-at-Large for Europe’s East (European Neighborhood) at Lithuanian MFA. Pavilionis and his wife, Lina Pavilioniene, have four sons.
Rytis is a lawyer passionate about governance, social initiatives and community building. Rytis is one of the founders of City Alumni initiative (www.cityalumni.lt) devoted to unify expats from the same cities and regions in Lithuania and empower them to contribute to the development of their hometowns and active member of his home town (Alytus) club.
In legal field, currently, Rytis is a Head of Legal Division at a Lithuanian state controlled energy company where he leads a legal team which was responsible for execution of Lithuania’s LNG Terminal Project, national strategic project aimed at ensuring energy security of the country. Rytis has also worked at the European Commission, Cabinet of Commissioner for Customs, Taxation and Anti-fraud and Embassy of Lithuania to the United States in Washington D.C. acting as energy policy adviser.
Rytis holds LL.M. Degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Joint Master in International Law Degree at Ghent University and Mykolas Romeris University. He has also studied at Harvard Law School and Lund University. Rytis is one of the founders of Global Shapers Vilnius Hub.
Independent PR consultant, freelance writer & Idea hunter with a never ending curiosity in the dynamic fields of entrepreneurship, psychology, innovation, technology…
…and the many possibilities life has to offer when you leave the road already traveled.
Studied finance and business at Frankfurt Goethe University and International Marketing at Kingston University London.
After working for a tech startup in San Francisco and advising Blue Chip companies at one of the biggest communications consultancy worldwide, Marina is currently combining her passion for PR and entrepreneurship as an independent PR consultant for an innovative tech company while co-founding a startup that will change the way we read non-fiction books!
Enthusiastic about the human mind and the “big picture”, namely how everything is interrelated. I expose myself to many ideas through all channels that are available and I want to share what I learn as I believe that getting together with smart, low-bullshit-tolerance people and working for a common cause is one of the most powerful and fulfilling things there is.
Odeta Tručinskaitė-Šiušienė is Associate Partner at a leading full-service commercial law firm TARK GRUNTE SUTKIENE with offices in all Baltic countries. She is a recognized expert in Corporate and Commercial law and has over 13 years of practice. Odeta has advised a number of major clients working in Corporate and Commercial such as AB Klaipėdos Nafta (an LNG terminal operator), ERGO group, City Service, Danske Bank, Viasat, Seesam and Sampo insurance groups, Paroc, etc. She is a member of Lithuanian Bar Association.
Odeta has gained a Masters of Law degree from the Vilnius University. As a student Odeta was a receiver of a George Soros scholarship and spent a year studying in USA.
Zydrune is the CEO at the MAINSEC company (wireless telecom and data centre industries), for which she runs B2B sales operations in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. Prior to MAINSEC, she held the position of President of AIESEC Lithuania, the national chapter of the world‘s largest youth-run organisation. As the leader of its international team in Lithuania, Zydrune implemented and improved projects on sustainable NGO development and youth leadership education as well as built a strong network of AIESEC Alumni worldwide. In addition to business, sales and leadership, her experience includes organizing and chairing numerous events, concept development and agenda building for local and international conferences. Zydrune is also a member of startup „Like a Local Guide“ community contributing to its activities in Vilnius. Zydrune is a graduate of Vilnius University majoring in economics and curator of HUB Vilnius for the year 2014/2015.
In 2007, I experienced what it is like to not be able to function normally. A car accident in Kenya caused a resuscitation, brain surgery, nine broken bones and permanent brain damage. Life was not looking bring, as in the beginning I couldn’t walk, talk, read, write or calculate. But when I woke up in the hospital, the first thought I have was “I’m in the hospital again, then everything is well”. After all, it made me think back of eight hip surgeries I have had earlier, each of which made me spend time in a wheelcharis and on crutches.
In contrary to the doctors’ beliefs, I fully recovered. I obtained a BSc in Industrial Engineering, Twente University (2010). An MA in Geopolitics, Territory & Security from King’s College London (2011). I studied at Exponential Technologies GSP12 at Singularity University (2012) and became Associate of King’s College throught theology & ethics classes in 2012.I am currently writing a book about this experience.
I am passionate about providing a safer, more secure world. Together with two fellow students we founded Coblue Cybersecurity during his studies. Kairos elected Coblue as one of the fifty most innovative university startups worldwide in 2012. I was elected Futurist of the Year 2013 by SecondSight.
Besides working in cybersecurity I works as leadership communication consultant. And as futurist I join other organizations for their future orientation, thinking about applications of future technologies and implications for business models.