UN Foundation Announces Inaugural Class of Global Entrepreneurs Council

"10 Beyond-The-Beltway-Brains" Help The UN Solve Global Challenges

Washington, D.C.

April 20, 2011


Megan Rabbitt

The United Nations Foundation has brought together ten of the brightest entrepreneurs under the age of 40 to help the UN achieve a new level of innovation and impact in solving global problems. Together they form the first class of the Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council – the next generation of great thinkers who pledge to help the UN create a better world.

The Global Entrepreneurs Council is comprised of members representing various industries including the corporate sector, creative community, and media world with a proven track record of entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and advocacy on global issues. The ten inaugural council members are:

Ryan Allis – Founder, iContact

Elliott Bisnow – CEO, Summit Series

Sergio Fernandez de Cordova – Founder, Fuel Outdoor

Brian Gott – Publisher, Variety Magazine

Marissa Mayer – Vice President, Consumer Products, Google

Angela Mwanza – Senior Vice President, UBS Private Wealth Management

Shervin Pishevar – Executive Chairman, Social Gaming Network

Shauna Robertson – Co-Founder, Crowdrise

Zaw Thet – CEO, 4INFO

Randi Zuckerberg – Director of Marketing, Facebook

“The members of the Global Entrepreneurs Council are the next generation of entrepreneurs who understand that working with the United Nations is good for the world and for business,” said UN Foundation CEO Kathy Calvin. “These innovative thinkers will help us work with the UN to create 21st century solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems.”

On Tuesday, April 26, 2011, the Global Entrepreneurs Council will meet for the first time in Washington, D.C. at the UN Foundation. Following their inaugural meeting, members will participate in a lively debate with the D.C. community on how entrepreneurs and corporations can partner with the UN to create a better world for future generations.

The Global Entrepreneurs Council was launched in 2010, and was born out of the idea that that young executives and business leaders play a vital role in the future of philanthropy. The Council will work closely with the UN Foundation to bring innovation and a new generation of supporters to the UN to increase the impact of its work on issues ranging from climate change, to supporting adolescent girls and strengthening global health. Members will support the UN Foundation in pioneering international campaigns such as Nothing But Nets and Girl Up, in addition to helping to develop new campaigns benefitting UN programs. For more information, please visit www.unfoundation.org/GEC.


About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. These campaigns focus on reducing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a new energy future, securing peace and human rights, and promoting technology innovation to improve health outcomes.  These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.