Senior Director for Strategic Affairs and Adviser to the Executive Chairman
Mel holds a BA in Engineering and Applied Science from the University of Toronto, specializing in Biomedical Engineering, and an MBA from Yale University, where she was the Marshall of her graduating class and a Calhoun Fellow.
Prior to joining the Forum, Mel was a Partner at Millennium Research Group, a strategic research and consulting firm focused on the global medical technology sector. During her time at MRG, she was responsible for global research and development initiatives, covering both strategic consulting services and syndicated research engagements across five continents. Prior to this, she worked in the film industry with the Oscar-winning production company Focus Features.
Mel joined the World Economic Forum in 2005 as an inaugural member of the GLF programme. As a Fellow, she served in the role of ombudsperson and was elected class speaker. Since then, Mel has assumed a variety of roles, from government and Member relations, to knowledge management and curation, to virtual collaboration and community engagement. Since 2009, she has been working directly with the Forum’s Executive Chairman, incubating strategic initiatives and overseeing institutional development.