Global Entrepreneurs Council

The UN Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council (GEC) is a strategic advisory council that brings together entrepreneurs and thought leaders who are committed to finding innovative solutions to global problems and helping the world deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Created in 2011, the GEC is comprised of leaders from various industries who are helping the UN and UN Foundation reach new audiences and enhance public-private partnerships.

Why are entrepreneurs well-placed to help the world achieve the SDGs? As two GEC members explain in this Los Angeles Times op-ed, “Entrepreneurs see opportunities where there are challenges and they are quick to mobilize when action is needed.”

Over the years the GEC has worked with the UN Foundation to develop policy solutions that strengthen local entrepreneurial ecosystems, to support access to a free mentorship platform for women and youth, and to advocate for partnerships and private sector leadership in sustainable development.


Meet the Global Entrepreneurs Council



Ashish J. Thakkar

GEC Chair, Founder, Mara Group and Mara Foundation


H.E. Ohood Al-Roumi

Minister of State for Happiness, United Arab Emirates


Georgie Benardete

Co-Founder and CEO, Align17


Kat Cole

Group President and COO, FOCUS Brands


James Irungu Mwangi

Executive Director, Dalberg Group


Anna Ryott

Chair, Summa Equity


Davis Smith

Founder and CEO, Cotopaxi


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