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The United Nations Foundation is driven by the belief that a better world is within reach and that everyone has a role to play in helping the United Nations make this vision possible. Job creators and innovators are uniquely positioned to help problem solve around the issues most in need of advancement. The United Nations Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council (GEC) is a strategic advisory council designed to bring together successful, high-profile, entrepreneurs and thought leaders who are committed to finding innovative solutions to global problems. Created in 2011, the GEC is comprised of audacious leaders from various industries to help the UN and the UN Foundation – and its campaigns, partnerships, and programs – reach new audiences and enhance public-private partnerships.

Council members have focused their work with the UN Foundation on issues such as advancing education and empowerment, supporting refugees, bringing citizen voices to the UN at scale, and broadening the scope of and ability to create partnership opportunities with the UN. This preeminent group carries on Ted Turner’s bold example of global leadership and his desire to bring entrepreneurism and creative ideas to humanitarian issues, constituted in his commitment of one billion dollars to the United Nations 15 years ago.

The current Council is positioned to support Foundation campaigns and initiatives, help the Foundation support the sustainable development agenda, and find innovative solutions to global problems through entrepreneurism. By encouraging entrepreneurship on a global level, we can achieve social and economic impact, helping to lift millions out of poverty.

Ashish J. Thakkar

Chairman
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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2016-2017 Global Entrepreneurs Council Members

 

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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Kat Cole

Group President of FOCUS Brands
Kat is Group President at FOCUS Brands and responsible for building FOCUS Brands revenues and profits through global licensing, manufacturing, and ecommerce.

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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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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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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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Davis Smith

Founder & CEO of Cotopaxi
Davis Smith grew up throughout Latin America and has since dedicated his life to helping those in need there and around the world. He’s a passionate social entrepreneur and adventurer. Davis is currently the founder and CEO of Cotopaxi, an outdoor gear and active lifestyle brand - with a social mission at its core.

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Preity Zinta

Actress, Founder of PZNZ Media and Co-Owner of Kings XI Punjab
Priety Zinta is a Bollywood film actress, the founder of the production company PZNZ Media, and a co-owner of the Indian Premier League cricket team Kings XI Punjab.

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GEC Team

 

    Josh Slusher

Senior Associate, Global Entrepreneurs Council
Josh Slusher is the Senior Associate for the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Josh worked at the global communications firm, Burson-Marsteller, working with the Worldwide Chair and CEO as well as the company’s grassroots subsidiary, Direct Impact. In 2015, Josh served as head of the U.S. delegation to the G20’s Youth Summit held by the Turkish Presidency focusing on the challenges facing youth in entrepreneurship, education, and peace and security.

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REPORT: 2013-2014 GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURS COUNCIL

 


 
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