The Global Shapers Community is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

    The Global Shapers Community is a network of city-based Hubs developed and led by young leaders between 21 and 33 years old who want to develop their leadership potential towards serving society. To that end, Hubs undertake local projects to improve their communities.


    Shapers are highly motivated individuals who have a great potential for future leadership roles in society. They are selected on the basis of their achievements, leadership potential, and commitment to make a difference. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events. Shapers are united by a common desire to channel the members’ tremendous energy and enthusiasm into building a more peaceful and inclusive world.


    The Global Shapers Community is one of several multi-stakeholder communities at the World Economic Forum. Other communities include the Young Global Leaders, the Global Agenda Councils, and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.


    Learn more about the Global Shapers Community and apply, or nominate a Shaper!


    We're on a mission to connect talented and motivated young leaders to meaningful public service and engagement opportunities to create positive change.


    Founded in late 2014, we are building from an early team of 12 to fully support our mission through 2016 and beyond. Currently we have 42 members, from Mexico, Finland, Italy, Germany, China, Switzerland, Australia and many others! Our core objectives are:

    • Establish a thriving community of action-oriented members
    • Leverage our international backgrounds to make visible contributions on human capital development in the Shanghai Area
    • Participate regularly in World Economic Forum activities and build relationships across the Global Shapers network

    If you are in between the ages of 21 and 33, and interested are socially minded, please BECOME A SHAPER. We have just completed our 2018 recruiting cycle, and the next one will start in Oct 2019.


    A glimpse into our 2018!


    Committed to improving beyond borders

    IMPROVE is a 7-day all-inclusive (flights, accommodation, transportation, food) expedition that gathers 8 Global Shapers from all around the world every year in a different dynamic city. The destination city in 2017 is Shanghai! The 8 selected Global Shapers all share the same goal: improve something in 7 days! During their stay and while working on their individual project, they will interact with inspiring people from various backgrounds and industries who will challenge their thoughts, encourage innovative thinking and help them generate positive outcomes.


    Stay Updated with our winners on our Facebook page.

    Meet the Industry Leader

    A Joint Young Global Leaders and Global Shapers Community Project

    Meet The Industry Leader is a themed forum held by the Young Global Leaders and Global Shapers community. It aims to invite industry leaders to discuss the challenges and opportunities they are facing in the current environment, and to achieve continuous innovation and growth. This forum will directly invite Young Global Leaders and Global Shapers, and bring them together to build and strengthen connections, and seed ideas for new collaborations and development.The forum has three panels: Challenge, Growth and Innovation. Each panel will include four distinguished guest speakers and a famous host to attend.

    Healthy Workplace

    Wellness for Young Professionals

    In today’s China, many young professionals are unhealthy, stressed or overweight. The sedentary behavior of most white-collar office workers can lead to a range of detrimental effects: physical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease, as well as mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety pressures.

    Careers don’t have to be bad for your health. The workplace should be a place where productivity, creative ideas and nourishing healthy habits all meet to form a sustainable lifestyle.
    ‘A Healthy Workplace’ is a series of quarterly educational workshops that include nutrition, sleep, exercise, mindfulness and other important aspects of staying healthy. The aim of these educational series is to give the audience the tools to create programs and habits to prevent both chronic health problems and acute injuries within their workplace, and providing relevant wellness appreciation to the wider community.

    Phoenix Risen

    A Global Platform to Combat Sexual Assault

    In collaboration with the YGL community and supported by New Champions 5050, we founded Phoenix Risen, an initiative to combat sexual violence globally through resource sharing and community building. We

    • Encourage women to write letters for self healing and community
    • Empower grassroots organizations through best practice sharing 
    • And are are working with coaches and psychologists to create a detailed guidebook to clarify and change the language around sexual violence 

    Check us out at www.phoenixrisen.org

    The Future of X

    Trend-Setting White Papers

    The future of X project aims to gauge cultural foresight through interviewing key opinion leaders in order to facilitate innovation at China.


