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Global Entrepreneurs Council

The United Nations Foundation has brought together some of the brightest entrepreneurs under 45 through the Global Entrepreneurs Council to take the UN and the UN Foundation – and our campaigns, partnerships, and programs – to the next level of innovation and impact. 

Council members represent various industries including, corporate, creative community, and media and have a proven track record of entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and advocacy on global issues.

Ashish J. Thakkar

Ashish J. Thakkar is the Chairman of the Global Entrepreneurs Council. Ashish founded his first business in 1996 at the age of 15 with a $5,000 loan. Since then, he has established and driven the growth of Mara Group from a small IT business in Uganda to the globally recognised multi-sector investment group that exists today. Through its investments and operations, Mara Group now employs over 11,000 people across 22 African countries in sectors spanning financial services, infrastructure, real estate and technology (incl. e-commerce and social media).

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2015 Global Entrepreneurs Council Members


Anna Ryott

Managing Director and CEO of Swedfund
Ms Anna Ryott only has one professional aim – to do everything in her power to eradicate poverty through sustainable business.

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James Irungu Mwangi

Executive Director of the Dalberg Group
James Irungu Mwangi is Executive Director of the Dalberg Group, a collection of impact-driven businesses that seek to champion inclusive and sustainable growth around the world, and a Partner with Dalberg Global Development Advisors. Mr. Mwangi founded and built up Dalberg’s presence in Africa, beginning with the Johannesburg office in 2007, Nairobi in 2008, and Dakar in 2009, and he served as Global Managing Partner from 2010 to 2014.

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Alberto Chang-­Rajii

President and Founder of Grupo Arcano
Alberto Chang‐Rajii is the President and Founder of Grupo Arcano, a private equity and venture capital firm focused in developing new companies in the fields of energy, natural resources and innovation technology.

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Georgie Benardete

Co-founder and Head of Strategy of Orchard Mile
Georgie Benardete is a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is currently Co-founder and Head of Strategy of Orchard Mile, a newly launched online shopping platform created for consumers to experience the world’s top luxury brands in one beautiful place.

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Ohood Khalfan Al-Roumi

Director General of UAE Prime Minister’s Office
Ms. Al-Roumi is currently the Director General of UAE Prime Minister’s Office; she has formally occupied several positions within the Government of Dubai and Federal Government. She was Head of the Economic Policy at The Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Ruler of Dubai, and prior to that, Manager of the Business Research at Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

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Devon M. Kuehne

Devon M. Kuehne is the Director of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, The GEC consists of ten philanthropic-minded entrepreneurs, dedicated to working with the UN Foundation and the United Nations to elevate their efforts to create a healthier, safer and more sustainable world.

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