Tutu Fellow James Mwangi has been appointed to the United Nations' Foundation Global Entrepreneurs Council.  The announcement, which took place in Dubai on 24 October 2015, was made by Rick Parnell, the COO of the foundation. The council is comprised of leading entrepreneurs from around the world to incorporate innovation and sustainable economic growth to support the newly adopted U.N. Sustainable Development Goals.  Parnell said that a multi-sector, integrated approach was needed over the 15 years to accomplish the sustainable development goals.  He said that the newly appointed council members would bring a wealth of "experience, accomplishments and global reach to help the Foundation support the UN as it tackles that challenge."


Mwangi, is the Executive Director of the global development organization, the Dalberg Group and a member of the Board of the African Leadership Institute in South Africa.  He will be joined on the council by Ohood Khalfan Al-Roumi, the Director General in the Prime Minister's Office of the United Arab Emirates; Georgie Benardete, the Co-Founder and Head of Strategy at Orchard Mile in the USA; Alberto Chang-Rajii, the President and Founder of Grupo Arcano in Chile; and Anna Ryott, the Managing Director and CEO of Swedish-based Swedfund.

The UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council 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 leaders from various industries and designed to help the UN and the UN Foundation – and its campaigns, partnerships, and programs – reach new audiences and enhance public-private partnerships. It is chaired by Ashish J Thakkar.  A key element of its approach is to encourage entrepreneurship on a global level for social and economic impact, helping to lift millions out of poverty.  The  UN Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.

The full announcement can be read at the UN Foundation.


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