    The project will empower and strengthen global shaper community as a thought leader through publishing 'The future of X' white paper on international media.


    Transforming Family Businesses

    Family businesses form the backbone of our communities, yet these are also among the most vulnerable to income shocks. Reinvent supports local family restaurants in Shanghai, providing menu translation, design and promotion on a non-profit basis. Ultimately, this provides incremental income that families can invest in their health, nutrition and education, with positive effects across generations.

    Accessible Entrepreneurship

    Impact, Authenticity, and Accessibility

    There are three themes to improve the current state of entrepreneurship in China and globally: impact, authenticity, and accessibility. Impact is to broaden the scope of problems people solve for. Authenticity is to encourage self-awareness and vulnerability in entrepreneurs. Accessibility is to increase diversity and make it easy for anyone anywhere to start a business.


    Accessible Entrepreneurship will address this through entrepreneurship workshops that share the raw stories people, especially women, face as entrepreneurs and teach them the tools and resources they can use to start their own businesses.


    Little BLUE

    May 2017

    Ting Ting Chan


    Little BLUE is an ocean-oriented project to raise such awareness of ocean and marine life, starting right here from Shanghai, whose inhabitants (more importantly, kids) are open-minded to novelties, but can be somewhat ignorant with what’s happening in nature, especially ocean.


    It would be initiated in forms of campaign + keynote speeches among schools, co-working spaces and radio.

    openIDEO eduPRACTICAL 

    September 2016

    Stephany Zoo


    OpenIDEO is a global community of one hundred thousand people working together to design the best solutions for the world's toughest challenges. The Shanghai Chapter is a local community that is run by individuals driven by social impact. We devote our time to galvanize the community to make positive change.


    Global Shapers will host a one day design challenge in June focusing on education challenges from 3 different companies. The winning solution will be implemented with the support of the OpenIDEO community.

    Gallery Walk


    Under the initiative of starting a Shanghai contemporary art education project, this first activity for this project will be a public gallery and architecture walk. This activity aims to provide a holistic perspective of contemporary art scenes in Shanghai given the interesting architectural history during the foreign concessions.


    The event will provide participants an opportunity to view and interact with several latest art exhibitions. The walk will also initiate a discussion among the group on topics related to abstract, avant-grande, and modern art forms, and they will also get a chance to discover a lifestyle center founded by a Chinese contemporary fashion brand. We hope to transform specialized knowledge of art and fashion and make these resources more accessible to the public.

    TEDxShanghai: Balance

    July 2016

    Lulu Ying


    An independently organized program under the widely popular TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks, TEDx is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversations and connection through local TED experiences under the global mission of “Ideas worth spreading”.

    This year TEDx Shanghai’s conference is held on May 7th at the new Shanghai Tower and brings us to the theme of Balance. Living in a great time of dualities: rural and urban, east and west, past and future – TEDx Shanghai will show the poetic balance between these interconnected opposites, creating and fostering long-lasting conversations.



    In collaboration with World Economic Forum Young Global Shapers, the team will organize an event with over 23 speakers and 2000 live audience members, live streaming globally to all countries – spreading ideas worth sharing.

    G20 Summit: Warm up Session: Emerging Market Venture Capital 

    July 2016

    Lulu Ying & Fergus Woodward


    China hosts the G-20 Summit for the first time in Hangzhou. The events will be timed to tie in with the build up to the summit in the fall.



    The Shanghai WEF GS chapter will take advantage of the high-profile event's presence by holding a series of events. The events are designed to explore and understand some of the issues facing China and the G-20 that will be discussed at the summit in September. Key takeaways from the events will help the WEF GS to better understand the G-20 themes and challenges, with the insights provided readily available.


    At a rare, intimate event, Tharon Smith, Managing Director of Fintech Company LendIt,  Director of Research, Venture Capital Investment, Fudan University, Kauffman Fellow, Founding Partner at Strontium Group shared her experiences from her 15 years in China on Emerging Markets Venture Capital in an intimate discussion.

    Tom's Interactive Book Slam with Blake Mycoskie

    April 2016

    Stephany Zoo


    WEF Global Shapers and LXW are very excited to be welcoming Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS, for an interactive book slam on Wednesday, April 6th, 7:30-10 pm.



    Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One®, a business model that helps a person in need with every product purchased.

    A simple idea has grown into a global movement: TOMS Shoes has provided over 50 million pairs of shoes to children since 2006, TOMS Eyewear has restored sight to over 360,000 since 2011 and TOMS Roasting Company has helped provide over 250,000 weeks of safe water since launching in 2014.

    Shapers Mentors: The Panda Tank

    May 2016

    Greg Nance & Eoin Brown


    Shapers Mentor: The Panda Tank" is an event series in which the Shanghai Shapers will invite select student leaders and their teams to present their organizations to relevant experts, with the potential to be invited to launch a long-term mentor-mentee relationship. Part of this student mentor matching process will happen in a fun way, modeled after the popular U.S. television show "Shark Tank." Students will pitch themselves and their organizations to mentors, seeking "investment," but that which will come in the form of mentorship and time. Students will also receive immediate feedback and learn via discussion, small group activities, and presentations. Each event in the series will have a different theme and the first event featured education-related organizations and mentors.


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    The Shanghai Hub accepts members for our core team on an annual basis in January of every year, with the recruiting cycle starting in October. Global shapers must meet the under-30 age requirement.


    If you're a young international person in the Shanghai area who is committed to making a difference in the world, click the link below and apply to join our hub. Additionally, please send an email to shanghaiglobalshapers@gmail.com confirming your application.


    Daisy Guo

    Incoming Curator 2017

    Co-Founder of Tezign.com

    Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture, Central Academy of Fine Arts. Formerly: part of the curating team for the Chinese pavilion at Venice Biennale 2012; also has experience curating exhibitions in Italy, Spain and Germany. Design background and consistent reflection on design industry gives more insights into today's creative economy, leading to the founding of Tezign in 2014. CoFounder, Tezign.com, an online platform connecting creative professionals and clients with design demand. Since its founding, Tezign has been dedicated to the reshaping of design service workflow and employment relationship between creative professionals and clients.

    Stephany Zoo

    Outgoing Curator 2017

    Head of MarComm, http://www.bitpesa.co

    Having lived on three continents, Stephany strives to create stories that knit together diverse backgrounds. Entrepreneurial at heart, Stephany founded ecommerce site BUNDSHOP.com, and League X, a boutique tech branding firm. She helped launch SAP’s flagship SME product in China, as well as consulted for a number of Chinese SOE’s, including Ping’An and China Telecom. She is currently the Head of MarComm for BitPesa, Pan-Africa’s first and largest cryptocurrency based FX exchange. Her passion projects also include, Phoenix Risen, a platform to bring men and women together to combat sexual violation. Find out more at www.stephanyzoo.com 

    Lu Ying

    Vice Curator 2017

    CEO of Lumon-Create

    Lu is a change-driven impact leader who believes that asking 'why' is in the core of everything. With Finnish-Shanghainese origins and having lived across three different continents, she has a range of experiences acquired from building startup communities to working in the most innovative organizations ranked by Forbes. Highly interested in global connectivity, cross-sector collaboration and creative ecosystems. Currently, as the CEO of Lumon-Create, Lu is steering strategy in the space of glass facades for residential buildings, ultimately visioning smarter urban environments through design. Hungry for purpose-driven co-creation.

    Greg Nance

    Co-Founder, Dyad

    Greg Nance founded Dyad.com, an online mentorship platform, while a Gates Scholar at Cambridge University. As a Truman Scholar at UChicago Greg co-founded Moneythink, a FinTech company honored by President Obama as a “Champion of Change.” In recognition of his work in global education, the Diplomatic Courier named Greg one of the "Top 99 Foreign Policy Leaders Under 33” and the Jefferson Awards for Public Service named him a "Globe Changer.” Greg loves endurance challenges and has solo climbed Mont Blanc and run 250KM across the Gobi Desert.

    Susanna MA

    Visionary & Action Taker

    Susanna MA is committed to being a global citizen and supporting local and global communities by empowering women's leadership. She is the CEO of ATHENA C&N, an organization helping leaders to reach their full potential in leadership through programs powered by the ATHENA Leadership Model.

    Beyond her professional work, Susanna has been deeply involved in a nonprofit leadership organization called World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW) during the past 6 years and has become a fearless advocate for the empowerment of women and young generations. She also organizes community programs and events and supports non-profit organizations like International Professional Women’s Society (IPWS), Chi Fan for Charity (CFFC) and TEDxPuxi (previously TEDxShanghaiWomen). Susanna holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from SIAS International University. She is also an Alumni member of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

    Lisa Xu


    Lisa currently works at ThirdBridge, a leading financial research firm that provides private equity firms and hedge funds with the information they need to make decisions about investments. Previously, she led the Business Development team at Uber Hangzhou and help founded a ride-sharing startup, Weelio, during the Chicago Booth New Venture Challenge.

    Alice Casiraghi

    Wilddesign Shanghai

    Alice is a designer from Italy with a passion for the world of services, user experience and interaction. She started freelancing for different startups in Italy and China and now she works at Wilddesign Shanghai conducting user research, trend studies, brand adaptation for both local companies aiming to expand to the global market and foreign companies that want to adapt their brand image and product portfolio to the peculiar Chinese market. She is interested in the design of relations among people, products, spaces and information, when it is beautiful, functional, seamless.

    Siyi Ren

    Founder, Tea Plays

    Siyi is a quadrilingual tea fanatic not only into all sorts and origins of sophisticated Chinese teas, but also loves to explore different tea blends and herbal cultures across the world. Having lived in Spain, the Netherlands and Germany for six years and now back in China, she started an innovative brand “Tea Plays” aiming to add a flavor of fun and internationality into the traditional Chinese tea market.

    Yuanmo Xie (Momo)

    Creative Lead, Blockshine

    Yuanmo Xie works as a graphic facilitator for various conferences such as World Economic Forum China Business Roundtable 2016 and 2017, Horasis Global Meeting 2017, Pre-Davos 2017 in Dalian. She also illustrated for cultural events, collaborated with China Arts & Entertainment Group (CAEG), British Council, Danish Embassy and so on. Now she is working at a Blockchain start-up company Blockshine as a creative lead, sharing knowledge and insight of Blockchain industry.

    Tingting Fang


    Tingting is co-founder of Heyshop, an one-stop e-commerce solution and initiator of Network 404, a community that regularly hosts workshops and events to advance collaborations between retail brands. She is also a synchronized swimmer, a diver, a surfer and lives another life in water.

    Darren O Connell


    Committed to tackle complex social problems by designing sustainable business model solutions. Currently developing a social enterprise project, Regeneration Labs, using exercise, team building and eco-tourism to raise awareness and actively accelerate environmental change – starting in China.


    Passionate about (4 E’s): Exercise / Education / Entrepreneurship / The Environment…and also meeting other passionate people!


    Alana Strassfield

    Impact and Analytics Associate

    I hold a Bachelors in Economics from Siena College. I'm passionate about human rights, Fair Trade and alternative business models which promote economic development. In university, I led the Real Food Challenge to calculate the percentage of sustainably sourced food and increase the annual percentage from 12% to 20%. Ever since graduating I've worked for various non profits and brands at the intersection of business and human rights. I'm originally from New York and currently live in Shanghai working in a data analyst position for a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) consulting firm. I'm a vegetarian, runner and love all water sports (sailing is my favorite!)


    Lucía Wang

    PR & Branding Specialist

    Born and raised in Argentina from Chinese parents, Lucía is passionate about storytelling, wellness, and social responsibility, often working with projects and ideas that encourage change at a community and personal level. Lucía's projects range from corporate to non-profit community work, cultivating and bringing innovative ideas to life, and building bridges between East and West.

    Chris Royle

    Sustainability Advocate

    Chris leads the Product Development side of Travel Plus, a company premised upon opening the world through education.  He previously founded a sustainability education company that reached over 1200 Toronto youth, was winner of the “Business for a Better World” competition at the World Economic Forum, and was a Youth Advisory Board Member at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO.

    Alex Shoer

    Clean Energy Evangelist

    Alex moved to Shanghai in 2011 to bring innovative project financing models to deploy clean energy projects as that has proven to be the quickest way to reduce coal usage and air pollution. He co-founded Seeder to facilitate distributed energy projects for factory owners in China to easily – even at no cost to them – put solar on their rooftops to lower their energy bills and achieve their carbon reduction and renewable energy targets.

    Eoin Brown

    USA-China Education & Entrepreneurship

    Eoin has focused his career at the intersection of education and entrepreneurship between China and the United States. Eoin is experienced in study abroad, internships, university admissions, and China education market entry. From 2012-2014, Eoin co-founded and led an international internships business, which was selected for investment from SOSVenture's Chinaccelerator Program in Shanghai. Most recently, Eoin was the China Regional Manager for The Minerva Project (minerva.kgi.edu), where he led China outreach and partnerships, managed Chinese media, and spoke at hundreds of events.

    Nicolas de Toledo

    Connecting Switzerland and China

    Nicolas is the founder and chairman of two Chinese companies: mosaïq ltd & AETEA ltd. With the support of Swiss diplomatic institutions, he encourages Sino-Swiss exchanges through various projects, such as business seminars on innovative technologies in China for Swiss companies (mosaïq) and the creation of scholarships for young Swiss nationals (www.integratechineselife.com/icl-cup.php).

    In addition to his enthusiasm for Sino-Swiss relations, Nicolas has a strong interest in health-prevention and tea with subtle aromas and healthy components (www.aetea.ch).

    Grace Ng

    Co-Founder & CPO, Javelin.com

    Grace is an entrepreneur, designer, and artist exploring the intersection of creative production and impactful creation. She founded Lean Startup Machine and Javelin.com, a global entrepreneurship education workshop and software platform for new product innovation. Through her work, she's spoken at The White House, United Nations, and Singularity University to teach others a more effective way to start businesses. As an artist, she incorporates futuristic technology like AI, VR, and neuroscience to explore the human condition. She hopes to inspire others to live a creative, impactful life as well. View her work at graceng.co.

    Dr. John Ji

    Assistant Professor

    John is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at Duke Kunshan University and Duke University Nicholas School of the Environment. His research group focuses on quantifying environmental determinants of air, soil, and water pollutants on human health, particularly brain function and aging. He is passionate about dissemination of science knowledge to the public to promote living happier and healthier lives. Educated in the U.S., John received his bachelor's degree in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University and his doctoral degree in Environmental Health from Harvard University.

    Matthew Jackson

    Avid Traveler & Corporate Connector

    Originally from the UK, currently residing in Shanghai, Matthew has also lived in South Korea and Vietnam. Matthew is an intrapreneur and passionate connector, as a global market specialist responsible for fostering cross-border relationships by assisting Fortune 500 corporates and MNC's expand through their commercial real estate decisions.

    Katherine Gao

    Branding Manager, Trina Solar

    Graduated from Brown University with a degree in Economics and Sociology in 2017. Katherine is now the branding manager of Trina Solar, the world leading company of smart solar solutions, and also the founder and chairman of Trina Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in early-growth stage businesses. Katherine is also actively involved in social causes, including being the founder of Co-link Environmental Agency and the deputy secretary general of Eco Forum Global’s Urban and Enterprise Committee.

    Chen Ling (Zero)

    Founding Partner, Studiolite (SLT)

    Zero holds a Master of Urban Design from Harvard University, and has many years of working experience at KPF (New York), Kengo Kuma Architects and MAD Architects before founding SLT Design Consultancy. His expertise includes overarching strategies, management, and operations in many growing fields, such as experiential commercial space, creative tourism planning & development, rural reconstruction strategies, and custom boutique designs. Clients he collaborated with including K11, Beijing Olympic Park, LVMH, Lady M Newyork, various governmental entities etc. With a keen focus and extensive knowledge of contemporary trends, he concentrates on innovative design and operating strategies in modern urbanism process.

    He is a world-traveler and used to be a professional pingpong player.

    James Dacosta

    Co-Founder, Mandala Group

    As a Co-Founder of Mandala Group, James specialises in designing and developing mobile applications for low-income and rural communities across Asia and Africa. He has spent significant time in the Nairobi and Shanghai startup eco-systems. He is also a Regional Director for Hult Prize, the world's leading platform for the creation and launch of for-good, for-profit start-ups emerging from universities. James regularly engages in public speaking about social impact and technology, including Startup Grind, TEDx and UK Parliament.

    Derya Völlings

    Sustainability Manager Asia Pacific, IKEA Group

    Derya grew up in a German-Turkish household near Dϋsseldorf, Germany. After finishing her business degree in International Trade she lived and worked in the Netherlands before moving to Shanghai in 2017. She started her career at IKEA in 2008 and is now Regional Sustainability Manager for Retail operations across Asia Pacific (Australia, China, India, Japan, and South Korea) supporting the implementation of the company’s sustainability strategy “People & Planet Positive”. Derya truly believes that sustainability will shape society and transform the business landscape this century. She is committed to creating a positive
    impact for people and our planet. During free time you can find her running, on the yoga mat, or cooking vegetarian food.

    Fengwei Zhou

    Co-Founder, Impact Hub Shanghai

    Working in Shanghai since 2013 in the social impact & social entrepreneurship sector. At Impact Hub Shanghai, Fengwei develops community- based programming and impact capacity-building strategies for our members and the greater social enterprise community in Shanghai. Concurrently ambassador of Mondragon Team Academy (MTA) China, aiming to inspire and transform over 200 purpose-driven individuals a year through team entrepreneurship and active learning.


    Chen Wang

    CEO, Slush China

    Chen is an international adventurer. She was born in China, lived in Finland for 10 years and traveled to more than 50 countries.

    Chen is passionate about entrepreneurship and social impact. She co-founded an online coaching platform LiteUp, helping young professionals to advance in career and reach life and work balance. In 2015, she returned to China as the CEO of Slush China, a world leading international startup and technology event. Slush China aims to connect European and Chinese startup communities and help world-changing startup founders succeed.


    Teng Bao

    Co-Founder & CPO, Strikingly

    Teng Bao is cofounder and CPO of Strikingly (strikingly.com & sxl.cn), a web publishing and ecommerce platform for entrepreneurs and creatives. Today, Strikingly serves over two million users with ridiculously simple websites, ecommerce, blogging, and WeChat Mini Programs -- unlocking the power of the internet for small businesses across the world. Strikingly graduated from Y Combinator's Winter 2013 batch, and has since raised over $18m. Teng has been building software and games since middle school. He grew up in Florida and studied economics at the University of Chicago.

    Kang Kang

    Connector & Love Sharing

    Kang Kang is interested in growing her skills in business development and training. Although she is focused and eager to reach beyond her goals, she also enjoys interacting with people in a purposeful and meaningful manner. During her diverse experiences at WAFW, IPWS, IDEO Amcham and Nieslen, she was intentional in her work and as a Global Shaper, she is ready to share and work on more projects.

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